[eDebate] Mardi Gras Tournament 2010 Invitation

scottelliott at grandecom.net scottelliott
Mon Nov 16 09:01:28 CST 2009

Dear Colleagues:

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette Debate Program invites you to  
attend the Mardi Gras Policy Debate Tournament on February 12 through  
15, 2009. Our intent is to offer some Ragin? Cajun hospitality and  
some good competition. We have the tournament scheduled to encourage  
participation in Mardi Gras festivities. You may want to arrive for  
the tournament on February 12, 2010. We also suggest that you stay  
over Monday night in order to celebrate Fat Tuesday with us either in  
Lafayette or New Orleans.

A Humane Schedule

We do not believe that tournament have to be death marches to victory.  
When possible, tournaments should strive to be more humane toward  
participants; and, more importantly, to coaches. Friday February 20th  
will be registration. We encourage you to register early enough so  
that you may then attend the Friday night parade. Saturday has three  
rounds beginning at 9:00 a.m. We will strictly enforce start times  
with forfeit rules. Our goal is to have you out in time to watch the  
Bonaparte parade. Sunday rounds also begin at 9:00 a.m. and we hope to  
end before 5:00 p.m. Monday elimination rounds begin at 10:00 a.m.

Nuclear Blast Get Together

In keeping with last year?s ?support your local CAFO? barbecue which  
featured hamburgers and homemade jambalaya, we will again have a  
politically incorrect lunch and an off-campus coaches reception. Those  
who attended last year will attest that last year?s hospitality lives  
up to Louisiana traditions.

Parades in Lafayette

The schedule allows individuals time to attend the Lafayette Mardi  
Gras parades. The Friday (February 12 night parade begins at 6:30 p.m.  
The Saturday night Parade of Bonaparte begins at 6:30 p.m. Given that  
the parade route runs right by campus, persons attending the  
tournament will merely have to walk fifty yards from their last debate  
round on Saturday to secure a prime bead catching location. There are  
no parades in Lafayette on Sunday night. However, there are plenty of  
festivities throughout Lafayette to celebrate. Monday?s Queen of  
Evangeline Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Mardi Gras really is a Louisiana  
official holiday and, yes, we really do get four days off from school  
to celebrate. (When we lived in Texas, my wife was appalled to find  
out that other states did not recognize this holiday; another affront  
to Cajun culture).

We look forward to seeing you this February.

Scott M. Elliott, Ph.D. J.D.
Asst. Prof. and Dir. of Debate, UL-Lafayette
Sme2607 at louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-6090
Cell 337-849-7487

Tournament Information:

Entry Fees:

$60.00 per team. $10.00 per person other than debate teams.

The fees will be used to cover the cost of the barbecue, awards,  
coffee and king cake, and tournament administration costs.


Teams will only be allowed to enter if they have judging to cover  
them. As a new program we do not have the alumni to hire as extra  
judges. Please bring judges to cover your commitment.


Some of the old guard may remember the unique awards from the  
Southeastern Louisiana University Mardi Gras Tournament. We hope to  
provide the same type of awards, but with a Cajun flare. The Mardi  
Gras masks may come back. But we are also looking into some support  
from the Tabasco company and local artist, George Rodrigue (Blue Dog).

Directions, location, airports

Lafayette, Louisiana is at located at the junction of Interstate 10  
and Interstate 49. The Lafayette Regional Airport is literally 10  
minutes from campus and less than ten minutes from the tournament  
hotel. We are 45 minutes from Baton Rouge. We are two hours from the  
New Orleans airport. We are four hours from Houston and approximately  
eight hours from Dallas.

Remember, it is Mardi Gras. So try to book your rooms early.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
  (337) 456-6900

Hilton Lafayette
1521 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States 70503-3158
Tel: 1-337-235-6111   Fax: 1-337-237-6313

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Lafayette
1015 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: 1-337-291-1088
Fax: 1-337-235-4703

Ramada Lafayette
120 E Kaliste Saloom Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508 US
Phone:	337-235-0858
Fax:	337-232-8022

Tournament Schedule

University of Louisiana-Lafayette Mardi Gras Policy Tournament  
Tentative Schedule.

Friday  February 12, 2009            Registration. Tournament Hotel.    
5:00-8:00 p.m.
				      Lafayette Mardi Gras parade from 6:30-9:00
Pairings for Rds. 1 and 2 released at Hotel and on edebate (as soon as  
possible after registration.

Saturday Feb. 13  9:00 a.m.  		King Cake, coffee. Round 1.
                   11:00 a.m. 	            Round 2.
				        			Lunch break following Round 2
               2:30 p.m.	(or earlier) Pairings for Rd. 3 released.
                                                         3:00 p.m.
                Round  3.

Sunday Feb. 14		         8:00 a.m.		Round 4 pairings released. Hotel and
				          9:00 a.m.	King Cake, Coffee. Round 4.
				         11:30 a.m.	Round 5
							Lunch Break following Rd. 5 (Depending on the University, we  
will have the barbecue either for lunch after round 5; or a barbecue  
off campus for dinner; after round 6)
3:00 p.m.	Round 6
					                        Breaks Posted

Monday Feb. 15			10:00 a.m.	First Elimination Rounds
				          	12:30 p.m.	Awards
				         	1:30 p.m.	Second Elimination Rounds
4:00 p.m.	Third Elimination Rounds

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