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Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League

State Championship Tournament at EMU


February 18, 2017


Dear MISL Colleague:


The Eastern Michigan University Forensic Team and the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League invite you and your team to attend the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Championship Tournament, taking place on Saturday, March 18th, at Eastern Michigan University.


The tournament will offer all sanctioned MISL individual events. Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by 5:00 pm.  All entries should be made through the tournament registration page at Speechwire.com.


Please note that the schedule will be different than in previous years.  At the Fall Championship Tournament, MISL representatives voted to collapse the tournament into a one-day competition.  To make this most efficient since we are doing this for the first time, we will adopt the flights used at Fall MISL championship tournaments (with small time adjustements).


The State tournament will be scored and scheduled in accordance with the MISL Bylaws for two-prelim round competitions. Tournament details and the most current MISL Bylaws are available at https://michiganspeech.wordpress.com.


We look forward to seeing you in March!





Nick Romerhausen

Director of MISL Individual Events, Eastern Michigan University


Matthew Warner

Director of MISL Debate, Hillsdale College


Carole Bennett                                               

Executive Director of MISL


Nina Brennan and Brandon Bumstead

Eastern Michigan University


                            Tournament Schedule

2017 MISL State Championship


Saturday, March 18th, 2017



8:30 am Registration Quirk Lobby


9:00 AM Extemp Prep


9:30 AM RD 1 Flight A (Extemporaneous, Prose, Informative, Poetry, Rhetorical Criticism)


10:30 AM Extemp Draw


11:00 AM RD 2 Flight A


12:00- 1:15 Lunch break


1:15 RD 1 Flight B (Impromptu, Persuasion, After-Dinner Speaking, POI, Duo, and Dramatic Interp)


2:30 RD 2 Flight B


3:45 Extemp draw finals


4:00 Finals Flight A


5:15 Finals Flight B



Each school is limited to three (33) entries per event at the State Championship Tournament. An individual student may compete in no more than three (3) events per grouping. Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Please register your students at the MISL State Championships page on Speechwire.com.



Schools which enter tat least 25 contestants shall be required to cover seventy-five percent (75%) of their entry with “clean” judges. One judge will cover six IE entries.  If your school needs to hire a clean judge at $20 per round in order to meet MISL bylaws, please e-mail Nick Romerhausen (nromerha@emich.edu) as soon as possible.  We will put you in contact with some folks you can hire and pay directly if necessary.  






                        Prelims:           Finals:                                                            

1st place:          3 pts                12 pts                                                             

2nd place:         2 pts                10 pts                                     

3rd place:         1 pt                 8 pts                                       

4th place:          0                      7 pts                                       

5th place:          0                      5 pts

6th place:          0                      3 pts

7th place:          0                      2 pts


Awards will be presented to:

a.     The top six (6) speakers in each IE event.

b.     The top novice in each event

c.     The top community college competitor in each event.

d.     The top three (3) schools in sweepstakes.

e.     The community college finishing highest in sweepstakes.

f.      The top two contestants in oratory shall represent Michigan at that year’s Interstate Oratory Association’s Tournament.

g.     The top three contestants in quadrathon will receive awards.  To qualify a student must be entered in at least four events, one of each genre (oral interpretation, limited preparation, and public address).  If the student is entered in more than four events, only the top score in each genre and the student’s next top scoring event will be used in determining results.  Lincoln-Douglas debate will count as a limited preparation event for the purposes of quadrathon.  Tabulation of points will be identical to the tabulation of team sweepstakes, with preliminary points halved and added to final round total.  A quadrathon entry will count as a slot in calculation of fees, but it will not count as a slot in the calculation of the Director’s Trophy winner.

h.     The Director’s trophy for Quality will be awarded to the school with the highest overall slot quality, determined by dividing the school’s total sweepstakes points by the total number of slots that that school entered into the State Championship Tournament as of the close of registration.



$7.00 for each I.E. slot

$8.00 for each uncovered I.E. slot

$12.00 for each L-D slot

$15.00 for each uncovered L-D slot

$25.00 for each Parliamentary Team

$40.00 for each uncovered Parliamentary Team

$10.00 per drop prior to registration/$15.00 per dropped judge

$25.00 per drop at registration (slots and judges)








                                    Parking: You may park in general student and faculty lots as long as a particular space is not labeled reserved or for pay.  If you park in automatic pay lots, you will still be charged to exit. 


If you're on US-23, take exit 37A Washtenaw Avenue East.  Continue on Washtenaw, and take a left onto Hewitt (there should be a Walgreen's on the corner).  You should pass the football stadium on your right.  Take a right onto Huron River Drive.  Stay on Huron River, it will take you past a McDonald's and the North Campus Lots and will take a right curve and turn into a one-way street.  Stay in the right hand lane, and take a right at the light onto Jarvis.  The Ford parking lot will be on your right.  Pray-Harrold is the tall classroom building.


If you're on 1-94, take exit 183, Huron River Drive (There should be signs indicating it as the EMU exit).  Go north on Huron River Drive, and continue past Cross Street (Historic Fire Truck Museum) and past Forest.  As Huron curves toward the left, it will become a 2-way road.  On your right will be the Railroad Tracks, on the left is the Campus Corner Gas Station.  Take a left onto Ann; it is by the gas station.  If you pass the light and the McDonald's, you've gone too far.  Follow Ann as it turns left, and take a right at the stop sign. You'll take a right at the first light onto Jarvis, and the Ford parking lot will be on your right. Pray-Harrold is the tall classroom building.



Contact the Forensics Office at 734.487.0320, or Nick Romerhausen 812.306.5427.
Possible Lodging Options:


2.5 miles from campus: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti (Eagle Crest Conference Center), 1275 Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI, 48197; 734.487.2000.


3.3 miles from campus: Days Inn, 2380 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.971.0700.


3.4 miles from campus: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites, 2455 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.973.6100.


3.6 miles from campus: Ann Arbor University, 3750 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104; 734.971.2000.


8.9 miles from campus: Residence Inn, 800 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.996.5666.


9.1 miles from campus: Holiday Inn Express, 600 Hilton Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.761.2929.


9.1 miles from campus: Marriot Courtyard, 3205 Boardwalk Dr., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.995.5900.


9.4 miles from campus: Motel 6, 3764 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.665.9900.


Food Options both on and off campus:

Student Union Food Court includes: Taco Bell, Wendy's, Subway, Sbarro’s Salad Shop, KFC Express, Panda Express, convenience store.


Pray-Harrold Shop: On the northwest corner of the main floor in Pray­-Harrold is a shop that serves coffee, beverages, chips, sandwiches, soups, and cookies. It's usually open during regular class hours.


Carpenter Drive: Go South on Carpenter from Washtenaw and you'll find a Bob Evans, Red Robin, and Applebee's.


Washtenaw Ave: Drive west toward Ann Arbor and you'll find *tons* of options including fast-food fare such as McDonald's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Big Boy, Subway, Quiznos, and sit-down places such as Chili's, Paesano’s, Panera Bread, and multiple Mediterranean and Chinese food restaurants.



Manager contact information

Nick Romerhausen
Email address: nromerha@emich.edu
Phone number: 8123065427

Mailing address

None provided

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