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Purr-fect Pals Fur-ensics Swing - Bearcat Half

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November 25, 2017

 

Dear colleagues,

 

The cool cats of the Eastern Illinois University Panthers and the McKendree University Bearcats cordially invite you to attend the first ever Purrfect Pals Fur-ensics Swing on February 10th and 11th, 2018 on the McKendree campus in quaint Lebanon, IL.  Both halves will offer all 11 AFA events on a cold weather friendly small campus.

 

We will offer two individual events tournaments over the weekend with the full slate of AFA events. The Bearcat Half will take place on Saturday, while the Panther Half will occur on Sunday. Both halves will offer awards for the top six in each event, individual sweepstakes awards for the top three competitors, and team sweepstakes awards for the top three schools.

 

Entries are due Tuesday, February 6th, by 5:00 p.m.  Changes may be made without charge until Wednesday, February 7, at 5:00 p.m.  Registration for both tournaments will be submitted via Speechwire.

 

McKendree University is located in Lebanon, IL, about 30 miles east of St. Louis.  The Metro-East area is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, and a variety of forms of entertainment.  We hope you will join us in February.

 

Sincerely,

 

Joe Blasdel                                                          Stephen Hagan                                                

Director of Speech and Debate                 Speech Coach
McKendree University                                   McKendree University

 

Sara Gronstal                                                     Austin Mejdrich
Director of Forensics                                      Assistant Coach

Eastern Illinois University                             Eastern Illinois University

P.S. There will be cat videos.

 

 

Tournament Schedule

 

Saturday & Sunday

 

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.                 Registration (Piper Academic Center, 2nd Floor Lobby)

 

8:00 a.m.                             Extemp Draw (Piper 222)

 

8:30                                       Round 1A (EXT, PER, POE, ADS, PRO, Duo)

 

9:45                                        Extemp Draw

 

10:15                                     Round 2A

 

11:30                                     Lunch Break

 

12:15 p.m.                          Round 1B (IMP, DI, POI, INF, CA)

 

1:30                                        Round 2B

 

2:45                                        Extemp Draw Finals

 

3:15                                        Finals A (and any IE Semifinals if necessary)

 

4:30 p.m.                             Finals B

 

ASAP                                     Awards (TBA)

 

 

Entry and Awards Notes

 

Pattern A: Extemporaneous, Persuasion, Poetry, After Dinner, Prose, Duo

Pattern B: Impromptu, Drama, POI, Informative, CA

 

Limits: 3 entries per flight.

 

Team Sweepstakes: Schools will earn sweepstakes points for a top three ranking in preliminary rounds (3 points-2 points-1 point for a 1, 2, or 3 rank respectively).  Placement in final rounds will earn 6 points-5 points-4 points-3 points-2 points-1 point for places 1 through 6 or 7 respectively.

 

Quadrathon: Competitors entered in at least four events across two genres are eligible for individual sweepstakes.

 

Local Host Entries: Local hosts may be entered in individual events. They will receive ranks and be eligible for final rounds and individual sweeps. McKendree and EIU will not be eligible for team sweepstakes either day.

 

Extemp prep will permit internet access as per NFA rules. McKendree will provide wireless internet access as long as it is available and functional. Access to electric outlets will be limited in the extemp prep room.

 

Impromptu will utilize a mixture of the NFA prelim round topic areas (yet to be announced).

 

Fees and Judging Obligations

 

Fees will be calculated according to the following schedule:

 

IE entries                                                             $8.00 per slot

Uncovered IEs                                                   $10.00 in addition to the entry fee per slot.

One judge will cover 8 entries across all patterns.

 

A nuisance fee of $6.00 per slot will be added to the original entry fee for every drop after 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 7th. Drops at registration will incur a $10.00 nuisance fee per slot in addition to the original entry fee.
 

Judges dropped after the Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. deadline will result in a nuisance fee of $25.00 each plus uncovered fees. ALL fees are assessed as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday February, 7.

 

Every team is encouraged to bring at least one experienced judge. We will have several community judges available, but judges are a little scarce in Lebanon so please make every effort to cover your entries. We’d rather have your judges than your $$$.

 

For those paying with a check:

The first half is payable to McKendree University.

The second half is payable to Eastern Illinois University. Please write Forensics Gift Account in the memo line.

DACA Information

McKendree and Eastern Illinois Universities are committed to inclusiveness and welcome students and coaches from all identities and social roles. In light of ongoing harassment and discrimination, and the current administration's most recent action to repeal DACA, our programs stand in solidarity with, and will continue to offer a safe, educational space for, our most vulnerable members. Lebanon is not a sanctuary city. However, the Migra Map does not show any ICE activity in the St. Louis Metro area, and the State of Illinois recently signed into law the TRUST Act which enacted the nation’s strongest state-level due process protections for immigrants who fear any interaction with local police could result in deportation. We have found http://www.icirr.org/ to be a useful resource.


Lodging

 

While we do not have an official tournament hotel, there are a number of hotels in the area that offer excellent rates.  Booking early is suggested. Below are a few possibilities:

 

Super 8 (4.2 miles from the University)

(618) 624-6060

1100 Eastgate Drive

O’Fallon, IL 62269

$57.00 per double (for up to four occupants)

Less amenities. Ask for the McKendree University rate.

 

Drury Inn & Suites (8 miles from the University)

(618) 624-2211

1118 Central Park Drive

O’Fallon, IL 62269

$92.00 per double (for up to four occupants).

Lots of amenities.  Ask for the McKendree University rate.

 

Parking

 

Parking will be available in the Fitness Center Parking lot each day of the tournament (the largest parking lot on campus).  It is just across the street from the Piper Academic Center, which will be the tournament headquarters.  Directions to McKendree and a campus map can be accessed at: http://www.mckendree.edu/about/visitor/campus-map.php.

 

 

Food

 

There are several options for dine-in or take-out within a short drive of campus:

-McDonald’s

-Dairy Queen

-Subway

-Casey’s Pizza

-Schiappa’s

-1814 (call ahead if you can)

-Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

-El Rey Sol Mexican Restaurant

 

Students may also pay to eat at the cafeteria on campus.

 

Depending on your hotel, there are several dinner options as well. All of the in-town options obviously still apply, and there is also a Huddle House near the Best Western. Those staying at the Super 8 or Drury will find O’Fallon and Shiloh full of food options.

 

A few suggestions:

-54th Street Bar and Grill

-Peel (wood-fired pizza, call for a reservation, but well worth it)

-Saigon (Vietnamese)

-Sushi AI

-Syberg’s

-Five Guys

-Any of a number of chains of various variety

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local hosts:

 

Joe Blasdel at (618) 537-6815 or jeblasdel@mckendree.edu

Stephen Hagan at (618) 537-6904 or sphagan@mckendree.edu

 

Manager contact information

Stephen Hagan
Email address: sphagan@mckendree.edu
Phone number: (618) 537-6815

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