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Age of Aquarius Swing - Sunday

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General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a College tournament in Indiana.

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We encourage judges to bring their laptops as we are delighted to announce that we will offer electronic balloting via Speechwire both days of the tournament. While we will offer electronic ballots, paper ballots will still be available for any judge who would prefer to write feedback and scores on standard ballots.  

On-campus registration will be held in the lobby of the David Letterman Communication and Media Building on Saturday & Sunday morning. If you have questions, please call Mary @ 765-760-3700.
Here are some tournament details:

1. For the purpose of this tournament, NOVICE is defined as a student for whom 2018-2019 is their first year of collegiate competition.

2. A novice division will be offered in any IE event that has 1) more than 30 entries AND 2) at least 12 novice students. We will make every effort to offer a novice division and maintain NFA quals.

3. A student may enter only 3 events per pattern. However, she/he should be made aware that the rounds are one hour and 15 minutes and will not be extended if a student is unable to complete all three events in time allotted. 

4. Semi-Finals will be held for events containing over 50 entries.

5. The deadline for receiving entries for both halves of the swing is 6:00 pm (EST) on Tuesday, October 9th. Entries should be submitted via speechwire.


Fees for Age of Aquarius

1. Each IE entry is $10.00. 

2. One judge is required for every 6 IE entries. 

3. There is a $10 fee per uncovered IE entry (plus the entry base fee)

4. DROP FEES will be assessed after 5 pm on Wed. Oct. 10th.  The drop fee for IE is $15.00. The drop fee for a judge is $50.

5. Please make checks for BSU portion out to Ball State University.  


Fees for ISU

1. Each IE entry is $8.00. 

2. One judge is required for every 6 IE entries. 

3. There is a $10 fee per uncovered IE entry (plus the entry base fee)

4. DROP FEES will be assessed after 5 pm Wed. Oct. 10th.  The drop fee for IE is $15.00. The drop fee for a judge is $50.

5. Please make checks for the ISU portion out to ISU forensics.


Long Read Response

Preparation time: 30 minutes (with draw procedure/format of Extemp)

Speaking time: 7 minutes maximum (time signals should be provided by judge)

Speakers will be given a “long read”—an article of at least 3000 words in length that may take one of several forms, including essay, creative nonfiction, narrative journalism, etc. They will also be given a panel of two questions that prompt a response to the piece; they will choose one of the two questions and prepare their response. While there is no restriction on using the internet during prep time, there is no expectation of outside research. The response should craft a well-reasoned argument, and may use local (personal) and general knowledge as evidence. The article itself may (and should) also be used as support. The judge(s) will also be given a copy of the article, as well as time to read it before the round begins. Each round will use a different article. 


Example article: “In Defense of Favoritism” by Stephen Asma.   



Example prompts: 

a. One important element of Asma’s argument is his claim that contemporary U.S. society creates problems for itself when it confuses fairness with other concepts, such as open-mindedness, equality, and egalitarianism. Is Asma correct when he suggests that U.S. society’s confusion of fairness with these other concepts “hinders conversation and debate more than it helps” (par. 5)?


b. Asma suggests that favoritism has important and essential functions in human society and should, therefore, not be sidelined by U.S. society’s  current preference for egalitarianism in all aspects of human endeavor. Are U.S. society’s attempts to level the playing field for many members of society to some extent misguided because favoritism and, therefore, inequality are natural to the human experience?


**Competitors may NOT be entered in BOTH LRR and EXT, as both events prep simultaneously.  


Public Narrative

Speaking time: 5 minutes maximum—delivered from manuscript.

The Public Narrative event is a narrative speech designed to inspire audience belief or action through the sharing of a student’s personal experience.  Public Narratives are marked by clear development of the speaker’s personal story, enhancement of identification between the audience and issue or set of issues, emphasis of urgency, and vocal and nonverbal delivery choices that reflect the speech’s purpose. (For guidance on developing a public narrative, see Marshall Ganz work.)  

Rather than using a 3-point structure with previews and other overt organizational devices, narrative speeches use to story to serve as the primary organizational element.



For Age of Aquarius, we will give awards to the top 3 students competing in four or more OPEN events. If a student is entered in five or six events, her/his BEST FOUR will count toward quadrathon. Novice final rounds do NOT count toward quadrathon tabulation. For the ISU tournament, awards will be given to the top three speakers in quadrathon.



Team sweepstakes for Age of Aquarius will be awarded to the top three schools based on open final round points.  Team sweepstakes for the ISU half will be awarded to the top three schools based on open final round points.



It is suggested that you park north of the Robert Bell building (RED R2 lot) and gain access to the Letterman building through the Robert Bell building.  Be sure to look for signs. Meters and “Reserved” (handicapped, business, and numbered) spaces are enforced 24/7. You will be ticketed! If you are having trouble with parking, finding Muncie, Ball State University, or the Letterman building please contact Ashley Coker’s cell phone at (765) 729-3936.


Access to www in Extemp

The university provides wireless Internet access in all buildings and most green spaces on campus. In extemp you should be able to access our guest network.  Keep in mind, our guest network is unencrypted; therefore you should take any and all necessary steps to backup and secure your device when connecting to bsuguest and avoid performing any tasks that are considered confidential.



Here is a list of contact information for recommended hotels in Muncie. Be sure to ask for the BSU rate as you reserve rooms:



Baymont                      (765) 228-2443

Best Western              (765) 282-0600

Comfort Inn & Suites  (765) 587-0294

Courtyard by Marriott  (765) 287-8550

Days Inn                      (765) 288-2311          

Fairfield Inn                 (765) 282-6666

Hampton Inn               (765) 288-8500

Holiday Inn Express     (765) 289-4678

BSU Student Center    (765) 285-1555

Quality Inn & Suites    (765) 216-1675

Signature Inn               (765) 284-8400

Super 8                        (765) 287-5058


Manager contact information

Megan Koch
Email address: mkoch@ilstu.edu
Phone number: 309-438-8447

Mailing address

Campus Box 4480
Normal, IL 61761

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