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January 7th 2020


Dear Colleagues:


The Eastern Michigan University Forensics Program and the School of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts cordially invite you and your team to attend the 46th Annual Tower Swing Invitational taking place on Saturday, February 8th, and Sunday, February 9th, 2020.


Both tournaments will offer all 11 NFA Individual Events. Awards will be given to the top six I.E. finalists and to all elimination round participants if needed. We will also be acknowledging the top novice for each individual event. Finally, we will recognize the top 5 competitors entered in I.E. individual sweepstakes as well as the top three schools in I.E. team sweepstakes.


Please find attached information regarding the projected schedule, entries, as well as options for lodging and food. We are very excited to announce that this year the theme of our tournament will be “Tower Inc.” We are so excited to see all of you here. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Timothy Ward by either email tward12@emich.edu or phone 850-556-3091


Entries are due by 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, February 4th, 2020. We look forward to seeing you in Ypsilanti!





Patrick Seick                                                    Raymond Quiel

Director of Forensics                                           Director of Debate


Nina Brennan                                                       

Assistant Director of Forensics   


Timothy Ward

Assistant Director of Forensics




Eastern Michigan University Forensics Team · Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

127 Quirk Building, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 487-0320 · Fax: (734) 487-3443



9:00 AM Extemp Prep

9:15 AM Round 1 of Flight A (ADS, DUO, PER, POI, PRO)

9:30 AM Round 1 of EXT

10:30 am Extemp Prep

10:45 AM Round 2 of Flight A

12:00 PM Lunch

12:45 PM Round 1 of Flight B (DI, IMP, INF, POE, RC)

2:00 PM Round 2 of Flight B

3:30 PM Extemp Prep for Finals

3:45 PM Final Round of Flight A

5:15 PM Final Round of Flight B





8:00 AM Extemp Prep

8:15 AM Round 1 of Flight A (ADS, DUO, EXT, PER, POI, PRO)

9:30 AM EXT Prep

9:45 AM Round 2 of Flight A

11:00 AM Round 1of Flight B

12:15 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Round 2 of Flight B

2:15: PM Extemp Prep for Finals

2:30 PM Final Round of Flight A **

4:00 PM Final Round of Flight B

ASAP AWARDS CEREMONY (We will attempt to collapse finals if possible)






Tournament Notes



All entries must be received bv 5:00 p.m. EST,

Tuesday, February 4th 2020 through http://www.speechwire.com


Any adjustments made to the entry after the deadline but prior to the tournament will be subject to a $10.00 nuisance fee, as well as a $15.00 fee per dropped judge. Any changes at registration will be subject to a $25.00 nuisance fee and $100 per dropped judge.


Entry Limitations:

Students may enter three events per pattern in both tournaments. Overall school entry is unlimited. Judges will be instructed to allow double/triple entered contestants to perform first.



Tower Invitational and EMU Alumni Invitational Tournaments

Flight A

Flight B

After Dinner Speaking

Duo Interpretation

Extemporaneous Speaking

Persuasive Speaking

Programmed Oral Interpretation

Prose Interpretation

Dramatic Interpretation

Impromptu Speaking

Informative Speaking

Poetry Interpretation

Rhetorical Criticism



We want competitors to feel safe at all times during our tournament. Please feel free to contact the tournament director if judges need to be blocked from a specific competitor. One judge is obligated to cover six I.E. slots. We appreciate every effort to cover your slots. 





$10.00 for each I.E. slot

$12.00 for each uncovered I.E. slot

$12.00 per drop prior to registration/$15.00 per dropped judge

$25.00 per dropped slot at registration

$100.00 per dropped judge at registration



IE: Final team sweepstakes placement will be based on team points accumulated according to the table below.  Each school's top three speakers in each event will be used for tabulating prelims sweepstakes. Half of the total prelim points will be added to points based on finals placement. Team sweepstakes will recognize the top three IE programs. Individual sweepstakes awards will be given to the top five students entered in at least five individual events.



Prelims – IE

Finals – IE


3 pts

12 pts


2 pts

10 pts


1 pt

8 pts



6 pts



4 pts



2 pts



Event descriptions:

Event descriptions for all eleven NFA events can be found at





Limited Preparation Events:

Impromptu Speaking

In the spirit of topic areas at NFA, we will include prompts other than traditional quotations.


Extemporaneous Speaking

Free WIFI will be available through the universities guest login system. It will issue a temporary access. It does take a few minutes to set up an account so please factor this in when preparing for the event. Additionally, while we are confident that this service will be available, we cannot guarantee it.


***Unlike other event rules, minimum and maximum time limits provided for ALL events are enforced at the discretion of the individual judge rather than the association***


Content Warnings:

We are committed to providing a safe and edifying space for all. Therefore, we encourage the use of content and/or trigger warnings when possible for competitors who may be performing sensitive material. If you have questions or concerns about when such a warning may be appropriate please contact the tournament director.


Open Door Policy:

In an effort to ensure that our tournament is a safe and supportive environment there will be an open-door policy. Anyone can leave during a round to engage in selfcare at any point without fear of negative consequences. While we encourage competitors and audience members to support every performance, we also want everyone to feel free to engage in selfcare. Furthermore, we realize that leaving during a performance may not be possible. Therefore, we also encourage in-round selfcare. This includes, but is not limited to the acceptance of all forms of listening, including students who disengage from a performance (e.g., actively dissociate, put their head down, etc.) when they are uncomfortable. We will remind judges and competitors of this at the tournament.




Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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 Alexander Pay Lot will be on your left.  Quirk is the building on the left with the circle drive.


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 (Michigan Firehouse Museum) and past Forest Ave. Just after you pass Forest make the first left turn onto Jarvis. If you get to the gas station Kampus Korner than you have gone too far. Turn onto Jarvis and go through the light at Lowell St. to get onto campus. Your first left will be the Alexander Pay Lot. This is the best place to park and Quirk Hall and Pray Harold are the building right next to the Alexander Music Building. Quirk Hall is the building with the circle drive.



This year the university has made a significant shift in its parking policy. The university has privatized parking on campus. Thus, while in the past parking was open on the weekends, this year the only options for parking are in the designated pay lots. The closest is the Alexander Pay Lot located right next to the Alexander Music Building. The daily max rate is $12.00. Please also find the ParkEMU website where you will find more information https://www.parkemu.com/visitors/parking-rates/. If you have further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Timothy Ward.













Emergency Contact:


Timothy Ward












Possible Lodging Options


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


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


3.4 miles from campus: Comfort Inn, 2455 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.973.6100.


8.9 miles from campus: American Best Value Inn Suites, 3505 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108; 734.665.3500.


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.


9.8 miles from campus: Red Roof Inn, 45501 N. I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI, 48111;



10.1 miles from campus: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 46194 N. I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI, 48111: 734.857.6200.


10.2 miles from campus: Hampton Inn, 46280 N. I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI, 48111; 734.669.2424

Food Options both on and off campus


Cross St.

Tower Inn Café

701 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



            Fri 11am-2am

            Sat 11am-2am

            Sun 10am-2am


The Wurst Bar

701 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



            Fri 11:30am-2am

            Sat 11:30am-2am

            Sun 12pm-12am


Got Burger!

301 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



            Fri 10am-3am

            Sat 10am-3am

            Sun CLOSED


505 W. Cross St

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



          Fri 11am-3am

          Sat 11am-3am

          Sun 11am-12am



Carpenter Drive

Bob Evans

2411 Carpenter Rd,

Ann Arbor, MI 48108



            Fri 6:30am-9pm

            Sat 6:30am-9pm

            Sun 7am-9pm

Red Robin

3797 Carpenter Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



             Fri 11am-11pm

             Sat 11am-11pm

             Sun 11am-10pm


Applebee’s Grill & Bar

3819 Carpenter Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



             Fri 11am-1am

             Sat 11am-1am

             Sun 11am-12am





Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

207 W. Michigan Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



            Fri   11am-11pm

            Sat  11am-11pm

            Sun 12pm-9pm


20 N. Washington St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



            Fri   7am-4pm

            Sat  7am-4pm

            Sun 9am-4pm

GO! Ice Cream

10 N. Washington St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



            Fri   12pm-9pm

            Sat  12pm-9pm

            Sun 12pm-9pm

Bobcat Bonnie’s

200 W. Michigan Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



            Fri.  11am-12am

            Sat  10am-12am

            Sun 10am-10pm





Depot Town

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

56 E Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198




Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill

39 E. Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198




MAIZ Mexican Cantina

36 E. Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198



            Fri   11am-1am

            Sat  11am-12am

            Sun 12am-10am

Ollie Food & Spirits

42 E. Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198



            Fri  11am-12am

            Sat  8am-12am

            Sun 8am-12am

Cultivate Coffee & Tap House

307 N. River St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198



            Fri   8am-12am

            Sat  8am-12am

            Sun 9am-10pm







Student Union Food Court

Sona Latin Cantina



           Sat 11am-4pm

           Sun 3pm-9pm


Lobby Shop


Hours Sat 9am-9pm

          Sun 12pm-9pm




Hours Sat 9am-10pm

          Sun 12pm-10pm


Miscellaneous & Fun

Walgreens Pharmacy

2170 Washtenaw Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




2151 Washtenaw Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




3825 Carpenter Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




2010 Whittaker Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197




2515 Ellsworth Rd,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

100 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198



Michigan Firehouse Museum

110 W Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



The Rocket Gifts, Toys and Candy

122 W Michigan Ave,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197



Brick & Mortar Modern General Store

21 E Cross St,

Ypsilanti, MI 48198



Rave Cinemas Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX

4100 Carpenter Rd,

Ann Arbor, MI 48197



Manager contact information

Timothy Ward
Email address: tward12@emich.edu
Phone number: 8505563091

Mailing address

127 Quirk
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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