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Eastern Michigan University Alumni Invitational

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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY                          SCHOOL of COMMUNICATION, MEDIA & THEATRE ARTS                 Education First                emich.edu/CMTA 
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                 Director of Forensics      
Raymond Quiel             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 
11:00 AM Round 2 of EXT
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, PER, POI, PRO)  
8:30 AM Round 1 of EXT
9:30 AM EXT Prep 
9:45 AM Round 2 of Flight A  
10:00 AM ROund 2 of EXT
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 
Judges:  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.   
 Fees:  $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 
Scoring:  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.  
Placing Prelims – IE Finals – IE 
1st 3 pts 12 pts 
2nd 2 pts 10 pts 
3rd 1 pt 8 pts 4th  6 pts 5th  4 pts 6th  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.  
 Parking:  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  850-556-3091 Tward12@emich.edu 
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; 734.697.2244 
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 on campus 
Student Union Food Court 
Sona Latin Cantina 734.487.3838 Hours             Sat 11am-4pm            Sun 3pm-9pm 
Lobby Shop 734.487.2328 Hours Sat 9am-9pm           Sun 12pm-9pm 
Starbucks 734.487.9612 Hours Sat 9am-10pm           Sun 12pm-10pm 
Miscellaneous & Fun 
Walgreens Pharmacy  2170 Washtenaw Ave,  Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.485.3899 
CVS 2151 Washtenaw Ave,  Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.483.8900 
 Meijer 3825 Carpenter Rd,  Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.973.1200 
 Kroger 2010 Whittaker Rd,  Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.547.1790 
 Wal-Mart 2515 Ellsworth Rd,  Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.434.5620 
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum 100 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 734.482.5200 
Michigan Firehouse Museum 110 W Cross St,  Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.547.0663 
The Rocket Gifts, Toys and Candy 122 W Michigan Ave,  Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.483.2291 
Brick & Mortar Modern General Store 21 E Cross St,  Ypsilanti, MI 48198 734.340.2343 
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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