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Purrfect Pals Furensics Swing (EIU Half)

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The cool cats of the Eastern Illinois University Panthers and the McKendree University Bearcats welcome you to attend the first ever Purrfect Pals Fur-ensics Swing on February 8th and 9th, 2020 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 4th, by 5:00 p.m. Changes may be made without charge until Wednesday, February 5th, 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.




Joe Blasdel Stephen Hagan

Director of Speech and Debate Speech Coach McKendree University McKendree University


Sara Gronstal Director of Forensics

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 6th. 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, 6.


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.

Judge Issues

We will provide a full list of judges to all coaches the week of the tournament and via speechwire (the files to download section) on Friday evening. We ask that if your students have any conflicts with judges for non-competitive reasons that you let us know so we can block the judge from judging the student. This is an easy thing for us to do with Speechwire. Examples of when this could happen might include: the student is a family member/close friend of the judge, a student was harassed/assaulted by a judge, a student was a teammate of the judge, a student was coached by the judge. We absolutely respect the privacy of these decisions. Students can inform us through their coach, or inform the tournament directors directly at sphagan@mckendree.edu or segronstal@eiu.edu. The tournament director will not ask for details and do not expect any, we trust in the decision of the student. We hope that if a judge has participated in improper behavior that the tournament director will be notified so that, if necessary, the judge can be removed from the judging pool before interacting with students, but, it is not required if the student does not feel safe doing so.



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.


Anti-Harassment Policy

McKendree University is committed to being an inclusive community that values the worth of each individual while respecting and accepting differences. Harassment is generally defined as verbal, written, or physical conduct based on or motivated by an individual’s protected status that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates a hostile work or educational environment by interfering with or limiting a person’s ability to participate in McKendree’s educational programs and activities. Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling, as well as nonverbal behavior, such as graphic and written statements, or conduct that is physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Should we become aware of any harassment occurring during the tournament, we will report it immediately to McKendree’s Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (who serves as the Title IX Coordinator), Dr. Shruti Desai. You may also contact Dr. Desai yourself:


Dr. Shruti Desai




Please report behavior that is not in line with our stated anti-harassment policy. If, at any point in time, behavior is reported that is antithetical to a positive learning environment for any tournament participants, we will deal with it accordingly. It will be reported to appropriate official on our campus, properly documented to national forensic organizations, and the

offenders will be asked to leave campus. Directors, please remember, you are responsible for the people that you bring to our campus.




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 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.




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


-Dairy Queen


-Casey’s Pizza


-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


-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

Sara Gronstal
Email address: segronstal@eiu.edu
Phone number: 4029815826

Mailing address

None provided

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