Dear Debate Community,
We are excited to announce that the Louisiana Tech University debate
team will be hosting the Hot and Spicy Louisiana Tech Debate
Tournament! We will be offering competition in WUDC-style debate. The
tournament will be held Ruston, Louisiana on November 15-16, 2014.
We will offer five preliminary rounds of debate, followed by
appropriate elimination rounds. The tournament will be breaking to
semi-finals and awards will be given to the top 5 speakers. We are
also offering a waiver of registration fees for two team entries from
programs traveling in excess of 500 miles to attend! The awards for
this tournament are special to the state of Louisiana as they
incorporate our famous Tabasco Sauce, made on Avery Island 140 miles
west of New Orleans.
The registration deadline is 5pm Friday, November 7, 2014. Please
submit entries by emailing [log in to unmask] All entries must
include number of teams, judges, an email address and a phone number
that we can reach during the tournament. Please let us know if anyone
on your team would like to participant in the Public Speaking event.
Beyond the excitement of debate rounds, we will be hosting a social.
Not only trying to keep in the true spirit of WUDC, but also to foster
a sense of community within the circuit. At the social, breaks will be
announced as well as holding the public speaking event final.
The public speaking event is a free event. You can register for this
event with your entry, or register with the registration desk on the
morning of Nov 15. The topics are given right before the speech and
the main point of the speech is to entertain. This is a light-hearted,
social impromptu competition that always gets a lot of laughs. Two
finalists will be chosen according to crowd feedback and will compete
during the break party/social. Winner and runner up get a special prize!
This tournament is one of a kind. We will be working hard until the
day you arrive to assure that you not only have a successful
educational experience in your rounds, but between and after rounds
we?ll keep the fun alive. This is the place to bring first-time WUDC
competitors or long time veterans to experience an efficient and
exciting tournament. We look forward to seeing you!
Sam Hathorn Hannah Vincent Shane Puckett
Chief Adjudicator Deputy Chief Adjudicator Tab
Tabulation: Minimally, the first round will be preset. Our primary
goal is to ensure that all entered teams debate in each of the four
positions throughout prelims. Our secondary goal is to power match
prelim rounds 2-5 as best as possible.
Directions: If you are arriving by plane at the Monroe airport, we
will have someone come and pick you up. Just let us know when your
plane is scheduled to arrive. For those of you who are driving, the
campus easily accessible from I-20. Below is a campus map to help you
find your way around
Parking: Faculty parking at GTM.
Food: We will be providing breakfast and lunch on both days.
Special Needs: If you or any of your debaters have special needs,
please let us know with your entry. We will do everything we can to
accommodate these requests.
Hotels: Ruston has several hotels that can house your team during the
tournament. All of the hotels listed here are within a 10 minute drive
? Sleep Inn & Suites - 106 South Service Road East, Ruston, LA 71270 -
? Hampton Inn - 1315 N Trenton St, Ruston, LA 71270 - (318) 251-3090
? Americas Best Value Inn - 1105 Trenton Street, Ruston, LA 71270 -
? Days Inn - 1801 North Service Rd E, Ruston, LA 71270 - (318) 251-2360
? Super 8 - 1101 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270 - (318) 255-0588
? Comfort Inn - 1951 North Service Rd E, Ruston, LA 71270 - (318) 242-0070
? Fairfield Inn - 1707 Roberta Ave, Ruston, LA 71270 - (318) 251-9800
? Holiday Inn Express - 1825 Roberta Ave, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 -
? Relax Inn - 1300 N Trenton St, Ruston, LA 71270 - (318) 255-2911
We have very limited crash space. Please check with Shane Puckett as
HOW YOUR TROPHIES WERE MADE:
Edmund McIlhenny was given seeds of Capsicum frutescens peppers that
came from Mexico or Central America, and he first planted them on
Avery Island, Louisiana, over 140 years ago. Today, just as then, when
the peppers reach the perfect shade of deep red and are at their
juiciest, they are carefully picked by hand. After the peppers are
picked, they are mashed and then mixed with a small amount of Avery
Island salt extracted from the salt mines that lie beneath the Island.
The pepper mash is placed in white oak barrels, and the wooden tops of
the barrels are then covered with more Avery Island salt, which acts
as a natural barrier to protect the barrels? contents. The mash is
allowed to ferment and then age for up to three years in the McIlhenny
warehouse. The mash is then inspected by a member of the McIlhenny
family. When approved, the fully aged mash is then blended with
high-quality distilled vinegar and about four weeks later, the pepper
skins, pulp and seeds are strained out using three different-sized
screens. Then the ?finished? sauce is bottled by modern methods,
labeled in 22 languages and dialects, and prepared for shipment to
over 165 countries and territories around the world.
Saturday, Nov 15
8:00 Roll Call
8:15 Mandatory Competitor and Judge Briefing
8:45 Round 1announce
9:00 Round 1
10:45 Round 2 announce
11:00 Round 2
2:00 Round 3 announce
2:15 Round 3
4:00 Round 4 announce
4:15 Round 4
6:00 Round 5 announce
6:15 Round 5
8:30 Break Party (Social)
-9:00 Public Speaking
Sunday, Nov 16
8:15 Roll Call/Public speaking finals draw
8:30 Quarters announce
10:30 Semis announce
Awards & Public speaking finals
2:30 Finals announce
FOOD: Breakfast and Lunch will be provided both days
Judging: Each school?s judging obligation is N-1, where N = the number
of teams entered. To familiarize yourself/your students/your judges
with Worlds format debate, we will be giving a mandatory briefing
before round 1. This briefing is important because it helps
standardize judging, and let?s debaters know to what standard they
will be held.
We will hold early registration in Robinson Hall (Room 211) on Nov 14
from 5pm-8pm, or you can wait until the morning of the November 15 at
Fees: A fee of $65.00 will be assessed for each team entry. Drops made
after 5pm on November 12 will be assessed a drop fee of $10.00 per
team. Drops made at/the day of registration will be assessed a fee of
$50.00 per team. Name changes are free. Please send you entries via
email to Shane Puckett at [log in to unmask]
If you have further questions or need anything else, please do not
hesitate to email them to Sam Hathorn at [log in to unmask] or call
Sam at (318) 229-6226. We will do our best to answer any questions. We
look forward to seeing you at the tournament!
Instructor/Director of Debate
Robinson Hall 211
Louisiana Tech University
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