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Penn State will be sending 2 or 3 teams. We're young, so 8 prelims would be
beneficial for us. We also have financial flexibility that other teams may
not have.

Best Regards,
Jeff Kurr
Director of Debate
Penn State Speech & Debate Society

On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 3:10 PM, James Latimer <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Tufts is planning to send 3 teams, and we would prefer the Alaska format.
> I think that the benefits of 8 prelims outweigh the costs for us.
>
> Best,
>
> Drew Latimer
> President, Tufts Debate Society
>
> On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 2:04 PM, Newby, Kenneth <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>   Hello all,
>>
>>  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I am currently exploring the
>> possibility (no promises) and economic feasibility of adopting an Alaska
>> type schedule for Morehoue USUs. You may recall we proposed the Purdue
>> model in our bid. I think the benefits of 8 preliminary rounds are obvious
>> and that starting the tournament on Saturday morning may also make it
>> slightly easier on teams flying in from the West Coast if prelim rounds
>> start on Saturday morning, and it might also enable a really nice Friday
>> night final round for America's Cup[, which will return.  In considering
>> the Alaska model, there was also a grand banquet on Sunday that I know many
>> of us enjoyed, which would require an additional cost and I know (all too
>> well) cost can be an issue. Having final rounds on Monday may also raise
>> cost issues for extended hotel stay although I think generally it's
>> actually cheaper to fly home on Monday rather than Sunday. Before any
>> changes are final, I welcome feedback from the community. I also don't want
>> to raise expectations of change too high until I know that the changes is
>> feasible, but I do want you to know we are examining all options.
>>
>>  Prof. Kenneth A. Newby, Esq.
>> Director, Morehouse College Forensics Program
>>  English Department
>> Morehouse College
>> 830 Westview Dr.
>> Atlanta, GA 30314
>>
>> 404.239.2224  Office
>> 860.983.8633  Cell
>>
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