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Hi Ken,

Thank you for the invite.

I am having trouble with the hotel link.  It does not seem to be working
for me.

Please advise.  Thank you.

Best,

Tom

On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:23 PM, Newby, Kenneth <
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> *USU 2016 Announcement!*
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> Early registration for the United States Universities Debating
> Championship 2016 – Morehouse College edition is officially open at this
> link: http://goo.gl/forms/r19JIQdRp7
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> Early registration will close on February 9, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST, and
> we expect to notify teams regarding their initial allocations the following
> week.  We hope to provide teams with initial allocations early so that they
> can confirm their airline tickets while prices to Atlanta are still
> attractive.  It is strongly recommended that you complete this initial
> early registration phase, which will assist with final planning for the
> tournament.  Details regarding how payment can be made will be released in
> February.  All final payments will be due by March 8, 2016 and arrangements
> are being made to accept payments online.
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>
> The tournament will be held April 8-11, 2016, with 8 preliminary rounds.
> We plan to host America’s Cup on Friday, April 8, 2016, followed by four
> preliminary rounds on Saturday and Sunday April 9-10, and culminating in
> final rounds on Monday, April 11.  Entry fees are  $75/participant to
> accommodate increased costs resulting from the slightly longer schedule
> than included in our bid. We, however, believe that following the 8-round
> model will help ensure competitive equity by rotating teams equally through
> all positions, provide more educational opportunities by increasing debate
> for all, and reflect the consensus of the community following last summer’s
> informal survey.
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> While no preliminary team cap has been set, the tournament is operating
> with an overall team cap of 200.  We expect, but cannot guarantee, that
> everyone will be allowed at least three teams per institution and, if space
> permits, we will allocate additional spaces for those teams requesting them
> during the early registration period.
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> Last, you can begin making those hotel reservations now.  We have reserved
> a large block of rooms at the Westin for $149/night for doubles.  We will
> increase the room block if we begin to fill up early, so make those
> reservations fast. You can reserve your space online here:
> https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/universitiesdebate
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> The Group rate is available until March 11, 2016.
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> If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
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> We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta April!
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>
> 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
>