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*2018 Empire DebatesThe King’s Debate Society is pleased to invite you  for
the 7th annual Empire Debates, a WUDC format tournament, hosted in the
heart of New York City’s financial district, March 10-11, 2018.  In the
city of the UN, Jay-Z, Wall Street, and Broadway, we look forward to great
competition, through a smoothly executed, fun tournament with quality
judges and motions.For further updates, please join the Facebook event here
<https://www.facebook.com/events/174891279784950/?active_tab=about>.REGISTRATION:Team:
$90Judges: $25 per judge, n-1 requirement, $30 missing judge feeE-mail
entries, including any dietary constraints, to Josiah Peterson, Tournament
Director, at [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>. Please make checks payable to
The King’s College with “The King’s Debate Society” in the memo line.  We
will also be accepting cash or credit card payments at registration on the
first day.  If you are a new program, or coming a long distance, please
contact us; we will do our best to work with each school's limitations.If
you pay by personal check, we will cash it immediately and your teams will
be disqualified if the check bounces. Registration Deadline: February 26,
2018. (early estimates appreciated)HOUSING:Finding hotels in New York City
can be difficult, as there is often a trade-off between proximity and cost.
We have procured a great deal at one hotel that is walking distance from
campus, but have also included three cheaper hotels in New Jersey and
Brooklyn that are connected to the City’s mass transit systems.Tournament
Hotel (Recommended - Walking Distance):Holiday Inn Manhattan Financial
District99 Washington StNew York, NY 10006Double rooms with 2 separate beds
at the rate of $179.00 per night plus taxes.To secure the discounted rate,
please make your reservations before February 16, 2018.  You can make
reservations by calling the reservations desk at 1-855-914-1383 and
referring to the King College March Group or group code KCM.
Alternatively, you can use the link below. Kings College March
Grouphttps://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=HI&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=NYCWA&_PMID=99801505&GPC=KCM&viewfullsite=true
<https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=HI&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=NYCWA&_PMID=99801505&GPC=KCM&viewfullsite=true>Other
Hotel Options:Best Western - Prospect Park
<http://www.bwplusprospectpark.com/>764 4th AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11232(718)
768-3100Ramada - Jersey City
<https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/jersey-city-new-jersey/ramada-jersey-city/overview?cid=fe:ra:20160930:tabl:pp:rammatl:14233&tel=18009465338>65
Tonnelle AvenueJersey City, NJ 07306(800) 946-5338Super 8 - North Bergen
<https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/north-bergen-new-jersey/ramada-limited-redondo-beach-nj/overview?cid=fe:se:20160930:tabl:pp:senat:10346&tel=18005361211>2800
Columbia AvenueNorth Bergen, NJ 07047(201) 864-4500You can easily reach our
campus (56 Broadway, New York, NY 10005) from the A, C, E, R, 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, J, and Z Subway lines. If you are coming in from New Jersey you can take
the PATH train to the World Trade Center stop, a 10 minute walk from
campus.MEALS:The Empire Debates will provide breakfast and lunch Saturday
and Sunday.  E-mail any particular dietary constraints to Josiah Peterson
([log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>) by February 26, 2018, or we may not be
able to accommodate your needs. We encourage you to explore the city’s many
options for dinner both days!PROPOSED SCHEDULE:We will have five
preliminary rounds with open semis and finals with the possibility of a
novice final depending on the number of entries. (Novices shall be
considered those participating in their first year of intercollegiate
debate or competing in one of their first three intercollegiate
tournaments.)Friday, March 9th, 2018Call or e-mail to confirm teams by
10PM.Saturday, March 10th, 20187:00AM                       Registration &
Breakfast7:45AM                       DQ for all absent teams8:00AM
                      Pairings  8:15AM-10:20AM        Round
110:45AM-12:45PM      Round 212:45PM-1:45PM        Lunch  2:00PM-4:15PM
         Round 34:30PM-6:30PM          Round 4Sunday, March 11th,
20188:00AM-9:00AM         Breakfast/Pairings9:00AM-11:30AM       Round
512:00PM-2:00PM       Semifinals/Novice Finals, if sufficient
teams2:00PM-3:30PM         Lunch/Awards  3:30PM
                      Finals ADJ CORE:Eva-Marie Quinones - Chief
AdjudicatorEva-Marie debated with Bard College from 2013-2017, winning the
Novice Finals at SUNY Binghamton in 2013, advancing to semifinals at
Adelphi 2014 and TED 2016, and advancing to finals for the Northeast
Regional Championships in both 2014 and 2016. She was Top Speaker at The
Empire Debates in 2016, as well as 7th speaker at Northeast Regionals in
2016. She was a quarterfinalist at the Colgate Open in 2017, a
semi-finalist in Eastern Regionals in 2017.  She helped organize the Bard
College debate tournaments in 2014 and 2015 and she served as a DCA at the
Canadian BP Championships in 2017. In addition to helping run numerous
middle and high school tournaments, she has taught debate workshops in the
Palestinian Territories. She is currently studying at Yale
<https://politicalscience.yale.edu/people/eva-marie-quinones> for a PhD in
Poli-Sci with a concentration in Political Economy.Rubin Danberg Biggs -
Deputy Chief AdjudicatorRubin is a senior at Cornell majoring in Government
and Economics. He is a 3-time USUDC quarterfinalist, has reached the
semifinals of the 2015 Hart House IV, and 2017 Yale IV where he broke 5th,
and was 4th on the team tab and 5th speaker at NAUDC 2017. He also broke in
the Open division of WUDC 2018. As an adjudicator, he has judged at
numerous major tournaments, including WUDC 2016. Trivette Knowles - Deputy
Chief AdjudicatorTrivette is the current president and past vice president
of The King’s Debate Society.  He was recently a semi-finalist at the
Rochester season opener, he was a quarter-finalist at the University of
Vermont last year, and Novice Champion at the Bard season opener in 2015
and quarterfinalist and 9th place speaker at the Novice National
Championship in 2016. He is a pizza enthusiast, a basketball MVP, and a
good conversationalist. He studies Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at
The King’s College.CONTACT INFO:Josiah Peterson – King’s Debate Society,
CoachTrivette Knowles – King’s Debate Society, [log in to unmask]
<[log in to unmask]>, 347-861-2521*