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Author Topic: Applicaition deadline for Columbia Round Robin coming up  (Read 2433 times)
frankmon
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« on: November 10, 2010, 11:24:08 AM »

The deadline to apply for the Round Robin is Monday November 15th.  We have a good representation from across the country from the teams that have already applied in addition to No entry fee, all meals and all ground transportation provided.  See all the information below.

An update on the hotel contract:  Holiday Inn Express in Times Square $145

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60763-d1139717-Reviews-Holiday_Inn_Express_New_York_City_Times_Square-New_York_City_New_York.html

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ROUND ROBIN IN NEW YORK CITY January 29-30

Columbia University is happy to host the Columbia Round Robin sponsored by Oracle University to be held on the campus of Columbia University in New York City’s Upper West Side on January 29-30.   There is NO ENTRY FEE for teams accepted to participate in the round robin and all meals (with the exception of Sunday night) will be provided along with all ground transportation, so you basically have to get to NYC and we will take care of you.   The schedule for the tournament allows for plenty of time to see NYC and we will be planning nightly activities for those that come.
 
Application process and selection criteria:
We will be selecting a total of 8 teams to participate in the round robin.  All applicants should send an email to Frank Montano at fcmnyc@gmail.com with the names of team members that are applying, a short statement of their competitive record and the year they are in school.   Application deadline is November 15, 2010 and we plan to announce selected teams no later than November 20, 2010.
Although the selection criteria is strictly subjective, some criteria  that we will be using to select teams include: competitive record, region (regional diversity is a high priority), year in school (seniors over freshman).  At a minimum, the team (or one of the team members) that applies should have been an NDT participant or in out rounds at CEDA.

Hotel
We are still finalizing hotel contracts and are speaking with additional sponsors that may be able to provide hotel subsidies.  At the minimum, we will be able to get stays in a Manhattan hotel at the rate of $150 a night, but will more than likely have a package that is much more attractive.  If you need alternative forms of housing, we should be able to accommodate most.  I will update this as soon as I hear from the additional sponsors.

Tournament Format:
All eight teams will debate the other seven teams in front of a single judge. In order for the tournament to stay on schedule and provide participants the opportunity to enjoy being in NYC, we will be employing a judge non-disclosure rule.  We will provide extra time for the judges to write extra comments on the ballot.  Rounds 1-4 results will be announced/posted at dinner Saturday night.

AWARDS:
Awards provided to the top 3 teams and top 5 Speakers.  Columbia University will be participating in the Round Robin, but will not be eligible for any awards.

Judging and Prefs:
All teams are expected to provide a judge for their team.  If you are unable to provide a judge, we’ll find one for you, no fee.  (See how accommodating we are)  Each judge should expect to judge no more than 3 rounds the whole weekend (hired judges are excluded from this rule).
Since there will be limited judging available, we will be allowing teams a certain number of strikes (TBD) but will most likely not employ any sort of pref  system.

Schedule
For those teams that are able to do so, we suggest taking a redeye Thursday night arriving Friday morning.  We are planning activities for most of the day Friday for those that arrive on Friday.
 
Friday:  January 28th
5pm-11pm:  Welcome reception (food provided and open bar for those 21 and over) and registration at tournament hotel TBD.
 
Saturday January 29th:
7:15 AM  Meet in hotel lobby and be taken to Columbia University by guide
7:30AM Breakfast provided at Columbia
8:15-10:00 AM Round 1
10:15-NOON Round 2
Noon-1:00 PM Lunch Provided
1:00-2:45PM Round 3
3:00-4:45PM Round 4
5:30PM Meet at a central location at tournament to be transported back to hotel by guide
7:00-9:00PM Dinner at tournament hotel and announcement of round 1-4 results.

Sunday January 30
9:00 AM meet in hotel lobby to be transported to Columbia University
9:15 Breakfast provided on campus
10:00-11:45AM Round 5
Noon- Lunch provided
1:00-2:45PM Round 6
3:00PM-4:45PM Round 7
5:30PM Awards

7:00PM-Some activity in NYC
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neil berch
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010, 08:33:21 PM »

And the winners are...?
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