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V I Keenan
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« on: January 27, 2010, 11:07:34 AM »

GOTHAM DEBATES: THE NYC ROUND ROBIN
Hosted by The New School

The Northeast Region invites you to a multi-pod Round Robin tournament on January 30-31st in New York City.

Entries will open via debateresults on January 5th and will officially close on January 22nd. Initial entries will allow one team per school for the first series of entries, with a second “waitlisted” team per school anticipated to be entered pending the feasible number of pods for the tournament based on room limitations. Tournament entries will be restricted: All CEDA Northeast Regional Teams will be guaranteed their first entry, and will be able to enter that team directly on debateresults. All out of region teams, and the second team from any school, should be emailed to the Tab Director, Mike Girouard (mike.girouard@gmail.com), who will finalize all entries manually.

The tournament will have no fewer than 16 teams and two-pods. All debates will have a minimum of two judges. Each entered team is required to have one full judging commitment per team to maximize the educational component of the Round Robin for each participating team. Limited judging is available for hire in NYC, and we encourage community alumni to contact the tournament for possible judging opportunities. We encourage observers.

SCHEDULE:
The schedule will offer 7 Preliminary debates and 1 Final round debate between the top team in each pod.

Friday January 29th
8:00 PM Pod Assignments, Rounds 1 & 2 Released
Sat. Jan 30th
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
9:00 AM-11:00 PM Round 1
12:30 PM-2:30 PM Round 2
Lunch
3:00 PM Rounds 3 & 4 Released
3:30 PM-5:30 PM Round 3
6:00 PM-8:00 PM Round 4

Sun. Jan 31st
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM-11:00 PM Round 5
12:30 PM-2:30 PM Round 6
Lunch
3:00 PM-5:00 PM Round 7
5:30 PM-6:00 PM Awards Ceremony
6:30 PM-8:30 Finals (Top team from each pod)

For dinner, we encourage you to try any of the thousands of New York options for dinner, and we are happy to offer suggestions to you and your team at the tournament.

Teams flying in should anticipate arriving Friday evening and departing late Sunday or Monday. Teams driving may wish to arrive Friday evening, but should be able to depart Sunday night. Please specify the drivers to the tab room on Sunday so that we may accommodate them and allow sufficient periods of rest before you depart.

FEES:
In order to hire out the number of judges needed and provide food for the tournament, fees will be $50 per person attending. This includes competitors, judges and observers. If your school needs assistance please contact me and we will do our best to accommodate.

LOCATION:

The tournament will be held in lower Manhattan, below 14th street, near 5th Avenue. There will be limited parking; however it may be advisable for most teams to take local transit to the tournament itself.

The physical address is 65 West 11th St, New York, NY 10011.

Teams who anticipate flying into New York would probably benefit from booking a hotel in Manhattan and taking cabs/subway rather than renting a car.

DIRECTIONS
By Train or Bus
Two major railroad stations (Pennsylvania and Grand Central) and one major bus terminal (Port Authority) serve New York City. Train and bus services include Amtrak, Metro-North, Long Island Railroad, Greyhound, Trailways, New Jersey Transit and PATH. All three terminals provide easy access to The New School via public transportation (see subway information). Taxi service from any of these locations is easiest and cost approximately $7.00 - $10.00.


By Subway
The New School is accessible by a variety of subway lines. When visiting the university you may take the following or visit www.hopstop.com:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q, W or L trains to 14th Street and Union Square. Walk south to 11th Street, then west (turn right) to 65 West 11th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).
The A, C, and E trains to 14th Street. Walk west along 14th Avenue to 6th Avenue (make right). Walk south along 6th (turn left) on 11th Street to 65 West 11th Street.
The 1, 2, 3, F or V trains to 14th Street. Walk to 6th Avenue. Walk along 6th Avenue South to 11th Street and turn left to 65 West 11th Street.
The PATH train from New Jersey stops at 14th Street and 6th Avenue. Walk south to 11th Street, then east (turn left).

By Car
We are located at 65 West 11th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
From: Points north of New York City via I-95
Take I-95 to the Triborough Bridge. Follow the FDR Drive downtown. Exit at 14th Street. Travel east to 5th Avenue. Turn left. Turn right on 11th Street.
From: New Jersey and points west of New York City
From the George Washington Bridge: take the Henry Hudson Parkway south and proceed as directed above.
From the Lincoln Tunnel: follow the signs to 39th or 40th Streets and head east (one block) to 9th Avenue. Travel south on 9th Avenue to 14th Street. Make a left turn on to 14th Street and continue as above.
From the New Jersey Turnpike: take the Holland Tunnel to Canal Street. Continue on Canal Street to 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). Go north on 6th Avenue (turn left) to 14th Street; turn right and continue on 14th Street to 5th Avenue. Make right to 11th street. Turn right onto 11th Street.

ACCOMODATIONS:

A limited number of spaces are available for teams and individuals to stay with those in the greater NYC debate community. If you are seeking assistance, you can contact Vik Keenan from CUNY at vikeenan@gmail.com or 347-683-6894.

There is no tournament hotel as you will be able to book a cheaper and more convenient option on your own. In general, January and February are the cheapest months to visit NY, and hotels.com or other sites will have reasonable deals for you. We are happy to offer suggestions for hotels you may wish to book with directly.

SOCIAL EVENTS AND NYC:

A listing of suggested restaurants and outings will be posted shortly.

In addition to those choices, we invite anyone of legal age to join us on Friday night at The Stoned Crow on Washington Place between 6th Avenue and Washington Square Park, a short distance from the tournament location. Vik will probably buy you your first drink of the night.

We look forward to seeing you at the end of January in NYC!


Mike Girouard
Director of Debate – The New School
mike.girouard@gmail.com
254.227.8518

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