The Princeton Debate Panel would like to invite you to attend the 2013 Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Debate Tournament, which will take place at Princeton University on February 15–16, 2013.
The tournament will consist of five preliminary rounds followed by a break to varsity octofinals and novice semis. Like last year, we will have straight-link motions. We will be awarding trophies to the top 10 novice speakers, the top 8 novice teams, the top 10 varsity speakers, and the top 16 varsity teams. As always, the tournament’s top speaker will take home the famous Bronze Tiger award.
As in previous years, Dinos will be able to debate.
We will once again offer one of the deepest judging pools of any tournament on the circuit. Claire Branch and Matt Arons, our judging directors, are currently reaching out to dinos on both coasts and working on some great motions. As always, we will cover reasonable transportation costs and provide free hotel rooms for dino judges. If you are a dino who would like to judge, please contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Adam Groce will be our tab director.
Food and Sleep:
We will be offering dinner on Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning, and a buffet lunch on Saturday afternoon. We will be providing housing on Friday night in the lovely (and close) Princeton dormitories. If you are traveling from far away and need housing for Thursday or Saturday night, just shoot us an email at email@example.com. We’ll do our best to accommodate you.
This year, reg for Adlai will be $120 per team. You can pay us in cash, with a check, or – new this year! – with a credit card. As always, we’re willing to offer generous reg breaks to teams who need them. If you are traveling a long distance to attend Adlai, if your team is under financial duress, or if you’ve never attended Adlai before, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss reg breaks. Please also indicate that you need a reg break on the registration form.
We will be PAY-TO– PLAY. This means that if you do not pay us on or before Friday February 15th or make a prior arrangement with us, your teams will be dropped from tab. In addition, we will not be accepting pre-registration from teams that still owe us registration from last year. If you have questions about your debt, please email our Financial VP Connor at email@example.com.
We really like it when people arrive on time. We will not be accepting scratches from teams who arrive after registration is scheduled to close. Tab scratches may still be considered at the discretion of the tab staff. We will also be dropping teams who show up after Round 1 is scheduled to start.
Beth Shiel, APDA EOF, will be our Equity Officer.
We will hard cap at 120 teams, with a soft cap of 5 teams per school. If you would like to reg more than 5 teams, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how many teams you would like to bring.
We will have a judging requirement of (n-1)/2 rounded up. We will charge $40 for every missing judge. Judges should have previous APDA experience.
All teams need to register by Monday, February 11, 2013 at midnight. You can find the registration form here:
On this form, you will need to provide the following:
1. team information, including names, seed status, and Varsity/Novice status,
2. judging information, including judge’s name, years on APDA, and contact information
3. dietary restrictions information
4. housing requests
5. the name and cell number of every debater and judge who will be attending
6. any requests for reg discounts (please enter the information in the form *and* email us if you’d like to discuss reg breaks)
Directions from the north: Take I-95 to exit 9 NJ-18 N toward US-1. Merge onto US-1 (heading toward Princeton and Trenton), drive about 16 miles, and turn right at the light onto Washington Road, heading north. Drive about one mile and turn right at the light after bridge onto Faculty Road. We’ll post further instructions about parking from here as soon as we have parking space confirmed.
Directions from the south: Take I-95 to exit 67 US-1 N toward New Brunswick. Drive about 4 miles, and turn left at the light onto Washington Road, heading north. Drive about one mile and turn right at the light after bridge onto Faculty Road. We’ll post further instructions about parking from here as soon as we have parking space confirmed.
By train from NYC: Take the northeast corridor line NJ Transit from New York Penn to Trenton. Get off at Princeton Junction. Catch the 5-minute “Dinky” train to Princeton (it will be on your right as you get off the train).
By train from Philadelphia: Take the northeast corridor line NJ Transit from Union Station to NYP. Get off at Princeton Junction. Catch the “Dinky” to Princeton (about 5 minutes).
We will be posting a schedule soon. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing all of you at Princeton on February 15!
All the best,
Joseph LoPresti, Mitchell Johnston, and Ryan Low
2013 Adlai TDs