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  1. I emailed this and its on the MIFA website but several have requested it here. Yellowjacket Debate Invitational, Detroit Country Day School September 24 and 25, 2010 You and your team are invited to attend the Yellowjacket Debate Invitational at Detroit Country Day School. Some of the important information is as follows: Location: Detroit Country Day School is at 22305 W. Thirteen Mile, Beverly Hills, Michigan 48025. This is on the southwest corner of 13 mile Road and Lahser Road. Approximately 2 miles north of I-696 or M-10. For those might know the area, we are 1/2 mile west of Groves HS. All rounds will take place at the High School. Please park in the back of the school by the tennis courts. Registration: 2:30 - 3:00 Friday Sept 24 in the Student Center at the Upper School. The Student Center is located at the back of the building just west of the tennis courts. General meeting at 3:15 first round at 3:45. Divisions: We will offer Varsity and JV two-person divisions along with a novice 4 person. If we don’t have enough teams to run a division we will merge divisions. No mavericks please. If you have a two person novice team let us know and if we can pair them with another school who only has a two person we will try. Hybrid teams may be entered but will be not be elligible for out rounds. We will inform you as the date gets closer if there will be a division merge. Format: 5 prelims and elims (based on entries) with Varsity and JV. The first two rounds will be pre-set all others will be powerpaired. Novice will be 4 rounds (2 Friday, 2 Saturday) and elims (based on entries). To help novices in their first tournament DCD coaching staff will run a Q & A session during the V/JV round one. Judges: You must supply one judge for every 2 teams or fraction thereof, 1 judge for a novice 4 person. Minimal judges will be available for hire at $130.00 each, half judges will cost $65. I will take requests as long as I can fill them, so ask early. All judges are required to judge one round beyond the elimination of their team from the tournament. Thus all judges must be available for the first elimination round. PLEASE IDENTIFY ALL JUDGE PRECLUSIONS AND CONFLICTS ON YOUR ENTRY. Food: We will sell dinner items on Friday and Lunch on Saturday. Coaches and judges food will be complimentary. Fees: $50.00 per 2 person team, $75.00 for a 4 person team. $130.00 for a hired judge, $65.00 for a half judge. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DETROIT COUNTRY DAYEntry: Deadline for entry is Wednesday, September 22, 2010--5pm. All fees and judge commitments will be frozen at this time. Please try to enter through EMAIL--rkay@dcds.edu. If you do not get a response within 24 hours please resend. I will respond to all entries as I receive them. You also MUST SEND IN NAMES OF ALL DEBATERS AND JUDGES (including any preclusions) By Thursday Sept. 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM. You will delay the start of the tournament on Friday if you do not send in the appropriate information. Forfeit: We will use a 15 minute rule for competitors and judges. If you are more than 15 minutes late you risk forfeit for that round. I will apologize right now if I yell at you to get to your rounds--be on time and it won't happen. Teams of offending judges will forfeit and hired judges will not be paid if they are late. Lodging: See next page Parking: Our school parking lots are generally full until at least 5:00. Thus, PLEASE CAR POOL OR BRING BUSES IF YOU CAN. There will be limited parking available on Friday. Saturday should be no problem. On both days it will be easier to park in the back of the school. Just follow the road around the west side of the building and it will take you to the back lot. Contact information: Please direct all correspondence to RUTH KAY rkay@dcds.edu Email is the best 248-646-7717 School phone (OK but you will have to leave a message and it's difficult for me to return calls during the day.) 248-417-5252 Cell Phone--Usually a very good option (there's voice mail here) but my phone doesn't work in all parts of my school building so you may end up leaving a voice message, and I don’t answer it during class time. 248-646-2458 School Fax—Not an option I would recommend but use it as a last resort and be sure RUTH KAY is on the fax CLEARLY. It has taken a week or more for some faxes to get to me. You decide the level of risk you are willing to take.
  2. Any thoughts by anyone...The Sept 17-18 dates, where the DCD tournament originally would fall, happens to be Yom Kippur, and I prefer not to limit anyone's participation because of a religious holiday. I would like to know if there is sentiment to change it to the next weekend Sept 24-25. Traditionally this has been the Okemos tournament but that one is question for next year. Does anyone have any thoughts or date preferences.
  3. HH Dow HS in Midland Michigan will be hosting a tournament Dec 5-6. There is an urgent need for judges. If you or someone you know would be interested in judging please contact Amy Bushey (bushbo@charter.net) or Ruth Kay (rkay@dcds.edu). Thanks!
  4. The Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association announces a position opening for Executive Director. The candidate selected for this position will be responsible for leading, promoting, and managing a statewide program of interscholastic speech activities for middle school, junior high and high school students in Michigan. The Executive Director reports to a 19-member Forensic Council composed of K-12 and higher education speech activity coaches, other teaching faculty, and administrators. A complete job description and online application can be found at: https://employcws.umich.edu/cws/seeker.html?XLOCALE=en_us (job ID #27487). All applications must be submitted online. If you have any questions regarding this position please contact Ruth Kay, Chair MIFA Forensic Council at rkay@dcds.edu.
  5. Just to echo everyone else--thanks Orion and the Okemos team for your efforts this weekend, a well run tournament! Just a small correction to the results in the semi-finals. Groves DK defeated DCD KL. DCD had advanced instead of South Lyon. The quarters were correct it just didn't translate into the semis correctly
  6. Thanks to all in attendance. A great start to the new season! Quarters Groves KM d AA Pioneer GG West Bloomfield SJ d Dow RS Groves AF d South Lyon PG West Bloomfield BH d Dexter IC Semis Groves GM d West Bloomfield SJ West Bloomfield BH d Groves AF Finals Groves GM d West Bloomfiled BH Speakers 1. Karabulut (Groves) 2. Perkey (SL) 3. Moenck (Groves) 4. Bhutada (WB) 5. Huang (WB) 6. Firestone (Groves) 7. Almeter (Groves) 8. Rehberg (Dow) 9. Carmody (Dexter) 10. Maham (Seaholm) JV Finals only West Bloomfield JZ d Brother Rice HH Speakers 1. Zhang (WB) 2. Jainagaraj (WB) 3/4 (unbreakable tie) Batton and Sigourney (Okemos) 5. Hebert (Bro Rice)
  7. Here is the list of teams as of 4:00 Thursday. South LyonEric Perkey Brennen Gorman South Lyon Austin Gerke Nash Groves Mimi Karabulut Nicholas Moenck Groves Hannah Almeter Leah Firestone Groves Laura Dietrich Sarah Smaga Groves Susan Imerman Brian Mark Okemos Luke Sigourney Ashley Batton Pioneer Adam Gluck Stephanie Gu West Bloomfield Vikram Sradir Vijay Jarodiya West Bloomfield Yash Bhutada Jia-Jia Huang West Bloomfield Rashmi Umarji Stephanie Maxwell West Bloomfield Liz Levine Sabina Samyeva West Bloomfield Gayatri Jainagaraj Josh Zhang Dexter Jasmine Injejikian Caitlin Carmody Dexter Cody Lewandowski Matt Kaas Dexter Chris Parr Jacob Justice Dexter Lukas Hosford Logan Powell HH Dow Connie Shao Leah Hubbinger HH Dow Jeff Rehberg Paul Spears Seaholm Marisa Xherka Rich Grenn Seaholm Kathleen Schaaf Andrea Maham Seaholm Rachel Bloom Chris Rai Bro Rice Michael Crowe Matt Daniels Bro Rice Evan Hebert Jamison Harris Eisenhower Tony Ellero Kristen Messina DCDS Different people Different people
  8. Yellowjacket Debate Invitational, Detroit Country Day School September 12 and 13, 2008 You and your team are invited to attend the Yellowjacket Debate Invitational at Detroit Country Day School. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE—WE ARE A WEEK LATER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS Some of the important information is as follows: Location: Detroit Country Day School is at 22305 W. Thirteen Mile, Beverly Hills, Michigan 48025. This is on the southwest corner of 13 mile Road and Lahser Road. Approximately 2 miles north of I-696 or M-10. For those might know the area, we are 1/2 mile west of Groves HS. All rounds will take place at the High School. Please park in the back of the school by the tennis courts. Registration: 2:30 - 3:00 Friday Sept 12 in the Student Center at the Upper School. The Student Center is located at the back of the building just west of the tennis courts. General meeting at 3:15 first round at 3:45. Divisions: It's early in the season so we plan to have just one OPEN division. Enter any level of debater. No mavericks please. If we have enough teams we may split to a JV and Varsity. Please mark teams as JV or Varsity on the registration form. We will inform you as the date gets closer if there will be a division split. Format: 5 prelims and elims (based on entries). The first two rounds will be pre-set all others will be powerpaired. Judges: You must supply one judge for every 2 teams or fraction thereof. Some judges will be available for hire at $130.00 each, half judges will cost $65. I will take requests as long as I can fill them, so ask early. All judges are required to judge one round beyond the elimination of their team from the tournament. Thus all judges must be available for the first elimination round. Food: We will sell dinner items on Friday and Lunch on Saturday. Coaches and judges food will be complimentary. Fees: $50.00 per 2 person team, $130.00 for a hired judge, $65.00 for a half judge. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DETROIT COUNTRY DAY Entry: Deadline for entry is Wednesday, September 10, 2008--5pm. All fees and judge commitments will be frozen at this time. Please try to enter through EMAIL--rkay@dcds.edu. If you do not get a response within 24 hours please resend. I will respond to all entries as I receive them. You also MUST SEND IN NAMES OF ALL DEBATERS AND JUDGES (including any preclusions) By Thursday Sept. 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM. You will delay the start of the tournament on Friday if you do not send in the appropriate information. Forfeit:We will use a 15 minute rule for competitors and judges. If you are more than 15 minutes late you risk forfeit for that round. I will apologize right now if I yell at you to get to your rounds--be on time and it won't happen. Teams of offending judges will forfeit and hired judges will not be paid if they are late. Lodging:See next page Parking:Our school parking lots are generally full until at least 5:00. Thus, PLEASE CAR POOL OR BRING BUSES IF YOU CAN. There will be limited parking available on Friday. Saturday should be no problem. On both days it will be easier to park in the back of the school. Just follow the road around the west side of the building and it will take you to the back lot. Contact information: Please direct all correspondence to RUTH KAY rkay@dcds.edu Email is the best 248-646-7717 School phone (OK but you will have to leave a message and it's difficult for me to return calls during the day.) 810-953-0186 Home phone (Better than school, during the day leave a message because I won't be there!). 248-417-5252 Cell Phone--Usually a very good option (there's voice mail here) but my phone doesn't work in all parts of my school building so you may end up leaving a voice message, and I don’t answer it during class time. 248-646-2458 School Fax—Not an option I would recommend but use it as a last resort and be sure RUTH KAY is on the fax CLEARLY. It has taken a week or more for some faxes to get to me. You decide the level of risk you are willing to take. LODGING Please do not construe this list as any recommendation from the Tournament personnel. This is just what came up on MapQuest within 4 miles of Detroit Country Day. Hampton Inn 27500 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (1.95 miles away) 248-356-5500 Red Roof Inn-Detroit Southfield 27660 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (1.96 miles away) 248-353-7200 Candlewood Suites 1 Corporate Dr, Southfield, MI (2.16 miles away) 248-945-0010 Extended Stay America 28500 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.17 miles away) 248-213-4600 Homestead Studio Suites Hotel 28500 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.17 miles away) 248-213-4500 Courtyard By Marriott 27027 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.21 miles away) 248-358-0071 Springhill Suites By Marriott 28555 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.26 miles away) 248-352-6100 Hilton Garden Inn-Southfield 26000 American Dr, Southfield, MI (2.35 miles away) 248-357-1100 Embassy Suites Hotel 28100 Franklin Rd, Southfield, MI (2.35 miles away) 248-350-2000 Residence Inn-Detroit Sthfld 26700 Central Park Blvd, Southfield, MI (2.41 miles away) 248-352-8900
  9. Just in.... health care Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a universal health care system in the United States. alternative energy Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.
  10. This just in from the NFHS Top 2 topics for 2008-09 Health care Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a universal health care system in the United States. Alternative energy Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.
  11. Just in.... health care Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a universal health care system in the United States. alternative energy Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.
  12. Thanks to everyone for their cooperation to help make the tournament run smoothly. A special thanks for the way everyone dealt with the tornado warning. I know the tour of the DCD basement had to be the highlight of the tournament for everyone! But you have my appreciation and thanks even though we did run very late on Friday. As for a case list, DCD students were in flowing many, if not most of the rounds. As for cites, it all depends on who was flowing the round. I don't have the complete list from the students as of yet but I'll get back here when I do.
  13. If you have tried to enter the tournament using the email in the invite (rkay@dcds.edu) please resend your email to kayruth@gmail.com You will get a confirmation within twenty four hours. Our email service had a critical hardware failure and has been down for 5 days with no clue as to when it will be back up. So please direct all tournament business to the alternate gmail account. Thanks! RK
  14. US Dept of State identifies the following countries as Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
  15. Yellowjacket Debate Invitational, Detroit Country Day School September 7 and 8, 2007 You and your team are invited to attend the Yellowjacket Debate Invitational at Detroit Country Day School. Some of the important information is as follows: Location: Detroit Country Day School is at 22305 W. Thirteen Mile, Beverly Hills, Michigan 48025. This is on the southwest corner of 13 mile Road and Lahser Road. Approximately 2 miles north of I-696 or M-10. For those might know the area, we are 1/2 mile west of Groves HS. All rounds will take place at the High School. Please park in the back of the school by the tennis courts. Registration: 2:30 - 3:00 Friday Sept 7 in the Student Center at the Upper School. The Student Center is located at the back of the building just west of the tennis courts. General meeting at 3:15 first round at 3:45. Divisions: It's early in the season so we plan to have just one OPEN division. Enter any level of debater. No mavericks please. If we have enough teams we may split to a JV and Varsity. Please mark teams as JV or Varsity on the registration form. We will inform you as the date gets closer if there will be a division split. Format: 5 prelims and elims (based on entries). The first two rounds will be pre-set all others will be powerpaired. Judges: You must supply one judge for every 2 teams or fraction thereof. Some judges will be available for hire at $130.00 each, half judges will cost $65. I will take requests as long as I can fill them, so ask early. All judges are required to judge one round beyond the elimination of their team from the tournament. Thus all judges must be available for the first elimination round. Food: We will sell dinner items on Friday and Lunch on Saturday. Coaches and judges food will be complimentary. Fees: $50.00 per 2 person team, $130.00 for a hired judge, $65.00 for a half judge. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DETROIT COUNTRY DAY Entry: Deadline for entry is Wednesday, September 5, 2007--5pm. All fees and judge commitments will be frozen at this time. Please try to enter through EMAIL--rkay@dcds.edu. If you do not get a response within 24 hours please resend. I will respond to all entries as I receive them. You also MUST SEND IN NAMES OF ALL DEBATERS AND JUDGES (including any preclusions) By Thursday Sept. 6, 2007 at 5:00 PM. You will delay the start of the tournament on Friday if you do not send in the appropriate information. Forfeit:We will use a 15 minute rule for competitors and judges. If you are more than 15 minutes late you risk forfeit for that round. I will apologize right now if I yell at you to get to your rounds--be on time and it won't happen. Teams of offending judges will forfeit and hired judges will not be paid if they are late. Lodging:See next page Parking:Our school parking lots are generally full until at least 5:00. Thus, PLEASE CAR POOL OR BRING BUSES IF YOU CAN. There will be limited parking available on Friday. Saturday should be no problem. On both days it will be easier to park in the back of the school. Just follow the road around the west side of the building and it will take you to the back lot. Contact information: Please direct all correspondence to RUTH KAY rkay@dcds.edu Email is the best 248-646-7717 School phone (OK but you will have to leave a message and it's difficult for me to return calls during the day.) 810-953-0186 Home phone (Better than school, during the day leave a message because I won't be there!). 248-417-5252 Cell Phone--Usually a very good option (there's voice mail here) but my phone doesn't work in all parts of my school building so you may end up leaving a voice message, and I don’t answer it during class time. 248-646-2458 School Fax—Not an option I would recommend but use it as a last resort and be sure RUTH KAY is on the fax CLEARLY. It has taken a week or more for some faxes to get to me. You decide the level of risk you are willing to take. LODGING Please do not construe this list as any recommendation from the Tournament personnel. This is just what came up on MapQuest within 4 miles of Detroit Country Day. Hampton Inn 27500 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (1.95 miles away) 248-356-5500 Red Roof Inn-Detroit Southfield 27660 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (1.96 miles away) 248-353-7200 Candlewood Suites 1 Corporate Dr, Southfield, MI (2.16 miles away) 248-945-0010 Extended Stay America 28500 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.17 miles away) 248-213-4600 Homestead Studio Suites Hotel 28500 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.17 miles away) 248-213-4500 Courtyard By Marriott 27027 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.21 miles away) 248-358-0071 Springhill Suites By Marriott 28555 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI (2.26 miles away) 248-352-6100 Hilton Garden Inn-Southfield 26000 American Dr, Southfield, MI (2.35 miles away) 248-357-1100 Embassy Suites Hotel 28100 Franklin Rd, Southfield, MI (2.35 miles away) 248-350-2000 Residence Inn-Detroit Sthfld 26700 Central Park Blvd, Southfield, MI (2.41 miles away) 248-352-8900
  16. For Duane and anyone else interesting in attending the Topic Selection Meeting, the 2008 meeting will be in Austin Texas. There was a straw pole taken this last weekend with potential topics. It should be available later this week.
  17. That would have been Duane and Roberta Hyland, Yorktown HS Arlington VA
  18. Not to move the discussion away from topic release time but....Does this mean we will welcome back Mr. Hyland to the topic meetings? We'd love to see another report from you! Also, don't count Central Asia out because of Africa. The issue focus is really very different and it could be a really fresh area to debate. The focus should be on many things not related to public health, such as conflict over resources, the Caspian Sea is rich with OIL and everyone (including Russia and China) wants access to it. There is ethnic conflict, conflict over it's strategic geographic position. There is conflict over US military bases in the area. The US along with Russia and China are trying to use their influence in a host of ways to gain control of the resources that Central Asia has to offer. So the focus of debate should be on social political issues, military issues, strategic geographic issues and our relations with Russia and China. Sure, there's HIV/AIDS in the area and those cases might be on the fringe--but Peace Corp etc is being run this year. There will always be some overlap but I think the importance of the area goes way beyond that of public health.
  19. I can understand someone not being partial to the Central Asia topic and that's fine, I think all the resolutions put forward are good ones, but I wanted to clear up a misunderstanding. The issue focus in Central Asia is NOT similar to this year's topic. The issues in Central Asia focus on many things not related to public health, such as conflict over resources, the Caspian Sea is rich with OIL and everyone (including Russia and China) wants access to it. There is ethnic conflict, conflict over it's strategic geographic position. There is conflict over US military bases in the area. The US along with Russia and China are trying to use their influence in a host of ways to gain control of the resources that Central Asia has to offer. So the focus of debate should be on social political issues, military issues, strategic geographic issues and our relations with Russia and China. Sure, there's HIV/AIDS in the area and those cases might be on the fringe--but Peace Corp etc is being run this year. There will always be some overlap but I think the importance of the area goes way beyond that of public health.
  20. The Detroit Country Day Yellowjacket Invitational will be Sept 7-8. Invite will be out as soon as I get back from the Topic Selection meeting.
  21. I can understand someone not being partial to the Central Asia topic and that's fine, I think all the resolutions put forward are good ones, but I wanted to clear up a misunderstanding. The issue focus in Central Asia is not similar to this year's topic. The issues in Central Asia focus on many things not related to public health, such as conflict over resources, the Caspian Sea is rich with OIL and everyone (including Russia and China) wants access to it. There is ethnic conflict, conflict over it's strategic geographic position. There is conflict over US military bases in the area. The US along with Russia and China are trying to use their influence in a host of ways to gain control of the resources that Central Asia has to offer. So the focus of debate should be on social political issues, military issues, strategic geographic issues and our relations with Russia and China. Sure, there's HIV/AIDS in the area and those cases might be on the fringe--but Peace Corp etc is being run this year. There will always be some overlap but I think the importance of the area goes way beyond that of public health.
  22. First, I appreciate the fact that everyone involved in this thread is concerned with preserving the debate activity. Discussions like these are necessary, and we all have the health of the activity as a goal. Second, a disclaimer, yes I'm old. I've been around Michigan debate for 30+years. But, I wouldn't still be involved if I didn't think there was merit in the activity. I enjoy the current national form of debate and my teams participate whenever possible. So I'm not coming from the point of view that national style debate is bad. Or current debate practices are evil. Third, I am on the Forensic Council and so I guess I'm part of "the system" but I don't always like everything the system does and I have tried my best to advocate reform when possible. MIFA is not a perfect organization but I believe it is still worth trying to save. When I stop believing that I'll be the first to join an alternative organization. So with that said, I have a few comments, dismiss them if you will like as rantings from an old lady but permit me the courtesy of reading first. I think people need to stop to think that the main reason we are in all this mess is the lack of participation. If we had more participation we wouldn't need to be as concerned with finances because the financial burden on each individual school would be reduced by being spread over many and not just a few. So we should be focusing on increasing participation. But it's a catch 22, reduce the costs and more participate but we have to have more participation to reduce the costs. If your argument is that the activity doesn't allow you to operate the way you would like to operate then join and work for change, or realize that sometimes this activity is it's own worst enemy. The things we practice are many times the antithesis of what administrators, other teachers and parents think the activity should be. So the practices we perpetuate are often times the impetus for the lack of support. It's very difficult to justify an activity where students speak uncommunicatively at the speed of light, and they buy, copy or trade for their research. Even the mpj system is the antithesis of what many "outsiders" would think is educational. Does the basketball team get to pick their referees? No, so how do we get administrators and the like (who are most often former athletic coaches) to buy into this activity? We have a huge negative reputation to overcome and we are often the cause of our own problems. Maybe there needs to be some re-education here, instead of an attitude of "they just don't understand, why won't they let us alone to do what we want." We need to re-justify to administrators, parents and the like what we do and why. I think those programs that have been able to do this have survived very well. My administration often questions some of the things we do but when I can have a solid educational justification for actions they back off. We need to help more people with this justification to keep the programs we have and support the new coaches. The idea of brochures etc about the activity is very good. Getting the money to do it is problematic. Promoting the activity is something that Linda has been trying to do. When she has time she has been meeting with state bd of ed people and superintendents etc to get the word out about our activity. Change sometimes has to occur from the top down. We as a community need to be able to do things that are more "common person" friendly. The book idea is a very good one. The unfortunate thing is that our activity is fluid and things change. But an online version would allow adaptability. A current forensic coach in the area has developed such a resource for forensics and MIFA has agreed to publicize it on the website when it is ready. A former coach from Portage has written a book that MIFA has also publicized in the past. MIFA has not put any money into these projects but, after review, has agreed to publicize when there is no cost to the organization. So a book project is certainly something that MIFA could promote. The National Federation of State High School Associations has a manual for first year coaches with a lot of the practical information about running a program from how to enter a tournament and secure permission slips and transportation to how to prepare your team. Any resources that would help new coaches I'm sure would be welcome. Focusing on the more positive things we can do to help increase participation is certainly more productive than grousing about it on a website. I hope that some action comes out of all the good ideas that are being discussed here. Also just briefly about the financial debt of MIFA from a dinosaur of the activity. The debt has been acruing over time. U of M used to fully support the organization with office space, secretarial, phone, copy service etc. This has eroded over the years. But one of the problems is with the University. In many cases they chose to make changes in their support with no advance notice to the organization. Therefore the organization was unable to plan and had to go into crisis mode which in part caused the debt to increase. For example, I believe on more than one occasion MIFA was literally kicked out of their office space on campus because the University claimed they needed the space for other departments. This forced last minute searches for new accomodations, which incurred more expenses, moving expenses, and rent that the organization was unable to plan for, thus incurring debt without the capability to financial plan for an event. As a consolation for the displacement the University in essence agreed to loan the money in the form of allowing a budget deficit in the univerity account so the organization could transition to a new location, or continue phone service etc. There was very little choice, the deficit grew. So it isn't necessarily bad financial planning on the part of MIFA. What do you do when you plan a budget and then find out in the middle of it that you now have to add copy costs, phone costs etc into it because the University notified you in the middle of budget year that they were cutting off the support? It's been a compilation of things over the years. To some degree, you could argue that the Council should have seen this coming and you're right. But it's not just one person who is at fault, it's everyone who has ever looked at a MIFA budget, including the general membership. Who shows up to the general membership meeting each year? It's a published meeting, but no one ever shows up to see the budget docs or ask questions of the organization. If you're interested, show up and make a difference! The meeting is Monday June 25th. Check the website for the location, it's usually in the School of Ed building on the U of M campus. Just my thoughts, take them or leave them.
  23. Sorry this may be a long post. I don't post much but when I do.... As an elder (old person) as far as Michigan debate coaches go, I feel I should respond. Mind you, this is not a complete defense of MIFA, there are still lots of things that need to, and can, be done, but there are also some good things I'm not sure people are aware of. Debate is on the decline that's no secret but it's not the fault of MIFA. It's a lot of issues that have come together including the economy, NCLB, teacher training, etc. Things that we as coaches don't have a lot of control over. So in that respect, times are against us. If it were only MIFA then other events like the individual forensic events would be declining--but that's not necessarily the case. MIFA has and is undergoing a lot of change. A new ED is just a part of that. With a new ED much more of the responsibility for running events etc is falling on the coaches. The state tournament is one such example, although not perfect it made some needed improvements. But this sets up the perfect opportunity to accomplish more change. Fresh faces and new ideas are a good thing. The coaches on council and the committee can only do so much before they too are burned out--so we need to get more involvement here from the younger crowd. Volunteer for committees, run for MIFA positions. The more people who get involved the more we can get done. Remember the world is run by those who show up. Change through MIFA is not difficult. Even before a new ED there were rules changes in debate that passed through the debate committee and council without significant objection. I'm talking about the citations rule, reading ev after the round etc. These were talked about for a long time but no one actually put together a proposal and presented it to the committee. Once that was done, things went through pretty quickly and with lots of support. If you want change bring a proposal to the debate committee (contact Orion for this), they will discuss it and pass it along to the council who will then decide on adoption. Now you have to understand that many council members don't have debate background, MIFA is an organization of many activities, debate is only one MIFA activity. Council is made up of Forensic coaches and Theater coaches who aren't involved in debate, but they listen carefully to the advise of those who are the active debate coaches. So if you want change--propose it. Joe makes a lot of good suggestions for increasing participation, get some of these on the agenda of the debate committee with people to help implement them. It's a no brainer for council to approve an change that has widespread support of the community and the resources (i.e., people) to help make it come to fruition. Change is happening but you might not see all of it just yet. Budgets are being streamlined, events will not be allowed to run if they can't support themselves, expenses are being trimmed. When was the last time you got a color coded piece of paper from MIFA? That saves printing and postage. Yes it does require us all to get online and keep up but Linda is helping us out with the email updates. MIFA is getting contributions to help defray costs. My tournament this year donated our trophy money to help defray the costs of the state tournament trophies. More groups are needed to help out in whatever way they can. Linda is searching for alternative vendors for things like trophies where we can get a similar quality for a lower price. She is also getting the organization in a position to start applying for grants. Efforts are being made to increase participation. Council and the debate committee do whatever they can to expand participation. Our new ED is in the process of contacting principals, superintendents, boards of education and the state board of education to get support for the activity. Extra-curricular activities go no where without proper administrative support--so this may be a start. The transparency of this years state debate tournament was one effort to help out newer coaches and show them the activity is not as elitist or closed as it may seem. Will Repko is going to be running a workshop at MSU to help out fledgling programs. MIFA has always run workshops for new coaches. Wayne State runs a clinic every fall for beginning students and coaches. There are a lot of good things being done in this community we need to start building on those and branching off to other successful ventures. The state of debate in Michigan and around the country is not a rosey picture. Michigan is not the only one in this position, but it is one of the worst. We all need to become involved and DO SOMETHING instead of just talking about it. It's really not that hard. Forums like this are great to discuss ideas and formulate proposals so let's see some of those ideas turned into proposals. I'm done for now, sorry for the length!
  24. We know it's early but why not come out and join us to see what everyone else is up to and catch up with friends! Contact info is in the invite--hope to see you there! Yellow Jacket Debate Invitational, Detroit Country Day School September 8 and 9, 2006 You and your team are invited to attend the Yellow Jacket Debate Invitational at Detroit Country Day School. Some of the important information is as follows: Location: Detroit Country Day School is at 22305 W. Thirteen Mile, Beverly Hills, Michigan 48025. This is on the southwest corner of 13 mile Road and Lahser Road. Approximately 2 miles north of I-696 or M-10. For those might know the area, we are 1/2 mile west of Groves HS. All rounds will take place at the High School. Please park in the back of the school by the tennis courts. Registration: 2:30 - 3:00 Friday Sept 8 in the Student Center at the Upper School. The Student Center is located at the back of the building just west of the tennis courts. General meeting at 3:15 first round at 3:45. Divisions: It's early in the season so we plan to have just one OPEN division. Enter any level of debater. No mavericks please. If we have enough teams we may split to a JV and Varsity. Please mark teams as JV or Varsity on the registration form. We will inform you as the date gets closer if there will be a division split. Format: 5 prelims and elims (based on entries). The first two rounds will be pre-set all others will be powerpaired. Judges: You must supply one judge for every 2 teams or fraction thereof. Some judges will be available for hire at $130.00 each, half judges will cost $65. I will take requests as long as I can fill them, so ask early. All judges are required to judge one round beyond the elimination of their team from the tournament. Thus all judges must be available for the first elimination round. Food: We will sell dinner items on Friday and Lunch on Saturday. Coaches and judges food will be complimentary. Fees: $50.00 per 2 person team, $130.00 for a hired judge, $65.00 for a half judge. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DETROIT COUNTRY DAY Entry: Deadline for entry is Tuesday, September 5, 2006--5pm. All fees and judge commitments will be frozen at this time. Please try to enter through EMAIL--rkay@dcds.edu. If you do not get a response within 24 hours please resend. I will respond to all entries as I receive them. You also MUST SEND IN NAMES OF ALL DEBATERS AND JUDGES (including any preclusions) By Thursday Sept. 7, 2006 at 5:00 PM. You will delay the start of the tournament on Friday if you do not send in the appropriate information. Forfeit:We will use a 15 minute rule for competitors and judges. If you are more than 15 minutes late you risk forfeit for that round. I will apologize right now if I yell at you to get to your rounds--be on time and it won't happen. Teams of offending judges will forfeit and hired judges will not be paid if they are late. Lodging:See next page Parking:Our school parking lots are generally full until at least 5:00. Thus, PLEASE CAR POOL OR BRING BUSES IF YOU CAN. There will be limited parking available on Friday. Saturday should be no problem. On both days it will be easier to park in the back of the school. Just follow the road around the west side of the building and it will take you to the back lot. Contact information: Please direct all correspondence to RUTH KAY rkay@dcds.edu Email is the best 248-646-7717 School phone (OK but you will have to leave a message and it's difficult for me to return calls during the day.) 248-442-7913 Home phone (Better than school, during the day leave a message because I won't be there!). 248-417-5252 Cell Phone--Usually a very good option (there's voice mail here) but my phone doesn't work in all parts of my school building so you may end up leaving a voice message, and I don’t answer it during class time. 248-646-2458 School Fax—Not an option I would recommend but use it as a last resort and be sure RUTH KAY is on the fax CLEARLY. It has taken a week or more for some faxes to get to me. You decide the level of risk you are willing to take. LODGING Please do not construe this list as any recommendation from the Tournament personnel. This is just what came up on MapQuest within 4 miles of Detroit Country Day. Homestead Studio Suites Hotel (1.7 miles) 28500 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 248-213-4500 Candlewood Suites (2 miles) 26655 Lois Ln Southfield, MI 248-945-0010 Courtyard by Marriott (2.1 miles) 27027 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 248-358-1222 Embassy Suites (2.3 miles) 28100 Franklin Rd Southfield, MI 248-350-2000 Extended StayAmerica (2.3 miles) 26250 American Dr Southfield, MI 248-355-2115 Hilton Inn Southfield (2.4 miles) 26000 American Dr Southfield, MI 248-357-1100 Residence Inn by Marriott (2.4 miles) 26700 Central Park Blvd Southfield, MI 248-352-8900 Hampton Inn (2.9 miles) 27500 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 248-356-5500 Springhill Suites (3.7 miles) 28555 Northwestern Hwy 248-352-9100 DCDS YELLOWJACKET DEBATE INVITATIONAL ENTRY FORM SCHOOL ___________________________________________________________ COACH _____________________________________________________________ SCHOOL ADDRESS____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ SCHOOL PHONE __________________________SCHOOL FAX ________________ HOME PHONE ______________________ EMAIL __________________________ CELL PHONE (OPTIONAL) _____________________________________________ _________ NUMBER OF 2 PERSON TEAMS @ $50.00 TOTAL ________ _________ NUMBER OF JUDGES YOU ARE BRINGING _________ NUMBER OF HIRED JUDGES @ $130 PER FULL TOTAL _________ $65 PER HALF TOTAL FEES _________ (MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: DETROIT COUNTRY DAY DEBATE) TEAM NAMES ___________________________ AND _____________________________ V OR JV ___________________________ AND _____________________________ V OR JV ___________________________ AND _____________________________ V OR JV ___________________________ AND _____________________________ V OR JV ___________________________ AND _____________________________ V OR JV ___________________________ AND _____________________________ V OR JV JUDGES PRECLUSIONS (Teams/schools they cannot judge) _____________________________ __________________________________ _____________________________ __________________________________ _____________________________ __________________________________
  25. Brad--email me--DCD could use you. rkay@dcds.edu
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