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  1. Still hunting for a Policy or LD bid? The Westside Warrior Invitational offers one of the most cost effective options for paving your way to the TOC. Our new head coach, Mikayla Baker, has spearheaded several improvements to the tournament including scheduling, new concessions, etc. Register now to request free housing with Westside students. LD and Policy bids are at the finals level. Tournament is January 9th-11th. The invite can be found here: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ne/westside/info.asp?p=1 Or you can reach out to me! Interested in judging? Contact me!
  2. Huge congrats to all the Millard South boys! Also to the Southwest and Millard West debaters that spent the weekend in Kentucky. Way to represent; wish I could have watched some rounds.
  3. I would suggest not trying to pay your assistant coach by the hour. I'm on a stipend and have to coach multiple events, but I make about $2000 a year. Nebraska is notorious for exploiting what was referenced above, that college kids will work for next to nothing. That's ultimately why I wouldn't advise trying to figure it out by hour. We tried to figure out how much I'm paid by the hour by spreading out my stipend and it's somewhere around 32 cents an hour between tournaments, coaching, and research. There are two other ways that NE assistants get paid. First is by jacking the judging payments. A lot of assistants are just paid $125-150 per tournament, which is about $50 more than the average judge makes. Second, there are some assistants who get paid the regular amount for judging and get paid a stipend. This fixes the timing issue that was discussed above. The assistant receives the smallish stipend monthly beyond the limits of the season and gets judging checks while the season goes on. All this being said, assistant coaches are often invaluable. I wouldn't recommend paying your assistant what I get paid, cost of living differences etc. On one last note, holla to theinstigator and Denver University. They are hosting the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (I'm sitting outside of a round as we speak) even though they don't field a parli team.
  4. I don't coach policy anywhere with an active wiki so this really doesn't matter to me. I largely support wikis. However, you realize the impact of this framework (which I've had the "pleasure" of reading on an NFA LD Wiki) is that the wiki is best for small schools. Forcing people into the wiki is counterproductive. Sometimes, you have to let evolution occur on its own. Forcing schools to lose because of the wiki that you say is for their benefit on create animosity. Debate existed before wikis, so if you have to debate a round that you aren't totally prepared for, you'll survive. Just relax. You are right, wikis will benefit argumentation and small schools. Be patient and let them realize that on their own.
  5. I tried to positive rep this but it wouldn't let me, so I'll just neg rep the ginger.
  6. According to Fred, Millard North is hiring two LD judges. In other news, what are the novice limits for this semester in terms of counterplans and kritiks?
  7. Also to Millard West, Kirstin and Yen, for making it to quarterfinals!
  8. Does anyone need a judge for Cedar Rapids?
  9. Happy 6th Birthday Ben!
  10. Minor repair has undoubtedly fallen out of grace in most circuits, but still exists. In some form, I've seen minor repair arguments run in Kansas for example. It's also still quite common in college parli and LD. It's interesting as being essentially the opposite of effects topicality. Instead of plan explodes ground uncontrollably, minor repair asserts that the fashion in which the affirmative parametricizes to a case that is unpredictably small. I've got the evidence and shells if you want them Jamie.
  11. I'm from a Midwestern, it's not a meal if there's no meat, family as well. I actually make the trek to KC about once a month specifically because they have some great vegetarian restaurants that we simply don't have in NE. Iron-do be careful about your iron intake. If you don't eat a lot of dark green veggies (broccoli, spinach, etc.), you may want to consider a supplement. Flintstones vitamins have a kids vitamin with iron in it that I used to take. Being a vegetarian in a meat-eating family is just a matter of planning and will-power. I do a lot of cooking on my own, keep vegetarian chili in the fridge for when someone else is making dinner, etc. Do be careful, especially when you go to college, about what is in your diet. A lot of vegetarians tend to begin to eat a lot of processed foods and junk foods.
  12. Is there someone to contact from the tournament to get hired through the tournament? Even better, however, I am also available to judge the entire tournament and won't need housing if teams are still trying to fill judging positions.
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