Eastern Michigan University s1

Eastern Michigan University s1

Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League

2015 State Championship

Hosted At Wayne State University

March 20-21, 2015

Dear MISL Colleagues:

The Department of Communication at Wayne State University in conjunction with the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League (MISL) welcome you and your team to attend the MISL State Championship, taking place on Friday March 20, 2015 and Saturday March 21, 2015 in Manoogian Hall at Wayne State University in Detroit. The tournament will offer all sanctioned MISL events, including Parliamentary Debate and Lincoln Douglas Debate. Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by 5:00 pm.

All entries should be entered via speechwire.com. The tournament can be found under the “Tournament Calendar” tab and is listed as “Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Tournament”. If there are any issues, please email me at .

The State tournament will be scored and scheduled in accordance with the MISL Bylaws. This includes the changed rule regarding entries sanctioned at the Fall 2014 MISL meeting. This rule change caps entries per team at 33 total entries, but allows for teams to use this cap however they please in terms of their entry. Further, we will be keeping in line with the National Forensics Association (NFA)’s rules in relation to Impromptu Speaking by offering alternative prompts for the preliminary and final rounds. We look forward to seeing you and your teams!


Brandon Bumstead, Stephen Mitchell & Nick Prephan, Graduate Assistants & 2015 State Tournament Co-Directors, Wayne State University

Kelly Young, Director of Forensics, Wayne State University

Arthur Valenzuela III, Director of MISL Individual Events, Eastern Michigan University

Katie Beckman, Director of MISL Debate, Delta Community College

Amy Johnson, Director of MISL Oral Interpretation, Eastern Michigan University

Carole Bennett, Executive Director of MISL, Oakland Community College

Tournament Schedule

2015 MISL State Championship

Friday, March 20, 2015

9:30am-10:00am Registration for teams with Debate entries

10:00am Parli Resolution Announced

10:15am Rd 1 Parliamentary Debate

11:30pm Rd 1 Lincoln/Douglas Debate

12:00-12:30pm Registration for teams with I.E. only

12:45pm Parli Resolution Announced

1:00pm Rd 1 Group B

2:15pm Extemp Draw

2:45pm Rd 1 Group A

4:00pm Parli Resolution Announced

4:15pm Rd 2 Group B

5:30pm Extemp Draw

6:00pm Rd 2 Group A

7:15pm Parli Resolution Announced

7:30pm Rd 3 Group B

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

8:30am Extemp Draw

9:00am Rd 3 Group A

10:15am Rd 1 Group C

11:15am Lunch Break/MISL meeting

12:45pm Rd 2 Group C

2:00pm Rd 3 Group C

3:30pm Parli resolution announcement

3:45pm FINALS (Parli, IMP, RC, DI, POE, INFO, POI)

5:00pm Extemp Draw


ASAP (7:30) Awards


Group A: Extemporaneous (EXT), Prose (PRO), POI, Informative (INF)

Group B: Impromptu (IMP), Rhetorical Criticism (RCA), Dramatic Interpretation (DI), Poetry (POE), Parliamentary Debate

Group C: Duo, Oratory (PER), After Dinner Speaking (ADS), L-D


Each school is limited to 33 entries total at the State Championship Tournament. An individual student may compete in no more than three (3) events per grouping. A student may not be entered in any debate and I.E. in the same flight. A student entered in two duos shall be considered as having two events in that grouping. Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by 5:00 pm. Please utilize speechwire.com to enter your students. Direct any questions to .


Schools which enter 25 or more of the slated events shall be required to cover seventy-five percent (75%) of their entry with “clean” judges. One judge will cover either six I.E. entries, two L-D entries or two Parliamentary Teams. Please bring judges. J


Prelims: Finals: LD/Parli Finals

1st place: 3 pts 12 pts 2pts 12pts

2nd place: 2 pts 10 pts 0 10pts

3rd place: 1 pt 8 pts 7pts (for semi finalists)

4th place: 0 7 pts 3pts (for quarter finalists)

5th place: 0 5 pts

6th place: 0 3 pts

7th place: 0 2 pts

Awards will be presented to:

a.  The top six (6) speakers in each IE event.

b.  All elimination round participants in L-D.

c.  The top novice in each event

d.  The top community college competitor in each event.

e.  The top three (3) schools in sweepstakes.

f.  The community college finishing highest in sweepstakes.

g.  The top two contestants in Oratory shall represent Michigan at that year’s Interstate Oratory Association’s Tournament.

h.  The top three contestants in quadrathon will receive awards. To qualify a student must be entered in at least four events, one of each genre (oral interpretation, limited preparation, and public address). If the student is entered in more than four events, only the top score in each genre and the student’s next top scoring event will be used in determining results. Lincoln-Douglas debate will count as a limited preparation event for the purposes of quadrathon. Tabulation of points will be identical to the tabulation of team sweepstakes, with preliminary points halved and added to final round total. A quadrathon entry will count as a slot in calculation of fees, but it will not count as a slot in the calculation of the Director’s Trophy winner.

i.  The Director’s trophy for Quality will be awarded to the school with the highest overall slot quality, determined by dividing the school’s total sweepstakes points by the total number of slots that that school entered into the State Championship Tournament as of the close of registration.


$7.00 for each I.E. slot

$8.00 for each uncovered I.E. slot

$12.00 for each L-D slot

$15.00 for each uncovered L-D slot

$25.00 for each Parliamentary Team

$40.00 for each uncovered Parliamentary Team

$10.00 per drop prior to registration/$15.00 per dropped judge

$25.00 per drop at registration (slots and judges)


During the tournament contact Brandon Bumstead @ (586) 524-9153 or Arthur Valenzuela @ (818) 378- 5460.

Directions: Manoogian Hall (circled on below map), where the tournament will take place, is located on the edge of Wayne State University’s campus in Midtown Detroit, MI. It is located on the corner of Warren Ave. and Anthony Wayne Dr. (3rd. St.) and next to the Lodge (M-10) freeway. Manoogian is a brown cubic looking building. Address for building is 906 W. Warren Ave. Detroit MI 48201. The tab room and ballot table will be located on the 5th floor of Manoogian Hall in room 531.

Parking and Meals: Parking information will be provided with your entry confirmation and parking passes will be provided at registration to park in lots near Manoogian Hall. There will be some snacks provided throughout the tournament. For lunch, there is a Jimmy Johns located on campus, as well as Subway, Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Panda Express located in our Student Center. There are also plenty of pizza delivery options.

Jimmie John’s Sandwiches

5118 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 832-7614

Jet’s Pizza Midtown

4718 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit, MI 48201

(313) 297-7000

Lodging: While there are many hotels located in Detroit, especially in downtown, they are often very expensive. In light of this, there are a plethora of options located near Detroit Metro Airport, which is about a 15-20 minute drive from campus.

Best Western Greenfield Inn Best Value Inn and Suites—Dearborn

3000 Enterprise Dr. 13181 Michigan Ave.

Allen Park, MI 48101 Dearborn, MI 48126

(313) 271-1600 (313) 945-8845

Best Western Gateway International Hotel

9191 Wickham Dr.

Romulus, MI 48174

(800) 664-6835