Now I mean no disrespect to Harvard, but I feel obligated to write about how poorly run their tournament was today so that maybe it will improve in the future. Not only did captain's start late (it often does), but finding out room numbers and locations was unnecessarily difficult. Additionally, the room in which we were placed for our first trial was so small that there was no well and the temperature was probably 100 degrees. The judges were not instructed re: how to properly fill out ballots (1 of them forgot to fill in best attorneys even though both judges were repeatedly reminded to double check that they filled everything out) and before the trial even started 1 judge asked the other how the scoring sheets worked - he/she had no idea. After the trial, there were no runners in sight so the time keepers had to make the trek back to Emerson. Upon arriving, it was discovered that the judges had not filled in the ballots properly, and the time keepers had to go back. Furthermore, when asked if Harvard had runners, the response was "...what are runners?" Ballots were not handed out during captain's meetings but were instead delivered to each room by a Harvard mock trialer which unnecessarily delayed each trial. Why couldn't they be provided at captain's to the prosecution team?
That being said, I again extend a hearty thank you to Brandeis for their flawless tournament last weekend (Matt!) That was the first time I had ever seen the closing ceremony start on time.