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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) For WF Teams

  • What’s the best resource for information about Odyssey of the Mind 2015 World Finals for participating teams?
    The coaches letter in the packet has information about Michigan State University, housing, and the events that take place during World Finals. You can see these documents online.

  • I’ve heard a lot about pin trading, what is it?
    Odyssey of the Mind Associations offer teams pins to trade while at World Finals. Pin trading is a great way to meet new friends from all over the world and to create a collection to help you remember your World Finals experience for the rest of your life.

  • Can parents, siblings and others stay in housing with the team members and coaches?
    Yes! Parents are encouraged to stay with teams in the dorms. While filling out your Team Housing Registration Form simply add anyone wishing to stay in the dorms in the allotted space. The price is the same.

  • Can we select different housing packages?
    Yes, your team is allowed to mix housing packages.

  • Is there a discount for young children?
    Yes! Children 2 and under do not need to be included on your housing form. Since most twin beds are bunked, a pack and play is recommended.

  • Our team is unable to make departing flight reservations on Sunday. Can we stay an extra day?
    Yes! We offer day before and day after housing packages to add to your selected room and board packages that allow you to extend your accommodations to meet your travel plans.

  • How much is the registration fee?
    If your team selects Odyssey “A” type housing packages, at least one for each team member and one coach (no matter who uses the packages), it does not have to pay a registration fee. Otherwise, the fee is $2500.

  • How do we get to campus from the airport? Do you provide a shuttle?
    Airport greeting service and bus transportation between Detroit Metro (DTW) and Michigan State University will be available. The round trip cost from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) to East Lansing/MSU will be $50.00. A Michigan Flyer info. table will be available at the International Center Monday - Wednesday and Saturday the week of the conference. Departure/pickup locations are determined by the Residence Hall Association. Check at the Michigan Flyer info. table for return information. Registration opens April 1 and must be made by May 1. Odyssey reservations need to be booked here. (Please do not use the standard Michigan Flyer reservation pages for booking World Finals transportation.) Reservations made after May 1 will be confirmed based on availability.

    During the competition, Odyssey of the Mind will provide a free on-campus shuttle service.
  • Where is team registration?
    Team registration will take place at the International Center. See directions here.

  • What do we do if we arrive on campus after registration closes for the day?
    Registration is open until Midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday; however, if you arrive after registration closes, just go to the International Center. MSU Staff will direct you to your room and can register in the morning.

  • Are the dorms air-conditioned?
    Residence halls are not air-conditioned. A fan is recommended. The average temperature in Lansing, Michigan at this time of the year is between 40 and 85 degrees. Check the weather forecast to make sure you pack the right clothes!

  • Is there any place I can connect to the Internet when I’m on campus?
    One computer lab will be available in each residential neighborhood for guests to check email. Printing will not be available in these computer labs.

  • Can special dietary needs and/or food allergies be accommodated in the dining halls?
    Yes. Many special dietary needs (for example, a person with diabetes, or those who prefer a vegetarian diet) can be easily accommodated by choosing appropriately from the wide variety of choices that will be available at each meal. If you have a team member with a medically required dietary need (such as a food allergy), please contact Gina Keilen via email (keileng@rhs.msu.edu) or phone (517) 884-6414, with the team member's information and accommodation needs in advance of their arrival. Also, please list the member's full name, contact telephone number and description of requirement when you submit your Lodging and Meals Reservation Form. 

  • Can parents staying off campus eat in the same dining hall as the team?
    Of course! Individual guest meals can be purchased at the entrance of most dining centers on a cash-only basis.

  • What kind of meals can we expect in the dining center?
    To see the menus that will be offered in the dining halls, please visit: https://eatatstate.com/odyssey2015menus.

  • What time do the dining halls close?
    Breakfast will be available from 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM, lunch from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, and dinner from 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM.

  • Our team is arriving after the dining halls close; however, the package we purchased includes dinner that day. Will dinner be provided?
    Yes, teams arriving at the International Center after hours will receive vouchers to use at the International Center. Some vendors will be open 24 hours.

  • What is the penalty if we cancel our housing reservation?
    There is no penalty if you cancel your reservation by Friday, April 24, 2015. Cancellations after April 24, 2015 are subject to a 50% penalty. NO CANCELLATIONS WHATSOEVER WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER MAY 1, 2015!

  • Can we make changes to our housing reservations if we reserve our space now?
    Absolutely! Please enter your information as quickly as possible. You can modify your housing reservations through Friday, April 24, 2015.

  • What types of rooms are used for housing?
    Your team will get the actual feeling of living like college students! Most residence hall rooms are suited, with two bedrooms sharing an adjoining bathroom. Suite-mates must be able to share a bathroom. Most residence hall rooms are double occupancy; however, some are single and triple occupancy rooms. Beds are single (twin) beds, debunked and with railings.

  • Will a team member be housed with someone he/she does not know or with another adult?
    In order to accommodate all teams it will be necessary to assign one person to every available bed. This means that if a team has 9 persons assigned to rooms with a total of 10 beds, there may be a person from another team of the same gender and similar age assigned to the remaining space. An adult will not be assigned to a room with a team member unless requested on the housing form.

  • Will males and females be housed together in the same residence hall?
    Males and females may be assigned within the same residence hall room if requested. Males and females may be assigned within the same suite or apartment, but not within the same sleeping room unless requested.

  • Will I be provided linens?
    Yes! In an effort to make your stay easier, each person will be provided with a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, blanket,  and 2 towels. Daily towel exchanges will be available at a centralized location. Feel free to bring your favorite pillow or blanket if you wish.

  • Are laundry facilities available?
    Yes, your conference card will give you free access to the laundry facilities in the residence halls.

  • When will we know where we’re staying?
    When you get to campus and register for your housing you will receive your housing assignment.

  • Who will I room with?
    When you fill out your Lodging and Meals Reservation Form you can request your roommate. We will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Can anyone enter the residence halls?
    Residence halls will be open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. You must use the front entrance to enter a building between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM. Team members must scan their conference card to enter, and will only be allowed entrance to the hall where they are housed. Quiet hours are from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM daily. Out of respect for other competing teams, please keep noise to a minimum during these hours. Unruly behavior should be reported to the resident assistant, MSU staff, or Odyssey Information promptly.

  • What if I lose the key to my room?
    Lost room keys will incur a $75 fine to the person assigned the key which will be billed by CCI after World Finals.

  • If the residence halls are filled to capacity and my team is assigned to off-campus housing, how will we get to and from campus?
    If we exceed the capacity of the residence halls and your team is assigned to off-campus housing, you will be provided with regular shuttles to and from campus and to and from all World Finals event sites. All teams housed off campus by the university will be provided breakfast and dinner in their residence and lunches will be provided in a designated site on campus.

  • Our team would like to stay in a hotel. Will you help us with those arrangements?
    If you wish to be guaranteed hotel lodging, you can see a list of nearby hotels.

  • Can teams staying off campus use the recreational facilities?
    Yes, the registration fee covers all of the events and recreation opportunities at World Finals. These include the Creativity Festival, NASA classroom and E-Theatre, and the International Festival. Anyone on staying on campus is permitted to participate in recreational activities at MSU's IM East and West Buildings. A room key from the residence hall must be shown to access the pool at IM West. Teams staying off campus will be provided a "recreation only" wristband at Registration. Towels are not provided.

  • Who can attend the competitions and ceremonies on campus and how much are the tickets?
    Everyone is welcome to attend, and the event is free to the public. For the Opening and Awards Ceremonies you need a ticket to enter. Participating teams will get their tickets when they sign in at the Odyssey of the Mind registration desk. Spectators who are not staying in Odyssey housing may pick up their complimentary tickets on the day of the event at the Odyssey Information Booth or at the Arena Box Office the evening of the event. [Only one ticket per person will be distributed. This helps prevent over-distribution of tickets by giving mass quantities to more than one person from the same group.]

  • Will I need a vehicle to get around campus?
    Campus will operate a free local shuttle service throughout the competition connecting the residence halls, central campus and the International Center. Since parking is very limited on campus, we highly encourage teams and spectators to utilize the shuttle whenever possible.

  • Do drivers need a parking permit?
    Teams may park in lots 75, 83, 89, and 91 for free. Maps to these lots will be available at check-in. Volunteers and spectators may park in lots 66A, 75, 83, and 91 for free. Or they may purchase a permit to park in lots 62 West, 63 East, 63 West, lot 65, ramp 1 faculty/staff spaces, and ramp 3 visitor section. These permits can be purchased at the MSU Police Station located on Red Cedar Road. A maximum of 200 of these permits will be sold. Permits are not valid at meters or other locations other than those specified above. Pay-to-Park visitor lots (cash or check only) are located in 62W, 79, and ramp 3. There is no parking between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM in these lots. Normal restrictions apply to fire lanes, disabled parking spaces, spaces reserved for university vehicles, and spaces reserved for faculty and staff. Parking in roadways, on pedestrian walkways, grass, or on landscaped areas is also prohibited. Please take care to avoid these restricted areas. NOTE: Parking is enforced 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Please plan ahead so you do not receive a citation.

  • Can I get a handicapped parking permit?
    Only state-issued handicapped parking permits will be honored in the unrestricted lots.

  • We would like to drive our RV to campus. May we park on campus?
    Individuals are not permitted to stay in RVs and Campers on campus.

  • We are chartering a bus to get to campus. Where do I tell the driver to park?
    For this year, MSU is instituting a new policy for private charter busses arriving for registration. In order to reduced clustering of traffic around the International Center, private charter busses will now park by entering the Northeast side of Spartan Stadium from Red Cedar road and travel along the East side of the stadium to the designated drop-off location. Once at this location, teams and coaches may use the sidewalks to walk to the International Center for registration, pin trading, and souvenir shopping. Teams should plan on staying at this location for no more than 45 minutes to reduce back-up at the drop-off location. Please note that teams must leave their luggage on the bus when walking to the International Center. Once the team has registered, they will walk back to their busses and leave for their assigned residence hall. As a reminder: For your safety drop-off/pick-up is not allowed along the roadways or along the east side of the stadium and there is no stopping/standing/parking in those areas. 

  • When can we check on our props? If we are driving our props to campus, where do we deliver them?
    Beginning May 4, 2015, you can check Logistics' website to see if your shipment has been received. To track your shipment, enter the carrier tracking number in the "U-Track-It!" field and submit. "Trap" status means it has been received at Logistics. "Delivered" status means it has been delivered to the prop location site. Props will be grouped according to problem and delivered to a storage area near the competition site May 11th - May 18th. Logistics' website will display "delivered" after it has been delivered to the prop storage site. Logistics will be available at an information booth during Registration at MSU: May 19th from 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM,  and May 20th from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Prop storage locations will be open for team use starting Tuesday, May 19 at 12:00 PM. Prop storage locations will be open Wednesday - Friday from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM, and Saturday, May 23 from 7:00 AM to 30 minutes after the last competition. Please inquire at the prop information table. Find additional prop information here.

    If you are driving your props to campus: you must deliver them directly to the prop storage room for the competition site. When you arrive on campus, register the team first -- this is where you will receive information on where to store your props. Prop storage locations are listed in the WF Program.
  • How do we arrange to ship our props home?
    All teams are responsible to pre-arrange for PREPAID or C.O.D shipments of any materials requiring return. All returns must be properly packaged and have a pre-paid label attached to each item being shipped. Contact Logistics at (517) 884-6203 for questions regarding pre-paid return items. Props requiring pick up should be left in the prop storage rooms for Logistics to pick up and stage for carrier pick up. Do not request a carrier pick up at the prop storage location. For additional information, click here.

  • When will the competition schedule be available?
    The tentative competition schedule will be available on Thursday, April 30th until Sunday, May 3rd. The final competition schedule will be posted on Monday, May 4th.

  • How do I contact my child once the team arrives on campus?
    Most cell phones work on campus and in the residence halls. Team members should call home and give family members their residence hall name, room number, and the 24-Hour Conference Desk number for that area. During the competition, parents or family members may call in an emergency to contact a team member. The phone number (517) 355-1855, will be answered 24 hours a day. This is the campus operator. The operator has instructions on how to forward your call. It is important that you mention you are looking for someone with the Odyssey of the Mind competition. Please remember this is for emergency only.

  • Is there a health center on campus in the event of an emergency?
    The Student Health Services office is located on the third floor of the Olin Memorial Health Center, East Circle Drive. The Health Center is located on the north edge of MSU's campus and is open Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Its phone number is (517) 884-6546. The Health Center is only able to treat patients over 14 years of age. Patients under the age of 14 needing treatment will need to be seen at a health care facility with a pediatrician, such as the Sparrow Health System facilities. If utilizing The Health Center, fees for services will be billed to insurance, with the balance billed to the patient's home address. Sparrow Urgent Care Center (517) 333-6562 is located at 2682 East Grand River in East Lansing and is open everyday 8 am - 8 pm. Medical care is also available through the emergency room of the E.W Sparrow Hospital (517) 364-1000 located at 1215 East Michigan Ave., Lansing.

  • Will any of the events be broadcast online?
    Opening Ceremonies, the Graduation Ceremony and the Awards Ceremony will be broadcast as a live web cast during the ceremony as it occurs. There will be a link on the WF homepage made available 30 minutes before the event starts. You will be able to download the live feed at this time. Videos of the events will be posted shortly after as well.

  • How soon will I be able to view my child's picture online?
    The photo gallery will begin on Wednesday and be added to throughout the event and after World Finals. Not all photos will be posted in the gallery. Team photos are provided by Premier Portraits Studio and you can get more information while having your team picture taken.

  • Who is eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony?
    If you are missing your graduation ceremony because you are attending the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, you are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony. Due to time and space restrictions, we cannot invite all students to participate. To participate in the graduation ceremony, please complete the graduation form and return to CCI before April 24, or sign up online during registration. Graduates are encouraged to wear caps and gowns for this ceremony. However, everyone is encouraged to attend the event in order to support their fellow participants and see Dr. Sam and OMER!

  • When will we see the team's scores on the website?
    The team's scores will be available on the website immediately after the Awards Ceremony ends on Saturday evening.

  • What is OMER'S News and where can I find it?
    OMER’s News is the daily Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Newsletter. The first edition is available when you arrive on campus and new editions are distributed each day starting Thursday morning. OMER’s News can be found in the residence halls, at locations throughout campus, and online once the event starts.


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