Samal Senaratna ParadigmLast changed 2/27 1:45P PDT
No one likes vague mysterious judge philosophies so I’ll make this as straightforward as possible. I’m a stock issues paradigm kinda guy: you tell me the impacts in the round, why they matter, and why they outweigh.
General: argumentation only works if there is clash so go line by line and refute points. Signpost. If you see I’m not flowing on the same paper as you, it’s probably cause I have no idea where you are and I just titled miscellaneous on a page and started writing. I believe that speed is a viable way of presenting as much evidence as possible within the time alloted. I can flow just about anything brought up in round. That being said, I value the use of speed combined with clarity. If you are just mumbling your way through your speech, I won't be able to flow you. While I won't drop you for the act of being unclear... I will not be able to get everything on the flow (which I am confident is probably just as bad). Obviously be respectful. The only time anyone should be crying in round is if they are hungry af which would be a reasonable reason. Debate is a safe space so let’s keep it that way.
On Aff: love good comprehensive policy affs, especially if it’s creative (but still topical b). Not big on planless affs, K affs, performance affs, etc. unless you make a big stink of framing the round to why the aff is important and by extent, why I sign my ballot to you. Aff theory still works if you think neg is abusive but if you really wanna make it important I expect a comprehensive 2AR. All in all theory I hold to a very high threshold so run it well or don't run it at all.
On Neg: I like DAs, Ts, CPs, but tell me why the DA shows a detriment to the aff, why I’m considering T as an a priori issue, why the CP has net benefits and solvency (solves better than the aff and like screw whatever perm they make). Again, not huge on Ks, but if running, make sure there are clear link stories and flush that out and tell me why the alt is better than anything else. Run theory if you think something the aff team did was abusive and try to organize your neg strat around it out of the block. High threshold here too.
Smile and have fun. We are all nerds talking really fast in an empty classroom on a Saturday and Sunday (maybe a Friday too).