Levon Ghanimian Paradigm

Last changed 2/13 9:17A PDT

Background: I competed in LD Debate with Granada Hills Charter High School, and now in college, I compete in Policy Debate with California State University, Northridge. I'm familiar with Parli and Pofo as well since I've done several tournaments in both. I'm a pretty easy going judge that will be fine with most arguments you decide to run. Debate is supposed to be a fun learning experience and I intend to create that environment when I judge. With that being said, don't be afraid to run risky arguments or unconventional cases. If you need any clarifications of my paradigms before the round, don't hesitate to ask me.

Yes, I'd like to be included in the e-mail chain. My e-mail is ghanimian.levon.98@gmail.com

General:

- I evaluate as a quasi-Tabula Rasa. No one is perfectly unbiased, but I do my best to not intervene.

- Almost always Tech>Truth.

- No racist, homophobic, ableist, sexist, transphobic, etc. arguments

- Organization is key.

- If you're running genocide as an impact, please LOGICALLY link to it. In other words, don't hyperbolize your impacts by just claiming genocide. It WILL tick me off.

- Real Genocides actually happening in the squo and that have happened (Use this as a guide if you're not sure what qualifies as genocide): Darfurian, Myanmar, Yemeni, Kurdish, Rwandan, Armenian, Cambodian

If you're here for PF, my paradigm is towards the bottom.

Framework (Traditional): Values are the most important part for me in LD. I absolutely love philosophy and will be accepting of almost any values you decide to run. With that said, make sure your arguments are warranted. I want you to clearly show me the link, don't expect me to link it for you or make your arguments for you. I only flow what has been said in the round. I will usually vote off of the values rather than contention level debate, but that doesn't mean I believe that evidence is useless or unimportant. My main focus in Values is the VC. Please actually have some clash in the VC and make the round fun. I've gotten bored from hearing the good ol' Morality+Util FW. Hey, it works, it's easy, and it's mainstream; I get it. If you've decided that you want to try a new FW, or that you're not sure if you want to be a bit risky, I'm the judge for you.

Framework (Circuit):

- I'll virtually vote on any framework and ROTB.

- Please warrant your framing WELL and link back to it.

- I expect framing to be extended throughout the speech if you're planning on winning off of it.

Cross Examination:

- Actually ask questions in CX

- CX is a speech, not prep time

- Don't be rude

DAs:

- Ran a lot of these and vote off of these often.

- Make your links for me PLEASE.

- Please explain your warrants clearly and guide me through the link story.

Theory:

- I usually only ran T, Spec, and Framework and vote off of them often

- Never dabbled in frivolous theory and I rarely vote off of it. I have a low threshold for friv theory.

- I will get annoyed if you're using these as an easy win rather than actually calling out your opponent for something.

Tricks:

- I've literally only voted off of tricks once. ('Twas a painful ballot to input)

- Why do they exist?

- Try actually engaging in the debate rather than weaseling your way out of it. (You can @ me, it won't change my mind on these)

Kritiks:

- Primarily ran these and often vote off of them.

- K's I've run: Heidegger, Dialectical Materialism/HMA/Orthodox Marxism, Gendered Language, Genocide Trivialization, Ableism, Generic Cap, Neolib, Security and Ecofem.

- Be clear in your links. (I always love a good link story)

- Be clear in your alt and how you actually solve.

- PLEASE ACTUALLY BE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR PHIL. NOTHING BOTHERS ME MORE THAN A DEBATER WHO CONFIDENTLY PRESENTS THEIR K AND COMPLETELY MISINTERPRETS IT IN LATER SPEECHES.

Kritikal Affirmatives:

- Ran these a lot and have voted off of them.

- Please be prepared for TVA args and FW args.

- If you're going to perm a K or another adovcacy, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR PERM CLEARLY AND HOW IT WOULD INTERACT WITH THE K.

Counterplans:

- Occasionally ran these, but easily vote off of them.

- Net benefit, net benefit, net benefit.

- Clearly explain your solvency mechanism.

Perms:

-A. PERM. IS. NOT. AN. ADVOCACY.

Speed:

- I'm fine with spreading.

- Slow down for taglines and sources so I can clearly flow it down.

-If you start to get incomprehensible, I'll say, "clear."

-Make sure your opponent is ok with spreading. If they aren't, DON'T SPREAD.

PF:

I genuinely enjoy judging Public Forum rounds as they deal with tangible impacts with relevant resolutions. I learn something from PF after every tournament. The style of speech in PF is also a nice break from hearing students drill words into your head at 500 wpm.

Framework: I would like for the debaters to provide a framework, even if very short, to give me a weighing mechanism in round. As a judge, I want to be told how to vote, I want to be guided by the debaters. Without a proper framework, a lot of arguments are left up in the air in terms of my ability to weigh them on the ballot. I'm usually ok with any framework you decide to run, as long as they're not abusive. If no FW is provided I will default to cost-benefit analysis and do my best as a judge to use that as a heuristic with the arguments you've provided me.

Crossfire: See Cross Ex in the section above

Summary and Final Focus: I expect all impacts that YOU EXPECT TO WIN OFF OF to be extended into the Summary and Final Focus speeches. I will not make extensions for you. Extensions should also be longer than a blippy one-liner. They should tell me WHY they matter at the end of the day. If you expect to win off of a drop, it should be extended with a warrant as well.

Policy Stuff in PF:

I like to say that I'm not ok with spreading, CP's, DA's and K's in PF but most debaters won't read this paradigm anyway since debate is no longer an event of adaptation and judge persuasion. If you so choose to run these arguments I expect them to be VERY WELL warranted. If you're running theory, your opponent should genuinely be abusive. If you're running a CP, you need to CLEARLY show me why you have net benefit. If you're running a DA, I need you to CLEARLY AND CAREFULLY walk me through the links. If you're running a K, PLEASE BE VERY FAMILIAR WITH YOUR PHILOSOPHY. I would rather that you not run these arguments, but I will evaluate them if I have to.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R6 Fairview GH Bingham HG Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R6 Lake Highland Prep PS Interlake PK Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R5 Quarry Lane OG Mission San Jose PD Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R5 Carmel Valley GA Harker LS Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R3 Snohomish KD Cherry Creek RuHa Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R2 Miramonte BM Mira Loma SG Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R2 College Prep BG Fairview CJ Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R1 Archbishop Mitty KV Dougherty Valley CP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VPF R1 Cherry Creek TL Harker WW Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD Double Eastlake JY Harvard-Westlake JI Neg Neg on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD Triple Valencia CT Quarry Lane SK Neg Neg on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD Triple Brentwood KR Katy Taylor AP Aff Aff on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R6 Dougherty Valley AY Valencia JP Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R6 Dougherty Valley VB Valencia CT Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R5 Palo Alto HS Independent EH Presentation NB Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R4 Prosper IP Monta Vista RR Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R4 Bellarmine RY Archbishop Mitty TK Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R3 Prosper KS Homewood-Flossmoor GW Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R2 Loyola BM Dougherty Valley DS Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R2 Bellarmine ARa Davis Independent AK Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R1 Oak Ridge EK Canyon Crest Independent JY Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VLD R1 Saratoga UK Prosper JR Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O LD Doub Loyola JC Brentwood KR Neg Neg on a 2-1
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O LD R6 Loyola DB Dougherty Valley AG Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O LD R6 Mater Dei HS - Santa Ana, CA YS Dougherty Valley SK Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O LD R5 San Marino TC Sage Hill Independent TG Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/12/2019 O LD R1 Dougherty Valley JL Perry MH Neg
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 O PF Semi Harker GM Nova 42 CK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 O PF Quar Riverside STEM LG Nova 42 CK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 O PF Octo Nova 42 CK Citrus Valley EA Aff Aff on a 3-0
Chuck Ballingall Memorial Invitational 11/10/2018 O PF R5 Riverside STEM LG Mayfield Senior SG Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD Quar Oak Park JF West Ranch RF Neg Neg on a 3-0
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD Octo Los Osos RN Beckman SG Neg Aff on a 2-1
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD Octo Los Osos JO West Ranch RF Neg Neg on a 2-1
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 N LD Quar Nova 42 TV De Toledo NS Aff Aff on a 2-1
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD R6 Magnet AN Stockdale AM Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD R5 Nova 42 MY West Ranch RF Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD R3 Los Osos RN West Ranch DA Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD R2 Torrey Pines WP Salem Hills KR Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD R2 Los Osos EJ Torrey Pines JSe Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD R1 Oak Park LP North Hollywood LQ Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/12/2018 O LD R1 Elite of Irvine DS La Reina EB Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF Octo Westridge BM Dougherty Valley KJ Neg Neg on a 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 N PF Octo Capitol RG Riverside STEM ZZ Neg Neg on a 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R6 Northwood BO Maranatha LC Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R6 Maranatha MS Riverside STEM VC Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R5 College Prep HO Nova 42 KG Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R5 San Marino YM Damien BB Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R4 Gabrielino TH Cambridge ST Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R4 Cambridge CT Claremont PK Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R3 Coral Academy Of Science Las Vegas OD San Marino CR Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 O PF R3 Cambridge YP Fairmont Prep IM Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 N PF R1 Fountain Valley LD Gabrielino ML Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/22/2018 N PF R1 Honor KD Northwood WY Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Triple San Marino ED Oakwood School - North Hollywood WA Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD Triple Davis Senior ET Isidore Newman MK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R6 Los Altos PD Greenhill BZ Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R6 Brentwood KM Harvard-Westlake GZ Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R5 Harvard-Westlake JI Brentwood SH Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R5 Cypress Bay CS Dougherty Valley SMu Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R4 Palo Alto (Independent) FZ Beckman SG Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R4 Brentwood EL Harvard-Westlake TD Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R3 Harvard-Westlake AG Harker AV Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R3 Harvard-Westlake WF Canyon Crest KL Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R2 Immaculate Heart LM Harvard-Westlake TA Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R2 Loyola NT Cherry Creek EH Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R1 Mission San Jose JP Newark Science OS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VLD R1 Mountain View MS Isidore Newman SG Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD Double Harvard-Westlake KK Brentwood WJa Neg Neg on a 2-1
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD Triple Saratoga DK Servite PA Aff Neg on a 2-1
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD Triple Loyola LA Strake Jesuit College Prep AN Aff Aff on a 2-1
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R6 Archbishop Mitty NCa Harvard-Westlake JC Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R6 Yucaipa EC Mission San Jose KG Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R5 Torrey Pines FK Ashland SS Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R5 Presentation SP Harker KK Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R4 Brentwood PSa Harvard-Westlake CL Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R4 Brentwood LE Harvard-Westlake JI Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R3 Harvard-Westlake EL Mission San Jose AZ Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R3 Torrey Pines JC Monta Vista VA Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R2 Dulles GC Bellarmine College Prep AP Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R2 Meadows DH Harker ARe Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R1 Barrington AA Los Altos NH Aff
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VLD R1 Brentwood SH Mission San Jose SC Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R6 Loyola AO La Salle AT Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R4 San Marino BK Harker AN Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R4 Sage Hill Independent AA Trinity MH Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R3 North Hollywood JS Gabrielino HS (Independent) MC Aff
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R2 Gabrielino HS (Independent) EH Loyola JS Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R1 Los Osos Independent RN Nova 42 DK Neg
Peninsula Invitational 1/19/2018 LD R1 Troy LG Harker AD Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R6 Canyon Crest JY Harker UP Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R6 Harker KK Loyola JN Neg
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R5 Harker SL Marlborough JS Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R5 Canyon Crest KL Stockdale RS Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R4 Stockdale WA Sage Hill MJ Aff
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R2 Dougherty Valley PC Canyon Crest EL Neg
The Harvard Westlake Debates 1/11/2018 VLD R1 Brentwood HG Canyon Crest RAg Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R6 Torrey Pines HS WP Salem Hills JT Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R6 Socrates Institute AS Falcon SK Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R5 Beckman SG Torrey Pines HS AN Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R5 Torrey Pines HS DK La Costa Canyon HW Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R4 La Salle AT Elite of Irvine DC Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R4 Harvard-Westlake AG Elite of Irvine PB Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R3 Sage Independent AA Harker HD Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R3 Harvard-Westlake AM Torrey Pines HS RS Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R2 La Costa Canyon CB Elite of Irvine NM Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R2 Oxford NN Harvard-Westlake AL Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R1 Yucaipa SA Foothill Technology AS Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Middle School Invitational 10/13/2017 O LD R1 Harvard-Westlake CL Arroyo Grande SD Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD Dub Canyon Crest EL San Marino ED Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD Dub Gabrielino ET La Reina AC Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R3 Beckman KM Northwood VA Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R2 Brentwood DW Elite of Irvine CL Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament 9/30/2017 TOCLD R2 Northwood KK Socrates Institute AS Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R6 CL Education AY Corona Del Sol ZE Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R4 Quarry Lane VG Sage Hill Independent TG Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/8/2017 LD R4 Oakwood School - North Hollywood LB Quarry Lane ZD Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD Semifi Young Genius VA La Canada KL Neg Neg on a 2-1
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD Quarte Young Genius JSi St. Francis AN Neg Neg on a 2-1
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD Quarte Young Genius VA Lynbrook AS Aff Aff on a 3-0
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD Octafi Lynbrook AS Oak Park SP Neg Aff on a 2-1
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD R4 Cupertino OR Claremont EK Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD R4 Leland JYa Cupertino SMa Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD R3 Mission San Jose TW Saratoga VC Aff
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD R3 Cupertino CL BASIS Silicon Valley GH Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD R1 San Marino AI Stratford Independent KC Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 JLD R1 San Marino TA Mountain View NM Neg