Byron Arthur Paradigm

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Byron R. Arthur

Holy Cross School

Judging Since September 1983

Debate Events Judged : All of Them

Debate Events Coached: All of Them

Overview:

I have worn a number of professional hats through the years and they all influence how I see the debate. First, I am an attorney. This means that I insist upon evidence and its integrity. Under no circumstances do I tolerate debaters who play fast and loose with interpretation of evidence. Second, I am a teacher which means I seek to maximize education for all of us who are involved in the debate. Please join me in that effort when you are debating in front of me.

LD:

Topicality – I am happy to vote on T if it is argued well. You should know that I tend to interpret T very broadly so in some instances you might want to choose something else if your violation is one that is based upon a fairly strict interpretation. Not a huge RVI fellow. I tend not to ignore all else in the round in order to give the AFF a win for meeting one of its burdens.

Types of Arguments – There are no arguments that I reject out of hand. While I was in high school when LD was created, I am not opposed to all of the ways in which it has evolved. Counterplans are not only acceptable but encouraged as long as they are meeting all of the traditional burdens such as competition and net benefits. I would say the same for the disadvantage and its burdens.

I am very fine with the K debate as well. But at the end of the day, there must be a link for me to consider. I love debates about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other opportunities for debaters to engage in discourse about issues that are important. Yet, I also believe that individuals spend time crafting topics for a reason and call me old-fashioned but I still like those discussions. Most topics allow us to have the best of both worlds but at times they do not. Learn to recognize the difference if I am in the back of the room.

Theory is a means to an end and those who love the idea of theory as its own thing should definitely strike me.

Speed – There was a time when I would walk out of a room very impressed with the debater who was incredibly fast and offered a cornucopia of arguments. That was about 30 years ago. Now I am impressed with the debater who does more with less and values depth of discussion and argument.

Points- My range for points is generally between 26.5 -29.9. 26.5 is reserved for those who are incomprehensible, disengaged, non-responsive, or simply missing the boat. 29.9 is reserved for the debater who demonstrates a mastery of argument, communicates nuances, has the ability to analyze arguments and make meaningful comparisons, has on-point evidence, and has outstanding communication skills. THOSE WHO ARE RUDE TO OPPONENTS OR USE PROFANITY WILL RECEIVE A 20. IF YOU ARE UNEASY WITH THIS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STRIKING ME.

I am very sensitive to the way that we treat each other in this activity. I take allegations of bullying and intimidation very seriously. As an adult in the room, I will immediately deal with these issues and protect the rights of all individuals involved. If you feel that there is an issue when you are debating in front of me, know that we will proceed in the following manner:

1. Please raise the issue when you are aware of it. I will then allow both debaters to go and find their respective coaches/adult chaperone before we proceed. I will not engage students on issues of this magnitude without their adult advocates present.

2. I will listen to both sides of the discussion to determine whether or not we can proceed with the debate or if it should be brought to the tournament director for further resolution.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Overland ES Harvard-Westlake MK Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Nova 42 AY Harvard-Westlake LH Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Bellarmine College Prep EG Greenhill AM Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Oak Hall KZ Harvard-Westlake JZ Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Sprague LW OCSA Independent NA Aff
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR Round Halstrom RA Pennsbury CZ Aff Aff on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR Round Harvard-Westlake AM Newark Science OS Neg Neg on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R6 Kamiak NB Anderson SJ Aff
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R6 Loyola AO Harvard-Westlake JN Neg Neg on a 2-0
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R5 West Linn DT Harvard-Westlake AM Neg
2019 California Round Robin 2/14/2019 LD RR R5 Newark Science OS Quarry Lane SK Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 LD R4 St. Andrew's Episcopal BM Pennsbury CZ Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/14/2018 WSDC Finals Team USA D-Team Yellow Team USA D-Team Red Neg Neg on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 WSDC Finals USA Silver USA Red Neg Aff on a 3-2
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R7 Newark Science SB
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R5 Meadows NS Harrison GC Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R5 Harvard-Westlake JN
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R4 Alief Taylor DM Lincoln NW Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R4 Oak Hall KZ Westwood AZ Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R2 Harrison EV Pace DK Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R1 St. Andrew's Episcopal BM Newark Science OS Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD RR R1 West Des Moines Valley CT Newark Science SB Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/14/2018 LD R5 Greenhill AM Harrison AZ Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/14/2018 LD R1 Alief Taylor SH Greenhill SK Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 WSDC Finals Palisade AHM NSDA Team USA Blue Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 WSDC Quarte NSDA Team USA Red Golda Meir SPHK Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 WSDC R5 Leavenworth DSTWM Palisade AHM Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 WSDC R3 NSDA Team USA White Potomac ZOD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD WAU Harvard-Westlake EE William T. Dwyer LM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R6 Durham OC Hawken HG Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R6 Newark Science BA Success Academy AB Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R5 St. Andrew's Episcopal IB Isidore Newman MK Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R5 Southlake Carroll JC University RH Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R4 Collegiate DM New Trier BS Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/27/2017 LD R4 Kamiak NB Southlake Carroll AP Aff
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/12/2017 db8la R5 Lynbrook HW Loyola DW Aff Aff on a 2-0
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/12/2017 db8la R5 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KO Marlborough GK Neg Neg on a 2-0
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/12/2017 db8la R3 La Canada AZ Cypress Woods LC Aff
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/12/2017 VLD R2 Harvard-Westlake JG Sage Hill LB Aff
Harvard Westlake Debates 1/12/2017 db8la R1 Peninsula JL Lynbrook NS Aff Aff on a 2-0
Big Apple Bronx Round Robin 10/13/2016 LD R5 Harrison RP Oakwood JW Neg Neg on a 2-0
Big Apple Bronx Round Robin 10/13/2016 LD R4 Oakwood JW Hunter NP Aff
Big Apple Bronx Round Robin 10/13/2016 LD R2 Hunter NP Cambridge Rindge and Latin OS Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R5 Loyola AO Sunset RB Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R2 Winston Churchill BR Pingry AG Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/18/2016 LD R2 Prosper MK Southlake Carroll JC Aff
Harvard PF Workshop Session 2 7/20/2016 PF Quarte NoShaneNoGain EL Anotha Won CZ Aff Aff on a 5-0
Harvard PF Workshop Session 2 7/20/2016 PF Octos NoShaneNoGain OA Hail Imperator WD Aff Aff on a 5-0
Harvard PF Workshop Session 2 7/20/2016 PF R6 Biting Goats ZH NoShaneNoGain ZK Neg
Harvard PF Workshop Session 2 7/20/2016 PF R5 NoShaneNoGain OA Biting Goats FF Aff
Harvard PF Workshop Session 2 7/20/2016 PF R3 NoShaneNoGain SL Biting Goats CZ Neg
Harvard PF Workshop Session 2 7/20/2016 PF R3 Anotha Won DoLi Biting Goats SK Neg
Harvard PF Workshop Session 2 7/20/2016 PF R2 Anotha Won SC NoShaneNoGain WC Neg
Harvard PF Session 1 7/6/2016 PF Octos MMuReka MP MMuReka CM Neg Neg on a 3-2
Harvard PF Session 1 7/6/2016 PF Octos Pour-em YG Pour-em FS Aff Aff on a 3-2
Harvard PF Session 1 7/6/2016 PF R6 dab8 XT MMuReka CM Neg
Harvard PF Session 1 7/6/2016 PF R5 Pterodactyls WF MMuReka RC Aff
Harvard PF Session 1 7/6/2016 PF R3 Pour-em WB C Jumping Goldfish ZT Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R6 La Reina EP North Mecklenburg LV Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R6 Greenhill GB Newark Science AK Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/29/2016 LD R4 Greenhill VA Phillip O. Berry JR Aff
Harvard PF Session 2 7/22/2015 PF R6 Yum Yuckers PW Long Triangle KHFX Aff
Harvard PF Session 2 7/22/2015 PF R6 Yum Yuckers XZ TeachMe to Doug BM Aff
Harvard PF Session 2 7/22/2015 PF R4 Yikes!!? BC Yum Yuckers DL Neg
Harvard PF Session 2 7/22/2015 PF R4 Yikes!!? CG Long Triangle ST Aff
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF Semis PoFo IF PoFo IL Aff Aff on a 5-0
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF Octos PoFo IF Lab GB Aff Aff on a 5-0
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF Octos Lab UJ Debaes BB Neg Neg on a 4-1
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R6 Flow LT Lab RP Aff
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R4 Flow ZD Debaes ML Neg
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R3 PoFo PJ Debaes DM Neg
HDC Session 1 PF Debate Tournament 7/8/2015 PF R3 PoFo BB Debaes CD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD WA Ulr Newark Science CQ Colleyville Heritage RK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R6 Trinity PS Pembroke Pines JF Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R5 Newark Science AK Greenhill VA Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R5 American Heritage Plantation JY Cypress Bay PP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R4 Glenbrook South JB West Broward JO Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/23/2015 LD R3 Trinity JR Pembroke Pines YM Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 PF Semis Poly Prep Country Day HE Stuyvesant UK Neg Neg on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 PF Quarte Horace Mann HS Walt Whitman LA Neg Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 PF Trips Walt Whitman YT Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches ST Aff Neg on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament at Blake 12/19/2014 LD R3 DSM Roosevelt EW Lexington JK Neg
HDC Summer Workshop PF 1 7/16/2014 R3 CARDin GH SKWAWD MZ Neg
HDC Summer Workshop PF 1 7/16/2014 R2 CARDin YM SKWAWD JM Aff
HDC Summer Workshop PF 1 7/16/2014 R2 SKWAWD SL CARDin FX Neg
The Nichols Invitational at Harker 9/28/2013 VPF Qtrs Presentation JS Desert Vista CS Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Nichols Invitational at Harker 9/28/2013 VPF Octo Foothill FH Leland NN Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Nichols Invitational at Harker 9/28/2013 VPF Dubs Foothill FH Milpitas SS Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Nichols Invitational at Harker 9/28/2013 VPF R5 St Francis BB Leland MG Aff
The Nichols Invitational at Harker 9/28/2013 VPF R4 Leland GV Sanger GD Neg
The Nichols Invitational at Harker 9/28/2013 VPF R3 Saratoga CR Palo Alto LV Aff
The Nichols Invitational at Harker 9/28/2013 VPF R2 St Francis VH Palo Alto HH Neg