Saied Beckford Paradigm

Last changed 3/23 9:29A EDT

About Me

I attend and debate for Rutgers University-Newark. I’ve ran both policy and K affs.

Influences In Debate

David Asafu – Adjae (he actually got me interested in college policy, but don’t tell him this), and of course, the debating coaching staff @ RU-N: Willie Johnson, Carlos Astacio, Devane Murphy and Christopher Kozak

The Basics

Yes, I wish to be on the email chain!

saied.beckford@rutgers.edu

If you are spreading and it’s not clear, I will yell clear. If I have to do that too many times in a round, it sucks to be you buddy because I will just stop flowing and evaluate the winner based on what I can remember.

In general, I like K’s (particularly those surrounding Afro-Pess and Queer Theory). However, I like to see them executed in at least a decent manner. Therefore, if you know these are not your forte, do not read them just because I am judging.

You can run theory. Just be good at it, because if you provide a lackluster attempt at it in a round, it is not going to be a heavily weighted when deciding the winner.

I live for performance debates.

I like to be entertained, and I like to laugh. Hence, if you can do either, it will be reflected in your speaker points. However, if you can’t do this, fear not. You obviously will get the running average provided you do the work for the running average.

The bare minimum for a link chain for a DA is insufficient 99% of the time for me. I need a story with a good scenario for how the link causes the impact. Describe to me how everything happens. Please extrapolate! Give your arguments depth!

Do not assume I know anything when judging you. I am literally in the room to take notes and tell who I think is the winner based on who gives the better articulation as to why their option is better. Therefore, if you assume I know something, and I don’t … kinda sucks to be you buddy.

I’m all for new things! Debating is all about contesting competing ideas and strategies.

I feel as though it should be needless to say, but: do not run any bigoted arguments. However, I’m well aware that I can’t stop you. Just please be prepared to pick up a zero in your speaking points. Literally!

Another thing: please do not run anthropocentrism in front of me. It’s something I hated as a debater, and it is definitely something I hate as a judge. Should you choose to be risky, please be prepared for the consequences. (Update: voted on it once)

For My LD'ers

It is often times difficult to evaluate between esoteric philosophies. I often find that people don't do enough work to establish any metric of evaluation for these kinds of debates. Consequently, I am weary for pulling the trigger for one side as opposed to the other. If you think you can, then by all means, read it!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Valley Forge District Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R4 C 302 K 317 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Valley Forge District Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R2 P 311 E 309 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Valley Forge District Tournament 3/8/2019 LD R1 P 304 K 306 Neg Neg on a 3-0
New Jersey District Tournament 2/23/2019 CX R4 1100 165 Aff
New Jersey District Tournament 2/23/2019 CX R2 1101 167 Neg
New Jersey District Tournament 2/23/2019 CX R1 1106 164 Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVLD R3 Nova GL Strake Jesuit DL Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVLD R3 Mountain Brook DJ Harrison GV Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVLD R2 McClintock DF Cary AR Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVLD R2 Blair DW Marcus JD Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 JVLD R1 Catonsville AT Fenwick SN Aff
NDA High School Tournament 3 Tech 1/26/2019 Nov R3 Technology CS Newark Science SC Aff
NDA High School Tournament 3 Tech 1/26/2019 Nov R2 SA Harlem North Central BD SA East Flatbush/Achievement First University Prep KB Neg
NDA High School Tournament 3 Tech 1/26/2019 Nov R1 Newark Science AM SA Harlem West FL Neg
Debating the Discord Part 1 12/28/2018 CX R5 Big Brains BG RKS BD Aff
The Ridge Debates 12/7/2018 PAR R5 Stuyvesant RP Regis BF Neg
The Ridge Debates 12/7/2018 PAR R4 Regis BG Stuyvesant PG Aff
The Ridge Debates 12/7/2018 PAR R3 Westfield HL Stuyvesant KC Aff
The Ridge Debates 12/7/2018 PAR R2 Bridgewater Raritan HA Stuyvesant WC Aff
The Ridge Debates 12/7/2018 PAR R1 Stuyvesant AS Bridgewater Raritan AJ Neg