Alden Conner

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 29 October 2021 1:32 PM EST

put me on the chain - amcalden@gmail.com

5 years at Baylor

4 years at Caddo Magnet High school

had to add this: i reserve the right to vote you down external to in round arguments if you are acting in a way that makes the activity unsafe or actively detrimental to other debaters.
Zoom things:

Camera on while prepping please, some of the kids i coach expressed irritating at not being able to see opponents during prep time!

Start a little slower for me than usual - computer audio spikes at beginning of speeches and if you are going top speed from get go Ill likely miss first sentence.

In general im fine for you to do whatever you want to do, i've done both policy and K things from a lot of different literature bases. Just do what you do best and Im sure to enjoy it! Please don't be overly aggressive, rude, or dismissive of your opponents or speaker points will reflect it c

Argument thoughts:

Framework v K affs: although i can be convinced to vote for this its going to be an uphill battle given that the majority of the arguments framework teams make exist solely in a vaccum of debate and make zero sense outside of it. Ground and limits/debatability arent standards in my opinion after 9 years of debating without going for framework, i think that framework is quite literally an erasure of the work done by tons of Critical teams to engage in both policy and critical affirmatives and shows more your unwillingness to engage in critical thought that the "unpredicability" of the aff. K debate is here to stay so id rather here your more generic marxism strategy than your robotic framework speeches. Fairness isnt an impact because my ballot can't solve it and i dont have the magical power to put any model of debate into place.

What im saying is please answer the affirmative, K teams have aggregated around a few common core ideas and positions (of course there are always outliers) but if you chose not to prepare a strategy against 30% of the pool thats more reflective of your research pedagogy than the "unfair advantage" they had.

As good ol greg zoda said "if i could have over a 60% win rate against K teams without ever reading framework then you need to do a lot to convince me there is an aff side bias."

Parametrics is different - i do believe the affirmative should defend a change from the squo but T-USFG is as old, worn out, and deserves to be left in the archive for good

Policy affs: I hold policy affirmatives to a high threshold for solvency - the phrase "the aff solves the advantage" or "they conceded solvency" is not an extension of solvency and im prone to vote negative on presumption in a world where you havent explained to me the internal link between plan passage and your impact with reverse causal arguments.

K: Links to the plan are nice but not necessary, Alts don't have to solve the link if they solve the aff. Do not think you need an alt to win a debate if you have the appropriate framing tools.

CPs: Comparison between deficits/net benefits is key, I do not know all the acronyms so bare with me the first time i hear your position, solvency advocates are preferred but not necessary, especially if predicated off of cross-x.

DAs: Love em, more specific the better, 1 card, 2 card, 8 card 1nc do what you need.

Theory: Condo is fine, argumentative tension is okay but can be convinced on contradictions being bad. On zoom especially please give me 10% slower on the theory.

Overall if your confident then do your thing, ive voted on args i disagree with more than i would like and will try to check most bias' at the door but there are some things i believe to be true about debate that you will have a difficult time convincing me otherwise. The fact that people in the community can still get away with "no plan no win" paradigms means i reserve the right to be reactionary.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR Octos Wake Forest BiTa George Mason BG Neg Neg 5-0
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 5 Kansas WL Michigan AH Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 4 Kansas SpMc Wichita State CH Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 3 Oklahoma BP Cal State Fullerton MR Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 2 UTD MB UC Berkeley TD Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 1 Cal State Fullerton CW UTD WL Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2021-11-05 Open Quarte UCO Huffman & Wendland Kansas Pieropan & Mantis Aff Aff 2-1
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2021-11-05 NOV R6 UTSA Gonzalez Morales & Thomas SMCS Adeyan & Trevino-Yoson Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2021-11-05 Open R5 UCO Huffman & Wendland Kansas zin & Hines Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2021-11-05 Open R3 Kansas Pieropan & Mantis MOState Cade & Reeves Aff
Harvard College Tournament C 2021-10-30 Open R3 Southern California KS Northwestern AS Aff
Harvard College Tournament C 2021-10-30 Open R1 Minnesota AB ONLINE Cal State Fullerton CW ONLINE Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2021-10-02 Open R2 Cornell GL George Mason IJ Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2021-10-02 Nov R1 Indiana WK Navy KC Aff
Northwestern University Season Opener C 2021-09-17 Open RD 2 Harvard OY Texas DK Aff
Northwestern University Season Opener C 2021-09-17 JV R1 Mary Washington HR Houston LL Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2020-11-13 SHIR RD 3 Texas Desai & Watts Southern California Kuffour & Sun Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2020-11-13 SHIR RD 2 Western Washington Allen & Barclay George Mason Joari & Turpen Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2020-11-13 SHIR RD 1 Binghamton Marin & Ahuja Rutgers-Newark Khan & Beckford Neg
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2020-11-06 Open R2 Texas Healey & Noriega MOState Kauffman & Reeves Neg
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2020-11-06 Open R1 Kansas Esquivel-Yglesias & Soper UTD Lasseter & Mubarak Aff
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2020-09-25 Open Semis CSULon FC WakFor KT Neg Neg 3-0
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2020-09-25 Novi SEMIS Liberty CK George Mason BP Neg Neg 2-1
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2020-09-25 Open O5 Bingha AM WakFor CR Aff
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2020-09-25 Novi N3 George Mason BP Binghamton PC Aff
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2020-09-25 Novi N2 Binghamton RG George Mason KU Neg
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2020-09-25 JV R2 Kansas State SW George Mason RP Neg
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2020-09-25 Open O1 Wyomin PP WakFor PW Neg
Season Opener at Northwestern University C 2020-09-18 Open R6 Kentucky EG Kansas LM Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX Semifi Westwood SB Coppell DR Neg Neg 4-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX Octos Coppell AK Little Rock Central GL Neg Neg 3-0
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX Double Lindale JS Westwood SB Neg Neg 3-0
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX R6 Sharyland LD Westside KS Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX R5 Coppell DR Hebron HL Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX R4 Westwood SB Ronald Reagan AB Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX R3 Liberal Arts and Science IJ Little Rock Central GL Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX R2 Liberal Arts and Science MM Coppell AK Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas HS 2019-12-06 CCX R1 Langham Creek MS Ronald Reagan RS Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX Q Ronald Reagan SV Westside PN Neg Neg 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX O Liberal Arts and Science AV WB Ray SS Aff Aff 3-0
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX D Liberal Arts and Science BE Edmond North LC Neg Neg 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R6 Grapevine HC Ronald Reagan SV Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R5 Katy Taylor KB Westside PN Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R4 WB Ray SS Edmond North LC Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R3 Coppell DP Winston Churchill BB Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R2 Moore SD Liberal Arts and Science IJ Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R1 Woodlands KB Liberal Arts and Science BW Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX Semi HerHal DV LibArt MS Aff Aff 3-0
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 RR R7 Westwood NG Little Rock Central JJ Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R6 Kinkai HK WinChu BW Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R5 JesCP LR LitRoc CC Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 RR R5 Westwood SC Hendrickson WP Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R4 LibArt BP WinChu AP Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2016-12-02 CCX R2 HerHal DV JesCP VL Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R5 Calhoun BF Coppell DP Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R4 Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ MS Little Rock Central JJ Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R3 Cabot SB Reagan SS Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R2 Clack LL Hendrickson WP Neg
Texas Shootout Round Robin HS 2015-12-06 CX R4 Austin SFA S Grapevine PS Aff
Texas Shootout Round Robin HS 2015-12-06 CX R2 Reagan XR LASA CC Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R6 WinChu YG Lindal DW Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R5 Dobie GM HouMem MS Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R4 KatTay BK Midway CH Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R3 Elkins SP RobVel BV Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R2 PinCre VJ LawMag JG Neg