Samuel Darkwa Paradigm

Last changed Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM UTC

I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science at West Virginia University. I have an MA in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialization in the rhetoric of Ghanaian presidential debates. I have no prior policy debate experience. However, I have had one year policy debate judging experience and have had the opportunity to panel with some experienced judges where in all cases I voted the same as them. I think debate is a competitive game that needs decency, fairness and decorous disposition.

When it comes to rounds, my preference is civility of speech and validity of argument. Please note that I value clarity over speed. Therefore, kindly take your time to read your Plan text and make sure that transitions between arguments are punctuated with appropriate speech art mechanisms. I also prefer coherent argument supported by specific EVIDENCE on which I place utmost value. Consequently, if the evidence does not support your argument, then it is just your argument and that will not help you much. Stylistically, I expect debaters to give a clear road map before each speech.

Below are some few thoughts:

TOPICALITY: Topicality is a very subjective concept thought it is a voting issue. I therefore, expect that the AFF is able to produce appropriate evidence in support of the topicality of their plan at the 1AC. Topicality only becomes an issue if the NEG brings it up but the AFF either drops it or if the negative wins the exchanges based on their framework. Note that I will be inclined to vote NEG on the grounds of education, fairness and predictability should topicality becomes a critical issue in a debate round.  COUNTERPLANS:

I’ll like the NEG team to hammer home the solvency of the counterplan and show how it’s mutually exclusive as well as net beneficial. Please, should you run counterplan theory, your best bet is brevity and vigor. When it comes to permutation of the counterplan, the burden of prove lies with the NEG team to show why the AFF cannot do her advocacy and that of the counterplan should the AFF select to perm. Again, AFF is also to prove that the counterplan is not mutually exclusive for instance.

DISADVANTAGES:

I think that running DAs is fine and can cause great havoc to the opposing team so try as much as possible to connect them bringing out the links, internal links and impacts in a coherent manner. Again, the opposing team has the burden to respond to all DAs ran against them which I prefer line-by-line address.

CRITICISMS:

I think that should the NEG team select to run a K shell, the NEG team needs to offer a cogent explanation how its particular criticism implicates the affirmative’s impacts. This implies that the NEG team must be prepared to pick evidences from the AFF’s argument and show how these arguments are inconsistent. For instance, the NEG team needs to explain why the AFF plan is a bad one. In this case the NEG needs to point out some impacts of the plan and explain why the plan’s assumptions cause that impact.

FRAMEWORK:

For framework, I believe that you’ll like me to judge the debate that way therefore, if a team initiates framework debate the burden of prove lies with that team to show that their advocacy is the best. The opposing team is also required to respond to the framework argument or take up the challenge and show that their advocacy is better than their opponent’s.  

Welcome aboard and Good luck.

I will prefer judging novice rounds now

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 2 Libert GT UniSta KC NEG UniSta KC
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 4 Roches KL Monmou EF AFF Roches KL
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 5 Monmou HS Libert HM NEG Libert HM
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Octos Roches KL NewYor LR AFF Roches KL
Roches KL on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 1 Liberty GT NYU PS AFF Liberty GT
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 2 Cornell KY Liberty BM AFF Cornell KY
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 1 NYU PX Wilkes HM NEG Wilkes HM
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 3 Rochester GS United States Military GH AFF Rochester GS
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 1 Mary Washington BC James Madison WM NEG James Madison WM
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 4 Minnesota/Pittsburgh DN James Madison JT NEG James Madison JT
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 5 Minnesota/Pittsburgh DN Mary Washington DR AFF Minnesota/Pittsburgh DN
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 1 Binghamton SW Vanderbilt WL AFF Binghamton SW
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 2 Monmouth DS James Madison CC AFF Monmouth DS
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 3 Monmouth RK Rochester KL AFF Monmouth RK
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 4 United States Military CW Binghamton KW NEG Binghamton KW
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 5 Monmouth BT Rochester CK AFF Monmouth BT
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov Quarters George Mason KY James Madison AH AFF George Mason KY
George Mason KY on a 2-1
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 Novi 3 Liberty GW Mary Washington DM AFF Liberty GW
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 Novi 4 Emory GR Wayne State HK AFF Emory GR
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 Novi 5 Liberty SY United States Military HP NEG United States Military HP
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 Novi 6 Vanderbilt GK Liberty ER AFF Vanderbilt GK
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 1 JamMad HK Capita BS AFF JamMad HK
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 2 NewYor GM Monmou KM AFF NewYor GM
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 3 Bingha WM Monmou RV AFF Bingha WM
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 4 Bingha KW New/UniSta GH NEG New/UniSta GH
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 5 Monmou KP UniSta HG AFF Monmou KP
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 6 Libert JM Monmou LT AFF Libert JM
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 2 Cornell RC Vermont ST AFF Cornell RC
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 5 Cornell XP Vermont QB NEG Vermont QB
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 6 James Madison SG United States Military/Vermont GS AFF James Madison SG
National Junior Varsity and Novice Championship at George Mason 3/8/2014 Nov 6 NYU MV James Madison GH AFF NYU MV
National Junior Varsity and Novice Championship at George Mason 3/8/2014 Nov 7 NYU TH CUNY JS NEG CUNY JS
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov 1 NYU EH CUNY DJ NEG CUNY DJ
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov 2 CUNY SW Cornell KR NEG Cornell KR
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov 3 Binghamton LS GMU KO AFF Binghamton LS
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov Octos WCSU MM BC PS NEG BC PS
BC PS on a 3-0
University of Georgia Bulldog Debates 1/31/2014 NOV Round 6 Vanderbilt Ro Navy MK AFF Vanderbilt Ro
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic 3 CUNY SW Capital CL NEG Capital CL
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic 4 Boston Coll PS USMA BS AFF Boston Coll PS
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic 8 JMU GH CUNY DJ NEG CUNY DJ
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV 1 Monmou NR NewYor HK NEG NewYor HK
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV 2 Monmou KP NewYor AL NEG NewYor AL
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV 4 WesCon MM Monmou TW NEG Monmou TW
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV 6 Bingha\Wilkes MS Monmou KoRa AFF Bingha\Wilkes MS
Robert Huber Debates 11/2/2013 Nov Nov 1 Cornell AD NYU TT AFF Cornell AD
Robert Huber Debates 11/2/2013 Nov Nov 2 Vermont DL Cornell RR NEG Cornell RR
Robert Huber Debates 11/2/2013 Nov Nov 3 CUNY JS Cornell CG AFF CUNY JS
Robert Huber Debates 11/2/2013 Nov Nov 4 CUNY WY NYU WY NEG NYU WY
Robert Huber Debates 11/2/2013 Nov Nov Quart Cornell RR Vermont PS AFF Cornell RR
Cornell RR on a 3-0
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 Novice Novice Round 2 Monmouth KR GMU GK NEG GMU GK
James Madison University 10/11/2013 NOV Nov6 Liberty AW JMU MR AFF Liberty AW
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N2 Cornell AH Bing AR AFF Cornell AH
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N3 GMU CM Bing BS NEG Bing BS
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N4 Bing BD NYU ST NEG NYU ST
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N5 Cornell RW Bing CH AFF Cornell RW
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N6 Bing BV Wilkes BS AFF Bing BV
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi NOV OCTS Cornell KR GMU CM AFF Cornell KR
Cornell KR on a 3-0
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi NOV QUART GMU GG Cornell RW NEG Cornell RW
Cornell RW on a 3-0