John Andra Paradigm

Last changed 8/24 9:34A CDT

I am a tabula rasa debate judge. I generally accept any argument regarding the aims and methods of academic debate. Many people say this is not possible, and if you also believe that, then make the argument and I'll listen to it.

I will not consider attacks on the bases of rational discourse itself, such as whether a thing can both be and not be in the same time and manner, or whether a whole is composed of its parts. These insights, intrinsic to human reason, must be assumed to argue towards any conclusion.

I also assume that policy debate is an educational activity concerning public policy. This typically limits the discussion to the laws, regulations, and customs of society. Purely speculative philosophical discussion does not reach the level of public policy unless that link is established during the round. Arguments on debate theory should relate to the policy question or to the educational aims of debate.

With respect to speed, I believe debate is a speech activity. I do not read speeches flashed to me beforehand, although I may ask to look at evidence after a round. I therefore need to understand what is being said. I tend to understand if the arguments are articulated clearly, with good signposting, at less than 350 wpm.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Sunflower District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R4 6 Walker & Willis 11 Bansemer & Hybki Aff Aff on a 3-0
Sunflower District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R3 2 Glaghassi & Hopkins 3 Le & Wemhoff Aff Neg on a 2-1
Sunflower District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R2 2 Lara & Quintero 9 Silva & Gardner Aff Neg on a 2-1
Sunflower District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R1 3 Moore & Rowley 1 Harris & Horton Aff Aff on a 3-0
Robert D Nordyke Memorial Debate Invitational 10/5/2018 JV R3 W AC S HL Aff
Robert D Nordyke Memorial Debate Invitational 10/5/2018 JV R2 G CG K MS Aff
Robert D Nordyke Memorial Debate Invitational 10/5/2018 JV R1 L HS B DR Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI Qtrs Eisenh Hartter & Jacobson SalSou Marion & Daily Neg Aff on a 2-1
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R6 OlaWes Uddin & Darby Lawren Balcazar & Belt Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R5 Topeka Blenden & Parker Maize Broyles & Liang-Lin Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R3 BD Bagdasaryan & Trout BB Bonilla & Stewart Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R2 Derby Sallman & Carter Maize Nelson & Wolgast Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R1 SalSou Vasquez & Jones Topeka Caracioni & Jacques Neg