Don Athnos Paradigm

Last changed 11/30 7:50P EDT

tl;dr Do what you want. Be nice.

Short Bio:

Hi, my name is Don. I debated at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, although that was over a decade ago. I have also been involved with Mock Trial and Model United Nations in high school and college. My fondness for international relations and public policy has been almost constant since I began debating. My formal education has focused on the sciences, specifically chemistry and molecular biology. I’ve recently started coaching debate at Okemos High School.

Feel free to ask me any questions before the round. Also, please add me to the e-mail chain: dlathnos(at)gmail(dot)com

Topline:

Decorum matters. Be polite. Show respect. Have fun.

My Paradigm:

Tabula rasa: You provide the structure for the debate. I want to see you do the things you are comfortable with and enjoy. I’m happy to see you center the debate around critical theory, policy-making, gamesmanship, or anything else that strikes your fancy. Competing frameworks are also welcome. I promise to do my best to mitigate my own preconceptions.

It would be wise to:

1.) Have a claim, warrant, and impact for all your arguments. If you are missing any of these elements it will be difficult/impossible to evaluate the argument and weigh it against others.

2.) Explain your positions/arguments. The entirety of human knowledge is pretty tricky for one person to have complete command over, much less me. This is especially true if your going to shorthand your argument into an author or abbreviation without establishing a baseline understanding. Plain language is preferred.

3.) Perform a comparative analysis of evidence, arguments, frameworks, etc. I prefer debates where it is clear that debaters are listening to the other team and capable of explaining the interaction of arguments in the round.

4.) Weigh the round in the 2NR/2AR. Tell me what the flow for the round looks like, which arguments are being won by who, and how should I prioritize arguments on my ballot.

Some other things:

1.) Road map your speeches. It’s an easy way to keep the round organized.

2.) Speed is fine, but clarity is important. Reading headers/contentions/tags/theory in a way that differentiates it from the rest of your cards goes a long way.

3.) “Can I run ____ ?” Yes, you can. The only exception is morally reprehensible argumentation (e.g. racism/sexism good).

4.) Do I have to tell you not to cheat?

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 DPolVa Final U CR CodMed BT Aff Aff on a 2-1
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 DPolNR R4 PadPio KFr Loyola CC Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R6 St Ignatius DG Detroit Country Day CW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R5 ADL LW Midland Independent IR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 NCX R3 New Trier DG Univ Of Chicago Lab TK Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 N POL Npol3 Detroit Country Day BYC H.H. Dow WB Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 V POL Vpol2 H.H. Dow WS Detroit Country Day ALHMN Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 N POL Npol1 Detroit Country Day PW H.H. Dow MT Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU 11/30/2018 O R5 H.H. Dow Dhar & Vercellino Detroit Country Day Nimmagadda & Wang Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU 11/30/2018 O R1 Traverse City Central Swartz & Taylor H.H. Dow Shamamian & Wang Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 VP R5 H.H. Dow RW Detroit Country Day LF Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 NVP R4 Traverse City Central PO Wylie E. Groves GG Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Homewood-Flossmoor KW Lane Tech GK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Detroit Country Day NM Lane Tech PB Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R5 New Trier WW Glenbrook South KW Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R4 Glenbrook North DG Niles West AT Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R3 Glenbrook North AS Glenbrook South GS Aff