Michael Zhang Paradigm

Last changed 10/27 3:03P EDT

First-year debater at the University of Michigan '22

Debate should be fun and thought-provoking. The ideas and points you make should be made with your own twist. Be authentic. Be funny. Please don't just repeat the same generic structure most teams use to me- teach me something new, open up my eyes to a new way of thought.

I tend to be looser on the flow and have lower pre-requisites for introducing new arguments. I believe that it should be the overall thought process and presentation that wins debates. That said, please don't try to take too many liberties with the rules. I'm generally lax on them, but if I sense that a debater trying to take advantage, I will penalize them for that.

I am unfamiliar with the high school topic. Please be slow with acronyms and avoid any assumptions on what I already know.

I like theory arguments and will weigh them heavily if they are presented well. That said, please only present theory arguments that you can get yourself to buy into.

Please do not be mean or intentionally waste time during cross-x. That's entirely unproductive and takes away from the spirit of debate.

Be funny! I love jokes, good or bad, as long as the delivery's good.

Extra points for any good digs against Ohio State or MSU (just their football teams though)

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX Quarte Glenbrook South KW Glenbrook North KR Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VPF Semifi Dexter GR Cranbrook RZ Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R7 Niles West DS Oak Park and River Forest MR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R6 Glenbrook North RS Niles West AT Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R4 Niles North AU Westminster BW Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R3 H.H. Dow BW Maine East GM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R2 Little Rock Central CR Niles West RM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R1 Univ Of Chicago Lab BB Niles West RS Neg