Ella Furman Paradigm

Last changed 16 October 2021 8:19 AM CDT

Hello! I’m a 1st year out from Chanhassen HS (Minnesota) and attending the University of Florida.

If you care about my experience: I joined debate in my sophomore year in High School, competing in PF all 3 years (and did congress once). I found success at locals and national circuit tournaments. I'm a 2x National Qualifier, breaking at nationals both my junior (top 65) and senior (top 45) years. I also broke at a few nat circ tournaments my junior/senior years.

Note for Bronx: This is my first time judging this topic, and I haven't done anything debate-related since nationals so please keep that in mind.

If you have any questions or would like to add me to the email chain: ellasfurman@gmail.com

Super short version: Standard Flay Leaning Tech judge, I will usually vote off the flow but recognize I am human and am subjected to my own biases depending on presentation. If you want to go tech, I would appreciate it if it didn't sound like a monotone mess and don't spread on me.

If you skip over everything else in my paradigm, at least read this. If you spread, you are guaranteeing you get below 27 speaks and if it's incomprehensible to the point that anyone must shout "clear" multiple times, you're likely going to lose. I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and due to this, I cannot flow super fast arguments, that's not saying I will give up - but don't expect me to put myself through physical pain to catch everything. If you plan on spreading: strike me or emphasize the things you need me to catch. That being said, I do prefer conversationally quick debate and can flow 850-900 word (PLEASE stay below 1,000 words) rebuttals/case as long as your annunciation is good.

Here are my in round preferences:

Content/Trigger Warnings: YOU MUST READ ONE. If you have an issue with an argument presented in the round - you don't need a warrant for why something triggers you, just a general warrant for why it would be triggering in general and you don't need to disclose if you are triggered either. Run a shell, even informal and I will most likely vote on it

I will end the round if I deem it necessary for the safety of any competitor, and give the team responsible for the lack of safety a loss.

Stylistically: I am willing to adapt to teams, but keep in mind that I do have a preference towards techier debate but don't spread "uniqueness controls the direction of the link" and if you do you will get a "cool" on my flow. Again, don't spread (seriously, don't). Don't flow through ink, I vote off of any offense at the end of the round.

On Presumption: I honestly believe that the ones about speaking order or the "status quo" are a waste of time, if there is a SYSTEMIC disadvantage (i.e sexism, racism, etc) that you say I should presume you on - I would absolutely be down for that.

On Theory/Ks/Progressive debates: I will listen to any progressive arguments and am willing to vote off of it, I’ve ran theory myself and also have some experience with Kritiks (having run the majority world K, and an ableism rage K) but don't read like high-level kritiks without explaining it to me and how I should evaluate it. Also, I don't think that there really can be an Alt in PF debate since usually, that would be a counterplan... which is illegal...

Friv: Disclosure theory (if you're reading this against a small school), shoes theory, or any shells of the sort. I will most likely not vote on it, especially if you're running it against novices because I think friv theory, in general, is really bad for debate.

I default to competing interpretations for most shells unless you can tell me why I should intervene with reasonability.

Furthermore, as a female-presenting former debater, I am well aware of the microaggressions that exist within this community.

Male PFers: Your voices are naturally louder and deeper than womxn debaters. Do NOT speak down or over womxn opponents. I don’t want ANY questions regarding your opponents' knowledge on the topic, or anything of that sort. It’s degrading and inappropriate. If you do I will either drop you or at least tank your speaks because of this. (I have had personal experience with it, and it's why there is such a gender gap in PF)

Finally, I will not tolerate any racism, homophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, ableism, or anything of the sort. This will not only result in the lowest possible speaks but also a drop.

Speaks:

I think speaks are meaningless and are extraordinarily subjective. I'll start with a 30 for everyone, and lower it if you're problematic or disregard my paradigm.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2021-10-15 PFV R5 Newton South BS Byram Hills LB Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2021-10-15 PFV R3 Montgomery Blair WC Walt Whitman LH Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2021-10-15 PFV R1 George Washington FJ Dalton JL Con
The 2nd Annual Quarantine Classic HS 2021-07-22 PF Quarte Pu Tai Senior HH Sturgis JS Aff Aff 3-0
Back to School Debate Challenge HS 2020-08-23 OPFD Semis Real School Institute Mackey-Piccolo AFF
Back to School Debate Challenge HS 2020-08-23 OPFD R5 Ridin With Biden Singh & Chopra Basis Peoria Independent Sekandari & Saravanan AFF
Back to School Debate Challenge HS 2020-08-23 OPFD R4 CV Team Chen & Ma National Cathedral Li & Chowdury NEG
Back to School Debate Challenge HS 2020-08-23 OPFD R2 Ajmera & Mallela, Rishi & Avaneesh BCAcademy Shin & Lin AFF
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF Finals William Mason CY Ridin With Biden SC Neg Aff 8-7
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF Semis Montgomery Blair ZJ Ridin With Biden SC Aff Neg 6-1
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF Quarte Torrey Pines FL Ridin With Biden SC Neg Neg 3-2
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF Octos Foothill SA Torrey Pines FL Neg Neg 3-0
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF Octos Ridin With Biden ST Ridin With Biden SC Neg Neg 3-0
The Quarantine Classic MS 2020-07-24 PF R6 MS343 MB SpiderSmart Learning Center at Sugar Land ZF Aff
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF R5 Great Neck WC WC Kingdom of Saudi Arabia HB Aff
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF R4 Freljord Prep AM Bruh Prep BS Aff
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF R3 Myers Park Unaffiliated EJ Bridgewater Independent KS Neg
The Quarantine Classic HS 2020-07-24 PF R2 BCAcademy CY Stonewall PW Neg
The Quarantine Classic MS 2020-07-24 PF R1 Stonewall BS SpiderSmart Learning Center at Sugar Land ZF Aff