Elizabeth Kolln

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 6 January 2022 8:15 PM CDT

Debated at Cedar Rapids Washington for four years. IFLs state champion 2021. Wellesley College class of 25. I'm only familiar with policy debate. She/Her/Her's pronouns. My last name is pronounced "Kern". You can call me Elizabeth instead of "judge."

Put me on the email chain: elizabethkolln@gmail.com

You do you. I'm fine with almost anything. Don't be rude/offensive in round. I will not tolerate any behavior that is racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. If you repeatedly misgender your opponent I will vote you down. Don't read "death good" in front of me.

Coppell 2022- I am not super familiar with this year’s topic yet so please explain water-jargon or acronyms when you use them. :)

Tech > truth.

Time your own prep. Not a bad idea to also time your opponent's prep. Also please format your speech docs so that they're easy to navigate. Try to be clear and coherent, I'll make my decision based on my flow.

Dropped arguments are true but warrants are still important. Don't say the other team dropped an argument that they answered.

tldr-

More familiar with policy, but will vote on Ks/K affs. Will vote on theory. Don’t botch the case debate. If you’re a novice read my novice section please. Be nice in round!!

Novices-

The most impressive thing you can do is debate off your flow and do line-by-line. Also sign-post. This makes my job so much easier. I don’t like messy debates. Also please give a roadmap.

Impact calc is essential. Tell me why it makes sense for me to use your framing model.

Split the block! The 2NC should take 2-3 positions and the 1NR should take 1. This gives you more time for line-by-line and leads to more in-depth debates.

I'm generally going to give y'all pretty high speaks because y'all deserve it.

Cx-

I think cross examination is a speech. That being said, I need arguments you make in cx to show up in your future speeches.

T-

I like T and I will vote on it. It needs to be extended well in the block in order for it to be the 2NR (1NRs on just T are a power move.) If you're going for it make sure it's the only thing in your 2NR. Structure is key, messy T debates aren't fun for anyone.

Fairness is not an impact, but can be a strong internal link. Limits for the pure sake of limits is not compelling. Clash and education are good.

Theory-

I will vote on it. It needs to be a good chunk of the 1AR and all of the 2AR. Don't just read your blocks, apply it to the round.

Dropped theory is a voting issue.

DAs-

I like DA debates. I need impact comparison.

CPs-

CPs are generally good. I like smart CPs that actually solve the aff. Cheaty CPs are probably bad and should have theory read against them. 2 condo is probably fine, 3+ is shadier.

PICs are probably cheating but they can be smart arguments.

Ks-

Most familiar with Ks like cap, security, etc.

I understand most identity Ks but I am not the best judge for those debates.

PoMo is a no go.

The aff should probably be able to weigh their plan in some way, but I can be convinced otherwise. The link is the most important part of the K. If you want judge kick, tell me.

Subbi Namakula, Michael Cho, Jake Sanders, Henry Wright, and Warren Sprouse have all coached me during my debate career. My senior year I was mostly policy-oriented, but I don't really have a preference when it comes to K vs. Policy debate.

Case-

Case turn debates are fun (except spark.) Don't concede the aff's framing. If you read generic impact defense contextualize it to the aff and their internal link chains. Worthwhile impact defense is really all about pulling the logical warrants out of your cards and using them to poke holes in the other team’s internal link chains.

I've read soft-left affs for almost my entire debate career, but extinction impacts are fine too. Have a clear route to solvency. Also explain your internal links.

I'm most familiar with topical affs. I have read some K affs, but I'm not especially well-versed in them. Framework/Cap debates are fine.

Be nice. Have fun.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Coppell Classic Swing HS 2022-01-07 VCX R4 Jesuit GH Greenh CL Neg
Coppell Classic Swing HS 2022-01-07 NCX R3 Coppell PC Greenhill KO Neg
Coppell Classic Swing HS 2022-01-07 VCX R2 Jesuit BF Westwo PB Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 NCX R6 West Des Moines Valley ST Blue Valley West JB Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 NCX R5 Blue Valley West WM Iowa City West DB Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R4 Stockdale PS Truman SW Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R3 Univ Of Chicago Lab KT Okemos HL Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 NCX R1 Blue Valley West JB Iowa City Liberty XJ Aff
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R5 Dowling Catholic SM Iowa City West RS Neg
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R4 Iowa City West KL Iowa City Liberty QW Aff
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R3 Iowa City West BP Dowling Catholic BC Neg
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R2 Iowa City West KL Dowling Catholic SM Aff
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational HS 2020-11-13 NCX R1 Iowa City West RS Dowling Catholic BH Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 NCX Fin Barstow AB Univ Of Chicago Lab SK Neg Neg 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 NCX Semis Univ Of Chicago Lab SK Barstow GG Aff Aff 3-0