Matthew Zhu Paradigm

Last changed 1/7 4:14P EDT

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Arguments have to pass the sniff test.

Topicality

I am a very good judge for the con on topicality. I think it’s very important that affirmatives prove inherency for topicality.

Other than that, I tend to place less importance on evidence quality and more on how healthy they are for the topic.

Disads

I like a good disad, but its very important that you prove solvency for your harms.

I’m okay with the mainstream politics disad mainly since they’re a valuable functional limit, but I have less patience for fringe politics disads.

Please refrain from reading Xi DAs in front of me, as they will lower my social credit score. Affs, if the neg reads a Xi Good DA, you may only answer the link. I will not hesitate to leave the room and report you to the CCP if necessary.

Counterplans

Counterplan inherency is not as important as many think, but it can be relevant especially if you choose to “kick” the counterplan.

I am less okay with negative cheating than most, but this requires an aff team that is equally committed to procedurally constraining the negation. “Cplans must have solvency advocates that match the aff” seems like a reasonable interp.

Kritiques

I am admittedly not a great judge for K affs. Impact turning, or having a very well thoughtout counterinterp that can ensure some clash is probably the best strategy if you’re aff.

On the neg, the two neg ballots I am most likely to deliver are “plan does something bad that prevents alt solving something important” or “subject formation most important and plan makes us bad people”. If you’re trying to go for something that could not call into either of these, you should invest time in outlining how I should decide the debate, and what offense is and isn’t relevant.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Georgetown College Tournament 1/3/2020 JVN Finals NYU KW George Mason HS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Georgetown College Tournament 1/3/2020 Open 4 Harvard CT Georgetown/NYU CJ Aff
Georgetown College Tournament 1/3/2020 Open 1 UNLV RR Emory GS Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest 11/23/2019 SHIR RD 8 Kansas SM Michigan State GS Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest 11/23/2019 SHIR RD 3 Kentucky JS Michigan State FJ Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest 11/23/2019 SHIR RD 2 Georgetown BP Michigan State AM Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest 11/23/2019 SHIR RD 1 Wichita State LP Kentucky EH Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 NCX Finals ADL CC Glenbrook North LM Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX Quarte Whitney Young MM Iowa City CW Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX Octos Glenbrook South FB Strath Haven DL Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX Double Lexington MC Strath Haven DL Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R7 Casady BH Niles West BB Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R6 Walter Payton AL Glenbrook South RH Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R5 Iowa City CW Caddo Magnet LK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R4 Lexington MC Homestead MW Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R3 Niles West CK Glenbrook South AD Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R2 Glenbrook South ZR Whitney Young MM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R1 St Ignatius AC Walter Payton HP Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/25/2019 Open R5 Kansas SM UNLV RR Aff
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/25/2019 Open R4 Michigan State AM Kansas SP Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/25/2019 Open R3 Wayne State BR UNLV AP Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Open Qtr Dartmouth ET Kansas DB Aff Aff on a 2-1
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Open R7 Dartmouth HS Wake Forest BE Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Open R6 Liberty DE Michigan State FJ Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Open R5 Emory CZ Missouri State DL Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Open R4 Emporia State KM Trinity MR Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Open R3 Indiana BL Wichita State BH Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Nov R2 Indiana VR Navy YC Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/28/2019 Open R1 Wayne State BH George Mason AH Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener 9/14/2019 OP R4 Pittsburgh OM Emory BW Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener 9/14/2019 JV R3 Emory/Georgetown BC Missouri State CM Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener 9/14/2019 OP R2 Emory CP Kansas MM Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener 9/14/2019 NOV R1 Missouri State CS James Madison AS Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL Quarte HFBRMS KP HFBRMS AB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL Double HFBRMS KaPa CCMWP CS Neg Aff on a 2-1
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL R4 K-Lab LC CCMWP CS Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL R3 HMMK DF Classic HF RK Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL R3 Classic RW LC Classic EGW FT Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL R2 HFBRMS MG K-Lab LR Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL R2 Classic MPP HS K-Lab BN Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/30/2019 POL R1 Classic RW KM HJLPPW LR Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R4 Glenbrook North DF Whitney Young MO Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX Octos Greenhill AE Peninsula ST Aff Aff on a 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX Sextos Peninsula ST New Trier AK Aff Aff on a 2-1
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R7 Niles West SK Barstow SF Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R6 Blue Valley North AL New Trier GL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R5 Greenhill LW Rowland Hall YG Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R4 Lansing Sr BD St. Andrew's Episcopal JL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R3 North Broward Prep GG New Trier HM Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R2 Kinkaid PP Niles North NK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R1 Notre Dame KP Edgemont SS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX Finals Westminster BW Glenbrook North DG Aff Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX Quarte Casady WH New Trier WW Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX Octos Casady WH Little Rock Central LA Neg Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Berkeley Prep KK Whitney Young JM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Northside CH Lexington AB Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Niles North HG H.H. Dow DV Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Johns Creek DS Northside ST Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 Glenbrook South RS Alpharetta HS BM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Lexington CH Niles West SK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Niles West FW Berkeley Prep LS Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL Double Pace HN New Marx KS Neg Neg on a 2-1
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R6 CPPWW MuSu Classic MP PW Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R5 Pace HN CPPWW RY Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R4 Hybrid LR Classic KAZ BM Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R3 CPPWW BG HJPPV/MMMR KS Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R2 Classic KAZ LR Classic FH/MP Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 7/31/2018 POL R1 Classic MP LS Niles North IL Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX Finals Westminster YL South HS - Minneapolis CJ Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R7 Northside CP RS Niles West BF Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R6 New Trier GL Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) SV Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R5 New Trier HW Wayzata HS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R4 Iowa City West KT Cypress Bay KK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 PF X R2 Homewood-Flossmoor NG Oak Park and River Forest GS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX Octos Westminster Schools BH McDonogh JN Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX Octos Okemos SZ Niles North BS Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R7 Okemos RR Niles West CB Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R6 Marist SZ Chattahoochee NJ Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R5 Wayzata YK Wooster LS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R4 H.H. Dow DP Chattahoochee RT Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R3 Pine Crest Preparatory TV Westminster Schools DG Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R2 Carrollton DP Lane Tech MK Aff