Michael Cho Paradigm

Last changed 2/23 11:38A EST

Korean-American born and raised in Iowa

Currently a Second-Year at the University of Iowa with a double major in Psychology and English and Creative Writing.

Graduated from Iowa City West High School.

cho3104026@gmail.com -- put me on email chain pls

Hi

I was a policy debater at West for 4 years. I loved Disad + Case. I honestly really miss a good Disad debate. I read a plantext. I went for framework. I read Cap, Biopol, Security, etc. I was a policy robot.

Now I am a debater for the University of Iowa and mainly run Bataille, Baudrillard, Post-Modern style arguments. My level of knowledge on these topics are Intermediate. I know more than the average judge, but less than what would be considered "well read."

I am willing to vote for any argument. I think if you debate it well enough, you deserve the ballot. This means I will always try my best to understand your argument and try to figure out how it works.

Bias'

I'm of the firm mindset that debate is a performative act. Means you have to defend and justify the means of your performance.

I don't care what you do with your speech time. If you end cross-ex with 1 minute left, feel free to just use it as prep. If you end a speech with 2 minutes left, feel free to just use it as prep.

Things I'm Good At

I read evidence whenever I can and am able to understand most arguments if I read them during prep. It's easy for me to sort through evidence and warrants.

Things I'm Bad At

I'm not the best when it comes to super technical debates. I'm better at card comparison and arguments with a lot of depth.

I'm not super well versed in identity based literature. I understand how arguments like Afropess, Orientalism, and Queer Pess work. But, it's at a preliminary level at best. I need to get more into the literature and wish I knew more.

I'm not great when it comes to Theory debates. IE: Condo Bad, Vague Alts Bad, etc. I find myself very unwilling to vote for these arguments unless it was cold conceded. Teams need to prove clear in round abuse/severance.

Other

I try my best to come off as happy and caring. I don't want my presence to cause deep fear. I want everybody to be happy and feel good. BUT, I'm pretty emotional and I'm visual about it. If I think an argument is dumb, you'll probably be able to tell.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R6 Maine East SS Blue Valley Southwest ZW Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R1 Blue Valley Northwest BM Barstow LL Neg
Bulldog Invitational 11/15/2019 NCX R4 West Des Moines Valley HO Washington GC Neg
Bulldog Invitational 11/15/2019 NCX R3 Washington GC Niles West IM Aff
Bulldog Invitational 11/15/2019 NCX R2 Niles West KS Glenbrook North GG Aff
Bulldog Invitational 11/15/2019 NCX R1 Niles West DK Washington DD Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/22/2019 VCX Octos Washburn Rural BP Glenbrook South KS Aff Aff on a 2-1
Kanellis Invitational 2/22/2019 VCX R6 Washburn Rural BP Barstow LT Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/22/2019 VCX R4 Millard North CS Barstow PW Neg
East Iowa District Tournament 2/8/2019 LD R4 103 112 Aff Neg on a 2-1
East Iowa District Tournament 2/8/2019 PF R2 324 305 Neg
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 JVCX Semis Northside College Prep DK SF Roosevelt HK Neg Aff on a 2-1
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R6 Niles North KhSt Lane Tech GK Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R5 New Trier PW Lincoln East WC Neg
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R2 West Des Moines Valley BL Northside College Prep CW Neg
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/7/2018 CX R1 Maine East PP South FP Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR Semi New Trier HM Walter Payton CP HP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R7 Fort Atkinson PK Barstow PK Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R6 Dowling Catholic PS Little Rock Central AK Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R5 Derby CS Walter Payton CP MW Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R4 Niles North PV West Des Moines Valley KD Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R3 Northside College Prep CC Mamaroneck LS Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R2 Pine Crest Prep KR Walter Payton CP HP Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R1 Jones CP KO West Des Moines Valley KK Aff Aff on a 2-0
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX S West Des Moines Valley CK Univ Of Chicago Lab LP Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX O Lindblom Math and Science DS Univ Of Chicago Lab LP Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R6 Iowa City CH Lawrence Free State HB Neg
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R5 Glenbrook North KO Lindblom Math and Science DS Neg
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R4 Lawrence Free State WB Mill Valley BS Neg
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R3 Lawrence Free State HB Barstow BM Aff
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R2 Univ Of Chicago Lab WS Highland Park Senior KG Aff
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R1 Wayzata PY Univ Of Chicago Lab LP Neg
Great Midwestern Novice and JV Debate Championships 3/24/2017 JVCX R3 Georgetown Day GG Glenbrook North DN Neg
Great Midwestern Novice and JV Debate Championships 3/24/2017 JVCX R2 South HS - Minneapolis MP Barstow CP Neg
Great Midwestern Novice and JV Debate Championships 3/24/2017 JVCX R1 Sioux Falls Lincoln OM Glenbrook North LT Neg
Kanellis National Invitational 2/24/2017 NCX 6 Glenbrook North BJ Glenbrook South FK Aff
Kanellis National Invitational 2/24/2017 NCX 5 Iowa City WO Glenbrook North CP Aff
Kanellis National Invitational 2/24/2017 NCX 4 Maine East H.S. NB Glenbrook North GS Neg
Kanellis National Invitational 2/24/2017 NCX 3 Glenbrook North BP Oak Park and River Forest GM Aff
Kanellis National Invitational 2/24/2017 NCX 2 West Des Moines Valley MC Glenbrook South SY Neg