Jennifer Anton Paradigm

Last changed 9/26 12:21P EDT

Affiliations:

Coaching for Seaholm High School and Oakland Debate.

Email: Jenniferantonn@gmail.com - please include me on your email chains.

The short version -

Tech > truth. A dropped argument is assumed to be contingently true. "Tech" is obviously not completely divorced from "truth" but you have to actually make the true argument for it to matter. In general, if your argument has a claim, warrant, and implication then I am willing to vote for it, but there are some arguments that are pretty obviously morally repugnant and I am not going to entertain them. They might have a claim, warrant, and implication, but they have zero (maybe negative?) persuasive value and nothing is going to change that. I'm not going to create an exhaustive list, but any form of "oppression good" and many forms of "death good" fall into this category.

Specifics

Non-traditional –

Not my cup of tea and my recent decisions back that up. Debate is a game. It might be MORE than a game, but it is still a game. Claims to the contrary are unlikely to gain traction for me. Given that, I'm a good judge for T/framework. One might even say it makes the game work. The affirmative is better off counter-defining the words in the resolution and using their offense to prove that their vision for the topic is better, rather than impact turning T. I don't think the correct palliative for inequalities in the debate community is to take a break from debating the topic. When I deviate from this predisposition, the affirmative has usually proven that there is a lack of access to the game for X group. I think these arguments are good, but not that hard for the negative to answer.

Related thoughts:

1) I'm not very good for arguments, aff or neg, that involve saying that an argument is your "survival strategy". I don't want the pressure of being the referee for deciding how you should live your life.

2) The aff saying "USFG should" doesn't equate to role playing as the USFG

3) I am really not interested in playing (or watching you play) cards, a board game, etc. as an alternative to competitive speaking. Just being honest.

Kritiks –

Ks that do not engage with the substance of the aff are rarely reasons to vote negative. I'm really not here for your generic batailledrillard business and to be honest I only have a cursory understanding of it. A lot of times these debates end and I am left thinking "so what?" and then I vote aff because the plan solves something and the alt doesn't. You probably think this doesn't apply to your very special kritik, but I bet you it does.

Unless told specifically otherwise, I assume that life is preferable to death. The onus is on you to prove that a world with no value to life/social death is worse than being biologically dead.

I am skeptical of the pedagogical value of frameworks/roles of the ballot/roles of the judge that don’t allow the affirmative to weigh the benefits of hypothetical enactment of the plan against the K.

Theory –

Theory arguments that aren't some variation of “conditionality bad” aren't reasons to reject the team. These arguments pretty much have to be dropped and clearly flagged as reasons to vote against the other team for me to consider voting on them. That being said, I don't understand why teams don't press harder against obviously abusive CPs/alternatives (uniform 50 state fiat, consult cps, utopian alts, floating piks). Theory might not be a reason to reject the team, but it's not a tough sell to win that these arguments shouldn't be allowed.

I've flip-flopped on "judge kicking" - if the 2NR advocates a K or CP I will not default to comparing the plan to the status quo absent an argument telling me to. New affs bad is definitely not a reason to reject the team.

Topicality/Procedurals – By default, I view topicality through the lens of competing interpretations, but I could certainly be persuaded to do something else. Specification arguments that are not based in the resolution or that don't have strong literature proving their relevance are rarely a reason to vote neg. It is very unlikely that I could be persuaded that theory outweighs topicality. Policy teams don’t get a pass on T just because K teams choose not to be topical. Plan texts should be somewhat well thought out. If the aff tries to play grammar magic and accidentally makes their plan text "not a thing" I'm not going to lose any sleep after voting on presumption/very low solvency.

Points (updated 10/13/17 because inflation is reaching Weimar Germany levels) - My average point scale is consistently 28.2-29.5. Points below 26.5 are reserved for "epic fails" in argumentation or extreme offensiveness (I'm talking racial slurs, not light trash talking/mocking - I love that) and points above 29.5 are reserved for absolutely awesome speeches. I cannot see myself going below 26.5 absent some extraordinary circumstances that I cannot imagine. All that being said, they are completely arbitrary and entirely contextual. Things that influence my points: 30% strategy, 60% execution, 10% style.

Cheating - I won't initiate clipping/ethics challenges, mostly because I don't usually follow along with speech docs. If you decide to initiate one, you have to stake the round on it. Unless the tournament publishes specific rules on what kind of points I should award in this situation, I will assign the lowest speaks possible to the loser of the ethics challenge and ask the tournament to assign points to the winner based on their average speaks. I absolutely HATE when debaters steal prep. If I notice you're taking prep AFTER the timer has gone off, speaker points will be dramatically lowered.

I won't evaluate evidence that is "inserted" but not actually read as part of my decision.

Inspired by Brad (I'll add more as I think of them)

Doug Bandow ------------x-------------------------------------------- Doug Husic

brad-----------------------------------------------------x---brud

Koch Industries x-------------------------------------------------------- John Koch

Katrail x--------------------------------------------------------Jenny

horse-traders ------------------------------------------x-------------- horse-traitors

Cats -----------------------------Bats--------------------------- Insects

Monster Zero Ultra x-------------------------------------------------------- Brad

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 Nov PF Semi N Dexter HJ Saline HS RS Neg Neg on a 3-0
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 Nov PF R5 Saline HS UU DCDS SU Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 Nov PF R4 WLW DW EKentwd MS Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 VarPF R3 Dexter CR Cranbr CR Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 VarPF R2 GulLak HM ArbPrep CD Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 VarPF R1 UAIS PS Dexter LR Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/6/2019 Nov R5 Glenbrook North Ibrahim & Jeon Okemos Major & Vij Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/6/2019 O R4 Okemos Li & Zin Glenbrook North Kaminsky & Stern Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/6/2019 O R3 Detroit Country Day Ye & Puli Niles West Suh & Alegria Aff
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/15/2019 NPF Nov PF Gaylord RR Saline HF Neg Neg on a 3-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/15/2019 VP R3 Okemos LY H.H. Dow BM Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/15/2019 NPF R3 Dexter CR Saline HF Neg
DUDL Tournament 3 11/8/2019 PolOp R2 Loyola HS of Detroit SM University Prep MS Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/11/2019 PolNU R2 Detroit School of Arts JF Wylie E. Groves LL Neg
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament 9/28/2019 PFO R2 Cranbrook SL Saline BD Aff
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament 9/28/2019 PFO R1 Cranbrook WK Saline HW Neg
DUDL Tournament 1 9/20/2019 PolOp R2 University HR University Prep HC Aff
DUDL City ChampionshipNatl Qualifier 3/1/2019 PolOp Final University Prep MS University RV Neg Neg on a 3-0
DUDL City ChampionshipNatl Qualifier 3/1/2019 PolOp Semis University RV Detroit School of Arts HM Aff Aff on a 5-0
DUDL City ChampionshipNatl Qualifier 3/1/2019 PolOp R5 Loyola HS of Detroit BM University Prep MS Neg
DUDL City ChampionshipNatl Qualifier 3/1/2019 PolNR R3 University FH Detroit Cristo Rey SH Neg
DUDL 5 2/8/2019 PolJV R2 Loyola HS of Detroit BL Detroit Cristo Rey OA Aff
JV States 1/18/2019 PNovic R2 WylE. Lee & Walker Mumfor Thompson & Knott Aff
JV States 1/18/2019 JV R1 WylE. Glick & Gruich DetSch Faith Howard Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 N POL Npol4 Okemos TNVNZRCSB Detroit Country Day BYC Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 N POL Npol3 Detroit Country Day PW Wylie E. Groves GGW Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 V POL Vpol1 Detroit Country Day FLNR Traverse City Central HS Aff
DUDL 3 11/9/2018 PolOp R2 Detroit School of Arts FH Cass Technical BF Aff
DUDL 3 11/9/2018 PolN R1 Cody Medicine and Health JC University Prep AC Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 NVP R7 H.H. Dow MT Detroit Country Day WC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 VP R6 H.H. Dow SW Detroit Country Day SR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 VP R5 Detroit Country Day NA Okemos LV Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 11/2/2018 VP R4 H.H. Dow RW Detroit Country Day SR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Lexington HQ Glenbrook North BS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Niles West CW Jones DC Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolNR R2 University Prep TH Mumford RU Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolNU R1 Detroit Country Day PW Traverse City Central CZ Aff
Detroit Urban Debate League Camp Tournament 8/10/2018 PF Finals Recchia & Jalukar Yousif & Abdrabboh Neg Neg on a 3-0
Detroit Urban Debate League Camp Tournament 8/10/2018 PF R6 Yousif & Abdrabboh Mikhail & Abdrabboh Aff
Detroit Urban Debate League Camp Tournament 8/10/2018 PF R5 Xu & Kapuswala Recchia & Jalukar Neg
Detroit Urban Debate League Camp Tournament 8/10/2018 PF R4 Yousif & Abdrabboh Xu & Kapuswala Neg
Detroit Urban Debate League Camp Tournament 8/10/2018 PF R3 Mikhail & Abdrabboh Recchia & Jalukar Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/8/2017 V POL Varsit Okemos LM H.H. Dow DW Neg Neg on a 2-0
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/8/2017 V POL Varsit Okemos RR West Bloomfield AB Aff Aff on a 2-0
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/8/2017 N POL Novice Detroit Cristo Rey PS Okemos IV Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 OPF R4 Gaylord QS UAIS MD Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 MSPF R3 Berkshire YV Saline LY Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NPF R2 West Bloomfield VY Dexter NO Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 OPF R1 Saline LB Dexter HR Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 NCX Octos Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart JG Northview RJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 NCX R6 Barstow EL Woodward GS Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 NCX R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AP New Trier CT Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 NCX R4 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart JG USN MM Neg