Varun Chandrasekaran Paradigm

Last changed Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 5:23 AM UTC

Having judged and watched rounds at multiple tournaments, I've developed some opinions that will help you be successful in front of me.  I've read the topic paper and have seen a wide range of rounds from traditional policy to performance debates on the topic.   I do have a good working knowledge and will weigh the overall pros and cons of your arguments to determine the winner. I am a Grad student, specializing in Computer Science from NYU. I've received an UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE in Engineering in Computer Science from India. This means that I have preference for well-reasoned arguments based in cogent logic that are tied to the topic. I am willing to listen to performance arguments but it will be to your advantage to explicitly justify

a) the benefits of your particular approach to affirmation

b) how it ties to the resolution if you feel it does and

c) how I should compare poetry, music, personal narratives or other elements of your scholarship to traditional academic research.  

Given my lack of exposure to rapid-fire speeches prior to this year, this burden should not be insurmountable.  But if you stand up and read a poem or a narrative for seven minutes without explanation or justification, there is substantial risk I won't get it. Since I did not participate in formal debate in high school or college, please do not rely on me to be that familiar with debate terminology or its in-round functions (although I have received multiple judge orientations). 

The most important element is that to be successful if you are fast, well-organized team, you will need to cut down your speed by about 20% when I judge you if you want me to be able to favorably process your arguments.  More explanation with detailed analysis is generally preferable to fewer cards.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 1 Monmou HS Cornel SZ NEG Cornel SZ
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 6 BosCol GK WesVir BT AFF BosCol GK
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 1 Binghamton FW West Virginia MW AFF Binghamton FW
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 2 New EV Binghamton BS NEG Binghamton BS
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov 1 Western Connecticut State BF Cornell BK NEG Cornell BK
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov 2 Monmouth DR Rutgers-Newark SG NEG Rutgers-Newark SG
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 1 Monmouth Su George Mason KY AFF Monmouth Su
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 2 Liberty GW James Madison GC AFF Liberty GW
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 5 Monmouth KR Liberty SY NEG Liberty SY
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 2 Cornel LP Monmou DS AFF Cornel LP