Duncan Donahue Paradigm

Last changed 8/2 9:13A EDT

Duncan Donahue - Assistant Debate Coach at H.H. Dow High School

Debated - 14-18 for H.H. Dow (Policy), Currently debating for the University of Notre Dame (NPDA)

email: duncdonahue@gmail.com (ADD ME TO THE CHAIN PLEASE)

TL;DR

- I lean toward kritikal debate over traditional policy, but my preferences don't determine my ballot - you do you

- my experience and comfort zone is soft left + k affs, t, fw, and ks.

- the framework/framing flow will decide what I'm doing in the back of the room, so don't overlook it for the minutiae of the line-by-line on other flows

- tech over truth, but every arg has to be impacted and warranted

- affs need to defend something other than the status quo but don't necessarily need to have a plan text or advocacy statement.

- overall, explain what your arguments are and why they mean I should vote for you. see below for little specifics about how tend to evaluate different types of arguments.

Procedural Information

- Be nice and have fun! Being rude/offensive will drop your speaker points quick, regardless of whether it's in a speech or not.

- Speed: Speed is great as long as you are clear.

- Warranted Claims: an argument isn't complete unless there's a warrant for the claim. I won't vote on unsupported blippy arguments even if they're conceded.

- Offensive Arguments: Offensive arguments like "Oppression Good" will sharply drop speaker points. Offensive/hurtful language directed at another debater will result in a loss, a zero in speaker points, and me contacting the offending team's coach.

- Post-rounding: it'll drop your speaks.

- Cheating: one warning for stealing prep before I dock speaks. Proven clipping will result in being dropped and zeros.

Specific Arguments:

Case - Extend it every aff speech. When the story of the aff is missing, I'm left wondering what I'm supposed to be voting for.

T - I love T, but because of that I have a high threshold for evaluating T. I favor tech over truth for T, but you’re interp and violations should at least make logical sense. I default to T being apriori unless the affirmative makes args to the contrary.

Theory - isolate how the other team’s specific actions warrant me punishing them with a loss or with dropping a certain argument. Generic claims of fairness and education won't get very far unless you contextualize specifically to the round. Also, don’t spread theory blocks please :)

CPs - no problem with CP debates but the solvency and net benefit debate need to be flushed out. I don't judge-kick CPs so if it's in the 2nr, the neg doesn't get the status quo. I will stick the negative to the exact plan text in the 1nc just like I will stick the aff to their plan text in the 1ac.

DAs - I think a lot of traditional DA link chains and impacts are kind of comical outside of the lens of debate, but so are a lot of advantages so don't expect me to believe the plan 100% causes nuclear annihilation, just weigh the probability of your impacts relative to the aff. Politics DAs are kind of disgusting.

Ks - love them, especially creative and specific ones. Make sure you’re explaining exactly what your alt is/does, including who does it and what my role as a judge is in participating/endorsing/affirming etc. I am most familiar with Cap/Neolib (especially Giroux, Marx, and Zapatismo), Critical Pedagogy, Security, Foucault, Postcolonialism, Posthumanism, and Anthro. Any high theory will need more explaining.

K affs/FW - Love them. Hate them when they're soulless and unexplained. I staunchly believe the affirmative should know their advocacy in and out and not just reread tags. Sure, K affs can just impact turn FW, but the best answers to FW usually go a bit further. It's gonna be hard for the neg to win any sort of "prior question" or apriori args in front of me and I'll probably lean toward weighing impacts on FW so tell me how to weigh them!

Speaker Point Ranges

27.6 to 27.9 needs work

28.0 to 28.3 acceptable

28.4 to 28.7 good

28.8 to 29 should probably get high speaker placement, maybe an award

29.1-29.4 speaker award

29.5+ top speaker contender

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 V POL Vpol4 Detroit Country Day ALHMN Okemos RZ Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 V POL Vpol3 Wylie E. Groves BR Okemos VLMZST Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/14/2018 N POL Npol1 Okemos TNVNZRCSB Wylie E. Groves GGW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R7 Okemos MV Berkeley Prep KZ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R6 Meadows HY Maine East MR Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R5 South FP Kent Denver KL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R4 Lane Tech GC St Vincent De Paul CC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R3 South SC West Des Moines Valley CK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R2 West Des Moines Valley LB South JH Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VCX R1 Walter Payton CP YR St Francis SN Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Double Walter Payton RY Kent Denver HS Aff Neg on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Cross Keys KP Lincoln Park MM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Little Rock Central RS Wooster SW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R5 Glenbrook North BM Niles North AU Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Detroit Country Day NM University RV Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 McDowell SZ Kent Denver BT Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolNR Semis Cass Technical AR University HP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolOp R5 Wylie E. Groves BR Traverse City Central FO Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolOp R4 Detroit Cristo Rey SD University Prep SM Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolOp R3 Traverse City Central OS Detroit Country Day SM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R7 Westminster YL New Trier HY Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R6 Glenbrook North LS Niles North AV Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R5 Isidore Newman NG Glenbrook North KK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R4 Berkeley Prep SZ Glenbrook North RM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R3 Okemos IV New Trier BV Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R2 Maine East SS Traverse City Central OF Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R1 New Trier DR Chicago Lab AN Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NVP R6 Traverse City Central HS Detroit Country Day SF Aff Aff on a 3-0
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NVP R5 Traverse City Central PS Detroit Country Day HL Aff
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NVP R4 West Bloomfield DR Detroit Country Day WS Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational 10/27/2017 NVP R1 Okemos CT Padre Pio FK Aff
Okemos High School Invitational 10/13/2017 NP PN4 DetCou FL DetCou AL Aff
Okemos High School Invitational 10/13/2017 NP PN2 DetCou HS DetCou LM Aff
Okemos High School Invitational 10/13/2017 NP PN1 DetCou SW Okemos AB Aff