Akash Kurupassery Paradigm

Last changed 9/27 11:04P EDT

About Me: Sophomore at Emory University. I debated for 4 years in high school at the University School of Nashville. Add me to the email chain: akurupa@emory.edu

New Paradigm [9/27/2019]

I am re-writing this paradigm to be a little bit more transparent on some of the key issues which have been affecting a lot of the ways I judge debates. I used to consider myself more of a neutral judge, but I think it is time that I recognize my own biases because they definitely do affect a lot of my decisions.

Addressing each of the key issues outlined below is a great way to get my ballot. I would definitely recommend reading this thoroughly before your round because I definitely differ from other judges.

Key issues -

1.) K - If you are running a K, I want you to treat me as if I do not understand the literature. This way your argument becomes clearer in the round, and if I am genuinely not familiar with the literature then you have still done the work necessary to win the round. I think that this is a very hard skill to do in round with the limited time allotted to you (especially with the more jargon-heavy kritiks), but I think it is an important persuasive tool and it shows that you actually know your argument and aren't just relying on the other team's lack of understanding to win the round. I would rather you spend a minute or two on explanation rather than just reading additional sub-points to an irrelevant argument on the flow.

2.) Speed/Clarity - I prefer slower, clearer debate to faster technical debate. I think that this realm is where the best debates happen as it leads to better clash and argumentative nuance within the round. It also takes me a bit longer to understand arguments, so many times I just won't understand an argument if you are blazing through it. If you are debating whether to be fast or be clear - I would definitely recommend clarity in all instances. Some implications of this:

a.) I don't appreciate 1NC strats designed to spread the 2AC thin

b.) Signpost and number your arguments!!

c.) Please take time in speeches to clarify complicated/nuanced issues (especially in final rebuttals)

d.) I appreciate slow final rebuttals (except when you have a lot to cover - then almost certainly go fast) and writing my ballot at the start of the 2AR/2NR.

e.) Always start slower in speeches then go faster

f.) If you don't understand something the opponent said then please signal that in your response to it (as I probably didn't understand it as well)

g.) I don't read cards until after the round, so clearly spreading through the text of the card matters just as much as the tag!

3.) T/Theory - My least favorite debates to judge, but I understand the necessity of it at times. In front of me, I really do not want these to be the 2NR/2AR except where actual abuse occurs (Cheaty CPs/Non-Topical Affs). If you can debate substance over going for either of these, always go for substance.

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Old Paradigm: Nothing here is really "different", so you can still look at this as a reference for how I evaluate debates.

Quick Version: Run arguments that you are comfortable with. I will vote on anything if it is well argued and defended. I am familiar with kritikal literature as well as policy arguments.

About Me: Sophomore at Emory University. I debated for 4 years in high school at the University School of Nashville. Add me to the email chain: akurupa@emory.edu


Argument Preference - Pretty non-existent. I don't want to tell you what to run so here is a tl;dr:

CP: Win the tech to win the CP

DA: Impact Comparison goes far.

K: Define your terms and have specific analysis

T: I will vote for whoever wins the tech debate - I lean towards reasonability on affs which are core of the topic.

K affs: Win framework and defend your method. Perms are probably illegit if the link is decent to the method/analysis.

Theory: Warrant out your arguments and don’t spread through blocks. Please don't go for theory unless there is legitimate abuse.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX Finals Westminster MP Berkeley Prep KZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX Semis Woodward GR Berkeley Prep KZ Aff Neg on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX Quarte Berkeley Prep KZ Alpharetta HS KuMo Aff Aff on a 3-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX Octas Northview YA Woodward GW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX R6 Henry W Grady LS Woodward CG Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX R5 Woodward GW Alpharetta HS SD Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX R4 Riverwood CL Alpharetta HS KuMo Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX R3 Woodward GR Henry W Grady WN Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX R2 Woodward HL Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet KQ Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX R1 Berkeley Prep KZ Woodward HS Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 OPEN F Liberal Brew Joshua Ramos & Jack Martin a SLacK in the face Harman Singh & Gage Brock Aff Aff on a 3-0
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 OPEN Q Liberal Brew Kate Nozal & Grace Ward a SLacK in the face Charlie Huang & Aarin Jain Neg Neg on a 2-1
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 SCHLRS S Scholars Audrey Strevey & Jonathan Crowley Scholars Emory Apodaca & Vincent Xiao Neg Neg on a 2-1
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 OPEN O Liberal Brew Joshua Ramos & Jack Martin Biggie Molls Elizabeth Chen & Kelly Lin Aff Aff on a 3-0
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 OPEN R6 a SLacK in the face Evan Wang & Andrew Lind a SLacK in the face Cole Sauter & Halton Stancil Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 OPEN R5 Da Sauce Seth Garwood & Ausha Macias-Curry a SLacK in the face Lucas Lobo & Eugene Bressler Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 SCHLRS R4 Scholars Audrey Strevey & Jonathan Crowley Scholars Connor Mitchell & Carl Jacobsen Neg
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 SCHLRS R3 Scholars Ellen Murray & Lauren McBlain Scholars Anna Stockstill & Sahana Sudarsan Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 OPEN R2 Liberal Brew Caelin Smith & Matt Kelley (Conflicted Copy) Caroline Gong & Preston Shaw Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 STARS R2 My Little Friends Calvin Chao & Sean Johnson My Little Friends Maxwell Jewell & Michel Liao Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 OPEN R1 a SLacK in the face Elena Wierich & Morayo Kassim Biggie Molls Rishi Dhawan & Zephyr Lovett Aff
Gonzaga Debate Institute Tournament 7/24/2019 SCHLRS R1 Scholars Andrea Moreno & Jeannine Lopez Scholars Maddie Rowley & Nick Remish Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/1/2019 NCX R6 Henry W Grady LS Northview AM Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/1/2019 OCX R4 Druid Hills WC Montgomery Bell HP Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/1/2019 NCX R3 Northview HI Montgomery Bell EB Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/1/2019 OCX R2 Paideia JH Westminster KI Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/1/2019 OCX R1 Chattahoochee AA Alpharetta HS PS Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX Quarte Woodward LH Montgomery Bell CH Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R6 Westminster PI Montgomery Bell ZK Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R5 Henry W Grady KS Montgomery Bell FM Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R3 Mountain Brook HS Riverwood JP Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R2 Paideia HT Woodward GB Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R1 Montgomery Bell PH Woodward GW Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R3 Westminster BR Barstow PL Aff
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R2 Westminster AM Oak Hall GL Aff
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 NOV six Decatur SG Asian Debate League WaCh Neg
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 NOV five Chattahoochee WI Alpharetta HS XD Aff
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 NOV four Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FM Henry W Grady LK Neg
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 NOV two Montgomery Bell EH Marist VM Aff
WESTMINSTER 11/17/2018 NOV one Woodward OS Montgomery Bell BC Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX Quarte Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AM Westminster PK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R6 Wheeler LR Northview KD Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BD Berkeley Prep KK Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R4 Westminster PK Woodward RG Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 JVCX R3 Cambridge HS GM Woodward GG Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R2 Stratford MP Henry W Grady NW Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/28/2018 VCX R1 Woodward AS Berkeley Prep KZ Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 Octafi Chattahoochee Peramanu & Hauser Westminster Alford & Bald Neg Neg on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 R6 Chattahoochee Peramanu & Hauser Marquette Univ Medeiros & Myer Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 R5 Alpharetta Bokil & Moodley Westminster Alford & Bald Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 R2 Berkeley Prep Wickramasinghe & Xiong Northview Yuan & Venkataswaran Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 R1 Cambridge Gurude & Mruz Northview Jung & Rao Neg
Johns Creek One Day 9/9/2016 NCX R4 Alphar LZ Woodwa AW Aff
Johns Creek One Day 9/9/2016 NCX R3 Alphar SH MonBel FS Neg
Johns Creek One Day 9/9/2016 NCX R2 JohCre PD Alphar ML Aff
Johns Creek One Day 9/9/2016 NCX R1 JohCre CP Alphar SR Aff