Alexa Kathol ParadigmLast changed 4/18 1:40P EDT
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Name: Alexa Kathol
School Affiliation: Liberty University
Number of Years Judging Public Forum: 3
Number of Years Competing in Public Forum: 2
Number of Years Judging Other Forensic Activities: 0
Number of Years Competing in Other Forensic Activities: 3
Speed of Delivery: Any is fine as long as you're clear.
Format of Summary Speeches: I like line by line and big picture
Role of the Final Focus: convince me to vote for you
You should extend Arguments into later speeches
For Topicality, Plans, and Kritiks see below
Flowing: I will flow all your speeches matching up answered args
I think Argumentation is important as this is a debate activity but I also appreciate good persuasion. I think both are essential for a winning ballot.
If a team plans to win the debate on an argument, does that argument have to be extended in the rebuttal or summary speeches? YES
If a team is second speaking, do you require that the team cover the opponents’ case as well as answers to its opponents’ rebuttal in the rebuttal speech? In your 1st speech, I understand that you have a prewritten script, but it will gain you extra points to refute some of the main points mentioned in your opponent's first speech. However, I will not penalize you for NOT doing so and you can each refute each other's each side's 2nd speech.
Do you vote for arguments that are first raised in the grand crossfire or final focus? No, if these points have been touched on throughout the round I will evaluate it, but if it's totally out of left field, I won't vote on it since the other side won't get a chance to refute it.
- Debated policy 4 years in HS for BVSW
- Debated policy 1 year for Liberty University
- Debated PFD 2 years in HS
Things I like
- I want to be included on the email chain. Be clear and slow down (especially on tags). If I can’t catch what you’re saying, it won’t get flowed. If I don’t catch the tag, I try to make up a tag based on the warrants of the card you’re reading. But, if I can’t understand what you’re saying in the card it won’t get flowed either
- Explanation is key, especially throughout rebuttals. I am super unfamiliar with this topic and tend to not vote on things that don’t make sense to me.
- Be organized, especially on the flow. Easier flowing gives you an easier win.
- Tell me why I should vote for you. If you leave doors open, both you and I will end up frustrated.
- I prefer plan texts, but college debate has made me appreciate non-traditional affs. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means on the lit, but I have a general knowledge. That being said, it’s important to me that things are clearly articulated
- When I’m aff I hate cheating CP’s, when I’m neg, I love them lol. Feel free to run CPs. Just make sure they’re well explained. And try not to be too abusive. But, if the aff doesn’t call you out on your abuse, then more power to ya
- I tend to lean more aff on stupid process or consult CPs, but I appreciate a good PIC
- Even though in the real world PTX disads make less than no sense, I was (and still am) a huge policy hack. Again, explanation is key. Topic DA’s are also encouraged. Disads, in general, are good. Make sure you have a solid link though. I am persuaded by aff’s no link and link turn args
- Impact calc is awesome! I also love turns case/solves case args too. They’re usually dropped by the aff and make it an easy way to vote neg
- I’m most familiar with policy leaning K’s like cap or biopower. But I have (unfortunately) had my runs in’s with just about every K you can imagine. The hardest part to win is the alt. I have never heard a good/meaningful/logical explanation of an alt. I am super persuaded by affs that say vague alts bad. I’ve lost to psychoanalysis and the death K before, so I feel sympathetic towards aff’s answers. That being said though, I usually lean tech over truth, so a dropped argument is a true argument for the most part. You don’t have to be dissuaded from going for a K, just realize I have a high threshold for voting on it.
- On FW, I think that aff should be weighed against the K, so the alt needs to have a clear competitive advantage over the aff.
- I love a good T debate. A lot of teams run it as a time suck, which to me is just a wasted sheet of paper. If an aff is blatantly topical, or if it’s the heart of the topic, there needs to be a good explanation and specific examples why the aff is particularly abusive.