Emil Moussa Paradigm

Last changed 3 February 2016 4:26 PM EDT

NOVICE AND VARSITY PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

 

When it comes to Public Forum debate, it's meant to be a debate style that's easily understood by the mass public. Your case (Aff or Neg) should conform to this style as best you can. Make your case understandable and accessible. You and your partner usually get very interesting topics, so, make the best of it.

Time:

For novice, I usually help keep time to ensure that we're all on track and where we should all be in the round. Please also keep time, it just makes things easier. Also, keep accurate prep time too. Furthermore, even if time runs out and you're mid sentence, I usually let you finish, if you keep going I will cut you off. Time is time. 

Cross-Examination

Very easy to do and I'm very straight forward about this: at this point in the debate it is not really that scripted so I need you to make this as informative and interesting as possible. However, debate is meant to be an exciting and informative exchange of ideas between you and your opponent. The discussion should be lively but not a shouting match. If you are blatantly rude, disrespectful, and/or verbally assaulting your opponent, I will deduct speaker points from you. 

What I Look for in a Round

Please tell me the weight of your arguments. If you do NOT tell me, I will weigh them for you. I generally flow what I can understand. If your case makes no sense or you're speaking too fast, I just won't flow your arguments. Extensions are important. I look for which of your contentions, arguments, and cards can be extended throughout the debate. Turns are interesting...but a debater can be abusive about it sometimes because they think everything is a turn when in fact it's not. So, it's good to know what's a turn but keep in mind I ultimately decide that. Scope, magnitude, and impacts are very important to me. I really look for those in a round. 

 

NOVICE AND VARSITY LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE

I have grown fond of the LD debate round. Novices shape their moral philosophy arguments while Varsity gets very complex with their arguments and speed of speech. Very interesting indeed. I really enjoy the philosophical debates, so the more you can philosophize about your case (Aff or Neg) and do it in a way that's clear and concise we should be in a good round. 

Time:

For novice, I usually help keep time to ensure that we're all on track and where we should all be in the round. Please also keep time, it just makes things easier. Also, keep accurate prep time too. Furthermore, even if time runs out and you're mid sentence, I usually let you finish, if you keep going I will cut you off. Time is time. 

Cross-Examination

Very easy to do and I'm very straight forward about this: at this point in the debate it is not really that scripted so I need you to make this as informative and interesting as possible. However, debate is meant to be an exciting and informative exchange of ideas between you and your opponent. The discussion should be lively but not a shouting match. If you are blatantly rude, disrespectful, and/or verbally assaulting your opponent, I will deduct speaker points from you. Please avoid awkward silences and come prepared to a debate. I don't like it when you ruffle papers and are disorganized. It wastes debate time. Also, use all your time in a crossX or speech. If you don't use all your time it gives me the impression you're unprepared and that the round just won't be interested. So, again, be prepared. 

What I Look for in a Round

Please tell me the weight of your arguments. If you do NOT tell me, I will weigh them for you. I generally flow what I can understand. If your case makes no sense or you're speaking too fast, I just won't flow your arguments. Extensions are important. I look for which of your contentions, arguments, and cards can be extended throughout the debate. Turns are interesting...but a debater can be abusive about it sometimes because they think everything is a turn when in fact it's not. So, it's good to know what's a turn but keep in mind I ultimately decide that. Scope, magnitude, and impacts are very important to me. I really look for those in a round. I try to be as non-interventionist as I possibly can be in the round. I like to have the debate round take it's own course. Also, sometimes a lot can happen in an LD round so please sign-post just to make sure we're on the same flow. 

 

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 PF R6 Summit CC Millburn GC Pro
Columbia Invitational RESCHEDULED HS 2016-03-04 PF R6 Millburn CP Acton Boxborough AJ Pro
Lakeland Westchester Classic HS 2016-02-26 VPF Octafi Poly Prep Country Day SS Lexington BC Pro Pro 2-1
Lakeland Westchester Classic HS 2016-02-26 VLD Rd 5 Bronx HS Of Science JJ Lexington CL Aff
Lakeland Westchester Classic HS 2016-02-26 VLD Rd 4 Bronx HS Of Science SR Lexington CC Aff
Lakeland Westchester Classic HS 2016-02-26 VLD Rd 4 Newark Science OA Lexington NG Neg
Lakeland Westchester Classic HS 2016-02-26 VLD Rd 3 Bronx HS Of Science SJ Lexington LW Neg
Lakeland Westchester Classic HS 2016-02-26 VLD Rd 2 Lexington NG Bronx HS Of Science AM Aff
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF Triple Horace Mann TR Potomac Debate LY Pro Con 2-1
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R4 Ardrey Kell LD Acton-Boxborough SK Pro
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R4 Delbarton CM Durham DK Pro
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 VPF R2 Puyallup RF Horace Mann SK Con
42nd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2016-02-11 JVPF R2 Chaminade CC Berkeley Carroll FM Pro
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament HS 2016-02-06 ALD R4 Ridge VT Monticello KC Aff
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament HS 2016-02-06 ALD R4 Monticello AM Regis MM Aff
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament HS 2016-02-06 ALD R3 Collegiate NM Regis JM Aff
Malcolm A Bump Memorial Tournament HS 2016-02-06 ALD R3 Harrison LC Regis NL Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD Quarte Acton Boxborough DL Harrison JW Neg Neg 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD Octs Harrison JW Newark Science AF Aff Aff 3-0
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD Double Harrison EL Stuyvesant KW Aff Aff 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD Double Scarsdale EL Harrison JW Neg Neg 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD R4 Carrollton TS Bronx HS Of Science TL Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD R4 Bronx HS Of Science YK Monticello SC Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD R3 Cambridge Rindge and Latin JL Lake Highland Prep AM Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD R3 Niskayuna BZ Stuyvesant MX Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD R1 Bronx HS Of Science CG Newtown LD Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2016-01-16 NLD R1 Niskayuna KD Scarsdale MK Neg
Ridge Debates HS 2015-12-11 NLD Dubs Monticello TC Newark Science AF Aff Aff 3-0
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R9 Medina SL Millburn AJ Neg Neg 2-1
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD octs Acton Boxborough ES Harrison EL Aff Neg 2-1
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R5 Thomas Jefferson HSST YC Princeton NH Aff
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R5 Newtown CM Kugnus ACTS LB Neg
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R3 Stuyvesant MX Harrison SB Neg
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R3 Millburn AJ Timothy Christian JM Aff
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R2 Newtown SC Syosset AK Neg
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R2 West Broward EM Half Hollow Hills KR Neg
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R1 Ridge JT Monticello TC Aff
The Princeton Classic HS 2015-12-04 NLD R1 Scarsdale EL Poly Prep Country Day AS Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 NLD R3 Bronx Science AK Harrison ML Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 NLD R2 Lexington AK Scarsdale MK Aff
The 12th Scarsdale Invitational HS 2015-11-13 NLD R1 Stuyvesant IL Needham JS Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman HS 2015-10-23 VPF QUAD Capitol Debate BS Landon AP Pro Pro 3-0
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman HS 2015-10-23 VPF OCTA Capitol Debate MK Centennial FL Pro Pro 2-1
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman HS 2015-10-23 VPF Round Hill AW Success Academy BT Con
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman HS 2015-10-23 VPF Round Potomac Debate SC Ackerman AA Pro
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman HS 2015-10-23 VPF Round Ackerman PR Potomac Debate LY Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF Runoff Walt Whitman AL George Washington CO WK Pro Pro 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R5 Walt Whitman AA Poly Prep Country Day HE Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R5 Millburn CP Bridgewater-Raritan I GK Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R3 Newton South EP Nueva St Con
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Quars Christopher Columbus AL Princeton YT Pro Pro 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Octos Hunter College MM Durham LP Con Con 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Triple Ardrey Kell KX Miami Beach Senior RC Pro Con 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 5 New Horizons DN HL Ridge LC Con
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 5 Regis DV Montville LB Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 3 Roslyn FK Bronx Science BZ Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 3 Stuyvesant MB Regis BC Con
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 1 Syosset CR North Allegheny Senior AN Con
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 1 Delbarton EG Dalton LP Pro