Rachel Samson Paradigm

Last changed Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 12:24 PM UTC

Public Forum

In Public Forum I expect well-explained links into arguments and detailed analysis. It isn't enough to slap down a card and tell me that the evidence is newer/weighted more--explain why your evidence is better or better applied. Quality of contentions is better than quantity; I'd rather have you do a few things well than have many points with shallow reasoning and analysis. Speed is not a problem as long as you are very clear, but if it even gets close to spreading or if you have poor enunciation you will be in trouble. Maintain round decorum at all times; this includes giving trigger warnings where appropriate and providing alternative arguments if someone asks you not to use a triggering argument. Also, some judges like snappy or passive-aggressive CX, but I am not one of those judges. You don't get points for being a jerk. Be genuinely kind while remaining firm and you will get better speaker points from me.

Public Forum in not Lincoln-Douglas. Framework is possible, but do not make it the centerpiece of your case. I judge on evidence and impacts, not abstract theories and possibilities. Also, observations that are on the cusp of abuse do not sit well with me; Debate must be debatable.

While identity politics are important and can inform a round, do not rely on them exclusively. Belonging to a particular group does not absolve the burden of your side in the round, nor does it give you an automatic advantage. Rely on your case and evidence; if an argument is offensive it is fine to point that out, but you must explain to me why that matters in the larger scheme of the round. 

 

Lincoln-Douglas

In Lincoln-Douglas I look for contentions that link well with the framework and a detailed analysis and explanation of the framework. I am more familiar with traditional value and criterion-based frameworks, but as long as you do a good job of explaining your case to me I can usually keep up. I do enjoy high theory or off-the-wall cases and kritiks, but only if you explain the reasoning clearly to me. If I can't understand the framework due to a lack of explanation, I will have to default to my own reasoning in the world of the round in order to judge. Also, while I believe Debate is an intellectual game, I can also believe that my ballot can have a role if you lay out a good reason for that clearly for me. 

Please be very respectful of your opponent in round. Some people love to get snippy in CX or throw out little jabs, but I hate that. For better speaker points from me, be polite but firm. You don't get points for being a jerk.

Spreading is risky, as you must be very clear to make sure I can follow you; for reference, what would be considered "fast" for PF would be a comfortable pace for me. Anything faster I will still probably be able to catch most of it, but if you want to do well without risk, you will speak at a pace I can easily understand.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/17/2017 VLD 1 West Des Moines Valley LG Lincoln East PR AFF West Des Moines Valley LG
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/17/2017 VLD 2 Lincoln Southwest PV West Des Moines Valley AJ NEG West Des Moines Valley AJ
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/17/2017 VLD 3 Ralston MN Millard West AF NEG Millard West AF
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/17/2017 VLD 4 Norfolk NR Millard West JS NEG Millard West JS
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/17/2017 VLD 5 Lincoln East SB Millard West GK NEG Millard West GK
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/17/2017 VLD O West Des Moines Valley LB Lincoln East FC NEG Lincoln East FC
West Des Moines Valley LB on a 2-1
Lincoln Southeast Winter Joust 2/11/2017 VLD 1 MilNor GB LSW EC AFF MilNor GB
Lincoln Southeast Winter Joust 2/11/2017 NLD 2 OmaNor AT LinEas DR NEG LinEas DR
Lincoln Southeast Winter Joust 2/11/2017 VLD 4 MilWes KC LinEas PR NEG LinEas PR
Lincoln Southeast Winter Joust 2/11/2017 VLD Semis LSW AH MilNor GB NEG MilNor GB
MilNor GB on a 3-0
Lincoln High School Capitol Classic 12/10/2016 VLD 1 Lincoln Southwest AH Elkhorn NM NEG Elkhorn NM
Lincoln High School Capitol Classic 12/10/2016 NLD 2 LinSou BS MilWes JS NEG MilWes JS
Lincoln High School Capitol Classic 12/10/2016 NLD 4 LinSou TH HasSen ZJ AFF LinSou TH
Lincoln High School Capitol Classic 12/10/2016 VLD 5 Lincoln Southwest RJ Elkhorn South DM AFF Lincoln Southwest RJ
Lincoln High School Capitol Classic 12/10/2016 VLD Q Norfolk MM Lincoln Southwest DC NEG Lincoln Southwest DC
Norfolk MM on a 2-1
Lincoln High School Capitol Classic 12/10/2016 NLD S Elkhor ET LinEas PR AFF Elkhor ET
Elkhor ET on a 3-0
Elkhorn South GOLD 12/8/2016 LD R1 Millard West GC Ralston MN NEG Ralston MN
Elkhorn South GOLD 12/8/2016 LD R2 Ralston CB Elkhorn ET NEG Elkhorn ET
Elkhorn South GOLD 12/8/2016 LD R3 Elkhorn South PH Elkhorn BS AFF Elkhorn South PH
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VLD 2 Lincoln Southwest EC West Des Moines Valley CB AFF Lincoln Southwest EC
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VLD 2 Lincoln Southwest RJ West Des Moines Valley LB NEG West Des Moines Valley LB
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 NLD 3 West Des Moines Valley AJ Elkhorn South KA NEG Elkhorn South KA
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VPF 5 SF Roosevelt GG Lincoln Southwest WO NEG Lincoln Southwest WO
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VPF 6 Millard North WS Elkhorn South RR PRO Millard North WS
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VLD 6 Lincoln Southwest AH Lincoln East JW NEG Lincoln East JW
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VLD Octafinals West Des Moines Valley CR Lincoln East JW AFF West Des Moines Valley CR
West Des Moines Valley CR on a 3-0
Millard West Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 NLD Semifinals Lincoln Southwest PV West Des Moines Valley RB AFF Lincoln Southwest PV
Lincoln Southwest PV on a 2-1
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/19/2016 VLD 2 Lincoln East Debate FC West Des Moines Valley JM AFF Lincoln East Debate FC
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/19/2016 VLD 4 LIncoln Northeast BI West Des Moines Valley CR NEG West Des Moines Valley CR
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/19/2016 VLD 5 Lincoln Southwest EN Lincoln North Star AD AFF Lincoln Southwest EN
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 NLD 1 Lincoln Southwest R( Norfolk QC AFF Lincoln Southwest R(
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 PF 2 Sioux Falls Lincoln FB Millard North SN NEG Millard North SN
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 PF 3 Millard North NV Lincoln Southeast RJ PRO Millard North NV
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 PF 4 Ralston YJ Millard North HW NEG Millard North HW
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 PF 5 Lincoln East Debate BW Lincoln NR PRO Lincoln East Debate BW
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 NLD 6 Omaha Westside EF West Des Moines Valle DI NEG West Des Moines Valle DI
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 PF Octos Lincoln Southwest BC Lincoln East Debate GR NEG Lincoln East Debate GR
Lincoln East Debate GR on a 3-0
Millard West Invitational 12/4/2015 PF Quarters Millard North HW Lincoln Southwest NL PRO Millard North HW
Millard North HW on a 3-0