Catherine Zhu Paradigm

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LD Paradigm

Add me to the email chain - catherine_zhu@icloud.com

I’m not super familiar with the differences between LD and policy, so most of this paradigm is telling you things/preferences I had there and you can take that how you will. The TLDR is that I’m probably like 70% policy and 30% lay/parliamentary judge right now.

Don’t make offensive arguments (I will drop you immediately), be nice to your opponents. (This includes overcompensating when you’re hitting a lay kid or being passive aggressive in round. I will dock your speaks.)

If you use a lot of buzzwords, you’re leaving it up to me to interpret what they mean from a policy debater standpoint - since it’s been a while since i’ve debated, I might not have the most clear idea of what those words mean anyways. When in doubt, do a little explaining - I tended to make a lot of arguments when I debated without using the actual buzzwords so I can probably follow. I probably fall on truth over tech, but I’m not lay enough to ignore massive amounts of dropped arguments and such. I don’t weigh arguments based on their existence/quantity, but based on degree of explanation. It’s up to you to point out powertagged args, but I will give ev much less weight if you prove that it doesn’t say what the tag says it does.

General Thoughts

-The end of the debate should be framed in terms of impacts with comparison between the two sides

- CX can be important for persuasiveness of an arg, but please carry any arguments made over into speeches.

-I will not evaluate arguments just because they exist!! If you're like 'they dropped this' and repeat the tagline you leave it up to me what that evidence means.

-I'm straight up not the best evaluator of T debates and theory, and generally have a pretty high threshold. If its your winning strat, go for it. But in close and messy debates, it probably won't go the way you want it to. Update: I will not vote on theory unless there is abuse or you can prove there is significant potential for abuse. I treat theory and T as a-priori, top level issues that come before the substance of the round.

-If you don’t explain your performance, I will just evaluate it as a cool piece of art

-Messy debates are annoying. I’m much less inclined to untangle all the threads and probably going to take an easier way out presented by a debater.

-Framing is where I go to first. Make sure your frameworks/ROBs interact.

-unless you want your k to be evaluated as a DA and you tell me so, the alt needs to actually do something. reasonably high threshold for k's, esp on link work.

-No clue what tricks are. Yikes?

-In the event of graphic descriptions of traumatic/sensitive issues, please inform everyone in the round. If your opponent expresses discomfort before the round, you had best have another strategy. In the event a round becomes uncomfortable for a debater, the round will stop and we will decide what to do.

-I will usually read evidence when its contested. I think that if you read evidence, the burden is on you to know it and have it say what you want to say. I give a good amount of weight to evidence indicts because I think there's a lot of poor quality evidence that internally contradicts.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Columbia University Invitational 1/24/2020 VLD Octos Scarsdale VG Hunter SK Neg Neg on a 2-1
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R5 Stuyvesant SL Newark Tech TN Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R4 McDonogh JT Strath Haven RY Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R2 Berkeley Prep SS Strath Haven KZ Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/18/2019 CX R1 Leon Goldstein MD Lexington BT Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VPF R4 North Attleboro MR West Broward QW Neg
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VPF R4 Poly Prep Country Day HL Lake Mary CM Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VPF R3 Regis KO St John's MW Aff
45th Harvard National Forensics Tournament 2/16/2019 VPF R3 Freehold Township SD Charlotte Latin NS Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD Quarte Harrison EL Thomas Jefferson HSST RK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD Octos Harrison EV Hunter NK Neg Aff on a 2-1
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD Dubs Oakton SZ Success Academy Manhattan CE Aff Aff on a 2-1
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R6 Harrison AK Byram Hills LG Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R6 Hill NL Hunter SK Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R5 Harrison EL Roslyn WB Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R5 Success Academy Manhattan CE Bronx HS Of Science CW Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R4 Roslyn AG Scarsdale WC Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R4 Sky View SM Oakton SZ Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R3 Timothy Christian PT Scarsdale BM Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R3 Roslyn DG Newtown SC Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R2 Timothy Christian EY Scarsdale SB Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R2 Hunter NK Timothy Christian JM Aff
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R1 Syosset JL Thomas Jefferson HSST TB Neg
Columbia University Invitational 1/25/2019 VLD R1 Harrison MW Timothy Christian ZL Neg
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD Semis Millbu KW Stuyve CL Neg Neg on a 3-0
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD Quarte Lex JMa Byram LP Neg Neg on a 3-0
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD Octos Ridge AL Roslyn AG Neg Neg on a 2-1
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD Dubs Harris EL Millbu AW Neg Neg on a 3-0
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD R6 Stuyve CL Harris EV Aff
The 15th Scarsdale Invitational 11/10/2018 VLD R5 Byram LG Millbu KW Neg
Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/17/2017 N-CX R2 Interlake CC Garfield FP Neg
Tahoma High School Golden Bear Classic 11/17/2017 N-CX R1 Eastlake BG Garfield HW Aff
Gig Harbor Invitational 11/3/2017 NCX R3 Puyall HJ Garfie HP Neg