Catherine Zhu ParadigmLast changed 10/19 10:57A EST
Updated for Bronx (10-18-19)
Four years policy at Ingraham High in Washington. Currently doing parlimentary at Columbia. Have judged LD/Pufo in the last year, and have no familiarity with the policy topic. (LD paradigm below is also helpful) This probably means I'm not the best arbiter on T - I can evaluate straightforward, clear debates but have no preconceptions of what the topic "should" look like and will likely not do well on messy debates. If you're reading a nontopical aff, make sure you specify what your model of debate looks like - what ground looks like, what kinds of research is possible, etc. Familiar with critical race theory, feminist theory, etc. Ran soft-left policy affs (structural violence/warming impacts), but ended up debating a lot of big stick impacts anyways. Probably stay away from high theory/vague philosophical things (Deleuze?) unless you’re really good at explaining them to someone who knows less about it than you. I never (!) understood theory when I was doing policy, and still won't understand it now - I will only vote on incredibly high potential of abuse or in-round abuse, unless the argument is dropped by the other team.
Spreading is fine, slow down on tags, authors, theory, plan texts, etc. Slow down when signposting between flows. If you’re *incredibly* fast or unclear I will probably not follow, but if so I will emote that during your speech by either looking confused or not flowing. If you speed through theory, I will both get annoyed and probably not flow it correctly. Flashing is not prep, compiling is. Open cross is fine, just make sure the people who are supposed to be talking are still talking. Include me on the chain - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trigger warn any content for both your opponents benefit and mine, especially in the context of performance or graphic descriptions in speeches.
I have never judged public forum, but you can generally talk fast and read whatever you want. If there are any technical aspects specific to pf that you pull, there's a chance I may not understand them unless they resemble something in policy/ld. I will listen to but not flow cross-ex - arguments should carry over into speeches. Be nice to your opponents.
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.
-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.