Becca Marks Paradigm

Last changed 2/14 11:09A EDT

Updated for Emory 2020

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Congress:

-I don't have a preference between early/mid/late round speeches - just give the best speech. I evaluate each speech for the role it needs to serve in the round. So, if you're sitting on a neg and we go to a 2-minute recess because you're insistent on doing a crystallization speech and no one else has a neg, I'll be annoyed. If you're able to show me multiple types of speeches throughout the session (especially if I'm the parli), that's great.

-Expectations for authorship/sponsorship/1st aff: problem/solution; identify a framework/burden/scope to evaluate debate; have a central narrative

-Expectations for mid-round speech: Refute; have a central narrative

-Expectations for late speech: Refute & boil the debate down to a main issue or 2; have a central narrative

-Have a clear, specific, and offensive thesis coming out of the introduction.

-Have clear warrants; if they stem from the legislation directly, even better. Particularly in mid/late speeches, weighing/clash is super important.

-No rehash.

-Neg speeches can't say the leg is bad because it doesn't do something unless that thing is mutually exclusive with the action of the legislation; if the leg is that we should all eat more bananas and your neg is no we should eat more apples, unless you can prove that we can't eat apples AND bananas the point doesn't work. I also don't love points about complacency - they generally feel stock to me. Both of these types of points (do x not y; complacency) feel like avoidance of engaging with the actual legislation - neg speeches must demonstrate the inherent harm(s) of passing.

-No stock intros/conclusions. I like an attention-grabbing intro of some kind and when the conclusion ties a bow with the opening.

-I don't have a preference for being in the simulation or avoiding it. If you start talking about your constituents and your office in D.C., I will likely roll my eyes. On the other hand, talking about your current high school Bio class doesn't work either.

-Stay involved throughout the entire session. If you give an A+ speech but ask zero questions, you'll get ranked below an A- speech and strong, well-spaced questions.

-I will rank you as the PO if you're a strong PO (fast & efficient, knowledgeable about RR, clear command of chamber). Being the PO is neither a guarantee of a rank nor of a drop for me - if you do an A job as the PO, it'll be ranked the same as if you did an A job as a speaker.

PF:

-I don't flow cross; if you want me to evaluate something out of CX, you need to mention it in a later speech.

-If you want me to evaluate something from FF, it also needs to appear in the summary.

-Make sure to identify moments of clash. Don't let the two ships just pass in the night; tell me where the boats crash and why yours stays afloat.

-Make sure to weigh arguments. Tell me what the key points of the debate are so that I don't have to determine them myself.

-I won't make a decision based on politeness, but being excessively rude/abrasive in cross annoys me and will negatively impact your speaker points.

-Unless there's true abuse in the round, I won't vote on theory.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF Double University GP Campbell Hall EF Aff Aff on a 2-1
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF Double University KD Hamilton High Independent SL Aff Aff on a 2-1
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF Triple Foothill SZ University KD Neg Neg on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF Triple University KY Lynbrook MX Aff Aff on a 3-0
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R6 Rocky Mountain BK Foothill SZ Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R6 Taipei American MR Campbell Hall PG Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R4 Monta Vista WB Mission San Jose ZhSr Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R4 Gunn Sr ZB Fairmont Prep BA Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R3 Mountain Vista SW Dougherty Valley NP Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R3 Mission San Jose KM Archbishop Mitty BP Aff
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R1 Golden State GuGa Blake OP Neg
33rd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/9/2019 VPF R1 Mountain View IS Lynbrook MX Neg
ISD Carolina 7/25/2018 PF R3 LavBil Caldwell & Dorsey aveRAG Karchmer & Zhang Aff
ISD Carolina 7/25/2018 PF R2 aveRAG Mu & Sun Jesthi Wang & Garg Aff
ISD Carolina 7/25/2018 PF R1 Unclou Palmer & Palmer Jesthi Ge & Chavan Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS Sem South Texas Blue East Texas White Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS Qtr Florida Oceanfront Blue New York City Blue Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS Doubs Sierra Gold East Texas Red Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS Trips East Los Angeles Silver Lone Star Red Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS R6 Colorado Grande White Capitol Valley Red Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS R2 Tarheel East Red Florida Sunshine White Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 WS R1 East Iowa Blue Kansas Flint-Hills Yellow Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF Semis Walt Whitman RT Edina MZ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF Double Evanston Twp CB Carroll HS - Southlake RM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF R6 Dougherty Valley SS Eagan PB Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF R5 Edina WJ Lakeville North RO Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF R4 Dougherty Valley KB Strake Jesuit College Prep CD Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF R3 Eagan KS Columbus CR Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF R2 College Prep HZ Fairmont Prep OC Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2017 VPF R1 Bettendorf UY Ames LL Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF Octafi Fairmont Prep SP Blake LM Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF Double Poly Prep Country Day SS Evanston Twp BC Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R6 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches CS Fairmont Prep AK Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R5 Blake BG Fairmont Prep HB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R5 Capitol BC Hackley EF Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R4 Fairmont Prep SP Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches BL Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R4 Livingston RH Dublin Jerome CZ Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R3 Millburn GW Mission San Jose GH Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R3 University KA Blake LM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPF R1 Henry Clay GC Mission San Jose KM Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD Octos Dominic Schlossberg & Harrison Schlossberg Avi Agrawal & James Harrison Aff Aff on a 3-0
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R7 Caitlyn Jones & Dasia Primus Niles Chander & Sletosklav Karagueorguiev Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R7 Henry Xuan & Shub Giroti Adam Alamy & Alex Kim Aff
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R6 Iris Yan & Laasya Mamidipalli Zayaan Shariff & Beattie Bernfield Aff
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R6 Sarah Pita & Anaga Ajoy Eesha Kapoor & Nidhi Gowda Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R5 Robin Brinkmann & Cody Builta Evan Wang & Avni Aggrawal Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R5 Advait Dhamdhere & Sriram Tolety Brandon Liu & Kevin Wang Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R3 William Li & Connor Teehan Madison Adkins & Macy Noe Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R3 Miranda Ma & Kevin Xu Jessica Wu & Anna Zhang Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R2 Grace Cousesns & Nina Zlataric Shreshth Srivastava & Nikhil Polepalli Aff
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R2 Oliver Fisher & Jack Freilich Hannah Ni & Diane Suba Aff
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R1 Ria Nawathe & Tanaya Nawathe John Cobb & Aj Camacho Neg
ISD Charlotte PF Tournament 7/12/2017 PFD R1 Avi Agrawal & James Harrison Dylan Morgan & Sri Chilukuri Neg
31st Annual Stanford Invitational 2/11/2017 VPF Octafi University FC Park Hill YZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2016 VPF Octafi East Ridge BZ Eastview MD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2016 VPF Round Eagan SV Lakeville North MR Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2016 VPF Round Harker RK Maple Grove KC Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2016 VPF Round Middleton KD Maple Grove HH Neg
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2016 VPF Round Eastview FU St Paul KK Aff
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate 11/3/2016 VPF Round Harrisburg CD Fairmont Prep HR Aff
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 7 Schlossberg & Schlossberg Rajkumar & Castellano Aff
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 7 Wade & Zalavadia Nguyen & Agrawal Aff
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 4 Silvey & Nguyen Jones & Zhen Aff
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 4 Brady & Chandruc Gibbs & Palmer Neg