Arun Upneja Paradigm

Last changed 12 September 2015 8:09 PM EDT

I’ll get right to the point.

Don’t spread.

I have six years of experience judging in Public Forum Debate as a parent.  I do keep track of contentions and their responses, though my ability is limited by the speed at which you speak.  I want you to take special care about being crystal clear when saying the first sentence of each contention.  I am a fan of signposting.  If I am keeping time, don’t ask me for X seconds.  Tell me when to start or stop.

There are only three ways you can lose a round with me judging.

1: Believe it or not you can be out debated. J

2: You speak too fast for me to flow.

3: You are extremely rude to your opponents. 

My judging style is as follows:

I don’t judge just off lives impacts or random pieces of evidence. I want you to tell me a story and be compelling with your arguments. That’s the whole point of Public Forum. 

Note on rudeness: If you are somewhat rude to your opponents, I will most definitely dock speaker points, but will still listen to your arguments. If I believe you cross the line, I will immediately drop you.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R3 Tompkins WS Trinity Valley TL Pro
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R3 Wayland RH Sequoyah FP Con
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R1 Newsome EH Trinity LS Pro
43rd Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2017-02-18 VPF R1 Byram Hills AM Byron Nelson BM Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Dble-O Walt Whitman AA Dalton FI Pro Pro 2-1
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Triple Freehold Township Eg Pine View BS Con Con 3-0
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 5 Horace Mann SK Newton North DJ Con
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 5 King DM Byram Hills AY Con
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 2 Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches SD Timber Creek ER Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 1 Brookfield East BN Strath Haven LS Pro
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 PF Rd. 1 St. Michael's FP Christopher Columbus AC Con