Elizabeth Sperti Paradigm

Last changed 12/7 8:25A CDT

Hi! I’m Elizabeth, and I’m a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in history or philosophy or legal studies or something else :) I did LD at Evanston Township for 3 years and have coached there since last spring.

To summarize:

· Performance and Ks>CPs/DAs>>>>theory that isn’t tricks*>>>>>>Phil.

· If you run tricks strike me.

· I did traditional LD as well as nat circuit (or "progressive") so I’d happily judge a traditional LD round if that’s what you’re here for!

Additional things you may find helpful:

I spent my junior year running various race/queer/colonialism K’s. I spent over half of my senior year running a performance aff so I’m 100% open (and excited!) to hearing anything performative. With that said, please ~try~ to read something other than framework if one of these cases is run against you. Of course, if that’s all you have, and you warrant/impact the argument well, I will be inclined to vote for it.

I very much agree with my high school debate coach, Jeff Hannan, on this:

“I will make decisions that are good if:

you explain things to me; you establish a clear standard, role of the ballot, value, or other mechanism and explain to me how I can use that to make my decision; you compare or weigh offense linked to a standard.

I will make decisions that are bad if:

you expect me to do work for you on the flow or among your arguments; you assume I know more than I do.”

This probably means that if you want to run a bunch of blippy offs, I am not the judge for you. We will probably end up in a situation where you feel like I've missed something, and then everyone is sad. I would much prefer a deep analysis on one or two offs. But either way, the more you try to write my ballot for me the better things will go for you. Like please just give me a weighing mechanism and explain how you win under it at least pls pls pls or I will not know what to do with your impacts.

If the way you do debate is to try to spread your opponent out I’m probs not the judge for you.

Stuff on Ks specifically:

I love a good K debate! Familiar with settler colonialism, afropess, and queer stuff (esp!).

If you can explain the rhizome stuff to me and actually make it interesting then you can go ahead and try but you will have to explain VERY well and slowly.

I really enjoy any K stuff that relates specifically to education and discourse.

If you kick a K about an identity group you're not a part of (especially for frivolous theory omg) I'm going to definitelyyyy doc your speaks at least.

Stuff on theory specifically:

Really convinced by reasonability because it often feels like theory is in fact frivolous or a waste of my time.

RVIs are fine I guess but if the debate is coming down to that it’s already making me sad.

If there’s legit abuse then by all means call it out.

*The more genuine and not-blippy your theory shell is the more I will like it. My favorite kind of debate that I ever did was debate about the debate space so I actually think theory is very cool ~in theory~ but in practice people use it to waste their opponent’s time or just cuz and that annoys me.

Additional additional stuff:

Not to be a stickler but I'm not a huge fan of LDers saying "we." I won't knock down your speaks but I will internally sigh and wonder why you want to be in policy.

Please put me on the email chain (elizabethasperti@gmail.com). Even in my debating days I didn’t have a great ear for speed. But I can understand spreading, please just be clear. I’ll say “clear” if I’m not understanding you. So don’t stress too much about being too fast just...try to be clear?

If your opponent can’t understand you, I see that as a failure on your part, not theirs. If you can’t understand your opponent, please feel free to say “clear.” I have no idea why that’s not seen as “acceptable” in the debate space. That kind of just seems like a basic right a debater should have in the round.

For traditional LD specifically:

If there's clash on framework then talk about it. Weigh your impacts back to your framework or at least back to something. I've noticed debaters doing this thing where they say a bunch of impacts but don't compare them (weigh them) and then I have to do all the work myself which can leave debaters disgruntled with my decision. Truly all I would like you to do is weigh the impacts in the round to your framework and it will take you a long way.

For everyone:

Please be respectful to each other, and please try to have an illuminating debate.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R5 162 158 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R4 161 159 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R3 205 161 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/7/2020 LD R1 158 162 Neg
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 LD R6 New Trier EM Bettendorf NR Neg
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 LD R5 Bettendorf NR New Trier AK Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 LD R3 Bettendorf NR New Trier LF Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 1/31/2020 LD R1 New Trier LF New Trier BM Aff
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 6 NLD R5 Palatine NG Fenwick CN Neg
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 6 NLD R4 Carl Sandburg AK Amos Alonzo Stagg SA Aff
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 4 VLD R3 BTHS West JT Palatine ND Neg
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 5 JVLD R2 Bolingbrook ER Carl Sandburg MO Neg
2020 Convocation of Eagles 1/25/2020 4 VLD R1 Barrington AN William Fremd EP Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD Octas Seriös AB Greenhill KD Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R6 Lincoln North Star MB Edina MK Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R6 Lincoln East PS Homewood-Flossmoor EM Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R5 Scarsdale CS Minnetonka PB Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R4 Greenhill AA Minnetonka AA Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R3 Eden Prairie AG Lincoln Southeast AT Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R3 Minnetonka NT Homewood-Flossmoor HL Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R2 Minnetonka CL Newark Science TO Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R1 Minnetonka AJ Lincoln East LZ Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/20/2019 LD R1 Stuyvesant GP Homewood-Flossmoor JP Neg
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 NLD R5 Palatine IM Homewood-Flossmoor DR Aff
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 1 VLD R4 Libert MK William Fremd KJ Neg
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 1 VLD R3 WilFre EP CarSan EM Aff
Blue Thunder Invitational 12/7/2019 1 VLD R2 Homewood-Flossmoor KS Libert AS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R7 St. Andrew's Episcopal AH Whitmer MZ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R4 McDowell KP Park City CM Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R5 Chesterton ER New Trier BC Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 JVLD R4 Barrington OK IL Math And Science AN Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 VLD R3 William Fremd KZ Barrington RT Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R2 William Fremd VP New Trier ED Aff
William Fremd Viking Invitational 11/2/2019 NLD R1 Palatine IM Barrington AS Aff
14th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/12/2019 OpenLD R5 William Fremd EY Homewood-Flossmoor AP Neg
14th Schaumburg Saxon Invitational 10/12/2019 OpenLD R3 Palatine KT William Fremd KZ Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD Semifi Cape Fear MA St Pius X Catholic JT Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD Quarte St Pius X Catholic JT DuPont Manual PK Neg Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD Octafi St Pius X Catholic JT DuPont Manual RP Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD R6 Little Rock Central GR Walt Whitman GZ Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD R6 Little Rock Central TW DuPont Manual LB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD R5 Henry Clay JL Little Rock Central DS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD R4 Sequoyah MP Whitmer MZ Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD R3 Mountain Brook MC Sequoyah CD Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD R2 Vestavia Hills RC Laurel LH Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VLD R1 Little Rock Central JP DebateUS! AT Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD Semis AE 4001 AZ 4036 Aff Aff on a 2-1
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD Octos BD 4024 AF 4016 Aff Aff on a 2-1
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD Octos AZ 4036 AF 4015 Aff Aff on a 3-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R5 AZ 4036 BS 4030 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R5 CF 4040 AT 4014 Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R4 BD 4025 CF 4042 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R3 CG 4046 AE 4001 Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R3 AZ 4035 AE 4000 Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R2 BS 4032 AK 4009 Aff
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R2 AJ 4004 BS 4031 Neg Neg on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R1 AF 4017 BS 4029 Aff Aff on a 2-0
IHSA State Debate Championship 3/14/2019 LD R1 BD 4026 BL 4038 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD QTRS AF 4005 AK 4007 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD R5 BN 4028 AM 4010 Neg
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD R4 BB 4020 BP 4032 Aff
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD R3 BL 4026 BB 4018 Neg
Illinois Debate Community NJV State Championship 3/8/2019 JVLD R1 BH 4024 BB 4019 Aff
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/2/2019 LD R4 Barrington Pierga New Trier McLaughlin Aff
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/2/2019 LD R2 Barrington Thomas Belvidere North Goymerac Neg
Northern Illinois District Tournament 3/2/2019 LD R1 Belvidere North Moucharrafie New Trier Thornton Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 2/1/2019 PF Semis Theodore Roosevelt AM Mount Si SM Aff Aff on a 2-0
ETHS Superb Owl 2/1/2019 LD R4 Barrington AA Barrington JZ Neg
ETHS Superb Owl 2/1/2019 LD R3 Barrington JZ New Trier MV Aff
ETHS Superb Owl 2/1/2019 LD R2 Barrington ANa New Trier EM Neg
ETHS Superb Owl 2/1/2019 LD R1 New Trier KP Barrington AA Neg
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 5 JVLD R5 William Fremd JK Homewood-Flossmoor AP Aff
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 6 NLD R4 Barrington SS Buffalo Grove KB Aff
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 6 NLD R3 New Trier EL Fenwick LW Aff
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 5 JVLD R2 Granite City KM Buffalo Grove BW Neg
Convocation of Eagles 1/26/2019 6 NLD R1 Barrington AR New Trier BM Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD Sextos Success Academy Manhattan BC Harvard-Westlake AD Aff Neg on a 2-1
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R7 Brookfield East RL Oak Hall KZ Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R5 Newark Science OS Cabot LH Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R5 Edina KS Quarry Lane SK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R3 Little Rock Central AR Edina RM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R3 Quarry Lane ZD Harrison EV Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R1 McDowell SK Thomas Jefferson HSST AD Neg