Emily Mendelson

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 11 November 2021 2:18 PM EST

Heyo! Emily Mendelson, she/her // add me to the email chain: emendel1@binghamton.edu

Experience:
I debated at Binghamton for four years starting as a college novice, taught at the UTNIF for two summers and qualified to the NDT my junior and senior year. Currently I'm a grad student at Baylor and the program coordinator for the Broome County Debate Alliance. As a debater I read mostly disability stuff before doing more performance-y things like coloring and balloon animals, but that was just a framework argument.

Virtual Debate:
Please speak slower and clearer than you think you need to for the foreseeable future while we're all figuring out the best practices for online debates. While I don't think people should be flowing off of speech docs, I think flashing analytics (or at least overviews, CP text, interps) is probably valuable just in case clarity or wifi issues arise. From what I've learned so far: debates are better when everyone has strong enough wifi to keep their cameras on, cx is messy when everyone's trying to talk over each other bc of zoom auto-muting whoever isn't the loudest. I'm sympathetic to performance teams who are going to be uniquely disadvantaged by the virtual format, but I'm excited to see how people make it work.

Edits:
1. Check if everyone is there before you start your speech??? lmao I thought this one was intuitive but if my camera is off and you don't hear from me... I am not ready for you to start
2. I flow on paper, please give me some pen time even if you flash analytics
3. Speech docs w/ analytics are not a substitution for clarity

Judging Thoughts:
I'll vote any way you want me to with judge instruction, and if not, I love flowing so I'll default to the line-by-line.

Reading framework: I'm unpersuaded by fairness as a terminal impact, I think at most it's an internal link to education/clash/some better impact. That being said, I'm absolutely down to vote for fairness if there's a well-warranted abuse scenario or the affirmative is egregious in defending absolutely nothing. Specific TVA's are an easy way to persuade me in favor of your model of debate as long as they meet your interp.

Answering framework: You're better off concentrating most of your offense on impact turning framework in front of me, but I also think a lot of K teams under-utilize counterinterps and counter-definitions. I don't think your model of debate needs to be perfect but I do think there should be some explanation of limits and ground division between both sides.

K affs: Love it! I think there should be some sort of "method" to the aff in the sense that it's not just some sort of truth advocacy text that says 'vote aff because we say x thing is good.' Use examples to your advantage and please don't be afraid to actually defend something in CX. I was definitely guilty of being shifty but I would love it if you clearly defined the parameters and concepts in the aff instead so I have something better than a nebulous understanding of what you're saying.

Policy affs: On average, I think policy teams need to be doing a lot better job at explaining solvency throughout the debate. In the rebuttals, walk me through how you want me to evaluate arguments in comparison to one another, even if it means you go much slower and read less cards. I promise it will pay off. My biggest shortcoming with policy affirmatives is forgetting what certain acronyms mean, so if I look confused (which will definitely happen because I'm pretty expressive during speeches) take a minute and explain some jargon you might be using.

Making my decision: Clear judge framing arguments will give you an easy way to predict which way I'm likely to vote. Clear impact calculus in the rebuttals is especially important to me and minimizes the likelihood I have to intervene. I love judging and I love learning so whatever you're reading I promise you'll have my full attention.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR Octos Southern California AK Wake Forest BT Aff Aff 3-2
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR Double Wake Forest BT Texas DK Aff Aff 3-2
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2021-11-12 SHIR RD 5 Iowa PS Weber State MT Aff
Binghamton 4th Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational C 2021-09-24 Novi N5 George Mason BY James Madison OP Neg
Northwestern University Season Opener C 2021-09-17 Open RD 1 Kentucky FS Johnson County Community BB Aff
CEDA Nationals at West Virginia University C 2021-04-09 Open Quarte Kansas/Southern California BK NYU ST Aff Aff 4-1
CEDA Nationals at West Virginia University C 2021-04-09 Open Double NYU ST Johnson County Community BB Aff Aff 2-1
CEDA Nationals at West Virginia University C 2021-04-09 Open R5 Southwestern GA Kansas/Southern California BK Neg
75th National Debate Tournament C 2021-03-25 Open R2 NYU ST Wayne State BR Aff Aff 3-0
Mid America Championship C 2021-02-25 MAC R5 Texas Healey & Noriega Wake Kruger & Taylor Neg
Mid America Championship C 2021-02-25 MAC R2 Columbia Amadea Datel Rutgers/OaktonCC St.Clair & Toro Aff
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates C 2021-02-05 Open RD 2 Iowa CP Kentucky MW Aff
Hoosier Invitational C 2021-01-08 2-JV R6 NYU Rosen & Ziabkin Wayne State Kostecke & Trestrail Aff
Hoosier Invitational C 2021-01-08 1-Open R3 Texas Healey & Noriega NYU Hussain & Pierce Aff
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2020-11-13 SHIR RD 8 Kansas State Spond & Walker NYU Hussain & Pierce Neg
Franklin R Shirley at Wake Forest C 2020-11-13 SHIR RD 2 Johnson County Community Babcock & Babcock Wayne State Bagdon & Reynolds Aff
UCO Joe C Jackson C 2020-11-06 JV R4 Southwestern Arreola & Villagomez Washington Bhattacherjee & Monahan Aff
Season Opener at Northwestern University C 2020-09-18 Open R6 Texas HA UT Dallas WB Neg
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R7 Brooklyn Technical TT Edina AB Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R6 Brooklyn Technical DV Stuyvesant CH Neg
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R5 James Madison HD McDowell LK Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2020-02-13 JVCX R3 SA Midtown West DP SA Queens 1 RR Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament MS 2020-02-13 JVCX R2 SA Hudson Yards NV Desert Vista BH Aff
46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament HS 2020-02-13 VCX R1 Reagan AG Mount Pleasant CT Aff
Lakeland Westchester Classic 2019 MS 2019-02-28 NCX Quarte SA Bed-Stuy CP Lexington RG Neg Neg 3-0
Lakeland Westchester Classic 2019 HS 2019-02-28 NCX Octos Lexington RG Mamaroneck RD Aff Aff 3-0
Lakeland Westchester Classic 2019 HS 2019-02-28 NCX R5 SA Harlem North Central DD Mamaroneck LO Neg
Lakeland Westchester Classic 2019 MS 2019-02-28 NCX R4 SA Ditmas Park WD Bronx HS Of Science BM Neg
Lakeland Westchester Classic 2019 HS 2019-02-28 NCX R3 Lexington KX SA Bronx 3 AM Aff
Lakeland Westchester Classic 2019 MS 2019-02-28 NCX R2 Mamaroneck CZ SA Midtown West DP Neg
Lakeland Westchester Classic 2019 HS 2019-02-28 NCX R1 Mamaroneck BR SA Bronx 3 RM Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2019-01-19 VCX R4 Peninsula PP Univ Of Chicago Lab CM Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2019-01-19 VCX R3 Berkeley Prep ZS McDowell LK Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2019-01-19 VCX R2 Berkeley Prep KK Boston Latin KW Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2019-01-19 VCX R1 Brooklyn Technical AS Stuyvesant FC Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2018-11-29 Open Quarte North Star Academy CPHS DT Lexington LL Aff Aff 3-0
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2018-11-29 Open R6 Ridge SC Thomas Jefferson HSST TK Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2018-11-29 Open R5 Leon M. Goldstein AF Newark Science AS Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2018-11-29 Open R4 Brooklyn Technical RS Leon M. Goldstein FC Aff
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2018-11-29 Open R3 Newark Science SC Stuyvesant RH Aff
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2018-11-29 Open R2 Newark Tech VW Baltimore City PG Neg
NY Fall Faceoff at Mamaroneck HS HS 2018-11-29 Open R1 North Star Academy CPHS BO Brooklyn Technical NW Aff
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship C 2018-02-24 Nov quarts United States Military LS George Mason AH Aff Aff 2-1
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship C 2018-02-24 Nov R2 United States Military DM George Mason AH Neg
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship C 2018-02-24 Nov R1 United States Military LS NYU PM Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2018-02-02 CX Octos Pittsburgh Central Catholic SB Okemos IZ Aff Aff 3-0
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2018-02-02 JVCX R4 Unionville AP La Salle TC Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2018-02-02 CX R3 Woodgrove SC Brooklyn Technical BP Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2018-02-02 CX R2 Brooklyn Technical MW Lexington HC Aff