joseph buzzelli Paradigm

Last changed 11/4 4:19P UTC

I am the forensic adviser at Saint Ignatius high school in Cleveland, Ohio. I was a competitor in policy debate and have been a coach for more than 40 years. My judging experience includes mostly state, national and the TOC circuit. I have had several state championships in policy debate, championship speakers and respectable runs at the TOC tournament qualifiers over the years.

I prefer to allow the debate to evolve at the direction of the teams and will listen to most any arguments that are substantiated with logic, reasoning, evidence...you know, debate.
I tend to be tabula rasa, do not follow "open" cross-x, become upset over angry, abusive conduct between debaters but will listen to reason. I seldom ask to see evidence unless it is absolutely critical to the decision...brought up by both teams and blatantly contradictory. I will NOT re-run the round like I think it should have gone but only on what the teams say in the round. kritics are okay especially if they are really developed, carefully crafted and debated throughout the round. I think camps are fun places for people to go and explore new ideas and use as a base building for the season but not doing updates or really knowing what is said in cards/briefs is inexcusable.

Debate should be fun, educational and enriching. I do not debate the debaters in round or after the round and I will offer comments but not engage in debate over the decision.

In the past several years the tendency is for some people to enter Policy debate tournaments having chosen not debate policy topics but to debate the merits of the activity, and/or any other societal ills perceived or real. While these may be admiral goals and topics for Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, Original Oratory, Expository or Dramatic Interpretation or philosophy gatherings and competitions, I will not be bullied, screamed at or insulted into making a policy debate decision based on an individuals' gender, race, religion, social status or other sociometric characteristic.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R7 Niles West SC H.H. Dow BW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R6 New Trier FC Niles West HW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Glenbrook North BM Mamaroneck KR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Hawken ML Glenbrook North DL Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 Glenbrook North JK Kent Denver JL Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 NCX R2 New Trier JT Detroit Country Day PW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Hawken AG Glenbrook North BaCh Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R7 Glenbrook South BF Homewood-Flossmoor KB Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R6 Oak Park and River Forest VH New Trier CK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 VCX R5 Westminster IM Glenbrook South KB Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 11/1/2017 NCX R2 West Des Moines Valley LD Niles West PH Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R7 Cathedral Preparatory SB Denver Independent RW Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R6 West Bloomfield BH Mountain Brook HC Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX R3 Niles West TB Oak Park and River Forest GM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX R1 Glenbrook North BW Westminster Schools BV Neg
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R6 Bellaire BW La Salle College HG Neg
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R5 Cambridge LL Houston County MJ Aff
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R2 Central Catholic JM Central Gwinnett BG Neg
The Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/24/2014 PD R1 Glenbrook North DK Stratford CS Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R7 Walter Payton CP MY Iowa City West YZ Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R6 Blake LW Northside college prep DD Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R5 New Trier DG Oakwood GO Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R4 New Trier LO Walter Payton CP BC Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R3 New Trier XD Roswell CU Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 NCX R2 Kingsley TM Homewood-Flossmoor PT Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R1 University Prep HS (Detroit) KD Roswell BR Aff