Kat Lipka Paradigm

Last changed 3/6 5:12P CDT

In General—

Put me on the email chain-- kathrynlipka16@gmail.com

I debated 4 years in high school, went to a handful of tournaments with KU, and am in my third year coaching (Lawrence Free State, Pembroke Hill).

I don’t think it is my job as a judge to call for evidence, kick CPs, decide how I should evaluate the debate, etc. It is your job to tell me these things. This means impact calculus plays a significant part in the way I evaluate the round—please do it. I default to moral obligation claims. Warranted extensions only or it isn’t an extension.

I don’t put up with rudeness, racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, or ableism-- these are worthy of losing a ballot and certainly a reason to dock your speaker points.

I expect debaters to do whatever they are best at and want to do in front of me-- debate is not an event for conformity.

My speaker point scale (taken from the KellyThompson):

29+ - you should receive a speaker award in this division at this tournament

28.5+ - you should be in elimination debates at this tournament, and probably win one or more of those rounds

28 - you are competing for a spot to clear but still making errors that may prevent you from doing so. Average for the division/tournament.

27.5 - you are slightly below average for the division/tournament and need to spend some time on the fundamentals. Hopefully, I've outlined in my notes what those are.

27 - you are in the wrong division or at the wrong tournament in my estimation.

Topicality—

If you’re going for T it should be the entire 2NR. If it is not, you’re not doing enough work. I evaluate education and fairness as impacts, so treat them as such. I am more persuaded by education. I am fine with creativity to make the aff topical, but at a certain point would rather you just reject the resolution than squeeze your way into a nonexistent “we meet” arg. I think rejecting the resolution is fine and switch side debate is typically not a winning argument. If you can prove that your education is best in the round I am willing to listen to what you have to say.

DAs—

Fine, great, everyone should do them. If you don’t have a specific link you better be prepared to do a lot of work for me.

CPs—

Generic bad. I think smart and well-developed PICs are a good way to control offense in a debate. Don’t assume doing theory and a perm is enough to get out of the CP. I default to sufficiency framing so I need clear reasons why the aff is more desirable. Blippy word PICs and delay CPs are annoying.

Ks—

Most familiar with neolib/fem/anthro. You need to explain what the alternative does specifically—even if it is inaction. I like to hear “in the world of the alternative…”. I need to know why the aff is uniquely bad. Permutations are always valid, but often poorly executed and cause severance. Severance is probably bad. If I have to do a lot of work just to understand your jargon and what the K is I’m not the judge for you.

Theory—

I have a higher threshold for voting on theory, it needs to be the center of the rebuttal if that is what you want. I almost always view theory as a reason to reject the argument not the team. Obviously I can be persuaded otherwise. Severance mostly bad. Condo mostly good. K’s are not cheating. PICs are good but also sometimes not. Slow down on theory.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 OFs Blue Valley West Jaguars MD Little Rock Central KG Neg Aff on a 2-1
Kanellis Invitational 2/22/2019 VCX R6 Glenbrook South MJ Washington SK Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R7 Shawnee Mission West MW Lawrence DR Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R6 Washburn Rural GK Olathe North AS Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R3 Wichita East AG Eisenhower DJ Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R1 Maize NW Blue Valley West CK Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R5 H Cornell & Headley R Clemens & Atkins Aff Aff on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 PF R4 T Fuss & Kalis M Banks & Kantner Neg Neg on a 4-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R4 N Babcock & Babcock S Morinville & Obi Aff Aff on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R3 A Worthington & Wallenburg L Rose & Williams Aff Aff on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R3 A Alex McCarthy R Dalton Buchholz Neg Neg on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R2 S Arthur Bagdasaryan L Haylee Rose Neg Aff on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 CX R1 F Brigdon & Nelson E Larsen & Ridge Neg Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R1 L Jameson Shew M Noah Gruman Neg Aff on a 2-1
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 DCI Quarte Washburn Rural KD Olathe East MS Aff Aff on a 3-0
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 DCI R5 Washburn Rural CM Wichita East IW Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 DCI R4 Shawnee Mission South TS Shawnee Mission North RT Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 DCI R3 Blue Valley North DM Blue Valley Northwest SM Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Octos Kapaun Mount Carmel Catherine Magana & Vanessa Nguyen Barstow Robbie Putney & Shaunak Lokre Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 Nov Quarte Barstow Avisha Pandey & Faizan Khalid Blue Valley Southwest Ben Ziegelman & Riley Underwood Neg Aff on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R5 Blue Valley Southwest Rory Stanfield & Kristina Wu Millard North Grace Clausen & Gavin Graves Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R4 SMNW Noah Gruman & Alex Marvine SF Roosevelt Engie Wong & Rylie Torguson Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R2 Barstow Kate English & Kelsie Jackson Eisenhower Jaret Jarmer & Avery Dover Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R1 Shawnee Mission West Maleah Zumalt & Rebecca Cathey Lansing Sr William Strickland & Nicholas Strickland Neg
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX Q Wayzata HR Barstow TD Neg Aff on a 2-1
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX O West Des Moines Valley CK Blue Valley West MM Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R5 West Des Moines Valley DL Iowa City CH Neg
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R3 Univ Of Chicago Lab WS Wayzata LN Neg
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R2 Wayzata HR La Crosse Central GL Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 Quarte SME BS BVW ST Neg Neg on a 3-0
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R3 SME AW BVN CI Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R1 BVW MM SME BS Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R6 Lansing WZ Emporia MR Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R4 SM South LR Maize LB Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R3 Wichita East QS Hayden DR Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R1 Lawrence RV BV Northwest KV Neg
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOVOP SFs Olathe North BK SM East RU Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV QFs Wichita East MJ BV North BM Neg Neg on a 2-1
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R5 BV Southwest PE Seaman MP Neg
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R3 Campus LH Goddard BM Aff
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R2 BV Southwest KF BV West BG Neg
The Sunflower Invitational 2018 1/5/2018 NOV R1 Salina South HT BV North BM Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R5 Blue Valley North DS Topeka West GW Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R4 Shawnee Mission West EC Shawnee Mission East RC Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R3 Shawnee Mission East BS Kapaun Mount Carmel ED Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Octos Union Eve Gerbrandt & Tyler Rossow Lansing Sr Azja Butler & Jerry Wong Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Double Union Eve Gerbrandt & Tyler Rossow Blue Valley Southwest Maverick Edwards & Nick Castle Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 5 Blue Valley North Eleanor Mendelson & Mickey McMahon Shawnee Mission Northwest Julian Kuffour & Emmanuel Osei Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R4 Blue Valley Southwest Faris Bdair & Niko Helixon Union Kylie Hammack & Shrea Tyagi Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 Nov R1 Washburn Rural Michael Mercer & Patrick Tynes Lansing Sr Chloe Kautt & Vinay Patel Neg
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 4 Blue Valley West TK Shawnee Mission Northwest EG Neg
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 3 Wichita East YR Blue Valley Southwest HH Neg
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 1 Wichita East SA Shawnee Mission South LS Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/5/2017 2Wk R6 Birzer/Oatman CH Kennedy/Welch WF Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/5/2017 2Wk R3 Kennedy/Welch CE Cooper/Saunders SM Aff