Melissa Mistretta Paradigm

Last changed Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 9:52 PM UTC

I started in the activity in 2003 as a debater and haven't left. Please note that over the past couple of years, I've judge a lot less, and have spent much more time in the tabroom. As such, my ability to handle unintelligible speed has probably diminished. 

Etiquette: Debate is a fun activity; if you don’t enjoy it, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Don’t make it miserable for others. Be polite, answer cx questions (tag team is ok, just don’t take over your partner’s cx time). Extremely offensive language will probably be reflected in lower speaker points (unless of course, it’s an actual argument). Most importantly, have fun!!

Pet Peeves: Don't steal prep time, it's unfair and it causes the whole tournament to run slower.  For paperless teams, prep time ends when you remove the flash drive from your computer to hand to your opponents.

Speed: Speed is fine IF you’re clear. Slower is better when it comes to T, theory, and framework. Don’t sacrifice good analysis and argumentation for speed. I’ll shout “clear” if I can’t understand you, but I won’t do that more than two or three times. While I will call for important cards at the end of the round, I won’t call for so many that I’m reading everything you read on the position you go for at the end of the round.  

Do what you’re comfortable with doing. I will listen to what you say, flow it (unless you tell me not to), and vote for it; but there are certain types of debate that I’m much more comfortable with adjudicating.

Topicality: T is about competing interpretations. Provide a sound interpretation, a clear violation, and impact it. T exists to establish fair ground. It’s ok to take a different perspective and/or use a different style of argument, but I believe that you should have to affirm the resolution to provide some predictable neg ground. I believe switch-side debate is good. While I’m open to the argument, it will take some work to convince me that T is genocidal and/or shouldn’t come first when evaluating the round.

CP/DAs: I love good CP/DA rounds. Make sure your DAs have good uniqueness, links, internal links, and impacts. Weigh the impacts against the aff impacts! Magnitude, probability, timeframe: they’re all good things to analyze. What are the solvency deficits or DAs to the CP? 

Kritiks: I’m open to listening to kritiks, but keep in mind that I don’t spend the little free time I have reading Zizek, Derrida, etc. Clearly explain the link and implications. Have a well-articulated alternative. Reject the aff is not usually a good alternative. Articulate how the aff can’t solve or how the K solves the aff better if that’s what you’re going for. What are the disadvantages to the perm? A lot of analysis and good explanation will go much farther than reading a few extra cards.

Performance: If you are going to perform, have a framework that allows for fair debate. Make an argument. Respond to your opponents’ arguments (yes, you may have to respond to a DA; you don’t have to read cards, but you do have to answer it). This is not the type of debate I’m most comfortable judging, but I will listen to you. I just may be easily convinced that you aren’t topical and/or don’t provide a fair framework for debate. If you do those things, go for it!

Theory:  Conditionality is fine, however running multiple contradictory conditional positions is probably abusive.  Don't just read blocks.  Draw distinctions, have a clear interpretation.  Show in round abuse, or explain why potential abuse should be a voting issue.  Impact analysis is important. 


 

 

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 5 Liberty ER West Virginia MW NEG West Virginia MW
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Quarters CUNY AM George Mason OB AFF CUNY AM
CUNY AM on a 1-0
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 JV 1 Boston College PM Miami IP AFF Boston College PM
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 2 James Madison WM Liberty ER NEG Liberty ER
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 3 Liberty SW Boston College OY AFF Liberty SW
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Open 4 Liberty CS Boston College KC AFF Liberty CS
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 6 James Madison SB Liberty MO NEG Liberty MO
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 JV Octos Miami IP Boston College CS NEG Boston College CS
Boston College CS on a 2-1
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 JV Quarters George Washington RT Boston College PM NEG Boston College PM
Boston College PM on a 3-0
D8 NDT Qualifier 2/22/2014 D8 D8 5 Dartmouth College MM Binghamton HC NEG Binghamton HC
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 JV JV Semis Binghamton BE CUNY DL AFF Binghamton BE
Binghamton BE on a 3-0
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic 1 WVU EP Liberty CW NEG Liberty CW
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 JV JV 3 JMU HP Liberty CS NEG Liberty CS
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 JV JV 5 WVU AF George Mason MT NEG George Mason MT
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic Octos Clarion PS Boston Coll CM NEG Boston Coll CM
Clarion PS on a 2-1
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 JV JV Quarters Liberty MW JMU CP NEG JMU CP
JMU CP on a 3-0
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Novice Nov 1 JMU MP Liberty CP NEG Liberty CP
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Novice Nov 2 JMU PW Liberty JR NEG Liberty JR
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 JV JV3 JMU HP Clarion BC NEG Clarion BC
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 JV JV4 BostonColleg BC Liberty CS NEG Liberty CS
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Novice Nov 5 Liberty CW Capital CL AFF Liberty CW
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Op6 George Mason BW Liberty BM NEG Liberty BM
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J1 Binghamton CG JMU RS AFF Binghamton CG
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J2 Florida FP Liberty CW AFF Florida FP
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 NOV N4 Florida DP JMU HP NEG JMU HP
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 NOV N5 Liberty CS John Carroll BP AFF Liberty CS
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J6 CUNY DJ JMU PY NEG JMU PY
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 NOV NO Binghamton BK George Mason HM NEG George Mason HM
George Mason HM on a 3-0
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 NOV NQ Liberty CS Binghamton OS AFF Liberty CS
Liberty CS on a 3-0
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV JQ WestConn AB Liberty CW NEG Liberty CW
Liberty CW on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals 2/23/2013 NOV Novice 2 Bing RK Wilkes BN AFF Bing RK
CEDA East Regionals 2/23/2013 JV JV 6 Wilkes MW Rochester HP NEG Rochester HP
CEDA East Regionals 2/23/2013 NOV Quarters NYU FI Rochester AW AFF NYU FI
NYU FI on a 2-1
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Novice Novice 2 Roch AZ MonU SJ AFF Roch AZ
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Open OPEN 5 BosCol FH BinU PF NEG BinU PF
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Novice Novice Octos WVU AB BING BS AFF WVU AB
WVU AB on a 3-0
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Novice Novice Quart LIBER CW ROCH BV AFF LIBER CW
LIBER CW on a 3-0
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV1 GMU DM CUNY JL AFF GMU DM
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 NOV Nov2 West VA AR JMU HP AFF West VA AR
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 NOV Nov4 GMU NT Navy KS AFF GMU NT
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 OP Op5 Dartmouth CK CUNY CM AFF Dartmouth CK
Crowe-Warken Debates @ USNA 1/19/2013 JV JV6 West VA PS Liberty EF NEG Liberty EF
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 Nov NOV 1 Bing RY CUNY JS AFF Bing RY
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 Nov NOV 2 Bing BB Liberty BS NEG Liberty BS
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 JV JV 5 Liberty EF Bing EF AFF Liberty EF
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 JV JV 6 Rutgers CJ Liberty GT AFF Rutgers CJ
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 Nov NOV OCT Bing RY Liberty CC NEG Liberty CC
Liberty CC on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open Round 1 Liberty AB Rutgers BM AFF Liberty AB
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 JV JV Round 2 Liberty CG Binghamton EK AFF Liberty CG
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open Round 4 Rutgers AH BC FH NEG BC FH
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 JV JV Round 5 Binghamton FF Navy CZ AFF Binghamton FF
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Novice Novice Round 6 GeoMas ET Binghamton MO AFF GeoMas ET
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Novice Novice Partial Cornell SX WVU BP AFF Cornell SX
Cornell SX on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Novice Novice Quarters Liberty BW Binghamton CS NEG Binghamton CS
Binghamton CS on a 3-0
Clarion University Autumn Tournament 9/28/2012 Novice Nov 3 Liberty BW Navy DD AFF Liberty BW
Clarion University Autumn Tournament 9/28/2012 Open Open 4 JCU MS GMU MW NEG GMU MW
Clarion University Autumn Tournament 9/28/2012 Novice Nov 5 JMU KP Liberty MS NEG Liberty MS
Clarion University Autumn Tournament 9/28/2012 Novice Nov 6 JMU KT Liberty CC NEG Liberty CC
Clarion University Autumn Tournament 9/28/2012 JV JV Qtr JMU MP UMW GY NEG UMW GY
UMW GY on a 2-1