Mathew Petersen Paradigm

Last changed Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 11:41 PM UTC

(1) How you win: My overall philosophy is pretty simple: You need to win an argument and a reason why that argument means that I should vote for you. While, virtually all arguments are on the table, I prefer them to be smart and well-reasoned. An assertion without a justification and explanation is not a winner, just because the other team has dropped it.

(2) Argument preferences: My answer is pretty simple: good ones. Although, I primarily debated policy arguments and the neolib DA, I will vote on almost any argument in any particular debate, as long as it is explained and compelling. I would much rather see you debate your best going for an argument you like and feel comfortable with than try to adapt to my argumentative proclivities.

(3) Framing is important: Tell me how you would like me to evaluate arguments. Make comparisons and distinctions. Framing the debate controls how I go about making my decision. The more you do it and the better you are at it, the better place you will be in. Engaging the other team’s arguments and guiding how I should evaluate them in comparison to yours makes my decision really easy. I would like to make my decision based solely on what was said in speeches, so the more you can incorporate the warrants and explanations into your speeches the easier it will be more me to vote for you.

(3) Debate is a speaking activity

(a) Speed and clarity – Speed is fine, mumbling is not. Clarity is your friend. I like to think that I am able to keep up with even the fastest debaters. But distinguishing between arguments and fully explaining them is a must if you expect me to keep a fair record of what happened in the debate. In addition, the body of you evidence matters. I expect to be able to hear what it says, otherwise the activity would just read a tag and turn in the body of the evidence later.

(b) Evidence – I will read your evidence, but you need to do more than simply reference that you HAVE evidence in the rebuttals. Don’t expect me to extract warrants from your cards that are not highlighted in rebuttals. If you think it’s important enough for me to base my decision off of it, then it should probably be in the speech. In addition, having evidence is not the end all be all. Having a clear line of reason that answers the other teams arguments can be sufficient, and often times it is more persuasive that just reading five cards back at the other team.

(4) Kritiks/arguments that don’t involve plans:  most relevant things I have to say are covered in the sections above. Nevertheless, I will say that if you are making an argument that doesn’t involve or rely on a pure, reductive USFG-centric approach to fiat then it would be in your best interest to very clearly articulate what the role of the ballot is and why that should be the role of the ballot. What is my decision supposed to accomplish and what should I evaluate in making that decision.

(5) Speaker points: I will follow any guidelines that tournaments provide me. Beyond that, I will assign speaker points based on a holistic evaluation on how I think the debaters in the debate did. I don’t think that I can really mechanistically list all of the factors that I will use beyond this: if you sound good and do smart things in debates you will be rewarded.

(6) Presumption: I am willing to vote negative on presumption. I think the aff has to construct a strong case for a departure from the status quo. I don't think the aff can say that a counterplan's mechanism is normal means and then say it doesn't solve and still win the debate. Affirmatives that don't have an explanation for how we should depart from the status quo should be losing every debate on presumption.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 1 UT Dallas AR Gonzaga JS NEG Gonzaga JS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 2 Texas KS Dartmouth EX AFF Texas KS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 7 Northwestern CE James Madison LW NEG James Madison LW
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 8 Emory DP Nevada Las Vegas GH AFF Emory DP
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 1 Wake Forest MM UT Dallas AR AFF Wake Forest MM
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 3 Michigan DM Northwestern CE NEG Northwestern CE
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 6 Michigan GW UC Berkeley OP AFF Michigan GW
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Octos Georgetown KL Michigan DM AFF Georgetown KL
Georgetown KL on a 5-0
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 4 Nevada Las Vegas BO Michigan GW NEG Michigan GW
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 6 Gonzaga SJ Georgetown GL AFF Gonzaga SJ
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Dubs UC Berkeley WG Emory DP AFF UC Berkeley WG
UC Berkeley WG on a 3-0
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Octos Kentucky BT Wake Forest AS AFF Kentucky BT
Wake Forest AS on a 2-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 1 Texas KS Georgetown GL AFF Texas KS
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 3 Northwestern CE Missouri State BR AFF Northwestern CE
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 6 Nevada Las Vegas OB Trinity SY NEG Trinity SY
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR DBLS Kentucky BT Northwestern KL NEG Northwestern KL
Kentucky BT on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR QTRS Michigan State MW Northwestern CE AFF Michigan State MW
Northwestern CE on a 3-2
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 1 Washington BU Nevada Las Vegas GH NEG Nevada Las Vegas GH
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 2 Washington EM Northwestern BW NEG Northwestern BW
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open DOUBLES Nevada Las Vegas GH Texas KS NEG Texas KS
Texas KS on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 1 Dartmouth CM Trinity SY NEG Trinity SY
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 2 James Madison LW Dartmouth VV AFF James Madison LW
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 4 Georgetown LK Emory DP AFF Georgetown LK
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 7 Wake Forest EG Northwestern KL NEG Northwestern KL
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open Doubles Nevada Las Vegas HG Emory FL NEG Emory FL
Emory FL on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open FYQ Dartmouth CF Northwestern JY NEG Northwestern JY
Northwestern JY on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open Qtr Emory GK UC Berkeley GW AFF Emory GK
UC Berkeley GW on a 2-1
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 1 Georgetown KS Michigan PS AFF Georgetown KS
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 3 Northwestern CE Michigan State GR NEG Michigan State GR
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 4 George Mason KM Gonzaga JS NEG Gonzaga JS
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 7 Michigan State RB UC Berkeley MS NEG UC Berkeley MS
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN Doubles Georgetown KL Northwestern JY NEG Northwestern JY
Northwestern JY on a 3-0
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN Octos Michigan State WM UC Berkeley MS AFF Michigan State WM
UC Berkeley MS on a 2-1
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN Finals Emory GK UC Berkeley MS AFF Emory GK
UC Berkeley MS on a 2-1
National Debate Tournament NDT at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 1 George Mason KK UC Berkeley SM NEG UC Berkeley SM
National Debate Tournament NDT at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 4 Michigan MK Michigan State ST AFF Michigan MK
National Debate Tournament NDT at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 5 Texas KS Georgia BR AFF Texas KS
National Debate Tournament NDT at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Octos Northwestern MO Michigan MK AFF Northwestern MO
Michigan MK on a 4-1
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 1 Southern California SS Gonzaga WS AFF Southern California SS
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 2 Stanford PT Washington ST AFF Stanford PT
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 5 UC Berkeley MS Kentucky GV NEG Kentucky GV
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 8 James Madison BK West Georgia MT AFF James Madison BK
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open 4 Michigan State RB Washington MS AFF Michigan State RB
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 2 Northwestern MO Georgetown MS AFF Northwestern MO
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 3 Michigan KM Michigan State TS AFF Michigan KM
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 5 James Madison LW Southern California SS NEG Southern California SS
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open Octo UC Berkeley SW George Mason KK AFF UC Berkeley SW
UC Berkeley SW on a 2-1
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open Semi Michigan State TS Northwestern MO AFF Michigan State TS
Michigan State TS on a 2-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open RD 1 Minnesota AK Stanford PT NEG Stanford PT
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open RD 2 Michigan State TS James Madison LW AFF Michigan State TS
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open OCTA Georgetown KL Michigan KM NEG Michigan KM
Michigan KM on a 5-0
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open QTRS Kentucky GN Michigan KM NEG Michigan KM
Michigan KM on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open SEMS Michigan KM Michigan State TS AFF Michigan KM
Michigan KM on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open FINAL Northwestern MO Michigan KM AFF Northwestern MO
Michigan KM on a 3-2
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 1 Gonzaga BJ Northwestern KL NEG Northwestern KL
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 3 Georgetown KK UT Dallas OL AFF Georgetown KK
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 4 Michigan State TS Michigan MK AFF Michigan State TS
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 6 Wake Forest MM Michigan State BC AFF Wake Forest MM
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Nov Semis Michigan RL Vanderbilt CK NEG Vanderbilt CK
Vanderbilt CK on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Nov Final Vanderbilt CK Emory AZ NEG Emory AZ
Emory AZ on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open Sem Emory KS Michigan MK NEG Michigan MK
Michigan MK on a 2-1
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 1 Missouri State CH Georgetown MS NEG Georgetown MS
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 2 Emory DD Wyoming MM NEG Wyoming MM
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 3 James Madison GT Mary Washington LS AFF James Madison GT
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 4 Michigan State NS Georgetown EK NEG Georgetown EK
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN Doubles Wake Forest CH Northwestern CE NEG Northwestern CE
Northwestern CE on a 4-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2014 NLD 2 Princeton SH Newtown CT AFF Princeton SH
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2014 NLD 2 Ridge SM Princeton AdAd NEG Princeton AdAd
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2014 NLD 4 Hunter College SG Harrison EAb AFF Hunter College SG
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2014 NLD 4 Scarsdale SK Hendrick Hudson MG NEG Hendrick Hudson MG
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2014 VLD 5 NFA LN Chaminade ML NEG Chaminade ML
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/17/2014 VLD Dubs Harrison BA Timothy Christian DL AFF Harrison BA
Timothy Christian DL on a 2-1