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
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 5 UC Berkeley FG Northwestern JW AFF
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 6 George Mason HO James Madison KW AFF
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 7 Gonzaga DW Michigan SR AFF
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 8 Washington BT Minnesota KW NEG
Texas Open 2/3/2018 TXO 5 Emory BS James Madison CT AFF
Texas Open 2/3/2018 TXO 6 Georgetown BK Northwestern CE NEG
Texas Open 2/3/2018 TXO Octos Georgetown BK Emory FG NEG
Georgetown on a 4-1
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2018 Open 3 Indiana AG Texas LI AFF
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2018 Open 6 UC Berkeley ZM Emory DP NEG
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 Open 2 Wichita State SW Washington AH AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 JVN 3 Rutgers-Newark/Binghamton AM Samford BS AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 Open 5 Indiana AG Texas KI AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 Open Doubles Northwestern CE Georgetown BK NEG
Georgetown on a 3-0
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 JVN Semi Nevada Las Vegas QB Rutgers-Newark/Binghamton AM NEG
Rutgers-Ne on a 3-0
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 JVN Final Samford AW Rutgers-Newark/Binghamton AM AFF
Samford AW on a 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/28/2017 Open RD 1 Northwestern CE Dartmouth EM AFF
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/28/2017 Open RD 4 Michigan State JS Washington EP AFF
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/28/2017 Open QTRS Northwestern CE Minnesota AL NEG
Minnesota on a 2-1
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 1 UT Dallas AR Gonzaga JS NEG
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 2 Texas KS Dartmouth EX AFF
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 7 Northwestern CE James Madison LW NEG
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 8 Emory DP Nevada Las Vegas GH AFF
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 1 Wake Forest MM UT Dallas AR AFF
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 3 Michigan DM Northwestern CE NEG
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 6 Michigan GW UC Berkeley OP AFF
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Octos Georgetown KL Michigan DM AFF
Georgetown on a 5-0
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 4 Nevada Las Vegas BO Michigan GW NEG
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 6 Gonzaga SJ Georgetown GL AFF
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Dubs UC Berkeley WG Emory DP AFF
UC Berkele on a 3-0
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Octos Kentucky BT Wake Forest AS AFF
Wake Fores on a 2-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 1 Texas KS Georgetown GL AFF
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 3 Northwestern CE Missouri State BR AFF
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 6 Nevada Las Vegas OB Trinity SY NEG
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR DBLS Kentucky BT Northwestern KL NEG
Kentucky B on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR QTRS Michigan State MW Northwestern CE AFF
Northweste on a 3-2
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 1 Washington BU Nevada Las Vegas GH NEG
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open RD 2 Washington EM Northwestern BW NEG
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/29/2016 Open DOUBLES Nevada Las Vegas GH Texas KS NEG
Texas KS on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 1 Dartmouth CM Trinity SY NEG
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 2 James Madison LW Dartmouth VV AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 4 Georgetown LK Emory DP AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 7 Wake Forest EG Northwestern KL NEG
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open Doubles Nevada Las Vegas HG Emory FL NEG
Emory FL on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open FYQ Dartmouth CF Northwestern JY NEG
Northweste on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open Qtr Emory GK UC Berkeley GW AFF
UC Berkele on a 2-1
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 1 Georgetown KS Michigan PS AFF
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 3 Northwestern CE Michigan State GR NEG
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 4 George Mason KM Gonzaga JS NEG
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 7 Michigan State RB UC Berkeley MS NEG
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN Doubles Georgetown KL Northwestern JY NEG
Northweste on a 3-0
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN Octos Michigan State WM UC Berkeley MS AFF
UC Berkele on a 2-1
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN Finals Emory GK UC Berkeley MS AFF
UC Berkele on a 2-1
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 1 George Mason KK UC Berkeley SM NEG
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 4 Michigan MK Michigan State ST AFF
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 5 Texas KS Georgia BR AFF
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Octos Northwestern MO Michigan MK AFF
Michigan M on a 4-1
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 1 Southern California SS Gonzaga WS AFF
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 2 Stanford PT Washington ST AFF
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 5 UC Berkeley MS Kentucky GV NEG
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 8 James Madison BK West Georgia MT AFF
Cal Swing 2 1/7/2016 Open 4 Michigan State RB Washington MS AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 2 Northwestern MO Georgetown MS AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 3 Michigan KM Michigan State TS AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open 5 James Madison LW Southern California SS NEG
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open Octo UC Berkeley SW George Mason KK AFF
UC Berkele on a 2-1
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2016 Open Semi Michigan State TS Northwestern MO AFF
Michigan S on a 2-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open RD 1 Minnesota AK Stanford PT NEG
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open RD 2 Michigan State TS James Madison LW AFF
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open OCTA Georgetown KL Michigan KM NEG
Michigan K on a 5-0
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open QTRS Kentucky GN Michigan KM NEG
Michigan K on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open SEMS Michigan KM Michigan State TS AFF
Michigan K on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/13/2015 Open FINAL Northwestern MO Michigan KM AFF
Michigan K on a 3-2
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 1 Gonzaga BJ Northwestern KL NEG
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 3 Georgetown KK UT Dallas OL AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 4 Michigan State TS Michigan MK AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open 6 Wake Forest MM Michigan State BC AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Nov Semis Michigan RL Vanderbilt CK NEG
Vanderbilt on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Nov Final Vanderbilt CK Emory AZ NEG
Emory AZ on a 3-0
Kentucky College Tournament 9/30/2015 Open Sem Emory KS Michigan MK NEG
Michigan M on a 2-1
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 1 Missouri State CH Georgetown MS NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 2 Emory DD Wyoming MM NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 3 James Madison GT Mary Washington LS AFF
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 4 Michigan State NS Georgetown EK NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN Doubles Wake Forest CH Northwestern CE NEG
Northweste on a 4-1