Simon Weiss

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 28 July 2021 5:45 AM CDT

Iowa City CW and debating in college at Harvard (sorta)

He/Him

Coach for UC Lab

Yes, add me to the chain: simphi314@gmail.com

Zoom Debate - if my camera is off or if I am not within the frame, don't start talking. I am not there and will miss your speech.

TLDR; I am a significantly worse judge than you think I am. My voting record is surprisingly neg leaning. I'm not a great flow. I *hate* framing contentions. I think being unclear is borderline clipping. Fine with all types of debates, but am generally preffed policy > clash > KvK. I generally give low speaks (I have never given above a 29.5, so far).

Top Level

People who’ve influenced my views on debate: Vince Woolums, Bill Batterman, Maggie Berthiaume, Ellie Bennet, Nate Sawyer, Kyle Joseph.

Will hold the line against any bad ‘ism’. If this is a vague standard to anyone reading my paradigm, 1) Don’t pref me 2) Read a better argument.

You can insert ev, as long as it was read by the other team.

Small schools get higher speaks, as long as I see a sufficient amount of Orginal prep work.

If you don't send analytics you lose speaks (doesn't apply for stuff on your flow, duh). If you send speech docs where you deleted analytics you will lose extra speaks.

K affs

If a debate were 50-50 I would likely vote for the FW team, but no debate will ever be 50-50 and I'll determine who's winning in the most equitable way possible

Full Disclosure: I debated a cap k aff for most of my sophomore year and have only read aff with plantexts since (although most were dubiously topical). I was more on the side of T during hs, but actively work to judge these debates with as little ideology as possible.

That being said, here are some of my preferences:

I very much enjoy originality, I strongly believe Shree’s view on aff diversity. There are lots of defensible positions in every part of the library, you should branch out and read the most strategic ones.

You actually have to beat T-USfg – I slightly prefer C/I over Impact turns, but you do you.

For FW teams – have SSD or TVA – probably don’t need both

Clash/Negation > Fairness > Skills

I think debate is good however the activity is flawed. I generally feel like most impact turns about the community aren't based on whether or not you read a plan text.

Case args are almost always mishandled by the neg – yes the aff doesn’t fiat something but almost all K affs advocate some sort of future. Debate the methodology, the ‘imagined future’, and the contradictions that are in almost all K affs. It’s far less difficult than you think it is.

Please don’t be rude in these rounds (@policy hacks), just because it’s a clash debate does not justify being an ass.

Non-T strats are very fun. Especially Counter Advocacies

K v. K are my least familiar debates but I generally view it as a question of the perm. Be clear on how you want me to frame my ballot please!

Policy Affs

Similar to K affs above, I enjoy diversity. The best affs are the ones you cut.

Most affs are trash – sometimes the best affs are trash. Make of that what you will.

I hate framing contentions – I have never seen an arguement in a framing card that has needed evidence before. If you can’t find framing cards that are specific to your aff, then your aff is most likely bad.

Impact turns are fun (not spark). Also, impact turning impact turns is very fun Probably will involve me reading a lot of ev.

T

I think I’m a pretty good judge for this. I had a lot of experience debating T on very dubious affs. Aff teams get away with murder when it comes to affs, negs should hold the line.

I’m very much on the side of Legal precision outweighs Debatability (the only reason something is debatable is because we know what the topic is)

Jurisdiction is just a reason why T is a voting issue

T is not genocide

Hidden theory dropped = insta dub (as long as you go for it)+ me being very sad - if you hide your theory on a flow that is not T expect low speaks

K

I have either debated or debated against basically every K that teams read nowadays. I am most familiar with Cap, Security, Anthro, Abolition, and Set Col.

I think self-described K debaters often get stuck with very little strategic K diversity (a different link card does not a new K make). As with K affs above, there are many parts of the critical library and many of them engage the aff better than most generic Ks.

I actively support arguments that engage in sedition.

I exclusively went for the Perm + link turn as a debater. If you wanna defend heg though, go for it.

K tricks are stupid and affs have a very low threshold to answer them.

Yes, your Baudrillard – I see no reason why debates over author quals are legitimate on other flows but not here.

CP

Negative teams get away with murder when it comes to cp texts, affs should hold the line

generally fine for perm debates - impact calc and framing on the definitions is the best way to avoid judge choice from determining rounds

Condo is a reason to reject the team, it should be in every debate. That being said I read both 4000 conditional advocacies and 0 conditional advocacies in my career, so its really just a question of who debates it better

Perms are an affs best friend

DA

Not much to say here – topic disads are better than ptx das but I get that its not possible to have topic disads sometimes.

Its generally a question of the link – tbh idrk if uq determines the link or vice versa – it shall be open to debate

Disad theory is pretty dumb, exceptions being fiat args vs ptx das

Misc

Member of the No Spark Society

I flow exclusively on paper

I won’t vote you down for memes but like they’re not good args

Please email me with questions after a debate if you have any

Any type of debate that’s not policy, I apologize profusely that you have to have me judging. I know nothing about your event. The closer you are to policy the better you will do in front of me.

FOR PF – Paraphrasing evidence is academically dishonest. I will NOT evaluate ANY piece of evidence that is paraphrased. Don't test me.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R4 Little Rock Central LP Walter Payton WM Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R1 Northwood FF Unionville WP Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL Final Washburn Rural PW Little Rock Central LP Aff Aff 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL Semi Washburn Rural PW Walter Payton WM Neg Aff 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL Qrtrs Little Rock Central LP Montgomery Bell PC Aff Aff 2-1
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL Octos Glenbrook North BG Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart CR Aff Aff 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL Dbls Glenbrook North BG Westwood SO Aff Aff 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL R6 Walter Payton WM Eagan LS Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2022-04-08 POL R5 Notre Dame KP Niles West BH Aff
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2022-03-03 CX Final Dowling Catholic MS Washington CG Neg Neg 3-0
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2022-03-03 CX R4 Washington CG West Des Moines Valley VB Aff
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2022-03-03 CX R2 West Des Moines Valley VB Dowling Catholic BC Neg
Iowa City Cross River Classic HS 2022-02-25 VCX R6 Glenbrook North Fernandez & Lam Barstow Sharma & Levin Neg
Iowa City Cross River Classic HS 2022-02-25 VCX R5 Glenbrook North Paich & Satkiewicz Washington Cline & Hoer Aff
GOLDEN DESERT DEBATE TOURNAMENT AT UNLV HS 2022-02-05 NCX P Fina Montgomery Bell SM Niles North KC Neg Aff 2-1
GOLDEN DESERT DEBATE TOURNAMENT AT UNLV HS 2022-02-05 NCX GoldSe South Eugene MG Niles North PM Neg Neg 3-0
GOLDEN DESERT DEBATE TOURNAMENT AT UNLV HS 2022-02-05 NCX R5 Meadows SC Notre Dame RD Aff
GOLDEN DESERT DEBATE TOURNAMENT AT UNLV HS 2022-02-05 NCX R3 Niles North SG Glenbrook South MB Neg
GOLDEN DESERT DEBATE TOURNAMENT AT UNLV HS 2022-02-05 NCX R2 Berkeley Prep CD Niles West RM Neg
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX Quar New Trier SW St Mark's School of Texas GM Aff Aff 3-0
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX Octo Glenbrook South ZA College Prep KL Neg Neg 2-1
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX Doub Glenbrook South DW Notre Dame KP Aff Aff 3-0
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX R6 Notre Dame CD College Prep KL Neg
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX R5 Glenbrook North WY Northwood MY Aff
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX R4 Glenbrook South ZA Montgomery Bell HH Aff
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX R3 Washington CH St Mark's School of Texas PJ Neg
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX R2 VHTPA MS Niles West GP Aff
Peninsula Invitational HS 2022-01-22 O CX R1 Glenbrook South KK Bravo CK Aff
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2021-12-10 CX Octos Avi Shah Glenbrook North WY Aff Aff 2-1
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2021-12-10 CX R5 Glenbrook South JR Northside MT Neg
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2021-12-10 CX R4 Glenbrook North FL Northside DW Aff
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2021-12-10 CX R2 Glenbrook North CG Bronx Science BD Neg
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2021-12-10 CX R1 Bronx Science CE Walter Payton SS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-JV Quarte Mamaroneck SW Northview PH Neg Neg 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-V R6 Walter Payton HL West HS SLC KM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament MS 2021-11-04 CX-V R5 Speech PC Solorio GV Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-04 CX-JV R3 ADL HC Mamaroneck BV Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R5 Blue Valley North PR Kickapoo MK Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R1 Okemos HL Washburn Rural KP Neg
Iowa City West NoviceJV One Day HS 2021-10-16 NCX R3 WDMV TD BerPre SH Aff
Iowa City West NoviceJV One Day HS 2021-10-16 NCX R1 BerPre ZE Greenh AL Neg
JW Patterson HS Invitational HS 2021-10-08 VCX Octas Head-Royce AC Blue Valley Northwest MY Neg Neg 3-0
JW Patterson HS Invitational HS 2021-10-08 VCX R5 Barstow AP Montgomery Bell GH Aff
JW Patterson HS Invitational HS 2021-10-08 VCX R3 Blue Valley West PS Winston Churchill BS Neg
JW Patterson HS Invitational HS 2021-10-08 VCX R1 Montgomery Bell TL Moore WM Aff
Marist Scrimmage Series 2 HS 2021-10-07 AUDL R1 Woodward Lyn & Hill Woodward Kapoor & Guo Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2021-09-10 VCX Semis Woodward HG Walter Payton SW Aff Aff 3-0
Niles Township Invitational HS 2021-09-10 VCX Quater Woodward LT Walter Payton SW Neg Neg 3-0
Niles Township Invitational HS 2021-09-10 VCX Octos Glenbrook North CG Walter Payton HL Neg Neg 3-0
Niles Township Invitational HS 2021-09-10 VCX R6 Walter Payton HL Northside MS Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2021-09-10 VCX R5 Northside TN Walter Payton GC Aff
Niles Township Invitational HS 2021-09-10 VCX R4 Walter Payton WP Maine East VB Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 2021-07-28 POL R6 Hybrid AA FOPVW JP Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 2021-07-28 POL R5 BMZ ChGr MMP KR Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes 2021-07-28 POL R3 CCPW DM FOPVW NH Neg
Michigan Summer Institutes 2021-07-28 POL R2 EHJPP SW FOPVW OW Aff
Michigan Summer Institutes HS 2021-07-28 POL R1 HKMR HL BFHPR BC Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 CX Finals Chaminade AH Bellarmine HM Neg Neg 3-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 CX Quarte Chaminade AH Coppell KC Aff Aff 2-1
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 CX R7 Meadows HY Westminster BW Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 CX R5 Westminster YL Berkeley Prep SS Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 CX R4 Maze Peters Chaminade AH Neg
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2021-03-04 CX r2 Iowa City Liberty BD Dowling Catholic CH Aff
Iowa Forensic League State Tournament HS 2021-03-04 CX r1 Washington CK West Des Moines Valley DH Aff
Cross River Classic Invitational Formerly Kanellis HS 2021-02-19 VCX Finals Oak Park and River Forest Shafiro & Ruland Glenbrook North Barber & Chen Neg Neg 2-1
Cross River Classic Invitational Formerly Kanellis HS 2021-02-19 VCX Semis Glenbrook North Barber & Chen Barstow Lakkireddy & Luce Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX Double George Washington HC Gunn OS Neg Neg 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX Triple Presentation BS Young Genius, Bay Area CB Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R6 ADL BT Chaminade AH Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R5 St Ignatius AN Isidore Newman CP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R4 Taipei American WW Coppell YP Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R3 Interlake GQ CK McClatchy SP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R2 Presentation BS Ferris CM Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2021-02-13 VCX R1 Northwood AH Downtown Magnets AM Aff
Johns Creek LaFollette HS 2021-01-23 CX R4 Woodward Rishabh Jain & Andrew Winsberg Woodward Anjana Murthy & Alizah Mudaliar Neg
Johns Creek LaFollette HS 2021-01-23 CX R1 Pace Peach Wilson & Kabir Singh Woodward Mace Hood Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2021-01-15 VCX Semis Northside RS Mamaroneck RM Aff Aff 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2021-01-15 VCX Double Northside RS Cypress Bay KF Aff Aff 3-0
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2021-01-15 VCX R6 Newark Tech ND McDonogh HW Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2021-01-15 VCX R4 McDonogh JT Northside KW Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2021-01-15 VCX R3 North Broward Prep NO Brooklyn Technical HB Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational HS 2021-01-15 VCX R2 McDonogh RS Mamaroneck DT Neg
IHSSA State Debate HS 2021-01-08 CX R5 Dowling Catholic HB Iowa City Liberty FT Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R4 Liberal Arts and Science GP Niles West BB Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R3 Westminster SB Niles West DS Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum at MBA HS 2021-01-02 SBF R2 North Broward Prep GG Peninsula RW Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R7 Stuyvesant NR Walter Payton MW Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 MSCX R5 SMSOT TB MouVer OK Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R5 St Mark's School of Texas AB Peninsula FW Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R4 Mamaroneck DR Caddo Magnet KL Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R3 Glenbrook South RS Stuyvesant HQ Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R2 Henry W Grady KT Mamaroneck RM Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2020-12-18 CX R1 Peninsula MS Glenbrook South WD Aff
The Paradigm Dowling Catholic HS 2020-12-11 NCX R3 Niles West ET Niles North SR Aff
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR Quarte Chattahoochee AM Alpharetta NS Aff Aff 3-0
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR Octafi Alpharetta KG Chattahoochee AM Neg Neg 2-1
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR R6 Peninsula DY Alpharetta KG Neg
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR R5 Alpharetta NS Chattahoochee AM Neg
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR R4 Westminster BW Alpharetta MJ Aff
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR R3 Damien DL Peninsula LQ Aff
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR R2 Peninsula LL Pace YP Aff
Westminster HS 2020-11-14 VAR R1 Shark BJ Decatur TS Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX F Shawnee Mission East HS Blue Valley West AD Aff Aff 2-1
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX Q Barstow BM Little Rock Central GR Neg Aff 2-1
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX O Shawnee Mission West WW Little Rock Central GR Neg Neg 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R6 Little Rock Central GR Shawnee Mission East HS Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R5 Ferris OK Blue Valley North TU Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2020-10-30 VCX R4 Valley International Prep AU L C Anderson CR Neg
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R2 WDMV BV Lansin RB Neg
Iowa City West Novice One Day HS 2020-10-24 NCX R1 DowCat BH SMSOT GA Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V Double Peninsula MS McQueen RL Aff Neg 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD RS Octas Maze Peters Berkeley Prep DV Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R5 Crossings Christian HK Peninsula RW Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R4 McQueen RL USN HK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R3 Peninsula DS Glenbrook North BM Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R2 Wayzata PS Peninsula OP Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener Hosted by UK HS 2020-09-12 PD V R1 Kansas City Independent BM West Campus MT Aff
Iowa City West One Day HS 2019-10-19 NCX R1 Iowa City West Mannengi & Reddy Dowling Catholic Stock & Ronnebaum Neg
Polar Bear Open HS 2019-10-11 NCX R3 Washington HL Dowling Catholic RS Aff
Valley Junior High Debate Tournament MS 2019-05-04 CX R3 West Des Moines Valley Biede & Mehta Iowa City West Stevens & Nelson Neg
Valley Junior High Debate Tournament HS 2019-05-04 CX R1 West Des Moines Valley Patel & Kapadia Iowa City West Wells-Lu & Du Neg