Christian Novak Paradigm

Last changed 26 February 2019 8:04 AM CDT

Pronouns: He, Him

Experience: 6-year asst. coach and 4-year competitor in both debate and speech. Significant experience in L-D and PF, but minimal experience in CX.

Style Preferences: Speed is usually fine as long as your enunciation can keep up. I will never vote on delivery, but strong delivery and clarity will only help your judge's understanding of your arguments.

Judging: Debate is about the clash of ideas. Tabula rasa is impossible, but I strive for coming into a round with absolutely zero preconceptions regarding what arguments hold water and what arguments do not. It's the role of the opponent to discredit the speaker's arguments (not my role); so, as long as the argument has a reasonable claim, data, and warrant, I'll accept the impacts of that claim until the opponent tells me not to.

The only time my preconceptions will ever come into play is with topicality/resolutional analysis in instances where neither side gives me a reason to buy their interpretation of the topic. I need to vote on the resolution by the end of the round, which means that I need to have an interpretation of what the resolution means and the burdens of each side. If neither side makes an argument for what those burdens are and what interpretations are fair/unfair, then I have to use the burdens and interpretations that make most sense to me.

Because you don't know what my perceived burdens and interpretations for any given resolution are, this means that you would be wise to spend time on topicality/burdens in your speeches if it seems like you and your opponent aren't seeing eye to eye. Also, I love burden/topicality debates; if you want to make my life more fun, argue burdens.

Cross: CX is the Maury of debate: It's inflammatory and usually not super substantive for the viewer (judge), but I would be lying if I said that it didn't greatly entertain me. For me, the CX or crossfire is for the benefit of the debaters, rather than the benefit of the judge. This means a few things: First, coming out "on top" or "looking better than the opponent" doesn't mean much to me. Second, I will add to my flow from cross if something comes up that clarifies something from the speeches, but I don't actively flow cross. Finally, any holes that you expose in cross should also be covered in your subsequent speeches if you really want it to be considered.

Things I like:

- Clear and consistent signposting

- Topicality/Rules/Burden Debate

- Clear impacts that stem from clear Claim-Data-Warrant structures.

- Kritiks - I like kritiks and off-the-wall arguments as long as their relevance to the ballot is made exceedingly clear.

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Things I DO NOT like:

- "I/my partner can bring that up in their next speech" -> Never brings it up. If this happens, I don't hesitate to drop the contention that the question was related to (because part of the defense being used is to hide evidence that they have/don't have by being dishonest to the opposition/judge).

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Debate is incredibly fun. I'm having the most fun when the debaters in front of me are having fun too.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask pre-round as long as we're not running behind.

-Christian Novak

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 PFIII R2 604 614 Pro
Davies ND State Debate HS 2020-02-07 LD3 R1 308 302 Neg
West Fargo Sheyenne Debate HS 2020-02-01 LD 1 R4 L 110 B 100 Neg
West Fargo Sheyenne Debate HS 2020-02-01 LD 1 R3 L 111 F 108 Neg
West Fargo Sheyenne Debate HS 2020-02-01 PF3 R3 K 604 F 601 CON
West Fargo Sheyenne Debate HS 2020-02-01 LD3 R1 L 309 K 308 Neg
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 LDIII Qtr J AM T AH Neg Neg 3-0
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 LD I Semi K JG M JD Aff Aff 2-1
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 LD II Semi D AS J SB Aff Aff 3-0
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PF II Qtr T SR K RO Con Con 3-0
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PFIII R3 G FH K YW Con
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PF I R2 K WW M GO Pro
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 PFIII R2 T SS W DH Pro
Fargo South Debate Invitational HS 2019-12-13 LDIII R1 K HH J EB Aff
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 O LD R4 R 202 W 707 Aff
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 LD3 R3 N 301 W 315 Aff
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 O LD R2 W 708 R 700 Neg
Grand Forks Crosstown Debate HS 2019-12-07 O PF R1 R 802 N 808 Pro
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 LD 1 R4 Fargo Davies EG Bismarck Public NK Aff
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 LD 1 R3 Grand Forks Central OD Fargo Davies JG Neg
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 OpenPF R3 Fargo Davies TD Bismarck Public RS Con
Fargo North Debate HS 2019-01-12 LD 1 R2 Mandan GM Fargo Davies JS Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R10 X200 X272 Aff Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R6 X138 X109 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R5 X236 X168 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R4 X284 X287 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R3 X248 X166 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 CX R2 X289 X225 Aff Aff 2-0