Lauren McCool ParadigmLast changed 10/13 1:32P CDT
Style: I am one of those judges who responds very negatively to rudeness, disrespect, and offensive language.
General: Please respect me by not using graphic descriptions of violence or abuse in your argumentation - if you have a question about this I’m willing to talk to you before round. I will not vote for what I feel are morally repugnant arguments like “racism good,” “torture good,” or “death good.” Do not take me or my ballot hostage. Do not argue for a double loss or a double win.
Speed: I’d prefer you go slowly. Fewer cards often means more skill in argumentation.
LD and PF
I approach LD and PF rounds through the lens of policy debate. So LD or PF specific jargon, abbreviations, and tricks likely will not resonate with me. I want clear impacts and impact analysis. I do not like paraphrasing and I don’t really understand why you think it’s so important that you have a “meta study.” I want clash. Lots of clash. I feel like at the end of a lot of rounds I've not be told hold to weigh the two teams' impacts. So lots of clash is only good with lots of impact weighing. In LD, I generally do not know or understand your kritiks. So take the time to explain to me how your kritk interacts with your opponent’s case.
I think policy debate is about whether or not the aff's plan should happen.
Kritiks : I think that Affs should have a written advocacy statement, but they do not necessarily have to advocate for the USFG. I prefer the policy making framework, but I am growing my appreciation for performance debate. Despite working for the NSDA, I think there are a lot of problems with debate as an activity/community. If you choose to kritik the institution of competitive debate, I appreciate arguments that are solutions-oriented.
Theory+ Topicality : I was a 2A so I have a residual aff bias when it comes to theory. For me to vote on T it must be proven that the aff’s interpretation is flawed and that abuse has happened in round. I have a hard time weighing different standards for theory and T - you need to do that work for me on the negative, if you don’t I will likely presume aff on T.
I have a theatre teaching degree, a master's in performance studies, and a master's degree in teaching English Language Learners. I use Twitter - @mrs_mccool and like to read cookbooks.
-- NSDA National Office - Education and Recognition Coordinator
-- Dowling Catholic High School - hired judge [and married to DCHS policy coach, Chase McCool]
-- Institute of Speech and Debate (ISD) - Summer Camp, Resident Life Director
-- Theodore Roosevelt High School, IA - Director of Forensics (2013-2017)
-- Myers Park High School - LD Coach (2008-2010)
-- Policy Debater, Liberty University (2005 - 2007, the end of the BOD era)