Lauren McCool Paradigm

Last changed 10/13 1:32P CDT

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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.


Policy Debate
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.


My Background

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.

Current Jobs/Affiliations:

-- 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

Past Jobs/Affiliations:
-- 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)

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Lincoln Railsplitter Speech Debate Tournament 12/14/2018 PF R5 Norwalk RH Grinnell SJ Neg
Lincoln Railsplitter Speech Debate Tournament 12/14/2018 PF R2 John F. Kennedy KF Ames HS Neg
Lincoln Railsplitter Speech Debate Tournament 12/14/2018 PF R1 Indianola EH Norwalk SS Aff
Johnston Dragon Invitational 11/30/2018 PF R5 Southeast Polk LJ Norwalk PV Aff
Johnston Dragon Invitational 11/30/2018 PF R4 Southeast Polk TR Waukee BS Aff
Johnston Dragon Invitational 11/30/2018 PF R3 Norwalk HR Indianola EH Aff
Johnston Dragon Invitational 11/30/2018 PF R1 Ankeny Centennial BW Johnston HS Aff
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational 11/9/2018 NCX R5 Niles West AT West BC Neg
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational 11/9/2018 NCX R3 Niles West NW Iowa City JW Aff
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational 11/9/2018 NCX R2 Niles West PA Niles West BD Neg
Bettendorf Bulldog Invitational 11/9/2018 VCX R1 West Des Moines Valley DS West SD Neg
East High School Fall Classic 11/2/2018 PF Quarte Indianola MW Okoboji DA Aff Neg on a 2-1
East High School Fall Classic 11/2/2018 PF R4 Johnston ND Ames CW Aff
East High School Fall Classic 11/2/2018 NPF s Ames SY Johnston MC Aff Aff on a 2-1
East High School Fall Classic 11/2/2018 PF R2 Ankeny Centennial BW Johnston SK Neg
East High School Fall Classic 11/2/2018 PF R1 Waukee ZA West ZA Neg
East High School Fall Classic 11/2/2018 NCX R1 West CS Washington GW Neg
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R5 Waukee SJ West Des Moines Valley SJ Neg
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R4 Hempstead CK Johnston MS Aff
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R2 Okoboji GB Lincoln GoJu Neg
DM North Polar Bear Open 10/12/2018 PF R1 West Des Moines Valley PM Waukee LZ Aff
Simpson Storm Indianola High School 9/28/2018 PF Sems Indianola MW Lincoln FC Neg Neg on a 3-0
Simpson Storm Indianola High School 9/28/2018 PF Quarte Ames MA Lincoln JJ Aff Aff on a 2-1
Simpson Storm Indianola High School 9/28/2018 VLD R3 Dowling Catholic JP West Des Moines Valley TH Aff
Simpson Storm Indianola High School 9/28/2018 VLD R2 West Des Moines Valley NL Indianola ML Neg
Simpson Storm Indianola High School 9/28/2018 VLD R1 Indianola LW West Des Moines Valley KC Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 WSDC Quarte NSDA Team USA Red Golda Meir SPHK Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 WSDC R4 Leavenworth DSTWM NSDA Team USA Blue Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 WSDC R3 Golda Meir SPHK NSDA Team USA Red Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 BQ R1 Madison West AA Poly Prep Country Day WH Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates hosted by Blake 12/16/2016 BQ R2 East Chapel Hill SC Blake JJ Aff
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 2 Agrawal & Maitra Qin & Zhu Aff
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 2 Ronaghi & Ong Zhang & Liu Aff
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 1 Master & Vong Wade & Zalavadia Neg
Institute for Speech and Debate Charlotte 7/13/2016 PFD Rd 1 Hawkins & Daniel Silvey & Nguyen Neg
The Milo Cup at Millard North 2/19/2016 OCX R3 Millard South H.S. CO Millard West JN Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R6 Seaholm LE Chattahoochee TD Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R5 Bellarmine CP NF Pine Crest HR Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R2 Glenbrook North CR Berkeley Prep KN Aff
Minneapple Round Robin 11/9/2014 R4 106 107 Neg
Minneapple Round Robin 11/9/2014 R2 103 110 Neg Neg on a 2-0
Minneapple Round Robin 11/9/2014 R1 205 200 Neg Neg on a 2-0
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX Quarte Montgomery Bell JC H.H. Dow PD Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX Octos Wayzata WH Montgomery Bell JC Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX R7 West Bloomfield BA Westminster Schools DN Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX R6 Montgomery Bell HF Westminster Schools BN Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX R5 Mount Vernon Presbyterian TD Wylie E. Groves GM Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX R3 Niles North GH Chicago Lab Schools BD Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX R2 Niles North SN H.H. Dow PD Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 NCX R1 Glenbrook South MR Niles North SM Neg