Azja Butler Paradigm

Last changed 9/23 1:13P CDT

Lansing High School – 2018

University of Kansas – 2022

Assistant Coach for Lansing High School

Paradigm Last Updated – Fall 2019; 09/23

Email – azjabutler@gmail.com – Put me on the email chain :)

I was a policy debater in Kansas all four years of high school. I am currently debating at the University of Kansas, and attended the Jayhawk Debate Institute for three summers while debating in high school.

First & Foremost -

Do whatever you can to win the debate. I, obviously, have my opinions about certain arguments, but am competent enough to follow and adjudicate whatever. Spread, don’t spread, I have to listen to you regardless and am aware of spreading as a debate practice. Just know that I am comfortable “clearing” you if I can’t understand you. Please, check your privilege and be aware of how you can affect this space for someone else. Disclosure is good and should be reciprocated. Clipping/cutting cards out of context is academic malpractice and won't end well for you. Lastly, if you lose the debate and are unhappy with my decision, more than likely that is your fault for not sitting more on a certain argument or not explaining something better to me. I will do my best to make my decision clear and concise so that loss won't happen again:)

General Debate Things -

I think the AFF should respond to the resolution in some way. That can be you critiquing it, reading a plan, not reading a plan ... I don't really care how, but you should warrant out why the way you're choosing to/not to engage the resolution is good. I love framework and topicality. K's are not cheating. I will vote on theory if impacted out well. I'm pretty indifferent towards PIKS/PICS - you could persuade me either way. Same for questions of conditionality. The less the AFF can be leveraged against the counter-plan to more cheating it probably is, but that's a debate to be had I suppose.

--Performance--

I am familiar with these arguments and spend a lot of time working through performative strategies. I am always down for something new, so bring it! Judge instruction and strong defense of the performance is key. I think an explanation of your performance's relationship to debate is useful and would probably be good for you. At the end of the debate I shouldn't be left feeling that the performative aspects of the strategy were useless. If debating a performative AFF/NEG in front of me do your best to engage it and DO NOT PANIC (otherwise you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage).

--Framework--

I spend a lot of time thinking about this argument and really appreciate a good clash debate. This might be a hot take, but I think fairness is more of an internal link to education and other framework impacts. However, I think that if you win that debate is in fact a game and nothing less ... then, I could vote on fairness as an impact that must be preserved for the game's sake. Both teams need a solid defense of their model. At the end of the debate I should be able to explain the model I voted for to the other team and why I thought it was better for debate. While I don't think it's impossible to win my ballot saying debate is bad, you will need a robust defense of your physical presence in this space for this to be offense for you. Other than these thoughts you all should be able to let loose.

--Kritiks--

I am the most comfortable here. I am more knowledgeable of things like neoliberalism and anti-blackness because those arguments are closer to what I run personally. However, that doesn't mean I am incapable of evaluating K's of security, bio-power, settler colonialism, queer theory and other K's of identity. I am not as well versed in post-modern theory (i.e. baudrillard, dng, or nietzche). If I don't understand the argument I have a hard time believing I'd be able to evaluate it to your standards, which means reading it is at your own risk and will require a THICC uphill battle of an explanation to get my ballot. I am of the opinion that, while some of the beauty of K debate is the complexity of the theory, the simpler the explanation the better. At the end of the debate I should understand why the AFF/Resolution is uniquely problematic so explain your links. I think voting for the K should resolve the link(s) you've presented. If you kick the alternative and go for the linear DA that should be apparent and justified. For the AFF: Strategic framing of your permutation and your AFF is a good idea. Explain why you get to weigh your impacts against the K. You did read 8min of offense, so use it. Solvency deficits/ DA's to the alternative are really persuasive and are underrated in my opinion. Vague ALTs being good or bad is definitely a debate to be had. If you read a K AFF - go for it - I feel like all of my above opinions still apply.

--Disads--

I've worked most with politics, but don't cut a lot of these arguments. I will read the ev and depend heavily on impact framing to make decisions about how the DA should be evaluated. I think all parts of the DA are important and are required to win my ballot. Winning the uniqueness of the DA and its impacts are important when I am weighing the risks between the AFF and the NEG. Clear link and internal link explanation is a must and has the capacity to shape the uniqueness debate for sure. At the end of the debate ... ok fine this impact happens... why does it matter more than the AFF? Why should it be prevented first? These are questions I think need to be answered to win my ballot. If the DA is dropped then winning it becomes a lot easier, but doesn't necessarily mean an auto win.

--Counterplans--

My experience with counterplans is more in the realm of PICS and 'performative' counterplans than anything else. I think this means I probably am more receptive to counterplan theory, but these arguments MUST be impacted out in terms of why they are a bad practice for debate. I think the permutation and "counterplan links to the netben" arguments are probably the most persuasive to me when answering counterplans. I think the counterplan text should do something and probably gets fiat. However, I think a theory argument could be leveraged and persuade me otherwise. I probably default to sufficiency framing. I think the biggest thing here for me is I want to know what the counterplan would actually do and why it subsumes the AFF’s offense/resolves the AFF impacts. All of that being said... this is the area I work the least on so your debating of it must be FIRE.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2020 VCX Octos Reagan AG Westwood NY Neg Aff on a 2-1
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2020 VCX Dbls Northview AI Bronx Science FV Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2020 VCX R5 Reagan LV College Prep KS Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/11/2020 VCX R2 Plano East PD Coppell KC Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/5/2020 LD R5 James Logan CL Aragon Independent ZA Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/5/2020 LD R3 Los Altos BF Northern Valley HS Independent JL Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/5/2020 LD R2 Bishop's SR San Mateo Independent YR Neg
Loyola Invitational 9/5/2020 LD R2 Quarry Lane MS Pembroke Pines Charter JD Aff
Loyola Invitational 9/5/2020 LD R1 Peninsula JN La Cueva LX Neg
RKS Workshop Tournament 7/29/2020 R2 Adam/Viraj Chloe/Clara Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R10 X131 X267 Aff Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R9 X202 X286 Neg Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R8 X243 X111 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R7 X103 X273 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R6 X156 X114 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R5 X173 X165 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R4 X169 X262 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R2 X232 X247 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R1 X222 X215 Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX Octos Lawrence Free State BH Blue Valley Northwest BM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R6 Lawrence Free State RM Blue Valley Northwest BM Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R5 Barstow EW Oak Park and River Forest BM Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R4 Washington KS Barstow WL Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R3 Barstow GA Lawrence Free State BH Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R2 Barstow LL Glenbrook South CG Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/21/2020 VCX R1 Blue Valley Southwest ZW Maine East VB Aff
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R7 T Revare & Winden R Rupp & Marshall Neg Neg on a 5-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R6 T Huntley & Yi R Harris & Bellemere Neg Neg on a 3-2
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R2 H Flory & Vaughan E Shew & Viloria Aff Aff on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R1 C Hartwell & Boutte G Doyle & Emerson Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R6 Shawnee Mission East Winden & Sufi Blue Valley Southwest Wu & Ziegelman Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R5 Piper Rice & Flory Blue Valley Southwest Sathish & Swanson Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R4 Mill Valley Smith & White Blue Valley Northwest Bhagavan & Mansoor Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R3 Blue Valley Southwest Pieropan & Helixon Shawnee Mission East Lahovary & Henry Aff Aff on a 3-0
Iowa Caucus Debates 10/25/2019 VCX O Edina AB Blue Valley Northwest RA Neg Aff on a 2-1
Iowa Caucus Debates 10/25/2019 VCX R6 Barstow FH Washington KS Aff
Iowa Caucus Debates 10/25/2019 VCX R5 Topeka PC La Crosse Central TB Neg
Iowa Caucus Debates 10/25/2019 VCX R4 Shawnee Mission East LH Edina SA Aff
Iowa Caucus Debates 10/25/2019 VCX R3 Shawnee Mission East HY Edina AB Neg
Iowa Caucus Debates 10/25/2019 VCX R2 SF Roosevelt WM Blue Valley West Jaguars MD Neg
Iowa Caucus Debates 10/25/2019 VCX R1 Blue Valley Northwest RA Minneapolis Washburn JK Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Quarte Blue Valley Northwest BM Blue Valley Southwest HP Aff Aff on a 2-1
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Octas Blue Valley Northwest BM Wichita East SH Aff Aff on a 2-1
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Partia Little Rock Central GL Blue Valley Southwest SS Aff Aff on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R6 Blue Valley Southwest HP Reagan BA Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R5 Barstow GA Mill Valley DE Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R4 Washburn Rural PR Little Rock Central RC Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R3 Little Rock Central TL Bentonville KS Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R2 Mill Valley BS Blue Valley Southwest SS Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R1 Wichita East YN Blue Valley Northwest BM Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 QFs Blue Valley Southwest SS Shawnee Mission East CR Neg Neg on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 OFs Blue Valley Southwest SS Mill Valley BB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 DOFs Little Rock Central AR Blue Valley Southwest SwSa Neg Aff on a 2-1
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R5 Little Rock Central RL Blue Valley West Jaguars MD Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R4 Shawnee Mission East HY Blue Valley Southwest SK Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R3 Blue Valley Northwest RX Little Rock Central DF Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R2 Wichita East HS Lawrence Free State HJ Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R1 Lawrence DV Mill Valley BR Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk Semifi SWH Khan & Ziegelman BWD Harris & Bellemere Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk Quarte SWH Khan & Ziegelman WMM Mansoor & Barrett Neg Aff on a 2-1
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk Octofi SWH Yang & Mojica BWD Verma & Das Neg Neg on a 3-0
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk R5 SWH Marathe & Talluri WMM Syed & Rose Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk R4 SWH Saxena & Nelson BWD Harris & Bellemere Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk R3 WMM Hartwell & Brant SWH Khan & Ziegelman Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk R2 BWD Verma & Das WMM Rosenberg & Nold Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 2Week 7/3/2019 2Wk Semifi Esquivel/Scott CD Duff/Henry MW Neg Neg on a 2-1
Jayhawk Debate Institute 2Week 7/3/2019 2Wk Quarte Duff/Henry CH Esquivel/Scott ZW Aff Aff on a 2-1
Jayhawk Debate Institute 2Week 7/3/2019 2Wk R6 Duff/Henry CC Duff/Henry CH Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 2Week 7/3/2019 2Wk R5 Cerja/Willett MH Esquivel/Scott DW Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 2Week 7/3/2019 2Wk R4 Duff/Henry MW Fry/Saunders CY Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 2Week 7/3/2019 2Wk R2 Esquivel/Scott VR Fry/Saunders KC Neg
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 LD L4 3 Haylee Rose 6 Lena Mose Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 LD L3 3 Amelia Vasquez 10 Scout Molder Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R5 Shawnee Mission East Colvin & Revare Blue Valley Southwest Shi & Wu Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R4 Shawnee Mission East Bledsoe & Semrick Blue Valley North Mao & Valsan Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R3 Shawnee Mission East Apodaca & Winden Blue Valley Southwest Helixon & Pieropan Neg Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R1 Blue Valley Southwest Stanfield & Wu Mill Valley Smith & Botkin Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Octos Lawrence Free State Spencer Yost-Wolff & Max Lillich Blue Valley North Ellie Anderson & Chris Lucas Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Double Barstow Miles Luce & Jacqueline Tingle Olathe North Aly Shirley & Reem Atallah Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R6 Barstow Amanda Munsell & John Lubianetsky Blue Valley Northwest Arvind Shankar & Zaki Mansoor Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R5 Barstow Phoebe Brous & Rishi Malay Newton Chase Cassil & Fletcher Hummingbird Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R4 Barstow Ariza Nanji & Julia Butch Kapaun Mount Carmel Madeline Rowley & Margaret Moore Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R3 Barstow Robbie Putney & Shaunak Lokre Washburn Rural Grace Kessler & Raina Peter Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R2 Goddard Steven Kurtzweil & Makenna Moreno Shawnee Mission East Graham Revare & Grant Colvin Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R1 Shawnee Mission East Lily Utt & Ana Lahovary Olathe East Avneet Sidhu & William Macfarland Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 VCX R6 Reagan CM Blue Valley Northwest SM Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 VCX R5 Crossings Christian NB Barstow BE Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 VCX R4 Hennessey DV Barstow LS Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 VCX R3 Blue Valley North AL Derby SC Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 VCX R2 Edmond North DC Little Rock Central WC Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 VCX R1 Liberal Arts and Science GR Jenks BZ Neg
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Andover Central 10/5/2018 Vars R3 Sunrise Christian Arianna Garraway & Kaitlyn Lumbert Maize Lucy Axmann & Nathaniel Naputi Neg
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Andover Central 10/5/2018 Vars R2 Trinity David Koster & Noah Greene Maize Abby Wray & Bailee Yocam Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd6 Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton BM Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton TI Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd5 Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton AV Duff/Hartman/Martin HB Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd4 Duff/Hartman/Martin SY Duff/Hartman/Martin AK Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd2 Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton LB Duff/Hartman/Martin BK Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd1 Bier/Kennedy/Delph MJ Duff/Hartman/Martin MD Aff