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Sat October 22, 2022 at 2:02 PM CST
Hi! My name is Emily Abrego and I am a student at UT. I did CX throughout highschool until my graduation in 2021, so I've been in yalls shoes. I have provided a few paradigms below, but if yall have any additional questions, dont hesitate to ask! P.S. Remember to have fun :)
Overall: Speed is fine, just please slow down on taglines and authors/dates out of courtesy for your judge and opponents. Please stand and face the judge when CXing. Framing and impact calc I like a lot, especially in last two rebuttals. If you call out power-tagging or do a line-by-line, that is also nice. K affs are fine. I personally prefer soft impacts over big stick, but I will vote based on how they are run rather than my preferences. Open or closed CX is up to your opponents, but I will notice if one person is clearly answering/asking all of the questions, so try to not use your partner unless necessary. Flashing between your partner during one of yall's speeches is also up to your opponents, but no talking to your partner while you or them are speaking.
Topicality: I dont vote on T unless it's run properly with all its planks AND the plan is clearly untopical or the other team fails to properly answer T. If youre running it as a time suck, please do so properly; Ive seen teams waste half their 1NR on their own time suck.
CP: Better be paired with good on-case, or I default to Aff
Theory: If you go up there and argue that we should not be debating as it does nothing outside of the room, I will immediately shut my ears. Anything else is usually okay.
New in the 2 is fine
K: Same as T, I do not vote on unless run properly. I also think that a good alternative should be provided; if you cant answer the K, why should they.
Victoria West High School
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Thu June 2, 2022 at 6:22 AM CST
CX/Policy- I prefer communicative speaking as opposed to spreading as a lay judge because it makes it easier to flow you. I like topicality arguments if applicable, but don't use it as a time suck. I like CP's. If you have a better solution; use it, you don't have to just attack the aff team's case, you can build your own. I'm not a fan of kritiks, if you use them. They better have backing. For questioning, be polite. You can be passionate without being disrespectful.
Congress- I don't mind you reading your speech out as long as it's a good speech. Content over eye contact. I don't expect you to have thirty speeches memorized. Speak clearly. I don't mind if you speak fast, as long as I can understand what you're saying. I like arguments about the format of the legislation. If there is something wrong with the way the bill is written, then bring it up. The writing is just as important as the purpose. In questioning, try to get to the point. We don't have a lot of time in questioning. Call it like it is. Don't try to lead up to the point with a bunch of clarifying questions.
La Vernia High School
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Fri October 2, 2020 at 9:55 AM CST
Public Forum Debate - Purist when it comes to style and argumentation. No spreading please. Arguments should be simplistic and accessible for any person to understand. In the end the biggest impacts will win the debate.