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  1. page Whitaker, Robert edited ... Flashing isn't prep. Terminal defense is a thing. ... aff is surely a versatile weapon i…
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    Flashing isn't prep.
    Terminal defense is a thing.
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    aff is surelya versatile weapon in the simplest way to limit the scopehands of reasonability on this topic.a skilled debater. Clash o'
    DA: Not much to say here. I love smart uniqueness debating. Disads are where impact calc often falls short. A 10 second blip on nuke war isn't a compelling explanation of how I'm to comparatively weigh the aff. I don't have any preferences as far as politics goes, though I'm not particularly wooed by logical policymaker args.
    K: Neg k debaters lose too often by dodging clash with a specific aff impact. Doing thorough link work and impact turning the aff early makes the 2nr significantly easier. Link evidence contextual to the aff is key to winning impacts/solvency/turns. There's no reason to read generic topic links in this day and age. Evidence comparison and lit knowledge are becoming increasingly vital as the widespread quality of k research improves. Alts are typically the kritik's Achilles' Heel, and negs rarely have a sufficient defense of theirs ready. Describe the world of the alt, how it solves or precludes case, how it solves or impact turns framework, etc.
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  3. page Novicoff, Zach edited ... 1. Quality spin can overcome quality evidence if the debaters don't rise to the threshold, tha…
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    1. Quality spin can overcome quality evidence if the debaters don't rise to the threshold, that being said, if I call for a card and it's written by Steve Bannon I may be inclined to do more work for the other team
    2. Argument interaction is important and should be directly stated, I won't assume that an argument from the overview interacts with a card on case unless told otherwise
    3. I default to tech overTech determines truth, I
    4. I've only been on the policy side of clash debates, I've been in enough of these debates (especially inner squad) to be more sympathetic to anti-topical affs but my knowledge of the literature will be little to none
    5. Conditionality is a useful tool for the neg, the threshold for answering Condo bad with under 3 advocacies will possibly be lower with me in the back of the room compared to others
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  4. page Novicoff, Zach edited ... Topicality: Preface, I have judged two rounds on the high school education topic and have don…
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    Topicality:
    Preface, I have judged two rounds on the high school education topic and have done little to zero topic reading. Take that into consideration.
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    think differently. Topicality should be a question of competing models, in-round abuse is far less persuasive.
    Kritiks:
    The majority of my debate career has been spent answering every variation of a kritik and only going for policy Ks (marx, neolib, security, and eco-managerialism if we were feeling wild). I have no bias against Ks but think that explanation should be the crux of the block for me as a judge, I have probably not read your literature and strongly do not consider buzz words to be arguments sans direct application. I'm more sympathetic to alts function as a counterplan given my policy background.
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  5. page Novicoff, Zach edited ... Freshman year at Indiana Universty (currently attend Northwestern) Generic: In the words of…
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    Freshman year at Indiana Universty (currently attend Northwestern)
    Generic:
    In the words of my college debate coach, debate how you debate, do whatever you're most comfortable with regardless of the judge.
    1. Quality spin can overcome quality evidence if the debaters don't rise to the threshold, that being said, if I call for a card and it's written by Steve Bannon I may be inclined to do more work for the other team
    2. Argument interaction is important and should be directly stated, I won't assume that an argument from the overview interacts with a card on case unless told otherwise
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    5. Conditionality is a useful tool for the neg, the threshold for answering Condo bad with under 3 advocacies will possibly be lower with me in the back of the room compared to others
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    the block.
    Topicality:
    Preface, I have judged two rounds on the high school education topic and have done little to zero topic reading. Take that into consideration.
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    Counterplans:
    Counterplans should be both textually and functionally competitive with a clear net-benefit. That in mind, i've also gone for every version of a cheating counterplan imaginable and enjoy the debates they create. I think that condition, delay, and process counterplans are viable but theoretically difficult to justify. If you're not prepared to counterdefine words in the resolution as an answer to the permutation, please don't read cheating counterplans in front of me. I believe that PICs can be useful but also asisine and incoherent. A PIC that does a certain educational program except for in one school in the middle of Toledo, Ohio probably isn't good for debate and I'll be sympathetic to theory.
    Theory:
    I have odd thoughts on theory compared to most people in the college communitiy. Don't drop theory args regardless of how meaningless they are, my partner and I won sems of CFL on "no neg fiat." I'm very sympathetic to 1ar extrapolation on a short 2ac theory arg, given that the block has ample time to answer. However, if you're going for "no neg fiat, rez says "should" not "shouldn't", expect your speaker points to suffer.
    Any questions email zacharynovicoff2020@northwestern.edu

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  6. page Novicoff, Zach edited ... 5. Conditionality is a useful tool for the neg, the threshold for answering Condo bad with und…
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    5. Conditionality is a useful tool for the neg, the threshold for answering Condo bad with under 3 advocacies will possibly be lower with me in the back of the room compared to others
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    the block.
    Topicality:
    Preface, I have judged two rounds on the high school education topic and have done little to zero topic reading. Take that into consideration.
    I prescribe to the school of thought that limits are universally good. I evaluate topicality on an offense/defense paradigm and think that reasonability writ large is just a bad form of impact defense, that being said the Education topic is wonky and I can be persuaded to think differently.
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    feeling wild). I have no bias against Ks but think that explanation should be the crux of the block for me as a judge, I have probably not read your literature and strongly do not consider buzz words to be arguments sans direct application. I'm more sympathetic to alts function as a counterplan given my policy background.
    Critical Affs:
    Critical affs play an important part in the debate community and its growth, that being said, it needs to make an argument. A piece of poetry should be used as offense in a direct way. I've also gone for framework against most K affs i've debated, meaning that I will understand the negs arguments on a deeper level than the critical theory, which creates a bias that should be apparent before the round.
    Counterplans:
    Counterplans should be both textually and functionally competitive with a clear net-benefit. That in mind, i've also gone for every version of a cheating counterplan imaginable and enjoy the debates they create. I think that condition, delay, and process counterplans are viable but theoretically difficult to justify. If you're not prepared to counterdefine words in the resolution as an answer to the permutation, please don't read cheating counterplans in front of me. I believe that PICs can be useful but also asisine and incoherent. A PIC that does a certain educational program except for in one school in the middle of Toledo, Ohio probably isn't good for debate and I'll be sympathetic to theory.

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  7. page Novicoff, Zach edited Debate history: Four Four years at Blue Valley Southwest, debated my freshman Southwest Fre…
    Debate history: Four
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    years at Blue Valley Southwest, debated my freshmanSouthwest
    Freshman
    year at Indiana Universty, currentlyUniversty (currently attend NorthwesternNorthwestern)
    Generic:
    1. Quality spin can overcome quality evidence if the debaters don't rise to the threshold, that being said, if I call for a card and it's written by Steve Bannon I may be inclined to do more work for the other team
    2. Argument interaction is important and should be directly stated, I won't assume that an argument from the overview interacts with a card on case unless told otherwise
    3. I default to tech over truth, I think weird impact turns and bad DAs are viable if carded, that being said, the threshold for answering E.T Ecoterrorists will be significantly lower than an actual argument
    4. I've only been on the policy side of clash debates, I've been in enough of these debates (especially inner squad) to be more sympathetic to anti-topical affs but my knowledge of the literature will be little to none
    5. Conditionality is a useful tool for the neg, the threshold for answering Condo bad with under 3 advocacies will possibly be lower with me in the back of the room compared to others
    DAs:
    Some variation of a DA was in the majority of my 1nrs in college and i'm more than comfortable evaluating any variation. There should be a strong push to warrant out turns case beyond "war is bad for the economy," as well as a conducive strategy that doesn't require 2nr extrapolations of three words in the block.
    Topicality:
    Preface, I have judged two rounds on the high school education topic and have done little to zero topic reading. Take that into consideration.
    I prescribe to the school of thought that limits are universally good. I evaluate topicality on an offense/defense paradigm and think that reasonability writ large is just a bad form of impact defense, that being said the Education topic is wonky and I can be persuaded to think differently.
    Kritiks:
    The majority of my debate career has been spent answering every variation of a kritik and only going for policy Ks (marx, neolib, security, and eco-managerialism if we were feeling wild).

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  8. page Novicoff, Zach edited ... Valley Southwest, currently a first-year debater debated my freshman year at Indiana Univ…
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    Valley Southwest, currently a first-year debaterdebated my freshman year at Indiana Universty
    Coaching: Assistant coach at Aubry Bend
    Universty, currently attend Northwestern
    Generic:
    1. Quality spin can overcome quality evidence if the debaters don't rise to the threshold, that being said, if I call for a card and it's written by Steve Bannon I may be inclined to do more work for the other team
    2. Argument interaction is important and should be directly stated, I won't assume that an argument from the overview interacts with a card on case unless told otherwise
    3. I default to tech over truth, I think weird impact turns and bad DAs are viable if carded, that being said, the threshold for answering E.T Ecoterrorists will be significantly lower than an actual argument

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  9. page Kellams, James edited About me: ... under the OHSSL. Ohio Speech and Debate Association. I judge ... debate. Nev…

    About me:
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    under the OHSSL.Ohio Speech and Debate Association. I judge
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    debate. Nevertheless, as a coach I am open to new or different strategies and techniques as long as they advance education.do have experience with more "progressive" styles of debate.
    General judging preferences:
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    I give strong preference to good evidence, clearly cited, properly quoted, and not misrepresented. If you are asked to show evidence to your opponents do so promptly before the opponent's next speech.
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    your opponents orand especially towards me.
    Disclosure
    Disclosure will be at my discretion if allowed by the tournament.
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    I prefer the traditional value premise / value criterion framework and will always look to framework first, contentions second, speech skills last. (Please don't let it come down to speaking skills. Please.) Alternative frameworks may be acceptable as long as they are relevant to the topic and clearly explained. For the contention debate I am listening for claims, warrants and impacts. You may extend or cross-apply your claims when applicable but I give preference to extending claims with new warrants. Show me your depth and knowledge by how well you communicate your arguments. Don't tell me a contention falls. I will decide which contentions fall.
    Non-NSDA Styles of LD:
    I have no appreciable experience in
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    LD but since I do have some policy debate experience so I may be tolerant of non-NSDA debate style but I will
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    paradigm toward policy-making.policy-making and weighing the impact calculus. While I
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    framework, I will be expectingam listening for well-warranted claims and impacts in
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    your arguments. These would beFollowing are my general
    Topicality
    I will listen to it. Treat each violation separately. Avoid rote, recitation of standards. I want to hear substantive reasons why I should vote for T as an a-priori issue.
    CounterplansCounter-plans
    I view most CPs as a shift in advocacy. If you run a CP you are for the most part, relinquishing your claims, if any, to no harms in the status quo. Therefore the CP must be competitive which means, non-topical, mutually exclusive and net beneficial. Keep the net benefit separate on the flow, please. I do see permutations as a test of competitiveness. For me, condo good/bad is a waste of time. I don't like PICs, severence, etc. because I don't really want to hear a bunch of boring CP theory cards. I will vote them if necessary but my speaker points will reflect my level of dissatisfaction. I want substantive clash.
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    if you didn't,didn't but ifsometimes a topic is begging for a K. If you must go there don't expect
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    clear alternative. You cannot win a K alone.This is very important. If your alt is "reject my opponent's case" I would still expectwill be inclined to ignore it. I do have a tendency to give a good deal of weight to your opponent's real world impacts when you decide to advocate negative position.run a K so be prepared answer those claims.
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    avoid going here.here, otherwise look at what I said about the T and K debate.
    If I didn't cover your concerns here, ask me before the round. After that, if I open my mouth it will be because you forced me with some violation of my preferences.
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  10. page Ziaee, Sameer edited ... Valley '16, currently a freshman at Davis, competed in Most notable Achievements: 2-2 Nov…
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    Valley '16, currently a freshman at Davis, competed in
    Most notable Achievements:
    2-2 Novice Pufo GGSA novice invitational
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