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Proposition: Allana Spears (Colegio Bilingüe New Horizons) vs. Opposition: Zoella Lin (Lexington High School)

Judge: Brittney Bleyle (Austin Peay State University)

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  • Allana Spears
    Allana Spears

    Zoella Lin
    Zoella Lin
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    Posted at May 19, 2020 01:07:44AM EST by Allana Spears



    Posted at May 19, 2020 11:52:54PM EST by Zoella Lin




    Posted at May 21, 2020 12:15:50AM EST by Allana Spears



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    Posted at May 21, 2020 07:13:52PM EST by Zoella Lin




    Posted at May 23, 2020 12:43:03AM EST by Allana Spears



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    This article is more than 5 years old
    Keystone XL would destroy our native lands. This is why we fight":

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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 24, 2020 04:55:21AM EST by Brittney Bleyle

    Category Allana Spears Zoella Lin
    Use of evidence: 4.5 6
    Delivery skill: 4.5 4.7
    Coherence of arguments: 4.3 4.8
    Responsiveness to opponent: 2.5 4.8
    Identification of key points: 3 4.1
    Comments: I think you have a great speaking style and are very clear and confident sounding. I'm not sure if you were just asking your opponent to slow down, or if you were wanting to put it forth as an framing argument and reason to reject the opposition; however, if it was the latter, you need to make sure to include it in your timed speech as well as impacting it out more and framing it as an a priori issue. I think that your choice to ignore the misgendering arguments and just extend your arguments supporting your plan was not the best choice for a couple of reasons. Your opponent has framed the misgendering arguments as an a priori issue, and something that should come before anything else in the debate. You said that your opponent dropped all of your arguments, but it doesn't mean that you get full access to them. Your opponent chose to focus on an issue deemed more important than any of the other arguments put forth so far, which means you have to win either: A. that you didn't misgender your opponent B. That you did but I as a judge should not use that as a reason to vote you down and disregard the plan C. that your opponent also did something that you believe to be as egregious and harmful as misgendering, etc. You kind of just ignored the arguments and framing completely from the opposition rebuttal and closing. I understand that the misgendering was more than likely unintentional, but it is necessary to address since your opponent spent the vast majority of the time in the rebuttal/closing on this argument. Mistakes happen, and it isn't always an auto-lose situation just because you made a mistake. I'm not sure that I've ever seen someone quote Joe Schatz more in one round. He was my college debate coach, and considering that he wrote the aliens affirmative I ran as a novice, I'm not sure if this gives your evidence more or less credibility. All jokes aside, I think you did very well. I'm happy to hear people are still reading to McGregor 03 card, it's a good card. I read it frequently. You slowed down your speed significantly after defending speed and spreading in this debate, and I'm not sure that this helps you considering that you just went for spreading good; it does help your clarity however, and so it might be something you want to do more frequently in this tournament going forward. I don't think you really *have* to spread when debating against people speaking at a casual pace, and this will avoid you having to spend time on defending the speed of your arguments. I hope that you don't have to have this misgendering argument going forward, because I hope people don't continue to misgender you in future debates; however, if it does happen again it might be helpful for you to say the timestamps of when they misgendered you. It's not super necessary, I could always rewatch the video myself if I didn't remember of course, but I do think it would be an additional effective and persuasive way of getting your point across. I think you did a great job at framing your argument as an a priori issue to anything else that has happened in the debate. I understand that I should vote your opponent down in order to send a message to the community and prevent further violence from people being misgendered; I am not clear still however as to why this means I need to give you 30s across the board. I could be persuaded I suppose, but I'm going to need a lot more of a reason. It feels like voting your opponent down is enough to send a message, and I'm not sure what giving you 30s on top of that will do further.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Zoella Lin

    Reason for Decision:

    I voted for the opposition. The proposition ends up misgendering the opposition, and the opposition spent almost all of the rebuttal/closing time explaining why this is so harmful, and why it is an a priori issue over anything else in the round. This wasn't really addressed sufficiently by the proposition, who continued to just reiterate the plan and the topic, and conceded the opposition's framework. At this point you have to win against the opposition's misgendering arguments first, and win the framing, before you can really bring up the plan/resolution again.Since it was conceded, I voted for the opponent's arguments about how misgendering is very violent, and in order to prevent it from frequently happening in the debate community, we need to send a signal by voting against teams that do it, whether intentional or not.

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