Patrick Waldinger -- Boston College

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Judging philosophy:

Patrick Waldinger – Boston College

Updated 3.22.09

Background:
I am currently in my fourth year of coaching at Boston College. Before that, I received my Masters at Wake Forest where I was an assistant debate coach. I debated in college at The Catholic University of America and in high school at Cathedral Prep.

General Comments:
I prefer to hear fast, technical, policy debate. I have, however, voted for many different kinds of styles and arguments. I have also voted against many different styles and arguments.

I believe that it is non-negotiable that the affirmative has to defend a plan that is an example of the current CEDA debate resolution. I believe that the affirmative must defend the consequences of their plan as if the United States Federal Government were to actually enact your proposal.

I like to read a lot of cards at the end of debate so they better be good. If you don’t like judges who read a lot of evidence, then I am not the judge for you.

Plan:
You should read one and it should be relevant to the topic. In fact, it should be an example of the current CEDA resolution. Nothing more, nothing less.

Topicality:
Topicality is always a voting issue and never a reverse voting issue. I’m a big fan of having to talk about the topic. There is a reason why we have one. I default to reasonability on T unless you give me a good reason not to.

Disads:
Yes. Good evidence is crucial.

Counterplans:
Sure. Although there are many types of counterplans that I find theoretically dubious – conditioning and consult CPs being high on my list. I don’t think the negative should be able to advocate more than one alternative policy proposal i.e., counterplan or alternative, in a debate.

Kritiks:
Okay. I don’t necessarily dislike the K, but I feel oftentimes it is unnecessarily confusing and fails the negative’s burden of rejoinder. The negative has to prove the plan is a bad idea, yet many times I judge the kritik and the negative makes no attempt to argue why the specific plan the affirmative is proposing is bad.

Theory:
I believe I hold almost opposite beliefs to the current debate community’s notion of what is theoretically legitimate, i.e., I am very conservative when it comes to debate. The only theoretical arguments that I believe are “voting issues” are conditionality and topicality. The rest are just reasons to reject the argument and/or allow the other side to advocate similar shenanigans.

Seasonal voting record:

TourneyDivRdAFF    NEG    Decision
WestPtNov1NewarkArgenal27.5Wang27.8RochstrAhmed27.7Norbu27.9NEG
WestPtOpen2GeoMasLastovica28.7Nichols29.7NavyBranton27.5Hurt27.9AFF
WestPtOpen3JamesMBrass28.8Waugh27.7GeoMasKwon27.9Merican28.1AFF
WestPtOpen4LibertTroxclair29.1Warren28.3GeoMasFrank27.8Kyagaba28.4AFF
WestPtJV5NewarkHaughton27.7Murphy27.9CrnlKuo27.5Naqvi28.3AFF
WestPtJV6ClarionLewis27.9Picardi27.7CrnlFurman28.2Yoon28.1AFF
WestPtNovDoubCrnlDong0Matos0Army/CUNY Spikol0Espinoza 0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
WestPtOpenOctoJamesMEszenyi0Krishnamoorthy0GeoMasLastovica0Nichols0NEG 3-0 (NEG)
WestPtOpenQurtLibertTroxclair0Warren0RochstrKasschau0Schwartz0AFF 2-1 (NEG)
WestPtOpenSemiCrnlCue0Wright0LibertTroxclair0Warren0NEG 2-1 (AFF)
JMUJV1NavyFurst27.3Hurt28GeoMasMiyares28.2Woodward27.9NEG
JMUNov2JamesMNorby28Schrer27.7LibertMurray28.6Walker28.8NEG
JMUOpen3LibertBobbitt27.7Hedrick27.9PittsbLee28.1Markus28NEG
JMUNov4LibertShowalter27.3Soward27.2JamesMRand28.1Spiker28NEG
JMUNov6JamesMKindel27.5Sheffield27.8LibertGardner28Streeter28.2NEG
JMUOpenOctoCUNY Cheung0Forbes0PittsbLee0Markus0NEG 2-1 (AFF)
JMUNovQurtVandyPaulo0Young0LibertHolland0Simmons0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
JMUOpenSemiJamesMBrass0Waugh0LibertTroxclair0Warren0AFF 2-1 (NEG)
GMUOpen1GeoWasBertram28.1Sommers28.6NewarkAstacio28.4Haughton28.2AFF
GMUOpen4LibertAlsop27.7Rossdeutscher28.1N/aN/a0N/a0Bye/FFt
GMUOpen5VTDeal27.9Deevi27.8NewarkRandall28.3Smith28.5NEG
GMUOpenQurtGeoWasAndrews0Tan0LibertApthorp0Edwards0NEG 2-1 (AFF)
WakeOpen1IndianaFasone27.4Parroco27.3HarvardKarlson28.8Tandet28.7NEG
WakeOpen3UMWMcCleary28.4McElhinny28.3CalGannon28.5Weiner28.6NEG
WakeOpen4KStateMays27.8Ramirez27.7VandyStothers27.9Williford28AFF
VermontOpen1CrnlNaqvi28.2Tablan27.6ArmyBurroughs27.7Hauptman27.8NEG
VermontOpen2RochstrAkolkar27.9Weddington27.7CrnlChen27.4Victor27.5AFF
VermontOpen3CrnlGunn27.9Yoon28.1ArmyCornelius 27.7Hurd28.3NEG
VermontOpenOctoArmyCornelius 0Hurd0RochstrKasschau0Lim0NEG 3-0 (NEG)
VermontOpenQurtCrnlHuang0Powers0BardJeworski0Seyer0AFF 2-1 (AFF)
VermontOpenSemiCrnlHuang0Powers0RochstrBatha0Diamond0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
HarvardOpen1WakeBencosme28.5Carlotti28.4UMWPacheco27.8Susko27.9AFF
HarvardOpen2TrinitBram28.2Uzman28.5RochstrAkolkar27.7Weddington27.5AFF
HarvardOpen6CSUFbugrov28.4cruz28WhitmanHumble28.1Zendeh28.5NEG
HarvardOpen7MichigDeming28.5Pappas28.7WakeLeDuc28.6Quinn28.4AFF
HarvardOpenOctoGTownArsht0Markoff0LibertGarrett0Woodruff0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
UTDOpen1IowaLong28O'Neill27.8TrinitGonzalez28.7Murray28.6NEG
UTDOpen2UGAGeddes28.4Sharpe27.8KStateMcMillin-Beckman27.6Papen27.7AFF
UTDOpen3BaylorEvans27.7Morey27.8KansasGetto27.6Wood27.9AFF
UTDOpen4UTDTakeda28.2Varney28.5TrinitButler27.4Hall27.6AFF
UTDOpen6NoTexaPeretz28.4Searles28.2UGABeyer28.1Shanker28AFF
UTDOpen7RochstrBatha27.9Schwartz28.1IowaCroat28.2Lehrman27.8AFF
UTDOpenDoubTrinitGonzalez0Murray0WayneSJustice0Meloche0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
UTDOpenQurtNoTexaQuinn0Schade0IowaAufderheide0Kann0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
TexasOpen1CSUFbugrov28.2cruz28TrinitBram28.3Uzman28.1NEG
TexasOpen2UWyoFanning28.1Pauli27.8HarvardRamanujan28.2Zhao28AFF
TexasOpen3ClarionCiak28.2Picardi27.5SamforDeFoor27.9Sessions27.6AFF
TexasOpen4UMWPacheco27.9Susko28.3SMUMcAuliffe27.7Murray28AFF
TexasOpen5GeoMasKwon27.9Kyagaba28.2JamesMBrass28.3Waugh28.1NEG
TexasOpen6HarvardDimitrijevic28.8Taylor29KStateKowaleski28.3Ziegler29.3AFF
TexasOpen7IowaCroat28.3Lehrman28HarvardKarlson28.8Tandet28.5NEG
TexasOpen8WayneSJustice28.1Meloche28.2WichitBox28.5Munday28.7NEG
UNTOpen1BaylorBacon28.4White27.4WayneSJustice28.6Meloche27.8NEG
UNTOpen2OklhmaBaez27.7Strachan-Lafon27.9TrinitGonzalez28.2Murray28.6NEG
UNTOpen3KansasBevens27.9Mapes27.7RochstrAkolkar27.5Weddington27.3AFF
UNTOpen4TrinitKnoedler27.9Mithani27.8WichitDonnell28Sullivan27.7AFF
UNTJV5GeoWas/KStateAndrews28.2Jackson27.7JCCCCuellar28.3Purcell27.8AFF
UNTJV6KansasJohansen27.5Sears28ULLFlemming27.9Sorenson28.5NEG
UNTOpen7IowaLong28.2O'Neill27.8TrinitBram28.5Uzman28.6NEG
UNTJVQurtUMKC/UWyoChang0Jones0ULLFlemming0Sorenson0AFF 2-1 (AFF)
MonmouthJV1NavyFurst27.7Hurt28RochstrDavidge27.5Taylor27.6AFF
MonmouthOpen2RochstrDiamond27.8Kasschau28.7CrnlHuang28.8Powers27.9NEG
MonmouthOpen3CUNY Baroudi27.7Jackson27.9ArmyBaughman27.8Hurd28.3NEG
MonmouthOpen4RochstrBatha28.1Lim27.7JamesMBrass28.5Waugh28.4NEG
MonmouthJV6CrnlKuo27.5Naqvi28.2LibertFebrizio28.4Lotspeich28.6NEG
MonmouthOpenOctoJamesMBrass0Waugh0RochstrAkolkar0Weddington0AFF 2-1 (NEG)
MonmouthNovQurtGeoMasAhmad0Kostiuk0JamesMSchrer0Spiker0NEG 2-1 (NEG)
MonmouthNovSemiJamesMSchrer0Spiker0LibertEdwards0Gardner0AFF 2-1 (AFF)
MonmouthNovFinalArmyBurroughs0Hauptman0JamesMSchrer0Spiker0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
RutgersNov1NewarkAshley27.6Kurimella27.4MUCraig27.5DiGiovanni27.7NEG
RutgersNov4BingHall27.8Kurian27.7LibertMurray28.5Walker29NEG
RutgersNovOctoBingEvans0Frumkin0LibertGardner0Holland0NEG 2-1 (NEG)
RutgersJVQurtLibertFebrizio0Lotspeich0ArmyBaughman0Hurd0AFF 3-0 (AFF)
D8QualOpen1CUNY Cheung28.5Forbes28DartmthLee28.3Robinson28.8NEG
D8QualOpen2CUNY Baroudi28.2Jackson28WCSUAllen27.9Townsend27.8NEG
D8QualOpen3RochstrSchwartz28Batha27.7WCSUPasquence27.3Wolff27.2AFF
D8QualOpen4DartmthLee28.4Robinson28.5RochstrSchwartz28Batha27.9AFF
D8QualOpen5CrnlCue28.6Wright28.7DartmthElias28.8Resar29.2NEG
D8QualOpen6CUNY Cheung28.1Forbes27.8VermontDoucette27.9Cooper28.2AFF
NDTOpen1SamforBagwell28.6Lewis28.3LibertGarrett28.7Woodruff28.4NEG
NDTOpen2TrinitBram28.2Uzman28WakeMcCarty28.3Miller28.5NEG
NDTOpen3HarvardDimitrijevic28.6Taylor28.7NwstrnLee28.8Vellayappan28.5NEG
NDTOpen4UMWPacheco28.7Susko28.5KStateKowaleski28.1Ziegler28.8AFF
NDTOpen5IowaAufderheide28Kann28.3UMWMcCleary28.1McElhinny28.4NEG
NDTOpen6UGABeyer28Shanker28.2MichigDeming28.6Pappas28.5NEG
NDTOpen7HarvardKarlson28.7Tandet28.5GTownArsht28.9Markoff29NEG
NDTOpen8NoTexaQuinn28.5Schade28.7WayneSJustice28.1Meloche28AFF

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