The 2010-2011 Executive Board of the Rutgers University Debate Union
David Reiss is the President of the Debate Union. A senior majoring in English, Reiss has been with the team since 2007. The most successful debater in RUDU history, he finished 2010-2011 as the 14th ranked speaker on APDA, and part of the 7th ranked team with regular partner Kyle Bomeisl. He and Kyle have made finals at three tournaments this year, winning two of them. David aspires to write fiction after graduating from Rutgers.
Farhan Ali is the Vice President of the Debate Union. A senior majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, Ali joined the team in 2008. The first RUDU debater ever to win a top speaker award at a tournament, he is the 43rd ranked speaker on APDA, and part of the 36th ranked team with regular partner Chris Bergman. He and Chris have made elimination rounds at three tournaments this year, including a 5-0 record at NYU. Farhan plans to work for a year in India before attending law school after graduation.
Kyle Bomeisl is the Treasurer of the Debate Union. A senior majoring in Physics, Bomeisl started debating for Rutgers in 2008. The second most successful debater in RUDU history, he finished 2010-2011 as the 30th ranked speaker on APDA, and part of the 7th ranked team with regular partner David Reiss. He and David have made finals at three tournaments this year, winning two of them. Kyle is planning on taking a fifth year at Rutgers before going to law school.
Krishna Kavi is the Public Relations Chair of the Debate Union. A junior majoring in Economics and Political Science, Kavi joined the team in 2009. She finished the year the 74th ranked speaker on APDA, and part of the 127th ranked team with regular partner Bhargavi Sriram. Krishna intends to pursue a law degree after graduating from Rutgers next year.
Chris Bergman is the Tournament Director of the Debate Union’s annual tournament, held this year on February 25-26, 2011. A sophomore majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bergman joined RUDU in 2009. He finished the year part of two teams in the top forty in the APDA rankings, ranked 17th with Ashley Novak and 36th with Farhan Ali. Between the two partnerships, he made the elimination rounds at six tournaments this year. Chris is undecided on his career plans after Rutgers.
Gordon Morrisette is the Webmaster of the Debate Union’s website. A sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences, Morrisette joined the Union in 2010. He finished 2010-2011 as the 11th ranked novice speaker on APDA (by half a point behind 10th!) and part of the 96th ranked varsity team with regular partner Ashley Novak. Gordon has yet to choose a career path for life after graduation.
Storey Clayton is the Coach of the Debate Union. A graduate of Brandeis University in 2002, Clayton began coaching at Rutgers in 2009. During his APDA career, he won the North American Championship (2001), was the 2nd ranked speaker (2002), part of the 3rd Team at the National Championships (2001), 4th ranked novice (1999), and part of the 5th ranked team (2000). Since arriving at Rutgers, the team as a whole has gone from unranked in the prior eight years to 24th in 2010 and 5th in 2011. Storey is currently coaching full-time and writing novels on the side, one of which was published in 2003 and two more of which have been completed in the last 18 months.