RUDU in Review: Fall 2016

RUDU ranked sixth best team in the country, Temkin and Albert ranked Top Team of the Year

RUDU members at the Harvard Tournament, where Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 won finals.

Fall 2016 was one of the most successful semesters in the history of the Rutgers University Debate Union. For the first time ever, two of our members finished the fall semester as Top Team of the Year (Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19). Rutgers is also now ranked sixth on the American Parliamentary Debate Association circuit, which includes the most elite schools in the country. Rankings can be seen at http://apdaweb.org/standings

Tournament Results:

Johns Hopkins University:

  • Third Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Eighth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18

The College of William and Mary:

  • Eighth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Fourth Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ‘19

Columbia University:

  • Tenth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Sixth Novice Speaker: Andrea Vacchiano ‘19

Tufts University:

  • Fourteenth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and a Harvard hybrid
  • Sixteenth Varsity Team: Vidhaath Sripathi ‘17 and David Vinarov ‘19
  • Tenth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18

Harvard University:

  • Top Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Eighth Novice Speaker: Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect ‘20

American University Pro-Ams:

  • Top Varsity/Novice Team: Max Albert ‘19 and Mitchell Mullen ‘20
  • Third Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ‘19
  • Ninth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18
  • Second Novice Speaker: Mitchell Mullen ‘20

George Washington University:

  • Top Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19

Brandeis University:

  • Thirteenth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and a CUNY hybrid
  • Eighth Novice Speaker: Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect ‘20

The College of New Jersey:

  • Fifth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Fifth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18
  • Top Novice Team: Mitchell Mullen ‘20 and Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect ‘20
  • Ninth Novice Speaker: Mitchell Mullen ‘20

Brown University:

  • Fifth Varsity Team: Max Albert ‘19 and a Princeton hybrid
  • Second Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ‘19

Fordham University:

  • Second Varsity Team – Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Tenth Varsity Speaker – Pasha Temkin ‘18
  • Second Novice Team – Mitchell Mullen ‘20 and a CUNY hybrid

Wesleyan University:

  • Fifth Varsity Speaker – Pasha Temkin ‘18

Williams College:

  • Top Novice Team – Mitchell Mullen ‘20 and a Johns Hopkins hybrid

 

Public Debates and RUDU Events at Rutgers:

In October, RUDU took part in three major debates. The Center for European Studies and German Embassy’s German Information Center hosted a debate between RUDU and Rutgers Model Union Nations on the topic of “Resolved: Germany’s high levels of representation of women in politics makes its political system more democratic than America’s.” Max Albert ’19 and Pasha Temkin ’18 represented RUDU and won the debate according to the judge panel.

Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19 after winning the German debate and being crowned with Germany Embassy hats

The second debate was hosted by the Rutgers University Student Association (RUSA) and was a mock Presidential debate between the four major Presidential candidates: Donald Trump was portrayed by Larry Feltz ’16, Hillary Clinton was portrayed by Jeremy Kritz ’19, Gary Johnson was portrayed by Andrea Vacchiano ’19, and Jill Stein was portrayed by Adarsh Rangan ’19. The debate was moderated by Max Albert ’19. All four debaters would respond to questions laid by the moderator and then the audience. At the end of the night, according to a straw-poll, Hillary Clinton won with Gary Johnson in second place and  Donald Trump and Jill Stein tied for third.

L-R: Adarsh Rangan ’19 as Jill Stein; Larry Feltz ’16 as Donald Trump; Jeremy Kritz ’19 as Hillary Clinton; Andrea Vacchiano ’19 as Gary Johnson

On October 17, the School of Communication and Information hosted a debate with the topic: “This House would kneel during the National Anthem.” Government was represented by David Vinarov ’19 and Adarsh Rangan ’19, while Opposition was represented by Naeem Hossain ’18 and Jeremy Kritz ’19. The debate was hosted in a packed room and the straw poll was remarkably close, with 31 voting for Opposition and 34 voting for Government.

The fall semester was great for RUDU, stay tuned to our website for monthly blog posts and our Facebook page for weekly updates throughout the spring!

Rutgers wins Harvard AND American University Tournaments

“Darkest Horse”, Temkin and Albert, now ranked second top team in the country after clinching Harvard

L-R Max Albert '19 and Pasha Temkin '18 hold up the John Harvard Cup, the most prestigious award at APDA's most contested regular tournament
L-R Max Albert ’19 and Pasha Temkin ’18 hold up the John Harvard Cup, the most prestigious award at APDA’s most contested regular tournament

The weekend of October 7-8, the Rutgers University Debate Union traveled all the way to Boston, MA to compete at the largest APDA tournament of the year: the annual Harvard University tournament. Although success was by no means unfamiliar to Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19, who had won Top Novice Team at Harvard last year, it was certainly a happy surprise when the two rose up to win Top Varsity Team at the largest tournament of the year!

Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 had defeated a number of skilled debaters before winning finals: they faced a Brown/Boston University hybrid on the topic of African economics, a Princeton team on personal loan finance, Stanford on religion, and Brown on the merits of free trade.

Our novice, Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect ’20, hybrided with a Swarthmore debater and won Eighth Novice Speaker! Jastrzebska-Perfect ’20 was one of the few non-breaking 4-1’s, an extremely impressive feat for a novice debater.

Albert and Mullen win American University ProAms

Rutgers won another tournament the weekend of October 14-15 in Washington, D.C. at American University! As a ProAms tournament, all teams were either varsity-novice or novice-novice. Max Albert ’19, after winning Harvard with Temkin ’18, paired up with Mitchell Mullen ’20 and ended up winning Top Team against 79 other teams. In outrounds, they faced George Washington University in quarterfinals, Georgetown in semifinals, and Swarthmore in finals. Both debaters also won speaking awards. The team awards were as follows:

  • Third Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ’19
  • Ninth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ’18
  • Second Novice Speaker: Mitchell Mullen ’20
RUDU members convene in GA
RUDU members convene in GA

Next week, RUDU will be visiting the nation’s capitol once again to compete at The George Washington University. Stay tuned for updates!

RUDU in Review: September 2016

Recapping September’s Events

September has been quite an exciting month for the Rutgers University Debate Union! We’ve welcomed many new members and been more involved with the Rutgers community than ever before. RUDU began the month by holding a series of demonstration debates for the Rutgers public. These two debates attracted dozens of students. Debating were Max Albert ’19, Pasha Temkin ’18, Naeem Hossain ’18, and Jeremy Kritz ’19.

On September 21, RUDU participated in a full-house debate sponsored by the Eagleton Institute of Politics. The topic was whether or not the electoral college should be abolished. On Government were Pasha Temkin ’18 and David Vinarov ’19, while Opposition was represented by Max Albert ’19 and Andrea Vacchiano ’19. When the crowd took to a vote, students decided that Government had won the debate. RUDU was published in The Daily Targum the next day!

 

The competitive results of September were as follows:

College of William and Mary:

  • Eighth Varsity Team – Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Fourth Varsity Speaker – Max Albert ‘19

Columbia University:

  • Tenth Varsity Team – Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Sixth Novice Speaker – Andrea Vacchiano ‘19

Swarthmore College Novice:

Novice and Varsity members wait outside the RUDU Van before heading out to Swarthmore, PA
Novice and Varsity members wait outside the RUDU Van before heading out to Swarthmore, PA
  • Mitchell Mullen ‘20 and Zakaria Nishtar ‘20 make a non-breaking 4-1 record

Tufts University:

  • Fourteenth Varsity Team – Pasha Temkin ‘18 and a Harvard hybrid
  • Sixteenth Varsity Team – Vidhaath Sripathi ‘17 and David Vinarov ‘19
  • Tenth Varsity Speaker – Pasha Temkin ‘18

Overall, RUDU kicked off the fall semester to a great start!

RUDU Kicks Off Semester at Johns Hopkins; Wins Third Varsity Team

The first APDA tournament of the 2016-17 academic year took place on September 3-4 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Naturally, RUDU kicked off the new year to a great start by snagging a team award and a varsity speaker award! The teams competing were:

  • Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19
  • Naeem Hossain ’18 and a Temple hybrid
  • Jeremy Kritz ’19 and a Temple hybrid

We were also joined by RUDU dinos Quinn Maingi ’15 and Russell Potter ’15!

L-R Pasha Temkin ’18, Naeem Hossain ’18, Max Albert ’19 at the Fall Involvement Fair on September 5

Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19, at their first tournament as varsity debaters, made it to semi-finals and finished out as the Third Top Varsity Team of the whole tournament! They beat out the ultimate Brandeis/Tufts champions in the tournament’s preliminary rounds. Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 are also now tied for the Second Team of the Year award on APDA. Temkin ’18 was also awarded the Eighth Varsity Speaker award at the Hopkins tournament.

Next week, RUDU will be competing at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Until then, RUDU will be doing demonstration rounds this Tuesday and Thursday and encourage all interested students to join us at 9pm in the SC&I building!

Interested in Debate? Demonstration Rounds To Be Held First Week

Welcome back, Scarlet Knights! The Rutgers University Debate Union is very pleased to be hosting two demonstration rounds for the first week of classes of the Fall 2016 semester – on Tuesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 8, our varsity members will be doing demonstration rounds to give a brief overview of what parliamentary debate is like. They will be in room 212 of the School of Communication and Information building on College Avenue, whose entrance is tangential to Alexander Library. The meeting will begin at 9PM with snacks and a brief overview of what parliamentary debate is, and will culminate in an exciting round between our varsity debaters. Our two former novices, Max Albert ’19 and Pasha Temkin ’18 were respectively ranked Second- and Third Novice Speakers on one of the most prestigious debating circuits in the world, the American Parliamentary Debate Association. They also broke an APDA record by being ranked Seventh Team of the Year and being the first novice-novice team to break into the top ten Teams of the Year. The circuit contains every Ivy League university, Stanford, MIT, UChicago, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, Williams, and other top schools. Rutgers was also ranked Seventh Club of the Year. If you’re interested in reading more about the 2015-16 season, click here.

Despite the competitive success of the Rutgers team, we welcome absolutely all Rutgers students to join! Our members have what ranges from four years of high school experience to absolutely none. No high school experience is required for competing on APDA or being apart of RUDU. We also welcome students who have experience in policy debate, public forum, Lincoln-Douglas, speech, Model UN, Model Congress, and mock trial to come give parliamentary a try! You can RSVP through the Facebook event page or by emailing rutgersdebate@gmail.com, for those without Facebook.

The week after the demonstration rounds, RUDU will host break-out sessions and workshops for students interested in continuing debate.  It is heavily recommended that any students interested in RUDU participate in these workshops, as they will prove to be invaluable as the year goes on. Any students still interested in debate can come to our regular Tuesday and Thursday meetings to practice and learn more about debate!