Yale Wins 2014 Rutgers Invitational, Zoffer Top Speaker

The official seal of the Rutgers University Debate Union, adopted in 2012.
The official seal of the Rutgers University Debate Union, adopted in 2012.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) held its thirteenth annual Invitational tournament last weekend, the second in three years to be an “unopposed” on the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) schedule. The tournament treated APDA members to the hospitality of New Brunswick turned winter wonderland as snowstorms arrived on the Thursday prior to the tournament and the Saturday of elimination-round competition.

Sixty-five teams from twenty-six colleges and universities competed. Here are the results:

TOP TEAMS
1. Yale (Zach Bakal & Michael Barton)
2. Brandeis and Brown (Shira Almeleh & Alex Mechanick)
3. Columbia (Joe Eddy & Adele Zhang)
4. Harvard (Josh Zoffer & Shomik Ghosh)
5. Brown (Jean McCabe & Young Seol)
6. Brandeis (David Altman & Russell Leibowitz)
7. George Washington (Jordan Dale & Priyanha Nadanasabesan)
8. Chicago (Leighton Huch & Kyle Painter)
9. Yale (Eric Brooks & Diana Li)
10. William & Mary (Aaron Murphy & Thomas Mattesich)
11. American (David Stauffer & Randi Saunders)
12. Johns Hopkins (David Israel & Juliana Vigorito)

TOP SPEAKERS
1. Josh Zoffer (Harvard)
2. Jean McCabe (Brown)
3. David Altman (Brandeis)
4 Zach Bakal (Yale)
5 Michael Barton (Yale)
6 Shomik Ghosh (Harvard)
7 Russell Leibowitz (Brandeis)
8 Joe Eddy (Columbia)
9 Aaron Murphy (William & Mary)
10 Eric Brooks (Yale)

TOP NOVICE TEAMS
1. William & Mary and Columbia (Andrew Kropp-Sullivan & Kunal Shah)
2. Princeton (Nathan Raab & Sarah Battat)
3. Brown (Yidi Wu & Tezzy N.)
4. Yale (Megan Wilson & Zach Young)
5. Columbia (Tanner Terry & Kyle Misquitta)

TOP NOVICE SPEAKERS
1. Kyle Grigel (Penn)
2. Anirudh Dasarthy (Princeton)
3. Ariana Israel (NYU)
4. Harry Zhang (Johns Hopkins)
5. Frankie Orrico (American)
6. Kevin Guo (Chicago)
7. Danny Jaffe (Brandeis)
8. Andrew Bowles (George Washington)
9. Nathan Raab (Princeton)
10. Megan Wilson (Yale)

This is the third straight year that Yale, the top-ranked program in the country, has won the Rutgers Invitational. The pairing of Barton and Bakal have entrenched themselves as the second-ranked pairing in APDA, behind Zoffer and Ghosh, while recently crowned World Champion Zoffer extended his lead for top Speaker of the Year (SOTY) by winning the traditional helmet (award for top speaker) at Rutgers.

RUDU remains ranked fifth overall on APDA, just barely ahead of Brown, Bates, and Columbia and not far behind Johns Hopkins. This weekend upcoming will be the second “pro-am” weekend of the season, where all competing teams will be composed of one varsity and one novice.

Jubb Elected 2014 TD, 5 Amendments Pass

Alex Jubb, just elected 2014 Tournament Director, makes a point during a debate round at the National Championships last month.
Alex Jubb, just elected 2014 Tournament Director, makes a point during a debate round at the National Championships last month.

Alex Jubb was elected to serve as Tournament Director of the 2014 Rutgers Invitational, the 13th annual tournament and the second major unopposed that Rutgers will host for the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) in elections held one week ago. The election was uncontested after Sean Leonard withdrew from the race. She will be the third straight woman to serve as Tournament Director of the Invitational (or co-TD), following in the footsteps of Bhargavi Sriram in 2012 and Deepta Janardhan in 2013.

Additionally, it was an active election session for amendments to the Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) bylaws, with five of the proposed seven amendments passing. Below is a list of the amendments that passed. While most of them offer minor tweaks to the Free Seed Formula, the mathematical equation by which determination of who gets the free seed at tournaments and especially Nationals is determined, one of them is a significant change that will impact the coming year. This is the creation of a Novice Buddy System whereby varsity debaters will adopt a novice or novices to shepherd through their first year on RUDU, serving as a point-person for questions and concerns they have, as well as helping them in practice.

Several other teams have long had such a system and a Committee will soon be formed within RUDU to design the implementation of this program to help Rutgers put together another banner novice class in 2013-2014. RUDU has placed a novice in the top five NOTY (Novice of the Year) standings in each of the last three seasons, as well as having several debaters who did not have terribly successful novice years break out in subsequent varsity seasons. The emphasis on training novices and general improvement is one of the main reasons for RUDU’s recent success and rise to the top of the APDA rankings.

Here are the amendments that passed:

EBoard Amendment: Judging Requirements
Phipps Amendment: Free Seed Points for Break Tournaments
Potter Amendment 2: Punting Points
Potter Amendment 3: Free Seed Points for Pro-Ams
Williams Amendment: Novice Buddy Mentorship


EBoard Amendment: Judging Requirements
In the event that a tournament has a judging requirement and will otherwise break up teams at their discretion, we will break up registered teams and have both people on the given team judge by the following criteria:

There will be a policy of “last in, first out”. In other words, the people who sign up first for a given tournament will be given the highest priority to compete. Everyone at the meeting sign-up will be tied for the highest competition priority.

If you have judged at any tournament at any point in the year, then you are guaranteed to not be compelled to split off from your partner and judge for the duration of that year.

Anyone forced to judge rather than compete by this policy will receive 2.5 free seed points.

This policy only applies to breaking up a team to meet a judging requirement, not for a team cap at a place like Nationals, North Ams, etc. The free seed will still apply to that.

This will not be used merely to avoid a judging fee, but only in cases where teams will be broken up by the tournament.


Phipps Amendment: Free Seed Points for Break Tournaments
Tournaments that fall fully within school sanctioned class breaks (i.e. Winter Break and Spring Break), should count for half-points within the free seed formula.


Potter Amendment 2: Punting Points
If any debater is obliged to punt to another team in order qualify them for Nationals, that debater will be awarded the same number of points in the free seed formula as the debater earned for advancing in the punted round.


Potter Amendment 3: Free Seed Points for Pro-Ams
The Pro-Am tournaments in both Fall and Spring Semesters shall be counted as half-points toward the free seed formula if there are not enough novices to accommodate all the varsity who desire to attend.


Williams Amendment: Novice Buddy Mentorship
There shall be a novice mentor/mentee system in which each incoming novice (or possibly group of novices) are given a varsity member to work with throughout the first semester.

Yale Defeats NYU/Harvard Team to Win 2013 Rutgers Invitational

2013 Rutgers Invitational Champions Michael Barton and Robert Colonel pose with their signed picture of Henry Phipps, their tentative gag award while for first place team while awaiting delivery of the top team's crystal cup.  Robert Colonel joins Robbie Pratt, Chris Ford, and Omar Qureshi as a two-time champion of the Rutgers Invitational.  This year was the twelfth annual Invitational.
2013 Rutgers Invitational Champions Michael Barton and Robert Colonel pose with their signed picture of Henry Phipps, their tentative gag award while for first place team while awaiting delivery of the top team’s crystal cup. Robert Colonel joins Robbie Pratt, Chris Ford, and Omar Qureshi as a two-time champion of the Rutgers Invitational. This year was the twelfth annual Invitational.

The twelfth annual Rutgers Invitational was held last weekend at the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Forty-five teams attended the tournament after a snowstorm prevented seven additional teams from reaching New Brunswick to compete. The tournament featured breaks to varsity quarterfinals and novice semifinals. Twenty colleges and universities were represented from as far away as Boston and Washington DC, while a university from Chicago had to cancel due to snow.

Here are the tournament’s official results:

The full array of awards offered by the Rutgers Invitational, including the signature top speaker knight's helmet.  Not pictured:  the crystal cup for first place team, which was delivered late and will be awarded to Yale shortly.
The full array of awards offered by the Rutgers Invitational, including the signature top speaker knight’s helmet. Not pictured: the crystal cup for first place team, which was delivered late and will be awarded to Yale shortly.

TOP TEAMS
1. Yale (Robert Colonel & Mike Barton) 4-1, 261.5/19
2. NYU and Harvard (Shomik Ghosh & Josh Zoffer) 5-0, 262/16
3. Yale (Eric Brooks & Sam Ward-Packard) 4-1, 263/17
4. Swarthmore (Griffin Olmstead & Jodie Goodman) 4-1, 259/24
5. Syracuse and Brandeis (David Kopel & Keith Barry) 5-0, 267/16
6. George Washington and William & Mary (Dan Cobos & Aaron Murphy) 4-1, 262.5/21
7. Princeton (Claire Branch & Jeff Leibenhaut) 4-1, 260/21
8. Smith (Molly Lonigan & Sammy Floyd) 4-1, 259.5/22
9. Yale (Ben Kornfeld & Michelle Kim) 4-1, 256.5/25
10. Johns Hopkins (Sam Chirtel & David Israel) 3-2, 260.5/24

Tournament Director Deepta Janardhan (right) places the knight's helmet over the head of the 2013 RU Invitational top speaker, Syracuse's David Kopel.  A different person has won top speaker at all twelve Invitationals, with Maryland speakers winning thrice.  Kopel is the first winner from Syracuse.
Tournament Director Deepta Janardhan (right) places the knight’s helmet over the head of the 2013 RU Invitational top speaker, Syracuse’s David Kopel. A different person has won top speaker at all twelve Invitationals, with Maryland speakers winning thrice. Kopel is the first winner from Syracuse.

TOP SPEAKERS
1. David Kopel (Syracuse) 134/6
2. Keith Barry (Brandeis) 133/10
3. Eric Brooks (Yale) 132.5/7
4. Ben Kornfeld (Yale) 131.5/5
5. Claire Branch (Princeton) 131.5/6
6. Dan Cobos (George Washington) 131.5/7 [Tie broken on adjusted ranks] 7. Shomik Ghosh (NYU) 131.5/7 [Tie broken on adjusted ranks] 8. Robert Colonel (Yale) 131/9
9. Aaron Murphy (William & Mary) 131/14
10. Diana Li (Yale) 130.5/6

NOVICE TEAMS
1. Columbia (Chris Meyer & Kunal Mehta) 3-2, 257/23
2. Pittsburgh (Lizz Crivaro & Andrew Besner) 3-2, 257.5/21
3. Princeton (Brian Moore & Brian Litchfield) 3-2, 256/21
4. NYU (Raymond Wright & Isabelle Klinghoffer) 3-2, 253/27
5. Northeastern (Peter Falk & Danny Rego) 2-3, 256/26

NOVICE SPEAKERS
1. Lizz Crivaro (Pittsburgh) 129/9
2. Chris Meyer (Columbia) 129/11
3. Brian Moore (Princeton) 128.5/9
4. Daniel Takash (Johns Hopkins) 128.5/11
5. Peter Falk (Northeastern) 128.5/12 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 6. Andrew Besner (Pittsburgh) 128.5/12 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 7. Jodie Goodman (Swarthmore) 128.5/15 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 8. Jeff Leibenhaut (Princeton) 128.5/15 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 9. Kunal Mehta (Columbia) 128/12
10. Maya Hardimon (Maryland) 127.5/10 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 11. Nicholas Ferezin (American) 127.5/10 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks]

Yale took the final round over the NYU and Harvard hybrid team on an 11-4 decision. The latter team ran a case about whether a painter in 1907 who opposed both boxing and paternalism should paint underground boxers in New York City as in a pristine condition or bloodied and bruised. Yale chose the latter option.

Rutgers Misses Break Due to Tab Error at West Point

Alex Jubb and Henry Phipps at the West Point banquet, just before they were incorrectly left out of the break announcement.
Alex Jubb and Henry Phipps at the West Point banquet, just before they were incorrectly left out of the break announcement.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) had several teams with winning records at the West Point, but one of them was announced as 9th team and actually finished 8th. They earned a spot in the quarterfinals, but were mis-tabbed as just outside of them. The error was caught too late to fix the pairings, but they were acknowledged as the 8th place team and will receive ranking points as though they’d been in quarterfinals.

The team in question was Alex Jubb and Henry Phipps, frequent partners last year, giving each of them a streak of consecutive weekends in which they earned a spot in the varsity break.

Here are the awards from this weekend:
Alex Jubb & Henry Phipps – 8th Team
Chris Bergman – 10th Speaker
Sean Leonard – 3rd Novice Speaker

RUDU also appeared on the front page of the Daily Targum yesterday for passing Harvard and Johns Hopkins to take 3rd overall in the national rankings, a place RUDU still holds.

The March 4th Targum, featuring RUDU as the top headline.
The March 4th Targum, featuring RUDU as the top headline.

This weekend will be Rutgers’ turn to host a tournament, the 13th annual Rutgers Invitational. About sixty teams from across the east coast and Chicago are expected to attend.

Yale Defeats American for Rutgers 2012 Title

Trophies laid out for the Final Round at the Rutgers tournament in Scott Hall 135 on Saturday. The knight's helmet was awarded to top speaker Robert Colonel from Yale, who also won the tournament.

This last weekend, Rutgers hosted its largest tournament in APDA history, the first unopposed on a major weekend and first twenty-pointer (the most points a tournament can be worth). The tournament broke to varsity octofinals and novice quarterfinals. This was also the first time in an APDA tournament in league history when a varsity tournament offered novice quarterfinals. Eighty-one teams and seventy-eight novices from thirty-two colleges and universities were in attendance.

Here are the results from the tournament:
TOP TEAMS
1. Yale (Robert Colonel & David Trinh) 5-0, 264/16
2. American (James Schmitt & Stephen Hayes) 4-1, 263.5/19
3. Yale (Max Dovala & Andrew Connery) 5-0, 260.5/18
4. Bates (Colin Etnire & Ian Mahmud) 4-1, 258/23
5. Harvard and Johns Hopkins (Coulter King & Omar Qureshi) 4-1, 262.5/19
6. Columbia (Reid Bagwell & Alex McHale) 4-1, 261.5/18
7. Johns Hopkins (Cary Glynn & Sam Chirtel) 4-1, 259.5/17
8. Northeastern and Yale (Haden Quinlan & Nathaniel Rubin) 4-1, 258.5/20
9. Brandeis (Russell Leibowitz & Keith Barry) 4-1, 262.5/22
10. Connecticut and George Washington (Mike Maranets & Adam Drucker) 4-1, 260.5/21
11. Yale (Michael Barton & Anirudh Siviram) 4-1, 260/21
12. Brandeis (Brad Burns & Megan Elsayed) 4-1, 258.5/23
13. Brandeis (Richard Weisbach & Alexander Self) 4-1, 257.5/19
14. Boston University (Maddie Powell & Alison Kennedy) 4-1, 256.5/23
15. Smith (Molly Lonigan & Sammy Floyd) 4-1, 256.5/26
16. West Point and Fordham (Bob Hall & Gareth Horell) 4-1, 256/20
17. Chicago (Alice Li & Evan Hernandez) 3-2, 260.5/24
18. William & Mary (Matt Herdman & Ani-Rae Lovell) 3-2, 260/22
19. William & Mary (Alex Rosenberg & Alena Stern) 3-2, 259.5/21
20. Columbia (Joe Eddy & Katie Bentivoglio) 3-2, 259/23

TOP SPEAKERS
1. Robert Colonel (Yale) 132.5/8
2. Russell Leibowitz (Brandeis) 132/8
3. James Schmitt (American) 132/9
4. Coulter King (Harvard) 132/10
5. David Trinh (Yale) 131.5/8
6. Stephen Hayes (American) 131.5/10
7. Max Dovala (Yale) 131/5
8. Reid Bagwell (Columbia) 131/7 [Tie broken on team performance] 9. Joe Eddy (Columbia) 131/7 [Tie broken on team performance] 10. Michael Barton (Yale) 131/8 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 11. Matt Herdman (William & Mary) 131/8 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks]

TOP NOVICE TEAMS
1. Northeastern and Yale (Haden Quinlan & Nathaniel Rubin) 4-1, 258.5/20
2. Brandeis (Brad Burns & Megan Elsayed) 4-1, 258.5/23
3. Brandeis (David Altman & Mia Katan) 3-2, 254/26
4. American (Alan Ramey & Tula Biederman) 3-2, 254/23
5. Brandeis (Paige Lurie & Mike Abrams) 2-3, 253.5/24
6. Maryland (Justin Dent & Mackenzie Burnett) 2-3, 253.5/25
7. NYU (Nathaniel White & Shomik Ghosh) 3-2, 256/21
8. Maryland (Sam Soltoff & Tomas Breach) 3-2, 255.5/24
9. Johns Hopkins (Athie Livas & Jacqueline Morea) 3-2, 248.5/27
10. Brandeis (Sarah Marguiles & Emmy Calloway) 2-3, 255/28

TOP NOVICE SPEAKERS
1. Haden Quinlan (Northeastern) 130.5/6
2. Brad Burns (Brandeis) 130/9
3. Anirudh Siviram (Yale) 129/13
4. Justin Dent (Maryland) 128.5/9
5. Nathaniel White (NYU) 128.5/10
6. Nathan Emmons (UPenn) 128.5/11
7. Megan Elsayed (Brandeis) 128.5/14
8. David Israel (Johns Hopkins) 128/8
9. Sarah Marguiles (Brandeis) 128/11
10. Sam Soltoff (Maryland) 128/12

Yale University defeated American University for the title at the Eleventh Annual Rutgers Invitational. American ran a case advocating the removal of Congressional confirmation of cabinet members against Yale. Yale, in opposition, prevailed on an extremely narrow 6-5 decision.

Rutgers 4th at TCNJ, Passes Chicago for 8th in Nation

The Rutgers horde gathers at TCNJ after a second straight weekend in semifinals. Left to right: Thomas O'Rourke, Cathy Guo, Storey Clayton, Sarthi Tuli, Asher Wasserman, Shireen Hamza, Deepta Janardhan, Jason Boyle, Ashley Novak, Arbi Llaveshi, Kyle Bomeisl, Quinn Maingi, Chris Bergman, Kurt Falk, Henry Phipps, Russell Potter, Alex Jubb, Stephen Yellin, and Adam Bomeisl.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) stormed down Route One for one of its best tournaments of the year at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). New sophomore/freshman team Adam Bomeisl & Russell Potter led the way, winning their first ever break round together (and individually) en route to a 4th place showing overall. Meanwhile, Chris Bergman & Ashley Novak broke as a team for the sixth time this year and finished 7th. Bergman also won his highest speaker award ever, at 2nd, and Henry Phipps headlined five top novice speakers in the top nine at 3rd.

Here’s the long list of triumphs for RUDU at TCNJ:
Adam Bomeisl & Russell Potter – 4th Team
Chris Bergman & Ashley Novak – 7th Team
Kyle Bomeisl & Stephen Yellin – 9th Team
Henry Phipps & Alex Jubb – 3rd Novice Team
Quinn Maingi & Kurt Falk – 5th Novice Team
Chris Bergman – 2nd Speaker
Kyle Bomeisl – 7th Speaker
Henry Phipps – 3rd Novice Speaker
Quinn Maingi – 4th Novice Speaker
Kurt Falk – 5th Novice Speaker
Nick Guida – 8th Novice Speaker
Russell Potter – 9th Novice Speaker

The tournament brought RUDU over the century-mark in Club of the Year (COTY) points, the metric for the APDA national rankings. With 106.5 points, RUDU is now 8th overall, just passing the University of Chicago with nine weeks left in the regular season. The full rankings can be found here.

The novice speaker awards move Phipps to join four other Rutgers novices in the top 25 in the Novice of the Year (NOTY) rankings. Maingi now stands at 4th, Falk is tied for 7th, Jubb is 16th, and Potter and Phipps are tied for 22nd.

This weekend, Rutgers will host its largest-ever tournament, the Eleventh Annual Rutgers Invitational. More than eighty teams will be visiting the College Avenue campus in New Brunswick to compete at one of the eight unopposed tournaments on the APDA regular-season schedule this season.

Rutgers 2011 Invitational: Tournament Results!

On behalf of the entire Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU), we’d like to thank everyone for coming to our tenth annual invitational, especially the following “dinos” (former debaters):

Dan Ahn
Akbar Ahsan
Lorraine Belostock
Rich Boltizar
Eisha Chopra
EJ Harris
Eric Knecht
Rebekah Lee
Beth Mandel
Elizabeth Tam

Special thanks to Beth for her tremendous help in Tab as well.

Here are our results:

Rutgers 2011 Invitational
49 teams, 45 novices

Public Speaking Champion
Andrew Husick (Brandeis)

Runner-Up: Omar Qureshi (Johns Hopkins)

Novice Speakers
10. Claire Branch 127/14 (Princeton)
9. Russell Leibowitz 128/13 (Brandeis)
8. Joanna Zheng 128/12 (Harvard/Yale)
7. Tierney Kuhn 128/10 (Princeton)
6. Anthony Paranzino 128.5/15 (Princeton)
5. David Mok-Lamme 128.5/11 (Swarthmore)
4. Zach Bakal 129/12 (Yale)
3. Kurt Girard 129/9 (American)
2. Sesenu Woldamarium 129.375/10 (Yale)
1. Michael Barton 129.5/9 (Yale)

Top Novice Teams
5. NYU (Charles Mahoney & Jennifer Song) 2-3, 250.5/27

Breaking to Novice Semifinals
4. Harvard/Yale (Joanna Zheng & Will Ryan 2-3, 255/25) [dropping 3-0 to Yale] 3. Yale (Michael Barton & Zach Bakal) 3-2, 258.5/21 [dropping 2-1 to American]

Breaking to Novice Finals
2. American (Kurt Girard & Randi Saunders) 2-3, 254.5/26

Winning Novice Finals on a 5-2 Decision:
1. Yale (Sesenu Woldamarium & EB Saldana) 3-2, 256.25/23.75

Top Speakers
10. Leah Storer 131/12 (Johns Hopkins/American)
9. Ali Boyle 131/9 (Johns Hopkins/American)
8. Reid Bagwell 131/6 (Columbia) tie broken on head-to-head speaker performance
7. Robert Colonel 131/6 (Yale) tie broken on head-to-head speaker performance
6. Steph Caravias 131.5/10 (American)
5. Pam Brown 131.5/8 (Yale)
4. Matt Herdman 131.5/5 (William & Mary)
3. Andrew Husick 132.5/7 (Brandeis)
2. James Schmitt 132.5/6 (American)
1. Matt Katz 133/6 (Maryland)

Top Teams
Non-Breaking 4-1’s
10. William & Mary (Matt Herdman & Stephen Baker) 4-1, 256.5/22
9. Columbia (Reid Bagwell & Denise Yu) 4-1, 257.5/23

Breaking to Quarterfinals
8. Yale (Kate Falkenstien & Ben Kornfeld) 4-1, 258.5/19 [dropping 3-2 to Johns Hopkins/American] 7. Yale (Robert Colonel & Kristen Briggs) 4-1, 259.5/20 [dropping 3-2 to Maryland] 6. Columbia (Ilana Rice & Alex McHale) 4-1, 260/22 [dropping 4-1 to Brandeis] 5. American (James Schmitt & Steph Caravias) 5-0, 264/16 [dropping 3-2 to Johns Hopkins]

Breaking to Semifinals
4. Brandeis (Andrew Husick & Rich Weisbach) 4-1, 261.5/22 [dropping 4-3 to Johns Hopkins] 3. Johns Hopkins/American (Ali Boyle & Leah Storer) 5-0, 262/21 [dropping 7-0 to Maryland]

Breaking to Finals
2. Maryland (Matt Katz & Mary Yanik) 4-1, 263/22

Winning Finals on a 10-5 Decision:
1. Johns Hopkins (Omar Qureshi & Kithmina Hewage) 4-1, 257.5/22

Rutgers 2011 Tournament: Welcome to New Brunswick!

The Rutgers University Debate Union would like to welcome everyone to New Brunswick, New Jersey this weekend for our tenth annual Invitational. We will be holding five rounds of parliamentary debate with a break to either quarterfinals or partial octofinals, depending on the size of our draw. We will also be holding a public speaking contest between some of the rounds of debate.

Here is a schedule of events for this weekend:

Friday, February 25th, 2011
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Registration at GA (Scott 135)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Round 1
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Public Speaking Round 1
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Round 2
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner on your own – Grease Trucks or Rutgers Student Center food court.
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Round 3
10:00 – 10:30 p.m. Housing

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast in GA (Van Dyck 211)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Round 4 – GA moves to Rutgers Student Center, Red Lion Cafe (basement)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Public Speaking Round 2
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Round 5
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Banquet (Rutgers Student Center, Red Lion Cafe (basement))
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Public Speaking Finals
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Quarterfinals or Partial Octofinals | Novice Semis – GA moves back to Van Dyck 211
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Semifinals or Quarterfinals | Novice Finals
4:30 Final Round (or Semifinals –> Finals) –> Awards – Winants Hall Auditorium

Here is a map of the key campus locations for this weekend:

Rutgers is in New Brunswick, NJ. Friday’s GA can be GPS’ed/Google Mapped to 43 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. The New Brunswick train station on NJ Transit’s line between New York and Trenton is a few blocks away – walk uphill on Easton Ave, take a right on Somerset St and a subsequent left on College Ave. Scott Hall will be on your right after crossing Hamilton St.

Parking is in Lot 26 which is basically SSW of the circle for the Rutgers Student Center on the map. It’s the smaller of those two neighboring parking lots.

Here are the people with specific responsibilities this weekend:

Tournament Director: Chris Bergman
Tab Director: Storey Clayton
Judging Director: David Reiss
Equity Officer: Bhargavi Sriram
Housing Director: Gordon Morrisette
Treasurer: Kyle Bomeisl
Banquet Coordinator: Krishna Kavi
Breakfast Coordinator: Bhargavi Sriram
Public Speaking Contest Director: Farhan Ali
Tab Staff: Beth Mandel, Kyle Bomeisl, Krishna Kavi, Ashley Novak, & Gordon Morrisette

Here is our tabulation policy for this tournament:

Judging Scratches
1. No team shall be judged by an individual with affiliation from their school at any time during the tournament.
2. Each school shall be afforded one scratch.
3. Each team shall be afforded one additional scratch.
4. Each hybrid team shall be afforded two team scratches and no other scratches.
5. Scratches will be respected in in-rounds, quarterfinals, and semifinals. They will be suspended in finals and novice finals.
6. Additional tab scratches may be made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director, Tab Director, and/or Judging Director, as deemed necessary.

General Principles
1. In first round, seeded teams shall hit non-seeded teams, when possible.
2. Seeds will be prioritized in the following order: full seeds, half seeds, free seeds.
3. Should seeded teams be more than half the tournament draw, some free seeds shall hit other free seeds in first round.
4. In subsequent in-rounds, teams shall hit other teams with their same record, paired high-low by speaker points.
5. When a bracket consists of an uneven number of teams, the middle team from the lower bracket shall be pulled-up and paired into that bracket.
6. Pulled-up teams shall be paired into their new brackets based on speaker points, as though they had the same record as the higher bracket.
7. Teams shall not hit other teams from their school in in-rounds, unless they form a majority of any given bracket.
8. Hybrids shall not be protected against any school.
9. Hybrid full- and half-seeds shall be respected, but no hybrid shall be granted a free seed.

Priorities for Exceptional Situations
1. No team shall be pulled-up more than one bracket during the tournament.
2. No team shall hit other teams from their school in in-rounds, unless they form a majority of any given bracket.
3. No team shall hit the same team they have hit before during in-rounds.
4. No team shall be judged by the same individual more than once during in-rounds.
5. No team shall be pulled-up more than once during in-rounds, unless they are the only team in a bracket.
6. No team shall hit a pulled-up team more than once during in-rounds, unless they are the only team in a bracket.
7. No team shall have more than 3 Gov’s or 3 Opp’s in in-rounds.

Swing Team/Byes
1. If there are an odd number of teams in the draw, the bottom team in the tournament shall either hit the swing team or receive a bye.
2. No team shall hit the swing team and/or receive a bye more than once.
3. A swing team shall be made available from the lower end of the judging pool, should sufficient judges be available.
4. The availability of the swing team shall be at the sole discretion of the Tab Director, in consultation with the Judging Director.
5. If a swing team is unavailable, a bye shall be awarded.
6. A bye shall count as a win and that team’s average speaks for the team receiving it.
7. Should a bye or match-up against swing be necessary in the first round, it shall be awarded to a randomly selected team from the middle of the seeding pool.
8. A team receiving a first round bye shall be paired into second round in the middle of the 1-0 bracket.

Ironpeople/Forfeits
1. No one may register for or begin the tournament as an Ironperson (one-person team).
2. Ironpeople may debate in any round where their partner is unavailable, presuming they have a partner for the tournament.
3. Ironpeople shall be allowed to pick up only in the case of significant extenuating circumstances, such as medical emergency for their partner.
4. The nature of valid extenuating circumstances shall be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director, Tab Director, and/or Judging Director.
5. No one who misses a round shall be eligible for speaker awards.
6. Teams who have debated more than one round Ironperson shall be ineligible to break, unless significant extenuating circumstances exist.
7. Any team missing a round shall forfeit and be dropped with speaker points of zero and ranks of 3.5 for each team member.
8. Any team winning by forfeit shall receive a win and individual average speaker points with ranks of 1.5 for each team member.
9. Teams who have forfeited rounds shall be eligible to break, though they shall face a severe disadvantage in speaker points.
10. Anyone deemed to be manipulating these policies in any way shall be deemed ineligible from the break at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director and/or Tab Director.

Out-Rounds
1. At the conclusion of in-rounds, each team shall be ranked by team performance.
2. Priority of team performance shall be as follows:
a. Win-Loss record.
b. Team speaker points.
c. Team ranks.
d. Adjusted team speaker points (the high and low rounds are removed).
e. Adjusted team ranks (the high and low rounds are removed).
f. Double-adjusted team speaker points (all but the middle round are removed).
g. Double-adjusted team ranks (all but the middle round are removed).
h. Head-to-head record, if applicable.
i. Opposition strength (the performance of the teams faced in in-rounds).
j. Coin flip.
3. The eight highest performing teams shall break to varsity quarterfinals.
a. Should the tournament draw consist of 64-79 teams, all teams with a 4-1 record shall break to varsity partial octofinals, with byes awarded to the top breaking teams and all subsequent teams hitting for spots in the quarterfinals.
b. Should the tournament draw consist of 80+ teams, the sixteen highest performing teams shall break to varsity octofinals.
4. The four highest performing novice teams of those remaining shall break to novice semifinals.
5. Novice teams breaking to varsity quarterfinals shall automatically be awarded the top novice team awards, ranked by in-rounds performance.
6. Out-rounds shall be paired strictly in a conventional high-low bracket, with the 1st team hitting the 8th, 4th hitting 5th, and so on.
7. The bracket shall resolve for the duration of out-rounds; no “re-seeding” shall occur in the case of upsets.

Choice of Sides in Out-Rounds
1. If teams matched in out-rounds have hit during in-rounds, they shall take the opposite sides in out-rounds.
2. If teams matched in out-rounds have not hit during in-rounds, the choice shall be given to the team who has had more cumulative Gov’s during the duration of the tournament.
3. If teams matched in out-rounds who have not hit during in-rounds have an equal number of cumulative Gov’s, choice of sides shall be determined by coin flip.

Speaker Awards
1. An awards ceremony shall be held after varsity finals to honor the top varsity and novice speakers.
2. Novice speakers shall be eligible for both varsity and novice speaker awards.
3. Priority of speaker performance shall be as follows:
a. Individual speaker points.
b. Individual ranks.
c. Adjusted individual speaker points (the high and low performances are removed).
d. Adjusted individual ranks (the high and low performances are removed).
e. Double-adjusted individual speaker points (all but the middle performance are removed).
f. Double-adjusted individual ranks (all but the middle performance are removed).
g. Head-to-head speaker performance, if applicable.
h. Team performance during in-rounds.
i. Opposition strength (the performance of teams faced in in-rounds).
j. Coin flip.

Speaker Scale
1. The tournament shall be centered around a 25, which will be deemed as the “varsity average”. This is a guideline for judges, not a claim about the final average score for the tournament.
2. A 24 shall be deemed as the “novice average”. This is a guideline for judges, not a claim about the final average score for novices.
3. A speaker score of 27 or above must be justified to the Tab Director.
4. A speaker score of 23 or below must be justified to the Tab Director.
5. Under no circumstances shall low-point wins be permitted.
6. Tied speaks/ranks rounds may be awarded to either Gov or Opp at judge’s discretion.

We can’t wait to see everyone in New Brunswick this weekend! Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your visit to Rutgers more enjoyable.

Six Rutgers Novices Awarded at Princeton

More trophies for the RUDU collection! Left to right: Kyle Bomeisl, Ashley Novak, Storey Clayton, Adam Bomeisl, Gordon Morrisette, Abhi Karwe, Stephen Yellin, Arbi Llaveshi, Chris Mercurio, Isaac Woodward, Farhan Ali, and Dave Reiss.

The thriving and ever-growing crew of first-year debaters at the Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) put up one of their best overall performances of the year at Princeton this past weekend. In a huge field of both novice and varsity teams, RUDU made half of the novice semifinal break and two additional novice speakers debating with varsity members were awarded as well.

Here’s the list of accomplishments:
Ashley Novak & Gordon Morrisette – 3rd Novice Team
Isaac Woodward & Arbi Llaveshi – 4th Novice Team
Chris Mercurio – 2nd Novice Speaker
Ashley Novak – 7th Novice Speaker
Alex Weiss – 10th Novice Speaker

Isaac and Arbi’s break to novice semis was made all the more impressive given their lack of experience on the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) circuit. Isaac was competing in just his second tournament on APDA and Arbi his first. Meanwhile, Chris Mercurio took a novice speaker award for the second time in two visits to APDA contests. These performances will put him in the top twenty for the Novice of the Year (NOTY) rankings despite only attending two tournaments.

This weekend will be a second tournament in New Jersey – the one hosted by RUTGERS! All RUDU members will be participating by judging, housing, and helping create a positive experience for visitors to the New Brunswick campus. Details about the tournament will be posted right here in the coming days.