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!

RUDU Ends The Year With Historic Records

(L-R: Geneva Kropper, Sean Leonard, Pasha Temkin, Jeremy Kritz, Larry Feltz, David Vinarov, Naeem Hossain, Max Albert, Nick Hansen, Adarsh Rangan, Andrea Vacchiano, Matthew Maddex)

As the 2015-16 academic year has come to a close, the Rutgers University Debate Union is happy to announce that at APDA Nationals, hosted by New York University on April 22-24, we set several historic records. Our teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ‘16/Geneva Kropper ‘16
  • Pasha Temkin ‘18/Max Albert ‘19
  • Larry Feltz ‘17/Naeem Hossain ‘18

Sean Leonard was named 19th Varsity Speaker and received the Jeff Williams award (graduating senior with the most top 10 -OTY finishes) and the Chris Porcaro award (graduating senior with the most top speaker finishes), the first time any Rutgers debater has been so distinguished.

Max Albert was named Top Novice and Tenth Varsity Speaker. Pasha Temkin was named Second Novice and Seventeenth Varsity Speaker. Together, they broke (being the first novice/novice team in APDA history to break at Nationals!) into octofinals, placing 11th overall.

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The 2015-2016 season has been a historic one for the Rutgers University Debate Union. For the first time in Rutgers history, we had two top 10 TOTY (Team of the Year) teams:

  • Sean Leonard ‘16 and Geneva Kropper ‘16 (6th TOTY)
  • Max Albert ‘19 and Pasha Temkin ‘18 (7th TOTY), the first novice-novice top 10 TOTY team in APDA history

For the first time in Rutgers history, we also had two Top 10 NOTY (Novice of the Year) finishes:

  • Max Albert ‘19 (2nd NOTY)
  • Pasha Temkin ‘18 (3rd NOTY)

For the 6th year in a row, Rutgers remains in top 10 COTY (Club of the Year)–this year, we were named Seventh Club of the Year, above teams like Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

Sean Leonard ‘16 finished the year as the most decorated debater in the history of Rutgers Debate:

  • Two Top 10 SOTY (Speaker of the Year) finishes: 7th (2015) and 5th (2016)
  • Two Top 10 TOTY finishes: 4th (2015) and 6th (2016)
  • Nationals finalist (2014)
  • Back-to-back Nationals semifinalist (2014, 2015)
  • The highest individual number of COTY points of any debater (2016)

Sean Leonard ’16 graduated with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in Economics. Sean’s presence will be missed, as will be the presences of our other graduating seniors:

  • Nick Hansen ‘16 finished the year tied for Twentieth Team of the Year (with Sean Leonard) – and was named 13th Novice of the Year when he began. Hansen ‘16 graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History and will work in transportation.
  • Geneva Kropper ‘16 was ranked Sixth Team of the Year this year (with Sean Leonard) – a remarkable feat considering that the team began after the Rutgers Invitational at only the beginning of February. Kropper ‘16  graduated with a degree in Government and a minor in History and will be working in D.C.

Good luck to Sean, Nick, and Geneva! We are also excited to announce that Rutgers will be hosting and competing in Nationals next year – this is a huge honor on the APDA Circuit!

 

RUDU Finishes Off Last Regular Tournament with Speaking Awards at TCNJ

This weekend’s tournament of April 15-16 at The College of New Jersey marked the last regular tournament of the academic year. Although it was saddening being the last regular tournament for graduating seniors on the team, RUDU performed remarkably and are ending the year on a great note! Our teams were as follows:

  • Pasha Temkin ’18/Max Albert ’19
  • Sean Leonard ’16/Swat hybrid
  • Larry Feltz ’17/Jeremy Kritz ’19

We were also joined by dinos Deepta Janardhan ’14, Quinn Maingi ’15, and graduating senior Nick Hansen ’16 who all judged!

Leonard ’16 debated extremely well with Matt Donaghy from Swarthmore, going a steady 4-1 in preliminary rounds. In outrounds, they shot through their competition and made it to finals, finishing as the Second Varsity Team, dropping only to Nathan and Ani from Princeton, who are APDA’s Team of the Year. Leonard was also named Second Varsity Speaker.

Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 dominated the novice competition as always, winning Top Novice Team and snagging Top Novice Speaker (Temkin) and Second Novice Speaker (Albert) against many talented novices on the circuit.

Next weekend, the team will be competing at Nationals, hosted by New York University. Best of luck to those who are going!

RUDU Goes to Penn, Snags Top Varsity And Top Novice Awards

RUDU traveled to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend of March 25-26 and did not disappoint: at a large gathering of debaters from very prestigious teams, RUDU won the top speaking awards (Top Varsity and Top Novice), and one of our novice members broke into varsity out-rounds!  The teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16
  • Pasha Temkin ’18 and a Bryn Mawr hybrid
  • Max Albert ’19 and a Princeton hybrid
  • David Vinarov ’19 and Jeremy Kritz ’19

We were also joined by RUDU dinos, Quinn Maingi ’15 and George Alukal ’15, who judged!

Leonard’16/Kropper’16 continued to perform phenomenally by going 5-0 in their in-round debates! They made it to quarter finals and finished as the Fifth Varsity Team, while Leonard’16 garnered Top Varsity Speaker, a huge achievement. Our novice debater Albert’19 broke into varsity rounds with his partner and finished as the 11th Varsity Team!

President Temkin’18 shot through his rounds with his partner from Bryn Mawr: they went 3-2 and then made it to novice finals (finishing as Third Novice Team)! One of the three in-rounds debates they won was against Nathan and Anirudh from Princeton, who are Third Team of the Year AND the Top Varsity Team at the Penn tournament! Quite an accomplishment from novice debaters! Temkin’18 was also impressively crowned Top Novice Speaker. Albert’19 got Tenth Novice Speaker and, because his novice team broke into varsity, was apart of the Top Novice Team!

Next week, Rutgers will be competing at Princeton University on March 31-April 1. This will also be the night of APDA elections, so good luck to Pasha Temkin in his bid for Member-at-Large, and good luck to RUDU!

RUDU Goes to Georgetown: Wins Novice Finals, Leonard/Kropper Move to 5th TOTY!

This past weekend of March 18-19 – the last few days of Spring Break at Rutgers, sadly – RUDU traveled to compete at the prestigious Georgetown University for our last D.C. tournament of the year. Our debaters were victorious in continuing their streak of winning top titles! Our teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ’16/Geneva Kropper ’16
  • Pasha Temkin ’18/Max Albert ’19
  • David Vinarov ’19/Hybrid

On the varsity side, Leonard’16/Kropper’16 performed extremely well! Leonard’16 got Third Varsity Speaker, and together he and Kropper made it to finals as Second Varsity Team! Although they ended up dropping the final round, their spectacular record at the tournament garnered them more TOTY points and shot them up to Fifth Team of the Year, in the entire country, after debating for a little more than a month! Congrats to Sean and Geneva!

Temkin’18/Albert’19 shot through the Novice competition and won Novice Finals! Albert’19 got Second Novice Speaker and Temkin’18 got Third Novice Speaker. They achieved such high scores as novices that they were eligible for individual Varsity awards – a very great accomplishment that they seem to get quite often! Albert’19 was named Fourth Varsity Speaker – a stunning accomplishment and Temkin’18 impressively got Ninth Varsity Speaker.

Next week, the team will be debating at the beautiful University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on March 25-26.

Recapping RUDU’s Past Two Weeks

The past two weeks have been quite eventful for RUDU! The most recent tournament was at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA on March 11-12. Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16 surprised no one by debating exceptionally and garnering Third Varsity Team and getting Second and Fourth Varsity Speaker, respectively. In the novice competition, Max Albert ’19 and Pasha Temkin’18, our Vice President and President, got First and Second Place as Novice Speakers, AND broke to Varsity and was named Fifth Varsity Team! Albert ’19 and Temkin ’18 also were named Seventh and Eighth Varsity Speakers, respectively, which means that four out of the ten individual varsity speaking awards went to Rutgers, and two of the recipients were Rutgers novices! David Vinarov ’19 got his first speaking award, garnering Eighth Novice Speaker and winning Novice Finals with a debater from GW, while Jeremy Kritz ’19 was crowned Ninth Novice Speaker. RUDU was also reunited with dinos Deepta Janardhan ’14, Quinn Maingi ’15, and George Alukal ’15!

RUDU enjoyed modest success at the West Point Tournament on March 4-5. Leonard ’16 teamed up with Andrew Bowles from George Washington and placed as Fifth Varsity Team. Albert ’19 got placed as Third Novice Speaker AND Sixth Varsity Speaker, and teamed up with Temkin ’18 to be crowned Third Novice Team.

As Rutgers students enjoy Spring Break, our debaters will be preparing for a tournament at Georgetown this coming Friday and Saturday of March 18-19. Props to them for taking time out of their break to continue to keep Rutgers’ good name alive in the APDA community!

RUDU Smashes It in D.C., Garners Top Awards at American U.

RUDU spent the beautiful weekend of Feb. 27-28 at American University in Washington, D.C., and continued to make all of us in New Brunswick proud by performing phenomenally! The teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16
  • Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19
  • David Vinarov ’19, debating on a hybrid team

Leonard ’16 and Kropper ’16, both being crowned second and third best varsity speakers at the tournament, triumphed through all of their rounds and made it all the way to finals! In the final round, they dropped to Wang/Bowles from George Washington, which marks the second time in a row that the duo was crowned Second Varsity Team at a tournament! It is also the second time that they have debated together for Rutgers, and they are now ranked 9th Team of the Year!

Meanwhile, our two exceptional novices Temkin ’18/Albert ’19 absolutely dominated the novice competition and won novice finals in the end! As for speaking awards, their records were so good that a coin toss needed to be performed to decide which one would be Top Novice Speaker and which one would be Second Novice Speaker, with Albert ’19 lucking out and getting the top title! Because of this, he also won Tenth Varsity Speaker.

The cumulative awards were as follows:

  • Second Varsity Team: Leonard ’16 and Kropper ’16
  • Second Varsity Speaker: Leonard ’16
  • Third Varsity Speaker: Kropper ’16
  • Tenth Varsity Speaker: Albert ’19 (a novice!)
  • Eleventh Varsity Speaker: Temkin ’18 (a novice!)
  • Top Novice Team: Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19
  • Top Novice Speaker: Albert ’19
  • Second Novice Speaker: Temkin ’18

Next weekend, from March 4 – 5, the team will be at West Point! It will be a very interesting tournament.