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, 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!


RUDU Takes Top Novice, Novice Team at W&M II

This past weekend, the Rutgers Debate Team took a long journey to Williamsburg, Virginia to compete at the College of William and Mary. April 8 and 9 proved to be very eventful days for our debaters, and successful nonetheless!

Our varsity members, Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16, performed exceptionally well as always. The duo had a perfect 5-0 record in their preliminary rounds and debated their way victoriously up to quarter-finals! They were crowned Fifth Varsity Team, with Leonard’16 as Second Varsity Speaker. Our novice President Temkin’18 was also named Seventh Varsity Speaker, quite an accomplishment!

Temkin ’18, along with Vice-President Max Albert ’19, made Rutgers proud by dominating the novice competition, performing well enough to be crowned Top Novice Team! Temkin ’18 was also named Top Novice Speaker, with Albert ’19 making Third Novice Speaker! The two also made it to varsity quarter-finals.

RUDU Elections were also last week, and our new E-Board (which will now follow an academic year schedule) is as follows:

RUDU Executive Board, 2016-2017

  • President: Pasha Temkin ’18
  • Vice-President: Max Albert ’19
  • Treasurer: Naeem Hossain ’18
  • Novice Mentor: David Vinarov ’19
  • Public Relations Chair: Andrea Vacchiano ’19

Our next tournament will be at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ, and will mark our last regular tournament of the academic year.

RUDU Goes to Princeton, Breaks and Gets Top Award

There were well over 100 teams competing at the Princeton tournament of April 1-2: as an uncontested tournament, debaters flocked from all across the country, from Stanford to Chicago to Swarthmore. There were novices, varsity debaters, and even a few dinos competing, but RUDU still managed to shine by breaking into outrounds and snagging the highest novice award of all! The teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16
  • Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19
  • Jeremy Kritz ’19 and a GW hybrid
  • Larry Feltz ‘16 and Andrea Vacchiano ‘19

Judging with us were RUDU dinos Russell Potter ‘15 and Chris Bergman ‘13.

Two of our four teams broke into outrounds. Novices Temkin ‘18/Albert ‘19 picked up octofinals against Megan Wilson and Evan Lynyak from Yale, who are currently tied for Team of the Year! It was a great round, and very impressive for our novices to win against such a well-regarded team. The two then made it to quarterfinals, placing them as 7th Team of the Year, right behind Leonard/Kropper who are 6th. Leonard ‘16/Kropper ‘16 also shot through their rounds, performing beautifully and making it to octofinals before dropping to another Yale team. The greatest accomplishment of the weekend was when Vice-President Max Albert ‘19, triumphing over the many other promising young novices on the APDA circuit, was named Top Novice Speaker!

Next weekend, RUDU will be driving all the way down to Williamsburg, Virginia to debate at The College of William and Mary. This will be our third-to-last tournament for the year, as nationals are approaching very quickly. Good luck to the debaters! We will also be having RUDU elections this week.

RUDU Goes to Pro-Ams at F&M, Breaks Twice

The team poses victoriously after all of their successes! L – R: Max Albert, Pasha Temkin, Geneva Kropper, Sean Leonard, Jeremy Kritz, Larry Feltz, David Vinarov, Quinn Maingi

This weekend of February 19-20, RUDU participated in a Pro-Am tournament at the very scenic Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. As it was a Pro-Am (Professional-Amateur) competition, the teams were paired as such:

  1. Sean Leonard ’16 and Jeremy Kritz ’19
  2. Geneva Kropper ’16 and Pasha Temkin ’18
  3. Max Albert ’19 and David Vinarov ’19

Treasurer Larry Feltz ’17 came along to judge. Each team did a fantastic job: Leonard ’16 and Kritz ’19 had a 4 -1 record and broke into out-rounds, while Kropper/Temkin and Albert/Vinarov both had the same 3-2 record, but only the former group broke. Leonard ’16 and Kritz ’19 made it to quarter-finals while Kropper ’16 and Temkin ’18 took one step further and made it to semi-finals! After this tournament, Kropper is also now qualified for nationals! The team was also reunited with former RUDU President, Quinn Maingi ’15! It was a great weekend.

Next week, RUDU will be attending American University II’s on February 26-27.

RUDU Makes it to Finals at GWII

Last week, RUDU was happy to host a tournament and APDA meeting in our own New Brunswick. It was wonderful to be reunited with former members and we hoped that everyone enjoyed themselves!

This past weekend of Feb. 12-13, RUDU traveled to Washington, D.C. to debate at George Washington University. We welcomed a new member, Geneva Kropper, who hails from University of Maryland and officially became a Rutgers debater recently. She got her future with RUDU off to an excellent start with her phenomenal debates this weekend with Sean Leonard ’16. After making it to finals and dropping to a team from Franklin and Marshall, the two placed as Second Varsity Team! Individually, Leonard ’16 garnered Third Varsity Speaker and Kropper was awarded Eighth Varsity Speaker.

Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19 continue to do Rutgers proud by winning the title of Third Best Novice Team at the tournament. The pair also broke into the top ten for individual novice awards: Temkin’ 18 was awarded Seventh Novice Speaker and Albert ’19 was honored with Fourth Novice Speaker.

Next week, the team will be headed to Lancaster, PA to debate at Franklin and Marshall!

RUDU Goes to CMU: Leonard continues his winning streak, Temkin and Albert climb from novice to varsity!

Classes start again this Tuesday at Rutgers, and members of the debate union spent their last weekend of winter break competing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Debating at the tournament were Sean Leonard ’16, Naeem Hossain ’18, Pasha Temkin ’18, Elise Zhou ’18 and Max Albert ’19. Larry Feltz ’17 also came along to judge rounds.

Our President and Vice President, Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19, performed remarkably as a novice team, having an impeccable record of 5 – 0 before breaking and making it to quarter finals. Temkin ’18 was awarded 3rd Novice Speaker and Albert ’19 was named 4th Novice Speaker. They both performed so well that they moved up to the varsity level and were named 7th Varsity Speaker and 10th Varsity Speaker, respectively!

Just like last week, Leonard ’16 outperformed at the tournament and placed as Top Varsity Speaker! He also paired up with Geneva Kropper from University of Maryland and together they conquered the final rounds and placed as Top Varsity Team of the tournament!

Finally, Hossain ’18 and Zhou ’18 also had an admirable record of 3 – 2! RUDU had a great tournament, congratulations to all of the debaters at Rutgers and the other schools! Next weekend, a few of our members are crossing the US/Canadian border to debate at the North American Championships Tournament at Queens College in Kingston, Ontario. This is a very prestigious gathering of debaters and there is no doubt that RUDU deserves to be there.

In addition, RUDU will have a spot at the Spring Involvement Fair this Monday at the College Avenue Gym from 1pm to 4pm. Feel free to join us!

RUDU Goes to CUNY: Sean Leonard Takes the Entire Tournament!

Last weekend, members of the Rutgers University Debate Team took time out of their winter break to compete at City University of New York. Debating at the tournament were Sean Leonard ’16, Pasha Temkin ’18, and Max Albert ’19. RUDU alumnus, George Alukal ’15, also came to support the team.

Leonard ’16 won the entire tournament by winning first place as Varsity Team with Eric Tannenbaum from TCNJ and getting first-place for Varsity Speaker! He continues to make Rutgers proud with his achievements.

Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 also conquered the novice division by placing as the third best Novice Team! Individually, they were ranked 6th Novice Speaker and 7th Novice Speaker, respectively.

Congratulations to all of the debaters! Next weekend, the team will be going to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

RUDU in Finals at Maryland!

This past weekend, the Rutgers debate team had a great time competing at the beautiful University of Maryland. Debating at the tournament were Sean Leonard ’16, Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19, Mohammad Arif ’19, and Adarsh Rangan ’19. The team also sent two judges, Jamie DiVito ’16 and Elise Zhou ’18.

Every RUDU team that attended the tournament made it to out rounds, as Arif ’19 and Rangan ’19 broke to novice out rounds while Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 broke to varsity out rounds despite being novices. Arif ’19 and Rangan ’19 made it to novice finals while Leonard ’16 went on to compete in the final varsity round of the tournament.

Individually, Leonard ’16 was third varsity speaker, Temkin ’18 was second novice speaker, and Albert ’19 was fifth novice speaker.

Congratulations to all of the debaters! This weekend, the team goes into NYC to compete at Fordham University.

RUDU Goes to Harvard; Temkin Wins Top Novice!

This past weekend, RUDU visited Harvard University in Boston and competed at a motions tournament. At a motions tournament, all of the topics are chosen by the host school before the start of each debate and everyone competing at the tournament debates the same resolution. Team preparation is not allowed and each round allots 15 minutes of preparation time for the teams to gather their best arguments.

Representing Rutgers Debate were varsity Sean Leonard ’16, Vidhaath Sripathi ’17, and novices Mohammad Arif ’18 and Mahaksh Kotdawala ’18, and Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19. Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 broke into novice out rounds and finished the tournament as top and third novice speaker respectively. Following this success, Temkin ’18 is currently top Novice of the Year and Albert ’19 is second Novice of the Year. Congratulations to all participating debaters!

Next week, RUDU will be debating at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

RUDU Takes Top Varsity and Novice Speaker at Vassar!

This past weekend, RUDU had a very successful weekend in Vassar College in New York. Attending teams included Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19, Jeremy Kritz ’19 and Adarsh Rangan ’19, and Sean Leonard ’16 hybrid with Geneva Kropper from University of Maryland.

Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 placed as third novice team and Kritz ’19 and Rangan ’19 placed as fourth novice team. Leonard ’16 hybrid with Kropper placed as second varsity team.

Individually, RUDU performed extremely well, placing Albert ’19 as top novice speaker, Temkin ’18 as second novice speaker, Kritz ’19 as third novice speaker, and Rangan ’19 as tenth novice speaker. Leonard ’16 was top varsity speaker. With these historic rankings, RUDU currently holds the positions of top Speaker of the Year (Leonard ’16), top Novice of the Year (Albert ’19), second Novice of the Year (Temkin ’18), and third Novice of the Year (Kritz ’19).

Congratulations to everyone for their achievements! This weekend, RUDU visits Harvard for a special motions tournament, where each round will have a topic dictated by the host school.