Deepta Janardhan, Tournament Director for the 2013 Rutgers Invitational, was elected as 2013 Novice Mentor Tuesday night after a brief five-person election that included a run-off between the top two candidates. Janardhan was elected to replace Kurt Falk, who served the position with an example that all candidates stated they would like to follow. She restores gender parity to the Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) Executive Board as the third woman to join the six-person Board.
The Novice Mentor of RUDU works with the Coaches to recruit new members to the team, help train them, and make them feel welcome within the ever growing club. The position was established in 2012 after the Novice Coach position had been eliminated when Storey Clayton first started coaching the team in the 2009-2010 season. As RUDU began to grow massively in 2010 and 2011, the team felt it necessary to assign a member of the team the responsibility for ensuring support of novices.
“This year I see a novice class that shows a lot of potential,” she noted in her candidate statement.