The 2017-2018 Executive Board of the Rutgers University Debate Union

Pasha Temkin '18--Varsity Quarterfinalist and Novice Champion at Princeton 2016

Pasha Temkin is the President of the Debate Union. As a junior, he is double majoring in Philosophy and Computer Science. As a novice, Temkin set records as 3rd Novice of the Year and 7th Team of the Year. Before joining RUDU, he worked as a debate coach at Stuyvesant High School in NY.


Max Albert is the Vice President of the Debate Union. A sophomore majoring in Philosophy, Albert started debating for Rutgers in 2015. Last year, he broke to varsity outrounds and collected novice speaker awards on several occasions. After college, Albert hopes to become a professor and do what is cool.

Naeem Hossain, the Treasurer13731056_1166387576741089_6385154959259758116_o of the Debate Union, is a junior majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. He is a software engineer and is part of the Rutgers computer science community. Hossain has also worked as a debate coach and mentor. He aspires to create his own startup after college.

Andrea Vacchiano is the Public Relations Chair of 14182170_331376000534990_304128299_nthe Debate Union. A sophomore majoring in History and Political Science, Vacchiano joined RUDU in 2015. She is a member of a few other clubs and volunteered at historical societies and for political campaigns in high school. After college, Vacchiano hopes to go to graduate school and become a historian or work for a think tank.

10259991_10208997060550298_8907410631946396843_nDavid Vinarov, the Novice Mentor of the Debate Union, is a sophomore History major hoping to eventually commission as an officer in the military and eventually become a professor. His late entry to his novice year was what motivated him to help incoming novices get a strong start to their debate careers.

The 2016-2017 Coaching Staff of the Rutgers University Debate Union

13238882_10156953300810010_6323043098620861623_nMatthew Maddex is the Coach of the Debate Union. He comes from Southern California, where he first learned about the world of forensics by being part of the Long Beach Community College team. He was one of the re-founding members who helped to bring the team back after over a decade hiatus. He competed for one year before transferring to California State University, Long Beach. At CSULB, Matthew competed in Individual Events and Parliamentary debate. During his three years there he qualified 10 events for the AFA national individual events tournament, where he placed as a semi-finalist in After Dinner Speaking (in 2004). In parliamentary debate, Matthew and his different partners competed at the National Parliamentary Debate Association national tournament and broke into outrounds multiple times. Plus, during his Junior year he and his partner qualified as the 8th ranked team in the country for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (in 2003).

After graduating with a bachelor’s in Political Science and Communication Studies, Matthew went on to be a Forensics Graduate Teaching Assistant at Miami University (Ohio). There he primarily coached individual events and helped with the policy debate team. During his time there they qualified 26 individual events for the NFA national individual events tournament and qualified a team to the National Debate Tournament (for policy).

Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Matthew moved to Baton Rouge, LA and has been pursuing his doctoral degree at Louisiana State University. During his time there he was Director of Debate, overseeing individuals and teams competing in Lincoln-Douglas, parliamentary and IPDEA debate. His LSU debaters qualified 2 in Lincoln-Douglas for the NFA national tournament and had a team break at the NPDA national debate tournament.