The 2018-2019 Executive Board of the Rutgers University Debate Union


Mitchell Mullen is the President of the Debate Union. As a junior, he is double majoring in Philosophy and Religion. Last year, Mitch, alongside recent graduate Pasha Temkin, won 7th Team of the Year. Mitchell likes video games, graphic tees, and moral skepticism.

Will Donnelly is the Vice President of the Debate Union. A sophomore majoring in Economics, Will started debating for Rutgers in 2017. Will isn’t very good at debate, but what he lacks in argument generation skills he makes up for with his memes.

Rajul Bothra, the Treasurer of the Debate Union, is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Business. Rajul started on the team in 2017 and has quickly advanced her debate skills, making it to both varsity and novice out-rounds multiple times her novice year. Rajul 

Jeanette McGrath is the Public Relations Chair of the Debate Union. A sophomore majoring in History, Jeanette joined RUDU in 2017. She manages the RUDU facebook page and Instagram, and puts together the popular Debater of the Week Series. Jeanette will technically be a novice again for the 2018-2019 debate season, but that won’t stop her from tearing up the circuit.

Jackson Utley, the Novice Mentor of the Debate Union, is a junior Industrial Engineering major. Jackson joined the Union in 2107 and has experienced competitive success his novice year. Jackson quite enjoys hikes, which he often takes barefoot.

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.