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

 

Rajul Bothra, the President of the Debate Union, is a senior majoring in Computer Science and Business. Rajul started on the team in 2017 and has rapidly grown as a debater. She continues to be the most competitively successful person on the current team, consistently placing in the top 20 debaters in the country. When she’s not debating, Rajul can be found raiding the local Taco Bell.  

 

 

 

Ron Mucci is the Vice President of the Debate Union. A junior majoring in Kinesiology, Ronaldo dreams of one day becoming a PE teacher so that he can spread his love for overly aggressive dodgeball and linoleum flooring. These are the only topics he will debate about. Oh, also he loves soccer. Go Manchester City!!!!!

 

Paola Apolinario, the Treasurer of the Debate Union, is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. She radiates responsibility in everything she does and can be identified by her various assortment of yellow clothing. Paola manages the finances of the team, from the revenue of our own, very large tournament to the registration fees of the tournaments that we attend to the costs of our team events.

 

Sasha Chuprakova is the Public Relations Chair of the Debate Union. A sophomore majoring in Economics and Political Science, Sasha joined RUDU in 2018. She manages the RUDU facebook page and website, and bears the burden of getting the team to stand still for a picture. She has yet to succeed.

 

Jackson Utley, the Novice Mentor of the Debate Union, is a senior Political Science major. Jackson joined the Union in 2017 and has experienced competitive success during his time on the team, regularly breaking to out rounds and earning plenty of speaker awards. Jackson quite enjoys hikes, which he often takes barefoot.

 

 


The Past Coaching Staff of the Rutgers University Debate Union

Matthew Maddex was the Coach of the Debate Union. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Political Science and Communication Studies from UCSLB, Matthew went on to be a Forensics Graduate Teaching Assistant at Miami University (Ohio). Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Matthew moved to Baton Rouge, LA and has been pursuing his doctoral degree at Louisiana State University. He started coaching RUDU in 2015. Under his guidance, a Rutgers team won Team of The Year in the 2016/2017 season, and a debater won 3rd Speaker of the Year. He left Rutgers in 2018 to be a Professor at UCF.

Storey Clayton was the Coach of the Debate Union. A graduate of Brandeis University in 2002, Clayton began coaching at Rutgers in 2009. During his APDA career, he won the North American Championship (2001), was the 2nd ranked speaker (2002), part of the 3rd Team at the National Championships (2001), 3rd ranked novice (1999), and part of the 5th ranked team (2000). Prior to coaching debate, he worked in non-profits in the Bay Area, including the Seneca Center for Children and Families and the Glide Foundation. Since his arrival at Rutgers, the team as a whole has gone from unranked in the prior eight years to 24th in 2010, 5th in 2011, 9th in 2012, and a record-high 3rd in 2013. He left Rutgers in the Spring of 2014.

Chris Baia was the Assistant Coach of the Debate Union. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University in 2008, Baia started coaching in 2012. During his APDA career, he was President of the league (2008), 2nd ranked speaker (2008), on the 6th ranked team twice (2007, 2008), 8th ranked novice (2005), and finished 12th at Nationals (2008). Prior to his arrival at Rutgers, Baia coached the Collegiate High School team in New York and earned his Juris Doctor at American University. He was recently admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association. RUDU finished 3rd-ranked in the nation during his first year as an Assistant Coach. He left Rutgers in the Spring of 2014.


The Past Coaching Staff of the Rutgers University Debate Union

SC2014Storey Clayton was the Coach of the Debate Union. A graduate of Brandeis University in 2002, Clayton began coaching at Rutgers in 2009. During his APDA career, he won the North American Championship (2001), was the 2nd ranked speaker (2002), part of the 3rd Team at the National Championships (2001), 3rd ranked novice (1999), and part of the 5th ranked team (2000). Prior to coaching debate, he worked in non-profits in the Bay Area, including the Seneca Center for Children and Families and the Glide Foundation. Since his arrival at Rutgers, the team as a whole has gone from unranked in the prior eight years to 24th in 2010, 5th in 2011, 9th in 2012, and a record-high 3rd in 2013. He left Rutgers in the Spring of 2014.

Chris Baia was the Assistant Coach of the Debate Union. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University in 2008, Baia started coaching in 2012. During his APDA career, he was President of the league (2008), 2nd ranked speaker (2008), on the 6th ranked team twice (2007, 2008), 8th ranked novice (2005), and finished 12th at Nationals (2008). Prior to his arrival at Rutgers, Baia coached the Collegiate High School team in New York and earned his Juris Doctor at American University. He was recently admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association. RUDU finished 3rd-ranked in the nation during his first year as an Assistant Coach. He left Rutgers in the Spring of 2014.


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Past Officers of the Rutgers University Debate Union

2015
President: Sean Leonard ’16
Vice President: Nick Hansen ’16
Treasurer: Victoria Disla ’17/Jamie DeVito ’17
Public Relations Chair: Elise Zhou ’18
Novice Mentor: Jessie Gugig ’17/Larry Feltz ’16
Tournament Director: Jamie DeVito ’17
Coach: Matthew Maddex

2014
President: Quinn Maingi ’15
Vice President: Sean Leonard ’16
Treasurer: Nimit Jindal ’17
Public Relations Chair: Nick Hansen ’16
Novice Mentor: George Alukal ’15
Alumni Coordinator: Suraj Osa ’17
Tournament Director: Russel Potter ’15
Coach: Storey Clayton, Braneis ’02 (Fall) / Matthew Maddex (Spring)

2013
President: Ashley Novak ’14
Vice President: Adam Bomeisl ’14
Treasurer: Quinn Maingi ’15
Public Relations Chair: Rachel Moon ’15
Novice Mentor: Deepta Janardhan ’14
Alumni Coordinator: Gordon Morrisette ’14
Tournament Director: Deepta Janardhan ’14
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02
Assistant Coach (Fall): Chris Baia, Johns Hopkins ’08

2012
President: Chris Bergman ’13
Vice President: Bhargavi Sriram ’13
Treasurer: Ashley Novak ’14
Public Relations Chair: Henry Phipps ’14
Novice Mentor: Kurt Falk ’15
Alumni Coordinator: Alex Jubb ’14
Tournament Directors: Adam Bomeisl ’14 & Bhargavi Sriram ’13
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02
Assistant Coach (Fall): Chris Baia, Johns Hopkins ’08

Fall 2011
President: Chris Bergman ’13
Vice President: Nisha Kumar ’13
Treasurer: Ashley Novak ’14
Public Relations Chair: Stephen Yellin ’13
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02

2010-2011
President: David Reiss ’11
Vice President: Farhan Ali ’11
Treasurer: Kyle Bomeisl ’11
Public Relations: Krishna Kavi ’12
Tournament Director: Christopher Bergman ’13
Webmaster: Gordon Morrisette ’13
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02

2009-2010
President: Eric Knecht ’10
Vice President of Operations: Barbara Silber ’10
Treasurer: Brian Canares ’11
Novice Coach: Eisha Chopra ’10
Secretary: Lorraine Belostock ’10
Public Relations: Kyle Bomeisl ’11
Tournament Director: David Reiss ’11
Webmaster: Roy Antoun ’10
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02

2008-2009
President: Eric Knecht ’10
Vice President – Executive: Barbara Silber ’10
Vice President – Finance: Lorenzo Calinawan ’10
Novice Coach: Eisha Chopra ’10
Tournament Director: Akbar Ahsan ’10
Chief Technology Officer: Kyle Bomeisl ’11

2007-2008
President: Sam Zeidman ’08
Executive Vice President: Eisha Chopra ’10
Vice President of Finance: Lorenzo Calinawan ’10
Novice Coach: Simon Burger ’08
Tournament Director: Ed Fu ’08
Chief Technology Officer: Ed Fu ’08

2006-2007
President: Sam Zeidman ’08
VP: Rebekah Lee ’07
VP Finance: Dan Ahn ’07
Varsity Coach: Prashant Iyer ’07
Novice Coach: Carl Kunda ’07
Tournament Director: Ed Fu ’08
PR Officer: Cindy Huang ’08
Chief Technology Officer: Ed Fu ’08

2005-2006
President: Carl Kunda ’07
Executive VP: Dan Ahn ’07
VP Finance: Prashant Iyer ’07
Novice Coach: Ross Mazer ’06
VP Operations: Ryan Gogol ’06
Tournament Director: Rebekah Lee ’07
Community Debate Director: Meredithe McNamara ’07
Chief Technology Officer: William Mon ’06

2004-2005
President: Ross Mazer ’06
Executive VP: Carl Kunda ’07
VP Finance: Dan Ahn ’07
VP External Relations: Zack Matusheski ’06
VP Operations: Rebekah Lee ’07
Chief Technical Officer: William Mon ’06

2003-2004
President: Ross Mazer ’06
Vice President: Dan Ahn ’07
Treasurer: Zack Matusheski ’06
PR Officer: Joy Kwon ’04
Secretary: Ryan Gogol ’06
IT Officer: William Mon ’06

2002-2003
President: Ross Mazer ’06
Vice President: Danielle Cirelli ’06
Treasurer: Carl Kunda ’07
Secretary: Joy Kwon ’04
PR Officer: Zack Matusheski ’06
IT Officer: Marat Denenberg ’03

2001-2002
President: Samuel Kim ’03
Vice President: Peter Choi ’03
Treasurer/PR Officer: Evan Luce ’03
IT Officer: Marat Denenberg ’03
Member at Large: Ross Mazer ’06