RUDU at Waffle House after Maryland
Most of the Rutgers contingent who attended the Maryland tournament relaxes for a celebratory team dinner at Waffle House. Left to right: Adam Bomeisl, Dave Reiss, Farhan Ali, Storey Clayton, Chris Bergman, Kyle Bomeisl, Ashley Novak, Zagham Chaudry, Daimler Vadlamudi, Gordon Morrisette.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) had its most successful weekend since this incarnation of the club was founded in 2001. While there are rumors of successful Rutgers teams on APDA from the early 1990’s or before, this was the most successful documented performance on a record that dates back more than 15 years.

First, the sum of our accomplishments at the Maryland 2010 Invitational:
Dave Reiss & Kyle Bomeisl – 2nd Team (break to varsity finals)
Ashley Novak & Gordon Morrisette – 10th Team
Dave Reiss – 2nd Speaker
Kyle Bomeisl – 4th Speaker
Ashley Novak & Gordon Morrisette – 1st Novice Team (winning novice finals)
Adam Bomeisl & Nisha Kumar – 5th Novice Team
Ashley Novak – 4th Novice Speaker

Dave Reiss & Kyle Bomeisl are now the most successful RUDU team of all-time, having brought Rutgers to its first final round since the Debate Union started. They were the only undefeated (5-0) team in the preliminary rounds of the 48 in attendance. They then Gov’ed their way through out-rounds, beating teams from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins on that harder side. They ran a fun case against American University in finals, dropping the contest while creating a good showcase round. Prior to that round, Dave & Kyle had won seven straight rounds.

Meanwhile, Ashley Novak & Gordon Morrisette won both novice semifinals and finals after compiling a 4-1 record in the preliminary rounds. This was after a 5th round victory on Gov against the eventual tournament champions from American, making them the only team to defeat that team all weekend long. After dropping third round to the eventual varsity semifinalists of the tournament, Ashley & Gordon won four straight rounds.

The new weekly rankings have yet to be announced, pending the release of results from other tournaments this weekend, but Rutgers will almost undoubtedly be back in the top ten, up from their current ranking of 13th. RUDU has peaked at 8th this season.

Our next meeting is Tuesday at 9 PM in Scott Hall 115. We will be discussing philosophical argumentation and how to debate about rights vs. utility before breaking into practice rounds.