The Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I) will host the Novice Retreats at the end of August and the beginning of September this year. SC&I is on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick. All prospective new members of RUDU are invited to attend!

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) is holding two official Novice Retreats in the next month prior to the opening of classes to prepare incoming new members for the rigors of the debate season.

While not required for new members who are interested in joining, each of the Retreats will offer an intense fun-filled three-day introduction to parliamentary debate, including public speaking, strategy and tactics, casewriting, and practice rounds. If you’re interested in being a part of the team in 2012-2013, these will be your best chance to get started on the right foot and be ready to take on rival schools right away. The debate season opens less than a week after the Retreats.

The first Retreat will be held before dorms open, from August 29-31, 2012. Housing is available for those who need it. The second will be right after dorms open, from September 2-3, 2012. The Retreats will carry the same content, so a prospective novice need only attend one retreat. If you’re considering both, the first one will be longer and thus more in-depth, so that would be the better one to attend.

If you’re interested in the Novice Retreats, please contact Coach Storey Clayton at or leave a comment on this post. We look forward to meeting you!

The group photo from last summer’s first Novice Retreat in August 2011. Novice Retreats build camaraderie and excitement for debate while teaching everyone the basics and preparing them to take on other schools.