The Novice Retreat pictures from late August in 2011 (top) and 2012 (bottom).
The Novice Retreat pictures from late August in 2011 (top) and 2012 (bottom).

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) will be holding two Novice Retreats in the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) as summer comes to a close. This will be the third year in a row that SC&I has hosted these intensive, fun introductions to APDA-style debate for prospective Debate Union novices.

Those interested in joining RUDU for the upcoming season can choose from one of two sessions, one just before the opening of housing, and one just after. The sessions are as follows:

Retreat I: Wednesday, August 28th – Friday, August 30th, 10 AM – 5 PM each day
Retreat II: Sunday, September 1st & Monday, September 2nd, 10 AM – 5 PM each day

SC&I can be found at 4 Huntington Street on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Free parking is available for the first Retreat for those wishing to commute from home.

While it is by no means mandatory to attend a Retreat in order to join RUDU in the upcoming season, it will be the best time to learn the craft of parliamentary debate before the demands of the season and the school year begin. RUDU always accepts new members and offers training for those looking to improve their public speaking skills and compete with the very best in the nation. RUDU finished the 2012-2013 season ranked third in the country, behind only Yale and Brandeis.

For more information or to sign up for a Retreat, please contact Coach Storey Clayton at