Last night, the closing Project Civility debate was held in the Student Activities Center (SAC) between a contingent of one faculty and three student debaters from Rutgers-Newark and two faculty and two student debaters from the Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) in New Brunswick. This was the fourth Project Civility Debate in the two-year project to promote discourse on how people treat one another at Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.
The topic of this round was: Resolved, that covering one’s identity is detrimental to our society and our civil rights. Rutgers-Newark, a policy team who finished the year ranked 24th in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) this year took the Affirmative, while RUDU represented the Negative. Bhargavi Sriram, Vice President of RUDU, and Quinn Maingi, star novice, were joined by Jenny Kurtz and Mark Schuster for the Negative side. Rutgers-Newark was represented by Maren Greathouse, Elijah Smith, Carlos Astacio, and Zach MacCord.
The round was written up in The Daily Targum, Rutgers’ flagship campus newspaper, in an article that appeared on the front page. The article incorrectly attributed Maingi’s speech to senior Kyle Bomeisl, who was originally slated to appear in the event.
The next RUDU public debate will be held on Thursday, April 26th, on radio station WRSU 88.7. This will be RUDU’s fourth appearance this year on the show The Difference, which discusses diversity issues. The debate, between four RUDU debaters, will discuss so-called “stand your ground” laws in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
RUDU stands 9th ranked in APDA with one weekend left in the regular season.