Deepta Janardhan (standing, center) defends mandatory minimums in sentencing in a mini-round at Rutgers Day against Sean Leonard (seated, left).
Deepta Janardhan (standing, center) defends mandatory minimums in sentencing in a mini-round at Rutgers Day against Sean Leonard (seated, left).

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) was a key feature of the largest-ever Rutgers Day on Saturday, an open house for the university that drew over 84,000 people in total to the five campuses at Rutgers.

Many RUDU members spent all or part of the six-hour event in Center Hall in the Busch Campus Center, talking to prospective members of the team from both current Rutgers undergraduates and high schoolers as well as people from the community. The team also conducted eleven mini-debates on various topics, ranging from fracking to Ukraine to the privatization of space to the meaning of life itself.

Most of the debate topics were suggested by audience members who stopped by to meet the team, and two debates featured people from the community challenging RUDUers to debate them on topics of their choosing. The Daily Targum, Rutgers’ student newspaper, mentioned RUDU’s exhibitions at Rutgers Day in their article about the event.

Public Relations Chair Nick Hansen helped run and coordinate RUDU’s participation in Rutgers Day, its first time at the event since 2011.

RUDU will be holding several in-house events for the team to wrap up the year, including the annual 1-on-1 tournament and the Senior and Alumni Banquet to be held on Wednesday, May 7th.