RUDU ranked sixth best team in the country, Temkin and Albert ranked Top Team of the Year

RUDU members at the Harvard Tournament, where Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 won finals.

Fall 2016 was one of the most successful semesters in the history of the Rutgers University Debate Union. For the first time ever, two of our members finished the fall semester as Top Team of the Year (Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19). Rutgers is also now ranked sixth on the American Parliamentary Debate Association circuit, which includes the most elite schools in the country. Rankings can be seen at http://apdaweb.org/standings

Tournament Results:

Johns Hopkins University:

  • Third Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Eighth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18

The College of William and Mary:

  • Eighth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Fourth Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ‘19

Columbia University:

  • Tenth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Sixth Novice Speaker: Andrea Vacchiano ‘19

Tufts University:

  • Fourteenth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and a Harvard hybrid
  • Sixteenth Varsity Team: Vidhaath Sripathi ‘17 and David Vinarov ‘19
  • Tenth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18

Harvard University:

  • Top Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Eighth Novice Speaker: Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect ‘20

American University Pro-Ams:

  • Top Varsity/Novice Team: Max Albert ‘19 and Mitchell Mullen ‘20
  • Third Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ‘19
  • Ninth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18
  • Second Novice Speaker: Mitchell Mullen ‘20

George Washington University:

  • Top Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19

Brandeis University:

  • Thirteenth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and a CUNY hybrid
  • Eighth Novice Speaker: Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect ‘20

The College of New Jersey:

  • Fifth Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Fifth Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ‘18
  • Top Novice Team: Mitchell Mullen ‘20 and Patricia Jastrzebska-Perfect ‘20
  • Ninth Novice Speaker: Mitchell Mullen ‘20

Brown University:

  • Fifth Varsity Team: Max Albert ‘19 and a Princeton hybrid
  • Second Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ‘19

Fordham University:

  • Second Varsity Team – Pasha Temkin ‘18 and Max Albert ‘19
  • Tenth Varsity Speaker – Pasha Temkin ‘18
  • Second Novice Team – Mitchell Mullen ‘20 and a CUNY hybrid

Wesleyan University:

  • Fifth Varsity Speaker – Pasha Temkin ‘18

Williams College:

  • Top Novice Team – Mitchell Mullen ‘20 and a Johns Hopkins hybrid

 

Public Debates and RUDU Events at Rutgers:

In October, RUDU took part in three major debates. The Center for European Studies and German Embassy’s German Information Center hosted a debate between RUDU and Rutgers Model Union Nations on the topic of “Resolved: Germany’s high levels of representation of women in politics makes its political system more democratic than America’s.” Max Albert ’19 and Pasha Temkin ’18 represented RUDU and won the debate according to the judge panel.

Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19 after winning the German debate and being crowned with Germany Embassy hats

The second debate was hosted by the Rutgers University Student Association (RUSA) and was a mock Presidential debate between the four major Presidential candidates: Donald Trump was portrayed by Larry Feltz ’16, Hillary Clinton was portrayed by Jeremy Kritz ’19, Gary Johnson was portrayed by Andrea Vacchiano ’19, and Jill Stein was portrayed by Adarsh Rangan ’19. The debate was moderated by Max Albert ’19. All four debaters would respond to questions laid by the moderator and then the audience. At the end of the night, according to a straw-poll, Hillary Clinton won with Gary Johnson in second place and  Donald Trump and Jill Stein tied for third.

L-R: Adarsh Rangan ’19 as Jill Stein; Larry Feltz ’16 as Donald Trump; Jeremy Kritz ’19 as Hillary Clinton; Andrea Vacchiano ’19 as Gary Johnson

On October 17, the School of Communication and Information hosted a debate with the topic: “This House would kneel during the National Anthem.” Government was represented by David Vinarov ’19 and Adarsh Rangan ’19, while Opposition was represented by Naeem Hossain ’18 and Jeremy Kritz ’19. The debate was hosted in a packed room and the straw poll was remarkably close, with 31 voting for Opposition and 34 voting for Government.

The fall semester was great for RUDU, stay tuned to our website for monthly blog posts and our Facebook page for weekly updates throughout the spring!