This past weekend, the Rutgers Debate Team took a long journey to Williamsburg, Virginia to compete at the College of William and Mary. April 8 and 9 proved to be very eventful days for our debaters, and successful nonetheless!

Our varsity members, Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16, performed exceptionally well as always. The duo had a perfect 5-0 record in their preliminary rounds and debated their way victoriously up to quarter-finals! They were crowned Fifth Varsity Team, with Leonard’16 as Second Varsity Speaker. Our novice President Temkin’18 was also named Seventh Varsity Speaker, quite an accomplishment!

Temkin ’18, along with Vice-President Max Albert ’19, made Rutgers proud by dominating the novice competition, performing well enough to be crowned Top Novice Team! Temkin ’18 was also named Top Novice Speaker, with Albert ’19 making Third Novice Speaker! The two also made it to varsity quarter-finals.

RUDU Elections were also last week, and our new E-Board (which will now follow an academic year schedule) is as follows:

RUDU Executive Board, 2016-2017

  • President: Pasha Temkin ’18
  • Vice-President: Max Albert ’19
  • Treasurer: Naeem Hossain ’18
  • Novice Mentor: David Vinarov ’19
  • Public Relations Chair: Andrea Vacchiano ’19

Our next tournament will be at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ, and will mark our last regular tournament of the academic year.