RUDU members pose on a scenic overlook at West Point with their Nationals and "OTY" (of the Year) awards, which were distributed at Nationals. Left to right: Farhan Ali (with Rutgers' 5th College of the Year award), Gordon Morrisette, Ashley Novak (with her 2nd Novice of the Year award), Chris Bergman, Dave Reiss (with his 7th Team of the Year award), Kyle Bomeisl (with his and Dave's 15th Team at Nationals award and his 7th Team of the Year award), Bhargavi Sriram, Adam Bomeisl, and Storey Clayton (with his Distinguished Service Award).

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) completed its most successful season in history with a break to National octofinals, the first break at the APDA National Championships in Rutgers’ history.

Here are the official accomplishments from the 2011 National Championships at West Point:
David Reiss & Kyle Bomeisl – 15th team [break to octofinals] Farhan Ali & Chris Bergman – 25th team
Kyle Bomeisl – 16th speaker

The two teams in the top 25 capped a year of incredible ranking and accomplishment for Rutgers, a team who’d never even qualified someone for the National tournament until this year. Rutgers was joined only by the College of William and Mary as public schools advancing to the 16-team elimination rounds.

Coach Storey Clayton was also honored with one of two Distinguished Service Awards for 2011, the highest honor conveyed by the league for service and dedication to the league’s goals and functioning.

The official season of competition is now over, with debates resuming in just four months at the beginning of September. However, RUDU has a busy week in the meantime with three public debates (Project Civility tonight, King’s/Queen’s at Columbia on Friday, and Rutgers Day on Saturday) and elections yesterday.

Elections for the new Executive Board for Fall 2011 were held last night in Scott 115. Turnout was high and debate was heated as several candidates vied for each of the four mainline E-Board positions.

Congratulations to the Fall 2011 RUDU E-Board:
President Chris Bergman
Vice President Nisha Kumar
Treasurer Ashley Novak
Public Relations Chair Stephen Yellin

Tournament Director, a position ancillary to the Executive Board, will be determined in the near future. At the National Championships, Rutgers was honored with an “unopposed” tournament for February 2012, meaning it will be the only scheduled APDA tournament on its weekend. This is the first time Rutgers will ever have held an unopposed APDA tournament.