The 2014 Executive Board of the Rutgers University Debate Union

RQM2014Quinn Maingi is the President of the Debate Union. A junior majoring in Economics and Political Science, Maingi joined RUDU in 2011. After winning 3rd Novice of the Year (NOTY) his first season, he broke nine times last year and qualified for Nationals, placing in the top twenty-five teams. He is currently the 19th ranked Speaker of the Year (SOTY) and has qualified for Nationals in all three years of competing for Rutgers. He is the only Rutgers debater ever to win top speaker and top team at the same tournament. Maingi is hoping to work for the Fed after graduation.

SL2014Sean Leonard is the Vice President of the Debate Union. A sophomore majoring in Political Science, Leonard started debating for Rutgers in 2012. En route to winning 4th NOTY last year, he won a top varsity speaker award at Vassar in his first semester of competition. He qualified for Nationals that year after breaking six times to varsity out-rounds. This year, he stands ranked as 18th SOTY after setting a team record by winning three career top speaker awards in just his fourth semester. Leonard also plays video games semi-professionally.

NJ2014Nimit Jindal is the Treasurer of the Debate Union. A first-year in the the School of Pharmacy, Jindal started debating for Rutgers in 2013. After debating in only a few tournaments so far in his career, he has already made a varsity “bubble” round, putting him in direct contention for the varsity break at tournaments at TCNJ. He has also won three novice speaker awards so far this year. Jindal is looking toward a career as a pharmacist after Rutgers.

NH2014Nick Hansen is the Public Relations Chair of the Debate Union. A sophomore majoring in Political Science, Hansen joined RUDU in 2013. He is currently 12th ranked NOTY after spending much of the season in the top ten and winning seven novice speaker awards this year. He also made varsity out-rounds for the first time at UMBC last semester. Hansen is undecided on his career plans after college.

GA2014George Alukal is the Novice Mentor of RUDU. A junior majoring in Economics, Alukal joined the Debate Union in 2013. He made novice elimination rounds last year at NYU and has been in two varsity bubble rounds this year, nearly breaking at PC and TCNJ. He has debated with many different Rutgers partners this year, including taking several novices to a winning record. Alukal is still deciding his path after undergrad.

SO2014Suraj Oza is the Alumni Coordinator of the Debate Union. A first-year in the School of Arts and Sciences started debating for RUDU in 2013. Having won two novice speaker awards so far this year, he currently stands as the 43rd ranked NOTY. He’s also made novice elimination rounds three times this season with two different partners and nearly made out-rounds at the novice-only tournament. He is still choosing his career after graduation.

The 2014 Event Director of the Rutgers University Debate Union

AJ2014Alex Jubb is the Tournament Director of the 2014 Rutgers Invitational, held from February 14-15, 2014. A senior majoring in Urban Planning and Public Policy, Jubb joined RUDU in 2011. She broke four times last season, making two final rounds and winning the Albany tournament. She also finished 23rd at the 2013 National Championships. This year, Alex has made elimination rounds twice and stands ranked as 46th SOTY. She is planning on teaching after her studies at Rutgers.

The 2014 Coaching Staff of the Rutgers University Debate Union

Matthew Maddex is the coach of the Debate Union. He comes from Southern California, where he first learned about the world of forensics by being part of the Long Beach Community College team. He was one of the re-founding members who helped to bring the team back after over a decade hiatus. He competed for one year before transferring to California State University, Long Beach. At CSULB, Matthew competed in Individual Events and Parliamentary debate. During his three years there he qualified 10 events for the AFA national individual events tournament, where he placed as a semi-finalist in After Dinner Speaking (in 2004). In parliamentary debate, Matthew and his different partners competed at the National Parliamentary Debate Association national tournament and broke into outrounds multiple times. Plus, during his Junior year he and his partner qualified as the 8th ranked team in the country for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (in 2003).

After graduating with a bachelor’s in Political Science and Communication Studies, Matthew went on to be a Forensics Graduate Teaching Assistant at Miami University (Ohio). There he primarily coached individual events and helped with the policy debate team. During his time there they qualified 26 individual events for the NFA national individual events tournament and qualified a team to the National Debate Tournament (for policy).

Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Matthew moved to Baton Rouge, LA and has been pursuing his doctoral degree at Louisiana State University. During his time there he was Director of Debate, overseeing individuals and teams competing in Lincoln-Douglas, parliamentary and IPDEA debate. His LSU debaters qualified 2 in Lincoln-Douglas for the NFA national tournament and had a team break at the NPDA national debate tournament.

Matthew credits his forensics training for where he is today. Debate is the mechanism by where people can find their voice, learn how to use it and see the affect it can have on others. Debate is not about the sole pursuit of winning rounds or a tournament, it is about turning these skills into making a person a better contributor to the local and international community one lives in.

The Past Coaching Staff of the Rutgers University Debate Union

SC2014Storey Clayton was the Coach of the Debate Union. A graduate of Brandeis University in 2002, Clayton began coaching at Rutgers in 2009. During his APDA career, he won the North American Championship (2001), was the 2nd ranked speaker (2002), part of the 3rd Team at the National Championships (2001), 3rd ranked novice (1999), and part of the 5th ranked team (2000). Prior to coaching debate, he worked in non-profits in the Bay Area, including the Seneca Center for Children and Families and the Glide Foundation. Since his arrival at Rutgers, the team as a whole has gone from unranked in the prior eight years to 24th in 2010, 5th in 2011, 9th in 2012, and a record-high 3rd in 2013. Storey is currently coaching full-time and writing novels on the side, one of which was published in 2003 and two more of which have been completed in the last two years. He left Rutgers in the Spring of 2014.

CB2014Chris Baia was the Assistant Coach of the Debate Union. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University in 2008, Baia started coaching in 2012. During his APDA career, he was President of the league (2008), 2nd ranked speaker (2008), on the 6th ranked team twice (2007, 2008), 8th ranked novice (2005), and finished 12th at Nationals (2008). Prior to his arrival at Rutgers, Baia coached the Collegiate High School team in New York and earned his Juris Doctor at American University. He was recently admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association. RUDU finished 3rd-ranked in the nation during his first year as an Assistant Coach. He left Rutgers in the Spring of 2014.

Past E-Board Descriptions for this page:
Fall 2011

Past Officers of the Rutgers University Debate Union

President: Ashley Novak ’14
Vice President: Adam Bomeisl ’14
Treasurer: Quinn Maingi ’15
Public Relations Chair: Rachel Moon ’15
Novice Mentor: Deepta Janardhan ’14
Alumni Coordinator: Gordon Morrisette ’14
Tournament Director: Deepta Janardhan ’14
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02
Assistant Coach (Fall): Chris Baia, Johns Hopkins ’08

President: Chris Bergman ’13
Vice President: Bhargavi Sriram ’13
Treasurer: Ashley Novak ’14
Public Relations Chair: Henry Phipps ’14
Novice Mentor: Kurt Falk ’15
Alumni Coordinator: Alex Jubb ’14
Tournament Directors: Adam Bomeisl ’14 & Bhargavi Sriram ’13
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02
Assistant Coach (Fall): Chris Baia, Johns Hopkins ’08

Fall 2011
President: Chris Bergman ’13
Vice President: Nisha Kumar ’13
Treasurer: Ashley Novak ’14
Public Relations Chair: Stephen Yellin ’13
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02

President: David Reiss ’11
Vice President: Farhan Ali ’11
Treasurer: Kyle Bomeisl ’11
Public Relations: Krishna Kavi ’12
Tournament Director: Christopher Bergman ’13
Webmaster: Gordon Morrisette ’13
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02

President: Eric Knecht ’10
Vice President of Operations: Barbara Silber ’10
Treasurer: Brian Canares ’11
Novice Coach: Eisha Chopra ’10
Secretary: Lorraine Belostock ’10
Public Relations: Kyle Bomeisl ’11
Tournament Director: David Reiss ’11
Webmaster: Roy Antoun ’10
Coach: Storey Clayton, Brandeis ’02

President: Eric Knecht ’10
Vice President – Executive: Barbara Silber ’10
Vice President – Finance: Lorenzo Calinawan ’10
Novice Coach: Eisha Chopra ’10
Tournament Director: Akbar Ahsan ’10
Chief Technology Officer: Kyle Bomeisl ’11

President: Sam Zeidman ’08
Executive Vice President: Eisha Chopra ’10
Vice President of Finance: Lorenzo Calinawan ’10
Novice Coach: Simon Burger ’08
Tournament Director: Ed Fu ’08
Chief Technology Officer: Ed Fu ’08

President: Sam Zeidman ’08
VP: Rebekah Lee ’07
VP Finance: Dan Ahn ’07
Varsity Coach: Prashant Iyer ’07
Novice Coach: Carl Kunda ’07
Tournament Director: Ed Fu ’08
PR Officer: Cindy Huang ’08
Chief Technology Officer: Ed Fu ’08

President: Carl Kunda ’07
Executive VP: Dan Ahn ’07
VP Finance: Prashant Iyer ’07
Novice Coach: Ross Mazer ’06
VP Operations: Ryan Gogol ’06
Tournament Director: Rebekah Lee ’07
Community Debate Director: Meredithe McNamara ’07
Chief Technology Officer: William Mon ’06

President: Ross Mazer ’06
Executive VP: Carl Kunda ’07
VP Finance: Dan Ahn ’07
VP External Relations: Zack Matusheski ’06
VP Operations: Rebekah Lee ’07
Chief Technical Officer: William Mon ’06

President: Ross Mazer ’06
Vice President: Dan Ahn ’07
Treasurer: Zack Matusheski ’06
PR Officer: Joy Kwon ’04
Secretary: Ryan Gogol ’06
IT Officer: William Mon ’06

President: Ross Mazer ’06
Vice President: Danielle Cirelli ’06
Treasurer: Carl Kunda ’07
Secretary: Joy Kwon ’04
PR Officer: Zack Matusheski ’06
IT Officer: Marat Denenberg ’03

President: Samuel Kim ’03
Vice President: Peter Choi ’03
Treasurer/PR Officer: Evan Luce ’03
IT Officer: Marat Denenberg ’03
Member at Large: Ross Mazer ’06


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