With the election of the 2012 Executive Board, this information the Fall 2011 E-Board is being archived here.
The Fall 2011 Executive Board of the Rutgers University Debate Union
Chris Bergman is the President of the Debate Union. A rising junior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bergman joined RUDU in 2009. He finished 2010-2011 as part of two teams in the top forty in the APDA rankings, ranked 17th with Ashley Novak and 36th with Farhan Ali. Between the two partnerships, he made the elimination rounds at six tournaments that year and qualified for the 2011 National Championships. He served as Tournament Director of the 2011 Rutgers tournament. Chris is undecided on his career plans after Rutgers.
Nisha Kumar is the Vice President of the Debate Union. A rising junior in the School of Arts and Sciences, Kumar joined RUDU in 2010. She finished 2010-2011 as the 65th ranked novice on APDA and finished in the top five novice teams thrice over the year, all with regular partner Adam Bomeisl. One of the few science majors on the team, she is known for bringing copious homework and textbooks to tournaments while also finding time to ruthlessly outwit opponents in all manner of card games. Nisha plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduating from Rutgers.
Ashley Novak is the Treasurer of the Debate Union. A rising sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences, Novak started debating for Rutgers in 2010. The highest-ranking first-year woman on APDA in five years, she finished second in the prestigious 2010-2011 Novice of the Year (NOTY) rankings, the highest finish in any annual APDA ranking for a Rutgers debater in history. She was also ranked 17th as a partnership with Chris Bergman and broke to varsity out-rounds six times as a novice, qualifying for the 2011 National Championships. Ashley is undecided on her future path after Rutgers.
Stephen Yellin is the Public Relations Chair of the Debate Union. A graduate student in the School of Communications, Yellin joined the team in 2010. He won two tournament novice division championships in 2010-2011 and placed in the novice team and novice speaker rankings at several more. He has also been known to speak in a variety of accents during debate rounds and is the reigning APDA Scrabble champion. Stephen seems destined for a career in politics after completing his degree at Rutgers.
Adam Bomeisl is the Co-Tournament Director of the Debate Union’s annual tournament, to be held this year on February 17-18, 2012. A rising sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences, Bomeisl joined RUDU in 2010. He finished in the top five novice teams at five tournaments in 2010-2011, both with regular partners Nisha Kumar and Stephen Yellin. He also won some novice speaker awards and represented Rutgers at the National Championships in 2011. He has never ever been sarcastic. Adam is undecided on his career plans after Rutgers.
Bhargavi Sriram is the Co-Tournament Director of the Debate Union’s annual tournament, to be held this year on February 17-18, 2012. A rising junior majoring in Finance, Sriram joined the Union in 2009. She made the elimination rounds for the first time in 2010-2011, finishing the year ranked on APDA with regular partner Krishna Kavi. She also received back-to-back 26.5’s at a tournament and represented Rutgers at the National Championships in 2011. Bhargavi plans to enter the business world after Rutgers, possibly to manage a franchise of her favorite restaurant, Taco Bell.
Storey Clayton is 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), 4th 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 and 5th in 2011. 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 18 months.