The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) will kick off what looks to be the most successful season in its history with a meeting tonight at 9:00 PM in Murray Hall 210. Murray Hall is on Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick. You can see the location on a campus map here.
RUDU meets twice weekly throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 PM. Meetings consist of team business, signing up for tournaments, practice rounds, and sometimes drills. Tonight’s meeting will have special information for new debaters, including an overview of parliamentary debate and the opportunity to see a demonstration round. New members are encouraged to attend tonight to get the training aimed at new debaters, but people can start attending meetings at any point during the season.
The 2013-2014 season opens at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with a tournament that will involve around 80 teams from all over the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) circuit. The second tournament will be at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Sign-ups for both of these tournaments will be taken at tonight’s meeting.
RUDU finished last year ranked third in the nation, behind only Yale and Brandeis and ahead of Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia. This year, the team expects to contend for one of the top three spots, possibly moving up with the fewest graduating seniors who qualified for Nationals last year among the top three schools. Six of the seven national qualifiers at RUDU last season are back for this year.
There are debate tournaments every weekend through early December (with the exception of Thanksgiving) and all next term from mid-January to the National Championships in late April. Rutgers debaters may attend as many or as few tournaments as they like, depending on their schedule.