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RUDU Ends The Year With Historic Records

(L-R: Geneva Kropper, Sean Leonard, Pasha Temkin, Jeremy Kritz, Larry Feltz, David Vinarov, Naeem Hossain, Max Albert, Nick Hansen, Adarsh Rangan, Andrea Vacchiano, Matthew Maddex)

As the 2015-16 academic year has come to a close, the Rutgers University Debate Union is happy to announce that at APDA Nationals, hosted by New York University on April 22-24, we set several historic records. Our teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ‘16/Geneva Kropper ‘16
  • Pasha Temkin ‘18/Max Albert ‘19
  • Larry Feltz ‘17/Naeem Hossain ‘18

Sean Leonard was named 19th Varsity Speaker and received the Jeff Williams award (graduating senior with the most top 10 -OTY finishes) and the Chris Porcaro award (graduating senior with the most top speaker finishes), the first time any Rutgers debater has been so distinguished.

Max Albert was named Top Novice and Tenth Varsity Speaker. Pasha Temkin was named Second Novice and Seventeenth Varsity Speaker. Together, they broke (being the first novice/novice team in APDA history to break at Nationals!) into octofinals, placing 11th overall.


The 2015-2016 season has been a historic one for the Rutgers University Debate Union. For the first time in Rutgers history, we had two top 10 TOTY (Team of the Year) teams:

  • Sean Leonard ‘16 and Geneva Kropper ‘16 (6th TOTY)
  • Max Albert ‘19 and Pasha Temkin ‘18 (7th TOTY), the first novice-novice top 10 TOTY team in APDA history

For the first time in Rutgers history, we also had two Top 10 NOTY (Novice of the Year) finishes:

  • Max Albert ‘19 (2nd NOTY)
  • Pasha Temkin ‘18 (3rd NOTY)

For the 6th year in a row, Rutgers remains in top 10 COTY (Club of the Year)–this year, we were named Seventh Club of the Year, above teams like Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

Sean Leonard ‘16 finished the year as the most decorated debater in the history of Rutgers Debate:

  • Two Top 10 SOTY (Speaker of the Year) finishes: 7th (2015) and 5th (2016)
  • Two Top 10 TOTY finishes: 4th (2015) and 6th (2016)
  • Nationals finalist (2014)
  • Back-to-back Nationals semifinalist (2014, 2015)
  • The highest individual number of COTY points of any debater (2016)

Sean Leonard ’16 graduated with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in Economics. Sean’s presence will be missed, as will be the presences of our other graduating seniors:

  • Nick Hansen ‘16 finished the year tied for Twentieth Team of the Year (with Sean Leonard) – and was named 13th Novice of the Year when he began. Hansen ‘16 graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History and will work in transportation.
  • Geneva Kropper ‘16 was ranked Sixth Team of the Year this year (with Sean Leonard) – a remarkable feat considering that the team began after the Rutgers Invitational at only the beginning of February. Kropper ‘16  graduated with a degree in Government and a minor in History and will be working in D.C.

Good luck to Sean, Nick, and Geneva! We are also excited to announce that Rutgers will be hosting and competing in Nationals next year – this is a huge honor on the APDA Circuit!


RUDU Finishes Off Last Regular Tournament with Speaking Awards at TCNJ

This weekend’s tournament of April 15-16 at The College of New Jersey marked the last regular tournament of the academic year. Although it was saddening being the last regular tournament for graduating seniors on the team, RUDU performed remarkably and are ending the year on a great note! Our teams were as follows:

  • Pasha Temkin ’18/Max Albert ’19
  • Sean Leonard ’16/Swat hybrid
  • Larry Feltz ’17/Jeremy Kritz ’19

We were also joined by dinos Deepta Janardhan ’14, Quinn Maingi ’15, and graduating senior Nick Hansen ’16 who all judged!

Leonard ’16 debated extremely well with Matt Donaghy from Swarthmore, going a steady 4-1 in preliminary rounds. In outrounds, they shot through their competition and made it to finals, finishing as the Second Varsity Team, dropping only to Nathan and Ani from Princeton, who are APDA’s Team of the Year. Leonard was also named Second Varsity Speaker.

Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19 dominated the novice competition as always, winning Top Novice Team and snagging Top Novice Speaker (Temkin) and Second Novice Speaker (Albert) against many talented novices on the circuit.

Next weekend, the team will be competing at Nationals, hosted by New York University. Best of luck to those who are going!

RUDU Goes to Penn, Snags Top Varsity And Top Novice Awards

RUDU traveled to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend of March 25-26 and did not disappoint: at a large gathering of debaters from very prestigious teams, RUDU won the top speaking awards (Top Varsity and Top Novice), and one of our novice members broke into varsity out-rounds!  The teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16
  • Pasha Temkin ’18 and a Bryn Mawr hybrid
  • Max Albert ’19 and a Princeton hybrid
  • David Vinarov ’19 and Jeremy Kritz ’19

We were also joined by RUDU dinos, Quinn Maingi ’15 and George Alukal ’15, who judged!

Leonard’16/Kropper’16 continued to perform phenomenally by going 5-0 in their in-round debates! They made it to quarter finals and finished as the Fifth Varsity Team, while Leonard’16 garnered Top Varsity Speaker, a huge achievement. Our novice debater Albert’19 broke into varsity rounds with his partner and finished as the 11th Varsity Team!

President Temkin’18 shot through his rounds with his partner from Bryn Mawr: they went 3-2 and then made it to novice finals (finishing as Third Novice Team)! One of the three in-rounds debates they won was against Nathan and Anirudh from Princeton, who are Third Team of the Year AND the Top Varsity Team at the Penn tournament! Quite an accomplishment from novice debaters! Temkin’18 was also impressively crowned Top Novice Speaker. Albert’19 got Tenth Novice Speaker and, because his novice team broke into varsity, was apart of the Top Novice Team!

Next week, Rutgers will be competing at Princeton University on March 31-April 1. This will also be the night of APDA elections, so good luck to Pasha Temkin in his bid for Member-at-Large, and good luck to RUDU!

RUDU Goes to Georgetown: Wins Novice Finals, Leonard/Kropper Move to 5th TOTY!

This past weekend of March 18-19 – the last few days of Spring Break at Rutgers, sadly – RUDU traveled to compete at the prestigious Georgetown University for our last D.C. tournament of the year. Our debaters were victorious in continuing their streak of winning top titles! Our teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ’16/Geneva Kropper ’16
  • Pasha Temkin ’18/Max Albert ’19
  • David Vinarov ’19/Hybrid

On the varsity side, Leonard’16/Kropper’16 performed extremely well! Leonard’16 got Third Varsity Speaker, and together he and Kropper made it to finals as Second Varsity Team! Although they ended up dropping the final round, their spectacular record at the tournament garnered them more TOTY points and shot them up to Fifth Team of the Year, in the entire country, after debating for a little more than a month! Congrats to Sean and Geneva!

Temkin’18/Albert’19 shot through the Novice competition and won Novice Finals! Albert’19 got Second Novice Speaker and Temkin’18 got Third Novice Speaker. They achieved such high scores as novices that they were eligible for individual Varsity awards – a very great accomplishment that they seem to get quite often! Albert’19 was named Fourth Varsity Speaker – a stunning accomplishment and Temkin’18 impressively got Ninth Varsity Speaker.

Next week, the team will be debating at the beautiful University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on March 25-26.

Recapping RUDU’s Past Two Weeks

The past two weeks have been quite eventful for RUDU! The most recent tournament was at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA on March 11-12. Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16 surprised no one by debating exceptionally and garnering Third Varsity Team and getting Second and Fourth Varsity Speaker, respectively. In the novice competition, Max Albert ’19 and Pasha Temkin’18, our Vice President and President, got First and Second Place as Novice Speakers, AND broke to Varsity and was named Fifth Varsity Team! Albert ’19 and Temkin ’18 also were named Seventh and Eighth Varsity Speakers, respectively, which means that four out of the ten individual varsity speaking awards went to Rutgers, and two of the recipients were Rutgers novices! David Vinarov ’19 got his first speaking award, garnering Eighth Novice Speaker and winning Novice Finals with a debater from GW, while Jeremy Kritz ’19 was crowned Ninth Novice Speaker. RUDU was also reunited with dinos Deepta Janardhan ’14, Quinn Maingi ’15, and George Alukal ’15!

RUDU enjoyed modest success at the West Point Tournament on March 4-5. Leonard ’16 teamed up with Andrew Bowles from George Washington and placed as Fifth Varsity Team. Albert ’19 got placed as Third Novice Speaker AND Sixth Varsity Speaker, and teamed up with Temkin ’18 to be crowned Third Novice Team.

As Rutgers students enjoy Spring Break, our debaters will be preparing for a tournament at Georgetown this coming Friday and Saturday of March 18-19. Props to them for taking time out of their break to continue to keep Rutgers’ good name alive in the APDA community!

RUDU Smashes It in D.C., Garners Top Awards at American U.

RUDU spent the beautiful weekend of Feb. 27-28 at American University in Washington, D.C., and continued to make all of us in New Brunswick proud by performing phenomenally! The teams were as follows:

  • Sean Leonard ’16 and Geneva Kropper ’16
  • Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19
  • David Vinarov ’19, debating on a hybrid team

Leonard ’16 and Kropper ’16, both being crowned second and third best varsity speakers at the tournament, triumphed through all of their rounds and made it all the way to finals! In the final round, they dropped to Wang/Bowles from George Washington, which marks the second time in a row that the duo was crowned Second Varsity Team at a tournament! It is also the second time that they have debated together for Rutgers, and they are now ranked 9th Team of the Year!

Meanwhile, our two exceptional novices Temkin ’18/Albert ’19 absolutely dominated the novice competition and won novice finals in the end! As for speaking awards, their records were so good that a coin toss needed to be performed to decide which one would be Top Novice Speaker and which one would be Second Novice Speaker, with Albert ’19 lucking out and getting the top title! Because of this, he also won Tenth Varsity Speaker.

The cumulative awards were as follows:

  • Second Varsity Team: Leonard ’16 and Kropper ’16
  • Second Varsity Speaker: Leonard ’16
  • Third Varsity Speaker: Kropper ’16
  • Tenth Varsity Speaker: Albert ’19 (a novice!)
  • Eleventh Varsity Speaker: Temkin ’18 (a novice!)
  • Top Novice Team: Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19
  • Top Novice Speaker: Albert ’19
  • Second Novice Speaker: Temkin ’18

Next weekend, from March 4 – 5, the team will be at West Point! It will be a very interesting tournament.

RUDU Goes to Albany and Closes Out; Sets Historic Records


The team poses victoriously outside of a Cracker Barrel in Albany, NY, following their triumph

Even though the Rutgers Debate Union wasn’t able to attend NorthAms in Ontario last week due to inclement weather, the successes of last weekend’s tournament at University at Albany, SUNY on January 29 and 30 certainly compensated for whatever feelings of regret or disappointment that our members were perhaps harboring. For the first time in Rutgers history, our debaters closed out the tournament: Top Varsity Team went to Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19, who are two novices and our current President and Vice President respectively. Second place went to Sean Leonard ’16 and Nick Hansen ’16, the former holders of the aforementioned offices. Our worthy competitors were from Swarthmore (beat four times!), Dartmouth, Brandeis, Yale (beat twice!), and many other universities. The Temkin-Albert feat is especially exceptional when considering that they, being a novice team, triumphed over actual varsity teams by attaining the title of Top Varsity Team, and are now tied for Fourth Top Team in the country! This is the first time in APDA (American Parliamentary Debate Association) history that a novice team has ever made the top ten for varsity. Rutgers has also risen to 6th College of the Year (still being the only public school in the top ten), following a lead ahead of Stanford, American, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins.  More information on current rankings can be seen here.

Our complete rankings at University of Albany, SUNY:

  • Top Varsity Team: Pasha Temkin* ’18 and Max Albert ’19*
  • Second Varsity Team: Sean Leonard ’16 and Nick Hansen ’16
  • Second Varsity Speaker: Pasha Temkin ’18*
  • Third Varsity Speaker: Sean Leonard ’16
  • Ninth Varsity Speaker: Max Albert ’19*
  • Top Novice Team: Pasha Temkin ’18 and Max Albert ’19
  • Top Novice Speaker: Max Albert ’19
  • Second Novice Speaker: Pasha Temkin ’18

 * signifies a novice getting a varsity award

Also debating at the tournament were Treasurer Larry Feltz ’17 and Jeremy “Jimmy” Kritz ’19, and PR Chair Andrea Vacchiano ’19 with David Vlnarov ’19. Judging with us was our new novice, David Blanco ’18. RUDU was also delightfully reunited with our former President, Quinn Maingi ’15, at the tournament.

This past weekend was an excellent way to wrap things up before we host our own tournament on February 5 and 6. We are looking forward to hosting an APDA meeting and will be expecting over 100 teams!

RUDU Goes to CMU: Leonard continues his winning streak, Temkin and Albert climb from novice to varsity!

Classes start again this Tuesday at Rutgers, and members of the debate union spent their last weekend of winter break competing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Debating at the tournament were Sean Leonard ’16, Naeem Hossain ’18, Pasha Temkin ’18, Elise Zhou ’18 and Max Albert ’19. Larry Feltz ’17 also came along to judge rounds.

Our President and Vice President, Temkin ’18 and Albert ’19, performed remarkably as a novice team, having an impeccable record of 5 – 0 before breaking and making it to quarter finals. Temkin ’18 was awarded 3rd Novice Speaker and Albert ’19 was named 4th Novice Speaker. They both performed so well that they moved up to the varsity level and were named 7th Varsity Speaker and 10th Varsity Speaker, respectively!

Just like last week, Leonard ’16 outperformed at the tournament and placed as Top Varsity Speaker! He also paired up with Geneva Kropper from University of Maryland and together they conquered the final rounds and placed as Top Varsity Team of the tournament!

Finally, Hossain ’18 and Zhou ’18 also had an admirable record of 3 – 2! RUDU had a great tournament, congratulations to all of the debaters at Rutgers and the other schools! Next weekend, a few of our members are crossing the US/Canadian border to debate at the North American Championships Tournament at Queens College in Kingston, Ontario. This is a very prestigious gathering of debaters and there is no doubt that RUDU deserves to be there.

In addition, RUDU will have a spot at the Spring Involvement Fair this Monday at the College Avenue Gym from 1pm to 4pm. Feel free to join us!

Rutgers in Finals at Vassar, Kunnan Top Novice!

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From left: Victoria Disla ’17, Henry Phipps ’14, Rachel Moon ’15, Jason Boyle ’13, Kurt Falk ’16, Daimler Vadlamuri ’14, Russell Potter ’15, George Alukal ’15, Maegan Sunaz ’15, Nisha Kumar ’13, Deepta Janardhan ’14, Minal Kunnan ’15, Quinn Maingi ’15, Sean Leonard ’16, Nick Hansen ’16

The Rutgers University Debate Union had an excellent tournament at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York this weekend! Five teams competed, three finished with winning records, and five Rutgers alumni came out to judge! Henry Phipps, a 2015 Rutgers graduate, even flew in from his home in Portland, Oregon to surprise his RUDU family.

Two teams–Kurt Falk ’16 and Russell Potter ’15, and Quinn Maingi ’15 and Sean Leonard ’16– reached varsity outrounds at the competitive tournament. Both teams won their quarterfinal rounds, and the two Rutgers teams faced off in semifinals. Both teams were so skillful, many audience members recalled the experience as “paranormal.” In the end, Falk and Potter advanced to finals on a 2-1 decision. Leonard and Maingi now stand at 7th Team of the Year, while Falk and Potter made their first entry on the board at 12th. Leonard also finished the tournament as the 6th speaker.

In addition to the varsity wins, Rutgers continued its tradition of excellence in novice awards! Minal Kunnan ’15 finished the tournament as the best novice speaker. We know he’ll do Rutgers proud in the coming months.

Next weekend, RUDU will be competing at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


RUDU Finishes 5th at Hopkins, Tied for 4th in Team, College of the Year Rankings

RUDU gathers in the heat at Johns Hopkins University. Top row, from left: Rachel Moon '15, Nick Hansen '16, George Alukal '15, Russell Potter '15. Bottom row, from left: Victoria Disla '17, Kurt Falk '15, Sean Leonard '16, Minnal Kunnan '15, Jason Boyle '13, Quinn Maingi '15

RUDU gathers in the heat at Johns Hopkins University. Top row, from left: Rachel Moon ’15, Nick Hansen ’16, George Alukal ’15, Russell Potter ’15. Bottom row, from left: Victoria Disla ’17, Kurt Falk ’15, Sean Leonard ’16, Minnal Kunnan ’15, Jason Boyle ’13, Quinn Maingi ’15

The Rutgers University Debate Union started off the American Parliamentary Debate Association season with four debate teams competing at the John Hopkins University tournament. The four teams consisted of varsity members Quinn Maingi & Sean Leonard, Nick Hansen & Rachel Moon, Kurt Falk & Russell Potter, and George Alukal teaming with novice Minnal Kunnan. Each team competed in 5 preliminary debate rounds, with 3 of the teams finishing with a winning record.

Quinn Maingi & Sean Leonard (last year’s runners up at the APDA National Championship) finished the tournament as the top seed with a 5–0 record and made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Maingi & Leonard finished as the 5th best varsity team at the tournament. In addition to having a team competing in the quarterfinals of the tournament, members of the team won individual speaking awards. Quinn won 8th place varsity speaker and newcomer Minnal won 3rd place novice speaker.

The team of Maingi & Leonard is now tied for 4th Team of The Year (TOTY), and RUDU is tied for 4th College of the Year (COTY).

The RUDU team represented their new academic home, the School of Communication & Information, with well-thought out arguments and positive energy. Each member of the team showed the power of their communication and has started the debate season with a bang! Congratulations to each team that competed at John Hopkins this weekend!


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