The Rutgers-Newark Debate Team, founded in 2008, is sponsored by the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Office of the Chancellor. The team is open to undergraduate students at the university.
The Rutgers-Newark Debate Team is looking for few good men and women to become the newest group of spirited debaters.
While there are a host of reasons you should accept this invitation, here are just a few for your consideration.
Participation on the debate team:
Many top attorneys, business executives, physicians, engineers, and elected officials were debaters, and for good reason. The power to persuade is highly respected, and there is no better way to master this art than through debate. Most notable examples of leaders with debate experience include Samuel Alito, Tom Brokaw, Jackson Browne, Jilly Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Johnny Cochran, Harry Connick Jr., Phil Gramm, Lee Iacocca, Barbara Jordan, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Richard Nixon, Brad Pitt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Karl Rove, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, Margaret Thatcher, Ted Turner, and Oprah Winfrey.
The thrill of competition, camaraderie of teammates, and travel opportunities make debate lots of fun!
Policy debate is a form of research-based speech competition in which teams of two advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government; it is for this reason that this debate is unique to the United States. It is also referred to as cross-examination debate (sometimes shortened to Cross-X, CX, or C-X) because of the 3-minute questioning period following each constructive speech. Affirmative teams generally present a plan as a proposal for implementation of the resolution.
In all forms of policy debate the order of speeches is as follows:
In high school, all constructive speeches are 8 minutes long and rebuttal speeches are 4 or 5 minutes; in college they are 9 and 6 minutes long respectively. All cross-examination periods are 3 minutes long in high school and in college.
For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structure_of_policy_debate