Debate Tournament Attracts Schools from Across Country

Students from 40 colleges and universities representing 23 states competed in 15th Annual Gorlok Gala

For three days beginning Friday, January 25, the campus of Webster University was host to nearly 450 students, coaches, and judges for what has become a very popular forensics and debate tournament. Turnout for this year's event was the largest in its 15-year history. Debates were held in all available rooms across the campus.

The tournament included the nation's largest Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate tournament (LD debates are one-on-one policy debates). Prose interpretation and after-dinner, persuasive, and extemporaneous speaking were among several other debate events included.

On Saturday, participants of the tournament were treated to a “St. Louis Fare” buffet. It included local favorites Imo's pizza, toasted ravioli, Ted Drew's frozen custard, Fitz's root beer, and more.

Scott Jensen, Webster University School of Communications professor of speech communications, director of forensics and debate, and Gorlok Gala tournament director, handled logistics for the tournament. Debate coaches and educators from participating universities helped in judging and tabulating results. Gina Jensen, assistant director of forensics and debate, Tom Serfass, assistant coach, and the Webster University forensic and debate team were invaluable in the planning and running of this year's very successful tournament.

Webster University will host the Pi Kappa Delta 2013 Biennial National Convention and Tournament March13-16. It will be larger than the Gorlok Gala. Scott Jensen has been the Pi Kappa Delta national tournament director since 1999.

The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level. Our graduate school offers master's degrees in five diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, and Thailand, as well as in St. Louis and online.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.