*Video by Sara Bannoura
Webster University held the eighteenth annual Gorlok Gala during the weekend of Jan. 29. The forensics and debate tournament welcomed 41 schools from 20 states for a competitive, educational and social forensic experiences.
“Our sizeable entry in both debate and individual events reinforces the value of providing opportunities in all facets of our wonderful activity,” Tournament Director Scott Jensen said in his welcome letter to the participants.
Webster students taking part in the Forensics and Debate program on campus, alongside a professional staff, helped run the three-day tournament.
“[They] continually provide their support, exude their patience and exert their maximum effort.” Jensen said.
Jensen explained how the size of the tournament grew throughout the years and gained recognition to become the largest Lincoln–Douglas style debate tournament in the country. The Gorlok Gala offers 10 speaking events in three different forms: platform, performing and limited preparation, alongside three major debate events. Offering 13 events makes it rank higher than the National Speech and Debate Association.
“I think it gives the community a chance to get together,” Forensics and Debate Assistant Director Gina Jensen said. “It gives you a good feeling for service.
For more on the Gorlok Gala, watch the extended interviews with Scott and Gina Jensen.