Webster Debate Team Seeks Dress Clothing, Debate Supplies for UDL Collection Jan. 23-24

| January 20, 2015

The annual Gorlok Gala Forensic and Debate Tournament is slated for this weekend on Webster’s campus. The tournament is now expected to attract nearly 50 schools from over 20 states, making it the largest in its 17-year history. As part of this year’s tournament, the team is welcoming donations of dress clothing and debate supplies to benefit the St. Louis Urban Debate League.

Clothing & Supply Donation List

Webster’s team will be collecting new and gently used dress clothes for UDL debaters to wear at tournaments. Additionally, the team will be collecting supplies for use at tournaments and as part of year-round debate work. This can include pens (different colors), copy paper, legal pads, 14-gallon tubs, kitchen timers that count up and down with seconds and minutes, printers, computers, iPads, Post-It notes and anything else along these lines.

Donations can be brought to the University Center any time Friday or Saturday, or to Sverdrup 243. The presentation of donations is tentatively planned for Sunday morning as part of the Gorlok Gala Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet. For more information please contact Scott Jensen, Gorlok Gala tournament director and director of Forensics, at jensensc@webster.edu.

About the Urban Debate League (UDL)

The Urban Debate League (UDL) was formed in the late 1990’s as part of a grant from the Soros Foundation. It created debate leagues in urban areas throughout the country where debate programs didn’t exist. Webster University was a grant partner in building the St. Louis league and now hosts an annual UDL tournament every February. This donation program is part of a year-long advocacy project by all of Missouri’s collegiate forensic programs who voted to support Kansas City and St. Louis Urban Debate Leagues.

Gorlok Gala Tournament Judges Still Needed

For those interested in judging, much help is still needed. Judging requires no prior experience, and no qualifications other than an ability and willingness to evaluate argument and performance in an objective manner. In fact, several of the events offered deliberately seek individuals without forensic and debate background. Any senior, graduate student, faculty or staff member is qualified to be a critic.

Training materials are provided, and individual training sessions can be arranged upon request. Compensation is available for judging. Interested individuals should contact Jensen at jensensc@webster.edu for more information.

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