Linfield to host annual Mahaffey speech tourney

Pioneer Hall on the McMinnville CampusUndergraduate students from across the Northwest will compete in the 83rd annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 15-17 at Linfield College.

The tournament is one of the oldest intercollegiate tournaments in the region and honors Roy “Hap” Mahaffey for his pioneering efforts with forensics in the Northwest and throughout the nation. Linfield students will compete, as well as help to organize and host the event.

The tournament will offer individual events as well as novice, junior and open divisions for debate. Debate topics will focus on recent news events and will change for each round of the competition. Contestants will be judged on various aspects of speaking, including persuasion and dramatic interpretation. Awards will be presented to winners and finalists in all events.

The public is invited to observe all competitions. Check schedules and event information in the lobby of Riley Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a judge, contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics and professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or