Annual Mahaffey tourney to feature student speakers

Roy "Hap" MahaffeyCollegiate speakers from across the Northwest will compete in the 80th R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Oct. 29-31 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.

Approximately 400 competitors representing 25-30 schools are expected to participate. Linfield students will compete, as well as help to organize and host the event.

The tournament will offer 12 individual events as well as novice, junior and open divisions for parliamentary and British parliamentary debate. The debate topics will be about recent news events and will change for each round of the competition.

Judges are needed for the tournament. 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 associate professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or