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11/4/2004 Linfield to host annual Mahaffey forensics tourney

McMINNVILLE ? Collegiate speakers from across the Northwest will compete in the 74th annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 19-21 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 the nation.

More than 400 competitors and 75 coaches and judges, representing 30 schools, are expected to participate. Linfield students will compete as well as help to organize and host the event.

The tournament is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts and the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta honorary. It is a National Parliamentary Debate Association sanctioned tournament for 2004-2005 and a Northwest Forensics Conference designated tournament, according to Jackson Miller, director of forensics at Linfield.

"The Mahaffey is one of three tournaments in the region this year where students can earn points toward individual and team sweepstakes awards in our conference," Miller said.

The tournament will offer novice, junior and open division parliamentary debate and individual events. Individual categories will include informative speaking, extemporaneous speaking, after-dinner speaking, prose interpretation, dramatic duo interpretation, persuasive speaking, impromptu speaking, communication analysis, program oral interpretation, dramatic interpretation and poetry interpretation. One special event, "In Honor of Women," will also be offered.

Judges are needed for the tournament. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a judge, contact Miller at 503-883-2625 or jmiller@linfield.edu.