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10/31/2006 Linfield to host annual Mahaffey forensics tournament

McMINNVILLE - Collegiate speakers from across the Northwest will compete in the 76th annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 10-12 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 25-30 schools, are expected to participate. Linfield students will compete, as well as help to organize and host the event.

“The Mahaffey Tournament is one of the nation's longest running intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments. We are proud of this long tradition and we hope to host another excellent competition this year,” said Jackson Miller, director of forensics at Linfield.

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 2006-2007 and a Northwest Forensics Conference designated tournament, according to Miller.

The tournament will offer novice, junior and open divisions in parliamentary debate, an open division in World-style debate, and 11 individual events. A special event, character debate, will also be offered. This event requires participants to debate a topic while acting like a well-known person or character, such as Oprah Winfrey or Homer Simpson.

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