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10/23/2007 Linfield to host annual Mahaffey forensics tournament

McMINNVILLE – Collegiate speakers from across the Northwest will compete in the 77th annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 9-11 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.

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 tournament is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts and the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta. It is a National Parliamentary Debate Association sanctioned tournament for 2007-08 and a Northwest Forensics conference designated tournament.

The tournament will offer novice, junior and open divisions in parliamentary debate, World-style debate and 11 individual events. Two special events, character debate, which requires participants to debate a topic while acting like a well-known character, and “In Honor of Women,” which is an original speech designed to highlight important speeches by women, will also be offered.

For more information, contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics and associate professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or