OSU, British teams to debate legalization of recreational drugs


CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University forensics team (speech and debate) will host its third annual public debate against the British national debate team on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Withycombe Hall lab theater on campus.

The topic for the debate is the legalization of recreational drugs. The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“This event helps to increase our visibility on campus,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the OSU forensics team. “We hope that it will attract more students to speech and debate. It is once again an honor to host an internationally recognized debate team.”

The OSU team will be represented by sophomore Loni Sturm and senior Forest Ledbetter. Graduate assistant coach Dan Torres will serve as moderator. 

For information about the OSU forensics team, contact Porrovecchio at 541-737-8230. The Oct. 7 event is co-sponsored by the Department of Speech Communication.

About the British debate team:

Dan Bradley: A former president of the Manchester Debating Union and the Northern and Midlands Debating Alliance, Bradley is submitting his thesis for a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester. He has competed in more than 75 competitions, reaching the semifinals of the World University Debating Championships. He was one of the top 10 speakers at the European Championships.
Andrew Tuffin: An active debater on the European universities’ debating circuit, Tuffin received a master’s degree in philosophy from King’s College, London. He has won inter-varsity tournaments, picked up individual speaker awards and acted as the chief adjudicator at competitions on the British university circuit.