OSU forensics team places at Linfield


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s forensics team attended the 81st Annual Mahaffey Memorial Tournament at Linfield College in McMinnville last weekend.

The tournament featured more than 20 schools, including East Texas Baptist University, Carroll College (Helena, Mont.), and Utah State University.

“It is nice to see both a seasoned veteran and a promising newcomer hold their own against such a strong field,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team. “But these wins are a team effort. They help and support each other.”

Senior Kyle Bidwell, of Sumner, Wash., judged individual events at the tournament. And he also took home a second place award in the professional division of international public debate, winning an impressive five out of five preliminary rounds. The professional division, a special feature of this form of debate, is open to anyone, including students, coaches and judges, who want to compete. OSU team newcomer Julie Colvin, of Portland, received a semi-finalist award in the novice division of international public debate. This was her first tournament with the team.

The travel squad was rounded out by Jana Hodgins of Clackamas, Ben Wreath of Cottage Grove, Kelly Cundiff of Sisters, Esther Rodriguez of Woodburn, Kody Lawrence of Bandon, and Jamil Barbar of Portland. The team was coached by graduate assistants Kori Thornburg of Kennewick, Wash., and Forest Ledbetter of Sheridan, Ore.

Now in its 119th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus. The team is open to all students in good academic standing. For information, contact Porrovecchio at mark.porrovecchio@oregonstate.edu