Monday, December 5, 2016


GPIDL 2016Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team attended the Greater Portland Intercollegiate Debate League (GPIDL) tournament at Mt. Hood College, Portland, Ore., on December 2.

The GPIDL tournament, which focuses on IPDA debate, brings together teams from area colleges and universities including OSU, the University of Portland; Lower Columbia College, Longview, Wash.; and Clark College, Vancouver, Wash.

“This is the first Greater Portland of the season,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “These tournaments are a great chance for seasoned competitors and relative newcomers to brush up on their debate skills.”

Fabriel Nguyen, a pre-business major from Sherwood, was best speaker and first place in novice IPDA debate.

“This was Fabriel’s first college tournament ever,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “His success is a testament to his talent and the support of the team.”

Sophomore Gunnar Resch, a chemistry major from Portland, competed in novice IPDA debate as well.  Also attending the tournament was senior Evan Steele, a computer science major from Concord, Calif. The team was coached by graduate assistant Stephanie Saracco of Clackamas. Saracco is a MAIS student in the speech communication area of the School of Arts and Communication.

Celebrating its 124th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and a member of the Performing Arts Board in the School of Arts and Communication. The team is open to all students in good academic standing regardless of experience or academic background.  If you are a student interested in participating, or a member of the community who would like to support the team, please contact Mark Porrovecchio .

 Pictured (l-r): Evan Steele, team alumni Loni Hartman, Fabriel Nguyen, Gunnar Resch, and Stephanie Saracco.