2010 election winners
Junior Colin Jones and sophomore Katie Patterson won the ASLC presidential and vice presidential elections, respectively. More at www.linfieldreview.com
March 12, 2010
Former student placed on probation for package hoax
Honoring a civil rights activist
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Bridgette Gigear/Freelancer Hector Hernandez, a muralist, honors César Chávez on March 7 by painting a mural. The mural will be donated to Yamhill County Action Program, a local community service organization. March 7 was César Chávez Day, named after the famous Mexican civil rights leader who campaigned for improving the lives of Hispanic laborers in the United states.
ASLC officials identify problems in 2010 election process Kelley Hungerford Managing editor The Associated Students of Linfield College elections appear to have been plagued by low voter turnout, as indicated by a 123-student-vote drop from last year to this year. ASLC higher-ups said that many factors may have contributed to the slump and that decreased voter turnout may not be such a major concern. “We’d rather have ‘educated voters’ than ‘voters just voting because they feel forced to,’” senior ASLC President Ashlee Carter said in an e-mail. ASLC president-elect junior Colin
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Linfield begins asbestos removal, renovations to former library Joshua Ensler News editor
Septembre Russell Copy chief Melissa Davaz was recommended to spend three days in Yamhill County jail, placed on 24-month probation and given 240 hours of community service to complete for planting eight suspicious packages across Linfield. Her restitution is $9,000. Davaz pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of a hoax destructive device and two counts of disorderly conduct March 11. She received a conditional discharge for four of the five counts. Her punishment for the standalone charge includes jail time and restitution payment, while the remaining counts collectively require 24-month probation, which is referred to as bench probation. In court, defense attorney Elana Flynn described Davaz as a person of excellence. Flynn explained to the judge that she received more than 50 character affidavits — more than she has gotten in any other case. Davaz openly accepted responsibility for her actions. She said she failed to think about the fear that she could inspire and that she did not realize that the entire campus would have been shut down. With her were apol-
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Jones shared Carter’s views. “I don’t believe that voter turnout is the be-all end-all of importance,” he said. “I think what matters is that those who do vote are informed.” Although one goal of sophomore ASLC Election Committee Chairman Bradley Keli’inoi was to improve turnout numbers, he said the goal was not accomplished, but he added that there was little more he and ASLC could have done. “It’s really sad that it’s so hard to get people to simply click on a link and fill in two bubbles, but we really don’t know how much easier we can make it,” Carter said in an e-mail. Everyone involved in the elec-
tion planning said that awareness and publicity were major snags in the system that may have caused the low voter turnout. “The results showed that either people didn’t know about [the election] or our elections committee and the candidates failed to advertise that voting was taking place,” sophomore ASLC vice president-elect Katie Patterson said. To Keli’inoi, it was a bit of both. “Walking around, I’ve just wondered, ‘Is there an election actually going on?’” he said, adding that he saw only one campaign poster — belonging to Patterson — appear in Dillin Hall this year. “If you’re running, you should be bust-
ing your behind getting people to vote for you.” In fact, Keli’inoi said that when he got the link to vote March 9, he wasn’t sure he knew the candidates well enough, even as the elections committee chair. Some students have said that the e-mail with this link to the ballot looked a lot like spam. That’s because it was. “The e-mail is sent through Survey Monkey, so it technically is spam,” Jones said. He explained that this had to be the format because Survey Mon>> Please see ASLC page 6
Workers from Linfield’s Capital Planning Department intend to have asbestos removed from the college’s former library, Northup Hall, by the end of March, John Hall, senior director of capital planning, said. Renovations to the building will not begin until Spring Semester is finished and all asbestos is removed. “We are hopeful that construction will begin in the summer of 2010,” Glenn Ford, vice president for finance and administration, said. “At this time, it is unknown if the project will start this year or at a later date.” Ford’s office is in charge of the project. According to an e-mail from him, renovations include new classrooms, offices, computer labs and a writing lab and will be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building certified at Linfield. LEED certification is the top-tier designation for buildings evaluated by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability through environmentally friendly buildings, according to its Web site. Funding for Northup’s renovations is entirely from external sources, Ford said. In an e-mail, he >> Please see Remodel page 4
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“Peanuts” parody brings controversial subject matter to Marshall Theater.
School work isn’t the only obstacle to overcome in college.
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March 12, 2010
Senate apathy undermines purpose As reported in last week’s edition of the Review (“Senate calls for internal reform,” TLR, March 5), there have been numerous calls for reform of the Associated Students of Linfield College Senate. We would like to express similar disappointment in the way Senate currently functions. There seems to be a campuswide disconnect between students and their representatives. Students are encouraged in e-mails sent by their senators to take concerns to them, but few do so. It is doubtful that many students even read these e-mails. Students often receive e-mails from maybe three different senators at various times after Monday Senate meetings. These e-mails tend to include different information. Students who only read one of their Senate e-mails may be missing out on important information from others. Perhaps senators should be more informative and detailed in their e-mails. Perhaps the whole process of informing students of Senate meetings could be streamlined by the secretary or vice president by sending one mass e-mail to all students. It also appears that many senators do not even want to be at Senate meetings. We know some senators snuck out of Riley Hall after the last Senate meeting March 8 when they were required to attend the ASLC candidate debate. We would hope that those who represent us would take advantage of the opportunity to do so at these meetings. Maybe holding senatorial elections within residence halls and
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dear Review Editorial Board, To start, I would like to personally thank the student’s who voted for me, as the student body clearly showed who they thought should be elected Vice President. I would also like to congratulate Colin Jones for his victory as well as the runnerup candidates, Sarah Spranger and Shelby Simmons. Although they were not elected, they did a great job of campaigning and debating. I am confident they would have done a great job if elected. The way the Linfield Review approached the elections was inappropriate and borderline unprofessional in my opinion. I think the
Review office hours: Editor-in-chief Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Managing editor Friday 8:30-10:30 a.m. Or by appointment at: linfieldrevieweditor@ gmail.com and linfieldreviewmanaging@ gmail.com or two senators represent all clubs on campus. Sophomore Katie Patterson and junior Sarah Spranger both presented ideas for revamping Senate during the ASLC debates when they were running for ASLC vice president. Some of their ideas included having committees sit together, encouraging lively debate and having a PowerPoint presentation projected during Senate meetings. We hope that the recently elected Patterson will work to implement all of these ideas as ASLC vice president. It seems obvious to us that there are problems with Senate. We call not only on those in Senate to work for improvement but also on the general student population to place higher importance on Senate. Students should be the motivation for their senators to work harder for Linfield’s community. Without this motivation, Senate just becomes a name and a meeting to sit through every Monday evening.
clubs would be helpful. Last semester, most senatorial positions were simply given to those who felt like taking them. Elections would encourage students to compete for the opportunity to represent their peers. We would rather be represented by students who fought for the chance to do so as opposed to those who just wants to represent us, or just wants a fancy-sounding position to add to their résumés. Senior Chris Norman, ASLC vice president and chairman of the Senate, also advocated for hall elections in the story from last week. “They are more competitive, and they bring out the leaders of the group,” he said. We believe senators should have more incentive to fill these important positions. It would be unwise to place all the blame on senators, though. Linfield students in general do not seem to place much importance on Senate. Maybe they’re too busy to bother or
too lazy to care. Whatever the cause, the problem is undeniable. Students seem more content complaining about the problems they face on campus than do anything about them. It would appear that they do not realize that they have the ability to take their complaints to their senators and possibly have something done about them. Students need to be reminded and encouraged to bring the issues they care about to their senators because Senate is, or at least should be, the best place to implement change for the benefit of all students. Senators have proposed numerous ideas about how to make meetings more efficient. Senior and editor-in-chief of The Linfield Review Dominic Baez wrote in the aforementioned Review article of how senior Duncan Reid, a senator and chairman of the Campus Improvement Committee, thought there should be fewer senators. We think a good idea may be to have just one
newspaper should be used as a tool for students to become informed about the elections, not as a platform for the paper to express their personal opinion. It would be acceptable to publish a personal letter to the editor taking your stance, but to take a stance as an entire staff for a particular candidate is inappropriate. It was clear to me that you did not practice truly getting to know your candidate. Instead, the motives and character of the candidate were questioned, simply because they did not contact the paper. It cannot be assumed that the candidate is failing to reach potential voters simply because they were unable to
provide to you all of the information you wanted, when you wanted it. Reporting on an election at this school needs to be approached more objectively as it can cause misrepresentations of candidates and the “facts” that are published are not always true. Although it can be a valuable source for information, it’s not the only source. In this case it proved to be irrelevant in the grand scheme of votes for Vice President. It opens up the opportunity for people who really do not know much about the elections to read a biased view on the candidates, when the paper itself preaches that it is really getting to know the candidates.
My ability to go out and personally interact with my peers proved to be the key to winning this election and I think is the best way to approach communicating with potential voters. Future candidates should not have to deal with this sort of scrutiny, with intent to skew the opinions of readers, due to the bias of the staff members. I hope that you will reconsider the way you approach the elections because I think the Review can be a great place for students to be informed through nonbiased, objective reporting. Sincerely, Katie Patterson ASLC vice president-elect
contact you. Both myself and the managing editor tried contacting you for the duration of two weeks for interviews for the newspaper. We didn’t assume you weren’t reaching voters; we simply asked how could you when the Review couldn’t even reach you. Obviously, enough students voted for you, but I feel that was an appropriate question to ask. Having worked for the newspaper since freshman year, I can’t remember a time when an ASLC candidate didn’t write a letter or talk to us in person. As for our news stories, if you can tell me how our reporting of the elections in both mine and Ms. Hungerford’s news stories was biased, I would love to hear you out so we can print a retraction. However, I would like to point out that when you did respond to Ms. Hungerford on Thursday, via e-mail, we included that in the paper. All
I wrote was that the Review was unable to reach you, which was true. You are more than welcome to your opinion about what the editorial did for your campaign or how you feel about it. However, would you not agree that the Review has the right to its own opinion? I hope so. A lack of understanding First Amendment rights would be a serious flaw in anyone aspiring to work for any type of government. As for scrutiny, I’m sorry to say, but you’re a public official now. By federal law, you’re subject to scrutiny by everyone. If you cannot handle a simple editorial, it’s going to be a long year for you. And while I won’t be working for the newspaper myself next year (as I’m graduating), I hope the Review will continue to critically analyze those applying for office. For the last 200plus years, newspapers have stood
as the check against government, and as long as I am editor, I will continue to keep the ASLC government in balance to the best of my ability. And I have no doubt that future editors will do the same. I hope this helps clear things up. The Review works hard to maintain an excellent working relationship with ASLC. I would be disappointed to see all the hard work by previous administrations and editors-in-chief to go to waste. Sincerely, Dominic Baez The Linfield Review - Editor-inchief Signed, Kelley Hungerford Septembre Russell Braden Smith Grant Lucas Joshua Ensler Lauren Ostrom Megan Myer
-The Review Editorial Board
EDITOR’S NOTE Ms. Patterson, First, I appreciate the letter. It shows interest in the paper, and readership is an excellent symbol of any newspaper. However, I feel you have a misunderstanding of what an editorial is. It is not news. It is not put in the News section. It is an opinion. It is put in the Opinion section. The Review’s editorial, as every other newspaper’s editorial, represents a majority opinion of the board that creates it. The Review Editorial Board reached a consensus on which candidate to endorse. While I sympathize, I, as editor-in-chief of the Review and a member of the editorial board, will not apologize for the board’s decision. It was an informed decision based on two weeks’ worth of information collected (or not collected in certain situations). To say we “assumed” infers that we simply didn’t try to
March 12, 2010
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Connor Lieb Student Center Director I will begin this note with congratulations toward Colin and Katie for winning the opportunity to work for all of you students! Working with Colin through this past year, I assure you this school will be in good hands. I take comfort in the fact that he never cease to be a sharp, articulate thorn in the faculty and administrations’ sides whenever they forget to keep the student’s perspectives in mind. And as for Katie, while I cannot say I know her a well, her enthusiasm and perseverance through the election was a good indication that she’ll perform well as VP. I wish them both the best in the never-ending pursuit of improving this campus. Instead of writing about the upcoming LAB events, I’ll instead be using this opportunity to outline recent changes in the CIC, Game Room, and Bike Coop: The Wii in the Game Room lacks a decent game selection. I know. Budget permitting, I’ll be beefing up the selection before I’m relinquished of duty in early May. Student usage of all three previously mentioned facilities are being tracked and analyzed. I won’t make premature conclusions, but it looks like certain operating hours are unnecessary and wasteful of student funds because they lack customer attendance. If the trends continue, I will be advocating to next year’s cabinet a slight change in operating hours for the CIC and Game Room. I talked to David KellnerRode, who mentioned his plans for the Bike Coop. From what I heard, you can expect the Coop to grow even more awesome in the coming semester, as the facility matures and develops I don’t want to put David in a tight position by stating anything false, but if you see him, ask him what he’s got planned. That’s all, folks. It’s been fun.
Doris Ter Horst And other nutrition facts... “Your ass has grown about one inch,” Frank informed me — only the exact words he used were “2 ½ centimeters.” It was my first hour back in the Netherlands for Winter Break. I was jet-lagged, tired and surprised by how many people were standing in my living room, observing my looks. I took Frank’s comment as a compliment. “Maybe you should limit your sugar intake for a while,” my mom said. Not a compliment. “It’s definitely your ass. It’s interesting, because this skinny
American girl from my university has a giant ass, too, just out of proportions,” Frank said, his eyes still focused on my behind. “That is interesting,” I agreed. Is it something in the American diet that causes ass explosions? As soon as I got my feet back on campus, I realized that Frank had been right: The typical American butt is round and well-filled, regardless of that person’s body fat. A little side note: For my research, all Linfield students’ asses (yours included) involuntary participated, so my conclusions may not represent the entire country. For my investigation, I had to read tons of articles and books about asses, ask my lab rats to keep a food and exercise diary and give some of them a traditional American diet (Dillin), others a multicultural one (Thai country, the French bistro and Italian pizza from Catty Shack) and tell others they were on
the multicultural meal plan when in fact I gave them Dillin (placebo). (Just kidding, that’s neither multicultural nor is it healthier, and I know you know that, too.) In fact, I believe that Americans are more aware of nutritional facts than Europeans are. Many Europeans, for example, believe that tomatoes don’t have genes, that genetically manipulated food changes our DNA and that genetically manipulated animals are way bigger than they would normally be. No wonder we Europeans are more skeptical about biotechnology. My hypothesis is, despite the fact that I didn’t do any of the research (which basically gives you no reason to believe me), that your large booty didn’t come from the food you’ve been eating. Yes, I do realize that Asians tend to have zero ass and that Latinos have more ass than body, but
genetics don’t seem to explain why my own behind increased as the duration of my stay in the United States did. It is true that high estrogen levels can cause a pear-shaped body, but because almost every American has European ancestors, I can only assume that, genetically, we would carry the same butt. Which led me to the only conclusion left: Those juicy American bottoms are a result of the many hours spent at the gym. No other culture is so inseparably linked with athletics — with competing, challenging and achieving. My friends from back home may consider me crazy since I told them that I am exercising daily over here — absolutely abnormal in the Netherlands — but now that my hard work has finally paid off, I can tell them to kiss my (steel) ass. Doris Ter Horst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tray or no tray, you still carry responsibility
Braden Smith Imagine a place... There seems to be a fierce debate on campus about the issue of Trayless Tuesdays. According to a story in the Review, Trayless Tuesdays have not been saving water or power since their implementation (“Trayless Tuesdays fail to save water, power in Dillin,” TLR, March 5). While I feel the story was wellwritten and factual, I also feel it may have left students with the wrong impression. Trayless Tuesdays may not have caused decreased water usage in Dillin Hall, but this does not mean the principle behind the movement is wrong. It’s not complicated. The dishwasher apparently uses 226.8 gallons of water each hour. If there are fewer dishes that need to be washed, then the dishwasher should be used less. Less dishwasher use translates directly to less water use. This is undeniable. The only reason Trayless Tuesdays have not been effective is because they have caused Dillin
staff to work longer cleaning up after messy students, which causes the dishwasher to stay on for a longer period of time. “Students would, in protest [of Trayless Tuesdays], leave their dishes on the table,” General Manager of Student Dining Services Bill Masullo said in last week’s story. “We ended up staying longer cleaning everything up.” Quite frankly, I am appalled by this childish behavior. This so-called “protest” only makes it more difficult for Dillin employees to do their jobs. These employees, who work hard enough as it is, are not the instigators of Trayless Tuesdays. If you want to protest the movement, talk to Greenfield. Go to one of its meetings and let the members know what you think. Bring the issue up to your senator. Do not punish the Dillin employees for something they have nothing to do with. I like to think that we are all adults here, but I guess some of us still have trouble picking up after ourselves. Also, if you are that upset about not having a tray, just go ask for one. I think it is perfectly fair to say that people sometimes need to have a tray. I have heard that some athletes need a lot of food and may not have time to go back and forth to grab it all. If you need a tray, you can still get one.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with a trayless dinner. I don’t eat a lot of food at dinner, so I rarely use trays then. The same goes for lunch. But for breakfast, I always use a tray since I have more food. At an all-you-care-to-eat meal such as dinner, going back and forth to grab food seems easy to me. At breakfast and lunch, though, going back and forth would also involve waiting in line at the register and paying for food multiple times. This would be especially bothersome at the busier hours of the day at Dillin. I wouldn’t want to go through all that hassle for one banana. I would just grab a tray. If all meals at Dillin were buffet-style, as dinner and brunch are, then I think removing trays would be more viable. However, if students refuse to cooperate with the removal of trays as immaturely as they have in the past, then there is not much that can be done. People can shake their fingers at these students, but, unfortunately, no one has the authority to force them to clean up after themselves. So, while I think trays should be removed, it seems that perhaps we should pursue other methods of conserving water at Dillin. It may be wise to invest in a more efficient dishwasher, as opposed to the current one that seems to run constantly until turned off, regard-
less of how many dishes are in it at any given time. As past events have shown, if Greenfield is going to suggest something such as Trayless Tuesdays, it needs to constantly check in with Dillin to make sure water is being saved. The idea makes sense, but you can’t always foresee setbacks such as messy, protesting students. While these setbacks may have hampered the efforts of Trayless Tuesdays, the logic is sound. With this in mind, I hope students realize they can help conserve water by not using trays. I hope Greenfield continues to encourage students not to use trays by spreading this logic, even if it does not actually remove trays. Water is not an unlimited resource. We all know this. People can’t be forced into water conservation, so I can only hope they make the right choices concerning their water usage. Whether students support or oppose Trayless Tuesdays, I hope they don’t start assuming that because the movement hasn’t worked, the logic behind it is flawed. The logic makes sense, so if you’re going to oppose Trayless Tuesdays, please do so in a similarly logical manner befitting of your age. Braden Smith can be reached at email@example.com
March 12, 2010
Rental cars give Linfield students more mobility options Shawn Fisher News reporter
After its first year in partnership with Linfield, the U Car Share Program will continue providing car rentals next year. “We were happy with the usage in the fall, so we’re planning on keeping the service,” Dan Preston, dean of enrollment services, said. Students, faculty and McMinnville residents can register to use U Car Share. Approximately 100 people in the McMinnville area have registered to use the cars, Preston said. The two cars available at Linfield are both PT Cruisers. Next year, U Car Share may replace them with hybrid cars or more gas-efficient vehicles, Preston said. Preston was a key fig-
ure in the partnership with the U Car Share Program. His goal was to increase the number of transportation options available to students. “We wanted some kind of a shuttle system, so we looked into Zipcar or vanshuttle services,” he said. “Our main goal was to increase the transportation options for students.” The college considered other options, such as van shuttles or the Zipcar program, which is a similar to U Car Share. “Zipcar required a minimum usage, and if that wasn’t met by students, Linfield would have to pay the difference,” Preston said. The U Car Share program does not have minimum usage requirements
for its cars at Linfield, which makes it a safe financial choice. The bus system in McMinnville has also expanded the frequency and area of its routes. “Between the U Car Share and the expanded bus system, students have better transportation options [than in past years],” Preston said. “Students get tired of relying on friends for rides, so this helps them.” About half of the students own cars on campus, he said. Some students, such as senior Rebecca Fister, considered using U Car Share, but weren’t satisfied with the rental costs. “I looked into using the U Car Share, but you have to pay per hour whether you’re out driving it or not,” Fister said. “I didn’t want to
drive somewhere and then pay for it while it’s parked. The cost adds up quickly.” Fister said she uses her bicycle when she needs groceries or has errands to run. “I use my bike or my longboard for everything,” Fister said. “My roommates all have cars, and I usually shop with them. I don’t really think I need a car on campus.” U Car Share charges $4.95 per hour for the cars, plus an additional 59 cents per mile. The maximum price a person will be charged is $9.25 per hour. Students can register for the service through the U Car Share Web site, www. ucarshare.com. New members must pay a $25 sign-up fee.
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Remodel: Northup will house multiple academic disciplines << Continued from page 1
cited a $3 million donation for the old library’s facelift from the vice chair of the Linfield College Board of Trustees, T.J. Day, and a promise of $500,000 by trustee Ronni LaCroute. The renovations will be performed by a construction company, not Linfield Facilities Services. According to an e-mail from Ford, Linfield is accepting bids from five companies that it considers to be reputable, but he declined to provide their names. “We are comfortable that all five firms are first rate,” Ford said.
Ford declined to guess at the cost of the project because fundraising is still in progress and bids from the construction companies are not finished. A bid will be officially accepted in June or July. Ford said he does not expect the fundraising to be finished when the renovation begins. “We are striving to identify commitments for the entire project prior to construction,” Ford said. When the renovations are complete, Northup will be home to parts of the business, economics, English and philosophy departments, Ford said. It will also house the Center for North-
west Studies. The center is an endeavor to connect Linfield students to Northwest communities, Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, said. The center will support internships, community service and research centered on the Northwest. The center has an office in Nicholson Library but plans to expand into the space created for it following renovations. Northup was vacated in 2003, after the construction of Nicholson Library, to clear asbestos from the building. Joshua Ensler can be reached at email@example.com
Senior Aaron Cody checks into a U Car Share car to run errands. Cody uses the rentals about once a month.
Linfield wins second consecutive community service award Samantha Johnson News reporter
Megan Myer/Photo editor Entry to Northup Hall is forbidden because of asbestos contamination. The asbestos is hoped to be removed and renovations begin by summer.
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Linfield was recently recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its outstanding volunteer work in 2009. This is the second consecutive year the college has received this award. “This is an honor to be shared by everyone across campus,” Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade said. “Being named to the Community Service Honor Roll pays tribute to the deeds and service of Linfield’s students, faculty and staff who connect learning, life and community every day.” The President’s Honor Roll Award recognizes colleges and institutions that have contributed time to helping communities. This award is used to increase public awareness to those institutions that truly deserve it, according to the National and Community Service Web site. Linfield submitted an application to the honor roll in the fall for the 2008-09 school year, and the college was named a recipient Feb. 25. “Community service learning, whether performed through a one-day volunteer event or a semester-long service learning project in a class, provides Linfield’s students with hands-on learning opportunities, greater awareness of the needs in our community and civic and leadership skills so that students can be engaged for a lifetime,” Wade said. Linfield applied for both the General Community Service Award and the Special Focus Area. Specific areas highlighted on the
Linfield community service programs
Linfield students volunteer at a variety of
locations in and around Mcminnville, and the Linfield Web site has an online job section for volunteer opportunities. •Alternative Spring Break takes students across the country for community service. •Hillside Retirement Home uses Linfield volunteers as entertainers for the retirees. •Yamhill Carlton Elementary School is home to the Linfield Volunteer Reading Program for underprivileged children. •McMinnville’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore employs Linfield volunteers. applications included Kid Fit (to fight childhood obesity and encourage healthy choices), Campus-Community Partnership to End Homelessness and afterschool programs including SMART, America Reads and several others. A total of 590 students participated in the academic service-learning — 450 students in forms of community service other than academic service-learning. Other forms of community services included AmeriCorps Students in Service and the Homeless Youth Reading Program and mentoring students through America Reads, Upward Bound and Kids on the Block. Volunteering resulted in more than 1,000 students contributing a total of 25,236 hours of community service throughout the 2008-09 school year. Linfield was one of nine Oregon schools recognized for its achievements. Other colleges included the University of Portland, Warner Pacific College and Western Oregon University. “It was a blast working
with the kids twice a week, teaching them how to live a healthy physical life,” sophomore Zach Spencer said. Spencer volunteered 30 hours for his Fundamentals of Education course in the 2008-2009 school year at Sue Buel Elementary School. “I plan to volunteer more time in the coming year,” he said. Senior Becca Williams, a Linfield volunteer, said that volunteering for Yamhill Community Action Partnership means giving Linfield students the chance to interact with and become more aware of the diverse community. She said students have been volunteering at the YCAP Transitional Housing Shelter for the past three years. Once a week, six to eight students go the shelter to read to children. Williams said that, in the future, there is a possibility that YCAP will be taught at the college. The YCAP organization, along with Linfield volunteers, will teach basic life skills to children. Samantha Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 12, 2010
César Chávez legacy unites community, college Septembre Russell Copy chief
More than 150 students, staff and community members celebrated César Chávez Day on March 7. The goal of the event was to bring the Hispanic community together to celebrate the legacy of César Chávez and provide exposure for some of the services the Yamhill Community Action Partnership provides. The celebration was sponsored by an Oregon Volunteers grant. The grant recipient, Araceli Ortiz, class
of ’09, is a member of AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America. Retired educator and Chávez activist, José Romero, spoke to the crowd about Chávez’s background and his concern for the plight of the farm worker. Blanca Aguilera raised 2010 Census awareness, and muralist Hector Hernandez contributed to discussion of Chávez’s work within the Hispanic community. Live art was created at the event; those who came to celebrate collaborated to paint a Chávez-themed
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community mural that will be donated to YCAP. “People were excited to watch the mural painting,” senior Jen Sacklin, YCAP intern, said. “Hector came with a blank canvas and a plan: He started by priming the canvas and sketching out the broad outlines of his design.” Although the event specifically targeted the Hispanic community, Ortiz said it was opened up to everyone as there were important resources from which to benefit. Groups of people were
Bridgette Gigear/Freelancer José Romero speaks to Linfield students at César Chávez Day on March 2. dispersed across the upper gymnasium; they enjoyed freshly baked pan dulce
from El Torito, agua de horchata and fruit and vegetable platters.
Displays were provided by students of Associate Professor of Sociology Jeff Peterson. Display topics included working conditions, education, population and demographics, to list a few. “It was the most amazing feeling in the world to see people enjoying themselves,” Ortiz said. “Me, Jen, Latinos Adelante and Culturas Unidas had been working hard since November to bring this event all together.” Septembre Russell can be reached at email@example.com
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<< Continued from page 1 ogy letters addressed to the Linfield students and faculty, the McMinnville Police Department and the McMinnville community jointly; she also had a letter directed toward the police specifically and another for the college. She read her letters in court, extending an apology in each. Given that placing garbage-filled boxes covered in duct and Scotch® tape across campus was out of character for her, the judge asked Davaz what her thoughts were Dec. 6 when she committed the act. She stated that she continues to ask herself what had to have been inside her head. Flynn said that she was convinced of Davaz’s remorsefulness. Flynn explained that her client had already raised $1,000 to put toward her restitution and that Davaz is employed. The judge admitted that although he did not sense her seriousness upon the opening of the hearing, after seeing the effort she had already made and listening to her letters, he was positive that she had
Kelley Hungerford/Managing editor Despite the arduous circumstances surrounding Melissa Davaz’ sentencing, Davaz preservers outside of Linfield, performing in Jack Ruby Presents’ first concert in three months on March 6 at the Ike Box in Salem, Ore. grasped the severity of her actions. Davaz was given one year to complete her community service. Dean of Students Dave Hansen, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life Jeff Mackay and Director of Campus Public Safety Rob-
ert Cepeda sat in the first row behind the prosecution. None of the men chose to speak when the judge gave the opportunity. Davaz and college officials will discuss disciplinary matters at an undisclosed date. Flynn said that the letter to the college was tendered that day.
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News brief: Cultural awareness club applies for ASLC charter Sophomore Pattie Vazquez and freshman Crystal Galarza presented background for a potential club during the Associate Students of Linfield College Senate meeting March 8, and junior Colin Jones, ASLC club director and presidentelect, announced that the charter packet for the club had been reviewed. Momiento Estudiantil Chicano Aztlan, or M.E.Ch.A., is a group that develops leaders and promotes higher education within the Latino community. “[The group] strives to strengthen the bond between students and
community,” Galarza said. “One of the aspects of M.E.Ch.A., that I believe is truly crucial, is that of striving for cultural awareness.” Associate Professor of Spanish Sonia Ticas and Director of Multicultural Programs Barry Tucker will serve as club advisers once it receives a charter from ASLC. “The club is open to anyone despite what their first language, country of origin or background is,” Galarza said. “The beauty of M.E.Ch.A. is that it works to unify a group into a movement of equality and acceptance.” Vazquez and Galarza are dis-
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Hellie to visit five Chinese cities Academic adviser Yin Xiao Culture editor
As China races to take over Japan as second in the rank of gross domestic product this year, Chinese power also will increase at Linfield. President Thomas Hellie will visit five Chinese cities starting March 18 to push for more Chinese students to come to Linfield and for study-abroad programs for Linfield students. Hellie will meet Linfield alumni, students and parents in Chinese high schools and universities, including Sias International University. The five cities for this weeklong trip are Beijing, Tianjing, Zhengzhou, Chengdu and Shanghai. To prepare for the trip, Hellie discussed college issues with Chinese students and faculty members at Linfield on March 3 in Jonasson Hall. The discussion detailed how to rethink Linfield’s education, housing, food and culture. During the discussion, Hellie said he was impressed that more Chinese students
are double majoring and chosing to study a third language. “We want to build a deeper relationship with China, which has the largest population, the greatest culture and growing economic power,” Hellie said. This will be his first trip to China, so two faculty members, Lisa Knodle-Bragiel, director of admissions, and Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese and co-chair of the Department of Modern Languages, will accompany Hellie as a part of the delegation. “It’s a great opportunity for me to talk with Chinese parents and know the aspects of their children studying abroad,” Keaveney said. Besides Hong Kong Baptist University, the China Studies Institute, housed on the Beijing University campus, is the only studyabroad program in China for Linfield. Last year, only one Linfield student went to Beijing to study. “Honestly, we have a limited number of Linfield students studying the Chi-
nese language and going to Beijing, but I am actively promoting Chinese language study and Asian study on campus,” Keaveney said. “China is growing in not only economy, but in business with the United States. I’m wondering, ‘How could you not be interested in China?’” Keaveney said requirements for Linfield students who want to study in Beijing include taking at least one year of Chinese-language courses beforehand. He said he hopes increasing Chinese students would help Linfield students gain a greater interest in China and Chinese studies. He said he noticed that Chinese students in his classes have dramatically different perspectives, which are valuable for diversity. “We have 28 Chinese students of 115 international students currently at Linfield, the largest percent of population of international students,” Shaik Ismail, director of International Programs, said. “It’s time for the top person at Linfield to go to China
after some faculty members have been to China.” Ismail also said he worries about a big increase in Chinese students at Linfield, because a single population of one country is not good for the long term. In Linfield’s history, there was a sudden increase of student population from the Middle East in the 1970s and from Japan in the 1980s. The sudden increase of Chinese students happened during the last two years. “We are responsible for these increases and make sure those students are successful at Linfield,” Ismail said. “We can’t just increase Chinese students from 20 to 70 if we don’t know how [to do this], but we didn’t control the percent of population of any countries.” The International Programs Office has discussed with other Oregon schools with large percentages of Chinese students about making sure they pass the language barrier and integrate into the new environment.
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wins regional award Linh Tang Freelancer
A personal and professional connection with McMinnville brought academic advisor, Ellen N. Crabtree, to Linfield. She has recently been awarded the Academic Advisor of the Year by the National Advising Association, Crabtree. Crabtree joined the Linfield family in 2003 as assistant director of admissions. Crabtree said she feels honored to receive the award. Linfield is in the Northwest Region with eight different states and hundreds of academic advisers vying for the award. An important aspect of the nomination process included letters of recommendation from Linfield faculty, and the letter for her work in the academic advising office demonstrates recognition and appreciation by Linfield faculty. “If anyone deserves to be Academic Advisor of
Crabtree the Year, it’s Ellen,” Jessica Ouelletta, a 2009 Colloquim adviser, said. “Her interactions with students are usually during a student’s most stressful times, and she has a way of making everything work out in the end.” For Crabtree, being an academic adviser does not only mean giving academic advice to students. The job also involves being a mentor students. “I feel appreciated and guided through all different aspects of college in my first year, and academic advising really help me survive it,” freshman Stephanie Raso, an advisee of Crabtree, said. Linh Tang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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key was the only program that would provide unique links for every student. Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students, could not send these distinct links in a campuswide e-mail, Jones said. He also mentioned that the content of the publicity may have been a problem. He said that it was necessary to convey both the event and its importance. Without this, the information overload from fliers and campus-event advertisements causes students to filter information that they don’t perceive as exciting. Assumed similarity of the candidates may have prevented students from realizing this importance, Jones said. “If you have two candidates that maybe aren’t as polarizing, people look at it and say, ‘Eh, I’d be OK with either one,’” he said. “You don’t go to bed Monday night thinking, ‘I need to vote because I really don’t want that person to be president.’” The 2009 presidential elections may have featured a higher voter turnout than this year because of this candidate polarization, Keli’inoi said, referring to the differing backgrounds, views and goals of Carter and senior Duncan Reid, who were the presidential candidates last year. The March 1 primary debate was also affected by lack of promotion, resulting in low attendance. In fact, fliers for the debates were not posted until the same day. “The publicity for the first debate went up the day of in a panic that I had totally spaced on publicity,” Carter said in an
Paoline-Anne Abulencia/Senior photographer Presidential and vice presidential candidates sophomore Katie Patterson and juniors Shelby Simmons, Sarah Spranger and Colin Jones debate college policy at the general debates March 8. Peterson and Jones won the election held March 9. Jones (far right) is ASLC president-elect, and Patterson (far left) is ASLC vice president-elect. e-mail. “I was only reminded about publicity the day before it went up from Bradley, the election committee chair, and thank goodness he reminded me of this.” The debates also provided challenges. For instance, Jones said sparking student interest for debate attendees was an arduous task. “We’re not giving a sermon or an eulogy; we’re talking about things that are hopefully important to the student body,” he said. “It would have been nice if there were more people there and they were a little more rowdy.” In a partial attempt to pinpoint key student issues, the March 8 debate featured a box for students to deposit questions in. But questions were still fielded by the moderators, Carter and Director of College Activities Dan
Fergueson. Part of the reason for moderating questions is that no uncomfortable, awkward questions are asked. This arbitration maintains decorum and control, Carter said. Keli’inoi agreed, adding that Carter and Fergueson controlled the debate’s duration. “It’s not like an actual American presidential debate,” he said. “We’re students; we don’t want to be here for three hours.” While Patterson agreed that refereeing the questions prevented personal attacks on the candidates, she also said that it may have contributed to the candidates imparting analogous responses. “Having questions basically put together by the elections committee, I feel they are basically asking us to give
cookie-cutter answers if they are going to ask cookie-cutter questions,” she said. Other problems with the election included what seemed to be great haste in putting it together. Jones said that the election schedule, which is supposed to be approved in November, did not get presented until the last meeting of Fall Semester, and Senate had to suspend ASLC Bylaws in order to vote on the schedule in the same week. And Jones’ write-in candidacy caused more than a few problems for the election organizers. Carter said that write-ins rarely occur, so there was a lot of debate about when he could publicize, how his name would appear on the ballot and how to interpret the bylaws’ discussion of a writein candidate.
Some may wonder why a write-in option isn’t included on each ballot. According to ASLC Bylaws, only write-in votes for an official, declared write-in candidate are valid. So this year’s votes for the likes of junior Ryan Henderson, Mickey Mouse and Kim Kardashian were disqualified from the ballot count. But despite write-in confusion, Keli’inoi said that Jones’ candidacy was beneficial to the overall election. “I do think had Colin not become a write-in candidate — I don’t even want to know what the number would have been,” he said. “It would have been so low.” Besides the ambiguous write-in candidate details, Carter’s abrupt takeover of election duties threw another wrench in the election system.
The duties of heading elections were passed to Carter once junior ASLC Secretary Shelby Simmons put in her candidacy. The secretary’s duties of running the elections, by ASLC Bylaws, are passed to the president or vice president. Carter said that she underestimated the amount of responsibility and time that would be added to her already busy schedule. She also said that she wants to look into changing the bylaws to potentially allocate the responsibilities to a different Cabinet member. But even with all of these problems cropped up around the elections, the organizers were, overall, happy with how it went. “It’s organized chaos,” Keli’inoi said. He said he will write up an election timeline to help future election committee chairpersons clarify when deadlines occur. Carter also said she wanted to create guides for future ASLC members that outline the roles of the election committee chairperson and the head of elections (the secretary) to ensure that no confusion, overlap or forgetting of tasks occurs. She also said she wanted to draft an outline for overall elections. “There are no set guidelines to follow to make sure that every piece is covered,” Carter said. “I’m planning to put together a step-by-step guide for the election process, and how soon things need to be accomplished in advance, to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future.” Kelley Hungerford can be reached at email@example.com.
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oming to college with a relationship and making it work long distance can be worthwhile, tricky, difficult, stressful and, sometimes, even successful. The first year in school can be a test of your long-distance relationship’s will to survive. As new students gathered on campus at the beginning of the school year, unpacking their things or meeting new people down the hall, meeting new friends of the same sex was not the only thing on people’s minds. Let’s face it: Most of us have stalked fellow peers’ Facebooks to see if their statuses read “single” or “taken.” College is about new experiences both in and out of the classroom. It’s about soaking in the diversity that surrounds us each day, from the post office to Potter Hall. The majority of us come from the West Coast, some from across the world. But coming to school with a relationship can damage a college experience. So while your roommate is out with his or her friends or making new ones, are you in your residence hall Skyping with your lover? Or home visiting them for the fifth time since the school year started? Some say coming to school with a longdistance relationship can work; others disagree. So what makes a relationship last when you’re miles apart? Before deciding that it is the best idea to stay together, there are many questions. Is your relationship strong enough to stand the test of time and distance? Constant bickering and trust issues may prove otherwise. But if so, it might be worth a shot. How long is the relationship going to be longdistance? Will it be two years, four years or maybe longer? Nothing goes according to plan. Years of advanced planning can be stressful, especially if the plans blow right off the track.
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Is the relationship going to hold you
back? This question deals with having a real college experience. Are you missing out? When you graduate, regrets should be reflected on last. Are you the type to have a long-distance relationship? They can be worth it, but communication is key. If you don’t have the ability to keep constant communication, all hell may just break loose. How do plan to see each other? The thought of visiting every other month or longer make some couples queasy. Otherwise, the relationship could be a fulfilled success. For the lucky ones, such as junior Amber Ball, their partners attend Linfield with them. Ball said that they have been dating since they attended high school in Eugene, Ore. “If we didn’t go to the same school, it would have worked out, but it would have been a lot harder,” she said. “Not nagging, but keeping steady communication could make a long-distance relationship work.” Depending on your relationship, the other person’s flaws may surface after spending a little time together since you’ve been apart. Jealousy is a daunting issue, especially because you will meet so many new people when coming to college. Not only does it make it harder to resolve arguments, but worrying about the other person finding a new mate is also traumatic. Not only do college students suffer from
lack of sleep, intimidating tests, ongoing essays and the longest weeks they may have ever had, but piling a relationship on top of that can be a catastrophe. But if you survive a long-distance relationship while at college, you may just deserve a trophy. When junior Matt Moss arrived at Linfield, he was involved in a relationship, but it ended after four years. “As soon as I came to school, it got really tough,” he said. “I tried not to go home every weekend because I wasn’t going to let it make school harder for me. It eventually wore us down.” Moss now has an on-campus relationship with junior Amanda Franke, which has lasted for seven months. We all know that a lot of effort goes into relationships. Many can keep them during school, but some can’t. Having a long-distance relationship requires more maintenance than some expect, but in the end, everything happens for a reason, right?
Above: Junior Matt Moss and his girlfriend junior Amanda Franke met at Linfield and have been together for seven months. Photo courtesy of Moss Left: Junior Amber Ball and her boyfriend junior Andrew Sherman met in high school in Eugene, Ore., and have been together for four years. Photo courtesy of Ball
March 12, 2010
Trayless Tuesdays: friend or foe?
by Corrina Crocker/Features reporter
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will help do not use them and see how much that helps? I’ll just try to take shorter showers and not keep are “green” the water running while brushing my conscious. The teeth.” Some students are having a hard time seeing the “bigger picture.”
no longer exist. “It is a pain to have to walk back and forth because your plates just stack up at your table, which also makes it a hassle to put our plates away,” freshman Nizar Tarhuni said. “Honestly, everyone always talks about how we pay $40,000 a year to go here. We should be able to get Greenfield our food without it sustainability being difficult, and club no longer removes the they should find some trays in Dillin Hall on Tuesday eveother way to conserve water that nings. Since the theory isn’t such a pain.” “I think that we could save water of saving water and energy with Sophomore Niki Raissian also said in other ways than by not using the the effort of Trayless Tuesday was Trayless Tuesday is an inconvetrays,” sophomore David Lee said. proved false, many students on cam- nience. “How about the people who think it pus feel Trayless Tuesdays should “I heard they keep the dishwasher on at all time anyway,” she said. “If they keep the dishwasher on at all times, why not have trays available? If they have to wash a bunch of dishes anyway, it doesn’t take that much more water to wash a tray.”
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why the trays are not attending dinner Tuesday evenings. This once-a-week strategy has been used in past years but has not been successful because of angry, uneducated students. This year, many Greenfield members have encouraged students to help as well as learn about water usage and being energy efficient. Freshman Tyler Gerlach said he was intrigued that Greenfield would use Dillin as a resource to help the environment, so he immediately joined after he arrived at Linfield. “I knew they needed people that would be committed,” he said. “It’s more about the mind-set with Trayless Tuesday. It’s about being educated.” At the beginning of the school year, a group of students were so annoyed with Trayless Tuesdays that they left behind dishes as evidence of their frustration. Their actions created more work for Dillin staff to clean up while the group of students displayed nothing but juvenile behavior. According to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation for Renewable Energy, about 97.5 percent of the earth’s water is salt water,
by Lauren Ostrom/Features editor
leaving the 2.5 percent of the rest for everyone to share. On average, each American uses more than 100 gallons of water every day, which is double the amount of what Europeans use and 40 times as much as the average person in the developing world. The General Accounting Office discovered that water managers in 36 states across the United States anticipate water shortages locally, regionally or statewide within the next 10 years. Although we are using this much water, and may suffer from scarcity, the environment still needs water, too. Freshman Amy Krol says it is not just Linfield that has removed trays. “Schools all over the country are going trayless,” she said. “By providing information, we are giving an option to use a tray or not. Think about the choice and the impact it will make.”
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Although students have been given the option to use a tray or not, many have ignored the option entirely. Photo by Joshua Ensler/ News editor
March 12, 2010
It ’s a Carnaval
Victor Zhu/Photographer Left: Students enjoy a Conga line at the Mascarde Dance for Carnaval sponsored by the French Club on March 5 in Fred Myer Lounge. Conga lines are a carnival themed dance.
Top: Sophomore JaeLyn Forthun dances with friends at the dance.
Cat Cab ‘breathes’ life into music, storytelling Joanna Peterson Culture reporter
A packed crowd of students clapped and sang along with the caped members of Breathe Owl Breathe during the professional Cat Cab on March 11. “It was totally not my type of music, but it was super good, and I really want their music now,” sophomore Lindsay Holmstrom said. Breathe Owl Breathe had students make hand motions and sound effects as the band sang folk songs about saber-toothed tigers, walking dogs and playing wiffle ball. “I love their quirkiness: They sang about sabertoothed tigers, and I felt like I was four years old again,” sophomore Rachel Coffey said. Breathe Owl Breathe united as a three-member band in 2006, but the musicians began preparing for a life of songs and storytelling long before then. Andrea Moreno-Beals: Moreno-Beals grew up listening to her mother play piano and chose the flute as her first instrument before becoming a cellist. “I was a bit over-eager when I went to my first flute lesson,” she said. “I actually didn’t breathe enough and fainted. When I woke up, I was so scared by the experience that I didn’t want to play flute again. Eventually the strings teacher, a beautiful blonde cellist named Aria, convinced me that I was supposed to play
cello.” Micah Middaugh: Middaugh lived near a pasture with a white horse when he was young. He said his dad would take him to the field to play music while watching the horse. “The line between music and stories has always been blurred for me,” Middaugh said. “It’s like when you’re around a fire telling stories: It’s not about if the voice is a sweet voice or a rough voice; it’s about the kind of story that is being told.” Trevor Hobbs: Hobbs spent a lot of time on the kitchen floor as a child, pounding pots and pans together while his mother cooked. He said he eventually switched to a real instrument when he found his father’s 1950sera, sparkly, red drum set. • Moreno-Beals said she and Middaugh recorded their first songs together on a cassette tape in a small, messy room. Several months later, Middaugh said he met Hobbs when they were invited to a party and didn’t know anyone, so they decided to make a movie with a VHS camera. “The movie was about zombies who were getting to know each other,” Hobbs said. “Everyone at the party had parts by the end of the night.” Hobbs said he joined Breathe Owl Breathe in 2006. “We’ve evolved as a band a lot since then,” Moreno-
Beals said. “It started out simple, and even though we still treasure simple moments in our songs, we’ve gotten more excited about experimenting with different instruments.” Hobbs said the band has played with things such as plastic toys, a wooden box and an old karaoke machine. “We go to garage sales on the way to shows,” he said. “It’s hard to pass them up, and we’ll even be late for the show because we’re looking for new instruments.” Breathe Owl Breathe is working on its fourth fulllength album. Middaugh said he remembers decorating their first CDs with white stickon labels and crayon art. “We were getting more and more into layering the labels with crayon drawings until we slowly realized some peoples’ CD players were starting to smell like melted wax,” he said. “We’ve learned from our mistakes since then.” Hobbs advises aspiring artists and musicians to pour themselves into creating their music. “It’s about never forgetting why it feels good to make music,” Middaugh said. “You can record when you want to record and have great ideas, but it is just as important when you don’t have any ideas and don’t feel like recording.”
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Megan Myer/Photo editor Professional band Breathe Owl Breathe brings its storytelling songs to Linfield in the March 11 Cat Cab. It is one of Michigan’s most excellent folk bands.
March 12, 2010
‘Seeing God’ pushes audiences toward growth Dominic Baez Editor-in-chief
“It’s totally perfect for our age group. High school is a hard time, but most people tend to forget that college is a hard time, too. So why not do this play?” That was senior Jillian Haig’s response as to why she advocated for the Linfield Theatre and Communication Arts Department to perform “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” for the season’s third full-length play. The play, which will open March 16 in Marshall Theatre, is a parody of the famous “Peanuts” comic strip, created by Charles M. Schulz, set 10 years in the future. The main character, C.B. (junior Matt Sunderland), ponders the afterlife after his dog dies from rabies. And pulling from the comic, although in angst-ridden fashion, his friends offer little substantial help. His friends range from a pothead to a goth to a pyromaniac to a homophobic neat-freak; it’s a hodgepodge of craziness for C.B. However, fate intervened, as it is prone to do, and C.B. meets Beethoven, an artistic kid with a giant bull’s eye painted on his back. Controversial topics including drug use, suicide, eating disorders,
Dates: March 16-19
Times: 8 p.m.
Where: Marshall Theatre
Cost: $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+), Linfield faculty and staff; $5 for students (with a $2 discount on all tickets opening night) The Linfield Review will publish a full review of “Dog sees God” in its April 2 issue.
Megan Myer/Photo editor C.B. (junior Matt Sunderland) is pinned down by Beethoven (senior Will DeBiccari) in a fight provoked by an argument during the rehearsal of “Dog sees God” on March 11. teen violence and sexual identity run rampant in this script, and it would be a surprise if it didn’t beget any controversy. “There are things in this play that not everyone will agree with,” Haig said. “It’s a part of theater and a part of life. It’s OK if people don’t like it. This won’t be as controversial as ‘Crave,’ but it will be more so than ‘Doll’s House.’” Haig was responsible for bringing the script to Linfield,
after reading it last summer. She said she wanted to showcase it during Fall Semester, but the department decided to postpone it until Spring Semester when it could run as a full-length play. “It’s really close to my heart, and I’m excited for it,” Haig said. “Some of the other colleges are jealous of us.” Haig will play Van’s sister (known only as that), an institutionalized pyromaniac.
She said that because of the short rehearsal period, which began the first week of Spring Semester, rehearsals tended to be three hours a night, sometimes up to four or five. Haig said it is worth it, though. “Hopefully, it will open people up to some of the things around them,” Haig said. Jay Gipson-King, class of ’00, is directing “Dog Sees
God.” “Jay is fun to work with,” Haig said. “He’s passionate about what he does.” Along with Haig and Sunderland, the cast includes seniors Will DeBiccari and Brenna Crocker, junior Alessa Downing, sophomore Will Bailey and freshmen Aaron Granum and Claudia Ramirez. The scenic design is by junior Robert Vaughn; the costume design is by Alethia
Moore-Del Monaco, Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager; the sound design is by DeBiccari; and the lighting design is by Tyrone Marshall, professor of theater and communication arts. The stage manager is freshman Christopher Forrer. The takeaway: “Look at what you can connect with personally,” Haig said. “Everyone can identify with a character because they’re all human.” Dominic Baez can be reached at email@example.com
Jack is back
Kelley Hungerford/Managing editor After taking a three-month hiatus to record its first full-length album, Jack Ruby Presents takes the stage again March 9 at The Ike Box in Salem, Ore. Frontman senior Jesse Hughey (right) said the album, “Over Wires and White Plains,” is expected to be released by early May at the latest. He said the recording process, which took place at Salem’s Marigold Studios, was meticulous. “Sometimes I forget that the music I’m making elicits an emotional reaction when I’m sitting in a studio booth,” Hughey said. While the recent trials of Melissa Davaz (above) have affected the band emotionally, Hughey said they weren’t major factors in the band being furloughed. “Of course it’s extremely impactful on all of our lives, but that’s not necessarily the reason we weren’t performing,” he said. To check out songs from Jack Ruby Presents’ new album, visit http://www. myspace.com/jackrubypresents
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‘Alice’ falls face-first into this rabbit hole Dominic Baez Editor-in-chief
To those who’ve never read the Lewis Carroll classic “Alice in Wonderland,” Tim Burton’s rendition might portray a dark, garish, almost cruel reality. Quite the contrary, however, Burton’s long fall into Underland represents the dark humor and wit that oozed from Carroll’s imagination. Still, this isn’t enough to redeem this miscellany of stunning visuals that distracted more than delighted; a weak Alice (Mia Wasikowska) that deterred from, rather than enhanced, the excitement; and awkward action scenes that seemed painful to film and even more so to watch. The film merges Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” which provides some needed background. However, to those who haven’t read both books, the blending can be confusing. This “Alice” production, directed by Burton, runs closer to Carroll’s storyline than Disney’s version. Alice, 19 years old and soon to be married, stumbles down the infamous rabbit hole once again into a fantastical world
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Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures Alice (Mia Wasikowska) takes in the oddities of Underland in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” that the locals called Underland. But in this nightmarish landscape, unlike Disney’s colorful world, a grayish tinge permeates the air, creating a rather startling similarity to Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” (not to mention the severed heads everywhere). Even still, the graphics provide a gorgeous visual treat, nearly running on par with “Avatar.” It’s hard to be upset with something so pretty. As Alice gathers her
bearings, nostalgic characters such as the Blue Caterpillar, Tweedledee and Tweedledum enter the fray. However, doubt surrounds Alice’s return to Underland as a fierce debate ensues as to whether she is the correct Alice to defeat the Jabberwocky — the Red Queen’s evil monster. As the story progresses, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), desperate to hold onto her power, battles her sister, and rival,
the White Queen (Anne Hathaway). And of course, the White Queen enlists Alice’s help. Bonham Carter’s performance as the Red Queen screams “petulant child,” which is spot on for the movie. Hathaway’s portrayal of the White Queen, unfortunately, was somewhat blasé, which was a pity. Hathaway is a talented actress, and she could have done more, despite the fact that she re-
quested the role. Regardless, no performance quite compared to the Mad Hatter’s (Johnny Depp). His performance was both over the top and insufficient. Depp presents a strung-out version of the Hatter, but in certain scenes, especially the tea party, it works to the movie’s advantage. The blatant flamboyancy, coupled with Burton’s filmmaking tendencies, coalesced into a crazy cinematic blur. It’s occasionally a bit
much, but you’re left wanting more, especially because everyone knows Depp can do crazy better than anyone else. Overall, it just depends on whether you want to see the movie. It doesn’t run too long, and it’ll be palatable for the majority of audiences, especially with the visually pleasing 3-D effects. However, the recommendation here would be to wait until it comes on Blu-ray. It doesn’t matter, though; Alice’s Wonderland (or Underland, if you choose) may just be a teenager’s out-ofcontrol dream, but damn, it’s a pretty one. Rated: PG (action sequences) Running time: 1 hour, 48 minutes Dominic Baez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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NWC poses a threat to the nation’s best Association. The Tommies opened up their season with two wins against the College of Scholastica, the defending national champions. However, trouble lurks ahead for these two programs as the season progresses. I’m not talking about Midwestern schools that always seem to sneak into the top 10. I’m talking about two teams that have the potential to climb the polls faster than the decline of North Carolina basketball, and they hail from the Northwest Conference. Pacific Lutheran University and Linfield College have finished at or within the top three of the conference since 2004. NWC coaches predicted the No. 14 Lutes to win the 2010 conference crown, while Linfield, which
Sports Commentary Grant Lucas Sports editor The 2010 Division III baseball season is officially underway, and 25 programs are ranked as the nation’s elite. The University of St. Thomas, the 2009 national championship runner-up, sits atop the current poll posted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers
“... two teams that have the potential to climb the polls faster than the decline of North Carolina basketball...” just fell out of the top 25, was projected to take second place. Both programs are highly touted in the Northwest, and why not? PLU opened the season with eight consecutive wins, during which it toppled then-No. 20 California Lutheran University, and the Lutes now hold an 11-2 record. The Lute lineup provides conference-leading production in batting average (.359) and hits per game (13.31).
With players such as sophomore infielder Ryan Frost, who is batting a solid .429, and senior pitcher Trey Watt, who leads the league with 23 strikeouts, PLU can’t go wrong. The Linfield offense isn’t too shabby, either, as it sits atop almost every major offensive category in the NWC. The ’Cats’ all-around play shows in runs scored (114), hits (177), RBIs (107) and stolen bases (33). Seniors shortstop Kelson Brown and first baseman
Rhett Fenton lead the offensive attack with batting averages of .475 and .431, respectively. Brown also leads the conference with 49 total bases and 20 runs scored. The Wildcat pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.5 and leads the NWC with 105 strikeouts. Now compare these numbers to those of St. Thomas and Scholastica. Although the Tommies have only played two games, they have compiled a .302 batting average and nine runs scored. At this pace, the Lutes alone would outscore the No. 1 program by more than 52 runs. Scholastica ranks No. 25 in the nation with a 2-2 record, plating 27 runs and holding a .282 batting average with 31 hits. Fast-for-
ward the Saints’ season 11 games, and they will be outscored and outhit by three runs and more than 60 hits, respectively. It’s not only that PLU and Linfield are winning; they’re dominating. The Lutes have averaged four runs per game more than their opponents, while Linfield has outscored teams 114-80. The best part about all of this: It’s only the fourth week of the season. The Lutes and ’Cats are still tying up loose ends, which is not only a problem for the NWC, but for the nation, as well. Keep an eye on these two programs. We could be seeing one of them holding up some national championship hardware in June. Grant Lucas can be reached at email@example.com
Despite five goals from Jones, ’Cats chopped down by Loggers Jessica Prokop Culture reporter
Duc Hoang/Freelancer Freshman midfielder Mariah Jones attacks the ball during the Wildcats’ 11-19 defeat by the University of Puget Sound on March 7. Although she recorded five goals, a string of early first-half scores by the Loggers helped them to a win.
The women’s lacrosse team fell to Pacific University 9-4 March 11 following a defeat by the University of Puget Sound on March 7, 19-11. The conference-opener against the Loggers ended with a UPS victory as a result of early goals. “We always go into the game putting our best attitudes forward,” head coach Tim Hart said. “But our defense just didn’t match up with UPS’ offense.” Only a few minutes into the game, the Loggers scored five goals, one each from junior Sofia Lama, freshman Hanna Lucke and senior Katie Schlesinger, and two from freshman Julia Schulman. Finally putting Linfield on the board, sophomore attacker Anna Gorciak made the ’Cats’ first goal. However, UPS answered back with another goal by Lama. With only a few minutes left in the first half, Gorciak, junior attacker Monique Schreiber and freshman midfielder Mariah Jones scored three more goals,
bringing the score six to four. However, UPS responded with three goals of its own and ended the first half of the game with the Loggers in the lead by five goals. Nonetheless, the ’Cats did not let this discourage them, and they began the second half with Schreiber scoring a goal. UPS and Linfield then scored two more goals each. One of the ’Cats’ goals was by Jones, thanks to an assist from sophomore midfielder Taylor Fisher, which closed the gap to a difference of four. Unfortunately, the Wildcats could not close the gap completely, and the Loggers went on to score seven more goals to Linfield’s three by Jones and freshmen midfielders Becca Lewis and Isabelle Burk. “We could have done a lot better, but whoever fights for it the hardest deserves the win,” Jones said. This was Jones’ first collegiate match, and she impressed many with her five goals throughout the game. “I’m happy with how I did, but I still think I could
have done a better job in the first 10 minutes of the game,” Jones said. Gorciak said that she also thought she could have done better at the start of the game. But, she was glad that she got to play as much as she did since she has a sprained ankle. “We could have had a stronger start, and then we wouldn’t have had to dig ourselves out of a hole the entire time,” Gorciak said. She said that the team is fairly young this year with eight new players. She said that it is just a matter of learning how to play together and making connections between players. “The team will bounce back,” Hart said. “They have a lot of potential.” Jones continued to dominate against the Boxers, adding nine goals in the Linfield loss. Despite 14 saves by senior goalkeeper Ashley Johnson, the Wildcats were overwhelmed with 11 second-half Boxer goals. The ’Cats’ will take on Birmingham-Southern College in McMinnville on March 13. Jessica Prokop can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildcat sports schedule
Track and field Baseball Women’s tennis Softball Men’s tennis Women’s lacrosse
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NCAA III Indoor Championships
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Wildcats gain share of conference lead
Junior first baseman Kevin Coleman gets his arm ready for practice March 10.
The Wildcats warm up their arms during practice March 10. Coming off a 2-1 weekend against Pacific University, Linfield will take on Willamette University for a three-game series beginning March 13.
pitcher Ryan Larson shut down the Boxer lineup. The right-hander dealt a complete-game, three-hit shutout en route to his second win of the season, during which he recorded 11 strikeouts. “Coming into the game, I knew I had to throw strikes,” Larson said. “I knew that if I were able to do that, my defense would make the plays. Anytime your defense plays well, it definitely helps your confidence.” The Wildcats gave Larson solid insurance in the first inning, as they drove in five runs thanks, in part, to a pair of Boxer errors. Following an error that allowed senior center fielder Tyson Smith to reach first base, another error opened the door for him to advance to third. Senior shortstop Kelson Brown and junior third baseman Dustin Smith added RBI doubles
Grant Lucas Sports editor After blowing out Pacific University in consecutive games, 9-0 and 12-3, March 6, the Linfield baseball team dropped the third contest 3-5 to Pacific, as the Boxers’ defense denied any Wildcat rallies March 7. Linfield’s 2-1 weekend improves its overall record to 10-5 and its Northwest Conference standing to 2-1, giving the ’Cats a share of the NWC lead with three other programs. “We came out firing in those first two games,” senior first baseman Rhett Fenton said. “We had a lot of energy, and everyone contributed. We jumped on early opportunities offensively, and our pitchers did a great job of keeping Pacific hitters off balance.” In the first matchup in the three-game set against Pacific, Linfield sophomore
to get the scoring started. Sophomore left fielder Zach Boskovich capped off the big inning with a two-run home run to left-center field. Larson carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, when Pacific junior outfielder Jeff Bethke broke it up. No Boxer advanced past second base throughout the game. Brown led the offensive attack for the ’Cats with a four-hit performance, which included two doubles. In the second game of the day, Linfield once again utilized the first inning to gain an early lead. The first six Wildcat batters reached base, including Brown and junior catcher Cole Bixenman, who each delivered RBI singles. Fenton later drove in two runs of his own with a double. Linfield tallied five more runs in the second frame, blowing the NWC matchup wide open. Pacific’s scoreless streak
ended in the fifth inning when sophomore designated hitter Corby Makin crossed the plate after a double by senior shortstop Brandon Kon. Two more runs would be added in the final four innings for the Boxers. Wildcat senior pitcher Garrett Dorn earned his second victory of the season after allowing two runs and five hits during six innings of work. Fenton paced the Linfield lineup with three hits and two RBIs. Boskovich added two hits as well as a pair of RBIs. Linfield’s prolific offense was stifled March 7, as the Boxers prevented the ’Cats from stringing together any rallies. Pacific senior center fielder Joey Pulito flashed some leather in the field with multiple diving catches. Senior first baseman Kaeo Lau Hee collected two
hits for the Boxers — one being a two-run blast in the fourth inning to give Pacific the outright lead. The ’Cats attained a 2-1 advantage in the first frame off RBI singles by Brown and Bixenman. Lau Hee responded with his first home run of the season. Two batters later, freshman left fielder Nick Tasaka extended the Boxer lead to two runs with an RBI single. Although the Wildcats threatened to score several times near the end of the game, multiple outstanding defensive plays hindered Linfield from plating any runs. Bethke picked up his first win of the season after a three-run, six-inning outing. Fenton collected two more hits in the contest, including a double. Tyson Smith, Brown and Bixenman each tallied an RBI. “Pacific made some outstanding plays that would
have resulted in a completely different game if a few of those balls had dropped,” Fenton said. “It seemed like every time we would start a rally or had runners in scoring position, they would make an amazing diving catch to snuff it. You have to tip your cap to them because they played well and made some amazing plays.” Linfield returns to McMinnville for its NWC home opener against Willamette University on March 13. Larson said that, after playing three strong games against Pacific, the Wildcats’ confidence should carry over to the series against the Bearcats. Fenton agreed. “I feel like we will have a little more fire this week to ensure another letdown won’t happen,” he said. Grant Lucas can be reached at email@example.com
No breaks, or brakes, for Wildcat athletics Spring Break may be a time for students to step away from the textbooks and any, and all, classrooms. But for Linfield sports, the competitiveness continues. Below is a schedule of Wildcat games in or near McMinnville during the break.
Track and field
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Whitworth University (2)
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Wildcats battle the sun, dominate NWC matches The men’s and women’s tennis teams battled sunny skies and mild winds March 4-6 in matches against Pacific Lutheran and George Fox universities, defeating both teams 7-2, 8-1 and 9-0, 9-0, respectively. “This weekend was pretty successful,” junior Mark Magdaong said. “We just have to stay positive, practice hard and not get too confident about the win.” The men’s tennis team celebrated two of three strong doubles victories at PLU, with doubles team Magdaong and junior Brent Kingzett winning 8-3, and senior Matt Levering and freshman Zachary Lyons winning 8-2, which helped carry the team to a victory. The team’s largest obstacle during the match was compensating for senior Kyle Anderson’s absence,
Magdaong said. “Everyone else had to move up one spot, but I knew everyone in our lineup would be able to compete well,” he said. In the home match against George Fox on March 6, the men’s team set its Northwest Conference record to 6-0 for the season in an 8-1 victory. Magdaong also won his sixth consecutive match in singles play, with the team winning five singles matches overall. “We all just did a really good job of supporting each other,” he said. “We know everyone has our backs.” The women’s team halted the Bruins’ Northwest Conference wins after crushing them 9-0 March 4 with a strong lead in doubles play, junior Sophie Larson said. “It’s really hard to win 9-0,” she said. The home match March 5 against PLU also snatched
a 9-0 win, mostly because of doubles play, Larson said, as each team won by four points or more. “Everyone won pretty easily on Friday,” Larson said. Both teams are anxiously awaiting this weekend’s matches against Willamette and Pacific universities as well as Lewis & Clark College, and they expect to fight hard for a win, Magdaong said. “We’re still undefeated,” he said. “But this weekend will determine the standing.” Larson said the women’s team is focusing on beginning strong with doubles to carry the team to a win. The men’s and women’s teams will play Willamette at home March 13 and at Pacific the following day. “We’re just trying to stay healthy and focused — I know we can compete well,” Magdaong said.
best of 79 after the first day of competition. “I’d never shot in the 70s before yesterday,” Hovde said. “I just wanted to build off that.” After the second day of competition, she tied for first overall with a score of 161. ”It was nice to see her hard work pay off,” head coach Karly Cramer said. Hovde would have won it but faltered on a threefoot putt on the 18th hole. Another top finisher was
junior Brynn Hurdus who took second place individually. “I was really proud of her this weekend and am happy to see her scores dropping — she deserved some birdies,” Cramer said. “She just needs her putter to warm up in order for her score to drop.” Next up for the Wildcats is the Willamette Invitational Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, Ore., on March 15.
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Bridgette Gigear/Freelancer Freshman Mitchell Davidson delivers a strong return during his 6-1, 6-2 victory against George Fox University freshman Matthew Gardner on March 6.
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Sakamoto, Linfield light up Logger Invitational Mary Campbell Photographer Wildcat golfers excelled with a first-place finish for the men and second for the women at the Logger Invitational at Washington’s notoriously tough Fircrest course March 4-5. On the men’s side, the ’Cats were tied for first place after the first day of competition despite difficulty adjusting to the speed of the greens, which were different than what they
were used to during practice. Junior Yutaro Sakamoto was named the Northwest Conference’s Player of the Week after shooting 4-under 138, claiming his first tournament win of the season. Senior Tyler Nelson, who holds the best scoring average in the country for Division III schools, placed second individually, helping the ’Cats secure the win. “I was proud of all of our guys,” head coach
Greg Copeland said. “On the second day, I thought they really competed well. Most of the guys improved dramatically as evidenced by the fact that we shot 14 strokes better the second day and won the tournament by 20 strokes.” Linfield finished at 582, University of Puget Sound took second with 602, Pacific Lutheran University took third at 632 and Willamette University came in fourth with 671. On the women’s side,
the Wildcats came in second at 721, 39 strokes behind Puget Sound’s 682. Pacific Lutheran took third at 729, followed by Willamette’s 858. Linfield’s finish was impressive because the ’Cats were missing two of their top performers, senior Brittany Johnston and sophomore Sophie Corr, who had academic priorities. The standout performer was freshman Brinn Hovde, who finished with an alltime personal tournament
earned him a fourth-place spot on Linfield’s all-time record board for the 10K. “My ultimate goal [coming into the race] was running under 31:00,” he said. Halfway through the race, McIsaac said he became worried that he had gone out too fast and was going to fall apart, as he had in some of his previous races. With 3,000 meters to go, roughly two miles, he said he realized that his goal was within reach if he could just run two more five-minute miles, which he did. “It would be pretty great to make it to nationals this year,” McIsaac said. “I also really want the team to finish strongly and win conference.” McIsaac’s time qualified him for NCAA provisionals. In the first 10K of their running careers, sophomores Scott Gage placed eighth, and Eric Weinbend-
er finished 15th at 33:27 and 34:01, respectively. Sophomore Alex Van Slyke ran a 33:42 to place 11th, and sophomore Arian Anderson placed 17th with a time of 34:14. The four made a strong showing and demonstrated the depth in this year’s distance team. Outside of the running events, sophomore Catherine Street left the pole vault pit with a smile on her face after winning the event and breaking the meet record. Although there were only four women competing in the pole vault, including freshman Ryann Nolan, who placed second, the unchallenging field didn’t keep Street from vaulting herself into the record books. Street’s jump of 11 feet, 11 3/4 inches broke the previous meet record, which was set in 1996 by Karina Elstrom.
“I actually didn’t know that I had broken the meet record until the next day when someone congratulated me,” he said. Keeping busy, Street left for the Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10. Vaulting only an inch short of her personal best, the school record, she is tied for third in the nation at the D-III level. “I feel like this year is more positive,” she said. “We have a great group of girls vaulting this year — the five best in the conference.” Street says she has her eye on the title of national champion and would like to reach 11’3” by the end of the season. Linfield will jump on the bus to travel to Forest Grove, Ore., on March 13 to compete at Pacific University.
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Wildcats shine at Icebreaker, Street sets new record Nic Miles Sports reporter The Wildcats hit the track March 6 for the second meet of the outdoor season: the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker. Two meet records, a position on the school record board and multiple personal bests later, the team walked away with a successful weekend under their belt. The meet kicked off March 5, with the hammer throw in the morning and the men’s and women’s 10,000-meter races in the evening. The men’s 10K had a field of 23 runners, including five from Linfield, along with assistant coach Greg Mitchell. Mitchell won the race in a time of 30 minutes, 50 seconds. Senior Chris McIsaac finished in second place with a time of 30:58. McIsaac’s time
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Megan Myer/Photo editor Freshman Kelsey Nordbak prepares to release a practice toss during her hammer throw warm-up at the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker on March 6.
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Catline Softball surges to 4-0 NWC start Kurtis Williams Freelancer
Northwest Conference standings Baseball Pacific Lutheran Linfield Puget Sound Willamette
2-1 (11-2) 2-1 (10-5) 2-1 (6-6) 2-1 (5-6)
Softball Linfield Willamette Pacific Lutheran Pacific
4-0 (6-0) 4-0 (7-1) 4-0 (6-3) 4-0 (6-4)
Men’s tennis Linfield Whitman Willamette Pacific Lutheran Women’s tennis Whitworth Linfield Whitman Willamette
6-0 (6-1) 5-0 (6-1) 6-1 (6-3) 7-3 (7-3) 8-0 (8-2) 6-2 (6-2) 5-2 (5-3) 6-3 (6-3)
Record-breaking Icebreaker The Linfield track and field team finished first at the Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker March 5-6. Sophomore pole vaulter Catherine Street set a meet record with one giant leap. See page 15 >> Can’t blame the lighting The bright sun didn’t hinder the Linfield tennis teams as the Wildcats shot down Pacific Lutheran and George Fox universities March 4-6. See page 15 >> One-two punch At the Logger Invitational in Tacoma, Wash., the Linfield men’s golf team beat a fourteam field behind junior Yutaro Sakamoto and senior Tyler Nelson, who finished first and second, respectively, March 4-5. The women placed second in the event with help from freshman Brinn Hivde, who shared first-place honors. See page 15 >>
After one weekend of play, four softball teams have established a stronghold on the Northwest Conference, including Linfield. The Wildcats won a doubleheader against George Fox University 9-0 and 5-2 March 6. Pitchers sophomore Lauren Harvey and senior Samantha Van Noy struck out five and held the Bruin bats to four hits and one run. Junior left fielder Kayla Hubrich singled twice and scored both times on sacrifices by juniors second baseman Alex Hartmann and third baseman Emily Keagbine. The last run of the 3-1 win came as sophomore center fielder Jaydee Baxter singled and drove in sophomore catcher Emilee Lepp. “As long as our defense is strong, we’ll always have a chance to win games,” Keagbine said. “I think that’s what’s going to help us a lot.” The second game of the doubleheader showed the Wildcats’ pitching and hitting prowess. After three scoreless innings, freshman first baseman Karleigh Prestianni broke the tie with a two-run homerun. With the bases loaded in the fifth, sophomore shortstop Stacie Doucette drew a walk, forcing Hubrich to score. Keagbine followed with a grand slam. She added an RBI double the next inning to secure a 9-0 win. “We were struggling, and Karleigh gets a hit, someone else gets a hit, and everyone just feeds off each other,” Keagbine said. “It’s really nice to have everyone there for you.” Linfield pitchers sophomore Brittany Woods and junior Claire Velaski worked together for a sixinning no-hitter. Woods struck out three in four innings while Velaski fanned one in two frames. The team returned home the next day for a twin bill against Lewis & Clark College. Fans in attendance enjoyed the full force of Linfield’s offense. The
Duc Hoang/Freelancer The Wildcats break a huddle between innings during their 17-2 victory against the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers on March 7. Following the win, Linfield beat Lewis & Clark in the second game 5-2 to give the ’Cats a 4-0 Northwest Conference record.
Wildcats put up 17 runs against the Pioneers and went through the line up twice in the first two innings. Doucette set a single-game Linfield record for runs batted in with eight. She had a grand slam, a three-run home run and an RBI single. She said she doesn’t remember having a game as good as that in all her years of softball. She credited her teammates, though, on being in the right places to help her out. “I had the opportunity with a lot of people getting on base, and that really helped,” she said. “It
was definitely a lot of fun.” Linfield also got home runs from Keagbine and Lepp in the 17-2 win. Despite three errors in the second game, the Wildcats benefited from another home run from Doucette, on the way to winning 5-2. Lepp provided half of the team’s six hits, going 3-3, including a triple and a double. Velaski and Harvey combined for eight strikeouts and three hits. Keagbine ended the weekend with nine RBIs. Her batting average is an astounding .563. Doucette added 10 RBIs during the weekend and is batting .389. Seven
of nine players with at least 10 at bats are hitting higher than .300. “It’s going to be scary when all nine people in our lineup are getting on base,” Doucette said. “We’re pretty happy with how things are going right now, but there’s definitely stuff that we can still work on.” Linfield (6-0 overall, 4-0 NWC) is now ranked No. 15 in Division III by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The team will be on the road March 13 and 14 for two doubleheaders against 0-4 Whitworth University. Kurtis Williams can be reached at email@example.com
The Linfield baseball team displayed its dominance in Forest Grove, Ore., as the Wildcats dismantled the Pacific University Boxers 12-3 and 9-0 on March 6. The Boxers snapped back the following day, holding the Linfield lineup to three runs and winning 5-3. See page 14 >> Jones: 14 goals in two games Despite back-to-back NWC losses to the University of Puget Sound and Pacific University, freshman Mariah Jones carried the Linfield offense with 14 total goals. See page 13 >>
Duc Hoang/Freelancer Senior outfielder Rochelle Friend sprints to first base during Linfield’s 17-2 win against Lewis & Clark College on March 7. Friend finished the game with two hits and an RBI.
Duc Hoang/Freelancer Junior second baseman Alex Hartmann awaits a Lewis & Clark College delivery during Linfield’s 5-2 win March 7. Although Hartmann went 0-for-3, the Wildcats remain undefeated on the season.