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Battle of the Bands The student band Prowler thrashes the competition during Linfield’s second Battle of the Bands competition on April 28 in Ice Auditorium. >> page 12

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INSIDE Probation proposal A revision to the academic

probation policy will be put to vote May 9 at the Faculty Assembly. >> page 5

Linfield College

McMinnville, Ore.

116th Year

Issue No. 22

Alumna discusses oppression in Libya A Linfield graduate shares stories about her travels to her father’s homeland during revolution Braden Smith Managing editor

Professor to retire Take a look into Professor

of Religious Studies William Apel’s philosophy, experiences and life journey during his more than three decades at Linfield College. >> page 7

The Bard’s birthday A theater class titled “Topics

and Performance” celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday through a series of live, outdoor performances April 27 in the Ford Hall courtyard. >> page 10

Nadia Abraibesh, class of ’10, gave a presentation about her experiences and her role in the ongoing Libyan uprising while she was visiting family in Benghazi, Libya, at a Pizza and Politics event co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the International Programs Office on April 28. “I thought it was fabulous,” junior JJ Forthun said. “Everyone’s curious about what’s really happening and to have that type of perspective was really interesting — the more personal experience instead of what’s just on the news and what is seen by other people.” Libya is in turmoil following the protests, which were violently suppressed, began in mid-February against the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi has shown no signs of relinquishing power and NATO forces are currently enforcing a no-fly zone over the country and protecting civilians from Gaddafi’s forces. Abraibesh shared photos, stories, a short video clip and a rough timeline outlining her connection to the uprising. Audience members asked a variety of questions about her perspectives on the conflict, including causes, the use of the Internet and about Gaddafi. Abraibesh, who is half-Libyan but was born and raised in the United States, wanted to visit her father’s home after graduating from Linfield last year.

Photo courtesy of Nadia Abraibesh

Citizens in Benghazi protest against Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year reign over Libya, where Nadia Abraibesh, class of ’10, stayed for approximately six months while visiting family. “I had visited at various times while I was growing up, but not for very long. Trips were pretty short. I didn’t speak Arabic very well, so I couldn’t really communicate with my family,” she said. “I wanted to spend some time in Libya, learn the language and get to know my family, and I ended up working at a European school while I was there.” During the presentation, Abraibesh talked about Libya under Gaddafi’s rule, how the uprising began and how she became involved. She said her father left the country in 1977 because of the oppressive government.

“I grew up hearing about Gaddafi’s brutality from my father,” she said. Abraibesh said she left for Libya last year in September and planned to stay until midApril, allowing her to experience life under Gaddafi for a while before the protests started. She explained that it was difficult learning to censor herself on a regular basis. “You can’t say anything about the government,” she said. She told one story of how her phone >> Please see Libya page 5

Faculty approves international relations major Chelsea Bowen Opinion editor

Softball strives The battles between

Willamette and Pacific Lutheran universities lands the ’Cats in the Northwest Conference tournament. >> page 16


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Two weeks ago, Linfield faculty approved the curriculum for a new international relations major to be offered next year. According to the proposed international relations curriculum, the major “emphasizes the development of tools and knowledge necessary to excel in an increasingly interconnected world and globalized job market.” Assistant Professor of Political Science Patrick Cottrell said the idea for the major has been in the works since he came to Linfield in 2008. He has been the driving force behind having the course of study available to students. The idea behind the major was

to “provide students with an interdisciplinary course of study,” Cottrell said. He said that one of the things that makes this major unique is

First and foremost, I hope students find it [International Relations] to provide a valuable and rewarding academic opportunity.

of culture and society. “First and foremost, I hope students find it [international relations] to provide a valuable and rewarding academic opportunity.

-Patrick Cottrell Assistant Professor of Political Science

that students can choose their own course of study. For example, students could focus on language and culture together or a combination

The major itself not only capitalizes on the liberal arts mission by promoting Linfield’s core themes of integrated learning, global

and multicultural awareness and experiential learning, but also harnesses existing strengths in international programs to provide a more cohesive course of study in this regard.” Students can apply for up to 12 credits toward two majors, Cottrell said. The goal is for students to graduate with an international relations degree instead of one from another discipline. Cottrell said that students’ success in globalizing the job market will benefit them with an international relations degree. For more information about the new major, contact Cottrell at Chelsea Bowen can be reached at

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can, if you look around, you will surely notice that there are recycling bins in almost every building on campus. It does not take that much effort to walk a few extra steps to a recycling bin on campus. Also, recycling just got a lot easier for students who live in the residence halls and suburbs. Thanks to the work of freshman Michelle Herrera, Residence Life and Facilities Services, students can sign up with their Resident Advisor to get a recycling bin for their own rooms. Herrera received a Sustainability Grant to purchase 700 bins, making the bins free for students. We are lucky to attend a school

that provides us with easy access to recycling equipment, and we should take advantage of that privilege. We think that if students put in a little effort to incorporate recycling into their everyday college life, then the student body could bring about a great change on campus and in the community as a whole. We would like to encourage students to become active in recycling in the residence halls, suburbs and across campus. If each person made a conscious effort to recycle, then imagine the greatness that could be accomplished. -The Review Editorial Board

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Braden Smith Managing editor Although it doesn’t always show, I value my education at Linfield. I think learning is one of the coolest things in the world. That’s why I find it so frustrating when professors teach inadequately. Don’t get me wrong: Many of the professors at Linfield are amazing at what they do and are great people in general. However, education is a difficult art to perfect, and teachers are only shortchanging their students by not constantly trying to improve their methods. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine that seems to work, but if the routine isn’t that great, it can be deadening to students. For example, if a professor has reading assignments required every day and then just

lectures on exactly what was read in the text, class becomes counterproductive and often boring. Why should I come to class if my professors are just going to rehash what I’ve already read? Or, on the other hand, why should I do the reading if they are going to cover the exact same material in class the next day? I remember being quite surprised during my freshman year when I discovered that many students simply wouldn’t do any of the assigned reading if they could get away with it — and they do. In some classes, you can do little to no reading and still get an A. If professors are going to assign reading in a class, there needs to be some incentive for students to actually read the material. Simple reading quizzes have worked well for me, but lecture material also needs to cover more than just whatever is in the textbook. Books provide the facts, but professors need to provide and encourage analysis, particularly in terms of class discussion. This means asking probing questions (not just

summarizeing what has been read) and facilitating discussion. If no one answers, don’t just answer for the students or call on the kid who always wants to answer. Wait until someone does answer or force someone else to. Textbooks aren’t always interesting, but professionals have the ability to make them so. Ideally, this will make students want to read so they can talk more in class. Some students won’t care either way, of course, but they still deserve the opportunity to engage in class. If you allow that much and push your students enough, overall engagement will jump at least a little bit and students who are genuinely interested in the course material will get a chance to flourish. Professors should constantly be experimenting with different methods of teaching to find what works well for them and for their students. This means breaking out of the old reading and PowerPoint-based lecture model if necessary. One of the best teachers I ever had taught at my high school and he often used Pow-

erPoint presentations, but they rarely, if ever, had any text. These slides featured pictures and graphics that helped students remember all of the different concepts in class. I’m sure it’s nice to have lectures textually organized, but PowerPoint is a visual tool and has a ton of potential if used efficiently. I don’t mean to tell professors how to do their jobs, but, in reality, students are the best place to look when it comes to seeking advice on teaching. Course evaluations are convenient, but nobody actually takes the time to fill them out thoughtfully because they don’t want to hold up the student who has to deliver them at the end of class. These are just a couple of points that I think professors could improve on. Students will still always have to take that initiative to engage in their learning, but professors have a responsibility to open as many doors as possible for students. We should never settle for less when it comes to education. Braden Smith can be reached at

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Laptops present classroom distractions

Jaffy Xiao Features editor I don’t know when it started, but a lot of my classmates began using laptops during all of their classes. They take notes, pay attention to what the professors are talking about and raise their hands to ask or answer some questions. But they also check email, sign onto Facebook and look through random Web pages. I have a 4-year-old laptop, and it’s not a Mac, Dell

or HP. So far, the battery lasts only 10 minutes and needs to plug into an ethernet cable if I want to surf the Internet. I hope it can be used until graduation. I doubt it, though. If you think my argument is to tell students not to use laptops in class because I am jealous, I don’t even need to write this opinion piece. I’d just ask facilities to put a mirror on the wall at the back of every classroom. Using a laptop in class is an interesting phenomenon. I noticed that if one student starts to use a laptop in class, others will do it also. It makes me feel like I am wasting my time if I don’t. There are two sides to every debate. Students can

use the Internet to search terms they don’t know and look at other related sources about a theory discussed in class. Students can aslo carry a 4 lb. laptop instead of multiple notebooks and textbooks. On the other hand, using a laptop is distracting. We are a small college; most classes have fewer than 25 students. Small classes need students to be highly interactive. If you want to take notes, listen to the class, be involved in class discussion, check your email, look at your friends’ Facebook, search for the day’s sports game results and even finish your homework for another class at the same time, you should consider why you can’t do that after the class.

I understand some classes are pretty boring. A friend just told me she uses her laptop in class just because it keeps her awake. She thinks sleeping in the class would make her professor more upset. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of technology. Technology itself is never a bad thing, but how to use it depends on the purpose. The decision differs based on the needs of certain types of classes and your own study habits. Think ahead, if you can handle it, instead of following what your classmates are doing. Don’t use a laptop in class if you know it causes distractions. Jaffy Xiao can be reached at


Spring leaves ’Cats with a lot in their paws

Jessica Prokop News editor With approximately four weeks left in Spring Semester, it is crunch time for students, especially graduating seniors. Many feel that they are running out of time to prepare for life beyond college, and the rest of us are doing our best to simply stay afloat. Apart from the school work being piled on top of us right now, many of us are also involved in various extracurricular activities, which is one of the great things about Linfield. Extracurricular activities

are easy to get involved in, whether you’re using them to beef up a résumé, for leadership experience or personal enjoyment. For instance, consider the Hawaiian Club. Participants have been busting their butts to prepare for the annual Luau, working almost every night. Students in fraternities and sororities are trying to balance school work and still meet organizational requirements. Students involved in honors societies are trying to attend enough meetings and fulfill their philanthropic goals. Athletes have practice and games all week, music and theater students have rehearsals and performances, and the list goes on. However, when does it become too much? The Spring Semester is clearly a busy time for

everyone: faculty, staff and administration included. To top it off, the bulk of the year’s events also take place during the spring; and while these events help students maintain their sanity, for others, it becomes another thing on their to-do lists. Don’t get me wrong: I, like many others, love being involved, but sometimes it can be too much for a person. And, yeah, I know, students bring it upon themselves when they sign up to participate in or lead an event, but one can’t always plan out how everything is going to go or predict any bumps that might pop up down the road. To help remedy some of this stress and still have it possible for students to participate in whatever their hearts desire, events should be scheduled more

evenly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. I understand that the weather is always better this time of year, for the most part (although I’ve yet to see any one spectacular day so far), but a lot of the indoor events, such as sorority and fraternity event fundraisers, club performances, LAB events, etc., could fit just as easily into the Fall Semester and still be as effective. It would certainly help with the event overload that many of us are now experiencing. But since nothing can be done now, good luck, everyone. Have fun with whatever you are doing and remember to only take on what is manageable. Oh, and try to maintain some sanity along the way. Jessica Prokop can be reached at


Limiting media exposure may prolong innocence

Felicia Weller Copy editor Like most seniors, I’ve got graduation on the brain, but not because I’m excited to finally enter the so called “real world.” Truth is, I’m terrified. Half of me is ready to be an adult, but the other half of me still wants to be a kid. I blame it on a healthy, happy childhood. As of late, my friends and I have been reminiscing about the simplicity of growing up in the 90s and experiencing the true innocence of being a child. I remember little things like climbing trees, spending a day at the park with my family, going swimming with my friends and looking forward to watching my

favorite Friday night television programs. (Does ABC’s TGIF line-up ring a bell for anyone?) Now it seems children aren’t given the same opportunity to act their age. There are more pressures causing today’s youth to grow up quicker, especially from the media. An overwhelming amount of reality television and advertisements that may be aimed toward a youngadult audience make turning on the TV without being bombarded by sexual innuendos and images of material wealth and fame unavoidable, regardless of age. When I was growing up, I remember watching lighthearted shows that the whole family enjoyed, such as “Boy Meets World.” Each episode always had some sort of moral agenda made apparent in the end; the Matthews parents, with the help of the wise principal Mr. Feeny,

always encouraged their boys Cory and Eric to “do the right thing.” Something as simple as watching valuable entertainment with my parents made it comfortable to be a child and share a few hours of laughter with family on a Friday night. Not only are children today exposed to influential content beyond their years, but their exposure time is not regulated. Kids are spending far more time in front of a TV or computer screen without parent supervision than was typical when I was growing up. I recently read an article in USA Today, titled “Girls hit puberty earlier than ever, and doctors aren’t sure why,” that suggests that overexposure of screen time may hasten puberty by lowering levels of a hormone called melatonin that keeps puberty at bay This factor contributes to the 15 percent of American girls

that now reach puberty by age 7. The article also states that “over the last 30 years, we’ve shortened the childhood of girls by about a year and a half.” To me, these numbers are shocking. I am aware that there are other factors that play a role in a child’s ability to experience youthful innocence; however, the media and parental supervision of screen time can be altered easily to keep kids from growing up too fast. I for one couldn’t imagine having grown up any faster than I did. I’m getting ready to receive my diploma, and while I’m accepting my responsibilities as an adult, I pride myself on the fact that I remain a kid at heart. Maybe if we held on to this innocence, we could show future generations that it is OK to take your time growing up. Felicia Weller can be reached at



Decision swayed by abortion controversy The United States birth rate in 2009 hit a record low for the century. This is partly because people decided to have children later in life or not to at all, which may have been prompted by the recession. However, teen pregnancies have been on the rise. The Center for Disease Control reported that a third of girls will be teenage mothers. Whatever the cause, family planning practices are important and need to be available for them to be effective. The bill to cut to family planning practices funding, such as that to Planned Parenthood, has now gone through the House of Representatives and Senate twice. In the second time through, the House passed the bill, but the Senate continued to deny the cut. While the Senate believes in funding the necessary medical assistance people turn to Planned Parenthood for, the House seemed to be focused on false rumors about abortion practices. Many rumors have led people to believe that the money provided to Planned Parenthood is funding abortions and that these procedures comprise the majority of the services performed. The funding received by Planned Parenthood does not provide abortions. Money for abortions comes from private funds.

Abortions are also not a major part of their services; they make up about 10 percent of what people go to Planned Parenthood for. Getting an abortion is no easy thing. It is a very difficult decision for anyone to make, be they a mother or father. It is a painful process physically and mentally. Women who receive abortions are strongly encouraged to receive counseling after their experience. Even years later, dealing with the tragedy can be difficult and is something no one should have to go through. Women often become depressed or feel regretful afterward. They can also face ridicule from others if they decide to share their experience with loved ones. Abortions can be the right decision for some people, and we are lucky enough to live in a country where we can make that decision. In Ireland, for example, abortions are not legal even if the woman’s life or the baby’s life is in danger. Not everyone feels it is the appropriate decision. There are other options for women with unwanted pregnancies, such as having and keeping the baby. Another option is putting the child up for adoption. There are multiple ways to handle the situation. Bailey can be reached at



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Professor recalls his journey as theologian Brittany Baker Staff reporter Professor of Religious Studies William Apel drew on 36 years of experience as a Linfield faculty member during his final lecture April 28. He used imagery to reflect on the past and convey his personal theology about love and compassion. “I wanted it to be a time for reflection, a time for me to say thank you and for me to say what it is I think I have been doing here all these years,” he said. Apel spoke about his experiences at Linfield, memorable students from his tenure as chaplain and lessons he has learned from his years of research. “The idea was developed from the image of an open window,” he said. “As a professor, I try to open the window for students, but the students have to look out and see.” Apel divided the window metaphor into four aspects. The first, he called his Assisi

window, referring to the city in Italy. “All of a sudden, I could see even the unseen,” he said as he spoke about Assisi. “There was no voice; there was no thing. But there was God. My experience was that which is unmistakable.” Junior Abby Lundberg appreciated Apel’s transparency and eagerness to share his spiritual encounters. “I think it shows a lot about him that he has a willingness to engage with spiritual things,” she said. “It’s so interesting how he explained that you can open those windows and experience grace and compassion.” Apel mentioned people he encountered during various parts of his life, including students he mentored as college chaplain, which he served as for 20 years. He also read a letter from a former student who was inspired to walk 120 miles on a pilgrimage after taking his classes. “I like that he talked about students in his lecture,” senior Ashley Farr said. “He

has the same respect for us as he does for those who have earned it.” Because Apel devoted much of his life to educating college students about world religion, he mentioned that understanding different beliefs has shaped him as a religion professor and as a theologian. He mentioned several prominent theologians including Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Thomas Merton in what he referred to as his “research window.” “I look for what’s good and what’s true in all world religions,” he said. “But love is the final answer. What I’m trying to teach about and point to is a life of love and compassion.” The lecture was Apel’s last as a Linfield professor. “In the last few years, people would ask me when I was going to retire,” he said. “I would always tell them that I would know when it was time. I know it’s time.” Brittany Baker can be reached at

Get to know the 2011-12 ASLC Cabinet

Katie Pitchford/Photo editor William Apel, professor of religious studies, meets with audience members after delivering his final lecture April 28 in Jonasson Hall, saying a farewell to students, colleagues and community members after 36 years of teaching at Linfield College.

Debators talk democracy

Name: Mitch Edwards Position: Student Center Director Age: 21 Year: Junior Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry Hometown: Beaverton, Ore.

Qualifications: Edwards’ most-related qualification to this position is the experience he gained from working in the Gameroom and as a substitute in the Campus Information Center (CIC). He also has experience helping others, since he has been a biology and human physiology teaching assistant. Edwards said he has also gained communication skills from being a receptionist at a nursing home, as well as event planning skills from being a residence hall president.


Reasons for applying: Edwards said that he has been busy with schoolwork during the last two years, but he was involved in student government in high school. Now he said he wants to give back to the Linfield community. He also said the three facilities that he will oversee, the Gameroom, CIC and Bike Co-Op, are underused, and he wants to make them more accessible to students. Edwards said he hopes to gain confidence outside of academics and gain managing skills. Goals: One of Edwards’ goals is to make the Gameroom a more social space so it feels like a place where students can hang out. He said he wants people to go there without already having a task in mind. Edwards also wants to make the CIC employees better informed of the events taking place on campus and have more training sessions or weekly emails, he said. He would also like to develop better communication with the Bike Co-Op manager and get the word out about the Co-Op, he said. Words of Wisdom: “Get involved early in either student government or Residence Life because being involved in the Linfield community will positively impact your life in so many ways,” Edwards said. Interests: Edwards is a baseball fan and enjoys watching movies and relaxing. He said he also likes to stay up to date with news about medicine around the world because he wants to be a doctor. Favorites: Edwards’ favorite color is red. His favorite movies are comedies, such as “Patch Adams,” “Bull Durham” and “Dumb and Dumber.” He also likes to watch the TV shows “Scrubs,” “Baseball Tonight” and “Jersey Shore.” Edwards said his favorite kind of music is hip-hop. ~Compiled by Jessica Prokop/News editor

Katie Pitchford/Photo editor

(Seated from left) Sophomore Aaron Good and juniors Lindsay Gehres, Melissa Greenaway and Becca Allen wait to begin the April 28 foreign policy debate as Assistant Professor of Political Science Pat Cottrell (center) explains the structure of the event. The debate is part of the Student Debate Series for Cottrell’s Current Debates in U.S. Foreign Policy class. The April 28 event centered on the resolution “The U.S. should unconditionally support democracy in the Middle East.” Good and Gehres won the debate with their arguments for the opposition.


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Libya: Lecture connects Linfield to global community << Continued from page 1 line was immediately cut off after she mentioned the uprising in Tunisia while speaking with her mother. Abraibesh said she and her family did not expect anything like what had happened in Tunisia and Egypt to take place in Libya. As the situation escalated after Feb. 17, she said she and her family would regularly wake up and fall asleep to the sound of gunfire. Abraibesh explained her role in helping foreign journalists who she said were treated like celebrities by the Libyan people when they first arrived. She said that although her Arabic was basic, she helped with translations for various journalists, including reporters from The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. Abraibesh planned to stay in Libya through April, but her family pressured her to return home to safety. She left on March 17 when the opportunity to drive to Cairo arose after her uncle was shot in the foot and could not be treated because of a lack of medical supplies in Benghazi. She said tanks were outside her house that day and that if the United Nations Security Council Resolution

of 1973, which established the no-fly zone, had not been passed, then Benghazi would have been leveled. Abraibesh said that as an American, Libyan culture was different to her. “Even though I’m halfLibyan, I’m more American in the sense that I was raised in the United States and with a different culture,” she said. “It’s different than growing up in Libya. I kind of had to adjust to that while I was there.” However, Abraibesh also explained her growing involvement and devotion as the uprising evolved. “I felt like I was a Libyan citizen,” she said. Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science and department chair, said it was helpful to understand Abraibesh’s individual experience in the conflict. “I thought it was interesting that she could bring in her family and then talk about how they were affected by all these events. It makes it more real, and it makes it more immediate to us,” Nowacki said. Junior Carol Tran said the presentation reminded her of how international relationships are growing stronger. “We may be a world apart, but we are neighbors in this world community,

Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Nadia Abraibesh, class of ’10, shares personal stories about her time in Benghazi, Libya, while visiting family from September 2010 to March 2011, during a Pizza and Politics lecture April 28 in Jonasson Hall. and we’re supporting each other,” she said. Nowacki also mentioned that it was nice to hear about the rest of the world from a student’s perspective.

“I think it’s very cool to have former students or students who go off and experience what’s happening in the world come back and kind of bring us into the glo-

balized world,” she said. Abraibesh said the visit was an experience she will never forget. “I loved my time there. [I] loved spending time with

my family [and] getting to know the culture, and I felt like I learned a lot while I was there.” Braden Smith can be reached at

Faculty Assembly to Full-of-heart fundraiser vote on policy proposal Jessica Prokop News editor Junior Associated Students of Linfield College President-elect Rachel Coffey announced at the April 18 Senate meeting that a proposal for the revision of Linfield College’s academic probation policies was presented to students, faculty members and administrators during the April Faculty Assembly meeting. The new probation/suspension policy proposes that students who receive a semester Grade Point Average (GPA) below a 2.0 will receive a warning. If the GPA remains below the 2.0 mark for two consecutive semesters, students will be placed on academic probation; if it happens a third consecutive semester, students will be suspended for an “x” amount of time. This means that they must transfer to another school, take online classes or work out a class schedule through the school to try to raise his or her grades, Brad Thompson, associate professor of mass

communication and department chair, said. Thompson is the head of the Student Policy Committee, which created and proposed the policy change. The potential policy change will be voted on during the Faculty Assembly meeting May 9 in Riley Student Center 201. If approved, it will go into effect for the 2011-12 academic year. However, Coffey and Thompson noted that this change would only affect a small number of students. In comparison, the current probation/suspension policy states that students receiving a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 will be put on probation and given one semester to try to raise their GPA above a 2.0. If these low GPAs continue into the next semester, they will be suspended for an “x” amount of time, Coffey said. “Sometimes freshmen have a good year, but the following semester their GPAs drop below a 2.0,” Coffey said. “This [policy] is just a way to make sure

that students are on track.” He said that students who are not meeting the minimum GPA requirement because of drug and alcohol use or because of personal or family problems would ultimately benefit from a suspension because those students need time to focus on themselves. Although the proposed policy change is fairly similar to the current one, it has a potential flaw since cumulative GPAs might remain above a 2.0 even if semester GPAs are not, Coffey said. However, Thompson said that it is unlikely that a student’s cumulative GPA would remain above a 2.0 if the GPA minimum requirement was not met during multiple, consecutive semesters. Regardless, Coffey acknowledged the benefit of the proposed policy. “Students need to be redirected,” she said. “It’s kind of an extra support and a check in process for students.” Jessica Prokop can be reached at

Katie Pitchford/Photo editor

Senior Heather Synder (center) announces the winners of Alpha Phi Sorority’s annual “Star Search” competition, which raises money for the American Heart Association. Seniors Sarah Watanbe (left), Sarah Click (right) and Benton Canaga took first on April 22 in Ice Auditorium.




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by Kelley Hungerford/Editor-in-chief


here are so many good memories here,” said Professor of Religious Studies William Apel, who will retire in June after working at Linfield for 36 years. “Gratitude is what I feel most — to be a part of it all.” Apel’s passion for teaching and social justice has been felt throughout the college since his arrival in March 1975, when he took up positions as professor and college chaplain. “My ideal job or position that I wanted would be to be a college or a university chaplain who also was on the faculty. That was exactly what Linfield was looking for at the time,” he said about what drew him to Linfield. Before coming to Oregon, Apel taught while a graduate student of the history and literature of religions at Northwestern University’s Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He said he also worked as the minister of Methodist Church in Glencoe, Ill., and was the assistant boy’s program director at the Evanston YMCA in Evanston, Ill.

Church and recognized by the American Baptist Churches, USA, is a member of the International Bonhoeffer Society. He was named a 2007-08 Shannon Fellow of the International Thomas Merton Society and received the Louise Hunderuup Religious Education Award in 2008. He also launched Linfield’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter in 1988. Apel has lectured across the United States as well as in South Africa, England, Germany and Canada and said he has attended “meetings related to peace-making in Britain, Italy, Sweden, Russia and South Africa.” “It is amazing what can be accomplished when supported by an institution like Linfield and having the freedom to serve outside the school as well as focus on teaching on campus, researching and writing,” he said. “The key to all this is freedom and trust — two values I hope Linfield will carry into the future and place even more at the center of its work.”

The ‘‘ quiet things’’’

Despite these legacies, Apel said his primary accomplishments are “the more quiet things.” “I think the main achievements are those little things that happen day to day with students, priBecoming a ’’ Cat marily sitting and talking to a student outside of The 64-year-old professor said there class,” he said. “I’ve helped to create a better cliwere barely 1,000 students enrolled when mate in which people can learn and a climate in he started at Linfield, and McMinnville had which people are more inclusive of one another a population of just 10,000. He and his and open to one another.” wife had never been to the Northwest And his students aren’t the only before. ones doing the learning. Teaching “It was kind of an adventure for us,” has been a two-way street for Apel. Apel said. “We had said to one anoth“It’s taught me humility in the I look a teaching as opening windows for er, if we go that far, we need to be sense that the professor is not the prepared to stay for five years, which person who stands in front of everystudents, and I try to open windows that seemed like a long time for us then. body as the authority or the font of I think will be interesting and important The school just kept getting better and all knowledge. It’s a cooperative kind better, so we would just mentally reof venture,” he said. “I learned a lot for students to look through. But then the sign up every five years.” about what it means to be a friend. Apel worked as a professor and It’s something that we sometimes student has to look. chaplain until 1995, when he ended take for granted, but relationships — his chaplaincy here to concentrate on that’s what’s most important to me in teaching. teaching. The subject matter is very -William Apel “It really was like a second birth for important, but it’s what one learns in me,” he said. “Teaching set me free a terms of relationships.” Professor of Religious Studies little bit more to do some of the writing Apel said he’ll miss friendships I wanted to do.” he’s made with students, faculty and As chaplain, Apel said he was on call 24 hours a Apel said. “My area that I work in and my disci- staff at Linfield. day and helped counsel students, faculty and staff. pline is what I would call a narrative theology or “It was always exciting and challenging because working with spiritual biographies, so I’ve always An open future as a chaplain, you’re dealing with students and fac- been interested in people.” Although he “has no grand plan” for life after ulty and staff and the institution in terms of ethiLinfield, Apel said he wants to spend time with cal issues,” he said. “When you’re a professor you Peace and justice family, write and teach voluntarily at colleges and need to have a little bit more distance, not being Apel’s work has gone far beyond teaching and universities. distant from the student, but you can’t get involved mentoring; he strives to foster interest and involve“People who have retired tell me you shouldn’t with issues in the same way.” ment in peace and social justice issues. make plans too quickly because then you get yourOver the years, though, Apel has developed a He was key in the founding of Linfield’s Oregon self tied up in too many things,” he said. “I want powerful teaching philosophy. Nobel Laureate Symposium — one of five such to balance my life in terms of work and relaxation “I look a teaching as opening windows for stu- symposia in the world. He has helped bring such and travel.” dents, and I try to open windows that I think will noteworthy individuals to campus as author Elie Apel said that if he could leave a message for be interesting and important for students to look Wiesel and former President Jimmy Carter. Apel Linfield’s faculty and staff, it would be to “apprecithrough,” he said. “But then the student has to said allowing students to meet such significant ate one another.” look.” people is one of his favorite memories. “It’s amazing, our faculty and staff, and every During January terms, Apel has taught a class Apel has advocated for women in the ministry, person has their own story,” he said, “Stop and take called “Monks and Mystics” at Our Lady of Guada- and he’s stood in support of gays and lesbians in the time to really appreciate one another. Learn lupe Trappist Abbey near Lafayette, Ore. The class church leadership. each other’s stories.” has been one of Apel’s favorites to teach because it Apel was also fundamental in divesting some of And to students, he sends hopes of perseverance. uses experiential learning to contemplate monastic Linfield’s business interests in South Africa during “Work each in your own way for a more just and life. the time of apartheid. peaceful world,” Apel said, adding a paraphrased He said he also enjoyed teaching a seminar about “I was sort of in the leadership with some of the saying by Mother Theresa to characterize his mesthe Holocaust and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German, student to, after two years, get the college to divest sage: “We cannot do great things, but we can do Lutheran theologian who strongly opposed Nazism as a sign of solidarity,” he said. “We were able to little things with great love.” and Adolf Hitler. divest before South Africa, under Nelson Mandela, “I’m not so much a philosopher or a systematic became a new nation.” theologian but more of a historical theologian,” Apel, who is ordained in the United Methodist Kelley Hungerford can be reached at




April 29, 2011

Calling all couples:


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orking on our beautiful campus are many married professors, staff and a W may not know are couples. Here, they share their knowledge and passion other and their involvement in our Wildcat community. This is part two in the ser with Wildcats who have tied the knot.

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Irv Wiswall & Susan Barnes Whyte Irv William Wiswall, chief technology officer for Integrated Technology Services, grew up on a farm in upstate New York. He went to Cornell University in the 1960s and earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and master’s degree in developmental sociology from Cornell University. Irv has worked in the technology departments at various educational institutions. In 1992, he came to Linfield with his former wife and three children. Susan Barnes Whyte, library director, earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Earlham College and a master’s degree in library science from Emory University. She came to Linfield in 1990 as a single parent with a 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. At that time, she was a reference librarian. She became library director in 2000. Susan and Irv began dating in October 1996 and are now married.

How did you meet at Linfield?

Susan: I asked him to meet with me because I was looking for a

job at the research institute at which Irv had previously worked. I wanted his advice. Irv: Our first significant date was on Halloween Day. We had dinner at my house.

together sometim puter system. The Linfield and for about work, but w

How do you like Linfield?

Are things diffe and when you

Susan: I like Linfield a lot — the students, my colleagues and working in the wonderful library. We work hard for Linfield, but Linfield also gives us a lot of opportunities. Irv: I like the work environment where I make it as efficient as possible.

What do you think of your spouse working at Linfield as well? What do you like and dislike about it?

Susan: We do particularly durin at home. That’s ju our work responsi same people or h We tell funny s there is much of who we are at w tell at work. That from work. Irv: A lot of pe We are just who

Susan: We have similar views and are both workaholics, but we run our dog twice a day and it helps us to relax. Irv likes rafting. I travel a lot professionally and the time we are away is to get different perspectives. A small place such as Linfield doesn’t have too much to accomplish, so the challenge is feeling that I am doing enough. In the end, our students turn out pretty well, so that’s what we are focusing on. Would your chi Irv: We share a lot of opinions about work frequently. We help Susan: My dau each other to understand what’s going on at Linfield. We also work son went to South


April 29, 2011

A look


administrators who you n for life with each ries of Q-and-A stories

affy Xiao/Features editor Terry Wymore, administrative services manger of Capital Planning & Development, and his wife Vivian Wymore, accounts payable & purchasing manager, have been married for 35 years.

Left: Family picture during Christmas 2010. (from left to right) Susan Barnes Whyte; Linh Tang and Tang’s sister; Susan’s mom, Ann; Susan’s son, Jeremy; Irv’s daughter, Oona; Irv’s son, Morgan; Irv; Irv’s granddaughter, Xander; Susan’s daughter, Hallie; Susan’s son-in-law, Giovanni; and Irv’s granddaughter, Cadence. Top: Irv (left) and his little sister and brother at their family farm when Irv was 8 years old. Right: A snapshot of Irv from his Cornell University years in 1970s.

Photos courtesy of Irv Wiswall

mes. ITS has many responsibilities with library come fact that our work overlaps is pretty helpful for us. We have some disagreements while we talk we have a good way of compromising.

erent between you when you work together are at home?

on’t usually distinguish between home and work, ng the school year, and we often talk about work ust the way our lives blend because so many of ibilities overlap, whether we are working with the having the same problems. stories at our meetings and at home. I don’t think a difference between who we are at home and work, except at home we can tell stories we never t’s the whole point of having a family separated

Terry & Vivian Wymore Vivian Wymore is accounts payable and purchasing manager in the Student Accounts/Cashier Office. Terry Wymore is administrative services manger of Capital Planning & Development.

How long have you been at Linfield?

Vivian: I have been at Linfield since November 1992, so more than 18 years. Terry: I started at Linfield in June 2003, so almost eight years. We have been married 35 years. We live in Carlton and commute together.

Why did you two decide to come to Linfield?

Vivian: I was looking for a part-time job when I started because our family was younger and I wanted to be available for them. I started my career at Linfield in the bookstore. Unfortunately, the part-time status only lasted about nine months, but it all worked out. Terry: A position became open in the facilities department, and Vivian mentioned it to me because she thought it would be a good fit with my skills. I applied and landed the position.

How do you like Linfield?

Vivian: I have met so many nice people and students throughout the years and have learned a lot about the college environment because of the different positions I have held. It has allowed us to send all three of our children to college, for which we are truly grateful. When I started at Linfield, I knew very little about the college and campus even though I had grown up in Yamhill County. Terry: I enjoy what I am doing, and it’s an interesting place to work. I really enjoy the opportunities to work with students.

What do you think of your spouse working at Linfield as well? What do you like and dislike about it? Terry: I like that we can commute and have lunch together on occasion. I don’t like that we bring work home or that it seems to always to pop up through conversation. Vivian: It was hard for me at first, being used to having my own identity at Linfield, to share it with Terry. I had to learn to share my work world and my time to run errands. Over time, I believe we have grown closer because of the challenges we have faced and worked through.

Are things different between you when you work together and when you are at home? Vivian: Of course! We have to be professional, but I would hope that if you see us together, you would know we are a couple. At home I may not be as nice to Terry as I might be at work. Terry: I would have to second that.

Would your children like to go to Linfield?

Vivian: Our oldest daughter graduated from Linfield in 2001. Our son chose to attend George Fox University and our youngest daughter will be graduating from George Fox University, on April 30, 2011.

eople keep their home life and work life separate. we are.

ildren like to go to Linfield?

ughter graduated from Linfield in 2007, and my hern Oregon University.

Jaffy Xiao can be reached at




April 29, 2011

Class celebrates Shakespeare through performance Joanna Peterson Culture editor An audience of about 40 people huddled around the courtyard of Ford Hall on April 27 to watch a lively group of costumed actors recreate famous scenes from plays by William Shakespeare. Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Janet Gupton’s Topics in Performance class produced the show in celebration of Shakespeare’s April 27 birthday. Gupton and 13 students performed during the event, recreating six scenes from “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “As You Like It” and “Hamlet.” Gupton said in an email that it is important for actors to keep Shakespeare alive through theater. “[Shakespeare] is the mostproduced English-speaking

Joanna Peterson/Culture editor Junior Chloe Wandler and sophomore Chirs Forrer perform during a scene from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” on April 27 in the Ford Hall courtyard. playwright in the world, so from an actor’s standpoint, it is important to be able to handle his text,” she said.

The audience laughed at the actors during lively parts of the evening, such as when one of the forest scenes

from “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” was depicted. Junior Chloe Wandler, who played Helena, climbed up a

‘Execution of Justice’ preview’

Katie Paysinger/ Senior photographer (Front row from left) Seniors Marc Pereira and Steven Stewart and (back row) Katie Mackay practice for the production of Emily Mann’s play, “Execution of Justice.” The play chronicles the trial of Dan White, who assassinated Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s openly gay city supervisor, in 1978. The play opens next week and runs May 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., May 8 at 2 p.m. and May 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

lamppost as if it were a tree. There were also more melancholy moments, such as during a scene from “Hamlet” in which Hamlet denies his love for Ophelia. The scene featured sophomores Chris Forrer as Hamlet and Laura Haspel as Ophelia. In addition to performing the various play segments, the actors engaged the audience in a contest for the best Shakespearian insults. Sophomore Amanda Wolf said she enjoyed the outdoor performance and thought the weather correlated well with the Hamlet scene. “I liked how it started raining during the tragic ending,” she said. Haspel said that interpreting and memorizing the Shakespearian language was the most difficult part of the performance. She

said she initially used “No Fear Shakespeare,” which is a modern translation of Shakespeare’s works, to help her interpret her lines. “It’s easy to run into a language barrier with Shakespeare’s works,” Haspel said. “But it helps to view the language as a story or poetry. If you know what you’re talking about, it makes the performance much more powerful.” Gupton said that it took work for the actors to adjust to performing in the outdoor setting. “It was challenging to get the actors to realize how much they need to project with their bodies and voices for the outside, as well as to assure them that Shakespeare can be outrageous and bawdy and fun,” she said. Joanna Peterson be reached at

April 29, 2011



Senior recital combines classics and The Beatles Sharon Gollery For the Review Senior Cynthia Lester demonstrated her hard work as a flutist during her senior recital April 23. Lester, accompanied by Accompanist Debra Huddleston on the piano, performed songs by classical composers, Haydn, Widor, Ibert, Muczynski and The Beatles. “The Beatles are just too awesome not to include,” Lester said. “I couldn’t resist.” The audience was receptive, responsive and large. Audience members applauded enthusiastically during the performance. The majority of the songs she performed were fast-paced and challenging pieces.

Lester said that it was exciting to play for her friends and family. “My mom has heard me perform, but my dad and my brother haven’t. My brother dressed up nicely for this recital, and I really appreciate that my whole family was here,” Lester said. The last piece on the program was a medley of three songs by The Beatles that Lester arranged herself. She played the alto flute for the piece and was accompanied by three other flutists. When the performers turned and walked offstage, still playing, the audience laughed appreciatively and applauded. The performance was met with a standing ovation, and the applause did not stop until Lester returned to the stage for a second bow.

Lester has played the flute since the sixth grade. Denise Westby, adjunct professor of music and Lester’s flute instructor, said that Lester came to Linfield as a solid player but without experience with private lessons. “Cynthia was wonderful to work with,” Westby said in an email. “She was always prepared for her lesson, having worked on whatever the previous week’s instruction had been. She made consistent progress and grew into an intelligent, sensitive musician.” Lester said that her musical training at Linfield has helped her with form, analysis and theory in music, which allows her to see patterns. “My first challenge was living up to [Westby’s]

Let the moves flow

Katie Pitchford /Photo editor Senior Cynthia Lester (right) performs a flute piece during her April 23 recital in the Delkin Recital Hall. Accompanist Deborah Huddleston accompanies her on the piano. expectations. She has definitely challenged me,” Lester said. “I’ve never really felt that any one moment was a triumph because when you’re a musician, you can always do better.” Lester said that she would like to continue playing the

flute in the future, but that she will also focus on playing the piano. There are a number of other instruments that she would like to learn too, she said, but she said she is more interested in her other major, mathematics, as a career.

Students and McMinnville community members jump and spin during Adjunct Professor of Health & Human Performance Christine Kirk’s ecstatic dance event in the Pioneer Reading Room on April 28.

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Alumna serves up a biographical book Joanna Peterson Culture editor

Megan Myer/Online editor

“Not only is she a fine flutist but she is also an impressive composer and arranger. Her final senior recital was testament to how far she has come,” Westby said. “I will miss her.”

A Linfield alumna revealed the life of food writer M.F.K. Fisher during an April 27 author reading in the Nicholson Library. Anne Zimmerman, class of ’00, wrote a biography of Fisher titled “An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher,” which highlights Fisher’s life when she ventured to France and her relationship struggles with her first husband. “It’s the story of how she went to France, fell in love with food and found her voice,” Zimmerman said. She said that although Fisher wrote many autobiographies about herself, there was still a story to write about the author’s life. “I equate Fisher’s many letters and books to what the rest of us do,” Zimmerman said. “We don’t always tell the whole story. When we write to friends, we say that we’re doing fine. But, in reality, our cat died, our kitchen is a mess and we are having relationship problems with someone.” Zimmerman said that her book explores the passionate years of Fisher’s life, during which she produced her most popular books. “I rarely meet people who say that they are familiar with M.F.K. Fisher’s name but haven’t read her work,” Zimmerman said. “Usually, they either don’t know who she is at all or they can tell me where they were when they first read something she

Image courtesy of Anne Zimmerman wrote.” Zimmerman said she was introduced to Fisher’s background when she was in graduate school and was assigned to write a 25-page biography of a female author. She said she originally planned to explore Zelda Fitzgerald, but when she arrived at the library, she felt overwhelmed by the amount of books on Fitzgerald. “The names Fitzgerald and Fisher are right next to each other,” Zimmerman said. “So I picked up a coffee-table style book of photographs of M.F.K. Fisher. I remember just being taken away by her long, dark hair and round face.” Zimmerman said she picked out a few more books by Fisher and went home to her apartment in San Francisco for the weekend. “I emerged completely interested in her and the way she wrote,” Zimmerman said. That weekend, smoky, congested skies from a fire in the area kept Zimmerman

confined to her apartment with the books about Fisher, she said. Zimmerman said she fell in love with Fisher’s writing and completed the biography project on the food writer. Her professor recommended that she explore the subject more because there were few books about Fisher other than a collection of autobiographies Fisher had written. She said that she eventually contacted Fisher’s former literary agent and met up with him in New York before they decided to write a book proposal together. Zimmerman spent seven years researching Fisher’s life and writing the book before it was published this year. Zimmerman said that much of her interest in writing and literature was shaped during her time at Linfield through various professors and a study abroad trip to England, France and Spain with Barbara Drake, professor emeritus of English. She said that she recently unpacked a box of old books and found one by Professor of English Lex Runciman with an inscription to her inside. “The inscription said, ‘I’m signing this book for you in hopes that you’ll sign one for me someday,’” Zimmerman said. “It was this snapshot into another time when I was taking creative writing classes and didn’t think that I showed any hope.” Joanna Peterson can be reached at



April 29, 2011

Ballerina Black’s album foreshadows success Eric Tompkins KSLC 90.3 FM Let me begin by saying that I wasn’t expecting much from a band named Ballerina Black. A band’s name tends to give off the subtle impression of an album’s content. Given this, one might assume Ballerina Black to be a contrived mixture of some sort of pseudo-intellectual pop music, but that person would be wrong. It would seem that Ballerina Black, like the Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin or other bands with unusual monikers, might have more to offer than its name would suggest. The band’s latest album, “Cattle Arithmetic,” starts off strong with the track “Leaves,” which opens with a peppy bassline that builds into an overwhelm-

ingly lush instrumental backing. Grungy with an influence of southern California mellowed punk, “Leaves” offers a snapshot of the complementary multiple personalities showcased on this album. “Kelly Pain,” the second track, finishes off the genre worldview of Ballerina Black with a healthy dose of Gothic ramblings and sets the listener up for an album that sounds mostly like different permutations of the first two tracks. This is not to say that this album is boring or not worth listening to. If you enjoy the sound of The Cure’s late-’80s foray into the Gothic genre, then this album, which sounds like a slightly more updated version of that signature melancholy moaning, will resonate with you. As

much as there’s a touch of The Cure frontman Robert Smith’s gravel in the vocals, there’s also a good heaping of a lighter tonality which might be more familiar to fans of AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok. There is an evident flow throughout “Cattle Arithmetic,” and even songs such as “Squeeze Through” and “Rivals,” which are less vocally and lyrically creative than others, have a great feeling of soft dirtiness about them. “Squeeze Through” exudes its strong bass undertones into a pool of filthy, dark satisfaction, while “Rival,” has a heavier, more metal version of the thudding backbeat. “Cattle Arithmetic” features some songs you should listen to just because of their titles, which, honestly, do a great

job of appealing to the inner 12-year-old in each of us while also speaking to the song’s content. Titles such as “Microphones in the Mattress” provide apt visual description of what we should expect aurally and delivers a rhythmically thudding base and lyrics that convey all of the plaintive sadness of going solo. A well-rounded album, “Cattle Arithmetic” draws the listener into its dark bowels, smothering us in the suffocating beauty of its raw emotion. The sound that Ballerina Black has plied throughout the album seems founded on a lush blend of guitars and basses complementing their brand of vocal yearning. Combine this with its angst-filled lyrics and Ballerina Black should be popular with the younger

Photo courtesy of Ballerina Black’s debut album “Cattle Arithmetic” was released January 1, 2010. generation that needs a creative outlet for its angry self-obsession. In light of all of this, whether “Cattle Arithmetic” is actually good seems irrelevant. It fills a necessary niche and just like the people who will enjoy lis-

tening to them, Ballerina Black doesn’t seem to mind being quietly popular. Tune in to KSLC 90.3 FM to hear tracks from Ballerina Black’s debut album “Cattle Arithmetic.” Eric Tompkins can be reached at

Linfield bands play for fame during competition Yoko Gardiner For the Review Linfield held the second Battle of the Bands comprtition April 28 in Ice Auditorium. Students were treated to performances by rising young musicians. The winner, Prowler, won studio time, a possible record deal and a slot to play in Wildstock slated for May 20. However, all bands put up a tight battle. The bands were led by sophomores Evan O’Kelly, Danny Brown, Brittany Baker and junior Nic Miles. Senior Danny Brown fronts the winning band, Prowler, which plays classical metal. This is his first time performing at the event. “I figure I’ll be nervous, but if I have fun I should be OK,” he said. Band members for Prowler include juniors Logan Veith on rhythm guitar, Dan Smith on drums and seniors Andrew Sherman as lead guitarist and Garrett Garceau on bass. Brown said one of his biggest challenges was finding people to play in the band. “I don’t know too many people who play this kind of music,” he said. “I asked my roommate Logan and Andrew Sherman mentioned Garrett Garceau and he brought another friend, Dan Smith.” Brown said he is inspired by bands including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Queensrÿche. He also mentioned the significance of the songs his band played: “Ignorance: (Falling Sky),” is about environmental ignorance, and “Battle Weary,” is a song about a soldier

Megan Myer/Online editor Junior Jessica Goergen pumps up the audience during a Battle of the Bands on April 28 in Ice Auditorium. who deals with going to battles.” O’Kelley, whose band doesn’t yet have a name, includes junior Jessie Georgen, lead vocalist; sophomore Wes Yurovchak, on drums, and freshmen Sylvan Tovar on bass and Will Chou on violin. O’Kelly says he loves playing in the band. “When you work hard at something, it’s rewarding. It’s pretty satisfying to put on a show,” he said. O’Kelly’s music is a mix of rock and blues, inspired by the likes of Eric Clapton, John Mayle and Miles Davis. As a band leader, he faces many challenges

including putting songs together. “We only had a week to put together songs, we were busy with school work as well,” he said. Nic Miles, Musical Entertainment Chair for the Linfield Activities Board, opened the concert with his own band, which earned enthusiasm from the crowd. The judges of this year’s Battle of the Bands were President Thomas Hellie and Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication. Linfield students gave enthusiastic feedback. Sophomore Nora Burnfield said she thought “they

were all great, the styles were all different. It’s hard to judge.” She said it was hard to choose which band she wanted to win. Freshman Kayla Truax said she thought the “last one, Prowlers, they’re fantastic.” Josh Merrick, area director for activities said he enjoyed the variety displayed in the show. “They were all so different in styles, and they performed really well. I thought the Prowlers earned the prize and it was an exciting show,” Merrick said. Yoko Gardiner can be reached at

Megan Myer/Online editor Junior Logan Veith (left) and senior Garrett Garceau rock out during Linfield’s second Battle of the Bands April 28.


April 29, 2011


Sports fans create needed game atmosphere Sports Commentary

Chris Forrer For the Review Hey ’Cats. It’s my favorite time of the year: playoff season. With so many Linfield sports (golf, softball, baseball and tennis) heading to the Division III playoffs and with the NHL and NBA elimination rounds well underway, there’s

never a shortage of good, hard competition to feast on in late spring. On the subject of playoffs, I was lucky enough to land tickets for Game 4 of Portland’s first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks on April 23. I’ve been to Blazer games before and seen the raucous Rose Garden fans, but this was a beast like nothing I’ve ever seen. Every time Dallas touched the ball, “DEFENSE” boomed throughout the arena: Every steal, every rebound, every basket was cheered for as if we had just won the NBA finals. And then, when the

game was on the line and Brandon Roy was dropping shots like the hoop was 100 feet wide, the entire stadium flew into a delirium that bordered on complete chaos. Being swept up in that emotion, that overwhelming wave of energy and passion, was a borderline spiritual experience for a long-time sports fan. But besides going down as a game I’ll remember for the rest of my life, it also got me thinking. Portland is widely considered one of the most loyal sports cities on the planet, and as a result of that, the Rose Garden is among the NBA’s most difficult arenas to play

in. But could this mania be translated from a professional sports team to smallschool athletics in the middle of rural Oregon? I believe it can, but not without first eliminating a toxic term from our vocabularies: “spectator sport.” “Spectator sport” is a lie in the highest degree. Sports aren’t meant to observed like a professor proctoring an exam; they’re meant to be participated in. Portland understands this. When Blazer fans go to games, they don’t sit idly by and let the action unfold without taking a central role in dictating the flow of the game.

We, as supporters of one of the Northwest’s oldest and most storied athletic departments, can no longer afford to be spectators; we must be participators, actively involved in the battles that take place on the field or the pitch or the court. If our team goes hard, we must go hard with them. If the players struggle, it is up to us to scream and cheer until they find the will to win. If one of our players gets fouled hard, get up and let the other team hear what you think about it. If one of our players smacks a home run over the far end of the fence, get up and dance in

the bleachers like there’s no tomorrow. Fans play a more dynamic role than I believe most people give them credit for and it is up to us to spread the word that Linfield students and fans will be spectators no longer. Together, we can make Linfield a place that teams fear entering because they know what’s coming: a wall of sound and emotion that hits them in the gut and keeps on swinging. I get chills just thinking about it. Our time has come, fans, and we must seize it. Chris Forrer can be reached at

Softball: Wildcats advance to regionals << Continued from page 16 on the board, peaking with a two-run home run hit by sophomore third baseman Karleigh Prestianni. Junior catcher Emilee Lepp’s 27th home run of the season highlighted the next round. Earlier this week, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Lepp Co-National Player of the week for her performance April 12-19. Lepp’s solo homer in the third inning, along with one RBI apiece from Prestianni and Hartmann, added three runs to the tally. Prestianni, Hartmann and freshman designated hitter Ashley Garcia supplied four RBIs at the bottom of the fifth to extend the ’Cats’ lead to seven runs. PLU scored twice at the top of the seventh, bringing its total to six runs, which were short of what was necessary to force extra innings. Senior Claire Velaski pitched five innings during her 19th season win. Harvey and freshman pitcher Karina Paavola each pitched one inning of relief. The win came on the heels of a five-inning thrashing of PLU on April 22. The ’Cats put up runs in all but the third inning. Hartmann and junior first baseman Staci Doucette, who each had two RBIs, brought in four of the ’Cat’s five first-inning runs. Senior shortstop Emily

Keagbine hit three-for-three and was one of five players, including Doucette, Lepp, Hartmann and junior outfielder Jaydee Baxter, to have a multiple-hit game. Lepp cleared the loaded bases with a grand slam at the bottom of the fifth, ending the game 11-2. Harvey and Paavola each gave up one run in the game. Harvey helped earn the win with three innings pitched. This was the second game of the day for the Wildcats, who put away Willamette 4-2, earlier that afternoon. Hartmann said pitching and defense have been solid all year, especially when it came down to closer, lower-scoring games. “We’re confident in every single one of our pitchers, and we work really hard on defense,” she said. “When we aren’t putting up a lot of runs, our defense and pitching have always been there to back us up.” Velaski pitched all seven innings. Three-for-four hitting by senior outfielder Kayla Hubrich and RBIs from Lepp, Doucette and Prestianni supported her effort. The team will have two weekends to prepare for the regional tournament that begins May 12. Venue, time and opponent have yet to be announced. Rae Smith can be reached at

Megan Myer/Online editor Senior Claire Velaski fires away a pitch in the April 22 game against Willamette University. The ’Cats won 4-2.

Megan Myer/Online editor Fans crowd in the outfield to cheer on the ’Cats as they compete in the Northwest Conference tournament April 22.



Lepp leads Linfield in Catball statistics Corrina Crocker Sports editor She is the softball player with a record-breaking season and has taken home runs per season to a new high. Junior catcher Emilee Lepp set the Division III season record at 27 home runs and counting as the Wildcats advance to the Regional Tournament. It was the home game against Pacific Lutheran University on April 28 in the final game of the tournament that cinched the home run record for Lepp. “I don’t think anyone can really imagine breaking records or having a personal best season,” Lepp said in an email. “You kind of go into the season thinking that it will probably be similar to the one last year and you hope that you get better and improve, but it’s hard to imagine a season where you do something that you’ve never even come close to doing before.” Her record smashed the previous Linfield record and the D-III record set by Mandy Carnes of Muskingum University in 2002. Lepp, a 2010 second-team All-American,

was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Co-National Player of the Week for games played during April 12-19. “Emilee has a great combination of explosive strength, hand-eye coordination and tremendous work ethic,” head coach Jackson Vaughan said in an email. “Those things combined with a few adjustments to her swing and the increased understanding of hitting mechanics and mental toughness that she has gained as a three-year starter have all given her the opportunity to have a record breaking season.” Vaughan commented on the unexpectedness for the season. “I can’t say that I expected 27 home runs, but it does not totally surprise me after watching her over the last two seasons and seeing what she is capable of in our batting practice and team scrimmage situations,” Vaughan said in an email. Lepp set the record of most home runs in a single season and has all-around outstanding statistics. She leads the team with 82 RBIs, 72 hits and 62 runs scored.

Lepp “With having such a good season so far, I expect for that to continue into the post season. Our team, as a whole, has so much potential and talent if we play up to our level and make teams play up to us instead of us playing down to them,” she said. Lepp balances playing for a nationally ranked team with her studies of exercise science. “School and softball are always challenging to juggle because to be such a successful team, we have to put the work and effort into becoming that,” Lepp said in an email. Concentrating in the classroom and focusing on being a leader on the field are outstanding examples of Lepp’s determination. “I simply expect her to continue to be a great

April 29, 2011

Wildcat sports schedule Friday, April 29 Track and field

@ Pacific

3 p.m.

Women’s tennis

@ Ojai, Calif.

All day

Men’s tennis

@ Ojai, Calif.

All day


@ Pacific Lutheran (2)


Track and field

@ Pacific

3 p.m.

Women’s tennis

@ Ojai, Calif.

All day

Men’s tennis

@ Ojai, Calif.

All day

@ Pacific Lutheran


Saturday, April 30

Sunday, May 1 Baseball

leader by example. The way in which Emilee practices and strives for excellence in the classroom are things that all of our players can model in their own quest for success,” Vaughan said. Determined to finish the post season strong, Lepp has high expectations for her team.

“Our team has the perspective of ‘taking it,’ meaning that we have the mentality that we are going to take every single game,” Lepp said in an email. “It’s our game to take and our game to win, so going into the postseason, we take it game by game and take every single game and not let the other

teams hang around long enough to make it interesting.” The Wildcats move on to compete in the NCAA Divsion III Regional Tournament on May 12. Venue, time and opponent are to be determined. Corrina Crocker can be reached at


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Baseball: Team reaches its goals << Continued from page 16 able to walk away with two wins that series, which was a great success for our team.” Winning last weekend helped Linfield remain in first place in the Northwest Conference. The Wildcats will head to regionals May 18. “It’s an exciting feeling to know we’ve already clinched the NWC championship and a spot at regionals. These have been two of our main goals all season long, and it’s a great feeling to know that all of our hard

work has paid off thus far,” Brandon said. Allan agreed with Brandon. “It feels good. It was our first goal that we needed to accomplish in order to get further into the playoffs and ultimately compete at the national level,” he said. There’s a possibility that the Wildcats will head to the West Regionals in Abilene, Texas, on May 18-22. Until then, the Wildcats will play against Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., on April 30 and May 1.

Megan Myer/Online editor

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at

Senior first baseman Kevin Coleman prepares to catch the ball on a hit made by George Fox University senior Taylor Hunter in the first game of a doubleheader April 22. The Wildcats lost, 7-8.

with 611, and University of Puget Sound took third with a score of 617. Junior Alex Fitch led the team with a first-place score of 142. Senior Yutaro Sakamoto was two strokes behind and landed in third place with a final score of 144. Sophomore Josh Kay shot 153 and tied for eighth with Whitman College senior Brian Barton. “Our team this year has always been capable of doing some great things,” Fitch said. “Our strength is showing up to the big tournaments and playing well. We didn’t let how the other teams we were playing distract us, so we did a good job of playing our game and

Men’s golf advances to nationals Kelsey Sutton Staff reporter

The men’s golf team won first place on April 23, so the team will move on to the NCAA Division III Championships in May. The women’s golf team took third place in the Northwest Conference Championship Tournament on April 22 and 23. After the first round on the first day, the men had a six-stroke lead against Whitworth University with a score of 301. The team ended the tournament strong and took the lead with a final score of 595. Whitworth followed behind

Our strength is showing up to big tournaments and playing well.

-Alex Fitch, junior

taking care of business.” The men’s team’s goal is to finish in the top-10 at nationals, Fitch said. “There is tough competition at nationals, so we are just going to go down there, have fun and see how we match up against the

nation’s best.” The Championships will take place in Greensboro, N.C., on May 10-13. At the end of the first day, the women sat in third place with a score of 329, closely followed by Whitworth with 335. The team

finished the tournament with a total of 658, a short five strokes behind Whitman. “I thought the NWC Championships went extremely well,” senior Katie Kilborn said. “We posted one of our best scores ever.” Senior Brynn Hurdus, who shaved three strokes off her first-day score of 79, tied for second with George Fox sophomore Kelsey Morrison for a total of 155. Kilborn finished in a threeway tie with seniors Sarah Askin from George Fox and Natalie Nakamine of Puget Sound, all scoring 162. Sophomore Brinn Hovde placed 18th with a total of 170. Freshman Ali Smith

finished one stroke behind Hovde. The team is happy about how the season turned out. Hurdus, who will graduate this spring, had a few words for her teammates. “Just keep working hard, enjoying the game and thinking positively,” she said. “I have so much faith in every one of you and know the team can and will do great things. Golf takes an incredible amount of effort, strength and patience, but the results are so rewarding when you put in the time. You can do it. Just believe it.”

Kelsey Sutton can be reached at

Track & field The track and field season has come to an end for the Wildcats. Linfield hosted the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships on April 23 and 24. The women finished fourth place in conference and the men took fifth. Two Wildcats came in first place individually in the conference. Junior Catherine Street took first in the pole vault, and freshman Anna LeBeaume placed first in the shot put. Two other top finishers in the meet were sophomore Melany Crocker and senior Brooke Bekkedahl. Both placed fourth in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, respectively. On the men’s side, two Wildcats tied for third place in the high jump. Both senior Stephen Dennis and freshman Michael Moreland cleared the bar at 6-1 ¼ inches. Both the men and women took second place in the 4x100 meter relays. The men were tied for first until Whitworth University was declared the winner with a time of 43.03 and Linfield with 43.10. The women came in second behind George Fox University. George Fox swept the women’s meet with 219 points, while Whitworth won first place for the men with 242 total points. The Wildcats have two more weekends to qualify and move on to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships. The ’Cats will travel to the Pacific Twilight meet at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., on April 29 and 30. The competition begins at 3 p.m. both days. They will have another shot at the Oregon Twilight meet May 6 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. ~Compiled by Corrina Crocker/Sports editor

Megan Myer/Online editor Sophomore Jill Boroughs (back center) took eighth in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase on April 22 during the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships at home on April 22.



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Softball pounces on NWC tourney Rae Smith Staff reporter

Megan Myer/Online editor Senior third baseman Dustin Smith slides for second during the first game of a doubleheader against George Fox University on April 22.

Wildcats to rally at regionals Kaylyn Peterson For the Review

Baseball had an exciting weekend against George Fox University on April 22 and 23. Linfield lost the first game of the weekend, 7-8, which only pushed the ’Cats harder for the remaining two games, which they won. The team is at the top of the Northwest Conference and will advance to regionals. Sophomore center fielder Tim Wilson said that the team has overcome a lot to get to this point. “It feels great to be able to get a chance to play in regionals. It is a great accomplishment especially with the injuries that we have endured all season,” he said.

“Guys have really come through when the team has needed them most.” During the second game, the Wildcats made a comeback. Winning the game 13-4, Linfield excelled at the plate and on the mound. Starting the pitching for Linfield was freshman Zach Brandon, who pitched for five innings and had six hits off him. In the first inning alone, the ’Cat bats went wild with eight runs scored. Senior third baseman Dustin Smith was the first to score. Following Smith was Wilson, senior catcher Cole Bixenman, junior shortstop Kevin Allen, sophomore designated hitter Clayton Truex, freshman left fielder Nate McClellan and

seniors second baseman Eric Evenson and first baseman Kevin Coleman. Evenson, Bixenman, Smith and senior right fielder Gunnar Cederberg brought in four runs during the third inning. Allen scored Linfield’s final run of the game during the sixth inning. The momentum from their first game against the Bruins continued to the third game. The Wildcats won the third game 3-0 against the Bruins on April 23. Evenson scored the first run in the first inning after hitting a double to left field. Wilson scored the second run after Truex hit a single to left field during the sixth inning. Smith scored the final run of the game in the eighth

inning after a double by Allan. Sophomore Zach Manley and senior Evan Hilberg pitched for the Wildcats, and together had only six hits off them. George Fox was a tough competitor throughout the games. “I believe that Chapman [University] and George Fox were the two toughest teams we have faced. Chapman had the most complete pitching staff that we have seen all year, having three good starting pitchers,” Wilson said. “[George] Fox is always a hard team to beat because it is a rival [school]. They came into the series needing wins, and we were >> Please see Baseball page 13

The softball team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship when it beat Willamette and Pacific Lutheran universities in the Northwest Conference softball tournament April 22 and 23. Senior second baseman Alex Hartmann said that playing at home created a good atmosphere. “Having our fans come out is an extra bonus, and playing on the field you are used to gives any team an advantage,” Hartmann said. Junior pitcher Lauren Harvey agreed. “It was nice to have home-field advantage especially since we had so few home games this year, and it was really nice to have fans come out and see the support,” Harvey said. This was the first end-ofthe-season softball tournament held by the NWC, and Harvey agreed with head coach Jackson Vaughan that it was an excellent opportunity to play more games. “We got to play PLU twice, so getting to play what is considered a top team in the conference was good and challenged us,” Vaughan said. “PLU has plenty of offense so we took it as a challenge to step up our game against stronger competition.” The ’Cats capped off the tournament with a convincing 11-6 win against PLU at home April 23. The offense came out strong in the first inning and put four runs >> Please see Softball page 13

Track and field ends the conference season after hosting the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships as the women took fourth and men placed fifth. Read more on page 15 >>

Megan Myer/Online editor Freshman Katey Barger leaps through the air in the Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships on April 22. Barger placed 10th in the long jump finals.

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