Monthly Archives: May 2008

Cultivating Campus

 

Photo by Rachael Palinkas/Features Editor

Attention to details adds beauty to Linfield campus

 

Septembre Russell/Copy Editor

 

You’ve seen how great campus looks in print; the lush green trees, the carefully coifed grass, free from leaves, trash and debris. Everything appears surreal, inviting and, unlike the fast food we see in commercials, what you see is what
you get. 

Our campus isn’t gorgeous just because we live in Oregon, there are several individuals dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of Linfield’s sprawling green fields and landscaping.

The grounds crew at Linfield puts in painstaking work to ensure that campus stays in top condition.

It is almost a guarantee you will spot a member of the  grounds crew hard at work outside for the majority of the day despite the weather.

Summer is upon us, and it is hot enough out there to make birds drown themselves instead of just cooling down with a bath.

Imagine mowing and toiling the grass in last week’s 98-degree heat, donning closed-toed shoes, long pants and gloves, as these ensure workers’ safety. Despite the heat, uniform requirements can be menacing.

“That nice, crisp edge along the grass and pathways—they’re responsible for that,” senior Sara Burgoyne said.

That’s not all they contribute.  Grounds crew staff pull weeds, mow and edge the fields and lawns, trim trees, hedges and plant flowers all over campus. 

Their job isn’t complete when school ends for the summer; grounds crew staff work year-round, looking after campus while students are away enjoying their time off.

 While getting to know some of the crew off the field, some of the wisdom imparted included the disclosure that olive oil works wonders for split ends and that it isn’t a great idea to hang tight ropes up in the trees.

In the crew’s break room, you might find a South Park sticker along with a peg-board album hanging on the wall filled with pictures of student crew members, families and friends. Each member is known for his or her different quirks and talents, and they all work together to keep campus easy on the eyes. 

Groundskeeper Rick Knutz, who has been a grounds crew member for a decade, said that his favorite thing about working the grounds is pruning trees while everything else is “dreadful.” 

Sophomore Christina Michael has worked for the grounds for two years.

“I like being outside, and the crew is fun to work with,” Michael said.

Knutz and Michael bring up a common annoyance among crew staff: students tanning while the grass is being mowed.
     “(You) would think that they would notice a mower coming, sometimes not,” Michael said.

Members of the grounds crew work tirelessly, just like the rest of us—but in comparison, students barely make
the grade.

Classrooms  with windows that face an open field or sector of grass merely warrant a glimpse of what grounds crew work truly is.

The next time you pass one of grounds crew staff while on the way to take a test inside of an air-conditioned classroom, don’t take their hard work for granted, and try to place yourself in their closed-toed shoes. 

Out of sight, out of mind

Linfield students learn the harsh realities of homelessness in Yamhill County

 

For the Review by Kelly Copeland, Ashley Hollenbeck, Janelle Levesque and Elizabeth Schwinck

 

As students of the Sociology of Community class, we have learned about rural homelessness
and housing instability in Yamhill County. Before this class we had limited knowledge of the local homeless epidemic, but through research and service experience we now understand the harsh reality of housing distress in rural communities such as McMinnville.

In light of our learning experience, we interviewed Linfield students and asked about their perceptions of local poverty.

Of 13 students, administrators and faculty interviewed, most said when they think of homelessness words such as dirty, beer, old, men, greasy-haired, sad, unnecessary, camping and Wal-Mart came to mind.

These words describe the harsh stereotypes people carry about the homeless. This is a visual of typical urban homelessness that we are constantly exposed to through the media and in our daily lives.

Next, we asked students whether they thought homelessness was an issue in McMinnville. While many students said they are sure it is a problem, they were unaware of the extent of the issue. Some assumed it wasn’t a problem, because of
the climate.

One student who was surveyed said: Homeless people usually move to warmer areas, and because McMinnville experiences frequent rain and cold winters, homeless people are less likely to
live here.

Another question asked
was whether or not students
were aware of local service organizations in McMinville, and if they knew of any resources that are available
to help those who are homeless or homeless-affected.
Of those surveyed, most said they were aware of resources such as the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen and religious-based organizations that help
the homeless.

While students are somewhat aware of homelessness and know there are services available, it is possible to attribute the overall ignorance of the issue to the fact that most students spend little to no time off campus and in the McMinnville community. This reality, that the distinct separation between the Linfield bubble and the outside community, is the overarching reason most students are uninformed.

One issue we are more aware of is the majority of Americans who buy into the stereotype that homeless people are the bums and throwaways of society. That is not true for many people who find themselves without a place to stay.

The majority of families simply fall on hard times, such as losing a job or having a medical emergency that leaves them in debt. However, many students have not had the opportunity to look beyond the stereotypes.

Another student reported: To help the homeless, I would become a motivational speaker and tell them to get off their lazy asses and go to work at McDonald’s.

Comments such as these highlight the general perception that homelessness is purely a product of laziness and lack of income. But, as the Sociology of Community class has studied this semester, the problem is much more than that. Howie Harkema, the operations director for the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen, said this is not the case for the majority of those who come in for a free meal. More often than not, he
said, most people have homes but simply cannot afford to buy food after their rent has been paid.

It  can often be a balance between having a warm bed to sleep in or a hot meal for some, and many have to choose the bed. These
people, while they may not be
homeless at the time, are dangerously close to losing
their homes.

In order to gain a better
understanding of the issues of homelessness, it is necessary to know that it is not just the result of poor decision making. Sophomore Samantha Jordan is one student who is
more cognizant of the broader scope.

“I do understand that homelessness means exactly what it says: without a home,” she said. “A person who is kicked out of their home and is living with friends, passing time in multiple houses without a fixed permanent place of his or her own is also homeless.”

In contrast to the general views of the Linfield community, homelessness in Yamhill County is an increasingly dramatic problem. The first step to solving this problem is to raise awareness and to break the stereotypes.

Our generation can help solve the homeless epidemic, and as college students, we have the power to make
change and influence society.

Doubles team earns All-Star recognition

Brianne Ries, assistant editor

Sophomore Sallie Katter’s and senior Kasey Kuenzli’s season ended during the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships May 18 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Going into the championships with a record of 16-4, Katter and Kuenzli could not capture a win against sophomore Lauren Caire and junior Katie Tabb of Washington and Lee University, losing 6-1, 6-2. Caire and Tabb fell during day two of the quarterfinals to senior Amy Staloch and freshman Jennifer Chui of Carnegie Mellon University, ending their season with a 28-1 record.

“We knew what to expect,” Katter said. “They just hit it harder, they’re more consistent and that’s not really something we could have prepared ourselves for.”

Kuenzli and Katter were awarded with NWC All-Star recognition. Katter, along with senior Kelli Sides, were awarded second team honors, and Kuenzli was awarded first team honors.

“The whole experience, for me, as a sophomore at least, and still having two more years, it was really motivational to see these that I can take advantage of if I am willing to put the time and work in to improve my game,” Katter said.

The women’s championships ended with sophomore Brittany Berckes and senior Alicia Menezes of Amherst College walking away with the title for the second consecutive year.

 

 

 

 

 

Seniors reflect on careers

– Nicole Bennett, for the Review

The fat lady has sung for this softball season, but the team proudly salutes another successful year.

After several triumphant years and a national championship in 2007, the ’Cats say goodbye to five senior starters and major assets to the team. Head coach Jackson Vaughan said he will miss them.

“They have been a huge part of our success the last four years,” Vaughan said. “I will miss the friendships and good times I have shared with all of them. The practices, games, road trips and playoff experiences are fond memories.”

The team is not at a loss for talent next year, though. Junior pitchers Brittany Miller and Kendra Strahm contributed dozens of strikeouts throughout the season. Several freshmen stepped up to the plate, also.

Freshmen Kayla Hubrich and Alex Hartmann contributed great plays throughout the season.

The underclassmen said the seniors will leave a lasting impression.

“The seniors have shown me the real reason why softball is amazing,” sophomore Jessica Popiel said. “They are the definition of Catball, and their legacies will always live throughout this program.”

The team shares many memories outside the softball field as well.

While in Texas, Vaughan ran over a center barrier in the road and the car’s hubcap fell off. Senior Meredith Brunette and Popiel said that is their favorite memory of
their coach.

The team has proven it is a force to be reckoned with.Past and present, the team has shown it can dominate the field and have fun by making lifelong friendships when the games are over.

“This was by far one of the most valuable experiences I will ever have,” senior outfielder Stephanie Rice said. “I will never forget it or any of the wonderful people I shared it with. Man, I don’t want to leave.”

 

 

The ‘Snake’ charms the Review one last time – Jacob Peterson, for the Review

As much as I thought this day would never come, it is time for my farewell rant.  With graduation looming in the future, this will be the last edition of Jake the Snake.

During the last two years, I have been wrong about a few things. Being wrong is the chance a columnist takes throwing his opinions out for everybody to read week after week.  The following are my final thoughts and words of wisdom:

To my predecessor, Aaron Chantler, nice prediction about how the Seahawks should have let Shawn Alexander go after winning the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award. I apologize for riding you so hard about it. The man took our money and lost his heart. How many times do we see this happen? If someone knows the key to getting professional athletes to always play to their fullest potential, please let me know.

To the Notre Dame football team, you have been a wonderful arch nemesis. I hate everything about you.  In fact, I hate you more than I hate Linfield’s ITS. From your false sense of tradition to your overrated positions to your fat, liar of a coach Charlie Weis, the mere thought of this team makes me sick.  Brady Quinn will fail as an NFL quarterback, Weis will fail as a head coach and the team will continue to reap the benefits of being independent of a league.

To the team I love to hate, the Los Angeles Lakers, you will lose to San Antonio in six games. The way Kobe Bryant gets a foul called on everyone of his missed shots is ridiculous. Stop bailing this guy out. The league needs to keep the officials from being influenced by these huge superstars. Call it even. Spurs will win this year’s NBA title.

To baseball, you are no longer America’s favorite pastime.  I’m sorry, but the nation loves the NFL. Maybe if you spiced the game up a bit or updated for the 21st century, people would be able to bear it. How much longer until one of these blown calls costs someone a game?

Put in instant replay already. And get rid of the steroids. That would be nice, too.

To the University of Oregon football program, stop toying with my heart. You have the ability to influence how I feel for an entire week. Stop teasing me and win a
National Championship. Finish a season.

To America, get into Major League Soccer already. This sport and league is highly entertaining and just fun to watch. We need to build a respectable soccer team on the world level. The last World Cup was unbearable.

To the Seattle Mariners, I have just two words for you—holy cow. You are that bad. Well, I’ll look on the bright side, at least you aren’t the Cubs.

To NASCAR, I don’t care how much heat you take. I love you.

To college football, give us what we want. I have spent many a column venting my soul about implementing a playoff system in place of the Bowl Championship Series. Do something quick before I do something drastic.

To women’s basketball coach Robyn Stewart, thanks for letting me work with your team this season.

It was a valuable learning experience, and you did a terrific job. I look forward to seeing how next season turns out.

To head football coach Joe Smith, next year you will win the division. The Wildcat defense is always good and hints of a well rounded offense were showing near the end of the season.

The kinks are worked out and you will return this team back to the top where it belongs.

To Linfield baseball, congratulations. We are all behind you 100 percent. You have already achieved so much this season and are making everyone proud to be a Wildcat. No matter the outcome, we are all proud. But don’t get me wrong, another national championship would be great.

Finally, I just want to say this: I love Linfield Wildcat athletics.

I have always been proud to support all the teams at as many events as possible.

  With that said, I never meant to offend anybody with negative comments pertaining to the men’s basketball and
football programs.

All of my opinions were just conclusions drawn from watching a number of competitions throughout the year and were never fabricated or fictional, simply an
outside opinion.

Linfield, it has been a good run. It’s time to say goodbye. Thanks to everyone who supported throughout the years.

If you have any lingering  questions or concerns, email me
one last time at jpeters1@linfield.edu. 

Venue upgrades improve athletic performance

Jordan Jacobo, Sports editor

On May 20, head baseball coach Scott Brosius stood on Roy Helser Field knocking ground balls at his infielders during practice.

The baseball team, which plays in the NCAA Division III Finals for the first time in its history today, benefited on the field from $350,000 in renovations for its facilities this season.

Brosius, a former New York Yankees third baseman who was named World Series MVP in 1998, declined to say whether or not he thinks his fame has helped the team gather fundraising efforts with greater ease.

“The people who support our baseball, and Linfield athletics in general, have done so for quite a while,” Brosius said. “We have many supporters who have always been generous in giving, and that’s why we have the facilities we do.”

The money, privately fundraised and donated in part by Brosius, went to the latest series of venue renovations that have transformed the allure of Linfield athletics in the past five years.

This year the installation of an artificial FieldTurf infield and covered batting cages allowed the baseball team to spend more time practicing on the field.

On-field practice, rather than time spent training in the fieldhouse, means players can get used to the fielding of live ground balls without space constraint in situational play,
Brosius said.

“Defensively, we’ve been able to do a lot more,” Brosius said. “There’s no question it’s been a huge benefit.”

Next on the upgrade wish list for the team: a new scoreboard and a batter’s eye, which is a visual aid behind center field that helps keep distractions at a minimum when batting.

In 2004, Linfield completed a $1.4 million upgrade to the Maxwell Field football stadium and the surrounding track and field facilities.

The field’s grass was replaced with synthetic turf, the track surface was torn up and replaced with a polyurethane, stadium lights were installed
and the press box and scoreboard were upgraded as part of the project.

“Without a doubt, it’s made us a much more effective team,” head football coach Joe Smith said. “We’re able to film our practices and hold our practices later. But the field is used much more by the student body, so it’s been very good to the school
as well.”

Smith said that many of the elite national football programs that Linfield competes against in the postseason have facilities that far exceed the Maxwell Field renovations.

He said the weight room is one of the facilities in need of the most improvement. There often isn’t enough room because it’s used by all sports and the student body.

The danger in lavishly upgrading is that some teams get left in the dark, but Smith said that athletic director Scott Carnahan is careful never to let that happen. He said the donations to the general athletic venue funds have also gone to upgrades in other sports, such as soccer, softball and lacrosse.

Smith said that Carnahan’s efforts have led to high quality athletic facilities across all sports, regardless of fanfare or popularity.

Carnahan said the key to building new facilities or improving existing ones is finding multiple uses.

For example, the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Complex is home to a variety of athletic events, social events, institutional gatherings and four academic majors.

The next major project for Carnahan is the building of a new HHPA fitness center. Currently, there is $1.8 million pledged for the $5.2 million construction project.

Because funding is not finalized, the plan has not been approved by the Board of Trustees. The building would be located between Lever Street and the football field, on the grassy area south of
the gym.

“When you’re fundraising for facilities, you want to look at how it will impact the entire campus,” Carnahan said. “It’s a question of
overall benefit.”