Daily Archives: September 9, 2010

Rare syndrome strikes Mac High Athletes

The ailment, known as compartment syndrome, results from pressure in a “compartment,” in this case, a muscle, according to an Aug. 20 article in the News-Register. This high pressure impedes blood flow to the muscle.
Rumors and accusations flew wild following the incident, with suggestions of mistreatment, abuse and even steroid use. One source claims that the players were not allowed to drink water until their 20-minute workout drills were completed, despite the fact that they were working in heat upwards of 90 degrees.
While the specific cause of the condition remains unknown, three players returned blood tests negative for any use of performance-enhancing drugs. The Oregon State Department of Human Services is expected to release it’s full findings this week.
No reports of compartment syndrome have emerged among Linfield athletes so far.

~Compiled by Chris Forrer/Freelancer

Training starts ’Cats on the right foot

The last four days have marked the move-in of new and returning students at Linfield College. But for members of the Wildcat football team, things have already been in full swing since the start of summer training camp.
Beginning Aug. 16, every player, both prospective and returning, was required to report to a two-week camp that would help get the team in playing shape, build character and team camaraderie and, of course, finalize the roster for the season.
Traditionally, head football coach Joseph Smith has kept details scarce as to what goes on during training camp. However, this season he and senior quarterback Aaron Boehme offered a few insights as to what these intense two weeks look like for the players and coaches.
The days last 12 hours for players and often over 16 hours for coaches, Smith said.
“Breakfast is at 7, and our first meetings are at 8,” Boehme said. “We’ve got a workout at 9:30, more meetings at 10:30, then lunch, practice at 2, dinner, a team activity and more meetings after.”
Boehme, last season’s Northwest Conference offensive player of the year, is bringing a team-oriented attitude into camp. Boehme said the veteran players of last year’s squad, which made it all the way to the national semifinals, are not allowing last season’s success to overshadow the work ethic needed for a good team to function.
And as for those workouts Boehme mentioned? They might not all be what you expect.
“We obviously have a lot of practice time in the afternoons, but we also do a lot of recovery work in the pool, on the field and even yoga,” Boehme said.
Coming into camp, Smith said that special teams, linebackers and the offensive line were the major areas he wanted to improve during the two-week intensive. With many key players lost to graduation last year, such as all-American guard Scott Millenbach and all-conference linebacker Jaymin Jackson, there are several big shoes to fill.
But, Smith said, players have already begun rising to the challenge.
“The defensive backfield has improved nicely,” Smith said. “Our young linebackers are coming along, as is our offensive line.”
Expectations and enthusiasm are running high, with the season’s first game only two weeks away on Sept. 11, a road rematch against California Lutheran, whom the ’Cats dispatched in the first round of last season’s playoffs, But with dozens of returning starters, young talent improving rapidly and a seasoned coaching staff, the sky’s the limit for this year’s Wildcat football team.

Chris Forrer

Speech sheds light on food marketing

Freshmen and other Convocation attendees learned about market forces that affect American eating habits during the Convocation ceremony on Aug. 21.
Marion Nestle, a Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, spoke about the methods American companies use to market their products.
“Food marketing encourages people to eat the most profitable products,” Nestle said, “not the most healthy. They also encourage people to eat larger portions.”
Nestle said these are natural actions for food companies and agribusiness to take.
“All food companies are in the business of making money,” she said. “They’re doing what they have to do.”
According to Nestle’s speech, America’s policy toward farm subsidies changed in the 1980s and encouraged farmers to grow more food, thus increasing supply and driving agribusinesses to raise the amount of product sold to turn a profit.
Wall Street also changed how it evaluated companies, forcing farmers to grow their profit margins every 90 days to keep their stock high, again creating a need to move more products, Nestle said.
Nestle stressed that she doesn’t believe in conspiracies about controlling America’s food intake.
Linfield’s freshman read for the summer of 2010, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen, cites Nestle as a source.
Nestle said she agrees with Pollen that food cannot and should not be simplified to a set of nutritional facts on the side of the box.
She said advertisers have co-opted the nutritional information to make their products appear appealing.
For instance, Nabisco-brand Teddy Grahams are fortified with iron and supplements that made the chocolate crackers appear healthy when they are not, she said.
Nestle said that it was during the ’80s when she first made the connection between food advertisements and nutrition problems in America, citing similarities with smoking advertising.
Nestle recommended naturally grown, organic foods because they are better for the environment, which will keep humans healthier, she said.
However, Nestle cautioned that organic food is not necessarily more nutritious than non-organic alternatives.
Nestle is also not against genetically modified foods, but she is not enthusiastic about them.
“Even if genetically modified foods are safe, it does not mean they are acceptable,” she said. “I have serious concerns about monoculture and control over the food supply. One company should not control the food.”
Monoculture is, in agriculture, the use of a single crop species rather than multiple species of crops — that is, a single sub-species of a food crop.
She also said she supports the labeling of genetically modified food.
“I have strong opinions about food,” she said. “Food is important to health, the planet and society.”

Joshua Ensler
News editor
Joshua Ensler can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com

Get the most book for your buck

“This is the first term in a long time that we have something to be excited about,” Amber Simmons, director of bookstores, said about the Linfield Bookstore’s new book rental program.

The program allows students to rent textbooks for lower prices than it would cost to buy them. Simmons estimated that students could save 40 percent off the price of a new book if they rent it and 65 percent off the price of a new book if they borrow a used copy.
“It’s really important for us in the bookstore to make sure all the students have books and have books the most inexpensive way,” Simmons said.
The bookstore offers more than 200 rental books in Linfield’s nursing, continuing education and arts and sciences programs. Simmons called it a dynamic rental system because students have the option of buying the books if they prefer to do so. They can also buy any book they’re currently renting by paying the original difference.
Students may rent books for Fall Semester until the first week of December and will receive an e-mail from when rentals are due back. No rentals are offered for January Term, but Spring Semester titles go online the second week of January.
About are also about 50 e-books to purchase or rent.
Simmons said she hopes the system will make the Linfield Bookstore more competitive with other textbook retailers, such as Amazon.com, since she can lower prices to match those of other rental companies.
The system will put more used books in the system, which will save students money in the future. And while Simmons said she hopes to inevitably turn a profit, for now it’s all about increasing business volume and generating good karma.
“It’s a very workable [system], and it’s very geared toward the student and what’s best for the student,” Simmons said. “I’m hoping that students will embrace the new program and support it and help us to make it bigger and better every term.”
Early start
The bookstore staff began preparing in March for Fall Semester book sales. The early start complied with a new federal law regarding books and class registration, Simmons said.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which took effect in July, mandates that textbook titles be available to students when registering for classes, she said. This allows students the option of purchasing books from sources besides the school.
Offering book titles early required professors to give their textbook lists to the bookstore earlier than in the past. Since she knew what books to stock, Simmons said Linfield saw the largest end-of-semester buy-back, in terms of dollars, that she has seen in her 13 years at the bookstore.
Big buy-back means more used books, too. Simmons said 85 percent of this semester’s stock comprises used books, compared with the typical 65 percent.
Wait to buy
Students may be tempted to reserve their books online as soon as they register for classes, but Simmons said it may be better to wait.
“Professors change their books and don’t tell us, and students have already bought those books,” Jo Webb, bookstore text manger and buyer, said.
This predicament is one of Simmons’ biggest fears.
“Unfortunately, if you go and buy it from somewhere else, I can sell you another one, but I can’t take that wrong book back,” Simmons said.
Because of this, Simmons and Webb agreed that students should buy from the bookstore a few days before classes begin, when textbook requirements are confirmed.
For the many students who buy their books after classes begin, Simmons recommended getting to the bookstore when it opens at 8:30 a.m. or shopping off the hour, such as at 3:30 p.m. instead of at 3 p.m., when the lines are shortest.

by Kelley Hungerford/Editor-in-chief
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

TLR sets goals for change and progress

Linfield certainly has been busy this summer! While most of us ’Cats were soaking up sunshine and tracking the Gaga-Bieber Twitter battle (well, maybe not), Linfield experienced a number of changes.
As the school prepared for its largest freshman class on record, construction began on Northup Hall, the Melrose Hall roof got a face-lift, and Whitman Hall acquired new furniture. Linfield also welcomed a new women’s basketball coach and vice president for student affairs and athletics and dean of students, among others. The bookstore got a spiffy book-rental system, and an ASLC-sponsored sand volleyball pit found a home behind Dana and Mahaffey halls. Wildcats will also notice the school’s new brand everywhere, from the redesigned website to the no-longer-cross-eyed mascot.
But even amid the flurry of changes, the power of a small college proves strong. Linfield made PARADE’s College A-List and was named one of the Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” colleges. And in a book critiquing modern academia, Andrew Hacker, professor emeritus of Queens college, and Claudia Dreifus, writer for the New York Times, pointed to Linfield as an impressive example of liberal arts education.
Needless to say, our school’s had a pretty epic summer. And here at the Review, we want an epic school year, too. To foster such excellence, we set three goals for TLR to accomplish by the end of my editorship. They are to a) amp up TLR’s social media presence, b) cultivate open communication between TLR and the greater campus and c) enhance the quality of the newspaper’s overall content.
Print media is changing: Take the move to online information dissemination via websites and social media. TLR has a Twitter account and Facebook page. While the latter is doing OK fan-wise, its Twitter account is lacking. By retweeting and posting relevant stories and the latest news, we will bolster its social media following. (You could help out by going to Twitter and following us @linfieldreivew and liking us on Facebook at The Linfield Review.)
The second goal involves generating story content and maintaining superior public relations. We are rarely sent story ideas, and we sometimes miss opportunities. By using online tools such as Facebook discussion boards, we plan to increase student input on TLR’s content. By being approachable, we hope to render TLR more accessible to all.
TLR has won many awards throughout the years and continues to improve. There are many avenues to display talent at the Review. We need writers and photographers. We need people to draw comics and take videos. The editorial staff can’t pump out content without the help of freelance talent. Our final goal involves harnessing this Linfield talent to produce the best newspaper possible.
If you’re interested in working for the Review or would like to discuss specifics about my goals, please e-mail me at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com.

Kelley Hungerford
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com