Daily Archives: November 5, 2010

Linfield is recognized for scholarship success

The Chronicle of Higher Education included Linfield College among its Oct. 24 list of schools at which leading numbers of students receive Fulbright scholarships.
Competitive Scholarships Adviser Debbie Olsen said that the Chronicle’s list is erroneous.
There were eight applicants representing Linfield and of them, four won scholarships.
She said this was the most applicants and winners she has seen.
The 2010-2011 Fulbright scholarship grantees are Ashley Bennett, Krista Foltz, Lily Niland and Brett Tolman, all class of ’10.
Through the governmental educational exchange program, Fulbright, the graduates will travel to Germany, Chile, Peru and Sri Lanka, respectively.
The Linfield scholars are abroad, except Foltz, whose Fulbright in Chile is set to begin in 2011.
“It’s a huge honor to have made it onto this list,” Olsen said. “If you look at it, some of our sister schools are not on the list.”
The college appeared with 30 other Fulbright-producing top schools under the Bachelor institutions category, which includes Wellesley College, Lewis & Clark College and Luther College, from which President Thomas Hellie graduated magna cum laude in 1975.
“[The news] is really exciting for Linfield,” Olsen said. “It’s far more indication that Linfield is competing with some big-name schools.”
Olsen said the recognition is a boon to the school’s academic reputation and could catch prospective students’ attention.
As far as the Fulbright list goes, there are some schools that have a large number of applicants and produce only three or four winners.
Linfield has a high yield, Olsen said.
When the college made the 2006 list, there were five applicants, three of whom received scholarships.
Twenty Linfield seniors have been awarded Fulbrights since 1999.
Seven Fulbright applications submitted their applications this year. Fulbright applications were submitted by Oct. 18, Olsen said.
“It’s a long process,” she said. “People begin to work with me in the spring of their junior year, and then, throughout the summer, they begin to work more and more intensively.”
Students don’t just work with her on their Fulbright applications, she said.
“Linfield has a wonderful, supportive faculty who help mentor students in the process,” Olsen said. “I think what makes a difference for us is the one-on-onehelp that they get from all of their mentors on campus.”
For the Chronicle of Higher Education’s full list of Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, visit http://chronicle.com/article/Table-Top-Producers-of-US/125073.

Septembre Russell/Copy chief
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Professor co-edits book on bicycle philosophy

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Linfield Assistant Philosophy Professor Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza published a six-part book of essays in August 2010.
The book, Cycling — Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour de Force, was co-edited by Ilundáin-Agurruza and Associate Professor of Philosophy Michael Austin from Eastern Kentucky University, according to a press release from Linfield College website.
Production began in the spring of 2008, and the book was completed one year later, Ilundáin-Agurruza said.
According to the press release, “The book wheels its way through the terrain of life’s more complicated philosophical questions, with essayists covering everyone from Lance Armstrong to Socrates, and discussing cycling’s identity crisis, ethical issues related to success, women bikers, critical mass rides and the environment.”
Ilundáin-Agurruza said that philosophy can be looked at as a way of thinking more carefully and deeply.
“It’s a different rhythm of thinking,” Ilundáin-Agurruza said, referring to his experience with looking at cycling from a philosophical angle. “It’s related to meditation.”
Ilundáin-Agurruza said that virtually anything a person is interested in can be viewed as a philosophy. For example, there can be a tennis, golf or running philosophy, he said.
It’s most meaningful when it’s connected to things you care about,” Ilundáin-Agurruza said, referring to the concept of philosophy.
Ilundáin-Agurruza has been a dedicated cyclist for 18 years. His first serious interest in cycling came after he suffered from a knee injury, he said. Cycling helped his knee grow stronger.
On top of cycling being a way of life, he has been racing since he was in graduate school. According to the press release, he “competes as a category two racer.”
Even though Ilundáin-Agurruza owns a car, he said he prefers to commute by bicycle unless he has to travel somewhere such as the airport.
“The bicycle is the most effective vehicle.” Ilundáin-Agurruza said.
As far as expectations for his book, Ilundáin-Agurruza said that he hopes it becomes popular within bicycle circles.
“It has something to offer to racers and commuters,” Ilundáin-Agurruza said.
For more information about Cycling — Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour de Force, contact professor Ilundáin-Agurruza at jilunda@linfield.edu

Chelsea Bowen/Opinion editor
Chelsea Bowen can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.

Eight Linfield students see success at tournament

The Linfield Forensics team hosted the 80th Mahaffey Tournament, the largest annual tournament for the team, Oct. 29 to 31.
The team produced many winners. Eight members of the team reached finals in at least one event, and several took home awards.
Senior Darren Valenta, President of the Linfield branch of the Pi Kappa Delta forensics honor society, took first place in poetry reading. In the dramatic duo contest, Valenta took second with freshman Katie Pitchford and third place with freshman Kate Wyckoff. He also took second in mad libs interpretation.
Valento was the second best overall speaker in the individual events category — one of the most sought-after awards of the tournament.
Sophomore Chris Forrer won first place in the dramatic interpretation category, as well as fourth in dramatic duo with Pitchford, and was ranked as fifth-best overall speaker.
Pitchford won second place in junior prose interpretation and third place in junior poetry interpretation. Wyckoff took second place in junior program of oral interpretation, as well as third in mad libs interpretation.
Sophomore Linh Tang also brought home third in junior extemporaneous speaking.
For the first time in the tournament’s 80-year history, the mad libs event was added and the Brenda Devore Marshall Award was conferred.
Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts and director of forensics, created the mad libs interpretation event, during which competitors selected a series of mad libs words to put into a story, which they complete.
Miller also created the Brenda Devore Marshall Award, which he said was in honor of the current chair of the communications and theatre arts department, and the team’s former coach.
The award was given to the person who scored the highest in junior or novice categories. Finally, the Mahaffey Award, a 3-foot tall traveling trophy, was given to the team with the highest score overall.
The award this year went to Carrol College in Montana.
A competition for speaking and debating, the Mahaffey Memorial Tournament is held annually in the fall of each year and brings in about two dozen schools.
Most of these schools are from the Northwest, though some teams come as far away as Boston.
Linfield speech alumna and one of the organizers for the tournament Morgan St. Jean, ’08, said planning for Mahaffey began months ago.
Miller found and registered schools that wanted to participate.
St. Jean said it was a team effort bringing the tournament to fruition, as all members spent hours during the week and night before the event setting up the venues and moving things from Ford Hall, the usual headquarters of the team, to Riley Student Center.
Senior member of the team Rachel Mills testified to the rigor of the training program.
Everyone entered in multiple events and trained for them at least two days out of the week.
The team prepared debate briefs Tuesdays and put on mock debates in the Speech Lab.
There was individual event practice on Wednesdays, during which team members rehearse for each other.
Ultimately, Mills said, each member of the team is motivated to succeed and practiced outside of the scheduled times.
“It’s a very individual contest. You can’t rely on your coach to prepare you; you have to really do it yourself,” she said.
Such training was particularly called for this year since half the members are freshmen.
Valenta says that this has been great for the team overall and the freshmen’s success is a positive sign.
Half of the team graduated last year, and with even more poised to graduate this spring, he finds it encouraging to see the new generation doing as well as they are.
“The talent coming in from high school is great,” he said. “It’s great to see that talent replacement.”

Matt Sunderland/Senior reporter
Matt Sunderland can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

’Cats splash into new season

Junior Marc Pereira competes in the men’s 100-meter butterfly relay race at home during the NWC relays on Oct. 30. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

Junior Marc Pereira competes in the men’s 100-meter butterfly relay race at home during the NWC relays on Oct. 30. Victor Zhu/Freelancer

Linfield’s men’s and women’s swim teams competed in their season opener against all of the Northwest Conference teams Oct. 29 and 30. Friday’s sprint meet was held at Willamette University, while Saturday’s relay races took place at home.
Swimmers said that the meet provided them an opportunity to scope out the competition for the season and see what teams will be the strongest.
“Everyone participates in the same races, so it’s a great meet to watch teams compete,” freshman Lee Rivers said.
The men’s and women’s team placed sixth out of seven and had a team score of 48, which set them at sixth place. Whitworth University swept the races, taking first place on both the men’s and women’s sides and ending with a combined score of 186.
“Whitworth will be our hardest competition,” senior Tyler Huynh said. “They have a huge team.”
With only 11 swimmers on the men’s side, most being underclassmen, the team is going to look to the veterans for leadership and to the newcomers for fresh talent. Huynh and juniors Conor Colahan and Marc Pereira will be the only upperclassmen competing this season. Although the men’s team is small and young, it plans on working hard and developing skills to compete against hard competition.
The women’s team has a larger roster of 26, with many newcomers as well. Senior Adriana Daoust, sophomores Stephanie Longmate and Katie Main and freshmen Natalie Groat and Nicole Paulachak will contribute greatly to team success this season.
“The freshmen are looking great. I want to be supportive for the newcomers,” Daoust said. “I want us to have the best sportsmanship and attitude in the pool.”
With all of the young swimmers, the teams plan to use to their advantage.
Head coach Gary Gutierrez is in his 13th season. Both teams enjoy his laid-back coaching methods and his confidence in his athletes.
“He has a great coaching style,” Huynh said. “He’s very helpful with his teaching techniques and drills.”
This season will bring the Wildcats a lot of competition, but both teams plan to improve times and place higher at conference than in previous years.
“The team dynamics are really good. We have great team chemistry,” Rivers said. “I’m excited to watch everyone improve throughout the season.”
The Wildcats will host their next meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 6. The women’s team will compete against Mills College and College of Idaho, and the men will also compete against College of Idaho.
“We competed against College of Idaho last year,” Daoust said. “They provide good competition, and it’s a great meet to start the season off with.”

Katey Barger/Staff reporter
Katey Barger can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

A look at NWC top dogs

Hey ’Cats. With only two regular season games left, I figured now would be the perfect time to write a column dissecting the Northwest Conference football playoff picture. So, without further ado, a short analysis of the top contenders in the NWC, with their current standing, name, record and conference record (in parentheses):

Linfield College, 6-1 (4-0)
Linfield has once again shown why it is the cream of the NWC crop with commanding victories in each of its four conference games.
The ’Cats are averaging an unreal 487.2 yards and 47.8 points per game while only allowing 13.8 points and 290.5. With only games against Whitworth University and Lewis & Clark College left, Linfield figures to waltz into the playoffs wearing the NWC crown for the second-straight year.
Watch out for Lewis & Clark on offense, however: The Pioneers are just behind Linfield in both points and yards per game. Whitworth’s stingy pass defense may present some problems for senior quarterback Aaron Boehme as well.

Pacific Lutheran University, 6-1 (3-1)
The Lutes began hot this season by rattling off five consecutive victories before getting emphatically swatted by Linfield at home two weeks ago. Their success has largely been on the back of senior quarterback Jordan Rassmusen, who is playing the best ball of his life this year at around 230 yards per game and 10 touchdowns.
In the end, PLU’s porous defense led to its undoing; the Lutes are allowing just more than 393 yards a game in total offense.
Despite all this, they remained No. 8 in the NCAA’s latest regional rankings, meaning they may be able to secure an at-large bid in the playoffs should Linfield win out. PLU controls its own destiny now, and their final regular season game against Willamette will ultimately decide whether one team or two will represent the NWC when playoffs come around.

Willamette University, 6-2 (3-1)
Just like PLU, Willamette’s lone conference loss was a 35-7 drubbing at the hands of Linfield. Defense has been the Bearcats’ strong suit this season, as they only allow 18.8 points and 291.2 yards a contest.
Don’t count out their offense, either: 39 points and 453.8 yards per game are nothing to sneeze at.
Also like PLU, the Bearcats have a shot to break into the West Region’s top eight teams and secure an at-large
playoff berth if they can win out in its last two games against the Lutes and the Pioneers.
Should Linfield drop their remaining games and the Bearcats win out, Willamette would even win the NWC.
Their final game of the season against Lewis & Clark looks to be a retelling of the age old adage, “What happens when an unstoppable force (Lewis & Clark’s prolific offense) meets an immovable object (Willamette’s sturdy defense)?”

Lewis & Clark, 4-3 (2-2)
The Pioneers are undoubtedly the biggest surprise in the NWC this season. Predicted to finish last, Lewis & Clark has defied all odds to surge to the middle of the pack in the conference race and are not completely removed from title contention.
If the Pioneers defeat Willamette and Linfield in their final two games, and the Wildcats also lose to Whitworth, Lewis & Clark would wrap up its first conference championship in God only knows how long.
Freshman Pioneer quarterback Keith Welch is averaging 279.5 yards of total offense in a breakout season, but the Lewis & Clark defense has been atrocious, allowing 404 yards and 34.2 points a game.
If Lewis & Clark can mange to crack Willamette or Linfield’s defensive scheme, it just might be able to outgun them and eke out a huge upset
victory.

Chris Forrer/Freelancer
Chris Forrer can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.