Daily Archives: March 4, 2011

’Cats warm up, shake off chill

Senior Cole Bixenman steps up to bat against Oregon Institute of Technology in the first game of the doubleheader Feb. 26. The Wildcats won the game with a score of 7-2. Bixenman was a key player in the first game against Oregon Tech. He totaled four RBIs and one home run. The home run was a double-run for the Wildcats, putting two runs on the board.  Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Senior Cole Bixenman steps up to bat against Oregon Institute of Technology in the first game of the doubleheader Feb. 26. The Wildcats won the game with a score of 7-2. Bixenman was a key player in the first game against Oregon Tech. He totaled four RBIs and one home run. The home run was a double-run for the Wildcats, putting two runs on the board. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

The last two weeks have been dynamic for the Linfield baseball team.

The team played against Oregon Institute of Technology on Feb. 26 at home winning the first game 7-2, although falling short, 0-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.

It also recently returned from a tournament in Lewiston, Idaho, where it competed with schools such as Western Oregon University, Lewis-Clark State College and St. Martin’s University on Feb. 18 through Feb. 20.

During the Idaho trip, the team played its first game against the Western Oregon Wolves, scoring two runs in the first inning and adding two more during the ninth. The final score was 4-3.

While the tournament began well, the team faced some challenges during its final two games including below-freezing temperatures, which they were not accustomed to.

“That is no excuse for how we played. We pitched the ball well in Idaho, but our bats were limited,” Bixenman said. “We have a lot of new guys this year, and we are still in the process of getting it together.”

Wildcat bats were swinging strong against Oregon Tech with 11 hits and seven runs throughout the game.

Oregon Tech scored two runs during the first game. However, the Wildcats lost the second game 0-1.

“Just like any other year in the baseball program, we expect to win,” Bixenman said. “We have to take it one game at a time and hopefully win conference, make it to regionals and win that and then head back to Wisconsin again for the World Series and take the next step and win a national championship.”

The Wildcats will play a doubleheader at home against Pacific University at 11 a.m. March 5 and against the same opponents at 11 a.m. March 6.

Kaylyn Peterson/For the Review
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Sports Briefs

Men’s and women’s golf

The Wildcats men’s and women’s golf teams were slated to swing into the 2011 season this week. But only one team made it onto the greens.

The women’s Willamette Invitational was scheduled for Feb. 28, but because weather conditions were poor, the tournament has been rescheduled for March 5.

The Puget Sound Invitational took place at the Fircrest Golf Club on March 3. The men’s team played through the wind and the foul weather and placed second out of five teams, with 302 strokes—nine strokes behind tournament leader Oklahoma Christian University.

A 12th-hole eagle by Thomas Schmitz served as a high point during the competition. Freshman A.J. Taylor and junior Alex Fitch, who is three strokes behind lead golfer senior Axel Ochoa, achieved two-over-par 73s and three golfers placed among the Invitational’s top ten.

Day two of the tournament will take place at Fircrest March 4.

~Compiled by Septembre Russell/ Copy chief

Student develops photography skills

Photo courtesy of Alison Pate A portrait titled, “Dad,” from Pate’s most recent art series.

Photo courtesy of Alison Pate A portrait titled, “Dad,” from Pate’s most recent art series.

“Ever since I was a kid, I was always drawing, painting, doodling on my parents’ walls,” junior Alison Pate said.

Pate has always been an artist. She discovered her love for photography in eighth grade and it has grown ever since — finding even more momentum in her college years.

Coming to Linfield, Pate said she didn’t think she would be so serious about her art. She initially planned to double major in Spanish and studio art but said it became obvious that she wanted to devote her time toward an art-based career.

“Being an art major is probably one of the hardest things I can think of doing. The art professors really push you, but I’ve really matured as an artist,” Pate said.

Once Pate completed all the introduction art courses, she took more photography classes and a bookbinding course.

Pate said her art is largely inspired by people.

A self-portrait of Pate.

“I’m really inspired by human interactions and human relationships. The idiosyncrasies that make up everyday life are really interesting to me,” Pate said. “I love photographing people more than anything else.”

Pate has tried out other forms of art such as drawing and painting but said she always finds that she goes back to photography.

“I like the freedom that photography gives me,” she said. “The lens brings a sort of closeness and a connection to my subject that is absent in some other mediums I’ve experimented with. There is an intimacy that a camera lens brings.”

Pate said one of her favorite projects was one she did her freshman year, when she convinced some of her guy friends to wear fake eyelashes and let her photograph them.

“I was playing with masculinity and femininity. It was sort of crazy, but it was fun. I’ve mellowed out since then,” she laughed.

Aside from photography, Pate said she has discovered an interest in book binding.

“I work a lot in book making,” she said. “I’ve just started getting into that, which is really fun.”

When she’s not busy in the art studio, Pate enjoys baking and movies. She is also the go-to photographer for the band Jack Ruby Presents. She met the band her freshman year, and after attending a few shows she asked if she could photograph them and they gladly accepted.

“Alison is an amazing artist. She photographs what is really happening, visually and emotionally,” Jesse Hughey, class of ’10 and lead singer of Jack Ruby Presents, said. “She is able to really capture the energy of the moment beyond a simple photograph.”

As for future goals, Pate said she is unsure, but she mentioned pursuing a possible internship with a photographer this summer.

“I want to take a few years off after college and just live,” Pate said.

Kelsey Sutton/Staff reporter
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Twin performing duo delivers values through music

Not even the dismal weather could dampen the spirited music resonating from Ice Auditorium on Feb. 25. Twin brothers Caleb and Solomon (Sol) Rexius took the stage with energy. The audience included the Linfield and McMinnville communities that listened attentively as the brothers made jokes and conversed with good humor.

Senior Sierra Stopper organized the event when she heard the twins’ band, Caleb and Sol. She said she first heard about Caleb and Sol from her sister when the group performed a live concert at her high school.

“The idea took off after [I returned from studying abroad in Spain] and it became beyond what I originally thought. It was in September; I was thinking of events for Salt-n-Light and thinking of a way to bring both the concert and community at once.”

To fund the event, Stopper spoke to Campus Ministry, Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson, Associated Students of Linfield College and junior Nic Miles, the Linfield Activities Board Musical Entertainment Chair.

Miles said he and Stopper decided to go through with it because there was an opportunity to work with another group and work with people outside of Cat Cab and to invite a different crowd.

The Rexius’ music is primarily Christian but also includes recitation, pop and rap genres. Although their music is based on their Christian faith, Caleb said he believes their music connects to all beliefs, as their songs pertain to love, faith and hardship.

Both singers are inspired by their faith as well as other musicians and “personal experiences or experiences from people we know,” Sol said in an e-mail.

Included in their group are violinist and vocalist Marisa Frantz, lead guitarist, Scott Frantz and drummer Hunter Gray, all of whom provide an additional layer to Caleb and Sol’s harmonic voices.

To expand to the genre of the music, the Rexius brothers took the stage by rapping, which received enthusiastic responses. At one point they engaged the audience by having it ask questions.

One student asked whether he could marry the brother, and Sol replied, “I can’t tell you, and I won’t tell you.”

The concert received enthusiastic feedback from audience members who deemed the concert “pretty good.”

Senior Karina Grant esteemed the band as a “very talented group of musicians.”

“I enjoyed the be-bopping and the rapping,” Grant said.

Junior Keith Mader also commented on the performance.

“I thought they were really good. I checked out the music before, and they are really cool guys,” he said.

In their song “Burn,” Caleb took the lead playing the acoustic guitar. His voice carried a melodic, essence-filled tone. In another, Sol recited a small speech, accompanied by a mournful violin played by Frantz and the crystalline tone of the keyboard played by Caleb.

Sol said the speech was about “how Jesus is better than anything, better than achievements. He should be our ultimate pursuit.”

Toward the end of the concert, the band showed “Barabbas” a film illustrating the Christian Gospel. Sol said the clip tells a story about a prisoner who was set free. Although the prisoner was guilty, Jesus took his place and was crucified instead.

To add to their repertoire of songs, they also sang their best-selling single “Afloat.” The inspirational and expressive composition is based on the biblical story of Peter who walks on water with Jesus. The twins’ songs were lyrical and artistically sung with zest and passion.

Originally dedicated to sports in high school and at the University of Oregon, the Rexius twins said in an e-mail that they decided to concentrate on music and ministry instead.

The balancing act between their career and daily life proves to be one of the biggest obstacles for both twins.

One of the questions from the audience was ‘‘when did the band get their inspiration?’’ Caleb answered: “We share song writing. We write songs on our own then share ideas.”

Caleb and Sol’s surprising success as musicians led them to perform publicly and release their 1999 debut album “Afloat.”

“Good songs just happen. They come naturally as I’m playing piano or guitar and letting my mind wander,” Sol said in an e-mail. “I can’t think of any other way our music has evolved.”
For more information about Caleb and Sol’s music, visit the band’s web site at www.calebandsol.com.

Yoko Gardiner/For the Review
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Portland-based indie band releases an ‘honest’ album

Photo courtesy of www.tenderlovingempire.com Typhoon’s “A New Kind of House” will be released March 8 on the Portland record label Tender Loving Empire.

Photo courtesy of www.tenderlovingempire.com Typhoon’s “A New Kind of House” will be released March 8 on the Portland record label Tender Loving Empire.

During a time when all indie music sounds like the same heartfelt, self-absorbed ramblings, it’s rare to find a band thatproperly expresses what seems to be the true ethos of the genre: honesty.

“A New Kind Of House,” an EP by the up-and-coming Portland band Typhoon, is set to win over a wealth of listeners faithful to the sound of troubled musicians.

The focus behind “A New Kind Of House,” is not immediately clear, even after a fourth or fifth listen. However, the album serves as a cartharsis: It’s pow-erful, moving and seems inspired by a real human experience. It’s not some pop-influenced expression of pubescent angst; this is the adult version: a mire of emotion that has historically worked extremely well for the Goth movement and the emotionally charged Indie movement of the early aughts. Unlike most of its contemporaries, Typhoon manages to pull off this emotion without sounding contrived or disingenuous. The band’s just being honest.

When it comes to describing the overall sound of this EP there are the standard descriptors that can be broadly applied to all on this collection: lush, captivating, sincere, moving and triumphant. But, as with anything that’s well- made, it’s incredibly difficult to separate one piece from the whole. It’s hard to imagine this EP as a collection of separate songs, and even harder to choose the highlights. That being said, there are a few tracks that stand out above the rest — not necessarily as the greatest but certainly as the most interesting.

My favorite is the second track “Summer Home,” which has a sound that gently guides the listener deeper into the EP’s true meat. The song consists of cheerful percussive elements and the sort of poetic lyricism which lends itself to repeated listenings. “Summer House” is is an excellent showcase of Typhoon’s talents and of its overall range of emotion. Everything about this track seems thoughtfully considered, right down to the title, which is appropriately chosen for the mood the track conveys. The song also provides a gentle segue into the intended magnum opus of “Claws Pt. 1.”

Clocking in at nearly 8 minutes, “Claws Pt. 1” is the longest track on the EP and is given billing as one of the EP’s foremost singles. Perhaps it’s because of the pressure put on it that “Claws” is a bit off, somehow coming across as schizophrenic and constipated at the same time. Frantic, uncomfortable and strange, Claws is a low-point in an otherwise stellar display of talent.

Ultimately, “A New Kind Of House” is nothing if not enjoyable. An EP full of images: washed-out postcard snapshots of steel-toed workboots following the muddy treads of a snowy road or lonely woodcuts of unashamed blue-collar heartache.

Typhoon seems like a band that doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t, and that is what good music is all about. So if you’re in the mood for something a little bit special give “A New Kind of House” a listen.
Typhoon’s “A New Kind of House” will be released March 8 and can be heard on KSLC 90.3FM.

Eric Tompkins/KSLC 90.3 FM