Monthly Archives: November 2011

’Cats humble Pios, lock in NWC crown

Junior wide receiver Josh Hill darts past senior defensive line Angus Blair during the Nov. 12 game against Lewis & Clark at Maxwell Field. Joel Ray/ Photo editor

Linfield football secured its third consecutive Northwest Conference championship in a 47-14 blowout victory over the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Nov. 12 at Maxwell Field.

The Pioneers and their normally explosive offense hit a wall against the Linfield defense, gaining only 347 yards of offense.

Lewis & Clark wouldn’t score until garbage time late in the game, but junior quarterback Mickey Inns carved up a porous Pioneer secondary for 296 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

“Things started clicking,” Inns said. “We focused on being steady and not turning over the ball this week. Turnovers would have been the only way we could lose.”

The offense couldn’t capitalize in the red zone early on and had to settle with two field goals of 25 and 27 yards by junior kicker Josh Kay to start the game.

Inns caught fire after that and tossed three of his four touchdown strikes in the second quarter.

Junior receiver Deidre Wiersma pulled in a short, 3-yard lob from Inns and senior receiver Buddy Saxon added catches in the end zone of nine and 10 yards to lead 34-0.

Meanwhile, the Linfield defense forced two Pioneer turnovers while limiting the Lewis & Clark offense to only 96 yards in the first half.

“We tried to scheme up what they do and take advantage of it,” head football coach Joseph Smith said. “From a schematic standpoint, I thought Mickey did a nice job of that.”

The ’Cats continued to pile on points in the second half. Kay booted two more field goals of 41 and 24 yards to begin the third and fourth quarters, respectively, while Inns tacked on his final touchdown pass on a 29-yard strike to freshman receiver Evan Peterson.

Kay’s four field goals and five PATs were good for second in the Linfield record books for points scored by kicking in a single game.

On the season, Kay has only missed a single PAT and is 11-14 on field goal tries and attributes his success to a stellar kicking unit.

“This year I’ve gained a lot of confidence,” Kay said. “I attribute a lot to my holder, my snapper. I’ve got a real good setup back there; I’ve got all day to kick.”

The Pioneers did find the end zone before the contest was over, but down 37-0, the outcome was already all but set. Sophomore quarterback Keith Welch scored his only touchdown of the day late in the third quarter before being replaced by backup Evan Stanbro. Stanbro added a touchdown of his own in the fourth quarter to set the final margin. Welch, who had been leading the NWC in many statistical categories, figured to cause some problems for the Linfield defense. However, according to Smith, the Wildcat scout team got an assist from alumnus Aaron Boehme in practice in the week leading up to the game.

“The biggest thing we did is have Boehme mimic him [Welch],” Smith said. “We had him suit down and play a little football.”

Having locked up the NWC crown and the automatic playoff bid that comes with it, the ’Cats now await the NCAA seeding committee’s playoff bracket announcement at 3 PM on Nov. 13 to learn of their first-round opponent. In a mock bracket produced on Nov. 13 by, the ’Cats secure the No. two seed in the West Region and would play the 8-2 McMurray University Warhawks. However, no matter who Linfield is slated to compete against, Inns says the ’Cats are ready to “Send ‘Em Up.”

“Our motto this year is ‘Send ‘Em Up,’” Inns said. “We’ll be ready to go against anybody, anytime. We’ll stick to that motto and ride it into playoffs.”

Chris Forrer/
Sports columnist
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News Brief

Linfield College was recognized with 130 media stories and citations in October, according to a press release sent from Nadene LeCheminant, the director of Media Relations.

Some of the top featured stories appeared in The Washington Post, Planet Science, e! Science, ScienceBlog, the University of Cambridge Science Portal, OPB’s Think Out Loud program, The Oregonian, The Statesman Journal, The News-Register, The Bend-Bulletin, The MedfordMail Tribune, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, KGW television, MSNBC, The Iowa City Press Citizen and The Lund Report.

OPB’s Think Out Loud featured Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, who discussed the controversial, new movie about Shakespeare.

The Oregonian and Lund Report showcased Margaret Ngai, class of ’12, who was elected as vice president of the National Student Nurses Association. There are 56,000 members in the association.

The News-Register featured the dedication of TJ Day Hall, including an interview with TJ Day, class of ’71.

~ Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-chief


Wadewitz presents upcoming book

Dr. Lissa Wadewitz, assistant professor of history, presents the content of her upcoming book “The Nature of Borders: Salmon and Boundaries in the Salish Sea,” during a faculty lecture Nov. 9 in Riley 201. Joel Ray/Photo editor

Dr. Lissa Wadewitz, assistant professor of history, presented “The Nature of Borders: Salmon and Boundaries in the Salish Sea,” as a part of the Faculty Lecture Series on Nov. 9.

Wadewitz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian studies and presented her lecture to inform those who came of her upcoming book being published in spring 2012 called “The Nature of Borders: Salmon and Boundaries in the Salish Sea.” The book examines the connection between the border area between British Columbia and Washington, and how it led to the decay of the salmon runs.

The book itself has been accepted into the prestigious Emil and Kathleen Sick Series, a series that concentrates on publications in regard to American West.

Throughout the lecture, Wadewitz described why borders and human relations have always influenced the lives of salmon. From the borders created by the Native Americans, all the way to fish piracy in the 1800s and 1900s, Wadewtiz described how the Native people drew “specific types of access borders around their fishery” in which the goal was to conserve the salmon. Additionally, border between Canada and America supported salmon smuggling and piracy which lead to the transnational conservation policies in an attempt to preserve what was left of the salmon.

Wadewitz used maps throughout her presentation to give a visual of the border between Canada and America in order to better explain the causes of the decline of the salmon runs.

In addition to her book being published in the spring, Wadewitz may also be invited to the University of Washington campus in Seattle to give a talked based on the book, she said.

“I am also hoping to be able to do some readings in Portland,” Wadewitz said in an email. “But, nothing has been planned yet.”

Samantha Sigler/
News editor
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Occupy Wall Street insists it’s not political

The Occupy Wall Street protest may be a movement, a momentary phenomenon or something in between, but one thing its most fervent activists insist  it’s not is a team of shock troops for any political campaign.

That’s a  disappointment to Democrats who wish the Occupy activists would animate their party the way the tea party lit up Republicans in  the past two years, but the protesters at the original Occupy Wall Street scene say that’s not what it’s about.

“I don’t see us endorsing candidates or trying to form a party,” said Mark Bray, 29, a doctoral student in history at Rutgers University and a spokesman for Occupy Wall Street. Efforts to shift the movement in a partisan direction would be unlikely to be approved by the consensus process at the protesters’ regular General Assembly meetings, he and other protesters say.

“There would be so many people who would balk at the endorsement of any party or candidate that I don’t think it would happen,” Bray said.

Not yet, at least.

Like other protesters from various Occupy Wall Street organizing groups, Bray did not rule out political possibilities for the future. Protesters from the Occupy Cincinnati group have announced a platform for a new political party _ the Occupation Party.

The  protests are far from apolitical. It’s difficult to walk even a few feet in Zuccotti Park, the New York protest’s base in Manhattan’s financial district, without hearing political issues being debated and finding groups weighing in on a wide range of subjects such as health care, education, national debt and defense spending.

Though most activists at Occupy Wall Street claim to be dissatisfied with the state of American government and politics, their views come in many flavors. Some are leftists of the 1960s generation, and others are curious newcomers to political activism. Still others are Ron Paul supporters, anarchists, or soured Obama campaign volunteers.

Last Wednesday, a group of protesters left for a two-week march to Washington, with plans to arrive by Nov. 23, the deadline for the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to decide how to deal with federal budget deficits. The activists plan to protest extending the Bush-era tax cuts.

But beyond such singular acts of protest, most Occupy Wall Street activists hope their movement will remain outside organized politics for now. They offer several explanations.

Some say they feel the political status quo is so corrupt, it’s best not to engage with it at all. Elisa Miller, 38, a New Orleans resident who came to New York for the protests in late September, said she was boycotting the 2012 elections.

“This system is grossly dysfunctional,” she said, then entered a heated exchange with a passing organizer about why she thinks electoral reform is impossible.

Several protesters said they want their effort to avoid being co-opted by or beholden to a particular party or candidate.

Many praised the protests as a place to nurture the exchange of new  political ideas entirely outside of the two-party system.

“We’re literally opening a space that did not exist before,” said Kobi Skolnick, 30, who said he was amazed at the creative problem-solving he’s seen.

Others said the question of what would become of the protests, politically or otherwise, was missing the point.

“The question to me is, what’s the right way to come up with an answer to that, based on democratic principles?” said Bray, the spokesman.

Gianna Palmer/
McClatchy Newspaper

Linfield hosts character debate

Students from visiting schools debate about serious topics, such as oil and the swince flu, in the 81st Mahaffey Memorial Tournament on Nov. 12-14 on the Linfield campus. Joel Ray/Photo editor

Despite that they were debating about serious topics, such as the swine flu, the students used their acting skills to impersonate famous characters like Ellen Degeneres and Jon Stewart.

These character debates were part of the 81st Mahaffey Memorial Tournament, where 24 colleges and universities met at Linfield’s campus Nov. 12-14, capitalizing on their debate and speaking skills to compete.

“The character debate is an event that isn’t offered at other colleges,” sophomore Clara Martinez said in an email.

Martinez said Linfield’s forensics team did well in the tournament, with Martinez scoring first place in the junior persuasion category and freshmen Matt Baurichter and Michal Zier making it to semi-finals in junior British
Parliamentary Debate.

Even though Martinez said the event required a lot of set-up and preparation time, she enjoyed how the home tournament allowed a comfortable atmosphere.

“Home tournaments are usually much more relaxed for us as competitors,” Martinez said. “In between rounds I can stop by my dorm room if I forget to grab something and getting some rest is a bit easier.”

But despite the wide range of participating schools and success of the tournament, few Linfield supporters attended the event, freshman Caitlyn  Bruno said.

Buno said that because the forensics team is such a small program, it’s difficult to get extensive support.

“In general, most people don’t know everything that goes into the team, even if they’ve heard of it,” Bruno said. “But they are still interested when I tell them that I’m part of the program.”

But despite the lack of recognition, Martinez said the tournaments and being part of the team have enhanced her speaking and reasoning skills.

“Competing in a variety of individual events has helped me improve my debating skills,” Martinez said. “I have gained so much public speaking experience that it has spilled over into my classroom participation and presentations for the better. I have realized that with speech and debate, all I can do is improve with dedication, passion and practice.”

Joanna Peterson/
Managing editor
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