Monthly Archives: February 2012

Student trainers: Dedicated to rehabilitating athletes

Junior McKaley Brewer (left) and sophomore Nikki Pond work at the baseball game Feb. 26. They assisted with a hit to the head and another to the ankle.

After the game, seniors Ryan Larson (right) and Zach Boskovich (below) got ice from the student trainers to help with injuries and sore muscles. Photos by Ivanna Tucker/Features editor


In every sport, players work hard on the field. Every now and then, those players get injured or need assistance. The athletic trainers are on the sidelines waiting to help.

The Athletic Training Education Program consists of hardworking students who spend their time helping out the athletic teams, ensuring the players are taken care of.

When a player gets injured during the game, it is the student trainer’s job to try to get the player back in the action. They have to sit through Oregon’s rainy days and the hot summer heat, remaining on the sidelines, prepared to assist in any manner.

To become an athletic trainer, one has to graduate from an accredited undergraduate program and then pass a national certification exam.

Senior Brynna Fuller has been a part of the program for four years. She has worked with multiple teams, but she spends most of her time with the football and baseball teams.

“I have always loved sports and knew I wanted to get into the medical field,” Fuller said. “Athletic training is a way to combine the two in a career that is both fun and rewarding.”

Student trainers do not have all of the privileges of those who are certified. Someone who is certified for athletic training must supervise them.

The students in the Athletic Training Education Program are required to complete 90 hours per semester in their sophomore and junior years before completing 135 hours per semester during their senior year. On top of that, they also have to do an 135-hour internship with high school athletic teams.

“Injuries are extremely common in sports. Some injuries are minor and others are traumatic,” Fuller said. “Regardless, it is important to have somebody who is trained in handling and treating such injuries if they occur.”

After being an athlete who received help from athletic trainers in high school, sophomore Kendra Dahl said she decided she wanted to go into the athletic training field.

“I was always injured in high school and there was never a diagnosis,” Dahl said. “So I wanted to try to help people figure out their injury to help their frustration.”

Each season, the student trainers are assigned a team to assist. Dahl has worked with men’s soccer, men’s basketball and baseball.

As trainers, their free time becomes limited, and they have to maintain a 2.3 cumulative GPA and a 2.7 major GPA to stay in the program.

“We don’t get a lot of weekends off, and we work hectic weeks, but [if] it’s something that you love to do, it really doesn’t matter,” Dahl said.

Prior to admission to the Athletic Training Education Program, students are required to go through three clinical observation assignments to be qualified to apply.

Junior McKaley Brewer is a transfer student and has to work double the hours to meet the requirements of the program. During the week, Fuller had to work four hours in the treatment center and two baseball games.

During the Feb. 26 baseball game, Brewer and sophomore Nikki Pond took care of a hit to the head and ankle. Each injury has to be evaluated and then the proper measures have to be taken to assure the players are in good condition to play again.

“We are the behind-the-scenes people,” Pond said.

As an athletic trainer, students have to be flexible and must think critically about how to take care of injuries. With a lot of their time spent around athletes, the student trainers try to have a good attitude, but they can’t be afraid to tell athletes bad news when they have to.

“Nothing is more gratifying than seeing an athlete you worked with in rehabilitation back out on the field, senior Nick Rawlins said.

When it comes to treating injuries in rehabilitation, student trainers are to specialize the training for each athlete and where they are in their injury. Throughout the program, the students learn each of the necessary skills by observing and hands on experience.

“You learn more as you go,” Brewer said.

Athletic trainers are an important part of sports in general. They assure that athletes are educated on how to take care of their injuries, and they help prevent injuries from occurring. Trainers recognize that athletes do not want to sit out so they work to create rehabilitation plans.

Student trainers have become a support system for athletes. They remain dedicated to their majors and put a lot of time and effort into getting the best experience possible out of it.

“When you are enjoying what you are doing, it is easy to continue working toward the main goal of graduating with a degree in athletic training,” Fuller said.

Ivanna Tucker/ Features editor
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Linfield alumna fights for child custody in rickets case

Joss Dossey rests after being bandaged for a femoral fracture Nov. 8. Joss was taken into custody by DHS after accussations of child abuse. Photo courtesy of Daniel and Linda Dossey

Ever since Nov. 10, Linda Dossey, class of ‘09, has been fighting for the right to regain custody of her 3-month-old son, who was taken away from Dossey and her husband with accusations of child abuse.

Joss Dossey has been in the possession of a medical foster care home for six months. Linda and her husband, Daniel, are allowed to visit several times a week, but they are fighting for the custody of their child.

Junior Daphne Dossett, Linda’s younger sister, said that it was hard to watch the incident unravel.

“My sister, as well as my brother-in-law, are great parents,” she said. “They also have a 20-month-old daughter, my adorable niece, who is in perfect health and very smart for her age.

It constantly makes me sad and angry that the court system, as well as the Department of Human Services, are doing this to such a loving family.”

The DHS pulled Joss from his parents’ home two days after he was diagnosed with a femoral fracture on Nov. 8.

Daniel brought his son to the hospital that day because Joss had been fussy and had a low fever.

Linda and Daniel assumed that their son’s discomfort had to do with a stomach ache or gassiness, but they wanted to ensure that there weren’t complications they were unaware of.

A nurse at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville checked Joss, noting that he didn’t seem to have any swelling or bruising and that all his joints had a normal range of movement.

Daniel said an emergency room doctor also examined Joss and noticed that Joss’ legs were pulled tightly to his abdomen, which is a sign that a baby could be experiencing stomach pain or gassiness.

In a letter posted to his blog on Feb. 5, Daniel wrote that as the doctor manipulated the baby’s legs, the child screamed loudly.

At the time, aside from feeling sympathetic, the Dosseys said they didn’t think the scream was especially concerning.

After further investigation and several x-rays, technicians informed the Dosseys that their son needed to be transferred to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital because he had a femoral fracture on his left leg.

The Dosseys said they were unaware of the fracture, as Joss hadn’t been acting as if the leg was causing him pain.

Doctors and a police officer questioned the family closely, asking if the parents had beaten Joss or if he had been involved in any accidents that could have induced the damage.

Although the Dosseys denied these accusations, the medical staff was required to file a report of the incident, and DHS took Joss away from his family on Nov. 10 with accusations of child abuse.

After more extensive testing, it was revealed that Joss had neonatal rickets, which is a metabolic bone disease that can compromise bone density and strength, which led the Dosseys to believe that their son’s  fracture was the result of this previously-undiagnosed disease.

The family began  the judicial hearing process on Jan. 5.

“The problem with this process is that it is held in the Juvenile Courts and rather than using “beyond a reasonable doubt” they use “preponderance of evidence,” which refers to balancing the evidence,” Daniel said.

Daniel said that it was made clear that the hospital had lost blood tests, including a vitamin D test and phosphorus, ionized calcium and PTH tests, which are all vital for diagnosing rickets.

The Dosseys said they even had a doctor  testify that Moss had neonatal rickets.

“The state provided numerous medical
witnesses, and each of these witnesses except Dr.
Valvano, a child abuse expert who has been a doctor for since 2005, had admitted that if my son had a medical condition of bone fragility, it could explain his fractures,” Daniel said.

He said the unexplained bone fractures were the only diagnosed injuries and that it was even noted in court that there was likely a new rib fracture after Joss was placed in foster care.

Dossett said her family has continued to fight for custody of Joss, which has included seeking help from multiple doctors, radiologists and an attorney.

“We are also going to appeal,” Dossett said. “I am just concerned because I know that appeals can take a long time and I want my nephew back with my family as soon as possible, back to the healthiest and most loving place he can be.”

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Pulitzer prize-winning columnist shares importance of ‘truthiness’

“Facts matter. Facts are the building blocks of truth. You can shade, stretch, color, pick and choose…but you can’t pull them out of a certain bodily orifice.”

This was the message Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts Jr. conveyed to a packed room of community members, faculty, staff, administrators and students during his guest lecture, “Owning What You Know,” on Feb. 23 in Ice Auditorium.

Pitts pointed to politicians, government officials, text books and everyday citizens who have been quoted for fudging and blatantly distorting the facts, whether it is about statistics, historical events or corporations.

Pitts dedicated his speech to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, who stated on the Senate floor that abortions make up “well over 90 percent” of Planned Parenthood’s services, when in fact they represent about 3 percent. When confronted about the mistake, Kyl said his point was not meant to be factual.

“We are in the process of what I like to call the stupidfication of the United States,” Pitts said. “People feel free to say whatever they want. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. You don’t get to ignore facts that are inconvenient.”

To strengthen his point, Pitts shared an encounter he had with a reader who responded via email to his column about African-American World War I soldier Henry Johnson. Johnson, who was only 5’4’’, 130 lbs., single-handedly fought off about a dozen German soldiers, sustaining several injuries in the process. He was recognized by the media and former president Theodore Roosevelt.

Even with numerous sources and historical evidence, this reader still insisted that Pitts’ column was incorrect, claiming African-Americans were not allowed to fight in WWI and the date of the war was wrong. This reader also referred to the Germans as Nazis, even though there weren’t any Nazis in WWI.

Today, people are more concerned with winning the argument than persuading. It shouldn’t be about winning the argument and undermining each other, Pitts said.

“Some people have no respect for facts or intelligence,” Pitts said. “We are becoming a facts-free nation. Even journalism has joined the ‘non-factual hit job of America.’ “Car-accident journalism is good for ratings but it’s not illuminating.”

Another example Pitts used was about a high school class that was assigned to write an essay about Martin Luther King Jr. One African-American girl Googled Martin Luther King Jr. and found, quoting it in her paper.

However, what the student didn’t know was that the site is actually run by a white supremacist group. Pitts said he wasn’t horrified by the young lady’s laziness, but that she didn’t have the critical thinking skills to realize the untrustworthiness of her source.

Pitts said fear is often the basis of the problem.

“Fearful people by definition are not capable of critical thinking and are easily manipulated. This is true of the young and old,” Pitts said.

A lecture attendee, senior Greg Larson, said he was happy to see Ice Auditorium packed with only standing room left.

“I don’t think he made a new argument because there is already evidence of it…I liked the heart of his message, though. We need to get back to arguing with the same facts,” Larson said. “I don’t know how much will translate in McMinnville though because we are no New York. But, [Pitts] was eloquent and pithy.”

Pitts began his writing career at a young age. He drew inspiration from Stan Lee’s Marvel Comics and consciously imitated his style.

“I guess he is the one to blame,” Pitts said, referring to Stan Lee.

Spiderman is Pitts’ favorite character in American literature. If one follows Spiderman’s methodology, it’s a story of the underdog who conquers all. Peter Parker is a nerd, whereas Clark Kent pretends to be a nerd until he puts that “S” on his chest and becomes brave, Pitts said.

“Heroism isn’t about being fearless, it’s about doing the right thing even if you are scared,” Pitts said.

Pitts began his career as a music critic at the age of 18 for Soul Magazine, what initially started as a stopgap on his way to becoming a novelist. However, this lasted longer than Pitts anticipated after joining the Miami Herald as a pop music critic.

“Thank god I got out a few years before Britney Spears came to power,” Pitts said. “I would have enjoyed ripping her to pieces.”

Pitts switched his beat to column writing in 1994 because it was the only other job he felt qualified to do, and he liked the idea of commenting and having a voice in the country, he said.

Now, Pitts discusses social issues, pop culture, politics and family life.

One of Pitts’ most moving columns, “We’ll go forward from this moment,” sparked a worldwide response after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

“I wasn’t thinking about the audience reaction,” Pitts said. “I only had anger going through my mind. Anger and resolve. ‘We are angry and going to get you.’ At the time, we didn’t know who the bad guys were so I had to be general.”

This was one of Pitts’ faster columns. It only took him two to three hours to write. Usually it takes him about five hours.

“Anger has a way of clarifying and cutting through the clutter,” Pitts said.

Now, Pitts is set to release his newest book, “Freeman,” in May. It’s a love story about a former slave trying to reunite with his wife.

Pitts said he’s always wanted to write books, and it’s been an ongoing process.

“This is what I was put here to do. I’m lucky and blessed to have figured it out young,” Pitts said.

Pitts’ lecture left the audience captivated and moved to a standing ovation.

“Own what you know. Earn your opinion by sharpening them on others’. If owning what you know makes you question your opinion, it’s not the end of the world,” Pitts said. “Take responsibility for what you believe.”

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ASLC’S LAB announces Wildstock performers

The anticipation in the room reached its peak as “Macklemore and Ryan Lewis!” flashed across the screen.

The two big-name performers for Linfield’s annual Wildstock festival were announced during an Associated Students of Linfield College Senate meeting Feb. 20.

Wildstock is the end-of-the-year festival put on by the Linfield Activities Board (LAB) complete with food catered by local restaurants, many activities and live music. It will take place on the IM field on May 18.

LAB works throughout the year to organize the event, starting the process of booking the act early in fall semester. Senior Nicole Bond, vice president of programming for LAB, worked with a booking agency to find the headlining act for the event.

“Between brainstorming, making an offer and negotiating the contract, it takes a lot of time and energy,” she said.

She said she feels the hard work has paid off and was excited to finally be able to announce the artists to the student body.

“I worked closely with Dan Fergueson in the booking process, and John McKeegan, Linfield’s lawyer, worked on the contract with us. The three of us were the only people on campus who knew who the Wildstock artist was until Monday night,” Bond said. “It was a hard thing to keep to myself,
especially when everyone involved with ASLC knew what I was doing and continuously asked me about it.”

As it is the largest student event on campus each year, LAB tries to book well-known bands or artists. Last year, the band Parachute performed and the event was a great success.

Bond said she was
happy with the artists that she was able to book this year. Macklemore is a hip-hop artist from Seattle, Wash., who works with Ryan Lewis, a producer and designer also from Seattle.

“I am a fan of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and I know that many of my friends and classmates are too, so I felt pretty confident about my decision,” Bond said. “It’s a little bit out there, since we rarely, if ever, bring rap artists to campus. But I am sure that everyone will enjoy the music. And no matter what, there is something for everyone. Between the music, food, activities and just hanging out with your friends outside on the last day of classes, every student will have a great time.”

Bradley Keliinoi, ASLC vice president, said that he feels that with the chosen artist, Bond has ensured a Wildstock to remember.

“[Bond] scored a big victory with this selection, and the response from the campus has been one of extreme excitement and anticipation,” Keliinoi said. “The countdown has begun to May 18, 2012.”

Bond would like to remind students that there are still ways to get involved through planning an activity with a club. Students can work to make the event even more encompassing and exciting. However, Bond said that either way, students are sure to have a great time.

“It’s just a really fun time to celebrate the end of the school year and spend time with your friends outside while enjoying some delicious food, fun activities, and amazing
entertainment,” she said.

Andra Kovacs/
Senior reporter
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Fundraiser helps Dillin employee’s sick son

Linfield’s Athletic Training Education Program held men’s and women’s basketball games Feb. 18 in support of Arthur Blankenship, son of Dillin employee Jerome Blankenship, who was diagnosed with an agressive form of cancer called Ewing Saracoma. Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor

At only two years old, Arthur Blankenship, son of Dillin employee Jerome Blankenship, is fighting for his life. Arthur has a rare, aggressive form of cancer called Ewing Saracoma.

On Feb. 18, Linfield’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) held men and women’s basketball games and collected donations before and during the games, as well as throughout both of the halftimes.

“The Athletic Training Education Program typically does a couple of service projects each year,” senior Brynna Fuller said in an email. “When we heard about Arthur’s situation, we knew we wanted to help him and his family, especially because his family is part of the Linfield community.”

Since Arthur was diagnosed, only one of his parents has been able to work at a time.

Because his medical bills are so high, his family is in a tight financial situation.

The ATEP had two student athletic trainers set up a table in the HHPA foyer during the final men and women’s basketball games on Feb. 18.

The table included a poster with Arthur’s story on it and a bucket for donations.

An announcement was also made during halftime of both games about the fundraiser, and four more student athletic trainers walked around the stands and collected donations from fans.

Overall, the ATEP collected approximately $450 for Arthur.

“With the money that ATEP collected, it will be given directly to the Blankenship family to help mostly with the cost of gas as the family commutes between [McMinnville] and the hospital in Portland almost daily,” Fuller said.

In addition to this fundraiser, the ATEP is planning additional fundraisers to raise more money to benefit Arthur and his family.

Although there are no events planned yet, the ATEP is collecting donations in the treatment center in the downstairs of HHPA between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Fuller said that it was a positive experience for those involved, and they felt like they were making an impact on the family.

“The money we raised will be a huge help to the family, as they expressed a real need for gas money,” Fuller said. “A lot of people in the ATEP helped out with the fundraiser, and it really made all of us feel good about what we were doing.”

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News editor
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