Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lacrosse struggles against Boxers through rain and wind

The women’s lacrosse team ended its March 14 game cold, wet, muddy and defeated after facing off with the Pacific University Boxers at home.

The Wildcats fell to the Boxers with a final score of 18-8, after the Boxers powered ahead in the second half, widening the first half’s 11-3 gap.

Junior Mariah Jones, the leading scorer for the Wildcats, made four goals. Jones also picked up assists to junior Brittani Drost and sophomore Zoe Spring after senior Taylor Fisher set up two goals for the women.

Spring also scored a pair of goals, while Fisher and freshman Halee Helgerson each added one of their own.

“We played really good during the first half and were only down two or three goals at one point. We connected and were playing well, but then I’m not sure what happened,” Jones said. “I think the energy went down some during the second half. The other team was really revved up.”

The Boxers’ energy was apparent when Melanie Niehus, Carmen Taplin and Amy Mayhugh each scored four goals for their team. Kristen Dick also contributed two goals to the Boxers’ win.

“The Boxers are one of the better teams in the conference,”Jones said. “I have played against the team for three years now, and they always double and triple team me. It’s nice, though, because someone else is always open. It eliminates me but helps everyone else out.”

Pacific’s Ali Loeb had three saves in goal, while Linfield’s sophomore Tori Kraft made eight stops.

Linfield junior Tessa D’Allesandro scooped up five ground balls to Kasey Killingbeck’s four for Pacific.

“My team has stepped up a lot,” Jones said. “The caliber of players on the other teams is increasing, and we’ve gotten a lot of young players.”

Jones said that for the Wildcats’ next game, she hopes to build on the skills that the players already have and to improve from Wednesday’s game to capture a win.

“I want to work on more of our plays. When you’re in the game, you don’t think about doing all of them. I also want to be more aggressive,” Jones said.

The Wildcats will play against Missouri Baptist University on March 26 and Fontbonne University in St. Louis on March 27.

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Wildcats swing away at Pioneers

Junior Megan Wallo steps up to the plate during the game against Lewis & Clark on March 18 at Del Smith Stadium. Kate Straube/Photo editor

Senior Jaydee Baxter slides into third base during the second game against Lewis & Clark College on March 18 at home. Kate Straube/Photo editor

After facing their first loss of the season, the Wildcats bounced back. Linfield competed against Lewis & Clark College on March 18. The game ended as quickly as it began, as the Wildcats once again ended a game because of the mercy rule.

The first game of the day ended in a score of 11-2, earning Linfield another win. The Wildcats were busy at the plate with five runs brought in during the first inning. Starting the game off, senior Jaydee Baxter hit a double to centerfield. Senior Emilee Lepp stepped up to the plate and hit a single to right field, allowing Baxter to make it to home plate. Lepp stole second and was able to earn a run off senior Staci Doucette’s single into right field. Senior Jordan Mixsell hit a double, bringing in two more runs.

Continuing their scoring streak, the Wildcats earned six more runs during the second and third inning. During the team’s second game of the day, the Wildcats shut out the Pioneers with a score of 8-0. Sophomore Karina Paavola pitched the entire game and had eight strikeouts. The Wildcats scored during every inning they were up to bat, leaving no time for the Pioneers to score.

The Wildcats didn’t let the loss to Pacific Lutheran hold them back when they played against Lewis & Clark or Pacific.

“We play our game, and we do the best we can every day,” sophomore Kim Chase said. “I think we came out this weekend with the mentality that we wanted to play our game and play the best we can, and it showed this week when we played. We use it as a fire to keep us going. Its not something we’re going to let weigh us down or hold us back.”

Facing off with Pacific University on March 17, the Wildcats stole the lead early in their first game. In the first inning, Linfield scored its first three runs of the game. Keeping up the steady pace of scoring, earning another run in the second inning. Six runs were brought in during the Wildcats’ final time at bat in the game. The first game against Pacific ended, 10-2.

During their second game against the Boxers, the Wildcats ended it quickly in five innings, scoring 12 runs over Pacific’s one run. The fifth inning was big for the team; they scored five runs and hit two home runs.

During this inning, Doucette broke an NCAA record by hitting the 60th home run in her collegiate career.

“It was a great accomplishment, and we’re all very proud of her,” Chase said. “She’s had a great career, and that is representative of that.”

The Wildcats will play next against California Lutheran University on March 22 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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Back to the basics: The Mason Jar Movement

They’ve been referred to as delightfully tacky and shabby-chic, but one thing is for sure, these do-it-yourself crafts are catching.

This was the case for 22-year-old college student Nikki White of Clatskanie, Ore. White jumped on the bandwagon after seeing what many refer to as a Redneck or Hillbilly Wine Glass at her local gift shop.

A Redneck Wine Glass is simply a Ball Mason jar glued to the top of a candlestick holder.

“It was just so cute and looked easy to make,” White said.

Rather than paying $15 for one glass, White said she decided to buy the supplies and make a bunch of them for her eldest sister’s cowboy-themed bachelorette party.

She purchased the candlestick holders from the Dollar Tree and the sandpaper, ribbon, glue and the jars at a discounted price from her mother’s feed store.

Not only did she save a bundle making the glasses herself, but it only took her about 20 minutes to assemble them, she added.

To make the glasses, White first sanded the top of the candlestick holder and bottom of the Mason jar to create a textured surface; doing this makes it easier for the glue to grab on. Next, she cleaned the surfaces. Then, she stuck the Mason jar on top of the candlestick holder and allowed it to dry for the glue manufacturer’s recommended time. Once they were dry, she tied a blue ribbon around the stems.

“My mom also got a Redneck Wine Glass for Christmas, and when I held mine up to hers, they looked the same,” she said.

When White’s fellow classmates and friends saw the final product, they assumed she had gotten the idea from the fast-growing social networking site, Pinterest, she said.

Pinterest, a pin board-styled photo sharing site, features a DIY & Crafts category, where members can find an abundance Mason jar craft ideas. Some of these photos include Mason jar lights, candleholders, centerpieces, drinking glasses, wine glasses, vases and more. Many of the photos depict the jars as wedding décor.

Although the phenomenon of the Redneck Wine Glass is
relatively new, people like Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, joined the “Hee Haw” crafts movement in the early 2000s.

Weidman, who was married in 2002, used Mason jars for her tables’ centerpieces.

The jars, which she referred to as charming, were the perfect touch for her outdoor wedding and reception that took place in the heart of Oregon’s wine country.

To create her centerpieces, Weidman purchased dozens of Dahlias and arranged them in a mushroom shape in the jars. She then tied a white ribbon in a bow around the neck of the jar. On the day of her wedding, all of her girlfriends came over and helped make the arrangements, she said.

“It was a fun way to get everyone involved,” Weidman said. “The jars are appealing because they hold nostalgia for a lot of people. They remind us of our grandmas who used to can and make people nostalgic for country living. They also have a rustic feel and are inexpensive.”

Weidman purchased a package of Ball jars at her local Wilco, but most rural stores and grocery stores, like Safeway, carry the jars in the spring and summer, she said. Other places that carry the jars are Wal-Mart, TrueValue, Ace Hardware, Target and WinCo.

However, grocery stores aren’t the only places selling jars now; craft stores like Craft Warehouse and Michael’s are selling these hillbilly treasures.

Tina Clark, hard craft manager of Craft Warehouse in Salem, Ore., said that corporate ordered the supplies near the end of 2011 and began advertising the Mason jars through displays of the Redneck Wine Glasses.

Clark said the glasses were especially popular during the holiday season, rendering supplies low, and she expects that the same will ring true as the wedding season approaches.

“People are excited about them. They laugh and give them as gag gifts,” Clark said. “It’s so simple, but when you put a jar and candlestick together, they make something new. Mason jars are quirky and perfect for a shabby-chic, rustic wedding.”

Clark said the average cost for a Mason jar is $1.99.

The store also has instructions for how to make some of these Mason jar crafts on its website.

“People want to get back to the basics. The home crafts of yester-year have come back,” Weidman said.
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Tales of an undergrad rapper: Balancing homework and tunes

Freshman Calvin Howell is known by many of his friends and fans as “Cal Hal.” He spends his free time working on his new rap mixtape. Howell uses clean lyrics in his music and has friends who assist along the way. He also has a website where people can find his mixtape at Kate Straube/Photo editor

When people think of rappers, a certain image comes to mind.

But at first glance, freshman Calvin Howell, nicknamed “Cal Hal,” doesn’t fit that typical image.

Besides being an active student, Howell spends his free time making mix tapes and writing his next rap song.

Howell has lived in Bend, Ore., Eugene, Ore., and San Antonio, Texas. He moved from Oregon because the economy was better in the South.

In middle school, Howell started listening to artists like 50 cent and fell in love with that genre of music.

During his junior year, he and his friend Adrian Yancelson decided that they wanted to try to make a few rap songs. The two had known each other since elementary school.

While in visiting Eugene, Howell met Major Oni, who is from Togo, Africa. Oni now makes beats for Howell’s albums.

“Things just came together one summer, and we have been friends ever since,” Howell said.

In church, Howell and Yancelson met Gregory Griffin, a music producer who listened to their mix tape and gave them advice on how to make it better.

“We ended up not telling anyone about it,” Howell said.

Griffin offered them free studio time if they kept good grades in school and worked toward going to college.

In the spring of 2010, they released their first single, “Ready to Party.”

One day, when they were riding back from the studio, they decided to refer to themselves as the Young Risers.

“It gave me and my buddy an identity at school,” Howell said.

During the winter of his senior year, Howell and Yancelson released their first mix tape entitled “Mission Success.”

Mario Gaddini, a friend of Howell’s from Eugene, produced the beats.

After the release, they had the opportunity to perform at a school pep assembly and have their own personal show.

Outside of school, Howell was able to perform in a lineup at venues around town.

Howell’s rap style can be described as smooth and relatable. His tracks do not contain profanity and tend to be about girls, religion, and having a good time.

Some of the tracks on Howell’s mix tapes show his passion for religion.

On “Oregonized Volume One,” the song “Team Jesus” serves to  illustrate his faith.

“I am really big on Christianity,” Howell said.  “It’s making a simile that Christianity is like being on a team and God is the coach.”

Some of Howell’s influences include Paul Wall and Trip Lee.

Now that he is on campus, he has been gaining support from other students.

Senior Alex Van Slyke helped shoot music videos and assist with media.

Senior Barrett Zetterberg airbrushed the cover for Howell’s new mix tape “Oregonized Volume Two.”

Howell has had the opportunity to perform in two Cat Cabs and wants to perform some more for the campus.

Howell has two older brothers and a twin sister. He says that his family has an encouraging attitude toward his work.

“I didn’t think I was good when I went into it,” Howell said. “I guess God presented me an opportunity and I took it.”
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Catty Shack should offer delivery service

Have you ever been sitting in your dorm room, cramming for a test and needed some food to boost your concentration? Picture this situation. It’s late. You need food to keep studying, but don’t have time to walk to Catty (your test is a mere couple hours away). Here is a solution; Catty can deliver!

Imagine being able to just stay in your room and get whatever you wanted from Catty delivered right to your door. It sounds like a dream world, and our campus has what it takes to make it possible.

Creating this system would be as easy as making a sandwich in Catty itself. First, you need extra staff members. This is like the paper your sandwich gets wrapped in. Without this key component, the contents of your sandwich could fall apart. This aspect would create jobs on campus and provide employment for those students who need it. Next, an ordering system would need to be set up. This is like the bread of the sandwich. Letting students know about the service would be easy as well. Simply put cards in the students’ mailboxes to spread the word.

Do you want your sandwich toasted? Catty could set up two options; either get your order delivered or picked up. Both of these options eliminate the time you need to stay in Catty if you are in a rush or have a lot to get done.

After that, you need deliverers. These are like the different meats, cheeses and vegetables. This aspect of the service would create more jobs. With a new delivery option, more students would be able to work. As far as getting around, if a dorm is close, the workers could walk. If they are delivering somewhere farther off campus, for example Potter Hall, a golf cart could be used. New golf carts would not necessarily need to be purchased because students could use the ones from facilities that are not in service at night.

Lastly, comes the form of payment. This is like the mustard or mayonnaise you get last. Clearly, if Catty starts delivering, you will no longer be able to pay the normal way. In order to solve this problem, portable I.D. card scanners will need to be purchased. Yes, these scanners can be expensive, but the money that Catty Shack would make with the delivery service would most likely outweigh the costs. This may seem like a hassle or a waste of money, but they are easy to use and carry around. In addition, a small cover charge could be assessed for this service.

Even though Catty Shack is great as it is, it’s time to take this campus to the next level. Isn’t the whole goal of Catty to provide easy and accessible food for the students? In order to make it as convenient as possible, this new service would be perfect. This new system would boost business. The convenience of food delivery is exactly what many of us college students want. And who doesn’t want to open their door and see their sandwich waiting for them?

I know I wouldn’t mind, especially during finals week.

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