Monthly Archives: October 2012

Native pride builds community at Linfield

Photo courtesy of Nicole Wilson
Left to Right) Freshmen Julianna King, Nicole Wilson and Arianne King are all graduates of Colstrip High School, class of 2012.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Wilson
Left to Right) Freshmen Julianna King, Nicole Wilson and Arianne King are all graduates of Colstrip High School, class of 2012.

The 1,000-mile trek from their reservation in Southern Montana to Oregon has been one of the biggest journeys the Linfield women of the Northern Cheyenne tribe have ever embarked on.

In their first time this far away from home, freshmen Nicole Wilson and twins Arianne and Julianna King set out on a new life adventure this fall.

The Northern Cheyenne tribe sits on the 444,000-acre reservation and is made up of multiple towns, but is centered around Wilson’s hometown of Lame Deer, Mont. Julianna and Arianne King both lived in the neighboring town of Busby. While the entire reservation is made up of almost 4,939 people, Lame Deer is the home to the majority of the reservation with 2,052 people, according to the 2010 census.

The three had to travel off the reservation to attend school, often times traveling up to an hour every morning.

“We did this for 12 years,” Wilson said. “I’d have to be on the bus by 7 a.m. or I wouldn’t make it.”

With the towns on the reservation being small, there wasn’t always a lot to do for Wilson and the King sisters.

“Since there wasn’t much to do, we all played sports throughout school,” Arianne King said. “That took up a lot of time, especially with commuting back and forth.”

Other than school activities, the three participated and attended pow-wows.

“There’s a big [pow-wow] every year on Fourth of July,” Julianna King said. “There’s dances and other performances to watch. A lot of people come from all around. It’s just like a big [gathering], where people come back after they moved away, and we get to see a lot of friends and family.”

Both Arianne and Julianna King used to dance in the pow-wows when they were younger.

“We both used to jingle dance, until we grew out of our outfits,” Julianna King said.

Photo courtesy of Ann King
(Left to Right) Arianne King and Julianna King compete in a Cheyenne pow-wow at 3-years-old.

Although the three freshmen grew up together on the small reservation, they were surprised by the differences between their home and Oregon.

“It was a big shock,” Arianne King said. “We were used to a place where everything was so spread out. There are highways to take you to one point to another.”

Coming from an area that doesn’t have consistent cell phone service, the busyness of the cities they’ve encountered has made for an exciting transition.

“The community [back home] is very tight-knit,” Arianne King said. “There, everyone knows what’s going on with everyone.”

“Everyone is also related to everyone,” Wilson said.

While knowing each other most of their lives, Wilson and the King sisters are all looking at following similar paths. All consider nursing as a possible major, but the three are still undeclared.

The biggest difference they’ve found is the lack of other Native Americans nearby.

“I’ve noticed there are not that many Natives around here,” Arianne King said. “I’m not used to it, because we used to be surrounded by only Natives.”

Photo courtesy of Tommy Robinson
Pow-wows are a time when people from all over come and celebrate their culture.

The three Cheyenne women are all members of the new Native American Student Association.

“It’s made for a big transition,” Julianna King said. “But it’s a fun experience. I like getting to meet all the new people. It’s different, but I like it.”

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M.D. (in training) by day, Rockstar by night.

Courtesy of Chrissy Shane/Features editor
Anatomy Lab instructor, Chris Hernandez, class of ’09.


Courtesy of Chrissy Shane/Features editor
Anatomy Lab instructor, Chris Hernandez, class of ’09.

Instructors in anatomy labs spend a lot of their work hours clutching a scalpel. But in his off hours, Linfield’s Chris Hernandez likes to trade his scalpel for an instrument of a very different kind — an orange Turtex guitar pick.

You would never guess it as he hoists a bag of frozen cat cadavers in his lab at Linfield, but he is simultaneously harboring a pair of seemingly incongruous dreams — becoming a medical examiner as his weekday gig and a professional musician as his weekend gig.

Hernandez, who graduated from Linfield in 2009 with a degree in athletic training, landed a job in Linfield’s anatomy lab in the spring of 2011. It’s ideal training for someone bent on earning his M.D. and becoming a medical examiner.

During the week, you can find him in the lab, wearing faded blue PF Flyers, a pair of Carhart jeans and seafoam green medical gloves.

Armed with a scalpel, probe and tweezers, Hernandez helps current Linfield students navigate their way through the masseter muscles of freezer-burned felines. He can brief students with consummate ease on the muscles that allow our mouths to masticate food.

Hernandez spends his weekends at venues like the Jackpot Recording Studio or the McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, playing guitar with Jack Ruby Presents. He can tune up his Fender Telecaster and churn out a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” with the ease that only comes with long experience and lots of practice.

The band consists of a coterie of Linfield students who first played together at a campus concert in the fall of 2007.

“We had all been involved in groups during high school,” Hernandez said, “and we were all kind of missing it.”

During Thanksgiving break of Hernandez’s sophomore year, Jack Ruby Presents went on tour, playing eight shows at venues along the West Coast.

“I can’t remember who it was now, but somebody was sick on the trip,” Hernandez said. “By the time we played our Wednesday night show at the Caldera in Ashland, the vocals were severely lacking.”

But the band went on to have a lot of success. As it experienced its fifth anniversary Oct. 25, it was also preparing for the release of its second album, “Pale Road.”

“Every once and a while I’ll get an email from a student who addresses me as ‘Professor Hernandez’ because they don’t know me in person,” he joked, “and that kind of freaks me out.”

Hernandez says that he enjoys “working with other people who enjoy what they’re working on and who they’re working with.”  He also says that he has become more comfortable since he doesn’t know as many of the students in his classes, as he did when he first started teaching last spring.

As far as these two different parts of Hernandez’s life go, he says there is little overlap between them. He doesn’t see much intertwining of the two big parts of his life, but says that he would one day like to record a song with some lyrics inspired by his work with the human body.

Chris Hernandez is yet another representation of the dynamically diverse faculty and staff at Linfield College. Many have interests and passions that fall outside of their departmental designations. Hernandez, along with his band, performed at the Pro Cat Cab on Oct. 25 in the Fred Meyer Lounge, exactly five years after the band’s inaugural meeting.

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Make a Difference Day gives back to the community

On Oct. 27, upwards of 150 people, consisting of individuals from the Linfield community and surrounding area, joined together and set out to serve the greater community, taking part in the annual Make a Difference Day—the national day of helping in the U.S. that was created by USA Weekend Magazine.

“Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others. It is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Monique Ellefson, VISTA student engagement coordinator.

After an 8 a.m. check in, the event began with a kick-off in the Fred Meyer Lounge.

Once in their volunteer groups, the participants traveled to their project sites around Yamhill County to serve at a number of different organizations and agencies, such as Salvation Army, McMinnville Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity Restore, YCAP and the McMinnville coat drive to name a few.

“This year we have a bunch of new sites that we’re very excited about, and a great deal of families and groups signed up,” said sophomore Andra Kovacs, director of communication and publicity for Change Corps, in an email. “We are just now beginning to build solid sustainable partnerships with, for example, Hearthland Sanctuary and the McMinnville Center for Community Subsistence.”

According to Kovacs, the already strong support for Make a Difference Day in the Linfield community is continuing to grow.

“We continue to see more and more interest in service at Linfield, and with the past two service days, we have had more people registered than we have spots,” Kovacs said. “In Change Corps, we’re continually looking to improve, and so far we have really harnessed that goal.”

One volunteer group that made that goal possible, including junior Kristen Ursino, member of  MEChA with LCLA/MEChA, served Miller Woods.

“There were about 20 of us to help out in the green house and clean up Miller Woods. We helped fill containers to plant acorns, which would become oak trees, planted plants native to the Pacific Northwest and helped to recycle soil, ” Ursino said. “Overall, it was a great experience because I was able to get off campus to help out in the community.”

“Engaging with your community is such an essential part of life and can really change a persons’ college experience in a positive and beautiful way,” Kovacs said.

For more information about Make a Difference Day and getting involved, contact Monique Ellefson at

Chrissy Shane

Features editor

Author encourages students to be financially literate

Guest speaker Dave Straube shared his book, “Someday is Not a Plan,” with students and faculty Oct. 25 in Nicholson Library’s Reading Room, revealing financial advice geared toward people in their 20s.

“Someday is Not a Plan” provides financial advice in a “no graphs, no charts” manner, while following a conversation between 20-something Larry and his Uncle Roger.

“It’s supposed to be an easy read,” Straube said. “In a nutshell, it’s a financial coming-of-age story.”

After experiencing his own financial blunders as a young adult, Straube was inspired to write “Someday is Not a Plan” when he realized that his children, now in their 20s, had limited knowledge of finance, just as he once had.

“Because of that lack of education, I made every mistake in money that could be made,” Straube said. “Part of the lessons in my book are from my own life.”

Straube’s “tongue-in-cheek and serious talk” stressed the importance of starting financial awareness immediately.

“The longer you wait, the more it’s going to hurt you in the long run,” Straube said. “People focus too much on the short term and need to focus on the long term.”

Straube explained his “Seven Rules of Financial Success,” emphasizing the importance of thinking ahead, with “Take the Long View” being his first rule.

“You have to get in the game early and be aware of what you’re doing financially,” Straube said.

Straube talk also included five ways to build wealth. He shared tips that helped him become financially aware.

“Ask successful people questions,” Straube said. “In our culture, people aren’t comfortable sharing their financial information, but are willing to share their financial knowledge.”

Additionally, Straube encouraged audience members to strive to educate themselves.

“I read one finance article per week,” Straube said.

He also encouraged the audience to read two financial books a year.

“Be a financial student for life,” Straube said.

For more information on Dave Straube and his book, “Someday is Not a Plan,” visit

Chrissy Shane

Author, veteran focuses on environment

A war veteran and wilderness-lover shared his stories of grizzly bears and Vietnam with a book reading Oct. 23 and a lecture Oct. 24. Through his tales, Doug Peacock presented an urgent message about conserving the Earth.

“He’s close friends with some of my heroes, and he’s one of my own heroes,” said David Sumner, assistant professor of English, before introducing Peacock.

Peacock is a nationally known author and environmental crusader. He has written several memoirs about his experiences in the wild and at war. He is also a strong advocate for preserving the environment, saying his legacy is the wilderness and importance of conserving it. Peacock calls the environmental issues today the real war of the world.

“No one is talking in these election days about the things I think are important: the health and economy of the planet,” Peacock said. “This underlies all human activities and what supports it. We’re not taking a good look at what lies in the survival of our species: our planet, which is really in peril.”

Peacock quit college multiple times after every semester because he felt uncomfortable out of the wild. He wasn’t married or a full-time student, so after dodging the draft three times, he finally decided to enlist. He enjoyed the Central Highlands, which he describes as the most beautiful mountain range in Vietnam, but he looked at his map of Yellowstone almost every night.

“The war wasn’t always terrible. I loved the country, I loved the people,” Peacock said.

After returning from the Vietnam War, where he served as a Green Beret Medic for two years, Peacock found solace in the wilderness where he belonged. He headed back to the western wild, frequenting the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone.

“I came back feeling out of sorts, and I couldn’t be around people,” Peacock said.

Peacock took his refuge camping in the Yellowstone wilderness, where he witnessed his first mother grizzly bear.

He was soaking in a hot spring and trying to break a fever when he saw the bear and her cubs standing a mere 250 feet away. He tried to escape and blacked out from the severe temperature change, smacking his head. He came to, climbed a tree and waited for them to go away, hoping they wouldn’t notice him, bleeding and freezing in the tree.

“So I started hanging out with the grizzlies,” Peacock said.

In 1968, he tracked an alpha grizzly for months. He became an advocate for the grizzlies when they were in trouble in Yellowstone.

He filmed the bears and wrote about them, making their plight known to the public. He appeared on many national television shows and even took Arnold Schwarzenegger to see the bears, all in attempts to save them.

Author Edward Abbey, Peacock’s longtime friend and fellow environmentalist, has said, “Now, more than ever before, the only thing I can see worth saving is wilderness.”

Abbey and Peacock spent months together in the wilderness. Peacock was the inspiration for Abbey’s character George Washington Hayduke in his book “The Monkey Wrench Gang.” Abbey described Peacock as a “determined and crazy Vietnam vet.”

When Abbey died, Peacock and a few other friends buried him in the Southwest Arizona desert in an illegal grave. After digging it, Peacock laid in the grave to determine if it was right. He decided it was meant to be when he saw Abbey’s spirit animal, the vulture, circling overhead.

“The lines between life and death had blurred for me,” Peacock said. “The real Hayduke was buried.”


Kelsey Sutton

Managing editor