Monthly Archives: November 2012

Linfield’s Literary Jem: CAMAS

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“You should care,” senior Kelsey Hatley said enthusiastically. “CAMAS is a representation of Linfield and its creativity.”

Having worked as a staff editor for three years, and now holding the responsibilities of editor-in-chief, Hatley has seen the talent and work that goes into the annual student-run journal.

“Physically holding it in your hand after all that work is pretty awesome,” Hatley said.

CAMAS wants you to feel the same enthusiasm.

“CAMAS is a unique opportunity for many students,” sophomore editor Marit Berning said in an email. “It provides a platform for which aspiring writers, poets, artists and photographers can showcase their work.”

CAMAS hand-picks submitted poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction, drama, graphic novels, art, photography and comics.

“We try to pick submissions that best reflect the talent at this school,” Hatley said.

Despite being well publicized through the English Department, CAMAS finds its biggest challenge attracting students that aren’t particularly involved in the department.

“The hardest thing is getting people to actually submit,” Hatley said. “I wish we could get out there more, but there’s only so much we can get across in emails.”

Just last year, CAMAS launched a website, www.linfield.edu/camas.html, to feature current work, in hopes of inspiring curiosity about the literary journal.

“Getting one’s piece into the final product is an achievement,” Berning said. “Personally, I feel like there is a lack of emphasis placed on what it means to have your work featured.”

CAMAS emphasizes that entering a piece of work doesn’t just give you the chance to show off your creative abilities, but it also is an accomplishment to be proud of.

“As far as resumes are concerned, CAMAS counts as having published work, and the end result is always a really beautifully presented anthology,” Berning said.

The staff of CAMAS works year round, putting submissions under a thorough screening and editing process in order to ensure the quality of the publication.

During the spring, the literary magazine class, taught by Professor Lex Runciman, designs the layout collaboratively.

“I really like watching it come together,” Hatley said.

CAMAS has extended its deadline to Nov. 16, and encourages students to submit their work to camas@linfield.edu. Students can submit an unlimited amount of pieces.

The next CAMAS will come out spring 2013. Students can find last year’s copies in the Writing Center in T.J. Day 321.

 

Chrissy Shane can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

 

Chrissy Shane/Features editor

From left; Senior Associate Editor Brittany Drost, senior Julia Cooper, sophomore Ian Franceschi, senior Editor-in-chief Kelsey Hatley, junior Kristi Castanera and sophomore Brittany Hamling.

Wildcats bury winless Loggers

Last week the NCAA released its first set of regional rankings for Division III football, and Linfield checked in at first place in the West region. The Wildcats didn’t disappoint in their first week atop the regional ranking, sending the winless University of Puget Sound to a 0-8 ranking in a 47-7 victory.

The Linfield defense throttled the Loggers throughout, forcing five sacks and denying the opposition a touchdown until long after the starters had left the game.

Senior quarterback Mickey Inns had his most impressive game of the season, amassing 422 yards through the air to go with three touchdowns and a 69 percent completion rating.

Combined with a sharp game from junior backup quarterback Josh Yoder, Linfield quarterbacks set a single-game record with 541 total passing yards.

In the early going, it was senior kicker Josh Kay who got things going for the Wildcats, opening scoring with a 32-yard field goal to stake Linfield to a 3-0 lead.

Kay’s second attempt of the day was wide left from 32 yards, but freshman running back Jon Shaffer darted into the end zone from one yard shortly after to expand the lead to 10-0.

Kay got another opportunity late in the first half and capitalized, splitting the uprights from 27 yards to send the ’Cats into the locker room up 13-0.

The second half belonged to Inns, who tossed all three of his touchdown passes in the third quarter.

Inns found junior receiver Deidre Wiersma for a short nine-yard strike on Linfield’s first successful drive of the quarter. After more defensive dominance on the other side of the ball resulted in a punt, sophomore receiver Charlie Poppen hauled down a 28-yard lob from Inns to cap a seven-play drive that took less than two minutes.

Shortly before the end of the quarter, Inns and Wiersma hooked up again, this time on a 23-yard connection that ballooned Linfield’s lead to 34-0.

Wiersma topped 100 yards for the first time in several games, finishing with 133 yards to go with his two touchdown catches.

Yoder picked up right where Inns left off, tossing a 29-yard pass to freshman receiver Evan Patterson less than a minute into the fourth quarter. Puget Sound tailback Austin Wagner responded by scoring the Loggers’ only touchdown of the day on a 19-yard run on the ensuing drive.

Yoder had one more trick up his sleeve, hitting sophomore receiver Derek Priestly with a 19-yard missile to cap the score at 47-7. The backup quarterback’s final line was impressive: 58 passes completed, 119 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tailback Stephen Nasca led Linfield’s running back corps with 56 yards on the ground in his second game back from injury, although Shaffer scored the game’s only rushing touchdown.

The ’Cats retained their hold on the No. 3 spot in www.d3football.com’s Top 25 poll this week in addition to their No. 1 overall ranking in the West region. Should Linfield win its season finale at home against Pacific University, it would be in prime position to receive a No. 1 seed in the Division-III playoffs and secure the home-field advantage that comes with it.

Chris Forrer

For the Review

Photo courtesy of Sports Information

 

Junior defensive end Jeremy Girod fights off a block during the Puget Sound game on Nov. 3. Girod had six tackles and two sacks during the game.

Students develop health, fitness program

 The Fundamentals of Exercise Physiologyclass hosted an open-house event showcasing a program called Fueling for Fitness, which encourages students to exercise and eat a healthy diet, on Nov. 14 in the Health, Human Performance and Athletics building.

Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology is a course necessary for students majoring in athletic training, physical education and nursing. Students in the class are required to create a project every year, but this year’s group decided to plan a project that connected to fellow Linfield students.

“It’s much more relevant to students on campus,” said Maddie Webb, who is an athletic training major.

During the open-house, the hosting students gave out free food from a cookbook they created. The cookbook is full of healthy recipes, and a free online edition can be found athttp://exphysblog.wordpress.com/.

“It gives them easy recipes and shows them food can still taste good, even if it’s healthy,” Webb said.

Many students are not familiar with weight lifting equipment in the weight room. And with the recent addition of many new weight sets, students are given all the more reason to be hesitant about using them. This is why students in charge ofFueling Fitness decided to demonstrate how to properly operate the equipment available to all of the Linfield community.

“It’s a shame to see people not work out because they don’t know how to,” Webb said.

During the event, the Fueling Fitness organizers led interested individuals throughout the workout facilities, teaching them how to correctly use the weight sets.Students also created videos demonstrating how to use weight room equipment. To check out these videos, visit:http://www.youtube.com/user/linfieldexsci.

“Just to be able to work out and have some confidence, instead of feeling out of place when they go work out,” physical education major Tyler Steele, said about what he hopes students will get out of the demonstrations.

The open-house also offered free body composition tests, blood pressure tests, a raffle and a competition to see who had the strongest grip.

Fuel Fitness started as a class project to educate the Linfield community about safe gym exercises and healthy nutrition.The students in the class hope to havefinished their project making a positiveimpact on all who visited their event.

Carrie Skuzeski

Senior reporter

 

Carrie Skuzeski can be reached atwww.linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

Panel discusses importance of science writing in the media

Scientists and science writersdiscussed the importance and challenges of writing about science with staff and students during a panel Nov. 13 in Riley 201.

The panel included science writersValerie Brown and Virginia Gewin, and scientists Anne Kruchten, associateprofessor of biology, and Janet Peterson, associate professor of health. Dr. Susan Sivek, assistant professor of mass communication, moderated the panel.

Sivek began the panel with stunning facts about science writing, including mentioning that about three quarters of scientists surveyed believed that a major problem for science was that news media did not distinguish what was a well-founded scientific finding in research.

“Another good reason for us to talk about this issue right now is that we just finished an election cycle,” Sivek said. “During which science was often politicized.”

Science writers and politiciansoften contact scientists, such as Kruchten, who researches cancer in her laboratory at Linfield, as a source for news stories.

“I’ve worked with political agencies, either lobbying agencies that were trying to come up with materials for government policy information or with legislatures themselves who try and get some information about how this science works,” Kruchten said.

Often times, scientists become accustomed to talking and working with other scientists, and a common language and set of standards is formed. Because of this, it is difficult at times for scientists to communicate to science writers in a way that most people would understand. Therefore science writersoccasionally need to take steps to write an accurate story that is understandable to everyone.

These steps include researching ahead of time online and identifying the best sources for a story.

“I do a lot of internet searches for appropriate sources and lots and lots of scientific databases,” Brown said.

Although science writers do become accustomed to the common language of scientists, they do their best to acquire the best quotes that explainthe science at a level that everyone can understand.

Gewin explained that she often asks scientists to explain it like they would to their grandma so she has words that mean something to somebody.

“You can have a deep conversation that’s jargon free,” Gewin said.

As a scientist, Peterson has a blog and does her own writing to discuss scientific topics that she’s an expert in. After doing a few interviews, Peterson began to feel that she could write stories and get her point across better than other science writers.

“I like to make my argument and provide the evidence I know,” Peterson said. “I like to provide a different angle.”

Kruchten asked the audience to pull out its smart phones or any technologyit had during the lecture to demonstrate the science that everyone carried at any given moment.

“Think of how much technology and science you have in your pocket,” Kruchten said. “It doesn’t matter what major you are or what you’re going into, you have to deal with science all the time.”

For science writers, Brown explained that the smartest thing to do is major in science as an undergraduate and gain a master in journalism with science writing type journalism.

This pathway helps people get into the science-writing world because everyone needs to be able to talk the talk to some extent, Brown explained.

“It’s a difficult conundrum,” Peterson said. “But we do need to educate the public.”

Samantha Sigler

News editor

 

Samantha Sigler can be reached atwww.linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com

Mathematics professor explains concept of Game Theory

Math and movie enthusiasts alike gathered to hear Jennifer Nordstrom, associate professor of mathematics, present her lecture “Battles of Wits and Matters of Trust: Game Theory in Popular Culture,” based off of the 2012 essay she wrote, Nov. 14 in Riley 201.

Nordstrom was introduced by Susan Hopp, dean of students, who said, “The entire math department has impressed me by how generous, interested and invested they are.”

She began by explaining the basic definition of game theory, a foreign concept to those in the audience. Nordstrom’s slide show stated that game theory was “a study of how people maximize their returns in situations where the outcomes are particularly determined by the choices of another player.”

An example of this, she showed, is in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride” when Vizzini and the Dread Pirate Roberts are competing for Buttercup. Vizzini must decide what glass was poisoned and which to drink from by contemplating what he knew about Roberts and what Roberts knew about Vizzini. Both characters cheated, however, which suggests that no one can have perfect knowledge.

Perfect knowledge is when each player knows the strategies and the playoff one another. This is demonstrated in Rock,Paper, Scissors, a game where both players know the rules and there’s no way to cheat.

A game theory dilemma, according to Nordstrom, is the prisoner’s dilemma, in which if player one betrays the other, he will receive a positive payoff and vice versa with player two. However, if they both betray one another, or both do not betray one another, they receive the same payoff.

This is shown in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight” when two ferry boats are given the option to blow the other ferry up in order to save the ferry they are on. However, if neitherdetonates the other, they will both blow up. This particular prisoner’s dilemma is unique as neither ferry can communicate,and they both expect the worst from one another.

The last strategy of game theory that Nordstrom explained was Chicken. A game where two cars are driving toward each other and the first to swerve is the loser, but if neither swerve they both crash, which is a predominantly unsatisfactory payoff.

Her example for this was from the 1955 classic film “Rebel Without a Cause.” Two characters drove their cars toward a cliff and the first to jump out was chicken.

“I wanted to introduce you guys to game theory,” Nordstrom said in the closing of her lecture. “So when you’re watching a movie you can recognize these strategies.”

 

Paige Jurgensen

Staff writer

 

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at www.linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com