Daily Archives: November 19, 2012
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.
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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.”
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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.”
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“The homeless are no different than the rest of us,” said Howie Harkema, operations manager of St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen. “Something emotional has happened in their background, they need respect and dignity.”
Linfield’s annual Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week sought to inspire respect for the homeless, as well as to educate the Linfield community about hunger and homelessness in Yamhill County ─ a prevalent issue, as Oregon is ranked number one in homelessness and number three in hunger out of all 50 states.
The week, which was organized by Linfield’s student leadership team Change Corps, ran from Nov. 12 through Nov. 15.
“In Mac there are less than 180 beds total for a homeless count of 815,” Harkema said, “There’s a gap here, we need to fill in the gaps of what is missing in our community.”
Harkema was one of three panel members for the awareness week’s Nov. 13 event: a panel discussion regarding hunger and homelessness, focusing on Yamhill County.
Joining him in the discussion were panel members Lindsay Combs, client services manager for YCAP, and CherylBlevins, operation manager of Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission.
Despite the overwhelming demand for better poverty outreach services, there are significant opportunities for growth.
“We really have a lot of strengths in this community, especially McMinnville,” Harkema said.
Linfield has proven to be one of those strengths.
“This year, a big change I have seen in our Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week is that we have a larger quantity of food donations,” said sophomore Vesta Namiranian, Linfield’s poverty service coordinator.
The Food Drive Dorm Storm on Nov. 14 encouraged students to go dorm to dormwith friends to collect food donations that will go to YCAP barrels placed around campus. The event also urged friendly competition between student groups.
“Since we are having the food drive competition, the support from Linfield’s student groups has helped make our food drive a greater success,” Namiranian said, “Thanks to the help from FUSION, Black Student Union, Native American Alliance and Pre-Nursing club, we have made the week a more interactive week that gets more students on campus involved.”
The Hunger and Homeless AwarenessWeek’s other events also saw an increase in student involvement.Students were invited to kick-off the awareness week with a hunger banquet, an immersive experience to help attendees better understand what it means to live in hunger Nov. 12.
This year, Peace Corps started a new event, the Tie-Blanket Project and Reflection. Students were invited to reflect on the week and make blankets that would be donated to emergency shelters in McMinnville.
“We were inspired to start this after someone was found frozen to death on the street,” Namiranian said. The project and reflection took place Nov. 15, ending the Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.
The event-filled week may have come to an end, but hunger and homelessness continues just outside our campus.
“About 469 families with a combined total of 815 persons were homeless in Yamhill County in 2012,” Harkema said.
Within that count, 313 children and school-age youth were found to be homeless in Yamhill County. And that’s just a snap shot, Combs said. The homeless count does not include a large portion of the population who do not wish to reveal themselves.
Homelessness comes in many different forms, said the panel.
“Homelessness isn’t really the shopping cart guy,” Blevins said.
According to Yamhill County’s 10-Year Ending Homelessness Plan, many experience homelessness because they suffer from mental illnesses or alcohol and drug problems. The homeless population also includes individuals emancipated from foster care, victims of domestic violence and even those who live from month to month. Many may fall into homelessness after just one medical emergency, job loss, eviction or other traumatic event.
“In Mac, most of the homeless are folks who experience unemployment,” Harkema said, “Many are just one pay check away from it.”
All three panel board members are involved in the Yamhill County 10-Year plan to end homelessness, which was created in 2008 and adopted in June of 2009.
“I think that each of us has a responsibility, not only to get involved but to start conversation,” Combs said.
The panel encouraged Linfield students to fulfil their responsibilities as members of the community.
“There are always volunteer opportunities,” Blevins said. “It’s a rewarding experience.”
Students who are looking to get involved can contact the Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission to volunteer or give donations.
YCAP also has volunteer and employment opportunities and always accepts donations.
Students can apply to prepare and serve hot meals at St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen, a ministry of St. BarnabasEpiscopal Church located at 822 S.W. Second Street in McMinnville.
“Whatever your passion, you can fit it into to community engagement experiences. You can take that with you. It’s like a ripple effect,” Blevins said. “Start off little, and before you know it, you’re making a difference.”
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At the beginning of the 2012-13 season, many questions surrounded the Linfield football program’s defensive unit. After its performance in the Wildcats’ 45-10 win against Willamette University, it appears those questions can be fully put to rest. The defense throttled its chief Northwest Conference rivals in soaking conditions at Maxwell Field, holding the Bearcats to only 108 total yards, while picking up two interceptions and amassing seven sacks for 53 lost yards, three by junior defensive end Brynnan Hyland.
“Our initial plan was to stop the running game,” junior cornerback Ian Zarosinski said. “The [defensive] line and the linebackers really dominated in the trenches.”
The first half of play was a struggle, as both teams’ offenses repeatedly stalled in the pouring rain. Linfield struck first on junior quarterback Josh Yoder’s one-yard scamper into the end zone. Senior kicker Josh Kay pulled a field goal attempt from 46 yards wide right and senior punter Josh Repp had a kick blocked, giving the Bearcats a short field at the Linfield 15-yard line. Willamette capitalized on a 14-yard run by quarterback Josh Dean that knotted the score at 7-7. The Bearcats briefly took the lead on a 28-yard field goal, but Kay responded by converting a 35-yard attempt of his own to bring the score to 10-10. After one half of football, the ’Cats had limited Willamette to a mere 50 total yards of offense but had only mustered 132 of their own.
“The weather was definitely a factor,” freshman running back Jonathan Shaffer said. “I give credit to the Bearcats’ defense, they came to play and they did.”
A five-minute stretch in the third quarter broke the game open for Linfield.
Senior quarterback Mickey Inns found junior
receiver Deidre Wiersma for a five-yard scoring strike just before junior safety Colin Forman blocked a Bearcat punt and chased the ball 38 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
Junior middle linebacker Kyle Wright then snatched a Dean pass out of the air, setting up a 38-yard missile from Inns to sophomore receiver Charlie Poppen that ballooned the Wildcats’ lead to 31-10.
“Our defense and special teams is what sparked us in that third quarter,” Shaffer said. “Forman’s blocked punt really got us going.”
The game was put away in the fourth on another Inns-to-Poppen touchdown, this one from three yards.
With the game safely out of reach at 38-10, the reserve ’Cats saw game action and was able to capitalize. Shortly after another Dean pass was intercepted by junior linebacker Dominique Forrest, Yoder led a drive downfield that was capped by junior running back Mikkel Smythe’s one-yard plunge.
The Linfield defense continued to be unbreakable, preserving the final margin at 45-10, while limiting Willamette to just four of 29 third-down conversions throughout the game.
“Being a freshman, I didn’t realize how important this game was until Thursday or Friday,” Shaffer said. “To take it to them was a good feeling.”
Linfield, sitting atop the NWC at 7-0 (4-0 NWC) with just two games remaining, is in prime position for a fourth consecutive conference title and playoff berth.
Only the University of Puget Sound and Pacific University remain, teams occupying the NWC cellar with a combined record of 3-11.
Linfield travels north to take on Puget Sound on the road Nov. 3 before returning home Nov. 10 to face Pacific in the Hall of Fame game.
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Freshman running back John Shaffer attempts to rush the football past an opponent during the game against Willamette on Oct. 27, beating the Bearcats 45-10. Shaffer rushed 23 times throughout the game with 59 yards gained.