Monthly Archives: November 2012

Lady ’Cats split games in final weekend

The Wildcats volleyball team played its final two games of the season Nov. 2 and 3. The ’Cats went one and one on the weekend against Whitman University and Whitworth University.

The Whitworth Pirates came to Ted Wilson Gymnasium on Nov. 3 to face off against the Wildcats in the final game of the 2012 season. The first set started off tight, putting each team at 16 points. The Pirates pulled away after two Wildcat errors, eventually taking the set 25-20.

The Pirates took the second set with more ease. After keeping close with the ’Cats at an 11-10 score, Whitworth capitalized on three Linfield errors, scoring six straight points to put the Pirates up 17-10. The Pirates won the second set 25-16.

The Wildcats wouldn’t let their season end without a fight. After the intermission, the ’Cats jumped out to a two-nothing lead, and would never give it up, only allowing Whitworth to tie the set once at 3-3. The Wildcats won the set 25-23.

The Wildcats kept up with the Pirates, forcing the game to go past the 25-point mark. But with the game tied 27-27, the Pirates finally pulled away. Whitworth took the next two points with kills, winning the final set 29-27, ending the game and the Wildcats’ season.

“We just gave up a lot of unnecessary points and didn’t play with the same fire that we had on Friday night,” sophomore setter Audrey Frazier said. “The last few points in the final set, we finally stepped up and made some big plays, but we had dug ourselves too deep of a hole to climb out of and win.”

The Wildcats had a poor performance at the net, being out-blocked seven to two with an attack percentage of .082.

Junior Kelsey Ludin led the ’Cats with 11 kills, Frazier had 35 assists and freshman Courtney Uyeda produced 35 digs.

This was the last game for lone senior Bethany Dickey. Dickey had four digs in her final appearance in a Wildcat jersey.

The Wildcats had a much different outcome on their game against the Whitman Missionaries on Nov. 2, sweeping the fourth-place team.

The first set was a nail-biter, going past the 25-point mark. With the set tied at 28-28, the Wildcats took over, taking the final two points on kills from sophomores Victoria Thompson and Kailana Ritte-Camara, winning the set 30-28.

The second set was close as well. Tied up at 24-24, the Whitman setter committed two bad sets in a row, giving the set to the Wildcats 26-24.

The Wildcats took the third set 25-22, sweeping the Missionaries.

The Wildcats were able to get past the Missionaries, while being out-blocked 11-2.

“Our defense stepped up a lot and our hitters were really aggressive at the net. We also were able to side out really quickly and not give up runs of points, which helped us to keep the momentum through all three games,” Frazier said.

Ritte-Camara led the ’Cats with 13 kills and 24 digs and Frazier added 37 assists.

“It felt so good to finally get a win,” sophomore Courtney Wanamaker said. “I think it built everyone’s confidence and ended our season on a positive note.”

The Wildcats finished their season with a nine and 14 record, going four and 12 in conference and finishing eighth overall.

Chris Haddeland

Culture editor

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Junior outside hitter Shayli Coppock jumps up to spike the ball during the game against Whitman, winning all three sets. Linfield lost the match against Whitworth on Nov. 3, ending the volleyball team’s season.

Sports Illustrated writer discusses narratives

Chris Ballard, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and author of four books, visited Linfield’s Nicholson Library on Oct. 10 to give a lecture about his book “One Shot At Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach and a Magical Baseball Season” and discuss his writing career.

To begin the lecture, Ballard discussed the difference between writing a piece for a magazine and writing a book.

“Writing a magazine, you have a one-month love affair,” Ballard said.  “With my book, it took two years of research.”

Ballard’s book, “One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach and a Magical Baseball Season,” tells the story of the 1971 Macon Ironmen Baseball team.

Macon is a small rural town in Illinois. The book depicts the lives of the coach, the players and the community during their run to the state championship game.

The book dives into the lives of the coach, Lynn Swan, the players and the way the season affected and still affects the community today.

“I learned a lot about the sports writing analysis field,” sophomore Joe Stevick said.

Ballard’s book has received great reviews and was called “a beautiful and unforgettable book,” by Buzz Bissinger, author of “Friday Night Lights.”

As the lecture drew on, one could tell that the season had an enormous effect because of placement of the town and the characters that lived there.

“To see the power [of sports] in small towns is something we really forget today,” Ballard said.

Ballard, who has primarily covered baseball and basketball, while working for Sports Illustrated, has spent time writing about big-name athletes like Barry Bonds and Lebron James. Although these are superb athletes, Ballard believes the best stories come from the lesser-known athletes.

“Better stories in sports are at the fringes, where it matters, where people actually care about it,” Ballard said.

Ballard’s book brings this idea to light through a story that only the people of this little farm community remember.

“He gave a great summary about his book and expressed a lot of insightful things about writing non-fictional sports stories,” Stevick said.

Chris Ballard has written for Sports Illustrated for the last 12 years.

Ballard also has work published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Men’s’ Health.

Nicholson Library and the Political Science department sponsored the lecture.



Chris Haddeland/ Culture editor


Joel Ray/ Senior photographer

Chris Ballard, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, discusses narratives, his own writing career and how small, local sports teams affect their communities during a lecture about his book Oct. 10.


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Basketball player makes new start after injury

It is every athlete’s worst nightmare to hear a pop while competing.

Sophomore Taylor Solomon has come a long way since injuring her ACL and meniscus during a game halfway into her senior season of high school in Kirkland, Wash. After a year and a half of rest, Solomon joins her teammates on the basketball court as the Wildcats begin their 2012-13 season.

On Jan. 11, 2011, during an away game against Mercer Island High School, Solomon went up for a rebound against a Tropical Warrior opponent and the next thing she knew she heard a pop.

“I knew it wasn’t good,” Solomon said. “I got up really fast and tried to shake it off and keep playing. My knee was too unstable to even walk. They brought me to the side, gave me ice and encouraged me to sit out for the rest of the game. I was worried about sitting out that game, but it turns out I had to sit out the rest of the season.”

After receiving multiple x-rays and MRI’s, it was determined that her meniscus and ACL were torn. The news was heartbreaking for Solomon, who had dedicated so much time and effort to basketball.

“The next few months were the toughest times I’ve ever had,” Solomon said. “I was upset all the time and just listened to music. I didn’t really talk to many people either. My surgery was around finals, so I didn’t really study for finals. It was definitely a rough period.”

Luckily, Solomon had encouraging parents, teammates and friends around her to keep her optimistic about bouncing back from her injuries and the future of her basketball career.

One especially big factor during this time was college. After catching word of Solomon’s injury, Whitman College’s head women’s basketball coach dropped her from consideration. Prior to her injury, Whitman was her number one school. However, Linfield’s coach, Robin Potera-Haskins, stuck around.

“Coach was very encouraging,” Solomon said. “She told me I would be back in no time, and I believed her, considering how many injuries she told me she had dealt with. She always made me happier and gave me reassurance that I would be able to play.”

In the fall of 2011 after months of physical therapy, Solomon, along with the returning team and incoming freshman players, participated in a basketball activity class every evening. Rather than competing like the other players as she had planned, Solomon was unable to run up and down the court and was forced to stand on the sidelines and work on her jump-shot.

Eventually, a few weeks into the season and six months after her surgery, her surgeon cleared her to play over the phone. Her knee began to bother her. She knew it was not worth risking another injury, so she decided to sit out and rest for another year.

This was a difficult time for Solomon yet again. She always imagined herself playing basketball her freshman year of college. Coach stayed positive and reminded Solomon that she would recover from this injury.

“I’m really lucky to have Coach,” Solomon said. “Ever since I have been here, she has been excited for me to eventually come back. She has been supportive and present through everything. I am sure a lot of college coaches would have moved on to the next person, and I am appreciative that she hasn’t.”

Solomon’s love for basketball prevailed over the injuries she was faced with.

During the summer after her freshman year, she got a membership at a gym near her house and made a point to go everyday. She shot for at least an hour everyday, lifted weights and trained with a male basketball player from her high school. She started running more and even pushed herself to do suicides on her own.

“Taylor is very dedicated to basketball,” sophomore Kelly Watanabe said. “I applaud her for her hard work and effort, and I know that it wasn’t easy for her to come back off of this injury. She has really pulled through and done a good job at putting her best effort into getting back into the game.”

Watanabe now cheers Solomon on from the bleachers, as she has joined her teammates in the handful of scrimmages the team has competed in.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Solomon said. “I believe that even after this injury, since I have come back, I know that even through hard times you can get back into things if you put your mind to it. It is important to have perseverance because anyone could have given up after an injury like that.”

Solomon now looks forward to what the future and season has in store for her as she begins her first season of play with freshman eligibility.

“I am excited for the season,” she said. “First, because it is my first year playing college basketball, and second, because I’ve been dying to play in a game since my injury. I am excited for this year and this season because we have a lot of girls and are very talented. The ultimate goal is to put a banner in the gym.”

After watching her high school team lose every game except one after becoming injured, Solomon looks forward to hopefully being a part of a winning season.


Sarah Mason

Staff writer

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Kate Straube/Photo editor


Sophomore Taylor Solomon plays on the women’s basketball team. Solomon spent last season red-shirting after tearing her ACL and meniscus
during her senior year in high school. She is now starting out the season with her team and has been showing promise on the court during preseason scrimmages. She will soon play her first official game Nov. 17 at Occidental College.

Balancing life as a mother, student, athlete

Junior Sienna Noe is one of the top runners for the Linfield cross country team. Noe now has a 7-month-old son named Blaise. She continually has to manage her schedule to take care of her child, practice and complete her classes for her communication arts major and Spanish minor. Joel Ray/Senior Photographer

Junior Sienna Noe is one of the top runners for the Linfield cross country team. Noe now has a 7-month-old son named Blaise. She continually has to manage her schedule to take care of her child, practice and complete her classes for her communication arts major and Spanish minor.
Joel Ray/Senior Photographer

“The power of a small college.” It’s a catchy slogan Linfield students and faculty come across on a daily basis. Since returning to Linfield after having a baby during her sophomore year, junior cross country star Siena Noe has fully experienced the power of Linfield’s small community.

Staff, community members, students and teammates have offered comfort and support for the 20-year-old single mother of 7-month-old Blaise.

After finding out before sophomore year that she was pregnant, she will admit she was devastated. Her parents thought the pregnancy would result in many missed opportunities for their oldest daughter. However, life for Noe has been far from that with help from Linfield.

After realizing that little Blaise’s father had no intention of being a part of her son’s life, Noe realized there was no reason for her to stay at her parent’s home in Yakima, Wash., and decided it was time to venture back to Linfield.

“Things were not good at home with the dad,” Noe said. “I’m a single mom. I thought the dad would be around and that me staying home would be best for Blaise. When it started looking like he wasn’t going to show interest, I knew I had nothing to keep me home at that point. And that’s when I started emailing Linfield.”

Noe never expected to be back at school after what she had gone through. She knew it was going to be difficult getting back on track, but she knew it was the best thing for her and her son.

“I didn’t think it was realistic,” Noe said. “Linfield has been really great about me trying to come back here and everything with my baby. I emailed some people trying to see if my academic scholarship was still applicable if I came back, which it was.”

Noe also never foresaw that a former boss would eventually be renting out of her home to her. Eileen Allen provided Noe with the opportunity to rent a bedroom from her home and occasionally look after Blaise when needed.

“I got really lucky when my work-study boss from freshman year, Eileen Allen, found out I was trying to come back [to Linfield],” Noe said. “I needed a place to stay where Blaise could come with me, and she offered me a place for really cheap. If she hadn’t offered me a place to stay, that would have been the deal-breaker.”

Allen watches Blaise when Noe has 6:40 a.m. cross country workouts and when Blaise’s nanny is not available.

“I managed to find a nanny who was trying to open her own in-home daycare,” Noe said. “I was her first customer, so I got priority and Blaise gets to hog her schedule.

“She covers me during all my classes on Monday through Thursday,” Noe said. “It’s super nice because she lives right across from Linfield, so I can dart over there whenever I need to breast-feed. She’s really great and Blaise loves her.”

Between Allen and the nanny, there are still times when Noe needs a babysitter in order to make it to practice and meets and finish homework for her communication arts major and Spanish minor. She is lucky enough to have constant offers to watch Blaise free of charge.

“I have some of my friends from the team who watch him on Fridays,” Noe said. “Everyone here, especially my team, has been really supportive. There is no way I would have been able to pull all this off without their help.

“Everyone has bent over backward to make sure that I’m getting to all my classes and getting enough sleep,” Noe said. “I have people randomly offering to take Blaise free of charge, just so I can take a nap.”

If it weren’t for the generous Linfield community, Noe would not be able to run for the Wildcats like she had trained for all summer.

“Getting back into shape wasn’t fun,” Noe said. “But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be because I had been itching to go running. Being pregnant, it was really difficult to be told that I couldn’t go running because it would hurt someone else besides me. My doctor told me to wait six weeks after giving birth, but I was back to running by day nine. I was a little stir-crazy.”

She ran until she was six months pregnant, to which she attributes her ease in bouncing back. Noe continued to train all summer long, but is still shocked at how well the season is going for her personally.

“I managed to run first for Linfield two weeks ago,” Noe said. “I have been battling for second and third most of the season. I don’t feel like I am in the shape I am supposed to be in. But I feel like I am keeping up with the girls who have been training more than I did. It makes me pretty optimistic for next season.”

Noe has used the negative energy from her hometown and doubts from many people about her ability to attend college and run cross country with Blaise by her side to fuel her competitive drive.

“I like that it’s just you out there,” Noe said. “When you race, if you have a bad day or a good day, it’s because of you. It’s been all about taking my principles and turning it into my driving force. I kind of knew what my principles were, but they were tested. I have had to solidify my values, which has made it easier to compete and steer my course.”

Noe is grateful for her support system here at Linfield. The Linfield community has truly made it possible for her to be back this fall.

“Being a student athlete and single mom has been no walk in the park,” Noe said. “Being on campus with a ton of kids my own age makes it feel like all of campus is raising Blaise, which is really awesome.”

A lot has changed since sophomore year for Noe, and she is making the most out of her time at Linfield.

“I really have a driving force to finish school and apply myself because I have someone else to take care of. It’s not just me,” Noe said.

Sarah Mason

Staff writer

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Joel Ray/Senior photographer



Students discuss traditional medicine, medicinal plants

Two Linfield students traveled to Trujillo, Peru, to conduct a local survey about the use of traditional medicine and medicinal plants. Seniors Anna Sours and Susana Fajardo presented their findings to students and professors Nov. 5 in Jonasson Hall.

The two wanted to find out what herbs and plants locals in Peru used and what they used them for. They found that the use of medicinal plants stretches back thousands of years, and the belief in these traditional practices and diseases still exist today.

Fajardo and Sours discovered that the use of medicinal plants was not exclusive among Peruvians. Along with traditional medicines, people frequently used Western medicines and pharmaceuticals to combat illness.

The two worked with Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT), which has programs in countries, such as Peru, Mexico, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, Sours said.

They also worked with students from the State University of New York at Buffalo, who worked in labs doing research on medicinal plants and their properties in the National University of Trujillo and UPAO, another private university in Trujillo.

To conduct the study, Sours and Fajardo went to a health clinic where doctors prescribed medicinal plants to patients. They asked patients waiting in the clinic to participate in their survey. Patients were asked which herbs they used for self-medication and what for.

Sours and Fajardo also asked how the knowledge of medicinal traditions was transferred between generations and if patients preferred medicinal plants or pharmaceuticals for their health needs.

Although some were suspicious and nervous at first, many of the participants were patient and eager to help. Nearly everyone knew about herbs and remedies and gave multiple examples.

Fajardo and Sours wanted to capture emotions and experiences in an authentic way, which was sometimes difficult because all of the interviews were conducted in Spanish. The two had to get used to the different culture and had to be wary of sensitive topics.

“The hardest thing for me was probably having so much freedom with our research design. We got a lot of independence to shape the study in the way we wanted to do it, which was a really exciting opportunity and very applicable to the real world,” Sours said. “We had to narrow down our topics and research areas, which can be really difficult when there are so many directions to take.”

Herbs and medicinal plants are easily accessible and affordable at markets in Peru.

Fajardo and Sours found that identifying plants’ identities can be difficult, and it could present a problem to the person buying the plants. Some participants expressed worry that vendors might try to sell the wrong thing.

“Personally, I am quite open to the use of medicinal plants. So many pharmaceuticals are based on plants and are meant to have some of the same effects, so I think it is a great alternative to use the plants themselves,” Sours said. “It’s more natural and a cheaper option for many people, especially in countries like Peru.”

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Photo courtesy of Anna Sours

Seniors Anna Sours and Susana Fajardo stand with the entire group of researchers, as well as friends from their hostel and Dr. Douglas Sharon. On Nov. 5, the two discussed their visit to Trujillo, Peru and what they learned about the use of traditional medicine and medicinal plants in Peru.