Daily Archives: March 27, 2013

Men’s golf takes top spot, women’s team sinks

The Wildcat golf teams got off to their second tournament of the year, participating in the Pacific Spring Invitational at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club’s South Course on March 9 and 10.

The men’s team, coming off a rough final round at Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate, posted the third lowest round March 9, the first day of competition at the Pacific Spring Invitational.

The team was led by junior A.J. Taylor, who shot a 75, and was placed in fifth overall with one day left.

“Our team is solid and performing well,” Taylor said. “There is good competition, however, which means we need to perform and show up to each and every tournament if we want to win.”

The Wildcats took control of the invitational on March 10.

Led by sophomore Taylor Klopp’s 73, the Wildcats won the tournament with an overall score of 612.

Klopp shot the lowest two rounds for the team, placing third overall in the tournament with a 150.

Sophomore Taylor Pirnke finished in 10th with a 154.

Freshman Adam Ruben shot the third lowest score for the ’Cats with a 155, finishing in 11th.

Sophomore Ryan Nolan and Taylor both shot 158, leaving them tied for 17th.

The Wildcats fielded a second team, finishing fifth in the tournament with a score of 640. This group of five finished ahead of conference foes Willamette University, Pacific University and Lewis and Clark University.

The women’s team had a different experience at the Pacific Spring Invitational.

After taking the top two individual places at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on March 3, the Wildcats fared differently.

The ’Cats placed seventh at the seven-team Pacific Spring Invitational, shooting an 816.

Junior Alexandria Smith was a standout for the Wildcats, as she placed seventh overall, shooting an 167 on the weekend, the top finish by any athlete not from George Fox.

Senior Brinn Hovde was right behind Smith, shooting a 168, tying for eighth.

The women’s next tournament is the George Fox Spring Preview on March 24 at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course. The men hit the greens March 25 at the West Cup at Goose Creek Golf Club.

Chris Haddeland/Senior reporter

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Women’s tennis snatches two more wins

The women’s tennis team won two matches against George Fox on March 19 with a score of 6-3, and against California Lutheran on March 23 with a score of 6-3 again.

However, it was no match against Lewis and Clark, losing 7-2 March 22.

“This season has been tough for us, as we have been playing some talented teams,” freshman Emily Erbin said in an email. “We have been struggling with our line up and trying to figure out the best double teams and single line up.”

During the latest tennis match against California Lutheran, junior Caroline Brigham and freshman Kwynn Ecton won with 8-4 in their doubles match, and sophomores Kaila Nip and Kelly Watanabe won 8-2.

All of the six singles flights were in straight sets, with Linfield winning four of those matches.

Nip won 6-2 and 6-1 at number three singles, and Ecton won 6-1 and 6-1 in the fourth flight.

Sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt finalized the match for the Wildcats with a win of 6-0 and 6-1.

“For my next match, I know I need to play my game and play smart tennis,” Erbin said. “This has been a year of learning filled with hard work and determination.”

The Wildcats next play at home, hosting Lewis and Clark on April 5.

Samantha Sigler/News editor

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Chaplain’s Team hosts traditional Celtic service in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day

Chrissy Shane/Features editor
Local musicians gather to play traditional Celtic worship songs on a variety of instruments in honor of St. Patrick's Day on March 18.
Chrissy Shane/Features editor Local musicians gather to play traditional Celtic worship songs on a variety of instruments in honor of St. Patrick's Day on March 18.

Chrissy Shane/Features editor
Local musicians gather to play traditional Celtic worship songs on a variety of instruments in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on March 18.

Students and members of the community gathered for the annual, traditional Celtic worship in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 19 in the Pioneer Reading Room.“The Celtic tradition is a rich, expressive form of the Christian religion,” Chaplain Dave Massey said.Massey and members of the Chaplain’s Team organized the candlelight service and invited musicians from around the community to perform traditional hymns and reels.

“We’re delighted to be here and celebrate Saint Patrick and the Celtic Christian tradition,” said Ted Yuen, pastor of the McMinnville Covenant Church.

Yuen, who arranged the service’s music program, performed the mandolin and fiddle, as well as vocals.

“This is probably our fourth or fifth year doing this here,” Yuen said.

Howie Harkema, operations Manager of St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen in McMinnville, accompanied Yuen on the guitar.

Community members Melanie Jansen on bass, Angela Jansen on vocals and fiddle, Bill Nippoldt on guitar and a handmade Irish drum, and Jeff Elliott on vocals, completed the group of performers.

“Before corned beef and cabbage and great beer, there was Saint Patrick and he was given a lot of credit for bringing the gospel to Ireland,” Yuen said.

Song sheets were provided to audience members that featured participatory prayers that were read between song performances.

Several students of the Chaplain’s Team read lectionary readings for St. Patrick’s Day, followed by a moment of silent meditation that was concluded by instrumental reflection.

The participants were invited to prayer around the cross as the musicians played Caim Dé.

The musicians continued to play traditional Irish songs after the service concluded.

“I was invited, and I came because I thought it would be a really wonderful experience,” freshman Jenny Gorman said. “I really liked that we had the lyrics.”

For more information about services and the Chaplain’s Team, contact Massey at dmassey@linfield.edu.

Chrissy Shane/Features editor

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Lacrosse takes on two more losses

Two losses during out-of-region games March 18 and 19 solidify a slow season for Linfield’s lacrosse team.

Linfield played Allegheny College from Meadville, Pa., and lost 21-3 to the team with a 5-1 record for the season March 18. Allegheny started strong with four goals within the first four minutes and continued strong throughout the game.

After Linfield’s initial goal, scored by sophomore Shelby Duarte, for 30 minutes the Allegheny Gators held off all attempted goals by the Wildcats. Toward the end of the game, Duarte made one more goal, along with a goal from senior Brittani Drost, giving Linfield its three goals of the game.

Temporary goalkeeper sophomore Kaleigh Phillips, who is still filling in for injured freshman Erika Phillipo, saved six attempted goals, making the total attempted goals by the Gators 27.

In the last home game of the season March 19, lacrosse hosted North Central College of Naperville, Ill., which resulted in the Wildcats’ loss by a 17-3 margin.

All three goals came from Drost, who was assisted twice by sophomore Halee Helgerson.

Central scored within the first minute of play, but it was more than 20 minutes later that the next goal was scored by Drost.

The game picked up for the Central Cardinals, with a score of 11-2 for the first half.

Next up, the Wildcats travel to Southern California where they will play Chapman University on March 25. Then, the ‘Cats will take on Whittier College on March 27.

Olivia Marovich/Staff writer

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Student shares study abroad experience in Mexico

“I know everyone says this about their abroad experience, but it honestly was the most incredible, eye-opening experience I’ve had in my life,” senior Emmylu Elliott said about her time spent in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Elliott described the way her abroad experience impacted her during a presentation, “Highlights of Oaxaca,” on March 21 in Jonasson Hall.

Elliott was required to study abroad for a semester in a Spanish-speaking country to fulfill a minor in Spanish. However, her experience meant more than learning a language.

“We take advantage of language here,” Elliott said. “When you get to a place where they speak another language, you make connections only because of speaking that language.”

She said that learning the language gave her deeper interactions with the people of Oaxaca. Her time spent in Oaxaca also allowed her to realize how diverse Mexican culture is.

“I think a lot of people get a false impression of what Mexico is like,” Elliott said.

Elliott and the other students traveled to many cities and historical sights. The trips were incorporated into their classes and helped them gain a better understanding of what they were learning.

“Not only were you learning about the Mexican culture, you were able to actually experience it,” Elliott said. “Not something you get to do every day, obviously.”

These trips took them to pre-Columbian archeological sites, such as Monte Albán, which was founded in 500 B.C. and is one of the oldest cities in Mesoamerica.

Tlahuitoltepec was Elliott’s favorite city that she visited while traveling for her classes. It is a small indigenous city that follows a traditional political system, where men customarily handle government issues.

To Elliott and the other students’ surprise, however, Tlahuitoltepec had a female president. They got to meet her and learn about her life and the city.

They also visited the classrooms of local children. They played games with the children and learned from the teachers why preserving native languages is so important.

Living with a host family taught Elliott many things about Mexican culture. It allowed her to understand what life is like in Oaxaca and gave her an opportunity to use the language to build relationships.

“Using [Spanish] to form a personal relationship was something that was really meaningful to me,” Elliott said.

Before going abroad, Elliott was nervous to step out of her comfort zone.

“I can’t stress nearly enough how glad I am that I pushed myself to do that,” Elliott said. “I wouldn’t be the same person today if I hadn’t. If I was able to overcome this initial fear, I honestly think anyone can.”

She urges any students studying abroad to fulfill a Spanish minor to equally consider the options of countries they can go to.

“It might end up being that Costa Rica is the right program for them, but they should know just how amazing the Oaxaca program is before they rule it out as an option,” Elliott said.

Elliott plans to live and teach in Spain next year.

“After going abroad, I feel like I can’t sit still here. I want to travel as much as I can and find another experience that is exciting and new, just like Oaxaca was.”

She said there is no better time to study abroad than while in college, especially at Linfield, where it is strongly encouraged.

“I feel like I changed both academically and personally from this experience,” Elliott said. “I encourage everyone to study abroad and fall in love with another culture like I did with Mexico.”

Carrie Skuzeski/Culture editor

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