Daily Archives: November 5, 2013

The Observatory

The second-oldest building on campus

withstands the challenges of time

Built in 1882, Pioneer Hall has led a continued reign as the oldest building on campus. But the second-oldest building has faced the threat of demolition a few times and has also been moved to different locations around campus.

The Observatory, built in 1883-1844, now stands near Withnell Commons. The Observatory has a long history along with different reincarnations, from an actual observatory to a convenience store to a place for student bands to practice.

“The money for the construction [of the Observatory] came from A.W. Kinney who was an early member of the Board of Trustees and helped raise money for Pioneer Hall also,” said Rich Schmidt, director of resource sharing. “The original cost was $2,500.”

For the first years of its life, the Observatory served its original astronomical purpose. Its initial location was in what is now called the Quad where a majority of the academic buildings are. The move to its current home on the off side of campus occurred after a student protest saved it from demolition in the early 1960s.

“Its location has moved several times,” said Allison Horn, director of auxiliary services. “Legend has it that one of the moves involved the entire football team to move it from one place to the other.”

A thesis essay by Katherine Pitman-Huit, a 1988 alumna, said that the Observatory was pulled by hand and placed observatoryon top of a trucking platform, under this were rolling logs that transported the building.

If the Observatory had been demolished, the telescope would have been integrated into Graf Hall.

Though the protests kept the Observatory from being demolished, the telescope was still put into storage.

“It remained a working observatory until 2001, when it underwent a renovation and the telescope was removed,” Horn said. “It has served a number of purposes over the years, from a convenience store to its current use as a music practice place for students.”

The telescope was removed because of light pollution from McMinnville and other cities. The brightness made the stars difficult to see, but any attempts to demolish it have failed.

“The students protested—mainly through The [Linfield] Review—feeling that it should be preserved for its historical value, since it was the second-oldest building on campus and both a popular spot for students and a unique thing for a small Baptist college in McMinnville to have,” Schmidt said.

In its current reincarnation, the Observatory serves as a place for student bands to practice.

“The key for [the Observatory] can be checked out from the library circulation desk after a bit of paperwork. It has allowed student bands a place to practice and not disturb their neighbors on campus.  The college had a need for all of the student bands on campus to have a place that they could practice about five years ago and the Observatory was identified as that space. A good deal of amazing music has been the direct results of that space for students,” said Dan Fergueson, director of college activities.

There aren’t too many plans for the Observatory in the future, but it seems to be doing well as it is. Fergueson has heard a few things about it becoming home for the Sustainability Office but nothing is concrete with the Observatory.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

The Observatory stands beside the Withnell Commons. It reached its current location in 1964.

Rosa Johnson/Copy editor


International, exchange students adjust to Linfield

Vince van’t Hoff

Freshman Vince van’t Hoff has traveled to many different countries with his parents. Van’t  Hoff was accepted into the Fulbright program, and they gave him a list of 13 universities they saw him fitting in well with in America.

“I applied for five universities,” van’t Hoff said, “and I got accepted into all.”

He finally decided on Linfield because he had visited the area before and remembered how beautiful it was.

This is van’t Hoff’s first year in college and he still isn’t sure what he wants to study. Although he has a few classes he has found interesting.

“I like psych and communications,” van’t Hoff said, “not like mass communication but how people behave and how they communicate.”

Culturally, van’t Hoff has noticed a difference in how friends communicate here  compared to Holland.

“[Americans] don’t say everything,” van’t Hoff said. “In Holland, my friends said everything that came into their minds, all the stupid things. Here, they’re more careful in what they say.”

Van’t Hoff only has a visa that will allow him to stay in the United States for a year, but he is planning to apply to scholarships in order to be able to study at Linfield next year.

Nohheon Park

Sophomore Nohheon Park studied at a university in the middle of Seoul, South  Korea. He decided to study at Linfield for two semesters because he wanted to experience somewhere different from his university back at home.

“I also wanted to experience small classes,” said Park, who is a business major. “The biggest class that I am taking has 14 students. The major classes in Korea have at least 70.”

Park is happy that the professors here at Linfield know his name, because in his university in Korea, professors teach about three classes a day, each with 70 or more students.

“I also wanted it to be a private school not a public school,” Park said about his decision to attend Linfield.

A senior at his university had also studied abroad at Linfield and recommended it to Park.

“He said that Linfield was good,” Park said, “that it was a small college, and the people were kind.”

After this year, Park will return to South Korea and finish his schooling. Credits can be easy to transfer, but if there are no classes in South Korea that matches his classes at Linfield, Park will have to look at the syllabi and curriculums of two classes to persuade the university to give him credit.

Stian Melheim

For senior  Stian Melheim, also known as Steve, this is his last year in college. He came to study abroad at Linfield from Norway.

“I chose the U.S. because people here are open-minded and interested in each other,” Melheim said. “In my home, people aren’t nearly as social.”

Melheim also explained that he did not face much of a cultural shock, having learned about the United States of America’s culture through movies and TV shows in Norway.

The hardest task Melheim had to confront quickly became all the homework he has received from classes here.

“In college in Norway, you don’t do homework. Most of the courses just have finals,” Melheim said. “I hadn’t done homework since 2006. You sort of have to do it in a specific way. Mostly, it’s the whole time management thing. It might be easier for someone who is a first year in college.”

This summer, when Melheim graduates he plans to move back to Norway. Melheim is still unsure of what he will do after school.

“I will probably try to find a job,” Melheim said. “I might go for a masters later, but I want to get an income first.”

Xiaochun “Amanda” Ma

Linfield isn’t the first place that freshman Xiochuan “Amanda” Ma has studied abroad.

She attended a public school in Minnesota and a Catholic private school Wisconsin her junior and senior year respectively. Ma was born in China and lived in the city of Jinan before studying abroad.

She chose Linfield College during her senior year in Wisconsin because she’d heard about it from a family friend.  The financial aid here at Linfield also made it an easy choice.

“I was just like why not,” Ma said about her decision to attend Linfield, “since I was already familiar with the educational system here.”

Ma enjoys the liberal atmosphere that the Northwest has to offer. At her Catholic private school in Wisconsin, she attended mass with the rest of the class. At Linfield, there are no religious obligations.

Ma spends every summer by returning to China with her family.

With the experience from her time abroad it made her used to living in the United States.

“It’s hard to go back to China,” Ma said.

Ma finds time zones in the United States interesting because China has one time zone based on its capital city, Beijing.

“I have a friend in Florida,” Ma said, “and even in the same country it is two hours of time difference.”

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Wildcats slash Bearcats, 56-15

The Linfield Wildcats bring home the win again, defeating the Willamette University Bearcats 56-15 and improving their record to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in conference.


Tim Edmonds (25) goes in to tackle Willamette University’s Derek Traeger (8). This was Edmonds’s one solo tackle of the game that eventually led to the turnover of the ball two plays later.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

This win tied Linfield with the University of Mount Union for first in the country in Division III. Linfield’s record of 7-0 ties Mount Union in the standings, and the Wildcats 56 point game on Nov. 2 also tied them with Mount Union for total points this season.

Coach Joseph Smith mentioned that he will be “spreading the ball around to a few different backs” during the game against Willamette. Linfield had a total of eight different rusher is the game, five of which carried the ball multiple times.

Senior quarterback Josh Yoder had a spectacular game against the Bearcats, exploding for six total scores in the game. He carried the ball 26 times for 175 yards and four touchdowns, as well as adding 13 pass completions for 171 yards and two more scores.


Senior wide receiver Charlie Poppen (6) catches a pass from senior quarterback Josh Yoder (15) to score a touchdown in the second
quarter of the Nov. 2 game against Willamette.
Helen Lee/Photo editor

Yoder’s favorite target in the game was senior wide receiver Charlie Poppen, who caught five passes for 53 yards and a score.

Senior running back Josh Hill also had an impressive game, totaling 23 touches for 168 yards and a touchdown and adding 37 more yards receiving.

Linfield offense totaled 622 all-purpose yards, 451 of which coming from the rushing attack and the other 171 through the air. They won out the time-of-possession battle by 19 minutes, controlling the ball for 39 minutes compared to Willamette’s 20, and also recorded two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

The Linfield football team spends a great deal of time at practice during the week, working out how they will take on their next opponent, and have shown every week that this pays off.


Freshman safety Skylor Elgarico (14) tackles Willamette senior wide receiver Terrell Malley (2) in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 2 game. Senior Louie Colasurdo (20) looks to assist.
Helen Lee/Photo editor

When asked what he thought the key to winning the game against Willamette was, Sophomore running back Tavon Willis responded with one word: preparation. Freshman running back Spencer Payne attributed part of the win to the linemen.

“Our linemen had a really great game,” Payne said. 

He also said, “Our defense is amazing”, referring back to the two interceptions they had in the game.

Linfield will take on Puget Sound University next in the AT&T Hall Of Fame Game. This game is at 1:00 on Nov. 9 at Maxwell Field.

They will hope to continue their perfect season, as well as take over the number one spot in the Division III football standings.

Drew Mahrt/Senior sports reporter



Cross country continues road to Regionals

The cross country teams competed in the Northwest Conference Championships meet on Nov. 2 in Spokane, Wash.

The men’s team ended the race fifth out of nine conference school runners. Leading the Wildcats was freshman Michael O’Neil, who finished 11th with a time of 25:45.16, just over a minute slower than the leader of the pack from Willamette University. Following O’Neil, sophomore Alex Mangan finished 14th with a time of 25:49.21 and Junior Calvin Howell ended in 22th with a time of 26:12.26. The team finished with a total amount of points of 128.

“I think that this meet shows that we’re resilient as a team and should be optimistic for the future,” Mangan said in an email. “There were a lot of underclassmen and juniors that stepped up. Hopefully we can use this race as a springboard to motivate us for next season.”

The team leaders of this season, Howell and senior Joe Gladow have been working with injuries for the past couple of weeks. They now have two weeks until the regional meet in California to get back in shape and be ready to run at the top of their game.

“I believe we had a shot at winning the conference title this year, we were just a little too banged up and injured so it didn’t happen,” Howell said in an email. “Cross Country is different from any other sport, there is no tournament or season to decide where you finish in the conference. We have 8000 meters to decide how good we are and sometimes we’ll have an off day and not perform to our capabilities.”

The women’s team ended the race fourth out of the nice schools there at the meet. Leading the girls was senior Hannah Greider who finished 11th with a time of 23:00.58. Following her was senior Sienna Noe who ended in 13th with a time of 23:03.32 and senior Katie Skinner who finished 16th with a time of 23:12.14.

“This weekend I think we all put in our best efforts, and you can’t ask for more than that,” Greider said in an email. “However, while the team didn’t have a bad day we also didn’t have a great day, and if everyone had been feeling their best I think we could have taken the title, so getting fourth place was a bit of a disappointment, though nothing to be ashamed of.”

The teams will head to the NCAA Division III West Regionals race in two weeks on Nov. 16 in Claremont, Calif.

“I really hope that our team realized from the meet that we can be conference champions,” head coach Travis Olson said in an email. “As coaches we preach it all the time, when you toe the line you should feel like we are going to win as a team and I think they did that in Spokane. We have created a great atmosphere but need to continue to try and get better as a whole, which I have no doubt we will.”


Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor


Pacific may have the chance to break Wildcat’s streak

So I love my Wildcat footballers as much as any other student here at Linfield, but did you know there’s a chance that Linfield may not get a bid for the Northwest Conference Championships?

And who would be the threat to Linfield’s winning tradition?  The answer is 45 minutes away in a little town called Forest Grove. If Pacific University somehow pulls off a win over Linfield during their last game of the season on Nov. 16, it would cause a three-way tie between Pacific University, Pacific Lutheran University and Linfield College.

Now, having a three way tie between these teams doesn’t seem so bad, but Pacific’s season does seem to have a potential effect on our football team’s chances of advancing to the Division III playoffs.

According to NCAA Division III rules, each conference has their own set of rules in the event of a three-way tie for first place. In terms of who advances to the Division III playoffs, it turns out Pacific has a good chance of getting the qualifying bid if a three way tie were to happen.

So far, the Boxers are 4-1 in the Northwest Conference. Their one loss was against Pacific Lutheran where they lost by one field goal in the last minutes of the game.

So should the Wildcats be concerned?  My Wildcat pride says “of course not” but we need to look at the facts.

Their win over Lewis and Clark College Nov. 1 gave the Boxers seven wins for the first time since 1972.  This also gives the Boxers three conference wins for the first time since 1988.

In addition, one of Pacific’s quarterbacks, senior T.C. Campbell, has the potential to give the Wildcats a tough time in their final game of the season. Campbell was featured in an addition of Call My Play, a San Francisco based company that specializes in providing professional play-by-play commentary to highlight athletic achievements, in a section entitled “Pacific Play of the Week.”

Campbell was highlighted after he turned a 10-yard loss into an 11-yard gain, and then scrambled again to find wide receiver, Jakob Lawrence in the back of the end zone for a touchdown in the Boxers’ 21-6 win over Chicago on Oct. 26.

It seems that the Pacific football team has put themselves in the most ideal position to threaten the Wildcats’ expected NWC play off. However, we haven’t lost a game to the Boxer’s in decades. And we do have the 58 season winning momentum behind us. Let’s face it. It’s the norm for Linfield to get into the play-offs. The Wildcats have earned eight trips to the NCAA Division III Playoffs in the last twelve seasons – advancing to the quarterfinals three times.

Our Wildcats have even made it to the semifinals once and won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2004.

It’s interesting that Pacific University actually has a chance to challenge Linfield’s winning streak norm but let’s face it, our Wildcats aren’t going to let any team in the NWC get in their way from taking their 59th straight winning season.

 Camille Weber/Sports columnist