Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

Cosplay: Students bring beloved fictional characters to life

Students can always find ways to use the art building if they are so inclined, and one Saturday afternoon, freshmen Kamon Tari and Kai Alegre can be found working on their latest costumes for the upcoming Sakura Con. Tari and Alegre are both cosplayers. They attend conventions and dress like their favorite characters.

“[At first], I just thought it was some random art project somebody did,” Alegre said. “I thought they were posers, but I started watching videos of people cosplaying, and it’s like, ‘This is the best thing ever.’”

She later learned that cosplay was bigger than a random art project. Alegre stresses the fact that cosplayers should make their own costumes.

“You can tell when somebody bought their costume,” Tari said, “because it doesn’t fit right.”

Tari didn’t start cosplaying seriously until this year. Before that, she had bought costumes to attend conventions in.

“I wanted to [cosplay] because I love dressing up,” Tari said. “It’s very artistic, turning something 2D into a 3D thing.”

Tari and Alegre also enjoy the community that cosplayers have built around their hobby.

“Some of my best friends, I’ve just met at a [convention],” Alegre said.

The characters they are currently working on come from the game “League of Legends.” They try to keep the cost of their materials low.

“It’s very expensive,” Alegre said. “[I use] the cheapest fabric I can find and craft foam.”

A lot of thought goes into picking a character for Alegre and Tari. They can be from current shows they are watching or characters from shows they used to watch, bringing nostalgia to cosplaying.

“Most of the time there is something in common we have with [the characters],” Alegre said. “Other cosplayers inspire me. My friends are getting really good at cosplay.”

“I like to pick characters based on their personalities,” Tari said. “Kai will do crossplaying. I kind of like staying on the female side. I feel like females have more eccentric things than guys.”

Crossplaying is when a cosplayer dresses as a character that is the opposite gender. In the middle of the conversation, Tari asks advice on the costume she’s working on.

Alegre gladly chimes in her opinion, taking in consideration accuracy and the relative size.  Because in cosplay, there is nothing better than being recognized as the character according to Alegre.

“It’s really exciting to go up to someone and say, ‘You look like so-and-so from this anime,’” Tari said.

Cosplayers can sometimes find people that will sponsor them, photographers or people that work on an anime or game. Sponsors help them pay for the materials they use in their costumes.

“There is a cosplayer that really looks like Link from Zelda,” Alegre said. “She is such an amazing cosplayer. She gets like sponsorships and represents Link and cons and stuff. A lot of cosplayers get a lot of publicity.”

There is one sort of publicity to the cosplaying community that Tari doesn’t like. It’s the sort that centers around the cosplayers that focus solely on their sex appeal.

“It loses the meaning behind it,” Tari said. Tari recently created a Facebook page for her work.

“ I did that to document my artwork,” Tari said. “I also thought it would help people find me.”

You can find her at www.facebook.com/KamonTari. Alegre posts the same sort of things to her Tumblr. She also has a Deviantart she posts photos of her work to.

Tari and Alegre met at Linfield, and they are planning on creating a club for cosplayers.

“We want to start a club here,” Tari said, “and have a Linfield community of cosplay.” The two of them will continue to better themselves on all things cosplay. While in school, Alegre will major in studio art. Tari isn’t sure about her major yet, but she is looking into studio art as well.

Written by Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Layout by Amanda Gibbon/For the Review

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Freshman Kai Alegre poses as equalist Korra from the series “The Legend of Korra.” One of her friends, who is also a cosplayer, took the pictures.

Photo courtesy of Kai Alegre

Freshman Kai Alegre crouches beside a stream dressed as Korra.
Photographers are also a large part of the cosplaying community.

Photo courtesy of Kai Alegre

Freshman Kamon Tari compares her drawing of her character’s weapon to the original  with help from freshman Kai Algre’s.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Freshman Kamon Tari has just finished her character’s weapon. She will attend Sakura Con dressed as Akali from League of Legends.

Photo courtesy of Kamon Tari

“League of Legends” characters provide a lot of inspiration for freshmen Kamon Tari and Kai Alegre. Alegre is working on a costume for Yasuo.

Photo courtesy of Kamon Tari

 

Around the map: Freshman follows passion for language

Freshman Michaela Duffey is planning to major in French and minor in Japanese. She was the first prize winner of the French competitive scholarship last year and has a knack for syntax and memorization.

“I first started taking French in high school my freshman year,” Duffey said. Duffey began to take Japanese when another friend of hers started telling her about it.

“After one year of [my friend] taking Japanese, and telling me the fun about it, I actually did take both languages in high school,” Duffey said.

Duffey is currently enrolled in French 302 and Japanese 102. Along with the language, a student must learn about the culture as well. Duffey finds it interesting, especially when she looks at both in comparison.

“They are two completely different cultures,” Duffey said. “The languages are almost complete opposites. French is really precise, where in Japanese they usually just assume subject.”

Duffey intertwines the importance of language and culture.

“Learning the social culture that goes along with the languages is very interesting,” Duffey said. “It’s really challenging to yourself sometimes, but it’s really fun to see how other people do it. If you learn a language, you open up a door to another place.”

Outside of classes, Duffey finds other ways to be involved with both cultures and languages through clubs and international students.

“I’m in French and Japanese club,” Duffey said. “I’ve been trying to make friends with the Japanese exchange students. The French teaching assistant is taking Japanese.”

Pronunciation is very important to Duffey. Not only does she want to know all of the languages’ rules, she wants to be able to make her speech in both languages sound authentic.

“For Japanese, we use a lot of sound files from the textbook,” Duffey said. “The thing is you carry vowels from your own language, and they are out of place, so I’m trying to mimic the intonation in vowel sounds.”

Duffey pays special attention to the way a native speaker’s mouth moves. That way she can mimic the sound of the words as closely as possible. Duffey is also taking classes in other materials that will help with her languages. This January Term, she took Latin to learn some of the root words French uses.

“To continue Latin would be fun,” Duffey said. “I’ve had a bucket list of languages.”

To major in French, Duffey only has to have one semester abroad since she started in French 301. She will also have one semester abroad for her Japanese minor.

“This fall, I’m going to France in Aix-en-Provence in AUCP,” Duffey said. For her Japanese minor, Duffey will go to Kanto Gakuin University during spring semester in 2015.

Sometimes, Duffey does mix up Japanese and French, but the deeper she goes into both the easier it will be to keep them separate.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

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Freshman Michaela Duffey helps at the Portland

Mochitsuki festival on Jan. 26. She attended the event with the Japanese Club.

Photo courtesy of Michaela Duffey

Athletes return back to home base

Linfield provides the wonderful opportunity to study abroad and even pays for airfare for those not required to study abroad for their major. But, there are many obstacles that could hinder the decision to study abroad for students, especially those who compete in sports for Linfield.

But many student athletes took advantage of this chance and traveled all over the world. Athletes from baseball, softball, swimming, women’s tennis and track and field all participated in semester and January term trips abroad.

In missing a semester, or even Jan term, athletes miss out on off season training that will prepare them for the season.

Some student athletes who traveled abroad for the fall semester were juniors AJ Wagner, Kelly Watanabe, Erin Erbin, Joe Stevick, and Grace Middlestadt. Several athletes also traveled during Jan term.

For tennis teammates Watanabe and Erbin, practicing was difficult due to their location in Costa Rica.

“When I started thinking about studying abroad a couple of my main concerns were how I was going to practice tennis while abroad and also how I was going to keep in shape as well,” Watanabe said. “I brought my rackets down to Costa Rica with me thinking that I would have the opportunity to play a few times during the semester. I even had [Emily] with me in Costa Rica so it would have been perfect if there were courts close to where we lived. We unfortunately never had the opportunity to since tennis is not a common sport at all in Costa Rica therefore finding a court to play on was pretty difficult.”

For Wagner, practicing for swimming in Costa Rica was difficult and upon his return he was quickly thrown back into his old routine with the help of his teammates.

“It interfered with swimming because I didn’t have a pool, teammates or coaches accessible to me in Costa Rica,” Wagner said. “I trained by running daily for aerobic exercise; however, I didn’t swim laps a single time. I got tossed into training immediately upon returning from Costa Rica. It was difficult after having not swam at all for four months, but having teammates helped me get back into it.”

Despite the difficulties many athletes have due to studying abroad, they wouldn’t give up their experiences for their sports.

“I think it’s important for student-athletes to take the opportunity to study abroad because for most people, they have a few years in college to play their sport but, depending on the program, there’s only a year or a semester to study in a different country out of your fours years at Linfield. It’s also unlikely that there will be another opportunity like this,” Watanabe said.

“I may have missed out on four months of training and practicing for tennis, but right as I got home I made it one of my top priorities and after just a month of practice, I feel that I’m right back into and feel so prepared for this season.”

 

Kaylyn Peterson/Managing editor

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Wildcats win, lose at home

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Senior Clayton Truex (32) waits for the ball at first base as a Western Oregon player attempts to steal in the second game of the doubleheader.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer

The baseball team had a split doubleheader against Western Oregon University on Feb. 16 at home.

The first game was taken by Linfield after 4 innings of back and forth strikes, but at the fifth inning the ’Cats took the lead by five runs. Sophomore Finn McMichael scored the first run after Senior Jake Wylie sent it right down the middle of the field.

Baseball by Tyson, the other two are by Spencer

Left fielder Finn McMichael (27) makes contact during an at bat during the first game of the double header against non-conference opponent Western Oregon University. McMichael was eventually walked, which sparked a five run score in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

At the end of the seventh inning Sophomore Eric Lawson got another run for Linfield. There were then two more hitless innings to seal up a win for Linfield ending 6-0.

The second game went to the Wolves after five more scoreless innings the ’Cats couldn’t hold off Western Oregon any more giving them four runs in two innings. In the finally inning the Wolves got another run and on the Wildcats last rally for a point they got shutout by the pitcher.

Linfield will play three games at home during Father’s Weekend, Feb. 21-23 facing off against Corban University, St. Martin’s College and Oregon Tech University.

 

 

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor

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Wildcat prepares for upcoming tennis season

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Anxiously awaiting the start to their upcoming season, the Linfield Women’s Tennis team is radiating with high morale and positive energy. January term was packed full of practicing and conditioning for these girls; and their spirits were high for their first match, Jan. 14, against the College of Idaho. Senior, Caroline Brigham is confident that the team’s hard work will pay off in these upcoming matches.

“I feel good about it. They’re not in our conference so I’ve never really seen them play, but I think we should do well,” Brigham said.

The team is starting off their season healthy and fit, much to the liking of their coach, Lisa Macy-Baker. Macy-Baker keeps the girls in prime shape through daily practices consisting of hitting drills, match play, and an emphasis on lifting and sprints. Overall fitness is a large focus for the team this season.

“You can tell already before we’ve even played matches that it’s paying off,” Brigham said. “Our endurance as well as our speed and agility have increased. Lisa [Macy-Baker] wants us to work hard and she pushes us to do the best we can.” This is Macy-Baker’s first year as the head coach of Linfield’s Women’s Tennis team.

As with any team sport, not all motivation stems from the coaching. Some of Brigham’s most compelling motivation comes from her supportive teammates. The girls all get along well and are great friends, which makes for a strong team dynamic that ultimately has a positive effect on their performance.

“Tennis is something I’ve done my whole life, and playing here at Linfield has made me fall in love with tennis even more,” Brigham said.

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Senior Caroline Brigham hits the ball with an overhand swing during a practice match in the fall semester. Brigham hopes to lead the team to a great season this year.
Photo courtesy of Caroline Brigham

This being Brigham’s last season playing Linfield tennis, she hopes to use her leadership to leave behind a positive impact on the team.

“Everyone on the team has taught me something, even those who are younger than me,” Brigham said. “They are always teaching me things that make me a better player and a better person.”

Brigham hopes that the camaraderie that the girls have together now will continue even after she is no longer playing along side them.

“I think that is what makes our team so special,” Brigham said. “We know how to compete hard, but then go home and be friends after.”

Mikenna Whatley/Staff Writter

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