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Women’s tennis racks up wins at weekend matches

The Linfield women’s tennis team came away with three glorious victories this week: Wednesday against Willamette, 8-1, Friday against Pacific, 9-0, and Saturday against Pacific Lutheran 8-1.

Freshman Mackenzie Fraser felt very proud to be a Wildcat after Wednesday’s match against Willamette.

“Even though we lost our doubles match, we turned it around and came back to win in singles,” said Fraser, “which shows how mentally tough of a team we are.” Still on a high from Wednesday’s win, the Linfield Women’s Tennis team pulled off their first conference match sweep of the season in their match on Friday against Pacific.

“We have all been working hard to improve our games and it was awesome to solidify that during our match up against Pacific,” said Junior Kaila Nip. “Everyone played well and it was awesome to play outside in the good weather.”

With confidence levels through the roof as the team felt the full results of their long hard weeks of training paying off, the team pulled out yet another win Saturday against Pacific Lutheran University. This win secures the team one of the four spots in the Conference Tournament.

Kelly Watanabe was back playing in singles for the first time in several weeks since her injury and dominated her opponent 6-2, 6-3.

“Overall, the team battled through some close matches today and pulled out one of our best wins of the season,” said Senior Caroline Brigham.

The team hopes to keep competing well through to next weekend when they play Whitman and Whitworth at Linfield’s home courts.

Mikenna Whatley/Staff Writer

Division I tackles pay for play controversy

After the conclusion of March Madness, I’m sure everyone knows how much money is in the commercialization of Division I athletics. In fact, about 90 percent of the profits made by televised college sporting events go back to these big name institutions. That money not only funds the athletic complexes and medical care, but it also helps pay wages for professors and other funds a majority of academic expenses. Basically, in bigger institutions having successful sports program (such as football or basketball) is essential to having a successful institution.

However, student-athletes at Northwestern University have challenged their university claiming that they should be paid for their athletic commitments. The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and have the right to unionize.

The evidence that lead to the ruling included athletes getting paid in the form of scholarships, working between 20 and 50 hours per week and generating millions of dollars for their institutions. The football players are ultimately seeking better medical coverage, concussion testing, four-year scholarships and the possibility of being paid through an organized union.

Northwestern University is appealing the verdict and the case could go as far as the U.S. Supreme Court. This could mean years before there is a definitive decision on this very unusual case.

If you’re thinking that this is totally ridiculous and absurd, you are not alone. Sports directors, coaches, alumni, big institution presidents and the NCAA have all jumped at the opportunity to voice their opinions on the verdict.

“While improvements need to be made, we do not need to completely throw away a system that has helped literally millions of students over the past decade alone attend college,” said the statement from NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy.

Mike Slave, commissioner for the Southeastern Conference (SEC), also openly disagreed with the verdict saying, “the SEC does not believe that full-time students participating in intercollegiate athletics are employees of the universities they attend.”

The amount of criticism and backlash on the Northwestern football players is overwhelming and for good reason. If this decision is finalized, the dynamics of Division 1 sports could completely change for good. Less popular athletic programs such as golf, tennis, lacrosse, and even baseball and softball could suffer from extensive financial losses as they would be unable to pay their athletes nor would potential student-athletes find it worth playing without adequate compensation. Prestigious Division 1 institutions, such as Duke and Stanford, may give up football all together to maintain academic integrity. This would without a doubt change the landscape of Division I competition. In short, athletic programs’ focus would be on financial profit, not on the love or enjoyment of the sport.

However, I can’t help but sympathize with these players. Even though most of these Division I athletes have tuition costs mostly covered and are given endless amounts of free shoes, apparel, equipment, and athletic care; I can’t help but feel that they are being used by their colleges’ for financial gain. The students wear name brands that the college sponsors, they have hectic schedules which leave them out of the classroom during season, and the pressure to consistently perform at their best is enormous. Imagine being a starting player on Wichita State’s basketball team (one of the top-seeded teams going into the D1 NCAA Tournament) and losing early on in the playoffs to no. 7 seed Kentucky? Knowing that you not only have to play for yourself but for a whole institution and fans who have money on your performance is a reality that I can’t fully grasp my head around.

What affects me the most is that these players admit to not being able to major in the field of study that they are passionate about. According to an article by CNN, approximately 15 percent of men’s football, baseball and basketball players say that they would have majored in something different if they had not been athletes, and there was 12 percent of Division I football players said that athletics have prevented them from majoring in what they wanted. As Linfield has over 30 percent of its population involved in Division III sports, I’m sure many of us can relate.

Maybe the football players at Northwestern University have a point. Spending on average six hours a day committed to athletics may be a sacrifice needed to be compensated financially by their institution. However, labeling these student-athletes as workers and paying them for representing an academic institution is completely detrimental to the integrity of sports and to the way we enjoy athletics.

Camille Weber/Sports columnist

Men’s golf plays solid rounds at weekend tournament

The men’s golf team played in the Willamette University Invitational the weekend of April 13, and played just about average. Playing on Broken Top golf course in “perfect conditions”, as Linfield sophomore Kyle Hargrave explained, the team placed third after both rounds.

Day one was a great one for junior Logan Munson, as he shot a career best 75. The smooth greens and dry climate definitely seemed to help Munson strike the ball well and clean.

Taylor Klopp and Kyle Hargrave had the two best round of the tournament for the Wildcats. Klopp shot a 78 on the first day but came back the second day with his eyes on the prize, shooting a 74.

Hargrave was a little more consistent, but still showed improvement from the first to second day. He shot a 77 on the first day and finished with a 75 on the second.

“I don’t think I played very well on the first day”, Hargrave said. “I just scrambled for a lot of pars. [April 13], I played better, but still missed a few birdie tries.”

While no one finished under par, everyone played fairly well. Linfield place in the top half of the standings for a second week in a row now and look to be getting back on track and regain the spark they had at the beginning of the season.

“We played pretty well, in great conditions and on a good course,” Hargrave said.

Linfield travels back to a Willamette home course on April 18 to play in the Willamette Cup at Tokatee golf course.

This will be the second weekend in a row that Willamette hosts an even, and the last weekend before the Northwest Conference Championship tournament begins. That tournament will be hosted on the weekend of April 26 at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.

Drew Mahrt/For the Review

Record breaker is the cutting Edge

Freshman Dallas Edge has always been known to be a hard-worker, relentless athlete, and wonderful teammate. However, Edge put the term history maker on the list as she broke Linfield Col-lege’s women’s 100-meter Hurdles record on March 22 with time 14.74.

“Honestly, I thought ‘I’m just gonna run this race’ and I warmed up feeling like I always do and by the third or fourth hurdle I realized that no one was next to me,” she said. “After the race Travis came over and said, ‘Oh by the way you just ran a 14.7.’ I hadn’t expected to run that fast this early and I didn’t even know the school record was broken. After the event, everyone came up congratulating me. It was awesome.”

However, Edge notes that her intentions of this season were not to break the school record. Rather, she wanted to achieve big goals like “making conference championships or qualifying for nationals.”

“I wanted to do whatever I had to do to have qualifying times,” Edge said. “All that matters to me is having a good season and our team winning conference—meaning I need to perform just as well as everyone else.”

Her excellence on the field has not come easily. Edge has worked extremely hard both inside and outside the classroom to achieve her goals.

“I just try to make every rep count. I treat everything like a race and I try to critique every little thing because in the end, those little things matter—they all add up to 0.01 of a second.”

Outside the field, Edge aspires to go into a sports-medicine field as a biology major in hopes of helping athletes like herself. She maintains a 3.4 GPA and previously competed on the ’Cats women’s soccer team.

Meanwhile, Edge says that her teammates and coaches have been crucial pieces to her successes.

“Coming into the season I didn’t know anyone,” Edge said. “I went home to train by myself and I came back and didn’t know anyone. Travis was cool and helped me to get back into the flow of things. But when I came back, I sensed a team atmosphere and it was awesome to become a part of that. Seeing what we’re about as a team.”

Going forward, “Everyone knows how close we are to being able to win and what it’s going to take from everyone to be on the same page. I want to win a conference title,” she said. “I want to make the finals everything I run but the bigger thing is, as a team, that everyone competes and shows up that day.”

As the Wildcat track and field team moves forward into the post season, there is no doubt that they will be seeing more of Edge and all of her accomplishments. While her career continues at Linfield, it is clear that Edge has no edge. Her fight and commitment is limitless and will allow her to continue to do great things both on and off the field.

Casie Gaza/Senior sports reporter

Nuclear dismantlement is a critical step toward weapons reduction

A doctor from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory said in his lecture “It’s not all about certainty, it’s about making it harder to cheat” in response to a question concerning the lecture topic, nuclear dismantlement.

Doctor Glen Warren from PNNL discussed the lecture topic: Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement Verification at 4:10 p.m. on April 10, in Graf hall.

Warren was limited to much of what he was allowed to say as it’s a sensitive subject and he didn’t want be liable for discharging any information that could get him into trouble.

He started out his lecture with a small cardboard box that was sealed with tape.

He said he wanted to know how many Hershey kisses were in the box without opening it.

The box was used to illustrate what scientists deal with when disarming Nuclear Warheads’ and served as an introduction to Warren’s life.

Warren was introduced by associate and professor and department chair of physics Jennifer Heath.

He discussed that the shared missions of PNNL and Radiation Detection and Nuclear Sciences are to enforce basic science, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, treaty enforcement, nonproliferation, and interdiction.

Warren talked about the question that all audience members wanted to know, “Has a weapon actually been dismantled?” He mentioned that there is much checking up in the process of dismantling nuclear weapons, as scientists don’t know what countries do to their weapons behind closed doors.

The process for nuclear warhead dismantlement includes item verification with the host, which is the nation that has the warhead. Certification ensures that the system can be operated safely and securely.

Certification is absolute which means hosts take a large risk in revealing unwanted secrets.

An information barrier helps limit information that goes in and out of the system.

Templates minimize the interpretation of data.  Warren’s key point was that in order to reduce stockpiles of nuclear warheads, dismantlement verification is critical in the process.

Jonathan Williams

Opinion Editor

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