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Stories from the past: Linfield’s archives reach modern eyes and ears

Hidden in the back of the library is a room kept at a constant refrigerator-like temperature.

Mechanized, moving shelves make up the interior, and on these shelves are many of Linfield’s wonders that have been sent in by alumni or past faculty members. Some of the items are sorted while others are still waiting to be placed. But all of the varying memorabilia are incredibly interesting.

“[Nicholson Library] was built in ’03, and at that point they built the archives and started kind of throwing stuff back there, but they didn’t have an archivist until two years ago. The building is ten years old, but it hasn’t been really actively worked on for much of that time,” said Rich Schmidt, director of resource sharing.

The shelves are sorted into three main sections: the Linfield Archive, the Baptist Archive, an archive of various publications focused on Baptists, and the Oregon Wine History Archive.

The archives are open to anyone, and Schmidt encourages students to sign up for a tour. Almost anything in the archives can be touched. It is meant to be interactive and alive, a place that reveals Linfield and Oregon wines through the ages.

Wood covered in leather makes up the cover of this old Bible from 1541. Rich Schmidt, director of resource sharing, was not sure which country it originated in, but he knows it was from Scandinavia. The Bible is one of the oldest items in the archives, but it is still in great shape. The cover is split in the middle, but the text remains readable.

Within the wine archive is Oregon grape grower Jim McDaniel’s journal, inside it is rainfall and sugar levels showing the wines’ evolution.

Photo negatives hide on one of the shelves. Alumni, descendants and past faculty can send in their old memorabilia to the archives.

A glass from a ¡Salud! auction is displayed at the archives. The auction was part of a program that provides migrant workers with healthcare.

The varsity basketball team 1931 poses for the team photo in the picture.

One of the freshman hats sits in a box. First years had to wear this hat at all times at a point in Linfield’s history to be marked as freshmen.

Scrapbooks contain a week-by-week catalogue of a year in Linfield’s history. It is similar to the “Wildcat Weekly” of today but without email.

All photos by Rosa Johnson/Copy editor


Looking out for the bright flames of literature

Senior Austin Schilling has been working with English professor Dave Sumner on an anthology of fire lookout stories since last summer.

Schilling might co-author the introduction to the anthology, but Sumner is the primary author.

“It’s been going great,” Sumner said. “Austin, he’s a bright kid, and he’s excited about this project.”

Sumner chose Schilling as his research assistant and possible co-author.

“I chose him because I’d had him in a class, and he’s president of the English honor society of the college,” Sumner said. “He’d also been helping with other stuff before he got the grant.”

Schilling is very interested in the type of nature literature he and Sumner have been reading and bringing together.

“It’s a relatively unexamined area that has influenced a lot of nature writing in the Northwest,” Schilling said. “We discovered there’s a big niche for this.”

Sumner and Schilling call the area of writing “fire lookout literature.”

Fire lookout is a term for a job that was once fairly prevalent in the Northwest in many logging areas.

“Fire lookouts were jobs that were usually open because not a lot of people would do them because it’s isolation for months upon end.

“You seldom have visitors, but when these writers took these jobs what they found was they were on top of these mountains, alone, and all they had to do was look at the landscape and think about their relationship with the world around them and what that meant to them as writers and as people.

“They were able to turn out these very powerful works of literature. What that did was push the way we think about nature and literature forward,” Schilling said.

Nature literature has interested Schilling before, but he will be focusing on fire lookout literature for his honors thesis.

“I’m basically the primary researcher. I have a big role in putting the anthology together and possibly co-writing,” Schilling said.

Male writers dominate the field of nature writing, but one of Schilling’s discoveries shows that women have also been writing in the genre.

“The most interesting thing that I just stumbled on was the discovery of Martha Hardy. She was essentially the first published fire lookout author. She’s relatively overlooked in the literature,” Schilling said.

Schilling hopes his discover of Hardy will loosen the male-centered hold on nature writing in the literary world.

At the moment, the anthology’s process has slowed down.

Sumner and Schilling still need to find a publisher, and Schilling isn’t sure whether he will be co-writing the introduction yet.

Schilling is enjoying his time working with Sumner and is glad that Sumner chose him as a research assistant.

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Senior Austin Schilling sits inside of T.J. Day Hall. He and Englsih Professor Dave Sumner have been working on an anthology of fire lookout literature since last summer. Their work will bring a new understanding to this obscure field in nature writing.

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‘Unseen heroes’ make Linfield feel like home

Linfield’s night cleaning crew is made up of brave souls that clean the creepy academic buildings while they’re empty at night. The crew cleans different buildings and has their favorite spots, but they all enjoy their night shifts, even if it took a while to get used to the odd hours of work. They start at 10:30 p.m. and finish at 7 a.m.

Noel Kneeland

Kneeland is the night lead, which means he’s in charge of the whole night crew.

“I retired from the air force after thirty some years,” Kneeland said. “I’ve always wanted to work for Linfield. I’ve always wanted to be on the ground’s crew, just something I’ve always wanted to do hobby-wise, but this opportunity arose, and I figured it’d be a way to get a foot in the door.”

Kneeland grew up in McMinnville. “Linfield was my babysitter,” he said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Linfield.” He has enjoyed his time on the night crew.

“I love the people that we’re working with,” Kneeland said. “They’re just awesome. I love what we do. We’re not out one on one with the kids, but we’re trying to sell Linfield in a different way. We’re kind of the unseen heroes of Linfield maybe.”

Balbina Duran

Duran’s favorite place to clean is the preschool in the garden level of Potter Hall.

“I get to see what the kids have made,” Duran said. She also takes those ideas home for her own daughter.

As soon as she gets out of work, she drives to Amity, takes her young daughter to elementary school then returns to her house to take her son to McMinnville high school. If she has something pressing to do after, she’ll do that before finally going to bed. She hopes her son, who is a junior at the moment, will choose to come to Linfield.

The worst time was the first week. “I started in January, and my first week, I got a fever,” Duran said, “but I had to keep going because it was a necessity, and I stayed. It wasn’t my plan, but it happened.”

Michael Marshall

The solitude of the night shift appeals to Marshall the most.

“At night, you get to do your thing. You don’t get all the interruptions that happen during the day,” Marshall said.

He has worked here for 10 years all together. Marshall didn’t think he would work for Linfield for so long.

“I must have seen an ad for a job, and then I wasn’t really planning on working here too long,” Marshall said. “My son was college-age at the same time, and there was the tuition remission thing. At that point, I kind of got stuck here for four more years.”

Outside of work, Marshall enjoys painting, and he has also done some photography over the years.

Reyes Navarro

Navarro has worked at Linfield for six years. He likes all the benefits he has received from the job and the time of his shift as well.

“I have four children, and I save money from babysitting like that.”  His children are used to him working nights. The oldest is 15. “They like that I work here and don’t want me to leave, so they can come to college here.”

Navarro has lived in McMinnville since 2003, making his way here from Woodburn. A friend recommended that he take the job.

Reina Naranjo

Naranjo began as a temporary worker for seven months. Now, she has worked at Linfield for four years.

“I’ve liked the work because  always going from place to place,” Naranjo said. “There’s always work. It’s never over.”

Naranjo tries to get some sleep, but it can be a little difficult to fit into her schedule while she’s caring for her children. She has to take them to school, sometimes sleeping six or four hours in the day.

“For me, the night shift is okay, because when my kids are in school I’m sleeping, and when they get there, I can then take care of them, whatever they need,” Naranjo said.

Jose Alcaraz

Alcaraz has worked here for two years. He enjoys the job, but like others, has found it a little difficult to work the night shift.

“Well, at first, it was a little a heavy. When 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. comes around, you already want to lay down, but you get used to it. There’s a break you’re like, first break,” Alcaraz said.

Alcaraz has a family, but his youngest is already 22 years old. At home, he has his wife and two grandchildren.

“Sometimes, they tell me, ‘Grandpa, do you have to work at night?’ and I say, ‘Yes,’” Alcaraz said.

Alcaraz sleeps during the day, while his grandkids are at school. The only time Alcaraz finds the work a little difficult is when he’s by himself.

“Sometimes, I get a little scared,” Alcaraz said.

Rachel Rinehart

Rinehart has worked here for a year and a half. She likes how active the job is and the time of her shift.

“I sleep during the day when everyone else is working, and then I have evenings free to do whatever. I still get to go to concerts and other social events. On weekends, I switch over to the usual schedule, to the day shift,” Rinehart said.

Rinehart started as a temporary worker just like Naranjo. She has lived in the area her whole life. “McMinnville has been our shopping hub for as long as I can remember,” she said with a laugh. Currently, she lives in Sheridan.


Sailing the high seas, studying the world

The Atlantic Exploration. 115 days, 17 cities, 15 countries. It seemed too good to be true. No longer did I have to worry about which country to study abroad in, I was be able to explore the world from a ship.

Students who do a Semester at Sea get to travel the world while taking classes on a ship.

Each port allows students anywhere from two to five days for unlimited adventure.

We met locals that became our best friends, tried foods and drinks we never knew existed and we fell in love with a new city, over and over again.

The voyage is perfect for people who know they want something amazing out of life.

The beauty is, you don’t have to have a clue what that is.

That’s the biggest lesson I learned doing Semester at Sea. As long as you know you want something, you will find it.

Whether it is an adventure in Morocco that turns into a spontaneous camel back trip through the Sahara, or hopping on a bus from the east coast to the west coast of Ireland, the opportunities available in port are endless.

You can also gain invaluable experience navigating the metro system in Russia, guaranteeing that you can take on any public transport afterward.

It is about having the time of your life getting to know your taxi driver or waiter, who can give you the best insights on what life is like for most people in their country.

You can earn 12-15 credits and choose from a wide range of classes and subjects. I took astronomy, global music, human sexuality and philosophy of religion because I thought they would be fun to learn about from a global perspective.

Each class has one day in one port during the voyage dedicated to field work and learning. For example, in my Global Music class we spent a day at the University of Ghana in Accra learning traditional drumming and dance lessons.

These field labs are the key part in the Semester at Sea educational experience. It is having the opportunity to learn first hand about what you’re studying in a variety of countries.

They also offer optional field programs each day in port that range from simple sight-seeing tours around the city for a low price to grand adventures such as a hiking trip through Patagonia in Argentina for a couple thousand dollars.

It is easy to personalize this trip to your needs, wants and abilities, physically and financially.

I had a small budget for spending money, which goes quickly when traveling. This experience taught me how to be frugal when I have no other choice and still have the time of my life.

It also taught me how to just relax and be happy no matter the circumstances.

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(Center left) Junior Laura Lichti stands in front of a river in Germany. During the the semester at sea, she earned 12 credits while traveling all over the world.

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(Left) Lichti and her cruise classmates stand amongst ruins in Ireland. They had a lot of time to tour the countries they visited during their semester.

Photo courtesy of Laura Lichti

(Right) Lichti poses before the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro with other cruise students.

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More than just a suit Evolution of the Linfield mascot, from “Baptists” to “Wildcats”

On December 3 of 1924, The Linfield Review announced the students’ choice of the wildcat as their mascot. Before that, students rooted for the Baptists. Now, the wildcat is one of Linfield’s most iconic symbols along with the red and purple and the acorn. But there are a few things people don’t know about the mascot, namely who the person behind the mascot is and the mascot’s name.

There are many people who are the mascot. Anyone can put on the suit.

“I like to think that it’s symbolic, that anyone can fit into Linfield and be the wildcat,” Amy Bumatai, multicultural department intern, said.

Dan Fergueson, the director of college activities, had a less figurative view of the situation.

“We don’t have a good process for [choosing the mascot],” Fergueson said. “We’ve tried tryouts. We’ve tried asking. What often happens is members of the cheer team ask for folks or folks ask me. I often turn it back on the person.”

Sometimes, the mascot will also randomly show up at certain events, such as finals, but the place it’s most often used is on the football field. On average, Fergueson believes the mascot suit is used 20-30 times throughout the year.

“There isn’t a set budget for the replacement of the costume,” Fergueson said. “This is the second head that has existed in my 12 years and the third body suit.”

The wildcat has also looked a little different in the past.

“The college went through a branding process three years ago,” Fergueson said. “It was across the board, an update for the institution. The new image uncrossed the eyes and changed the number of whiskers. It has five on each cheek now. It used to have six on one and seven on the other.”

Wildcat Wednesday is a new event that has come to Linfield. Every Wednesday, students wear Linfield colors and the wildcat runs around the campus. Linfield chose its colors in 1917. The colors are cardinal red and purple, both symbols of wealth and prestige in the Middle Ages.

“The brand image did have some change here as well,” Fergueson said, “Where it spelled out purples as our primary athletic color.”

Rumors have long surrounded the mascot’s name. No one is really sure what it is because it doesn’t have an official name. Debbie Harmon-Ferry, director of alumni relations, is working to change that.

“It was an idea Dan Fergueson raised,” Harmon-Ferry said about the Name the Wildcat contest.

To nominate names for the contest, students, alumni and staff can go to Once the nomination period is over in early March, a panel will narrow down the choices, so students, alumni and staff can vote within the list. The wildcat will have a name later this spring.

“[We’re looking for names] that fit the college and our character,” Harmon-Ferry said. “It’s like picking a name for your child. You want something that is going to fit but people won’t make terrible nicknames out of.”

At any rate, the wildcat will always represent the best side of Linfield’s welcoming community. Jenny Morgan, community engagement and service intern, remembered a story about the wildcat on a rainy night when an athletic team had just returned from a game.

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The wildcat pauses for a picture at an athletic event with junior Ivanna Tucker.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Wildcat

The wildcat stands beside the snowman he just built.

Photo courtesy of Amy Bumatai

The wildcat makes an appearance at a sporting event.

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The wildcat frolics in the snow in front of Pioneer.

Photo courtesy of Amy Bumata

The wildcat poses at a high school event with Erin Rush.

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The wildcat’s first incarnation didn’t include the
sailor’s hat. It was popularized by Paul Durham.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Atheltics

The wildcat signs Linfield’s 154th birthday banner. The wildcat itself was 88 years old.

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The wildcat dances around the track for a sporting event.

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