Despite rumors about why Greek women don’t have houses on campus, lack of funding is the main thing keeping sororities from building or renovating places to live together.
According to Meg Burgess-Hull, Linfield Panhellenic Council publicity director and programming chair of Alpha Phi, there is a rumor about how Jane Failing donated a large amount of money to the college and instructed the school not to create all-women living spaces because they would be similar to brothels.
Burgess-Hull said that the story isn’t true and doesn’t play a part in her sorority’s decision not to have a house.
“The reason why we don’t have houses is because none of the chapters have decided to spend money on them,” Burgess-Hull said. “It’s really expensive to buy houses with that big of capacity to hold that many girls.”
Burgess-Hull said that there is also a false story about a Linfield policy prohibiting chapters from building houses unless each sorority can have a house.
“If one sorority decides they have the money to get a house, that’s totally fine,” she said. “Just because one chapter has one doesn’t mean that they all have to find houses.”
Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students and director of residence life said that renovating or building a house would be an expensive process.
“Creating a space for that many people to live turns into a challenge, not that anyone’s saying that it can’t be done,” MacKay said.
Mackay said that most of the sororities on campus are relatively new, with Phi Sigma Sigma beginning in 1981.
He said this is a problem when considering that alumni usually fund the creation and upkeep of Greek houses.
“Phi Sig’s oldest alumni are about my age, so they are spending all their money on getting their kids through school and raising families,” Mackay said. “They just aren’t in the right place in life for funding major projects for their undergraduate sorority.”
Senior Courtney Hatch said that even though it would be nice to have a house, her sorority sees many benefits to using a chapter room in Miller Hall.
“It sets us apart from other Greek systems,” Hatch said. “And I think it encourages people who were originally scared of Greek life to get involved.”
Burgess-Hull said she appreciated the opportunity to live with girls from different clubs and sororities on campus.
“Not having a house lets us intermix with the Linfield community instead of sectioning ourselves off,” she said. “We are students as well. We don’t want to alienate ourselves.”
Hatch said that having a specific chapter room in the basement of Miller Hall is a good system for holding sorority meetings.
“We pretty much get free reign down there,” Hatch said. “We get to paint and put new carpet and couches in the rooms. Each chapter rooms has a different personality and feel.”
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Two Linfield professors presented their views on the impact that the tragic events of 9/11 had on our country and the world at the most recent Pizza and Politics panel on Sept. 22.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Pat Cottrell and Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Michael Huntsberger led a reflective discussion called “9/11: A Decade Later.”
Cottrell spoke first, discussing three main points. His first point was that the series of responses after 9/11 was “the biggest blunder in U.S. foreign policy history,” he said.
He expanded on this point by discussing how the War on Terror was a war of choice, not a war of necessity and questioning whether the lives, money and other major costs were worth it.
Cottrell also said that it’s “not just about the outcomes of the war, but how we got into the war and what it says about the U.S.”
He broke down all the reasons for the war, pointing out that many of them were based on “un-solidified claims.”
He wrapped up his second argument by pointing out a flaw that much of the country doesn’t tend to notice.
“The punch line for part two is that all this abusive power and manipulation of intelligence, and who’s been held accountable?” He asked, then answering his own question. “No one.”
Cottrell’s third and final point was that after 9/11 and the events that followed there was a great paradox of compromising values of the U.S.
He also noted “the one thing that really bothers me is there’s no self reflection. People just want to get over it.”
Huntsberger then took the floor, discussing how the media affected the way America viewed, evaluated and responded to 9/11.
He asserted that people choose not to be engaged because the media is too critical, but after 9/11 it began to be a big social contender because of the positive, united spin that the media chose to represent.
“I’ve never felt that kind of patriotism, and everybody felt it, and the media represented that to us,” Huntsberger said. “It felt good because we had all been injured.”
He went on to discuss a similar contradiction of how asking what happened was easy, but asking why did it happen became too difficult for America to handle.
After the two professors made their points, they opened the floor to discussion amongst the audience.
A majority of this discussion became about what 9/11 is, and what does it mean, and student after student shared their personal stories and thoughts about the events of 9/11.
Senior Clayton Martin said he believes these types of discussions are important to not only hear others’ opinions but to also form his “own ideas and opinions with some true grounding.”
He engaged in the discussions, said he felt that specifically the open discussion at the end was enlightening.
“I think hearing the question ‘What is 9/11 to you?’ was really a great way to hear what people had to say,” he said. “I think I could feel a little unison in the overall premise of the discussion, almost as if people were all on the same page for once. I think most of the student agreed (or at least the ones who didn’t agree made no effort to voice their own opinion) that what happened after 9/11 was not the correct path.”
Pizza and Politics happens multiple times a year, and covers all types of political issues and contemporary topics.
The next panel will be Oct. 13 and will look back at uprisings in the Middle East. It is open to all faculty and students.
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After a difficult season-opening game against a ranked opponent and with a conference showdown with Willamette University looming on Oct. 1, what the No. 06-ranked Linfield football program needed most was a chance to get into rhythm against an opponent that probably wasn’t going to pose a serious threat. The ’Cats got that and more in a runaway 52-3 blowout victory over the University of La Verne Leopards on Sept. 24.
“They’ve got some good players,” head Coach Joseph Smith said. “But they’re a young program that’s developing and not ready to execute at the level necessary to compete with a top-10 team.”
The Wildcat defense limited La Verne to 312 yards, only 85 of them on the ground, and kept them out of the end zone for the entire contest while piling up six sacks. When it mattered most in late down situations, the ’Cats were particularly ferocious, stuffing the Leopards on four of five fourth-down conversion attempts.
“They have some pretty athletic receivers,” senior cornerback Nate Dixon. “We keyed in on them and pretty much got the job done.”
Meanwhile, junior quarterback Mickey Inns completed 18 of 27 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs, in just less than three quarters of play. Junior receiver Deidre Wiersma was his top target and nabbed seven passes for 102 yards and a score.
“We had a big cushion outside and took advantage of that,” Wiersma said. “We wanted to spread it out.”
Senior tight end Bryan Anderson started the scoring barrage on a one-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. A 34-yard boot by junior kicker Josh Kay boosted the Linfield margin to 10-0, and Inns added scoring strikes of 19 and two yards in the second quarter to sophomore Charlie Poppen and senior Erik Koczian, respectively, to make a formidable 24-0 halftime margin. The ’Cats finished the day with 162 rush yards, 47 of them from top tailback junior Josh Hill.
Meanwhile, the defense put together a goal-line stand on fourth down from the Linfield 3-yard line that gave the offense yet another chance to score. La Verne couldn’t crack the Linfield defense Inns and the offense needed little time to put points on the board.
“Mickey played an amazing game,” Hill said. “That makes it easy for the run game when he plays like that.”
Senior tailback Stephen Nasca started the second half with a 61-yard kickoff return that nearly went the distance for a score. 12 seconds later, Inns fired a short pass to Wiersma and ballooned Linfield’s advantage to 31-0. After Nasca bulled into the end zone from one yard out later in the quarter, Inns and the Wildcat starters left the game and gave way to the second and third strings.
“We wanted to come out throwing,” Smith said. “Obviously you want a balance in your run and pass games too, but that was the game plan today.”
Leopard kicker Alex Miller scored La Verne’s only three points on a 34-yard field goal that was nearly blocked. Backup sophomore quarterback Josh Yoder made the most of this lone quarter of play by launching two deep touchdown passes of 29 and 30 yards to junior college transfer receiver Lucas Lepson and freshman Evan Peterson, setting the final margin of victory at 52-3. Despite the blowout victory, Smith identified a few areas of concern that must be addressed before opening Northwest Conference play against Willamette in Salem, Ore., on Oct. 1.
“We need to tackle better,” Smith said. “We also want to keep working on protecting our quarterback. But we’re at about 85 percent right now.”
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Both the men and women’s golf teams were busy this weekend. The two teams competed at Quail Valley golf course in Banks, Ore., on Sept. 24 and 25 for the Pacific Invitational.
On the first day of the competition, the Linfield ladies placed fifth with 343 strokes total, which was 55 strokes above par. The team was only 27 strokes behind George Fox University, the winners of the day. Sophomore Alexandria Smith tied for seventh place, with George Fox freshman Whitney Jammerman, Willamette University freshman Nicole Smith and Whitman College sophomore Elaine Whaley. Alexandria Smith ended the first day with eighty strokes, only eight above par. Sophomore Hannah Christianson was only four strokes behind Alexandria Smith, and she was placed eighteenth.
The men’s team led the way for the rest of the teams at the Pacific invitational on the first day. Sophomore A.J. Taylor finished the day with 69 strokes, earning him third place. Following right behind Taylor, senior Alex Fitch tied for fourth with two other golfers. Freshman Ryan Nolan eagled the 10th hole. The Wildcats beat Willamette out of first place by two strokes, and the team finished with as score of 283, putting the team five under par.
On the second day of the Pacific Invitational, the men’s team had four golfers in the top 10. Moving up to first place, Finch beat the rest with a score of 70. Following not too far behind him was Taylor, who finished 10 strokes behind Fitch in the overall. As a team, the men came out with a combined 591, only 15 above par.
In the two competitions that the men’s team has participated in, they have taken first in both.
On day two of the competition, the women’s team finished with 337 strokes, earning them fourth place. The women’s top competitor was Christianson, who came in 12th place with 84 strokes. The entire team finished within 14 strokes of each other on the second day. The women’s team’s overall score for the whole invitational, was 680 strokes, which was 104 strokes above par. There were some major improvements during this competition for the women. One in particular was junior Brinn Hovde, who took eight strokes off her score the second day.
“Our team is looking strong this year. We are definitely starting out a higher level than we did last year so that is exciting for us to see,” Hovde said.
Some challenges the women’s team faces are the other teams they compete against Hovde mentioned in an email, “it is challenging because the teams in our conference have so much depth that we are competing against not one, but multiple other teams that are strong competitors throughout the season. We have what it takes so I’m excited for us to put it to work.”
The two teams have high hopes for the season.
Both team tees off Oct. 1 and 2, where the women’s team will be at the Whitman Invitational at the Wine Valley Golf Club and the men’s team compete at Spokane Country Club.
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The Linfield Wildcats women’s soccer team went up against the George Fox University Bruins on Sept. 24 in a game that resulted in a tie with each team only scoring one point.
Linfield played aggressively, shooting several shots at the goal, most of which were saved by George Fox goalie Alyssa Montero. George Fox only got one shot at the goal during the first half, which was saved by Wildcat freshman Taylor Collinsworth. The first half ended with
neither team scoring a single goal. During the first half, Wildcats had 13 shots on goal, in comparison to George Fox’s one shot on goal.
Most of the second half played out similar to the first half. The Wildcats attempted to score a goal many times, but no goal was scored until the bottom of the game. The defense continuously worked at keeping the Bruins at bay, where they helped stop six shots on goal.
“They work hard,” said Dominic Doty, head coach for the Linfield women’s soccer team. “Their effort level is where we want it.”
With 83:25 to go, freshman Zoe Langsdorf scored the first goal of game with assists by senior Jenna Quiring and junior Anna Sours.
A minute after this goal was scored, Collingsworth got a yellow card after a collision with George Fox’s Shannon Olson. Olson had to leave the game because of an arm injury. In Olson’s place, Melanie Gaither shot the penalty kick for George Fox, scoring
the Bruins’ first goal and tying the game.
“We just couldn’t finish our chances,” said sophomore Sara Miller, a midfielder for the Wildcats.
On Sunday, the Wildcats played against the Willamette Bearcats on their home turf, losing one to three. Just like the game on Saturday, no points were scored until the second half of the game, although there were several attempts by both teams.
The second half of the game began aggressively, with the Wildcats committing one foul and the Bearcats committing three. Bearcat Stephanie Skelly scored the first goal 67 minutes into the game,
giving Willamette a one point advantage. Only a couple of minutes later, Sarah Desautels scored
another point for the Bearcats.
“We weren’t playing as a team. Normally we’re so connected,” Miller said.
However, the Wildcats didn’t give up.
Senior MacKenzie Doty scored a goal for Linfield only a few minutes after the Bearcats scored their second goal. MacKenzie Doty was given an almost
clear shot on goal, where it went in with a hard kick. Even with the 19 shots
on goal, the Wildcats could not out score the Bearcats.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Skelly scored another goal for the Bearcats with an assist from Desautels with only six
minutes left in the game.
The Wildcats fought to the end, shooting four more attempts at the goal before the time finally ran out. These shots included Sophomore Emily Allison taking a shot in the final
50 seconds, and the ball went wide of the goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Apolonia made three saves, and the Bearcats had nine shots on goal during her 90 minutes in goal.
“We created a lot of opportunities, but we couldn’t put the ball in the net,” Doty said. “This was a big learning weekend.”
With the Wildcats the lose against Willamette and their tie against George Fox, the women’s team record stands at five wins and two losses and one tie.
On October 1, Linfield plays against Whitman at home. Kick off is at noon. Their goal for this game is simple.
When asked, both
Miller and Doty had
the same response, “to win.”
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Sophomore Emily Allison kicks the ball up field, away from the Wildcat goal on Sept. 25 at home.
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