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World Wide Wildcats

Everybody publishes content online. But there is more out in the World Wide Web than spam, viruses and get-rich-quick schemes. Legitimate jobs exist, and some of our own Wildcats have jumped on board. One Linfield student and an alumna have each taken their talents to a more professional level. Check out the
following Q&As to see what they’re up to.

Dawn Moore
Class of ’08
Professional blogger

What exactly do you do?
I am working for WoW Insider and Joystiq.com as a feature columnist and journalist. I’m also executive editor for two new, separate sites launching later this year. One is a competitive gaming tournament website working with game companies and publishers to host and advertise tournaments for them (e.g. StarCraft 2, Heroes of Newerth, Tekken). The other is a sort of social networking site for [massively multiplayer online games].
I also own and operate a semi-popular gaming blog, but I write under a pen name for that, so I can’t tell you where it is. Two of the four gigs are paid (WoW Insider/Joystiq through contract and my personal site through advertising revenue) with the other two eventually paying once we pay off our investors and re-contract.
When did you start your current job?
Dec. 2009 – I really got lucky, actually. There was a website I read that called for open applications (joystiq.com). So, I just applied. I didn’t have any background in blogging except high school and college (but without a topic). I had a fantastic application. I got the job and I’ve been working there ever since. After I applied for it, I realized that almost every site you can blog for, you could apply for an application. It’s actually easy to get a job. Just submit a sample writing and idea for a column.

What is your favorite part about your job?
1. Technically I get paid to play videogames for a living.
2. Love the readers who comment and send me e-mails, basically my fans. I have about 20,000 readers.
What is your least favorite part about your job?
I guess the worst thing about the job is sometimes, like, you’ll work really hard on something, and it will take forever. It isn’t an hourly job, but a rate job. You get paid per story. Sometimes I will write a five-sentence article, and I will get paid well, and other times I will write a 2,000-word article and not get paid much. If you spend forever on an article, the pay equals to less, so your efforts aren’t always rewarded. You really have to stay disciplined on your schedule.
You can make as much money as you want as long as you make stuff to sell. But you have to wake up in the morning and not just lay in bed. You have to work and work and work and work. And if you do that, you’ll be rich if not, you’ll just be there.
The cool thing is that I wake up at 11 a.m. and sit in my underwear until 5 p.m. working. It’s pretty glamorous, if you think about it. It’s a great job.
Josh Rivas
Writer for “Massive Pwnage” webcomic series.

What can you say about your series?
Massive Pwnage is about Ence, a struggling artist, and Locke, an ex-programmer, getting through life. The duo goes through misadventures that poke fun at the games we loved in our youth and the conventions of geek society. There is an overall story going on, but most of the comic is [about] Locke and Ence’s take on anything geeky — whether it be video games, movies, table top or collectable card games. While most of the strips are works of pure fabrication, much of the humor usually stems from real conversations and moments just because we don’t know who Jon is.

What are your plans for the future of Massive Pwnage?
We’ve recently released “The Book of Pwnage,” which is a compilation of our first year of comics. We’ve already begun plans for Volume Two, but it’s still in the early stages of design. As for the future, we hope to start promoting the comic at conventions and connect with the fans. We also want our site to be more connected to the heartbeat of the community, providing reviews of movies, games and comics and the things we care about as a whole.

How did you get started in writing for webcomics?
In 2007, I was contacted by Jon Nielsen, an old friend from high school. He told me that he wanted to start a comic but was burned out on ideas. I sent him a comic about the iPhone months before its release with my personal feelings on it. He thought it was pretty good, and after writing two more comics, he asked if I wanted to be on board as the writer full-time. I promptly agreed. We’ve been writing them ever since, maintaining our schedule for the past three years.

How popular is your comic?
It’s definitely still pretty underground, although some game developers are pretty well aware of us and are fans. Most recently the developers of League of Legends, a massively multiplayer online game, liked our comic so much, he sent it to the entire development. To reward us, they featured us in their very first Summoner Spotlight, a monthly award page featuring the work of fans, with our recent League of Legends comic as a highlight. We actually got so many incoming fans it broke our servers. The system estimated that more than 60,000 users had attempted to view the comic at the same time. We get anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 views in a day normally, so this is huge for us.

What do you plan to do after
Freelance writing and continuing work with Jon Nielsen on Massive Pwnage and other projects. I plan on writing short stories and novels in the future and using this products to sharpen my skills in building narrative and character.

By Megan Myer/Online Editor
Megan Myer can be reached at linfieldreviewonline@gmail.com

From Wildcats to Bulldogs: an acceptance story

Webber and Davies.

Webber (left) and Davies. Photo by Mary Campbell/Photographer .

Two Linfield seniors have been accepted into Yale University graduate programs, some of the most prestigious in the world, beginning in the fall.

According to the university’s Web site, Yale, a private research university founded in 1701, and the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, is home to more than 2,000 annually offered courses and jaw-dropping assets, including a $16.3 billion endowment; the second largest of any academic institution; and the second largest academic library in the world, with about 12.5 million volumes held in more than two dozen libraries. But, beginning in the fall, Yale will also be home to some familiar faces: two Linfield seniors, Matt Davies and Andrew Webber.
Both Davies and Webber will attend the world-renowned university this fall. Davies will study the history of Christianity. Webber, however, has yet to decide between studying the philosophy of religion or the Hebrew bible.
Davies and Webber had been talking about becoming professors for almost two years before applying.
“We thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot and see what happens,’” Davies said. “It would be a great opportunity.”
Both seniors received e-mail notices on a Thursday afternoon, alerting them that Yale had finished sifting through applications, that decisions were made and to expect a letter before the following Monday. However, that same day, both were notified that acceptance and rejection letters had been mailed out early (that day, in fact) and that they could check their statuses online.
Webber checked his status first, where he discovered that he had been accepted into the program.
“I read the letter several times,” he said. “I didn’t want to get excited and then realize I had read it wrong.”
When he realized his good fortune, Webber, in a fit of joyous excitement, ran across campus, telling friends of his acceptance, but not before he called his family with the news.
Davies, on the other hand, was left in suspense, as accessing his status link proved to be more complicated than the application process.
“The link wasn’t working for me,” he said. “It was really frustrating, especially after Andrew was able to check his.”
But, once the link decided to play ball, Davies was more than pleased to discover that he, too, was accepted.
“I think I also read the letter, like, five times,” he said.
However, applying to the graduate program was no walk in the park.
The Graduate Record Examination, both men said, was a difficult part of the application process. However, they added that it wasn’t everything.
“The GREs were nerve-wracking, yes, but I just as nervous about getting in all together,” Davies said. “However, the rest of the process was fairly normal. It all came down to trying to formulate my personal statement.”
Entry into Yale graduate programs, similar to Fulbrights and other graduate schools, requires recommendations and personal statements.
As back-ups, Davies applied to Claremont Graduate and Princeton universities. He also applied to a safety school, to which he was also accepted.
Webber applied to Harvard University and the University of Chicago, which he admitted was risky. All three, including Yale, are prestigious institutions, and gaining entry can prove difficult.
Neither senior requested help from Linfield; for them, it was a process they undertook on their own. However, both said they spoke to Linfield professors, which aided them both tremendously.
Davies said finance was one of the major reasons for choosing Yale in the end. Besides “knowing that Yale is Yale,” Davies said, Yale has one of the most generous financial aid packages available, normally about $40,000.
“It made a huge difference between Yale and Claremont for me,” he said. “It came down to academics and finances.”
Yale was Webber’s top choice from the get-go. However, Harvard was a viable choice as he said he has friends who attend the university.
In addition to academics and finances, community aspects played a significant role in the seniors’ decision. For Webber, the large Jewish community will offer a social sphere that is unavailable at Linfield.
Because of what Yale offers, both men aim their aspirations high.
“I want to publish,” Davies said. “I just really want to see that side of academia.”
Webber agreed, saying that he wants to work under a scholar.
If you are interested in applying for graduate school, Davies and Webber, through their own endeavors, have procured some valuable advice:
“Shoot for the stars,” Davies said. “Certain people might not even apply to a place like Yale because they don’t think they would get in. The worse thing they can do is say no.”
Both emphasized that grades and GREs, while important, aren’t make-or-break when applying.
“My GPA is average, and my GRE was average,” Davies said. “But I put stock into my recommendations and personal statement. Shape your personal statement so that you stand out among the crowd, so you set yourself apart.”
“Be creative,” Webber added, “and contact professors from the school you are applying to.”

Story by Dominic Baez
Editor-in-chief Dominic Baez can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Pump it up


Frank Baumholtz, class of ’95, directs one of his clients during a session in his training center, MVP Performance Training. - Photo courtesy of Frank Baumholtz

A passion for teaching and athletic training led alumnus Frank Baumholtz to opening a training facility in McMinnville.

“A lot of people don’t know how to move, and it is not because they can’t — it is because they forget how.”
For two months now, those who have forgotten how to move have had a reason to remember. The reason comes in the form of certified personal trainer Frank Baumholtz, class of ’95. He explained that sedentary lifestyles and work environments cause muscles to shut off and forget how to work. He knows that those muscles need a wake-up call.
Inside of his 1st Street training facility, MVP Performance Training, where he works with the general fitness population and even a professional baseball player, you won’t find treadmills or an elliptical. There are no machines — just Baumholtz and his get-up-and-go attitude, a mentality summarized by his own words: “Get on your feet, move and shake. Get your butt movin’.”
Baumholtz is athletic-minded, he said. He was a dual-sport athlete, playing baseball and football at Linfield during a time when Riley Student Center and Walker Hall were still one building. Baumholtz received physical education and athletic training degrees from Linfield.
While his involvement in sports provides insight into the plight of an athlete, his master’s degree from Oregon State University in education with a minor in movement studies in disabilities only solidifies his background. He has been a personal trainer since 2006 and has been teaching physical education at Newberg High School for 15 years. In 2009, he was named Oregon Teacher of the Year.
Educating and training truly delight him,
evident within his wide eyes, which display his eagerness to learn what your goals are, where you are in terms of physical capability and how to teach and train you using a program tailored to your specific needs.
“My mission is that I want to help aspiring individuals meet whatever their goals are,” he said. “Helping people and seeing their reaction to meeting those goals is the rewarding aspect.”
Inside MVP, you will not find any mirrors, either. The space takes on a tone far different from a typical gym.
Baumholtz doesn’t deny that there are
other places to work out; he also realizes that not everyone knows how to exercise.
“What if you’re intimidated?” he questions. “What if you aren’t comfortable running on a treadmill in front of the window?”
Baumholtz said that he typically works with groups of four to five people. Having a smaller group provides a more inviting vibe.
“They work hard, no doubt, but the
atmosphere is electric,” he said.
People find themselves joking while they’re working out. They talk about other topics such as their families, all as a result of the intimate atmosphere. No one has to worry about anything except their objectives, and Baumholtz has that under control.
“People told me I was crazy to start a business right now,” he said.
The disbelief did little to smite his determination. His goal and his passion were driving forces for him to establish MVP. He knew there were people who wanted his help and that he just needed to get the word out.
Although the landlord of the building that houses MVP prohibits him from placing a sign in front of the training facility, there is one along the building’s side. If you look for it, it’s not hard to see. You may have driven or walked right past it. It’s just beyond the railroad tracks on 1st Street.
Baumholtz, as a husband, father and teacher, is running full speed in several directions. As a result, he works by appointment only. However, his ambition will grow exponentially, and he said he plans to expand within 10 years.
Septembre Russell
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