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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


Linfield celebrates its long, successful history

Celebrating a birthday is something that only happens once a year. There will be a party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Fred Meyer Lounge to celebrate Linfield’s 156th birthday.

At Linfield College, the community takes pride in its school and the college’s motto, “The Power of a Small College.”

The Linfield community prides itself on being passionate about the college’s culture and it’s history. Getting students to become involved in campus life is a vital part of what makes the college’s small atmosphere impactful for its students.

There will be over five participating clubs and plenty of activities to choose from. Among these activities will be Linfield trivia games, a raffle with great prizes, a performance by rapper Cal Hal, and photos with the wildcat.

In honor of Linfield’s rich history there will be archives and artifacts on display and students are encouraged to bring pictures or memorabilia to contribute to the time capsule for 2013.

Pioneer Hall was the entirety of Linfield when the college first opened and currently houses the history and psychology departments along with an all women’s dorm.

The college has seen many changes since it was established in 1858, but has continued to promote the higher education of its students.

“The event Happy Birthday Linfield gives students a great opportunity to learn about the college’s history while enjoying cake, prizes, and music,” sophomore Katie DeVore said. For more information on this event, contact Student Alumni Association representative, DeVore at alumni@linfield.edu.

The Student Alumni Association is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of Linfield’s philanthropy and the effect it has on every Linfield student’s education and experience at Linfield.

There were over 300 students in attendance last year.

“It is important for students to see and recognize the importance giving back to Linfield has on the student experience. This shows students that without gifts to the college Linfield would not have as rich of a history.” 

Heather Brooks / Staff writer  and  Jon Williams / Opinion editor

Heather Brooks can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com

Jon Williams can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com


‘Cal Hal’ song only represents athletes

Junior Calvin Howell released his music video, “I’m a Linfield Wildcat” under his rapper pseudonym, Cal Hal.

The upbeat song that is performed by one of Linfield’s own shows pride that is directed towards all of the sports teams.

In a song that is about a college, it is assumed that it would have something to do with education since the overall goal is a degree rather than a medal.

Being enrolled at Linfield, this song reflects the school’s reputation.

We are all smart individuals with our own talents, with a song that says, “Linfield Wildcats, yeah we ‘da best,” makes it sound like students on campus only talk in slang.

Throughout the entire song there is a lack of proper grammar.

Sure, there is a rap culture that promotes people to say fragmented sentences, but in reality no one on campus talks with such a dialect.

The entire song focuses on Linfield’s athletic teams, but as a private college and as a Division III school, education is supposed to take priority.

Although we are an athletically gifted school, there is more to campus than just the Northwest Conference.

The music video was first presented during the Nov. 9 halftime show for the Linfield-Puget Sound football game, which just goes to show that it was mainly intended for a sports loving audience.

Mainly, we the people who wish we were athletically gifted, are just jealous.

Not being featured in the music video is a disregard to all of the hard work other people put into their not-so-sporty passions; it feels like high school all over again.

Linfield has students that sound like long lost relatives of Beethoven, these incredible talents are writing entire musical compositions, and yet the hip-hop song does not cover any aspect of the artistic nor scholarly community.

The song is available for download on iTunes, which makes it automatically official.

Also the music video is available on YouTube on CalHalTV, so you can stream and dance to this song while you are feeling extra school spirited.

Regardless, the song’s catchy chorus has been stuck in everyone’s head for over a week.

In all honesty, it is an honor that Cal Hal did the entire production in the first place; the cinematography in “I’m a Linfield Wildcat” captures McMinnville’s small town beauty.

Putting together an entire song takes a lot of time. Not to mention coordinating a music video to go along with it. Cal Hal should be applauded for his and others ability to portray Linfield through a music video.

Overall, Linfield is a talented school in every department, sport, club and team.

It is pretty cool to say, that as a small school, we have a student that is passionate enough to publicize his affection for little ole Linfield.

So, when Cal Hal becomes famous one day he cannot forget his college town in the outskirts of Oregon because he sang a song about it.

Rosa Johnson / Copy editor

Rosa Johnson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopyed@gmail.com

Linfield supports students’ differences

Is Linfield an accepting campus? This is a question that many students ask themselves daily.

Recently, Thomas Durein, former Greek advisor at the University of California, Berkeley, discussed being gay in Greek Life and made students think even more about acceptance and attitudes at Linfield.

This event was sponsored by the gay-straight alliance group, FUSION,  who hosted the event at Linfield as part of national coming out day, a day celebrating the choice of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to share their sexual orientation.

Just the fact that this event occurred on Linfield campus proves that Linfield is growing as a whole and beginning to truly accept and celebrate diversity.

It is nice to see that Linfield is continuing to expand and enhance open discussions about sexual orientation.

Part of this improvement is a direct result of FUSION.

FUSION’s mission is to maintain an atmosphere in which all participants feel safe to express opinions regardless of sexual orientation.

FUSION has been successful as a organization because it aims to educate and help everyone on the Linfield campus.

According to the FUSION organization website, “FUSION is open to all those interested and willing to return the respect with which they will be treated, regardless of sexual orientation.”

Because the club is open to anyone and everyone, despite sexual orientation, it has really helped educate and promote awareness to the general Linfield community.

Since  education and awareness is the first step to understanding and acceptance, it is crucial that an organization on campus is working so hard to inform everyone.

It is important that students here at Linfield feel supported not only by administration and faculty, but also by their peers.

We hope that through education and discussion students on campus feel safe and welcome.

We hope that through open discourse students feel comfortable sharing their stories, whatever it might be.

Thanks to events   like the one Durein spoke at, students are getting educated about current social issues and applying what they are learning to their everyday life, while at the same time improving Linfield as a whole.


-The Review Editorial Board

Linfield, businesses create connections for future

Linfield opened up Ford Hall on Oct. 10 to host “Business After Hours,” a community networking event, to promote relations between McMinnville businesses and the college.

“Business After Hours” was semi-formal, social event staffed by members of the McMinnville chamber of commerce. Though historically not the norm, “Business After Hours” coupled as a fundraising event of “Partners in Progress.”

“‘Partners in Progress’ is a fundraising campaign for [Linfield] where local businesspeople come together to solicit funds from other businesses for Linfield and [the money raised] goes towards community recognized events on campus such as athletics, music and [scholarships,]” Dave Davison said.

Davison is a Linfield alumnus, part of the class of ’03 as well as a local business owner. Davison owns the Davison Auto Parts of McMinnville, a local Napa Auto Parts store.

College President Thomas L. Hellie gave a speech thanking the community business partners for their continued contributions to Linfield and illustrated some of the campus events that they, the business owners, were supporting. Events such as faculty lectures, nationally successful sports teams and an award winning theater department.

“When I talk to parents of prospective students, they often tell me that they hope that their child will choose Linfield because they are so taken by the town of McMinnville. They are so impressed by the restaurants and Third Street and really just the culture and quality and character of this town,” Hellie said.

Hellie also expressed his gratitude for Linfield’s being a part of the McMinnville community.

“Certainly, we are tremendous beneficiaries of living in such a progressive and interesting and important community in Oregon,” Hellie said.

“We are very proud to be part of the McMinnville Community and we are looking for more ways to partner with businesses in the McMinnville community,” Hellie said.

The event was concluded with a raffle with gift cards to a few local businesses as prizes.

Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter

Ryan Morgan can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Spencer Beck/Freelance photographer

Debbie Harmon (left,) director of alumni and parent relations, presents a McMinnville business owner with a gift card to Golden Valley
Brewery. Six other gift cards were handed out as raffle prizes to various audience members.