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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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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.
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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 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
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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.
“The power of a small college,” is a phrase that we have all heard
more than once, but that sense of community extends beyond the
students and professors.
The Day Cleaning Crew is a small community unto themselves, who
are a part of the Linfield community.
Javier Mendoza, cleaning services supervisor, started working at Linfield as a member of
the night crew. He worked the graveyard shift for four years before switching to the daytime shift
two years ago. He starts work at 4 a.m. to meet with the night crew, and then later in the day he
meets with the day crew. Mendoza became cleaning services supervisor in 2006, adding a few more
responsibilities to his job, such as training new workers and briefing both crews. After work, Mendoza
spends time with his two children, who are 15- and 5-years-old. Mendoza is also furthering his
education at Linfield, and is taking a financial accounting class. Also, he is taking courses in math and
health at Chemekta Community College. Despite all of his responsibilities, he finds a way to fit all of it
into his busy schedule.
Eric Chapman, day cleaning crew member, learned about the work at Linfield from a friend.
He has worked at the college for seven years, beginning on the night crew before being moved to the
Day Crew. He has settled into a routine of working in the day and relaxing at home in the evenings.
“I’ve been neglecting my truck,” Chapman said. “I got a Toyota pickup, and I cleaned up the wheels
and the chrome.” Fishing, hunting and other woodsy activities are hobbies that Chapman enjoys
fitting into his schedule. He grew up in the Midwest and moved to Oregon after his parents’ divorce.
“My mother’s sister lived in Lincoln City,” he said. “That’s where I finished school.” When he was
younger, he ran cross country, played football and interested in bowling. “I was very hyper when I was
MaryRose Rose, resident hall assistant supervisor, has worked at Linfield since 1989. She
began as a temporary worker, and was later hired to work nights. When her husband died, she made
the move to the day shift. Rose is in charge of preparing work study students for the cleaning crew.
She also assigns students to custodians, does book work, helps Mendoza with pest control, hands
out supplies and occasionally cleans up bodily fluids. At home, Rose enjoys sitting down with a good
murder mystery novel to relax after a hard day’s work. She also comes to campus plays, movie nights
and summer concerts. Her favorite part about working at Linfield is the variety of experiences she
has, which include anything from removing a bird from a student’s room to having a conversation
with a student. Rose reports directly to Mendoza, but she used to be Mendoza’s boss. “I am so glad he
took that job,” Rose said about Mendoza. “He’s really smart. We work great together.”
Maria Cerda, day cleaning crew member,
began working at Linfield as a temporary worker. She applied for an open position but worked three
months filling in for someone on the Day Crew, then three months working as a temporary worker on
the Night Crew before she received a full-time position on the Day Crew. Cerda’s halls are Memorial
and Terrel, but she cleans the women’s bathrooms in Mahaffey, Frerichs and Larsell in the mornings.
She tries to fit in time to relax, but with two 6- and 4-year-old children on her hands, she often has
a lot of work at home as well. “When I have vacation, I go to Mexico,” she said. Cerda usually tries
to go during the winter to visit her family in Michoacan with her children and husband. The work at
Linfield has given Cerda a perspective that she never had before. “I like interacting with the students
who have worked with us during the summer, talking to them, and sometimes they speak to me when
they have little problems, especially the Hispanic ones,” she said.
Michael Prewitt, day cleaning crew member, started working at Linfield eight years ago.
Prewitt’s day begins like that of any other crew member. In the morning he cleans the bathrooms of
Campbell, Frerichs and Whitman, and around midday, he cleans the entirety of the residence halls -
vacuuming, sweeping, changing garbage bags, etc. During his days off, Prewitt spends as much time
as possible at the coast, and after work, he relaxes by watching television with his wife. He enjoys
watching reality shows including ‘Survivor,’ ‘The X-Factor’ and ‘American Idol.”
Sandra Nixon, day cleaning crew leader, began working at Linfield when her children started
to grow up and ask her to buy them things. She had worked at the college multiple times before
deciding to apply for a job on the night crew. “I had the opportunity to come to days,” Nixon said.
“It was great for me because I was 40-years-old and working graveyard for the very first time.” It
took a few weeks for Nixon to adjust her sleeping patterns to nights. The change to days wasn’t much
different. “You don’t really realize it, but once you come back to day shift that’s when it hits you you’ve
just kind of been in a fog all this time,” she said. Nixon is in charge of Pioneer and Hewitt Hall. To
relax, Nixon enjoys watching Jeopardy and the news and checking her Facebook. The student body is
her favorite part of working at Linfield. “They’re always having fun and a good time.”
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