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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 www.linfield.edu/namethewildcat. 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.

Article by Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Layout by Kevin Nelson/For the Review

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

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.

Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

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.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Wildcat

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.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Wildcat

The wildcat dances around the track for a sporting event.

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Study nooks hide all over campus

Midterm week finds most students frantically studying everywhere, and an easy place for students to study is the Nicholson Library. But what happens when someone else takes your favorite library study space?

The library, Starbucks and the Fred Meyer Lounge aren’t the only places outside of your dorm room you can study in. Hidden around campus are all sorts of nooks where you can get your thinking caps on. Each academic building has their own, or even multiple, spots. You could just as easily study outside, as long as it isn’t raining.

Sophomores Kiera Thurman and Kiera Downs study outside when the weather is nice.

“It was nice because we’re more with the trees and the grass and stuff,” Downs said.

Senior Melissa Green studies in the lounge of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center while completing her work study there.

“It’s really quiet,” Green said. “There’s usually hardly anyone here. Sometimes, I’ll hear someone practicing piano in the background.”

Green also studies in the lounge of the second floor of Walker.

“I’m an anthropology major, so it’s my territory,” Green said.

Students can study almost anywhere, just make sure that you have easy access to the building whenever you may need it. You might end up having to study in the library some days, especially on the weekends when the academic buildings are closed to general student access.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Sophomores Kiera Thurman (left) and Kiera Downs study on a picnic table near Starbucks. Surprised by the pleasant fall weather, the two students decided to take their homework outside.

Many of the academic buildings have spaces where people can study. This one is located in the basement of T.J. Day Hall.

Freshmen Lizbeth Bravo and Hang Le study outside of Campbell Hall.

A nice place to study is Withnell Commons. It is usually empty and easy to access on the weekends.

Senior Melissa Green studies in the lounge of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, where she also works.

All photos by Rosa Johnson

Double majoring can be lead to major problems

Linfield provides a plethora of chances for students to experience in-class learning, other than those belonging to their designated majors. The Linfield Curriculum forcefully gives students the chance to find new areas of interest.

This could lead to a debate over what major one should complete.

Making a decision is difficult for some students especially when one decides to double major.

There are good and bad reasons to double major along with alternatives to double majoring. Before a student decides to double major, they should debate their options. They must decide how much of a workload they are comfortable with and how their two majors could overlap.

Overlapping majors of two scholarly fields that interest you makes it easier to double major. Common double majors are Math and Economics or International Relations and a language.

These majors have connections that make it easier to major in them at the same time. A bad reason would be not being able to pick just one major.

If a student tries to double major in two completely different fields just because they aren’t able to stick to one, they will soon find themselves swamped and unable to complete it all. Some students may be comfortable with an extreme workload, but others might think they would be able to handle when they really can’t.

In the end, a major usually doesn’t affect the jobs that are available to you as a graduate.  If employers are pleased, they could easily major in one field then enter graduate school with the idea of studying a completely different discipline.

Students who do this bring a different perspective than those students who major in one discipline then attend graduate school with the same discipline in mind.

This broadens the horizons of anyone involved.

Another alternative to double majoring is double minoring.

Double minoring is less of a workload than double majoring, but a student still receives an education in the disciplines they wish.

A student could major in the field they enjoy the most and minor in the field they were considering double majoring in along with another minor.

Students who double major either have overlaps that will cut the work they do to half or have decided that they can handle the extreme workload double majoring provides.

Students may feel as if it has a beneficial impact on their work life after college or that they need it in graduate school, but no matter the major more degrees can be useful in the hands of the right person.

Gilberto Galvez / Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com.

 

The benefits of a work study position

There are many opportunities at Linfield to prepare yourself for the future.

So far, my best choice to prepare for my life after Linfield has been getting a work study position, which has ultimately led to even more on-campus job opportunities.

Obviously, any type of job looks good on resumes. However, I think you gain certain aspects from a work study position that you might not gain from an off-campus job.

First of all, a work study position allows your schedule to be more flexible.

Bosses at Linfield know that school comes first, and because of that they are more accommodating about schedules.

If a big test is coming up and you need to study, many of the employers at Linfield are willing to adjust your hours accordingly.

Also, a work study position helps you make connections and network on campus, which is a huge asset both personally and professionally.

It is really nice to know the faculty and staff on campus that you wouldn’t otherwise know without a work study position.

This makes campus feel more welcoming as a whole.

Some of the nicest faculty and staff I know on campus, I have met through a work study position.

They are always kind enough to ask me how my classes are  going and see how I am doing.

It is nice to have people on campus, other than your friends, that genuinely want you to succeed in school and after graduation.

These will be the people who are willing to write amazing recommendation letters and help you in the quest for that perfect job after Linfield.

Additionally, their professional advice really comes in handy, especially if you plan on applying for graduate schools.

I currently have two positions and enjoy them both immensely.

Since both of my jobs relate to my career of choice, I am very luckily.

But even if there are no options like that for you here at Linfield, I still recommend getting a work study position on campus. The networking and connections you will make will make it worth it.

Everyone is always urging students to get involved on campus, and have a work study position is a great way to start and get paid at the same time.

So I urge everyone to try to get a work study position on campus

Alyssa Townsend / Opinion editor

Alyssa Townsend can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.