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Where would we be without our iPhones, tablets, and laptops? The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field is responsible for much of what we know to be everyday conveniences in life, from something as simple as turning the light on to driving a car. Even though these important aspects of life are everywhere, these “conveniences” are produced by a primarily male dominated industry.
Retention of women in STEM fields is much lower than men in the same field.
For women there is a struggle to fit in, which still is continuing in such related fields today. Predominantly male-dominated careers creates a barrier that many women struggle to break through.
By having men in STEM careers and positions there is a culture that develops that is male-centered. As a result, many women are hesitant to dive into the fields that are catered to men, even if they have exceptional abilities.
Karen Purcell, a professional engineer and owner of PK Electrical sees the struggle women face in a male-dominated field. She believes that there is a specific barrier established by men in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields that women are not accustomed to and uncomfortable with.
A successful engineer at her own company, Purcell strives to empower women to follow their dream of pursuing education and careers in the STEM field.
“By maintaining certain fields as male-dominated, we are allowing those cultures in those fields to be established and maintained by men” Purcell said.
Many women who strive to pursue STEM related career paths are not exposed to the workplace and the culture itself at an early age, as with other female-dominated professions.
Purcell describes the introduction to her engineering career began with an “accidental mentor,” and says she was aided through the process of discovering her passion in a male-dominated STEM field.
Purcell’s high school physics teacher noticed her skills in math and science and suggested she pursue an engineering degree.
Purcell later went on to receive a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Widner University.
She accredits her success to her high school teacher giving her a push and encouraging her to follow a path that most women do not pursue.
Purcell suggests female professionals in STEM related careers act as mentors.
Many students, men and women, struggle to find their footing in any field and a helping hand can lead students to success and help them gain confidence as they enter the world of work.
She stresses that mentors themselves frequently find value through such experiences on professional and personal levels, since the mentor watches the student learn, change, and develop into the person they will be tomorrow.
“In my field, I strongly believe that women early in their engineering career and young women, those who don’t even know yet that they will become engineers, are unquestionably the future of our profession” Purcell said.
Katie Devore / Staff writer
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The women’s lacrosse team struggled both offensively and defensively during its match against Smith College on March 17, losing 22-5. This makes its overall record 0-3.
In the first six minutes, the Pioneers already had a four-point lead over the Wildcats. The match began with a couple of quick plays from the Wildcats, showing a chance for strength.
Sophomore Chas Tittle was able to snatch away the opening draw control, while sophomore goalkeeper Kaleigh
Phillips blocked the first goal attempt from the Pioneers. Phillips served as a replacement for freshman Erika Phillipo, who was out on injury.
However, less than a minute later, the Pioneers scored their first goal.
Tittle and junior Shelby Duarte both contributed two goals for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Halee Helgerson scored the Wildcats’ final goal of the game.
For the remainder of the first half and the remainder of the game, the Wildcats remained scoreless.
Smith had a strong lead at the beginning of the second half, 15-5. Phillipo made 10 saves, splitting them each in half.
Senior Lynette Cole was able to scoop five ground balls for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will next face Allegheny College at 6 p.m. March 18 on the soccer field.
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The Wildcats’ softball season started Feb. 23 and 24, splitting a four game series against the Whitworth University Pirates.
The second double header of the series took place Feb. 24.
The first game started out well for the Wildcats. After a scoreless top of the first, the ’Cats went to work.
After two outs, senior all-American third baseman, Karleigh Prestianni walked. Sophomore designated player Lisa Yamamoto followed with a walk, which brought up junior shortstop Katy Brosig. Brosig doubled driving in Prestianni, putting Catball ahead of the Pirates 1-0.
The ’Cats would not look back, as they scored three more runs in the third. After Whitworth scored three runs at top of the fourth, the Wildcats responded with 11 runs in the bottom half of the inning, sealing the game, which was ended after five innings of play.
The second game of the day was a nail biter. After falling behind 7-1 through five and a half innings, the ’Cats made their comeback. With four singles, a hit batter and a double from Brosig, the ’Cats were able to cut the lead down to a one-run ball game 7-6.
After a scoreless top of the seventh, Linfield had one last opportunity to tie the Pirates. With two outs, sophomore outfielder Chelan Guischer doubled to centerfield. With Guischer in scoring position, sophomore outfielder Grace Middelstadt grounded out to third, ending the game in a 6-7 loss.
The previous day produced two extra inning thrillers. In the first game, Whitworth jumped out to an early 4-1 lead before the Wildcats responded with two in the bottom of the third.
Whitworth tacked on one run in the top of the fifth, but Catball came right back with two in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 5-5.
In the top of the seventh, the ’Cats brought in junior pitcher Shelby VandeBerg to close. With two outs and two on, an error by junior first baseman Haylie Watson allowed one run to score, giving the Pirates a lead 6-5.
Catball would not fold, though. In the bottom half of the inning, with two outs, the Whitworth first baseman made an error on a ball hit by senior outfielder Megan Wallo. The error allowed sophomore catcher McKenna Spieth to score, and tie the game 6-6.
The eighth and top of the ninth innings went by without any scoring, but in the bottom of the ninth, Yamamoto ended the game in one swing, blasting a ball over the centerfield fence, ending the game 7-6.
The final game Feb. 23 was a 15-inning battle that featured nine pitchers and 32 hits.
With the game knotted up at six a piece in the top of the 15th, Whitworth center fielder Caylan Haehl singled. A passed ball by Spieth and a sacrifice bunt by Whitworth catcher Sacha Clow left Haehl on third with one out. Left fielder Riley Fritz flew out to left field, scoring Haehl.
The Wildcats were unable to get a runner on base in the bottom of the 15th, ending the game 7-6 in favor of Whitworth.
Prestianni hit 6-13 on the weekend with one home run, two doubles and three runs batted in. VandeBerg led the way for the pitching staff with 14 and a third innings pitched, allowing nine earned runs on 18 hits and 12 strikeouts.
“I think this weekend showed that we are going to have to fight for every win this season,” VandeBerg said. “As we get ready for next weekend, we just need to learn from our mistakes and keep making adjustments.”
The ’Cats play two games against the Pacific University Boxers on March 2, before heading up to Portland to face off against the Lewis & Clark University Pioneers on March 3.
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A whistle blows, and immediately, the yelling begins. Players run for the ball as other teammates shout commands and support. One player drops the ball and laughs, apologizing before picking it up with her lacrosse stick and continuing on with the scrimmage.
By just watching, one would never realize that Linfield’s women’s lacrosse team struggled for numbers this season. And its not the only team, either.
Linfield’s women’s golf team also struggled for players this season, and is barely scrapping by with a team of four, although it is technically a full team.
“We have enough to fill a team, but for the most part, we could use a couple more girls,” said Samantha Smith, the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team and Linfield alum.
Currently, women’s lacrosse has 14 players, but is hoping to get up to at least 16 or 17 to have more subs available. Women’s golf is hoping to get up to about six or seven players next season.
The low numbers this year for both women’s golf and women’s lacrosse could be because of both the head coaches being new this year and not having enough time to recruit new members.
“It was tough for the women’s [golf] team because it had a coach step in partway through the season,” said Brynn Hurdus, the head coach of women’s golf and also Linfield alum.
Halfway through last season, the old women’s golf coach had to leave after saying he was too busy with work.
Another coach stepped in who had no previous experience coaching women’s golf, and Hurdus was hired in the summer. But it was too late, Hurdus said, and she couldn’t do any recruiting for this year’s team.
“I’ve talked to a lot of recruits, and it looks like we’ll have numbers back up for next year,” Hurdus said.
Smith has also been recruiting women through emailing previous players and other women on the team asking their friends to come out and play. So far, they were able to get three new players.
“It’s a huge relief,” Smith said. “Being a first-year coach, you don’t want to have to forfeit every game because you don’t have enough girls coming out.”
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Catball gained the top spot in the conference standings after sweeping Pacific University and Lewis and Clark University.
On March 3, the Wildcats faced Lewis and Clark in a doubleheader, winning the first game 8-0 and the second 6-0.
Juniors Karina Paavola and Shelby VandeBergh both made appearances on the mound with shut out performances.
Paavola was selected as an All- American returning.
Sophomore outfielder Grace Middelstadt scored the first run for the Wildcats after a groundout to short by senior third basemen Karleigh Prestianni.
The Pioneers were only allowed one hit under Paavola and reliever freshman Maddy Dunn.
The Wildcats scored in every inning except for the fourth. Junior Ashley Garcia went two for three with one RBI and two runs scored.
In game two, junior Haylie Watson hit a homerun for the Wildcats, while Middelstadt had a pair of hits and two stolen bases.
VandeBergh and reliever sophomore Montana McNealy struck out 11, seven of which came from McNealy, who did not allow a hit or walk during her three-inning appearance.
On March 2, the Wildcats started their weekend sweep with a doubleheader against Pacific, winning the first game 3-0 and second game 9-1.
In the first game, Paavola allowed two hits and struck out 10 Boxers.
During the second inning, the Boxers tested the Wildcats’ defense.
After two walks and a single, the bases were loaded with one out left. Paavola kept her composure, striking out one for the second out, and then forcing a Boxer to pop out, ending the inning.
The Wildcats scored their lone three runs in the third inning, leading them to their first victory of the weekend.
In the second game, a power performance was displayed with a two-run homerun from Catball’s Garcia and a solo homerun by Boxer centerfielder Becca Moen.
The VandeBergh and McNealy match-up held the Boxers to four hits and one run.
The Boxers had one error in the third.
The Wildcats will compete next in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Leadoff Classic. They will first face Ithaca College on March 8.
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