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As everyone knows, November just ended, as did the infamous “No Shave November.” People from all around shaved their month-long hair growth in celebration of their achievements.
The point of this month is exactly what the name entails. People are supposed to avoid shaving for the entire month starting Nov. 1.
Men everywhere become excited that they can grow out their facial hair, some ending the month resembling gnomes, Santa Claus or like they just walked out of a Western movie.
Women also participate in this month-long holiday but are looked at with disgust for allowing unnecessary hair to build up on their bodies.
There should be no standard that women cannot participate in the festivities.
Disgust is shown when women decide not to shave mostly because there is a consensus that women should not have hair in certain areas. This idea has been spread throughout society without a true explanation of why it is not acceptable for women to participate in “No Shave November.”
Everyone has an equal right to take part in the holiday, and it seems that women are discouraged from it because the wool of hair that crops up is not the ideal image of a woman.
This is only one month of not shaving; it will not be permanent. What bad can hairy legs do besides disgust?
No Shave November came from a charity event called Movember that was a contest for people to grow their mustaches in awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancers.
The event spread throughout the world and now has become something that people look forward to.
Just as men are able to help spread awareness of female-related cancers, women should be able to do the same.
It used to be acceptable for women to not shave, but since this image is typically not acceptable in our society, No Shave November is not usually a choice.
Many women still participate but usually do so in secret or do not publicly announce that they are. Women should walk around with pride with hairy legs and armpits and not be judged.
No Shave November is a fun way to show awareness during the month and doesn’t take much effort to participate.
If a man can grow out a thick mustache and beard and still be accepted, women should be able to do the same with the hair on their bodies.
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The Wildcats women’s tennis team’s exceptional season has come to a disappointing end.
The Wildcats faced off against Willamette University for the Northwest Conference semi-finals April 21.
The Wildcats fought hard to take a 5-0 victory.
Starting off strong, the ‘Cats won all three doubles matches.
In No. 1 doubles, senior Abby Olbrich and sophomore Caroline Brigham won, 8-5, over Willamette’s Sabrina Gutierrez and Shannon Palmer.
Senior Kiana Nip and freshman Kaila Nip won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, while junior Lexi Thomas and freshman Kelly Watanabe, at No. 3, finished 8-5.
“It’s always nice to be able to win at 1, 2 and 3 doubles because that just gives you a lot of momentum going into singles and takes some of the pressure off,” Head Coach Amy Smith said.
Olbrich and Brigham also played well in singles; Oblrich defeated Palmer 6-0, 6-3, and Brigham beat Guitierrez 6-3, 6-1.
The Wildcats faced the Whitman Missionaries for the NWC Championship on April 22.
The Missionaries overwhelmed the ‘Cats with a 5-1 win.
“We weren’t at full strength today, but the girls fought really hard,” Smith said. “I’m proud of their effort.”
The Wildcats’ lone point came from Thomas and Watanabe at No. 3 doubles. The pair earned an 8-5 victory over the Missionaries’ Maddy Webster and Hannah Palkowitz.
The singles ended with three losses and three unfinished matches. Brigham, Thomas and freshman Gretchen Jernstedt lost their singles matches.
The Wildcats ended the season 13-1 in NWC standings.
Smith said she is proud of the team.
“They’ve done an excellent job of coming together. Even when the cards were seemingly stacked against them, they continued to fight hard,” she said.
For next year, Smith said the team intends to pick up where it left off and continue to improve.
Two seniors, Kiana Nip and Olbrich, will be saying goodbye this year.
Olbrich is a finance major with an economics minor. She plans to continue playing tennis after college.
“I’d like to either play on a USTA team or just play in some local tournaments.”
Nip is an international business major with a Japanese minor. She also hopes to continue playing, but not competitively.
Nip has had the opportunity to play alongside her younger sister this year. Sunday’s match marked their only loss in doubles, making them 12-1 in league standings.
Both seniors have many fond memories with the team.
“Spending time with my teammates and making unforgettable friendships is something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world,” Olbrich said.
“I’m proud of how we did this year. My best memories from Linfield are from this season,” Nip said.
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As the women’s tennis team nears the end of the season, it has yet to be defeated by any other Northwest Conference team despite its losses in non-conference matches.
The Wildcats matched up with the Pirates of Whitworth University on April 7. Traveling to Spokane, Wash., Linfield competed in nine matches, six singles and three doubles.
The first Wildcat to claim a win was senior Abby Olbrich, defeating Whitworth senior Alli Marshall. Olbrich won her first match against Marshall, 6-1. In the second match, Olbrich won 6-0.
The second win for Linfield was by freshman Kaila Nip. Facing off with Whitworth freshman Saryn Mooney, Kaila Nip won both of matches. Also winning a singles match was senior Kiana Nip, winning both her matches, 6-4.
Linfield swept the doubles competition.
First to compete were Olbrich and sophomore Caroline Brigham, who won their match, 8-4.
Sister team Kaila and Kiana Nip won 8-5, defeating Whitworth’s Steele and Mooney.
The final doubles team, made up of junior Lexi Thomas and freshman Kelly Watanabe, beat senior Claire Hemming and junior Megan Wingfield, 9-7.
Starting off the winning weekend, the Wildcats faced off with Whitman College on April 6 in Walla Walla, Wash.
Linfield won five of the nine matches, taking all three double competitions.
“This was a weekend of tough competition for us, but we pulled through and it was definitely a team effort”, Watanabe said. “We swept in doubles in both matches which I think helped our team a lot. Since we already played and defeated Whitman and Whitworth before, we played with a lot of confidence and everyone fought hard during their match.”
While the Wildcats have a spotless record in the Northwest Conference, the team lost two games March 30 and 31 while at a California competition. This puts the team’s overall record at 11-4.
In their next home match, the Wildcats will compete against the University of Puget Sound on April 13.
With the NWC tournament quickly approaching, Linfield is busy preparing.
“We are preparing for the NWC Tournament by practicing hard and doing practice matches against each other to help prepare us for the competition,” Kaila Nip said.
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The Wildcats defeated the Lewis & Clark Pioneers 2-1 Sept. 14 at home and Puget Sound University with another score of 2-1 Sept. 18 in Tacoma, Wash.
The team had to fight to the end in order to triumph over the Pioneers Sept. 14.
“Lewis & Clark was man-marking Emily Fellows which shut out one of our best attackers and play makers and made it difficult to put away our chances,” said sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Collinsworth. Most of the game was played in the Pioneer’s half, but the Wildcats couldn’t get a shot past the goalkeeper. At halftime, the Pioneers led with a score of 1-0.
Sophomore goalie Apolonia Martinez spent the entire game in the goal, where she made two saves against Lewis & Clark.
“We came out hard the second half knowing what we needed to do which was get our other forwards to step up and put our opportunities away,” Collinsworth said. The team aimed several shots at the goal during the start of the second half, but none of them made it in.
Finally, the Wildcats got their big break when one of the Pioneers got a yellow card. Sophomore Emily Fellows scored a goal on a penalty kick, earning the Wildcats their first goal of the game.
The game was tied, and the Pioneers made the Wildcats work hard for a win. Linfield made an attempt at a goal with 10 minutes left, but the ball didn’t make it past the goalie. With about five minutes left in the game, junior Christine Tamamoto kicked a corner kick and freshman Zoe Langsdorf scored the winning goal with a header.
Early in the game against UPS Sept. 18, the Loggers committed a foul, awarding a penalty kick to junior Anna Sours. The shot missed the goal, leaving both teams with a score of 0-0. The Wildcats continued to fight for a goal, attempting another shot, this time made by freshman Lindzee Baker. Then, 15 minutes into the game, Fellows scored the Wildcats’ first goal, bringing the game’s score up 1-0.
Both teams began playing aggressively after the first goal was made. The Wildcats committed three fouls and the Loggers committed two additional fouls. This aggressive play didn’t stop the Wildcats from scoring another goal, this time scored by sophomore Anna LeBeaume.
The second half was just as aggressive as the first half, with several more fouls being committed. Martinez once again
spent the entire game in the goal, where the Loggers scored their first goal 74 minutes into the game on a header made by Mikaela Freeman with an assist from Christine Isabella, both of UPS. Neither team scored again in the game.
The games played against Lewis & Clark and University of Puget Sound were the first two conference games played this season, leaving the Wildcats with a 2-0 record.
The next game is Sept. 24 against George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.
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The Linfield women’s soccer team hit the ground running, winning three out of four games. The Wildcats faced off with the Corban University Warriors of Salem, Ore., on Sept. 10.
Starting the game off at a fast pace, the Wildcats and Warriors battled for the ball. After 12 minutes, Corban’s sophomore Rileigh Mankin was fouled by Linfield sophomore goalie Taylor Collinsworth in the 18-yard box, earning the Warriors a penalty kick. Mankin scored, earning Corban the first and only goal of the game, leaving the Wildcats with their first loss of the season.
The team won its previous three games against Southern Oregon University, Northwest Christian University and Oregon Institute of Technology.
“So far, the season is looking really good,” sophomore Emily Fellows said in an email. “We are three and one in preseason and we have improved each game. Our main team goal for the year is to win a conference title. It would be the first in Linfield women’s soccer history.”
The Wildcats have another great roster for this season. Just these four games alone, Fellows, who is the Northwest offensive player of the year, shows another promising season. Returning senior MacKenzie Doty has already started tallying her goals of the season. The team is welcoming back 20 returning players and is bringing 10 freshmen to join the team.
“The challenges that our team faces would be to make sure that we come out every game playing to our full potential and not play below our capabilities,” Fellows said in an email.
Along with starting the season off strong, the women’s soccer team has already achieved several accomplishments. Fellows scored her fourth hat trick of her career during the holiday weekend. Also, sophomore Apolonia Martinez got a shout out for her saves during the game against Oregon Institute of Technology.
The Wildcats play at home against Lewis & Clark College on Sept. 14.
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