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Football and football (soccer), Jane Austen, malarial lizards and vineyard aches and pains.

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FOOTBALL FEVER Both kinds of football, European, (soccer in the United States), and American, were the big sports stories on campus this fall. The men’s soccer team took its first Northwest Conference title since 1996, finishing with a 10-2-2 conference record, 14-3-3 overall. Highlights included 11 shutouts, a national 11th place ranking and an invite to the NCAA National Tournament, where the team lost to No. 1 Trinity 3-1. The squad was undefeated at home and beat defending champion Whitworth 2-1 en route to its championship season.

THE BOXER FOOTBALL PLAYERS MEANWHILE, though they didn’t win any games in their first season in 19 years, provided plenty of chills and spills. The team played in front of several large crowds, including 2,700 for the home opener at Lincoln Park. Kicker Jon Lee '11 got the highlight reel rolling at Puget Sound with Pacific’s first points in nearly two decades, kicking a 28-yard field goal despite the ball lying flat on the turf after a botched snap. Then, the Boxers shocked perennial national power Linfield with a 79-yard touchdown pass from quarterback P.J. Minaya '14 to wide receiver Jordan Fukumoto '14 to tie the score early in their matchup, the second longest play in Pacific history.  goboxers.com

BERGLUND CENTER FOR INTERNET STUDIES Fellowship Awards went to Jacob Fischer, a freshman with an interest in music and the Internet, and Jamaica King, a senior researching video game communities. They join returning fellows Nicole Nowlin '13 interested in international relations and Japanese Manga publications, and Jennifer Hernandez '11 who is researching the social effects of the Internet (http://bcis.pacificu.edu/) for the center’s online journal Interface.

ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR Cheleen Mahar recently published two books. Reinventing Practice in a Disenchanted World completes a 30-year study of a squatter settlement in Oaxaca, Mexico. The second, Cuisine and Symbolic Capital: Food in Film and Literature, also features essays from Mahar and University faculty members Lorely French, Chris Wilkes and Jann Purdy.

LIZARDS AND MALARIA have been the focus of Biology Professor David Scholnick and Pacific students studying the impact of a common human disease on another animal species. Their studies show malaria affects lizards and humans in very similar ways. Supported by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s College Science Research Program for the Life Sciences, the study began in the spring of 2007, and has allowed Scholnick to work with two or more undergraduate students each year, giving them valuable field and lab experience. Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet featured the project with Scholnick, exercise science major Nathan Gilpin '11 and biology major Kristen Dick '13. http://tinyurl.com/63ve7ey

PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THE VINEYARDS PT student Karla Krasnoselsky '11 and alumna Amy Welch D.P.T. '10, joined Assistant Professor Jason Brumitt in a study of musculoskeletal pain experienced by Latino vineyard workers. The group found that over half of the workers experienced pain, primarly in the back, and that older workers were more likely to experience pain. The study, published in the Journal of Agromedicine, January 2011, calls for more research into vinyard worker risk factors in order to develop prevention programs.

AUSTEN SPOKEN HERE Professor and English Department Chair Pauline Beard co-coordinated the first ever Jane Austen Society conference to be held in Portland. More than 600 people attended the October event, including Pacific alumni and avowed “Janeites” Molly Morrow Sloan ’96, M.A.T. ’98, Sarah Shepard '09, Heather Young '05 and Breanne Grove '11, all of whom assisted Beard in preparing for the event.

BOXER TALES DEBUTS A new collection of multimedia stories highlighting the individuals that create our Pacific University community is now online. Experience Boxer life through the voices of students, faculty, alumni, staff and supporters. pacificu.edu/boxertales