Approachability reigns

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 - Photo by Rachael Palinkas/Photo Editor

Jillian Beaudry

Editor in Chief

After a near tie in the ASLC presidential primary race, junior Chris Schuldt swept junior Wesley Mitchell for the win by more than 100 votes in the general election last Tuesday.

Junior Rafe Rafahi beat out junior Josh Planton to be the next vice    president.

Schuldt received 483 votes over Mitchell’s 361, and Rafahi received 583 to Planton’s 237.

“I’m absolutely ready to get started on the goals I’ve been talking about for the past three weeks,” Schuldt said.

He said he won because he had a lot of experience from serving as the ASLC club director this past year.

Rafahi said he is thankful for all of the support and for those who attended the debates. He said he believes students agreed with the important issues on his platform. 

The voter turnout was an increase from last year. On Tuesday, 861 students filled in ballots, compared to less than 600 who voted last year, according to the March 16, 2007 issue of the Review.

Mitchell said he was excited by the large number of voters and said campaigning was a good experience.

He said he may apply for a Cabinet position for next year, and believes Schuldt and Rafahi will be successful in their terms.

“Linfield will be safe,” he said.

Fewer students turned out at the general election debates Monday night, and most of them were Senators. The pace of the evening was much quicker as the candidates had less time to respond               to questions.

In his opening statement, Mitchell wanted to clear up some misunderstandings of what raising the school’s endowment would do for students. He said raising the endowment would not affect how much students pay each year.

“I do not want to raise the tuition of Linfield College,” he said. “I’m a paying student.”

Schuldt continued to reinforce aspects of approachability, communication and school spirit.

“I am personally available to each and every student on this campus,” Schuldt said. 

Questions this week included what platform ideas from their opponents the winners would use in their term, tolerance on campus, how to revamp Senate, how to deal with upset Senators, clubs that lack a representative and how to appoint students to campus committees.

Surprised laughter followed a question about whether Linfield Campus Safety officers should be armed with any sort of weapon such as tasers, pepper spray, batons           or guns.

Rafahi said crime on campus has not yet reached a dangerous level in which we would need to arm our security personnel, and said officers should be approachable.

Planton was against LCS having guns as                    this creates opportunity for unnecessary crossfire, and the McMinnville Po-       lice Department is close               to campus.

When it came to the topic of Cabinet privacy, the candidates had the same ideas: Some things need to be kept private, especially personnel issues. Schuldt said only through confidentiality can Cabinet members openly express ideas and opinions without being afraid. The                 others agreed, saying privacy builds trust among members and should be used as long as it serves the greater good.

The contenders were asked to define the Greek Life problem without using the word “communication,” and they gave the audience fresh answers.

Schuldt cited a poor connection between all facets of leadership on campus. Mitchell suggested it started with the rivalry between fraternities and the frustration over the fluctuating GPA required for formal Rush. Planton said the problem was the Cabinet and the Greeks misunderstanding one another and stepping on each other’s toes. Rafahi pointed to the faculty and administration’s differing viewpoints on how Greek Life should be on campus.

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