Daily Archives: September 27, 2008
Linfield students and children of all ages relished the world’s largest ice cream social Sept. 25 from 5-8 p.m. outside Coldstone Creamery near campus.
In partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Coldstones across the country participated in the social this week, accepting donations for the charity.
“A lot of [Linfield students] came earlier and went back to spread the word,” senior Chris Schuldt, ASLC president, said.
Schuldt was behind the counter handing out pre-scooped, three-ounce ice cream cups to customers speeding through the line.
“It’s a fun little atmosphere,” senior ice cream enthusiast Steph Caster said.
The fun atmosphere was embellished by two moon bounces; a fire truck for people to explore, courtesy of the McMinnville Fire Department; as well as a table facilitated by the sheriff’s department. People also had the chance to sit on a police motorcycle.
Josh Peterson, an employee of Coldstone, was taking donations at the door as people entered the creamery.
“I would say 30 to 40 percent of the people who have been here were Linfield students,” he said.
This year a new position was established in residence hall leadership: the green chair.
“The green chair position was created to meet three major needs on campus: education about co-mingle recycling, using the free laundry service responsibly and communicating with students about energy use and water conservation to remain green,” Area Director Rachel Rickinger said.
Junior Duncan Reid, president of Greenfield, said he hopes this position will help inform people about making lifestyle choices concerning resources and to show the benefits of conservation.
“It is a good way to make it easier on residents to live healthier lives,” Reid said. “This shows a commitment from the college in a different area: sustainability.”
New chairs look forward to promoting change in their halls.
“It’s cool that someone can be a leader for recycling and to promote conservation,” freshman Hewitt Hall green chair Katherine Howard said.
To get people involved and make recycling more fun, Howard said she wants to hold contests between the floors of her residence hall to see who can recycle the most.
“I think that this position is important because, in college, it is really easy to be careless about throwing things away that could be recycled,” freshman Michele Wong, green chair for Mahaffey Hall, said. “A small effort can make things better.”
Wong said she plans to use non-conventional methods to get her fellow residence interested, although she is not sure what the most effective methods are yet.
“I plan to put up flyers with fun and interesting facts about recycling and conservation to get people interested,” freshman Larsell Hall green chair Amanda McGee said.
In order to make recycling a standardized practice, both McGee and Howard said they want to make bins more convenient by putting them on every floor in residence halls instead of out-of-the-way places such as the kitchen or laundry room.
“We want to focus on one project at a time so we can make sure they are successful,” Rickinger said.
The green chairs and area directors do, however, plan to establish more projects for the program in the future.
“It would help the workload if we had a green chair for every hall because [they] know their hall cultures and would know more effective ways to communicate within the hall,” Rickinger said.
If you are interested in being a residence hall green chair, contact Rickinger at email@example.com
Election years are important, but this year’s election is especially so, because whether a Democrat or Republican wins, history will be made when an African American is president or a woman is vice president.
“It’s important for young people to assert themselves in the community and have their voices heard through voting,” freshman Rebecca Allen said.
To get educated on the unprecedented election, check out the Linfield Debate Watch 2008, where every student can register to vote, learn about the candidates and participate in political discussion.
Watch the presidential candidates debate foreign policy at the first watch Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Riley Student Center 201. The post-discussion will be led by Professor of
Political Science Dawn Nowacki and Assistant Professor of Political Science Patrick Cottrell.
The second watch will be the vice presidential debate Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in Riley 201. Following the debate, a discussion will be led by Visiting Professor of Political Science Nick Buccola.
The last chance to watch will be Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Nicholson Library viewing room. See the presidential candidates debate domestic policy and hear the discussion afterward led by Associate Professor of Mass Communication Brad Thompson.
“This is part of a larger university and college initiative to get students registered and educate them on candidates and issues and encourage them to vote,” Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade said.
Because of the current economic crisis, Republican presidential nominee John McCain has asked the debate be postponed. Democratic nominee Barack Obama rejected the request. The debate is still scheduled for tonight and the debate watch will continue as planned.
The deadline to register to vote in Oregon is Oct. 14. Students who are registered in another state can find information on absentee voting at www.absenteeguide.com.
Those who have not registered to vote, and are 18 or will be 18 before Nov. 4, can stop by Walker Hall 124 to get registered or register online at www.campusvoices.org/vote. There will also be a voter registration table at all of the debate watch events.
For more information on the debates or volunteering to register voters on campus, contact Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ASLC Senate convened for the first time this year Sept. 22. While this meeting was an informal introduction to the procedures and purposes of Senate, ASLC hopes to integrate new measures to increase Senate’s efficiency this year.
ASLC Vice President Rafe Rafahi said he has two goals for Senate: making Senate time-efficient and focusing more time on issues that need the most attention.
“The Senate tends to spend a lot of time on things that don’t need that much attention and less on things that do,” Rafahi said.
Senators, who represent clubs, Greek organizations and residence halls, are assigned to committees that focus on different aspects of campus life. This year there will be a new committee centered on safety concerns whose members will work directly with Director of Campus Safety Mike Dressel. Rafahi said this will improve communications between students and Linfield Campus Safety.
Senate also plans to install an automated student response system as a way to cut down on the time needed to take attendance and to vote at meetings. This small addition could make a difference in Senate’s ability to enact change, since it only meets for an hour every Monday.
Next week Senate will address Linfield’s policy on visiting hours.
Visiting hours were discussed last semester, but senators failed to collect enough constituency reports to vote on the issue.
Essentially, both students and senators are responsible for ensuring that the Senate successfully makes decisions and changes policies.
“I just think the problem is that people do not fully appreciate the importance of the Senate,” Rafahi said.
Even though Senate meetings officially started, all four senator at-large positions are still available. These students have to collect 30 signatures to become a senator, but are not required to represent any particular group on campus.
Senate normally distributes information about and votes on a variety of issues, including club budgets, residence life concerns and campus events. Senate also raises money for charity. Last year, $1,700 was donated to victims of the natural disasters in Myanmar and China.
Senators are also responsible for planning the budget of all clubs on campus, which go through the finance committee.
“The Senate will be able to take people’s ideas and make changes for the student body,” freshman Meghan Crowder, senator for Campbell Hall, said. “I’m only a freshman, but I would think that we could put into action things that students want to see on campus.”
While students fled from campus for summer vacation, a new McMinnville attraction drew in visitors from all over the country, sending its guests to infinity and beyond.
No, Disney did not open a new park in the heart of Yamhill County. However, the highly acclaimed Evergreen Aviation Museum did open its new space museum June 6.
The museum is an awe-inspiring, 120,000 square- foot twin of the Aviation Museum and houses several hundred artifacts that made history in the realm of space exploration.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Laura Graham said the museum was the best way to showcase and fuel progress in space exploration.
“There is not a museum in Oregon, or the Northwest, that shows the past, present and future [like this museum],” she said.
Museum visitors begin a journey through time and through the minds of those who made space exploration possible when they enter the museum.
With tributes not only to America’s space pursuit but also those of Russia and Germany, the museum does not forgo the smallest detail in a history that has shaped the world.
The brightly painted walls are broken into different eras of space history accompanied by timelines, important space facts, video monitors and quotes.
Visitors can witness the evolution of man’s pursuit of understanding space from artifacts as small as cans of scrambled eggs and banana pudding in a tube to the huge Titan II SLV Missile, so large it had to be set in a hole in the museum floor. The museum also boasts replicas of the Apollo Command Module and the Lunar Rover.
Many of the artifacts are on loan from the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center and will remain in McMinnville indefinitely, Graham said.
Space enthusiasts can also try their hands in various interactive exhibits, including a simulation of attempting to dock a shuttle with another spaceship and an interactive missile launch as part of the Titan II
missile exhibit. What attracts visitors to both the air and space museums is not rocket science.
“The history of air and space [brings people in],” docent Allen Herkamp said. “And, of course, the Spruce Goose.”
Herkamp said the Spruce Goose, the largest airplane ever constructed, is a globally recognized artifact, which helps put the museum on the map.
The museum may also be eligible to house the space shuttle that is scheduled to retire in 2010.
“Evergreen Space Museum was actually designed to house the space shuttle,” Herkamp said.
Graham said the building was constructed with flooring and size in mind and was approved to house the space shuttle.
“There would be no better home for it,” she said.
The museum has something for everyone, even those whose knowledge of outer space is limited to the movie “Apollo 13.”
“[Evergreen] is a world-class facility,” Graham said. “We have the fastest aircraft, the largest aircraft and the Titan II Missile.”
There are also various restaurants, a free wine tasting bar and gift shops.
Open from 9-5 p.m., the admission price for the museum is $13. Free guided tours are also available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.