Monthly Archives: April 2009

Dancing, anti-racism and Henna tattoos

Brianne Ries
Assistant editor

From Irish dancing and tea ceremonies to Henna tattoos and thoughtful lectures, Diversity Week aimed to increase student interest and involvement in diversity.
Sponsored by the Linfield Activities Board, Diversity Week usually coincides with one of the most well-known Spring events, the Hawaiian Lu’ua, which will take place April 24.
Sophomore Lauren Funtanilla, LAB cultural events chair, said she had been thinking all year about Diversity Week and what activities LAB could sponsor.
“We have a lot of diverse groups on campus, and it comes down to what kind of diverse activities you bring,” Funtanilla said.
Pulling from local performers and artists within the Portland area and a lecturer/comedian several Linfield students watched at the annual National Association for Campus Activities, the events this year highlighted a variety of activities and cultural influences.
One of the most discussed events was the comedic lecture “The End of Racism” by Preacher Moss. According to comedycontact.com, Moss was selected as the 2008 Best Diversity Act at NACA, where Funtanilla saw him perform, sparking her interest in inviting him to speak on campus.
The Japanese Tea Ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 24 in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room.

Lack of communication causes jam in computer lab

Katie Paysinger
News editor

The printers and computers in Renshaw Hall lab are a topic of concern for many students who say they are hardly ever able to print their documents. However, Linfield’s Integrated Technology Services department said it rarely gets complaints from students having problems.
From the beginning of the school year until April 22, 14 phone calls have been made to ITS about problems with the lab in Renshaw Hall, and all 14 were addressed on the same day as reported, according to Assistant Director of ITS Michael Blanco.
“I am happy to engage in a process to find ways to satisfy this problem,” Blanco said. “Communication, it seems, is part of the problem.”
The communication Blanco is referring to is the lack of reporting from students when they are having problems with the lab.
“Hundreds of people use that facility, bringing hundreds of problems,” Chief Technology Officer Irv Wiswall said. “To staff that facility, it takes money that ITS does not have.”
According to junior Heather Snyder, Associated Students of Linfield College Secretary, Outdoor Club Senator senior Eric Butler brought up Renshaw lab’s problems in Senate onDecember 8.
“It got to the point where I would have to try three or four computers before I found one that would let me do all I needed to do,” Butler said.
Snyder said that the issue was discussed in December once, and no further investigation was completed within Senate.
Wiswall and Blanco both confirmed that they have not received any information regarding the complaint.
“This is not uncommon that we hear after the fact that ITS was discussed [in Senate] and everyone agreed it was a problem,” Wiswall said. “We would be happy to talk with ASLC. All it takes is an e-mail message.”
The most common problems in the lab are corrupt data being sent to the printer, paper jams or people simply turning off the printers. Signs are posted that list the number to the ITS support desk for immediate assistance between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Butler also suggested adding more quick use stations around campus, similar to the one in the Renshaw Hall foyer.
Wiswall said those used to be more prevalent on campus about 15 years ago.
“With the rise of texting and laptops and things like that, people don’t use [the stations] as much,” he said.
Wiswall also addressed the low usage of the computer lab in the Miller Fine Arts Center that will most likely be removed this summer.
Contact the support desk for assistance at ext. 2553.

Investigative reporter imparts words of wisdom

Kelley Hungerford
Features editor

“It seems weird talking about investigative journalism in a town that seems so content,” Steve Weinberg, former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., said during his speech in the Pioneer Reading Room on April 23.
An audience filled the reading room, giving the intimate setting a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
Formatted closer to a discussion than a lecture, Weinberg’s speech, titled “Why You Need Investigative Journalism, Even If You Don’t Know You Need It,” covered investigative journalism, its history, its accomplishments and its necessity for a democratic society.
Weinberg, who still edits and contributes to IRE publications, said there are several defining characteristics for investigative reporting, including information gathering skills, patience and relentless curiosity.
“You have to have a certain drive to want to make the world a better place,” he said. “I say I have a constant outrage, but I like to call it a controlled outrage.”
The friendly and fidgety investigative reporter displayed his relentless curiosity during his time at Linfield.
Constantly pacing and only passing behind the lectern to travel across the room, Weinberg asked his audience at the speech almost as many questions as it asked him.
Within the past two days, Weinberg has also visited five mass communication classes and spoken to every student, inquiring, at the very least, where he or she is from and what his or her major is.
“He’s been very generous with his time here, and I’m really impressed with that,” Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, said.
Weinberg visited Weidman’s Introduction to Mass Communication class to talk about book publishing.
Weidman said she was impressed with the way he personalized questions while sharing a lot of information. Her students, she said, were attentive and responded audibly when he mentioned that he has written and published eight books.
“He’s so disarming,” she said. “He makes you feel comfortable in his presence with the way he interacts.”
Weinberg also visited Associate Professor of Mass Communication and Department Chair Brad Thompson’s Information Gathering class to speak about journalistic research methods and how they are changing.
Sophomore Jordan Jacobo, a member of the course, said it was interesting to hear what Weinberg had to say about advances in technology that make it more difficult, in some cases, to gather information. He also commented on the importance of investigative journalism.
“As journalists, I think we should realize the foundation of the industry was based on investigative reporting,” Jacobo said. “I think that journalism today is becoming increasingly superficial and the media is shying away from doing so much investigative reporting because it’s more expensive for them to find [the information].”
Weinberg was one of Thompson’s journalism professors in graduate school at the Missouri School of Journalism, where Weinberg still teaches part-time.
When he saw one of Weinberg’s investigative articles about wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system, Thompson decided to invite him to speak at Linfield.
Weinberg writes freelance feature articles for magazines and other media, and his books include biographies, books about journalism and, most recently, a history about investigative journalist Ida Tarbell’s role in deposing John D. Rockefeller’s monopoly in the oil industry during the early 1900s.
For his next book, Weinberg said he would like to write about problems in the criminal justice system, which is his current focus.
At the Missouri School of Journalism, he works with journalism, law and criminal justice students to help release people who are believed to be innocent prisoners through an organization called the Western Innocence Project.
“It’s frustrating because the criminal justice system doesn’t respond well, but it is rewarding,” he said.
Both Weinberg and Thompson said they hope the audience at the speech acquired an understanding of the importance of journalism to an informed electorate and a proper-functioning democracy.
“I am going to hope that I can convey the importance of what investigative journalism is all about,” Weinberg said. “And that people will, by understanding the value of that, continue to support it, buying magazines and buying books and buying newspapers instead of turning on the computer.”
People are becoming
seduced by online content, Weinberg said, but the Internet is not always a reliable source of information.
Weinberg said he knew in junior high school that he wanted to write professionally, and started writing for newspapers after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism. As he continued his career, he said he cultivated a love for in-depth reporting and soon began to write magazine features and books instead because those media allowed more space for developing stories.
Weinberg’s recent freelance work also deals mostly with this — digging into wrongdoings and trying to make the world a better place through writing.

D.I.G. serves as outlet

Septembre Russell
Copy editor

Support from one’s peers, even in the mildest sense, can make an difference. For that reason, Counseling Office Intern Kevin Minor said he wanted to create a men’s group within the college. The name of the group is Dudes’ Issues Group, or D.I.G.
Minor attended the University of Oregon where there was a men’s group, which inspired him to form a men’s group geared toward students.
Josh Merrick, area director for clubs and activities, said Minor approached him with the idea to create a group for men to discuss the different challenges they are facing on campus and to provide a safe, confidential place to receive support from each other. Merrick said he agreed to co-facilitate with Minor.
“My main goal would be to create a safe environment where guys can come in and talk about issues that they face,” Minor said.
Minor and Merrick will work together to guide the group he said. D.I.G. meetings will take place Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. in the ASLC club room and will comprise both open and guided discussion time, Merrick said. Merrick and Minor will lead the group in discussion as well.
“We’d both like to see some critical thinking and reflection about our own behavior, and about the effects our peers have on us,” Merrick said. “We’d like them to come out of it feeling a little more empowered, a little more willing to be assertive and willing to accept support and be open about the pressures that they feel.”
Other than the snacks provided, Minor said participating is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight or support. He said he feels there are multiple levels on which D.I.G. members can benefit.
“It’ll be a challenge at first,” Merrick said. “Hopefully, we can develop a core group of people. If we can even support one person then it’s worth our hour.”

Vaccination simulation to prepare county for disaster

Lizzie Martinez
Senior reporter

Recent scientific evidence has shown there is a 10-to 14-percent chance of a tsunami or earthquake occurring in Oregon within the next 50 years, according to an article in The Oregonian on April 9 and the state wants to be ready.
Yamhill County is prepared for when the next natural disaster occurs. From 10 a.m. to noon May 1, the Yamhill County Public Health Department will conduct a test run on Linfield campus.
The goal is to simulate a mass vaccination effort that would take place after a natural disaster, such as an earthquake in the Cascadia subduction zone off of the Oregon Coast. The health department will check to see how efficiently people can be screened and have the vaccination administered.
If a tsunami or earthquake occurred, the devastation would leave behind broken buildings and debris, senior Stephanie Griffin said. If this were the case, it would be beneficial for everyone to have a tetanus vaccination.
Griffin, an exercise science major and an intern in the Public Health Department, is helping coordinate.
Lists for students to prepare their own emergency preparedness kit will also be available. The kit includes household items such as bottled water, canned food, emergency blankets, etc., and is designed to allow a person to survive for three days after a disaster.
At the event, the DTaP vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, will be administered at no cost to the Linfield community; the shot normally costs $70.
In addition to educating the campus about dealing with a natural disaster, the event will also emphasize the importance of the DTaP vaccine. DTaP is a recently developed vaccine, adding pertussis to the normal DT vaccine, which most college students received as children.
Generally, a new tetanus shot is needed every 10 years, according to the health department. College students often don’t keep up on the boosters and may be at risk, Griffin said.
She said anyone planning a career in education or health care should attend the event.
Even if students have had a tetanus vaccine in the last two years, they are encouraged to attend. Those who go will be entered into a raffle for $15 iTunes cards. The campus group with the most participation will win a ice cream party.
Visit the Facebook event to find out more information and to see which professors are offering extra credit for participating.
For more information visit www.immunize.org.