Monthly Archives: May 2009
Lack of communication plagues school radio station for second time this year
Editor in chief
KSLC says it didn’t receive the proper stipends for its staff members. ASLC says it wasn’t aware there was a problem.
So, who’s right?
According to senior Alex Maxson, the outgoing general manager of KSLC 90.3 FM, the college’s student-run radio station, KSLC requested a stipend increase this year to match the stipends of other media groups on campus, such as The Linfield Review.
“We work about the same hours as editors for the Review do,” she said. “We put in just as much work.”
However, when ASLC distributed stipends last week, KSLC staff members noticed a discrepancy. The stipends were the same as in the past instead of the amount staff members were supposedly promised this year.
Maxson said she learned of the problem before stipends were released and brought the issue up several times to senior Wesley Mitchell, former ASLC vice president of business and finance, but no action was taken.
By the time stipends came out, she said there was nothing that could be done.
“[The stipends] are important to the staff,” Maxson said. “This is a real job, and some people can’t work second jobs because of it or don’t work as much at the second job. If I knew what I was going to be paid, I could have worked more at the second job and not so much here.”
Other KSLC staff members agreed with Maxson’s sentiment.
Junior Stacey Van Blom and sophomore Tracey Major said it was a regrettable issue and that they were upset by what happened.
“I mean, if this were the real world, if there were a corporation, this would be a huge legal issue,” Major said. “It’s illegal.”
Mitchell, however, said a lack of communication between ASLC and KSLC was the culprit.
“The first I heard of the issue was when Alex brought it up to me at a social event,” Mitchell said. “I had no idea what she was talking about, so I said I would look into it and get back to her.”
When Mitchell investigated the matter, he said he found nothing stating that KSLC should have gotten stipend increases this year. He said he asked Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, to help find out what happened.
Mitchell said Fergueson was unable to find anything about a request for a stipend increase within the last five years, much less this year. This was in sync with what he said at the Communication Board’s budget hearing May 19.
When asked about previous conversations about the stipends, Mitchell said he was contacted once via e-mail after Maxson and Mitchell’s first encounter, and he told her he still didn’t know what she was talking about.
“[ASLC] needs to know about these kinds of things,” Mitchell said. “We never OK’d the stipend increases.”
All proposed stipend increases, which are paid for out of the general management budget, go through a consideration process, Mitchell said. He said that, as a rule last year, proposed stipend increases were denied.
“When you work in a position such as editor in chief of The Linfield Review or for KSLC, it’s an experience,” Mitchell said. “It shouldn’t be about the money. The college is providing you with an amazing opportunity to learn. But if they feel that they need bigger stipends, ASLC considers it, just like everything else.”
Maxson said Nancy Cornwell, former Linfield mass communication professor, worked to get KSLC’s
stipends increased from their original value.
However, Mitchell said ASLC was never informed of this effort.
“It seems as though Nancy and Alex had a conversation, but they didn’t tell me, they didn’t tell Dan, and the Senate is the only one who can approve an increase,” Mitchell said.
“There was a miscommunication across the board.”
This isn’t the only issue KSLC has had with ASLC this year, Maxson said. She said when it came to requesting checks for events and bills, she had multiple problems, including being delinquent on mandatory bills for maintaining a FCC-sanctioned radio station and having to cancel a pizza party when she didn’t receive the check to pay for the pizzas in time, despite having put in the check request two weeks earlier.
Mitchell said that if this happened, it’s news to him.
“One of my priorities for this year as vice president of business and finance was to be more efficient getting checks to the students who needed them,” he said. “For the Review, for example, I went out of my way and had checks cut and ready to go in 10 minutes. I don’t know why they would say that.”
Mitchell said he remembered the pizza party incident, though, but in a different light. He said he did not receive a check request until the day before the event, after the ASLC offices had closed.
Check requests normally take two to three days to process.
Mitchell said that even if KSLC didn’t receive the check in time, it could have paid for the pizza out of the staff members’ pockets, and then ASLC would have reimbursed them.
“I guarantee that I would have reimbursed them if they had asked me to,” he said. “But if the students couldn’t afford to pay for it, they should have put in the check request earlier. I can guarantee that they didn’t put it in two weeks early.”
The whole point may be moot now, however. KSLC staff members have already received their stipends, and last year’s budget cannot be altered.
As for next year, Maxson requested and received an increase in stipends at the May 19 Communication Board meeting, in essence remedying the situation. She said she is happy about the increase but wishes it wouldn’t have worked out the way it did.
Students or campus club leaders who experience this type of problem are urged to speak to ASLC as soon as they find out about it.
“If an organization has issues with ALSC, I’ say 99 percent of those problems could be resolved by talking to the cabinet person,” Chris McIsaac, the current vice president of business and finance, said. “We applied and were appointed for the positions on Cabinet to serve the students of Linfield College. The new Cabinet is very capable and wants to do the best we can to serve the student body. If there are issues that we need to work out, please stop by the office or set up a meeting with Ashlee, Chris [Norman] or myself, and I’m sure at the end of the day we will have a solution.”
identity theft strikes Linfield student
For the Review
After a student’s Linfield ID card was stolen and her meal plan used, all students now must have photo identification when purchasing products through Sodexo.
Sodexo employees have always been required to ask for a Linfield ID when students make purchases from them, but most employees become familiar with students and will accept ID numbers without it, Bill Masullo, general manager of Dining Services, said. Not anymore.
Sophomore Marianne O’Neal lost her card in early April and reported it missing to Linfield Campus Safety. The office then deactivated her card.
Unbeknownst to O’Neal, only its ability to access the residence halls was disabled.
O’Neal’s friend, sophomore Abby Lee, found O’Neal’s card at an off-campus location. After she brought both her old deactivated card and her new card to Dining Services, O’Neal was told she only had a small amount of money left on her meal plan.
Surprised, she asked for a print out detailing her account history and discovered that someone had memorized her old card’s ID number and was using it to purchase food on campus.
“When you report [your card as] lost and they say it’s deactivated, I always thought that meant it was fully deactivated,” O’Neal said.
Hoping to catch the culprit, she went to Campus Safety once again for help in stopping the person from continuing to use her money.
Campus Safety told O’Neal it had never seen a case such as this and didn’t know what to do. She was transferred to Masullo in Dining Services.
Masullo refunded O’Neal all the money that was stolen and began requiring that photo identification be shown to purchase food through Sodexo — the ID numbers are no longer valid by themselves.
“You develop a relationship with people,” Masullo said of Sodexo employees and the students they interact with daily. “In good faith, you extend the courtesy [of only accepting their ID number]. It’s too bad someone took advantage of that.”
Masullo said he hoped students would see that enforcing this policy isn’t really an inconvenience, but that the employees are actually looking after the
students in ensuring they are who they say they are when they use their declining balance dollars.
“We are going back to the expected standard of the college,” he said. “Now that we know what can happen.”
O’Neal said she hopes this doesn’t happen to any other students. “I just feel like students shouldn’t be able to get away with this,” she said.
Bob Cepeda joins Linfield in hopes of a better relationship with those he guards
For the Review
Interim Director of Campus Safety Bill Curtin will return to retirement after finals week when Bob Cepeda, associate director of campus public safety and security at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., will follow in his stead.
Cepeda was born and raised in New York City.
“I went to college and then entered the military shortly after that,” he said. “I was concurrently working in the military, in special operations and law enforcement for 25 years,” he said.
Cepeda said he has spent time working at the municipal, county and federal levels; his last law enforcement assignment was as Homeland Security Adviser for the Spokane Police Department.
Cepeda began working at Gonzaga University in 2004. In the five-year period that followed, the
student body population expanded from roughly 3,000 to 7,000 because of a plan the university’s president created, as well as the basketball team’s national recognition. For that reason, he said, coming to Linfield will be different, but he looks forward to it.
“I felt a disconnect from the students at Gonzaga and from myself; I like the ability to be connected,” Cepeda said. “I used to be able to know a majority of the students by name — constantly exchanging them all over campus, but the campus grew from 89 acres to 135.”
Leaving Gonzaga was a hard decision to make, Cepeda said. He is a
founding member of the Universty’s “Bridge program,” in which students are brought from diverse backgrounds into the Gonzaga culture.
“[These students] became an additional family on top of the Gonzaga family for me,” he said.
There were other factors, such his family, that influenced Cepeda’s decision to leave. The
opportunity to spend time with them was atop the list; his decision will provide him with the flexibilty to do so.
“I also want to get closer to the student body,” he said. “They’re my number one
At Gonzaga, Cepeda said he made sure students and safety officials knew one another by name and assured students that they could talk to officers for any reason, not solely because of trouble.
“During the interview process and especially at the open forum, those issues were raised in terms of what I personally construe as tensions between the department and the student body,” Cepeda said.
There are no cookie-cutter solutions to campus-related issues, he said. Understanding what is at the root of them comes from a dialogue with both the staff and the community, he said.
“Communication is a big factor in this, and it’s not just listening, it’s hearing,” Cepeda said. “I’m going to need to converse with a lot of different folks to hear their thoughts and concerns.”
In terms of taking the reins, Cepeda said it will probably take a week or so. He said he will be on campus for commencement May 31.
“I love the campus,” he said. “Growing up in Harlem, I’m from the concrete jungle, so having a beautiful campus is just phenomenal. Everybody seemed relaxed, and I love that.”
Cepeda was a recipient of the Outstanding Service in Support of Mission Award that recognizes those who exemplify the ideals of Gonzaga University’s five mission areas: service, faith, leadership, justice and ethics.
“The Spirit,” Gonzaga University’s faculty and staff newsletter, highlights Cepeda as a “true mentor to Gonzaga students, through fireside chats and personal counseling, who is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”
Joshua Alan Ensler
A desire to bring his art to the masses inspired senior Cameron Galloway to create Teddy Bear Collective, an apparel company.
This is the second apparel company Galloway has created. His first business, Anthem Apparel, folded during his efforts to secure admission to Linfield, he said.
Galloway, a business major with a concentration in marketing and studio art minor, sought to gain experience in both business and design for a future career in advertising.
His company, Teddy Bear Collective, is a step toward making this goal a reality.
“This started as a way to build my portfolio but ended up something more,” Galloway said. “This is something I can take into post-graduation.”
Galloway said he creates T-shirts that are based on issues he feels are important for people to hear about or are inspired by other companies that he feels make innovative designs.
“I get inspiration from their styles, but I would never directly copy their idea or message,” he said.
He started Teddy Bear Collective with the help of Liz Obert, professor of art, visual culture and electronic arts.
She offered an opportunity to conduct an independent study, and with this he said he chose to revive his dreams.
Galloway is from Seattle, Wash., and will return there with hopes of opening a physical location for his line. He is also creating a Web site, which should be online this summer.
In addition to his search for a location, Galloway is also trying to get small retailers to carry some of his clothing designs. As of yet, no T-shirts have been printed because he is still sorting out the details involved in acquiring printing equipment.
There are more than five different T-shirt designs available from Teddy Bear Collective with several more in varying stages of planning.
Galloway has also managed to acquire a number of pre-orders, all from Linfield College. No one outside of the college has purchased his T-shirts.
He said his efforts are not without reward in the real world.
“In this economy, it’s difficult to find a job,” Galloway said. “This is something that has room for growth, and I could possibly get into small retailers. It’s just a good creative outlet for me.”
Those real-world benefits may prove helpful in his attempts to get retail space. Galloway said he believes that with his connections from Anthem Apparel, he will be able to accomplish his goal.
His process for making T-shirts is now much different than when he created T-shirts for Anthem. Then, he said he did not have access to design programs on a computer. Now, Galloway uses Adobe Creative Suite to create all his designs.
Galloway thinks the outlook is good for Teddy Bear Collective.
“Hopefully, it’ll get big,” he said.
Linfield alumnus and trustee emeritus Rodney R. Romney will speak on “Finding a Sense of Purpose” at the 2009 baccalaureate services, and Oregon wine industry pioneer David Lett will be presented with a posthumous honorary doctorate degree at this year’s commencement services.
Lett, hailed “Papa Pinot,” will be honored for his diligent work in establishing Oregon’s wine industry. His son, Jason Lett, will accept the degree on his father’s behalf and deliver the commencement address, titled “Castles in the Air.”
After a career change, David Lett received a bachelor’s degree in viticulture from the University of California at Davis. He then spent several months doing related research in Europe, especially concentrating on pinot noir. In 1966, he established The Eyrie Vineyards in Dundee, Ore. In 1980, his pinot noir made a stir at wine tastings in France, beginning Oregon’s wine-making reputation.
Lett helped found the Oregon Winegrowers Association, the Oregon Wine Advisory Board and the International Pinot Noir Celebration.
“Baccalaureate is intended to be a spiritual exclamation point to our academic pilgrimage, one that gives thanks for the awareness and knowledge we have gained and anticipates, through hope and prayer, the challenges yet to come,” Linfield Chaplain David Massey said in a press release.
Massey will preside over the service and will be accompanied by presentations by the Baccalaureate Brass Band and the Linfield Concert Choir. Several graduating seniors will also give readings and prayers.
Romney graduated from Linfield in 1954 and has since received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, Calif.
He was presented an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Linfield in 1987 and has served on the Board of Trustees for 18 years.
Linfield President Thomas Hellie will preside over the commencement ceremony, when 627 students will receive degrees: 375 from the McMinnville campus, 143 from the Portland campus and 109 from the Adult Degree Program.
Baccalaureate services will be held at 6 p.m. May 30 in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium, and commencement services will be held at 10 a.m. May 31 in the Oak Grove.
The Nursing Closing Convocation Ceremony from the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 31 in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.