Daily Archives: September 11, 2009

Trio tunes up storage space, improves campus mobility

Bradley Keliinoi – For the Review. With an innovative idea and a long-term goal, three Linfield students set out on a
mission to open and manage a bike repair and rental facility on campus.
Senior Duncan Reid and juniors David Kellner-Rode and Sarah Valentine were determined to transform a proposal into a reality.
After coordinating with Director of Facilities Services Brad Sinn last year, the trio
secured a campus location, identified
as building 17 on the campus map, near Cozine and Campbell halls.
The building, formerly used as storage, now houses the Linfield Bike Co-op. Although the structure continues to be cleaned and renovated for more efficient
and convenient use, students may already notice the newly painted blue exterior.
Primarily funded through a $1,000 grant from the Oregon Campus
Compact, the LBC seeks to provide Linfield and the community with a transportation alternative in an effort to reduce fossil fuel consumption, Kellner-Rode said.
The LBC assists students in finding solutions for common
bicycle problems, such as loose screws and flat tires. But in the near future the Linfield
College Community Public Safety & Security Department will donate upwards of 20
 confiscated bicycles, abandoned in previous semesters, for rental purposes.
The LBC will repair bicycles free of charge, excluding costs incurred for
parts, as well as provide bicycles for rent. Rental packages also include a helmet, lock and light for
safety.
The LBC will hold bicycle workshops throughout the year.
“We will teach [students] how to fix their bikes, holding sessions in cooperation
with Tommyʼs Bicycle Shop [on 3rd Street] throughout the year to show people how to
complete do-it-yourself repairs,” Kellner-Rode said.
Although these students succeeded in opening the
LBC, challenges remain as they search for viable resources to maintain
operations.
“My goal is to make [the LBC] sustainable [for future use year after year],”
Kellner-Rode said.
With limited funding, the LBC is looking for volunteers who are interested
in learning about bicycle repairs and environmental sustainability. The LBC also aims
to serve as a campus hub where students can have fun while supporting a cause.
Students and community members interested in volunteering for LBC, or who want more information, can stop by the LBC during its operating
hours: Sundays 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursdays 4-7 p.m. or by appointment.

Linfield bests local competition

Kelley Hungerford – Assistant editor. Linfield is slashing expenditures, energy use and Oregon scholastic competition. Overall, however, educational corners have not been cut, as the college ranked No. 165 of 600 schools on Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges 2009 list Aug. 5.
Although it missed the top 25 percent by only 15 places, the Wildcats clawed up the list to surmount nationally renowned schools such as Johns Hopkins University (173) and Carnegie Mellon University (267) and dominate comparable area schools, including Willamette University (169) and Lewis & Clark College (232). In fact, the only Oregon schools that placed higher than Linfield were Reed College (44), George Fox University (58) and Pacific University (153).
But Linfield officials are disinterested to this fact.
“I think all of these lists are quite arbitrary,” president Tom Hellie said. “I don’t think it’s possible to rank colleges the way you would athletic teams.”
Hellie explained that ranking systems assume colleges are trying to be the same when they are, in fact, trying to stand out.
Dan Preston, dean of enrollment services, said the impact these listings have on students is hard to gauge.
“I’m pretty sure it’s not going to hurt us,” he said, adding that there may be no bolstering impact on enrollment at all.
But the president said he doesn’t think subjective college inventories have a great deal of effect.
“I guess the bottom line for me is I don’t pay a lot of attention to them,” he said.
Other Beaver State colleges that made the roster include Portland State University (457) and the University of Portland (522). The Ducks at the University of Oregon secured 297th place, and the Beavers of Oregon State University hold No. 467.
The top 20 institutions on the 600-school lineup are, not surprisingly, mostly Ivy League schools. The United States Military Academy, commonly known as West Point, prevailed at No. 1.
The America’s Best Colleges list is compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The center scores the 600 undergraduate institutions in categories of quality of education, student experience and student achievement. Twenty-five percent of each score comes from 4 million student evaluations, another 25 percent from post-graduate success and 20 percent from average student debt four years after graduating. The rest comes from the likelihood of graduating in four years, as well as student and faculty awards.
According to the Forbes Web site, these standings represent approximately the top 15 percent of undergraduate institutions in the United States.
What this list omitted is best educational bang for the ever-growing tuition buck. In a separate lineup, America’s Best College Buys, the CCAP ranked 100 of the nation’s best-value schools. The only Oregon school that qualified was UO, at No. 86.
For a complete ranking and more information, check out www.forbes.com.

Car share revs up ‘green’ idea

Bree Adams – Features editor. In an effort to make transportation more accessible to its students, Linfield College has adopted the national U Car Share program.
“Half of Linfield students don’t have a car, and there is little access to public transportation,” Dan Preston, dean of enrollment services, said. “We asked the students what would work to their best interests.”
Administrators sped past several ideas before parking at U Car Share.
A Linfield shuttle was not the answer. Vehicle usage and associated costs, even without charging additional fees, would have proved unpopular with students. Larger car-share companies would charge Linfield more, and the college would have needed to cover the difference if the cars weren’t driven enough during the year. This didn’t sit well with administrators.
U Car Share, already popular in Portland and with Virginia Tech and UC Berkeley, offered the best deal to both parties.
Two U Car Share PT Cruisers are now parked in the reserved spaces outside Withnell Commons. More cars will be made available if demand increases.
Cars are rented for an hourly or daily rate that covers gas, insurance and maintenance fees. Members can rent cars not only on campus but from any U Car Share location.
The cars will be available for a year, including next summer, to measure the success of the program.
“For some students, this could mean they don’t need to bring their car to campus this year,” Preston said. “Parking permits alone are $85. For that much, students could have driven nine hours in a U Car Share car.”
Students, faculty and McMinnville residents can sign up and reserve a car at www.ucarshare.com. A $25 one-time membership fee is required, but it can be waived with the promotional code “LINFIELD2009,” which only charges $5 to ensure an active card account.

‘LCS’ adopts new name, focus to reflect mission

Bree Adams – Features editor. Students will no longer be able to refer to Linfield College’s Campus Safety Department as “campo.” The department has been renamed the Linfield College Community Public Safety & Security Department, or Linfield College CPS.
This change was brought about with the hiring of new Director of Security Bob Cepeda last spring.
“The title ‘Campus Safety’
was not correct,” Cepeda said.
Along with the name change comes a new direction in the department’s focus.
“We do more than just securing campus and unlocking buildings,” Cepeda said.
Cepeda and LCCPS will strive to do proactive rather than defensive work in order to maintain the safety of Linfield’s McMinnville and Portland campuses.
“There needs to be more inclusiveness in the community,” Cepeda said. “Our goal is more open lines of communication and transparency.”
To contact CPS, call 503-883-7233 (SAFE).

Portland campus receives $120,000 for second consecutive year

Dominic Baez – Editor in Chief. The majority of Linfield students receive some sort of financial aid, typically in the range of thousands of dollars per person. Just imagine how many scholarships could be awarded from $120,000.
For the second consecutive year, the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland has received just that from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship
program.
“The NCIN opportunity fit well with the mission of the college and the school of nursing and built on ongoing work on the Portland campus to increase the diversity of the student body,” Peggy Wros, associate dean of the nursing school and professor of nursing, said. “The nursing school worked with Catherine Jarmin Miller, who is the college grant writer, to develop a proposal that included a description of our accelerated nursing program, project outcomes and an evaluation plan.”
According to the RWJF Web site, the foundation “seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans. [Its] efforts focus on improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care — how it’s delivered, how it’s paid for and how well it does for patients and their families.”
Last year, the Portland campus used the $120,000 from the foundation to award 12 students $10,000 each in an effort to boost the student population — particularly in groups underrepresented in the nursing field, such as men and minorities.
This year’s additional $120,000 grant will provide 12 more $10,000 scholarships.
The scholarships will be awarded to students who are enrolled in Linfield’s 18-month accelerated program this summer, increasing enrollment from 48 to 60.
“With the NCIN grant, we will admit 60 students for the second year,” Wros said.
According to the RWJF Web site, the $10,000 scholarships will be given to entry-level nursing students in accelerated programs of the 2010-2011 academic year.
“More diversity in the classroom and on the campus enriches learning for all as students prepare to practice
nursing in a multicultural society,” Wros said. “The leadership component of the grant has allowed the school of nursing to expand their peer mentorship program.”
The RWJF New Careers in Nursing scholarships support accelerated programs that offer the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse to adults who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a discipline other than nursing.
At Linfield, eligible students must have a BA or BS by Jan. 30, 2009, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and gain acceptance to the school’s nursing program. Applications will be available in spring 2010.
For more information about this program, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.