Daily Archives: September 18, 2009

LSAA revamps existing senior-giving program

Joanna Peterson Review staff writer. The new student-alumni donation program aims to teach students the value of giving back to their college.
Linfield has always had a program through which seniors can contribute financial gifts, but participation rates have been lower than anticipated, Kurstin Finch Gnehm, Linfield’s director of annual giving, said.
“Because Linfield students are committed to their academic experiences, clubs and the community, they often don’t realize that the same level of support needs to go back to the school,” Finch Gnehm said.
Senior Sam Bartlett, co-president of the Linfield Student-Alumni Association, redesigned the senior-giving project during the summer.
Her goal was to implement a program that connects
the senior-class gift project with students, alumni and community members.
Bartlett said she wants to inspire students to give back to the college during their time at Linfield, as well as after they graduate.
“If students loved their freshman experience, giving a dollar or $10 can help create a new freshman experience,” Bartlett said.
The program is still being developed, but students can
expect a series of events, posters and fliers throughout the year, Finch Gnehm said.
“If everyone from the class of 2013 gave a dollar, that’s $400 that the college can utilize,” Bartlett said. “It doesn’t have to be a lot.”

Pre-Nursing Club caters to participants’ interests

Hunter Deiglmeier
Review staff writerThe Pre-Nursing Club, created in the spring of 2008, provides nursing students with an opportunity for growth beyond their experiences in the classroom.
“The Pre-Nursing Club provides a supportive community for all interested [people] in the nursing profession,” Kate Elias, academic advising and learning support director and the club’s faculty adviser, said. “It is a place to meet fellow students, explore career opportunities and share a common interest.”
Sophomore Stephanie Easley, the club’s secretary; sophomore Jessica Castillo, the club’s senator; sophomore Amber Brunner, the club’s vice president; and sophomore Angela Shimek, the club’s publicity director, comprise the club’s leadership. Together, they organize events and meetings so members can broaden their experiences within the nursing field.
“Our club is all about providing events that will benefit our members with their future careers as nurses,” Brunner said.
Professional speakers, demonstrations and field trips are part of the club’s event schedule.
“Each year we take the second-year students up to the Portland campus for a tour,” Easley said. “We get to [view] the simulation labs, talk to current students and professors, tour the dorms we will be staying in, as well as experience the atmosphere of the Portland campus. This is always a fun event and something everyone looks forward to.”
But events aren’t always off-campus. Some involve speakers coming to Linfield.
“Some of the events we have planned this year are bringing in someone to talk specifically about debt management as a nurse and what resources we have available to us,” Brunner said. “We are also looking at bringing in a few nurses with various specialties to talk to us about their journey and thoughts about their particular field, as well as someone who can talk to us about volunteer opportunities geared toward the medical profession. We would also like to have a few of our nursing students from the Portland campus come down to talk to us about the transition and what to expect in the future.”
The club leaders are always open to new ideas from members, they said. They want to find out the interests of the other members in order to plan worthwhile events.
The Pre-Nursing Club has a large membership of about 80 students. Although pre-nursing students are only on the McMinnville campus for two years, the club continues to be an important resource for those planning to move on to the Portland nursing campus.
“Usually after attending the first meeting, members realize how pertinent this club is to keeping them on track [with] migrating to the Portland campus and understand that our meetings offer them opportunities that they may not have otherwise been able to attain, such as our various speakers,” Brunner said.
Club meetings are held monthly from 6-7 p.m. in Graf Hall, room 101, typically on Mondays. For more information, contact Elias at kelias@linfield.edu.

Greeks, officials work toward common goals

Kelley Hungerford – Assistant editor. The next night you enter one of Linfield’s four fraternity houses, you may notice a group of clipboard-carrying students trolling around. But these students aren’t conducting surveys or taking names. They’re part of the newly formed Greek Safety Patrol.
“We like to see it as a level between the Greeks, community safety and the police,” junior Sarah Spranger, president of the Linfield Panhellenic Council, said. “Our goal is to protect against any incidents that may cause campus security or the police to be involved.”
Spranger, senior Tal Edman and InterFraternity Council President senior Joshua Atiyeh, worked closely with Jeff Mackay, director of residence life and associate dean of students, to develop the patrol’s bylaws.
Every Friday and Saturday night, trained representatives from each Greek chapter tour the fraternity houses on the lookout for dangerous or potentially hazardous situations.
They are allowed to search public areas, such as the kitchen, hallways and dance areas, but are prohibited from entering bedrooms or chapter rooms.
Because GSP duties resemble Resident Advisor rounds, some Greek members have dubbed GSP the “Greek Gestapo.” But the nickname is inaccurate.
“We don’t want to be seen as the enemies,” Spranger said.
Unlike RAs, the patrol has no authority to write up students and has no affiliation with Residence Life. It’s an entirely Greek-run
program.
“The purpose of our patrols is not to stop underage drinking; it’s more to notice risky and dangerous behaviors and put a stop to that,” Atiyeh said.
If GSP witnesses any belligerent or unsafe behavior,
it notifies sober executives, who are stationed in each house, of the disturbance.
The purpose of these records is to track trends. If certain students are consistently being unsafe, then the GSP will address them without publicizing names.
When dangerous situations arise that are outside of GSP control, such as alcohol
poisoning, sexual assault or fighting, patrollers contact
the McMinnville Police Department or Linfield’s Community Public Safety & Security Department.
In such a situation, every person — affiliated students, unaffiliated students and minors — in the house at the time receives medical clemency.
“We can’t force [minors] to leave,” Atiyeh said.
However, if the police or community safety become involved when patrollers are off-duty, then the individual students and
fraternities involved face the
consequences.
“The purpose of GSP is not to create a safe haven,” Greek Life Advisor Carl Swanson said of the
clemency policy potentially encouraging minors to use fraternity houses as a secure place to consume alcohol.
Greek safety sends monthly reports of its activities to Mackay and President Tom Hellie, although names and chapter affiliations are excluded from the documents.
Last school year, Hellie addressed the Greek organizations. He said the high volume of weekend noise complaints from the surrounding community and the subsequent police and campus security involvement at the fraternities was a problem for Linfield.
“When [Hellie] came to meet with the Greek presidents and executive council, he didn’t come into the meeting and give directions or give orders,” Swanson said. “He expressed his concerns, and he challenged the Greek community to come up with solutions.”
The GSP was its answer.
Spranger said trial rounds were held in the spring, and Atiyeh added that they went smoothly.
“At first, there was some hostility toward us [from Greek affiliates] because people thought it was like RA rounds,” he said.
The idea was well-received, however, after explanations, discussions and feedback about the group’s purpose were shared with Greek community members.
“I think that it’s important to know that this is a big, positive step for the Greeks,” Spranger said. “I think it’s brought a lot more communication to the Greeks because the organizations are spending more time together through training and rounds.”
The two presidents emphasized that GSP exists for the benefit of non-affiliated students as well as Greeks.
“I just hope that the non-Greek student body is able to appreciate the job we’re doing along with the Greek community,” Atiyeh said.

Campus dining services combine for efficiency

Chelsea Langevin – Senior reporter. By now it is no secret that the Observatory is vacant, the Catty Shack is open later and Jazzman’s is turning in earlier. But there is a method to the madness.
“Part of my job in recommending changes to the college is in services,” general manager Bill Masullo said.
While Masullo has only been at Linfield for roughly two years, he said he quickly noticed that the Catty Shack, the Observatory and Jazzman’s were all open until 10 p.m., competing for each other’s business. As a result, some food services received more traffic than others.
“My obligation to the school is to show them what I’d do if I were the owner,” he said.
After conducting numerous focus groups and analyzing student surveys, Masullo found a way to satisfy student needs and eliminate unnecessary operating costs — combine the Catty Shack and the Observatory into one.
“We as a group [Linfield] made this decision,” he said.
By extending the Catty Shack’s hours, students can grab food items and toiletries in one place later in the day, Masullo said.
While he supported the decision to relocate the Observatory’s items with basic economics and student input, Masullo also acknowledged that not everyone agrees with the changes.
“It’s the emotional aspect of it,” he said. “The great thing about food is if you eat, you’re an expert.”
Sophomore Jaelyn Forthun has just started her second year working at the Catty Shack. While she said she enjoys the option of scheduling work later in the day, Forthun said she has a hard time finding food that she whats.
“It seems like there are less items available,” she said about looking for energy drinks.
And, while the college installed a second register in the Catty Shack to keep the traffic flowing, Forthun said there are rarely enough workers on shift to run both registers.
“It has always been pretty congested in there,” she said.
For those who want to use their Wildcat Cash for a post-5 p.m. caffeine jolt, the Jazz-man’s coffee cart in Nicholson Library is now open until 10 p.m.
“It depends on the student and where he or she lives, because for that side of campus, Jazzman’s is a lifesaver,” Forthun said.
Junior Lauren Funtanilla said Riley Student Center’s Jazzman’s was a convenient meeting spot for students but added that she understands why it has to close earlier.
“People didn’t really take advantage of it, so it makes sense,” she said.
Funtanilla said she did not agree with the Observatory’s closing but likes that the school compensated for its absence by combining it with the Catty Shack and extending its hours.
“The school should always have something that is available to students, especially if they don’t have the transportation to get to the store,”
she said.
Masullo conceded that there is no win-win situation in the game of food service.
“It’s that emotion tied to food, and once you change it, you’re the one who turned over the apple cart,” he said.

After two decades, Linfield dean of students plans to step aside

Septembre Russell – Copy editor. Dave Hansen has declared that next year will be his last as Linfield dean of students. Hansen recognizes that education is changing, and for that reason, he said, there should be someone with new energy and ideas in the position.
Hansen’s decision to step back as dean has not been a secret, he said.
“I’d like to have a little less to do at this time in my life; I’ve gotten to a stage of life where other things are appealing to me now,” Hansen said.
He promised the college he would give a year’s notice before moving on so that it would have the entire year to search for a replacement.
Although Hansen will not serve in the same capacity, he said he is certain he will maintain a relationship with Linfield after he steps down. His new role is undetermined at this stage, as some of his options have yet to be discussed.
“I anticipate that I will be here,” Hansen said. “There are a number of different things that I might be doing, among them is [returning] to the classroom on a part-time basis.”
As dean of students, Hansen supervises administrators of non-classroom services, including those who are responsible for housing, residence life, career services and Greek organizations. He will leave a desirable position vacant and said he anticipates some difficulty in choosing another person to serve as dean of students, as there will be plenty of sufficiently talented candidates vying for the spot.
When Hansen originally accepted the role, he assumed he would only serve as dean of students for two-to-five years, he said.
“I’ve been at it a long time,” Hansen said. “I’ve been dean of students since 1988.”
As it stands, two-to-five years has manifested into almost 21. And for that reason, Hansen said he can imagine having a difficult time letting go. He said he predicts, however, that a smaller role will still be fulfilling.
Hansen said it is time to focus on others aspects of his life.
“I have four grandkids that will get more attention than they probably would otherwise,” he said.
Hansen also said he will have more time to watch sports’ practices and make good on travel plans he and his wife have forgone so far.
“I’ve told a lot of people that I’m going to triple the amount of golf I play,” he said. “I’m just trying to reduce stress; I’ll let someone else have the fun.”