Daily Archives: October 2, 2009

Bubble bursts: Linfield reports first cases of H1N1

Dominic Baez – Editor in chief. Linfield reported its first cases of the H1N1 virus this week. Eight students have been infected in total.
The cases occurred both on and off campus, with six from the residence halls, one from a fraternity house and the last from an off-campus residence. In an effort to protect those infected from being ostracized, the Review has decided not to publish the names of the students or the fraternity house in question.
As of Oct. 1, Campbell, Larsell, Miller and Mahaffey halls and the aforementioned fraternity house have been closed off to non-residents, Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students and director of housing, said. Some students in these locations have been diagnosed with Influenza A (H1N1).
“Because the Centers for Disease Control and the State Health Division recommend H1N1 testing only in the case of hospitalization or death, community providers are not testing for the H1N1 subtype,” Patricia Haddeland, C.P.N.P., Student Health Center coordinator and board-certified nurse, said. “There are a variety of influenza strains, and H1N1 is a subtype of the Influenza A variety. Rapid testing for Influenza A is widely available, and most clinics and hospitals have the ability to perform the test. What we know for sure is there have been a number of laboratory-confirmed cases of Influenza A in Yamhill County, including the Linfield campus. Because seasonal influenza does not typically arrive until November or later, it is assumed that this influenza is the H1N1 strain.”
It is also important to note that affected residence halls have not been quarantined, as campus rumor speculated, but only closed off to non-residents, Mackay said. Healthy students are advised to not enter infected areas but are not prevented from doing so.
The decision to close the halls comes from recommendations from the Yamhill County Health Department. The closure will be lifted once every occupant in each individual residence has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing drugs, Mackay said.
Students who feel ill, whether because of H1N1 or seasonal flu, should isolate themselves from the general public unless medical attention is needed, Mackay said. Then, students should visit the Student Health Center.
“The SHC is treating students according to Centers for Disease Control and Yamhill County Public Health Department guidelines and recommendations,” Haddeland said. “For most students, this will be self-isolating in their housing environments, encouraging rest and adequate hydration and symptom management to control fevers and body aches. Antiviral therapy is only recommended for patients with significant underlying medical conditions that put them at risk for more severe problems.”
She said the SHC has been busier than normal this year, but it has been fortunate enough to have help from Health Education and Physicians’ Medical Center. The SHC works on a triage model, meaning it prioritizes the sickest students over more routine visits.
Residence Life, the SHC and the Emergency Preparedness Committee, created by the college and chaired by Vice President of Finance and Administration Glenn Ford, have each worked to develope protocols that will be followed should an H1N1 outbreak hit campus.
According to Residence Life protocol, based on recommendations from YCHD, and in conjunction with nearby colleges and universities, if a residence hall student is infected, Resident Advisors will close the residence hall to outside visitors, send home the infected student if possible (or have the student isolate himself or herself from others) and request that the infected student (and roommates) wear a mask when out in public, among other precautions. Similar measures will be taken for Suburbs and off-campus residents, sans the closure of their residences.
These actions run parallel to what the SHC and the EPC recommends.
“Starting last spring, the SHC has been preparing for the possibility of a busier influenza season than normal,” Haddeland said. “A myriad of print- and Web-based information has gone out to students, parents, staff and faculty with information on how to minimize individual risk of developing influenza and how to protect the broader community if you become ill. Additionally, the SHC has provided two seasonal influenza vaccine clinics and continues to vaccinate students, staff and faculty by request. We are currently preparing for a large-scale vaccine clinic when the H1N1 vaccine arrives. We have been designated a ‘Point of Distribution’ site for Yamhill County.”
The first batch of vaccine is set to be distributed to the states the first week in October. The first shipment will contain between six and seven million doses of vaccine, most in the form of a nasal spray, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Sept. 24.
When the vaccine does become available, it will be highly effective. Anne Schuchat, chief health officer of the CDC, said that unlike the seasonal flu vaccine, which may or may not closely match the strain of flu prevalent in a particular year, the H1N1 vaccine perfectly matches the pervasive strain of H1N1.
“We encourage everyone to wash their hands, cover their coughs, stay home when they are sick and get both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines,” Haddeland said.
For more information, visit the CDC’s, YCHD’s and State of Oregon Health Division’s Web sites.

Suburb RA program highlights fitness

P.J. Wilson – For the Review. Typical Tuesday nights at Linfield are quiet and calm. Many students aren’t out and about on campus, unless you happened to walk by the upper gym Sept. 29, the night of the suburb fitness event.
The gathering was hosted by the Suburb Resident Advisors as one of their monthly events. It featured a workout called Zumba, a Latin-based dance that features modern hip-hop workout music — even some yoga stretching was done near the end of the session.
“We’re required to do one monthly program, and we decided to start out with a Zumba workout because it is a fun and easy workout to kick off the year and it corresponds with Wellness Week,” senior suburb RA Evyan Stuart said.
In the spirit of health promotion, organizers made the event as accessible as possible.
“I want them to get a good workout without actually knowing they’re working out,” the instructor, Christine Kirk, said. “Exercise is important for all aspects of health, and I love the campus. It’s a learning environment.”
The event was a success for both instructor and students.
“I love it,” junior Jenn White said.
Senior Hannah Michelotti agreed.
“It’s not a workout; it’s a party,” she said.

Linfield promotes ‘green’ through sustainability

Braden Smith – Arts/ops/ent editor. Some students may remember voting for the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fund last May. School ended shortly after the vote, and meanwhile, the skeleton of the sustainability fund has been waiting the duration of the summer for the Advisory Committee for Environment Sustainability to give it muscle and skin.
While $15,000 of the approximately $34,000 fund is being spent on¬¬ energy credits from McMinnville Water & Light, $19,000 is available to anyone on campus who wants to start a sustainability project.
So, how can you get your hands on money and beginputting it to work?
“The grants process is just now being whipped into final shape,” Fred Ross, senior adviser and assistant to the president and member of the ACES committee, said.
The details are not final yet, but ACES is working on a simple online application for grant money that anyone on campus can fill out.
The ACES committee plans to announce precisely how to apply during the third week of October.
“We’re planning a big rollout of the grant process during the week of Oct. 19, when a couple of speakers will be on campus highlighting the environment and sustainability,” Ross said.
ACES, along with Greenfield, will then announce exactly how to apply.
Although the fund is supplied by student body fees, senior Chris McIsaac, ASLC vice president of business and finance, said ASLC will have nothing to do with its management, aside from recording how it is being spent. The money will filter through the Accounting Office, which will leave the management of the fund at the end of the year mainly to ACES.
At that time, Ross said leftover money in the fund will rollover.
“Any money not spent stays in the account and can be used the following year,” he said.
So, if students do not use all of the money allocated to the fund this year, they will have that much more sustainability money to spend next year.
With all this money allocated for environmental pursuits, it looks as though Linfield has quite the sustainable future.

Wildcats appear on Fox

Hunter Deiglmeier – Review staff writer. This past July, Professor of Health and Human Performance and head athletic trainer Tara Lepp, along with one of her students, senior Liz Waddell, worked with the Open Arms International organization in Kenya, Africa. The team of volunteers was also accompanied by Fox News reporters; both Lepp and Waddell were recently featured in an interview on the national news station.
“It was kind of cool to [have] Open Arms shown to other people; it was fun,” Waddell said.
She said enjoyed the news interview because it showed her family and friends in the United States what she had been doing in Africa.
“It was exciting,” Lepp said. “It was really good publicity for Open Arms and a plus for Linfield.”
Her position as a Linfield professor was mentioned in the interview. This trip to Africa was Lepp’s 10th with Open Arms International.
The organization is relatively new; it was founded six years ago to help impoverished Kenyan children, families and individuals.
Open Arms International provides not only medical care but also spiritual enrichment, as volunteers spread the message of the gospel everyday while working to help ameliorate the ill and injured people of the village, Lepp said.
“The reason I continue to go is because I am impressed with the ability [of the program] to help people spiritually and physically,” Lepp said. “The [interview with Fox News] really gave [Open Arms] good exposure.”
The Open Arms organization is headquatered in Kenya, Africa, and offers volunteer opportunities mainly during the summer; times, however, may vary. Spaces are open for a trip scheduled for summer 2010, Lepp said. She said she hopes to continue her work with the program next summer.
If students are interested in the program, they can contact Lepp at tlepp@linfield.edu.

Former CNN correspondent to lecture on McCarthyism

Cindy Nguyen – For the Review. The recipient of five Emmy-award nominations and author of a 1996 New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” Edward Alwood will visit the Nicholson Library on Oct. 8.
Raised in the Deep South, which was a central target of the civil rights movement, Alwood became acquainted with the national media as he frequented the front porch of the New Albany hotel to witness the chaos of the movement, according to his web site. He also mingled among dozens of journalists sent to Georgia to cover the civil rights movement; it was then his interest in journalism peaked. In high school, he became involved with the school newspaper and eventually became the editor of his college newspaper.
Alwood graduated from the University of North Carolina. He later earned a graduate degree at American University and a doctorate at UNC. His interest in McCarthyism (the practice of making illegitimate accusations, especially of communist activity) stemmed from there.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina, he worked as a television news reporter in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He would occasionally write freelance pieces for newspapers such as the Washington Star and the Washington Blade.
Alwood went on to work for WTTG News Channel Five in Washington, D.C., and eventually became a correspondent for Cable News Network, more commonly known as CNN.
After 14 years on the air, Alwood worked at a major public relations association. He then began research for his first book, “Straight News: Gays, lesbians and News Media,” which The New York Times labeled a “Notable Book of the Year.”
After receiving his doctorate, he went on to teach journalism and communications at Temple University in Philadelphia and is now a professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
His second book, “Dark Days in the Newsroom: McCarthyism aimed at the press” was published in August 2007 and received the prestigious Tankard Book Award.
Students can catch Alwood at 7:30 p.m. Oct.8 in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.