Daily Archives: October 9, 2009

Wildcats make room for a challenge

Braden Smith – Culture editor. Many students may wonder how to get into shape in college but not know how to fit health and exercise into their busy schedules. As of Oct. 4, a new health and fitness program, the Wildcat Fitness Challenge, provide a solution.
The eight-week competitive training program aims to better the Linfield community through exercise and health and to unite students and faculty, senior Sami Easterly, the program adviser, said.
The program, which includes the entire Linfield community, involves taking multiple certified fitness tests and examining how much individuals or teams of four improve throughout the eight weeks in the point of competition.
All participants also have optional weekly meetings, where they will receive tips and learn workout techniques from professionals. Workouts to be demonstrated include weight training, water aerobics and Zumba.
Easterly said she hopes that incorporating fitness exercises into the program will encourage members to find a certain exercise they particularly like and pursue it on their own. She also said that the choices will encourage people who only run or lift weights to try new things.
“‘Fit’ is a small word but has a broad definition,” she said.
Participants are expected to exercise and try to improve on their own time, with the weekly meeting serving to encourage progress.
The individuals and teams that show the most improvement on their fitness tests will be awarded prizes. Because improvement is the key measurement, rather than performing better than everyone else, everyone has an equal chance to win.
While Easterly is still gathering prizes, one person or group will receive a $25 ATM card from Key Bank as a reward.
Easterly said that more than 20 people have signed up so far, many as teams. Even some faculty members are involved. She expects more people to join in.
She said lots of females have signed up but encourages anyone who is interested to participate so he or she can meet his or her fitness goals.
She also noted that the program is flexible and allows members to work on their own time and set their own schedule.
In addition to improving fitness and encouraging healthy habits, Easterly emphasized that the program will establish new relationships within the Linfield community and unite students and faculty through exercise and competion.
“Learning how to exercise unites people,” she said.
Easterly said she hopes people will develop better habits on their own so they can maintain a healthy lifestyle without the help and encouragement of a fitness program.
She began the program with the help of senior Cori Simmons, junior Maura Riley and Associate Professor of Health and Human Perfomance and Director of Exercise Physiology lab Janet Peterson, as a culminating project for her exercise science major.
She also hopes the program will be popular enough to continue on in future years.
Students and faculty have until 6 p.m. Oct. 12 to sign up and take an initial fitness test.
If you’re looking to live a healthier life and meet new people, sign up before it’s too late.
If you have any questions, you can e-mail Easterly at seaster@linfield.edu.

Alumnus, students stand up for Iranian democracy

P.J. Wilson – For the Review. Linfield College alumnus and former Associated Students of Linfield College Vice President Farshid Rafahi, who now lives in Los Angeles, has created the Web site FreedomInIran.com.
The group is a “coalition of Iranian-American students trying to raise awareness about the injustice in Iran,” according to its Web site.
On June 18, Rafahi and his roommates decided to build the Web site, and by June 20 it was ready for the world to see. One of his friends, Linfield junior Geoffrey Moore, collects information at 3 a.m. (midday in Iran) every day and updates the site to keep all the information as timely as possible for those who check the site daily.
Rafahi and his friends are also working to raise awareness of the Iranian democracy movement by selling freedom bracelets in Los Angeles, which has the largest Iranian community outside of Iran. Funds from bracelet sales were originally intended to go straight to Iran, but because of the country’s political instability, this has been prevented.
For now, the group sends funds to various nonprofit organizations, such as UNICEF and Amnesty International.
“We started this site not only to raise funds for this grassroots movement, but also to educate and inform,” the Web site stated.
For information, photos and videos about the Iranian democracy movement, or to purcahse a freedom wristband, visit http://freedominiran.com/site/Welcome.html.

Professor recounts Fulbright experience

Yin Xiao – News editor. Eric Schuck, associate professor of economics, shared his teaching experience in Lebanon during his presentation, ”Kefar, Hello, Ça Va: Living, Learning and Lecturing in the Levant, ” on Oct. 6.
This summer, he spent six weeks teaching waterresource management at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.
“As you know, it’s not a normal place to go,” Schuck said. “Why I was there was because of an opportunity from the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program.”
The program provides professors with short-term chances to teach and conduct research around the world. Schuck said it’s not a semester or one year-long program, but it gives professors possibilities for multiple trips during their eligibility period. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars pays for travel and honorarium, while the university provides room and board. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the State Department, and the CIES administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on the State Department’s behalf.
Teaching in Beirut was Shuck’s second Fulbright scholarship. In 2006, he spent several weeks developing a curriculum for the Integrated Water Resource Management Program at the University of Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa.
“It’s an amazing program,” Schuck said. “In some countries like Lebanon, they especially need professors from the business and education department.”
In his presentation, Shuck also spoke about his impressions of Beirut.
“Civil war left much of Beirut in ruins,” he said. “During the war, the American University of Beirut has never closed [its] campus, never stopped teaching. They should be proud of it.”
The American University of Beirut has about 7,000 students. Schuck said he was surprised that more than half of its graduates are females.
During the presentation, Sandy Soohoo-Refaei, associate director of International Programs, asked Schuck about the relationship between faculty and students at the university. Schuck said it was connected but not close, although he did get to know students on a personal level.
During the lecture, Schuck also shared his travel experiences.
“Beirut has redeveloped very well; it is the only city I want to travel to again,” he said. “Now it’s like the ‘Vegas of Arab world.’”
The presentation was sponsored by the International Programs Office.

Sex, lies, videotapes…books?

Dominic Baez – Editor in chief. Combine pornography, the McMinnville Police Department, Linfield Community Public Safety & Security, Nicholson Library and a McMinnville resident, and what is the result? The latest, and perhaps the most peculiar, crime to occur on campus in recent months.
A McMinnville resident (the Review was unable to obtain his name before publication) was held by LCCPS and cited by Mac PD in the late afternoon of Oct. 2 for printing pornographic material in Nicholson Library.
“We responded, found the individual and held him until Mac PD arrived,” Director of LCCPS Robert Cepeda said. “Due to reasons I cannot state, the individual was cited and released into the custody of another person.”
Library Director Susan Barnes Whyte said her student workers descibed the individual as loud and seeming a bit “off.” Barnes had just arrived at the library as the individual was leaving.
Barnes said the man was first helped at the reference desk and then traveled back toward the computer area, where he printed more than 10 pages of pornographic material. He proceeded to hide the printed material behind the videos in the Educational Media Services and leave the library on his bicycle. He was stopped by campus security not long after.
The individual was videotaped both entering and exiting the library, but Whyte declined to show the tape to the Review, saying she would only release it to the police for identification purposes.

Zumba out of step

Septembre Russell – Copy editor. During Spring Semester last year, Linfield Activities Board Health and Outdoor Programs sponsored a monthly Zumba and yoga class on campus. The class was instructed by Christine Kirk, adjunct professor of fitness and yoga. This semester, however, LAB/HOP did not continue its sponsorship of Kirk’s class.
Kirk said LAB/HOP has already allocated its activity budget for the semester, leaving her class sponsorless. The situation is disappointing, she said, especially because the Zumba class was well received.
During last Spring Semester, she said the student turnout was incredible, ranging from 30 to 50 participates each month.
“I would pack the house,” she said. “Zumba is the hottest fitness craze.”
Without a sponsor, Kirk will not experience the same success. However, she said many students are curious as to when they can resume participation in Zumba.
“I have students asking me almost every day, ‘When will Zumba be back?’” she said.
Kirk said she was told that LAB/HOP would keep her fitness class in consideration; however, if students desire to see Zumba return next semester, they should vocalize their desire.
“I just want somebody to support this [activity],” Kirk said.

According to Katrina Peavey, ASLC vice president of programming, the Health and Outdoor Programming Chair on the Linfield Activities Board had arranged to sponsor a Zumba and yoga event from 9-11 p.m. December 11 before this article was published. The Review regrets the mistake.