Daily Archives: October 16, 2009

Homecoming: Looking back

Dominic Baez – Editor in chief Homecoming, despite being an annual event, always seems to be in flux.
Last year, separate events spanned across five days, without a scheduled activity on Wednesday. In 2007, Homecoming was crammed into three days because of Fall Break, causing undue stress for both the Associated Students of Linfield College Cabinet and the students who participated. The year before that, Mr. and Ms. Linfield was held on a Wednesday; a change drive was Friday’s event. There wasn’t even a Ms. Linfield component to Homecoming until 2006. The change drive has been completely scraped.
After combing through two decades of Linews and Review issues, it seems the only constant factors are the dates when Homecoming is held (the second or third week of October) and an overwhelming amount of Greek Life involvement.
This year’s festivities are no different.
Teams involved include: Alpha Phi sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Theta Chi Fraternity, Sigma Kappa Phi Sorority & Delta Psi Delta Fraternity and Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Homecoming events spanned five days in October, with an event hold each day. New this year was the Oct.14 relay race. This type of competition is not completely new. For example, in 1998, Homecoming featured a triathlon event similar to this year’s relay race.
The relay race, held in the Oak Grove, was a timed event involving six legs and 10 participants from each team, senior ASLC President Ashlee Carter said. Each team created a baton before the race to be handed off between each leg.
The relay began with one runner racing in a dead sprint, followed by a three-legged race and then a soccer-kicking event in which the Lewis & Clark College mascot was used as the target.
After the target was hit, the next team member competed in a different type of excecise: a Sudoku puzzle. After the puzzle was completed and verified by race officials, the next participant ate five hot dogs — buns and all. This was followed by a team-working puzzle called “7 up, 7 down.” To complete the race, a football was thrown into a recycling bin before a team member dashed across the finish line, Carter said.
Also, for the first time in recent years, ASLC is keeping the scores for each event secret. While participants can most likely accurately guess the standings, only certain ASLC Cabinet members and Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson know the specific scores. The winners will be announced during halftime at the Homecoming football game Oct. 16 by Carter and senior Katrina Peavey, ASLC vice president of programming.
“With scoring being kept a secret this year, it will be a much-anticipated time,” Carter said.
For the most part, however the traditional events remained intact: Oct. 12: Tug-o-War; Oct. 13: College Bowl; Oct. 15: Parade, Song and Banner; and Oct. 16: Mr. and Ms. Linfield.
Tug-o-War was held on the football field at 8 p.m. this year, a later time than usual. The event was conducted in a round-robin fashion, every team competing against every other team. ASLC also required waiver forms from all participants, Carter said, removing the college and ASLC from liability for accidents.
“I personally feel like they were a positive addition —although no one was injured, thank goodness,” she said.
College Bowl, held in Ice Auditorium instead of Riley Hall, was also round robin, though attendance was low.
“The spectators this year [were fewer] than last year, and a suggestion for next year is to change the time of this event to a later time so more people will be able to attend,” Carter said.
The Parade, Song and Banner contest began in front of Campbell Hall and followed the ASLC IM Sports “gator” across campus in a parade culminating at the football field for the song and banner competition. Faculty-member judges scored each event separately.
The final event for Homecoming, the Mr. and Ms. Linfield competition, will feature four women and four men vying for the title in Ice Auditorium on Oct. 16.
Early admittance begins at 7:30 p.m. and requires a $1 donation to the Yamhill County Food Bank. Regular admittance begins at 7:45 p.m. and is free.
“A $1 donation is still encouraged with it going to a good cause,” Carter said.
The main event will begin at 8 p.m. Segments to be judged, again also by faculty members, include introduction, school spirit, Q&A and talent, as well as a surprise portion.
Despite this year’s events coming together without much difficulty, Homecoming always proves to be a stressful time for its organizers.
“The planning for Homecoming has been long and difficult, but so far it’s all been paying off,” Carter said. “As Cabinet, we had plenty of lengthy meetings about details, the new event, changing locations, time changes, new requirements, etc. First, we went in circles about taking away events or simply adding a new event, and, after a long debate, we took it to a vote for each night. All the changes and additions this year have seemed to pay off and have gotten good feedback.”

ITS to thwart identity thieves

Chelsea Langevin – Senior reporter. After two confirmed incidents of stolen CatNet IDs last year, Integrated Technology Services will require Linfield students, faculty and staff to change their passwords by the end of November.
Irv Wiswall, chief technology officer, said ITS developed its new password system last summer after exploring the confirmed cases of CatNet ID theft.
“We suspected that this was happening,” Wiswall said.
When one of the students could no longer login to his CatNet because it had been reset, Wiswall said he knew ITS needed to increase security immediately.
To understand the severity of the case, Wiswall said he used the student’s password to search his ID online. Within seconds, Google posted results of the ID and password on several foreign-language Web sites.
“Anyone who ran across them would have the keys to the kingdom,” he said.
Not only could someone access the numerous library databases that Linfield has contractual arrangements with, he or she could also reset the user’s information, Wiswall said.
“People have become more sophisticated in gathering passwords,” he said.
In response to this growing security threat, ITS will require that Linfield students, faculty and staff change their password every 26 weeks, Wiswall said.
ITS also changed the minimum number of password characters from six to eight, which must include at least one upper case and one lower case letter.
For those who have grown accustom to a single password for all their online memberships, it may be frustrating to create a new, unfamiliar password. However, Wiswall said he advises students to use the same password and change the first letter to capital. When it is time to create a new password, change the second letter to a capital.
Ideally, the best password would be something meaningful and unique, Wiswall said.
Even clever passwords, however, are susceptible to hackers and phishers.
“Some day, passwords will work with something that’s reliable and biometric, like scanning a retina,” Wiswall said.
For senior Cem Kuleli, simply changing a password does not address CatNet’s other security problems.
Kuleli said that Microsoft Exchange compromises security because it requires people to close their browser to log out entirely.
“In a shared computer, this can create a real problem,” he said.
However, Kuleli said he recognizes the importance of creating a secure password.
“If you have some random pattern that doesn’t make sense, the password will be stronger,” he said.
In order to provide enough time for the Linfield population to change its passwords, ITS began notifying the campus with e-mail messages that it will continue to stagger for the next six weeks.
As of Oct. 12, 298 people have already changed their CatNet passwords, Wiswall said.
To change your CatNet password, visit the Linfield home page or the Current Students page, go to the “Quick Links” drop box and click “Change your CatNet Password.”

Linfield welcomes established journalist

Hunter Deiglmeier – Review staff writer. Acclaimed environmental journalist for The Wall Street Journal Jeffrey Ball will present his lecture “Squeezed and Confused: America at an Energy Crossroads,” in which he will discuss his viewpoints and ideas on the present state of the environment in Ice Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20.
Today, the world is at a critical point regarding environmental issues, as debates about how to handle these problems arise within not only the government, but also at colleges such as Linfield.
“[Ball] is a top-notch journalist. We are really delighted to have him here,” Fred Ross, adviser to the president said. “[His lecture gives students] a great chance to hear crucial, essential information.”
Ball is from Dallas, Texas, and has been writing for The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade. His column which is featured in the prominent newspaper is titled Power Shift. It covers a range of environmental topics ranging from the auto industry, the oil industry to writing broadly about the environment, Ball has thoroughly researched and covered all the bases regarding the environment.
For his lecture at Linfield, he will mainly discuss how to curb today’s environmental issues.
“What I’m going to be talking about is how the US consumes energy, [and how to curb] the increase and what [needs to] happen in order to do that,” Ball said.
His presentation is pertinent to students not only at Linfield, but those at other colleges and universities as well. The debate about the environment is becoming ever more prevalent, especially for students. Within the lifetime of today’s students—even within the next ten years—people can expect to see changes in opinions on how to handle the environment and the regulation of fossil fuels, he said.
Ultimately, Ball said that he is eager to speak in classrooms and in Ice Auditorium.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited to meet new people and talk with students, and [even] pick up new ideas for my column.” He said.

Career Center offers students varied perspectives

Amanda Summers – Copy editor. Linfield is constantly changing, bringing in new programs and eradicating old ones. Many of these changes are upsetting to Wildcats: the Observatory closing, new Internet password rules and fewer dining options in Dillin, to name a few.
One of the less controversial changes this fall is the Career Center “After Hours” program. The program consists of three small events, each with guest speakers discussing their careers in order to educate students on various career possibilities.
Each event will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge.
Alissa Leeper and Heather Sweeney were scheduled to discuss their careers with Adidas on Oct. 15, but the event was canceled because of illness.
John Gottberg Anderson, author and co-author of numerous travel books, will speak Oct. 28 about his writing career.
The Nov. 16 event will focus on the international career of Derrick Olsen, a former U.S. Foreign Service employee who is now the International Trade manager with the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
“This program is a new version of the ‘Monday at Noon Program’ from many years ago,” Anne Hardin Ballard, director of career and community services, said.
Speakers were chosen based on professional diversity. Ballard said she expects that each speaker will attract a different audience. Two of the programs featured guests, Leeper and Olsen, have previous experience speaking at Linfield.
Students attending are encouraged to ask questions and meet with the speakers after their presentations to network.

Abandoned bike program aims to reduce clutter

Karen Cole – For the Review. For years, Linfield College and the McMinnville Police Department have worked together to clear the campus of abandoned bikes. This week, the process is happening again.
The Linfield College Community Public Safety & Security Department began its abandoned bike program Oct. 15, which aims to decrease the number of unclaimed bikes and increase the amount of space available to lock up frequently used bikes on campus.
Currently, bikes are being locked not only to bike racks but also to fence posts, street lights and stairway railings. Securing bikes to railings, such as those used for wheelchair access, is against federal law, and CPS has the authority to remove them.
Students should have received a registration form to attach to their bicybles. The form includes space for contact information and the make and model of the bike. As of Oct. 15, every bike on campus needs to have a registration form attached to it displaying the appropriate information.
CPS will conduct campus sweeps, placing bright signs on the bikes that do not have registration forms attached. CPS inspected the north side of Linfield Avenue, which extends from Malthus Hall to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity house, on Oct. 15. The south side will be inspected Oct 16.
If a bike has a bright sign attached to it, it is still possible to save the bike until Oct. 23 by simply removing the tag.
The bikes with signs attached to them will be removed after Oct. 23. If, for some reason the owner was unable to get to his or her bike during the week between notification and removal, the bike will be available for one week in Cozine Hall. After that, the bikes will be taken to the Linfield Bike Co-Op and other causes, such as transportation for international students or offender restitution, where bikes are given to people who have recently been released from prison.
“We hope to do two things,” Robert Cepeda, director of CPS, said. “Reduce the carbon footprint and donate bikes to worthwhile causes.”
The program has been implemented before, typically during summer months.
“I’m glad they’re doing it again [now that school is in session],” junior Stephan Guttridge, a student who uses his bike regularly, said.
Before, when bikes were abandoned, they went to Mac PD. The bikes were then sold, and the money went to charity. Although the police are no longer involved, CPS has made plans to give half of the bikes to organizations such as LBC.
Last year, the Associated Students of Linfield College Senate Campus Improvement Committee, in conjunction with Facilities Services, erected five additional bikes racks across campus, giving them to residence halls that previously had none and reducing the burden on the halls that did, Duncan Reid, campus improvement committe chair, said.
“Cepeda’s plan is really good,” he said. “Originally, the LBC was to get the bikes at the end of September. Doing the program again slows down the process.”
The committee does hope to acquire more bike racks before biking picks up again next spring when the weather is nice, Reid said, creating even more space for students to be environmentally
friendly.