Daily Archives: October 23, 2009

Yogurt, bingo and boobie cakes: raising awareness

Cindy Nguyen – For the Review. Think Pink Week, an event created by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Theta Chi Fraternity to support breast cancer education and awareness, kicked off Oct. 19 with a yogurt-eating contest.
Zeta Tau Alpha is partnered nationally with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Yoplait, the National Football League, Self magazine, Lifetime Network and Betsey Johnson to aid in this cause.
A curious group of interested dinner-goers crowded around a small stage set up in the middle of the Dillin dining room for the yogurt eating contest Oct. 19. Each round of the contest lasted for one minute, 30 seconds.
Freshman Lucas Dudley was runner-up, consuming eight containers of yogurt. Sophomore Jason Cooper took first place with nine.
“After seeing that much yogurt being consumed, I think I’ll take a break from eating yogurt for a while,” freshman spectator Jenny Morgan said.
On Oct. 20, the Fred Meyer Lounge was filled with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members and attendees for the second event of the week, “Bingo for Baked Goods.” Participants purchased 25-cent bingo cards for a chance to win cookies, boobie cupcakes and the grand prize, a “Better-than-sex cake.” All proceeds of the night went to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
A new addition to the annual event was the Oct. 22 luminary ceremony, in which dozens of decorated, candle-lit bags were arranged around the People Fountain in honor of those who have fought and are still fighting breast cancer.
“Think Pink Week’s goal is to raise money and awareness,” junior Jenn White, one of the event’s coordinators, said in an email. “We want the college population to know that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women in their forties but women of all ages, races and socioeconomic statuses. Of the 200,000-plus women that will be diagnosed each year with breast cancer, 11,500 of them will be under the age of 40.”
Capping off the weeklong event will be the car bash, taking place Oct. 23. The event will offer anyone who’s willing to donate money a chance to take a few swings at a car. The bashing will start at 5 p.m. on Pioneer Way in front of Dillin Hall.

Green Week emphasizes different aspects

Hunter Deiglmeier – Review staff writer. Green Week is an event that teaches Linfield students, staff and community members about pertinent environmental issues and promotes daily sustainability on campus.
With Transportation Day; Water Conservation Day; Energy Conservation Day; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day; and Eat Local Day, Green Week provides Linfield with information about the state of the environment, enhancing the message of its ultimate theme: sustainability.
“[Green Week is about] informing the campus about ways to live more sustainably and be more environmentally friendly,” junior David Kellner-Rhode, president of Greenfield, said.
Senior Duncan Reid, founder of Greenfield, said each day focused on a different area of sustainability.
“The purpose of this is to focus students’ attention to a specific area pertaining to sustainability in order to make the information more easily digestible,” he said.
Green Week was split into different categories that emphasize particular aspects of sustainability, enhancing students’ knowledge of specific environmental issues, as well as how individuals can help the environment.
“[There are] different ways in which we interact with the natural world, and it is easier to convey information when it is broken down into different categories,” Kellner-Rhode said.
With information tables outside of Walker Hall and the various events across campus during the afternoons and evenings, Green Week aims to increase environmental awareness, providing students with concrete ways to live more sustainably.
“More often than not, students are supportive of sustainability in general, but they are not aware of the things that actually make a difference,” Reid said.
Instead of giving students a broad overview of sustainable living, Green Week goes into detail about being environmentally consciousness.
“Green Week offers students a week to focus on [environmental] issues and to receive information that is provided by Greenfield members,” Reid said. “In this way, it makes it easier to access information.”
Musician Gabrielle Louise of “The Gabrielle Louise Show” spoke in the Pioneer Reading Room on Oct. 19 about her travels across the country in her van. Instead of gasoline, she used vegetable oil for fuel.
Kellner-Rhode said that this event was interesting, as it showed how easy it was for vegetable oil to replace diesel gasoline, giving students ideas of alternate forms of transportation.
Green Week discusses many topics relevant to environmental debate today, giving students at Linfield a more in-depth look at how to live “greener” in order to sustain the natural balance of the environment for generations to come.
To conclude Green Week, Reid and Kellner-Rhode will host a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at 826 SE Storey St. in order to promote eating locally and living sustainably.

Symposium explains new grant

Braden Smith – Culture editor. Linfield’s sustainability mission took a large step forward with the Sustainability Symposium, hosted by the Advisory Committee on Environment and Sustainability on Oct. 22.
The symposium addressed the grant portion of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fund. Students directly created the fund last semester by voting for a $10 increase in student body fees.
More than half of the fund ($19,000) is now being offered to Linfield community members in the form of grants for campus sustainability projects. The symposium was held in order to inform people of how to apply for grants and to encourage attendants to explore ways to use the money.
Senior Duncan Reid, who wrote the original referendum for the fund, said the basic goal of the symposium was to educate the public about the fund.
The symposium explained the history of the fund, as well as sustainability efforts at Linfield, and emphasized the increasing dedication to sustainability Linfield has shown during the years. A group discussion was held in which students shared ideas for possible projects. Many students inquired about what kinds of projects were eligible for funding. Although attendance at the symposium was relatively low, many ideas were discussed.
“I think it’s really cool that students have the ability to do something like this,” freshman Katherine Takaoka said after the symposium ended.
The symposium concluded with instructions for the application process, which opened Oct. 22.
The grant application, which is six pages long, explains guidelines for projects and lists evaluation criteria for the awards. According to the criteria, applicants must connect the project’s outcome with Linfield’s sustainability mission, clearly demonstrate feasibility of project completion within the designated timeline, exhibit an understanding of the resources and processes involved with the project and show a level of commitment to carrying out the project.
In addition to submitting the application, applicants must also give a brief project presentation for the ACES committee upon completion. A two-thirds majority vote among ACES members is necessary to obtain grant funding.
Reid said he would encourage students who are hesitant about applying for grants to go for it.
However, he also stressed the importance of having a concrete plan for ideas and noted that students should look through the grant carefully before deciding to apply.
“The most successful projects will come out of groups of students,” Reid said.
People may also apply for mini-grants, consisting of $500 or fewer throughout the academic year, as well. Applications are available online at www.linfield.edu/sustainability and can also be picked up at the President’s Office in Melrose Hall. Hard copies should be turned in to the President’s Office but can be submited online to John Hall at jhall@linfield.edu or to sustainability@linfield.edu. They are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.
ACES will review applications and award grants before Dec. 15.

Author offers ways to be ‘green’

Yin Xiao – News editor. Libuse Binder, author of “10 Ways to Change the World in Your Twenites,” led a motivational lecture and discussion Oct. 21 about the ways young people can became involved in issues of global warming and support sustainability. The lecture was part of Energy Conservation Day during Green Week.
Binder taught middle-school English and is a coach who has spent most of her adult life working with young trendsetters in Los Angeles and New York.
Her book offers tangible ideas to young adults who wish to become active in shaping the world in which they live but may lack the guidance and resources to do so.
“Middle-school students know when something [they do is wrong], although sometimes they don’t know what they should do,” Binder said.
She said people in their 20s are the best ones to make these changes.
In the lecture, Binder first introduced “Three Reasons to Act Now: Welcome to life in a closed system, the problem with it’s not my problem and global financial crisis.”
“A lot of places are out of water and oil,” Binder said. “People from these places have to bring sources from other places. [We don’t hear about that] because we are totally fine living in our [functioning ecosystem].
However, she explained, the troubling statistics say that the United States is the top global-warming polluter in the world.
She also talked about the book chapter “How to find the right volunteer placement.” One of the success stories Binder shared was that of Scott Harrison, who was a party and event planner working in the New York City nightclub scene.
“He hated his life filled with parties, vacations and spending money,” Binder said.
His decision to volunteer aboard the ships changed his entire perspective and purpose. Binder said Harrison and his organization, Mercy Ships, have funded 1,247 water projects providing clean water to people across the world and has raised more than $9 million.
According to its Web site, “10 Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties” is also an organization designed to tap into the potential of our energetic, influential generations by offering ways for us to change the world using our own unique gifts.
Binder was inspired to start this organization because she believes everyone has incredible power with unique talents to affect change.
At the end of lecture, Binder said she hopes to keep in touch, to share more success stories and to know everyone’s ideas in the future.For more information about Libuse Binder and her lecture, go to www.tenways.org.

ASLC Notes: What do you think?

Truthfully, how many of you read the ASLC Notes, the weekly column that runs to the right of this editorial?
In an effort to streamline the Review and alleviate layout congestion on page two, we have decided the ASLC Notes could potentially be cut or at least moved to a different page.
We would not be making this decision lightly. Students may not notice, but page two has become cramped, resulting in a not-so-clean layout. At the same time, written-content length is being reduced in an effort to conform to this available space.
We admit this was caused, in part, by our recent decision to reduce the newspaper from 16 pages to 12. That was a difficult decision, but we feel we made the right choice. Now, other changes are sure to follow. Case in point: the decision to remove or transfer ASLC Notes from page two.
The ASLC Notes were first printed Sept. 8, 1995, under heavy pressure from then-ASLC President Devon Frenchko.
Frenchko was what you could call “politically inclined” and generally believed that the Review was his personal newspaper. He saw fit to throw his opinion into the mix. Then-editor in chief Jennifer Jones refused to allow it — a decision we wholeheartedly agree with. No government has the right to demand that newspapers reflect its opinion.
Jones and Frenchko instead reached a compromise of sorts: Frenchko could have space on one of the opinion pages (away from the news pages), but ASLC would have to purchase it. Hello, ASLC Notes.
However, in reviewing the first ASLC Notes, it is obvious that the notes were far different from what they are today. The notes detailed actual ASLC happenings, within Senate and within Cabinet, not just what the Linfield Activities Board was sponsoring that week.
In the original ASLC Notes, Frenchko said that he wanted to keep students aware of what was going on with ASLC Cabinet.
“We are your representatives, and we are accountable to you, so I will use this as a way to report to you and field ideas back to us,” he wrote.
The ASLC Notes of today hold no such standing. It serves as advertising for ASLC, which has no place on the op-ed page. As ASLC pays for this space, we believe the notes should run as an advertisement inside the paper. Paid space of any kind has no place on the editorial page of any newspaper.
But, more importantly, what do you, the students, think? Do you read it? Let us know by writing a letter, sending an e-mail or leaving a comment on the Web site.

-The Review Editorial Board