Daily Archives: October 22, 2010
“A Linfield student and an alumna were hospitalized Oct. 18 when an allegedly drunken driver crashed into them while they were crossing Davis Street.
Senior Celeste Wilson of Linfield’s Portland campus and Justine Pillar, class of ’10, were hit by Daniel Algeo, 45, of McMinnville.
Pillar was carried by Life Flight to Emmanual Hospital in Portland. Wilson was taken to McMinnville Hospital.
Algeo was charged with a DUI and third-degree assault. Both women have been released from the hospital.
The crash stunned students and residents living near the intersection of Davis and Ford streets.
“I heard what I thought were fireworks,” junior James Rhodes said. “I came outside and saw the accident. There were several people calling 9-1-1.”
Witnesses said that Algeo slammed on his brakes before hitting the women.
“I heard brakes, then a thump, and I turned around and saw someone lying in the road and called 9-1-1,”
Doug Deets, a security guard for Prostar Security, said.
At the time of the accident, Deets was working at the Theta Chi Fraternity house as a security guard for a toga party.
Sophomore Aaron Granum witnessed the entirety of the accident.
“The girls came out onto the road suddenly,” he said. “Justine [Pillar] passed between two cars [in the lead]. If you were a driver, you couldn’t see them.”
Witnesses all said they heard brakes, and Granum said he saw Algeo decelerating before he hit the wom en. He also said Algeo appeared to be going the speed limit before the accident.
Granum said he saw Wilson take a glancing blow from Algeo’s pickup truck, but Pillar was struck head-on.
“The only way I could describe it is [as] a ragdoll,” Granum said. “You take it and drop it on the ground in whatever inhuman position it fell in. It was grotesque.”
He said the sound of the impact, which alerted many of the people who called 9-1-1, was equally frightening.
“It sounded like a car hitting another car,” he said. “It was amazingly loud. Deceptively loud.”
Pillar, the woman thrown by the impact, was in so much pain she couldn’t communicate, Granum said.
“She did say ‘help me,’ but after that she was so injured she couldn’t make normal sounds,” he said. “She was unable to say coherent words. Justine [Pillar] was not movable until the medics arrived.”
Granum said that Algeo seemed to know that Pillar should remain untouched until the medics arrived in case she had a spinal injury.
“I’d say he might have been in shock,” Granum said. “He was calm and not in a panic. His first words were ‘Don’t touch her.’ He seemed concerned about her.”
Granum also said he thought the accident was not caused by Algeo’s intoxication.
“He did not appear to be a hazardous driver,” he said. “He did not seem intoxicated.
I don’t think the scenario could have been avoided if he was sober.”
Granum said he called 9-1-1 within 10 seconds of the accident, but by then the operator had enough information to finish his sentences.
“I was really impressed by people’s reactions,” he said. “It was good to see a genuine emotional response.“
Granum said students huddled into small groups that night. Some were strangers to the injured women trying to understand what happened. Others were comforting friends of the injured women, Granum said. One group was praying for the girls’ well-being.
Paramedics from the McMinnville Fire Department were on the scene first, followed by an ambulance and several police cars.
“The paramedics were there within a few minutes,” Granum said. “But it felt like a lifetime.””
Linfield is sharing in the success of a coalition of colleges that are receiving a $45,000 grant to improve service learning in college curriculums.
The grant will go to providing co-curricular activities to Linfield students.
Co-curricular lessons are experiences outside of the classroom that relate to classroom material.
Jessica Wade, community service coordinator, secured the money for Linfield. She worked with Catherine Jarmin Miller, director of Foundation & Corp Relations, and Fred Ross, former assistant to the president of Linfield College.
Some of the community service projects that the money will benefit are environmentally motivated.
“I think this strengthens and enhances our sustainability efforts,” Wade, said.
Sample projects include habitat restoration and energy efficiency audits. A document from the Office of Community Service also lists civic development as another objective.
“We’ve convened a student roundtable on sustainability, and they’ve already come up with six service learning projects already,” Wade said. “The first one will be on Nov. 5. Students will complete the eco-roof on the new bike shelter.”
Wade said that students would learn about eco-roofs, storm water management and other environmentally friendly techniques. She said other projects are intended to teach students real-world skills.
Money from the grant will also go to Linfield’s faculty for a Fellows program.
Five faculty members will work together to remake and improve a current Linfield course by adding service learning to the class, or to create a new course designed to link service learning and sustainability.
The grant is from Learn and Serve America, an organization that aims to make service learning core to the education of American students.
This is Linfield’s first federal grant from the Corporation for National Community Service, which is the primary funder of this grant.
“The goal is that students walk away with skills but also knowledge of the issues they’re addressing,” Wade said.
Linfield applied for the grant through the Oregon and Washington divisions of Campus Compact, a nationwide community service agency that, according to its website, seeks to increase service learning as part of higher education.
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“We’re shifting toward a new era, like a new brand,” Pi Kappa Alpha President senior Jon Thompson said.
Interior demolition began a year ago, but the fraternity members have lived in alternative housing, called the Annexes, near the house for two years.
They were told to leave the house for safety reasons in 2008. Thompson said the school and the McMinnville fire marshal assessed the building and declared it unsafe and uninhabitable.
He said the entire interior will be redone, including everything from reworking electrical wiring and plumbing, to adding new bed frames to removing an oversized furnace.
“Before we started the remodel, there was an entire room dedicated to a furnace that no longer worked — that we weren’t allowed to use. There was an entire room dedicated to storing the fuel for that furnace,” Pi Kappa Alpha Vice President senior Scott Wickham said. “And now we can use those rooms as other things to better the living experience.”
Wickham said the project will cost close to $500,000.
Most of the wait resulted from fundraising problems.
Thompson said people were hesitant to donate because of the poor economic climate, and banks wouldn’t give loans because they were worried about a fraternity repaying the money.
But Pi Kappa Alpha alumni came to the rescue. While the current members could raise only $500 to $1,000 here and there, the alumni raised larger amounts. These alumni make up a group called the Housing Corp.
Wickham said the Housing Corp. called many alumni to gather investments.
“A few alumni started stepping up, saying I’ll put $10,000 here, $20,000 there. Then, next thing you know, people started saying $50,000; people started saying $100,000,” Thompson said. “A lot of the alumni knew that without a house, we were basically cut off, and they wanted to help.”
Thompson said he received an e-mail during the summer saying that a few alumni were willing to give triple-digit donations.
“Our focus is supposed to be our education; our focus here is to stay in school — to not worry about things like this. The alumni have done a good job of taking the reins,” he said. “The active [members] are …
blessed to not have to go and put that strain on our lives.”
The monetary commitment attracted the attention of the national Pi Kappa Alpha group, which subsequently promised a $150,000 to $175,000 loan toward the house’s completion, depending on how much the Linfield members raise in total.
Thompson said the construction is expected to be completed during the first week of Spring Semester.
The remodel will also include study space, Wickham said.
“With most fraternityhouses, kids move in because they want to be where the party is. But I think the way we’re designing it — we’re creating study rooms in the house,” he said. “Our number one goal is to have a nice place that people want to live in that is conducive to academia.”
Thompson said that the absence of a big, open space in the house encourages a positive environment to study instead of one that promotes partying.
A completed house means big benefits for the fraternity, especially when it comes to rush, which is a time during which Greek organizations recruit prospective members. The fraternity has 15 active members, but Thompson said the fraternity had more than 30 when he was a sophomore.
“When we have so little members, it’s tough going against Kappa Sigma, which has like 70 guys,” he said.
Wickman agreed, adding that recruitment concerns detracted from philanthropy and community service efforts.
Sophomore Brad Dupea, the fraternity’s active rush chair, said having a house will make recruitment
“If you have a common place to bring people to, it’s easier to get your name out,” he said.
In the past, the fraternity experienced trouble maintaining high membership, since many potential pledges are drawn toward the fraternities with houses, Thompson said. Part of the problem was that other fraternities would bad-mouth Pi Kappa Alpha, Wickham said.
“All the other organizations would say, ‘Don’t join ‘PIKE’; they don’t have a house,’” he said. “But now we’re going to have a house; we’re going to have a level playing field, and I think our recruitment numbers will go up.”
President of Theta Chi Fraternity senior Beau Slayton said in an e-mail that he is excited that Pi Kappa Alpha’s house is returning to use. He said Theta Chi will continue to recruit as usual but perhaps will become more creative in its recruitment approach.
“[We may] put more effort into checking on guys and trying to establish our relationship with them
early on,” Slayton said in an e-mail.
President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity junior Nick Irving said Pi Kappa Alpha’s improved house will strengthen Linfield’s Greek system overall, but he is not worried about recruitment.
“Young men worldwide have joined Kappa Sigma because we are the most preferred fraternity in the world, not because of what a house looks like,” Irving said in an e-mail. “Kappa Sigma will continue to recruit high caliber men into our brotherhood and remain the number one fraternity both on campus and worldwide.”
But Thompson said recruitment is a competitive time.
“Everybody was like, ‘Oh, they’ll never get it done, it’ll never happen,’” Thompson said about the renovations. “I just love it when other fraternities say, ‘Oh your house is getting done? Oh that’s great; that’s so awesome!’ When a few months ago it would have been …”
“[T]hem using it as a recruitment tool for themselves,” Wickham finished.
Having an established house will reaffirm the fraternity’s existence, too. Dupea said many people don’t know that Pi Kappa Alpha still exists at Linfield because people mentally connect fraternities to houses. Since Pi Kappa Alpha hasn’t had a livable house for social functions, people think the fraternity doesn’t exist, he said
“It shouldn’t even be about the house; it should be about the guys in the fraternity,” Thompson said. “It’s a shame that it comes down to the house — that the house is a major deciding point.”
Thompson said that without a house, potential members would only talk to other fraternities, but the new space will allow Pi Kappa Alpha to join the conversation.
The house will also make meetings for current members easier. Right now, the fraternity holds chapter meetings in the Annexes — cramming 15 members into a space designed for only six or seven people, Thompson said.
Also, unlike the other fraternity houses, the Pi Kappa Alpha house is an actual house, and not a dormitory-style abode. And, because of the fraternity’s small numbers, everyone in the group would be able to live in it.
Even when the fraternity numbers outgrow the house, members can live in the Annexes, Wickham said.
And the president and vice president are proud to have been a part of the project.
“My worst nightmare was that, when I would leave this school, that it [the fraternity] wouldn’t be around anymore,” Wickham said. “Knowing that you were part of the rebuilding process and bringing it back into the forefront of Greek Life — I think it’s a really nice thing.”
“I’m happy that it’s not just three fraternities and a couple of guys without a house,” he said.
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Linfield joined schools across the nation in its commitment to community service by participating in the National Learn and Serve Challenge Week starting Oct. 18.
The college sponsored a number of events to create awareness and encourage students and faculty to take an active role in solving societal and environmental problems.
The college kicked off the week of Oct. 18 by sponsoring a workshop on “understanding the importance of critical reflection for a more meaningful service-learning experience,” Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade said in an e-mail.
There was a grant-writing workshop to help students apply to the ASLC Sustainability Fund on Oct. 20.
The college also hosted an Oct. 21 information session in which counselors from area elementary and middle schools spoke about
Linfield’s Make a Difference Day is Oct. 22, and the college will offer service project opportunities for more than 150 volunteers to make an impact on the community.
Wade explained the benefits of service opportunities for students in an e-mail.
“Service-learning gets students out of the classroom and provides them with real-life experiences that in turn support and contribute to academic learning and address critical
It gives students an opportunity to become active citizens — to be part of the problem solving solutions that impact the community and the environment.”
The concept of National Learn and Serve Challenge comes from the National Service-Learning Partnership, a national network dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of education.
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The Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability meeting Oct. 14 focused on the possibility of hiring a full-time sustainability coordinator.
Senior David Kellner-Rode, a member of ACES committee, said the biggest problem for ACES is that the committee comprises faculty members, staff and students with some interest in sustainability or climate change, but everyone has difficulty finding time to focus on the issues.
He also said it’s necessary to have a full-time sustainability coordinator for Linfield, since it’s a leader in higher education working toward sustainability.
Thomas Love, professor of Anthropology and chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department, said he thinks ACES needs a central person to collect all the committee’s work.
According to the Linfield Sustainability website, President Thomas Hellie appointed the ACES committee in Sept. 2007 and signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment on Earth Day in 2008.
ACES was charged with maintaining an updated Green House Gas Inventory and developing a Climate Action Plan.
The long-term Climate Action Plan is a major goal for the ACES and was finalized in early September.
Based on a semester-long project by the Environmental Studies Problem Solving Seminar in Spring Semester 2009, ACES came up the Climate Action Plan with the help of an environmental counseling group.
“[The] Climate Action Plan is a 50-year plan for college climate sustainability, ” Kellner-Rode said. “I hope to make more concrete work on it.”
He also said it entails many ideas for reducing carbon emissions: behavior changes, such as having shorter showers, turning off computers and heaters and unplugging appliances not in use; building designs, which would make energy more efficient in old buildings; and reducing expenditures in air travel.
For instance, an admissions officer should have teleconferences instead of flying to different high schools to visit prospective students.
As the only student member of ACES, Kellner-Rode said there will be two more students joining the meeting in the future, and he welcomes any students who are interested in sustainability to attended the meetings.
The next meeting will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 28 in The President’s Dining room in left wing of Dillin Hall.
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