Daily Archives: November 13, 2010
In order to understand students’ opinions about parking at Linfield, the Associated Students of Linfield College Campus Liason Committee Chair sophomore Wesley Allegre and junior Sarah Wilder are creating a parking survey, to be released soon. It will cover a range of issues related to student parking.
Director of Linfield College Safety & Security Robert Cepeda commissioned a parking committee last month to solicit ideas on how to make student parking easier and more available to all students.
Wilder said she constantly hears complaining about student parking, and the survey was an idea to help research the subject and figure out where students stand on the issue.
“I thought that creating a survey to see how people feel about the parking on campus would give us a good idea of where to go to fix any problems that seem to occur,” Wilder said.
However, Wilder seems to disagree that there is not enough parking on campus. She claims that there is enough parking, just not where students want it at any given moment, causing frustration with those not able to park in the most ideal location.
Cepeda said he was unaware of ASLC involvement in the parking issue and was also unaware that the survey was being created.
Cepeda said the committee he commissioned intended to work with faculty and students who work and live near the major parking concerns on campus, and come up with solutions.
“This is a short-term committee comprised of members from Facility Services, [the] Music Department,
[the] Theater Department, ASLC and CPS,” Cepeda said.
The findings from both this committee and the survey will be used to work “toward solutions that are effective,” Cepeda said.
The survey’s release date has not been given.
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The nationally recognized Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will take place Nov. 15-20.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Linfield Alternative Spring Break, the Chaplain’s Team, the Associated Students of Linfield College along with the Office of Community Engagement and Service are sponsors of the week’s events.
“I think that it’s going to be an amazing collaborative effort by several student groups on campus. It’s certain to educate many people on our campus and in the community,” Jessica Wade, community service coordinator, said.
A hunger and homelessness educational panel comprising Elise Hui, executive director of the Yamhill County Housing Authority; Tricia Harrop, director of the Yamhill County Food Bank and Lee Means; executive director of the Yamhill Community Action Partnership, is set to discuss the impact homelessness has on Yamhill County on Nov 15.
“With our educational panel, we’re going to focus on the issues and how they are impacting our local community, what we’re doing about it, how you can advocate and how you can understand the issue enough to form an opinion about what can be done,” Wade said.
She said the intent is to empower students.
“The educational panel is important in the sense that we really want to give our students a chance not only to experience a little bit of the homelessness and experience the hunger but to hear about the issues from people who are dealing with them right here in Yamhill County,” AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Lizzie Martinez said.
The panelist discussion is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.
“One Night Without a Home” will take place on the same date at 6:30 p.m. on the Intramural Field. Participants will receive an opportunity to experience homelessness by sleeping on the field for an entire night in tents and sleeping bags.
New to the event lineup is a 20-hour famine. It is intended to help people discover what it feels like to have an empty stomach.
The time period, Martinez said, provides a “tiny sliver” of the physiology of hunger.
Snacks will be served to begin the famine at a gathering set for 9 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.
To open participants to questions and discussion while increasing awareness, a ribbon, or another sort of identifying piece will be distributed at that time, Martinez said.
Famine observers will not eat until after 5 p.m. the following day, she said.
An interactive demonstration of the inconsistency of global wealth will be created at the Hunger Banquet, which will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Jonasson Hall.
Diners will receive a ticket that places them within the top 10, the middle 40 or the bottom 50 percentile of wealth.
Martinez said the idea is to provide a visual in which everyone will be served according to their income level.
The “wealthiest” ticket holders will be served a complete meal catered by Linfield’s food service provider, Sodexo.
A global poverty discussion will take place after the banquet, she said.
“It’s focused on that global angle that even if you’re poor in America, you’re rich anywhere else,” Martinez said.
There will be food barrels set up around campus to collect donations for a week-long food drive to benefit the Yamhill Regional Food Bank.
Barrels will be inside of Walker, Dillin and Graf halls and at each of the week’s events.
Volunteers will collect donations door-to-door on Nov. 18.
“Students feel like they can’t make a difference, and they can make a difference, right here, right now, and we’re providing them with several ways to do that,” Martinez said.
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dollars for the nonprofit organization Canine Assistants.
Junior Garrick Rozairo was a part of the fundraising group for the marketing project.
He said that his group went around to local businessesto collect donations for gift baskets that were auctioned off during the Linfield football game against Whtiworth University.
Rozario said a Linfield basket, a sports basket, a Third Street basket, an Italian wine basket and a pet basket were arraigned.
According to a flier the marketing class provided, the sponsors for the basket were the Linfield College Book Store, Excel Fitness, the Linfield football team, the Hawaiian Club, Mac Sports, Castor and Pollux Pet Works and Danger Vally skate shop.
“Our biggest goal was to get a big sponsor for one basket,” Rozairo said.
The baskets ranged in value from $150-$300 Rozairo said.
The raffle ticket sales reached $747, but Nelson said she topped off the earnings with a $300 donation. The money raised from the project will benefit a local person who needs dog, Nelson said.
She added that each canine assistant costs $15,500. This is what it costs for vet bills, and to train and house the dog.
Junior Makenzie Blyth was one of the coordinators for the marketing project.
“Canine Assistants donates service dogs to people who need them for service or companionship,” Blyth said. “They receive no government help and earn all their profit by private donations. It is an important thing. I didn’t realize how important people need these dogs until I learned more and more about the organization. I hope our small donation made some kind of difference for someone who needs a service dog,” Blyth said in an e-mail.
According to www.canineassistants.org, “Canine Assistants is a nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.”
Junior Billy Wainwright was also a project coordinator.
“I learned so much about Canine Assistants. Before this project, I knew nothing about it, but by the football game, I was able to give a brief, detailed speech about its goals, structure and purpose,” Wainwright said in an e-mail.
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The board of trustees met on campus Nov. 4-6 to discuss questions concerning Linfield’s future.
Their meetings are held every few months and consist of the board sitting together in an open quorum to discuss the various issues about Linfield.
In an effort to restructure and revitalize the meetings’ effectiveness, the board met in a new fashion last weekend to answer major questions concerning Linfield’s future.
Several small, strategic planning groups were created. Each was composed of board members, faculty and a student. The groups discussed questions that will be answered in the future.
Trustee Ronnie Lacroute said that the level of questions was basic. She said they were presented with a list of questions and were asked to determine if they were questions worth asking.
The board was not supposed to answer any questions, Associated Students of Linfield College Vice President and student representative on the board sophomore Katie Patterson said.
“If we started to stray into answering the questions, the facilitator would tell us we need to be focused on the questions themselves,” she said.
The questions were broad-based queries into several aspects of Linfield and included:
• What is the balance between liberal arts classes and pre-professional programs?
• What is the balance between diversity and affordability?
• Does the college’s mission statement accurately represent Linfield?
No final answers were given, but there were discussions about the relevancy of the questions.
Affordability seemed to be a primary focus for the groups, Lacroute said.
All members of the strategy group she was in agreed that the financial crunch couldn’t be solved by raising tuition any longer. Alternative fundraising methods needed to be implemented.
She said that even with Linfield’s largest freshman class in history, the financial situation at Linfield is still in need of reform.
Possible solutions presented were encouragement of individual funding, donations from outside sources and increased alumni donations.
The size of the campus was discussed as well as how Linfield seems to have outgrown itself.
“We’re maxed out, and the only reason it’s working right now is because the older
classes are smaller,” Lacroute said.
Nothing concerning the housing development was decided during the meetings or other possible solutions to handle the college’s increasing population, because the facilitators did not welcome finalized discussions.
The level of questions and ideas on how to strike a balance between liberal arts and pre-professionalism at Linfield were basic. The questions were about if this is a current Linfield issue, and if so, what changes should be mentioned.
Lacroute said the possibility of adding graduate programs in some departments, like education, was discussed.
They also talked about how to grow the pre-professional programs, business and nursing, without losing sight of the liberal arts values of the college.
Nothing was decided on, but Lacroute and Patterson said that they are sure these
discussions will continue when the board reconvenes in February.
Both agreed that the new meeting style was more effective than the former structure.
It was frustrating not to be able to answer the questions that were posed to the group, Patterson said. After the meetings ended, the groups shared their discussions and findings with the board of trustees.
In February, the groups will begin answering the questions before the final decisions are taken before the board.
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Alternative Spring Break program participants proposed the idea before last Spring Break, but city permits did not go through for the project until April 2010. An eco-roof is covered in vegetation and is also known as a living roof.
“[The project’s] purpose is to educate students on issues and topics and provide new knowledge to hands-on service projects,” Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade said.
Members of last year’s Alternative Spring Break group, faculty and several alumni met Nov. 5 and discussed the advantages of an eco-roof. Wade described it as a “comprehensive presentation.”
Dan Manning of Ecoroofs Everywhere and Rachel Burand, class of ’10, explained the benefits of eco-roofs at the meeting.
According to Ecoroof Everywhere’s website, the company “works with architects, landscape architects, engineers and contractors to design and build innovative storm water solutions.”
Burand’s senior thesis centered on green roofs in small communities.
“I was surprised at how quickly we were able to install the roof,” Wade said.
Senior David Kellner-Rode, sustainability intern and participant in the Alternative Spring Break program, said it took the group less than two hours to complete the roof on Nov. 5.
“I’ve put in 10 hours total working on the roof. Facilities [Services] reallyhelped us out with manpower and tools,” Kellner-Rode said.
Wade said she was excited about the finished product.
“My favorite part about the project was seeing all the volunteers smiling at the end of the day as they looked at what they achieved,” Wade said. “It was a long time in the making.”
Wade also stressed Facilities Service’s role in the process.
“Facilities Services was very supportive. Without their assistance the whole project wouldn’t be finished,” Wade said.
She also said the purpose of the project was to increase the “sought after” covered bike parking.
Wade and Kellner-Rode said the roof will be aesthetically pleasing as it grows, fills in and changes throughout the seasons. They will also put up educational signs explaining the advantages of an eco-roof.
“It was a great opportunity to bring together Linfield alumni, local community-based organizations, faculty, students as well as Facilities Services,” she said.
Kellner-Rode explained that water runs off of normal roofs into sewage systems, causing sewage overflows. Green roofs minimize storm runoff.
Eco-roofs also provide a habitat for birds, squirrels and various small animals.
“The roof is an educational outlet for the college. It is a physical representation of our commitment to the environment,” Wade said.
The Corporation for National Community Service funds Learn and Serve America, the program that funded the eco-roof. They have a relationship with the Oregon Campus Compact. Wade said the Oregon Campus Compact is “dedicated to strengthening civic servicesof higher education.”
There are 15 colleges in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that are a part of the Northwest Sustainability Initiative. Linfield is one of four in Oregon.
Kellner-Rode said the green roof will show prospective students that Linfield is an environmentally-friendly campus. He said he hopes it will attract the type of students who want to continue making changes here.
“Linfield has a lot of potential to be a green campus. The structure is a symbol of what we can become,” Kellner-Rode said.
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