Daily Archives: February 18, 2011
Oct. 23, 1936 – Jan. 14, 2011
Barbara died on Jan. 14 in her home in McMinnville.
She was born on Oct. 23, 1936, in Spokane, Wash., to Sara and James Niccolls. She was the oldest of three girls. She grew up in Deer Park, Wash., and graduated from Deer Park High School in 1954. The family moved to McMinnville in 1957, and Barbara attended Linfield College and graduated in 1961. She went to the University of Washington to receive her Master of Librarianship in 1962.
Barbara returned to Oregon and worked at the Salem City Library, the Portland Library and the Linfield College Library. She retired from Linfield in 1992.
Barbara loved nature, backpacking and the beach. She was an avid reader.
Survivors include two sisters — Dorothy (Bill) Utterback of Winnemucca, Nev., and Kay (Harold) Morgan of Dayton, Ore. — and five nieces and nephews.
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~Contributed by Andrew Anderson
A Linfield student and a Mt. Hood Community College student were charged with two counts of bank robbery on Dec. 17 after being apprehended for allegedly robbing two different Rivermark Community Credit Unions on separate occasions.
Linfield freshman Emma Caday Westhusing and National Guard military police officer Brittney Anne Sykes, 23, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland on Dec. 17, according to a Dec. 17, 2010, OregonLive.com article. Facing federal charges, the women’s trial was set for Feb. 15.
The duo met after Sykes developed a same-sex relationship with another Linfield student who lived next-door to Westhusing in the residence halls, according to the article.
Westhusing and Sykes’ friendship blossomed after sharing a common interest in nursing.
Talk of the robberies, which began as a joke between the two women, started after they related their similar financial hardships.
“’Then one night, she said it kind of serious. …It left me thinking, ‘Is she serious?’” Sykes said about Westhusing in the OregonLive.com article.
The two targeted a Portland Rivermark Community Credit Union on Dec. 6, and they made off with $1,370 in cash. But the bank teller placed a silent alarm and tracking device among the cash, which alerted the Portland police, Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents and resulted in the women’s capture at Sykes’ home, according to the article.
Authorities recovered all of the cash.
The women were then taken to the Multnomah County Corrections Center Jail, were booked and then released.
At their hearing on Dec. 17, the women were connected to an Oct. 18 bank robbery at a Rivermark Community Credit Union in Gresham, Ore., during which they stole $1,380.
In addition to numerous other academic awards, Westhusing had won a $52,000 scholarship from Linfield, where her father is a faculty member of the Portland Nursing & Health Sciences Campus. Westhusing’s older brother, Kellan, graduated from the McMinnville Campus in 2010.
~Compiled by Jessica Prokop/News editor
Linfield’s student radio station, KSLC 90.3 FM, and a Portland-based classical radio station completed in January a three-year project to relocate KSLC’s broadcast tower. The project increased signal strength and quality for both stations and also saved KSLC thousands of dollars on new equipment.
All Classical 89.9 FM, KQAC, wanted to increase its coverage but doing so would create interference for KSLC’s listeners. The interference would arise because KSLC’s broadcast is so powerful in McMinnville, Larry Holtz, vice president of engineering at All Classical, said. The Federal Communications Commission would not have allowed the conflict in signal power.
“It turned out that there are some hilltops four miles southwest of the McMinnville campus that KSLC could broadcast from,” Holtz said. “It would actually take care of our problem, moving them farther away from town, but KSLC would be stronger overall and have more coverage.”
The nonprofit radio station approached KSLC in 2008 about relocating KSLC’s broadcast tower from behind Renshaw Hall to somewhere out of town.
“It’s less expensive for them to pay to move a small station like us than to engineer around us,” KSLC Faculty Adviser Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, said.
Huntsberger has been working on the project since he joined the Linfield faculty in 2009.
Moving KSLC’s tower to Meredith Mitchell Vineyards, which is about five miles from Linfield, had numerous benefits for Linfield and KSLC. KSLC General Manager, junior Eric Tompkins said the radius of the station’s coverage increased by about 15 miles but that he and Huntsberger are still testing the reach.
To Huntsberger, the principal perk was new equipment. The outdated equipment in Renshaw was the same gear carried over from Pioneer Hall, where KSLC was based until 2007. All Classical provided all of the equipment, such as a new antenna, transmitter and computer, and the tower and labor for the relocation project.
Holtz said the total cost was about $60,000.
Students will also have the opportunity to intern at All Classical in Portland.
The project took three years to complete because of setbacks such as obtaining land-use permits and contracts from the FCC, construction delays because of extreme weather and harvest season and equipment installation.
The stations continue to work together. Holtz said that All Classical approached Linfield about a deal to purchase HD broadcasting for 90.3 FM in December 2010. He said the Portland station would pay for $25,000 of equipment if the college would pay for the license to broadcast in HD, which Huntsberger said was made possible by a donation from President Thomas Hellie.
KSLC will be the first radio station in Yamhill County to have HD, Holtz said. It will mean a strengthened signal quality and allow both KSLC and All Classical to broadcast from 90.3 FM.
These changes come at a time during which KSLC is working to stream online. Tomkins and Huntsberger said this will hopefully occur before the end of Spring Semester.
But Huntsberger said there’s still a lot of tinkering to do with the equipment from the All Classical deal before streaming and HD are placed ahead on the priority list.
“I am looking forward to a kind of public day of celebration and appreciation for the campus, but for right now we’re just trying to make sure everything does what it’s supposed to do,” Huntsberger said. “Stay tuned.”
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at email@example.com.
Ford Hall was filled with laughter as Chinese and Linfield debaters briefly discussed their interactions with one another, including a dinner shared at McMenamin’s, before opening debate on Feb. 8.
The Chinese students’ visit was part of the annual Northwest Debate Tour sponsored by the International Debate Education Association. After introducing both team’s participants, Jackson Miller, director of the forensics and associate professor of communication arts, presented the topic of debate:
“China should place an arms embargo on the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea.”
Chinese debaters Zeng Qingxi from Sichuan University, Zhang Xinyi from Xi’an International Studies University and Tang Xiaojiao from Fudan University represented the government side, which proposed that China should stop arms trades with North Korea.
Linfield Forensics Team member, junior Rachel Mills, freshman Samantha Javier and sophomore Linh Tang, as the opposition, claimed that China should remain an ally to North Korea.
Zeng opened the debate and argued that the current situation in the Korean peninsula is not under China’s control, and that a war between North Korea and South Korea could happen at any time. He referenced a popular Chinese joke to indicate North Korea’s lack of respect for China:
“North Korea: ‘Hi, bro, I will have a nuclear test.’ China: ‘Okay. When?’ N. Korea: ‘Ten.’ China: ‘Ten what? Ten days?’ N. Korea: ‘Nine, eight, seven…’”
In a return of humor, Mills analyzed a “Communication Breakdown burger” that Zeng had eaten earlier at McMenamin’s, to rebut that China should keep its unique role to communicate with North Korea. She argued that the arms embargo would absolutely destroy the friendship between the two countries right now.
However, Chinese debater Zhang pointed out the benefit of the arms embargo for China is to improve the relationship between China and the United States, as these two countries have the top two economies globally.
Linfield’s second debater, Tang, used the analogy of a hotpot, a traditional Chinese recipe, to describe the relationship between China and North Korea. Tang warned that China should not add the wrong spice to the hotpot, which would negatively affect the relationship in the Korean peninsula.
The third Chinese representative Tang Xiaojiao rebutted that the embargo is not the wrong spice for the hotpot but rather the iced tea that balances the heat. She also used the famous carrot-and- stick metaphor to indicate the embargo’s effect in reducing the power of North Korea.
The last Linfield debater in the line-up, Javier, reaffirmed her team’s position by stating that China placing an arms embargo on North Korea would only lead to a crisis, provoking North Korea to use nuclear weapons.
Following the debate, Mills said she was impressed by Chinese humor, and thought it would be awkward to debate with the Chinese about China, but it was fun after all.
Miller concluded the event by thanking both the Chinese and Linfield debaters for their participation. He also said that he was glad to see face-to-face cultural exchange.
Jaffy Xiao/Features editor
Yin Xiao can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linfield celebrated Black History Month with three events, including a lecture by a former Broadway actor, who urged students to aspire to lead the best lives possible.
Charles Holt, former member of Broadway’s The Lion King production’s cast, began the events on Feb. 8.
More than a dozen students gathered in Ice Auditorium to listen to Holt’s personal acting narrative: a story about leaving a lucrative career at IBM, his first acting auditions, receiving a part in the Lion King and eventually quitting the show to become a motivational speaker.
Holt used his experiences to urge students to aspire to excellence, to be active participants in their life stories and to embrace community.
He told the story of his first performance with the Lion King cast in December 1999, describing the view from his costume as the back leg of an elephant.
“I just remember looking out of the costume and seeing members of the audience crying. I was struck by how the show had affected people,” Holt said. “It’s easy to forget that what you are doing is changing someone’s life, and you have to ask yourself if you are constantly giving your best.”
The grueling schedule of a Broadway actor — dance and vocal classes, rehearsal, shows and minimum sleep — forced him to evaluate why he was devoting himself to his profession, he said.
“That’s when I started understanding what excellence was,” Holt said. “Excellence isn’t a noun. It’s an action word. It’s what’s happening now.”
After challenging students to discover their passions and to pursue them wholeheartedly within their own communities, Holt opened the discussion for questions from the audience.
Holt gave several students advice about subjects ranging from how to find your passion in life, to ideas for graduate school, to choosing a major that you love.
He ended the night with an impromptu, a cappella performance of “Endless Night,” a piece from the Lion King.
“The world is waiting for you to step up,” Holt said. “You have the power.”
A series of live character sketches called, “Portraits of Courage: African-Americans You Wish You’d Known,” on Feb. 15 were the second Black History Month events.
Two actors performed six different monologues, all written by Colin Cox, of African-American figures who are overlooked in American history.
“Today I want to talk about more than just slavery,” Cox said. “I want to talk about all of American history,” he said.
The various character sketches revealed the important roles that African-Americans from Ida Bennet Wells, who was the first black woman to own property in Los Angeles, to Langston Hughes, an American author who was key in shaping the jazz poetry genre have played in U.S. history.
The events concluded with a presentation titled, “The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass by Assistant Professor of Political Science Nick Buccola.
Buccola provided a brief sketch of Douglass’ life — from his origin as a slave to his work as an anti-slavery newspaper editor and a political activist.
“Douglass’ political thought is so moving because it is rooted in his personal experience in slavery,” Buccola said.
Douglass appealed to self-ownership in matters of both race and sex, rejecting racism, sexism and xenophobia, Buccola said.
Buccola also gave historical context for Douglass’ political thought, stressing the importance of understanding that Douglass lived in a time when there were anti-sufferage movements and objections to Chinese immigration into America.
“Today, Americans tend to view Douglass as either ‘conservative Douglass’ or ‘progressive Douglass,’” Buccola said. “We need to think about the context in which he lived and interpret his political thought thoroughly.”
Buccola’s research on Douglass stemmed from his doctoral dissertation at the University of Southern California.
“I was struck by the lack of attention to abolitionists by political theorists,” Buccola said. “Once you start studying abolitionists, you are immediately drawn to Frederick Douglass.”
Buccola recently published a book titled “In Pursuit of Liberty: The Civic Liberalism of Frederick Douglass.”
“We tend to undermine the historical importance of not just African-Americans, but also of other cultures in America,” freshman Stephanie Stovall said. “Someday, I hope we’ll learn to recognize other cultures as an integral part of American history, without needing separate events to distinguish how they have contributed to U.S. history.”
Joanna Peterson/Culture editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at email@example.com.