Daily Archives: February 26, 2011

Machine warms up for repairs

The frozen yogurt machine has returned to Catty Shack and is undergoing repairs. But General Manager of Linfield Dining Services Bill Masullo said he isn’t sure why the fix is suddenly occurring.

The machine broke early in the fall, and Masullo said then that the student demand for frozen yogurt wasn’t high enough for the administration to justify replacing or repairing the machine (“Tumult freezes repair process,” TLR, Oct. 17, 2010). He said there doesn’t seem to be a rise in this demand even now as the machine is being fixed.

In the fall, Masullo estimated that the fix could cost the college $14,000. But he said doesn’t know how much it’s costing to fix it now.

So while there is some mystery surrounding the frozen yogurt machine and its repairs, students can still get excited about seeing their favorite frozen treats soon returned to the Catty Shack.

~Compiled by Kelley Hungerford/Editor-in-chief

Students encourage others to give blood

The American Red Cross will be on campus for its second annual blood drive with Linfield on Feb. 25.

Order of Omega president senior Michael Eldredge was in charge of sending out e-mails and setting up tables inside Dillin Hall to gain publicity for the blood drive. He also had the responsibility of contacting Red Cross members and reserving spots for two buses outside of the Rutschman Field House.

“Our goal is 108 sign-ups, but we want at least 84 students actually giving blood,” Eldredge said.

The ideal outcome for the American Red Cross would be to draw 84 pints of blood, he said.

“It’s a great cause, and there are certain blood types that are more rare than others,” he said.

Junior Sarah Wilder has helped with the blood drive before and will be working in the front of the bus, which is called the canteen. Wilder will help students recover after they have given blood by giving them juice and crackers.

“Most people recover in 10 to 15 minutes,” Wilder said.

Wilder, who has also given blood in the past, said she suggests that a person should refrain from looking at the needle if he or she is feeling nervous about giving blood.

Junior Kathryn Baker has been giving blood since she was 16 and said she would like to see others contribute as well.

“To encourage students, I would make sure they understand that their small donation of one pint of blood can save up to three lives and that it is a very important cause,” Baker said. “Many people are afraid of needles and having their blood drawn; I myself used to by terrified of giving blood, but I would encourage those people to overcome their fear because not only does it help with personal growth, but it also helps save lives.”

Baker said in an e-mail that she has no problem giving blood.

Territory representative for the American Red Cross Kelly O’Rourke works with partners to set up blood drives.

“Linfield is one our bigger McMinnville drives,” she said.

On top of having students donate blood, another mission of the American Red Cross is to educate students.

“Every two seconds someone in the country needs blood,” she said.

For more information about the American Red Cross contact Michael Eldredge at meldred@linfield.edu.

Chelsea Bowen/Opinion editor
Chelsea Bowen can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.

Activism, music to briefly share hub

Students on Linfield’s Sustainability Team recommend that the Observatory become a sustainability center in a proposal dated Jan. 10. But the project will need to find a different home because Observatory Rocks, a rehearsal venue and musical outlet for students, was promised the space by President Thomas Hellie’s Administrative Cabinet.

Senior David Kellner-Rode, junior Kit Crane, sophomore Collin Morris and freshman Katy Shewmaker worked on the proposal for a Linfield Center of Sustainability as a side project to their main objective: a green house gas inventory for Advisory Committee on Environment and Sustainability (ACES).

The group wanted to house the center in the Observatory because of its heavy foot traffic and proximity to students.

Dean of Students Susan Hopp said that the creators of Observatory Rocks are willing to share the Observatory space until the center finds a more suitable venue. She said in an e-mail that the sustainability project is temporarily being referred to as a sustainability hub, as Linfield Center for Sustainability could be confused with Linfield Center for the Northwest.

According to the proposal, sustainability efforts on campus are so numerous and affiliated with so many different organizations that the overall sustainability effort is suffering.

“[T]hese actions [for sustainability] have sometimes been disjointed and often the people carrying them out have had trouble communicating effectively between each other, or do not know where to turn on campus for support,” the proposal states.

The proposal laid out examples of sustainability initiatives on campus including ACES, Power Shift Linfield, Sodexo’s waste reduction program and the community garden.

The hub would become a centralized place for sustainability across campus and, the proposal states, is “a collaborative working space and community resource center” that would coordinate and support goals and initiatives of sustainability groups and help disseminate information about them.

“It incorporates faculty, students, staff and community efforts so that there is synergy, and [it] supports sustainability as a campus objective,” Hopp said in an e-mail.

According to the proposal, “the Student Sustainability Intern and the ASLC Community Outreach and Environmental Education Coordinator (CORE) would manage the office’s everyday activities,” communicate with ACES, ASLC and the Office of Community Engagement and Service. Rob Gardner, associate professor of sociology, would be the center’s adviser and faculty liaison.

The Sustainability Team also proposed that the hub have a minimal budget, which could be achieved through a grant from the ASLC Sustainability Council. The proposal does not specifically indicate what a budget would be used for.

The sustainability hub is not associated with any sustainability initiatives of the Associated Student of Linfield College, ASLC President senior Colin Jones said. He said he thinks the hub simply moves the college toward a sustainable sustainability movement.

“I don’t think we’ve quite hit a point where we’re duplicating the work, but the sustainability movement on campus has moved so fast in the last four years that we’re just trying to get our feet under ourselves,” Jones said.

Kelley Hungerford/Editor-in-chief
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com.

Bigger budget brings bigger band to campus

The Linfield Activities Board made an announcement on its Facebook page Feb. 15, declaring, “You heard right, Parachute will be performing at this year’s Wildstock Festival, May 13. Excited yet?” The post garnered 13 “likes” and four positive comments.

“I’m really excited. I didn’t really think I would ever have the opportunity to see them,” freshman Gabi Leif said upon seeing the announcement. “I definitely had a little freak-out.”

Junior Nicole Bond, Associated Students of Linfield College vice president of programming, said she offered the band $12,500 during January Term to come to Wildstock this year. The band accepted.

Bond oversees the Linfield Activities Board and said she is the primary organizer of Wildstock.

Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson said that the budget committee, which comprises the ASLC president, vice president of business & finance and three senators, voted to increase the amount of money spent on the act for Wildstock.

The changes were noted when they drafted the 2010-11 ASLC budget at the end of last year in an attempt to bring in widely known bands that could draw a larger turnout.

“The program board was given more money for the entertainment this year than in past years, where the entertainment budget ranged from $4,000 to 7,000, so this was a very intentional increase both by LAB and by ASLC to have a larger-named act at Wildstock,” Fergueson said.

“For a number of years now, the vice president of programming has wanted to bring an act who folks would know, which unfortunately has a price point associated with it,” he continued. “By choosing an act last year with a little more name recognition, they were able to show what that could be, and so the budgeting committee liked that approach and decided to grant some more money to try and get a bigger name.”

While other groups, such as clubs, saw cuts in funding from the 2010-11 budget, LAB was among the groups that saw an increase in funding: $31,857 more than the previous academic year for a total of $142,087 (“Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?” TLR, May 21, 2010).

Fergueson also mentioned that previous acts involved opening bands, which increased the costs, bringing them somewhat closer to the current budget.

Leif said she thought the increase was money well spent because it gives students the opportunity to see a popular name band without traveling far or paying money.

Bond also emphasized the draw of a more popular band.

“I wanted to get a band that a lot of people on campus would know, and I know they [Parachute] had one really big hit song and a few other pretty popular songs, and I thought they’d be fun for outside,” she said. “I wanted to get upbeat, energetic music.”

Wildstock will also take place shortly after Parachute releases its new album, “The Way It Was,” on April 12, making the event even more exciting, Bond said.

Braden Smith/Managing editor
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President aims to revamp Senate, Cabinet

Associated Students of Linfield College President senior Colin Jones proposed major ASLC bylaw changes at the Feb. 21 Senate meeting.

The changes would significantly reorganize the Senate and Cabinet. If approved by the Senate, the bylaw changes will be voted on by the student body on the March 8 ASLC election ballot.

Jones said he has noticed flaws in ASLC structure, in the Senate in particular, but it’s taken four years of involvement in ASLC to identify what he thinks are feasible solutions.

“This [proposal] is based on my personal experience and the positions I’ve held with ASLC and my discussion with Cabinet members,” he said. “What I’ve proposed isn’t necessarily even the best option, and I hope that senators will think about it and provide feedback on how to improve it.”

Here’s a look at the main changes presented in Jones’ proposal:

Senate reorganization:

The most significant reorganization suggested under Jones’ plan regarding Senate is a cut in the group’s size. Jones said Senate comprises up to 90 senators (although not exactly 90 because of unfilled seats). His proposal would reduce the maximum to about 26 senators.

“It makes each senator role a little bit more significant,” Jones said.

The reduction would also enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Senate because fewer members leads to increased discussion, he said. Jones likened the change to a class of 100 students versus a class of 25 students; the latter group would have more meaningful conversations.

ASLC bylaws currently require every ASLC-charted club to have a senator; clubs without senators are subject to the dechartering process. Jones’ proposal would change this, too.

Instead, clubs would be grouped together, and each cluster would be responsible for choosing a senator to represent the group. Jones suggested clubs be grouped by type. For instance, one group might be activist and political clubs, such as Greenfield, Fusion and Model United Nations; another might be arts and culture, such as Hawaiian Club and Linfield Literary Arts Club (LiLAC); and another might be club sports, such as tennis and rugby.

Senators raised concerns at the Feb. 21 meeting about the size difference between these groups. One senator may represent a group of 50 students while another only represents 20. Jones said this was just a proposal, and clubs could be grouped by size, too. He said senators should consider pitfalls such as this and fix them before voting to pass the proposal.

The proposal also affects Residence Life representation in Senate. Right now, residence halls are allocated to senators by size, a system similar to the U.S. House of Representatives, and suburb residents and off-campus students can fill at-large senator positions.

But large residence halls, which can have two or three senators, are sending only one. Jones proposed that each residence hall and each suburb have one senator.

“The reality is if you’re an upper classman, you’re less likely to have Senate representation,” Jones said, explaining his reasoning for including formal representation of suburb residents.

Off-campus students can still fill at-large Senate seats, which Jones proposes are reduced from five to four. These seats will be available to individuals who represent non-ASLC organizations.

Greek organizations will also receive Senate seats under the proposal. Currently, they are allowed to fill at-large seats, but not all fraternities and sororities have chosen to do so. Jones proposed that the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council should each get one seat.

However, ASLC cannot force Greek organizations or Residence Life to have senators, so the seats are offered in an effort to make Senate representative of the whole campus and not just club members, Jones said.

And keeping the Senate representative is key to discussions about the proposal.

“I think the big question is how do you make it a more manageable, interactive, engaged body and still represent the general population,” Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson said.

Jones said a significant drawback of the proposal is that it reduces the number of leadership roles offered on campus. Fergueson agrees but said that a smaller Senate could mean increased effectiveness if it can remain representative.

“I think it really enriches the experience of the individual senators and in some way enforces them to be engaged,” he said.

Cabinet proposal:

“I was less certain that Cabinet needed to be changed, while with Senate, it was very clear to me that it was dysfunctional in some ways,” Jones said. “But at the same time I thought there were ways [Cabinet] could possibly run better and be more in tune with student needs and interests.”

To increase Cabinet effectiveness, Jones’ proposal reallocates duties and reduces the number of members from nine to eight.

In the proposal, Jones eliminated the secretary position, combined club director and student center director, renamed most of the rest and added a position: vice president of community & sustainability affairs.

The secretary’s task of taking Senate meeting minutes would fall to an ASLC office helper, Jones said. Clubs, Activities Council, the CIC and the Game Room fall under the command of the vice president of student interests. The Bike Co-Op and Sustainability Council move to the community affairs position’s responsibility.

“That position is an effort to respond to rapidly growing student interest in community service, civic engagement, environmental sustainability,” Jones said.

The vice president of community & sustainability affairs would also be in charge of planning community service outings for the ASLC Cabinet.

Other proposed changes to Cabinet roles include moving elections management from the responsibility of the secretary to the vice president, and making the vice president’s representation on the board of trustees a duty of the president.

Again, the reduction in leadership roles on campus is a drawback, but Fergueson said he’s also concerned about having eight Cabinet members.

“I personally don’t like groups in an even number,” he said.

His unease comes from the fact that even-numbered groups can vote in a tie; an odd number allows for more efficient decision making.

Concerns and hopes:

Jones and Fergueson both expressed hope that senators will seriously consider this proposal and talk about it with their constituents.

“The fear is that there won’t be any serious dialogue about it in the Senate, and it will get rubber stamped and people will just vote yes when it’s in front of them,” Fergueson said about the proposal.

Senators will discuss the proposal in depth at their Feb. 28 meeting, during which they can propose changes to the original draft before voting to pass the proposal. Jones said he encourages senators to modify his original proposal.

“I feel that we will have a thorough discussion on Monday about these proposals before any decisions are made,” junior Katie Patterson, ASLC vice president and 2011 ASLC presidential candidate, said in an e-mail. “It is important for students to understand exactly what each proposal means and how it will affect the way that ASLC is run.”

If senators approve the proposal, then it will appear on the March 8 ASLC elections ballot for approval of the student body. If they don’t approve it, then the proposal will die.

But if discussion runs too long, senators can also choose to defer the vote until the March 7 meeting, but that will leave only a single day for the student body to review the proposal before it goes to ballot the next day.

Students can read Jones’ proposal at http://www.linfield.edu/aslc/elections.html.

Kelley Hungerford/Editor-in-chief
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com.