Monthly Archives: March 2011

ASLC Senate meeting — March 28, 2011


Swollen Symptoms of a Different Sign

Dear Bailey,
During my last period one of my breasts became swollen and tender. I’m not pregnant so is there something wrong with me?

No, there is nothing wrong with you. This is completely normal and it is fairly common. One or both breasts will become heavy and tender before or during a woman’s menstrual cycle. This is called fibrocystic breast change. They are believed to be caused by all those crazy hormones that are telling your body to “get milk ready for a pregnancy!” (This is just because an egg is passing through the fallopian tube, not because you actually are.) These symptoms can also fluctuate throughout time.

Sometimes the breast may have lumps which are not always a sign of breast cancer especially when they appear only during this time. They do make it difficult to detect a lump that may be breast cancer so self examination shortly after your menstrual cycle is a good idea. This is not a diagnosis and if you have a major concern about it you should see a doctor.

To help with the painful symptoms try taking a pain pill or buy a bra with more support for those oh-so special days. If that doesn’t work talk to your doctor about diet changes. Getting on birth control may help as well.

Bailey/Advice columnist
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Change Wins Big

Well, the election results came in. They went the exact way most of us expected them to go: with Rachel Coffey handedly claiming victory.

Rachel Coffey winning was completely unsurprising in my mind. As far as I know, the election was marred by dissenting students expressing frustration on the current regime. I don’t think Katie Patterson ever really had a chance.

As the current vice president, she bore the brunt of the criticism of everything currently going on with senate, which isn’t exactly a compliment. Add in the fact that she wasn’t doing much to distance herself and the outcome seemed almost guaranteed to be unfavorable for her.

Being in the public eye didn’t exactly help her in this case. All Rachel Coffey had to do was walk up to the debate podium with a mantra of change and a new plan to be miles ahead. It was almost impossible to put a negative spin on it, given the current image shown by Senate. The less than half of the school that cared enough to click a link voted overwhelmingly to endorse a candidate brimming with new ideas, one that had been championed by the Linfield media from the beginning.

I’m sorry Katie Patterson, but you were in trouble from the beginning. This year made people stop paying attention and those that did were not exactly your biggest fans.

Congratulations to Rachel Coffey for once again trying to start over.

Matt Olson/Columnist
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ASLC Senate meeting — March 14, 2011


Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity celebrates founding

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity members and friends of the organization took the opportunity to catch up and see the newly remodeled chapter house March 5.

Fraternity members, ranging from alumni active in the 1950s to active members, came together at the Delta Rho Chapter Founder’s Day and House Grand Re-Opening — an event aimed at celebrating the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity’s 1868 founding.

A total of 75 people were welcomed and served appetizers and refreshments before the program began, Joe Welsh, President Delta Rho of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity building association said.

“At the main house during the afternoon was mostly a review of our Founder’s Day,” he said. “We didn’t want to get into too much detail on next steps at the event because we had a lot of friends of the fraternity there as opposed to alumni and active members.”

Although the subsequent plans were not revealed in detail during the event, attendees were not completely out of the loop as posters and displays were available to peruse.

“We had some architectural plans for a new building that we’re planning on building. [O]ur landscape architect had done a rendering of our landscape design plan that we’re going to implement over the next couple of years and a plan posted that showed what our furniture plan was going to be over the next year,” Welsh said.

The objective is to invest in furniture with industrial and residential qualities, Welsh added.

The event was split into two parts. After the festivities at the chapter house ended, attendees ate dinner at Golden Valley Brewery.

“We went into more detail about those next steps and their costs,” Welsh said. “There was a laundry list of about 30 different things we want to take care of over the next couple of years.”

Despite the to-do list, Welsh said the focus is on the “big picture items,” the new building, the landscaping and purchasing furniture for the house’s common area.

Developing an alumni advisory board was among the discussion topics at dinner that evening, Welsh said.
“The board would allow some of our alumni with experience in management, finances and organizational development, step in and help mentor the officers here in the chapter so that as they’re growing they can begin to develop stronger chapter operations,” he said. “We had a really good reception to that conversation.”

Septembre Russell/Copy chief
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