Daily Archives: March 5, 2011

Fraternity celebrates house re-opening

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity will celebrate the official re-opening of their fraternity house on March 5.

President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, senior Jon Thompson said that members of the group were moved into the house on Feb. 5, but March 5 will mark the completion of construction on the house.

A total of 50-70 fraternity alumni will see the finished product just days after the fraternity’s 143rd Anniversity on March 1.

“To be honest, the contractors and builders did an excellent job,” Thompson said.

Even though the layout of the new house is a bit different from the old one, it still has lot of the same characteristics. The house has the original fireplace, and the front porch is of the same style as the one before it.

“The alumns wanted to keep the core pieces of the house similar,” Thompson said. “The general house structure is the same and you would be able to recognize it no matter what year you were a ‘Pike,’” he said.

Thompson compared the new style of the house to that of a small dorm. All of the upstairs bedrooms are shared by a single hallway.

“If you need help studying there’s someone right across the hall,” he said. “You could be separated from your brothers in the old house because of the layout.”

The old Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity house was shut down after the fire marshal came through the house in 2008 and declared it unsafe.

During the fall of 2010, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity received a large loan from nationals. The main construction of house began in the spring of 2010.

“I’m mainly excited that we have a place to live together,” said In House Vice President sophomore Brad Dupea.

“It’s going to be nice having the new house and getting back into Greek events.”

Thompson expressed that he is looking forward to having all of the alumni back to meet the new Pikes at the house.

“I feel like Saturday is going to be a great day for all Pikes no matter what year,” he said.

For more information about Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity contact Jon Thompson @ jothomps@linfield.edu

Chelsea Bowen, opinion editor, linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

EMS embarks on software updates

New technology will soon crop up in Nicholson Library. As many students have noticed, furniture has moved around in the Electronic Media Services and more computers are being placed in the area.

These computers will be upgraded with an array of new software from the Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) package.

The only type of software on current campus-owned computers is CS3. The newer edition is equipped with many upgraded CS4 programs, such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Acrobat Pro. Many students are familiar with these programs, but the CS4 version has more features.

Multimedia Support Specialist Andy Lockhart said that although the software update may take about a year to complete, the library is starting to update every computer.

“The funding will come from an endowment that we have received for the library,” he said. “We have a set number that we can spend, and we will draw that number each year for the software.”

Students will be able to work more efficiently with print, Web, mobile, interactive, film, audio and video production.

Junior Spencer Crepeaux, an electronic arts major, said that the new CS4 software is not only for those of his major but could also be helpful for other majors such as mass communication, theater and art.

“CS4 is completely better than CS3. It’s a lot more user-friendly — especially with Web design,” Crepeaux said. “You can also do a lot more with your photos.”

Lockhart also mentioned that there will be new furniture being put in the multimedia section, such as tables between the music scores and the DVD section.

“We are hoping to make it more student friendly. Ideas are appreciated, and there is a box for comments by the front desk,” Lockhart said.

Lauren Ostrom, for the Review, linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com

Senate defers voting on proposed bylaw changes

Senators elected to postpone a vote on proposed Cabinet and Senate bylaw changes until their March 7 Senate meeting.

The decision to defer discussion to a Senate committee was made after the two-hour meeting Feb. 28. The Senate Governance Committee will meet March 7 to discuss improvements and make recommendations about the proposal.

“There were clearly still a lot of questions and unease about voting one way or the other,” Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, said about the deferral decision.

ASLC president senior Colin Jones’ proposed bylaw changes would vastly restructure Senate, mainly by reducing the body from up to 90 members to less than 30 and by giving Greek and Residence Life formal representation. The proposal also suggests eliminating the secretary position, reducing Cabinet from nine members to eight, combining the club and student center directors’ jobs, and creating a vice president of community and sustainability affairs.

If senators pass the proposal, or parts of the proposal, students will have one day to decide if they will accept the bylaw changes. The proposal would appear on the online ballot March 8 alongside the candidates for next year’s ASLC president and vice president.

Discussion at the Feb. 28 Senate meeting focused on Jones’ Cabinet proposal. Secretary senior Sophie Larson said at the meeting that she supported the idea of dropping secretary as a Cabinet position. Student Center Director senior Evan Hilberg and Club Director sophomore Keevin Craig agreed with the benefits of combining their positions into one vice president of student interests.

But other Cabinet members, especially Vice President of Programming senior Nicole Bond, spoke fervently against the proposed changes because they reduce the number of campus leadership positions.

Vice President junior Katie Patterson also commented on some of the proposal’s flaws.

“The fact that we didn’t present it to Senate a month ago is a huge error on our part as a Cabinet,” she said. “If it doesn’t pass, we will likely take feedback on why it’s not accepted and probably cater to those needs and try again.”

Jones said it’s important to note that everyone whose position changes under the proposal is comfortable with the suggested amendments.

Senators and Cabinet members were also divided about the creation of a vice president of community and sustainability affairs.

Senators had a shorter discussion Feb. 28 about the proposed Senate changes but overwhelmingly agreed that Senate needs restructuring and that decreasing its size will boost its efficiency. But how to break clubs into groups to be represented by one senator each was an undecided issue.

Jones said the details of club groups can be worked out in the Senate Standing Rules if the proposal passes; however, Fergueson said he thinks it’s better to have the kinks worked out before the vote.

“When you write somewhat unclear bylaws, it leads to confusion when you try to interpret them later,” Fergueson said. “I think it’s probably better to have all your ducks in a row before putting it to a full vote.”

Senate Governance Committee Chair freshman Dana Hellie has been meeting with her committee about how to divide clubs and how to improve the proposal overall.

Jones said he believes the proposal, at least in part, will be passed and sent to the student body to vote on.
“I’m confident that we’ll be able to come to a consensus and come to a compromise that will move ASLC forward but maybe not in quite such a dramatic fashion,” he said.

Kelley Hungerford, editor-in-chief, linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Speech highlights renegade U.S. ‘heroes’

Sharon Gollery, for the Review Thaddeus Russell lectures about feminism, sexual  liberation and civil rights March 8 in Ice Auditorium.

Sharon Gollery, for the Review Thaddeus Russell lectures about feminism, sexual liberation and civil rights March 8 in Ice Auditorium.

An endowed lecturer highlighted the importance of prostitutes, slaves and lazy workers in a lecture about the development of American freedom March 2 in Ice Auditorium.

Thaddeus Russell, adju-nct assistant professor of American studies at Occidental College, delivered the Jonas A. Steine Jonasson Endowed Lecture, which emphasized the cultural clashes that have come to define American culture today.

“I want to introduce you to your cultural ancestors,” Russell said. “Your cultural ancestors are drunks, prostitutes and shiftless slaves. These people should also be your heroes because they pioneered the freedoms that you enjoy today.”

Russell said that because of the Protestant-inspired idea that work is virtuous, early Americans didn’t partake in vacations or weekends because idleness was considered evil.

Newspapers, textbooks and pamphlets all reprimanded people who embraced leisure and recreational activities, creating a culture that valued work on a religious level, he said.

“Thankfully for us, there were many children who didn’t follow these lessons after they became adults,” Russell said. “They grew up to be heroes in my book. And if you value the weekend, I think that they should be your heroes, too.”

Modern Americans should be thankful to lazy workers and “shiftless slaves” for the development of vacations and weekends,
Russell said.

The Protestant work ethic wasn’t a universal idea, so slaves and immigrant workers came to America with a smaller capacity to work without breaks or vacations, he said.

Slaves pioneered the idea of vacations by running away from the fields for periods of time to take a break from working before coming back to their plantations to continue, Russell explained.

He said this tendency to take breaks from manual labor made an impact on plantation owners and philosophers of the time who began to assume that African-American slaves were biologically lazy.

Russell also highlighted prostitution as a contributor to the freedoms of women today. Such Freedoms included owning property,
wearing make-up and appearing in public without a male chaperone.

“Prostitutes were the first women to break free of what feminists rightly called ‘the system of female servitude,’” Russell said.

He included that, according to an 1859 survey by William Sanger, more than a quarter of the 19th century prostitutes surveyed said that they chose the job to fulfill sexual desires.

Russell said that prostitutes earned higher wages than the average construction worker at the time and that they received healthcare, food and housing through the brothels run by madams. This led to the idea that women can receive high wages and benefits for work.

He also said that prostitute styles and values, such as their attire, hairstyles, dancing and willingness to participate in interracial sex, eventually made their way to women of higher classes.

“Did prostitutes stand for the things they did because they had a moral or political agenda? No,” Russell said. “But like all good renegades, they weren’t committed to morality at all.”

Junior Matt Brown said he thought the lecture was important because it offered students a more complete view of American history.

“We should be able to understand history in a holistic manner,” Brown said. “A lot of factors play into how we view culture, but people tend to look at issues singularly or with a bias.”

Junior Ryan Reed said that it is useful to be aware of popular culture’s origins.

“It’s important to understand the background of the things that we get pleasure from as a society,” he said.
Russell is the author of “A Renegade History of The United States” and has written for publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and New York Magazine. He has also appeared on The Daily Show and the History

Joanna Peterson, culture editor, linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Accreditation changes: Core themes are endorsed

Student senators voted unanimously to endorse a document presented by representatives from the College Accreditation Committee on Feb. 21, despite strong opposition from senior Colin Jones, Associated Students of Linfield College president.

Accreditation committee co-chairs Library Director Susan Barnes Whyte and Brenda DeVore Marshall, department chair and professor of theatre and communication arts, along with committee member Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students and director of residence life, presented to Senate on Feb. 14 four core themes that their committee developed as a first step to comply with new accreditation policies.

The themes are culture of engagement and excellence, integrated teaching and learning, global and multicultural understanding, and experiential learning.

The committee representatives said they included faculty, administrative and student input in the discussion of the themes. But Jones, who sat on the committee, said that student voice is absent from the final core themes document that was endorsed by the board of trustees last weekend.

“There’s a big difference between having a student sit at the table and actually integrating the student views; they only did the former,” Jones said. “I resigned [from the committee] at the end of Fall Semester out of frustration with the process.”

Mackay said that Jones was doing his job as ASLC president by standing up for the student voice and that students had and will continue to have a vote in the new seven-year accreditation process.

“The students were at the center of what we were trying to create. Those core themes are all focused on the student experience,” he said.

Whyte said student voice, specifically regarding strong pressure for a sustainability core theme, will be incorporated into the objectives. Developing objectives from the core themes is the second process the accreditation committee will address.

She said the process is constantly evolving, so sustainability may be added as a core theme in the future, especially since it’s included in the revised Linfield mission statement, from which the themes were derived.
“Change shows an evolution of the strategic planning and budgeting process of the college,” Whyte said. “Since we’re just starting, we’re not clear how it’s going to work out.”

Kelley Hungerford, editor–in-chief