Daily Archives: March 11, 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.”


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Fund helps light the way to safety

The Associated Students of Linfield College Senate voted March 7 to use its discretionary fund to help the college pay for lighting the pathway between campus and Albertsons. The ASLC Cabinet will also put its money into the project, bringing the total to $3,000 from ASLC.

The project will cost about $25,000, Glenn Ford, vice president for finance and administration, CFO, said. Senate will put up the remaining $692 of its $750 discretionary fund, and Cabinet will supply the remaining balance. The other $22,000 will come from Linfield’s capital reserve fund, Ford said.

“It’s nice to be able to work together to solve problems and to be able to enhance the lighting and the safety and the convenience for students,” he said.

The idea appeared on the Feb. 28 Senate meeting agenda for senator consideration, and senators agreed that the issue has been along-standing one among students. They said the unlit path is a safety concern.

ASLC President Colin Jones said that the college was willing to spend money to fix the lighting problem if the students would “put their money where their mouth is.”

On March 7, freshman Tylor Edison, club support and finance co-chair, suggested two other ideas for the fund’s use: purchasing new speakers for Ice Auditorium and revamping campus sidewalks, which flood with every rain, he said.

Edison said in an e-mail that he thought the latter was a more prominent issue than the lighting because there are other paths to get to Alberstons than the unlit one.

“The main argument for getting the lights on Monday was that since we already have a deal with facilities to pay for the lights, that we should buy them,” Edison said in an e-mail. “That should not be the reason why we buy things.”

Despite this, the Senate passed the proposal to fund the lighting with only two or three “nay” votes.

Jones said he brought the lighting issue to Ford in the fall, when it arose as a “Hot Topic” in Senate. Since then, Ford said he has been working with Dean of Students Susan Hopp and Sinn to solve the issue. He said a partnership with students on this solution is a win-win situation.

Ford said that had Senate not voted to use it’s fund on this project, then the project would have been setback, and the college would had to identify other funding channels.

Five lampposts, similar to the ones on the sidewalk to Nicholson Library, will be installed 50 feet apart on the Albertsons path, Brad Sinn, director of facilities and auxiliary services, said. He said the project’s timeline depends on when the school gets the lampposts.

“When the construction industry took a big slowdown like it did a few years ago — people don’t keep things on hand like they used to,” he said, explaining that suppliers may not have lampposts readily available.

But Sinn said installation will only take about two weeks once the lampposts arrive.
Ford said he’s hopeful that the project will be completed by the end of Spring Semester,but that it may get pushed forward into the summer.


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Citation phone scam

Director/chief Robert Cepeda of Linfield College Community Public Safety and Security issued a campus-wide e-mail exposing a telephone scam March 10.

The e-mail stated that the college’s technical staff determined that calls have been made to McMinnville citizens by a male using a number not assigned to any city or county but that appears on caller identification systems as 503-434-7402 — the phone number of the McMinnville Municipal Court. The person behind the calls tells receivers that there are past-due citations in their name and that they owe money to the city.

But, the McMinnville Municipal court does not place calls regarding past-due accounts, Cepeda said in the e-mail.

The e-mail cautioned against offering the suspicious caller any money, financial or identification information. It suggested to “ask for the name of the caller and insist on seeing documentation of the alleged citation,” pay attention to background noises, vocal cues and report the call to the McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307 during business hours and 503-434-6500 after hours and on weekends.

Any collections questions can be directed to the Municipal Court at 230 NE Second St. or to 503-434-7402.

Copies of citations or related documentation are provided by the Court.


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Professor offers teaching perspectives

Gudrun Hommel, associate professor of German, shared her learning experiences from teaching her Inquiry Seminar class, “Globetrotters, Heirlooms and Heimat,” during a March 9 lecture in Riley Hall. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Gudrun Hommel, associate professor of German, shared her learning experiences from teaching her Inquiry Seminar class, “Globetrotters, Heirlooms and Heimat,” during a March 9 lecture in Riley Hall. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Gudrun Hommel, associate professor of German, shared her experiences teaching an Inquiry Seminar class for the past three years, March 9.

The lecture “Globetrotters, Heirlooms and Heimat: Reflections on Teaching College,” reflected what she has learned from teaching the INQS.

Hommel spoke openly about the challenges and rewards of teaching her class, called “Globetrotters, Heirlooms and Heimat,” that focuses on the way people encounter and interact with other cultures.

“I wanted to reflect on my inquiry about how to teach inquiry,” she said.

Hommel began by holding up a red tapestry. She asked the audience members where they thought the tapestry came from to introduce one of the central themes of the lecture: the exploration of culture and background as a means of exploring oneself.

Students in Hommel’s INQS class must each write a paper about a family heirloom. But instead of writing about the object itself, students must write about the historical and cultural implications the object may have had in the past.

“It’s fascinating to read these papers because I learn so much,” Hommel said.

She alluded to how teaching the class can be just as challenging as being a student in the class in regard to cultural exploration.

“I wasn’t sure what I would encounter in the classroom. I was the foreigner,” she said. “I’m learning. I’m growing as a professor and as a teacher and, hopefully, as a person.”

Sophomore Keevin Craig attended the lecture and said one of Hommel’s most interesting points was the contemplation that she put into creating the subject matter for her course.

“I liked how much thought she put into the class and each individual student,” he said. “It was interesting to hear about her battles with cultural communication and how that shaped the subject matter for the class.”

At the end of her lecture, Hommel described the heirlooms she have possibly picked, mentioning several different items from her own cultural background. However, she ended up picking her foreign language teaching background as her heirloom and will write a paper about it — just like the students in her class.

Sophomore Renae Marble said she appreciated Hommel’s genuine passion for teaching, which she said Hommel communicated throughout the lecture.

“It was cool hearing her talk about how she helps guide her students by letting them discover on their own rather than by telling it to them, which is generally less effective,” Marble said.

Hommel’s lecture is a part of the Linfield faculty series, during which one Linfield faculty member will present on one of their areas of interest each month.

Go to this link: http://www.linfield.edu/calendar/main.php?calendarid=default to find readings between now and The Linfield Review’s next issue.


Brittany Baker/Staff reporter
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Coffey’s campaign efforts capture the win

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Whispers, cries of joy and congratulatory hugs were abound after President-elect junior Rachel Coffey and Vice President-elect junior Bradley Keliinoi were greeted with the news of their victories by Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, Secretary senior Sophie Larson and President senior Colin Jones inside Nicholson Library on March 8.

Keliinoi said that he was sitting in the library anticipating the committee’s arrival when he spotted the committee looking for Coffey first.

“I tried to prepare for both outcomes (winning or losing) the whole time I was waiting,” Coffey said. “I was in the library working on a group project, and we were kind of hidden — then I saw Colin [Jones], Sophie [Larson] and Dan [Fergueson]; all I kept saying was ‘Really? Really? Really?’”

Coffey received 62.7 percent of the vote to junior Katie Patterson’s 35.6 percent and 1.8 percent abstentions. Keliinoi received 71.3 percent of the vote to 28.7 percent abstentions. These percentages are based off of the 617 students who voted.

“I just had an overwhelming amount of feelings and emotion and it [the win] made everything with campaigning worth it,” Coffey said. “I went to my apartment right after I found out, and I was jumping around and screaming with my roommates because we were all so excited.”

Coffey said that during her campaign, she reached out to students in Dillin Hall and in the residence halls by door-to-door and leaving fliers.

“Now that I’ve come to grips, I realize everything that I need to do now — like hiring Cabinet and following through with my goals,” Coffey said.

She said she wants to work to bring together a diverse Cabinet that reflects Linfield students as a whole and said that she encourages students to apply or sit on the hiring committee. Applications are due March 15 at 5 p.m., she said.

“The best part of all of this is the support that I got from everyone and my roommates,” Coffey said. “It just shows that I surround myself with good people; they helped me get through these past two weeks.”

Keliinoi said that throughout the election, a lot of people assumed he was going to win, but he did not have that mentality during the process.

“I didn’t run under the assumption that I was vice president yet. Instead, I ran my campaign like I was running against someone,” Keliinoi said. “I’m proud of myself, and I tried to reach out to everyone with campus e-mails, links and fliers.”

Keliinoi said that he is excited for next year and looks forward to working with Coffey and hiring a Cabinet.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running,” Keliinoi said. “I’m looking to hire a wide range of qualified people that have passion and drive behind their ideas.”

Keliinoi said he also looks forward to working with Patterson and getting her advice during the transition, and he said he hopes that she continues working with ASLC in other leadership positions.

The presidential and vice presidential turnovers take place May 1.

Patterson declined to interview with TLR via e-mail shortly before the results of the winners were announced.

ASLC President senior Colin Jones said that a low percentage of voters typically turn out at the polls when students recognize that there is only one race with competing candidates. No primary election was held March 1 because no more than two candidates were running for a single position. This meant less publicity for the March 8 general elections.

“It comes down to the candidates and how much they campaign,” Jones said. “This year, ASLC did a lot more publicity than last year, but the key is to get candidates to run, not vote.”

Jones said that ASLC mandated that candidates create a banner in the past, but it cannot force a candidate to campaign.

The day before the General Elections, the candidates sat down in the Fred Meyer Lounge for “Fireside Chats” after the Senate meeting March 7.

Each candidate had 10 minutes to answer questions and elaborate on his or her platform goals. Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, moderated the chats.

Keliinoi went first and reiterated his goal of having ASLC become more visible to students and his plan of following through with discussions of the Cabinet restructuring.

Patterson reinforced her goals of working toward getting a student center, using resources such as the Communications Board to increase communication between students, faculty and administration.

Coffey celebrates her win with a congratulatory hug from ASLC President senior Colin Jones. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Coffey reminded students of her experience with Cabinet and Senate, and she acknowledged that she was ready to take on the challenge of the presidential role.

A few of the other topics that the candidates touched on were work study, getting along with each other once elected and ideas about the Community Outreach and Environmental Education (CORE) Coordinator.


Jessica Prokop/News editor
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