Daily Archives: April 8, 2011

Study-abroad participation lands Linfield in top-40 list

Linfield was ranked 21 out of the top 40 baccalaureate institutions for its participation in study abroad programs in “Open Doors,” a report published by the Institute of International Education.

“Linfield is preparing students for a world that is changing fast, and we will need a global perspective in order to keep up with changes,” Director of Media Relations Nadene LeCheminant said in an email.

“That’s why our international programs are so critical.”

Institutions were ranked by specific criteria published on the Institute of International Education (IIE) website. The data reports that there are 257 undergraduate study abroad students at Linfield. The number of undergraduate degrees conferred in 2008 and 2009 was 359 and that study abroad program participation at Linfield was 71 percent.

“The marketplace is becoming increasingly global. We need to understand a wide variety of cultures and political systems,” LeCheminant said in an email.

“But it’s more than just an issue of being market savvy. We need to understand what’s happening in Libya and Haiti and Japan, and we need to develop connections to people around the globe, so we can form a compassionate response.”

The IIE is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1919. Since then, in corroboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it has organized an annual survey of international student statistics based on 3,000 institutions accredited in the United States.

Institute objectives include facilitating the cultural and educational exchange. The IIE, with the help of foundations, governments and additional sponsors, provides educators, professionals and students with study and training programs such as the Fulbright Program. Linfield was recognized among the leading Fulbright scholarship-receiving institutions by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2010.

“Open Doors” is available for purchase at www.iiebooks.org/opendoors2010.html, Leena Soman, who handles press inquiries said. However, Linfield is an IIE network member institution and a complementary copy of the publication may be available through the International Programs Office.

The International Programs staff is out of the office this week, LeCheminant said in an email.

The report data can be viewed at www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data.

Septembre Russell/Copy chief
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Get to know the 2011-12 ASLC Cabinet

Position: Vice President of Programming
Age: 21
Year: Junior
Major: Mathematics and economics
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.

Qualifications: Bond’s most relevant qualification is her experience as the Vice President of Programming for the 2010-11 academic year. She has also been the Linfield Activities Board secretary, a Residence Life Adviser, a senator for two years and a LAB committee chair for two years. Bond said that she is passionate about LAB and has a lot of new ideas.
“I am excited to work with LAB this year and to see what ideas they have because I am already starting to plan events for the fall,” she said. “Just because I’m returning, I don’t want students to think that the events are going to be the same as last year; I plan to keep the successful ones and include more collaborative events.”

Reasons for applying: “I really enjoy providing activities to the student body, and I get personal satisfaction from giving back to the students, like training new leaders within LAB and working with Cabinet,” Bond said. “LAB events are a vital part of campus and are fun.”

Goals: Bond’s primary goal is to increase on-campus programming. She said that too much emphasis has been put on off-campus programming and that attendance has decreased. She said that she wants to plan more events on Friday nights and focus on different types of programming, such as workshops.
“I want students to be able to interact, but I also want to offer pure entertainment,” she said.

Words of wisdom: “Since I’ve been at Linfield, I have stepped up my leadership standings and built them up since freshman year,” Bond said. “I encourage incoming students to get started early and join Senate.”

Interests: Bond enjoys cooking and traveling. Her favorite cities are Paris; Cape Town, South Africa; and McMinnville. Bond also loves math and playing Sudoku.

Favorites: Bond’s favorite animal is the giraffe, and her favorite colors are purple and green. Her favorite movies are “500 Days of Summer,” “Aladdin” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” She also likes the television shows “Top Chef,” “Modern Family” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Bond’s favorite song is “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran.

~Compiled by Jessica Prokop/News editor

Debators discuss international role of China

“The team that creates more of a vision and is most convincing, is the team that wins,” Assistant Professor of Political Science Pat Cottrell said during the first debate of a Student Debate Series on April 7.

The debate was held in the Pioneer Reading Room and is a public showcase of Cottrell’s students’ two-week preparation on the topic: Should the United States contain the China threat?

The event, sponsored by the Department of Political Science, is a four-person debate covering a topic of interest chosen by students in Cottrell’s U.S. Foreign Policy and Debate course and has been held every two years since spring of 2008.

Cottrell said he specifically capped the class at 12 people so that each student would have ample time to complete two small debates and a large presentation as a curriculum requirement.

The debaters were divided into two teams, junior Clia Zwilling and senior Phil Rice for the affirmative and sophomores Leanne McCallum and Chris Forrer represented the opposition. Each team was given a chance to present its ideas, followed by a brief cross-examination and a final rebuttal. Before the event began, Cottrell encouraged the audience to briefly write their personal biases toward the topic for comparison at the end in order to signify the team with the highest level of persuasion.

Zwilling and Rice opened the debate, arguing that China wants to become a world power and is a threat to the United States as a result of its military force, economic strength and demonstrations in violating human rights.

In response, McCallum and Forrer stated that there is no need to contain China, as this would result in economic loss for the United States. The opposition also presented China as merely a “large shadow cast upon a wall,” when in reality the country stands as a small threat to the United States and is considered a developing country that receives monetary aid from other countries.

Following the final arguments, Cottrell gave audience members a chance to write down their opinions based upon the team’s proposals. The tallied responses revealed that the majority had voted in support of the opposition, that China should be engaged rather than contained.

The audience was also given an opportunity to ask the debaters questions.

McCallum responded to whether her personal opinions corresponded with the stance she defended during the debate.

“I was biased at first because of my mother’s company relying on several Chinese customers, but after going through the research, I realized that China really is a threat,” said McCallum.

Cottrell said he encourages his students to “check their personal views” and argue the opposition on any topic because it is challenging and causes the students to prepare diligently for the debate. He explained that when he participated in graduate school debates in Europe, after which the Student Debate Series is modeled, Cottrell wished that he had taken the opposition against his European competitors on the topic: Should the United States lead the world? He added that it would have made for a more entertaining event.

“The way to think on the fly [during a debate], is to know your stuff cold,” Cottrell said.

Felicia Weller/Copy editor
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Service program seeks new leaders

The Linfield Office of Community Engagement and Service is presenting a new service program for the 2011-12 academic year called the Linfield Change Corps, and it is seeking student leaders to fulfill the five positions being offered.

The program will consist of two directors, who will coordinate, promote and recruit for various theme areas. One director will oversee the Alternative Spring Break program and first-year programs, and the other will oversee communications and special events. Both of these positions will be paid through federal work study, Jessica Wade, community service coordinator said.

Under the direction of these leaders, there will be three issue area service coordinators who will develop projects to help the Environment & Conservation Service, Youth Development & Literacy and Poverty: Hunger & Housing Service. These positions will be paid through a stipend and will make the student leaders eligible for the AmeriCorps Students in Service (SIS) Award, Wade said.

“We really want to cultivate more opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom, which means creating more leadership opportunities,” Wade said.

She said that the creation of this program started after Lizzie Martinez class of ’09 and vista student engagement coordinator, was hired. Martinez researched leadership structures at other schools and convened focus groups with student leaders to determine students’ areas of interest.

“We focused on developing service opportunities and programs that could be student run and led,” Wade said. “Student leaders are the best way to recruit other students.”

Wade said that the Office of Community Engagement and Service will hire a new Vista Student Engagement Coordinator because Martinez is going to graduate school.

“I’m excited for this program because it will build tremendous capacity for leadership opportunities and capacity for the community,” Wade said.

Martinez and Wade are accepting résumés and cover letters until 5 p.m. April 18. They are due to Walker 124 or to lmartinez@linfield.edu. Interviews will take place April 22, 25 and 26 with the help of a panel of Wade, Martinez and outgoing student leaders.

After hiring, training will take place on May 7. For full descriptions of the available positions, visit www.linfield.edu/serve/cc.

Jessica Prokop/News editor
Jessica Prokop can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Students face criminal mischief charges


Three Linfield students allegedly graffitied the back of Little Caesars on April 3. AutoZone, Ruby Tuesday and Sears were spray painted also by the students. Sophomore Tyler Gerlach and juniors Jared Klahn and Ryan Reed were arrested for the vandalism April 3. Photo courtesy of Kurtis Williams

Three Linfield students appeared in court April 5 on criminal mischief charges.


Sophomore Tyler Gerlach and juniors Jared Klahn and Ryan Reed were arrested just after 2 a.m. April 3 for spray painting at least four local businesses’ signs around the city and McMinnville High School.

According to a McMinnville Police Department press release, a citizen called in at 2:20 a.m. April 3, and seeing the defendants spray painting in the vicinity of McMinnville High School.

The investigation revealed that establishments such as Little Caesars, AutoZone, Ruby Tuesday and Sears and utility poles and boxes belonging to McMinnville Water and Light were marked as well.

Each student was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, class C felonies; and five counts of second-degree criminal mischief, class A misdemeanors. The three bailed out after paying 10 percent of their $35,000 bail.

At the arraignment hearing, Reed stood before Judge John Collins first. Collins set a preliminary hearing for Reed scheduled for April 26 at 1:45 p.m.

Following Reed, Klahn stood before the judge alongside attorney Michael Finch. Finch argued that Klahn should be conditionally released and have his $3,500 security bond refunded minus court fees.

The three are not permitted to contact each other per the conditions of their bail. However, as Finch argued, Klahn and Gerlach have a class together and a project to finish that requires them to collaborate. The state did not object to Gerlach and Klahn meeting for the project and class purposes.

Klahn is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing April 26 at 1:45 p.m.

Gerlach told the judge he was in the process of retaining counsel for the coming proceedings. Judge Collins also offered Gerlach and the already departed Reed their security payments back.

Reed, Gerlach and Klahn cannot legally comment on their cases.

Officer Aaron Smith of the McMinnville Police Department said the students are suspects in connection with similar graffiti designs in the area.

“[The other cases] were known to us because of the unique style of graffiti,” Smith said. “There’s a possibility that there are more cases that could be charged to those individuals. Maybe there were some other people involved. We’re still investigating some of those leads.”

Smith estimated that the damage may be around $1,000 but that the amount could change as the investigation yields more graffiti damage.

“It’s taken three hours to clean it,” Ruby Tuesday General Manager Pam Almedia said. “It took two hours to paint over. I don’t know what it said, but I just thought it wasn’t very nice to do.”

Ruby Tuesday is footing the bill for the graffiti removal from its own budget and is seeking restitution in the matter. Little Caesars had the damage power washed off the evening of April 4.

Anyone with information on these cases should contact Sgt. Tim Symons or Smith at 503-434-7307.

According to the March 26 story in the News-Register, this isn’t the first incident of its sort in McMinnville. During the first 23 days of March, there were 28 reports of graffiti vandalism.

Kurtis Williams/For the Review
Kurtis Williams can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.