Daily Archives: April 23, 2011

Get to know the 2011-12 ASLC Cabinet

Position: Club Director

Age: 19

Year: Sophomore

Major: Mass Communication

Hometown: Amity, Ore.

Qualifications: Miles’ qualification most related to this position is his experience as the Musical Entertainment Chair for the Linfield Activities Board. While holding this position, he planned and organized events, such as Thursday night Cat Cabs. He also worked on the
Associated Students of Linfield College budget and was a Residence Life Advisor.

Reasons for applying: Miles said that he did not decide to apply until the week that applications were due. He said he decided to go through with it because he was looking for a position that would cause him to be used as a resource so that students could get more of out their Linfield experience.
“I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and jump into something new to see if I could swim,” he said.

Goals: Miles said that he wants to increase communication between himself, senators and members of the Senate Club Support and Finance Committee. He also wants to raise awareness of the Activities Council and its availability to students.

Words of Wisdom: “Know what your money is being spent on at Linfield,” Miles said. “A lot of students don’t know that a portion of their student body fees goes to the Activities Council.”

Interests: Miles runs cross country and track for Linfield. He said he also enjoys playing instruments, such as his guitar, and he is excited to study abroad in Trinidad and Tobago during January Term 2012.

Favorites: Miles’ favorite color is red. His favorite movie is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” He also likes to watch “The Office,” “Pawn Stars” and the local news when he goes home to visit his parents. Miles said his favorite band is Blink 182.
“I’m also a Calvin and Hobbes fan,” he said.

~Compiled by Jessica Prokop/News editor

Lecture suggests movement instead of medicine

Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, informs students and faculty of the importance of exercise science and how it can promote longevity of life during a faculty lecture, titled “The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Exercise,” on April 20 in Riley 201. Katie Pitchford/Photo editor

Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, questioned during a faculty lecture April 20 whether the Surgeon General’s recommendation of 150 minutes of exercise per week is enough to sustain a healthy weight.

During her lecture titled “The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Exercise,” Peterson explained that eating the same amount of calories that the body burns through normal activity and exercise is the best method for maintaining a healthy weight.

“You can’t look at the body separately,” she said regarding the combination of fitness and diet.

Peterson focused on the health benefits of exercise, citing that 83 percent of health care spending goes to chronic diseases that could have been caused or worsened by a lack of activity.

To change this, Peterson recommended that exercise should be prescribed by doctors in lieu of medications.

“I am very supportive of the idea of exercise as medication,” sophomore Cailtin Rhodes said. “Patients listen to their doctors and do what they say even when they don’t understand, so if their doctors say exercise, they’ll have an excuse to.”

Sophomore Kelcey Van Orman agreed.

“I liked how she talked about the cause of so many problems being obesity,” she said. “The cause of obesity is inactivity and diet, so exercise would solve a lot of problems. People don’t really talk about it that much but it’s a really big issue.”

Peterson also emphasized that while the study of exercise science has brought some definite conclusions about what people need to do to remain healthy, there is a large factor of variability that comes into play regarding what different bodies require.

“Human variability is a big factor in the use of our calories,” she said. “The variability of calories out is very small, but there’s much more variability on calorie intake.”

To end her lecture, Peterson answered the question she had already posed: Are 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week enough to sustain a healthy weight?

The final consensus was that 150 minutes are enough but only if a person has a healthy diet. People who take more calories than needed would need 60-90 minutes of exercise to avoid gaining weight.

Peterson acknowledged that these numbers can be daunting for Americans who have already put on weight, especially because many obese Americans may have never exercised before.

“You need to adjust behavior,” she said, in closing. “If I could, I would get some kind of counseling training so I can help people with nutrition and exercise but also with the mental side.”

Brittany Baker/Staff reporter
Brittany Baker can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Health care organization elects nursing student as VP


A Linfield junior’s passion for leadership in the health care field was highlighted when she was elected vice president of the National Student Nurses Association.

Margaret Ngai received the position during the NSNA 59 Annual Convention April 6-10 in Salt Lake City.

She will be vice president of the 56,000-member organization, which provides professional development opportunities and networking for future health care practitioners.

The campaign process at the convention was hard work and time intensive. Ngai said it was filled with attending state caucus presentations, giving speeches and answering questions from delegates. She attended the convention with her campaign manager, senior Stephanie Griffin.

Ngai said the campaign process and her involvement in the NSNA have sharpened a variety of different personal skills and allowed her to build new relationships in the health care field.

“My public speaking skills were definitely refined,” Ngai said. “I also gained a broader understanding of health care from other students across the country. It was cool to hear that people from Arkansas, Maine and Hawaii all share the same concerns about the field.”

Her vice presidential duties include chairing the bylaws and membership committees as well as sitting in on other committee meetings and traveling within the country to give presentations at state conventions.

Ngai said one of her main goals for her term is to make the NSNA more accessible to average nursing students.

“NSNA is what you put into it. There are tremendous professional development opportunities for those who engage themselves in the organization,” Ngai said. “At the same time, we want to make sure that there are benefits for people who can’t dedicate a lot of spare time.”

Ngai’s involvement with the NSNA began during her first day of nursing school when she attended a meeting for the Linfield chapter of the organization.

She said she went to a state conference three weeks later and ran for a state-level position.

This passion for leadership and involvement stemmed from the example her mother set, Ngai said.

“I grew up in an environment that emphasized the importance of getting involved in professional organizations,” she said. “My mother was the executive director of Oregon Women Lawyers, so I remember following her to meetings and events as a child.”

Before enrolling in Linfield’s nursing program, Ngai earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Portland State University. She said it was a convenient way to take a wide range of classes while completing prerequisites for nursing school.

“I didn’t know I wanted to be a nurse until I was about 18 years old, but health care encompasses a lot of my interests,” Ngai said. “I like science, I like helping people and I like learning.”

Ngai said she hopes to use her experience in the NSNA and her nursing education to impact how health care policies are made, she said.
“I think that the things I’ll learn in the NSNA will definitely help down the road,” she said. “In nursing, we clearly need health care reform. I hope to work on some of those issues eventually.”

Joanna Peterson/Culture editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Touring performers provide inspiration about sustainability

Performers of the touring Muses’s Market play live music focused on sustainability and environmental issues during an April 20 Earth Week event in Ice Auditorium. Megan Myer/Online editor
Performers of the touring Muses’s Market play live music focused on sustainability and environmental issues during an April 20 Earth Week event in Ice Auditorium. Megan Myer/Online editor

Performers of the touring Muses’s Market play live music focused on sustainability and environmental issues during an April 20 Earth Week event in Ice Auditorium. Megan Myer/Online editor

The performers of a “Muses’s Market” lectured and sang about the importance of sustainability in the Pioneer Reading Room and Ice Auditorium on April 20.

According to its website, Muse’s Market is “a nationally touring, carbon- neutral, theatrical concert presenting inspired musicians, educational speakers, spoken word poetry and fine art in performance arts spaces where listening is the priority.”

Performer Chris Garre gave a lecture and discussed the concept of waste vegetable oil as a sustainable form of fuel for vehicles that have diesel engines. Waste vegetable oil is carbon neutral; it provides the same gas mileage as a vehicle using standard fuel, and it can save people money because they can collect it themselves, he said.

Garre also noted that 90 percent of waste vegetable oil goes to the dump and only 10 percent of it is recycled.

“We highly recommend it for someone who is driving a lot of miles,” Garre said.

The evening performance in the Ice Auditorium was inspired by theatrical production. It included live music, speeches and poems related to sustainability and environmental issues.

Garre’s speeches included several statistics and facts regarding the environment. He said that we dump 16 tons of sewage into our water every minute and that billions of plastic bags are thrown away every year. He also brought up the point that 31 countries suffer from water shortage and that CEOs earn 400 times as much as their workers.

Garre said that his main motivation for touring is to put the issues out in the open.

“We just want to encourage people to talk,” he said.

Senior Avalon Fox attended the concert as a way to get involved with Earth Week.

“I think it is great to raise awareness about environmental issues. It provides social commentary,” Fox said.

Senior Sarah Valentine also attended the event and said she was impressed with the truth behind the messages.

“We, as a society, have not been willing to face these issues, and we will have to in the coming years,” she said.

Senior David Kellner-Rode is involved with Greenfield, and he arranged the Muses’ Market performance at Linfield.

Kellner-Rode became acquainted with Garre and singer song-writer Gabrielle Louise of Muse’s Market when he was traveling in British Columbia. He began talking with them about their touring in a vehicle that used waste vegetable oil for fuel. He developed a friendship with the group, and this year marks their second performance at Linfield.

“I thought it was really awesome,” Kellner-Rode said. “It was an amazing use of media and art to send a message. The direction we are headed as a society is very negative.”

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

LAB chairs prepare to start positions

Junior Nicole Bond, Associated Students of Linfield College vice president of programming, announced the hiring of the 2011-12 Linfield Activities Board chairs during the April 18 ASLC Senate meeting in Riley 201.

The LAB chairs announced at Senate are sophomores Tessa D’Alessandro, special events chair; Evan O’Kelly, musical entertainment chair; Emily Jenkins, on- campus programming chair; juniors Amanda McGee, sports and outdoor off campus programming chair; Nicole Szanto, cultural events off-campus programming chair; and freshman Andrew Villeneuve, secretary/publicity chair.

“They all have demonstrate[d] a passion for programming, fresh new ideas and overall great potential,” Bond said in an email.

Jenkins is the only hire who held a previous leadership position as a LAB chair. She was the secretary/publicity chair for the 2010-11 academic year.

Bond said that of the records she possesses, she received the most applicants seen at LAB hiring in years.

“I was looking for people with new, good ideas and who are passionate about the position that they were applying for,” Bond said. “There were a lot of highly qualified applicants who didn’t get positions because of the limited amount.”

Bond said that the outgoing vice president of programming usually conducts the interviews. Since there wasn’t an outgoing Cabinet member this year as Bond holds the same position for next year, she asked junior Rachel Coffey, ASLC president-elect, to join her and Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson with LAB hiring. The three of them interviewed the 22 LAB chair applicants April 12 and 13, and the hires were informed of the outcome the evening of April 13, Bond said.

The group met April 18 to discuss ideas and events, Bond said. However, McGee did not attend the meeting as she is spending the semester abroad.

“It was a good meeting, and there were a lot of creative ideas, but we plan to keep some old ideas also,” Bond said. “Students have a lot to look forward to.”

Because the budget deadline is April 29, Bond has been meeting LAB chairs individually to discuss ideas, budgeting and what is to be expected for the rest of the year.

Position turnovers will take place May 1, but until then, the hires are shadowing and brainstorming with their predecessors, Bond said.

She said that LAB is trying to have all of the events for the coming Fall Semester booked by the end of this semester and all of the contracts for events in September signed by the end of May. Right now, almost all of the “Welcome Week” events for Fall Orientation have gone through the planning process.

Bond is holding a focus group with students April 28 to discuss ideas for events and to find out what kinds of events students want to have on campus. She also wants feedback on her new ideas and what students think went well this year. Bond said she is open to new event proposals.

Students can visit LAB’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LinfieldActivitiesBoard to submit ideas.

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