Daily Archives: May 11, 2011

Get to know the 2011-12 ASLC Cabinet




Name: Clair Schneider
Position: Publicity Director
Age: 20 … 21 on Tuesday, May 10!
Year: Junior
Major/minor: Finance/mathematics and economics
Hometown: Oregon City, Ore.

Qualifications: Schneider has taken multiple marketing and business management courses and has experience with different computer design programs. She also sits on the Executive Board as the scribe for Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity. In this position, she corresponds with outside organizations.

Reasons for applying: Schneider said she applied for a Cabinet position because she wanted to get more involved in leadership and student life. She said she wanted to take an active role, and she hopes to get more people involved on campus.

Goals: Schneider wants to make publicity more relevant and accessible to students. She said she is looking for new ways to reach students and welcomes any feedback about methods that do and don’t work.

Words of Wisdom: “Don’t wait to get involved, even though it’s never too late,” she said. “Part of the reason I am doing this is because I didn’t want to pass up opportunities; the more experiences, the better.”

Interests: Schneider said she likes spending time with her family and being outdoors. She enjoys playing tennis, camping, cooking, shopping and traveling.
“I also can wiggle my ears,” she said.

Favorites: Schneider’s favorite color is green. Her favorite kind of animal is the giraffe, and her favorite movies are “Man on Fire” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” She enjoys watching any TV shows involving the Kardashian family. She also likes to listen to country music and the Top 40 Countdown on VH1.

~ Compiled by Jessica Prokop/News editor

Lecture contests voting a civic duty

Jason Brennan, author and assistant professor of philosophy and research, challenges the civic duty of voting during an “Author Meets Critic: ‘The Ethics of Voting’” lecture May 5 in Nicholson Library. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Jason Brennan, author and assistant professor of  philosophy and research, challenges the civic duty of voting during an “Author Meets Critic: ‘The Ethics of  Voting’” lecture May 5 in Nicholson Library.  Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Jason Brennan, author and assistant professor of philosophy and research, challenges the civic duty of voting during an “Author Meets Critic: ‘The Ethics of Voting’” lecture May 5 in Nicholson Library. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Author Jason Brennan challenged the popular notion that voting is a civic duty during his lecture on May 5 in the Nicholson Library Reading Room.

In his book “The Ethics of Voting,” Brennan asserts that only well-informed citizens should participate in the democratic process, and he discussed this at the lecture.

“You must vote for what you believe will promote the common good, or otherwise must abstain,” Brennan assistant professor of philosophy and research at Brown University, said.

Brennan argued that the same rhetoric that encourages a politically active citizenry should also act as a deterrent for uniformed citizens.

“You must vote well or not vote at all, but most citizens violate these norms,” he said.

Brennan tackled several arguments in favor of voting, including the idea that voting is a learning experience that brings about a more enlightened individual.

“Politics provide opportunities for enlightenment much like fraternity parties provide opportunities for temperance,” he said. “Engaging in politics can enlighten you, but so can joining a street gang, taking heroin and dropping out of high school.”

Brennan also addressed the question of whether voting serves a collective purpose.

“You can ride the democratic wave or stand against it, but it’s going to shore regardless,” he said, asserting that voting only carries significance when it is carried out as a group and not an individual effort.

Brennan’s presentation was followed by commentary from John Holzwarth, a political science professor from Lewis & Clark College, and Tamara Metz, a political science professor from Reed College.

Both Holzwarth and Metz expressed concerns with Brennan’s arguments.

Holzwarth felt that Brennan omitted several key aspects in his discussion of political liberty.

“He dealt with voting rights and the right to run for office … and omitted such rights as the right to due process and the right to petition one’s government,” Holzwarth said.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Nick Buccola planned the commentary with dissenting viewpoints in order to improve the quality of the lecture.

“Having those critics there was to bring in a diversity of perspectives and robust discussion,” Buccola said. “People will have a sense of a lot of different viewpoints and perspectives to enhance their own political perspectives.”

Sophomore Mary Campbell found that the presentation of multiple views enhanced the audience’s ability to understand the voting issue.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to interact with Brennan,” she said. “Between the comments made by the other panelists and the questions posed by the audience, we were able to get to the core of this issue.”

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

KSLC, ASLC team up to host 3-on-3 basketball tourney

KSLC 90.3 FM, Linfield’s student radio station, and the Associated Students of Linfield College have organized a three-on-three basketball tournament titled “The Wildcat Challenge.” It will take place at the Hewlett-Packard outdoor basketball court at 10 a.m. May 14.

Depending on the weather, the indoor courts in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium have been reserved as a backup, and the tournament will continue as planned.

Senior Hayden Mace, promotions director for KSLC and senior Marissa Van Diest, 2010-11 ASLC IM sports director, are teaming up to give students the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the spring weather as well as engage in some friendly competition with other students and faculty members. The tournament is open to everyone on campus.

Because the tournament is sponsored by ASLC and KSLC, there is no participation fee.

The last two teams standing will be awarded a gift certificate, and the team with the most creative uniforms will receive a mystery prize.

“I’m going to hang up the bracket at the court to create a tournament atmosphere,” Mace said.

He said that he first generated the basketball tournament idea with his roommates during January Term, but he wanted to wait until later in the school year. Once Spring Semester rolled around, Mace approached Van Diest with the idea.

“I thought it would be a good idea for us to work together to get people out in the nice weather,” Mace said.

Although Van Diest has primarily worked behind the scenes, Mace will serve as the tournament commissioner.

“The goal of the event is to reach out to more people that we don’t already have a close relationship with and branch out to the rest of the Linfield community,” Mace said. “Fans are welcome to come out and watch.”

The number of teams that register for the tournament will determine if the competition will carry over to May 15.
Registration is open until May 12. To register a team, learn more about the event or obtain the tournament’s rules, contact Mace at hmace@linfield.edu

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

Linfield makes ‘greenest’ college list

Linfield College was profiled in The Princeton Review’s new “Guide to Greenest Colleges” on April 20 along with the University of Oregon, Portland State University, the University of Portland, Oregon State University and Willamette University.

According to a Linfield College press release, the guide provides a comprehensive profile of 311 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada based on schools’ commitment to and excellence in sustainable practices.

Director of Institutional Research Jennifer Ballard said The Princeton Review sent her a survey regarding sustainability on campus. Some of the questions that the survey asked were follows: What percentage of meals are vegetarian? Does your school have an environmental studies major? What’s the level of participation when it comes to sustainability on campus?

Linfield was chosen based on its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of the college through green building standards and energy conservation. Several of the buildings on campus were renovated to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standards for energy efficiency. The school was also among the first in the Northwest to participate in the U Car Share Program, which allows students to borrow vehicles for day trips.

Senior David Kellner-Rode said that while it’s great to be noticed by The Princeton Review, there are still efforts that need to be made.

He said one change that could be made is looking more at what is being purchased to come onto campus, such as food and fertilizers.

Kellner-Rode also mentioned that he has noticed there are certain student groups and people within the administration that are working to be more sustainable, but he would like to see more of the college working together.

“I think it’s good to recognize that we have made some steps, but we need to realize that there is a long way to go,” he said.
For more information about sustainability contact Kellner-Rode at dkellne@linfield.edu.

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

Student radio streams online on campus Web

Linfield’s student-run radio station, KSLC 90.3 FM, began streaming publicly on the Linfield network last week and will be live worldwide in approximately six weeks.

“[Listening online] is how students listen to the radio today,” Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication and KSLC faculty adviser, said. “The project will benefit students and people who connect to where students are from.”

Huntsberger said the online streaming is a project that’s not as simple to take on as it appears. The move has been in the works since 2009.

“Our generation doesn’t have a radio anymore, but we all have access to the Internet,” KSLC General Manager junior Eric Tompkins said. “Students would like their parents, grandparents and friends to know what their lives are like on campus.”

Huntsberger said he was surprised that KSLC didn’t have online streaming in 2009, when he first came to Linfield, because most college radio stations had something online in early 2000.

He said the project was a slow process. Before KSLC negotiated with Integrated Technology Services for on-campus streaming, it bought a new computer and installed a special sound card for better streaming quality, which took three months. Huntsberger also said ITS had its own major bandwidth issues and concerns about school safety, so KSLC was not a high priority for ITS.

The online streaming became available on campus in January Term 2011 and was tested by the KSLC staff. However, another difficulty was how to stream music legally.

“Besides the broadcast license we have, we needed an online playing license from Sound Exchange, a performance copyright organization,” Tompkins said.

Huntsberger added that it is good to be aware of copyright content, pay musicians and provide them with an affordable living, even though it took a long time for him to figure out what license was needed, as Sound Exchange has different classes of licenses.

Tompkins said KSLC paid extra fees to avoid complex reports that only big commercial radio stations could handle.

As for future plans, Huntsberger said he is looking forward to people in another corner of the world being able to listen KSLC.

He said it’s amazing to have a program that non-native-speaking students can use, to report Linfield news in their own languages so that their families can listen, too.

Students can go to the KSLC website, www.linfield.edu/kslcfm, and click Listen Online to download the stream. To play the stream on iTunes, students can go to Advanced/Open Stream and enter the URL:

Jaffy Xiao/Features editor
Jaffy Xiao can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com