Daily Archives: September 12, 2011

NewsBrief: Laptop snatching on campus

Laptop snatching on campus

According to a College Public Safety notice, CPS officers responded to a laptop robbery at about 10:15 p.m.  Sept. 6. A female student sitting on a bench located near Whitman Hall was using her laptop when two men grabbed it from her and ran toward Davis Street. The student was not injured.

The suspects were described as white males with short hair, wearing dark clothing.

The incident is still being investigated by the McMinnville Police Department.

Altercation with locals at Delta Psi Delta Fraternity

According to a College Public Safety notice, the McMinnville Police Department arrested two men at about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 2 at the Delta Psi Delta Fraternity.

The two men, who are not Linfield students, were arrested after an altercation at the fraternity house. Clifford Johnson, 20, of McMinnville and Jacob Hull, 19, of Cornelius are banned from campus.

If either man is seen on campus, students, faculty and staff should notify CPS.

Linfield gains national media attention

According to a press release sent out by Nadene LeCheminant, the director of Media Relations, Linfield College was recognized with 77 media stories and citations just in August.

Forbes, The Statesman Journal in Salem, The Oregonian, Jefferson Public Radio, Pacific Business News, AASHE Bulletin, ESPN and the News-Register in McMinnville were just a few of the media outlets that featured Linfield connections in their stories.

~ Compiled by Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-chief

Changes in Greek Life policy create mixed emotions

Since the beginning of Fall Semester, Greek life has experienced new restrictions at social functions, including the elimination of hard alcohol during parties in order to increase student safety.

Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students and director of residence life, said that along with being prohibited from serving hard alcohol at social functions, fraternities are required to hire security guards through College Public Safety for each party.

“We were getting mixed results from the security last year,” Mackay said. “I got complaints that some of the officers were more interested in getting a paycheck than doing their jobs.”

Mackay said these new policies were not based on any one incident

“In looking at each year, we consider our various risk management factors, including our policies on alcohol,” Mackay said. “I was concerned with two issues— hard alcohol being served at fraternities and how that alcohol was being monitored.”

Mackay said he thought the former alcohol policies were too lenient and were creating challenges for students, including alcohol poisoning and trips to the hospital.

“I proposed to eliminate hard alcohol from fraternity and sorority parties unless it’s served by an Oregon Liquor Control Commission-licensed server,” he said.

Mackay said that introducing these policy changes upset fraternity and sorority members, so he is allowing them to propose their own changes and formal plans of action.

“I’ve challenged Greek leaders to show me other colleges’ policies and some national guidelines so that we’re doing things safely and properly.”

Senior David King, Interfraternity Council president and Kappa Sigma Fraternity member, said that the policy shifts came as a surprise to him.

“It was kind of weird when they told us the new rules,” King said. “We had just had one of the best semesters ever, so it came as a slap in the face.”

King said that he along with other fraternity and sorority members were accepting Mackay’s offer to create their own policy proposal.

“Since [Mackay] is requiring that we hire an OLCC-licensed server for parties, we’re proposing that we put our own people through classes so that they could serve.”

King said that he foresees some possible problems with the new policies, such as students’ safety.

“One thing that we brought to [Mackay] is that we try to educate all our brothers and sisters on alcohol to create a safer environment for parties,” King said. “These new restrictions might push students to find parties off-campus, where people aren’t as aware and controlled.”

Although the policy shifts came as a surprise to him, King said that he appreciated the offer to come up with an alternate plan.

“I’m glad that we’re working together with the administration as opposed to having rules thrown at us,” he said. “It’s nice that they’re willing to let us change it up a bit.”

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Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

2011 Linfield Fall Gathering

A group of musicians livens the mood by performing songs during the 2011 Linfield College Fall Gathering on Sept. 9 outside of T.J. Day Hall. The annual event welcomes back faculty and staff to the campus for the 2011-2012 academic year. Victor Zhu/Staff photographer

 

Faculty and staff were invited to pile their plates and enjoy the social scene at the Fall Gathering on Sept. 9 outside of T.J. Day Hall. This event, for both staff, faculty and their families welcomes new and returning members to the Linfield community. Victor Zhu/Staff photographer

TLR’s editor-in-chief snags summer journalism internship

Junior Jessica Prokop interviews two participants in the annual Graffiti Weekend car show at Roseburg High School during her internship at the News-Review through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. Photo courtesy of Michael Sullivan

When junior Jessica Prokop applied for an internship with the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, she said her intentions were to get her name out there to give her a better chance of being chosen in the future.

When Prokop was called by the program coordinator, Pete Peterson, and asked to be one of the 16 interns for the summer program, she was ecstatic, she said.

She began working as a general reporter for the News-Review in Roseburg, Ore., in June.

While the opportunity was new and exciting, she said she was worried her nerves would get the best of her.

“Honestly, I was kind of dreading it,” Prokop said. “I’ve never lived somewhere so far away. I was nervous and scared that I wasn’t going to like it, but it completely blew me away. It was amazing, and I loved it.”

Prokop said she was researching and writing stories on the first day of the job. Her first few stories even made the front page.

Prokop wrote about 50 articles for the daily paper throughout the entire program, averaging about five stories a week.

Prokop’s stories ranged from weather reports and city council meetings, to pieces about models living in Roseburg and the grandmother of Sky Blu from the electro-hip hop duo LMFAO.

“I wrote about everything from summer concert series to berry harvests,” she said.

The pressing standards and variety of articles she wrote helped Prokop gain insight into what it takes to be a reporter. As the new editor-in-chief for The Linfield Review, she said she hopes to bring much of what she learned back to the paper and focus on helping the staff cultivate those same skills.

“The most important thing for the staff to understand is that you can’t just write,” Prokop said. “That’s something I learned when I was there. I had to learn how to post my own stories online. I had to learn several new computer programs. I had to learn how to take and edit my own photographs, and I also had to learn to become a better writer.”

Aside from learning new skills and experiencing the demand for versatility in journalism, Prokop said she gained a new perspective on how she approaches a story.

“[The internship] made me more aware of the things that I’m writing and the things I’m observing,” she said. “The story isn’t just about the people you’re interviewing or the event going on. It can be what you’re watching when you’re there and getting a feel for the atmosphere, which paints a picture for the reader.”

Prokop said she gained more than she had ever expected from the program, and it has helped her develop as a journalist and person. She said she walked away from the internship with more solid goals and prospects for her future in mind.

“It definitely wasn’t what I thought it was going to be,” Prokop said. “Looking back, it sounds overwhelming but it really wasn’t. It felt normal and it felt right, which just reinforced the fact that I do want to be a reporter for a newspaper or even a magazine.”

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Andra Kovacs/News editor

Andra Kovacs can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

President Hellie addresses goals for academic year

President Hellie explains his many academic goals and introduces the six-year strategic plan during the State of the College Address on Sept. 7 in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Photo editor

President Hellie presented a State of the College Address announcing the achievements of the 2010-2011 academic year and introduced the upcoming six-year strategic plan Sept. 7 in  Ice Auditorium. The president also reminded us of our greatest strength—“the community of people who love this college and care about its success.”

Although the economy has yet to fully recover, Linfield has successfully secured the funding for and completed the T. J. Day Hall building project. In multiple areas of the college there were financial surpluses and Linfield gained $5 million in outright gifts for the first time in 10 years.

Aside from financial achievement, Linfield was one of the 16 colleges eligible as participants in the Kemper Scholar Program, which two Linfield students won. Professors from Linfield also made numerous media appearances throughout the nation. In addition, the softball team won the national championship.

There are still some long-standing challenges to overcome, such as the high dependency on enrollment revenues and lack of additional financial resources.

To overcome, or at least address them, the president identified a set of goals for this academic year, some of which include continuing board development, continuing to seek funding and renovating Taylor Hall.

These goals will lead to a strategic plan for the school in which the president hopes to “address the fundamental questions of future enrollment, academic priorities, and the nature of our institution’s academic programs and delivery systems.”

The plan will be on a six-year track to align with the new accreditation calendar of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

An Executive Planning Council was created and will make recommendations on the interconnections between the programs offered on both the Portland and McMinnville campuses, enrollment issues, student and faculty life, academic programs and online instruction, finances and infrastructure, and external relations and support. Public hearings on these issues will be carried throughout the semester, which the president urged students to participate in.

Inspired by a president of a small college in Ohio where Hellie once worked, Hellie emphasized that we need to “make our college distinctive while remaining true to our culture, our goals, our heritage and our financial situation.” This goal led to a re-energized commitment to international programs as well as a new interdisciplinary general education program.

As a liberal arts college, the president disagreed that Linfield should try to create professional programs identical to those at large public universities, but to distinguish them by linking them to liberal arts. Moreover, he said key programs or majors in the liberal arts should be identified and invested so they can become nationally recognized.

The president also said that private residential colleges, such as Linfield, with modest endowments are quite vulnerable, as they cannot raise tuition for survival and expect to succeed. Thus, the college will consider expanding its enrollment base for the college in addition to students from the Pacific Northwest, he said.

The president also said it was important to instill a sense of loyalty among current students so as to create a culture of supporting the college when they become alumni.

The president ended the evening by encouraging everyone who cares about Linfield to share opinions with the Executive Planning Council of the strategic planning process.

“They will do their best to listen, to weigh the evidence, to consider the ideas and to make the best recommendations possible for Linfield College,” he said.

If there are questions about the strategic planning or more information about the strategic plan, readers can go to the website www.linfield.edu/2012-strategic-planning.html

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Cassie Wong/Staff writer

Cassie Wong can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.