Daily Archives: October 12, 2011

Forensics team speaks out about experiences

She didn’t think she was capable of competing with an award-winning forensics team when she began college, sophomore Clara Martinez said.

But Martinez has been part of Linfield’s forensics team since the beginning of her freshman year. The team recently participated in the Steven Hunt Classic tournament at Lewis & Clark College on Oct. 6 and 7, which featured several Linfield finalists.

Sophomore Stephanie Stovall was a finalist in the impromptu persuasion category, while Martinez was a finalist in the analysis communication section.

Before that, at the United States Air Force Academy Forensics Classic on Oct. 1, junior Chris Forrer received a first place in Open Program of Oral Interpretation and second place in Open After-Dinner Speaking. Martinez placed third in Open Communication Analysis.

Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts, coaches the team.

Each tournament features individual events, such as  extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and performing literature.

There are also British parliament debates, which feature debates on controversial issues and current events.

“We have debate topics related to current events,” Martinez said.  “Not all of the topics are about current events, though. Some are aimed more toward engaging students in philosophical debates.”

The team prepares for meets at weekly practices, where members catch up on news, write debate briefs and practice speeches, said junior Linh Tang, who has participated in forensics since her freshman year.

“You have to be well-versed in current events if you want to be able to compete and do well,” Martinez said.

Being on the forensics team is time consuming and requires intense dedication, Martinez said. But the experience connects her to students at Linfield and from different institutions who are equally passionate about debate and the art of communication, she said.

“I meet so many different students from colleges because you spend so much time in tournaments,” she said. “We all share this love for competing and public speaking.”

Tang said the team has impacted her life in a variety of positive ways,  from sharpening her public speaking skills to improving the way she balances school and extracurricular activities.

“I would highly encourage students from all major and experience in public speaking skills to join Linfield Forensics Team,” Tang said.  “You will get the kind of experience you have never had before. It will change your college life in a way you would never expect.”

Martinez said that at age 16, she never would have dreamed of being so engaged in public speaking.

“I didn’t know what to expect from college,” Martinez said. “Neither of my parents went to college and I couldn’t picture what type of experience it would be for me.”

Martinez discovered the Linfield’s forensics team at the activities fair during her first few weeks on campus. And even though she said she thought of herself as a shy student, she went to the first meeting and joined the team.

“I remember that the day before my first tournament,  I was still hesitant to attend the tournament,” she said. “But  [Miller] told me that the draft of my speech was ‘speechy,’   so I told myself I could do it.  Now, after seeing how terrifying public speaking can be at first, I feel like I can do just about anything related to public speaking.”

Tang said she attributes much of her positive experience to Miller and his wife, Kathleen Spring, for their dedication to the art of public speaking and to their investment in the group.

“[Miller and Spring] have really been there for us, helped us to get great experience, “ Tang said. “They have become our forensics mom & dad.”

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

Change Corps encourages service, roundtable discussions

Even just between the eight girls sitting in an odd-shaped circle, the passion and excitement during the first community service roundtable meeting of the year was contagious.

The group met Oct. 4, mainly discussing the outcomes of Taste of Service and also brainstorming community service activities.

This was the first of the monthly meetings, which, just like in years prior, invites all students interested in community service to  discuss ideas for ways to get involved. However, there has been a   change since last year concerning community service at Linfield.

Change Corps has been initiated, bringing a new student perspective to the office of Community Engagement and Service.

A group of five students comprises the Change Corps, with two directors and three coordinators who are all dedicated to organizing community projects and engaging students in service.

One of the corps’ directors, sophomore Shelby Hollenbeck, said that the Change Corps has been an empowering change for Linfield.

“I think there’s a really big interest in community service from students, but we didn’t have the staff to really make everything happen,” Hollenbeck said. “So now [we can] help provide the school with more opportunities and give the students more responsibility to make things happen.”

The Change Corps works on projects, such as Taste of Service, Make a Difference Day, Global Youth Day of Service, alternative spring break and others.

“We’re very broad,” Hollenbeck said. “We have everything from environmental issues and sites to the youth and reading, to hunger and homelessness, we cover a lot of different projects and opportunities.”

The core group meets weekly to coordinate new project ideas, discuss how they can improve, and come up with new ideas of how to engage more students in the community.

“[The Change Corps] are passionate about what they’re doing and they’re students who want to be involved and get other students involved in the community,” Hollenbeck said. “Many people don’t know we exist because we’re a new program, but we are here and we’re here for students. We love to have other students involved and helping and volunteer in here or just give their input.”

Because having student involvement is such a huge part of their jobs and community service as a whole, Hollenbeck said that having the once-a-month roundtable meeting will help gain valuable input on how students feel about the projects and activities and to inform them of upcoming events.

“It’s important to have monthly meetings to keep the students aware and engaged on what’s happening in our office—it helps let the students know what’s going on and get their opinion,” she said. “It helps us help them get involved.”

Andra Kovacs/
News editor
Andra Kovacs can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.


2010 Security and Fire Safety Report released

Linfield College’s 2010 Security and Fire Safety Report was released.   Among other things, the report showed an increase in liquor law violations and both forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses on campus.

The report included the statistics from 2008 to 2010 and links to institutional policies concerning campus security.

The crime statistic concerns the reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in off-campus buildings

It also covered property owned or controlled by the college or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campuses.

In the McMinnville Campus, there was no report on criminal homicide, robbery and aggravated assault, arrests or referrals for disciplining on weapons violations last year.

For burglary, the report cases were reduced to zero last year from 2008’s 15 cases on and off-campuses.

However, there is a slight increase in the cases of arrests for liquor law violation.

As for drug violation, larson and motor vehicle theft categories, reported cases re-appeared last year after having no record in 2009.

It also showed an increase in both forcible ad non-forcible sexual offenses on campus, with six out of 11 incidences happening in residence halls, though there is a drop in non-campus property.

The cases of referrals for discipline for liquor law violations and drug violations also surged on campus, especially in residence halls.

For the Portland Campus, the number of reported cases in all categories is significantly smaller, with one forcible sex offense and motor vehicle theft in public property as well as two on-campus burglaries.

For the adult degree program, there was no report on crime at all.

The report also covered the methods of reporting incidents and emergencies, misconduct and missing persons.

It outlined the college’s system of notifying and being notified of emergencies.

It also contained a brochure on how to respond to emergencies.

The report was prepared by the college’s College Public Safety (CPS).

Along with CPS’s work, other organizations collaborated to create the report.

This included local law enforcement agencies, the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

For more information or the full version of the report, go to www.linfield.edu/college-public-safety/annual-report.html or by contacting CPS at (503)-883-7233.

Cassie Wong/
Staff writer
Cassie Wong can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

DigitalCommons@ Linfield completes successful first year

Linfield’s recently launched online repository has received a satisfying amount of attention in the first year of its existence.

The archive collects scholarly and creative works by Linfield faculty and students, displaying the works online at digitalcommons.linfield.edu.

According to its website, the archive has had 1,105 works submitted to date, and more than 7,000 works have been downloaded in the past year.

Since its creation, DigitalCommons@Linfield has had visitors from 61 countries and 48 states.

The online archive, which was organized one year ago, organizes contributed works into digital compilations. A visitor to the site can browse by collection, discipline or author.

The DigitalCommons@Linfield homepage also provides collections of the top 10 downloads, the 20 most recent additions and a featured “Work of the Day.”

The repository is also home to collections like the archive of campus publications and peer-reviewed journals, and the Linfield Authors gallery, which lists faculty who have published books.

However, literature is not the only thing featured in DigitalCommons@Linfield.

For example, the 2011 Student Portfolio Exhibition features the works of art from the 2011 Thesis/Portfolio exhibition.

In the section titled, “Student Scholarship & Creative Works,” site visitors can read about collaborative sculptures and toothpick structures, and they can see pictures of the sculptures built by the Introduction to Studio class during the 2011 January Term.

DigitalCommons@Linfield provides opportunities to find information that may not be included in the repository with links to Linfield department websites, the Linfield library website, the Linfield magazine and the International Programs website.

Students and faculty can contribute content to the archive by contacting the Digital Commons coordinators Carol McCulley and Kathleen Spring at digitalcommons@linfield.edu or by submitting work online by clicking “Submit Research” on the DigitalCommons@Linfield homepage.

Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

TJ Day Hall dedication celebrates history, future

TJ Day cuts the ribbon to finalize the dedication of TJ Day Hall during a ceremony celebrating the completion of the newly renovated building on Oct. 8. Joel Ray/Photo editor

Applause erupted as the ribbon to TJ Day Hall was cut, leading to the festivities inside.

Alumni, community members, students and faculty all gathered for the dedication ceremony of the recently rennovated TJ Day Hall on Oct. 8.

President Thomas Hellie opened the ceremony by thanking everyone for being there.

He then gave special thanks to other individuals, such as Vivian Bull, a former Linfield president, Marvin Henberg a former dean of students, McMinnville Mayor Rick Olson and Jamie Watson, the head architect for TJ Day Hall.

Formerly known as Northup Hall, the establishment was built in 1936, named for Linfield’s first president, Emanuel Northup.

The hall served as the library until 2003 when Nicholson Library opened.

It was at that time that ideas were being made for what Northup Hall could become.

TJ Day Hall was named for Professor TJ Day, who “had a passion for this school.”

He has shown decades of support by helping with the fundraising for many other halls on campus, such as Renshaw Hall, Riley Center, Vivian Bull Music Center and others.

With the building containing about 25,000 square feet, TJ Day Hall houses  the departments of English, Business, Economics and Philosophy, as well as the Writing Center.

Classroom capacity has increased by 27 percent with the addition of TJ Day Hall.

Along with the building increasing classroom numbers, TJ Day Hall will also be Linfield’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building.

“This is a special building,” said David Haugeberg, chair member on the the Board of Trustees. “It stands for Linfield’s mission statement about the importance of a liberal art education.”

Though the hall will no longer be called Northup Hall, there is a memorial plaque inside for Northup.

The building embodies both history and the future. The south side appears new and modern, while the north side stays true to its original state.

TJ Day and his family attended the ceremony and thanked the audience for being part of such a special day. TJ Day received the honor of cutting the ribbon before the reception occurred.

Kaylyn Peterson/
Sports editor
Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.