Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Town hall meeting addresses latest campus crimes

Several incidents that have occurred on and around campus throughout the 2011-12 school year have caused unease among many students. In order to address students’ concerns, a town hall meeting was conducted Feb. 7 in Ice Auditorium.

The meeting was led by McMinnville Police Department’s Captain Dennis Marks; Susan Hopp, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students; Robert Cepeda, director and chief of College Public Safety; Jeff Mackay, associate dean of Students; and Rachel Coffey, president of the Associated Student’s of Linfield College.

Cepeda updated students about lighting around campus in response to students’ concerns of how dark Davis Street is at night. A recommendation was sent to McMinnville’s city department by a student, which was answered with new lighting on Davis Street.

A recommendation has also been sent to the city department for other areas on and off campus that require more lighting, such as the area around Taylor Hall.

“[We] don’t know if we can anticipate this happening again in three months,” Dennis said in regard to the beginning pattern of attacks near campus.

So far, Linfield has had robberies in Pi Kappa Alpha and Theta Chi fraternities, two thefts on campus, one kidnapping and a few assaults.

“We want to find the underlying issue and make sure they don’t happen in the future,” Dennis said.

The cases are still under investigation and more interviews still need to be conducted. However, the police department does have some leads, Dennis said.

To discourage students from walking alone or in small groups late at night, ASLC has offered to cover half of the fare for a taxi service for all students. A ride from campus to 3rd Street is $5.00, which means the cost for students will only be $2.50. The taxis can hold up to six passengers. All students need to have to ride is their student I.D. card with a current sticker. Cash on hand is not required, and the fare can be charged to your student account.

Other tips for staying safe on and off campus include staying in public, well-lit areas, staying alert to your surroundings and walking in groups.

“Plan the whole evening, even the end,” Mackay said.

Mackay advised students to stay together the whole night and to not leave each other behind. Having trusted companions is also recommended.

Any concerns students have about public lighting can be directed to the city of McMinnville, however, students are also welcome to contact the school with any concerns they might have.

“Do what makes you feel safe,” Coffey said. “[But don’t] let the fear take us over, because that’s when they win.”

For more information about the taxi service, visit www.linfield.edu/aslc/taxi.html.
Samantha Sigler/News editor
Samantha Sigler can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Women’s tennis starts off season with a win

Women’s tennis kicked off the season with a victory in an exhibition game against the University of Oregon on Feb. 10 with a final score of 6-3.

The Wildcats were full of spirit, shouting encouragements to their team members from the sidelines whenever they could. They chanted players’ names, mixed with “Go Cats!” or “Great job!” after near misses and powerful hits.

Sophomores Lexi Thomas and Caroline Brigham were crowd favorites during their matches, getting loud cheers of support after every powerful swing.

“We train hard and support each other on and off the court, and I think that that will give us an edge over other teams,” senior Kiana Nip said.

This year, the team is going to use that positivity to keep their place as one of Linfield’s best sports teams.

“Since we have a young team this year, with four new freshmen (including my younger sister), I’m excited to see how we grow as a team,” Nip said. “We have very good, competitive players on the team and we really want that conference title this year.”

Coach Amy Dames Smith said she is looking forward to the opportunities this season will bring. She’s most proud of the consistency of the women’s tennis program, she said.

“We’ve managed to maintain the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in our conference over the last decade. I think that’s a testament to the character, quality and commitment of our student athletes,” Dames Smith said. “We’re a bit younger than last year’s team, but I think we’re right on par with talent and potential to be just as deep as we were last year, if not deeper.”

Dames Smith is in her ninth season as the women’s tennis coach. This season, she said she is most looking forward to the conference matches.

“They’re always exciting, and over the course of a match, there is always so much growth that takes place for the girls on the team, individually and within our team,” she said.

The team practices five times a week and has matches every weekend. With such a busy schedule, balancing school, practice, and a social life can be overwhelming.

“I think the one thing that I have learned to do as a college athlete is balance my time,” Nip said. ”Time management helps because it helps me to prioritize my day.”

Women’s tennis has two home games this weekend. The first game is against Pacific University on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. The second game is against Whitman College on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.
Sammi Palmer/Staff writer
Sammi Palmer can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.