Daily Archives: March 13, 2012

Linfield fraternity reaches out to community

After receiving Linfield’s Campus Outstanding Service Award for three consecutive years and achieving 2,000 plus hours of service last year, Linfield’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity has begun to build a reputation it is proud to uphold.

“Community service is important to us,” said sophomore Dylan Ruef, grand master of Kappa Sigma.

Service is one of the four pillars for Kappa Sigma, a pillar it is proud of having represent its fraternity.
The other three pillars include scholarship, leadership and fellowship.

Kappa Sigma has collaborated with McMinnville Wastewater Services division to help protect local rivers and streams.

The group has put up “no dumping” signs around McMinnville in an effort to stop pollution, as well as, to give back to the community.

By doing this, the group hopes to encourage McMinnville residents to avoid dumping in the water, as well as, to remind residents that storm water; continues to go untreated into the rivers.

In addition to aiding the community with water safety and awareness, Kappa Sigma is also known for its community service to the Special Olympics with bowling during the fall and with aiding them with track and field in the spring.

The men also spend a lot of their volunteering time at soup kitchens.

So far this year, they have reached a little more than 1,000 hours of community service and plan on gaining even more by the end of the semester.

“[We are] always looking
for stuff to do [and] ways to give back,” Ruef said.

Kappa Sigma plans to continue with its good
service reputation and always encourages others in Greek life, as well as those in the Linfield
community, to come join in with volunteer activities.
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Senate supports stopping sale of plastic water bottles

Students gathered to discuss the new water botle proclamation to ban the selling of plastic water bottles on campus on March 5 in TJ Day hall, passing the proclomation 9 to 6. Joel Ray/Staff photographer

Six new faces showed up at the March 5 Senate meeting to voice their support for the water bottle proclamation being voted on.

The proclamation, presented by the Campus Liaison Committee, expresses support for the removal of the sale of plastic water bottles on campus—a goal made by the recent campus movement, Tap That. The proclamation passed 9-6 votes after nearly an hour of open discussion.

Junior Collin Morris and sophomore Annika Yates, who have spearheaded the movement, attended the meeting to express their ideas and support their campaign. Sophomore Sylvan Tovar, juniors Katharine Holm, Rachel Codd and Kassie Russell, who have been working alongside Yates and Morris to educate and empower the student body, were also there. The proclamation, now with Senate’s support, will be voted on by the Associated Students of Linfield College Cabinet.
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Topology presentation shows new outlooks

A Pacific University professor was invited to discuss how manifolds are constructed and explained the different aspects of surfaces. Students, faculty, and visiting professors filled the audience. The event was a part of the weekly science colloquium series.

Bill Breslin, assistant professor of Mathematics, focused his presentation on “What Are Those Surfaces Doing in My Hyperbolic 3-Manifold?”

Topics discussed included 3-manifolds, Heegard surfaces, surface bundles and fibers, hyperbolic 3-manifolds and principal curvatures.

He began by describing what 2-manifolds are and how they are constructed.

“You can’t wander off into infinity in a compact 2-manifold,” Breslin said.

Breslin then explained how to construct a surface by using the example of cutting an octagon in half.

Breslin decided to go into topology due to liking the visualization of it and the pictures. He even displayed an image of the doodles in his research journal and also those that his 6-year-old son composed.

Before going more in depth, Breslin discussed why people study 3-manifolds. One of the reasons he included was that we live in a 3-manifold.

Breslin discussed how mathematicians like cut-and-paste topology. This idea comes from the concept of cutting these objects apart and pasting them back together.

He said that by drawing
where the loops are in a surface will help determine where the 3-manifold is.

He gave an explanation of what a 3-topus was given and shown why it is a part of 3-manifolds.

“If I looked up at the top of the ceiling, I would see my feet,” Breslin said.

The main topic that Breslin covered was hyperbolic 3-manifolds. He then described principal curvatures and how they can be changed. Breslin stated that flat curvatures equal zero and that you can change the principal curvature by isotaping it.

With this information, he began to discuss his own personal results to his research.

The main question that he tried to answer was, “What can you say about the geometry of typological important surfaces?”

Breslin found that it is possible to flatten Heegaard surfaces and fibers in hyperbolic 3-manifolds to a certain extent.

During his first year teaching at the University of Michigan, Breslin decided to figure out how close to one the constant C can be. His results found that the closest it can get is to the interval [-1,1]. He received his doctorate from University of California in Davis.

“That’s what I want to do all day is draw pictures,” Breslin said. “It’s a very rich subject. A lot comes out of it.”
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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend shares her views about religion and politics

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert Kennedy, argues that volunteerism and community involvement through politics is crucial for furthering the well-being of the nation during a March 6 guest lecture in Ice Auditorium.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend encouraged students to get involved in national politics though her lecture “The College: Our Shining City on the Hill” on March 6 in Ice Auditorium.

Townsend, noting that “we become fully human in society,” argued that while individualism is one of America’s greatest achievements, it is in a community that we find true meaning.

While lieutenant governor of Maryland, Kennedy founded the Maryland Student Service Alliance, making Maryland the first and only state to require students to perform community service to graduate Townsend said, however, her views on volunteerism have since changed. While the intention of volunteering locally and through non profits is good, she noted that big changes come only through the political process.

Senior Josh Bott, who attended the lecture,
recognized the genuine intentions of Townsend but disagreed with her
disdain for local volunteering, noting frankly that he was “far more suspicious of big government than volunteer groups.”

Rather than volunteer, Townsend called on college students to get involved in national politics. She
challenged Linfield students to get involved in nationally organized groups, citing that volunteer organizations only enact change on a small scale.

She asserted that there is too much at stake for youth to focus on their local, enclosed community.

She criticized the indifference of corporations and the wealthy to education, claiming that “the one percent is making their money elsewhere and don’t care about education here.”

“It’s difficult to listen to someone in an expensive suit and pearls talk to you about the 99 percent,” senior Greg Larson said.

She also talked briefly of her book, “Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way.”

The book focuses on how churches have always been in the
forefront of influencing social progressions, however, now they are becoming so consumed with fighting political battles that they are beginning to lose sight of helping the neediness in society. The book conveys a message of hope, explaining that there is a growing opposition to this distortion of Christian traditions.

Alarmed by the loss of religion in America, Townsend said that “if you lose religion, you lose the sense of seeing god as our neighbors.”

Townsend, who came to Linfield through the Woodrow Wilson Fellows Program, was on campus from March 5-9, attending and speaking during several classes and meeting with students and professors for meals.

“I think Linfield is a fabulous college with smart students who care about the community,” Kennedy said. “[Now], how can [students] build a state and community that cares about America again?”
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Student faces sexual abuse charge

A Linfield sophomore is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing March 22 in Washington County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse. The charge alleges that he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl four years ago.

Kyle Ross McLennan, 20, was arrested Feb. 10, posted bail at $27,000 and was released the same day after being held at the Washington County Jail, according to court documents.

McLennan was arrested at his off-campus residence by Hillsboro detectives on accusations that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor in 2008, according to Lt. Mike Rouches, a Hillsboro police spokesman, who was cited in an Oregon Live article.

Efforts to reach Rouches were unsuccessful.

On or about Jan. 1, 2008 in Washington County, McLennan “unlawfully and knowingly” subjected a girl, younger than 14 years of age, to sexual contact by touching her inappropriately, according to court documents.

Court documents also revealed that at the time of McLennan’s arrest, he was charged with six charges: second-degree rape, third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sexual penetration and third-degree sodomy.

McLennan was arraigned for the count one first-degree sexual abuse, which was filed Feb. 17.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 crime, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of more than six years in prison.

McLennan’s attorney, Robin Runstein of Kell, Alterman & Runstein, declined to comment about the case on McLennan’s behalf.

As part of McLennan’s security release agreement, he is not allowed to have any direct or indirect contact with the victim/s or minors.

Court documents show that McLennan is not to go within 100 yards of the victim’s residence, work, vehicle or person and lists two girls who fall under these conditions.

McLennan, a business management major and defensive line football player, “was suspended from the football team, pending the outcome of his case,” Mardi Mileham, director of communications said. “The college’s athletic policy calls for a student to be immediately suspended from any athletic team upon an arrest. He was notified of his suspension.”

McLennan’s player profile was removed from the Linfield Athletics website.

According to the Oregon Live article, “Detectives have been interviewing girls who have had past relationships with McLennan. Anyone with more information is asked to contact Hillsboro Detective Renee Schwartz at 503-681-6175.”

Efforts to reach Schwartz were unsuccessful.
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