Monthly Archives: September 2012
When students graduate or move off campus, many will experience signing a lease for the first time and will sometimes have the option of keeping pets. Linfield is now giving the option of having cats in housing for those living in the Legacy Apartments.
The Pet Pilot Program was launched for the 2012-13 school year, effective Sept. 13.
“The cat policy was designed with two purposes in mind,” said Esperance Ibuka, area director for Residence Life, “as an incentive to increase students’ interest in the Legacy Apartments, as well as to enhance the experience of independent living that the Legacies offer, and as a study to determine the feasibility of service or therapy animals in college housing.”
While the Pet Pilot Program welcomes cats to the Legacy Apartments, it does not come cost free.
According to the Pet Housing Contract given to potential cat owners, there are two steps in the process that must be completed before a cat can enter the apartment.
Other than filling out a contract, students also must pay a non-refundable $300 pet deposit, just as they would if they were living off campus. The other condition for allowing cats in the Legacy Apartments is a veterinary verification, in which the veterinarian will check and record whether the cat has been spayed or neutered, received flea treatment, has all vaccinations and is generally in good health.
Linfield Residence Life has the power to revoke participation in this program at any time if the conditions of the contract are not met, or the care of the cat or apartment is neglected.
Also, as part of the contract, students agree to the cat being an “indoor cat” and agree that “residents will not abandon their cat at which time they no longer reside in the approved apartment, but will make every effort to secure a safe and permanent home for the animal.”
“While some students have expressed verbal interest in the program, the housing office is yet to receive any official requests to participate in the program,” Ibuka said. “We anticipate receiving requests in the near future.”
With the new option of having pets in the Legacy Apartments, the possibility of this option applying to other suburbs is out of reach for the time being.
“At this stage, it is still early to determine the expansion of this pet policy into other suburbs,” Ibuka said. “Given that it is a pilot program, we plan to run it for a couple of years before we can consider branching out to other areas.”
Much like its nationally ranked sports teams, heavily sought-after nursing program and excelling music ensembles, Linfield’s science department is gaining a competitive spirit.
In September 2011, three biology professors began an eight-month long process that would result in a near quarter of a million dollar grant.
Professors Anne Kruchten, Catherine Reinke and Jeremy Weisz, all assistant professors of biology, put together a clear proposal with an even clearer vision about how the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program would benefit Linfield and the community as a whole.
Their hard work paid off, literally, when the biology department found out it had been awarded the $223,182 this past August.
After sitting down with a NSF sale’s representative and custom designing the new microscope, students and faculty anxiously await its anticipated November arrival.
“Seeing what you are studying and talking about in class makes the learning more experiential,” Reinke said.
Reinke is in her first year as a science professor at Linfield. One of the aspects Reinke found most attractive about Linfield was the collaboration between students and faculty in research.
Because of Linfield’s small student body, professors are able to work more closely with students in the lab. With a higher quality microscope, students and faculty have more research capabilities and opportunities to publish their work in better journals.
“The more we do, the more we get our name out there, and the more respect we get as Linfield for doing good work,” Weisz said.
The more recognition Linfield can get in the science world, the likelier it is to receive additional large-scale grants.
Big-name foundations, such as the NSF, fund schools that demonstrate their ability to utilize large grants like this one.
Better equipment will continue to strengthen the school’s biology department, making it more attractive to prospective students, especially those on campus tours.
“We have a lot of really good equipment that students have access to,” Kruchten said. “Students on campus tours will see everything the science program has to offer.”
Exposure to such sophisticated equipment will help undergraduates in their futures at graduate school. Any Linfield student is allowed access to the microscope after the required software training.
Upon the arrival of the new microscope, the science department hopes to invite the community to see just what the students and faculty will be up to.
Junior Jeni Picken spends Animal Assisted Therapy Day visiting with animals from Pet Peace of Mind at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland on Sept. 17.
Photo courtesy of Jeni Picken
Students learned about the benefits of using therapeutic animals to treat patients, after a gamut of therapy animals visited the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland for Animal Assisted Therapy Day on Sept. 17.
Visiting animals included two llamas, Smokey and Rojo, as well as Chihuahuas, golden retrievers and a therapy cat. The llamas were dressed in tutus, decked out in flowers and had their nails painted.
Legacy Hospice, a medical group providing hospice care for terminally ill patients in McMinnville and Portland, tabled at the event.
Its new program, Pet Peace of Mind, provides assistance and care for the pets of terminally ill patients.
Junior Jeni Picken, a nursing major, stopped by the event after class. For her “it was really happy and exciting.”
Picken experienced the benefits of therapeutic interaction with the animals, saying it helped her release the stress of school for a few minutes.
Picken also said the llamas “gave kisses and were fun to interact with…this was an experience that makes Linfield so unique.”
For The Review
Formal Recruitment for Linfield’s four sororities and four fraternities ran from Sept. 11-16. For the sororities, however, Formal Recruitment ended with less than ideal results.
The first step in sororities gaining new members is Formal Recruitment, which lasts only one week at the beginning of the new school year. Next comes Informal Recruitment, which happens when a sorority doesn’t have it’s maximum number of members, which is 82 for all sororities.
During Informal Recruitment, sororities can offer spots to up to 22 more women.
None of the sororities had 82 members after Formal Recruitment and will continue to have open recruitment through the end of the semester and into the spring semester.
The number of women matched into sororities this year was the lowest it had been in the last 10 years.
“If you’re comparing this year’s recruitment to a 10-year average, or if you want to compare this year’s Formal Recruitment to last years,” said Carl Swanson, the Greek Life adviser, “in defense of this year’s Formal Recruitment, “The number of women we matched this year was lower than the number of women we matched last year. It depends on how you define success.”
Throughout the week, 129 women signed up for Formal Recruitment. However, for reasons unknown to the Greek Life staff, more than 70 women withdrew, were not matched to sororities, or dropped out from recruitment.
“Last year we used the exact same system, we had the exact same number of women sign up and we matched over 75 women,” Swanson said. “The system worked last year. It didn’t work this year. It’s hard for me to put my finger on it, but if I had to guess, I think it’s too time-consuming and complicated.”
During Formal Recruitment, 48 women were matched with sororities. Through Informal Recruitment, as of Sept. 19, an additional 16 were matched for a total of 64 new sorority members.
“We ran the system the way it was supposed to be run, and at the end of Formal Recruitment, we were able to match a high number of women with sororities,” Swanson said .
“I don’t think the current generation of college women are willing to commit themselves to this complicated, time-consuming system that we use.”
Although numbers were extremely low during recruitment, Greek Life is still optimistic about the futures of Linfield’s sororities and fraternities.
“If the Greek organizations live up to their mission statements and values,” Swanson said, “then what they’re about is scholarship, community service and sisterhood or brotherhood.”
A reorganized multicultural club is striving to give black students a voice at Linfield’s McMinnville campus.
The Black Student Union held its second meeting of the year Sept. 20 to discuss possible future club activities and leadership roles. About a dozen students attended.
Club co-president junior Monterill Anderson decided to restart the Black Student Union because of his past difficulties adjusting to college life at Linfield, among other reasons.
“It’s obvious that there’s not a lot of black students out there,” he said. “And, I just wanted to create a safe environment where we could talk about issues relating to us and get new students adapted to the lifestyle around campus.
“There’s also a bias about what African-American culture is, so the club’s also for people who want to find out about what it’s really like.”
Membership in the Black Student Union is not restricted to black students. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of racial or ethnic background.
More than 20 students attended the Black Student Union’s first meeting on Aug. 30. In both meetings, discussion revolved around what club members wanted the Black Student Union to accomplish.
One of the top priorities for most members was creating a strong voice for black students around campus. Another popular suggestion was reaching out to young black people in the community and speaking to them about the importance of going to college.
The club also plans to do volunteer work for certain local organizations. During the meeting, Anderson said the club could be walking and bathing dogs for the Humane Society in the near future.
At one point, the Black Student Union was known on campus for its annual barbecue and talent show. In 2001, the club also started a successful mentoring program with about 20 biracial families and their children in the McMinnville area, according to the News-Register’s archives.
However, the Black Student Union gradually faded out because of a lack of participation.
Anderson and fellow co-president Tanika Finch hope to keep that from happening again.
For more information about the Black Student Union or future meetings, contact Monterill Anderson at email@example.com or Tanika Finch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is in the process of obtaining a permanent charter from the Associated Students of Linfield College Senate.
Max Milander For the Review