Daily Archives: March 21, 2013
Connecting the personal stories from people affected by war is one of the ways guest speaker Frederick Tubach believes that we can grow as a civilization and overcome extreme hardships.“Bernie and I were just two individuals, who happened to come from different sides of the Holocaust,” Tubach said when he visited Linfield on March 12.
Tubach and “Bernie,” Bernat Rosner, wrote the book “An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust” about their childhoods during the Nazi occupation.
Tubach was born in California in 1930 to German parents, and after the death of his mother, his family moved back to Germany where he spent his childhood in the midst of World War II. Rosner is a Hungarian Jew who grew up at the same time as Tubach, but under different circumstances.
“As he recited his story to me, he sounded like a lawyer,” recalls Tubach of Rosner’s detachment from his past. Rosner was sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp at the height of Hitler’s Holocaust, a genocide in which he lost his entire family.
“Bernie said that religious thoughts did not help,” Tubach said of his friend’s process of dealing with the memories of one of the most notorious Nazi death camps. “He did reconnect on some level, but he was never a firm believer again.”
After returning to Germany, Tubach’s father joined the Nazi Party and fought for the Germans during the war, while Tubach stayed home with his stepmother and her family.
“The Nazi’s attempted to obliterate the value of the individual life for what they believed was the higher good,” Tubach said.
As a member of the Nazi Youth Camp during his childhood, Tubach remembers his childhood as a time of confusion and contradiction under the Nazi regime. Years later, when he discovered the truth of what happened during those years, he found it “incomprehensible.”
“This was not the war I experienced as a child and teenager, but I came to understand it as an adult,” Tubach said. “A genocide had happened in the middle of Europe, but I did not realize it until the Americans arrived. They put up a poster of the Warsaw Ghetto to show us ‘what we Germans had done.’”
To reconcile his childhood memories with the war he learned about as an adult, Tubach believes that there are two ways to experience any conflict.
“There is a war of personal experience and there is war as a grand design,” Tubach said. “I saw war through the eyes of women— mothers for sons, wives for husbands, sisters for brothers.”
After returning to America and renouncing his German citizenship, Tubach attended the University of California at Berkeley and later became a professor. Attempting to put the past behind him, it was not until his wife ran into an old friend and decided to have her and her Hungarian-born husband over for dinner.
“It is such an American story,” Tubach joked of his chance meeting with Rosner. The two began a friendship based on sharing their stories from their time in Europe.
“World War II was two generations behind us. However, the past still weighed so heavily on our minds.”
Thirteen years into their friendship, the two decided to write a book about their pasts.
“The story offers no solution, but the hope that one day more bridge stories will emerge in conflicts like Israel and Palestine, the Sunni and the Shiite, India and Pakistan,” Tubach said of his book.
Tubach’s visit is part of the PLACE: Legacies of War lecture series at Linfield, which will host a number of events this semester.
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Linfield’s College Public Safety has confirmed that convicted murderer Scott William Cox, who was released on parole in McMinnville in February, has not trespassed on campus since his release.
Cox pleaded no contest to the murder of two women in the Portland area in 1993. As part of his parole, Cox must wear a GPS enabled ankle bracelet and be housed in the Yamhill County Jail from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. every night. He is also not allowed on campus, according to a CPS email notification.
Cox has complied with all conditions of his parole to date, said Linda Powell, senior director of Human Resources & College Public Safety, in an email.
Some students have reported seeing Cox on campus since his release. However, each incident has not involved Cox.
The man reported to be outside an off-campus house was actually a resident of the area. Additionally, CPS made contact with the man who was reported to be on the Wellness Trail on March 7. The individual was geocaching, said Alaina Mayfield, an administrative officer for CPS, in an email.
“CPS will be immediately notified if Cox is near or on campus. We will in turn immediately notify the student body and staff. Linfield has been added to a list of areas, that should Cox enter those areas, he is in violation of his parole. If he violates his parole, he will go back to jail,” Mayfield said in an email.
CPS routinely contacts the Yamhill County Corrections department for updates about the release of Cox but encourages students to contact its officers if they believe to see Cox on campus at 503-883-7233.
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Members of Linfield College’s Forensics Team finished on top at the national championship.
Sophomore Megan Schwab, senior Clara Martinez, and senior Christopher Forrer participated in the Pi Kappa Delta National Championships on March 16 and 17 in St. Louis, Mo.
“Pi Kappa Delta is the forensics national honorary society, and it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year so it’s a pretty big tourney,” Forrer said in an email.
During the weekend, Schwab and Martinez were finalists in the British Parliamentary debate and Forrer received Excellent Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking.
Speaking events involve many rounds before six or seven competitors make it to the final round where they compete for awards.
“There is usually a set number of preliminary rounds and then out rounds after that, meaning quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals, depending on the number of competitors,” freshman Austin Browning said.
The team also competed in the Western States Communication Association competition in February. Six Linfield students competed in this competition, four of which made it to the finals.
The members of Linfield’s team participate in a variety of events. Browning and freshman Michael Zier partnered in the British Parliamentary debate, while other members, such as Forrer, participate in individual events.
During British Parliamentary debates, the team does not get to decide what side of the argument it argues. By doing this, the forensics team is able to learn more about issues and become well-rounded individuals.
“This is part of the reason I love debate, it forces you to look at both sides of issues and really evaluate both aspects of an issue,” Browning said.
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The Associated Students of Linfield College Cabinet has requested to meet with members of the FUSION Club on March 18 to address bullying of LGBTQ community members.
The meeting was requested by the Cabinet, according to a March 11 email sent by Aidan Willers, club president, to FUSION members. The email requested that “anyone who has witnessed or been bullied at any time on Linfield’s campus to come and share their story to Cabinet, if they are comfortable.”
When asked about the email he sent, Willers declined to comment about the bullying incidences.
“This is obviously a very important, but sensitive, issue that certainly needs attention. However, it is my superior’s, as well as my own, opinion that it is not an issue that should be brought to public attention at this time. Things are still premature regarding the issue, and I do not wish to pressure anyone into sharing a story that could become public,” Willers wrote in an email.
FUSION Club at Linfield deals with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning concerns. The club addresses “issues of sexuality with a focus on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) social climates,” according to its Web page.
Jason Rodriguez, director of multicultural programs and FUSION co-adviser, echoed Willers’ sentiment.
“This is a sensitive subject for many and when the time is appropriate, and FUSION feels ready to talk with The Linfield Review, then a FUSION representative will email you back or be in contact with you officially,” Rodriguez wrote in an email.
Efforts to reach club members directly were unsuccessful.
ASLC Cabinet meetings take place at 6 p.m. Mondays in the Riley Club Room.
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As many people indulged themselves in slices of apple, berry and chocolate pie, students, faculty and McMinnville community members were invited to celebrate Pi Day by participating in Linfield’s First Annual Pi Day Fun Run/Walk on March 14.
The event began at 3:30 p.m. in front of Walker Hall and was organized by the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center, the Linfield Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.
“We wanted to give the Linfield Community a fun way to celebrate spring, while promoting movement in a fun and social way [and] recognizing the benefits of exercise for both mental and physical health,” said Pattie Haddeland, the director of Student Health, Wellness and Counseling, in an email.
The run/walk was meant to be low-key and non-competitive, encouraging everyone to participate. A total of 47 participants turned out for the event.
The celebration began with a 3.14 mile course. The runners and walkers began the race in front of Walker Hall and continued their loop to the Wellness Trail and finally back to the start line.
College Public Safety ensured that participants safely crossed the street and helped mark the course.
Many participants impressively crossed the finish line in just less than 20 minutes.
A few of the top finishers for the men were seniors Cody Escott and Harper Taylor. For the women participants, sophomores Erin Crofcheck and Carrie Skuzeski finished in the top.
Following the event, participants were invited to attend an open house showcasing the recently integrated Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center in Walker Hall.
The community was welcomed into the new office and introduced to its staff members. The new department encourages healthy behaviors and promotes well-being to students.
The Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon members supplied creativity, artwork and volunteers for the event.
“We had a good number of participants, and it was very well received by the Linfield community,” said Allison Brosius, a student Health and Wellness intern. “We hope to make this an annual event and incorporate more groups on campus in the coming years.”
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