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Linfield’s night cleaning crew is made up of brave souls that clean the creepy academic buildings while they’re empty at night. The crew cleans different buildings and has their favorite spots, but they all enjoy their night shifts, even if it took a while to get used to the odd hours of work. They start at 10:30 p.m. and finish at 7 a.m.
Kneeland is the night lead, which means he’s in charge of the whole night crew.
“I retired from the air force after thirty some years,” Kneeland said. “I’ve always wanted to work for Linfield. I’ve always wanted to be on the ground’s crew, just something I’ve always wanted to do hobby-wise, but this opportunity arose, and I figured it’d be a way to get a foot in the door.”
Kneeland grew up in McMinnville. “Linfield was my babysitter,” he said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Linfield.” He has enjoyed his time on the night crew.
“I love the people that we’re working with,” Kneeland said. “They’re just awesome. I love what we do. We’re not out one on one with the kids, but we’re trying to sell Linfield in a different way. We’re kind of the unseen heroes of Linfield maybe.”
Duran’s favorite place to clean is the preschool in the garden level of Potter Hall.
“I get to see what the kids have made,” Duran said. She also takes those ideas home for her own daughter.
As soon as she gets out of work, she drives to Amity, takes her young daughter to elementary school then returns to her house to take her son to McMinnville high school. If she has something pressing to do after, she’ll do that before finally going to bed. She hopes her son, who is a junior at the moment, will choose to come to Linfield.
The worst time was the first week. “I started in January, and my first week, I got a fever,” Duran said, “but I had to keep going because it was a necessity, and I stayed. It wasn’t my plan, but it happened.”
The solitude of the night shift appeals to Marshall the most.
“At night, you get to do your thing. You don’t get all the interruptions that happen during the day,” Marshall said.
He has worked here for 10 years all together. Marshall didn’t think he would work for Linfield for so long.
“I must have seen an ad for a job, and then I wasn’t really planning on working here too long,” Marshall said. “My son was college-age at the same time, and there was the tuition remission thing. At that point, I kind of got stuck here for four more years.”
Outside of work, Marshall enjoys painting, and he has also done some photography over the years.
Navarro has worked at Linfield for six years. He likes all the benefits he has received from the job and the time of his shift as well.
“I have four children, and I save money from babysitting like that.” His children are used to him working nights. The oldest is 15. “They like that I work here and don’t want me to leave, so they can come to college here.”
Navarro has lived in McMinnville since 2003, making his way here from Woodburn. A friend recommended that he take the job.
Naranjo began as a temporary worker for seven months. Now, she has worked at Linfield for four years.
“I’ve liked the work because always going from place to place,” Naranjo said. “There’s always work. It’s never over.”
Naranjo tries to get some sleep, but it can be a little difficult to fit into her schedule while she’s caring for her children. She has to take them to school, sometimes sleeping six or four hours in the day.
“For me, the night shift is okay, because when my kids are in school I’m sleeping, and when they get there, I can then take care of them, whatever they need,” Naranjo said.
Alcaraz has worked here for two years. He enjoys the job, but like others, has found it a little difficult to work the night shift.
“Well, at first, it was a little a heavy. When 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. comes around, you already want to lay down, but you get used to it. There’s a break you’re like, first break,” Alcaraz said.
Alcaraz has a family, but his youngest is already 22 years old. At home, he has his wife and two grandchildren.
“Sometimes, they tell me, ‘Grandpa, do you have to work at night?’ and I say, ‘Yes,’” Alcaraz said.
Alcaraz sleeps during the day, while his grandkids are at school. The only time Alcaraz finds the work a little difficult is when he’s by himself.
“Sometimes, I get a little scared,” Alcaraz said.
Rinehart has worked here for a year and a half. She likes how active the job is and the time of her shift.
“I sleep during the day when everyone else is working, and then I have evenings free to do whatever. I still get to go to concerts and other social events. On weekends, I switch over to the usual schedule, to the day shift,” Rinehart said.
Rinehart started as a temporary worker just like Naranjo. She has lived in the area her whole life. “McMinnville has been our shopping hub for as long as I can remember,” she said with a laugh. Currently, she lives in Sheridan.
The Atlantic Exploration. 115 days, 17 cities, 15 countries. It seemed too good to be true. No longer did I have to worry about which country to study abroad in, I was be able to explore the world from a ship.
Students who do a Semester at Sea get to travel the world while taking classes on a ship.
Each port allows students anywhere from two to five days for unlimited adventure.
We met locals that became our best friends, tried foods and drinks we never knew existed and we fell in love with a new city, over and over again.
The voyage is perfect for people who know they want something amazing out of life.
The beauty is, you don’t have to have a clue what that is.
That’s the biggest lesson I learned doing Semester at Sea. As long as you know you want something, you will find it.
Whether it is an adventure in Morocco that turns into a spontaneous camel back trip through the Sahara, or hopping on a bus from the east coast to the west coast of Ireland, the opportunities available in port are endless.
You can also gain invaluable experience navigating the metro system in Russia, guaranteeing that you can take on any public transport afterward.
It is about having the time of your life getting to know your taxi driver or waiter, who can give you the best insights on what life is like for most people in their country.
You can earn 12-15 credits and choose from a wide range of classes and subjects. I took astronomy, global music, human sexuality and philosophy of religion because I thought they would be fun to learn about from a global perspective.
Each class has one day in one port during the voyage dedicated to field work and learning. For example, in my Global Music class we spent a day at the University of Ghana in Accra learning traditional drumming and dance lessons.
These field labs are the key part in the Semester at Sea educational experience. It is having the opportunity to learn first hand about what you’re studying in a variety of countries.
They also offer optional field programs each day in port that range from simple sight-seeing tours around the city for a low price to grand adventures such as a hiking trip through Patagonia in Argentina for a couple thousand dollars.
It is easy to personalize this trip to your needs, wants and abilities, physically and financially.
I had a small budget for spending money, which goes quickly when traveling. This experience taught me how to be frugal when I have no other choice and still have the time of my life.
It also taught me how to just relax and be happy no matter the circumstances.
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(Center left) Junior Laura Lichti stands in front of a river in Germany. During the the semester at sea, she earned 12 credits while traveling all over the world.
Photo courtesy of Laura Lichti
(Left) Lichti and her cruise classmates stand amongst ruins in Ireland. They had a lot of time to tour the countries they visited during their semester.
Photo courtesy of Laura Lichti
(Right) Lichti poses before the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro with other cruise students.
Photo courtesy of Laura Lichti
Four Linfield alumni returned to their alma mater to host a panel-style discussion to pass on their workplace wisdom and to network with current students.
Peter Fisher of the class of 1995, Joe Murray of the class of 2008, Samantha Lau of the class of 2012 and Brenna Patterson of the class of 2012 comprised the panel.
Fisher is a partner in Human Investing, an investment company based in Lake Oswego, Ore.
“Why I started my own company, I have no idea. You know, I had become greatly disenfranchised with corporate America,” Fisher said. “It was painful for me.”
Fisher began his career with Merrill Lynch, which was considered at the time to be one of Wall Street’s top investment companies.
“My perspective of what it was going to be like and the reality of what it was like, there was a huge delta between those two things,” Fisher said.
“Just sitting in your seats right now, just say out loud, ‘I have no idea what I want to be or what I want to do,’” Fisher said to the students in attendance. “If you can say that and own it, [...] because once you kind of get out of that mind set [of rigidity], you start fielding different opportunities, which can potentially have great significance for you in life.”
Murray is currently employed by Nike as a global merchandising manager for NFL apparel.
Murray said, I recently asked my boss what makes the most successful merchandisers and he told me about the three “C’s.”
The first “C” stands for consumer.
If you’ve perfected and understand who your consumer is, and you know where they shop and why, then the next step is to make that consumer a customer, which is the second “C,” Murray said. Customer is the second “C.”
The final “C” stands for competition. Through this analogy, Murray stressed the need to understand your market.
Moving onto the topic of job searching, “I know there’s that old saying, ‘It’s who you know [as opposed to what you know],’ but nowadays, I think it’s who knows you within your job search,” Murray said, reliving his own experience.
All four panelists stressed the need to stand out and network as opposed to relying on your resume for a callback.
Patterson is currently employed at Ponzi Vineyards as a sales and marketing coordinator.
Patterson interned at Oregon Mutual Insurance during her time at Linfield.
“You’re probably all looking at me like, ‘You work at a winery now, what were you doing working at an insurance company?’” Patterson said.
From her time at Oregon Mutual Insurance, Patterson developed a solid base of business fundamentals from real life experience that she was able to carry over to her current position at Ponzi Vineyards.
“This was really a turning point in my life where I was really figuring out what I wanted to do,” Patterson said. “You definitely won’t know right away.”
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Sarah Mirk is living proof that feminism and journalism aren’t dying fields.
Online editor for Bitch Media, Sarah Mirk, shared her lecture “Five bright ideas in feminist media” with mass communication students on Feb. 25.
Bitch media is a feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. Founders of Bitch Magazine didn’t want to give up on pop culture, so instead they voice their opinions on it.
“Bitch tries to cover stories in ways that haven’t ever been covered before,” Mirk said.
Bitch Media has been around for 18 years and is based out of Portland. They publish their print magazine quarterly, publish bi-monthly podcasts and also post articles online.
“Good activists get a visual,” Mirk said.
Almost all of the media in our country are funded by one of six companies, but Bitch Media is an independent and a nonprofit organization that gets donations from their readers and sponsors. Bitch’s average donation is eight dollars.
Mirk emphasized how social media websites like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr help reach a whole new audience.
With online editing you are able to publish multiple headlines to attract more readers.
While online content is published with more current and updated articles, print uses stories that interesting for a long periods of time without being outdated.
“Social media is media,” Mirk said. “Tweeters help shape mainstream media in a powerful way.”
Mirk revolutionized the classic definition of journalism by separating print from social media.
“When writing articles, you have to decide if someone will want to read it weeks to months from when it was published,” Mirk said. “Print is not dead, it diversifies.”
Mirk discussed the sexualization of females in the media.
“Female comic book characters are often portrayed flat and oversexualized,” Mirk said.
Expanding on the double standards women face, Mirk showed an example of comic book characters through the Hawkeye Initiative. Artists draw the superhero Hawkeye in the same sexual positions as women characters to reveal the double standard.
“Don’t hate the media, make the media,” Mirk said.
Students and professors gathered and tweeted along with #MirkTalk. Mirk will be releasing her novel, “Sex from Scratch” next August.
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Bitch Media’s online editor Sarah Mirk gave a lecture on the importance of incorporating social media and how to optimize online tools to reach a wide audience.
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The room was buzzing with excitement as Sports Illustrated senior writer, Chris Ballard took the podium on Feb. 24 in Riley 201.
Ballard was introduced by associate professor of political science, Patrick Cottrell who, unknown to most, is a close friend to Ballard.
What made Ballard’s talk interesting was how it drew in a diverse range of students and faculty from the departments of mass communication, English, political science, business and sports management.
Ballard has written for Sports Illustrated for 15 years and in that time has also published four books.
He mentioned in the first part of his talk to not push off the power of revision. One of his articles went through the revision process 14 times.
Being a master of the written word, Ballard gave many helpful insights into what it takes to be a successful writer.
He emphasized that point of writing stories is, “to compel someone to feel something about someone or something.” He went on to say that as people, “we talk in stories.”
Many people think that what an athlete has done is the most interesting aspect of them. However, Ballard has found that the stories behind athletes are more interesting developing a personal connection with the readers.
He also mentioned, for a story to be successful, whether it’s told written or visually, it must be compelling and include a conflict.
Ballard used the film, “Argo” to depict how a story is compelling to viewers. He explained how viewers knew the Americans would make it out of Tehran, but what made the movie successful was the multiple plots that gripped viewers.
Ballard also gave four steps to write a good narrative.
The first step is to come up with an idea if there isn’t something to write about.
Second is to notice themes and ideas that reveal more about something and expand on that.
Third is to decide the structure of the story, moreover how you want to write it.
Lastly, is to choose a writing style that sets up the story to be compelling.
Interviewing people for stories isn’t an easy task no matter your experience level.
Ballard explained to, “always try and see things through their eyes,” and decides what makes them genuine.
In a story, readers should always be able to decide what humanistic quality it encompasses. Examples in stories include themes of love, triumph, heroism, strength etc.
Ballard mentioned that if it is a good story, as a writer, you should be able to write in four sentences or less what the story is about.
He also explained that it’s important to find what helps you focus while you write. Find your own writing style, and stick with it.
Ballard is a firm believer that, “as your life changes and develops, so does your writing.” He brought up the idea of “changing lenses” in the way that writers see things differently as they age.
Jonathan Williams / Opinion editor
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