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Kathie’s Cookies provide for local children

As the evening grows late and students continue busily working on their homework, Kathie Byers sits at a table in the front of Nicholson library selling cookies to raise funds for her nonprofit, Leading Inspiring Nurturing Connecting and Succeeding.

Byers and some friends started LINCS 17 years ago to benefit the youth of the west valley including the areas of Sheridan, Willamina, and Grand Ronde.

Byers sells chocolate chip and M&M’s cookies for $2 along with maple bacon for $2.50. The goal of LINCS is to promote positive youth development for kids who may be struggling or need extra help.

Byers’s goal is for the kids to see college as something that they could attend as long as they work for it.

She commented that, “Vocational opportunities are a great way for kids to work for what they want.” She hopes that kids will realize that their goals are attainable. LINCS holds an open gym at a Sheridan, Ore. school every Saturday night for local kids to attend.

The cookies are made by kids and Byers hopes to eventually make it so those that make the cookies could also receive their food handler’s permit. The funds raised from the cookies go towards camping trips, ski trips, and other activities for local youth.  The ski trips have become popular enough that over 100 kids from the West Valley go on the trips.

Byers is passionate about helping youth realize their goals because she was able to capture hers as she received the Ford-Restart scholarship that has allowed her to study Business management at Linfield starting in the fall of 2010. Byers is looking forward to walking at graduation in June.

She commented that, “Students at Linfield have been very accepting and supportive.” Previously, Byers was a paramedic. Her life goal is to build a multi-million dollar recreation center with athletic and study facilities for local youths. Byers will be selling cookies at the library Sunday-Thursday evenings from 8-11 p.m.

Jonathan Williams / Opinion editor

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Adult Degree Program student honored, graduates with son

As a junior transfer student and working a full-time job any student would question if school was the right fit for them.

By enrolling in the Adult Degree Program Deborah Marsh was able to work and attend school.

“I am thrilled to still be able to graduate from Linfield,” Marsh said.

This year Marsh received the Adult Degree Program Alumni Scholarship which is only given to high achieving students.

Shocked and honored by her award she was extremely grateful to receive recognition.

Marsh was shown support, through this scholarship, which aided her through the most difficult parts of her journey.

Majoring in social and behavioral sciences through the Adult Degree Program, Marsh feels that her entire experience at Linfield College has been amazing.

“I think my favorite part was in the Environmental Studies with Nancy Broshot. I got pretty close to her and others in my class and the fact that I was over 40 didn’t really stand in the way. I really felt a part of Linfield,” Marsh said.

Marsh will not be alone on stage at graduation. This June she will be sharing the stage with her son, Adam Kearl, as they are both are given recognition for graduating this year.

Marsh shares that it is an emotional time to be graduating and how proud she is of her son’s accomplishments.

“I hope we will be allowed to walk together to celebrate our hard work and accomplishment,” Marsh said.

Marsh works for Yamhill County Behavioral Health in the Abacus Program where she is a peer support specialist and Community Support & Integration Teams Coordinator.

Through Marsh’s time there, she says that the program has helped to support her through some difficult times.

Through offering supported employment and wellness classes she has been able to work though even the roughest patches.

Marsh once doubted if she would even graduate. Now there is no doubt in her mind.

The end is in sight and she is in the final stretch. The scholarship that she received gave acknowledgement to her outstanding achievement and reinforced that Linfield truly is her home, and will support her during her time here.

She is overwhelmingly appreciative for the scholarship she received.

“I am so grateful, I am grateful to God, to my family, my fellow students, professors, all the staff that have made this dream a reality,” Marsh said.

“That sort of sounded like an Academy Award speech but it is true…I could not have accomplished this without the love, support, and encouragement of all of these individuals; especially to come out of a life of hopelessness and into a life of promise. What an adventure.”

Kathryn Devore / Staff writer

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9/11 attacks impacts American literature, inspires paranoia

“Everyone knows America is strong, but that’s not what it has to be” said Associate professor of English, Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt at her talk “The Anxious Canon: Post 9/11 Literatures.”  Dutt-Ballerstadt discussed how the United States has created a “literary missile,” in response to all of the books, magazines, newspapers, movies, and other forms of media that have created an industry off of the 9/11 attacks.

Dutt-Ballerstadt presented pictures that featured the nine emotional states in Indonesian culture.

Most of the men that expressed the nine emotional states were all bearded, and dark skinned. Naturally, they must be terrorists. Ballerstadt expressed how the United States have created and released this “war on terror” canon that seems to be never ending.

If people see someone that looks like how the men were described, they believe that they must be terrorists because of what society has come to believe.

The power of color was also heavily discussed. “The New Yorker” published their September 24, 2001 issue with a blank black cover.

Was this because the entirety of New York City was covered in ash, or because of the possible color of the skin of those who committed the attacks? Dutt-Ballerstadt went on to say that Marvel comic magazine also issued a blank cover in their first issue after 9/11.

The magazine issue featured Marvel characters reactions to the 9/11 attacks. Dutt-Ballerstadt presented her lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in Riley 201.

The unleashed canon has influenced much paranoia in the U.S. government. Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has limited the size of bottles, and carry-on items allowed on airplanes amongst other things.

If travelers that are bearded and dark skinned wish to board an airplane it is more than likely security will do more of a check on them because of the almost hysterical paranoia that has engulfed the U.S. government. Dutt-Ballerstadt expressed that “Terrorism is a phenomena, terrorism has no country.”

The Muslim community was deeply affected after 9/11 attacks. American society began to believe that if someone wears a turban and has a beard they must be a Muslim.

Muslims were told to not leave their home or go to mosques as the F.B.I. was waiting outside their doors and at the mosques to see if the religious folks were also terrorists.

Dutt-Ballerstadt went into detail on methods used to torture inmates at the infamous Guantanamo bay prison.

Those that were interrogated about the 9/11 attacks were sometimes awakened in the night, or had offensive statements whispered in their ears in hopes of making them feel like commenting on if they took any part in the attacks, amongst many other forms of torture.

A form of “light torture” was having inmates listen to pop star, Christina Aguilera for hours on end. The U.S. began a practice of detaining individuals and deporting them as a way to get rid of terrorism.

Dutt-Ballerstadt presented powerful insights on this important topic and expressed a question, stating, “Who are the barbarians? Those that are tortured, or those who torture?”

Jonathan Williams / Opinion editor

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Agustana brings ‘Boston’ to Wildstock

After months of secrets, rumors and anticipation, Augustana was revealed to be the performing band for Linfield’s Wildstock 2014.

The band was announced through a video reveal created by the Linfield Activities Board after the showing of Frozen in Ice Auditorium on March 15.

“It was so scary revealing the video,” said junior Allison Halley, vice president of programming for the Associated Students of Linfield College. “It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m really glad that people know but I’m really nervous to hear people’s reactions.”

Halley, whose main project for the year is planning Wildstock, began searching for performers in December, aiming to make Wildstock a more relaxed and festival-like event that all students could enjoy. After scanning different lists of artists and bands,
Halley had first hoped to have Brandi Carlile perform at Wildstock.

“She was more acoustic and slightly country, so she encompassed the whole festival, outdoor concert feel,” Halley said.

However, Carlile was out of the budgeted price range and instead, Halley went with her second choice of Augustana for $20,000.

“[Augustana’s] type of genre can last forever,” Halley said. “It’s not [so] extreme that it’ll fade away.”

Halley has not booked a band for the opening performance, and is planning on having a Battle of the Bands competition instead. The winning band will get to perform before Augustana comes on.

As for activities that will be happening throughout Wildstock, Halley is planning on having several artistic yet active events for students to participate in. There will be face painting and a sports and intramural gear area, as well as several other activities that have not yet been finalized.

There will also be three options for food, with the usual Thai Country and Rib Slayer booths along with another new option that has also not yet been finalized.

“I wanted the feel of Wildstock to be about the music, and not about the attractions before the concert,” Halley said. “From the get go I had a very distinct vision in my head going into the year, but I wanted to make sure to listen to the student body. I’m hoping the vision I have encompasses a little bit of what everyone wants.”

Samantha Sigler / Editor-In-Chief

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Linfield starts composting

This year Linfield took sustainability to a whole new level when it comes to having zero waste and feeding local pigs, with the Zero Waste Project.

The goal of the Zero Waste Project is to keep as much waste out of the Riverbend Landfill and make our campus waste go to zero.

Ducan Reid, Linfield’s sustainability coordinator, has been a major influence in helping Linfield start composting. Not only does Linfield compost, but the compost from our school is picked up on a weekly basis and sent to a local pig farm.

The pig farm processes the compost by heating it up to kill potentially harmful bacteria and run under a magnet to make sure there is no metal that could harm the pigs.

Once the pigs are past adolescence they are sent to Karlton Farms, located in Yamhill Valley, where they are prepared for grocery stores.

At the moment, there are only compost bins in dorm rooms where there are Green Chair students. Green Chair representatives take the compost to the bins located behind Dillin Hall.

Currently students on the Zero Waste Project are working on documenting how much our school composts.

They take a volume measurement, but that doesn’t mean everything in the compost belongs in it.

“It is going really well,” Reid said. “Success isn’t based on the amount, but the contamination of the compost.”

Green Chair position holders will look at the compost before it is put in the larger bins, but everyone is still learning what belongs in the compost and what doesn’t.

“We aren’t at the forefront, but I think we are doing very well,” said Reid. “In order to keep up we need to keep expanding.”

Reid would like to see Sodexo purchase all of its meat from local farms, like Karlton Farms. This would allow Linfield to not only feed the local pigs from our waste, but then purchase the pigs we are helping feed. But in order for Sodexo to purchase 100 percent of its meat from local farms they would need more money from students.

If your dorm doesn’t have a Green Chair representative, you can still participate in the Zero Waste Project.

There are compost bins located around campus, including one in Riley on the first floor, that are available for anyone to use.

Contact Duncan Reid, or the office of sustainability, to receive a pamphlet on what is compostable and most importantly, what is appropriate for pigs to eat.

Rachael Gernhart / Staff writer

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