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According to a May 4 News-Register article titled “Second suspect cops plea in drug death,” Chad Brown, 23, who committed suicide on Linfield College’s campus April 10 was involved in the February 2010 death of 21-year-old David Lent, a 2006 graduate of North Salem High School.
Lent died of an alcohol and drug overdose. Lent, Brown and friends Brytney
Gillingham, 21, Jeramy Brumley, 26, and John Plemmons, 23, had been drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, consuming Oxycontin and using Fentanyl pain-relief patches, all leading up to Lent’s death.
Gillingham and Lent’s roommate Michelle Jones, 38, who was taking a nap at the time, was informed by other residents that Gillingham and Lent were unconscious. Jones called for help and performed CPR on Lent. When help arrived, the two were taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center. Gillingham was revived, but Lent could not be resuscitated.
Brown, Brumley and Plemmons fled the scene before authorities arrived. Brown was facing drug charges when he committed suicide.
A broad collection of student research projects for the Linfield College Science and Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects Symposia will be featured at 3 p.m. on May 13 in the Nicholson Library. There are 47 submissions.
The categories of submission for the Science Symposium are sociology and anthropology, psychology, political science, physics, mathematics, economics, chemistry and biology.
Junior Andrew Carpenter did his research in the chemistry field. The title of his presentation is ”Electrochemical Characterization of Novel Alkyl Substituted Polyoxotungstates.”
“I decided to talk to the professors after I took a Jan[uary] Term chemistry class my sophomore year,” Carpenter said. “I started talking to them about different research projects they were working on, but no one needed any help. The professor I worked with for this project, Elizabeth Atkinson, had no students working with her so I shadowed her research and decided to work with her over the summer.”
The categories of submission for the Creative Projects Symposium are theater and communication arts, sociology and anthropology and environmental studies.
Junior Grace Beckett submitted a presentation for theater. The title of her poster is “Medea and Lady Macbeth; Control in Madness and Strengths.”
“My thesis is that it is detrimental for people to define themselves through relationships with others,” she said.
Beckett’s presentation illustrates two strong female leads in literature that go mad or seem insane as a result of the influences of their husbands.
“Medea is insane and defines herself purely through her relationship with her husband. She harnesses the insanity and commits terrible acts of violence,” Beckett said. “Lady Macbeth also defines herself through her relationship with her husband. She tries to control him and therefore feels guilty for the horrible acts that he commits.”
Beckett said she initially wrote the paper for her theatre history class.
“I started the term out researching just Medea, and then I started building on it,” she said. “I wanted to take a feminist perspective to it. The female leads are so strong that they are portrayed as completely mad. I thought that was a good commentary on feminist power.”
Sophomore Zachary Davis presented a mathematical approach to snowboarding which reinvents the design on the half pipe. Senior Craig Geffre presented a discussion on gluten intolerant communities which presents multiple diagnosis narratives.
A prediction of box office revenues for comedy and science fiction movies affected by certain factors like sequels or media attention is also on display, presented by senior Hung Vu.
Submissions will be judged from 3-4:30 p.m. on May 13. The presentations will remain on display through May 16.
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The Associated Students of Linfield College Cabinet elected May 5 to deny a proposal that would allow students with stipend positions in multiple platforms to receive more than one position.
The decision stems from a policy in the ASLC Budgetary Policy, which states “stipend employees may not receive more than one stipend. If they hold two positions that receive a stipend, then they will be granted the larger of the two stipends.”
But while this rule has been enforced when students on ASLC Cabinet or Linfield Activities Board hold multiple stipend positions, such as those in student media, it has not been enforced when students hold positions within the student media entities: KSLC 90.3 FM, The Linfield Review, Wildcat Productions and Camas Journal of Art & Literature. The leaders of these organizations make up the Communications Board.
Part of the concern of the Communications Board members was that they were not informed about this policy until after they started hiring their staffs for next year.
KSLC General Manager junior Eric Tompkins said he wasn’t privy to the policy until two weeks after he’d begun hiring.
“I thought it was a mistake, I thought it was miscommunication. I’ve never heard of it before; it’s never been enforced,” sophomore Jessica Prokop, editor-in-chief of The Linfield Review for 2011-12, said. “It should have been notified to everyone in media organizations and campus in general to people who have stipends because we had already started our hiring process by then. We should have been notified at least two months before.”
Camas editor senior Lauren Funtanilla said she ran into the double-stipend problem her sophomore year when she was both an editor of Camas and a member of LAB.
“You only are made aware of it if you fall into that position of being in two positions. I feel like they don’t tell you that up front,” Funtanilla said.
Junior Yin Xiao, who will be online editor for TLR and vice president of Wildcat Productions next year, said that not receiving a stipend devalues her hard work.
“When I applied as vice president for Wildcat Productions, I didn’t know anything about it,” Xiao said. “I didn’t care about it, how much I would get, but now I feel like even if it’s $50, it’s still what I get and it’s the value I am.”
Sophomore Brinn Hovde, next year’s KSLC music director and TLR business manager, is also affected by the no-double-stipend policy.
Sophomore Kelsey Hatley, co-editor for Camas along with sophomore Julia Cooper and junior Kate Koten next year, said the media stipends are insubstantial, so it’s nice to receive them as a form of recognition, not monetary compensation.
“To have stipends and rip the carpet out from underneath people and say that shouldn’t really be your priority, that really devalues the work that people put into it,” Tompkins said. “It’s a token of recognition of the work a person’s done, not a direct translation of the amount of hours that a person’s put in.”
ASLC President junior Rachel Coffey said that although the policy hasn’t been imposed on media in the past, it is in the bylaws and needs to be enforced now, especially since it has been enforced on students within ASLC and LAB.
“I’m sorry that they feel they were uninformed, but it’s definitely a conversation that we can have every semester now as a reminder,” Coffey said. “It’s the policy we have. I’m sorry it hasn’t been enforced. I definitely know it’s been enforced on our side.”
Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson said the policy came about one year when an editor-in-chief of TLR was also secretary of the ASLC Cabinet. Holding both positions spurred ethical dilemmas in terms of what could and could not be reported.
Next year’s TLR Adviser Brad Thompson, department chair and associate professor of mass communication, said he supports the enforcement of the policy when it involves students holding government and media positions.
“Someone in the media should not be in government in the same way that the New York Times doesn’t have members of Congress on its staff,” Thompson said.
But Thompson said an allowance needs to be made when the policy involves a student in two media positions, largely because of media convergence.
“We need to recognize that there’s a lot of overlap between some of the functions that the radio and the newspaper and Wildcat Productions and maybe even Camas [perform],” he said.
Convergence was highlighted as a main reason in the Communications Board’s proposal to grant media students multiple stipends. But Coffey said the policy does not stop students from learning and gaining key experience in multiple media.
“We’re not stopping them from learning the different areas of the media, we’re just saying they can’t get paid to do both,” she said. “If it’s the experience they want, they can still have the experience.”
Coffey sent a memo to the Communications Board on May 9 in reply to its proposal that the board be an exception to the double-stipend rule. Some reasons for the rejection provided in the memo include the need for “a consistent policy across all of ASLC’s programs” and the need to spread out stipend-receiving leadership positions to more students.
Tompkins said the latter is ridiculous because students are not clambering for media positions.
“It’s probably better to have some people get paid twice than to not get the job done,” Thompson said. “I think that one of the issues here that’s perhaps unspoken is that truly independent media don’t have to ask the government for permission to do anything. Linfield has a policy that student media are independent, but in this case, they’re not. Anyone that controls the purse strings controls content, ultimately.”
Wildcat Productions and KSLC Adviser Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, said he is unsure why the policy is listed as a budgetary policy and not a personnel policy.
“Why is this a budget policy? Budget policies exist to encourage the proper conservation of resources, to assure that you have proper accounting, proper control over funds,” Huntsberger said. “If this exists as a budget policy, then clearly there’s a much larger discussion that needs to be entered into here. Central to this has to be the independence of the student media and the ethical obligations of the student media… I just don’t think it’s appropriate for any government, quasi-government organization, to dictate to mass media what they can do with their money.”
Tompkins agreed, saying that the policy categorizes the media entities as any other ASLC club, which is incorrect to do because their functions “are fundamentally different.”
Sophomore Thomas Gilmore, next year’s president of Wildcat Productions, disagrees.
“Personally, I don’t have any problems with giving people double stipends, but if all the clubs have a one-stipend-per-person policy, I feel like we should be following the same policy,” Gilmore said.
The policy intends to spread out stipend positions to multiple students, but Funtanilla said it may prevent students from applying at all.
“If it hinders students applying for these positions, then I think that’s a really detrimental thing to the college and activities outside of the classroom,” she said.
Prokop said she and other Communication Board members are considering going to Dean of Students Susan Hopp to see if she can help change the policy, but Coffey said she doesn’t think much will come of that.
“When it comes to these budgetary policies that are written up, Susan doesn’t work with us on that,” she said. “So from my understanding, I don’t know if that’s the right place for them to go to.”
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After an extensive search and hiring process, Michael Hampton will take over as Director of Career Development and Services starting in late July.
Career Services Coordinator Kristi Mackay said the search committee narrowed down the large pool of applicants in early April and conducted interviews via Skype. The field was then further narrowed down to Hampton and Chelsea Haring who gave presentations on campus, which were open to students, faculty and staff, April 27 and May 3.
“As a search committee, I think we decided that both of the final candidates could have been successful in this position,” Mackay said. “[Hampton] was just a much better fit and he was able to really articulate his vision.”
Director of Career Development and Services Ann Hardin Ballard, who has been at Linfield for almost 28 years, said Hampton will have much to build on in the position. Hardin Ballard was the first person to hold a position in career services at Linfield and has built and developed the office during her time here.
“For the first 15 years I was here, I was career services at Linfield College because I didn’t have an assistant. Then the alum Mike McBride [class of ‘72] funded a position to help us develop more internships. We were [then] able to offer more in the way of internship help and internship opportunities and develop employer connections,” she said. “[Hampton] will be coming in with this already established, but there’s certainly room for him to create his own programs and develop the services further. He’ll come in with a fresh perspective and some new energy so I’m excited to see how the program grows under his leadership.”
Vice president of student affairs and dean of students Susan Hopp headed the search committee and also talked about the opportunity for Hampton to continue the progress of career services.
“What we were looking for was someone to build on a really strong tradition — we’ve had a very good career services office here.”
Mackay said the search committee ultimately chose Hampton over Haring because of his experience and ideas to develop the position.
“She didn’t have quite as much experience as [Hampton],” Mackay said. “He’s done some really cool things, especially at Western Oregon University where he is right now. I think there’s going to be some significant changes and a lot of them are going to be very visible to students. If even half the things he discussed with us come to fruition, it’s going to be really exciting.”
Hampton also worked at Linfield from 1998 to 2000 as an assistant in career services. He continued to work in career services positions at George Fox University and Western Oregon University where he has been for the past six years. Hampton lived in McMinnville during this time, commuting to George Fox and WOU.
“I’m absolutely delighted that he’s going to be returning to Linfield,” Hardin Ballard said.
Mackay said that Hampton’s previous experience at Linfield was not a factor in the decision to hire him.
“I don’t think we hired [Hampton] because of his experience here before,” she said. “We hired him because … he has 12 years of experience in higher education with progressing responsibility. [Hampton] has a really good vision for what a career center can offer to students — he’s very collaborative and he’s just a really good fit for the institution.”
Hardin Ballard said she is retiring because she has many other things going on in her life.
“There’s lots of other things to do in this world, and I would just like to have a little time while I’m still young enough and healthy enough to do them,” she said.
Ballard said she will miss teaching her January Term course and the campus.
“I love being on the Linfield College campus — it’s a gorgeous campus and it’s a vibrant place to be.”
Working with her colleagues was also an aspect of her job she said she would miss.
“I love my colleagues and I will miss the daily interaction with them,” she said. “You spend so much time here almost more than at home — they become sort of like another family.”
“There’s a lot I’ll miss about it, but no matter what choices you do in life, there’s always something you’re going to miss.”
Hampton will officially take over July 25.
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Position: Publicity Director
Age: 20 … 21 on Tuesday, May 10!
Major/minor: Finance/mathematics and economics
Hometown: Oregon City, Ore.
Qualifications: Schneider has taken multiple marketing and business management courses and has experience with different computer design programs. She also sits on the Executive Board as the scribe for Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity. In this position, she corresponds with outside organizations.
Reasons for applying: Schneider said she applied for a Cabinet position because she wanted to get more involved in leadership and student life. She said she wanted to take an active role, and she hopes to get more people involved on campus.
Goals: Schneider wants to make publicity more relevant and accessible to students. She said she is looking for new ways to reach students and welcomes any feedback about methods that do and don’t work.
Words of Wisdom: “Don’t wait to get involved, even though it’s never too late,” she said. “Part of the reason I am doing this is because I didn’t want to pass up opportunities; the more experiences, the better.”
Interests: Schneider said she likes spending time with her family and being outdoors. She enjoys playing tennis, camping, cooking, shopping and traveling.
“I also can wiggle my ears,” she said.
Favorites: Schneider’s favorite color is green. Her favorite kind of animal is the giraffe, and her favorite movies are “Man on Fire” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” She enjoys watching any TV shows involving the Kardashian family. She also likes to listen to country music and the Top 40 Countdown on VH1.
~ Compiled by Jessica Prokop/News editor