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Faculty lecture evaluates tuition in the recession

“How do I engage them with what Economists do?” he said quite simply.

Dr. Jeffrey Summers, professor of Economics, explored the effects of the recession on college tuitions and finances, the issues concerning institutional financial aid and the implications for Linfield College’s future pricing strategies Sept. 14 in Riley 201.

Summers’ presentation about economics and how it connects to Linfield, was titled “Subsidies, Costs, and Prices at Private Liberal Arts Colleges,” a part of the Faculty Lecture Series.

One of the main points stressed throughout the lecture was the use of a “high tuition-high aid” tuition pricing strategy being used by schools.  As a strategy that involves colleges increasing their school tuitions year by year, but also increasing the amount of financial aid they distribute, the question was whether or not the use of such a strategy would continue to prevail in the attraction of students in the coming years.

Summers also discussed factors of the college decision as an investment.

“Factors affecting the investment decision include the price of attendance, whether they be direct or indirect, changes in the ability to bear tuition price increases, and changes in expected earnings,” Summers said.

According to Summers’ lecture, college has shown to be a greater investment than a high school degree, and the $1.4 million more that college degree-holders earn than non-college educated individuals are a testament to that.  Businesses still have a demand for college graduates, but the fear is that they may be headed toward going into the job market for specific, temporary jobs.

Summers said that he sees a way for colleges to make changes to continue to attract students to their programs.

“Bachelor of Arts & Sciences colleges may need to make non-price adjustments designed to increase their relative rates of return,” Summers said.  “Moving toward a six or seven semester degree-completion program that is responsive to the market could be a possibility.”

Although the lecture dealt with terms and concepts that might have been unfamiliar to some who listened, Summers presented them and the facts in a way that was accessible to most.

Students said Summers connected with them by using college tuition as a connection to the recession. This made a current topic more relatable to all.

“Dr. Summers did a good job of relaying the information in a way that the audience could understand it more easily,” Dave Hansen, professor of Economics said. “This issue is absolutely critical for Linfield.”

Hansen said that Summers made the national issue connect right back to Linfield.

“It was fun to see a colleague do that,” Hansen said.

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A Taste of Service: Student volunteers participate in annual service event

One of six student service teams participating in Taste of Service volunteers at Miller Woods, which is one of many local sites assigned to the different groups. Taste of Service is an annual event for freshmen and transfer students, giving them the opportunity to serve the McMinnville community. Photo courtesy of Kit Crane

A group of students volunteer at Miller Woods, doing their part in serving the community as well as participating in an annual campus event Sept. 17. Photo courtesy of Kit Crane

During a morning of community service, a small group of students huddled among stacks of canned food in the Yamhill County Action Partnership food bank, receiving instructions to sort the food. The group was one of six student service teams participating in the Taste of Service event Sept. 17 in the McMinnville Community.

Along with work at the YCAP food bank, 80 students clocked in more than three hours of service at Miller Woods, Barbra Boyer Farms, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, YCAP Transitional Housing and McMinnville Senior Center.

The service event was specifically designed for first year students and it satisfied a requirement for their Colloquium courses, said senior Lori McEwen, director of alternative spring break and first year community service programs.

“It’s important for freshmen to get involved early so that they can become more aware of the needs of the community and can allow themselves time to create better relationships with community partners,” McEwen said.

Participating students completed projects such as weeding flower beds and gardens, organizing building supplies and sorting household goods.

Freshman Kevin Ramero was the assistant site manager at the YCAP food bank service site, where he said he had served at a food bank before and viewed community service as an important aspect of college.

“It definitely helps you understand the community and what’s going on,” Ramero said. “It broadens your view of the area.”

Laura Kushner, YCAP volunteer coordinator of community outreach, said she spent four years at a private college similar to Linfield and that the small setting makes it important for students to venture into their communities.

“I strongly believe in the college bubble,” Kushner said. “It’s easy to get focused on a few blocks of space, but when you’re preparing for your life outside of college, it helps to know exactly what you’re preparing for.”

McEwen said the event served as a jumping point for students who are interested in participating in future community service events throughout their college experiences.

“It allowed students to get a feeling for service in the community while serving alongside other students new to campus,” she said.

McEwen said that students who weren’t able to participate in the event but want to get involved in community service should come to Riley 216, the Office of Community Service and Engagement.

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Guest speakers debate health care in politics

James Huffman, a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School speaks to a room full of students and faculty during “Health Care Reform and the Constitution” on Sept. 14 in Riley 201. Christine Fujiki/For the Review

Norman Williams, a professor from Willamette University College of Law, Nick Buccola, assistant professor of politial science, and James Huffman, professor at Lewis & Clark Law School present “Health Care Reform and the Constitution.” They each debated their own views on the topic Sept. 14 in Riley 201. Christine Fujiki/For the Review

The health care reform has been the talk of many since President Barack Obama held a White House forum March 5, 2009.

The talk was brought to Linfield College by James Huffman, a professor from Lewis & Clark Law School, and Norman Williams, a professor from Willamette University College of Law on Sept. 14.

Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, opened for the debate, which was focused on health care reform and the Constitution.

To go along with the topic of the Constitution, the audience received pocket sized copies of the Constitution.

Buccola had expectations of what the audience’s reactions would be.

“I [expect] the audience to come into the room with views of the merits of health care reform as a matter of public policy and to be forced by the topic of the debate to think through the issue through the slightly different lens of constitutional law.”

Winning the coin toss, Huffman spoke on his views of the topic first, clearly stating that he does not agree with the health care reform. In his opening statement, Huffman acknowledged that Williams would have plenty of case laws to support his argument, but he went on to say that the individual mandate is that “health care isn’t going to work without the individual mandate.” The individual mandate that he referred to was explained to be that “health care has to be purchased.” Huffman also stated that this would be unconstitutional.

In contrast, Williams defended health care reform and said that it is constitutional. Williams explained the importance of health care reform.

He said the people who are unable to pay their hospital bills never pay, and their expenses get tacked on to other people’s bills, which makes their insurance higher. He referred to this as “cost shifting.”

“I found it very problematic that 43 million people are unable to pay for their health care and that it is passed on to others. This needs to be fixed in a constitutional manner,” sophomore Andrea Erland said.

“The Federal Court does not sit around to evaluate laws,” William said in reference to the 300 hundred page proposal. He went on to say that it is the work of the three branches of government and none of them are more important than the other.

“I thought Professor Huffman and Professor Williams offered strong arguments on behalf of their respective positions,” Buccola said in an email. “As I indicated at the event, I think Huffman’s position is problematic because it assumes an understanding of liberty that is contestable and I worry that Williams does not provide an adequate account of the role on constitutionalism in the American system of government.”

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Campus Public Safety improves service with use of new golf cart

A few notable changes have been made to Campus Public Safety this year. They have had some improvements in their equipment, including a new golf cart.

Robert Cepeda, director/chief of CPS said that he hopes the cart will help CPS to improve their service to students on campus.

“Using a golf cart allows staff to traverse the inner campus easier, provide door-to-door courtesy rides and patrol the campus in a more proactive manner without the restrictions associated with a street vehicle,” he said.

Cepeda said that CPS had money set aside last year for the cart, but wasn’t able to find one that met their requirements. This year, they were able to find the funds for the cart.

“The department was able to purchase a golf cart from a reputable second party that had no further use for it at substantial savings,” Cepeda said.

With the help of the new equipment, CPS plans to continue their professional training focused on emergency management and preparedness this year.

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Senate cuts numbers, requires an application

Big changes have been made to Senate this year, including shrinking the size of its representatives  and adding an application process to become a senator.

In prior years, clubs and programs have selected their own senators, however, the Associated Students of Linfield College found that typically many students in Senate weren’t as committed to their job as was hoped for. So, ASLC chose to make the process to join Senate more individualized. ASLC Vice President Bradley Keliinoi said he believes this new process will encourage more dedication within senators.

“By having this application process, we’re identifying those who are putting forth an effort to become a senator, who are displaying their motivation and desire to be in Senate rather than a club just sending a bunch of emails begging people to ‘Please, please, please be our senator,’ and getting students who don’t necessarily want to be in Senate,” he said.

In previous years, there were anywhere between 30 to 60 senators, however, Keliinoi said that typically there was just a core group of about 25 students who were active and engaged in their position.

Because of this, ASLC also decided to try out a new system of decreasing the amount of senators to a fixed number of 27.

“We thought that by shrinking Senate, we’d create a more engaged environment,” Keliinoi said. “We’re hoping that this way, senators will be more responsive to student needs and basically just make it a more efficient, productive body.”

Out of the 27 senator spots, the activities council is responsible for filling 19 positions. So far, they have received nine applications.

There were four freshmen applicants, four sophomores and one junior. There were no senior applicants, leaving the upperclassmen with many vacant spots to fill.

Although it’s not as many applicants as is needed, Keliinoi said that he was excited about the enthusiasm he saw in the applicants.

“Although few, I was very pleased with the applications we did receive,” he said. “A lot of them express interest in representing their student voice and they really wanted to get involved.”

Keliinoi said that he is still hopeful that the positions will be filled, since an issue for this year may have been communicating the changes.

“One of the problems is that some students may not have known of the changes,” he said. “For instance, some clubs still believe that each of them have to have a senator. Another reason is that some students just don’t have enough time to participate.”

Keliinoi, along with the rest of ASLC recognizes that it is the first year of changes, and there are inevitable problems ahead.

“Everything is so new this year that I expect there are going to be challenges in Senate throughout the year,” he said. “On the other hand, I think that some of the exciting things about being in Senate this year is getting to mold what a senator will do and their responsibilities. The senators this year will be able to build a foundation of what Senate will look like throughout the future years.”

In order to compensate for the changes that Senate has installed, their deadline, which was originally Sept. 14, has been altered to work on a rolling basis until the vacancies are filled.

“I want to encourage students to bring in their completed applications whenever [they can],” Keliinoi said.

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