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ASLC president, veep elected: Newly elected officials excited for 2014-2015

A close presidential race resulted in the election of junior Trey Chiu and junior Ivanna Tucker as president and vice-president, respectively, for the Associated Students of Linfield College.

The presidential race was won by only 27 votes. Junior Gabe Wells received 303 votes out of a total of 653, or about 42 percent of the student body.

“Gabe is a really great guy,” Chiu said, “And I only won by about a classroom’s worth. It could have gone either way, so I felt really lucky to win.”

Tucker, who ran unopposed, was still elated to find out she had won.

“It was surprising, well, I was the only candidate so not that surprising,” Tucker said. “It was surreal because it actually finally hit me that I was vice-president. It is definitely something different to get used to. People have been stopping me to say congratulations a lot.”

Chiu and Tucker are enthusiastic about creating a feeling of togetherness and school spirit. Both feel a special connection to Linfield and want to make the college as welcoming as possible for all students.

“Integrating learning in your life is something that a liberal arts education is all about,” Chiu said. “I think that’s one thing people sort of overlook, they might come here for one thing and forget to look the other direction. It’s all about widening our horizons and not having our blinders on so much.”

“When I found out I won I immediately started thinking about ways I could start changing,” Tucker said. “I’m passionate about Linfield and I want people to have an experience here that is bold and that they can remember fondly for the rest of their lives.”

While Dan Fergueson, the director of college activities, and the newly elected candidates are focusing on ASLC cabinet applications right now are also looking ahead to the future. Tucker spoke about advocating for adequate parking on campus and plans to speak with Campus Public Safety, Jeff McKay and Linfield facilities about getting more parking for older students living in the HP apartments.

Chiu thinks a second Play Fair event at the end of fall semester might help students find more opportunities to get involved and help clubs struggling to increase their memberships.

“It seems like a lot of clubs are having trouble finding members, so it would be cool to give people a second chance to join,” Chiu said. “The first week is tough for a lot of freshmen and maybe they are too shy to sign up for something at that time, but later in the semester they could be more open to it.”

The two also want Linfield students to know how open and responsive they are to student concerns. They hope that their outgoing personalities will make it easier for students to feel that they are approachable and here to help.

“I’m very open and I’m not someone to hold something back,” Tucker said. “I want people to know that I’m someone you can talk to for advice and I’ll give you my honest response. I won’t hold back from expressing my opinion even to the Board of Trustees. But in a professional way.”

Chiu and Tucker will review cabinet applications this week to fill out ASLC for 2014-2015.

Olivia Marovich / News editor

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ASLC candidates share goals

It’s that time of year again, time to vote or our Associated Students of Linfield College president.

Linfield’s two candidates running for president are juniors Gabe Wells and Trey Chiu.

Running unopposed for vice president is junior Ivanna Tucker.

Wells’ main goal is to bridge gaps between the different groups here on campus.

One example is having Greek life be involved with sustainability. He also hopes to plan more events and encourage more students to attend those events.

He also would like to make sure to lay good groundwork for incoming freshmen, so that their experience from then on will be positive.

Wells would like to be a person that any student can come and talk to, so as to gain their insight on what could make Linfield even better.

Chiu’s main goal is to build a more open, aware Linfield community.

He wants to make sure that Linfield is a place where students can feel comfortable speaking their mind, exchanging ideas and constructive criticism.

He also hopes to organize events that are a little different from what we have now, that break away from the same mold.

He, too, believes that laying good groundwork for incoming freshmen is essential in making their next four years at Linfield great. Chiu would like to be someone that the students can go to talk to, and suggest ideas that could better the Linfield experience.

Tucker’s goal is being a voice for the students. She would like to take their input and work to try and make those suggestions happen.

She wants Linfield students to know that they can talk to her about problems or issues that a student is having with the Linfield community and she will do what she can to help solve that problem.

She hopes to not only help the individual but the whole student body as well.

Gabe Wells is from Portland, Ore. He’s a part of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and is working toward a double major in philosophy and management, with a minor in music.

Trey Chiu is from Fairbanks, Alaska. He works as a lab teaching assistant for chemistry and is working toward a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a double minor in German studies and philosophy.

Ivanna Tucker calls Portland, Ore., her home while not at school. She is a part of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority as well as the Panhellenic Council and is working toward a double major in mass communication and communication arts.

The question and answers panel took place on March 3, in the Fred Meyer Lounge.

Aimee Bertolli / For the Review

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LAB deserves more student recognition

Students at Linfield College are fortunate enough to have a student-run organization that’s purpose is to create fun events for everyone to partake in.

Almost all of the events are free, ranging from trips to Portland, going on hikes, seeing professional sporting events and many other fun and exciting events.

The Linfield Activities Board, more commonly known as LAB, spends a great deal of time making sure that there are things on and off campus for students to enjoy.

Most students think that Associated Students of Linfield College is the student government group that does the most activities on campus.

Without a doubt both ASLC and LAB spend a lot of time planning events for students to partake in.

Somehow students may not realize, or are misled on what LAB does.

As March 15 is quickly approaching, students will be informed at the screening of the Disney movie “Frozen” shown in Ice auditorium, who will be performing at Wildstock in May.

Students who are a part of LAB work all through the academic year putting on events and catering to student ideas.

What not all students may know is that the Cat Cab’s on Thursday nights are all put on by LAB.

That includes booking the performer, whether they are a professional or student, arranging the furniture in Fred Meyer Lounge to make it a space for audience members and having a student sound technician at all performances to meet the needs of the performer(s).

“Since McMinnville isn’t the most happening place I feel that it is really important to bring events to campus for the students to be able to attend,” sophomore Ellen Massey said. Massey is the special events chair for LAB. Massey also mentioned that the best part of her job is, “When students come up to me after a show and say how much they enjoyed it and give me advice about events they would like to see on campus.”

Students on campus should continue to give input to LAB since the group is funded through ASLC which by extension comes from part of the fee students pay for the student body fee.

-The Review Editorial Board

ASLC to vote on two new club charters

The Associate Students of Linfield College will vote at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 on club charters for a Spanish club and a Celiac Disease Educational club.

The “Celiac Disease Foundation U Linfield College” was formed this year, however, Spanish club has existed for some time. This year it was realized that only Spanish Club did not have formal recognition by the ALSC.

“[Spanish club] existed and people were meeting, but we realized that they weren’t formally chartered. They were a group of students functioning as a club, they just didn’t have recognition by ASLC and access to [ASLC] funding,” senior Annika Yates club director for ASLC said.

Spanish club was granted a temporary charter by ASLC, the permanent charter was overlooked after the initial six-week trial period and never transferred.

“Once [a club is] chartered you get a temporary charter for six weeks. Your six weeks are basically [ASLC] giving you all the same funding and opportunities as regular clubs have. Just to kind of show that you have interest, you have a couple meetings, maybe an event to show that you have support and that it’s going to be a club that’s sustainable for the long-term,” Yates said.

“Toward the end of the six weeks we take a look at the progress and the Senate votes on if they want to give a permanent charter,” Yates said.

If students have ideas for clubs, they can fill out charter packets found on the ASLC forms and resources page on the Linfield website.

Once the charter packet is completed, students then present their case to the student Senate.

“The Senate actually has a club support committee and the committee reviews all of the club charters and makes a recommendation to Senate, if they want to approve [the club] or not,” Yates said.

Students are required to have at least four members to form a club. Of those four, there must be an appointed president and vice-president along with a mandatory faculty adviser.

The Celiac disease educational club is affiliated with the Celiac Disease Foundation, thus the formal title “Celiac Disease Foundation U Linfield College.”

The club’s mission is, “to provide a support network for students with celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, or those who are curious about eating gluten-free. To help spread awareness about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. And, finally, to help raise money on behalf of the Celiac Disease Foundation to help fund research and advocacy,” senior Hallie Himmelreich, president of the club, said by email.

“Since this is a food-related club, all activities will revolve around food in some way. Some of the activities we have thought of are potlucks— gluten-free of course, sponsored trips to gluten-free friendly restaurants, bake sales to fund raise and cooking tutorials for those new to eating gluten-free,” Himmelreich wrote.

The Celiac Disease Foundation club welcomes all students who want to learn about eating gluten-free and is looking for students interested in leadership positions. For more information about the club, contact Himmelreich at hhimmel@linfield.edu.

Spanish club’s vision statement, “Is that we want to inspire interest in and to increase knowledge about culture in Spanish-speaking cultures,” senior Jessica Calderon-Duyck, a member of the club, said by email.

Some of the main activities of Spanish club include: learning to cook Spanish foods from a variety of Spanish speaking countries; celebrating ethnic holidays; and attending culture-based events.

“It is really a club that could go in many directions and we hope the members will give input so we can lead the club in the direction of their interest,” Calderon-Duyk wrote.

Spanish club is not exclusive to students who speak Spanish. Anyone with an interest in the culture of Spanish-speaking countries is welcome. For more information about the club, contact Jessica Calderon-Duyk at jcalder@linfield.edu.

Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter

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Slam poet expresses heartfelt emotions

Slam poet Rudy Francisco shares the first poem he ever performed Feb. 16 in Ice Auditorium. Francisco is widely known as a spoken word artist.

“I challenge you to write again or start writing. Just try it out, its done so much for me as a person.”

These were artist Rudy Francisco’s closing words for the first event of the semester put on by the Associated Students of Linfield College on Feb. 16 in Ice Auditorium.

Francisco spoke from the heart on topics of growing up, love and equality toward women.

One poem the San Diego native performed was titled “Letter to Chris Brown.” While initially earning laughter from the audience, the poem turned its focus on the problem surrounding women’s violence and the portrayals of African American men by media that become true.

The end of the poem brought truth of Francisco’s upbringing and the domes- tic violence he witnessed. He even pointed out that he “did not hate Chris Brown.” The poem brought out his feeling on creating a safety for women.

“Its crazy how often I realize that in America, we do not create a safe space for women,” Francisco said. “It’s interesting how often as a man, I don’t worry about my safety. Like when I go out to my car, I don’t have two thoughts about it. But I have women who are friends, who worry about that every time they leave their house.”

Francisco then shared his first experience of writing a poem and admits the process was difficult.
With the help of his roommate, who suggested the topic, Francisco wrote a poem on “what [he’d] write about if [he] knew what to write about.” The poem described all the things that were typical messages of poems, such as love, world problems, finding parental approval and fame, with an ending message of not being forgot.

He also touched on the controversial issue between the church and the gay community in his poem, “Your God isn’t Mine.” The poem touches on other social issues revolving around hate, including domestic violence, racial tensions and hate speech.

Francisco relates the story of a time when he saw a man on the corner of an intersection holding up a sign reading “God hates gays.” Being a religious man himself, Francisco shares his belief that “God doesn’t hate anyone.”

Francisco does not believe he’d be the person he is today had he not started performing. He works to inspire his audiences to give it a try, ending his show with the challenge. After the performance, many students stayed behind to talk to Francisco.

“His style was very personable and very relaxed, but he was also about involving the audience and making them excited about what he was speaking about,” sophomore Ellen Massey said. “You could tell he was truly passion- ate about poetry and the things he talked about, as the frequency and fluctuation in his voice changed. I am very glad that he was able to come to Linfield and be an inspiration to the students here.”

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