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The results of the 2012-13 General Election results are finally in.
The Associated Students of Linfield College’s new president is junior Nic Miles, who ran unopposed. The new vice president is junior Susana Fajardo, who ran against sophomore Jennifer Derke.
The new president and vice president officially take office May 1.
“It feels great to have the election season over,” Miles said in an e-mail. “My unique situation of running unopposed left me eager to see the official results on Thursday night.”
Sophomore Clara Martinez, the ASLC secretary, organized many of the election events. These included the announcement of the candidates, Q-and-A session and primary elections, which allowed students the chance to win a free, catered dinner with the candidates.
Miles said he was disappointed by the low turnout of voters this year. For the president, there were a total of 357 votes, which is only 22.5 percent of the entire student body. Out of those students, 308 voted for Miles while 49 chose to abstain from voting.
For vice president, 357 students voted and 187 voted for Fajardo, 136 voted for Derke and 34 chose to abstain from voting for either candidate.
While voting for the ASLC candidates, students were also given the option to vote for or against bylaw changes, with the proposed change being a change to special elections. Approximately 351 students voted for this: 257 for yes, 18 for no and 76 chose to abstain from voting.
“The vice presidents ran a clean, friendly race and I’m happy to see [Fajardo] win,” Miles said. The process of elections for the candidates included getting their petitions signed by students, passing the bylaws test, preparing their campaign platforms and attending the Q-and-A sessions.
“I was hoping that another student would campaign against me as a write-in so I could have the opportunity to argue my viewpoints and goals against another candidate,” Miles said.
Rather than doing this, Miles prepared for the elections by spending time reflecting on his experience at Linfield as both a student and a leader.
“I had a huge amount of positive encouragement from friends, teammates, professors and other people around campus,” Miles said.
The new ASLC members are accepting applications for the ASLC Cabinet positions and will spend the upcoming week interviewing applicants and putting the 2012-13 Cabinet together.
“Since I ran unopposed, I decided to focus my time and energy planning for the upcoming Cabinet transition rather than publicize my campaign and the elections in general,” Miles said.
For the next few weeks, Miles said he hopes to plan the budget hearings for the different entities that are funded by the ASLC budget, such as the Linfield Activities Board and Wildcat Productions.
“I hope students and leaders across campus will feel the shift in momentum and energy that will come about,” Miles said. “The fresh faces and attitudes are guaranteed to stir up some great ideas for next year, and I can’t wait to solidify my Cabinet and start planning a productive, fantastic, wild and proactive year of student government, activities and extracurriculars.”
Samantha Sigler/News editor
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In light of recent events that have occurred throughout the McMinnville community over the last couple of weeks, the Associated Students of Linfield College will hold a Community Safety Forum at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Riley 201.
We encourage all students who would like to express their concerns about community safety and awareness to attend. This forum is one of several initiatives the ASLC Cabinet is undertaking to address student concerns. We hope students will take this opportunity to speak directly to and with Linfield administrators to achieve a safer community.
Letter to the Editor
Name: Daniel Teater
Position: IM Sports Director
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Powell Butte, Ore.
Qualifications: Teater said that he has played a lot of sports, such as soccer, basketball, golf and track in high school. He has also played basketball for the Wildcats for the last three years. Another qualification that he possesses is leadership experience through multiple positions, he said.
Reasons for applying: Teater said he applied for this position because he is active in intramural sports and thought he could meet the needs of the students who participate in them. He said he also wants more experience with management and leadership.
Goals: Teater said one of his goals is to increase turn out and student participation. He said he also wants to keep track of the number of participants for each IM sport to determine if there has been an increase. Another goal he has is to add a few more day events, such as dodge ball, kickball and a home run derby, he said.
“I plan on doing these things but might be limited by the budget cut made by Senate,” Teater said.
Words of Wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new things,” Teater said.
Interests: Teater said he likes all sports and enjoys camping and being outdoors. He also likes meeting new people, he said. He enjoys watching iron man competitions and studying nuclear physics.
“I like getting super jacked in the weight room,” Teater said.
Favorites: Teater’s favorite color is aquamarine.
“That’s the color of my truck,” he said.
His favorite animal is the horny toad, and he likes listening to country music. His favorite TV shows are “Family Guy” and “Swamp People.” He said his favorite movies are “American Gangster,” “Super Troopers” and “Forest Gump.”
~Compiled By Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-chief
After being proposed to Senate on May 9, the Associated Students of Linfield College’s $375,000 Budget for the 2011-12 academic year underwent several changes at the May 16 Senate meeting.
The changes that were made were a $3,000 cut from the Capital and Equipment Fund, a $2,000 cut from Intramural sports and a $500 cut from General Management (GM). The combined $5,500 was moved to the Student Center’s budget. By the end of the changes, GM had $72,652.21 left, IM sports had $13,000 left and the Capital and Equipment Fund had $19,000 left. However, the Student Center received a total of $24,119.05.
ASLC Business Manger sophomore Tylor Edison said that after being proposed, the budget went to Senate’s Club Support and Finance Committee. The committee decided to submit a change to the budget for $3,000 to be moved from the new Capital and Equipment Fund to the Student Center.
“If senators want to talk budget that’s great,” ASLC President junior Rachel Coffey said. “Students should know where their fees are going.”
Coffey said that everyone who submitted a budget received cuts but that there was a natural 7 percent increase in student body fees overall.
“I wish we had taken out work study when looking at it [the budget] because once you take out work study, you get a better perspective,” Coffey said.
Junior Katie Patterson proposed the $2,000 cut from the IM sports fund as an amendment for the original motion to cut $3,000 from the Capital and Equipment Fund. Her argument for the Student Center’s increased budget was that all year students have voiced that they want a student union; however, the Student Center is already available to them so it only makes sense to revamp it. This would require additional funding since the Student Center budget originally received less money this year than last year.
“It’s hard to say who needs the money because we want to improve all areas,” Coffey said. “If students want a new center that’s great, but any time you give money you have to take away from somewhere.”
Another argument made during Senate for IM sports’ budget cut was that this year’s budget will still have money left over by the end of the academic year.
“I don’t think that it was a good choice to take from IM sports because most of the money that didn’t get used was for work study that didn’t get filled out,” Edison said in an email. “I think that there could be a potential problem next year if everyone takes advantage of these paid positions.”
Coffey said that the old Cabinet member is supposed to assist the new member when designing budgets because the new person doesn’t know how things will work based off of the previous year.
“It wouldn’t be impossible for IM sports to receive extra funds if they run out of money and it’s an emergency, but it’s not ideal and we don’t like to be in the negative,” Coffey said.
Coffey said that the Capital and Equipment Fund was created so that clubs could acquire the equipment that they need since the Activities Council does not grant such things. Coffey said that she and sophomore Thomas Bryan, ASLC vice president of business and finance wanted to ensure a way for clubs to receive this money since certain clubs need more than others, such as Lacrosse. Other clubs that fall under this fund are the Linfield Ultimate Players Association (LUPA), Rugby Club, Tennis Club and Water Polo.
“Budgeting this year was interesting being on the other side of things, and it was a good experience; but, I wasn’t expecting Senate to run that long,” Coffey said. “It was the first time in a few years that there was a long debate and new proposal given at Senate.”
Apart from additional monies allocated to the Student Center, the Republican Club was de-chartered during the meeting so its allocated $60 went back into the Club Fund.
This year, Coffey said she opted to raise club funds by $10. She said she realizes that it isn’t a large amount, but in the past clubs were given $100 each. However, allocating club funds becomes problematic when one has to take into account that not all clubs are spending their funds, Coffey said.
“Everyone has all of these great ideas, and then there are budget cuts and you have to pick and choose,” she said. “But, I have a lot of faith in all of my Cabinet members, and I look forward to the great things that they will do next year.”
Jessica Prokop can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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