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The annual Linfield Creative Writing Conference took place on March 7 giving students an opportunity to showcase their work in addition to giving spectators the opportunity to ask questions regarding the writing process.
All three panels focused on different themes which mirrored the personal obstacles writers must overcome to create a literary work.
The first panel “‘Tearing the Text’: Writing Anxiety and Irony,” focused on the familiar feeling of writers block: not being able to communicate particular feelings or opinions in text.
Senior Tim Singer read an excerpt from his short fiction piece “Writing Prompt” which focused on a student trying to follow a disturbing writing prompt when he painfully discovers the capabilities of human beings.
Senior Andrea Snyder read her poem “Numbered Pieces of Nothing from a 20-Something Female” which consisted of relatable stories typical of college in a way that hints to the darker aspects of the four year experience.
Senior Madelyn Wong shared her personal essay “Voluntary Dissociation” which investigates how one deals with life threatening ordeals physically, emotionally and psychologically while struggling to maintain an authentic self-identity.
Junior Creative Writing major, Leimomiahikolani (Momi) Hookano presented an excerpt from her short story “Arctic Hub,” a story about an orientation for workers for an organization responsible for continuation of the world.
Freshman Quinn Reisenman closed the first panel with his poem “We Have Been Burning Old Desks” which was inspired by the substantial amount of snowfall and how the weather affected students during the January term.
The second panel entitled “I am not at Home: Troubled Journeys” all consisted of stories of yearning for a home and attempt to find ones identity in an unfamiliar place.
Senior Joshua Davis read an excerpt of his personal essay “Just a Race” which was a light-hearted essay about the serious subject of racism which includes his experiences with racial profiling and his inner conflict with the “N” word.
Senior Kristi Castanara presented an excerpt from her personal essay “Mixed” which focused on her hardships of being bi-racial and wanting to fully embrace the side of her culture that she barely physically resembled.
Senior Caleb Goad presented his quirky-humored short fiction “There is Nothing in the Box” which challenges the idea of identity through the journey of two thieves that have been sent to deliver a box in which its context is not known.
Senior Lucas Dudley presented his two poems “Summer Smoke” and “Buffalo River Babble” which addressed his experience of leaving one life in order to pursue another only to find himself missing the life he tried to escape.
Junior Joanna Buchholz read her poem “Kindergarten” where she reminisces about the innocence of being young and naïve.
A special Keynote talk was given by guest speaker Chris Dombrowski, a poet whose honors include the Assoicated Writing Programs Intro Award and Alligator Juniper’s National Poetry Prize. Dombrowski gave a special presentation regarding the “Legacies of War” and how war has affected the human conscience which is see particularly through poetry.
The last panel “‘Mask and Mirror’: The Self in Part and Whole” focused on detachment and separation.
Junior Samantha Palmer read an excerpt of her short fiction story “Queen and Country,” which explored a society that attempted to fix humanities sins of vanity.
In senior Kyra Rickards personal essay “The Things You Learn” she describes the hardships of growing up bi-racial and the difficulties of embracing individuality while wanting to be a part of the majority.
Sophomore Stefana Maxim’s poem “The Stork” addresses the state of melancholia that one falls under after experiencing a loss.
Sophomore Carlee Parsley also addresses a similar feeling of loss through her poem “To A Missionary, From a Defector” in which the narrator addresses a long-lost friend.
Senior Jake Hillyer’s personal essay “Neon Safety Vest” explored the uncomfortable and disturbing experience of observing a surgery and the level of absurd detachment needed to save a life on the operating table.
The panel concluded with freshmen Samantha West as she read her comedic yet heart wrenching personal essay about her struggle with her love of being in the water.
All of the students published stories can be found in either Linfield’s student-run literary magazine, CAMAS, or in this year’s conference anthology, “The Lost Bell Review.”
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A Linfield College Public Safety officer, who has been inactive since mid-September, was arrested Oct. 24 and is facing multiple drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team.
Aaron Michael Lopez, 30, of McMinnville was arrested at 2:50 p.m. outside of his residence, 1305 N.E. 14th Street, and was charged with unlawful possession of heroin and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, said Consuelo Christianson, the intelligence analyst for Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team.
Lopez is lodged at Yamhill County Corrections Facility, and his bail is set at $17,500.
According to Christianson and Amy Kepler, records specialist for the McMinnville Police Department, the case is still open so only certain information can be disclosed at this time.
However, the investigation started with Lopez’s girlfriend Angela Shelburne, 22, a transient. Detectives had information that the two were possibly living together. When the detectives first made contact, they found Shelburne in a vehicle parked outside of Lopez’s residence. Detectives found Lopez inside his home. After further investigation, Lopez was arrested outside his residence, Christianson said.
According to a Yamhill County Sheriff’s media release, Yamhill County Sheriff Sergeant Chris Ray said the case initially stemmed from a long-term investigation of heroin sales. However, when the narcotics team learned of the presence of Shelburne’s two-year-old son, it decided to end the investigation and made the arrests to ensure his safety.
Shelburne was charged with unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, delivery within 1,000 feet of a school and endangering the welfare of a minor, Christianson said.
The later charges came from a previous investigation, in which Shelburne allegedly sold drugs near a local high school during school hours, according to the media release.
Shelburne’s son was placed in protective custody and Shelburne was lodged at Yamhill County Corrections Facility. Her bail is set at $42,500, Christianson said.
During the arrests, the narcotics team found hypodermic needles, scales with heroin residue and pipes inside Lopez’s vehicle, Christianson said.
Linfield College administrators were notified Oct. 26 of Lopez’s arrest, said Mardi Mileham, director of communications.
According to CPS, Lopez, who is an officer and dispatcher, has been on CPS staff since August 2010. Previously, he held a job with the Spirit Mountain Casino Security Department in Grand Ronde, Ore., for four years. He is First Responder certified and is Oregon State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certified.
DPSST was notified within 48 hours of the arrest, leading to Lopez’s suspension until the court process is completed. Prior to his arrest, Lopez was on medical leave since mid-September, Mileham said.
The college does not do random drug testing, but it forbids illegal drug possession and does test on suspicion of any employee. School policies, such as drug testing, are constantly reviewed, Mileham said.
“Linfield is a safe community. The college takes safety and security seriously. We work very closely with the McMinnville Police Department and coordinate with them,” Mileham said.
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“A Linfield student and an alumna were hospitalized Oct. 18 when an allegedly drunken driver crashed into them while they were crossing Davis Street.
Senior Celeste Wilson of Linfield’s Portland campus and Justine Pillar, class of ’10, were hit by Daniel Algeo, 45, of McMinnville.
Pillar was carried by Life Flight to Emmanual Hospital in Portland. Wilson was taken to McMinnville Hospital.
Algeo was charged with a DUI and third-degree assault. Both women have been released from the hospital.
The crash stunned students and residents living near the intersection of Davis and Ford streets.
“I heard what I thought were fireworks,” junior James Rhodes said. “I came outside and saw the accident. There were several people calling 9-1-1.”
Witnesses said that Algeo slammed on his brakes before hitting the women.
“I heard brakes, then a thump, and I turned around and saw someone lying in the road and called 9-1-1,”
Doug Deets, a security guard for Prostar Security, said.
At the time of the accident, Deets was working at the Theta Chi Fraternity house as a security guard for a toga party.
Sophomore Aaron Granum witnessed the entirety of the accident.
“The girls came out onto the road suddenly,” he said. “Justine [Pillar] passed between two cars [in the lead]. If you were a driver, you couldn’t see them.”
Witnesses all said they heard brakes, and Granum said he saw Algeo decelerating before he hit the wom en. He also said Algeo appeared to be going the speed limit before the accident.
Granum said he saw Wilson take a glancing blow from Algeo’s pickup truck, but Pillar was struck head-on.
“The only way I could describe it is [as] a ragdoll,” Granum said. “You take it and drop it on the ground in whatever inhuman position it fell in. It was grotesque.”
He said the sound of the impact, which alerted many of the people who called 9-1-1, was equally frightening.
“It sounded like a car hitting another car,” he said. “It was amazingly loud. Deceptively loud.”
Pillar, the woman thrown by the impact, was in so much pain she couldn’t communicate, Granum said.
“She did say ‘help me,’ but after that she was so injured she couldn’t make normal sounds,” he said. “She was unable to say coherent words. Justine [Pillar] was not movable until the medics arrived.”
Granum said that Algeo seemed to know that Pillar should remain untouched until the medics arrived in case she had a spinal injury.
“I’d say he might have been in shock,” Granum said. “He was calm and not in a panic. His first words were ‘Don’t touch her.’ He seemed concerned about her.”
Granum also said he thought the accident was not caused by Algeo’s intoxication.
“He did not appear to be a hazardous driver,” he said. “He did not seem intoxicated.
I don’t think the scenario could have been avoided if he was sober.”
Granum said he called 9-1-1 within 10 seconds of the accident, but by then the operator had enough information to finish his sentences.
“I was really impressed by people’s reactions,” he said. “It was good to see a genuine emotional response.“
Granum said students huddled into small groups that night. Some were strangers to the injured women trying to understand what happened. Others were comforting friends of the injured women, Granum said. One group was praying for the girls’ well-being.
Paramedics from the McMinnville Fire Department were on the scene first, followed by an ambulance and several police cars.
“The paramedics were there within a few minutes,” Granum said. “But it felt like a lifetime.””
The ailment, known as compartment syndrome, results from pressure in a “compartment,” in this case, a muscle, according to an Aug. 20 article in the News-Register. This high pressure impedes blood flow to the muscle.
Rumors and accusations flew wild following the incident, with suggestions of mistreatment, abuse and even steroid use. One source claims that the players were not allowed to drink water until their 20-minute workout drills were completed, despite the fact that they were working in heat upwards of 90 degrees.
While the specific cause of the condition remains unknown, three players returned blood tests negative for any use of performance-enhancing drugs. The Oregon State Department of Human Services is expected to release it’s full findings this week.
No reports of compartment syndrome have emerged among Linfield athletes so far.
~Compiled by Chris Forrer/Freelancer
Representative David Wu took questions from Linfield students in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library on April 6 during the Department of Political Science’s “Pizza & Politics” event; topics included health care, representing constituents, the USA PATRIOT Act and President Obama’s plan to privatize manned space flight.
Wu, a Democrat, represents Oregon’s First Congressional district, which includes Yamhill County, in the United States House of Representatives.
Wu explained to students how he feels he was elected to have a level head in Congress, and that he tries to maintain a balance between directly reflecting the desires of his constituents and reflecting his own core values.
He is also notable for being the first Taiwanese-American and Chinese-American in Congress, being in office since 1999 and chairing the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.
While the discussion was short, no more than 35 minutes, students were generally engaged with the congressman and asked a variety of questions.
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