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Student reflects on unique, diverse culture

A Linfield French and international relations double major will be recanting her experiences acquired during a junior year spent studying abroad in Marseille, France.

In a talk titled, “Marseille: a City of Contradictions,” senior Katherine Thomas will describe her own experiences by illustrating the cultural uniqueness of the city in which she spent a year of her schooling career.


All photos courtesy of Katherine Thomas
Senior Katherine Thomas poses at Notre Dame de la Garde, which is an old basilica that overlooks Marseille.

Marseille is the second largest city in France following Paris.

It is located on the southeast coast of France at the virtual crossroads of several culturally prominent French regions.

The city is also home to France’s largest commercial port.

Thomas spent nine months in Marseilles.

“I lived right smack in the middle of Marseille. [I was] five minutes walking distance from everything [and] it was great,” Thomas wrote in an email.

Thomas was hosted by Marie-Paule, 52. Though she lived alone in her apartment before hosting Thomas, Marie-Paulie had two children who visited her often.

Marseille is known as a melting pot of cultures.

The city situated at a virtual crossroads of several distinct flavors of French culture in the south.


Senior Katherine Thomas stands on a cliff off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea near a small town called La Ciotat.

The city of Marseille also draws from a variety of other Francophone cultures from around the world.

“In terms of personal growth I’d say that being a foreigner for an extended amount of time opens your eyes to what judgment and empathy really means,” Thomas wrote.

“I realized how quick people—including myself —can be to judge and overlook someone’s own personal struggles or situations and how quick people are to make assumptions and form conclusions while knowing very little about something or someone,” Thomas wrote.

Thomas has shared her observations on this trend with several friends who have studied abroad.

Her friends also confessed to noticing this human tendency, she said.

“Being abroad for [a year] made me realize [my empathy shortcomings] and really made me strive to be as understanding and empathetic as I can possibly be, even when I dislike something or someone,” Thomas wrote.

Thomas will touch on the uniqueness of Marseille’s multi-cultural identity.


A view of Notre Dame de la Garde near the Old Port. Thomas studied abroad in France during her junior year.

She will also touch on the implications of this multi-cultural identity on both the societal and political climates of the city over time.

“My experience changed my life in so many ways. I feel like it is one of my biggest accomplishments because I successfully integrated, or more or less assimilated, into another culture,” Thomas wrote.

“Marseille: a City of Contradictions” will begin at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Jonasson Hall.

Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter

Ryan Morgan can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Linfield housing guide: Easing the process

Residence Halls

Anderson Hall (male only): singles, doubles, triples

Features: Window seats (some), built-in bunk beds (some)

Campbell Hall (coed): Singles, Doubles, Triples

Features: Walk-in closets (most)

Elkinton Hall (coed): Singles, Doubles, Triples

Features: Sinks in room, handicap access, and color-accented walls

Frerichs Hall (coed, substance-free): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Color-accented walls, window seats (some), bike storage inside

Grover Hall (female only): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Sinks in room (most)

Hewitt Hall (coed): Singles, doubles

Features: Recently re-modeled

Jane Failing Hall (coed): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Sinks in room (most), walk-in closet (select rooms), window-seats (third floor)

Larsell (coed): Singles, doubles, triples, suites

Features: Two lounge spaces

Latourette Hall (coed): Doubles, triples

Features: Walk-in closets, built-in bunk beds

Mahaffey Hall (coed): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Inside bike storage, elevator, handicap access

Memorial Hall (female only): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Armoires

Miller Hall (coed): Singles, doubles, triples, suites

Features: Easy access to athletic facilities

Newby Hall (coed): Doubles, triples, quads/suites

Features: All suite resident, living/dining area and kitchenette

Pioneer Hall (female only): Doubles, triples, quad/suites

Features: High ceilings, tall windows

Potter Hall (coed): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Extra-long twin beds, walk-in closets (some)

Terrell Hall (coed): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Sinks in room, color-accented walls, extra-long beds, handicap access

Whitman Hall (coed): Singles, doubles, triples

Features: Color-accented wall, window seats (some), extra-long twin beds, inside bike storage, handicap access


Dana Hall: Doubles

Features: Two bedroom/one bath, kitchenette, common area, furnished

The Blaine Street Apartments (“The Greens”): Doubles, triples

Features: Two furnished bedrooms, unfurnished living room, full kitchen

The College Avenue Apartments (“The Whites”): Doubles, triples

Features: Furnished bedrooms, unfurnished living room, full kitchen

Hewlett-Packard Park Apartments (“HPs”): Doubles, triples, quads

Features: Fully furnished, individual laundry machines, full kitchen

Legacy Apartments: Doubles

Features: Cat-friendly, unfurnished bedrooms, unfurnished living room, outdoor patio space, full kitchen

The 540 Apartments (The Reds”): Doubles

Features: Unfurnished living room, full kitchen, furnished bedrooms, backyard space

Housing Changes

Linfield’s Residence Life has planned multiple changes to housing for the 2012-2013 school year.

The Legacy Apartments, which are off-campus, are becoming “cat-friendly.”

Potter Hall will no longer be considered a substance free or Wellness Hall.

During the summer, Latourette Hall will be renovated.

Dana Hall will be used as double apartments.

Registration Process

Priority is given to those who have the most credit hours, and if a tie occurs between groups, it goes to the student with the most credits in a group. If there is a tie between that, the student with the lowest student identification number gains priority.

Make sure you have a list of your housing preferences just in case you do not get your first choice.

If you want to live in a suburb, each student must have 62 credits minimum or have an approved Suburb Housing Petition.

When going to register, you must bring the housing registration card, which was placed in eligible students’ mailboxes.

Registration will take place in the upper gym, and you have to bring your student ID card.

A contract will be signed when you sign up for a room. You cannot hold open spaces for students who are not eligible to register or won’t be on campus.

If you are unable to attend registration, you have to arrange with someone to choose for you. They must bring your housing preference card and a note signed by you.

A student can only register once for housing and you must have enough students to fill the room.

Ivanna Tucker
/Features editor
Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com.

Photos by Kate Staube