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The Linfield Office of Community Service and Engagement hosted “Stuff Swap” on March 1 from 10-4 p.m in the Fred Meyer Lounge. The event was designed to give students the opportunity to swap unwanted, but reusable items. There were six tables worth of stuff to swap. Items of all varieties were brought in, such as appliances, clothing and books.
The Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma and Alpha Phi sororities showed off to parents how Linfield Greek life gives back to the community.
Each sorority organized a charity event for family weekend.
Zeta Tau Alpha continued its tradition of organizing a haunted house with the Delta Psi Delta Fraternity. The decorated Delta Psi Delta fraternity house was open on Oct. 25 from 7 to 11 p.m.
“Delta Psi Delta [assisted] the Zeta gals with the set up and take down of the haunted house. We [dug] graves in the back yard, [had] supplies from previous years and [hosted] the event in our house,” said senior Alex Lazar, Delta Psi Delta president, in an email.
“It [was] a collaborative event, the Deltas and Zetas [worked] together on everything, no one party [was] directed to do one responsibility over the other,” Lazar said in an email.
The entrance fee to the house was either three dollars or two cans of food.
“Every year, we give the food donations to the [Yamhill Community Action Partnership] and all the [monetary] donations are given to the Henderson House, a shelter for battered women and their families,” sophomore Julia Nguyen said.
“We choose to donate to YCAP because we like to have a strong presence in our community and give back to local foundations,” junior Lauren Sherrard said by email.
Nguyen and Sherrard are co-service chair member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
The haunted house is an annual event. It is organized the final weekend of October, which generally coincides with family weekend.
“[It’s] nice because it gives us a chance show the families some of the ways Greek life gives back to our community,” Sherrard said in an email.
Phi Sigma Sigma organized its annual Rock-a-Thon fundraiser, which took place on both Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.
“In previous years we have raised money for the national kidney foundation, however this year our philanthropy has changed. We currently raise money for The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation,” sophomore Sara Scott said by email.
Scott is the special events committee chair for Phi Sigma Sigma.
The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation delegates its funds to benefit school and college readiness across the United States, Scott said.
The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation also supports the National Kidney Foundation and the Twin Ideals Fund, which was created in the wake of Sept.
11, 2001 to help disaster victims, according to the Phi Sigma Sigma Greek Life web page.
Booths were set up to accept donations on Third Street on Oct. 25 and 26 as well as outside of Maxwell Stadium for the football game on Oct. 26.
Alpha Phi held its annual student talent show, Star Search, on Oct. 25.
The event began at 8 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. The event was open for all students, whether part of Greek life or not, to show off their talent.
The cost of attendance was three dollars for one person or five dollars for two.
Proceeds from the event were donated to Cardiac Care.
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A guest lecturer and professor discussed why humans tend to cluster together in groups, also known as friend groups, communities and countries during a lecture on the biology behind why we war March 18 in Ice Auditorium.
Doctor Jeff Victoroff, associate professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at University of Southern California, said we do this as people to survive. He gave an example of early humans working in groups to take down wooly mammoths.
As he continued on with his lecture he elaborated on how we instinctually feel about others who aren’t in our groups.
“The creatures that will help me survive are my group,” Victoroff said. “Everyone else is a threat.”
We know this to be true from a lime mold called Dictyoselim Discoidem, which lives on the sea floor. Many of these amoebas have a gene called csA that can be detected by others of the same species. When food is in short supply the amoebas with the gene come together to form a slug group, in which 80 percent of the amoebas will survive. Those without the gene, who are different from the group, are excluded and will die of starvation.
Humans don’t have such a gene that can be recognized by everyone, but we do have traits that help us belong to groups.
To be in a group, we must appear trustworthy, and there are two ways to be trustworthy: in-born or acquired.
In-born trustworthiness is our chemical make up, our skin color and other things of that nature, aspects we cannot control. Acquired trustworthiness is our appearance, our behavior and our beliefs.
Once we have become trustworthy to the group, we start trusting the others who are in this group. Once this association has occurred, our brain creates a chemical called Oxytocin, making us feel this trustworthiness.
The reason we go to war is a two-part answer: We want to prove our trustworthiness and are threatened by others who aren’t in our group.
The ultimate way to prove our trustworthiness is through altruism. Altruism is essentially the willingness to die for one’s group. Those who perform this act are more likely to be genealogically fit, and continue on with their family tree.
Sex is often a motivator to go to war. Soldiers have the idea that they will be more sexually attractive by joining the military, and thus continuing on through their offspring.
Today, this connection still goes through our brain, but may not be the best way for many.
“This may have been perfect in the stone age,” Victoroff said. “But not in our diverse culture today.”
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Linfield’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity prides itself on members being dedicated to community service at Linfield, as well as off campus. That’s why members were excited when their alumni advisor gave them the opportunity to volunteer at Wild Horse Youth Camp, a Young Life camp in Antelope, Ore., at the end of February.
More than 20 members of the fraternity were able to volunteer and help with everything from sound operations for bands playing at the camp, to serving kids food for breakfast and lunch.
“[Community service] is something that Kappa Sigma Fraternity has always been passionate about,” said junior Sid Jensen, president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity is also dedicated to getting others at Linfield involved with community service. They’ve teamed up with Linfield’s Video Game Club to raise money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and they also encourage other Greek Life members to join them.
“We want to encourage the other fraternities to get more involved [too],” freshman Tom Steelhammer said.
Volunteering at the Special Olympics is another activity Kappa Sigma Fraternity is dedicated to, participating every year as a fraternity. Kappa Sigma Fraternity completes community service every Saturday as a fraternity, and it typically has too many members volunteering for the work that needs to be done that day.
“It really drew me to Kappa Sigma Fraternity that they were dedicated to not only the college, but the surrounding community as well,” Steelhammer said. “It made it seem like a more valuable experience being a brother of Kappa Sigma.”
Volunteering together is something that members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity usually enjoy doing, as it provides a bonding experience that brings members closer together, Steelhammer said.
Although it is required for members to complete at least 25 hours of community service per semester, it’s common for members to go beyond those hours every semester, Jensen said.
On April 21, Kappa Sigma Fraternity plans on completing a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Autism Society of Oregon at Oaks Park in Portland, Ore.
“I think it’s a really good thing for people to know that fraternities, in general do good things like this,” Jensen said.
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President Thomas Hellie has created an advisory com- mittee for diversity with the hopes of increasing diversity on campus, both in the stu- dent body and in the faculty and staff.
“Linfield’s diversity is growing,” Hellie said.
This year’s freshman class is 33 percent students of color, which is one percent higher than the last year’s freshmen class, according to Hellie.
“We have a much more diverse student body than we did even five years ago,” Hellie said. “But I wanted to get a group of interested and talented people together to help us think about how we as college embrace diversity.”
The committee is made up of 17 students, staff and faculty. Hellie gathered members from all parts of Linfield and included members from the Portland Campus, the Office of Human Resources, Facilities and Grounds, the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Affairs, faculty and the student body. The group is working on coming up with ways to not only increase diversity but also to help build a community that attracts diversity.
“It is not enough to just invite people to join us as students,” Hellie said. “We also need to think about what it means to us as a whole community to become different than we once were.”
After discussing the issue of diversity in last year’s strategic planning meeting, Hellie announced his plans for the formation of this committee.
“It really is just a think tank for me right now,” Hellie said.
It is the job of the committee to look at issues of diversity at Linfield and “ask questions on how it can be more welcoming to Americans of color.”
Before tackling the issue of what needs to be done, the committee has worked on cataloging what the college already does toward the issue of diversity.
“It’s quite an impressive list that has been forming,” Hellie said. “We have things like the Hispanic Heritage Day and the Luau, which are pretty public. Then there are courses that are being offered and recruitment that is happening and student outreach. And a lot of people don’t know that.”
The committee is also looking at what other colleges are doing to address this issue, hoping to take and use some of their strategies to increase diversity.
Another topic the committee is looking into is how to make Linfield more attractive to a diverse employee base.
“It’s easier to transform diversity in the student body, because they’re only here four or five years,” Hellie said. “Whereas the people we hire here are normally here for several years. Trying to create and add more diversity to the faculty and staff would take more time, but none the less, we want to start to explore ways in which we can make it more attractive for people of all different backgrounds.”
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