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Major Linfield alumnus, supporter passes away

Kathryn Devore / Staff writer

On Thursday, Jan. 23 2014 Theodore J. Day passed away. Day was a continuous supporter of Linfield College through his time, passion, and resources.

Day graduated from Linfield College in 1971 as an alumnus he wanted to continue supporting Linfield, the college that helped to make his future bright when things looked gloomy.

Believing that Linfield College was one of the best Liberal Art Colleges, he supported the school in any way he could after graduating. By encouraging donations from his family’s charities, Day was able to give back to Linfield in appreciation for the education that the college gave him.

Acting as one of the longest serving members on the Board of Trustees he gave a gift of $3 Million to renovate Northup Hall, which was the library before Nicholson. In 2010, upon completion, the Board of Trustees decided to rename Northup Hall to T. J. Day Hall in his honor. This was, and still is the largest gift made by any living individual.

In 1972 Day became a member of the Board of Trustees. During this time there he rose to vice-chair of the board.

Life was not always so successful for Day. During his first semester of undergraduate he attended New England College, but struggled to find his footing. As a result, Day was unhappy with school and did not attend the following semester at New England College. None of the 12 schools he applied to accepted him due to his poor grades.

Tom Meicho, Linfield’s Dean of Admission at the time, thought differently. Meicho looked at Day’s file a second time, and despite the non-exemplar grades still saw Day’s potential. He decided to give Day a second chance. After successfully passing two summer courses, Day was admitted as a Linfield Wildcat.

As a student, Day was well known on campus. Many knew him for his yellow 1970 Hemi Superbird he used to race to Portland at top speeds. Some knew him for the trained monkey his roommate had. Others knew Day as the guy who melted the recently installed speed bumps.

Although Day did enjoy a good time he also praised the education he received at Linfield.

Day once said, “The college and Tom Meicho gave me the break of my life, when all the other colleges on the West Coast said, ‘No.’ It is what I needed at that point in my life – a small, tight-knit place where I could have good relationships with professors and advisors.”

As you sit down in Walker Hall for a lecture take a moment to recognize Day, the man who helped make that building possible.

Kathryn         Devore         can                 be                   reached        at                                             linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Beloved Linfield art prof dies at 81

Kaylyn Peterson / Managing editor

The Linfield community will gather to celebrate the life of Nils Lou at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Ice Auditorium.

The celebration of life event is being organized by faculty in the art department. Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Brian Winkenweder is creating the program for the event, according to an email from Ron Mills, Professor of Painting, Drawing, Printmaking.

An email from the President’s Office announced the death of Lou, Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, on Dec. 26.

Lou passed away in afternoon on Dec. 25 according to John McKeegan’s email.

Lou began teaching at Linfield in 1987. Lou’s artwork has been featured around the world, and  he has created many paintings and sculptures on the Linfield Campus, including the sundial on Murdock Hall.

Lou’s Spring 2014 classes will be co-instructed by Cindy and Don Hoskisson, a couple close to the Lou family.

Lou lived in nearby Willamina, Ore., and he would have been 82 on Jan. 5.

In an article written in the Linfield Review in 2010, Lou commented on the similarities of relationship between people and art.

“I think it’s almost like any relationship, whether it’s with another person or anything that we personalize,” Lou said. “We assign it a certain vitality and life, and it takes on a form sometimes that goes beyond what we think it might.”

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Photo courtesy of Ron Mills

Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture Nils Lou discusses a piece with potter Cindy Hoskisson in Willamina, Ore. Lou’s Spring 2014 classes will be co-instructed by Hoskisson and her husband, Don.

Bin Laden’s death won’t spur concrete changes

People stood outside the White House, chanting “Yes we can!” after Osama bin Laden was pronounced dead on May 2. News mediums, social networking sites and class room discussions were all centered on his death.

Now, two weeks later, the commotion has died down, and I’m left wondering how much of an effect bin Laden’s death will have on the Middle East and on U.S. efforts to combat terrorism organizations.

Although bin Laden’s death probably gave many grieving Americans a sense of closure after the horror of 9/11, I doubt that they will see many concrete changes as a direct result of the assassination. Bin Laden had become much more of a symbolic leader than a working authority in al-Qaida’s operation. His followers were operating on the basis of his original ideas rather than his active supervision. Therefore, his death is also more of a symbol of justice than a critical move in the war.

Now that bin Laden is dead, al-Qaida will need to replace his leadership, which is definitely a possibility that the group anticipated for before he died. His death may cause the operation to lie lower than usual for awhile, but new leadership was probably in motion before bin Laden was eliminated. Those who support Islamic extremism won’t abandon those violent tendencies now that bin Laden is gone.

In America, bin Laden’s death has certainly raised morale and increased President Obama’s approval ratings. It’s encouraging for Americans to see significant events like this, giving them the impression that something is being accomplished abroad. However, in terms of active changes to the unrest in the Middle East, more change will probably come from the peaceful protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.

Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.