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Be on the lookout for vandalism on campus

The school is spending money on resistance repairs for the vandalized Linfield signs around campus, including the entrance signs on Booth Bend and Davis Street.

“The cost of repairs including new letters and staff time for installation is just under $5,000,” said Brad Sinn, director of facilities and auxiliary services.

The money for these repairs comes from the facilities services operating budget, as does any vandalism.

While it is necessary to replace the Linfield signs, what is being done to prevent more vandalism from happening around campus?

“College Public Safety (CPS) has enhanced patrols as part of targeted enforcement measures and is working closely with the McMinnville Police Department on this matter,” said Linda Powell, senior director of human resources and administration/risk manager.

With the facilities services operating budget at hand, it seems that it would be helpful to purchase additional security cameras near the entrance signs to catch the culprit behind these acts and to spot any other potential vandals that make their way onto the Linfield campus.

CPS, with as few officers as it has, already has a lot on its plate to deal with without having to increase patrols around the Linfield entrance signs. CPS officers can’t possibly catch everything that happens on campus and that is where additional security cameras could help.

In the long run, security cameras would help CPS become more efficient by saving extra time and effort. Security cameras can spot what CPS patrol officers miss while they are dealing with other issues.

In the meantime, everyone on the Linfield campus can help keep the school looking pretty and vandalism-free by being on the lookout for any suspicious behavior.

“Such senseless vandalism wastes time and resources, and personally, I find it offensive and disrespectful to our Linfield community,” Powell said. “We ask that all members of our community be observant and report any suspicious behavior to CPS or the McMinnville Police Department.”

Students shouldn’t simply take for granted what a clean and presentable campus Linfield has.

If everyone ignores vandalism when it happens, more and more money will have to be spent on replacing items around campus. The combination of purchasing additional security cameras and students reporting suspicious behavior to either CPS or the McMinnville Police Department will help to maintain the beauty and integrity of Linfield College.

-The Review Editorial Board

linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Are new officers and equipment necessary?

Community Public Safety and Security (CPS) has acquired new staff members, a new patrol bicycle and a golf cart this year.

At first glance, all of these new additions can make one question, where did all of these upgrades come from and are they necessary?

“Our department incurred three vacancies within a short period this year,” said Robert Cepeda, director of CPS.

According to Linda Powell, the senior director of human resources and administration/risk manager, “there is an ongoing account for equipment needs for CPS.” CPS used to have two vehicles, but their Honda broke down. A used golf cart was purchased to replace the Honda. The bicycle was purchased with account money because CPS wants to “be more visible,” said Powell.

A golf cart may seem kind of silly to picture officers driving around in, but it actually helps Campus Security accomplish their new goal, which is to “be more visible,” said Powell. The bicycle was purchased in order help officers navigate around campus.

All of these additions seem perfectly reasonable now that the motives and funding for the additions have become clear. CPS is an important part of the Linfield community and it is important to provide them with the best equipment possible. It is also important to have a capable staff, and it seems that CPS has hired very capable individuals for the job: Josh Armstrong, who is also a member of the Oregon Army National Guard; Chris Krigbaum, who is also a Reserves Member for the McMinnvile Police Department; and Brian Shleifer, who also works as an infantryman for the Oregon Army National Guard.

With all of these new qualified officers and updated equipment, CPS will now be able to supervise the whole Linfield campus more efficiently. Hopefully this will help to keep students feeling safe navigating the campus at all hours. There is the occasional creepy stranger who will follow a student at night, but hopefully since CPS hired new officers and wants to be more available to students, these types of incidents can now be stopped easier.

Walking back to the dorms from the library alone late at night can be scary, but there are emergency call stations around campus if you want to be picked up by CPS rather than walk home alone in the dark. CPS is supposed to be here to help protect students from danger, but if students don’t ask for help when they need it, than no help will come. All in all, it is a good thing that CPS has its own account to purchase the necessities it needs in order to keep the Linfield campus a safe place.

 

-The Review Editorial Board

linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

 

Focus celebrations on troops, meaning but not death

People blew horns and set off fireworks to celebrate Osama bin Laden’s assassination, which came as a result of an operation carried out by the United States Navy SEALs on May 1.

The significance of this achievement is great, but the revelry should extend to celebrations beyond the death of an enemy. Bin Ladens’ death signifies a huge loss for al-Qaida and the Taliban and as a huge victory for the United States. But we as scholarly individuals in an academic discourse community must keep in mind that celebrations need focus more on political, sociological, and emotional impacts of his death brings about than on his death itself.

Bin Laden’s death is not an excuse for violent and morbid celebration. Naturally social networking websites drove the spread of information, but websites such as Facebook and Twiter should not serve as catalysts of barbaric reactions to the assassination.

Patriotism was mixed with morbidity on the Internet as Americans let their passions exceed their compassion and cloud their forethought. We should focus on the success of our troops and what bin Laden’s death signifies when it comes to the bigger picture and the future of the United States. But we believe that celebrating death itself morbidly misses the point.

President Barack Obama addressed the nation saying, “we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.”

That pursuit of justice opened the door for some of the families affected by the Sept. 11 tragedy to potentially gain a sense of peace and closure, while others are making tally marks on a virtual scoreboard.

If you choose to celebrate, make sure you express your patriotism and support our troops in a manner that advances the political and social conversations that have cropped up because of Bin Laden’s death.


-The Review Editorial Board

TLR endorses Coffey, Keliinoi for ASLC

The Associated Students of Linfield College elections will take place March 8, and we would like to take this opportunity to endorse juniors Rachel Coffey for ASLC president and Bradley Keliinoi for vice presidnet.

One aspect of Coffey’s campaign that stood out to us is her initiative to re-vamp the Fred Meyer Lounge. This is a long-term project, and we think that one of the responsibilities of the president should be to embark on projects that will improve student life on campus in the long run.

A second admirable aspect of Coffey’s campaign is that she wants to bring about more communication when it comes to students, faculty and administration. Also, she has a set plan for getting the word out about ASLC and Senate, including sending out a report about what is taking place in Cabinet once a month.

Although junior Katie Patterson has experience from being the ASLC Vice President of the 2010-11 academic
year, she does not seem to be as motivated as Coffey when it comes to taking on the role of president.

“I considered not running, but this is such an interest of mine and it feels like my responsibility to help try to better the student interest, which I enjoy doing,” Patterson told us last week (“VP hopeful drops from ASLC race after one day,” TLR, Feb. 25).

It seems that Patterson views the presidency as simply the next step in her career on ASLC and as an obligation. Coffey, however, appears to view the position as a genuine opportunity to make changes in students’ time at Linfield.

Patterson also says she wants to take charge of the way fees from the student body are spent, but she has not outlined ways in which she plans to make this happen.

While Patterson’s goals are certainly reasonable and should be kept in mind by whomever is elected, we think that Coffey has the drive to achieve her goals. Patterson campaigned on improving Senate last year and little, if anything, has gotten better during her time in office — although the semester has not yet come to an end.

Coffey seems earnestly dedicated to making changes, and we anticipate that.

We also endorse Keliinoi and remind you to vote for him even though he is unopposed. If anyone has the experience and dedication to fix Senate, it’s Keliinoi.

We hope you take our points into consideration, and we will continue to update you on election happeings. Be sure to catch the next debate or “Fireside Chats” on March 7 and don’t forget to cast your vote March 8
in the online ballot, which will be sent via e-mail.


-The Review Editorial Board

WikiLeaks reveals need for journalism ethics

The ensuing chaos surrounding the more than 250,000 diplomatic cables leased by whistleblower website WikiLeaks has grabbed the attention of headlines and people the world over for some weeks now.

Between radical conservatives labeling WikiLeaks editor-in-chief and spokesperson Julian Assange a terrorist and calling for his assassination and Internet “hacktivists” engaging in distributed denial-of-service attacks on the websites of organizations deemed hostile to WikiLeaks for severing ties with the organization (such as Mastercard), the tension is certainly rising.

According to Fox news, on Dec. 7 Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who is also chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News that The New York Times should be investigated for its role in publishing the leaked cables.

“To me, The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship, but whether they have committed a crime — I think that bears a very intense inquiry by the Justice Department,” he said.

As journalists, we at the Review think it is important to examine the role of newspapers in handling sensitive and potentially damaging information.

The proper course of action depends on the situation. Sometimes it is best to publish sensitive information, especially if it is vital for public knowledge on important issues. At other times, it is best to withhold information, such as when it presents a clear threat to an individual’s safety.

Whichever route a newspaper chooses, however, it is still important to look at, investigate and analyze the information before coming to such a decision. We have a responsibility as a public resource for truth and analysis, and we must offer as much of it as possible when we have the opportunity to safely and accurately do so.

We believe The New York Times was correct in publishing the leaked cables not only because they would have been published everywhere anyway but also because the information is important for the public to know.

Chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times David Sanger was quoted on Dec. 8 in a story on National Public Radio defending the Times’ decision:

“This was never an easy decision to publish national security information,” he said. “I think at the end of this process, what we did was responsible, it was legal, and it was important for a democratic society.”

The Times did what it thought was in the public interest and can effectively defend its actions.

Journalists come across difficult and ethical decisions such as this on multiple occasions. These decisions must always be handled delicately and shouldn’t be rushed.

“It is the responsibility of American journalism, back to the founding of this country, to get out and try to grapple with the hardest issues of the day and to do it independently of the government,” Sanger also told NPR.

Whether it’s leaked international cables or personal, potentially harmful information about a professor or a student at Linfield, responsible journalism always reminds us to handle sensitive information with care. And no matter what decision is reached, journalists must always be ready and able to defend their decision.


-The Review Editorial Board