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Sororities miss out on greek living

Housing options at Linfield College are not represented equally among both genders.

Linfield College has many opportunities for students when it comes to academics, athletics and study abroad options.

The college in almost all ways fulfills its motto, “The power of a small college.” However, it may not be as liberating as it portrays to the community and students, females especially, because of the unequal housing opportunities for Greek students.

The Greek system at Linfield has a lot of pros, but it’s hard to get the positives out because of the infrequent negatives.

However females going through sorority recruitment have unequal housing options compared to the males going through rush week.

Currently there are four fraternity houses and no sorority houses.

There isn’t one specific reason as to why sororities on campus don’t have the same housing options available to them as the fraternities.

After asking a handful of students on the McMinnville campus, both in Greek Life and not, it was clear few people knew why sororities don’t have houses.

The most common misconception was McMinnville has a law that prevents sororities from having houses because they would be considered a brothel.

Sororities wouldn’t be considered a brothel if they got a house. Currently, there is no law in McMinnville that prevents sororities having a house like fraternities.

Other misconceptions revolved around Linfield’s policies.

Sorority girls mentioned that Sigma Kappa Phi, a local sorority, can’t have a house off campus. Despite the fact that the local fraternity, Delta Psi Delta, has a house off campus.

Jeff Mackay, Director of Residence Life at Linfield, gave insight about the reason behind sororities not having housing. Mackay narrowed it down to one thing, the cost factor.

“Sororities could do it if they had the funding…. at this point they choose not to, or financially can’t,” Mackay said.

Expenses for purchasing a house or property and making it livable for at least 20 people, is estimated at $400,000-$600,000 for each sorority.

This isn’t completely accurate. Even if the sororities on campus have enough money to purchase a house, they wouldn’t be allowed to because of a Linfield College rule.  

According to senior, Brita Gaeddert, prior president of panhellenic council, Linfield has a rule that requires all sororities to have a house if one has a house.

One sorority that has a bylaw in their governing rules that says they can’t have a sorority house.  Since one sorority, Sigma Kappa Phi, is legally bound by their bylaws at the moment to not have a house, all of the sororities are unable to pursue housing.

When asking Dan Fergueson, director of activities, about the situation, Fergueson said there are no rules by the college that’s preventing them.

Later Fergueson said there was a rule, it is unclear whether it is written or spoken, that said all of the sororities would need to get a house.

Fergueson said that the local sorority could get rid of the bylaw, in their governing documents, that prevent them from having a house, if they were to fight for it. Fergueson admitted it wouldn’t be an easy process.

Females want the off campus housing, at least the option available to them. The demand is there.

The first steps that need to be taken are to remove the bylaws from the local sorority. Without removing those laws, Linfield’s policy on equal housing will keep sororities from moving forward.

There are advantages to living off campus for sorority girls. The sisters would be able to self-govern because they wouldn’t have Residence Advisers.

In addition, fraternities don’t have the same tuition for housing as Linfield College housing; it is a set price that can be more or less than what students on campus have to pay.

If sororities had a house they could potentially make attending Linfield more affordable by keeping payments lower than what on campus housing requires.

Money is a huge issue, but even Shannon Doering, president of Phi Sigma Sigma, said that if they took this project on and reached out to alumni that they could accomplish it. So far no one has looked into it.

Not only could housing benefit sororities’ family lifestyle and foster a community, it is beneficial for your first welcoming experience to Linfield, to get to know your sisters extremely well earlier on.

“It would be extremely different to live with them, than to see them once a week at chapter meetings,” Doering said.

Chapter rooms in Miller Hall are dwindling in space. Gaeddert even expressed concerned if fire codes are being met.

“At 6:30 p.m., we aren’t all going to get out with 88 girls in that room,” Gaeddert said.

A small change could be asking the school to set aside a sorority dorm building; each floor is a sorority.

That way there is a transition, to allow girls start learning how to self govern and be in charge of their own living area.

Rachael Gernhart / For the Review

Rachael Gernhart can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Fruit flies infiltrate student housing

As fall turns to winter, we notice a few more guests on campus. No, not prospective students or visiting lectors, smaller guest who tend to bug people. Fruit flies.

There have been serval complaints made by residents in the Hewlett-Packard apartments of having fruit flies occupying their living spaces.

Environmental Services Superintendent, Tim Stewart, says that fruit flies are not uncommon at this time in the season.

“They’re  common, especially at this fall transition time, this is when we’re getting hit hardest, always have, not just us at Linfield but the whole area and so their very prevalent right now,” Stewart said. “With such a mild launch into our winter, they are really prolific right now.”

While the fruit flies maybe sticking around the area for the time being, there are steps that students can take to prevent or get rid of the fruit flies.

The first thing students should do is put in a work order, said Director of Facilities and Auxiliary Services, Allison Horn.

“There are some things you can do on your own, but if you need experts to come, you should put in a work order,” Horn said.

Javier Mendoza, Cleaning Services Supervisor, is the expert in facilities services who deals with any pest problems on campus.

“The first thing you should do is take the trash out, that the most important in,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza also touches on the importance of also tending to the recycling. As the Linfield campus works to become greener, it is also important to remember to rinse recyclables so they don’t attract flies.

“I noticed them the weekend before Halloween. We heard they like carved pumpkins, so we threw ours away, got rid of all of our fruit in the apartment, and put out traps filled with apple cider vinegar and dish soap,” junior Malika Reynolds said. “Our roommate who works at facilities told us that people have asked them for help, so we figured we would go to them if it didn’t get better.”

It is important to contact facilities because it may not even be fruit flies.

“It could be fruit flies or drain flies, so it’s important to have those identified and we can help with that.” Mendoza said.

Stewart also added that it could also be fungus gnats, if you have plants.

“The first thing we want do is find that harborage, what’s bring them in,” Stewart said. “It’s key to keeping them out.”

Once the problem has been identified, there are some home remedies that students can use.

“Cider vinegar is a major attractant for fruit flies, they get in, they drink it, they get drunk and they fall in and die,” Stewart said.

Sophomore Morgan Folsom suggest her own home remedy.

“A lot of times they lay their eggs in your sink,” Folsom said. “So usually pouring some bleach down there helps them from magically re-spawning.”

While junior Morgan Seymour’s HP apartment hasn’t been affected, she still took preventive measures to ensure this.

“We try to keep our apartment super clean and we keep all of our fruit in the refrigerator so I think that’s why we’ve been able to avoid them,” Seymour said.

Students best bet for help on the subject is contact facility services and placing a work order, so a full assessment can be made of each situation.

“When students are first living on their own, it’s a whole new world,” Horn said. “It’s different from being able to tell your mom that there’s a problem, so we’re happy to help.”

Kaylyn Peterson / Managing editor

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

Room For Rent

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Students see new housing changes

With housing registration right around the corner, a new email about off-campus housing regulations sent April 2 from Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students/director of Residence Life, has some students rethinking their living situations for next year.

Mackay announced in an email that off-campus housing is now only available to students who are in their fourth year, 21 years of age prior to the start of the 2013-14 academic year, living with parent(s) or guardian(s) in their primary home of residence within 20 miles of the McMinnville campus, married or in a registered domestic partnership or have a qualifying dependent living in the primary home of residence.

This is a change from the previous exemption rules in which off-campus housing was determined by amount of credits. If a student had a senior standing in credits, he or she was able to get off-campus housing.

This year, Linfield examined housing exemption criteria at other private colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest.

It was discovered that Linfield was the only institution that had a financial criteria to exempt students from the college housing requirements and allowed an appeal process.

After this discovery was made, the president and President’s Cabinet approved the new exemption criteria.

“At Linfield, students who live on campus get higher GPAs than students who live off
campus. National research tells us those students who live on campus graduate at higher rates than students who live off campus,” Mackay said in an email. “Students who live on campus are generally more engaged in campus life and have higher cognitive development in many areas than students who live off-campus. On campus students have more exposure to a diverse living community than students who live off campus. On campus students have closer access to resources to help with their success: RAs, library, academic advising, counseling, learning support services, etc.”

Mackay and other administrative officials have noticed that students are concerned about the changes and that they may no longer meet the criteria to move off campus prior to their fourth year at Linfield.

This is not the first year changes have been made to the exemption factors. Last year, the financial exemption amount was increased by $2,500.

In previous years, the mileage for students living at home reduced from 60 to 30 and finally to 20 miles.

To respond to student concerns, the administration has agreed that old exemption rules continue to apply to some existing situations, while the new exemption rules will apply to all future situations.

If a student lived off-campus this year and will not meet the new criteria, administration will allow them to continue living off campus as long as they meet the previous criteria again.

Administration will be following this grandfather clause for any student who was exempt last year as a result of the financial criteria.

“Some students have been taking extra classes during Jan Term and summer sessions in order to achieve senior status (94 or more credits) in order to meet the former criteria and move off campus. As a result of conversations with students, we will allow any student who reaches senior status (94 credits or more) by the start of fall semester 2013 to file a housing exemption,” Mackay said in an email. “This will be a one-year only exception to the new exemption criteria. This will not apply to the 2014-15 academic year so please do not base academic plans on the assumption that you will be approved to move off campus without meeting the standard three-year residential requirement at Linfield.”

Alyssa Townsend /Opinion editor

Alyssa Townsend can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@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

Suburbs

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.

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

Photos by Kate Staube