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“The power of a small college,” is a phrase that we have all heard
more than once, but that sense of community extends beyond the
students and professors.
The Day Cleaning Crew is a small community unto themselves, who
are a part of the Linfield community.
Javier Mendoza, cleaning services supervisor, started working at Linfield as a member of
the night crew. He worked the graveyard shift for four years before switching to the daytime shift
two years ago. He starts work at 4 a.m. to meet with the night crew, and then later in the day he
meets with the day crew. Mendoza became cleaning services supervisor in 2006, adding a few more
responsibilities to his job, such as training new workers and briefing both crews. After work, Mendoza
spends time with his two children, who are 15- and 5-years-old. Mendoza is also furthering his
education at Linfield, and is taking a financial accounting class. Also, he is taking courses in math and
health at Chemekta Community College. Despite all of his responsibilities, he finds a way to fit all of it
into his busy schedule.
Eric Chapman, day cleaning crew member, learned about the work at Linfield from a friend.
He has worked at the college for seven years, beginning on the night crew before being moved to the
Day Crew. He has settled into a routine of working in the day and relaxing at home in the evenings.
“I’ve been neglecting my truck,” Chapman said. “I got a Toyota pickup, and I cleaned up the wheels
and the chrome.” Fishing, hunting and other woodsy activities are hobbies that Chapman enjoys
fitting into his schedule. He grew up in the Midwest and moved to Oregon after his parents’ divorce.
“My mother’s sister lived in Lincoln City,” he said. “That’s where I finished school.” When he was
younger, he ran cross country, played football and interested in bowling. “I was very hyper when I was
MaryRose Rose, resident hall assistant supervisor, has worked at Linfield since 1989. She
began as a temporary worker, and was later hired to work nights. When her husband died, she made
the move to the day shift. Rose is in charge of preparing work study students for the cleaning crew.
She also assigns students to custodians, does book work, helps Mendoza with pest control, hands
out supplies and occasionally cleans up bodily fluids. At home, Rose enjoys sitting down with a good
murder mystery novel to relax after a hard day’s work. She also comes to campus plays, movie nights
and summer concerts. Her favorite part about working at Linfield is the variety of experiences she
has, which include anything from removing a bird from a student’s room to having a conversation
with a student. Rose reports directly to Mendoza, but she used to be Mendoza’s boss. “I am so glad he
took that job,” Rose said about Mendoza. “He’s really smart. We work great together.”
Maria Cerda, day cleaning crew member,
began working at Linfield as a temporary worker. She applied for an open position but worked three
months filling in for someone on the Day Crew, then three months working as a temporary worker on
the Night Crew before she received a full-time position on the Day Crew. Cerda’s halls are Memorial
and Terrel, but she cleans the women’s bathrooms in Mahaffey, Frerichs and Larsell in the mornings.
She tries to fit in time to relax, but with two 6- and 4-year-old children on her hands, she often has
a lot of work at home as well. “When I have vacation, I go to Mexico,” she said. Cerda usually tries
to go during the winter to visit her family in Michoacan with her children and husband. The work at
Linfield has given Cerda a perspective that she never had before. “I like interacting with the students
who have worked with us during the summer, talking to them, and sometimes they speak to me when
they have little problems, especially the Hispanic ones,” she said.
Michael Prewitt, day cleaning crew member, started working at Linfield eight years ago.
Prewitt’s day begins like that of any other crew member. In the morning he cleans the bathrooms of
Campbell, Frerichs and Whitman, and around midday, he cleans the entirety of the residence halls -
vacuuming, sweeping, changing garbage bags, etc. During his days off, Prewitt spends as much time
as possible at the coast, and after work, he relaxes by watching television with his wife. He enjoys
watching reality shows including ‘Survivor,’ ‘The X-Factor’ and ‘American Idol.”
Sandra Nixon, day cleaning crew leader, began working at Linfield when her children started
to grow up and ask her to buy them things. She had worked at the college multiple times before
deciding to apply for a job on the night crew. “I had the opportunity to come to days,” Nixon said.
“It was great for me because I was 40-years-old and working graveyard for the very first time.” It
took a few weeks for Nixon to adjust her sleeping patterns to nights. The change to days wasn’t much
different. “You don’t really realize it, but once you come back to day shift that’s when it hits you you’ve
just kind of been in a fog all this time,” she said. Nixon is in charge of Pioneer and Hewitt Hall. To
relax, Nixon enjoys watching Jeopardy and the news and checking her Facebook. The student body is
her favorite part of working at Linfield. “They’re always having fun and a good time.”
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Two losses during out-of-region games March 18 and 19 solidify a slow season for Linfield’s lacrosse team.
Linfield played Allegheny College from Meadville, Pa., and lost 21-3 to the team with a 5-1 record for the season March 18. Allegheny started strong with four goals within the first four minutes and continued strong throughout the game.
After Linfield’s initial goal, scored by sophomore Shelby Duarte, for 30 minutes the Allegheny Gators held off all attempted goals by the Wildcats. Toward the end of the game, Duarte made one more goal, along with a goal from senior Brittani Drost, giving Linfield its three goals of the game.
Temporary goalkeeper sophomore Kaleigh Phillips, who is still filling in for injured freshman Erika Phillipo, saved six attempted goals, making the total attempted goals by the Gators 27.
In the last home game of the season March 19, lacrosse hosted North Central College of Naperville, Ill., which resulted in the Wildcats’ loss by a 17-3 margin.
All three goals came from Drost, who was assisted twice by sophomore Halee Helgerson.
Central scored within the first minute of play, but it was more than 20 minutes later that the next goal was scored by Drost.
The game picked up for the Central Cardinals, with a score of 11-2 for the first half.
Next up, the Wildcats travel to Southern California where they will play Chapman University on March 25. Then, the ‘Cats will take on Whittier College on March 27.
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Linfield College placed 25th in the nation this year for its student study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education.
Linfield was compared to other baccalaureate institutions similar to Linfield in the U.S., and placed higher than other schools with 68.1 percent of students participating in study abroad programs.
Nine years ago when Shaiik Ismail, director of the International Programs Office, first arrived at Linfield, the school was placing lower for its study abroad programs.
“We have expanded the opportunity for Linfield students to study abroad,” Ismail said. “When I came here we had 10 locations, [and] now we have 30.”
Having more locations allows students to have more choices to go abroad, Ismail said. While Linfield used to be focused more on language-based programs abroad, it is now expanding the opportunity to allow all students, especially those with science majors, to have the opportunity to go abroad.
“We found that students who did not have language proficiency were selecting programs offered by other institutions,” Ismail said. “[But] as a college, we don’t have any control over the quality of those programs.”
January Term courses abroad are a campus-wide approach to international education, Ismail said. Because it is not major or minor specific, courses are focused on certain themes, which allow faculty members to teach their passion.
“Statistics tend to indicate that companies and organizations look for employees with multicultural background,” Ismail said.
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Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science, received an Oregon Book Award nomination for “The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty.” The book is one of four finalists in the category of general nonfiction.
When asked about his reaction to the nomination, Buccola said, “I was surprised. It is my first book so I didn’t really know the process. I had a sense of the response to the book, but this was more feedback, and I’m
The 26th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m., April 8 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland.
The book was published in the spring of 2012 by New York University Press and was met with acclaim. Peter C. Myers, a leading Douglass scholar said, “Nicholas Buccola’s well-conceived, well-researched and well-argued new study stands out in an increasingly crowded field of work on Frederick Douglass… Buccola makes a balanced, judicious, innovative case for Douglass’s enduring vitality…”
As Black History Month draws to a close, reflecting on Frederick Douglass, one of the most enduring African- American individuals in history, is certainly relevant, and Buccola’s book aims to show Douglass’ continued importance in political thought.
“There hadn’t been many books on Douglass by a political theorist, but there has been a resurgence in interest of [Douglass’] political theory in recent years,” Buccola said.
Buccola said he was drawn to Douglass’ political theory for three central reasons. He didn’t shy from using his slave experience to justify political philosophy. Douglass had a belief in civil rights that was universal for African-Americans, women, immigrants and any other group that was being denied their natural rights. Additionally, Buccola says that the abolitionist movement in the 1800s was a movement that intrigued him while he was in school, and Douglass firmly believed in the need for community in order to help abolitionism succeed.
“His belief in community is a very interesting political example of democracy,” Buccola said.
Buccola’s interest in Douglass was piqued while he was in graduate school at USC.
“It started as my dissertation…when you work that long and it is finally published, it is really special,” Buccola said.
He finished his dissertation in 2007 and then worked on the book during the next five years. Buccola said his adviser at USC, Professor Mark Kann, was integral in helping him refine his thought on Douglass and described Kann as the “Ideal mentor.”
For his next book, Buccola plans to go back to his dissertation and focus on the broader topic of abolitionism.
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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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