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When he heard that the New York Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, Linfield alum Tony Carpenter chose to run anyway. With the help of Facebook and the running community, he spread the word and donated the proceeds from his “No York Marathon” to victims of the hurricane.
“I didn’t like the idea of training for a whole year. I needed to do something. I felt like if I ran Sunday, that would be like running my own NY Marathon,” Carpenter, class of ’98, said. “When I found out I couldn’t do it, I thought, ‘What should I do?’ One of the first thoughts in my head was I could just run it locally, in the spirit of the marathon.”
Running the marathon in New York is on Carpenter’s bucket list. A lottery determines who will get to participate, and he has been trying to get into the race since 2008. If a runner isn’t selected for three years in a row, they automatically get in. Unable to run last year, Carpenter got to extend his automatic bid to run in the 2012 marathon and began his training in January.
“I’m a runner. It took me awhile to come to that realization. This year I made a conscious decision to do it. It’s something I’ve been trying to do because I’ve never been to New York,” he said. “I’ve done the Portland Marathon eight times and it’s gotten pretty stale for me.”
Just two days before the race, his neighbor called to tell him it was canceled while he was packing to go to the airport.
“I turned on the news, and sure enough, it was canceled,” Carpenter said. “There was some backlash when it was said it would still go on. There was debate about whether the resources could be put to better use, and whether the race should go on or not. I figured it would. I had friends there already. It was a last minute thing.”
Carpenter didn’t let his disappointment get in the way. On Friday, the day the race was canceled, a television station interviewed him as someone who was scheduled to run in New York. He then mentioned his idea of running for charity. By the time it aired, he had already made his decision. Facebook is what made his No York Marathon possible, he said.
“I was going viral from Friday through Sunday. I wanted input on Facebook. The response was overwhelming,” he said. “I have a ton of Linfield connections, running connections and friends from high school. It was a big outpouring.”
On the day of the race, people who saw it on postings and groups showed up to cheer Carpenter on at the Tigard High School track. Out of 105 laps, Carpenter didn’t run a single lap alone.
“A kid I didn’t know ran 15 miles with me,” he said. “There were some Linfield folks I hadn’t seen in a while, people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and some I run with a lot. I had a cheering section the entire way. Typically in a marathon, you suffer alone.”
Carpenter was hurt going into the race, so he knew it was going to be painful. But he was still intent in doing it and finishing the 105 laps around the track- equal to 26 miles.
“I usually start to break down at mile 15 or 18. At mile six I felt like I usually did at the halfway point. I remember thinking ‘I’m in trouble. This might take longer than I thought,’” he said. “I wanted it to end, but I was really inspired and encouraged.”
Carpenter didn’t hold anyone to donations, but he encouraged everyone to give what they could. His friend Emily McKinzie set up the fundraiser website and helped keep track of the money. The No York Marathon donated $462 to the Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“It took perseverance and sticking with something I started a long time ago,” he said. “You’re looking at the sacrifices you made for it. You look forward to being able to finish with that, or looking to tackle something new. I was fed up with a lot of unfinished business. I didn’t want to be defeated. All these people had their homes taken away. I still had my home, dogs, family. I figured their situation was worse.”
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In celebration of National Philanthropy Week, the Student Alumni Association (SAA) hosted its second Tag Day event to celebrate Linfield’s donors.
Tag Day, which is now an annual event, takes place each year during National Philanthropy Week, the week before Thanksgiving.
Members of the SAA displayed gift tags around campus with figures that represent the amount of donor support that has been invested into each area of campus.
For instance, Riley and Walker Halls were renovated in thanks to $3.6 million in donations, said freshman Katie DeVore, leader of the SAA, in an email.
“Tag Day was started by the Student Alumni Association to create awareness of the impact of philanthropy at Linfield,” DeVore said.
More than 6,000 alumni, parents and community members make donations to Linfield each year, she added.
“We wanted to make sure that everyone knows how important those gifts are and how they help us. Tag Day is a way for us to visibly display the impact of those gifts,” DeVore said.
“[We want] to spread awareness that donations are an integral part of our experience here, and it’s a fun event for our group,” she said.
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Linfield’s Adult Degree Program now offers students the option to receive an online bachelor’s degree in marketing.
The program is designed to allow students to receive a quality education while balancing work, family and other responsibilities.
The online marketing degree contains an equal amount of course material as the degree available on-campus, and it allows students the option to gain a “sound basic education in business, accounting and marketing,” as well as their liberal arts education.
The Adult Degree Program is similar to Linfield’s undergraduate program, as it allows students to receive financial aid through grants and loans, with workshops to aid students to gain scholarships.
It is meant to enable students to receive credit for life and work experience to lower the amount and number of courses that are necessary in order to earn their bachelor degrees.
Once enrolled in the program, students partner with an academic advisor who can aid them in choosing courses .
Also, the Division of Continuing Education’s Adult Degree Program allows students the option to receive both a bachelor’s degree or a certificate in a combination of online as well as in classroom settings.
Through this program, students have a choice between receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing or the Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing.
In addition to this program, Linfield’s Adult Degree Program also offers degrees in accounting, social sciences, management, international business and RN to BSN. Certificates are available in accounting, marketing and human resource management.
Samantha Sigler/News editor
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The board of trustees met on campus Nov. 4-6 to discuss questions concerning Linfield’s future.
Their meetings are held every few months and consist of the board sitting together in an open quorum to discuss the various issues about Linfield.
In an effort to restructure and revitalize the meetings’ effectiveness, the board met in a new fashion last weekend to answer major questions concerning Linfield’s future.
Several small, strategic planning groups were created. Each was composed of board members, faculty and a student. The groups discussed questions that will be answered in the future.
Trustee Ronnie Lacroute said that the level of questions was basic. She said they were presented with a list of questions and were asked to determine if they were questions worth asking.
The board was not supposed to answer any questions, Associated Students of Linfield College Vice President and student representative on the board sophomore Katie Patterson said.
“If we started to stray into answering the questions, the facilitator would tell us we need to be focused on the questions themselves,” she said.
The questions were broad-based queries into several aspects of Linfield and included:
• What is the balance between liberal arts classes and pre-professional programs?
• What is the balance between diversity and affordability?
• Does the college’s mission statement accurately represent Linfield?
No final answers were given, but there were discussions about the relevancy of the questions.
Affordability seemed to be a primary focus for the groups, Lacroute said.
All members of the strategy group she was in agreed that the financial crunch couldn’t be solved by raising tuition any longer. Alternative fundraising methods needed to be implemented.
She said that even with Linfield’s largest freshman class in history, the financial situation at Linfield is still in need of reform.
Possible solutions presented were encouragement of individual funding, donations from outside sources and increased alumni donations.
The size of the campus was discussed as well as how Linfield seems to have outgrown itself.
“We’re maxed out, and the only reason it’s working right now is because the older
classes are smaller,” Lacroute said.
Nothing concerning the housing development was decided during the meetings or other possible solutions to handle the college’s increasing population, because the facilitators did not welcome finalized discussions.
The level of questions and ideas on how to strike a balance between liberal arts and pre-professionalism at Linfield were basic. The questions were about if this is a current Linfield issue, and if so, what changes should be mentioned.
Lacroute said the possibility of adding graduate programs in some departments, like education, was discussed.
They also talked about how to grow the pre-professional programs, business and nursing, without losing sight of the liberal arts values of the college.
Nothing was decided on, but Lacroute and Patterson said that they are sure these
discussions will continue when the board reconvenes in February.
Both agreed that the new meeting style was more effective than the former structure.
It was frustrating not to be able to answer the questions that were posed to the group, Patterson said. After the meetings ended, the groups shared their discussions and findings with the board of trustees.
In February, the groups will begin answering the questions before the final decisions are taken before the board.
Matt Sunderland/Senior reporter
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