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Expanding your horizons on campus

We’ve all heard about the Linfield bubble, but our own personal bubble can become much smaller than just all of Linfield.

We should remember that Linfield has a lot more to offer than what we see at first glance.

It can be easy to get stuck in our routines, especially when we feel like we don’t have time to do anything else.

As college students we should always be open to experiencing new things.

Freshman shouldn’t be the only ones to have completely new experiences.

Class. Class. Work. Class. Friends. Sleep (maybe). The only club you attend.

Our days can become so cemented, but Linfield has a lot to explore.

There are always new clubs, and there might also be older clubs that we’ve never seen before.

I’m not saying you should leave the club you’ve been attending regularly since freshman year, but take a chance in another one just for fun.

You might be surprised by how much you like it or the new friends you make

As a freshman, I’ve noticed that most of the students at Linfield are always open to making a new friend.

It’s one of the reasons I like our Linfield bubble, even if it can become a little restricting at times.

This willingness to make new friends is also a good way to get new experiences,

If you end up in an LC class with no one you know, take the time to create a new study group.

Don’t just cruise along avoiding anyone. Learn a few names. Find a few new people to say “Hi” to.

Another place to experience something new can be with your work study or a leadership position or a new sport.

Sign up to mentor a freshman or become an resident advisor to learn more about our Linfield bubble and become more involved.

There are also many places to explore in Linfield.

It may sound a little strange but why not make a point to visit all the residence halls through your four years. Every single one of them is different.

Another great place to explore is in the library. Browse for a strange book or even head back into the archives for a tour of Linfield history through pictures and old books.

Linfield should never become boring.

Freshmen tend to experience something new every day at least in their first semester, but the upperclassmen can find new things at Linfield too.

If you get stuck in the Linfield bubble, you might as well make the most of it.

Gilberto Galvez / Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Plane crashes into McMinnville home, pilot dies

 A kit plane flew into a McMinnville house on Oct. 28 and resulted in fatality for the pilot, though no one else was injured.

The crash occurred around 1:25 p.m. The woman who owns the home on 22nd Street received no injuries and neither did her pets. Even though she was only three feet from the site of impact when it occurred, according to the McMinnville News Register.

The homeowner has chosen to remain anonymous. The only damage besides the plane wreckage was to the roof and garage of the home.

When authorities arrived on the scene the pilot, 56-year-old Sheridan resident Charles W. Yochelson was pronounced dead.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Association and the National Transport Safety Board.

Communications & Media Relations Manager and FAA Northwest Mountain & Alaska Regions Representative Allen Kenitzer said on Oct. 30 that the NTSB was taking the lead on investigating the cause or causes for the crash.

Kenitzer said that the NTSB posts a preliminary report on their website within a week or two of the accident, but it can take months to discover the probable cause of an accident.

“Accidents do happen, sometimes they are avoidable and sometimes not,” said Linfield junior and licensed pilot J.B. Lange. “I would guess that the pilot might have been having trouble with his landing gear but it’s unclear. The true cause may never be known.”

The plane was a Lancair brand, single-engine aircraft. The model is a Lancair 0-235 and is classified as experimental by the FAA.

The Lancair company website had no information about the crash as of Nov. 3.

Lange heard about the crash on Tuesday Oct. 29 early in the morning. Lange flies planes of similar size here in McMinnville although the planes he flies are structurally different from the kit plane involved in the accident.

“The difference is like buying a car from the dealership or buying the pieces of the car and assembling it yourself,” Lange said. “A kit plane is something you buy and make yourself.”

Olivia Marovich / News editor

Olivia Marovich can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Visit McMinnville, burst your Linfield bubble

The beauty of downtown McMinnville is often forgotten by students who are trapped inside the Linfield bubble. Professors and many others urge students to become involved in the McMinnville community, but too often students ignore the advice and rarely stray off campus.

As I walked down Third Street, strolled through the McMinnville Farmers Market and started an internship in the McMinnville community, I began to realize how important that advice is. The McMinnville community is incredibly welcoming and offers a chance for students to continue their well-rounded education outside of the classroom.

I too was stuck inside the Linfield bubble.

It almost comes naturally to spend the day in your dorm with your best friends, and even buying food is easily accessible on campus. Additionally, weekends are spent with friends and weekdays are spent in the classroom, so going off campus seems almost pointless. However, that is completely false.

By becoming more involved in the McMinnville community, students have the opportunity to network. We are constantly reminded that networking is crucial to enter today’s work force, and nowhere is better to start than here in McMinnville. Community members recognize the name and valuable education that is offered at Linfield. The community already has an established relationship with Linfield students. These people could become future bosses, friends and even references. Take the opportunity and use it to your advantage.

Additionally, graduate schools and employers look for students who are well-rounded and seek leadership outside of school. Being off-campus is also a great stress reliever, especially for underclassmen. Sometimes living in a small space with the same people every day can become exhausting and stressful. Volunteering in the community or visiting downtown can be a great opportunity to escape your everyday problems and take a break from extensive to-do lists.

I apologize if I am preaching about this topic too much, but it is something I wish I would have realized as a freshman. Forget the McMinnville “townie” stereotypes and embrace the community for the welcoming place it is. I challenge everyone who hasn’t done so already, to pop their Linfield bubble and make the most out of their time here. You will be happy that you did.

Alyssa Townsend / Opinion editor

Alyssa Townsend can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.

Room For Rent

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CPS officer arrested on drug charges outside his residence

Aaron Michael Lopez

A Linfield College Public Safety officer, who has been inactive since mid-September, was arrested Oct. 24 and is facing multiple drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team.

Aaron Michael Lopez, 30, of McMinnville was arrested at 2:50 p.m. outside of his residence, 1305 N.E. 14th Street, and was charged with unlawful possession of heroin and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, said Consuelo Christianson, the intelligence analyst for Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team.

Lopez is lodged at Yamhill County Corrections Facility, and his bail is set at $17,500.

According to Christianson and Amy Kepler, records specialist for the McMinnville Police Department, the case is still open so only certain information can be disclosed at this time.

However, the investigation started with Lopez’s girlfriend Angela Shelburne, 22, a transient. Detectives had information that the two were possibly living together. When the detectives first made contact, they found Shelburne in a vehicle parked outside of Lopez’s residence. Detectives found Lopez inside his home. After further investigation, Lopez was arrested outside his residence, Christianson said.

According to a Yamhill County Sheriff’s media release, Yamhill County Sheriff Sergeant Chris Ray said the case initially stemmed from a long-term investigation of heroin sales. However, when the narcotics team learned of the presence of Shelburne’s two-year-old son, it decided to end the investigation and made the arrests to ensure his safety.

Shelburne was charged with unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, delivery within 1,000 feet of a school and endangering the welfare of a minor, Christianson said.

The later charges came from a previous investigation, in which Shelburne allegedly sold drugs near a local high school during school hours, according to the media release.

Shelburne’s son was placed in protective custody and Shelburne was lodged at Yamhill County Corrections Facility. Her bail is set at $42,500, Christianson said.

During the arrests, the narcotics team found hypodermic needles, scales with heroin residue and pipes inside Lopez’s vehicle, Christianson said.

Linfield College administrators were notified Oct. 26 of Lopez’s arrest, said Mardi Mileham, director of communications.

According to CPS, Lopez, who is an officer and dispatcher, has been on CPS staff since August 2010. Previously, he held a job with the Spirit Mountain Casino Security Department in Grand Ronde, Ore., for four years. He is First Responder certified and is Oregon State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certified.

DPSST was notified within 48 hours of the arrest, leading to Lopez’s suspension until the court process is completed. Prior to his arrest, Lopez was on medical leave since mid-September, Mileham said.

The college does not do random drug testing, but it forbids illegal drug possession and does test on suspicion of any employee. School policies, such as drug testing, are constantly reviewed, Mileham said.

“Linfield is a safe community. The college takes safety and security seriously. We work very closely with the McMinnville Police Department and coordinate with them,” Mileham said.

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Jessica Prokop/
Editor-in-chief
Jessica Prokop can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com.