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Catty Shack prices claw through ’Cat Cash

It is without question that for many of us, college costs a great deal of money. When you calculate tuition, books and housing, it can add up to amounts that make your head spin.
Since so many college students are struggling to make ends meet, you would assume that Linfield would try to help students out and not make the price of its snacks in the Catty Shack and other campus dining services so high.
When walking through the Catty Shack, it may seem more like an overpriced snack shop in Hawaii instead of a snack shop at a small, Oregon college. $3.29 for a travel-size toothpaste? Are they serious? Students could walk to Albertsons and get the same thing for $1.50. Not to mention students will be shelling out $5.99 at the Catty Shack for a box of Cheerios, Lucky Charms or Reeses Puffs cereal when they cost about $3.99 at Albertsons.
Also, since many students have declining balance dollars, it can be easy for students to simply swipe their card to purchase the overpriced items.
It almost seems like the high prices in the Catty Shack are a way for the school or Sodexo to take advantage of young college students who are chained to the meal plan.
The college should be looking out for the best interests of the students and not just the best interests of Sodexo. It needs to stop.
We think that if the Catty Shack lowered its prices, then it would not only be helping students, but helping its own business, too. For example, if they brought the prices down just a tad, students would be more willing to spend their money at the Catty Shack as opposed to at outside stores.
Lowering prices at the Catty Shack will definitely make the store more college-budget friendly and a better overall experience for students.

-The Review Editorial Board

Using food stamps to make it through college


Two years into the current economic recession, we all need money, as times are tough. The number of Oregonians seeking assistance from the Food Stamp Program (renamed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Jan. 1) has increased 49 percent since June 2008, according to data on the Food Research and Action Center’s website. The food stamp program is provided by the government to help improve the health and well-being of low-income households and individuals, according to Oregon SNAP’s government website.
Senior Zachary Hubbard has received food stamps for several years. He gets $200 a month in food stamps. This money is placed on a card, similar to a debit card, which is used to pay for food (see image at right). He said he usually goes to Winco and Albertsons to buy fresh food. But he is not allowed to buy cooked food. “I appreciate the food stamps program, which is good to save money,” Hubbard said. “Oregon is
one of the few states that I know that has such a program.”

Mark of lower class?

Although food stamps are only given to people who make less than $150 per month, Hubbard said they don’t make him feel low class because many Linfield students he knows receive food stamps. He also said applying as a student has a completely different association with non-students. A senior male student said in an e-mail that he wouldn’t use food stamps if he didn’t need to, but he wouldn’t be embarrassed if a group of friends use them together. However, using food stamps still gives him an awkward feeling, which is why he chose to remain anonymous. Some of his friends make fun of him and try to eat his food because they think it was not purchased with his money. He also said that he feels like there are non-students who are richer than college students but use food stamps, so he said he doesn’t see a problem with students who are struggling to pay for school using food stamps to purchase food.

Tips to apply for SNAP benefits

For Linfield students who apply for Oregon SNAP:

Qualifications:

• Must be an Oregon resident

• Must have a federal work study job

• Must not be on any meal plan

• Must earn income of less than $150 per month (cash) and have bank accounts totaling less than
$100.

Steps of application:

• Print an application from

http://DHSforms.hr.state.or.us/Forms/Served/DE0415F.pdf or call your local self-sufficiency office
to have one mailed to you or pick one up at your local self-sufficiency office.

• Fill out the application.

• Turn in the application:

You can mail, fax or drop the application off at your local self-sufficiency office. The McMinnville office is at 368 NE Norton Lane.

The Food Stamps Assistance office in McMinnville where most students applied for food stamps is at 330 NE Kirby St., which is in the parking lot of the movie theater off of Highway 18, across from the Willamette Valley Medical Center.

• After you submit an application, make an appointment for an interview with a caseworker. The
officer of SNAP may go over the application with you in an interview.

What to bring to the interview:

• Identification card

• Social Security number or card

• Proof of income, rent and mortgage payments (the pink copy of employment sheet from Linfield
Human Resources Office)

• Proof of your legal status or citizenship for those who want benefits

*These tips are provided by the Application for Services from the Oregon Department of Human
Services.

by Jaffy Xiao/Features editor

Get the most book for your buck

“This is the first term in a long time that we have something to be excited about,” Amber Simmons, director of bookstores, said about the Linfield Bookstore’s new book rental program.

The program allows students to rent textbooks for lower prices than it would cost to buy them. Simmons estimated that students could save 40 percent off the price of a new book if they rent it and 65 percent off the price of a new book if they borrow a used copy.
“It’s really important for us in the bookstore to make sure all the students have books and have books the most inexpensive way,” Simmons said.
The bookstore offers more than 200 rental books in Linfield’s nursing, continuing education and arts and sciences programs. Simmons called it a dynamic rental system because students have the option of buying the books if they prefer to do so. They can also buy any book they’re currently renting by paying the original difference.
Students may rent books for Fall Semester until the first week of December and will receive an e-mail from when rentals are due back. No rentals are offered for January Term, but Spring Semester titles go online the second week of January.
About are also about 50 e-books to purchase or rent.
Simmons said she hopes the system will make the Linfield Bookstore more competitive with other textbook retailers, such as Amazon.com, since she can lower prices to match those of other rental companies.
The system will put more used books in the system, which will save students money in the future. And while Simmons said she hopes to inevitably turn a profit, for now it’s all about increasing business volume and generating good karma.
“It’s a very workable [system], and it’s very geared toward the student and what’s best for the student,” Simmons said. “I’m hoping that students will embrace the new program and support it and help us to make it bigger and better every term.”
Early start
The bookstore staff began preparing in March for Fall Semester book sales. The early start complied with a new federal law regarding books and class registration, Simmons said.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which took effect in July, mandates that textbook titles be available to students when registering for classes, she said. This allows students the option of purchasing books from sources besides the school.
Offering book titles early required professors to give their textbook lists to the bookstore earlier than in the past. Since she knew what books to stock, Simmons said Linfield saw the largest end-of-semester buy-back, in terms of dollars, that she has seen in her 13 years at the bookstore.
Big buy-back means more used books, too. Simmons said 85 percent of this semester’s stock comprises used books, compared with the typical 65 percent.
Wait to buy
Students may be tempted to reserve their books online as soon as they register for classes, but Simmons said it may be better to wait.
“Professors change their books and don’t tell us, and students have already bought those books,” Jo Webb, bookstore text manger and buyer, said.
This predicament is one of Simmons’ biggest fears.
“Unfortunately, if you go and buy it from somewhere else, I can sell you another one, but I can’t take that wrong book back,” Simmons said.
Because of this, Simmons and Webb agreed that students should buy from the bookstore a few days before classes begin, when textbook requirements are confirmed.
For the many students who buy their books after classes begin, Simmons recommended getting to the bookstore when it opens at 8:30 a.m. or shopping off the hour, such as at 3:30 p.m. instead of at 3 p.m., when the lines are shortest.

by Kelley Hungerford/Editor-in-chief
Kelley Hungerford can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Penny wise or pound foolish?

The Associated Students of Linfield College budget increased 1 percent for the 2010-11 academic year; however, despite the overall increase, all but three segments were dealt budget cuts.
The ASLC Senate approved the budget unanimously with almost no discussion May 17, although the spreadsheet distributed to Senate was not the final version and edits were still necessary.
Of the 22 groups that receive funds from the ASLC, only the Club Director, Student Center and Linfield Activities Board received increased resources within the overall ASLC budget of $350,000.
Freshman Club Director Keevin Craig’s funding jumped from $619 to $1,423 — a skyrocketing 130 percent increase. Junior ASLC Vice President of Business and Finance Arielle Perkins said the extra money will pay for food at the fall’s Activities Fair.
In the past, the school has provided a barbecue at the event, but ASLC President Colin Jones, former club director, said the event did not take place this past year.
“I think [not having food] reduced attendance at the activities fair,” he said, adding that it especially decreased incentives for upperclassmen to attend.
The school cut the barbecue because it cost Sodexho more than $5,000 to pay for the event, Jones said. It will be a less expensive to get food from a different venue, which is what the Club Director’s budget increase will go toward.
The budget for Student Center Director junior Evan Hilberg increased 8 percent from last year, and the $18,988.80 he received is actually $446.80 more than he requested from the Budget Hearing Committee — comprised up of Jones, Perkins and Director of Student Activites Dan Fergueson.
His was the only position to receive an increase from the requested funding and his budget went up despite having cut Gameroom and CIC hours for the fall (“ASLC cuts operating hours of Gameroom, CIC,” TLR, May 7). But hours cut from those locations were redistributed to the Bike Co-Op, Perkins said. The budget increase was necessary to pay for work study positions there, as Perkins said there wasn’t enough money to pay those employees this year.
The final budget swell,
given to LAB, went to Wildstock and popular LAB events, Perkins said. Its budget increased $31,857.63 from last year for a total of $142,087.94. Part of the increase came from ASLC budgeting in the cost of a stage for Wildstock, which LAB usually gets from Activities Council (whose budget went down because of this allocation of funds). ALSC also gave money for different bands, Perkins said.
“We also gave them a little more money for the band for Wildstock just so they can have someone that people are interested in,” she said. “We want the student body fees to go to something they will enjoy.”
Every other group that receives money from ASLC took a cut, including all clubs for the second year in a row.
In the 2008-09 academic year, clubs received $100 each, but that number was reduced to $85 this year because of lack of use (“ASLC reduces club budgets by 15 percent,” TLR, September 18, 2009).
Now, they’re down to $50 per club.
“[Clubs] wait until the end of the year and then just ask for their remaining funds, which we want to discourage because what are they doing in the last couple of weeks? There’s not much you can do,” Perkins said. “We just don’t want to give them money if they’re not going to use it for things their clubs needs.”
She said that if clubs want to put on events, then they should plan ahead and request funding from the Activities Council.
The Budget Hearing Committee cut all the club budgets on its own, but other groups present proposed budgets to the committee.
This year, it had to cut $80,000 from the proposed budgets to reach to the $350,000 figure, which comes from an estimate of next year’s student body fees, Perkins said.
“We give them the money that we think that they absolutely need,” she said. “We tried to do it in a way that we didn’t take a bunch of money from one certain area, like club sports, but we tried to take it from different areas.”
But club sports — lacrosse, Linfield Ultimate Players Association, water polo and rugby and tennis clubs — suffered significant cuts. Rugby Club and lacrosse, which each requested about $10,000, were given budgets of $5,080 and $3,607.50, respectively.
These budgets are still 30 percent (lacrosse) and 36 percent (rugby) down from the sports’ budgets last year. Part of the decrease stemmed from an automatic 10 percent cut on each of their budgets because Rugby Club turned in its budgeting information late and lacrosse failed to show up for its budget hearing, Perkins said.
And, as of the May 17 Senate meeting, both lacrosse and rugby, among other clubs, were on ASLC’s decharter list for not turning in end-of-the-semester club evaluations.
Although it appears like more than $4,000 would seemingly disappear if these clubs were to be dechartered, this is not the case.
“The money rolls into Activities Council so the money is still available to other clubs,” Perkins said.
An $8,000 budget for athletic training was completely eliminated, too.
“I think that athletic training had asked ASLC to give a portion of their money toward them historically. But I guess they thought that it was cut a long time ago from our budget, and it was just miscommunication,” Perkins said. “This year we finally got it straightened out.”
Kelley Hungerford
Editor-in-chief Kelley Hungerford can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Budget breakdown: the ins and outs of the college budget

As reported in the April 2 issue of the Review, tuition, along with other fees, are on the rise. This week’s issue delves deeper into those increases, along with the budget process.

Tuition: 5.35

DCE per-credit: 9.4

Jan. Term per-credit: 5.9

Board: 4

Residence halls: 5

HP apartments: 4

The above percentages are the increases that will help keep the college operating in 2010-11.

However, these are the same increases that will affect every Linfield student: at the McMinnville campus, the Portland nursing campus or those taking courses through the Division of Continuing Education.

And despite recently passed federal legislation affecting student loans and other forms of repayment for college students,
they will be more hard-pressed than ever to fork over enough money to attend college.

Even with unfunded student financial aid increasing 11.1 percent to $18.5 million, students, at face value, will still have to contend with a 1.9 percent increase in tuition alone, not to mention room and board (and January Term, if applicable) fees.

However, these decisions were made neither lightly nor quickly. The process is a tedious and headache-inducing endeavor.

The Process

To kick-start this process, college officials request that each college department compiles a budget for the following year.

These proposals are then sent to the Budget Advisory Committee, a group of 12 numbers, including W. Glenn Ford, vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer; Victoria McGillian, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty; and senior Chris McIsaac, ASLC vice president of business and finance.

McIsaac serves as the student representative for the BAC. 

“I was involved to the extent that every other member was,” McIsaac said. “Other members of the BAC were responsive and respectful of my thoughts. I felt that the budget that the president’s cabinet gave us was a good budget, and there was nothing to change. The BAC understood that I was representing the student body — without the students, there is no college, which meant my voice was important. I attended every meeting [starting in December], the open budget forums and the presentations to the Portland and McMinnville [campuses].”

The BAC then reviews the proposed cabinet budget and makes recommendations, which are sent back to the college president.

McIsaac said the majority of the work was completed during January, culminating in about 20 hours of work.

In a rare moment of perfect harmony, both the BAC and the cabinet proposed the same budget for next year.

From there, the proposal returns to the president, where it is then sent to the board of trustees for final approval.

Breakdown

In an effort to inform students of the budget, Ford presented it to the ASLC Senate on March 29.

Despite a lack of hard-hitting, in-depth questions from senators or students, the presentation provided a much-needed sense of transparency regarding the college budget.

According to the PowerPoint presentation, the college is expecting revenue of $54,842,707 next year from $54,630,580 last year, an increase of 4.2 percent.

Specific revenue for next year’s budget include: tuition, $40,367,638 (73.6 percent of the budget); residence halls and dining, $8,600,454 (16.6 percent); other (not specified), $3,708,667 (6.8 percent); endowment draws, $879,000 (1.6 percent); and gifts to the college, $800,000 (1.5 percent).

Expenses will total $55,192,707 for next year, $350,000 more than what is expected to be earned through revenue.

College officials are planning on spending $36,243,150 (65.7 percent of the budget) on personnel costs alone, an increase of more than $1 million from last year (3.01 percent).

Aditional expenses include: operating costs, $10,874,288 (19.7 percent); other expenses (not specified), $4,086,853 (7.4 percent); debt service and capital, $3,588,416 (6.5 percent); and reserve, $400,000 (0.7 percent).

Overall, expenses for the 2010-11 year will increase 4.18 percent, or $2,212,127.

An expected $350,000 gap (more expenses than revenue) for the 2010-11 year will be covered by one-time dollars set aside in an enrollment stabilization reserve fund, Ford said. 

During 2009-10, expenses also exceeded revenue by $350,000. While budgeted revenue for 2010-11 is increasing by 0.2 percent more than expenses this year, this does not mean that Linfield will have greater revenue.

“I was not disappointed with anything because I thought we did a thorough job of combing through the budget and making sure we discussed everything,” McIsaac said. “The rise in tuition is pretty standard for most colleges.”

For more information about the college budget, contact Ford at gford@linfield.edu.

A Q&A session with Ford will be in next week’s issue.

Dominic Baez
Editor-in-chief Dominic Baez can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Graphic courtesy of W. Glenn Ford