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Four Linfield alumni returned to their alma mater to host a panel-style discussion to pass on their workplace wisdom and to network with current students.
Peter Fisher of the class of 1995, Joe Murray of the class of 2008, Samantha Lau of the class of 2012 and Brenna Patterson of the class of 2012 comprised the panel.
Fisher is a partner in Human Investing, an investment company based in Lake Oswego, Ore.
“Why I started my own company, I have no idea. You know, I had become greatly disenfranchised with corporate America,” Fisher said. “It was painful for me.”
Fisher began his career with Merrill Lynch, which was considered at the time to be one of Wall Street’s top investment companies.
“My perspective of what it was going to be like and the reality of what it was like, there was a huge delta between those two things,” Fisher said.
“Just sitting in your seats right now, just say out loud, ‘I have no idea what I want to be or what I want to do,’” Fisher said to the students in attendance. “If you can say that and own it, [...] because once you kind of get out of that mind set [of rigidity], you start fielding different opportunities, which can potentially have great significance for you in life.”
Murray is currently employed by Nike as a global merchandising manager for NFL apparel.
Murray said, I recently asked my boss what makes the most successful merchandisers and he told me about the three “C’s.”
The first “C” stands for consumer.
If you’ve perfected and understand who your consumer is, and you know where they shop and why, then the next step is to make that consumer a customer, which is the second “C,” Murray said. Customer is the second “C.”
The final “C” stands for competition. Through this analogy, Murray stressed the need to understand your market.
Moving onto the topic of job searching, “I know there’s that old saying, ‘It’s who you know [as opposed to what you know],’ but nowadays, I think it’s who knows you within your job search,” Murray said, reliving his own experience.
All four panelists stressed the need to stand out and network as opposed to relying on your resume for a callback.
Patterson is currently employed at Ponzi Vineyards as a sales and marketing coordinator.
Patterson interned at Oregon Mutual Insurance during her time at Linfield.
“You’re probably all looking at me like, ‘You work at a winery now, what were you doing working at an insurance company?’” Patterson said.
From her time at Oregon Mutual Insurance, Patterson developed a solid base of business fundamentals from real life experience that she was able to carry over to her current position at Ponzi Vineyards.
“This was really a turning point in my life where I was really figuring out what I wanted to do,” Patterson said. “You definitely won’t know right away.”
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Sarah Mirk is living proof that feminism and journalism aren’t dying fields.
Online editor for Bitch Media, Sarah Mirk, shared her lecture “Five bright ideas in feminist media” with mass communication students on Feb. 25.
Bitch media is a feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. Founders of Bitch Magazine didn’t want to give up on pop culture, so instead they voice their opinions on it.
“Bitch tries to cover stories in ways that haven’t ever been covered before,” Mirk said.
Bitch Media has been around for 18 years and is based out of Portland. They publish their print magazine quarterly, publish bi-monthly podcasts and also post articles online.
“Good activists get a visual,” Mirk said.
Almost all of the media in our country are funded by one of six companies, but Bitch Media is an independent and a nonprofit organization that gets donations from their readers and sponsors. Bitch’s average donation is eight dollars.
Mirk emphasized how social media websites like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr help reach a whole new audience.
With online editing you are able to publish multiple headlines to attract more readers.
While online content is published with more current and updated articles, print uses stories that interesting for a long periods of time without being outdated.
“Social media is media,” Mirk said. “Tweeters help shape mainstream media in a powerful way.”
Mirk revolutionized the classic definition of journalism by separating print from social media.
“When writing articles, you have to decide if someone will want to read it weeks to months from when it was published,” Mirk said. “Print is not dead, it diversifies.”
Mirk discussed the sexualization of females in the media.
“Female comic book characters are often portrayed flat and oversexualized,” Mirk said.
Expanding on the double standards women face, Mirk showed an example of comic book characters through the Hawkeye Initiative. Artists draw the superhero Hawkeye in the same sexual positions as women characters to reveal the double standard.
“Don’t hate the media, make the media,” Mirk said.
Students and professors gathered and tweeted along with #MirkTalk. Mirk will be releasing her novel, “Sex from Scratch” next August.
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Bitch Media’s online editor Sarah Mirk gave a lecture on the importance of incorporating social media and how to optimize online tools to reach a wide audience.
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The room was buzzing with excitement as Sports Illustrated senior writer, Chris Ballard took the podium on Feb. 24 in Riley 201.
Ballard was introduced by associate professor of political science, Patrick Cottrell who, unknown to most, is a close friend to Ballard.
What made Ballard’s talk interesting was how it drew in a diverse range of students and faculty from the departments of mass communication, English, political science, business and sports management.
Ballard has written for Sports Illustrated for 15 years and in that time has also published four books.
He mentioned in the first part of his talk to not push off the power of revision. One of his articles went through the revision process 14 times.
Being a master of the written word, Ballard gave many helpful insights into what it takes to be a successful writer.
He emphasized that point of writing stories is, “to compel someone to feel something about someone or something.” He went on to say that as people, “we talk in stories.”
Many people think that what an athlete has done is the most interesting aspect of them. However, Ballard has found that the stories behind athletes are more interesting developing a personal connection with the readers.
He also mentioned, for a story to be successful, whether it’s told written or visually, it must be compelling and include a conflict.
Ballard used the film, “Argo” to depict how a story is compelling to viewers. He explained how viewers knew the Americans would make it out of Tehran, but what made the movie successful was the multiple plots that gripped viewers.
Ballard also gave four steps to write a good narrative.
The first step is to come up with an idea if there isn’t something to write about.
Second is to notice themes and ideas that reveal more about something and expand on that.
Third is to decide the structure of the story, moreover how you want to write it.
Lastly, is to choose a writing style that sets up the story to be compelling.
Interviewing people for stories isn’t an easy task no matter your experience level.
Ballard explained to, “always try and see things through their eyes,” and decides what makes them genuine.
In a story, readers should always be able to decide what humanistic quality it encompasses. Examples in stories include themes of love, triumph, heroism, strength etc.
Ballard mentioned that if it is a good story, as a writer, you should be able to write in four sentences or less what the story is about.
He also explained that it’s important to find what helps you focus while you write. Find your own writing style, and stick with it.
Ballard is a firm believer that, “as your life changes and develops, so does your writing.” He brought up the idea of “changing lenses” in the way that writers see things differently as they age.
Jonathan Williams / Opinion editor
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The Oregon Senate recently approved a bill that would grant similar immunity to possession charges for all underage drinkers in the state who pursue medical help due to excessive alcohol consumption.
As is the case with Linfield’s Medical Clemency policy, House Bill 4094’s ultimate goal is keeping minors safe.
The bill is sponsored by several reputable groups such as The Medical Amnesty Initiative, Lines for Life and many Oregon law enforcement workers who agree that this bill could help save lives.
Linfield’s Medical Clemency Policy allows students to, “seek help for themselves or others, involved in drug or alcohol-related emergencies, without being referred to the formal conduct process.”
This policy is in place on campus to encourage students to get medical help for themselves or others who may have over-indulged in alcohol or drugs by relieving the fear of getting into trouble.
House Bill 4094, which is currently going through the process of becoming a written law, will essentially provide all minors in the state of Oregon with the same legal immunity that Linfield’s Medical Clemency policy already provides its students.
Prior to the approval of House Bill 4094, Linfield students who sought out medical help for an alcohol related emergency were still at risk for receiving minor in possession charges.
Linfield’s Medical Clemency policy only protects students from possession charges when Linfield Campus Safety deals with the case.
However, the McMinnville Police Department often responds to emergency calls made to College Public Safety in addition to Linfield officers.
Under previous law, if McMinnville police became involved in a medical clemency case at Linfield, they reserved the right to issue possession charges to Linfield minors. Now that House Bill 4094 has been approved, this is not the case.
Currently 17 states have effective medical amnesty laws in place, none of which have seen any increase in underage drinking since enacting such laws.
Mikenna Whatley / Staff writer
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Celebrating a birthday is something that only happens once a year. There will be a party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Fred Meyer Lounge to celebrate Linfield’s 156th birthday.
At Linfield College, the community takes pride in its school and the college’s motto, “The Power of a Small College.”
The Linfield community prides itself on being passionate about the college’s culture and it’s history. Getting students to become involved in campus life is a vital part of what makes the college’s small atmosphere impactful for its students.
There will be over five participating clubs and plenty of activities to choose from. Among these activities will be Linfield trivia games, a raffle with great prizes, a performance by rapper Cal Hal, and photos with the wildcat.
In honor of Linfield’s rich history there will be archives and artifacts on display and students are encouraged to bring pictures or memorabilia to contribute to the time capsule for 2013.
Pioneer Hall was the entirety of Linfield when the college first opened and currently houses the history and psychology departments along with an all women’s dorm.
The college has seen many changes since it was established in 1858, but has continued to promote the higher education of its students.
“The event Happy Birthday Linfield gives students a great opportunity to learn about the college’s history while enjoying cake, prizes, and music,” sophomore Katie DeVore said. For more information on this event, contact Student Alumni Association representative, DeVore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Alumni Association is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of Linfield’s philanthropy and the effect it has on every Linfield student’s education and experience at Linfield.
There were over 300 students in attendance last year.
“It is important for students to see and recognize the importance giving back to Linfield has on the student experience. This shows students that without gifts to the college Linfield would not have as rich of a history.”
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