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Linfield’s full-time student tuition will increase by 3.06 percent—the smallest dollar increase in the last decade and the lowest percentage increase since 2003.
Tuition will go from $35,900 to $37,000 for the 2014-2015 school year, according to Vice President for Enrollment Management Dan Preston and Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Mary Ann Rodriguez.
A study by the National Center for Education Statistics reported a 31 percent tuition, room, and board price increase between the 2000-2001 and 2010-2011 school years for private universities. College costs have risen drastically over the past decade, and Linfield is no exception.
“Tuition at Linfield, like most colleges, goes up annually,” said Preston and Rodriguez in an email. “This year, the majority of the additional resources available in the budget went toward a modest increase in employee salaries and corresponding benefits.”
Budget resources for next year will also go toward departmental operating budgets to repair and remodel campus facilities, increased accident and disaster insurance for the college, and student work-study funding for the increase in Oregon’s minimum wage.
Every year, Linfield’s president, his or her cabinet, an associate dean of faculty, and others devise the budget after considering departmental budget requests, incoming revenue, and student sensitivity to price changes.
After the budget is reviewed by the Board of Trustees in early January, “the budget is presented at an open campus meeting, including video feed to the other campus (if presented in McMinnville, video feed to Portland),” said Preston and Rodriguez in an email.
After passing through other groups, the President presents the full proposal in February and it is officially approved in May by the Board of Trustees.
Although Linfield has no current short or long-term policies regarding tuition pricing, tuition has and will continue to increase annually.
But Rodriguez and Preston claimed Linfield is well aware of the effects increased costs have on students.
“One of the top reasons students give for not continuing enrollment at Linfield is because of the costs of the college. ” said Rodriguez and Preston in an email.
“The smaller the cost increase to students, the greater the possibility that enrollment rates of continuing students will be positively affected,” said Rodriguez and Preston in an email.
Professor of Economics Jeffrey Summers, who has published research in the field of the economics of higher education, emphasized the importance of looking at the valid reasons behind tuition increases.
“You raise the price because you know you want to raise the quality of the education you’re providing,” Summers said.
Summers argued that while Linfield increases its tuition price for students, it does so in an attempt to provide more educational and co-curricular offerings.
“I’ve been here 20 years, and I can say with a great degree of confidence that the academic standards at Linfield are much better than they were 20 years ago. My students come better prepared, I am able to expect more from my students and they deliver more,” Summers said.
The economics professor, who served as the associate dean of faculty for seven years and sat in on budget meetings, is certain of Linfield’s ability to keep its students’ ability to pay in mind.
“I think nationally, Linfield has been recognized for its quality. The quality has gone up, but the price has gone up, too. In general, I’d say Linfield has done a pretty good job of balancing those two,” Summers said.
Students generally understand the need to increase costs, but may find themselves questioning the limits of tuition increases.
“I don’t want tuition to be higher, but the money has to come from somewhere, and raising tuition is probably the easiest thing the school can do,” freshman Patty Roberts said.
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On April 4, senior Izgi Gulfem Torunlar performed her senior recital.
The recital was divided into two parts. The first half featured songs in French, German, English and Spanish by famous composers such as Gabrial Faure and Johannes Brahms.
The German Lieder by Brahms featured junior Tabitha Gholi on viola.
The second half featured musical theatre and cabaret songs from late 20th century and early 21st century.
One of the theatre songs, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” from “Annie Get Your Gun”, featured junior Jeremy Odden as a duo with Gulfem.
Gulfem is an international student from Istanbul, Turkey. She is now completing a music major with an emphasis on vocal performances.
Gulfern has performed with a variety of vocal groups during her time at Linfield College, including Concert Choir, Women’s Ensemble, the Musical Theatre Ensemble, and Opera Theatre.
Gulfem has been a featured performer in Cat Cabs.
Gulfem was recently honored as the upper-college level Winner in the NATS Cascade Musical Theatre Festival.
In the future, Gulfem looks forward to launching her own YouTube channel soon, and to continue adding to her list of musical theater credits.
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The 2014 Sochi Olympics may have ended but as the world gears up for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro the scholarly world is still thinking about the Olympics.
Department chair of politics and government professor Jules Boykoff of Pacific University will discuss at a lecture the history of the Olympics and how the ideologies of it have changed since it started.
Boykoff will examine how the Olympics were founded to promote peace through sports while preparing young men for war, and have since shifted to a more capitalist and economic model.
In Boykoff’s recent book published in 2013, “Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games” discusses the mass media-trumpeted political spectacle, commercialism, lopsided public-private partnerships, sustainability claims, and the push for local police enforcement to prevent terrorism at the games.
Boykoff will present his lecture, “On Celebration Capitalism” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.
This event is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement.
For questions concerning this event contact professor Tom Mertes at email@example.com or at 503-883-2759.
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A leading historical scholar opened his lecture by quoting Frederick Douglas who said, “Abraham Lincoln was not, in the fullest sense of the word, either our man or our model… he was a white man.”
The speaker continued later in the lecture to ask what good is freedom if you can’t do anything with it, in reference to African-Americans’ freed by the emancipation proclamation and the 13th amendment.
Pulitzer prize winner and professor emeritus from the University of California, Berkeley, Leon Litwack kicked off the opening ceremony of the traveling Lincoln exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 3, in the Nicholson library.
Litwack captured the attention of the audience by speaking slow with much intonation put on ideas he felt passionately about.
Litwack discussed much of what he wrote about in his recent book, “How Free is Free?: The Long Death of Jim Crow,” that investigates race relations and the limitations African-Americans’ had when they were freed by the emancipation proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
“Slave owners pretty much controlled the national government” Litwack said. His key points were that Lincoln accepted white supremacy, but hated slavery.
In his first inaugural address in 1861 he state he was willing to preserve slavery if it would save the union.
He emphasized that school textbooks don’t tell the truth about the civil war, as the majority of his lecture focused on how the war was about abolishing slavery not succession or economics.
The American Library Association, Nicholson Library, and the department of history sponsored the event that is part of the Jonasson lecture series.
Library director and professor Susan Barnes White, and professor Peter Buckingham, history department chair, introduced Litwack to a packed audience at Nicholson Library.
Lincoln said if there weren’t a civil war there wouldn’t have been an emancipation proclamation, and predicted it would be another 100 years before the abolition of slavery.
Litwack mentioned that the most radical and revolutionary performances done by any United States president in American history are Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
Though many people thought of Lincoln as a hero, Litwack said W.E.B. Dubois had wrote in “Crisis” magazine “Lincoln was a large jumble of contradictions.”
Audience members who stayed for the question and answer portion of the lecture learned that as an undergraduate at Berkley Litwack had met Dubois.
Those in attendance left with a great understanding of the American civil war and what Abraham Lincoln was about.
The next Lincoln event will be held at 7 p.m. on April 10 in the Nicholson Library. The event is set to feature a Lincoln impersonator.
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An upcoming lecture will focus on how to get readers hooked and keep them entertained, even when writing about numbers- and policy-based subjects.
Washington Post economic correspondent Jim Tankersley will visit Linfield on April 16 to talk about how to combine the interesting elements of human-interest stories with current events and issues, like healthcare and economic downturn.
“America’s problems are growing more and more complex,” Tankersley said. “The great challenge in American journalism today is helping news consumers — readers and viewers and listeners — understand those puzzles, so the country can solve the big problems.”
Tankersley grew up in McMinnville, attended McMinnville High School and worked for the local paper, The News-Register, in his summers off.
After high school he went on to earn a political science degree at Stanford University and has worked for various papers since then, including The Oregonian, The Rocky Mountain News, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau and the National Journal magazine.
“We are thrilled that Jim is going to be visiting Linfield to talk about journalism,” said professor Brad Thompson, chair of the mass communication department. “This will be a great opportunity for our students to interact with one of the finest journalists working at the forefront of the intersection of new media and journalism.”
Tankersley will also talk about a new blog launched by the Washington Post that aims to inform readers about complicated public policy topics and analysis through story-telling, graphics, photos and video.
The lecture will be on Wednesday, April 16 in Riley 201 at 7:30 p.m. It is titled “Tell me a story (with numbers, too).”
The lecture is hosted by the mass communication department and for more information contact Brad Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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