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ASLC president, veep elected: Newly elected officials excited for 2014-2015

A close presidential race resulted in the election of junior Trey Chiu and junior Ivanna Tucker as president and vice-president, respectively, for the Associated Students of Linfield College.

The presidential race was won by only 27 votes. Junior Gabe Wells received 303 votes out of a total of 653, or about 42 percent of the student body.

“Gabe is a really great guy,” Chiu said, “And I only won by about a classroom’s worth. It could have gone either way, so I felt really lucky to win.”

Tucker, who ran unopposed, was still elated to find out she had won.

“It was surprising, well, I was the only candidate so not that surprising,” Tucker said. “It was surreal because it actually finally hit me that I was vice-president. It is definitely something different to get used to. People have been stopping me to say congratulations a lot.”

Chiu and Tucker are enthusiastic about creating a feeling of togetherness and school spirit. Both feel a special connection to Linfield and want to make the college as welcoming as possible for all students.

“Integrating learning in your life is something that a liberal arts education is all about,” Chiu said. “I think that’s one thing people sort of overlook, they might come here for one thing and forget to look the other direction. It’s all about widening our horizons and not having our blinders on so much.”

“When I found out I won I immediately started thinking about ways I could start changing,” Tucker said. “I’m passionate about Linfield and I want people to have an experience here that is bold and that they can remember fondly for the rest of their lives.”

While Dan Fergueson, the director of college activities, and the newly elected candidates are focusing on ASLC cabinet applications right now are also looking ahead to the future. Tucker spoke about advocating for adequate parking on campus and plans to speak with Campus Public Safety, Jeff McKay and Linfield facilities about getting more parking for older students living in the HP apartments.

Chiu thinks a second Play Fair event at the end of fall semester might help students find more opportunities to get involved and help clubs struggling to increase their memberships.

“It seems like a lot of clubs are having trouble finding members, so it would be cool to give people a second chance to join,” Chiu said. “The first week is tough for a lot of freshmen and maybe they are too shy to sign up for something at that time, but later in the semester they could be more open to it.”

The two also want Linfield students to know how open and responsive they are to student concerns. They hope that their outgoing personalities will make it easier for students to feel that they are approachable and here to help.

“I’m very open and I’m not someone to hold something back,” Tucker said. “I want people to know that I’m someone you can talk to for advice and I’ll give you my honest response. I won’t hold back from expressing my opinion even to the Board of Trustees. But in a professional way.”

Chiu and Tucker will review cabinet applications this week to fill out ASLC for 2014-2015.

Olivia Marovich / News editor

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Linfield starts composting

This year Linfield took sustainability to a whole new level when it comes to having zero waste and feeding local pigs, with the Zero Waste Project.

The goal of the Zero Waste Project is to keep as much waste out of the Riverbend Landfill and make our campus waste go to zero.

Ducan Reid, Linfield’s sustainability coordinator, has been a major influence in helping Linfield start composting. Not only does Linfield compost, but the compost from our school is picked up on a weekly basis and sent to a local pig farm.

The pig farm processes the compost by heating it up to kill potentially harmful bacteria and run under a magnet to make sure there is no metal that could harm the pigs.

Once the pigs are past adolescence they are sent to Karlton Farms, located in Yamhill Valley, where they are prepared for grocery stores.

At the moment, there are only compost bins in dorm rooms where there are Green Chair students. Green Chair representatives take the compost to the bins located behind Dillin Hall.

Currently students on the Zero Waste Project are working on documenting how much our school composts.

They take a volume measurement, but that doesn’t mean everything in the compost belongs in it.

“It is going really well,” Reid said. “Success isn’t based on the amount, but the contamination of the compost.”

Green Chair position holders will look at the compost before it is put in the larger bins, but everyone is still learning what belongs in the compost and what doesn’t.

“We aren’t at the forefront, but I think we are doing very well,” said Reid. “In order to keep up we need to keep expanding.”

Reid would like to see Sodexo purchase all of its meat from local farms, like Karlton Farms. This would allow Linfield to not only feed the local pigs from our waste, but then purchase the pigs we are helping feed. But in order for Sodexo to purchase 100 percent of its meat from local farms they would need more money from students.

If your dorm doesn’t have a Green Chair representative, you can still participate in the Zero Waste Project.

There are compost bins located around campus, including one in Riley on the first floor, that are available for anyone to use.

Contact Duncan Reid, or the office of sustainability sustainability@linfield.edu, to receive a pamphlet on what is compostable and most importantly, what is appropriate for pigs to eat.

Rachael Gernhart / Staff writer

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Drugs go undetected in common products

Millions are invested in the creation and manipulation of illegal drug compounds, allowing them to be distributed on storefronts nationwide.

“The idea is that it is legal marijuana. It is smoked like it and produces similar reactions. Although it still acts on the same receptors in the brain, because it is a different chemical structure, one is able to beat the drug test,” said Graham Rankin, visiting professor of forensics, from Marshall University.

Rankin said that, no matter what it is called: if it is herbal incense, spice, K2, black mamba, bombay blue, ivory wave or vanilla sky, it is still a chemical modification to an illegal drug.

Once seized, the substance is given to a forensic lab that identifies the compounds and determines if the substance is structurally similar enough to the illegal drug to deem the substance also illegal. In many cases the drug is not similar enough to something illegal and the individual and their drug substance is let go.

There are eight different structural classes of these chemical compounds. These classes were developed to try and get a handle on the expanding drug modification sector.

The difficulty is that the development and modification of these chemicals is happening at such a rapid pace that it is difficult to not only process the testing orders fast enough, but it is difficult to identify the structures as one of the eight classes because they are developed to avoid detection.

Identifying the compound in a lab is more difficult than one would think. Many of the drugs are created in legitimate labs in China after hours. As a result, the drugs are professional grade and easily manipulated to create new strands.

There are two approaches to reaching the solution.

The first is through GC-IR, an instrument that graphs the sample drug and other drugs on test paper to determine the structural similarities and the differences of isomers.  This is not common in all labs.

The second solution is to use fluorinated acidic anhydride derivatives, a chemical modification that contains florins. The florin then reacts with the substance to make a positive change allowing one to differentiate the compounds from another and to connect illegal drugs with new drugs that chemically resemble the structure of the illegal drugs with slight differentiation.

Science students packed into a crowded room on March 6 to hear Rankin talk about his background in forensics and drug modification.

“I thought it was really interesting to learn how a lot of these compounds were based off of already existing compounds. A change in a methyl or the orientation of space within the chemical can drastically change the effect, which was really interesting to me,” said senior Julie Saidno, biochemistry major at Linfield.

Kathryn Devore / Staff writer

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Questioning American superiority

America is thought to be future-driven and a melting pot of culture. Some Americans’ views have held this country at a superior state above other countries, but that is all starting to change.

Bestselling author and professor of international relations and history at Boston University, Andrew Bacevich, will speak on “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in Ice Auditorium.

Bacevich graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, and served in Vietnam, Germany and the Persian Gulf and retired from the army as a colonel. As a leading expert on American national security policy, Bacevich will illustrate how previous administrations, reflecting back to as late as the end of World War II with suggestions on how to reverse our current path.

Bacevich has published the bestseller book, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War,” which is a critique of the country’s military industrial complex. Bacevich has also written other books called “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” and “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” with subject matter on America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war.

Bacevich is also the author of “The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II,” “The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War” and “American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy.”

Bacevich received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. Currently Bacevich works at Boston University, before that he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University.

Bacevich’s lecture, “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Linfield’s Edith Green Lectureship and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell at pcottre@linfield.edu.

Rosa Johnson / Copy editor

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Student panels present literary works

The annual Linfield Creative Writing Conference took place on March 7 giving students an opportunity to showcase their work in addition to giving spectators the opportunity to ask questions regarding the writing process.

All three panels focused on different themes which mirrored the personal obstacles writers must overcome to create a literary work.

The first panel “‘Tearing the Text’: Writing Anxiety and Irony,” focused on the familiar feeling of writers block: not being able to communicate particular feelings or opinions in text.

Senior Tim Singer read an excerpt from his short fiction piece “Writing Prompt” which focused on a student trying to follow a disturbing writing prompt when he painfully discovers the capabilities of human beings.

Senior Andrea Snyder read her poem “Numbered Pieces of Nothing from a 20-Something Female” which consisted of relatable stories typical of college in a way that hints to the darker aspects of the four year experience.

Senior Madelyn Wong shared her personal essay “Voluntary Dissociation” which investigates how one deals with life threatening ordeals physically, emotionally and psychologically while struggling to maintain an authentic self-identity.

Junior Creative Writing major, Leimomiahikolani (Momi) Hookano presented an excerpt from her short story “Arctic Hub,” a story about an orientation for workers for an organization responsible for continuation of the world.

Freshman Quinn Reisenman closed the first panel with his poem “We Have Been Burning Old Desks” which was inspired by the substantial amount of snowfall and how the weather affected students during the January term.

The second panel entitled “I am not at Home: Troubled Journeys” all consisted of stories of yearning for a home and attempt to find ones identity in an unfamiliar place.

Senior Joshua Davis read an excerpt of his personal essay “Just a Race” which was a light-hearted essay about the serious subject of racism which includes his experiences with racial profiling and his inner conflict with the “N” word.

Senior Kristi Castanara presented an excerpt from her personal essay “Mixed” which focused on her hardships of being bi-racial and wanting to fully embrace the side of her culture that she barely physically resembled.

Senior Caleb Goad presented his quirky-humored short fiction “There is Nothing in the Box” which challenges the idea of identity through the journey of two thieves that have been sent to deliver a box in which its context is not known.

Senior Lucas Dudley presented his two poems “Summer Smoke” and “Buffalo River Babble” which addressed his experience of leaving one life in order to pursue another only to find himself missing the life he tried to escape.

Junior Joanna Buchholz read her poem “Kindergarten” where she reminisces about the innocence of being young and naïve.

A special Keynote talk was given by guest speaker Chris Dombrowski, a poet whose honors include the Assoicated Writing Programs Intro Award and Alligator Juniper’s National Poetry Prize. Dombrowski gave a special presentation regarding the “Legacies of War” and how war has affected the human conscience which is see particularly through poetry.

The last panel “‘Mask and Mirror’: The Self in Part and Whole” focused on detachment and separation.

Junior Samantha Palmer read an excerpt of her short fiction story “Queen and Country,” which explored a society that attempted to fix humanities sins of vanity.

In senior Kyra Rickards personal essay “The Things You Learn” she describes the hardships of growing up bi-racial and the difficulties of embracing individuality while wanting to be a part of the majority.

Sophomore Stefana Maxim’s poem “The Stork” addresses the state of melancholia that one falls under after experiencing a loss.

Sophomore Carlee Parsley also addresses a similar feeling of loss through her poem “To A Missionary, From a Defector” in which the narrator addresses a long-lost friend.

Senior Jake Hillyer’s  personal essay “Neon Safety Vest” explored the uncomfortable and disturbing experience of observing a surgery and the level of absurd detachment needed to save a life on the operating table.

The panel concluded with freshmen Samantha West as she read her comedic yet heart wrenching personal essay about her struggle with her love of being in the water.

All of the students published stories can be found in either Linfield’s student-run literary magazine, CAMAS, or in this year’s conference anthology, “The Lost Bell Review.”

Camille Weber / Sports columnist

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