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Linfield’s student body elects new ASLC president, vice

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Senior Nic Miles (left), outgoing ASLC president, along with other Cabinet members and Dan Fergueson, director of College Activities, surprise junior Dillon Casados with the announcement of Casados’ newly elected presidency.
Joel Ray/Senior photographer Senior Nic Miles (left), outgoing ASLC president, along with other Cabinet members and Dan Fergueson, director of College Activities, surprise junior Dillon Casados with the announcement of Casados’ newly elected presidency.

Joel Ray/Senior photographer
Senior Nic Miles (left), outgoing ASLC president, along with other Cabinet members and Dan Fergueson, director of College Activities, surprise junior Dillon Casados with the announcement of Casados’ newly elected presidency.

Junior Dillon Casados was elected the Associated Students of Linfield College president, and junior Jake Baker was elected vice president on March 12.

Casados won with 387 votes and Baker won with 299. A total of 42 percent of the student body voted in the presidential elections, and 42 percent voted in the vice presidential elections.

“I’ve realized that when you put your mind to something and you put every ounce of passion that you embody into it, there are no limits” Casados said in an email.

Within the next few weeks, ASLC will be hiring for a new Cabinet. There have been around 15 applications. A board consisting of Casados, Baker and a few other past and present ASLC and Senate members will interview all of the applicants. Casados’ main goal for electing the new ASLC Cabinet is to go into interviews with an open mind to find the right person for each position.

“Over the next few months, I plan on being in constant contact with Nic [Miles] to better understand what my obligations consist of as president,” Casados
said in an email.

Casados is also excited to be working alongside Baker, and said he believes that their personalities complement one another nicely.

“We are on the same page in terms of ASLC and what we want to do,” Baker said. “This makes a big difference.”

Baker is excited to meet new people and have the chance to work with different groups around campus that he would not otherwise be able to interact with.

His goals for the upcoming year include meeting with organizations around campus, such as Greek Life, social programs and clubs to generate ideas for new projects.

“I want students and faculty to know that I am taking this job very seriously,” Baker said. “I would really like to leave Linfield knowing that I made tangible changes around campus.”

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Diversity comes into focus through advisory committee

President Thomas Hellie has created an advisory com- mittee for diversity with the hopes of increasing diversity on campus, both in the stu- dent body and in the faculty and staff.

“Linfield’s diversity is growing,” Hellie said.

This year’s freshman class is 33 percent students of color, which is one percent higher than the last year’s freshmen class, according to Hellie.

“We have a much more diverse student body than we did even five years ago,” Hellie said. “But I wanted to get a group of interested and talented people together to help us think about how we as college embrace diversity.”

The committee is made up of 17 students, staff and faculty. Hellie gathered members from all parts of Linfield and included members from the Portland Campus, the Office of Human Resources, Facilities and Grounds, the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Affairs, faculty and the student body. The group is working on coming up with ways to not only increase diversity but also to help build a community that attracts diversity.

“It is not enough to just invite people to join us as students,” Hellie said. “We also need to think about what it means to us as a whole community to become different than we once were.”


After discussing the issue of diversity in last year’s strategic planning meeting, Hellie announced his plans for the formation of this committee.

“It really is just a think tank for me right now,” Hellie said.

It is the job of the committee to look at issues of diversity at Linfield and “ask questions on how it can be more welcoming to Americans of color.”

Before tackling the issue of what needs to be done, the committee has worked on cataloging what the college already does toward the issue of diversity.

“It’s quite an impressive list that has been forming,” Hellie said. “We have things like the Hispanic Heritage Day and the Luau, which are pretty public. Then there are courses that are being offered and recruitment that is happening and student outreach. And a lot of people don’t know that.”

The committee is also looking at what other colleges are doing to address this issue, hoping to take and use some of their strategies to increase diversity.

Another topic the committee is looking into is how to make Linfield more attractive to a diverse employee base.

“It’s easier to transform diversity in the student body, because they’re only here four or five years,” Hellie said. “Whereas the people we hire here are normally here for several years. Trying to create and add more diversity to the faculty and staff would take more time, but none the less, we want to start to explore ways in which we can make it more attractive for people of all different backgrounds.”

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Costa Rica tour reveals new experience for choir

The Linfield College Con- cert Choir did more than just sing at its first spring show- case performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ice Auditorium.

The choir department spent 10 days in Costa Rica during January Term break from Feb. 2 to 12. In addition to performing, the students discussed their experiences and shared what they learned about Costa Rican culture and music.

“Essentially, we gave formal concerts almost every night,” said junior Jaimie McDonald, the choir tour manager.

The choir department visited Catholic and Methodist churches and several other locations in Costa Rica where it performed in front of Spanish speaking audiences.

“We shared our music with the people there during formal and informal performances, while transcending the language barriers,” Max Milander said. “Despite many of us not speaking Spanish and performing songs mainly in other languages, the power of music definitely helped us accomplish that goal. Thankfully, we all rose to the occasion night after night and kept a positive attitude no matter what the obstacles were.”

Language barriers were not the only aspect of Costa Rica that the choir depart- ment struggled with.

“There’s this cultural difference in timing,” McDonald said. “They run on ‘tico time,’ essentially, anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour behind schedule on everything. It actually helped us relax a little bit—we’re so used to being busy-bodies and needing to rush, but we had to slow down and learn to wait. It was good for us.”

Trips abroad are opportunities for students to bond and get to know one another in different environments.

“Every choir tour is an incredible opportunity for growth, both individually and as an ensemble,” McDonald said.
In addition to their performances, Linfield students did an exchange with local uni- versities and a children’s hospital. They also had free time in which they spent visiting a cloud forest and hot springs resort.
While in Costa Rica, the choir experienced Calypso music. Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that is common among most musical forms in Costa Rica.

“It’s hard to pick just one favorite memory out of this amazing trip,” sophomore Charlotte Laport said. “One of my top favorites would be to look out in the audience and to see President Hellie look so proud of us at every concert.”

President Hellie accompanied the choir department on its trip to Costa Rica.

“The choir sang well even at the beginning of the tour, but as it performed for increasingly enthusiastic audiences, it became more confident, relaxed, and unified,” Hellie said. “It was fun to hear them in such diverse venues: in cathedrals and performance halls but also in a city park, a hospital lobby, a cafeteria and even a tropical cloud forest. I was very proud to be with them.”

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President Hellie’s top goals

1. To begin a strategic planning process, that will result in a vision, mission statement, and strategic plan

by February 2012. (This is likely to commence in discussions with trustees during their November 2010

meeting.)

2. To revisit, evaluate, and possibly revise the facilities masterplan that was first created 10 years ago and

updated in 2007. (In the short term we will take a close look at the plan to be sure that we are making the

right decisions on spaces vacated in Taylor and Melrose.)

3. To evaluate our enrollment plans in McMinnville, aiming to increase the number of ethnic minorities,

international students, and out-of-state transfers.

4. To begin developing long-term budget models that enable us to plan more effectively for the future.

5. To re-examine and reinvigorate our fund-raising campaign for endowed professorships and student

scholarships, while also increasing the alumni-giving rate.

6. To complete the renovation of Northup Hall.

7. To implement the integrated marketing plan.

8. To develop the Board’s strategic agenda and membership.

Hellie’s address showcases Linfield’s success

President Thomas Hellie spoke about the successes of Linfield during an economic recession and warned against complacency now that the storm of collapsing economy is over during his state of the college address Sept 8.
Boasting that Linfield survived the worst of the recession virtually unscathed when its competitors were cutting staff, faculty and programs, Hellie outlined the eight subjects he felt Linfield must address to remain a successful small college.
“One year ago, we were worried,” Hellie said. “The Great Recession had swept across our country … We had one of the smallest freshmen classes in years, some 10 percent below our original budget projections.”
Hellie also spoke about the sudden acceleration of the Northup Hall renovation, citing a sudden drop in construction costs and the effort of the faculty and staff involved in the project, along with Chair of the board of trustees Dave Haugeberg and T.J. Day, who he identified as a major donor.
“Were it not for the trustees — and especially those two men — Northup would still be in mothballs,” Hellie said.
Hellie thanked the college relations department and its head, Bruce Wyatt, for achieving record donations during a recession. To punctuate the turnaround made by Linfield, Hellie proudly announced the record number of incoming students.
“Today we have 535 freshmen enrolled at Linfield, more than 23 percent of them Americans of color,” he said.
Hellie then thanked the faculty for their dedication to recruiting more freshmen and urged the assembled staff to take pride at their accomplishments in the face of adverse conditions.
Hellie cited a list of publications that had recently mentioned increased respect for Linfield.
“I believe these ranking systems are unreliable and unscientific, but I can’t deny that it helps our college when we rise 13 places in the U.S. News college issue or when Parade Magazine names us as one of the 26 best small colleges in the country,” he said.
Hellie’s peak topic was the success of the branding of Linfield as a small college environment and the standardization of its promotional materials.
He encouraged faculty to join him in actively planning for the future and increasing the diversity at Linfield.
“We need to enhance our reputation and outreach and enroll students from a more diverse set of states and nations,” he said.
Hellie closed with a letter of gratitude from a Linfield graduate’s parents, thanking the college for the education it provided.
“We are so proud of Tommy [Thomas George] and appreciate everything that Linfield provided him,” wrote George’s parents, Tim and Tami George. “I’m sure that he would rather his parents not write or send this but that was not an option. It was time to say thanks to Linfield, and for the Linfield way.”

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