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Glen Ford, vice president for Finance and Administration/chief financial officer (CFO) of Linfield College, presented the 2011-12 college budget to Senate on May 16. The presentation was a final step in Ford’s student-involved budget process.
Ford began the presentation with an anonymously written poem describing the importance of the students within the college atmosphere. He went on to explain how the budgeting process works and acknowledged seniors Katherine Patterson and Arielle Perkins, who served on the College Planning and Budgeting Council and Budget Working Group.
Ford’s presentation provided a breakdown of expenses and revenues for the college from the 2010-11 year and the budget for the 2011-12 year. The expenses are mainly comprised of personnel and departmental operating, with 83 percent of expenses going to those areas. The revenue mainly contains tuition, room, board and food, with 91 percent of revenue coming from those areas. The slideshow presentation also included next year’s projected tuition growth.
Ford says he thinks students should know what the college is doing with the money they pay in tuition.
“The college will continue to be very transparent in the development of the budget,” he said. “We will always include students in the budget process so that we can gain from the students’ perspective.”
Associated Students of Linfield College Vice President junior Bradley Keliinoi said that Senate was privileged to hear from Vice President Ford about the budget and to have an administration that is open and accessible.
“I’ve heard that a lot of colleges have a non-transparent budget. I hope [Senate] appreciates it [Ford’s presentation]. I know I did.”
Keliinoi encourages students to look at the budget and to get involved in its creation.
“They should definitely be right there at the table talking back and forth with the administration saying ‘these are our priorities,’” he said.
Dean of Students Susan Hopp was also present at the meeting. She said that the experience of creating the ASLC budget closely mirrors the process of creating the college’s budget and that it is beneficial for senators to see how the college allocates its funds. She also said that the budget completely transparent for all students.
“I think it is important for students to understand how the college budget works,” Hopp said. “What is the revenue side, what is the expense side. It is helpful for [the students] to see the big picture.”
The board of trustees approved the budget during the Spring Semester trustees weekend May 13-15. They approved it on the condition that the college reaches enrollment projections for the fall and brings in the projected tuition revenue.
The budget slideshow that was shown to senators on May 16 is also available for students to view and can be obtained through club senators, residence hall senators or by contacting the ASLC Cabinet.
Marissa Cole/News editor
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Whispers, cries of joy and congratulatory hugs were abound after President-elect junior Rachel Coffey and Vice President-elect junior Bradley Keliinoi were greeted with the news of their victories by Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, Secretary senior Sophie Larson and President senior Colin Jones inside Nicholson Library on March 8.
Keliinoi said that he was sitting in the library anticipating the committee’s arrival when he spotted the committee looking for Coffey first.
“I tried to prepare for both outcomes (winning or losing) the whole time I was waiting,” Coffey said. “I was in the library working on a group project, and we were kind of hidden — then I saw Colin [Jones], Sophie [Larson] and Dan [Fergueson]; all I kept saying was ‘Really? Really? Really?’”
Coffey received 62.7 percent of the vote to junior Katie Patterson’s 35.6 percent and 1.8 percent abstentions. Keliinoi received 71.3 percent of the vote to 28.7 percent abstentions. These percentages are based off of the 617 students who voted.
“I just had an overwhelming amount of feelings and emotion and it [the win] made everything with campaigning worth it,” Coffey said. “I went to my apartment right after I found out, and I was jumping around and screaming with my roommates because we were all so excited.”
Coffey said that during her campaign, she reached out to students in Dillin Hall and in the residence halls by door-to-door and leaving fliers.
“Now that I’ve come to grips, I realize everything that I need to do now — like hiring Cabinet and following through with my goals,” Coffey said.
She said she wants to work to bring together a diverse Cabinet that reflects Linfield students as a whole and said that she encourages students to apply or sit on the hiring committee. Applications are due March 15 at 5 p.m., she said.
“The best part of all of this is the support that I got from everyone and my roommates,” Coffey said. “It just shows that I surround myself with good people; they helped me get through these past two weeks.”
Keliinoi said that throughout the election, a lot of people assumed he was going to win, but he did not have that mentality during the process.
“I didn’t run under the assumption that I was vice president yet. Instead, I ran my campaign like I was running against someone,” Keliinoi said. “I’m proud of myself, and I tried to reach out to everyone with campus e-mails, links and fliers.”
Keliinoi said that he is excited for next year and looks forward to working with Coffey and hiring a Cabinet.
“I’m ready to hit the ground running,” Keliinoi said. “I’m looking to hire a wide range of qualified people that have passion and drive behind their ideas.”
Keliinoi said he also looks forward to working with Patterson and getting her advice during the transition, and he said he hopes that she continues working with ASLC in other leadership positions.
The presidential and vice presidential turnovers take place May 1.
Patterson declined to interview with TLR via e-mail shortly before the results of the winners were announced.
ASLC President senior Colin Jones said that a low percentage of voters typically turn out at the polls when students recognize that there is only one race with competing candidates. No primary election was held March 1 because no more than two candidates were running for a single position. This meant less publicity for the March 8 general elections.
“It comes down to the candidates and how much they campaign,” Jones said. “This year, ASLC did a lot more publicity than last year, but the key is to get candidates to run, not vote.”
Jones said that ASLC mandated that candidates create a banner in the past, but it cannot force a candidate to campaign.
The day before the General Elections, the candidates sat down in the Fred Meyer Lounge for “Fireside Chats” after the Senate meeting March 7.
Each candidate had 10 minutes to answer questions and elaborate on his or her platform goals. Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, moderated the chats.
Keliinoi went first and reiterated his goal of having ASLC become more visible to students and his plan of following through with discussions of the Cabinet restructuring.
Patterson reinforced her goals of working toward getting a student center, using resources such as the Communications Board to increase communication between students, faculty and administration.Coffey reminded students of her experience with Cabinet and Senate, and she acknowledged that she was ready to take on the challenge of the presidential role.
A few of the other topics that the candidates touched on were work study, getting along with each other once elected and ideas about the Community Outreach and Environmental Education (CORE) Coordinator.
Jessica Prokop/News editor
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Students voted March 8 to pass bylaw changes that will restructure the Associated Student of Linfield College Senate.
Of the 617 students who voted (38.9 percent of the student body), 59.8 percent voted in favor of the changes; 12.6 percent, against them. Abstentions totaled 27.5 percent.
The bylaw changes cut Senate from 60 possible members down to 27: 11 club senators, eight at-large spots (two per class), five for students living in residence halls and suburbs, one for the Interfraternity Council, one for the Panhellenic Council and one for the Communications Board (TLR, KSLC 90.3 FM, CAMAS and Wildcat Productions).
“Honestly, you’re just getting rid of dead weight,” ASLC President senior Colin Jones said about reducing the Senate’s size.
Activities Council will choose the club and at-large senators at the beginning of Fall Semester, and as vacancies arise, by an application process. The other organizations will choose senators among themselves.
“I think, hopefully, with the new Senate structure, the opinion will be from the constituency rather than the senators themselves,” Vice President junior Katie Patterson said. “I would have loved to work with this Senate that [Bradley Keliinoi] is about to have.”
Vice President-elect junior Bradley Keliinoi said he’s excited to work with the new Senate in the fall.
Senate approved the changes to send to students at its March 7 meeting in a 39-2 vote with one abstention (42 of the 60 possible senators were at the meeting), but senators voted against proposed Cabinet restructuring 20-21 with one abstention. Jones presented changes to Senate and Cabinet at a Feb. 21 Senate meeting; at the next meeting (Feb. 28), senators sent the proposals the Senate Governance Committee to revise.
Committee Chair freshman Dana Hellie said the committee, along with various Cabinet members and senators who attended the meetings, met three times to work out the kinks of the original proposals. She said the group made many compromises before reaching a consensus on the versions they presented to Senate on March 7.
“I was kind of bummed that people weren’t understanding of that [consensus], but that’s probably because they weren’t at the [committee] discussions, so they didn’t understand why we agreed on those changes,” Hellie said.
Jones’ initial proposal cut secretary, combined the positions of Club and Student Center directors and created a Vice President of Community and Sustainability Affairs. The committee’s proposal also dropped the secretary position and added a Service and Sustainability Director, but it kept Club Director and Operations Director (Student Center Director) separate.
“In truth, I think it got voted down because folks were concerned about process more than content of the proposal. That was the sense I got in the room,” Fergueson said, referring to some senators’ sentiments that the proposal was rushed.
Hellie said the proposal may have been rushed, but the Senate spent the same amount of time on the Senate proposal. Keliinoi agreed, but said that students felt less hurried with the Senate document because, being senators, they have a more thorough grasp of changes that need to be made in Senate than on Cabinet.
The feeling of haste was one of two main oppositions to the Cabinet proposal.
The second opposition concerned the addition of a Service and Sustainability Director. The Football Club senator said at the March 7 meeting that Senate should make sure sustainability isn’t just a passing trend before adding a sustainability position to Cabinet.
“When people say things like that, it makes me concerned that they are not receiving a good education at Linfield,” Jones said about the “fad” concern. “I was pretty disappointed by the nature of the discussion because I felt that the arguments being put forth lacked the substance I would have liked to see from senators.”
Hellie said having a sustainability position in Cabinet represents student interest and need.
“Linfield is kind of sustainability-based,” she said. “If Cabinet wasn’t reflecting what the students wanted, then we’re not doing our job.”
Patterson said she was disappointed the proposal didn’t pass, especially the part about moving the board of trustees seat from the vice president’s duties to the president’s.
But both Patterson and Keliinoi said the Cabinet restructuring proposal won’t disappear.
“It’s a continuing dialogue that we will be having with our ASLC government, and proposals will be made and voted on in the near future, perhaps even to the Senate proposal as well,” Keliinoi said.
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Associated Students of Linfield College President senior Colin Jones proposed major ASLC bylaw changes at the Feb. 21 Senate meeting.
The changes would significantly reorganize the Senate and Cabinet. If approved by the Senate, the bylaw changes will be voted on by the student body on the March 8 ASLC election ballot.
Jones said he has noticed flaws in ASLC structure, in the Senate in particular, but it’s taken four years of involvement in ASLC to identify what he thinks are feasible solutions.
“This [proposal] is based on my personal experience and the positions I’ve held with ASLC and my discussion with Cabinet members,” he said. “What I’ve proposed isn’t necessarily even the best option, and I hope that senators will think about it and provide feedback on how to improve it.”
Here’s a look at the main changes presented in Jones’ proposal:
The most significant reorganization suggested under Jones’ plan regarding Senate is a cut in the group’s size. Jones said Senate comprises up to 90 senators (although not exactly 90 because of unfilled seats). His proposal would reduce the maximum to about 26 senators.
“It makes each senator role a little bit more significant,” Jones said.
The reduction would also enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Senate because fewer members leads to increased discussion, he said. Jones likened the change to a class of 100 students versus a class of 25 students; the latter group would have more meaningful conversations.
ASLC bylaws currently require every ASLC-charted club to have a senator; clubs without senators are subject to the dechartering process. Jones’ proposal would change this, too.
Instead, clubs would be grouped together, and each cluster would be responsible for choosing a senator to represent the group. Jones suggested clubs be grouped by type. For instance, one group might be activist and political clubs, such as Greenfield, Fusion and Model United Nations; another might be arts and culture, such as Hawaiian Club and Linfield Literary Arts Club (LiLAC); and another might be club sports, such as tennis and rugby.
Senators raised concerns at the Feb. 21 meeting about the size difference between these groups. One senator may represent a group of 50 students while another only represents 20. Jones said this was just a proposal, and clubs could be grouped by size, too. He said senators should consider pitfalls such as this and fix them before voting to pass the proposal.
The proposal also affects Residence Life representation in Senate. Right now, residence halls are allocated to senators by size, a system similar to the U.S. House of Representatives, and suburb residents and off-campus students can fill at-large senator positions.
But large residence halls, which can have two or three senators, are sending only one. Jones proposed that each residence hall and each suburb have one senator.
“The reality is if you’re an upper classman, you’re less likely to have Senate representation,” Jones said, explaining his reasoning for including formal representation of suburb residents.
Off-campus students can still fill at-large Senate seats, which Jones proposes are reduced from five to four. These seats will be available to individuals who represent non-ASLC organizations.
Greek organizations will also receive Senate seats under the proposal. Currently, they are allowed to fill at-large seats, but not all fraternities and sororities have chosen to do so. Jones proposed that the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council should each get one seat.
However, ASLC cannot force Greek organizations or Residence Life to have senators, so the seats are offered in an effort to make Senate representative of the whole campus and not just club members, Jones said.
And keeping the Senate representative is key to discussions about the proposal.
“I think the big question is how do you make it a more manageable, interactive, engaged body and still represent the general population,” Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson said.
Jones said a significant drawback of the proposal is that it reduces the number of leadership roles offered on campus. Fergueson agrees but said that a smaller Senate could mean increased effectiveness if it can remain representative.
“I think it really enriches the experience of the individual senators and in some way enforces them to be engaged,” he said.
“I was less certain that Cabinet needed to be changed, while with Senate, it was very clear to me that it was dysfunctional in some ways,” Jones said. “But at the same time I thought there were ways [Cabinet] could possibly run better and be more in tune with student needs and interests.”
To increase Cabinet effectiveness, Jones’ proposal reallocates duties and reduces the number of members from nine to eight.
In the proposal, Jones eliminated the secretary position, combined club director and student center director, renamed most of the rest and added a position: vice president of community & sustainability affairs.
The secretary’s task of taking Senate meeting minutes would fall to an ASLC office helper, Jones said. Clubs, Activities Council, the CIC and the Game Room fall under the command of the vice president of student interests. The Bike Co-Op and Sustainability Council move to the community affairs position’s responsibility.
“That position is an effort to respond to rapidly growing student interest in community service, civic engagement, environmental sustainability,” Jones said.
The vice president of community & sustainability affairs would also be in charge of planning community service outings for the ASLC Cabinet.
Other proposed changes to Cabinet roles include moving elections management from the responsibility of the secretary to the vice president, and making the vice president’s representation on the board of trustees a duty of the president.
Again, the reduction in leadership roles on campus is a drawback, but Fergueson said he’s also concerned about having eight Cabinet members.
“I personally don’t like groups in an even number,” he said.
His unease comes from the fact that even-numbered groups can vote in a tie; an odd number allows for more efficient decision making.
Concerns and hopes:
Jones and Fergueson both expressed hope that senators will seriously consider this proposal and talk about it with their constituents.
“The fear is that there won’t be any serious dialogue about it in the Senate, and it will get rubber stamped and people will just vote yes when it’s in front of them,” Fergueson said about the proposal.
Senators will discuss the proposal in depth at their Feb. 28 meeting, during which they can propose changes to the original draft before voting to pass the proposal. Jones said he encourages senators to modify his original proposal.
“I feel that we will have a thorough discussion on Monday about these proposals before any decisions are made,” junior Katie Patterson, ASLC vice president and 2011 ASLC presidential candidate, said in an e-mail. “It is important for students to understand exactly what each proposal means and how it will affect the way that ASLC is run.”
If senators approve the proposal, then it will appear on the March 8 ASLC elections ballot for approval of the student body. If they don’t approve it, then the proposal will die.
But if discussion runs too long, senators can also choose to defer the vote until the March 7 meeting, but that will leave only a single day for the student body to review the proposal before it goes to ballot the next day.
Students can read Jones’ proposal at http://www.linfield.edu/aslc/elections.html.
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The Associated Students of Linfield College Senate covered much ground during its Oct. 4 meeting.
“I’m anticipating great things in the month of October from our Senate,” junior ASLC Vice President Katie Patterson said.
Senators voted junior Bradley Keliinoi as president pro tempore.
In this position, Keliinoi will fill in for Patterson in case of her absence. Keliinoi is also the Hawaiian Club senator and Senate Governance Committee co-chair.
The Whitman Hall senator expressed concern about Keliinoi’s other commitments to Senate, but Patterson isn’t worried.
“He knows the standing rules and bylaws pretty much better than anyone,” Patterson said of Keliinoi.
Keliinoi beat out freshman Marissa Cole for the position in a 37-8 vote.
Senate also voted unanimously to approve Communication Board Guidelines. The guidelines govern the relationship between ASLC and campus media: the Review, KSLC 90.3 FM, CAMAS and Wildcat Productions.
The agenda item was presented to Senate last week (Sept. 27) for consideration and went to vote this week.
No discussion of the topic occurred at either meeting.
“I was shocked as well that there was no discussion,” Patterson said.
This was likely either because senators understood the guidelines completely or they did not look at them. Patterson said it would be difficult to determine the reason.
“There’s no way for me to know if the senators are putting in the time to read what I’m sending to them,” she said.
The Campus Improvement Committee received many concerns from the senators on topics such as bike racks, window screens and lighting on campus.
Sophomore senator KarenCole raised concerns about lighting the path to Albertsons, a topic that Senate has discussed in the past.
Senior ASLC President Colin Jones said the school abandoned the project because of a hefty price tag: $15,000.
Patterson said she understands the college’s decision but thinks it’s an issue that needs to be addressed.
“I will definitely be bringing it up with the board of trustees when I meet with them in November,” she said.
Campus Liaison Committee Chair sophomore Wesley Allegre encouraged senators to attend Sodexo Food Committee meetings Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Dillin Hall.
Allegre said no students attended last month’s meeting.
Keliinoi was curious about how Sodexo publicized the meetings because he had never heard of them.
Publicity Director Bri Reichelt said publicity for those meetings, which is handled by Sodexo, has been limited.
Allegre attended the food meeting Oct. 6 and the only other student to attend was Student Center Director senior Evan Hilberg, he said in an e-mail.
IM Sports Director senior Marissa Van Diest announced the first official tournament to be held on the sand volleyball court, the 2009-10 ASLC Cabinet’s project for campus.
The tournament will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 10.
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