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Student struck by vehicle in crosswalk

A student was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle, while riding his longboard across the Keck Drive crosswalk on campus.

The McMinnville Police Department and McMinnville Fire Department paramedics responded to the reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at approximately 7:30 p.m. March 13.

Sophomore Dillon Lystell, a pole vaulter on Linfield’s track and field team, was crossing the street on his longboard when a 1997 Geo Metro traveling westbound struck him.

The driver was 18-year-old Maira Alba of McMinnville. Alba had a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy in the car also. None of the occupants of the car were injured. Alba estimated her speed to be 15 mph. She also stated that she did not see Lystell prior to the crash, according to the McMinnville Police Department.

A student who witnessed the accident, and who wishes to remain anonymous, said Lystell was about two thirds of the way through the crosswalk when he was struck.

Lystell rolled up onto the windshield of the car and bounced off of it. He immediately stood up and tried walking it off, the witness said.

Lystell was coherent when the student approached him but was complaining about his back, the witness said.

“He was trying to play it cool, but he was obviously shaken up by what happened. He was pretty calm though,” the witness said.

Lystell was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center for cuts and bruises, according to the McMinnville Police Department.

No one involved in the accident received a citation. However, the accident is still under investigation, according to the McMinnville Police Department.

“The crosswalk isn’t very noticeable. We students notice it because we walk across it all the time. If you don’t drive on campus all the time, you might not notice it,” the witness added.

Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-chief

Jessica Prokop can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com.

Garden needs more student involvement to thrive

Did you know that we have a community garden at Linfield?

At least, it has the potential to be one. Right next to Renshaw Hall, you might have noticed the fenced-in area with wood structures and various tall plants.

The garden could be so beneficial to this school, but it is overlooked and under-appreciated.

Some time and energy is required for any garden. Whether it’s flowers or food, growing quality plants takes more than just desire.

But what we lack here at Linfield for our garden is the desire.

More time and energy needs to be invested in order for our garden to thrive and reach its potential for serving the community. We yield what we put into it.

The garden already provides things like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchinis and herbs that students are welcome to take.

They grow in awesome raised beds that junior Lexi Sayer constructed during the summer. Totem Shriver’s art classes contributed the wooden sculptures that decorate the space.

Our garden is already a product of various people’s hard work, but it can become more.

We have resources available to us that can turn our garden into an even more productive source of food  and community for everyone.

More work needs to be done, but there isn’t a big enough interest base here for it to really get rolling.

With steady upkeep like watering, weeding and harvesting, the garden could be a sustainable food source for students and faculty.

Dillin Hall can have produce available for students during meals.

Students can pick the fruits and vegetables for free, but everyone is encouraged to contribute and give back with their help.

Beyond food, gardens are a tremendous source of peace. Gardening is an effective way to relieve stress, and people often describe it as meditative and therapeutic.

It’s almost impossible to be in a bad mood while enjoying some dirt in a garden. It’s good for the soul.

You also get to form a better relationship with the earth, which is never a bad thing.

Gardening is also a great way to build a community with other people while working. We could reach further than Linfield and  connect with the McMinnville community, as well.

Instead of searching for places to volunteer and work, let’s bring it home. We could have garden parties in our own backyard.

We could even get people to come give gardening workshops. The fence needs to be painted, and an organizational system needs to be put into place.

The level of awesomeness this garden could reach is totally attainable. And it’s something I want to achieve.

But we need more people involved in order to reap all the benefits. If you’re interested, let me know. Let’s make this happen.

Kelsey Sutton 

Managing editor

Kelsey Sutton can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

Student set to appear in court for theft charges

A Linfield sophomore is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment May 3 in Yamhill County Circuit Court on charges of identity theft, second-degree theft and third-degree theft.

The charges allege that he stole hundreds of dollars from fellow classmates at Linfield College.

William Chou, 20, was arrested April 3, posted bail at $5,250 and was released to appear in circuit court April 4 after being held at the Yamhill County Jail, according to court documents.

Chou was arrested after two students filed reports of theft with the McMinnville Police Department.

Senior Kaia Machalek turned in a Citizen Crime Report (CCR) on March 21, stating that her ATM card and pin had been used without her permission on three different occasions. The total of the transactions was $626 in ATM withdrawals. The larger transactions were made at an ATM machine located on campus.

At the time of the report, Machalek said that she did not have any suspect information. However, she reported later that she believed her friend, Chou, had stolen her ATM card and used it, court documents reveal.

A search warrant was issued March 28, as a result of Machalek’s report and another connecting case that identified Chou as the suspect in gift card thefts. When officers contacted Chou, he admitted to using Machalek’s ATM card and pin number without her permission for the three transactions on campus.

Chou was arrested April 3 and was initially facing charges of identity theft, second-degree theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Now, he is facing three counts of identity theft, three counts of second-degree theft and three counts of third-degree theft.

Court documents reveal that on or about March 9, 13 and 20, 2012, Chou unlawfully possessed, obtained, transferred, created, uttered or converted to his own use, the personal identification of Machalek. He committed theft of money in the total amounts of $202, $302, $102 and $20.

Documents also show that on or about Feb. 1, 2012 to Feb. 27, 2012, Chou unlawfully and knowingly committed theft of property of three Nordstrom gift cards from sophomore Natalie Cohrs, totaling less than $100.

As conditions of the court, Chou is not to have any contact with the victims.

Chou declined to comment about the case.

Due to students’ information being protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the school cannot comment on Chou’s conduct or whether there were any consequences, said Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students.

Victims involved in the case are also asked to keep any information regarding potential consequences, such as a conduct hearing, confidential.

Machalek declined to comment for this reason.

According to Chou’s Facebook page, he is majoring in elementary education and music-piano performance. He is a student caller for the Linfield College Department of Annual Giving, is an office assistant and usher for the Linfield Music Department and was a peer adviser for 2011-12 Colloquium.

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Student faces multiple counts of sex crime charges

After appearing at a preliminary hearing March 22 in Washington County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse, sophomore Kyle McLennan was arraigned after pleading not guilty on a secret indictment and is now facing 25 counts of various sex crime charges.

The latest charges allege that he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl about three years ago and a 15-year-old girl about two years ago, according to court documents.

The charges include three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree rape, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, three counts of first-degree sexual penetration, three counts of second-degree penetration and five counts of third-degree sodomy.

Court documents reveal that between May 1, 2009 and Sept. 1, 2009, McLennan engaged in sexual intercourse and sexual contact by means of forcible compulsion with the 13-year-old victim.

Documents also show that between June 23, 2010 and June 22, 2011, McLennan engaged in deviate sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old victim. In addition, he engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with the same girl between June 23, 2011 and Oct. 11, 2011.

Both girls came forward before the court as witnesses. However, The Linfield Review does not publish the names of minors who are alleged victims in sexual crimes.

As part of McLennan’s security release agreement, he is not allowed to have any direct or indirect contact with the victims or minors.

Court documents show that McLennan is not to go within 100 yards of the victims’ residence, work, vehicle or person.

McLennan’s next trial is set for 9 a.m. June 6 in Washington County Circuit Court.

First-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual penetration and second-degree sexual penetration are all Measure 11 crimes, which carry a mandatory minimum sentence of more than six years in prison.

McLennan’s attorney, Robin Runstein of Kell, Alterman & Runstein, declined to comment about the case on McLennan’s behalf.

McLennan was arrested Feb. 10 at his off-campus residence by Hillsboro detectives on accusations that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor in 2008, according to Lt. Mike Rouches, a Hillsboro police spokesman.

McLennan, a business management major and defensive line football player, “was suspended from the football team, pending the outcome of his case,” Mardi Mileham, director of communications said in a prior interview.

“The college’s athletic policy calls for a student to be immediately suspended from any athletic team upon an arrest. He was notified of his suspension,” Mileham said.

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