Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Scandal at Linfield


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Scandal at Linfield

Visitors Guide - Linfield University Athletics
by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

"Linfield University’s president and Board of Trustees chair are facing formal faculty votes of no confidence today after damning straw polls last week. The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Anti-Defamation League has expressed disappointment in the two men, and even the Oregon Board of Rabbis wants President Miles K. Davis and David Baca, the board chair, to step down.

How did things go so off the rails? They’ve been veering that way for a while, with Linfield facing allegations that it mishandled numerous sexual misconduct cases involving multiple trustees. But now Linfield is facing additional accusations of anti-Semitism -- all involving Davis and other trustees.

The latter allegations came to light this month, when the board’s sole faculty representative, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies, shared on Twitter that he’d dealt with anti-Semitism and retaliation from board members, especially after pressing them to do more to prevent sexual misconduct."

>> Situational Awareness: "Linfield has acknowledged that its board had a sexual misconduct problem -- in the form of one longtime trustee, David Jubb, who resigned over what he called health concerns in 2019, amid allegations that he preyed on students at social events. Last year, Jubb was indicted in Oregon on seven counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty."

>> Counterpoint: "In response to a recent letter of concern from the Anti-Defamation League, Davis wrote that “Linfield has extensive and robust programs to educate and train students, faculty and staff on matters of discrimination, sexual harassment and misconduct, and intolerance.” He said that, as a Black man, he understands how important this work is, and that the work is not done. And, “Most important," Davis wrote, "you should know that Professor Pollack-Pelzner has been engaged in a smear campaign toward me and the administration at Linfield University.”

>> Quotable: "Every sexual misconduct allegation that has been investigated has been substantiated," Pollack-Pelzner wrote. "And yet Linfield claims that no policy violations have occurred.”

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2. All-America Team


The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce its 18th annual NVA/AVCA Men's Division III All-America Teams.

Leading the way in this year’s class is Carthage College, Messiah College, and Kean University, who each have a class-best three First Team or Second Team All-America nods.

Four players are picking up their third All-American award: Springfield OH Brenden Brandow, Kean S Ian Capp, Southern Virginia OH Nahuel Recabarren, and Carthage OH Matt Slivinksi.

First Team
RS-Jarrett Anderson, Springfield
OH-Quinn Baily, Arcadia
OH-Brendan Brandow
MB-Zach Bulthuis, Carthage
MB-Kevin Duffy, Juniata
OH-Andrew Kim, Vassar
L-Pete Klembczyk, Wentworth
S-Matt Knab, Messiah
RS-George Kougan, Dominican
S-Gene McNulty, Carthage
OH-Mason Nissley, Messiah
OH-Jared Ray, Kean
OH-Nahuel Recabarren, Southern Virginia
OH-Matt Slivinski, Carthage

>> Complete Team



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3.  Vaccination Update

As colleges look toward the fall-2021 semester, they’re grappling with whether to require — or just strongly encourage — students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Here’s a list of institutions that have decided to require students to be vaccinated in order to enroll this fall:

>> List of All Institutions


4. Par for the Course

Congratulations to these Conference golf champions

>> Salute to Medaille's Chris McCullagh who recorded a hole-in-one on the 190-yard fifth hole with a six-iron.

Kudos to these Conference titleists.


5. No Change at the Top

Women's Lacrosse Stays Step Ahead Of Colby For 18-12 NESCAC Win


  1. Franklin & Marshall (21), 4-0
  2. Washington and Lee, 10-0
  3. Tufts (2), 3-0
  4. Salisbury (2), 11-0
  5. Gettysburg, 4-0
  6. Catholic, 6-0
  7. Ithaca, 9-0
  8. Colby, 2-1
  9. York, Pa., 9-1
  10. Denison, 7-1

11-15: St. John Fisher, Wesleyan, Messiah, TCNJ, Brockport
16-20: Geneseo, Cortland, Trinity, William Smith, Christopher Newport
21-25: Hamilton, St. Mary's, Mary Washington, Montclair State, Roanoke

>> Hello: Roanoke
>> Upward Mobility: Hamilton (+3), Messiah (+2), Brockport (+2)
>> In Reverse: Geneseo (-4), Trinity (-3), Mary Washington (-3)

>> Games to Watch: #4 Salisbury vs. #23 Mary Washington (Tues.); #13 Messiah vs. Stevenson (Wed.); John Carroll vs. Mount Union (Wed.); #22 St. Mary's vs. UMW (Thurs.); #12 Wesleyan vs. #18 Trinity (Fri.); #15 Brockport vs. #19 William Smith; #18 Trinity vs. #21 Hamilton (Sun.)

>> Complete Poll


  1. RIT (18), 6-0
  2. Salisbury (2), 9-1
  3. Tufts (1), 3-0
  4. York, 10-0
  5. Lynchburg, 10-2
  6. Cabrini, 7-1
  7. Gettysburg, 2-0
  8. Union, 3-0
  9. Christopher Newport, 7-4
  10. Williams, 2-0

11-15: St. John Fisher, Stevenson, Ursinus, St. Lawrence, Franklin & Marshall
16-20: Denison, Hampden-Sydney, Colorado College, Wesleyan, Ohio Wesleyan

>> On The Way Up: Ursinus (+2)
>> Opposite Direction: St. Lawrence (-4), Denison (-2), Wesleyan (-2)
>> Hello: Ohio Wesleyan

>> Games to Watch: #13 Ursinus vs. #15 F&M (Wed.); #4 York vs. #12 Stevenson (Fri.); #10 Williams vs. #19 Wesleyan (Sat.); #5 Lynchburg vs. #18 Colorado College (Sun.)

>> Complete Poll



6. Comings and Goings

7. RIP Mr. PDF

Charles “Chuck” Geschke — the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc. who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs — died at age 81.

After earning a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, Geschke began working at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he met John Warnock, the Mercury News reported. The men left the company in 1982 to found Adobe, developing software together.

“As co-founders of Adobe, Chuck and Warnock developed groundbreaking software that has revolutionized how people create and communicate,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said. “Chuck instilled a relentless drive for innovation in the company, resulting in some of the most transformative software inventions, including the ubiquitous PDF, Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Photoshop.”



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