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Dana: Extra Education on the Side

It’s me again! I had such a good day yesterday, I felt it necessary to share the wealth. :)

I find it fascinating that I learn the most fascinating or useful life information outside a classroom at times. I learn them during peer conversations in class, during a Public Speaking class when a student speaks about Amsterdam, I learn them during a guest lecture on a Tuesday evening.

Last night I went to a fascinating lecture, held in a small meeting area, with the room packed with students and faculty. It was titled: “Why Men Kill: The Evolution of Violence and Why People Kill,” The lecture was in the field of Anthropology, as an Archeologist, Herb Maschner from Idaho State University spoke about the different cultures and how they define war, how Humans and Chimpanzees are the only known animals who are able to form coalitions of men to perform violent acts against our own species. Intense study has been done on this topic.  He lay heavily on saying ‘men’ not ‘people’, because 99.9% of deaths due from another human killing a human are men. While I could go on and on giving you the summary of the lecture, that is not why I am writing about it now. I am writing about it because of the opportunity I received by having my mind molded and changed by a lecture like this.

While I pay to attend a college like Linfield, I did not specifically hand over money to see this speaker. I was just simply given this opportunity by being apart of this awesome community of what is Linfield. If you decide to attend Linfield College, I highly recommend you take advantage of as many lectures outside of class as you have time for that spark your attention. Any title that seems even half way interesting to me, I jump on it and attend. Worst case scenario I wasted about an hour of my evening. That has never been the case for me so far, as each lecture I’ve attended, I had gained some world knowledge, or was inspired in some way. It seems odd students would voluntarily offer to go to yet another hour of lecture in a school day, even in the evening, yet that room was packed full of students.

Take advantage of different ways to learn. It’s part of the Liberal Arts Education!

Spring Visit Day this Friday for admitted students to Linfield! Can’t wait to meet some of you!

Dana

Kiera: Registration and Mid-terms

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to enjoy the sunshine!!  It was so nice being able to study outside with my friends!!

Registration for next Fall semester is going on right now so there is a lot of talk about classes and next year.  I registered yesterday and was relieved to be able to get into all of the classes I wanted.  I will be taking French 301, Intro to Social Psych, Seminar in Abnormal Psych, and Race & Ethnicity.  Housing registration for next year is in two weeks so friends have been getting together to work out who they’re living with and where.  It was particularly difficult for me and my friends because the majority of us are studying abroad for at least one semester next year.

Midterms always sound so serious, but for us Wildcats, it really just means exams.  We don’t have one giant test in the middle of the semester and one giant final.  We have two or three exams throughout the semester and then a final, which is usually comprehensive.  This week seems to be a big week for exams.  I myself have two exams and two one-page papers due on Thursday and a presentation about of Friday, so I am definitely keeping really busy studying, but once exams are over and the weekend comes, it is overwhelming relief!!

This Friday is another one of our Spring Visit Days for admitted students.  I am excited to meet so many new people who are interested in Linfield and, of course, I am excited to host a student!!

Have a great week!! Enjoy the little bits of sun and warm weather we get!!

Dana: What is new here at Linfield College?

Hello everyone!

Last week, was Division III NCAA Week, Sexuality Week, and Greek week, so it was quite the week!  Of course we had beautiful spring weather each and every day of the events making it even more fun and joyous.

The Spring Play opens THIS WEEK!

Just yesterday, I ran in a 1,600 person 13.1 mile race just an hour away from McMinnville, in Corvallis! Guess who came in second place overall? Not me, don’t worry, but our very own Cross Country and Track Assistant coach, Greg Mitchell! Last year he won the Corvallis Half Marathon, and this year he broke the Master’s Record for the race. I came in right close to my goal and 16th women overall. It was a beautiful day, and a gorgeous run. My family came up to see me along with my dog, and we had a great time all weekend.  Then I got to stay up until long hours of the night to get all the studying in for my midterm this morning! A crazy weekend to say the least.

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The weather will hopefully stay wonderful as we dive into the final days of this semester!

Thanks for visiting our site, and come by to visit our wonderful campus!

Dana

Kevin: Greek Week!!

We are nearing the end of Greek Week, which is one of the most fun weeks of the year for those involved in Greek Life here at Linfield. Each fraternity partners with a sorority on campus to compete against the other pairs in different events over the course of the week. This year my fraternity, Theta Chi, is partnered with the Alpha Phi sorority. The other partnerships (in order of sorority with fraternity) are Phi Sigma Sigma with Delta Psi Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha with Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Kappa Phi with Pi Kappa Alpha.

The first event was a fundraiser for Operation Gratitude, which is an organization that sends care packages to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  If you’re interested, you can read more about Operation Gratitude here. Collectively we raised over $1600 in the span of just a few days for this great cause, with Alpha Phi and Theta Chi raising the most! That started us in first place for Greek Week, and we are still in first place currently. Another event was Field Games, which included human pyramid building, water balloon toss, relay race, chubby bunny, orange necking, and Frisbee throw. Yours truly competed in the Frisbee throw on behalf of Alpha Phi and Theta Chi and took first place! There was also a trivia event and a dodge-ball tournament, both of which were won by members of Theta Chi and Alpha Phi.

The last event is tomorrow, and that is lip-sync. Everyone calls lip-sync the great equalizer as it is worth the most points and therefore no lead is safe. We’ve been practicing our dances for over a month now in preparation, and it looks like it’s going to be a really fun event! I’ll be sure to blog again next week to let you all know how it goes and see if Theta Chi wins Greek Week for the third year in a row!

Happy Spring!

Kevin

Dana: I love Spring, Spring is my favorite.

Hello!!

I am back from a very wonderful Spring Break, I am one year wiser, and ready for less than only TWO MONTHS left of the school year. I’m telling you, when you go to college, time is a very very different thing. It really flew by. I have an entire theory on why this is, but let me not bore you, I will save that for another day. ;)

Upcoming exciting events in my Linfield world!!

For my acting class, I am memorizing my first monologue.  While I was slightly panicking about this earlier because I found out TODAY I needed it memorized by tomorrow, I am very excited about learning about myself through the monologue. It is very emotional too, so we will see how it is transformed.

The Spring Play is coming up, and Linfield is performing, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. I am such a fan of Linfield Theatre. I have raved about their talent plenty of times here before, but I am oh so excited about it.

Easter is also coming up! My great friend here is from Seattle, and her and I are going to her home to surprise her mom for Easter weekend!! I love surprises so much, and cannot wait for it. She has no idea. It is so fun when you move to a new place, with people who are from all over the country/world because if you are lucky enough you can visit their home! Last Spring I went to Seattle for the first time with the same friend, and it was my fist time in Washington.

This Sunday is my half marathon that I have been training for since December. I am so, so nervous and excited about it. There is nothing I can do with my training now, but it’s hard not to look back and wish I did more or something different. My family is coming up to see me race, AND bringing my puppy, Enzo! I am so excited to see my parents, sister and my baby.

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I will be super busy this weekend with my race and family, so this week I am trying to get ahead on studying for next weeks midterms, and a final essay due! It’s a little crazy making, but hopefully by tomorrow I will be able to accomplish most of what I need to do.

Can we briefly talk about weather? Coming from technically California, I get asked how I like the weather here in McMinnville, OR.  Let me tell you, as soon as it turns Fall, Winter, OR Spring, I LOVE IT. I really do love the weather here. After living on the coast my entire life, getting seasons is so fun! We just simply don’t get much past 68 degrees ever all year back home, so when it’s 72 degrees during the start of Spring, I just love it. Oregonians like to constantly complain about the weather, and they are almost proud of how much it rains, yet we forget to see how GORGEOUS our fall is, and how warm some days are in the Spring. The summer it gets very warm even too. So don’t worry, it does not just only rain here. It rains enough to keep things green, and hydrated, but get beautiful days too. :)

With my family visiting, my sister is very excited to visit her two favorite places in McMinnville. First, Thai Country Restaurant. We went there together for my birthday last year, and it really is a must when you visit McMinnville. My family will be headed there on Friday for dinner. The next place is  New to You. It is a huge consignment store in McMinnville, the biggest store they have in Oregon. While I am desperately saving my money, I may just have to there and check out there ever changing inventory!

Lots to look forward this week, next week and the next!!!

Until Next Time,

Dana