Monthly Archives: December 2011

SOPA invades Internet

Think about all the countless hours you spend watching YouTube videos, looking at images on Pinterest or reading posts on blogs.

Now, picture them gone in an instant due to new government regulations. All across the country, millions are using these websites for their own entertainment or learning. The government is now trying to pass an internet censorship bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

With SOPA, corporations will have more control over their copyrighted materials. This is a good idea to a certain extent. Corporations such as the Hollywood movie studios that are supporting this bill are trying to make sure they get as much money and accreditation as possible for the products they produce.

Websites such as YouTube would not exist if this bill was active at the time of its creation. There didn’t seem to be a problem originally, but now that sites like YouTube have become so profitable, corporations want a cut of the earnings.

According to the Huffington Post, if this new bill is passed, companies would basically be able to force websites like YouTube to remove all the material belonging to the Hollywood movie industries and music production companies. This can include a demand to shut down non-complying websites.

These types of threats also affect consumers. Shouldn’t the consumer have a say in the matter? Stricter laws could possibly in fact lead to a loss of revenue for some, especially those businesses that advertise heavily on media sharing sites.

SOPA is a good idea; however, some of the guidelines established need to be more realistic to both sides. People complain about how the government has so much power now but with this new law, it will also have authority over everything that goes onto the Internet. The government should not have the ability to control every aspect of the lives of citizens.

Piracy is a bad thing. There are alternate routes that can be taken to prevent this from happening, such as establishing fees or targeting the more extreme pirating sites.

Our lives are based on the mass of freely circulating knowledge and media that can be found on the Internet. This bill challenges the building blocks upon which our generation has grown. Some regulation is necessary, but this bill is not the answer.

 

Ivanna Tucker

Sports editor

linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

 

Runner sends prom invite

Meghan O’Rourke, since you are the opinion editor for The Linfield Review, I thought I would share some of my opinions with you.

In my opinion,  your running bandanas are awesome.

Not only do they keep your hair out of your face, but you are also prepared to rob a bank or hold up a train full of loot.

In my opinion, your writing is brilliant, and it makes me  hope that you are considering a mass communication degree.

In my opinion, we would make a great couple at cross-country prom this weekend.

I would love to take you out to dinner, wear over-the-top outfits and take an unhealthy amount of awkward pictures together.

I would love  to share a dance, enjoy the company of our teammates and celebrate the end of a great season with you.

Feel free to respond via airplane banner in the sky, writing in the clouds or a parcel from an owl.

 

-Nic Miles

 

Nic Miles

Letter to the editor

Shop locally this holiday season

Crowds of people rushed to stores on Thanksgiving night, standing in lines for hours, waiting for stores to open up on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Stores such as Macy’s, Target and Best Buy opened up their doors as early as midnight for eager customers hungry for deals on clothes, electronics and appliances. In some stores, check-out lines wrapped all the way around the store.

With the country still in a recession, many holiday shoppers are looking for the best deals possible on gifts for family members and friends on their shopping list.

In the process of this extreme holiday shopping, many people become unnecessarily aggressive, pushing and hurting people, all because there is an item on sale. There have even been Black Friday shoppers who have been trampled to death by other shoppers.

The holiday season is supposed to be the season of giving, not the season of selfishness. Is hurting someone really worth that big, flat-screen TV?

“People were crazy. They were like vultures,” freshman Alexis Heredia said.

While it is true that you may need to be more aggressive while shopping during the holidays, make a conscious effort to not be unnecessarily rude to other holiday shoppers. Try not to push people out of your way, and definitely don’t walk on top of someone just to get an item on your Christmas list. If everyone treats each other with respect, we can all have a more enjoyable holiday shopping experience.

Freshman Megan Goudie had a more pleasant Black Friday experience.

“People were assertive, but not pushy,” she said.

People don’t need to be rude in order to shop.

Big corporations are attracting herds of holiday shoppers by advertising sales to people around the country. But what happens to the smaller, local businesses struggling to survive this holiday season?

When shopping for presents this year, consider visiting local businesses before visiting big chain stores.

By supporting local businesses for presents this year, you are investing in your community rather than just giving your money away to big corporations.

Local business owners are just trying to provide for their families, so why not help them buy presents for their children?

Also, consider donating food or toys to charity. Everyone deserves to have a decent holiday meal and every child deserves a toy on their holiday list. Keep the holiday spirit alive for everyone.

By treating other shoppers with respect and sharing the wealth, everyone wins this holiday season.

-The Review Editorial Board

linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Parkour: Diving through physical and mental obstacles

 

They dive, roll and vault over fences. Walls and parked cars are no longer barriers. They see them as pieces to a playground and tools for expressing themselves.

Sophomore Colton Wright and freshman Cody Meadows are players in the world of parkour and free running.

Parkour is a sport in which the goal is to move through obstacles in the most efficient manner, Meadows said. Parkour athletes—traceurs—vault over walls, jump long distances, roll, flip and dive.

He said that free running shares similar techniques and tricks with parkour, but that free runners are more concerned with the aesthetics of movement.

“Parkour is a discipline and free running is an expression,” Wright said.

Parkour has French origins, as it was used as a military survival tactic during World Wars I and II.  While the sport has been around for decades, it didn’t begin to gain momentum until the 21st century, Wright said.

Meadows said he began exploring parkour when he was in seventh grade. At the time, his practice was just an extension of his penchant for other extreme sports, such as snowboarding and skating. Some of his first parkour moves involved flipping off objects onto snow drifts.

Wright didn’t begin practicing parkour until the summer before he began college at Linfield. Some poor coaching had begun to push Wright away from his background as a long distance runner, he said, and he wanted to find a new passion.

Wright had already seen parkour and free run stunts on television shows, such as “Ninja Warrior” and “Jump City.” Since he enjoyed being active and moving, parkour seemed like an obvious sport to engage in.

“Personally, I’m not good at expressing words but I can define myself through actions and movements,” Wright said.

Meadows and Wright crossed paths on Linfield’s campus last year, when Wright saw Meadows doing a stunt.

“I was outside one day when I saw Cody and his friends practicing flips in front of Frerichs,” Wright said. “It turned out that Cody had been practicing for three years. We decided to train together and we’re always finding out more things we have in common.”

Wright and Meadows try to practice their stunts around campus and in McMinnville each Sunday.

“It’s our version of church,” Meadows said.

This camaraderie between parkour athletes and free runners is expected, Meadows said.

Meadows described a visit to the UK, where he met a top-ranked parkour team. The team invited him to do some stunts with them, he said.

“Asking a traceur to do a flip with you is like getting an autograph,” Wright said.

Wright said that he has built relationships through a parkour group in San Francisco.

Aside from supporting each other in person, traceurs and free runners are active as an online community.

Meadows said that thousands of YouTube videos are dedicated to parkour and free running demonstration and tutorials.

Because the sports usually turn into lifestyles, it’s common for traceurs and free runners to watch online videos of stunts when they aren’t actually performing them.

“It’s easy to start watching parkour videos and then realize that you spent the entire day in front of your computer,” Meadows said.

But even with the support his parkour community provides, Wright said that fear still plays a dominant role in his practice.

“One of the biggest obstacles is fear,” Wright said. “You are always hesitant to break out of that shell and try something you’ve never done before.”

He said that traceurs and free runners often take time to prepare for a stunt they’re about to pull, mentally measuring out the steps and jumps they’re about to take.

“Sometimes I’ll just stand in front of bars or a wall for about five minutes, working up the courage to make my move,” Wright said.

But even after planning exactly what stunts he will pull, fear still creeps into his practice, he said, motioning to a scar along his right shin.

Wright said the scar came from when he was leaping across multiple rails behind his high school, hesitated for a moment, and landed unevenly on one of the bars. His shin drug across the pole before he landed on the ground in pain.

“I just remember lying on the ground, ready to pass out from pain because it hurt so much,” Wright said. “It didn’t help when I looked at the pole and saw my skin on it.”

But even with occasional injuries, Wright said he can’t stop practicing parkour. He encourages people to try it, even if they don’t come from gymnastic backgrounds.

Wright said his athletic background was limited to cross country and track, but that he was still able to successfully break into the parkour and free running scene.

“I always want people to give it a try,” he said. “All I want is for you to move your body and let it take control.”

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Joanna Peterson
/ Managing editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.
Photos by Joel Ray/ Photo editor

 

Linfield gains new VISTA coordinator

Linfield’s new VISTA Student Engagement Coordinator hopes to engage students in community service, owning a tree farm, and above all else, serve the local community.

Alexis Powell, who is now serving her second term with AmeriCorps, chose to work at Linfield because it allowed her to connect people with the local community.

“I chose Linfield to gain experience, to serve and to connect people. Really, to connect people,” she said

Powell served her first term with AmeriCorps at the Yamhill Community Action Partnership as the Homeless and Community Outreach Coordinator.

During her time at YCAP, Powell worked with homeless and low-income individuals by running the Thanksgiving and holiday programs, coordinating the annual homeless count and teaching gardening at a YCAP shelter.

Powell chose YCAP because she wanted to continue serving in Yamhill County. After graduating from George Fox University in Newberg, Powell opted to stay in Yamhill County so that she could continue to serve the community that she had already served for four years.

At Linfield, Powell primarily works with five students who are part of a new leadership program called Change Corps. Change Corps works through the office of Community Engagement and Service to organize service projects in the community to promote student involvement in service.

During her stay at Linfield, Powell hopes to connect students to service opportunities that are happening in the community. She says she hopes to provide students with projects that connect what they are learning in the classroom with community service.

“I’m really interested in higher education and so I thought I would be able to use some of my connections I made last year and continue serving and strengthening those partnerships right here in Yamhill County,” she said. “I just think service learning is an invaluable experience for college students.”

Powell is unsure of what she wants to do once she completes her term at Linfield. She says that she hopes to attend grad school, but she is unsure of what she wants to study.

“I still want to go to grad school, I’m just not sure what I want to go for,” she said. “I don’t have a clear ‘this is what I want to be when I grow up.’”

In addition to grad school, she says that she hopes to one day own a tree farm.

“Last year when I was running holiday programs, I realized that people who can’t afford gifts can’t afford Christmas trees,” she said. “And so I just realized that I wanted to be a Christmas tree farmer.”

Powell also expressed interest in opening a food co-op in Newberg.

“There’s this spot that I’ve been scouting out and I think that would make a great initial startup food co-op. And they just put in an insurance or something ridiculous in there,” she said.

No matter where she ends up, Powell hopes to continue to serve her local community.

“I serve because I love serving,” she said.

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Joel Ray/
Photo editor
Joel Ray can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.