Daily Archives: September 10, 2012

New Catty hours don’t hit the spot

As hungry college students, the Catty Shack is crucial to our survival, especially when the late night munchies hit. After the recent change in Catty’s hours, many students have been left to walk farther across campus to the now open-late Jazzman’s.
Catty now closes at 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 p.m. on weekends. This is quite a big change from last year, when it closed at midnight Monday through Friday, 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.
To make up for this difference, Jazzman’s is now open until midnight Monday through Friday, 9 p.m. on Saturday and midnight on Sunday. Jazzman’s used to only be open Mondays through Fridays until 4 p.m.
We found this change to be ridiculous when students tend to prefer food over coffee late at night. Although Jazzman’s has some food, it doesn’t have the same selection that Catty offers. Plus, Catty also carries coffee. In addition, it has more living necessities than Jazzman’s; if a student needed Band-Aids, they could get them there.
While this change might not seem like a big deal to an outsider, many Linfield students have expressed annoyance because of the new hours.
“It is disappointing because I often have cravings for food at night, and Catty satisfied those cravings,” sophomore AJ Wagoner said.
Another sophomore, Rebecca Kropp, said “I feel like it wasn’t advertised very well, and it’s super inconvenient when I want a snack on my way to the library late at night.”
It is similar attitudes like these that have the Review questioning why Sodexo would decide to change the hours of both establishments.
Bill Masullo, Sodexo dining services manager, declined to comment, but did say there will be a campus-wide email coming out this week explaining the hour changes to students.
As some of the upperclassmen here at Linfield may recall, at one point in Linfield’s history there was even a coffee cart inside Nicholson Library in an effort to give students the opportunity to get their caffeine fix.
This, too, makes us question why these decisions are seemingly being made without first gauging the general consensus of students.
Perhaps the hour changes were done in an attempt to save money or even to create more student employment opportunities at Jazzman’s. Will the changes made last all year?
Hopefully, the upcoming email will answer some of these questions and concerns.
-The Review Editorial Board

Everyone deserves the opportunity to attend college

Job-seekers today cannot make it far without a college degree. With the rising cost of college, financial aid can only help students so much. Costs and financial aid can also be impacted by whether you apply to an in-state or out-of-state school. This can all come into question when you are denied in-state cost based on your parent’s citizenship status.
In a recent New York Times article, a federal court in Florida threw out the state regulations stating that American children with parents who are of illegal immigrants are considered out-of-state residents.
This raises the question, why did this law exist in the first place?
As a society, America has a sense of pride for the independence of its citizens. But this pride conflicts with the fact that the people who are affected the most by this ruling are American citizens.
Now, this makes me wonder, if two babies were born in the same hospital in America, but their mothers were from different places, would that make either baby any less of an American citizen? Both these children have the same “country of birth” written on their birth certificate.
A parent’s choices and past should not have any effect on their child’s future or the recognition of their citizenship. While they are family, a parent and child are not the same person.
There are now at least 14 states with laws permitting undocumented students who attend school in-state to pay the same as other in-state students. According to the National Immigration Law Center website, most of the students affected by this law are the children of undocumented immigrants.
While the issue would not exist if the undocumented immigrants came to America with proper documentation, this is not a choice made by the students, who are being denied the rights they were born with. A person can never choose what their parents are going to do before they are born, so why be punished for it when you’re trying to make life better for yourself?
These students should be treated fairly and given what they’re entitled to as American citizens.
America, let’s be fair to all of our citizens, regardless of their parents.
Choices can’t be made by someone who isn’t even born yet.

Kaylyn Peterson
Copy chief

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com.

Early recruitment contributes to students’ stress

The beginning of the school year is a stressful time for returning students. It can be even more nerve-wracking for new students who are just starting to experience college life.
In the first few weeks alone, students are faced with the immense challenge of time management. They are immediately slammed with classes, papers, reading assignments, quizzes, extracurricular activities, sports and more.
However, this is also one of the best things about Linfield. It offers students many opportunities to get involved around campus, one of which is through Greek Life.
About 25 percent of the McMinnville campus’ student population is involved in Greek Life. Greek Life at Linfield allows students to get involved not only around campus but also throughout the community through service.
But regardless of personal opinion or whether joining Greek Life is the right choice for a particular student, one thing is for sure: Linfield Greek Life should wait to have formal recruitment until later in the semester.
As it stands, formal recruitment usually takes place in about the third week of the fall semester. This is way too early for new students to determine if joining Greek Life is something they want to do. They haven’t had enough time to observe how Greek Life works around campus or the opportunity to effectively balance time commitments presented by their classes.
Not to mention, men and women already involved in Greek Life spend weeks preparing for formal recruitment. Many of the sororities have recruitment practices throughout the week and weekends, and fraternities have to plan and prepare for various events. The preparation can be quite time-consuming.
It is already stressful enough balancing schoolwork with whatever activities one might be involved in. The added pressure of preparing for recruitment as soon as the semester starts does nothing to help alleviate tensions.
In addition to helping students ease into the school year, having formal recruitment at a later date might actually help increase participation numbers. Students would have more time to go through the process after developing somewhat of a steady routine. Greek Life leaders would also have more time to advertise for formal recruitment.
Many schools do not even have formal recruitment until the end of their semesters. Other schools don’t allow freshmen to rush until they’ve completed a semester. Although these policies are drastic compared to Linfield’s, Greek Life should consider pushing back formal recruitment at least to the end of September or October.
The change would help out many of the organizations involved in the formal recruitment process and students wanting to rush would have more time to settle in to college life first.

Jessica Prokop
Editor-in-chief
Jessica Prokop can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Freshmen gone wild during first weekend

For many freshmen, the transition from high school to college is liberating. No parents, no supervision and few rules means a pretty wild first weekend for some. Unfortunately, this newfound freedom often makes new students overdo it.
The first weekend is a chaotic one. Campus comes alive at night with people running, often intoxicated, all over to the frats and apartments to party. Many of these are freshmen excited to be in the college scene.
As a junior, I’ve already seen it a ton of times. It doesn’t necessarily bother me, but it does worry me. I hear stories about multiple freshmen going to the hospital or even getting
arrested. The first weekend of school seems a little soon to be getting oneself into that much trouble.
The weekend before classes start is a lot of students’ first time getting drunk. Without the pressure of going home afterward, or parents saying no, this is the most ideal opportunity many have ever seen. However, most newcomers don’t understand the effect alcohol can have on their bodies. They don’t know how to handle alcohol because they’ve never dealt with it before.
Freshmen also don’t know their peers well yet. In that environment, you’re pretty much completely on your own. At first, not many are comfortable saying, “Hey, maybe you’ve had too much to drink.”
The first few weeks of college are crucial to internalizing your new routine and lifestyle. Those early days become ingrained into your habits.
According to USA Today, nearly half of college freshmen spend more time during a week drinking than they do studying. Don’t get started off on the wrong foot. If you are going to drink, wait until you are settled in and comfortable with your college surroundings.
The consequences of a crazy Saturday night can be hard to bear. First of all, no one wants a trip to the hospital. It’s expensive, your parents find out and it definitely gets talked about. I was once told that freshmen are most likely to get alcohol poisoning during the first semester of college.
Alcohol impairs functioning, judgment and the ability to say no. The risk of unprotected or
unwanted sex is especially high when you are impressionable, wasted, and eager to impress upperclassmen.
So, please be smart and safe about what you do on the weekends. You’ll have plenty of chances to have fun while you’re here at Linfield. There’s no need to cram it all in to the first night.

Kelsey Sutton
Managing editor

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

Clinton steals attention from Obama at Democratic convention

At the Democratic National Convention this year, Bill Clinton gave a 49-minute speech. He was scheduled to give a 3,000-word speech about Obama and the policies that have been discussed on the Republican and Democratic sides. His speech turned into 6,000 words and the audience was ecstatic about every aspect, almost constantly applauding and laughing.
Current president, Barack Obama, was scheduled to give a speech addressing his stance on the current issues and the opposing party.
Clinton set the bar high for the president as he received a standing ovation from the audience.
The purpose of the Democratic National Convention is to help the democratic nominee discuss his view to the public and fellow party members.
Clinton, however, made the convention more about how he can kill all the points of the opposing side. More attention went to his speech than toward Obama, who is the actual candidate running for presidency.
Clinton made some
valid points throughout his speech and kept the audience engaged. Their excitement showed how much of a presence Clinton has in society. His speech could have been toned down a bit so that Obama’s speech would have, in comparison, stood out more.
Some may say that Obama could have spiced up his speech, but Obama made his points and has his own unique presence.
After every few sentences, the audience would frantically applaud or chant during Clinton’s speech.
When Obama came on stage, the audience gave him full support and encouragement. This is mostly because of the boastful speech given the night prior by Clinton.
Both Clinton and Obama showed respect toward the opposing party, while at the Republican convention, the speeches targeted the opposing party with forceful tactics. This is not about who is right or wrong in their points. This is about how the importance of what the convention is actually about was diverged into who can make the best show for the audience.
Clinton took total advantage of his opportunity to speak to show how much the audience admires him.
By the end of his 49-minute speech, most were probably confused as to whether the convention was about Clinton or Obama accepting the democratic nomination.
The lasting impression that Clinton made has spread across the country like wildfire. His speech has been viewed more times than Obama’s, showing where the attention has been pushed.
The Democratic convention made a good selection in choosing Clinton to speak, but it should have monitored how much he actually said on television more closely. The majority of attention should be on the actual candidate, not the guest speaker.
Was this convention about Obama’s reelection, or about how much Clinton can show him up on stage?

Ivanna Tucker
Sports editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.