Daily Archives: October 8, 2012

International CookBook

Linfield Receives 60 new international students each fall. At any given time, there are up to 110 students from  different parts of the world on our campus, each one bringing a different culture and flavor with them.

Chrissy Shane/Features editor

Linda Nilsen

Oslo, Norway

 

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kjøttkaker (MEAT CAKES)

 

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless beef chuck

1 tablespoon potato starch

1 tablespoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon pepper

3/4 cup stock

butter

2 cups brown gravy

 

Grind the meat three times, then mix with the dry ingredients. Gradually add the stock. Form round cakes, and brown on all sides in butter. Simmer in brown gravy until thoroughly cooked, 5-8 minutes. Serve with boiled potatoes, creamed peas and lingonberry compote.

 

Arun Bajracharya

Kathmandu, Nepal

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WO (LENTIL PANCAKES)

 

Ingredients: 

1 cup black lentils

 1 table spoon ginger paste

 or ginger juice

 1/4 tea spoon asafetida(Hing)

 1/2 tea spoon Cumin Powder (Jeera) 

 3 table spoons oil

 Salt to taste

 

Soak black lentil in water overnight or until the black coating is easily removed. Remove the black coating with water then grind the lentils into a paste with minimum water. Add all of the spices to the lentil and mix well. Heat a few drop of oil in the pan, then put the lentil paste on the pan in a small patty shape (just like a pancake). Cook golden brown on both sides and serve hot.

 

Grade Akira Nakagawa

TOKYO, JAPAN

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SHRIMP TEMPURA

Ingredients:

1 cup of water

1 egg

Cooking oil

(enough to cover shrimp)

Shrimp

First, mix the water, egg and flour to make the batter. Then     dip the  shrimp in the batter

and put in the hot cooking oil,

about 365 degrees. They are done when

they can be easily pierced with a fork or chopstick.

 

Maria Jose Vargas

BOLIVIA, SOUTH AMERICA

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PIQUE MACHO

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds of beef

1/2 kilo of sausage, frying

1/2 kilo of sausage, cocktail

2 large red onions

2 large red peppers

2 locotos (hot peppers)

2 tomatoes

3 eggs

1 kilo of potatoes

Cut meat into medium cubes and fry, adding salt and pepper to taste. Do the same with the sausage, then mix the sausages and meat in the same pan.

Cut potatoes into strips and fry (french fry style).

To serve: base plate is placed on a portion of french fries, add the meat mixture to the onions over the peppers and cut into thin strips with medium pieces of tomato and top with halved boiled eggs.

Chrissy Shane can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

 

 

Connections beyond the seas: Linfield and Japan

Kaylyn Peterson/Copy Chief

Have you noticed any new faces on campus this year? How about anyone missing? Every year, students study abroad and participate in exchanges to and from one of the many countries Linfield works with. One country that Linfield has a long-standing tradition with is Japan.

Linfield has an exchange program with four institutions in Japan, in which current students go to study. Depending on what type of degree each student is working toward decides whether the student will study abroad at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Rikkyo University or Aoyama Gakuin University, both in Tokyo, or Doshisha University in Kyoto. Kanto Gakuin University (KGU) is for students seeking a Japanese minor, while the rest are for Japanese majors.

This year, Linfield is hosting 43 Japanese students and one teaching assistant, Nao Okumura, who is also a full-time matriculating student majoring in sociology. There are also eight Linfield students currently abroad in Japan at three of the locations.

Junior Samantha Javier studied abroad during the fall of 2011. She studied at KGU for her Japanese minor. Javier prepared for her travels by taking the required language classes, gaining experience outside the classroom and talking to students who had previously traveled abroad.

One of the biggest differences Javier faced while abroad was the difference in atmospheres between KGU and Linfield.

“At the time, we had to leave an hour and half early before classes start just to get there on time. So, we walked and took the train,” Javier said. “Also, the classroom  environment was different. There were about five of us in each [language] class. The teachers really focused the lessons on where each of us needed the help most, and we got to know our teachers on a more personal, fun level, [even though we didn’t actually attend class with KGU students].

“[Also], there was an easily noticeable sense of kindness and care between the students and faculty, versus the more professional relationship here at Linfield,” Javier said. “If you had a problem, the staff there were really concerned and did everything they could to help you out, which is just a part of Japanese culture.”

The Japanese students who traveled to McMinnville faced similar adjustments when they arrived at the beginning of the school year. Such was the case for sophomore Haruka Mukai, who traveled from Doshisha University where she is a history major. Adjustments for Mukai vary from things as simple as living in dorms to the friendly nature found on campus.

 

Many things surprised her about American culture.

“I was really surprised that few American students are late or absent from class. Also, school in America requires much more assignments than school in Japan,” Mukai said.

“In America, we can easily make friends with people who [have] a different background. It’s amazing to be able to know a lot of culture. And I really enjoy classes at Linfield, since many students actively participate in their class and teachers are kind and have a great enthusiasm for teaching.”

The biggest difference Mukai has experienced is living in the dorms.

“In Japan, living in a dorm is not common. Many students live by themselves or with their family. So, it was hard to get used to the life in a dorm, without a bathtub,” Mukai said.

In Japanese culture, most people take long, hot baths at the end of each day to wind down.

However, Mukai said there are many positive aspects to this switch as well.

“[Here], I live in a dorm and I can go to a class in five minutes,” Mukai said. “It’s amazing for me. I don’t have to wake up early and get on a crowded train every morning anymore. In this sense, life here may be less stressful.”

While students who travel have many new cultural experiences, so do the students working and helping them get adjusted to life in a new country. Sophomore Whitney Brittingham worked for the first part of the school year as an assistant in the International Programs Office, where she helped a group of Japanese students adjust to American culture.

During her time working with the students, Brittingham noticed the things the students had a hard time adjusting to.

“Some things were definitely surprising,” Brittingham said. “For instance, it seemed to be difficult to adjust to American soda, [such as root beer] and mints because those are flavors that are typically associated with medicine in Japan. The American accent can be hard to adjust to as well because of the variety of local terminology and the differences between accents of different regions in America.”

Students at Linfield and in Japan are all affected by the exchange program between Linfield and the Japanese institutions and can benefit from the cultural opportunities it provides.

 Kaylyn Peterson

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com

Photos courtesy of Samantha Javier

It’s time to admit your fashion crimes

Calling all girls (and boys, too).  It is time to update that closet of yours. Now that summer is fading away, it is time to throw out those skimpy summer fashions and put on something more suited to the weather change. Here are some really simple tips to help you out.

Those Linfield sweatpants and matching sweatshirt that you keep wearing for class may show your school spirit, but they show nothing about your personality. It makes you look like you don’t care.

We are paying way too much money per semester to get a good education to look like we just broke up with our significant other. There are easy ways to keep it classy.

Create a uniform for yourself. Your uniform can be as simple as a pair of dark wash-jeans, a tank top and a cardigan.

Go for basic colors that you can mix and match together. Even easier, go for colors that you can put together in the dark, four minutes before class, while finishing that essay you forgot was due until the morning.

If you want to spice it up, add some fun jewelry. It is that simple.

Next topic, shoes. Oh my god. Shoes. Uggs and three-quarter length tights or shorts are a no. It is not the 1800s any more.  We don’t try to tempt the opposite sex by showing a sliver of our leg or ankle.

Plus, it’s just not a cute look. And it totally defeats the purpose if you have on warm shoes but then have half of your leg showing. Also, tennis shoes and mid-calf tights. Just no.

I can understand wanting to go with the sporty look, but there is a better way to rock the look. Try wedged sneakers. Or mock running shoes. They have all the comfort, but twice the style.

Keeping up a good appearance is so much easier than most people think. Lots of people get caught up in thinking they need to have a complicated outfit.

It is really not that complicated. Do what is comfortable for you.  If you are not into heels, then don’t wear heels.

Fashion is not about conforming to what everyone else is doing, it’s about doing what is good for you. It is a way to express your personality.

Are you laid back?

Then it is okay to show that in your fashion style, but don’t get sloppy. Treat every day like a job interview.

Would you wear sweatpants to your first interview after college?

I sure hope not. So don’t wear it to class. Just like most things in life, there is a time and a place.

Fashion is all abut making an impression. Making a statement.

The sidewalk is your runway. So rock it like you are “America’s Next Top Model.”

Kate Straube

Photo editor

Kate Straube can be reached at linfieldreviewphotos@gmail.com.

Snooki’s pregnancy makes MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ more crude

Big poufs, tanning, working out and clubbing are the factors that constantly draw in millions every Thursday to the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore.” The show follows a group of people who live in a house together during the summer in New Jersey.

Each week, new drama is presented, which typically leads to fights and excessive drinking. I would proudly admit that I am one of those viewers who eagerly waits for each new episode to come on.

The show is entertaining and is just full of nonsense that makes viewers fall into a false reality.

The new season premiered Oct. 4, featuring a pregnant Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Snooki is widely known for her crazy antics and drunken public appearances on the show. Recently, the reality star had her first child.

Snooki filmed the episodes from this season while still pregnant. MTV should have thought about this decision before signing the contract.

By having her remain on the show, many may lose respect for the network and question the ideals it displays.

The Jersey Shore is not a proper place for a pregnant woman to be gallivanting around, especially the Jersey Shore house that Snooki and the rest of the cast stay in.

The majority of the show revolves around drinking, partying and drama. MTV is not sending the right message when they place a pregnant Snooki in that kind of environment.

Today’s generation is already facing problems that our parents never had to deal with.

Displaying a pregnant woman partying and living it up in an unstable environment is not a wise choice for MTV.

On the “Jersey Shore” official Facebook page, it teases the new season as having “Preggo Snooks, stripping Sitch and so much more.” This statement makes many eager to watch the show, just to see what happens.

According to MTV News, Snooki has decided to move out of the house due to wanting to focus on motherhood.

It is understandable why the network wanted to keep Snooki on the show due to her high ratings. However, this move does not help the network as a whole because it hurts its morality.

The shows “Teen Mom” and “Sixteen & Pregnant” emphasize how important it is to focus on being a responsible mother.

Placing Snooki into the Shore house breaks all the image control that MTV has been working on through these shows.

This upcoming season of “Jersey Shore” is going to be an interesting one to watch because it will be a different environment in the Shore house.

Ivanna Tucker

Sports editor

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

Women’s and gay rights need to be better advocated for

First off, I would just like to express how proud I am that Ice Auditorium was packed for the Presidential Debate viewing on Oct. 3.

To me, it shows that my generation cares. I saw passion and interest in my peers, and that really meant a lot.

At this point, it seems to me like Governor Romney is leading the way. Many agreed that if the debate last week were a high school debate tournament, Romney would have been the winner.

He was passionate, well-spoken, composed and persuasive. He rebutted statements made against him that weren’t true and made many great points concerning our economy.

But for me, it’s not the economy I’m worried about. Sure, the economy is an important issue to be thinking about and trying to fix. It’s something that my generation will be directly faced with in a few years.

It’s something we’ll have to live with.

In my opinion, no matter who we choose for president, they’re going to do somewhat of the same things regarding economic policies, social security, taxes, etc. And there will always be people who blame the economic downfall solely on whoever is the president.

What matters to me are the things that shouldn’t even be in question in our country right now.

What matters to me are people and our basic human rights. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and women’s rights aren’t even addressed on Romney’s website. They’re not on his platform or agenda. He has no visible plan for either of these issues. And it’s no secret that he isn’t a fan of these things.

Additionally, he opposes giving opportunities to illegal immigrants that could help them become legal, namely the DREAM Act. Plus, he only wants “highly skilled” immigrants to come to our country.

What about artists and writers, dancers and athletes?

Those aren’t the skills that qualify a person to be in Romney’s country. This stifles diversity and ethnic richness.

He wants a uniform country of assimilated Americans who speak English and contribute to the “American dream” and workforce.

And I can’t stress the importance of gay rights and women’s rights enough.

Women are half of this country, and the population of lesbian and gay people is a lot larger than I think he realizes or wants to admit.

I can’t help but feel a little helpless, like the outcome of this election is out of my control. I feel overwhelmed with Romney love on Facebook and everywhere else I look.

This is fine. Maybe he’ll be what our economy needs.

But I stand strongly behind who I’m voting for. I stand strongly for what I believe in. And no matter who wins, I will fiercely advocate for women’s rights and gay rights.

I pledge to work for the obvious rights of humans that some of us do not have, and will not have, with Romney as president.

Kelsey Sutton 

Managing editor

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


Oregon stereotypes can easily be proved wrong

Everyone has been stereotyped, but did you know states get stereotyped as well? I never thought about this idea until just about a year ago when I finally decided to leave my rural hometown in Idaho to move to Oregon.

Since I had visited Oregon many times with my family, I knew this was the place for me.

I never saw any of the stereotypes that so many people would mention when I told them my college destination. I heard numerous, untrue comments from a wide variety of people.

“Oregon is so gloomy. It rains every day.”

“There are only hippies and hipsters there.”

“The ‘Keep Portland Weird’ is just crazy.”

“Watch out for tree-huggers.”

“They are all granola-crunchers that only care about recycling.”

These are just a few comments I would hear that I would like to set straight.

First of all, haven’t we learned from our rocky history that stereotyping an entire group based off of just a few people is always wrong?

Oregon is rainy, but not every day. Some of the prettiest, brightest days I have ever seen were in this state. Yes, it rains, but if you don’t like rain, then I recommend not living in a climate with a lot of precipitation.

Hipsters now exist in all aspects of our culture and all areas, not just in Oregon. While some have said the original hipsters came from Portland, that doesn’t make the entire state a Pabst-drinking, beanie-wearing, mainstream-fearing, underground, skinny jean-wearing sub-culture.

There are even hipsters in Idaho, So I really never understood this generic stereotype that so many of my friends expected me to see in Oregon.

I actually think the “Keep Portland Weird” campaign is kind of liberating. How wonderful is it that an entire city is saying they will be accepting no matter how weird or normal a person is?

 

The terms “tree-huggers” and “granola-crunchers” were used derogatorily by some of the people who said them. However, I think these are great traits. Tree-hugging just means you care about the environment.

In today’s ever depleting earth, it is important to care about how we treat the planet. It is true that Oregonians are more conscious about their green footprint, which I commend them on.

Recycling is a much bigger deal here and that is something to be applauded rather than condemned.

A “granola-cruncher” is about the vaguest and most unoriginal label I’ve ever heard used. Loving the outdoors isn’t a bad thing, it’s healthy.

Why shouldn’t Oregonians enjoy the beautiful landscape and weather that I mentioned before? Also, granola is good.

I just want people from outside of Oregon to recognize the beauty here. The people here have been extremely warm and welcoming to me.

Luckily, many out-of-state people realize that the Oregon stereotypes aren’t true, just as I do. I love this state just as much as my home state. I’m sure Idaho has a bunch of stereotypes I don’t really know of.

I think it is important once again to not stereotype. This may be an over-preached opinion, but the message obviously isn’t working on everyone. So, perhaps it is time for a few little reminders.

Alyssa Townsend

Opinion editor

Alyssa Townsend can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.