Monthly Archives: December 2012
The disruptive and loud leaf blowers can be heard across campus, accompanied by complaints from irritated students. Although the early morning leaf removal is disruptive and annoying, it still serves an important purpose on campus.
Leaves and other fallen debris can pose a lot of danger to students and become campus eyesores. However, leaf blowers should be used at more student-friendly times.
Even so, it is time that students recognize the new steps campus facilities are taking to become more sustainable.
“Our grounds crew strives to begin their work around residential halls and apartments and academic quad areas after 9 a.m. during the heavy leaf season. However, sometimes it is necessary to respond quickly to immediate landscaping dangers (i.e., limbs, trees, etc.), which may require that work take place prior to 9 a.m.,” said Allison Horn, director of facilities and auxiliary services.
Emergencies being the exception, 9 a.m. is still too early to be making that much noise. Many students are still sleeping or at the very least still groggy.
A quiet, peaceful morning to enjoy the campus is just what students need to start the day off. Plus, the brightly colored fallen leaves are a beautiful sight and a staple of the autumn season.
Perhaps 11 a.m. would be a better time to break out the leaf blowers. Before this time, quieter landscaping could be done instead. This would not change productivity levels and would undoubtedly help students out.
Many who oppose leaf blowers use sustainability issues as a way to condemn the early morning disturbance. Linfield facilities is actually improving their sustainable landscaping practices, so this is no longer a reliable argument.
“Several years ago, Linfield began replacing the 2-cycle blowers with STIHL 4-cycle blowers, which are even more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards. Budget permitting, we anticipate replacing the final two 2-cycle blowers this fiscal year,” Horn said.
The group continues to use leaf blowers to cover the most ground possible in the shortest time period, as well as to reduce the risk of the employees injuring themselves from performing the repetitive raking motion.
They have decided this is the best ergonomic way for employees to keep paths clear and campus safe.
- The Review Editorial Board
As everyone knows, November just ended, as did the infamous “No Shave November.” People from all around shaved their month-long hair growth in celebration of their achievements.
The point of this month is exactly what the name entails. People are supposed to avoid shaving for the entire month starting Nov. 1.
Men everywhere become excited that they can grow out their facial hair, some ending the month resembling gnomes, Santa Claus or like they just walked out of a Western movie.
Women also participate in this month-long holiday but are looked at with disgust for allowing unnecessary hair to build up on their bodies.
There should be no standard that women cannot participate in the festivities.
Disgust is shown when women decide not to shave mostly because there is a consensus that women should not have hair in certain areas. This idea has been spread throughout society without a true explanation of why it is not acceptable for women to participate in “No Shave November.”
Everyone has an equal right to take part in the holiday, and it seems that women are discouraged from it because the wool of hair that crops up is not the ideal image of a woman.
This is only one month of not shaving; it will not be permanent. What bad can hairy legs do besides disgust?
No Shave November came from a charity event called Movember that was a contest for people to grow their mustaches in awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancers.
The event spread throughout the world and now has become something that people look forward to.
Just as men are able to help spread awareness of female-related cancers, women should be able to do the same.
It used to be acceptable for women to not shave, but since this image is typically not acceptable in our society, No Shave November is not usually a choice.
Many women still participate but usually do so in secret or do not publicly announce that they are. Women should walk around with pride with hairy legs and armpits and not be judged.
No Shave November is a fun way to show awareness during the month and doesn’t take much effort to participate.
If a man can grow out a thick mustache and beard and still be accepted, women should be able to do the same with the hair on their bodies.
Ivanna Tucker can be reached at email@example.com.
It’s that time of year again, when everyone is racking their brains and rushing around to get gifts for people.
And if you’re like me, there is literally nothing worse than having to go to a crowded store to buy some bargain bin item to wrap up and give to a random family member who you’re not even Facebook friends with.
The holiday season always brings with it a few daunting questions, such as: “Who do I care enough about to fist fight a 13-year-old for the last Nintendo Wii for?”
The uncomplicated answer: close family and best friends.
The polite answer: everyone within your bloodline.
Why is it completely necessary to get an uninspired and usually poor quality gift for those family members that we only see once a year?
Wouldn’t it be more effective to save the money that you would have spent on a random cousin and instead use it for a fantastic gift to someone you actually care about?
Wouldn’t this save everyone the hassle of throwing out useless gifts like hemp candles and decorative boxes?
Just because it’s ‘tis the season of giving, it does not mean ‘tis the season of forgetting that I hate you.
If you do choose to listen to my mom and stop being a brat and get gifts for everyone you’ve ever met, another question arises.
What’s an appropriate gift for people you hardly know but share a slight biological connection with?
Is it acceptable just to email people Groupons for bikini waxes and frozen yogurt, or is that considered rude?
Or, if you decide to use your limited funds for those you care about, what’s the best way to get that someone special something special?
The Internet is always the way to go for the weak and antisocial shoppers like me (and probably you.)
First, Internet stalking is always a great way to start the gift hunt. Lots of people have Amazon wish-lists, and all you need to find is their email address.
And, who doesn’t drop unsubtle gift tips on social networking sites?
Sure, delivery fees are awful, but Internet shopping is a sure hell of a lot easier than finding a spot in the purgatory that is the mall parking lot.
You know what parents and guardians love?
Homemade things, but not poorly constructed macaroni picture frames because you’re in college and that stuff is not cute anymore.
There are dozens of sites to make photo books where you can pick photos and themes that will make your mother glad she didn’t drown you in the bathtub.
The most important thing to remember this holiday season is that everyone is going through the gifting drama.
So remember be kind when you unwrap your third pair of fuzzy socks.
Paige Jurgensen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wouldn’t it be so much easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel during finals week if you had a cuddly kitten or puppy to play with?
Colleges across the country are partnering with nonprofit organizations and abused animal shelters to bring stress relief to students during those last delirious hours before final exams.
Animal therapy programs provide an area, usually the library, for students to take time out from cramming for finals to play with loving animals.
Yale Law School, University of California Irvine, Occidental College, University of Tennessee and Western Washington University are just a handful of the schools that have benefited from this creative and effective stress relief partnerships.
I think that Linfield should be the next college added to this list to experience this therapy program.
Not only would we benefit from the animals, the animals would benefit from us. Many of the organizations bring animals from shelters who do not get near enough attention, so bringing them onto a college campus filled with students who are restricted from having pets in their dorm rooms and apartment buildings would most likely result in a lot of attention.
Basically, it’s a win-win deal for students and the animals.
Indicators of stress are heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have shown animals are successful stress relievers for people conducting stressful tasks, such as taking finals, even more effective than friends and significant others.
And definitely more effective than pancakes and cookies that the school provides during the weeks of finals.
Don’t get me wrong, they are delicious and convenient, but also promote even more late night stress eating than is necessary.
The animals who participate in these therapy programs for college students have met certain standards, which include comfortableness and outgoingness around strangers, enjoyment of being petted and obedience. Animals in these programs are required to pass tests before beginning therapy services.
I don’t know about you, but I am in no way ready to rely on Linfield’s overpopulation of squirrels for stress relief during finals. I would much rather have a cute dog or cat to play with.
Sarah Mason can be reached at email@example.com.