Daily Archives: March 11, 2013

Photo credit: Chrissy Shane


Photo credit: Chrissy Shane

Photo credit: Chrissy Shane

Photo credit: Samantha Javier

Photo credit: Samantha Javier



Even if you don’t know Stephanie Raso, you’ve probably seen her.

Walking through Ford Hall, you will find that her name and face pepper the information wall.

In a passé position, with one arm extended forward and book in hand, Raso poses in one of the Linfield READ posters.

Framing the poster are past articles, picturing Raso dancing skillfully on the Ice Auditorium stage.

The senior communication arts major has been immersed in the Linfield dance scene since her first days on campus—and since her arrival, the scene has grown.

“Although we don’t have a big dance culture at Linfield, I try to support it as much as possible,” Raso said.

A humble simplification considering she has been enthusiastically active in promoting the dance showcases, as well as persistent in communicating with college relations.

“I really want to see dance succeed at Linfield,” Raso said.

Raso’s indisputable appreciation for dance is a product of her extensive experience.

“My mother started me in tap when I was four,” Raso said.

After tap, she moved to jazz, then ballet—fast forward 20 years and Raso has mastered an array of dance forms.

“In a nutshell, I’ve done it for a long time,” Raso said. “I’m passionate and very dedicated to it.”

Raso’s dedication is evident, as she will perform in four different numbers in this semester’s dance showcase, choreographing one dance and co-choreographing three others.

However, Raso’s ardor isn’t limited to dance.

Raso has been working as an intern for Vista Hills Vineyard and Winery, an internship that’s known to be difficult to land—except for Raso.

“I applied and that week they wanted to work with me,” Raso said.

Since officially being hired in October, Raso has spent countless hours at the peak of Dundee Hills, learning the complexities of wine making.

“There’s so much that goes into the production of wine, it’s really fascinating,” Raso said. “I slowly but surely started to develop my knowledge about the wine industry.”

Raso regularly informs customers about Vista Hills’ highly acclaimed Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines, a task that she happily performs.

“Working in the tasting room, it’s fun because you meet different customers,” Raso said. “You get to learn about the people who come in.”

On March 10, Raso set up an exclusive, RSVP event, in which she prepared the Treehouse Tasting Room for about 32 Treehouse Club Members who visited Vista Hills to hear winemaker and General Manager Dave Peterson talk about select wines.

“She set up this entire event,” Tasting Room Manager Ryan Fish said. “She also did our last Thanksgiving event.”

Additionally, she worked the wedding season—a busy time for the winery.

“I’ve never imagined having an internship at a winery. I enjoy the world of wine so much,” Raso said.

Between the numerous duties for dance and the internship, Raso’s time is stretched, impressively so.

Not only has she had to prepare a senior thesis, which she presented last semester, she has had two opportunities to study abroad, recently returning from Greece and Rome.

“I am so grateful and thankful for having the opportunity to go abroad, not once but twice,” Raso said.

Even more, Raso has to balance the daunting responsibilities of a senior preparing to start a new chapter away from Linfield.

“Now that I’m a senior, I have to think about places I have to go. I’m dealing with the graduating questions, like where I’ll live,” she said.

The California native has considered returning to her hometown in the Bay Area, but she sees potential in Oregon.

“I’d like to stick it out here and get into the wine industry or get back involved with dance,” Raso said. “I like to be optimistic. I’d rather not say what’s negative when I might find something or something might fall into place.”


Chrissy Shane

Features editor

Chrissy Shane can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com



Taylor Swift continues to be a serial dater

We all knew Taylor was trouble when she dropped her latest album “Red.”  Here we go again with yet another album full of break up songs that leave us asking ourselves, “When will it end?”

The now 23-year-old appeared on the music scene in 2006 with her hit “Our Song.” Clearly, that song meant nothing because she has dropped every single guy she has dated since.  She quickly made it to the top of the charts, while at the same time boosting her country cred.

She became an instant hit among the teenie-boppers, as well as practically every single girl on the face of the planet. At the time, we were all awkward middle and high schoolers dealing with the fact that dating was a completely foreign concept. Too bad Taylor only sang about failed relationships. Thanks for the confidence boost. Not.

I will admit, at first her songs were catchy. It was refreshing to hear a girl sing about such subjects that were quite taboo at the time. But after the second break up hit, it got old…and fast. When you analyze the facts, the number of Taylor’s ex’s greatly surpasses the number of tear drops on her guitar. She should be nominated for an episode of “True Life: I can’t stop serial dating boys.”

Let’s move onto her latest album, “Red.”  If this was her attempt to be as lame as Carly Rae Jepsen, job well done! As much as I dislike country, her pop album may be worse. We have all seen the edited version of her “I Knew You Were Trouble” video with a goat. (If not, check it out.) That video just proves how ridiculous we find her songs.

Nobody cares about little sweet Taylor trying to be punk. Also, your performance at the Grammy’s was beyond painful to watch. Talk about awkward and a tragic lack of sex appeal. And that passive aggressive dig at One Direction’s Harry Stiles was really mature. Forget “Taylor Nation,” I am a “Directioner” for life!

When it comes down to it, Taylor should go back to country. Honestly, that is where she belongs. Then I would not have to hear her songs on the major radio stations. Also, a little dating tip from me to you, Taylor…stop going through boys like goats go through grass.

In the end, the fact that Taylor can’t keep a boyfriend for longer than the length of one of her songs will make any guy say, “You DON’T belong with me.”

Kate Straube

Photo editor

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

Reach balance, stay present to find happiness

Amongst the chaos of the natural disasters around the country, local assaults against our fellow students and personal challenges, the world can often seem a bit overwhelming.

When things get hectic the best thing to do is stay present.

As difficult as this may seem, there’s a framework that can provide some assistance with this idea. It’s been said that depression is caused from dwelling on the past, and anxiety is caused from irrational scenarios of the future.

Both of these extremes come from failing to accept what is right now.

Spiritual teachers around the world have been promoting this idea of presence for centuries. The idea has remained relatively consistent and seeks to promote the same thing.

Finding balance outside of yourself must begin from within. This requires being present in every moment possible, whether they be difficult or not.

Another term for this is “no mind” because all the internal chatter in your mind is silenced. This allows you to think about things that matter.

When you achieve this it presents itself as a warm feeling of euphoria. The flowers smell especially wonderful, the trees are noticeably greener, even the sidewalk seems to catch your footsteps better.

Some achieve this sense of calming via meditation, but there are various ways in which it can successfully be obtained.

Being meticulously aware of your surrounding details is another way to achieve this.

When you are completely engaged in the moment, you automatically push aside the things that cause  the unnecessary pain.

This isn’t to say that we can just forget our obligations to work and school, but rather we should be incorporating these techniques to help achieve a better quality of work.

Being present allows a person to focus on the task at hand, to make clear and concise decisions and
really illustrate the best of his or her abilities.

As I’ve been practicing these things in my own life, I’ve noticed a new sense of clarity in my everyday activities.

Simple things like making a pot of coffee have become exciting and refreshing.

Yet, I’m also able to calmly attack a stack of homework.

I believe that there are healthy ways to cope with all of life’s challenges. I think it’s important that college students are aware of these options.

College can be an influential time in a young adult’s life, and now is when we should be investing in learning productive skills in dealing with stress and problem solving.

Kelsey Sutton 

Managing editor

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

Students underestimate the importance of safety

Just more than a year ago, Linfield was struck by a string of crimes. A few backpacks were stolen, a student was mugged and another student was abducted, but luckily returned.

These incidents made campus have a sense of hyper-awareness. Everyone was watching out for each other, and campus grew stronger from it.

With time, students began to forget to look out for one another. As students continue to forget to be safe, the potential for calamities rises.

As a whole, the Linfield community often forgets that we are still a part of the rest of the world, where bad people do exist and disasters out of your control do happen. This is just a reminder to take care of one another.

You might not even realize that you and your friends aren’t doing a good enough job at keeping each other safe. Odds are, you have found yourself in an uncomfortable situation that could have been prevented.

For example, it is 1 a.m. after the library closed, you don’t know anyone else leaving the library and you live in Pioneer.

What do you do?

Most students don’t want to call and wake up their friend for a ride or call campus security because they’ve never done that before.

The fact is that this is an issue of safety. Campus is safe, don’t get me wrong, but random people do have the ability to walk around the campus whenever they want.

Swallow your pride and take that ride from CPS. Or call your friend for a ride; if they are a good one they will come. Don’t risk walking back across an empty campus alone late at night. It can give even the bravest students the goose bumps.

Many situations like this come up on a daily basis. When this happens, take a second to really think about your safety.

As children,we relied on our parents for everything, from fulfilling physiological needs to safety. As college students, we are finally responsible for our own decisions. But this responsibility shouldn’t stop at just yourself. It should include every other student on campus, whether they are your best friend or that quiet girl that sits in the back of your psychology class.

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but it also isn’t that hard. Linfield prides itself as a tight-knit community where everyone cares and looks out for one another. Remember that motto.

Take care of one another as though we’re all siblings or close friends. Watching each other’s back is as simple as not letting your friend text while driving, walk home in the dark or leave with a random guy at a party.

Take every step possible to create and maintain a safe campus for your friends and yourself. Care for one another and make smart choices.

Linfield is a safe campus, in comparison to most colleges, so don’t be afraid. Instead, just be thoughtful of everyone’s safety.

Alyssa Townsend

Opinion editor

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


Communication is key for Linfield’s future success

As I look around the Linfield campus, something is becoming more and more clear. As a whole, the Linfield community could benefit from reprioritizing and trying new communication techniques.

This term, there have been a few instances of extreme miscommunication that caused an uproar among all members of the Linfield community and beyond.

This miscommunication does not only affect the students, faculty and other staff, but also the surrounding McMinnville community and one that is often overlooked, our families.

We must not forget that issues are at least two-sided and don’t always have a right and a wrong. Every event can be looked at from many angles.

One event that had its roots in miscommunication is still fresh in all of our minds. The claim that Medical Clemency no longer exists ripped through our campus during the last two weeks.

This proved to be false, but could it not have been avoided if there were better systems of communication set in place?

I know that the tendency of many students about the Medical Clemency rumors was to blame College Public Safety, Residence Life or countless other people on campus, but let’s take a step back for a minute and look at the bigger picture. How can we keep this or similar rumors from happening in the future?

The answer is both simple and complicated. If everyone at Linfield worked on being forthcoming with information, then I feel that positive opinions on campus would skyrocket.

The blame for a rumor cannot be placed on one individual or group on campus. And there is not only one group that needs to work on communication.

As students, I know that we want to blame people in seats of “power” on campus, but that will never solve anything. It will just make things worse. Here is what we can all do to make things better.

We need to work on ways to have our voices heard. There is already a system in place for that. Every week, a group of student senators meet in T.J. Day Hall with the Associated Students of Linfield College Cabinet to, among other things, solve issues that are brought up by students. If there is something that is bothering you on campus, email someone on Senate or the ASLC vice president. Your voice will be heard and the Senate will act.

It is important that Linfield staff be open with students and foster an environment for communication to take place. Although it seems as if students do not care and will not read the emails that are sent to us, we will listen.

In addition, staff must be preemptive when dealing with student concerns. For example, the Medical Clemency rumors must have reached someone’s ears before The Linfield Review asked for an interview or the ASLC president asked for a meeting. If you hear something that sounds false and alarming, please try to be open with us about what is going on and stop a rumor from getting worse.

Let’s use the “explosion” about Medical Clemency as a catalyst for finding a new way to communicate with each other about important issues. One thing that we must remember is that whatever the outcome is, we must all work together as staff, faculty, students, parents, “townies” and anyone else who is involved.

Everyone can do their part to make this campus even better than it already is, and it is pretty great.

Julian Adoff

Multimedia editor

Julian Adoff can be reached at linfieldreviewonline@gmail.com.