Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

Fingerprint readers would make campus safer

Sarah Mason / Features editor

Sarah Mason can be reached at linfieldreviewfeature@gmail.com.

It’s 3 a.m., pouring down rain, and you don’t have your swipe card to get inside your residence hall. You can either: A) obnoxiously call and wake up your roommate. B) hope  that someone doing a walk of shame will pass by soon. Or, C) call College Public Safety to come let you in.

The problem is all of these options have less than ideal consequences. CPS does a great job responding to people when they are locked out of their dorms. But I feel guilty distracting officers from their safety-related responsibilities to request help for getting into my building.

Security is a top priority for students, and it would be more beneficial for CPS, students and other members on campus if CPS were not responsible for helping us into the building.

I have a solution to this problem that will hopefully help all of the forgetful students out there who cannot keep track of their swipe card and find themselves weighing out the options above on a daily basis. This solution is a fingerprint reader.

It makes perfect sense to implement an electronic fingerprint scanning device considering the benefits.

Students have to keep track of a lot. Not having to worry about a swipe card would be one less painful thing to keep track of. It would be more convenient for students because they would not have to fiddle around with their half-broken duct taped swipe cards, and CPS would not have to take time out of its schedules to come let students into their buildings.

Students are already paying enough for tuition so how does it make sense that students have to pay a fee every time they lose their swipe card? A fingerprint reader would also cut down on the amount of plastic our school uses. This new device would benefit the environment as well.

Fingerprint readers would also keep unwanted and unauthorized people from accessing  buildings on campus. One of the features of the fingerprint reader is that it is programmed to allow certain people into buildings. Also, the device can be set to limit access to only residents after a certain hour.

This solution is more convenient and safer for CPS officers, students and other members on campus. Not to mention, it would be so nice to not have to stand outside in the pouring down rain weighing out the best option to get into your building.

Psy generates confusion, not pop music hit

Kate Straube / Photo editor

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

Just when we thought Psy’s reign over YouTube and pop culture would end, he released his second hit video “Gentlemen.”

This video is being called the sequel to “Gangnam Style” and features a brand new dance routine.  I was secretly hoping that he would become a one hit wonder and then pony dance off the music scene, but I guess my wish was not granted.

I can easily imagine why his new video got more than one million views in the first five days after it was uploaded. People were curious.

Is it possible for him to create another song of equal annoying-ness?  Well ladies and gentlemen, Psy just proved it is!

Let’s start with the music itself. The song sounds exactly the same.  It has the same beat, the same highly synthesized melody and follows the same structured formula.

I mean if you are into that kind of music, you can pay $1.29 on iTunes.  Lets be honest, Psy probably payed $1.29 million to get that ridiculous video produced.

Speaking of the video, it felt like my eyes were being assaulted by multiple squirrels on steroids.  There was too much going on at once. It became almost impossible for the viewer to even enter this “magical and fantastic” world that Psy was trying to create.

I understand the motive to create this space where people can just party and go crazy, but is there such a thing as going too hard?

Also, his videos just don’t make sense to me.  Half the time, I sit there wondering “what is going on?”

“Why are you dancing like that?”

“What is the point of all this nonsense?”

Eventually I just give up, and then feel the guilt of being one of the millions of views on YouTube that have made this video a worldwide sensation.

It is interesting to note though that Psy’s songs are not as popular in other countries.

Take South Korea for example.

You may find it hard to believe, but Psy’s video was banned by a South Korean TV Network for a “traffic cone violation.”  (Within the  first  minute  of  the video, Psy kicks over a traffic cone.)

Maybe the fact that we like this video reflects on us as a country.  We thrive on drama and the extreme.  Psy’s videos do just that.  They provide us with a fake world where we can get lost and input our own fantasy.

Despite how annoying his videos may be, they have certain elements that Americans eat up like McDonald’s cheese burgers.

Well done, Psy, well done.

GPA does not determine your worth as a student

Kelsey Sutton / Managing editor

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

I feel that students, myself included, often get way too caught up in a small detail of the learning process: the dreaded grade point average (GPA).

While it is definitely important to work hard and strive for the best possible grade, it isn’t worth panicking about.

It is something that has taken me a long time to realize and accept. In high school, a GPA was incredibly important to getting scholarships and getting into college.

But now that we’re in college, it’s really about passing our classes and learning.

I’ve often stressed myself out about my cumulative GPA, thinking that it determines what kind of student I am or how smart I am.

This is simply not true for anyone.

Many professors have told me that employers hardly ever, if at all, look at an applicant’s grades or transcripts.

It’s about the experience and the knowledge you have, which can come in many forms aside from a letter grade.

Especially at a college like Linfield, the goal is to learn and expand your personal horizons.

Unless you’re applying for graduate school, which in that case GPA’s may be a large factor, try to remember this.

It is hard to get a 4.0, or even a 3.5, in college. I still haven’t quite figured out why it’s so difficult, especially when it feels like I’m doing really well in a class, but it’s something I’ve had to come to terms with.

And I think we all should.

It doesn’t matter what kind of student you are. GPA’s do not determine your worth as a student or thinker.

It is simply a combination of letter grades that are generated by numbers. Your GPA doesn’t show how much you loved a class or how much hard work you put into a project.

And it definitely doesn’t take into account life’s unpredictable events.

Some people are naturally good at taking tests and memorizing small details and concepts.

I happen to not be good at that, and sometimes it shows in my grades.

However, I am an active participant in all my classes, and I still gain a lot of insight and knowledge from each course. I am a hard worker, and often that is what matters.

You could get constant As on everything, but leave college without growing as a human being.

So next time you are drowning in homework, trying to prioritize your classes and beginning to have a meltdown, try to relax.

Continue to work hard, but remember that no one in the real world cares if you got a C+ on that test or an A.

They just care if you could actually pass the class.

In the end, it’s really the degree you earn that matters.

And earning a degree entails much, much more than acing every exam.


Creativity creates opportunity for stress relief

 Kaylyn Peterson / Copy chief

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopyed@gmail.com

Remember when you were a little kid and the most stressful things in your life were coloring inside the lines and cleaning up any messes you made.

Being college students, we take on a lot more stress, but reverting back to those childhood tasks might be what relieves the stressful times coming up.

With the semester taking a turn toward a stressful dead end, there are some easy ways to back out without losing your head.

Students are beginning to stress about projects, papers and tests, but taking 15 minutes to let loose your creativity, could help you do better to think and stay relaxed during these stressful times.

The easiest and simplest way to release your creativity is to simply take a pen, pencil or whatever, and draw.

It doesn’t matter what you draw, or even if it’s good; all that matters is you are not thinking about whatever you were last working on for 15 minutes or so.

When time is short, or when your drawing skills really bother you, grab a coloring book from Dollar Tree, and color one picture.

Only one!

This allows you a creative outlet that requires little effort, without taking away too much time from all those important studies that you were worried about in the first place.

While letting your creativity flow during stressful school situations is useful now, it is not the only time you can use arts and crafts to unwind.

Stress is a part of our daily lives.

Whether it is caused by school, work, friends or family, crafting can give you time to think.

There are plenty of situations that may lead to anger and stress.

Angry crafting is one of the quickest ways to get control of emotions and can often result in some interesting artwork.

Before anyone says that this is only for the ladies, guys can be just as crafty as any woman.

Maybe it won’t be on paper or in a coloring book, but get hands on and make something.

Perhaps someone likes to whittle. Or maybe someone really enjoys photography. Go ahead and make something new that you could be proud of.

Any type of creative outlet will work perfectly!

It doesn’t even have to be practical, and you can throw it away later if you don’t like it.

While classes, such as biology, history and calculus can numb the brain after a while, crafting can refresh your thoughts and ideas, and might even get you a better grade due to new ideas.

Once you get the creative juices going, who knows how original your ideas may be.

Your professors would probably appreciate it.

Now I can’t say this will be particularly helpful for art majors, but maybe some creative writing will work for you.


Donation requests annoy students, parents

The Review Editorial Board

The Editorial Board can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

We all know that Linfield is an expensive school. Some people are paying for college themselves, while other people’s parents are footing the bill.

Paying for college can be challenging, and everyone definitely doesn’t want to be asked to give more money.

At a certain point, our wallets will run dry if we continue to be asked to donate even a little more.

This is especially true for parents.

They should not be asked to donate more money because they are already paying a lot of money for their child’s tuition.

So when Linfield representatives begin calling parents, it is understandable that students are expressing their annoyance.

One student said his parents were extremely upset when they were asked to donate money to Linfield only a few days after they sent in the tuition check.

The student continues to be annoyed because his parents have been called several times since.

We understand that Linfield thrives on and requires donations.

However, recent alumni, current students and their parents aren’t the appropriate people to ask.

It often irritates these individuals, which will ultimately lead them to never donate money even when they are older and have the means to do so.

We think that only alum who have been graduated for at least four years or more should be contacted for donations.

They are most likely to be reminiscent of their college years and have the money to actually donate. A recent college graduate definitely doesn’t have the money to donate to Linfield.

They typically are paying off student debt and trying to start careers so they can’t afford to donate the little money they do make.

In addition, there should be clearer guidelines on how to get off the call list.

An individual must specifically say “I want off the call list.”

Many parents and alumni are unaware of how to get off the call list, so perhaps if the person calling was clearer, people would be less annoyed by the caller asking for money.