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Size shouldn’t weigh in

Size matters… Or does it?

In short, no, it does not. Penis size is a big focus for men, when in reality, size plays a small role for women.

Porn has given many men the idea that the average penis size is much bigger than it really is. One of the most famous men in the porn industry, Ron Jeremy, is reported as having a penis more than nine inches long. This idea of average can make men feel inadequate.

Firstly, the men are in those videos because they have a big penis, just like the women are in them because they are skinny with big, fake breasts.

Secondly, ouch!

The average length penis is between two and four inches while flaccid, and five and six inches when erect: much smaller than Ron’s.

There are also different penis shapes. Some can be slightly bigger at the head, circumcised or uncircumcised, and they can bend in different directions. Bending has nothing to do with how a man places his penis when he puts clothes on. The bend is natural and can even be helpful in some positions.

Why doesn’t size matter? Women are more mentally stimulated when it comes to sex. The way her partner talks to her and makes her feel will do more for her in the end.

Also, the average depth of a woman’s vagina is three to four inches. If a man’s penis is too long, it can hit the cervix, possibly causing pain to the woman.

Additionally, if the penis is too wide, it can cause painful stretching of the vaginal walls.

Physically, women are stimulated mostly in the first two inches of the vagina, where there are more nerve endings. Think outside the vagina. Most women are stimulated more or only by the clitoris.

There can be size differences that prevent a couple from feeling much on both sides. This is where sexual fitness comes in. Find a position that will angle the vagina differently. Try raising her hips by placing a pillow under them. With the man behind the woman on her knees, she can relax her head and upper back all the way to the floor. The man can also angle his penis to rub against the wall of the vagina.

All in all, it’s the motion of the ocean that can make the difference for both partners. And that is the long and short of it.

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Festival provides opportunity to show talent

Students showed off their filmmaking talents at the Student Film Festival, which took place April 27 in Ice Auditorium.

The festival consisted of eight short films, created and judged by students. Audience members picked up judging cards as they arrived and rated each film on its originality, cinematography, editing and overall quality.

The films varied in subject matter from life at Linfield and lighthearted comedy to cultural heritage. Senior Keith Mader’s “The Life of a Wildcat” catalogued homework and athletic routines of Linfield students, while senior Ebonee Atkins’ “The Cotton Series” juxtaposed a series of cotton commercials with clips of slavery and African-American culture.

Senior Emily Jenkins, the on-campus programming chair for the Linfield Activities Board, said that theme was not part of the requirements for film submissions.

“It had to be a three to 10-minute video uploaded to YouTube, and the link had to be emailed to me one week before the event,” Jenkins said in an email. “Only Linfield students could submit a film, although non-Linfield students could have other roles in the film.”

The film festival debuted in November 2010 with a showcase titled “Film It–Show It.” The event was successful enough that LAB decided to feature it again, and although the student turnout was significantly lower than it was last year, Jenkins said that she was satisfied.

“My goal for this event wasn’t to have a large audience, but to showcase student talent and work,” Jenkins said. “I wasn’t surprised with the turnout for the event, and I thought it went well.”

The winning entries were junior Joe Gladow and senior Jeremy Moll’s “Teach Me How to Douglas,” which told the story of a skewed student election between a well-intentioned pushover and a charismatic jerk, and junior Nic Miles’ “Crazy About Cats,” a kind of mini-documentary about a cat show in Portland. “Teach Me How to Douglas” came in first place for a $100 prize, and “Crazy About Cats” won second place for a $50 prize.

Other entries included a sepia-toned, silent-movie style comedy by junior Gavin Broussard and sophomore Colton Wright, an exposé by juniors Collin Morris and Annika Yates of the “Tap That” campaign to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, and two films by senior Jaffy Xiao, one about a couple who meets because of a lost journal in a library, and another that chronicles a visit to China through its foods, with scenes of markets and restaurant settings.

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Culture editor
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Battle of the Bands attracts fresh faces

Seniors Jeremy Moll and Logan Freitas won Linfield’s annual Battle of the Bands competition April 27, walking away with a cash prize of $300, followed by senior Jessica Goergen in second place.

Moll and Freitas, both music majors, have been friends since their freshman year at Linfield, taking every music class and singing in jazz choir together.

The duo played with the Hawaiian reggae band Na Hemo freshman and sophomore years, placing first freshman year and second sophomore year.

Freitas is putting together an album with the help of Moll.

“His music is soul and Motown, but at the same time it has a pop aspect to it,” Moll said.

A familiar face to Linfield’s music scene, junior Nic Miles, performed solo at the Battle of the Bands, competing against bandmate Goergen.

Although Goergen beat him, he felt she deserved it.

“I was glad to see that she did well,” Miles said.

Miles and Goergen, alongside junior Evan O’Kelly and senior Don DeFrang, will be opening for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Wildstock this year.

The band will perform covers along with a couple of original songs written by O’Kelly and Goergen.

“Playing music is one of my favorite ways to hang out with friends,” Miles said. “There’s something really primitive about it.”

Sophomore Sylvan Tovar, junior Michael Davis and sophomore Cole Curtright performed together in front of a live audience for the first time at the Battle of the Bands.

Junior Collin Morris is also a member of their band, called The Naturalists, but was unable to attend the show.

“Two months ago, we started playing together just for fun,” Curtright said.

They performed a couple of original songs, one of which they had written only two hours before the show.

“Mike and I start playing something really cool, and then Cole and Collin start writing lyrics for it,” Tovar said. “We take it from there and see what happens later.”

Although they didn’t win, they still see their first performance as a success.

“We played our songs, people heard us and people liked us,” Tovar said. “The people who did win were very skilled, talented musicians and were better prepared than we were.”

Before the end of the year, they hope to play a live show at Storey Street.

“We’d love to perform more,” Curtright said. “I love the expression that you can convey through music.”

This year’s Battle of the Bands was a greater success than last year’s, with more bands participating.

Freshman Calvin Howell, also known as ‘Cal Hal’, performed, as did a group of hula dancers.

Last year, only three bands competed for three prizes.

“It’s tough getting fresh faces out there,” Miles said. “This year was a step in the right direction.

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Concert band gives farewell performance

The Linfield College Band left the audience humming to “Over the Rainbow” after its annual Spring Concert held April 24 in Ice Auditorium.

The concert, “Of Heart and Home,” was directed by Joan Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities. It was conducted by Paddock and students from the Basic Conducting class.

The “fearless” and “epic horn session,” as described by the conductor, opened the concert with Mark Camphouse’s “Heartland Sketches.” It was followed by William T. Purdy’s “On Wisconsin March and Two Step.”

Both pieces are popular choices for fight songs. The variations of the latter have become the fight songs of 2,500 schools, including Linfield College. Toward the end of the piece, senior Wildcat Pep Band Leader Amanda Summers took over the conducting, which gave both the band and the audience an emotional lift.

The band then performed Percy A. Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” which started without the planned a cappella introduction because of the absence of soloist senior Chelsea Janzen. The band also played Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Lyric Waltz,” which reminded the conductor of when her father taught her the waltz as a child.

Junior Reveca Primachenko, accompanied by Linfield Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and special guest vocal artist Anton Belov, conducted S. Tvorum’s “Zaparozhski ‘Cossack’ March,” a piece about Russian warriors.

Paddock chose pieces to “wake everybody up and then calm them down to show the beauty of music.” Stephen Collins Foster’s “Gentle Annie,” featured senior soloist Kayla Wilkens, and the piece was conducted by senior Kaia Machalek.

Like during the Fall Concert, the band performed “Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual,” an exotic piece by Robert W. Smith, to showcase its large percussion session of eight players. A log drum was specially borrowed from the Salem Concert Band for the piece.

Before junior Jenny Morgan conducted the “Old Scottish Melody (Auld Lang Syne)” by Charles Wiley, recognition was given to retiring faculty members and graduating seniors Wilkens, Machalek, Janzen, Sarah Wilder, Amanda Summers, Alison Bouchard, and Alex Fitch.

To conclude the night, Paddock chose “The Wizard of Oz” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, quoting Dorothy Gale’s “There’s no place like home.”

With such a number of pieces and only one formal rehearsal each week, Paddock commented that they never had enough time for rehearsal.

“What I really want is for Linfield to designate a block of time for students to be involved with art every day.”

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For the Review
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Album provides musical legacy

Less than six months after Amy Winehouse’s tragic death, fans were able to listen to one last album dedicated to her legacy and life. “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” is a perfect yet subtle story of Amy Winehouse’s legacy and talents all compiled into one extraordinary album.

Jazz, R&B and soul are mixed into Winehouse’s last album, creating sounds that only she could have produced. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Winehouse used that to her advantage and was able to tour and become a world-wide star, not only in Europe, but also in the U.S.

“Lioness: Hidden Treasures” is filled with artists and other collaborators such as Tony Bennett, Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi. Most of the tracks on Winehouse’s last album were either original recordings produced solely by Winehouse, or alternative versions of past songs that she recreated with a different twist.

One of Winehouse’s popular songs, “Valerie,” made its début early in her career, but on her final album, she had been holding onto a different version that she had messed around with in the studio. On this album, “Valerie” is played with blues and soul pertinent to the ’60s, making it a nice transition on the overall album.

Even though Winehouse’s success was sometimes dismayed due to her personal struggles and addiction, the inner battle Winehouse faced was portrayed in songs on her final album, such as “Wake Up Alone” and “Our Day Will Come.” Both of these tracks leave you with a sense that Winehouse was at times ready to leave this world, but wanted to make sure her dedicated fans had a final extraordinary album to remember her by.

Remember Winehouse not by the personal struggles she faced, but by her talents of giving listeners the pleasures of soul, blues and R&B. This album will make you wonder where Winehouse would have been able to take her remarkable talents if her life had continued.

Tune into KSLC 90.3 FM for an exclusive sneak peak of Amy Winehouse’s final album, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures.” You can also listen online at or stream the station on iTunes.

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