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Concerts can hold different amounts of importance to music lovers.
Someone may be perfectly content with listening to their favorite artist on Spotify without needing the closeness a concert provides, especially when concert tickets for well-known bands cost a lot more than some college students can afford on a regular basis.
But there are those college students who either like artists who are less known or have enough money to go big with the concerts.
Before someone decides to go to a concert, they should consider a few things first.
Does the ticket price correlate with the amount of esteem you hold for an artist? Throwing in $20 dollars to see a band you might not love but like makes sense, but spending $300 on a concert for an artist you are only a casual listener of probably isn’t a good idea.
It is always fun to see artists that are really popular but usually they are expensive.
You might find yourself enjoying the concert more than you imagined, or you might end up $300 poorer and with a disappointing concert experience.
Another thing to consider would be the scheduling of the concert itself.
You could possibly end up with a concert in the middle of the week.
Depending on location and transportation, you might end up having to cancel some engagements the next day, such as class, or you could end up tiredly muscling through the next day.
Concerts in the summer or on the weekend are usually perfect.
Fortunately, ticket sales happen so far in advance that you have the option to work out your schedule long before the concert itself begins.
Take time to schedule everything out accordingly. From personal experience, I know that people can at times schedule two things on the same day. It’d be good to make sure none of that happens.
Finally, it’d be a good thing to figure out that you have exactly what you need for a concert, a water bottle, your phone, some extra money to buy merchandise.
It is also a good thing to make sure you leave with same objects you attended a concert with. It can be easy to lose something in a large crowd, but constantly making sure you know where all of your belongings are is a good thing to do anywhere that involves a large multitude of people.
Not everyone loves concerts, but those that do better figure out how to go to them while keeping the rest of their lives in order. It’s always a good thing to have strange tastes in music when it comes to concert ticket prices.
Gilberto Galvez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just last year, Portland was rated the No. 1 city in the country for sustainability.
Linfield’s Portland campus is right on track with numerous sustainability projects and campaigns that have the whole campus eager to participate.
Similar to the Mac campus, they have composting receptacles and are piloting a composting program in the residential areas.
They also utilize compostable dishes and napkins at large events.
Their ASLC provides reusable silverware to students who commute and bring lunch (which is about 80% of their student body).
Campus events also offer extra raffle tickets at events with prizes to those students who bring their own plates.
Both of these efforts have had a large impact on their waste reduction.
To encourage bike commuting, Student Life bought u-locks that they loan out to students for free (similar to what we do at the Bike Co-Op).
They’re also looking into Bike Lockers to keep residential students’ bikes out of the weather during the winter months or when students are gone for extended periods of time (such as during Jan term).
Along the lines of transportation, they offer discounted or free tickets and passes for students to utilize the public transportation in Portland.
Even better, they have a monthly Commuter Challenge where students and staff who commute via bike, mass transit, and carpool get to log their alternative commuting and earn raffle tickets to win prizes – a successful program that has encouraged alternative transportation.
Moreover, their ResLife and Student Life sponsor trips on mass transit to local farmers markets, encouraging students to connect with local food sources.
And finally, the Mac campus Facilities department has been helping the Portland custodial services switch over to more environmentally responsible cleaning products.
Way to go, Portland campus!
We have a lot we can learn from them – perhaps we will adopt some of their ideas.
What do you think about the Portland campus’ efforts? What would help you participate in a more sustainable Linfield community?
Here’s at least one answer: participate in one (or all!) of the numerous Earth Week events taking place April 18th-26th!
Be on the look out for information regarding all of the events, including the second annual Earth Games (which you can sign up for here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EarthGames.
We are always looking for new ideas to help improve our sustainability efforts on campus.
Let us know what sustainability efforts or ideas you are interested in seeing on campus.
We really want to make them happen!
Email email@example.com with your suggestions or stop by our office in Cozine.
Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently an article has been floating around the internet addressing the idea of “female privilege,” or the idea that women do not understand certain things because our society gives them privileges that men do not have.
The article has received a substantial amount of backlash for it’s sexist and downright ridiculous statements.
I am, in fact, experiencing female privilege right now by expressing my opinion and not being labeled “a butthurt fedora-wearing neckbeard who can’t get any.”
A common and frequently used insult I suppose, I’m not sure because, you know, female privilege.
The 18-point list often leans toward the worthless ramblings of a frustrated individual, but at times it illustrates a trend in our society: the idea that men have to demonstrate hyper-masculine traits at all times.
A few of the bullets touch on the subject that men need to be tough and not show emotion at any time, and that this is something women either don’t understand or are forcing upon them.
Number eight states “Female privilege is never being told to “take it like a man” or “man up.”’
The notion that males need to “man up” in certain situations is a completely backwards way of thinking.
Most people in our society wouldn’t take issue with the idea of telling a guy to “man up,” but it’s subtle acts of sexism like this that allow a long system of inequality and gender-bias to thrive.
Feminism and being a feminist has often seen with a negative connotation in our society.
Linfield’s Gender Equity Week did an amazing job of making the issues of feminism personal to individuals on campus and bringing up what feminism is and why we practice it.
Famous female figures have said they weren’t feminists for fear of being “too harsh,” sounding like they are “complaining,” or, best yet, because they “love men.”
The women saying these things: artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift.
Feminism is not an issue of complaining until women are recognized as being superior to men and not needing them and eventually taking over the world.
Feminism is the idea that genders are equal to each other and that everyone deserves the same level of respect, which I believe is an idea we can all get behind.
In my opinion, feminism does not solely apply to females and the societal issues they face.
It encompasses this idea of the masculine male who never shows emotions, never feels weak or afraid or overwhelmed, and is always in control.
The less we understand what feminism really is, the more often we will experience the likes of Mark Saunders and other men frustrated with the norms and expectations of a society that forces limitations on them.
Instead of blaming each other for the way things are, we need to start talking about why this gender binary exists and how individuals can work to end it.
Olivia Marovich can be reached at email@example.com
Hashtag activists use the speed of Twitter to quickly amass their ideas into huge protests.
But what good comes of this snowball effect? Just because everyone’s saying it, doesn’t make it true, and the 140-character limit breeds misinterpretation and a lack of accountability.
Just look at the recent #CancelColbert hashtag war, which was an outraged Twitter movement started by activist Suey Park.
If increased credibility to her cause was Park’s intention, the 23-year-old failed miserably.
Park tweeted in response to an out-of-context quote by political satirist Stephen Colbert.
Colbert’s comment was a joke about starting a foundation for sensitivity to Asians: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
Colbert was making fun of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for wanting to keep “Redskins” in the football team’s name. Snyder started a charity foundation in honor of Native Americans to give the impression that he is sympathetic, despite his refusal to alter the name.
The joke was meant to ridicule Snyder’s foundation by making an even more ridiculous suggestion, but instead started an uproar among confused protestors.
Ignorant mass protests, especially viral ones, weaken an organization’s credibility.
Now, Park’s and other like-minded activist groups’s social media campaigns will be looked at with disdain and mockery.
Those swept up in the #CancelColbert frenzy only made anti-racism efforts appear excessively sensitive and unable to discern irony from actual racism.
The Twitter-based protest distracted attention from Colbert’s original point. “Redskins” is offensive to Native Americans, and was the real instance of racism, not Colbert’s comment.
Stephen Marche of “Esquire” even claimed the #CancelColbert hashtag was “perhaps the stupidest hashtag movement in history.”
The latest crack at #CancelColbert starters on Twitter are tweets that they “won” or “got their way” after Colbert announced his intention to take over “The Late Show” once David
Letterman retires from the show.
Colbert said it best in responding to the controversy. “Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings?” he asked.
That is not to say there’s no point to hashtag activism or that it is not a useful tool for discussing important issues–just look at hashtags aimed at the “Occupy” protests.
There’s no denying the power of social media movements, but danger lies in the capacity for ignorant viewpoints to be hugely amplified in the span of a few hours.
Helen Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Though the events of September 11, 2001 occurred 12 years ago, it has left what seems to be a mark that will last forever on the United States.
The current Program for Liberal and Civic and Engagement theme: Legacies of War discusses much of what happened during 9/11 and the repercussions of it.
Two events that have occurred at Linfield, one that is still going, speak to the different views of 9/11.
A lecture given by associate professor English Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt titled: The Anxious Cannon: Post 9/11 literatures made clear that the events on 9/11 have created an industry of books, magazines, and newspapers concerning the event.
It has also created much paranoia in the United States specifically at airports and the extra security that has been implemented.
Dutt-Ballerstadt mentioned in her lecture that the paranoia has created inequalities for the Muslim community in the United States.
If travelers that are bearded and dark skinned wish to board an airplane it is more than likely security will do more of a check on them because of the almost hysterical paranoia that has engulfed the U.S. government. Dutt-Ballerstadt expressed that “Terrorism is a phenomena, terrorism has no country.”
Directly related to this idea is Wafaa Bilal’s exhibition currently on display at the Linfield galley: “I Don’t Know Their Names.”
Bilal is an associate professor of art at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
The exhibit is one of kind as it was created on campus by Bilal painting 100,000 Iraqi who were killed in the Iraq war on the walls of the gallery.
Bilal also did another art project in New York, which featured him with a camera implanted on the back of his head to document how people in New York viewed bearded people of color.
Even though 9/11 occurred on the other side of the United States in New York City and Washington D.C. the events have had an impact on the country as a whole.
As part of Linfield’s mission to be a liberal arts college it presents events through the PLACE theme to educate and shape the ideas of it students and to become civically engaged
Students who have attended some of the PLACE events and read Matthew Bogdano’s book: Thieves of Baghdad have a more sound knowledge of the events of 9/11 and its repercussions. 9/11 remains an event that has shaped a nation and a generation.