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Expanding your horizons on campus

We’ve all heard about the Linfield bubble, but our own personal bubble can become much smaller than just all of Linfield.

We should remember that Linfield has a lot more to offer than what we see at first glance.

It can be easy to get stuck in our routines, especially when we feel like we don’t have time to do anything else.

As college students we should always be open to experiencing new things.

Freshman shouldn’t be the only ones to have completely new experiences.

Class. Class. Work. Class. Friends. Sleep (maybe). The only club you attend.

Our days can become so cemented, but Linfield has a lot to explore.

There are always new clubs, and there might also be older clubs that we’ve never seen before.

I’m not saying you should leave the club you’ve been attending regularly since freshman year, but take a chance in another one just for fun.

You might be surprised by how much you like it or the new friends you make

As a freshman, I’ve noticed that most of the students at Linfield are always open to making a new friend.

It’s one of the reasons I like our Linfield bubble, even if it can become a little restricting at times.

This willingness to make new friends is also a good way to get new experiences,

If you end up in an LC class with no one you know, take the time to create a new study group.

Don’t just cruise along avoiding anyone. Learn a few names. Find a few new people to say “Hi” to.

Another place to experience something new can be with your work study or a leadership position or a new sport.

Sign up to mentor a freshman or become an resident advisor to learn more about our Linfield bubble and become more involved.

There are also many places to explore in Linfield.

It may sound a little strange but why not make a point to visit all the residence halls through your four years. Every single one of them is different.

Another great place to explore is in the library. Browse for a strange book or even head back into the archives for a tour of Linfield history through pictures and old books.

Linfield should never become boring.

Freshmen tend to experience something new every day at least in their first semester, but the upperclassmen can find new things at Linfield too.

If you get stuck in the Linfield bubble, you might as well make the most of it.

Gilberto Galvez / Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Wildstock 2014 going to be a waste free event

On March 15, the Associated Students of Linfield College office will be announcing this year’s Wildstock performer.

While Wildstock offers students a chance to wind down, relax, and blow off some steam before cramming for their finals, this year Linfield College welcomes several new additions to the event in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability.

Partnering with Prosource Bag L.L.C and Recology, Linfield College will be supplying the Wildstock event with compostable silverware, plates, and cups.

By purchasing compostable products for Linfield students to use when enjoying Thai Country, Rib Slayer, or any of the other local restaurants which cater the event, Linfield College plans to educate the student body on the importance of minimizing their waste stream while moving forward towards a more sustainable zero waste campus.

Roughly three and a half miles south of Linfield College, the Riverbend Landfill run by Waste Management gathers trash from surrounding cities in the Pacific Northwest.

With the Riverbend Landfill in such close proximity to Linfield College, students are given the rare opportunity to see directly where their waste goes and the impact that it has on a community with a rich agricultural history.

Back in May of 2013, The Department of Environmental Quality announced its approval of the Riverbend Landfill’s controversial plan to increase its capacity by building a mechanically-stabilized earthen berm to rise 40-feet along the highway side of the landfill.

With many farmers and community members in opposition of the growth, McMinnville’s best option now seems to be how can we minimize our waste stream.

Also, what steps are we willing to take to do so?

For those interested, The Riverbend Landfill, offers daily tours of the site for individuals to stop by and learn more about the landfill itself and ways in which Waste Management is working to slow its growth.

Along with the procurement of compostable product ware for Wildstock, McMinnville Water & Light will be providing water fill stations for the event.

With the implementation of these stations, students are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles as there will be a limited number of compostable cups.

For more information surrounding Wildstock 2014 and its collaboration with The Office of Sustainability, check out www.linfield.edu/sustainability.

Duncan Reid / Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability can be reached at sustainability@Linfield.edu

SAT scores may not predict student outcomes

On March 5 the College Board, distributors of the SAT standardized test, stated that they will remove the essay portion of their test and will change the advanced vocabulary in the tests wording.

This change will go into affect by 2016 and was made in part because the SAT is falling behind the rival ACT, which has an optional essay.

Nearly 875 colleges and universities don’t require students to submit an SAT or ACT test score. Many schools make this decision because of the belief that minority students from disadvantaged backgrounds typically do not perform well on these tests.

The SAT and ACT have been used in college admissions since they were created in 1901 and 1959, respectively. But what do these test scores tell us about the academic performance of a student in college? Not what you would expect, according to experts in the field of higher education.

“The strongest correlation between standardized test score and any other factor for a student is family income,” said David Hawkins, director of public policy and research at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. Data from the National Center of Education Statistics also shows how standardized test score increases along with family income.

The greatest predictor of college success lies predominately in the high school transcript and GPA of a student.

The inclusion of the SAT and ACT score still factors heavily into most colleges admissions process, however, causing trouble for the college-bound minority students.

The College Board found in 2013 that only 15 percent of black and 23 percent of Latino students met or exceeded the SAT benchmark in the previous year. These statistics are consistent with general trends in both SAT and ACT tests.

Black and Latino minority students from low-income families do not perform as well on the SAT and ACT.

This contributes to the alarming trend in higher education of racial inequality among highly selective colleges versus two-year open-access schools.

Many factors contribute to the flaws in the current education system of the United States. While together these factors are complex and not easily solvable, there seems to be a clear answer to whether the SAT and ACT are relevant to the college admissions process. They are not.

A report from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling urged colleges to rethink their use of the SAT and ACT in admissions back in 2008.

The recent success of freshman who enrolled without including test scores in their admissions process only further proves that these tests are not indicators of college-readiness.

Similarly, these tests limit black and Latino students from reaching the same level of higher education as white students, a problem created by inequality in access to educational resources.

Lower test scores, however, make the admissions packages of these students less desirable for no strong reason pertaining to college-readiness.

The College Board also announced that it will be posting free SAT-prep classes online, allowing students who don’t have the money to attend prep classes the opportunity to perform better on the test.

The SAT and ACT are not indicators of college success and should not be treated as such.

More attention needs to be paid to how standardized test scores are used in admissions and what student skills they are measuring.

This will aid U.S. colleges in helping to correct the problem of inequality among minorities in higher education.

Olivia Marovich / News editor

Olivia Marovich can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com

 

LAB deserves more student recognition

Students at Linfield College are fortunate enough to have a student-run organization that’s purpose is to create fun events for everyone to partake in.

Almost all of the events are free, ranging from trips to Portland, going on hikes, seeing professional sporting events and many other fun and exciting events.

The Linfield Activities Board, more commonly known as LAB, spends a great deal of time making sure that there are things on and off campus for students to enjoy.

Most students think that Associated Students of Linfield College is the student government group that does the most activities on campus.

Without a doubt both ASLC and LAB spend a lot of time planning events for students to partake in.

Somehow students may not realize, or are misled on what LAB does.

As March 15 is quickly approaching, students will be informed at the screening of the Disney movie “Frozen” shown in Ice auditorium, who will be performing at Wildstock in May.

Students who are a part of LAB work all through the academic year putting on events and catering to student ideas.

What not all students may know is that the Cat Cab’s on Thursday nights are all put on by LAB.

That includes booking the performer, whether they are a professional or student, arranging the furniture in Fred Meyer Lounge to make it a space for audience members and having a student sound technician at all performances to meet the needs of the performer(s).

“Since McMinnville isn’t the most happening place I feel that it is really important to bring events to campus for the students to be able to attend,” sophomore Ellen Massey said. Massey is the special events chair for LAB. Massey also mentioned that the best part of her job is, “When students come up to me after a show and say how much they enjoyed it and give me advice about events they would like to see on campus.”

Students on campus should continue to give input to LAB since the group is funded through ASLC which by extension comes from part of the fee students pay for the student body fee.

-The Review Editorial Board

Student debt kills dreams, salaries

I only have two real goals for my life: pay off my student loans before I turn 60 and marry Daryl Dixon.

Unfortunately, it looks like the latter, of matrimony to a fictitious zombie slayer, is the more realistic of the two.

Maybe one day, I will realize the reason behind an institution charging $40,000 a year and maybe one day I will stop pretending that a portion of that goes toward funding a bunch of young men and women who would not give me the time of day to play sports on fields that are better taken care of than the old building where I take most of my classes.

I think somewhere down the line, colleges forgot, or consciously chose to ignore, that most people cannot afford $40,000 a year for aeducation that they are only getting so that they can join the job market where they will make $25,000 a year.

I think that that little fun fact has been forgotten/ blatantly ignored because for those of us whose parents are not CEO’s, there are terrible things called student loans, which, to add another fun fact, are one of the only types of loans that cannot be written off when declaring bankruptcy.

Personally, I take out around $25,000 a year in federal and private loans, because regardless of what the FAFSA says that my family is going to contribute, I am on my own in this academic nightmare that I have found myself in.

So, when I graduate in roughly a year and a half, I will be in a debt hole of about $100,000 and I cannot possibly imagine ever saving up that much money.

Right now, my choices for financial stability are becoming a gold digger, winning the lottery or the Viking apocalypse mercifully wiping me, my debt, and every living thing away in a flood of fire because I know for sure that my degree is never going to make me a millionaire.

So, my question is: why do people let this happen? Why do we just blindly accept that some school is going to suck us dry and make us thank them for it?

We should be telling high schoolers that private four year institutions are not all that they are cracked up to be.

We should tell them that community college and public university are just as good, and not quite as evil.

I don’t think when I am 40 and living in a studio apartment with a roommate and at least six cats I am going to look back at my college days and think “I am so glad I experienced the power of a small college.”

Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com