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One of the great things that Linfield offers is the abundance of leadership opportunities for students. With that said, a large number of students do participate in different areas of leadership, for some, in more than one area. In my case, I hold leadership positions through my sorority and the Linfield Review. However, I know of other students who take on even more responsibility, juggling three or more positions and balancing school work and a social life. I commend these students on their dedication and effort, but the important thing that they need to realize early on is when to keep it professional. It is also important to distinguish when it is appropriate to be oneself and not the face of whatever position or organization that one is representing.
For me, I am the face of the Review, but I also represent my sorority. This can be tricky at times because I have an obligation and loyalty to both. This means that I have to pay special care to keep them as separate as possible, unless an event does come up, which would require reporting on. And, even then, I cannot be involved in that process because it is a conflict of interest. I know of others who are in the same boat, and it is always difficult getting some peers to understand one’s views and distinctions. Compartmentalizing is an awesome skill to practice, but for some, it does require more effort than for others. For instance, it is something that I understand is necessary, especially in my line of work, but I have to constantly remind myself of. Just because one does not agree with a professional decision, does not mean it has to affect one’s views on that person as a whole.
As far as professionalism goes, a student who represents a certain organization or position should always keep that in mind when it comes to making practical decisions that would reflect on that particular organization. However, it is also important to maintain a balance. All work and no play is never ideal for anyone. So although making good decisions is always important, it is also crucial to maintain one’s sense of self. This is an adventure that I have started on and it is only going to continue to be a learning process, as it is for most everyone.
Taking on a leadership role is often a learn-as-you-go endeavor. So, making sure that one is mentally prepared to tackle all of the good and the bad that comes along for the ride will only help to ensure success in the end.
Jessica Prokop can be reached at email@example.com.
People stood outside the White House, chanting “Yes we can!” after Osama bin Laden was pronounced dead on May 2. News mediums, social networking sites and class room discussions were all centered on his death.
Now, two weeks later, the commotion has died down, and I’m left wondering how much of an effect bin Laden’s death will have on the Middle East and on U.S. efforts to combat terrorism organizations.
Although bin Laden’s death probably gave many grieving Americans a sense of closure after the horror of 9/11, I doubt that they will see many concrete changes as a direct result of the assassination. Bin Laden had become much more of a symbolic leader than a working authority in al-Qaida’s operation. His followers were operating on the basis of his original ideas rather than his active supervision. Therefore, his death is also more of a symbol of justice than a critical move in the war.
Now that bin Laden is dead, al-Qaida will need to replace his leadership, which is definitely a possibility that the group anticipated for before he died. His death may cause the operation to lie lower than usual for awhile, but new leadership was probably in motion before bin Laden was eliminated. Those who support Islamic extremism won’t abandon those violent tendencies now that bin Laden is gone.
In America, bin Laden’s death has certainly raised morale and increased President Obama’s approval ratings. It’s encouraging for Americans to see significant events like this, giving them the impression that something is being accomplished abroad. However, in terms of active changes to the unrest in the Middle East, more change will probably come from the peaceful protests sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.
Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
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Lately, I’ve been feeling a little out of the loop. Aside from arguably the two most major events this year so far, the killing of Osama bin Laden and the disaster in Japan, I’m pretty oblivious to what’s going on in the world. The first time I heard of those two major events was not on the evening news or in the newspaper, it was from friends’ status updates on Facebook.
I hear more about what happened on last night’s reality television programs than important current events in the world. I know that many students at Linfield are politically upright and informed on world events, but for my circle of friends, this is simply not the case. It’s not that we don’t want to learn about what’s going on in the news, it’s just that it is difficult to do so.
Between studying for tests, writing papers, attending class, participating in activities, spending time with friends, sleeping and eating, there is little time to devote to watching the national news or picking up the newspaper. I think it’s great that we have so many opportunities here at Linfield. It’s awesome that students can explore their interests with other like-minded people. As a freshman, I am grateful for the sense of community that Linfield has given me.
However, as I become more involved with this community, I seem to become more disconnected to the outside world.
Even in high school, I felt more informed of current events. I remember that my environmental science class discussed the 2010 gulf oil spill right after it occurred. I recall class discussions about the disaster in Haiti, as well. I was taught about the recession and how it has affected not only the United States’ economy, but the economies of other countries around the world. When I talked to my roommate about this issue, she said that she was required to write weekly
article reviews about current events for a class called “Preparation for Adult Living.” Watching the national news every weeknight also furthered my knowledge of current events. Although I was involved during high school, I didn’t take on too many extracurricular activities or overload myself with classes. I had more spare time than I do now. It was more convenient to stay abreast of current events.
I think one way Linfield can make students more informed about events is to include more assignments that require students to research current news. The discussion of current events should not be limited to political science and global issues classes; it should stretch across all disciplines. It could also be beneficial to post a world events bulletin someplace universal on campus, such as in Dillin Hall.
However, students must also take some responsibility. If you truly want to be politically aware and up-to-date on current events, you must devote time to reading news publications or watching the nightly news.
Emily Isaac/Opinion editor
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The end of the school year is always busy and stressful for students. There are finals to worry about, papers to write, senior theses to submit and final projects to complete. And, of course, there is also having to move out on time. For underclassmen, moving out is a pain, but for seniors, it can be just as stressful as finals.
This year, the Reading Day date change altered the finals schedule, and seniors only have a brief window of time to move out. In addition to the long list of activities occurring in the next two weeks, including Wildstock and the Linfield Bar Crawl, finals are May 23-26, the Baccalaureate Service and Grad Finale/Senior Celebration are on May 28 and graduation is on May 29. Students are expected to be moved out by noon the following day of graduation.
In addition, family and friends of the graduates come to visit and might want to spend time with them to celebrate. Many seniors are stressing out about the time crunch.
Seniors who live in campus apartments have a lot to pack. During their years at Linfield, seniors accumulate a plethora of things, from furniture to food to clothing. Students living in the area have the luxury of taking multiple trips to transport their belongings. Out-of-state students are not so lucky.
There is also excess anxiety for seniors who do not know where they will be living after graduation. Students who choose not to live at home are forced to find summer living arrangements, quickly. Being stuck with boxes of stuff and nowhere to put them presents a challenge.
The Review believes the time period for moving out should be extended to June 1. The extra time would allow students not only to pack, but to say goodbye to college friends and professors.
However, there are some ways to lessen the stress of moving out. Seniors can prioritize their time by beginning to pack their belongings in advance. But understandably for some seniors, good organization is not enough to overcome the frustrations of moving out.
Students who truly need more time to pack up and to move out can contact Area Director Joni Tonn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Dean of Students/Director of Resident Life Jeff McKay at email@example.com to ask for an extension.
-The Review Editorial Board
Hey ’Cats. With less than two weeks remaining before finals, it’s time to slam on the gas and never look back until summer vacation is ours at last. Make sure to take breaks while studying, folks, for as the saying goes: all work and no play makes Jack want to stab his study buddies with a sharp pencil…something like that. Anyway, when you do decide to take a chill pill to de-stress for a bit there’s still going to be plenty of sports action around Linfield and beyond to keep you busy.
Early Thursday morning, our top-ranked softball team had its first matchup at the NCAA Division III softball playoffs at Central College in Iowa. Their opponent was Anderson College, the surprise champion of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference who had to claw its way through 12 innings of hard play in the HCAC title game just to make it to the playoffs. But the Ravens of Anderson were no match for our ’Cats, and led by the ace pitching of senior stud Claire Velaski, Linfield romped to a 10-0 shutout. Velaski only allowed a single hit in six innings while three Linfield sluggers (juniors Emilee Lepp, Stacy Doucette and Jaydee Baxter) nailed homers, extending the team’s own NCAA single-season home run record to 86.
Some days before the game, star Anderson pitcher Monica Crowe made a bit of an error that surely only fired up the ’Cats future when she went on record to the Herald Bulletin.
“I think it will feel good after we beat them. This is like when we got to Florida and we don’t know the other teams but they don’t know us. I think this is to our advantage,” Crowe said.
Oops. While Crowe’s impressive season (a 1.84 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 112 innings) is certainly something that deserves accolades, perhaps somebody should have told her how Catball plays when they have extra motivation.
In other news, the women’s tennis team went off to the NCAA D-III playoff regional in Claremont, Calif., to face the University of Texas-Tyler in first-round action.
They triumphed in dramatic fashion in a 5-4 victory, including impressive wins by Abby Olbrich (1-6, 6-4, 6-4) and Sarah Click (7-5, 6-4). This is the second time Linfield has advanced to the second round in the last four years. Linfield faces the University of Pomona-Pitzer at 10 a.m. on May 13.
Look for more playoff updates as they come online at www.linfield.edu/sports and on The Linfield Review’s sports blog. Go ’Cats!
Chris Forrer/For the Review
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