Category Archives: Opinion

Movie prices rise as options dwindle down

I, like most college students, enjoy a good movie now and again, but most of us are not able to pay to go to the movie theater every weekend to indulge this luxury. It’s at this time we turn to the ever so popular Netflix and the wonderful Redbox. Both provide movies at a cheap price and they pride themselves in having great accessibility. This is perfect for college students.

So here we are just living the good life, watching our favorite movies and shows for cheap when all of a sudden I received an email, like many other Netflix subscribers, that it would be raising its price. I later found out that Redbox is also raising its price in some locations. What happened to the $8.99 unlimited movies?

Netflix has put into effect its new price for both online streaming and DVD rentals at a whopping $15.98 per month. Now, although it’s only a $6.99 increase, that’s still money that us college students would much rather see go somewhere else. To go along with Netflix raising its prices, it lost its deal with Starz. Netflix even offered to pay more to keep Starz on board, but Starz still said no. This means movies from Sony Entertainment and Disney will be unavailable starting after February 2012. If this doesn’t drive people away, then the price definitely will. The Los Angeles Times calls Starz, “Netflix’s most valuable source of new movies.”

Now, Redbox is raising its much appreciated price of $1.00 up to $1.15 and in some places all the way up to $2.00. But before everyone freaks out, from what I read on Redbox’s website, its price increase is experimental. Which means there’s the possibility of the price going back down. Everything is going up in price, so I’m not going to be surprised when prices don’t go back down. Since Redbox is putting other movie rental places out of business, places that would normally have to pay for staff and other maintenance fees, why are the prices of its movies going up?

To me, Netflix decided to increase its price because it wanted to prove to Starz that it can offer them more money. Now, in the long run, I think this means that we can only expect Netflix to raise its prices again.

As far as Redbox goes, I don’t know what it’s doing, and though they are still cheaper than normal movie rental places, people, me included, are not going to be happy about this price increase. Before long there is going to be another way of watching movies at a cheaper price. Oh wait, Hulu has already started that with Hulu Plus.

The Internet and movie distributers just continue to look for ways to make movies and TV shows more accessible so they can make money faster.

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Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Extended Dillin hours only for dinner

The dinner hours in Dillin Hall have been extended by an hour this year. William Masullo, the general manager of Sodexo, said the dining hours “were extended because of fall sports teams having conflicts with games [and] practices. While we offered an equivalency in the Catty Shack, it just wasn’t the same.”

However, lunch and breakfast hours have not been extended. Beginning last year, class schedules were modified in order to ensure that everyone had time for lunch.

Now that class schedules have been revised in order to give everyone suitable eating hours, it seems that Dillin Hall is more crowded than usual. Huge groups of students flood Dillin during lunch and dinner, creating long lines and filling up tables. Many students around campus have been talking about how crowded Dillin is, especially at lunch time.

While it is great that everyone now has time to enjoy lunch between classes, having a pleasant lunchtime experience can be difficult with Dillin being overcrowded.

Why wasn’t the lunch hour extended as well? Since the dinner hour has been extended, isn’t it possible to extend the lunch hour as well?

With everyone trying to eat at the same time, chaos in the dining hall can easily ensue. If lunch at Dillin was extended, it would allow people more time to get their food, meaning that there would be a lesser chance of one massive rush of  students.

The people who probably are suffering most from the crowds are the Dillin Hall employees. The lunch shift is surely more stressful now that so many students come in at one time.

With just an hour added on to lunchtime, there would be a more steady flow of students coming in and out, rather than one huge pack.

It seems to be in everyone’s best interest to have lunchtime at Dillin Hall extended.

For those Linfield students who are impatient or cannot handle massive crowds of people, check out the Catty Shack or Jazzman’s instead.

If crowding at lunch continues to be a problem, maybe, in the future, Dillin Hall will offer extended lunch hours as well.

-The Review Editorial Board

Linfield and TLR undergo changes for the upcoming year

Summer has drawn to a close for most of us ’Cats, as we get back into the swing of classes. While many of us tried soaking up as much sun as possible (though Mother Nature decided to delay the season), Linfield was busy kicking butt and taking names this summer.

Linfield received national recognition for community service and was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the third consecutive year. There were more than 950 students who participated in community service activities for the 2010-11 school year, totaling approximately 43,000 hours of service.

Adding to the school’s recognition, “Forbes” listed Linfield in the top 200 undergraduate schools in the United States. Only four Oregon schools were recognized.

Apart from these major accomplishments, Linfield also welcomed a new career services director, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty and director of multicultural programs.

The college was also granted $250,000 from the W.M. Keck Foundation for summer collaborative research through the Linfield Center Northwest.

Other changes included the relocation of the Community Engagement and Service office to Riley 216 and the Club Room a few doors down. And, construction of T.J. Day Hall finished up in time for classes.

It is safe to say that Linfield has accomplished a lot this summer and for the sake of progress, the Review wants to keep the ball rolling.

The Review has established three goals to accomplish by the end of my editorship. They are to 1.) continue beefing up TLR’s social media presence, 2.)switch the paper’s production days so it comes out on Mondays and to 3.) strengthen ties between TLR and other media organizations on campus by collaborating on projects throughout the year.

As many have recognized, print media is changing with much of its content switching to online sources, such as websites and social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

The Review has an award-winning website, but is still working on generating more fan base on Facebook and Twitter. Readers can help by following us on Twitter @linfieldreview or liking us on Facebook at The Linfield Review. Get involved by participating in Photo Caption Fridays on our Facebook.

The second goal is to switch production days so that the paper comes out Monday afternoons. The reason for this is to provide the news beforehand and not after the fact. Many students say that they would have liked to go to an event during the week, but don’t find out about it until the Review covers it in Friday’s paper. With the paper coming out on Mondays, students will know what is happening during the week. This will hopefully increase turnout at events and TLR’s readership.

The last goal goes back to print media changing. Media organizations are facing tough times, rather than working against each other, we should be working together. This has been seen in the past with KSLC’s music reviews in the paper. The Review plans to keep up this collaborative progress and has partnered with Wildcat Productions to feature videos of more newsworthy events on the website.

Despite these exciting changes, the Review is still looking for editors, reporters and photographers. If you’re interested in working for the Review, please email me at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com.

 

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Jessica Prokop
Editor-in-chief

Students’ college experiences are what they of make of them

I’m coming to the end of my freshman year in college, and while it hasn’t been everything I expected, I am happy to report that this year has been a success. I was terrified to come into this whole experience. I was worried that I wouldn’t make friends or that I wouldn’t succeed. I was most afraid that I might end up hating the school that I had signed my life away to.

Then I came to the realization that it’s all in the mindset. I know that sounds so cliché; that’s because it is, but it’s so true. Someone helped me understand that the experience is what you make of it. If you can come into every new chapter of your life realizing that it won’t be perfect, it will be a lot easier for you.

I had to remember that friends come and go. Wasn’t it the same way for all of us in high school? Some relationships are meant to be and some aren’t. You can’t force a friendship, you can’t expect to get along with everyone and you have to involve yourself in order to make new friends.

I realized somewhere along the way that there are indeed some things about this school that I don’t particularly like; that is bound to happen. Getting it in your head that a school is the absolute perfect fit for you is dangerous and leaves no room for disappointment or acceptance. For me, the pros of Linfield outweigh the cons by far. But I’ve come to see that isn’t the case for everyone.

I know so many people who are transferring, and at first, it surprised me. I’ve heard various reasons for this. For some people, the school and town are too small. Some dislike the teaching style. Linfield can be too expensive for many; or, students are unable to find their niches.

There are two sides I could take on this. I could say that these people didn’t have the right mindset and had their expectations too high. Running away isn’t the answer, and you should always try to make the best of things.

However, I understand where many of these people are coming from. College is trial and error, and it is also a huge part of your life. You need to be happy, and the experience won’t be beneficial if you are suffering or feeling trapped.

I admire these people for realizing that this school isn’t the right fit and having the courage to transfer. Personally, I love too many things about Linfield, and I don’t have the guts to start over.

What I can say with conviction is that the people who are transferring will be sorely missed. I only wish that this school worked as well for them as it does for me.

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Kelsey Sutton/
Copy chief
Kelsey Sutton can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com.

 

Reading Day presents a problem

I always get excited this time of year. Wildstock might be my favorite event at Linfield, stretching back to my freshman year when it was a huge carnival style party filled with fun and sun. The bands weren’t too famous, but there was tons to do and people everywhere were looking to have fun. It seemed like every group on campus had something to contribute.

Sadly, the last few years have stifled my excitement. Greater focus on headlining bands and on the music, in general, left little room for student interactive fun and play. Both years featured good food and a lot of open space meant to be used for concerts.

This year, I was hoping things would be different. Yes, Linfield Activities Board has a decently famous band appearing to tie up much of its funds, but I was reassured by multiple people that it was going to be amazing anyway. I was told this the last two years too. I had heard that Wildstock was going to be right before finals, similar to how it was last year. Not a problem, I thought to myself.

That’s when I heard the ridiculous part. Reading Day had been moved to Friday.

I generally view the weekend before finals as a time of preparation, reflection and massive amounts of partying. I’m not alone in that either. The previous schedule was awesome because it allowed students to spend the week before finals finishing up projects, right up until Thursday night. At that point, procrastination reaches an all time high, students begin their last hurrah and it’s a blast from the end of class on Thursday to Sunday morning.

For many, that’s actually not that different from any other weekend in the semester. But with finals following, there is a little more time to recover than the normal Sunday afternoon. That’s why having Reading Day on a Monday was so excellent.

Having Reading Day on a Friday is not a good idea. Friday was practically a day off before, and now it’s at the expense of an important study day at the end. Does anyone really think that Friday will replace Monday as the key study time before finals?

It’s going to be a party day, same as always. In fact, plenty of events have been scheduled for this day, including Wildstock, the biggest on-campus event of the year. This is supposed to be our study time?

Professors, reflect on the averages as you count up the points for the finals next week. My bet is they’ll be lower because of this lost time. Students are going to be doing what they always do, and they’ll find out quickly how little time they have to do it.

I’m sure there’s a legitimate reason for why our finals are now even closer to the end of that last project date. Regardless of why, that change isn’t a smart one. We need that extra time. Now I just have one more reason to feel depressed if Wildstock doesn’t blow me away this year.

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Matthew Olson/Columnist
Mattew Olson can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.