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Recall on birth control pills

On Sept. 16 a pharmaceutical company issued a recall on birth control pills. The recall was due to an error in the packaging where the blister packs had been rotated 180 degrees. This resulted in the seven pills that do not have the hormones in them to be placed towards the beginning of the packaging. The unaware women on the contraceptive were at risk for unintended pregnancies. There are no other health issues with the recall.

The recall included 1.4 million packages that had been distributed since last year. A pharmacist had noticed the packaging error and contacted the company. The pills recalled include Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem. An accident like this could have dire consequences for the pharmaceutical company.

The Pill is the most common form of hormonal birth control. The pills contain hormones that prevent the egg from attaching itself to the uterine wall after it has passed through the fallopian tubes. It is taken every day at the same time. The seven “empty” pills are to help stay consistent and to keep track of where the woman is on the cycle. When an accident like the faulty packaging happens or a woman is not consistent with her birth control she should use a barrier method, such as condoms, to prevent an unintended pregnancy.

Please send your sex related questions in to Linfieldreviewbailey@gmail.com or to Bailey Linfield Review Unit # A518.

Are new officers and equipment necessary?

Community Public Safety and Security (CPS) has acquired new staff members, a new patrol bicycle and a golf cart this year.

At first glance, all of these new additions can make one question, where did all of these upgrades come from and are they necessary?

“Our department incurred three vacancies within a short period this year,” said Robert Cepeda, director of CPS.

According to Linda Powell, the senior director of human resources and administration/risk manager, “there is an ongoing account for equipment needs for CPS.” CPS used to have two vehicles, but their Honda broke down. A used golf cart was purchased to replace the Honda. The bicycle was purchased with account money because CPS wants to “be more visible,” said Powell.

A golf cart may seem kind of silly to picture officers driving around in, but it actually helps Campus Security accomplish their new goal, which is to “be more visible,” said Powell. The bicycle was purchased in order help officers navigate around campus.

All of these additions seem perfectly reasonable now that the motives and funding for the additions have become clear. CPS is an important part of the Linfield community and it is important to provide them with the best equipment possible. It is also important to have a capable staff, and it seems that CPS has hired very capable individuals for the job: Josh Armstrong, who is also a member of the Oregon Army National Guard; Chris Krigbaum, who is also a Reserves Member for the McMinnvile Police Department; and Brian Shleifer, who also works as an infantryman for the Oregon Army National Guard.

With all of these new qualified officers and updated equipment, CPS will now be able to supervise the whole Linfield campus more efficiently. Hopefully this will help to keep students feeling safe navigating the campus at all hours. There is the occasional creepy stranger who will follow a student at night, but hopefully since CPS hired new officers and wants to be more available to students, these types of incidents can now be stopped easier.

Walking back to the dorms from the library alone late at night can be scary, but there are emergency call stations around campus if you want to be picked up by CPS rather than walk home alone in the dark. CPS is supposed to be here to help protect students from danger, but if students don’t ask for help when they need it, than no help will come. All in all, it is a good thing that CPS has its own account to purchase the necessities it needs in order to keep the Linfield campus a safe place.

 

-The Review Editorial Board

linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

 

American needs hard workers

It seems to me that each generation of Americans gets lazier and lazier. Today’s American youth appears lazier than ever. The majority of young people today simply don’t want to work hard. While there are certainly still some hard working young people in America, many slack off in school and are content with simply laying around doing nothing. A part of this may just be that we’re young. School sucks sometimes, and it can be nice to relax and not do anything productive. However, once our generation runs the country, will we be able to stay a world power?

With the way people in America are behaving, I’m not sure we can stay one of the top world powers for long. While many teens in America slack off in school, teenagers in Asia are working their butts off. It’s no wonder China is becoming a strong world power. The government may be very controlling of its people, but as of now, it seems that the people of China are proud to work very hard for their country. Many companies in America are hiring people from overseas rather than hiring people in their own country because they can hire people overseas that work harder for less money. If we want to continue to be a world power and not be surpassed by other countries we’re going to have to start working harder and stop taking what we have for granted.

A huge contributor to America’s laziness in general is technology. Think about everything technology has given us that has enabled us to become lazy: cars, television, microwaves, video games, computers- the list goes on and on. These are great inventions, but they have also made humans inactive. Before we had all of this great stuff, people actually had to cook meals instead of simply putting something in the microwave. Kids actually played outside instead of sitting in front of the TV. People worked really hard to develop our country and create all these great things, but now what? People are too sluggish to do anything, and more and more people are becoming obese. What are we to do when the things that have made us great are now making us fat couch potatoes?

It may not be easy, but we can’t depend on technology to do absolutely everything for us. If we allow that, soon humans are going to end up just like the people on Wall-E- fat people who can’t walk and have robots who do everything for them. I think the solution to this growing problem is to find a balance between doing things for ourselves and letting technology do everything for us. Technology is there to aid us, not to do every action for us. If we want to stay a world power, we are going to have to find this balance and become a country full of hard workers again.

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Meghan O’Rourke
/Opinion editor
Meghan can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Gender roles stifle self-expression

In my Human Sexuality class recently, we looked at the differences between men and women. We discussed things like clothing, what each gender is or isn’t allowed to do and what they’re expected by others to do. It really opened my eyes up to how men and women view the other. It also showed me how stuck people are on gender stereotypes.

Let me point one thing out, first. Gender and sex are two different things. This is something that is clearly hard for a lot of people to understand. Sex is what you’re born with; your reproductive organs. Gender is how you choose to express that sex. Femininity and masculinity are developed things. They should not be determined solely on your sex. Society has a mean way of forcing you to do what it wants, and it brainwashes everyone else along with it.

I understand that gender roles have been around for a very long time. Women have been expected or even forced to wear dresses since medieval times. Men have been expected to be the bread winners for the family for hundreds of years. Many of these roles and stereotypes have stuck, unfortunately. In this 21st century, we should be able to get our minds past this.

Even in our time of progressive changes, where we seem more open minded than ever, we are still in the same rut. It is still strange to some when the woman works and the man stays home to raise the children. It’s just wrong when a woman doesn’t shave, and it’s even worse when a man expresses any trace of femininity. In our society, men can’t cry. Women are expected to cry. For children, things are separated by pink and blue. Toy aisles in stores are even labeled “boys” and “girls.” Why is not okay for girls to play with fire trucks? Why can’t boys play with Barbie dolls or play dress up?

These gender constraints get in the way of the progression of our society. We need to be able to get past these stereotypes, or at least be more open minded about of people that are different. In order for everybody in this nation and world to have equal rights we have to more accepting of people that are different than us. This means gay rights and transgender rights, and many more. Just because you see a woman who has short hair and dresses like a boy doesn’t make her weird, it just makes her different than you. She expresses herself differently. And maybe that girl feels that she truly should have been born a man. But so what? That happens. But it doesn’t make him or her any less of a person.

The way a person expresses their gender shouldn’t determine their quality as a person. Quality should not be determined by who a person loves either, whether that be the same sex or the opposite sex. I feel that our generation is much, much better at accepting things like this than generations past, but we still have a long way to go.

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

NewsBriefs

Linfield ranks on U.S. News & World Report’s best liberal arts colleges survey

According to a press release distributed by Linfield College’s Media Relations, the school was ranked 121 out of 1,600 schools in a survey of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report.

Linfield College’s study abroad program and student participation played a role in its achievement.

The survey’s criteria was based on assessments by high school counselors across the nation, which coincides with a 2010 Parade magazine survey of high school counselors who chose Linfield as one of the best 26 small, private schools in the United States.

Linfield moves up on Washington Monthly’s list of top 100 contributors to society

 According to a news release on the Linfield College website, Linfield was named as one of the top 100 liberal arts schools in the United States that makes meaningful contributions to society by Washington Monthly.

 In the past few years, the school has been noted for its support of low-income and first-generation students. The school has also been recognized for its emphasis on service in the community to promote learning opportunities for students. Sustainability, outreach programs and mentorship are common themes.

 Linfield advanced 11 spots from last year on the list. Other Oregon schools listed are Reed College, Lewis & Clark and Willamette University.

                                                                                                                           ~ Compiled by Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-chief