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More than 80 first-year students gathered at various organizations around McMinnville on Sept. 17, spending three hours on different community service projects. Laura Kushner, the volunteer coordinator at Yamhill Community Action Partnership food bank told me that she viewed community service as a chance to prepare.
Since then, I’ve been thinking about how I’m taking time to see what the world I’m supposedly preparing myself for actually looks like. While I have a full schedule of classes and extracurricular activities, most of my interactions are limited to Linfield’s campus. This seems kind of silly when I step back and look at the situation, because after this Spring, I’ll graduate and move into the world that I spend so little time being engaged in.
There is value to embracing your college years and the activities that Linfield offers. You will only be here for four years so live fully as an undergraduate. Yet, I think that part of living fully means reaching out to the community and to the world. This can be a lot of things like studying abroad, volunteering at the food bank, attending open-mic nights at Corner Stone Coffee, meeting the people who grow your vegetables at the Farmer’s Market or even just checking out books from the public library.
Even if you don’t have hours to spend on volunteering, spending some time in the community will allow you to collect a picture of how cities and large groups of people work and what they need.
This year, during my final year as an undergraduate, I’m going to immerse myself fully in my college experience- which will definitely involve checking out some good books from the community library and drinking some coffee at a public open-mic night.
Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
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As I walk home, I notice that there are always sprinklers on. This is not a once in a while deal. Water is continuously being wasted as the sprinklers are being used to water the grass.
Gallons and gallons of water are being wasted as the sprinklers are left on at random times to do nothing but water the already watered down grass. I understand that there hasn’t been that much rain lately, but when the grass is already green as it can get, how much more water can someone put on it?
According to the Oregon Water Resources Department, one should only water their lawn once a week and in the morning before 10 a.m. This is not being followed at Linfield because the sprinklers have been on at least every other night.
Also, the Water Resource Department says not to water late in the day because it can “promote fungus and other lawn diseases.” This is a safety precaution that should be followed otherwise the growing process of the plants will be affected. The time frame provided by the resources department should be followed rather than ignored. This is not just an environmental issue, but it can also effect students. It may be said that Linfield’s beauty is its campus but the beauty will be lost if there are threats of someone getting lawn disease from walking around in the fungus infested grass.
The plants are in danger here. By being overwatered, plants are more likely to die than the plants that are being under watered. If one wants the plants to stay green and survive, then treatment should be taken when watering them.
I understand that the school would like to keep the grass green but there should be conversation of this resource. This act is not just affecting the school’s grass, but it is also making an impact on the supply of clean water that we have. According to Water Aid America, 97.5 percent of the water on Earth is salt water, which means the supply of clean water is rather low. Shouldn’t we conserve some of the wasted water used on overwatered plants?
Linfield is beautiful, however, there is such thing as watering something a little too much. The school should take into consideration the correct ways of watering a lawn and all the health and environmental hazards will be lowered. Wasted water should be preserved not used to just provide a scenic view.
Ivanna Tucker/Features editor
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During the Republican Presidential Debate that occurred last week, sexual health was brought up. Rick Perry’s mandate of Human Papillomavirus vaccines requires girls at the age of 11 or 12 to receive the shots to prevent HPV. The idea of the vaccine is to prevent cervical cancer in later years.
When the topic was brought up to Michele Bachmann, she responded that innocent little girls should not be legally required to get the shot, a shot that would prevent a deadly cancer. Bachmann also believes that the shot could cause mental retardation. The Center for Disease Control has no reports of this being a risk of the shot.
A big argument against the requirement of the vaccine is that it might give young girls permission and a reason to engage in sexual activity. This is a ridiculous argument. A vaccine that prevents cancer does not clear all dangers of sex. To aid, girls should be informed while getting the shot that there are many, many other risks besides HPV. This argument also calls on the idea of purity of young women. It also seems to me that it is assumed girls would not make the choice of abstaining from sex if given the choice.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease, and it causes most cervical cancers, as well as other types. I know I covered HPV last year, but it is such an enormous concern, especially with false information being spread around, that I thought it deserved to be discussed again. HPV can be spread through sexual intercourse, anal sex, oral sex and also simple genital-to-genital contact.
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Bailey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With college students constantly being reminded they are “leaders of the future” and put under the pressure of undertaking great political responsibilities, it is imperative that college boards and higher education leaders instill the right examples and messages for students to follow.
That is why the collegiate debate topic for this year is corruption of education. The official Cross-Examination Debate Association topic for this debate season is that “the United States’ Federal Government should substantially increase its democracy assistance in one or more of the following: Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.”
For those who don’t follow speech and debate, this essentially means that for the rest of the academic year, all college debate teams in America will be arguing that the American government should be promoting and enforcing democracy in the specific middle eastern countries listed. And that, my friends, is a true pity.
With America’s foreign democracy track record, the last thing that needs to be ingrained into the minds of college debaters is the idea that America should continue its incessant attempts at initiating democracy wherever it possibly can because it hasn’t been rather successful.
As Americans, we also tend to have convenient definitions of democracy. The meaning can shift to meet the needs of the time, so that we can innocently state that we are entering Iraq, Chile or Haiti to spread “democracy,” when really there are alternative motives.
Unfortunately, most Americans, especially the youth of the nation, are blind to this problem because the United States, as a culture and a country, has a severe case of historical amnesia.
Forgetting about those less glamorous battles fought, America instead focuses on the glory of our successes and the beauty of this flawless idea we call democracy. The United States makes footnotes in its history whenever something doesn’t quite go its way, allowing the younger generations to wear blinders, shielding them from any shaky decisions or questionable outcomes that America has met.
A prime example could be from 1973, when America funded a coup in Chile, debatably supporting the assassination of their president. This led to the overtaking of the country via destructive dictator, who exiled more than one million Chileans, not to mention beat and killed thousands.
Chile is still recovering. Needless to say, this devastating event was a hugely significant part of their history, yet a footnote, if even that, in America’s history.
In similar terms of democracy, America has set burdens on Nicaragua, Haiti and probably most popularly, Iraq. While the events in Iraq can be a touchy subject, the fact is that we can’t handle a lack of control. We entered Iraq claiming it to be a “war on terror,” but when that didn’t follow through, it became a “democracy promotion.” Yet, when the country finally voted a leader in, the U.S. Federal Government decided that they didn’t like him and quickly replaced him. That is not democracy.
While democracy may work well for the established system in America, it has been proven time and time again that the United States’s idea of democracy assistance is a steadfast route to international problems.
By having this topic be analyzed and researched by college students, it may help a handful of “the future’s leaders” to understand the past leaders’ mistakes. But by promoting democracy, the mass Democracy-as-a-positive-influence continuum is only being furthered. It’s a disgrace to education and a step in the wrong direction for college students nation-wide.
Andra Kovacs/News editor
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With all of the changes that are happening at Linfield, it’s refreshing and encouraging to see where some of our money is going. It was an exciting summer on campus with the completion of T.J. Day Hall and the remodel of Dillin Hall and several residence halls, such as Hewitt. The extended dinner hours in Dillin are also a plus.
However, even with all of these awesome changes, there is one area in particular that needs more attention. The weight room located in the basement of the Health, Human Performance and Athletics building needs an upgrade.
One would think that because many students at Linfield are fairly athletic, either because of sports, an Intramural Sports team or simply because they are health conscious, that the weight room would receive a bit more attention. For a couple weeks now, some of the elliptical machines and treadmills have had out of order signs on them, and others just don’t work. Other machines are pretty outdated and uncomfortable to use.
Overcrowding is also an issue, especially between the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students often have to wait to use a piece of equipment or come back later. In the back of the room, students crowd around weights, taking turns. There is hardly any room to sit and stretch or work on abdominal strengthening and toning. When students do sit in the middle of the floor, there is hardly any room to walk through the weight room.
Obviously there isn’t an easy solution to the overcrowding problem since there isn’t room to expand at that particular location, but the weight room’s hours could be adjusted. For instance, the library stays open until 1 a.m., why can’t the weight room? Some people prefer to work out at night. Many students don’t have free time until late at night anyway. Plus, this would help give more students work study jobs since several would have to work at the same time to ensure students are coming to use the weight room and not roaming the building.
If changing the hours is too radical of an adjustment right now, an equipment upgrade would be nice in the meantime.
Jessica Prokop can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.