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Harvard prof sparks questions on nuclear power

Which will be destroyed first: the U.S. Constitution or nuclear power?

One women proposed this question revealing that audiences members with the sobering truth that authorities have the ability to get rid of nuclear weapons but scientists are still not sure of ways to stop global warming.

Harvard University Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value Elaine Scarry gave a talk titled “The Floor of the World.” She explored the idea of nuclear power in society and why it is dangerous. She gave many reasons for world leaders to end nuclear power.

Scarry mentioned the flexible floor doctrine where one leader would have the power to open a door that would essentially end an entire country in one day and one hour. One leader could decide the fate of millions of lives making a momentous shift in government.

Assistant professor of English Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner introduced Scarry to a large audience onMarch 18 in the Austin Reading Room at the Nicholson Library as part of the annual Ericksen lecture. He noted that Scarry is part of a list of the 100 most intellectual people.

Scarry talked about the dangers of weapons of mass destruction that enable a small amount of people with the power to kill a huge amount of people. She talked about the idea of how nuclear power leads to a war centered on power. Whoever has the most nuclear power would be the most powerful country. This idea causes all countries to want to expand their nuclear programs.

Scarry thinks that U.S. citizens do have the power to tell the government to get rid of nuclear weapons; as foreign voices who say they too want to see the end of nuclear power often go unheard.

“75 million people will be dead in twenty five minutes from a phone call that says to launch the nuclear missiles,” Scarry said.

She highlighted that many U.S. presidents’ have come painfully close many times to making the call to launch the missiles.

The black bag that carries the codes to launch nuclear missiles, also known as the football, is always within reach of the president. If it is not in the same room as the president it is in the room next to it. It never leaves their side.

Scarry noted that if we are thinking of it surely President Obama is too because of the constant proximity of the black bag. Many U.S. presidents have said they wanted to get rid of nuclear power but none have said actually said no to it.

Jonathan Williams

Linfield alum set to give Commencement Address

Linfield alumni, Dr. Stephen Lopes, will be delivering the Commencement Address during this year’s graduation ceremony.

Lopes graduated Linfield College in 1984 with a degree in Communications and after earning his doctorates of education from the University of Pennsylvania, serves as the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the University of Southern California Athletics Department. He is responsible for managing all financial resources and operations of the $100 million athletic department budget at USC in addition to being an assistance adjunct professor at the USC’s Rossier School of Education.

Lopes also serves as the executive director and program coordinator for the Sports Management Institute which aims to provide a unique educational experience to train individuals into specialize sports management professionals that understand the value of academic theory and athletic practice.

During his time at Linfield, Lopes was deeply involved in both athletics and academics. Lopes played offensive tackle for the Wildcats under legendary football head coach, Ad Rutschman and Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame, Ted Henry. Lopes achievements in football also translated to other sports as he lettered in both wrestling for two years and gold for one year.  Lopes was inducted in the Linfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 with his teammates on the 1982 championship team.

Lopes describes that Linfield “allowed me to combine athletics and academics, led me to understand that these two endeavors are interconnected and in fact compliment each other.”

He also describes how just like most undergraduates, he was never truly one hundred percent sure on what he wanted to study.  He believed however in the value of being a hardworking individual and taking advantage of what is given to you.

“What you want to do is to have a well-rounded education, understand how to learn, build a network and then work hard,” Lopes said. “I had no idea what I was going to do when I left Linfield, but I had a solid liberal arts degree in business and communications and my success in athletics gave me confidence that I could do whatever I wanted, even if I was somewhat naïve, not knowing how big, competitive and unforgiving the work world is.”

As for a message he wants to leave students who will not be able to attend this year’s commencement ceremony, Lopes wants to encourage all students that anyone has the potential to be successful, as long as you recognize and take action on the opportunities given to you.

“Be productive every day, have impeccable character, trust your heart and appreciate the ride and those people around you, family, friends and co-workers who you get to share the ride with each day. Nothing is given to you, adversity is a part of life and you have to find something positive about each day of your life, even when life is challenging.”

This year’s commencement ceremony will be on Sunday, June 1 on the commencement green in front of Riley Hall.

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Camille Weber / Sports columnist

Making the most out of four years

Making the most of the academic year can seem like a daunting task.

Students are faced with many choices including working towards completing a major and possible minor, looking for summer internships, holding a work study position, being involved in a varsity sport, being a member of a Greek organization, being a part of a club, and lastly but most importantly, getting sleep and attempting to not get sick.

Being a college student can at times seem like more of a job than anything else.

Some students will be working seven days a week and odd hours just to make some money during the year.

Goals of graduating in four years, finding a job, or moving on to graduate school after college can easily becoming blurred if students don’t stay true to themselves and remember why they came to college in the first place, to further their education.

In college, it is easy to get caught up in things that sometimes may not be as important as working towards a degree.

These include most of what has been listed above; almost all involving some sort of social value along with them.

It’s a good thing to be social in college.

Most people come to college to meet others. That being said, it can seem more fun spending time with your friends on the weeknights or weekends than tending to your homework.

Having friends in college and making time to have fun are important things to remain sane as a college student.

Though as almost anyone who is successful will say, “The key to success is budgeting your time.”

More often than not future employers of college students in several different fields are looking for students who completed at least 1-2 successful internships during their time in college.

This can be done in the summer or during the school year if students are able to fit in the extra load of work.

Networking with other college students and the people you intern for are keys to succeeding in future endeavors after college.

With most things in life, everything is better in moderation.

As long as students are able to find a balance between their academic and social time spent, they will continue to reap the benefits of attending a small college.

Linfield students like to say that they feel like they know almost everyone on campus because of its size.

Students at Linfield will continue succeeding in their goals after college as long as they remember that four years goes by extremely fast if spent well.

If students remember all the helpful things they learned during their time at Linfield, in class and in extra-curricular activities, there is no reason they can’t be successful in whatever they do after their time at Linfield.

Jonathan Williams / Opinion editor


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More than just a suit Evolution of the Linfield mascot, from “Baptists” to “Wildcats”

On December 3 of 1924, The Linfield Review announced the students’ choice of the wildcat as their mascot. Before that, students rooted for the Baptists. Now, the wildcat is one of Linfield’s most iconic symbols along with the red and purple and the acorn. But there are a few things people don’t know about the mascot, namely who the person behind the mascot is and the mascot’s name.

There are many people who are the mascot. Anyone can put on the suit.

“I like to think that it’s symbolic, that anyone can fit into Linfield and be the wildcat,” Amy Bumatai, multicultural department intern, said.

Dan Fergueson, the director of college activities, had a less figurative view of the situation.

“We don’t have a good process for [choosing the mascot],” Fergueson said. “We’ve tried tryouts. We’ve tried asking. What often happens is members of the cheer team ask for folks or folks ask me. I often turn it back on the person.”

Sometimes, the mascot will also randomly show up at certain events, such as finals, but the place it’s most often used is on the football field. On average, Fergueson believes the mascot suit is used 20-30 times throughout the year.

“There isn’t a set budget for the replacement of the costume,” Fergueson said. “This is the second head that has existed in my 12 years and the third body suit.”

The wildcat has also looked a little different in the past.

“The college went through a branding process three years ago,” Fergueson said. “It was across the board, an update for the institution. The new image uncrossed the eyes and changed the number of whiskers. It has five on each cheek now. It used to have six on one and seven on the other.”

Wildcat Wednesday is a new event that has come to Linfield. Every Wednesday, students wear Linfield colors and the wildcat runs around the campus. Linfield chose its colors in 1917. The colors are cardinal red and purple, both symbols of wealth and prestige in the Middle Ages.

“The brand image did have some change here as well,” Fergueson said, “Where it spelled out purples as our primary athletic color.”

Rumors have long surrounded the mascot’s name. No one is really sure what it is because it doesn’t have an official name. Debbie Harmon-Ferry, director of alumni relations, is working to change that.

“It was an idea Dan Fergueson raised,” Harmon-Ferry said about the Name the Wildcat contest.

To nominate names for the contest, students, alumni and staff can go to Once the nomination period is over in early March, a panel will narrow down the choices, so students, alumni and staff can vote within the list. The wildcat will have a name later this spring.

“[We’re looking for names] that fit the college and our character,” Harmon-Ferry said. “It’s like picking a name for your child. You want something that is going to fit but people won’t make terrible nicknames out of.”

At any rate, the wildcat will always represent the best side of Linfield’s welcoming community. Jenny Morgan, community engagement and service intern, remembered a story about the wildcat on a rainy night when an athletic team had just returned from a game.

Article by Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Layout by Kevin Nelson/For the Review

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The wildcat pauses for a picture at an athletic event with junior Ivanna Tucker.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Wildcat

The wildcat stands beside the snowman he just built.

Photo courtesy of Amy Bumatai

The wildcat makes an appearance at a sporting event.

Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

The wildcat frolics in the snow in front of Pioneer.

Photo courtesy of Amy Bumata

The wildcat poses at a high school event with Erin Rush.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Wildcat

The wildcat’s first incarnation didn’t include the
sailor’s hat. It was popularized by Paul Durham.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Atheltics

The wildcat signs Linfield’s 154th birthday banner. The wildcat itself was 88 years old.

Photo courtesy of Linfield Wildcat

The wildcat dances around the track for a sporting event.

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Make healthy snacks in your hall

Baked Edamame

1 bag of frozen shelled edamame

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/4 of grated parmesan cheese

1. Put all of the ingredients together

2. Bake for 20 min at 400 degrees

Healthy Pizza

1 whole wheat tortilla shell

2 tablespoons of low sodium marinara sauce

2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese

3 oz. ground pre-cooked turkey

1. Layer the sauce, cheese and meat on the tortilla

2. Cook at 425 for 12 min

Baked Carrot and Sweet Potato Fries

1 sweet potato, washed and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips

6-8 carrots, washed and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons dried herbs (try parsley, rosemary, or thyme)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 Servings

1. Preheat oven at 400°F. Cut sweet potato and carrots into french fry strips. In a large baking sheet, toss carrots and sweet potatoes with olive oil, dried herbs and salt & pepper.

2. Arrange in a single layer and make sure to flip the fries over two or three times to brown evenly. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Keep an eye on them making sure not to burn. Serve with garlic aioli.

Recipe from Wishful Chef

Peanut-Broccoli Stir-fry

1 (16-oz.) package firm tofu

2 cups uncooked brown rice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter $

1 tablespoon lite soy sauce

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

3/4 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 cup carrot sticks

2 tablespoons chopped peanuts


Garnish: lime wedges

2 Servings

1. Place tofu between 2 flat plates. Weight the top with a heavy can. (Sides of tofu should be bulging slightly but not cracking.) Let stand 45 minutes; discard liquid. Cut tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.

2. Prepare rice according to package directions, adding 1/2 tsp. salt.

3. Meanwhile, combine vegetable broth and next 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Add tofu, and toss to coat. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove tofu from marinade, reserving marinade.

4. Heat oils in a nonstick skillet or wok over high heat 1 minute. Add tofu, and stir-fry 4 to 5 minutes or until browned. Remove tofu. Add broccoli and carrot sticks; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add reserved marinade, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until thickened; stir in cooked tofu. Serve over hot cooked rice. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Garnish, if desired.

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