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Pumpkins, witches and tons of candy—it’s that time of year again. Halloween is just a few weeks away, and there are constant reminders everywhere you walk. The little children running around stores squealing with delight, runs to the pumpkin patch with friends, and of course, this time of year always brings about a demanding question: what costume do I wear—slutty or not slutty?
There are a few theories of Halloween’s origins and the role that costumes have as a part of the holiday.
In one theory, Halloween began with the Celtics in pre-medieval Europe, who used it as a time to mark the end of the “light half” (spring and summer), and the beginning of the “dark half” (fall and winter).
The costumes became a traditional part of the celebration because many Celtics believed that the souls of the dead were out and roaming along with demons, witches and even fairies. To please these creatures, people began to leave food and drink out as offerings.
As years went on, people began to dress like these creatures to take the food and drinks for themselves. This became known as “mumming,” and from this came the tradition of what we know today as “trick-or-treating.”
In other words, people began to dress up in costumes as a way to pretend to be monstrous creatures who love to eat. Does this sound like a good excuse to wear lingerie with stilettos out in public? I think not.
It appears to me that Halloween costumes have started to become out of control. While looking for a Halloween costume this year, my roommate and I had a hard time choosing which one to buy. Not because we’re picky, but because we truly don’t want to wear a costume with our entire body basically exposed.
Yes, I wanted to be a cop, but not one with simply booty shorts, a bra and handcuffs to “pull the look together.”
Yes, I wanted to be a nurse, but not one with heels and the tiniest dress imaginable.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those who do choose to wear these costumes. My problem is simply, what do I wear? There is no balance between slutty and goofy. Either I wear a slutty devil costume, or I go dressed in a taco suit. There is no middle ground, or at least I haven’t found it yet.
So as Halloween comes closer, my search is becoming more desperate to find something cute, but classy. I also encourage all of you participating this Halloween to stay classy too. And remember, Halloween should be a time for trickery and fun, not an excuse to take your clothes off.
Samantha Sigler/Copy editor
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Upon starting college, new students, as well as old, are not always prepared for the 100 minute long classes that Linfield offers. It’s hard to believe that students are actually expected to sit for that long, let alone absorb an hour and a half of information.
With so many classes that do meet for this amount of time, students have to mentally prepare for them.
There are some professors, however, who do give students a five minute break right in the middle of class. This is a time to relax for a bit and to get up and walk around. In these five minutes, students are able to refocus before continuing to learn the rest of the day’s course material. If students were allowed this short break, they’d have an easier time paying attention in class.
These breaks happen in everyday life, and result in increased efficiency. In elementary school, the day is broken up with recess. Another example would be the iconic scene of people working in offices taking a break to gather around the water cooler.
Another reason these breaks should happen during longer classes is that with the break, students have less of a reason to get up during a lecture or activity to leave to use the bathroom or to get water. With a scheduled break, students, as well as professors, get the respect of having students’ full attention.
This doesn’t mean that breaks should happen for classes that are only an hour or shorter. We might have needed this back in our high school days, but now we can stand to be in class a little longer.
Everyone can say that they have gotten the awful nodding off feeling; the feeling when your eyes are closing and you can barely stay awake. This normally happens after about 50 minutes of class. With the short break coming up, students will be able to shake that feeling off and refocus on their class.
By adding a small five minute break, students will be able to refocus on their classes, professors will get a little breathing time and everyone will be happier.
Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
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In her recent book, “Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World,” Huffington Post writer Lisa Bloom reported that 25 percent of women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize.
We’ve all seen this attitude reflected in everyday interactions and pop culture. The idea that sexy women should be clueless shows up everywhere, from music videos and television to classrooms.
Even though it seems like a lost cause, we have to start at the root of the problem.
Recently, I was browsing in a book store, when I overheard a mother chatting with her daughter about the book they would read together.
“That book about princesses looks interesting and I’m happy to read it to you,” the mother said. “But, if we read that book, we also need to read a book about a girl who climbs a mountain or writes some poems or becomes an astrophysicist.”
This is encouraging and it’s a model of how girls should be treated as people who have the potential to do big things. This quest can start now.
Instead of using the majority of your conversation time with young girls to compliment them on their outfits, make an effort to ask them about a story they’ve read or a person they admire.
These probing questions can stem from reading picture books together or asking her what she did at recess earlier that day.
Big ideas and theories start from little experiences and interactions.
Asking which character she liked best in a book can become a conversation about heros and virtues and what it takes to live a full life.
Thoughtful questions will spur girls to view themselves as more than pretty decorations.
Thoughtful questions will push them to see themselves as informed people with distinct ideas and opinions.
Someday, if I have a daughter, it’s my goal to challenge her to to view herself as a powerful character in the world.
After all, she could grow up to climb a mountain or write some poems or become an astrophysicist.
Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
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To the Linfield Community:
We, the Associated Students of Linfield College (ASLC) Cabinet, would like to apologize for some of the content of the Mr. and Ms. Linfield pageant that took place Oct 7. Some of the performances could have been perceived as offensive, and it was never our intention to make anyone feel unsafe or uncomfortable. We did not preview the content that the contestants preformed, but we do hold ourselves responsible for the event. Thank you for your support of Homecoming.
“Occupy Wall Street,” the movement against corporate greed in America, has swept the nation, with protests popping up all around the nation.
Oregon cities, such as Portland, Salem and even McMinnville, have been holding protests. However, some of these protests have been shut down for apparently overstaying their welcome.
According to the Associated Press, eight protesters in Portland were arrested for staying overnight in parks, which is technically illegal. While no protesters in Salem were arrested, they got a warning and were told to vacate the parks at night.
This raises the question of should protesters be arrested for staying in city parks?
“If they’re non-violent protesters, they have the right to march,” freshman Ariana Lipkind said.
While camping in a park overnight is technically illegal, these protesters are trying to raise awareness for a good cause. Unless they are physically harming people or damaging their community, it doesn’t seem that they should be arrested.
While these protesters are trying to overcome corporate greed, it is hard to defeat something that not all citizens understand. Lipkind, while stating that protesters shouldn’t be arrested as long as they aren’t being violent, admitted that she hadn’t heard of these protests before.
“I haven’t had time to look at the news,” said Lipkind. American voters need to be aware of the issues at hand in order to ensure that the government is being run in a way that is favorable to its people.
College students, as young voters and future leaders of America, should stay up to date in current issues in politics. After all, we are the ones who are going to be dealing with the repercussions of today’s decisions.
If a country’s people don’t stay involved in politics, it is easier for politicians to get away with doing whatever they want to do.
Maybe this is why big corporations have become such a big problem. People have let them do whatever they please for too long, allowing them to gain too much power.
This isn’t to say that all Americans aren’t up to date on politics and issues in our society. The protesters for “Occupy Wall Street” all around the country are obviously informed voters who want to change how the government is run.
The bottom line is that non-violent protesters deserve to make their voice heard, and in order to have orderly protests, we need to have informed citizens.
If this issue isn’t taken care of soon, we are the ones who are going to be suffering at the hands of corporate greed. Be proactive, and learn about what is going on in politics. And if you find that you have strong feelings, take part in the protest and make your voice heard.
-The Review Editorial Board