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Editorial: Unique courses earn appreciation

January Term brought an abundance of unique classes to students here at Linfield.

Many students are now requesting more innovative class offering and hoping for the chance to learn in new, unconventional ways.

“The Art and Science of Brewing” taught by Brian Gilbert, associate professor of chemistry, is a chemistry course that focuses on the production and analysis of brewing beer.

“The greatest part of this class was that it was intended to inspire the students. Our professor set it up so we were exposed to not only the science aspect of brewing, but we learned about the art, culture and hard work that goes into the craft beer industry. We all walked away with a greater appreciation for quality in general and the hard work it takes to get there,” senior Libby Sturgess said.

When students signed up for the sociology class “Utopias and Dystopias,” they weren’t expecting to be taking a class on the zombie apocalypse. Luckily, everyone was pleasantly surprised.

Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, gave students the unique chance to examine social issues like gender, race and socioeconomic inequality using zombies as a nonthreatening blank canvas to project society’s fears upon.

“I did prefer the unique subject matter to the more traditional kind because it allowed for us students to get more excited to learn about the material … because we get our fair share of traditional material throughout our fall and spring semesters,” junior Kyle Jones said.

These classes examined issues most classes would, but in a more stimulating and inventive way.

These innovative courses seemed to boost morale and increase student engagement in the classroom.

We applaud the professors who took a chance on a unique class and hope to see more in the future.

“I would like it if Linfield offered more unique classes because I believe it is beneficial to students because it allows us to become better-rounded through these unique courses and get out of our comfort zones,” Jones said. “More unique course offerings will lead to the excitement of students to learn and come to class, and that can only benefit Linfield in a positive way.”

Now, students are left wondering what exciting classes Linfield will offer next.

-The Review Editorial Board

Moving takes longer than 24 hours

Students’ minds are consumed with finals and end-of-the-year activities during the last couple weeks of school, and it can be difficult to think about anything else.

Within 24 hours of students’ last final, they are expected to be completely moved out of their dorm room or apartment.

Not only must students be moved out, but their rooms must be thoroughly cleaned before leaving.

This is a hasty deadline to meet during an already busy time.

End-of-the-year projects, exams, fun with friends and graduation are most likely higher on everyone’s to-do list than packing up everything into boxes.

There are numerous reasons why moving out within 24 hours is challenging.

The last day of finals is May 24, but Spring Commencement doesn’t begin until May 27.

Many students wish to stay on campus until Spring Commencement, but the current rule doesn’t account for that.

If students want to attend graduation, they have to drive all the way home with their stuff and then drive all the way back.

Not everyone lives around the McMinnville area, making it unlikely for many students to be able to attend graduation.

Graduation is an important event and should have the support of as many members of Linfield’s community as possible.

Extending the move-out date would allow more students to attend Spring Commencement and be supportive of graduates.

Another issue that arises with the current rule is that some students who live out of state and are without a car might be unable to move out the day after their last final.

Students who have to book a plane ride home or wait for their parents to pick them up might need more time to get things packed up.

Even students who live close to Linfield or have a car might have trouble moving out 24 hours after finishing their last final.

After taking a lot of exams and writing papers, students’ brains are fried and need a chance to relax.

Students also want time to be able to say goodbye to friends before going home for three months.

Spending one last time with friends before going home can be important for people who aren’t going to see each other after the school year is finished.

While it is understandable that students need to move out promptly at the end of the school year, extending the move-out date until after Spring Commencement would give students more time to pack up their things and say goodbye to friends before returning home.

Expecting students to be completely moved out within 24 hours of their last final is a little hasty.

Extending the date by just a couple more days would be best for students.

 

-The Review Editorial Board

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Recycling revamp makes being sustainable easy

Sustainability is an important component of Linfield. One of the easiest ways to participate in sustainability is by recycling.

We know that it may not be in the forefront of students’ minds considering the busy day-to-day schedules we have to manage, but we would like to remind students that taking a little extra time outside of our busy lives to recycle makes a big difference on campus and in the world.

There are too many garbage cans around campus filled with soda bottles and paper that could be recycled. While it may be more convenient to throw recyclable items away in the nearest garbage can, if you look around, you will surely notice that there are recycling bins in almost every building on campus. It does not take that much effort to walk a few extra steps to a recycling bin on campus.

Also, recycling just got a lot easier for students who live in the residence halls and suburbs. Thanks to the work of freshman Michelle Herrera, Residence Life and Facilities Services, students can sign up with their Resident Advisor to get a recycling bin for their own rooms. Herrera received a Sustainability Grant to purchase 700 bins, making the bins free for students.

We are lucky to attend a school that provides us with easy access to recycling equipment, and we should take advantage of that privilege.

We think that if students put in a little effort to incorporate recycling into their everyday college life, then the student body could bring about a great change on campus and in the community as a whole.

We would like to encourage students to become active in recycling in the residence halls, suburbs and across campus. If each person made a conscious effort to recycle, then imagine the greatness that could be accomplished.


-The Review Editorial Board

Wildcats rise above petty Boxer prank

College athletics places a lot of importance on succeeding and pushing yourself to the limit. Even though winning is fundamental when it comes to college sports, sportsmanship and respect also hold a high level of importance.

But apparently not to some Pacific University students. A group of Pacific football players showed poor sportsmanship at the April 16 away softball game between the Boxers and the Wildcats by posting red pieces of paper with TLR sophomore columnist Chris Forrer’s name on them all over the visting dugout to try to get under the Wildcats’ skin.

Forrer’s commentery had evoked negative feelings by some Linfield softball players and others in and outside of the Linfield community. However, the Wildcats used the Review’s website to express their opinions. This was an appropriate outlet for their comments and feedback. But the actions by the Pacific students did nothing to advance the discussion started by Forrer’s column, and they served only to harass him and our Wildcats.

When you are a college athlete, you are representing the college — whether you are on or off the court or field. This means that any negative choices you make will not only reflect poorly on your team but also on the college. Once a negative choice like this is made by an individual or group, it can be difficult to re-establish reputations and perceptions.

Overall, we think that the Wildcat softball team expressed themselves in a constructive way by posting feedback and comments through an appropriate outlet — responding to Forrer’s column online. Their comments fueled much discussion there. But nothing constructive came out of the Pacific students’ actions, and the Wildcats won anyway, displaying their ability to remain above such petty tactics.

We know that Linfield College athletes hold a high standard of class and sportsmanship, and we hope that they will continue to in the years to come.


-The Review Editorial Board

Alert messages relay insensitivity toward tragedy

The tragic loss of life that took place on campus on April 10 has stirred up a lot of emotion and confusion. It seems that students don’t know whether to be fearful, sad or confused. Those responsible for the CatNet alert messages did not do an effective job at keeping students informed and updated about the tragedy and we feel that the messages could have been conveyed with more sensitivity.

One way the situation could have been dealt with better would have been if emails were sent out to students earlier than 10:45 a.m. It was stated in an email that the body was discovered at 8:45 a.m. and it was not clear how the body came to be in the state that it was at that time. There could have been a murderer on campus and students would have been informed too late.

Another way the incident could have been dealt with differently would have been to block more of the body off so that it would be out of sight. When students went to Dillin Hall for brunch on Sunday morning they were not expecting to see a body in front of Walker Hall. The sight of a dead body can be traumatizing and it was inappropriate to have it present in front of unsuspecting students.

We understand that an investigation was taking place, but that is not an excuse for the lack of some sort of barrier around the bench where the body was discovered.

We also think that the alerts could have been written with more sensitivity. For example, it was stated that the person was not related to Linfield so the campus could return to normal. However, there is nothing “normal” about what happened.

A human life ended in our community and no one seems to have definite answers as to why or how. This person had a life and family. Just because they do not attend Linfield does not make the situation insignificant, as the email made it seem. It looks as though the alerts were strictly intended to work as damage control.

We understand that this is a difficult issue, but we hope that the college will act with more compassion and understanding if another tragedy occurs in the future.


-The Review Editorial Board