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GPA doesn’t mean ‘give paramount attention’

College is a time to push yourself. Classes are more difficult and more time consuming than they were in high school, and it is more difficult to maintain a high GPA. We’ve noticed that this concept seems to stress out far too many people.

Your GPA is not the only element of college that leads to success in the “real world.” Service, leadership and involvement are equally, if not more, important.

We are not saying that GPA is irrelevant; it is definitely important if you are planning to apply to graduate school. But it shouldn’t be students’ only focus in their college careers, and it certainly shouldn’t consume your life at Linfield.

Students need to show on their résumé that they have experience in the field they plan to enter. You don’t even have to put your GPA on your résumé.

Employers are usually more concerned with whether potential employees have the skills and experience needed to succeed at the job. They want people who connect well with others. They want people who have excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. A GPA doesn’t tell employers much about these.

College is also about building relationships. This is a residential college, and there are many social functions that take place on campus each week. For example, there are student Cat Cabs, movie nights in Ice Auditorium and sporting events. If you’re constantly alone in the library working on homework and studying for tests, you’ll miss out on getting to know your peers and building a network of friends.

Remember that Linfield aims to connect “learning, life, and community.” It calls for diverse students who work to balance their college experiences with a healthy mix of activities that go beyond GPA-building.

Getting a “C” in a tough class won’t likely matter when you’re 40. Not making an effort to get involved in your school might.

-The Review Editorial Board

Students need more time to prepare for graduation

The next two months may seem like a whirlwind of chaos for seniors as graduation and commencement approach. On top of last-minute projects and assignments, seniors have to figure out what goes along with graduating. With all the final plans and plane ticket and hotel bookings graduating seniors need to do, it seems slightly impractical that announcements, class rings, caps and gowns are not offered to students until Wildcat Wind-up during the week before Spring Break.

We think that it would be helpful if the college increased awareness about purchasing these items before the Spring Semester begins. This would allow students more time to set aside money to purchase these expensive items because by Fall Semester, graduation really is around the corner.

After purchasing a cap, gown, graduation announcements and a class ring, costs can easily be more than $300. This kind of cash can be a burden for college students who already have to spend money on books, housing and food, and it might take a while to save up.

An earlier “wind-up” would also allow for better planning when it comes to travel should these item be available for purchase at the beginning of the semester. It takes three weeks for graduation announcements to be sent to students. This means that the people who are receiving the announcements will most likely not get them until the end of April, if not later.

It takes time for graduation attendees to book flights and hotels, and it would be helpful if students could purchase the announcements sooner so they can be sent to relatives and friends in a more time-efficient manner.

Overall, we hope that in the future graduation planning will begin earlier to ensure a more organized and less stressful graduation for students and their families.

-The Review Editorial Board

Church’s protest spurs ethical questions

The Supreme Court ruled March 2 that the Westboro Baptist Church’s controversial funeral protests are protected under the First Amendment.

Albert Snyder brought the lawsuit against the WBC protestors. He claimed that he suffered emotional distress after a group of protestors from the church showed up at his son’s funeral. The protestors have also shown up at numerous military funerals, where they flaunted signs with messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God Hates Fags,” according to washingtonpost.com.

Such protests are appalling and disgusting, but we agree that it is ultimately the church’s right to protest as long as the protestors stay 1,000 feet away from the location under protest, as the law dictates. Free speech is a core American right, and we think this right would be violated if the church was not allowed to express its opinion, even if its protests cause family and funeral attendees emotional distress.

However, just because people have the right to free speech doesn’t mean that it is ethical to say whatever they want, to whomever they want and whenever they want. With free speech there should be tolerance, and with tolerance there needs to be compassion for others.

We believe WBC is being intolerant. It’s protests are ethically questionable even if they are legally sound. When confronted with such intolerance, it’s important to remember to remain above it rather than try to stifle freedom of expression.

While at Linfield, try to consider how your words and actions affect the people around you. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinions and beliefs, but take note of the way you express those opinions and beliefs to others. Negative voices often lead to destruction and hurt that is difficult to repair.

-The Review Editorial Board

TLR endorses Coffey, Keliinoi for ASLC

The Associated Students of Linfield College elections will take place March 8, and we would like to take this opportunity to endorse juniors Rachel Coffey for ASLC president and Bradley Keliinoi for vice presidnet.

One aspect of Coffey’s campaign that stood out to us is her initiative to re-vamp the Fred Meyer Lounge. This is a long-term project, and we think that one of the responsibilities of the president should be to embark on projects that will improve student life on campus in the long run.

A second admirable aspect of Coffey’s campaign is that she wants to bring about more communication when it comes to students, faculty and administration. Also, she has a set plan for getting the word out about ASLC and Senate, including sending out a report about what is taking place in Cabinet once a month.

Although junior Katie Patterson has experience from being the ASLC Vice President of the 2010-11 academic
year, she does not seem to be as motivated as Coffey when it comes to taking on the role of president.

“I considered not running, but this is such an interest of mine and it feels like my responsibility to help try to better the student interest, which I enjoy doing,” Patterson told us last week (“VP hopeful drops from ASLC race after one day,” TLR, Feb. 25).

It seems that Patterson views the presidency as simply the next step in her career on ASLC and as an obligation. Coffey, however, appears to view the position as a genuine opportunity to make changes in students’ time at Linfield.

Patterson also says she wants to take charge of the way fees from the student body are spent, but she has not outlined ways in which she plans to make this happen.

While Patterson’s goals are certainly reasonable and should be kept in mind by whomever is elected, we think that Coffey has the drive to achieve her goals. Patterson campaigned on improving Senate last year and little, if anything, has gotten better during her time in office — although the semester has not yet come to an end.

Coffey seems earnestly dedicated to making changes, and we anticipate that.

We also endorse Keliinoi and remind you to vote for him even though he is unopposed. If anyone has the experience and dedication to fix Senate, it’s Keliinoi.

We hope you take our points into consideration, and we will continue to update you on election happeings. Be sure to catch the next debate or “Fireside Chats” on March 7 and don’t forget to cast your vote March 8
in the online ballot, which will be sent via e-mail.

-The Review Editorial Board

Candidates should consider Senate sustainability

It seems that the Associated Students of Linfield College presidential and vice presidential candidates have included bolstering Senate effectiveness in their campaign platforms for many years. We at the Review ask this year’s candidates to look at Senate sustainability as well as effectiveness.

Student leadership positions have high turnover rates simply because students move on from year to year. This is obviously a roadblock for any long-term (more than one year) Senate projects. And turnover that occurs from semester to semester is even more halting. Such was the case this spring, as senior Katie Kann stepped down from her position as Campus Improvement Committee chair and junior Wesley Allegre stepped down from Campus Liaison Committee chair.

Senators, especially those who occupy leadership positions such as the above, who leave before their term is over, disrupt the dynamics of Senate as a whole and the organizations they represent. Looking at Senate as a semester-to-semester or year-to-year body diminishes the organization’s effectiveness.

For instance, when Duncan Reid, ’10, graduated, systems could have been in place to follow up on the Observatory survey and complete that project.

Undertakings such as this often take more than one year to complete. Time must be allotted for research, proposal drafting, proposal submission and project advocacy.

When Senate begins long-term projects, it needs to finish them. To simply drop such projects when a new year begins is unfair to students who were expecting and hoping for change. We believe the ASLC presidential and vice presidential candidates need to address how Senate projects can be carried across the years to completion.

Senate has made improvements in the way it functions, such as with the committee restructuring that took effect in the fall, but it cannot achieve true efficiency unless it looks at how to operate without restarting each fall.

Senate is not just a club for students who want to enhance their résumés. It’s a representative body that should serve students in the most dedicated way possible. It should comprise students who want to make a mark on Linfield in the long term not just in one year.

We would like to see Senators invest more energy in long-term projects even if they can’t be completed in one academic year.
For example, we know that planning and advocating for a student center will easily take more than a year, but this does not mean we should simply let the issue die.

Senate should be viewed as a strategic body of students who want to improve Linfield even after they graduate. We at the Review hope this year’s ASLC presidential and vice presidential candidates agree and strive to make it so.

-The Review Editorial Board