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Although this article [Double majoring can lead to major problems] rightfully warned students about the potential perils of double majoring, many of the statements were incorrect or negatively oriented.

Double majoring can be a wonderful experience— after all, it’s not often you get the opportunity to get two degrees at once.

Yes, a student should carefully consider whether they are prepared to take on the workload of a double major.

And, yes, having “complimenting” majors can be beneficial.

However, there are many students at Linfield double majoring in two seemingly separate field—but they find creative ways to make them blend together.

For example, Katricia is a double major in Psychology and Music—none of the classes required for these degrees overlap.

However, Katricia has taken these majors and synthesized them into an ongoing, collaborative research project, which has enabled her to attend conferences and provided many other opportunities that she wouldn’t have had otherwise as an undergraduate student.

Another example: Nick is double majoring in Psychology and Finance—there are also no overlapping classes in these majors.

He is also planning to use the two together to go into organizational development-business consulting, an area of business where some psychology background can be incredibly useful.

Moreover, what you major in absolutely affects the jobs available to you once you graduate.

Stating that it does not is completely false—what is the point of getting a specific degree if not to work in that field after graduating?

If you want a job beyond fast food, what you major in completely applies.

How can you get into medical school if you major in theater?

How can you get an internship with a financial company if you major in biology and know nothing about finance or business?

Now let’s consider graduate school.

Katricia and Nick will both attract more attention from graduate schools because they double majored—which shows graduate schools that we are organized, dedicated, and interested in a variety of topics that we can mold together in creative ways.

Double majoring gives you a boost in the real world once you leave the Linfield bubble.

Yes, hard work is often required (if you want to do well).
But doing well in anything requires hard work.

If you want to get into graduate school, land a good job once out of school, or even if you are just equally passionate about two fields and decide to study both, double majoring can be highly beneficial.

-Nick Popma ‘14

Katricia Stewart ‘15


A few weeks ago I was given The Linfield Review and asked to read the article from “Ask Bailey,” regarding anal sex

Later, I was asked to read another article from the same column about oral sex.

Well, I’m sure like many, I was shocked to say the least to find such topics in the school newspaper.

Then I thought, “Oh, I get it, I understand. Here’s how I bet it went with the author and editor.

‘Hey I know, I’ll write something just to see how far I can go or get away with.’”

Or, maybe the conversation went like this.

“’I’ll just push the envelope or see what kind of reaction there will be. And, furthermore, I can do it under freedom of speech or freedom of the press.’”

O.K. I get that. It worked.

But really, come on editor for allowing this in the school paper. Come on Bailey for writing this.

Do we really want something like this in The Linfield Review?

Is this really “journalism” at its finest?

I mean, come on people, is this something that alumni coming on campus for a football game or someone with their son or daughter coming here to look over the campus to possibly go here needs to see?

Shouldn’t this be on someone’s blog instead?

Or, just maybe, we should ask deeper questions like, “Why after sex do you still feel at times insecure or incomplete?” “Why do you still have a feeling of emptiness?”

Or, how about this one?

“If there is a God, what does He think about this behavior?”

Well, I’d better stop there. That would be a lot to think about under freedom of speech.

I couldn’t get away with that one for sure!

Come on editor! Come on Bailey! Is this really what we want in The Linfield Review?

This is our paper and a reflection of us both, past and present.

Linfield is a classy college.

Is this really what we want to show off to the community, alumni and staff?

Surely we can do better.

Let’s quit playing games with freedom of speech.

Linfield alumnus,

Dr. Dave Tillstrom

Letter to the Editor: Olson

To the Editor,

Tremendous thanks to the Linfield community for coming out in such strength to support the Choir’s homecoming concert Friday night. As a member of the Concert Choir, I know that the music we prepared and the experiences we had on tour were meaningful in an abiding and personal way. I was blown away by the number of students, faculty and community members who took the time and effort to share with us the music that had brought us so much joy.

The idea that each member of the ensemble had so much support from so many facets of their life is inspiring and a reminder of what I love most about Linfield: the constant opportunity to honor the accomplishments and character of each member of the community. The choir experience itself has been about finding a sense of unity as an ensemble, even as we individually strive to develop
our personal relationships to music and to each other. In a parallel way, sharing our music with the greater Linfield campus was about presenting ourselves as a collective to the community to which we belong as much as it was about receiving love from the people who came to support individuals in the choir.

The concert was a reminder of how meaningful the simplest shows of support can be. It has motivated me to more actively attend the functions of my peers and to remember that I am always a part of the Linfield community.

Thank you,
Sophomore, Caitlyn Olson


To the Editor,

Being a previous Linfield Review editor-in-chief and a Linfield senator, I am extremely pleased to read about the changes President Colin Jones proposed (and which were approved by the student body) to the structure of the ASLC Senate. I commend him and whomever worked with him to make the Senate a working, productive balance to the ASLC Cabinet, rather than a miasma of hand-raising, aye-saying rubber stamps. As has been the case for quite some time, more was not better when it came to Senate, and thinning down the ranks is a step in the right direction. This was something I wanted to see when I worked for the Review, and I’m glad to see that Jones had the foresight to put forth the suggestions needed. I look forward to reading about next year’s Senate in future issues of the Review, and I wish it and Vice President-elect Bradley Keliinoi the best of luck.

Dominic Baez
Class of ’10, 2009-10 Linfield
Review editor-in-chief

Letter to the Editor, Mills

Matt Olson’s recent column entitled “Abstract painting in fML does not suit location” expressed a set of judgments concerning a painting of mine displayed in the Fred Meyer Lounge. He went on to demand its immediate removal. Lacking research, the article didn’t identify me by name, much less the title of the work. Matt is of course entitled to his opinion, but as a columnist one would think facts and a more robust appreciation of art might inform and hopefully nuance his writing.

Shortly after the Fred Meyer Lounge was inaugurated under President Charles Walker, I was asked to provide a piece for the space over the mantle. I donated the piece in question. Other gifted works of mine on campus include the “Rampant Arch” canvas outside Ice Auditorium and murals in the Spanish classroom. As the legal property of Linfield College, all such work is shown as the administration sees fit.

The 1988 piece that apparently makes Matt cringe is entitled “Phaedrus,” inspired by a key Platonic dialog. In this particular work, I explored existential issues concerning the occasional sense of feeling alien vis-a-vis equally unknown, sometimes dark landscapes that are, nevertheless, the ground of our being. It is not a light theme, I agree, but the central abstract form is luminous and is, I contend, relevant and hopeful to students working their way into life and the larger world — provided they look and contemplate, rather than expect to be entertained lightly — very lightly — if the writer has his way.

I invite columnist Matt Olson to have coffee with me to discuss his reading of my work. Given his apparent sensitivity to art, I might also suggest that he take a course or two in Visual Culture, aesthetics and, oh yes, journalism.

Professor Ron Mills/Art and Visual Culture