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Athletic facilities need improvement

Linfield offers nine men’s varsity sports, eight women’s varsity sports, and a wide variety of intramural and club sports.

Approximately 30 percent of Linfield students participate in a team sport at the intercollegiate level.

Come football, baseball, and softball seasons, the students and faculty bleed purple and red.

So, why are the weight and fitness rooms pathetic on a college campus that strongly emphasizes athletics?

As a student paying about $47,000 per year, I expect the workout facilities to be more than threadbare.

The gym floor changes in the summer of 2012 were a great start, but the additions to the floor below it seem halfhearted.

The poorly-ventilated rooms, bad lighting, and small range of equipment are the primary concerns, and after countless other beautification projects around campus, it’s time to devote some more funds to the athletic facilities.

One example of the facilities’ inadequacy is the lack of space to do core and other workouts.

Although the 2012 gym renovations created an area for stretching, medicine ball work, and exercises with mats, students still end up resorting to the narrow hallway outside the weight room, and their training is frequently interrupted as students walk by.

Linfield should rethink its changes in the area, or at the very least, provide students with more workout and training options.

These could include rowing machines, multiple weight sets, and informational how-to posters for first-time users.

Additionally, the cardiovascular workout room needs more equipment.

The cardiovascular workout room has ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, and stair machines, but the room is small and frequently overcrowded.

The college tries to promote student health and wellness, but the current weight and fitness rooms undermine that message.

If Linfield is serious about helping its students become health-conscious, well-rounded people, then it needs to address this issue.

Helen Lee

photo editor

Helen Lee can be reached at linfieldreviewphotos@gmail.com

 

Making zero waste strategies achievable

Hey Wildcats. What do you think of when you hear Zero Waste?

What does that mean to you?

When I think of zero waste I think of a system that creates zero waste in resources, zero waste in production activities, zero waste in products, zero emissions, and zero use of toxins.

That may sound unachievable, but I believe it is a good goal to strive for.

Why is a philosophy of zero waste important? Waste causes a great loss of value and resources.

To achieve a sustainable future, extreme efficiency in the use of all resources will be required in order to meet the needs of all of the earth’s inhabitants.

A Zero Waste strategy directly supports this requirement.

Are you wondering how you can contribute? How about hold a zero waste event.

Preserve Dishware is now available for Linfield events. Using this dishware eliminates the need for disposable dishware; therefore, nothing has to be sent to the landfill.

The dishware is made of 100 percent recycled material as well as it is 100 percent reusable.

There are three easy steps to using Preserve dishware: First, email reserve@linfield.edu with your desired quantity of plates, bowls, cups and flatware or select desired quantity on the Activities Event Planning Form.

Then, pick up your Preserve dishware from Dillin Hall the day of your event.

Finally, after the usage, return your used dishware to Dillin Hall.

Of course, don’t forget to make sure your event has a recycling and compost bin.

Currently we have a growing population faced with limits of resources from the environment.

Our society and industrial systems must move from being primarily a linear system to being cyclical.

Cyclical systems reuse everything so no waste is produced.

Materials must be used as efficiently as possible. Hosting events with Preserve dishware provides a great opportunity to make a difference and reduce our impacts.

I see Zero Waste as a solution to our needs and the key to our future. Zero solid waste, zero hazardous waste, zero toxic emissions, zero material waste, zero energy waste and zero waste of human resources will protect the environment and lead to a much more productive, efficient, and sustainable future.

The use of an endpoint goal of “zero” recognizes that making small steps without a goal may not achieve a sustainable future while use of a clear defined goal will lead to more rapid improvements.

Zero Waste promotes not only reuse and recycling, but also, and more importantly, promotes prevention – designs that consider the entire product life cycle.

These new designs will strive for reduced materials use, use of recycled materials, use of more benign materials, longer product lives, and reparability.

Thanks for doing your part in making Linfield a most sustainable place. Email us at sustainability@linfield.edu to tell us about your zero waste event or any ideas you have to forward Linfield on a more Zero Waste system.

Nicole Lewis

Office of Sustainability

The office of sustainability can be reached at sustainability@linfield.edu

 

Soliciting your religious beliefs is not cool

Hey there random Christian group on Linfield Avenue corner, do you think you could not convert me today?

Because when I’m walking around campus, I don’t suddenly stop and wish that there were someone there telling me about Jesus.

If I really wanted to know something at that moment I could just Google it.

I really don’t need people to give me a flier with a shinning cross on it before I go eat dinner.

If they want people to know about what they do, they should do what everyone else at Linfield does- send an email.

I don’t stand on a corner telling you join a sorority or write for The Linfield Review.

I would send you a nice email that you can look at or immediately delete.

I don’t understand why this group believes that they are somehow more entitled to preach the word of their God.

Not once have I heard of any other religious group badgering people on the sidewalk trying to get them to, “See the light.”

They have ways for people who are either already that religion or thinking about converting to get a hold of them.

Why is it so hard for these Christian groups to just do that?

It’s widely known that there is a Chaplain on campus that people can talk to, who by the way sent out an email for his Ash Wednesday service.

If the Chaplain can be kind enough to send an email to everyone instead of preaching outside Dillin Hall, I think everyone else can too.

It’s one thing to stand there passing out fliers, but it’s another to harass people into taking a survey or listening to your own personal sermon.

For people who aren’t religious it’s nearly impossible to get out of that situation in a timely manner.

They will keep talking, and might I add, following you hoping that their last word will make you suddenly become Christian.

Even for people who do identify themselves as Christians they will continue talking to you, guiltily trying to make you go to every single thing they put on because that’s “What good Christians do.”

Lately this rag-tag group of flier holders has been getting more persistent.

They have started to venture away from their homes at the corners of Dillin Hall and moved to other parts of the school.

One time from a trip to the mailbox I had someone follow me, in the rain, from Renshaw Hall to the front of Dillin preaching about Easter.

Not once did I get the chance to say “I know what Easter is so please leave me alone,” because he was talking nonstop about the Bible and who knows what else. I would personally like to be able to go around campus without have to worry about being preached at 24/7.

So basically what I’m saying is, I’m glad you’re really passionate about this and you want to tell the world, but do you think you could stop harassing me on the corner? Thanks.

Stephanie Hofmann

Sports editor

Stephanie Hofmann can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

 

Self-image is different for everyone

Nearly every guy that I have ever dated, or who has at least tried to date me, has paid me the compliment that I am “not like other girls,” and I am just like, “is that a good thing?”

I do not think that any girl is not- not like other girls.

Sure, females that lean into their gender often share traits—like enjoying getting their nails painted or having an intense aversion to dudes in fedoras—but no one woman is exactly like another.

I mean, women are not pretty dolls that a man can pick off a shelf just because he finds her novel in some fashion…

Well, that is not strictly true.

Technically those kinds of women exist, but they just need to be blown up for they can be interacted with.

I may not be exactly like other girls, mostly because there’s a thing called individual differences, but I am pretty damn similar to other girls.

I think I am so offended by that compliment because I would love to be like other girls, or at least what I perceive other girls to be.

Other girls are awesome and majestic creatures that can somehow show up, on time, to an 8:15 a.m. class with hair and makeup on point.

Like, I cannot even show up to a 12:45 p.m. class in something other than yoga pants with my homework done.

And even when I do manage to present myself as something other than a haggard old wench in a fat 21-year-body, I try very hard to look like other girls.

Or maybe my not like other girl-ness goes beyond my superficial appearance and lies within my personality, although I am not so inclined to believe this because my personality is an unsatisfactory mixture of Regina George, the Governor from “The Walking Dead,” and literally every other girl who has ever existed.

I can never tell if the guy, after giving this compliment, wants me to tell him that he is not like other guys.

Even if he does want that said to him, I will not say it because trying to turn me into some special snowflake that is somehow superior to the mass majority of my fellow ladies is, in my experience, exactly like other guys.

I do not think that I am the only person who is constantly bombarded by this compliment because I think that men genuinely think that they are giving this statement as a wanted compliment because it seems that women are either besties forever or in an intense feud with one another.

I am not going to deny that that is normally how things are, but I do not think that ladies should be putting down other ladies as a way to make herself feel good about herself.

Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Linfield students are fortunate to have safety precautions in place that protect them when their health is at risk because of excessive alcohol consumption.

Medical clemency is a policy in place on campus for students for exactly this purpose.

The Oregon State Legislature is in the process of forming House Bill 4094 into a written law for the purpose of saving teen lives, as the medical clemency law would allow under-age drinkers to not be charged if they called for help.

Not all colleges and universities are graced with medical clemency.

Willamette University, Lewis & Clark College, and Pacific University had no information available on their websites stating if they had a medical clemency policy.

There are many positive aspects for having a medical clemency policy for students.

Though some may argue that it’s just a way for people to get out of trouble if they were drinking too much, it can also be a lifesaver for those that did consume too much alcohol and who require medical assistance.

The policy covers a large gap of “gray area” for students who are worried that they might get into trouble for under-age drinking, but ultimately, they are helping save a friend’s life.

As long as students cooperate with police and are clear that a friend is in need of medical attention, the police usually cooperate well, and with House Bill 4094, they are ensured medical clemency from the police.

Students should continue to remain vigilant and take advantage of Linfield’s medical clemency policy when a friend’s life is in danger.

Though many students don’t want to have to deal with explaining to authorities what happened and why their friend(s) are so sick it is always worth it to contact people that can help.

Don’t risk a friends life by not acquiring for medical attention when we are fortunate enough to have a school that values the health and safety of its students.