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Bad drivers cause ‘brakes’ in traffic flow

Jeepers! You creepers, where’d you get your blinkers?

I’ve been driving a lot lately. Between commuting, my weekend jaunts to my fiancé’s in Hillsboro and my frequent trips to Portland for concerts, I have accumulated quite a few miles on my parents’ Chevy Cavalier. Through all of this driving, I have realized one thing: Other drivers tick me off.

They tend to fall into different categories of epic fail. There are drivers that I would like to call creepers. They never come to a complete stop. Ever. You can find them everywhere, too, which makes them mildly annoying. I’ve found them oozing through the crosswalks in front of stores and never coming to a complete stop, so the people who want to cross don’t know if they will let them pass. I see them in the turning lanes at a traffic light, inching so far forward that their turn is far too late and wide.

Then there are the folks who drive so slow I am sure their speedometer is off by 10 miles. Is it a 25 mph zone? They go 15 mph. Fifty five? Forty. There isn’t much I can usually do about these folks other than pass them the first chance I get. They also tend to come to a nearly complete stop when making a turn, causing me to then stop in the middle of the road and hope the folks behind me are paying attention.

I am sure this is just because I am an Oregonian, but it drives me nuts when people don’t use their turn signals or when they decide to use their turn signals just as they are turning. I’m sorry, but by that point, you might as well not bother.

I am concentrating more on slamming on my brakes, because you are deciding to swerve at the last second into my lane to make your turn, than on looking at the light that only blinks once in the act. You will swerve in and out through traffic and take turns that make the creepers jealous. Seriously, it wouldn’t hurt to give me more than a foot of space when you cut me off or decide to make me slam on my brakes.

Finally, the one kind of driver that angers me like no other drives like this: They go slow when you can’t pass them and then speed up when you can. I know some are unaware of the fact that they do this, but I am convinced that others like looking in their rearview mirror to see my face twisted in anger. Why can’t they pull over or at least keep their speed constant so I can pass? I would rather be stuck behind a tractor.

I suppose I just need to accept the fact that there will always be people in the world who will annoy me; however, I would prefer them not to be the people driving in front of me.

Megan Myer/Online editor
Megan Myer can be reached at linfieldreviewonline@gmail.com.

Women’s month deserves campus recognition

I hope everyone’s been having an OK month. March is one of my favorite times of school because everyone really begins to get deep into his or her schoolwork. Then just when work starts to get overwhelming, Spring Break comes and carries us happily into April.

But March isn’t just a month of homework and Irish drinking parties; it’s also Women’s History Month.

I hope you knew that. Women’s History Month is an annually declared month that is dedicated to the appreciation of women throughout history, and it recognizes the many social achievements and contributions women have made to improve our world. It also highlights the various struggles and issues still faced by women in many corners of the world and raises awareness on what can be done to achieve equality. The month peaks on International Women’s Day on March 8 and is marked by numerous events around the world.

Once again, I hope you knew that. This is a very important time to recognize women who throughout history haven’t exactly had the easiest road to making up 60 percent of our student body. Which is why I’m bothered by the lack of events in remembrance that occurred on campus this week.

February was Black History Month: a time that rightfully should be recognized and was commemorated on campus with a number of events. There were a few speakers, a couple of presentations and a general sense that most of the campus knew about it.

So why don’t we have something similar for Women’s History Month? March 8 passed by without any form of remembrance whatsoever. No speakers; no campus wide e-mails; no awareness events. Nobody even invited me to an international Facebook event.

I don’t think that anyone views women’s history as less important than other times of remembrance — at least, I sincerely hope this isn’t the case. A lot of the problem is the way women’s history doesn’t grab our attention like African-American history or the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) events. Those remind us of times when we were directly building walls around our fellow human beings and closing these people off from any sense of mainstream society.

Women’s history is so much more complicated and involves a fight within the majority and a critique of one’s role within the system, not the system itself. It’s not so much about inclusion but, rather, respect. Women’s studies don’t seem to generate the same emotion in most of us that other topics do.

That’s a big deal to me. By ignoring this time of activism we are essentially forgetting that the battle isn’t over. Women have overcome a ton to get to where they are. But remember: Women still have a long march on the road to equality. It isn’t over yet.
If you get a chance, please commemorate Women’s History Month. That’s not so much a request as it is a call to action. A lot more can be done in the future by reminding ourselves of how far we’ve come. Next year, Linfield, I hope you do better.

Matt Olson/Columnist
Matt Olson can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.

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

Wildcat week in review

Hey ’Cats. With winter sports fading into the sunset a few weeks ago and spring sports only a few days old, stories are getting harder and harder to come by these days. But fear not! As much as I love unearthing good narrative stories from the Northwest Conference to share with y’all, this week I’m going to go in a different direction and give you some nice little stats and tidbits. Without any further exposition, the week in review:

•Ach! Nishizaki and Boehme to Deutschland:

As I’m sure you read in last week’s issue of TLR, quarterback Aaron Boehme and defensive tackle Paul Nishizaki, two of Linfield football’s finest during the last four years, have signed professional contracts with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. Admittedly the mascot isn’t the most masculine I’ve ever heard of, but in a state of Beavers and Ducks who can talk, right?

Also, while the GFL is certainly no National Football League, this signing is a big deal in the context of the team’s status. Long-time quarterback Chad Rupp of the Unicorns walked a year ago and left a vacancy at the position that was filled well by replacement Brian Brunner in 2010.

Furthermore, Unicorn coach Siegfried “Ziggy” Gehrke has stated that Nishizaki is going to be a big part of shoring up his defense. This means that Boehme and Nishizaki are both in a good place to compete for some serious playing time in a professional league; how many other Division III athletes can say they’re headed for a professional gig after college? Not many. I’ll be keeping up with their exploits occasionally, as well as other Linfield sports alumni, as I can next season, so stay tuned.

•Goin’ down to Dixie:

On another football note, senior tackle Aaron Heston was invited to the Dixie Gridiron Classic Feb. 3, a game that involved almost entirely Division I athletes. This kind of major exposure to NFL scouts could lead Heston to land a walk-on contract next season. If he does, he could become one of only a tiny handful of Linfield players to advance to the NFL. Cross your fingers and watch for more developments here as they come in.

• Smells like a National Championship:

If you recall, I mentioned last week that the softball team was likely to have a lights-out season and belt more homers than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at. Sure enough, as if the fans had cried out “Here we are now; entertain us,” the ’Cats have blasted nine home runs in their first four games. If they keep knocking them out of the park at this rate, and assuming they play in as many games this season as the last (49), the softball team is going to rack up 108 home runs during a single season.

Even adjusting this for what will certainly be lower scores in the post-season, 90-plus is still a fair approximation. That figure would shatter the Linfield and Division III records for home runs in a single season set by last season’s squad. The team also outscored opponents 49-7 in four-straight wins to open the season.

These are some seriously gaudy numbers, and I’m tremendously excited for the group’s prospects at winning a national title in Salem, Va. this year.

•Doucette on the warpath:

Reigning All-American junior Staci Doucette was named NWC player of the week after Linfield’s four-game winning streak against Whitworth University. On the weekend, she hit three home runs (including a grand slam), racked up nine RBIs and batted an unreal .667. She is single-handedly promising fans that attending a Linfield softball game means you’re going to see offensive production every couple of minutes.

All aboard the Wildcat Softball Freight Train! Next stop, Salem!

Chris Forrer/For the Review
Chris Forrer can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Portland-based indie band releases an ‘honest’ album

Photo courtesy of www.tenderlovingempire.com Typhoon’s “A New Kind of House” will be released March 8 on the Portland record label Tender Loving Empire.

Photo courtesy of www.tenderlovingempire.com Typhoon’s “A New Kind of House” will be released March 8 on the Portland record label Tender Loving Empire.

During a time when all indie music sounds like the same heartfelt, self-absorbed ramblings, it’s rare to find a band thatproperly expresses what seems to be the true ethos of the genre: honesty.

“A New Kind Of House,” an EP by the up-and-coming Portland band Typhoon, is set to win over a wealth of listeners faithful to the sound of troubled musicians.

The focus behind “A New Kind Of House,” is not immediately clear, even after a fourth or fifth listen. However, the album serves as a cartharsis: It’s pow-erful, moving and seems inspired by a real human experience. It’s not some pop-influenced expression of pubescent angst; this is the adult version: a mire of emotion that has historically worked extremely well for the Goth movement and the emotionally charged Indie movement of the early aughts. Unlike most of its contemporaries, Typhoon manages to pull off this emotion without sounding contrived or disingenuous. The band’s just being honest.

When it comes to describing the overall sound of this EP there are the standard descriptors that can be broadly applied to all on this collection: lush, captivating, sincere, moving and triumphant. But, as with anything that’s well- made, it’s incredibly difficult to separate one piece from the whole. It’s hard to imagine this EP as a collection of separate songs, and even harder to choose the highlights. That being said, there are a few tracks that stand out above the rest — not necessarily as the greatest but certainly as the most interesting.

My favorite is the second track “Summer Home,” which has a sound that gently guides the listener deeper into the EP’s true meat. The song consists of cheerful percussive elements and the sort of poetic lyricism which lends itself to repeated listenings. “Summer House” is is an excellent showcase of Typhoon’s talents and of its overall range of emotion. Everything about this track seems thoughtfully considered, right down to the title, which is appropriately chosen for the mood the track conveys. The song also provides a gentle segue into the intended magnum opus of “Claws Pt. 1.”

Clocking in at nearly 8 minutes, “Claws Pt. 1” is the longest track on the EP and is given billing as one of the EP’s foremost singles. Perhaps it’s because of the pressure put on it that “Claws” is a bit off, somehow coming across as schizophrenic and constipated at the same time. Frantic, uncomfortable and strange, Claws is a low-point in an otherwise stellar display of talent.

Ultimately, “A New Kind Of House” is nothing if not enjoyable. An EP full of images: washed-out postcard snapshots of steel-toed workboots following the muddy treads of a snowy road or lonely woodcuts of unashamed blue-collar heartache.

Typhoon seems like a band that doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t, and that is what good music is all about. So if you’re in the mood for something a little bit special give “A New Kind of House” a listen.
Typhoon’s “A New Kind of House” will be released March 8 and can be heard on KSLC 90.3FM.

Eric Tompkins/KSLC 90.3 FM