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Many people travel during the holidays and going through security has always been a challenge. But with new search methods, passengers can choose to be thoroughly patted down or walk through a full body scanner. The scanner shows a nearly naked photo and exposes you to radiation. This is not fair.
Should the government be able to molest you or expose you to radiation in the name of safety for our country? I understand it is extremely important to keep the U.S. safe, but there need to be limits.
During the pat down, inspectors run a finger through travelers’ underwear waistbands. A minimum-wage employee gropes the genitals and breasts of men and women; it’s not like the employees are doctors administering physicals.
The scanners expose passengers to a small dose of radiation, which can mutate genes and cause cancer in the future. The machine shows a mostly naked photo of you to the airport employees. I imagine certain rude personnel would make fun of the various shapes and sizes of individuals.
There are special cases dealing with people with health issues. Some women have mastectomys, which appear on the X-ray image, so those women do not fulfill the requirements to pass through security. This means a woman who is already different is singled out again for her difference.
Airport employees might physically need to see her breasts, which means there is more scrutiny of the individual.
People with a colostomy have a bag attached to them that holds their waste. They keep it in their pant leg to hide it. It shows up on the scanner, and then they are felt up for not passing the test. One man’s bag was disconnectedwhile they were searching him, and urine went all over his pants.
This is embarrassing and unkind, especially to people with medical conditions.
Other people have gone through traumatic experiences in life, such as being raped. When they are going through airport security, this could bring back negative images and memories from their past. This is not physically or psychologically healthy.
I think there needs to be a different screening process. This new system slows down airports, especially during the busy and hectic holiday season of traveling.
Israel has a different system. It is a high-risk country, like the U.S., that is targeted for attack, and it does not physically violate the privacy of its citizens. It protects its people in a respectful manner. Officials monitor behavior, such as if a person is wearing bulky clothing or acting shifty. They also interview passengers.
I think the U.S. should have a similar background system. Some people say this is an invasion of privacy, but if they have nothing to hide, then why should it matter?I would much rather have someone look into my financial past than have them feel me up or watch me go through a detailed scanner.
This current system needs to be re-examined and re-evaluated.
Hillary Krippaehne/Copy editor
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s traditional to say how happy one is that people are looking to help the less fortunate.
Indeed, 15 students braved the elements on Nov. 15 (TLR, Dec. 3, “Students sleep outside to raise awareness”) to gain empathy for those without the benefits of shelter and to make the plight of homeless people more visible.
Although they had good intentions, their efforts were a waste of time. They did little to gain any understanding of the problems associated with homelessness.
While six of the students did not have tents, the majority of them slept inside their makeshift shelters and had sleeping bags and clothes, which protected them from the cold.
“Sleeping outside is a hard process,” sophomore event planner Daniel Hellinger said in the story. “It took a lot of preparing.”
Preparation is an obstacle to understanding homelessness. The students were armed against the elements. Homeless people are not equipped to deal with the weather.
The students also had entertainment with them, including movies shown on a projector.
The biggest obstacle to understanding homelessness, however, was the group nature of the activity. These students were pretending to be homeless with their friends and close associates. Their tent village was guarded by patrols from Linfield Campus Community Safety & Security.
Staying outdoors with your friends is hardly akin to the experience of huddling alone, which characterizes homelessness. Staying outdoors with your friends is a social activity. Most people call it “camping.” All that was missing on Nov. 15 was the fire and the s’mores.
This is similar to saying that you’ve experienced the dangers of firefighting by sitting in the ladder truck. It’s like claiming to be a refugee by taking a vacation to a third-world country.
This was a half-measure, a spectacle with no actual impact, that leaves the participants thinking that they have somehow gained insight into a deep, complicated scenario.
The event takes time and energy away from doing something useful to stop homelessness. Instead of sleeping in a field, they could have gone to homeless people and helped them find shelter for the night.
The group could have held a fundraiser. They could have donated some food to a soup kitchen or volunteered their time.
They could have gone to Portland, split up, and individually gone to find shelter for the night if they really wanted to experience homelessness.
Doing that would have been dangerous. It would have sundered their ability to support one another. They would no longer have the power of numbers that protected them from danger.
In short, they would have no longer been safe. As long as they had the security of a group, they did not experience the dangers of homelessness.
Joshua Ensler/News editor
One of the first questions I ask every time I meet somebody at Linfield always relates to our respective majors. Always happens. And then we always explain how we got here.
I recently experienced this with a student and was shocked by how candid he was about his Linfield experience.
“I hate all the stupid general ed. requirements,” he said. “I just want to get into my major and spend four years doing that.”
I politely agreed while silently shaking my head.
Friend, you made an odd choice somewhere along the way. You came to a liberal arts college. That specialized degree track you want? You can find it at a state school for half the cost.
Most people don’t come to liberal arts colleges looking for a specialized degree, and if they do, they likely wind up frustrated with the curriculum, like my friend did.
Liberal arts colleges are designed to bring together many types of learning and wrap them in a neat, little bow while promoting critical thinking and the viewpoint that success is tied to the individual.
Majors don’t even make up a third of the credits needed to graduate. They’re emphasized in the context of your greater education. This is, effectively, the opposite of specialization.
I’m not just pointing at the sciences when I mention specialization. Even the arts can be specialized to prepare one for the rigors of post-college. The result is programs designed exclusively for graduate study and the working world.
But the liberal arts aren’t designed for direct integration into a career, and they aren’t designed to guarantee success in our woeful job market. They’re designed to give an individual a comprehensive and thorough examination of the world and the tools needed to continually succeed wherever they go by emphasizing individual development, independent action, reasoned thinking and analysis of all things within context and perspective.
We all made a choice when we came to Linfield that we’d rather forgo some of that specialization in favor of becoming better overall human beings.
Teaching majors are asked to go explore the scientific world, math majors get pushed into philosophy and political science majors paint murals in an artistic setting. We all came here with the understanding that the goals of the school would reflect a philosophy of continued learning and critical thinking.
Well, at least, that was my understanding. My friend convinced me that many people are here for some form of specialization, which astounds me.
One would hope people would be a little smarter than that. Why go to a liberal arts college if you don’t want a liberal arts education? I usually comfort myself with the knowledge that, in the end, they’ll get subjected to something they haven’t had any experience in, and Linfield will help morph them into a more complete human being.
But in truth, how close is that to reality? Our curriculum has more loopholes than our housing system. It makes me wonder: When so many students are able to circumvent the core of the liberal arts curriculum — those classes focused on self-discovery and the individual — how close are we to a real liberal arts education?
Are other colleges promoting a liberal arts education while allowing easy opt-out options for those students who don’t wish to gain any insight in the world beyond their own major? Having students completely ignore or avoid the liberal arts aspect of Linfield should be troubling to the college and to the students.
A greater consistency needs to be met. The college needs to work to realign it’s curriculum with its goals. For starters, there needs to be more stringent requirements within the areas of inquiry and a greater focus on diversity in class choices. We aren’t some specialized university; this school is about learning and thinking as an individual through all paths in life.
An EP is a production that is too short to be an album but too varied in content to be a sampler of a band’s singles.
The problem with the EP is this: In striking a balance to providing a good showcase of talent without running too long, the EP should contain the sort of material that makes the listener interested in hearing more of the band’s music. The EP is the music industry’s version of a trailer.
It seems some producers still haven’t completely grasped the concept of an EP, even 50 years after their inception. “Weird Looking Women in Too Many Clothes” by Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas is a prime example of an EP that missed the mark.
While there are some inspired bits of genre-bending shenanigans present in this EP, most of the tracks fall short of being truly distinct from one another. Whether this lack of variety is the fault of the band or the producer isn’t exactly clear, but it seems to be the most significant flaw in an otherwise great sampling.
To get a taste of the range of this album, “Moonstruck” and “Face Off” seem to be good song choices. They stand out because of their ballsy attitude and their creative hijinks. These first two tracks off “Weird” are the uncontested stars of the show.
Additionally, the themes initiated in these first tracks continue throughout the album — much of which seems to sample the feel of these tracks to gently wind down to the end of the album.
The sound combinations of “Moonstruck,” the first track off “Weird,” are decidedly quirky but in a seemingly unintentional sort of way. Mix a bit of Tom Waits’ staggering musical sound with a musical verve that a press release describes as “swampy,” and you’ve got the sort of music that wouldn’t seem out of place as background noise in a dirty strip joint.
If this description seems over the top, then perhaps this music isn’t for you. Although there is an aggrandized play to touch on a mixture of genres for popular appeal, the intent behind the music seems jointly focused on baby making and scaring you shitless — a combination that easily draws in the listener for the entire album.
Moving in a slightly different direction, “Face Off,” the second track on the album, showcases a more developed sound overall. With backing brass, piano and a change in vocals, this is a far happier song than any other off this EP, and it stands out for its clarity of vision as well as full instrumental backing.
Ultimately a well-developed first effort; Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are going places. If you want to be aware of what’s going to be popular for the unpopular, familiarize yourself with this EP. Sultry and sinister, “Weird” offers a brief glimpse into the funky world of underground music that will leave you wanting more.
Tune in to KSLC 90.3 FM to hear tracks from the debut EP.
Eric Tompkins/KSLC 90.3 FM
Eric Tompkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hey ’Cats. It’s been a hell of a long semester, hasn’t it? These past three months have droned on for what seems like 30 years, but before we all head for two glorious weeks of food, fun and family, I’ve got one more soapbox speech in the tank. I hope your brains aren’t too fried by finals to enjoy it, although with two finals coming later in the day as I write this very column, I can understand if they are.
It goes without saying that the holiday season is a time to be spent with family and friends. Even with the American media’s borderline grotesque obsession with commercializing Christmas and Thanksgiving, family and togetherness is still emphasized, and it’s generally accepted that going home for the holidays is the norm. I’m no exception to this rule; even as a child of divorcees, I still manage to make it to both my mother’s home in Gresham, where I spent my adolescent years, and my father’s home in San Jose, Calif.
Since this is a sports column, you’ve probably already gathered that I don’t want to spend the remaining 2,100 words I’m allotted swapping sappy holiday stories over a mug of hot cocoa — not that it doesn’t sound appealing, mind you.
Throughout the course of this semester, as I’ve crafted this column on a weekly basis, I have made several discoveries about the nature of my sports mania and, more importantly, what it means on a larger scale to the sports community in the U.S. as a whole.
On Thanksgiving, I made one such discovery, when I realized that I was spending every spare moment I had out of the kitchen watching New England paste the Lions all over Detroit in the day’s first of three marquee NFL games.
While the holiday meant that I could watch quality football the entire day and make some great sports memories with my grandfather, it also meant that the players on those six teams were denied the right to do the same. A total of 135 men had to leave their families to suit up for the sake of my entertainment. That’s a sobering number, isn’t it?
Including those three games, there were 16 sports games that took place on Thanksgiving this year, and not all of them were professional athletics. Texas and Texas A&M’s football programs played in the Lone Star Shootout that night and close to two dozen college basketball teams had to hit the court that day, too.
It’s one thing if a professional player has to do this for his career, but it is another matter entirely for a student. What would you say if I told you that you couldn’t go home for Thanksgiving or see your family because you had to play a sport? For students who attend college far from home, this might be the difference between seeing their families once or not at all for an entire year.
Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, enormously over-inflated and pompous though he may be, hit on a rare nugget of truth last year when he said that if he were the commissioner of the NBA, he would ban playing games on holidays.
There are another six contests on Christmas daythis year, by the by, although this time the NCAA got it right by not allowing any games. That’s still 12 NBA and NFL teams that aren’t able to wake up with their kinds on Christmas morning. Not to get completely sappy, but think about the children of these players for a second. These are valuable childhood memories being flushed down the drain — or the basket, as it were.
I’m not suggesting a boycott or protest of holiday sports games, by the way.
As long as you’re aware of what the players you’re watching gave up to be on national TV for you on Christmas, watch to your heart’s content. Some of my best memories came from watching holiday games with my family, and I’m not about to say that others shouldn’t be able to make the same memories. All I’m advocating is awareness.
Be aware, watch some sports and have a great break, ’Cats. See you in February.
Chris Forrer/For the Review
Chris Forrer can be reached at email@example.com.