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‘Lettuce’ get to know our veggies

As a student at Linfield, I’ve been reminded to “buy local” almost as often as I’ve been told to turn in papers on time or to be mindful of quiet hours.

Buying local is a theme that appears on T-shirts, fliers and pins and at environmental sustainability seminars. I’ve always supported the idea of purchasing food, clothing and other products from the closest possible source, but it’s never been much of a reality in my everyday life.

I love buying tomatoes and lettuce from summertime farmers markets. My yogurt always comes from a dairy in Springfield, Ore., and I own some handmade bags from local artists.

But the extent of my local buying habits are limited.

When I need to fill a shopping cart with vegetables and other food staples, I normally just head to the produce isles inside WinCo Foods. It’s close, convenient and cheap.

However, during Winter Break, I spent the holidays in Italy visiting family in Rome. We spent a lot of time at the neighborhood farmers market, where I got to know my aunt and uncle’s produce vendor.

Whenever family members would approach him, my uncle would greet them enthusiastically before selecting a bag of his favorite veggies for them and instructing them on how to prepare it all.

After I got home to Oregon, I started looking for a year-round farmers market experience similar to the one I discovered in Rome.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is my new favorite way to buy local on a regular basis. CSA connects local farmers and community members, providing you with the opportunity to meet and form a relationship with the people who are growing your vegetables.

Through CSA, it’s possible to search for and select a farmer who will deliver fresh boxes of seasonal produce to you throughout most of the year while providing updates about the crops and information about growing techniques.

Subscribing to a farm’s weekly vegetable box delivery not only supports local producers, but it provides you with in-depth information about how your food is being raised, which empowers you as a consumer.

While buying produce through CSA is slightly more expensive than buying from supermarkets, it’s also using your dollars to bid for a practical, sustainable cause and for a relationship with the people who provide you with food.
To search for a CSA-supported farm in McMinnville, visit http://www.ecovian.com/s/mcminnville-or/csa-food-delivery. You can browse through various farm profiles for one that supports your growing philosophies and delivers to an area near you.

Joanna Peterson/Culture editor
Joanna Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Americans can learn from Argentine lifestyle

I recently came back from Argentina on a January Term class about ecotourism with seven other students. I had done some traveling before but always with family and in tour groups — never on my own or with a class. So with this trip, I received an actual view of the culture as opposed to studying it behind glass.

Argentine culture is very relaxed people take their time to enjoy life. Coffee, a late lunch or even dinner at the local café may take hours because it takes time to have a conversation and enjoy the local cuisine.

On one of my last days in Buenos Aires at Havanna (Argentina’s equivalent to Starbucks), I noticed a group of co-workers on their lunch break chatting over coffee. Although I couldn’t understand them completely (my Spanish isn’t too great), they seemed to be enjoying themselves and stayed at the café for at least an hour and a half.

This would be near impossible in American culture. A two-hour lunch break without an agenda just doesn’t fit into an efficiency-driven society.

I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly laid-back person, but even I had trouble adjusting to Argentine lifestyle. Eating out in Argentina proved to be a long process. Our guide said it is considered rude if the waiters come to your table too often or if they bring the check without the customer asking for one. Thus, most meals took us at least two hours to finish — if not more. It only proved inconvenient on days when we were short on time, and it was a little odd to find little to no fast food restaurants. Even at McDonald’s (which I only ate at at the end of my trip), it took at least 20 minutes to receive my food. Things certainly flow at a much slower pace.

Another part of Argentine lifestyle we were exposed to was the sharing of maté. Maté is a tea made from yerba maté and is usually consumed from a small, hollowed-out gourd, through a straw that also acts as a tea strainer. The tea itself is rather bitter, so some people add orange rinds or sugar to change the flavor.

Drinking maté is a social custom wherein a group of friends will drink from one gourd, passing it around and enjoying conversation. Maté has actually been banned in some workplaces because the custom takes too much time out of the workday. This is a shame, especially if the Argentines are trying to create working environments more typically matched to an American business firm.

While the idea of efficiency is crucial for the business world, personal relationships are deteriorating as everyone is preoccupied with timeliness and new technology. If the custom of taking a bit of time out of each day just for conversation could be adapted in the U.S. it would create better work environments and improve personal relations.

Juli Tejadilla/Graphics/ad designer
Juli Tejadilla can be reached at linfieldreviewgraphics@gmail.com.

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

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

Anthem disrespect at games shames nation


Let’s say, for the sake of argument, an average Linfield student attends one athletic event on campus per week.
Baseball, basketball, softball, football, soccer, whatever sport it is, each game is preceded with a two-minute song. Two minutes out of a 10,000-minute week. And during these two minutes, students, parents and others too often find it a perfect time to talk — just in smaller voices.

The song, of course, is the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, the song describes the British nighttime bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was not until morning that Key saw the American flag still flying and knew that the American troops were victorious.

These simple words mean so much to our country, yet it baffles me when people leave their hats on their heads and act like the anthem means nothing. Two minutes out of my day dedicated to thinking about those words and my friends fighting for us is nothing.

Call me patriotic, but I would rather be the rule, not the exception.

Soldiers fight for your freedoms. Many will tell you they fight for your right to burn the U.S. flag. As much as I abhor actions such as that, I wholeheartedly agree: that is the double-edged sword of liberty.

To give credit where it is due, last Saturday’s men’s basketball game had the best national anthem I have personally seen all year. Aside from a lively 3-year-old boy, I noticed not one person around me carrying on conversation. Was that so hard to do? Is it so much to ask for? Apparently it is.

This year, I have witnessed some appalling displays of anthem etiquette at Linfield sporting events: Staring away from the flag, walking around, chatting as if nothing is happening and not taking hats off.

It raises interesting morality questions: What is appropriate anthem etiquette? How (and when) do we take care of it? Is it even our place to say anything to others?

As a matter of fact, U.S. Code Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 171, states that those “present, except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.”

I hold little hope that our country, and Linfield within that, can achieve this measure of respect. And in actuality, I do not expect it either. However, my hope is this: If you do not want to honor the flag or the country that has given you so much, let others do it in peace.

I believe you should let people know when you feel they are being disrespectful during the anthem. If you let them continue, they will never learn. Providing social pressure is the best way to deal with such a situation.

Here are helpful tips I have picked up over the years:

When confronting people who are disruptive during, be careful when and how you do it. If someone is whispering, let them know you do not appreciate what they are doing after the song concludes. Confrontation during the anthem may just cause more of a distraction.

For louder fans who are interrupting your area, ask them to be quiet if you are next to them. You are doing a favor for everyone around you and giving respect back to the flag where it should be.

If you notice someone with their hat on, try to kindly remind them before the song starts. Otherwise, remind them afterward that it shows a lack of respect for the nation.

With basketball games set for Feb. 18, and other sports starting next week, let’s show some respect for our nation and other fans trying to do the same.

Kurtis Williams/For the Review
Kurtis Williams can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.