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Linfield club finishes among top placers

The Linfield College Computer Science Club recently finished among the top placers at a programing competition held Nov. 3 at the University of Portland. The competition was the 2012 Pacific Northwest regional qualifier of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

“I think the International Collegiate Programming Contest is a wonderful experience for the computer science students here at Linfield,” sophomore Graham Romero said.

Linfield sent a total of 14 students representing five separate teams to the competition. In total, the teams representing Linfield were the best in Oregon and finished seventh regionally.

“The problems given aren’t necessarily what you’d have in real life, especially because they all have a theme. This year was “Lord of the Rings,” but they contain concepts that are very applicable in real-life situations,” Romero said.

Some of the other schools represented at the competition were Stanford University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington.

As an end result, Linfield teams finished second, sixth, 10th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd in the state of Oregon, giving Linfield the highest ranking from the state.

“I attended the same contest last year at University of Oregon, and ranked 60th of 94. This year my team got 33rd of 111 teams, so it’s nice to see that improvement,” Romero said. “Relative to last year, or any year we’ve participated, Linfield did much better. Our professor, Daniel Ford, definitely helped prepare us for the contest, as well as the workshop leader, senior Cody Tipton,” Romero said.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest is the largest, oldest and most prestigious programming contest in the world. In total, more than 25,000 students, representing 2,200 universities from 85 countries, located on six continents competed in regional qualifiers around the world.

In order for students to compete, they must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program, and either be younger than 23 or have completed less than five years of education after high school.

It goes without saying that students from the Linfield College Computer Science Club had an exceptional performance at their recent regional qualifier. Not only do their results come with bragging rights, but it also comes with the pride of achieving goals.

Madeline Bergman

Staff writer

Madeline Bergman can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

Protesting can help spur change

If you’ve been following the coverage of “Occupy Wall Street,” you know that the people are angry. The people are so angry that the protest has continued all across the country. It has spread both large and small cities. Cities all over the country organized mass gatherings.

On Oct. 6, about 10,000 people gathered in downtown Portland to peacefully protest the corporate corruption that our country has been suffering through for years. The parks were covered in signs saying things like, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention,” “End the war, End the Fed,” “We are the 99%,” and “Close your bank account.”

Many people spoke of their financial struggles and lack of well-being. Even a policeman took the stage to express his concerns about the corporate greed.

Our generation, the people born between the years of 1980-1995, is bigger than the “Baby Boomers.” We are the strongest group of people in the nation right now, and we have the power to make the government listen.

We want justice from the 1% (the corporations). We want political and social equality. We want democracy back in America. What happens when we have children? What happens when we want to buy a house but can’t because we’re strapped with student loans? These are the loans that we have to pay to get an education  to get a good job to barely keep us afloat in this suffering economy.

The current administration has sent the next three generations into a downward spiral. When the big banks, such as Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo, go down, where is your money going to go? The wealthy and corporations pay less money in taxes than the middle and lower classes do.

According to the Declaration of the Occupation of New York, the government and corporations have spent and donated large amounts of money on politicians and their campaigns instead of programs that fund the people.

These large entities keep us dependent on oil and throw us around with the prices. The government makes laws that benefit the banks.

They purposely keep the people misinformed and fearful through control of the media. They have undermined the farms of America because of monopolization.

And through animal cruelty, torture and confinement, the government has profited and kept these practices secret from us. These are only a few of the grievances listed in the Declaration.

The government privatizes everything. Water bottles, for example, privatize a worldly resource and turn it into something that we pay for and think we “need.” While we can get water for free through our taps, we continue to purchase plastic water bottles that are a giant waste and threat to the environment. Why does the government do this? For a profit, of course.

Protests alone won’t change or solve the financial problems that our country is having, but they can spur a change. To begin our reform, we need to cleanse the government of corrupt leaders and restore democracy to America.

-Kelsey Sutton/copy chief



‘Portlandia’ clip sparks meaty media dialogue

After recently watching the video “Is it Local?” on YouTube from the Independent Film Channel series “Portlandia,” the increasing popularity of meat in the media and our growing curiosity as a society to know exactly where it’s coming from was brought to my attention.

For those who haven’t seen the clip, it features a couple from Portland who, while dining out, want to know more about the chicken they are about to consume. The segment is obviously poking fun at the growing concern surrounding the availability of local, organic and free-range meat options. The couple come to find the chicken’s name was Colin, he had four acres of land to roam free, and he was fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and hazelnuts.

Although it sounds extreme, this depiction doesn’t seem too far from the reality of our nation’s increasing desire to learn more about the meat industry which has been heavily discussed in the media since the beginning of the 21st century.

According to a 2003 CNN.com article, the “first apparent U.S. case of mad cow disease discovered” was recognized after the USDA decided to run tests on a cow that was unable to walk by the time it reached the slaughterhouse. Although the USDA had inspected the meat, it raised concerns of how an ill and crippled animal could even be considered a candidate for the next American meal.

Since then, the media have been bombarded with investigations regarding factory farming and the significance behind supermarket labels, such as USDA organic and free-range claims.

Through my own investigation, I have made the decision to become a vegetarian in response to the overwhelming presence of factory farming in the United States. The production of these animals, as I discovered initially in Michael Pollan’s best-selling book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” is not only inhumane for the animals, leaving them unnatural for us to consume, but is environmentally unsustainable to boot.

However, the purpose of this story is not to tell everyone to become a vegetarian like me. Watching “Is it Local?” allowed me to recognize the varying opinions from people such as my roommates, in response to the video’s portrayal of picky meat eaters.

One roommate from Montana said she grew up knowing where her meat came from. It’s traditional for her family to hunt elk, deer and even antelope for consumption, and this is a healthier option in her mind.

Another roommate from Seattle believes that although the majority of meat isn’t produced ethically, it remains an essential aspect of the human diet. Her solution? She’s conscious about eating only local and free-range meat whenever possible.

This goes the same for my Californian roommate, who, like the actors in the YouTube clip, recently asked at a Portland restaurant if the hamburger was local.

My conclusion? I think it’s great that people are thinking about the topic and making educated decisions about why or why not they choose to consume meat. It’s a personal choice to be respected and important to be discussed as more information is presented in the media.

Felicia Weller/Copy editor