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I only have two real goals for my life: pay off my student loans before I turn 60 and marry Daryl Dixon.
Unfortunately, it looks like the latter, of matrimony to a fictitious zombie slayer, is the more realistic of the two.
Maybe one day, I will realize the reason behind an institution charging $40,000 a year and maybe one day I will stop pretending that a portion of that goes toward funding a bunch of young men and women who would not give me the time of day to play sports on fields that are better taken care of than the old building where I take most of my classes.
I think somewhere down the line, colleges forgot, or consciously chose to ignore, that most people cannot afford $40,000 a year for aeducation that they are only getting so that they can join the job market where they will make $25,000 a year.
I think that that little fun fact has been forgotten/ blatantly ignored because for those of us whose parents are not CEO’s, there are terrible things called student loans, which, to add another fun fact, are one of the only types of loans that cannot be written off when declaring bankruptcy.
Personally, I take out around $25,000 a year in federal and private loans, because regardless of what the FAFSA says that my family is going to contribute, I am on my own in this academic nightmare that I have found myself in.
So, when I graduate in roughly a year and a half, I will be in a debt hole of about $100,000 and I cannot possibly imagine ever saving up that much money.
Right now, my choices for financial stability are becoming a gold digger, winning the lottery or the Viking apocalypse mercifully wiping me, my debt, and every living thing away in a flood of fire because I know for sure that my degree is never going to make me a millionaire.
So, my question is: why do people let this happen? Why do we just blindly accept that some school is going to suck us dry and make us thank them for it?
We should be telling high schoolers that private four year institutions are not all that they are cracked up to be.
We should tell them that community college and public university are just as good, and not quite as evil.
I don’t think when I am 40 and living in a studio apartment with a roommate and at least six cats I am going to look back at my college days and think “I am so glad I experienced the power of a small college.”
Paige Jurgensen / Columnist
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Linfield students who participated in summer research shared their findings, including marketing tactics in the wine industry, tracking of micro-RNA in fruit flies, and gender analysis in John Fletcher’s play “The Tamer Tamed.”
Senior Patrick Hickok gave his presentation on his experiences in working in the wine industry. As a marketing major, Hickok learned a lot about the logistics of the wine industry as well as hand on experience from local wineries. He spent his time at vineyards.
Hickok learned about several aspects of the wine industry from the technicalities of growing grapes for wine, marketing decisions that go into making wines look presentable and the new direction of the “high class winery experience.”
Hickok will now have the opportunity to pursue his own interests relating to the wine industry. So far, he has created a potential product for storing wines on a large scale and will continue expanding on the blue print for this product over the upcoming semester.
Sophomores Austin Browning and Katie Rees did research for Linfield’s biology department on gene silencing through RNA interference. Both Browning and Rees worked as research assistants under Catherine Reinke, assistant professor of biology, and focused on the significance of micro-RNA on silencing genes.
Many scientists believed that RNA served only as a messenger, transferring DNA to make a particular trait prior to the 1990s. Scientists are now focused on trying to discover how to control micro-RNA specifically so in the future scientist can “turn off” certain traits that carry diseases and disorders.
Browning and Rees used fruit flies to study genes and larval viability. They collected more than a thousand larva and successfully sequenced the gene previously mapped by two seniors in the lab, meaning that they are now able to see how each gene is important and can use those findings to help solve why RNA silence certain genes.
Browning and Rees hope to continue their research and to further understand the roles RNA plays in gene silencing.
Senior Kyra Rickards, a literature major, did her summer research working for the Portland Shakespeare Project focusing on communicating John Fletcher’s playwright The Tamer Tamed effectively and doing her own research analyzing different productions of “The Tamer Tamed”.
“The Tamer Tamed” was first published in 1611 and is often referred to as “sequel” to “The Taming of the Shrew” because of the way it transfers many of its characters from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. In “The Tamer Tamed,” Fletcher turns the gender roles completely around making the “tamer” Petruchio “tamed” by his second wife, Maria.
Rickards worked as a dramaturge for PSP’s production of “The Tamer Tamed” over the summer, helping to clarify plot points, language, pronunciation and context in order to communicate Fletcher’s playwright to modern day audiences.
Rickards also did personal research on the prologues and epilogues of four different productions of “The Tamer Tamed” from different years ranging from 1633-1760. Some productions expressed to the readers that husband and wife should exist as equals, while other productions contradicted the essence of the play claiming to keep the good laws of the household in place. Overall, Rickards learned about the different productions were influenced by the time of publication.
“The key to having the opportunity to do summer research is to have a passion about an area of study in addition to maintaining strong relationships with your professors,” Rickards said.
Students have followed their interests and with the support from the college and the McMinnville community, have been able to discover new and exciting findings in their areas of study.
Camille Weber / Sports columnist
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Is Linfield an accepting campus? This is a question that many students ask themselves daily.
Recently, Thomas Durein, former Greek advisor at the University of California, Berkeley, discussed being gay in Greek Life and made students think even more about acceptance and attitudes at Linfield.
This event was sponsored by the gay-straight alliance group, FUSION, who hosted the event at Linfield as part of national coming out day, a day celebrating the choice of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to share their sexual orientation.
Just the fact that this event occurred on Linfield campus proves that Linfield is growing as a whole and beginning to truly accept and celebrate diversity.
It is nice to see that Linfield is continuing to expand and enhance open discussions about sexual orientation.
Part of this improvement is a direct result of FUSION.
FUSION’s mission is to maintain an atmosphere in which all participants feel safe to express opinions regardless of sexual orientation.
FUSION has been successful as a organization because it aims to educate and help everyone on the Linfield campus.
According to the FUSION organization website, “FUSION is open to all those interested and willing to return the respect with which they will be treated, regardless of sexual orientation.”
Because the club is open to anyone and everyone, despite sexual orientation, it has really helped educate and promote awareness to the general Linfield community.
Since education and awareness is the first step to understanding and acceptance, it is crucial that an organization on campus is working so hard to inform everyone.
It is important that students here at Linfield feel supported not only by administration and faculty, but also by their peers.
We hope that through education and discussion students on campus feel safe and welcome.
We hope that through open discourse students feel comfortable sharing their stories, whatever it might be.
Thanks to events like the one Durein spoke at, students are getting educated about current social issues and applying what they are learning to their everyday life, while at the same time improving Linfield as a whole.
-The Review Editorial Board
Ill-effects of House Republican’s “hostage taking” and the subsequent government shutdown of Oct. 1 are surfacing at Linfield, affecting students and staff alike.
“A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives is refusing to hold a vote on a continuing resolution that would open the government,” Assistant Professor of Political Science Patrick Cottrell said.
“[The Republican faction] went into this process trying to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare}. They don’t want to see it remain a law,” Cottrell said.
“They are using this tactic that some have referred to as ‘hostage taking’ or extortion,” Cottrell said.
Hostage taking refers to the thousands of government workers furloughed, or rather, laid off temporarily, with reduced or no pay.
The furloughed workers, or “hostages,” are putting pressure upon Democrats to resolve the issue. The Republicans hope to leverage this pressure to force key concessions out of the Democrats on Obamacare.
The government shutdown is not confined to Washington D.C.
The widespread government furloughs have deprived many Linfield students and staff alike of much needed governmental resources.
“I have research collaborators at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, and they have been furloughed,” Associate Professor of Biology John Syring said in an email.
“This has greatly impacted my research, as the work that they [were] contributing to our study has been put on hold indefinitely. Some of this work is time sensitive,” Syring wrote.
“In the [Economics} department, most of our upper division classes have projects that rely on government data,” Associate Professor of Economics Eric Schuck said.
“In a number of our classes, the students simply can’t access the resources that they need to do their research,” Schuck said. “Since we can’t access those basic data websites, we are kind of flying blind.”
Linfield is a private institution. It does not depend on substantial amounts of federal fundings.
This is fortunate in that there have been few fiscal discrepancies that have arisen in the Linfield budget according to Syring, who is also a part of Linfield’s budget committee.
Ill-effects of the shut down are not limited to his academic life for one faculty member.
Schuck, also a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, has faced difficulties with funding the reserve unit that he commands.
A law passed several years ago called the Pay Our Military Act continues to fund American military members on active duty.
Schuck’s unit is a part of America’s reserve forces and is not considered by the government to be “active.”
Schuck’s unit is, therefore, not receiving funds to carry out their monthly drills and responsibilities.
“Because we don’t have the funds to do our monthly duties, our readiness is starting to degrade rather noticeably. It’s very frustrating,” Shuck said.
Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter
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Composting on campus continues with the residence halls!
There are currently 13 halls with brand new compost buckets.
We’re making strides with composting at the football games, the garden and Dillin Hall as well.
If you didn’t already know, Dillin Hall’s pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste is picked up by a pig farmer and fed to pigs on a local farm.
Since the food is sent to a pig farm, all types of food scraps are acceptable, but compostable containers and napkins are not.
Just think, what could I feed a pig? And compost accordingly.
At the Linfield Community Garden, composting is a little different.
The compost is made in a large tumbler and is used directly in the garden.
The garden compost can take fruits, vegetables and some fibrous materials such as paper or yard debris, but cannot take meat or dairy products.
The new compost bins around campus and the bins in the residence halls follow the same rules as Dillin Hall and all food is acceptable.
Grover Hall is off to a great start according to freshman Alaire Hughey, Grover Hall’s green chair.
“It’s been less than a week since we set up the bins and there is already a substantial amount of food scraps just waiting to be eaten by some adorable
pigs,” Hughey said.
This is an exciting time for Linfield because sustainable efforts are becoming increasingly more visible on campus.
This year is also a fresh start for the green chair positions in each hall.
They play an active role on campus this year by having bi-monthly meetings to focus on goals and projects for the upcoming months.
This week will mark the first week that each green chair has a compost bin to care for.
Every week, they are responsible for emptying the compost.
Knowledge about composting varies among people and awareness is growing.
Now that you have a little more information, you can take advantage of all the composting opportunities because it is all around us.
Let’s work together as a campus and continue towards Zero Waste.
This weekend at the homecoming football games, please use the recycling and composting facilities available and say hi to the Green Team volunteers.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to check out Linfield Sustainability on Facebook for weekly updates!
Nicole Lewis / Office of Sustainability
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