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Schedules challenging students

Planning a schedule for school, work or extra curricular activities can be a challenging process.

The time has come once again to start making a schedule and to choose classes for fall 2014.

There are a quite a few new classes offered in each of the departments.

Creating a schedule that works, and fills the requirements for a major(s) and minor(s), and that leaves some space for a few enjoyable classes takes a considerable amount of time to plan.

It is essential when planning a schedule to look at a few things.

The first is making sure it is a manageable workload. Second is to make sure you have left some time for extra-curricular activities.

Planning a schedule that is around 18 credits may seem like the best thing to do at times, but in reality it should not be necessary to take that many credits in one semester unless you are a double major or minor.

Students have a considerable amount of control in regards to courses they take each semester.

All students have an advisor, they are there to make sure students are taking enough classes, and that they are on track to graduate.

Taking a class in January always helps balance your workload each semester.

Creating three schedules to take to your adviser can be helpful for student who haven’t decided on a major yet or who are still exploring majors.

It’s also a good idea to look at course requirements for majors that you are looking at so you know how many classes you will need to take in the future.

Bringing three schedules, a four year plan, and course requirements for majors or minors to your advising meeting will be a great addition to help your adviser.

Many students don’t follow their four year plan they made their freshman year because it’s hard to know what your major may end up being down the road.

Updating it often, as well as writing down what Linfield Curriculum classes you have completed will help cement what classes you need to take.

Though students who are junior and seniors face different challenges when scheduling classes they still have a lot of things to consider.

Some juniors may want to try and balance out their fall and spring semester for their senior year so they have time in their schedule to think about applying for graduate school or looking for a job after graduating.

Regardless of what you are studying it’s essential to always look at how your schedule will affect the rest of your college career.

Jonathan Williams

Opinion editor

Jonathan Williams can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Looking out for the bright flames of literature

Senior Austin Schilling has been working with English professor Dave Sumner on an anthology of fire lookout stories since last summer.

Schilling might co-author the introduction to the anthology, but Sumner is the primary author.

“It’s been going great,” Sumner said. “Austin, he’s a bright kid, and he’s excited about this project.”

Sumner chose Schilling as his research assistant and possible co-author.

“I chose him because I’d had him in a class, and he’s president of the English honor society of the college,” Sumner said. “He’d also been helping with other stuff before he got the grant.”

Schilling is very interested in the type of nature literature he and Sumner have been reading and bringing together.

“It’s a relatively unexamined area that has influenced a lot of nature writing in the Northwest,” Schilling said. “We discovered there’s a big niche for this.”

Sumner and Schilling call the area of writing “fire lookout literature.”

Fire lookout is a term for a job that was once fairly prevalent in the Northwest in many logging areas.

“Fire lookouts were jobs that were usually open because not a lot of people would do them because it’s isolation for months upon end.

“You seldom have visitors, but when these writers took these jobs what they found was they were on top of these mountains, alone, and all they had to do was look at the landscape and think about their relationship with the world around them and what that meant to them as writers and as people.

“They were able to turn out these very powerful works of literature. What that did was push the way we think about nature and literature forward,” Schilling said.

Nature literature has interested Schilling before, but he will be focusing on fire lookout literature for his honors thesis.

“I’m basically the primary researcher. I have a big role in putting the anthology together and possibly co-writing,” Schilling said.

Male writers dominate the field of nature writing, but one of Schilling’s discoveries shows that women have also been writing in the genre.

“The most interesting thing that I just stumbled on was the discovery of Martha Hardy. She was essentially the first published fire lookout author. She’s relatively overlooked in the literature,” Schilling said.

Schilling hopes his discover of Hardy will loosen the male-centered hold on nature writing in the literary world.

At the moment, the anthology’s process has slowed down.

Sumner and Schilling still need to find a publisher, and Schilling isn’t sure whether he will be co-writing the introduction yet.

Schilling is enjoying his time working with Sumner and is glad that Sumner chose him as a research assistant.

Gilberto Galvez/Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached

at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

Senior Austin Schilling sits inside of T.J. Day Hall. He and Englsih Professor Dave Sumner have been working on an anthology of fire lookout literature since last summer. Their work will bring a new understanding to this obscure field in nature writing.

Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

Student debt kills dreams, salaries

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

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com


Students share findings from summer research

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

Camille Weber can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.


Linfield supports students’ differences

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