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Linfield students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Linfield College Latinos Adelante, Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan or the Chicano Movement of Aztlan the Spanish Club and the Multicultural Programs Office put on Hispanic Heritage Day Sept. 28 in Rutschman Field House.

The event consisted of music, food, dancing and entertainment for the people who attended.

The food, which was free of charge, consisted of tacos from Mazatlan, a local Mexican restaurant.

There were also activities for small kids, including face painting, piñatas and a children’s play area.

“This year’s planning of Hispanic Heritage Day was a collaboration of all the Hispanic organizations on campus,” said senior Elizabeth Guzman, a Multicultural Programs student assistant.

“Tasks were divided up between MEChA, LCLA, Spanish club and Multicultural programs. It was definitely a great joy to work with everyone and see this event come alive. I certainly believe that this year’s model for planning the event was much more effective but overall much more inclusive,” Guzman said.

“I always love HHD, but this year’s was especially good,” senior Marissa Haines said. Haines is also part of MEChA, Spanish Club and LCLA.

“I liked the last musical group and the dancing. My favorite part though was the face painting because it was great for both children and adults,” Haines said.

Two Latino bands from Oregon, Dina y Los Rumberos y Antifaz, provided the live Latin music for people to dance to.

“[Hispanic Heritage Day] was definitely a great experience. The music was fun, the food was great,” senior Andrew Fong said.

The Linfield Hip Hop Club also performed a dance that was coordinated by senior Tim Marl.

They involved the audience by coordinating a short routine to teach the audience.

“It was my first time at Hispanic Heritage Day and I loved it! The atmosphere was so energetic and the bands were great! The free food was really delicious and there was plenty to last the entire time. I especially liked watching the Hip Hop club perform and teach students how to dance,” senior Mariah Torres said, who attended Hispanic Heritage Day for the first time.

“Dancing really was the main event; having Spanish Professor Ticas, get up and dance during the live music was awesome! Being able to watch and learn meringue and salsa and have a good time with so many people with respect to our diverse Hispanic community was such a beautiful experience,” Torres said.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

Mariah Gonzales can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Students are addicted to Netflix

Friday night, you don’t want to do homework and you especially don’t want to change out of your comfy pants. Netflix is the best solution to all of your anti-social problems.

Practically everyone else on this planet has a membership.

Paying only eight dollars per month, your wallet can do a happy dance because it is unlimited. Netflix has a plethora of life benefits. Nothing is better than saving tons of your piggy bank money, especially while on a college budget.

It’s all so exciting, especially when you can indulge yourself for a cheap price or mooch off of your parent’s account for free.

Now that Netflix has its own profile options, you don’t have to look lame in front of your date when it suggests some of your mom’s foreign soap-opera dramas.

If you were to take a significant other to the movie theater, you would have to pay for movie tickets and you don’t even have the power to choose what movie you watch at your fingertips. Almost like one of the superheroes on one the best rated films.

Even worse is the uncertainty of getting any end-of-the-date-action, since there are people surrounding you the whole time at a movie theater.

When you find out that other people Netflix binge on the same exact shows that you do, a friendship that will be forever has just been scripted.

If you haven’t seen someone in a few days and you notice that they recently liked the Facebook page for a television sitcom, you can assume that they could be diagnosed with an addiction to Netflix.

Life as a Netflix junkie is overwhelmingly time-consuming. The lack of commercials and access to continuous seasons makes it hard to justify attending any other event.

Until the day arrives that Netflix doesn’t update the latest episode of your favorite show and you have to wait for the show to air on an actual television during a scheduled interval on a commercial-filled channel, it is a good idea to stay tuned to Netflix.

The cycle never ends, once you have hit the end of a series and you begin to scroll through your recommendations, Netflix will never fail to absorb all of your recreational activities into endless amounts of television.

But don’t fear, there is probably a support group for television addicts, complete with complimentary coffee and tissues.

Set up a system in which you can reward yourself with episodes to split up productivity with the homey luxury that college kids crave.

Rosa Johnson / Copy editor

Rosa Johnson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopyed@gmail.com.

New Year Brings New Students, Changes

As everyone hurries to unpack, share scandalous summer stories with friends and check out the newest changes around campus, it is obvious that summer has come to an end. And while most students spent the summer relaxing and enjoying their downtime, Linfield underwent some major changes.

For those of you that have not noticed, there is now a fully-licensed Starbucks that accepts Wildcat Cash and Flex Dollars on campus (and like most of you upperclassmen, I also feel gypped). The Starbucks will be open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed Saturday and open Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

O’Riley’s has also undergone renovations to be more welcoming and comfortable for students. Dillin Hall has been transformed completely. Dillin Hall now has new seating and community spaces for customers, improved vegetarian and vegan options, a larger salad bar and three new meeting rooms: Chef’s Dining Room, Northwest Room and President’s Dining Room. All three of these meeting rooms can be requested for events by emailing reserve@linfield.edu.

The hours of Dillin Hall have also changed: Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to midnight, Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to midnight.

In addition to the changes made around campus, The Linfield Review has a few changes in store for the year. As the new Editor-in-chief, my goals this year are 1). to expand our online presence, 2). to connect Linfield to the McMinnville community and 3). to increase readership on campus and in McMinnville.

In addtion to using The Linfield Review’s Twitter and Facebook account, the Review plans to use its website to post articles online before they appear in print. Following the path of a world turning more toward digital media than ever before, I hope that readers of the Review will be able to find information online more easily throughout the year.

In regards to connecting Linfield to the McMinnville community, The Review hopes to break down the “Linfield bubble” so that students and faculty have a better understanding of all that McMinnville has to offer. Because the Linfield community spends the majority of their year in McMinnville, it only makes sense to inform students, faculty and community members about what is happening both on and off campus.

Through achieving the first two goals I hope to simultaneously fulfill my third goal, which is to increase readership as a whole. The Linfield Review has a lot to offer both Linfield and McMinnville, which I hope will become more apparent after this year.

Similar to how many freshman and transfer students must be feeling, I am a little bit hesitant to take on my new role here at the good ‘ole Review. But the Linfield community is strong, and I know that we will all adjust and embrace our new roles here on campus.

Have a great year Wildcats!

Samantha Sigler / Editor-in-chief

Samantha Sigler can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Seniors keep Linfield art tradition alive

Bench photo

The senior bench sits between Pioneer and Riley halls. Seniors Brittani Drost, Beth Turner, Katelyn Tamashiro
and Nora Burnfield volunteered to paint the bench May 25, 26 and 27.

 

While everyone stayed busy during the last few weeks of school studying for finals, four seniors dedicated their time and effort into keeping a Linfield tradition alive.

Although about 10 seniors signed up to help paint the bench, seniors Beth Turner, Katelyn Tamashiro, Brittani Drost and Nora Burnfield were the only students who showed up to paint the bench and represent the Class of ’13.

The four seniors spent three days painting Linfield’s senior bench through the rain and wind.

The seniors originally wanted to design the bench around the slogan “It’s your Linfield. Welcome home,” which was a prominent slogan their freshmen year at Linfield.

They decided to combine that idea together with an idea that Tamashiro had, which was to paint a quilt made up of the flags of all the countries students are from on the bench to represent how diverse Linfield is.

“I was really glad that everyone worked their ideas together and cooperated,” Turner said.

Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, asked Turner to lead the project after she attended one of the first meetings about painting the senior bench. Turner accepted the request, and is pleased with how the bench turned out.

“Just as we were painting it a lot of people would walk by and [give] a lot of positive feedback,” Turner said. “We’ve gotten nothing but positive comments.”

Samantha Sigler / Editor-in-chief

Samantha can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

 

Student shares study abroad experience in Mexico

“I know everyone says this about their abroad experience, but it honestly was the most incredible, eye-opening experience I’ve had in my life,” senior Emmylu Elliott said about her time spent in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Elliott described the way her abroad experience impacted her during a presentation, “Highlights of Oaxaca,” on March 21 in Jonasson Hall.

Elliott was required to study abroad for a semester in a Spanish-speaking country to fulfill a minor in Spanish. However, her experience meant more than learning a language.

“We take advantage of language here,” Elliott said. “When you get to a place where they speak another language, you make connections only because of speaking that language.”

She said that learning the language gave her deeper interactions with the people of Oaxaca. Her time spent in Oaxaca also allowed her to realize how diverse Mexican culture is.

“I think a lot of people get a false impression of what Mexico is like,” Elliott said.

Elliott and the other students traveled to many cities and historical sights. The trips were incorporated into their classes and helped them gain a better understanding of what they were learning.

“Not only were you learning about the Mexican culture, you were able to actually experience it,” Elliott said. “Not something you get to do every day, obviously.”

These trips took them to pre-Columbian archeological sites, such as Monte Albán, which was founded in 500 B.C. and is one of the oldest cities in Mesoamerica.

Tlahuitoltepec was Elliott’s favorite city that she visited while traveling for her classes. It is a small indigenous city that follows a traditional political system, where men customarily handle government issues.

To Elliott and the other students’ surprise, however, Tlahuitoltepec had a female president. They got to meet her and learn about her life and the city.

They also visited the classrooms of local children. They played games with the children and learned from the teachers why preserving native languages is so important.

Living with a host family taught Elliott many things about Mexican culture. It allowed her to understand what life is like in Oaxaca and gave her an opportunity to use the language to build relationships.

“Using [Spanish] to form a personal relationship was something that was really meaningful to me,” Elliott said.

Before going abroad, Elliott was nervous to step out of her comfort zone.

“I can’t stress nearly enough how glad I am that I pushed myself to do that,” Elliott said. “I wouldn’t be the same person today if I hadn’t. If I was able to overcome this initial fear, I honestly think anyone can.”

She urges any students studying abroad to fulfill a Spanish minor to equally consider the options of countries they can go to.

“It might end up being that Costa Rica is the right program for them, but they should know just how amazing the Oaxaca program is before they rule it out as an option,” Elliott said.

Elliott plans to live and teach in Spain next year.

“After going abroad, I feel like I can’t sit still here. I want to travel as much as I can and find another experience that is exciting and new, just like Oaxaca was.”

She said there is no better time to study abroad than while in college, especially at Linfield, where it is strongly encouraged.

“I feel like I changed both academically and personally from this experience,” Elliott said. “I encourage everyone to study abroad and fall in love with another culture like I did with Mexico.”

Carrie Skuzeski/Culture editor

Carrie Skuzeski can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.