Pulp and Circumstance: A celebration with a little fuss

By Anna Bramson
When you think of Newberg and you think of shopping, I can almost guarantee that you don’t put the two together. Now don’t get me wrong: Newberg has a cute downtown with plenty of character to go around, and it caters really well to college-age kids with its plethora of coffee shops on almost every street corner.

But what do you do when you have found some extra time in your day and you’ve already had your five cups of coffee? You could go take a nap? Try and study?
As fun as that sounds, I think I’ve found something that is a little bit more exciting and upbeat.

Walking down College Street on a sunny afternoon, I had the pleasure of finding one of the cutest little stores I’ve seen in a while. Tucked away in a gorgeous, newly-remodeled Victorian style home is a gift shop (that is so much more than just a gift shop) called Pulp & Circumstance.

Co-owners and friends Jennifer Sitter and Ashley Lippard came together and opened their store in June with high hopes of creating an atmosphere of “celebration with a little fuss.”
Sitter is from Seattle with a background in marketing while Lippard is from Chicago with a background in graphic design. With a mutual love for shopping and the appreciation of a good shopping experience, they collaborated to bring a little more of the hip boutique experience to Newberg.

The name, Pulp & Circumstance, sounds much like the graduation song “Pomp and Circumstance,” and when you look up the definition it literally means “a celebration with a little fuss.”
Their store achieves just that when you walk inside. Your eyes wander through all the fun and playful products ranging from fine soaps and lotions, candles, handbags, toys for children, something for the husband, jewelry from local artists, their very own hand-pressed cards (which is where the “pulp” comes into their store name), a nice selection of delightful candies (most importantly), and so much more. You really have to walk through twice to make sure you’ve seen it all. It really is a gift shop’s dream, with something for all ages and all occasions.
Originally Pulp & Circumstance was going in a more modern direction, like something you would find in the Pearl District of downtown Portland. Lippard lives in Newberg and Sitter lives in Dundee, and they both saw the great potential a store like this would have in the Newberg area.

Loni Parish, who owns the Art Elements Gallery downtown as well as other businesses and properties in Newberg, is also the owner of the Victorian home in which Pulp & Circumstance is located. Parish’s parents built the Allison Inn and Spa, a wonderful destination for visitors in the area. Now people who stay in the Allison Inn and Spa can make their way downtown to pick up fun and unique gifts from the store, really just upping the class here in Newberg.

What does this mean for college students? Well, while talking to the owners, they shared a list called “The Foxy Club” with me. Students from George Fox can sign up to receive notifications on events or additional discounts that are only good for one specific day or time. Students will already receive a five percent discount when they show their student I.D.
The Foxy Club is sort of like a VIP list. Who doesn’t want to be on the VIP list? You better believe I signed up. They always keep the inventory fresh and receive new products almost daily. You can always expect to see something new when you go in. Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Don’t be the last of your friends to check out this new best-kept secret in Newberg.

Go enjoy some celebration with a little fuss.

Newberg’s Drive In is saved from shutting down

By Jordan Mitchell Phillips

One of Newberg’s historically prominent features recently overcame a big obstacle, an obstacle that would have forced them to shut down their business.
The 99W Newberg Drive-In won the Honda Project Drive-In award, receiving a digital projector that would allow viewers to watch the newest films with ease.
This year, movie studio requirements demand theatres to install digital projectors as 35 mm film print movies are no longer being produced. Technology’s rapid changes have forced many drive-ins, including Newberg’s very own, to upgrade their theaters with new digital projectors.
With expectations to shut down their business by the end of the year due to financial constraints, 99W Drive-In had high hopes for a miracle. Along with five other movie drive-in theaters across America, Newberg’s drive-in movie theater received the greatest miracle it could have asked for.
“Brian thought he was being interviewed by another news station on the drive-in field. When they told him they were actually from Honda, he fell to the ground,” Camille Francis said.
According to Camille Francis, the majority of the winners were located on the East Coast, so at first they lost hope on their chances of winning. The day they received the good news, the whole Francis family was in shock.
At first, Camille and Brian Francis believed that this contest sounded too good to be true, especially when Honda contacted the 99W Drive-In theater through their Facebook page with a message that said, “Are you operating digitally yet?”
Although they were skeptical, the owners of Newberg’s historically-known drive-in theater proceeded with the process of entering into the contest.
Winning a digital projector has become another significant milestone for the 99W Drive-In theater. The Francis family has been in the movie theatre business since 1926, and has overcome many obstacles since then.
One of those obstacles involved the Columbus Day Storm, which blew down the very first screen that the theater owned. Despite the barriers this theater has faced, they have been strong in providing the great service they have always given their faithful customers within the Newberg community.
Camille Francis said one of their goals this year is now to understand how to operate their award: a digital projector. Since they are only familiar with working a 35 mm film projector, it will be a journey for both owners. Nonetheless, they are motivated to put in the work as long as it keeps them open for business.
Please check out some of the popular movies playing at the 99W Drive-In theater. Surf their site at http://www.99w.com/.

Be The Match

Article by Jessica Stanton
Photos by Kosette Isakson

It has been a long road of ups and downs for Dianna McIntyre, Assistant Director of the International Student Services at George Fox University. She is waiting for a stem cell match so her Non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer will go into remission.

The Be the Match Drive is an opportunity to save a life, possibly Dianna McIntyre’s. The drive was held in the Cap and Gown Room on campus by Evangeline Pattison, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, and Sarah King, Director for Institutional Research and Analysis. The primary hope for the drive was to help Dianna find a match.

Haley Bellows, senior social work major, sold her EFF Cancer shirts at the drive, to help raise funds for her personal medical expenses to fight non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bellows has a match in her sister Kelcie if she needs to have a bone marrow transplant after her third try with chemotherapy.

Bellows was diagnosed with cancer in April 2012. She initially had pains in her uterus area, but thought it was just menstrual cramps. When the pain got worse, Haley went to the doctor. She was told that she had swollen lymph nodes and fibroid.

For more on McIntyre and Bellows journey, see page 4 in our Oct. 2 issue.

College Street Style: Racsan Limbauan

Despite the drab weather we experienced Wednesday, I was pleased to find Racsan looking fashionable despite the elements Oregonians have come to know and love (some love it more than others).

Here in Oregon, we don’t fear the rain; we embrace it.

Because let’s face it, it’s not going anywhere.

Get the low down…

Name: Racsan Limbauan

Year: Sophomore

Major: Fashion Design
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Hobbies:  Longboarding, adventuring (in nature), watching movies and hanging out, playing the piano, being crafty.

Who or what inspires you: Art and design inspire me — beautiful views and people with bold taste.

Where do you like to shop:  I’d love to shop at places like Free People, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and Tilly’s. But since I’m on a college budget I find myself mostly at Forever 21 as well as local thrift stores and Plato’s Closet.

Tell me about your outfit, where is it from: My outfit is a product of thrifting — the sweater is from Liberty Thrift in my hometown and the dress (Rue 21) and shoes (Steve Madden) come from Plato’s closet. The bag is from Forever 21.

How would you describe your personal style: The activities I do dictates my style — when doing sports or long boarding, I throw on athletic shorts and a t-shirt. Other than that, it’s whatever I’m feeling for the day or however I change up something I already have. I don’t know how I’d describe it . . . lately I feel like it’s more simplistic and earthy. It could also be described as original because I do buy clothes just so that I can hem them up or cut off sleeves etc. and alternate them to be what I envision them.

Why did you choose this outfit:  I mainly chose this outfit because it was what I was wearing at the time you asked to take the picture. I like to wear dresses whenever I can because they’re so easy to put on and move around in. An easy thing to throw a sweater over in cold weather and still have it looking cute.

 Any favorite trends right now: Love the trends of spring — all of the colorful light muted colors and when lace is added! Just lace trends in general — most recent is lace on back of shirts, etc.
If you could raid anyone’s closet who’s would it be: Lauren Conrad (casual-everyday) or Princess Diana’s (formal- looking for a night out).


 The dress.

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This feminine floral print dress is a great piece to transition from summer to fall. The earthy tones in the print draw in fall colors while the pairing with the cardigan gives Racsan the warmth she may need walking from class to class on campus.
The boots.

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The caramel color of these epic combat boots complement nicely with the warm colors in her dress.
It’s also a nice contrast to pair a “tougher” boot with a girly dress.

The bag.

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This little cross body bag from Forever 21 is the perfect everyday purse.
Its neutral tone allows it to go with just about any outfit Racsan can come up with while also being practical.
I think Racsan’s love for earthy simplistic pieces is evident in her outfit of choice.
Her floral print dress was full of earthy warm tones and she paired it nicely with neutral boots and cross body bag.

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She even made it Oregon appropriate and layered it with a cardigan.
I’m so glad it’s sweater weather.
I hope to see some awesome sweaters on campus.
The bigger the better.
Stay stylish and stuff like that.


College Culture and Sports

George Fox has long embraced the drama of athletic competition. You don’t have to look any further than the Bruin Brawl, which has roots dating back to 1887.

Sports are integrated into the very nature of collegiate academics. The first college football game took place less than four years following the Civil War. Since then, sports have become known for their tradition and pageantry. They provide a competitive outlet for students, teach teamwork, and unite students.

When teams do well, they instill pride in students, faculty and alumni. The fact that George Fox recently won a national championship in women’s basketball creates a pride in our school that could be difficult to foster otherwise.

In addition, sports programs can give alumni a connection to the school they attended. My grandparents graduated from the University of Washington, but they still follow their school’s teams diligently. Athletics enable alumni to stay involved with a school in ways that might not be otherwise possible.

I freely admit that not everyone enjoys sports. Everyone is made differently. Some people enjoy participating in the music program; some enjoy engaging their mind in debate. People are inherently different. Sports are just another form of expression and should be enjoyed as such.

Perhaps some of the disdain towards sports is due to the money put into them; sports, though, bring in more money and more donations. All the funding for George Fox’s new football stadium is from donor support. If people didn’t want a football stadium, the money wouldn’t be there. The draw of sports is too tempting for many people.

At the end of the day, sports should never outweigh academics; they do, though, add their own unique weave to the fabric of academia.

Complimentary Cowardice

Someone call the Cowardly Lion; his tactics are taking over the land of the Bruins.  A new page to post anonymously has surfaced on Facebook newsfeeds all over campus.  However, this new group is not about raunchy confessions and argument inducing statement.  This is a page for compliments.

I am not against compliments; they can be incredibly uplifting.  There are some days when all a person needs is a little bit of affirmation from someone.  Even if it seems a bit trivial, a small compliment can really change the course of someone’s day.

The real issue is the anonymity.  It is not uncommon to hear complaints (usually from the older generations) about how we use the Internet to hide ourselves from each other.  The negative aspects of this opinion are made evident by the Compliments at George Fox University page.  Why would we want to hide from someone we think deserves to be complimented?

A compliment given from a secretive source seems less meaningful.  If I wear a nice outfit and someone walks up to me and says he really likes my outfit, then I am going to appreciate that person for coming up to me and saying that.  But, how can I feel gratitude to some nameless, faceless individual?  If they had really thought I was nice, would they not have just told me directly?

Giving a compliment is supposed to be one of those human contact experiences that is mutually beneficial.  If I walk up to a person and, with sincerity, compliment her on her outfit, then I get to share in the exchange of positive emotions.  Handing out compliments while remaining anonymous robs both people of that little bit of interaction that could lead to an interesting conversation about bow ties or skirts with pockets (an ingenious invention).

The Compliments page itself seems a bit shallow and trivial at times.  One of the posts just says “Those football players….” with a heart afterwards.  Many of them are shout outs to specific people that basically just say, “You’re awesome!”  It is ridiculous to do this anonymously.

Am I a bit of a curmudgeon? Perhaps.  Regardless, why should we allow ourselves to be sucked even further into the addiction of social media by silly pages that do things that we can already do?  Log off. Get up. Go out.  Really show someone a kindness.

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

On rainy days, I just want to retreat into the warmth of my cozy little apartment and whip up a batch of gooey chocolate chip cookies. But here’s the problem: I’m in college. I don’t have the time or money to go out and buy flour and baking powder and a cookie sheet.

But here’s some good news: you don’t HAVE to head to Fred Meyer and buy out their baking aisle to make a delicious treat. In fact, you just need a mug, a microwave, and a few simple ingredients.

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake


To begin, make sure you have a mug that is microwave-safe and fairly big—the cake is going to rise and you don’t want it spilling out over the top!

Next, put in a ¼ cup of pancake mix, ¼ cup of milk, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. If you don’t have measuring cups, just eyeball it—it’s such an easy recipe that you can experiment a few times to find out what works and what doesn’t. Stir these ingredients together.

Now, time for the chocolate! I just took a few sections of a Hershey’s bar and broke it up into little pieces. Stir those in with the rest of your ingredients.

Put your mug in the microwave and set the timer for about a minute and 20 seconds. Watch the mug the whole time—you don’t want a cake-y mess all over your microwave.

When the timer goes off, take it out—carefully—and enjoy your cake in a mug!

Original recipe from: http://hungryatmidnight.com/2012/09/22/chocolate-chip-mug-cake-pancake-mix/

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Oregon weather is getting into the full swing of autumn, and our meals should start to reflect the season. At a house dinner with my friends last week, I decided to make savory spaghetti squash. To follow along, get a spaghetti squash:


Preheat the oven to 350F, place the squash on a pan, and stick it in the oven for around an hour:


Check the squash periodically to see if it’s done, which is when you can easily pierce it with a paring knife. Mine was soft enough after 40 minutes. When it’s done, take out the squash and (carefully) cut it lengthwise:


Scoop out the seeds and inner pulp, then scrape out the flesh of the squash with forks to get that spaghetti-like texture:


You can leave it like this, or you can add close to anything you want. I chose to sauté roughly half a red onion in half a stick of butter (4 Tablespoons) and add salt and pepper:


I then added all of the spaghetti squash to heat it through and stirred it up:


Then serve it with anything else to complete your hodgepodge feast. Enjoy!


Food Stamp Funding

On Thursday September 19, the House voted to approve a new bill reducing the amount of food stamp assistance given to American citizens. The goal of the bill will be to shift the food aid program’s responsibility to the state governments.

The plan will take away aid to about 4 million Americans, according to The Washington Post. It will also cut about $39 billion in funding and the bill will merge as an addition to the farm bill, an agricultural policy.

For the majority of the Republican Party and Representative Tim Huelskamp, the approved bill will not allow citizens to expect the “federal taxpayer to feed you.”

Senate Majority Leaders Harry M. Reid, who felt that Republicans have “turned their backs” all for the sake of budget cuts, thus neglecting lower income families.

According to the Census Bureau, 14 percent of households are on food stamps in 2012.

The bill, however, establishes that people ages 18-50 without minor children must be enrolled in a work-training program or find a job, and beneficiaries are only able to receive assistance for up to three months.

While House Speaker John Boehner believes the bill will cause Americans to “make working a priority again,” groups like First Focus Campaign for Children feel as if the bill is going to intensify issues of hunger across the nation.

The vote for the bill was 217-210 and will cost roughly $700 billion  over the next 10 years.

From The Washington Post

From The Washington Post

Courtesy of The New York Times and The Washington Post.