When I think of the color orange I think of . . . oranges, (shocking, I know), carrots, my old Harriet the Spy VHS tape (90′s kid moment), the Nickelodeon sign, and probably the last color I would want to wear out in public. BUT word on the street is orange is the new black. One of the upcoming trends for Spring is the color orange. It adds a splash of life and sass to any outfit. Seen all over the runways for Spring 2014 in shoes, accessories and even has been called the “it lip” color as of late. Some quick and easy ways to work orange into your wardrobe is to start out with the accessories. Switch out your tired winter bag for a brightly colored orange one. Tote your books around campus in a chic vibrant bag! Who knows, maybe it’ll make studying more fun? Wishful thinking most likely. Another great start is adding orange to your outfit with a skirt or blazer. Subtle ways to spice up your life. If you aren’t comfortable with this color quite yet, starting with one piece will turn it into the outfit’s staple piece without causing you to go too far out of your color comfort zone. Turn it up a notch and strut your orange from head to toe. Rock an orange dress or feel sassy in some orange heels. If you are feeling like an adventurous fashionista you could even try out some orange fur. I don’t know if I could say I would, but hey, rock it if you got it! “Yeah, no way am I going to wear orange!” then consider just painting your nails. I am a huge nail polish addict, or nail polish-a-holic if you will. This is a super easy way to incorporate this trend in your day-to-day life without having to do much at all! Get spring and summer ready with your best orange foot forward. That was cheesy, I know. Start simple with a bag or nail polish and work your way up to full-on outfits. Own that orange! Stay stylish and stuff like that…
February 24, 2014Rwandan student Ivan Patience Mutabazi has spent the past two and a half years adjusting to American culture as he pursues a degree in Global Business at George Fox University. After receiving an academic scholarship from Kitteison charitable foundation, based out of Portland, Ore., Mutabazi packed his things, said goodbye to his family and began his journey to Newberg. “I remember my first day of classes at Fox,” he says. “Culturally, everything was different. I didn’t even want to talk or meet anyone. I just wanted to be alone.” Though Mutabazi is quick to mention the tough adjustment to what he considers to be “tasteless” American food, perhaps the most significant cultural change he experienced was the overwhelming desire American people have for complete independence. “It’s crazy to me when people say, ‘that’s my parents’ house’ like it’s not their home too,” he says, “Everyone in college wants to emphasize the fact that they are separate and independent. In my culture living with your parents until you are married is normal. It’s even disrespectful not to.” Despite extreme culture and language differences, Mutabazi has managed to establish a second home. “Now my favorite part about school is having friends,” says Mutabazi. “Back at home I had great friends. I didn’t think I could find that here but I have met people who I am happy to call my very best friends.” Though Mutabzi is uncertain of where his future may lead he hopes that he will soon be reunited with his mother and two younger siblings and has high hopes for his career as he plans on attending graduate school and seeking out employment in the realm of economic integration. To fellow foreign exchange and transfer students Mutabazi offers encouragement and highlights the idea of social risk taking. “Adjusting is hard,” he says, “Oftentimes exchange students stick together. They don’t get to know anyone and their English doesn’t improve. You need to talk and get to know other people to adjust.” Outside of school, Mutabazi enjoys playing soccer, video games, dancing and hanging out with his adopted GFU family. “I love hanging out and meeting new people. Just come and talk. That’s the best way to get to know me.”
February 23, 2014Heading into midterms brings about a couple thoughts . . . We are halfway through this semester and that much closer to summer, but it also brings about the stress that comes along with the inevitable late night study sessions. But despite the drab weather and the rising pressure of midterms and all they entail, Sophomore Erika Muir has managed to stay looking fab on the George Fox campus. Get the low down… Grade: Sophomore Major: Fashion Merchandising Who or what inspires you? ”I am really inspired by poetry. One of my major outlets is writing and reflecting on how I am feeling. I love taking raw emotion and making something completely new and beautiful out of it.” Where do you like to shop? “My absolute favorite place to shop is H&M. They always have something so true to my unique and personal style. I also really enjoy Target; they have the best shoes. For jewelry, I shop at Charming Charlie, where I work back home. Their jewelry is trendy, comes in so many different types and categories, is reasonably priced, and I get a discount! Lastly, I love Pulp and Circumstance–a local shop here in town. It’s a specialty store with unique jewelry and the best stationary. It’s like Pinterest exploded, which is one of the best things that could ever happen to man kind!” Where is your outfit from? “Sweater: Charming Charlie- where I work back home, pants: H&M, shoes: target, jacket: H&M, rings: both from Charming Charlie, necklace: pulp and circumstance.” How would you describe your personal style? “I would say it is trendy with some vintage undertones. I also appreciate an urban style with a free spirited, hippie vibe. I sometimes partake in those looks as well. I mostly wear jewel tones because they compliment my skin tone, hair, and eye color. I also prefer comfort over all things. Knit sweaters and leggings are my best friends.” Why did you choose this outfit? “I liked the way the colors worked together, from the sweater and pants, to the shoes, to the gold of the necklace. Throwing in the lace gave a more feminine touch to a casual outfit. I chose the jewelry for a more unique reason. The key necklace says, “Live to Give.” I wear this as a reminder to put others before myself and remember how important it is to serve the people around me. The ring that I wear with a bow on it reminds me to care for myself and appreciate who I am as an individual.” Who are your favorite designers? “I like Betsy Johnson for her unique, edgy, yet feminine designs. For shoes, Steve Madden has my heart. I really enjoy Herschel for their bags; they are modern with a vintage twist. Kate spade has the most beautiful watches!” Any favorite trends? “I am really liking the Birkenstocks, open back sweaters, trends with hair: all things braids, bold lip colors, wool socks, knitted/crochet head bands, simple, delicate necklaces.” If you could raid anyone’s closet who’s would it be? “Lauren Conrad. I love her style. It’s classy, trendy, feminine and very tasteful.” Erika’s outfit is a perfect combination of “always a good idea” comfort with fresh feminine accents. The lace on her sweater and gold jewelry add that flare to the overall look. Oregon’s rainy weather always welcomes a nice sweater and a good pair of combat boots to walk from class to class. Erika owns her style while adding special accessories to really make it her personalized. Her radiant personality shines through, and she rocks her look around campus. Let’s take these approaching midterms by storm, and still look good doing it. Stay stylish and stuff like that…
February 20, 2014Top ramen: the definition of traditional college student (a.k.a. broke kid) cuisine. Sure, it might fulfill your sodium requirements for the week, but when it’s five for a dollar at Fred Meyer, takes only a couple minutes to prepare, and tastes decent, who can resist? If you have a bit of an adventurous spirit, however, then ramen doesn’t have to just be a quick-and-easy meal. BuzzFeed recently published a list of “27 Better Ways to Eat Ramen”; intrigued, I decided to test one of them out. Here’s what you need to make your very own Cheesy Ramen. - 1 package chicken-flavored ramen - 1 cube of chicken bouillon - 2 tsp cheddar powder (from instant mac and cheese) - 2 tsp butter (or butter spread, like I have here) Now combine all of these in a mug and add water. Yum yum. Then microwave for 3 minutes. (Slightly more appetizing now.) Enjoy! To find the original recipe (for Cheesy Chili Ramen), visit http://www.budget101.com/ramen-noodle-recipes/cheesy-chili-ramen-3543.html.
February 19, 2014It can often be painful to watch the very last episode of your favorite television series, and suddenly be forced to come to realization that your show is over forever. So, to ease the pain, here are a few new suggestions. “Parks and Recreation”: This show contains some of the greatest characters in television history. As viewers, we follow the adventures of Leslie Knope, deputy director of the parks department in fictional Pawnee, Indiana. This “mockumentary” style comedy is almost unfailingly hilarious. “Raising Hope”: The morally questionable, but always well-intentioned, actions of this dysfunctional family trying to raise a baby girl named Hope are quirky, and fun to watch. “New Girl”: If you are a fan of Zooey Deschanel’s supposed “adorkable” personality, then you will enjoy this show. Jess (Deschanel) moves in with three single guys after breaking up with her former boyfriend. Awkward and funny situations ensue. “The Big Bang Theory”: Have you ever heard someone say Bazinga after a prank? Well, that punch line was made famous by this show. When an aspiring actress moves in across the hall from two physicists, two worlds collide into hilarious situations. “Seinfeld”: This show was one of the defining pop culture entities of the 90’s. A classic sitcom, and a self-proclaimed show about nothing, this series follows the exploits of four friends in New York. Definitely a must see if you can track it down. “Happy Days”: This sitcom revolved around teenager Ritchie Cunningham and his family and friends. Running from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties, this show presented an idealized version of life in the fifties and sixties. Another classic that is a must see if you can track it down.
February 17, 2014Often recognized for his unique Moldovan accent, George Fox University sophomore and Global Business Administration major Ilya Gladkiy gives the community a glimpse into his life through sharing his college experience. What made you decide upon GFU? “Though I am originally from Edinets, Moldova, I grew up in Woodburn, Ore. I always wanted to attend the school. [A] Christian-based foundation that this school was brought up on. The values that this University, and prestige that also comes with this school was a perfect place to get my education. “ What is your favorite part about being a Bruin? “The social environment. Everyone is friendly and easy to get to know. Even though it takes effort from every individual to meet someone new in this school, I have yet to meet anyone who would not introduce themselves if you started talking to them. “ Where do you see yourself after graduation? “My plans are simple. If by the end of the graduation for my bachelors I don’t have a set job or a job offer, I will continue working on my masters immediately. If I do find a job that I like I am hoping of being in a company that works with world wide supply chains. “ Is there any advice you would give new students about how they can get the most out of college life? “Don’t be one of those people that go to class and then immediately home to either watch something or play something online. It is better if you sacrifice your free time to talk and meet people around GFU. Once you know people around GFU not only will you be invited to exclusive events but you will be able to enjoy your self to your hearts content Is there anything you could say that would give the community a better sense of who you are as a person? “I am a free spirit. I like to meet anyone and everyone. If you do not have a friend yet, feel free to call me your friend. If you need someone to listen to you. I am easy to spot and don’t be afraid to start a conversation.”
February 9, 2014Currently holding the titles of George Fox University professor, associate athletic director and head volleyball coach, George Fox University faculty member Steve Grant holds a busy schedule but delights in his work. “My job is a constant joy,” says Grant, “The students are so great. At my age, to feel like I am 35 years younger than I am, just by being around these people. That’s a blessing” At the request of a friend, Grant applied for his first position at GFU in 1982. After what university announcements called a “nationwide search,” Grant was hired into dual roles as both assistant women’s basketball coach and head volleyball coach. Though Grant withdrew from coaching GFU basketball after 14 years, his involvement in volleyball still remains 32 years later. Throughout this time Grant has led the women’s volleyball into 13 straight winning records and two conference championships. Though the numbers in themselves would permit bragging rights, Grant remains humble in his approach, reiterating his love for his job and saying, “Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn once in a while.” After years of coaching, Grant expanded his job title and took on the role as instructor of the university’s dance class in 1989. “When I first came the class was called Rhythms, because there was no dancing allowed on campus,” says Grant. “They taught a lot of square dancing and educated students on international and traditional dances.” After some time it was becoming obvious to students that such lessons were not useful outside GFU’s campus. “Students finally convinced me that they needed to learn the Foxtrot and the Tango,” he says, “ so I began to teaching them but remember thinking that if the president ever walked in, we needed to figure out how to get from swing dancing to square dancing really fast.” It was not long after that the GFU president at the time entered Grant’s classroom with a number of GFU board members. “I thought there goes my job,” says Grant, “but the president loved it and had come because the students had been writing notes to him about the class. They were protecting me. I felt very blessed.” The class is now titled “Ballroom Dancing,” and Grant instructs a full gymnasium of students in a variety of modern swing and ballroom dances each week. When not on the court or dance floor, Grant takes his involvement in GFU outside of campus walls as he strives for excellence in leading annual Juniors Abroad trips throughout Europe. “I feel like students are paying a lot of money to go on these trips and I want to make it worthwhile,” he says. “It’s not a vacation for me. I love doing it but I’m exhausted at the end, as are the students.” Grant credits such motivation and need for excellence to his faith. “As a believer, I have the responsibility to be a good example,” he says. “If you are given something, you need to honor God with it. God made me who he made me and I want to try as hard as I can to make a positive impact.” Outside of his work, Grant continues to serve in multiple roles as a husband, father and grandpa and enjoys staying active as he water skis, dances and rides his Harley in his spare time. Though the closing of the school year will mark the end of Grant’s role as associate athletic director, Grant is enthusiastic about keeping his involvement in the Bruin community and encourages students to think likewise. “People have the opportunity to be real, to change and grow in this environment,” says Grant. “Because we have such a broad range of students and lifestyles, you get to decide where you go with it.”
February 9, 2014I know, the title rhymes and is about as cheesy as some Valentine’s Day cards. But I couldn’t help myself. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I couldn’t help but start to think about what I’m going to wear! Single or not, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to over-use the colors pink, red, and white and a plethora of heart shaped things. Whether you’re going out with your girls, or have a romantic date planned with that special someone, it’s fun to look your best and have fun doing it! There’s no right or wrong way to go about this, ultimately it’s about what you feel good in, but I thought I would bring some fun ideas to the table! Enjoy! Play it up with a graphic sweater. Whether it be one larger than life heart, or a bunch of hearts, it’s sure to be an attention grabber. It allows you to celebrate the day without going over the top or out of your comfort zone. Sweaters are perfect over jeans, paired with skirts, or even shorts if you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm this time of year. For the bold, try wearing your heart on your dress or tights. They are those great statement pieces that take your Valentine’s Day outfit to the next level. If you want to try a statement piece, make sure you only have one. Don’t try and pair too many loud pieces together. So pairing a solid red skirt or jacket with the printed dress or tights take it down a notch, while not overpowering your style. A safe and always feminine way to approach your Valentine’s Day outfit is a simple solid colored dress. Red and pink are just known to be Valentine’s colors, so you cant go wrong if you rock a nice pink or red dress. Add some fun flats, heels, wedges, boots, etc., to give it a little flare or add some of your personality. You could even go out and buy fun heart-shaped jewelry. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or even a clutch would be the icing on the cake. I hope you all find yourselves this Valentine’s Day feeling loved and well accessorized. Spend the day with loved ones, friends and family. It’s a day to celebrate each other. And look cute doing it. Stay stylish and stuff like that…
February 3, 2014As a child, I lived off of grilled cheese sandwiches as after-school snacks. Whenever my housemates and I head to Portland, we always get a craving for a sandwich from a food cart. And during my sophomore year at George Fox, most of my meals consisted of basic grilled cheese sandwiches; but whenever I need inspiration for more sophisticated versions of grilled cheese, I go to the Grilled Cheese Grill website. My personal favorite is their Northsider, with provolone cheese, fresh tomato, and basil pesto on sourdough bread–but generally, I just rummage through my fridge and add things together that might be tasty. This time, I started with a red onion, a tomato, medium cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach, and whole wheat bread: Then I sliced up the tomato: And the red onion: And the cheddar cheese: To add to the richness of the cheese, I caramelized the onions by cooking some of the slices in a tablespoon or two of butter over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes: I buttered one side of each slice of bread, then laid the buttered sides together while layering all of the sandwich ingredients of choice–enough cheddar slices to cover the bread, then a handful of spinach to be healthy, two slices of tomato, and most of the caramelized onions: I ended up layering more cheddar cheese on top of the onions, and putting aside the Parmesan cheese for this recipe. Other ingredient suggestions for grilled cheese sandwiches could be brie, bacon, pesto, bacon, fried eggs, and bacon. If I had thought to get bacon at the store this week, I would have added quite a bit of it to this sandwich. To cook the sandwich, top it with the other slice of bread, buttered side out, then grill the sandwich over medium-low heat for 10-20 minutes, 5 or 10 minutes on each side: Serve with ketchup (optional), and enjoy!
December 11, 2013As Christmas approaches, families often partake in the tradition of sitting down and watching their favorite Christmas movies together. Among many others, Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is a story that has been adapted into many holiday classics. Here are just a few: “Scrooged,” starring Bill Murray, is a 1980’s take on “A Christmas Carol.” The story focuses on Frank Cross, played by Bill Murray, a rotten wealthy television executive who makes his employees work on Christmas Eve. The movie also features Karen Allen as Frank’s ex-girlfriend with a heart of gold. “The Muppet Christmas Carol” stars Michael Cain as Scrooge in their classic take on a well-known story. Kermit plays Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy plays Emily Cratchit, and Gonzo narrates the story as Charles Dickens. “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” is another classic, perfect to watch with young relatives over the break. In this version, Scrooge McDuck plays the nasty old miser, and Mickey Mouse himself plays Bob Cratchit. Many other well known characters fill in the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. In the 2009 animated version of “A Christmas Carol,” Jim Carrey voiced the roles of Scrooge, and all three ghosts. Because of the animated format of this film, it is one of closest adaptations to the original story. I would recommend each of these films for viewing over our up coming break. If you would like to watch them, they are all available on either iTunes or Amazon.com
December 9, 2013The Valley Repertory Theatre in Newberg presents its new production, The Lion in Winter, for three consecutive weekends this December. The show premiered on Dec. 6. This marks the 10th show for this local theatre since its opening in 2011. Director Stephen Pick, a George Fox alum, and co-founder of the Valley Repertory Theatre, explains his insights for this production. “It’s like a family drama in the 12th century. It’s so witty, so quick, a lot of good one-liners; I just find myself laughing the entire way through,” said Pick. In this James Goldman production, set in England during Christmastime, King Henry II has to decide who will get his throne when he dies. With three sons of his own, the play reveals the power struggle between a dynamic family as they form and betray alliances. “It’s a very interesting dynamic of love versus ambition and that’s one of the big themes I see throughout the play,” Pick said. “What is the strength of family beneath ambition? I think love in a lot of ways defeats ambition in this story, and I like that.” The Lion in Winter consists of a seven person cast, with half the cast new to Valley Repertory Theatre, and the other half former classmates of Pick’s from George Fox University. “I love the mixture; I love creating that family dynamic within the cast as well,” said Pick.The performance location is the Masonic Lodge, 402 E. Sheridan Street, on the corner of Blaine and Sheridan. Performances will run December 13-15, and 20-22. Showtimes and ticket prices can be found online at www.valleyrep.org.