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    The Weekly Dress With Melissa Harris: Staying Warm and Stylish!

        Walking around campus feeling the chill of winter… we can be prepared and not sacrifice our unique style just to bundle up. There are so many great ways to layer, and also to cover the head, neck and hands while still looking fantastic! We can see the latest in matching headbands, gloves, scarves and hats that match and go great together. There are so many choices from knit and cotton scarves, fingerless gloves and mittens to breathable athletic material that we can wear for our outside workouts. The Blue Zone bookstore even has great fleece bands with our school logo on them.               The infinity scarf is a great cold weather accessory as it bundles around the neck and doesn’t slip or fall down like a regular scarf might. The scarf is a wonderful alternative to wearing a necklace because it’s simple, warm and can really play up an outfit. The big knit scarf is great as well, thrown over the shoulder or just hanging down. The newest headbands can be just a simple one color design, or show off large flowers and ribbons woven in and out of it. You can also wear a traditional thin hair band accessory around the larger knit band around to accent your long locks and add some flare.     Short hair is also fun to work with, as a great band or knit hat can have your shorter do curling out from underneath. The possibilities are endless, so express yourself and stay warm!   This Week’s Top Tip: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions, including covering your head, hands and feet. This can be your last line of defense for staying healthy. The other trick is controlling your cool downs from your work outs, especially when you exercise outside. This is a tough one, but it can be a major way to get sick if not done properly. Bundle up even though you will be sweating, take your Vitamin D and C, and stay hydrated.
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    The Weekly Dress With Melissa Harris: Men’s Trends Welcome Back Letterman Jackets

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    November 26, 2014
        Fall fashion doesn’t discriminate against gender, so why should we? Let’s let the boys in on all the fun. Layering is always in for looking great in the cold weather with sweaters, scarves and jackets complimented with ties. But something we haven’t seen for a while is Letterman jackets. Yes, the jackets you wore in high school with your school’s logo on it. Back in style on a major level you say… yes, and they are hot. We can also see a trend in tandem with these jackets in the lower v-cut, three button “old man” sweater. This style looks great over a dress shirt and tie or even with a t-shirt.             These looks can be playful for a day on campus, a Friday night football game, or worn for a job interview. You can also go so far as to having the George Fox logo put on your jacket or sweater. There is a local shop in Hillsboro called LaHaie’s, which deals exclusively in putting logos on jackets, sweaters, and even socks. So let your college pride show and flaunt your great fashion sense. And bow ties seem to be making it through the seasons too, so compliment your look with a great solid or patterned print. Don’t be shy to buy second hand, especially if you are on a budget. These items can be found new or used. Bargain hunting isn’t just for the ladies.     This Week’s top Tip: Don’t be afraid to put a little thought into your daily duds. The ladies like a man who can dress for the occasion, beyond sport shorts and sneakers. Having some play in your wardrobe can be as simple as owning a few key pieces.    

    The Known: Impact through Hard Work

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    Miranda Fletcher
    November 24, 2014
    For three years, Miranda Fletcher studied at Portland Community College (PCC). She had a plan. She would move forward. Ever since her junior year of high school, Miranda knew she wanted to graduate from George Fox University (GFU). She decided to first take classes at PCC in order to cut costs. Unlike many college students whose parents pay the tuition, Miranda’s family saw it as important that she work and earn this for herself. This concept was not foreign to Miranda. She said, “I have worked since the age of 12 as a babysitter. Then, at 16, I got a job, got my license, and started paying car insurance and my phone bill (I couldn’t have a phone until I was 16 and could pay for it). At 17, I bought my own car with my own money, then I had to pay for gas.” “I grew up being taught how to be responsible,” said Miranda. “It’s hard because I don’t relate to most of my peers that have their parents pay for things.” Besides developing an early work ethic, Miranda felt she mentally matured “extremely fast.” “I tend to get along better with people older than me,” she said. “At 21, people like to have sex, get drunk and party. I like to obtain knowledge, form relationships, and start becoming financially independent…I relate more to the people who have gone through the stage of learning responsibility.” A large reason for this is her older brother, Vahit. “When I was eight, my family of four adopted my older brother from Kazakhstan,” Miranda explained. “Long story short, I grew up when I was eight. My family become more distant. Still loving and stuff. It was just a hard concept for me to get my mind around at age eight and growing up.” She had been used to the idea of being the oldest child. When Vahit came into the family, she became the middle child. Still, she felt higher expectations in some ways. “Of course my parents had higher expectations for me partly because I knew English. Vahit spoke Russian and had to learn English as a second language,” she said. “I had to make it a point to get to know my older brother, partly because of the language barrier,” Miranda said. “It helped me be aware of being sensitive to other cultures.” Her time at PCC also contributed to her value for diversity. “Being here [at GFU], I really value having gone to PCC. I met a very diverse population. My first month here, I realized there is one dominant type of person here,” Miranda said. This is her first semester as a student at GFU and she is quickly learning that it is different from anywhere else. “Newberg has its very own culture. It’s also a small town and I’m not used to that,” she continued. “The longer I’m here, though, the more friends I make and the more I get used to it.” She makes sure to visit home—Hillsboro, Ore.—whenever she can, usually four to six times each month. “My younger brother, Ethan, moved into my bedroom—a larger room than his—when I moved to Fox,” she said. “So it feels less like home than before. But it’s still good to visit.” Her older brother, now 25, has two young children. Miranda lit up as she talked about getting to visit them. “The three year old is getting to the point where he remembers me, so that’s amazing. The baby is five months old and is so adorable,” she said. When she’s at school, she is focused on her work as a Nursing major. “In middle school, all my friends would come to me with their problems. The information I get stays with me—I’m a safe person to tell things to, and I want to help people. So I thought of being a counselor or psychologist,” Miranda said. “But I wanted to help take care of people on the physical side of things, too,” she went on. “My dad’s friend is a doctor who showed me the need for psychiatric nurses. Now, I want to work as a psychiatric nurse at any Veterans Hospital. I would mainly like to help veterans that have PTSD.” As Miranda discussed her dream to work with veterans, she showed a tremendous amount of respect for soldiers, especially those who return from war with psychological disorders. “I just want to help them!” she said emphatically. To be a psychiatric nurse is to help with “day to day things.” As Miranda explained, “You are the first person to notice if anything’s wrong. If they have an episode, you keep the care plan up to date. It’s a lot of monitoring.” “I just want to work in a field that I can support myself and others in,” she said. Her faith plays a large part in her dreams. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Those are the two main things I try to uphold. And man alive those are some of the hardest tasks,” Miranda said. “I even try to let my thoughts, even when they are not said out loud, replicate the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. Like I said: It’s hard.” “In every conversation I have, I strive to be sensitive to the other person’s religious beliefs. I value friends and relationships. I value helping others,” Miranda said. She identifies herself as an encourager—a loving, supportive friend. As she works on her Nursing degree, she said she sometimes has pessimistic thoughts about the future. “There are things I would like to do or have happen, but I will not allow myself to make permanent plans,” she said. Regardless of whether or not Miranda becomes a psychiatric nurse for veterans as she currently dreams of doing, she will undoubtedly make an impact in countless people’s lives as she cares for them in many capacities.   “The Known,” a weekly series written by Amy Rose, introduces you to people at GFU who deserve to Be Known.

    The Known: Thriving in the Chaos

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    Chris Miller
    November 17, 2014
    After another hard day of working at a homeless agency in Portland, Chris Miller was ready to go home. It would be a long way back home, so he picked up his pace as he headed for the train station. “Man, you must really can’t wait to get home.” The man’s voice caught him off guard. Who would be talking to him now? The words came from a homeless man who had noticed Chris’s quick gait. It was a weighty statement. It was as if he was telling Chris a story of a time when he once had a home to return to. However long he had been on the streets, he remembered the sense of home. It was nostalgic. Homesick. At that moment, Chris had a realization: I have a home to go to. As a senior majoring in Social Work at GFU, Chris faces the challenges of poverty head-on. Born in Indonesia to missionary parents, Chris spent most of his life in the Philippines when his parents’ ministry positions changed from language teachers to seminary professors. He attended a K-12 international school. “It was like a mini college campus,” Chris said. “It was on a hill overlooking the city, with great sunsets.” Soccer was his passion growing up. Later in high school, he was given the opportunity of teaching soccer clinics for kids. He managed about 50 kids for a couple weeks, with a big tournament at the end of the season. “That’s where I found my love for the innocence of youth,” Chris said. “I found it very comfortable to be with kids because I was a silly, rambunctious kid too. It was easy to get on their level, something God has blessed me with.” “It was cool to find that passion out of an interest in a sport,” he said. When it came time to decide on college, Chris knew only three things: The school had to be a Christian campus, on the west coast, and near a big city. “I’m a city boy,” Chris said. “Home, for me, is the concrete jungle.” It was too expensive to travel to the United States to visit colleges, so he relied on his basic criteria. He still had no idea what major he would choose. “The first year was rough, but freshman year is always awkward for anyone,” Chris said. “But God took care of me.” “I definitely experienced culture shock, which is another way to put ‘Life sucks because you’re in a new place,’” Chris laughed. “That’s definitely an MK [Missionary Kid] joke.” He repeated the sentiment that God took care of him. “He sent me a senior, Omar Medina, who was a Social Work major. Sometimes I think he was an angel,” Chris said. “We met through a mutual friend at church.” “It was cool to see someone who was so passionate. I learned about a lot of social issues from him,” said Chris. “I’ve been blessed my whole life,” Chris said. “I was surrounded by poverty in the Philippines, but I never truly engaged it. You don’t really pay attention to it unless you have to.” “Because I am blessed, I should be blessing others,” he continued. He signed up to take the introductory Social Work class with Clifford Rosenbohm, and he was hooked. “It’s a very real, very raw major because you’re not in it for yourself, that’s just straight up,” Chris said. “You don’t do it for the money or because you want to be happy all the time. It’s so emotionally taxing.” Chris began experiencing this firsthand through his internships with Love INC in Newberg and Join (a Portland-based homeless agency). “It’s so rewarding to see people grow,” he said. “And the people who don’t seem to grow, you still learn so much from them… You can’t judge a person—there’s more happening that just what’s on the surface. That takes an exorbitant amount of time and effort to see below the surface.” He has discovered the rawness of homeless populations. “They will tell you exactly how they feel,” Chris said. “It was shocking at first when you get those outbursts. You have to remember, it’s not about you. It’s not personal. You definitely see the base level of human emotion.” Besides his internships, Chris finds ways to live out his passions in other capacities. For two years, he has worked at Camp Tilikum. “A lot of spiritual growth came out of that,” he said. Even though he identifies five years old as the age when he became a Christian, Chris admits “it felt kind of fake for a long time.” “Faith became real my first summer as a camps counselor at Tilikum,” Chris said. “It was week five, when I was exhausted. All the kids were gone. After a staff meeting, I went out into the woods. There’s a path around the lake, a freakin’ Garden of Eden walk.” He smiled as the memory came back to him. He continued, “I went far enough out that no one would think I’m crazy talking out loud by myself. It was outstanding. In subtle ways, I could feel that God was there.” He said that sometimes it takes being at an ultimate low in order to begin building faith up. “You kinda [sic] have to be at the bottom. A point where I don’t give a f— anymore. You can be as honest as you want with God,” Chris said. “That prayer walk was an extremely empowering experience. It was the shift from my strength to God’s strength.” It is God’s strength he feels he must rely on in order to live out his passions. After graduating next semester, Chris plans on moving to San Francisco. “It is a place of advocacy. I want to be a part of that melting pot. My huge ambition is to be in an environment in which I’m forced to grow,” he said. Chris emphasized how blessed he feels, given that he has the choice to move anywhere he wants. He said, “My goal is thrive in the chaos . . . To be in the city, where there’s always something to do and no excuse to sit on your butt.”   “The Known,” a weekly series written by Amy Rose, introduces you to people at GFU who deserve to Be Known.

    George Fox University's Marketing Targets Online Viewers

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    November 14, 2014
    George Fox University has an wide-ranging marketing presence. Whether through billboards, online advertisements, or social media, GFU tries to send a simple, well-written message to perspective students. Clearly, with two record enrollment years, (despite national averages) the university is doing something right. Ryan Dougherty, executive director of admissions, attributes this success to GFU’s singular messaging. “I believe the synchronization of our efforts is key,” said Dougherty. “The marketing department does a fantastic job with the website and SEO [search engine optimization] . . .Our campus visit program is a hallmark of our efforts as our current students and staff are tremendous representatives of the educational experience we are out selling.” Rob Felton, director of marketing communications, says that the research-driven approach has had a large impact on GFU’s marketing tactics. According to Felton, the university used to spend a large amount of money on print advertising, but when they began putting those resources into billboards around the Portland area, they found more success. Another medium that GFU heavily invests in is the website, which according to Felton, “is how many of our prospective students learn about us.” Perhaps GFU’s success is because of the feel-good messages that its advertising produces. Looking through the content of GFU’s marketing, you will find eight key messages. According to the university’s website, the key messages say that GFU is: “Nationally recognized, academically rigorous, student focused, relationally designed, opportunity rich, faith infused, service minded, and globally engaged.” Another factor is the huge influence social media has had in the marketing sector. “Certainly it has provided new avenues for students and families to research and explore college options,” said Dougherty. The marketing department invests lots of time and research into optimizing their social media outlets, and making sure they use the most of those tools. In addition to this, according to Dougherty, the university does seem to genuinely deliver on the promises made in its marketing: “George Fox is a special place and our marketing and admissions teams are fully committed to the vision of making this place the Christian university of choice…The draw is apparent on the campus visit and we are thankful for current students who choose to authentically share experiences with prospective students.”

    A Review of "The Maze Runner"

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    November 13, 2014
    Zombie apocalypse and dystopian end of the world movies seem to be all the rage these days. “The Maze Runner,” an action, mystery, sci fi thriller, which came out in September, fits into this category with no question. Think “World War Z” meets “The Hunger Games” meets “Divergent” and you’re getting warm. “The Maze Runner” sends viewers on a wild quest that leaves them second-guessing through plot twists and jumping at surprises. Although “Maze Runner,” directed by Wes Ball, is like the movies previously mentioned, it does have its own distinct story. The movie opens with a young man named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) waking up in an elevator that takes him to the middle of a glade. He doesn’t remember who he is, only that his name is Thomas. Already there are a group of teen boys in this place they call “The Glade.” Upon his arrival, Thomas sees that the glade is surrounded on all four sides by giant cement walls and soon learns that they are in the center of a huge  maze. He discovers that just like him, everyone in “The Glade” can remember their first names but nothing else. A new boy arrives every thirty days via the elevator. No one knows why they are there or who is behind their imprisonment. Many of the young men have seemed to give up hope that they will ever be able to leave this place. Though trapped, the boys have made the glade their home, and created their own society. This society exists based off of three rules: do your part, never hurt another Glader, and never go beyond the walls. Only runners are allowed to leave the glade; their job is to map the maze and try and find a way out. Every evening the doors leading to the maze close, protecting the glade from the monsterous Grievers. The leader of the group is named Alby (Aml Ameen) and his right hand man is Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster). Some other notable characters in The Glade are Gally (Will Poulter), who is the lead builder; Minho (Ki Hong Lee), the leader of the runners of the maze; and Chuck (Blake Cooper), who serves as comic relief as well as a helper to everyone. Chuck reminded me a lot of the character Chunk from the 1985 movie “The Goonies.” Truffle shuffle, anyone? With Thomas’s arrival, things quickly begin to change for the gladers. Thomas is curious and not afraid to ask questions. His behavior sets off a chain of intriguing events that make this movie fun to watch and full of suspense. This includes the introduction of a girl to the glade named Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), who really causes a stir among the boys. I really enjoyed this movie. The special effects were believable and not at all overdone. In fact, at points I was so sucked into the movie that I forgot I was watching it and felt like I was actually there. I was also impressed with the acting. There were only a few secondary characters who I felt were not as strong as they could have been. This movie was an overall enjoyable experience but there were a few things I wasn’t so sure about. For instance, if you suffer from claustrophobia this may not be the movie for you. There are several scenes that were close calls, and I would get so engrossed in what was happening that only a few minutes later would I realize that I had tensed myself up into a tight ball of bunched up nerves. It wasn’t a bad feeling as much as a bit of a physically uncomfortable one. One thing that I didn’t care for was that this movie left me with a lot of questions. Maybe if I had read the book series by author James Dashner, I would have understood the plot better. This movie is also the first of a trilogy series, and it leaves you with a cliffhanger. Overall it was a positive cinematic experience and one that I am excited to continue with the sequel, “The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials,” expected to come out in Sept. 2015.  

    The Weekly Dress with Melissa Harris: Fashion "Must Haves"

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    November 12, 2014
      We long for the clothes and accessories we see on other people. Then we go to our closet. Some of us find ourselves starving for that one signature piece. Sometimes we even find ourselves “borrowing” from the closets of our roommates and siblings. Coveting clothes, shoes and accessories… it’s okay… we won’t tell. But before you go permanently borrowing things that don’t technically belong to you (even if you do share a closet), you should know that these amazing cornerstones to our daily dress can be very easy and fun to find for yourself. Look at these great examples of the “must have” signature pieces that our fellow students at GFU are sporting around campus.   Britta and her one of a kind lace blouse- GFU Sophomore Rachel and her amazing blue bag- GFU Senior Anna and her delicate yellow scarf- GFU Senior These signature pieces can absolutely define what you are wearing. We see things that draw us in to make us want it, like its shape, color and how it fits perfectly into our wardrobe. Purses, bags, shoes and jewelry can make us feel complete, until, of course, we see the latest and greatest new trend and then we have to have that. That is the great thing about fashion. It is constantly moving and changing in every direction, so do yourself a favor and follow it. Find the unique pieces that will make you feel great. Just remember to clear it with your roommate or pay the clerk on your way out.   This week’s top tip: Don’t be afraid to go through different phases of fashion, especially as your mood changes. We all go through times of self-expression, whether it’s feeling confident or frumpy. Break out those great jeans that make you look your best, or your favorite sweat pants that give you comfort. Try not to worry what other people think and always dress for yourself.                  

    The Weekly Dress with Melissa Harris: How to save your hard earned money and still look great!

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    November 10, 2014
      Halloween is now over, which means Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Some of us who are living in the dorm or sharing an apartment with many roommates are trying to save money. But how can we save money if we love clothes and expressing ourselves through fashion? Maybe this will help. There are several great second-hand stores near Newberg and Hillsboro. These stores are even better to buy the shoes, scarves, dresses and jewelry that you need to wear for all of your holiday parties instead of paying full price at a retail clothing store. One of the best Goodwill stores to shop at (and worth the trip from Newberg) is on the corner of Baseline and 185th Avenue in Beaverton. The latest great finds purchased from there include a light black rain coat, a grey faux leather fashion jacket, one pair of brand new women’s Columbia gortex boots and a brand new Free Country jacket. This was all in one trip. There is also Plato’s Closet in Beaverton, but this store is on the expensive side and doesn’t always cater to sizes for ladies above a six. I do recommend Nan’s Glad Rags off TV Highway in Hillsboro, if you like a wide variety of secondhand and new jewelry, as well as high end clothing and shoe brands at decent prices. So gather your friends, and plan a shopping trip. Buying secondhand items and saving money is totally worth the car ride. Not to mention, getting something at a fraction of the cost will feel great, especially this time of year when you need to stretch your Christmas budget.   This Week’s Tip: Retail shopping isn’t all bad, but keep watch for clearance items. If you really want something, paying a lot less for it is worth the wait. Check the clearance racks before you go to the full price items. If you do buy new, Charming Charlie in The Streets of Tanasbourne is my personal favorite retail store to shop in. The entire store is broken down by color and has matching purses, jewelry and scarves in each section.

    The Known: Walking in God's Paths

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    November 10, 2014
    The last day of August seemed like it would be a normal Sunday for Noemi “Mimi” Camacho, a junior at GFU. She woke up early enough to go through her regular morning routine before heading to Newberg Foursquare Church, as always. Surprisingly, she was ready extra early. Ignoring her car, Mimi decided to walk to church—it looked like a beautiful day outside and she had time to spare. Something nagged at the back of her mind: This morning was odd, unusual, out of the ordinary. On her way to church, there was a woman sitting at Memorial Park. Mimi smiled at the stranger, as is her nature. The stranger smiled back, waved, and said hi. Her greeting, albeit simple, drew Mimi in, and the pair began to talk. Her name was Joana. She said she was waiting for a ride to the Mormon church her daughter had been going to. The park was one of her favorite places to be, as long as the weather was good. It was almost time for church to begin, so Mimi told Joana that she’d see her around, and went on her way. After service, Mimi went to the assistant pastor and told him about her encounter with Joana. She told him she knew God had put Joana in her life for a reason. “I knew in my heart that God sent her to me,” Mimi said. The Thursday before, Mimi had a powerful experience with God, “one where I ended on the floor crying, talking with God about how I feel closest to him when things are hard.” With a chuckle, Mimi said, “Be careful what you ask for from God because you never know what’s going to happen. I had asked him to present me with more challenges to get me closer to him.” It wasn’t hard for Mimi to conclude that God answered her prayer through this new woman. After some time of prayer, she started her walk back home. There was the woman, sitting on a park bench, crying. A man—a stranger—was trying to console her, but his efforts seemed unsuccessful. It was tempting to pass them by, to ignore the distraught Joana. “For a split second, I had the choice to walk by or go over there. I had that internal conflict,” Mimi admitted. “I definitely was walking, stopped, turned around and went back to her.” “Joana, what’s wrong?” “I was thinking about my son,” she replied. “What happened?” The question seemed simple enough, but the answers were full of deep pain and loss. Her son, when he was about one year old, died. While she was at her daughter’s church, something made her think of this painful memory. The family that had taken her to church drove Joana back to the park because she was making too much of a scene. Mimi and Joana began walking together as Joana talked about how she felt her son was taken from her. “How does that make you feel? Angry? Sad? Do you blame God?” Mimi asked. “Yeah I do blame God! And I’m sad. It’s not fair!” Joana responded. Mimi reassured her that God loved her and that “he’s not a mean, horrible person.” “I said, ‘He is to be feared, but he’s not out to get you.’ That’s important for her to know.” Because of her three suicide attempts, mild schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, Joana is currently in a rehab program. Upon hearing this, Mimi broke down. “I started crying because she wanted to die. I just looked at her and threw my arms around her, bawling. ‘That’s not fair for your kids! You can’t leave them!’ I told her.” “After we hugged and cried, she asked if I could be her friend. I said, ‘Yeah! Absolutely!’ so I gave her my number and we walked back to Memorial Park.” Every week, the two meet up to talk. Mimi never pressured Joana to attend church, but every so often she’ll ask to come along. Mimi said, “I feel like I’m there for her, to help her, but really, it often feels like she’s there to help me.” Their unexpected friendship is a testament to Mimi’s character and faith. Deeply loyal. Caring. Magnetic. “I get emotionally attached to people,” she said. “I feel their emotions. My emotions are tied to other people’s, which is good and bad. I just want to help people!”   As a biology major, Mimi initially desired to be a veterinarian. However, her attitudes changed as she realized how much higher education she would need. “I don’t want to spend another six years in college, especially in a hard route. I wouldn’t enjoy it,” Mimi said. “My plan is just to graduate and see what happens.” New opportunities are springing up for her as she participates in research. Over the summer, she conducted research on behalf of Don Powers, professor of biology. Along with another student, Mimi spent her summer months completing an internship in southeastern Arizona. Two other students from the research team went to Ecuador. “My project specifically was taking a look at thermal landscapes in the area and seeing how different landscapes could affect what’s called ‘hummingbird thermoregulatory cost,’” she said. “I set up a ton of temperature sensors out in the wilderness. Weekly, we would go hike all these areas and I would download the data off the sensors.” There were plenty of trying days. The Arizona heat was intense and convenience was two hours away. However, Mimi said it was “pretty fun.” As part of the Murdock Charitable Trust Fund, she and her team get to present their posters on their research. “The research and poster-making consumes so much of my time still,” Mimi said. “I’m always in the lab, locked away in my cave.” For Mimi, the science building is a second home. “It’s coming to an end soon, but then it’s going to start all over when I do my next research project, which is probably going to be something to do with resting metabolic rates of a hummingbird species on the Oregon coast,” Mimi said. However, she isn’t too worried about the future. “I haven’t come across the thing that I want to do for the rest of my life. I think it’s just hard because a lot of people expect me to go on because they feel that if I stopped here [after undergrad] I wouldn’t reach my full potential. But I don’t exactly believe in ‘full potential.’” Both of her parents graduated from college and worked for elementary schools; her dad has a Master’s degree. It would only be natural for Mimi to pursue higher education. But Mimi has other thoughts. “There’s this false perception that people have to make it big. What about those in-between jobs? We don’t remember those guys who get our garbage every week, or the guys packing your groceries at the store. Maybe their jobs aren’t super glamorous or super rewarding, but they’re happy doing what they’re doing.” For her, college is a perfect time to practice trusting God. The ring on her right index finger reminds her daily to not worry, something she feels prone to do. Black words on a twisted silver band read, “Jn. 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God: trust also in me.” As a nervous habit, she finds herself playing with the ring when she’s most stressed. The edges have become noticeably worn because of how much she twirls it on her finger. Feeling the metal and re-reading the inscribed words help her remember to trust God. “Especially in college, we always have this idea that we need to look for God’s purpose for our lives, what God has planned for us,” Mimi said. “I realized that, as Christians, we have been given the discerning Holy Spirit. We are God’s children. He gives us wisdom.” “It’s easier to rule out the paths that we shouldn’t take because they don’t align with the Bible. When making decisions and we still have, like, five options, it ultimately comes down to: You are a child of God. You live for God.” “There are blessings behind each direction. There isn’t a right choice, but God gives us the ability to choose and He will bless each path differently,” she said. Regarding the future, Mimi knows not to worry—her faith allows her to trust God to lead her in the right direction.   “The Known,” a weekly series written by Amy Rose, introduces you to people at GFU who deserve to Be Known.

    A Review of "Twelfth Night"

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    November 7, 2014
    I have always loved attending plays. I crave the feeling of eager anticipation that creeps over me while waiting for the lights to dim and the play to start. As I sat, I examined the set, imagining what would unfold in the next few hours. I was not disappointed. Opening night for George Fox University Theatre’s “Twelfth Night” was Oct. 23. The famous Shakespearean play was directed by Megan Weaver. As the audience quieted down, the world of Illyria was illuminated on stage. For the next two hours I was transported to another time and another place. “Twelfth Night” is the story of some pretty complicated and funny love triangles. A duke, named Orsino (Jacob Smith), is pining over Lady Olivia (Katie Wight), who he claims to love. He is heartbroken because she is mourning her dead brother and is not entertaining marriage proposals. At the same time there is a shipwreck off the coast of Illyria and a young woman named Viola washes ashore. She believes her twin brother was lost at sea. She dresses as a boy to get a job and is soon working for the duke. Things quickly become complicated when Viola secretly falls in love with Orsino, who thinks she is a boy. Hilarity follows when she is supposed to be helping woo Lady Olivia for the duke and Lady Olivia ends up falling in love with Cesario, (Viola dressed as a boy). The story is full of witty humor and because we the audience are in on many of these secrets, there are moments of hysterical irony. Weaver wrote in the program, “’Twelfth Night’ is a play about the ways we ‘perform ourselves.’ Filled with language that marvels at foolery, denigrates vanity, and yearns to reveal hidden ‘true selves,’ Shakespeare’s comedy celebrates the triumphs and problems of playacting. Viola and her fellow misfits strive to please social expectations, class constraints, and you, the audience, even as they fight for the right to their own authentic selves. In doing so, they reveal a world filled with secret outcasts who navigate, negotiate and burst open the ‘rules of play.’ The title of program read “12th night (or whatever)” in graffiti scrawl. I really enjoyed the modern twist on the play. Though the dialogue was still the original Shakespearean speech, there was a modern set, modern clothing, and a modern feel. One actress even wore an “On Wednesdays we wear pink” shirt. Any “Mean Girls” fans out there? I would highly recommend brushing up on the story before seeing this play. At first some of the Shakespearean verse was a little hard to follow, but once it got going, I was able to get into it and understand what was being said. One of my favorite parts about this play was that it was so dang funny! I thought that I was going to die of laughter during several scenes. Any scene featuring Malvolio, played by Nichole Green, stole the show. Her outrageously funny charades were brilliantly played. Also due to the fact that many of the male characters were being played by women, it became slightly confusing at times, especially since Viola actually was a woman pretending to be a man in the story. I found this especially ironic because in original Shakespeare plays, women were all played by men. For the role of Viola a man would have been playing a woman who was playing a man. Talk about your gender-inception. There were several interesting things that happened at this play that I have not seen before but I really enjoyed. The cast were all responsible for the music and they were very talented. Instead of being offstage during the play, they sat behind the main set, where they were still seen by the audience and seemed to watch the play with us. There was a trumpet, violin, piano, guitar, tambourine, and then Feste (Cydney Thompson) who played a jester, always sang. At one point one of the cast members was even beat boxing. Fun fact: the movie “She’s The Man” is loosely based on the story of “Twelfth Night.” Overall, I thought the cast was very strong and that the play was well worth seeing. My only problem with the play is that I wish I could see it again; there were so many talented actors on stage that I didn’t know where to look because I didn’t want to miss a single second or a single facial expression.  

    The Weekly Dress with Melissa Harris: Umbrellas are in!

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    November 5, 2014
    Now that our oddly warm fall weather is over and the rain keeps pouring, we can see great examples of layering clothes and matching umbrellas. Step out of your campus dorm room or apartment complex sporting an easy-to-carry compact  or over the top, big and stylish umbrella. If you haven’t ever thought of carrying one before, here are some great examples of why you should invest in one now:   Consider taking your hair out from underneath your hooded jacket and come alive! You can even pair your rain boots to match with an umbrella or your entire outfit. Get umbrellas with colored patterns, animals or bugs on them to complement your already fantastic style. And no need to buy umbrellas brand new. Buying these great accessories at your local Goodwill or second hand clothing store is even better than paying full price, especially if it so happens that you might leave it behind. So hunt for more than one. Hopefully you will love your new umbrella so much that keeping it with you will become second nature, like carrying a purse. Remember your inner child and puddle jump once again! Happy hunting! This week’s tip: Wear what makes you feel good about yourself, but also what is flattering to your body type, whether you are a size two or a size 24. Be Christlike because you are beautiful and God doesn’t make junk. Consider horizontal patterns and blouses that billow around the waist, especially if you are self-conscious about your tummy. Go all out with color and variety, as this can be achieved by having seven or eight core pieces in a great wardrobe.