November 24, 2014The Academic Resource Center (ARC) hosted a workshop Thursday titled “Financial Follies: Managing Personal Finances.” Ryan Halley, associate professor of finance, led the workshop for students who may have felt the need to get their spending under control, or just learn more about budgeting and personal finance. Halley said that most students are fairly similar in their financial situations; they are living in survival mode, just hoping just to get through college and pay off debt. He said that learning about budgeting now will help students in the future, when they will want to save or invest. “[Finances] won’t get any easier, but you will step up to new challenges,” said Halley. Professor Halley began the workshop by defining a budget: “It’s a plan—deliberate and proactive—for how to spend your money,” he said. He mentioned that making a budget is not always a happy experience, but it can prevent feelings of guilt or frustration later. He compared it to a fitness routine or diet—gaining control of habits now for a positive long-term outcome. Halley encourages students to think about what they value in life and what their goals are, and to spend accordingly. If that means investing in friendships by going out to the movies, add it to the budget. Then it can be spent without guilt. “You do the hard work up front,” he said. “Now you get to enjoy it—that’s the fun part.” For spenders who find it easy to swipe a credit or debit card without thinking of the consequences, Halley suggests using an “envelope system”—with physical cash set aside in categories. “If you’re struggling with plastic, go back to the real stuff,” he said. He also mentioned that passively spending money can lead to wasting it on items of little value. This is akin to peer pressure, said Halley. “If you’re not deliberate, you will be caught up in whatever society says,” he said, indicating that it could mean a cup of mediocre coffee each day, or a new sweater because of a department store sale. Halley reiterated that it is better to have a little money and spend it wisely than to earn a large paycheck each month and hoard it or spend it without thinking. He concluded by handing out a generic budgeting plan for students to fill out and use on their own. He said that starting a budget early can help start a foundation for future spending—and not letting it own you. “What a budget will do for you is create good habits,” he said.
November 3, 2014By Julia Howell and Joshua Cayetano “The Loudest Dance You’ve Never Heard,” a silent dance, was held Nov. 1 in the GFU library. The dance was part of a new trend sweeping cities and college campuses across the country known as a silent disco. Participants receive wireless headphones and dance to music played simultaneously by a deejay. To anyone without headphones, the sight appears to be a room full of people dancing to nothing. Everyone who purchased a ticket was put into a drawing, and one person will win a pair of Beats Headphones. Student Lauralee Schoenburg attended the dance and found it a lot of fun. “I thought it was very fun and anything but silent–unless you took off your headphones–and then it was awkward and funny. But that’s what made it unique, and my favorite dance that I’ve ever gone to,” said Schoenburg. ASC Dances Director Sarah MacKenzie found out about the silent disco trend after looking for venues for last year’s Spring Formal. “When [ASC] toured a roof top venue last year for spring formal, the coordinator told us about ‘silent disco’ as an option,” she said. “We did some research and found out it is a big thing in cities and on college campuses.” The silent disco is a popular trend for places where a noise curfew would be an issue. Traditional dances often feature loud speakers and noise pollution that can be disturbing. For the city of Portland, “excessive” noise, described in the city Municipal Code, is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. In Newberg, the hours are the same, except on the weekends: 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. The wireless headphones were provided by Silent Storm Sound System, a silent disco equipment provider and headphone event production company. According to the Silent Storm website, silent dances can have many benefits; besides the lack of sound to observers, participants can choose from up to two different channels of music and control their own volume. The deejay for the dance was Deejay Avalanche, who has performed at the Fred Meyer night during Welcome Weekend for the past two years. The music will be dance and techno music, with “no dirty or inappropriate songs, of course,” said MacKenzie. MacKenzie sees this kind of dance becoming an option for more GFU events. “It may become a tradition,” she said. As to the unusual location, MacKenzie said ASC chose the library because a dance has never been planned there. Dances are usually held in the EHS atrium or Klages Dining Hall. “It kind of goes along with the ‘silent’ theme,” said MacKenzie. “We liked the idea of changing the [calm] study place on campus to a dance for one night.”
March 17, 2014The ASC election speech night was held at 8 p.m. in Hoover 103. All candidates running for a Central Committee positions were present and given a speech time slot, followed by a Q and A time. A raffle drawing took place giving away a free mini iPad. Before speeches began, ASC President Justin Vanier shared his overall impression of the campus, ASC and where he would like to ASC move towards in the future. “We are real students and our job is to voice the needs and the concerns of the students; make sure that things they need take place, “ said Vanier. “The campus is heading in a direction where there is a lot going on. The current ASC team has direction and heading into a place with a lot go on. It has been a really intense year and we might have had some foolish ideas about what needed to take place,” said Vanier. As of now, what is left for the 2014-13 ASC team, they will be working to define the ASC Constitution and its bylaws. The current Central team has also made some huge changes. They moved the ministry positions over to SpIL, completed a restructuring from the top down with positions of ASC members, and worked to make a more complete pay system for all students employed under ASC. “It is much cleaner now,” said Vanier. He believes the future of ASC will need to increase student representation, meaning a possible student senate and a team of past ASC members to be on an advisor board. “I am really excited because there is growth and change and moving forward,” said Vanier. “And everyone really cares about how you grow in this place. And yet, the choice is to serve, something we all a part of it no matter what. We need to ask our selves how we will serve and always be serving, leading, and loving all the time,” Once Vanier finished his speech, the candidates began their speeches. Moriah Kimmer, running for vice president of Activities, came from a public school so was rather hesitant about the GFU atmosphere. It was after she attended some activities and met people and made memories that her view changed. Because of her personal experience, she wants to help other students create memories and feel like they belong, too. “I am looking to create a calendar so students can be more aware of what is going on sooner,” said Kimmer. Tausha Rene, current ASC vice president of finance, is running for another term. She confessed that before she came to GFU her view of service was very limited and narrow, but seeing a wild world of service positions had a revelation that service is not narrow. She applied to be assistant treasurer and then in the months following, the vice president of finance position was open and she stepped in. “I found a way to serve[as the VP of Finance]. This position puts the things I love, math and numbers together, and allows me to serve in a way that works for me,” said Rene. Rene knows that almost half a million dollars in the ASC budget is a lot of money to have one person oversee; if she is elected, she will be hiring an assistant to help her keep track of all the transactions. If she is elected she is looking forward to having a clean slate and will work on getting reimbursements to people the following day. Josiah Nuzum is running for the vice president of Marketing and Communications. Nuzum, if elected, wants to make all the communication efforts as fluid as possible and establish a concrete was of making sure students are heard. “I want people to remember the ways ASC connected them, “ said Nuzum. Nuzum will work towards making ASC jobs clear and work on getting that information to students. Taylor Dick is running for vice president of representation. She has loved politics since the time she was four years old. She enjoys politics and the idea of representing people. “I like the idea of what others should do and what the team [Central] should do to to get more people involved,” said Dick. Dick is also interested in getting more diverse people with other backgrounds involved in ASC. Mizi Martinez, the second candidate running for vice president of representation, desires to represent and inform students about what ASC does. Her first year at GFU she was confused about what ASC was and how it helps students. “I believe in making relationships with diverse students and believes that ASC needs to embrace more diversity,” said Martinez. If elected Martinez will stand for being a voice to listen to students, not just to hear their ideas and what is working with ASC, but to know their story and not just let those voices become white noise, but speak into the majority culture. The last candidate running for vice president of representation is Noah Smith. Smith see the GFU community becoming a place where students are more than known but ideas and opinions are known. “Free flowing ideas and expression is available and a place where students are not alienated because of their beliefs,” said Smith. Smith stated that his heart hurts when he hears that others are hurt when their different opinions or life styles are alienated. Smith also apologized for his poster slogan that offended students. Madison Tarpley is running for Executive Vice President on the same ticket with Jake Vanier running as ASC Presdent. Both candidates have a passion for GFU and believes they understand a little more of the purpose of ASC. Their goal, if elected will be to strive after building one campus united. They, as a team, will push to increase communication with resident life. “We want to be a consistent force in the midst of change,” said Vanier, “We want students to be a part of what is next.” Vanier is also aware of the perception of following in his brother’s footsteps. This is not the first time he has been behind his brother, and they are different. Jake processes differently than his brother Justin, and he sees this as a strength and unique asset to leading the team next year. Tarpley, if elected, is hoping to use the resources ASC has to impact more students and gather more of their opinions. The evening ended with Michal Nakashimada asking all students present to go to MyGFU and vote. Click here to vote for the 2014-2013 ASC Central Committee Officers.
February 9, 2014It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single George Fox student must be in want of a date. For students who may be too shy to approach a member of the opposite sex, the annual Dating Game will be an opportunity to win a blind date with a pre-selected member of the student body. The Dating Game was held Feb. 7 in Bauman Auditorium. The hosts were be ASC Vice President Michal Nakashimada and Cole Eberheart. The event was formatted in two sections: the first is a question/answer game between three George Fox couples who are dating, who are engaged, and who are married. The goal is to answer as many questions about the other person as they would answer them. The couple that gets the highest number of correct answers is the winner. The second section is a question/answer game between a blind panel of volunteers and a pre-selected questioner. The questioner sits behind a curtain and hears the responses of each volunteer, then selects one as the winner and his or her date. The winners of both games receive an expense-paid night out. Last year, the couples took a limo to the Willamette River, where they spent the evening on the Portland Spirit cruise ship. Madison Tarpley, the ASC vice president of activities and programs, knows the location of the date this year, but she is not telling. “We [ASC] are keeping that a surprise,” said Tarpley.
December 18, 2013Dec. 21 will be the winter commencement ceremony date for 210 George Fox undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion students. The ceremony will be held in Miller Gymnasium, in the lower level of Wheeler Sports Center, and will begin at 11 a.m. This is a change from past commencements, which were traditionally held in the afternoon. The speaker will be Jay Mathisen, a 2012 George Fox graduate from Bend, Ore. He is passionate about post-genocide education reform in Rwanda, and is planning to return to the nation for the fifth time to work with local non-government organizations to train Rwandan teachers. He has worked as the principal of La Pine High School and Middle School, and was honored with the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators’ High School Principal of the Year award in 2011. Mathisen President Baker asked Mathisen to speak at the ceremony because of his success both during and after his time at George Fox. “[President Baker] has made it a point to bring in our own graduates as commencement speakers,” said Karlyn Fleming, the executive assistant to the provost. “The graduates and their families get very engaged with the important work a lot of them are doing.” The ceremony will also feature music from organist Heidi Kohne. Kohne previously served as the organist for Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church in Portland. Seating will open at 10 a.m. Graduates are invited to attend the Midyear Commencement Ceremony breakfast, which will feature President Baker and other faculty speakers at 9 a.m. The ceremony will also be available for live streaming at this link beginning fifteen minutes before it begins.
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.
December 9, 2013Dec. 11 and 12 will be the premiere of Ten! Ten! Ten!, the theater department’s directing class final. It is a show of ten-minute plays of various genres, each directed by one of the eleven students in the class. The performances will start at 10:10 p.m in Wood-Mar Hall’s theater. Dec. 11 will feature “9 to 5,” directed by Cydney Thompson; “Hangman,” directed by Sydney Thiessen; “Curtain Call,” directed by Ian Rutledge; “The Ice Flume,” directed by Michelle Croce; and “The Coyote Stratagem,” directed by Cambria Herrera. The following night will feature “Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson,” directed by Joia Otto; “Bedtime Story,” directed by Katie Wight; “A Whole House Full of Babies,” directed by Nicole Greene; “The Best Way to Go,” directed by Erika Craig; “The Unintended Video,” directed by Olivia Anderson; and “The Sniper,” directed by Brooke Flood. Rhett Luedtke, the professor of the directing class, oversees the festival, but the details are all organized by the students. They plan the rehearsals, pre-production aspects, and the production itself. Madelyn Larson, a senior theater major and past director of Ten! Ten! Ten!, enjoys the production because it gives students the opportunity to both direct and perform. “It’s a really great opportunity to learn and have people who aren’t necessarily heavily involved in the theatre department to join in with the creative process,” said Larson. “It’s all around a wonderful experience and we hope people come out to enjoy it with us.”
December 9, 2013The end of the semester is upon us, and for most students this means that the final exams are coming up (for professors, this means you will have a few hundred papers to grade). It has been over three months now, and while the struggle to prepare for final exams may be relatively new to freshman and predictable to seniors, there is some common sense in how to prepare. First, plan ahead. If you have a tough test coming up on a subject you are struggling with or are just barely making the grade, start studying for it now. Do not try to wait until only a few days before and start studying; give yourself plenty of time to learn and absorb the info, a little bit at a time each day. You have probably heard this all before, but studying a little over a long period of time will be far more effective than studying a large amount in only a few days. Next, get some proper sleep. Understandably, due to the way class schedules work you can have an exam very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. This can result in some nights allowing you to stay up much later than others. Whatever the case may be, before taking a final, try to get a solid nine-hour period of sleep to ensure you are optimally rested before taking the exam. Third, unless it really pertains to, or is completely necessary, disable your Internet while you study or write. Many of you are disciplined enough that the internet will not pose a distraction, but for everyone else, the temptation of Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, etc. may prove to be too alluring, and during those crucial study hours, you will need to eliminate as many distractions as you can. A study group can seem like a good idea initially: after all, you would be pooling your intellectual resources and notes together to make sure that no one among you missed anything important. However, I have seen just as many study groups devolve into socializing or otherwise just simply splintering into working on their own, which defeats the purpose of the group study. Finally, only you can know under what conditions you study best. If you have put an effort into your classes and have worked hard the whole semester, you will almost certainly do well. If not, then realize that if you do not start preparations now, you may be awfully disappointed in two weeks.
December 1, 2013Students for Life, a advocacy group at George Fox devoted to education about options for expectant mothers, will be having their final event for the year on Dec. 2. The meeting will be held in the Edward-Holman Science building from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meeting is titled “Does Social Justice Start in the Womb?,” and will cover the topic of apologetics and education about the pro-life argument. A Students for Life flyer states their position: “to promote life . . . especially that of the unborn. We believe God loves each and every conceived baby; in fact, each child in utero is made in His image.” According to event organizer Andrew Janzen, half of all abortions occur by the time the mother is in college, and the percentage of abortions that occur on Christian campuses is equal to those at secular universities. Their group hopes to spread the word to students about alternative options to abortion. “We want to help with knowledge about options for life,” said Janzen. “We are not just about protecting the lives of innocent children, but the mothers, too.” Currently, the group is trying to become an ASC-recognized club. As an advocacy group, George Fox is hoping to place them under the direction of the Student Life department, rather than Associated Student Community. The Students for Life group is also organizing other events to spread the word about pro-life advocacy. Earlier this year, they showed the film, “180,” a documentary about the pro-life perspective. The film featured children with Down syndrome who were given a chance at life. In January, the group is planning a “Life Chapel” service for students to attend. Elise Steward, the club’s president, hopes to feature a panel of speakers including residents of Friendsview Manor and those with disabilities to speak about the value of life. “Our main goal is to be a voice for those who don’t,” said Steward. Her hope for the group is to follow the vision statement of the university by enabling students to be “Christ followers and world changers.” “We want to help people get started in college to change the world,” said Steward. Students for Life has a Facebook page called, “Students for Life GFU,” and can be contacted at StudentsForLifeGFU@gmail.com.
November 16, 2013Currently on display in the George Fox Minthorne Art Gallery is Alison O’Donoghue’s show, “Riding into Tomorrow,” which features O’Donoghue’s unique style of paintings that exhibit the complexity of the imaginary and realistic sides of life. O’Donoghue works primarily with acrylic on wood or canvas. She seems to communicate well through pattern and contrasting positive and negative space, where her art is full of creatures, plants, and people interwoven and interconnected. Each painting is like looking into a crowd, as if the figures are pushing each other and jostling to get attention. Some are more playful and show the carefree side of life, and others are somewhat sinister. But regardless of the tone, O’Donoghue’s work is bound to intrigue. The amount of detail in each painting is almost overwhelming. Her style, according to O’Donoghue, comes from the experiences of making collages and piecing together jigsaw puzzles as a teen. As a young artist, O’Donoghue worked through the medium of wood sculpture and oil paint, but when she began a family her style changed. She turned to acrylic paint, and her subjects were centered around family and the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and nature. “Stories and characters rise up from my subconscious and make themselves known,” said O’Donoghue in her artist statement. “Sometimes I learn what is really going on in my life from the process of making a painting . . . I have never-ending fun with shapes, pattern, and encouraging the painting to become a balanced and interactive world.” “Riding into Tomorrow” will be on display in the Hoover Academic Building Minthorne Gallery through Dec. 5.
November 7, 2013“The House of Bernarda Alba” is this fall’s theater production at George Fox. The play was written in 1936 by Spanish dramatist Frederico Garcia Lorca to critique the rise of fascism. It is a drama about village women in Spain at that time, and explores the ideas of conformity, passion, rebellion, and sexual tension. The play centers on the lives of a widow and her five daughters as they mourn the loss of their husband and father. The mother commands her daughters to enter into mourning for eight years, keeping any of them from leaving the house. However, when a handsome young man appears, the sisters begin to rebel against their mother and each other. The play ends in tragedy as the family turns in on itself. The actresses in this play did a very convincing job of becoming the characters. What was particularly interesting was the deliberate lack of any male characters, although the plot centers on one man’s effect on the family. Trinya Murray, playing Bernada Alba, came across as a cruel, hard-hearted mother. She never strayed from the strict matronly figure, even when her daughters pleaded with her to have compassion. Murray was very commanding in this role. Alyssa Rands, who played the youngest daughter Adela, was a fitting naïve girl who becomes tortured in her rebellion toward her family. Brooke Flood, though not a main character, played Magdalena and did well creating a humorous contrast to the heavy drama of the plot. The arguing and dismal atmosphere was heavy at times, and Flood was successful and versatile in her part. The entire play occurs during the mourning period, and the costumes are all black dresses. The dress is typical of the era, modest full-skirted black dresses. The green dress worn by Adela was the only noticeable change, representing her rebellion from her mother’s power. The costume was well-crafted to show the flamboyant contrast to her mourning dress. The set was very well constructed. Though simple, it was convincingly replicated to show a typical home of the era. The architecture looked very realistic, and the wood was very lifelike. The arches underneath the stairs featured an iron fence that perfectly provided a walkway and view to the street, while still being understated. The end of the play was very moving and unanticipated. The image of the dress falling from the ceiling to represent the death of Adela was heart-wrenching, and the emotions of the actresses following the tragedy were very convincing. Though simple in cast and costume, this play highlighted emotion and was a touching experience. The actresses were very convincing in their actions toward each other and seemed natural. The surprising end left the audience in shock and left much to think about.