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.
November 5, 2013Students of George Fox University interested in the world of snow sports now have an opportunity to find a like-minded community through involvement in ski club. “We want this to be a place that brings a sense of unity for students at Fox who enjoy going up to the mountain,” says senior, biology major and Ski Club Vice President, John Luke Andrew. With roughly 100 members, the GFU ski club is experiencing more success than ever before. “A couple of years ago the club was essentially dead,” says Andrew, “…but once we got new leadership we were determined to bring it back to life.” Currently, the club’s main focus revolves around organizing transportation for students who want to experience life on the slopes. With ASC funding, ski club presents the opportunity for students to participate in bimonthly trips to Ski Bowl, at Mt. Hood, free of charge. “You just need to pay for a lift ticket and rentals if you need them,” says Andrew, “It’s a pretty good setup.” Besides providing transportation to nearby ski resorts, ski club offers a variety of events for its members. This month alone, members were granted a number of free tickets for a viewing of a ski film in downtown Portland and are said to be presented with this opportunity again as the newest Warren Miller film will soon be released within the snow sport community. “We’re also planning an on-campus movie night,” says Andrew, “We want people to be able to come and watch the Red Bull ski film together, but really it’s just a time for us to hangout.” To join ski club or to find out more about upcoming ski club events, visit the club’s facebook page at, https://www.facebook.com/groups/GFUskiclub/. “This is essentially just a platform of opportunity for us to share our similar passions for snowboarding and skiing,” says Andrew, “Come join in if you are at all interested”
October 23, 2013Gamers of George Fox University may now find likeminded communities as students have began gathering together over the video game, “League of Legends.” “We are mostly just people who enjoy playing, watching, and talking about the game,” says sophomore mechanical engineering major Kyle Harris. Upon successfully hosting a “League of Legends” tournament on the campus of GFU in spring 2013, senior Alex Crawford and Kyle Harris were determined to keep the GFU gamer community together. “We continued to meet in the Bruin Den every Friday night,” says Harris. “And ended up deciding to invite anyone else who played to come join us.” After weeks of unofficial meetings, the gaming community started to take form as players spent over seven hours a week together, playing, discussing and debating the game. “Usually we’re there from about 4:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m,” says Harris, “talking about what things in the game are good or bad, what we think the game should change or fix, etc. It’s fun to bounce my ideas off of the other group members.” Though the gaming community has yet to achieve official GFU club status, talk of such actions and a second “League of Legends” tournament are currently in the works. “I would love to see our group grow and thrive,” says Harris. The gaming group does not discriminate against any particular type of student. The unofficial GFU gamer club welcomes anyone with an interest in getting involved or learning more about the “League of Legends” as a new member. “If any of what I’ve said has sounded fun to you come hang out with us on Friday!” says Harris. “As the saying goes, the more the merrier!” For more information on meeting times or to find out how you can be involved contact Harris at email@example.com.
October 21, 2013Tryouts for the George Fox World’s Got Talent event will be Oct. 23 and 24 from 6-8 p.m. in Lemmons 8. The show will be hosted on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium. World’s Got Talent is an annual showcase of the cultures of George Fox students. It was started in 2010 by the campus Director of Inclusion and Student Leadership Programs, Shelley Yonemura. Her vision was to provide an outlet for students to share talents that come from their cultural backgrounds. Nancy Arellano, the Inclusion and Student Leadership Program event coordinator, wants to encourage anyone to perform, not just those who are from another country or who speak more than one language. The act just has to be “something that is entertaining and means a lot to you,” said Arellano. She gave the example of someone who is from the state of Texas and might have show-stopping rodeo skills. She is hoping for “whatever people have to offer that amplifies their culture.” Past featured talents have included Latino dance and music, Chinese music, Mexican accordion playing, and Hawaiian dance, among others. Arellano said students should attend because the event “amplifies the beauty of diversity and it makes [students] aware of the diversity at [George] Fox.” She stated that people are often unaware of the backgrounds of their peers, and “sometimes it’s easier to connect when you can see something from that culture.” For those who may be hesitant when it comes to being on stage and sharing their cultural flair, Arellano gives this encouragement: “Be confident. Don’t be afraid about what people are going to think.”