March 6, 2014When 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 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 18, 2014National Football League prospect Michael Sam recently came out publicly that he’s gay during an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” The All-American defensive end and SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year is predicted to be picked in the third or fourth round of the NFL draft. Now, there are many question about whether this will affect his chances of entering the NFL. There is no doubt there will be obstacles upon his professional career, but his skills will quiet those who disagree with his life choice. “I’m not naïve,” said Sam in an interview with the New York Times. “I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the NFL.” Sam’s courageous decision to speak out will break barriers to the “manly man game.” Even if his news doesn’t change the outcome in his selection, his experience as a professional athlete will change the world of male dominated sports. According to Sports Illustrated, eight NFL coaches and executives who were interviewed anonymously gave their opinion on homosexuality. One personal assistant stated, “In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game. It’d chemically imbalance the NFL locker room and meeting room.” The idea that a gay man would “chemically imbalance” the team room is a harsh and ignorant statement, especially after the NFL took mild measurements for bullying in a locker room from one teammate to another. If I were an NFL coach, Sam’s talents and skills would be more significant than anything my team would “lose” because of his sexual orientation. The NFL has become a symbol and definition of “real men” in America, yet because of Sam’s life choice he is no longer a man, but an outsider. He has received immense support from teammates and fans. Even First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted her support along with her husband President Obama. One response that caught my attention was by a Texas sports anchor Dale Hansen. Dale spoke about Sam’s announcement, and emphasized the fact that the NFL celebrates the performance of those that do more harm than good, for example players who are arrested for a DUI or caught in the act of using illegal substances. Regardless of his sexual orientations, Sam’s ability to perform at the combine and individual team workouts should be viewed equally compared to other players.
February 4, 2014The Portland Trail Blazers have surpassed their previous 2012-13 record of 33-49, as they advance to 34-14 with a playoff run in sight. The Blazers came into this season with a new roster built around all-star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge elevates his teammates by making those around him play better. Both Aldridge and sophomore point guard Damian Lillard were selected for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game as reserves. Portland fans were disappointed since they believed Aldridge deserved a starting position. He didn’t receive enough fan votes, but the NBA coaches believed he deserved a spot. Though his teammates, specifically small forward Nicholas Batum, were upset, Aldridge maintained poise. In an interview with Blazeredge, Aldridge said, “I’ve kind of gotten used to those things happening. “Everybody around me was more upset than me,” he continued. “I came in tonight and [Nicolas Batum] was pretty fired up about it. My mom was pretty heated about it. Me, I was like, ‘OK, this is happening again.’ Aldridge is averaging 24.4 points per game and 11.6 rebound. ESPN Tom Pen ranked Aldridge as the No. 1 power forward in the NBA. He’s in the race for MVP at No. 3 behind Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Though the month of November and December was a striking surprise for most Portlanders and the NBA, the team hit a slump in January. The Blazers are known for depending too much on the three-point, and being absent on defense. In the first months of the season the Blazers shot a combined 40 percent from the three-point line. In January they combined 35 percent. The Blazers need to improve their defense and points in the paint if they want to be taken seriously as a playoff prospective. Portland went 8-6 in January and scored a season low of 81 points against the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 26, and lost 98-81. Before the month ended, the Blazers pushed for a much-needed win against the Toronto Raptors, 106-103. The win prevented the team’s first three-game losing streak of the season. The Blazers are third in the Western Conference trailing behind the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma Thunder. Up next, the Blazers have a four game road trip which ends this week against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then the Blazers will meet at home against the Thunder on Feb. 11. The Seattle Seahawks and Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen just won his first world championship as an owner on Sunday as the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl XLVIII. I wonder if his luck will roll over for the Blazers and bring an NBA world championship to Portland. One can only dream.
February 3, 2014Throughout the academic year, the Associated Student Communities vice president of representation and the area representatives evaluate the ASC constitution. They make amendments to sections and articles applicable to how ASC is and how it will be functioning in the future. Ron Mock, associate professor of politics and peace, was formally a supreme court chief justice and vice president of ASC when he was a student at George Fox University in 1977. During his time in office he and Professor Phil Smith rewrote the ASC constitution. Mock referenced the original document to have been drafted sometime in the 1960’s. Since he has been a faculty member he can attest to about three rewrites of the ASC constitution. What is the point and why does it matter? Well, all the really exciting events, conferences, projects and service opportunities would not be available to George Fox University students if there was no formal document to lead the ASC Central Committee members in process and action. Specific parts determine how officers will be elected. Other sections determine how the $442,000 of the 2013-14 ASC budget is allocated throughout the year. With all that money and all those people working to promote student involvement at George Fox University, it is essential there is some consistency. The ASC constitution is a way that each new Central Committee team is able to remain fairly consistent and at the same time be motivated to change from the past. Bryan Kasler, the 2012-13 ASC campus representatives director (now called the vice president representation) did what he calls “a first round of amendments.” When he was in office, his committee took the ASC constitution page by page and pulled out anything that was no longer applicable, needed adjustment for clearer understanding, and tighten loopholes. “It was more like a remodel than a new foundation,” said Kasler, “It helped the new team to be able to move toward a more vital role with campus involvement.” With a new remodel from last year’s ASC campus representatives, the 2013-14 Vice President of Representation Jake Vanier is hoping to implement a complete re-write before ASC elections begin on Feb. 17. “The ASC Constitution will still have its vital parts, such as finances, and duties of sub committee members. I am copying and pasting them from the old one unto a new one,” said Vanier. Even from last year’s model, the ASC constitution still had a fair amount of mistakes, causing Vanier and his committee to re-look at the ASC constitution. Vanier also compared GFU ASC’s constitution to Calvin College’s and Biola University’s constitution, which lead him to decide on a re-write for GFU ASC’s constitution. ASC advisor Stephanie St. Cyr has been working with Vanier on the re-write since October. Vanier also stated that Oregon Representative John Davis is willing to look over the document once it is complete. The by-laws, articles one through seven, are seeing relatively little change. Before the re-write can be an official document, both the Campus Representatives Committee and Central Committee must vote and pass all amendments. Vanier is hoping to somehow have a ratification process with more students. Click here to view the current ASC Constitution.
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 12, 2013What started as a Kickstarter campaign to “Bring a Bakery to Newberg” has turned into a space for Newberg Bakery to open on First Street. Owners Brenda Burg and Bruce Bishop began their vision for Newberg Bakery twelve years ago, yet their business plan has only taken shape within the last two years. The beginning of November marked the launch for the remodel, turning what used to be Allure Hair Salon into a ‘40s farm house-style bakery. Burg and Bishop began selling their baked goods at Newberg’s Tunes on Tuesdays summer concert series. With a positive response from the community, word spread that Newberg Bakery would soon be coming to town. The community rallied behind Burg and Bishop to raise the funds and the support for Newberg Bakery. “This has been a total community project, from the Kickstarter campaign to people volunteering their time to do some demo work here; it’s been a really good response,” said Burg. Bishop has worked for Bob’s Red Mill for the last three years, and Burg has been making scones for George Fox University for the past 12 years to “help students feel more at home,” she said. Burg and Bishop desire to partner with the community’s business owners and farmers to foster the community of Newberg. “We will serve only drip coffee as there’s no need to compete with all the espresso coffee shops around,” said Bishop. “We will use organic ingredients, partnering with local farmers to take advantage of the agricultural area in Newberg.” Scones, cinnamon rolls, breads, bagels, and other breakfast pastries will be featured on the menu, along with lunch items such as soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza by the plank. Burg is also dedicated to provide both gluten and dairy-free options for customers. “The ‘40’s farmhouse design will feature natural woods, mismatched wooden tables and chairs, and old light fixtures to create a homey, comfortable, and warm environment,” said Bishop. The kitchen will be open, allowing interaction with the customers and no secrecy behind the walls. There will be a large community table to invite large groups of friends or family or opportunities to sit with strangers and share conversation and baked goods. “I’m looking forward to baking for people I know . . . [to] have an ongoing relationship with people in the community and to be able to provide bread for them to take home for family or friends, or pastries for them to sit down and relax,” said Bishop. Newberg Bakery is located at 621 East First Street. The bakery plans to open mid-January. Their hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
December 11, 2013The Associated Student Community is promoting the cheer this holiday season with their version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Planned are twelve days of sponsored events before students leave on winter break. The remaining events this month include: Dec. 11: A “The Grinch Stole Christmas” movie night in Bauman Auditorium at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12: Christmas parties for each living area sponsored by the ASC campus representatives from 8 p.m. until midnight. Dec. 13: Swing dancing lessons in the Bruin Grounds at 6 p.m. (also on Dec. 14) and an interactive showing of the movie “Elf” in the Stevens lobby at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15: The Winter Formal dance at the Portland Art Museum from 8-11 p.m. Dec. 16: A late-night breakfast in Klages Dining Hall for students during “Dead Day” at 10 p.m. Along with these events, ASC is also promoting the Student Project Fund. They are encouraging students to brainstorm and turn in their best, most creative ideas for how to improve the campus or make it more convenient for student use. Submissions for this fund will be open until Dec. 20. Some past projects submitted by students and funded by the account include the fire pit in the canyon, the man-made pond and electrical outlets in the Bruin Den, and the amphitheater. The ASC Vice President, Michal Nakashimada, oversees the account and idea submissions. “Our ASC team this year is constantly looking for ways to make the student experience better here on campus,” said Nakashimada. “That not only includes activities and events, but also infrastructure. With the student project fund, students have the opportunity to voice what they want to see on our campus.” Nakashimada has already received several submissions, and encourages students to send in any ideas they may have. Applications can be found at asc.georgefox.edu.
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, 2013About a month ago, the bathrooms located within the Bon Appetit dining hall were changed into gender neutral restrooms. However, now that the campus is gaining knowledge about the bathrooms, the change is not as highly accepted as one would anticipate it to be. On Thursday night, the picture above showing each restroom sign with one gender crossed out was rapidly shared on Facebook by numerous outraged George Fox students. Changing the restrooms to gender neutral facilities was supposed to be a monumental accomplishment for the entire campus. But, of course, as history proves, one step forward puts us two steps behind where we initially started. When students first learned of the change, they assumed that it was a prank that needed to be stopped immediately. Am I missing something here? How can gender neutral facilities accepting all people be equivalent to a practical joke? The joke here is the fear of change. Some people fail to realize that people are not the same: we are all born with various differences, whether it is our beliefs, sexual orientation, or skin color. Even though we are all children of God, we are all made differently. No one person is the same. George Fox University is supposed to be a loving and accepting environment. However these actions speak differently. This simple act speaks volumes that not all are welcome or accepted. It is truly tragic that the George Fox community has individuals who would commit a hateful action, ostracizing a group of people who are a part of that same community. What happened to loving people and embracing difference? Honestly, this displays the opposite of what George Fox University prides itself on. This is a perfect example of a divided community on campus. Students are not taking this situation lightly; various students have turned to social media to get awareness about what has happened out in the open. This issue needs to be addressed, and I hope that George Fox is willing to stand up as a united campus and fight for everyone’s rights.
December 9, 2013With fall semester coming to a close, it’s hard to muster up the motivation sometimes to stay on track with all your classes. I know that all I have on the brain right now is Christmas break! But who doesn’t? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Walking around campus has turned into a slow run, since the temperature outside has dropped to what feels like freezing and you just can’t seem to get inside fast enough. It was nice to see Tiffany Burk rocking a skirt despite the frigid weather. Get the low down… Grade: Junior Major: Organizational Communications What are your hobbies? “Participating in college sports (volleyball, track & field), reading, photography, listening to music, hanging out with friends, making people laugh.” Who or what inspires you? “Blake Lively – because she is simply gorgeous and her style choices, both glamorous and street, make her a true icon. Most people don’t know that Blake is one of the few celebrities who does not have a stylist, which makes her style choices even that much more magnificent, in my opinion. Her style is 100% her own. She has an apt for picking pieces that suit her body and show off long legs, which I’ve always admired, since we have similar body proportions.” Where do you like to shop? “Marshalls, Ross, Aritzia, Forever 21, H&M.” Where is your outfit from? Top – American Eagle Skirt – Marshalls Shoes – Payless How would you describe your personal style? “When I’m not dressed in athletic wear or lazy garb (i.e. sweatpants and a t-shirt), I’ve always been of the mind: less is more. A lot of my wardrobe is black, supplemented with grey, white, navy, blues, and some brown; all solid colors, excepts for a few pieces that have a bit more color thrown in here and there. I prefer simple classics and “classics with a twist” in high quality. I like to build my wardrobe on basics that will last for years. My philosophy is to focus not true classics and more unusual pieces that won’t be easily dated.” Why did you choose this outfit? “Because I love the skirt, honestly. I have a tendency to pick one statement piece, so to speak, and then work the rest of the outfit around what I want to wear most.” Who are your favorite designers? “Chanel, she was a genius. She redefined femininity and proved women could do whatever they wanted. Gaultier, he took Chanel’s obsession with Masculinity/Femininity and proved to the next level and mixed it with his wit. Dior, he was absurdly brilliant. He constantly reinvented himself and pushed fashion forward. The A & Y lines he created are classic. McQueen, he turns the macabre into the beautiful and mixes it with mind bending technique.” Any favorite trends? “I really like statement pants! I don’t have any because it’s extremely hard to find pants that fit me correctly, but I really like ones that are rendered in bold prints, unconventional cuts, and statement-making fabrics (think brocade and silk dupioni).” If you could raid anyone’s closet who’s would it be? “Sorry, but I have to give it to Blake Lively again on this one. Everything about her is just so elegant and put together!” The Top/Skirt I am a huge fan of stripes. They are a fun print to add attitude to any outfit. I love the bold colors in Tiffany’s top that contrasts with the denim in her skirt. I liked that she high waisted the skirt a bit to give it a more dramatic look. The buttons down the front of the skirt make it more dynamic and gives it texture. It adds an element of surprise, something for the eye to see. The Shoes Tiffany’s metallic flats are attention grabbers. Metallics are way in right now and add that perfect shine to her look. Flats are a great comfortable, practical and fashionable shoe. Great for wearing around campus, to and from classes. They transition well from day to night. Tiffany took what would be a summer skirt and made if “Fall/Winter appropriate” by layering it with tights. Who says you cant wear skirts when it’s cold outside?! Fashionistas don’t fear the weather; we just adapt to it. Pain is beauty. Unless it’s Monday, then sweats definitely win. Definitely. Stay stylish and stuff like that…