A new music class, History of Rock and Roll, is being offered next semester as a special topics elective course. It will be a cultural and musical survey of the history of rock and roll. Instructor of Flute and Music History Sophia Tegart is teaching the class. She will cover topics from Bill Haley and the Comets to Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Folk Rock, Soul and Motown, Punk Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Christian Rock, and Dance music, to contemporary pop music. “We are going to touch on as much as possible,” said Tegart. Tegart is looking forward to the class because it encompasses the social and cultural changes that accompanied the genres: hairstyles, clothing, language, food, and politics. She thought of the idea for a rock and roll class while teaching another music class, Music in World Cultures. “My past students said that one of the things they really enjoyed was the presentations on popular music groups from the various countries we studied,” said Tegart. “The students loved learning about Baba Seghal, who took Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ and translated it into Hindi. They also loved learning about the ‘Madonna’ of China, Anita Mui. The entire class seemed to love learning about The Beatles’ George Harrison and his study of the sitar with Ravi Shankar. I thought to myself one day that it would be really great to give the students a class that covered rock and roll in depth.” She did some research and realized that many other universities offer a class in the history of rock and roll. It seemed fitting to bring the idea to GFU. “I wanted to make sure George Fox had one too,” said Tegart. “It’s a great way for students to learn about the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred in the U.S. during the twentieth century, and to see the trends that are occurring today, and it’s super fun to learn about that while listening to quality music.” The course is being offered as MUSI 285 B Selected Topics. It will not count as a general education requirement, but it does serve as elective credit. Those taking the course will be asked to purchase an e-book, so the cost is minimal.
December 8, 2014The votes for the 2016 midterm elections are in and the nation has spoken. The Republicans have taken control of the Senate, widened their lead in the House, and retained their gubernatorial seats in hotly contested states in what is being described as a massacre of the Democratic party. Before the election, the Republicans magic number was six, the number of net seats in the Senate to be obtained if the Republicans were to wrest control away from the Democrats. They were able to win eight contested seats, with Louisiana to have a run-off on Dec. 6. Former Democratic Senate seats in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, West Virginia, and North Carolina were washed away by the G.O.P. wave that rolled over America. Similarly, in the House, the Republican party made gains of eleven seats while seven others are currently too close to call. The House now stands with 244 Republicans (previously 233), 184 Democrats (previously 199), and seven undecided. In the 2014 gubernatorial elections, Republicans had to defend 24 of their seats as opposed to only 14 for the Democrats. The Republicans managed to only lose Pennsylvania to Tom Wolf, a Democrat, but were successful in stealing four governor’s seats in Massachusetts, Maryland, Arkansas, and Illinois, President Obama’s home state. Many see this election as a repudiation of the Obama administration. Republicans around the nation piggy-backed on the general discontent of the government and were unashamedly aligning their Democratic counterparts with the current Obama administration. In the past six years, Republicans have been criticized for their waning ground game but were able to approach this year’s elections with a predatory instinct of the limping Obama administration. It paid off. The redistribution of the congressional seats has President Obama facing a Congress dominated by the Republicans in both the Senate and the House for the final two years of his presidency. During a statement issued on Nov. 5, Obama underscored the fact that, despite the deck stacked against him, he will not stop “doing the best job [he] can to keep this country safe [and prosperous].” In an election that was defined by low voter turnout, many political scientists are attempting to discern what implications these elections have for the 2016 elections. Democrats are banking on the fact that only 33.9% of Americans voted during the 2014 elections while Republicans are hoping these recent elections are a foretaste of the changing attitudes of Americans everywhere.
December 2, 2014George Fox University held the Annual Lip Sync Competition on Friday, November 14. This year, three groups–Lettuce Turnip the Beet, Swing in Sync, and defending champions The Campbells–competed. In the end, The Campbells were able to retain their title as George Fox Lip Sync Champions. Andrew Kaye, a returning member of the Campbells commented on their first place finish: “It felt like the first time I ate fondue. The cheese had a familiar taste but a new flavor.” The Campbells were able to capture the audience’s votes through their unique presentation which included an on-screen interview of member Eli Caudillo that helped synthesize their thirteen minute presentation. The overall competition attempted to incorporate elements of The Tonight Show and American Idol vis-à-vis mini competitions, audience involvement, and a trio of faculty members posing as judges. The three faculty members, gave their input after each skit or interactive game. At the end of the show, the winner of the competition was chosen by audience members who were told to send their votes via text message. According to Moriah Kimmer, the vice president of student activities and programs, the Lip Sync Competition was a success. “All the performances brought a different feel to the stage, the lighting was amazing, and we had a great turn out. I think we had about 900 students there. My hope is that it got people excited for performing in it next year,” says Kimmer. However, some students were a little put off by the multilayered presentation. “The overall experience was good, but it could have been a lot less confusing had they been more organized and explanatory,” says Emily Lucca, a junior at GFU. “One of my friends went on stage thinking he was going to dance, but [the host] said they were out of order and had him play ‘Name that Song.'” Emily went on to say that, despite the confusion, she thoroughly enjoyed herself and is considering entering in the competition next year.
December 2, 2014On Dec. 4, dozens of industry representatives from various tech firms will be on campus to meet with engineering students. The second annual engineering expo will be allow sixty-four engineering and computer science students to meet with potential employers. “Networking is all about building relationships,” Said Deb Mumm-Hill, director of student success. “It’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you.” The college of engineering and the IDEA Center have compiled a list of potential invitees by searching through industry partners, alumni, and new industry contacts. The participating students have had their LinkedIn profiles forwarded to the companies that are sending representatives. This allows students to track the views that their pages have received, giving them a chance to be better prepared for potential interviews. At a typical career expo, each company will have a booth set up for students to come look at. This expo will be reversed, in that each student will have an area, and the company reps will come to them. “Each [student] comes prepared for a handshake and (hopefully) a compelling story to match your company’s needs,” as mentioned in an event flyer distributed by the engineering department. “Participating employers will be sent a list of students attending the event and the details on how to access their resumes and portfolios.” According to the event flyer, each rep will have the opportunity to present a two minute pitch about their company, and also an opportunity to conduct private interviews with students.
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 19, 2014George Fox University’s IDEA Center has hired a new career coach. Elise Gibson, a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (APU), began work on Oct. 20. “I’m really excited because I’m finally doing something I’m passionate about,” said Gibson, “and helping students pursue their passion that can help them sustain a good life.” Gibson spent two years at APU working for their career services department. “I wanted to work in a faith based institution,” said Gibson.“I love the core values that the institution was built on, and they’re still trying to maintain those values today after so many years. . . I love this campus, I love all the students, and the whole ethos of GFU, it’s way different from anything I’ve ever felt before.” As a career coach, Gibson will be working with students to help them create a professional image. She will be helping students with their Linkedin profiles, as well as other professional skills like interviewing. Gibson will also be working to maintain professional relationships between the school and outside businesses. “One of our responsibilities is maintaining external relations so I can accurately prepare student for those business situations,” she said. “If a student leaves happy, I did my job,” said Gibson. “The IDEA Center really is the one stop for student’s academic success, everything here is to help students identify, and carry out their calling.” An appointment with a career and academic planning (CAP) coach can be made by going to the IDEA Center, located on the first floor of the Stevens building, and talking to any of the office staff.
November 19, 2014One of the lesser known clubs on campus, Quaere Verum (QV), is an eleven-year-old interdisciplinary discussion club that meets weekly to discuss contemporary and relevant issues of faith, ethics, politics and the like. Club members emphasize the importance of respectful yet honest conversation in order to approach, though not necessarily reach, the truth. An egalitarian club, with the exception of a faculty adviser, QV has no president or vice-president, only three co-officers who share the duties and responsibilities of organization within the club. One such officer, Tyler Maybury, shared his thoughts on QV: “I love hearing what people have to say… It’s a good way to stir the pot and not get so stuck in our own way of thinking.” Recent topics have included: feminism (in particular, a response to Emma Watson’s remarks at the UN), how Satan is presented in both the New and Old Testament literature (the faculty adviser is Brian Doak), as well as a guest speaker, Bible professor Paul Anderson, who spoke on truth and liberation as a “kind of Quaker understanding of Jesus,” as Maybury put it. Maybury’s hope for QV is that “people continue to be willing to share their thoughts together and listen to each other. This is the important part [of] QV.” He described the silence between ideas shared, “That shows that they are really listening to each other, thinking about what [the speaker] said.” Finally, Maybury was excited to let the GFU community know about Quaere Verum. “We all have different ideas… We always have homemade soup and fresh bread,” he offered by way of persuasion to try the club out. Though the soup is no doubt appreciated, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see that Maybury, as well as the other QV members, are far more interested in the diversity of the ideas shared and the possibility to learn more about the world through their peers. QV meets Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. at 603 North Meridian Street, across the street from campus. All are welcome.
November 17, 2014Tausha Rene, vice president of Finance, has stepped down from her position on the Associated Student Community (ASC). She has been replaced by Haley Knieling, former financial assistant to Rene, as of Nov. 12. “Both Tausha and Haley have a commitment to ASC transparency,” said Jake Vanier, ASC president. “What’s different from last year is this is a smooth transition. We’re not missing a step, and the vision is still to remain financially solvent. ASC is fine, and we’re pressing forward just like usual.” Rene started this semester as a finance major, but then switched to accounting. According to Vanier, accounting majors must spend several hours a week conducting informational interviews with professionals in the field. This, combined with a daily commute from Tualatin, are cited for the main reasons of her resignation. Rene handed in her resignation on Oct. 27, giving the ASC central committee two weeks to find a replacement. “We weren’t confined to hiring internally,” said Vanier. “We did try to seek out other people on campus, but the number one candidate was someone who was already in ASC.” “I’m really excited because I’ve been preparing for it,” said Knieling. “Stepping into this challenges me, and I’m excited for advocating for students, and having a role in the leadership for students.” Knieling will serve in the position until the ASC elections in the spring semester. The vice president of finance serves on the Central Committee, and has a vote in all important ASC matters. She or he is also expected to meet with students to discuss reimbursement, to co-sign on all ASC contracts, and to handle ASC HR details and processes. Prior to the 2014-15 school year, the vice president of finance position was known as the “treasurer.” It was not an elected position, and selection of potential candidates was done by the central committee. This led to the hiring of Brandon Yoshihara in 2012, who served in the position until early 2014, when he stepped down due to a mismanagement of funds. Rene began her work as treasurer shortly after. After this, the committee amended the constitution to change the office of treasurer to an elected position.
November 7, 2014The George Fox University administration has confirmed that a new residence hall will be constructed on the east side of campus. The university hopes to begin construction by Dec. 15 in an effort to prepare for the next fall’s semester of incoming freshmen. “We have been discussing a new residence hall for the past four years,” said Brad Lau, vice president of Student Life. “However, we began the conversation again after the record enrollment in fall 2013. “We were conservative in waiting for our final fall 2014 enrollment before the Board of Trustees approved moving forward with a new residence hall.” The estimated $6.5 million project is a response to two record enrollment years, despite a national decline in student populations. Even though GFU has lowered the off-campus living age, the university is still struggling with giving students a place to live, as well as living up to their “be known” promise. Student Life wants to start construction before the end of this year. “The construction window will be tight,” said Keith Schneider, director of Housing. “Even with the goal of breaking ground before the end of the year. Some building projects can take a year or two years depending on the style of building.” The currently unnamed residence hall is slated to be constructed on the northeast corner of campus near Coffin and LeShana halls. This will replace two current residence houses: Lyda and Wilhite. The resident assistants of Lyda and Wilhite houses have had several meetings with Dave Johnstone, director of Housing, and Sarah Taylor, area coordinator for Houses and Apartments East, to determine options for the residents of both houses. “We will provide on-campus housing elsewhere, doing all we can to make sure those desiring to stay together are able to do so,” said Lau. “However, we have also given them the option of living off-campus if they choose to do so.” The new residence hall will house approximately 145-150 students upon completion.
November 6, 2014Downtown Shanghai in 1990 versus 2010 Outsourcing has been a point of debate both politically and economically. However, one thing has remained constant — as we argue over the negatives or positives, the growth of outsourcing has been steady. With unemployment still an issue in the U.S., many laborers have come to despise the term outsourcing and they curl their noses in disgust when they call customer support and hear an Indian on the other end. Economically, some argue that outsourcing sends our dollars overseas and decreases the power of the American economy. However, the truth is that no great economy has been built without first being outsourced to, and outsourcing is a sign that an economy is maturing from industrial to service-based production. First we must understand what outsourcing is and how it plays a part in economic development. Simply put, outsourcing is the act of using labor, factories or other factors of production from countries outside the company headquarters’s home country. The most common examples are factories in China, call centers in India and raw materials from Russia or South America. Outsourcing plays a major role in the economic development of fledgling economies; most all large economies have started as an outsourcing market. Let’s use the US as an example. When the US was a new country with a small economy, the US economy was mainly an export one. They largely produced goods and then shipped them to Europe. At the time, cotton and tobacco were the primary exports of the U.S. and because the U.S. could produce it more cheaply, many Europeans bought from the U.S. This is called competitive advantage — if one company can produce the same good in a higher quantity or for a lower cost they have a competitive advantage. As economies exploit this competitive advantage, their economy begins to grow and they begin to import more and more and produce less and less until they become a service-based import economy. Finally, we have to understand the affects of outsourcing on the word economy. It is not hard to find people with negative opinions of outsourcing in the US, but if you ask them why they will almost always say the same thing: “It is bad for America’s economy.” While that statement is widely used and accepted it is wrong in two major aspects. First, outsourcing is incredibly good for the U.S. economy, but it is bad for liberal politicians, as low income laborers are their primary voting base. Outsourcing boosts corporate profit which leads to growth and the creation of more jobs in higher paid service jobs. This boosts the US economy as people have more to money to spend on things like bigger houses and cars. However, we live in a global world and we cannot forget to consider how outsourcing affects the world. As rich countries like the U.S. demand more and more, the price of producing in-country grows too high and we seek outside countries with a competitive advantage. That country begins to export that good or service to the US; this is outsourcing. Over time, that country’s economy grows to the point that they can begin importing goods and services as well and then a new country is sought for outsourcing. This chain reaction of global economic growth is what will eventually erase global poverty and create a free market of economic exchange across the globe. This principle is capitalism, and it is the only proven ideology to create growth and wealth on a global scale.
November 5, 2014On Nov. 1, Sophomore Aaron Altman died after attending a rave in Seattle. The cause of death is unknown and the toxicology report is currently underway. According to King 5, Altman attended the FreakNight Festival and allegedly overdosed on “Molly,” a popular party drug. FreakNight is the largest 2-day annual rave held on Halloween. The second night of the festival was cancelled after reports of Altman’s death. King 5 also reported that “the Seattle Fire Department said they brought 16 people to the hospital following the first night of FreakNight on Friday, but the Seattle Police Department said late Saturday night that they still did not have a report of a death linked to the event.” Mark Pothoff, dean of Community Life, said that Altman’s death was first reported two days after the event through social media posts and rumors overheard by a resident assistant. “It was about 48 hours after he died that we heard about it, which we actually thought was a long time, given how information gets passed through social media and through students,” said Pothoff. “It’s challenging in a situation like this because of the alleged cause of death and what was put out in the media before. His family has said that it was an accidental death and there has been no mention of the causes of how that happened.” “We really don’t know any of the details of who he was with, but we did hear he was with his brother when he died. I don’t know if he was with him the whole time, what actually took place, what he or may not have done,” said Pothoff. Altman was a Finance major who lived off campus. According to Pothoff, Altman was a well-connected student who lived in Pennington Hall last year. David Liu, assistant professor of management, had Altman in his Business Ethics class. According to Liu, Altman was a bright and talented student. “He was very participative in class,” said Liu. “Very polite, very cordial. He had a lot of insight. I was so proud of him; he was on the dean’s list. I will miss him and our class will miss him.” “I didn’t know him well but every time I saw him, he would would smile and say hi to me,” said Junior Mason Kriz. “All of my interactions with him were filled with life. I think my response to his death is more a response to everyone who has been impacted by it. It’s hard to see so many people on this campus hurting.” Altman’s family is hosting a memorial service at Beaverton Foursquare on Nov. 8. Click here for more information. There will be an on-campus gathering in Altman’s memory next week. Details about this gathering have not been confirmed. Correction: The date of Altman’s death was corrected to Nov. 1.