Last week the Board Game Club, a recent addition to George Fox University’s official clubs, met for the first time. Gabe Louthan, president of the club, and Scotty Strickland, vice-president, commented on its success. “Game Night’s first official Wednesday night meeting in the Bruins Den went exceptionally well, with a turn out of around twenty people,” said Louthan. Many lingered on after the official event was over and the club officers have received plenty of positive feedback. With an emphasis on strategy games the club seeks, “to learn new games and relax from the stress of school. Even if it is only for an hour and a half on Wednesday nights, our goal is to have some healthy competition.” In the grander scheme of things, Louthan wants to see, “a sustainable club that is about the people more than the games. We want to make a lasting impact.” Games played include: Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Love Letters. In addition, the top-ranked Terra Mystica and Power Grid are on order. “The future of this club is looking up and exciting,” Louthan said.
February 25, 2015On Thursday, five finalists from George Fox University will be going to Nike’s campus to participate in an event called Training Day. These five students are in the final round of an application process for a summer internship position with Nike’s North American Customer Service Logistics office in Hillsboro, Ore. For this particular internship, Nike is looking for students who are interested in operations, data analytics, and supply chain management careers who also have a strong customer service aptitude, as they will be interfacing with Nike’s U.S. sales team and national accounts. On Thursday the GFU finalists will meet with the high level executives at Nike for panel interviews, will be given the opportunity to tour the Nike campus, and will also be given the opportunity to visit the Nike Employee Store. “[If selected,] I would be working with a retailer, [for instance,] Dick’s sporting goods, as [Nike’s] account representative to ensure that shipments come in on time,” said JJ Switzer, one of the five finalists. This internship is very selective as only three or four students in the entire state will make the final cut. If selected, interns will participate in a ten to twelve week program, working for pay, forty hours a week during this upcoming summer. The application process for this internship began a few weeks ago. This opportunity was advertised on the Daily Bruin and an informational meeting was put on by the IDEA center. Sixty students attended this meeting. Through a weeding out process, the number of students interested was brought down to eighteen. Applicants were then asked to attend LinkedIn sessions, both 101 and 202, to make sure that they had “optimized their profiles and the Nike reps would be able to see their qualifications, degree pathways and get a feel for the student’s areas of interest,” said Deb Mumm-Hill, director of Student Success. Eleven managers from Nike came to Newberg on Feb. 5 to begin the interview process. They interviewed all eighteen applicants and provided a networking time afterwards. From the eighteen students who interviewed on campus, five were selected. The IDEA center worked very hard to make sure that each applicant was fully prepared for their interview. Mumm-Hill stated: “The entire process took close to 90 hours of the IDEA Center’s staff time to fully prepare each of the students, as well as [countless] hours [of preparation] on the the students side.” “The IDEA center provided mock interviews, resume reviews, and other forms of coaching throughout the pre-interview process. This was immensely helpful as I felt prepared and ready for my interview,” Switzer recalls. All of that hard work and extra effort were not in vain. “The managers from Nike all commented on how very well prepared our students were compared to other campuses they recruit from. They informed our office that they had a really hard time getting to the final five as they were very impressed with twelve [of our applicants],” said Mumm-Hill. The skills learned through this Nike application process will help students to be better prepared when then apply for other internships and jobs in the future. “I feel we have wonderful students here at Fox and all they need to wow the world is to take the time to prepare themselves to be presented to the world of work,” said Mumm-Hill. “It’s just like training for a marathon, you have to create a strategic plan, put in the time and effort to come out successful on race day. Ninety percent of it is the student taking initiative and putting in the effort, like the Nike motto says — ‘Just Do It’!”
February 13, 2015ASC election season has arrived and two tickets are at the top of the ballot. Mitzi Martinez and Michael Peterson, and Kyle Webster and Erika Lopez, are the two tandems running for ASC’s president and vice president position for the 2015-2016 school year. Webster, a junior double-majoring in Psychology and Youth Ministries, and Lopez, a junior double-majoring in Accounting and Spanish, first connected two years ago during their internships for the office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life (SPIL). “When Kyle and I started working together two years ago in SPIL,” says Lopez, “it was apparent that we worked well together.” Webster agrees with his running mate. “Whereas I am very relational, Erika is very administrative. We balance and compliment each other in ways that leads to great productivity and great growth.” Webster and Lopez believe they have a distinct advantage considering they have been involved in many leadership opportunities other than ASC. In addition to their involvement in SPIL, both Webster and Lopez began meeting with Jake Vanier and Madison Tarpley, the current ASC president and vice president, to understand the inner-workings and needs of ASC. To make ASC “truly transparent,” Webster and Lopez hope to implement monthly town hall meetings and provide a short video summary of the Central Committee’s weekly meetings. On the flip side of the coin, Mitzi Martinez and Michael Peterson are spearheading their campaign with the motto “Advocacy through Action.” “We believe that the best way to make voices heard is to have tangible actions that prove real results,” says Martinez. Both Martinez and Peterson have experience coming into the 2015 election. Martinez currently serves as the vice president of representation while Peterson sits as the campus representative of houses and apartments east. “I decided to run with Mitzi for two main reasons. Firstly, she has experience being on ASC Central Committee, something that I feel is vital to having a strong president,” says Peterson. “Secondly, she is very passionate about George Fox and the student community.” Martinez, a junior business management major, and Peterson, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, hope to employ the skills they have acquired during their time serving the student community at George Fox University. The Martinez ticket aims to allow easier access to campus representatives and student funds such as the Academic Pursuit Fund, Student Project Fund, and Community Life Fund. Voting for ASC is available starting February 11th and will continue until February 15th.
February 6, 2015At 3:35 a.m. Thursday, a woman was killed on I-205. She was hit by a bus transporting the George Fox University (GFU) baseball team to the airport. None of the passengers aboard the bus were injured. The woman was struck while walking in the traffic lane of the freeway. A van in front of the bus missed the woman, but the bus struck her. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The bus was transporting 25 GFU baseball players to the Portland International Airport where they would board a flight for a game in Texas. Coach Marty Hunter was not on board. The bus slowed down safely and stopped north of the incident. Both front windshields were reported smashed. “Our kids are doing as well as they can be considering the circumstance,” said Hunter in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and also to our bus driver.” According to the Portland Police Bureau, East Precinct officers headed to I-205 northbound on the report of a pedestrian struck by a bus. The incident occurred between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Division Street. Officers and medical personnel arrived on the scene and concluded the woman was deceased. Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said that the reason for the woman walking on the freeway is still unknown. She was reported to have been wearing dark clothing, and did not seem to have her own vehicle that might have broken down. The driver of the bus, who has not been identified by the Athletic Transportation Services, said that the woman was walking in the middle of the traffic lane with her hands outstretched. Most of the passengers on the bus were asleep at the time of impact. After the accident, another bus arrived to transport the team to the airport. As of 8:20 a.m. Thursday morning, the woman’s body was at the state medical examiner’s office, and police were working on finding identification. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. GFU Director of Athletics Craig Taylor is grateful for a supportive campus community at this time. “One of the blessings of working at a place like George Fox is the love and care that is extended by the whole university community in times like these,” said Taylor. “Our campus pastor, Jamie Noling-Auth, has been available for all of us from the very start and has been awesome. The Student Life staff has reached out continually, asking how they can help. The most meaningful way to support our baseball program and everyone else involved is prayer.”
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 24, 2014A 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.
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.