By Julia Howell and Joshua Cayetano “The Loudest Dance You’ve Never Heard,” a silent dance, was held Nov. 1 in the GFU library. The dance was part of a new trend sweeping cities and college campuses across the country known as a silent disco. Participants receive wireless headphones and dance to music played simultaneously by a deejay. To anyone without headphones, the sight appears to be a room full of people dancing to nothing. Everyone who purchased a ticket was put into a drawing, and one person will win a pair of Beats Headphones. Student Lauralee Schoenburg attended the dance and found it a lot of fun. “I thought it was very fun and anything but silent–unless you took off your headphones–and then it was awkward and funny. But that’s what made it unique, and my favorite dance that I’ve ever gone to,” said Schoenburg. ASC Dances Director Sarah MacKenzie found out about the silent disco trend after looking for venues for last year’s Spring Formal. “When [ASC] toured a roof top venue last year for spring formal, the coordinator told us about ‘silent disco’ as an option,” she said. “We did some research and found out it is a big thing in cities and on college campuses.” The silent disco is a popular trend for places where a noise curfew would be an issue. Traditional dances often feature loud speakers and noise pollution that can be disturbing. For the city of Portland, “excessive” noise, described in the city Municipal Code, is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. In Newberg, the hours are the same, except on the weekends: 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. The wireless headphones were provided by Silent Storm Sound System, a silent disco equipment provider and headphone event production company. According to the Silent Storm website, silent dances can have many benefits; besides the lack of sound to observers, participants can choose from up to two different channels of music and control their own volume. The deejay for the dance was Deejay Avalanche, who has performed at the Fred Meyer night during Welcome Weekend for the past two years. The music will be dance and techno music, with “no dirty or inappropriate songs, of course,” said MacKenzie. MacKenzie sees this kind of dance becoming an option for more GFU events. “It may become a tradition,” she said. As to the unusual location, MacKenzie said ASC chose the library because a dance has never been planned there. Dances are usually held in the EHS atrium or Klages Dining Hall. “It kind of goes along with the ‘silent’ theme,” said MacKenzie. “We liked the idea of changing the [calm] study place on campus to a dance for one night.”
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.
November 5, 2014Julio Bautista, Nancy Vasquez, and Sandra Lopez, officers of the George Fox University Latino Heritage Club (LHC), stood on the stage in the Chehalem Cultural Center’s newly renovated Grand Ballroom and profusely thanked the performers who had just finished sharing poetry, stories and even a song on the subject of life and death. This was just the conclusion of an emotional night for all in attendance, as heart wrenching stories of suicide, murder, abortion and the slow slipping away of a grandfather were told in passionate verse. This was the second of the Latino Heritage Club’s Spoken Word Nights. The event was well-attended despite the tempestuous rain. Nearly a dozen artists prepared and performed spoken word pieces as part of a broader celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). National Hispanic Heritage month, though officially Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, is being observed in close partnership with LHC and the Chehalem Cultural Center through Nov. 21. There are multiple events, from an ongoing exhibition of Latino art, to a bilingual presentation and showing of “The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.” In the words of Julio Bautista, president of LHC, “Part of being in a community is that one acknowledges his or her neighbor. In the same way, LHC invites all students to engage in cross cultural relations on campus. In addition, we invite all to experience and learn about the Latino community and its traditions.” Seeking a campus that defies cultural barriers, Bautista and LHC state their purpose as “to support the GFU Latino community, and create the space for GFU to experience Latino food, art, dances, and traditions. The club aims to emphasize the importance of higher education for the Latino community. In doing so, they remain rooted in the legacy left behind by their ancestors.”
November 3, 2014A series of shootings rang through Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on Oct. 22. At approximately 9:52 a.m. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau drove up to the Canadian National War Memorial, shot the guard on duty, and proceeded to storm Parliament until he was gunned down by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “This week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.” Bibeau was a radical and recent convert to Islam. In fact, Bibeau’s passport was revoked as he was put on the no-fly list due to suspicions that he was part of the Muslim extremists attempting to go join ISIS in the Middle East. The only two deaths during this attack were Bibeau himself and Captain Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard. After shots were confirmed on Parliament Hill, many members of Parliament, including the PM, were barricaded within rooms until evening when the ‘all clear’ was given. This was the second attack within days by a radical Muslim. The first occurred on Oct. 20 when extremist Martin Couture-Rouleau ran over two Canadian soldiers, killing one and injuring another. Police later shot and killed Rouleau in a high-speed chase. Rouleau had converted to Islam in 2013 and was one of the 90 people being monitored by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for possible national security threats. Rouleau had been arrested earlier in June for suspected terrorist activity, but was released when there was not enough evidence to keep him. Both of these attacks were described by Prime Minister Harper as “terrorist attacks.” They come at a time when Harper and the rest of Parliament are discussing anti-terrorist measures and possible responses to the possibility of Canadian Muslim extremists joining ISIS’ movement. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been given a lot of flak for not being able to stop the attacks, despite monitoring the individuals. Canada, like many other nations in the world, is sadly confronted with the reach and magnitude of the situation in the Middle East as it is forced to deal with the bloody aftermath on its own soil.
October 29, 2014On Oct. 15, John Mark McMillan and his band performed for nearly two and a half hours in Bauman auditorium as a part of his “Are We All Animals” tour. After an opening band led by Justin Jarvis, John Mark McMillan took the stage to thunderous applause and much anticipation from the audience. Associate Pastor of Christian Leadership Jamie Johnson said, “It was a treat to have John Mark McMillan … his lyrics point the listener to Jesus as the giver of all life. What a blessing to hear excellent music made in the name of Jesus. I’d like to thank ASC for all of the work they did to make this concert happen.” In agreement, ASC President Jake Vanier remarked, “The whole event was awesome! John Mark McMillan is a fantastic songwriter and singer, and Justin Jarvis did a great job leading the way early on.” He also pointed out that ASC is attempting to bring more artists like McMillan to campus. “We started working on the concert in the early spring, so it was a long time coming and it was exciting to see it be successful,” Vanier said. On the other hand, two students disagreed with Vanier about McMillan’s concert. Sophomore Courtney Dumond “didn’t get a lot out of his music.” She cited difficulty in hearing his lyrics and none given on the screens as reasons the concert was “not really” spiritually formative. Dumond’s favorite part of the concert was, “that it was worship music, especially the first band. They had words on the screen and the lead singer’s passion and love for Jesus were genuine.” However, as a whole, she “just did not enjoy it very much. I’m sure there were other people who really liked it though.” A anonymous senior student was less certain. She said, “I know ASC put a lot of effort into getting that band here, but I thought it was a weird thing to have during a chapel time.” She thought that as a concert it should have been offered as elective chapel credit at a time other than normal chapel. She said of Justin Jarvis, “He was singing out Hallelujah at the end of the first song and then right after he finished he said, ‘My name is Justin and I just released a CD with Jesus Culture, and I look forward to meeting you at the sales table!’ The juxtaposition of his shameless self-promotion and his ‘hallelujah’ made my stomach turn. People who make money off of leading worship are no better than the money changers that Jesus threw out of the temple.”
October 27, 2014On Monday, Oct. 20, the Central Committee convened to discuss upcoming events, proposals, expenditures, and and the approval of the 2014-2015 budget. Recent ASC-led activities include the tailgate before the homecoming game, the John Mark McMillan concert, and the World’s Got Talent show. “They were all really successful and the turnout was pretty good,” said Kimmer, the vice president of activities and programs. Bigger events are on the way as Halloween approaches such as the Fall Carnival, student concerts, and the Silent Disco. Hints of a hay ride, photobooth, and, possibly, a pie eating contest circulated when discussing the upcoming Fall Carnival. Also confirmed during the meeting was the formation of a fencing club. There are currently three other clubs in the pipework that will be considered by the Central Committee in future meetings. One of the main jobs of the Central Committee is to balance the money allotted to them by GFU. In the meeting, the budget was officially confirmed at $430,299. At first glance, this may seem like a large amount of money, but the Central Committee has divvied up the lump sum into manageable categories, such as the Academic Need Fund. The Academic Need Fund is “used to aid students in furthering their education, spiritual growth, and involvement pursuit onsite and/or offsite of George Fox University,” according to the ASC website. During the meeting, the committee was discussing whether to base funding on a case-by-case basis or have a specific set of stipulations for future Central Committees to follow. When discussing the possibility of matching funds, Martinez said, “When I received my funding a few years ago, I felt like I was handed something I should’ve worked for.” Off that comment, the Central Committee continued to discuss guidelines that would maintain their purpose in assisting the students in their academic endeavors while also not compromising GFU’s values of hard work and accomplishment. One point of contention during the meeting was GFU students’ concerns about the cost of a nine foot Bronze Bear. The Bronze Bear was confirmed by the Central Committee earlier in the year and has an approximate building cost of $70,000. The Central Committee took students’ concerns into consideration and were open to reconsidering the building of the Bronze Bear. “If we have viable opportunities to do some things students want, we have an obligation to listen to them,” said Vanier. The Central Committee will reconvene on Monday, October 27 at 4 p.m.