Smoothie Community

By Kathryn McClintock

Photos by Shelby Bauer

Starting the first week of February, students living on campus will be able to check out kitchen equipment during RA duty hours.

Student Life and Nutrition Matters are promoting this opportunity with “Smoothie Sample Nights,” and by providing kitchen supplies and nutritional information to students. Available supplies include mixing bowls, pots and pans, cutting boards, baking pans, measuring cups, mixers, and popcorn poppers.

The goal of this initiative is to promote health on campus. According to a study on college students and their eating habits, most college students get only one of five recommended servings of fruit and vegetables a day, and skipping meals is a frequent occurrence.

By providing the means for students to create their own colorful and healthymeals, Student Life and Nutrition Matters are hoping to promote greater
nutritional awareness.

While George Fox University (GFU) has made more advances than other colleges by buying local ingredients and providing healthier food options, the kitchen sharing initiative aims to fill in where GFU might not be able to—whether that’s tight class schedules that call for pre-packed meals, or healthy, allergy-free alternatives for students with food sensitivities. If students are interested in checking out kitchen equipment, they can sign out items from their RAs during duty hours once the supplies are available.

Best Tacos on Hwy 99W

Photo by Shelby Bauer 

In the Oregonian’s recent article cataloging the best tacos on 99W, Dos Mundos Food Cart was featured as serving “one of the state’s best fish tacos,” and earned the No. 1 spot on the newspaper’s list.

Eddie Rodriguez works with his father, chef Jesús Rodriguez, and his mother, Miriam Rodriguez, at the recently opened Dos Mundos Food Cart. The cart stands in the parking lot outside
the Starbucks.

Dos Mundos Food Cart’s Facebook page says their restaurant serves “authentic Oaxacan style dishes with an American twist.” They prepare a variety of dishes from enchiladas and fish tacos to other delicacies such as alligator and cricket tacos.

Jesús, his wife, and his son opened the restaurant on May 22, 2016. Jesús had experience working in Californian restaurants and Miriam brought her knowledge of traditional Oaxacan recipes as they prepared their menu.

At first, the Rodriguez family had doubts about Dos Mundos’s survival.

“We weren’t sure how things were going to turn out,” said Rodriguez. “We were a little bit nervous. We’ve had some thoughts of
closing down.”

The food cart gained statewide attention after a few months, however. In Sept. 2016, Dos Mundos was featured in the Wall Street Journal, along with several other Newberg businesses.

“That was a huge deal for us. My mom and my dad were both happy, but we didn’t necessarily expect what was going to happen next,” Eddie
Rodriguez said.

Within a few weeks, the Rodriguez family saw a significant increase in customers. They had about 125 people a day come in wanting to try their tacos, said Eddie.

When the Oregonian rated Dos Mundos’s fish tacos as the best taco on Highway 99W, the small business saw another increase in
customer numbers.

Rodriguez said his family enjoys Newberg for its farmland and wineries, and they hope to continue serving the community in the future.

“We want to stay here,” said Rodriguez. “We want continue making people
happy here.”

Double Take

Photo Story by Katie Culbertson

 

Audrey O’Farell arrives at our photo shoot with her arms full. Soft knit sweaters and shimmery blouses in shades of pink, mauve and black spill out of her hands in a snuggly, wintery waterfall; she lays the sweaters over the sofa and hands me a bag. “I have more stuff,” she says, “and that bag is just shoes.”

Pink velvet booties, black pointy-toed shoes, gold loafers–for a second I’m a little jealous, but my attention shifts like a magpie to the vintage suitcase of fantastic statement pieces twin sisters Erica and Amanda Guest have just opened. These two appear to be inspired by menswear: I see cropped dress pants, striped turtlenecks and beautiful oversized coats in subdued tones of camel and gray.

I’ve given the models freedom to choose whatever they want to wear for this project, and what they select is a beautiful and intimate glimpse into their identities. What inspires them to dress outside the lines at college? “Part of me likes to stand out a little bit, but I also don’t want to be too…is ostentatious a good word?” said senior Maddie Hayes,  ”I kind of like the double take. Like, ‘oh, that’s kind of cool.’” Hayes describes her approach to style as classic with a splash of edge; on a typical day, she’ll layer combinations of chunky knits, high-waisted trousers, and softer pieces in chiffon or satin. “I like to take certain silhouettes and kind of expand on them,” she says.

Junior fashion design student Johnny Kang’s favorite color is pale pink, a color he’s drawn to in his designs and in his wardrobe. O’Farrell, Erica, and Amanda style an outfit for him that include his favorite go-to’s: black straight-leg jeans, a black tee, an oversized denim jacket and, of course, a cozy hoodie in ballerina pink. “I don’t want to dress like every other guy,” he says.

For Kang, Hayes, O’Farrell,  Erica, and Amanda, clothing represents self-discovery, art, and freedom to express themselves boldly. Each one of them finds uniquely artistic way to communicate their complex selves using fashion.
As we wander into an empty field to take pictures, the models blend into the Northwest landscape almost magically. The wind whips their coats about, and they laugh; their smiles and confidence are just as beautiful as the mist tumbling over the mountain behind them.

The Dating Game: Couples

Last week saw the return of the annual Dating Game. Before the Game, I sat down to talk with the couples competing this year. Responses have been edited for space and clarity.

Bobi Whitehead and Andrew Bergh – Dating

Reporter: Tell me a little about yourselves.

Bobi: We’re seniors. I am an interdisciplinary major studying Christian ministries and theater.

Andrew: And I am a music education and vocal performance major, with a worship arts minor.

Reporter: How long have you two been dating?

Andrew: A little bit over a year.

Reporter: How did you two meet?

Andrew: So we met in choir our freshman year. We never really talked to each other.

Bobi: We both tried for choir chaplain, and we both got male and female chaplain.

Andrew: So we started spending a lot of time together, through that–

Reporter: That’s such a George Fox story.

Bobi: Praying for each other!

Andrew: Everyone was asking, “are you two a thing?” and we’re like, “No, we’re not, we’re just good friends.” It turned out to be more than just friends.

Bobi: Then we started dating and everyone still thought we were just good friends.

Reporter: How did you start dating?

Andrew: I made a video: “10 reasons you have no reason not to date me.”

Bobi: It was hilarious.

Andrew: My style, I’m flush with cash, my car…

Bobi: And he got consent.

Andrew: Yeah, I asked her dad, too.

Reporter: How has your dating experience been impacted by the dating culture at George Fox?

Bobi: When a guy and a girl hang out, I think people just assume they’re dating.

Reporter: Have you been getting lots of comments about getting married?

Andrew: Absolutely.

Bobi: Ring by spring!

Andrew: So, if we win the Dating Game tonight, I will propose on stage.

Bobi: And if we lose, we’ll break up.

 

Bryan Neufeld and Keiko Fujii – Engaged

Reporter: Tell me a little about yourselves.

Keiko: We’re both seniors, I’m a computer science major.

Bryan: I’m a computer engineer.

Reporter: So when is the big day?

Bryan: It’s the end of May.

Reporter: So how long have you been dating?

Keiko: A year and four months.

Reporter: How did you meet?

Keiko: We were in the same freshman dorm. We both lived in Pennington.

Bryan: So we both interacted normally. We had the same group of friends, because we’re sciencey.

Reporter: How did you start dating?

Bryan: I had a creative method to (ask her out). We had played this game called Hack RUN, which is kind of simulating hacking into a system, and it’s really fun – you feel like a hacker, it’s great. And so I tried to replicate the game, only I made it custom, and at the end, it had a poem that you finally get to, and the poem was how I officially asked her out. It was a very pretty poem.

Keiko: It was at the Oregon coast, too, when he finally gave it to me.

Bryan: The Oregon coast is her favorite spot.

Reporter: What has been your experience with the dating culture at George Fox?

Keiko: Well, when I actually first came, I was in a long-distance relationship with a guy back home, so it was interesting getting to observe the dating culture without actually feeling the need to be in it. Definitely, there was almost like this pressure, at least among the girls, to have a significant other freshman year. Our RA at the time was single, and so we would always joke around about how we would set her up and find her a guy.

Bryan: I think the biggest way George Fox culture impacted dating was that– I came from public schools, and finding a Christian girl in a public school was rather difficult in Denver. And so, it just became way easier to find someone actually compatible [at George Fox].

Keiko: And it’s nice, because people choose to be here, and so you’re all already have something in common.

 

Molly and Sean Roberston – Married

Reporter: Tell me a little about yourselves.

Sean: I’m a junior psych major. I’m nontraditional, so I’m 27 with kids. And a wife.

Molly: I’m not a student. I’m a stay at home mom to our two boys, and I am really good at laundry, cooking, putting people down to naps. So I do a lot of that.

Reporter: How long have you been married?

Molly: It will be three years, in August.

Sean: We should say five years to make it sound better.

Molly: A hundred years. It’s a lot.

Reporter: That’s impressive.

Sean: It’s the evangelical dating culture.

Molly: Anyway, three years. We dated for two years, and we were engaged nine months into our dating-ness.

Reporter: How did you meet?

Molly: We met in third grade.

Sean: We’ve known each other for a very long time. I think my earliest memory of you was you beating me at wall ball. I think I called you a name, probably, and you chased me around the playground.

Molly: You weren’t very nice.

Sean: Well, you beat me at wall ball.

Molly: We both went to the same junior high and high school, but then we both moved away. When we were 23, he was coming back into town from the Navy, and we hung out. It wasn’t supposed to be a date–

Sean: No, just friends catching up.

Molly: But then it turned into a date. And then he asked me “where was this going?” right after the date.

Sean: You don’t need to say that.

Molly: That totally happened.

Reporter: What has been your experience in the evangelical dating culture?

Sean: We weren’t coming from that perspective when we were dating. I grew up in the church, but I was away from the church while I was in the military. And then, as we started dating, it became part of our lives. And then, as we were getting married, it just blossomed–

Molly: Blossomed–

Sean and Molly: We finish each other’s … sandwiches.

Sean: We made it a point, that as we were getting married, we were also getting married with God.

 

Cambria Herrera directs The Balkan Women

“It is a big honor to direct a main stage show when you’re a student,” said Cambria Herrera, a senior theatre major at George Fox University (GFU) This spring, Herrera is thrilled to be directing Jules Tosca’s “The Balkan Women” on GFU’s Woodmar Auditorium stage.

While set design, costume design, and casting for the production have barely begun, the process truly started more than two years ago when Herrera first approached Rhett Luedtke, GFU’s theatre department head, and expressed interest in directing.

Some GFU students may have already encountered Herrera’s projects, like Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary,” which she directed in her junior year, or David Auburn’s “Proof” at Valley Repertory Theatre. Herrera also won the regional award for top director for a scene from John Logan’s “Red” at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF.)

“The Balkan Women” is a drama centering on Muslim women in detention camp during the Bosnian War. “Over the summer, it was a really hard process to pick a play. I read over sixty plays,” Herrera says. In the end, she chose a script she felt would best speak to her audience and facilitate discussion about relevant issues, even though she knew a play with a dark and complex storyline would be challenging.

Herrera sees the art of theatre as a conduit for enlightenment. “It was how much you can learn through theatre than really drew me to it, because I love learning,” she said. “The Balkan Women” has a message Herrera knows will challenge her audience; the work explores issues of racial conflict, war, rape, and gender, to name a few.

Herrera’s experience as a woman with multi-cultural background impacts the way she approaches theatre storytelling.

“Unfortunately, most mainstream plays are exclusively about white Americans, not about Americans from other cultures. I really want to direct shows by women of color; I want to empower other women, and I someday hope to write plays myself and have them produced, and that way there are more Latina voices out there,” she said.

Herrera hopes the audience at GFU will be receptive to the darker, more challenging quality of “The Balkan Women.” Herrera said, “I don’t want people to be scared of seeing a play with issues.”

Hererra’s relationship with theatre has been developing since she was six years old. As a child, she started out in musical theatre to make friends, but became passionate about the art when she got to college.

“The power that it has is something I learned later. I recognized the power it had on people that were doing it, but later I realized the power it could have on audiences and culture,” she said.

“The Balkan Women” will run April 8-17

Tips for Handling Stress During Finals

 

Coming back from the four days of Thanksgiving break, we all have to face the crucial

reality which is: there are only a few days left before finals. No matter how many finals we

have been through in our school life, when it comes, the intensity comes along

with it. So having this in mind, what can cure our stress during finals? Here are some practical tips:

 

1. First and most important: Treat your body right.

Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods and exercise before and during finals week.

Most research says that the typical person needs at least five hours of sleep in order to

retain the information they learned during the day and to be alert and functional the

following day. We all need time to study, but staying up all night cramming can

actually decrease your memory and ability to retain information. Also, treat yourself

with your favorite food–don’t worry about your weight; you deserve something that

makes you happy. Food will give you the energy and mental strength you need to

focus. Exercise has also been shown to decrease stress. Spending maybe ten minutes

a day walking around campus can give your brain time to refresh.

 

2. Study Strategically

Create a study schedule and make estimates for the amount of time required

study for each test. From there, you can prioritize what needs to be

accomplished each day. Avoid studying or working on the same project more than two hours.

Get up and walk around every hour for at least 15 minutes, or connect with a

friend to refresh yourself. If you are not easily distracted by others, then try to have

a study group from your class. Getting together with a group

and discussing the course material may help you retain the information. Interaction with friends

can relieve stress, but studying is important, too.

 

3. Visualize it All Going Right

Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the

information. Picture getting all of the answers right, and focus on how relaxed

you feel. Then picture the “A” on your test paper. When you imagine a happy

ending, that’s often what happens, because you make the decisions that lead to it

without even realizing.

You’ve prepared as much as you can, and now it’s time to ace the test. Good Luck!

Supergirl is Super Fun

Female superheroes are only now starting to dominate the small screen.

This geek has been impatiently waiting six months for the premiere of CBS’s “Supergirl.” The reboot means a lot, not only to CBS, but also to comic fans everywhere.

Can this version of “Supergirl” be something that lasts for more than two episodes? I hope so.

My own journey with “Supergirl” started a time long ago…

Helen Slater played Kora Zor-El, the cousin of Clark Kent/Superman in the 1984 film. Slater’s turn in the cape inspired me to come out of the shadows and learn how to use my gifts.

The beginning of the movie reveals Kara as a woman who is unique, but afraid to embrace herself fully. Her cousin is known across the world; however, she does not believe the world wants another alien in the “saving people and stopping evil” business. She steps into herself only when she has no other choice. (This is a thread found with most female superheroes.) Kara begins to believe in her gifts and decides to be an active part of humanity.

If you were to watch it now, you might laugh at the cheesiness of the plot—Christopher Nolan wasn’t making films then—but you may find yourself enjoying the ’80s attempt to bring more female superheroes into our lives.

Thirty-one years later, I found myself rushing home today to watch the pilot of “Supergirl.” Going in, I knew there would be a campy vibe to the show (the previews set that up), but I wasn’t sure of how they would portray Kara’s transformation into the “other” Super.

The creators did not disappoint. Immediately, they introduce Kara to her new family on earth, the Danvers. Playing her new mother and father were Helen Slater (Supergirl 1984) and Dean Cain (Superman from “Lois & Clark”). I loved the nod to the old vanguard—something “The Flash” also has done.

This TV version of Kara also struggled with being the lesser Super; she thought she should just blend in. But life, as it always does, throws a wrench in her understanding of what participating in life actually looks like. Kara only steps back into her identity when she sees her sister’s plane circling National City, about to crash. Initially, her sister Alex tells Kara to not be like her cousin. (I won’t go in depth here, or I will spoil things for you.)

Kara does not try to keep her identity a secret from her friends, which allows the writers to jump straight into stories, instead of dealing with a subplot that always drags the story down. The creators have tweaked the mythos of Kara enough to keep fans of the comics entertained and a new audience hooked. The casting is fantastic (so far) and the overall setting for the show is colorful and recognizable. There were several lovely twists in the premiere, and even though I would love to give you a more in depth recap/opinion, I can’t because I haven’t figured out how to not spoil the joyful goodness that is “Supergirl.”

CBS has done something impressive with a thirty-minute show. Fans of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” “Agent Carter,” “Smallville,” and “Lois & Clark” will enjoy this take on the “other” Super. If you are looking for a show that will leave you feeling unashamed for spending thirty minutes geeking out, this is your show. If you are looking to end your Mondays on a good note, please check out “Supergirl.”

Residence Hall Recipes

Let’s face it: cooking in residence halls is almost impossible. And for me, cooking in general is pretty impossible. So when faced with the task of feeding myself in college, the prospects were pretty bleak.

And I’m a student who doesn’t even like to cook. I feel bad for students who love to cook, but don’t have a place to do so successfully. Because let’s be honest, the community fridge is sort of a free for all (although I admit to nothing).

Also, where are you supposed to store cooking utensils? Storage space is limited as it is. Perhaps you could leave your cooking supplies in the floor’s kitchen, but there are definite trust issues there. I wouldn’t necessarily want my pot to become the community pot; that would be plain unsanitary. I’m assuming. Or maybe I’m just selfish with my saucepans.

With all of this in mind, I have scoured the internet, researched for hours and hours, just in order to bring to you the best recipes that would be easy to make in a dorm room, recipes I will be sharing and detailing my own possibly-disastrous experiences with. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

So, first on the list (drum roll please…): Top Ramen!

No, but actually. This recipe is what I will call ‘upscale’ ramen— special ramen made all within the comforts of your own residence hall. This recipe is ridiculously easy, not even I could mess it up this time around.

Needed ingredients:
Ramen (duh)
One egg (or two if you like eggs)
Spice of your choice (I chose a nice Creole seasoning, on sale at the local Fred Meyer)

The first problem I encountered while making this meal was what to cook it in. At first I thought I was going to resort to the microwave, but luckily there was a clean pot in the kitchen unattended on the stove (see, this is why I would have trust issues).

Once you have a pot, it should be relatively smooth sailing.

Step one: boil water. How much water you may ask? Good question. I just eyeballed it, the package says two cups but nobody left any measuring cups in the kitchen for me to use.

Step two: put the block of ramen into the pot. Or crush it up first, whatever works best for your ramen needs.

Step three: beat your egg in a cup, and then remove ramen from stove top when done. Then, (this is the really fun part) pour the egg slowly into the ramen as you stir. This was my first time making ramen with egg in it, and watching the egg cook itself just about blew my mind.

Step four: pour ramen into a bowl, then add spice to taste (I recommend Creole but that’s just me).

Step five: enjoy!

If I’m going to be honest here, I was not expecting this recipe to go well. I thought it was going to be kind of disgusting, but I was ready to try residence hall cooking and see how it worked out. Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the end result. It was a solid 7.8/10, would make again, if only to use more of the large container of Creole seasoning I bought.

The final product. Look at that steaming bowl of mediocrity.

The final product. Look at that steaming bowl of mediocrity.

Needed ingredients: egg, ramen, and seasoning. Simple as that.

Needed ingredients: egg, ramen, and seasoning. Simple as that.

A Star Wars geek prepares for a new chapter

There are only a few more weeks until Star Wars takes over the planet. December 17th will be a day filled with nerds, geeks, and ubergeeks crying, cheering, and in complete awe of J.J. Abrams and his take on Star Wars.

But in order to prepare for this moment, one I will remember for the rest of my life, I have started to re-watch the first six movies. Technically, I feel that Episode 4, 5, and 6 are the only ones anyone needs to watch; I can’t stand the CGI in the first three episodes (not to be confused with the first three movies released) nor Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker.

However there are reasons to re-watch the first three episodes. The first is to see if the idea of Jar Jar Binks as a Sith spy is even credible—which I admit, after re-watching, seems like a brilliant plot thread.

The second reason is to watch the lightsaber fights between Qui-Gon, Darth Maul, and Obi Wan, Mace Windu and Palpatine, Yoda and Count Dooku, Yoda and Palpatine, and Obi Wan and Anakin.

The third reason is to understand why Boba Fett is who he is.

And the final reason is to remind yourself that there is always two—a master and an apprentice.

And now that I have watched all six episodes again, I am left waiting, impatiently.

But for few hours (where I should have been studying), I was able to tap into the feeling of pure wonder. This feeling will never let you down.  The first few notes of the John Williams soundtrack will always bring you back to a moment when you questioned why Stormtroopers never seemed to hit their targets or to the moment when you fell in love with Wicket or to the moment Yoda’s words etched themselves into your very bones. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

So as I continue to countdown to the 17th, I am preparing myself for something in episode 7 that will make me cry, that will make me angry, and that will make me jump out of my seat.

But this is the great thing about being a Star Wars fan. The wonder of it all is electric.

Oregon’s Slice of Middle Earth

The Columbia River Gorge is known for being a giant evergreen playground for hikers, and for scarcely being able to look any direction without seeing a majestic waterfall right in front of your face. It’s also known for being the birthplace of windsurfing which, if you happen to go out there without checking the weather first, will become apparent as soon as you step outside and start chasing your hat: the wind is pretty extraordinary!

But what a lot of people don’t realize is that just past Cascade Locks, Middle Earth makes a small appearance. When heading east on I-84, take exit 44 into Cascade Locks and take a right towards downtown. After continuing on Frontage Rd. and taking a left on Wyeth Rd. you will soon come to a stop where the road ends at a gate.

This place is called Government Cove. There are several paths that go up and around the short cliffs that make up the small peninsula. The rock formations are unlike anything else that can be seen in the area. The short, moss-like grass covering the tops of the cliffs and the small fields on the ground appear to be imported straight from New Zealand or Scotland. At times, it seems as if all that’s missing is Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli riding up to Rohan, or warg riders charging at men on horses.

Government Cove Oregon

All of this lies right in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge, with dramatic mountains that be seen on either side, just so you don’t forget completely that you are still in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the cliffs there are to explore, there is a jetty that extends out from here, allowing you to get an amazing view of the cove with the mountains in the background. It also give you an opportunity to experience the Gorge from the middle of the river, without having to take a ride on a boat.

A great way to cap off the day here is to build a fire in one of the many fire pits dispersed throughout the peninsula. This spot proves to be a great place to get a solid dose of exploration, without being tired after a hike or running into crowds taking selfies. Or running into orcs for that matter, most likely.