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Dana: Weekend Family Fun, Lu’au, and upcoming exams

Hello again!

It’s already May, and I’m not sure how, but everyone else seems to be on the same page as me in disbelief. I have a few very close friends graduating this year, so I am starting my goodbye letters, and graduation presents now.  This year I will be able to attend graduation, as my RA contract does not end until the Monday after school gets out. I will be going to a few graduation celebrations as well, so it will be a sad/happy time.

These next couple weeks are a little crazy for me, as my classes are shoving in one last exam before finals, as well as desperately trying to memorize a decently long script for my acting class. I had my American Politics midterm this afternoon, and I am glad that is over with. I think it went well.

Last weekend was Mom’s weekend and while my mom didn’t come up, my good friend’s mom and sister came up, so it was great spending a bit of time with them, as well as attending the Lu’au with them!! The Lu’au was a fantastic experience, with so much talent expressed. It was wonderful to see the Hawaiian culture within the dances, and FOUR of my residents on my floor were in some of the dances! :) Also, three of my Co-Ras were in many of the dances as well as MC’ed the show. Check out the electronic version of our Linfield Review to see some picture from the event.

This weekend my hall is going to Vineyard Heights Care home in McMinnville, for a fun Saturday morning of Bingo with the residents and just visit time. I have two friends there, that I can’t wait to surprise and see! One just turned 99! Service is a big part of Linfield’s campus, and each event I’ve been apart of has encouraged me to look at the world a different way, or be inspired to do more service like this event this Saturday! Our Previous MLK Jr Service Day I went to Vineyard Heights, and I can’t wait to be back!

Also, this Thursday is Linfield’s ZUMBATHON! It’s neon themed so get ready to be blinded. It’s going to be a massive party in the gym, with lots of dancing and fun happening.

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What are your May plans?

Dana: Lu’au!

Hello again!

This coming weekend, we are having our Hawaiian Club 42nd Annual Lu’au – Keiki ‘O Ka Aina.  I am very excited to attend as last year I wasn’t able to go. It consists of some fabulous food, and a wonderful show of dancing by Hawaiian students or not. Anyone is invited to be apart of the Lu’au.  In case you are in the area, here is the link to buy tickets!

It is also Mom’s weekend, and many moms come up tp see the Lu’au and join in other events around campus. My friend’s mom will be coming down with her sister for the weekend and the Choir performance on Sunday. This weekend is full of culture and entertainment!

As the year comes to a close, lots of events pop up as the weather gets better. It is supposed to be 84 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday of this week!! I better dress accordingly, or I will surely be uncomfortable with the sudden temperature change.

If you have not visited campus yet, I hope to see your face soon! Come by and say hello!

Until Next Time,

Dana

Dana: Extra Education on the Side

It’s me again! I had such a good day yesterday, I felt it necessary to share the wealth. :)

I find it fascinating that I learn the most fascinating or useful life information outside a classroom at times. I learn them during peer conversations in class, during a Public Speaking class when a student speaks about Amsterdam, I learn them during a guest lecture on a Tuesday evening.

Last night I went to a fascinating lecture, held in a small meeting area, with the room packed with students and faculty. It was titled: “Why Men Kill: The Evolution of Violence and Why People Kill,” The lecture was in the field of Anthropology, as an Archeologist, Herb Maschner from Idaho State University spoke about the different cultures and how they define war, how Humans and Chimpanzees are the only known animals who are able to form coalitions of men to perform violent acts against our own species. Intense study has been done on this topic.  He lay heavily on saying ‘men’ not ‘people’, because 99.9% of deaths due from another human killing a human are men. While I could go on and on giving you the summary of the lecture, that is not why I am writing about it now. I am writing about it because of the opportunity I received by having my mind molded and changed by a lecture like this.

While I pay to attend a college like Linfield, I did not specifically hand over money to see this speaker. I was just simply given this opportunity by being apart of this awesome community of what is Linfield. If you decide to attend Linfield College, I highly recommend you take advantage of as many lectures outside of class as you have time for that spark your attention. Any title that seems even half way interesting to me, I jump on it and attend. Worst case scenario I wasted about an hour of my evening. That has never been the case for me so far, as each lecture I’ve attended, I had gained some world knowledge, or was inspired in some way. It seems odd students would voluntarily offer to go to yet another hour of lecture in a school day, even in the evening, yet that room was packed full of students.

Take advantage of different ways to learn. It’s part of the Liberal Arts Education!

Spring Visit Day this Friday for admitted students to Linfield! Can’t wait to meet some of you!

Dana

Dana: What is new here at Linfield College?

Hello everyone!

Last week, was Division III NCAA Week, Sexuality Week, and Greek week, so it was quite the week!  Of course we had beautiful spring weather each and every day of the events making it even more fun and joyous.

The Spring Play opens THIS WEEK!

Just yesterday, I ran in a 1,600 person 13.1 mile race just an hour away from McMinnville, in Corvallis! Guess who came in second place overall? Not me, don’t worry, but our very own Cross Country and Track Assistant coach, Greg Mitchell! Last year he won the Corvallis Half Marathon, and this year he broke the Master’s Record for the race. I came in right close to my goal and 16th women overall. It was a beautiful day, and a gorgeous run. My family came up to see me along with my dog, and we had a great time all weekend.  Then I got to stay up until long hours of the night to get all the studying in for my midterm this morning! A crazy weekend to say the least.

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The weather will hopefully stay wonderful as we dive into the final days of this semester!

Thanks for visiting our site, and come by to visit our wonderful campus!

Dana

Dana: I love Spring, Spring is my favorite.

Hello!!

I am back from a very wonderful Spring Break, I am one year wiser, and ready for less than only TWO MONTHS left of the school year. I’m telling you, when you go to college, time is a very very different thing. It really flew by. I have an entire theory on why this is, but let me not bore you, I will save that for another day. ;)

Upcoming exciting events in my Linfield world!!

For my acting class, I am memorizing my first monologue.  While I was slightly panicking about this earlier because I found out TODAY I needed it memorized by tomorrow, I am very excited about learning about myself through the monologue. It is very emotional too, so we will see how it is transformed.

The Spring Play is coming up, and Linfield is performing, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. I am such a fan of Linfield Theatre. I have raved about their talent plenty of times here before, but I am oh so excited about it.

Easter is also coming up! My great friend here is from Seattle, and her and I are going to her home to surprise her mom for Easter weekend!! I love surprises so much, and cannot wait for it. She has no idea. It is so fun when you move to a new place, with people who are from all over the country/world because if you are lucky enough you can visit their home! Last Spring I went to Seattle for the first time with the same friend, and it was my fist time in Washington.

This Sunday is my half marathon that I have been training for since December. I am so, so nervous and excited about it. There is nothing I can do with my training now, but it’s hard not to look back and wish I did more or something different. My family is coming up to see me race, AND bringing my puppy, Enzo! I am so excited to see my parents, sister and my baby.

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I will be super busy this weekend with my race and family, so this week I am trying to get ahead on studying for next weeks midterms, and a final essay due! It’s a little crazy making, but hopefully by tomorrow I will be able to accomplish most of what I need to do.

Can we briefly talk about weather? Coming from technically California, I get asked how I like the weather here in McMinnville, OR.  Let me tell you, as soon as it turns Fall, Winter, OR Spring, I LOVE IT. I really do love the weather here. After living on the coast my entire life, getting seasons is so fun! We just simply don’t get much past 68 degrees ever all year back home, so when it’s 72 degrees during the start of Spring, I just love it. Oregonians like to constantly complain about the weather, and they are almost proud of how much it rains, yet we forget to see how GORGEOUS our fall is, and how warm some days are in the Spring. The summer it gets very warm even too. So don’t worry, it does not just only rain here. It rains enough to keep things green, and hydrated, but get beautiful days too. :)

With my family visiting, my sister is very excited to visit her two favorite places in McMinnville. First, Thai Country Restaurant. We went there together for my birthday last year, and it really is a must when you visit McMinnville. My family will be headed there on Friday for dinner. The next place is  New to You. It is a huge consignment store in McMinnville, the biggest store they have in Oregon. While I am desperately saving my money, I may just have to there and check out there ever changing inventory!

Lots to look forward this week, next week and the next!!!

Until Next Time,

Dana