Daily Archives: September 12, 2008

Local artists diversify music scene

Lizzie Martinez

Senior reporter

Music at Linfield is going local. The Seattle-based Blue Scholars kicked off this year’s with a rousing concert in the Oak Grove on Sept. 5. The Portland band Weinland followed up the successful act with an indoor jam Sept. 11.

From professional to student concerts, the theme for the year is keeping it local.

“Blue Scholars set the tone,” senior Kasey Richter, ASLC vice president of programming, said. “Outdoor concerts are challenging because you need a lot of people to make it a great event, but it was very well-attended.”

Richter estimated 400 people gathered on the lawn to enjoy the hip-hop beats of the local duo. Stretching across the lawn, the students danced to the rhythm of the band throughout the concert.

“I’d never heard of [Blue Scholars], but it was a good time,” senior Julia Barrett said. “I’d like to see more outdoor concerts.”

The duo was the first of four professional bands to come to Linfield this semester as part of the once-a-month professional Cat Cabs. As the Linfield Activities Board Musical Events Chair, senior Renata Tirta has been working since last semester to find new bands to play at Linfield. Drawing from college conferences and local talent around Portland, Tirta has lined up a diverse fall schedule.

On Sept. 11, the Portland band Weinland entertained audiences Fred Meyer Lounge with their folk-rock sound. On Oct. 9, solo artist Kristin Diable will perform.

“We’re going for a different sound,” Richter said. “Not the usual Jack Johnson.”

This year, Tirta is focusing on inviting local bands from the Pacific Northwest who will showcase a variety of sounds. Though the first concert was hip-hop, the next four months will be a mix of folk-rock, blues and more. She said she is trying to escape the pattern of only bringing in singer/songwriters who tend to fall in the same genre.

“Overall, I want to provide a variety of music that would appeal to the whole student body,” Tirta said. “I’m trying to bring in more bands that fuse different genres

Local music has its benefits. When students find a band or musician they enjoy, they also have the chance to attend other concerts in the Portland or Seattle areas.

Tirta also coordinates the weekly student Cat Cab performances. Coming performances will feature junior Joy Nelson, sophomore Patrick Stauffer and the improv club, Awkward Moose.

On Sept. 18, Nelson will perform a completely new set. Playing acoustic guitar and piano, she will debut a set of original songs she has written.

Nelson said she prefers to play original songs and draws her inspiration from interactions with friends, experiences and heartache. She encourages students to hear what their fellow students are producing and enjoy her music.

“[Cat Cab] is really one of the only midweek events,” Tirta said. “It’s a good way to relax.”

Several slots this semester and next semester are still available for performers. Freshmen and sophomores are particularly encouraged to apply, Tirta said. E-mail rtirta@linfield.edu for more information.

Because Tirta cannot accommodate every student’s preference in music, she is also trying to revive the practice of offering low-cost concert tickets through LAB.

“It’s a good way of providing opportunities for music not offered on campus,”
Tirta said.

Fulbright awarded to dedicated 2008 graduate


Amber McKenna

Editor in chief

A long-time interest in learning about space travel is sending Martin Bode, class of 2008, to Stuttgart, Germany, on a Fulbright Scholarship for the current academic year.

Bode left this week for the Institute of Space Systems,  where he will study xenon particles and temperature in plasma ion engines and work on developing more efficient technology for space exploration.

The Fulbright program is intended to further understanding of cultures world wide through study, research and teaching. Since 1999, 16 Linfield students have received these prestigious awards.

Bode graduated last spring with an applied physics major and minors in math and music.

Deborah Olsen, Bode’s Fulbright adviser, said he was adamant about obtaining this award.

“We would be e-mailing each other at all hours of the night and day,” Olsen said.

Bode’s extra effort to achieve the Fulbright award showed in his commitment to taking beginning German during his senior year at Linfield, which he continued this summer at Oregon State University in his hometown of Corvallis.

Previously, Bode did research alongside Linfield professors and as part of the Pennsylvania State University Student Space Programs. While at Linfield he participated in Residence Life, ASLC Senate, Sigma Pi Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, concert choir, jazz band, concert band and Ultimate Frisbee.

“Marty is a fine saxophone player and he hopes to join an ensemble in Germany,” Olsen said.

After staying in Stuttgart, Bode plans to do his doctoral studies at Purdue University.

Fulbright recipients trek around globe

Professor visits India, returns with goal to inspire others at Linfield through experience

Amber McKenna

Editor in chief

Third-world poverty, passionate educators and famous sites are a few of the things Associate Professor of Education Nancy Drickey experienced in India this summer.

She visited India as part of the Fulbright Specialists Program, which is focused on providing short-term academic opportunities for U.S. professionals. After a competitive application process, Drickey and 10 other faculty members from around the country were selected to visit the cities of Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.

“The program was action-packed from the moment we got [to India],” Drickey said.

She visited schools, colleges and government agencies to learn about the education issues plaguing India.

“In Southern India we saw the poorest schools,” Drickey said. “They had no doors, no windows and no electricity or water.”

The group of scholars also had the opportunity to visit the orphanages where the legendary Mother Teresa lived and worked.

Drickey said visiting these third-world facilities helped her understand the similarities between problems in the U.S. education system and those in India.

“All of their problems are on a different scale,” she said. “[In India], they don’t have compulsory education and less than half of the children go to school.”

According to Drickey, the extreme poverty in India is impossible to avoid.

“I’ve seen poverty in China and Mexico, and it doesn’t even compare to India,” she said.

When visiting orphanages and schools, Drickey said she was impressed by the number of volunteers, many of who were students from abroad. In 2010, Drickey aims to bring Linfield students to India on a January Term course to study the education and culture of India, as well as to do some volunteer work.

Drickey said she believes that if the people of India can get educated, they can get out of the rut they are currently in.

“[Being there] changed the way I view the world,” she said. Drickey will present a speech on her trip, titled  “Education: An Agent for Change,” as one of the many  “Three Cups of Tea” events October 6 at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Cable boxes boost ratings

Septembre Russell

Copy Editor


Starting February 17, 2009, televisions all over the country will begin to run  on digital signals. As a result of the switch to digital, the Linfield administration decided students should receive an upgraded
cable service.

“Students that had older TVs would have had problems getting service anyway,” Director of Residence Life Jeff Mackay said. “[The upgrade] provided a higher level of service and also added menu options.”

Comcast Cable Corporation issued residence halls and on-campus apartments digital cable boxes featuring the Starter Cable Service package. Channel choices are now more extensive. The package comes with Music Choice channels as well as additional video channels, such as FEARnet and MOVIEplex.  Channels like Home Box Office that do not come with the Starter Cable Service package, but are still available to students, though they will be charged for them.

Included with Comcast Digital Cable is On Demand. On Demand features a variety of programming that adds flexibility to students’ viewing experience. Students should exercise caution when selecting On Demand programs, as only some of them are free with the provided digital cable service, Business Services Group representative Kimberly Jackson said.

Comcast Cable Corporation technician Eddie Gil said students should also note they are part of a bulk account that usually cannot order Pay Per View channels. That is reserved for upgraded accounts, which are billed individually.

If students wish to upgrade their service, they are encouraged to call the Comcast Cable Corporation office. Students can call for Pay Per View movies unless they have an upgraded package.  If so, then they can order right out of their room, Gil said.

In the future, the digital cable upgrade will be reflected in Linfield’s room rates. 

Comcast will be returning to campus at the semester’s end to collect boxes and hardware in a manner similar to the way they were distributed. Fines will be administered to students who damage or lose Comcast property. A lost or damaged cable box will run $160 and the charge for a lost remote is $5.

HBO may not have been provided, but the presence of digital cable is a priviledge not lost on students.

“It’s a pretty good deal, more like home,” freshman Louie Labate said. Any technical questions, concerns about billing and  updrade options should be directed to Comcast.

Book inspires artwork

Lizzie Martinez

Senior reporter

Freshman Sami Keim’s challenge to the class of 2012 won her recognition at the Sept. 2 convocation and a free semester’s worth of books. Keim won first place in the third annual freshman summer creative project contest.

The contest encourages incoming freshman students to submit a work responding to the Colloquium book, “Three Cups of Tea.”

Keim wrote an essay entitled “A Call to Action,” asking Linfield students, especially the freshman, to step out of their comfort zone and follow in Greg Mortenson’s footsteps.

“A lot of people read about other people, but one of the biggest problems I see is that nobody does anything,” Keim said. “I am challenging people to do something.”

She encouraged students to donate

$1 to Mortenson’s crusade to bring education to remote regions of the Middle East. In some regions, as little as $1 per day can pay a teacher’s daily salary.

“I think people, especially college students, get consumed with what they’re doing at the moment,” Keim said. “It doesn’t take much time to help people.”

Freshman Alyssa Peterson won second place and a $100 gift certificate to the Linfield bookstore. Her PowerPoint presentation, “A Key to Peace is Education,” emphasized the radical effect education has on people’s lives.

Two other students were awarded Recognition Awards and $50 gift certificates to the bookstore. Freshman Jenna Johnson was recognized for her complementary essay and painting titled “A Journey of Many Steps,” pictured to the right. Freshman Hilary Hastings also earned an award for her essay, “The Power of Five,” detailing the five things she learned from the text. ”