Daily Archives: September 19, 2008
As autumn leaves set campus ablaze, it is clear that the days of summer bliss and reading simply for pleasure are behind us as homework and responsibilities add up. With the “Twilight” series holding its grip on best-seller lists across the country, it is hard to think there is anything else on the shelves worth reading. Talk to professors and students in the English department, though, and you will get enough book recommendations, none of which deal with vampires, to last you the entire year. Anna Keesey
Assistant professor of English Anna Keesey said she tends to read selections recommended by her writer friends or books that were influential to her favorite writers. Keesey also said she reads a lot of nonfiction and books that are not very popular right now. “I tend not to read newly written books,” Keesey said. “I tend to read those five to 10 years later because there’s just not enough reading time in a lifetime, so I don’t want to read something that’s not worth my time.” Keesey pulled these recommendations directly from the shelves that line her office walls and tried to find ones that students would not run across in school or find easily at a bookstore. Three fiction books Keesey recommended are “So Long, See You Tomorrow” by William Maxwell, “The Fountain Overflows” by Rebecca West, a favorite of Keesey’s, and “Endless Love” by Scott Spencer. “I always recommend ["Endless Love"] to college students, because I think that it is one that maybe you need to be young to really love,” she said. Keesey also recommended various nonfiction books that were influential to her when she was young. Two of those books are “Cadillac Desert” by Marc Reisner, a book on the politics of water in the Western states, and “And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts, a book about the AIDS epidemic. “[Shilts' book] is [one of] the [most] page-turnyist nonfiction books I’ve ever read,” Keesey said. “It’s written in a really exciting way. You get to see all the people who are involved in it from the very beginning. It’s just fascinating.”
1. The Boys of my Youth – Jo Ann Beard 2. True Grit – Charles Portis 3. Flaubert’s Parrot -Julian Barnes 4. The Mountain Lion – Jean Stafford 5. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
Q: What books would you take with you on a deserted island? A: Give me Moby Dick, the collected poems of Emily Dickenson, Hamlet and the Bible, and I’m good. Laura Allison
Senior Laura Allison would put “The Great Gatsby” on her list of recommendations, along with historical fiction and comic books. “I like ‘real books.’ You know, like, ‘The Great Gatsby’ or books you read in high school [that] you didn’t really get,” Allison said. “You go back to it again and you’re like, “‘Oh, this is really good.’” One title she would recommend is “The Watchman” by Alan Moore, a novel about superheroes during the Cold War era. “They are really interesting characters psychologically because theyÕre kind of screwed up, flawed characters, but they’re still heroes trying to save the world,” Allison said. When it comes to finding a good book, Allison said she goes through a bookstore, finds the ones that look interesting and adds them to a list of books she wants to read. Allison said she is drawn to books that make the reader care about the characters and have interesting prose and plot twists.
1. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory 2. The Watchman – Alan Moore 3. The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury 4. Anything by Jhumpa Lahiri 5. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Q: What books would you take with you on a deserted island? A: The Other Bolelyn Girl, The Watchman, [and] The Illustrated Man. Lex Runciman
Professor of English Lex Runciman’s office, like Keesey’s, is also overflowing with books. He was prepared to recommend three books he read during the summer: “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “Bodies in Motion” by Thomas Lynch and “What Narcissism Means to Me” by Tony Hoagland. “Summertime reading for me falls into two categories,” Runciman said. “The first one is reading books I’m pretty sure I won’t teach, and the [second] is books that I might teach and I need to find out whether I should or could or want to.” From the humorous-yet-touching essays of Lynch, an undertaker in real life, to the contemporary account of what it is like to live, to the offbeat poetry of Hoagland, Runciman’s summer reads cover a variety of topics and tastes. How Runciman finds these books is quite simple. “I ask people like you what they’re reading,” Runciman said. Taking a tip from one of his advisees, he began reading “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy at the beginning of the summer. “I started it in June and finished it three days ago,” Runciman said. “But at some point I was liking it so much that I was rationing how much I was reading because I wanted it to still seem like summer every time I picked it up.”
1. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri 2. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy 3. Bodies in Motion – Thomas Lynch
Q: What books would you take with you on a deserted island? A: The collected poems of Elizabeth Bishop, collected [works of] Shakespeare and Moby Dick.
Senior Thomas Ross said one of the best books he ever read is “Nothing in Sight” by Jehns Rehn. “I read it all in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down,” Ross said. “I started it in the afternoon, and I read very, very slowly, and I read it through the night.” The novel is about a German and an American soldier who end up stuck together on a buoy after blowing up each other’s vessels. “It’s a really powerful novel [and] a lot about the difference between being dead and dying,” Ross said.
1. White Noise – Don DeLillo 2. Nothing in Sight – Jens Rehn 3. The Confessions of Max Tivoli – Andrew Sean Greer 4. Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey – Dan Rhodes
Q: What books would you take with you on a deserted island? A: I’d probably take “White Noise” and “Gravity’s Rainbow” by Thomas Pinchin, books that are huge that I’d probably need to read again. “Nothing in Sight” [as] it would represent my situation very well, and a book of James Tate’s poetry.
Spice up a room simply by adding color. Despite rumors around campus, students are not allowed to paint their own rooms. Adding fabrics and tapestries to the walls or windows puts in an element of texture and makes an instant difference. Splashes of color can be added to couches or beds with pillows or blankets.
In rooms with open closets or high beds, use a curtain to hide boxes or as a quick way to clean up a mess; or add functional pieces that serve as storage and additional seating. This instantly makes a room look more put together.
Be creative: Add elements that you make yourself; embellish simple pieces, or utilize items that can be reused as something other than their intended purpose.
Alternative lighting sources are great ways to not only for additional lighting but to add elements of interest and focal points to your space.
Having pictures on the wall or in frames gives a personal touch to your space and can serve as a reminder of friends and family when exam time comes around.
Placing plants in the rooms that are most used adds a sense of hominess and can instantly uplift a gloomy mood.
For many Linfield students, decorating their living space may not seem important or worthwhile, but for some, decorating is a form of self-expression and serves as a comfort when escaping to a peaceful, cozy place. Though the college puts restrictions on students and limits what they can do to their rooms, there are plenty of ways to accomplish decorating tasks without the use of prohibited items.
For seniors Jasmine Klauder, Whitney Cole, Kendall Moriarty and Rachel Logan, decorating their living space, Hewlett-Packard Park Apartment C303, is more than making it look nice; it is a way to express one’s self, which is important because so much time is spent indoors, they said. For Cole, having a decorated space works as an up-lifter in the middle of the rainy season.
The girls spent only $30 on their living room. They used items that each had previously and some things they borrowed from home to collaborate on an idea for the design.
“We shopped the clearance sections at Ross [Dress For Less],” Klauder said. “And we recycled old stuff to make it look new again.”
Klauder was the brains behind the design, but the decisions were made in cooperation with her roommates. The women gathered design inspiration from magazines and stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond and Pier 1 Imports.
Klauder’s bedroom is also stylishly decorated.
“It looks like something out of a magazine,” Moriarty said.
A useful tip the girls gave was to recycle materials and think of new, creative ways to use things. Cole, for example, took unwanted T-shirts and made pillowcases from them.
“Doing your own crafts adds so much to a room,” Klauder said. “It is about taking something that is used or a little run-down and making it look better.”
Sophomores Tasha Cooper and Stephanie Anderson had it a little easier when it came to meshing two styles into one room. They lived together in Grover Hall their freshman year and had the opportunity to learn each other’s design style.
For both girls, it is important to have a space that reflects who they are.
“It’s our home for the year.,” Anderson said. “We want some place that is welcoming and inviting for our friends. You take little pieces of things you like and then put it together to make a room that represents you.”
Cooper agrees that design makes their space feel like home.
“We wanted some place that was different from everywhere else on campus,” Cooper said.
The girls each have their own style, which is reflected on each side of the room, but comes together with interesting elements in a cohesive design.
The girls spent about $50 on bits and pieces they added to their room, such as the curtains and decorative flowers.
Everything in Elkington 215 is held up with sticky hooks nothing is tacked or nailed in.
In the dorms, it is hard to separate living space from work and dressing spaces. Anderson and Cooper had the idea of adding curtains to extend the look of the wall and to separate the sections of the room.
“Having the curtain creates layers in the room,Ó Cooper said. ÒIt makes the space we live in much more homey.”
Seniors Justin Roisom and Sam Barker think decorating a living space is important because of the instant impact it has on the feel of a room. It is, after all, their home away from home.
“It makes it be a place to live in and not just at,” Roisom said.
For the guys in Hewlett-Packard Park Apartment C102, it was not so much inspiration that guided the decorating of their room but the desire to make what they had work. Since they didnÕt plan beforehand, it took a little time to gather all the things each person held onto, to take what looked well together and then to buy items to finish it off.
Both recommend shopping at Ikea.
“It is affordable, do-it-yourself and stylish,” Roisom said.
Barker completely agrees.
“You can go around and get ideas about how you want your space to be, and then go down to the warehouse and find everything you want,” Barker said.
The guys estimated they spent no more than $40 on their living room. They found good deals and reused items from past years, such as a TV stand Barker made in high school.
Roisom and Barker said they recommend adding objects to the walls because it adds warmth to the room. Additionally, adding a simple area rug can tie a whole room together and hide carpet that is not so pleasing to the eye
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After the Linfield men’s soccer match last week, I was talking to a group of friends about the game and mentioned how senior Nick Jauregui ducked his head and basically bull-rushed a player out of the way.
One of my friends turned and asked, “Zidane style?”
In case you didn’t know, Zinedine Zidane is the former French midfielder responsible for the infamous head butt against Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final.
What struck me most about my friend’s comment was that it brought to light a concept I hadn’t thought of before: What athletes do last can often tarnish their legacies despite otherwise stellar careers.
Zidane is one of the greatest soccer players to grace a pitch, and could arguably be mentioned in the same breath as Pelé. His vision and ball control were simply artistic. He won numerous tournaments, both domestically and with his national team, on top of a host of individual accolades. Zidane won two Italian leagues, a Spanish league, a Champions League, a World Cup and a UEFA European Championship.
But what is the first thing that comes to mind regarding one of the game’s greats? Ten seconds of sheer madness.
Think for a second about Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire and the scandal that rocked the foundation, and the record books, of baseball. Look at any before-and-after picture of Bonds, and you will think you are looking at two different people.
In his first two seasons of professional baseball, Bonds stole 68 bases. Before the BALCO investigation, McGuire was practically guaranteed a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sadly, he still may get it, but does he deserve it? Both Bonds and McGuire are known for their colossal ability to blast balls past the outfield fence, but they will always be associated with the BALCO scandal and the illegal enhancement drugs that contributed to their success.
If you think about notable sports icons weighed down by controversy, a host of players who have soiled their names in less-than-popular circumstances will come to mind.
Of course, many of the world’s top athletes avoid leaving competition with controversy. There are several athletes who, while not ending their careers with great glory, honor their craft and bow out valiantly.
Such an example is Andre Agassi, one of the greatest sports icons of all time.
The personification of everything great about the sports of tennis, Agassi’s U.S. Open defeat at the hands of Benjamin Becker in 2006 was one of the greatest sportsmanship moments in history. There was neither a dry eye in the crowd as fans stood to applaud for eight minutes, nor was there a dry cheek as Agassi made his farewell speech. Agassi’s career, while by no means spotless, will be remembered for inspiration, glory and a crazy hairstyle, as it should be.
This makes one wonder about athletes of the future. Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in Beijing. If he doesn’t repeat will that tarnish his grand image as the most successful Olympian ever?
Lance Armstrong said he wants to win an eighth Tour de France. While he still may hold the record for seven consecutive victories, his career may not be remembered with the same reverence if he loses in 2009.
Did Bret Favre make the right decision in reversing his retirement, going to the Jets and alienating Green Bay? Favre already tarnished his reputation by coming back. He should have stayed in retirement, as the toast of the Packers franchise. If he takes the field against the Packers, the boos will be heard nationwide.
We will not know for some time how history will remember these athletes. There are still athletes writing their stories. Rafael Nadal may have gotten the best of Roger Federer in the greatest Wimbledon final ever played, but the battle for supremacy continues.
Alex Rodriguez could become the best baseball player to never win a World Series.
A legacy, while defined by a career, can still be derailed by a final act of imprudence.
A decisive point of class can spark that single illuminating word in sports lingo: legendary.
Until then, ignore the stats.
Review staff writer
The men’s cross country currently team awaits the return to competition when it will host the Linfield Open at Joe Dancer Park on Sept. 26.
For the first time in four years, the team will host a cross country meet.
In years past, scheduling problems with the local city parks and recreation department prevented the college from hosting home meets.
The biggest challenge for the school remains working to fit the meet into the youth athletics schedule.
After a slow start at each of the first three meets, the team has started to intensify training sessions.
“The hardest workouts are the weeks we don’t have meets,” junior Shawn Fisher, who helped Linfield place fourth at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Sept. 13, said.
Fisher led the team at the meet, finishing in ninth place with a time of 26 minutes, 13 seconds on the 8k course. Junior Tyler Davis was second on the team with a 26:38 finish.
With three meets left before the conference championship in November, Fisher said he believes the team has a better chance of placing higher at the end of the season than last year’s team did.
“Last year we kind of had a divided team,” he said.
With two-week blocks between most meets, the team trains together to keep up its intensity.
The men have an optimistic outlook even as the fall weather awaits them.
“It doesn’t affect us too much,” Fisher said, adding that the team is prepared for the condition changes.
Assistant coach Travis Olson concurs with Fisher about the weather not being a problem.
“It’s not going to impact the team,” Olson said. It’s a level playing field.”
The team has remained, for the most, part healthy during the season, Olson said.
“Chris McIssac will run at the next meet,” he said of the runner who was injured earlier in the season.
Olson said he believes McIssac will make an immediate impact on the team’s next race because of his experience from last season.
Olson said he remains confident that the team will perform well at the home meet but has a few lingering concerns.
“There are lots of teams we have not seen,” he said.
Olson understands the reality of going to meets where the unfamiliarity of some teams and runners leaves huge questions about the race.
Olson said he felt confident about the possibility of the team having a strong placing at the home meet.
With few injuries and a positive outlook toward coming competitions, the team hopes to flourish.