Daily Archives: September 27, 2011

Band brings smooth blend of melodies

The cover of Sand Section’s first album, “Truth Over Harmony.”

Mixing a coastal vibe with the punk music so familiar with the greater Los Angeles area, the group Sand Section has hit the radio waves of KSLC to provide Linfield with some feel good music from their first album “Truth Over Harmony”.

The three-piece band with Jeff Nisen (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Tony Gonella (bass, vocals, percussion) and Stefan Partelow (drums, vocals) hail from Manhattan Beach, Calif., where they first played together ten years ago when they were in middle school. They officially formed Sand Section in 2008 and after college graduation in 2009, turned their full attention on music and have been working hard ever since, trying to establish themselves in the coastal Southern Californian music scene.

The group’s signature sound reveals a fusion of surf rock and reggae consistent with the beach-going culture of Manhattan Beach, while acoustic melodies supplement Sand Section’s tracks with bright tones that energize their audiences. Tracks like “Undertow” demonstrate premier vocal harmonization and reggae-style guitar that send the listener to the SoCal beaches for a few minutes.

Sand Section’s versatility musically is exemplified with songs such as “Sanya” which includes the use of bongos, harmonica, and keys to bring an uplifting sound. The track titled “Doubled Over” brings to light the range of the group’s sound, starting off with acoustic guitar and transitioning to reggae progressions before ending with a fast-paced, punk rock-inspired conclusion that leaves the audience wanting more.

Even though the group is just getting going, they have had the opportunity to share the stage with prominent surf rock/reggae groups like The Dirty Heads, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Tribal Seeds. With inspirations from a wide-range of artists, (they have credited the likes of Eric Clapton, Slash, and Dispatch all as major influences), Sand Section looks poised to continue to grow in popularity and creativity. The band remains unsigned but that hasn’t hindered their musical progress. They recently released a second album this summer titled “Pixelated Romance.”

Listen for Sand Section’s music on KSLC with impressive vocals and excellent musical instrumentation that can send you to your own beach in an instant. You can now listen to KSLC anywhere you want with your computer. Stream it online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

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James Testa/KSLC 90.3 FM
James Testa can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com

Watch this, not that

Take Me Home Tonight movie poster

Hello, movie fans! This is Hayden from haydensmovies.com bringing you the latest and greatest in movie news and reviews. I didn’t make it to the cinema this week, but I did have the chance to watch a couple of big budget comedies- Your Highness and Take Me Home Tonight. I’d like to introduce you to my new segment, “Watch This, Not That”.

Your Highness stars Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman. It’s the story of Prince Fabious (Franco) and his lazy, worthless brother, Thadeous (McBride). Fabious’s bride is captured by an evil wizard and the duo sets out on an extraordinary quest to save her.

Don’t expect much from Your Highness. It’s one of the more immature movies that I’ve seen in a while, but I was busting up laughing at times. It had its laughs, but if I had one word to describe the movie, it would be stupid. If you’re looking for cheap laughs or something to watch while procrastinating, I could recommend it.

Take Me Home Tonight stars Topher Grace and Anna Faris. Matt (Grace) is a recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who is stuck working at a local movie rental store because he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. His high school crush is back in town, and Matt wants to impress her, so he makes up a high profile job to try to get her attention.

Take Me Home Tonight isn’t overly crude but did have its moments. It wasn’t as funny as it looked, which is always a disappointment, and it didn’t have a lot else to offer. There was something about it, however, that was slightly satisfying. Maybe it was the ice cream I was eating at the time.

Your Highness was crude and over-the-top, while Take Me Home Tonight was funny but nothing special. I’d recommend not watching either, but since I have to choose, I recommend you watch Take Me Home Tonight (7.0/10) and not Your Highness (6.8/10).

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Hayden Mace/For the Review

Hayden Mace can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Comedian pokes fun at rules of dating

Comedian Ron G engaged the audience with his jokes and funny stories about drunken people, racial differences and the rules of dating during a performance Sept. 24 in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Photo editor

Comedian Ron G had his audience in stitches with jokes about the rules of dating and his impressions of everything from an angry girlfriend to President Obama.

Ron G was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and he was the first place winner of the 2005
Sierra Mist Late Night Laff Off. The comedian performed for students Sept. 24 in Ice Auditorium.

While he made fun of drunken people, racial differences and frustrating everyday moments, the bulk of Ron G’s comic routine was centered on the subject of dating. He made fun of the way girls can make snatching their boyfriends’ dreams away almost like a sport, complete with teams and cheerleaders.

“I almost expect to see them on Sports Central,” he said.

He did an impression of a cheerleader rooting for her team to destroy a boy’s self-confidence.

Another topic he covered was nice boys.

“Girls think of nice boys like they think of the tooth fairy,” he said.

He also told the audience that “nice is the new creepy” and related a funny story about being treated like a creeper because he was being too nice on a first date.

One of his more popular impressions was of an angry girl being driven home by her boyfriend. The audience laughed uproariously at his facial expressions and exaggerated movements.

The comedian also made fun of racial differences. He imitated black people making fun of white people and Asian people making fun of black people.

“Everyone’s a little bit racist,” he said.

When he asked if there was anyone from India in the audience and began doing an exaggerated impression of an Indian, one audience member exclaimed that he was “not that Indian,” making the comedian laugh so hard that he had to wipe tears from his eyes.

Also tied to the topic of racism was the comedian’s impression of President Obama.  He said that Obama has set the bar too high for normal guys, making it almost impossible for an average man to ask a girl out. He ended the story with an impression of asking a girl out “presidential style.”

He finished the performance with impressions of terrible everyday moments that only last a split second but that seem to last forever. “Chariots of Fire” played over the speakers as he did slow-motion impressions of being fired from a job, having a credit card fail at the grocery store, finding out that the stripper at a bachelor party is a man, and discovering that there is no more toilet paper in the bathroom at a family dinner.

It was a hilarious performance that was well received by the audience.  Ron G can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and on his web site, gorong.com.

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Sharon Gollery/Culture editor

Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com. 

Oregon poet “talks nerdy” during reading

Award-winning poet Matthew Dickman tells the audience his memories of how he fell in love with the genre Sept. 19 in the Austin Reading Room at the Nicholson Library. Joel Ray/ Photo editor

Oregon native and award-winning poet Matthew Dickman held a poetry reading Sept. 19 in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

The reading, which was free and open to the public, attracted a broad audience from students to staff. Dickman read some selected poems from his first poetry book “All-American Poem,” and his new books that will come out in Fall 2012.

Before the reading, Professor Lex Runciman from the English department started the introduction of the poet with “All-American Poem.” He discussed the uncommon wideness of the book size and its font, which, according to Runciman, symbolized a bigger vision. He finished the introduction by praising Dickman’s observation and told the audience to “start a poem with any
observation.”

Dickman, who went to the podium right after the introduction in grey sweatshirt, surprised the listeners with his opening sentence—“How so f***ing sweet!” His casual attire and humor indicated the atmosphere of that night. He read the poems one by one, sometimes commenting on what inspired the poem or who they were dedicated to. The wittiness coming from the poem or the poet himself kept the audience bursting out in laughter. For the second to last poem, he let the audience choose between a poem about Bridge or about his imagination of his absent father being in Russia. The latter was unanimously chosen. He ended the reading with a poem about what heaven might be like.

During the Q-and-A session, Dickman inspired the audience with his unique insights. He said that poetry is not like any non-fiction genre “as metaphors and similes do not exist in the physical world.” He expressed his love for poems by saying that he “would have to fall in love with other outlets” to not write poems anymore, as it was his “way to understand the world.” He gave his opinions on poetry education in high school through his memories of how he first fell in love with the genre. He said that he “would like the high schools to teach more modern poets such as Marie Howe, Frank O’Hara and Bob Kaufman, so students can be engaged more easily and prepare for the classics.” He had no particular interest in poems until he started reading modern poems—his high school dream girl’s favorite kind.

The reading was sponsored by the English department and the library. The next reading will be held by Thor Hansen, an author and biologist Oct. 10 in the Austin Reading Room.

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Cassie Wong/Staff writer

Cassie Wong can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Survey data presentation exposes student engagement

Faculty and community members gathered Sept. 19 to hear the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey was taken last school year by first year students and seniors in the McMinnville, Portland and the Adult Degree Program.

Director of Institution Research Data Jennifer Ballard and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education George D. Kuh partnered in the presentation to expose the relationship between Linfield’s results and the results shown across the country. The survey gave an overview on how engaged college students are.

“It’s what [the faculty] do that channels to what they do [at Linfield],” Kuh said.

NSSE was launched by a grant received from the Pew Charitable Trusts in 1999. There are about 1,500 schools in the U.S. and Canada that participate in this program. The data received basically showed “what students are doing with their time.”

All data received was based on a 100 point scale.

Ballard first discussed the benchmarks. This included academic challenge, student faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment. Overall, Linfield’s score was average in comparison with the Carnegie Peer and average NSSE scores. There were some differences between the first year and senior students in categories such as student faculty interaction with first year students surveying that they receive less than the seniors who experience it more.

Another topic of great discussion was the impact of the Adult Education programs scores because students are receiving a “distant education.”  Linfield has also taken this survey in 2005 and 2007.

“[There were] no massive changes in the Linfield environment,” Ballard said.

At one point in the presentation, Kuh pointed out how the enrichment educational experience scores were lower for the first year students and higher for the seniors. He believed that the data was in reverse because of first year students being known to be more involved.

“You have a story to tell,” Kuh said. Due to this increase, “a lot of positive things have happened,” Ballard said.

The faculty will participate in the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement this spring. According to Kuh, this survey will emphasize what the faculty thinks they are doing.

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Ivanna Tucker/Features editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com.