Daily Archives: February 27, 2012

January Term project built to burn in April

Totem Shriver’s January Term Introduction to Studio class built the sculpture in nine different sections. The structure will be burned in a ceremony in April. Kelsey Sutton/Copy chief

Outside of the art department, a tall wooden sculpture attracts the attention of everyone who walks past it. It is the result of a collaborative January Term Introduction to Studio class taught by Totem Shriver, adjunct professor of the Art and Visual Culture Department.

The sculpture is built to burn. Inspired by Burning Man, Shriver’s January Term class has created a wooden work of art built especially to burn at the end of the year celebration.

“The first four years we did this it was very chaotic. We were just happy to get something up that was burnable. We’ve been learning more and more about how this works. Each year, it gets a little bigger and a little better,” Shriver said.

The students began the project by building small-scale models in groups of four. They had no idea what the other students were planning and creating.

Then, as a class, they put the pieces on a table and began to arrange them. Students experimented with different ways to stack, putting the pieces on top of one another or next to each other.

The sculpture was ever changing until the class found something that worked. Originally, the top of the sculpture, which resembles a temple, was flipped upside down.

The students didn’t know what they had created until the end of the class when they put it all together

“We knew it had to be stable. We wanted people to climb on it and interact with it,” he said.

It has nine different parts with each student group being responsible for a different section of it. They also had to communicate with the person above and below about what they were
making. It was put together on the last day, so the students didn’t know what they were creating until the end.

The wooden temple will be taken apart and moved to the field by the wellness trail where it will be burned in a festival of dancing, food, music and fire.

The fire will start on the inside of the sculpture.

“I liked the idea of having something that wasn’t necessarily meant to last forever and still serves a purpose. It’s also a reason for a celebration,” Shriver said.

The class is held during January Term because it allows the class to just focus on the sculpture and accomplish a lot. Plus, Shriver has the shop to himself.

“It’s my favorite term to teach because we get so much done and we have such great focus. The class becomes a family because we’re together all the time,” Shriver said. “I have faith in the students being able to pull stuff off outside of me. During the process, I’m sort of an observer. I let the artists create what they like and just make sure they’re not building anything dangerous. I let them go where they want with it.”

Shriver describes this year’s sculpture as the tall and silent type.

“It’s strong and solid. It’s demanding a certain respect,” he said.

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Kelsey Sutton/
Copy chief
Kelsey Sutton can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com.

Comedian delights audience with college humor

Comedian Adam Mamawala’s show had both students and their parents rocking with laughter. The Feb. 25 show was one of the events for Dad’s Weekend.

According to his website, Mamawala won the title of “The King of Campus Comedy” at the New Jersey Comedy Festival in 2007.

He has performed stand-up for the past five years.

Mamawala has performed at more than 35 colleges in 15 states in the 2010-11 school year.

Mamawala’s skill with college humor was evident in the amount of laughter and applause he got from the audience.

“I didn’t know who the guy was so I wasn’t expecting much at all,” sophomore Hayley Steele said. “I thought I might laugh a little, but afterward, the guy was so funny I wished he could have stayed on stage a few more hours.”

His show explored themes like racial stereotypes, making jokes about everything from racist people to ridiculous Indian first names. Mamawala also did an impression of President Obama that had the audience gasping for breath.

“President Obama has the incredible ability to make everything he says sound really important,” Mamawala said.

He proved his point by reciting the opening lines of Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” in an imitation of President Obama’s voice.

Mamawala also poked fun at the advance in technology and how it has changed the way kids interact with adults.

He told stories about children’s jokes that have been given new and entirely inappropriate endings.

He read aloud what he called “the most ridiculous text message ever sent,” even calling up a volunteer from the audience to prove that he was not making it up.

The comedian moved on to making fun of political correctness, homophobic people and stupid commercials. His jokes about stupid commercials extended to advertisements for Snuggies and selling gold for cash.

“My favorite routine was him impersonating Obama, especially the part where he read Snooki quotes. But my favorite joke was ‘A Harry Potter Snuggie is both a blanket and birth control,’” Steele said.

Mamawala told a story about one radio advertisement in particular that was so bad he said he couldn’t believe it had ever been written with serious intent to sell a car.

“I don’t even have a punch line, I’m just angry,” Mamawala said.

From there, Mamawala told jokes about odd things people do only when alone in a car and encounters with law enforcement.

Mamawala wrapped up his show with a story about how he once woke up at 5:30 a.m., laughing maniacally, typed something into his phone and went back to sleep. In the morning, he said he checked his phone to discover that he had written a joke about the movie “Inception.”

“I think it’s pretty amazing that I wrote an ‘Inception’ joke in my dream,” Mamawala said.

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Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

 

Concert showcases guest artist, organ music

It is not every day that students get a chance to hear the organ in Ice Auditorium. The enormous instrument is there during every event that takes place in the auditorium, but it is rare to see it being played.

On Feb. 24, a concert sponsored by the Department of Music gave students that chance. Guest artist Craig Cramer played six organ pieces that showed off the power and versatility of the organ.

“I’ve been here for four years and I’ve never heard the organ,” senior Greg Larson said. “All the comedians make references to it. I wanted
to hear what it sounded like.”

The program included pieces by celebrated composers J. S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as lesser-known composers such as Joel Martinson, Johann Christian Bach, Ethel Smyth and Toni Zahnbrecher.

Judging by the audience’s reaction, the pieces by J. S. Back, Mendelssohn and Zahnbrecher were crowd favorites.

“Bach is one of those names that you know whether you’re into music or not,” Larson said. “It feels cliché to say you like Bach or Beethoven, but when it comes right down to it, there’s a good reason why everybody knows those names.”

Cramer introduced the piece by Zahnbrecher, saying that it was “a great pity” that Zahnbrecher has never composed more than this one song. Within the first few notes, it was obvious that the piece was an immediate favorite with the audience.

Cramer said that he found the piece, which was composed in honor of the composer’s wife, in a china cupboard in Zahnbrecher’s home.

“I said, ‘Toni, what’s an organ piece doing in your china cupboard?’” Cramer said. “I asked him to play it for me, and he did. Then I said I wanted to play it, and he said that first I’d have to ask [his wife].”

Although Ice Auditorium was nearly full, Larson said he observed that the majority of the audience was not Linfield students.

“The students I did see were primarily music students,” Larson said. “I think it might have to do with it being a Friday night, or maybe there wasn’t enough publicity on campus.  I actually found out about this concert from a flyer at Cornerstone Coffee.  I thought it was bizarre that I had to leave campus to find out about this.”

Cramer is professor of organ at the University of Notre Dame, and he acts as organist at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart.

“Organ, as a profession, is way down now from what it was 30 years ago,” Cramer said. “There are maybe 300 or 400 organ majors in the whole country. But the University of Notre Dame really supports music. Actually, it just built a new organ hall; a really beautiful facility. I’m very fortunate to have a graduate program that has lots of students.”

Cramer said he began playing organ in fifth grade. He tours all over the U.S. during the school semester and spends his summers performing in Europe.

According to Cramer, this performance was part of a West Coast tour. He will also play in Medford, Ore., and Angwin, Calif.

“I spend most of the summer in Germany, but I’ve been all over Western Europe,” Cramer said. “I haven’t played anywhere in Asia, though.  I want to go there next, to play in China or Japan.”

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Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

 

Music students featured in competition

Linfield seniors Kayla Wilkens and Chelsea Janzen have been recognized for their outstanding vocal and musical talent, and they are participating in upcoming regional conventions and competitions.

“Classical Singer Magazine has a high school and university vocal competition every year held at various colleges all around the country,” Janzen said. “Kayla was chosen as a winner for the Seattle region when she competed at Cornell College in Washington. I was chosen as a finalist for the Portland area at the Portland State University division.”

The selected finalists will compete in the National Competition.

“More than 500 college and graduate school singers will compete in the vocal competition at the Classical Singer Convention, which will be held in Chicago during May 25-28,” Janzen said.

This convention features workshops that help young singers develop their professional careers and provide a step-by-step guide to transitioning from college to life outside of academia.

Wilkens will also participate in the MetroArts Young Artists Debut! Concerto Competition in the Newmark Theater in Portland this April.

The competition features the top classical musicians in the region. It is run by Niel Deponte, who meets with winners for individual coaching in the months prior to the competition.

Wilkens also won the competition before in 2008.

This is not the only event in which she has been featured.

“I have also been invited to sing at the Gala Concert on March 16, and I will be singing something entertaining,” Wilkens said in an email.

Wilkens is in the process of auditioning for graduate programs and says that she wants to continue performing.

“I want to get to the point where I’m making a living doing what I love,” she said in an email.

Wilkens said multiple people have influenced her.

“I am very inspired by those I work with, and I owe much to Dr. Leonard, professor emeritus of music,” Wilkens said in an email. “My mom, however, is my true role model, and I am continually inspired by her courage and strength.”

Janzen is a vocal performance major and has participated in Linfield Concert Choir, opera theatre workshops and concert band. She has received various awards and honorable recognitions during her time at Linfield.

Both Janzen and Wilkens have studied with Gwen Leonard, professor emeritus of music.

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Sam Nixon/
Staff writer
Sam Nixon can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

A student’s guide to saving money

Graphic by Lionel Parra

Spring break and summer are quickly approaching. Vacations are on the calendar, but it takes money for trips to be as wonderful as people wish. Saving money is a difficult task, especially when you’re a college student.

The difficulties of saving have increased since the recession. Gas prices are constantly rising, and everything that revolves around these fuel prices becomes affected. As a college student, you have to be smart and creative when it comes to spending money. Think of alternative ways to cut your spending. Here are some tips for saving:

Tip 1: Keep track of how much you spend

Spending money is the main issue that students have when it comes to saving money. If you keep a record of what you spend money on and how much is spent, you can discover your spending habits and alter them if needed.

If you eat out a lot, pay close attention to how much is spent on dinner and lunch. During the course of a month, eating out two to three times a week can add up to $56-144. The best places to track your spending are in your phone or in a checkbook. Saving receipts is also an easy way to keep track.

Tip 2: Make a budget

The most important thing about saving is setting limits for how much you spend at a given time. By establishing what you are able to spend within the span of a month, you can make sure money is being spent in a responsible manner.

Instead of setting aside money for going to the movies or other events that charge admission, think of entertainment that is free or does not cost much. Think about using alternative transportation so that you can save money on gas.

Tip 3: Make goals

By making goals, you will have more motivation to save money. The goals that you make must be realistic for your income. First, start by making an end goal and the ideal amount that you would like to save each month. Post your goals somewhere you will see them on a daily basis so you will be reminded about your personal savings goals.

Tip 4: Open a savings account

Savings accounts make saving a much easier process. Some banks have savings accounts attached to checking accounts. Contact your bank provider about how to start an account. You can automatically deposit money each month to this account. Do not touch this money unless it’s an emergency.

Tip 5: Portion your paychecks

When you first receive your paycheck, think about how much of it you want to take out to save. This will minimize the pressure of making sure you don’t spend it all because you would already have some
money set aside.

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Ivanna Tucker
/ Features editor
Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com.