Daily Archives: March 5, 2012

LeVasseur returns to Linfield

Acoustic rock musician Jason LeVasseur performs a mix of original and cover songs during a Cat Cab on March 1 in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Joel Ray/Staff photographer

Beating away on a trash can and dedicating songs to Dan Ferguson, activities director of the Associated Students of Linfield College, acoustic rock musician Jason LeVasseur brought the audience humor along with music in his Cat Cab performance March 1 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.

LeVasseur played a mix of original and cover songs, occasionally mixing the two simultaneously.

While most of the inspiration for his songs comes from relationships, they’re “not necessarily my own,” LeVasseur said.

LeVasseur often listens to other people’s stories, and crafts those stories into song.

One such song is “Throwing You Out,” inspired by a friend ripping up pictures after a break-up.

While many of LeVasseur’s songs are about relationships, not all of them are.

For example, “Driver is the DJ,” is an energetic song about how the driver, not the passenger, is the one who should always have control over what music to listen to in the car.

Cover songs included “Wonderwall” by Oasis, which he dedicated to a member in the audience who had a rough day.

LeVasseur not only performed his music, but interacted with his audience members, making direct eye contact and talking to them, sometimes in the middle of a song.

When a girl got up to leave before the concert ended, LeVasseur drew attention to her, telling her to bring her friends a sticker and asking why her friends didn’t come to the show.

“I love making people feel uncomfortable,” LeVasseur said, jokingly.

It was this kind of interaction which kept audience members engaged, frequently laughing along with him, such as when he dedicated his song “Fiddle,” a song about kissing a girl already in a relationship, to Ferguson.

During one of the last songs LeVasseur performed, he used a trash can as a drum, transforming an ordinary object into a musical instrument.

LeVasseur, who is from Wakeforst, NC., said he has always liked music.

He began playing the drums in seventh grade and picked up the guitar in high school.

His first CD, “Watching the Girls Go By,” was released in 2001 while he was in college.

His latest CD, “In Another Life,” was released February 2011. All of his CDs can be found on iTunes.

LeVasseur lives in Nashville, Tenn., a city well-known for its music scene.

LeVasseur is on a 70-stop tour, playing shows at colleges and other venues.

His favorite stop on his tour so far?

“Right here. McMinnville,” LeVasseur said.

Levasseur has played at Linfield before.

His upcoming career plans?

“Taking over the world,” LeVasseur joked.

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Meghan O’Rourke/
Opinion editor
Meghan O’Rourke can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com.

Apple is leading the way for technology

As I walk around campus and observe students, I notice a connection between people—Apple products. People have the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac Books.

Apple has become one of the top brands in the world when it comes to technology. The company has developed computers, music players, and even cell phones. Who knows what its going to come up with next?

Many people believe that Apple is just the latest trend and is going to fade away; however, this company has the potential to make big changes in the world. Apple is probably examining everything we used to see on those science fiction movies as we speak.

According to the Associated Press, Apple’s net worth is $500 billion.  It is constantly revamping its products so that it is able to stay ahead of other technology companies.

Competing companies need to step up the quality and the advances of their products if they want to gain the power that Apple has.

By the end of the year we could possibly see 3-D computer screens and making them smaller than the ever before.

Apple is setting the standards for technology and society should be prepared.  Some may say Apple is overrated, but in all honesty, it is setting standards that other companies are scared to approach.

If a company brings up an idea, Apple probably has it in the works already and is almost ready for production because the company follows up on its development process. Technology is an important aspect of our society but more than one company is needed to help guide the way.

Microsoft led the way all through the ‘80s and ‘90s. Apple is now taking its place and setting the trends for society to follow. Competing technology companies need to start establish their own trends because Apple shouldn’t be the only company dominating.

There is this belief that we will soon depend on all products made from Apple. This is not the message that I am supporting. The point is—other technology companies should try to compare and exceed what Apple has done. For instance, Apple is making laptops that are physically thinner and electronically protected. Companies should try to minimize their laptop sizes and try to update the capabilities of the laptop.

Lesser known companies are losing money and it affects all the employees involved. Apple keeps its company on the right path of success but should allow more Americans to have jobs. Companies such as Dell should try to do what Apple has failed at doing, which is hiring people from our own country.

My belief is that the employment rate will rise because we would be supporting a brand from our country that would open more jobs if they had the money to do so.

Japan and China are exceeding the capital in technology. Apple is allowing us to compete with these technologically advanced countries. If other American technology companies assisted with this process we would be more of a competitor.

If more U.S. companies were able to compete with Apple, it would change the technological advancement of our society.

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

 

For most, college has merit

It is 2012: the year of the dragon, the Mayan apocalypse and the U.S. presidential elections.

We are all used to hearing about politicians acting like grade-school children, resorting to name-calling and accusing each other of outlandish things.

Republican Senator Rick Santorum recently called President Obama a ‘snob’ at the Americans for Prosperity Tea Party event in Troy, Mich., for saying that all Americans should have the chance to pursue higher education.

“He wants to remake you in his image,” Santorum said. “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard everyday and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them.”

While Santorum de-emphasizes the importance of higher education, he earned his law degree at Harvard.

President Obama isn’t trying to “remake Americans in his image,” as Santorum claims.

What President Obama most likely means is that everyone should have the chance to pursue higher education, not that every high school graduate should be shipped off to a university and converted into a liberal.

Santorum says that he wants to create jobs, but how are Americans going to compete with other countries without some type of education after high school?

Countries such as Japan and China are improving their education and their economies, getting closer to America’s status every day.

Santorum might have meant that Obama seemed idealistic by assuming that everyone in America could afford the high cost of a university, which is certainly a valid point.

However, Obama’s point was that  higher education should be an opportunity for everyone, not that each American has the funds or motivation to attend.

And Santorum is certainly right about how a typical four-year university may not be for everyone. Some people don’t need to attend college in order to have a good job. There are successful business owners, musicians and actors/actresses who don’t have a college education.

However, there are plenty of vocational schools which prepare people for a career, and there are also community colleges for those who want a college education but who don’t want to be full-time students.

If Americans want to pursue a particular occupation, they need to prepare themselves to the best of their ability by going to college, vocational school or community college.

It seems hard to believe that someone would argue against giving everyone the opportunity to pursue a higher education, but apparently that’s what Santorum is doing.

While Santorum may have a point that a college education is unnecessary for every single American, his point didn’t come across. Instead, what most people took away from his speech is that he thinks Obama is a snob.

-        The Review Editorial Board

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Think about majors before college

Everyone knows that it is not necessary to officially declare a major until the end of one’s sophomore year. It’s even encouraged that students try new things when they get to college because students often change their majors a few times before finally finding the right fit for them.

But is this really the best option for students—going in with the mindset that they don’t really need to figure it out until halfway through college?

After my first semester here at Linfield, I changed my major from psychology to mass communication, to biology.  But was this really the best choice for me?

Because I didn’t realize going in that I would become interested in becoming a dentist, which requires a student to major in biology I was unable to properly prepare this year and therefore did not sign up for the biology class.

Because of this, I will be taking classes during the summer, so that next year when I double up on my workload to major in biology, while still graduating on time, it won’t be so hard on me.

Now, I’m not saying that students should know exactly what they need to do from the moment they set foot on campus. But shouldn’t it be encouraged that students at least have a general idea before signing up for classes?

I feel as though some students fall back on the idea that it’s okay to not know for a few years, and therefore don’t take their education as seriously their first year of college. (talk about the tone this sets for the remaining three years?)

This leads to stress during junior and seniors year and can lead to students having to stay another semester or even  a year and graduating late.

Although I’m not saying this applies to everyone, I feel as though students should be encouraged more before coming into college to figure out their passions in life or what they want their future careers to be.

This would require high schools to prepare students, but I think that colleges should encourage students to have a better idea before coming in as well. This way, students can come to college more focused with a better mindset of how their college years will play out.

I am not sure there are many people advocating for two years for students to dabble in different disciplines.

The feeling I got from Colloquium was that from day one we were to be throwing our energy into stuff that we were passionate about, but if that didn’t pan out or we didn’t like the classes, we were then to look into pursuing a different path.

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Samantha Sigler/News editor
Samantha can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com

Jeremy Lin brings hope for Asian athletes

On Feb. 15, after I played an intramural basketball game, my Facebook status read: “Now I know why Jeremy Lin is so admired by Asians. I wish I am taller. I wish I am stronger. I wish I have more athletic practices and opportunities before college. I wish study is not the only thing I did in high school.”

Besides a little jealousy, I am proud of Jeremy Lin, who is a Chinese-American, a rising star in the NBA and at the same time, a Harvard graduate.

He seems to carry hopes  of the entire Asian American community, whose culture “mass-produces successful teens but mediocre Americans,” claims the article “Paper Tigers” in New York Magazine.

But after I followed up on Lin’s interviews in both the U.S. and foreign media, I realized what is really behind Lin-Sanity, regardless of race and stereotypes.

Though it seems he has just emerged, each step in his life definitely built on his path to who he is right now.

As his mother said in an interview, Lin’s brothers also love playing basketball, but his older brother didn’t get professional training at an early age, and his younger brother didn’t meet coaches like Jeremy did.

Between basketball and school, Lin’s mother also played a crucial role in helping him manage a busy schedule and made sure that school came first.

More importantly, his faith in God shaped his values.

According to Baylor University professor Jerry Park’s study, 22 percent of Asian-Americans are Protestant Christians, which is not as rare as we thought, and the number is still growing. Lin is a strict Christian.

He said in an interview on a TV show in Taiwan, “when things are not going well, I just had so many voices in my ears telling me what I’m supposed to do. But my agent and I try to focus on religion and immerse ourselves in the world.”

Everyone has his/her own life path. I am not here trying to analyze reasons of Lin’s success but to emphasize that people are always willing to forget one’s problems before his/her success.

Lin was refused any athletic scholarship at his dream school, Stanford University.

He went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft; he had too much pressure of representing Asians while he played for the Golden State Warriors; he was waived twice and then mostly stayed on the bench of the New York Knicks before he led a winning streak starting January 20.

So, the lesson I learned from him is to never give up but to appreciate difficulties.

As the other half of my Facebook status says, “Everything starts from working hard. I’m glad I didn’t give up when we were losing.”

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Jaffy Xiao/Online editor
Jaffy can be reached at linfieldreviewonline@gmail.com