Daily Archives: May 15, 2012

Live on the air the radio show: Dos Zaquis with Zach Brandon and Zach Manley

Junior Zach Manley and sophomore Zach Brandon wish to have special guests Taylor Swift, Robert Downey Jr. and Scott Brosius on their show. Kate Straube/Photo Editor

A student turns on her online radio and anxiously waits for the show to begin. She doesn’t know exactly what is going to happen on the show today, but she knows that the two guys who are hosting are going to do something entertaining. While listening, they start belting “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton.

Dos Zaquis is a radio show that was started last semester by junior Zach Manley and sophomore Zach Brandon.

The show features the two talking about a variety of topics from relationships to sports and even activities to do around McMinnville. They tend to not have a set script for the show, but rather walk in with a topic and go from there.

Throughout the year, they have had special guests, such as senior softball player Jaydee Baxter and senior baseball player Ryan Larson.

“By bringing in athletes, it gives us a more in-depth look at the sport,” Brandon said.

Manley and Brandon met each other at summer baseball during Brandon’s sophomore year in high school and bonded each summer, while playing the game. Manley went to community college and decided that he wanted to go in a different path with his life, so he went to visit Linfield. Brandon ended up visiting at the same time. From there, they have been playing baseball together for the Wildcats.

The show began once Manley invited Brandon to join his two-hour time slot that he had to do for the Broadcast Practices class. After Brandon sat in one Friday, they decided to make it a regular thing. Prior to being called Dos Zaquis, the show was titled “Catching Z’s with Zach and Zach.”

Their main audience is 18 to 24-year-old females, and they have had listeners from Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Gonzaga and Boise State University.

“It’s cool to have friends from back home listen,” Manley said.

The dynamic duo complements each other while on the air. They each serve as a support system for the other, as Manley initiates the topic and Brandon gives his opinion.

“There are very few things that we disagree on,” Brandon said.

Freshman Chris Haddeland and senior Reed Nicholson have also helped with the show. Haddeland has assisted them with social networking by helping with Twitter and other aspects. Nicholson hosted a segment on their show called “Five Minutes with Reed,” which ended up lasting 15 minutes because of his detailed explanation of why people don’t talk to their dream girl or guy.

“We want to give the fans something that they would enjoy listening to on a regular basis,” Brandon said.

Brandon and Manley have also auctioned off dates with their friends to callers. Listeners have had the chance to win a date with Brandon, Haddeland, senior Colton Westfall and junior Tim Wilson.

The show plays a variety of music, including rap, pop and country.

“It’s more of a friendship [between Brandon and me] rather than an acquaintance on the baseball team,” Manley said.

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Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor
I
vanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com

 

 

Teen singer produces original album

Singing songs about the college lifestyle and spreading peace, Garrett J. Brown sure knows how to connect to student listeners. Always hearing some kind of message in his songs, Brown’s album “Priorities” is a must-hear for the month.

Brown recorded “Priorities” in the same studio that has produced works for Marilyn Manson and Elliott Smith, but don’t let the unique musical mix of artists fool you, his sound is definitely acoustic pop and soul.

Artists like Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and John Mayer are just a few of Brown’s idols who inspired most of the sounds found on “Priorities.” His style can be classified as soul-pop as he gracefully combines drums, acoustic guitars and saxophones.

Brown, now 17, started producing his self-taught sounds at the young age of 10. Some of his songs describe his upbringing as young and playful with a country feel. The track “Passerby” has an upbeat rhythm with percussion that can make you get lost in the background.

Brown is not just a talented singer, but also a writer who writes most of his songs and plays many different instruments. In 2009, Brown was named “Artist with the Most Potential,” by the Hard Rock Café in Boston.

Even though his sound is inspired by many famous artists, Brown stands out for the simple fact that he can do it all. He can write it, play it and then sing it, making a one-of-a-kind song.

The track “House of Cards” pulls out a Jamaican feel as the song starts with the keys and drums creating a great separation from his usual sounds on the album. The saxophone throughout the piece also reminds you what real soul music should sound like.

“Priorities” is a perfect example of what real written music sounds like. Brown not only makes his original songs connect to the listener, but he also has relatable lyrics that truly make you think.

Garrett J. Brown can be found touring, online and at KSLC 90.3 FM. He is always interested in connecting with fans and newcomers so if you enjoy soulful sounds, you are definitely going to want to check him out.

To hear more songs and to check out Garrett J. Brown in “Priorities,” go to KSLC and listen.

We are now streaming online, so go to our website and listen to the Best in the Northwest Student Station, KSLC 90.3 FM, www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

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Haydn Nason/
KSLC 90.3 FM
Haydn Nason  can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com.

Bring your own boyfriend

I believe that every girl should have a BOB—a battery operated boyfriend. I don’t mean that women should replace men for this, but rather to enhance their sexual pleasure, increase self esteem and improve their own body image.

Enhancing sexual pleasure is the most obvious claim for a toy. Men, don’t be afraid or worried about a toy. It’s there to—and I stress this—enhance, not replace. It is a lot more difficult for women to climax or achieve the same pleasure, and this can keep you on the same page.

Increasing self-esteem and body image are a little less obvious. I include these because using a toy on your own or with someone can help you be more aware of your body and what you like. Many women don’t feel comfortable with their bodies while having sex. Confidence in yourself can make a big difference in your enjoyment. Think of it this way: orgasms relieve stress. To orgasm well, you must know your body. Experimenting with different stimulators allows you to get to know your body and understand it. The better you understand your body, the more pleasure you can achieve. The more pleasure, the better you feel about yourself and the more comfortable you can be in your own skin.

Vibrators come in different shapes, sizes and textures. Many are waterproof for use in the shower and easy cleaning. A basic vibrator is slender, smooth metal, and can be long or short. This type’s primary use is to stimulate the clitoris not the inside of the vagina. For inside use there are more comfortably designed vibrators. These are textured differently—usually silicone or plastic—and are thicker than the simple vibrators. These can come with a curved tip for G-spot stimulation, ribs or veins, and can be in the shape of a penis. Length and width can vary.

Bullets are small, oval shaped vibrators that are used on the clitoris and are attached by a wire to the controller. A spin off of this is a bullet encased in silicone with or without ridges that has a ring on the end to be placed around a man’s penis. Another option that is more expensive (more than $100) is easier to maneuver around is the We-Vibe. The We-Vibe is a flexible, U-shaped vibrator that is designed for couples. One end is inserted into the vagina with the other placed on the clitoris. A tiny button to turn the toy on and off and to adjust the intensity or rhythm identifies the outside end. The toy gently hugs to stay in place and doesn’t come out during intercourse. The entire toy vibrates so he will feel it, too.

If a man isn’t available, there is a vibrator to remedy that. “Rabbits” are a style of vibrator that are designed to stimulate everything. The head of the toy spins inside the vagina, while its namesake, a small vibrator in the shape of a rabbit or some other animal, extends out to reach the clitoris.

There are many resources for toys, especially online. One popular retailer is Adam and Eve. It provides quality goodies like the We-Vibe. A more cost-friendly choice is DearLady.com where it constantly has sales on random items. Buying online can be tricky, though. To view and feel the toys before you buy them there are “Adult Stores” and “Megacastle.” Or contact a Pure Romance consultant or attend a party.

Keep in mind that when you buy a toy it must be cleaned. Find a good cleaner and use it after every toy use.

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Bailey can be reached at linfieldreviewbailey@gmail.com.

 

Students enjoy dinner and Dr. Seuss musical

A few lucky Linfield students had the chance to see the magic of Dr. Seuss brought to life and enjoy an exotic meal at an event organized by the Linfield Activities Board (LAB).

On May 12, nine Linfield students enjoyed the evening in McMinnville, eating dinner at Thai Country and watching “Seussical the Musical” at Gallery Theater, paying only $4 total.

“I told students that they could order anything on the menu, so we had a wide range of dishes including noodle dishes, stir fries, seafood, ice cream, Thai Iced Teas, rice dishes, and a lot more,” said senior Emily Jenkins, the on-campus programming chair.

Senior Matthea Brown signed up for the event because of how much she enjoys Thai Country.

“I ordered Yellow Chicken Curry and Pineapple Fried Rice with a Thai Iced Tea,” Brown said. “I shared my food with my friend Geoff who got Chicken Pad Thai. It was delicious and I highly recommend Thai Country to everyone I know.”

After enjoying dinner at Thai Country, the group headed to McMinnville’s Gallery Theater, on the corner of Ford and 2nd Street, to see “Seussical the Musical.”

“Seussical the Musical” is a popular Broadway musical, blending together characters and plots from many of Dr. Seuss’s books.

“It was a pleasant hodge-podge of many Seuss stories and it was fun to get to see characters from different stories interact with each other,” Brown said.

The main plot follows the story of “Horton Hears a Who,” but blends characters and events from other stories, such as “The Butter Battle Book,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“The show was very entertaining,” Jenkins said. “There were a lot of talented children in the play, and lots of fun songs that kept me smiling the whole time.”

Members in the community, featuring many young children, put on the musical.

“They were all very cute and talented,” international student Cassie Wong said. “The main character Jojo was my favorite as she had an amazing voice and was able to memorize the many lines that were more like verse than normal conversation.”

Although the play is aimed at children and their parents, the Linfield students who saw the show were able to enjoy it as well.

“My favorite character was probably Horton, because he’s so honest, genuine and lovable,” Brown said.

Jenkins, Brown and Wong would all recommend “Seussical the Musical” to other Linfield students.

“I would recommend the musical for people who enjoyed Dr. Seuss books, or who still do, like me, and are looking for a fun family performance,” Jenkins said.

“Seussical the Musical” is playing at the Gallery Theater until May 26.

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

Artists discuss social change

Playwright Rob Urbinati chats with audience members after his first lecture on May 9 in the Ford Hall lobby. Kate Straube/Photo editor

A three-day symposium marked the beginning of the Linfield Lacroute Arts Series, an interdisciplinary series of events designed to integrate the areas of music, visual art and theatre. The symposium ran from May 7 through May 9 and featured three artists who gave presentations, participated in a panel discussion and worked with students in the classroom.

Musician Thomas Lauderdale, photo historian Corey Dzenko and playwright Rob Urbinati started the symposium with a panel discussion about the role of the arts in social change. The panel took place on May 7 and was moderated by Susan Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Linfield.

Topics of the discussion included the role of the artist, the varied interpretations of art depending on context and audience, and the purpose of art, whether to entertain, inform, invoke or all three.

“A lot of times, artwork is dismissed because it’s entertaining,” Dzenko said. “People think it can’t be entertaining and meaningful at the same time.”

Lauderdale presented the first of the artists’ lectures, “Singer-Songwriter: Learn Your Craft” on May 7. He narrated the processes of writing several songs for his band, Pink Martini. He illustrated the lecture with piano riffs, photocopied handouts of scribbled sheets of lyrics and clips of the finished songs.

“When I’m writing a song, I’m not trying to write a hit,” Lauderdale said. “I try not to be concerned how people will like it. If I don’t like it, it wasn’t worth it, and no amount of money can make up for that.”

The second lecture, “The Cruel Optimism of Gregory Crewdson’s ‘Suburbs’ and Suzanne Opton’s ‘Soldiers’,” was presented by Dzenko on May 8. She discussed idealized images of suburbs, traditional  views of soldiers and the way Crewdson’s and Opton’s photos explore stereotypes in how people view the American dream and the American military.

Urbinati gave the last two lectures May 9 titled “Creating a Play: From Idea to Page to Stage, Part One,” which covered Urbinati’s typical writing process and what Urbinati called the development path, or what happens after you finish writing a play.

Urbinati’s second lecture, “Rebel Voices and Necessary Dialogues,” focused on the role of theatre in social change.

Urbinati said since his view was that of someone who has chosen a career in arts, he sees himself as an artist first. But, as he pointed out, artists can be activists.

“The most overtly political play I’ve ever written was ‘Rebel Voices,’” Urbinati said. “I was asked to adapt ‘Voices of a People’s History of the United States,’ the companion to Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States.’ It’s a collection of letters, speeches, poems and original documents in these minority voices.”

To illustrate his lecture, Urbinati invited junior Chris Forrer, sophomore Jacob Priester and senior Kanon Havens to read a selection from “Rebel Voices” that juxtaposed a poem by Allen Ginsberg, a U.S. military report and an eyewitness account of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Urbinati also discussed his next project, temporarily titled “The Linfield Project.” According to Urbinati, this play will cover topics of racism and racial stereotypes, multiculturalism, cyberbullying and the way students communicate using technology.

“I wanted to get a sense of how things like this would escalate,” Urbinati said. “I think it’s going to be very complicated and mixed up, like how things get interpreted wrong in real life online interactions and escalate way out of proportion.”

“The Linfield Project” is scheduled to be produced in March 2013. Urbinati said Linfield students will be able to see the development of it throughout the 2012 fall semester.

The Lacroute Arts Series is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund, named for Linfield trustee Ronni Lacroute. The series will include four similar interdisciplinary arts programs over the next two years.

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