Monthly Archives: May 2012

Jazz Band, Double Vision play Jazz Night

Sophomore Timothy Prag plays a solo during the Jazz Night performance May 11 in Ice Auditorium. Alyssa Carano/Senior photographer

The Linfield Jazz Band and Double Vision, Linfield’s vocal jazz ensemble, performed for students, family and the public in Jazz Night on May 11 in Ice Auditorium.

The Jazz Band displayed all the power of a classic big band as it played original compositions and other jazz standards. The band members interacted with each other throughout the performance, encouraging the soloists as they played.

As is custom for jazz, there were many soloists featured, including sophomores Sylvan Tovar on bass and Katelyn Henson on baritone saxophone, freshman Christian Santangelo on drums and junior Timothy Prag on tenor saxophone.

Seniors Chelsea Janzen and Kayla Wilkens sang an Ella Fitzgerald song alongside the jazz band. They stayed true to character with costumes and stage presence.

Each member of the band kept the energy going until the last song. They never missed a single beat and showed their expertise while paying special attention to dynamics and mood.

Steve Kravitz, director of the Jazz Band and adjunct professor of music, honored junior Evan O’Kelly with the most outstanding musician award, as voted by his peers.

Double Vision picked up the energy as it took to the stage. The ensemble kept everyone in the audience moving and tapping along to the music. The singers made the scatting solos seem effortless. Soloists included seniors Jeremy Moll, Jesse Goergen, Logan Freitas and Chelsea Janzen.

The singers fed off of each other’s energies, and they worked well with the bass, drum and piano combo.

Double Vision said farewell to Dana Libonati, adjunct professor of music and director of the jazz ensemble, after 21 years of teaching and directing.

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Student directors show their talent

Advanced directing class students juniors Daphne Dossett, Chris Forrer and senior Kanon Havens each directed one hour-long play in Springfest on May 10-12 in the Marshall Theatre.

The class showcase featured three plays, “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich and directed by Dossett; “Tone Clusters” by Joyce Carol Oates and directed by Forrer; and “Saturn Returns” by Noah Haidle and directed by Havens. Each night, different pairings of two of these plays were performed.

“These Shining Lives” is set in Ottawa and Chicago, Ill., from 1922 to 1938. It follows the protagonist Catherine and her friends in the course of getting infected with radium poisoning from work and suing their company for hiding the truth from its employees. According to Dossett, it “emphasizes the strength of four women as they overcome adversity and the touch of time.”

With only six actors and actresses, the play has more than 10 roles.

“Tone Clusters” is set in a television studio in 1990. It features an interview of the parents of a murder suspect, who are forced to accept the truth despite their self-deception of how the media wrongly portrayed their son.

Forrer said the beauty of the play lies in “a hard truth about the human condition and people’s inability to see what lies right in front of them when their contentment degrades into apathy.”

There was a voiceover throughout the play, which the director described as a “technical sensory overload.”

“Saturn Returns” is a story that follows a man who lost his wife and daughter at different stages of his life and how he became nostalgic and lonely afterward.

Havens said it is a simple but elegantly written “story of love and loss” and the play was delicately crafted.

In the play, there are three actors portraying the main character at ages 28, 58 and 88 as well as an actress portraying the man’s wife, daughter and nurse.

In addition to the directors, the cast and most of the crew are students who volunteered to assist with the productions.

Throughout the production, the directors had to refine their communication skills so they could be understood by the entire cast and crew.

“You learn how to get along with others in the theatre, and learn even more about yourself through collaborating,” Havens said. “Theatre is really not only about the end product. It’s also about all the realizations you make and gain as a human being through rehearsals.”

The theatre and communication arts department will have two more class showcases at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on May 20. They respectively feature the dialect scenes by the intermediate acting class and contemporary scenes by the beginning acting class.

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The Linfield Review wins various awards at Collegiate Day ceremony

The Linfield Review received 16 awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publisher’s Association Collegiate Day on May 11.

The Review’s biggest competition was The Beacon from The University of Portland and The Hill Top from Howard University.

The Hilltop received first place in general excellence and The Beacon received second place.

They also placed high in best section and best writing.

The Review placed in best writing, series, feature photo, design, sports photo, headline writing, cartooning, house ad, web site, news story, photography and special section.

The Review earned three first place spots in headline writing, sports photo, cartooning and house ad.

In addition to placing in these sections, The Review received second for best news section, best features section, best headline writing, best news story, best photography and best website.

Overall, The Linfield Review received honorable mention in general excellence.

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News editor

Colleges grow their wait lists, leaving more students in limbo

Morgan Lundblad, 18, a senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, sits at desk in her Spanish classroom in Flossmoor, Illinois, April 5, 2012. She applied to 12 colleges and got accepted to some, denied by others and is on the wait-listed for Harvard, her dream school. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

After months in limbo, Morgan Lundblad recently opened her long-awaited email from Harvard University to find only more uncertainty.

She had been wait-listed.

The senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Chicago had applied to a dozen of the nation’s most elite colleges. When the smoke cleared, Lunblad still did not have a definitive path forward. Of the schools where she was accepted, she narrowed her choices to the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. Still, she can’t quite let go of Harvard, which had a record low 5.9 percent acceptance rate for this fall. She may not know her fate until mid-summer.

“It’s not really a rejection, but it kind of is,” she said. “It just doesn’t help you too much. I need to make a decision.”

While no one tracks the number of college applicants nationwide who are wait-listed, admissions experts and high school guidance counselors agree the ranks have swelled in the last five years. That leaves more students consigned to the half-way house of admissions, where they are unable to fully celebrate an admission or properly mourn a denial.

The number of schools using wait lists is on the rise, according to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. In 2010, 48 percent of colleges reported using a wait list, up from 39 percent in 2009 and 35 percent in 2008. At the same time, the number of students plucked from standby decreased, from 34 percent to 28 percent.

The trend is driven by the lingering economic downturn, along with the unpredictability of the admissions process, experts said. Many schools are seeing more and more applicants as seniors cast a wider net, applying to more institutions to hedge their bets.

Also, the recession has interjected its own volatility to the match game. Over the summer, a parent can get laid off or reassess skyrocketing tuition costs in tough times, triggering a last-minute shift from private school to State U.

As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for admissions officers to predict who actually will show up in the fall, so schools have countered with an insurance policy: a larger reserve pool to manage their enrollment, officials say.

“It’s become a ping-pong game that both sides play with each other,” said Barmak Nassirian of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. “And it’s totally gotten out of hand.”

The end result is that many are left dangling.

“It’s insane…This year has been the absolute worst, with more kids on the wait list than ever,” said Laura Docherty, college counselor at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. “It’s just painful … and it really drags out the process.”

Because many institutions closely guard their wait-list numbers, cracking the code of how many eventually get a coveted fat envelope is a subject of intense speculation on online message boards. Some schools declined to provide data to the Tribune, but statistics could be gleaned from college websites and other sources.

Northwestern University’s wait list shrunk from about 3,500 last year to 2,857 for 2012. Still, this year’s wait list is about 1,300 names longer than six years ago, school officials said.

MIT’s wait list fluctuated between roughly 450 and 740 from 2007-10, then it shot up to 1,000 in 2011. Wait lists at some smaller schools grew as well. Grinnell College in Iowa said its roster rose from 541 last year to 1,189 in 2012. Bates College in Maine has not yet released its most recent data, but the wait list increased from 871 in 2010 to 1,305 in 2011.

How many back-ups will be admitted varies from year to year, school officials said. Although it’s tempting to cling to a fantasy, most experts suggest applicants should regard their limbo status with a hefty dose of realism.

At Vanderbilt University, for example, 9.4 percent from the wait list were accepted—a number that has held steady for the last four years. Last year, MIT plucked only 26 students for acceptance from its reserve pool of 1,000.

Northwestern said it admitted no one from its wait list in 2011. The year before, it accepted just 21 out of 3,204.

Said Nassirian: “I tell them to think of a wait list as a ‘no.’”

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Chicago Tribune

College Relations raises money for training dummy

Linfield’s College Relations hopes to raise $50,000 for a new, high fidelity training dummy for the Portland campus by the end of the fiscal year.

It has raised more than $45,000 for the dummy and hopes to meet its goal by the end of June.

The current dummy, dubbed Eric, has gone through more than 5,000 simulations and more than 1,000 students.

“When a group of us from College Relations was visiting the Portland campus, Jana Taylor, who is the director of the simulation lab, expressed that Eric’s warranty is about to run out. He’s kind of on his last leg, and they really needed a new mannequin,” said Christina Diss, director of annual giving. “And my boss, Bruce Wyatt, thought, ‘Wow, this is a great way to engage some Portland alums in philanthropy.’”

There has been a huge outpouring of support from faculty, students and alums.

It has received donations from more than 100 Portland alumni, in addition to donations from McMinnville alumni, faculty and staff.

College Relations also hopes to raise money for this cause through the Spring Fling event, where students will pay for the opportunity to throw pies in the faces of their professors.

Eric is just one of the training tools used in the Portland campus’ Experiential Learning Center. The ELC is a facility within the Portland nursing campus where student nurses are able to practice the skills they have learned without putting human lives at risk.

According to the Linfield website, the ELC used 12 hospital beds, 10 adult-sized mannequins, 12 infant mannequins, two pediatric mannequins and a variety of specialized equipment, such as IV training arms and catheterization models.

In addition, the facility has three high fidelity training dummies, including Eric.

Of all the equipment available, none is as immersive as the high fidelity training dummies.

“You can inject medicine into it, you can take its blood pressure, you can start IVs,” Diss said. “It gives students an opportunity to practice medicine in a safe environment before they start out on their clinicals.”

Not only does the ELC lab prepare students for their clinicals, but time spent in the ELC counts toward their clinical hours.

“We just feel like experiential learning is such an integral part of the Linfield college experience for all students, and obviously, especially critical for the nursing students,” Diss said.

In a mock letter from the training dummy, Eric writes, “Though a price can’t be put on a human life, it can on my replacement—$50,000.”

Just like a human life, the experience provided by Eric’s replacement will prove invaluable to future nursing students.

Joel Ray/
Senior photographer