Monthly Archives: December 2012
The Theatre and Communication Arts Department hosted evening presentations for its senior students Nov. 27 through Nov. 29.
On Nov. 27 the seniors focused on communication arts shared their presentations. Seniors Elie Wiese, Takahiro Ishizawa, Stephanie Raso, Axel Cederberg and Alayna Martin gave professional conference-style presentations, displaying their senior seminar research projects.
Raso presented her research paper titled “An Examination of Gender and Race in Newspaper Coverage of Olympian Gabby Douglas.”
“I found it beneficial to take part in the presentations because it allowed me to have an opportunity to understand what a formal presentation is like,” Raso said. “The presentations were also a great way for me to share what I had worked on throughout the semester and show the implications of my research.”
On Nov. 28, theater students shared their portfolios. This year’s portfolios were made in an electronic format, so they could be easily presented for jobs or during an interview. Seniors Christopher Forrer, Megan Gear, Laura Haspel, Stephanie Mulligan, Paige Keith and McKenna Peterson all shared their portfolios.
“It is a digital portfolio that represents the culmination of my work as a theatre arts major, including course work, productions and other theatrical work outside of the department,” Forrer said. “We presented them in a public setting in the lobby of Ford Hall, trying to simulate a job interview environment or another type of professional presentation.”
The portfolios will be something each student will have for future jobs and interviews.
“This portfolio will be my lifeblood as an aspiring theatre artist, as will the ability to sell myself to theatre companies and graduate schools,” Forrer said. “Having an opportunity in a safe environment to practice this style of presentation and market my work is invaluable to me as a young theatre artist.”
The Nov. 29 presentations featured communication arts and intercultural communication majors. Seniors Crystal Galarza, Xiao Liu, Amy Bumatai, Maria Shwarz and Janelle Davis all presented their research projects in a similar style to the Nov. 27 presentations.
Linfield’s Fall Dance Showcase was full of diversity and entertainment Dec. 1 in Ice Auditorium. From hip-hop to ballroom dancing, the audience and dancers were pleasantly surprised with how well the show went.
“I think it went really well,” junior Amber Olson said.
Olson did a jazz duet with another dancer during the showcase and has been dancing since she was 3 years old.
Olson has also taken Linfield’s beginning ballet and beginning tap classes twice.
“I wish that we had more advanced classes here, but I know that they’re working on that with the dance minor,” Olson said.
The first half of the dance showcase was a musical theater ensemble portion, in which students sang songs from musicals.
“Some of the audience was confused with the musical theater in the first half, but they all did really well,” Olson said.
The second half of the showcase was the dance portion, in which students choreographed their own dances. The dances included hip-hop, ballroom dances and even a country-swing routine.
“We had a good variety,” Olson said. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had dancing.”
Three students invited a transgender advocacy and education group to speak at Linfield on Nov. 29 as part of a project for their Health Education Methods class.
Seniors Cora Hall and Mckenna Pyeatt were at a health education conference where the non-profit organization Transactive was presenting. They saw the importance of awareness of transgender youth in the health field.
“We really liked what they shared at the conference, especially since most of us are going to be health educators,” Hall said. “We’re going to see these kids, and they’re problems we’re going to have to solve now. It’s important to be equipped to deal with those.”
With the help of Fusion, Hall, Pyeatt and junior Julie Schoettler hosted the Transactive presentation. Transactive volunteers Griffin Lacy and Lissy Richards spoke about the importance of educating the public and advocating for transgender youth.
“We’re excited to be at Linfield because this is a population we don’t always reach,” Lacy said. “Transgender people are a population I think are underserved.”
Transactive is a Portland-based organization that provides services, education, advocacy and research for transgender youth and their families. It is the leading national organization, and the only Oregon organization, that focuses on the youth.
“There aren’t enough agencies doing this work,” Richards said.
Hall was struck by the importance of the subject, especially with regard to bullying and children.
“I haven’t been exposed to trans issues before. It’s never been addressed in any of my student teaching, or when I was in school,” Hall said. “This is the first time that opened my eyes to what is really happening, to how big and broad it really is.
“We hoped for a better turnout, but we wanted to get the word across campus that bullying is out of control, especially with youth,” Hall said. “We wanted people to be aware of the trans community and the fact that they’re people too. It shouldn’t be a big deal. Everyone should be able to be themselves.”
The volunteers from Transactive showed videos of success stories from transgender youth, but explained that this is not always the case for most transgender youth. They said 35 to 73 percent of youth report often being verbally abused by parents.
“Some parents allow trans children to express themselves at home, but not in public. Their identity has to be a secret,” Richards said.
“I thought it was a great presentation. That made me more bummed that there weren’t more people there to hear it,” Hall said. “I think it’s still a scary topic for a lot of people, just being uncomfortable and not really understanding.”
Hall praised Lacy and Richards for their passion and ability to get the message across.
“I love Transactive,” she said. “I think what they’re doing is fantastic. Sometimes I get really discouraged because I don’t feel that I can make a difference. But they encouraged me that one person can make a difference.”
Kelsey Sutton can be reached at email@example.com.
When he heard that the New York Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, Linfield alum Tony Carpenter chose to run anyway. With the help of Facebook and the running community, he spread the word and donated the proceeds from his “No York Marathon” to victims of the hurricane.
“I didn’t like the idea of training for a whole year. I needed to do something. I felt like if I ran Sunday, that would be like running my own NY Marathon,” Carpenter, class of ’98, said. “When I found out I couldn’t do it, I thought, ‘What should I do?’ One of the first thoughts in my head was I could just run it locally, in the spirit of the marathon.”
Running the marathon in New York is on Carpenter’s bucket list. A lottery determines who will get to participate, and he has been trying to get into the race since 2008. If a runner isn’t selected for three years in a row, they automatically get in. Unable to run last year, Carpenter got to extend his automatic bid to run in the 2012 marathon and began his training in January.
“I’m a runner. It took me awhile to come to that realization. This year I made a conscious decision to do it. It’s something I’ve been trying to do because I’ve never been to New York,” he said. “I’ve done the Portland Marathon eight times and it’s gotten pretty stale for me.”
Just two days before the race, his neighbor called to tell him it was canceled while he was packing to go to the airport.
“I turned on the news, and sure enough, it was canceled,” Carpenter said. “There was some backlash when it was said it would still go on. There was debate about whether the resources could be put to better use, and whether the race should go on or not. I figured it would. I had friends there already. It was a last minute thing.”
Carpenter didn’t let his disappointment get in the way. On Friday, the day the race was canceled, a television station interviewed him as someone who was scheduled to run in New York. He then mentioned his idea of running for charity. By the time it aired, he had already made his decision. Facebook is what made his No York Marathon possible, he said.
“I was going viral from Friday through Sunday. I wanted input on Facebook. The response was overwhelming,” he said. “I have a ton of Linfield connections, running connections and friends from high school. It was a big outpouring.”
On the day of the race, people who saw it on postings and groups showed up to cheer Carpenter on at the Tigard High School track. Out of 105 laps, Carpenter didn’t run a single lap alone.
“A kid I didn’t know ran 15 miles with me,” he said. “There were some Linfield folks I hadn’t seen in a while, people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and some I run with a lot. I had a cheering section the entire way. Typically in a marathon, you suffer alone.”
Carpenter was hurt going into the race, so he knew it was going to be painful. But he was still intent in doing it and finishing the 105 laps around the track- equal to 26 miles.
“I usually start to break down at mile 15 or 18. At mile six I felt like I usually did at the halfway point. I remember thinking ‘I’m in trouble. This might take longer than I thought,’” he said. “I wanted it to end, but I was really inspired and encouraged.”
Carpenter didn’t hold anyone to donations, but he encouraged everyone to give what they could. His friend Emily McKinzie set up the fundraiser website and helped keep track of the money. The No York Marathon donated $462 to the Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“It took perseverance and sticking with something I started a long time ago,” he said. “You’re looking at the sacrifices you made for it. You look forward to being able to finish with that, or looking to tackle something new. I was fed up with a lot of unfinished business. I didn’t want to be defeated. All these people had their homes taken away. I still had my home, dogs, family. I figured their situation was worse.”
Kelsey Sutton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Linfield College Computer Science Club recently finished among the top placers at a programing competition held Nov. 3 at the University of Portland. The competition was the 2012 Pacific Northwest regional qualifier of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.
“I think the International Collegiate Programming Contest is a wonderful experience for the computer science students here at Linfield,” sophomore Graham Romero said.
Linfield sent a total of 14 students representing five separate teams to the competition. In total, the teams representing Linfield were the best in Oregon and finished seventh regionally.
“The problems given aren’t necessarily what you’d have in real life, especially because they all have a theme. This year was “Lord of the Rings,” but they contain concepts that are very applicable in real-life situations,” Romero said.
Some of the other schools represented at the competition were Stanford University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington.
As an end result, Linfield teams finished second, sixth, 10th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd in the state of Oregon, giving Linfield the highest ranking from the state.
“I attended the same contest last year at University of Oregon, and ranked 60th of 94. This year my team got 33rd of 111 teams, so it’s nice to see that improvement,” Romero said. “Relative to last year, or any year we’ve participated, Linfield did much better. Our professor, Daniel Ford, definitely helped prepare us for the contest, as well as the workshop leader, senior Cody Tipton,” Romero said.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest is the largest, oldest and most prestigious programming contest in the world. In total, more than 25,000 students, representing 2,200 universities from 85 countries, located on six continents competed in regional qualifiers around the world.
In order for students to compete, they must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program, and either be younger than 23 or have completed less than five years of education after high school.
It goes without saying that students from the Linfield College Computer Science Club had an exceptional performance at their recent regional qualifier. Not only do their results come with bragging rights, but it also comes with the pride of achieving goals.
Madeline Bergman can be reached at email@example.com.