Monthly Archives: April 2013

Graduating seniors will teach for America

Each year, more than 40,000 college seniors and professionals apply for the Teach For America (TFA) program. A select few individuals are then given the opportunity to pack up their belongings, move across the country and spend the next two years teaching students in a randomly selected public school.

Two Linfield education majors, Noelle Beesley and Lori McEwen, and psychology major Kadi White are among the few applicants who were accepted by TFA for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

The women began the competitive and nerve-wracking three-part application process in December 2012 and received notification of acceptance into the program  March 2013.

The first round consisted of submitting a completed application, letter of intent and resume to the TFA program. Next, the applicants underwent a 40-minute telephone interview with current TFA members and alumni. The final round was held in Portland, Ore., and required the applicants to teach lessons, engage in group discussions and meet with a final interviewer.

After the final round, the applicants anxiously awaited their acceptance letters. Two weeks later, Beesley, White and McEwen had been invited to join the TFA program following graduation.

Beesley will be relocating to South Carolina, McEwen will be moving  to Memphis, Tenn., and White will be moving to the Mississippi Delta in June to begin a five-week training program before school begins in the fall.

McEwen became interested in TFA through a former Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority sister, Audrey Germer, who currently teaches in Phoenix, Ariz.

Her mother was a teacher so she realized at a young age that she wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Marilyn Salter, a visiting professor at Linfield, has encouraged McEwen to let her personality shine through teaching. McEwen is excited to be a full-time teacher.

“The students I love working with the most are the ones who need a positive role-model,” McEwen said. “I love being that for them.”

Beesley took advantage of the opportunity to work for TFA because she wants to be a part of a social justice organization and help change education systems.

Growing up, Beesley was inspired by her second grade teacher, Mr. Wiersma.

“He made me feel like I was needed in the classroom,” Beesley said. “Like I was important, and like I was valued as a learner in his class. He always remembered me, cracked jokes and set himself up as a positive role model I could turn to as a learner.”

She hopes to pass this feeling on to her students during her time in South Carolina and in her future with teaching.

For White, TFA is a bit of a different experience being a psychology major.

“The great aspect of TFA is that it doesn’t require you to have a degree in education,” she said. “I applied because it gives me the opportunity to make a change that means something and makes long and short term differences.”

Although White does not have education experience, she is excited for what the Mississippi Delta has in store for her.

All three seniors enjoy helping others in need. TFA emphasizes not only educating children, but also making a direct impact on students’ lives.


Sarah Mason/Features editor

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Stories disturb even the darkest readers

“Haunted” varies from other Chuck Palahniuk novels because it’s a series of 23 short stories that are tied into one larger story, rather than one unbroken story. However, it shares the same feature as Palahniuk’s other novels. Once one is finished reading it, he/she experiences a weird desire to take a boiling hot shower to rinse off the filth and shame gained from reading “Haunted.”

Unfortunately, “Haunted” is so perversely twisted that it may be literally impossible to rid oneself completely of the indignity that the novel brings, and one must continue to live their life knowing that he/she is just as perversely heinous as all other Palahniuk fans.

The surrounding story of “Haunted” is of 19 individuals who sign up for a writers retreat and are then, unknowingly, locked underground with limited food and resources by their host.  They are charged with writing a great manuscript in three months before they are released.

After a moderate amount of protest, the group decides to lean into the experience under the idea that, after they are found, they can sell their story for millions.

So, like any rational group of would-be writers, they willingly resort to such activities as murder, cannibalism and self-mutilation, essentially anything to make their story even more traumatic, and therefore, sellable.

Each of the individuals takes time out of their busy schedules of making baby-soup to share their story.

One of the first stories, entitled “Guts” is probably the most well-known story from the novel, as it had been published previously in “Playboy.” The story is of a young man masturbating himself nearly to death and having his insides all but sucked out. According to Palahniuk, it is based on a true story he heard during a sex addicts anonymous meeting.

As a reader, you would think that the stories from thereon out could not get any more terrifying, or dare I say, haunting, but you would be wrong in your assumption. So ridiculously wrong.

The stories of “Haunted” are more than just gore and sex, but several, such as “Obsolete,” hits the reader psychologically and makes them look at their life and their choices, and perhaps, even send them spiraling into an existential crisis.

Palahniuk has an extraordinary ability to reach into a reader’s soul until he finds the darkest and most voyeuristic part of it before tenderly treating it to his work, which exposes full spectrum of human travesties.

Reading Palahniuk’s many works may send you to Hell, but at least you’ll know what kind of shoes to wear.

Paige Jurgensen/Staff writer


Myths about pregnancy dispelled

There are some pretty common myths about how women can get pregnant, whether by accident or intentionally. For example, getting pregnant by sitting on a toilet seat. While most college students probably realize the absurdity of this myth, there are others that seem legit. This may be because some are so similar.

A common myth about preventing pregnancy is if you have sex while a woman is on her period, she can’t get pregnant. While it might not be a common occurrence, this is not a practical preventative method. The egg is fertilized while it is in its descent down the fallopian tube. Sperm can live up to five days after being ejaculated into the vagina, and some women can become fertile four days after the beginning of their period.

This means that another egg has been released from one of the ovaries. This is similar to the myth of using the ovulation cycle to prevent or ensure pregnancy. Women have varying cycles on an unseen level.

Ovulation at around 14 days after the start of a period is not a rule for most women. As mentioned above, fertility can occur in as little as four days. Therefore, this is not a reliable method to predict when a couple can conceive or when it can prevent pregnancy.

The withdraw or pull-out method is when a man removes his penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation. This seems like it would work, except for that a little bit of fluid that comes out of the penis during stimulation. This fluid has a chance of carrying sperm in the urethra from a previous ejaculation. And we know how long sperm can possibly last.

It doesn’t require much sperm for a woman to become pregnant, either. In the end, only one little guy is required- or allowed- to fertilize, but because millions are in each ejaculation, there could be hundreds left in the urethra. And there is always a chance some could make it to the egg.

Positioning after or during sex does not have an effect on whether a couple gets pregnant. To improve the chances of conceiving, some people believe that if a woman inverts herself it will help the sperm find its way. Aside from lying down for a few minutes after sex, positioning will have no bearing on pregnancy chances. Additionally, positions, such as standing, will not prevent a pregnancy either.

When there is a chance of becoming pregnant in any of the above scenarios, the idea that getting pregnant can’t happen from having sex once is easily dismissed.

In fact, there is even a greater chance of getting pregnant given the amount of time that a woman is fertile during a cycle and how long sperm has to find the egg.


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Young voice sings of love in new album

The topic of love often plagues the minds of young girls throughout their teenage years, but most cannot express it in such a delicate and soulful way as 17-year-old singer- songwriter Olivia Millerschin does in her new album, “Yes.No.Maybe So.”

The Michigan songstress is set to open on a nation-wide tour opening for Teddy Geiger starting this April.

Millerschin has a soulful voice similar to some of her folk-acoustic predecessors like Sara Bareilles or Colbie Caillat.

Millerschin’s songs have a light airy feel that is reminiscent of teenage summer days. She has a sound similar to that of acoustic group Garfunkel and Oates and, like the aforementioned, has a knack for humor with songs like “Screw Valentine’s Day.”

Her music isn’t comedic, however. She has an ability to analyze love and look at life and success and the future; all things that kids on the brink of adulthood think about.

She doesn’t approach these subjects like a normal teenager, however. She has a maturity about her, and her voice moves you away from images of teen troubles to seeing her lyrics as truly relevant to the transformation into adulthood.

Although only 17 years old, Millerschin has gotten critics to take notice. In her short career, she has been nominated for three Detroit Music Awards and performed at numerous festivals throughout the country.

The album hits its best moments early with her up-and-coming hit “Screw Valentine’s Day” and is at its best on the fourth track “I Can Say.” The song tackles the perils of letting others dictate your path and hold you back from your future.

“I was once a tree, rising from the ground,” Millerschin sings. “Winter, spring, summer, or fall, I still grew tall till you cut me down. Are you really happy now?”

The album has a bit of an up and down feel to me. It isn’t well-paced and jumps from fast to slow and deep to light hearted without much guidance for the listener.

This pace certainly doesn’t take away from her talent. Millerschin is a well-versed songstress and the album has the ability to capture the attention of the listener for the duration.

To hear Olivia Millerschin’s “Yes.No.Maybe So.” tune into 90.3 KSLC or listen online at and look for her opening nationwide on the Teddy Geiger tour beginning this month.


Tyler Sedlacek/KSLC staff

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Spanish cuisine is only brisk walk away from campus

Students were immersed in the Spanish culture for an evening during “Taste of: Spain” on April 24 at La Rambla on Third Street in McMinnville.

La Rambla is a street mall in Barcelona, Spain. The local restaurant serves Spanish cuisine with a northwest twist.

La Rambla’s menu changes on a seasonal basis. Currently, it features dishes with diverse ingredients that combine to create fitting flavors. For example, one of the salads is made with baby spinach, apples and ham.

The meal commenced with tapas, which are not similar to American appetizers. La Rambla has cold tapas, such as salted almonds, marinated olives, roasted beets and an assortment of cheeses. Hot tapas include grilled cauliflower, stuffed mushrooms, steamed clams, sautéed garlic shrimp, spice-rubbed steak and seared duck breast. Tapas will sometimes account for an entire meal in certain bars in Spain.

A unique part of the menu is La Rambla paella. It is a large dish originating from Valencia, a state in Spain, made with rice with shrimp, clams, chorizo, green beans, peppers, onion and saffron. Patrons can order a large or small serving of paella to share with a group.

“I had learned about the Spanish dish paella in my high school Spanish class and it was fun to be able to try it,” Carey said.

For desserts, La Rambla offers churros, almond or chocolate tortes, vanilla custard, orange flan, apple bread pudding and ice cream with salted almond caramel or chocolate sauce.

Students reviewed that La Rambla’s prices are not too high, although it is a classy restaurant.

“The restaurant was pretty upscale in my opinion. The lighting was pretty dim, and there were candles on the tables,” Carey said.

Students enjoyed the decorations, although the music did not contribute to the atmosphere.

“It is pretty dark and well decorated,” senior Nora Burnfield said. “The bar is really neat looking. The music, however, doesn’t really match the Spanish theme.”

Wildcats who participate in the “Taste Of” trips say they provide new tastes and opportunities, which is always a positive experience.

“For people who are interested in learning about other countries and cultures, the “Taste of” trips give them the chance to do so in a fun and really inexpensive way,” Carey said.


Carrie Skuzeski/Culture editor

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