Monthly Archives: September 2013

Students study, serve

Being a “student” isn’t always a college student’s only job description. Some may have a job back home or a job here on campus, but others work in places a little more different.

Freshman Kaitlyn Stratton and sophomores Nohheon Park, Wes Hanson and Leigh Hanson have either served in the military or are currently serving. Through their work in the military, they have a different perspective on life here at Linfield.

Stratton joined the U.S. Military after realizing that she wanted to do something and leave her town. She received all her basic training in various bases around the country. She deals with civilian affairs and is currently in reserve, but on the weekends she’ll serve at an army base near Linfield, filling out papers for incoming troops and other paperwork. After college, her team is planning to be deployed.

“Thieves of Baghdad,” the common reading book for this year, was a different book to read for Stratton than most freshmen.

“[It] was a compelling novel,” Stratton said by email. “It was easily relatable, coming from a military background and being able to understand all the procedures and tactics Bogdanos was talking about. It also made the book more personal to me, knowing that he is a fellow soldier.

Park served in the Korean military at K-55 Osan Air Base as clerk for Operations Command, where he prepared and scored drills such as the Operational Readiness Inspection.

“For males in South Korea, it is [their] duty to serve in military service,” Park said. “The shortest term in the military is two years. I served for two years.”

According to Park, most South Korean males decided to serve in the military after their freshman year of college even though they can postpone until after graduation because they know they’ll be busy after.

As a new student to Linfield, Park had to take colloquium and read the common reading book.

“The basic concept of the military is similar,” Park said. “The different thing is that the U.S. Army has a more liberal atmosphere because the U.S. Military is not fighting in their own country. [Korea is] more tensed. It is changing now. Technically we are not the stopping the war, but it is just a ceasefire.”

The war Park describes is the war between North and South Korea.

Wes, who is 32 years old, enlisted in the army because his wife, Leigh Hanson wanted to, since her family had a history of service. She wanted to continue that. Wes went along for the ride. Being married during training definitely made their experience different from any other trainees.

“They accidentally put us in the same flight in basic training,” Wes said, “so that was a really awkward experience, trying to avoid each other as much as possible, so we wouldn’t get in trouble.”

“You’re supposed to be very focused on learning to become a member of the Air Force,” Wes said. “Having her there every day was definitely a distraction. We got severely reprimanded when they found out we were married. It ended up working out.”

There were also other ways their marriage affected their time in training. Wes and Leigh ended up spending all their training at the same base, the Whiteman Air Force Base in Montana. They never moved once, something strange in the military.

Wes thought about majoring in computer science because he had been a flight control technician on a B-2 Stealth bomber, but he decided to do something completely different, something he was passionate about.

He left the military with an honorable leave after two years through an early leave program. He will be a junior at the end of this term. He is eligible to return to the military and has considered it after finding out that he only had 70 percent of his schooling paid for.

“I actually enjoyed my time in the military,” he said.

Leigh joined the military with her husband and worked as a mental health technician.

“It’s not an easy life,” Leigh said through email about the military, “but it does have its rewards. Neither of us would be in school without it.”

“I have free healthcare, not to mention the intangibles it teaches you, like discipline, respect, integrity and self-confidence.”

Linfield helps its students, and students in the military receive as much help as any other. Jeff Mackay, associate dean of students, remembers one instance of a student being called into service when the Iraq War first started. The college helped set him up to leave and for his return, making sure he could return with relative ease. That is the help provided to any student who would need some time off from school because of the military.

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Airforce soldiers march down a road at the Whiteman Air Force Base.

Freshman Kaitlyn Stratton stands at her graduation from Battles with two of her friends. Stratton joined the army as a PVT and was promoted to a PV2 in August of this year, which is now her current rank.

Sophomore Nohheon Park (right) stands in front of his apartment before discharge with Jiyong Song.

Sophomore Wes Hanson worked on B-2 Stealth Bombers as a flight control technician during his time at Whiteman Air Force Base.

Sophomores Wes Hanson (left) and Leigh Hanson served together at Whiteman Air Force Base while married. These are their basic training photos.

Freshman Kaitlyn Stratton receives a promotion from her
Battalion Commander.

Photo courtesy of Wes Hanson

Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Stratton

Photo courtesy of Nohheon Park

Photo courtesy of Wes Hanson

Photos courtesy of Wes Hanson

Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Stratton

New sushi restaurant splashes into McMinnville

McMinnville is getting a new slice of Japanese culture as a new sushi restaurant aims to open its door by October.

Sushi Kyo Express has taken up occupancy in the strip of businesses across the parking lot from Albertson’s, at 887 SW Keck Dr.

 After eight years and two other locations in Salem, the business owner’s decided to branch out to McMinnville.

“When we were driving around we saw the college and right here, [there wasn’t] any sushi places,” Elvis Yan said. “We decided to come here and give it a try.”

Sushi Kyo is family owned, according to Yan. As part of the family, Yan explained that the manager of McMinnville’s SushiKyo has not been chosen, but it will be decided before opening in October.

“We’re trying to [open] by the first week of next month,” Yan said. “If that does not happen, we’ll [try] for sometime in October.”

 According to their website, “at Sushi Kyo, [their] goal is to provide people with healthy and delicious foods,” and “[the] atmosphere is tranquil and inviting, and our staff is courteous and knowledgeable about the menu selections. We treat our staff like a family so that in return, they treat our customers with respect and are eager to please,” Yan said.

The food at Sushi Kyo features traditional Japanese cuisine as well as some sushi rolls with a new twist. The price ranges from $1.35 to $2.45 for sushi available from the conveyor belt bar. They also sell party platters for $37.95 to $52.60. Sushi Kyo also has a selection of non-sushi items so that anyone can enjoy.

 While the restaurant is under construction, the owners declined access inside.

 “We want it be a surprise for everyone,” Yan said.

The restaurant’s website features a blog, featuring the business’s updates, short articles on sushi and where coupons are available.

For more information on Sushi Kyo, visit their website at

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Artist sways listeners with soft tunes

Simple, soft vocals ooze on each track of Missy Higgins’ “On A Clear Night” album.

The Australian pop, indie artist released it in 2007 following the success of “The Sound of White.”

Higgins has a vocal quality that is similar to Sara Bareilles and Christina Perri. Her soft sentimental tone meshes well with the instruments used on each track.

Over the course of six months, she spent time gaining inspiration from Broome, Western Australia.

Some of the tracks reflect the landscapes she witnessed and also contains some songs about past relationships.

“Where I Stood” opens with Higgins’ ballad-like, deep tone sitting nicely on top of simple piano chords. Drums lightly join in and allow Higgins’ vocals to shine.

The chorus “Cause I don’t know who I am, who I am without you” draws listeners in and showcases a sense of desperation that many feel in the mist of a break up.

This is one of the best tracks on the album and has been featured on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and Lifetime’s “The Client List.”

“100 Rounds The Bend” gave the album a nice change of pace that showcases Higgins’ range and her versatility.

The third track and her first single off the album “Steer” reflects her love for her country and how she admires the Broome beach at night.

It features more high-pitch vocals than the other songs and has an upbeat tempo that makes the song very catchy to listen to.

 Even though it is more on the fast side, Higgins’ maintains the acoustic vibe that she tends to stick with throughout the album.

Inspired by her second breakup with her ex-boyfriend, “Peachy” shows a darker side of Higgins’ and is one of the shorter songs on the album.

“It’s all those mind games you play with someone you’ve just broken up with,” Higgins said to the Herald Sun. “They’re pretending they’ve moved on; you’re pretending you have, too, but neither of you has. It’s ridiculous.”

The album closes out with “Forgive Me” which is a ballad that everyone can easily connect to and her vocals are accented well with just a guitar backing her up.

“On A Clear Night” is perfect for people who just need something to listen to while they just want to reflect and think about life.

It’s smooth quality is something mainstream indie-pop is missing. Some of the tracks do lack depth but overall it is worth a listen.

Higgins last released an album in 2012 called “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.”

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Thai culture, food hits sweet spot for students

Thai Country is the type of restaurant that I could dine at two or more times a week and never get sick of eating it. The food is authentic and the service is warming.

One of the most admirable aspects of the restaurant in my eyes is the interior decoration.

You walk inside and immediately greeted by the Buddha women figurine, in addition to the sweet and genuine servers.

The figure, and the plethora of elephant décor that can be seen all throughout the restaurant, set the environment.

Elephants are the symbol of Thailand and hold a deep meaning to the culture.

The wallpaper, elephant carved chairs and miniature statues all over the restaurant add to the cultural appreciation of elephants and any person walking into Thai Country will take notice.

Thai Country’s menu is made up a variety of veggie-based stir-fry dishes and delicious curries.

Although I haven’t tried everything on the menu, I can’t imagine you could go wrong with ordering anything.

Another aspect that I appreciate about Thai food is since the food is heavily veggie-based. Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy just about anything on the menu.

In addition to this, meat-eaters can also indulge in a meal that will satisfy their animal-protein craving.

Whether you’re the pork, beef, chicken, shrimp or squid-type, all the plates at Thai Country give you those options to pick your poison.

Every time I eat here, I discover new favorites.

This week’s picks were the Gang Ga Ree, a hot, creamy, yellow curry with a generous amount of vegetables and the Pad Garlic, steamed veggies with perfectly sautéed mushrooms over white rice.

Again, I’ll reiterate my love for Thai Country being that you can’t go wrong with ordering anything on the menu.

Coming from me, that is a wonderful thing to be able to do, putting trust into their menu and chefs, because I am just about the most indecisive person to walk into their restaurant.

So, when it comes to Thai Country, not only is the food appealing and you’ll want to take in all that your stomach allows you, but emphasize taking in your surroundings and appreciating the replicas of the Thai culture that is seen throughout the restaurant.

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Novel’s satirical realism draws in readers

Kurt Vonnegut is immensely talented at writing stories in which the plot seems to have no direction or purpose until suddenly, and unexpectedly, it does. Vonnegut took that talent and ran with it in his 1963 novel: “Cat’s Cradle.”

Like much of Vonnegut’s work, the plot of “Cat’s Cradle” is a bit busy in the timeline and much of the book is background information for the actual story that the narrator, in this case the perfectly normal John, wants to tell.

 John is an ambitious writer who begins his journey with the goal of writing a book about the day Hiroshima was bombed and the American side of it all, so he hunts down the children of Felix Hoenikker, that man who helped develop the atomic bomb.

John found that the Hoenikker children, now adults, were less than normal. There was Newt, an extremely little little-person, Angela, an unpleasant mothering sort, and Franklin, who had disappeared and was presumed dead somewhere in Cuba.

John traveled around upstate New York trying to find as much as he could about the Hoenikker family. He finds out that one, when the atomic bomb dropped, Felix Hoenikker was busily playing cat’s cradle, and two, he may have been creating more than just bombs. However, none of that is a part of the true story.

The true story begins and becomes busier with John on a plane, by chance with two of the Hoenikker children, to the small island of the Republic of San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo is ruled by a dying dictator, “Papa” Monzano and his right-hand man, an American scientist.

On the island, John discovers the religion of Bokononism, which is illegal yet widely practiced. Bokononists are usually skeptics that believe in good will towards men and more than anything they believe that mistakes cannot be made; that everything is for a reason, more or less.

The religion makes John realize that all the business that followed his arrival to San Lorenzo was just as it was supposed to be.

If the purpose of “Cat’s Cradle” had to be guessed, as it can only be guessed, I would guess that Vonnegut wanted his readers to appreciate fragility.

The world is fragile, but the world is also busy. Busy, busy, busy.

The world could freeze in an instant and Vonnegut wants his readers to appreciate the world, or hate, or feel however they want about it, just as long as they are aware of it.

Ironically, Bokononists probably would not like “Cat’s Cradle,” as they are too skeptical for such dark, yet light hearted stories.

The novel hurts and is terrifying with satirical realism, and if read too deeply it could easily break the reader, but assumedly, most readers would rather be broken a thousand times and end their world and thousand times more than to have not read “Cat’s Cradle” at all. Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

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“Cat’s Cradle” encourages readers to be aware of the world they live in.