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Coffey Anderson sings and plays his guitar while performing at Cat Cab on Thursday April 3 in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Anderson is a country singer and has worked with Florida Georgia Line, he sold his album “Boots and Jeans” during the show.
YeCheng Zhang/Senior photographer
On April 4, senior Izgi Gulfem Torunlar performed her senior recital.
The recital was divided into two parts. The first half featured songs in French, German, English and Spanish by famous composers such as Gabrial Faure and Johannes Brahms.
The German Lieder by Brahms featured junior Tabitha Gholi on viola.
The second half featured musical theatre and cabaret songs from late 20th century and early 21st century.
One of the theatre songs, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” from “Annie Get Your Gun”, featured junior Jeremy Odden as a duo with Gulfem.
Gulfem is an international student from Istanbul, Turkey. She is now completing a music major with an emphasis on vocal performances.
Gulfern has performed with a variety of vocal groups during her time at Linfield College, including Concert Choir, Women’s Ensemble, the Musical Theatre Ensemble, and Opera Theatre.
Gulfem has been a featured performer in Cat Cabs.
Gulfem was recently honored as the upper-college level Winner in the NATS Cascade Musical Theatre Festival.
In the future, Gulfem looks forward to launching her own YouTube channel soon, and to continue adding to her list of musical theater credits.
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A close presidential race resulted in the election of junior Trey Chiu and junior Ivanna Tucker as president and vice-president, respectively, for the Associated Students of Linfield College.
The presidential race was won by only 27 votes. Junior Gabe Wells received 303 votes out of a total of 653, or about 42 percent of the student body.
“Gabe is a really great guy,” Chiu said, “And I only won by about a classroom’s worth. It could have gone either way, so I felt really lucky to win.”
Tucker, who ran unopposed, was still elated to find out she had won.
“It was surprising, well, I was the only candidate so not that surprising,” Tucker said. “It was surreal because it actually finally hit me that I was vice-president. It is definitely something different to get used to. People have been stopping me to say congratulations a lot.”
Chiu and Tucker are enthusiastic about creating a feeling of togetherness and school spirit. Both feel a special connection to Linfield and want to make the college as welcoming as possible for all students.
“Integrating learning in your life is something that a liberal arts education is all about,” Chiu said. “I think that’s one thing people sort of overlook, they might come here for one thing and forget to look the other direction. It’s all about widening our horizons and not having our blinders on so much.”
“When I found out I won I immediately started thinking about ways I could start changing,” Tucker said. “I’m passionate about Linfield and I want people to have an experience here that is bold and that they can remember fondly for the rest of their lives.”
While Dan Fergueson, the director of college activities, and the newly elected candidates are focusing on ASLC cabinet applications right now are also looking ahead to the future. Tucker spoke about advocating for adequate parking on campus and plans to speak with Campus Public Safety, Jeff McKay and Linfield facilities about getting more parking for older students living in the HP apartments.
Chiu thinks a second Play Fair event at the end of fall semester might help students find more opportunities to get involved and help clubs struggling to increase their memberships.
“It seems like a lot of clubs are having trouble finding members, so it would be cool to give people a second chance to join,” Chiu said. “The first week is tough for a lot of freshmen and maybe they are too shy to sign up for something at that time, but later in the semester they could be more open to it.”
The two also want Linfield students to know how open and responsive they are to student concerns. They hope that their outgoing personalities will make it easier for students to feel that they are approachable and here to help.
“I’m very open and I’m not someone to hold something back,” Tucker said. “I want people to know that I’m someone you can talk to for advice and I’ll give you my honest response. I won’t hold back from expressing my opinion even to the Board of Trustees. But in a professional way.”
Chiu and Tucker will review cabinet applications this week to fill out ASLC for 2014-2015.
Olivia Marovich / News editor
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You know that one song that has been stuck in your head because it’s been all over movies or television commercials?
Chances are it’s “Best Day of My Life” sung by up-and-coming pop rock band American Authors.
The band formed in Boston in 2006 when members of American Authors met at the Berklee College of Music and performed under the name The Blue Pages.
They later relocated to Brooklyn.
Although the band released their debut single, “Believer,” in 2012, it wasn’t until the release of “Best Day of My Life,” that American Authors started making waves.
American Authors’ “Oh, What a Life,” is a great debut as the album captures the fearlessness, energy and catchiness of pop music.
The plucked banjos in “Best Day of My Life” and “Trouble” shamelessly contribute to the catchiness of the tunes, the former especially.
The band also evokes the musical style of Mumford & Sons through its intensity and sincerity in songs such as “Oh, What a Life” and “Luck.”
American Authors is reminiscent of the pop flair of Foster the People, the catchy sing-along choruses of the Imagine Dragons and Fun., and the resounding urgency of Bastille, which is also gaining recognition with its song, “Pompeii.”
“I am my own man, I make my own luck,” lead singer Zac Barnett boasts on another highlight track, “Luck.”
The track depicts the lead singer as a man seeking forgiveness from his family after he ups and leaves his town in search for bigger and better things.
The sixth track on the album, “Hit It,” was featured in the video game FIFA ‘14 and revs up the mid-‘90s sound of pop rock groups such as Green Day and Blink 182.
The track’s bridge is a definite tongue twister but sure to get everyone singing along.
“One day we’ll look at the past, with love,” the band chants. “Love,” the eighth track, is a summery tune that is also a sweet and poignant introspective on life.
“Oh, What a Life” is the perfect track to close the album as it captures the joyful and earnest essence of American Authors’ musical style.
The banjo plucks and violins give the track a folksy feel, while the “oohs” and “aahs” during the chorus elevates it into a memorable pop tune.
American Authors are currently on tour around the country and will make their way to the Sleep Country Amphitheater on June 10 in Ridgefield, Wash.
American Authors’ “Oh, What a Life” is available for digital download on iTunes and available for purchase in stores. You can also check out “Oh, What a Life” on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.
Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director
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“Blue Jasmine” sets up the perfect platform for contrasting appreciation. In this Woody Allen film, and arguably in some of his other films, there is a veil of chauvinism making it hard to separate the artist from his work.
In this story, Jasmine, a New Yorker socialite, clashes with the reality of working-class. Played by Cate Blanchett, Jasmine loses everything due to some incidents her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin), a womanizer and financial fraud, was involved in.
With no money in the bank nor income, Jasmine has no option but to leave New York for San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Jasmine’s pathological obsession with status and affluence is challenged when she has no choice but to adapt to her new reality.
As a viewer, the severity of help Jasmine needs is clear and her episodes of panic, compulsive lying and anxiety can all be linked to her frequently talking to herself.
On the surface Ginger is aware of what her sister is going through. However, Ginger also has her own worries that seemed to have only heightened since Jasmine moved in. As a result, Jasmine doesn’t receive the right type of attention she needs.
Allen has written all the female characters disapprovingly and perhaps this is where his personal prejudice comes into play for “Blue Jasmine.”
Ginger is a victim of female stereotypes and her rendezvous with the seemingly sweet man she meets, who failed to mention he was married, doesn’t give her a reassuring sense when decides to go back to her ex-boyfriend who is also very flawed.
Ginger’s boyfriend may be seen as funny, lovable and relatable; he also is an unpredictable, hotheaded alcoholic, of which Jasmine is very disapproving, though probably for some of the wrong reasons. The strong contrasting characterization of good and bad is distasteful; Jasmine, being a judgmental, shallow and disapproving sister versus the irrational yet, charismatic and charming boyfriend.
Furthermore, Baldwin’s character is also problematic. Though he may just be there to support the plot, we see only his success and praise and then everything that falls on him is because of Jasmine, Allen’s villain.
Though she had no part of the fraudulent financial binges of her husband, and often times had a “Habit of looking the other way when she [knew] something,” as such of his cheating tendencies, Jasmine is the emotion-driven, anguished female antihero.
Now that being said, Blanchett does astounding work making up for her character through her acting by taking a villainy female role and making her sympathetic, absorbing and well worth watching.
All in all, the delusions of every character are exposed and that is what makes this film about reality. Though it is in an obvious misogynistic perspective, there is still much to appreciate at the same time.
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