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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ thaws the cold hearted

The club of Disney royalty gained two new members at the end of 2013: Queen Elsa and Princess Ana of Ardendale. These heroines are the central characters of ‘Frozen,’ which was the feature film shown last weekend in Ice Auditorium.

Disney’s “Frozen” is about Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) who was born with a curse that gives her the power over cold weather, meaning she can control ice, snow, and basically anything frozen. As a child, she is taught to conceal herself and her powers in order to protect both herself and her younger sister Ana (Kristen Bell), who has no idea about Elsa’s gift.

On the day of Elsa’s coronation as queen, she is forced to go into public for the first time in over a decade, which frightens her but elates Ana. During the coronation, Ana meets a young and handsome prince, Prince Hans of the Southern Isles (Santino Fantana), and they decide during a single musical number to get married. Upon hearing the news, Elsa becomes upset and accidently reveals her powers and promptly flees the kingdom. Elsa’s powers send Ardendale into a seemingly permanent winter, unless Ana, with the help of an ice-salesman and a talking snowman, can talk to her sister and get her to undo what she has done.

“Frozen” has found itself in a blizzard of praise and has received its fair share of awards, such as the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. What sets “Frozen” apart from other Disney movies is its focus on the bond between sisters as opposed to Disney’s more popular theme of romantic relationships.

The song “Let It Go,” performed by Idina Menzel and sometimes as an awful cover by Demi Lovato, it the most well-known song from the film. Even if someone has not seen the actual movie or gone out of their way to hear this song, they have heard it at least a dozen times, be it on television or being song constantly by every girl ages 13-20 for the last three and a half months.

Another notable fact is that “Frozen” did what, arguably, no other animated movie has been able to do thus far, and that is create a weird little sidekick, in this case the enchanted snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), and make it not annoying. In contrast to some of Disney’s other attempts, the character of Olaf is equal parts hilarious and perfect.

“Frozen” has turned into something much more than just a children’s movie because it is relatable to almost anyone, be it someone with an older sister they would face the winter for, someone with feelings that they have been concealing, or someone who was raised by singing trolls.

Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

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Student artist ‘Guggles’ his way to an artistic community, creates an art club

Sophomore Doug Sundman, one of the charter members of the “Guggle” Movement, is working to create a community of free expression around the Linfield campus.

He, along with junior Lionel Parra who coined the term “Guggle,” hope to bring back the emphasis on liberal arts at Linfield that they feel has been marginalized.

“‘Guggle’ arose out of Ron Mill’s class last year. It was classical approaches to figure. In it we were given provocations like the body in relation to society,” Sundman said.

“‘Guggle’ is about creating a culture of people who pursue provocations, but [instead of a professor assigning you one], you just kind of assign yourself a provocation,” Sundman said.

One of the many unofficial mottos of “Guggle” is to, “Have confidence and don’t worry about what happens. Just go with it,” Parra said.

“It seems like everyone has this impression that we are trying to form some sort of exclusive clique,” Sundman said.

“One of the first things we said was that anyone can ‘Guggle,’” Sundman said. “It’s more of an attitude.”

Sundman is helping to start form an art club. The Associated Students of Linfield College is scheduled to vote on a temporary charter for the club March 18, according to Sundman.

“We are trying to promote liberal arts at a liberal arts college, so we are pretty confident that ASLC will pass our charter,” Sundman said.

Sundman was one of the 16 students in the art department who helped build “Nils Lou’s Playhouse” during January term for the build to burn class, according to Sundman.

The 23 foot-tall sculpture is currently on display in the courtyard of the art department buildings.

Sundman’s contributions to the structure were two dozen or so wood feathers that pepper the exterior of the structure and two murals at its base, one of a tiger and one of a turtle. He also painted the support beams that create the structure’s base.

Sundman began his artistic journey at the age of three.

“I made magnificent [lego] sculptures that were four feet tall,” Sundman said.

“I don’t think I started doodling until fourth grade though,” Sundman said. “When we first really started using pencils to write papers in class is when I remember beginning.”

“My favorite practice in art is compulsively getting rid of all your art,” Sundman said. “I constantly whitewash my things [because] it encourages making more art.”

Sundman’s favorite medium is oil pastels. Sundman is currently an undeclared major, however, he is leaning towards a studio art major.

Ryan Morgan / Culture Editor

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Faculty recital sings their way onto stage

Spencer Beck/Staff photographer

 

 

Adjunct Professor of Music Natalie Gunn (left) and Sarah Maines
perform at Gunn’s faculty recital on March 16 in the Delkin Recital Hall. Gunn teaches vocal performance in the Linfield music department. Maines, a friend of Gunn, sings while the piano is playing.

A round of Deaf applause

Audience members conversed with one another through American Sign Language from across the room.

Laughs and a raise of hands swept Ice Auditorium on March 14 when “Deaf Puppy Dog Follows: A Storytelling Experience” attracted members of the Deaf and hearing communities.

Linfield’s adjunct professor of American Sign Language, Heath Goodall hosted the event with Patrick Fisher.

When Goodall isn’t at Linfield he teaches at Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community College, bringing in a variety of all of his students and creating a lively crowd.

Fisher and Goodall alternated telling stories through American Sign Language and other forms of visual humor including miming and acting. Goodall used his background of growing up in Seattle to tell stories  about how he orders coffee and his love for Starbucks in “How I Met Coffee.” Goodall presented himself in a relatable and humorous way that had everyone in the room laughing along.

Fisher signed stories based off Deaf culture such as, “How to Identify Deaf?” by having a deaf student come on stage and participate with the duo. Fisher also presented “Top 20 Errors ASL Students Make” and “Portland Deaf News” where Goodall went into the audience looking for a mirror and ended using Fisher’s bald head as a reflection and dumped baby powder on him.

Fisher and Goodall recruited eight other audience members to make two teams where each performer coached the group of four. Together they held competitions to see who could create the best animal or machine out of their bodies including elephants, cars, monkeys, and airplanes. They even used the contestants as laundry for their man made washing machine and dryer.

The English Language and Culture Program, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, the Department of Modern Languages, and the Linfield Offices of Academic Affairs and Multicultural Programs hosted the event.

Rosa Johnson / Copy editor

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Patrick Fisher (left) and Adjunct Professor of American Sign Language Heath Goodall shared the stage on March 14 in “Deaf Puppy Dog Follow” that combined the visual humor of acting with American Sign Language.

 

Rosa Johnson/ Copy editor

Adjunct Professor of American Sign Language Heath Goodall pretends to use Patrick Fisher’s bald head as a mirror during their act “Portland Deaf News.”

 

Rosa Johnson/ Copy editor

Rosa Johnson/ Copy editor

Adjunct Professor of American Sign Language, Heath Goodall (right) brings one of his Deaf students from one of his other classes at another college on stage.

iTunes Radio challenges Pandora

The best friend of any college student is often music. When it comes to studying, people can often be found with their headphones in listening to their favorite music as a way to help them prepare for that next big test, finish the essay, or get them through some boring textbook.

Whatever someone is working on, music is a huge part of the homework process. People listen to different types of music, yes, but the thing I find most interesting are the different sources that people get their music from.

Although some listen straight off of their iPods or laptops, Internet radio is far and away the popular way to get the tunes people are looking for.

There are many players in this industry including Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Rdio, but the clear dominant source in this market is Pandora.

Pandora started in 2000 and has taken off in the last 14 years.

Along with popular online sources of music from the computer, there are mobile apps that can be found in some newer cars.

Pandora has dominated this market without a significant challenge for some time. However, a new player has emerged into this market and is taking a shot at the internet radio industry: Apple.

iTunes Radio came out with the last round of updates for apple devices. It provides an online music source linked directly to iTunes.

When doing a side-by-side comparison, the first thing to look at is the music library of both iTunes Radio and Pandora.

I have found that both do a pretty good job at sticking to the genre or artist seed that was used to create the station. However, over a long period of time, Pandora has an annoying habit of playing several songs over and over.

This is just a minor problem with Pandora that is easily solved with some of the interface options such as putting a song away for a while.

The biggest drawback I have found with Pandora has been that every now and then, they will play a streak of songs that I have never heard of, simply because they fit the category of music I have chosen to play.

The songs can be skipped or disliked, but Apple has gone a step further with dealing with this problem. Within its settings, there is an option with iTunes Radio to play either “hits only,” “mix,” or an option that allows the listener to hear music that isn’t as mainstream.

This allows users to filter the music on the station to exactly what they want to listen to.

However, Pandora also features that iTunes Radio hasn’t developed.

Pandora allows for users to add more seeds to their station simply by typing in another artist. This adds more variety to the station.

Apple has not allowed for this as far as I know. Instead, they have an option that allows users to click a star which tells iTunes Radio to play more songs like the one playing right now.

As both user interfaces are equally navigable, my personal choice between the two is still Pandora. The music library of both is vast, but Pandora in my view is superior in selecting the exact music I want to listen to with the feature of adding more seeds to the station.

 Jerry Young / KSLC

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