Category Archives: Culture

Freshen up with morning sex

I feel it is my duty this week to inform you about a little known fact regarding starting your day off right.  I should warn you that we have been misled for centuries in regards to this question.

As most lies and unhealthy cultural influences regarding sexual health in America can be traced back to the ignorance of the Puritans, I feel compelled to blame them for the misleading.

In trying to figure out how best to start their miserable and sexually oppressed lives every morning, they found that it was best to start it on the right foot.

Starting your day off on the right foot might seem best, but actually there are greater health benefits to starting the day off on a different body part; your back.

Before we delve in deeper I want to assure you that the rest of this article, unlike this current paragraph, is factual and based on reliable sources like the Centers for Disease Control, Men’s Health and possibly Cosmo.

It is not unusual for people to spend between 30 minutes to an hour getting ready in the morning, especially for those who apply makeup and style their hair. But why waste all that time on something that can be done in just 15 minutes?  Morning sex is the answer.

You may be saying to your self, “Certainly sex is all well and good Dr. Donnolly, but the morning is not the time for it.”

I understand your hesitance, but I have faith that, as well-educated college students, you can find a way of getting around the problem of your partners morning breath.

I have heard that positioning yourself behind it might be the best solution for keeping a safe distance from it. The fact is that sex causes vasodilation and releases hormones that give us that perfect glow we are all after. It will flush your cheeks, brighten up your eyes, give your lips that perfect color and your hair that conditioned shine.

It has also been shown to slow the signs of aging, including reducing wrinkles and revitalizing your skin.

According to sexpert Mary Jo Rapini, M.Ed, L.P.C., “You end up being functionally younger … it’s a consistent effect.  If a woman has an average sex life, her real age can be two to eight years younger than the number on her driver’s license. It also lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, depression, suicide and mood changes.”

You will be able to sleep in longer, save money on cosmetics and stay physically and mentally healthy.

So in the name of health, science and finance, grab your partner first thing in the morning and help them look and feel his or her best all day. It might just be that early morning orgasm that gives them the edge they need in a job interview or exam.

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Concert brings students, community, music together

An evening concert brought Linfield students and community members together to raise money for Juliette’s House on April 21 in Ice Auditorium.

The concert was titled “Community in the Spotlight,” and it featured student and community artists who played music styles from traditional Irish and Scottish tunes to jazzy original songs and casual blues to Texas-style fiddling.

“In high school, I was part of Key Club, and I decided I wanted to showcase talent and raise money,” said sophomore Chelsea Ploof, who organized the concert and got the artists together. “So this concert is kind of a similar thing. The high school one was called ‘Night of the Arts,’ and it had musical performance and a kind of art gallery. We ended up raising around $800. So I wanted to continue that kind of event in college.”

Ploof said when she came to Linfield, she got involved in Circle K Club as a continuation of Key Club,  which is the kind of community service organization that wants to help out and get involved in the community. According to Ploof, the club has helped out in soup kitchens, gardens and senior homes.

“I thought it was important to bring together the community and Linfield,” Ploof said. “We started planning this a long time ago, like toward the beginning of this school year, and it kind of became this mix of students and community artists.”

Juliette’s House is a child abuse intervention center in McMinnville that was created in 1997 to be a child-friendly facility for the assessment of child abuse. Ploof said she knew she wanted to donate the proceeds of “Community in the Spotlight” to some community-oriented cause, so she settled on Juliette’s House.

“This concert is something I hope to continue,” Ploof said. “It just blossomed into this huge event, and there was a lot of support from Circle K. I was really impressed with the performance.”

Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
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Poet creates web of family issues

Plates of cookies and low chatter welcomed audience members as they made their way between the shelves to where their seats waited for them. They were there to hear Portland writer Brittney Corrigan read a selection of poems from her recently published book, “Navigation,” on April 18 in the Austin Reading Room.

“Navigation,” which is Corrigan’s first full-length poetry collection, had been published only two days earlier.

“Being published is exciting,” Corrigan said. “I can’t say it’s changed me because it’s only been a couple of days, but it’s exciting to go around doing readings like this one and read my poems out loud, which is where I wanted them.”

The themes that Corrigan explores in her poems include autism, family, loss and parenting. Corrigan said her book covers about 20 years of her life, and it incorporates a lot of her family history.

The poems she read spoke about family members from her grandfather and her husband’s adopted brothers to her baby nephew and her own son, who is on the autism spectrum.

“99 percent of people who find my website find it by searching “poems about autism,’” Corrigan said.

Corrigan is the poetry editor of the online magazine “Hyperlexia,” a journal that publishes fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry about autism.

“We don’t get a ton of submissions, but they’re mostly poetry,” Corrigan said. “We’ve thought about expanding the magazine to disabilities in general, but all three of the editors have kids who are autistic, so we wanted to keep it just autism for now.”

Besides “Hyperlexia,” Corrigan said that she has had single poems published in several magazines.

“It’s hard to publish a whole book of poetry,” Corrigan said. “Single poems are easier to publish, so you start to develop a platform and you can work toward a small book. I had mine entered in a lot of first-book contests and I would advertise the contests on all my social networking sites. My editor actually found me on Facebook,” she said.

She is also working on “40 Weeks,” a chapbook scheduled to be published in July. Corrigan said a chapbook is a smaller book of poetry, usually about 32 pages, that has a single theme.

“It’s basically a week-by-week pregnancy poem,” she said. “I originally wanted it to be a pregnancy journal that had my poems in it, but also blank pages, with prompts for expecting mothers so they could write about their experiences. I wanted something different than other pregnancy journals, the kind that are all pink and sparkly and have little hearts and cartoony drawings, but that didn’t work out.”

Corrigan’s other projects include two poetry series, one about parenting guilt and one about raising a child on the autism spectrum, as well as several children’s books.

Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
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Oregon-based band moves audience, makes music

Oregon band Rootdown had its audience dancing, clapping and singing along at the band’s Pro Cat Cab performance April 20 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.

Rootdown is a four-man band from Eugene, Ore., featuring Paul Wright on vocals and guitar, Jackson Michelson on vocals and bass, Matt Salinas on guitar and Craig Paulson on drums.

Their sound was an upbeat reggae/rock style, and by the way the band members jumped and danced around the stage area, it was obvious they were having a good time. They were constantly encouraging the audience to clap and dance along.

“Audience involvement is important to us,” Wright said. “I think we feed off each other’s energy when we’re all in it like that. We want that crowd participation. If we’re getting that, it makes us feel like we’re doing our job right.”

There were several songs that the band had the audience sing along with the chorus, and even one that had the audience split into two groups, shouting a response call back to each other. But the song that got the best reaction from the audience was an unexpected improvisation session about halfway through the concert.

“Who watches the show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’” Wright asked the audience. “We really like the improv on that show, so during our shows, we like to do some improv locally.”

Wright asked for suggestions of local things to include in their improvisation. The result was a song about the UFO parade, the Oregon burrito, Muchas Gracias, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and of course the Linfield mascot, the Wildcats.

“We don’t do improv like that for every show—it’s usually just if the moment’s right,” Wright said. “This was one of the best. I feel like it fit the college, it fit the town. Improv is something fresh and in-the-moment where we can show our talent. It’s engaging and entertaining, not just for the audience, but also for us, especially when it’s good like it was tonight.”

Rootdown has been playing together since 2007. According to Wright, the band has played at more than 70 colleges in the past couple of years.

“We played at a festival, and from that we got booked at a bunch of colleges from Alaska down through California, and over to Denver,” Wright said.

Rootdown’s new CD, “Tidal Wave,” has brought them attention from radio and record companies, as well as colleges.

“I liked their sound; I liked the bass. They had a good beat, and good audience involvement,” freshman Lexy Chapman said. “I love the freestyle rapping. I’ve been to a few concerts where they did that, and this was one of the better ones.”

The Cat Cab featured a number of Rootdown’s newest songs. Wright said playing new songs at concerts is the way the band tests them to see how people react to them.

“With songwriting, usually the music comes first, then I fit words to it,” Wright said. “Usually, I write about what’s going on in my life at the time, just whatever makes sense for the song. We also use a lot of improv during shows or in the studio, so songs can grow from that.”

Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
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Students move through multiple food experiences

In a tour sponsored by the Linfield Activities Board, 11 students visited a series of popular food carts and eateries in the Mississippi district of Portland. The tour took place April 21 and lasted for three hours.

“The district is famous for its community involvement, sustainability and the rebuilding center, and a lot of the places were built from recycled materials,” senior Nicole Szanto said in an email.

The tour started at the Mee Sen Thai Eatery and moved from there to Little Big Burger, Sidecar 11, Koi Fusion, The Meadow and Ruby Jewel Scoop Shop. Students sampled food that ranged from glass noodle salad and burgers with goat cheese to gourmet chocolates and homemade ice creams.

“All the food was excellent,” junior Kate McMullan said. “There really wasn’t a low point in the whole tour.”

McMullan said the tour emphasized how important sustainability and local produce is in Portland.

“Little Big Burger focused on how their buns were made in a bakery in Portland,” McMullan said. “They make their own ketchup, and they pickle their own pickles.”

Szanto said the dessert portion of the trip also featured homemade foods.

“At the Ruby Jewel Scoop Shop, everything from their ice cream, to the cones, soda and cookies is homemade, except for their salt, which they purchase from The Meadow next door,” Szanto said. “We had ice cream sandwiches, one chocolate chip cookie with vanilla bean ice cream and one lemon cookie with honey lavender ice cream.”

The trip was put on by Forktown Food Tours, an organization that offers culinary walking tours of Portland.

“The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and it showed the unique culture of Portland and how people from all different backgrounds and cultures have come together to make it their own,” Szanto said.

McMullan said the group’s tour guide also gave them historical facts about Portland and the area they were touring.

“Down one street, she’d found chickens that people own,” McMullan said. “They were these urban chickens just roaming down streets and around the area. We were trying to find where these chickens were from, and the owners saw us looking at their chickens, so they asked us if we wanted to see their coop. They showed us their garden, their compost, their worm farm and even how the chicken waste goes into the compost.”

McMullan said she had trouble picking a favorite restaurant or food out of all the places featured in the tour, but if she had to choose, it would be the Mee Sen Thai Eatery.

“We had a glass noodle dish and these fried chicken wings with sweet and sour sauce on top,” she said. “It was really excellent. I’m going to have to go back there.”

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Culture editor
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