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Adjunct professor of music Natalie Gunn will present a faculty recital with fellow colleagues and friends.
Gunn is a soprano who teaches vocal performance at Linfield. Soprano Erin G. McCarthy, mezzo-soprano Sarah Maines and Linfield College alumna, Susan McDaniel will join her at the recital.
McCarthy is a friend of Gunn and is a vocal instructor in Newberg, Ore. where she teaches at her home studio. Maines works for Oregon Health and Science University and helps with voice rehabilitation to injured vocalists.
McDaniel is the principal staff accompanist for the department and accompanies many music major and minor students who perform a music jury at the end fall and spring semester.
The recital will be performed in two parts, featuring duets and trios. The first part of the recital will be sung in Italian.
Those in attendance will be treated to a surprise ending at the recital.
Noteworthy composers featured in the recital include George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Strauss, and Johannes Brahms.
For more information contact Shelly Sanderlin at the music department, email@example.com or 503-883-2275. The faculty recital will be at 4 p.m on March 16 in Ice Auditorium.
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Deaf and hearing communities will raise its hands together for “Deaf Puppy Dog Follow,” a two-man comedy presented exclusively in American Sign Language.
The play combines sketches, poetry, solo stories, comedy and folk tales that parody contemporary themes in deaf culture.
Linfield adjunct professor of American Sign Language, Heath Goodall, will be hosting this event with Patrick Fisher.
Goodall became Deaf shortly after birth, but wasn’t introduced to ASL until his senior year of high school.
Goodall completed his undergraduate at the University of New Mexico and graduate work at Western Oregon University.
Goodall also teaches ASL courses at Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community College when he is not at Linfield.
Goodall is a master storyteller, performer, actor, and ASL poet.
Along with his other artistic outlets, Goodall enjoys drawing with pencil, charcoal, and ink.
Patrick Fischer, Goodall’s partner for the show, has been involved in a variety of artistic positions as an artist, board member, actor, director, producer, teacher, and consultant. Fischer has done storytelling, poetry, emcee, skits, and comedy all around the U.S. and Canada.
When Fisher is not in the theatre, he teaches American Sign Language and currently is a certified ASLTA professional instructor at Portland Community College.
He is a director of artistic Sign Language at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and is also a professional artist and owner of a freelance design business. Fischer launched a theatrical business in 2005, providing various services to those who want to learn more about theatre through the experiences of those who are deaf.
In July 2013, Fisher was awarded the Stephen M. Ryan Teacher of the Year award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Deaf culture and humor in deaf studies presented by American Sign Language Teachers Association.
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 sponsor this performance.
The play is free and open to the public, for more information call the Theater Department at (503) 883-2802 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts. “Deaf Puppy Dog Follow” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14 in Ice Auditorium.
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Faculty members and friends (from left) Sarah Maines, Natalie Gunn, Susan McDaniel and Erin G. McCarthy will perform at 4 p.m. on March 16 in Ice Auditorium.
This year Linfield took sustainability to a whole new level when it comes to having zero waste and feeding local pigs, with the Zero Waste Project.
The goal of the Zero Waste Project is to keep as much waste out of the Riverbend Landfill and make our campus waste go to zero.
Ducan Reid, Linfield’s sustainability coordinator, has been a major influence in helping Linfield start composting. Not only does Linfield compost, but the compost from our school is picked up on a weekly basis and sent to a local pig farm.
The pig farm processes the compost by heating it up to kill potentially harmful bacteria and run under a magnet to make sure there is no metal that could harm the pigs.
Once the pigs are past adolescence they are sent to Karlton Farms, located in Yamhill Valley, where they are prepared for grocery stores.
At the moment, there are only compost bins in dorm rooms where there are Green Chair students. Green Chair representatives take the compost to the bins located behind Dillin Hall.
Currently students on the Zero Waste Project are working on documenting how much our school composts.
They take a volume measurement, but that doesn’t mean everything in the compost belongs in it.
“It is going really well,” Reid said. “Success isn’t based on the amount, but the contamination of the compost.”
Green Chair position holders will look at the compost before it is put in the larger bins, but everyone is still learning what belongs in the compost and what doesn’t.
“We aren’t at the forefront, but I think we are doing very well,” said Reid. “In order to keep up we need to keep expanding.”
Reid would like to see Sodexo purchase all of its meat from local farms, like Karlton Farms. This would allow Linfield to not only feed the local pigs from our waste, but then purchase the pigs we are helping feed. But in order for Sodexo to purchase 100 percent of its meat from local farms they would need more money from students.
If your dorm doesn’t have a Green Chair representative, you can still participate in the Zero Waste Project.
There are compost bins located around campus, including one in Riley on the first floor, that are available for anyone to use.
Contact Duncan Reid, or the office of sustainability firstname.lastname@example.org, to receive a pamphlet on what is compostable and most importantly, what is appropriate for pigs to eat.
Rachael Gernhart / Staff writer
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Millions are invested in the creation and manipulation of illegal drug compounds, allowing them to be distributed on storefronts nationwide.
“The idea is that it is legal marijuana. It is smoked like it and produces similar reactions. Although it still acts on the same receptors in the brain, because it is a different chemical structure, one is able to beat the drug test,” said Graham Rankin, visiting professor of forensics, from Marshall University.
Rankin said that, no matter what it is called: if it is herbal incense, spice, K2, black mamba, bombay blue, ivory wave or vanilla sky, it is still a chemical modification to an illegal drug.
Once seized, the substance is given to a forensic lab that identifies the compounds and determines if the substance is structurally similar enough to the illegal drug to deem the substance also illegal. In many cases the drug is not similar enough to something illegal and the individual and their drug substance is let go.
There are eight different structural classes of these chemical compounds. These classes were developed to try and get a handle on the expanding drug modification sector.
The difficulty is that the development and modification of these chemicals is happening at such a rapid pace that it is difficult to not only process the testing orders fast enough, but it is difficult to identify the structures as one of the eight classes because they are developed to avoid detection.
Identifying the compound in a lab is more difficult than one would think. Many of the drugs are created in legitimate labs in China after hours. As a result, the drugs are professional grade and easily manipulated to create new strands.
There are two approaches to reaching the solution.
The first is through GC-IR, an instrument that graphs the sample drug and other drugs on test paper to determine the structural similarities and the differences of isomers. This is not common in all labs.
The second solution is to use fluorinated acidic anhydride derivatives, a chemical modification that contains florins. The florin then reacts with the substance to make a positive change allowing one to differentiate the compounds from another and to connect illegal drugs with new drugs that chemically resemble the structure of the illegal drugs with slight differentiation.
Science students packed into a crowded room on March 6 to hear Rankin talk about his background in forensics and drug modification.
“I thought it was really interesting to learn how a lot of these compounds were based off of already existing compounds. A change in a methyl or the orientation of space within the chemical can drastically change the effect, which was really interesting to me,” said senior Julie Saidno, biochemistry major at Linfield.
Kathryn Devore / Staff writer
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America is thought to be future-driven and a melting pot of culture. Some Americans’ views have held this country at a superior state above other countries, but that is all starting to change.
Bestselling author and professor of international relations and history at Boston University, Andrew Bacevich, will speak on “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in Ice Auditorium.
Bacevich graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, and served in Vietnam, Germany and the Persian Gulf and retired from the army as a colonel. As a leading expert on American national security policy, Bacevich will illustrate how previous administrations, reflecting back to as late as the end of World War II with suggestions on how to reverse our current path.
Bacevich has published the bestseller book, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War,” which is a critique of the country’s military industrial complex. Bacevich has also written other books called “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” and “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” with subject matter on America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war.
Bacevich is also the author of “The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II,” “The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War” and “American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy.”
Bacevich received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. Currently Bacevich works at Boston University, before that he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University.
Bacevich’s lecture, “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Linfield’s Edith Green Lectureship and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell at email@example.com.
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