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Three Linfield theater arts majors are set to act in a play at McMinnville Gallery Theater.
Seniors Steven Stewart and Matt Sunderland and sophomore Chris Forrer were cast in “Arsenic and Old Lace” by playwright Joseph Kesselring, which opens on April 1.
The play also features Meridith Symons, administrative assistant for Academic Affairs, and is directed by Paula Terry, Acquisitions, Cataloging and Administrative Support Coordinator at Nicholson Library.
The play’s plot centers around two sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster, who appear to rent out their spare room to kindly older gentlemen when in reality they are plotting to kill the men.
Sunderland said he was cast in a production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” during his senior year of high school.
“Once I heard that she [Terry] was directing, I was very excited, and I wanted to audition because I love the play.”
Sunderland was cast as Mortimer Brewster in high school, but this time he will portray Dr. Herbert Einstein.
“He [Einstein] is a homicidal maniac and a touch insane,” he said.
Forrer will play the role of Mortimer, a theater critic working for a newspaper in Brooklyn, the play’s setting.
Rehearsal dates for the Linfield theater’s next production, “Execution of Justice,” directed by associate professor of theatre arts Janet Gupton, coincide with the community theater’s rehearsal dates. Forrer, Stewart and Sunderland are each cast in “Execution of Justice,” as well.
“The primary concern was ‘Execution of Justice.’ It’s a huge production with a predominantly male cast, and it needs all hands on deck,” Sunderland said. “Unfortunately, to have three guys go audition for a play elsewhere and possibly, as such, not be able to do “Execution of Justice” really kind of threw things into question.”
The Department of Theatre Arts and the students have been able to coalesce as far as scheduling goes, he said.
“They’ve been very willing to work with us and help our show succeed, and we’ve been willing to do late-night rehearsals with Janet to do what we can for her show for these weeks,” Sunderland said. “All three of us love to do it. It adds motivation and fuel to the fire to really concentrate on both roles.”
The dual-role situation doesn’t cause turbulence, but there is one aspect of their moonlighting that has required some extra effort, he said.
“Something that Steven and I both had to struggle with is learning accents. Dr. Einstein is from Germany, so I had to learn a German accent and Officer Brophy is from Brooklyn, so he had to master a Brooklyn accent,” Sunderland said. “That was a good challenge for both of us, I think. It’s been fun to have that extra thing to work on.”
“Arsenic and Old Lace” runs through April 16 at the Gallery Theater at 210 Ford Street in McMinnville. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Call the Gallery Theater for tickets. Ticket pricing is as follows: general admission, $14, student and senior citizen tickets, $12.
Students can bring their IDs to the Gallery Theater half an hour before the curtain. When the theater has unsold tickets, students can purchase tickets half-off.
The Gallery Theater box office is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call the Gallery Theater at 503-472-2227 or visit www.gallerytheater.org for additional information.
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Students donated to the Alternative Spring Break program on Nov. 14.
The “Be the Change” coin drive fundraiser involved pairs of Alternative Spring Break volunteers knocking on doors and collecting spare change.
Organized by senior Lauren Ross, the Alternative Spring Break student coordinator, the fundraiser was a tremendous success, bringing in more than $600 in donations after two hours of door-to-door visits.
Twelve students participated, which is roughly one third of the students involved with the Alternative Spring Break program this year.
The plan was simple: divide up the campus, introduce themselves to students, talk about the program and ask them to donate spare change.
The Linfield community was more than up to the task.
Ross is in her fourth year with the program. She described Alternative Spring Break as an excellent opportunity for “focused and concentrated service work.”
Alternative Spring Break sends students to help in various communities during the vacation.
This year, the program will send students to work with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, Wash., and in New Orleans, and students will help with the urban homelessness problem in Portland.
The “Be the Change” coin drive is one of several fundraisers Alternative Spring Break is holding this year.
Next, it will sponsor a staff night out on Dec. 3 when the New Orleans team will supervise and entertain the children of any faculty or staff member looking for babysitters.
Students signed up in September to become involved with Alternative Spring Break.
Participants spend the next few months teambuilding and fundraising.
Alternative Spring Break will show a presentation about what the volunteers did during their week of service.
“It’s a great way to experience something outside of your bubble, something profound, and to make some new friends,” Ross, a sociology major, said.
More information is available on the Career and Community Services website: www.linfield.edu/ccs/community-service.html
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Fifteen students experienced homelessness on Nov. 15. There were activities on the Intramural Field from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. during which the group watched several movies and played card games. Six students slept outside with blankets, while the rest slept in tents.
Several members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity wanted to raise awareness about homelessness. Junior Anson Whiting and sophomore Daniel Hellinger planned the event with help from VISTA Student Engagement Coordinator Lizzie Martinez.
“We started planning the event in October,” Hellinger said. “Kappa Sigma wanted to sponsor this event because we want to show that homelessness has increased and there needs to be a solution to stop it.”
Martinez said the point of the event was to think about the issues surrounding homelessness.
“We tried to simulate homelessness as much as possible,” Martinez said. “The point is to get people to sleep outside to think about what it is like to be homeless.”
Whiting described the experience.
“The weather was cold and raining. The wind was the worst part. It was hard to be focused on sleeping without getting woken up,” he said. “It helped having people around me to do [the event] with. It gave me motivation.”
Hellinger agreed with Whiting.
“Sleeping outside is a very hard process. It took a lot of preparing, but it was a great experience to go through,” Hellinger said. “I realized that I take my home and my bed for granted when there are thousands of people in Oregon who don’t have either.”
Community service is one of the most important parts of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Whiting said.
“We chose this specific event because we like doing things that will make people more grateful for what they have,” he said.
During most community service events for the fraternity, people build items, participate in fundraisers or help people directly,Whiting said.
“My favorite part was how different it was from any other community service event. This was a simulated event,” Whiting said. “A canopy flew into the projector [for showing the movie]. The quirkiness of [it] made it better. The few problems that arose made it less stressful because it made things interesting,” he said.
Martinez said that she enjoyed working with Hellinger and Whiting and that it was great to work with students on campus.
She said that she likes helping students set goals and run successful events.
“It made Dan [Hellinger] and I really thankful to come to a warm building and warm clothes. It made me so appreciative to have a home and not sleep on wet grass,” Whiting said.
Martinez described the event as successful and said she wantedto get people thinking about homelessness.
“I loved seeing student leaders come together,” Martinez said. “It is inspiring to see students give up their bed for a night to raise awareness.”
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a week during which college campuses nationwide spread awareness of the issues. Linfield has participated by hosting events such as this for several years.
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For 12 days, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10, the Theta Chi fraternity members are manning a 24-hout booth.
Theta Chi has partnered for the second year with the Yamhill Community Action Partnership.
The fraternity members collect toys and other gifts, and even take requests from children through YCAP.
Sophomores Kyle Pfeifer and Robert Nix and junior Eric Anderson sat in the booth at 8 p.m. Dec. 1.
“It was kind of slow in the beginning because people were taking things from the tree,” Anderson said. “It’s always slow in the beginning, but the turnout is always good.”
The tree Anderson referenced was a small, fake tree sitting on the donation table with wish lists from underprivileged children.
Anderson said the tree was nearly filled to capacity with requests, but the tree was almost empty by Dec. 3.
“A lot of people have been taking slips from the tree,” Pfeifer said.
People who take the slips, Anderson said, either returned the slips with the requested gifts or take care of things themselves.
If hunting down a gift takes too long, Anderson said that there would be more collections at the Field House on Dec. 18.
The gift must be accompanied by the request slip so workers can send the package to the right person.
YCAP is supplying the requests in their gift-tag form, he said.
Anderson said that the Theta Chi Fraternity members often take slips from the tree and he encouraged others to do the same.
“We’ll take new clothing, old clothing, books, anything,” he said.
The event was organized by Theta Chi’s philanthropy chair, junior Justin Williams.
In an e-mail, Williams said he was working with Alexis Powell of YCAP, which allowed them to make donations of gifts instead of being restricted to monetary donations.
Theta Chi Fraternity is still taking money and donates it to YCAP to be distributed to the community.
Before partnering with YCAP, the donations went to the McMinnville Food Bank, the McMinnville School District, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, the Oregon Health and Science University and the Kids on the Block program, an after school enrichment program for children sponsored by the city of McMinnville, Williams said in an e-mail.
Theta Chi Fraternity began doing the 12 Days of Christmas charity event because it helps the community outside of McMinnville, and signified the Christmas spirit, Williams said.
“It’s how we want Theta Chi Fraternity to be portrayed,” Williams said in an e-mail.
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Almost 5,000 spectators gathered in downtown McMinnville on May 15 to watch the annual UFO Festival Alien Daze Parade, which featured a float from a Linfield art class.
The UFO festival celebrates a famous UFO sighting outside McMinnville in 1950. Adjunct Professor of 3D Design Totem Shriver said that, according to the story, resident Evelyn Trent was feeding her chickens when she saw a large, silver disc floating in the sky above the coop. She and her husband, Paul Trent, quickly retrieved their camera and took several photos of the hovering object. His class’ float — a chicken coop — reflected the history.
Shriver said that in 1958, the News Register received the photos and published them in the newspaper. The Associated Press discovered the photos, and then eventually gave McMinnville worldwide publicity.
Sophomore Sabrina Coleman said she marched in the parade as part of a project for Shriver’s studio design class.
“It was an awesome experience,” Coleman said. “I feel like if the whole class wouldn’t have been as into it as they were, then we wouldn’t have done as well as we did.”
Shriver said that the class built a chicken coop from scratch for the float and gave it a background story.
He said that the class dressed up as half-chicken and half-alien creatures who protested the way the News Register published the UFO sighting photos of their alien ancestors, giving them unwanted attention.
Shriver said the class built the chicken coop because it was a functional piece that could be used after the parade was over.
“We even bought four chickens and each group in the class adopted one and named it,” Shriver said. “We raised them in cardboard boxes until they grew older and the coop was finished.”
He said that although the actual process of constructing and decorating a functional sculpture was the point of the project, he considered participating in the parade a valuable experience as well.
“It gave people one of those little slices of life,” Shriver said. “I think everyone should have the chance to be in a parade at least once in their life. It’s an opportunity to be someone else. When you put on a mask, you become a different entity, and you don’t have to worry about marching down the street in front of a packed crowd.”
Coleman said she enjoyed the opportunity to be active in the McMinnville community.
“Participating in community events gets students out of the Linfield bubble and shows the community that we care about McMinnville,” Coleman said.
Promotions Coordinator for the McMinnville Downtown Association Ginger Williams said that the festival began 11 years ago when McMenamins Hotel Oregon opened in McMinnville.
“When McMenamins opened Hotel Oregon, it dug into unusual facts and history about the area,” Williams said.
She said that when McMenamins heard about the Trent family’s UFO sighting, it decided to host an annual event that centered around the mysterious occurrence.
Williams said that the McMinnville Downtown Association saw the festival as an opportunity to draw new people into the area to enjoy the downtown businesses.
“The event has certainly grown over the years,” Williams said. “It’s gone from a handful of entries to more than 40 entries with about 400 people in the parade. People came from as far as Washington and Nevada to participate in the event.”
For more information, visit www.ufofest.com.
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