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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.

 

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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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Feminist voices perspective of film industry

On the rise triple threat, Lake Bell showcases herself as an actress, director and writer of “In a World.”

This lighthearted comedy is about Carol Solomon, played by Bell, who is a freelance vocal coach trying to break into the male-dominated realm of voice-overs for Hollywood film trailers.

Bell opens the film with archive footage of Don LaFontaine, legendary voice-over artist who died in 2008 but left big shoes to fill.

Carol’s narcissistic father, Sam Soto, played by Fred Melamed, also in the voice-over industry has established himself as the shoe-filler and expected successor of LaFontaine.

Carol is underachieving but we can see this comes from her father, who has time and time again belittled her goals of becoming a female movie trailer vocal spokesperson.

Sam undermines his daughter’s talents and encourages her to stick to vocal coaching and accents.

“The industry does not crave a female sound,” Sam bluntly says to his daughter.

On top of this, instead of coaching Carol, he feels he has given her everything he can and in spite of his daughter’s dreams, he takes on an upcoming voice-over artist, Gustav Warner, as his next protégé.

Despite her lack of support from her dad, Carol receives support from her sister and brother-in-law, as well as the encouragement from the studio soundboard engineer, who has been crushing on her for quite some time.

Carol lands the gig Gustav had been prepping for and out of spite; Sam makes a few calls to the producers to consider him for the role as well.

Carol finds herself going up against not only her cold and unsupportive father, but also the pompous Gustav.

This creates a lot of tension between Carol and her father but also between her father and Gustav.

The film has a multitude of likable elements from the many eccentric characters, to the clever comedy that gives more than just a few laughs but insight as well.

Bell has created a funny, charming, quirky role for herself which is a growing trend for many Hollywood actresses, who quite frankly are tired of playing the same marginalized female roles.

Actress such as Rashida Jones, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, and many more have also taken it upon themselves to create their own roles.

Bell’s script won her the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. I can’t wait to see what future endeavors Lake Bell puts together next.

Special Lovincey / Columnist

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Slavery, sacrifice inspires haunting novel

Spoiler alert, this entire novel is about a dead baby and then the angry ghost of that dead baby, which sounds a bit ridiculous as the premise of a novel, but in reality Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” is an extremely emotional and serious novel about the impact of slavery.

“Beloved” follows the story of Sethe, an ex-slave that escaped to the North to live with her children, many years after the move.

Living with her youngest daughter, Denver, in a house haunted by the spirit of Sethe’s first daughter, the spirit makes the walls shake, items break, and has driven Sethe’s sons from the home.

Suddenly, however, the spirit stops its episodes within the house and very soon after, a young woman, named Beloved, shows up at Sethe’s home.

Sethe takes the girl in and begins treating Beloved as her own.

Sethe’s past is told through a series of flashbacks. After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Sethe’s previous and sadistic owner arrives in the North to reclaim her and her children. Rather than have her babies live a life of forced servitude, Sethe decides to take their lives, along with her own, instead.

When Sethe’s owner finds her holding the corpse of her young daughter, he decides to give up and let her be in the North.

A huge question surrounding “Beloved” is if Sethe’s actions, taking the life of her child, were justifiable given the circumstances?

The character of Sethe is very complicated because Sethe is not so much a person, but rather a vessel that serves others. As a slave, Sethe was fully a slave and did nothing for herself and could not develop her own sense of self and then she went from slavery straight into motherhood, where she threw herself into taking care of her children.

Her entire post-slave life was about her family and she focused her energy on their development rather than her own.

Toni Morrison based the novel off of a real ex-slave, Margaret Garner, who killed her own daughter in order to save her from slavery.

The novel can be a difficult read for sensitive souls because it is plagued with scenes and mentions of sexual assault, which is not a huge surprise because it is a novel about a slave woman.

It should be common knowledge to anyone that does not believe the fairytales told to them in high school American history that people, especially slave owners, are/were generally awful people and liked to rape people they thought were lesser than them, which is probably why nine out of 10 rape victims are women.

Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

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Faculty and friends to sing together on stage

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, ssander@linfield.edu or 503-883-2275. The faculty recital will be at 4 p.m on March 16 in Ice Auditorium.

Jonathon Williams / Opinion Editor

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