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This holiday season we bid a farewell to a member of the Linfield community.
An email from the President’s Office announced the death of Nils Lou, Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, on Dec. 26.
Lou passed away in afternoon on Dec. 25 according to John McKeegan’s email.
Lou began teaching at Linfield in 1987. Lou’s artwork has been featured around the world and has created many paintings and sculptures on the Linfield Campus, including the sundial on Murdock Hall.
Lou lived in nearby Willamina, Ore., and he would have been 82 on Jan. 5.
In an article written in the Linfield Review in 2010, Lou commented on the similarities of relationship between people and art.
“I think it’s almost like any relationship, whether it’s with another person or anything that we personalize,” Lou said. “We assign it a certain vitality and life, and it takes on a form sometimes that goes beyond what we think it might.”
Information on his memorial has not been released yet.
by Kaylyn Peterson/ Managing editor
Ill-effects of House Republican’s “hostage taking” and the subsequent government shutdown of Oct. 1 are surfacing at Linfield, affecting students and staff alike.
“A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives is refusing to hold a vote on a continuing resolution that would open the government,” Assistant Professor of Political Science Patrick Cottrell said.
“[The Republican faction] went into this process trying to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare}. They don’t want to see it remain a law,” Cottrell said.
“They are using this tactic that some have referred to as ‘hostage taking’ or extortion,” Cottrell said.
Hostage taking refers to the thousands of government workers furloughed, or rather, laid off temporarily, with reduced or no pay.
The furloughed workers, or “hostages,” are putting pressure upon Democrats to resolve the issue. The Republicans hope to leverage this pressure to force key concessions out of the Democrats on Obamacare.
The government shutdown is not confined to Washington D.C.
The widespread government furloughs have deprived many Linfield students and staff alike of much needed governmental resources.
“I have research collaborators at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, and they have been furloughed,” Associate Professor of Biology John Syring said in an email.
“This has greatly impacted my research, as the work that they [were] contributing to our study has been put on hold indefinitely. Some of this work is time sensitive,” Syring wrote.
“In the [Economics} department, most of our upper division classes have projects that rely on government data,” Associate Professor of Economics Eric Schuck said.
“In a number of our classes, the students simply can’t access the resources that they need to do their research,” Schuck said. “Since we can’t access those basic data websites, we are kind of flying blind.”
Linfield is a private institution. It does not depend on substantial amounts of federal fundings.
This is fortunate in that there have been few fiscal discrepancies that have arisen in the Linfield budget according to Syring, who is also a part of Linfield’s budget committee.
Ill-effects of the shut down are not limited to his academic life for one faculty member.
Schuck, also a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, has faced difficulties with funding the reserve unit that he commands.
A law passed several years ago called the Pay Our Military Act continues to fund American military members on active duty.
Schuck’s unit is a part of America’s reserve forces and is not considered by the government to be “active.”
Schuck’s unit is, therefore, not receiving funds to carry out their monthly drills and responsibilities.
“Because we don’t have the funds to do our monthly duties, our readiness is starting to degrade rather noticeably. It’s very frustrating,” Shuck said.
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What is freedom? This reoccurring question has plagued the United States since its conception, and even today in 2013, scholars continue the debate.
As a part of the Frederick Douglass Forum, the Department of Political Science hosted the “Politics of Freedom” debate Feb. 26 in Riley 201.
Split by liberal and conservative views, the topic looked at the question. Representing the liberal side was Corey Robin, associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Mark Blitz, Fletcher Jones professor of political philosophy at Claremont McKenna College took the conservative side of the debate.
Blitz started the debate off defining freedom as being “the authority to direct one’s self and not to be constrained in directing one’s self.”
“To preserve freedom or liberty is crucial to understand the freedom or liberty we want to preserve,” Blitz said.
Blitz’s central point in the debate on freedom was that “the primary condition to secure and advance natural freedom is to understand and preserve liberty and equality in this individual sense, which as the Declaration of Independence shows is the intellectual root of our country.”
Robins took the floor after Blitz and pointed out that both “the left and right side view liberty similarly.”
“Freedom on both sides says that it is the right to what you want to do,” Robins said.
Robins went on to describe what freedom included for both sides. The left included personal expression and privacy, freedom of political assembly and sexual and reproductive choices. The right included economic and religious opportunity.
Robins spoke of where the threat to freedom lies. His argument went on to say that the workplace is the main institution where freedom is lost, where rules and regulations can strictly dictate behavior.
“Freedom is the freedom of a body to move unimpeded by external constraints,” Robins said, quoting Thomas Hobbes’s definition of freedom.
Both men described aspects of freedom and what it meant to be free. While there is no single answer to what freedom is, the debate will continue on.
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She slid her bow across the cello strings with piercing intensity, playing along to lines about sea foam and love.
That’s how Sherill Roberts, cellist and adjunct professor of music, opened her faculty recital April 15 in the Delkin Recital Hall.
The packed room listened as Roberts and a variety of accompanists created music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking.
Roberts’ accompanists included her daughters Rosemary Roberts on the harp and Amelia Bierly on the cello.
The family trio blended the harp and cellos to weave together, “A Shape of Ice,” a piece composed by Bierly.
Bierly gained inspiration to write the piece from Tom Hardy’s 1912 poem, “The Convergence of the Twain (Lines on the loss of the Titanic).”
“I took inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic cadences of Hardy’s words,” Bierly said. “His rich, yet sparse writing style challenged me to create full textures and timbres while still maintaining a sense of great space.”
The next pieces were parts of the trio, “Enchantment of April,” which featured the sounds of piano, cello and clarinet. Chris Engbretson accompanied on piano while Theresa Schumacher mixed in clarinet.
Between pieces, Roberts took a break from playing cello to introduce Judy Koontz, an audience member whose grandmother, Kate Herman, was a passenger on the Titanic.
Roberts circled the room, showing a faded photo of Herman at age 24.
The next song,”Rest in Peace, Titanic,” was composed by Schumacher’s aunt.
“When I mentioned to [Schumacher] that this concert was on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, she said that her Great Aunt Tilly had published a song about the event,” Roberts said. “We thought it would be fun to include in the program.”
Schumacher explained how the family didn’t know how her aunt had written music until after she passed away.
“It was quite a surprise when we found that sheet music in one of her drawers,” Schumacher said. “Dear old Aunt Tilly could do more than everyone thought.”
“Rest in Peace, Titanic” featured bold piano chords by Engbretson, Roberts on the cello, and accompanying singing by soprano Natalie Gunn.
Roberts finished the evening with an emotional, lively rendition of Frank Schubert’s “Quintet in C Major, Opus 163.” Accompanists added violins and a viola to Roberts’ and Bierly’s cellos, creating dramatic, passionate music.
“The two cellos have some sublime melodic passages that need to sound almost as one instrument,” Roberts said. “To find a cellist who could play so perfectly with me, I had to grow my own.”
Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
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Two professors told a love story through a vocal and piano duet Nov. 13.
Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, and Jill Timmons, professor of music, combined talents to create their faculty recital in Ice Auditorium.
Belov, a baritone, sang pieces by a range of composers, from Tchaikovsky to Robert Schumann. Timmons accompanied him on piano.
The recital, titled, “A Poet’s Love,” featured the works of Schumann, who used Heinrich Heine’s poetry to compose the song, “Dichterliebe.”
The song tells the story of a poet who falls in love with a young woman.
The piece incorporates strong images from the natural world, using things like plants and water to evoke the descriptions attached to the characters.
Throughout the segments of the song, the characters’ love develops before falling apart.
Belov sang passionately during the middle segments, illustrating how the narrator must have felt to see the woman he loved betray him.
“It’s a dark kind of love story,” Belov said.
Timmons and Belov also performed works by Tchaikovsky, Franz Liszt, Francesco Santoliquido, Alexander Glazunov and Sergey Rachmaninoff.
The duo chose Schumann’s piece because Belov had previously performed it many times, and because Timmons said she had always dreamed of performing it.
“I have such a strong connection to the piece,” Belov said. “There is so much hidden. There is secret meaning in each poem and strong connections throughout.”
Timmons said she and Belov met weekly before the recital, working on song interpretation, style and performance.
“Sometimes we had different interpretations of the pieces, but we worked through them,” Belov said.
Timmons said that working collaboratively was a positive experience because it gave her the opportunity to see pieces from new perspectives.
“The beauty of working with another musician is the way you adjust to each other’s interpretations of the piece,” Timmons said. “[Belov] had a different view of the work than I did, so I found myself adapting, which was really refreshing.”
The pieces evolved during their practice times, Belov said. He said they would continue to change each time the duo performed them, shifting along with the musicians.
Timmons said she enjoyed the performance and the wide range of audience members who attended—from trustees to the president of the school to students.
“We had great audience interaction,” she said. “We felt strong participation in the music and poetry.”
Joanna Peterson/Managing editor
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