April 20, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 7
A conversation piece
creative writing chair Kristin Zanon Staff writer A traditional set of Corban vocabulary has always included words such as professor, dean, provost, staff, adjunct and faculty. But the title of writer in residence is new on this campus. This semester, Corban appointed adjunct professor Gina Ochsner as the school’s official writer in residence. That title sounds official and prestigious, but what exactly does it mean? In this case, Ochsner serves as a chair (specialist and expert) in the creative writing department. Her salary is paid for by a $1.5 million endowment from a generous anonymous donation, so it isn’t costing the school any money. Currently, Ochsner teaches one class at Corban, and she will continue to teach that class. Creative writing is one of Corban’s newest majors, so it is especially exciting that this department is the first to boast an endowed chair. When Dr. Colette Tennant and Dr. Jim Hills first created the promotional materials for Corban’s Literary Arts Council, Tennant felt it was important to include information regarding how people might support or give to the Council. She admitted that when she included “Endow a visiting writer’s chair” on the brochure, along with the amount needed for the donation, she didn’t think it would actually happen. Tennant never would have guessed that Ochsner, who began as a guest speaker in a creative writing class, would be Corban’s first endowed chair a little over three years later. Of Ochsner, Tennant said, “She’s a wonderful mix of sweetness and intelligence and brilliance and creativity.” That brilliance and creativity are evidenced in her recently released book, “The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight,” which has received international attention. Ochsner has also been honored with two Oregon Book Awards and a Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection of short stories: “The Necessary Gina Ochsner Grace to Fall.”
1 Gina Ochsner takes first chair
merger + UPH + student loans
and their plans
health care basics
RD + interning
business unusual + missions
A n d e r s o n + D u w e 6-7 Warriors battle rival ‘Date Night’ review
it’s tradition 10
8 Softball Adam’s Rib review
letters to the editor
more letters + a modest proposal
12 pro-life protest at local church
Before Ochsner was paid to write for a living, she had an assortment of odd jobs to get through college. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University, she worked in a deli called Cheese and Puppets, where “the population of plush animals outnumbered the cheese products three to one,” Ochsner said. She looks back on her college years and realizes, “I began to glimpse how wide and deep the ocean of knowledge I did not possess and likely never would.” Clearly, her knowledge base has both deepened and widened since then, largely attributed to her love for writing. Although Oschner is busy caring for her family – husband, Brian and four children – she makes writing a priority in every spare moment. “I’ve discovered that I work best in short increments: a half of an hour here, 20 minutes there, and then perhaps a golden hour while I’m stirring the pot or watching water boil or something,” Ochsner said. “These short pockets of time I’ve learned to treasure because
the way our schedules are right now with school events, doctors’ appointments, gymnastics and wrestling practices filling the day to overflowing, writing in these short bursts is the only way I could write.” Like any good writer, Ochsner says she looks at everyday life with a careful eye, hoping that something will spark her imagination and inspire a story. “I’m looking for connections between images, phrases, rough edges to character-- anything that will cause collision… that’s what a story and a novel turn upon: full-scale and total collision,” she said. The passion for writing that Ochsner exudes is one that Tennant believes should inspire all Christians. She believes that writing – and writing creatively – is not just a skill, but a means to glorify God. “Christians should be excellent creative writers,” said Tennant. “Why should we be any less than excellent when we’re doing what God wants us to do?”
“What do you think about Health Care Reform?” “I agree that Health care needs reform.” “I also think Health Care Reform will benefit me greatly and harm you doubly.”
Professor John Bell
“I think it’s—wait, what was it again?”
“I didn’t read the 975 pages, but I think it’s the first step toward socialism. rooke I think health askilka care should … be a competitive industry.”
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Corban, seminary to merge Mainly impacting the Bible Department, the changes will affect most students in their Bible and Corban College and Northwest Baptist Seminary are ministry classes. For the first year, beginning a process to merge the two schools. the seminary will probably remain According to Dr. Matt Lucas, Corban provost, on April in Washington, Lucas said. Over 29, both of the schools’ boards will meet to finalize the time, some faculty and staff may project and begin the process, which will enhance Cor- be moved here, yet Corban looks to ban University’s Bible Department and give Corban an maintain a presence in the Seattle additional campus in Washington. area. The university will not lay off any The Washingstaff or faculty during this time. Rather, ton campus will “For graduates the Bible Department will experience continue to house an influx of new professors and there looking for semionly graduate level will be more education opportunities work. Students at nary training, it for ministry majors. the Oregon camHowever, before anything can be will afford them an pus will be able to completed, other aspects must be con- opportunity to pur- take some graduate sidered. As Lucas said, “We have a level classes here number of other governing bodies that sue graduate work Photo courtesy of NiCole Singleton or online. we have to work with” to complete this that maintains CorWeyerhaeuser Estate at Northwest Baptist Seminary in Tacoma, Wash. However, Lumerger. ban academic qual- cas said, “EveryThese “governing bodies” include one has their own greater recognition, the college will be able to bring in not only both schools’ boards, but also ity and theological view” about how the end results will new speakers. the Washington Education Board, The commitment.” look. One thing is certain though: both Lucas’s goal is “to have the best resources for all our Northwest Commission on Colleges schools will be under the name of Corstudents.” and Universities (NWCCU), and the ban University. Transnational Association of Christian Ministry students will have the opportunity to start - Dr. Greg Trull “For graduates looking for seminary Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Withtheir master’s degrees while finishing their senior year training, it will afford them an opporout the approval of these organizations, in their undergraduate program. This will help their tunity to pursue graduate work that maintains Corban the new programs will not be fully accredited. transition to the next level and enable them to complete Once the necessary aspects are approved, the pro- academic quality and theological commitment,” said their programs sooner. cess will move along to the next link in the chain. Dr. Trull. “For all students, the expansion of our graduate With this joining of schools, Lucas is looking to conGreg Trull, chair of the Bible Department, will over- programs, including adding our first doctoral program, tinue to fulfill Corban’s goal of educating Christians to see the alignment of the curriculum and faculty. With enhances the academic reputation of Corban and adds make a difference for Jesus Christ. these changes, Trull is looking to fully prepare students further credibility to their degree.” “In the end, we will both be much stronger and better At the Salem campus, Lucas noted that Corban’s presas they fulfill their purpose of reaching the world for ence will be more noticed in the community. With this able to make a difference in the world,” Trull said. Christ. By Audrey Terhune Staff writer
Corban accredits UPH Student loan laws changing By Audrey Terhune Staff writer
By Adrienne Goodrich Staff writer Let’s say there’s a hypothetical Corban senior named Joe. Next month, he will graduate from Corban University and become a youth leader. In two years (and he doesn’t know this yet), he will get married. Two years after that, he and his wife will have their first child. Then, in 2017, he will become a senior pastor. He’ll spend the rest of his career in ministry, making a modest salary while serving his Savior. Joe doesn’t pay much attention to politics, but here’s something that got his attention. Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill allowing college graduates to pay as little as 10 percent of their income to student loans. And after 20 years of working for a non-profit organization such as a church, students such as Joe will see their debts erased. But there is a catch; Joe can’t graduate until 2014 if he wants these benefits. Those parts of the new law won’t take effect until then. For non-hypothetical Corban students who graduate before 2014, the law, a revamping of the student loan program, won’t make much of a difference. Nathan Warthan, director of Financial Aid, said, “It’s not going to affect us at all.” What the new law is doing is cutting out the middle man in the whole loan scheme. Up until now, the federal government has subsidized banks who offer student loans. Schools can choose either to have their students get loans directly from the government, or from those banks. Corban is already a direct-loan school, Warthan said. The law will also use the funding saved from subsidies to increase Pell grants.
In 2008, the Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) contacted several American schools, looking for someone to help with their teachers program. Corban expressed interest, and a partnership was born. Today, the school is working to equip 145 Indonesian students -- who graduate in June -with Corban degrees. The process started three years ago with a visit from Dr. Matt Lucas, current provost, and then Provost Dr. Linda Samek. Now, though Corban is not merging with their school in the same way as with Northwestern Seminary, UPH’s teachers program will be accredited by Corban University. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which oversees the accredidation process, has granted the right for UPH’s students to receive accredication from Corban. “Our partnership has been a continuous process,” said Dr. Janine Allen, dean of the Education Department. “The process has provided a myriad of emotions from fatigue, confusion, anticipation, passion for the Corban mission -- dedication to Jesus Christ -- and, most recently, excitement. This partnership is yet another indicator that God is at work at Corban University, as teachers are prepared in Indonesia who will make a difference for Jesus Christ.” American accredidation is im-
portant in the Christian universi- which equips students to work as ty because of the Muslim culture a teachers in the community. The prevalent in Indonesia. education major, on the other With persecution of Christians hand, focuses on English skills in the Muslim community, get- so students can teach English or ting a job is difficult. However, something related. a degree from an American uniNext year, UPH is looking forversity will give graduates ad- ward to 245 students graduating ditional credibility and interest and 200 more to graduate three prospective employers. years from now from their teachIn the future, ing program. some Corban “The UPH With persecution of students may Teachers ColChristians in the be allowed lege recruits Muslim community, to go to the students pasIndonesian sionate for Jegetting a job is difschool. This sus Christ who ficult for graduates would enable have a calling student teach- of UPH. But a degree to teach,” said ers to experiAllen. from an American ence a new In the future, university will give environment money obfor learning graduates additional tained through and would althe UPH partcredibility and low students nership will enfrom the two able Corban to interest prospective universities to support more employers. interact. programs both However, in Indonesia Lucas said, “The challenge would and right here in Salem. be making sure … what they take Lucas and Allen will travel to over there is what we take over Indonesia twice a year to superhere.” vise the program. By 2011, CorIndonesian students will proba- ban students will hopefully have bly not be able to come to Amer- be able to go on summer trips to ica in the near future because of Indonesia. That will give them financial conditions. However, the chance to “meet Teacher last year, two UPH students, Ma- College students and...be able ria Christiani and Karen Brigida, to serve in many of the schools and communities Teacher Colattended Corban. Christiani was an education lege students work,” said Almajor, which is different than the len. “[This will help them]... teaching program at UPH. Cor- be prepared to give an answer ban is just working with and ac- to everyone who asks to give crediting the teaching program, the reason for the hope [they] have.”
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There is a moment during “Pomp and Circumstance” at graduation during which every college senior will feel the perfect 50/50 ratio of excitement to be done and anxiety about what’s to come when the song is over. Not the actual song - but this song called college. For college seniors, the entire second semester of their final year is spent planning, applying, dreaming, and – for lack of a better word – “freaking out” about what do to in their next phase of life. This process takes more time for some and less for others. Emily Slater, Mitch Emmert, Kacie Woosley and Katie Hunsucker are four seniors who have some noteworthy post-grad plans set in place.
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Future plans: Working full-time at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center as the camp programs supervisor. This entails working with a group of counselors to organize and run after-school camps, spring break camps, summer camps, winter break camps and day camps.
Future plans: Pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Oxford in England – a two-year program in Medieval English literature. Slater predicts it will be, “Nerdy, fun and scary.”
Future plans: Hunsucker plans to attend Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Fort Collins, Colo., to earn her doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Future plans: Emmert received a renewable scholarship of $40,000 per year to Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, Calif., this fall.
The application process: There are only 2,800 spots in the nation because there are only 28 schools averaging 100 spots for each class. Hunsucker began preparing to apply to veterinary school her freshman year at Corban. She had to have a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in a vet clinic and 1000 hours of experience with animals in a non-vet setting. Growing up on a ranch gave her the non-vet experience she needed, but, to fulfill her other requirement, Hunsucker volunteered at a vet clinic where she was eventually hired and worked during the summers of 2008 and 2009. Other requirements included scoring well on the GRE, writing 10 additional essays and filling out applications to other schools. “I think there were over a total of 125 pages of application by the time it was all done,” recalls Hunsucker. She is happy with her decision to attend CSU, as it is the No. 2 veterinary school in the nation.
Emmert’s law school application process: Applied to 20 schools, about half on the East Coast, as well as University of Oregon and Willamette University. After taking the LSAT twice, Emmert was accepted to several schools, allowing him to cross off many of what he calls the “lower-tier” schools and the “long shot” schools – those with high cost and unlikely chances of giving him financial aid. Over Christmas break on a trip to Los Angeles visiting friends, Emmert stopped by Pepperdine and met one of the deans, who then encouraged him to take the LSAT once again. After his third LSAT attempt, more of the “upper-tier” schools accepted him, including Pepperdine.
The application process: Woosley applied by sending in a cover letter and resume. Prior to being hired for this specific position, she was working five days a week at the Kroc Center as a fitness attendant and one day a week as a tutor with the “Picture Me Reading” program. Woosley was put through three interviews ,in addition to filling out a sheet of other questions, and creating a mock lesson plan for a day camp at the Kroc Center. How Corban helped prepare her for “real life”: “During my freshman year of college, I remember Tammy McGinnis (English/drama professor) telling us that a liberal arts education is more than what it does for you - it’s what it does to you ... I can already see that my writing classes, speech classes and communication classes are going to have a direct benefit for my position. These classes prepared me for things such as text for print materials, staff meetings I will lead, human relation aspects and more.” Woosley adds, “In all honesty, the way the professors at Corban encouraged me, invested in me and expected the best of me has impacted me more than I am able to express.” Why the Kroc Center? “I hadn’t grown up ‘knowing’ that this was the type of position I would step into.” However, Woosley explains, “When this position became available, I saw it as an amazing opportunity to be involved in something I want to support. In addition, I’m pumped about the opportunity to structure camps. Creating memories? I’ll take it.” Her advice to classmates: “I feel like any answer here might seem annoying to seniors,” warns Woosley. “Be prayerful, keep getting plugged into places and keep an open mind as to where you might end up.” In pursuing different job opportunities, Woosley recalls a mini-emotional breakdown she had when she wasn’t hired for a waitressing job she had applied for. She then realized that she shouldn’t consider that a failure. “If I fail and fall on my face at age 22,” she says, “I still have a lot of years to pick myself up and try again.”
The hardest part about an Oxford application: A 4,000-word essay on the topic of Medieval English literature. How Corban helped prepare her for Oxford: “My time at Corban - with specific professors, particularly - helped me know my passion for literature and learning so well that I could be ready for another degree and a much greater challenge,” says Slater. She adds, “It’s not about going to a presitigious school. It’s not about the literature or the degree. It’s about finding a new and exciting outlet through which to continue to glorify God. Corban helped me learn that.”
How Corban prepared her: “I am moving to Fort Collins not knowing anyone or anything there, literally. I feel I have built a very solid Christian faith here at Corban and very solid friendships that will carry me through this next adventure. I serve a mighty God!”
Why Oxford? “First of all, I have family in England. I have been looking for a way to spend more time with all of them than just an ordinary visit would allow. Second, I have always needed challenges and desired to do the absolute best work I possibly could. For me, especially with an interest in Medieval English literature, all signs pointed to a presitigious English school.” Oxford makes sense to Slater, as she explains, “Really, if you’re going to study older English literature, where better than at a university in England that was founded in the 1200s?”
Why veterinary school? “I grew up on a ranch and learned to love the challenge of solving new cases and providing attention to sick and hurt animals.” “The summer before my junior year of high school the Lord worked in my heart and life and laid a great burden for missions on my life … At first I didn’t know how the Lord wanted me to fulfill that calling, but, after looking at my interests and passions, I discovered that Vet Missions is an incredible way to serve the Lord.” Hunsucker explains that she believes vet missions are rooted in the connection with animals that God has given to mankind. Her desire is to help companion animals who become friends to people and livestock that provide a person’s livelihood. “Critical moments that involve one’s animal provide many open doors for building relationship and sharing the love of Christ both here in the United States or in foreign and third world countries,” says Hunsucker.
Her advice to classmates: “Dream crazy dreams. I think God intended for us to passionately pursue our dreams, whether those dreams are to study literature at a fancy school or start a band and play in coffee shops (wish I could do that, too!).”
Advice to fellow classmates: “We all lack wisdom in our lives but James 1:5 and 6 says that we can ask the Lord for wisdom. However, part of asking for wisdom is the responsibility of having faith that He will provide. I advise my fellow classmates and myself to have faith. The Lord will provide and has a sovereign plan for each one of your lives. It is okay not to know and it might take more time for some compared to others, and that is okay. Serve the Lord wherever He puts you!”
How Corban has prepared him: “My professors at Corban have encouraged me to not simply understand content or information, but to really analyze the reasoning and logic behind the theories and concepts being taught,” says Emmert. “This has been specifically true in theology and business courses, as professors have always taken the time to have conversations and challenge me in and outside of class.” Why law school? “[Professor] Jon Meyers encouraged me to look into it while in his Business Law course, and just thought it would suit me well,” explains Emmert. “Partially just to humor him (and see how I’d do), I decided to take the LSAT just to see if law school would be a feasible option.” He concludes, “It started as curiosity, became a serious interest, and along the way got very practical.” His advice to fellow classmates: “Let your professors, family, and friends push you to try things they think you’ll do well in … We’re at a time of life when most of us haven’t had full-time jobs and have slim resumés, but also a time with very few commitments tying us down. Make the best of the situation and look into any opportunity or interest you see.”
By Kristin Zanon - Staff writer
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Health Senior earns internship care basics By Jenny Hirschfelder Communications staff writer
By Adrienne Goodrich Staff writer
Health care reform: some people love it, some people hate it. No matter what anyone likes or dislikes, President Barack Obama signed it into law on March 23. According to CBS, the linchpin of this complicated plan that will cost $940 billion over 10 years is the health insurance exchanges that it will establish. Implementation will start with exchanges for individuals and small companies. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, exchanges are programs that focus on offering consumers a choice of health care plans. The Obama administration believes this will lower premiums by encouraging competition between insurance companies. To create this competition, however, the law will force everyone to buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a $695 annual fee. Families that make between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($22,050 to $88,200 for a family of four) will be eligible for subsidies — courtesy of taxpayers. Reforms ban insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Also, children will be allowed to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. Corban student Lindsay West believes the bill itself was too confusing. “I think they should make it so that we can vote on one thing at a time, instead of adding in these small parts of a bill; they should make it clear what we are voting on,” she said. Another student, Annie Blackshear, is glad the new law mandates insurance. “My family doesn’t have insurance. If anything happened to any of us, even if I just broke my arm, we would be way in the hole,” she said. Several students, West included, were unhappy about the original language of the bill allowing federal funding for abortion. Controversy on this issue is still embroiled. President Obama has issued an executive order stating that federal funds would be used to pay for abortion only in the case of rape, incest or health of the mother. The National Right to Life Committee says the order changes nothing. “It does not correct any of the serious proabortion provisions in the bill. The president cannot amend a bill by issuing an order, and the federal courts will enforce what the law says.” Campus nurse Janie Vohland said she isn’t sure what the new law will mean for students yet.
Senior Lanae Gehring has acquired a coveted position in the media world — a paid internship with the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. She was selected as one of 14 Oregon college students who will participate in a 10week, paid internship with a community newspaper in Oregon this summer. Gehring has been placed with The Hermiston Herald in northeastern Oregon, beginning June 7. “Snowden internships are one of the only paid journalism internships in the state,” said Christena Brooks, Corban’s professor of journalism. “They are very competitive. This says a lot for Lanae. This says a lot for Corban.” Pete Peterson, coordinator of the Snowden Internship Program, acknowledged the honor: “A record 61 students from 14 Oregon colleges and universities competed for the Snowden Internships.” He explained, “The [program was] established in 1998 at the UO School of Journalism and Communication by the family of Charles Snowden, former editor at both the Oregon Journal and The Oregonian. [The UO] has chosen to include student journalists from all Oregon colleges and universities in the application process. So, it’s truly competitive: Students from smaller colleges compete
with those from larger universities — there are no quotas.” Snowden interns have gone on to work in prominent positions for top media outlets, including The Associated Press, The Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia), and The Prague Post (Czech Republic). Additionally, newspapers who partner with the Snowden program often hire their interns as full-time reporters, photographers, and editors. “I’m not sure what I’ll be doing after this internship,” said Gehring, “but I’m hoping it leads to a job.” Brooks said Gehring’s resume will be in good shape for that following this internship. Brooks also noted the unique networking opportunities the endowment provides, such as a graduation dinner with highly respected members of the media who will view samples of the interns’ work and meet them in person that evening. Gehring is thrilled with the learning opportunity before her. Besides on-the-job experience, reporting for the biweekly publication in Hermiston, she is looking forward to “being mentored by my editor.” Gehring will discuss weekly case studies with her mentors as part of the ethics-training component
that has become a well-known part of the Snowden program since 2005. A communications major who completed her undergraduate studies in December 2009, Gehring became interested in journalism through a required communications course in print journalism. She then joined the Hilltop News staff for a year and a half. Brooks, her adviser, said, “Lanae was a good writer to begin with and a fast learner, but what set her apart was that she was willing to report on difficult topics, and she did this well.” Peterson stated, “Corban University prepared Lanae well, and Lanae obviously worked very hard to polish her skills and develop her understanding of journalism practices, ethics and media law.”
Lanae Gehring participates online during the Baptist Press’ award ceremony for collegiate journalists. Photo by Ellen Kersey
Women’s RD lineup changing in Aagard and Balyo dorms Nicholle Howden Staff writer
students weigh in on health care reform
One building, multiple floors and countless girls are guided through the year by their resident director. Pam Horton has been an RD for seven years, three at Aagard and four at Balyo, and is now retiring from her position. Holly Schilperoort will be moving to the RD position in Balyo Hall and the new RD of Aagard Hall will be Betsey Jaskilka. Jaskilka attended Corban and graduated in 2008. Now married to John Jaskilka, who graduated from Corban in 2007, and a women’s ministries and elementary ed graduate, Jaskilka will once again be regularly “on campus.” “What made me think of being an RD initially was my time as the women’s dean for a camp in Eugene,” Jaskilka said. “This opportunity really opened my eyes to how much I enjoy and love ministering to women of all ages.” Full of anticipation, anxiety, and adoration for the new step in her life, Schilperoort is already looking ahead to what the fall will bring to Balyo Hall. “I am looking forward to meeting those returning to Balyo,” Schilperoort said. “I am also look-
ing forward to the incoming Balyo community in the fall.” For the past four years, Pam Horton has been leading students in this, the newest of dorms at Corban. With seven total years of creating and deepening relationships with dorms full of girls, she has created lasting friendships that have changed girls’ lives. In reflection on her RD experience, Horton said, “I have learned so much about how God has gifted me. It has given me a greater sense of purpose for the next chapter of my professional life. ” One thing Horton will not miss will be waking at 6:15 every weekday morning (to get her children Lexi and Max ready for school) after staying up late (with her other “children,” college students). “I rarely go to bed before 1 am.” Horton said, “I am too old for that!” With all the stress, business of life, and obligations, Horton can look at her experience and see the handprints of God all over. “I have had a front row seat for so many moments in which God was clearly shaping someone in a way that would change them forever.” Horton said, “That has been my all-time favorite part of being an RD.”
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Unshod for a cause
Death penalty sought for bomb suspects
By Bill DeHaven Staff writer Senior business majors will present their capstone projects April 22 as the culmination of an entire semester of research and meetings. Students began in January. The projects were designed to give seniors experience in real-world businesses by setting them up as business consultants to local businesses, such as the Volcanoes baseball team, the Statesman Journal, and Fresh Start Market. One other business is run by a missionary working with the Shipibo people in Peru. Since then, the students conducted research, met with business managers and owners, and learned more about the ways they can help the businesses they were assigned to. “The hardest part of these projects is figuring out what the issue is,” said Jon Meyers, dean of the Business Department. This was the case for the Shipibo. The missionary who owns the business, Jennifer Harris, a Salem local, brings native-made cards and other crafts and sells them to Americans when she visits. She also loans small amounts of money to the Shipibo to help them start businesses, then re-uses what they pay back to help others. What issue did students find? The cards aren’t practical as a business. The solution: the loaning ministry is. “It’s practical and it meets needs, but it’s also practical,” explained senior Mitchell Emmert, who is working on the Shipibo project. “[Jennifer has] helped a lot of food-based businesses, as well as a fish stand, a tree farm and a small pharmacy. She’s done over a hundred projects so far.” This compliments the Business Department’s commitment to “make a difference” through business. “Our mission statement is to ‘educate Christians to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ,’” Meyers said. “We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out what that means.” What did they come up with? “[We need to be] instruments of God’s reconciliation on Earth,” he responded. Emmert agreed. “These people have no capital,” he said. “They save money in mattresses. It’s not about growth. It’s about safe business practices that help these people.”
By Adrienne Goodrich Staff writer
Photo by Ellen Kersey
Evident on campus on April 8 were many shoeless students, including these: Hanna Ortmann, Bridget Saether, Megan Worthington, Jenna Kost and Alex Taylor. “The whole idea stems from the shoe company Toms,” Saether said. She explained that when a pair of shoes is purchased from this company, another pair gets sent to a child who is shoeless. TOMS Shoes inspired thousands of people across the world to participate in One Day Without Shoes by going barefoot. Enduring rocky pavement and unfavorable conditions without shoes was a tangible way for people to make a bold statement for the millions of children who go shoeless everyday. The facts are these: in some developing nations, children must walk for miles to food, clean water and medical help; cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection; often, children cannot attend school barefoot; in Ethiopia, approximately 1 million people suffer from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil. “We did it to raise awareness,” Taylor said.
Shipping out: Haiti, Mexico and Italy lead a VBS in Italy, which is an exciting step forward.” With only a few weeks until departure, the One of the goals Corban’s professors have is to team is about 30 percent funded and is trusting prepare their students to be proclaimers of Christ. the Lord for the rest. Every Tuesday evening Sending missions teams to places such as Mexico for about three hours, the team meets to pray toCity, Italy and Haiti are just three examples of the gether, practice mimes and prepare each other for mission work. fruits of the professors’ labor. “There are many aspects of this trip people Early in the morning on May 4, 10 Corban could be praying for,” Frentress said, “but the students, led by Rachel Staton, will begin their most important is prayer for the Italians we will adventure to Mexico City. Because this trip is a new endeavor for Corban, possible activities are be reaching when overseas.” Only four short days after these two teams have endless: orphanage work, tract distribution, music ministry, sports ministry, and even English left the country one more team of seven, led by Vince Rediger, will travel to Port au Prince, Haiministry. Unlike the spring break Mexico mission trip, ti. “Our goal is to encourage and serve alongside the summer team will immerse themselves in the missionaries in Haiti,” Rediger said, “serving and Hispanic culture by staying with families in their sharing God’s love with refugee children.” homes. The team will lead a VBS in the morning, conDuring the eight days of ministry in Mexico City, Staton hopes “the team will be filled with centrating on the younger generation by giving excitement and love for the people they are reach- them the opportunity to hear about the love of Christ. In the afternoon they will focus on encouring out to.” The team is asking for prayer in many ways. aging and serving both the missionaries located in Staton specifically asked for prayer for finances Haiti and the Haitians, by simply demonstrating to be fully raised, team unity, full preparation, the love of Christ. Since this trip is new to campus, this team asks and that the team will let God work through them prayer for the preparation of their trip. Funds to reach Mexico City. need to be raised, but they also realize that they Traveling in the opposite direction on May need to know how to properly prepare for a cul4, eight students, led by Stacey Frentress, ture they know little about. will set out for San Lorenzo, Italy. “We pray that this team will have the During this 14heart to serve day trip, the and encourteam will age both distribute the mistracts, lead sionaries a VBS in a and the local park Haitians,” and present R ediger evangelical said. Mexmimes in the ico City, Itapiazzas in the ly, and Haiti evenings. may not have “Although this geographical is not the first similarities, team to be sent but they do to Italy,” have similarFrentress ities in their s a i d , need for fi“ t h i s nancial and will be prayer the first Photo courtesy of Nicholle Howden support. team to Hannah Loban, Stacey Frentress, Josh Davis and Nicholle Howden practice miming for their upcoming mission trip to Italy. By Nicholle Howden Staff writer
Reverberations from the Dec. 12 Woodburn bombing are still being felt throughout the Salem area, as the pair charged with planting the bomb will be tried in a death penalty case this fall. The bomb, planted in the West Coast Bank 20 minutes north of Salem, exploded while being examined, killing two officers and costing Corban alum Scott Russell his leg, along with other wounds. Russell, chief of the Woodburn Police Department, is doing well, according to a department employee, and has been back to work 30 hours a week. The courts are dealing with father and son Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, who are charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder, as well as other charges. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hart denied the defense’s attempt to declare the death penalty unconstitutional in a ruling on March 11. The trial is scheduled for September, but the judge will hear additional arguments on evidence on April 28. The explosion of Dec. 12 killed Woodburn’s Capt. Tom Tennant and Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim, and critically injured Russell.
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Champions of the
track and course
By Mark Flores Sports writer Corban’s track program is on the rise. After struggling through previous seasons, several Warriors are starting to hit their stride. At the forefront of Corban’s resurgence, junior David Anderson is running and hurdling his way to new heights. After suffering an injury-plagued season during his freshman campaign, Anderson is hitting the mark in his third year. “This year has been very enjoyable,” Anderson said. “There have not been any low points.” In his first meet of the season, the Willamette Opener, Anderson qualified for the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships in the 400 meter hurdles. Two weeks later, he became the first Corban track athlete to be honored with the “CCC Track Athlete of the Week” award, after winning the 400 hurdles at the Charles Bowles Classic. He didn’t only win the award, but also extended his hold on the Corban school record, turning in a time of 55.80. After meeting the NAIA Championship provisional “B” mark in the 400 hurdles eight days later in Seattle, Anderson’s season took an even more impressive turn. Already holding the “B” mark in hand, a qualification time that may or may not result in a trip to the NAIA Championships, Anderson blew away his previous times by posting a 53.53 at the Willamette Invitational. After posting the result, Anderson received an automatic qualifying bid, the “A” mark, which guarantees his participation in the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held in Indiana this coming May.
By Mark Flores Staff writer
Even with a coveted “post season opportunity” in his bag of accolades, Anderson keeps it all down to earth. “I just try to keep working hard and doing my best every meet and hopefully improving my times. One of the things I like about track is that you have measurable goals you can work for in the form of specific times to run.” Along with his track and field exploits, Anderson helped anchor a formidable back line on the Warriors’ soccer squad during his freshman season in 2007. After forgoing his sophomore year of soccer for a time in Europe, Anderson recognizes the value that both sports play into each other. “Track helps my speed and runner’s form,” he said. “Having to adjust for hurdles helps a little bit with the quick decision making (process) that is a part of soccer.” The balance between both sports has paid off. After an illustrious career at South Salem High School, where Anderson excelled in both sports, the dual-sport athlete is finding success at the college level. As far as Corban’s track program’s growth is concerned, Anderson couldn’t be more excited. “The Corban track program has come a long way since it started three years ago,” he said. “I’m also excited for some of the athletes that the coaches have been looking at and recruiting for next year. The program is hopefully just going to keep growing and improving.”
Sophomore Joey Duwe is starting to command attention in NAIA golf. Duwe won the Beacon Classic in Eugene during the fall season, and his spring season has been even better. He won the Willamette and Northwest Christian invitationals on back-to-back weekends last month and has won consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Week awards. Duwe was an all-Cascade Conference selection last spring as a freshman, after leading the Warriors to a runner-up finish. Interestingly enough, Duwe wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school. “I wasn’t recruited by Corban,” he said. “I sort of recruited them.” Duwe’s older brother Steven inadvertently led him to look at Corban for his higher education and can even be credited with generating his initial interest in golf. At age 10, Duwe received his first set of clubs, after copying his older brother’s Christmas wish list. The Duwes turned golf into a family affair and often played as a trio,
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with Joey eventually rising past Steven and their father Jim. “It added a family aspect to the whole thing. It helped me to be competitive,” Duwe said. During his time at North Kitsap High School in Kingston, Wash., Duwe produced the lowest four-year scoring average in program history. He also won two Washington Junior Golf Association titles. By his junior year of high school, Duwe thought he had the potential to play in college, but wasn’t receiving attention from recruiters. In an effort to bolster his game, Duwe took a trip to Palm Springs, Calif., where he “discovered” his swing. “After receiving a few lessons (in California), I started to actually figure out my golf swing and things took off from there,” he said. During his junior summer, Duwe began his college search and started looking at Corban, after his brother, who came close to enrolling at the school, raved about the coaching staff. In July 2007, Duwe made the four-hour drive to Salem to play a practice round with Corban head coach Ron Sisler. “He was and still is unbelievably consistent,” Sisler said. “What separates him from the pack is his ability to focus.” After Duwe completed the round, Sisler offered him a scholarship on the spot and signed him to play for the Warriors. Duwe is a business management major with a 3.5 gradepoint average. After completing his education, he hopes to pursue professional golf and eventually run his own golf course. “I want to have a desire for success; I think a lot of people are scared of failure,” Duwe said. “It’s not so much that I always have to be the best, but rather to do the best that I can do.”
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Primetime Pizza delivers!
Winsor leads charge in win By Mark Flores Staff writer
Photo by Mark Flores
Junior Trevor Winsor (23), a former George Fox infielder, got the first win of the season against his old team.
In a season that has been nothing short of dismal, pitcher Trevor Winsor may have found Corban’s lone bright spot. The Warriors defeated I-5 rival George Fox in a non-conference matchup that pitted Winsor against his former collegiate team. The right-handed Winsor, a junior, spent his freshman campaign at George Fox before heading south to suit up for the Warriors. In his second season with the Warriors, Winsor got the nod to start on the hill against the Bruins. In the first inning, a two-run double off the bat of Brent Trask tore a gash in the Warrior defense for an early Bruin lead, 2-0. Two innings later, Warrior infielder Jonathan Ramirez singled to center and came around to touch home on freshman Craig Baker’s sacrifice hit, cutting the deficit 2-1. Senior Josh Warner knotted the game a 2-all when his sacrificehit brought junior Luke Balbas around to score. Winsor, after giving up two runs in the first, didn’t budge as he turned it over to his offense to break the deadlock. In the bottom of the sixth, with Winsor and Balbas already aboard
by way of two straight walks, junior Steven Candalaria doubled, allowing Winsor to cross home. A batter later, freshman Kyle Kunkel out-ran a throw to first after bunting home Balbas and Candalaria, upping the Warrior lead 5-2. Sealing the win for his pitcher in the bottom of seventh, junior Steven Blum hit the longest Warrior homerun in recent memory. Blum’s “no-doubter” to left sailed into the parking lot beyond Warrior Field and tied the team-lead in homeruns, notching a fourth roundtripper to Blum’s name in 2010. After blanking the Bruins for five straight innings, Winsor turned the ball over to freshman Jacob Kopra. The reliever allowed one run, coming in the eighth on a Cody Curtin groundout that plated Josh Burch for the final run of the afternoon. Kopra would strikeout one before closing out the game 6-3, earning the save in relief of Winsor. With the win, Winsor picked up his first victory of the season. Corban moves to 11-29 on the season and has been eliminated from post-season play. The Warriors were back on the diamond at Warrior Field today playing host to national No. 1 Lewis-Clark State at 11 a.m.
Softball post-season dream still alive By Mark Flores Staff writer
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Coming down the stretch, the Lady Warriors stumbled, but salvaged their four-game set over the weekend. Corban presently sits in third place among the Cascade Collegiate Conference’s seven-team docket, despite going 1-3 over their last four games. The Warriors began their weekend of play on the road against Oregon Tech. Despite posting a combined 13 runs in the double header, the Lady Warriors couldn’t manage victories, falling 54/16-9 at the hands of the Hustlin’ Owls. Saturday, Corban traveled south to play two of their final three away games of the regular season. The Warriors got on the board early and often in the opening game, seeing catcher Tamara Feb’s first inning sacrifice-fly score centerfielder Stephanie Nippert. After allowing a pair of Southern Oregon runs, senior Becca Franke’s single brought home third-baseman Rachel Kazmierski to knot the game at 2-2. After building a 5-2 lead going into the fifth inning, the Warriors blundered, allowing the Raiders to plate four runs, resulting in a one-run Southern advantage, 6-5. An inning later, Corban tied the game on a Raider error, allowing senior Jessica Schell to touch home and pull even at 6-6. In the home half of the sixth, the Raiders put the game away on a Justine Fulton two-run single that brought the game’s final score to 8-6 in favor of host Southern. In the nightcap, Corban’s bats came alive on first inning back-to-back homeruns, seeing Nippert belt her team-leading eighth round-tripper of the season. A batter later, Feb would go yard with her seventh homerun of the 2010 campaign, upping Corban’s lead to 3-0. In the home half of the first, the Raiders stormed back and rang up five runs on a six-hit inning, including Fulton’s third homerun of the season. Down 5-3 in the third, Corban gasped back on a Kazmierski double that brought Nippert and Feb
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Junior Jessie Jones broke the all-time Warriors stolen base record over the weekend, stealing the 47th base of her career.
around to score, tying the game at 5-all. Kazmierski made the best of a wild pitch and came home to score breaking the deadlock. In the sixth, Corban took back the lead off Schell’s RBI single moving the game to 7-6. The Warriors went on to score two more runs to put the game away when shortstop Erica Fitzgerald and Nippert touched home, extending Corban’s lead by three runs (9-6). Southern was held to one run in the bottom half of the sixth, seeing Warrior pitcher Brittany Wag-
ner close out the game with a 9-7 victory in hand. In the win, junior second-baseman Jessie Jones recorded the 47th stolen base of her collegiate career, breaking the all-time Warrior record. With the victory, Corban moves to 8-7 in conference play with five regular season games remaining. Currently in third place in the CCC, the Warriors must finish among the top three seeds to advance to the conference tournament. Corban is back in action on the road against Northwest Christian today at 2 p.m.
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Lots of choices at Adam’s Rib By Audrey Terhune Staff writer Fishing through my purse for spare change, I realized the importance of maintaining a healthy purse-change ratio if you wish to go to places with meter parking. After circling the block a few times, we had finally been able to snatch a parking spot near our culinary destination; no amount of change was going to keep me from dinner tonight. Entering Adam’s Rib Smokehouse, my date and I appreciated the simple and antique atmosphere that spelled homey and comfortable dining. The menu placed right above the counter told us where to order, and we sat down at the table of our choosing. The plethora of meal options made it a difficult choice. There were a variety of sandwiches and ribs, but I finally chose the 1/3 ribs, mashed potatoes, a small garden salad, and a cornbread muffin. After the waitress took our names, we were free to sit at any table. This however, was not an easy choice. Many of the tables still had the crumbs of their former occupants, and flies seemed to have staked a claim at one of the best tables. We settled at a clean table in the far corner. Sitting down, I was again reminded of the comfortable southern feel of the restaurant. The walls were lined with antique license plates, racing paraphernalia and pictures of the Restaurant “family.” Other than that it was simply designed with square tables, rounded chairs and easy viewing of the kitchen area. After sitting for only a few minutes,
Photos by Audrey Terhune
(Top) The heart of Adam’s Rib is the kitchen where abundent trays of food flow into the hands of customers. (Bottom) Here’s what $20 will buy you at Adam’s Rib: 1/3 ribs, mashed potatoes, a small garden salad, a cornbread muffin, a cold pork sandwich, and a pile of french fries.
our order was up, and we were able to view the heaping amount of food on our ketchup-red trays. After some negotiating of plates and platters, I was ready to dive right in to my three strips of meat. The first bite told me that something was missing, and the second bite told me it was the sauce. Thankfully, I brought my boyfriend with me, and he noticed the container of six different sauces at the side of our table. With the variety ranging from barbeque to Adam’s choice, we sampled and tasted to our tongues’ content until we found the ideal sauce for our particular meals. He with his Adam’s original sauce for his cold pork sandwich and I with my barbecued ribs were then free to observe Adam’s clientele. It must be the ideal place to come after work because there were many men in suits, which, hopefully, will not be stained with grease and seasoning before they begin their commute home or back to the office. Other more casually dressed patrons sat leisurely watching the late afternoon float by. Overall, the food--which mostly seems to consist of starches and meats--was more than abundant. Yet it was a bit pricey for me: ranging anywhere from $7 to $15. My ribs seemed to have more bones than meat, but I imagine that depends largely on what piece you get. However, the cold pork sandwich was absolutely fabulous and the fries were good (if a little greasy). I know two things for sure though: if I come here again, I will make sure there is more change in my purse, and I will be spending the next hour wiping the remainder of the meal off my face.
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Innuendoes fill ‘dull’ couple’s ‘Date Night’ Movie Guide Positive Elements The only positive element in this film was probably the commitment between Phil and Claire Foster and their dedication to keeping their bond strong and fresh. If you’re looking for some fluffy, uplifting element, watch “Mary Poppins”; you won’t find it here, although Phil and Claire do seem to be an honest married couple—almost too honest. Some of the confessions could have stayed in the closet. Spiritual Content There is none. This is definitely a secular film, through and through. I mean come on, it’s Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Sexual Content This is where the majority of the PG-13 rating comes in. To compensate for the lack of positive or inspirational content, there is an abundance of innuendo. As I said in the summary, you might want to cover your eyes for the awkward pole-dancing scene—as if we didn’t get a good enough glimpse of Fey’s cleavage in her evening dress. Claire doesn’t seem to be at all shy about her infatuation and
possible previous encounters with Holbrooke. Holbrooke’s lady friend from Israel, who is staying with him, even asks in her broken English if the Fosters are there to “have the sex” with them. “They are old and weak,” she tells Holbrooke in Hebrew. Disturbing much? Violent Content The whole movie is about bad guys chasing the innocent married couple, so expect lots of car crashing, gun shooting, and fist flying. No worries though -- the innuendos and pole dancing are sure to turn your stomach more than the violence. Crude or Profane Language Most of the time the profane language is used hand-in-hand with the innuendo. So expect plenty of references to paid, promiscuous females. Drug & Alcohol Content Alcohol is used casually through the movie, from Phil and Claire’s expensive glasses of red wine at dinner to the drinks present at the strip club. There are no explicit references to any illegal drugs.
By Ashley Moser Yearbook editor “One ordinary couple. One little white lie” is the tagline for this slapstick comedy that epitomizes the “in the wrong place at the wrong time” cliché. “Date Night,” directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Pink Panther,” “Cheaper by the Dozen”), stars Steve Carell and SNL’s Tina Fey as Phil and Claire Foster. It’s a non-stop-laughs film about a dull couple from the suburbs—so dull in fact that even their weekly date nights have become monotonous. Their only dinner entertainment is playing a game of “What’s the story?” in which they pick out a couple in the restaurant and make up a fictional biography. One fateful night, Phil spontaneously decides they should go out on a special date in an attempt to rekindle the romantic flame. They walk into a high-end restaurant in Manhattan, but are denied a table, because, according to the sarcastic maître’d, guests have to make reservations a month ahead. The couple waits at the bar in case a table miraculously becomes available. Phil impulsively steals another couple’s reservation by posing as no-show Mr. Tripplehorn. What could it hurt? Phil’s white lie hurls the couple through mayhem as they dodge bullets, break into a building, race through the streets with a screaming cabbie, and pose as pole dancers—yes, Phil too. If you’re the type of movie-goer who enjoyed the humor in “Get Smart” and “Fun with Dick and Jane,” then you might want to see this one—I laughed so hard I cried a couple times. However, be warned: if you’re looking for a film with clean comedy or a smidgen of moral application, you won’t find it here. In fact, the Fosters are by no means the picture of a healthy couple. Claire has the hots for former real-estate client and constantly shirtless Holbrooke (Mark
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A run-of-the-mill date date turns into a crazy adventure in the new flick “Date Night.”
Wahlberg) and makes little attempt to hide her infatuation from her husband. There’s plenty of cursing, name-calling, and innuendo to make any sheltered viewer blush, and if, heaven forbid, you allow kids to watch this movie, cover their eyes for the awkward— what seems like forever—pole dancing scene, courtesy of the Fosters. I almost puked in my mouth a little during that part.
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Letters to the Editor
Play deserved better
Erinn Streckfuss Columnist
Piercing perspective “Why on earth do you have huge holes in your ear?” After that louder-than-necessary question, the woman at the gym proceeded to put two of her fingers through the metal tunnels in my 7/8inch stretched-out ear lobes. I found the experience creepy. I don’t generally invite strangers to stick their fingers through my ears, but when I pulled away in a bit of shock, another woman commented, “Why would you have holes like that if you didn’t expect people to put their fingers through them?” I wanted to say, “Why would you be wearing those dangly earrings if you didn’t want me to rip them out of your ears?” OK, that would’ve been too harsh. But now I was thinking. Just why do I stretch my ears? Why do I not only condone, but also practice, this ancient technique? I know why 15-year-old scene kids do it. I know why the tribe members in Africa do it. But why do I do it? Perhaps I owe an explanation. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. I’m 20 years old and started stretching my ears at age 13. At that age, I was incredibly interested in “National Geographic” magazines, and I saw a special on the Thai mountain women who used to stretch their ears based on marital status. In their culture, they use hollow bamboo tunnels to stretch their ears from 1 to 2 inches and then place flowers in those tunnels based on whether or not they are married. “What a wonderful amazing tradition,” I thought, “How clever! How beautiful! Later, I learned the practice dates back through thousands of years of history in many corners of the world. As a rich prince, Buddha was expected to stretch his ears and fill them with all manner of heavy jewelry. Of course, once he became ascetic, the lobes remained, which we today see drooping on many a Buddha statue. And because he was known for being wise and patient, the lobes became a symbol for wisdom and patience – and were mimicked by many Buddhists. Stretched ears also indicate a transition into adulthood for many native tribes, where long lobes are honored. These tribes, past and present, include the Maya, Aztec, Masai, Dayak, Thai hill, Pokot, Dogon, Kudi, Lobi, Samburu. They stretched their ears for many reasons. So why on earth would I – and 15-year-old girls with rainbow-colored hair – join the ranks of these ancient traditionalists? I can speak only for myself. It is a way of using my body as a visual connection to the past. The culture behind the practice floors me. If I could join men and women from an anthropological point of view and practice what they practice, only to understand a smattering of their world, I would be happy. Many youth who stretch their ears today are not doing it for history’s sake, but because of the “cool” factor. It’s a trend and quite often a sign of rebellion. Many cultures had and have reasons for stretching, but many also did it for the aesthetic quality, meaning they liked the way it looked. Technically, 13-year-old Americans are considered a culture as well. And whether someone is doing it because it “represents” something or because he or she enjoys the beauty of something is no reason to look down on him or her. I love to compare this to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” where he spoke to young people about not conforming. Be yourself. Do not join the social club. This is very important; following trends is essentially conforming. But there are ways to stand up as an individual while still enjoying artistic fads. That is the beauty of art – and, yes, I dare call plugs and gauged spirals art. This is another reason why I choose to practice this. For me, observing this tradition has nothing to do with most of the kids walking around Hot Topic in the mall. For them, it is usually a fashion statement, which, in my opinion, is a body modification little different from breast implants. But when I see it embraced in a calming and sacred manner, it becomes calming and sacred itself. It isn’t novel, you ask? It isn’t weird? I wonder, if we explained to the Masai our obsession with breast implants, face lifts and hair transplants whether they would point, snicker and judge?
As the director of theatre here at Corban, I would like to take issue with Megan Wozniak’s review of Corban’s “The Little Theater’s Production of Hamlet.” I did not direct this play, but I did choose the guest director and am ultimately responsible for script choice. Our original play selection was Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer,” but after the small turnout for auditions, it was apparent we could not stage this production. We quickly selected another script that fit the group that auditioned: a few women and two men. I approved the script for other less pragmatic reasons, however. I liked the down-toearth approach to Shakespeare, whose work is often deemed unapproachable by the general public. I liked the idea of a New York theatre snob being thrown in with some less educated, average people. I liked especially the overall theme that sometimes things are worth doing even if you can’t do them well. In a society that values only the gold medals and the excellent, we often become observers of culture instead of contributors. We figure if we can’t do it well, we shouldn’t do it. As a result, valuable interactions are lost. I had to face this dilemma here at Corban. I had resisted doing Shakespeare for years because we never had enough men to play the parts, and I have always found women doing the male parts somewhat tacky and unprofessional. Eventually, I came to the conclusion, depriving my students, my audience, and myself from the amazing language, drama and spectacle of Shakespeare was too great a price. I compromised, and we presented the best Shakespeare we could with what we had – simply because it was worth doing even if it couldn’t come up to Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s standards. Unfortunately, our reviewer missed this profound lesson not only in the play script, but in the production itself. “The Little Theater’s Production of ‘Hamlet’” was not, as suggested by the reviewer, about condescending to the poor and uneducated. It was more about how we all have something to learn from one another (a cliché because it is profoundly true), how appearances deceive (a common theme of most of Shakespeare’s plays), and how the desire to create and do art beyond your reach is a good thing – all parties benefit. In this “amateur script” the audience sees, first hand, what we actors and directors have known: working on a great work, even when it is above your resources and abilities, elevates you, enriches you, alters the script of your life. The spring play was about the process of small town folks discovering that Shakespeare could move and challenge them with his voice and passion. The actual production of “Hamlet” was not so much the thing in this play. It was about the dilemma of sustaining creative vision against the battering ram of reality. It was about the commonality between modern and not-so-modern humanity. It demonstrated that a production is not so much about just what happens on the stage in front of lights, but about what happens to the people staging it before, during and after. I would propose to Wozniak and any future reviewers that they spend less time critiquing what they instinctively don’t like in a production and spend more time asking, “What is the play trying to do?” Then asking the more relevant question, “Is it doing it?” With limited budgets, few willing participants, volunteer workers, and all the other limitations that circumscribe educational theatre, we cannot compete with the expectations movies and television have bred into the modern audience member. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work hard at presenting the best we can do with what we have, and we trust the audience to rec-
ognize how ludicrous it is to expect professional theatre. Our athletic teams could not compete with the NBA or the NFL, but we don’t expect them to. We realize when we go to a game that we are watching college ball – good college ball — but college ball, nonetheless. Theatre here at Corban is college theatre -good college theatre -- but college theatre, nonetheless. We are training our athletes and actors, not paying them. Reviewers should have opinions about the production, but that opinion should be tempered by an understanding of the who and the what. A responsible reviewer will respond from an educated viewpoint, not from primarily a personal preference. Sometimes a negative review is appropriate, but it should be based on flaws in the production that make it bad theatre, not just a response like, “I didn’t like the music or the script.” I am an educated theatre person, and, after seeing the play, I thought Wozniak’s review was overly biased and harsh. As with most productions, there were areas that could have been improved, but the overall play was enjoyable. I laughed. I identified with the issues portrayed. I enjoyed seeing how our students interpreted their characters. I had a good time. The production deserved to be seen. The student actors and crew deserved our support. The play deserved a better, less vitriolic review. Tamara McGinnis Corban Drama Professor
Review was inaccurate The review of “Little Theatre’s Production of Hamlet” article entitled, “That’s Entertainment?” was not only rude and mal-researched, but entirely inaccurate. Throughout this poorly written article there were many phrases that shocked and confused me as to what warranted these harsh claims; one of them being, “The Psalm Center Annex was wasted on the amateur script.” The playwright, Jean Battlo, has received numerous awards for her poetry books, and her plays have been performed by professional, community, and college theatrical groups in several states. Obviously, she is not an amateur and, with a seemingly small amount of research, the Editor in Chief would have known that. Another part of the review, in regards to the intentions of the play, read, “The unapologetic stereotype of the poor as uneducated, drunkards who use salty language because they don’t know better.” I wonder if I watched the same play as the writer of this review because in no way, shape, or form was the play communicating this message to the audience. Besides the fact that, yes, there are people who speak improperly with accents different than ours, this does not mean that this reflects the theme of the production. Because characters in the play drank alcohol does not warrant impropriety, but a representation of life different than one most of us are familiar with. It is important as people and Christians alike to be open-minded to the simple fact that there are many who do not have a faith in Jesus Christ. Though we go to a Christian college, it would be naïve and ignorant of the directors to choose only plays with blatant Christian themes. Instead, they chose a play which made the audience search for one, and I believe the correct theme is this: Not only can people appreciate great works of art, but imperfection can entertain. I enjoyed “Little Theatre’s Production of Hamlet,” and I have great respect for those involved in the play as well. Bravo, Teleah Moss
Corban College~ April 20, 2010 ~ Page 11
Letters to the Editor Review dismissed effort
Your back page article reviewing Corban Theater Art’s spring play, “The Little Theater Does Hamlet,” struck a chord with me – a extremely dissonant chord. I make it no secret that I was involved with this production since the beginning. As the costume manager, I was on board even before this particular script was chosen. Originally, Katie Karnes had chosen a hilarious 18th-century play, “She Stoops To Conquer.” While all those who auditioned fell in love with the script, not enough men auditioned. Katie had to find a play that included six women and two men. I originally had my doubts about the new script. But after reading it, I was sold. It is a play about understanding Shakespeare. He was, and is for the masses, and I love how the script brings that to light in an entertaining way. If there was to be a negative review of this play, I thought that it would have been that Shakespeare was mocked. But no. You found fault in the cliché, in the stereotypes. The problem with stereotypes is that they have to have some basis in truth. And as far as the characters in this play went, they are totally based in truth. Believe me, I know from personal experience. Some people do use “salty language” because they don’t know better – I think of my own close relatives as a perfect example. Many people enjoy beer, and that does not make them drunks or alcoholics. If you find fault with the portrayal of hicks as stupid and uneducated, why do you find fault also with the concept that those who are “stupid and uneducated” can enjoy Shakespeare? The dichotomy in your opinion is obvious. You promote the stereotype of uneducated, stupid hicks right after criticizing that very stereotype. All of us involved worked extremely hard on this play. We all poured our hearts and souls into it and loved (almost) every minute of it. Your article hurt and insulted all of the work and effort that went into the production, especially as we came up on closing week. For the actors whose pictures were published in the paper – how do you think they must have felt, having their picture attached to such an article, attached to such descriptors as “grannie panties” and “drunk”? For myself, as the photographer whose work was used in the article, it was upsetting seeing my work attached to such a review. I respect your freedom of opinion and speech, but ask that in the future, you be more considerate of the people in the production. Was such a review really necessary? Was this a Christ-like review? Sincerely, Elisabeth Doornink
Rude review disappointed I hate to have to write about the newspaper in such a way, but I am very disappointed in it. We should not be putting people down and we should not be singling people out to dis them on their acting performance. The only thing I got from this newspaper was that the actors should not act and the director of the play should not direct, because it was so bad. Whether the play is bad or not, this is an unacceptable newsletter coming from a Christian college. What would a Corban experience or visitor say if they pick up this newspaper? Don’t get me wrong, I love Corban, and it is a wonderful school, but if I had read this newspaper before deciding to come to Corban, I would have thought twice. I was blown away by how rude this letter was to the actors and to the directors. This play is not an easy play, and they are not professionals, so it is not going to be perfect and we can’t expect it to be. I feel deeply sorry for those who were in
the play because of how hurt they were by this article. Many of the actors in the play are also in my dorm and many of them were in tears because of this article. I have heard of several people who were irritated by the lack of kindness in this article. I am not saying that you can’t have freedom of speech to say the play wasn’t good, but freedom of speech should not be an editor’s excuse to be so blatantly rude. As Christians, we are to uplift our fellow brothers and sisters, not give them a slap in the face! I am sorry to say that I am very disappointed in the newsletter this year. The writer could have said that the play wasn’t good in a different way. I feel she didn’t care if she hurt anyone’s feelings and I may be wrong, but still as a Christian newsletter I don’t think this is the best way to be a shining light and example to other believers and nonbelievers. Other worldly newspapers may be able to write articles like this, but not a Christian college. We as Christians can do better than this! I do hope that you take this letter into consideration, because many have been emotionally hurt by this article. Sheree Moser
Editor should encourage I am writing in response to your article, “That’s Entertainment?” The article overall was, in the opinion of many I have talked to, as well as my own, innappropriate. The fact that your editor-in-chief did not enjoy the production is not the issue. It was, among other things, that she so blatantly ripped apart members of our community; her behavior was uncalled for. Everyone knows that the plays on campus will not be on a Broadway level, but the plays are of good quality because the actors and tech crew work extremely hard to put on a production that will entertain the audience and let them forget about the stresses and worries of everyday life for a few hours. The play that was chosen was written to be a little different, to be entertaining. It is not a musical; it is not a tragedy; it is simply a comedy. Comedies are meant to be a little quirky and a little ridiculous; it’s part of the fun. As for the music, it was supposed to be songs the audience could be entertained by; they were not trying to make a statement. The tech crew works hard and are very good at what they do, including song selection. For the purpose of the play, the music fit very well; I enjoyed it as did everyone I talked to after the play. In our community we strive to uplift and encourage each other, in the manner of Christ, and the blow from your article has done anything but those things. I have talked to several cast members and tech crew members concerning your article and from this it is quite clear that you have hit them hard. The feeling of accomplishment that comes from working on a production is gone. Instead of coming alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ to support them - even if you do not like the outcome - you have thrown them down. The last thing I will mention is the timing of your article. When did it become protocol to release a review before the play is done running? To your editor-in-chief, I know that not everyone will like every play, but it is not the play that is important. It is the people behind and in it, the work put into it, the time and effort they’ve given. I do not appreciate the negativity with which you have written your article and I hope you do not just read this and discard it. I would encourage you to think on what I’ve said. Jesus calls us to encourage one another and build each other up, and He also calls us to let each other know when we make a mistake or cause each other to stumble. In Christ, Ashley Miller
Blots of ink Kate Schell Columnist
A modest proposal
Oh no, I’m showing some skin around the ankle. My neck is exposed; I hope my pastor doesn’t notice. I bought this shirt at a store called “Vanity” – have I doomed my soul to fire and brimstone? Thoughts like these plagued me growing up as a homeschooler in Southern Idaho. Modesty was an absolute, a sort of ex cathedra doctrine of righteous living. A modest girl – found by the dozen in my homeschooling community – was completely covered from her clavicles to her calves. If she flashed her knees, thighs, or shoulders, she obviously desired to seduce her defenseless Christian brothers. My parents, thankfully, did not enforce a strict dress code, did not demonize pants or department stores. But enough modesty-minded people surrounded and influenced me that I was hyper aware how much my worldly appearance – shorts, screen T-shirts, painted nails – failed to match their sacred standards. Compared to my peers’ ankle-length jean skirts and waist-length hair, my 90’s teal Tweety Bird overalls seemed shockingly unfeminine. And everyone knows femininity is next to godliness. Proponents of extreme modesty (which, at the time, I didn’t realize was extreme) say they are not only protecting brothers in Christ from stumbling (which is a fair aspiration), but also reclaiming “biblical girlhood,” a gender role defined by frilly dresses, pretty dolls, and domestic training. And “biblical boyhood”? It consists of a rub-some-dirt-in-it philosophy, with a good dose of damsel saving, dragon slaying and theological training. My mom bought into biblical girlhood enough to make shopping trips a nightmare during high school. I’d want to get a V-neck shirt; she’d prefer a turtleneck. I’d want to wear jeans to church; she’d want me to wear a calf-length floral skirt. I dreamed of going gothic; she wanted me to go Victorian. During Christmas break this year, I realized how much I’ve come into my immodest own in college. Stand-
ing in my homeschooling-friendly church during worship, I eyed the family walking in late. The Kunkels live somewhere between neither here nor there and the middle of nowhere, close to the Utah border. Kris Kunkel, the strapping young man of the clan, sports a unibrow and coke-bottle glasses – and clothes bought at Carhartt. Slightly redneck? Yeah. Mistakable for one of the seven brothers looking for a bride? Sure. But nothing too anachronistic. But Kris’s younger sister, a meek, sweet junior higher, looks like she stepped out of a time capsule from Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, 1861. Her thick blonde braid reaches down to her hips. Her face is sunfreckled and makeup-free – at least I think so. It’s hard to get a good look at her behind her huge dress sleeves, which must have taken days to sew by hand and candlelight. I understand nothing attracts people to Christ like girls dressed up like Laura Ingalls Wilder, but isn’t there a double standard here? It’s the girls who look strikingly different than the world, who look like they just walked off the set of Okalahoma! or Sense and Sensibility. Boys get by easy. Their high-wasted pants, their harshly parted hair – sure, it’s a little geeky, but there’s nothing special about geekiness. Atheists can be geeks. I can’t help but wonder how much modesty – at least its extreme manifestations – is patriarchal bunk. It’s not just conservative Christianity. Except for Hasidic Jews and the Amish, all the religions I can think of that recommend laymen dress in a distinctive fashion have little influence on laymen. It’s the laywomen who pile on petticoats and bonnets, head scarves and burkas. It’s the laywomen who have to abstain from Sears and sew up a little sanctification. I admit, since I’ve moved to a liberal state, I have wandered from the straight and narrow of good Christian apparel. I do not dress like Elizabeth Bennett or Anne of Green Gables. I do not avoid the Satanic influence of Old Navy. I sometimes give the world a peek at my clavicles. And I don’t feel guilty.
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“We know Christians
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that many also think
abortion is wrong and say they are ‘pro-life,’ but we feel that many of them just don’t take it seriously enough to actually do something about it.” - Caleb Pearson
Photo by Erinn Streckfuss
This is one of the signs displayed on Easter Sunday by the Pearson family at Morning Star Community Church.
Pro-life protest confuses churchgoers signs, but it’s better to hurt some feelings than to have “It had to be a shocking image for him, maybe even some people go through the same thing again.” one that made him uncomfortable, but it was enough to The Pearsons come from a long line of civil rights make it do something about it. To make him help. “ Campus Care supervisor Pat Walsh, who also attends Seven-foot-tall posters of aborted fetuses shocked activists who believe that graphic images’ shock valattendees of Morning Star Community Church as they ue is often the best way to get their message across. Morning Star, had the job of directing traffic Easter And while the message itself was not disputed among morning and saw firsthand the reaction of churchgoers. drove to service Easter Sunday. “There were four people I heard As members and visitors drove into the church park- churchgoers, the means was up for talking to them and they were not ing lot, they may have been confused by the anti-abor- debate. “It was not a very good way of tion group that quietly held their signs, also adorned his is not what happy,” Walsh commented. “The bottom line was our members had with Scripture and an image of Christ on the cross, just asking for help if that’s truly what no control over what was shown in outside the church property in South Salem. After all, they were doing,” Chad White, esus would do the pictures, and children who had Morning Star is a self-proclaimed pro-life church and Corban sophomore and an active atnot been exposed to negative aspects even holds a support group called “Save One,” a minis- tendee of the church, said. “I think cott elson of our world today, were exposed by try for women who have experienced the pain of abor- it would be better if they went to a orning tar s place where the message is needed. others without the parents’ consent. tion. Walsh, along with many others The Easter morning demonstrators – a young man, Especially don’t show graphic pichead pastor who witnessed the group, couldn’t his wife, and their two children – had contacted Morn- tures to a place where lots of chilhelp but wonder if the abortion deming Star’s staff several days earlier, explaining that they dren are going. They could instead were going to hold the signs outside the church on Eas- stand outside an abortion clinic and offer alternatives to onstrators were making any positive impact. “So how many hearts have you changed today?” Walsh ter morning. Church staff promptly sent an e-mail to girls about to go in. Help them understand the option of repeatedly asked the family, after several upset church all on their list, warning churchgoers about the “protes- adoption.” While the Pearsons and some of their fellow church members challenged them. “It was obvious from those tors” and the graphic images. “This is not what Jesus would do,” said Scott Nelson, members do protest at abortion clinics, they feel that the who challenged them that the method was wrong.” Many of the churchgoers responded either in confuMorning Star’s head pastor. “Just ignore them, because American church is where the message is needed most. “We know that many Christians sion or outright anger. all they want is attention.” also think abortion is wrong and “What about my children?” one driver shouted from Attention is what the young cousay they are ‘pro-life,’ but we feel his vehicle as he passed the demonstrators. ple, Caleb and April Pearson, was e just want that many of them just don’t take “What are you trying to tell us? That we aren’t dolooking for, and attention is what it seriously enough to actually do ing anything about this?” another exclaimed from her they got. Attendees of Salem Bap- to take action on something about it,” said Pearson. rolled down window. tist Temple, an independent Baptist “They just have their own personal While the Pearsons said they weren’t trying to rile up church down the road from Morning the issue beliefs, but then they just leave it churchgoers – they demonstrated peacefully, with their Star, Pearson said they were there at that. We just want to take action children playing at their feet – their presence caused a protestor aleb not to protest, but to ask for help. on the issue.” commotion, as clearly shocked churchgoers respond“We came to Morning Star beearson Drawing a comparison to the bib- ed. cause it’s a good church, and we In Pearson’s mind, however, shock value is sometimes feel like they might actually be able lical story of the Good Samaritan, to do something about it [abortion],” Pearson stated that shock value is the best way to go. “To send someone to spread a message is one thing,” said Pearson. “We notice that they have pro-life groups, often important when calling on others for help. like the group for women who have had abortions, and “He had some place he had to be; he had a destina- he stated. “But to change their minds is another.” that’s great. But we don’t want women to do it again. tion. He wasn’t planning on being caught off-guard by a I know it might hurt feelings for people to see these beaten man on the side of the road,” Pearson asserted. Erinn Streckfuss Freelance writer
These are some of the signs the Pearson family used to protest abortion outside Morning Star. Many congregants became upset after seeing the graphic images of aborted fetuses.
how many hearts have
you changed today?” - Pat Walsh, Campus Care supervisor
Photo by Erinn Streckfuss