March 2010

Afterboom

Hey all, sorry for the extended absence. Last week was spring break and I was busy sleeping and eating good food at my house, and the week before I was totally swamped with midterms and the aftermath of being sick. One thing that is hard about college is that you can’t really get behind, I was sick for two weeks and all I could manage was to get done what had to be done, which meant that long term projects got put off which really caught up with me the week before break. But, now that break is over I am caught up, I am almost finished with my Political Science paper and have finally begun working on my math project so things are going a lot better this week.
Yesterday was also my 20th birthday! I woke up and walked into my closet yesterday to find sticky notes on mirror, my roommate made me a birthday “scavenger hunt” in the room to find my present. It included a funny photoshoped picture of my roommate in a car with a 70s guy and a lion (it’s a joke that she is going to go to Africa and hug a lion during her trip). She also got me some really adorable earrings and chocolate (which is always desired).  Unfortunately I had to go to band in the evening so I didn’t really do anything, though my roommate, my boyfriend and I started watching Highlander (preparation for my trip to Scotland), let me just say tThe toaster–everyone’s favorite thing in the Cafeteriahat the whole concept of Sean Connery not playing the Scotsman in a movie called “Highlander” is so wrong.  Speaking of Scotland, I received my flight information for next fall and it is finally seeming real. Of course it won’t be completely real until I am on the plane, but I feel like my trip is really coming together and I will actually be in Scotland come next September.
Next week is going to be really exciting (I hope), the International Affairs Symposium is next week and Paul Wolfowitz is coming to speak on Monday (he is a former Deputy Secretary of Defense under George Bush) it should be really interesting. They also have a session on nuclear proliferation which might be interesting in light of the recent treaty with Russia. Next week is also one of the last rehearsalsDining Hall! before the Wind Symphony concert (she shudders with terror), I am playing piccolo this semester and have a couple of solos and I am getting really nervous. It was really bad, last night it was only me and one other flute player there. I think everyone is still on Spring Break. I felt bad for Marley, because sheThe “mysterious” bench/art in the Library! had to play the flute parts all by herself because piccolo has different music. Read, it was a rather bad rehearsal…but I am sure next week will be better.
Oh yeah, and congratulations to all of you Seniors who have been accepted, now comes the hard part of deciding which wonderful school to attend. So to help you decide I suggest you read my blog (of course) and others, but also I would love to hear any questions youThe Stacks, i.e. the regular books in the Library have, here is your chance to get info right from the horses mouth (so to speak). Ok, well I will have to think of more reasons for you to come to LC (besides the amazing library–see pics), but please, I would love some e-mails!

LibbyBooks! In the Library of Course
Ebm@lclark.edu

31 March 2010

So much to celebrate!

South Campus SkyThere have been two times that I have been locked inside of a bathroom.  The first was when I was in Sweden.  I was 13 and really needed to go to the bathroom after mini-golfing – I couldn’t figure out how to unlock the lock… it was Swedish, give me a break!  And the second time was over Spring break.  My hall’s bathroom door was propped open, which happens after our bathroom has been cleaned to air it out a bit, normal right?  That’s what I though.  Anyway, I was brushing my teeth, and my RA, Carolyn comes in a shuts the door.  When we went to leave, we couldn’t!  The door handle was broken!!! Not OK!  So we tried to use our swipe-cards to open the door, which didn’t work, we pounded on the door and started yelling for help.  I was laughing too hard to really take the situation seriously though, (I thought it was hilarious that we had locked ourselves in our own bathroom) but about two minutes into our predicament someone came to take a shower, so we were saved.  Heather and Sarah after running the mile at the track meet!

In addition to that ordeal, my little brother Garrett came to visit me!!  It was more than wonderful to have him here.  He got to meet most of my friends, experience dorm life, the Bon and Portland.  We also went fishing all day on Monday and I caught a 16 pound Salmon and Garrett caught a 12 pound one!!  I don’t have the pictures yet, but they will be up here soon.  We went with Brian, the Area Director of Young Life in Lake Oswego.  I also went to Seattle for a weekend with my Mom and Grandma.  They flew out to meet me there (I took the train) and we stayed at our family friend, Daryl’s Bed-and-Breakfast, The Bacon Mansion.  Doesn’t get much better than that.Carolyn and I made STIR FRY!!!

Being back home at L&C has been really good though.  I am so comfortable with this community here that it is hard to think that in only 5 weeks I will be leaving for the summer!  Craziness.  I’m already looking forward to next semester though.  In a perfect world, here are the classes that I will get into without any problems: East Asian Religion, Spanish, Perspectives in Mathematics and Greek.  I could take Calculus 1 or 2 if I wanted too, but here’s the deal.  I’m not a huge math person, I do like it, but I do not want to commit a lot of time to something that isn’t my passion, especially when I could be putting it into other things.  Why am I going to take Greek of all things?  Keep in mind this isn’t modern, conversational Greek, I will be learning Hellenistic or Koine Greek, the language the New Testament was originally written in.  It is going to be really helpful to keep pursuing Religious Studies and will be a great challenge.  It looks like a good balance of classes to me, especially with my RA gig. 

We had a meeting last night for all of the RA’s on staff for next year.  We decided this needs to happen way more oftenIt was awesomeee!!  I finally met everyone on my staff (except one that’s in Australia right now) and with the exception of two people that live in California, everyone is from a different state with one international student!  How awesome is that?  The energy is already strong between us and I can tell that it will only get better from here.  I still don’t know which wing I am going to be in.  Soon though!

Easter is this weekend, and I can’t wait to spend it at River West.  As an Agape group we’re going to make brunch before Church and then head out.  There are a few different Churches people go too, including Imago Dei and St. Marks.  Carolyn is going to organize some egg dying and we are planning on having an Easter egg hunt!  It’s awesome to be in college I’m telling you. 

There are tour groups all over campus!  If you see me, say hi!  I promise it will only be really awkward for a little bit J  Good luck with your college brother Garrett eating our awesome stir-fry.  we even walked all the way to Market of Choice to get everything!  So the end result tasted even better after our long walkdecisions, that May 1st deadline is coming up soon!  If you have any questions at all, please direct them at me: karonson@lclark.edu!

Tessa is leading Agape tonight and she’s taking us on a field trip!  I don’t know where, but I can tell you that I’m REALLY excited for it!stud.

Kayla

“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ‘Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night’s lodging. ‘Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.”     -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

31 March 2010

The northern sky looked like the end of days…

Heyoo,

 

A pretty big highlight this week was our trip to Stratford upon Avon. This town is the birthplace of Shakespeare, and most things there are devoted to him and his work. We visited his birthplace, his grave and also toured some of the houses that his children lived in. It was pretty little town and I really enjoyed just wandering around and seeing all of the old buildings. After going to a pub for dinner all of us went to a very modern take on “King Leer.” I was impressed by the performances of the actors and the set brought many strange ideas of the play out. Set in a strange, warehouse-like environment that deteriorated as the play progressed and complete with really impressive feats of stage technology (such as a thunderstorm with rain over Lear during one of his monologues), the play really showed off the possibilities of how far the envelope could be pushed in regards to interpretation and stagecraft. I would really like to see it again to see if I could take it all in.

                This was definitely a great week for theatre. First, this week I made my way over to the National Theatre to see a lecture by Allison Chitty, a really famous stage designer, along with an exhibition about her work. It was fascinating to hear her approaches to design and I loved seeing all of the models for her sets. Many of them looked frightfully intricate and extremely strange. I would LOVE to see a show designed by her. After the lecture I ended up seeing a show at the National called “The Habit of Art,” a new play that delves into the lives of Thomas Auden and Benjamin Britten. It was a very interesting play complete with a set within a set and actors playing actors. It was very funny and was acted very well. The second theatre event I went to this week was a bit more of an experience than a show. I went to this project called “SHUNT,” which is a collaboration of London artists, theatrical performers and musicians that collaborate to create an incredibly strange and unique experience in an abandoned tube stop. To find it, you need to venture through the London Bridge tube stop to find a little brown door in a brick wall (a little sketchy, right?). When I went inside it was very dark and there was a lot of low lighting. It felt a bit like a haunted house. The first show I saw was a production by a group called the Sugarbeast Circus. It was really intriguing and creepy at the same time and centered around an animal trainer for an Indian circus that leaves mysteriously. The other show that I saw was REALLY strange. It was more of a performance art piece than a show. People dressed in clothing that could give Lady GaGa a run for her money were gathered at a table speaking a nonsense language, would get up, move about randomly, meet up in a circle somewhere in the room, and then, well…phonate. They weren’t really screaming, or singing either.  There wasn’t a tonal structure but they were still creating strange noises making extremely dissonant sound textures. It was…strange. My favorite thing about SHUNT that night was probably the environment with all of the interactive art pieces. There was an amazing “instrument” featured there that was a collection of beams of light that had heat sensors in them. When you put your hand through them or walked through them, a spotlight somewhere in the room would shine randomly and it would play a note. People were lighting up the hallway and creating pentatonic chords all night. It was pretty great.

                This was also a pretty great week for music. I got to see a concert done by the London Symphony Orchestra featuring pieces from West Side Story, a (unfortunately, not so great) performance of Rhapsody in Blue and a Rachmaninov Symphony. It was an ok concert, but it just couldn’t compare to the one I had seen earlier in the week. I had the, possibly once in a lifetime pleasure, to hear the Vienna Philharmonic perform. For the concert that the group went to see, we heard them perform Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It was UNBELIEVABLE. They also did a great performance of some of the Hungarian Dances for the encore.

                Another thing that I did this week was go to the ballet for the first time. It isn’t something that I normally do, but I figured that I needed to try new things, so off I went to Covent Garden. The ballet I saw was a collection of three pieces by separate choreographers. The first was a very modern ballet that seemed to reflect a lot of frustration with modern society and the separation that is brought upon by technology. The second was definitely the most traditional of the three and danced out the details of an unhappy love story to music by Prokofiev. The third piece, however, was definitely my favorite. It was a piece done to original music by Max Richter (one of my favorite composers) and followed a storyline of (what I believed to be) fleeting interactions among strangers. The choreography was absolutely beautiful and I loved hearing new material from a composer that I really love. It was a lovely evening. Lucky for all of you, the ballet is actually free for you to watch on YouTube! Here are the links to it! Hope you enjoy it.

 

Till next time,

 

-Jon

 

Musical present of the week:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu4qQKlyF7

31 March 2010

And what could be more fun than hiding?

Hi again,

 

First off, I have to tell you, I have recently viewed the best play I have ever seen. Allow me to elaborate.

 

There is a play currently on at the Apollo Theatre called Jerusalem. It is about a man named Johnny “Rooster” Byron who lives in an old trailer in the middle of the woods in rural England with a wild and mysterious past. At his disposal is a legion of young ragamuffins, rabble-rousers and party animals who are constantly hounding him to give them alcohol and drugs. Drama ensues when Mr. Byron finds an eviction notice on his door and when an angry father begins to look for his lost daughter near his home. The man who plays Johnny Byron is Mark Rylance and he has given the most incredible acting performance I have ever seen in my life. He wasn’t acting. It was almost as if I was watching something really happening on stage. The script is also fabulous. Incorporating absolutely hilarious text with open ended conclusions and rapid fire dialogue, I was completely captivated for the whole 3 hours of the show. I was utterly blown away by this piece of theatre. The other show I saw this week was very different. Written by a Scottish playwright, Knives in Hens took place in a space that was no bigger than my dorm room. I could have touched the actors I was so close. I was impressed by the use of the small space but I had a lot of trouble understanding the thick Scottish accents that were being used by the actors.

                This was also an interesting week for music. Earlier in the week the group attended an event being put on by the London Handel Festival. Our specific performance was of the oratorio Belshazzar and was performed on period instruments and featured two countertenor singing roles. I didn’t know that men could sing that high and I was impressed by their ability. The second big music thing I went to this week was a performance at the Barbican Centre featuring a choir that a friend of mine is in! For his internship he is currently singing in the City of London Choir and he had to perform with them a piece called “The Glorious Moment,” by Beethoven. It was a very good concert and we were all happy to know someone in the ensemble, and we hyped up his “fame” quite a bit.

                This week was also a good week for food. I made another visit to Portobello Road and had just about as much fun the second time as I did the first. This time I got food from a German food stand and a Ghanaian food stand. Both were absolutely fantastic, especially the Ghanaian food. Then the following day I went to Chinatown with a group of friends and got some pretty good dim sum. Dim sum is one of my favorite kinds of food because it gives you the opportunity to try so many different things at the same time.

                Well, until my next post,

 

-Jon

 

Musical present of the week:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uOrbhhNMPg

 

An old favourite.

28 March 2010

The last month

It’s been a long while since my last update, and I sincerely apologize. A lot has been going on these last few weeks – most having to do with school. Tackling thesis is an experience of insanity that I will never be able to forget and perhaps one that will haunt me for the rest of my life. No, I’m kidding, sort of. I’m just really bummed that students have not wanted to participate in my research, which I guess itself is a supporting argument for my thesis. But I’m learning a truckload. I’m surprised my poor poor brain can still process new information. Aye. In more positive news, there is a little more than a month of school left. Well, that’s hardly news to all us seniors who have had graduation on their mind since the beginning of this penultimate semester. Oh and did I mention thesis? Haha. Okay, real positive news this time. I found an internship in LA that entails me helping place music in various movies and TV shows, which coincidentally is one of my three dream jobs. Naturally, I screamed really really loud when I found it.  I mean I still have to apply for it, but just the fact that the opportunity is out there, so vividly and almost within-my-grasp is worthy of celebration. Look at me, dreaming already… it’s so needed, though. Facebook friends’ status updates have informed me that quite a few of them have already found jobs, or accepted into graduate schools, basically having already solidified plans for the next few months or years of their lives. Lucky!! I’ll get there, soon.

Been seeing a lot of prospective students visiting campus lately. It’s beautiful, no?

28 March 2010

The realization is better than the anticipation…

Hey there guys,

 

The highlight of this week was when we all traveled to St. Ives. It was a long train ride (6 hours) to make it out the tip toe of the island on the west side in Cornwall, but it was absolutely worth it. St. Ives is known for being a beautiful small sea town with a high artist population. The weather was perfect when we arrived, sun shining and all. The first big activity of the day was travelling to the Tate St. Ives, a big art gallery that overlooked the sea. We saw the work of local artists there and also some more famous pieces (including one by Picasso!). After the gallery many of us went straight for the ocean. A couple of friends and I went rock scrambling. It was wonderful to be near the ocean. I had missed it so much. For dinner, a group of us decided to eat at The Sloop Inn, a pub that was built in the 1300’s where I had really good seafood and fell in love with Cornish cider. We visited a few more pubs that night before returning to the hostel where a bunch of us watched Blues Brothers until the early hours of the morning. It was a pretty great night. When we woke up, a few of us went out to find a bakery for breakfast. We ended up finding one that specialized in scones. We all got a few and ate them with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream. It was SO good. We headed back to London after breakfast. I would love to return to St. Ives sometime soon in the future.

                Once again, I can say that I’ve seen some pretty amazing theatre this week including a sequel to Macbeth done by the same writer for Midsummer, an opera that made me like opera for the first time called Lucia di Lammermoor, an amazing production of a play called ENRON and a production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Out of all of them, ENRON was definitely my favorite. It was fascinating to see a play about America on the British stage about recent American history. Complete with genius staging, a very smart script and many references to the Bush administration, September 11th and the economic recession, it made for a very strange and reflective evening for me as an American growing up in this generation.

                Another really amazing thing that happened this week was that our group visited Westminster Abbey. This is an incredible place and if any of you out there reading this ever go to London, I highly recommend that you go there. Not only is the space really old and beautiful, it is completely soaked in history; it is under your very feet when you are there. Literally. The Abbey is crammed with graves of almost every famous person to come out of the history of the United Kingdom. From Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Henry Purcell to Laurence Olivier, Benjamin Britten and Winston Churchill, the church is a testament to every human that has made Britain famous. It is an incredible and humbling experience to see and think about all of the amazing people who have come from Britain. I would love to attend a service there.

                Well, another week, another post. This one will happen soon.

 

                I promise.

 

-Jon

 

Musical present of the week:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wVhWcpZpac

 

About a minute in, this song has one of the most incredible string riffs I have ever heard.

26 March 2010

no encounters with the supernatural

Andrew’s sculpture, which includes this and 2,000 clay clams, has invaded all of campusI finished sewing another shirt!rumour has it that the mugs the Bon provides for student use were salvaged from Goodwill; we love themmarimba at the international fair! Mel is in the middle backsome LC students playing the sitar and tablas at the International FairEmdowd is Germany incarnateSection Line Drive doin’ their A Cappella thinga dance from China at the International FairVilna’s Got a Golemsee what I mean about the wacked out makeup?Vilna’s still got a Golemafter our meal Dith was too full to smilea Maisha s’more, with peanutbutter and dark chocolate and no graham cracker!we are all so animal-deprived that when dogs appear on campus, people decend on them in hordesDog Day treats, mmmm freeze-dried lamb liver!
Spring break always arrives barely in time. Ten weeks without a break is pretty brutal. Weekends are devoted to trying to catch up on homework and sleep, they are not actually much of a reprieve. At least not once you’re a junior. I’m going home around noon on Friday as soon as I’m done with class. Woo!

In protest of not having much in the way of R&R in the past few months, my body vociferously asserted its needs. Starting Monday, I was in isolation mode, forbidden to leave my room because I had the flu. Fortunately, after 48 hours of fevers, headaches, coughs, and general lethargy it’s pretty much run its course. I got to reemerge into the world yesterday afternoon! And it was even sunny. How about that. (My girlfriend Mel took super great care of me while I was languishing in illness – she got me meals from the Bon, ran errands all over campus, and got me a flu kit from the Health Center so I would have thermometers and ibuprofen.)

Every year, the International Fair coincides with Family Weekend. Students commandeered the Bon kitchens to prepare and serve little tastes of foods from all over the world. There were also lessons in and information about culturally-specific art, fashion, and life. Mel and a bunch of other students played marimba, and their performance was followed by a student jazz band. After the food, everyone poured into the Chapel for the performance portion of the day. There was a fashion show, songs and dances from all over the world, poetry reading, and a preview of the French play (opening tonight!) in which Mel stars. During the raffle draw, I won a $25 gift certificate to Hoda’s Middle Eastern Cuisine. I think a date is in order.

Mel and I went to see the mainstage play, Vilna’s Got a Golem, last week. It was good, but weird. The costumes were excellent and the makeup was intense and bizarre. I really liked the meta-play format, because it managed to make the whole thing feel more real. It seemed designed for a very specific (Jewish) audience, but because I took Intro to Judaism last year, I could at least recognize some of the more obscure jokes, even if I didn’t always understand them. Now that the play is over, I think it’s okay to post some photos from the performance.

Last week, I suspended my classwork for three days in order to give myself over completely to the Gender Studies Symposium. I had put so much work into it over the course of the past year that I figured by the time it actually arrived I would be burned out and just ready for it to be over, but I actually really enjoyed it. I attended 11 of the 27 different sessions. I think my favourite event was Kemi’s performance of her self-written, self-performed one-woman play Jabulile! It told the stories of four Swaziland street vendor women, but the stories felt very universal. Kemi will be performing Jabulile! at an international arts festival in South Africa this summer. At the Symposium Art Show, my comic strips won $50! I can actually make money doing self-gratifying artwork? Sweet!

Last weekend was retreat! My RA staff team twisted our way up to Welches, Oregon, a little town snuggled into the snowy foothills of Mt Hood. Retreat included boardgames, bad ’80s movies, the next generation of s’mores, grilled masterpieces, a hot tub, and a crazy long staff meeting. Someone had written in the guestbook that a little girl ghost haunted the house and put toys in shoes, but we had no encounters with the supernatural. Maybe next time.

Today I’m going to class for the first time in six days! What with the Symposium and then the flu, it’s been awhile since I’ve been in the classroom. I have a midterm exam in Intro to Queer Studies today, but I’m not too worried about it because I’ve done all of the readings for that class and I got an A on my last paper. I can’t do worse on it than I did on my last midterm, where I forgot to write an essay that was worth almost half of the exam. (It’s okay, my professor took pity on me and so I’m doing a make-up essay over Spring Break to compensate for that goof-up.)

It’s Prospie Season! The prospective students are out on campus in full force. With questions. That can be answered by emailing me at maisha@lclark.edu. See ya after Spring Break!

18 March 2010

An Affair to Remember

Hey guys, wow, what a crazy couple of weeks. In an apparent psychic moment, writing my blog early last week, I got a terrible cold last week right in the middle of my mid terms. It was a bad week, I missed work all week and could barely make myself study, but I survived (I guess that was really the only option…) Economics went okay, I made a couple of really stupid mistakes that cost me a lot because the test is only worth 50 points, but I at least feel like I understand the material, until we started talking about monopolies, and now my brain hurts. I am trying to stay positive, but it is one of the more frustrating classes I have had to take. On the up side, my Political Science exam went really well, I got an A! I was so excited I was practically skipping on the way back to my dorm room, then my roommate asked me why the REM song “Shiny Happy People” was playing on repeat. (http://www.youtube.com/user/remhq?blend=1&ob=4#p/u/14/YYOKMUTTDdA if anyone cares to watch the video, it always makes my day better!) To which I responded its my favorite song to celebrate good things that happen. Usually my roommate and I do the dance in celebration of the end of finals or big papers, but I thought this was a good occasion. Only one more week until spring break, I am so excited I can’t wait to go home and spend some time with my kitty. Unfortunately I have to write a research paper and study for another econ exam, but it should be good overall.
I also learned a shocking piece of information this week—I have been using my knife and fork wrong for my entire life! During Scotland Orientation the group presenting on food told us that in Scotland you only eat with your fork in your left hand and don’t switch. It was pretty funny because my friend Eleanor who is English and my roommate were telling me something similar the other day. I have to say I was a little insulted that I appeared to be the one who had “bad manners,” but the good thing is that Eleanor is teaching me how to eat “properly.” It is a difficult process, and I have to admit that I am quite prone to cheating, it is hard to break almost 20 years of practice!
Events on campus have been pretty thin because it is mid term time, but the Gender Studies Symposium was last week and what I am really looking forward to is the International Affairs Symposium after Spring Break. Alas, my life has been mostly focused on studying in the past couple of weeks, although I did go out to dinner with my boyfriend and friends last night which was fun. The Bon (cafeteria) is good, it was nice for a change. For fun, my roommate and I decided to have a night in and make a fort underneath her bed and eat junk food and watch Supernatural. It was a pretty awesome Before the Fortevening, the only downside was that our “fort” had to be destroyed in order to keep the suitcSnuge=great fort makerases from living in the middle of our room! Okay, well I had better get back to my research, Barry Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson are calling!!
Hope daylight savings time isn’t getting you down!
LibbyA place to call “home” (or the underneath of a bed)
PS. e-mail me any questions you have, I’d love to include them in my blog! Ebm@lclark.edu

14 March 2010

Flamenco

It was so nice outside that I got to wear my CHACOS!!!!  Not anymore, but it was a wonderful day!Today I realized how much I missed having music in my life last semester.  I have been taking guitar lessons from Julia Banzi.  I played guitar before, but never like this.  Julia is so incredible.  I am learning everything by imitating her.  For the first time in my musical career I don’t have any sheet music!  Well, that’s a lie, I do have one piece of music for a Classical piece, b

ut I am still learning how to read actual music for the guitar.  Trees are flowering EVERYWHERE it is so beautiful.  Next week I think I’ll just have pictures of these trees…However, most flamenco music is hard to notate on paper.  The Toques (the word “toque” embraces the whole art of flamenco guitar-playing) are composed of four different parts, soleares, escobillas, llamadas and often times have a singing accompaniment and a dancer.  Most of my musical INTERNATIONAL FAIR!  In the Chapelbackground is in jazz (my favorite song we played) and the improvisational techniques I learned there are really helping me put together these Toques.  Escobillas are a sort of rhythmic improvisation with a set of chords that a dancer will solo to, and a falsetto is a melodic riff on the guitar, so the guitarist’s solo in a way.  It has been amazing to learn from Julia.  I learned how to tap during the last lesson (this will give you some idea…).  There were different booths all over the BonSorry for the rudimentary explanations of those terms, but my understanding is not very deep, but flamenco needs to be heard or played, not explained on paper.  Julia makes me want to practice and learn more about flamenco.  Best new study tool ever.  A white board!  That I can erase on and use - it’s fantastic, especially for studying spanish verb forms.  Thank you Josh!When I am trying to learn something she will play along and often add her own little riffs or variations on what I am doing.  I love love love listening to her play.  She lived in Spain for part of her life and studied guitar there.  She is flying out her dancer to perform a show here in April!!  I am so excited for it!  Seeing a flamenco dancer from Spain dance and to watch my teacher play is going to be one amazing experience.

To follow up on my extreme excitement about being an RAOne of the many dances at International Fair next year, that excitement is still growing.  We have an all staff meeting coming up soon and I can’t wait to finally meet everyone that I will be working with next year.  The way that the RA staff teams are divided up is by building.  Since Copeland is so large, my staff team will all live in Copeland.  The SOA-A (Stewart, Odell, Akin & Apartments) tea

m covers four complexes, the Howard-Platt-Hartzfeld staff covers those three buildings, and the Forest staff covers all of the Forest buildings (it has multiple buildings, but is still considered one residential area – it’s pretty sweet!).  I am very happy with where I ended up, and to be honest, I didn’t really have a preference as to where they placed me.  But, Copeland will be so awesome.  I’m already thinking about how I am going to lay out my room…  I don’t even know what wingLove this I will be in though! 

So next Wednesday will probably be the best day of this entire year because my little brother is coming to visit!!!!!!!!  His name is Garrett, and he will be staying with me for part of his Spring Break.  He will be sleeping under my bed (not what you think!  Remember, my bed is lofted enough so someone can comfortably sit under it?!?  I am going to rent a mattress and put it under there and make a fort-like thing for him.  I’ll take a picture.)

Blurry picture of Section Line Drive preforming at International fair

We are going to have some good Kayla-Garrett hang out time.  I am excited to take him to my classes and to Agape, but I cannot wait for him to meet my friends.  It is a weird dynamic having my own sort of world out here.  None of my friends or family really know who my new friends are, so when I am telling them stories about how “me and (insert name here) and (insert name here) went to dinner last night and blah blah blah” they can’t relate to the people I’m talking about.  When my Dad and Jennifer visited last semester they met a few people, but this time Garrett will get to meet more of my friends and get a taste of college life.  Going to my classes, camping out with me in the Library, you know, fun stuff.   Having this new family of friends has been so amazing, it has given me a chance to get to know people in a very different way because we did not grow up together.  Garrett’s map to Oregon in case he gets lost…Our shared experiences started with Lewis & Clark College and have only grown from there.  Did I mention I’m excited for Garrett to come?  Because I am.  Like way past excited.  We don’t have a to-do list for when he comes, other than go to Powell’s.  Garrett devours books, almost literally, so, this will be a more than perfect excursion. 

Gender Studies Symposium tomorrow!  Depending on how far I get on my Abide/ μένω paper tonight will determine how many events I can go to tomorrow.  Hopefully I make some good progress! 

 

My inbox is waiting!  karonson@lclark.edu

 

Have a fantastic week,

Kayla

 

In honor of the last week-and-a-half push before Spring Break, and to quote one of Garrett’s favorite movie lines:

Stuart: You seem tense. Snowbell: TENSE?! Oh, I’m-I’m WAY past tense!

11 March 2010

An international affair

I have pictures again!  team north america!recipecoconut oilmixerbutterrrrrrmaking green tea cookiesall the performers

This past Saturday saw 45th Annual International Fair at Lewis and Clark. It’s an event that celebrates the diverse group of cultures represented at this school. Food and made by our very own international students are served in the first half of the day and a showcase extravaganza takes place in the afternoon featuring song and dance from all over the world. As an international student, I helped make food for the North America group. My entire Friday night was spent on making these Canadian desserts called Nanaimo bars, and even though I didn’t get the chance to taste the fruit of my labor, all the feedback have been positive. It almost makes me feel guilty for using 15 blocks of butter and more than 50 cups of sugar. Haha. I know that sounds like it’s a lot but we were also making massive amounts of these bars. Though we did joke that we should call them heart-attack bars. Check out the pictures!

The performances in the afternoon were a joy to watch. All the hard work people put into choreographing and rehearsing these intricate dance and song numbers finally paid off.  And I’m sure Maisha will talk about this in her update on Friday, but her girlfriend Melissa took part in a preview of a French play the department is putting on. Unfortunately I think only a  handful of people in the audience actually understood what was going on, but from the little that I did understand (hello, four years of high school French!) it seemed really great. My favorite performance, however, had to belong to my friend Daniel Bae, who danced and lipsync’d to a Korean pop song while accompanied by a large group of back-up dancers (also LC students). It was AWESOME. I’ll try to get a link to a video so you guys can see.

You can always contact me at lyang@lclark.edu with any questions you might have about LC. :)

Until next time!

8 March 2010