Kreidler Kommunity

The link to the online version of the article can be found here.

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Once referred to as Kreidlerites, the residents of Kreidler Residence Hall take the spotlight for this week’s Community Corner.

Pacific Lutheran University offers nine residence halls on campus. Kreidler Hall plays a notable role among these from a gender standpoint. Lora B. Kreidler was the first and only woman in university history to have a building named in her honor. She served as the Dean of Women and an art professor for more than 20 years.

After the building’s completion in 1957, the school initially appointed it West Hall. The university rededicated several buildings for its 75th anniversary in 1966, one of which was Kreidler Hall.

The architectural design, according to PLU’s Historic Resource Inventory, notes that it represents the national expansion of collegiate educational facilities occurring during the post World War II era. Kreidler’s design and structure are an exact mirror image of Hong’s, its neighboring hall.

Until a few decades ago, Kreidler housed only women. Kreidler now focuses on housing veterans, transfer students and upperclassmen s while also offering a comfortable space for commuters. The hall consists of single resident dorm rooms, intended for independent living.

Junior Devin Harrison, a Psychology major, works as a Community Assistant (CA) in Kreidler.

“The community in Kreidler is more specific,” Harrison said. “We focus more on transitioning them out of college or reminding them what resources are on campus they might have forgotten about.”

While Harrison enjoys his role in Kreidler, he admits it is more challenging to get students to interact with hall events and group activities than it is for a standard Resident Assistant position. The residents prefer more personal time, relying less on the community as much as students living in underclassmen halls.

Harrison clarified how Kreidler residents prefer the alone time, but generally seek connections with others by going out of their way to branch out and spark conversation. He explained how he loves that people always make an effort to communicate, even though they don’t have to.

“The kind of community I perceive Kreidler as is would be sort of like a community of squirrels. They might seem quiet or skittish but are tight knit otherwise,” Harrison said.. “They have an aura about them, like, they’re adorable in their own environment. It makes you want to go talk to them and interact with them.”

So what does the aforementioned environment look like? In Harrison’s mind, it’s the time the community spends together. He shared how, on a rare, cold and windy night in Kreidler, one may hear the cries of one Norwegian International student losing a game of pool to his friends. The winner’s anthem resembles the tune of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” Harrison continues to root for his friend who continues to lose, hoping he will one day win.

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The distinctive community aspects impacted another member of the Kreidler life.

Junior Kendra Wilson, a second year in the PLU Nursing program, also resides in the hall. Wilson’s intense upper level course load causes her to rely strongly on the alone time and quiet atmosphere of the single resident dorm rooms.

However, the community’s openness and sociability came as a surprise. Wilson enjoys the residents’ tendency to greet anyone they encounter. All these encounters give her, and other residents, a wider circle of smiling familiar faces to recognize around campus.

“There’s still a sense of community and belonging among the residents. The sense of warmth and I guess, homeyness that kind of draws people in when they first get here,” Wilson said. “I like that I can have my own space, but the sense of community is never lacking because there’s always someone to talk to even if you don’t have a roommate to do it with.”

Kreidler Residence Hall gives students the chance to live individually. After focusing in on this community within PLU, one can see how the residents give one another the chance for an ever-present community. A community which interacts with fellow Kreidlerites who similarly choose independent lifestyles.

“Feel free to come and visit Kreidler and interact,” Harrison said. “The people love to interact, and they love people. They just also love their alone time.”

Falling into fall sports

The second half of the semester is offering a new season of intramural leagues.

This next round of sports will include: coed indoor soccer, men’s basketball, coed basketball, coed dodgeball, doubles badminton, and coed volleyball.

As the marketing assistant for Recreation, it is my job to produce content and advertise the program. After taking the photo, I designed the poster!

Intramural Poster

 

A smile to leave you speechless

Photos have the ability to capture the undeniable beauty of a person’s soul. I believe in this firmly, partly because the person being photographed can finally see his or herself in a new light.

So many people constantly think or say, “Oh this is such a bad photo of me.” But the best part of taking a photo of someone else is that I can produce tangible evidence to someone that it’s possible to not always have a bad photo.

Every single person is beautiful. Every single person deserves to have a photo that encompasses the beauty of his or her soul.

These are a few photos from Senior Kaitlyn Porter’s photo session. She is a Communication major with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. Kaitlyn has the greatest, most genuine smile that it’s almost hard to express how uplifting it is to photograph her.

Her smile is radiantly beautiful. I was lucky to be able to capture it through a camera.

Postcards from Not So Far Away

Community corner is officially a recurring story for the Mast, every week focusing on a different residence hall. My section editor enjoyed my last one so much that he asked me to continue writing the pieces.

As well, I am now considered a News Writer, which is an exciting title to hold regardless.

The link to the online version of the article can be found here.

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This week’s Community Focus highlights the diverse residential life of Hong International Hall. Pacific Lutheran University’s campus provides a variety of residence halls to students; Hong, however, stands apart as a global experience with a local address.

This residential community houses approximately 75 students, but their impact is far reaching. Hong International Hall consists of six wings, five that focus specifically on language: Norwegian, Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

 

The sixth wing provides residency to International Honors (or IHON) students. Hong encourages residents to pursue “global awareness, language immersion and cultural engagement” (PLU).

Built in 1954 with name changes in 1966, Hong and Hinderlie are seen as ‘sister halls’ of campus. The school originally appointed Hong as North Hall, and Hinderlie as South Hall.

The rededication of North Hall in 1966 honored Nils Joseph Hong, the University’s third president. He served as president for 20 years and remained as a professor for an additional 20 years. Most notably, President Hong taught at least 12 subjects at the school. This comes as no surprise due to the hall’s emphasis on global education.

Sophomore Joel Earlywine lives in the Spanish wing of Hong. An Economics major considering a double major in Hispanic Studies, Joel will study abroad in Granada, Spain this spring.

“I’m trying to think of how to describe it,” he said. “I don’t want to say eccentric, more like…it’s like a family. And everyone in my wing speaks Spanish, so it makes studying easier.”

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Photo graphic I designed and created to serve as a visual aid for the article.

 

Joel went on to explain the community involvement of Hong, noting the variety and number of wing and hall events offered. While appreciative of the presence of other language communities, the only downside for Joel is the clashing aromas of all the cultural cooking. With such a welcoming campus community, though, any passerby might certainly find opportunity to try some incredible homemade dishes.

Bryn Benson, a first-year and intended Nursing major, also resides in the Spanish wing. She first heard about Hong from her older sister, who lived in the residence hall her first year at PLU as well. Bryn finds comfort living in the small community that bonds so well.

“People that live in these communities are more interested in having this kind of a community,” she said. “It’s a community with a unifying feature – there’s always one thing you have in common with everyone in the wing, which is the language.”

For Benson, the unity extends beyond her own hallway. She said she loves how she can go to the kitchen to wash dishes and end up having a 20-minute conversation with someone she doesn’t know.
While this residence hall may not be as warm as Harstad, the students of Hong International find warmth in the community of one another.

PLU offers students with culturally diverse backgrounds and interests a place like Hong to find peace and acceptance of like-minded people.

You don’t need to live there to explore the mixture of community and culture; the halls and residents of Hong await everyone.
Hong International Hall’s residents represent the world’s future diplomats, travelers and international inspirations. Far away places and the cultures within them ignite the passion of this tight-knit community.

For now, the community of Pacific Lutheran University can appreciate the impact and presence of these students, but soon enough they’ll be sending their postcards from farther away.

Never Stop Exploring

Part of my position as the Marketing Assistant for Recreation at Pacific Lutheran University includes producing video content for the Outdoor Recreation program. The group offers trips to students as a way to explore the beauty of nature around them.

I filmed two of the trips taken this semester to create a promotional video to air around campus. This video is the final product!

Students Paint a Hall Full of Life

Today I can call myself a published writer. I wrote an article for the Mast that highlighted the community of a specific residence hall. I chose to write about Hinderlie Hall.

I focus so much on visual aspects of communication, like photography and video production, that I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to branch out and develop my skill set in something I have less experience with.

The link to the online version of the article can be found here.

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You walk through the doors of Hinderlie Residence Hall for the first time. A harmonious chorus of friendly voices and laughter greets you. As you pass open dorm rooms, you notice collections of handmade sculptures and ceramics, half finished easels surrounded by pencils and paintbrushes, instruments and sheet music and scripts accompanied by costumes and set pieces.

Every person you see welcomes you with a big smile or strikes up conversation. Walking out the doors, your soul cannot help but feel at home during your visit.

Pacific Lutheran University offers many different and unique communities to students. Today’s community focus highlights Hinderlie Residence Hall. Located in the heart of campus, Hinderlie is best described as the “perfect place for the creative soul” (plu.edu). Approximately 130 creative souls have discovered their perfect place. The hall encourages its residents to express creative outlets in a community of like-minded students. Its residents find mutual appreciation in diverse and worldly art forms.

Built in 1954, Hinderlie was one of the first residence halls on campus. Its original name, South Hall, changed in 1966. The current name derives from long time staff members Mr. and Mrs. Berent and Ragna Hinderlie. Mr. Hinderlie worked as a custodian for 31 years and Mrs. Hinderlie in the campus laundry room for 5 years. PLU renamed Hinderlie Hall in honor of the well-loved members of the PLU community.

Hinderlie houses one of the two gender-neutral wings on campus. junior Anthony Aguilaras Resident Assistant for Hinderlie’s gender-neutral wing, discusses how in the community, “Everyone is usually an art kid and we all have very similar interests so it makes it fun to go do things because we are usually interested in the same stuff. You’ll hear people practicing music everyday and it’s so cool to hear everyone’s talents and go support them when they have an event.”

When asked the strangest thing he’s ever seen happen in Hinderlie he responded, “one time my residents made a three story couch and all watched a movie together.”

Often a first impression is the best impression. Sophomore and Technical Theatre major Nicolai Roycroft knew from the beginning that this hall would provide more than just a place to live. When asked if any particular memories or eccentric experiences stand out, Roycroft reflects his pre-Lute life.

“I don’t really have any weird experiences that I personally recall, but when I came here for Passport Weekend -now known as Overknight I believe- I was wandering around Hinderlie at 1a.m., unable to sleep. I encountered people in the ground floor lounge who were playing music on a few various instruments. They ended up inviting me to jam with them, which was completely unexpected. They didn’t even know who I was and yet they were allowing me to join them. That experience was the final push in me deciding to come to PLU.”

The encounter left a lasting impact on Roycroft. Now returning to live in Hinderlie for his second year, he serves as Vice President for Finance Administration of Hinderlie’s Residence Hall Council. Hinderlie can be seen as a community, but Nicolai sees it as much more. To him, Hinderlie is home.

While this residence hall throws the wildest toga parties and hosts the spookiest haunted houses, a deep community of innovative students thrives. The next time you walk through the halls of Hinderlie, there’s a chance you may very well see the next Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, Ludwig van Beethoven, or Barbara Streisand. And with the ambition often associated with PLU graduates, those chances are fairly high.

Opinion Writing

As time goes on, I realize more how strongly my beliefs stand. I take for granted the open minded expression that my liberal arts education provides. The current issue of the government’s relationship with Planned Parenthood sparks debate. It is here that I state my perceptions and views on the matter.

  • The government provides Medicaid to those with low income as a resource for health care they could not afford otherwise.
  • Citizens choose a health care facility and the Medicaid resources pay those costs.
  • The government reimburses Planned Parenthood the Medicaid costs to those who choose that facility to meet their health needs.
  • Planned Parenthood is associated strongly with abortion procedures. However, it also provides services such as breast exams, tests and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy tests, birth control/contraceptives, and pap tests. Of all these, abortions make up only 3% of all services offered.
  • Government funds reimbursing Medicaid beneficiaries represent 75% of the overall funds given to Planned Parenthood. Less than 10% of their government funds come from Title X, which provides to people of low income for family planning services.
  • No government funds contribute to abortions. Less than half of the states that make up the country allow government coverage for abortions only for medically extreme situations.
  • Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization.

The proposed de-funding of Planned Parenthood would revoke health care coverage for the more than 2.5 million men and women who rely on its services. While it may be simple to say, “they can just go to a different health care clinic” it is important to keep in mind that local facilities would then take on 2.5 million new patients. Those 2.5 million, a high percentage being women, would lose immediate access to birth control and contraceptives which could in turn lead to a high number of unplanned pregnancies. Those contraceptive resources are the reason for such low abortion rates. As well, the hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities and its employees would more than likely shut down and cause unemployment and economic strife. To not fund Medicaid to Planned Parenthood’s patients supports a classism ideal. It says: because a person cannot afford his or her own health care, she or he subjects to the resources and facilities the government approves (regardless of Planned Parenthood’s affordability for low income). It punishes low socioeconomic backgrounds.

I realize that my opinions intertwine with liberal views. I do not view this as a bad thing. Not allowing women access to proper health care and reproductive access insinuates a truly patriarchal and anti-feminist theme. It reinforces men as superior with the power to make decisions on behalf of women. Is it a coincidence that the government targets Planned Parenthood specifically, an almost entirely female populated clientele? Some people argued unplanned pregnancies are the woman’s own fault and she must accept the consequences. To this I can only say: it takes two to tango. A woman cannot impregnate herself. What consequences does the man face?

We live in a country where men earn more to the dollar than women do.

We live in a country where men choose whether women will give birth regardless of their desires to do so.

We live in a country where this still remains an issue in 2015.

As a woman I should be able to make decisions with the freedom and confidence that men do. As a woman, my body should not be debated by the entire nation. No person or race or gender is superior to another. Treat me as a human being. Treat everyone as a human being. It’s not equal rights, it’s human rights.

A Seattle Love Affair

After spending a significant amount of time in and around Seattle the past few months, I realized I had collected a few photos of the breathtaking city that epitomizes the Pacific Northwest.

In the musical artist Macklemore’s song ‘The Town’, he sings:  “Every time somebody steps out on the road, They bring a little Northwest soul with them, amen // The skyline is etched in my veins, You can never put that out, no matter how hard it rains.”

Macklemore originates from Seattle, Washington and these lyrics are about the city. I identify well with these lyrics because of their relevance to my sentiments towards the city. Although there are many aspects of Seattle that I love, the skyline is by far my favorite. I could go as far as to say that it is ‘etched in my veins.’ I love even more that I have the ability to capture it through a lens.

The logo is in!

With all the freelance work I offer, I decided that I needed a logo for others to recognize my work. My specialties range from photography to videography to social media. My initials spelled out form ‘ERA’, so the title New ERA Media called to me. This is how I identify myself in the workplace. The official tagline is ‘Living life through a lens.’ Social media sites that showcase my work are in progress, but for now follow me on Instagram! @new_era_media business logo

The World Race

This is a promotional video I filmed and edited for recent Pacific Lutheran University graduate, Morgan Woods, who is fundraising to serve an 11 month long mission across the globe.

Filming locations: Pacific Lutheran University and Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington. Song accreditation: “Indigo Home” by Roo Panes.