Spring 2015 Staff

Stephanie Bahr Bentley Staff position: Managing editor Major and minor: English major and editing minor Hometown and state: Beaverton, Oregon Career goals: Save the world. It might be through editing or writing. I haven’t quite figured that part out yet. Favorite book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Favorite vacation experience: When I was 8, I wanted to have an adventure so I gathered up some things in a bag and headed out the front door. The neighbor boy  anted to tag along. We ended up playing in the dirt in my backyard. What a grand  adventure indeed. Favorite quote: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” (Thomas Paine)      Hayley Bird Staff position: Assistant art director and social media team leader Major and minor: Journalism major and editing minor Hometown and state: Peoria, AZ Favorite book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith Favorite vacation locales: San Diego and Seattle Favorite vacation experience: Traveling to England with my family when I was in fourth grade Dream travel location: Australia or Italy     Kenna Blaylock Staff position: Assistant art director and social media team member Major and minor: English major and editing minor Hometown and state: Brigham City, Utah I never ever leave home without: At least one tube of chapstick Dream travel locations: Japan and Korea Travel requirement: I absolutely have to bring at least two books with me. Favorite parts of editing: I love helping writers achieve their highest potential, as well as taking a step back and looking at the big picture to find strengths and assess weaknesses.     Caroline Bliss Larsen Staff position: Art director and web team leader Major...

The Changing Power of Travel

In Lewis Carroll’s well-known tale Alice in Wonderland, Alice comes across many fascinating creatures and odd happenings. Toward the end of her adventures, Alice comes to converse with a caterpillar and says, “I’m not myself, you see.”  “So you think you’re changed, do you?” asks Caterpillar. “I’m afraid I am, sir,” says Alice. As you travel, as you leave your homes and visit new lands, new cultures, or new atmospheres, you may have many adventures and you, like Alice, will be changed. In 2010, I left the borders of the United States for the first time to spend a few months in Chile. As I sat in the 16-plus-hour plane ride, I reflected on the things I was leaving behind—my family, my friends, my studies, my favorite restaurants. While reminiscing on all the things I would miss, I caught a glimpse of the sight out of the small window to my left. The once-dark morning sky had changed to a glorious expanse of light. I pressed my nose against the thick glass to see the sun’s rays hit the peaks of the vast mountain range. I saw rivers and lakes illuminated by the rising sun. I could no longer remember what I was leaving behind. I could only hold in my mind the adventures to come. When I left Chile, I wasn’t the same and the course of my life had forever changed. I chartered a new course—fresh with new perspective, sympathy, and understanding toward a different way of life. Now, I carry with me the memories and stories I gathered on my trip. As we read the end...
A Garden Getaway: A Look into Portland’s Gardens

A Garden Getaway: A Look into Portland’s Gardens

Still trying to decide where to travel this spring? Portland, Oregon, is the perfect place for an outdoors-inspired weekend getaway. And while Portland might be known for its unique personality, the city’s gardens are known worldwide for their charm and cultural diversity. Experience new cultures and beauties in Portland’s various parks and gardens. International Rose Test Garden Portland’s International Rose Test Garden, created to be a testing ground for new varieties of roses, is the oldest official garden of its kind in the United States. The garden houses over 8,000 rose bushes and 600 varieties of roses. The 4.5-acre garden is open to the public year-round, but most roses are in bloom from April through October. The park overlooks the city and provides plenty for visitors to see. FREE Hoyt Arboretum Hoyt Arboretum is Portland’s museum of living trees. With over 1,400 species of trees and 12 miles of trails, visitors can walk along various paths and see the expansive collection of nature’s giants. Pick up a map at the visitor’s center to chart your own nature walk, or join a guided tour. As you view the beauty, you’ll understand why the Hoyt Arboretum staff describe the arboretum as “a promise to future generations.” FREE Portland Japanese Garden The Japanese Garden reflects Japanese history and culture in a serene setting. The 5.5-acre garden encompasses various types of plants and garden features. Elements of the garden reflect Japan’s past and present. The Moon Bridge over the pond and the bamboo gate leading to the tea garden compose what is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside the Empire of the...
A History toward Happiness

A History toward Happiness

By Stephanie Bahr Bentley Despite its history of political turmoil and economic crises, Argentina shows that happiness exists and, as the people say, that happiness is embodied in Argentina’s beach-bordered city Mar del Plata. Jaquelina Joglar was born and raised in Mar del Plata, Argentina, but for her, every day she sees the world with new eyes—eyes that glance to the past, marvel in the moment, and gaze toward Argentina’s future. Argentina’s history, coupled with the sight and sound of the ocean waves hitting the city’s shores, provide travelers with an understanding of what makes Mar del Plata the Ciudad Feliz (Happy City). But happy wasn’t always the word to describe the city. A History of Unrest When Argentina declared its independence from Spain in 1816, the country looked forward to a future of independent national prosperity. The military leaders were immortalized in the names of city plazas and streets. But since the nation’s claim to liberty, the Argentine people have struggled politically and economically to live up to their revolutionary dreams. Though Argentina was officially established as a republic in 1943, dissatisfied army officers overthrew the government and established a military dictatorship, sparking a long series of military leaders and upheavals. Since 1943, the country has been led by over 15 military dictators and elected presidents, many of whom have been forced from power by military coups and other political crises. Riots, strikes, and public demonstrations are documented each year in newspaper headlines and history books. The years from 1975 to 1983 marked the Dirty War, a period that will never be forgotten in Argentina’s history. Tens of...
Seoul Power: Korean Culture in Television Drama

Seoul Power: Korean Culture in Television Drama

Enormous, intricately detailed Buddhist temples. Flavorful kimchi and ramen. Sweeping mountain ranges and quiet beaches. Deception and murder. You’ll experience it all through Korean dramas (K-dramas). These emotionally charged television shows contain not only intrigue but also a behind-the-scenes view of the extravagant beauty and captivating culture of South Korea. K-dramas are filling many world travelers with a curiosity and desire to experience Korean culture for themselves.  A Rising Trend Interest in Korean culture has been increasing since K-pop burst onto the global media scene (think Korean pop star Psy and his gone-viral song “Gangnam Style”). However, that was just the beginning. The Korean-entertainment fad continues to gain steam, as evidenced by the thousands of people who are addicted to Korean TV dramas. With a mix of spectacle and insight into South Korean culture, these shows attract drama fans and cultural enthusiasts alike. The Culture beneath the Drama Learning more about the K-drama fad (or joining it yourself) is a great way to experience Korean culture while waiting for the day when you can finally check a vacation to Seoul off your list. Popular dramas are made of standard soap opera fare—love triangles, deception, murder, seduction, and other shocking revelations and plot twists, but they also deal with important issues in Korea today. For example, many popular K-dramas deal indirectly with the disparity between the rich and the poor. Other shows reveal tension between tradition and globalization. All of the shows reveal the way many Koreans wish they ate, talked to each other, and dressed. Because K-dramas try to appeal mostly to Korean audiences, the shows give outsiders an inside look...
Australia by Rail

Australia by Rail

Australia is the sixth largest country by land mass, the world’s largest island, and an entire continent! You’ll need to do some clever planning to make the most of your adventure Down Under. To maximize your time and money in Australia, travel by rail. The national railroad website lists 18 separate journeys to choose from, all intersecting at different points and combining to span the continent. Two train journeys in particular offer magnificent views and essential sightseeing opportunities. Together, the Ghan and the Indian Pacific routes form the perfect introductory Australian experience. The primary stops on each journey provide must-see highlights in each major city. The Ghan Running north to south, a one-way Ghan route lasts two nights. The train ride begins in Adelaide or Darwin—your choice—and stops in Alice Springs, roughly halfway through the transcontinental journey. You can choose to disembark in Alice Springs for off-train excursions, or you can ride the rail straight through. One-way adult tickets start at AUD $889. It may seem like a steep price, but it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to see such a broad range of the country. And there are often discounts and partial tickets to bring down the cost. Adelaide The Central Market in Adelaide is a highlight you won’t want to miss. A handful of gardeners founded the market in 1869, and it still stands today, although it’s undergone numerous transformations. From bakeries to nut bars to delis to bookstores, you are sure to find something you’ll enjoy. Several traders offer tastings for anyone who wants to sample before buying. The market is closed on Sundays and...