Liam Beveridge – Theatre – True West

I was working on a production of Sam Shepard’s True West for the creative project portion of my theatre thesis. This is a video we took of an early showing of the play.

Co-Directors: Amelia Sommer and Olivia Matthews
Austin: Griffin Flowers
Saul: Robert Rodriguez
Mom: Haley Wildhirt

Jocelyn Carter – Music – Jocelyn Carter’s Tiny Desk Concert

Elsa Dougherty – Music – Russian Romances

Russian art song, called romans or romances, generally breaks down into one of two compositional styles, the first being realism. Beginning in the 19th century, composers Mikhail Glinka and Alexander Dargomyzhsky established the Russian art song tradition in which they dedicated themselves to relaying the lives of the Russian people through music. Dargomyzhsky, who became the bridge between Glinka’s foundational work and the later compositional style of The Five, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff, was especially interested in the expressive possibilities of song, declaring, “I do not wish to degrade music to the level of entertainment. I want the musical sound to express the text directly, I want truth!” To obtain this truth in his romances, Dargomyzhsky coupled dramatic writing with vocal lines that imitate speech patterns and conversational inflection.

The second compositional approach to Russian art song drew heavily on European form and style. The two composers who exemplified this style were Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Tchaikovsky, who was considered to be a more cosmopolitan composer than Dargomyzhsky, rarely drew from traditional Russian folk music, though one notable exception is “Was I not a little blade of grass?.” Furthermore, Tchaikovsky wrote exceptionally lyrical lines, which the composers of The Five, notably César Cui, despised. His melodies are sweeping, which some may argue is at the expense of the text, and his piano accompaniments are deeply expressive.

Sergei Rachmaninoff also drew heavily from the European tradition. Rachmaninoff, best known and celebrated for his artistry as a pianist, was a prolific composer who composed over 80 songs for voice and piano, including his famous “Vocalise.” Rachmaninoff’s romances reflect his virtuosity as a pianist in that, like Tchaikovsky, he utilizes preludes, interludes, and postludes extensively. In his Op. 38, which was his last published collection of songs, Rachmaninoff set symbolist poetry. Symbolism, an artistic movement in the late 19th to early 20th century, was a merging of Romantic expression and irony that blurred the lines between good and evil and reality and delusion. In “Ay!,” with text by Konstantin Balmont, Rachmaninoff uses a thick and wild piano accompaniment to drive the text forward with deafening passion. The texture of the accompaniment and the virtuosity required to play “Ay!” has led many scholars and performers to compare it to a piano concerto. And in fact, when Op. 38 premiered in 1916 with Rachmaninoff at the piano, the critic Yuli Engel wrote, “On such occasions the singer is usually the center of attention, and no one cares about the accompanist. For once it was the other way around. The accompanist was the center of the evening…”

McKenna Finley and Eugenia Rose – Chemistry – Potential of Environmental Conditions to Cause Degradation of Photoconductive Porphyrin Nanorods

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This study was designed to determine the role of UV irradiation in the degradation of porphyrin nanorods, which are photoconductive materials that have the potential to be utilized in cost-effective solar cells. Porphyrin molecules in solution were aggregated into nanorods by the addition of solutions of hydrochloric acid and ammonium chloride salt. Solutions containing aggregates were irradiated continuously with a 365 nm UV light source for 168 hours, and UV-vis absorption spectra were taken at various points during that period. Changes in the absorption spectra of the UV-irradiated samples were compared against those of solutions stored in darkness. The absorption peaks associated with nanorods fluctuated throughout the period for all solutions, but those under UV irradiation decreased most significantly. The reduction of these absorption peaks indicates a decreased amount of nanorods in solution, suggesting that UV-irradiation causes the degradation of these structures.

Fire Arts Performance

Lewis & Clark College Fire Arts 2019 Halloween show “Dance of the Damned: Deal With the Devil”.

Nicole Godbout – Economics – B-ing a Better Business: Examining the Effect of B Corp Certification on Responsible Business Practices in Portland

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In absence of strong state regulation given the markets creeping hand, corporate social responsibility, voluntary certifications and standards, and ethical consumerist movements have arisen to re-embed responsibility into businesses operations. This study examines the context of corporate responsibility through the B Corp Certification movement in Portland, OR. Through quantitative analysis of re-certified Certified B Corps scores and qualitative interviews with Certified B Corps of varying size and sector, this study found that while Certified B Corps have modest positive impacts, improvement relies on the motivation of individual businesses to adopt comprehensive responsible practices. On average, B Corps in Portland experience a decline in points awarded in the worker and environment impact areas, suggesting that businesses may pursue other forms of responsibility, such as government or community relations, that do not address the fundamental principles of corporate responsibility, as defined by the United Nations. Certification thus may mislead consumers regarding how B Corps creates better business. At large, non-state and/or market-based governance systems must continue to engage with states and international organizations to induce the full potential of self-regulation that is targeted to meet specific goals.

Thea Gordon-Wingfield – Economics – To What Extent Was The 1997 South Korean Currency Crisis Self-Fulfilling?

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The level of the exchange rate is important to economists as it’s a good indicator of international confidence in any given country. Furthermore, changes to the exchange rate will also affect citizens and businesses, making exchange rate crises an important topic of study for economists. The severity and the suddenness of the 1997 exchange rate and economic crises in East Asia caused a re-sparking of the debate over whether macroeconomic fundamentals are the primary cause of currency crises, or if self-fulfilling speculation is to blame instead. The severity of the crises was regarded with surprise, particularly in South Korea, as its economy had previously been characterised by rapid economic growth and macroeconomic stability. The current study contributes to the literature supporting the theoretical framework of second-generation crisis models and, arguing within a theoretical model of a fixed exchange rate system that allows for multiple equilibria, shows that while South Korea’s crisis was associated with weak macroeconomic fundamentals, it could not be explained by this alone. Estimating a non-linear Markov-switching model, this paper shows that private sector beliefs also played a crucial role.

Ely Klem – Music Composition – Shadow Mountain

Credits: David Eby, chello; Piano, Rebecca Stager, piano

I first conceived of Shadow Mountain working in Yellowstone National Park one weekend while camping with my partner Clare in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It was just past sunset; we were atop a hill of cottonwood tree meadows and faced the massive Teton mountain range. I imagined a climber on the side of a mountain and reflected on our varied alpine experiences with the same giant rock. These viewpoints are captured in the core structure of this ten-minute piano and cello duet. The first theme, the climber, is a trudging 7/4 progression littered with low piano notes and high cello harmonics to provoke a scene with epic proportions. The slow tempo and asymmetrical meter embody the snow-packed, rhythmic strides of the climber as they battle the elements and ascend increasingly acute rock formations; the end is nowhere in sight. The jagged angles of the mountain range overshadow a smaller collection of rolling hills to the east. This is the setting of the second theme: a more complacent melodic expansion for the mountain viewer. This is where we sit at night, admiring the silhouette of those mysterious peaks guarding the foreground of a sea of stars. The wind is calmer here. High, but not too high; we are above the chaotic world of roads, but below the towering crests of the Tetons.

Kaitlyn Moseley – English – An Examination of Class, Race, and Gender in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs, is a slave narrative about a woman named Linda Brent who escaped from slavery in 1835. After spending seven years in hiding in a crawl space above her grandmother’s porch, Brent flees from the South and creates a life for herself and her children in the North. Throughout this narrative, Jacobs imbues Brent and her family with distinct attributes of class privilege commonly unavailable to slaves. This elevates their class status within the enslaved community and the community as a whole. In Brent’s early years, her grandmother, father, and mother cultivate this unusual privilege. In Incidents, we see how Brent uses the privilege that her family acquired and transmitted to her as a child. Brent is not always conscious of her privilege in these interactions with race, gender, and class. She uses her privilege to fight discrimination, but there are times where her privilege limits her understanding. By recognizing these interactions and calculations, we gain a better understanding of the influence of these privileges and the motivations behind Brent’s actions. Then, we can begin to understand why Jacobs chose to call attention to these privileges.

Allie Osgood – Biology – Effects of Thrombospondin (TSP) on Neuromuscular Junction (NMJ) Structure and Locomotor Behavior in Drosophila Melanogaster Larvae

Thrombospondin is an extracellular matrix protein that mediates synaptogenesis. The Drosophila neuromuscular junction is a useful system to study synaptic plasticity and the formation of synapses, and can allow us to better understand disorders of the neuromuscular junction. Using the Gal4-UAS system, we altered the amount of thrombospondin expressed in neuron and muscle cells of D. melanogaster. Previous work in the Velazquez lab shows that differing levels of thrombospondin may have structural differences in the neuromuscular junction. In the larval neuromuscular junction, muscle fibers are innervated by nerves, which could have functional effects. Investigating how the amount of thrombospondin changes locomotive behaviors in the larvae will help us better understand the role of thrombospondin in both structure and function of the NMJ. Contextualizing our findings will contribute to a deeper understanding of synapse formations and neuromuscular junction function.

Jaxson Price – Music – Libertango — Eric Sammut

This is a marimba adaptation of the famous piece “Libertango,” by Astor Piazzola. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the best instrument I have access to is an instrument with 20% less range and no resonators, making it sound muted, but still lively. Enjoy!

Asia Wooten and Dakota Kennedy – Music – “The Serpent’s Kiss”, arrangement for two pianos by William Bolcom