Communication & Theatre

From First-Year Communication Student to Election Night Reporter With the Pros

By Matthew Salzano ’18 PLU Communication Student I woke up at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 7, 2014, to an email from Michael Bartanen, Chair of the Communication department, with the subject, “You’re famous.” I came to PLU intending to focus my Communication degree on public relations and advertising. By the end of October, passionate faculty members and even more enthusiastic peers…

PLU Debaters Make History at Linfield Tournament

Forensics Team is Off to Another Strong Start PLU debaters who competed at Linfield College include, top row, left to right: Hannah Bates and Matt Aust and, bottom row, left to right: Angie Tinker, Brendan Stanton, Austin Ballard and Caila Fautenberry. (Photo: Kaitlyn Porter) Members of Pacific Lutheran University’s Forensics team argued their way into the history books at Linfield…

MediaLab Premieres documentary about food waste

Wastefulness can produce distressing results. This is especially true in the international food industry, in which more than one-third of all food produced globally each year goes to waste, resulting in economic, energy and environmental losses totaling more than $750 billion annually, according to the United Nations. Intrigued and disturbed by this statistic, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) students Amanda Brasgalla,…

“The Boys Next Door” opens Oct. 16

PLU’s School of Arts and Communication and the Department of Communication & Theatre present The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin, directed by Jeff CLapp. The production opens in Eastvold Auditorium of the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on October 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30pm and October 26 at 2pm. This touching, funny play…

PLU Digs into the Merits of Meat

What goes into the production of a quarter pound burger? According to J.L. Capper in The Journal of Animal Science, 6.7 pounds of feed, 52.8 gallons of drinking water, 74.5 square feet of grazing, and the equivalent amount of energy it takes to run a microwave for 18 minutes. The average American eats approximately 271 pounds of meat a year—or three,…

PLU Wins 16 Mark of Excellence Awards, Six First Place

Lutes at the Region 10 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards did not leave the Portland, Ore. conference empty-handed. They took home 13 SPJ MOEs, including six first place winners. These six entries competed against other regional winners in the same category for consideration of a national. Bjorn Slater scored a national win for his piece,…

Dressed for Macbeth Success

They call it the crows nest. On the top floor of the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the PLU costume shop is abuzz, preparing for Macbeth, which opens with a student preview on May 8. The new space is, for all involved, a marked upgrade from the previous space, which was located in “the bowels of Eastvold,”…

Professor Encourages Peers to Engage in Public Dialogue in New Book

In the recently published Prophets, Gurus, and Pundits: Rhetorical Styles and Public Engagement, associate professor of communication Amy Young addresses the shortcomings in university academia, mainly that intellectuals are not encouraged, and in some ways, don’t know how, to become engaged in public dialogue. “I’m trying to look at how people who are obviously very credentialed in some area of expertise manage…

You can’t argue with Success

At a liberal-arts college such as Pacific Lutheran University where open dialogue is not just encouraged but expected a healthy argument between students is a common occurrence. But no one crafts strategic arguments like the Lutes of PLU’s historic Speech and Debate team. You could argue that PLU’s rich history of success in the arena of competitive debate is one of…

Tapped Out Explores our Global Water Crisis

Water is the basis of life on planet Earth, but from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Circle and beyond, many major waterways and water supplies are threatened by drought, pollution and population growth. Thursday, April 10, PLU and the greater community are invited to view MediaLab’s newest documentary Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis, in the Karen…