Communication & Theatre

Quick, tasty and healthy? ‘Food & Narrative’ explores the foodie possibilities

About five years ago, Donovan Conley realized his passion for cooking and good food was something more than a pastime. As an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at University of Nevada, it dawned on him that food had everything to do with his scholarly work. Food touched everything that mattered, from the environment to labor practices, from federal policy to…

PLU Lutes continue on the road to national debate tournament

Angie Tinker ’16 and Matt Aust ’17 dominated the 2016 Pacific University Debate Tournament on January 31, earning speaker awards and finishing as semi-finalists. After five preliminary rounds, Aust and Tinker were ranked fourth and finished as semi-finalists. Additionally, Tinker received an award for being the third best speaker at the tournament. Aust also received a speaker award, ranking fifth.…

One-Act productions featured this J-term

Theatre students are taking on J-term, one act at a time. Alpha Psi Omega (APO), PLU’s national theatre society will present their annual One-Act Festival featuring student performed, directed and written material on January 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30pm in the Studio Theater. Additionally, a late season add-in, ‘Shatter’d,’ will be produced by student Jacob Viramontes on January 28,…

Media student serves and learns simultaneously

When Cathy Nguyen, Tacoma poet laureate, reached out to PLU looking for a videographer to tell the story of youth homelessness in Tacoma through documentary, Chris knew he was right for the job. Through his co-curricular work with the award-winning on-campus media production group, MediaLab, Chris was able to produce a high-quality product, serve his community and learn about documentary film…

“The House of Blue Leaves” asks questions on mental illness

When Jessi Marlow ‘16 was brainstorming ideas for the season’s featured Alpha Psi Omega production she finally decided that above all, she wanted to direct a show that was both topical and relevant to today’s audiences. She finally settled on a darker comedy that explores mental illness, which premieres on December 9 for a five-day run. “The House of Blue Leaves…

Debate student discusses local issues on KBTC’s Northwest Now

After weighing in on the new proposed minimum wage at the Ruth Anderson Debate in early October, PLU Debater Angie Tinker ’16 took her argument to a much bigger audience when she taped a segment for KBTC’s Northwest Now. At a large news-show desk in front of cameras, Tinker discussed Initiative 1 on the 2015 ballot with Don Hansen, a…

PLU documentary explores benefits of and barriers to higher education

MediaLab, PLU’s award-winning film production program, is no stranger to documentaries. For the past many years a team of students have gotten together, and decided on a topic they thought they could shed some light on through stories and film. This year, the team chose a topic very close to home – higher education.“We thought it was an interesting issue…

Rumors promises lots of laughs and memories

PLU’s 2015-16 Theatre season kicks off with a mystery and lots of laughs in Rumors, written by Neil Simon and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Jeff Clapp. The play is bound to stir up memories for some Theatre alumni; the comedy is dedicated to the late Bill Becvar who taught at PLU for 35 years and produced the play…

Chamber of Commerce CEO, Union Strategist to Team with PLU Students for Minimum Wage Debate

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, members of the Pacific Lutheran University Speech and Debate team will partner with local policy experts to publicly debate the potential benefits and pitfalls of Initiative 1, an initiative posed to Tacoma voters that, if approved, would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15. Speaking in favor of Initiative 1 will be SEIU 1199 NW…