The Pioneer Log features

March 9, 2012

Be lively at Blossoming Lotus
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Joe Yuska hiking on College Outdoor’s Birding at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge trip


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of College Outdoors
When the two departments split, Joe made sure to stay with College Outdoors, and remains there to this day. In the job, that is. He has since moved off campus. What does the Director of College Outdoors do with his time? “You send a lot of emails, trying to set up assistant leaders for this trip or leaders for that trip. Just yesterday we set up a service project with an LC grad who is the Director of Natural Areas for Washington State. Students are going to go out and do tree planting and bird watching. This is just one example, and there is an incredible amount of organization and planning that goes into putting these trips together.” One of his favorite memories from the job was a trip they did to the Grand Canyon a num-

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“I’ve been at LC for 25 years. When you’ve been here for that long they give you a wool blanket and a coffee mug.” Joe Yuska, Director of College Outdoors, certainly deserves warm legs and a cup of coffee. In his time here, he has helped the program blossom from a small subsection of Student Activities to the amazing department it is now, but he didn’t just walk into CO Leadership. Yuska started out as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and College Outdoors. “I studied stream ecology at Oregon State, then graduated and got the job. It paid eight grand a year, but you got a free apartment.” The housing was equivalent to one of the AD residences, located in Odell.

ber of years back. It was a spring break service trip studying trees within the canyon. “We had to backpack with a full pack and all sorts of research equipment. And you had to wade in the river, up to your chest in some places. So the whole time, your feet are always wet…There was one foreign student who was from Korea and had served in the military before coming here. And one day he turns to me and says, ‘This is harder than being in the army!’” Now, Yuska takes it a little easier. He spends most of his time doing administrative work, but still leads the occasional outdoors trip to stay in touch with the program. Last weekend Yuska led a day hike in the Columbia River Gorge, which he says was a gorgeous experience.

Blossoming Lotus is a completely vegan restaurant specializing in live, or raw, foods. Though I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life, the concept of live food still freaks me out, so I expected my first trip to this stylish Northeast Portland restaurant to be an adventure. For slightly sadistic entertainment purposes, I also brought along my friend who loves meat almost to a religious extent. He’s one of those people who passionately refuses to accept anything less than steak as real nourishment. Things pretty much went as I expected: I found it all a little bizarre, but enjoyed my meal and left the restaurant feeling healthy and satisfied. He harassed the waitress, complained the entire time and made me drive him to McDonalds on the way home. Live food is vegan, uncooked, unprocessed and usually organic. It is said to heighten the nutritional value of food, as cooking disturbs its molecular make-up and destroys important enzymes contained in it. For the health-conscious vegetarian or vegan folk, the menu at Blossoming Lotus reads like a dream. For meat-lovers, words like “kale,”

“quinoa” and “tempeh” are as good as gibberish and the absence of any deep-fried, meat-based products on the menu is both upsetting and confusing. I ordered the Live Falafel Wrap, which was also soyand gluten- free. It was wrapped in a leaf. My friend ordered the most normal-sounding thing on the menu, lasagna, though the words “semolina noodles” and “cashew cream” in the item description nearly made him gag. He refused to admit he liked it, but let it be known that he ate the whole thing. However, he didn’t touch the kale, cucumber and carrot juice I forced him to order as punishment for asking the waitress for a side of veal with his all-natural soy curls. Blossoming Lotus manages to be all vegan and partly raw without sacrificing substance. Portions are large and surprisingly filling. It doesn’t have the atmosphere of a typical raw, vegan joint, by which I mean the waiters were not wearing ethnic-print tunics and there was no incense burning or new-wave trance music playing. Blossoming Lotus simply seems like a nice, normal restaurant, with a catch: there’s no meat, some things are not cooked and sometimes your meal comes wrapped in a leaf. Blossoming Lotus is located at 1711 Northeast 15th Avenue.

Club of the Week: Lewis & Clark Literary Society
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Have you ever written a poem or a short story, but had no idea how to improve it? Would you like honest feedback from your peers in an informal, supportive setting? You go to Lewis & Clark, chances are you’ve at least attempted a poem or two. LC’s Literary Society is a group co-founded by Sara Balsom (’14) and Emma Post (’15) at the beginning of last semester. Its main purpose is to provide a place for discussion and critique of members’ work through semi-structured workshops. It is an opportunity for aspiring student poets and writers to learn how to communicate their ideas to other people through written word, and to make sure their work is being portrayed the way they want it to be. According to Balsom, “Criticism is important because it gives you a sense of real-

ity. Often times you can get lost in your own word.” The Literary Society acts as an unbiased blank slate for valuable constructive criticism. Because it is a new group on campus, it currently has only five to seven consistent members, which means they are constantly interested in attracting new faces, new work and fresh ears. Their small numbers allow for an intimate setting full of jokes, laugher and compliments, in addition to literary criticism. It is a great way to converse with new people and bounce ideas off of one another. If you write in your free time but have never shown anyone your work, or have never received feedback, the Literary Society is a wonderful opportunity for you. Even if you have an incomplete poem, the Literary Society can help you develop your writing. Although you cannot publish your work through the Literary Society, it is a resource for people who want to submit

their work to publishing agencies, such as our annual student-run Literary Review. There is no need to be intimidated when presenting your work to Literary Review. As Balsom mentioned, “We are all human, no one is perfect, and we don’t expect perfection. We are not as pretentious as our name sounds…we are only slightly pretentious.” Submitting work is not required; the Literary Society is also a space for those who solely want to discuss. With hopes of receiving funding for next year, the Literary Society intends to become more involved with literary events around Portland, and hopes to bring speakers to campus. If you’d like to participate, meetings are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m., usually in the Spruce Common Room. For more information, e-mail lclarkwriter@ gmail.com.


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