Noah Foster-Koth

Passive-aggression to be added as minor option


*The Backdoor is a “work” of “fiction” and “humor” By Noah Foster-Koth As part of the evolving Gen Ed curriculum, professors at Lewis & Clark College are adding an option for students to minor in passive-aggression. Two of the professors leading this department, Branny McMurdo and John Arrack, hosted an informational meeting last Wednesday with

Blade Runner 2049 box office failure


By Noah Foster-Koth “Blade Runner 2049” is one of the most critically praised science fiction films in recent years. It’s also a financial disaster for Warner Brothers, which could lose millions if the film continues to flounder at the box office. As of Oct.15, ticket sales for “Blade Runner 2049” have only amounted to $60

Adventures Abroad: Trekking through Cajas National Park


“Bleak” and “wintry” aren’t usually descriptions that apply to my experiences in Ecuador. The jungles of the Amazon region were oppressively hot, and the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Cañar have all been warm and sunny most of the time. However, I barely saw the sun at all during my group’s visit to Cajas National

Classzilla problems encourage some first-years to transfer


By NOAH FOSTER-KOTH/// Senior Staff Writer Lewis & Clark’s 2016 freshman class is the largest in the school’s history, earning the nickname “Classzilla” from students and staff. But Classzilla is about to shrink substantially, as many freshman students have made plans to leave LC next year. Freshman Lucy Stordahl was originally attracted to LC because

Washington State senator visits LC campus on campaign trail


By Noah Foster-Koth /// Senior Staff Writer ON FRIDAY APRIL 1, a Washington State Senator was scheduled to speak at Lewis & Clark College during her campaign for US Congress. This was no April Fool’s Joke – Senator Pramila Jayapal visited campus as this year’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar, in an event hosted by the Pamplin

Tattoo Stories: Director of Bands Brett Paschal shows off his love of body art


By Noah Foster-Koth///Senior Staff Writer Brett Paschal, the Director of Bands and Percussion at Lewis & Clark College, has tattoos all over his body, including places that can’t be photographed by the Pioneer Log. Paschal has been in love with tattoos ever since he was eighteen years old. “I started with one on my ankle,

Music Professor Eleonora Beck confronts Italian Supreme Court over adoption rights among gay couples


By Noah Foster-Koth///Senior Staff Writer A professor at Lewis & Clark College is at the center of an international conflict that could change the legal standing of gay rights in Italy. Eleonora Beck, the Director of Musicology at LC, moved to Italy for sabbatical in 2013. Beck spent much of her childhood in Italy and

“Star Wars has returned to greatness” with The Force Awakens


by Noah Foster-Koth Come on, baby, don’t let me down! Han Solo shouts in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the newest installment of George Lucas’ epic space opera franchise. Solo, played by Harrison Ford, is talking to his starship, the Millennium Falcon, but his demand comes close to breaking the fourth wall — at this

Obama looks to limit standardized testing


By NOAH FOSTER-KOTH On Oct. 26, President Barack Obama announced his goal to limit the amount of standardized testing required in schools. It is unclear how this announcement will impact the admissions process at Lewis & Clark College, since many prospective students submit standardized test scores to the admissions office as part of their application. Lisa

Stand-up comedian Sara Schaefer performs at LC


By NOAH FOSTER-KOTH “You never know what’s going to happen up here,” promised comedian Sara Schaefer at the beginning of her performance at Lewis & Clark on October 23rd, “I come out here all quiet and sweet… and then I unleash!” Schaefer proceeded to entertain LC students with an hour’s worth of material from her comedy