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April 18, 2012

Vol. 58 Number 9

California Lutheran University Student Newspaper

Sports

iCLU radio takes off during launch T

he student-run radio station, iCLU, has gone live. The communication department’s newest addition streams online at www.icluradio.com. iCLU covers the latest news, sports and events on campus. To read more see “iCLU radio station broadcast CLU into the airwaves” on page 2.

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Photo by Leanne Blackwell - Staff Photographer

Now On Air: Left, Hay Mun Win, center, Louie DeMetre, and right, Ashley Messersmith are producing content for their next broadcast on iCLU radio.

Kingsmen tennis returns from Hawaii with a No. 5 ranking.

Grandparents go back to school

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6 Guys are gals at GayStraight Alliance annual drag show.

Photo by Adara Groves - Staff Photographer

Center Stage: The ABBA Girlz, an ABBA cover band, perform a concert for visitors at the 2012 Scandinavian Festival.

Opinion

“As humans, we feel the need to grieve and express to the deceased that they are missed.” —Nicole Tracy, pg. 8

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Annual Scandinavian Festival consumes CLU’s campus L

acie Goff Staff Writer

Flags lined the spine of Kingsmen Park during the 38th annual Scandinavian Festival, which brought memories and good times to CLU. Despite a thunderstorm on Friday, the sun was shining with few clouds in the sky on opening day Saturday. A classic Scandinavian dance opened the two-day festival that was on April 14 and 15. The festival featured Scandinavian food, games, crafts and activities as well as vendors selling goods like T-shirts, jewelry and knives with bonecarved handles. Attendees included community members, out-oftown guests and California Lutheran University students. Freshman Mollie Winninger came to the festival curious to

Chop It Up: Don Bielke, former CLU basketball coach and professor, has been grilling onions for the Scandinavian Festival’s famous Viking dogs for over 30 years.

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see what was happening. “It’s hard to miss it. I was at a theater thing this morning, we were loading stuff and we decided to come over,” Winninger said. The CLU student said it brought out her inner child. “We dressed up as Vikings, which was pretty awesome.

Not too old for 20 year olds,” Winninger said. Elda and Ronald Soderquist come to the festival each year and were reminded of their roots. “We enjoy the dancing. I always enjoy the lefse and the booths,” said Ronald Soderquist, [See FESTIVAL, Page 3]

Staff Writer

Gray clouds, torrential rain and thunder didn’t stop families from visiting students on April 13 for Grandparents Day. One hundred and fifty people attended, which was an increase from the previous year. For many students, the second annual Grandparents Day was one to remember. However, it was most memorable for junior Judith Newlin, whose grandmother came all the way from Scotland. “She lives so far away and she can’t imagine where I live and go to school, so being able to get a picture of what my life as a college student is like was great,” said Newlin. Newlin values the time she gets to spend with her grandmother and finds it important to keep family involved in a student’s life even after they leave for college. “Letting grandparents come and see the campus, see where and how we live and study is a great way to help us communicate with them and stay involved in each others lives,” said Newlin. “I only see her once every few years, but I know she’s praying for me and caring about how my life is going.” To begin the day, grandparents had breakfast with their grandstudents in Samuelson Chapel. During breakfast, sophomore Brianna Egeland shared with her grandparents who were excited to visit for the day and take her to dinner. “I’m honoring them with my [See FAMILY, Page 3]


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NEWS iCLU radio station broadcasts CLU into the airwaves I

vy Emmons Staff Writer

After a period of test broadcasts, iCLU, the new student-run Internet radio station at CLU, officially launched on April 11. “The labs and equipment weren’t ready until the beginning of March and that delayed what the student staff and students in Comm-334 were able to do. But in just a few short weeks, those involved have learned fast and have achieved a great deal in a short time to get original programming on the air,” said iCLU faculty advisor Rachel McGrath, in an email. iCLU’s slogan is “Your Life on Air.” The station is serving as a learning tool to equip students with broadcast and radio skills, according to McGrath. “There was a lot of waiting,” said senior Ashley Messersmith, iCLU general manager. “First we were getting ideas and shows together, then waiting for the equipment to get set up. We needed to learn the software. We also needed DJs and we

finally just put it all together.” Even though iCLU ran into a few obstacles, the team stuck together. “It has been a long journey, but it feels great. We’re happy that we finally have a chance to share our content and talent with the community,” said freshman Louie DeMetre, iCLU program director in a phone interview. The station reports CLU news, sports and events and plays several genres of music, including today’s country, alternative rock, electro and techno. Although iCLU is linked with COMM 334 “Working at iCLU,” all full-time students, regardless of their major, are welcome to be involved in the station and host shows. It provides a platform for programming created by students for students, according to McGrath. “We want this to be an outlet for the student body to present music, social interests, hobbies and keep students informed about what is going on around campus,” said Messersmith.

To inform students about the station, professor Jean Sandlin’s Advertising Campaigns class was assigned the task of branding the radio station and creating an awareness campaign. One of the campaigns was chosen for iCLU’s advertising. One group’s ad campaign was selected to represent iCLU, along with their slogan “Your Life on Air.” “We wanted to show how the CLU students view the radio station, and develop the image of what students think of when they think of iCLU,” said junior Sean Miller, member of the ad campaign group. In order to help promote the new radio station there will be a grand opening of iCLU at Draughts Restaurant on April 19. New shows air weekday evenings from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The opening will consist of performances by CLU senior Jordan Cox and junior Kirby Ai, and a raffle for a surfboard with the iCLU logo. To tune into iCLU go to www. icluradio.com.

Courtesy of Xavier Walton- News Editor

Step it up: iCLU put their mark on the flagpole steps to promote the station.

iCLU has several open positions for the 2012-2013 school year! All full-time undergraduates may apply for paid staff positions. The radio station is looking for students with leadership skills, a genuine interest in radio and a willingness to learn. A good voice is a plus! For more information on positions available, job requirements and how to apply contact faculty advisor Rachel McGrath at rmcgrath@callutheran.edu.

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CLU hosts Take Back the Night organization A

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CLU hosted Take Back the Night on Friday, April 13. The event that raises awareness of sexual violence has been on-going for 30 years. “The movement is not going to get any further until men get involved in it,” said Michael Messner, a sociology and gender studies professor at the University of Southern California. The movement focuses on encouraging women to take a stand against sexual abuse. “It is very important for men to take part in helping prevent violence against women. I have a couple of friends who are victims of violence and we need the movement to grow and raise more awareness,” said

sophomore Mike Frieda. Messner, the evening’s keynote speaker, addressed male activism and genderbased violence. He also talked about how different historical moments create opportunities as well as constraints for men to engage in anti-violence activism. “There are many organizations you can get involved in to help stop gender-based violence and men need to be ethical allies with women in preventing that violence,” said Messner. The event was sponsored by the Feminism Is… club and the Center for Justice and Equality. “Things are getting better as more awareness is spread about gender-based violence, but the main issue is the construction of masculinity in our culture,” said Akiko Yasuike,

president of the Feminism Is… club. Take Back the Night included activities, dancing and songs performed by students to raise awareness about the issue. The Clothesline Project, a clothesline hung with shirts decorated by women affected by violence, was displayed. Rape, sexual assault and abuse, as well as domestic violence are crimes, and are often labeled as “crimes of silence” because of the low reporting rates. Take Back the Night encourages all victims of violence to speak out, let their voices be heard, encourage other survivors and remind them that they are not alone. To share your story or be a supporter and advocate against gender violence you can log into http://www. takebackthenight.org.

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Generations gather at cultural festival [FESTIVAL, from Page 1] a former CLU professor, wearing a Viking-style hat bearing the Norwegian flag. Soderquist taught sociology and psychology at CLU and also started the Counseling Center. He has written a book entitled, “Equality! Secret of Lasting Love,” for which he and his wife occupied a booth at the Scandinavian Festival in previous years. The Soderquists have Scandinavian roots. Elda Soderquist demonstrated a rhyme her father would tell her in Norwegian when she was a child and reminisced of his singing. “We listened to a couple singing and they were from Minnesota and so am I. They sang Norwegian songs and it reminded me of how my dad sang in Norwegian,” she said. She spoke of the stave church door, and told how her relative

is pastor of one of the only remaining stave churches in Norway, that still has a congregation. The stave door was a scaled copy of the panels on the Borgund Stave Church in Norway which represent Norwegians passage into the new world. This replica of a stave church door, carved by master carver Phillip Odden, is new to the Scandinavian Festival this year, said Sandy Grunewald, director at the Scandinavian Festival and professor of the CLU School of Management. Grunewald said Odden has been carving the door for CLU for two years in Wisconsin. Flown in from New York, the Abba Girlz gave an energetic performance as they paid tribute to the classic Swedish pop group from the 1970s. Grunewald stressed family fun as the purpose of the whole festival.

Courtesy of Brennan Whitmore- Opinion Editor

Shake It: During The ABBA Girls performance adults and children showed off their finest dance moves. “The goal is to enjoy a family day in a beautiful setting and learn a little bit about Scandinavian culture. It’s something that’s important to us, who happen to be Scandinavians,” said Grunewald. Barbro Osher’s foundation donates $20,000 to the festival each year, according to

Grunewald. That allows the admission price to be subsidized and children’s crafts to be free. Grunewald said the remaining admission fee goes to additional event charges. In the last three years, CLU students have staffed the booths. “Before that, we used strictly volunteers because we were

trying to build up the festival, and then when we had enough money put away for a rainy day we went, ‘ok now let’s try and get more CLU students involved,’ so they come to the festival, we pay them,” Grunewald said. “It’s wonderful to have them interface with the public and… it’s good PR for CLU too.”

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Pinch Those Cheeks: CLU freshman Scott Peters was accompanied by Elden Buck, Carol and John Hanlin and Don Plondke on Grandparent’s Day.

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Grandparents Day was a blast from the past [FAMILY, from Page 1] presence at dinner. I’m taking them out to lunch too. I have lunch covered,” said Egleland jokingly. Lunch was provided by CLU for Grandparents Day. Photos were also taken, allowing students and grandparents to have a keepsake of the day. Lana Clark, the assistant

director of Alumni and Parent Relations, helped organize Grandparents Day and said the main goal of the event is to build relationships with the people who help shape CLU students. “It’s an opportunity to thank the people who help ground their grand students. I think it’s recognition of the role

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EXTRAS 4/10/12: Vandalism to a vehicle parked on Regent Avenue during evening classes was reported. The Thousand Oaks Police responded. 4/13/12: A bicycle was reported missing from the bike rack on the southwest corner of Mogen Hall. It was last seen by the owner on March 27.

Senior Update

Club renewals and new club applications are due by Thursday, April 19, at 5 p.m. The senate has a remaining $27,093 in its budget. A prayer labyrinth near the Samuelson Chapel is estimated to cost $2,300. The senate will absorb part of the cost. The senate approved the Physics Club for the 2011-2012 academic year and released $33.15 from End the R Word back into the general fund. The senate allocated $300 to a program in May titled Reckoning with Torture, $123 to the Latter Day Saints Student Association and $378 to plaques for the benches in Kingsmen Park.

Senate meetings take place Mondays at 5:20 p.m. in Nygreen 1. Programs Board meets at 7:15 p.m. in Trinity 318. Both are open to faculty, staff and students.

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4/9/12: A vehicle was reported damaged by an unknown vehicle in the administration parking lot.

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Career & Intern Expo is Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come dressed to impress with at least 20 copies of your resume. Research employers before the event. To see which employers will be there, check our website at www.callutheran.edu/career_services/.

Senior Pride Committee The senior information meeting is Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. in the Preus Brandt Forum. Spring Formal is Saturday, April 21. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Senior Pride Committee, email Amanda Whealon at awhealo@callutheran.edu.

I’ve had a great time during my two years here and I’ve met a bunch of people that I’ll never forget. Once a Kingsmen, always a Kingsmen.” Jacob Laudenslayer Class of 2012

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FEATURES Disney’s poor marketing campaign sinks movie CRITIC’S CORNER

Taylor Lampela Have you seen “John Carter”? Or how about a better question, did you even want to see “John Carter”? According to the box office tally, not many people did and it’s poised to lose upwards of $200 million, according to a recent article on Gawker.com. How could such a big budget action fantasy adventure made by Disney flop so badly? What most critics think, myself included, is the marketing campaign shot the movie in the foot before it could even get off and running. As a communication major, I might have a unique perspective on this, but let’s look at it in layman’s terms. What makes you want to go see a movie? It could be the cast, or the director, or the source material. But in order to know any of those things, they need to be served up to you, and that is where movie trailers and posters come in. I saw

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Film Fiasco: “John Carter” is expected to be one of the biggest movie failures ever, losing almost $200 million. a trailer for “John Carter” for the first time last fall and honestly, it left me more confused than interested. Using an awful cover of an Arcade Fire song to be the background to random images of half clothed people running from aliens and providing no plot details isn’t helpful. But that was the teaser trailer, it’s supposed to be vague. Except one problem, the full-length trailer was just as vague, and so were the posters. Who is John

Carter and why should I care? I didn’t get either of those answers. Since Disney’s marketing team decided not to tell you, I will. “John Carter” is based off of a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs entitled “A Princess from Mars.” Burroughs is the author of other famous works such as “Tarzan.” “A Princess from Mars” was known for being one of the very first science fiction novels ever written. John Carter, the protagonist, is a Confederate

CLU helps needy stay warm J

en Goodyear Staff Writer

Imagine not having socks on your feet when it’s cold outside or raining. Recently CLU’s senior religion department assistants Peter Gonia, Aminah Hassoun and Caitlyn Melillo started a sock drive at California Lutheran University in cooperation with Lutheran Social Services, Lord of Life, the Community Service Center and Campus Ministry to acknowledge what it means to be a person of faith, and to serve the homeless community. “We are called to serve, help and be in relationship with these folks and to not ignore them as if they didn’t exist,” said Gonia.

Boxes were placed around campus so people could drop off their sock donations. The drive was also opened up to local churches including St. Pascals and United Methodist Church. “Socks were tangible to answer a need, but it does not end there. No solution has been found yet for homelessness. Getting to know their stories is where our faith comes in,” said junior Colleen Carpenter, a volunteer for the drive. To better understand what it means to have faith and help the homeless, a group of students went to a forum at CLU on how to react and respond to the homeless community. On March 29, a group of students went to Winter Kitchen as part of

the drive. They did not go to feed the homeless or help them out, but simply to hang out with them and spend time with them. There is no final count yet on how many socks were collected, but between CLU and the local churches, the rough count is 400 pairs of socks. “It gave CLU students an awesome opportunity to help out and contribute to a good cause,” said sophomore Chantelle Phillips. Students who missed the drive can volunteer through Lutheran Social Services, which hosts dinners at various churches every night of the week at 7:30 p.m. “The most powerful thing you can do is to get to know them as real people and start making relationships,” said Gonia.

veteran who ends up on Mars and adventure ensues. It was directed by Andrew Stanton, who directed my personal favorite Pixar film, “Wall-E.” I would’ve wanted to see it if I knew that. It stars Taylor Kitsch from the popular series, “Friday Night Lights” as John Carter. In that paragraph alone, I’ve told you more about the movie than any of the trailers did. So why on Earth (or Mars) did Disney not promote the movie

based on these merits? It seems as if Disney assumed that people knew who John Carter was, but that is completely wrong. I like to think I have a handle on cultural things, but I’d never heard of this. Maybe they were trying to be intentionally vague, but that can only work for so long. People are lazy. They’re not going to actively search for answers. They need to be handed the answers on a silver platter. According to BoxOfficeMojo. com, the film was made on a budget of $250 million, and as of now it hasn’t even made $70 million domestically. That’s a huge flop. It’s made more overseas, but even then it won’t break even since the $250 million price tag only includes production of the movie, not promotions or merchandising, etc. Disney’s a big enough company that it can probably swallow the loss, but still, I think this could have easily been avoided if only they had made indifferent people care. I was planning to go see the film over break with my sister, but by the time I got home, it wasn’t showing at our theatre anymore. It had been replaced by the smash hits “The Hunger Games” and “Titanic 3D.” Maybe I’ll catch it on DVD, but probably not.

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Quotes: If you could switch bodies with a celebrity, who would it be? Chantelle Phillips

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Lauren Conrad because she’s beautiful and lives a healthy lifestyle.”

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I would be Matt Damon simply because he’s a badass.”

Rafael Padilla

Jennifer Aniston because she never ages.”

Optimus Prime. Going from a robot to a truck would be awesome.”

If you have an idea for a Campus Quotes question, e-mail it to the Echo at sneeley@callutheran.edu

Students shake and shimmy during GSA drag show Drag show celebrates diversity with an attitude

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amantha Dela Cruz Staff Writer

Students and guests filled the seats to enjoy CLU’s annual Gay Straight Alliance Drag Show, a runway show held in the Lundring Events Center on Friday, April 13. The drag show was hosted by freshman Graham Jameson Jr., also known as Gezebel Skyy, and senior Michael Zavala, also known as Diamond Envy. This year’s drag show included more performances by special guests from Riverside, Lily Liquor and Nebuer Styles. “It is an event that promotes equality and lets us have a good time doing so,” said Jameson. “We also accepted donations to support the Aids Foundation of Ventura which is a great cause.” Jameson started off the night by pumping up the crowd with her three rules: have lots of energy, tip the queens and have the time of your life. The audience followed every rule at the show without any trouble. The first performance was an extravagant lip sync and dance by Gezebel Skyy to the song “Domino” by Jessie J. The crowd loved her energy and admired her outfit as she strutted down the runway stage in stiletto heels. The audience was full of laughter and energy the moment they walked into the disco-lit room. The GSA served Shirley Temples and non-alcoholic margaritas to add to the drag show atmosphere. “I felt as if the performers fed off the audience’s energy,” said sophomore Alvina Wong. “We all got into it just as much as the performers did. It was a good time.” Miss Diamond Envy took the stage in her beautiful black dress, and even with technical difficulties she kept the show going tastefully. She performed to the song “Beautiful Life” by Ace of Base, adding her own style. Miss Envy worked the stage and entertained the audience with her sassiness and charm. Lily Liquor and Nebuer Styles fascinated the audience with performances unlike any CLU has ever seen. Lily Liquor’s performance to Beyonce’s “Naughty Girl” made the audience take their dollar bills out and sing

Photos by Adara Groves - Staff Photographer

Work It Girl: Graham Jameson Jr. struts down the catwalk during GSA’s drag show. Below, Michael Zavala performs to Ace of Base’s “Beautiful Life.” and dance along. Nebuer Styles cart wheeled, fist pumped and strutted down the runway ever so graciously to her powerful performance of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”. “I’m a very big Lady Gaga fan and that performance is the closest I’ve ever been to her,” said freshman GSA publicity manager Miguel Duran after the performance. The drag queens continued the night with comical insults towards each other and lessons on “how to shade.” They took their performances off the stage to dance with the audience and collect their tips and cheers. “I absolutely wish they did this event when I was here,” said CLU alumna Stevie Blanchard. “This was really a great time. I loved it.” Before the night came to an end, audience members lined up to take photos with the drag queens, holding up gay pride flags and other props to show their enthusiasm for the drag queens and the GSA. “It was a sassy, spontaneous and entertaining show,” Wong said. “It was a Friday night well spent and it was crazy to see that these women could dance better than I can in stiletto heels.” For more information on CLU’s Gay Straight Alliance club, please contact GSA’s vice president at trofinot@callutheran.edu.

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Kupa’a Hawaii Club sashays towards annual luau Colbie Caillat sang last year

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icole Mangona Staff Writer

In an effort to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, CLU’s Kupa’a Hawaii Club will host its second “All-Attached� benefit luau tonight at 5:30 p.m. Members from Asian Club and Friends, Action Abroad Alliance and French Club are also collaborating to help unite students with the global community at large. “I hope students get a chance to see the kind of difference we can make in the community,� said senior Natasha Bunin, Kupa’a Hawaii Club president. The luau, which will take place on the Grace Hall basketball court, will feature a buffet from L & L Hawaiian Barbecue, Polynesian dancing, a Samoan fireknife display, raffle prizes, music from California Lutheran University junior Kirby Ai and concert by Justin Young, lead guitarist and backup singer for Colbie Caillat. At last year’s luau, Caillat made

a surprise guest appearance and joined Young for a few songs. “Both Justin and Colbie are very into donating their time for a good cause and we’re just so appreciative that he offered to help again,� said Bunin. “We encourage students to help spread the word so we can bring in a big crowd and reach our goal of $6,000.� The success of the previous year’s luau has influenced this one. “Last year’s luau helped us to understand the importance of using our club funds to create an event that would reach a broader audience and be able to raise money for those who really need it,� said Bunin. Members from other CLU clubs are also contributing their efforts to help the luau run smoothly. “We are investing a large portion of our budget into this event and hopefully we will get our members to participate as MCs, ushers or servers,� said senior Ryo Takahashi, Asian Club and Friends president. “We are planning to contribute a few hundred dollars to support the event and to help in any way we can,� said senior Mira Brown, president of Action Abroad Alliance. “I hope that the event

Photo Courtesy of Kupa’a Hawaii Club

Sway With Us: The Na Hoaloha Hawaiian Dancers perform during the Kupa’a Hawaii Club’s luau last year. empowers students to use their skills to help people.� According to Bunin, “AllAttached� started as an effort to raise money for those affected by the earthquake in Japan last year, but has transitioned into something greater. “Since then, it has evolved into an event that not only incorporates

the clubs of Cal Lutheran but proves limitless in possibilities of growth for the future,� Bunin said. Takahashi recognized the strength of last year’s luau and the impact it can have on students. “We are hoping that last year’s event set a good standard for these joint events that we are hosting,� he said. “Hopefully it will not become

just a one-time event where they donate money and forget about them, but they will remember these children and their stories.� Admission to the luau is free. Dinner and a raffle ticket are $5 with a CLU ID and $10 for community members. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Holt fights back against hate ALUMNI DIARIES

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ulia Kemp Staff Writer

After college graduation, many students struggle for years to find a job they truly enjoy. For Kevin Holt, a 2010 CLU graduate, the search ended when he got a job working for The Trevor Project in October of 2011. Holt transferred to California Lutheran University from Moorpark Community College in the fall of 2007 and was immediately inspired to get involved around campus. “I was a transfer peer advisor, a presidential host and I was a part of the senior pride committee,� said Holt. While at CLU, Holt majored in communication with an emphasis in public relations and advertising. Holt thought those were the industries he wanted to work in. “I thought I did, which I think happens to a lot of people. You know during your time in college you might change your mind, but life throws a different curve ball at you and I was finding that it was not what I really wanted to be doing,� said Holt. The fall after Holt graduated, stories of young adult suicides hit national headlines and caught his attention. One such story was that of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after his roommate filmed him kissing another man. Because of stories like Clementi’s, The Trevor Project made headlines. “The Trevor Project is the

nation’s only 24/7 around the clock life line specifically to assist the LGBTQ community in crisis,� said Holt. Holt checked The Trevor Project’s website for job availabilities and when he found one, he did not hesitate to send in his resume. “I went on the website LinkedIn and I saw that I had a second connection with someone who at the time worked at the Trevor Project,� said Holt. “So I ended up connecting with another alum of CLU and the next thing I knew, I was having a phone interview for a position.� Holt was hired to work in development where he helps raise money for The Trevor Project so they can continue to provide resources to the LGBTQ community. “Being as involved as I was at CLU with the different service projects, I felt like I wanted to do work where the bottom line wasn’t about making a lot of money. The money I help raise is going directly to the programs that are saving young people’s lives every single day, and that means a lot to me,� said Holt. Holt may have moved on from CLU, but his life has been forever touched by his mentors in the communication department and his friends on campus. “Kevin was one of the friendliest people at CLU’s campus, and that has translated into the real world, helping him succeed in the work force,� said 2011 graduate Jesse Knutson. More information about The Trevor Project can be found at http://www.thetrevorproject.org.

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Remembering the ones we have lost, digitally Facebook memorial pages honor the recently deceased

Nicole Tracy Until the Internet became the popular form of communication, a person’s memory was preserved primarily in physical forms like personal items and letters. Now, with social media, one’s thoughts and interactions can also be memorialized online. As humans, we feel the need to grieve and express to the deceased that they are missed. Online memorials can be helpful to this process for some, but whether they are created or not should ultimately be left to the discretion of family members. With our extended network of online friends, most of us have known or known of someone who has passed away and been memorialized on a social media site. Junior Joelynn Zub is familiar with this occurrence. “I think it should be up to the family, but it’s a good way for friends to pay their respects and say nice things about the person

and have sort of a memorial page for the person. Some people need things like voicemails or pictures or things a person said to help them not miss a person as much after a death and to deal with it,” said Zub. We do indeed need closure to help us face such a loss. Often we refer to our memories of a person with help “I think it from items should be up that once to the fambelonged to ily, but it’s a them. Howgood way for ever, accordfriends to pay ing to Time their respects Magazine and say nice on Aug. 18, things about 2009, a perthe person and son’s online have sort of a presence can memorial page provide even for the permore powerson.” ful memories and closeness Joelynn Zub with the perJunior son after they are gone. Better yet, the memories that a person made online begin to feel eternal to those left behind. Facebook adjusted its privacy policy for this reason. According to Time Magazine

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on Oct. 28, 2009, family members or friends can fill out a form and provide proof of a user’s death to have their profile memorialized or removed altogether. If the memorial state is chosen, the profile is removed from suggestions and will not show status updates. Only those who already were friends with the deceased user are able to see the profile and comment on it. According to the same article, Facebook will remove or memorialize the profile, but will not reveal a private password. By not giving out passwords,

Facebook is avoiding having to explain pranks such as status updates from the deceased. I agree with Facebook’s policy on keeping private passwords confidential. Family and close friends have enough access to their deceased loved one’s online presence without compromising their privacy and also risking the cheapening of their memory with tasteless pranks that can cause emotional pain and discomfort. As we get older we will be faced with the question of how to handle the online affairs of those who pass away more and

more often. I also imagine that the current privacy policy may go through adjustments in years to come, but as of now I see the memorialization of a person’s Facebook page or Twitter account or even Pinterest boards as a good thing. It is reinforcement to grievers that their loved one really did exist, and that they are still with them in some way. It adds a new, deeper dimension to the grieving process. Families and close friends have the final say, but I see nothing wrong with online remembrance of the dead.

Geek Culture:

Just trying to figure out this feminism thing Brennan Whitmore It’s something that secretly terrifies nerds, so I’ll just set the record straight; when people talk about feminism and diversity in relation to geek culture, nobody is saying we need to get rid of the anti-gravity breast monster caricatures that exist in comics and video games. We just want to see some better-developed representation to go along with the exploitation. Centuries ago, I wrote a column on sexism in the video game industry. If there was any logic in this universe, the geek community would have immediately fixed that problem and everyone would have lived happily ever after. Everyone would also get a free sundae. Sadly, that didn’t happen, and the problem persists. While a lack of diversity has always been a problem in geekcentered media, just pointing out that women are usually

represented as sex objects draws forth a particularly hostile reaction from fan communities. It dawned on me that a lot of this opposition is fueled by a warped, possibly even Rush Limbaugh-esque concept of feminism. People think that feminazis are going to storm into our GameStops or comic book stores and destroy our precious man-child havens in the name of equality, replacing all our scantily clad super heroines with Daria. The problem with that thinking is it’s confusing an extreme example of radical feminism, which CLU communication professor Dru Pagliassotti describes as “angry feminism,” with every other kind of feminism. Radical feminism essentially rejects any kind of patriarchy as it oppresses women and favors men. Proponents of radical feminism tend to be more militant, which fuels the feminazi misconception. President of the Feminism Is… club Kacy Cashatt believes in feminism that focuses more on equality for everyone: liberal feminism.

“A lot of people do believe that it’s only helping women, but if you look in the definition of feminism, it’s to build a more equal place, including men and women,” said Cashatt. Granted both of the descriptions I have provided here for radical and liberal feminism are extremely general and there are a ton of different varieties of feminism you could consider for this argument, but “equality for all” is essentially what we need to see more of in geek culture. Don’t get rid of the girls in loincloths, just give us more characters like Alyx Vance from “Half Life 2” or Elena Fisher from the “Uncharted” series. Or maybe even give us more dudes in loincloths, more equal opportunity exploitation. Pagliassotti has encountered the boy’s club mentality in geek culture firsthand as a former Dungeons and Dragons deviant and a fan of manga. She said the easiest way to finally break out of that mentality is to get more women involved in insulated nerd communities. “The more women that are there, the more guys have to

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Box Social: One of the tenets of feminism is the concept of reclaiming female sexuality. This leads to the “Vagina Monologues” and vagina doors. deal with it,” Pagliassotti said. “Not just as consumers, but as producers too.” Diversity in general is a problem in the world of comic books and video games. I’ve focused mostly on feminism here because you don’t see as much of a negative reaction

from the community when you talk about a lack of minority or gay characters. For some reason this is an issue that people would rather deflect or dismiss than seriously consider. Obviously the only solution is to put Batman in a loincloth.


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Cutting out the middleman with Kickstarter Matt Young With the innovation of the Internet, and the connections it offers, there is a growing trend in the entertainment and communication industries to cut out the middle men. More and more developers are cutting traditional publishers out of the process, a concept that could potentially destroy traditional publishing as we know it, but also create opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Whether it’s in the film, music, or video game industry, publishers have generally had the final say in what goes, as

they’re the ones footing the bill. Popular video game series and older-style games are often denied funding as they don’t fit the “modern gamer palette.” Until recently this was usually the nail in the coffin for prospective projects, but a recent trend has garnered a lot of attention. Crowd funding, or turning to prospective consumers and fans to fund projects, has been around for a while. Social media and websites like kickstarter.com let developers use this funding method to “pay for the product you want made.” It offers various incentives and bonus items such as the finished project, when the project is complete. Double Fine Productions, created by Tim Schafer, known for his work on classic games

such as “The Secret of Monkey Island,” recently decided to cut out the traditional publishing method and instead use crowd fundraising from kickstarter. com, for their next project. The proposed game was a classic point-and-click style game, a style that no modern publisher dared touch, and would require $400,000 in funding. After about a month, and some serious media buzz over the brave funding approach, Double Fine raised approximately $3.3 million, more than 800 percent of their goal. While it’s not the first occurrence of crowd funding by any means, the stellar success of Double Fine has definitely sped up and legitimized the growing trend. Other developers have

embracing the crowd fund idea, such as inXile Entertainment with “Wasteland 2,” another classic style game that has raised approximately $2.5 million. Even some of the most unlikely are jumping onboard the new financing model, such as the YouTube video game commentators “The Yogscast” who have raised approximately $200,000 to create their own video game. Turning directly to the fans for funding has proven to be hugely successful, but it also threatens to change the traditional model of publishing. Publishers are downsizing and turning to social media outlets to facilitate free, viral marketing. Even from my experience interning at independent record label/music marketing firm, Rocket Science Ventures, I saw

firsthand the effect new media is having on publishers. Big specialized teams are out, and the jack-of-all-trades small teams are in. Publishers are having to adapt to new media methods, whether for marketing or for distribution. These new alternatives to the traditional developer-publisher relationship gives the public at large the ability to vote with their dollar for what they want made. While this will force the publishing field to adapt, directly supporting projects is a new media way of thinking. The freedom that crowd funding gives to developers is a step in the right direction, and offers insight into the direction publishing and project financing is headed.

‘Stand Your Ground’ is too dangerous to exist Y Krysten Jones With the tragic killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is being questioned as the 28-year-old shooter, George Zimmerman, is attempting to use the law in his defense. It is important for citizens to feel empowered by their ability to defend themselves against attackers. But it seems as though Zimmerman may have had another motive, especially because he targeted Martin on the night of the shooting. Perhaps, it’s time to reevaluate the “Stand Your Ground” law that is enacted in at least 20 other states, based on an April

es, it’s important for us to feel safe and do what we have to feel safe and do what we have to do to protect ourselves. However, the law gets twisted and can lead to incidents such as the death of Martin.

12 National Public Radio interview. As reported in the Los Angeles Times on April 11, Sanford, Fla. resident Martin was returning from a convenience store after purchasing a bag of Skittles and iced tea when Zimmerman noticed him. Zimmerman then contacted the police to report that Martin was a black male acting suspiciously. Despite the dispatcher instructing Zimmerman not to

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follow the teen, he confronted the minor with a 9-millimeter gun in his possession. In the midst of muddled details, Zimmerman fatally shot the unarmed youth. The report adds that Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense after the teen struck him and knocked him down. However, many believe that Zimmerman instigated the scenario and took advantage of his self-appointed neighborhood watch title. Zimmerman is currently facing charges of second-degree murder. “Stand Your Ground,” enacted in Florida in 2005, is an unsafe way in which citizens are allowed to take the law into their own hands. Yes, it’s important for us to feel safe and do what we have to do to protect ourselves. However, the law gets twisted and can lead to incidents such

as the death of Martin. NPR radio host Jennifer Ludden interviewed former assistant state attorney, Abe Laser, about the stipulations of the law. According to Laser, citizens were required to avoid danger before the statute was changed. Now people are no longer required to “back up” and have the right to use whatever force they feel is necessary and reasonable against their attacker, even if it means deadly force. Not only does the law apply individuals in their homes, but it also applies in public areas. However, the author of “Stand Your Ground” disagrees with Zimmerman’s actions and believes that the law does not protect him. On March 21, CBS News reported that former senator Durell Peaden has made it clear that Zimmerman lost his

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protection under the law when he decided to pursue Martin he was told not to. Peaden’s co-sponsor in the Florida House, Rep. Dennis Baxley, also agrees that the law does not protect neighborhood watch or those who confront others. Consider the allegations that Zimmerman made in reference to Martin striking him repeatedly. Zimmerman pursued and confronted Martin, so the teen may have used the “Stand Your Ground” law to his own defense. He was threatened by a confrontation and might have acted to protect himself. We might never know the true details of what occurred on the night of Feb. 26. But this tragedy is a prime example of why the law needs to be repealed. When citizens take matters into their own hands, issues such as this lead to tragic outcomes.

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April 18, 2012

SPORTS Kingsmen tennis reaches nation’s No. 5 ranking J

osh Hibbert Staff Writer

After a thunderstorm rained out their first game of the week against Whittier on Friday, April 13, the No. 5 CLU men’s tennis team continued their dominance on Saturday in a 7-2 win over Occidental at the Poulson Tennis Center. With that win, the Kingsmen are only one of two teams who remain undefeated in SCIAC with a record of 3-0. California Lutheran University had an impressive start to the game winning all three doubles matches. At the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles spots, Nicholas Ballous and Ray Worley, alongside Thomas Millet and Marcelo Sousa, both won their matches 8-3. Connor Treacy and Justin Wilson worked together for their 8-5 victory at the No. 2 doubles spot. “The will of this team has impressed me,” junior and captain Millet said. “ They all want to excel and give their best every game.” CLU’s Wilson, Millet, and Ballou all won their singles match-ups in their first seven matches with straight set victories. Treacy, who is now regionally ranked at the No. 30 spot, was victorious during his singles match with a 6-1, 6-2 win. “The team played particularly well today. Everyone was ready to play hard when it was necessary,” said Millet. The final two points of the match were snatched up by Occidental singles players Ben HarringtonGilmore and Jeremy Shapiro. “I must say congratulations to all players of the team for the works

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Double Trouble: All three men’s tennis doubles teams won during Saturday’s game against Occidental. Four of the six singles players won their matches. they perform every day on and off the court,” Millet said. “I am proud of them. Now it’s time to finish strong and keep an undefeated regular season and qualify for the NCAA playoff.” Millet and his team know they must keep up their form if they want to win the league and challenge for a place in the NCAA

tournament. “One of the main goals this season is to win the first SCIAC title of the California Lutheran University tennis program history,” Millet said. “If we want to go very far at the NCAA playoff, it will necessarily go through wins in doubles. We must win at least two of the three doubles all the time

and at every game.” The Kingsmen believe their good form stems from their big win over Kenyon University in early March. “I think when we beat Kenyon was the turning point of the season because we realized that we were all ready to beat the best teams,” Millet said. “Indeed, we all train very hard every day to be at our

best and bring victory for our team and I think we were able to bind stronger ties between us which allows us to excel at the right time.” The Kingsmen take to the road in attempt to keep their undefeated record alive for their next SCIAC matchup against Claremont Mudd-Scripps on Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m.

Regals look to find bright spot by honoring lone senior R

obert Ambrose Staff Writer

Dejected; that’s how the Regal softball players looked after another rough weekend. The Regals fell at home four consecutive times over the weekend and have lost five consecutive games overall. They were outscored in those games 49-15. The Regals are 11-27 overall,

4-18 in SCIAC play and sixth place in the conference. The Regals plan to close this frustrating season next Saturday in a doubleheader against Pomona Pitzer. “We just have to come out strong and ruin Pomona Pitzer’s season,” said Sara Lichtsinn. Lichtsinn is the team’s lone senior and will be honored during a pregame ceremony at next week’s game.

“We want her to go out with some really great games,” said sophomore pitcher Katelyn Downing. The Regals’ frustrations began when they started their season 0-7 out of the gate before finally picking up their first win. CLU was 1-10 before things finally started to click. They managed to win nine out of their next 13 home games but they still struggled mightily on

Senior Art Exhibit 2012

If Not Now, When? Opening reception: Saturday, April 21, at 4 p.m. Gallery exhibit will contain work from April 21 through May 19 Featured Artists: Ashley Bowman, Caitlyn Melillo, Cassie Ebner, Claire Peterson, Cody Yan, Devin Cook, Luis Pena, Nate Maxwell-Doherty, San Loe-Craig, Sam Ruchman, Yesenia Castro Exhibition includes a variety of ceramics, drawings, paintings, photography and printmaking.

the road and did not pick up a road win until the second to last road game of the season. At the start of the season, the Regals had a very young team with 11 new faces, just six returning players from the previous season and five transfers. “Throughout the season, we have had different players come through,” said Regals head coach Debby Day. Despite the struggles, the team has shown potential. The team grew throughout the season. Starting pitchers Nicolby Atallah and Katelyn Downing have shown signs of things to come for the Regals. Downing has managed to record 41 of the team’s 70 strike outs and pitched nearly half of the team’s innings this. She provided versatility for the Regals this season making 36 outs in the outfield and hit .304 at the plate. Sophomore was the Regals’

primary leadoff hitter. She batted .359, stole 14 bases and scored 22 runs for the Regals. She has not committed an error all season as the starting center fielder. Sakamaoto made several appearances in relief as a pitcher this season. Shannon Tinsley, who had brought two years of Division I experience where she played in the Women’s College World Series with the University of Arizona, has been the anchor to the pitching staff as the team’s starting catcher. She has also been the team’s primary cleanup hitter and hit .324. She led the team with six home runs and with 23 runs batted in. With the potential the team has shown this season despite the struggles, they have a great opportunity to finish strong next week against Pomona-Pitzer and use next week’s double header to build for next season.


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Horn adds to his busy schedule Knights hockey hits the while leading Knights volleyball ice for the second year L

Busy football players takes on leadership responsibility

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inéad Vaughan Staff Writer

Hunter Horn is now the captain and club president of the CLU Knights volleyball club and has been with the program since its inception three years ago. The club started during Horn’s freshman year at CLU, but this year he is getting to know and appreciate the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running a club team. “It takes a lot of work, a lot of emailing and calling, and making sure stuff happens,” said Horn. “But it’s all worth it in the end because we get to play.” This season the team took on Whittier, Channel Islands, LMU and USC. They also did well in tournaments, and defeated San Diego State, ranked No. 9 in all of club volleyball. The CLU club team had a strong finish to their season, ending up second in league. All but one player next season. Hunter is excited by the growth and progress of the club and is looking to play top teams. “We are a good team and want to play competitively,” Horn said. Horn and other athletes from other California Lutheran University NCAA sports are adjusting to the differences of being part of a club team. Danny Mock is part of the Knights and competed on the water polo team. Mock noticed the difference in playing a club sport. “Club sports don’t have priority like NCAA sports,” Mock said. “It would be awesome to see volleyball make it as a NCAA team. It would complement the women’s team and I think it would draw a lot of new students.” Though Mock finds some frustration in playing a club sport, he feels that Horn does an excellent job of leading the program and keeping it competitive. “The team respects him for all the work he does behind the scenes. He balances a lot, and for someone who has so much going on, he does it well,” Mock said. Horn is also a full time student, football player, intramural athlete and a resident assistant. But he is used to his busy lifestyle and loves doing it all. “I’ve always been balancing sports. In high school I played football, basketball and volleyball,” Horn said. “I’m used to managing the time of sports and all the other stuff that I do. It just seems normal to be busy.” Volleyball was the first sport that he dedicated his time to when he started playing in sixth grade at a local junior college summer camp. He then went on to play volleyball

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Toot Your Own Horn: Hunter Horn also participates in CLU’s Trix club and Ultimate Frisbee club. and basketball all four years in high school. Surprisngly late, Horn started playing football during his sophomore year of high school. “Football was the last sport I really picked up playing, so to note that I play that in college now is kind of weird for me but it’s a lot of fun,” Horn said. Horn cannot pick a favorite between the two sports that he competes in at CLU. He loves the aggression and competitive aspect that comes along with volleyball and football. “In terms of football, I love hitting people. It’s just fun just to lay it on somebody and take it to them in a game,” Horn said. “And the same for volleyball; going up and taking a swing at a ball that you are going to pile drive at the other team is just a lot of fun.” His competitive spirit makes him successful in sports and sets an example for all his teammates. “He is extremely motivated and one of the most competitive people I’ve met,” Mock said.

Senior all-american football teammate and NFL prospect, Justin Haulcy-Bateman, also sees the hard work that Horn brings to the football field. “[Horn] is the type of person that goes 110 percent, whether it is in practice or a game,” HaulcyBateman said. “You can always count on him to do his job because of the type of never give up person he is.” Though sports are a huge part of Horn’s life, they aren’t the reason for coming to CLU. His collegiate athletic career was something that he wanted, but it was more of an afterthought after he visited CLU and fell in love with the campus and the great exercise science program. Horn loves working with athletes, finds the human body fascinating and would like to incorporate the two into his career after graduation. “The plan after college is to be a physical therapist, who trains athletes and who coaches on the side for fun,” Horn said.

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Around the Horn: Hunter is an exercise science major who plays football and volleyball.

indsay Ehlers Staff Writer

Hockey is not an everyday sport to most people, but to a particular group of students at CLU, it is where they find a mixture of comfort, fun and intensity. Senior captain Spencer Votipka started the hockey club when he was a freshman. Every year since, the hockey club has grown into something more. “I love the intensity of the sport,” Votipka said. “It requires a lot of skill and multitasking and it is always keeping you on your toes.” The hockey club bought ice time at a local Simi Valley ice rink and is now holding weekly practices. Not only is the team practicing, but they are also competing against other hockey teams. The team practices Wednesday mornings before classes and they also have night practices that are held on different nights each week. The practices usually go from about 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The California Lutheran University club hockey team has 15 players. The team is made up of CLU students, Moorpark College students and other college age students in the area. For the CLU students, the university’s budget for clubs attempts to cover a portion of their fees that have to be paid for ice time, gear and maintenance of gear. Even though part of the cost is taken care of for the CLU students on the team, it is very expensive. Antonio Foreman, a sophomore at CLU and assistant captain of the hockey team, explains the cost. “The typical cost for a club player for good quality gear

would be anywhere between $750 to $1,000,” Foreman said. “This would include the purchasing of the gear along with the maintenance of keeping your skates sharp and other pieces of equipment intact.” In order for the Kingsmen to be apart of a league, the total cost for a 20-game season is over $6,000. They are also working on building more of a comradery on the team so that they can focus on playing better together and having a more successful season than they did last year. This will be the CLU Hockey team’s second season taking part in a league. Because they did not play as well as they would have hoped last year, Votipka said they made some adjustments, including adding experienced freshman, Dustin Marvin, who played for the local Mariners and Titans as a kid. “I think that we will have a better record this year than we did last year because we have way more organization,” said Votipka. “We just need to focus on building a strong team, getting to know one another and focusing on comradery.” Many of the students on the hockey team are happy that they have an opportunity to continue playing the sport that they love while at CLU. “I love that I get a chance to play hockey even though I didn’t come here to play it,” said Marvin. “It has been really fun playing with everyone and I am really enjoying being on the team.” The CLU Hockey team competed in their first official game of the season on April 15th at Iceoplex in Simi Valley and the gamed ended in a 3-3 tie. They will play again next Sunday, April 22, at Iceoplex.


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Valkryie’s inagural season comes to an end Women’s rugby falls in playoffs and look for help in the future

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osh Hibbert Staff Writer

The women’s rugby team, Valkyrie RFC, was defeated 43-0 in their final league game of the season by Cal State Northridge, who will go on to play in the national championship. This is the Valkyrie’s second year as a program and the first league season that they’ve made it that far. Rugby is a club sport at CLU, and the team continues to challenge themselves in the Southern California Rugby Union. CSUN was ranked number one in the conference and is now headed in to the postseason. “What we are aiming to do and the successes we have right now are for a bigger picture working towards future rugby programs,” said sophomore Hayley Jensen. In their trial season, Valkyrie has persevered through their losses to find their strengths as a team. “We have a lot of heart as a team, even when we are losing and playing down, we are playing hard,” said junior Alissa Quon. Scores aside, this team is proud of their performance in this game and this season. “In the last five minutes [Mariah Ladd] stripped a girl of the ball and just kept running, it was amazing,” Jensen said. “[She] was really aggressive and probably gained the most field and had a really great running game.” Sophomore Melissa Moreno commented on her team’s strengths during this challenging game as well. “We played well defensively as a unit, staying together and not chasing a player and clumping,” she said. Valkyrie has faced much adversity as an emerging team, and players are looking to pinpoint and improve on their weaknesses.

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Vicious Valkyrie: Top left, Lorena Ramos catches the ball during a line-out at the Valkerie’s first home game in Spring 2011. Bottom left, Alumna Evelyn Ibarra tackles a rival player. Right, Natalie Maldonado runs the ball down the field at Mt. Clef Stadium at the Valkerie’s. The Valkyrie will play their final game of the season on Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m. “They only scored on breakaways, which is basically just missed tackles and if we would have made those, the score would have been closer,” said Jensen. The Valkyrie currently does not have an official head coach. Instead captain Kristen Keough has taken on that role, helping to run practices. The Valkyrie often partners with the CLU men’s rugby team and as the Ventura County Lady Outlaws who lend them a hand. “This is a communal effort. They help us out a lot and

that is where our support and knowledge comes from,” said Jensen. This team is actively looking for new members. Not all of their players are available to make Saturday games. During the game 18 girls competed, allowing them to play a full fifteen. “In rugby, if you are a little bit scared then you are already defeated and it is one of the sports that you have to really rely on your entire team unlike others where you have your standouts. Every one is working

hard together and doing it for each other which is awesome,” Jensen said. Currently there are around 20 girls on the team including around six seniors, so they are planning a shift in leadership as they prepare for next years season. Quon will be the president of the club next year. Looking to next season, Quon said, “I hope we keep the same heart and spirit. We play hard but we don’t have the experience to compete with the other teams.” Valkyrie aims to at establish a

longstanding program like their male counterparts at CLU, who went undefeated in their league this season. These players clearly want to focus on expanding as they move forward. “As a team everyone works hard at performing well and while we have not accomplished all of the goals we set at the beginning, we have worked towards them continually which has added to our unity,” said Moreno. The Valkyrie will play their final game of the season on Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m.

Track and field measures up against the best P

eter Ciaramitaro Staff Writer

Cooler temperatures at the 26th Pomona- Pitzer Invitational had Kingsmen and Regals surrounded by Division I, II, III, NAIA and professional athletes. In their respective events, standouts for CLU Britlyn Garett and Adam Hayes both finished highest among SCIAC teams. “The conditions were colder than usual. I don’t think we were expecting it to be as cold as it was (around 55 degrees when we arrived),” said sprinter Julea Juarez. “In these conditions it is especially important to get an adequate warm-up in and stay warm until the race.”

Regals Track and Field Garrett finished second behind the Nike Team I in the javelin toss with throws of 31.86 meters, 40.24 meters and a final second place throw of 42.64 meters. She trailed Kim Kreiker of team Nike by four meters. Hammer throws Jackie De la Paz was a SCIAC standout. She placed seventh only behind Division I USC and Southern Utah. De La Paz had throws of 44.64 meters and 48.54 meters and finished highest among the SCIAC competitors. She also competed in the discus throw, where she found herself throwing a personal record of 39.86 meters. Regals had little to no trouble jumping higher, throwing

harder and running faster than all the Division III schools who attended. Erica Whitley placed top of the SCIAC with high jump of 1.60 meters. She finished in seventh place following Triton Athletic Club and UC San Diego Athletes. Whitley finished first out of all SCIAC teams. Regals track star Lauren Kennedy had a final time of 15:02 and was the fastest Division III hurdler. She also finished atop her heat. “Lauren Kennedy broke the school record in her race, which was a big deal. We’re all really proud of her,” said junior sprinter Katie Kirchner. The Regals placed high among

SCIAC teams all day, including the 4x100 meter relay. Kendall Sauter, Amy Galipeau, Taryn Thordarson and Juarez finished the race with a team time of 49:20, behind Division I programs. “I think we are all very driven to improve our times each week and we are a motivated team who continually push each other,” said Juarez. Kingsmen Track and Field Codie Conway, Deme’Trek Chambers, Dennis Clay and Caius Radu finished second behind Southern Utah with a time of 42:30. Their relay time also had them above all other SCIAC relay team competitors. Adam Hayes, a Kingsmen discus specialist, was the furthest SCIAC

finisher with a distance of 46.72 meters. He competed against Division I and professional athletes. Hayes only missed qualifying for nationals by a few inches last year and has put his focus into making it this year. “Coming into this season after missing nationals by only a few inches my main goal was and is still to make nationals. As a team we all wrote personal goals and my discus goal is to throw 180 feet so that is still work in progress. Last major goal is to get top three at nationals,” said Hayes. Both Kingsmen and Regals are looking forward to the upcoming SCIAC Championships on April 27 and 28 at Redlands University.


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