April 25, 2012
Vol. 58 Number 10
California Lutheran University Student Newspaper
Petitions to live off campus increase L
There has been an increase in the number of CLU students petitioning to live off-campus. However, the number of students being approved has remained the same. “The number of petitioning students has been on the rise over the last two or three years and it
obviously relates to where the economy has been and students’ family situations changing over the last few years,” said Nate Fall, senior coordinator for Residence Life. Jordan Berry, a junior by academic standing, was denied her request to live off-campus for fall of 2012. Berry said a lack of communication from Residence
Life was a source of her frustration. “I think the process needs to be refined,” Berry said. “I brought expense related paperwork with me to the meeting and they wouldn’t even look at it.” Berry said she made the committee aware of her situation. “I don’t have a place to go home to over the summer, so that was my main reason for wanting
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my petition to be approved. My mom and her boyfriend broke up, she had to downsize and there’s not space for me to go home to,” Berry said. “I wanted to go straight from here at the end of the spring into a place that I could stay over summer and then I can keep my job in the library and just have it carry through to the semester.” [See HOUSING, Page 3]
Be The Match recruits at CLU C
7 Pinata and salsa dancing return to CLU during Encuentros Week.
Opinion “People should have the basic right to comfortably work alongside others knowing that their sexual orientation is considered irrelevant.” —Krysten Jones, pg. 9
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Spring Formal lands at Air Force One at the Reagan Presidential Library.
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Students fly at Spring Formal T
ommy Schofield Staff Writer
Nearly 250 tickets were sold for the spring formal event “Come Fly With Me” on April 21. For the first time in CLU history, spring formal was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The dance took place in the Air Force One pavilion where students could tour the plane that Reagan flew in during his
presidency. Senior Storie Blake made the most of her last Spring Formal. “I definitely recommend people going to the dances and events,” said Blake. “When I look back on high school and even college, I’m going to remember things like prom and spring formal.” As her senior year comes to an end, Blake also said that it was nice to spend one last memorable evening with her peers.
“It’s nice because everyone’s really busy and when you’re in class it’s a different setting,” said Blake. “But it’s great when you can go out and all have fun, even if you don’t know the person next to you. It’s just a bonding experience.” Freshman Mollie Winninger enjoyed the Reagan Presidential Library not only because of its location, but also because of her [See FORMAL, Page 3]
aitlin Coomber Editor in Chief
The Biology 482 Immunology class wants you to help save lives. The students are recruiting new members for the bone marrow registry that could help local patients struggling with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening diseases. A representative from Be The Match will set up a booth on Friday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at CLU’s Festival of Scholars as a larger class project on transplantation biology. Be The Match is a national organization that matches patients in need of a bone marrow transplant with suitable donors. “In Immunology we learned that bone marrow transplantation could be a really beneficial therapy for people with debilitating blood-borne diseases and various blood cancers,” said senior Jennifer Chun. The immunology students hope to raise awareness about the process behind transplantation biology, and address public knowledge and opinion of bone marrow transplantation. Bone marrow transplantation is particularly important to class member and senior John Mussatto. “A lot of patients need a transplant. My dad has NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma and underwent autologous stem cell transplantation. The physicians were able to gather healthy [See MATCH, Page 5]
April 25, 2012
NEWS Career and Intern Expo helps land students jobs I
vy Emmons Staff Writer
Hundreds of job-searching students made their way through CLU’s main corridor during the annual Career and Intern Expo on April 19. California Lutheran University sophomore Zach HornorHernandez was among many students who attended the fair. “I wanted to attend the fair to learn about possible internships for the summer, and see if I could possibly get one and get my foot in the door,” said HornorHernandez. Senior Reid Furlong went into the fair with his future in mind, as graduation is less than a month away. “As a graduating senior, I am trying to find a full-time job within my career path, and the fair provided me with options that I can definitely take into consideration,” said Furlong. Career Services has held
this event for over 12 years. “I started here in 2000 and every year since we have had a career fair. It’s one of the main events any career center does,” said Cindy Lewis, director of Career Services. “This year has been one of our best years. We not only had 15 more employers than last year, but many of them had a number of openings.” Although the Career Fair is open to the public, Career Services’ goal is to assist CLU students in finding internships and job opportunities. “With a career fair, if you do it properly, and talk to a lot of people, you’ll have four or five interviews the following week,” said Lewis. “It’s just a good way to get your interviewing started for your summer internship or your full time job.” Employers are interested in seeing which students, or possible employees, are motivated. Students are
encouraged to contact the employers that interested them most. “I was able to talk to six employers who were offering summer internships and overall I think it went really well,” said HornorHernandez. “I plan to follow up with three of them at the expo because they presented themselves in a respectable way that made me want to pursue a job with them.” Bankers Life and Casualty, Consolidated Graphics, KIRN 670, Marketing Maven Public Relations and Mary Kay Cosmetics were some of the many employers at the fair. The turnout differs each year based on which companies are hiring and in need of interns or fulltime employees. However, simply attending the fair is not always enough for students. “After you go to the fair and you meet people, you would get their business cards and you would follow
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The Future is Near: Sophomore John Verlinich gets an early start learning about careers with Mass Mutual Financial Group at the annual Career and Intern Expo on April 19. up with them a week after the fair to let them know that you are really eager to come down and meet for an interview,” said Lewis. Career Services works with more than 10,000 companies that post job and internship openings. Students can access them through www. clupostings.com. “If you missed the event and you are looking for a summer internship or a job, be sure to stop by Career Services for assistance,” said Lewis.
Sign Me Up: At the LAPD booth, senior Arturo Juarez strikes up a conversation with the representing officer.
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State-of-the art Sport Court finds new home A
mir Ibrahim Staff Writer
Facilities is upgrading the area outside of Pederson Hall. Construction began on Monday April 2 with the removal of the basketball courts, creating 18 additional parking spaces for staff and faculty. The courts will be replaced by a Sport Court, which will feature basketball hoops on an outdoor surface with CLU colors. Sport Court's suspended flooring, along with its patented lateral forgiveness, reduces injuries to ankles, knees, lower back and shins, according to the Sport Court site. “It's definitely better than the old courts we had and it's going to be nice having real NBA style backboards," said
freshman Jacob Soriano. Students are excited about the court. However, some say they will miss the old courts and all the memories that came with them. “We need to keep the chain nets on there, because I love the sound it makes when you score a shot. It's old school," said freshman Nick Dowell. Sport Court is still under construction and with the school year almost over, students living on campus over summer will get the chance to break it in. “I used to love coming to play in the old courts in the summer and I can't wait for the new court," said graduate student Youssef Chmait. The Sport Court will be complete and ready for action by Wednesday May 2, according to Britt Briscoe, work control assistant. With the addition of the
Sport Court and new parking spaces, many students are wondering if there will be any more renovations to that area. “They should replace the sand in the volleyball court with softer sand, because it hurts to play on it," said freshman Berlin Galvan. Other students are hoping for additions near the picnic table. “They should add a swing set like they have on the other side of campus, because it's always fun,” said Dowell. Over the last few years CLU has been making major renovations to the campus. “When I went to school here as an undergraduate, the campus looked completely different from now as a graduate student. It definitely looks cleaner and more modern now,” said Chmait.
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NEWS – Page 3
More students want to live off campus
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Come Fly With Me: Students got the opportunity to dine under Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Library during Spring Formal on Saturday, May 21.
Dancing students hang at Reagan Presidential Library [FORMAL, from Page 1] admiration for the 40th president. “I've been there before, but my family and I love Ronald Reagan. He's our favorite president, so it was fun to be in such a historic place,” said Winninger. The evening included a three-course dinner, dancing and photo booth. Junior Emily Christine was the event chair and initially began planning the event last summer. Once the event committee was formed, different tasks were given to each member. “My committee got this
project at the end of last semester, and we booked the location in February,” said Christine. “I have an amazing committee and since we all had different jobs it was a group effort. In the past, Spring Formal has been located at the Grand Californian Hotel and the Long Beach Aquarium. “Originally we were looking at Santa Monica, but figured this would be best for students especially with gas prices the way they are currently,” said Christine. Students over the age
of 21 wore wristbands and were allowed three alcoholic beverages throughout the night. Even though alcohol was served, Blake said everyone was responsible and respectful. Christine hopes that students will take Blake’s advice into consideration. “I hope in the future more students will attend all the Club Lu events,” said Christine. “They are funded by student fees and their peers work really hard putting together these events, and making sure students can have a fun time.”
[HOUSING, from Page 1] "The committee denying people just tried to make the best decision possible," said Christine Paul, associate director of Student Life. "It's a policy and so it's my job to uphold that policy...When you have a job to uphold that, you have to uphold it to the best of your ability so that's what I'm trying to do." Unlike Berry, sophomore Ali Alhatrashi got approved to live off campus. “Mainly it was financial reasons. Thousand Oaks is my home in the U.S. so when I live on campus, people on breaks go home. Having a house or apartment offcampus, that would be my home here,” Alhatrashi said. He explained how as an international student, he cannot receive any federal loans and he has no scholarships. “I was stoked. A bunch of my friends didn’t get accepted but I really think what helped me is I went to the meeting,” Alhatrashi said. “Only three people showed up and I was one of them and I think me and Michael Hooten, one of my roommates, showing up showed them how serious
we are about it.” Fall said students cannot control tuition increases, so when a financial problem presents itself, students look to cut housing and meal plan costs first. The Housing Review Committee has so far had one meeting to review approximately 42 applications. The committee is comprised of one representative from Residence Life, the Business Office, Dining Services and Financial Aid. Paul said everything turned in with a petition is reviewed, and said Residence Life tried to offer alternative options, but students did not take them. The CLU housing requirement has not changed, said Fall. Students must live on-campus for three years. If a student lives with their parent or guardian within 30 miles of CLU, is 23 years old or older, or is married, exceptions can be made. Students who have lived on-campus for a minimum of four semesters may petition to live off-campus, but there is no guarantee of
acceptance, according to the CLU handbook. “The ones who get approved often have done a lot of research and have very substantial reasons as to why they need to live off-campus. It’s not just because, ‘I’m tired of being here,’” Fall said. Fall said that a survey and focus groups by Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research showed that the two most common reasons for petitions are financial reasons and not wanting to follow campus housing policy. Fall emphasizes the purpose of the housing policy, and how the regulations are strongly correlated to students’ academic success. “We have over 1,350 beds. Our job is to make sure those beds are more or less full and run at 9698 percent capacity. If we don’t have seniors choosing to live here, guess what, as juniors, we need you to be here. It might be harder to get off,” Fall said. “But if all of a sudden we have 300 seniors choosing to live on campus, that may help some pockets of juniors.”
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Kinnaman bridges gap between church and youth J
oe Wood Staff Writer
On Thursday, April 19, David Kinnaman and spoke about his latest book on the disconnect between church and youth, and how it has never been greater than in this generation. Kinnaman is the president of Barna Group, the leading research firm studying the connections between faith and culture. “The church is waiting for us to be a part of it, to try to help solve and revitalize congregations,” said Kinnaman. “This is a problem for all those involved to tackle together.”
The theme, title and message of Kinnaman’s book is “You Lost Me.” “This isn’t just some people in our age group. This is everybody in our age group dealing with these problems,” said Jesse McClain, student body president. McClain asked Kinnaman to speak on campus after reading some of his work. He feels the campus ministry has faced this problem for a while. Kinnaman and his company wish to facilitate change as well. The event was more of a discussion than a presentation. The majority of college age listeners and older attendees separated
themselves into the two sides of the room, and it seemed a metaphor for the problem churches face today. When the discussion broke out, one student stood up to say “we, the current college generation, have the energy and ideas to make things happen, the older generation has the experience and wisdom.” “I think it is up to us to extend a hand to that generation, to all of you, and work together for the good of our community,” said senior Peter Gonia. The older generation responded with such comments as “I like him,” and “I think you should sit over on this side.”
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April 25, 2012
EXTRAS Senior Update
Shannon Clark was elected executive controller the 2012-2013 academic year.
Tips From the Career Service Center
ASCLU elections conclude today. The senate allocated $1,200 to construct a prayer labyrinth behind the chapel; $300 for the purchase of 15 yoga mats to be used or checked out from the Forrest Fitness Center; $3,200 to the purchase of martial arts mats for a new martial arts class and Dance and Trixx clubs; $1,000 to the renovation of the meditation chapel; $2,100 to purchase a pool table for Trinity Hall and a plaque for the table; $800 to the outreach committee for the purchase of coffee and pastries for the Finals Coffee event on May 1 and 2; $105.10 to match the student support for the Heifer International Program set up by resident assistant Zachary Zabo; $150 to the Go Green Committee for the purchase of a batteryrecycling bin; $1,145 to the purchase of five new vacuums for Residence Life; $10,500 to the purchase of seven new water fountains to replace the ones in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, Thompson Hall, Pederson Hall, Hall and Mogen Hall; $5,000 to purchase a checkout system for Media Services equipment rentals to be located in SBET 133; $750 to the library to update their popular book collection; $1,250 to the Library to update their DVD collection; and $4,000 for new 23-gallon trash cans in Grace, Trinity and Mogen halls.
Class of 2012
Monday, April 23, Meeting
ASCLU Senate Minutes
CLU Career Services posts over 100 internships and jobs a week and has 14,000 employer contacts. To see all positions related to your career goals, stop by Career Services to have a counselor create a job or internship search agent for you.
Michael Zavala Class of 2012
Bylaw Amendment: Publication as a whole may only receive up to 50 percent of the Clubs, Organizations and Publications budget. Clubs may still ask the senate for more funds, but not from that budget. The bill passed 18-0-0 in the senate. Programs board will also vote on the bill.
“ 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.
The real world is coming fast and I’m all emotions mixed in one.”
Feels like just yesterday when I was painting my friends...I mean, the CLU rocks.” Marianne Fahey Class of 2012
April 25, 2012
FEATURES Superhero movies will dominate summer theaters CRITIC’S CORNER
Taylor Lampela The summer movie season is the time when all the big-budget movies come out. Probably appropriate since kids will be attempting to get out of the heat by escaping into the wonderful air-conditioning of the movie theater. Movies want to come out in the summer, it’s the highlight of the film season. So this summer there’s a solid lineup of blockbuster superhero movies coming out. So dust off your capes and get your wallets out for the superhero movie season 2012. It kicks off in less than two weeks with the release of Marvel’s “The Avengers.” If you’ve been keeping up, you know this movie is the culmination of several superhero movies since 2003’s “Hulk.” It features Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Thor, all of which have had movies made about them, or have been supporting characters in those films, in the past ten years. Basically, it’s just going
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Come Together: “The Avengers” and two other superhero movies are anticipated to be big summer blockbusters. to be a series of testosteronefilled explosions and big fight sequences filled with some of Hollywood’s most beautiful faces. I’m not one for super muscular guys, but Robert Downey Jr. melts my heart. “The Avengers” is directed by Joss Whedon, of “Firefly” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” who has a bit of a cult following, so it will be interesting to see how he tackles this big-budget project. It comes out in theaters May 4. The next two films will be
Class educates about marrow donations [MATCH, from Page 1] stem cells from my dad’s own bone marrow and he made a full recovery. He has been in remission for seven years,” Mussatto said. Mussatto warns that patients won’t experience the excruciating pain depicted by Will Smith in the 2008 film “Seven Pounds.” “A common misconception is that it is a really painful procedure to donate bone marrow. In most cases, the donor is under anesthesia and doesn’t feel much pain,” said Mussatto. “Sometimes, they even use a procedure called peripheral blood stem cell donation and the process is similar to donating blood or plasma.” A preliminary survey conducted by the class found that CLU students were informed about the biology of transplantation but did not know much about the donor statistics of bone marrow transplantations. People were less informed on how a donor for a recipient is found, said class member and senior Kim Kolibas.
Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family, according to the National Marrow Donor Program. “As a class, we decided we wanted to host ‘Be The Match’ not only to see if we can get more people to register to become donors, but to educate the general public about the biology behind bone marrow transplantation,” said Chun. The students presented at the festival on Tuesday, April 24, and will present again at the science showcase poster session on Friday, April 27. To join the “Be The Match,” donor applicants need to provide a tissue sample in the form of a cheek swab. Registry members have the right to change their mind about being a donor at any time. For more information on bone marrow donation, visit www.bethematch.org. To find out more about how the Immunology class is working with Be The Match, contact biology professor Chad Barber at email@example.com.
released in a one-two punch in July. The first is “The Amazing Spider-Man” on July 3. It’s interesting that they have decided to reboot a franchise that had its last film in 2007, since four years seems like too short of a period to have forgotten about the previous one. I am a fan of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, even though I will admit that the third movie was pretty crappy. Still, I don’t think that requires an almost immediate reboot. The new Spider-Man is played
by British actor Andrew Garfield whose biggest credit comes from his supporting role in “The Social Network.” His muse is played by a blonde Emma Stone. This story follows the origin of Spider-Man and from the looks of the trailers, it seems as though the origin story will be quite a bit different from the Tobey Maguire “SpiderMan” films. It will be interesting to see the angle they take and just how successful it will be. “The Amazing Spider-Man” will have less than three weeks
to make the bulk of its revenue because on July 20, one of the most anticipated movies of the year is coming out: “The Dark Knight Rises.” The final installation in Christopher Nolan’s brilliant “Batman” trilogy has been creating buzz since the last film came out. Nolan’s realization of the Batman character was groundbreaking in its darkness and realism, and has led to a huge gross in the box office and even award recognition for Heath Ledger’s tragically perfect performance as the Joker. “The Dark Knight Rises” takes place eight years after the end of “The Dark Knight” and Christian Bale’s excommunicated Batman has to come back to fight a new villain, Bane, played by Tom Hardy who also starred in Nolan’s “Inception.” Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman in the only questionable decision of the entire film, but I have faith in Mr. Nolan and company. A new trailer for the film is rumored to be released before “The Avengers” according to cinemablend.com, just in case you needed to geek out just a little bit more. Unleash your inner nerd, I know you have one, and catch one or all of these superhero blockbusters these summer. It’ll be worth it.
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April 25, 2012
Quotes: If you could be Snow White’s eighth dwarf, what would your name be? Rebecca Reinhardt
Rapunzel. The kids in the Dominican Republic called me that.”
Clumsy because it’s ironic since I’m athletic.”
Shorty because I’m a short person in a tall person’s world.”
Relaxy because I took a test that showed I have low relaxation levels.”
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Terror and Mayhem: The “Jekyll and Hyde” company performs “Façade” on a foggy, 1880s London set. The play will have it’ final performances this weekend at the Civic Arts Plaza.
Student performers embrace the darkness in play Good and evil fight it out at Civic Arts Plaza
en Goodyear Staff Writer
The evocative battle of good versus evil intrigued the audience as the theater department took on the dark and gritty musical “Jekyll and Hyde.” It will be performed in the Scherr Forum Theater at the Civics Arts Plaza. The musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story which takes place in the late 19th century about a doctor whose experiment on changing human personalities creates a murderous counterpart. He is convinced that the cure for his father’s mental illness is in the separation of man’s evil nature from the good. Dr. Jekyll lets out his own evil side and causes chaos on the streets of London as the untamed Edward Hyde. Senior Brent Ramirez played Jekyll and Hyde, and captivated the audience with his powerful vocals and his ability to capture good and evil. Jordan Skinner played his trustworthy best friend and lawyer, Gabriel John Uttererson. Martha Sadie Griffin played the other lead as Jekyll’s fiancé. His mistress, Lucy Harris, was played by Kristi
McClave. The cast has been rehearsing since mid-January in preparation for the production. The complicated set with rock pillars and stairs were original designs of the theater department. Junior Natasha Trifunovic was in the wood shop class that helped put together the set.
The vocals were crazy impressive, yet not overdone and the juxtaposition of then Jekyll and Hyde are vying for control have really riveting staging.” Andrew Degoede Audience Member “It took two or more months to complete and it is very intricate with all wood and steel,” said Trifunovic. Sophomore Ashton Williams played the character of Nellie, a prostitute at the Red Rat. Williams has been in other musicals, but said this one had a huge ensemble and their leads were extremely strong. “All our designers are really talented in their field and I think this show really showcases not only the acting and singing in our actors, but also very original and detailed technical aspects,” said Williams. “I have never designed
Destructive Personality: Brent Ramirez as Jekyll’s alter ego Edward Hyde causes pandemonium in 1880’s London. At right, Jeff Shaner as Sir Danvers Carew and Martha Sadie Griffin as his daughter Emma Carew share a moment after singing “Letting Go” in “Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical.” and acted in the same show, so I really got to see both aspects come together.” Junior Brandon Kallen was in the ensemble as a poor man who justifies his anger at the upper class for being rich. This musical was different from the usual lighthearted roles he has played, such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
“I am also the Jekyll and Hyde understudy, which was really exciting, but creating two characters for that makes it, in my opinion, the hardest characters ever,” said Kallen. “Its been a long process, but exciting to see it finally come together.” Junior Andrew Degoede was in the audience at Friday’s show and said, “The vocals were crazy
impressive, yet not overdone and the juxtaposition of when Jekyll and Hyde are vying for control had really riveting staging,” said Degoede. “The costumes were fantastic, hats off to Val and Randy, and the actors performed as well as they looked.” “Jekyll and Hyde” will have its final performances at the Civic Arts Plaza on April 27 through 29.
FOR THE RECORD: In the April 18 issue of the Echo, Graham Jameson, Jr. was misidentified in a photo included with the article titled “Students shake and shimmy during GSA drag show.” The person actually in the photo was a guest visiting CLU. We regret the error.
April 25, 2012
FEATURES – Page 7
Seniors proudly display four years of artistic talent C
hloe Vieira Copy Editor
The 11 senior art majors at CLU have been asking themselves one question all year: If Not Now, When? At the Senior Art Exhibit opening on Saturday, April 21, they seized the moment and laid their best work on the line at the Kwan Fong Gallery. “This is the ultimate proudest moment, when everyone is here and all your best stuff is up for them to see,” said artist Claire Peterson, whose family came to see the show. Her father, Kevin Peterson, grinned with pride at his daughter’s work. “We’ve seen the pieces come in one at a time, and now we see them all together,” said Peterson’s father. “We’re very proud of her.” In February, halfway through their senior year, the 11 art majors had to work quickly to submit their best pieces to printmaker Dan Welden, who took over the Kwan Fong Gallery during his residency that month. Welden, a world-renowned artist, selected pieces for the exhibit based on consistency, technique and the artist’s commentary. “They stepped up,” said Senior Art Exhibit Coordinator and printmaking instructor Kristi Colell. “This is an individual art show in a group environment. They’ve had to work together to pull this off.”
“We’ve gotten close as a group because of the show,” said artist Nate Maxwell-Doherty, whose parents, California Lutheran University pastors Melissa and Scott Maxwell-Doherty, came to see his work. Colell described MaxwellDoherty as a “fixture in the art department,” who will be missed after he graduates. Though the show itself was a team effort, the artists were recognized for their individual talents. Art professor Larkin Higgins described artist Sam Ruchman’s work as “humorously macabre.” “I like to think my work regards life’s little eccentricities with a hint of dark humor,” Ruchman said in her artist’s statement. Ruchman wants to go into textbook illustration and graphic design after graduation. “It’s nerve racking, but it’s very exciting at the same time,” she said of the Senior Art Exhibit. The exhibit is the first time artist Cody Yan has ever shown his work in a gallery. “The point of art is to appeal to people,” said Yan, who plans to work in the commercial art industry after graduation. Yan also played for the CLU men’s soccer team. Being a scholar athlete is one of his proudest achievements. “When he’s not on the soccer field playing soccer, he’s a dream to work with,” said Colell of her
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“If Not Now, When?”: Senior Ryan Strand admires artwork by Yesenia Castro during the Senior Art Exhibit. student. For artist Caitlyn Melillo, photography will take a backseat to her other dreams for now. She leaves for the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program soon. Melillo’s art was inspired by her trip to Florence, Italy, where she studied at Studio Art Centers International. “I met students from all over,” said Melillo. “All of my pictures are from Italy.” Assistant art professor Brian Stethem complimented Melillo’s work.
“Her work has a timeless quality I rarely see in anyone, let alone anyone her age,” said Stethem. Visitors enjoyed egg rolls while circling the gallery and soaking in the artistic achievements that hung on the walls. “They’ve worked really hard,” said CLU senior Schauna Fletcher, who is roommates with Ruchman. In a written statement about the exhibit, artist Ashley Bowman explained the theme: “If Not Now, When?”
The five essential elements of an artist, she wrote, are inspiration, resources, support, validation and desire. Together those elements create the perfect storm for the artist, and all that’s left to do is act. Senior art majors Cassie Ebner, Yesenia Castro, Devin Cook, Samantha Loe-Craig and Luis Peña were also featured. The Senior Art Exhibit will be on display in the Kwan Fong Gallery through May 19. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Students feel Latin vibe during Encuentros Week N
icole Mangona Staff Writer
The Latin American Student Organization packed the pavilion with the sounds of live music, sights of festive colors and the aroma of hot food during the close of Encuentros Week. During April 16 through 19, LASO celebrated a week of sharing Latin American culture, traditions and important issues. “I hope students became more aware of what the lifestyle is like of a Latin American family,” said Astrid Olivares, president of LASO. The fiesta featured food from Mariscos Cancun restaurant that included enchiladas, tacos, rice and beans, and drinks like horchata and tamarindo. While eating, students were treated to a live musical performance by artist Evan Kenneth Craft. “The games we play, music we listen to and food we eat are very different from other cultures and I hope students take that in,” Olivares said. Students lined up to break candy out of a piñata and participated in activities set up at tables around the pavilion. At one of the tables, students created flags from different Latin American countries. A background displaying girls in traditional Latin American dresses and boys in ranchero
outfits was located near the activity table for students to take pictures in front of. “I was mostly impressed with the music. The singer was extremely talented. I couldn’t understand him and I still liked him,” freshman Jake Hutton said. “It was similar to music I like in English.” To kick off Encuentros Week, LASO screened “Which Way Home,” a documentary that followed the lives of young children leaving their homes in Mexico to work and lead better lives in the United States. “I learned about the perspective of kids fleeing to the US, which was something I had not encountered before,” senior Mira Brown said. Food was a big part of this event as well. Students sampled traditional Salvadorian pupusas, which are tortillas filled with cheese, beans and pork. California Lutheran University alumna and zumba instructor Stacy Gross led dance lessons to Latin American music genres including salsa, merengue and cumbia. “A lot of these dances are common in countries like Mexico, Dominican Republic and Panama,” Magdalena Lemus, treasurer of LASO, said. “It’s great to see students using dance and music to learn about the culture and also the language.”
Photo by Laura Decorte- Staff Photographer
A Latin Sampler: Amanda Escalante, Lisa Rowan, Brianna Egeland and Kaitlyn Guilbeaux eat during the fiesta.
EDITOR IN CHIEF Caitlin Coomber
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April 25, 2012
We need to hold the police more accountable Matt Young There is a serious disconnect between police officers killing or wounding others unjustifiably, and the punishment they are receiving. This is an age-old debate. Recent examples bring to light questions and actions that need to be answered for. Los Angeles Police Chief, Charlie Beck has gained a large amount of media attention for his unwillingness to punish officers that the Los Angeles Police Commission, the civilianled governing body of the Los Angeles Police Department, have deemed to have killed or wounded others unjustifiably. A startling aspect of the relationship between the police chief and the police commission in Los Angeles is that according to the city’s charter, the police commission has the authority to deem an officer’s actions
unjustifiable, but the authority of how to discipline the officers resides with the police chief. Many feel this relationship leads to the “chicken with its head cut off scenario” in the LAPD. The reluctance of police chiefs to punish their officers did not begin with Beck however. Over the years, chiefs have had the reputation of being “hard” or “soft” on their officers, with “hard” chiefs often being despised by their rank and file officers, and “soft” chiefs being respected by officers as “understanding,” according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, April 15. When it comes down to the truth of the matter, these scenarios of “hard” or “soft” chiefs shouldn’t ever happen. Justice should remain the utmost priority, especially when it involves the police, an institution designed to bring justice and keep the peace. Where the authority is shifted is less important, whether it is to an independent committee or to the commission itself, the power of these important
decisions should not be held by one individual who is very likely to have some bias towards their fellow officers. These questionable rulings and punishments run rampant across the country, not just in the LAPD. An officer in Austin, Texas, is being called upon by the public at large to be punished for accidentally killing a man’s dog while it was playing in its backyard with its owner, in response to a public disturbance call which, incidentally, was at the wrong address. In this case the officer’s actions were deemed justified by his department. Footage of the incident has been released where the officer can be seen pulling his gun on the man and telling him, offscreen, to raise his hands. The dog then runs towards the officer who proceeds to shoot and kill the dog. Afterwards the police officer questions why the man didn’t hold back his dog. The irrationality of the event and decisions made by the officer have resulted in the
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public outcry for action against him. This scenario brings up two common and important defenses to police officers’ questionable actions. Few understand the dangers police officers take daily on their job, and decisions need to be made quickly. Just an encounter such One could also argue that although the public feels this
was unjust, we cannot let mob rule be the deciding factor in these punishments. These important rulings cannot be made with haste, or because of a particular overarching enforcement style from a police chief. Justice should be had, and more effective methods for achieving it, such as independent committees, should be in place to see that this is achieved.
Extreme weight loss isn’t Hockey has been the answer to a healthy life Schranny’s Take:
too violent lately Andrew Schranze
There have been some unsportsmanlike and unnecessary hits in Stanley Cup Playoff games this season. The NHL has so far suspended eight players as it enters the playoffs. Fighting is very common in hockey, but in the current playoffs there have been numerous fights during games. One occurred when Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres checked Marian Hossa, a Chicago Blackhawks player in a game on April 17. As a result Torres will be suspended for the remainder of the season. Although it’s debatable whether the hit was late, Torres certainly leaves his feet and makes direct contact with Hossa’s head. The NHL is taking this matter very seriously in making sure that all incidents of this nature will be handled appropriately. “Checking can be defined as using physical force (without breaking the rules) to either gain possession of the puck or
to disrupt the opposition’s play,” according to exploratorium.edu. Another incident occurred on April 12 when a Chicago Blackhawks forward hit goalie Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes. He was suspended for three games for his actions. When you see footage of these incidents, the outcome of the events would make you think that the NHL would order an extreme suspension. I don’t think that they have. When someone has to go to the hospital, that is a sign that they were hurt badly enough to prompt the medical staff on the team to decide they need more medical attention than they could offer. “A fight shall be deemed to have occurred when at least one player (or goalkeeper) punches or attempts to punch an opponent repeatedly or when two players wrestle in such a manner as to make it difficult for the Linesmen to intervene and separate the combatants,” according to NHL. com. Fighting is common in hockey, but there are limits to what is allowed. Although the hockey playoff season has experienced some speed bumps in its first round, the excitement is still rising; after all, there is still a trophy to be won.
Nikki Fay Some women are going to any length necessary in order to lose weight. For many girls today it’s not about being healthy, it’s about being as thin as possible, regardless of the means it takes to get there. A recent New York Times article, April 13, shed light on the newest weight loss fad, the feeding tube diet. Many brides are turning to this new weight loss phenomenon in order to shed massive amounts of weight before their wedding. The feeding tube diet consists of inserting a feeding tube into a woman’s nose through the esophagus and into the stomach, and under medical supervision allowing her only 800 calories per day through that tube for one to two weeks. That’s about 1200 calories less than the average woman needs daily. Don’t get me wrong; I want to be thin as much as the next girl, but this taking things too far. There are better ways for women to drop the weight than essentially to be fed the same
way a person in a coma would be. Society, and women themselves, put extraordinary pressure on themselves to be thin. It’s not uncommon to hear about women crash-dieting or cleansing right before a big event just so they can reach a certain goal weight. With summer fast approaching, I’ve heard murmurs around campus about how much weight girls need to lose or a specific weight they want to reach before getting into their bikini. It’s ridiculous. If women would stay healthy consistently, these extreme fads would never be necessary. If they can maintain a healthy diet and workout routine daily, then they’ll never have to put themselves through the torture of having a tube through their nose for two weeks. Weight loss isn’t difficult. It is very simple math that every girl knows how to do: Burn more calories than you consume. The problem is that too many girls don’t care about the health risks of these diets or the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They want to lose weight as quickly as possible with the least amount of effort necessary. “I don’t know why everyone tries to short-cut losing weight.
Honestly its just about being healthy, eating right and working out,” said senior and avid gym goer Jenna Snyder. “You can be skinny and still really unhealthy if you’re not getting the right nutrients.” This growing trend of trying to find quick and easy fixes for weight loss is causing girls to lose sight of the main purpose behind being thin: Health and wellness. If girls use these weight loss techniques instead of doing things the old fashioned way of eating right and working out, all of the weight lost will come back immediately after they stop the diet. Instead of crash dieting for the summer, try changing your lifestyle, little by little to make a big difference. Try to maintain a workout routine of at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Drink more water instead of soft drinks, and incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your diet and fewer sweets. These small changes in your lifestyle will help you to lose weight and keep it off instead of torturing yourself with a diet that’s bad for your health and won’t provide long-term results. Yes, it takes hard work and discipline, but it’s better than walking around with a tube up your nose.
April 25, 2012
OPINION – Page 9
Equal rights should trump re-election tactics Krysten Jones President Barack Obama has disappointed the LGBT community after it was announced that he would not sign an executive order which would prohibit workplace discrimination by federal contractors against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals. The fact that there is no protection in the workplace for a minority group that already suffers from discrimination is disheartening. People should have the basic right to comfortably work alongside others knowing that their sexual orientation is considered irrelevant in the work place. According to WhiteHouse. gov, executive orders are legally
binding contracts enforced by the president onto federal agencies. As the head of the Executive Branch, the president gives orders to ensure that laws and policies are properly followed. This particular order is applicable to LGBT individuals who are looking for employment or working for federal contractors, as reported in The New York Times on April 11. Currently, no laws prevent injustice against LGBT individuals in the workplace. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stated that Obama is committed to equal rights for everyone, which is why his goal is to see to the passage of the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, according to an April 12 Huffington Post report. ENDA is a legislative solution that would prevent employers from discriminating against anyone who identifies as LGBT. The reality is that ENDA will most likely not be passed any
time soon, especially in the Republican-controlled House. The Huffington Post added that ENDA has been presented to nearly every Congress since 1994, but only made it past the House once during a period when Democrats were in control in 2007. It still failed in the Senate. Even if Congress surprisingly decided to pass the act, an executive order should still be signed because it protects more people than a legislative policy. As reported in the Washington Post on April 12, signing the executive order would enforce better protection and a stricter level of compliance. But Obama was not convinced to sign the order. During his 2008 campaign, Obama promised a better life for gays and lesbians. Indeed, he has made progress for LGBT rights through the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and public support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which upholds that the
It’s contradictory for the president to make such promises and seek the votes of LGBT voters, yet these individuals are forced to worry about their own career statuses because of their sexual identity. federal government should not deny rights to same-sex couples that are granted to heterosexual couples. However, many of his actions suggest otherwise. The true question is why he chose not to sign the order to better the opportunities for individuals who are treated poorly because of their sexual identities. Critics argue that Obama’s refusal is a strategy motivated by this year’s election. On April 12, MSNBC reported that Heather Cronk of advocacy group “GetEqual” believes that Obama is more concerned with winning another term.
Cronk stated that the president stands by his “We Can’t Wait” campaign that promotes better economic growth and more creation of jobs, but is not willing to sign an order that will enforce job protection for LGBT citizens. It’s contradictory for the president to make promises and seek the votes of LGBT voters, who are forced to worry about their own career statuses because of their sexual identities. It’s unacceptable for this kind of discrimination to still exist. Obama has not fulfilled his promise to provide a better future for the LGBT community. It is tough to get ENDA passed because of the Republicancontrolled House, which is why it is necessary for an executive order to be enforced. I’m more concerned with reelecting an official who follows through with his promise to fight for equal rights. I want to have strong faith in Obama, but his decisions are making it difficult.
We need to recognize and prevent hazing Nicole Tracy Every human being has value and deserves to feel a sense of dignity, but hazing seriously threatens this idea. According to HazingPrevention.org, hazing is any type of demeaning or emotionally and physically harmful behavior toward group members. Although CLU doesn’t have fraternities or sororities, hazing still occurs any time a distinction is made between classes and
It disgusts me that a person’s labeling and abuse of power can drive them to dehumanize others by forcing them to commit acts that may very well cost lives.” Malina Keaton Sophmore
outside activities. We, as students, must become more aware of even the subtlest of hazing in order to prevent it. “While this form of hazing does not seem to happen here, there is still this emphasis on the separation and exclusion of the youngest class,” said sophomore
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Malina Keaton in an email. “Oftentimes you hear people telling the freshman to do an unfavorable task, or announcing to big groups that a certain individual is a freshman.” Everyone wants to be the judge of his or her own self-worth. This individualism is an essential part of being human, and as humans we have individual characteristics and experiences that make us who we are. We must respect that each person is unique and can be affected by hazing in different ways. “I am all for bonding experiences that bring people closer together, but hazing crosses the bullying line,” said
sophomore Allison Westerhoff. As with bullying, you cannot usually distinguish a person’s breaking point until they have already been broken. Each person has dealt with difficulties in their lives, and being hazed may act as a trigger. Despite the emotional distress suffered for various lengths of time, individuals will undergo hazing in order to be accepted by others. According to HazingPrevention.org, 55 percent of college students in organizations, teams and groups experienced hazing and 95 percent of those students did not report the incidents. “We as humans seem to have this need to define, label and place value on others,” said
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Keaton. “It disgusts me that a person’s labeling and abuse of power can drive them to dehumanize others by forcing them to commit acts that may very well cost lives.” It’s a need to feel accepted that creates this kind of dangerous hazing. Going to college is all about experiencing new things, getting out of our comfort zone and making friends in a new environment. However, acceptance by oncampus organizations should never be gained by means of hazing: Instead, students should make a conscious effort to accept each student for who they are and value their worth as individuals. It just might save their life.
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April 25, 2012
Regals tennis falls to nationally ranked opponent P
eter Ciaramitaro Staff Writer
After suffering a loss to the Claremont Athenas, Regals tennis fought hard to beat the Poets of Whittier. On Friday, April 20, Claremont proved their place atop the SCIAC conference during their match against the Regals. The Regals lost 8-1. Prior to facing the Regals, Claremont won their last five matches 9-0. The Regals took one point, the first point given up in SCIAC play by CMS. Holly Beaman defeated her opponent, No. 8 in Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll, Jessie Huang. Beaman won the first set 6-1. While switching over, Huang called it quits before the start of the second set. “I was playing my best tennis in that match and I was so excited to beat them my senior year,” said Beaman. Carly Mouzes went three sets with her opponent, but fell short. Kim Kolibas, Jordan Leckness and Beaman concluded their final home regular season match on Friday, but will host the first round of the SCIAC tournament on May 4. The three have 112 singles wins
combined since their freshman year in 2009. On Saturday, the Regals defeated the Whittier Poets on their senior day in a comeback victory of 5-4. The Poets lost their previous two matches versus La Verne and Redlands, both SCIAC conference matches. “This match was to determine fourth place,” said Beaman. “I knew my match determined the win. The comeback brought positive energy into the upcoming tournament, showing that we can compete.” The Regals found themselves in a hole after losing two of three doubles matches. Beaman and Kolibas were the only Regals pair to earn a doubles victory Saturday. Leckness and Mouzes won each of their own singles matches in straight sets, bringing the score tied 3-3. Beaman kept up her winning ways and defeated Chloe Dredge. Regals Freshman Sarah Baker, playing in the No. 4 spot, defeated her opponent after coming back from losing the second set, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. Baker’s win completed the Regals’ comeback victory. “The win gave us the assurance that our team has improved and that we are prepared for SCIAC playoffs,” said Lauren Toohey.
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Regals Record: Lindsay Murphy helps the Regals to an overall record of 11-7 in 2012. The SCIAC Tournament will begin for the Regals (11-7, 4-3 SCIAC) on Friday, May 4 at CLU. The Regals have earned the No.
4 spot in the tournament and will face No. 5 seed La Verne in the first round. “For the SCIAC tourney, we are
most focused on playing our best and giving our all on the court,” said Toohey. “Our coaches encourage us to give 100 percent effort.”
Regals softball season ends with a doubleheader split at home R
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Home Record: Regals Liz Mertel bats for the Regals in their final doubleheader of the season at home.
obert Ambrose Staff Writer
Despite the adversity the Regals softball team dealt with during their season, including a record of 11-27 overall and 4-18 in conference play going into the final games of the season, the players wanted to close out the 2012 campaign on a strong note. They finished the season by splitting a doubleheader against Pomona-Pitzer. “We have definitely had many bumps and bruises this season,” said junior catcher, Shannon Tinsley. The team is graduating one senior this season, Sara Lichtsinn, who was honored before Saturday’s double header as part of the pre-game ceremonies. Lichtsinn went out in style with a walk off single driving Tinsley home to seal the victory in game one, 7-6. The inning started when Tinsley reached first on an error by Sagehen third baseman, Jessica Liu. Tinsley then got into scoring position on a sac bunt by Katelyn Downing. “At that point, I was hitless on the game,” said Lichtsinn. “I wanted to go out with a hit.” The Regals decided to start sophomore Shonna
Christianson on the mound instead of the usual Downing or Nicolby Atallah. Christianson pitched admirably for 6 1/3 innings. “I was out for a month with an injury and I worked hard to come back,” said Christianson. “I am glad I had my opportunity.” Trailing 2-0 in the third, Tinsley hit a three run home run to put the Regals ahead 3-2. It was her team-leading seventh home run of the season. “I just wanted to get the runners home,” said Tinsley. The home run significantly helped Christianson’s confidence on the mound for the rest of her outing. “A lead certainly helps,” said Christianson. “It is also great to have Shannon behind the plate. She knows the hitters and she frames the pitches well.” The Regals took a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning and had Christianson cruising when they ran into trouble. The Sagehens loaded the bases with nobody out and used small ball that scored the three runs to tie the game. Christianson was unable to finish the inning. Downing came on in relief to get the Regals out of the jam and set up a rally in the bottom of the inning. In game two, Downing started
on the mound. The Sagehens were not able to get a single base runner with less than two outs against Downing in the first four innings of play. They went 9-11 with two outs which ultimately gave them a 4-0 lead. Downing was pulled from the game without making an out in the fourth inning. Offensively, the Regals had several golden opportunities to score and keep themselves in the game. They were not able to take advantage of many of those opportunities. On two occasions, a Regal base runner was doubled off base after a fly out. The Regals were finally able to crack the board in the fifth. They cut the Sagehen lead to 5-2, had two runners in scoring position with one out, the tying run at the plate, and the heart of their lineup due up. Sagehen relief pitcher Caitlyn Hynes struck out Brittany Labbe and Tinsley back to back to end the Regal threat. The Regals faced a similar situation in the next inning with runners and scoring position and two out when Ryanna Morua layed down a bunt, which ended the Regals’ threat. The Regals finished the game stranding a total of nine base runners in a 5-2 loss to the Sagehens in the season finale.
April 25, 2012
SPORTS – Page 11
Regals water polo wins final home game L
indsay Ehlers Staff Writer
The CLU women’s water polo team defeated the Whittier College Poets 11-5 at the Samuelson Aquatics Center on April 18 in their last home game of the season. The Regals said goodbye to six of their seniors. The game started with a ceremony honoring the graduating seniors. The seniors were given flowers and gifts from other players, coaches, friends and family. “I’ll miss the dedication and the heart that these girls put into each practice and game,” said assistant coach Cody Pletcher. “They put a lot of their time and dedication into the sport and it takes a lot to do that on top of school and other things that these girls have going on.” Captains Kelsey Bergemann and Christina Messer started off the game with one goal each, putting the Regals one point ahead of the Poets. The captains, Bergemann and Messer are two of the six Regal seniors graduating in May. “We’re all very sad that we’re leaving,” said Messer. “But we all played a good couple of years here and we’re all going to miss it a lot. I’m really going to miss the crowds and all of the fans that come out to our home games to cheer us on.” In the second quarter of the game, the Regals scored six goals, breaking the tie. During the third quarter, the Poets caught up within the first five minutes, making the score a close 7-5. The Regals extended their lead
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Seniors Swim to the End: Senior Tiffany Ly, playing tough defense, knocking the ball out of the opponent’s hand. It was the final game for the senior Regal. after Bergemann performed a hat trick on a counter attack goal with a little over two minutes left in the period. Bergemann and freshman Kehau Ai were the leading scorers of the game, with three goals each. Goalie and junior Kylee Tomasetti made ten saves
during the game. Regals junior Shannon Streeter, scored one of the 11 goals in the game. “I love all of the seniors. They are all great girls and great players,” said Streeter. “It’s definitely not going to be the same without them next year and we’re going to miss them a
lot.” The Regals kept the lead until the end of the game and finished the game with a win and a final score of 11-5. Senior Claire Whitten, who had three assists during the game against the Poets, was thrilled to finish her last home game with a victory.
“It feels really good to leave here with a win.” said Whitten. “We have all worked really hard and I hope that we keep up the good playing so we can hopefully win SCIAC”. The Regals will compete again on Saturday, April 21, in Redlands against the Redlands University Bulldogs.
Regals track racing to the championships L
indsay Bowden Staff Writer
CLU women’s track continued its undefeated streak and will compete at next weekend’s conference tournament, the SCIAC championship. The Regals have a chance to be the school’s first champion in the program’s history. The SCIAC Championships will be held on April 27 and 28 at the University of Redlands. Friday will be preliminaries where the Regals must qualify to compete at finals on Saturday. “The whole team is really in it together. We are separated by events and practice at different times and places, but we are all close and support each other,” said sophomore Lauren Rohach. The Regals got off to a fast start this season that gave them the momentum they needed to win all of their SCIAC match ups. “This year we have changed our level. Coach [Lea] knows our potential and pushes us to that,” said junior Lauren Kennedy. The team’s discipline and
commitment seem to be paying off. “We all have made a big commitment to the workouts and the lifting and as a whole,” said Rohach. The sprint and hurdle team credits training with coach Holmberg as a big part of their success. While track may seem to be an individual sport, the Regals have learned the importance of teamwork. “We are definitely a family. It’s a main theme and we are constantly encouraging each other. A lot of it is individual but you need other people to build you back up,” said sophomore Amy Galipeau. Sophomore Kendall Sauter said their success “stems from really good leaders this year. They have been on it and that puts the pressure on.” Going into the weekend, the Regals are prepared to hit more top marks. “Being mentally relaxed and knowing that we can push our limits and do what we’ve trained to do will get us through the weekend,” Kennedy said.
Several Regals have already qualified for nationals, including Britlyn Garrett in the javelin. The women’s team is looking to add more to that list including the 4x100 relay. “The top twenty-two [teams] go,
so it depends on how other teams do in these upcoming weeks and how we do to see who will qualify,” said Rohach. Those close to making the cut will continue their season after this weekend’s championship
for more chances to qualify. This includes the following weekend at the Occidental Invitational on Saturday, May 5. “If we are running like we have been we have a great shot at winning the title,” said Sauter.
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April 25, 2012
No. 5 ranked Kingsmen tennis brings a new culture to CLU on and off the court S
inéad Vaughan Staff Writer
Having talent can make you a good team, but having talent on the court and chemistry off the court can make you a No. 5 nationally ranked force. That force is CLU men’s tennis program. With an overall record of 136, a SCIAC record of 5-1, and a record of 8-6 against nationally ranked opponents, it is hard to believe that the tennis team could be anything other than serious about tennis. And while they are serious about winning and making an impact in the national tournament, they get through the season with a diverse group, a sense of humor, much banter, and a “family dinner table” vibe about them. “We have team jokes and we joke around a lot,” said junior captain and Frenchman, Thomas Millet. Millet knows the comical banter is part of what makes them so successful. The Kingsmen’s No. 1 Nicholas Ballou also recognizes that the team’s outside chemistry plays a huge role. Ballou loves to contribute to the comedy surrounding Millet and his Brazilian teammate Marcelo Sousa. “[Millet] and [Sousa] are the international duo. We all love speaking in their accents,” Ballou said. “They bring so much comedy to the team.” Teammates joke that Sousa is
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World Wide Kingsmen: Frenchman Thomas Millet, left, and Brazilian Mareclo Sousa, right, compete together for CLU in doubles play. the beautiful supermodel face of the tennis team. Millet has been the brunt of other jokes for being older than his teammates at 27 years old. Freshman teammate Myles Moore has no problem reminding Millet of that fact.
“[Millet] brings the age to the team. He balances out my young age,” Moore said. “There is a lot of balancing, about nine years of balancing out age between us.” The coaches bring their own comic relief to the team. “They encourage us to be
funny and will even start it up to get us going,” Ballou said. But Millet, Sousa and others take the jokes with a smile and know that it wouldn’t be CLU tennis without the comedy. “We are really good friends with each other. I think it’s a
really nice thing and helps the chemistry on the court. It is more like a family,” Sousa said. With teammates from California, Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania, Brazil and France, there is never a dull moment. On the court teammate Cody Kowalczyk is far from home and this kind of fun team bond is something he appreciates. “These guys are my brothers and family which is such a great feeling when you’re going to school out-of-state and away from your own family,” Kowalczyk said. Justin Wilson is the only senior that the Kingsmen tennis family will lose. Wilson is excited to finish up the rest of this season with hopes of success in the national tournament. Ballou and doubles partner Ray Worley are also excited about their chances at a national title as they are ranked No. 1 in the west region and No. 2 in the nation. “I am looking forward to winning a national title with [Ballou],” said Worley. With confidence, comedy, diversity and talent, the CLU tennis program has found a way to make themselves known on the national level. Every time they step foot on the court they are one unit. “We became No. 5 in the nation for a reason. We come together at every practice, at every match and every trip,” Ballou said. “We win together and lose together.”
Kingsmen head into SCIAC tournament as No. 2 J
osh Hibbert Staff Writer
The No. 5 regionally ranked Kingsmen had a busy week with three games in five days taking on Cal Tech and Claremont on the road and ending their regular season at home to Whittier. CLU swept Cal Tech in a 9-0 victory matching their fourth three-game winning streak during this season’s campaign. At the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in doubles, Nick Ballou and Ray Worley, and Thomas Millet and Marcelo Sousa, won their respective matches 8-2. Justin Wilson and Cody Kowalczyk did not surrender a single game, winning their match 8-0 on the day. Wilson, Millet and Sousa cruised to 6-1, 6-0 victories over their opponents while their teammates Worley and Kowalczyk both recorded clean sheets sweeping 6-0, 6-0 in singles. “I was very impressed from the effort that all my teammates are putting in every single match,” Sousa said. “I still think we can
improve a lot our double skills to have better results.” Next up was a SCIAC battle for first place between the final undefeated teams in conference of California Lutheran University and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Kingsmen were hoping to end their nine-match losing streak against the No. 6 Stags which dates back to 2005. Ballou and Worley were in top form earning all three of the Kingsmen’s team points for the match after starting off the day with an 8-4 win over the Stags’ Warren Wood and Nik Marino. Ballou again defeated Wood in singles at the No. 1 spot with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Ballou’s partner Worley defeated Robbi Erani at the No. 3 singles spot with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory. CLU came up short on the day losing 6-3 on the road and dropped four out of six single matches in straight sets. With that result, CLU drops to second place in conference with a half game advantage over third place Redlands. “Coach Mike Gennette’s
knowledge about tennis has helped us a lot this year,” Sousa said. “He always comes up with something new that will boost our game level and we still believe we can end the season ranked in the top five and get good results in the SCIAC tournament.” The Kingsmen bounced back Saturday, April 21, to defeat Whittier 8-1. The Kingsmen swept their opponents in doubles competition with three victories in straight sets. Wilson ended his regular season collegiate career with wins in both singles and doubles. After defeating his opponent 8-2 in doubles with his partner Connor Treacy, the senior finished the day with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Poets’ Patricio Carregha. The top five singles players won their respective matches in straight sets to end their regular season with a record of 5-1. CLU clinched the No. 2 seed in the SCIAC tournament and will face Cal Tech in the first round at Redlands on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m.
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Kingsmen Double Trouble: Ray Worley and Nick Ballou continue to dominate as CLU’s top doubles pairing.
Published on Apr 25, 2012