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California Lutheran University Student Newspaper


Vol. 59 Number 1

Relay for Life debuts on campus S


Jayvaughn Nettles battles his way back to the basketball court


6 Ribbons fly at the peace pole during Martin Luther King chapel service

Opinion “You can’t just wake up one morning and decide you don’t want to be married anymore, unless you’re Kim Kardashian.” — Rocio Sanchez, pg. 8

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amantha Dela Cruz Staff Writer

Cancer does not just affect one person; it affects families and communities. For the first time, CLU students get a chance to battle cancer themselves alongside those who are suffering. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is coming to California Lutheran University, providing students the opportunity to participate in a 24-hour walk to raise money for cancer research. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 25 in Mt. Clef Stadium. The event will begin with an opening ceremony and survivor lap and end on Sunday morning with the Fight Back Ceremony. Saturday evening also will host a luminaria ceremony, where bags with candles inside will light up the track in honor of those who have battled cancer. While the CLU community previously has participated with the Conejo Valley Relay for Life, this year they wanted to bring the event to its own campus. The event committee has organized games, activities, and local band performances to entertain participants and spectators throughout the walk. “This event will bring the CLU community together to celebrate their cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and raise much needed funds and awareness to fight back against a disease that affects so many,” said Cristina Markiewicz, the event chair for the 2012 Relay for Life at CLU. “That’s why communities all across the nation unite to fight the battle against cancer. They are fighting for a [See RELAY, Page 7]

CLU survey to evaluate leadership I

vy Emmons Staff Writer

CLU students will be given the opportunity to be a part of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership survey. The survey was given to students in spring of 2009 and will occur again this year. It allows students to strengthen their leadership skills. “We open doors of opportunity to all students and empower them to obtain an education and become leaders in the global community,” the University’s mission statement said. The MSL survey finds the percentage of students involved in leadership around campus. That includes being captain of a sports team, president of a club or even an organizer of an event. “The data from MSL survey assists in learning different things on campus that we [See LEADERSHIP, Page 2]

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Avoiding the painful loss

The Kingsmen baseball team battled back after trailing 6-2 to San Diego Christian. The Kingsmen won the first game in an 11-inning showdown. See Sports, page 12, for full game coverage.

Homelessness Awareness Week puts students outside their comfort zone


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Home Base: Students gather for the Homelessness Awareness Week sleepout event at the flagpole Thursday night.

acie Goff Staff Writer

The Community Service Center at CLU brought Homelessness Awareness Week to campus to help educate participants about the causes and realities of homelessness. Last week, CSC hosted three programs and events regarding homelessness in America. “[The goal is] ultimately to bring awareness to the students and educate them more about issues that affect our community because we do focus on the homeless in Ventura County. We strive to educate them more about the issue, what can be done, how they can help,” Astrid Olivares, California Lutheran University sophomore and student intern for the CSC, said. “It gives them the opportunity to place themselves in a homeless person’s shoes and see life from their perspective, and hopefully gain appreciation for what they have,” Olivares said. Olivares explained how in the past there has always been a panel. This year, however, it was decided to show a documentary instead. On Wednesday, “The Human Experience” screened in Overton Hall. “It’s a story about two brothers; the youngest was born into an abusive home and his dad was an alcoholic and he comes across the question of what it’s like to be human and what the meaning of life is. They go through three different experiences and try to see life from those perspectives,” Olivares said.

Junior Lynzi Tarango said the documentary inspired her to attend the sleep-out the following day. “It was about putting yourself outside of your comfort zone and sharing in other people’s everyday experiences,” Tarango said. On Thursday the sleep-out was held at the flagpole. During the sleep-out, participants worked together to create shelters out of materials such as cardboard boxes and egg cartons. These would serve as their homes throughout the night, with concrete for their floor. A CSC sign told of the major causes of homelessness, which were listed as mental illness, domestic violence, inability to pay the rent, unaffordable healthcare and addictions. The evening’s program included a pop quiz and a homelessness continuum game, which Olivares said had scenarios that allowed for participants to see the difference between chronic and episodic homelessness. In the morning, there was breakfast and a quick reflection. The final event took place at United Methodist Church, an overnight shelter, in Thousand Oaks on Friday evening. Students met at CLU on Friday and then went to United Methodist where they served food and talked with the homeless at the shelter. Students not staying the night left on Friday, while those spending the night stayed to watch a film and sleep there. In the [See HOMELESS, Page 3]

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NEWS T.O. safely holds ranking as low-crime city T

ommy Schofield Staff Writer

THOUSAND OAKS — Thousand Oaks was once again voted as one of the safest cities in America. According to the ranking done by the “Business Insider,” Thousand Oaks was ranked 12th for America’s safest cities in 2011. Thousand Oaks has fewer law enforcement officials than other cities similar in population size. “Staffing levels for different police agencies typically look at population,” Bill Ayub, Thousand Oaks assistant police chief said. “Thousand Oaks has one of the lowest number of officers per 1,000 residents.” With 27 years of experience in law enforcement, Ayub believes Thousand Oaks continues to uphold a safe environment due to the resources law enforcement has with other cities. These resources helped the city have one of the lowest numbers of recorded crimes in a city with a population over 100,000. While Thousand Oaks law enforcement helps keep the city safe, Fred Miller, director of Campus Public Safety, is responsible for keeping CLU safe. He and his staff collaborate

with the Thousand Oaks Police Department to maintain a safe environment for students. “We work closely with the Thousand Oaks Police Department,” Miller said. “We try to find out what’s going on in the community. It’s a safe community, but there’s still crime in Thousand Oaks.” Miller and the rest of the CPS staff familiarize themselves with the popular crime trends that occur in Thousand Oaks. Some of the noted crimes in the area include bike theft, burglary and car theft. Many students recall the breakin that occurred in the Humanities building and car burglaries. Miller and the CPS team believe events such as these can be avoided with the help of students. They encourage students to report any suspicious activity on campus. Although the campus has experienced criminal activity, the perspective student interest and new student enrollment continues to grow each year. Jessica Butenshon, a junior, feels the safety of Thousand Oaks plays a large part in attracting new students to the university. “I think a lot of students are definitely more willing to come here and more interested once

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Safety First: CLU Public Safety Officers, Chris Hoffman (center) and Bob Marks (right), meet with Director of Campus Public Safety, Fred Miller (left), before they patrol campus. they hear that Thousand Oaks is so safe,” Butenshon said. “It just makes you feel like you not only have a good place to go to school, but you also have a safe place to live.” To maintain a safe environment on campus and in Thousand

Oaks, community involvement is encouraged. The Thousand Oaks Police Department relies heavily on the community’s awareness of suspicious activity. Students living on campus can help maintain a safe environment

for their peers by reporting potential threats to the office of CPS. “Get involved with the community, that’s how you stop that,” Miller said. “Be responsible for yourself and those around you.”

Internet protests cripple Data reveals CLU anti-piracy legislation produces stronger J

oe Woods Staff Writer

For the first time in U.S. legislative history, the Internet has been a major deciding factor in what happens to a bill. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was doing well in the House of Representatives until details surrounding the bill were protested by myriad websites. SOPA was originally intended to combat online piracy and “prevent U.S. support of foreign infringing sites,” according to the SOPA legislation in the House of Representatives. Yet, many people think this bill would have infringed on civil rights and had the potential to be abused. “SOPA was interesting. On one hand, you have copyright holders and on the other you have search engines and civil libertarian groups,” communication professor Sharon Docter said. “Hollywood, GoDaddy. com and the Motion Picture Association of America were all big supporters of the legislation; while Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, civil liberty groups and many other websites were

against it.” The Internet sites against SOPA set up an ambitious project to counteract it. They petitioned the people who use the Internet to help bring a stop to the bill. The petitions reached R.J. Marte, an undergraduate at CLU. “I understand stopping Frostwire and Limewire, [the] bit torrents where you can get stuff that you would normally have to pay a large amount of money for,” Marte said. “[Those sites] in short, take money from the people who provide those products.” He was worried that it would also take down sites that are meant to be free, like the aforementioned web comics. Many people feared that if SOPA is passed, Facebook and Google would have been affected. Google could be in jeopardy because its search engine could be used to find sites that commit online piracy, and Facebook could be affected because many of its posting services, such as pictures and video, are used by copyright infringers to get pirated content on the web.

Google, Wikipedia, even sites on Tumbler, took up arms and provided ways for people to quickly participate in the protest against the legislation. Petitions, going dark and encouragement to contact representatives were all used in hopes of influencing the votes on SOPA. “What has happened in the last week has been remarkable in terms of how it has influenced Congress,” Docter said. “Going dark, among other things, had a quick influence [and it] was able to turn public sentiment around.” After President Obama declared that he would not support the bill, votes in the House changed. “I think it was probably in favor by about 30 votes in House, but then it lost favor and the opposition increased by about 50 to 60 votes,” Marte said. With the opposition to the bill in its current state, Congress has decided to shelve the deliberations on the legislation. Many think SOPA will never see the light of day. Yet, the fight between copyright holders and Internet piracy still remains.

leadership qualities [LEADERSHIP, from Page 1] can do in order to form leaders,” Kristin Price, assistant director of Student Life said. “Students are encouraged to openly and honestly answer questions based on their experience before and during college.” Other universities are participating in the MLS survey. “It’s a national survey; there are several universities participating enabling us to see where we rank in regards to other schools,” Price said. An example of student leadership on campus is senior Chelsea Campbell, president of the American Medical Student Association. “I think that as a president you should work on the same level as your other officers. I think you should work with the other people in your club and demonstrate instead of delegate,” Campbell said. The results from the survey show which programs and events, educational and recreational, are helping students become better

leaders, and which ones should be changed to help benefit the students for a global society. “You are always going to need someone to take the lead. It’s a good quality to have because people need to know how to take initiative,” Campbell said. Students will receive an email allowing them to participate in the MSL survey. There will be three separate reminders about the survey. “I think a survey about leadership would help bring awareness to how many leaders really exist on campus. Society has such a jaded idea that a leader is well-known and powerful,” said junior Sarah Thiele. Those students who complete the survey have the possibility of winning a free bike or gift card to places such as Buca di Beppo, Starbucks or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. CLU will receive the data from the MSL survey in August to see if there was any growth since 2009.

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Camp Out: Zepeda and Rowan test out their bed for the sleepout at the flagpole on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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Boxed In: Sophomores Sandra Zepeda and Lisa Rowan begin to break down cardboard boxes to contruct a shelter to sleep in Thursday, Jan. 26.

Homelessness hits home for students [HOMELESS, from Page 1] morning, the students served breakfast and left by 7 a.m. The overnight experience was open to CLU students, staff and administrative staff. Students named experiencing alternate perspectives, awareness and understanding among reasons for participating. “One reason is definitely to see a different perspective. We always talk about homelessness, but it’s great to understand other ways of living,” sophomore Wayne Swinson “People don’t realize how many people in our nation are homeless. Many of those are children.”

Lisa Rowan, sophomore and CSC student intern, explained there are many misconceptions about the homeless population. “A lot of people don’t realize that a lot of homeless people can afford a car. They might have a job, but they just can’t afford housing or to pay rent,” Rowan said. As far as what one can do to help out, Rowan said she wants to start carrying coupons for items such as food so that she knows they will be used in the proper way. Swinson suggests that students use the Internet to find soup kitchens and shelter volunteer opportunities. “Changing perceptions is the easiest thing we can work on,” Swinson said.

Veterans enrollment triples A

mir Ibraham Staff Writer

California Lutheran University welcomed 59 transfers, which included one foreign exchange student, two veterans and 14 freshmen. The number of military veterans has also tripled in three years, from 29 veterans in fall of 2008 to now 95 in spring 2011. There are 18 fewer transfer students than fall. Ninety percent of the transfers came from other schools in California. One of the many reasons students choose to attend CLU is because of its financial aid program. “I chose to attend CLU because they

gave me the most money and I love southern California weather,” freshman Hannah Moraes said. Many students also attend CLU because of the small class sizes. “I came to CLU because I love the small learning environment it offers,” said freshman Phillip Dagado. “The campus is also very beautiful and peaceful.” While many students chose this university for its small class sizes and warm weather, many students chose to attend California Lutheran University to continue playing sports at the collegiate level. “I decided to come to CLU to play volleyball,” freshman Erin Parks said.

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EXTRAS 1/20/12: Vandalism to exit signs inside Trinity Hall was reported. Tampering with or removing emergency signage is a criminal offense. The investigation is continuing. 1/23/12: Public Safety responded to a possible drunk driver on campus in the parking lot west of West Hall. Thousand Oaks Police responded and arrested the driver for driving under the influence of alcohol. 1/26/12: Public Safety officers on patrol noticed a fire in the Mt. Clef Apartments (non CLU-owned property), on the northeast corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard. The fire department was contacted and responded. Public Safety officers assisted in the evacuation of the apartments and assisted in containing the fire to one apartment before the fire department arrived. A woman, who did not attend CLU, died in the blaze. 1/27/12: A Public Safety officer found two individuals in the Preus-Brandt Forum while locking up the library. Individuals had vandalized the Forum, a restroom and a painting in the library atrium. The officer pursued them and detained one while awaiting the Thousand Oaks Police. Police arrested the individual detained and identified and arrested the second individual at his residence. Both were charged with felony vandalism. The suspects were not CLU students according to university spokeswoman Karin Grennan Information provided by Campus Public Safety.

Senior Update

The Counseling Center will hold a meeting for veterans and active-duty students Thursday at 5 p.m. in Room 130 in the Counseling Center building. Resident assistant and peer adviser applications are now available. Applications are due Feb. 6. The Senate appointed Cristopher Sugleris senior senator for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Senate approved the Anime Club for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Senate allocated $450 to the K&R Cycling Club for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Senate allocated $500 to Club Italia for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Senate allocated $750 to the Pilates Club for the 2011-2012 academic year. 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.

Tips from the Career Center Start your search for a summer internship. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Class of 2012

1/18/12: A bike was reported missing from the bike rack outside Thompson Hall.

ASCLU-G Senate Minutes Monday, Jan. 30, Meeting

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Attend the Resume Writing workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Roth Nelson Room. Remember to upload your resume to for review.

Senior Pride Committee The 100 Days Party is Thursday at Sunset Hills Country Club. For more information, visit seniors

I feel like only yesterday I was going through freshman orientation. I will miss all my friends here, but I know we will support each other in our future endeavors.” Mira Brown Class of 2012

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FEATURES A farewell to film: movie theaters go all-digital T

aylor Lampela Staff Writer

The winter holiday is one of the busiest times for the movies with new releases coming out left and right. After working hours upon hours of selling people their tickets, I’ll go back and actually see the movies that keep selling out night after night. I saw a lot of good ones, from “Tintin” to “Sherlock Holmes” to the vastly underrated and fantastic “Arthur Christmas.” I could spend this whole time talking about one of those movies, but there’s something else on my mind about the movies, something very few people ever really think about. Movie theater projection. The movie theater I work for in Bakersfield went completely digital at the beginning of this month. Which means no more 35mm film projectors. Call me old-fashioned, but I’ll miss them. The projection booth feels so empty without the massive spinning tables with the huge reels of film weaving around multiple spools to be blasted with light and project the image onto the screen. A 35mm print of a movie comes in large orange boxes about two feet tall. Some movies are so

long that it has to come in two of these boxes. For example, the 35mm print of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” came in two boxes weighing nearly 100 pounds combined. They hold the entire film in nine large reels that the projectionist has to splice together with a special tape to play it. Then, when the movie’s run is over, detach and rewind it into its nine original reels to send back. It’s cool to pick up those orange boxes and know you’re holding the movie in your hands. Something I now own is the trailer for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” You know, those two-minute previews before the movie when you eat all your popcorn before the movie even starts. I’ve been nicking the 35mm movie trailers from the booth for years, and I’ve amassed a good collection for me and my sister. The trailers are sent separately or along with the movie and also have to be spliced on individually and then detached. Once the movie has been released, the trailers are, in essence, obsolete and then either sent to the discount theater, or thrown away, or taken by me or my sister. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trailer is three and a half minutes long

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Goodbye: Traditional film reels are becoming a thing of the past as movie theaters switch to digital projectors. and in a tightly wound spool, it is about six inches in circumference. And that’s only three minutes of film. It puts into perspective how long a full movie is, especially one that’s over two hours long. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” a nearly four hour long movie, almost didn’t fit on the platters that hold the movie. While being an all-digital theater has its benefits, being that

The Morning Glory shines on students’ artistic talents CLU magazine showcases art, written word and music


ulia Kemp Staff Writer

Students are offered a way to showcase their artistic and musical abilities in The Morning Glory publication, set to be released later this semester. The Morning Glory was founded in 1971 by English professor J.T. Ledbetter as a creative way for students, faculty and alumni to share original work. Each year in May, one issue is produced by the staff of the Morning Glory after hours of work. The Morning Glory is two-time finalist for the ACP National Peacemakers Award, which is given annually for excellence in American student journalism. “It’s a labor of love for the students involved, putting it together and showing what these students have to offer,” said junior and current editor-

in chief, Judith Newlin. The staff at the Morning Glory consists of editors, interns, art directors, sound producers and many more students who start selecting content in midFebruary.

The Morning Glory is a true representation of CLU’s positive impact on artists and writers, past and present.” Joseph McGriff Senior

“Interns have various tasks, the most important of which is weighing in on the choices of written submission and scoring them. This process really helps determine what goes into the finished magazine,” said senior Michelle Kane. Members of the Morning Glory staff have their own jobs, but they come together to to produce a magazine that students, faculty and alumni can be proud of and remember for years to come. “Submitting something to the Morning Glory is a great way for students to get their creative work in print and share their

talents with the rest of the CLU community,” Kane said. Senior Joseph McGriff was published in last year’s Morning Glory with his poem “Ode to Percival.” “It was a great honor to be selected to the Morning Glory. I am a transfer student so last year was my first time being able to submit and I got in. Also, one of my biggest role models, Dr. Ledbetter, started the Morning Glory so that adds another level of honor to being published in it.” McGriff said The Morning Glory allows students to freely express themselves through all forms of art. “The Morning Glory is a chance for students like myself to showcase the hard work that we do in the creative field of study. The Morning Glory is a true representation of CLU’s positive impact on artists and writers, past and present,” said McGriff. The submission deadline for this year’s issue of The Morning Glory is Feb. 10. If any studnets are interested in submitting an article or a piece of art, send them to morningglory@clunet. edu.

all you have to do is press play and the clarity is also really nice, there’s still a feeling of nostalgia for the film projectors. The movie theaters have always been the place to see movies on film since we live in such a digitally-centric world today. I just think this is such a cool part of going to the movies that very few people know about or get to see, and that’s why it’s a

tragedy that movies are reduced to a hard drive where someone just has to push play. It no longer takes the intricate skills to put together a movie, play it and send it back. Don’t get me wrong, I love the resolution and amazing quality of the digital projection system, but since I grew up with the film projectors and then got the opportunity to see them in action, it’s hard to let it go.

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Quotes: If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be? Danaelle Arroyo

Graham Jameson

Racism. Nobody should be judged by the color of their skin.”

Kate Cabebe

Religion. It has caused more bad than good in the world.”

Kelly DeRose

Long lines outside of In-NOut burger.”

Poverty. Because everyone deserves to have a comfortable life.”

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Moment of Reflection: CLU students, faculty and staff watch as President Kimball speaks on the difficulties of being an advocate for peace at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Chapel Service.

Remembering King Jr.’s contributions


ara Anderson

Freelance Writer

Ribbons were cut and hung on the CLU Peace Pole during the Martin Luther King Day service on Jan. 25. The strips of fabric, gospel music and “I Have a Dream” recitation honored the late civil rights activist and affirmed the university’s commitment to peace. King’s non-violent movement emphasized the need for man to overcome oppression and violence, through peaceful means. The ceremony was attended by CLU students, faculty, alumni and members of the community. President Chris Kimball spoke

on the difficulty of achieving peace and the real meaning behind the word. “We often incorrectly think of peace as the end of war rather than a permanent state of being,” he said. In 2010, CLU dedicated a Peace Pole outside the chapel. The pole is inscribed with nine different languages as a visual reminder that we are people of peace. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the dedication of the Peace Pole after the weekly chapel service, which on Martin Luther King Jr. Day emphasized his teachings.

Snip Snip: Crystal Guzman cuts ribbons to hand out to CLU students. In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; at the time racial issues

divided the United States. He viewed the award as a burden and a commission to work even harder at accomplishing equal rights. At the ceremony, pastor Scott Maxwell-Doherty described what the Peace Pole is meant to symbolize. “It is a reminder that people of many faiths and many traditions are people of peace,” he said. Those in attendance were able to take a symbolic, tangible piece of this concept with them when student volunteers cut and distributed the colorful ribbons wrapped around the pole. Reflective of these accomplishments were the titles of the hymns. The hymns “We Shall Overcome” and “Goodness is stronger than Evil,” played during the ceremony. The congregation was invited to

Peace Prayer: Pastor Melissa Maxwell-Doherty speaks to inspire the CLU community to commit to peace at the ceremony on Jan. 25 while President Chris Kimball looks on. respond to the phrase “Let there be peace on earth” with “and let it begin with me” in unison. The service ended with a video postlude of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” The inspirational lyrics of that song were coupled with images of past and present injustices in the world. Student Kali Hill, member of the church council, was moved by the event. “It was a very inspirational,” Hill said.

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Barry Burns inspires through digital expression N

icole Mangona Staff Writer

With a swipe of the paintbrush, small touchups here and there and a few clicks of the mouse, Barry Burns can transform a photo of a young woman into one of a 75-year-old. This is just one of the projects Burns, professor of multimedia at CLU, has asked his students to create with Adobe Photoshop. The inspiration for the projects stems from Burns’ childhood. “I was born in the glow of the television set,” Burns said. “Television was all around me, and I wanted to be a part of it.” Burns’ love for television led him to the University of Houston where he received his bachelor of fine arts degree. During his first year of college, he discovered the realm of animation and knew multimedia was the industry he wanted to pursue. “I enjoy re-animating historical faces and taking the unfilmed into filmed,” Burns said. “It’s interesting to see what these historical figures really looked like in film and taking their photos into animation.” Along with animation, Burns has created pieces in numerous multimedia industries, including graphic communication, 3D projection,

illustration and broadcast. His works have also been published in eight books on neuroscience. After working for Andromeda Software, Inc. Burns came to California Lutheran University in 1996 to teach part time. In 16 years of teaching, Burns has influenced both multimedia majors and those outside the multimedia department. “I became a multimedia major because of Barry. He helped me fall in love with graphic design and the unlimited possibilities to express and challenge myself through virtual media,” sophomore Giselle Fernandez said. Sophomore Mayra Ruiz, currently pursuing her degree in communication, also commented on Burns’ influence. “I learned to think outside the box, which is essential to any major, and that it's ok to start all over on a project even if you’re halfway done with the original,” Ruiz said. “Once you start over, it's easier to organize your ideas and take the best bits and pieces from your original work.” Burns has learned just as much from his students as they have from him. “My students have taught me that learning comes through achievable challenges that are intriguing and fun,” he said.

Photo by Melina Esparza - Staff Photographer

Modern-day Monet: Barry Burns stands in front of artwork created by his students in multimedia classes. For students interested in working in the multimedia field, Burns advises them to save all their work and test them with people. “Listen to what people think about your work and don’t take the suggestions personally,” Burns said. He also explained that being friendly and polite is important in multimedia because an

agreeable personality can often lead to a job. Burns is working on Project Subway, a series that displays student work in the Student Union Building. Last semester’s Lady Gaga Fashion Show began the project. Students from Burns’ computer graphics course were asked to design a couture costume for Lady Gaga’s tour. The next series

is “From Age to Age” in which students use Adobe Photoshop to make themselves look 75 years old. “I love thinking that one day students will see how close they came to imagining how they might appear in their golden years,” Burns said. “I hope they gain confidence in themselves and can translate their skills into their work.”

Campaign against cancer Deal websites comes to Cal Lutheran make outings more affordable [RELAY, from page 1]

world with less cancer and more birthdays.” There are currently over 20 teams and 120 participants signed up in the CLU Relay for Life. Groups of students make up teams that work individually and collectively to raise as much money as possible for the cause. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times and each individual is encouraged to raise at least $100 in sponsorship money. “You don’t want to see cancer affect any more lives if you can

do something to stop it,” said Cris Sugleris, a senior at CLU and team captain of The Tumornators. “It’s about honoring those for surviving cancer.” With such a large community present, there are many opportunities for discussion and comfort. Relay for Life also hopes to inform attendees on the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. “Each person who shares the Relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of

our loved ones or claim another year of anyone’s life,” Markiewicz said. The American Cancer Society hopes that Relay for Life will bring communities together for one common cause, no matter who is affected. Although the 24-hour period may seem long and exhausting, it reminds participants that cancer never sleeps. Students who are interested in participating, or for more information, go to CaliforniaLutheranUniversityCA or contact Cristina Markiewicz at




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aria Castrehon Staff Writer

At the rate the U.S. economy is going it comes as no surprise that Americans are often looking to save a few extra dollars. As the years progress and debt piles up, people look for ways to stretch their dollars by not spending too much on a certain item.


ost businesses use it to increase their clientele but they don’t get money back unless consumers use their coupons.

There are deals like those offered by on places that offer fun activities and the deals for college students at many restaurants, movie theaters and stores that sell electronics. The Apple store offers college students discounts on their items and free items with certain purchases. offers discounts on expensive outings and places to take your significant other on a date, hang out with friends or explore new hobbies. is one of the fastest growing online discount businesses. It caters to the needs and interests of each individual and offers local deals. “I began using LivingSocial because a lot of my friends were talking about all the good deals they were getting around their area,” said Melissa Keena, senior at CLU. “It was then when I realized all the great things I had been missing out on. There are great discounts and not to mention it helps if you are on a budget and want to go out and have fun.” There are advantages and disadvantages to discounts and deals that are offered to the average consumer. Most businesses use them to increase their clientele but they don’t get that money back unless consumers use their coupons. “I find coupons to be somewhat inconvenient,” said CLU alumna Victoria Anne Nigro. “Not only do they always have a catch, sometimes it is easier to just pay the full price and get it over with. Maybe if I would put in the effort to pay attention to some deals I would save some money, but I just don’t want to deal with it.”

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Five things couples do that annoy everyone Rocio Sanchez

Some things couples do on a regular basis makes me appreciate that I was never a victim of an unhealthy relationship. If my comments toward couples offend, annoy or even anger you, I guess we can call it even. 1) Break up to make up Don’t ask me for advice and bore me with hour long venting about how you cannot stand your boyfriend or girlfriend, but then decide to break up with them and get back together three days later. I can understand if couples do that just for the make up sex, but leave us all out of it. There are couples who make it a Twitter and Facebook fight, or get into their Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” mood only to fall back into a Jazmine Sullivan’s, “I Need You Bad” mood. Do us all a favor and make up your minds because the day you decide to get too comfortable will be the day your significant other will move on to someone else. Then, you will really need to vent, and nobody will be there to hear it. If you are already in an unsteady relationship, are you

sure contemplating marriage with him or her is smart? You can’t just wake up one morning and decide you don’t want to be married anymore, unless you’re Kim Kardashian. The sad truth is, according to, “About 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce.” Talk about a buzz kill. 2) Cheat on each other like a take-home midterm We’ve all seen couples who make us wonder why they are even in relationships. How many times does someone have to cheat on you until you realize the relationship is just not going to work? Whether you’re the one doing the cheating or the one who is knowingly being cheated on, here is some advice; stop being Too Short’s favorite word, and take the initiative to end it. Unfortunately, if your partner is cheating, you will probably have no idea but the rest of the world will. That’s what keeps us single people entertained. 3) “Now she wants a photo, you already know though” You guys are dating. We get it. You don’t have to prove this to the universe by constantly posting pictures on Facebook. You guys look like a joke. Not hating, I’m just saying. I don’t know what’s more pathetic, that some couples need constant feedback on how their relationship looks, or that some couples really put in time and

effort to prove how in love they are. Couples who feel the need to have photo shoots like junior high buddy pictures make me wonder if they do it intentionally for people to see them and get attention. 4) It’s not official if it’s not Facebook official In a relationship or not, people post on Facebook what they want people to know. It’s more annoying to me when couples do it. Some couples post things like, “Babe, I’m coming over” or “Thanks for taking me to dinner, and paying for it,” for others to see. Obviously you want people to know, but do you really mean it? Or do you want people to think you guys are just the cutest thing? “I feel like some couples put their whole relationship on Facebook so everyone can see it, and they can get attention,” CLU junior Nicolby Atallah said. “It’s just really immature and annoying.” What’s funny to me is some couples act like they aren’t in a committed relationship unless it says “in a relationship” on Facebook. That’s like saying if you choose not to post your birth date information on your profile, you don’t have a birthday because you were never born. 5) All the other annoying stuff Couples that hold hands and

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That’s the Power of Love: Rocio Sanchez and Steve Brazil pose for some precious moments and illustrate how annoying Facebook couples can be. take up the whole sidewalk while walking 10 steps per hour, then stop to shove each other’s tongues down each other’s throats. Can you get a room? Or even a car? How about when you ask your friend if he or she wants to go out, and they respond with, “We will be there.” Since when are couples so dependent on each other that they become a package deal? “Sometimes I feel like I can’t do anything with them separately.

It seems like their world revolves around that one person, and there is just no balance,” junior Ally Crocker said. Then there are couples who give each other nicknames like: muffin, honey bun, sweetie pie, and butter-cup. Hungry much? The most annoying thing of all is that the couples reading this will admit to at least one of the things I said, shrug their shoulders and continue doing it. Please just realize that we all hate you.

CLU needs to create more space for artists Nicole Tracy

The art department desperately needs new buildings and more space. The condition of the department facilities, specifically the K Building, the ceramics studio and the F Building with the drawing and sculpture studio, are not in great shape. This negatively affects the students and staff by hindering work and teaching. Art department Chairman Michael Pearce describes them as being in “horrible shape.” “We need high ceilings, open space, north-facing windows,” Pearce said.

His main concern is with the drawing studio in the F Building. “The drawing studio is obviously not a proper studio... There’s no proper lighting, the lighting changes constantly and the space is so crowded, we can’t get to our students,” Pearce said. The studio itself is small, but during class time with the students and their supplies, the room equipment and with the professor present, moving around is not really a possibility; it’s a tripping hazard. It’s also difficult to establish a routine for students because five sections share the same space and each section requires a specific setup for students to draw. Moving the setups is not always possible so the students often work around the obstructions. Campus officials have noted the issues the art department is facing and steps are being taken to deal with the problems.

“We had a long discussion about what we need and have,” Pearce said. An attendee of the big meeting was the Vice President of Administration and Finance Karen Davis. She shares the art faculty’s concerns about the lack of space and the impact it could have on students creative endeavors. “We have a strategic planning process. We want to get rid of old buildings, but do it right,” Davis said. Davis and others involved in the strategic planning process would rather create new buildings to fit the art department’s needs, rather than spend the money updating and fixing the old buildings. “It’s encouraging that the administration is being so enthusiastic in pursuing a better situation for the art department. We know you can’t just pop up a place. We feel (the

administration’s) discomfort and lots of desire to help,” Pearce said. The combined efforts of the art department and administration are reassuring, but it may be a few years before plans for new spaces are realized and [It will be] put into place. known as one In the of the leading meantime, centers in the f u n d i n g United States might be for giving used to put students a solid up another foundation studio like in traditional those found methodology in the K for painting, Building for drawing and currently sculpting....” enrolled art students. Michael Pearce Until then, Davis said Art Department that the Chairman department can find a way

to make do with their current situation. “The [art] faculty are creative and make the best of what they have,” Davis said. Pearce certainly does so by using the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture to host exhibits by “Bela Bacsi, Mia Tavonatti, Cyn McCurry, Christopher Marshall and Christophe Cassidy, the Distillery Collective, Morgan Alexander (Photographs) and many other artists,” according to Pearce’s faculty profile. The more attention brought to the art department and its facilities the better. Pearce is already thinking towards the future for his department. “[It will be] known as one of the leading centers in the United States for giving students a solid foundation in traditional methodology for painting, drawing and sculpting,” he said.

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Giving your child a tattoo is child abuse Krysten Jones

When people think of childhood, cartoon shows, candy or laser tag may come to mind. Unfortunately, that is not the case for a 10-year-old boy who sports a permanent tattoo because his mother thought it was a good idea to allow it. If that isn’t child abuse, then I don’t know what is. According to an ABC News report on Jan. 19, Cobb County, Ga., mother Chuntera Napier stated that she felt touched when her son, Gaquan Napier, asked her if he could get a commemorative tattoo of his brother’s name. Napier’s eldest son, Malik Napier, was hit and killed by a

teenage driver in Macon, Ga., about two years ago. He was only 12 years old. ABC News reported that Gaquan was with Malik at the time of his death. Since then, the Napiers have been grieving over their loss, which led the 10-year-old to ask his mother for the tattoo. As reported in The Huffington Post on Jan. 19, Napier took Gaquan to a tattoo artist in Smyrna, Ga., for a tattoo featuring her eldest son’s name, former basketball jersey number, and “R.I.P.” It wasn’t long before someone at Gaquan’s school noticed the tattoo and reported it to authorities. The mother was then arrested and charged with misdemeanor cruelty and being party to a crime, based on The Huffington Post report. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Jan. 18 that Napier claimed she was unaware that it was illegal for a minor to

get a tattoo, since she gave consent. However, police officials referred to a Georgia law passed in 2010 that clearly states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except for a physician or osteopath.” One theory formulated by authorities was that Napier became aware of the law when she made an attempt to take her son to a professional tattoo shop, before deciding to take him to an amateur artist who was willing to do the job. It’s surprising that Napier would allow her 10-year-old to get a tattoo. It’s even more shocking that she was able to find a tattoo artist willing to permanently ink the child. Tattoo artist Todd Aarik Reich from Nathan’s Tattoos and Piercing in Canoga Park has worked in the industry for 10 years and feels that no parent should allow their child to get a tattoo.

“I think it’s foolish to let a minor get a tattoo regardless of its subject matter,” Reich said. “You’re making a permanent decision for a 10-year-old, which sounds like child abuse to me. I’m also a father, and I couldn’t even imagine that. I don’t even like the thought of my daughter getting a tattoo when she’s 18 and I’m heavily tattooed.” California law states that customers have to be at least 18 with valid identification to get a tattoo. Reich said some tattoo artists in California aren’t properly trained and are able to tattoo illegally. Not only does this give a bad rep to law-abiding professionals, but it also poses major health risks. “[We] in the professional community of tattooists are trying to push regulations so that it will make it illegal for that to happen,” Reich said. “I’m more concerned with the moral and health issues be-

cause you’re breaking the skin and working with blood borne pathogens. If you’re not trained properly about blood borne pathogens and cross contamination, you’re going to get people sick.” I can’t even imagine this happening to anyone, let alone a child. California authorities should strictly enforce the law. Some professional studios include the law on their websites or answering machines, such as Prix Body Adornment in West Hollywood. As a previous customer at both shops, I can attest to the fact that both places take pride in their work and cleanliness, all while following the California laws. As much as I sympathize with the Napiers’ loss, Chuntera Napier should feel guilty for permanently scarring her child who will most likely not want the tattoo by the time he’s 18. There are other ways of legally getting through tragic losses.

Campus Public Safety doesn’t need pepper spray Matt Young

Using pepper spray on students at CLU is a completely ridiculous and unnecessary course of action. Currently, security officers at California Lutheran University do not carry pepper spray. However, they may soon start. CLU’s Director of Campus Public Safety Fred Miller, was recently quoted in the Ventura County Star saying that the security department is looking into getting pepper spray. While this may be necessary for security officers at larger universities, the notion of using public control mechanisms such as pepper spray against CLU students is just plain silly. The issue of pepper spray has become a hotbed topic of late, particularly due to its overzealous use by security officers at an Occupy movement protest at University of California, Davis. This abuse of power reached

the international spotlight after a video of it went viral on YouTube. To truly appreciate how absurd of an idea using pepper spray against CLU students is, you have to understand the student population. The entire student population totals 4,103; with 2,713 undergraduates, 1,390 graduate students and approximately 1,500 students living on campus. These relatively small number,

The only time that you should use pepper-spray is in selfdefense or the defense of others.” Fred Miller, Director of Campus Public Safety

coupled with the fact CLU is a private, religious school located in one of the nation’s safest cities, suggests the student population is very unlikely to organize a large-scale protest, let alone a violent one that would require the use of crowd control mechanisms. That being said, however, a reasonable cause for Campus Safety to consider carrying pepper spray is for their own

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self-defense and the defense of the students. While rare, there have occasionally been incidents at CLU where student safety is threatened by outside forces; such as the incident last year when a man broke into the Humanities building at night and began vandalizing the building. Incidents like these are some of the only rational times a security officer may have to use pepper spray on or around the university. “The only time that you should use pepper spray is in selfdefense or the defense of others,” Miller said. Miller went on to say that pepper spray is among the least

intrusive methods of public control, and that the CLU security department would not use the spray against peaceful protests, such as the ones at UC Davis, which are still under investigation. While allowing pepper spray to be carried by security officers may feel like it is opening the door to more intrusive crowd control devices and non-lethal weapons,that wouldn’t be at CLU. “We don’t need anything more than pepper spray,” Miller said. “Considering our students and the community we are in, I don’t see the need for anything more severe.” While CLU security officers

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c a r r y i n g pepper spray seems like overkill, M i l l e r ’s level headed approach to student Fred Miller safety and public control methods gives me confidence Campus Public Safety, and its officers, will not abuse the new tools they are likely to receive. Optimistically, these new tools could improve both student and faculty safety on campus, and realistically, Campus Public Safety could be adopting much more severe public control methods.

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Regals hit the halfway mark R

obert Ambrose Staff Writer

The Regals basketball team defeated Chapman and Cal Tech on Tuesday and Thursday respectively, before falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday night. The Regals are 12-7 overall, 5-3 in conference play and fourth in SCIAC. Heading into the week, the

Regals were coming off one of their best wins of the season over Occidental. The Chapman game was the final non-conference game of the season and the final time in which the Regals and the Panthers would play each other as non-conference opponents prior to the Panthers joining the SCIAC next season. The game started with the Panthers controlling the tempo

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Lucky Seven: Freshman Keeley Anderson contributed seven points in her 22 minutes against the Beavers Thursday.

going on a 17-6 run. The Regals managed to make adjustments, began to attack the full court press, and closed the half on a 19-7 run which included 10 unanswered points in the final 5:15, giving the Regals a 30-24 halftime lead. The closing to the first half was the turning point of the game, and the Regals never trailed in the second half and had their largest lead of 14 when it was 42-28. Junior Jazmyne Porter carried the Regals with 15 points off the bench in just 18 minutes of playing time. She was a perfect three of three from beyond the arc. The Panthers made things interesting down the stretch, but the Regals prevailed 65-59. The Regals had several key players missing against the Cal Tech Beavers, including Channing Fleischmann, Taylor Autry, Erica Whitley and Meaghan Goodenough. “We were not just resting our players, some of them were injured,” said head coach Roy Dow. “But I do think that their rest will benefit them later in the season.” As a result of resting some of their players, the Regals were able to continue to show their depth. “It was definitely a team effort,” said senior Chelsey Hastigan. “It was great to see what our backups get playing time and see what they

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Hoopin’ Hayley: Sophomore Hayley Jensen had four assists on Thursday night against Cal Tech. are made of.” game at a time,” said Porter on Hastigan was the leading scorer moving forward. of the game with 16 points going Unfortunately for the Regals, they 6-13 from the field including four lost 61-52 on Saturday night to three pointers. CMS, falling just one game behind “We just got to take things one them in the SCIAC standings.

Swim and dive teams send off seniors Kingsmen falter in final home match


indsay Bowden Staff Writer

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – CLU Kingmen’s swim and dive team honored their seniors in the final home meet of the season against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday. The Kingsmen were defeated 159-64 by the Stags, the four-time defending conference champions. The Kingsmen said goodbye to five seniors, captains Grant East and Jake Kaija, and other seniors, Scott Beatty, Jon Rye and Quinlan Smith. “Overall as a group I will miss their humor, it was what got us through hard work and hard times,” coach Tom Dodd said about this year’s seniors. “After four years you get to think of them as old friends that will always be there, so we will feel the loss but it’s also a good thing, they will go on to do great things.” In his final home meet, Grant East placed third in both the 100, and 200-yard freestyle with times of 48.78 and 1:49.2 adding to the score for the Kingsmen. When asked what he would miss most, East said plainly, “Being a collegiate athlete. It’s kind of cool.” He was also the first swimmer to the wall as the leading leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 22.11. The team finished third

overall in the heat. “After last year’s season I am content and couldn’t ask for more,” said East, who like the rest of his team is still looking to finish this season strong. Sophomore Conrad Sheffer was the only victorious Kingsmen, winning the 200-yard individual medley by out-touching CMS swimmer Vincent Pai. Sheffer said this about his swim, “It felt great. Pai is a good IM’er and I knew it was going to be close. So I had to go for it and see if he could hang on.” As for the rest of the season Sheffer said, “It’s taper phase. It’s about staying focused, eating right and saving energy for the next three weeks until SCIAC.” This loss puts their record at 3-3 in the conference and although California Lutheran University has never been able to defeat this CMS team they remain optimistic. “CMS and Redlands men are the best in the conference which gives us someone to chase,” Dodd said. “We got a couple great races and carved out a few victories which looks good for our future.” “They are a more established team, but we are growing and every year we are getting closer,” Sheffer said. The Kingsmen will face off against the Whittier Poets in their last meet of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. They will then go on to conclude their season at the SCIAC Championship Tournament. It will be Feb. 19-21 at the South Gate Swim Stadium.

Regals suffer loss to defending champs


indsay Ehlers Staff Writer

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Regals swim and dive team suffered a loss against the nine-time defending champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags. Despite their loss, the Regals had some noteworthy moments in the last home meet for the senior class, some personal best swims and top-placed swimmers. The Regals swim team is also beginning to prepare for their competition at the SCIAC Championship Tournament. The Regals saw off four of their seniors, Brooke Dacus, Brittany Vientos, Danielle Mooshagian and Jenna Snyder. Snyder finished her last home meet with a second place win in the 100 back event. She finished with a time of 1:03.41. Mimi Harbach, a freshman, also found herself in the winning lane a few times. She won the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley. This is Harbach’s first year swimming at the collegiate level. “It’s very different swimming in college than it is in high school or club,” said Harbach after her 400-yard individual medley. “It’s a lot more swimming, and it is much more competitive.” Freshman Taylor Faust, won the 1,000-

yard freestyle with a time of 11:22.81. Faust had a 20-second lead on the second place CMS finisher. This was the Regals’ last swim meet before the SCIAC championships, they will begin preparing by getting a lot of rest and staying positive. “The girls worked really hard together over winter break and really gelled together as a team,” said Regals head coach Tom Dodd. “As we approach the SCIAC Championship Swim Tournament, I think it’s going to be really important that our swimmers get a lot of rest and are eating healthy giving their bodies the right nutrients for success.” Kelli Miller, a sophomore swimmer for the Regals, won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.82. “I think that we did really well and that we held our own. CMS is a really good team so I really want to try my hardest and swim my best,” Miller said. “Overall I think our team swam very well against CMS.” Miller has been battling a shoulder injury and is trying to heal it as fast as possible before the SCIAC Tournament by doing physical therapy. Miller said eventually she will be looking at undergoing shoulder surgery. Although she is injured, she said that she will still be competing in the SCIAC Tournament with the rest of her teammates. The Regals will be training hard for their SCIAC Championship Swim Tournament which is coming up in a few weeks.

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SPORTS – Page 11

King of the Week: Jayvaughn Nettles S

inead Vaughan Staff Writer

There are certain things in life that some people just cannot live without. For Jayvaughn Nettles that thing is basketball. Nettles is a 6’4” junior from Northridge, Calif. and has played basketball since he was six-years-old, but this year his career at CLU was almost cut short. Nettles did not play in several preseason games this season because of financial hardship. “By the grace of God, and by many prayers from people, things worked out and I was able to register for classes and get back to the team,” Nettles said. Nettles learned to play basketball at a young age from his older brother and has not put down the ball since. He was also guided through his career by Bobby Braswell, his uncle and head coach at California State University Northridge. “Being around him [Braswell] and his teams as a kid, really inspired me to work hard to get to this level,” Nettles said. Nettles’ dream to play in the NBA pushed him to make it to the collegiate level in basketball; with scholarship offers from University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Hawaii and Southern Methodist University. Nettles had many directions he could have taken his basketball career, but he looked at a school closer to home, California Lutheran University. “I turned them down to attend CLU because it was close to home, especially my mom, and the staff and community were extremely

Kingsmen hoops let win slip away


tephen Johnson Staff Writer

The Kingsmen basketball team is still looking for their first conference win on the road after losing to Redlands and the No. 15 Claremont-Mudd Scripps Stags. Redlands defeated the Kingsmen 72-56. Senior Aaron Van Klaveren, who was previously named the SCIAC’s male athlete of the week, earned a double-double with a game high 17 points and 13 rebounds. The Kingsmen faced a tougher test Saturday, traveling to No. 15 CMS, who has only lost once this season. CLU’s largest margin over the Stags was a 39-31 lead before a second half spark by the Stags began shifting the momentum to the home team. With 10 minutes remaining in regulation, CMS when on a 14-5 run in part from crucial turnovers by the Kingsmen, igniting the crowd and giving the Stags their first lead of the half With the Kingsmen offense slumping to a 31 shooting percent in the second half, Jayvaughn Nettles heated up, scoring a game high 21 points and got in a rhythm behind the arc going 5-6 from 3-point range, keeping the contest a one position game with under five

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Jumping Jayvaughn: Senior Jayvaughn Nettles scored a game high 21 points against the No. 15 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags before fouling out. genuine people,” Nettles said. Last season at CLU, Nettles appeared in all 26 games, making 14 starts, averaging 8.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 27 minutes per game. He scored a career high of 22 points in his game against Occidental University. He scored at least one point in all but one game and had 37 three pointers in the season. His return to the team for the regular season should prove to be beneficial for the overall success of

the team. “His ability to shoot the three has helped our overall scoring which has been a main concern for us this season,” said graduate assistant and head JV coach Josh Thies. “His athleticism on both offense and defense allows our team to do a lot more now that he is back.” His teammates were also glad to have him back for more than one reason. “We won two games immediately

minutes to play. A tough blow for the Kingsmen came with 3:57 reaming in in the game when Nettles night was ended after picking up his fifth personal foul. CLU struggled in the last three minutes of regulation, going 2-8 from the floor losing to the top

seeded Stags by a final score of 5953. “All in all, this game highlighted that as a team we can compete with the best,” said Nettles. “We need to keep our heads up and use this game as learning experience.” For the rest of the story, go to

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after his return, so I’ll leave it at that,” said senior teammate, Aaron Van Klaveren. “He brings a lot of energy to the team; whether it be in the locker room or on the court. We are glad to have him back.” Looking forward to this season, Nettles has set some goals for himself and his teammates to look to accomplish. “Some goals I hope to accomplish for this season are to make it to the conference tournament. Win the

conference tournament. And most of all, beat Redlands University,” Nettles said. Off the basketball court Nettles is a criminal justice major. If basketball does not work out his plan is to become a fire fighter. . He likes hanging out with his friends and playing video games. His favorite movies include “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “300.” “To be honest, I really love basketball,” Nettles said.

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Home, sweep home Leal drives in three, scores three including game winner J

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two scoreless innings, while picking up the win. Senior relievers Spencer Trygg and Jordan Cox pitched a combined 1.2 innings of hitless baseball, each recording one strikeout.

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – CLU emerged victorious in sweeping their opening day doubleheader against the San Diego Christian Hawks in an extra inning thriller in game one and a shortened seven-inning victory in game two. In game one, thev Hawks’ designated hitter Victor Martinez was a one-man wrecking crew against the Kingsmen pitching staff. He hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, giving the Hawks a four-run lead. Martinez finished the game 3-for-6, with one run scored and two RBI, including the homer. After a slow start and trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, returning junior John Leal blasted a line drive off the left field wall with bases loaded to spark a comeback rally for the purple and gold leading them to two victories over the Hawks. “It was huge for us,” Leal said. “We were down by four, so I was just looking for the fastball to score at least one of our runners and he gave me it and I hit all of it.” After tying the game and forcing it to extra innings, Leal was walked in the bottom of the 11th, and got in scoring position to be the eventual game-winning run. Iggy Wagner hit a slow roller down the first base line and with

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Leal Leads the Way: Junior John Leal finished the first game with three runs and three RBI in the Kingsmen win. the Hawks’ catcher firing the ball to first, Leal was able to score from third on a close play at the plate. “I wasn’t trying to do anything big,” Wagner said. “I just wanted

to keep the ball in play so our player could score.” Given the green light to go home at any hit, Leal charged home for the victory sliding headfirst. “While I was on third, the coach said I could go on anything,” Leal said. “So when the catcher didn’t look at me when he threw it, I went for it.” Leal finished the first game 1-for-3, with three runs and three RBI, accounting for six of the seven Kingsmen runs. Breaking the program’s all-time record in pitching appearances with 62, senior

pitcher Byron Minnich started on the mound for the Kingsmen. The D3 Baseball preseason AllAmerican, Minnich pitched 3.1 innings, allowed four earned runs and recorded one strikeout in the no-decision. Junior outfielder Elon Goldman went 1-for-3, while scoring two runs. Senior starter Peter Ciaramitaro, was used in relief against the Hawks. Ciaramitaro pitched four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out a team high three batters. Junior reliever Chris Park (1-0) shutdown the Hawks for

LaMoure starts out strong Starting pitcher in the second game of the doubleheader was senior John LaMoure (1-0). Allowing only one unearned run in 6.0 innings pitched, LaMoure led the Kingsmen to their second win in a game that was cut short due to darkness in the seventh inning. After leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, junior outfielder Kevin Leonard, hit a line drive to right field scoring two runs and sealing the two-game sweep. “It is always important to get that first win,” head coach Marty Slimak said. “You don’t ever want to lose at home. It was a good day for CLU.” Sophomore Tyler Hebda struck out two batters in one inning pitched to earn his first save of the season for the Kingsmen. Martinez led the way for the Hawks again, gaining three of the Hawks eight hits, including their only run batted in. Six of the Kingsmen’s nine starters recorded a hit in the second game. The other three starters combined for two of the Kingsmen’s four runs. Slimak was proud of the way his boys played today, but still knows there’s a lot to be done. “We have a lot of things we need to improve on,” Slimak said. “We have two weeks to get really ready for Claremont, our first SCIAC contest and that is really where it counts.” The CLU Kingsmen (2-0) will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday, Feb. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at home for their first game in SCIAC.

Regals softball heading in a new direction


Photo by Leanne Blackwell - Staff Photographer

Record Breaker: Senior Byron Minnich breaks a Kingsmen record in Saturday’s opener against San Diego Christian University.

eter Ciaramitaro Staff Writer

It’s a young Regals softball team that is led by lone senior Sara Lichtsinn, who has high hopes of turning the softball program in the right direction. “Our team goals are to turn the program around, have a winning season and to go to playoffs,” said transfer student Brittany Labbe. The Regals only have one senior this year that makes for a very young team, but there is much room for improvement and growth. “We are a young team with great potential for growth and success,” Labbe said. The Regals kicked off the season with a doubleheader Saturday

against the Vanguard University Lions, in Costa Mesa, Calif. The first game was a battle, but in the end the Lions came out on top 3-2. Regals starting pitcher Katelyn Downing pitched a total of 6.1 innings in the season opener. Downing faced 27 batters striking out three and giving up two earned runs. Second baseman Ryanna Morua got the first hit of the game and 2012 season for the Regals in the fifth inning. The sixth inning was a bright spot for the Regals with a home run hit by Shannon Tinsley scoring Shannon Christianson, the pinch runner. This gave the Regals a 2-0 lead over the Lions going into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Regals would lose the game

in the seventh inning on an unearned run scored by the Lions. The Regals scored two runs on seven hits and left seven players on base. “We need to work on not making the mental mistakes. We also need our hitters to step up and string hits together in order to score more runs,” Labbe said. In the second game of the doubleheader the Regals were held to just three hits by Lions pitcher Colenzo, and lost 5-0. “Some positives in the doubleheader were that we gained mental toughness. We learned the things that we need to work on as a team and we gained some perspective of what it takes to come together and play as a team,” Labbe said.

the Echo, Feb. 1  
the Echo, Feb. 1  

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