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February 29, 2012

Vol. 59 Number 4

California Lutheran University Student Newspaper


Relay for Life raises $41,012 T


Regals’ basketball season continues with a dance in NCAA tournament.


ommy Schofield Staff Writer

For the first time California Lutheran University hosted the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Mt. Clef Stadium. During the 24-hour event that began Saturday at 9 a.m. and ended Sunday, teams raised $41,012. Relay teams offered henna tattoos, color hair spraying and face paint to participants

walking laps to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Community members and students attended the event to remember those they have lost to cancer, celebrate survivors and raise money for cancer research. “I’m here in the memory of my uncle, who was diagnosed and passed away of prostate cancer,” said junior Thelma Alvarez. Teams camped out and took turns walking or running laps around the track.

Photo by Laura Decorte - Staff Photographer

Victory Lap: Junior Leah Griffith and her mother, Lori Griffith (left) walk with fellow survivors, including Colin Goodwin and freshman Troy Krieger (right), during the first lap of CLU’s inaugural Relay For Life on Feb. 25-26. The top fundraising team was Team Thomas Fogel, who raised $6,427. Team Thomas Fogel

sold strings with beads and every time a walker completed a [See RELAY, Page 2]



McClain or Cardone?

All the King’s men


Students compete for the coveted Mr. Kingsmen award.

Club Italia brings the life and culture of Italy to CLU during the Italian festival.

Opinion “Ultimately, the power lies in the hands of the people to elect officials who are going to uphold the integrity of our Legislative Branch.” — Nicole Tracy, pg. 8

Online Check out the photo gallery from Mr. Kingsmen at

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Photo by Melina Esparza - Staff Photographer

King of the Jungle: Senior Ryo Takahashi is escorted by rugby players for the formal wear portion of Mr. Kingsmen.

Ryo crowned Mr. Kingsmen S

amantha Dela Cruz Staff Writer

Nine of CLU’s finest men took the stage to woo the audience during the annual Mr. Kingsmen contest on Feb. 24. Senior Ryo Takahashi was crowned Mr. Kingsmen at the end of the night. More than a beauty pageant or popularity contest, the event captured the fun and spirited energy of California Lutheran University. Students filled the seats in the Preus-Brandt Forum to be entertained by freshmen contestants Graham Jameson, Jr. and Carlos Moran, sophomore contestants Kyle Evans and Harrison Sands, junior contestants Jacob Garcia and Hunter Horn, and senior contestants Grant East, Stephen Shirk and Takahashi. “We had a diverse group of

contestants,” said programs board sophomore representative and event committee chair Shakivla Todd. “I was excited about the different range of personalities that were on the stage being silly and entertaining the audience.” This year’s theme was a throwback to the 90s. The hosts of Mr. Kingsmen, juniors Amanda Chial and Rafe Padilla, pumped the crowd up by introducing the opening number dance to a mix of the greatest hits of the 90s. “The opening dance number had to be the greatest part. I loved being up there with those guys,” said Jameson. “It was an awesome way to start the night.” The contestants then presented the audience with their favorite 90s cartoon character in their own style. The characters included from Johnny Bravo,


T.J. Detweiler, Arthur and other memorable personalities. “When they came out as the cartoon characters, I couldn’t stop laughing,” said Yalin Lin, a sophomore visiting from Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles County. “I loved Harrison’s character. He played the part of Tommy Pickles amazingly. The combination of the crawling and the screwdriver was hilarious.” The energy of the audience grew even greater as the night went on. The contestants showed their uniqueness during the talent segment of the night. The talent portion had a variety of acts such as dance performances, song numbers, light shows and a CLU back flip record. The Mr. Kingsmen contestants then changed into suits for the [See KINGSMEN, Page 7]

oe Wood Staff Writer

Incumbant Jesse McClain and challenger Rebecca Cardone will compete in a run-off election for the post of ASCLU president on Thursday, March 1. The run-off election will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the MyCLU Webportal. During the initial election on Tuesday, Feb. 28, Jesse McClain garnered 41 percent, Rebecca Cardone came in at 38.9 percent, and third candidate Jacob Garcia netted 19.1 percent of the vote. A candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes to be elected to any executive cabinet position according to the ASCLU-G bylaws. Since none received the necessary number of votes, the top two candidates will participate in a run-off election. An estimated 338 undergraduates voted in the Tuesday election according to ASCLU senate director Sierra Ronning. Two other executive cabinet positions were voted upon. Andre Andoyan was elected senate director with 87.4 percent of the vote. Shakivla Todd was elected programs board director with 89.5 percent of the vote. Both ran unopposed; Write-in candidates made up the remainder of the votes for each position. Traditional undergraduates taking at least nine units can vote in the student government elections. To learn more about each candidate and election voting trends, see “Poll shows students are uninformed” on Page 3.

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Community comes together to fight ongoing battle [RELAY, from Page 1] lap they added a bead. Emilie Evenson, a junior, showed her support for Thomas’ team. “I feel like it’s a very great thing to have the event. It’s very inspirational,” said Evenson. “Seeing everybody out here working together is great because that’s what Cal Lutheran is all about.” In the debut on campus at CLU, the Relay for Life exceeded the amount of expected participants. According to Cristina Markiewicz, the event chair, a total of 417 participants and 38 teams were involved. Participants enjoyed live music, watermelon-eating contests and heart-felt ceremonies. “For our first year, we wanted everyone to experience the opening ceremony and hear our survivors talk,” said Markiewicz. “The Luminaria Ceremony is at

night in memory or in support of somebody going through cancer treatment. It’s a very moving ceremony.” The luminaria bags lit the path participants silently walked around honoring people that have dealt with or experienced cancer. Markiewicz admired the community and student body support fight for the cause. “Its parents, its friends, its people in the community who’ve always been involved with CLU,” said Markiewicz. “It’s students that have created their own teams because they wanted to help the fight against cancer.”

Photos by Laura Decorte - Staff Photographer

Not Just a Walk in the Park: Participants walked around Mt. Clef Stadium at CLU’s Relay For Life on Sat., Feb. 25, to help raise money for cancer research. (Bottom left) This is one of many Luminaria bags that lit the track.

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Cal Grant cuts New commencement sting students policy upsets undergrads A

mir Ibrahim Staff Writer

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal could effect up to 26,600 students with Cal Grants and save California $131 million. The cut that will affect CLU students is the amount allotted to independent universities and colleges based on student GPAs under the proposal outlined Jan. 5. It would go from $9,708 per student per year to $5,472, according to Rebecca Keenan, financial aid operations coordinator. “I’m here at CLU because of the Cal Grant,” said freshman Eduardo Garcia. “If they lower it, I’m not sure if I would be able to attend anymore.” Brown is proposing that the Cal Grant GPA requirement be raised from 3.0 to 3.25. The GPA requirement for a smaller Cal Grant would also be adjusted from 2.0 to 2.75. At California Lutheran University more than 400 students receive more than $4 million a year from the Cal Grant program. If the reduction is approved, students will lose $1.6 million in funding, according to Keenan. This will impact the number of prospective CLU students and current students. “By reducing the Cal Grant, student debts will rise

tremendously,” said senior Alexander Carralejo. “But the GPA requirement might be a good thing because the education standard in California is too low.” Most students are more worried about the reduction to the Cal Grant than the GPA requirements. “It will be harder for students to find a job that pays well enough to repay their student debts,” said junior Jacob Guarino. One of the biggest reasons why students choose to attend CLU is the amount of financial aid they receive. Many worry they won’t be able to afford CLU and believe the budget cut is bad for education. “The state will always find ways to alter the budget, but it’s hard to sacrifice something that will give great benefit in the long run and without education, students won’t be able to find good jobs,” freshman Josh Gray said. In an email, Keenan said CLU is watching the developments on a regular basis and is staying on top of the situation. She also mentioned that if students and families are concerned about the proposed change and its impact on education, they can join the Students First Alliance on Facebook. A petition to maintain the maximum Cal Grant award of $9,708 can be found at http://


acie Goff Staff Writer

August-graduating seniors are required to take their last courses at CLU in order to participate in the May Commencement ceremony. “The change affects those students graduating in August, so anyone who’s finishing in May and finishing their last requirements this semester are not affected,” said Associate Provost of Academic Services and Registrar Maria Kohnke in a telephone interview. Students who still have one to four courses left to meet their graduation requirements do not need the whole fall semester, Kohnke said. Those students can take courses over summer and get a degree printed in August. “We need to have a reasonable expectation that you’re going to be finished by August in order to attend the Commencement ceremony,” Kohnke said. This change in the policy was approved by the Provost and was finalized in September. CLU conducted a study about who finishes their final degree requirements and who does not. The study found that people taking their final classes at CLU tend to graduate and people taking them elsewhere are less

likely to finish their studies. CLU began notifying students in the fall and evaluators in the Registrar’s office are now following up with students graduating in August. Some students are petitioning the new policy. “We understand that sometimes there are financial reasons and it’s just too much of a hardship, and that’s why students can petition for an exception,” Kohnke said. “Students fill out a general petition form and explain why they’re unable to take their final requirements here.” Kohnke said petitions can be submitted via the Registrar’s office and are evaluated by the Petitions Committee, comprised of faculty. Tabitha Neatherlin, a senior English major, dropped her emphasis in creative writing because of the policy change. “The reason why most people I’ve talked to have had a problem with it is because we’ve been able to take summer classes [elsewhere] between all of our other years and they gave us this new policy in September,” Neatherlin said. Neatherlin cited difficulties of the policy for out-of-state students and those in need of financial aid. She spoke of wanting to get a petition started.

She expressed a desire to have had the policy implemented freshmen year and to broaden summer school class options. Neatherlin discussed the possibility of creating new loan options or having a discounted price per credit, especially for seniors this year. “I understand that they’re trying to get people to graduate in four years. It’s just the way they’re going about it,” Neatherlin said. Cameron Chandler, a senior environmental science major with a geology and biology minor, agrees with Neatherlin. “I understand where they’re coming from. However, to disallow students to take classes elsewhere is like using a sledgehammer to hammer in a nail. You’re causing more damage than it’s worth,” said Chandler Chandler, who needs one additional class to receive his degree, requested that students walk at Commencement out of respect for their families, but degrees be withheld until students send in the paperwork showing the classes they need have been completed. To read more about the change, visit commencement/undergraduate/ or visit the Facebook group, “Seniors 2012.”

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Poll shows Bike thieves students are remain at large uninformed I vy Emmons Staff Writer


oe Wood

Staff Writer

The ASCLU elections for Executive Cabinet took place Tuesday, Feb. 29. However, the majority of CLU students may not have known it was going on. According to ASCLU senate director Sierra Ronning, approximately 338 undergraduates voted in the Feb. 28 election. There are 2,713 undergraduates enrolled at CLU this year, according to the university’s website. A poll of 65 students was conducted by this reporter on Friday, Feb. 24. It revealed that 32 students did not know elections were happening, although campaigning began Feb. 21. The poll also showed that approximately 43 students did not know who any of the candidates were, or who the current ASCLU president is. Forty of the 65 students said they did not plan on voting. The top reason students did not plan vote was because they were not informed about election dates. Other students cited that they were seniors and had no interest in participating. Jesse McClain, current ASCLU president, was unopposed last year. McClain was saddened by the poor voting turnout in 2011. There is no formal Candidates: What is the number one thing you hope to accomplish if elected into office as ASCLU president next year?

announcement of the Executive Cabinet results which include the position of president, senate director and programs board director. McClain said there hasn’t been a successful way to get the majority engaged in the election in the past years. The challenge ASCLU’s future president is to get every student informed and involved. Former ASCLU president Evan Clark, who graduated in 2011, said he attempted to enable future transparency in ASCLU-G to inform students about what is going on in the government. During his term, Clark oversaw an overhaul of the ASCLU-G website. He desired to have the budgets of programs board, senate and executive cabinet, profiles of every member and minutes from every meeting all posted on the website. “I am actually sad to not see it utilized to its full potential this year,” said Clark.

There has been an increase in bike thefts on campus this year. Last semester there were six bike thefts. In January, there were five. One attempted theft was foiled when a witness contacted Campus Public Safety. “I want to commend the student who saw the two individuals looking at bike racks on the west side of campus and then called CPS. Our officers were able to respond and detain the two individuals until the police arrived,” said Fred Miller, director of Campus Public, Safety in an email. According to CPS, there are no patterns or evidence as to whether or not these thefts are related to one another. It is unclear if the locations of the bike racks have an affect on the thefts, or if certain areas are safer to lock up bikes then others. “Lighting or locations does not seem to be a major factor in the recent thefts. If we could have a number of centralized racks in areas of heavy foot traffic and well

lit locations, and prevent bikes from being locked to anything other than a bike rack, that would be beneficial,” said Miller. Freshman Jena Chavez is one of many victims of these bike thefts. Chavez’s bike was stolen towards the end of January while it was locked to the bike racks between Pederson and Thompson. It still has not been recovered. “They took a report and told me they would have someone go out and look for it and that was pretty much it. But I wasn’t too hopeful that they were going to find it,” said Chavez. The thefts are reported to CPS, but they are not being reported to the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department. Without a report, the VCSD is unable to help in the investigations. “The students are reporting it to CPS, but it’s not getting to us,” said Detective Guy Fadler of the VCSD. CPS plans to purchase fifty U-shaped locks. Due to the discount CLU is receiving, locks will be available for students for less than $20. As the head of CPS, Miller is

working with ASCLU-G in order to get this new lock buyback program going. “We are looking for somebody to run the program. I’m in the work and progress committee, and we’re just looking into the details on who can run it. Maybe the bookstore, or ASCLU-G themselves,” said Vaibhave Hebbal, ASCLU-G transfer senator. The committee met on Feb. 27 to discuss the best option for the new lock buyback program.

For the Record In Feb. 15 issue of the Echo, it stated that three T-3 safety vehicles were purchased by the university for $27,000. This statement is incorrect. The university purchased one T-3 for $9,000. We regret the error.

Have a question about a senior event? Read the “Senior Update”

weekly on pg. 4

ELECTION UPDATE: The run-off election for the position of ASCLU president between Jesse McClain and Rebecca Cardone is on Thursday, March 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the MyCLU Webportal.


Jesse McClain “I want to represent the student body fairly. If elected, I will continue what I have done this year by maintaining the relationships I have built with administrators on campus. There hasn’t been a big call for change so I have been focusing on students’ daily needs.” Have you “Liked” us on Facebook yet?



Rebecca Cardone “I want to increase appreciation and diversity of micro and macro thought within the CLU community. Also, I want to increase intercultural programs. I am going door-to-door and compiling a list about what students want into a spreadsheet.”


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EXTRAS 2/24/12: There was a medical emergency call at Mt. Clef Stadium. The individual was transported to Los Robles Hospital. 2/24/12: There was a medical emergency call at Preus-Brandt Forum. 2/25/12: CPS responded to a reported disturbance at the Relay for Life at Mt. Clef Stadium. The individual was transported to Los Robles Hospital. 2/25/12: CPS responded to a medical call of a trip and fall at the Relay for Life at Mt. Clef Stadium. The individual declined medical treatment.

Approval of the Military Veterans Club.

Tips from the Career Center

Approval of the Rotaract Club. Approval of the American Pre-Veterinarian Medical Association. Allocation of funds to the College Democrats. Allocation of funds to the Drama Club. Allocation of funds to Sigma Tau Delta. Allocation of funds for Benches in Kingsmen Park. Allocation of funds to ‘The R Day’ Program.

2/26/12: Graffiti was reported on the sidewalk area of Memorial Parkway. The graffiti may be related to the graffiti found on the wall on Pioneer Street.

Information provided by Campus Public Safety.

Senior Update Class of 2012

2/19/12: Graffiti was reported on the retaining wall of a building on Pioneer Street. It was removed by Facilities.

ASCLU Senate Agenda Monday, Feb. 27, Meeting

Campus Safety Blotter

Declaring a major is only the beginning. Take an assessment test available free on www. under Special Subscriptions (FOCUS). Meet with a career counselor to go over a plan for career success.

Senior Pride Committee Senior Salute Day is Tuesday, March 6 in the Lundring Events Center from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Undergraduates interested in speaking during the commencement ceremony should contact Paul Witman at (805) 493-3562. Interested ADEP students should contact Rocio Hernandez at (805) 493-3169. Please read the criteria for speaker at: undergraduate/special_info.php

“ Senate meetings take place Mondays at 5:20 p.m. in Nygreen 1.

It’s exciting to be so close to graduation and to figure out what I’m doing next year!”

Programs board meets at 7:15 p.m. in Trinity 318. Both are open to faculty, staff and students.

Tracey Thompson Class of 2012

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FEATURES ‘Chronicle’ surprises with cinematic genius CRITIC’S CORNER:


aylor Lampela Staff Writer

I said in the last issue of the Echo that this is the off-season of movies. That doesn’t mean all of them are bad. Sometimes you find a real gem when you aren’t expecting it. I found that gem in “Chronicle.” Even though I don’t always take what the critics say at face value, I do like to consult Rotten Tomatoes just to see what the general consensus about the film is before I see it. Rotten Tomatoes not only posts all the reviews on one page, but also allows audience ratings as well. I discovered that “Chronicle” had the highest rating of all the films out right now: an 84 percent positive rating. That is remarkably high for a film with unknown actors and a practically nonexistent marketing campaign (I never recall seeing a trailer for it before another movie or on TV). I decided to test the accuracy of the rating, got my pass and went in to see it. I left the theatre a bit shellshocked. It’s an intense movie

for its PG-13 rating. The movie revolves a young high school boy named Andrew who is socially awkward and has a dark family life with a terminally ill mother and an abusive father. Andrew decides he’s going to start filming his everyday life, which only causes people to stare and think he’s even weirder. Played by Dane DeHaan, a fresh face on the scene with mainly TV acting credits (“True Blood” fans will recognize him as the inbred were-panther child Timbo from last season), Andrew is clearly odd. However it’s easy to empathize with him if you’ve ever felt detached from the crowd in high school.


he protagonist is an abused and bullied child and through the movie, his damaged psyche is what brings about all the mess that is left in the end.

Andrew and his cousin Matt, along with the most popular kid in school, go to a barn party in the middle of nowhere. Armed with Andrew’s camera, the three of them discover this hole in the ground where they stumble upon a glowing mass of rock.

Photo by Alan Markfield - Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Stand Clear: “Chronicle stars Dane DeHaan as the troubled Andrew. This rock emits high-pitched noises, changes colors and then explodes. A few days later, the three friends find themselves with telekinesis, the ability to move things through thought. It’s all fun and games until they get stronger. Through this strength, the darker sides of the boys begin to emerge until it gets completely out of hand. In writing, it sounds like just another teenagers-with-

superpowers movie, but it really isn’t. The screenplay, while straying only occasionally into triteness, is well-written, compact and fast-paced. The movie clocks in at just 83 minutes long. The directing style is the handheld found footage style that’s gaining popularity. At first, I rolled my eyes since movies like “Paranormal Activity” have decreased my liking of that style of filming, but it was remarkably

effective in this film. The fact that they could control objects flying through the air validated the instances when the camera angles turned a bit cinematic. As I mentioned earlier, this is not a light-hearted film. About halfway through, I knew that there wouldn’t be a particularly happy resolution. Hiding under the layers of superpowers and action, there is a surprisingly poignant statement that comes out. The protagonist is an abused and bullied child and through the movie, his damaged psyche is what brings about all of the mess that is left in the end. His journey hauntingly parallels an event like the Columbine High School massacre, which is quite unsettling. The filmmakers inject a dose of realism into this high school story that just goes to show that teenage life isn’t all that. For some people, it’s a living hell and not everyone deals with it in a healthy way. Taking a worn out Hollywood storyline about superpowers, the filmmakers of “Chronicle” used their wit, refreshing stylistic choices and unexpectedly profound take on the dark side of teenage life and turned this film into the surprise hit of the dreary February movie season.

New restaurants help wallets with affordable prices REVIEW:

Olive Garden is perfect for a date. You can do dinner and a movie without having to go too far for either.” Lacey Foss Junior

Photo by Melina Esparza - Staff Photographer

Order Up: Fried shrimp is one of the feature dishes at the popular Red Lobster restaurant, near the Oaks Mall.


ulia Kemp Staff Writer

Eating out is a luxury most college students can’t always afford but there are three new places around town to consider. Known for its great seafood and dining experience, the Red Lobster, located on W. Hillcrest Drive at the Oaks Mall, is a great addition to Thousand Oaks’ diverse array of restaurants. “I have been to the Red Lobster for dinner and I enjoyed

my experience. I had high expectations for this one and it met them,” CLU senior Lilly Fried said. Seafood can be expensive, but when you find a place like Red Lobster that provides a great environment for both families and date nights, as well as great service and food, it’s money well spent. If you’re looking for Italian food for a night out with friends, or maybe a date night scene out of “Lady and the Tramp,” Olive Garden should be at the top of your list of new restaurants to check out. It’s located next to Red Lobster at the Oaks Mall. “It’s perfect for a date. You can do dinner and a movie without having to go too far for either,” junior Lacey Foss said. With its vast menu ranging from classic pasta dishes and pizza to more intricate dishes of seafood and chicken pasta, there is something for everyone. “I would avoid going on the

busy days because service can lack when a restaurant gets too crowded,” said Foss. “But I have heard nothing but good things so far.” For those of you who don’t mind driving a little further and love Mexican food, check out the new Freebirds! World Burrito, located in Agoura Hills on Canwood Street. Just like the one any student who has been to UCSB has visited, we now have our very own. “I have friends who have eaten at the new Freebirds! and they loved it,” senior Zach Shultis said. The Freebirds! menu is so simple

that all you have to do is pick from a burrito, tacos, nachos or a salad and add your favorite items. The food isn’t the only thing that’s great. The prices are manageable for any student on a budget. Some reviews have said that it may not be as good as the original, but “sequels” hardly ever are. Freebirds! in Agoura is a must when you’re craving a fast meal of Mexican food, and it’s worth the drive. Whether you visit one or all of these great new eats around town, one thing is for sure: you won’t regret choosing any of these three places.

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Quotes: What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received? Ben Melano

Abby Sturgeon


Nicolby Atallah A pocket-sized pencil sharpener from Disneyland that was gift wrapped.�


I got a whole basket of grapes that I had to eat before I got my real gift.�

Gustavo Youngberg


Socks from my brother. He said my real gift was on a bus that blew up.�


A pair of red boxers with lady Santas and candy canes on them.�

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A taste of Behind the Mask: Henry Leff works on a mask during Club Italia’s festival.


All photos by Laura Decorte - Staff Photographer

Eat Up: Students enjoy gelato and Italian food during the Italian festival held in Lundring.

Italian culture celebrated during campus festival N

icole Mangona Staff Writer

Splashes of green, white and red decorated the Lundring Events Center as Club Italia brought the culture of Italy to students at its Festa Italiana on Feb. 22. “As soon as I walked in, I was struck by the festive lights and all the decorations,â€? sophomore Kassia Talaiefar said. “The event was set up beautifully.â€? To celebrate the culture and beauty of Italy, Club Italia set up an evening filled with food, prizes and live accordion music. “I hope students gained a new awareness of the Italian culture and our club and that the success of this year’s festa will encourage students to come to future events,â€? junior and co-president of Club Italia Kelsey Hernandez said. The evening kicked off with catering from Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, that included salad, bread and pasta. For dessert, representatives from Paciugo Gelato & CafĂŠ served scoops of the icy treat. A background displaying

Get it Quick: Students wait in line for Italian food provided by Buca di Beppo. At right, student Kyle Evans (right) carefully examines each gelato flavor before making his final decision. the Leaning Tower of Pisa was located near the buffet table so that students could take pictures in front of it. “My friends and I pretended to lean against the Tower. We looked silly, but it was fun that the club set this up,� Talaiefar said.

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Tables with games and activities were scattered throughout the room. One activity table was set up with a poster board where students could pick and choose Italian words to arrange Italian sayings. At another table, students



decorated Venetian-style masks with paint, feathers and glitter. “Through the festa, I hope that students gained a better sense of the culture beyond just pasta,� Hernandez said. Students who attended enjoyed the fact that the event wasn’t all about fun and games. “I liked that the event wasn’t just about the food and music. I actually learned a few Italian sayings from one of the activities,� sophomore Ryan Nunez said. An array of prizes was handed out after the dinner and dessert. Club Italia officers called out ticket numbers and awarded students with prizes related to Italian culture. Some of the prizes included Italian keychains and lanyards, stuffed teddy bears wearing sweaters with the Italian flag on it and ornaments. A gift basket was also donated by the Italian Catholic Federation from St. Paschal Baylon Church.

The basket contained several treats, like chocolates, and two tickets to their annual St. Joesph’s Table Dinner in March. ICF also had a table located near the food that displayed brochures on the issues they support and the events they hold. Representatives of ICF handed out bracelets and answered questions about their federation. “We invited the ICF to be a part of our festa and their support and participation was tremendous. We hope to collaborate with them in the future,� Hernandez said. The night finished with live accordion music and more activities related to the Italian culture. “It is always nice to showcase any culture at CLU and if it helps one student understand a culture other than their own, it's wonderful,� said Linda Boberg, club advisor and assistant director of Multicultural and International Programs.

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Gospel choir makes beautiful music for CLU New choir approved last fall after a yearlong delay


ulie Griffin Freelance Writer

CLU’s new gospel choir will be performing at Rock Your Roots on March 9 on campus. The group was formed in fall 2011 to bring singers of all levels together.


aniel Lawrence, head of the gospel choir, believes the purpose of the choir is “to increase awareness of faith and to bring people together of all walks of life.”

Freshman Valencia Hamilton, who has had no previous experience with gospel music or choirs loves singing in the gospel choir. “My favorite part of this is the choir’s sense of togetherness. Not many of us have a background in gospel music but

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Lawrence

Sing it Loud: The Gospel Choir sings during one of its weekly rehearsals. Daniel Lawrence is head of the choir. After a delay caused by various problems, the choir is now up an running and performing at events across CLU. every Wednesday we still come together to practice,” Hamilton said. California Lutheran University has a co-ed choir as well as a smaller women’s choir. In the fall of 2010, a proposition was made to create a gospel

choir. After a year of working out the logistics, it finally became a reality last semester. Daniel Lawrence, head of the gospel choir, believes the purpose of the choir is to “increase awareness of faith and to bring people together of all

walks of life.” Lawrence desires to infuse ideas of togetherness and unity and believes the choir is a great way to feel an even closer connection to God. “The gospel choir is an amazing vehicle to find your purpose, and most importantly,

to find your purpose through God,” Lawrence said. Lawrence is a product of gospel choirs, and was involved in them throughout high school and college. He believes singing gospel music is a very selfrewarding experience. Student Felicia Russell joined the choir because of her love of gospel music. She sang in the gospel choir at a church in her hometown, and is excited to be singing for CLU’s choir. Russell said the choir needs more voices to reach its full potential. The gospel choir is a small group of about 10 regular members. Russell said it provides an outlet for students through the group events. “We share the music with the students of CLU and Thousand Oaks community,” Russell said. The gospel choir has created an opportunity for students to promote gospel music at CLU and the surrounding community. So far, the gospel choir has performed at both the World Fair and the Kwanzaa Celebration. The choir practices every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel. All are welcome to attend and join in.

Triathlon builds stamina Contestants bring on land and in the water laughs at pageant J

en Goodyear Staff Writer

Picture yourself swimming long distance in the open water and then going onto the next event of intense cycling. As you’re sweating and feeling the adrenaline with some exhaustion kicking in, you still have one event left to go: running. Eventually you see the finish line in the distance and you cross it with a feeling of success and triumph. Sprint triathlons traditionally consist of a 750-meter swim, 13mile bike ride and 3.1 miles of running. One of the most famous triathlons is the annual Ironman competition, a much longer race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. CLU students are now embracing this challenge by starting a triathlon club on campus. “A few of us have been really intent on starting a triathlon team and now the opportunity has presented itself,” said junior Jonathan Alton. So far there are 14 students in the club alongside biology teacher mentors, Chad Barber and Kristopher Karsten. “Ultimately it is the students’ job to get things started and keep it organized but our job is to help them along the process,” said Karsten. Karsten explains that it’s hard for triathletes to train together all the time. Triathletes mostly train

by themselves with only a few group workouts here and there. He thinks the vision of the club so far is to have a couple of group workouts per week. “The club is designed to be diverse so we’ll have students ranging in abilities. Initially, I think we’ll want to have training that is at a level that everyone can feel comfortable participating, then as we grow, we may split more into groups of different abilities,” said Karsten. Barber, who has experience with triathlons, helped start the triathlon team at UCLA and then served as a sponsorship director for two years. He said UCLA helped start the West Coast Conference, which is an NCAA conference team. They competed against 12 other colleges and even sent representatives to the National Collegiate Triathlon Championships. “I would hope that the Triathlon Club at CLU would eventually aspire to compete in a conference and go to the National Championships, but I more hope that the team serves to introduce students to triathlon for the first time,” said Barber. He said a triathlon could be intimidating to someone who’s less experienced with swimming or cycling. The running tends to come naturally to most people but learning to swim in open water such as a lake or ocean can be daunting. The triathlon

club provides an opportunity for students to be able to talk to more experienced cyclists or swimmers and learn to be stronger in those events. On Feb. 22, the triathlon club set up their equipment so students could see what the club would be about. After promoting the club for a few hours, they added 11 people to the team. When they start to compete, the team members will get to choose individual competition or to be a part of a relay team to emphasize individual strengths. The club’s constitution was recently signed and is hoping to receive approval create an official team.

[KINGSMEN, from page 1] formal wear segment. Fun facts were read by Chial and Padilla, as the contestants strutted down the stage with their escorts. The contestants later held the audience’s attention with their answers to the fishbowl questions. As the night came to an end, the judges had a deliberation while 90s games and gift cards were raffled to the audience. The nine contestants took the stage for the final time before Takahashi was announced as the 2012 Mr. Kingsmen. Takahashi’s performance of a Japanese song and picture montage dedicated to his friends was in remembrance of his years at CLU. The support of Takahashi’s friends

was evident when he was crowned when half the audience jumped up and cheered while waving their signs and showing off their painted bodies in support of him. “Ryo did a really good job. He was funny and he had a great turn out,” said Jameson. At the end of the night the audience rushed to the stage to celebrate with all of the Kingsmen contestants after a night full remembrance of classic 90s trends. “I didn’t expect it, but it was awesome to win,” said Takahashi. “Anytime I get to spend a Friday night with my friends is a good time, and Mr. Kingsmen is definitely an event worth watching.”




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STOCKing up against corruption in Congress Nicole Tracy Lawmakers should not use information that is not publicly known for personal financial gain. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 9, the House passed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act to discourage this behavior. However, Republican leaders are being criticized for excluding a certain provision of the bill. According to an online article by on Feb. 14, The STOCK act restricts all employees of Congress, members of Congress and federal employees from using nonpublic information learned on the job for any type of personal gain. The idea behind this bill is a fair one. Lawmakers should be held to the same standard as civilians. Political science professor at CLU, Thomas Hughes, supports the STOCK act. “The rest of us aren’t allowed to [use nonpublic information]

with insider trading laws. I think just as a matter of general fairness they shouldn’t be able to. The STOCK act is a feel-good kind of measure, something on the books that you can point to in rare circumstances where if something comes up at least you have a law there,” Hughes said. Ethics bills like the STOCK act are necessary for this reason. It is a matter of principle. The public needs to be reassured that lawmakers are doing their jobs justly. “Congress’ approval ratings are so low right now. They’re somewhere between 9 and 12 percent approval. I mean, it’s hard to get 90 percent of Americans to hate you for anything, but this is one of those things where it’s something they can say that they’ve done to fight corruption and technically, in spirit, that’s right,” Hughes said. Congress’ need for better ratings has contributed to the passing of the act, but other factors have also played a role. According to the online article by ProCon. org last November, the STOCK Act was first proposed on March 28, 2006. It recently became a priority after 60 Minutes reported that members of Congress were

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trading nonpublic information. On Jan. 24 of this year, President Obama also called for such a bill. According to the Los Angeles Times, the act was supported in the House with a vote of 417-2, but Republican leaders are now being criticized for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s decision not to include a provision that political information brokers have to register. “I don’t think Republicans are coherent enough to do that,”

Hughes said in response to claims that Republican leaders are purposefully undermining the act due to commitments to Wall Street investors. “We’ve always had a long problem with special interest groups where people comment and say, ‘oh give me some special information and I’ll give you some special information to get rich.’ Politics is not the place to get rich. I mean, you have to be rich to be a politician, not the other way around,” Hughes said.

The STOCK act is a necessary reassurance to the public and a warning to lawmakers, but the public should not exaggerate corruption. Instead, they should take their sentiments to the polling booths come next election to be sure that they are being represented fairly in Congress. Ultimately, the power lies in the hands of the people to elect officials who are going to uphold the integrity of our Legislative Branch.

Chris Brown doesn’t deserve our forgiveness Krysten Jones From abusing Rihanna in 2009 to lashing out after an interview on Good Morning America, Chris Brown just doesn’t learn his lesson as he continues to act like a petulant child. The singer is now under investigation for allegedly snatching a woman’s phone out of her hand and driving off with it. According to a report on Feb. 23, Miami resident Christal Spann took a picture of

Brown and rapper Tyga as they were leaving a dance club in Miami. Brown did not want his picture to be taken and was quoted saying, “B--ch, you ain’t going to put that on no website,” before taking her phone and driving off. Brown could be arrested for robbery. It’s obvious that the irrational Brown couldn’t care less about his behavior or his public perception. He was allowed to perform at the Grammys, and won an award for Best R&B Album. On Feb. 15, The Washington Post reported public displeasure at Brown’s participation in the Grammys. Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich expected the

backlash and stated that everyone should be given a second chance. But someone who is guilty of assault should not be given a second chance, especially when he shows very little remorse. The Grammy Foundation raises millions of dollars for educational programs, but they give a pass to a man who doesn’t show any sense of appreciation when he accepted his award. It makes me wonder donors think when they see the organization supporting someone with a domestic violence record. Brown tweeted in response to country singer Miranda Lambert’s criticism on Feb. 14, “Hate all you want because I got a Grammy now! That’s the ultimate f--k off,” according to a Washington Post

report. Brown feels entitled to such privileges, acts disrespectfully and doesn’t feel the need to ask for forgiveness. Therefore, Brown doesn’t deserve an award. CLU senior Ricky Lucchese believes that the singer should not be forgiven and needs to suffer social consequences. “I don’t feel like they should be so forgiving of Chris Brown,” Lucchese said. “I was hoping that he would actually lose his career over it, so that kids don’t see that [and think] ‘oh he can do it, he gets away with it, and it’s kind of cool.’” As a person who has been in an unhealthy relationship, California Lutheran University senior Sandy

Mullens strongly believes that no woman should subject herself to physical or emotional abuse, no matter who the guy is. “There’s always going to be a tendency somewhere within him, especially if he hasn’t gone through any system of help,” Mullens said. “A woman should never degrade herself so much that she becomes willing to accept abuse from someone just because they think he’s attractive or because he’s famous or rich.” Brown’s reputation might have been redeemed if he had grown from his actions. Any disrespectful person who acts like Brown won’t see my forgiveness coming their way anytime soon.

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem Andrew Schranze The sudden and tragic death of Whitney Houston raised again the issue of addiction to prescription drugs. While no official cause of death has been released yet, rumors are circulating that the singer met

her end through a combination of Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, and alcohol. Houston’s death is also the latest in a long line of celebrity deaths brought on by prescription medicine, with Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, Chris Penn and Ol’ Dirty Bastard all preceding her. “It is one of the most serious problems in medicine right now,” said Bruce Silverman, a medical doctor at Providence St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, Wash.

There are numerous reasons why a person might decide to abuse their prescription medications. One reason might be patients believe it will make them feel better about themselves because there might be a lot going on currently in their life. Or another reason might be that a person is already addicted, but fails to realize that they are. There is also the possibility that a person may be suffering emotional or physical pain and as a result they consume both

prescription and over the counter medications, figuring that they will make all their problems vanish. Some of the more formal names for prescription painkillers, which are highly addictive, are Opioids and Oxycodone. Opioid analgesics suppress a patient’s perception of pain by reducing the number of pain signals sent by the nervous system, according to Oxycodone works in a similar way.

“There is a very addictive big black market for Oxycodone,” Andrew Oppenberg, a healthcare risk manager at Glendale Memorial Hospital, said. Coming up with a definitive solution to this problem isn’t going to be easy. People are risking their lives by going through their doctors. Social awareness is key. Prescription drug abuse is a very serious problem. It also a problem that won’t just go away if we ignore it.

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Hell hath no fury like a woman on the front line Matt Young While women are still restricted from serving in combat situations in the U.S military, recent decisions from the Pentagon, however small, are expanding their roles. This isn’t the overall goal many had hoped for, but it’s a step in the right direction. Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced its decision to allow women to be assigned to battalions, serving as medics and mechanics. Many women have already been filling these roles. But their positions had officially been considered “temporary.” Infantry, tank and special operations positions are still reserved exclusively for men, which brings up the age old

question: Should women be allowed in combat? In my mind, this isn’t a simple yes or no answer, and so, it should not be a black and white ruling. Speaking strictly in the terms of freedom and gender equality. I think the obvious decision is to have no restrictions based on gender. There are valid arguments against having women serve in combat situations. The physical strength argument is one of the primary reasons listed for not having women serve in combat. Infantry carry more than 100 pounds of gear and, in extreme circumstances, are required to carry off a wounded soldier to aid. Biologically speaking, men generally have more upper body strength than women. However, I feel this is a generalization that is holding many women back. I believe there are many women capable of the physical tasks of an infantry position.

With the definitive restrictions from the Pentagon, there is no way to find out. If instead there were tests or ways to measure if a woman was physically capable of the tasks required, I believe that woman should be allowed in an infantry position. The second reason commonly given for why women are not allowed in combat situations is how they, and others, would react in extreme situations. This could potentially manifest itself in a couple of ways, the first of which is a lack of confidence in a fellow soldier that is a woman. The argument is that, while some women may be capable, others may not and would jeopardize the lives of the company. The second way the psychological argument is interpreted, is how men would react to women being injured or killed in the line of fire. Should an infantryman be

injured, generally the priorities are to get that soldier to safety and continue with the mission. Opponents of women in If instead there were tests or ways to measure if a woman was physically capable of the tasks required, I believe that women should be allowed in an infantry position. combat situations argue that the priorities of infantrymen would change if the person injured were a woman. Men may prioritize the safety of the woman over the success of the mission and of the other men in the squad. This is hard to argue one way or another, as we have no evidence or examples since there are no women in combat situations in the United States. Studies could be done with women in training situations, or possibly even of other countries

that allow women in combat situations. This topic is a controversial one, and is unlikely to go away any time soon. Even those in the U.S. Navy, a branch that has women serving alongside men in many roles, feel somewhat torn on the issue. “The women in the military are stronger willed than most of the women that I’ve met otherwise,” Information Systems Technician Seaman Cullen Rush said. “They will do what it takes to get it done.” However, Rush feels that women are not ideal for certain roles in the military. “Women have a place in the military, but not on the front lines,” Rush said. Steps like the Pentagon has taken are steps in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Hopefully, some day in the future, we’ll have capable men and women serving together in combat situations.

Students should work hard to get a Cal Grant Nikki Fay College isn’t a requirement; it is a privilege. Asking students to maintain a minimum of a 3.25 GPA to receive Cal Grants is fair. According to the Los Angeles Times, a recent budget proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown recommended that the former Cal Grant GPA requirement of 3.0 be raised to 3.25. Many students depend on this aid to afford a college education. With college tuitions continuously on the rise, this will have a drastic effect on thousands of students, with Brown’s administration estimating that 26,000 fewer students will meet the GPA requirement. That’s 26,000 students that, as

a result of this budget proposal, may not be able to afford a college education. Brown’s administration is estimating that this raise in GPA requirement will save the state $131 million. Many critics are calling this increase too dramatic, as it will affect so many students who are in great financial need. However, requiring students to reach a higher level of academic achievement in order to be rewarded is far from dramatic. If a student is truly determined to go to college and graduate, they will work hard enough to continue to be eligible for their Cal Grant. “Due to economic issues and lack of funding for Cal Grant, I can understand the requirement in order to centralize the funding to students that show a dedication to educational success,” senior Brittany Ruiz said. “The only issue I have is that there are students that are determined to succeed in school but do not currently have a GPA

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that reflects their motivation and or potential.” Ruiz said, this funding should be provided to students who show a dedication to educational success, not to students who will complain about maintaining a B and C average. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 64 percent of full time undergraduate students receive grants, the majority of which are Cal Grants. An estimated 256,000 of those students will receive Cal Grant funding in the 2012-13 school year. If this proposal is accepted, this number will drastically

decrease. While funding is being cut and the minimum income requirement to be eligible for a Cal Grant continues to rise almost as quickly as the tuition rate of universities, it is fair that the students who are performing at their highest ability and are maintaining a higher GPA be rewarded for their efforts. Although this will have a heavy impact on students, it enforces the need for students to be academically competitive and to take college seriously. If you’re attending college through tax payer money, you should be held to a higher standard.

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These students are essentially receiving help with tuition and should show their gratitude and dedication by maintaining a 3.25 GPA at minimum. At this university, I want the kind of students who are putting all of their time and effort into their school work in order to maintain their Cal Grant through a good GPA, not the kind who are doing the bare minimum of work to skate by with a 3.0 and still getting their education partially or fully paid for. The student who is going to work hard to achieve higher academic success is more deserving of the help that the Cal Grant provides.

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SPORTS Family history motivates Beaman’s present on the court S

inéad Vaughan Staff Writer

It is Holly Beaman’s last year on the tennis court and she is looking to make the most of it. Beaman came into her senior season ranked No. 14 in the west region with her doubles teammate Kim Kolibas. The two have played together since their freshman year, along with teammate Jordan Leckness. The senior trio has taken on the responsibility of leading this year’s team. Beaman is leading her team with hard work and passion for the game, but that passion is something that has grown with time. Beaman played four years of high school basketball and tennis. She admits to enjoying basketball more than tennis during high school. “It came down to the point where I had to make a decision, and even though I enjoyed basketball more, I was better at tennis. Tennis was the smartest decision,” Beaman said in an email. She started playing tennis about eight years ago. Her grandfather brought the sport into her life. He played until he was 85-years-old and is part of her motivation to work hard and stay dedicated to tennis. “I can’t really complain about being tired or sore because he doesn’t have any sympathy for me. He was playing tennis until he couldn’t walk anymore,” Beaman said. As Beaman became more competitive in tennis, she began to truly love it, as she still does today. Beaman’s freshman year at CLU came with nerves as she wanted to be considered a good competitor. Those nerves progressed into excitement over the years as she became more confident in her ability. “I am passionate about tennis, especially this season because it is my senior year and my last

Photos by Adara Groves - Staff Photographer

Heavy hitter: Holly Beamen has been a major factor behind the Regals 5-2 start. The Regals, undefeated in SCIAC play, have been led by senior Holly Beaman, photographed above. Right, Beaman hits a forehand against Biola. Beaman won her match against Biola’s Kelly Thompson 6-0, 6-2.

opportunity to compete,” Beaman said. Beaman’s four years of competitive tennis have been played with senior

teammates Kolibas and Leckness. Over the years, they have become close teammates and friends. They are hoping that their bond and

experience will help the incoming freshman and the entire program reach a new level this year. “The fact that the three of us have

been together since freshman year has had a positive impact on our playing ability and the team as a whole,” Beaman said. “I just want to be a good leader for the freshmen and be a strong motivator.” Kolibas is upbeat in her hopes for this season, and enjoys having Beaman as her doubles partner. She said they balance out each other’s strengths and weaknesses well. Kolibas loves Beaman’s energy and positive outlook. “Holly is a great teammate because she is so encouraging to everyone on the team,” Kolibas said in an email. As Beaman continues to encourage her teammates throughout their matches, she is leading by example on the court. Beaman competed in her first No. 1 singles match of her career against Hope International. After a three hour battle, Beaman won in the third set. “It turned out to be a really tough match and, fortunately, I never gave up,” Beaman said. Off the court Beaman enjoys the beach, and hanging out with friends. With a major in marketing communication and minor in multimedia, she would like to pursue a job in the sports marketing field. As a singles player she is looking to dictate more points in the game and come out aggressive in each match. In her doubles team with Kolibas she knows at the No. 1 spot they are playing tough opponents. Beaman would like to continue playing to the best of her abilities each game. Kolibas feels the same and is positive about the season ahead with Beaman. “This season, we want to be able to keep up with and hopefully beat some of the better teams like Pomona, Claremont and Redlands,” Kolibas said. “I feel like so far this season we have been successful and we hope to keep it up.”

Kingsmen hoops says goodbye to its three seniors J

osh Hibbert Staff Writer

After a hard fought 65-59 win over Redlands during “Senior Night”, Saturday, Feb. 18, the Kingsmen ended their season with a dominating performance defeating Occidental 65-54 on Tuesday, Feb. 21 Since entering the SCIAC tournament in 1991, CLU has never lost a home game to Redlands. That streak was extended to 21 games in last Saturday’s victory. Recognized prior to the game for the collegiate basketball contribution to California Lutheran University, seniors Aaron Van Klaveren, Xavier Walton and John Wilson played their last game in Gilbert Arena. With all the spotlights on the

seniors, junior Jayvaughn Nettles stepped up to make sure the upperclassmen went out with a win. Nettles had a team high 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. An all-around team effort on both offense and defense took the Kingsmen into halftime with a 33-28 lead, outshooting their opponents 51.9 percent to Redlands 44.4 percent. The Bulldogs trailed by as much as 14 points with 13:40 left in the second half, but a late run by Redlands saw them tied 59-59 with only 1:16 left. Despite the comeback, a huge layup from Walton clinched the game for the Kingsmen. Van Klaveren ended his last home game with seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Walton was a key contributor to

the Kingsmen’s victory, adding 11 points and 5 assists. “Everyone contributed tonight,” Wilson said. “To beat Redlands at home again on Senior Night was just icing on the cake and will be a great memory for me.” The next game was a trip to Occidental for CLU’s last game of the season in which the Kingsmen cruised to an 11-point victory. Big performances from Harris, Nettles and Van Klaveren helped the Kingsmen achieve the win. The three combined for 41 points, 19 rebounds and five assists attributed to CLU never giving up the lead. “Tonight we put it all on the line,” Van Klaveren said. “We got a team win” “Everyone that played, played their tail off,” Walton said. “That’s really what we needed to do and

that’s why we got that result.” Wilson told Tracy Maple of CLU Sports Information staff that he was proud of the way his team ended their season. “Tonight was probably the best complete game we played all year,”

Wilson said. “I could not be any prouder of the way we played tonight and how we hung in there all season as a team.” The Kingsmen ended their season with a 7-7 finish in SCIAC, 11-13 overall record for a fifth place finish.

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Knights rugby in midst of undefeated season L

indsay Bowden Staff Writer

CLU Knights rugby team remained undefeated after beating Occidental 30-18 on Saturday, Feb. 25. “It was the best game of rugby I have seen us play,” Sophomore captain A.J. Montes said. The Tigers were undefeated until Saturday and they are the reigning Southern Calif. Small College Champs. This year the Knights are looking to claim that title and they hope to further establish themselves as a leading competitor. Rugby is a club sport at California Lutheran University. The Knights continue to make a name for themselves in the National Small College Rugby Organization. The Knights had a rough start to the Saturday game, as the Tigers scored first. “Our game play in the first 15 minutes has been a weakness all season. Also, penalties hurt us a lot in the beginning,” Montes said.

“We went down 18-3 at the beginning and no one got down on themselves and we rallied.” Montes said the team’s dedication and passion for the game are its greatest strengths The Knights were all smiles and very optimistic about the remainder of the season after taking down the toughest team in the conference. “We stuck to the basics and did everything we do best,” said senior Ryo Takahashi. Takahashi thinks his team has great chemistry and continues to grow as they work towards their ultimate goal. However, there is a price to pay for such an impressive record. “It feels great but it puts a huge target on our back,” sophomore Philip Albornez said. “We have to play our best every single game no matter who the opponent is.” The Knights practice four days a week and are coached by Steve Stone, a volunteer coach with more than 30 years of experience. “He’s a players coach for sure,”

Takahashi said. The players are all full of gratitude for Stone and the knowledge he lends to the team. “We are very grateful for the time he puts in,” said Albornez. “We could improve on our overall fitness as a team, getting our defensive line together and holding gaps to a minimum,” Albornez said. They will be away next weekend, facing off against Azusa Pacific University. The following weekend the Knights will play their final home game against Concordia University. “More campus support will help us go farther,” Montes said. The Knights are looking to win their next two games and compete against California Maritime Academy for a chance to travel to Nebraska for the National Small Schools Championships. In preparing for the rest of the season, Montes said, “We got past the biggest hurdle, we will continue working on improving your own game and we’ll be ready for the state cup.”

Photos by Allena Williamson - Photo Editor

Knight in Armor: Above, Senior Derek Martinez sprints into the open field during Saturday’s game at North Field. Left, Junior Garrett Meadows, avoids an Occidental player. Below, Knights celebrate their fourth victory.

Knicks’ Lin-sanity takes over the sports world S

teve Brazil Staff Writer

The phenomena “Lin-sanity” has been making headlines and sweeping the nation with the same fire as “Tebow-mania”. “Linsanity” of course is referring to the New York Knicks shooting guard Jeremy Lin. Lin went from unknown bench player to NBA superstar virtually overnight. The story of Lin is spectacular to say the least. Lin grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he played basketball for Palo Alto High School. He was named first team All-State as well as Northern California Division II Player of the Year in his senior year. Even with these honors and a 4.2 GPA, Lin received no athletic scholarship offers from any PAC-10 colleges. Lin attended Harvard University

on academic scholarship only. At Harvard, Lin demonstrated that he was one of the best players in college basketball making the AllIvy League team three years in a row. Lin entered the NBA draft as one of the top players statistically but was not drafted by any team. As an unsigned free agent, Lin had workouts with the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors and was offered contracts by each team. Lin decided to sign with the Warriors, near his home town. During his time with the Warriors, Lin was sent down to the NBA Development League, three different times. During the NBA lockout, Lin traveled to China to play in the CBA for the DongGuan Leopards. While in China, Lin showcased

his talents and was picked up by the Houston Rockets. After playing two preseason games for the Rockets, Lin was released to the New York Knicks where he competed for the third-string shooting guard position and was sent back down to the D-league. Due to good play and some injuries, Lin was pulled back up. On Feb. 4, during a game against the New Jersey Nets, Lin got his chance to shine. Lin came off the bench and led the Knicks to a comeback victory scoring 25 points with seven assists and five rebounds. After his break out performance Lin started in the next game against the Jazz and finished with 28 points and eight assists. The next challenge was the Lakers where Lin stepped up to the occasion and outscored Kobe, with 38. The “Lin-sanity” was in

full effect. After beating the Los Angeles Lakers and winning four straight games the Knicks then defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lin had 20 points and eights assists. On a roll, Lin proved that he could finish in the clutch when he hit the game winning shot against the Toronto Raptors just before time expired. “Lin-sanity” is what the announcers yelled and what the headlines read. With that victory, Lin became the first player to have 20 or more points and seven assists in their first five starts. The Knicks won their next game against the Kings, as Lin had 13 assists. The rise of Lin and “Lin-sanity” has had a tremendous impact on the Knicks. The Knicks lost 11 of their last 13 games before Lin got significant playing time. Since

Lin’s big debut game the Knicks have gone 7-1, losing to only the Miam Heat heading into the All Star Break. Lin was invited to participate in the All-Star weekend festivities last minute after his overnight rise to fame. Lin is now one of the most followed players in the NBA and everyone is waiting to see how far the “Lin-sanity” will go.

For the Record The photos that ran in the Feb. 15 edition of the Echo were misidentified. The golf photos were courtesy of Jeff Lindgren. The softball photo of Kayla Sakamoto was taken by Adara Groves. The Echo apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Regals are heading to the big dance R

obert Ambrose Staff Writer

It was an historic weekend for the Regals basketball team. On Thursday, Feb. 23 they defeated Occidental 51-49 in the SCIAC tournament semifinals and then defeated rival Redlands 61-58 two days later on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the SCIAC championship game to advance to the NCAA Division III tournament. “It feels absolutely amazing to clinch the SCIAC championship,” said senior Chelsey Hastigan. “There is so much talent in the SCIAC conference and there are no words to describe how it feels to finish on top.” The win sealed the program’s eighth SCIAC championship and first since 2006. “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve dreamed of playing college basketball,” said senior Meaghan Goodenough. “I worked so hard to just play at this level, and to think we won SCIAC and are going to the tournament. When the buzzer finally went off, I just thought this is a dream come true.” The story book season really started writing itself when senior Shana Moore’s buzzer beater advanced the Regals to the SCIAC tournament. “It is one of the coolest things to be able to be a part of March Madness and to follow the footsteps of the football and volleyball teams this year,” said Moore. Both games came right down to the final play and the Regals had to make several clutch shots and defensive stops to pull each game off. “So many games this season came to the last play and being

Photos by Danika Briggs - Staff Photographer

The Big Dance: Above, the Regals come together for a chant just before their last home game of the season begins. Right, junior Erica Whitley pulls up for a three pointer, as Regals advance to the NCAA tournament. able to pull out the two most important games of the season was phenomenal,” said Moore. The Regals led by 15 against Occidental. The Tigers battled back going on a 25-8 run over a 14 minute span to take a 44-42 lead with 4:20 remaining. Trailing 49-44 with 2:30 remaining, the Regals had their backs against the wall trying to fight off elimination. Junior Erica Whitley hit a three to cut the Tigers’ lead to two. The Regals then needed a stop on defense and forced a turnover. Whitley made a pair of free throws on the next offensive possession to tie the game at 49 and then became the hero when she made the game winning layup as time expired to put the Regals into the championship

game. “When I made that final drive, I did not know if I was going to take it all the way or end up dishing it out,” said Whitley. “It just happened to be my instinct that made me take the layup option.” She finished the game with 21 points including the final 12 points of the game for the Regals. It was the second time the Regals had beaten the Tigers in the season and the Regals are the only SCIAC team to have defeated the Tigers all year. “I honestly did not know I had the final 12 points until my friends told me,” Whitley said. “At that moment, I just wanted to win. Beating Oxy is a good feeling. They are a great team

and they have a great demeanor which I respect.” Whitley came up big again against Redlands, hitting three clutch free throws in the closing seconds of the game. Hastigan led all scores for the Regals with 16 points including going 4-8 from beyond the arc. She also hit a clutch three that helped keep the Regals on top down the stretch. The Regals were able to get a lot of help from their bench, outscoring the Bulldogs’ bench 25-12. The victory was clinched on a

defensive stop when Redlands’ Ashley Sevilla missed a potential game tying three that would have forced overtime. The celebration was on. “This team has overcome obstacles all season and we plan on continuing our success in the NCAA tournament,” Hastigan said. The Regals will play the first round game of the NCAA tournament on Friday, March 2 in Oregon against the No. 3 George Fox Bruins. The Regals lost to the Bruins back on Nov. 27, 2011.

Kingsmen get back to their winning ways at home S

tephen Johnson Staff Writer

In the Saturday, Feb. 25 double header against Pomona-Pitzer, Trevor Koons provided a walk off single in the first game of the day while Nick DeLorenzo drove in all three Kingsmen runs in the second game to give CLU the series over the Sagehens, and put the Kingsmen back on the winning track. Last week, the baseball team traveled to Anthem, Ariz. to play four games in the Arizona Desert Classic. The team went 2-2 in the tournament with a blowout victory over Sul Ross State 180. Garrett Smith, Nick Boggan and Mike Vinyard drove in 10 of CLU’s 18 runs. The Kingsmen were then held scoreless in their matchup against Concordia, Texas, losing 5-0 as Concordia starting pitcher Scott Hays threw seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. The Kingsmen rebounded with another lopsided 14-6 victory over Whitman University.

Pitchers Chris Park and Tyler Hebda were nearly unhittable over the last five innings of the game, not allowing a run after the fourth inning. The Kingsmen’s last game of the tournament was a 3-2 pitching duel in which the Kingsmen came out on the short end, losing to No. 4 Linfield University. While pitchers John LaMoure and Byron Minnich only allowed five hits against Linfield’s offense, the Kingsmen could not capitalize on their scoring chances, going 1-for-10 in the game with runners in scoring position. The Kingsmen offensive struggles continued in their first game against Pomona-Pitzer, as they were shut out on the road in a 3-0 loss. Sagehens’ starting pitcher Travis Rooke-Ley went the distance, pitching a nine-inning shut out, only allowing five hits. The first game of Saturday’s double-header against the Sagehens ended in dramatic fashion.

With the score tied 4-4 going into the eighth inning, the Sagehens led off the inning with a Mike Moyer single. With Moyer on third and two outs, Coleman Lukas hit a groundball to the shortstop Koons. A wide throw by Koons to first base pulled Boggan off the bag but was still able to tag the runner extending towards the base. There was a long moment of confusion for the umpires as no call was made on the apparent tag. As a surprise to both teams, the first base umpire ruled the runner safe at first. Coleman, fixed between first and second when the call was finally made, was caught in a rundown long enough for Moyer to score from third, giving the Sagehens a highly controversial 5-4 lead. “Nothing like that has ever happened to us before,” said Koons. “It was a confusing situation but there’s nothing you can do but get past it.” With the Kingsmen trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of

the ninth, a pair of walks to Nicho DellaValle and Vinyard as well as a single by Iggy Wagner loaded the bases for Koons with two outs. The home crowd was up on their feet cheering. A passed ball by the Sagehens scored DellaValle from third to tie the game at five all. On a 1-1 pitch, Koons drove a single past the third basemen, scoring Wagner and giving the Kingsmen the walk-off victory. “When we were down one, I was thinking, ‘I have to drive the ball to the gap,’” said Koons. “Once the run scored, I relaxed a bit. I was looking middle-away and was just looking to punch somewhere to get a single.” The Kingsmen earned their second victory of the day, defeating the Sagehens 3-2 thanks to outstanding performances from DeLorenzo and Hebda. DeLorenzo’s two out, two-run single in the third inning tied the game and his solo home run in the sixth eventually proved to be the game winning run.

“I was looking for the fastball away, but the changeup hung over the middle of the plate,” said DeLorenzo. “I was able to get a good piece of and it went out.” DeLorenzo went a combined 5-7 with four runs batted in over the two games. Hebda entered the game in the fifth inning, relieving starter John LaMoure to get the final out of the inning and preserve a 2-2 tie. Hebda allowed no runs and only three hits over the next four innings to give him his first victory of the season and allowed the Kingsmen to take two of three games from the Sagehens. “Getting two out of three is huge,” said DeLorenzo. “It looks like the SCIAC will be anybody’s ballgame. There is no frontrunner so we just have to keep playing good baseball.” Cal Lutheran (8-4, 4-2 SCIAC) will host Whittier (8-5, 4-2 SCIAC) in the opening of a three game series starting on Friday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m.

the Echo, Feb. 29  

Vol. 59, Number 4

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