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March 7, 2011

Vol. 58 Number 5

California Lutheran University Student Newspaper

Cardone elected ASCLU president


Staff Report:

My passions are everything that I am. I always act on what I am passionate about.

– Rebecca Cardone 2012-13 ASCLU President


Rebecca Cardone was elected ASCLU president by just eight votes in the run-off election on March 1. Cardone’s opponent was incumbent Jesse McClain. Following the first election on Feb. 28, McClain led with 41 percent of votes to Cardone’s 38.9 percent. Neither of the candidates received

50 percent of the votes, which triggered a run-off election. The ASCLU-G bylaws state that at least half of student votes are required for candidate to assume the office of president. During the run-off election on March 1, 392 students voted. Cardone received 200 votes, while McClain accounted for 192 votes, according to ASCLU senate director Sierra Ronning.

There are 2,713 undergraduates attending CLU, according to the CLU website. Fewer than 14.5 percent of students determined who the future ASCLU president would be. Jesse McClain will finish the academic year as ASCLU president. President-elect Cardone will take office as ASCLU president on May 1, according to the ASCLU Constitution.

Soaring gas prices frustrate students

Coach Marty Slimak gets his 500th career win.



mir Ibrahim

6 CROP Walk at CLU aims to end world hunger.

Photo by Melina Esparza - Staff Photographer

Heart of Hearts: Cooper Smith (left) and Berlin Galvin (right) rehearse “Her Heart” a scene from Almost, Maine directed by Junior Jeremy Hanna. The pair performed to a packed Black Box Theatre on March 3 and 4..


‘Almost, Maine’ a definite hit

“The entire situation is


illogical and screams of a cover-up and a lack of transparency from our government agencies.”

— Matt Young, pg. 9

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en Goodyear Staff Writer

There was a total of four weeks to get the set designed, organize the lighting and cast the characters. Down to the final crunch time, the cast of “Almost, Maine” had to get their act together to inspire the audience with humor, rejection and compassion. “Almost Maine” was a studentrunBlack Box Theatre Production. The directors, Jeremy Hanna, Seth Kamenow and Shaun Hara had to cast the actors in three days and fit in two rehearsals before many of the students left for Utah to show their previous play “Suddenly Last Summer.” The play was set in Almost, Maine with characters who all knew each other and told short stories that were not related to one another. The audience was captivated by the different emotions of happiness, sadness, laughter and sympathy as the characters acted out their stories of trial and triumph. [See MAINE, Page 5]

Photo by Melina Esparza - Staff Photographer

Kissing Me Softly: In “This Hurts,” a scene from Almost, Maine, Nolan Monsibay’s character can’t feel pain until Aubrey Kaye kisses him.

Staff Writer

Gas prices have risen nearly 40 cents in two weeks. The rise in gas prices has impacted many CLU students who commute. “The rise in gas prices has affected me a lot. I commute 45 miles to school everyday. In spite of having a fuel-efficient car, it’s still not enough, so I might buy a scooter,” said junior Nick Simpson. California has the second highest gas prices in America, and they are having a huge effect on students. “Going to school and having an internship has been really hard on me. I spend about $70 a week. [I am] coming from Oregon where gas prices are much cheaper so it makes things very difficult,” said senior Matt Valley. Many students are frustrated with the prices and are seeking ways to save money. “It is ridiculous how much we are getting robbed at the pump. Between work and school, I am spending about $100 dollars a week. I’m definitely thinking about getting a different car to save me money if this keeps up,” said CLU graduate student Youssef Chmait. Political tension in the Middle East is one of the reasons gas prices are rising. According to Dan Hamilton, professor of economics, as long as the tensions in the Middle East between Iran and other surrounding countries don’t escalate, gas prices should not rise during the summer. The tension with Iran and United Nation’s sanctions are [See GAS, Page 3]

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NEWS CLU professor campaigns for position as Ventura County Superior Court Judge T

ommy Schofield Staff Writer

Moving in a new direction with new technology and ensuring that justice is continuously served within the court system are just a few reasons why CLU adjunct lecturer Brad Bjelke is running for the office of Ventura County Superior Court Judge. Court systems across the country have been scrutinized for their inability to manage their cases and budgets, and Bjelke feels that it’s time for a change. Bjelke, California Lutheran University alumnus and former Echo reporter, works full time as an attorney. He teaches at CLU and is now running

his own campaign. “I think the time is right now. I have 11 years of experience as an attorney and I think there are things that need to be fixed in the court system that I have the ability to do,” said Bjelke. Taking on this new venture was never a question for Bjelke, who describes himself as a self-motivated person. Becoming judge has been a goal of his since his days spent as a student at CLU. “It’s been a lifelong dream more than anything. When I made the decision to go to law school when I was at CLU. I think that was the end goal,” said Bjelke. Bjelke is described as “the people’s choice” judge. Previous students,

alumni and faculty have supported his campaign. Students from the CLU community plan to show their support for his campaign. "I'm looking forward to helping out with his campaign and I fully support his race for judge," said Jessica Thompson, a graduate student planning to pursue a career in law. Thompson credits Bjelke with directing her toward her chosen career path. "Professor Bjelke has made me love the law and understand its intricacies. He is one of the main reasons I'm now in the MPPA program at CLU and planning to attend law school afterward," said Thompson. Bjelke believes the grassroots effort of the

CLU community will help him win. He described the support he has received from alumni and students as overwhelming. “I grew up from very humble beginnings. Everything that I’ve had to do, I’ve had to do on my own,” said Bjelke. Bjelke believes that his opponents may be able to outspend him in their campaigns, but no one can work harder. “I think I’m the better person for the job. I bring new ideas. I’m motivated. Nobody is going to out-

Photo by Leanne Blackwell- Staff Photographer

The Chosen One: Judge Brad Bjelke and his family complete the CROP walk on March 4. work me. They can outspend me but they can’t out-work me.” Bjelke's campaign website lists the events that will occur up until election day on June 5. For more information on his


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Facebook meme page epidemic tickles Board of Regents’ fancy I

vy Emmons Staff Writer

Whether you know how to say it or not, it’s a fad that’s growing on campus. Now 700 people strong, the CLU memes page on Facebook gives students the opportunity to air their grievances about the university they attend. Freshman Garrett Gough started the California Lutheran University Memes Facebook page to provide students with a platform. After seeing other university memes appear on his friends’ news feeds, Gough decided it was time California Lutheran University joined the trend. “My friends go to Cal Poly, and they started one there. I figured I could make one for CLU. I heard a couple people talking about it, so I thought, I might as

well do it,” said Gough. Gough created the memes page in the beginning of February. There are now more than 700 members, and it is continuing to grow as word spreads. “We have a Facebook group for the freshman class and I posted on that page and all the freshman started joining. Then they got their sophomore friends to join in, and the sophomores got the junior friends, and then so on,” said Gough. ASCLU President Jesse McClain caught wind of this new outlet for students and decided to share their memes with the Board of Regents in a meeting on Feb. 25. “When I found out about the memes page I thought it was really awesome that the students were finding a forum to not only talk about their frustrations, but funny things that happen

around campus,” said McClain. McClain wanted to show the board how students took it upon themselves to express their ideas in a new creative way. “This isn’t just about one person’s concern. This is something that 60 people liked, or this is something that 45 people agreed with,” said McClain. Not only do the memes allow the students to voice their opinions about issues on campus, they provide a way for the CLU community to come together and relate to one another through shared experiences. “I think the page is a great idea, and I’m glad that it was a student who took the initiative to start something like this,” said junior Kendall Larsen. “Personally for me, as someone who doesn’t create any of these

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Meme-tastic: The CLU memes page that currently has 734 members. memes, I find the majority of them to be hilarious and I really enjoy how I can relate to a lot of what is being posted,” said Larsen. Not all of the memes are created with the purpose of improving the university experience.

According to Gough, some students have experienced personal attacks created through the memes. “I noticed that some of them were starting to get personal, and that’s one of the downfalls of it, especially since we are such a small campus,” said Gough.

iCLU prepares for takeoff Cost of gas expected to as launch date approches deflate by summer months L

acie Goff Staff Writer

iCLU, the student-run Internet only radio station, is getting ready to launch. The six-member staff of iCLU has been organizing and recruiting in order to start broadcasting this semester. The station will consist of news, sports, talk and music. Senior Ashley Messersmith, general manager of iCLU, is a communication major with an emphasis in film and a minor in multimedia. “I think the whole point of the station is to really bring a sense of community together in the school so that students of all majors can learn how to do broadcasting on air,” said Messersmith. “If they don’t want to do all the behind the scenes they can just broadcast their interests and get their word out there.” Participation is open to any student enrolled fulltime at CLU. The idea for the station came about when KCLU was getting funding for a new building and received a grant of $1 million from the Marvin E. and Martha K. Smith Foundation. The building will include an educational suite consisting of a smart classroom and two student laboratories, according to Beverly Kelley of the communication department. “With those resources, I thought ‘hey, why not have

a student radio station?” Kelley said in a phone interview. Tim Schultz, engineer and designer of the old and current KCLU studios, volunteered his time to order and install all the equipment needed for iCLU. The iCLU Advisory Board was formed and met to make decisions, write a handbook and mission statement and other necessary items needed to start up the station, Kelley said. The mission statement expresses the purpose of providing educational, entertaining content different from commercial radio that allows students to display talent and prepare for the future. ASCLU-G allotted a budget of $10,125 for operating expenses that includes stipends for a general manager, program director, webmaster, news director, sports director and talk director. Messersmith said they hope to start test broadcasting on by March 12. Kelley spoke of a hard launch some time in April. “We’re going to start broadcasting every day in the evening or late afternoon and go into maybe night, 10 or 11 o’clock depending on how many people we get stepping up to do the shows. But we’re starting small because we still have to learn how everything works,” said Messersmith. Messersmith said hopefully in the future iCLU will broadcast 24 hours a day.

She said a long-term goal is to have the station be a vehicle for student awareness, and a means of finding out what is happening on campus. “I think everyone should get the opportunity, not just people who are playing music that we decide to play. It should be an experimental radio interests, music, sports and talk,” Messersmith said. “Hopefully people will realize it’s not as scary or intimidating as it might seem to go on air. We’ll be working together as a team so people are not alone.” Kelley said the radio laboratory will facilitate the new Working at iCLU course led by adjunct advisor Rachel McGrath. McGrath has more than 20 years experience in broadcasting in the UK and in the USA and has worked for several major radio and news organizations including the BBC and CNN. “Everyone I’ve approached has been really excited. We just hope we put out a lot of good content, and that people get interested. This is the beginnings of a Cal Lutheran tradition,” said Louie DeMetre, programs director and music director for iCLU, and a first-year business major. For more information on iCLU radio, its launch and opportunities for involvement,“like”theFacebook page “iCLUstudentradio,” or e-mail iCLUradio@hotmail. com with ideas.

[GAS, from Page 1] making it difficult for oil prices to drop right now, according to Hamilton. Since Iran is responding negatively to the sanctions it is leading to fear about the supply of oil within the industry. With the industrialization

of China and India, two of the biggest economies in the world, the supply of and demand for oil are also rising intensively, according to Hamilton. Students believe gas prices will keep going up until the elections. Many students are

carpooling to school, saving money on gas and finding different means to travel. Students are also trying to figure out schedules for next semester if the prices keep rising, so they can attend class three days a week instead of five, according to Simpson.

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EXTRAS 2/28/12: An individual was reported injured in a skateboard fall by the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center. The fire department and an ambulance responded. 2/28/12: A domestic violence incident was reported on campus. The Thousand Oaks Police and Campus Public Safety responded. No arrest was made.

Bishop Mark Hanson, of the Evangelical Church in America, will speak on vocation and reflection in the Samuelson Chapel on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Student Life applications are due Friday, March 9. Spring Formal will be held at the Ronald Reagan Library this year. The theme will be “Come Fly Away With Me.” There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration next Wednesday, March 14, at Buth Park. The senate allocated $435 to the Military Veterans Club. The senate allocated $2,900 to the CLU Hockey Club. The senate allocated $1,530 to the Social Science Gang Tour. The senate allocated $200 for the Diversity Walk.

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

Information provided by Campus Public Safety.

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

Senior Update Tips From the Career Service Center

Class of 2012

2/28/12: A vehicle reported driving recklessly on campus. The Thousand Oaks Police responded. A citation was issued by Campus Public Safety for reckless driving in a residence hall parking lot.

ASCLU Senate Minutes Monday, March 5, Meeting

Campus Safety Blotter

Attend the U.S. Job Search for International Students workshop Thursday, March 8, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Roth Nelson room. If you need your resume reviewed, upload it your at

Senior Pride Committee Commencement speaker candidate speeches are due Friday, March 9. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Senior Pride Committee, email Amanda Whealon at

Senior year is the most frightening, thrilling, fantastic, awesome, amazing experience of college!” Amy Atkinson Class of 2012

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FEATURES New ‘Ghost Rider’ film fails with flaming plotlines CRITIC’S CORNER


aylor Lampela Staff Writer

Once in a while, there’s a movie that’s just plain bad. You know it’s going to be bad. You’ve seen all the trailers and TV spots a thousand times because the studios bombard you with them in the hope that overkill will get your bum in a movie theatre seat. Everything seems terrible, from the acting to the script to the special effects, yet somehow you are intrigued enough to go and see it. So that’s basically how my roommate Ash Williams and I ended up seeing “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” last week. After debating all evening about whether we should go and see something that looked good, like “The Secret World of Arrietty,” or something that looked awful (pretty much everything else recently released), we decided to go see “Ghost Rider.” Unfortunately we didn’t have the privilege to see it in glorious 3D since we were a bit late for that, but we got in and waited. After what felt like ten trailers (to quote Ash: “We’re not even seeing

“The Grey” and all I see is Liam Neeson everywhere”), the movie finally started. I expected a major crapfest. And it pretty much delivered. I will begin by saying it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen and it wasn’t as bad as I had expected or hoped, but let’s just say it wasn’t good either. Now don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy Nicolas Cage in some of his movies, for one, I think he was brilliant as the Adam West-esque Big Daddy in “Kick-Ass,” but I’m not sure anyone’s forgiven him for movies like “Bangkok Dangerous” or “The Wicker Man.” He’s not the world’s best actor and since his track record as of late hasn’t been too hot, he follows that streak here. The biggest issue he faces in this flick, I think, is that he’s taking himself too seriously. It’s a comic book adaptation and since you need quite a bit of suspended disbelief for this movie, that needs to be played up correctly. Which leads me to the next point: the script. As I was leaving while the credits rolled, I was shocked to see the story and script were co-written by David S. Goyer, who helped write “The Dark Knight,” one of the best superhero movies of all time. How

Play easily keeps crowd entertained [MAINE, from page 1] The set was a simple porch with a door attached to it. The scenes were based inside and outside of that porch and gave the audience a way to feel connected to the characters with each story. The intimate set allowed the audience to be drawn in by the emotions of the actors as they dealt with the drama of their lives. Sophomore Chris Malison was assistant technical director of the play and also played the character Randy in the second act. “Going for a rural setting, the simplicity of the set helped give off that feeling,” said Malison. Kamenow, co-director and set designer, said his original inspiration was a snow globe, so everything was over-exaggerated and larger than life. “The porch was very important to me because there were so many scenes that happen on the porch or right inside the house, so it had to be many different locations,” Kamenow said. He said that he made the final decision to abstract the porch to double as an inside or outside scene with a change of the window. The show was originally performed with only two men and two women playing multiple

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Hot Temper: “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” stars Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, or the “Ghost Rider.” could a story with so many plot holes and bad attempts at humor be written by someone who knows how to write good cinema? There was a joke comparing the Rider going to the bathroom to using a flamethrower. Not kidding. They did it twice. Besides the erratic camera work and mostly terrible acting, the plot holes may have been the thing that irked me the most. One of the characters was given the demonic power to decay everything he touches. So then why did the

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Love Lost: Jessica Butenshon and Erik Klein play old flames who meet again in a bar. parts with a minimal set. Kamenow wanted to cast as many characters as possible and have some fun with a different set. He tried to surround the audience with a curved set that goes all the way around the audience. “I wasn’t expecting it to be humorous, but I was entertained the whole time with the different stories. I never knew what the next story would be,” said sophomore Bryce Calloway. The theater actors will put on another play in about a month about an epic battle between good and evil called “Jekyll and Hyde.” The production will be put on at the Civic Arts Plaza.

ulia Kemp Staff Writer

Finding something fun to do on the weekends can be hard, but if you look, you can find many great things to do on the weekend in and around Thousand Oaks. The Oaks Mall is always a great Saturday afternoon place to visit. You can get any shopping that you might need or just want to do all in one place. Wildwood Park has many hiking trails some easy and other that are harder but one of the best is Paradise Falls. Whether you like taking a nice stroll around campus, the mall or even to the store, you may want to check out our local food market on Thursdays, located in the Oaks Mall parking lot. Sometimes it’s nice to get out of Thousand Oaks for a few hours and if that’s what you’re interested in, head down to Malibu Third Street, or even Long Beach. To learn more about things to do around Thousand Oaks, read the rest of this article at

ambulance that he was driving stay in perfect condition when everything else disintegrated? How does the Rider’s motorcycle magically disappear when he jumps off it and then reappear when he needs it? Maybe I missed something, but when that happened Ash leaned over to me and said, “How did his bike just appear? He’s not Batman. Bruce Wayne’s got all those gadgets.” As a generation, we’ve been lucky to have so many well-done superhero flicks, like “The Dark

Knight” and “Iron Man” and arguably Sam Raimi’s first two “Spiderman” movies, that we have much higher expectations for a comic book adaptation. I don’t think that’s the problem though. The filmmakers have a responsibility to deliver quality products, especially when they get those obscenely large paychecks. My call? Don’t waste your time or money seeing this in theatres now. If you absolutely want to, wait until it goes to the discount theatre or is available on Netflix.

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CROP Walk takes a stand against world hunger

Photo by Leanne Blackwell - Staff Photographer

Making Strides: About 500 people attended the walk to support Church World Service’s drive to end hunger.


athy Howell


Staff Writer

The money stays to help out local charities. The people were really interested in our school and helping to better the community that we live in.�

The 34th annual Conejo Valley CROP Hunger Walk at CLU drew hundreds of supporters on March 4 in support of ending the hunger epidemic around the world. Many also turned out to support Maurice Bloem, who plans to walk 100 miles to raise awareness about the growing problem. Bloem, deputy director and head of programs for Church World Services, will walk 100 miles in 11 days to “remind [himself] and others that we can and must do our parts to help end the tragedy of hunger,� as said in a statement online. He will be accompanied by his cameraman and colleague, Tim Shenk. “I’ve never done this before. I just hope I can finish my walk,� Bloem said. The walk will take him through Chatsworth, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena and Glendora, where it will end. Bloem will then join the East San Gabriel Valley CROP Hunger

Ashton Williams Sophomore Walk on March 11. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and California Lutheran University Community Relations Liaison Cindy Keitel explained how the CROP Walk donations would be distributed. “It is organized through Church World Services with 75 percent of the money raised going toward international and national hunger relief. The remaining 25 percent goes to five local food programs and pantries including MANNA and the Conejo Valley Food Bank,� Keitel said in an email. CLU students, as well as other various groups in the community,

including churches, families and individuals attended the event. “Last year we raised $54,000 and we’re always looking to do even better every year,� said Sherrill “Sheriff � Hyink, the 13-year coordinator of the event. Hyink estimated there were about 500 walkers present. According to Keitel, there are more than 2,000 walks put on all over the world to raise awareness. The MANNA Food Drive and monetary donations support the cause. CLU University Relations and Church Ministry will continue collecting nonperishable goods on campus until March 9. Trekkers had three different walks to choose from: a timed 20-minute path, four-mile and six-mile walks. The 20-minute walk was led by CLU sophomores and presidential hosts, Ben Melano and Ashton Williams. “I think that this is a great cause especially because some of the money stays to help out local charities. The people were really interested in our school and helping to better the community

Photo by Leanne Blackwell - Staff Photographer

Giving a Hoot: Coordinator Sherrill Hyink explains the walk’s rules. that we live in,� Williams said. “The people on the campus stroll part of it were excited to be able to help even though they weren't able to walk the entire four miles.� The walk also attracted returning participants who have been involved with the event for years. “The CROP Walk fills me with joy whenever I come. I really like the fact that it’s helping people locally, nationally and globally,� said Anna Burrows, a senior at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks. “We’re all working for common goals.� Burrows has been participating in the CROP Walk since she was seven years old. However, CLU sophomore


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Ottilie Yee and junior Kelli Campa, CROP Walkers who haven’t been participating for as long, were also enthused about the walk. “We donated cans today but I will also definitely participate in the can drive they’re holding this week,� said Yee. Campa participated last year and liked the experience. They both took on the 4-mile walk. “This event is all about teaching everyone how to be self-sustaining. We’re basically teaching them these necessary skills,� Burrows said. Bloem’s 100-mile journey can be followed on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

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Photos courtesy of Maiko Oikawa

In Ruins: Yamashita recalls seeing the devastating damage when he went back to Japan, including seeing a ship in the middle of a road surrounded by ruins of buildings. He also visited a housing unit where victims were given necessities.

Student recalls horror of Japan tsunami aftermath N

icole Mangona Staff Writer

Though it has been almost a year since a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan in March of 2011, senior Shugo Yamashita clearly remembers the moment he first heard the news. It was like any other night for Yamashita as he worked on homework. But on this night, his roommate burst into the room and announced that there was an earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Yamashita’s girlfriend in Japan had called him earlier to tell him of the earthquake, but he assumed it was similar to the mild ones that have often plagued Japan. It was not until Yamashita turned on the television that he realized the severity of the situation. “I was shocked because it kind of looked like a movie to see the tsunami go over all the land,” said Yamashita. A few days after hearing the news, CLU’s United Students of the World collected donations to send to those affected in Japan. A month later, members of Asian Club and Friends, Action Abroad Alliance and the Hawaiian Club held a luau and benefit concert to raise money. “I was touched by the many students who stopped by to donate,” Yamashita said. “I was impressed by all the kindness.” As soon as he saw the coverage on TV, Yamashita called his family in Tokyo, which is two hours away by train from northern Japan. Though his mother was out of the house at a yoga class, Yamashita instructed his sister to remain at home to keep in contact with the rest of the family. His mother stayed at a friend’s place and returned home the next day. “I was not able to use my cell phone to keep in touch since there was an overload of calls being made,” Yamashita said. “But Facebook and Twitter were very useful in contacting family and friends.” Yamashita continued to watch the news as there were more reported deaths and cases of missing people. He became anxious and curious to see what was happening in his home country and was able finally to witness the destruction firsthand in December of 2011. Yamashita first visited Kesennuma

City in Miyagi Prefecture, which was one of the most damaged areas. He said that visiting the city was so scary that it gave him goose bumps. “Some buildings had been 32-feet high, but only the skeletal frame remained,” Yamashita said in a letter to the Echo. The city was home to agricultural businesses and fishermen, but the tsunami destroyed most of the land and forced residents to leave the area. “Many people lost their businesses, so they ended up having to change their jobs,” said Yamashita. Much of the damage surprised Yamashita, but one sight stood out in his mind. One area of land was completely wiped out and deserted, but in the middle of a road stood a large ship from where the water had pushed it onto the land. “Seeing these sights on TV is different from real life. Real life is more serious and more shocking,” said Yamashita. He also traveled to Ishinomaki City, another destroyed area, to visit a temporary housing unit for those affected by the earthquake. About 300 people who resided in the unit were provided with donations of clothes, food and basic necessities. “Those who lived in the temporary housing looked more lively than I expected,” Yamashita wrote. “Everybody made an attempt to rebuild their lives.” While there, Yamashita spoke to a Buddhist priest who had lost his daughter, mother and temple in the tsunami. Yamashita said that the priest had tears in his eyes and told him that many people lost their purpose in life, but they must keep looking to the future. “The priest insisted that we must stand on our own two feet as soon as possible,” Yamashita said. As a thank you and a sign of appreciation for the donations and support, the priest and temporary residents crafted origami in the shape of a Japanese kimono to give to those who helped. A handwritten message by the residents accompanied each kimono to demonstrate their appreciation. “The priest wanted to indicate thanks to everyone,” said Yamashita. Yamashita later met with a group of people who lost their hearing due to the earthquake. One of Yamashita’s friends had assembled

Photo by Adara Groves - Staff Photographer Photos courtesy of Maiko Oikawa

Utter Devastation: In photos submitted by Yamashita’s friend from Japan, the damage done by the tsunami is evident. Many towns were completely wiped out and some residents were forced to move and seek other occupations. Below, Yamashita holds one of the origami kimonos made by victims as a thank you to people who helped during the aftermath. Each kimono included a hand-written note from a survivor.

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the group because they wanted to hear news about what was happening in the United States and the donations that were coming in. “Though they couldn’t hear, their faces showed that they were happy to learn about the support,” said Yamashita. In his letter to the Echo, Yamashita wrote that although Japan was faced with an unprecedented crisis, they are able to recover, rebuild and take back their lives. Although the salaries the Japanese

government are giving to those affected by the earthquake are not enough, Yamashita believes people are looking for the next step in moving forward. “I want to visit the area once a year to help out,” said Yamashita. “I will never forget this earthquake.” He explains the support to the Japanese helps them be strong and continue on with their lives. It is through the experiences and

emotions of the Buddhist priest, of the group who lost their hearing and of Yamashita that illustrate the appreciation of the continued support from CLU and the United States. “On behalf of the Japanese, thank you for your cooperating donation and taking care of the earthquake and the tsunami victims,” Yamashita wrote. “We will never forget your kindness.”

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Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik are heroes Chloe Vieira It’s understandable to be confused about the recent civil war in Syria, but the fact that we know anything at all is thanks to journalists and photographers who risk their lives to send information back to us. Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik were two such journalists. Colvin, 55, was an American writer for the Sunday Times of London and Ochlik, in his late 20s, was a French photographer with his own agency. They were both killed on Feb. 19 while reporting on the conflict in Syria. During an attack by the Syrian army, they were hit

by a rocket while fleeing their temporary media center. Colvin and Ochlik are two in a long line of photographers and foreign correspondents who have died reporting in dangerous situations. The mainstream media are routinely criticized, often rightly, for being biased and profit-driven. Sarah Palin recently popularized the phrase “lamestream media,” to describe the effect. “More cable space for more media channels causes fracturing and partisan programming,” said CLU communication professor Jean Sandlin. On the left side of the spectrum is CNBC; on the right side is FOX News. Viewers tend to watch shows they agree with, but as a whole the public distrusts the media. According to a Gallup poll done last year, 55 percent of Americans have little or no trust

in the media. During presidential primary season, polarization of the media gets worse. During the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina in January, CNN kicked off a debate by asking Newt Gingrich about his ex-wife. “I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office,” Gingrich said in response. CNN’s ridiculous question and Gingrich’s obvious disdain left a bad taste in the mouths of viewers, adding to public distrust of the media. TV news reporters don’t grow up dreaming of being the most biased, sensational, mudslinging journalists around.

Media corporations want to turn a profit even if that means sending their reporters after trivial stories. Somewhere between grad school and landing their first job, some reporters lose sight of what’s most important: hunting down facts and giving them to the public whole. “The media is a watchdog,” said Sandlin. And in history, it has been. During the BP oil spill, media coverage put intense pressure on the company to clean up the coast. The media also made a huge difference in public sentiment about the Vietnam War. Colvin and Ochlik had no agenda. They had more to lose in Syria than to gain. “There are snipers all around on the high buildings,” Colvin said in one of her final reports from Syria. “I think the sickening thing is the

complete merciless nature. They are hitting the civilian buildings absolutely mercilessly and without caring and the scale of it is just shocking.” Colvin’s bravery made her intentions clear. Getting the story of the civilian deaths in Syria into the hands of someone who could help them was the mission she died doing. “No matter what job you have, the way you conduct yourself comes back to your personal ethics,” said Sandlin. Colvin and Ochlik are shining examples of what journalists should aspire to be. They’re on a par with Woodward, Bernstein and every other journalist who has ever stuck out his or her neck for a story. Their work is valuable and they deserve to be respected and revered.

Keep sexual predators out of our schools Krysten Jones The recent exposure of school teachers having sexual relations with students means children are not able to put their trust in adults expected to be respectable educators serving our communities. It’s time to enforce better solutions to reduce the number of sexual abuse cases and protect the welfare of students. As reported in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 29, a total of seven teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District have been arrested on sex-related accusations. The most prominent case surrounds Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt who is currently under investigation for lewd acts against 23 students

from 2005 to 2010. Pictures have surfaced, showing students blindfolded and gagged with repulsive details that are too disgusting to repeat. Charges have also been filed against Martin Springer, another teacher at Miramonte for allegedly fondling a female student. Berndt and Springer have both pleaded not guilty. Miramonte Elementary School is only one of several locations in which teachers are under investigation for sexual acts against children. A Feb. 23 Huffington Post report revealed that Gabriela Cortez, a Roosevelt High School Spanish teacher, had sex with two of her former male students. Cortez was arrested after one student came forward to police and confessed that he had a sexual relationship with the teacher from 2008 to 2010. The second student spoke with authorities about his sexual relationship with Cortez in her home, after his name was

mentioned in the first student’s confession. Cortez might be charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. To add more fuel to the fire, John Juul Nielson, a former part-time dance teacher at Orange County High School of the Arts, was arrested for sending a 15-year-old female student sexually explicit text messages, according to a Feb. 29 CBS News report. In his previous job as La Habra fire chief, Nielson was accused of sexual discrimination by an employer. The case was settled without any admission of guilt. It is mind-boggling how someone who has been under suspicion of sexual misconduct can be hired as a high school teacher. According to an MSNBC report on March 1, a former teacher at Enochs High School in Modesto, Calif., resigned after leaving his wife and children to move into an apartment with an 18-year-old girl he met when she

was a freshman. The teacher was identified as James Hooker. One of his children even attends the high school. CLU religion professor Victor Thasiah said it’s difficult for schools to prevent hiring adults who subsequently end up with sexual offense charges for the first time. “I think it’s a big issue,” Thasiah said. “It’s difficult to detect this for first time offenders with no history discernible by any background check. We’re always to some extent vulnerable with respect to those sorts of offenses.” Despite the impossibility of eradicating the problem, Thasiah said better solutions could be implemented to protect the welfare of children. As a father of two daughters, he believes that an open line of communication between school officials and students needs to be encouraged, in addition to parents instilling in their children what is inappropriate sexual behavior. “It would be good to survey

students to get a sense of how widespread this issue is,” Thasiah said. “Even talking with students about either people who have already been victimized or people who have felt vulnerable to that sort of teacher attention would be important.” Thasiah also stresses that educational awareness among students can teach them about the early signs of sexual harassment before it gets worse. In many cases, repeat offenders find ways to get teaching positions because a number of cases are not reported for different reasons. One reason is “quietly” handling the situation to avoid putting the student through further trauma. But dealing with the issue in this way only encourages the offender to move on to the next school district. Most importantly, parents should take the initiative to communicate openly with their children and never allow any sexual abuse case to be swept under the rug.

Licensing the undocumented is a good idea Nicole Tracy Illegal immigrants should be issued driver’s licenses if they have lived in the United States for several years. Licensing the undocumented would greatly increase safety on California roadways by eliminating their anxiety of being caught without a license at the

scene of an accident. It would also allow police to identify people more easily. According to two articles in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22 and 25, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that they would support a plan to make this happen. Joelynn Zub, a junior at CLU, has her own reasons for disagreeing with the proposed action. “I had to go through a lot to get my license because I’m from Canada and I don’t think it’s fair. They don’t have to pay taxes and

they’re getting things free that citizens don’t,” Zub said. California Student University junior Leah Griffith has another perspective to offer. “I think that they should be issued licenses because I don’t see the hindrance or the pain of illegal immigrants with licenses,” Griffith said. California’s lawmakers and citizens should separate public safety from politics. According to the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22, the concerns are that issuing these licenses will make it easier for terrorists to move around the

country. These concerns are indeed compelling. However, safety is priority. “There are some pros because some illegal immigrants are driving around without insurance and if they get into a car accident then there are problems,” Zub said. “I had a friend who was hit by an illegal immigrant and they had trouble with the insurance. I’m not sure how it turned out, but it was really difficult.” Beck believes that the number of hit-and-run accidents would decline if illegal immigrants

weren’t afraid of getting caught without a license or insurance. Licenses should not be handed out freely to incoming illegal immigrants. If the legislation goes through, illegal immigrants that have been living in the U.S. for several years will have the opportunity to test for and receive a driver’s license that will probably be distinguishable from regular licenses. California lawmakers and law enforcement officials are dedicated to protecting the public, and this new legislation is a reflection of that dedication.

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Obama’s war on government transparency Matt Young Our federal administration, which initially promised transparency and accountability, has been determined, more so than any other, to prosecute those who expose the dark dealings of some of our federal organizations. The Obama administration has been targeting these “whistle-blowers” with a passion unparalleled by any previous administration. The main tool used—The Espionage Act. This act, enacted in 1917, was initially designed to prevent the spread of crucial information to our nation’s enemies. It has rarely been used in prior administrations. In the Obama administration alone, it has been used six times.

As if this wasn’t controversial enough, the general trend of the uses of the Espionage Act is not to prevent the spread of crucial information to our enemies, but to punish those who expose questionable administrative actions. The most recent case, which has stirred up heated political debate on both sides, is the case of former CIA officer and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kiriakou. Simply put, Kiriakou is being charged with leaking information to journalists and the media about CIA officers engaging in questionable interrogation methods, including waterboarding. After President Obama’s official ban of waterboarding by executive order in 2009, one would think that the CIA officers administering waterboarding would be punished. As of yet, there has been no prosecution of the CIA officers. Instead, the Obama

In an age where information is becoming increasingly available, transparency in our government is more crucial than ever. administration has enacted the Espionage act to prosecute Kiriakou. I won’t pretend to know the entire content of the information Kiriakou leaked, and perhaps he deserved to be reprimanded for releasing crucial information, yet the CIA officers responsible for the waterboarding, an interrogation method specifically banned by the current administration, should be prosecuted as well. Keep in mind that waterboarding is one of the mehods of torture that the United States tried, convicted and hanged Japanese soldiers for using against American POWs

during World War II. One of the more controversial cases that employed the Espionage Act is that of Bradley Mannings, an army intelligence analyst accused of stealing thousands of classified documents and giving them to the website The difference between Manning’s case and the majority of the prosecutions is that the information was a threat to administrative secrecy, not national security, according to the New York Times, in an article on Feb. 26. The entire situation is illogical and screams of a cover-up and a lack of transparency from our government agencies. The truly baffling part of the administration’s crackdown on “whistle-blowers” is the hypocrisy of it all. Politics aside, when an important part of a presidential government administration’s message is transparency, it makes absolutely no sense to pursue those who expose actions that

the same presidential administration officially banned by executive order. In an age where information is becoming increasingly available, transparency in our government is more crucial than ever. Rather than walking a very thin line and bordering on infringing on the first amendment, the Obama administration should be focused on declassifying as much information as possible. This has been repeatedly stated by Obama as one of his goals, yet under his administration, officials classified nearly 77 million documents in 2010 alone, an increase of 40 percent from the previous year, according to an New York Times Aug. 24 article. We need to hold the current administration to a higher standard and hold them to their promises. This two-faced approach to openness in the government is worrying to say the least, and without public outcry against it, the war against whistle-blowers won’t be ending anytime soon.

Affirmative action is the definiton of racism Nikki Fay The United States has spent decades attempting to do away with racism and prejudice. Our generation can look back at the injustices of the past and look forward to a future of equality where we all enjoy the same rights Right after we get rid of affirmative action. In 2003, the Supreme Court allowed public colleges and universities to take race into account when making admission decisions. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 21, the decision was expected to hold for 25 years. Recently, the court agreed to hear a case involving race-

conscious admissions at the University of Texas, bringing the issue of affirmative action into question 16 years too soon. It’s back again and this time it’s all the more prominent. If the courts choose to ban racial preferences in higher education, colleges around the country would no longer be allowed to take race into account to ensure racial diversity within their university or college. They should have never have been allowed to consider ethnicity in the first place. We have worked for years to achieve racial equality, but if the current stance on affirmative action holds true, then we don’t have that standard of equality. It’s reversed prejudice to choose one applicant over the other solely because of their race, even though students may have the same grade point average or the same test scores. That, in essence, is the very definition of racism.

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It’s discrimination against someone because of his or her ethnicity. “Affirmative action is a form of reversed racism,” said California Lutheran University senior Dana Blocksage. “It’s now discriminatory the other way. It may have been needed 20 or 30 years ago, but it’s not needed now.” Colleges and universities should uphold their commitment to their students by providing the best possible education and admitting the best possible students. Allowing people to be admitted based on their race, even though they may not be as qualified as someone of the majority race, is

discriminatory. Telling students that regardless of their hard work, they may not be admitted to their school of choice because their skin isn’t the right color is disgusting. According to the Times, passing this bill would reduce the number of AfricanAmerican and Latino students at nearly every selective college and graduate school and would allow more entries for AsianAmerican and Caucasian students. Although it is important to keep the universities diverse and to expose students to a number of different cultures and races, it is also important that students be admitted based on their

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dedication to academics, not their heritage. It is frowned upon for individuals to discriminate against members of other races and we should hold universities to those same standards. Academia is no place for disrcimination. It is unjust for students to be turned away from a university just because the quota for their race has already been met. Any form of discrimination, whether it is to diversify or limit a student population, is unfair and wrong. Continuing to uphold affirmative action is showing students that forms of prejudice still exist.

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27-year old Frenchman steps into leadership role S

inéad Vaughan Staff Writer

In his first season as a Kingsmen Thomas Millet, a 27-year-old French tennis player, has already earned the respect of his teammates who voted him captain of the No. 20 ranked CLU tennis team. Millet was surprised by the decision but accepted the responsibility. Though it is unusual for a new member of the team to be voted captain, coach Mike Gennette finds it fitting for Millet. “I have noticed on several occasions that [Millet] is a good leader and a man of character,” Gennette stated in an email. Millet is taking his role as captain very seriously and wants to lead this year’s team with his experience and competitive spirit. “I hate losing,” Millet said. Millet is not used to losing during his successful tennis career. He was introduced to tennis 20 years ago by his father, who eventually became his coach. Millet began to compete and win tournaments in Montpellier in the South of France where he grew up. He quickly realized he had a natural talent for the game and began to work hard at it. He played 80 to100 matches each year and had a good ranking in France. “I want to push myself to get back to my best, like when I was 18 to 20-years-old,” Millet said.

Though Millet knows he is not at his best, he was still good enough to win a doubles state championship at Ventura Community College this past season. Genette knows Millet already brings an impressive game to the court and is just looking to enhance his tennis skills in the next year and a half. “My goal is to help him to be in the best shape of his life and to reach a whole new level of play,” Gennette said. While Millet never stopped playing for fun, he took four years off from competitive tennis to work. The time off brought him more experience with tennis as he worked as a tennis instructor. Millet is certified as a head coach by the French Tennis Federation. The certification is highly respected and took two years to complete; but Millet does not let his coaching expertise come onto the California Lutheran University tennis court unless he is called upon. “We have a coach. I don’t want to get involved in that,” Millet said. “If the coach asks me to get involved with something technically or tactically I will do it, but otherwise it is not my place.” The respect that he shows for Gennette is part of what brought him to CLU. Millet looked at several different schools but did not have a connection with the coaches.

With constant correspondence from Gennette throughout the season, Millet felt he would work well in CLU’s tennis program. “I really like the guys. They were really cool with me,” Millet said. With the team’s vote for Millet’s captainship, it is clear that they feel he has the traits of a Kingsmen. Doubles partner Connor Treacy says that Millet gets along with everyone. Treacy feels that Millet’s age and nationality bring a new dynamic to the team that is contributing to their success. The two are looking forward to the season together and both have high expectations. “I want to bring [Treacy] to his best and if possible, go undefeated,” Millet said. “I have a good connection with him. He is young and fresh, and I am experienced, so we complement each other.” Millet has set his goals high for himself and the program this season. CLU has the No. 1 toughest rated schedule of any Division III tennis team in the nation. He will be working to get back to his top game while facing off against eight of the nation’s top 10 teams. Things on the tennis court may be serious for Millet and Treacy but off the court, they like to have a good time. “We all joke around about how [Millet] is from France and we talk in a French accent to each other,” Treacy said. “Which is

Photo by Leanne Blackwell - Staff Photographer

Around the World: Frenchman Thomas Millet is roommates on campus with his sophomore Brazilian teammate Marcelo Sousa. cool because it’s an inside joke that we as a team have.” Off the court Millet enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, soccer and rugby. With a major

in business, administration and an emphasis in international business, he would like to work for an international sports marketing company.

Regals go one and done in NCAA tournament R

obert Ambrose Staff Writer

The Regals basketball season came to end on Saturday night with a 58-35 loss to the undefeated and No. 3 ranked George Fox Bruins in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. It was the Regals first ever SCIAC championship and first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2006. “The NCAA tournament was

everything I imagined,” said senior Meaghan Goodenough. “It was a physical, intense, and emotional game that had thousands of people watching.” The Regals finished the season with an overall record of 18-10. “Looking back, I learned how resilient a team can be,” said junior Channing Fleischmann. “We went against all odds, all disbeliefs and came out with a championship.” The Bruins took control of the game from the opening tip

off and jumped on top 6-0 and never looked back. The Regals managed to keep it close and trailed by five, 20-15, at the half. After a layup by Fleischmann, the game was 20-17 at the start of the second half. The Bruins blew it open and scored 12 unanswered points to make it 32-17. The Regals were never able to recover from that run. In the second half alone, the Bruins outscored the Regals 16-6 in points in the paint and 18-6 in points off of turnovers.

Junior Erica Whitley led all scores for the Regals with 17 points. She was the only Regal in double figures that night. Only four other Regals managed to score. “I learned a lot about myself this year,” said Whitley. “I matured significantly in my game and my mentality. I am proud of what I did this season and happy to have done it on a great team.” The Bruins managed to do a better job sharing the basketball and spreading the scoring. Keisha Gordon led all scorers with 14 points. Megan Arnoldy scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, just missing a double double. Hannah Munger, Hayley Cusick and Jami Roos added nine points each. Munger also added eight rebounds. Going into the offseason, the Regals will have to replace three senior contributors Chelsey Hastigan, Goodenough and Shana Moore. Hastigan was the Regals’ leading scorer and made 72 three-pointers on the season and finished her career at No. 4

on the all time list with 126. Goodenough led the team in assists and finished her career No. 7 on the all time list. “The best memory of my entire career is most definitely winning the SCIAC championship at Redlands this year,” Goodenough said. “It’s been a goal of mine since I was a freshman and to finally have accomplished that was the most rewarding experience.” The future for the Regals is bright. Next season, the team is expected to return 13 of 16 members from this year’s team including Fleischmann and Whitley. Whitley is ranked top ten all time in multiple statistical categories. Jazmyne Porter and Rachel Heagy, who were both major contributers off the bench this season, are also expected to return next year. “We can only grow from here,” said Fleischmann. “We now have the NCAA tournament experience and we know how much it’s going to take to get further. I am excited for next year. This year has given us great confidence.”

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Regals host tournament and gains five victories L

indsay Ehlers Staff Writer

The Regals water polo team chalked up five wins and two losses while hosting the Posada Royale Invitational on March 2-4 at the Samuelson Aquatics Center. The Regals started off their tournament against Azusa Pacific University. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Regals senior captain Kelsey Bergemann scored three of the four goals in the first quarter. “For the rest of the weekend and season our team is really going to need to focus on having very strong offense and defense,” said Bergemann. The Regals finished the game with a 9-3 win over Azusa Pacific University. The wind couldn’t stop the Regals on Friday, March 2. Grove City College couldn’t either, as the Regals punished Grove City 13-0. Freshman Regal Skylar Vazquez started in the goal, blocking seven shots and grabbing two steals. On day two of the tournament, the Regals had an early morning game versus Wheaton College. The Regals had a strong start to this game keeping a steady lead with a combination of good offense and defense. In the second half of the game Jordan Card came off of the bench and scored four goals including the last three of the game. The Regals finished with a 17-6 win over Wheaton. In the second game of the day, the Regals played Division I CSU

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Big Splash: Left, Sophomore Lexy Varshawsky scored five goals in the 2011 water polo season. Top right, the Regals gather round for water. Lower right, Shannon Streeter searches for an open teammate to pass to. Bakersfield. In the beginning of the game, the teams stayed even in scores until CSUB took the lead with four more goals. Freshman Kehau Ai stepped in with three goals in the game. Two of them were in the fourth quarter. “I think that our team did really well. We’ve been working really hard in practice and it has definitely been paying off,” said Ai. “It’s a lot different coming from high school

being a senior and then starting over as a freshman again, but it’s been a great experience and I can’t wait for the rest of the season”. CSUB won 10-7. On the final day of the tournament, the Regals played three games versus St. Francis College, Occidental College and Chapman Univeristy. CLU and the St. Francis Terriers battled it out, keeping equal or close scores for the whole time.

Photo by Danika Briggs - Staff Photographer

The Regals finished off the Terriers in the morning and won 9-8. CLU found a familiar face in their sixth match of the tourney. The Regals’ SCIAC rival Occidental Tigers defeated CLU 10-7, but it will not be considered a SCIAC match. The Regals finished their tournament and three-game day against Chapman University. The Regals held a strong lead over Chapman for the most of the game. Sam Martin, of Chapman

University, scored six of the Panthers’ nine goals. The Regals still defeated Chapman 11-9. “Our team clicks really well this year. We have some good freshman this year that really stepped up this weekend. I think as a team we played really well this weekend and I’m excited for the rest of the season,” said Whitten. The Regals will have their next game on Saturday, March 9, in the Claremont Convergence.

Regals rally for a win over Saint Benedict P

eter Ciaramitaro Staff Writer

Women’s tennis fell short to the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, but rallied back to defeat Saint Benedict in a 5-4 team victory on Saturday. Carly Mouzes scored the final point to clinch the win against Benedict. Holly Beaman and partner Kim Kolibas won their match against

Pomona’s No. 1 duo and came out on top 9-7, scoring the Regals only point of the day. “The fact that Kim and I have been teammates since freshman year has definitely helped us,” Beaman said, “We know each others strengths and weakness and we play off that.” Nationally ranked No. 9 and regionally ranked No. 2, PomonaPitzer came in as a dominant force

Photo by Laura Decorte - Staff Photographer

Soft Serve: Jordan Leckness goes for the shot to prepare for against College of Saint Benedict this past Saturday.

defeating the Regals 8-1 on Friday. Kolibas and Beaman both fell short in their singles matches against Pomona. Jordan Leckness won the first set 6-4 at the No. 4 spot. Leckness fell short to the Sagehens’ Arthi Padmanabhan two sets to one. The Regals worked hard to rally back against Saint Benedict, winning 5-4. Off to a good start, the Regals took two of three doubles matches and three of six singles matches. Kolibas and Beaman showed their dominance at the No. 1 doubles spot for the Regals winning 8-3. Leckness and Lindsay Murphy also won in the No. 2 spot 8-4. Kolibas, Sarah Baker and Mouzes won their respective singles matches. Kolibas defeated Alyson Brandell 10-7 for the win at No. 1. Baker defeated Benedicts No. 3, 6-4 and 6-1. Mouzes was the deciding factor for the Regals on Saturday. “We have done an awesome job in motivating each other on the court,” said Leckness, “We are constantly cheering and believing in ourselves and teammates which inspires every girl to play their best.” Mouzes had her team behind her while she won the fifth and final team point for the Regals. She won the first set 7-5 and the second set 6-4 for the victory. The Regals’ head coach Vanessa

McPadden picked up her 17th career victory. She is now tied for fifth on the all-time program wins list. “Our team’s main goals have no limit. We are not focusing on numbers or rankings of other

teams but of what we are capable of doing,” said Leckness. With the win the Regals move to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in SCIAC. The Regals face Northwestern of Iowa next on Friday, March 9, at the Poulson Tennis Center.

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BY THE NUMBERS: 19 seasons as Kingsmen skipper 18 seasons of 20 plus wins 0 losing seasons Photo by Leanne Blackwell - Staff Photographer

Head coach reaches milestone No. 500 amid five straight wins S tephen Johnson Staff Writer

The Kingsmen baseball team is on fire. They extended their winning streak to five games in a row and also gave head coach Marty Slimak his 500th career victory during a three-game sweep of Whittier College over the weekend. The Kingsmen started the three-game series on Friday at home against Whittier with a 3-1 win. It was coach Slimak’s

500th win during his 19 years as head coach of the team. “If you stay around long enough, it is bound to happen,” Slimak told Tracy Maple of CLU Sports Information after the game. Senior starting pitcher Byron Minnich went the distance for the Kingsmen, pitching all nine innings while allowing one run and collecting an impressive nine strikeouts. “It feels great getting this win for coach,” Minnich said after

the game. “I was here for his 400th win, but that was a long time ago. I’ll remember this game forever.” Junior right fielder John Leal drove in two runs in the second to give Minnich all the run support he would need. Junior short stop Trevor Koons stayed hot at the plate, adding three more hits on the day. The Kingsmen traveled to Whittier College and took both games in a double header Saturday against the Poets, winning 6-1 and 9-6 respectively. Starting pitcher of game one, senior Peter Ciaramitaro, contained the series with another strong Kingsmen outing going seven innings allowing no

earned runs, while scattering three strikeouts and only four hits. The Kingsmen offense gave their starter an early cushion after putting five runs on the board in the first inning. Koons continued to swing a hot bat, driving a RBI double down the left field line, while junior first basemen Nick Boggan also doubled in the first frame to give the Kingsmen a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the first inning. “The game went really well and our team came out on fire,” said Ciaramitaro. “Coming out with five runs in the first makes it an easy day for a pitcher.” Kingsmen designated hitter,

Photos by Danika Briggs - Staff Photographer

Small Ball: Left, Iggy Wagner uses his speed to get on base against Whittier. Above, Nick DeLorenzo slides into second base against the Poets.

junior Nick DeLorenzo, also contributed three RBI’s to the game. The Kingsmen then got out to an early lead in the second ball game of the day. Four consecutive hits start off the first inning lead to a 1-0 CLU lead after a double by Boggan. When Whittier came back to tie the game at one-all in the bottom of the first, Boggan came up clutch in the third inning by leading off with a solo home run that put the Kingsmen back on top. CLU and Whittier battled back and forth for the lead after a three-run homerun from Whittier tied the ball game at six all. The game was squared at six going into the eighth inning when a pinch hit two-RBI single by junior Kevin Leonard was the game winning hit of the game. Dominick Solley and Trevor Koons who had walked and singled to start the inning were able to score. Senior starting pitcher John LaMoure allowed one earned run after his five-inning outing. Koons, seniors Iggy Wagner and Garrett Smith each had a RBI on the game while Boggan and Leonard had two. “Taking the sweep this weekend puts us in a good position going into next week against Redlands,” said Ciaramitaro. The Kingsmen (11-4, 7-2 SCIAC) return home on Friday, March 9 to host the Redlands Bulldogs at 2:30 p.m. The Kingsmen are undefeated at home.

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