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VOLUME 70

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

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After decades of athletic growth, California Baptist University has completed its transition to Division I.

BY HANNAH GORDON ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

We made it. This year, California Baptist University Athletics will be competing at the highest level, Division I. “There is a tremendous sense of accomplishment now that we are a fully-fledged NCAA Division I program,” said Tyler Mariucci, director of Athletics. “I am so excited for our coaches and student-athletes because they now have the opportunity to compete for national championships on the

large stage the NCAA has.” This means CBU is going up against some of the most prominent schools in the country like UCLA and Brown University. “Now it’s kind of like our chance to go out and compete against all these big schools and win a championship,” Jordan Lane, captain of the men’s soccer team said. “It is a chance to go up against recognized schools.” The doors of opportunity have swung wide for the Athletics program thanks to this significant event. One of the na-

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It has been a long journey to full NCAA Division I membership for CBU, and it is the realization of a lot of great planning, hard work and investment from our leadership.

get something big.” CBU has been working its way up to Division I for 53 years. “CBU was a dominant force in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1969 to 2011,” Mariucci said. “We first became a fully-fledged NCAA Division II member in 2013-14 and then announced our move to NCAA Division I status and the Western Athletics Conference in January 2017. “It has been a long journey to full NCAA Division I membership for CBU, and it is the

realization of a lot of great planning, hard work and investment from our leadership.” Division I status is a benefit to all of CBU. “This brings increased exposure to CBU as a whole because we are competing against some of the most recognizable institutions in all of college athletics,” Mariucci said. Now, the school will have the opportunity to become more recognized. “That is the goal: to go and be with the best of the best,” Lane said.

The return of Clash N Roll launches new school year BY EMILY MCGINN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

A group of students has fun while waiting for Clash N Roll to begin.

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Students flooded the Front Lawn on the evening of Sept. 4 to kick off the school year with crazy outfits and a massive game of Bunco during Clash N Roll. This annual event, which concludes Welcome Weekend, brings the student body together prior to the start of fall classes. However, for the past two years, the Front Lawn has lacked the clashing outfits and dice-throwing that is characteristic of this popular event. Clash N Roll has been absent from the

Welcome Weekend schedule for the past couple years because of regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alyssa Humphreys, senior psychology major, is a Community Life intern who helped prepare and run the Welcome Weekend and Clash N Roll events. “We’re so excited to have [Clash N Roll] back,” Humphreys said. “It’s an event that brings everyone together right at the start of the year. It’s such high energy and it sets the tone

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Students participate in the Bunco tournament.

Clash N Roll Continued from Page 1 for the rest of the year. We’ve been through a lot of struggles with COVID and we weren’t able to do this event, so it’s really cool to be on the other side of that and be able to start this event again.” Humphreys said that Community Life and the other departments involved in Welcome Weekend have been prepping for the events, including Clash N Roll, since last year. The process has involved collaboration among many departments to create a memorable and helpful weekend for students. “Prepping for Welcome Weekend is really going back to why we are doing it — trying to create events that are going to build community [and] trying to build events that will connect students to each other so they can enter into this year with some connections,” Humphreys said. “Once you have community and once you have connections, that’s really what’s going to lead you to be able to stay at this school and enjoy your college experience.” Unlike the other events during Welcome Weekend, Clash N Roll was open to both new and returning students. This year, the event was a new experience for sophomores and juniors as well as freshmen.

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A group of students cheer. “I feel like because it’s come back and it’s new, some people are like, ‘What is this?’” said Charisma Rios, freshman architecture major. “I already knew about it, but I feel like it’s more awkward this time around because before it was an ongoing thing and then COVID hit and it went away.” Even though it was brand new to most of the student body, students enjoyed the re-

turn of the event, as more than 1,000 students came to the Front Lawn to participate. “Looking around, it seems fun,” said Delaney Keller, freshman graphic design major. “I love the idea of dressing up.” Throughout the weekend and into Clash N Roll, Humphreys most enjoyed seeing connections form during events. “Even at the smaller events

like the Commuter Brunch or the This or That Kick-Back, [my favorite part is] when you meet a student [and] you see what they like, you meet another student who also has similar interests and you connect them together and that becomes a friendship,” Humphreys said. “I’ve seen multiple students this weekend connect at an event and come to Clash N Roll together, which has been so cool.”

Biden admin grants student loan forgiveness ALEXZA BAHNMILLER MANAGING EDITOR

On Aug. 24, President Joe Biden’s administration released details about a student loan forgiveness plan. This initiative states that millions of federal student loan borrowers will be eligible for $10,000 in loan forgiveness, or up to $20,000 if they received a Pell Grant, according to WhiteHouse. gov. To qualify, borrowers must earn under $125,000 in income, or $250,000 if married. The application to receive the loan forgiveness will be made available in early October on the StudentAid. gov website. Borrowers are encouraged to submit the application before Nov. 15. Yselle Barajas, sophomore psychology major, thinks the plan will be effective, but would like to make some adjustments to it. “The plan is great because it’s a good thing when money is forgiven,” Barajas said.

“Less money is less money. However, in the grand scheme of things, $10,000 isn’t that much, especially for people who are furthering their education with a master’s degree. Also, students will still be in debt, even with the additional money. It doesn’t necessarily solve the issue of debt itself. It just helps lessen the burden a bit.” Barajas also said she would prefer if the money was not allocated to the school specifically. “It would be preferable if we could receive the money and decide ourselves what we want to spend it on, rather than the money going straight to the schools,” Barajas said. “We should be able to choose what we need most urgently. I think that would be more helpful.” The current amount of student debt is about $1.75 trillion in the U.S., according to data compiled by Statista. The plan aims to provide relief to up to 43 million borrowers, specifically low- and middle-

income borrowers, of all ages. Valeria Fitz, junior exercise science major, also thinks the plan will be helpful. “I like the loan forgiveness plan because it helps people save money,” Fitz said. “$10,000 is more than enough money because being forgiven for any loans is amazing. Although it won’t completely erase school loans, it’s $10,000 closer to the end of payments.” Dr. Adele Harrison, professor of finance, offers financial advice for students. “Although current students are less impacted by this plan, there are still steps that can be taken to help ease heavy loans,” Harrison said. “Most importantly, borrow as little as possible. Don’t use Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for lifestyle purchases, such as for a car or a laptop. Instead, try to work and save up for those purchases, and only take out what is necessary to pay for schooling.” “Also, make sure to look at

all options for schools as well, because at the end of the day, you are paying for the fouryear degree over anything else. Try to find a school that meets your criteria — criteria determined by your financial means and also your estimated salary for the career in your field.” According to Educationdata.com, the average student loan debt has increased 3,100% since 1970, with the average cost of today’s college graduates owing an estimated $31,100. Only 24% of borrowers reported being able to successfully pay off all their student loan debt. Harrison recommends that students get creative. “Find ways to make money on the side,” Harrison said. “Find ways to make it work, as taking out loans should be one of the final options for how to finance going to school. If we are able to slow the rate of loan growth, this can help result in slowing the rising cost of education.”


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Tuition rises nationwide Summer News Recap EMILY MCGINN

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Students returning to California Baptist University likely noticed a jump in tuition and other on-campus expenses — including housing and meal plans — in their Course and Fee Statement this year. Based on one fourth-year student’s statements, tuition and general expenses for on-campus living increased 3.1% since last year. Overall, tuition and general expenses increased 8.4% since the 2019-20 school year. However, this uptick in expenses has not just occurred at CBU. College students across the nation have been facing rising tuition and expenses for on-campus living. CBU is a private, not-for-profit fouryear institution. Among schools in this category, the average tuition and fees was $38,070 in 2021-22, according to a report from College Board. This was already an $800 increase from the average the year before. As of 2022, CBU’s tuition and expenses for on-campus living was an estimated $49,578 before financial aid, according to the CBU website. Angela Meluski, vice president of Marketing and Communication, said that universities commonly reassess tuition and fees and recommend rates for each year. However, this year is unique given current economic circumstances in the U.S. “This year, uncommon

economic conditions that are dramatically affecting American families and households also are impacting higher education institutions,” Meluski said. This year’s tuition hikes are occurring at least in part because of leaps in inflation rates in the past year, hitting a high of 9.1% in June. “As a college student, rising tuition prices due to inflation impacts my life evidently,” said Faith Pilbin, junior entrepreneurship major. “Being in the middle of college while prices are rising can make it difficult to predict what post-grad life will be like. Unfortunately, I know there is not much the university itself can do to remedy the national problem of inflation.” To help amid the difficult economic situation, Meluski encourages students to take advantage of financial aid opportunities. CBU provides financial aid such as merit scholarships, needbased grants and guarantee initiatives. Meluski said that CBU provided an average of $14,000 in aid to more than 6,500 undergraduate students this past year. “Each year, millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed mostly due to a lack of applicants,” Meluski said. “Take advantage of FAFSA, Cal Grants, GI bills, corporate scholarships, CBU-sponsored scholarships and many other opportunities to secure

financial support.” Despite opportunities such as the merit scholarship and state financial aid, Valeria Molina, senior biomedical sciences major, said she still struggles with affordability. “I think the university should be increasing scholarship amounts for everyone if they will be increasing the tuition because they only increase the merit scholarship for incoming students but they don’t increase it for current students, which I find unfair because the current students end up having to pay the higher tuition price without an increase in scholarship,” Molina said. New and returning students encounter differences between aid such as merit scholarships. While returning students receive the same merit scholarship value as they did when they entered the school, new students receive larger scholarships. For example, according to senior Course and Fee Statements and the CBU website, while a senior can receive up to $13,500 for a merit scholarship, a new student can receive up to $15,500 — a $2,000 difference per semester. Molina recommends that students look beyond CBU for additional scholarship opportunities to help. Beyond financial aid, Meluski emphasized that students should use other money-saving resources, including student discounts.

Multi-factor authentication now required for Blackboard ANYSSA GONZALEZ ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Utilizing a password is the most common form of authentication, especially for California Baptist University’s Lancermail. This semester, CBU has integrated a new multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Blackboard. The MFA is currently enabled for all students and faculty that use Office365, Blackboard and other webbased applications. Syracuse University’s information technology support, Aaron Starr, released an informational MFA article explaining the process of ensuring safety for web-based applications. “MFA is an added verification step during authentication that helps to prevent the unauthorized use

of NetIDs and passwords by ensuring that only the account owners themselves can access their account,” Starr said. Starr proceeds to describe how the new MFL will initiate specific security within the login. Now, as students log in to Blackboard, they are no longer able to access courses without using the MFA. This new aspect of the login process is leaving Lancers describing their frustrations over their understanding of CBU’s login process. Nicholas Ramos, junior mechanical engineering major, explains his frustrations with the multi-step authentication. “I can see why the idea of having students get authentication before using Blackboard has (risen),” Ramos said. “However, having to go through the process possibly

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multiple times a day is not practical.” Jessica Morales, junior prenursing major, thinks the new process of logging in should not have many hurdles to bypass. “As a student, I find it confusing having these added steps introduced into what used to be simple process,” Morales said. “We should be able to access our student accounts and our classes without so many hurdles to bypass.” Sophia Skye, junior psychology major, thinks it is important to have a multifactor security system as technology advances. “I’m very fond of this new system,” Skye said. “Though the multi-factor may be an extra step to logging into Blackboard, I do appreciate the security and privacy of our accounts and steps that are being taken to ensure that for all students.”

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The first case of monkeypox discovered in the U.S. in Boston.

Operation Fly Formula launches. The U.S. receives its first shipment of baby formula in response to the shortage.

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The Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, altering abortion laws.

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Finland and Sweden complete talks at NATO Headquarters and formally express interest in joining.

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Elon Musk backs out of Twitter acquisition deal after agreeing to buy the company for $44 billion.

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The FBI searches former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

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The monkeypox virus is detected in all 50 states.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIES AT 96 The United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Sept. 8. The Queen began her reign in 1952 and witnessed many historical moments, from World War II to Brexit. Throughout her reign, the Queen showed support for numerous progressive legislative amendments, such as the Perth Agreement of October 2011, which allowed female heirs to inherit the throne. She will be remembered for her lifelong loyalty to the Crown.

INFLATION REDUCTION ACT President Joe Biden signed a historic climate, healthcare and tax bill on Aug. 16. With a cost of $740 billion, the act is the largest federal investment against climate change to date. The bill aims to fight inflation, invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing and reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030. The plan will also allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and extend the Affordable Care Act through 2025.

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RIVERSIDE RUNDOWN My favorite spots around Riverside

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Griffith Park and Observatory Hiking trails and science center in LA 1 hour, 3 mins from CBU

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Which over-the-counter pain medication is most effective? BY EMILY MCGINN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Advil. Tylenol. Motrin. Many of us have grabbed a bottle of one of these overthe-counter (OTC) pain medications when we encounter some sort of pain — whether its headaches, muscle pains or something else. But with so many options for OTC medications, is one pain medication better to use than the others? When deciding which pain medication is best to use, it is important to first understand the differences among these pain medications. The major OTC pain medications fall into two groups: acetaminophen, better known as Tylenol, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which include ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and aspirin. While the two classes of medication are often both used as an analgesic, or a pain reliever, they each have slightly different functions. Acetaminophen lessens fever and pain, while ibuprofen can relieve inflammation as well as pain and fever. However, if they use mostly the same mechanisms, why do some OTC pain medications work for some people and not others? Dr. Bruce Prins, professor of biology and department chair of biological sciences, said many pain medications vary in effectiveness because everyone reacts to them differently. “When I was doing research full time, I always worked with male white

rabbits weighing five kilograms that were raised at this farm and fed this food because we’re trying to control things a lot,” Prins said. “Turns out humans have a lot of variability.” External factors can impact the effectiveness of a pain medication. For example, taking pain medication on an empty stomach might work faster to relieve pain than taking the same dose after a large meal because absorption will take longer. Since different pain medications have chemical differences, Prins also points to pharmacogenetic differences between people as a reason for differences in effectiveness. Although humans share many characteristics, people produce different receptor shapes and have genetic differences that lead to variable responses to medication. “Mostly Tylenol works for all of us, but not everybody,” Prins said. “But then ibuprofen might work. I think the biotech/ biopharma is kind of trying to strategize more and more toward specific differences.” Amount of use in the past can also affect if a pain medication works or not. For example, when someone takes a pain medication for a long period of time, the body will need more as time goes on to relieve pain. “If you have not been taking any (pain meds) for a long time, probably it’s going to be more effective when you take it,” Prins said. “It’s along the same route as drug addiction. The more you take it, the cells in the body adjust to that so they produce less receptors. Then, you have to take more to get the same effect and they produce less receptors.

So you have to keep bumping up the dose to get the same effect. If you haven’t been doing that for a while, you start producing receptors.” While choosing OTC pain medications, it is important to analyze risks of each medication. While OTC medications are relatively safe, especially at low doses, they can lead to toxicity, including kidney damage. OTC pain medcations are often perceived as completely safe, which can lead to dangerous conditions. For example, Tylenol can lead to liver failure.

New students share experiences from the first week of the semester BY OLIVIA LENNING

ASST. LIFESTYLE EDITOR After four long years of high school, dozens of applications, SATs, college and career fairs, one (or a few more than one) too many lectures on “how college is harder than you think,” and fees, fees and more fees, new students have finally arrived in college. With the start of the 2022 fall semester, California Baptist University welcomed incoming transfer and freshmen students on campus as they embark on a new chapter in life. Each new student’s experience is different — emotions range from anxiety to pure excitement. Jadyn Burnett, freshman exercise science major, shared her optimism in regards to beginning her college experience at CBU. “CBU was 100% my firstpick,” Burnett said. “It was the only school I applied to because I knew it would beat out any other school I may have gotten into.” Burnett’s experience applying and registering for classes was a simple process. “The whole process was very easy,” Burnett said. “Every link I needed was in an email, so it was super easy to go back to if I ever got lost.” Her move-in process proved to be easy and enjoyable as well. “My move-in wasn’t very eventful — I just did it by myself — but my roommate was sweet and helped me the whole time,” Burnett said. “My resident adviser is super sweet and helpful. She is always open for us to even just come and talk.” Marissa Hopper, freshman

psychology major, is excited to finally be beginning her college education at her dream school. Hopper shared that faith integration was key in her college selection process. “CBU was my first pick,” Hopper said. “I choose to attend CBU because, for the most part, we have matching views and beliefs.” Hopper especially appreciated the new student events. “Starting with Lancer Day, I really appreciated that CBU put on an event to celebrate the students and be there to see them make the decision to attend CBU,” Hopper said. “Signing the big CBU letters and ringing the ceremonial bell was a memory I’ll never forget.” New student orientation was helpful and provided Hopper with much needed information. “With new student orientation, I appreciated all the information for a new student coming into a brand new environment,” Hopper said. “I was hesitant to go at first because I thought I wouldn’t need it, but the information I gained from it helped me along on my first day.” Welcome Weekend was filled with fun, excitement and fellowship. Although she is a commuter, Hopper has felt at home during her short time at CBU. “Welcome Weekend, I would have to say that that was my favorite,” Hopper said. “I met so many new amazing people in and out of my FYE group. That weekend opened up the opportunity for fellowship and the time to make friends, and good ones at that.” Seraiah Carter, fresh-

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Many people seeking pain relief turn to Tylenol, despite the risk of liver failure that it presents.

man criminal justice major, is also optimistic about being a commuter student. “There (are) pros and cons (to commuting), but when you’re saving money and still making friends, it’s just like living on campus,” Carter said. After a few days of class, Carter showed enthusiasm about his courses and appreciation for his professors. “I’m super excited for all of my classes because my professors are super fun, and they really want to get to know you and have a relationship with you,” Carter said. Carter’s Welcome Weekend experience proved to be exciting, to say the least. “It was really fun and loud,” Carter said. “My favorite part was when my friend Jared Pruitt picked me up and crowd surfed me.” Carter shared an overall peace and happiness about his attendance at CBU, explaining that he had sought God in the application process. “When I was signing up, I was really happy, and I left it up to God,” Carter said. Madison Kay Wingo, a discipleship staff member and a CBU alumna, shared her advice to incoming students. “I would encourage students who want to grow in their faith to get involved in community on campus,” Wingo said. “There are so many great avenues in Spiritual Life (SL) to form relationships that are centered around Christ, like SL night and SL groups. “We have space for you to grow with us, and we are always looking to meet new people.”

“Acetaminophen-associated overdoses account for approximately 56,000 emergency department visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and over 450 deaths annually,” reads a 2014 study from U.S. Pharmacist. “Acetaminophen-induced liver toxicity has become the most common cause of acute liver failure and the second most common cause of liver failure requiring transplantation.” Prins emphasizes that toxicity can occur at lower doses used over an extended period of time than many people assume, espe-

cially in older individuals. “This bottle you just bought for $8 with 300 tablets in it could be a killer and it doesn’t mean that you ate them all,” Prins said. “It can be a killer at a much lower dose than that, so (with) all of them, there is potentially always a concern.” Josh Ramirez, senior biomedical major, has used mainly ibuprofen (Advil) for pain and swelling in the past because this OTC medication was effective and non-addictive. He recommends assessing the potential pros and cons of taking any med-

ication prior to use. “I would want (people) to consider rate of addiction associate with (any) drugs and any side effects that would impact them,” Ramirez said. “They should consider if the benefits of taking the drug outweigh the cost of taking the drug.” For those looking for the right OTC pain medication for them, Prins said people should analyze several factors, including what works for their bodies and the personal risk level of taking each medication.

NEW STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

The whole process was very easy. Every link I needed was in an email, so it was super easy to go back to if I ever got lost.

Jadyn Burnett, Freshman exercise science major

Starting with Lancer Day, I really appreciated that CBU put on an event to celebrate the students and be there to see them make the decision to attend CBU.

Marissa Hopper, Freshman psychology major

I’m super excited for all of my classes because my professors are super fun, and they really want to get to know you and have a relationship with you. Seraiah Carter, Freshman criminal justice major


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Lifestyle Tries: Design personalized selfie frame

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Alexza Bahnmiller, managing editor, shares her process for creating unique picture frames.

BY ALEXZA BAHNMILLER MANAGING EDITOR

Selfies are all the rage, and what better way to accessorize your photographs than with a personalized photo frame? Good for anytime usage and amazing for parties and gatherings, this quick

step-by-step tutorial for how to create a custom picture frame will increase those Instagram likes in a heartbeat. Materials: Foam 20-by-30 inch poster board frame, paintbrushes, paints (the paint color is up to you), a small box-cutter knife, a pencil, a ruler and additional materials (up to your

discretion) to design the board. Suggestion: Paint stencils for neat designs, stickers and glueable images, which can be found at Walmart or your nearest crafts store. Step 1: Gather your supplies. Depending on how many frames you will be making, you will need at least one foam 20-

by-30 inch poster board frame. Step 2: Begin by painting your board(s) two layers of the desired paint color. Let the paint dry. Step 3: Using a ruler and a pencil, measure an equally spaced square in the center of the board. If you are going for a ‘po-

Aesthetic chills are common sensations in response to music BY VALERIE LA PONZA ASST. LIFESTYLE EDITOR

Have you ever wondered what its like to feel music? To feel the ebbs and flows, the clashing crescendo and the plummeting decrescendo, followed by waves of feeling. Chills race down your legs, blossoming up your spine, waves of goosepimples following in its wake. For those who do not experience this phenomenon called frisson, it is an alien concept, most often met with raised eyebrows and strange looks. But for those who can feel it, it is a common occurrence, whether from listening to music, listening to another person or even listening to the sounds of nature. Commonly referred to as aesthetic chills or psychogenic shivers, between 55 - 86 % of the population experiences this phenomenon, but few people know what it is called, or even that it is something that other people experience. While research has not determined a concrete reason behind the ability to feel frisson, researchers have discovered ways to influence existing frisson feel-

ings. Scott Bannister, author of A Survey into the Experience of Musically Induced Chills: Emotions, Situations and Music said, “Musically induced chills, an emotional response accompanied by gooseflesh, shivers and tingling sensations, are an intriguing aesthetic phenomenon.” For me, frisson has been a part of my life since I can remember, but I was never able to put the sensation into words, or, for that matter, realize that it was not something that all people felt and understood in the way I did. But in researching and learning more about this phenomenon, it has given me a newfound love and appreciation for music that only continues to grow. Dr. John Park, assistant professor of psychology, said frisson “is a biological or psychophysiological response that we have towards a stimuli or event (typically music) that we perceive to be rewarding, pleasurable or exciting. This response may come in the form of chills, tingling or some other form of physical reaction.” While Park does not know if he has experienced frisson in the way that

many others do, he likened his experience to when he was a kid. “I’m not sure if this classifies as frisson, but when I would be waiting to play sports with my friends, I would feel some type of trembling or shaking in my body,” Park said. He added that while he is unsure of what causes one to experience frisson, he has found research that pinpoints individuals with the ability to feel frisson as being more “musically inclined or even to have a stronger perceptive inclination towards music and sounds. He concludes that, in the end, it all boils down to the fact that certain people have different personalities, genetic predispositions or a neurobiological tendency that contributes to the ability to feel frisson. “I think in general; it is amazing how each human being has the capacity and the ability to experience life in unique and distinct ways,” Park said. “Thus, we all have unique experiences, backgrounds and ways how we understand life and the world we live in. Frisson is just another example of how God has shaped each one of us in such unique and beautiful ways.”

laroid’ type frame, center the square towards the top of the board, leaving more room at the bottom (at least two inches more). Step 4: Using a box-cutter knife, carve out the pencil-lined square as if carving a pumpkin. Step 5: Decorate. Be sure to erase any leftover pencil mark-

ings and decorate with additional materials to get the desired personalized look. Make sure to let additional glue or paint dry before usage. Hold up this frame and take selfies or pictures with friends, or set it out for photo booth usage.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: SUSHI TIMES ALEXZA BAHNMILLER I MANAGING EDITOR Craving sushi while cramming in study notes in between back-toback lectures? Sushi Times, located in Riverside, has your back. Not only is this family-owned, 40-year old sushi bar just a 15-minute drive from campus, but it offers way more than just sushi. For example, not sure how to begin your meal? You can choose between exotic choices such as Quail Egg and an Oyster Shooter. Or keep it simple with deliciously salted and warmed edamame, my personal favorite of the appetizers. For main courses, it only gets better. The fresh rolls are colorful and vibrant, ranging from bright pink sushi (Sapporo — spicy tuna wrapped in a fresh tuna topping) to loud yellow sushi (Mango Shrimp Tempura — fried shrimp wrapped in a mango topping). With only fresh ingredients being used and prepared on the spot, these rolls are

just as mouth-watering as they are eye-catching. The menu takes a wild turn under the Tempura Roll section, introducing creatively crafted dishes that you will not find anywhere else. For example, try the “Burrito,” a soy paper wrapped tempura shrimp combination, or go with the Tempura Lobster Roll and sit in shock as a plate is placed in front of you containing a full deep-fried lobster tail sitting on top of baked eel rolls. In addition to the Tempura Roll section, there is a Baked Roll section, where again, the artistry of the sushi chefs at Sushi Times shines. The Caterpillar Roll is designed to appear like an actual caterpillar, with eyes and antennas composed of condiments. The Dragon Roll is delicately placed on top of strands of bamboo, making a larger-than-life impression. Not

Not only is this family-owned, 40-year old sushi bar just a 15-minute drive from campus, but it offers way more than just sushi.

only do these plates satisfy the taste buds, but they can satisfy the Instagram feed, too. The menu at Sushi Times is abundant, as you can also order the chef’s special rolls, hand rolls, regular rolls, no-rice rolls, additional side orders, sashimi combos, rolls combos or premium sushi. However, once you pass the sushi items on the menu, there is a whole other section: ramen.

The ramen at Sushi Times is homemade and can be specialized according to preference, much like most things on the menu, and extra toppings are only an additional $1. Not in the mood for ramen, either? Udon or Japanese curry are there as options, too, with similar additional toppings available. You can also try something from the House Specialty section, or go simple with a teriyaki bowl or combo or BBQ plate. If you cannot decide between all the different options, you can get a Combo Box, which combines some BBQ options with sushi options. If you still somehow have room, browse the dessert list. Choose between tempura ice cream (vanilla or banana), mochi ice cream or plain ice cream with whipped cream topping.

If the large menu with endless options that prove Sushi Times can cater to almost every customer’s possible craving is not enough, the Party Trays will convince you otherwise. For $100, you can get 64 pieces of varying sushi (Sumo’s Roll Comb), and if you want to go big, for $200, you can buy 84 pieces (Great King’s Platter). So there you have it: the sushi restaurant with quite possibly the most choices ever. And it is not just about quantity, either. Each dish is unique in its own way, both visually and in taste. Also, it is open late, closing at 11 p.m. every day except Sunday. Even though it is usually busy, wait times are usually short. Service is fast, so make sure to bring your appetite. Take my word for it — Sushi Times is the perfect place to be for dinner time.


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Mens’ soccer starts season strong BY MADDY GONZALEZ SPORTS EDITOR

The start of the school year and students back on campus means the soccer season is in full swing. The first men’s soccer game of the season was on Aug. 25 against the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. The game had an impressive crowd of 568 California Baptist University fans inside the new state-of-the-art soccer stadium. The Lancers boosted morale by scoring the first three points of the game, two of them being in the first half. St. Thomas scored its first and only goal in the final nine minutes of the game. Another outstanding game was the opening game of September against Gonzaga. The final score was 3-1. One of these goals was scored by Grady Kozack, junior midfielder. It was his first goal of his career at CBU. The first half of Gonzaga vs. CBU was tense. “The adjustments our guys were able to make were decisive,” said Coe Michaelson, head coach of the mens’ soccer team. The second half brought the Lancers to victory. “We had so much control in the second half,” Michaelson said. “It was an excellent performance.” Sept. 5 marked the record-setting crowd of 1,196 Lancer fans against San Diego. This was the first official sellout at the new CBU soccer stadium. The first 45 minutes of the game went scoreless. The Tore-

ros continued throughout the rest of the game with no points, despite the endless number of shots they made. Nolan Premack, junior goalkeeper, denied a majority of the shots against CBU. At the 50-minute mark, CBU made its first goal, quickly following another at the 60-minute mark. This ended the game with a final score of 2-1. The Lancer’s next home game is Sept. 22 against University of California, Riverside.

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LANCER OF THE ISSUE JORDAN LANE, CAPTAIN OF THE MEN’S SOCCER TEAM

Q: WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING ON THE SOCCER TEAM AT CBU?

Q: HOW AND WHEN DID YOU GET INTO SOCCER?

“It’s a privilege to be able to represent CBU as an athlete. Athletes are the first ones to be noticed, so to be that first reference for the school to other schools that haven’t heard of us before is cool.”

“I started soccer when I was about 4. I probably was running amok around the house, so my parents probably wanted me out of the house, and then it just clicked. I’ve been playing ever since.”

Q: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE CBU?

Q: IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC GAME OR MEMORY THAT STANDS OUT TO YOU?

“For me, it was the relationship I had with the coaches and everyone associated with the school that I was talking to. I think the small community and sense of everyone really attracted me.”

Q: WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON HOW THE SEASON IS GOING SO FAR? “We have a lot of opportunities ahead of us. If I zoom out and look at the season, we’ve done quite a good job and we still have the potential to accomplish our goals.”

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF PLAYING SOCCER? “My favorite part must be the community around it, the relationships you build with teammates is special. Especially since the team is so international, you’re able to make friends from all over the world. “Also, with the new stadium being built, seeing the younger kids come see us play is a massive reason why I play the sport.”

“The old memories with my dad. Whether it’s the long drives to training and my first game in the U.S. was special because I had never played a game out of Australia.”

Q: WHAT MADE YOU PICK SOCCER? “It just started as a hobby at first, something to do on weekends. As stuff started clicking, it kept enticing me year after year. I’ve never played another sport.”

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BUSINESS & TECH 10 Attention pre-med students: What I wish I knew for med school September 16, 2022 · Volume 70 · Issue 1

BY KRISTIE WISEMAN ASST. S&I EDITOR

The journey to medical school is difficult. It is an endurance race meant to weed out the less passionate and driven. Applying to medical school can feel overwhelming, especially with little guidance. I was the first person in my family to apply to medical school. I had no mentor to walk me through the process and here at California Baptist University, there is no designated pre-medical adviser. Since I had to learn on my own, here are a few tips that I wish I knew before I applied to medical school: 1. It takes so long. I had no idea of the sheer amount of time this application process would require. The more time I dedicated, the more my motivation dwindled. I stopped submitting my secondary applications altogether because I figured I had no chance at certain schools.

April - July

Take the MCAT

You should set aside time specifically for applications to avoid becoming swamped by secondaries. 2. Medical schools will not review your application until your MCAT has been scored. If you are like me, you might not be satisfied with your first MCAT score. Most medical schools will accept MCAT scores that are taken before September (there are exceptions). What I did not realize is that medical schools will not process your application, and you will be stuck waiting for the American College Application Service (AMCAS) to score an online multiple-choice exam. 3. There are required courses for medical schools. I know — this is one I probably should have known about, but I chose not to worry about it. Surely my degree would cover it right? Wrong. Some medical schools require up to 18 units of humanities classes. I was fortunate

that my minor covered these for submitting the AMCAS apcourses. However, for someone plication. Then you pay for each without a minor, they could eas- medical school application and ily be thrown off guard. I recom- then you pay for each secondary application. It mend checking on never ends. Apply Medical School for the Fee AssisAdmission Retance Program. quirements to Do not let them better understand take your monthe requirements ey like they took at your preferred mine. medical schools. Sierra McCloud “My advice is 4. The MCAT Graduate of St. to really weigh does matter. Everyone will tell George’s University of out the costs and benefits of going you, “We review Medicine the doctor route,” candidates holissaid Sierra Mctically” or “The MCAT score is becoming less im- Cloud, graduate of St. George’s portant.” Do not believe them. University School of Medicine. Study for the MCAT and do “Make sure you have an undeniable certainty for wanting to your best. 5. Apply for the Fee Assis- be a doctor because it’s not easy tance Program. It did not work and very expensive.” 6. You don’t have to apply for me for reasons passing understanding (I am broke; send to 60 medical schools. When I help), but it is a beneficial pro- started the application process, everything I saw said to apply to gram for anyone who needs Applying to medical school a minimum of 15-20 schools. I is expensive. You have to pay ended up applying to 13 medical

My advice is to really weigh out the costs and benefits of going the doctor route.

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schools. Do not do it. That was so much money. When secondaries came, I did not have time to complete all 13 in a reasonable amount of time. I believe there is an argument for quality over quantity. Pick a handful of schools you would actually like to attend. Spend time researching the schools and make your application stand out. That being said, the more medical schools you apply to, the likelier you are to get accepted. You have to choose your battles. 7. There are more exams besides the MCAT, including the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) exam and the Professional Readiness Exam (PREview) exam. The CASPer exam is not required by very many schools. However, the PREview exam is becoming more popular among medical schools. These exams test professionalism, empathy and other valuable qualities for healthcare professionals.

July - Nov.

You should verify whether your medical schools require it. Do not be like me and sign up for the last day they offer the exam. 8. Perhaps the most important part of applying is understanding the timeline. If it was not for my friends applying with me, I would be so behind. I had no idea when anything was happening. I was so focused on school that I did not do much research on the application timeline. It is complicated, and half the battle with medical school applications is applying as soon as possible. Make sure you understand the timeline thoroughly so you do not feel quite as overwhelmed by the process. The road to medical school is long, and once you get into medical school the road becomes even longer. Consider your options. Make sure medical school is what you want, then commit to it. You can do it.

April 30 May 1 Decision date

Oct. - April Acceptances / Rejections

Secondary applications

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Entry level jobs are now expecting more experience from new grads BY JASMINE SEVERI S&I EDITOR

Getting a job after college can be quite challenging. New graduates might have a difficult time finding jobs they want if they did not do anything to prepare during their college years other than their studies. Some might expect their degree to be enough, but many fields are now looking for potential employees who already have some experience in their field. Some might think this is something they will think about in their senior year, when it is much closer on the horizon for them, but starting out early can help students prepare for their future. While it may be much closer for seniors, juniors, sophomores and even freshmen can start thinking about what opportunities they can pursue and take advantage of the resources CBU has to offer. Nathaniel Hovda, senior chemical engineering major, said he started preparing as early as his sophomore year by applying for internships, and he offered advice to students. “One is starting early and having a timeline in the back of your head or where you need to be,” Hovda said. “Figure out if you want to have a job right out of graduation. Try interning the summer before or the year before, and that means applying a year before that so you can get that internship, which could lead to a full-time role.” Hovda said there is a lot he would not have been prepared for if he had not been talking to his professors and mentors

about opportunities. He also recommends using the resources that CBU offers in networking with professors and fellow students in your desired field, and with outside resources. “You can use the services that CBU has to offer, such as the Career Center, which has things like career fairs, resume editing and mock interviews,” Hovda said. “Additionally, I would say having people in my network like professors, fellow students and external connections helped me with some of those things. Namely, resume review and mentorship.” Joel Bigley, assistant professor of CBU’s school of business, said employers want employees who can generate value. “Opportunities in business are short lived and there is little time for the learning curve,” Bigley said. “Be involved in leadership opportunities that create measurable value for others. Build something. Organize something. Influence something.” Jeannette Guignard, professor of organizational leadership and director of organizational leadership for CBU Online, said she suggests students approaching their senior year clean up their social media, and that important things to develop are having a positive attitude and a reliable work ethic. “The desired attitude breaks off into two branches: having a positive attitude and a learner attitude,” Guignard said. “That means if it’s an entry-level job, come in excited to learn, not just wanting to prove what you know.”


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How to avoid getting sick in dorms 1

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Eat well.

Get enough sleep.

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hands before you eat.

Wash your sheets at least once a month.

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Netflix adding new, cheaper tier with ads BY JASMINE SEVERI S&I EDITOR

Streaming services used to be a haven for viewers to watch their favorite shows directly and not have to watch or skip through ads, but more and more streaming services are taking the profits ads can get them. They have their basic starting price including ads and one or more premium tiers for limited or no ads at a higher price. Starting in 2023, Netflix will be joining these sites. Netflix still holds strong as the top streaming service by number of subscribers, but it has seen a loss of 200,000 paid global subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, and a decline of 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter. In an attempt to counteract this loss, and in a bit of a reversal from the typical way companies have marketed this, Netflix is keeping its standard subscription and higher tiers ad-free and adding a lower tier that includes ads to keep the cost down. This change will

not affect most people who currently have Netflix, but people can choose to cut the cost of the streaming service down by switching to the lower tier, and new or returning customers will have their pick between several tiers Netflix offers; its basic plan at $9.99, standard plan at $15.49 and premium plan at $19.99. Netflix was launched in 1997 as a company that sends its customers DVDs through the mail, competing with in-person video and DVD rental stores such as Blockbuster. However, it quickly rose to prominence when its streaming service launched online in 2007, gathering TV shows from many different companies to give customers easy access to a wide selection at their leisure. Since then, many companies have made streaming services, and Netflix continued to stay relevant by creating Netflix Originals. Netflix ended the second quarter of 2022 with more than 220 million global paid subscribers, compared to Disney+’s 129.8 million worldwide

subscribers and the more than 200 million Amazon Prime members who use their membership to stream, according to IndieWire. Early July, Greg Peters, chief operating officer and chief product officer for Netflix, made a press release announcing that they are partnering with Microsoft to work on the new discount tier. “In April we announced that we will introduce a new lower priced ad-supported subscription plan for consumers, in addition to our existing ads-free basic, standard and premium plans,” Peters said in a press release. “We are pleased to announce that we have selected Microsoft as our global advertising technology and sales partner.” While this could offer a cheaper alternative to customers and potential customers, some are skeptical about if this is really what people want out of Netflix. Elise Burt, senior kinesiology and criminal justice double major, said she does not think

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the lower price with ads will be that enticing to customers. “I think the purpose of Netflix is you pay to not have the ads, no matter what tier it is,” Burt said. “I think more people will cancel their subscription.” Grace Eide, sophomore elementary education major, said she thinks the option of a cheaper subscription with ads could be useful, but if people are trying to save money, they are less likely to take Netflix back. “I think in this time prices are going up in general, so I feel like some things just have to be sacrificed,” Eide said. “I feel like, for the most part, if people are trying to save money and they don’t feel like they need Netflix, they’re just going to erase it and not go back. Or if it’s like Spotify, which is free and it has ads, that makes sense, and you pay for a premium version without ads.” While Netflix with ads may not be appealing to everyone, if consumers are looking to cut costs, they can look forward to the release of Netflix’s new subscription tier in early 2023.

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The FDA authorized Pfizer and Moderna for a new bivalent COVID-19 booster. Starting this month, Pfizer and Moderna announced they will release an updated COVID-19 vaccine that will include the Omicron variant. The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone 12 or older. The Moderna vaccine is available to anyone 18 or older. This booster is different from past boosters as it includes mRNA from an original strain of SARS-CoV-2 as well as mRNA specific to the Omicron variant. This provides a broad protection from COVID-19 as well as targeted protection from Omicron. Individuals who receive the Omicron vaccine should be prepared for side effects similar to those of the original COVID vaccine.

MONKEYPOX There have been over 4,450 cases of monkeypox (MPX) in the state of California with 234 cases in Riverside County as of Sept. 13. A less severe form of smallpox, MPX is transmitted through direct contact with an individual infected with the monkeypox virus. Prior to the 2022 outbreak, all reported cases were located in Africa or linked to international travel. As of Sept. 12, there has only been one confirmed monkeypox death in the U.S., according to the CDC. Symptoms of monkeypox could include exhaustion, muscle aches, headaches and respiratory symptoms. If you experience these or other flu-related symptoms accompanied by a rash, you should get tested for monkeypox. Once the rash develops, it will last roughly 2-4 weeks.

NEW MALARIA VACCINE A new malaria vaccine is expected to appear next year after experimental trials showed an 80% success rate according to the World Health Organization. Malaria is a parasitic disease spread by mosquitoes which has made the disease uniquely challenging to immunize against. When left untreated, malaria often leads to severe complications or death. According to the BBC, over 409,000 people die from malaria each year, with a majority being infants and children. Scientists at the University of Oxford have called this new vaccine “world-changing.”

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The Cheech art museum open now in Downtown Riverside BY ZERENITY LOPEZ A&E EDITOR

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) gained a new member in its family this summer when The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture (The Cheech) opened on June 18. The museum is a private partnership between the City of Riverside, RAM and world-famous comedian and avid art collector Cheech Marin. At almost 61,420 square feet, The Cheech is possibly the most extensive Mexican-American art collection. Marin donated more than 500 pieces of art, from paintings and sculptures to drawings. Featured in this massive home for Chicano art, visitors can find work from the following artists: Patssi, Valdez, Sandy Rodriguez, Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Judithe Hernandez and Gilbert “Magu” Lujan. “Together, we hope to bring every aspect of Chicano art to this region and the rest of the world; we have something wonderful to give,” Marin said in an interview for the official Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture website.

Marin used his extensive the Border, the Border Crossed collection to shed light on the Us.” Religion is also a vital aspect true beauty of Chicano art and how deserving it is of a proper of the Chicano art style, depicting common Catholic beliefs. role in the art community. Yselle Barajas, a freshman Such a large installment of art begs the question for many psychology major, explains who are not familiar with the how she was able to experience style of Chicano art: What is Chicano art in her own way and what she finds most often in Chicano art? Chicano art is defined as art the artwork. “I grew up created by surrounded by Americans pieces of Chicaof Mexican no art that cousdescent. It ins or other famstarted its ily members had rise in the in their houses late 1960s or rooms,” Baraas part of jas said. “Most the Chicano of the pieces Movement I relate to bedepicting cause, for one, the art of Victoria Coria, there are pieces struggle. The art Sophomore interior design of religion, and was considmajor most Latinos are Catholic.” ered a form “The art pieces display the of protest against political and social climates using a vibrant struggles of the Mexican compictorial representation of re- munity and how difficult it is to stay afloat to achieve the Ameral-life issues. The primary subject matter ican dream and how difficult it of Chicano art is driven by so- is to assimilate with other U.S.cial and political movements born Americans and society.” While the art style often desuch as immigration, as seen in Melanie Cervantes/Digni- picts heavier topics, it still indad Rebelde’s “We didn’t Cross cludes vibrant colors and intri-

It has a different style than most other arts and brings light to Mexican Americans like myself.

cate eye-catching designs. One of the pieces featured at The Cheech is “Critical Mass” from Einar and Jamex de la Torre. The piece features a destroyed Catholic church, an image of Jesus and the cross, Aztec Natives and a monkey along the hillside. Still, among all the vibrant colors, textures and various figures, it can be relatable for Chicano individuals. The beauty of cultural art is not only in its ability to strike a chord among the people of the culture it represents, but it can also enlighten and intrigue those from other cultures. To learn more about Chicano art and culture, take a trip to downtown Riverside and visit The Cheech. Victoria Coria, a sophomore interior design major, shares her experience with Chicano art. “The thing about Chicano art is that it goes back to the roots of Hispanic culture,” Coria said. “That is something I really enjoy about it because it has a different style than most other arts and brings light to Mexican Americans like myself.” To learn more, visit riversideartmuseum.org.

Camille Grochowski | Banner The Cheech is a new museum in downtown Riverside full of art made by Chicano artists in the community, such as the De Latorre Brothers’ piece “Collidoscope” currently on display upstairs.

Riverside street art sets downtown apart BY GABI RIGGIN

ASST. A&E EDITOR Like many cities, Riverside is no stranger to street art. Visitors to downtown Riverside can view colorful murals throughout the city. Street art has been a part of our society since as early as the 1920s. Its prevalence began in New York City, where graffiti-style art could be found anywhere in front of the nearest empty wall to a passing train. The free-spirited form of self-expression thrives in urban areas because of its heavy foot traffic and large population. The top cities in North America for street art include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Honolulu. While Riverside does not compare to the scale of these large cities, it still has its fair share of unique street art. The murals througout downtown Riverside add character to the streets. “Seeing (Riverside street murals) brings me a lot of joy when I go to the downtown area,” said Emme Buhl, senior English major. Street art often speaks out about topics for the entire community. Street art is the voice for those who need it. Street art in Riverside is

unique because of the people who create it. Not only are they making it, especially for Riverside, but their own flair also makes the streets of Riverside identifiable based on the art style. “The art reflects Riverside’s population, cultural background and roots here,” Buhl said. A favorite mural of Buhl’s is in the downtown area near the Main Library, seen from windows overlooking downtown Riverside. “It just makes me happy to see it with all its bright colors, and I thought it represented unity,” Buhl said. Many Riverside murals creatively incorporate the area and reflect the surrounding culture. One mural in particular depicts Riverside’s skyline. The painting features beautiful gradients of colors and butterflies. Cities like Chicago represent culture in their street art differently. The art in Chicago reflects the community. One mural by Sam Kirk features members of the Latino and Black communities protesting for equality. It also shows a man selling paletas (Mexican popsicles), a kid playing with a fire hydrant, buildings, the metro and a basketball hoop.

Lauren Hayter, senior graphic design major, gives her take on what makes Riverside street art different from other cities. “One thing I appreciated about the mural art that I got to observe in Riverside is the way it was often customized,” Hayter said. Behind the scenes, photographer Jailyn Patrick, CBU alumnus who double majored in photography and intercultural studies with a focus on global justice, worked with a street artist local to Riverside. “I realized the importance of mural art to draw people together to take ownership of their communities,” Patrick said. “The art in Riverside is special primarily because of the cultural diversity that exists here. It is easy to stay on campus and never immerse myself in what exists outside the gates of CBU. The art in Riverside engages those who walk and drive by to be drawn into the communities of Riverside.” Riverside streets have a lot to offer and are different compared to larger cities. Take the time to visit the local murals, support local art and compare it to the surrounding areas. See what makes Riverside unique.

Top: “How to Fly” by artists Joey Koslik and Patrick Barwinski. Bottom: “Mariposa Alley” by artist Martin Sanchez.

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Will fall 2022 usher in the iconic fashion of 2014 Tumblr? BY ZERENITY LOPEZ A&E EDITOR

What qualifies as a trend? Most importantly, why do people fall into the endless trend cycle that reccurs every 20 years? Whether it is the iconic “hammer pants,” baggy and metallic in nature, or even the legendary “bell bottom” in all of its flared denim pant glory, trends have the power to make their mark in our culture of their popular nature. Hammer pants were popularized by MC Hammer himself, and bell bottoms were made into what they were by figures like Farrah Fawcett. With the trend cycle accelerating so rapidly, microtrends only last a year, and macrotrends last 3-5 years, according to the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production. Maxwell Whitehead, sophomore psychology major, gave his thoughts on the influence that TikTok has made on the fashion industry through the rapid spread of viral trends characteristic of this social media platform. “I think TikTok increases the cycling of trends because of the large range of ages,” Whitehead said. “People on TikTok see all kinds of styles and vari-

ations of fashion. Once a video blows up, it starts another trend, and so on and so forth.” Cognitive psychologist Dr. Carolyn Mair also emphasizes these brief trends in fashion in her podcast with the American Psychological Association. “I mean, the cycles of fashion have become shorter and shorter, so where they used to be two seasons and perhaps a cruise collection, there are now six, seven, ten,” Mair said. In the last year alone, we have seen styles from the ‘90s, ‘70s, and recently ‘00s make their way from the runway to the streets. The beloved Tumblr era makes a comeback in the best form possible with its new modern take. With this fall season coming up, it is the perfect opportunity to pull out the best Tumblr outfits. Tumblr circa 2014 was a modernized 90s grunge stomping ground. It was heavily centered around alternative rock, alternative pop and indie artists. Artists like the Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Lorde and Lana Del Rey pumped their aesthetic into millions of fans and created an army of soft grunge, hipster teenagers. Arctic Monkeys influenced the use of fishnet stockings with their song “Fluorescent

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Adolescence”. Lorde spread her influence using her own personal style and gave many the courage to sport a bold lip color in their day-to-day. Lana Del Rey was one of the spearheads for flower crowns and fit and flare silhouettes. The main staples of this era in fashion include dark clothing, leather, way too much chunky jewelry, lots of eyeliner (Sharpie or smudged) like Amy Winehouse and black nylons that were ripped to perfection. Here is the modern take on Tumblr fashion, 2022 edition. Doc Martens are as prevalent as they have always been. The boots became highly popularized in the 1990s and have kept their spot on the list of popular shoe choices since then. You can find people rocking them in all seasons, styled in so many different ways. In this version of soft 2014 grunge, a looser silhouette is found,

Victoria Coria, sophomore interior design major, shows off her “Tumblr era” inspired look. and wider-legged pants replace skinny jeans. Of course, all of this is subject to change and is customizable to your personal style. You can switch up the basic elements of this style with your own daily pieces and even statement accessories. Sarah Mandzok, sophomore

pre-nursing major, voices her opinion about the 2014 Tumblr-era fashion making a comeback. “I feel like some of the stuff has always been incorporated into my style,” Mandzok said. “I’ve been wearing Doc Martens for years and jeans and oversized sweaters, but as far

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as the skater skirt trends and unnecessary leggings, I really don’t think that it is cute.” With famous artists of the era like Arctic Monkeys and The 1975 releasing new music and this fashion style trending, it seems as though everyone can live the Tumblr dream all over again.

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1. 500 Days of Summer 2. 10 Things I Hate About You 3. Mamma Mia 4. The Sandlot 5. Grease 6. Ferris Bueler’s Day Off 7. Aquamarine 8. Moonrise Kingdom 9. Ponyo 10. Spiderman: Far From Home

Jam-packed! The 2022 MTV Music Video Awards (VMAs) had plenty of live performances, spunky cohosts and history with big wins, exciting announcements and even bigger performances. The night started with the opening performance of the night from co-host Jack Harlow and his surprise guest Fergie. The duo performed Harlow’s hit single “First Class,” which includes a sample from the song “Glamorous,” sung by pop icon Fergie. She had not performed in four years, so her appearance may have surprised many. Harlow later expressed how Fergie and her music were a big inspiration for his work. “I grew up loving Fergie — like she literally inspired me,” Harlow said. Later on that night, Taylor Swift made history for being the first artist in history to win “Video of the Year” three times, along with other awards, including “Best Long Form Video” and “Best Direction.” During her acceptance speech, she shocked everyone with a surprise album announcement, which was that “Midnights,” her new album, is set to release on Oct. 21. The announcement was a shock because there was no knowledge of her working on anything new since her release of “Folklore” and “Evermore” in 2020. More history was made this night by none other than Bad Bunny. The release of his album “Un Verano Sin Ti” gained him the title of “Artist of the Year.” This makes him the first

non-English speaking artist to win this award. The Reggaeton sensation took it further by performing his hit song “Titi Me Pregunto” live from the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, which has never been done before. Aside from such big announcements and accomplishments, there were a few negative moments at the VMAs. Live performances by K-Pop group Black Pink, rapper Flo Milli and Latin Artist Anitta were all accused of using lip-syncing in their performances. Fans of these artists were disappointed that choreography seemed to be prioritized over the vocal ability of the artists. Another thing that seemed to rattle the audience was the cameo appearance by Johnny Depp. Green screen footage of his face in the helmet of the MTV moon man left many questioning why he was in there. Aside from such a famous actor being present at an award show meant for the musically inclined, the form in which he appeared was just bizarre. Depp also recognized its oddness by poking fun at the matter later on social media, claiming he is available for “birthdays and kids’ parties.” Besides Depp’s new look as a silver-clad astronaut, the night’s other celebrities made their mark on the red carpet, as well. When it comes to a red carpet event, most celebrities take advantage of the moment to make their mark. While many got the memo of edgy, dark high fashion pieces like Maneskin, Lil Nas X and even Black Pink, others opted for a colorful look in a more comfortable silhouette. Snoop Dogg stayed casual

in an army green matching leather sweat set and Lauren Spencer-Smith sported her monochromatic neon green oversized look. Now for a full-fledged review on the VMAs — the wins, performances and the red carpet attire. My favorite performance this year was from the Puerto Rican heartthrob himself, Bad Bunny. His performance at Yankee stadium was vibrant and had the whole crowd interacting with him. My best-dressed list includes Swift in Oscar de la Renta, Dove Cameron in Paco Rabanne and Conan Grey in Harris Reed. Regarding wins, the most important, in my opinion, was Swift’s win in the “Video of the Year” category. Her win was granted to her based on the nearly 15-minute music video for her song “All Too Well.” The video was filmed artistically and perfectly depicted the frustrations of a relationship, especially one where the age gap is significant. This year’s VMAs was one for the books with big wins and even bigger announcements. While the VMAs is not one of the top award shows that I look forward to every year like the Oscars, it is comforting to know that the VMAs stay true to the annual shock factor they always provide. MTV always knows how to bring drama. Whether Kanye interrupts Taylor or Britney and her Python, the VMAs stays memorable, just as they were this year.


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September 16, 2022 · Volume 70 · Issue 1

Brian Gonzales, midfielder for men’s soccer and MBA graduate student, and McKenna Ray, junior kinesiology major and women’s soccer midfielder, cut the ribbon to signify the opening of CBU’s new soccer stadium.

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CBU inaugurates new soccer stadium BY HANNAH GORDON ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Lights over a lush green field. Fans packed in the stands, holding their breath in anticipation, eyes glued to the ball until that moment — our team scores in our home stadium. The cheers fill the air as our soccer team takes its place in the pantheon of legendary college athletics. With the arrival of California Baptist University’s new stadium, the school gained a new home for it soccer teams. The soccer stadium is fully equipped with a state-of-theart sound system, lights, field and a large enough capacity to accommodate more than 1,000

fans. The stadium saw its first matchup on Aug. 25 with the first on-campus home game against the University of St. Thomas, where the Lancers came out victorious in front of a record-setting crowd of more than 500 fans. Lancer fans continued to show their love for soccer in the Sept. 5 matchup against San Diego, with a turnout of 1,196. “We just wanted to get as many people out there as we could,” said Jordan Lane, captain of the men’s soccer team. The incredible turnouts prove that a need at CBU has been satisfied. “We have been needing it for

a long time,” Lane said. “Awareness of soccer on campus just was not there.” The lack of a soccer stadium on campus had many negative effects, including students on campus not being aware of or unable to go to soccer games and being disconnected from our soccer team in general. “I figured they were off campus,” said Saryah Harris-Davis, sophomore business administration major, in reference to soccer matches. “I was not sure where they were.” Now, with the stadium, more eyes have been on the sport here at CBU, forming new fans and support. “I do enjoy our soccer team,”

Harris-Davis said. “They have inspired me to get into (soccer).” CBU did not cut any corners with the stadium. Coupled with a practice field and running track, the practicality of the soccer stadium makes it an invaluable resource to the soccer team. “The grass literally looks like carpet,” Lane said. “It’s amazing. And we have the practice field and running track so we do not tear up the field.” According to the official CBU Athletics page, the field “ is a hybrid bermuda bandera sod. The stadium is fully wired for broadcast and video purposes and features a large open-air

NBA, NHL wrap seasons, Serena plays last grand slam at U.S. Open BY MADDY GONZALEZ SPORTS EDITOR

One of the biggest sporting events, the NBA Finals, took place this past June. From June 2-16, the Golden State Warriors faced off against the Boston Celtics. In the end, the Golden State Warriors were victorious with four wins against the Boston Celtics’ two wins. Basketball Reference records the final game with the Warriors finishing at 103 points. Not only did the Golden State

Warriors win the finals, but ESPN reported that point guard Steph Curry also won his first NBA Finals MVP. Switching sports, the NHL Stanley Cup Finals also took place in June. The Colorado Avalanches quickly made their way through the playoffs along with the Tampa Bay Lightnings. The sixth and final game to decide who wins the Stanley Cup took place in Tampa Bay at the Amalie Arena on June 26. By the end of the night, the Colorado Avalanches were crowned Stanley Cup Champions with a

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press box with a cover. The facility also includes a new Daktronics LED scoreboard and a brand new sound system.” The fans also enjoy the aesthetic quality of the stadium. “I think it is beautiful,” Harris-Davis said. “It is obvious that they put a lot of money into it.” The electrifying crowd at games is proof that soccer is important to students at CBU. “At first it was strange,” Lane said. “When you have fans behind you cheering for you, it feels a bit weird when you have not had that for a long time. But it is amazing. It is that confidence and sense of pride — to be proud to wear the jersey and putting good performances

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September 16, 2022 · Volume 70 · Issue 1

LANCER ON THE STREET

How do you feel about Chapel returning in person?

Kokayi Lee-Johnson Senior International business major

Lucas Sloan Senior Business administration major

“I’m excited. It was so great my “I’m not too big of a fan of freshman year, just being able to it because it’s so annoying walk up with everyone and go to that it’s just right there in the Chapel, and it’s feeling like things middle of the day.” are getting back to normal.”

Mayanie Kakish Junior Business administration major

Kimberly Novak Junior Biomedical sciences major

“I’m hoping that they get good speakers because this is the first time I’ve had Chapel in person and the first chapel was really disappointing.”

“I only started last semester, so it’s a lot more fun to me to have the whole live band going on.”

Personality tests are overrated

BY EMILY MCGINN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Enneagram. Myers-Briggs. DISC. I could go on. These are a few examples of the multitude of personality tests that exist. Nowadays, it is difficult to escape completing a personality test at some point in one’s work or school career with the purpose of learning about ourselves and others to improve the ways in which we approach collaboration. In fact, some employers now use pre-employment personality tests to distinguish between candidates for jobs. Personality tests “are designed to systematically elicit information about a person’s motivations, preferences, interests, emotional make-up and style of interacting with people and situations,” according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. While I understand the sentiment behind personality tests, they are largely purposeless —

or even harmful — in traditional work and school environments because they create division, oversimplify people and ultimately lack the evidence to support the faith many people place in them. Many popular personality tests provide people with a questionnaire to fill out and then take the answers to the questions and provide people with a personality “type” based on their answers. While each test varies somewhat, each one ultimately labels people with a specific type and often provides additional information, including potential strengths and weaknesses. Personality tests also tend to provide people with information about what personality types with which they work well; for example, the Enneagram test spurred a large focus in media on what personality types — assigned as numbers 1 through 9 — would work best together in a relationship. Further, the Enneagram Institute dedicates an entire section of their website to describing the pros and cons of interactions and relationships for each combination of numbers. While this information could seem useful on a surface level, when we become bogged down in assigning labels to ourselves and others, we run the risk of pushing each other away rather than discovering ways to collaborate with people who are deemed to have a different per-

sonality than us. Rather than using personality tests to better understand how to interact with each other, we should use organic interactions to get to know each other and listen to each other’s experiences. This process allows us to build relationships with each other rather than with each other’s personality tests. Since these tests rely on categorizing individuals into different personality types, they often assign test-takers with one or two main personality types. However, this is a gross oversimplification of the complexities of human beings. Neither you nor I has a single personality type. For example, when I took the Enneagram test, I was classified as a Type 4 — the Individualist. While there is some truth to this assignment, I also see myself in almost every other personality type listed — for example, I am a perfectionist (a quality of Type 1, The Reformer), I am driven (a quality of Type 3, The Achiever) and I like to be innovative (a quality of Type 5, The Investigator). Although many tests acknowledge that everyone is a combination of the multiple personality types, grouping us into specific types based on our “dominant” personality traits inevitably leads to a failure to capture the complicated nature of each individual. Beyond the dangers of oversimplification, it is important

to note that most personality tests simply lack the scientific support to lend them credibility. Many tests lead to different results for individuals when they retake the test. For example, in one study looking into the Myers-Briggs test, up to 50% of people tested as a different type only several weeks after the initial test. These differences display that humans are variable, and we answer differently from day to day. The way we behave each day depends on a wide range of internal and external factors that personality tests cannot measure. Since there are so many variables outside of these tests’ control, we should recognize the potential for error and take our classifications with a grain of salt. Personality tests are not necessarily “bad.” However, we must be careful with how much faith we place in their results. Should our ability to get a job really rely on a pre-employment personality test? Should we build the way we work with others around a simple questionnaire? Ultimately, I put little faith in personality tests because at the end of the day, I know myself better than a list of questions, and I can find ways to work effectively without a test telling me what type of person I am. The idea that a list of questions holds the answers to who we truly are — I just don’t buy it.

Personality tests are helpful

BY ALEXZA BAHNILLER MANAGING EDITOR

In 2013, I took my first personality test – the Myers-Briggs Test – and discovered I was an INFJ, the rarest type of the 16 possible types, accumulating for only about 1.5% of the population, according to psychology researchers. I was immediately hooked, and as I read through the description of my type, I wondered, “How do they know such specific things about me?” For a general example, I would consider myself a pretty passionate person; I either do

things all the way (110%), or I do the bare minimum to get by, with no middle ground. This can be a problem, of course, as I struggle to find the motivation to do things that I do not entirely agree with or feel are necessary. You could imagine my shock when I read that this is common in INFJs, as we are constantly seeking to find deeper meaning in absolutely everything. But the list did not just describe my personality; it also described how I work. It takes me a long time to process things, I can explain myself better in writing rather than talking. I need space to recharge (often) and I need to have a larger purpose and goal in mind. For the first time in my life, I felt understood. There was not anything wrong with me — my brain just works differently and I have different needs. Since 2013, I have taken the same test multiple times and I always get the same result: INFJ. I have used these results to help me perform better academically, physically and even socially. I learned what my

strengths and weaknesses are, and I believe that self-awareness is the only way to grow. Some may argue the results put you in a box, but I believe being aware of the box is the only way to grow around it. Though some may not be able to relate to their results, it could be because the tests are more applicable to introverts, people who are outnumbered in society. About 74% of the population are extroverts, according to Psychology Today. Due to this, much of society is structured to accommodate extroverts. A common example is in classrooms when teachers call on students randomly to answer questions. It is a simple thing, but it caters to an extrovert’s mind, someone who is quick to think and respond. It is biased against an introvert, someone who needs quiet and space to reflect before responding. It is too easy to spot things in our culture like this, and that is why I find personality tests so helpful. It is reassuring to everyone that no matter how differently you work, you work

that way for a reason, you have strengths and weaknesses that differ from others and it is not a bad thing. Though I have only mentioned Myers-Briggs, there are many tests out there and many possibilities to find one that helps you best. I do not love them all, but I found one that I did. Although these tests can be used in discriminatory ways (such as in hiring processes), this was not the intent of the original tests. Briggs and Meyers (mom and daughter) actually created their personality test in 1943 to help women entering the industrial workforce find jobs for which they would have a strong skillset. The first ever personality test was written in 1915, a result of the First World War, according to the Smithsonian Magazine. This personality test aimed to help identify which soldiers were more prone to shell shock. Personality tests have proven to be useful and can continue to be useful if we use them positively.

Ivy Weekly Junior Communication sciences and disorders major

“It was a little nerve-wracking at first because of all the people because I started off online, but after that it was pretty great.”

Chapel should have remote options even after COVID-19

Chapel should still be offered online, not only in the form of alternative Chapel, but for everyone.

BY VALERIE LA PONZA ASST. LIFESTYLE EDITOR

California Baptist University held in-person Chapel for the first time in more than two years on Sept. 6. Hoards of students flooded into the Events Center. While this event was met primarily with excitement and hope for a return to normal, returning to in-person Chapel has opened up the possibility for conversations concerning the future. While many students viewed this return to normality as a step in the right direction, for others, it appears to be a step backward. During COVID-19, the world came to a screeching halt, and everything — work, school and church — morphed into an online format, keeping everyone safe. But as COVID numbers are finally dwindling, more and more businesses and venues are resuming their pre-COVID activities. While this may seem like a dream come true for the majority of CBU students eager to return to normal in all facets of life, for others, this is a downgrade from the benefits and ease of online chapel. Chapel should still be offered online, not only in the form of an alternative Chapel, but for everyone, regardless of

Some are unsure of their faith, and being thrust into a group devotion setting can be overwhelming and prompt some students to pull away due to the potential stress of this activity.

their schedule conflicts or reasons for not wanting to attend. Other than those with conflicting schedules, online Chapel should be offered for commuters who might not have classes on Tuesdays, those with social anxiety who cannot handle large crowds, those with disabilities and those with illnesses, both chronic and with cases of COVID. If opportunities for alternative Chapel were expanded, students could have the freedom to choose how they wish to walk with God rather than be obligated to be in a situation where they might not feel comfortable. Expanded access to Chapel would help those who want to be in person by cutting down on the traffic on Chapel mornings, and it would help those who do not wish to worship in person. The common argument against having Chapel offered online is that people will not pay as much attention compared to in person. However, I believe those who would not be paying attention during online Chapel would pay no more attention in person. Chapel is personal, and while it does provide a group setting for devotion to God, an online and at-home Chapel could do the same thing but be more accessible and productive for many of CBU’s students. Although Chapel is an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and to grow deeper in faith, it can be challenging for others. Some are unsure of their faith, and being thrust into a group devotion setting can be overwhelming and prompt some students to pull away due to the potential stress of this activity. While we are at a Christian school and Chapel attendance is expected, the format in which Chapel is offered does not require being in person. And those of you reading this and nodding along, speak up. Stand with me, and tell the school to let us have the option to attend Chapel online and make a change.


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