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Threat Assessment Team on alert In the wake of Christopher Benton’s arrest, the TAT remains active on campus

By Mariella Rudi News Editor

President Andrew K. Benton’s email last Tuesday informed the community of the decision to ban his son Chrisopher, 27, from campus for “a long time” after his son was arrested at the administration building for making threats to his family. The status

Glazer awarded new grant

of this decision now hinges on the university’s Threat Assessment Team. The email about the Threat Assessment Team (TAT) offered a glimpse not only into the Bentons’ personal lives but also into the existence of such a team. “As always, we gathered the facts, we assessed the risk, and developed a plan to manage

that risk for the future,” chair of Pepperdine’s TAT Phil E. Phillips wrote in an email to the Graphic. “As you know, campus safety remains Pepperdine’s paramount concern. Due to the unfortunate recent circumstances, Chris Benton is prohibited from accessing all Pepperdine campuses until such time, if ever, that the University’s Threat Assessment

Team concludes that it is safe to allow his return. Of course, our thoughts and prayers remain with the Benton family.” Pepperdine added the TAT 13 years ago, before the field surged following the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy. Since 2007, it’s reported that about 80 percent of colleges nationwide have adopted some form of a threat assessment team.

These teams function through multiple disciplines. “We bring together different perspectives: public safety, insurance and risk, legal, student affairs, mental health, academic, and administration, along with external threat assessment professionals,” Phillips wrote. “We also work closely with local and federal law enforcement.”

Some members on the committee are part of and train regularly with the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and the FBI’s Threat Assessment Regional Evaluation Team (TARGET). But the committee’s results are often hard to evaluate when the job gives the

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Seaver’s application and enrollment numbers rise

By Mardie Agnew Staff Writer

The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute, a program on campus designed to “enrich the lives of students interested in Jewish studies,” was in financial jeopardy as issues with funding arose last spring. Fortunately for students interested in the program’s special events and international experiences, additional grant money has been awarded to the Glazer Institute. Drew Billings, the new program coordinator for the Glazer Institute, wrote in an email, “The Glazer family has generously given another grant this summer that ensures not only the continuation, but also the expansion, of our programming over the next four years.” Billings, in the process of receiving his doctorate in Religious Studies, conducted research encompassing Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World. Billings said he is currently writing his dissertation on “political motivations which led to the eventual separation between Christianity and Judaism into two distinct religious groups.” The Glazer Institute also received a grant from the Brenden Mann Foundation that will sponsor the institute’s 2013 Israel Internship program. “We are currently searching for additional donors interested in sponsoring an archaeological dig in Israel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee for the summer of 2013 and for future years,” Billings wrote. Monica Osborne, new visiting professor of Jewish Studies, will take an “interdisciplinary approach” concerning collective Jewish tragedies,


No correlation between Seaver and grad changes By Nate Barton Staff Writer

With the 2012-2013 school year comes the largest freshman class in Seaver College history. Of the 9,234 applicants, 882 new students began

A more democratic ICC unveiled By Whitney Irick Assistant News Editor

The constitution of the Inter Club Council (ICC) of Seaver College has recently implemented some practical and cosmetic changes. The ICC met last week to amend their constitution. “We hope that through the changes we’ve made, we can remain accountable to the student body while improving our ability to serve student organizations in an effective and efficient manner,” the president of the Inter Club Council, Geoffrey Plourde, wrote in an email. As stated in the newly ratified constitution, the purpose of ICC is to serve as the “governing body, coordinating hub, funding and leadership resource for accredited student organizations at Seaver College … while meeting the

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their Pepperdine careers Aug. 27. Michael Truschke, the dean of admission and enrollment management at Seaver College, said that although the record

highest standards of transparency, fiscal efficiency and accessibility.” A preamble and governing authorities were added, making the Council accountable to laws on a federal, state, local and university level. Article V, Section 3 adds three standing ICC committees: Administrative, Finance (formally the funding committee) and Programming and Publicity. Members of the Administrative and Finance Committees “shall be selected to ensure class diversity and accurately represent the student body.” The newly installed administrative committee was created to serve as a check on the Executive Board and “to provide a rational forum for the consideration of changes and improvements to the Council,” Plourde said. The ICC is continuing to-


renovate the Finance Committee by putting an emphasis on diversity and accurately repre-

How transparent is our president? The staff takes a second look at the arrest of Christopher Benton and the president’s response.

senting the student body. The Internal Programming and Publicity Committee was

also added this year to aid the

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Pop art stops at the Weisman

Alexander Hayes / DESIGN ASSISTANT

POP YOUTH CULTURE — Senior M.A. Alford sits in front of an Andy Warhol silkscreen at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. The “Pop Culture” exhibit will be on display through Dec. 2.

News of the WORLD Cocaine ‘queen’ killed

Griselda Blanco, 69, infamously known as the “Queen of Cocaine,” was killed Monday as she was leaving a butcher’s shop in Colombia. According to Colombian press reports, two men on motorcycles pulled up and shot her. After spending 20 years in a U.S. prison, the notorious drug trafficker was deported to Colombia in 2004 where she kept a low profile.

Demand for a fair trial

U.S. and human rights groups are urging Libya to provide a fair trial for Abdullah al-Senussi, Moammar Gadhafii’s exspy chief. Mauritania shipped Senussi to Libya on Wednesday, where the prime minister assured the local and international media that Senussi would receive a fair trial. Mauritania planned to put him on trial for illegally entering the country, but Libya protested for Senussi to be deported to face charges of crimes against humanity.

Four found dead near lake

Near the peaceful Lake Annecy in France, two women and a man, said to be British tourists, were found shot dead in a British-registered BMW. A fourth victim was a cyclist. More than 60 authorities are investigating the death. Lake Annecy is known to be a quiet tourist destination for swimming and water sports. Reports compiled from BBC

Around the ’BU Divers clean underseas

The Malibu Surfing Association is scheduled to host a beach cleanup on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. - noon For the second consecutive year, Malibu divers will be assisting in an underwater cleanup of the pier. More than 676,768 pounds of trash and 115,773 pounds of recyclable waste were collected during last year’s cleanup.

Scooper to the rescue

The L.A. County Fire Department recently leased two Bombardier CL-415 firefighting aircraft, also known as the “Super Scoopers,” for the next four months. These aircraft are able to drop 1,000 gallons of water from the air and gather water from sources such as lakes and oceans. County Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky called the $5 million tab money well spent.

Storm drains improved

The Malibu City Council will meet Monday to discuss allocating funds for a project that would improve the storm drain inlet at Broad Beach. In a lawsuit settled in April, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Santa Monica Baykeeper alleged that Malibu had violated the Clean Water Act. Following the settlement, the city agreed to make improvements that could amount to more than $5.6 million. Reports compiled from Malibu Patch

Weekly updates from the Department of Public Safety 8/20/12 11:09 p.m. Incidents – Disturbance – Loud Noise Location: Baxter Drive Summary: Public Safety officers responded to a loud noise complaint at the Baxter Drive jacuzzi. Two students were warned about being in a restricted area that is private property for Baxter Drive residents only. 8/21/12 7:55 a.m. Crimes – Assault/Battery Criminal Threats Location: Communications & Business Center Summary: A staff member reported that another employee verbally threatened them with bodily harm. 8/21/12 2:17 p.m. Incidents – Suspicious Circumstances Location: Raleigh Runnels Pool Summary: A staff member reported a suspicious person taking photos of children who were attending a camp at the pool. The staff member said the witness did not report the incident the same day. 8/23/12 10:51 a.m. Incidents – Suspicious Person Location: Seaver Drive Summary: A student that was walking near the campus entrance was stopped by an unknown driver and asked the pedestrian to enter their vehicle so that the driver could obtain a carpool pass. 8/23/12 11:44 a.m. Crimes – Larceny/Theft Petty Theft Location: Richard Rockwell Towers Summary: A student reported that their television was stolen from their dorm room. 8/24/12 4:13 p.m. Security/Safety – Area Check Location: Hall 7 – James W. Fifield Summary: A staff member reported observing three students sitting on the roof of a dormitory. Public Safety officers responded and warned the students that the roof is a restricted area.

8/25/12 1:13 a.m. Conduct – Violation/Obstructing University Officials Location: Alumni Park Summary: The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department requested public safety officers to assist in locating individuals that jumped out of a back of a pick-up truck while in the line for a DUI checkpoint. Five Pepperdine students were identified. 8/25/12 11:26 p.m. Incidents – Welfare Check Location: Sigma Dorm Summary: A concerned parent reported that they were unable to reach their daughter for an extended period and requested public safety conduct a welfare check. A public safety officer made contact with the student without incident; the student called their parents to let them know they were okay. 8/26/12 1:08 a.m. Drugs & Alcohol Related – Incidents – Drunk in Public Location: Lovernich student apartments, B Block Summary: Public Safety officers observed a student being carried by other students. It was determined that the student was under the influence of alcohol and unable to care for themselves. L.A. county paramedics responded. The student was offered first aid at the scene and was released to the care of their parents. 8/26/12 2:32 a.m. Drugs & Alcohol Related – Incidents – Possession of Alcohol Location: Seaver Drive Booth Summary: A DPS booth officer observed alcohol containers in the back of a vehicle entering campus. A Public Safety officer identified the individual as a guest of a student. The visitor was warned about the alcohol policy and released. The alcohol was disposed of at the scene.

September 6, 2012 SIENNA JACKSON Copy Editor

Romney-Ryan’s effect on Financial Aid

The Republican National Convention that just ended in Tampa amounted to a long week of patriotic-sounding bromides and ambiguous promises to “take the country back.” In spite of this lack of specificity, a potential Romney-Ryan administration is beginning to come together into a coherent picture — and it’s not a pretty one. I’ve come to the conclusion that if Mitt Romney wins the presidential election, we, the students of America, will lose. Here are my reasons for believing this: The Republican Party platform is vague on higher education, but what it does say doesn’t bode well. Here’s an excerpt from the brief passage the platform devoted to higher education: “The federal government should not be in the business of originating student loans; however, it should serve as an insurance guarantor for the private sector as they offer loans to students. Private sector participation in student financing should be welcomed.” As far as student financial aid is concerned, since government “should not be in the business of originating student loans,” students can expect a Romney-Ryan administration to gut federal aid, including the Pell Grant, in favor of private bank loans. You might be saying, “But this is just the party platform, this isn’t, say, language from an actual piece of Republican legislation!” And you’d be right. Here’s some language from an actual piece of Republican legislation: “Moreover, federal intervention in higher education should increasingly be focused not solely on financial aid, but on policies that... ensure a robust menu of institutional options from which students and their families are able to choose.” That’s language from the Path To Prosperity budget proposal (aka the Ryan Plan). This plan links rising tuitions with federal aid and seeks to remedy this issue by cutting billions of dollars of federal aid to states. The plan, authored by Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, also refers to student financial aid as “unsustainable,” and since Romney described the plan as “marvelous,” there’s a good chance that these draconian cuts to education proposed in Ryan’s budget could very well come to pass in a Romney-Ryan administration. In other words, a Romney-Ryan administration would make higher education an unattainable dream for millions of Americans. But hey, at least they’ll take this country back! g

CALENDAR THURSDAY W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series 7 - 9 p.m. in Elkins




The Mixer at South 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. 3001 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

SATURDAY Step Forward Day 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Various locations




CIA Information Session Noon - 1 p.m. School of Public Policy Room 175

TUESDAY Sept. 11 Prayer Service 8:30 - 9 a.m. Heroes Garden



September 6, 2012



TAT: Silent system safeguards campus FROM A1

impression that nothing has happened. The university’s response is usually comprehensive and swift, according to Phillips. Student privacy laws also obscure the TAT’s success when mental health, employment and grades are called into question. FERPA, for the privacy of students’ education records, and HIPPA, for the privacy and security of individuals’ health information, are the two federal laws that typically come into play for threat assessment teams. Naturally, the TAT also holds a representative from the General Counsel. This form of violence protection relies on students, faculty and staff to submit confidential reports about unusual or risky behavior. The TAT’s main objective is to collect the facts surrounding perceived threats, determine whether it exists, and if so, whether it poses a low, moderate or high risk. “Because of concerns about privacy and in respect for the dignity of those involved in a particular situation, the TAT necessarily limits the distribution of relevant information to those who have a legitimate need to know,” Phillips said. Questions about Pepperdine’s own threat-assessment committee coincide with news of James E. Holmes, charged in the Aurora, Colo., deadly mass shooting, reportedly being recommended to the University of Colorado-Den-

Under the Clery Act, all institutions of higher education that participate in the federal student aid program must disclose information about crime on their campuses and in surrounding communities. Every institution must submit crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education each fall and can be found at The above information is the total number of criminal offenses on campus from 2008 to 2010. The 2011 data will be available on Pepperdine’s website on Oct. 1. Alexander Hayes / DESIGN ASSISTANT

ver’s own threat-assessment team by the director of student mental health services. Jared Lee Loughner, the Tucson, Ariz., shooter who pled guilty to killing six people and wounding 13 others, was also formerly identified as a person of concern by his community

college’s assessment team. The TAT considers about 15 to 25 cases per year. “A number of these involve individuals who need help, and the TAT has assisted in getting that help,” Phillips said. “It may be providing access to health care, counseling,

Career center works ICC: Less with students for jobs power in president and internships FROM A1

By Melody Cheng Associate News Editor

Time to make some extra cash. The Pepperdine Career Center offers students several employment and internship opportunities throughout the year, and now is the time to get ahead and apply. When working 10 to 12 hours a week at $8 per hour, students can make around $80 a week. Getting an on-campus or off-campus job or internship does not only bring in extra money, it also provides the student invaluable experience. “Employers looking to hire new graduates do expect students to have two to three work experiences under their belt by the time they apply for their first entry-level job,” Career Center Director Amy Adams said. According to Adams, it is never too early to look for jobs or internships. “Students should start gaining work experience through both student employment and internships, as early as they can,” Adams said. Paid or unpaid internships are great ways to explore a field and gain experience. The internship does not have to be related to one’s major, but can be a way to explore one’s interests. “Many employers seek liberal arts students in general and not specific majors, though each employer determines which majors they plan to hire,” said Nancy Shatzer, internship coordinator. There is also an opportunity for students to gain academic credit for their internships and research. However, academic internships must be registered by the second week of the semester.

Of course, some jobs are more popular than others. However, the final decision “depends on the student’s interest,” student employment employee JoEllen Sturgeon said. The more popular jobs on campus include working for admissions, Payson Library, Athletics, Center for the Arts, campus recreation and Jumpstart. The vast variety of on-campus jobs as well as the connections to off campus jobs gives students a plethora of choices. There are also many popular internships. “The most popular internships are with high profile companies. Some Southern California entertainment organizations hire as many as many as 25 to 50 interns each term,” Shatzer said. Not only do students get a hands-on experience, “students state that they feel they made a contribution to the company, and they liked learning in a professional work setting,” Shatzer said. To emphasize the importance of internships, Adams adds, “among the graduates in the Class of 2012, 72 percent of those who had secured jobs on graduation day both worked while they were in college and did one or more internships.” If interested in applying for an on-campus job, all student employment paperwork must be turned in to the student employment office.


ICC in creating events that are “more relevant” and to connect with the student body “in a transparent manner.” Article V, Section 5 states that the Administrative Committee shall have oversight over ICC Presidential elections, combined with the vote of the general council. This is different from last year’s election process where the Executive Board presided over the election. This created a conflict of interest when members of the Executive Board applied for positions. With the Administrative Committee now in control of elections, this conflict is eliminated. The vice president of each committee shall be appointed by the incoming president in consultation with the ICC advisor and each corresponding committee. The ICC’s proposed master budget for 2012-2013 allocates $195,000 total for student activity fees. These fees are broken down into three different funds: $160,000 for grant funding, $24,000 for internal funding and $11,000 for discretionary funding. The student development fund has increased to $35,000 and the service and social action grant has decreased to $5,000. Last year, the ICC recognized significant growth in student organizations that focused on both personal and professional development. As a result, the student development fund was increased to allow the ICC to fund more opportunities for students to acquire skills that benefit their organization, which will make them more effective at what they do. Conversely, the service and social action grant funds were reduced because they were not utilized. g

making individuals aware of conduct expectations, helping individuals become self-aware of how their conduct may be perceived by others, and so forth.” The Clery Act, signed in 1990 and amended in 2008, requires virtually all institutes

of higher education to submit annual crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education, as well as to publish an annual security report to prospective and current students and employees. Because of the Clery Act, DPS reports are open to public inspec-

tion. Pepperdine must also issue timely campus alerts and warnings for any crimes that represent a safety threat.


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IP changes Capitol focus

September 6, 2012

Pepp finds Latin roots

By Melody Cheng

By Falon Opsahl

Washington, D.C., has gone international. The new Washington World program, slated to launch in fall 2013, contains everything the International Programs have to offer without leaving the United States. The Washington World program will include general education courses and a twoweek externship during each semester, similar to the educational field trips of other international programs. The externships for the 2013-2014 year will go to the Middle East in the fall and the Gulf of Mexico in the spring. Washington, D.C., is already a booming global community, but Jeff Hamilton, International Programs director of admissions and student affairs, said the program didn’t fit IP’s model until they decided to focus on the international nature of the capital. “We have to provide that transformed, international experience. So for us, it doesn’t fit our mission to take it on unless there is an international education component to it. D.C., is a pretty global community in and of itself,” Hamilton said. Washington, D.C., has 170 to 175 embassies and consulates. It also is home to non-governmental organizations, lobbying groups and other international companies, according to Hamilton. Despite the international nature of Washington, D.C., IP was still looking for a way to strengthen the international experience of the program participants. “To really have that experience and to step outside your comfort level, we came up with the idea of the two-week international study tour,” Hamilton said. The Washington World program has been developed to integrate learning and real-world experiences in a way similar to how the other international programs operate. Courses as well as cultural exchanges, conferences and symposia attended in Washington, D.C., will complement the externship program. The Washington World program will only be offered in the fall and spring semesters. The traditional summer

While the process of creating Seaver’s first-ever Latin course began only last spring, this fall, professor Jason Brooks introduces the first three-unit class of its kind. Brooks spearheaded the Latin class introduction after he noticed an increase of student interest. Now, many of those same students are enrolled in the class. “I also pushed to get this course offered because I firmly believe that a liberal arts college must have a Latin sequence,” Brooks said. Introductory Latin, labeled under Special Topics, is the brainchild of Brooks’ academic and personal interest. The plans began with Brooks preparing meetings with the former Humanities/ Teacher Education and International Studies and Language division chairs, Maire Mullins and April Marshall, respectively. Mullins ultimately took the course to Dean Rick Marrs and fought for the course. According to Brooks, Mullins played the largest role on the administrative side in getting the course established. Both Brooks’ textbook and students describe the “dead” language class as intensive. Still, many say the rewards outweigh the challenges. “I’m a history major and I’ve been asking for a Latin course since I started,” senior Jessica Oppliger said. “It’s a little bit fast-paced, but otherwise I love it.” Brooks hopes to present Latin as a general education (GE) credit for language and bring class occupancy closer to 20 or 25 students, compared to the 14 enrolled this term. Currently, Latin is an elective course. “I hope it can get legs and keep running,” Brooks said. “That’s my first challenge … But this is how things start — slow and steady wins the race.… I really couldn’t be happier to be teaching this subject again,” Brooks said. Within the beginning weeks of the new class, Brooks remains confident in his students while undertaking the job of proving to the rest of the school that Latin is worth studying. Before coming to Pepperdine, Brooks taught the language for high school and while at Pennsylvania State. “After I got deeper into Greek language and literature, I realized that I needed to study Latin for the Classics side of my research,” Brooks said. From there, Brooks said, he fell in love with the classical languages and continued studying them in graduate school. “Although my main research interests are in Greek and Russian poetry, I frequently consult Roman sources in my research and because I teach Great Books,” Brooks said. “Even if I weren’t teaching this Latin course, I’d say that Latin occupies a decent part of my life in any given week. It’s just so important to so many aspects of my discipline.” Brooks rebuts the notion of studying Latin for its own sake, believing more in its linguistic usefulness, notably English and modern Romance languages. “I would also point out that Latin is, like, legit fun,” Brooks said. “So Latina vivit.”

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF Charmaine Cleveland

THE HILL­­ — Student interns from the Washington, D.C., program stand in front of the U.S. Capitol. IP has restructured the Washington program to mirror other international programs and cater to sophomores as opposed to juniors and seniors.

internship program will remain intact. “We will still be keeping the summer internships how they happened in the past. It’s a really popular, flourishing program so we’re going to keep that running,” Hamilton said. In the current fall and spring programs, students are able to have internships in the morning and take courses at night. Starting in the fall of 2013, the Washington World program will run on a model more similar to that of the international programs. Students will take GE courses in the day, and the program will eventually have a visiting faculty member. The program has 26 spots available based on the capacity of the house on Pennsylvania Ave., making it more exclusive than the other programs. Depending on the popularity of the program, there is a potential for it to grow. The admissions procedure will be based on how willing a student is “to step out of the box.” “We want to find the students who are ready to engage,” Hamilton said. “We don’t want someone who’s just going and being comfortable somewhere. We’re looking for the students that are ready to have this incredible experience

and ready to commit to the program.” The new program will offer core GE courses like humanities, fine arts, sciences and religion, focusing less on business and political science. This will make the program, originally geared mostly to upperclassmen and political science majors who desired to explore their major firsthand on the Hill, open mainly to sophomores. As far as why the program has changed or its precipitating causes, Hamilton said he was not “privy to those conversations.” So far, there has been mixed feedback for the Washington World redirection. “What really attracted me to this program is that I can have an internship and take classes all during a regular semester,” sophomore Victoria Stanzione said, currently in the D.C., Internship Program. “It’s like a win-win. I’m kind of upset that the program won’t continue during the regular semester, but I’m glad I’m in it now before it stops.” Frances Ho, junior and Lausanne program alumna, sees the Washington, D.C., internships as viable competitors to the international programs. “Yes, Washington, D.C., alone has a lot to offer, but

Washington D.C., with internships is what makes it so marketable,” Ho said. Senior and Lausanne alumna, Bethany Bennick, likes the idea of the Washington World program. She also admits to being envious of those able to participate and is glad to see IP add new opportunities. Summer 2012 D.C., Internship Program alum and senior Tucker Witte, suggests a different change: “I am a business major, and I got an internship at the Smithsonian. I know a lot of people whose dream is to get an internship on the Hill. “I’m glad that they’re keeping the summer internship program because the internship is most of the appeal. Maybe they can do an in-

ternship for the first couple of months and travel later to add a world aspect to it,” Witte said. The cost for the program will be the same as the tuition and board on the Malibu campus, with all financial aid packages applied. Additional costs will include plane tickets to D.C., and the two-week study tours. Applications for the IP internship programs in the spring semester are currently being accepted based on space availability. The priority deadline for the Washington World program is Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Students can apply online in the “Student Services” portion of WaveNet. g

GROW: Community speculates about Pepp’s expansion FROM A1 number of students may give the impression of a growing student body, “in reality that number reflects the enrollment needs of the college after considering graduation and retention rates, and a variety of other factors.” Administrators maintain that the growing freshman class is not part of a larger plan to increase undergraduate enrollment. “The rise in application numbers can be attributed to a number of factors,” Truschke said. “First and foremost, the educational environment at Seaver is desirable to a large population of students. Rigorous academics, Christian mission, emphasis on study abroad, a diverse co-curricular offering and location are the broad categories contributing to Seaver’s national reputation.” Recently, some have begun to speculate if there is a larger

goal of increasing the population of Seaver College while decreasing enrollment in the four graduate schools. In an email to the faculty in August, Seaver Dean Rick Marrs attached two documents outlining his vision and strategic plans for Seaver’s future. Marrs’ vision is simple: To apply academic excellence fully engaged with the Christian mission. According to Marrs, this means examining Seaver’s “brand” to compete with secular universities in America. In “Seaver 2020: In Pursuit of Excellence,” the plans become more specific and are clearly outlined in five succinct goals. Each of Pepperdine’s five schools was tasked with drafting school-specific strategic plans for approval in 2010. The goals are called “lofty but attainable.” Marrs connected these goals to an image of Pepperdine claiming the next “hill” in higher education, the one of “superb academics

and Christian faith.” “Among the five schools of Pepperdine, Seaver College is most strategically positioned to claim this hill, given the composition and vision of its faculty, staff, and students,” Marrs wrote. “Seaver has the opportunity and potential to claim a place currently unclaimed in higher education in the United States – providing a first-class academic experience that fully engages the intellectual and ethical greatness of the Christian message.” While the email seems to suggest a preference of the administration towards the success of Seaver College, Provost Darryl Tippens denies any correlation between the increase in the Seaver College population and changes of enrollment in the other five schools. “Our enrollment at Seaver is primarily the result of an improved ‘capture’ rate, as I understand it,” Tippens wrote.

“In other words, a greater number of applicants who applied to Seaver accepted our invitation. The increased enrollment is primarily the result of a growing reputation, the sheer desirability of receiving an education at Seaver.” Tippens does, however, acknowledge that increases in enrollment would result in changes in both faculty and housing. “We continue to study the question of the proper size of the student body,” Tippens said. “It’s a fair question, as our reputation grows and as more students seek a Seaver degree. No decision has been made to increase the size of the school, but it is a question we intend to research and evaluate. “If we grow, it’s almost certain that the faculty size will grow as well. We already have plans to increase student housing—plans for a ‘junior’ residence hall, for example, are in the planning stages.” Truschke said graduation

rates and retention are the two driving factors for how many new students enroll each new term. Retention rates have also excelled compared to previous years. Pepperdine’s Educational Effectiveness Review, submitted to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, showed Seaver’s retention rate at 93 percent in fall 2010. “In fact, the class of 2012 represents the largest graduating class Seaver has had over the past 8 years,” Truschke said. While the growth is not necessarily intentional on behalf of the administration, Pepperdine’s reputation continues to attract a large pool of applicants each year.




September 6, 2012


veteran, Glazer to stay on campus Marine new student

presents war flag to Benton

New grant comes with scholarships and capstones

By Sarah Barge

Staff Writer

FROM A1 representation and Midrash in modern context. This new funding has prompted the institute to venture into new aspects of faith education. There will be five new initiatives of the Glazer Institute beginning this semester. “The Glazer Scholars Program awards scholarships to undergraduate students interested in focusing a portion of their time at Pepperdine toward Jewish Studies courses and a Glazer-sponsored capstone experience,” Billings wrote. John Fishel, consultant to the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, was out of the office and unable to comment on the Glazer Institute’s progress. The program will be hosting a number of events this year geared toward students who want to visit Jewish Institutions in the greater Los Angeles area. Locations include the Malibu Jewish Cultural Center, Jewish County Fair, Skirball Cultural Center, Museum of Tolerance and Holocaust Museum. The Glazer Institute also plans to host Zion Ozeri, a renowned Jewish photographer. Ozeri will be giving a lecture and displaying his work featuring pieces captured around the



INTERFAITH­­ — Dean Rick Marrs, Guilford Glazer and Provost Darryl Tippens gather at a “Finding Common Ground” conference in 2009. The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute presented Seaver their new grant this summer.

world. The program will also feature a new educational series in which “the Glazer Institute will team up with the Old Testament professors in offering co-curricular events such as lectures from famous Jewish biblical scholars and museum visits,” Billings wrote. The Glazer Institute will team up with New Testament professors to offer additional educational enrichment focused on Jewish perspectives on early Christianity. Other courses will be sponsored this

year by the institute including Osborne’s ENG 205 and 370. Funding was the underlying issue with the program last year, making communication between Pepperdine and the Glazer Institute vital in the institute’s survival. The Glazer Institute has been working closely with many administrators as well as other faculty members to transition smoothly into their expansion. Billings said he is hopeful that the institute’s growth, both in special programs and educa-

tional opportunities, will draw attention from the Pepperdine community. “Long term I would love to see Glazer be able to endow a permanent position in Jewish studies at Seaver, and continue to provide funding for curricular revisions or new courses,” Dean Rick Marrs wrote in an email. Marrs wrote he also hopes to see support from Glazer in funding trips to Israel for Seaver students. g

In Afghanistan, one way to show appreciation to people who’ve helped you out is by hanging a flag in the back of the plane. Joel Denning is a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan and is a new student at Seaver College this fall. He says he cannot be more thankful to Pepperdine and all the people involved with supporting veterans. President Andrew K. Benton adopted the Yellow Ribbon Program, making Pepperdine the first private school in California to grant veterans free tuition. Denning presented the flag that he flew over Afghanistan to President

Benton as what he says was a big thank you to everyone who has helped make it possible for him to attend this school. The flag sits in a plaque hanging in One Stop. “It’s nice to have that cushion to fall back on,” Denning said, considering the high unemployment of veterans. So far, Denning said he loves Pepperdine and appreciates the respect and support he has encountered in students and faculty. “I appreciate everything they have done,” Denning said. Denning, a pre-accounting major, is married to A.J. Denning, an administrative assistant in the Communication Division office. g

Joel Denning Served in Afghanistan First recipient of the Yellow Ribbon Program


PERSPECTIVES September 6, 2012



Staff Writer

Learning to embrace the freshman 15

Dear Grace, It’s my 11th day at Pepperdine and the soreness in my thighs has become unbearable. I live in Banowsky, have two classes in the CCB, one in the library and one in the CAC. When will my body adjust? Will the next four years be filled with perpetual pain? Sincerely, Freshman Fatty As someone who takes pride in the lengths to which I will go in order to remain as lazy as possible, there are a few imperative lifestyle changes you must commit to in order to survive here at Pepperdine without getting skinny. So, if you don’t want to gain the Freshman 15 stop reading, keep walking, whatever. If you’re like me and enjoy a sedentary routine, read on. 1. Don’t underestimate the shuttle: It feels so silly to walk past the HAWC to reach the shuttle en route from Banowsky to the CCB. Just commit. No one needs to know how far out of your way you walked simply to avoid the dramatic — and mostly traumatic — incline of the stairs. You burn fewer calories, build less muscle and gain clarity and peace of mind from a refreshing and enjoyable morning walk. 2. Thai Massage: In my frequent travels to McDonald’s, I recently noticed Malibu’s best kept secret: a Thai Massage parlor wedged between “Fashion Boutique” and the backside of Plate. I mean, I can’t afford a massage of any kind, but my roommates and I looked through the windows and concluded that if indeed we ever choose to partake in physical activity, we should follow it up with a mildly shady group session of aromatherapy within walking distance of both Thai Dishes and the liquor store. 3. Feign injury: Did you know that if you break your leg or something, DPS just hands you a key card to all the parking lots on campus? This is not a drill. Forging a doctor’s note can hardly be that difficult. Find some sort of splint, a set of crutches, or maybe a neck brace, and Pepperdine practically throws you a parking permit before you can say “handicap accessibility lawsuit.” Nobody wants to admit that this campus is entirely impossible to navigate for anyone unable to run a marathon in fewer than three hours. Twisted ankle? Sprained finger? Headache? Tell DPS you have a life-threatening condition and remind yourself how much money you pay to go here before the guilt strikes. 4. Sign my petition: Join me in efforts to install moving walkways across both lower and upper dorm roads, escalators with access to the CCB and SAC, zip lines from Lovernich to Payson and slides spanning the descent from Drescher. I have two signatures, but I feel that if enough support is rallied, the administration has little choice but to comply. g


STAFF EDITORIAL AKB not to blame for son’s actions The recent arrest of Christopher Benton, the son of President Andrew K. Benton, have received an immediate and intense response from those affiliated with the university. Some have offered words of prayer and condolence, but others have voiced their fear, anger and frustration with the university’s dealings regarding Christopher’s situation. Though justifiable in some respects, many of the negative reactions seem misplaced, as it is important to recognize Christopher and the university as mutually exclusive entities. We, as staff, students and members of the Pepperdine family, must do our best to understand the Benton family’s current situation with the information available to us. Here is what we do know: Christopher Benton allgedly came to campus Thursday, Aug. 23 with a loaded gun. He was arrested in the Thornton Administrative Center not long after his arrival on campus. Christopher was previously involved in the case surrounding the death of 25-year-old Katie Wilkins, who was found in her parents’ garage on West Moon Shadows Drive on the evening of April 28. Christopher was the last known person to be seen with her before her

death; however, he was never arrested nor charged in the investigation. President Benton released a statement shortly after his son’s arrest affirming his son’s past and current problems with drugs as well as his agreement to involve law enforcement concerning the situation with his son. Below is a portion of his statement to the students, staff and administration of the university: “For about 14 years Debby and I have dealt with issues emerging from the presence of drugs in the life of our son, Chris, and those with whom he has chosen to associate. For the most part, this issue has been kept private, as we have tried a number of treatment methods. We have not given up, but we have not been successful … Chris will not be returning to campus for some time, probably a long time. All parties involved — the Court, the District Attorney, University leaders tasked with assuring campus safety, as well as his mother and I — agree with this decision.” A number of responses from the Pepperdine community after the arrest of Christopher suggest frustration at the belief that the university has had and continues to have intentions to

hide information from the Pepperdine community; however, the above statement suggests nothing but transparency on behalf of President Benton with matters concerning his son. Although Christopher’s drug problems were not kept secret, they were not openly disclosed to the student body. This is understandable given that President Benton, the most visible member of a high profile university such as Pepperdine, had to consider the best interests of both the university and his own family. This was, after all, a particularly sensitive family matter that, in most cases, would be entirely unrelated to campus life — the fact that the president is required to live on campus complicates the matter as his son’s actions became a part of the university simply because of location. Of course, this is no excuse when the safety of the Pepperdine community is placed in jeopardy as a result but, at the same time, these were the voluntary actions of the Benton’s adult son whose affiliation with the university begins and ends with his family ties. The Benton family has remained consistent in their vision for members of the uni-

versity community in that they too agree with the idea that Christopher should be held accountable for his own actions in the same way that any university member would be held accountable for his or hers. As controversial as the situation may be, it is important for we as active members of the Pepperdine community to remember what makes our community so strong, namely, that we are able to lend support and understanding in times of hardship to all who seek it. While President Benton and his family are in a unique position as leaders of our university, we must also acknowledge and respect their personhood, and the idea that this is an unfotunate situation for all parties involved. A factual assessment of the recent happenings with Christopher Benton affirms that the anger felt by the Pepperdine community is warranted. It also affirms that Benton was as transparent as possible regarding the entire situation. Judgment should be passed not on the President or the university, but simply on the grown individual who made a conscious effort to carry out the actions resulting in his arrest on Aug. 23.

Face Off

Do you think the university is transparent enough with students? NO: I believe Pepperdine could make strides in making the university somewhat more transparent. I think they do a good job, especially compared to other private, Christian universities in the same realm, however, I think there’s many ways they could try to improve it.

Alex Booker Junior

Tiana Becker Freshman

YES: I do because the university is always in constant communication with the students and they’re always connecting us and letting us know what’s going on campus with any issues, and they’re always fixing them.

Executive Editor Kayla Ferguson Managing Editor Andrew Kasselmann Associate Editor Jessica Abu-Ghattas Creative Director Nikki Torriente News Editor Mariella Rudi Assistant News Editor Whitney Irick News Assistant Melody Cheng Sports Editor Narine Adamova Assistant Sports Editor Kelly O’Connor Sports Assistant Halli Spraggins Perspectives Editor Aaron Wilson Assistant Perspectives Editor Breanna Grigsby Perspectives Assistant Allegra Hobbs Life & Arts Editor Gabrielle Otero Assistant Life & Arts Editor Elizabeth Pietrucha Life & Arts Assistant Brandie Warr Section Designer Alexander Hayes Photo Editor Rebecca Herron Assistant Photo Editor Allison Hubbard Art Editor James Chung Assistant Art Editor Alexandra Rangel Copy Chief Ruth Book Copy Editors Kierstin Hailey Kristin Walter Sienna Jackson Online Managing Editor Al Lai Online Content Manager Genevieve Chong Online Photo Editor Rebecca Herron Advertising Director Ashley Rhame Director of Student Journalism Elizabeth Smith Assistant Director of Journalism Courtenay Stallings Graduate Assistant Heather Manes

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September 6, 2012 ALLEGRA HOBBS Perspectives Assistant

Who cares about issues? Let’s see those abs!

Every four years, something strange seems to overtake our country. In the months leading up to November, those who had previously exhibited relative apathy are suddenly wildly opinionated, as if they had been storing up all of their hidden political zeal for years and are relieved that it can finally be made known. Come November, everyone is an amateur political analyst, not to mention a goldmine of illuminating economic insight. Sometime after January, there is a collective sigh as everyone can finally go back to watching cat videos and reading Perez Hilton. Except this predictable cycle has been upset by the bizarre melding of these two worlds — the world of vapid celebrity and the real-world heaviness of the political realm. Take, for instance, the recent coverage of the Republican National Convention. Once I had skimmed the pertinent information (mostly Clint Eastwood’s bizarre Invisible Obama skit), watched a few clips from the heavy-hitting news programs (mostly “The Daily Show”) and felt I had put enough time and energy into pretending to care (tweeting one of the above), I could go back to wasting time on the Internet. So, I went to Perez Hilton, and found exactly what I was looking for: some hot guy with impressive biceps delivering a spectacularly boring speech about the future of our country. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that said Hot Guy is in fact Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate in the November election. Initially, I was a bit disappointed that something of national importance had managed to leak onto a gossip website, however, I was soon comforted by the fact that Perez’s invaluable commentary allowed me to ignore anything substantive and relevant that may have been covered: “One thing is for sure, this was by faaaar the sexiest part of the convention!” Well said, Perez. Well said. I was equally impressed with the observations accompanying Mitt Romney’s convention speech: “Sure, Mitt is not as seXXXy as his VP candidate, Paul Ryan... but it might be a good idea to hear what he has to say anyway!” First of all, Perez: well done sneaking that “XXX” in there. Really brilliant. Second: I mean, sure, it might be a good idea, although I really can’t imagine why. Despite being the Republican Presidential nominee and quite possibly the future President of the United States, Mitt Romney simply doesn’t have the body of Ryan Gosling and the dreamy blue eyes of a young Frank Sinatra. I guess I can’t help but feel that this fusion of celebrity culture and politics has gotten out of hand. The way that we as a culture experience politics changed the moment the first televised presidential debate aired in 1960, and those changes have only continued to escalate. What was once considered petty has become integral to the perceived ethos of a candidate — looks, charisma and youth are preferred. Furthermore, we’ve come to reduce matters of gravity, those that carry heavy ramifications for our country, to the degree of flippancy with which we treat matters of trivial insignificance. That is, by sticking them on gossip pages and chattering about biceps and abs. g




Pepp prepares promising pupils LOUISE DEQUILLA Guest Contributer

You’re in the middle of heavy traffic occupying most of the parking lot, with the rest of the pavement allocated for the spunkiest, loudest, most cheerful group of people excited to welcome you to the experience of your life. Mom and Dad are browsing through the schedule of activities — they tell you to remember to apply sunscreen, stay hydrated and write plenty of letters while you’re gone. “We’ll see you soon!” they say, to distract themselves from instigating a teary departure. You settle into your quarters, eyeing the lofty stack of luggage in the corner of the room, causing you to worry that you probably forgot something. The bugle sounds, the flag is raised and the festivities begin. Welcome to … summer camp? No — welcome to NSO. According to the Pepperdine website, “New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program intentionally designed for incoming students and their parents. The program will include information on academics, student activities, student services, living on campus, international programs, and much more.” However, it has come to the attention of many that the perceived goals of NSO may in fact produce different results.

“The transition has been incredibly rough. NSO basically puts you in party mode, and the next thing you know you have 8 a.m. classes with homework in all of them. It’s pretty brutal,” said freshman Sarah Barge, when asked about the shift from NSO activities to the first week of college classes. Barge spoke out regarding the issue of NSO adopting a “summer camp” vibe, rather than being solely focused on the discipline it takes to begin college life. Freshman Mardie Agnew also shares her thoughts by adding, “The atmosphere was hectic but totally worth all the late nights.” So if it’s not a dry Q&A session set on spoon-feeding loads of information like most other college orientations, what exactly is NSO? “NSO is a time for new students to experience and learn about everything Pepperdine has to offer,” expresses sophomore Matthew Sugar. The 2012 orientation leader also adds, “My job is to make you feel as welcome as possible and let you know that I will be around and if you need anything I am here to help (That goes for all orientation leaders!)” Finally winding down with the first week of college classes, I feel as if I have more credibility to comment on exactly how the transition from high school to college has been. From experience I can say the only thing harder than waking up for an 8 a.m. class is waking up for an 8

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a.m. class after a week of late nights, energy-draining events and adrenaline rushing through the veins of the baby waves. Is NSO too much like summer camp? From the overtly welcoming atmosphere of upperclassmen ready to jump at the chance to wait on you hand and foot, to the euphoria of dance parties night after night, NSO has the tendency to bring about a disillusionment that college is a string of social activities,

when in reality it isn’t. Not to mention the lack of sleep as a result of the frenzied agenda, ironic since getting enough sleep is one of the most important tips given to any college student. With a program like this, it’s logical the incoming freshmen won’t receive a smooth transition into the studious and disciplinary side of university living. They will, however, experience the jumpstart of life in the “real world.” Making

new friends, being involved and breaking out of your shell are just a few of the results of NSO. Simply put, NSO may take on characteristics of summer camp, but it’s all part of the master plan to create a welcoming environment for incoming students — since after all this will be their home for the next four years. Sugar summarizes, “NSO has great intentions and does what it is intended to do.” g

Verbal abuse leaves lasting emotional scars CAITLIN MCLAUGHLIN Guest Contributer

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words — may put you in a mental hospital. While this may not be the conventional wording of this expression, it is the most accurate one. Verbal abuse is a serious problem, one that is hard to identify and hazardous to your health. Many people like to discredit verbal abuse because the evidence is not as obvious as physical abuse. You won’t wake up one morning, look in the mirror and gasp at your black eye after spending an evening with a verbal abuser. However, the bruising of the heart that results from verbal abuse can have much greater psychological and even physical damage in the long run than strictly physical abuse.

According to “The Journal of Emotional Abuse: Awareness for Emotional Abuse,” published by the University of Oregon, verbal abuse can have lasting effects on your trust, self-confidence and overall objective view of yourself. You may also refuse to acknowledge your abuse as a legitimate danger to your health, resulting in the symptom denial.

By refusing to acknowledge verbal abuse, you start to believe the insults and attacks of your abuser. This will manifest itself in the crippling of your self-confidence that may lead to mental illnesses like depression. These illnesses may cause stress that leads to headaches, back pain, neck pain and overwhelming exhaustion that prevent you from functioning normally. Even though it is clear that the lasting damage of verbal abuse is serious, sadly, the problem isn’t rare. In a world where anyone can hide behind closed doors and post obscene, hurtful comments on a variety of websites, verbal abuse is as easy as it is common. Many people don’t realize what defines verbal abuse. Comments like “This is so gay!” and “Oh my God, why are you so retarded?” are thrown around as easily as if they were observations of the weather. But, you never know who’s listening. I worked with the Best Buddies program at my high school. Best Buddies is a non-profit dedicated to “establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-toone friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” During the year, we held

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a campaign to stop the use of the word “retarded,” because many of the students in the organization found it highly offensive. To my dismay, the campaign was mocked and rejected by some of my closest friends, and I saw the pain I felt in my heart reflected in the faces students with whom I volunteered with. Teasing, sarcastic com-

ments are inevitable, but when used excessively or in an effort to gain superiority over another person they can become abusive. Verbal abuse and its effects remind me of a commercial I see frequently on television for DIRECTV. The commercial gives a list of instances that result from not purchasing DIRECTV that eventually leads to the

viewer “ending up in a roadside ditch.” The point of this commercial is to demonstrate that inaction can have dire consequences. With that in mind, I implore you to take a stand. Don’t end up in a roadside ditch (or in this case a mental institute), speak out against verbal abuse!



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September 6, 2012

The Return: to go or not to go?

By Sara Hope Leonard Staff Writer

For incoming Pepperdine freshmen, this is one of the most frequently asked questions, second only to one’s major and hometown. The class of 2016 has been inundated with exciting information regarding the International Programs and the incredible experiences that going abroad next year can offer. Yet, some students question whether these statements are exaggerated. “They play it up too much,” said freshman Kevin Hoffman. “But I do think it is necessary to get a good international perspective.” Freshman Evan Blumer even ventured to say that the focus on International programs as a recruiting tool is essential for the retention rate. Whatever the motives behind Pepperdine’s noteworthy study abroad rate (a consistent 60 percent to 70 percent of graduates, according to IP Director of Admissions and Student Affairs Jeff Hamilton), some students seem increasingly preoccupied with the decision of which program to choose. To shed light on this, The Return made sure to include information on the many opportunities the Malibu campus offers for

remaining sophomores. Hamilton said that the purpose of The Return event is to, “Welcome the returning students, welcome the freshmen and say goodbye to this year’s seniors … to be opening and welcoming to all.” When asked if going abroad is essential for students’ growth, Hamilton said, “It is my personal belief that students who study abroad are not the only ones with transformative sophomore years. Change happens at any time a student is open to change.” It seems that much of the freshmen class is divided between giddy anticipation and hesitant skepticism. The Return took place at Alumni Park on Thursday, Aug., 30 and showcased booths of the six programs, along with the programs offered at the Malibu campus for sophomores who stay. While the programs competed with each other for the attendees’ attention, all IP veterans could agree that leaving Malibu had its advantages. One perk lies in the ease of creating close relationships while abroad. “I had a hard time getting involved my freshman year,” said Mackenzie Taylor, a junior recently having returned from Florence. “An introverted person like


THIS MEANS WAR­­ — The Buenos Aires International program and a group of freshman volunteers compete in the annual tug-of-war competition. The contest was ultimately won by the Buenos Aires program, with Heidelberg coming in second.

me can come back and dance in public,” Haley Clayton said, attributing her new confidence to her sophomore experiences in Buenos Aires. Another emphasis is placed on the cultural perspective students gain from living in new places. “You can see America

from the outside,” said junior Joshua Ueckert, returned from Heidelberg. “You can get a lot of things from both places, but Malibu cannot give you a new world view.” According to returning students, the most valuable impact of leaving Malibu lies in this fresh perspective, both

in relation to the American culture, but also to oneself. “You’re forced to learn about yourself and become culturally aware … to see without the rose-colored glasses that is America,” said junior Vera Yuan after her year in Shanghai. However, even those who chose not to travel are given consideration. This year, Housing and Residence Life offers six themed housing options in Malibu, with no additional cost to tuition. “You get to find out how cool

L.A. is and see everything that Malibu has to offer,” said Taylor Kruse, part of the Year Two staff- a group which caters specifically to the sophomore class Additionally, “You get to know a lot more people, all of the classes above and below you,” said Year Two staff member Phoenix Eyre, explaining that students who go abroad their sophomore year only know the people in the junior and senior classes upon return. g

Alexander Hayes / DESIGN ASSISTANT

CULTURE SHOCK­­ — Students enjoy complimentary Carl’s Jr. while visiting the various International Program tables. The Return, held on Thursday, Aug., 30, was a chance for each program to advertise and share why their program is the best.


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September 6, 2012

By Sydnie Parker | Staff Writer

This weekend marked the 31st annual Chili Cook-Off, an event that has a long history in Malibu and has been located on the 20 acres of mostly empty land in the center of Malibu since 1982. Every year, the fair draws in more than 10,000 people and raises well over $1 million, which is then donated to a vast amount of both local and national charities. Each year, the fair focuses on one charity to receive the majority of funds. This year, it is sponsoring the Wounded Warrior Project, which focuses on supporting veterans who have been wounded while serving our country. ÂťSee CHILI, B5

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September 6, 2012

Lady on the Moon looks toward new heights By Brandie Warr Life & Arts Assistant

While students frequently visit the Malibu Inn, this past Saturday night it was more packed than usual. More than a hundred bodies were crammed into a dark room to hear the two Pepperdine talents set to play that night. Audrey Reed warmed up the crowd with her original songs and a few covers. “The best part of the night though, was when Lady on the Moon came on and the crowd went wild,” sophomore Monica Perez said. As a teaser to Saturday night’s performance, Lady on the Moon performed at Wednesday convocation. It was the largest crowd that they

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had ever played in front of and both Alex Keating and Buchanan Westover were nervous — something neither of them normally experience. Westover plays the guitar and does the vocals while Keating plays drums. At convocation, they performed as a two-person act, but at the Inn they had two more members; one was Keating’s friend from Las Vegas, Jason Corpuz on keyboard, and the other was Westover’s brother Sam Westover on bass. They have played shows together before in Las Vegas and if anything serious were to happen in Lady on the Moon’s future, both Corpuz and Westover would be included.

Both have been playing their respective instruments for quite a while. Keating began playing the drums at six years old when his parents got him a First Act drum set from Toys R Us. Eventually, he began taking lessons and developed his skills. In contrast, Westover is a self-taught guitarist. He got his first guitar at five years old and learned by reading tabs and playing simpler songs, gradually increasing the difficulty. At first, both Keating and Westover were just friends who had musical talents. They met fall semester of their freshman year in Eaton Hall, but it wasn’t until spring semester that Lady on the Moon

was created. Keating said it happened while in the car on the way to the movies, when he turned to Westover and asked, “Why aren’t we doing anything?” It was a simple start to a great duo. Their style embodies alternative rock with reggae undertones — an upbeat chill. They draw on their enjoyment of Coldplay and British rock. Since there are only two main artists for now, they are able to focus on their vocals and harmonies. This was shown at the convocation event where Westover focused on vocals and played his guitar and Keating concentrated on percussion. Westover writes the majori-

ty of their music. Recently, he has been writing about peace and harmony through nature. He said that he also has songs about “going for a girl and being nervous, but I’m really trying to move toward writing deeper music.” They have only recorded a demo, but those who are eager to check out Lady of the Moon’s music can browse their YouTube channel, listen to the media player on their Facebook or check out their Sound Cloud. Keating says that they “want support from Pepperdine,” which was evident on Saturday night, and they hope it will continue. In the future, they hope to get signed by a label and

continue producing more music, but before they can do that Lady of the Moon needs to outlast Westover going to Lausanne, Switzerland for an IP Program. They both agree that it won’t be a hindrance to their success and view it as a hiatus. Westover said he “is going to use that time to write more lyrics and hopefully come back with more inspiration.” Despite this delay on the road to musical success, Keating and Westover said that when Westover gets back from Lausanne, they will be “guns blazing” toward the future.


Students reflect on 9/11 attacks

By Ashton Garbutt Staff Writer

Jillian Dull (Mechanicsville, Va.) Q: Where were you when the attack happened? A: “When the planes hit, I was at school in the art classroom where I was helping our teacher set up for the day. When the school found out what had happened, every television in the school was turned off, as were radios. Everyone was sent back to their home-base classrooms where we were informed we would be leaving school early and were to proceed to the buses as if it were the end of the day. We were not told what was going on and most of us had no idea what had happened until we got home. I remember my dad was waiting for me at the bus stop, which was not typical. He looked very upset, and he tried to explain to me what was going on as I watched the footage of the planes crashing over and over again. I

It has been almost 11 years since the world was shocked by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. One of the few attacks by foreign parties on American soil and killing approximately 3,000 people from various nations, 9/11 is one of the most tragic events in recent history. Many people use it as a historical marker, creating a rift between before and after this atrocity. The majority of Seaver undergraduates were young at the time of the attacks and have this day ingrained into their childhood. The Graphic interviewed students and asked them to recall what they can remember about that day and how it has impacted their lives. remember my mom got home soon after, and we sat on the couch paralyzed as we tried to rationalize the events of that day. I remember being too afraid to sleep that night, and I had to fall asleep on the couch wrapped in my dad’s arms to feel safe.” Q: What is one specific thing you remember about that day? A: “I distinctly remember my dad tearing up as he explained to me what was happening and how torn up he was by the fact that anyone could have this much hate. It is the first memory I have of seeing my father cry, something that I have only seen twice since then.” Q: Did you know anyone affected by it? A: “My father had a former business client who had an office on the ground floor of the second building that was hit. He was out of the office on vacation that week and the store was closed, but his store was totally destroyed, and my dad was extremely worried about him for a week before we heard from him. It was frightening having someone directly affected, and those

days were so tense. I cannot even imagine how it would have been to have a family member affected!” Q: Looking back, what have you taken from 9/11 and/ or what influence has it had on your life? A: “My family took quite a lot away from the events. It renewed our appreciation for each other, and it made us so thankful for our safety. We made a rule that day that we would never leave a conversation without saying “I love you.” It really shook us, but it always reminds me how lucky I am to have my family and every day that I am granted to spend on this earth.”

Michael Ivey (Bronx, N.Y.) Q: Where were you when the attack happened? A: “I was in school when 9/11 occurred. We were having class when an announcement was made, and all the teachers had a meeting. They all came back and turned on the TV for all of us to watch the horrid news. They then let us out early to go check on our families.” Q: What is one specific thing you remember about that day? A: “I remember that my cousin worked in the area where the attack took place, and everyone in the family was trying to reach him to make sure he was okay. We all started to lose hope that he was okay, but we finally heard

from him about eight hours later. His train was delayed on his way to work, so he never made it to Manhattan. He was just trapped in the subway because of all the police and firefighters.” Q: Did you know anyone affected by it? A: “I was blessed because none of my family, my friends or their family lost any loved ones. I know a few people that lost their jobs that worked in the area because it was shut down for awhile, but I’m just glad no one I know died.” Q: Looking back, what have you taken from 9/11 and/or what influence has it had on your life? A: “I learned to never take family or friends for granted. I never thought something of that nature would occur and not being able to know if my cousin was alive or not is not a good feeling.”

Nicole Dougan (Riverside, Calif.) Q: Where were you when the attack happened? A: “I was at home getting ready to go to my baby sitter because I was off track of my school system in fifth grade.” Q: What is one specific thing you remember about that day? A: “Moment of silence on the radio. It was a long time, five to ten minutes.” Q: Did you know anyone affected by it? A: “No, not directly.” Q: Looking back, what have you taken From 9/11 and/or what influence has it had on your life? A: “It was a senseless act of violence on innocent people. Shows me that as humans we are quick to attack or be fearful of other people who are different from us rather than accept them, and it hinders us greatly.”



September 6, 2012


O&A ? with Paul Bommarito,

DIANA LOSEN Staff Writer

10 Seconds of courage: reaching great heights

an American Eagle model

By Falon Opsahl Staff Writer

Freshman year can be a busy time for students; new student Paul Bommarito experienced the chaos while he was in the process of completing the Live Your Life American Eagle competition. Q: What kind of competition were you involved in? A: I was involved in an American Eagle modeling contest that started six weeks ago. Two of my friends entered me into the contest with four pictures, and I wrote a little bit about myself and from there I was judged during the first week to be a finalist, so I skipped two weeks of judging because the American Eagle judges decided that I was what they were looking for to go to the final round. I was then in the final round of judging and was determined to be a winner for my category. I was awarded a $2,500 check, my face will be on the American Eagle billboard in Times Square for a period of time, and I am given the opportunity, depending on whether or not they can use me in their next campaign, to fly out to wherever they would want me to go, and they will take pictures and let me know if they can use me in their spring campaign for 2013. Q: What was your modeling experience before this competition? A: My modeling experience was nothing. Q: Where are you planning on going with it in the future?

A: If God would like to use me to be a face that would inspire people in a godly way that would not be looked at as a model or a face that would picture worldly values and views, then I would love to represent a company or be somebody that would be looked at in a godly manner but otherwise it’s not a career that I would choose for myself. Q: What do you plan on going into otherwise? A: I plan on starting a business that facilitates the needs of families and adults and kids for counseling in all aspects of their lives: marriage counseling, life counseling, financial aid, anything that people would have obstacles or problems with that they can come and get advice about. Q: Did being a part of this competition and having this new “model” label put on you change any part of your life? A: In a sense, initially, back before I moved for college, it wasn’t a big deal. It was just that my friends had entered me into it and I thought it was cool because I could use this as a way to get myself known. I would love to be able to get myself out there and for people to know that this man is a model but he is also a man of godly character and godly actions and wants to be different than what the world wants people to be. When I came to Pepperdine, initially it made my head bigger than I wanted it to be, and I think now after the first week I’ve prayed about it and my

head has gone back down, and I just see it as another way to spread God’s word. Q: In what kind of ways has this experience benefitted you? A: It has really shown me how the world can be completely judgmental of the outside appearance. I’ve seen how people who have true inner beauty can be completely overlooked in the world’s standards and it’s heartbreaking to see the way that the world has become where that beauty is no longer accepted or looked at in a good light. Q: Since God seems to have been a huge part of the process for you, what was your spiritual

There is no doubt in my mind that God has a plan in everybody’s life and everything that happens is because of Him and His reasoning. —Paul Bommarito Freshman

growth like during the competition? A: Initially, I did not think there was a chance that I was going to win or have any deep involvement with this. However, my friends’ support and drive to get me to do well in this competition was incredible. They wanted to see me do well and I realized that in any career like this that many believers

going into it can easily be corrupted with the worldly views and can lose their focus on God very quickly and become very self-absorbed with the worldly image and with the status. One thing that I knew I had to do before this competition got started and during the competition and after the competition was to continue to maintain that focus on God and that spiritual aspect or else I would lose myself in the process. Q: What was your favorite part of the experience? A: I think it was being able to see my mom’s reaction and how she was so proud to say that I was representing what I believed and that I was trying to show God in the way that I represented myself and how I went about trying to let people know about the competition. When I won, it was a great feeling to see her face when she smiled and screamed and was so proud that I had done what I did. Q: Who was your greatest support system throughout the whole experience? A: Without a doubt, my grandparents and my mom and my two best friends that were constantly reminding me to stay focused on God and to not let go of the fact that this is an amazing opportunity to use for the Kingdom and to cherish it and, if it was to be, that I would

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use it to the fullest potential God has for me. Q: What do you plan on getting involved in here? A: I am so grateful for Pepperdine and the opportunities presented me here. I am hoping that in my time here, I will be able to get heavily involved in a church community around here and that I will be able to dive into the campus life and into a community ministry that serves around the Malibu area and parts of the world. I hope that I will eventually be able to go to Buenos Aires and study abroad and be completely immersed in the Spanish culture and see a totally different lifestyle. Q: If you could do the modeling competition again, would you? A: Without a doubt, I would do it again. There is no doubt in my mind that God has a plan in everybody’s life and everything that happens is because of Him and His reasoning. I see that as an amazing opportunity to stand proud for His name and show the world a godly man.



Couture comes to the ‘Bu Get ready to experience the best in fashion, food, and music at Malibu Country Mart. By Elizabeth Pietrucha Assistant Life & Arts Editor

After a successful celebration last year, Fashion’s Night Out will return to Malibu tonight, starting at 6 p.m. The event is part of a worldwide affair that is in its fourth year and has been celebrated across 18 different countries. Malibu’s own event, which will take place at the Country Mart (located at 3835 Cross Creek Road), is themed as a “couture carnival,” and it’ll be jam-packed with exciting activities, musical performances, delicious treats and, of course, fashion. There will be plenty of things to see and do, so there will never be a dull moment. Among the fun, carnival-themed activities offered are complimentary henna tattoos, face painting and tarot card readings. There will also be a magician, caricature artist and a balloon artist to entertain.

Perhaps one of the most exciting activities will be the Fashion Scavenger Hunt. The winners will receive a special, secret grand prize, and given the large scale on which this event is being executed, the prize is sure to be something worth fighting for. Music lovers will have plenty to excite them as well. Los Angeles based DJ Noirfancy will be providing the music for the event, while a live performance by local Southern California band Terraplane Sun will be another highlight. Based in Venice, the band is composed of five members: Ben Rothbard (vocals, harmonica and guitar), Johnny Zambetti (lead guitar and mandolin), Cecil Campanaro (bass), Lyle Riddle (drums) and Gabe Feenberg (piano, accordion and trombone). The up-and-coming indie band has recently had their song “Get Me Golden” featured in the films “21 Jump Street” and “What To Expect

When You’re Expecting.” Their performance is sure to be a crowd pleaser and will provide a distinctively California sound for the event. With all the activities to do, you’ll need plenty of fuel to keep you going. The food will be abundant and sugary, with popular ice cream sandwich makers Cool Haus on hand to provide sustenance, as well as Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company, who will be supplying their delicious, gourmet cotton candy. For those of you who are over 21, wine bars will be provided by Malibu Discovery Tours. Most important of all, the night will of course be filled with fashion and shopping. One of the highlights will be the appearance of Gill and Jill Bumby, New York performing artists. The Bumbys will be performing fashion appraisals. Essentially, guests can show up in one of their favorite outfits,


and if they have the confidence to ask, the Bumbys will give their completely honest, objective opinions of their appearance, telling guests what they think of their style as well as what the look says to the world about who they are. Malibu is lucky enough to be hosting the Bumbys’ for their first appearance at a Fashion’s Night Out on the West Coast. Dozens of stores are participating in Fashion’s Night Out, offering special in-store events, discounts, giveaways and other treats. Visit all the shops and see what types of deals you can score on the latest hot fashions. Whether you’re a diehard fashion addict or just a bored college student looking for something to do instead of your homework, Malibu’s Fashion’s Night Out will not disappoint and will be well worth your time.



Among the luxury retailers and designers who will be participating in Fashion’s Night Out: - Beauty Collection - Canvas - Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - Diesel, A Bookstore - Earnest Sewn - Encore - Erik & Co. - Henry Beguelin - K. Chocolatier - Kolletti Bambini - L’Occitane - John Varvatos - Juicy Couture - MAC Cosmetics - M. Fredric - Malibu Shaman - Oliver Peoples - Planet Blue - Ralph Lauren - Room at the Beach - Silver Threads - Toy Crazy - Tylie Malibu - Vince

When you get down to it, acts of bravery don’t have to take a long time. Sure, the planning and the over-analyzing can get lengthy, but the actual doing is pretty speedy. The few seconds it takes to get the fumbled invitation to coffee out of your mouth, the space of time it takes to jump off the high-dive or the moment you raise your hand to be the volunteer at a sketchy magic show. In Tom Shadyac’s class, he taught us the value of doing things you’re afraid of and the new dimensions that can bring to your experiences. He also mentioned how a few seconds of courage can change your life, which he borrowed from the film “We Bought a Zoo.” Excellent movie title, by the way. Why stretch yourself, writers? Ever since then it has been my resolution to do something that scares me every week. Now since I don’t have the budget for extreme sports (sponsor me, anyone?) some of these things are less dramatic than others. Not everything that takes guts is HUGE, such as doing things that could make you look uncool or dorky. Not to brag, but I’ve mastered both. Also, I realize that some things that get me a-trembling may be cake for you. But I promise you’ll laugh. Probably at instead of with me, but I’ll take it. For instance, last week’s courage occurred this way: I picked my dad up from the airport and stood next to other drivers with those big important signs bearing people’s last names. Dang it, I thought. I’m bored. Time to shake this airport up. So I made a sign of my own that read, “Tall and Awkward” and held it up proudly. People passed and glanced over, some amused and some perplexed. This actually makes me want to go back, see how far I can push things. Maybe hold up a sign that says “Sexy” and see who would approach. You may be wondering what act of 10-second bravery I committed this week. So shall we segue? A couple nights ago, I looked up, saw the full moon and decided to climb the mountain/dirt clod hill outside of Drescher for a better view. When you are lacking in grace as I am, even this takes courage. Halfway through I realized that what I was walking up was steep. Quite steep. After some cartoonish air-climbing and flailing, the truth of my predicament sunk in. I could very well die. So, with dramatic flair, I tossed purse and phone aside and used both hands and feet to climb-crawl my way up as people below snickered. As dirt crumbled in my hands and my feet slipped through rock, I knew no small dose of fear. But I made it. You all get a two-for-one deal as this week was also when I got up the guts to try out for the Pepperdine sitcom “The Beacon.” Auditions can be scary. That whole long-table, all-eyes-on-you thing. But putting myself out there was actually fun and I encourage all of you, my fellow Pepperdiners, to take up this task with me. Be courageous and as long as you don’t cry “YOLO!” as you do, I will be very proud. g

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All the small things: Just throw it in the bag

After learning last week that investing in some kind of reusable bottle could save you enough for one heck of a spring break vacation, I bet you’re hungry for more ways to save up. Well, the best thing since Ben & Jerry’s ice cream bars has hit the American market — reusable bags. Whether made of canvas, cloth or some sort of unknown but perhaps exciting material, reusable bags can go a long way to save your pocketbook by adding extra discounts at the register while saving trees, oil, and all that other boring stuff. Not only do those onetime-use disposable bags cost somebody out there money, even if shoppers get them for free, they are just so drab and plain in their brown coloring. Reusable bags are great if you love shopping, because, hello, you have to buy one first. Plus, although we’re young, it’s always a good idea to check the good ol’ noggin and see how sharp your memory is, as you delve into four years of all-nighters. It’s a great brain exercise to see if you can remember to bring bags along on all your shopping trips. With this excellent two-forone, you’ve gotten yourself another great deal. Now, I’ve got to ask: Do you like your hair oily, your water oily or your food oily? Would you like your bags oily, too? No? Well those boring plastic bags that make that annoying swishing noise as you try stealthily sneaking through your room to hide the ice cream from your emotional roommate — they’re made of petroleum. That’s right, plastics are made from that expensive stuff you fill your car’s tank with for a trip outside the ‘Bu. To get that stuff you need to fill your car’s tank with gas, someone needs to drill. The process of drilling for oil can pollute water and kill marine life. This can impact the entire food chain. As you know from clumsily spilling oily food on your clothes, it stains everywhere it falls. Such a bummer. Same thing with oil in the ocean — those stains are gross and icky and make the beaches like tide pools of tar. While that could be a cool, topsy-turvy experience for your little brother as he watches the ocean turn black and imagines that Batman is going to rise out of it and smear evil’s name, you know that oily things are just gross, and such a turn off. So, consider getting creative and putting your imagination to the test as you look to reduce oil consumption by using bags you’ve already got at home to hold all the goodies you get at the store. Plus, that way you don’t have to rack your brains answering that age-old question: Paper or plastic? For more information in a stimulating visual format, check out the documentary “Bag It” at www.bagitmovie. com.



September 6, 2012

Old game sparks new interest Why Square Enix’s gaming experiment is still remembered

By Christopher Y. Chen Staff Writer

Back in 2008, Square Enix released stateside “The World Ends With You,” an urban fantasy RPG for the Nintendo DS, and one of Square Enix’s first true new IPs in years. The game proved to be a sleeper hit and won acclaim from a number of publications as well as a surprisingly large fanbase. When the Square Enix teaser for an upcoming project was leaked onto the Internet, multiple people were instantly taken in by the graffiti-inspired aesthetic and interpreted this leaked image as the announcement of a sequel to “TWEWY.” Cries of betrayal sounded the moment it was revealed that the announcement was for an iOS port of the game. While this reaction was immature, it also demonstrated how much of an impact Square Enix’s experimental RPG had. One aspect of “TWEWY” that made it stand out is its choice of setting. The game takes place in the central shopping district of Tokyo, Shibuya. However, it is a realm parallel to the real world known as the “Underground” inhabited by monsters called Noise. The realm hosts the “Reaper’s Game” in which new arrivals to the realm, known as Players, have to complete objectives each day. This is all while being hunted by the Game’s enforcers, known as Reapers, or face being erased from existence. The most unique aspect of the Underground is the fact that

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various events in the real world can have an impact on the Underground and vice versa. The compromise between the real and fantastic elements of the setting is what makes it so fascinating. Rather than a standard save-the-world plot, “TWEWY” focuses on the internal struggles of its protagonists as they overcome their personal flaws. This is exemplified in the game’s protagonist, Neku. At the start of the game, he comes off as unlikeable due to his insistence to keep himself closed off to others, frequently vocalizing his dislike of people and only seeing them as a means for his own survival in the Reaper’s

Game. However, he ultimately develops into a likeable, caring individual. Admittedly there are flaws with the story; the scheme occurring behind the scenes of the Reaper’s Game proves to be incredibly convoluted and Neku’s development at times does feel rushed. However, a story that mostly forgoes world-saving for character development ultimately makes the plot very relatable. Further diverting the game from JRPG archetypes is the intricate battle system. The battles take place on both screens of the DS with Neku occupying the touch screen while his partner occupies the top. Both have to fight enemies simultaneously in

real-time. The whole system seems overly complicated at first, but the game does a fairly decent job of guiding the player through the basics through an extensive series of tutorials as new mechanics are introduced. Capping off the experience in “TWEWY” is the phenomenal presentation. The game presents a unique art style reminiscent of street graffiti, juxtaposing stylized character sprites against drawn backgrounds that accurately capture multiple locales in the real Shibuya. Some of the character design admittedly dips into the “generic anime” category, but for the most part the character designs are also

quite unique and attractive. Finishing off the presentation is a unique soundtrack that mixes a series of eclectic vocal songs that cover a surprisingly broad range of genres. “The World Ends With You” proved to be a rare sort of game that managed to be both unique and a commercial success. Even better, it manages to stand by long established Square Enix franchises, such as Final Fantasy, despite not even being a series. It may never get a successor, but it will never be truly forgotten.



September 6, 2012



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By Gabrielle Otero Life & Arts Editor

Professor Cynthia Struloeff, who publishes under the name Cynthia Hand, had just finished shooting six rounds from a pistol (for research purposes) in her father’s backyard when she received the news that her Young Adult novel, “Hallowed” (the second in a trilogy) had made it to The New York Time’s Best Seller list. They celebrated with champagne, dancing and even a few tears in her father’s remote Idaho home. Her series starts with a girl named Clara who discovers she is part-angel and has a purpose to being on Earth. Readers follow her struggle through Hand’s trilogy, “Unearthly.” Her last book“Boundless,” will hit bookstores everywhere Jan. 22. Struloeff is an Idaho native who got her master’s at Boise State University and her doctorate degree at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been teaching creative writing courses at Pepperdine since March 2009, which is also when her journey with the “Unearthly” series began. Q: When/How did the idea for “Unearthly” come about? A: I hadn’t been doing very much writing for a long time. I had gotten my Ph.D. in writing but hadn’t really

felt the urge to write anything for a long time. One important thing that happened was that we lost our free cable at our apartment complex, and we had no reception for any regular channels. So suddenly we lost television. And I had nothing to really occupy my mind if I wasn’t reading or watching television. So it really doesn’t surprise me that within a week of losing television I started to feel the desire to write again…. It was about a day or so that had passed before the idea for “Unearthly” came, which is sort of mysterious. Like I don’t really know where it came from ... I just know that one minute I was having the desire to write, and the next minute I was scribbling notes frantically about this character that was part angel and what would that entail. I sort of started with Clara and I heard her narrative voice…. She was very concerned with the idea for purpose. Q: For your process in general, how do you like to approach your writing? Do you outline before writing or like to discover what is happening as you write? A: That’s always been where I find a lot of the fun in writing, is sort of discovering where the characters are going to go and I am a really big believer in if you build the char-

acters well enough they will inhabit themselves and they’ll write the story for you — well not literally write the story for you, right, but you can follow them home — that will surprise you. I really liked the surprise of that. I don’t do very well when I have to outline something very carefully and then check it off the list as I write it. I usually have a vague idea of events that will happen and then I like to see where they go. It’s more enjoyable for me that way. Q: My next question is about the great divide between genre and literary fiction. I know you’ve written both. How has writing literary fiction affected your Young Adult literature? Do you see a great divide between the two as many do? A: I think my background in literary fiction has helped me be successful in Young Adult fiction. I do attribute a lot of my relationship with language and my study of writing as an art and not just a story as being a part of why my voice is unique and why it stood out in the slush pile…. I think there are pros and cons to that. I think that what my literary background lends is a sense of character. You know that literary fiction is very character driven and certainly my Young Adult fiction is

very character driven and very language oriented. I think both of those things are strengths to me as a genre writer. I think that I write better genre for having studied literary fiction very intensely. I also feel that young adult is my genre’s sort of coming home. The downside of having studied literary fiction is the same thing, being very character driven and the pacing of it. The faster paced plots of young adult fiction are sort of challenging for me …. My natural pace because of my literary training is slower. Q: How has being a professor at Pepperdine affected your writing? A: Hugely! I started writing “Unearthly” in March (2009) and that was my first semester teaching actually … one of the things that was hard when I started teaching was that I was teaching writing without writing, and I always feel like a fraud in that instance. I got through this long dry period of not reading and not writing, and I think that when I began teaching again it sort of lit the fire under me to practice what I preach. So then I started writing scenes from “Unearthly” while my students were doing writing exercises. And then I was submitting the book the next fall, and my students got to see the process,


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and it was so great the support I got. I think they really keep me honest as a writer…. I really love it (teaching) as much as I love writing actually. Q: If you can sum up these past few years, the journey you’ve had, how would you do so in a few words? A: It always strikes me as ironic that I wrote this book about this girl who is really trying to find her purpose, and in writing that book I really found mine. These last few years were really about me coming into my own and finding my purpose as a writer. Regarding the spiritual aspect of the series, Struloeff says, “‘Unearthly’ has its surface story for everyone, but for me it has always been a metaphorical spiritual journey about a character wondering what she is and deciding what her beliefs are. As a writer I’ve always been interested in spiritual questions and struggles a character has to go through, regardless of their religion.” Can’t wait for “Boundless” to come out? Struloeff has revealed that an Unearthly-based novella will most likely be released before the final book. Keep your eyes peeled for future Cynthia Hand (Struloeff ) projects, one possibly involving a female pistol shooter. g

CHILI: Students, locals, celebs, attend 31st Cook-off Everything you expect to be at a carnival was present — there were awesome rides like the Zipper, which resembles a caged Ferris wheel. A surprising favorite was the Gravitron, which is a room that spun so fast that it allowed riders to climb the walls. There was a huge amount of food — everything from your classic fair food like funnel cake, cotton candy and dipped ice cream cones, to somewhat unusual foods like fried eggplant. Given the name of the festival, there is of course is a large variety of chili, and the competition is steep. To enter the Chili Cook-Off, vendors had to pay an entrance fee of $375 and provide two-ounce samples for a fee of $1 to the public. The vendor who had the largest amount of dollar bills at the end of the fair was the winner. Besides the great rides and the huge variety of food, the fair also boasted a number of different vendors, including palm reading, airbrush tattoos, face painting and some really great fair games. The fair also provided some pretty awesome prizes for the raffle. This year’s prizes included sports memorabilia and items autographed by celebrities and professional athletes. In previous years, the fair has even offered up luxury cars. Between rides, fair goers were able to check out this year’s live entertainment such as local band Karma Dealers who played on Saturday, bringing their mixture of blues and rock and roll to the stage. In the past, the Chili Cook-Off has been known as a great spot to catch celebrities


hanging with their families and friends. Last year, the singer P!nk was in attendance along with Nicole Richie, Tori Spelling, Miley Cyrus and countless others. This year, some celebrities present included Cindy Crawford, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kendall Jenner and Nick Nolte. A common complaint about the fair is the price. Parking cost $5, but many attendees parked across the street at the Malibu Colonies shopping center and walked over. The entrance fee is $10, but that doesn’t include any rides. The prices for rides vary. If you arrive after 6 p.m., they no longer offer the unlimited ride wristband, which costs $35. So fairgoers are left with two options: $40 for 50 tickets or $20 for 20 tickets. The second option doesn’t give very many rides since most rides cost four tickets. Luckily there are conveniently placed ATMs around the grounds, but they do charge a $4 user fee. The Malibu Chili CookOff is truly a great time and it is very easy to see why it has become a staple of the Malibu community. Unfortunately, this once-a-year wonder will not return to the ‘Bu until next Labor Day weekend. If you can’t wait until then, check out their website at for updates throughout the year.


As told by Gingers: The 2 percent

Hello all — and welcome to this new column, “As told by Gingers.” We, the gingers of the Graphic, are here to answer any questions you may have. Beware, though: As redheads, we have no filters and will tell you exactly what we’re thinking, so write in at your own risk. For the most part being a ginger is the coolest thing since the ice age, but sometimes it can be a bit of a redhot pain. For those of you who don’t know, in order to be blessed with the redhead gene, both parents must have the same gene present. On the same token I’ve heard that redheads are destined to die out by the year 2060. This poses a real problem for those of us in our finding-a-mate stages of life. We’re all at the ripe age to start looking for The One and all of that, but if we want to keep the Glorious Race alive, our options are somewhat limited. Therefore, our first choice is another ginger. But if we can’t manage to snag one you our next choice has to be the blonds. A decent choice — there’s plenty of you out there — but we have to win out over all of the blond females. That leaves us with our final choice — the closet-ginger. Now, the closet-ginger is a rare breed of male. They are those who are dark-haired, but have ginger beards, and more often than not, are so ashamed of their closet-gingerness that they make sure all evidence of their beards is done away with before we ginger women can seek them out. This, my dear friends, is why the race is failing. Another pain is that we’re not considered a minority in terms of ethnicity. There’s no box for us to check on any legal form, nor are we recognized by the U.S. Census. We’re the most extreme minority in the world! Less than 2 percent of the entire world’s population is redheaded. Now, imagine how those of us who are left-handed must feel! That is a minority for you. And do we get any special treatment? As a minority (as we fully believe that we are) why isn’t Obama shaping his campaign for us? Where are the fundraisers for homeless redheads or drives to donate Christmas presents to poor gingers? Why isn’t he advocating for the higher education for the redheaded race? Isn’t that the treatment the other minorities are receiving? This is why I call you all to a Redhead Revolution! It is time for us redheads to stand together and demand our rights! We are the 2 percent! Or, if you’re not feeling quite like an activist, you can write to us here, and we’ll give you some semblance of advice. We hope to hear from you soon either way. Ginger Power! Signed, The Gingers Send your questions to!


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Rogue Wave BEN HOLCOMB Staff Writer

An Ope’ Lett’ to ‘Dexo I’m sure sometime this summer a focus group convened to brainstorm ways that you could connect with the student body more, ways to be hipper, like the “Apple of mass-mediocre-food-distributors.” And you tried your best. You left the meeting with the mutual understanding that changing your staple food’s name from pizza to ‘Za was just what the doctor ordered for energizing our student body. Alas, when the students leave Pepperdine every year, we don’t go into hibernation pods like you may have thought. We go back to our homes, and inhabit the real world, working jobs, hanging out with friends, and even eating pizza. Maybe you thought you could pull a fast one on us, that some athlete would come back on campus and give his usual spiel to freshmen about how sub-par and runny your pizza was, only to discover that the pizzas were in fact gone, replaced by this new mythical dish called ‘Za, which just so happened to attack your taste buds like a cavalry of heavenly horseman. Maybe you thought said athlete would call up his friends and distant relatives, urging them to get their butts down to the Caf as fast as they could to try out this revolutionary ‘Za thing, that we’d throw jubilant parties on main campus, rejoicing in the revelry of a world in which such food existed, cheese on top of tomato paste on top of bread. Maybe you thought that as soon as we finished exulting in the glory of this ‘Za thing, that our attentions would turn to you, the benevolent creator and generous provider of such a dish. I am 21 years old, now into my third decade of life. I want to let you know that I, like every student on campus, have enough brain activity to know ‘Za is not a thing. It never was, and never will be. I know that over the summer, this country wasn’t experiencing a pizza renaming revolution that I somehow failed to notice. Americans eat pizza like twice a day. If you were planning on rebranding a food, why not go with cauliflower? No one would’ve ever noticed. We live in a world where chubby little kids named Honey Boo-Boo have their own record-breaking TV shows, a world where someone’s lack of initiative about whether or not they want you to call them can become a chart-topping single. We cannot live in a world where pizza is shortened to ‘Za. It will be the straw that breaks our society’s back. This is an institution for higher learning. We can’t start abbreviating any word we’d like just for funsies. It’s not like it was ever that hard to say to begin with that it needed shortening – it’s 2 syllables. Peet. Zah. If this continues to exist, I’d like to posit the question: When will it stop? Will people be hitting the ‘stroom, ‘ogging on the ‘ack, and ‘atching some ‘ays at the ‘each? It was a good effort. But it’s madness, and I can’t stand here on the sidelines with my mouth closed any longer… even though it’s been a week. Sodexho, please, for the sake of all things good and decent, please stop trying to make ‘Za happen. g


September 6, 2012

“Lawless” is nearly flawless By Candace Lowry Staff Writer

The modern Western may seem like it’s moseyin’ on out of style, but every year, there are those one or two big-budget “epic Westerns” that premiere in theaters. However, when studios have to compete with films like “True Grit,” “Meek’s Cutoff ” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” it is every producer’s fear they will churn out another “Jonah Hex.” This year’s “Lawless” played it smart but safe by avoiding unnecessary supernatural twists and adding a modern touch by setting the film in the prohibition era. By recruiting an A-list star studded cast and crew comprised of John Hillcoat, acclaimed director of “The Road,” Nick Cave, writer of “The Proposition,” Academy Award nominees Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce, as well as blockbuster actors, Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf, one would think “Lawless” would be flawless. It has everything a successful film should possess, but needs a bit of a push to become a COURTESY OF Weinstein Company Entertainment profitable modern-day WestSHOOT OUT — Actor Shia Labeouf stars in the movie “Lawless”, which tells the story of three brothers caught up in bootlegging during Prohibition-era ern. Virginia. Coming right off the high of being cast as Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Tom Har- of the most terrifying villains have his own film and stoI give this film dy plays the alpha-male leader of all time, Deputy Charlie ryline that is never seen. Yes, of the historical Bondurant Rakes. The corrupt officer he is a vital symbol, being an brothers. Together, the three sends the brothers into a tense idol to the rookie brothers, but men, Forrest (Hardy), Jack tailspin filled with twists and he unfortunately becomes a (LaBeouf ) and Howard ( Jason turns that will keep audience questionable necessary figure. Clarke) dive head first into the members on the edges of their “Lawless” is also a spectabecause while it had a wonderul plot, some bootlegging industry. While seats. cle to see. Shot by renowned of the characters, Floyd Banner in particular, it starts out as a lackluster, However, there is one fatal Benoit Delhomme (“The monotonous melodrama, seemed out of place. flaw: Gary Oldman’s character, Boy in the Striped Pajamas”), “Lawless” transforms into a Floyd Banner. By emerging the cinematography and ferocious, tense and tasteful within the first 20 minutes production design transform concoction of gangster and of the film, the infamous the modern-day southern brothers seek retribution on es alongside Pearce’s stand western genres after the arrival gangster, Banner, seems like he countryside into a picturesque the county lines. out act. Gritty, violent and of Guy Pearce. Best known would become a vital character. and fertile landscape perfect “Lawless” provides an suspenseful, “Lawless” is worth for taking on the central role Instead, he creates a disjointed for the 1930s setting. Without unexpectedly satisfying film your money and something of “Memento,” Pearce provides tone, disappearing after a few giving too much away, the final and pleases an audience. worth seeing this fall. a cryptically well done perforquick scenes. The character action scene is brilliantly shot Hardy, Labeouf and Chastain mance and transforms into one becomes complex enough to and beautifully mixed as the offer top-notch performancg

‘Beacon’ By Nikki Torriente Creative Director

The three-member indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club has returned to the scene and attempts to beat the sophomore slump with the release of their new album “Beacon.” Released on Wednesday, the second full-length LP from the Irish band comes on the heels of their debut album “Tourist History.” The 11-track album is a departure from their original sound but still holds strong to their catchy, upbeat tunes. Formed in 2007, Two Door Cinema Club consists of Irish natives Alex Trimble, who fronts the band with his vocals and adds to the sound with his rhythm guitar, beats and synth skills, Sam Halliday, who plays lead guitar and provides backing vocals, and Kevin Baird who plays the bass and brings some backing vocals into the mix as well. Formed in grammar school, Trimble, Halliday and Baird had started a band with a drummer but soon disbanded. Following the break up, the three guitarists joined forces once again without a drummer and formed Two Door Cinema Club. The band’s following grew through the use of MySpace, and soon after they decided to drop their university aspirations and pursue their music. Their EP, “Four Words

to Stand On,” released in 2009, was the first real studio material the band worked on and, to their fortune, was well received by fans and critics alike. The positive response led Two Door Cinema Club to pursue a full-length album and they began work on “Tourist History” quickly after the release of their first EP. February 2010 marked the drop of their first album and with it a steady rise of popularity, especially in the UK market. Reaching relative success on the UK charts, Two Door Cinema Club also saw their music catch in the US. Although they didn’t gain immediate fame, their songs — similar to The Black Keys — were utilized in video games like FIFA 11 and on film soundtracks. The band even made their American television debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” where they performed their most popular song “What You Know.” Touring extensively, Two Door Cinema Club made it back to the studio and began working diligently on their next album effort. In April, the band announced via their Twitter that their second album was almost done. Months later, the band finally gave fans what they were waiting for. Two Door Cinema Club’s sound grabbed fans and critics alike with its unique flair. Their catchy, guitar-driven UK indie

rock vibe and collective vocals solidified the band’s talent, but as most bands attempt in their second efforts, Two Door Cinema Club went in a more experimental direction. The 11-track LP is infused with a more mature sound that is still as catchy and dance-like as their debut material, but incorporates the styles of bands such as Muse and Coldplay with their heavily layered musical tracks and instrumentals. However, Two Door Cinema Club has maintained their unique indie rock sound that made them a band to watch when they first hit the scene in 2009. Their song intros are much more electro-dance than what was seen in their first album, but they pull through by twisting in those guitars and crisp vocals. The first official single from “Beacon” is a track titled “Sleep Alone.” The most Two Door sounding track on the album by far, Trimble’s vocals and the dynamic rhythms of all the guitars on this song are magic. It’s incredibly catchy — a testament to the band’s knack for creating memorable songs — and yet it shows off a more mature, melancholic side of the band not seen in their first album. “Sleep Alone” was a smart release for the album and sets the tone for what is to come. A second song off the album that’s worth listening

to — although the entire album is worth the listen — is “Settle.” The song begins softly, very different than what fans were accustomed to in “Tourist History.” Its mellow vibe floats up into the air and lingers in your ears. The intro builds gradually into a perfect crescendo of guitars and Two Door sound. “Settle” does just as the title suggests. It builds softly into something more upbeat then recedes back into the lullaby rock of the introduction. It’s a beautiful song and showcases a different side of the band. Two Door Cinema Club proves that they are masters of music and can beat the sophomore slump with their latest LP “Beacon.” It’s a strong effort, finely crafted in a way that shows off the sound fans and critics praised in their debut album, but also allows the band the opportunity to explore and mature as musicians. It’s a fantastic album that is a definite must-hear for those who love solid bands who put out strong efforts.


COURTESY OF Two Door Cinema Club

Band members Alex Trimble Kev Baird Sam Halliday


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September 6, 2012

Graphic transforms petitions By Gabrielle Otero Life & Arts Editor

Ten years ago, the easiest way to get a petition signed on college campuses was to walk around with a thick clipboard of empty lined paper and pen, bombarding students (mostly freshmen) with philosophical questions that would compel them to leave their signatures. While that might still be the practice for some, with the evolving technology of the Internet and social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it was only a matter of time before petition signing also found its place online. Founded in 2007 by two former classmates of Stanford University, Ben Rattray and Mark Dimas, is an online “platform for social change.” Its purpose is to give tools to people to promote their campaigns to a wide variety of people around their neighborhoods and the world. And it’s all completely free. When starting a petition, the only information the site asks for is why do you want this petition, what do you want them to do, and why is this important. is classified as a certified B corporation, which means it uses the power of business for social change and the betterment of the world around it.

Calendar Thursday, Sept. 6 Fashion’s Night Out 6 p.m. (Malibu Country Mart)

Friday, Sept. 7 Water Wars 4-7 p.m. (Alumni Park)

While has been affecting communities around the world, issues pertaining to college communities have become increasingly visible recently. The University of Virginia Board members are petitioning to pay all direct and contracted workers a living wage of $13 per hour and benefits. The still active petition has more than 2,700 signatures. Students and administrators from the University of Marist are petitioning Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York to install fire sprinklers in all student housing on-and-off campus after three students were killed in a campus fire. This still active petition has more than 2,500 signatures. Last year, Pepperdine students petitioned the administration and the Board of Regents to overturn their decision to deny recognition to LGBT students. The petition received almost 9,000 signatures to date, which is almost triple the number of students at Seaver College. has revolutionized petition signing because the website has followed the trend that makes social media sites so popular: they connect communities across the globe with others who have similar interests. While many of the signatures on the Pepperdine petition came from students,



Keep that extra change for a rainy day.


It’s all fun and games until someone takes an embarrassing picture of you.


Just call him.


Think before you speak. You’ll thank me later.


All work and no play makes for a lousy day.


Go out and have some fun, you need it.


Listen to your heart. Alexander Hayes /DESIGN ASSISTANT

ORGANIZED VOICE­­ — provides a way for Pepperdine students to make their voices heard.

a large amount stem from alumni, friends of the University and complete strangers thousands of miles away. Pepperdine alumnus Alexander Cooper, class of 2012, turned to with fellow classmate Lindsay Jakows last spring when Pepperdine initially refused to recognize the LGBT group Reach OUT. Cooper states, “It was incredibly instrumental in spreading awareness across the Pepperdine community. As a student, it’s hard to reach out extensively to alumni,

parents, and other members of the Pepperdine community who no longer reside in Malibu. The staff, however, were able to better publicize our petition through their mailing lists. Because of, we received hundreds of signatures and thoughts from alumni, former faculty, parents and Christians in general who would not have otherwise heard about Reach OUT.” Even though a majority of these petitions receive most of their signatures within the first

few weeks of their formation, many petitions are still receiving signatures months after they were posted on the website. The most recent posting on the Pepperdine petition occurred Sept. 1. The impact of Change. org has the potential to make a significant difference on Pepperdine’s campus. If you want to add a petition, head to and before you know it you could be receiving thousands of signatures for your cause. g


Get a move on those long-term plans.


Show everybody how wonderful you are.


Hey, Jekyll and Hyde, chill out.


Remember your values, they will guide you home.


Try soccer again, it could be a great outlet for you.

g n i k r pa job of the week



This truck managed to use more of Rho parking lot than most students do. FYI, if your car is slanted on the curb, you obviously didn’t park correctly. If you see a bad parking job on campus, send it to the Graphic at

Saturday, Sept. 8 Step Forward Day 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Contact Volunteer Center)

Sunday, Sept. 9 St. Elmo Village Gallery Opening 1 p.m. (4830 St. Elmo Dr., Los Angeles, 90019)

Monday, Sept. 10 Jumpstart Application Deadline (Pepperdine Volunteer Center)

Tuesday, Sept. 11 Relationships @ 2 2 p.m (Waves Cafe, by the fireplace)

Wednesday, Sept. 12 Dave Matthews Band 7 p.m. (Hollywood Bowl)


Celebrity Sightings Spot a celebrity? Pepperdine students are infamous for celebrity sightings in Malibu, both on and off campus. Let us know who you saw at Starbucks or Ralph’s and become a part of the Graphic’s weekly celebrity sighting. P.S. Stalking is highly discouraged. Email the Graphic and let us know at Happy Hunting!



September 6, 2012


Cross country preview

Waves anticipate challenges as the new season starts

By Narine Adamova Sports Editor

COURTESY OF Pepperdine Athletics

FIRST CHALLENGE OF THE SEASON — Pepperdine athletes lead the pack. The Waves cross country team begins the season at Cal State Fullerton Saturday, Sept. 1. Women’s team finishes No. 8 overall.

The Pepperdine cross country team is off to a successful start as they completed their first meet of the season at the Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Sept. 1. Senior Jonathan Rahauser and freshman Katie Engel led the Waves as the men finished No. 17 and the women No. 8. “The race was a good learning experience, especially for the freshmen who must now run 8ks instead of the high school 5ks,” freshman Chris Hostetler said. “It also was a great way to get into the competitive mode of racing other schools in a lower-key meet,” he added. “For the future I only see us moving up,” he said. “We have a relatively strong freshman class consisting of Jordan Scandlyn and Mark Vega who are hop-

ing to help turn the program around and lead toward a better season in future.” The first race of the season served as the first collegiate challenge for the majority of the team, as 17 of them are freshmen. An especially valuable addition to the Waves team is freshman Katie Engle, who earned all-state honorable mention as a senior and all-section as a senior, junior and sophomore in Lima High School. “We are a young group that is growing every day. We will be an exciting and extremely competitive group and will surprise a lot of people this year,” Head Coach Ronald Radnoti said in a press release. The Waves are getting ready for the future challenges as they participate in the UC Riverside Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15.


2012 Cross Country Calendar 9-15-12 UC Riverside Invitational Riverside, CA 7:30 a.m. 9-29-12 Stanford Invitational Palo Alto, CA 9:50 a.m. 10-13-12 Vanguard Invitational Costa Mesa, CA 9:00 a.m. 10-19-12 Titan Invitational Fullerton, CA 5:00 p.m. 10-27-12 WCC Championships Portland, OR

Pepperdine Athletics changes Riptide program to games or events to support their athletes. Pepperdine Athletics took action and created a rewards program for students as an incentive to show their school pride and support their athletes. This new program is known as Riptide; it is designed for students who go to games or show school pride by tweeting or facebooking about a certain event or team to earn points. By the end of the year, that activity will result

By Kelly O’Connor Assistant Sports Editor

Riptide has created a new way to get involved with athletics. Their motto: “Go to games. Show your pride. Get free stuff.” Pepperdine attracts skilled athletes from all over the world due to the quality of our athletic programs, coaches, and staff. The problem is, not many Pepperdine students go

in winning actual prizes. The person who attends the most games and acquires the most points by April 15 will win a brand new iPad. Other prizes include drawstring bags, spirit socks and Pepperdine beach towels. Pepperdine Athletics is very excited about this new program. According to Danielle Byrd, Pepperdine Athletics’ Marketing and Promotions Manager, over 650 people have



SCOREBOARD Women’s Soccer vs.

San Diego State Indiana


August 31 September 2

Friday, September 7 Score

Men’s Water Polo vs.


L, 1-0 W, 5-0

Record: 3-1 4-1

Women’s Volleyball Cal State Fullerton Arizona


Sunday, September 9

Women’s Soccer at Arizona at 4:30PT Soccer at Arizona for the Women’s Volleyball at Colorado State Women’s ASU tournament (all day) at 6 p.m.


Claremont-Mudd-Scripps September 1 W, 13-5La Verne September 1 W, 20-7




September 1 W, 3-0 September 1 W, 3-2

Record: 1-0 2-0

Record: 3-2 4-2

Saturday, September 8 Women’s Volleyball

vs. New Mexico

Women’s Volleyball

vs.Flordia Inter-

at 10 a.m. at Fort Collins, CO national at Fort Collins, CO

Wednesday, September 12 Women’s Volleyball at UCLA at 7 p.m.


September 6, 2012

Tebow leads by faith


Call ‘em as we see ‘em Thoughts, reflections and predictions from our staff on the world of sports.


Assistant Sports Editor

Not many people have the courage to stand out from the norm. When sports are concerned, athletes having a relationship with Christ, or even a strong faith, is not typically pronounced outside the locker room. Even if faith is a part of the team’s culture, it is not portrayed in the media nor is it well-known knowledge to people outside the intimate circle of the team itself. I went searching for a team, or even an athlete, who really lives a life that is not ashamed of their beliefs or their faith. Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the Jets, lives a life without the fear of what others think of his faith. He is blunt: writes scripture on his face, gives interviews about his faith, and defends what he believes in without fearing criticism. During an interview with USA Today Sept. 23, 2011, Tebow made the following remark regarding his faith: “If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? “And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ is that it is the most important thing in my life. So any time I get an opportunity to tell him that I love him or given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity. And so I look at it as a relationship that I have with him that I want to give him the honor and glory anytime I have the opportunity. And then right after I give him the honor and glory, I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory. “And that’s how it works because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates.” After hearing this, I wanted to dig deeper. Do athletes at Pepperdine play their sports

Narine Adamova

Halli Spraggins


INSPIRATIONAL ATHLETE­­ — New York Jets’ quarterback Tim Tebow serves as an example of an athlete rooted in his faith. As an NFL player he dedicates his successes in football to God.

with the same excitement about their faith as Tim Tebow portrays? Or the bigger question: is faith even a part of athletics at Pepperdine? I went to interview the women’s basketball Head Coach Julie Rousseau and found my answer. Rousseau’s relationship with Christ filters into every aspect of her life — including how she coaches basketball. She said that as a coach, she wants to “Lead by example of my faith, but I am going to use scripture to help inspire and nurture our young women.” Her philosophy is “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it,” and she uses this joyful outlook on life to “Shower [her players] with praise and positivity.” As a coach, she still gives constructive criticism to her players to make them better, but “[she

wants] to say to [her] kids what they need to hear to help build them up… in truth,” instead of in negativity. Even the players I had the chance to speak with confirmed the team’s culture that Rousseau had described to me. Freshman Kelsey Brockway said “we pray before games, before practice, after practice,” and that faith was the backbone of the team. Amanda Lovely said, “you play, obviously for your team, your teammates, your coach, but I play to glorify God. At the end of the day He is the one I am trying to make happy.” These girls have faith, even through the business of their lives as student athletes. Having a relationship with God can easily be overlooked as an athlete — they are practicing, going to school, finding time for homework, and traveling

to play against other teams. Yet, the women I spoke with from Pepperdine’s basketball team considered faith a very important part of the game. When asked if faith plays a role on the court, Grace Baughn responded, “Who you are off the court is who you are on the court. When I am strong in the Lord I am giving more to my teammates, I am a better person, I am a better version of me, and have a better attitude on the court. When days are hard I am able to push through; so it’s hard to separate the two.” Faith matters to Tim Tebow and he is famous for it. Here at Pepperdine, faith matters to the girls on the women’s basketball team. Faith is an instrumental part of who they are as women and who they are as teammates. g

Olympic Water Polo coach returns to Pepperdine

After five years, Terry Schroeder comes back to Malibu By Halli Spraggins Sports Assistant

USA Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee Terry Schroeder returns to the Waves water polo coaching staff this season. Coach Schroeder is serving as a volunteer assistant with the men’s water polo team. He will not begin his full duties with the team until Jan. 1, 2013 Schroeder coached the Pepperdine men’s water polo team from 1986-2005. During this time with the Waves, he took the team to the NCAA Championship eight times, winning the gold in 1997. His team’s national championship led to Schroeder’s own National Coach of the Year award that same year. Schroeder was also named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year in 1989, 1997 and 1998. He finished his first coaching career at Pepperdine with a 307-195 record. Schroeder’s interest with water polo began in elementary

school. His experience with the sport began with his own career at Pepperdine University as an undergraduate student in 1977.

I am very excited to be coming back to Pepperdine .... I am looking forward to many more years here.Pepperdine is a very special place to me. —Terry Schroeder Coach, Water Polo Team

As a player, Schroeder helped the Waves finish 25-3 his freshman year earning recognition in his reception of All-American honors in 1977 and again in 1978. Schroeder finished his senior year receiving his final All-American honors in 1980. After graduating with a degree

in sports medicine, Schroeder finished his career with the Waves and went on to play water polo with the U.S. National Team. During his time with the U.S., Schroeder helped the team place fourth in the 1992 Olympics and win silver in both 1984 and 1988. Schroeder was asked to coach the U.S. National Team after he finished his 16-year career as a player. In 2005, Schroeder left the Waves to join the U.S. team as their assistant coach for a year before moving up to head coach. He led the men’s national team to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Due to his success with the team, Schroeder was asked to continue his role as head coach for the 2012 Olympics in London. The team was defeated in the quarterfinals by the Croatian National Team who later went on to defeat Italy in the finals. Coach Schroeder has spent most of his time preparing for the 2012 Olympic games. Coach Gary O’Brien will serve

as interim head coach until the end of the year. Assistant Coach Will Rodriguez will remain in his position throughout the changes. In a press release, Athletic Director Steve Potts expressed his excitement on welcoming Coach Schroeder back to the Pepperdine athletic community. His return to the athletics program after a seven-year hiatus has received nothing but positive comments. Schroeder also expressed his own enthusiasm saying, “I am very excited to be coming back to Pepperdine….I am looking forward to many more years here. Pepperdine is a very special place to me.” The Waves water polo team currently holds a winning record after defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 13-5 and La Verne 20-7 at the season opener Sept. 1. The Waves will face long-time rival Loyola Marymount in Malibu Saturday, Sept. 8. g


Kelly O’Connor

The life of Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugese soccer star, was lately marked by a series of unhappy occasions. According to some sources, the real factor behind his unhappiness lies with the Real Madrid’s transfer policy that was implemented this summer. The other claim is that he is jealous of his rival Leo Messi for all the support he gets from Barcelona’s fans. And now, who knows what the real reason might be.

Make sure you’ve got your NFL fantasy teams set ‘cause the season has begun! The Dallas Cowboys faced the New York Giants at the MetLife Stadium and fans are already beginning to discuss what teams will meet at Super Bowl XLVII. Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes against the 2012 champs. Now, people are starting to question whether or not the Giants will reappear at the championship in February.

Although we Waves no longer have a football team, we should get excited because football season has arrived! Get ready for football games and tailgating because before you know it football will be over. ESPN is predicting that the NY Giants are going to be as strong as ever this year to maintain their title as NFL Champions. Eli Manning is not going to give up his title as Champion very easily … this year’s football season is going to be an exciting one!

Ask A Wave

What’s your favorite post-workout snack?

“Purple skittles.”

“Cookie dough.”

Shay CooneyWilliams Senior Basketball

Marco Madars Sophomore Water Polo

“Chocolate milk.”

“Banana protein shake.”

Summer Enalen Senior Track

Khunpak Issara Senior Tennis

“Quinoa, bananas and strawberries.”

Patricia Donnelly Junior Track


Taylor Vargo Freshman Soccer

Riptide: New system FROM B8 already signed up for Riptide: Pepperdine’s new athletic rewards program. Her goal was to have 1,000 people signed up by then end of the year, and already by the first week they are more than halfway to their goal! To be a part of Riptide and to earn points, students must sign up on the athletic website. After that, tweet and Facebook away. Students can retweet from Pepperdine athletics or come up with their own tweets and tag the team whose event they are attending. If you have already gone to games and been scanned but have not signed up yet, have no fear. Your attendance has been saved and will be added

and you will receive the points for games you have already attended. Byrd said there has already been a “great response” from Pepperdine students thus far, so students utilize this great avenue into athletics and get involved! Support your fellow Waves! g

Riptide prizes 10,000 points: Pepperdine Drawstring Bag 20,000 points: Pepperdine Spirit Socks 35,000 points: Pepperdine Beach Towel 45,000 points: $25 Wave Team Shop Shopping Spree Grand Prize: A new iPad for the student with the most points by April 15, 2012.



September 6, 2012


Pro skater to run on course

FACE THE CHALLENGE­­ — Freshman Tori Vollmer is ready to begin the cross country season as a Wave. She will continue her ice skating career by coaching at IceTown, Ice Sports Center in Riverside, Calif.

Vollmer moves on to cross country while coaching ice skating By Narine Adamova Sports Editor

For freshman sports medicine major Tori Vollmer, sports is not just part of her academic curriculum — it has always been a part of her life. She performed internationally as a member of Team USA, being a 2010 National Novice silver medalist in pair ice skating. Vollmer said she “felt passion for skating right from the start. “Once you start gliding, you’re just flying through the air and it is so much fun. And even at a young age you can feel that you love it.” The legacy of outstanding sports performance lies in the genes of Vollmer’s family. Vollmer’s father was a member of Pepperdine’s 1992 College World Series championship baseball team. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1993 after graduation and played professional sports for five years. One of Vollmer’s younger brothers skates juvenile in pairs and singles and intermediate in dance, while the other is an all-star baseball player. Vollmer describes her path in ice skating as “exciting and intense.” Being involved in sports since she was 7 years old, Vollmer attributes her success to her parents. “My parents

wanted us to try everything they pushed us into trying everything that we wanted to, putting us into different things, trying to find out what we loved to do and from there to pursue that,” Vollmer said. “We went with trying out for little league baseball, I really liked to play soccer. They supported me in whatever I wanted to choose and I went on from there. I ended up picking figure skating first.”

My coach trained me for figure skating endurance-wise and strengthwise and once I grew so tall he actually pushed me into running. —Tori Vollmer Freshman, Cross Country

“I started with parks and rec, then they signed me up for classes and that’s how it all started,” Vollmer said. Her father’s career influenced her sports work ethic. “My dad worked really hard and it served as a good example for me,” Vollmer said. It helped

me to be the best I can. He was very supportive of all my decisions and he wanted me to love what I did because he loved what he did. He wanted to see me succeeding as much as I can.” Despite the fact that skating was her first passion, she had to switch to running because of her rapid growth during her sophomore and junior years of high school. “I grew about two inches and because I grew so tall it was really hard for me to continue on with skating,” Vollmer said. “I have tried to find a right partner, which was not easy either. My coach trained me for figure skating endurance-wise and strength-wise and once I grew so tall he actually pushed me into running.” Vollmer started doing cross country during her junior year in Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. Vollmer ran two years on the varsity team, primarily 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter events. As a part of the team, she won league finals in 2011. “That sparked my interest in running even more,” she said, smiling. As of now, Vollmer enjoys her freshman year at Pepperdine and at the same time works as a figure skating coach at her local ice rink.


Waves dominate Hoosiers at home, 5-0 By Narine Adamova Sports Editor

The Pepperdine women’s soccer team is ready to continue the successful season after the brilliant win (5-0) over Indiana on Saturday, Sept. 2. The Waves, led by sophomore Amanda LeCave, managed to use all the possible opportunities to get their best fom the game. LeCave showed outstanding performance by scoring four goals and hitting the

school’s single game record. For her achievement, she was named Co-WCC Player of the Week. Prior to that, she was named WCC Player of the Month honors in August. The Waves Olympic goalkeeper senior Roxane Barker finished the game with nine saves overall. The meet helped Pepperdine step on the right track after their first loss of the season to San Diego State University on Friday, Aug. 31.

The Aztecs defeated Waves with the 1-0 score. The No. 10 Pepperdine is facing University of Arizona tomorrow as a part of the Sun Desert Classic Tournament. They will play against Arizona State University on Saturday, Sept. 9.

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SWIPPED AWAY — Senior Roxanne Barker takes a free kick. The Waves defeat Indiana 5-0.

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