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November 14, 2013

Ke Alaka i Volume 105: Issue 10


Typhoon devastates Philippines: Students discuss ideas to help in relief 5

Stella Chen: Volleyball Phenom Volleyball player aspires to make a difference 7

Extreme sports in Hawaii: North Shore thrill seekers share favorite spots 16

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Photo of the week: T-shirts with anti-violent messages hang on display through the McKay building as part of a domestic violence awareness campaign. Photo by Kelsie Carlson

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Jeff Facer and Will Fowler share smiles and good times at Banzai Skate Park. Photo by Monica Rubalcava


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A group of school children in the Philippines are evacuated from their homes after typhoon Yolanda. Photo by AP




20 NOV


Enjoy live music, food, Ring of Fire dancers, hayrides, pony rides, raffle prizes, and face painting at the North Shore Cocoa Festival at Gunstock Ranch from 3 to 7 p.m. Help build a school in the Ivory Coast of Africa. Admission is free. The Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship presents the Great Ideas Conference running all day on Nov. 20. The closing session will be the following day, Nov. 21, from 11-11:50 a.m. in the HGB. The BYU-Hawaii Department of Music and Theater Arts presents the University Chamber Orchestra, performing in the McKay Auditorium from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.




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“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got.”

-said former President BIll Clinton during an interview with, in which he urged President Obama and Democrats to uphold their healthcare promises, making changes to the policy if necessary.

“I fear anarchy happening in Tacloban City. It’s like survival of the fittest... The whole scene was like something fresh out of a movie. It was like the end of the world.” -said CNN iReporter Maelene Alcala, who was on vacation in Tacloban, Philippines where the typhoon struck. She was evacuated to Manila.

“If you’re famous, I don’t—for the life of me—I don’t understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter.” -said actor George Clooney in response to comments other celebrities have made publicly through their Twitter accounts.

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Cast members from BYU-Hawaii’s fall play, “Blithe Spirit,” give their final curtain after a series of successful performances. Photo courtesy of BYUH Costume Shop

‘Blithe Spirit’: Fall play haunting, yet hilarious One man, two wives, and a whole lot of shenanigans formed the basis of BYU-Hawaii’s school play, “Blithe Spirit.” After weeks of preparation and rehearsals, the cast and crew performed their comedy show to students, staff and community members who laughed and enjoyed themselves for a night. “Blithe Spirit” is a comedic play that follows a man, his wife, a gypsy medium, and the man’s deceased first wife, whom they bring back in spirit. The man, being the only one who can see his dead wife’s spirit, seems to have gone mad until his ghostly first wife accidentally kills his second wife instead of him. Then, they both continue to haunt their husband from beyond the grave. Despite the seemingly heavy and daunting theme, this comedy had audience members laughing and smiling throughout the performance. Kamry Madrid, a senior in business management from Arizona, said, “I liked this play better than the previous ones because it was more humorous.” The ongoing silliness seamlessly portrayed by the actors rarely gave the audience time to laugh but kept them in a continuous giggle. Actress Ingrid Veliz, a junior in psychology from California, who played the roll of Madam Arcati, said, “I think the play went really well. We all worked really hard

and you know there’s a lot of wordage in the play.” Cast members frequently entering and exiting the stage never let the silences stay for too long but instead consistently delivered lines for over two and half hours while staying in their 1950’s British accents. Chris Cornelison, an undeclared freshman from Punaluu, Hawaii, carried the lead roll of the husband, Charles Condomine. He remarked, in reference to the show’s Thursday opening performance, “It was a really, really good performance. There were a couple of hitches, as there always are, but I feel that everything was covered up masterfully by the cast and nobody could tell.” The performance was nearly flawless as the actors delivered their complicated lines with fluidity and ease. For the actors, this came as a relief, who said they spent weeks of long hours working and preparing for the show. The audience’s pleased reaction was the ultimate reward for the performers. Cornelison also said, “I had so much fun. The audience was great. It was a bit small tonight but they were laughing at all of our jokes in all the right places and that’s exactly what you want.” By the end of the night, both participants and observers left the McKay Auditorium with smiles on their faces. - Lau re n Ste imle

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Marriage Equality Bill passes Despite strong opposition legislators vote for bill, governor signs it


he Marriage Equality Act of 2013 legalizing same-sex marriage was signed into law on March 13 by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie after it was approved by the House and Senate despite strong opposition local citizens displayed for the past two weeks. According to the Associated Press, Senators passed the bill on Nov. 12 for a second time because changes were made in the House increasing protections for religious groups and people. The House amended and passed the bill after a five-day public hearing and two lengthy floor sessions. Hundreds of people gathered at the legislation building to rally in opposition to the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 since Monday, Oct. 28. The streets were lined with people holding signs. Cars were honking and people were chanting, testifying, and signing petitions to show the Hawaiian House and Senate their disapproval of the Bill 1 (SB1) and wanted the issue to be voted on by the population. Rep. Bob McDermott, a House lawmaker opposed to the bill, promised to challenge it in court after Abercrombie signs the bill, reports AP. In 1998, voters in Hawaii passed an amendment to the state’s constitution by 70 percent to keep marriage defined as between a man and a woman. Opponents to the bill say they will challenge it in court because it disregards the 1998 amendment. They asked legislators to “let the people decide” by voting again on the issue. Rosalie Vaka, a senior in political science from Tonga, recently became a legal resident of Hawaii and wanted to show her


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support in the rally against the bill. “Coming here shows my support against the bill and allows me to unite with everyone with a strong statement to the people who are watching through the media and even those who are there in the hearing right now. I think that it's important to stand up for what I believe in and actually be here and not just sitting passively letting it go by.” According to the act, the bill was designed to “recognize marriages between individuals of the same sex in the State of Hawaii.” Hawaii legislators have been battling the topic since the ‘90s, but it wasn’t until after a U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer on the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 that lawmakers decided to reintroduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Among legislators the trend had been in favor of the bill. The bill makes it possible for samesex couples to have the same legal “rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities” as couples in a heterosexual marriage, and be able to carry the same title of marriage, making legal terms, such as “husband, wife, widow,” and “widower” gender neutral. Under the state’s previous civil unions law, same-sex couples receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples on the state level but not on a federal level. The law allows gay couples living in Hawaii and tourists to marry in the state starting on Dec. 2. Another 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage. The bill also seeks to reduce discrimination against same-sex couples by ac-

commodating them in business transactions. Any “place of public accommodation” that is defined under Hawaii Revised Statute section 489-2 (hotels, restaurants, retail services, etc.) is required by the Marriage Equality Act to not discriminate against same-sex couples. The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have spoken out against the bill by sending a letter to members saying, “Traditional marriage and religious liberty are among the most cherished and historically vital elements of society, and both deserve careful protection.” While the LDS Church has always made a stand against same-sex marriage, it has also made a stand to “love one another.” In the church’s “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” it says, “The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. ALL HUMAN BEINGS— male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” According to mormonsandgays. org, “The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.” - Rebec ca Sabalone s Far Left: Hearings in the state legislature are held before passing the marriage equality bill. Left: Community members gather at the Capitol to rally against or for the bill. Photos by AP.

Typhoon hits Philippines

BYUH Philippine Chapter plans relief efforts


10,000 people are estimated to have died after a super typhoon hit Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8. Photo by AP

ategory 5 Super Typhoon Yolanda, also known as Haiyan, struck the central part of the Philippine islands on Friday, Nov. 8, killing an estimated 10,000 people and leaving survivors with tumbled-down homes, schools and buildings. While some nations and different organizations had already started relief efforts for the typhoon victims, the BYU-Hawaii Philippine Chapter is also planning to do a fundraising event to help as well. After the weekend on Nov. 11, some students and alumni from the Philippines gathered together in the GCB lounge to discuss ideas to help out typhoon victims. Some of the attendees talked about providing long-term services like helping to rebuild ruined houses in the affected areas. Some things they planned on doing to raise funds were to put on a benefit concert and sell lunch plates to support a medical mission being organized by BYUH alumni. If approved by BYUH President’s Council, the fundraisers would be advertised through videos and posters. Filipino students shared their feelings about the disaster. “I have been to the temple praying for those affected families and communities especially the missionaries serving there. I saw several videos and read the news. It is heart breaking seeing my beloved country wrenched by the catastrophe,” said Chona Galletes, a senior in business management/human resource. In the blink of an eye, Mother Nature can show her power and wreak havoc, said students, without much warning. The quick devastation left people stunned and searching for information about their loved ones. “Help” was heard ringing from all the corners of the hardest hit area of Tacloban City. People were hoping to find their loved ones after powerful winds and tsunami-like storm came like an unwanted visitor and wiped out the settled life in the area. BYUH Alumnus Jeff Ruffolo from Guangzhou, China, was one of the typhoon survivors. He recounted in an email his horrific experience with his family while visiting Cebu City. He described the typhoon as “a mad Harriett from the darkness of hell.”

Ruffolo went to the Philippines to meet with the U.S. Consulate in Cebu to present documents regarding the citizenship of his 4-month-old twins. He and his Filipina wife, Cris, didn’t know that their trip would be accompanied by a dreadful storm. Ruffolo said the scene of Yolanda swirling in the sky was “the most terrifying experience [he] could ever imagine.” Liahnne Baraquiel, a senior in psychology from the Philippines, also said, “I was not really surprised because I'm used to typhoons in the Philippines and I experienced them a lot. I was reading an article that says ‘Stronger winds make stronger trees.’ I think it seems like a bad thing, but this typhoon makes our country stronger. It makes the people stronger.” While some had seen and faced the frightening storm, others, like the parents of the Latter-day Saint missionaries who were currently serving in the ruined areas, contacted the mission homes inquiring about their children’s safety. Anisha Hall, a BYUH alumna from Texas, posted on Facebook about her missing missionary friend from Hong Kong. She said she was happy to know that rescuers were able to find her. “The Philippines is a place of very spiritually strong people. They turn to God in tragedy and are the best member missionaries I know. That comforts me when I think of all the rebuilding they have to do in the midst of such tragedy. They have the faith and the fortitude to get through anything (and they always do). They are an example to other nations,” Hall said. In an LDS Church News updated on Nov. 11, it says that all missionaries serving in the devastated areas have been contacted and were safe. Rescued missionaries are being relocated in both Cebu and Manila, says LDS Church News. Photos of the rescued missionaries were posted on and some on the LDS Philippines Facebook page. For more information on how to extend help for the typhoon victims, visit - Ma. Vis Tagu ba

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Social work major works the court Women’s volleyball star Stella Chen shares her story of life on and off the court


hih Ting “Stella” Chen has earned her third straight Pacific West Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honor and leads the No. 4 ranked Seasiders with 351 kills, 269 digs, and 391 points on the season. The Seasiders Women’s Volleyball team is enjoying another dominant season and is poised for a strong NCAA tournament run. Nearing the end of the regular season, BYU-Hawaii is 20-1 and is in first place atop the PacWest conference. Currently, the Seasiders are enjoying a 14-game winning streak. While the team as a whole is playing well together, it is junior Chen leading the way. The social work major from Yunlin City, Taiwan, attended Chung Shan High School and was a member of the women’s national volleyball team before she attended BYUH. Although she is not a member of the LDS faith, Chen was attracted to BYUH for several reasons. “I wanted to learn English. I like to travel, and I wanted to know how American volleyball coaches teach their players.” For Chen, the highlight of her career as a Seasider came during last season’s historic run for the women’s volleyball championship. “I will never forget when we won the regional championship last year, and we went so long without losing a game.” This season, Chen believes the team can advance even further. “We want to make it to the NCAA finals— that’s the goal,” she said. Chen hopes to make this year’s championship run even more memorable. Aside from being a standout volleyball player, Chen is like most college students. She enjoys spending time with her friends, watching movies, shopping, and cooking food. Chen hopes her impressive volleyball career is only the beginning of a lifetime of success. “I want to go to graduate school and I want to be an assistant volleyball coach one day. I might go back home and try out for the national team in Taiwan.” Chen continued, “Ultimately, I want

to be a social worker in Taiwan, but it all depends on the Lord’s plan for me.” Whatever she decides to do, Chen said she will never forget her time at BYUH. “I am so happy and I am so thankful for the opportunity I have had to be here.” Chen and the women’s volleyball team will close out the regular season with a three-game trip to the mainland and one final contest in Hawaii on Nov. 21.

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Left: Junior Stella Chan from Taiwan leads the Seasiders this year who have a 20-1 record. Below: Chen jams her opponents. Photos by Sumika Yoza

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STILL GOT GAME Old school routs fresh legs in alumni game


asketball veterans tested their basketball skills against the prowess of college athletes as the BYU-Hawaii men’s alumni team defeated Tahiti 95-84 on Nov. 5, in the Cannon Activities Center in the opening game of the Asia Pacific Tournament. In the final matchup of the tournament, the current BYUH men’s team routed Tahiti in a 113-36 victory. The Tahitian basketball team was in town for the threeday tournament, playing the alumni in their first game of the trip. Unfortunately for Tahiti, they started off their tournament in a defeat by men almost double their age. Laie Local Alvin Mariteragi, a member of the BYUH men’s basketball alumni team and a BYUH graduate of 1999, said, “It was good to be back. It brought back the memories. The locker room still smelled the same. The talk sounded the same. It all comes back.” David Evans, known as Coach Evans on campus, is a BYUH graduate of 2000, and played on the alumni team. In response as to why the alumni team played Tahiti, Evans said, “They [Tahiti] came over and it’s good to play people from different places, especially when you play with familiar people.” Evans further explained that the alumni team played the Tahitian team not only because Tahiti came to Hawaii and that it was simply fun, but that “It doesn’t do a whole lot of good for the Seasiders [current men’s team] to play us. Besides, they would work us.” 8

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Alan Akina, above, and Coach David Evans were teammates over a decade ago. The two reunited in an alumni game against Tahiti, which they won 95-84. Photo by Kelsie Carlson

Despite the alumni being much older than many college athletes, they still looked to be in shape and still had the skills it took to play at a college level. The results showed it all. Matt Ward, a BYUH graduate of 2002 who currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. with his family, came out to play on the alumni team. Reflecting on the game, Ward said, “It was good to play with these guys. They’re nice guys.” Ward went on to say this was not his first time playing the Tahitian team either. “The first time we played them, we took a sub-alumni team that consisted of BYUH players as well as BYU alumni over to Tahiti in the summer,” said Ward. He said on that trip the alumni team generally had over a 30-point lead throughout the game. “We won with it being like 130-60 or something like that,” he said. -Matt Robe rts


Seasiders back in action The BYU-Hawaii Men’s Basketball team is under way for the 20132014 season. The Seasiders are looking to have another great year and improve on last years fifth place finish in the Pacific West Conference and 16-11 record. In the preseason, coaches from the Pacific West Conference picked the BYUH Seasiders to finish third behind Dixie State and Fresno Pacific. However, the Seasiders did receive one vote to finish first place. “I expect a lot out of the boys this year,” said Senior Center DeAndre Medlock from Fresno, Calif. “We have a great team coming in. And if we can get all the pieces together, I believe we can take the league and make it to the tournament.” Medlock was honored by the Pacific West Conference by being named to this year’s Preseason All-Pacific West team. Medlock, a 6’10” and 244-pound center will be looking to improve upon last season’s great play. Last year Medlock averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. The Seasiders will be looking for him to have a big year by providing points and rebounds from inside the paint offensively, and being a big presence defensively. “Making the preseason team is nice and all but all that really matters is the end result. It is too early to celebrate when nothing has been accomplished,” said Medlock. Alongside Medlock the Seasiders have other returning players from last year’s squad including: Junior Guard Pablo Coro from Osorno, Chile; Junior Point Guard Robbie Mitchell from Kennewick, Wash.; Sophomore Guard BJ Ford from Payson, Utah; and Senior Forward Bracken Funk from Alpine, Utah. The team also has three new transfer players: Junior Guard Tyler Tuliau, out of Long Beach Community College; Senior Guard Jerome Harris from Olive-Harvey College; and Junior Guard Scott Friel from Southern Utah University. Alongside the transfer players, the Seasiders have added Justin “LJ” Yamzon, a freshman guard from Henderson, Nev., and Cory Lange, a freshman guard who is returning this season after serving a two-year LDS mission. With a majority of the team returning from last year, the team has high hopes that this experience will be able to propel them

Junior Point Guard Jerome Harris lays in an easy basket in the Seasider’s 113-36 rout with Tahiti to close out the Asia Pacific Tournament. Photo by Kyoko Hasegawa

to a conference championship and an invite to the NCAA Division II national basketball tournament. “I think the experience of those who have been through the system with coach will be a big part of our success,” said Sophomore Forward Jordan Ngatai from New Zealand. “Everyone is going to play a role in the success of the team. We have an athletic team that can get up and down the court fast.” The Seasiders will have their work cut out for them as they have a tough schedule that includes playing No. 2 Seattle Pacific and No. 10 Western Washington early in the season. Things won’t get easier in conference play as the conference now has to play Fresno Pacific, Azusa Pacific, and Point Loma after they joined the conference last year. With the tough schedule, the Seasiders hope to make to a name for themselves and surprise those in the conference and make waves nation-wide. - Matt Robe rts

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Basketball Player Spotlight:

Freshman Marquessa Gilson

Marquessa Gilson, a freshman in secondary education from Utah, hopes to contribute to wins for the Lady Seasiders basketball team this season. Photo by Kelsie Carlson


rom an early age Marquessa Gilson said she has always been involved in basketball. As a child, Gilson’s father would bring her to basketball gyms in a stroller with Gilson often holding a ball in her hand. “I was raised on basketball,” said Gilson, a secondary education freshman from Utah. She is a guard for the Lady Seasiders women’s basketball team. When asked to describe herself Gilson responded with a smile, “I’m a hustler. I’m not afraid to fight for the ball and I take pride in my defense.” Gilson went on to play in Salt Lake City at Cyprus Hill High School where she earned multiple accolades in the 4A division. She also played volleyball and was on the track team.


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Gilson participated in league basketball for the Utah based Salt Lakers and described them as an awesome AAU team. She said, “A lot of the girls on the team went on to get scholarships to play in college.” Gilson was the 2013 state leader for steals, and an All-Star for Utah’s Women’s Association 4A team. When asked about factors that lead to her success on the court, she said, “Discipline. Once I forgot to do my homework, my Dad made me sit out of practice. I was so embarrassed.” She continued, “I’m a really good team player, and I play to win. I work a lot.” Gilson’s work ethic is visible as she practices with the team. When asked about her team’s goals for the season, she said, “We want to win.” The basketball squad this season has a variety of talented players, an assertion that will doubtlessly be proven in the upcoming games. Gilson’s interests off the court are as diverse as her talents on it. “I like eating a lot. I love potatoes,” she said. Her other interests include playing video games, baking, watching movies and the TV show “Pretty Little Liars.” She plans on playing basketball throughout college and is studying to be a teacher. “I want to be a math teacher and a coach,” Gilson said. Despite her upbringing in the sport and her commanding presence on the court, she maintains an aura of humility. “I have a lot to learn,” she described. “I have to keep up my grades too.” When asked about her advice to any other athletes or basketball

“ I ’m a hu st ler. I ’m n ot a f raid t o f ig ht for t he bal l a n d I t a ke pr id e in my defe ns e.” - Ma rq u e ss a Gi l s on prospects, she said with powerful simplicity, “Don’t give up. Work hard.” BYU-Hawaii plays Alaska-Fairbanks on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. - D eV augh n Hu ntoon-J one s

BYU Provo transfers make a splash Provo transplants help Seasider men’s soccer team have record year


n the heels of finishing the best season in BYU-Hawaii men’s soccer history, the team owes much of its success to the play of five transfers from the BYU men’s soccer team. Transfers Mike Moreno, Colby Bauer, Matthew Rider, Rich Harrison and Romy Lapkin each played key parts in the team’s 9-3-4 record and fourth-place finish in the Pacific West Conference. The five transfers each had solid seasons providing talent and quality play from every point on the field, from offense to defense, helping the team finish with both the most goals and shutouts in school history. “It was a super fun experience coming over here and playing with this team,” said Rider. “I was really surprised at how fast we came together and how comfortable we were with each other right off the bat. I feel like I’ve known all the guys on this team

for years and I only met them a few months ago.” Lapkin said of the season, “I love the good times on trips and good times with the guys at practice and the friendships I’ve made. It’s sweet to be part of school history, but I have high hopes we can achieve even more next year.” Moreno, a senior forward from Orem, Utah, lead the Seasiders offensive attack in scoring this year with 6 goals and 3 assists. Moreno’s great offensive play was not only noticed by the team but also within the conference as he was named the Pacific West Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week as well as earning Final 5 honors. Bauer, a junior midfielder from Scottsdale, Ariz., was a crucial part of the Seasiders’ success. Bauer was the key man in the Seasider midfield as he made it difficult for any team to create attacks through the

midfield by dominating the air and playing tenacious defense. Offensively he was a key factor in the Seasiders’ ability to control the ball and maintain possession. Bauer finished the year with 2 goals and 2 assists. “It was a great experience, and I am grateful for the positivity of the team,” said Bauer. “Although I felt like we could’ve gone to the tournament and done very well, I’m grateful we at least have made school history.” Rider, a junior center defender from Salt Lake City, Utah, made a huge impact helping lead one of the best defenses in school history, a defense that finished with a school record 7 shutouts. Rider was key in stopping the best forwards from around the conference. He also finished with one assist. Harrison, a junior outside midfielder and forward from Sandy, Utah, provided the Seasider offense with deadly speed down the wing and up top. Making flashing runs down the line, Harrison was a key component in the success the Seasiders had offensively finishing the year with 2 goals and 1 assist. Lapkin, a junior center midfielder and forward from Atlanta, Geo., was a solid player for the Seasiders before breaking his foot and missing out on the last weeks of the season. Lapkin contributed 1 goal and was a crucial part of the Seasider attack and possession.

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Seasiders play in matches earlier this season. Photos by Pichaya Saisopa

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MENS GOLF Prepares for a great spring season Little known golf team looks to hit the green and hit the mark

It’s a challenging sport, and I think thats why I keep coming back, cause no one can be perfect at it. You’re always trying to be perfect.” -Sean Crapo


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lthough most students are unaware, there is a golf team here at BYU-Hawaii and they have been readily preparing for their upcoming season in the spring. “People don’t know we have a golf team usually. There’s only like eight of us on the team. Five people play in a tournament, that’s why we keep it so small, so we can keep it competitive,” said Peder McOmber, a golf team member and junior in history from California.“It’s a lot of really hard work actually. People don’t think golf is a hard sport, but you have to be really disciplined in the mind, have a lot of confidence, or be able to trick yourself into having a lot of confidence, and you have to practice a lot. We spend hours a day on the golf course, just working our swing, making sure we’re in the right positions,” said McOmber. McOmber said the team is not winning or playing where it should be. Despite this, the golf team stays hopeful. There is a new coach this semester, which McOmber believes will bring the team up to par. According to Bowen Prestwich, a team member and a freshman in business management from Wyoming, “The real golf season is in the spring. We actually finished up the fall season a couple of weeks ago, but we just had a few tri-matches with HPU and Chaminade. Next semester we’re going to hit it hard, cause that’s when the real action happens.” Because the golf team is so small, they have become very close. Prestwich said, “We’re all tight; we’re like bros pretty much.

Golf is a very social game and when you’re playing you really get to know people better, so I know these guys in and out like you wouldn’t believe. It’s kind of creepy sometimes. It’s not like other sports. We don’t get mad at each other very much.” Each of the team members expressed that it can be difficult to keep up with a social life, school, and golf, as one round in golf can take around four hours. One might think that all this practice can be physically draining on a person, but endless hours on the course haven’t phased Federico Clausen, a freshman in business management from Columbia. Clausen said, “I’ve been playing golf all my life, so 17 years. My father plays, so that’s why I play. I love it. I want to do this for my whole life. I don’t want to be in an office, I just want to play golf. That’s my goal. It becomes natural. It’s just your life and you just enjoy it.”

Team Member Sean Crapo, a junior in pre-optometry from Canada, also expressed his joy for the sport, and shared what brings him back to the course day after day. He said, “Once and a while you hit the ball in the middle of the club face, and it feels really smooth. Something about it feels so good. You imagine the shot, and get up the ball, then you execute that shot, and it works. You want to come back and do that again.” Crapo continued, “It’s a challenging sport, and I think that’s why I keep coming back, cause no one can be perfect at it. You’re always trying to perfect it, but it’s really hard to. It’s a good challenge.” - m a k a i l a BERGE S ON

BYUH Golf Team practices its swing at Turtle Bay Golf Course. Photos by Kelsie Carlson Month XX, 2012


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Age: 21 Hometown: Farmington, UT Major: Exercise Sports Science Runs 5k in 19:03

Runner Jessica Paget Q: What is your favorite place to run? A: I love to run in the trails by my house in Utah, in Fruit Heights. Q: Where is your favorite place that you’ve raced at while running for BYU-Hawaii? A: Last week, we ran near San Francisco. That’s been my favorite so far. Q: Do you have any pre-race rituals? A: The night before a race I’m usually kind of boring. I’ll take a long shower and shave my legs. I try to get to bed early. I wake up and eat a little bit. I’ll do a little ballet at the starting line to keep my legs warm.


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Q: Lucky shorts or lucky socks? A: I don’t race in socks. That’s lucky for me. I like having a red ribbon in my ponytail during races. Q: Do you listen to any particular pre-race music? A: It depends my mood. I like break up music though. Mad and breakup music before races is what I love. “Forever and Always” by Taylor Swift is a classic prerace song for me. Q: What was our best victory? A: Last week for sure when we raced in San Francisco that one kind of came

out of nowhere and it felt really good to win. Q: Do you have a running/athlete idol? A: My high school coach’s wife, Stefanie Talley. She’s just an awesome wife and is a nurse and sometimes she just wins marathons randomly. Whenever she gives me advice, I listen to it to a tee. Q: Do you have an arch-nemesis? A: I really don’t like the Dixie State team. I really wanted to beat them and we did. Q: It’s your last year running for the team because you’re graduating soon: What do you think your legacy is? A: I think I want to be remembered as someone who cared about everyone on the team; someone who was dedicated to the team and was a positive person. Q: What do you want to do when you grow up? A: Coach high school cross-country and track and hopefully. It sounds boring and cliché but that’s what I want. - Alyss a Walhood

After rough start, women’s soccer finishes with 8 straight wins After a huge turn around mid-way through the season, the BYU-Hawaii women’s soccer team finished another great year with a 9-4-2 record, going unbeaten in their last 9 games, winning 8 in a row. The Lady Seasiders were led by senior captain Kim Micheletti, who finished the year with 3 goals and senior Tasha Campbell who lead the team with two assists. Senior and 4-year starter Megan McCain capped off her impressive career here at BYUH helping the team get 9 shutouts. The Lady Seasiders finished 3rd place in the Pacific West Conference with 25 points but unfortunately weren’t invited to the NCAA Regional Tournament. “It is always a bummer to not be part of the NCAA tournament, but I can walk away from this season proud of how we wrapped up our season, especially after a rough start on the road,” said Goal Keeper Megan McCain, a senior in EXS from Colorado. The Lady Seasiders had a black and white season. They struggled through most of their preseason going 1-1-1 but only scoring 1 goal. Things didn’t get easier as the Lady Seasiders started their conference play with a four-game road trip to California and Utah, playing some of the top teams in the conference. After losing the first three games of their road trip, the Lady Seasiders got a much-needed tie against rival Dixie State. The struggles on the road trip proved to be a great growing and learning experience as the Lady Seasiders became more united against the adversity of a slow start and after some changes in the line up, they went on to finish their season with a 8 game winning streak. “We had some struggles at first but I think they brought us together and helped us end strong with our 8 wins and 7 shutout streak,” said Captain Makelle Yates, a senior in EXS from Utah. The women were able to win 7 straight home games before going to the Big Island and beating inter-state rivals UH-Hilo. The defense was key to the Lady Seasiders success down the final stretch of the season as they finished the year with 6 straight shutouts. “I am very pleased with our ending successes this season and that we took that challenge to finish on a good note,” said Senior Captain Kailee Kartchner. The Lady Seasiders say good-bye to nine seniors: Kassy Binning, Tasha Campbell, Chloe Ence, Kailee Kartchner, Megan McCain, Kim Micheletti, Michelle Stevens, Brittney Crump and Makelle Yates. However, with the possible return of 13 freshmen, many of whom got significant minutes this year, the Lady Seasiders look to build on this season’s success and have an even better record next year. -M a t t Ro bbert s

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Surf n’ Skate

North Shore sports on land and sea


he North shore boasts three of the most epic and extreme sports found on Oahu. Thrill seekers can shred Banzai skate park, bodysurf the Waimea shore break, or take flight on a flyboard jet pack down in Haleiwa. Just a short drive from Laie is the Banzai Skate Park, a great place for skaters to go. James Astle, a junior in industrial graphics from California, said “It [Banzai Skate Park] is pretty raw, like rigid. It’s where the bad boys go to skate.” Banzai Skate Park is a cement-built park that offers a variety of courses that skaters can choose from. Skaters can navigate a snake run, a course where skaters can use the walled ramps to gain speed and momentum to go fast around the entire park. If you’re looking to catch big air, skaters can soar through the air on the big skate ramps. Banzai also features a drained over-verted pool. Overall, Banzai provides a series of different courses allowing different styles and ideas of skating. Astle has skated Banzai many times since he has been in Hawaii. “I think it’s pretty fun,” he said. “It’s pretty compact and lots to do. It’s super vert so I wish there was more street.” Less than 5 minutes south of Bonzi Skate Park, Waimea Bay is legendary for its phenomenal shore break. Waimea bay is known for its massive surfing wave that can reach up to 30-50 feet before the waves become too big for the break. However, just a few hundred yards from the outer surf break, the ocean meets the land in which the big waves break in less than 4 feet of water onto the compact sand shore below. Only the experienced and slightly crazy bodysurfers venture out into Waimea’s infamous shore break during times of immense

swell. Gentry Bailey, a sophomore in Spanish education, from Hawaii, goes out to the Waimea’s shore break during bigger swells. “It’s pretty crazy,” Bailey said. “It only breaks in knee-to-waist deep water. You can get pretty hurt out there.” When the waves get bigger at Waimea they also increase in their top to bottom barrels increasing their power as well. Connor Dunlap, a sophomore in marine biology from Alaska, went to Waimea during a big swell and he said, “It was really cool. It was humbling to stand at the edge of it and see and feel the power of the water.” Dunlap said the main thing that scared him when he was at Waimea was getting in and out of the water. Flyboarding is a very new and underground sport, making its debut in Haleiwa. Flyboards are a water jet pack strapped to your feet that propels a person up out of the water to upwards of about 10 to 15 feet. The jetpack has a tube that is hooked up to a Jet Ski, and when the Jet Ski pushes on the gas, a massive pressure of water flows through the tube that launches the person into the air. The one attached to the flyboard is in complete control of the direction of the jetpack. When a person presses down on their hills they move up, and when they shift their weight and press down on their toes, they move down. Taylor Moyes, a senior in English education from Arizona, has used the flyboards several times before. She said, “I really liked it. I felt like I was a part of something new.” -J e ff Face r Skaters Jeff Facer and Will Fowler show their transition from riding waves to riding cement at Banzai Skate park in Sunset Beach. Photos by Monica Rubalcava NOVEMBER 14, 2013


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Chasing Dreams

Clayton Kearl and the men’s cross country team train by running seven to10 miles every day. Photo courtesy of Clayton Kearl

Catching up with BYU-Hawaii Cross Country runner Clayton Kearl


ith the PacWest conference championship held on Nov. 9 and the BYU-Hawaii men’s cross country team finishing in 14th place, Clayton Kearl, a junior in business management from Utah, has been enjoying the success his team has been having this season. The team won three of the last four meets, largely in part to consistent performances from Kearl and other runners. Kearl firmly believes in living life to the fullest life and chasing after dreams. Little did he know, running collegiately would become his dream—one literally worth chasing after. It was as early as the seventh grade that Kearl discovered his passion for running. “One day our teacher came out and told us that today was the 1-mile run challenge, and whoever could run the mile under 7 minutes would get an automatic A in the class,” said Kearl. “Boom. I didn’t even 18

think twice. I laced up my shoes and was off. Before you know it, I had broken the school record in the mile and ran a 6:35.” Since that day, Kearl never stopped running, competing in high school at East High in Salt Lake City, and then at BYUH. Running collegiately is no small order and requires intense training and commitment, said Kearl. “Here at BYUH, we train everyday except Sunday. We wake up around 5:30 and start practice right at 6 a.m.” Kearl contributes his work ethic to his two-year LDS mission in Peru where he learned the importance of sacrifice, a lesson that has helped him succeed as a student athlete. “We do anything from speed work to endurance training. All together we run around seven to 10 miles a day,” said Kearl. However difficult it may be, it’s worth it for

Kearl who has dreamed of running at the college level since that record-setting mile back in the seventh grade. While impressive performances and natural talent are a big reason for the team’s success this year, Kearl believes team unity is important. “We do so many things together. We surf, go on hikes, have karaoke nights, and even go to the temple together. I really love the team family and our amazing coaches.” After graduation, Kearl hopes to continue running and pursue other life-long goals. “I hope to attend graduate school, travel to places I have always wanted to see, start a business, and compete in triathlons,” said Kearl. Wherever life decides to take Kearl, he said he will always have his experiences at BYUH to remind him to lace up his shoes and keep running after his dreams. -Gre g Erickson

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Trainers: An athlete’s best friend Athletic trainers provide relief for BYUH players


s any college athletic program in the country will tell you, the athletic trainers are the most important behind the scenes part of any team. The Athletic Training Staff at BYU-Hawaii is no exception. The Athletic Training Staff is led by Head Trainer Dawn Akana and fellow trainer Guy Boydstun. Akana, a BYUH graduate, has been working here since 1994. Akana previously worked at University of Hawaii, and after some persuasion, decided to come here to BYUH as the head trainer. “I enjoy working with the student athletes and being able to help them get better,” said Akana. ”It’s always exciting to see them be successful and getting back on the field or court.” The physical trainers and students who make up the ATS provide medical support for the 11 different athletic sports teams here on campus. Their job is to make sure everyone is healthy. “It isn’t easy dealing with the various schedules of the 11 different teams and coaches that we have to be helping,” said Akana. The trainers are there to ensure all the student athletes receive medical treatment with everything from wrapping hurt ankles to sore muscles and the regular bumps and bruises that come along with college sports. On rare occasions, they help treat major injuries such as muscle, tendon or ligament tears, and broken bones. Being on the ATS also provides great opportunities for students who are hoping to start a career in physical therapy. Jacklyn Nolton, a senior in EXS from Virginia and a current student staff member, said, “I have been able to get a lot of valuable experience treating athletes. It has been a good start for me.” Whatever the situation is, the trainers are there to aid the athletes’ recovery and get them back to full health as soon as possible. “Guy and Dawn are the best,” said Men’s Soccer Senior Captain Landon Southwick. “They are always so helpful. They make sure you are taken care of and ready to train and play each and every day.” -M a t t ro bert s

The room where trainers work on student athletes helping them stay healthy and recover from injuries. Photo by Kelsie Carlson

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Downed power pole leaves people stranded in Laie and Hauula during stormy night


iding the bus back from town on the night of Nov. 9 students said they were surprised at about 10 p.m. when the bus stopped by the Hauula Shopping Center and the bus driver told them they had to get off the bus about 3 miles short of their final destination in Laie. “We had to walk in dark and in the pouring rain from the Longs Drug Store parking lot all the way to the campus,” said Monica Rubalcava, a sophomore in graphic design from California. They didn’t know until they got to Hauula that a power pole had been knocked down earlier near Pounders Beach leaving live power lines lying on Kamehameha Highway and closing down the only roadway between Hauula and Laie. Hawaiian Electric Company officials said the pole was struck that night by lightning during heavy rain and winds and it brought down other poles with it. The downed poles caused a power outage affecting about 300 customers along the highway and causing dancers in one section of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s night show to dance in the dark, reports the Associated Press. Rubalcava said she and about 30 other bus riders were soaked through as they made their way through the storm with just emergency flares to guide them through the tangle of downed lines. At 10 p.m. police officers where there, she said, but utility emergency crews weren’t on scene yet. “The police officers just told us to follow the flares,” Rubalcava said. But the stormy night made it difficult to see where all the black power lines were. “My roommate and I helped each other get through it,” she said pointing out if one of them got to close to a line. She added they would have used their cellphones like flashlights to make the trek easier but they had run out of power. The closed highway stranded Hauula residents in Laie and Laie residents in Hauula. BYU-Hawaii employee Kevin Salts drove that night with a couple of his sons from his home in Hauula to the Laie Foodland grocery store to buy ice cream and rent a movie, said his wife, Anjeny. But the power pole went down before he could make it back home. He and his sons ended up waiting in Laie for the road to open in the morning. Foodland was able to stay open after the initial blackout because it has a backup generator, said one of the employees stocking shelves. He said they have to have a generator to keep operating freezers full of food. Students and others wearing rain ponchos braved the bad weather to come to the store while some people sat in their cars in the parking lot trying to decide whether to wait for the road


to reopen or brave driving around the island to make it back to their homes that were only a few miles away. Heavy rains at the rate of 2 inches per hour pounded parts of Oahu that day, reported the National Weather Service in Honolulu, causing flooding and closing Kamehameha Highway in spots like Waikane Stream where it had surged more than 6 feet. Another power pole went down in Haleiwa as well shutting down the highway there as well. People’s cellphone blared flash food warnings off and on for three days before the power pole was hit and continued through the early morning of Nov. 10 as rain pounded the island. BYUH students returning from a concert in town said they arrived at the Hauula Shopping Center late Saturday night and waited in their car until daylight, said Katie Bak, a junior in political science from Minnesota. She and friends Tucker Grimshaw, a senior in English from San Diego, Calif., and Alyssa Walhood, a senior in English from Oregon, said power lines were still on the ground at 6 a.m. when they walked through Laie and officials told them the road wouldn’t open for at least two or more hours. Besides waiting out the storm and road closure in their cars, stranded people also spent the night at family or friends homes or on campus. When the sun came up, people arrived at the two ends of the closed road to walk through to the other side deciding to leave their cars until they could come back and pick them up once the road reopened. Emergency crews reportedly did let a few people through the closed road but only for medical emergencies before they opened a contra flow lane shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday. However, Kamehameha Highway wasn’t completely reopened until approximately 4:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon, reports AP. Power was restored to all customers by 7:40 a.m. on Sunday as well, it says. Having the about 3-mile stretch of road closed overnight and into the morning got people discussing the need for secondary roads to be built between Laie and Hauula as well as Laie and Kahuku to keep people from being stuck when Kamehameha Highway gets shutdown. Part of the Envision Laie proposal for the Ko’olau Loa Sustainable Communities Plan includes restoring the old sugar Cane Haul Road. The Envision Laie website says the “Cane Haul Road, parallel to Kamehameha Highway, is being looked at as an alternate route. This road would reduce congestion throughout the area and could potentially connect Hauula all the way to Kahuku. The road would also provide an alternate route when an incident occurs on Kamehameha Highway or in case of an evacuation.” - LeEann Lambe rt

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