October 13, 2011
Volume 98: Issue 5
Ke Alaka i THE LEADER
S.Y.T.Y.C.S: So you think you can sing competition 4
Choose to Give: By students for students 8
A new temple in Africa: Student responds to ‘joyful’ announcement 10
Ke Alaka i
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October 13, 2011 • Volume 98: Issue 5 Kent carollo
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ART & GRAPHICS
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Mic h ae l Gulde n Ste pan ie T s e C o n o r Riley A n n e N e ls o n
MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISTS Na t ha n Pa cke r, A a ro n Puzey, Elle n Wyn n , M a r i ss a E l d e r, Tay l o r R ippy, A mb re e Klem m , A n d rew Lyo n , A u s tin Fac e r, C amro n S t oc kf o rd , Gi s e l l e R a m ire z , Make n z ie H ea d , N a ta l i e D rewe r y INTERNS S uza nn e T u ttl e Phi l l i p A n d r u s
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Students learn to play instruments at a training for the Shropshire Music Foundation that works with youth around the world using music to heal hearts. Photo by Bart Jolley
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So You Think You Can Sing winner George Spencer Asturias Tobias during one of his performances on Oct. 7 in the Cannon Activities Center. Nine students competed in the annual campus sing off. Photo by Mei Yin..
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find an edited version to make available.” On l i ne movie s n ow For students interested in watching ava i l able o n de man d to s tude n ts o n c ampus popular movies like Harry Potter and the BYU-Hawaii is now offering a completely free alternative to movie going, Netflix, or even Redbox: Complimentary, on-demand streaming of movies straight to your computer, Ipad/Tablet, cell phone, or any other internet device. While previously these movies were only available when they appeared in the Little Theater on Wednesdays, now students can simply log onto the BYUH wifi, go to tv.byuh.edu, and download any movie of their choice, anywhere on campus. The idea is to make appropriate movies available to students via the BYU channel 3 and on the internet. This program was initiated through and is now being run by the staff of BYUHSA. Alex Harker, a sophomore from California studying biology and also the junior vice president of social activities at BYUHSA, said “Usually, once a month we choose movies to supply on the channel and we ask students what movies they would like to see. You can suggest movies to anybody who is in BYUHSA but they have to be approved first, and we can always check to see if we can
Deathly Hallows, How to Train your Dragon, The Tourist and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but not interested in spending money on the experience, this new feature on the BYUH website will provide them a unique opportunity. An Executive Director over Social Activities at BYUHSA, Candace Edwards, a freshman from California studying Elementary Education said “we’re thinking we want to do a lot of family oriented or edited movies that everyone can feel comfortable watching. Seeing movies is expensive, and this is free and gives students a way to relax and enjoy themselves.” As news of this new program spreads, students are becoming excited to try it out for themselves. Morgan Bouwhuis, a freshman from New Hampshire studying Art, expressed her opinion on this subject, “I think it’s pretty amazing, because now-a-days with Netflix switching their policies around, it’s nice that the school provides quality movies that we would want to watch and I really want to try it out.” -MAKE NZIE HE AD octoBER 13, 2011
so you think you can
The Votes Are In . .
ine singers from the student body rocked the Cannon Activities Center on Oct. 7 during the annual BYUHSA sponsored event “So You Think You Can Sing.” In addition to a variety of musical performances, the audience was also treated to games, contests and give-aways while it waited to see who would be this year’s winner. Endless applause and cheering accompanied the announcement that George Spencer Asturias Tobias from Manila was the winner of this year’s contest. “I feel so blessed and privileged! All the nervousness I had before is gone,” Tobias said after the experience, even though he said he is usually too shy and nervous to compete. “Now all the nervousness I had is gone,” he said again with a smile. Runner up, Alex Finau, was still beaming at the end of the night, as she said, “I had so much fun. Who cares about a
Left: Host Penny Anae shares a congratulatory hug with contest winner George Spencer Tobias. Above: The final four, (from left) Alex Finau, Matt Kilpelainen, George Spencer Asturias Tobias, and Jihoon Kang, take the stage for the announcement of the two finalists. Photos by Mei Yin
winner? But George was the bomb! He deserves it.” Finau was an easy crowd favorite, treating people to three different song selections, her favorite being “And I Am Telling You” from the musical Dreamgirls. “I didn’t know shower singing could take me this far,” she said of making it to the final round. Megan Wright, senior VP of Social Events and a HTM major from Arizona, was in charge of planning and executing the event. She said, “I’m happy with the talent that we had and my team was great. I’m very pleased with how it all went.” She said the best part of her job is seeing the reaction of the students at the event. “I had a moment backstage where I looked out at the crowd and thought, ‘Wow! All of these people came to an
event that I planned and they are enjoying it!’ That’s the best part— seeing your vision come to life.” Penny Anae, a social work major from Texas, emceed the event. She said afterwards she would emcee again because “it was awesome.” When asked what she thought of the contestants she said, “They did so well. I just wanted them to keep singing.” Those watching the event seemed to share similar opinions. As audience member Philip Graef, political science major from New Brunswick, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a great evening and turned out to be a great event.” -Ambree Klemm
George Spencer Asturias Tobias
Alex Finau October 13, 2011
Wall Street Protests
Small group’s influence spreads Across the nation people have come together, during the past three weeks, in protest of economic inequality, and more specifically the practices of Wall Street. Little violence has been seen from these mostly peaceful protests, but arrests have been made for disorderly conduct. The protest has grown into a movement called “Occupy Wall Street.” Using social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, the major group leadership of the movement spread word of where and when to protest. The protests began as a small group of people outside of Wall Street, but have grown after media coverage spread news about the movement. Related protests have followed in other cities such as Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles, but are considerably smaller in size. The movement has no real single leader, or group of leaders. Most decisions for the group are made in group meetings. Roughly 700 citizens were arrested on Saturday, Oct. 1, for disorderly conduct after they spilled onto the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge and ignored various warnings by police officers. Lawsuits have been filed against the officers claiming that officers lured protesters into a trap before arresting them. Video footage shows police officers using bullhorns to try and tell the group to get off the road. These movements are being seen, in some ways, as the liberal response to the Tea Party movement. But unlike the Tea Party, 6
which became a crucial part of the Republican party, the “Occupy Wall Street” movement blames politicians of both parties. The group is also unhappy with President Obama, blaming the president for not coming down hard on the banks after the 2008 mortgage meltdown. “At this point I don’t see any difference between George Bush and Obama. The middle class is a lot worse than when Obama was elected,” said John Penley, an unemployed legal worker from Brooklyn. President Obama responded to the movement by saying: “I think people are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works,” he said. “The American people understand that not everybody has been following the rules, that Wall Street is an example of that ... and that’s going to express itself politically in 2012 and beyond.” GOP Presidential candidate, and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, Herman Cain
also made a comment about the movement. “They’re basically saying that somehow the government is supposed to take from those that have succeeded and give to those who want to protest. That’s not the way America was built.” The protests are getting food, blankets, and other necessities donated by unions, are spreading around to major cities around the United States, and are not showing any signs of stopping soon. - C AM RON STOCKFORD & ASSOCIATE D P RE SS Above: A man protesting about corporate greed is part of the newest “Wall Street” protests. Photo by AP
Breathing safety onto campus BYU-Hawaii’s campus became a little bit safer at the end of September as several students on campus completed their CPR and First-Aid certification. Susie Bell, senior in EXS from Illinois, led the one-night course instructing students about the proper procedures for trauma and how to administer CPR, caring for and dressing wounds, and responding to strokes and seizures, among other skills. Some students attended the class as a requirement for the university’s Disaster Management course, while others simply wanted to learn. Bell said confidence is one of the most important factors when handling emergency situations. “Feeling mentally prepared helps to avoid panic and spring into action,” she said. Bell has only been teaching first-aid
training for the Red Cross for a few months, but she recommends the training for everyone. Aymie Haslam, senior in communications from Canada, attended the course. She said after the class she felt “confident that [she] could be useful in an emergency, rather that a panicky mess.” The training also taught participants how to respond in crisis situations involving children and infants. The thought of losing a loved one that could have been saved was one of the strongest motivations for students to enroll in the course and gain ability. Bell pointed out, “You never want to think ‘What if I had taken the class?’ after you were in a situation where you could have saved someone.”
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Susie Bell instructs students on CPR and First-aid during the campus safety course. Photos by Bart Jolly
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Volunteers throw their shakas during the opening Choose to Give event on Oct. 6. Photo by Bart Jolley.
Choose to Give
Alex Harber, a sophomore biology major from California Star ts of f the giving with a bang and junior vice president of Social Activities said the meeting was designed to encourage “a bigger desire to serve.” Harber continued, saying, “I think when we get together and we talk about service and ith an auditorium full of students, performances, personal giving to those in need, it encourages students.” stories, and the strength of a united body of volunteers, The meeting was full of performances from students and groups with Choose to Give week began with full force at a kickoff meeting on musical abilities, including performances by Carl and the Boys, Jason Thursday, Oct. 6. Volunteers swarmed the sign up tables and the Choi, and Alex Finau, who was the runner-up for the “So You Think refreshments rejoicing in the opportunity to serve and help those in You Can Sing” contest on Oct. 7. need. “The turnout was amazing,” said Mandy Leuluai, BYUHSA “The world needs men who cannot vice president and a sophomore accounting from Utah. “I was nervous at first because people came in slowly, but we had such as great be bought or sold. That is what this volunteer force. I think the thing I loved the most was the excitement school is going produce.” A film, entitled “Refining Genuine Gold” was also shown at and energy that was outside was carried inside. ” Volunteers with different backgrounds supported BYUHSA the kickoff. It told the stories of students who attend or have attended BYU-Hawaii and how they are “genuine gold.” In the words of David and promoted the kick off meeting in the cafeteria, library, and the hales. Leuluai added, “Another thing that helped was the banners that O. Mckay, former president of the church, “the world needs men who cannot be bought or sold, men who will scorn to violate truth, clubs made…. I’m grateful for those who are participating. We have genuine gold. That is what this school is going to produce.” two goals: 40 percent participation from our student body and to Choose to Give week is the week of Oct. 6 to 14. If you bring the spirit of giving to campus - to look outside of ourselves.” would like to volunteer or make a donation, visit any donation booth The whole purpose of the meeting was to encourage stuon campus or ask someone in a Choose to Give T-shirt how you can dents to donate money for scholarship funds, so students who are choose to give. financially struggling can have the support they need.
-Marissa E lder
Professor Houghton FIGHTS TERRORISM IN AFRICA
l Qaeda and terrorism have an increasing presence in Africa, and the U.S. State Department recently turned to BYU-Hawaii Political Science Professor Dr. Brian Houghton for assistance in combating terrorism there. “Some professors go to conferences to talk about their work,” he said. “I go to a country that’s facing the problem and help them find solutions.” Houghton recently returned from a seven day stay in Bamako, Mali, located in Northwest Africa. There he used his expertise to train 24 law enforcement officers in how to prepare for possible terrorist attacks, in particular running workshops addressing suicide bombing. “The goal is to stop terrorism while it’s in the planning stages,” he said. One strategy they use is called “red teaming.” “We have them think like terrorist so they can see vulnerabilities and counter them.” Houghton has been working in the terrorism field for 20 years and has been a consultant with the U.S. State Department for four years, working specific with the “Anti-Terrorism Assistance” program. The ATA program provides funding, materials and training to fight terrorism. He explained, “We work to ensure that they have in place policies and procedures so when they are confronted with the problem, they will know what to do.” Houghton said his initial interest in terrorism began 28 years ago while he was a high school student in Germany. While he was living there, a terrorist organization called the Red Army Faction was specifically targeting Americans. He wanted to understand why these people did what they did and how to stop them. He has continued to study the subject ever since. In fact, his very first college paper, in English 101, was on terrorism, he said. While Houghton said it is not possible to totally prevent terrorism, he firmly believes that it’s important to keep trying. “Terrorism is like a disease, crime or sin,” Houghton said. “It is inherently with us until the end..., but we don’t give up. Like Captain Moroni, we keep fighting.” - AM BRE E KLE MM Pictured: Professor Brian Houghton with traditional Malian herder hat. Photo by Bart Jolley. October 13, 2011
‘Dawning of better Days’
tudents like Vulcain Munerve Yengo rejoiced at the General Conference announcement of the new temples across the globe. Yengo, of Brazzaville, Congo shares his sentiment regarding the announcement of the temple in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “The temple in the Democratic Republic of Congo will help members seize the dawning of better days. There are two “Congo” in Central Africa, one is the Democratic Republic of Congo (where the Temple will be built - in Kinshasa), and the other one is Congo. I am from Brazzaville, Congo, but I served my mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During my mission, it was amazing to see how the church was growing so fast; I remember that we were able to baptize more than 2,000 new converts in one year. During the two years of my service, the work of missionaries helped create two new stakes. After I left, I heard about the creation of another stake and the work continues until now. It was an incredible experience. I’m sure that in 10 or 20 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo will be the country with the highest concentration of members in the entire African continent. My joy is full today about this announced temple because I had the occasion to help the Lord by laboring on that blessed land for 25 months. I know that this temple will bring great blessings to members in my country and the entire Central Africa. It takes 5-45 minutes to travel from Brazzaville to Kinshasa (depend-
Photos courtesy of Vulcan Munerve Yengo.
ing on the transportation method) and the entire BYUH campus rejoiced with me we don’t need a visa to travel. Usually a upon this announcement. I am so gratespeedboat takes only 5 minutes to go from ful to see that the blessings of the Lord Brazzaville to Kinshasa. are upon my Brothers, Sisters and Parents ‘It’s finally there,’ I said when I forever. heard the announcement. Congolese have Just like I was sealed, I pray that they been waiting for a long time to receive the will be sealed to their family too; there is no blessings of the temple. We knew that the greater ordinance with greater blessing. temple would come but we did not know Here is important information I just when. But today, it’s no more a dream; received from my former mission president it’s a reality that will spray the blessings concerning the growth of the church in the of eternal family in Central Africa. Before, “My joy is full today about this two Congo. members had to travel miles to South Africa announced temple because ‘...Thanks to both of you (talking to me or Ghana to enter the temple, but the trip and another return missionary), along with I had the occasion to help was so expensive that the big majority of the Lord by laboring on that all the other wonderful missionaries, for the members could not afford it. But now the blessed land for 25 months.” great service that you gave to help build price will be their worthiness only. I am so the church in the countries of our missure that through this wonderful upcoming sion. When we arrived in July 2007, there -Vulcain Munerve Yengo temple, members will seize the dawning of was one stake in Lubumbashi, three in Kinbetter days. Members in the two Congo strongly believe that having a shasa and one in Brazzaville. We had four districts -- Luputa, Likasi, temple also means the end of the civil wars our countries have gone Kolwezi and Kananga.’ through, peace on the lands and a good relationship between the two Now we have 2 stakes in Lubumbashi (and getting ready Congo. to create a 3rd), 5 stakes in Kinshasa (and preparing to create two I can’t wait to see the dedication of the temple. I am sure more in 2012), the one in Brazzaville (preparing to be split and crethat at this moment, all talks on Sunday will be about the new temate a second stake), and new stakes in Kananga and Luputa. So the ple; hymns will call upon members to remember to always be worthy five stakes have grown to 10 stakes in four years, with 4 more to be of the temple. I can imagine members bearing their testimonies and created in the next 12 months, which would make 5 stakes growing engaging themselves to living even closer to God, for God has trusted to 14 in just 5 years. And there are new districts in Mbuji-Mayi and them. soon in both Pointe Noire and Cameroon. We have new branches in After I heard the announcement, I called back home to Matadi and many in the southern part of the mission. And now we give them the news and was surprised that they already knew. One have missionaries in Burundi with a branch there soon to be divided, of my young brothers stayed up very late at night watching General and there is now a branch in Uvira in the DRC on the shores of Conference with a slow Internet connection and we rejoiced together. Lake Tanganyika, which is only about 50 kilometers from the branch Faculty members, missionary couples, members of the 5th ward, and in Burundi.”
- T AYLO R RIPPY & V ulcain Munerve Yengo
Yengo and his family at their sealing in the Laie, Hawaii temple.
October 13, 2011
B a dmin ton cha mp s g o b ac k to b a ck Shuttlecocks rocketed in the intramuralsingles badminton tournament in the Old Gym last week, and Nate Packer and Kristin Hartley both added “back-to-back Badminton Champions” to their illustrious BYUH Intramurals resumes. “The international badminton scene is a pretty big deal here in Laie, its honor to be atop the competition,” said Packer, a senior from California majoring in finance. Kristin Hartley, junior in math from Canada, also went undefeated in the tournament to keep her position as female intramural badminton matriarch. There were about 25 contestants in the men’s field and 10 in the women’s. A handful of competitors even brought their own trusty racquets in anticipation of the badminton action that ensued. The competition was not only intense, but also international, as contestants hailed from Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Canada, and the US among others. Some players came from countries where badminton is the national sport. “It was hard, a lot of tough-fought matches. I beat a couple guys who brought
Participants take the court for a badminton battle. Photos by Bart Jolley.
their own racquets; I was really pleased with that. It was more competitive than I thought it would be and I did better than I thought I would. I had never made it to the finals before,” said Ethan Precourt, an undeclared sophomore from Virginia, and runner-up in the men’s tournament. “A lot of people actually know how to play badminton, a lot more people than I thought,” said intramurals staff member Nathan McDonald, a junior from California in EXS. To the average Seasider wondering if
intramural badminton is for them, he said, “I think they should play—it’s fun and you get a good workout.” “Last year I just showed up because badminton is fun to play. I never expected to win it, especially when I saw guys bringing in their own racquets in cases. It pays to just show up, you might win, you never know,” said Nate after the final match. Next up is dodgeball, Oct. 11 to 13 at 7 p.m. in the Old Gym. - GISE LL E RAMIRE Z
Seasider shares space with new Sea Store What was formerly half of the dining area in the Seasider is now the location of the Sea Store. The store, which opened its doors to students in a soft opening on October 3, sells “on-the-go” snacks and instant meals, as well as some international treats. The grand opening of the Sea Store will take place on
October 12 and will be celebrated with giveaways and free samples of goods from the store. Kaiti White, sophomore in business from Texas, and an employee of the Seasider, said that the store seemed to be a hit among students. “We have been a little bit busier; not everything is worked out with pricing and scanning but people seem to like it. We have a few complaints about the lack of seating but more positive comments.” She added, “The inventory is being changed based on student’s suggestions.” Joyce Prez, a freshman in accounting from the Philippines, said, “I wish [the store] carried bread and some of the more essential things.” Genesis Magat, a freshman studying biology from the Philippines, liked that the Sea Store offered more ease for her schedule. “It is much more accessible than Foodland for students living in the dorms, and we can use the money on our (I.D.) cards,” she commented. -AU STIN FACE R New aisles of edibles occupy the corner of the Seasider Snack Bar in what is known as the Sea Store. Photo by Dewey Keithly.
S h r o p s h i re M us ic F ou n d ati on P r ovi d es a note of pe ac e t o c hildren d eva s ta ted b y w a r
ounder of the non-profit Shropshire Music Foundation, Liz Shropshire, visited BYUH to train students to spread peace through music. Having devoted her life to helping children devastated by war, Shropshire created the organization to carry her work throughout the world. “Children in war zones have grown up in a world where they have no control,” Shropshire said. “They can’t control what they do or where they live; they run and hide. Music gives them something they can control. They can control to pursue it or not.” Already Shropshire has visited countries like Ireland, Kosovo and Uganda to work with these war torn children and teach them how to play penny whistles. Shropshire appreciates BYUH’s student volunteers because of their diversity; students from around the world can return home and aid
the children of their home countries. Kaye Descamento is one such student from the Philippines. A senior studying accounting, Descamento said, “The southern Philippines is affected by war, and music will build peace and offer therapy for the children there.” The effect of the program has been surprising for Shropshire, She explained, “After teaching on my first trip I watched the kids. Within a week there were changes in behavior . . .I had one woman [say] it was the key to getting his cousin to stop waking up screaming in the night.” Shropshire held the ten-hour training because of the number of students who approached her wanting to get involved following her 2009 devotional at BYUH. The students who attended the training were each given a penny whistle, an instrument Shropshire claims is perfect for helping children
BYUH students playing penny whistles. Photo by Bart Jolley
suffering from war trauma. Further training is planned for January 2012. For more information visit www. teachingchildrenpeace.org -AU STIN FACE R
B r i n g y o u r great id ea to l i f e CIE Great Ideas Exchange to begin Nov. 2
he Great Ideas Exchange in which nearly 600 students participated last year, will take place during the first week of November, the same week that the President’s Leadership Council is set to visit the campus. The council, a large group of BYU-Hawaii/PCC donors who support both institutions through donations and service, will be taking part in several of the Great Ideas activities and will help judge during the final round. All students are encouraged to submit a one-page “great idea” about which they are passionate. One-page “Great Ideas” submissions can be turned in on the CIE website up to Tuesday, Oct. 25. Submissions don’t necessarily need to include a business plan. Student’s initial entries will be judged by a college/department specific committee. Those who are advanced to the final round will give a 2-minute presentation about their ideas to a panel and CIE judges. Several Great Ideas events will take place throughout the week, includng a round table activity in which students will meet in the Cannon Activities Center with PLC members on Wednesday,
Richard and Sharun Tanner pictured with Great Ideas Exchange volunteers. Photo by Bart Jolley
Nov. 2 from 1:10-2:20 p.m.; PLC “Think Tanks” and the final presentations will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Participants will be officially excused from classes that conflict with the “Think Tanks” activity. To submit your idea, visit http://think_plan_do.byuh.edu/ instructions. -Kelsey Roye r
n o o g a L d e t aun
Visitors from all over the island and the world flocked to the Polynesian Cultural Center Sept. 30 for the opening of this year’s Haunted Lagoon. As the sun set on North Shore, the night’s darkness cloaked the typically cheery PCC as thousands filed into waiting lines for the wellknown attraction. Guests are thrown into a supernatural world upon entering the grounds; where actors swarm in masks and make up fit to frighten even the most resilient attendees. One such attendee, Timothy Hayes of south Oahu, made sure to cackle and shriek at the most opportune scary moments as the canoe passed through the misty canals. After Hayes and his friends got out of the ride, he said, “It was really good, I enjoyed it immensely. I’m even going to recommend it to some of my friends actually.” When asked what his favorite part of the ride was, he answered, “Getting off the boat.” “It’s like you’re looking over on this way cause you see something, then the guy jumps out of the water next to you over here. And of course the girls put me on the edge of the boat. I got startled a couple of times, but it was good fun,” he concluded. Patrons have the option of going on the family-friendly ride or the adult ride, along with the option of purchasing a fast-pass, which will blast you through the crowds for less waiting time. Matt Lotomau, a freshman graphic design major from Australia, works as one of the ghouls at the entrance. “I do the keiki rides, which are the children rides. The kid’s one is where they don’t get scared as much but the adult one is the whole shebang,” he said. “I know for certain that this doesn’t finish at a certain time. It’s until the last person gets on the canoe, that’s when they finish it,” said Lotomau. The event runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, with canoe rides launching every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Beginning Oct. 24, rides will take place nightly. The PCC encourages online ticket purchasing to ensure a spot, though deals and discounts can be found by visiting 7-Eleven, 76 Gas, Domino’s Pizza, and coupons found on the back of speciallymarked Pepsi cans. Through Oct. 15, BYU-Hawaii students can get $5 off admission with their student I.D.
-T aylor Rippy
Pictured: The Laie Lady Photo courtesy of the Polynesian Cultural Center
MARCH 24, 2011
Men’s soccer bests Chaminade, but loses to top-ranked Simon Fraser The BYU-Hawaii men’s soccer team got back on the winning track Oct. 8 with a 2-0 win over Chaminade University on the road in a Pacific West Conference match. The Seasiders tallied once in each half as they improved to 6-2-1 for the season and 2-1-1 in the PacWest. Freshman Dillon Richens took a pass from senior Eric Lowe and booted home his third goal of the year in the 38th minute to give the Seasiders the only goal they would need. Lowe added an insurance goal in the 87th minute on a penalty kick. It was his second goal of the season. The Seasider defense held the
Silverswords scoreless despite giving up 15 shots, 13 of them coming in the second half. BYUH goalie Josiah Holtz came up with five saves for the shutout. The men’s team lost 4 to 1 in a non-conference match against Simon Fraser on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Waipio Stadium in town. Simon Fraser gained a quick lead in the first five minutes, on a goal from a free kick. Despite the early goal, the Seasiders held strong and created opportunities on the attack. Both teams played very physically, resulting 32 fouls in the first half. Simon Fraser converted its second goal of the match to send the two teams into halftime. Simon Fraser scored another goal on the Seasiders early in the second half, but BYUH answered back. Lowe scored a free kick two minutes later for his first goal of the season. “The goal gave our team some momentum and drive, but Simon Fraser was
a strong and fast team,” Lowe said. Simon Fraser is currently ranked third in the nation and now has a 10-0 record. One of the BYUH men’s assistant coaches, Alex Ruegner, said, “I was honestly very pleased with our ability and possession. We had strong moments against a high-caliber team, but unfortunately they were able to capitalize on a few of our mistakes.” After the game, sophomore striker from Simon Fraser Fardah Abdulgani, commented on their national rankings: “There is a lot of pressure because every team wants to beat us. It makes it very hard, but each game gives us more confidence and motivation to do better.” The Seasiders are now 6-2-1 for the season and play another away game next on Oct. 13 against UH Hilo. - N atalie Drewery & BYU H SPORTS INformation