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Students petition to reinstate football

Catholic intellectual “The tradition offers a way of

seeing the world, of seeing all persons and, especially, of viewing the project of education, all framed within the context of meaning.

Freshman senators are currently circulating a petition calling for the return of LMU’s football team.

We don’t just care that “our students are trained

By Jenna Abdou News Intern

for a life career, we care that they live meaningful lives.

we view each student as “Here a unique person, one gifted

by God with a transcendent, a spiritual vocation.

– Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J Mission Day 2013 Keynote Liana Bandziulis | Loyolan

Mission Day keynote focuses on the value of a Jesuit education Students, faculty and community members filled Sacred Heart Chapel last Tuesday during Convo to listen to Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J., deliver the keynote address at LMU’s annual Mission Day celebration. Ingham spoke on LMU’s promotion of the education of the whole person. For the full text of Ingram’s speech, visit

LMU football fans have more than just the Super Bowl to celebrate this weekend. Whether students, faculty and alumni are rooting for the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, members of the LMU community are supporting the petition established by freshmen business administration majors and ASLMU senators Andriana Ricchiuti and David Tassone to bring Lions football back to LMU. As of Loyolan publication deadline, they have collected 197 signatures on their petition. ASLMU is supporting the students, and the pair is dedicated to getting as many signatures as possible from LMU students, faculty and alumni to demonstrate to the University the community’s collective desire to bring a cherished tradition back to the bluff. Members of the LMU community have responded positively to the petition, feeling that having a LMU football team will strongly increase school spirit.

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Black History Month aims to engage campus Events will feature nationally recognized filmmakers, choreographers and speakers.

By Ali Swenson News Intern

“I am because we are. You are because I am.” This proverb, spoken by Kenyan philosopher and writer John Mbiti, represents the theme for this year’s annual Black History Month celebration on campus, a series of events and activities to occur throughout the month of February. According to Melvin Robert, director of the Office of Black Student Services (OBSS) and the man in charge of planning many of the events associated with the month, the theme was chosen to reflect both black culture and the culture of LMU as expressed in its mission. “We’re men and women for and with others, and our stories are intertwined, so we wanted to pick a theme that was really universal in that,” Robert said. “African-American culture is everybody’s culture, and it affects so much of the world we live

TWO-PART HARMONY LMU acappella is growing as the One Night Stanzas join Notetorious on LMU’s campus.

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in today, so we wanted to make sure that the theme and the activities of the month had a universal element to them.” To help the campus explore the meaning behind Black History Month, some nationally known figures will be visiting LMU to facilitate events and work as leaders in the subject. Robert was able to secure the involvement of Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio and Dr. Yaba Blay, contributors to the most recent installment of the CNN documentary series “Black in America.” A third figure attending programs will be Nzingha Camara, West African dance master who has choreographed for events such as the GRAMMY Awards and the American Music Awards. Camara will be serving as artist in residence for the entire month. In addition to these special guests, the month will feature programming sponsored by a wide variety of clubs and groups on campus. “We’re really trying to engage everybody. There are so many different people that came on board to help make the month happen,” Robert said. At the same time though, those

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Service organizations begin recruitment process Representatives from all of LMU’s nine service organizations gathered in Burns Back Court last Tuesday night for All Service Org Night, an event which officially marks the beginning of their recruitment process. For the Loyolan’s quick guide to all the service organizations, see Page 2.

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HAZEL EYES THE PRIZE Junior point guard Hazel Ramirez balances an aggressive playing style with her positive outlook.

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International students share more than a roof NEWS FEATURE IHOP allows students to participate in a “melting pot of international cultures.” By Casey Kidwell Asst. News Editor

What happens when seven people from six different countries all end up living under one roof just outside the back gates of LMU? You get the International House of People, commonly referred to as IHOP. While this housing arrangement does not come equipped with the persistent aroma of breakfast foods and brewing coffee like the International House of Pancakes, IHOP includes an ecclectic mix of new and repeat customers. According to LMU’s online undergraduate admission page, the school has maintained a “proud tradition of enrolling international students representing more than 83 countries,” since 1956. While 76 percent of LMU students are native Californians, members from the other 24 percent have found themselves uniting under one roof. With each new school year, the seven members of IHOP are selected from a pool of about 20 applicants, according to the article “LMU’s International House Thinks Globally, Hosts Locally” on LMU’s website. For these selected students, IHOP is more than an opportunity to live off campus. They choose to live in this house expecting to display their interest in learning about other cultures, not only through their new roommates, but also by hosting events throughout the year, according to the same article on LMU’s website. “They are charged with promoting cultural exchanges through presentations for the wider campus community,” according to this article. Additionally, in the same article Karlee Vilsack (‘08), a former house resident and coordinator in LMU’s Office for International

Students and Scholars is quoted as saying, “All of the IHOP events have an educational dimension, in addition to being international.” Since its start 10 years ago, IHOP has continued to act as a melting pot of international cultures and languages. It hosts a Super Sushi Social at the start of each year, which has become one of the house’s signature events. In addition, the house sponsers salsa dance lessons, Australia Day barbecues, as well as international film nights. Junior liberal arts major Alyssa Gervasoni found herself applying to live at IHOP last year as the first American resident. Not only does she now live there, but she is in fact one of two Americans living at the house. Gervasoni said that after becoming close with international student and current IHOP resident. Dearv O’Crowley, a senior political science major, she decided to go through with the application process knowing that it would be a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about others. While she says that she didn’t have any problems settling into her new environment, Gervasoni mentioned her difficulties in understanding one IHOP resident. “I mean it was hard understanding Juan [Margitic a junior economics major] at first with his Argentinian accent. We call it ‘speaking Juan,’” Gervasoni said. Other than that, she went into the experience with “a very open mind and recognized what a learning and growing experience it could be as long as [she] had the right mindset.” O’Crowley agreed with Gervasoni in saying that there were no initial struggles at the beginning of the move-in process. “It’s simply an incredible feeling to know that you can take seven people from polar opposite upbringings with a plethora of different traditions, put them in a house and they’ll find common ground, learn from each other and become something of a dysfunctional family in the

process,” O’Crowley said. And quite the family they have become. Gervasoni explained her sadness when fellow IHOP roommate and junior theatre arts major Luc Hediger left spring semester to study abroad in Germany and Russia. “We called him the ‘dad’ of the house. Dearv is ‘Mom’, Juan, Austin Nguyen [senior biology major] and I are the ‘children,’ and Diego Beare [junior finance major] and Ebehi Iyona [junior economics major] are the uncle and aunt,” she said. With Hediger’s absence and only six members now living in the house, Gervasoni said it’s “weird” and that she really misses him. Hediger, while not a current resident, looked fondly upon his time at IHOP. From wearing “ridiculous aprons” around the house with the other male residents to “hosting international events at the house,” he says that they “were able to create [their] own little community and family at the house.” Since Hediger has lived in 11 different countries (he refers to himself as Austrian), he said he was “looking forward to the opportunity of building and supporting international relationships,” during his time at IHOP. As an off-campus living site, IHOP encourages relationships between cultures among other things. Coming from Ireland, O’Crowley found herself a fit for IHOP over a year ago. In her two years there, O’Crowley has learned what home really means. “Home is a sense of belonging and comfort with your environment and the people in it. It’s knowing you can be yourself entirely with the people around you and they love you anyway. … And IHOP gave me that,” she said. Students who are interested in applying to live at the International House of People on Loyola Boulevard should visit the Student Affairs website and complete the 2013-14 application due Feb. 4 by 5 p.m.

Photos: Dearv O’Crowley

Top: The flags outside of the International House of People represent the various nationalities present at LMU. Bottom: (from top left, clockwise) Austin Nguyen, Diego Cashe, Juan Margitic, Ebehi Iyona, Alyssa Gervasoni and Dearv O’Crowley take a family portrait.

A quick guide to LMU’s Service Organizations


Crimson Circle All male, established 1929. Oldest service organization at LMU. Originally administered punishment to students found guilty of infraction of the laws and traditions of the University.

Belles All female, established 1960. Originally the official “hostesses” of Loyola University. The Belles motto is “service, love and solidarity.”

Gryphon Circle

All female established 1968. The name Gryphon Circle comes from a mythological figure that is half lion (Loyola University’s mascot) and half eagle (Marymount College’s mascot).

Ignatians Sursum Corda Co-ed, established 1981. The first service organization to form after the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College.

Co-ed, established 1992. Sursum Corda means "Lift Up Our Hearts" in Latin and traces its origins to Georgetown University's Sursum Corda organization.

Magis All male, established 2003. Magis is both a Latin word that means “more” or “greater good” and an acronym for “Men Acting Genuinely In Service.”

Marians Creare All female, established 2003. The Marians logo is based on the Marymount Institute flame representing "faith, culture and the arts."

Co-ed, established 2009. Creare’s mission is to act and to create opportunties and futures for those who need it most.

Esperer All female, established 2012. Newest service organization at LMU. It aims to focus on sustainibility and human trafficking.

Information compiled from; Graphic: Stephanie Schiller | Loyolan


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Students hope for football Football from Page 1 “I personally believe that putting together a football team will create a strong unity about the student population,” said sophomore communication studies major Miriam Vega. Mitch Ewing, a sophomore business major, added that a football team “would, without doubt, bring the school closer together as one.” Ricchiuti reflected on these notions and shared that the best part of her experience working on the petition has been the student body’s response. Numerous students, faculty members and alumni have already signed the petition and are excited about the prospect of having a football team on campus. “When students first hear of the idea of bringing back LMU football, they literally beam with excitement and cheer on the cause. This is exactly the type of unifying spirit that would blossom on our campus once Lion football readied itself to defend their undefeated record,” Ricchiuti said. Students who are interested in supporting the initiative to bring football back to LMU can sign the petition at ASLMU tables at Convo and other University-sponsored events. Once Ricchiuti and Tassone receive the necessary number of signatures, they plan to formally present the petition to University officials. Ricchiuti and Tassone established their mission by saying, “We believe that reinstating Loyola Football can positively impact the student experience, recruitment of future students,

alumni relations, campus development efforts and the entire athletic program.” Ricchiuti and Tassone also explained that having a football team on campus would not only increase school spirit during the fall semester, but would impact “students’ enthusiasm and camaraderie” during the winter and spring seasons. During their presentation to the LMU community, the students plan to demonstrate how having a football team at LMU will further establish the University as an elite institution. Ricchiuti explained that football programs at other private universities such as Texas Christian University, Stanford University and Notre Dame all have tremendous success and strong school morale. Although Ricchiuti acknowledges that having a football team is a costly investment for the University, she believes that the returns

are highly profitable. Football teams act as the number one way to generate revenue for universities through ticket sales, alumni donations and corporate sponsorship, according to Ricchiuti. Many other issues need to be tackled in order to officially bring football back to LMU, but Ricchiuti, Tassone, ASLMU and the supporting LMU community are confident that the benefits of their work will be “tremendous.” Ricchiuti acknowledged her strong belief that the LMU community can accomplish this goal when she said, “If you want change, you better be ready to step up and lead the charge. So, here we are – ready, willing and respectfully determined to convince our devoted administration that Lion football is ready to defend its undefeated record.

For more on this story, see Asst. Managing Editor Dan Raffety’s column on Page 13.

Allison Croley | Loyolan

While she has only been in her new job as CDS director for a little over a week, Smith is actively trying to help“LMU students become leaders of the world.”

11BURNING QUESTIONS with the new CDS director

This issue, Asst. News Editor Allison Croley sits down with Director of Career Development Services (CDS) Jade Smith to discuss her new position at LMU. 1. What does this job entail? Running the operations of Career Development Services (CDS), providing strategy for the future and growing the office. I am charged with developing the next generation of career services here at LMU. 2. What do you hope to bring to this position? Some sexy, some energy, some enthusiasm, some modernization, some technology, some organization, some strategy. And I’m really, really trying to grow the office. How we deliver our services needs to be modern and edgy and innovative. I want CDS at LMU to be one of the top employers. 3. What is the best piece of advice you can give students about finding summer internships? Come visit CDS so we can help you. That’s the number one thing. But also make a list for yourself of things you want to get out of an internship so that when you come to us, we can help match you.

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This photo, circa 1950, shows two players from Loyola University’s football team. The 1950 team is remembered for their decision to forfeit a game rather than play without their black team members.

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4. Why do you enjoy working for CDS? Well, I’ve only been in here eight days, but so far I would say that this is where it all comes to pass. What you learn in the classroom becomes how you articulate yourself in the world and what you go do with that. If we can help students do this and do it well, then LMU students will become leaders of the world. 5. How did you break into the career counseling/development industry? What I’ve been doing at LMU has been student success on campus, and this is a logical next step in thinking about how to train students to use the experiences they have on campus and translate them into a professional profile that sets them up for postgraduate success. 6. What are three characteristics employers are looking for in college students? Our students need to have the ability to articulate their skills, abilities and what distinguishes them from other folks. They are looking for teachability more than direct skill sets. And they are looking for a great work ethic. Your generation has a bad rap for your work ethic, so it’s up to you guys to turn that impression around.

Start moving up.

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7. As you know, next week is the Loyolan’s First Amendment Week. In light of that, how are First Amendment rights important to you at CDS? It is really important for our student body to not just be aware of their rights, but be involved in leading and affirming others in those rights. It is exactly that exercise that will make them leaders of the world. If CDS is involved in helping our students to become those leaders, it is really in our interest to affirm the importance of their rights. 8. If you were a superhero, what would be your catchphrase? You hear me before you see me!

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9. What is your favorite childhood memory? My grandmother used to have a little platform in front of her fireplace that we had talent shows on. I swear the platform couldn’t have been more than 3 inches tall, but as a kid it was my stage. I used to love those talent shows. My siblings and grandma used to judge. It was like the ‘70’s version of “American Idol.” 10. What is your favorite memory from college? I went to University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and I was super involved. I was in a sorority and did student government and loved it. I think some of our most pivotal times were some of the protests we organized – especially against Proposition 209. That was the hot topic of the time. 11. If you were the president of the United States, what is the first thing you would do? Education, reform education. This is the future of our country. Education is the means to educating the populous, and it just isn’t working. We cannot have democracy as a system if we do not have an informed populous, and I really get worried about it.

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Black History Month: ‘it’s our history’ BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

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planning Black History Month were wary of overprogramming and thus approached this year ’s celebration slightly differently than in previous years. In the past, “everyone who had any interest in having something in Black History Month would just write a proposal,” said Dr. Brad Stone, chair of the department of African American studies. “You just get way too many events. Students would either just burn out trying to do them all or wouldn’t know which ones were more important than others.” Instead, the official calendar this year demonstrates the discretion of the organizers, presenting no more than one signature event each day. While the month’s planners encourage everyone to do their own things to celebrate Black History Month, they wanted a more concise list of events sponsored by the school. Of the many sponsored programs, Stone noted some key events to attend, including the opening ceremony on Feb. 7 on Alumni Mall and a gospel choir performance and discussion about the King James Bible on Feb. 11 at Sacred Heart Chapel. All students are encouraged to attend programs, regardless of race or any other descriptor. “If students are wondering if they are included in these festivities, the answer is yes,

because this is about the country we live in,” Stone said. “This is not a month for black history because it isn’t their history ... it’s our history, the shared American history.” Indeed, some students planning to participate in the month recognize its universality. “You don’t have to be black to celebrate and appreciate Black History Month,” freshman finance major Tim Nguyen said. Robert and Stone agreed that the month is really about history as a whole, including the history of black influence on America as well as our own stories. “We all have ancestors, and we all have things that we’re proud of. We’re all working towards being conscious people and being people that listen and that take time to reflect,” Robert said. The month’s events will start with a movie screening on Feb. 6 in Mayer Theater.

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“41st and Central” Movie Screening Feb. 6th

The Lasting Presence of the King James Bible in the Music of the Black Church: A Concert with Guided Commentary Feb. 11th Facilitators: Dr. Diane White-Clay-

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Black Intellectual Thought Feb. 12th Facilitators: Dr. Brad Stone, Chair AFAM Department, Director, University Honors Program The Living Room Convo Hour

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Board Editorials represent the voice of the Loyolan. They are written in collaboration by the Executive Editorial Board. Kevin O’Keeffe Managing Editor

Adrien Jarvis Editor in Chief

Dan Raffety Asst. Managing Editor


Brigette Scobas Asst. Managing Editor Joseph Demes Opinion Editor

‘Depiction is not endorsement’

s the showbiz saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” But when the U.S. government launches a formal probe into your work and members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences publicly boycott your film, it’s OK to wonder if that phrase might not be 100 percent accurate. Just ask this year’s First Amendment Week keynote speaker, Mark Boal. Boal is the screenwriter and producer of “Zero Dark Thirty” – the film TIME magazine named “the year’s most controversial movie” in its Feb. 4 issue. The film centers on the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, and it depicts torture as one of the many measures the government used to gain information regarding bin Laden’s whereabouts. Boal, a former journalist who spent time in Iraq with U.S. troops, worked closely with individuals directly involved in the bin Laden hunt to accurately write the film script. However, even before the film was released, media circuits were abuzz regarding the graphic torture depicted in the movie. Many condemned Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow for bringing such inhumane actions to the silver screen. There’s even speculation that the torture issue is why Bigelow was left out of the Oscar race for Best Director. The film is in contention for Best Picture, however, as is Boal for Best Original Screenplay. The rampant criticism has forced Boal and Bigelow to go on the defense – both have been making the rounds on numerous talk shows and even penning pieces for print. Both have argued,

rightfully, that the potential government probe is a violation of their First Amendment rights as artists, and Boal even recently hired a lawyer who specializes in the First Amendment to help defend him. Bigelow summed their defense up best in a recent L.A. Times article when she wrote: “Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement. … I support every American’s First Amendment right to create works of art and speak their conscience without government interference or harassment.” But a close viewing of “Zero Dark Thirty” raises the question of whether the film can even be construed as promoting torture. The torture in the film did not directly lead to the capture and killing of bin Laden – he was not located until well after that type of interrogation was no longer used. Instead, the torture is portrayed as a costly endeavor – both financially for the country and mentally for the U.S. government employees carrying out the torture – that is ultimately ineffective. Also important to note is that the disgust at the U.S. government’s use of torture has been absent from the discourse surrounding the film. Far more focus has been placed on the film’s depiction instead of the actual action. We encourage you to check out the film for yourself, and then to come hear Boal himself address it on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Burns Back Court at 6 p.m. Regardless of your thoughts on the film and how it portrays torture, the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment are always relevant.

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Rule of Thumb

The Loyolan’s Executive Editorial Board weighs in on current topics of discussion.

Recruitment schedule complicates decisions After the mayhem that was sorority recruitment, attention now turns to both service organization recruitment, which had an informational session Tuesday night, and fraternity recruitment, working under its new weekend format. Here is the issue: Both of these processes are happening at the same time. Although a student could theoretically participate in both types of organizations’ events, the overlapping schedules could prompt students to have to choose between the two before even experiencing both options. We understand that spring semester is an ideal recruitment time, but having all three of these processes so close together is a lot of pressure on the students interested in joining them – especially if they are considering participating in both Greek Life and service orgs. Thumbs sideways for the chance to get involved being packed into a tight and overwhelming schedule.

Athletes busted again for doping The New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, along with other Major League Baseball players, was implicated in an investigation of banned performance substances at a Miami anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis. This news comes after he “[swore] he stopped juicing a decade ago,” according to a Miami New Times article dated for today. Other athletes included in the report are Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz and San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera, as well as pros in other sports like tennis and boxing. It only makes us question when this will end. On the heels of the Lance Armstrong illegal substance scandal, this is a disgrace to professional sports. It’s starting to seem like it’s safer to assume the biggest sports success stories are illegally enhancing their game versus playing naturally. Thumbs down to a bad trend that’s only getting worse.

Chris Brown doesn’t understand the meaning of “use your words”

Chris Brown is at it again. His most infamous attack – the start to this disgusting saga – was against then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 (who he is rumored to have reunited with). Since then, he’s smashed a window at “Good Morning America,” fought singer Drake at a nightclub and now, he’s gotten into an altercation with R&B star Frank Ocean. The story this time is the two battled over a West Hollywood music studio parking space, according to the New York Daily News. If that isn’t bad enough, Brown then posted a picture of Jesus’ crucifixion on his Instagram account with the quote, “The way I feel today.” Thumbs down to a once popular artist now known more for his violence than his music.

Low note for ‘Glee’ and creative property


ost people, if and when they produce anything creative, hope that they’ll be recognized in some way for their brainchild. The good majority, however, don’t get national attention, and those who do have to work hard to preserve the rights to their product. E n t e r Jonathan Coulton, a YouTube indie A Short Story musician – best By Joseph Demes known for making the theme Opinion Editor songs for the two “Portal” video games – whose creative rendition of the 1992 Sir MixA-Lot hit “Baby Got Back” was re-rendered by FOX’s “Glee” in an episode that aired on Jan. 24. The catch: According to the Jan. 18 Wired article, “Did ‘Glee’ Rip Off a Jonathan Coulton Cover of ‘Baby Got Back’?,” Coulton was never informed of FOX’s decision to write an “almost identical ... cover arrangement of the same song on his 2006 album ‘Thing a Week One.’” The “Glee” version, according to a Jan. 18 Kotaku article, was pulled from the U.S. iTunes store by FOX, but has since been made available again. It shows a lot of gall on FOX’s part to not inform Coulton or credit him in the episode. Coulton told Wired in a Jan. 25 article, “Jonathan Coulton Explains How ‘Glee’ Ripped Off His Cover Song – And Why He’s Not Alone,” that because he obviously purchased license rights to make his cover, “the arrangement itself is

not protected under copyright, although it’s the darkest gray of the gray areas [of the law].” On his blog, Coulton told his fans that FOX said to him that he “should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit [him] and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s [his] version – so you know, it’s kind of secret exposure).” I’m proud to admit that I’m not a fan of “Glee.” I just never jumped at the show, and I have an adversity to the widespread trend of covering songs that already exist. Most of the ones used on the show are relatively popular, so if fans are getting excited over rehashes of songs they’ve already listened to and like, then it doesn’t sound as if the affinity is genuine. But I will say that this move on FOX’s part has made my distaste for the show iron-clad and, as someone who would like to publish his own fiction, appalls me. For any of those aforementioned creative individuals, this story probably induces waves of cringes, and for good reason. Imagine, if you will, being enrolled in the music program here at LMU – or film and television, English or any major, actually, that requires you to engage in long-term projects – and finding out one day that a song you uploaded to YouTube was lifted by FOX. I can only imagine how much that would hurt your creative ego. It might even demoralize you so much as to dissuade you from ever trying to release any new material, for fear of being taken advantage of again. Even if it were another student or an alumnus, their unethical profit from your or anyone’s hard work is intolerable.

Copyright laws, like our First Amendment rights, are in place for our protection. And while we ought to be vigilant and monitor exactly how we act within the scope of those laws (i.e., you don’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater), major established individuals – or broadcast networks, in this case – should be doing so doubly. When these protections are abused, the wronged individuals ought to fight back as much as possible, and they should be backed and fully compensated by protective clauses of those rights. Coulton, however, noted in the Jan. 25 Wired article that since “Glee” is “a show with something like a $3.5 million budget for each episode . . . it doesn’t seem like something where a little guy could sue to get any satisfaction.” This isn’t the first time something like this has happened with “Glee.” According to the same Jan. 25 Wired article, a 2012 “Glee” rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Nicki Minaj’s “Fly” were found to be quite similar to San Francisco-based DJ Earworm’s arrangement of the songs. Singer/songwriter Greg Laswell informed The Hollywood Reporter, back in 2011, that the show used his cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” without his permission. The trend, even though it only repeats itself thrice, is nevertheless troubling and calls into question the integral theme of the show, which, as Wired put it, “revolves around the plight – and triumph – of the underdog.” One of Coulton’s fans, Paul Potts, took Coulton’s Twitter plea to compare the songs seriously. Potts compiled side-by-side analyses of the files on his blog “Geek

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Chris Colfer’s character, Kurt Hummel, is serenaded by other members of the “Glee” cast to the show’s version of Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” in the Jan. 24 episode, “Sadie Hawkins.” Like Me, Too.” Wired tells us in its Jan. 25 article that “while [Potts] says it was hard to prove definitively using only the compressed FOX audio, the waveforms appear remarkably similar.” And Coulton is still looking for an alternative route by which to sue, saying that he’s considering the “very real possibility that they used the audio tracks,” since

“that would be a pretty cut and dry violation. You can’t just use somebody’s audio without their permission.” Whatever the outcome, anyone trying to make it in the creative world ought to take note. This is the opinion of Joseph Demes, a senior English and philosophy double major from Clayton, Calif. Please send comments to


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Ballona Wetlands may welcome $50 million center

The California Fish and Wildlife Department, currently working to restore and re-establish the Ballona Wetlands, is working with the Annenberg Foundation to create a 46,000-square foot interpretive center, according to the Culver City Patch. The project will consist of classrooms, exhibits, offices and veterinary services for local wildlife. The local community and the Ballona Wetlands Land Trust, a nonprofit organization emphasizing the importance of revitalizing the wetlands without building structures, disagree with the ideas put forth. What do you think about this new plan for the wetlands?

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Fake relationships and the MantiTe’o story


hether you’re a college football fan or are unaware of the existence of sports, the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his fake girlfriend has been heard by almost all at this point, no doubt in large part due to widespread coverage by both ESPN and interview personalities. Te’o, a 22-year-old Words of Gold senior who will be entering the By Daniel NFL next seaSteingold son, told the Staff Writer media that on Sept. 11 of last year his grandmother had died and his girlfriend had died the following day, but declined taking a leave of absence. His “girlfriend” Lennay Kekua, who had supposedly died from leukemia, told Te’o prior to her “death” that she didn’t want him missing any games, so he went out and led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 20-3 upset over Michigan State, according to the Jan. 16 article by Deadspin titled “Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking and Inspirational Story of the College Football Season, Is A Hoax.” It turns out that Kekua was created by an acquaintance named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, and Kekua’s Twitter and Facebook accounts used pictures of one of Tuiasosopo’s high school classmates. Kekua’s voice over the phone was actually the voice of Tino Tuiasosopo,

Ronaiah’s cousin, according to the Jan. 26 ESPN article “Manti Te’o girlfriend voice at issue.” Te’o met Kekua on Facebook. There are a number of issues tangled within this story, but the main one that involves real world implications is “catfishing”: using social media under a false identity and luring other users into (generally, romantic) online interactions, a term that started after the 2010 biographical film “Catfish.” Besides the obvious concerns any student that utilizes social networking sites ought to have, Te’o’s story not only begs the question of what motivated Tuiasosopo, but whether journalism has lost credibility in not discovering this story earlier. I have tried online dating and, while I was never led on like Te’o or the subject of “Catfish,” Yaniv Schulman, many have been. According to FOX News in a Feb. 7, 2012 article, nearly 40 million Americans visit online dating sites each month. Considering that 8.7 percent of Facebook accounts are believed to be duplicate or “fake” accounts, as pointed out in CNN’s Aug. 2, 2012 story, “83 million Facebook accounts are fakes and dupes,” you can bet that catfishing isn’t going to go belly-up. In fact, in a much less publicized and escalated situation, at least four Washington Redskins players were communicating with another fake personality online in a completely unrelated incident. They, however, were made aware of the hoaxes much earlier and ultimately didn’t get too involved, according to a Jan. 23 article titled

“Washington Redskins duped by woman with fake online identity.” As for Tuiasosopo’s motivation, I’ll keep it short and sweet because I simply have no idea. It’s possible that Te’o may have been in on the hoax despite his denial. Many have advanced the theory that Te’o is homosexual, and this theory has gained credibility to the point of Katie Couric asking him outright if he is gay – to which Te’o adamantly replied, “No, far from it, far from it.” While I won’t accuse Te’o of lying, it is one of the few theories that makes sense to me as of now since that would have tremendous implications for his NFL career. There have not been any openly gay, active NFL players. The few that have come out have done so after their careers ended. Nevertheless, while Tuiasosopo could have been in cahoots with Te’o for whatever reason, or could have simply have been playing an entertaining prank, it is still too early to know. The phenomenon of catfishing is an unfortunate byproduct of the age of technology. Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts, Jr. points out in his Jan. 27 San Jose Mercury News column “Manti Te’o and the world of virtual relationships” that technology made this story possible. This is no longer the era in which “she wasn’t your girlfriend unless she’d allowed you to hold her hand or steal a kiss.” The idea that one can presumably “learn” so much about another without actually seeing them is scary, at least in an interpersonal relationship. Whether or not one knows an individual, looking at that individual’s Facebook profile or status

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updates has almost substituted for talking, which can lead to immense misunderstandings and the deterioration of traditional communication. People not wanting to talk face-to-face and often being more comfortable sharing their deepest secrets online is part of the problem. Ultimately, the fact that nearly everything on the Internet can easily be maliciously manipulated any which way, whether it involves tricking someone into thinking another is real or phishing one’s confidential information, is a peril

we must guard against. All in all, this Te’o story has spawned many questions, to which there are few answers. It does allow us to introspect as to what our values are and what future perils and challenges human interaction faces. Te’o was a college student, and it shows that none of us are truly above being duped in a similar manner – or at all. This is the opinion of Daniel Steingold, a junior entrepeneurship major from Los Angeles, Calif. Please send comments to









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Music Feature By Kevin O’Keeffe Managing Editor


o you hear the people sing? If you do, chances are one of LMU’s a cappella groups is performing nearby. The art of making music with only your mouth, which got a spotlight in last year’s film “Pitch Perfect,” has been alive and well on LMU’s campus since 2009. That was the year that saw the founding of Notetorious, LMU’s first recognized a cappella group. Despite being only four years old, according to Notetorious music director and junior theatre arts major Maddie Dial, the group has been well-received by the LMU community. “We are recognized for being such a new group,” Dial said. “Usually, on other

Notetorious (five members of which are pictured above) is the first and currently the only University-funded and officially recognized a cappella group on campus. Founded in 2009, their current incarnation is made up of 18 members. The group typically practices twice a week. campuses, a cappella groups have been around for like, 50 years, and there are a bunch of them. It’s nice having that recognition being so young of a group.” Notetorious isn’t singing solo anymore. In 2011, a second group was formed: the One N i g h t Stanzas. While the One Night Stanzas remains unrecognized by the University – and thus does not receive funding – and though the two groups have somewhat different musical directions, they share one thing in common: an original member in senior music major Joe Dhanens. While Dhanens was the music director for Notetorious, a difference in creative choices led to a split. “Notetorious was going in a musical direction that was more poppy, and I didn’t really want that direction,” Dhanens said. After a conversation with friend and sophomore music major Eric Escalante,

Dhanens left Notetorious to form his own a cappella group, which would soon become the One Night Stanzas. “He was in Notetorious, and then he wanted to do kind of a different direction,” Dial said, “which is interesting, because we’re all over t h e place in music, and they’re trying to stick to a different genre of music.” According to Escalante, there is a perceived rivalry between the two groups because of Dhanens’ previous involvement with Notetorious. Despite what both groups’ music directors describe as “friendly competition,” both think they can coexist together. “[Having two groups] keeps you creative. It keeps the a cappella groups working hard and motivated,” Escalante said. “I think it’d be fun to have performances at the same time, because they do have completely different music,” Dial added. Though several other schools only have one recog-

“[Having two groups] keeps you creative,” said Escalante. It keeps the a cappella groups working.”

nized a cappella group, including similarly sized and religiously affiliated University of San Diego, two is still a low number compared to several schools – for example, accordi n g to Yale University’s

Singing Group Council webpage, the Ivy League school has 15 a cappella groups. Dhanens and Escalante said they think LMU could handle more groups. For Dial, however, thenumber of groups isn’t as important as making sure a cappella is heard. “I personally just love a cappella, and I think everyone should love a cappella,” she said. “So as many people are performing around is great, just to get people into the culture of a cappella.” She continued, “We all have such a love for it, and we love performing, and we love moving people with our music.”


Visit our website to watch performances from both groups and see more photos. Founded in 2011 by former Notetorious member and senior music major Joe Dhanens, the One Night Stanzas (above) is the brand new a cappella group on campus. They are not yet officially recognized by the University.

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Arts & Entertainment

Laband show displays unique art of Eric Gill Art Show Review By Emily Bettencourt Staff Writer


ow do you come to terms with a man whose art is equal parts religion and pornography? Is it possible to separate the artist from the product? And does a man’s moral ambiguity make his art less meaningful? These are the questions often asked about the late artist Eric Gill, whose work is currently on display in LMU’s Laband Art Gallery as a part of an installation titled “Eric Gill: Iconographer.” As a part of the exhibit, LMU will host a series of lectures and workshops focused on Gill’s life and work, including bookbinding and letterpress demonstrations and a lecture on Gill’s life and art titled “The Sensual and the Spiritual.” Gill’s artwork is, for the most part, religiously themed. The installation features scenes from the Stations of the Cross, as well as

woodblock prints of Our Lady of Lourdes and depictions of saints in various stages of revelation. Born into a Calvinist family in 1882, Gill converted to Catholicism in his young adult life. “His father was a minister,” said Carolyn Peter, director of the Laband Art Gallery. “He was very absorbed in religion from the day he was born.” Many of the themes of his religious upbringing are present in his work, including images of the Virgin Mary and the Stations of the Cross. But equally present are works with much more overtly sexual, almost pornographic, themes and images, sometimes even in combination with Gill’s strongly religious themes. In the simplest terms, Gill was what Thomas Lucas, S.J., who curated the exhibit when it was first installed at the University of San Francisco (USF), describes as a “monster.” “He was sexually beyond promiscuous,” said Lucas. “He had rela-

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The University of San Francisco’s Eric Gill collection visits LMU, accompanied by lectures and workshops inspired by his controversial work.

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The new exhibit in the Laband Art Gallery, “Eric Gill: Iconographer,” mixes both religious and pornographic content, reflecting the artist’s Calvinist background as well as his infamous personal life. tions with his daughters, with his secretaries, with the dog – and all the while he was producing this amazingly delicate religious work.” John Hawk, head librarian of USF’s Special Collections and University Archives, said he views the conflict as an intellectual process. “He was seemingly able to embrace so many contradictory ideas and thoughts,” said Hawk. “He just blended the two together intellectually.” According to Lucas, the revelation of Gill’s personal life – which occurred only in 1989, nearly 50 years after Gill’s death – has forced many away from Gill’s work. However, Lucas believes that sometimes, the artist and the art should be treated individually. “Sometimes it’s necessary to separate the artist from the art-

work,” Lucas said. “The work is difficult for us because of what we know about him as an artist, but the art on its own standing is amazing.” Indeed, some of the most prized pieces in USF’s Gill collection – about 100 of which were brought to LMU for the exhibit – are works of exquisite religious dedication. The prize element is a five-segment woodblock print of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of Gill’s most iconic images. “This is probably the most important piece in the collection,” says Jennifer Bastian, visual resources specialist at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. “I would hug it if I could. We were thrilled to be able to share this for this exhibit.” The only clear theme run-

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ning through Gill’s work is the extreme delicacy with which he approaches both religious and sexual subjects. Even with all of the conflict and ambiguity surrounding his personal life, Gill’s iconography – even the pornographic pieces– is rendered with incredible grace. “Gill is an extraordinarily complex man and an extraordinarily complex artist,” said Lucas. “But the art is beautiful. There’s no getting around that.” The “Eric Gill: Iconographer” exhibit will be up in the Laband Art Gallery until March 24. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m., and admission is free. This is the opinion of Emily Bettencourt, a senior English major from Portland, Ore. Please send comments to

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January 31, 2013 Page 11

Female pop culture icons misread feminism G

irls are taught that to be a feminist is to commit the greatest faux pas. It is to rebel against femininity, burn our bras and stock up on flannel. Once we identify as feminists, we automatically become lesbians who are physically incapable of wearing lipstick. As a result of this more-thanlacking definition, women of power and influence have taken UnPOPular to denouncOpinion ing feminism when we need By Chelsea it most. Chenelle R a t h e r Asst. A&E Editor than challenge the popular idea of what a feminist is, France’s former first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have proudly announced that gender equality is really just not for them and in turn have propagated the stereotype for yet another generation. In the December 2012 issue of Vogue Paris, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy stated, “We don’t need to be feminists in my generation. There are pioneers who paved the way. I’m not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I’m a bourgeois. I love family life. I love doing the same thing every day.” This is an easy statement to make for any heiress-first-lady-musician with a successful modeling career, but it does not negate the irresponsibility of having said it. Bruni, who lived an openly polyamorous life before settling down and having

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.” -Taylor Swift to The Daily Beast “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.” - via Katy Perry’s Twitter account

“We don’t need to be feminists in my generation.” - Carla Bruni-Sarcozyvia inParis Vogue

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children, was given the opportunity to do so because of feminism. Rather than being expected to become a wife right away, she had the choice of having her own career. Most misleading, however, is her idea that family is inherently “contrary” to the pursuits of feminism. While the nuclear family structure is based in a patriarchal system, women have the right to choose motherhood on their own terms because of those who paved the way. In her acceptance speech for Billboard’s Woman of the Year award, and in my favorite moment

of irony in 2012, Katy Perry ignorantly stated, “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.” Katy “flaunt-my-sexuality” Perry refused to identify with a larger group of women who fight every day for her right to wear bikinis on top, whipped cream bras or nothing at all (see “Teenage Dream” cover art). As if her exploitation of queer culture in “I Kissed a Girl” didn’t make me cringe enough, she adds a complete abandonment of her fellow women to the list. While I was off defending her innuendo-

riddled song “Peacock” as an expression of women having power over their sexuality, she gave me this to work with. Taylor Swift rounds out the trifecta of pop icons misunderstanding feminism. In October, during an interview with The Daily Beast, Swift was asked if she considered herself a feminist, to which she replied, “I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.” You know who else thinks that?

Feminists. It is one of the foundational principles of women’s rights that equal work should get equal merit and, at the very least, equal pay. Feminists have, in the past, criticized Swift’s lyrics for their girl hate, but once the media began to call her a slut, the minutewomen of the feminist blogging community were defending her ability to date and subsequently dump as many dudes as she saw fit. While I admittedly feel dirty bashing women to make a profeminism argument, not criticizing their statements is even worse. Maybe it is their privilege as white, heteronormative and wealthy women to not “need” feminism, but it is their responsibility as women young girls admire to at least have a proper definition of it. As feminist writers Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler beautifully put it, “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people,” and while feminist politics are always expanding and even vary among individuals, this definition resonates through them all. The problem is not that we need to rebrand feminism or make it cool, because it already is the coolest. The problem is that under the patriarchal status quo, negative connotations have been ascribed to the title in an effort to stop it from growing. What we really need are people such as Perry and Swift embracing the term and showing that feminism is still relevant and that it does not require a butch uniform because it refuses to be tamed like the beautiful, wild woman it is.

This is the opinion of Chelsea Chenelle, a sophomore art history major from San Diego, Calif. Please send comments to

Alumni to be featured in KXLU studio broadcast Music Preview By Dwayne Logan Staff Writer


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For the Record

In the Jan. 28 issue of the Loyolan, the photo credit for the “Alumnus turned professor makes ‘30 Under 30’” article should be credited to Tom Leach. In the same article, Tom Leach was mistakenly identified as working on the TV show “Survivor.”

here’s more to being a musician than meets the ear, and this week two LMU alumni will be demonstrating that right here on campus. Devon Kelts (’09) and Ryan Ayers (’05) will be making use of their music majors and classical guitar emphases in a live performance on-air at KXLU this Friday at 5 p.m. The two weren’t always artists. Ayers was initially a pre-med student, but after finding a passion for guitar his sophomore year, he changed his major to recording arts and classical guitar. Looking back on his years here, Ayers said, “I wish that I took more chances and played more shows to get the ball rolling before I was out of [LMU]. I would’ve gotten a jump start and learned the hard first lessons right away.” Despite hitting a few obstacles on the path to becoming a successful guitarist, Ayers has released a full-length album since graduating from LMU. Kelts has a similar story. Initially, Kelts majored in biology, later switching to double major in psychology and classical guitar performance. Kelts followed Ayers’ path. “It’s very important for an artist to understand what it’s like to put himself out there and understand the public aspect,” Kelts said. With experience performing at public events in both the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, Kelts noted, “You need to know rejection. Even if you’re dedicated, you’ll face it.” The duo still has strong feelings about LMU since their departure. “[LMU] prepared me to have

Left: Devon Kelts; Right: Ryan Ayers

Devon Kelts (left) and Ryan Ayers (right) are alumni from the music department who are coming back to perform on KXLU on Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. a holistic approach to musicianship and a pristine work ethic in terms of how I approach my craft,” Kelts said. “Any artist possesses it, but [LMU] offered a distinct advantage.” Going beyond the technicalities of being a skilled musician, Ayers and Kelts both wanted to be more creative and artistic. The alumni said that coming back to KXLU seemed to be a unique way for Ayers and Kelts to give back to their alma mater through their music. “Back to perform at KXLU, I get to share the biggest part of myself with this school,” said Ayers. “I’ve been coming back for meetings at this school and I’ve been visiting my professors, but to share music through the radio station will be fantastic.” The general manager at KXLU, senior screenwriting major Bennett Kogon, also a

staff writer for the Loyolan, has encouraged alumni coming back to perform on air. “It is awesome to see former LMU students around the station,” said Kogon. “We have several DJs who are alums, and it really adds to the community.” To all students here at LMU, Ayers and Kelts had this to say: “Don’t drag your feet in anything you’re pursuing if you just got an inkling to start. Lessons have to be learned and kinks need to be worked out. In the beginning, the only difference between me and the performers I watched was that they put themselves out there.” Kelts seconded that, saying, “The most critical thing is not possessing skill, but being able to have perseverance to stick with it. The ultimate thing is to be able to trust yourself. You’ll go through periods of doubt, but you need to trust yourself in the end.”


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SPS strives for comfortable environment

Student Psychological Services (SPS) offers an outlet for all LMU students. By Dan Raffety Asst. Managing Editor

When people think of living a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and fitness often come to mind first. But what about mental health? Where does that fall in one’s priorities? Why is that important to the LMU community? LMU’s Student Psychological Services (SPS) offers LMU students, both undergraduate and graduate, a safe space to talk to professionals about any issue that’s on their minds. The free services are available on a walk-in or appointment basis and feature eight full-time staff, three post doctoral and one psychiatrist. “We have individual counseling, consultation – which is more of a one-time kind of meeting – group services [and] psychiatric services here on site,” said Dr. Anna Lock, one of LMU’s psychologists. “We help students with a whole range of issues: everything from adjustment to college, to breakups, depression, into the more severe thoughts of hurting themselves.” One of the benefits of SPS is its welcoming environment filled with couches, light music and endless water. “Our front staff is awesome. They are very warm,” said Lock. “Students get to know them. Seeing a friendly face is important. I think that the counselors try our best to get to know the students before diving right in so we do not overwhelm them. The student has control over how far they go in therapy.” Because of the diverse population of LMU’s student body, SPS aims to tackle issues students may

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Student Psychological Services has eight full-time staff members at its facility. Students can walk in or make an appointment. All services are free for both undergraduate and graduate have from multiple standpoints. “We are a diverse staff so we come at things from a cultural perspective, meeting the students where they are at – their values and that kind of thing,” said Lock. It’s no secret that LMU students are involved in many other activities outside the classroom. On one hand, this may cause anxiety and deter students from coming in to see a counselor, but on another, it’s the perfect reason to come into SPS. “We match students with counselors first on schedule availability because we see a ton of students, our schedules are full and students are involved in classes and other extra-

curricular activities,” said Lock. “If someone is looking for something specific and there is a staff [member] that has a specialization in that area, then that person would get referred to that individual.” Because of SPS’s discrete location in Burns Recreation Center, its confidentiality rule and the fact that students may not want to share feelings with a stranger, the services sometimes go unnoticed or ignored. “I think we are pretty well recognized, we kind of hide over here. It’s nice for the privacy and confidentiality, but at the same time, it’s not something you walk by,” said Lock. “We do a lot of outreach and consul-

tation with faculty, staff and departments so they know what we are doing here and so if they are working with a student that is having a difficult time, they can refer them to us.” A couple of those departments are First Year Experience (FYE) and the Office of Black Student Services (OBSS), to name a few. “SPS is extremely important for us for first-year students because what a lot of students are going through in that first year is an overwhelming transition. Not only are they changing schools and environments, but also now are going back to possibly a complete stranger,” said Director of FYE Jennifer Belichesky-Larson.

“They [the students] are provided a toolbox to deal with changes so they are prepared going into the world.” “I think it gives students an outlet in a non-judgmental environment. Over there it’s private, safe and professional. That office has affected my life positively and sometimes it’s good to have people listen to you and help process all that’s going on,” said Director of OBSS Melvin Robert. With many departments on campus turning to social media in order to gain interest in the organization, SPS finds itself at a crossroads. “There has been a little bit of a challenge to use social media to get our name out there with the fact that we are a confidential service and students come here knowing that their identity is protected,” said Lock. LMU is widely regarded as a healthy place where students can feel support in their healthy endeavors. Whether it is a call for better options of on-campus food or participating in workout classes, SPS feels they are in the same respect. “I think physical health is important, but I think mental health is in the same vain, and a lot of people don’t know that. If you leave depression or anxiety over a long period of time, that can lead to physical health consequences. There is still a stigma and we are trying to break that,” said Lock. When asked what makes working on a college campus rewarding and why she chose to work at SPS specifically, Lock said, “Students are fun. They are at their place in their life, becoming independent, figuring out who they are and what they want to be. They are in this wonderful transition and the motivation is still there. It’s an exciting time in people’s life and to help them achieve their goals is very rewarding.”

How to balance a college healthy lifestyle Having a drink and staying healthy are not mutually exclusive.


t’s no secret that many of us college students want that perfect body, especially with New Year ’s resolutions holding on by a thread and that thought that spring break is less than four weeks away. But how are we to m a n a g e watching what we eat with the busyness of college, our lifestyle and the temptation to Scout’s Honor drink once the weekBy Dan Raffety rolls Asst. Managing Editor end around? Finding that balance is the key to enjoying all that college life has to offer while keeping health in mind. Moderation is the key to success.

I have seen time and time again, both with myself and with others, that if you try a crash diet for a week, month, whatever, that once you indulge, it’s binge central. Moderation throughout a longer period can yield better results because it keeps things realistic. For example, if you are a 20- or 21-year-old man who typically eats 2,000 calories a day and you decide that today is the day for a diet before spring break is a crash diet of 1,000 calories a day is a bad idea. Inevitably, you will get hungry as time goes on and splurge, much to the chagrin of your new healthy lifestyle. Instead, make a realistic and achievable target of 1,500 calories, and although you may still be hungry because your body is used to more food, it’s easier to keep the diet going. The second tip for a healthy college lifestyle is to manage alcohol consumption. Let’s face it. A big part of college for some of us is consuming alcohol. Whether it’s in a freshman dorm room with plastic handles of the cheap-

Alcohol Calorie Count

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est goods, at a house party with 30 racks of bad beer or even at a certain bar that explodes on Tuesday karaoke nights, this is a big issue that students must deal with when balancing fun and healthy consumption. A good idea is planning when you are going to drink a week in advance. This system allows you to plan when you want to treat yourself, as opposed to drinking excessively if you just go with the flow. Light beer is a good op-

Cardiovascular Minutes Calories Burned

Basketball – Shooting Baskets Basketball – Game Kayaking Swim laps, light/moderate effort Strength training Tennis Yoga Pilates Run (10 minute mile)


180 319 299 237 183 279 150 150 399

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tion for watching calories as most light beers take about 100 calories off, but they also go down a lot easier, meaning that people typically drink more of them. If you drink a darker microbrew, yes, you may have an increase in calories, but you can typically be satisfied with one or two. As far as spirits are concerned, a shot of something straight isn’t a huge deal calorie wise, but people often forget to consider the chasers or mixing. No matter the alcohol, moderation is necessary to keep a healthy body, while balancing alcohol consumption. So, have a number, plan accordingly if it fits in your calorie budget and stick to your number. But as much as nutrition is important, you cannot have weight loss success without exercise, and vice versa, for that matter. Obviously, the gym is a great place for exercise, but it’s not the only way. Running on campus or even around Westchester is a great way to burn calories. If you feel yourself getting too tired, then do

a walk and run combo, but always keep moving for maximum cardiovascular health. I personally love kayaking in the marina, and kayaking for 45 minutes burns more calories than one would think. Plus, I’m out on the water enjoying the California sun. If you like playing a sport like basketball or tennis, both are offered at the Burns Recreation Center. It’s also a great way to make friends. And last but not least are the exercise classes. Spin class is my favorite because I get my butt kicked, but classes like yoga or pilates can center the mind, while also giving a great workout. It doesn’t matter how you work out, but keep it consistent. Once a week will not do a whole lot. Keep it fun and engaging, and you will be surprised the impacts good exercise can have both on the body and mind. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a junior communication studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Please send comments to


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Football at LMU just not a possibility Despite a petition headed by two freshmen, LMU will not get a football team.


hear a rumor there is another attempt to get an LMU football team. According to this issue’s News article “Students petition to reinstate football” one page one, two freshmen are asking students to sign a petition to bring back LMU football. Let me say first, I Raff’s Rap love their By Dan Raffety enthusiasm. I love that Asst. Managing Editor these students love LMU so much and want to improve it by adding another athletic program; and I also love that they are taking steps in order to achieve their goal. But as much as I’m an enthusiast, I’m also a realist. LMU will not get a football team anytime soon. It’s just not possible. Ask any one of the Sports Information Directors in the Athletic Department and they will just laugh. Bring it up to Athletic Director Dr. Bill Husak and he will give you a nice smile, but not much else. In fact, in an interview for the Loyolan in late October, I asked Dr. Husak what percentage chance we could see a football program in our lifetime. He told me zero percent. So the question becomes: Why can other schools do it, but we can’t? Well, like anything in this world,

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it comes down to money. Building a football program from scratch costs millions of dollars – dollars we either frankly don’t have or are designed to go to somewhere else, like academic scholarships and financial aid. What would we have to pay for in this new LMU football system? First thing’s first: Where would they play? If you wanted to keep the team on campus – which would be my recommendation – you would either have to build a brand-new stadium or convert one of the existing structures. Where in the Westchester-Marina Del Rey area is room for a brand new stadium? Down the bluff? Nope; the land is already bought. So the focus then turns to converting a field that we already own to a football field. The only one that comes to mind is Sullivan Field, the home of LMU men’s and women’s

soccer. If you have ever been to a soccer game, you know there are few bleachers and no room behind the goal for a field goal post. You would have to do major renovations and bleed the project into the Westchester community, which we all know would go over oh so well with our neighbors. Other than stadiums, more practice facilities would have to be built because both football and soccer are in the same season. So the space issue is a no-go. Who would we play? Our conference, as it stands, could not support our program. We would either have to go independent, not affiliated with a conference in football, or join another conference. However, if we go independent, we would not receive the financial rewards that a conference would provide. If you join another conference, which one? We sure can’t join the Pac-12

and schools like Chapman University, Occidental College and Whittier College aren’t even a part of the NCAA. That would be a huge issue. What about scholarships? Because of Title IX, there must be equal scholarships for both men’s and women’s athletics. If you add a football team, all of a sudden you just added 50-plus more scholarships for men. Now you are talking about adding two more women’s sports. The math doesn’t add up. Finally, LMU struggles with school spirit as a whole, although this petition is no doubt an attempt

to increase school spirit, why would the University take a gamble and spend millions of dollars annually for a tactic to increase spirit when the LMU community doesn’t support the existing teams and programs we have now? Other than the Pepperdine University basketball game, the stands have been empty at what is ostensibly our biggest draw: men’s basketball. Just for a brief little history for anyone who didn’t know, LMU has not always been gridiron-less. In the 1950s, Loyola University was a conference powerhouse with rivals up and down the West Coast. The program lasted until the late ’60s, but was cut for both monetary reasons and a shift in conference realignment. (You can read more in the archives on; search “LMU remembers coaching legend.”) In this case, history is not always meant to repeat itself. Like I said, I love the enthusiasm for an uptick in school spirit, but the answer is not in a football program. The answer is to support the existing sports we have now and be the best student fan base we can be. So, with that said and to paraphrase football commentators everywhere, this is not a plan that could go all the way. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a junior communication studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Please send comments to

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Students witness sport’s growth in Europe

ditionally, players were swapped in between teams because some teams simply did not carry full

rosters of players. “The level of play our team and our opponents in Cuenca [experienced] was [limited], but it’s always fun to play,” Wikant said. “Hannah did a great job at coaching everyone up.” In the informal setting, McDermott appreciated her opportunity to experience a milestone accomplishment for the growth of lacrosse in Spain. “Being from America and knowing the game for years, it was really awesome for me to see my Madrid teammates and the players we played against so stoked about this relatively new sport in Europe,” McDermott said. To cap off her experience, McDermott traveled with her teammates to Bielefeld, Germany for a box lacrosse tournament, which is played indoors. While she vividly remembers the on the field action, the international environment caught her attention. “It was cool hearing people yelling different things in different languages on and off the field,” McDermott said. Lost at first, McDermott and Strachan eventually found another home on the lacrosse field in Madrid, despite being 5,827 miles away from Los Angeles. “It was about stepping out of your comfort zone. Dealing and adapting to new situations,” McDermott said. “I loved it.”

of the season, Ramirez never forgets how blessed she is to have the opportunity to play collegiate basketball on a Division I level. “Growing up, I’ve always loved basketball, and this is my dream. This is my life, this is me. Everything is here right now and I go all out,” said Ramirez. Off the court, Ramirez still finds time to indulge in her one other true obsession: shoes. When asked how many pairs of shoes she has in her apartment, Ramirez couldn’t give an exact number. “I’ve lost count, but I’m pretty sure it’s over 40. If you go into my dorm, you will see boxes and bins full of shoes,” said Ramirez. “I like Kobes. I like KDs [Kevin Durant]. I love [them] all.” It’s too bad she can’t bring all her shoes on the road. The Lions have a two-game road trip starting tonight at Gonzaga

University at 6 p.m. in Spokane, Wash. “Hazel is everywhere on the road,” said Elliott. “She’s kind of like an Energizer bunny. She’s smiling and positive, pleasant and happy. I love being around happy people, and she is definitely a happy person.” Ramirez’s teammate, redshirt senior Alex Cowling, had other words to describe Ramirez: “She’s adorable in every possible way,” said Cowling. “She is just so sweet and wants the best for everyone, every time.” But don’t mistake Ramirez’s sweet personality for vulnerability during games. “Hazel wants to win so badly and is incredibly aggressive on the court,” said Cowling. “She does, however, want others to get involved and have her teammates enjoy the success. She’s just an all-around person and player.”

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McDermott, Strachan, Wikant and other non-Spaniards quickly found out lacrosse was just beginning to infiltrate the sports landscape of Madrid. Known for its propensity for soccer (or fútbol, as they call it across the pond), Spain currently only has three women’s club lacrosse teams and nine men’s club teams. Playing with inexperienced players who spoke different languages provided a challenge for both McDermott and Strachan. “The language barrier was something I had to work around,” Strachan said. “The terminology for basic plays was different; I had to think and find other ways to communicate with the girls on the field.” Strachan recalled how at the beginning of the clinic, cliques of the girls from Spain, Germany and America all formed. “By the end of that day, we were just all playing and practicing together with all those circles broken down,” Strachan said. As a temporary member of the Madrid club, McDermott participated in the first organized tournament of its kind in Spain, bringing together the country’s women’s lacrosse clubs. McDermott and Wikant traveled with the club two hours east to Cuenca, Spain in early December.

Hannah McDermott

Hannah McDermott (bottom right) and Norwegian teammate Mimi Wikant (top right) pose after tournament in Cuenca, Spain, with the women’s club lacrosse team. The tournament took place in early December. The experience reminded McDermott of the sport’s beginning stages in Spain. The

teams gathered for a meeting to explain the sport’s rules before the competitive play began. Ad-

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Ramirez said that other than basketball, her favorite thing is her shoe collection. According to Ramirez, she has over 40 pairs.

team’s primary motivators on and off the court. “This year it has become more natural to become more vocal and speak to my teammates, and I love our new style of play where we can just run and be aggressive. My motivation is the people I love the most. I’m playing for my family and the people who support me throughout this day,” said Ramirez. “I call them family. I play for them.” This edition of the LMU Lions women’s basketball team features an offense of pushing the ball up the court and finding open shooters. “I constantly tell the team that they need to catch up to Hazel because she is going to go,” said Head Coach Charity Elliott. “If they want the ball for a shot, they better run and catch up to her.” Despite being in the middle

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Olynyk is averaging career highs across the board, having scored 25-plus points in three conference games already, is shooting a hyper-efficient 65.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and just under 82 percent from the charity stripe. “I jokingly told a reporter from Spokane this morning that we’re going to play a box on him and let the one guy guard the other four,” said Head Coach Max Good. “There are some people who say their second team might finish in the top four of our league.” But the 7-footer is not the only concern for LMU, as the Bulldogs have another producing veteran in the frontcourt: senior forward Elias Harris, who is averaging 15.3 PPG and a team-high 7.3 RPG. Although the Bulldogs are in the middle of the pack within the West Coast Conference (WCC) as rebounders (36.3

RPG), they are one of the most prolific offensive squads in the country, shooting 51.1 percent from the field as a team – which is second to only Creighton University’s 51.9 percent in the entire NCAA. “They have terrific talent,” said Good. “They have five guys who can score 30 points on any given night. Most of us don’t have anyone who starts who can do that. ... They have tough expectations every year and they live up to it.” They also possess one of the deepest rotations in the WCC, as 10 of their players see at least 10 minutes of action a night, while nine players see at least 12 minutes. Gonzaga’s backcourt isn’t to be taken lightly either, as junior David Stockton and sophomores Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell, Jr. make up a three-headed animal that busts its opponents for a combined 22.3 PPG, 9.1 APG and 4.1 SPG. Pangos, who was named last season’s WCC New-

comer of the Year, averages just 12 PPG by himself (down from the 13.6 he put up during his inaugural season as a Bulldog), but is shooting an improved 43.1 percent from deep and 44.4 percent from the field, both career highs. Stockton, son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, plays under 20 minutes per night off the bench, but uses his time on the floor as a pesky defender, nabbing a team high 1.8 steals per contest. “I look forward to [the matchup],” said LMU junior point guard and leading scorer Anthony Ireland. “I just want to get out there and work hard defensively and do well on the offensive end. They have Pangos, Bell and Stockton, who comes off the bench and is a really gritty guard. I’m just looking forward to the challenge.” For LMU, this game could be the highlight and/or turning point of a tumultuous season that has failed to meet pre-

season expectations, or it could act as yet another crushing blow to the Lions’ already bottomdwelling record. “Of course [we’re really up for the game],” said Ireland. “People around school are excited for it, which makes us even more excited for it. We’re just looking forward to the task and what they’re bringing – being Gonzaga and almost a high-major [program].” Hamilton was a redshirt freshman when he played 35 minutes and scored 17 points in the Lions’ 74-66 win over Gonzaga three years ago, and is the only remaining Lions player who played in that game. But for him, this matchup means much more than a shot at repeating history: It’s the last time he will ever play Gonzaga at home in his career, which will come to an end at the end of the season. “It’s special for me,” said Hamilton. “All of these games are special. It’s been tough so far this year, but at the end of the

day, I wouldn’t replace it with any opportunity. It’s not over yet. Every game is a great influence on me. I really do try out there – I just really want to turn the season around. And doing it with Gonzaga at home would be amazing too.” LMU hasn’t picked up a win in over two weeks, and it seems to feel due for a victory. And as a team that struggles with the double-edged sword of playing to its opponent’s level (at times), this becomes a trap game for a team like Gonzaga. “Sometimes we come out lackadaisical to start the game or out of the first half or don’t bring effort the full 40 minutes like we’re supposed to,” said Ireland. “But I know we’re amped for Gonzaga, and I’m excited for it.” The game will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN2 and tips off at 8 p.m. “I’m ready to defend them, but I’m also ready to make them defend us,” said junior guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi.




Prediction: 27-21, Ravens

or a player who recently announced that he will retire from professional football, Ray Lewis just doesn’t seem to want to hang up his cleats. But win or lose, Sunday will be his final game in the NFL. Despite beating the top two seeds in the American Football Conference (AFC) to make it to Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens are still four-point underdogs to the San Francisco 49ers. But we all love a Cinderella story, and I think that the Baltimore Ravens will beat the 49ers, just like every other team in their Sam’s Slam conference, to hoist up By Sam Borsos the Lombardi Trophy when the final whistle is Asst. Sports Editor blown. Why? For one, the Ravens keep their cool in moments when others would panic. Let’s think back to the Ravens’ ridiculous 38-35 victory over the Denver Broncos in one of the most exciting games of football I think any of us has seen in a long time. The Broncos, led by star quarterback Peyton Manning, had a good 3528 advantage in the fourth quarter. Instead of admitting defeat, a cool Joe Flacco threw a 70-yard bomb from his own 30-yard line with only 30 seconds left, landing right into the hands of Jacoby Jones for a touchdown to tie the game and send it into overtime where the Ravens eventually won. Call it what you want – the Mile High Miracle or the Flacco Fling – it is one of those plays in sports that makes you believe that a team is simply destined to win it all. Next, the Ravens matched up with the New England Patriots, also headed by a star quarterback Tom Brady. Again, the Ravens overcame their title as underdogs and outscored the favored team 28-13 through a defense led by Lewis. The game wasn’t even close, and the Ravens shut out the Pats’ high-powered offense in the second half. The Ravens have defied all logic and, more importantly critics, throughout this postsea-

son. All they heard leading up to their last two postseason games was that their defense was too old, and that Joe Flacco is too inconsistent to beat household names such as Manning and Brady. Well, the “old” defense has only given up four touchdowns all postseason while forcing eight turnovers, while Flacco has been sturdy on offense, throwing for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. In his first five seasons, Joe Flacco has gained more playoff experience than most NFL quarterbacks do in a career. The same cannot be said about the 49ers’ young starter Colin Kaepernick. The second-year player has been playing amazingly since being named the starter and is a huge reason why the 49ers made it to New Orleans. The Super Bowl, however, is a much bigger stage with a lot more pressure, and the Ravens’ defense, free safety Ed Reed in particular, has traditionally dominated inexperienced quarterbacks like Kaepernick. Games of this magnitude always come down to turnovers, and something tells me that Cool Joe will protect the ball better and not fold under the pressure. Although the 49ers are favored on paper, the Ravens have something intangible about their team that will lead them to victory. Whether it’s Ray Lewis’ emotional journey through his last year as a Raven, Flacco’s calm and collective attitude while running the offense or John Harbaugh’s family rivalry with his brother, Jim, this team has a passion to win. They have simply wanted to win more than every team they have faced so far this postseason. So when predicting the outcome of this game, one can’t simply look at the statistics or try to break down all of the different matchups. The Ravens have proved in these playoffs that heart and the will to win are just as, and maybe even more, important. In the words of Ray Lewis after the Ravens’ victory over the Patriots, “This is our time.” This is the opinion of Sam Borsos, a freshman undecided liberal arts major from Palo Alto, Calif. Please send comments to



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Prediction: 24-21, 49ers

redicting a San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl victory is one thing, but including a game-deciding field goal off the boot of David Akers in my final score? That, ladies and gentlemen, takes dedication. As I watch the game this Sunday, one thought will be constantly in my head: I’m damn lucky to be a Bay Area sports fan. On the heels of another World Series title for the San Francisco Giants and my personal favorite, the Oakland A’s, taking home their division, life has been particularly sweet. Throw in the Droppin’ Dines Lakers’ demise and I By Nathan Dines don’t have enough words Sports Editor to spare. I have a good feeling that the 49ers will cap off this season with the Lombardi Trophy. However, I don’t think it’ll be easy. Yes, everyone and their mother wanted a Pats-Niners Super Bowl, but don’t worry, Tom Brady is not off in the corner pouting. Considering the way the Ravens have been playing this postseason, they deserve to be in the big game. For me there are three keys to a San Fran win: the quarterback, defense and receiving core. 1. Colin Kaepernick: Pronounce it how you will, but the sophomore who took Alex Smith’s job and ran with it is a large reason why the 49ers are taking their talents to Nola. Don’t get me wrong though; with the way Smith was playing prior to getting hurt, I was skeptical of Coach Jim Harbaugh’s radical decision. With few to no snaps through one and a half seasons, Kaepernick was beyond raw. But shine he did. Not only were his throws

as smokin’ as his 92 mph fastball, but the kid has wheels. To say he torched the Green Bay defense would be an understatement. No matter the hype, Kaep has the goods to live up to it all. 2. The Tenacious D: Unfortunately, I’m not talking about Jack Black or any devilish guitar picks, but rather the fearsome group of men attacking the opposing offenses. Firsthalf playoff woes aside – the defense allowed a combined 45 points in the first two quarters against Green Bay and Atlanta – it is the second half dominance that should be the lasting memory. Allowing only 10 points to the Packers and shutting out the Falcons, the 49ers proved their defense can flip the switch in the most crucial moments. 3. Dual Receiving Threat: As much as it pains me to think back to last year’s NFC Championship game, the biggest knock on the Niners loss was their passing game. This year, Michael Crabtree has been a favorite target of both Smith and Kaepernick, with Davis failing to connect with the latter. Until last week, that is. The drought ended with a 100plus yard game for the veteran tight end, and the threat of both Crabtree and Vernon Davis should make the Ravens quiver. But quiver they may not, because Baltimore’s D is just as powerful as San Francisco’s. Led by the force that is Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens will be coming for the Niners. To say I’m excited is an understatement – I’m beyond pumped. Harbowl and Ray Lewis’ first sack aside, I will be on my seat until the final whistle and a 49ers celebration commences. Photo: Associated Press This is the opinion of Nathan Dines, a senior communication studies major from Medford, Ore. Please send comments to


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Ramirez grows into new role Favored SPORTS FEATURE Zags head to Gersten Hazel Ramirez inspires teammates both with aggressive play on the court and positive energy off of it.

By Dan Raffety

The men’s basketball team prepares for its toughest test of the season: battling No. 7 Gonzaga.

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How does one define a leader? Is it someone who is always an extrovert, inspiring motivation through words? Or can it be a lead-by-example type of person who shows up to work day in and day out, motivating others based on work ethic alone? Well, 5-foot-5-inch junior point guard Hazel Ramirez has figured out how to balance all aspects of leadership in her breakout season for the LMU’s women’s basketball team. Ramirez, a local product out of Inglewood High School, has been LMU’s starting point guard since her freshman season and has emerged as one of the team’s best players and vocal leaders. When asked why she decided on LMU, the answer was simple: “I loved the campus, I loved the people and it felt like home,” said Ramirez. “People say that freshmen can’t start, but they can because you can prove yourself and you do learn,” said Ramirez. “I got a lot of experience playing as a young athlete with people who were more experienced than I was, and it helped me individually and personally.” The challenge for Ramirez to get adjusted to the pace of collegiate athletics caused a bit of a learning curve; however, Ramirez feels she can handle it all season. “From high school to my freshman year, it was [like] running back and forth. I felt like I learned my freshman year, but this last summer I got in the best shape of my life thus far and that has helped me apply strength to the game.” Aside from her play on the court, Ramirez’s leadership style has also seen a makeover, becoming one of the

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Junior point guard Hazel Ramirez has been the starter at LMU since her freshman season. Her aggressive style of play coincides with Head Coach Charity Elliott’s vision on both sides of the ball.

The last time a top 10-ranked Gonzaga University men’s basketball team took the court in Gersten Pavilion, it returned to Spokane, Wash., with a loss. LMU (8-12, 1-6) will host Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0) tonight, and this time the Bulldogs are ranked seventh in the nation. “I know [former NCAA coach] Seth Greenberg keeps touting them as a Final Four team,” said Head Coach Max Good. “They are a very good team. They won five games against Big 12 competition, and I think only one of those were at home. They’ve had a very tough schedule, and they’re just really good.” Sitting at a sizzling score of 19-2 and generating buzz as a possible Final Four team once March Madness rolls around, Gonzaga brings arguably its most talented team in recent years. The Bulldogs are led by redshirt junior forward Kelly Olynyk, whose 18.2 PPG and 7 RPG have propelled him up draft boards as a projected first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. “I’m not worried about that,” said redshirt senior forward Ashley Hamilton. “We played guys who are supposed to be draft picks before. We’ve played guys who’ve ended up being draft picks. We’ve got some talented guys on our team, so we just have to execute the game plan. And myself, I’m just going to have to come ready to play those guys.”

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Students take passion for lacrosse abroad SPORTS FEATURE

Juniors McDermott and Strachan bring their love of lacrosse to Madrid, Spain. By Kevin Cacabelos Asst. Sports Editor

Hannah McDermott

Junior marketing major Hannah McDermott (left) and junior graphic design major Kailey Strachan (right) pose after practice at European University of Madrid.

Confused and a little nervous, LMU junior Hannah McDermott walked around the lit streets on the outskirts of Madrid without a clue of where she was headed. She had plans to meet up with other local lacrosse players, but navigating a foreign country at night is usually a difficult task. Forty-five minutes passed, and she still had no idea where she was going. Carrying her lacrosse stick, people passing McDermott on the sidewalk shot her glances of amusement and confusion. Lacrosse is not a popular sport in Spain. Noticing McDermott’s lacrosse stick, a car on the road pulled over to the sidewalk and asked her if she was off to practice and needed a ride. “I told myself, I don’t know these guys, but they have lacrosse sticks, so I said ‘OK’ and jumped in their car,” McDermott said. Four minutes later, McDermott was finally home. In front of her was a lit turf field with other lacrosse athletes hanging out, waiting for practice to begin. Getting lost and eventually finding her way on this one particular night is just one example of McDermott’s several memorable experiences while

playing lacrosse in Spain. McDermott, a marketing major and president of LMU’s women club lacrosse team, studied in Madrid, Spain, this past fall. Together with her teammate and friend, junior graphic design major Kailey Strachan, McDermott decided it was necessary to continue playing lacrosse while they were overseas. While the two could have easily taken the four months off, staying in shape and keeping their skills in check were critical if they wanted to perform at a high-level back at LMU in the spring. On top of these practical reasons, playing the sport cured the pair ’s inevitable homesickness. “Lacrosse was a part of LMU I could take with me to Spain,” Strachan said. Along with attending an introductory clinic held in Madrid by Anna Sody, Germany’s national teams assistant coach, McDermott and Strachan attended weekly practices with the Madrid Lacrosse Club at European University of Madrid. Though the team was composed of mostly native Spaniards, McDermott and Strachan also played with one girl from England and another from Norway. McDermott immediately befriended her Norwegian teammate, Mimi Wikant. The two spent time together on and off the field in Madrid. “Hannah really helped to raise the level of the game and the team. She has a way of spreading her motivation and love for the game to people around her,” Wikant said. McDermott, Strachan, Wikant and

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