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Conclave selects Argentine Jesuit as new pope “Being the first Jesuit ever to be elected, it will be interesting to see how his Jesuit values will change the future of the Catholic Church. It makes me very proud to be at a Jesuit university.â€? The impact Francis’ Jesuit past will have on his role as pope was also something considered by LMU campus minister Fr. Marc Reeves, S.J., who highlighted the fact that the Society of Jesus is the largest international order of religious men in the Roman Catholic Church. According to Reeves, “Pope Francis’ formation and life as a Jesuit will certainly serve him well as the Church’s new universal shepherd of the faithful.â€? Francis’ Argentine roots have been the other main focus following his assumption of the papacy, as he is the first pope to be born outside of Europe in over 500 years. Senior history major Alberto Villanueva described himself as being pleased with the new pope, citing “the importance of Latin America in the Catholic Church.â€? In fact, according the Pew Research Center, Argentina has the 11th largest Catholic population in the world with 31 million Catholics. Moreover, 39 percent of Catholics worldwide live in Latin America, according to the same source. Junior economics major Juan Margitic is an Argentine national who came to the U.S. to attend LMU a year ago. Margitic described his happiness at hearing the news that Francis had been selected since he had been familiar with him as an Argentine religious leader. In fact during the 1960s, Francis was a teacher at the high school Margitic attended – Colegio de la Inmaculada ConcepciĂłn. According to Margitic, all the people at his school remember the new pope as “a

NEWS ANALYSIS Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio accepted his position and chose Francis as his papal name. By Zaneta Pereira Managing Editor

White smoke rising from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel yesterday heralded the selection of the 266th pope – 76-yearold Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose Francis as his papal name. Francis’ selection came on the second day of the conclave – the traditional gathering of cardinals that choose the pope – when he was chosen by at least two-thirds of the 115 cardinals from 48 countries on the gathering’s fifth ballot. The news was met with cheers from the thousands who had crowded St. Peter’s Square despite the rainy weather and those faithfully watching from around the world. Due to his Jesuit background, the conclave’s choice was greeted with particular enthusiasm on LMU’s campus. As University President David W. Burcham wrote in a message to the community, “It is with profound happiness that we welcome the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the next Bishop of Rome and Pope to the more than 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the globe. Of course, that he was ordained and served as a Jesuit has special resonance with the LMU community.� Senior psychology major Jenna DatoOn echoed Burcham’s comments, saying,

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CollegeFest acts revealed ASLMU elections begin Joanie Payne and Youngblood Hawke will open for Chiddy Bang during this year’s CollegeFest. By Kevin O’Keeffe Editor in Chief

Hip hop duo Chiddy Bang will headline this year’s CollegeFest, according to a statement released on ASLMU’s Facebook page last night and confirmed by ASLMU Director of Performance Events Ashley Thompson, a senior finance major. CollegeFest, the annual spring concert event which will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m., will also feature two opening acts – the previously announced Joanie Payne, and indie pop band Youngblood Hawke. ASLMU Office Manager Jason Joyce said in an interview with the Loyolan that the acts were chosen as a way for CollegeFest to appeal to a wider range of listeners. Thompson echoed this sentiment when she told the Loyolan the acts were chosen “to reach a broad segment ‌ [and] the largest portion of LMU.â€? According to Thompson, Chiddy Bang was a “student-drivenâ€? choice – though another hip hop act resoundingly supported by students, Macklemore, wasn’t available. Thompson said that ASLMU actively attempted to book Macklemore, but was unable to

do so due to budget and scheduling restraints. Chiddy Bang, a duo known for its songs “The Opposite of Adults� and “Mind Your Manners,� is the first fullfledged hip hop act to play CollegeFest in several years. Previous years featured bands like Gym Class Heroes and The Bravery, as well as house music act Steve Aoki. When asked about potential controversy with a hip hop act, Thompson said that their contract includes a clean show clause. Thompson described Chiddy Bang’s material as “pretty clean.� The duo has also performed at other colleges, including the University of South Florida and Virginia Tech University. YouTube videos of performances at those shows, however, include profane language, indicating that LMU’s clean show clause may not be standard of college shows. Beyond the music, Thompson said CollegeFest has been envisioned as more of a “festival� this year than in the past, with food trucks, giveaways and a beer garden planned.

For more about this year’s CollegeFest, read the 11 Burning Questions with Thompson on Page 5 and check out the infographic on Page 13.



Leadership and involvement were the two main topics discussed at the ASLMU Senate debate.

Students questioned senate, vice presidential and presidential candidates at the town hall meeting.

By Carly Barnhill

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ASLMU hosted nearly 30 people on Eight of the 11 candidates for ASLMU Senate gathered in Regents Terrace Wednesday, March 13, for a town hall during Convo on Tuesday, March 12 for meeting in light of the upcoming election. The event, held in The Hillon the fourth floor of the annual Senate debate. The need for student involvement the Malone Student Center, served as a time and more communication was the main for students to question and become better issue brought up by the candidates acquainted with the 10 senatorial candidates and three teams of presidential during the debate. All of and vice presidential candidates. the candidates applied their Read the Board When asked what set own experiences inside Editorial about themselves apart from other and outside of LMU to their debate responses in ASLMU elections candidates, the candidates spoke of their accomplishments on Page 8. order to demonstrate their and strengths. leadership skills and hopes “We’re the only women, and for the 2013-14 year at we both currently serve on ASLMU. We LMU. “Everyone is a leader of their own know the bylaws, and we both have served community, and I want to be a leader on the Student Reserve Board,� presidential that encompasses everything that I candidate and junior urban studies major represent,� said political science and Shawn Troedson said. Presidential candidate and sophomore sociology double major EJ de Lara, a current junior senator running for re- political science major Giovanni Douresseau and vice presidential candidate and junior election. Each candidate knew ahead of time history major Chris Fennessy noted their the questions that moderator and senior backgrounds as transfer students to set them accounting major Catherine Ferraro uniquely apart.

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LMU responds to Pope Francis’ election Pope from Page 1 very friendly and concerned person who lives out the motto of our school: men for others.” Moreover, Margitic reflected on Francis’ commitment to the poor during his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires, something that has also been an area of focus in the international media’s coverage of his selection. Margitic described Francis as “an Argentine Jesuit leader who was known for being humble.” As reported in the March 13 Catholic News Service article “Argentina’s Cardinal

Bergoglio elected pope, chooses Francis,” Francis has held the position of archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998 and has favored a relaxed style. According to the same article, “He rides the bus, visits the poor, lives in a simple apartment and cooks his own meals. To many in Buenos Aires, he is known simply as ‘Father Jorge.’” Fr. James Erps, S.J., LMU’s director of campus ministry, also stressed how impressed he was with what he had read about Francis’s lifestyle. He added that during Francis’

speech on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he “was struck by the simplicity of him up there. It was so cool at the very beginning when he asked the thousands of people out there to pray for and bless him before he blessed them. I’ve never seen something like that before.” Margitic believes that “Being an Argentine who was very much in contact with the poor means that [Francis] will focus on improving ties with the poorer populations of the world who turn to the Church for help.” For Reeves, the pope’s

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

South American roots could also “help inspire a renewed zeal for the Christian faith throughout Latin America.” According to Margitic, “Argentina is a place where poverty affects a majority of the population, where drugs are prominent and where hunger kills more people than the world’s most dangerous diseases. The good thing about this pope is that he saw and lived with these problems and so he will understand and will, I think, help.” The new pope’s choice of Francis as his papal name – the first time the name has been chosen – has also been widely discussed. Reeves addressed this choice, and though he wasn’t sure if the name was in reference to Saint Francis of Assisi or Saint Francis Xavier, he believes that “Either name is significant. Saint Francis of Assisi, was a man of peace and a strong advocate for the poor. Saint Francis Xavier is one of the greatest missionaries of the Church and spent his life sharing the Good News of the Christian faith in Asia.” Erps echoed Reeves’ comments about the significance of Francis’ choice, stating, “I presume he’s referring to Francis of Assisi, who brought a great revival to the Church during that period of time, so I think he’s saying that he wants to do that whole thing with his leadership, that hopefully his leadership would bring that sense of revival to Catholics around the world.” While his Jesuit and Latin American roots and choice of the name Francis may lead some to wonder if the new pope will exhibit more liberal leaning tendencies than his

predecessor, in his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires, he has spoken out publicly against abortion and same-sex marriage. The March 13 CTV article “New pope chosen: Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio who becomes Pope Francis I” summarizes the conventional view of the new pope, stating, “He is … known for his strict views on morality – having staunchly opposed samesex marriage, contraception and abortion. He has called adoption by gay parents a form of discrimination against children – a stance that was publicly criticized by Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.” However, the article adds, “Bergoglio has shown compassion for HIV and AIDS patients, visiting a hospice in 2001 to kiss and wash the feet of some of those affected by the disease.” This is something Erps referenced, saying, “Social justice and ... the Gospel remind us to attend to the poor and those who are in need. I think that’s very much what he’s going to focus on.” Ultimately, as the new pope steps forward to lead the world’s 1.8 billion Catholics, Villanueva reflected the views of many when he stated, “Based on the little I know about him, I have faith Pope Francis will maintain the dignity, values and traditions of the Catholic Church while at the same time continuing to move us forward into the 21st century.”

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Newly selected Pope Francis addresses crowd of thousands at the Vatican in Rome

All photos: Associated Press

On the second day of the conclave, the new pope, Pope Francis, was elected as he received the vote from at least two-thirds of the 115 cardinals present at the gathering in Rome. Formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Francis was welcomed by cheers from thousands of onlookers gathered in St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square despite the rainy conditions. He is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and both the first Jesuit and Latin American pope.


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Tuition increase is ‘smallest on record’

Tuition Increase 2013-14 Peer University Rate Increase

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smallest on record. In an interview with the Loyolan, Burcham said that “LMU’s increase is the lowest of all universities LMU compares itself to.” “Still, above zero is too high,” Burcham added. In effort to keep costs down, Burcham said that the University instructed all departments and schools not to ask for additional funding; rather, they were encouraged to reshuffle their existing budgets to cover the costs of new initiatives and programs. He explained that the increases in cost are the product of faculty raises – which are smaller than in previous years – and the increased cost of expenses like utilities.

NEWS ANALYSIS The rising cost of tuition is due to faculty raises, which increased other expenses. By Adrien Jarvis Senior Editor

The cost of an LMU education is increasing once again, but by a smaller percentage than in previous years. According to a University email sent by President David W. Burcham over spring break, tuition will rise 2.96 percent and housing charges will increase by 0.75 percent for a blended total of 2.2 percent for the 2013-14 academic year. However, according to the same email, the silver lining is that this increase is the

Burcham attributes the increase, which is lower than the “projected rise of 4 percent to 4.6 percent for private universities nationwide” named in the email, to LMU “squeezing ourselves instead of squeezing our students and families.” Student reactions to the news have been mixed, with some worried how this will impact the diversity of the student body. “One thing I’ve come to learn and love about LMU is how we embrace diversity in the student body. With a constant increase in tuition, I fear that those who come from less privileged backgrounds will no longer be able to attend or want to attend,” said sophomore psychology major Michael Too.


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Ana Cornejo, a freshman psychology major, feels the same as Too. She said she worries the costs are “going to start hindering who’s able to go here and who’s able to stay.” As Burcham pointed out in the email, the focus on small classroom size and low teacher-to-student ratio contributes to LMU’s price tag. The type of education the University offers helps some students rationalize the tuition increase. “Providing the best education [the University] can to students is worth the increase in tuition,” said sophomore business marketing major Amy Sims. Burcham told the Loyolan that his goal is to create an alternate revenue stream


to offset the University’s increasing costs and prevent future increases in tuition. “I think it’s a good budget, but over the long haul, we need to find other ways [to cover increased costs],” he said. Burcham added that his goal of raising $100 million for student scholarships is one of the ways he hopes to combat the increased cost of an LMU education. He said he hopes to raise $20 million for that initiative by this summer, and he currently has almost $13 million. “I think that will really make a dent,” he said. – Additional reporting by asst. news editors Casey Kidwell and Ali Swenson.



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LMU School of Education ranked among top graduate schools Upon release of the U.S. News and World Reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of 2013 Best Graduate Schools on March 12, LMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Education has found itself ranked No. 74 out of a total 278 schools. This is an increase of nine places over last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ranking. In the past three years, LMU has jumped 57 spaces in the chart and is currently the ninth-ranked school of education in California and the fourth-ranked Jesuit institution in the country. Tower Yearbook receives awards LMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tower Yearbook won two Apple Awards at this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Media Association Spring College Media Convention in New York City. In the category of Best Yearbook Cover, the Tower received third place after Western Kentucky Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talisman and the University of Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IBIS. For the award of Best Yearbook Spread, The Tower took first prize followed by the University of Miami and Western Kentucky University. Car crash occurs in U-Hall parking structure A studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car crashed into a pole in the U-Hall parking structure at approximately 12:30 p.m. today. The student reported herself as being unharmed. Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers responded to the accident, but would not comment on when it occurred or what exactly transpired. Recyclemania takes over campus After four of eight total weeks of competing, LMU currently ranks eighth out of the 257 universities in RecycleMania, an annual recycling contest that occurs between universities across the United States and Canada. Student workers, students and faculty are hopeful that LMU will place well as the competition reaches its end.

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4. What is your favorite thing about LMU? Being involved on campus. I work at SLD [Student Leadership and Development] and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in ASLMU since my freshman year, and so I would just say being involved and getting to work with a lot of the student body. 5. How have you changed since freshman year? I think freshman year I really wanted to get involved, but I was a little more introverted. I think over the four years I have gotten really comfortable meeting people and getting involved in the University. I feel that I have made LMU my new home, since I am from out of state. 6. What else do you do for ASLMU? I help out with a lot of the programming and brainstorming a lot of the ideas that get thrown around. I started my freshman year on the performance events committee, and I stayed on it last year until I was hired to be the director so most of my involvements have been program related. 7. What else are you involved in on campus? I am involved with Delta Zeta, I work at the front desk at SLD ... ASLMU and I am on the Senior Leadership Committee Council. 8. How will this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CollegeFest differ from previous concerts? This year we tried to make it feel more like a festival. Posters went up today, and we are trying to give it more of a tribal festival theme. We have some vendors coming that are going to be demonstrating products and there will also be products for sale. [...] We have tanks as usual, and some other little giveaways that will differ from ones in the past. 9. What is a typical day like for you? Emails. Lots and lots of emails. I came back from spring break, where I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have service for a week, and I had 96 emails. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty normal. This semester Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on campus two days a week because I intern the other three. But when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in here, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hanging out, talking with my friends and other people on ASLMU or itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in meetings. Proposal meetings, meetings with parking, meetings with event operations, all of that kind of getting the event ready. Other days itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just hanging out at the front desk talking with students. Students come in wanting to talk about potential artists or things that they want to bring to campus. Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming in at 10 p.m. to have a committee meeting. Those happen frequently, so spending a lot of time in [the ASLMU RIĂ&#x20AC;FH@PHHWLQJVRPHZKHUH 10. What are you passionate about? Events, making people happy, music, fashion, action sports. I love snowboarding. I was a swimmer when I was in high school and elementary school. 11. What can we expect for the performances for CollegeFest? Joanie Payne, winner of Battle of the Bands will be opening, then another opener [Youngblood Hawke] and the headliner [Chiddy Bang]. The opener is on the indie rock side and the headliner is more hip-­hop remixy rap-­ish. It will be really fun.


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Debaters call for increase in communication Senate from Page 1 would ask them, and had 45 seconds to respond with as much information as possible. “I went over the questions and my responses beforehand, and I practiced in front of my friends,” current senator and freshman finance and economics double major David Tassone said before the event. “You’ve got to be mentally prepared for this.” The eight candidates present answered an array of questions, and their

responses focused on their individual leadership experiences, motivations, passions and goals for the future of the University. Many candidates focused their answers on the need for more school spirit and the unification of LMU as a community. Each stressed that they would like to increase communication with the student body and give each student a voice on campus. Senator candidate and freshman political science

major Raymond Chavez discussed his passion for interculturalism on the LMU campus. He noted that in order to bring the entire school together, it’s important to learn everyone’s culture. The audience of approximately 40 people, including senior sociology major and ASLMU President Vinnie Caserio, had a few questions of its own relating to unification, communication and student involvement with ASLMU.

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(From left) Junior political science major Kate Henley, junior civil engineering major Greg Eshom, freshman finance and economics double major David Tassone and junior political science and sociology double major EJ de Lara debate on Regents Terrace for senator positions.

Senior math major and current ASLMU Treasurer Anna Keathley brought up communication, a widely discussed issue throughout the debate. She questioned how else senators could communicate with the student body if they have already reached out by means of all social media outlets and on-campus possibilities. De Lara, a current junior senator running for reelection, stated that it is important to get to know the student body and the different organizations in order to get students more involved on campus. ASLMU presidential candidate and junior urban studies major Shawn Troedson asked the next question from the audience, which related to her experience as a current senator. “How do you reach these organizations and students without bugging them and blowing up their news feeds?” Troedson asked. Candidate and sophomore communication studies major Eddie Estrada said that it is important to learn about the people and the culture of the groups or clubs that you want to involve. “Sit in on one of their meetings and get to know who the people are. Then, pitch your idea or event to them in a way that they are going to understand,” he said. Candidate Kate Henley, a junior political science major, noted that it might help for the senators to start with the people that they

already know. “Progress from there, and as time goes on, word about your events will spread,” she said. “As a senator, you’re doing service for and with the students,” said De Lara. ASLMU elections will take place next week from March 19-21.

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GSLMU begins first phase of election process The Graduate Students’ Organization wants “willing and focused” candidates. By Sonja Bistranin Asst. News Editor

The Graduate Student Association of LMU (GSLMU) launched the first phase of its election process for new officers and committee members on Monday. Executive board positions, committee positions and senatorial positions are available for degree-seeking graduate students. GSLMU was founded earlier this year and hopes

to expand its presence on campus through the elections, according to DeAsia Marks, graduate student in guidance and counseling and GSLMU chair of communications and GSLMU secretary. “[The election process] is daunting, because not a lot of grad students know about us,” Marks said. “We’re really trying to find people who are devoted to helping us grow in size and grow in importance on campus.” The first phase of the elections will last until April 15. To participate in the election process, candidates must first schedule an appointment with GSLMU. After candidates have

met with the GSLMU staff, their platform statements will be sent out to graduate students via email. Voting begins April 2 and ends April 4. Votes will be cast through online ballot by current LMU graduate students. Jake Yocham, graduate student in philosophy and GSLMU elections chair, said that the election positions allow graduate students representation on campus. “I believe the GSLMU elections are important because they serve as an opportunity for the graduate student body to elect a group that will advocate for our interests,” said Yocham. Marks agreed, saying, “We

need a good group of people who will help bring our mission into fruition.” This mission, Marks said, is to communicate graduate students’ needs to the University. “For instance, housing,” said Marks. “We have a few suites in [the] Leavey 4 [apartments], but we don’t have our own graduate housing. We have a lot of international students who really aren’t familiar with the area, and typically they would live on campus, but we don’t have that space available. If the grad students come together and have a discussion about things like this, there would be change.”

Marks said GSLMU is looking for candidates who want to be involved and bring about that change. Maggie Bove-LaMonica, a student at Loyola Law School and outgoing president of GSLMU, also said that GSLMU offers graduate students an opportunity to be part of the LMU community. “When you’re in grad school, it’s a different experience than undergrad,” Marks said. “You don’t really worry about trying to join organizations or clubs. You probably did that in undergrad. We need people who are willing and focused and have the time to make [GSLMU] work.”

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Election hopefuls talk Town Hall from Page 1 uniquely apart. “I have been widely involved on campus,” senatorial candidate and junior economics major Charles Riley said. Not only past experiences were mentioned, but also plans and hopes for the future. “We have concrete ideas. We have an acronym, PRIDE, with concrete ideas underneath them,” presidential candidate and junior marketing major Bradley Richards said. Troedson and her vice-presidential candidate, junior psychology Caitlin Maher, talked about organizing a monthly meeting where the leaders of student-run organizations on campus can meet to encourage unity. The senatorial candidates recognized that their different strengths and advantages make them each uniquely qualified as an ASLMU senator. “I will always be available to listen to your needs,” senatorial candidate and freshman political science major Raymond Chavez said. “I think I know what it takes to be a good leader,” senatorial candidate and junior political science major Kate

Henley said. Senatorial candidate and sophomore communication studies major Eddie Estrada said forgotten students were his focus. “I feel like we need to reach out to individuals overshadowed by big clubs and fraternities and sororities,” he said. The candidates were also questioned about how they represent LMU off campus. “I’m always going to be real. I’m going to be me. I’m going to be here, whether it’s on or off campus,” Estrada said. Henley indicated how she would love to be a good liaison between campus and the surrounding community through holding an ASLMU senatorship. Richards and his vice presidential candidate Dillon Siler, a junior marketing major, said they want to have LMU merchandise right alongside the UCLA and USC merchandise found in Southern Californian Target and Walmart stores. “We want to increase LMU as a household name around Southern California,” Siler said. The ASLMU elections will occur next week from March 19-21.

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Senate candidates share their unique ideas at a town hall meeting in The Hill on Wednesday.

OPINION Student Editorials and Perspectives

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

Zaneta Pereira Managing Editor

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Be informed when you vote


t doesn’t matter how you vote – it just matters that you make your voice heard.” Sound familiar? Going out and voicing your opinion is always a common theme during election season. The Loyolan specifically reflected on this during the 2012 presidential election. The sentiment of the statement is important: While being part of the democratic process is your responsibility as a community member, it is also a right that you should feel good about exercising. However, it is also too simple a statement, and belies the greater responsibility of a voter. At the end of the day, it matters very much for whom you vote. The Loyolan encourages students to reflect on this responsibility and to evaluate all of the candidates to make an informed decision during the voting period next Tuesday through Thursday, March 19-21. In past years, in the last issue before the ASLMU elections, the Loyolan would endorse one presidential ticket. This year, we will still endorse a pair of candidates, but will post our endorsement online on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account this coming

Monday, March 18. We will also publish full candidate profiles on our website to give you an additional avenue to learn more about the candidates. After former ASLMU president and senior marketing major Bryan Ruiz’s removal last month, ASLMU remains in a crucial moment of transition. Though senior sociology major and ASLMU President Vinnie Caserio will hold the office until commencement, the next administration will be essential for the re-establishment and growth of LMU’s student government. So as community members who want to make sure their voice is heard, students need to make sure the next president and vice president are the right people for the job. As members of the LMU community, the Loyolan recognizes that taking part in this process as informed and smart voters is our responsibility. So we urge you to use the resources available – the candidate platforms on ASLMU’s website, the presidential debate being held today during Convo at Lawton Plaza and our endorsement and profiles on Monday – to make sure that when you cast your vote, you’re making the right choice.

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Pope prompts cautious optimism


he first Latin American pope. The first Jesuit pope. The first pope to choose the name Francis. Yesterday’s appointment of the new Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was marked by numerous firsts. (You can read more about the Pope’s appointment in our news analysis, “Conclave names Argentine Jesuit as new pope,” on Page 1.) Much has been made of the novel aspects of Francis’ selection being indicators of a possible move towards innovation on the Vatican’s part, and there is a certain amount of truth to this point of view. He was the moderates’ choice in the 2005 papal conclave, and is known for his commitment to the poor, successful evangelical ability, humble lifestyle and deeply spiritual soul. However, Francis is also unfailingly orthodox on other social issues, and has spoken out publicly against samesex marriage, contraception and abortion, according to our Page 1 article. Thus, while the Loyolan applauds the steps towards greater inclusiveness and representation that Francis’

selection brings, we urge our readers not to quickly assume that the new pope will bring radical change. The papacy, unlike an elected government position, has a very strong focus on continuity in a tradition, and it is unlikely that Francis will step far outside the lines established by his predecessors. This is, however, not to say that those who hope for reform within the Church should be disheartened. According to a profile published prior to his selection by the National Catholic Reporter, “one Italian writer quoted an anonymous cardinal on March 2 as saying, ‘Four years of Bergoglio would be enough to change things.’” Francis will undoubtedly act with understanding and respect for the largely conservative Catholic community of which he is now the head. We can expect him to maintain the Church’s strong conservative stance but also incorporate the strong social conscience he has displayed in Argentina. The Church is undoubtedly in transition and the Loyolan hopes for movement forward, while cautioning against any excessive hope of radical change.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: “As time goes by: From strangers to friends,” Thursday Feb. 28, Page 6 Dear Executive Editorial Board: I wanted to commend Jennifer Yu for her article “As time goes by: From strangers to friends” in the Feb. 28 issue. I thought it was so sweet that she invited the sincere older gentleman stranger, Ralph, to eat with her and her friend after the “Casablanca” movie. Her experience shed light on memorable, spontaneous interactions that can happen with people of all generations via non-social media, not only at the movies, but on buses, at farmers markets or walking down the street. I agree with Yu that the city we live in perpetuates only the minimal friendless interactions that are the automatic, “Hi, I am fine, how are you?” as we walk rapidly to class. Not to mention the superficial culture that wants to “document” every cool thing that happens on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, instead of focusing on the actual experience. I would hope that at LMU, not only do we promote culture of service and academic excellence, but strive for community with all the people we meet. So next time you are walking from U-Hall to St. Rob’s, take off the headphones to smile at strangers or strike up a conversation in line ordering coffee, and as Yu says, “Why not give a chance encounter a shot?” Natalie Hernandez Senior Urban studies and Spanish double major Re: Thursday, February 28 print edition Dear Executive Editorial Board: I commend the Loyolan for the variety of engaging writing by and about female LMU students in the Feb. 28 issue. I appreciate all writers who inform and entertain us – and especially those who provide fresh perspectives while tackling gender and judgment. Props to Opinion Editor Allie Heck for her continuing series of strong, slang-peppered pieces about us college women creating our own awesome everyday lives – from “Taking control of the hook-up culture” (Feb. 28) to denouncing “Girl-on-girl crime: guilty as charged” (Feb. 11). Props to Contributor Elli el-Effendi for her down-to-earth yet self-confident and unapologetic piece about her tattoo (“LMU ink: Leaving the regrets at the parlor,” Feb. 28). Props to Asst. Sports Editor Sam Borsos, for her funny, knowledgeable pieces that interest me in the Sports section. Her write-up on Dr. Marie Hardin’s talk about female sports coverage will have me looking at that issue even more critically (“Proudly part of the 10 percent,” Feb. 28). Props and more props to Asst. A&E Editor Chelsea Chenelle for delivering unfailingly sharp, true and unabashed critiques of double standards, especially those against females. She explains real feminism for everybody, including justice, respect and equality for different bodies, social roles and relationship choices (e.g., “Pop star obsession breeds unnatural curiosity,” Feb. 28; “Female pop culture icons misread feminism,” Jan. 29; “Fed up with the fat stereotype in movies and TV,” Nov. 8, 2012). First-rate femme Loyolan writers: I wish I could list you all like this; you make me proud. I sincerely hope that you and your work receive the respect and admiration you deserve. You are inspiring women yourselves – and inspiring women for others. Sarah Scherk Sophomore Communication studies major


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Plastic’s place in American consumerism


ith all of the amazing medicines, machines and other technologies that have helped us advance as a species, you might think that we’re not doing too poorly. But I would argue that amid all these advances, we are forgetting the very basis of our existence: Mother Nature. The more I educate myself about our sociBy Hannah Stone ety’s consumerism, the more it Staff Writer baffles me. How can we truly be free when we have enslaved ourselves to consumerism, a creature of our own making? Not only is this bad for us economically, but it also creates moral and health dilemmas. I don’t consider myself to be a hippie, a tree hugger or a Luddite, but some people brand me as such after hearing about my ardent support of food and water justice. I’m in favor of locally grown food and farmers instead of the faraway factories that produce the packaged cheeses, meats, desserts and other various products that line store shelves across the country. Does that sound crazy? Yes, this means that I have also become a vegan. Gasp if you must. In commitment to this lifestyle that preserves energy and the environment, I became involved in the endeavor of a friend, sophomore film production major Corey Bigoni, to petition for the banning of bottled water on LMU’s campus. At first, I didn’t understand why the removal of plastic bottles was important to improving our environment. I discovered, however, some eye-opening truths that prompted me to

volunteer for this effort by obtaining signatures for the petition. According to, threequarters of Earth is water, and less than 1 percent of it is fit for human consumption. There is a widening gap between those with and those without water, thus creating a grave economic divide. cites the average American will use 176 gallons of water per day, compared with the average African family, who uses five gallons. It seems unnatural to me that a Jesuit university such as ours, which prides itself on social justice, has not taken a more impassioned interest in such an obvious state of unparalleled grievances. After watching the 2009 documentary “Tapped,” which explored the problems a lack of water equality is creating within our own country, I understood the role the bottled water industry has in climate change, pollution and health issues, as well as linking to our heavy reliance on oil production. One of the more frightening aspects mentioned was the lack of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on bottled water conglomerates like Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Only one person heads this department in the U.S. government, of which an unknown amount of testing is done on the “purity” of bottled water. In comparison, says that tap water is regulated with multiple daily tests that have to be released to the public. In addition, Foodandwaterwatch. org points out that an increasingly large amount of bottled water is actually coming from tap water. Large companies are literally taking what would be a free, clean water source from local towns and selling it back to them for a higher premium. Sure, in countries like India,

bottled water is in high demand because these people do not have access to clean tap water. There is no excuse for America, whose bottling water facilities are not only contributing to the poor health of its citizens, but are also wasting millions of tax dollars and other resources. All of this misplaced effort for the sake of producing a plastic container is not only perpetuating our overconsumption, but

contains a product that is undeniably less dependable than the water running from your faucet, in your laundry machine or even in the toilet. Americans have become so accustomed to having everything handed to them in a pretty, made-up package that they wouldn’t know what’s healthy if it came up and smacked them in the metaphorical face. A serious change in our coun-

try’s mindset regarding the food and water industry is going to have to take place now, or we will suffer the consequences of years of poor nutrition choices later. I encourage LMU students to demand more from those who spoonfeed us information regarding our health. This is the opinion of Hannah Stone, a sophomore film studies major from O v e r l a n d Pa r k , K a n . P l e a s e s e n d comments to

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Social media prevents true Cabo freedom


his year for spring break, LMU students traveled everywhere from Ecuador to New York to free themselves from the stresses of second semester. Though many went on AB trips or visited family, the choice destination for a large number of Lions was south of the border, in Cabo San By Eddie Estrada Lucas, Mexico. Cabo fever Contributor was widespread across campus the week prior to break, with people discussing outfits, rides to the airport and, of course, the crazy anecdotes that would result. Spring break has always been infamous for producing stories that you could never tell your parents, and to paraphrase the cliché about Las Vegas, “What happens in Cabo, stays in Cabo.” But this phrase isn’t really applicable anymore. Since almost every student at LMU has an account on at least one, if not every, social media site, we are always connected. But because of this constant connection, what happens on the sunny beaches (and, often more importantly, in the hotel rooms) doesn’t necessarily stay there. While I had chosen to abandon my cellular companion at home, it seemed like I was swimming in a virtual sea of white iPhones upon touching down in Cabo. Everyone, including the friends I went


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with, immediately began trying to find WiFi so that they could tweet about the weather or post to Instagram the humongous line that we had to brave in the airport. When we finally got to the hotel, everyone was taking pictures. Girls and guys were perfecting their poses to make sure that the Cabo diet they went on for the last month would actually be noticeable. As I got to the first club on my first night there, I felt like I was people-watching at Convo. Everywhere I turned, there was a familiar face. I thought to myself how the spring break our parents had back in the day would be nothing like the spring break I was about to have. It seemed like at least 10 percent of our school had

transferred to the prestigious University of Cabo, and I was a little ambivalent about the whole situation. Yes, I did feel safe knowing that if something were to go wrong, I would have the LMU community there to help me, but I also had a sense of dread knowing that I knew (or knew of) a large majority of the people there. To illustrate my point, everyone in the club even started cheering “L-M-U-U-U.” As we moved from location to location, I saw the cameras flashing everywhere. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were all being flooded with everyone’s Cabo experience. And that was when it hit me: My experience was not just mine. The premise of a social network is that it connects you

to everyone you know, so incidentally, all the people that were connected with us spring breakers were everyone else who didn’t go on the trip. Students who I knew and didn’t know would be seeing, sharing and liking the stories and pictures of me and my friends. At first, this sounded like the best idea ever. Those jealous homebodies can live vicariously and virtually through your Cabo documentation. But what happens when that one friend likes a picture of you passed out on the beach with a Dirty Monkey drink in your hand? Their 1000 friends see it, and then some of them like it, and then their 1000 friends see it. By the end of an hour, that random freshman in your History

101 class knows that you just couldn’t hang at the beach that day. This vicious cycle happened over and over in Cabo and affected everyone, including myself. Decisions were made and tweets were sent, and soon enough, people were texting my roommates on the trip asking for the details. Not having my phone, which I thought would be an advantage, ended up being a disadvantage. I couldn’t monitor my friends’ activities, and soon everyone knew the situations that myself and friends found ourselves in, without me ever knowing it happened. Spring break became a story that you could follow from home just by having an app-compatible phone. The LMU spring breakers in Cabo didn’t have the gift of having what happened there stay there because of the social media drug to which we are all addicted. The worst part about our addiction: It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t, kind of situation. If I bring my phone, I will inevitably feed into this live documentation. And if I don’t, there’s just no telling what’s going to be put on the Internet about me. So next year, if you decide to get some sun on that Cabo beach, or if you find yourself in Vegas for a weekend, just remember that with social media, what happens there never truly stays there – and everyone will be watching.

This is the opinion of Eddie Estrada a sophomore communication studies major from Walnut Creek, Calif. Please send comments to


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Making marriage work in a world of divorce


ver spring break, I traveled home to Missouri for my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. As I took my seat in the middle of the plane, I noticed an elderly couple in the row adjacent to mine. As the gentleman carefully placed their bags in the overhead compartment, his wife took her seat and began rifling By Abegail through her Campbell purse. The Contributor gentleman took his seat beside her. She gave him a wink and a smile. Their adorable exchange, so full of familiarity and warmth even in their advanced years, got me thinking about marriage. At a time when the divorce rate continues to climb. what exactly is the recipe for a happy, lasting marriage? I feel as though young adults in our generation, especially among college students like those at LMU, have become cynical about the prospect of young love, replacing the instinctual human search for a mate with school and work. My parents were high school sweethearts; however, they didn’t marry until their third year of college. According to a recent study published in the journal Family Relations (and reported on the Seattle PI website on March 12), people who have more education are less likely to divorce. Both of my

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parents finished college and then went to work as educators in the public school system. After two years of marriage, they had their first of five children. A multitude of studies have shown that couples with children are also less likely to divorce. Although statistics were in my parents’ favor, many of my friends’ parents did not stay together. What makes my parents’ marriage different? I believe that one reason is because they genuinely like each other and enjoy each other’s company. My mom told me that she married her best friend when she married my

dad. They have managed to survive difficult professions, raise children in a constantlychanging society and still enjoy having dinner across the table from the same person. Both of my parents echoed the sentiment that people change with time. No one will be exactly the same year after year. But for a marriage to work, the two people have to change with the times. Both partners in a marriage need to have the same life goals and beliefs in order to make their union work, and most importantly, they must both value and put their marriage first. In 2008, the research compa-

ny Barna Group noted in a study on divorce that Americans have grown comfortable with divorce as a natural part of life. “There no longer seems to be much of a stigma attached to divorce. It is now seen as an unavoidable rite of passage,” the research claims. “Interviews with young adults suggest that they want their initial marriage to last, but are not particularly optimistic about that possibility.” The research also supports the depressing fact that “young people are moving toward embracing the idea of serial marriage, in which a person gets married two or three times, seeking a different part-

ner for each phase of their adult life.” It is true that even though marriages may begin with love, commitment and friendship, some will still fail. For example, one of the most common reasons for a divorce is a couple’s finances. Financial strain can create a rift between even the most loving of couples. In my parents’ case, they divided the bills, had separate checking accounts and discussed all major purchases. I can’t help but think that this avoidance of financial dependence helped with my parents’ relationship. So while I’m working towards getting a degree and (hopefully) a good job, I refuse to believe that love and professional success are mutually exclusive. I am not an expert on love. This is why my advice for lasting love is based on the successes of others. In fall 2013, I will graduate and begin competing in a job market that is less than promising. Perhaps that is why I look for stability in a world that offers me very little. One thing’s for sure: Marriage is hard. Like most everything, there will be good times and bad times, but it’s the people who work hard and fight through the tough moments that will thoroughly enjoy the good ones. Watching my parents slow dance on their wedding anniversary like high school sweethearts makes me think that there is something to be said for sticking it out. This is the opinion of contributor Abegail Campbell, a senior communication studies major from Warsaw, Mo. Please send comments to

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Hollywood should leave the classics alone W

hy does Hollywood have to ruin my childhood? Better yet, why do I pay them to do so? I went in with low expectations this weekend to see “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” only to find that they were barely met. Given its great cast full of some of my favorites and Chris Culture a director By Christopher who brought “Spiderman” James to life for A&E Editor my thrilled 10-year-old self, you may ask: What made this prequel to one of the greatest movies of alltime so awful? To start with, the story seemed like a first draft. And you would think that after spending a reported $215 million, according to Box Office Mojo, in production costs, Disney would have at least wanted to make sure that it wasn’t making a film that would make Judy Garland and Toto roll over in their graves. However, this weekend’s box office proved that no one cares how bad these nostalgia projects turn out to be, so why should studios invest the time to make sure they are up to par? “Oz” made $149 million worldwide and a sequel has already been green-lit, according to Disney. This trend of re-writing our childhood and selling it back to us at an inflated 3-D price started in 2010 with one of the worst atrocities not involving

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While both films have proven to be commercial successes, for Christopher James, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” failed to live up to the childhood classics from which they are derived. Katherine Heigl to ever hit the screen: “Alice in Wonderland.” I remember going over to my grandma’s house as a child and watching the Disney incarnation for hours upon hours, transfixed by the colorful characters and the increasingly heightened stakes of the story. Walking out of the theater rubbing my sore eyes at Tim Burton’s version, however, all I felt was indignation and anger that Alice had been turned into a naive waif without even a shred of personality. Wonderland looked like an LSDinduced trip to the projects, and Johnny Depp was given

the creative license to behave like a crazed mental patient with the immediate need of a lobotomy. Even worse, his Mad Hatter became the main character, and the third act turned into a C-grade “Narnia” knockoff, which wasn’t even a good enough film to be ripping off in the first place. But guess what? Burton’s steaming pile of filth is one of 15 movies to gross over a billion dollars, according to Box Office Mojo. I spent my spring break at Disney World this year, and all I saw throughout the endless overpriced merchandise shops were “Oz” toys and Mad Hat-

ter hats. Far be it from me to spy some merchandise from Walt Disney’s classic films. Nope, Disney not only wants to charge me too much for a keychain, but they also have to make sure it represents a terrible remake of a movie that didn’t need to be tampered with in the first place. On the horizon, Angelina Jolie is set to be Maleficent in a re-imagining of “Sleeping Beauty,” “Star Wars” is going to get three new installments (as if episodes 1-3 didn’t already teach us a lesson) and even “Finding Nemo” is looking at a sequel to do away with

all the good will and humor of the first. Is there any film sacred enough that studios will leave alone? “Indiana Jones” already got its reputation sullied by “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Disney princesses aren’t safe either. Kristen Stewart is now Snow White to a whole new generation of girls. Let that fact sink in. But fret not, my discerning movie-going public. There is a way to stop studios from destroying nostalgia and turning our golden childhood memories into cheap cash grabs and theme park promotions: Don’t go see “Oz.” Yes, I know there isn’t anything out in theaters right now, so stay in and have a Netflix binge. Rewatch “The Wizard of Oz.” It won’t cost $15. If we stop going to see these movies, they’ll stop being made. Do you see Disney going to make “John Carter 2” or New Line jumping at a “Jack the Giant Slayer 2?” No. It’s because people realized they would rather be bored than watch nondescript fodder three seconds into the story. “Jack the Giant Slayer” was probably no worse of a movie than “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” However, it wasn’t set in Oz, so no one saw it. Let’s put a stop to this right now; let’s vow to not go pay to watch our childhood memories sullied by studio executives. Maybe in return we will get original films worth our time, money and intelligence. This is the opinion of Christopher James, a junior screenwriting and marketing double major from Lodi, Calif. Please send comments to

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Author Greenstreet fuses poetry and performance

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ST Patrick's Day St. Patrick’s Day is a worldwide celebration of Irish culture. From special festivals commemorating the occasion, to an excuse to inhale copious amounts of Irish beer, this holiday has it all. As March 17 fast approaches this Sunday, here are some ways you can celebrate your inner Irish cheer.

1 The gap between art and life was successfully closed by poet Kate Greenstreet, who refuses to rely on one medium to spread her message. Literature came alive as the William H. Hannon Library hosted the author and poet for an evening of poetry and film on Tuesday, March 12. The audience was transported as the rich readings fused poetry with biographical tales. LMU was the only Los Angeles stop on Greenstreet’s book tour, following the release of her newest book “Young Tambling.” English professor and accomplished poet Sarah Maclay, who coordinated the event, said that “Ms. Greenstreet is one of the most celebrated experimental poets at work today.” -Chelsea Chenelle, asst. A&E editor

Brennan’s Pub What would an LMU St. Patrick’s Day be without hailing a cab to Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey at 6 a.m. For those over 21, the Irish pub is famous for its green beer on March 17, as well as corned beef sandwiches to commemorate the Irish culture. Inside and out there will be music playing all day.

Saint Paddy’s PubCrawl Hollywood Ever wanted to participate in an all-weekend pub Crawl to see the bars L.A. has to offer? For those over 21, this three-day event involves starting at a specified bar upon registration and moving from participating bar to bar for such specials as $2 draft beers, $3 mixers and $4 shots. It’s a marathon of drinking and specifically geared to ring in the holiday. Make sure to wear your green, or you may get booed or jeered.


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The L.A. Live St. Patrick’s Day Festival Looking for some free fun to show your Irish spirit? L.A. Live is hosting its third annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival (sponsored by Bud Light) in order to honor the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. While traditional Irish culture will be present with the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Drum & Bagpipe Band, as well as Irish dance and food, the event will also feature the Budweiser Clydesdales and the Harley-Davidson Ride to L.A. Live. Both the Clippers and Lakers have home games on Sunday. Why not make it a full day at the festival? - Christopher James, A&E editor Tyler Barnett | Loyolan

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Online programming is the future of TV I

recently paid my $80 cable bill only to find myself thinking that, frankly, it was a load of crap. These words rarely come from me, being the self-proclaimed TV junkie that I am. This is because the only show that I’ve recently been tuning into, or rather obsessing about, is Netflix’s first original series, By Marissa “House of Cards.” It is Morgan magical; an Contributor entire season only a mouse click away. Still, I obviously didn’t pace myself because one week and one Netflix binge later, I was hooked and left wanting more. Perhaps some of you fellow fans have tried, like me, to dissect the cause of this whirlwind addiction. First, there’s the hypnotizing draw of Kevin Spacey’s southern charm as conniving Congressman Frank Underwood. Sprinkle that on top of the compelling subplots of bribery, blackmailing and dealmaking that seem to accurately unmask the face of our nation’s real leaders. Then, of course, we can’t forget the haunting chill that we feel from Underwood’s wicked asides to the camera in true Richard III style. In my opinion, “House of Cards” is the kind of smart and sexy TV drama that I could get used to watching, but only on my computer.

“House of Cards” proves that we may have reached a new age of hit television that is accessible only through the Internet. Has Netflix unearthed the newest superpower in original programming? On top of the show’s newfound success, Netflix also has resurrected the cult favorite “Arrested Development” for one more season to air exclusively on the provider. USA Today also reports an entire lineup of upcoming Netflix shows, including the new comedy “Orange is the New Black,” which is due out in the spring, and the murder mystery show “Hemlock Grove,” which is set to air this April. These shows got me thinking: What does this type of technological production mean for our future TV experience? We’ve grown accustomed to instant online streaming with host sites like Hulu or HBO GO, but Netflix is quick to compete, totaling a staggering 30 million subscribers in over 40 countries worldwide for just an $8 monthly fee. The truth is that the traditional appeal of cable channels like CBS, TNT and NBC is falling fast. I’m sure many of you are like me: I rarely find myself sitting in front of an actual TV. It’s simply a decoration. My computer has become a multipurpose entertainment behemoth for music, movies and TV – and homework too, I suppose. Netflix isn’t the only one to catch on to these kinds of consumer demands. According to a March 4 article on


Netflix offers commercial-free original programming, such as “House of Cards” and the return of “Arrested Development,” and challenges traditional cable for the college demographic., companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and even YouTube are preparing to enter the same race to create original content. Amazon has already begun casting pilots, and Microsoft recently bought the rights to an untitled indie film project. Still, a Netflix series like “House of Cards” offers not only exclusivity to its members, but availability. “House of Cards” is the first series to release an entire season of 13 new episodes at once, and shows like “Arrested De-

velopment” will surely follow suit. For busy students like us, there are definite benefits to having new episodes on demand. It’s almost too easy to envision this perfect TV experience: No ads, no waiting for episodes to load. Just some quality entertainment whenever and wherever you want it. Overall, all cable networks are facing the rigorous challenge of maintaining our satisfaction and interest. Our fast-paced, technologically savvy society no longer has

time (or the patience) to sit through commercials or to wait for weekly episodes. It seems that the television industry will play the hand they’ve been dealt and answer to the rising competition. One thing is certain: Netflix and its “House of Cards” are betting on what appears to be a winning hand. This is the opinion of Marissa Morgan, a junior English major from Lenexa, Kan. Please send comments to

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News of the Fire prepares new music

Music Feature By Mary Grace Cerni Asst. A&E Editor


he shock of real life is coming just as fast as a graduation date for L.A.-based band News of the Fire. Making it in an increasingly competitive industry is the greatest challenge for the band, according to lead vocalist and senior film production major Dan Fromhart. The Loyolan talked to Fromhart about the transformations of News of the Fire, breaking into the music industry and the band’s new, more “musically focused” EP. Mary Grace Cerni (MGC): How would you describe your sound? What sets your band apart? Dan Fromhart (DF): I think our sound is very much influenced by Coachella and what’s going on there. Live performance is a huge part of what we are. What sets us apart is we like to have fun. We like to have fun onstage and in the studio. With our last EP [“Motions and Hints,” 2011], we thought, “How could we have fun here?” We only had three days to record and mix it. It was crazy. This time around was different. It was more creative. There was more input into it. It’s more of a communal process in terms of making music. We are making music as fans of music. MGC: What is going to be different about the new EP? When do you expect to have it out? DF: Our new EP is going to be four songs. It was going to be five, but the guy we’re recording with – his hard drive crashed and we lost one of the songs. That kind of stuff happens. We’ve recorded it different times with four different people, and it has never made it. It’s about my grandpa, so it’s weird. We just recorded it on campus with a friend of ours, though, and it sounds really good. Our plans are changing now that we are more aware of how people listen to music. With Spotify and iTunes, basically how it works is that people will listen to one song off of an EP and listen to it a lot. So, we’re trying to put out one track per month. It’s fun and different, and it’s constant exposure and new material for our fans or

Dan Fromhart

The L.A.-based indie rock band News of the Fire – made up of (left to right) Logan Pettito, Blake LeCroy, Dan Fromhart and Nick Tellier – plans to release a new four-song EP “very soon” with the aim of expanding the audience and exposure for their music. whoever wants to listen to it. We don’t have a due date, but we are having it mixed right now by a guy that has worked with Tenacious D. We hope to have physical copies this time, because we didn’t have that before. We’re doing things differently. We hope to have it out very soon.

is getting in front of a bigger audience. We want to build on more than just friends’ word-ofmouth. I think we are at a great level as a band. [It’s] a very unique place that we are at, but there is definitely a half a step more where we can get more exposure, and it’s difficult to get there.

MGC: Where will your next show be? DF: We aren’t playing shows right now because we are trying to focus on finishing the new EP. We want to play a house show at LMU. News of the Fire did that a couple of years ago at USC, and it was a blast. The Westchester community is very strict, however.

MGC: What do you hope to accomplish with News of the Fire in the future? DF: The biggest goal for us, just because we are from there, is to play at Coachella. I don’t care what time it’s at, but just to be on that Coachella bill would be amazing. That’s how we all got into music, because we went [to Coachella].

MGC: Has News of the Fire been approached by any labels or producers? DF: Not yet. Especially in L.A., it’s something you really have to work toward. Right now, we are just trying to get in front of more people. The next step

MGC: Will News of the Fire be you and your bandmates’ main focus after you guys graduate? DF: We talk about that all the time. Last year we weren’t focusing enough on that. It’s hard to say it will be mine and my bandmates’ thing. Because with


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me, music in general is very serious. I have come to understand that maybe it’s not for everyone. I know for a fact that it will be something I am very invested in. As of now, I want to say yes, from what I’ve gleaned from the other guys, it will be. That’s why I’m staying in L.A. It’s interesting and humbling to see how the music industry has

and will continue to change in terms of how it treats its artists.

To listen to News of the Fire’s first EP, “Motions and Hints,” check out the Spotify playlist on the online version of this article at

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Men’s tennis (1-10) earned its first victory last Saturday against UC Riverside, 6-1. Doubles partners sophomore Todd Volmari and junior Sebastian Bustamante along with their counterparts,

sophomore Othar Kordsachia and sophomore Felix Van Kann, beat their opponents 8-2, giving the Lions an easy doubles point. The Lions took five out of the six singles matches against the Highlanders, including victories by Bustamante and Van Kann. LMU begins conference play against Gonzaga University at the LMU Tennis Center on Sunday at noon.

Club rugby (3-1-1) faces rival Pepperdine University

in the conference semifinals at Sullivan Field at 1 p.m. on Saturday. LMU is coming off of a 31-31 tie against UC Riverside. The Lions will try to avenge an earlier 24-15 conference loss to the Waves.

LMU ATHLETICS NEWS AND NOTESAndriana FROMRicchiuti THE PAST WEEK Women’s tennis beat Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 5-2

on the road last Sunday. The No. 72 Lions won two of three doubles matches thanks to the efforts of senior April Bisharat and junior Claudia Razzetto, along with senior Adriana Radinovic and junior Miya Jin. Ranked No. 19 in individual rankings, Bisharat beat Cal Poly’s freshman Louise Oxnevad in three sets. LMU faces the University of New Mexico on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the LMU Tennis Center.

Men’s club lacrosse hosts Chapman University for a divisional

matchup on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Leavey Field. The Lions (2-6, 1-1) defeated Utah State University 14-8 on Monday.

LMU’s track team travels to the Oxy Distance Carnival on Friday. The Lions participated in the Ben Brown Invitational last weekend. Top performers include junior Kevin Joerger, who placed eighth in the 5,000-meter with a time of 14:31.29, and senior Sheree Shea, who finished third in the 5,000-meter with a time of 16:53. Women’s club lacrosse travels to UC Santa Cruz on Saturday. This is the team’s first game in nearly a month. The team dominated UC Irvine 18-3 in late February. Information compiled by Kevin Cacabelos, Sports editor; Graphic: Mercedes Pericas | Loyolan

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The Loyolan congratulates Alex Cowling on a record-breaking career. All-time WCC scoring record (2,219 points)


S PORTS Lions end season on high note in Vegas

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Two Plus the Foul from Page 24 Only the faithful who were in Las Vegas for LMU’s run can understand what the atmosphere was like. The Lions might not have had more than 30 student fans at the most, during the Gonzaga University game. Spending the majority of spring break supporting a 1-15 team as if it were the reigning champion was something I’ve never seen in my four years at LMU. The 2012-13 season ended with a loss to Gonzaga, but the future is in sight. LMU will lose redshirt senior forward Ashley Hamilton. Despite his inconsistency throughout his five years as a Lion, Hamilton will be missed. He was a veteran player, who, when he turned it on like he did in the Lions’ four postseason games this year, looked like the best player in the conference. LMU is also expecting to lose the bite – not bark – of this year ’s campaign: walkon redshirt senior guard Taylor Walker. Walker, who had amassed just four minutes of court time a season ago, made the most of an unexpected opportunity. His defensive tenacity and high basketball IQ earned him a starting role in the backcourt toward the end of the conference season. The most prominent of the Lions’ returners is junior guard Anthony Ireland, who will enter his final season at LMU next year. He’s been the unquestioned MVP of this team for two years running

and will reprise that role for a third season next year. As one of the nation’s top scorers – he finished 13th in the NCAA with 20.1 PPG – Ireland must continue to improve his offensive dominance. The loss of Hamilton doesn’t just cause Ireland to shoulder a greater load of offensive responsibility for the second straight year, but it takes away one of the team’s few remotely consistent shooters. For a team that struggled against the zone defense this season, the Lions will need shooters. The arrival of highly touted incoming freshman center Patson Siame of Zambia and Las Vegas’ Impact Academy will be an exciting addition for the team. But be prepared, Lions fans: As heralded as Siame is, he is still raw. While he will play right away, you should temper your expectations. Forward Ben Dickinson, who will be a redshirt sophomore-transfer next season, will provide a gritty game down low for the Lions – giving them an edge they have lacked. Also, be on the lookout for freshman forward Taj Adams, who redshirted this season. Adams will be a surprise factor down low for the Lions next year. Graced with exceptional physical and athletic abilities, Adams was one of the most exciting players to watch during practice this season. Of the team’s previous four seasons, this one is the toughest to gauge. The Lions entered conference play one game above .500, and

were expected by the league’s coaches to finish in the top four. For a team that has struggled to fulfill expectations, that fourth-place prediction might have been more of a curse than a blessing. Although it’s difficult to shake a season like this off, that’s not solely how this season will be remembered. This campaign will be remembered for the four games LMU played in Las Vegas; for the brief stint when the Lions were ahead of the No. 1 team in college basketball; for Walker ’s emergence from walk-on to one of the team’s most valuable players. Most importantly, this season will be remembered for how the Lions never laid down and took their losses. They fought day in and day out, and when you’re in the midst of a 14-game losing streak, that’s a tough thing – especially for college students – to do and maintain. For the players: Remember what it took and what it felt like to win those four games and hold onto that through next season. That intensity and that never-back-down mentality will win games. Forget about the expectations, the pressure and what the polls say. At the end of the day, it’s just people talking. Play for pride in yourself, your teammates, your family and your school, and the success will follow. This is the opinion of Michael Goldsholl, a senior English major from Santa Barbara, Calif. Please send comments to

The college basketball world reacts to LMU’s performance in the WCC tournament:

“For one night, [LMU] is the talk of the nation again,” –Sports Illustrated’s Andy Glockner after the Santa Clara win.

“Appreciate all the love, the fans and LMU for my 5 years. Can't wait to get home.” –@thekingash tweet from Ashley Hamilton after the team’s loss to Gonzaga. “The only thing that makes sense about this LMU basketball run is that it’s LMU basketball, it never makes sense.” –@JWilks26 tweet from former Loyolan Sports Editor John Wilkinson (’12).

“No, ESPN, LMU beating Gonzaga would not be the same as a 16 beating a 1. It would be equivalent to a 31 seed beating a 1.” –@slipperstillfits tweet from a Gonzaga basketball fan blog before the semifinal match between the two schools.

“I don’t know, I’m kind of speechless. That’s enough for me. Talk to the guys.” –Head Coach Max Good during post-game press conference after the team’s win against Santa Clara.

S PORTS Cowling’s talent may be irreplaceable next year

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Raff’s Rap from Page 24 But in the last two weeks of the season, something changed. The team began to put everything together and started winning games. People other than Cowling stepped up to the plate and delivered big minutes for the Lions. Freshman guard Deanna Johnson went on an offensive explosion when junior point guard Hazel Ramirez was sidelined with an ankle injury, as she led the Lions in scoring three of the last four games. At the press conference after the club’s final game on March 8, Elliott, Cowling and senior guard Dani LeNoir were not ready for the season to be over, because they felt like something special was just starting to be created. That’s the hard part about collegiate sports. Players only have a limited time in uniform, and it was unfortunate that Elliott, who was in her first year as head coach for LMU, only had one year with Cowling to implement a whole new system while balancing the talent of one of the conference’s best players. “I won’t get to enjoy the fruits of my labor,” Cowling said in an interview earlier in the season. “Mark my words – this team will be one of the best teams in the conference next year and for years to come,” said Cowling in an emotional tone after losing to BYU. “I look at my career in two parts [the first four years and this last one].”

Elliott echoed her disappointment about the season finishing in a loss: “It pains me to know that I will go to practice and these two [Cowling and LeNoir] will not be there.” So the question becomes: Who will be? How will this team that lost a superstar player and leader move on? Will their momentum carry them or will it be another transition for Elliott to strike the chord with her team and have them play how they played in the last two weeks of the season? Four starters come back for the team next season, which bodes well for Elliott. She has Johnson, who showed her scoring ability, alongside Ramirez, who will have had four years in the program and is professional at pushing the Elliott tempo. Sophomore guard Danielle Pruitt sticks to opposing scorers like glue, and freshman forward Chelsea Barnes, who came off the bench for most of the season, showed she could get to the rim. The question will be who can handle the inside presence, especially with Cowling, who collected more rebounds than anyone at LMU, off the roster? Who will step up in the locker room as the clear-cut leader for the team? Will it be the humble Ramirez, who has improved vocally over the season but still has a quiet persona, or will it be an underclassman like Johnson who steps up as the vocal leader?

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LMU junior guard Hazel Ramirez dribbles against Brigham Young University defense in the West Coast Conference Championship quarterfinals on Friday in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lions lost the game 69-57. You don’t replace an Alex Cowling. It’s impossible, because her combination of talent and leadership is second to none. Elliott’s challenge will be to take whatever was going on in these last two weeks of basketball, develop it

over the summer, integrate a new recruiting class and come out next season with the same passion, enthusiasm and victories. Will it be easy? Absolutely not. But this group is special. If Cowling says they will be

great, I’m inclined to believe her. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a junior communications studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Please email comments to

Golf gears up for WCC Golf from Page 24 The two-day tournament, held at the Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove, Calif., featured 14 teams from all over the United States, including Chico State University, the University of South Carolina Upstate and the winner of the tournament, UC Santa Barbara. The Lions have one more tune-up at the 33rd annual Anteater Invitational at the El Niguel Country Club on March 25-26 before the WCC Championships in April.

“The next tournament will allow me to build some good confidence and play good rounds,” Torano said. “I want to be able to improve with a good tournament and use that momentum into conference.” Campbell knows he can improve before conference play begins. “I’m looking to trying and finish off with a good tournament. I want to build off of my first round score [of 70],” he said. “Keeping the momentum going into conference is important and hope-

fully I can play well there and finish in the top 10.” The Lions are confident they can string together their best rounds in the final weeks of the season and place well at the conference championships. “Mentally, we know that we’re able to play well. We need to trust that we can hang in with the big teams in conference like St. Mary’s [College],” Torano said. “I know we can play well. We just need to get some good practice rounds in next week.”


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S PORTS Life is a beach, I’m just playing in the sand March 14, 2013 Page 22

As the LMU sand volleyball season kicks off, learn tips for playing on the beach.


pring has almost officially sprung. The air is fresher, the nectar is sweeter, the days are longer and, most importantly, it’s sand volleyball season.The LMU sand volleyball team (02) has a match today against CSU Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. at 4 p.m. The Lions indoor team made it to the NCAA Sam’s Slam tournament By Sam Borsos in the fall for Asst. Sports Editor the first time since 2005, so now it’s time to prove their skills in the sand. But how many people know the difference between strategies in sand volleyball versus indoor volleyball? Of course, one of them involves taking a far more thorough shower afterwards. But let me break down the differences in strategy between the two for those of you who might try and test out your skills in the sand this season or head out to see an LMU game. Here are three tips to remember about sand volleyball that don’t apply to traditional indoor court volleyball.

1. Don’t worry if you’re vertically challenged.

This sounds strange, because it seems like volleyball is all about being the tallest player

on the court. In indoor volleyball, this is a huge advantage because you spike the ball down from way up high. However, in sand volleyball, getting a kill is more about the placement of the ball on the opponent’s side, rather than how hard you hit it. Think about it: If you’ve ever run on the beach, you’ve probably become winded more quickly. But it’s much harder for the defense to chase after a ball in the sand compared to a gym floor. This means that you can get a lot of kills whether you’re 6-foot-7-inches or 5-foot-1-inch. This is good news for those of us who have always been insecure about our height disadvantages.

2. Try to pick on the weaker hitter of the two.

In sand volleyball, there are only two players on each side of the net instead of the traditional six. This means that in indoor volleyball, the setter has five options of who to set to get the best possible hit. But in sand volleyball, if you serve it to one player, you know for a fact that the other one is going to hit it. This is a perfect moment to capitalize on picking on the weak link. Not only will this benefit your chances of having an easy lob over the net coming at you, but you can also tire out the opponent. Hopefully they’ll collapse from exhaustion, leading you to an easy win. At that point, you’re already at the beach so you can relax in the sun from your well-earned victory.

3. Expect sand in your pants.

I know you’re thinking. “Really, Sam? I’m going to get sand in my pants playing sand

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Former LMU sand volleyball outside hitter Jasmine Rankins spikes a ball at a match against CSU Long Beach in 2011. The Lions (0-2) play CSU Long Beach today at 4 p.m. in Long Beach, Calif. for their third game this season. volleyball?” But seriously, if you’ve ever truly dived for a ball in the sand or even attempted a volleyball roll (similar to a somersault) at the beach, it is not a pleasant experience getting back up and brushing yourself off – the sand sticks to you, especially if you’re sweating. One time I dove for a ball and immediately regretted not bringing mouthwash with me. Gross. Just keep in mind that you’re going to get sand in your shorts, your hair, your eyes and any other place you can think of. The best players will tough out the uncomfortable, itchy, sticky feeling and go

right on playing as if nothing is bothering them. In fact, by the end of your first few games you’ll probably start enjoying the delicious taste of victory – literally. Now that you’re an expert on sand volleyball strategy, you can better understand the challenges our Lions face when competing in the sand versus their usual indoor courts. And, you can try these tips yourself. Head out to the beach this weekend with a few friends and show them your new moves. You can even hustle them if you want by challenging them to a game – the losers can buy the

winners milkshakes from Iggy’s Diner. Just show them a few warm-up drills of your “terrible skills” (wink wink), and once the whistle blows, start using these three strategies to lead you to an easy win. I have faith that by the end of this article, all of you will be ready to prove yourselves on the sand and get some free milkshakes. Just make sure to wash the victory sand out of your mouth before enjoying them. This is the opinion of Sam Borsos, an undeclared liberal arts major from Palo Alto, Calif. Please email comments to sborsos@

S PORTS LMU’s Cinderella run to the WCC semifinals

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Wednesday, March 6 Redshirt senior forward Ashley Hamilton scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the No. 9 seeded Lions victory over No. 8 University of Portland. LMU ended a 14-game losing streak that dated back to Jan. 10.

Thursday, March 7 The Lions avenged a buzzer-beating regular-season loss to No. 5 University of San Francisco in this second round game. Junior point guard Anthony Ireland scored the first four points of overtime and finished with a teamleading 16 points.

Friday, March 8 Ireland proved himself to be one of the top players in the conference, hitting the game-winning layup with six seconds remaining, giving the Lions a 60-58 lead over Santa Clara University. The Lions’ quarterfinal win stretched their win streak to three games.

Saturday, March 9 The Lions were only down 27-26 at the half to Gonzaga University. However, the No. 1 team in the nation woke up in the second half, storming out to a 15-point lead and ending LMU’s hopes of playing the WCC Championship game. – Complied by Kevin Cacabelos, Sports editor


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Men’s basketball falls short of winning the jackpot at the WCC Championships in Las Vegas

The LMU men’s basketball team fell to No. 1 Gonzaga University last Saturday in the semifinals of the WCC tournament championships. Redshirt senior Ashley Hamilton (left), averaged 12.5 points and 9 rebounds in LMU’s four games in Las Vegas. LMU beat the University of Portland, the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University on consecutive days before facing Gonzaga last Saturday. For photos and game summaries of the tournament, turn to Page 23.

LMU finds winning spirit Win streak hits roadblock Men’s basketball wins three straight games before falling to Gonzaga in the WCC Championships semifinals.


any might say they caught a hot streak while in Las Vegas, Nev., but most can’t say they have been successful when they depart the Sin City. But somehow – even after a season of toil and an extreme lack of results – the men’s basketball team left Las Vegas with more than they came with. While many LMU students were enjoying the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, the Lions arrived in Vegas early last week for the 2013 West Coast Conference Two Plus the Foul (WCC) ChampionBy Michael Goldsholl ships. The ninth-seed in a nine-team tourStaff Writer nament, LMU’s bags were packed with injured players, a 1-15 conference record and nothing to lose. The amount of people who truly believed that the LMU men’s basketball team could

make some noise in the conference championships was probably equivalent to the number of individuals who turned $20 into six figures at the tables this past weekend. The team just needed to get over the hump once and move from keeping it close to actually holding on for the win – not just to put up a ‘W’ on the board, but also to mentally believe they were capable of doing it. That’s not to say that they didn’t believe they could win games. Even in the midst of the 14-game losing streak, they practiced as if they were a winning program every day. At some point, the Lions had to figure it out; it was just a matter of when. The “when” came on March 6, as the Lions captured an 11-point win over the eighth-seeded University of Portland in the WCC Championships’ opening round. It was their third-biggest win against a Division I team in 2012-13. When the game entered into a pressure-cooker situation during the final minute, it was LMU who prevailed. One win turned into two, which turned into three. Following a come-from-behind win against the fourth-placed Santa Clara University on the third evening of the tournament, the Lions had people believing an upset of the nation’s No. 1 team was in the realm of possibility.

Charity Elliott’s squad loses its momentum after a dominating opening round win over USF.


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t’s difficult as an objective sports writer to talk about a team in terms of one player, especially in a season recap column, but in the case of the 2012-13 women’s basketball team, redshirt senior Alex Cowling did it all for the Lions. The campaign ended in Las Vegas, Nev. for the club in the quarterfinal round of the West Coast C o n f e r e n c e (WCC) Championships. They saw Raff’s Rap their last action By Dan Raffety of the season in a 12-point loss Managing Editor to the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars. It was appropriate that Cowling, who only scored seven points through 38 minutes of the contest,

pearances with an 8th-place finish, posting a 293 in the final round. Junior Tyler Torano was the top finisher for the Lions, tying for 12th with five other golfers at 1-over-par 217. He shot under-par on rounds one and three, but a 4-over-par on the second round dropped him out of contention. “Overall my game wasn’t that bad, but it definitely wasn’t my A game,” Torano said. “It showed what I needed to work on for the next few tournaments and I’m going to use that and get better. Even though I didn’t play my best, I was still able to put together some good rounds.” Torano, who was named WCC Golfer of the Month for February, fell to the 27th spot after

the second round, but a 2-under 70 in the final round moved him back into the top 15. Freshman Connor Campbell finished closest to Torano with a 5-over 221. Campbell shot a 2-under-par 70 in the first round, but shot a 75 and 76 in the final two rounds. “The first round I struck the ball really well and I was making a lot of birdies,” Campbell said. “Each round I made too many stupid mistakes that I normally wouldn’t make and that turned out to be the difference for me in the tournament.” Campbell fell 19 spots into a seven-way tie for 30th in the final round. Despite the finish, it is his best overall performance he has turned in this year.

scored 10 straight points to end the game. She ended her LMU career as the WCC all-time scoring leader, hanging up the uniform after 2,219 points and recording 939 career rebounds, which is the most in LMU women’s basketball history. The club entered the tournament as the fifth seed, which was a drastic improvement from much of the season’s play. The team did not win a road game until Feb. 21 and lost seven of eight games at one point in the season. The team came into Sin City on a two-game win streak, having won three of four games overall. Head Coach Charity Elliott preached all season to have the team play its best basketball in March and the team responded with not only victories, but also a style of play that fit the aggressive and fiery head coach. Aside from the statistical numbers, Cowling’s leadership shined brightly even when times were dark and morale was low. When talking to Cowling, her accomplishments were always overshadowed by the team’s lack of success.

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Golf searching for consistent performances LMU places eighth out of 14 universities at the Sacramento State Invitational on Tuesday. By Carlton Lew Asst. Sports Editor

After consecutive top-three finishes at the Folino Invitational and the Del Walker Invitational, the LMU men’s golf team looked to carry the momentum into this week’s Sacramento State Invitational hosted by the Old Spaghetti Factory. The Lions fell short of matching their previous two tournament ap-

“I’m starting to play better than I was earlier in the year,” he said. “Although I didn’t do too well, this is the best tournament I’ve played since I’ve been here.” Senior Bryan Bergna finished seven places behind Campbell for a five-way tie for 37th. Bergna started the the final day in 31st place, but a 3-over 75 put him at a 7-over 223 for the tournament. Senior Boris Stantchev’s 224 finished one stroke behind Bergna in a two-way tie for 42nd. Rounding out the Lions’ efforts was freshman Chase Nicolai who placed in a sixway tie for 54th at 12-over 228.

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