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ESTABLISHED ESTABLISHED 1921 1921 March 27, 21, 2012 2013 September Volume Volume91, 91,Issue Issue35 7 Your Home. Your Voice. Your News. loyola marymount university

LMU hires new vice provost

ASLMU announces new name for CollegeFest

The Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Dr. Maureen Weatherall, will start in April.

Due to accusations of copyright infringement, the annual concert is now called SpringFest.

By Allison Croley News Editor

By Kevin O’Keeffe and Zaneta Pereira Loyolan Staff

A cease-and-desist letter was sent to LMU’s Office of the President from CollegeFest Promotions LLC on Thursday demanding the University stop using the name “CollegeFest.” In response to the letter, ASLMU announced Tuesday, through an event on the organization’s Facebook page, that the event would now be referred to as SpringFest. The letter, signed by Adam Paget, legal counsel for CollegeFest Promotions LLC, claimed the company owns the trademark “COLLEGEFEST” and that the name “has become famous, and consumers recognize this mark as a distinctive indicator of our client’s high-quality services.” Because of this, the letter alleged, LMU’s use of the name CollegeFest is an infringement and violates several laws, including the federal Lanham Act. “We were surprised when we heard the news about the cease-and-desist letter,” Director of Student Leadership and Development (SLD) Andrea Niemi said of receiving the notice. “After receiving the letter, possible options were discussed and the students decided to re-adopt the SpringFest,” which is the event’s former name. Paget demanded in the letter the cessation of “any and all use of the COLLEGEFEST name and mark … in any and all materials [and] in all formats,” asking for confirmation of this by last Tuesday. If LMU did not stop using the name CollegeFest, the letter concluded, “we [would] have no alternative but to take all steps necessary to preserve and protect our rights without further notice to [the University].” According to its website, CollegeFest

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Derby Dash kicks off Sigma Chi’s Derby Days Sigma Chi fraternity hosted Derby Dash on Monday as part of Derby Days, a week-long series of events that raise awareness about sexual assult and money for philanthropy causes. Delta Gamma sorority (above) was one of the teams participating in the week’s festivities. For more photos of Derby Days, visit the Loyolan’s Facebook page.

Dr. Maureen Weatherall, who will start her position as LMU’s Vice Provost of Enrollment next month, will be responsible for programs such as Financial Aid, Student Life and Admissions. Weatherall retired from a similar position at Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in 2010. She said in an interview with the Loyolan that her experience there Dr. Maureen Weatherall taught her that to be an effective Vice Provost of Enrollment, and that her focus needs to be on not only getting students to LMU, but making them want to stay here. During Weatherall’s time at SIT, the New Jersey Attorney General’s office conducted an investigation in 2009 surrounding the mismanagement of money regarding SIT officials, according to multiple sources including ABC News, the Star Ledger and Weatherall herself in an interview with the Loyolan. The allegations were dropped in 2010, but the former president stepped down as a result. Weatherall said his resignation was to “allow the university to heal.” When asked, President David Burcham admitted to being aware of the accusations and confirmed that enough research was done for him to “come to the conclusion that the allegations were unfounded.” Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Joseph Hellige, Weatherall’s new direct superior, said that extensive research is done before hiring anyone. With regards to Weatherall, he said that the university did “extensive research” into the allegations of

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Protesting students barricade Lair entrances The protest was intended to “spark a little controversy,” according to one participant. By Allison Croley and Ali Swenson Loyolan Staff

In a planned protest for Immigration Awareness Week, students involved in various service organizations and other groups on campus gathered in front of the Lair Tuesday at Convo and barricaded the entrances so people could not get through the doors. Sophomore communication studies major and member of Underwings Praxis Adriana Rodriguez took part in the demonstration. Rodriguez spoke to the ethical issues surrounding immigration and noted that sometimes the most reasonable way to get somewhere is

not always the most ethical one. She also said that the goal was to get people to come to this idea, or not, on their own. “We just basically wanted to spark a little controversy and get people thinking,” Rodriguez said. “[We] basically blocked off the Lair.” The student-run demonstration aimed to affect as many people as possible with the blockade. Students chose the Lair because of its congestion at Convo hour, Rodriguez told the Loyolan. The demonstration was a part of the greater Immigration Awareness Week occurring on campus, which includes different events related to undocumented students and immigration each day. Student groups other than Underwings Praxis that were


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University celebrates feast of Saint Joseph In celebration of the election and installment of the new pope, Francis, members of LMU and the surrounding community packed Sacred Heart Chapel Tuesday during Convo for Mass. Fr. Robert Caro, S.J., LMU’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry, presided over the ceremony. For more photos from the week, visit the Loyolan’s Facebook page.

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Former LMU cadet receives national award NEWS FEATURE After competing against all commissioning sources, Tylski won Cadet of the Year. By Casey Kidwell Asst. News Editor

Integrity, service before self, excellence: These are the core values established by the Air Force and exemplified by members of LMU’s AFROTC program including recent Cadet of the Year award winner Elijah Tylski. “As a leader in the ROTC program, all cadets could count on him to lead by example,� fellow AFROTC member senior chemistry major Jennifer Sonnier said of Tylski. As a cadet, Tylski attended Westmont College and majored in chemistry, according to a statement released by Colonel Chuck Corley. Upon graduating with a 3.98 GPA, Tylski became a cadet in LMU’s AFROTC

program, earning himself a “4.0 GPA in his aerospace studies courses, scored a perfect 100 on multiple fitness tests and was the cadet wing commander his senior year,� according to Corley’s statement. Tylski took home the Air Force’s 2012 Cadet of the Year award at a ceremony at the Pentagon. This award considered all commissioning sources, including Air Force ROTC, Officer Training School and the United States Air Force Academy, according to Corley’s statement. “Tylski beat out not only all the AFROTC cadets across the country, but also the most elite Air Force education institution, the Air Force Academy, to win this award. To beat a fulltime cadet who attends the academy through AFROTC is really impressive,� said John Garrison, a Pepperdine University graduate who went to Detachment 040 with Tylski. For four years Garrison and Tylski came down for AFROTC training together on Fridays.

Elijah Tylski

Tylski (left) has moved on to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, where he is to start the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.

“He is the type of group member that would always stay late to pick up the slack if someone else dropped the ball. You can always count on him to get things done and make sure they go smoothly – that is why he had the highest position at our detachment, wing commander,� Garrison said, echoing Corley’s statement. While Tylski received numerous awards, scholarships and recognition during his time at LMU, Garrison said that it was never the idea of receiving that recognition that kept Tylski going. Jokingly referring to him as a “robot,� Garrison said that it was Tylski’s dedication that propelled him to achieve his many accomplishments. “He did it because he was dedicated to the mission and believed in the organization,� Garrison said. That achievement came in many different forms for Tylski. With his perfect grades, success in the AFROTC program and his ability to keep his friends and family life balanced as well, Garrison says he and the other cadets would joke that they simply “could not compete with him.� While it may be hard for outside parties to understand and recognize the work that goes into being a cadet or member of the ROTC program at LMU, Tylski received and continues to receive admiration for his hard work in the program. Current Wing Commander of Detachment 040 Joseph Ferrer may be a year below Tylski’s class, but still interacted with and learned quite a bit from Tylski. Not only did Tylski train Ferrer in Honor Guard, but he was a drill instructor at their version of boot camp in Alabama, was Ferrer’s boss and mentor upon return from boot camp and instructed him on “how to spin a rifle, some of the finer points of military drill, how to be an effective supervisor – it goes on,� Ferrer said. Standing at the end of the road in his experience in the ROTC program, Ferrer revealed that a lot more goes into being in the ROTC program than people might assume. It might just seem like a bunch of marching


Elijah Tylski

Tylski (right) shakes hands with Lieutenant General Frank Gorenc as he accepts his award for Cadet of the Year of LMUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ROTC program. around and twirling guns, Ferrer said; however, â&#x20AC;&#x153;much, much more goes on within the program. We have academic classes, physical standards and hundreds of man-hours which go into preparing for training each week,â&#x20AC;? he said. Not to mention the month spent in Alabama and Mississippi, where you are put under constant stress and supervision and expected to perform as a teammate and leader.â&#x20AC;? Ferrer said that, coming into the program as a freshman, there were 60 other cadets. As a senior, there are less than a dozen who will be commissioned into the Air Force this summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staying committed through all of that is a struggle for many prospective cadets, and most of them somewhere along the way decide itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for them,â&#x20AC;? he said. Then you have someone like Lieutenant Tylski who not only goes through it all, but manages to do so with unparalleled success.â&#x20AC;? Senior modern languages major Jeramie Vecera, another member of the Honor Guard who was trained by Tylski, said that while he became close to Tylski during those hundreds of hours practicing and training for the various ceremonies the Air Force Honor Guard performs, he never thought of Tylski as a friend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was something about

him that you could sense, something intangible. You knew he could never be your peer. He was just better. If anything, I would say I thought of him as a mentor, like a public idol who many look up to,â&#x20AC;? Vecera said. Vecera talked about the qualities that Tylski possesses that others should strive to possess in their own lives, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tylski is a prime example of the adage â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Success is 99 percent perspiration, 1 percent inspiration.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Ferrer said that Tylski has not only received many accolades for his achievements, but has earned the respect and admiration of others within the detachment. Sonnier agreed with Ferrer, adding that in winning this award for LMU, Tylski has brought a â&#x20AC;&#x153;positive light to the detachment.â&#x20AC;? While Tylski has moved on from his time at LMU â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he is currently at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, where he will begin Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program this spring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his hard work and dedication to the program remains a guiding factor for current cadets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lieutenant Tylski continues to be an excellent role model for us,â&#x20AC;? Sonnier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I may not achieve all his success, but as long as I strive to be confident and focused, I will be a better person and future Air Force officer.â&#x20AC;?







â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Lawrence Lim, freshman business major

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Greek life differs among SoCal universities NEWS FEATURE LMU Greek experience differs from surrounding schools in three categories. By Jenna Abdou Asst. Managing Editor

Greek life is often perceived to be a staple of studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; college experience. As many would expect, it plays a big role at Southern California universities. By comparing the Greek communities at LMU, University of Southern California (USC), UCLA and Pepperdine University, it is clear that, for many, the deep connection that members find in their sororities and fraternities is the most special part of being Greek. Jane Humphrey, a freshman liberal arts major at Pepperdine, shared that â&#x20AC;&#x153;students find best friends, role models and opportunities for service through Greek life.â&#x20AC;? While the Greek communities at LMU, USC, UCLA and Pepperdine University share many defining similarities, they differed in three main respects: level of member involvement, Greek councils and Greek housing. According to a poll on CollegeProwler, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Greek Life Rules,â&#x20AC;? LMU is ranked 181st, in comparison to Pepperdine at 160th, UCLA at 22nd and USC at 10th. Jessica Zech, a senior studying print journalism at USC, supported her schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-10 ranking when she shared that â&#x20AC;&#x153;being a part of the Greek system has defined my USC experience.â&#x20AC;? Conversely, many LMU students voiced that their engagement in the Greek community is an important part of their lives but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t encompass all of their time

spent at LMU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that Greek life at LMU is more of a supplement to our overall college experience,â&#x20AC;? junior marketing major and member of Pi Beta Phi Carolyn Crimi said. Junior communication studies major and member of Kappa Alpha Theta Chaya CuĂŤnot, echoed this sentiment, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The effort I put into it reflects what I get out of it.â&#x20AC;? The ability to choose oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to their sorority or fraternity may be attributed to attending a smaller university â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as Humphrey said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greek life is one of the best parts of a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience here if they choose to take advantage of it.â&#x20AC;? While fraternities and sororities at LMU are very social, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hinder its members from being involved in other groups on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;LMU is unique because people are a part of so many other organizations,â&#x20AC;? said CuĂŤnot. Students from other universities also shared that Greek members are involved in different organizations on campus, but Greek life seemingly plays a more defining role at the larger universities. Rafi Silva, a sophomore history major at UCLA, explained that Greek life â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a social wonderland.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me personally, the Greek system was a crash course on social interaction, meeting new people and solidifying social webs,â&#x20AC;? he said. Adam Rei Siegel, a junior studying business administration at USC, said that Greek organizations are united by their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trojan pride.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every single Greek organization is extremely proud of our university and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparent on any game day when everyone is tailgating all throughout campus,â&#x20AC;? Siegel added. Another way that the LMU Greek community is unique is with its Greek Council.

The Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development and Greek Life Advisor at LMU Dan Faill shared that the council represents the entire Greek organization with members of each of the 17 chapters working together. This makes the Greek community at LMU unique, because other universitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; councils are often divided. USC and UCLA each have six separate councils. Greek housing was the third way that Greek life differed among the four colleges. Neither LMU nor Pepperdine University has on-campus Greek housing, which, based on the opinions of several USC and UCLA students, plays a big role in the spirit of the Greek community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Row (the street where all the fraternities and sororities are located) is legendary,â&#x20AC;? said Zech. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty rare, at least in Southern California, to have all the Greek houses consolidated on one street.â&#x20AC;? While Greek housing may be a positive addition to the community, LMU students didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share any significant complaints about not having Greek houses on campus. Humphrey similarly reflected on this notion and shared that she feels not having houses on campus is actually beneficial to the Pepperdine sororities and fraternities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[It] does not detract from the sense of community within our sororities and fraternities,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some may argue that it makes the time we spend together even more special.â&#x20AC;? While the communities are unique on each campus, all of the students shared that participating in Greek organizations not only encouraged them to get more involved on campus, but exposed them to countless opportunities that have played significant roles in their lives.

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Student stress level increases NEWS ANALYSIS The 18-33 age group has shown greater stress levels compared to previous years. By Ali Swenson Asst. News Editor

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Reagle has had numerous opportunities, including appearances on “Oprah,” “The Simpsons” and the documentary “Wordplay.”

11 BURNING QUESTIONS with a crossword puzzle maker

This issue, Assistant News Editor Sonja Bistranin talks with Merl Reagle about his career as a crossword puzzle maker and his experiences on TV. 1. How did your career begin? I made my first crossword when I was 6 and sold my first crossword to the New York Times when I was 16. But I guess my ‘career’ actually began when the San Francisco Examiner asked me to make their Sunday crossword in 1985. That was my first regular newspaper gig. 2. What inspires your crosswords? Almost anything that contains letters and words – street signs, commercials, people talking. 3. What was it like being in the documentary “Wordplay?” Unbelievable. All of us went to the festival and for four days found out what it was like to be mini-­movie stars. 4. How did you get involved with the Alzheimer’s Foundation? My wife’s mother got the disease in 1992, and we had to move from Santa Monica, Calif. to Tampa, Fla. to take care of her. She died in 1995. I do a lot of puzzle contests, so I felt that a crossword contest to benefit Alzheimer’s caregivers was a natural idea – you know, a thinking person’s contest to help the thinking-­impaired. 5. What career advice would you give students? Do whatever you need to do to make money – that’s a given. But also, and more importantly, do the thing that you seem to have been born to do, whether it earns money or not. 6. Can you describe your crossword puzzle style in one word? Not one, but three: “twisted, but fair.” That’s my motto. It’s printed in all of my books. 7. You’ve been on “Oprah.” What was that experience like? Amazing. She’s not a puzzle fan, but she was extremely gracious. She’s the real thing, down-­to-­earth and genuinely interested. 8. What is your favorite part of your job? Thinking of themes, which are generally what the long answers are all about. I remember being in a department store and seeing a sign that said “throw rugs” and thought, “I hope some bratty kid doesn’t take that literally,” but then realized it would make a great theme. 9. Can you name one of your favorite clues? In my neighborhood, as in a lot of neighborhoods, we have a Neighborhood Watch program, with signs that say exactly those two words. I thought it could be something Tarzan might say: “So, Tarzan, how come you and Jane don’t skinny-­dip in the backyard anymore?” “Neighborhood watch.” 10. What was your reaction to seeing yourself on “The Simpsons”? I still haven’t gotten over it. It’s like a dream I never had that came true. 11. How do you judge a crossword puzzle tournament? Mainly, you check people’s papers. Once a puzzle round is over, all papers are handed in and taken to the judges’ room, where we sit and count how many answers are correct on each paper, and often, to decipher handwriting, since people are speed-­solving.

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This year’s annual “Stress in America” survey by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association suggests that levels of stress in America have declined since last year, but remain higher than people believe can be managed healthily, especially among 18 to 33 year olds. According to the Time Magazine article titled “The Most StressedOut Generation? Young Adults,” the millennial generation – Americans aged 18 to 33 – self-reported the highest average level of stress of any other age group, a level of 5.4 out of 10. Psychologist for Student Psychological Services (SPS) Michael Doyle noted that though the subjective nature of the survey makes it rather inconclusive, the University students he sees on campus do face a great deal of

stress. “The stress you experience is a function of the external stressors and how you feel you can cope with them and what personal resources you have,” Doyle said. “When people feel stressed, it’s difficult to know exactly what that means. … A lot of young people today feel a lot of stress and subjectively experience that stress. That’s what this survey is showing.” Psychologists have not conclusively stated that the stress young people are feeling is more severe than that of other age groups. While the survey does indicate that 39 percent of this younger generation has felt a stress increase in the last year and that this generation tends to report the highest stress level on average, whether or not this stress is more debilitating than the stress that their parents coped with at their age is up for debate. “Personally, these sorts of generational comparisons don’t make much sense to me,” Doyle said. “In my generation, if you flunked out of college, you got drafted and you went off to Vietnam. Now, is that more stressful or less stressful? I don’t

Stress Levels of University Students Americans aged 18 to 33 self-reported the highest average level of stress of any other age group, a level of 5.4 out of 10.

Thirty-nine percent of this younger generation has felt a stress increase in the last year and this generation tends to report the highest stress level on average.

On average, the participants in the study reported a stress level of 4.9 out of 10, while reporting on average that a level of 3.6 would be manageable and healthy.

Thirty-nine percent of men reported being able to cope with anxiety in the most recent survey. Thirty-four percent of women felt they were able to manage their stress successfully.

Information compiled by Ali Swenson, asst. news editor; Graphic: Gilles Meunier | Loyolan

know. It’s a different kind of stress.” Freshman accounting major Claire Tsukuda pinpointed the rise of electronics as the reason for some of the differences in stress levels in the past several years. “When our parents were in college and wrote a research paper, they only had to have a few sources,” Tsukuda said. “Now they expect us to get a lot more work done in a shorter time because we have a lot more resources and we are expected to access them on the weekends and at all times. So that makes it more stressful for us.” Freshman political science and dance major Jenny Volanti agreed, but also blamed the college environment. “I have a midterm tomorrow with nine essay questions, and I haven’t started because when you’re close to people on your floor, it’s tempting to hang out instead of study,” she said. Some modern factors contributing to stress, said Doyle, include economic pressures, unrealistic expectations and being unprepared for challenges because of being sheltered from failure in childhood. He proposed that, in the process of dealing with stress, an inevitable part of life, there are three important components. First, students need to maintain a strong structure in their lives. “Eating, sleeping, exercise, relationships, not using or abusing substances, all that stuff is kind of like keeping your car tuned up so it runs well. If you have to race your car, which would stress it, it’s going to run much better if it’s tuned,” Doyle said. Secondly, students should try eliminate the causes of stress that are unnecessary in their lives. Finally, they must learn how to look at the things that are causing stress with a positive and adaptable mindset. Doyle also included that regardless of whether or not students today are dealing with more stress than previous generations, LMU has a wellformed support system for those who are struggling with stress. “We have a very finely meshed safety net for students. Even if you simply look at our department, we have eight full-time permanent staff for our student body,” Doyle said.

For the Record In the March 13 article “Tuition increase is ‘smallest on record,’” the graphic incorrectly stated that the statistics it featured are for 2013-14. They are actually for 2012-13.

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Student groups other than Underwings Praxis that were represented at the demonstration included the Spanish Club, Resilience, Magis service organization, Alternative Break East L.A. and Alternative Break Central Valley. The Center for Service and Action (CSA) faculty also came out to support the cause. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to the demonstration. DPS officers wrote up some students who will be referred to JudicialAffairs, according to Chief Hampton Cantrell. Cantrell explained that although protests are legal on LMU’s campus, demonstrators are not allowed to violate University policy. In this case, students were blocking Malone entrances and exits and other students were not allowed to get in or out of the building. This, according to Cantrell, is against the Student Conduct Code. “Our response had nothing to do with the content of the protest,” Cantrell said. “It simply had to do with University policy.” Rodriguez said the DPS’s response was “ridiculous” because she felt attacked. “They were threatening to detain us,” Rodriguez said. However, Rodriguez also mentioned that there were other people that weren’t DPS officers threatening to call 911 and inhibit demonstrators. “We weren’t exactly sure what [anyone] was going to do to us,” Rodriguez said. “We were like, ‘Okay, whatever happens, happens.” – Additional reporting by Eddie Estrada, Web intern

Promotions’ annual event, also called CollegeFest, is the most heavily attended back-to-school event in New England, attracting over 17,000 students each year. According to various sources, such as The Huntington News, CollegeFest has used that name since 1985, and remains a mainstay of the Boston social scene. Coincidentally, the 2010 CollegeFest in Boston featured a performance from this year’s SpringFest headlining act, Chiddy Bang. CollegeFest Promotions, LLC is currently owned by Mr. Youth LLC, a social media and marketing company that was founded by Matt Britton, a Boston University graduate, in 2002, according to Businessweek Magazine’s website. According to the company’s profile

money mismanagement and found no evidence that confirmed its validity. When Weatherall retired about one year after the investigation, the Hoboken, N.J. Patch, a hyperlocal news website, posted an article stating that implied suspicions surrounding Weatherall’s timing of her retirement. However, Weatherall assured the Loyolan that the investigations had nothing to do with her leaving. “I had been at Stevens for 25 years,” Weatherall said. “I wanted something different.” Weatherall will likely get “something different” by living on the West Coast, but she explained that she believes LMU has a lot more to offer than California sun. She said that through the interview process, she grew impressed with the engagement of the community. She noted that she identifies with LMU’s mission to educate the whole person, and saw it consistently



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A significant number of students from various organizations on campus rallied around the Malone Student Center on Tuesday, March 18. DPS responded and referred students to Judicial Affairs for blocking entrances.

on, it “develops strategies and delivers campaigns often centered around the modern media mix of word of mouth, social interactive and experiential marketing, with a strong focus on creating campaigns that fully engage the audience.” Mr. Youth LLC purchased CollegeFest in 2005. Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio also holds an “annual block party” called College Fest. Last year’s event attracted a lot of media attention after riots broke out and many news outlets, including The Huffington Post, reported that tear gas was used on students and a SWAT team was brought in to break up the riots. KSU’s College Fest has been in place since 2004, according to a blog called “Kent State University College Fest 2012: An In-Depth Report.” Despite the media attention that

KSU’s 2012 College Fest received, it is not clear whether Mr. Youth LLC also issued a cease-and-desist letter to KSU, but there have been no public announcements for 2013 College Fest event at KSU. According to Niemi, an attempt was made to keep the name CollegeFest for this year, but was not successful. Niemi also stated that it was her understanding that SpringFest would become the new official name of the event. Requests for comment to the SpringFest coordinator, senior finance major and ASLMU Director of Performance Events Ashley Thompson, were not returned. Similarly, requests for comment to Paget, senior sociology major and ASLMU President Vinnie Caserio and ASLMU Adviser and Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development Alexandra Froehlich were also not returned.

being talked about and lived out through the faculty with whom she came in contact. “I believe this will be a place where I can both contribute to and gain from the community,” she said. Burcham assured the Loyolan that Weatherall will be proactive in living out LMU’s mission statement. “I am satisfied that she absolutely understands the concept of education of the whole person [and] of providing an environment for students in which they can explore not just the intellectual dimension of their life,” Burcham said. “But [she] also understands the spiritual dimension and the social dimension of their lives and I think that all of that, she came out really strong on.” Weatherall explained that she has done a lot of thinking about LMU and its mission and is excited to do something about it. She said

that the biggest thing she learned from Stevens was that in order to do her job effectively, she needs to focus on more than the admissions office. “It is important to develop relationships across campus to encourage kids to come and stay,” Weatherall said. Building on that thought, Weatherall said that her biggest goal when she starts at LMU is to get to know the student body. She emphasized that a successful admissions office is a “two-way street,” meaning that communication between students and the admissions office is highly important. Ultimately, Weatherall said she found LMU “engaging and exciting” and is looking forward to starting her job as Vice Provost of Enrollment. She starts full-time on April 15.

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Loyolan endorses Richards/Siler

he Loyolan endorses presidential candidate Bradley Richards and vice presidential candidate Dillon Siler, both junior marketing majors, for the 2013 ASLMU election. Richards and Siler promise to bridge the gap of an often divided student body and increase school pride through several tangible and realistic goals. Richards’ and Siler’s specific, attainable goals will go a long way to improving ASLMU and this campus as a whole. To bolster community, the candidates plan to create a master calendar of events and meet with student leaders across campus on a regular basis. To increase visibility, they are promising monthly videos illustrating what ASLMU does beyond bigger events and promote the Senate’s role as a source for student concerns to be heard. To create a greater sense of transparency, they want to make a broad ASLMU budget available. Richards and Siler are keenly aware of the stakes of assuming leadership of ASLMU during a transitional time when, as Richards said, students have a “lack of faith” in ASLMU. “The more transparent we are, the better, and the more faith we can instill in the students,” Richards said in an interview with the Loyolan. Of the five previous years when the Loyolan endorsed a presidential ticket, four sets of candidates that received our endorsement went on to win the election. However, last year, former and current ASLMU presidents Bryan Ruiz, a senior marketing major, and Vinnie Caserio, a senior sociology major, broke the trend and won the election over the Loyolan-endorsed senior

political science majors Jennifer Mercado and Erick Bozeman. This year, Richards’ and Siler’s willingness to move forward, as well as their chemistry and ability to work effectively as a team, gives the Loyolan editorial board faith that Richards and Siler are the right choices to lead ASLMU. If the strength of the other tickets is any indication, this election will likely be one of the closest in ASLMU history. Junior urban studies major Shawn Troedson’s and junior psychology major Caitlin Maher’s experience in ASLMU makes them viable candidates. However, they have also insisted the past year had been highly successful for ASLMU – something with which the other candidates and the Loyolan editorial board do not fully agree. Conversely, candidates sophomore political science major Giovanni Douresseau and junior history major Chris Fennessy have made clear that they were keenly aware of issues within ASLMU, particularly with regard to institutional transparency, and that drastic improvements would be necessary for the long-term growth of the organization. They, however, did not communicate as many tangible and, far more importantly, realistic smaller goals as Richards and Siler. Should Richards and Siler be elected, the two new leaders would do well to find places for all the other candidates in their administration. All would make strong additions to ASLMU next year, but Richards and Siler have the best goals and a true sense of command to lead and thus are the Loyolan’s clear choice to lead ASLMU in the 2013-14 academic year.



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A modern change


t the start of a new period in the Church’s history, I feel remarkably optimistic about the new pope’s abilities. This past week, the 266th pope was elected: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis. I am personally hoping that the election of a pope from Latin By Bryan Rollofson America, home to a growing Contributor population of Catholics, will bring a fresh perspective that I believe the Church desperately needs. Pope Francis is the first Argentinian to grace the papal throne. For too long, I’ve felt that the Church has been marred by its apparent refusal to be a part of the modern world, and it is my hope that Pope Francis can move the Catholic Church in the right direction. This change is not only welcome, but also necessary in an increasingly secular world. In order for any institution to stand the test of time, adaptation is necessary, and this is a first step in that direction. Pope Emeritus Benedict is best known as an excellent theologian and teacher in the Church, but also as a quiet, humble man. But as a fairly quiet person myself, I have learned that there are points in time when it pays to speak up, be loud and be heard. For the Church, this might be one of those times. Many of the faithful want answers: How is the Church going to move forward, grow and survive? It seems to me that Francis’ straightforward attitude and fresh perspective might be the beginnings of an answer.

As the first pope from Latin America, Francis represents one of the most rapidly growing Catholic populations in the modern world, a demographic that will presumably have a huge effect on the future of Catholicism. It is my hope that this change in perspective will give Francis a distinct advantage in bringing the Church into a new era. Additionally, as a Jesuit, Francis will likely be particularly vocal about economic issues, something that has become a global issue. Personally, I feel that economic reforms are exactly what the Church needs, and if Francis were to move in this direction, it would hopefully also influence other political leaders and their ideas. More than anything else, this might be the most major change for the Church in recent years. Francis, who has already been likened by some to Pope John Paul II, will want to be taken seriously by the rest of the world. As a representative of many firsts, he will be expected to set the standard that will be followed by his successors. The leader of an organization with over a billion members worldwide is someone who wields some serious power, especially if they are well-liked and charismatic. Francis, at least for the moment, is viewed as having both of these qualities, and is likely to remain viewed this way for some time. In the eyes of many of the world’s Catholics, Francis’ predecessor definitely made an attempt to modernize the Church, but the papacy needs more than a handful of tweets to bring it into the present. Francis might be the pope to do just that.

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“I saw the pope after celebrating a Mass talking to the people like a regular priest would, so he seems more downto-earth than maybe any other pope has ever been.”

“I’m really happy that [he’s] a Jesuit, because we go to a Jesuit school. I’m really proud of the Vatican. It’s a sign of something new, something fresh.”

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“The election of Pope Francis is really great for the Church, because he has put an increased emphasis on the poor and those in need.”

“I think the new pope is going to bring some change that I think the Catholic Church needs to see, because he seems to be a little bit more progressive.”


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This is the opinion of Bryan Rollofson, a freshman undeclared major from S acramento, Calif. Please send comments to

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Pope Francis greets the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Tuesday, March 19 for his inauguration. Throughout his installation Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis asked the spectators, royalty and ordinary people alike, to preserve the environment and care for the weakest and the poorest, setting the stage for his leadership.

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Rape in the news, awareness on campus


wo high school football stars from Steubenville, Ohio, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, were convicted last Sunday of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 16-year-old girl at a house party last August. While this specific case made serious headlines earlier this week, it is not the only story being told. The By Taylor news has been Kirkham strewn with narratives of Contributor rape, and it’s downright frightening. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), somebody in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes. Sexual assault, one of the leading crimes on college campuses across the nation, can ruin the lives of the victims. As a freshman and new member of a sorority, I was ecstatic

to learn about the education on sexual assault put forth by the fraternity Sigma Chi during Derby Days. Fun-filled activities and bonding time aside, the week represents a stand against the rape culture that permeates college campuses across the nation. As I was in the midst of exchanging ideas with my classmates about what Derby Days events we would attend and how many points we could earn, the Steubenville rape case came to a close. According to a March 17 CNN report, Judge Thomas Lipps arrived at his decision on Sunday, following four days of testimony in the case against Mays and Richmond. As I learned more about the trial that sparked controversy worldwide, I examined both sides of the argument to determine what I personally believed was the correct decision. One of the main debates surrounding this case was the argument of whether or not the female victim was too drunk to consent. Last Saturday, the attorney for Mays and

Richmond called in two of the victim’s former best friends to testify. According to the same CNN report, the witnesses claimed, “The victim had at least four shots of vodka, two beers and some of a slushy mixed with vodka.” According to a March 17 Fox News report, the teenage girl stated that she didn’t remember what happened the night of the party, but woke up naked in an unfamiliar house after drinking the previous night. The defense attorney believed that the entire case was an overreaction, stating, “The reality is, she drank. She has a reputation for telling lies.” This case has brought serious attention to the prevalent rape culture and its ties to alcohol. Additionally, it also recognizes that this issue is one that is much more complicated than simply saying “yes” or “no.” As a college freshman, I have experienced nights where I either had to help extremely intoxicated friends or where I was the one requiring the assistance. Although this is embarrassing to admit, I feel it is crucial that we come to terms with the reality of these situations rather then tiptoe around these issues. Learning self-defense isn’t enough; we have to teach and cultivate a society that treasures the safety and comfort of all. Although I have not personally experienced rape on this campus, I have come across women who have found themselves in similar situations as the victim in Ohio. Many of these victims are embarrassed by their experiences and place the blame on themselves. An intoxicated yes is not a yes at all. I believe that all women should have the right to dress as

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Trent Mays, 17, left, and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond await trial at the defense table in juvenile court on March 13, 2013 after being accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August 2012.

they wish, act as they may and never have to wonder if someone will take their actions – or accept a drunken verbal agreement – as a “yes.” This issue is often uncomfortable to discuss, yet it is crucial that we bring this problem forward and demand change. I applaud the entire Sigma Chi fraternity for its commitment to this issue and having the courage

to discuss it openly with the LMU student body. So as this week comes to a close, and the coverage of rape cases in the media persists, please don’t forget the extremely serious motive and mission behind the week’s Greek spirit. This is the opinion of Taylor Kirkham, a freshman communication studies major from Minneapolis, Minn. Please send comments to


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Breaking the cycle:Going beyond the bluff


os Angeles is an amazing place. Rundown motels and upscale hotels. Expensive restaurants and seedy roach coaches. Granite sidewalks and gaping potholes. All within a three-block radius of Tang’s Donut on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue. That corner also happens Don’t Push to be the startFeldman ing point of By Devin Feldman the Wolfpack H u s t l e Opinion Intern Marathon Crash Race, 16.2 miles from LMU, which I participated in last weekend. The early hours preceding the Los Angeles Marathon are not as quiet as one may think. While soon-to-be marathon racers are sleeping off bowls of pasta and platters of Korean BBQ, L.A.’s biggest, baddest and fastest cyclists begin rolling toward the official start in Echo Park. Three hours before the marathon begins and only a few minutes after the roads are blocked, the Wolfpack Hustle cycles through Los Angeles. There’s no regard for sleeping residents in the neighborhoods, with screams of “Corner right, car back!” and “Hold your line!” warning charging cyclists about approaching obstacles and incoming turns. As an LMU student, I’ve observed that we as a University

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have an interesting culture, different from anything else I’ve experienced in Los Angeles. It often feels like we are in a safe bubble of palm trees, gates and 24-hour security. With this bubble, the fringe of this city is not an inevitable interaction, but an optional acquaintance. On the night of March 16 (and the wee hours of March 17), I chose to make L.A.’s fringe culture my acquaintance by joining the Wolfpack Hustle’s cycle across the city. I can tell you after my race that few things compare to winding through bare streets of Los Angeles at 5 a.m. Wind, sweat,

tears, blood and pain occupy my senses. My focus is on the rider’s wheel only inches from my own. My vision is blurred by watered eyes and the glare of flashing red lights mounted to this guy’s bike. Some were overwhelmed by this. Some fell. Some limped home on their heaping mess of a two-wheeled metal triangle, and some collapsed at the finish line in Santa Monica. L.A. is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and its cycling culture exemplifies just that. I met a group of five kids from Miami, rode my bike home with two dudes from Vegas, talked to a man from Seattle

and spoke with two women from Japan, all of them brought together by a silly little triangle of metal and plastic holding together two wheels. All of them were willing to travel absurd distances to get a taste of a Los Angeles seldom experienced. I got back to my room at 7 a.m. I rode my bike home down a deserted Lincoln Boulevard and watched the sun rise as I sped through the streets. Nothing breaks the routine and bursts the bubble of LMU quite like racing through the streets inches from a 32-year-old bike courier from Downtown L.A. and an 18-year-old surfer from

Long Beach. If people can travel around the world for this night of fun, I find it hard to believe that LMU students can’t figure out a way to explore the city. To my knowledge, I was the only student from LMU racing that morning, but there’s no reason this should be the case again next year. LMU students, I urge you to join me. Get a bike and some will power to get out of bed at 3 a.m. Join me on this ride. Don’t be afraid of the distance. The feeling after finishing outweighs the pain and exhaustion at the halfway mark, and the desire to stay flopped on your bed after hitting snooze for the fifth time. I’m telling you, it’s worth it. The people, the places, the peacefulness; this race is worth sacrificing your sleep and Saturday night inebriation. My exposure to L.A.’s bike culture during this race will keep me coming back year after year. Not just for the rides and the bikes, but for the people and the knowing that I was able to successfully burst LMU’s safe little bubble up on the bluff, miles away from Tang’s. I just hope that other students, cyclers or not, find inspiration to break the routine and explore what this wonderful city has to offer as well. With Zipcar and public transportation at our disposal, there is really no excuse. Let’s be honest: If there’s a bike, there’s probably a way. This is the opinion of Devin Feldman, a sophomore communication studies major from Aurora, Ore. Please send comments to

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Film, Literature, Music, Restaurants and Theatre

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


eeting the musical interests and expectations of 6,000 undergrads is no easy task, but each year, that’s what ASLMU tries to do. Chiddy Bang and Youngblood Hawke are this year’s realization of that goal, as the two are slated to perform during ASLMU’s CollegeFest, now called SpringFest, this Sunday at 4 p.m. (For more information on the name change, read the News article on Page 1.) CollegeFest is ASLMU’s “biggest event” according to ASLMU Office Manager Jason Joyce. “Compared to other events, it has that

mystique or prestige already built into it,” Joyce said. “It’s something people are always looking forward to. It’s kind of built its own reputation.” CollegeFest’s huge following is not a random phenomenon; rather, there is a long and fascinating history behind LMU’s massive spring show. Several popular artists such as RunD.M.C., Slightly Stoopid and the Black Eyed Peas have all performed at LMU for ASLMU “fests” in the past. The first ever CollegeFest was held in 2005, but LMU had been holding concerts for nearly a decade before the idea for an official spring show came about. According to the 1995 edition of the Tower yearbook, Dr. Lane Bove, then-vice president of student affairs, suggested ASLMU hold

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Steve Aoki got the crowd warmed up for headliner Third Eye Blind during CollegeFest 2010. Four thousand students came out that Sunday afternoon to enjoy the music and festivities.

a folk concert on campus. That idea was put into action with the founding of the Sunset Concert; it was the first time a concert for the entire campus was held at LMU. The Venice Beach guitar-playing, roller-skating street performer Harry Perry headlined the show held in what was then the Leavey Parking Lot on the evening of Friday, Oct. 14, 1994. Tickets were $2 each, as were the margaritas at the concert. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales was donated to Habitat for Humanity, and it was the only year a philanthropic cause was attached to the concert. The Sunset Concert continued to rock through five more fall semesters at LMU. Most years, students were charged admission, and Gersten Pavilion was the regular venue for the fall concert. From 1995 to 1999, according to past Loyolan articles, performers included “This Is How We Do It” singer Montell Jordan (1995), the Dropkick Murphys (1997) and the Black Eyed Peas (in 1999, before Fergie joined the band). The first manifestations of a spring concert began when Ford Motor Company, in partnership with ASLMU, brought the band Pennywise to LMU in 2000 as part of the car company’s promotional Californopia tour. ASLMU and Ford continued to bring back Californopia to LMU (while still holding the Sunset Concert in the fall) until the campaign ended in 2003. In 2004, ASLMU adapted and created SpringFest, according to an April 2004 issue of the Loyolan. SpringFest was held in Sunken Garden, and over 2,300 students came to watch alt-punk bands The Ataris and Unwritten Law headline the concert on a Saturday night. 2005 marked the start of LMU’s very first “CollegeFest.” According to an April 2005 issue of the Loyolan, the ASLMU vice president of programming at the time wanted to reinvent SpringFest with a new name and mantra, giving it the tagline, “All the fun of college, none of the education.” Five for Fighting headlined the first “CollegeFest” and played in Sunken Garden on a Friday night in April. Both the Sunset Concert and “CollegeFest” were put on by ASLMU for two years, but in 2007, the Sunset Concert was dropped due to budget constraints, according to a September 2007 issue of The Loyolan. 2007 was the year that the reign of CollegeFest truly began; Common and OK Go played a St. Patrick’s Day show in Sunken Garden to “an unprecedented” 5,000 people, according to a March 2007 issue of the Loyolan. Two years later, a crucial change occurred: “CollegeFest” was held on a Sunday for the first time in 2009. “The Friday concerts made too much noise, and it wasn’t conducive to friendly neighborhood-ing, I guess,” Joyce said. In the current CollegeFest era, from 2010 to the present, the process of choosing bands has always begun with the students. “We do whatever we can to get [artists] that the students want to hear, but we also have to consider feasibility, price range and the capability of the artist to do a clean show for a Catholic university,” Joyce said. Price range and practicality became an issue this year with the campus-wide push to bring rapper Macklemore to LMU. “Macklemore was the first person we sent an offer to, but the entire month of March was booked up for him, and we couldn’t meet what he needed price-wise,” Joyce said. Macklemore’s booking costs went up as his popularity grew throughout the year. Although ASLMU tried to solidify a deal with

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the rapper early in the school year, his managers were skeptical about planning an event so far in advance, according to Joyce. This is not the first time in LMU concert history that expectations were not met about a hyped-up headliner. The 1995 Sunset Concert had to be postponed because potential headliner Run-D.M.C. raised its booking price at the last minute. However, Run-D.M.C. came five years later to perform at the Sunset Concert in 2000. CollegeFest, the much beloved spring festival that has brought the student body together since 2005, continues to change and grow. Last week, the University and the Loyolan received a cease-and-desist letter from CollegeFest Promotions LLC requesting that ASLMU stop using the name “CollegeFest” due to trademark concerns. This will usher in yet another name change for the annual spring concert, and despite the then-ASLMU vice president of programming’s best efforts to freshen up the name in 2005, LMU has come full circle back to SpringFest. “We learn something different every year, and we try to improve every year. [CollegeFest] will change with whatever the student body wants, what they want to hear and see,” said Joyce.

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The Bravery headlined CollegeFest 2011 along with opening Los Angelesbased band the Local Natives, who are now slated to play Coachella 2013.

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Marathon raises money for local hospital Dance Coverage By Chelsea Chenelle Asst. A&E Editor


tudents gathered to dance for a cause at LMU’s third annual Dance Marathon last Friday. The fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Hospital was held on a cloudy evening on Regents Terrace, but the fog did not deter students from attending the non-stop ’80s themed event. According to its website, Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving over 150 schools who all hold a dance to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Throughout the course of a year, students plan the event while interacting with children’s hospital patients and their families. All of the culminating event’s proceeds go to the hospitals within the school’s local community. Senior entrepreneurship major and Dance Marathon

Club member Gretchen Helpenstell said of the event, “[It] started three years ago after [a senior of that class] attended a dance marathon at another local college campus. She decided to start it at LMU because we have such a dance and funoriented campus. It’s been a hit so far.” According to Helpenstell, LMU’s Dance Marathon events have raised around $3,000 annually. The event itself was a mix between a dance class and a dance club. Interjected between DJ sets of tunes ranging from disco to dubstep were student-led dance numbers where attendees were encouraged to follow along and dance in unison. Helpenstell herself taught partygoers the “morale dance.” “It’s a dance that is choreographed prior to the event and split up into chunks and taught at different intervals during the event so that by the end of the event, everyone will dance to the same song togeth-

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Dance Marathon Club member Gretchen Helpenstell taught the crowd the “Morale Dance,” which was taught in intervals throughout the evening and finally performed in unison at the end of the night. er as one,” she said. Dance Marathon’s established mission is that they “dance for those who can’t.” The LMU students in atten-

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dance fully embodied this idea, as they threw the Dance Marathon T-shirt over their clothes and donated a $10 cover charge to the cause. Senior psychology major Mollie Bruhl, a dancer at the event, said, “I was really proud of the community for coming out. I know it’s a Friday night, but this is for such a good cause.” In order to demonstrate the importance of the work Children’s Miracle Network does, the crowd was given the privilege of listening to special guest Brandon Martinez’s story of survival, as well as his spinning skills as DJ Boy Wonder. Diagnosed with leukemia in January 2005, Martinez found himself in need of a bone marrow transplant and donor. With Children’s Hospital helping his family every step of the

way, Martinez’s own brother turned out to be a compatible donor and Martinez has been in remission for the past three years. “Events like this are really important, because sometimes families don’t have money to pay for chemotherapy and expensive medicines,” Martinez explained. “It helps Children’s Hospital get better equipment. It really benefits the children.” With all the success of this year’s event, coupled with the growing momentum of the Dance Marathon movement on campus, students in the club hope to continue the growth of this fundraiser for next year. “Some campuses go for 24 hours and we would love to build it up to that because our campus is so ready for this,” said Helpenstell. “It’s a matter of getting our name out there since we’re so new.”


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Gill typeface demonstration Guitar Festival sheds light on featured artist hits foreign note Music Preview

Art Coverage

By Bryan Rollofson

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or all aspiring typographs at LMU, the featured artist at the Laband Art Gallery this semester, Eric Gill, is right on point. The gallery teamed up with Mark Barbour, executive director and curator of the International Printing Museum located in Carson, Calif., to give demonstrations of Gill’s specialized type of art to interested students at LMU. Known as the “museum on wheels,” the International Printing Museum set up two separate demonstrations that focused on Gill’s typefaces, engravings and printing processes. They included a vintage printing press and typecast machine. Spectators were able to witness how Gill made his art, emphasizing its level of difficulty. Although these special guests are not a part of the exhibit fulltime, the regular show features over 100 pieces of art by the provocative English artist, which covers the broad spectrum of his subject matter. An innovative artist and writer of the early 20th century, Gill was a stone, wood and metal engraver and was even hired by the royal family for his work. Although controversial, his art was groundbreaking for the time because of his desire to push limits with elegance and ease. During the time in which he was at his peak – which was during the arts and crafts movement of the 18th and 19th centuries – Gill focused mainly

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In commemoration of the closing of the exhibit, a demonstration of the art of creating Eric Gill’s typefaces was held. on fashion, calligraphy, and erotic and religious art. Gill’s artwork includes color and black-and-white pieces. Though the black-and-white pieces are “extremely powerful,” as sophomore studio art major Ariana Sturr described. “I really appreciate the extreme intricacy of his work, and I love the way he incorporates words along with images to fill in the negative spaces. It’s really well done,” Sturr said. For some, the skill level involved in Gill’s art adds to the beauty of his work. “I took a printmaking course at LMU last year and it was really challenging,” junior English major Carmen Iben said. “Taking that experience into consideration while viewing [Gill’s] work really makes me appreciate all the time and effort that went into the pro-

cess of making the stamps. It’s absolutely mind-boggling.” As he chose to focus on erotic and religious styles of art, it’s not hard to see why Gill was considered by many accounts of his time a rebellious artist, considering a lot of his art is sexually driven. “What makes the show interesting and a great experience for all LMU students is the idea of versatility,” Laband Art Gallery Director Carolyn Peters said of the exhibit. “People today become so specialized in one field. I think it’s interesting to see someone whose art is so diverse and think about how we separate someone’s life and art when they don’t match.” The “Eric Gill: Iconographer” art exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. in the Laband Art Gallery for free. This is the last week Gill’s art will be on display.

ome of the most popular guitarists from around the world will share their musical talent at LMU as a part of the University’s 9th Annual Guitar Festival this weekend. Dr. Michael Miranda, the primary organizer for the festival and assistant professor of music, is particularly excited for the weekend’s events. “A lot of connections are made. It creates a sense of community, as most festivals do,” said Miranda. Several high schools and middle schools bring students to the festival. They won’t just be here to watch, however; the students, who come from a dozen schools and academies from both in and out of state, will perform in a Youth Showcase concert on Saturday. With nearly 200 students participating, Miranda noted that it “really gives a wonderful view of what the state of the classical guitar is today.” Not only do they get a chance to observe some of the top guitarists in the world, but they also get a chance to observe LMU itself. “The festival’s been very successful in recruiting students. We’ve had several students come and go through the whole program here as guitar majors,” Miranda said. Students will have the opportunity to see some of the

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Guitarists from foreign countries, such as José Antonio Escobar from Chile, are performing at LMU. premier classical guitarists from around the world, including José Antonio Escobar from Chile, Juan Carlos Laguna from Mexico and András Csáki from Hungary. Dr. Martha Masters, who teaches guitar here at LMU, noted that these performers are “all first-rate players.” Aris Anagnos, a senior communication studies and music double major, said the festival has always been a great experience. “[Students] should definitely come if you have the chance,” Aragnos said. All concerts will be held in the Murphy Recital Hall. There will be performances throughout the weekend, and concert tickets are $15 for students, $25 for general admission. Festival passes are also on sale, $45 for students, $65 for general admission.


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Lent should not end on Easter Forty days is not enough time to sustain a lifestyle change.

Wild.” Following Lent, just focus on being healthy and being a better person by using baby steps to keep your life-affirming sacrifice going.

hen it comes to Lent, many Catholics simply give up candy and call it a day. While most of us may have given up on our Lenten promises by now, the season offers valuable lessons that can carry over to our lives postE a s t e r S u n d a y. Here are some tips Chris Culture to turn By Christopher James these LentA&E Editor en promises into new lifestyle choices:

3. Focus on how you will improve as a person. The most interesting Lenten sacrifice I heard this year was removing the word “hate” from someone’s vocabulary. I thought this was an ingenious way to use Lent as a time to improve one’s outlook on life. In keeping this going beyond Easter, one must make sure to focus on the positive nature that this change will make. You should use this time to reflect on how you can continue improving your state of mind and become a happier person inside and out. Lent isn’t about making your life miserable for 40 days. Rather it is a time of introspection. As we emerge from this period where we live without bad habits, we should be figuring out why we want to remove this from our life. However, it’s important to remember that Lent is for you, not for others. It’s not even for the Church. Don’t force yourself to go to Church or not eat meat if that is not something that you feel needs to be changed about yourself. This may not be the strictest Catholic definition of Lenten behavior, but I feel that forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do will not yield any personal growth. The things you always wanted to improve about yourself is what you should strive to achieve during Lent and continue after Easter.


1. Treat your sacrifice as an addition. Purely a psychological trick, it can help keep you from pounding back a whole bag of Twix bars in one sitting. If you gave up candy for Lent, substitute a banana or apple for every time you get a Tootsie Roll craving after your Easter binge. Plus, adding something to one’s life is a much more positive and goal-oriented way to treat this time of personal growth.

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2. Set a realistic goal. The old cliché is true. I learned this freshman year when I used Lent as a religious excuse to promise myself I would go to the gym daily. I thought by Easter I would look like Arnold Schwargenegger, but I still more closely resemble Emile Hirsch at the end of “Into the

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Balancing Christian values in college Fostering core values can be possible, even with cultural temptations.


rugs, sex and alcohol. These are all aspects of college culture that students will face at some point and which are also frowned upon within the Christian community. I guess one could say I grew up in a Christian home. I went to a Christian elementary school, Croley Moley went to church By Allison Croley sometimes News Editor and was g e n e r ally raised with “Christian” values. However, I didn’t talk about religion with my parents. I didn’t even know if they prayed or read the Bible. All I knew is that I wanted nothing to do with faith of any sort. I don’t like stereotypes. I didn’t want to be that kid that fit the bell curve and grew up to have the same religion, political ideals and lifestyle as her parents. I wanted to create my own life with my own set of rules. I wanted to be me and no one else, and to my high-school self, that meant no religion.

Of course, life never turns out the way you plan, and ironically, my senior year of high school I decided that I did want to be a Christian. I’m inclined to think that this was the result of a little divine intervention, but to each his own. Regardless, I started reading the Bible, going to church, getting involved in youth group and mentoring younger kids. I was a fullfledged, stereotypical “Jesus freak.” I lived, breathed and ate everything Jesus. This made going off to college a bit harder than I expected. I was determined to continue to nurture what I thought was my strong faith and begin building an independent relationship with God. To me, this meant no partying, no cussing, no sex and no people who I thought would influence me in the wrong way. All of my church friends, both at LMU and back at home, commended me for this and encouraged me to continue living the same way. But I wasn’t happy with that life. I was falling into this weird Christian church culture that I felt judged people for their shortcomings, lifestyles and not recognizing their own faults. I began to hate the idea that I was succumbing to the stereotype of what I perceived to be an annoying “good” Christian. It didn’t feel right. Judging people and separating myself from the college culture in which I was immersed didn’t resonate with me. Jesus spent more of his time with the outcasts, right?

I actually didn’t know, so I started to research. What did the Bible say about having friends that weren’t Christians? What did it say about evangelism? What did it say about living in a culture that seems so far removed from the values by which you are supposed to live? After studying different controversial verses in the Bible, asking for opinions from pastors, priests and friends and reading everything I could about Jesus and his theology, this is what I concluded: The entire Bible is focused on love and forgiveness. God’s love for us, our love for God, Jesus’ forgiveness and love for us and most importantly, our love and forgiveness for other people. Jesus really did spend time with societal outcasts and even chose questionable people to carry out his work. The very first evangelist was the famous woman at the well. She was a female Samaritan, not a Jew, someone who was considered lowly and unworthy of association with Jesus. Yet Jesus talked to her, cared for her and treated her like everybody else. To me, this is the best answer to the infamous question, “What would Jesus do?” He would love and forgive. He would spend his time with people that needed friends. He would spend his time with people who just wanted to have fun. He would treat everyone the same, both in action and in thought. He wouldn’t judge or remove himself from a certain

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Students play drinking games as part of recreational activities. Christian values do not condone such behavior, something that has challenged Croley. culture. So why were Christians doing the opposite? Better yet: why was I? I thought that being a good Christian meant separation, but I’ve realized it means integration. I have grown in my faith by listening to people talk about their own beliefs, having fun at parties, accepting people for who they are and not judging people for living a different way than me. I have realized that being a Christian does not mean fighting the college culture but find-

ing a way to live as a part of it. The judgmental Christian subculture is, in my honest opinion, one of the biggest flaws of the Christian community these days, and it is dividing the congregation. The Gospel says we must be loving and forgiving. If I call myself a Christian, I have to believe that and act on it. This is the opinion of Allison Croley, a sophomore English major from Danville, Calif. Please send comments to

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LMU track participated at the Occidental Distance Carnival last

Friday, and it was a historic night for the Lions. In addition to a win for senior Sheree Shea in the women's 5,000-meter and a school record for redshirt freshman Michael Vorgitch in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, every Lion competitor set a season or career best. LMU will look to continue its record-setting pace this Friday and Saturday at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational. The women’s rowing team took down WCC favorite Gonzaga University last Friday by nearly 10 seconds on the Varsity 8+ head-to-head race. This was LMU’s first win over the Bulldogs since the 2006 WCC Championships. The following day, the men’s team competed in three events at the Parker Cup. The team’s best finish was also in the Varsity 8+, coming in second behind UC Irvine. The women’s team is preparing for the Berg Cup this Saturday in Orange, Calif., while the men have to wait until April to race again.

LMU ATHLETICS NEWS AND NOTESAndriana FROMRicchiuti THE PAST WEEK The LMU softball team finished 3-2 in its last five

games, including a win yesterday (8-7) at home against Harvard University. Included in this past week of action was a program record 17 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over CSU Northridge for freshman Sydney Gouveia, amassing 25 Ks last Saturday and earning her second consecutive PCSC Pitcher of the Week honor.

LMU’s men’s club lacrosse team lost 13-7 to Chapman University

last Sunday. The Lions dropped their division record to 1-2 and their overall record 2-7 after the loss. The team heads south this Saturday for an away game at San Diego State University.

Last weekend in a match with sand volleyball powerhouses, LMU competed against No. 2 CSU Long Beach, No. 3 University of Southern California (USC) and No. 6 UCLA. In matches on Saturday, LMU dropped both matches 4-1 to USC and UCLA. Freshman Avery Bush and sophomore Litara Keil won both matches against the Southern California schools, and sophomore Amber Mirabello and freshman Hannah Tedrow dropped a close three-setter against UCLA. On Sunday in the Pairs Tourney, senior Felicia Arriola and Keil made it the farthest before a quarterfinals loss. Information compiled by Nathan Dines,Senior Editor; Graphic:Mercedes Pericas | Loyolan

S PORTS The mid-majors’ best chance at the big dance

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As March Madness kicks off, consider rooting for three mid-major teams.


psets, live streams and completed brackets – March Madness is finally here and everything else in the world doesn’t matter. It’s time to sit back and enjoy the best weeks of the year. As an LMU student, your M a r c h Madness allegiances should fall in line with the mid-major teams in KC at the Bat By Kevin Cacabelos the NCAA tournaSports Editor ment. For those not familiar with the terminology, a mid-major school is a school that isn’t a part of one of the big six power conferences. In other words, mid-major schools don’t benefit from the monster amount of football income that the big six power conferences have. Usually, more funds mean more success on the basketball court. Mid-major schools are naturally at a disadvantage. LMU and all of its West Coast Conference (WCC) counterparts are considered mid-major schools. As LMU students, cheering for the underdog is something that should come naturally. This year is an appropriate time to jump on the bandwagon of a mid-major team. In the past,

the mid-majors that have caught everyone’s attention at this time of the year are usually unknown lower-seeded teams. However, in recent years, certain schools have become mainstays, and three of those schools will be dancing again this year.

Gonzaga University

The Zags enter the tournament as the nation’s consensus No. 1 school, with a legitimate chance of winning it all. While Head Coach Mark Few’s squad certainly has played in a weak conference, the Zags pass the eye test. Junior center Kelly Olynyk is a matchup nightmare for opponents. How do you guard a 7-footer who can put the ball on the floor, while also maintaining body control, to be able to finish at the rim? It’s close to impossible – and it’s one of the reasons why Gonzaga enters the tournament with only two losses, the lowest total in the country. In addition to Olynyck, frontcourt partner senior forward Elias Harris helps bolster the Zags’ presence in the post on both ends of the court. Sophomore guards Kevin Pangos and junior Gary Bell Jr. are two of the sharpest shooters in the nation. The Zags’ bench also provides sufficient depth for the team to rip off the six wins it takes to win the championship. After a probable victory against Southern University, the Zags will have perhaps the toughest road to the Final Four among the four No. 1 seeds in the field. I see the Zags pulling out close victories against both University of Pittsburgh and University of Wisconsin before falling to the battle-tested Ohio State Buckeyes in the Elite Eight.

The two other mid-major schools to watch are two of college basketball’s most well-known Cinderella teams, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Butler University.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

VCU, known for its surprising Final Four run as a No. 11 seed in 2011, is back participating in its third straight NCAA tournament. Sophomore guard Treveon Graham leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. Watching the Rams play may remind LMU basketball fans of the days of Hank Gathers and LMU Head Coach Paul Westhead in the early 1990s. VCU plays a style of basketball called “havoc,” which uses the full-court press and a constant fast-pace offensive game. Smart’s havoc is a remnant of Westhead’s famous style of play known simply as “The System.” Head Coach Shaka Smart knows how to win games in March. Once they get past No. 12 seed Akron University, I see the Rams upsetting University of Michigan in the second round.

Butler University

Last but not least, the Butler Bulldogs are another mid-major team to watch out for in this tournament. Like Smart, Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens simply knows how to win games in March. The team made back-to-back championship games in 2010 and 2011 and it would be a crime not to pick this team to win at least two games in the tournament. No. 3 seeded Marquette University and No. 2 seeded University of Miami

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Butler University freshman guard Kellen Dunham drives against Gonzaga University sophomore point guard Kevin Pangos in a early January game. Butler beat Gonzaga in the final seconds by a score of 64-63.

are two quality opponents, but Butler’s early season victories against Gonzaga, Indiana University and University of North Carolina have me sold – this team can beat some of the best teams in the nation. I have the Bulldogs advancing to the Elite Eight before falling to senior center Cody Zeller and his Indiana Hoosiers. Recent history tells us it is unlikely any of these three teams will win the championship – UNLV’s 1990 team was the last mid-major team to win a national championship – but this year feels different. Gonzaga is entering the tournament ranked No. 1

while both Butler and VCU have coaches who have proven they can will their lower-seeded teams into the upper-echelons of the NCAA tournament. Few, Smart and Stevens have a target on their backs now. These mid-major schools aren’t pulling off the upsets anymore; they are expected to win. Anything less than a Final Four appearance will leave them upset. This is the opinion of junior Kevin Cacabelos, a history and Spanish double major from Seattle, Wash. Please send comments to

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three conference games. “Princeton isn’t in our conference, but we’re playing a big fourth game against them in the tournament,” senior utility player Morgan Bonk said. “They’re ranked [11th], so that’ll be a really big game for us to really get after it.” Coach Witt commented on the difference between conference teams and nationally ranked teams like Princeton: “I think the difference between conference play and the top teams in the country is that a lot of things that the conference opponents do are from one or two players and they’re generally off-balance,” Witt said. “In other words, it’s not a typical water polo look. It’s a little bit off-balanced, and everything is for those two or three good players.” Over half of LMU’s team this year consists of underclassmen: 10 freshman and five sophomores make up the majority of the 21-person squad. “I think, honestly, we haven’t had a good stretch yet because we’re such a young team,” Witt said. “We’ve creamed opponents we should be close with, we’ve lost to opponents we should beat.

We’ve had a lot of highs and lows, but that’s just what you get with a young team. I’d say that inconsistency is consistent.” Despite the players’ youth, the team will have home-field advantage on its side this weekend. All four of the Lions’ games will be played in the Burns Aquatic Center. “I think it’s more exciting playing at home, because playing at home you feel like you have a title to defend and you want to make sure you win for your fans that are at home. It’s a lot bigger,” said freshman two meter Ashtynn Nelson. Although the Lions face three important conference games, Witt said he will not overlook the fourth game against Princeton because it matters for the team in the long run. “It absolutely means a lot,” Witt said. “Princeton is a team that we could meet in the NCAAs, so it matters for seeding. It’s very important at that, even though that’s obviously getting way down the line. You want to beat every opponent.” Although this tournament will be important for the women’s water polo team, Bonk said that the

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Women’s water polo driver senior Erin Manke attacks in a game last season. The Lions face three conference opponents this weekend at the 2013 LMU Invitational hosted at the Burns Aquatic Center this Friday and Saturday. team’s ultimate goal is to do well in the conference playoffs. Last season, the Lions won two games in the WWPA Championships before ultimately falling to UC San Diego

13-11. “We’ve played in a lot of tournaments, and we’re looking forward to our big conference run at the end of the year,” Bonk said.

After the weekend, the Lions will face off against No. 1 University of Southern California at the Burns Aquatic Center on Thursday, April 4 at 4 p.m.

Conference foes await struggling Lions M.Tennis from Page 20 unmistakable. “We have conference ahead of us,” Bjerke said. “That’s the most important thing right now.” With the loss behind them, the team traveled to Malibu, Calif. on Wednesday to face

off against league opponent, No. 11 Pepperdine University. The nationally ranked Waves are one of the top teams in the WCC, and are home to the February players of the month in both singles and doubles competition. Pepperdine’s hustle and

determination was on full display as the Lions nearly pulled off a David-and-Goliath upset, narrowly losing 4-3. The Lions were unwavering in doubles play. The sophomore pairing of Felix Van Kann and Othar Kord-

sachia, and the duo of senior Jack Zapala and junior Daniel Simko emerged victorious, both winning 8-3 against highly touted competition. Simko and Van Kann also posted victories in singles play, winning in straight sets.

Despite falling to 0-1 in league play, the team showed significant promise throughout its dual with the Waves. The Lions’ next matchup is against Sacramento State University on Sunday, March 24.

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going to lose it. ” One of the team’s biggest concerns with its play on the field is its approach at the dish. Gill will pencil in as many as five seniors in the starting lineup on any given day, and according to Gill, they need to set an example for how to approach opposing pitching. “We need to be more consistent at the plate. We don’t have guys step up and take quality at bat after quality at bat. Our seniors need to step up. You have to have more than one guy getting three hits in a game, taking quality at bats and having productive outs,” said Gill. “To be honest, it’s being pretty selfish up there as opposed to being teamoriented.” The team, however, is not broken because of the losses, even during the tough stretch. Gill said that he could realistically see his team turn it around and go 15-5 in the next 20 games. “We just have to go on our run,” said sophomore starting pitcher Colin Welmon. “We’ve been close. We are all together because we have worked too hard to unravel now.” The players held a players only meeting before Wednesday’s practice. When asked what was discussed in the closed meeting, Florer said that it was just to “get everyone on the same page.” “To be honest, the guys have been staying positive, but I think this last loss hurt us a little bit,” said Gill. “After the other ones, we bounced right back.” “I wished our fans could

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The LMU baseball team (8-12,1-2) lost two of three games against WCC rival Pepperdine University over the weekend. The Lions were picked to finish fourth in the WCC Coaches poll to begin the season and will travel up to Moraga, Calif. to face St. Mary’s College for a three-game series this weekend. have seen us play Oklahoma State. Our guys played hard in crazy conditions,” said Gill. “It was 35 degrees, 50-milean-hour winds, but our guys hung in there and we got closer as a team as a result of that trip.” Prior to traveling to Malibu, Calif. to Pepperdine University, the club was on the road against No. 26 Oklahoma State University in Stillwater,

Okla. The Lions lost both the first and last game of the series on walk-off hits to sink the Lions below .500. “It’s tough,” Gill said. “It’s disappointing that [junior closing pitcher] Bret Dahlson wasn’t throwing the ball well for a little bit, but the last three times he went out he’s been pitching aggressive and getting guys out. We will probably restructure the

bullpen a little bit and he will have to work if he wants to get the ball at the end of the game.” Next up is a trip to Moraga, Calif. to take on St. Mary’s College for a three-game weekend series. The Lions swept the Gaels last season at Page Stadium. The Lions will then return home to face Gonzaga University at Page Stadium over the Easter

break. The Bulldogs were chosen to finish third, with the Lions picked to finish fourth, in the WCC Coaches poll at the beginning of the season. “We know that we are a better team than a lot of the teams we’ve played and will continue to play,” said Florer. “It’s all about getting consistent play, and we will be fine.”

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University of Colorado and San Diego State University weren’t as close as the Lions fell 6-1 to both schools. The Lions returned to the LMU Tennis Center desperate to snap their three-game losing streak, but fell to Nevada in 4-3, giving the Lions their first home loss of the season. The match was closely played as junior Miya Jin, sophomore Lisa Piller and freshman Kristine Kouyoumjian won their respective singles games. The duo of Bisharat and Razetto won its doubles match 8-4, but it wasn’t enough, as the loss brought LMU below .500 and extended its losing streak to four games. “When you suffer a loss or difficulty, you realize where you’re at and what you’re going to do next,” Head Coach Jamie Sanchez said. “In that situation, the players who don’t normally play got to play because of the circumstances. Everybody decided they didn’t like [losing], so they

did something about it.” A month and a four-game losing streak later, the Lions were finally able to break into the win column against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on March 10. It also marked the first road victory for the Lions this season. Bisharat led the Lions with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 singles victory over Louise Oxnevad. Kouyoumjian cruised to an easy 6-2, 6-3 victory. They were joined by junior Reka Rohonyi and Piller, who also won their singles matches. On the doubles side, Bisharat and Razetto teamed up again, this time for an 8-2 victory. Jin and senior Adriana Radinovic rounded out the Lions’ effort with a 8-6 win. The Lions brought their record to .500 on March 16 with a 5-2 victory over the University of New Mexico. The win continued the Lions’ dominance at the LMU Tennis Center this season, as the team is 4-1 at home. Despite struggling through a four-game losing streak

earlier in the season, the Lions are optimistic as the heart of their schedule sits in front of them. Seven of their next 10 games are at home, where the Lions have excelled this year. “We’re at a point right now where we’re still improving and learning. We’re improving in doubles, and I think we’re better than we have shown,” Sanchez said. “In singles, the players have the mentality of working to improve and get better.” The Lions wrap up their final two non-conference games before opening WCC play next week. They play against No. 64 Princeton University on March 21. The final non-conference tune-up will be against Dartmouth College on March 23. “We’ve been playing really well the last two matches and got back into the rankings,” Bisharat said. “If we continue to build off of that, we’ll be at our highest to start conference. We just need to keep pushing and not relax.”

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Sophomore Tory Parravi hits a backhand in an early season match.The Lions have two more non-conference games before conference play begins.

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LMU hosts Lions poised for conference run weekend invitational Water polo (11-7, 3-1) hosts three conference opponents this weekend at Burns Aquatic Center. By Sam Borsos

Asst. Sports Editor

Home sweet home. After three consecutive tournaments away from LMU, it’s finally the women’s water polo team’s (11-7, 3-1) turn to host one of its own. The No. 14 Lions will host the 2013 LMU Invitational this weekend at the Burns Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday. The team beat two back-to-back conference teams, Colorado State University and CSU San Bernardino. , last Saturday. LMU Head Coach Kyle Witt said that he believes that these wins will be beneficial going into the LMU Invitational, as the Lions will play three conference games against Sonoma State University, CSU East Bay and CSU Monterey Bay. “It allowed us to see our style of play,” Witt said. “Our conference plays a very specific style and it helped us adjust. We just need to learn how to play better in our system. We were able to see what we can do and what we still need to work on.” The Lions will split their four upcoming games between Friday and Saturday, playing two games per day. Last year, LMU swept the LMU Invitational, winning all four games, including a win against the thenranked No. 18 Princeton University. The final game this year will be against No. 11 Princeton, expected to be tough competition alongside the

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Sophomore starting pitcher Colin Welmon (pictured above) leads the Lions’ pitching staff with 0.51 earned run average and a 3-1 record. Welmon and the Lions continue conference play with a three-game series against St. Mary’s this weekend.

Baseball (8-12, 1-2) heads into the heart of conference play this weekend at St. Mary’s. By Dan Raffety Managing Editor

Four games below .500 is not what the LMU baseball team (8-12, 1-2) had in mind after 20 games to begin the 2013 campaign. The Lions have already been on the wrong end of four walk-off finishes and find themselves

searching for consistency as West Coast Conference (WCC) play continues. “We just haven’t put it all together quite yet,” said senior relief pitcher Matt Florer. “We will have a great pitching day, then a great hitting day, but we need more of a complete effort.” The club is coming off yet another loss, this time to conference rival Pepperdine University on Sunday when the team lost 4-3 to drop two of three games to last year ’s WCC champion. This marks the third walk-off loss for

the Lions in their last seven contests. However, despite the close calls, the team is not panicked, but realizes it needs to create a sense of urgency in conference play. “We still have so much baseball to be played,” said Head Coach Jason Gill. “We travel up to Northern California this weekend, and after this series, the standings could be totally different. We need to focus on playing the best baseball we can. It just can’t become a disease where we get late in the game and we feel like we are

The Lions (2-12, 0-1) continue to struggle on the tennis court, losing two midweek matches.

straight sets 6-1, 6-4. “I got some chances, and I just went for it,” said Bustamante, whose win was the lone bright spot in an otherwise trying day. “Today was not our best effort,” said senior Nicholas Bjerke of the matchup, emphasizing a need for the team to “give more energy.” Injuries have plagued several key players throughout the season, especially Bjerke, who competed for the first time in nearly a month after a cartilage tear in his hip forced him to the sidelines. “I need to stop being so careful,” he stressed. “I need to let myself loose and start playing to my abilities again.” Though not 100 percent, Bjerke is looking to return to form throughout the final stretch of the season. Though proud of the team’s victories this season, the center of his focus is

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Senior Nicholas Bjerke (above) returned from injury on Tuesday in a match against Oklahoma State. The Lions fell 6-1 to Oklahoma State and 4-3 to Pepperdine on Wednesday.

With conference play nearing full swing, the men’s tennis team is focused on West Cost Conference (WCC) competition after falling to non-conference foe Oklahoma State 6-1 at home on Tuesday. The team entered competition on Tuesday hoping to ride the momentum of back-to-back victories against UC Riverside and Gonzaga University, its first victories after a winless start to the season. However, every match went in favor of the No. 65 Cowboys, winning nearly every singles and doubles match. The only victory for the Lions came from junior Sebastian Bustamante, who defeated his opponent in by winning in

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LMU ranked nationally for first time in six years Women’s tennis is No. 75 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. By Carlton Lew Asst. Sports Editor

Women’s tennis wants to make noise this year in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. Despite currently holding an overall record of 5-5, the Lions have had bright spots early in the season. In the March 5 rankings administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the Lions were

ranked No. 72. It marked the first time in six years that LMU has been ranked, dating back to February 2007. After falling out of the rankings for a week, the Lions are No. 75, according to the March 19 rankings. “It’s a great feeling, because the program wasn’t doing very well and to have all these girls come together and improve the program was good,” senior team captain April Bisharat said. “It took a lot of hard work.” The Lions started the season strong, winning three of their first four matches. A key victory came against No. 39 CSU Long Beach (CSULB) when LMU pulled off a 4-3 upset. The match came down to the

wire as the Lions held a slim advantage going into the last few singles matches, but sophomore Tory Parravi held off CSULB’s Ebba Unden with a 6-1, 7-5 victory. Despite the Lions’ early success, they have struggled away from home. After the resounding victory against CSULB, the Lions hit the road against No. 65 UC Irvine (UCI) on Feb. 3. The result wasn’t as favorable as the Lions were swept 7-0. The Lions rebounded quickly after the loss to the Anteaters and soundly defeated UC Riverside 7-0. LMU won eight of the nine matches it played that day. “Beating Long Beach was a good

win, but it’s not that we relaxed against UCI,” junior team captain Claudia Razetto said. “UCI played a really good match and we had a lot of good opportunities that could have been the other way around.” After a 3-1 start, the Lions took four of their next five matches on the road, beginning with UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) on Feb. 16. The Lions won all three of their doubles matches, but subsequently lost four of their six singles matches. This put the Lions at a disadvantage as UCSB was able to squeak by with a 4-3 win. The next two matches against the

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March 21, 2013  

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