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New core nears finalization If approved, the new core curriculum will feature fewer requirements for undergrads.
By Margo Jasukaitis Asst. News Editor
bands and artists, including some of LMU’s own musical talent, such as DJ Posterchild, Mojo Stone, Exit from Entropy and Wall of Lions. Free food will be provided by several sponsors of the event, such as ROCKSTAR energy drinks and Bagel Nosh Deli. The goal of the event, which will take place tomorrow in Burns Back Court, is for the LMU community to gain awareness about the genocides in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sophomore political science and sociology double major Narine Esmaeili, who is on the executive committee of Save Darfur and will be
After years of planning and development, the proposal for a new core curriculum will be put to a faculty vote at the end of this semester. Last Friday, members of the University’s faculty received an email alerting them that the vote will take place during the last week of classes, from April 25 – 29. According to chair of the University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) and professor of mathematics Dr. Blake Mellor, “The committee has been working on [the proposal for new core] for more than five years.” “The decision to move to a new core has been going for a very long time,” said Faculty Senate member and professor of political science Dr. John Parrish. “There’s been an awful lot of people who have done an awful lot of work [on the proposal]. It’s the culmination of years of work,” he said. The UCCC is comprised of faculty members from a wide range of schools within the University in an effort to ensure the proposal reflects the desires and needs of students and professors from various majors. The committee worked with students to develop a viable model for the new core including three forum discussions last September, hosted by ASLMU senators, faculty and staff. Once a final proposal was developed, representatives from the committee presented the redeveloped curriculum at the Faculty Senate meeting on Feb. 10. According to Faculty Senate member and professor of philosophy Dr. Timothy Shanahan, “The UCCC in dialogue with faculty developed a new core model that was delivered to the Faculty Senate. … The Senate
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Student choreography featured in “CONVERGE” dance concert Students performed sophomore dance major Cat Kamrath’s “Dear ____” dance at a rehearsal on Saturday night for the CONVERGE concert, which will take place Wednesday through Saturday. For the full story, see A&E page 12.
Concert to aid Darfur and Congo The Harmonies for Hope Benefit Concert seeks to draw attention to conflict. By Carina Chiodo News Intern
The Harmonies for Hope Benefit Concert is a first in its category for Loyola Marymount University: Never before in LMU’s history has a student organization hosted a concert that will fundraise for a specific cause, according to the President of the Save Darfur organization at LMU, sophomore political science major Sheila Koohpai, who also is the
coordinator of the Harmonies for Hope Benefit Concert. The Save Darfur organization has collaborated with Falling Whistles, an organization that campaigns for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to create an interactive concert in which students will have the opportunity to take action against the genocide in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Students can anticipate a Congo refugee as a speaker: Yves Muya, who is also a member of Falling Whistles. Because Falling Whistles is one of the sponsors of the event, many members and followers of the organization will be there as well. The event will include performances by various
Centennial festivities to begin at end of month After three years of planning, LMU will honor its 100th birthday with a year-long celebration. By Laura Riparbelli News Editor
Three years of planning and 100 years in the making, the LMU community is set to launch its year-long centennial celebration next month. From a Rose Parade float, to banners that will line Lincoln Blvd., to a 600-page book that will recount the entire history of LMU since its induction in 1911, the centennial year is expected to be more than just a birthday party. “We are launching the centennial in May, and we have a lot of things that are coming
together that we’ve been working on for three years. … I’m like a little kid in a candy store. It’s just so exciting to see them all come together,” said Sherrill Britton, associate vice president for University Relations and the cochair of the Centennial Steering Committee, who will be seeing everything come to life starting at the end of April. May 2011 officially kicks off the year, beginning with the unveiling of a “Centennial Collage” to be placed in the Von Der Ahe Student Center. The collage, which is a circular structure full of LMU memorabilia, serves as a “one-of-a-kind anniversary art piece. It’s a visual history of the University, as opposed to a written history,” said Britton, who mentioned that she hopes to unveil the art piece during the President’s Choice Dinner on April 29 to those attending the event.
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Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
Taken in 1911,the year of the University’s founding,the picture above shows the first faculty and students of Los Angeles College (which would later become LMU) at the Highland Park campus.
Index The last student art gallery show of the year is open now through May 7. A & E, p. 12
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Students get opportunity to ‘Light the Night’ Tonight’s event and keynote will focus on sexual offense. By Erika Gill News Intern
Sexual assault and harassment will be the focus of tonight’s “Light the Night” event scheduled to begin in St. Rob’s Auditorium at 7 p.m. After hearing a keynote delivered by a surprise speaker, students led by senior communication studies major Brittany Lough will take Department of Public Safety officers on a walk around campus, pointing out areas that seem unsafe due to poor lighting. Lough, who works as Greek Life’s Special Projects assistant, has been working on making LMU feel safer for everyone. “It is a safe school, but ... things happen. We [are] about awareness and empowerment,” Lough said. “We wanted to involve Public Safety and have the students light the night, have them say ‘Hey, we want a light here,’ or ‘Is it too dark here?’,” added Lough. President of Kappa Alpha Theta and junior history and political science Greg Smith | Loyolan
double major Liz Hedge shares Lough’s sentiments. “Promoting safety across campus is vital,” she said. President of Greek Council and junior natural science major Joanna Demos said, “I think [Light the Night] is a great event because it gives students a voice and empowers them to identify places on campus they feel unsafe. It give students the opportunity to communicate to the University and Public Safety ways to make campus safer and places that need to get more attention.” The keynote speaker has not yet been announced, but Lough hinted the speaker is “a member of the LMU community that [students] will recognize.” Light the Night is the first of two events that will kick off a Student Peer Educator Program that the Student Affairs and Wellness Committee will be starting at LMU in the fall. The second event will be the “Empower Hour,” an hour-long IntenSati cardio workout, tomorrow at 7 p.m. in St. Rob’s Auditorium. Both tonight’s event and tomorrow’s “Empower Hour” are sponsored by the Student Affairs and Wellness Committee, Avon Foundation for Women,
Student Leadership & Development, Student Psychological Services, Campus Recreation, and m.powerment. This summer, the Student Affairs and Wellness Committee will choose 15 students to be peer educators and teach the campus about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to deal with sexual harassment and assault. Applications for the position will be handed out at both today’s and tomorrow’s events. The Student Affairs and Wellness Committee received the Avon Foundation Grant that will fund “Light the Night,” “Empower Hour” and the Student Peer Educator Program this year. These events are not intended to be seen as a rushed response to issues raised by recent reports of a sexual assault in Playa del Rey; rather, Lough hopes they will be used as a resource for students. “It’s not necessarily the issues; it’s ... what’s available here on campus for us that people can utilize ... better. I know Public Safety has forums every year [which] no one goes [to], so hopefully this will [involve] Public Safety and a big chunk of the LMU community, [a] let’s-worktogether kind of thing,”
said Lough. “I’m hoping the [students] get a sense of safety on campus, and that they can go to Public Safety, and it can be an open forum of communication. Public Safety is there for us,” Lough added. “[DPS] wants to hear what students are saying. You know, in between the Burns Annex and [the Wil and Mary Von der Ahe Communication Arts] building there’s a dark alley people call ‘The Rape Alley.’ Public Safety never
knew about that. People should just be more aware of their safety on campus,” said Lough. “LMU prides itself on being one of the safest campuses, and I definitely want it to improve in all areas where it’s needed,” said Hedge. For more information about “Empower Hour,” contact the Fitwell Center at 310.338.3049. - Additional reporting by Margo Jasukaitis
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Celebration aims to strengthen school spirit Centennial from page 1 Additionally, in order to replicate the original 1911 ball, the Student Affairs Committee, headed by Assistant Dean for Student Engagement, Retention and Transition Jade Smith, is creating the 1911 Ball on November 1, 2011, for 1,100 students at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, which will include dinner and dancing. The committee will also be hosting a centennial basketball game, as well as a day of service, similar to the President’s Day of Service that took place in February. “[These three events] represent who we are – we are all about service, camaraderie, school spirit and allowing students to have a social outlet to celebrate who we are,” said Smith, who also hopes that such a celebration will foster and highlight school spirit on the LMU campus. “Just imagine, an entire year of celebration. What better time to be at LMU? … Our centennial celebration is not only looking back at what we’ve achieved, but it’s also looking ahead for the next 100 years and what we really have to get excited about,” she said. Britton echoed similar sentiments, hoping such events will strengthen school spirit and community. “Everyone is going to see that we all share these common threads. I’d love to see it enhance our campus. We’re starting a new era with our first lay president and starting our second century. [It’s] amazing that it all came together as we’re launching our second century and have new leadership. … I hope this will be a coming together, and
I hope that this will be a pride that we feel for this history that we share. It’s a renewal in some ways,” said Britton. Students have also been deeply involved in the celebration’s planning. Labels for a Loyola Marymount centennial wine, which will be served at events throughout the entire year, were designed by sophomore graphic design majors Jessica Wong and Kaitlin Dela Cruz. Students are also executing an oral history project. They have spent the past year and a half interviewing 43 members of LMU’s expanded community and are creating essay projects on the individuals. “There are two phases to the project: the first being to interview alumni ranging from the University’s inception in 1911 until the present day. Interviewees have ranged from priests, to rabbis, to coaches, to the average student – all of whom have retained a lasting connection with LMU. After these interviews are completed, which is where [our group] currently stand[s], the same group of students [will begin] to work on writing articles based on common themes discovered through the interview process,” said junior screenwriting major Brendan McNerney, one of seven students working on the project. McNerney said the most inspiring interview he has conducted throughout the course of this project was with LMU graduate Tony Bui. “His is a tale of coming to school as a film major, like myself, and then pursuing a study abroad program in his home country of Vietnam where he developed a deeper understanding of his culture which led him to create films such as ‘Green Dragon,’ ‘Yellow Lotus,’
and ‘Three Seasons’ which have garnered him attention at the Independent Spirit Awards. His story shows the potential of LMU on an international scale and how its effects continue to ripple into the future of each and every student on their way to greatness,” he said. Other details being released regarding the celebration include the near completion of a book chronicling LMU’s history throughout the last 100 years, written by California historian Kevin Starr, who, according to Britton, has juxtaposed LMU’s 100-year history with that of Los Angeles’ and California’s histories. “It’s his ability to not just chronicle history; there are themes that he weaves throughout that go across the decades – you learn that students had no way of getting here, they struggled financially for decades. You see the struggles we went through in World War II, when all the men left and there were hardly any students, and we almost closed because they had all been drafted off to war … it is the definitive history, it’s really going to be a treasure,” Britton said. The University also plans to have a float in the Rose Parade and invites students and members of the community to help assemble the float, which will be in accordance with the 2011 parade’s theme: “Just Imagine.” The float’s design is currently in development, and Britton said she hopes LMU’s float in the parade will help foster community involvement. “I do think that’s going to install a lot of pride. It’s about the experience, it’s about design, it’s about decorating the float, being there and watching it and bringing our community together,” she said.
Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
The lion was adopted as the University’s mascot in 1923. The lion (pictured above in a photo from c. 1930) has been identified as Tanner, the MGM lion.
Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
In 1973, students gathered in what is now Alumni Mall to celebrate May Day with an afternoon of dancing and festivities.
Concert aims to raise awareness Concert from page 1 working the information center at the event, said, “We want people to be more educated about what’s going on in the world. My hope is that students will show up to the concert and gain insight about what’s going on in Sudan and the Republic of Congo.” The event will raise money for various Congo and Darfur child rehabilitation programs as well. Now is an important time for the Congolese, as they are holding their third election in history this year on November 27. According to some experts however, Sudan will probably become two separate countries, as a split in territory is likely to occur. This political situation is sparking a human crisis in which many citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan are forced to either relocate to refugee camps or be faced with the possibility of death. As the camps become increasingly populated, conditions are worsening and there are not enough vital resources to go around. Koohpai, said, “This concert is to raise money, and, more importantly, awareness, while making it an enjoyable and interesting experience for the students.”
The event will offer many opportunities to experience how one can make a difference. As attendees enter the venue, they will be given their own genocide victim card, which will be their child for the night. The card will come with a list of tasks that students will complete throughout the night that will benefit the lives of the refugees. Some of the tasks include signing a large blanket that will be sent to a Darfur refugee camp, writing personal letters to refugees, and gettting the chance to send letters to President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling their attention to the issue. Students that are going to be present at the Harmonies for Hope Benefit Concert are eager to have a positive effect on those living in the refugee camps. Deanna Walker, a freshman business major said, “I hope to get a lot of information about Darfur and how I can make a difference over there. It’s nice to know that just by going I’m making someone else’s life a little bit better.” Presale tickets, which are limited, will be sold to students at Convo for $5, but can also be bought at the door starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $8 to those who are not LMU students. The event begins at 8 p.m.
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Faculty vote on core scheduled for end of semester Core from page 1 discussed and debated and eventually approved [the proposed revisions to the core curriculum] overwhelmingly. The Senate agreed this is the model that will be put before the faculty vote.” The revised core curriculum that the Faculty Senate approved to be presented to the entire faculty for a vote involves several distinct changes from the core that students currently complete. Most notably, the proposed core has fewer classes than the current core. According to Mellor, the UCCC “envisioned certain outcomes with the new core … certain courses are meant to be satisfied by students’ major or minor requirements.” This means if the new core curriculum is approved, students enrolled after its implementation would have fewer required core classes to complete in addition to their major and minor courses. Mellor added, however, “It’s not clear how much overlap there will be [between major courses and core courses]. It’s up to each department to determine what courses could satisfy multiple requirements.” In addition to fewer required courses, members of the UCCC and the Faculty Senate agree that the new proposed core more effectively promotes the University’s mission than the current core. “I think that the current core to a large extent relegates the mission [of the University] to the fact that there are a couple theology and philosophy cours-
es required in students’ final years, but there’s generally no strong effort to see that those courses connect to the mission,” said Mellor. “That was one complaint with the current core – it wasn’t as coherent and organized around the mission.” Parrish echoed Mellor’s sentiments, and said, “The current core broaches the task of introducing students to the college experience and the University mission more haphazardly [than is ideal]. The proposed core is more streamlined and better thought out in terms of sequencing.” The sequencing Parrish specifically referred to was the newly developed set of upper division requirements. Rather than take an upper division theology course and philosophy course in ethics, as is mandated by the current core, students will take three courses the UCCC identified as “Integrations,” which are courses in the fields of faith, religion and theology, ethical issues and what the committee labeled an “interdisciplinary connection.” According to Mellor, these courses are “intended to represent the [University’s] mission and tie together what students have learned over the course of their college career, and tie that back to the mission of the University.” In addition to revising the upper division requirements for the core curriculum, the UCCC also proposed a revamped curriculum for incoming freshmen. In the fall of their freshman year, students taking courses in the new cur-
riculum will enroll in a freshman seminar, which Parrish sees as a “good way to introduce students to LMU and Jesuit education.” While no student currently enrolled at LMU will have their core curriculum requirements altered, if the proposed core is approved by the faculty at the end of the semester, the University will “need to get a
group to look into how to implement the new core and how that procedure is going to go,” according to Mellor. “My best guess from the discussion I’ve had is that process would take between three and five years. The new core would be rolled out in pieces,” he said. Parrish is happy with the final proposal of the UCCC and feels it would be a good cur-
riculum to implement on a University-wide scale. “It’s a terrific product,” he said. “It is better than any one person could have been able to design individually, and I think it represents what faculty as a whole think characterizes an LMU graduate. [The proposed core] embodies the educational experience we think all students ought to have.”
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Shedding light on sexual offenses
t is difficult to pass through Palm Walk without noticing the picket signs that line the sidewalk. The Loyolan hopes that it is equally difficult to turn a blind eye after reading their messages, since the signs bear statistics and facts about sexual assault and battery. With events like “Light the Night,” which takes place tonight at 7 p.m. in St. Rob’s Auditorium, and “Empower Hour,” which takes place tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in St. Rob’s Auditorium as well [see “Students get opportunity to ‘Light the Night,’” p. 2], the Loyolan encourages students to take these opportunities to become more educated about sexual offenses. The Loyolan also hopes that students will discover ways that they can fight against and lessen the occurrence of these instances. In light of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the recent case of sexual battery reported outside the Hannon Apartments last month and the student sexual assault case that happened in Playa del Rey on April 1, 2011, the Loyolan hopes the community can use incidents like these to raise awareness about sexual offenses.
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The subject is an uncomfortable one, and it is often difficult to talk about with peers. However, it deserves a voice and needs to be addressed. Regardless of how safe a community feels, there is always the possibility for instances of sexual offense to occur. Therefore, the Loyolan would like to commend the various groups responsible for these events (like the Student Affairs and Wellness Committee, the Avon Foundation for Women and Student Leadership & Development, among others) for making the conscious effort to start a dialogue with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) about places on campus that could be safer in an effort to prevent cases of sexual assault and battery. The entire community should take their lead and continue the dialogue – whether it is with DPS, community members or other students. Students should offer suggestions on how to improve safety and report all instances of sexual offense. The Loyolan hopes that this dialogue will spur further action and that this slow but steady movement toward awareness and action will gain an even stronger voice.
University core headed in the right direction Although it would take three to five years to be implemented if approved by the faculty this semester, the new proposed core curriculum is definitely something to be excited about [see “New core nears finalization,” p. 1]. The changes, which include new “Integrations” courses in the fields of faith, religion, theology and ethics, as well as seminar classes for freshmen, reflect a conscious effort to connect academic life to the greater LMU mission. Additionally, the proposed core has fewer classes than the current one, allowing students more time to delve into their majors, minors and emphases.
Erdmann, an LMU athlete to be proud of This year, LMU sports fans have been on a roller coaster ride of extreme highs and lows. Luckily, last weekend brought an extreme high. Redshirt junior track and field athlete Tara Erdmann set a new meet record at UCLA – which was also a new University record and a personal best. With all her accomplishments this season alone, Erdmann seems to be on the fast track to being a future inductee into LMU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Losing patience with bickering parties In the words of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, “It’s unclear where the adults are, but they don’t seem to be in Washington.” The threat of a government shutdown, averted last minute on Friday night, was reckless on all levels. The country is already crumbling under the weight of monumental debt – a shutdown would have only built upon it. Once again, taxpayers were threatened with the consequences of bickering between parties, and the late-night, last-minute save offers little hope that real progress toward financial stability and responsibility will be made any time soon. As members of the generation soon to inherit the country’s collossal debt, it’s hard not to resent those currently in power who continuously promise solutions but actually deliver more consternation.
A lot more like Hogwarts than you’d think
ur campus can be considered many things; it’s been called pretty, it’s been called a secluded little gem in the middle of a big city, but I don’t think it’s ever been called L.A.’s own magical little slice of Hogwarts. And this has never made sense to me. I’m pretty much a big enough nerd to find a Harry Potter connection to anything (I mean, I’ve seriously convinced myself that I would have made a better Cho Chang than Cho Chang ever could have been), but I’ve found that at LMU especially, there are several parallels between our world and the wizarding world. For starters, going down the back stairs of the Hilton building is sort of like descending into Randomosity the deep, dark depths of a potions dungeon. (Ignore the fact that when By Angelica you get down there, you’re met by a Cadiente normal office-like space without any Asst. Managing Editor | torches, or Severus Snape, or pickled entrails in jars on shelves.) Opinion Editor Then, there’s U-Hall. It can be a vast and sometimes daunting place. In fact, it’s a frequent occurrence for me to inadvertently get lost in the corridors, and I am almost positive that the escalators move around from time to time, just to mess with us. This has been a problem ever since I first started at LMU, and I thought that with the passing of time, maybe things would get better. Unfortunately, they haven’t. Here I am at the end of my sophomore year, and I still frequently lose the battle against the behemoth that is U-Hall. I often find myself getting mysteriously lost on my way to a classroom that I’ve been to dozens of times. Normally, if you go to a classroom three times a week for several weeks, you should be able to find it in your sleep. This is not the case with U-Hall. For instance, I was walking to one of my classes on the 4th floor. Or at least I thought I was on the 4th floor. But after a few minutes of walking, I still hadn’t reached my classroom because I was on the 2nd floor. How in Dumbledore’s name did that happen? The only logical explanation can be that the escalators switched themselves around just to confuse me. And this doesn’t even take into account the fact that when you walk into U-Hall from the main campus, you’re not on the 1st floor, but the 4th. Now, this wasn’t too hard to get used to, but when I first got here, I have to admit that it sort of threw me. U-Hall is in serious need of some maps with helpful “you are here” stickers and labels that tell you that the English village isn’t really a quaint little village somewhere on campus where all the literary-types live.
I’ve also been perplexed by the mysterious alcoves that lead to nowhere. And if you’re not paying attention, you might just walk into it, thinking it’s a hallway. Then, you might just find yourself bumping into a wall. Not that it’s ever happened
to me. OK, that’s a lie. It has happened to me. But if you’ve never noticed them before, look for them. They’re big enough for a person to fit into and they look like they should lead somewhere, but they don’t. I’m thinking those alcoves are where the suits of armor used to go when they used to have suits of armor in U-Hall. I’ve also come to the conclusion that there is an entrance to the Chamber of Secrets in one of the girls’ bathrooms. The one in the 3rd floor history department looks pretty sketchy to me. I wouldn’t be surprised to find a basilisk slithering in the pipes around there. I actually tried hissing in Parseltongue into a faucet in there once, hoping the results would give me something interesting to write about in my column. Unfortunately, my actions only yielded strange looks from the girl washing her hands at the sink next to me. She was no
“I’ve come to the conclusion that there is an entrance to the Chamber of Secrets in one of the girls’ bathrooms.”
d o u b t impressed by my serious journalistic endeavors. Harry Potter has “Hogwarts, A History” to consult about the mysteries of his school, but where’s our “LMU, A History”? All we have to go off of are the little urban legends and tales that we hear about every once in a while. We know about the underground tunnels and passageways under Sunken Garden, and then there’s the ever-mysterious ghost of Rains Residence Hall that we keep hearing about. But that’s all. Granted, all my theories are about as likely as a giant squid living in Foley Pond. And sure, instead of a Whomping Willow, we’ve got Pretentious Palm Trees. But then again, if the awesome LMU ducks can chill at the pond, why can’t it be home to a giant squid as well? It’s too small, you say? The squid is magical. Limits of space don’t apply to it. I can sense that you’re judging me. Don’t. And on the off chance that you do find a mysterious secret passageway in U-Hall that leads to the lair of the founders’ giant monster, drop me a line. Because that would just about be the best thing ever. Graphic by Kaitlin Dela Cruz | Loyolan
This is the opinion of Angelica Cadiente, a sophomore business administration major from Los Angeles, Calif. Please send comments to acadiente@theloyolan. com.
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Prospects for the young and the hopeless
ike most of you, I have some idea of what my dream job might be if money was not a factor. Personally, I would write fiction. Unfortunately, that would not be a very reasonable or safe way to support myself. Those who are not in a career-oriented major, such as biology or engineering, are faced with complicated questions about their careers and futures. How do we gain financial stability while pursuing goals outside of our careers? Can we make it so that our Don’t Quote Me jobs are not just a By Joseph Demes means to an end but something that truly Opinion Intern makes us happy? The answer, unfortunately, is quite unclear. If you’ve ever received an email from LMU’s Career Development Services, you may have noticed that the list of job and internship opportunities is rather brief. Moreover, many of these opportunities seem to favor those in more “conservative” majors. This is not a mistake on the school’s part, however; according to
“Career Counselor: Bill Gates or Steve Jobs,” an article published in the New York Times on March 21, “Graduates in career-oriented majors have a higher probability of receiving a job offer,” because their majors focus on a specific skill set, unlike liberal arts majors who are “focused on providing breadth in knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities that are harder to identify as unique and much harder to market to employers.” Nevertheless, there are still internships out there for people pursuing less common careers; they just require a bit more searching. The problem is not a lack of potential employers, but a deficit of open opportunities for undergraduates. With the current recession and a job market to match, employment is rare and those already holding steady jobs are certainly not going to try to search for better cover when they already have found a hole in the trenches, safe from the gunfire. Even postgraduate interns are unwilling to relinquish their unpaid spots
because there really seems to be no open doors to a paid job or even another internship with which to buffer their résumés. In “Recession’s reverberations keep pummeling the young,” an article from the Los Angeles Times published in October 2010, Don Lee stated that the unemployment rate for 20 to 24 year olds was at 17 percent in October of 2010, and that an average of 9 percent of college graduates were unemployed as well. The article goes on to say that those who are lucky enough to be employed are still at a disadvantage, since “low starting pay means that future earnings will be depressed as well.” Against these seemingly insurmountable odds, the constant pressure and necessity to establish oneself in the working force and build a résumé still remains. It seems impossible, though, to build this aspect of our lives if the opportunities to do so are limited and supporting yourself is a challenge. The number of people between the ages of 25 - 34 moving back home with their parents has, according to the United States Census Bureau, risen to 5.5 million in the last two years. Those that know what they want to do with their
“We shouldn’t give in to simply becoming a cog in the workforce machine. If it means going a couple of summers without a job ... then so be it.”
lives are both at a slight advantage and disadvantage: Their search becomes more refined, but this means less opportunities. But what can we do when nothing turns up? What happens when you keep hearing back that “the selection process this term was extremely rigorous due to the number of applications received,” or when employers simply aren’t hiring? Should we just take what we can get and pounce on any opening we can uncover? Some might say that is all we can really do, but I would say we shouldn’t give in to simply becoming a cog in the workforce machine. If it means going a couple of summers without a job before getting the one internship I’ve had my eye on and repeatedly applied for, so be it. I have no issue with those who are willing to put their dreams on hold for security, but I believe that true security comes from making a living from doing what you love to do and what gives you a sense of purpose. There is no right or wrong answer here, but the circumstances that we face in transitioning to the real world and the workforce do put us at odds with ourselves in a very real and terrifying way. Maybe our only options are either some random job or unemployment; if that’s the case, then I’m not going to worry about the money and just write that novel. This is the opinion of Joseph Demes, a sophomore English major from Clayton, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fight breaks out in Jesuit Community
Mascot change approved
Scuffle between priests starts over last patty on “Hamburger Thursday.” By Benedict Thomas Reporter, Jesuit Beat
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had to forcibly enter LMU’s Jesuit Community on Thursday after a threeman fight broke out over who would get the last hamburger patty. Thursdays, known as “Hamburger Thursdays” by those within the community, “are the most anticipated days of the week for LMU’s Jesuits for obvious reasons,” according to rector of the Jesuit community Fr. Robert Scholla, S.J. “I’m not surprised at all that this happened,” said Fr. Scholla. He added quickly, after realizing he was on the record, “Though I am very disappointed.” The three Jesuits involved in the Burger Brawl, as it is quickly coming to be known, were “unlikely suspects,” according to an LAPD officer who spoke on the condition of Fr. James Erps, S.J. anonymity. Special Assistant to the President Fr. Joseph LaBrie, S.J., Bishop Gordon Bennett and Director of Campus Ministry Fr. James Erps, S.J. were detained after engaging in fisticuffs over a lone hamFr. Joseph LaBrie, S.J. burger patty, which Fr. Scholla attributed to “a lack of foresight of just how much we Jesuits like our hamburgers.” Fr. LaBrie, Bishop Bennett and Fr. Erps were quickly released after threatening Bishop Gordon Bennett to withhold their Photos: LMU exorcism services from the LAPD. “After the demon infestation of the precinct back in ’05, we need to be really careful about burning those kinds of bridges,” explained the officer. Two of the three Jesuits involved in the brawl, Fr. LaBrie and Fr. Erps, were apologetic but declined to comment to the Loyolan on their motivation or whether they later found something to eat. Bishop Bennett, on the other hand, was gleeful. “Just take a look here and see who won after all,” he said, grinning and pulling back his coat, revealing a disfigured hamburger patty sticking out of his shirt pocket.
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“Merv the Mollusk” will become LMU’s mascot effective Fall 2011. By Teresa Mollusca Intern to the Intern
University Relations announced last Tuesday that the department has approved changing LMU’s mascot. Effective beginning in Fall 2011, LMU’s Iggy the Lion will be replaced by Merv the Mollusk. “We just felt it was an appropriate way to bring in the centennial,” said Senior Vice President of University Relations Dennis Slon. “The lion was a bit cliché, and all the lion wordplay
“I think it’s great,” said sophomore electrical engineering major Alyssa Whitworth. “It really sets us apart from other schools. I’m just upset that UC Santa Cruz already took the banana slug.” As of press time, the Loyolan hadn’t been able to log on to Wikipedia to confirm whether the banana slug was indeed a mollusk. “[The mascot switch] might help us next year, actually,” said Athletics Director Dr. Bill Husak. “Opposing teams probably expect a lot more fight from lions, but if we walk onto the court or the field or the track as a mollusk, I’m sure some teams’ guards will go down. And then we’ll attack.” “Mollusks can attack,” added Husak after a brief pause, “right?”
Seattle native selected as valedictorian Leslie Gritmore is a freshman undeclared liberal arts major. Again, she’s a freshman.
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The Office of the Registrar made history on Friday afternoon when they announced the valedictorian for the class of 2011. Leslie Gritmore, an undeclared freshman from Seattle, Wash., was chosen as this year’s valedictorian based on her academic achievement, heavy campus involvement and deep familiarity with
LMU’s mission. “We know that this is a rather unorthodox decision,” said Acting Registrar Kathy Reed, “but the valedictorian selection committee really does feel it was the right decision. Although to be quite honest, we’re not really sure how she got an application in or why she even applied. But that takes guts, and you know what they say about valedictorians – the best ones are the gutsiest.” As of press time, the Loyolan could not confirm who “they” were or whether “they” really did say that about valedictorians. “Yeah, I just thought it’d be cool to apply,” said Gritmore. “I mean, I took it seriously and everything. I just had a couple of my senior friends who were actually
invited to be valedictorian email me the link to the online application, and I spent a lot of time on it. I made the final cut and got invited to go deliver my address last week.” “You should have seen their faces,” she added, laughing. Other members of the LMU community, however, aren’t laughing with Gritmore, who was still laughing as of press time. “I really wanted it,” said senior chemistry major Tyler O’Donald. “It’s lame that it went to a freshman. She’d have gotten her chance later on.” Upon further investigation, the Loyolan discovered that O’Donald has a 2.3 grade point average, and so he would not have been eligible
cabinet. “Had we checked our facts, we very likely would have seen that this year marks LMU’s 96th anniversary since its founding which, while important, doesn’t seem to warrant all that much celebration.” The email concluded with the cabinet’s saying that they would inform the LMU community what would become of alreadyexisting centennial arrangements by the end of the week. The LMU community, for the most part, responded with complete bewilderment. “Wait, does this mean that LMU was founded in 1919?” asked junior English major Damien Stein. “I’m so confused. At least we caught it before all the celebrations happened, though.” The Loyolan declined to tell
Stein that no, that does not mean LMU was founded in 1919. “I really should have caught that,” said Associate Vice President for University Relations Sherrill Britton, who is also co-chair for the centennial steering committee. “But sometimes the little things just slip through the cracks.” “I still don’t see it,” said freshman communications studies major Terry Buttersworth, upon being explained the math inaccuracy for the sixth time. “There’s absolutely no reason this should have happened,” said senior math major Timothy Rodriguez, whose senior thesis is writing a mathematical proof for the existence of magic.
Centennial error discovered; LMU actually 96 Basic mathematical error goes unnoticed for nearly a century. Nearly. By PrettyNPink85692 Reporter, Big Administrative Mistakes Beat
According to an email that went out late last night, LMU’s centennial year may be further away than previously thought. “It has come to our attention that the parties in charge of doing the math for LMU’s centennial celebrations were actually somewhat wrong,” said the email, which was cosigned by all the members of the president’s
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on campus was getting a bit old.” Slon listed off the Lair, the Lion’s Den, the C-Lion and the Crimson Lion as places that would have to undergo a name change after the “ol’ mascot switcheroo,” as he called it, had taken place. The community’s reaction was mixed. “First of all, to say our mascot is a mollusk is strange, because a mollusk isn’t a species,” said a biology professor who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was worried about being made fun of by her colleagues for specializing in mollusks. “There are over 85,000 recognized species of mollusks, so I’m hoping LMU will eventually come out with a more specific name. I’m voting for the giant squid.”
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Tasting the symbol
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Cell phone: amputate the extra limb
t’s a shame I’m never having kids. I would pull that “Do as I say, not as I do” line all the time, particularly when they start pining for a cell phone, probably a few months after they learn how to talk. Because I didn’t get a cell phone until well into high school, those little rats (excuse me, my hypothetical children) won’t start texting until they’re old enough to drive. Suffice to say, I’m more than a bit horrified that my 10-year-old brother is already texting me on a regular basis from his personal mobile. And slightly more Table for One horrified at his generous use of By Luisa Barron the smiley feature. Copy Editor My mother gave in to getting a cell phone for a 4th grader who goes to school less than a mile away from home. This is indicative of how integral cell phones have become to our everyday lives. What was once a privilege has now become a right, and cell phones are thought of as absolutely essential. Even my grandmother is thinking of getting one, even though: 1. I’m 98.9 percent sure she won’t know how to use it, and 2. Her entire universe is within a 2.2-mile radius of her house, so I’m not sure what emergency down at the hair salon would compel her to call someone immediately. A cell phone has become an extra limb, an extension of our own selves that you can’t ever leave the room without. It’s more than communication – we actually live a substantial part of our lives in typing out “lol”s and “nbd”s to one
another. I personally witnessed a two-hour conversation that took place between two people purportedly in a “relationship,” discussing what they were doing. It went something like this: “whats up” “nothing. you?” “same” “dinner?” “already ate” “oh” “…bored” These people lived in the same building, two floors away from each other. Was there ever a time when people actually expressed their boredom just in person, face-to-face, without looking down every five seconds to see if there’s a new Facebook notification or a new round of Angry Birds to conquer? Was there ever really a time when we agreed to meet up at scheduled times without an unnecessary back-andforth of half a dozen text messages? I can’t say how many times I’ve heard someone tell the story of how they got their new phone because they dropped their old one in the toilet. Why is your cell phone on your person when you’re in a bathroom stall? Has going to the bathroom gotten too boring for our shortened attention spans? I’ll give this one caveat: cell phones are awfully useful for pretending you’re not a complete loser. If you’re standing around alone, waiting for someone or something (or just standing around alone because you have nothing else to do, which is also respectable) what else does a person do but whip out their mobile and beep-beep-boop their way into oblivion?
Admittedly, I’ve used that pretending-I’m-texting move too many times to count. I’m never actually texting, usually just making notes to myself about stupid things I hear while eavesdropping. However, I was forced to live without a cell phone for the entirety of a fortnight after accidentally leaving it in the lobby of a dorm at Seattle University (I think I subconsciously left it there on purpose). I know, I know – how the hell did I survive? Truthfully, I enjoyed it. Other than the frantic voicemails I got from several family members – “Where are you? Are you alive? Please call me back, darling. I know you went to Seattle. (long pause) Bye.” – it was fantastic. No buzzing. No alarms. No glowing screen to keep me up at night. I’m not saying we should all toss our phones in the nearest body of water, in a big movie cliché of a grand gesture. But perhaps we could try to go a day without relying upon phones for entertainment, communication and interaction. As much disdain as I have for people, I would still rather deal with the real thing than have to interpret garbled text language and voicemails. Maybe just leave the thing home for once when you go out with a friend. Turn the thing off for a day and see if the world ends because you’re not checking your Twitter. (If it does…well, you can blame me. I don’t mind.) As for me, I’m going to ditch my cell as soon as I can figure out how to converse with my Texas relatives without the damn thing. And I’m probably going to ditch it by throwing its mangled body into the Pacific.
“A cell phone has become an extra limb, an extension of our own selves that you can never leave the room without. ”
Graphic by Kaitlin Dela Cruz & Liana Bandziulis | Loyolan This is the opinion of Luisa Barron, a sophomore screenwriting and philosophy double major from Houston, Texas. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Concert presents diverse collection of student-choreographed dances Dance Preview By Emily Rome A&E Editor
everal dance majors started choreographing pieces at the beginning of the fall semester, and this week they are finally ready for an audience at “CONVERGE,” the annual student dance concert which will run Wednesday through Saturday. The concert features dances choreographed by 14 dance majors. Most of the dances could be categorized as contemporary or modern dances, but those involved in the show were quick to point out how different the pieces are. “They’re all so different, and they’re all different voices speaking,” said freshman dance major Kenna Wright, who choreographed a piece for the concert. Dance professor Chad Michael Hall, who is the artistic director for “CONVERGE,” said that this year’s group of dances is very diverse and has a “very high level of sophistication and authorship and ownership.” Hall is also one of the professors who teaches Choreography Workshop, the course students signed up for if they wanted to be included in the student dance concert. Those in the class started choreographing at the start of the fall semester, and after holding auditions they began working with their dancers in October. Just before Spring Break they had an adjudication of their piece to determine whether it would be included in the dance concert. After Spring Break, 14 of the 19 students who went through the adjudication process found out their dance had a part in the show. The dances in the show range from light and playful to serious and contemplative, from abstract to very specific stories. One that aims to tell a specific story with specific characters is “SALIGIA,” choreographed by freshman dance and history double major Rachel Benzing. The title is an acronym using the latin words for the Seven Deadly Sins, which are featured characters in the dance, along with one human character. Benzing said her piece shows “humanity accepting [the Seven Deadly Sins] and what it would be like to feel them and take them on.” Senior dance major Elizabeth Chitty explores something more conceptual in her dance, titled “Tremolo.” “It’s about playing and what it means for the body to be in a state of play,” Chitty said. A version of Chitty’s piece was origi-
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In this year’s student dance concert, senior dance major Elizabeth Chitty (above) performs in a piece titled “Mobilis in mobili,” choreographed by senior dance major Heather Romanowski. To read more about Romanowski’s dance, go to laloyolan.com/ae. nally performed last summer at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. It was a 20-minute dance performed outside on boulders. For this concert she adapted the same concept and used some of the same movement phrases to be performed inside on an empty stage. “Without the external elements, we had to create a lot of the things I was depending on the landscape for when I created the piece for [the festival],” Chitty said. Senior dance major Chadrick Johnson’s experiences outside California also were an influence on his dance, though for him it was his travels to a place further than Boulder, Colo. Last summer he studied abroad in Ghana, where he visited dungeons where female slaves were raped and molested. “I heard about the struggles women went through when they were enslaved,” Johnson said. “[With my dance], I wanted to let women who go through any struggle to
know they’ll overcome and reap benefit in the end.” The piece features 11 female dancers performing to a song called “Meet Me at the River, Lord,” which is also the title of the dance. Johnson said that his faith also has an influence on his choreography. Johnson explained that he had not done any formal type of choreography before joining the dance program at LMU as a transfer student his sophomore year. He actually had had no formal dance training before then and only had experience with praise dancing and his high school’s marching band. “The growth [I’ve gone through] from my sophomore to senior year is remarkable. That journey’s also incorporated in this dance,” Johnson said. The one other male dance major among the concert’s choreographers, sophomore Paul Vickers, has a dance in the concert for the second time. His piece, called “Fault,”
was inspired by his research on Gaëtan Dugas, who became known as Patient Zero in the ’80s following the accusations that he brought AIDS to the United States. “[My dance] is inspired by the dark side of putting blame on somebody else and not realizing what that would do to their life,” Vickers said. The movement in Vickers’ dance is also inspired by the idea of cells responding to an infection and imitates “that push and pull of a body trying to fight it and also giving into it,” he said. Vickers explained that he also faced the challenge of not making the dance too literal as he worked to keep the dance abstract. Also featured in the dance concert is senior dance major Suzy Myre, who is the only student who has choreographed for the concert all four years since the Choreography Workshop was established. Myre’s piece is called “Between Here and You” and is a series of duets with two male and two female dancers. “The movement is subtle and the integrity of the piece is contained within the subtlety and patience and movement,” Myre said. Myre was allowed to select the dancers for her piece because it is also her senior thesis project. “I chose dancers with unique movement styles to themselves, so they’re all different from each other,” she said. Many of the choreographers hope that others in the LMU community will attend “CONVERGE” so they can get a better sense of the work done in the dance department. “I hope people [who come to the concert] get a new awareness of dance and understanding of what this dance program’s about and how much talent we have on campus,” said sophomore dance major Cat Kamrath. “The concert is a very good representation of all our artistic abilities.” Both Hall and Benzing pointed out that LMU’s dance program is one of the strongest in the country. Benzing added that missing out on the dance concert would be “like going to UCLA and not going to the basketball games.” “CONVERGE” runs from Wednesday through Sunday in Strub Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Agency and also during Convo tomorrow when excerpts of the dances will be performed on Alumni Mall.
To learn about five more dances in “CONVERGE,” go to laloyolan.com/ae.
Last student art exhibit of the year now open Art Preview By Raessah Reese Staff Writer
tudents will be able to witness the expression of their peer’s connection to the world around them by attending the “TANGIBLEnTANGIBLE” art exhibition at the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display now through May 7. The exhibition will feature works by eight senior studio arts majors. The exhibition’s theme is described by Meg Patch, whose work is included in the show, as being “a play on words which describes their collective creative process, as they transform their ideas which are intangible into their actual work that is tangible.” The artists’ work features an eclectic range of mediums that include photography, mixed media, painting and other forms of installation art. Through their work, the artists tackle subjects such as spirituality, memory and the superficial nature of physical appearance. The artists who will have their work in the show collaboratively put the exhibition together under the guidance of art professor Fr. Michael Tang. “It has been inspiring to see them create their own body of work, and to have it revolve around a particular theme,” Tang said. Tang has been a mentor to the young artists who are planning the exhibition as a part of their senior thesis class, which
the students take under his instruction. He insists that his role was that of a coach, as he not only trained them to plan out their own exhibit but also “helped them to formulate and articulate their ideas into a theme.” Evan Simonitsch was able to express his spirituality, as his work for the exhibit “focuses on the expression of faith in everyday life through sculpture.” He explores the value of his faith through the creation of an art installation that uses sculptural pieces, some weighing over 40 pounds. According to Simonitsch, the beauty of expressing oneself through art is that “you’re able to express who you are to the world without having to say anything.” Sarah Joubert will also showcase an installation piece which reflects her experience of losing the house she grew up in to a wildfire, and her “process of rebuilding her life and new home.” The piece is comprised of photos and found objects. Inspired by her sister to release her emotions, she used the creation of her piece as a coping mechanism, as it allowed her to express her feelings and remember how lucky she and her family actually are. “My sister told me that writing her feelings down about this traumatic event helped her, and that she knew I could use my creative side to to get me through difficult times,” Joubert said. In her installation piece, Amber Helmstetter explores “the parallels between actual events and perceived memory.” Her art is a work of mixed media that uses film, dance and choreography. She
claims that her reflection on the pieces included in her installation “makes her a better artist and person,” as she was able to rise to a difficult challenge. Patch steers in a different direction than her peers as she documents the effects of the recession on its victims by using the medium of photography to produce a modern spin on the photographs taken during the Great Depression. She hopes that viewers of her work will feel “a sense of human connection” to those in her photographs. “Images of people go beyond any written description in a textbook. It is possible to feel a human connection through an image, and I hope people can connect to the people I chose for my project,” Patch said. Her fellow classmate, Joanna Valles, explores the subject of body image, specifically in relation to women. Valles chose to take on this topic, as she tends to “gravitate toward subjects that revolve around physical appearance and glamour.” Inspired by the issues of self-image that many of her close friends experience, Valles uses her painting to communicate the desire of women to attain physical perfection. Other artists featuring their work in the exhibit also use their personal experiences to explore the theme of tangible versus intangible. “The young artists use their artwork to form a connection to the world around them, and in some cases to deal with certain issues in their lives,” Tang said. The artists are unanimous that LMU
Senior studio arts major Stephanie Argueta’s piece titled “Greed,” made with acrylic on canvas, is currently on display in the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery. students will value the experience of viewing the artwork of “an eclectic group of artists with distinct voices,” Helmstetter said. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, April 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.
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“So You Think You Can Dance”was one of the TV shows featured at this weekend’s Reality Rocks Expo. Season seven winner LMU-bound Lauren Froderman (below and above on far left) participated on a panel discussion about the show and in a dance interactive with fellow panelists and audience members invited to dance with the show’s stars.
LMU-bound reality TV star dances, speaks at expo Event Report By Michelle Weiss Senior Editor
Lion was up front and center in the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Lauren Froderman, who will be attending LMU in the fall and was the season seven winner on the FOX show “So You Think You Can Dance,” participated in a panel and performance at the Reality Rocks Expo on Saturday. Though this was the inaugural expo, the convention is predicted to become the “Comic-Con of reality television” by The Film Group Senior Vice President Robert Sunshine, as he told the Loyolan last week. The convention was made up of booths selling merchandise and promoting products, such as Mischa Barton’s handbag line, workshops that educated the fans on what kind of work goes into a reality TV show and live celebrity performances. Lyndsey Parker, from Yahoo! Music, moderated the “So You Think You Can Dance” panel. She first asked the panelists to all explain what they have been doing since their season ended. All panelists had an expansive list of performances and opportunities that they have had since they finished their season of the show, from Chelsea Traille, who landed a speaking role in “Burlesque,” to Froderman, who guest-starred in the “Glee” episode “Original Song” as an Aural Intensity singer. Though Froderman has cer-
tainly had an impressive amount of offers since winning her season, she claimed her favorite one was recently being awarded the new title of Gatorade Athlete. “It’s really cool to be recognized by such a major corporation. I’m really thankful,” Froderman said. Parker then opened the floor to the audience members to ask any of their own questions. When asked what the toughest dance was during their season, each contestant confessed a certain dance that they didn’t
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enjoy performing. Froderman told a story about how she accidentally found out the night before it was
supposed to be announced that she was going to be asked to perform a Tahitian style of dance. She then claimed she stayed up the entire night crying and looking up Tahitian dancing on YouTube. But she admitted that working on the style with the choreographers was a good experience in the end. “[Learning Tahitian dance] was definitely fun. It pushed me to be more open about all different types of dancing,” Froderman said. All of the other panelists agreed with this statement and also offered other insights into the show. “This show is about believing in yourself, and if you don’t, you gotta fake it till you make it,” said season three finalist and All-Star Lauren Gottlieb. The stars then left the stage briefly to change into more comforta b l e clothes and ready to dance. Gottlieb took center stage and got everyone in the audience to stand up. She then began to explain step by step the moves of an entire dance routine. Since there were no chairs and the audience was in an open space, there was enough for them to practice their moves. Some audience members got excited about the dance lesson and were enthusiastically dancing along while most stood watching in awe. Though Gottlieb was the primary instructor, the other panelists helped demonstrate together onstage. After several rounds of practice Lauren then invited some audience members onto the stage to dance in the limelight. Amanda Ayres, a dancer since age three and a fan attending the convention, was one of the few people that went on stage to dance with the panelists. “It’s always interesting to see people in real life that you see on TV. It makes them real,” Ayres said. The convention had events on both Saturday and Sunday and members of The Film Group predict that it will be an annual occurrence.
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S PORTS A face full of snow is a humbling experience
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Two Plus the Foul from page 20 the first time in my life. As much as I tried to look like I fit in with the rest of the crowd, I was a dead giveaway from head to toe. Sweatpants instead of snow pants and a Matix hoodie over multiple layers of shirts instead of a snow jacket and a T-Shirt didn’t make me stick out, but my decision to wear sweats definitely was a surprising sight for people who were
more accustomed to our snowy surroundings. Unsurprisingly, I did not display the potential or flair of a young Shaun White, and I was nowhere close to being as good as the 11-year-old I saw shredding down a double black diamond, while I remained cautious and “rode” down the easiest “mountain” that I could find. I am not sure why, but there is something humbling about falling
on your butt over and over again and not being able to do anything about it. After finding my face in the snow numerous times, I just started to laugh, because I knew that no matter what I tried there was no way I was going to wake up the next day without my body feeling like it had just survived a massive explosion. But as frustrating and physically straining as my antics on the mountain were, the day was not
ruined by my numb hands (I forgot to bring gloves) and an aching body – in fact, it was completely worth it. Snowboarding has always been something that I have wanted to try but haven’t had the opportunity to do. I would have been able to surf and snowboard in the same day – as part of Red Bull’s Switchboard event that I was participating in – but when I arrived in Huntington Beach at 7 a.m., the waves were easily bigger than me, so taking a scene out of a “Rocket Power” episode was out of the question. Although my current answer to the question, “So, do you, like,
For more on Red Bull’s Switchboard event, see page 18
surf?” is “No,” that doesn’t mean I have never given the sport a shot. In fact, I used to surf quite frequently until other aspects of life started to take precedence. I find it amazing that Southern California is one of the only places in the world where one can “shred” in the ocean and on the slopes – all in the same day. While I didn’t complete that feat in its entirety, I encourage everyone to give it a shot – even if your center of gravity makes standing on a racing piece of wood nearly impossible, and you can’t tell the difference between sweatpants and snow pants. This is the opinion of Michael Goldsholl. Please send comments to mgoldsholl@ theloyolan.com.
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Honny, Campos keep WWPA streak alive W. Polo from page 20 Casey Flacks adding five. In total, 17 Lions had an impact on the scoreboard during the weekend of play. After the loss on Friday to No. 5 Hawai`i, Witt commented on the matchups with the other elite NCAA water polo teams in the nation. “We just need to get better as a team. The other [elite] teams are at different points in the season. We’re finalizing everything now because we’re different than the others – we have to win our conference tournament. Everything builds towards the end of the season,” Witt said. LMU came back out to the pool on Saturday with a new sense of confidence and a hunger to get back to winning. “We had lots of attitude and team camaraderie. When a team like us is really tired near the end [of the season], it doesn’t take one player – it takes everybody pulling a share of the weight. Without that, it’s
not going to happen, and every player has a common goal. We came back in dominating fashion and are always happy to get together,” Witt said. Using a potent mix of offense and defense, the Lions swept the first pair of WWPA games 16-8 and 13-7. In the opening game against Sonoma State, LMU took a commanding 12-3 half-time lead and never lost it. Despite a late run and another opponent’s shutout fourth quarter, the team held on for the 16-8 victory. Sophomore Camille Hopp, Honny and Campos led all scorers with three goals apiece, Benedetti added two, and a total of nine Lions recorded goals. “With our tough style of play, we’re always going to win the fourth quarter. Before this weekend I don’t think we had ever lost a fourth quarter, so we needed to make adjustments,” Witt said. In the final game of the day on Saturday, a balanced scoring effort helped the Lions overtake Colorado State, 13-7. With at least
three goals in every quarter, the Lions overpowered the Rams. Honny scored three times for the second straight game, leading all LMU scorers on the day with six goals. Carillo added four to bump her Saturday total to five, Manke recorded three and two other Lions notched one apiece to round out the scoring. The Lions continued their success on Sunday, winning a second pair of WWPA matches and ending the Bronco Invitational with a four-game win streak. In the first matchup against CSSB, LMU succeeded on the defensive end, holding the Coyotes to one first-half goal and no more than one goal in any quarter in the 12-3 win. The Lions stormed to a 6-1 first quarter and a 9-1 firsthalf lead, shutting down CSSB for the entire contest. Campos excelled during the game, scoring three goals. Nine other Lions recorded goals as well. In fitting fashion, LMU continued its WWPA dominance and ended the Bronco Invitational with four
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Freshman Alexandra Honny (pictured in a game earlier this season) scored 11 goals for the Lions during this weekend’s Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif. On Saturday, Honny led all scorers with six goals against Sonoma State and Colorado State, increasing her freshman year goal total to 43 scores.
straight wins, taking out Cal State Bakersfield, 19-9. Yet another huge offensive showing for the Lions led to a 10-5 halftime lead, and Bakersfield was unable to engineer a comeback. With four more goals, Campos increased her Sunday total to seven, leading all scorers. Carillo and Honny scored three times each. Flacks and Benedetti posted two, and five more Lions recorded a goal. “If I were to give us a grade for the weekend, I would say an A. Any time you lose to a team in the top five, that’s still an A. We always have a positive attitude and know the job we have to do, and that sets us up for a tough game every time,” Witt said.
LMU has two games remaining before the WWPA and NCAA Championships. This Thursday, the Lions head to nearby UCLA to play the fourth-ranked Bruins. The following Thursday, the team competes against Cal State Northridge for the last home game of the season before traveling to the East Bay for the WWPA Championships during the last weekend of April. “We’ve gotten better throughout the season, doing everything we’ve wanted to do. Now is our chance to put the puzzle pieces together and finalize everything. We’re a bad matchup for any team we play, and we have to take advantage of that,” Witt said.
On Saturday, redshirt junior cross country and track and field athlete Tara Erdmann added to her successful outdoor track season with a victory by winning another event and breaking a record. In nearby Westwood, Calif., Erdmann won the mile invitational race at the RJ/JJK Invitational and broke the previous record, held by UCLA’s freshman Amber Murakami, by five seconds. Erdmann finished the race in 4:46, defeating senior Danielle Tauro of the University of Michigan and sophomore Eva Krchova of the University of San Francisco. LMU sophomore Sheree Shea finished the race in fourth place. In addition to the meet record, Erdmann posted a new personal best and school record for LMU.
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Junior Kimberly Benedetti (pictured in a game earlier this season) continued her scoring success for LMU this weekend, recording seven goals in five games. Coming off a WWPA Player of the Week award, Benedetti had success on Friday against No. 5 Hawai`i, scoring three goals to lead LMU’s unsuccesful upset attempt.
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To read about Sports Editor Michael Goldsholl’s experience at the event, turn to page 20.
Ever wanted to surf, ski and/or snowboard all in one day, but didn’t think it could be done? In Southern California, hitting the slopes and catching waves in one calendar day is an actual possibility, and this past Saturday, Red Bull gave college students from LMU, UCLA, USC, Long Beach State, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and the University of Redlands, the experience of a lifetime by sponsoring the first annual Red Bull Switchboard event. The day began with an early morning surf session in Huntington Beach, Calif. and concluded with an all-expenses paid trip to Big Bear Mountain. Members from LMU’s Surf Club as well as the Ski and Snowboard Club were in attendance at the event. “The day was a lot of fun,” said Dale Mitchell, a senior business major, who is also the president of the Ski and Snowboard Club at LMU. “Not very many people can do what we did today. It was a great group and everyone had super good spirit.” By Michael Goldsholl | Asst. Managing Editor | Sports Editor
Members of LMU’s Ski and Snowboard Club pose for a photo with the Red Bull sign at Huntington Beach early Saturday morning.
Junior English major Anthony Howley, who is also a member of LMU’s Ski and Snowboard Club, rides the slopes at Big Bear Mountain. Graphics: Dol-Anne Asiru | Loyolan; Photos: Conor Morgan | Loyolan
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Pitching propels baseball to sweep Santa Clara Broncos Baseball from page 20 Gillingham,” said LMU Head Coach Jason Gill. The Lions’ offense got it going early in the first inning. After leadoff hitter sophomore left fielder Matt Lowenstein’s walk and steal, senior second baseman Jonathan Johnson hit a ball through the right side of the infield that drove in Lowenstein. Johnson would later score off of a groundout by junior shortstop Shon Roe. “The team was very unselfish all weekend. Lowenstein had a good at-bat and scored by being active on the base paths,” sad Gill. LMU blew the game open in a five-run spurt in the sixth inning. Santa Clara sophomore J.R. Graham allowed three consecutive base hits and then after getting a force out at home, hit Lowenstein, which scored senior
designated hitter Joe Vierra. Broncos Head Coach Mark O’Brien then entered freshman Max Deering into the game for Graham. Johnson proceeded to hit a basesclearing triple down the right field line. This was Johnson’s first triple of the season. Johnson is now two triples shy of Bob Sheldon’s school record of 19 triples that was set in 1972. “Johnson has had his ups and downs throughout the season. But when he’s playing well, he’s a really tough out. He ended up being in a good count and struck the ball well,” said Gill. Santa Clara only managed to score two runs off of six hits in the game. The LMU bullpen saw its first action of the series and held the Broncos scoreless after Griffin’s departure in the sixth inning. LMU sophomores Matt Florer and Sean McIntyre, along
with freshman Jacob Smigelski and senior Chris Eusebio, combined to allow only three hits and one walk in four innings. The Broncos never led LMU at any point during the three-game series. LMU’s pitching staff only allowed one earned run out of three runs in the whole weekend. “Our pitching staff dominated all weekend. It would’ve been very disappointing if we didn’t sweep with a performance like that. As always, it’s a team effort, our defense played exceptionally well,” said Gill. The Lions head back home for a five-game stretch that will be played at Page Stadium. They will be back in action against No. 12 ranked Cal State Fullerton (20-8) on Tuesday at 3 p.m. LMU will be looking to avenge an earlier 5-1 defeat to Fullerton that happened back in March.
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Sophomore Zac Fujimoto (pictured in a game earlier this season) went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Lions’ 11-2 series sweep-completing win over Santa Clara yesterday.
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Junior Alex Gillingham (pictured in a game earlier this season) threw his third complete game of the season on Friday in LMU’s 7-1 victory over the Santa Clara University Broncos.
Sarginson keeps slugging in wins Softball from page 20 only one hit, freshman Meghan Harman stole the show with a walkoff home run in the seventh inning of the Lions’ one-point win. On the heels of a two-game winning streak, the Lions took the field on Sunday, looking to close out the series with a game three victory. Behind two home runs from Sarginson and a complete game shutout pitched by sophomore Molly Medeiros, the Lions ousted the Gaels, 5-0. Sarginson opened fire in the first inning, slamming her first homer, a two-run bomb just over center field, to give the Lions an early 2-0 lead. However, she didn’t stop there, as she smacked her second home run of the game and made it her third career two-home run game with a solo shot in the fifth inning to extend the Lions’ advantage to three runs. LMU closed out the game by capitalizing on a wild pitch, while sophomore Danielle Smith extended the Lions’ lead to five with an RBI single in the seventh inning. Smith went 2-for-5 on the day, and it was her 18th multi-hit game of the season. She was one of 10 Lions to record hits, and one of three to register two hits, as Sarginson and freshman Samantha Nelson posted multiple hits as well. The victory moved Medeiros to
9-5 on the season, as she pitched her ninth complete game of the season, allowing just five hits and striking out four batters without walking anyone. Unfortunately for the Lions, they were unable to extend their home winning streak to 11, as the Gaels overcame a 1-0 deficit to take home a 3-1 victory over LMU on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Dana Waldusky gave the Lions a one-run lead in the third inning. However, the Lions were only able to keep a grasp on their lead until the fifth inning, as the Gaels crossed home plate three times to take a decisive 3-1 advantage. Refusing to lie down and take the loss, the Lions looked to fight back, as junior Sam Fischer opened up the sixth inning with a single and was pushed to second after Sarginson was walked. The Gaels sealed off any chance of a Lions comeback in the seventh inning with a double play, and Waldusky took the loss after pitching 4.1 innings, moving her to 6-6 on the season. LMU is set to hit the road for the next two weekends, as it will travel to Santa Clara, Calif. next weekend where the Lions will take on the Santa Clara University Broncos, with doubleheaders beginning at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
LION SPORTS Classic
Polo streak continues LMU rebounded from a loss to No. 5 Hawai`i to win four straight WWPA contests this weekend. By Nathan Dines
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California culture Michael Goldsholl reflects on a humbling experience,where he found himself on the ground many times.
Asst. Sports Editor
The LMU women’s water polo team bounced back from a tough loss on Friday against No. 5 University of Hawai`i to win four straight games in the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif. this past weekend. The eighth-ranked Lions dropped the contest against Hawai`i, 16-8, after being outscored 5-0 in the fourth quarter, then came back for four big Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) wins in two days. LMU defeated Sonoma State, 16-8 and Colorado State, 13-7, on Saturday; and Cal State San Bernardino (CSSB), 12-3, and Cal State Bakersfield, 19-9, on Sunday, to extend its WWPA winning streak to 11 games on the season and 35 overall, stretching back to last year. “What [the streak] means to us is that the WWPA is an important conference. It is very important for us that we keep that streak going, and show the other teams that they have to get through us before anyone else,” Head Coach Kyle Witt said. For the Lions, freshman Alexandra Honny and senior Mary Ann Campos dominated the competition with 11 goals each. Honny and Campos passed the torch between the twogame sweeps, with Honny scoring six goals on Saturday and Campos recording seven on Sunday. Senior Daisy Carrillo scored nine goals in the five games, with junior Kimberly Benedetti notching seven, sophomore Erin Manke recording six and junior
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Senior Mary Ann Campos (pictured in a game earlier this season) notched 11 goals in five games for the Lions during Santa Clara’s Bronco Invitational, including seven on Sunday.
o, do you, like, surf?” I cannot count how many times I have been asked that question after telling someone that I am from Santa Barbara. I understand and accept the “beachy” Southern California persona that is automatically assigned to anyone from SoCal. However, my 6-foot-5-inch, beanpole frame should indicate that I possess a center of gravity that parallels only giraffes and ostriches. And realistically, combining such qualities Two Plus the Foul with a board and crashing waves is By Michael Goldsholl a likely recipe for Asst. Managing Editor | disaster. And the physical Sports Editor handicap of being tall doesn’t stop there. Unfortunately for me, having a high center of gravity is limiting in other athletic endeavors as well. Therefore, attempting to skate, snowboard and just about anything else that requires extensive balance, is generally an arduous task for me. So, you can only imagine what went down this past Saturday when I hit the slopes at Big Bear Mountain to go snowboarding for
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Softball takes three to begin conferece play The Lions opened PCSC play by winning three of four contests against Saint Mary’s this weekend. By Michael Goldsholl Asst. Managing Editor | Sports Editor
Although the softball team ended its conference-opening series with a loss, the Lions (19-21, 3-1) captured their weekend set against Saint Mary’s College (5-16, 1-3), winning three of four
games against the Gaels. The Lions kicked off play against the defending Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) champions on Saturday afternoon, winning both contests by 8-5 and 5-4, respectively. In the series-opening game, junior Kelly Sarginson drove the Lions to victory with four RBI, making her the PCSC leader in total RBI with 37 on the season. While Sarginson cooled off in the series’ second game, recording
See Softball | page 19
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Junior pitcher Jason Wheeler (pictured in a game earlier this season) pitched a complete game for the Lions on Saturday afternoon, as LMU swept Santa Clara University to begin WCC play.
Lions open WCC play with a sweep
Baseball swept its weekend series against Santa Clara to open West Coast Conference action. By Kevin Cacabelos Staff Writer
Everything went right for the LMU baseball team (19-11, 3-0) in its WCC opening three-game series against the Santa Clara Broncos (12-16, 0-3). Consistent hitting combined with outstanding starting pitching vaulted the Lions into first place in the conference. In their three victories over the Broncos, the Lions’ offense
averaged 6.3 runs per game, while the pitching staff yielded only three total runs. Unlike juniors Jason Wheeler and Alex Gillingham, sophomore righthander Aaron Griffin was unable to go all nine innings in his Sunday start against the Broncos. Despite this fact, Griffin put forth an exceptional performance; he allowed one earned run over five hits, walked zero and struck out two. “Aaron Griffin stepped up big time for his team. He could’ve gone longer, but we had a fresh bullpen because of the complete games by Wheeler and
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Sophomore pitcher Molly Medeiros (pictured in a game earlier this season) threw a complete game shutout on Sunday, helping LMU oust Saint Mary’s, 5-0.
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For the Record Correction: In the April 7 issue of the Loyolan in the story “Former dean passes away,” a quote in the second to last paragraph was incorrectly attributed to Sr. Mary Milligan, R.S.H.M. In fact, that quote was said by Sr. Mulligan of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart.
Office of Black Student Services to host ceremony The Office of Black Student Services will be honoring students for their outstanding leadership and service to the campus and local community on Wednesday, April 13. The Leadership Awards Ceremony will take place in Ahmanson Auditorium (U-Hall 1000) from 4-5 p.m.
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Kiana Otsuka, along with the other members of First Year Class Council, is raising awareness for the freshman service site, Shriners Hospital for Children.
11 Burning Questions with a First Year Class Council Member
This issue, Assistant News Editor Brigette Scobas talks with Kiana Otsuka, a freshman political science major and member of the educational committee for the First Year Class Council’s service project. 1. What does the First Year Class Council (FYCC) do? It’s group of [freshman] students who were nominated by faculty and staff to Christina Privette, who is in charge of FYCC. We went through an interview process, and we are basically a group of students from every !"#$%&'()*+,-#'+.&(.+#$/#$%$).%+.&$+0#%.12$(#+%.3,$).%4++5$+(6%-+-#7()89$+ a service project with a group of our choice. 2. How was Shriners Hospital for Children picked as the service site/project? We were asked to poll several students from our dorm or from our group of friends, or random freshmen that we knew and asked them what groups they wanted to donate money and do service for. 3. Can you describe Shriners Hospital? :.+8%+8)+,-;).-;)+<4=4>+(),+8.?%+(+)-)/#-0.+-#7()89(.8-)+.&(.+&$6/%+ underprivileged families and gives them free medical procedures. A lot of the patients there are children and [the hospital] provides surgery, burn healings and so forth. 4. What kind of service does FYCC do in relation to the hospital? [This] service project helps directly. A couple of months ago the FYCC went to the Shriners Hospital in downtown Los Angeles and we played with the kids there. We are collecting money in each dorm for Shriners @-%/8.(6+.-+&$6/+A386,+B/(#.8$%+8)+(+A-C>D+;&8E&+(#$+!066$,+;8.&*+.&8)7%+"-#+ children to do when they are recovering from surgery. All they do is lay in bed all day, [and] it’s really sad, so if they have [something] to keep them occupied, time will go by faster and recovery will go by faster. 5. Can someone else besides a member of the FYCC serve at the hospital? What we are asking from the freshmen is to just to help donate money [in the donation boxes in the dorms or online]. If we had the entire fresh1 men class go over to Shriners Hospital, it would be a little overwhelming, so just our class council goes. 6. How did you notify the freshmen about this service project? F(E&+"#$%&'()+%&-36,+&(G$+#$E$8G$,+(+E3/+;8.&+(+H2$#4++:.+;(%+-)$+E3/+ /$#+,-#'>+(),+.&$+H2$#+&(,+8)"-#'(.8-)+(),+8"+!.&$+"#$%&'()+;(%*+8)+!&8%+ or her] room, our representative should have talked to [him or her] about our service project. There are posters in every dorm, and we should be put1 .8)7+3/+H2$#%+-)+.&$+;(6I;(2+.-+J1@(664+ 7. When is this project going on? We started on this entire service project in the fall and have been work1 ing up to [this month]. The FYCC is collecting money through the entire month of April. Every week, we collect money from each of the dorms, and .&$+,-#'+.&(.+#$E$8G$%+.&$+'-%.+'-)$2+7$.%+(+/899(+/(#.24+ 8. How is this service opportunity different from other service opportunities? 5$+(#$)?.+7-8)7+.-+,$)2+&$6/+"#-'+()2+-.&$#+7#-3/%>+A3.+8.?%+%/$E80E(662+ designed for freshmen. Our goal is to represent the freshman class not only .-+<KJ+A3.+.&$+7#$(.$#+E-''3)8.2+(%+;$664++ 9. Have you had any really cool experiences with the people you have served? We got to go to the facilities and talk to the person in charge, and we got to interact with so many different families and children. There was a language barrier, but the thing that touched us the most as a group was how happy they were to see other people and just to have company around other than doctors. 10. What has been your favorite part about this whole experience? I do love the direct service, but another aspect I love is getting to know more freshmen because it’s pushed me to be more outgoing and pushed me to meet [others] because I knocked on people’s doors … and got to explain the service project. 11. In what ways does LMU stands out in service in relation to other universities? We stand out because we are a Jesuit Catholic school, and it’s the idea of the education of the whole person, and part of the education of the whole person is the service for others. I really think that it’s the students that stand out more than anything because they are so motivated and so pas1 sionate.