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Petition Flash mob celebrates LMU spirit protests parking fee for staff
Concerns arise over part-time and subcontracted workers’ having to pay the $696 staff parking fee. By Laura Riparbelli Senior Editor
The Spring 2013 institution of a parking fee for students, faculty and staff has some worried about its financial implications on members of the community. A petition vying for the elimination of parking fees for part-time and subcontracted workers reached Senior Vice President for Administration Lynne Scarboro’s desk Friday evening with over 300 signatures. The concern, those who have signed the petition say, is that the $696 parking fee for faculty and staff is an unaffordable price tag for part-time and subcontracted workers. “We believe LMU’s centrally stated commitment to social justice must find expression in exempting members of our part-time staff and our third party subcontracted staff from having to pay a disproportionate part of their small income in order to finance and build a new parking lot,” reads the petition, which is accompanied by a list of signees. Sahar Mansoor, a junior political science and environmental studies double major and a member of LMU’s Human Rights Coalition, supports the petition, which has been signed by members from various sections of campus. “These are the workers that have the least amount of job security since they don’t benefit from full-time employment, for example, getting health care. I think it should be natural that we do this. I’m hoping we can work this out and truly live
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Senior dance major Aileen Moran (center) was one of the approximately 190 participants from across the LMU community who participated in the flash mob on Thursday, April 12. The event was planned as part of this year’s centennial celebrations. For more photos from the events at Thursday’s Convo, check out the Loyolan’s online galleries at laloyolan.com.
Student choreographers reveal planning process and inspiration for inaugural event. By Casey Kidwell Asst. News Editor
As students gathered on Alumni Mall for Convo on Thursday, April 12, they were treated to a flash mob as students, faculty and staff from across the University broke out in dance. Over 190 participants came together on Regents Terrace to perform a flash mob choreographed by senior liberal studies major Kelley Jenkins and
senior dance major Brantley Jittu. As the time neared 12:45 p.m., the grassy area outside of the Lair slowly began to be fill with more students as mumbles of a special activity could be heard from students everywhere. Once it was officially 12:45 p.m., random members of those wandering at Convo broke into dance as the song “Eye to Eye” from “A Goofy Movie” played. For Jenkins, the “A Goofy Movie” song pick represented a song that “sort of tied into LMU’s mission.” Her co-choreographer, Jittu, had been talking to his freshman year
By Kevin O’Keeffe Managing Editor
Students compete for charity at Beta Boat Races Freshman communications major Catie McRoskey (left) and freshman environmental science major Hayley Sanchez compete in Beta Theta Pi fraternity’s event in support of the Nickerson Gardens SAGE center at the Burns Aquatic Center this past Saturday. For more photos, check out the Loyolan’s online galleries at laloyolan.com.
YOUR ACCEPTANCE HAS BEEN DENIED Asst. Opinion Editor Joseph Demes stresses care in the college admissions process after UCLA's mistaken acceptance letter gaffe.
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Attic Salt’s new edition honors centennial year Interdisciplinar y journal showcases student work focused on “revolution.”
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roommate and member of LMU’s a cappella group Noteorious, who mentioned the songs the group was planning on singing. As soon as he told Jittu they were singing ‘Eye to Eye,’ Jittu said, “Oh my gosh, I love that song, I love ‘A Goofy Movie,’” and he knew Jenkins did as well. Jenkins had personal experience with flash mobs, participating in two last summer with the TV show “Mobbed.” Both she and Brantley knew this was something they wanted to do. Brantley said they are both “passionate dancers and music
Five years ago, students in LMU’s honors program decided to revive a long-retired academic journal called Attic Salt as a new kind of publication with submissions from a myriad of different student voices. This Wednesday marks the release of the centennial edition of Attic Salt, a journal the editorial team considers both true to that original mission and an evolution thereof.
Index Classifieds.............................5 Opinion...............................6 Coffee Break.........................9 A&E...............................10 Sports..............................16 The next issue of the Loyolan will be printed on April 19, 2012.
Your Acceptance Has Been Denied Asst. Opinion Editor Joseph Demes stresses care in the college
“That [first] year, it was a very formal-looking journal, all black and white. My freshman year, we really wanted to reinvent it, so we modernized it, made it more accessible, and since then, we’ve tried to make a full new style every year,” said senior theatre arts major and Supervising Editor Sofya Weitz of Attic Salt’s growth. This year ’s theme is ‘revolution,’ something co-editor and junior business marketing major Angelica Cadiente says is a subtle theme throughout the pieces. “For revolution … it’s an underlying theme that really ties all the pieces together, whether it’s completely present or not,” said Cadiente.
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'OTHER HALF' BOASTS STRONG TALENT Managing Editor Kevin O'Keeffe reviews the latest Del Rey Players production.
A&E, Page 10
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Choreographers ‘feel the energy’ at performance Flash Mob from Page 1
Devin Sixt | Loyolan
Kelley Jenkins, a senior liberal studies major (left), dancer and choreographer of the Centennial Flash Mob, performed to a personal favorite song,‘Eye to Eye’from“A Goofy Movie.” Of the performance, Jenkins said she has already received some positive feedback.
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Following choreographers Brantley Jittu and Kelley Jenkin’s vision for the flash mob performed during Convo last Thursday, it featured a variety of students from various groups. “We wanted to bring everyone together,” Jittu said.
Parking fees cause social justice issue Parking from Page 1 out the mission statement,” said Mansoor. The petition wasn’t born out of a particular group but instead, according to Director of Social Justice and Service Marty D. Roers, was brought about by a variety of people across campus who decided to write the letter to the administration. “It was an organic thing among a number of people who began talking about how, with the parking fee going through, does it go about in a just way,” said Roers. The letter says the employees in question should not be held to the same pay scale as full-time employees. It also expresses concerns that although the University has promised to increase salaries to offset some of the new costs, third-party companies may not do the same. “All we are saying is that there are huge questions and issues that revolve around this. Our question is: How is this being done given that this is a social justice issue of fairness? We’re proposing
theater buffs, and flash mobs are a great way to combine the two.” The idea of putting on a flash mob was first proposed last November. Originally, Jittu and Jenkins said it was going to be a program for the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), a group for which they are both on the executive board. However, Jittu said they decided “rather than just saying good job to everyone, we wanted to bring everyone together to celebrate a huge event and LMU at 100.” From the start, Jittu and Jenkins knew that putting on a flash mob was not going to be an easy task. While it had always been a dream of theirs, when they sat down in November and started making lists of all of the logistics, they knew this would require a lot of time and planning. “We realized we needed help. From getting the rights, space, the approval from Public Safety, people to film and participate, choreography and the videos for choreography,” Jittu said. Jenkins and Jittu believed they had a long journey ahead of them. After filming themselves doing the individual choreography and sending it out to each section, they hosted three open-dance rehearsals where they played the music and ran through different parts for the performers to have more practice together. The Wednesday night before the
performance, Jittu and Jenkins hosted a final run through at 11 p.m. in Regents Terrace. “We ran through it a few times, and that was it. There were people walking by but they had no idea what was going on,” Jittu said. However, coordinating all of the different groups left Jittu and Jenkins questioning their own dance parts 20 minutes before the flash mob. But in the end, they agreed the performance went smoothly because they’d done so much preparatory work. This preparation was a key component of the advice that Jenkins would give to any LMU students or people in general looking to put on a flash mob. “Have everything figured out. Organization is key,” Jenkins said. Jittu added, “[You] have to roll with the punches because things are never going to stay the same as you planned.” Since the performance this last Thursday, Jenkins said they have been receiving nothing but positive feedback. Maxwelle Sokol, a senior philosophy major, said the performance was “good.” “It’s obvious that a lot of hard work went into it,” she added. “You could feel the energy, not just from the people participating, but from the audience. … Thank you because this was amazing for us too,” Jittu said. Did the flash mob live up to Jittu and Jenkin’s final send off expectations? “When it was over, we were like, ‘We can graduate now,’” Jenkins said.
that one fair way is to exempt certain people from having to deal with these questions. Why should those not full time, and therefore those not getting benefits, have to pay? They’re not a part of this University in the same way as someone like President Burcham is, for example,” said Roers. In response to a request for comment from the University, Associate Vice President for Administration Services Mike Wong told the Loyolan that comment would be reserved for later this week. “We just received the letter this evening, so we have not yet had time to process. Thus, at this time, we are unable to comment aside from confirming that the letter has been received,” Wong said in an email to the Loyolan. Mansoor hopes the University will take action. “These workers cannot afford to have to pay this. … I don’t know why they’re held to this standard. It’s about being sensitive to members of our community. This is our family,” she said. “It seems obvious that we should do this.”
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Lectures focus on brevity Five professors speak at the first annual “60 Second Lectures” event. By Jacob Stone News Intern
The inaugural “60 Second Lectures” took place in the Family Suite of the William H. Hannon Library this past Friday for a crowd of almost 30 people. Presented by the Student Honors Advisory Council (SHAC), five different professors were invited from different academic departments to lecture for 60 seconds on a topic of their choice. Students in attendance were then given the opportunity to respond to the lectures in concise, 15 second questions. The professors who presented lectures were psychology assistant professor Adam Fingerhut, mathematics professor Michael Berg, animation professor José García Moreno, film and television professor Dr. Susan Scheibler and physics professor Dr. David Berube. Their lectures ranged from discussions of metaphysics to brewing beer, and all were adhered to the 60 second time limit, confirming the claim by the event’s flier that it was to be “a test of conciseness and precision.” The talks settled in the middle of playfulness and profundity. Berube took advantage of the ability to lecture about anything and used his 60 seconds to briefly outline the process of brewing beer instead of the laws of physics. When asked how physics could be used to prove anything in the brewing
process, Berube responded frankly, saying, “What’s there to prove? It’s delicious.” On the other end of the spectrum was Berg’s lecture built around the conclusion that, “Metaphysics, the philosophical study of being as such, is truly the king of the sciences,” Berg said. The audience was engaged in the lectures, interacting and laughing with the professors. Fingerhut’s lecture on feminism and sexism left the audience whooping and hollering in concurrence. Moreno, who was greeted with the same enthusiasm as Fingerhut, chose to talk about the nature of his work in animation, its historical roots and its importance, sparking one of the more introspective talks of the day. “Animation is much more than cartoons, it seems that animation has found, in the contemplation of the brain, a way to stop everything in order to observe eternity,”
said Moreno. Scheibler added to the discourse, using her 60 seconds to explain the media’s management of our fears and anxieties. When examining popular crime shows like CSI and NCIS, she focused on the fact that these shows, “intensify our sense of vulnerability … and alleviate our fears and anxieties,” she said. Freshman engineering major and co-host of the event Erik Anderson felt the lectures went particularly well. Emphasizing the questionand-answer aspect of the event, Anderson explained, “Most 60-second lectures don’t do that. I think that it made ours more interesting and unique.” This is the first 60-second lecture event held by the SHAC, and this is a series which they hope to continue in the future due to the positive reception it received.
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Chris Vaughn talks about being founder and CEO of Jarvus, his experiences as an entrepreneur and his future vision for Jarvus.
with the CEO and founder of Jarvus This issue,Asst.News Editor Jay Lee sits down with LMU alumnus Chris Vaughn (‘10) to talk about his upcoming social network app, which will be released in the last week of April. There is a beta version in the Apple Store. 1) Could you explain what Jarvus is and what it does? Jarvus lets people collectively capture experiences together, meaning if you’re out with friends and you guys are all taking pictures, you’re at Collegefest and everyone’s taking pictures and everyone’s in one place, so why aren’t your photos and videos? Jarvus let’s you get all of your pictures from a night out or party in one place. So when you relive your life, you relive it based on your experiences and get to see it through the eyes of everyone who was there. 2) When and why did you decide to create Jarvus? I came up with the idea in February 2011, and I was at a party. I woke up Saturday morning and did the same thing I did after every party, which is text and email all my friends: “Hey could you send me those photos from last night?” I was like it makes absolutely no sense why I need to text people “Hey could you send me those pictures,” and then only I have those pictures.
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Assistant psychology professor Adam Fingerhut gives a 60-second lecture about feminism and sexism. Afterwards, students responded with 15-second questions.
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3) Where did you come up with the name Jarvus? Jarvis is in the Iron Man comic books. It’s like Iron Man’s supercomputer that helps do and organize everything. So Jarvus is like your life tool that helps you to organize your life by your experiences. 4) There are many major social networks flooding the market right now (Twitter, Facebook, Google +). What do you think sets your social network apart? We looked at all the social networks across the industry, and we came up with a term that we decided they all do which is one-to-many sharing – it’s always one person sharing to many others. Internally, we say we’re putting the “social” in social networking. 5) You’re only 24 years old, and you have a company. How is it running a company at such a young age? You have no life. You work long, long days. There are no such thing as weekends – all the days just kind of blend together. It’s a lot of responsibility because you run a team, and you’re out fundraising and constantly going to events. 6) What advice do you have for hopeful entrepreneurs? If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot of things, primarily your time. It’s a huge emotional roller coaster, being the head of your own team and building your product. You have to be prepared to put in long hours and not get scared of thinking that you’re going to lose it all tomorrow. 7) What’s your vision for Jarvus in five years? Five years from now we hope to completely change the way people experience large-scale events, like the Super Bowl or concerts. I want people to be able to go to a Rolling Stones concert, and you can capture that [experience] with everyone in the stadium. 8) What have you learned from being an entrepreneur? When they say connections are everything, they are everything. I’ve seen people that get jobs who are totally unqualified. At the same time, it makes sense. If I’m going to hire somebody, it makes sense for the person to be recommended by a friend of mine because I trust their opinion.
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9) When you’re not working on your business, what do you do? [I] try to work out when I can, but there’s not too much time. It’s nice to take somebody out to dinner when you can, or go out to dinner with your buddies for drinks. Other than that it’s pretty much working.
10) Do you feel studying at LMU effectively prepared you to join the workforce or to be an entrepreneur? Most of the key things that I learned at LMU were not always in the classroom. It was when I spent time with some of my professors, sitting down and talking with them or going to guest lectures or going to office hours. That’s where I personally learned more than a classroom setting.
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PRINCETON REVIEW RECOGNIZES LMU PROFESSORS Five of LMU’s professors were recognized in The Princeton Review’s recently published list of the top 300 undergraduate university professors across the United States. The professors were not ranked in any particular order. Professors were chosen based on data collected by The Princeton Review and Ratemyprofessors.com through surveys of thousands of college students. Including the LMU professors, 19 professors from California schools were recognized. Over this issue and the next, the Loyolan will highlight each of these professors. In the April 19 issue of the Loyolan, professors Robert D. Winsor and Arthur Gross-Schaefer will be featured.
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I try the best I can to bridge the gap between the students understanding the material in class and then going home and doing their homework. I try not to overcomplicate things that don’t need to be overcomplicated and try to be approachable. … Nothing is worse than a professor you are scared to talk to.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Probably two math teachers I had in high school – my Algebra I and Calculus teachers are the ones that made me definitely want to teach. They were really approachable, and I felt like they were more my friends than necessarily a teacher. They were authority figures but I didn’t feel like they were out to get me, but I felt like they were there to help me.
Is there anyone who inspired your teaching style?
What was your favorite subject in school besides the one you currently teach? Probably nothing [laughs]. Maybe chemistry. I kind of liked chemistry, and architecture was kind of cool too. To me, it’s all about the teacher. It could be a subject I care less about … but if you have a really good teacher it makes me want to do well for them.
that I kind of felt for once validated for simply being a good teacher. Especially at the four-year university, there are so many more accolades for people who publish an article or do a study and all their research, which is good. But I think to actually be recognized by a fairly well-known and respected publication like The Princeton Review just sold it. And the thought of student-rankings was important to me and was pretty cool.
If you weren’t found in the classroom, where would you be found? Skiing, playing drums or sitting on a beach in Hawaii.
1 2 Brad E. Stone, Ph.D. -Associate Professor of Philosophy -Director of University Honors Program -B.A. in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Georgetown College -Fulbright Scholar 1998 to University of Salamanca in Spain -Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2003 from University of Memphis
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Megan M. Granich
-Visiting Assistant Mathematics Professor felt like I understood math at a level to where I could easily -B.S. in Mathematics in 2000 Why did you choose teaching as your career path? Iexplain it. It wasn’t necessarily a subject that came all that from LMU easily to me. … I had to come up with stupid little ways to remember things … and not necessarily being a natural at it gave me -Masters of Art in Teaching the opportunity to be able to teach others that aren’t necessarily naturals at it. Mathematics in 2002 from What was your initial reaction when you found out you recieved the award? This is pretty cool. I was happy LMU
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A mixture of humor with complete seriousness. I really believe that classes should be pitched toward, what I call in mathematical terms, the least common multiple, instead of the greatest common denominator. I want classes in which my “A” students are also challenged. … I match that with being in my office all the time. … I try to create courses where students can find their own voice and share their own views, and I’m there to help them do that at a high level. is my high school Spanish teacher. … She was Is there anyone who inspired your teaching style? One always very encouraging of me. The second person is my college Spanish professor. … He was a retired military colonel and ... more than happy to help you but he wasn’t going to make it easy to save himself from having to help you with it. The third person, and probably my personality as a professor comes from … my English professor in undergrad. … She was very good at pushing students to better things.
What is your teaching philosophy?
What was your favorite subject in school besides the one you currently teach? I graduated with a double major in philosophy and modern languages. … The classes I really enjoyed outside of those were math and science. … One of the perks as a faculty member is we can take free courses, and I have taken several math classes here at LMU. … I like watching the teaching of math. It’s probably a calling. I see it as a vocation, not an occupaWhy did you choose teaching as your career path? tion. … As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. … I love seeing people get new information and internalize it … [and] watching the ‘Ah, ha’ in students. … I love when students disagree with me in class and watch their minds work. What was your initial reaction when you found out you recieved the award? It was very surprising in the sense that, ‘Wow, out of all the people in America, I’m on this list.’ I’m humbled by it. It reminds me to think twice from now on about how I teach because if I’m supposed to be as they claim one of these top professors, then I better teach like one and that I’m consistent in being one. If you weren’t found in the classroom, where would you be found? You’d find me at church. Religion is very important to me. I’m a lay preacher. I do my own share of ministry work. But you could also find me in front of my piano at home.
It’s really about the students learning and empowering students and letting them know they can learn the material. … What they really need from me is a path to get to that learning, and so it puts the students first. … It’s finding what’s the best way to help everyone. It’s really about the students always.
What is your teaching philosophy?
It comes from a variety of directions. My father was a university professor also. … I grew up watching [his] teaching and he won awards. … Another has been my family and [seeing how] my two sons put things together really helps me understand teaching too. I [also] look at all of my colleagues in the math department, and it’s one of the best teaching departments I’ve ever been in.
Is there anyone who inspired your teaching style?
What was your favorite subject in school besides the one you currently teach?
Not so long ago, my mom sent out a book that she kept from my school days and in first grade it asked, “What’s you’re favorite subject?” and [I] said, “Arithmetic.” … As an undergrad, I really enjoyed taking Shakespeare classes to learn something very different. In some ways, it’s a calling. My grandfather was a teacher and professor also. We sometimes joke it’s the family business. We all go though it. My brother is a professor of mathematics also. It was something that always spoke to me and working with students is just one of the true joys.
Why did you choose teaching as your career path?
What was your initial reaction when you found out you recieved the award?
I was surprised. … It was a very nice feeling [but] the [Fritz] Burns Award means a whole lot more to me quite honestly. Winning the [Fritz] Burns Award three years ago was really meaningful to me, for a couple reasons. … I’ve taught at four other schools and none of them holds a candle to the faculty at LMU and to win the award here was wonderful. The fact that I got one from my colleagues was more meaningful.
If you weren’t found in the classroom, where would you be found?
Curtis D. Bennett, Ph.D. -Mathematics Professor -Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Graduate Studies in Seaver College of Science and Engineering -B.S. Mathematics in 1985 from Colorado State University -Ph.D. in 1990, from University of Chicago
On campus, typically in my office working with my students but at home, it’s often out running to the beach or on a trail. I finished two marathons in the last year and a half. Interviews conducted by Human Resources Coordinator | Assistant News Editor Brigette Scobas. Graphic: Joanie Payne | Loyolan
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Journal features ‘brilliant’ work
Attic Salt from Page 1
In addition to the changeoriented theme, the Attic Salt team is planning on including special features specifically for the centennial edition. “This year, we’ve featured four different interviews with really interesting people on campus. President Burcham is going to be featured, for example,” Cadiente said. “Not super in-depth interviews, but quick, probing questions that go along with the theme of the journal.” Attic Salt, which is put together by an editorial board of about eight to 10 students, is meant to include not only prose and poetry pieces, but also other forms of art such as plays and musical compositions. The process by which the board chooses the pieces to include is a fully democratic one. “Everybody who works on Attic Salt has input,” said faculty adviser and English professor Dr. Dermot Ryan. “We have a meeting where we go through each and every piece, talk about what we like and what we don’t,” Cadiente said. “From
there, we narrow that pool down and look for common themes that emerge.” In addition to the new journal, Attic Salt’s creative team is enthusiastic about their new website at Atticsaltlmu.com, something both Cadiente and Weitz said was a long-term goal for the journal that focuses so much on creativity and forwardthinking. “It’s been a long time coming,” Cadiente said. “Right now, it’s live and it has information about exactly what Attic Salt is. We’re hoping to put up archives of past works [soon].” The editorial team also hopes that the website, which according to Weitz was designed by LMU alumna Jessica Garcia (’11), will include multimedia versions of works in the journal. “We’re hoping to incorporate … filmed scenes or audio from musical compositions,” Cadiente said. “It really gives another way to convey all the different ideas and creative works that the artists and writers submit to us.” To celebrate the new edition’s release, the Attic Salt team is
hosting a launch party, “which is taking place next Wednesday in the Bird Nest from 6 p.m. onward,” according to Cadiente. Attendees will be able to pick up their copy of the free centennial edition and talk with the editorial team over refreshments. “I think my favorite thing about producing Attic Salt is the ability to really appreciate the work LMU students do, because the students here are really exceptional,” Weitz said. “It’s a nice thing to celebrate really fine work.” “To be associated with a product that is so professional and embodies what’s best in our undergraduates – I think we can be proud of ourselves as a university,” said Ryan. Cadiente encourages every member of the LMU community to get their hands on a copy around campus or at the launch party, as it is the voice of the students. “These are your peers, and they’re doing great work, such brilliant, creative works,” Cadiente said. “So if you’re given the chance to witness it, why wouldn’t you pick it up?”
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Board Editorials represent the voice of the Loyolan. They are written in collaboration by the Executive Editorial Board.
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Adrien Jarvis Editor in Chief Brigette Scobas Human Resources Coordinator | Asst. News Editor
Kevin O’Keeffe Managing Editor
Unjust parking fees burden part-time staff
ollowing the University’s announcement on March 6 of new parking fees – which will go into effect in Spring 2013 – many students and other community members expressed concern over the additional costs LMU is implementing. One such example is a petition, sent to the LMU Parking Advisory Committee and Senior Vice President for Administration Lynne Scarboro on Friday, which asks that part-time and subcontracted workers be exempted “from having to pay a disproportionate part of their small income in order to finance and build a new parking lot” (to read about the petition, see “Petitions protests parking fee for staff,” Page 1). The Loyolan supports this petition, agreeing that it is a valid concern to place this additional financial burden on these community members. As the petition states, the signees’ argument in their letter is the staff members “receive no health or dental plan through the University, often have minimal job security, are not entitled to other University benefits and are frequently paid on the lower end of the University’s pay scale.” They argue it is an issue of social justice and that part-time and subcontracted employees should not be paying the same amount as full-time or upper-management employees. They also make the point that it should not be assumed the people whom they work for will increase their pay because of the instituted parking fees to be in place in Spring 2013. Since the letter was sent out, a petition linked to the letter was created and as of press time, 321 stu-
dents and staff members have signed the petition. The email from Scarboro sent on March 6 to faculty, staff and students announcing the new fees states: “Faculty and staff earning less than $35,000 per year will have $348 – 50 [percent] of the annual parking fee – added to their salary.” While the Loyolan recognizes that the University provided a minor financial relief for those staff members below $35,000 per year, the Loyolan stands in support of these staff members whom want to be exempt from paying the new parking fees. Though $348 may be a smaller fee to pay, it is still a sizable portion of these workers’ income and is a de facto pay cut for those who have to commute to and park on campus. If this financial burden proves to be too much, some of these workers may be put in the position where they must either work second jobs or quit working at LMU entirely. This is clearly a detriment to LMU either way, as these employees form the backbone of LMU’s work force and are valued members of the community. The Loyolan urges the LMU Parking Advisory Committee to consider the submission and recommends that all members of the community take the time to sign the petition. Additionally, the Loyolan appreciates the petitioners’ preemptive action and encourages other members of the community to voice their questions and concerns about the parking fees prior to their implementation. To add your signature, visit the Loyolan’s website and click on the link embedded in the online version of this Board Editorial.
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The Loyolan’s Executive Editorial Board weighs in on current topics of discussion.
Ann Romney under attack Presidential elections turn ugly when families of the politicians get involved. This past week was no exception as Republican front-runner Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, was criticized by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen on CNN for being out of touch with everyday American women. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, April 11, Rosen claimed Ann Romney “has actually never worked a day in her life,” a comment that was quickly disowned by many members of the Obama administration, including the president himself. It’s always disappointing, but rarely surprising, when family members of politicians become targets in an election, and this instance is no exception. Thumbs down to Ann Romney’s housewife status being a point of political criticism.
LMU professors ranked among nation’s best Princeton Review released a ranking of the top 300 college professors in the nation, and LMU had as many professors (five) on the list as Harvard, Yale and Princeton Universities combined (See “Princeton review recognizes LMU professors,” Page 4). Mathematics professors Curtis Bennett and Megan M. Granich, business law professor Arthur Gross-Schaefer, philosophy professor Brad Elliott Stone and marketing professor Robert D.Winsor all made the list. The Princeton Review collaborated with Ratemyprofessors.com to compose a book profiling the nation’s top collegiate instructors, according to the April 9 Huffington Post article “The 300 Best Professors In The Country, Princeton Review And RateMyProfessors.com List.” Thumbs up to LMU and its professors for making a notable impact in the classroom and continuing its efforts to become one of the best universities on the West Coast.
UCSD revamps racial harassment policies
Spurned by instances of racial harassment at UC San Diego two years ago, which included the findings of a noose and a Ku Klux Klan-like hood and students mocking Black History Month at an off-campus party, the university has decided to completely revamp its policies for its handling of related incidents. Although it’s good to see the university recognize a prominent issue and make an effort towards prevention and progression, thumbs sideways to the fact that the change came two years after the incident, as it would have been more impactful and better-suited to occur near the actual time it happened.
The student financial crisis: how to deal
tudents need to be much more aware of their financial situations. According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 60 percent of students attending private, not-for-profit colleges, including those at LMU, fund their expensive education in part with loans. But how many are aware of what they will really owe upon graduaBy Liz Spanos tion? A March Contributor 22 article from Bloomberg. com titled “Student-Loan Debt Reaches Record $1 Trillion, Report Says” recently revealed that national student debt has surpassed all outstanding credit card debt in the country. An article from Business Insider titled, “More Than 25% Of Student Loans Are Already Delinquent,” reported that “as many as 27 [percent] of all student loan borrowers are more than 30 days past due.” In a recent study done by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) of high-debt student borrowers, 65 percent were surprised by or misunderstood some aspect of their loans. Moreover, monthly payments took 20 percent by surprise. In an interview with Annie Rodriguez, student loan counselor at LMU, she revealed that there are a lot of mixed feelings she sees when conducting exit loan interviews with students who are nearing graduation. In her experience, many students are surprised by their payments and took on loans not understanding the full implications of the responsibilities. With
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high-debt borrowers she points out that it’s “like having a mortgage at the age of 22.” So whose duty is it to educate students on these issues? I’m a big believer that students should take financial matters into their own hands, especially if they realize they’re not learning the basics anywhere else. I’ve worked at the Student Financial Services office on campus for three years and have encountered numerous students who are confused about payment schedules, payment amounts and the like. Most of them do not understand their accounts because they say their parents are supposed to take care of it. This isn’t a valid excuse – we’re all adults here. Even if the parents do pay for their children’s tuition, it is still the respon-
sibility of the student to understand the basics of their account. Not to echo Mom and Dad, but if you want to be treated like a grown-up, you’d better start acting like one. So now you want to be on top of your responsibilities, but where to start? You can become more financially literate in three easy steps. Step one: Know yourself and your circumstances. How much are you taking out per year in loans? What interest rate are you paying on your credit cards? What does your credit score look like? Staying up to date with your student account and financial aid status is easy with online resources such as Student Account Center and MyAid, accessible through MyLMU. Also on the Student Financial Services website
is a page dedicated to financial literacy that encompasses everything from loan basics to understanding what salary you need to support your debt burden after graduation. Rodriguez suggests staying aware of all loans that you take out and keeping records of your loan history. Read the fine print on your credit card statements and go to Annualcreditreport.com to see where your credit stands. Step two: Make a budget. A monthly budget can help you stay out of debt and save for your future. Many budget templates are available for free online. Make sure to separate the essentials from the non-essentials, which will vary from person to person. My morning cup of coffee is non-negotiable, but I
can easily cut out alcohol and save a good chunk of money per month. These small changes can make a difference in the long run. Step three: Plan for your future. You should know what you need to make per year to support your standard of living. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of your loan payments, which can be surprising. For example, if you accept the maximum Federal Stafford Loan amounts each year you are in school, at the end of four years, you will have accumulated $27,000 in debt, which translates into a $313 payment per month for ten years. Online student loan calculators can help you find out what your monthly payments will be when you graduate. Once you get these basics under your belt, you can start experimenting with slightly more complex concepts such as filing your own taxes and investing your savings. While these might not seem like the most thrilling uses of your free time, they will make you more responsible in the long run. I’m a big advocate of a core class that teaches students these basic financial concepts and tasks. They could call it “Stuff You’re Gonna Need To Know How To Do In The Real World.” Since it doesn’t seem like LMU will be incorporating such a class anytime soon, the burden of this education falls on the individual. I know Tom Petty likes to advocate being irresponsible and spending money you don’t have because “the work never ends, but college does.” In reality, this is not a practical way to spend your college years. Start now and you’ll make better decisions with your money later. This is the opinion of Liz Spanos, a senior finance major from Alisa Viejo, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Faulty acceptance letters not acceptable
ou’re in – except you’re not. While admittedly not this cold, 894 high school students essentially received this message last week, when UCLA’s financial aid office sent out an email regarding an increase in grant aid. The email, as described in an April 10 article by Ricardo Vazquez from the UCLA newsroom, Don’t Quote “UCLA clears up confusion Me By Joseph Demes over email sent to wait-listed Asst. Opinion Editor students,” did include a link for wait-listed students to review their adjusted financial aid, explicitly detailing that they were still not yet admitted to the university. However, the email was also sent to accepted students who received the same boost in aid, and the message “concluded with language congratulating both groups on their admission to UCLA.” While I can sympathize with these students, I’m not at all surprised this happened, especially at a university like UCLA where, according to statistics provided by the UCLA newsroom, there were 27,199 undergraduate students admitted for the fall of 2011. At such a massive university, errors are unfortunately bound to occur. But despite the apology email UCLA’s financial aid office sent out to the wait-listed students, these students will most likely still be frustrated, angered and resentful towards the university until they
know their true verdict come May 1. And rightfully so. While it may not have been their intent, the university’s decision to lump the two groups of students together holds the possibility of sending a certain message to the students they erroneously congratulated: We don’t really care that much about you. Now of course
According to an April 11 report by Steve Gorman for Reuters.com, “UCLA apologizes for erroneous admissions notice snafu,” UC San Diego released roughly 28,000 letters of acceptance to students whom the university had decided to deny admission. Both cases indicate, at some level, a lack of respect and transparency in communica-
up the mistake to a “system error.” While Vassar estimates a population of 2,400 students, the comparative statistics between them and UCLA are identical – three percent of a possible student body, in both incidents, were given misleading letters. There has also been the question of just how students ought to
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the university cares, otherwise it wouldn’t have sent out the apologies. But it’s the lack of full disclosure and distinction between the two groups of students that gives off a somewhat flippant and distant attitude. It’s a necessary evil that, with such a large student body and pool of applicants, UCLA doesn’t have time to afford each prospect or current student the same congeniality and personal care that we at LMU are so lucky to have. This is not, however, an isolated incident within the UC system.
tion between prospective students and admissions. That’s not to say small private schools are free from these kinds of lackadaisical slip-ups. New York Times writer Matt Flegenheimer reported on an incident at Vassar College, in the Jan. 28 article “For some Vassar applicants, joy then misery as college corrects mistake,” wherein 122 students were sent a test admissions letter; 46 of the applicants were set for acceptance, while 76 were not. A Vassar representative, Jeff Kosmacher, chalked
take this mistake. An April 11 ABC News report by Mikaela Conley, “Oops. UCLA apologizes for accidentally ‘accepting’ wait-listed students” says that this is a perfect opportunity to learn “how to deal with disappointment and rejection in the future,” and that this should be a lesson to them to be “very cautious and hesitant about believing what they are told without extensive checking.” It’s one thing to say that there’s a proper way of dealing with outright rejection from a university. Claiming the
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same thing for being misled due to serious errors is idiotic. As a student looking to apply to graduate schools next year, I’d be furious if I was sent an email saying I had been accepted into one of my first choices, to only be told hours later that this wasn’t the case due to someone’s carelessness. I’d want repercussions and more than a simple “sorry,” and that’s what these students deserve. Obviously, this is a trend that needs to be curbed. Universities that find themselves in this scenario ought to take corrective and preventative measures. Administrations should begin investigating the parties responsible for sending out such emails, and removing them of their position in the admissions process. Take the Vassar case: I don’t know if computers can send out emails on their own, but if they have such a program in place it ought to be removed. If not, then admit it was a human error and relieve those responsible of their duties. The next step would be to create a more personal delegation process. This could mean hiring more members and splitting up the responsibilities of delegating these important documents, or perhaps staggering the submission of letters to carefully monitor who gets what kind of letter. Or maybe send both a physical and electronic letter, thereby forcing the administration to double-check the consistency of their decisions. In any conjecturable possibility, what matters is that universities keep their admissions systems in check. This is the opinion of Joseph Demes, a junior English and philosophy double major from Clayton, Calif. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Child-free flying at 40 thousand feet
hen you’re flying Southwest – one of the only airlines that allows you to pick your own seat – there’s a science to making the right choice. You want to smile at the people who look quiet and courteous, cough loudly when the talkative and brash people Grinding give the chair Gears next to you a By Kevin O’Keeffe glance and, most imporManaging Editor tantly, you want to avoid families like the plague. Children are a terror to fly with simply because they’re not used to the experience: They’re in a new and unfamiliar environment and they aren’t quite aware enough to take the social cues that screaming or talking endlessly aren’t appropriate. This isn’t the kids’ fault (if anything, it’s the parents’), but you as a flier shouldn’t have to deal with the shenanigans. Unfortunately, if you’re not flying Southwest, your seating fate might be left to the airline gods. If you get a parent and child as your aisle mates, strap in for a bumpy ride. If you get the chance to fly Malaysia Airlines, however, your child-filled flying days might be over. According to the April 12 CNN.com CCNGo Staff article “Malaysia Airlines launches kidfree economy zone,” the Asiabased airline’s flight from Kuala Lumpur to London, launching this summer, will have an upper deck reserved reserved seating assigned specifically for all passengers above 12 years old. All families that have younger passengers will automatically be put in seats on the lower deck.
To counteract any potential criticism over the move, the lowerdeck will be revamped to be particularly family-friendly, with 350 seats – many more than the upper deck, which only has 70 seats. CEO of Malaysia Airlines Tengku Azmi tweeted that “the carrier received ‘many’ complaints from passengers who fork out for the expensive tickets, but then can’t sleep due to crying children,” according to the April 11 Daily Mail article “Child-free flights? Malaysia Airlines bans children from upper deck of its A380s.” This sense of peace and quiet is clearly the primary motivation behind the new no-child zones, according to Shashank Nigam, the CEO of SimpliFlying, an airline branding company that specializes in customer service and engagement. According to an April 9 MSNBC. com article titled “Malaysia Airlines offers child-free zone on new Airbus A380,” Nigam elaborated on the decision by saying: “Malaysia Airlines is trying to make its premium product on the A380 more appealing to the highyielding business passengers. … They value their peace and quiet and [this way] can rest assured that they won’t be disturbed by kids on long-haul flights.” I’m not exactly one to sleep on long flights, but I still love the peace and quiet. Airplanes are where I do my best writing – no Internet to distract me, long periods of time stuck in your seat. It’s a formula for success, unless you have a screaming child bothering you. If I ever found myself flying from Kuala Lumpur to London, I would definitely enjoy the luxury of a kid-free zone. The question is whether this is something that will find its way into airlines in America. The policy seems less made for the family-friendly United States, but there are specific carriers that
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seem tailor-made for this system. The one that springs to mind is Virgin America, an airline known for its almost club-like interior and entertainment-inspired service – hardly a kids’ airline. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that they’d adapt to such a businessman-friendly feature, but no doubt they’d come in for a world of criticism from family
organizations. I can hear the slogan now: “Moms United Against Child-Hating Virgin.” Malaysia Airlines has the right idea. Airline travel was once all about a dream experience in the clouds instead of one long headache. Changes like these to help satisfy customers can hopefully take us back to the golden age of flying. For now, I doubt we’ll
be seeing any American no-child zones on flights, despite how much I dream of that day coming, but that just makes it all the more important to find the perfect seat on a flight. My writing depends on my peace and quiet, after all. This is the opinion of Kevin O’Keeffe, a sophomore screenwriting major from Austin, Texas. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The only surviving photograph of Ernest Phlemingway; writer of such classics as A Farewell to Tissues and For Whom the Nose Blows.
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Arts & Entertainment Film, Literature, Music, Restaurants and Theatre
April 16, 2012 Page 10
Cast and staging appeals in ‘How the Other Half Loves’
Theatre Review By Kevin O’Keeffe Managing Editor
he art direction of a play can vary from something spectacular and opulent to a bare stage, but it’s rare that the stage itself is one of the most fascinating parts of a production. In “How the Other Half Loves,” the Del Rey Players’ newest show currently on stage in the Del Rey Theatre, the set is not only crucial, but it keeps the pace lively and stages the characters against each other in a unique and fascinating fashion. While the staging is fantastic, the show is more than just its set. Hilarious, lived-in performances and a sharp pace make this show an impressive feat and a thrill to experience. Director Joe Hospodor, a junior theatre arts major, has achieved a trifecta of able direction, great set design and universally strong performances to create a portrait of domestic life that doesn’t sacrifice the humanity of its characters in search for a laugh. The setup is simple enough: Two couples in the early ‘70s occupy opposite sides of the wealth spectrum. Frank and Fiona Foster (freshman theatre arts major Ben Szymanski and sophomore theatre arts major Paulina Fricke) are comfortable; Bob and Teresa Phillips (senior theatre arts and political science double major Rechard Francois and sophomore theatre arts major Mackenzie Ward) are less than wealthy. The primary conflict comes from Fiona and Bob’s offstage affair and the troubles in the Phillips’ marriage. From that central point, countless misunderstandings and awkward confrontations spur the action, and a third couple, William and Mary Detweiler (sophomore theatre arts major Kent Jenkins and senior theatre arts major Ashley Donnert) are thrown into the fray to further complicate matters. The play itself, written by playwright Alan Ayckbourn, is cute, but hinges so much on the characterization and the actors’ timing to sell the comedy. On that front, the cast delivers in droves. This sextet of performances deserves a place in the (sadly non-existent) LMU Theatre Arts Hall of Fame – truly, this is an ensemble without weak points. As the Phillips, Francois and Ward strike the perfect balance of hate/ love chemistry. Ward’s drunk and angry wife could have easily become unlikable and ventured into ‘shrill harpy’ territory, but she stays hilarious and never lets you forget that she’s truly the victim in the messy web of relationships. Jenkins and Donnert should be given the greatest of ovations for their pitchperfect performances as the Detweilers. From first entrance to the crucial dinner scene, where they have to essentially act in two scenes at once, the pair is flawless. Jenkins has appeared in several productions during his two years at LMU, but no director before Hospodor has harnessed his lovable, dork energy anywhere near as effectively. Donnert steals every scene she’s in, playing
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Paulina Fricke and Ben Szymanski shed light on domestic detachment in their portrayal of Fiona and Frank Foster, a well-off couple in 1971, in the Joe Hospodor-directed “How the Other Half Loves.” This was just one of two adjacent stories being told on the same stage. Mary as a meek mouse who always seems to want a way out of the crisis. Fricke and Szymanski have arguably the hardest task of any of the actors: The Fosters are by far the most detached of any of the couples despite their pictureperfect marriage. Fiona is a particularly difficult character to make human amidst her seeming disregard for her husband and icy interactions with Teresa. However, Fricke succeeds at making her more than an alpha bitch. Szymanski is pulling nothing less than Herculean duty in selling the comedy of his character. Almost everything he does physically and with his voice when delivering a joke slays his audience. He has a gift for comedy, something Hospodor was incredibly smart to notice. From start to finish, the production just runs like a well-oiled machine. The staging, with both main rooms on one set, allows for giant portions of the show to flow uninterrupted and keep the energy high. The costume design is clever and period appropriate, with the color choices of particular note. The lighting, while simple, does its job – there are a few dramatic moments that heighten the suspense thanks to a smart change in color or intensity. The show isn’t perfect: The quick dialogue sometimes causes the actors to trip over their words. But the show is hardly hindered by its small flaws. In fact, it seems all the more real. “How the Other Half Loves” is not an epic with massive sets and a veritable truckload of cast members, but it doesn’t need to be. It accomplishes so much with six skilled performers and a stage that pushes the storytelling into a new realm. Hospodor directs every aspect of the performance to the brink of perfection and often manages to push it there. It is
a truly appealing production and a joy to watch. Four showings of “How the Other Half Loves” remain
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This is the opinion of Kevin O’Keeffe, a sophomore screenwriting major from Austin, Texas. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts & Entertainment Veggie Ventures
April 16, 2012 Page 11
EVO Kitchen serves up unpretentious excellence
his semester I have an unpaid internship in West Hollywood. Maybe the experience is good for my résumé, but being out and about and hungry in L.A. twice a week is horrible for my wallet. That’s how I found EVO Kitchen, one of those it’s-soL.A.-it-makesyou-sick places that’s all organic, family-owned and uses local products, as Veggie as having Ventures 2.0 well a wide array By Luisa Barron of deliciousStaff Writer sounding vegan options. It’s honestly terrible that I found this place less than two blocks up the street from my internship. It’s on the ground floor of one of those high-rises that you won’t be able to afford to live in until you sell your soul to the industry or become a trophy wife. Thankfully, you’re not required to be a resident to patronize the place. I walked in on a room of empty tables, but that’s understandable, considering the only people eating dinner at 4 p.m. on a weekday are probably in an elderly residence somewhere. Another thing about these new
organic/local/sustainable/veganfriendly places that people nitpick about is the air of pretension, the “I’m better than you” snobbery of the foodie business. None of that was here at all – the guy who took my take-out order was super friendly and helpful. Of course, I didn’t tell him that 98 percent of my reason for ordering to-go was because I’m too much of a poor college student to sit and be waited on. It’s either tip money for the waiters or desperately needed coffee money for me, and I’m selfish. I ordered an appetizer, the garlic cheese bread with Daiya mozzarella, for $4.99, as well as a V for Vegan personal pizza, with roasted peppers, mushrooms and soy vegan cheese on a multigrain crust, for $8.99. The bill for this
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solid meal was just about $15, which is pretty respectable for one of these kinds of restaurants. The food came out promptly and I was on my merry way. I would proceed to eat half the garlic cheese bread just during the walk back to my car, then scarf down the pizza within minutes of settling into the driver’s seat. Pathetic, you say? Yes. Yes, it is. I also didn’t care, because pizza was once the reason I existed, and finding it in the delicious vegan variety is simply a dream. The garlic bread is something restaurants usually skimp on, but not in EVO Kitchen’s case – I was fooled by the first layer of bread. There was a whole ‘nother layer underneath, which may or may not have prompted a small happy dance for the wonders of carbs. The Daiya was heaped on generously, and the bread was crusty and warm, just garlicky enough to haunt your nostrils. It came with marinara sauce, which disappointed me slightly, as it wasn’t the chunky, homemade sauce my snobbish taste buds have come to prefer. Rather, it was creamier, like ketchup, but still a very decent tomato sauce for dipping purposes. The pizza came not with Daiya but with another kind of soy vegan cheese. The consistency was remarkable – definitely looked and smelled like real mozzarella
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This V for Vegan personal pizza at the EVO kitchen is topped with roasted peppers, mushrooms and soy vegan cheese on multigrain crust. cheese. You could tell upon tasting it that it wasn’t that full-fat creamy buffalo mozzarella you still sometimes crave after giving up all dairy products, but it was a good substitute. The fresh veggies and nicely smoky, crunchy crust delivered. The tomato sauce lacked character, and before you laugh – as that’s a very food critic thing to say – I will defend myself by saying I prefer tomato sauce on pizza to be tangy and complex, not just the vehicle for the cheese. However, this sauce did its base purpose, and honestly, I couldn’t
ask for much more of such a solid vegan pizza. Besides, it was gone before I could take another breath. I obviously tasted something good. I’m happy about this latest discovery – my bank account is not. It also crossed my mind that with food this good, I could probably become the first fat vegan person. I just need the proper funds for it. This is the opinion of Luisa Barron, a junior screenwriting major from Houston, Texas. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Television renaissance births hidden gems I
t’s common instinct in the TV industry to fear audience fragmentation. However, I believe that fear has led to a renaissance in TV programming. Audience fragmentation describes the unique dilemma in which the public is given so many choices on TV that the audience is split into so many different of Chris Culture type shows. While By Christopher this makes it James much harder to achieve Asst. A&E Editor the ratings of “M*A*S*H” or “Friends,” I applaud it for giving birth to shows with a smaller and more committed audience. Let’s remember, at the end of the day, network executives want as many viewers as possible for a show to be more profitable. While the creation of these niche shows has led to better writing because of the strong bond the characters have with their audience, it has put some network shows with cult followings on the chopping block. I think it’s a plus when a TV show doesn’t try to play towards every group of people because many times that makes a show a generic, unfunny mess (á la “Two and a Half Men”). However, shows like that are the ones that get and retain viewers on a weekly basis. Why are there so many nondescript cop procedurals, such as “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI,” “CSI: Whatever City” and “Criminal Minds: Who Cares?”
Simple – they all are top rated week, after week, despite being the exact same show with only marginally different looking people. It’s no wonder that more inventive shows thrive on cable or premium channels. “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” are both huge hits for AMC because they don’t need to try and appeal to everyone to get viewers. Rather, they cater to an audience that craves good television and strive to push buttons and reactions that are new and interesting, rather than “tried and true.” The shows that do this same tactic on network stations are under-loved by the general public and always sweating on the chopping block. “30 Rock” still gets a fraction of “Two and a Half Men” viewers despite having three consecutive Best Comedy Series Emmy’s under its belt. The best part about this is that Tina Fey is in on this sick joke, remarking in her Emmy speech, “I would like to thank the dozens of viewers who tune into our show every week.” In this respect, Fey is not trying to be the network juggernaut, but rather please the fewer, yet more devout followers of her show. Right now, one of my favorite network shows is hanging on for dear life after being severely mistreated by ABC. Yes, folks, I’m talking about “Cougar Town.” What once was a witty comedy about a middle-aged woman navigating divorce has matured into a fantastically written and gloriously hilarious sitcom about a group of winos navigating life’s turning points and mature adult relationships. The drama doesn’t arise from people breaking up
and the comedy doesn’t come from cheap pot shots at Jon Cryer. No, instead we see a familiar group of friends that we become a part of and we, the audience, simultaneously grow as they try and retain a sense of normalcy to a life that is changing quicker than the “cul-de-sac crew” can imagine. While Courtney Cox is famous because of her role as neat-freak Monica Geller on “Friends,” I would challenge every “Friends” fan and say that her role as Jules Kiki Cobb (yes, I know her full name, I could give you a whole profile on the woman) on “Cougar Town” is the highlight of her career. She makes her narcissistic, borderline-alcoholic character a charming delight, soaking up boundless rays of goodwill and charm as she tries to live her fairytale life. The rest of the cast is such a close-knit bunch that one feels the authenticity of the “cul-de-sac crew’s” friendship. In particular, Busy Philipps is a constant quirky delight as the vapid party-girl, Lori Geller, who is slowly but surely transitioning into the role of a mature adult. The show gave its few but mighty viewers a heart-attack level scare when ABC left it off the midseason schedule. Being as in love with the show as the fans were, the entire cast, along with creator Bill Lawrence, flew all around the United States holding “Cougar Town” viewing parties to show ABC their loyal fan base. Courtney Cox drank wine and chatted with average Joe fans, Christa Miller (as the venomous yet lovable curmudgeon of the group, Ellie Torres) took to the web and wrote about how “Cougar Town is the best job ever,” in
The cast of ABC’s “Cougar Town” – (from left to right) Ian Gomez, Dan Byrd, Busy Philipps, Courtney Cox and Nick Zano – gather together for cake on set. a heartfelt Huffington Post editorial on March 20, and every single person involved with the show created Twitter petitions to get the show back on the air. Valentine’s Day this year was met with the return of the TV show to the same middling ratings, especially without a “Modern Family” lead in. With renewal looking more and more scarce, the cast and crew of Cougar Town have been urging the Larmy (the affectionate name the fans of the show were given) to mail in wine corks to the higher ups of ABC (I’ve mailed 50 to date), eat at one of the show’s sponsors – Subway – on Mondays and pledge to add 20 more viewers each to the shows fan base. “Cougar Town” isn’t the only great show in need of support as networks begin to swing
the axe on these ingenious cult shows. “Parks and Recreation,” “Community” and “30 Rock” all could use more support. Luckily, they are on NBC, which has low enough ratings across the board that it can afford to keep these niche shows. However, ABC is a different story. Let’s all band together and hope and pray for “Cougar Town” and the other shows out there with a small but loyal fanbase that deserve more viewers than they get. Audience fragmentation has done away with the juggernauts of the past. Yet, if the future is bringing us more of these niche shows, I couldn’t be happier in the direction of TV. This is the opinion of Christopher James, a screenwriting and business double major from Lodi, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lions mercy conference foe Softball from Page 16 inning and one more in the third inning, extending their lead to 7-1 through three innings of play. Fischer’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth game won LMU the game due to softball’s mercy rule. “I knew they had to pitch to me, and I know they wanted to be careful,” said Fischer. “I muscled it out.” Sophomore starter Stevie Gold-
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as players and when they’re on the court, it makes everyone else stand up a little bit taller,” said Head Coach Brad Sceney. Bjerke, who has been battling a sore hip through most of April, was dominant. “I don’t know if he [Bjerke] was 100 percent but to win 6-0, 6-0 was really impressive for Nick and good for his health to get off the court fast,” said Sceney. “I just put the ball in play and let him make the mistakes,” added Bjerke. It was a strong day all around for men’s tennis. To win in that fashion after a series of frustrating losses “means that our good is good,” said Sceney. “The guys all played well. They handled the conditions well physically and mentally. They were switched on today.” The competition with Gonzaga was rescheduled for Sunday after being rained out on Friday. But while Friday was filled with rain and thunder, the windy weather throughout the weekend actually helped
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out the Lions in one way. “I was afraid to serve because of my shoulder, but the windy conditions made it so I didn’t have to serve as hard,” said Bustamante. After winning a long doubles point to start the morning, LMU won four of its six singles matches to beat the Bulldogs 5-2. “I think everyone is building up a lot of confidence in their games, and we’re improving a lot,” said Bustamante. “We’re going to get a better seed in the tournament now, so we should be good for conference.” The consecutive wins move the Lions to fifth place in the WCC, behind four teams all ranked in the top 50 in the nation. After an up-and-down season plagued with injuries and setbacks, LMU has two final road matches this week before heading to San Diego for the WCC Tennis Championships April 25-28. “Right now we’re just focused on getting guys healthy and winning games,” said Sceney. LMU’s next match is at the University of San Diego on Tuesday, April 17.
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Baseball from Page 16 University of San Francisco and avenged their game one loss with a 4-2 victory. The Lions were hitless in four and one-third innings until senior outfielder Nick Devian singled between the shortstop and third baseman to put the Lions in the hit column. The Lions did not let that hit go to waste. After loading the bases with a junior outfielder Matt Lowenstein single to center field, junior second baseman Cullen Mahoney drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at one a piece. Plaia had a clutch hit for the Lions, driving in two to
put the Lions ahead 3-1. The Lions would score one more time in the game from a sacrifice fly by Roe to score Boney to give the Lions an insurance run to solidify the victory. After a first-inning run, freshman starting pitcher Trevor Megill pitched well for the Lions. He went six and a third innings only giving up two runs on five hits. He walked a batter but also struck out six opposing batters to improve his record to 4-4. “I kept the ball down,” Megill said. “I got my first pitch strike a lot yesterday also, which helped a lot. My stuff has always been there, but my mental toughness has im-
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Senior first baseman Shon Roe recorded two hits, one run scored and two RBIs in the Lions series loss to the University of San Francisco over the weekend.
proved throughout the season.” The Lion bullpen once again got the job done, as junior reliever Aaron Griffin pitched an inning and two-thirds, setting up for sophomore closer Bret Dahlson to achieve his sixth save of the season. Roe, who played shortstop in the second game of the series, helped the Lions keep
the lead going into the ninth inning as he threw out a runner that tried to score after a relay through from Boney. The Lions are in the midst of an eight-game home stretch. They will play the Long Beach State 49ers in a non-conference game on Tuesday before playing host to the University of Portland for a WCC three- game series next
weekend, beginning on April 20 at 3 p.m. The Lions will then play host to another Big West Conference power, the CSU Fullerton Titans, April 24 at Page Stadium. “We are a mentally tough team,” Megill said. “We are going to come out next week and play our butts off. We know there is a lot of baseball to be played this season.”
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True greatness deserves recognition Fischer said. Her dad cautioned for a waitand-see approach, but the Simi Valley-native was set on LMU, committing to the Lions at the beginning of her junior year of high school. By Nathan Dines “I’d like to say what a great Sports Editor recruiter I am, but sometimes you’re lucky,” Ferrin said. Ferrin’s luck continued, takick Fischer cannot help ing the wrong turn the following but smile. In the heart of day and ending up, yet again, Simi Valley, 45 miles from LMU’s at a memorable performance by bluff-side campus, Rick reminiscFischer. es about his daughter Sam and “I go up there and turn, and her never-ending passion for the just freak accident, I’m parking game of softball. the car, she makes a diving play, “I think she loves the game as one hop stop, from her knees much now as when she was eight throws the runner out, and then or nine years old. I remember the comes up and doubles. And then first team she was on – I can still I remember, ‘Oh, that’s the kid see her, we stayed after practice from yesterday.’” one time and I was hitting ground “He walked up and she hit a balls to her at third base, and she ball over the left fielder’s head was little, and I think my niece for a double, and I swear it was was playing first base. And she’d almost every weekend, no matget the ball and rear back, let out ter where we were, Gary [Ferrin] a big grunt and throw it with evwas there watching games,” Rick erything she had. She could make said. it over there. She’d get it and For Fischer, the grunt and she was idea of the national cracking herself up and I was laughing “She’s the best player that has ever played in spotlight and playing for a contender too, but just from the history of Loyola Marymount.” was not enough to that day on, [it] outweigh the benhasn’t changed,” -Head Coach Gary Ferrin efits of keeping her Rick said. family close and For LMU’s senever letting that nior softball shortstop Sam Fischer, the love for the way many other team leaders love for the game die. “That’s a lot of the reason why game will never die. And it’s that may not. “She has so much fun, and that I went to LMU, because I needed passion that fuels her greatness; greatness recognized by her fam- just allows our whole team to my dad and mom at my games. ily, her teammates, coaches and come even closer because we’re all I’m a homebody. Plus, I would opponents alike – yet seemingly having so much fun, we’re all do- hate to be like, ‘Dad, I hit a home out of the national spotlight. It ing what we enjoy, what we love, run today,’ and he wouldn’t get to doesn’t bother Sam, but her ca- what we’re passionate about, and see it. There have been some monreer has proven that her game she brings that out in everyone,” ster bombs I’ve hit that I could said close friend and senior out- not explain to him if he didn’t see exceeds the hype. them. It’s been nice to have him “I’ve always been about ‘go out fielder Brittany Pereda. One of LMU’s draws for Fisch- be able to experience it with me,” and have fun.’ It’s a game of failures, I can’t go out and be like, er was this factor: The idea that Fischer said. Her dad spoke of the proxim‘I have to get a hit every time’ she could continue to love the because it’s just not possible, it game as she did when she was ity of LMU as well, knowing the really isn’t. I’ve always gone out the young girl learning the sport importance of having her family close for support. and been like, ‘hit my pitch,’ ‘stay with her dad. “It’s a program where I can be “I’ve gone to every game in her down on the ball’ and ‘just love the sport.’ If I ever stop loving myself. I can goof off and be seri- career except six games, freshit then that’s when I know I’m ous at the same time. A lot of the man year, when they went to playing for the wrong reasons,” bigger schools they kind of make Florida. They played a tournayou like a drone – at least that’s ment and I couldn’t make the Fischer said. ischer is obliterating the what you see from the outside, tournament. I’ve seen every game softball statistics. Through and I don’t know from the inside. other than that. I think that was 45 games this season, her batting I needed somewhere where I also a factor in Sam’s decision. average (.513), home runs (20) could express myself in that way,” She wanted me to be able to see as many games as I could when and slugging percentage (SLG, Fischer said. Head Coach Gary Ferrin re- she goes to college. I don’t know 1.162) are ranked second in Division I Softball, while her on-base iterated this point, knowing as if she would have done well as percentage (OBP, .655) is the top well as anyone else the kind of a freshman going somewhere softball environment Sam needs back east or Midwest, away from in the nation. home. Maybe as a sophomore or But the numbers do not cor- to thrive. “For her absolute, perfect suc- a junior it would have been a difrelate to the level of national recognition. Fischer was anxiously cess, I think she committed to ferent story. I’m grateful I’ve been excited last Wednesday, awaiting the right kind of program, to let able to see as many games as I the release of the Top 25 Finalists her mature in her way. Still be a have,” Rick said. hose closest to Fischer for the 2012 USA Softball Colle- kid, still ‘it’s a game,’ still have know how to appreciate fun with it – because that’s what giate Player of the Year. “The list comes out today for it really is. But I understand if her level of success in the the Top 25 players. I can’t even fo- you’re a top 10 team, it’s a busi- sport of softball. And they cus, I want to see. Because there’s ness, you have expectations, and know how to appreciate no way with those numbers, no so they put a whole different level her ability to hit a home matter what school you’re at. … of expectations on kids at that run. “I just know I’ve been looking all morning, but level. And it’s not about fun, and it’s not up yet,” Sam said before they will not tolerate that,” Fer- she’s going to get a hit, withrin said. the list was released. rom the moment Ferrin out a doubt. And the list was released. Missstumbled upon her at the Fi- She’s going ing from the top 25 players in the nation was LMU’s shortstop, a esta Tournament in Tucson, Ari- to get a player with statistics matching zona when she was a teenager, hit, esor exceeding the players from the Sam has had an affinity for LMU. pecially “LMU was the first school that w h e n larger conferences. Three players from the University of California, recruited me. My dad came up to r u n Berkeley, three from the Univer- me and said, ‘LMU’s interested in n e r s sity of Oklahoma, but not one you,’ and I was like, ‘What’s that?’ are in from the mid-major with argu- He said, ‘Loyola Marymount,’ and scoring position. I expect her to I was like, ‘Where is it?’ That’s the get a hit, but at the same time, ably the nation’s best. Yet in a manner matching her first thing I asked, and he said there’s half my body saying she’s typical demeanor, the focus is not ‘L.A.,’ and I said, ‘Okay, I’ll go going to hit a home run,” Pereda on being the nation’s best indi- there.’ I swear that’s what I said,” said.
As a senior, Sam Fischer leads the Lions in her record-breaking season.
vidual player. “There have been times that I’ve been looked over, or had girls make teams ahead of me that I had better numbers than, but it’s all politics, I understand it. Nothing can take away from the season that I’m having. That’s what I focus on more, getting a conference ring. If I’m not on that list and we get a ring, I don’t care about anything,” Fischer said. After the release of the list, Fischer stayed positive, saying she was “bummed” but ready to move forward. Fischer’s focus on the team leads back to her love for the sport of softball. random passerby approaching LMU’s Smith Field during pregame warm-ups may stop and do a double take. Intermixed between reps in the cage and grounders in the infield, the girls appear to be enjoying themselves. And in the middle of the impromptu dance breaks, singoffs and pre-game antics is Sam Fischer, expressing herself in a
With 20 home runs on the season, Fischer owns LMU’s career and single season home run records. “I just want to hit the ball hard where it’s pitched, and if it goes over the fence, it goes over the fence. When I came into college, I never thought of myself as a home run hitter. Even after I’d broken a record, I still didn’t consider myself a home run hitter. I don’t know what it is, but I hit home runs. ... If I can hit singles, if I can poke one through with a runner on third, then that’s what I’m looking to do,” Fischer said. Fischer’s prowess on the field did not reach its apex at the collegiate level, however. In yet another testament to senior season success, Fischer led her high school team to a near perfect season, with the Simi Valley High School girls team dropping their final game of the season to Valencia in the CIF Championship game. Fischer’s stats that senior year? A .471 batting average, .573 OBP, 1.012 SLG percentage, 34 runs, 11 home runs and only four errors. “She could have wrote her own ticket anywhere in the country, she was that soughtafter,” said her Simi Valley High School coach Russ Michael. But the ultimate decision was that of Fischer’s, choosing to keep her love for the game close and her family even closer. “Her parents were very supportive of the program. Her mom was our booster president and did a phenomenal job in helping our program raise funds, just boosting the quality of our program. And her dad was – I don’t think he missed a game,” Michael said. With that decision, in Ferrin’s mind, came the greatest player in LMU softball history. “She’s the best player that has ever played in the history of Loyola Marymount. Maybe now and every time in the future. She’s
special. I don’t think you’re going to see another one of her at a program like this,” Ferrin said. Yet looking towards the end of her outstanding career, Ferrin does not want his leader to be passed up because she is not playing for a top program. “Those are special numbers that I don’t care, you can’t put your head in the sand. If you choose to ignore us because of the small school, even though she beat the 17th ranked USF [University of South Florida] team with a three-run home run late in the game, even though she beat Michigan with a two run home run in the first inning. If you choose to be an ostrich and you want to put your head in the
sand – well it’s just Loyola who plays in that not so good conference – [there’s] nothing we can do about it. ... I mean I don’t know if I could bat .500 off a tee and not hit it to where people are standing. She’s a prolific home run hitter and RBI hitter. And in the clutch, too. She isn’t doing it with the NY Yankees where everybody’s doing it, it is her. She is the whole offense,” Ferrin said.
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Smith Field, waiting for the game to begin and watching Sam’s pregame antics with her teammates, Rick cannot help but smile – laugh, even. His daughter is having the time of her life, playing the sport she loves with more enthusiasm than anyone could ask for. “I’m proud of her for the commitment she’s made and the hard work she’s put in. I’ve had a blast helping coach her and watching her play because she loves it so much. That’s what I love in watching her. ... She couldn’t play if she was forced to play a certain way where you have to be dead serious all the time, and not allowed to be yourself and play loose out there,” Rick said. Fischer will not be the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year this season, and may never get the complete recognition she deserves, but that has not stopped her from striving for, achieving and exceeding softball greatness. Design: Dol-Anne Asiru | Loyolan Photos: Abbey Nelson, Kellie Rowan | Loyolan
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Home runs fuel final homestand Despite Saturday rain delays, the softball team completes Sunday Senior Day with back-to-back wins. By Kevin Cacabelos Staff Writer
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Water polo drops double-overtime thriller to No. 2 UCLA The No. 7 LMU women’s water polo team played a close match against the No. 2 UCLA Bruins, ultimately losing in double overtime, 7-6. Sophomore Alexandra Honny (14) scored a buzzer-beating goal to send the match to overtime, with four goals on the day and 61 on the season.
Late-inning setback sparks series loss The LMU baseball team falls to 5-4 in conference play after dropping two games to the Dons. By Dan Raffety Asst. Sports Editor The LMU baseball team lost a heartbreaking West Coast Conference (WCC) series to the University of San Francisco (USF) Dons despite timely hitting, sufficient starting pitching and a chance to walk off for a win in the bottom of the ninth of the final game in a three game series at Page Stadium. The Lions lost two of three games, giving them a 5-4 conference record and came up the short against the team that won the WCC last season. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with freshman rightfielder Tanner Donnels on second base after a sacrifice bunt by senior third baseman Alex Guthrie, freshman infielder David Edwards singled into left field and Donnels was waved home by Assistant Coach Bryant Ward. The play was at the plate, and Donnels was thrown out at home to send the game into extra innings.
In the extra frame, the Dons scored three times, one off a sacrifice fly and twice from a double to put the game out of reach and cement the Lion’s defeat. The USF Dons struck early all series long and in the rubber game of the series was no different. USF’s Justin Maffei belted a home run in the first inning to give the Dons a tworun lead. The Lions had a chance to even the score in the bottom of the third inning of the rubber game of the series with the bases loaded, but could not capitalize, stranding three Lion runners in the process. “We left a lot of guys on base all day,” Head Coach Jason Gill said. “We just didn’t drive people in.” The Dons added three more runs in the fifth inning to give them a five-run lead, but the Lions crawled their way back, scoring a run in the bottom of the frame after junior second baseman Cullen Mahoney hit a double. Senior starting pitcher John Lally gave up five runs in as many innings and did not feel satisfied with his outing. “Personally, today wasn’t a very good day for me,” Lally said. “I was proud of the team that we were able to come back, but I gave up
a lot of hits and did not put our team in a good position to win.” The Lions then scored two runs in both the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at five a piece. Junior catcher Colton Plaia hit a home run and shortstop junior Joey Boney dragged a bunt single and came around to score to tie the game at five. The Lions have been playing from behind all series, but the Lions scored nine runs in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday. The first game of the series was an offensive explosion for both teams, with the Dons outscoring the Lions by four runs to win the first game of the series 13-9. Boney and senior first baseman Shon Roe did hit home runs in the game, but freshman starting pitcher Colin Welmon, who has been one of the Lions best option this season, gave up seven runs to the Dons in five innings to record the loss. The first two games were played as a doubleheader as the original game was postponed due to inclement weather on Friday. The Lions turned around the field in about half an hour and played another game against the
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Lions defeat Pilots, Zags over weekend The men’s tennis team defeats two conference rivals to improve to 3-2 in the WCC. By Ray Ferrari Staff Writer The LMU men’s tennis team took down two conference opponents over the weekend, sweeping the University of Portland 7-0 Saturday before defeating Gonzaga University 5-2 Sunday. After three losses in a row dating back to March, the Lions were able to get back on track as they improved to 10-11 overall and 3-2 in the West Coast Conference (WCC). The weekend consisted of the team’s centennial match Saturday and their final home match Sunday. Due to zero seniors on the roster, there was no Senior Day for men’s tennis this season. However, the Lions did find motivation from the centennial celebrations to get them through the day. “It didn’t always feel like a centennial game, but I enjoy it when there’s a little more buzz around the school,” said junior Nicholas Bjerke.
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Sophomore Daniel Simko (above) won three times in the two matches of the weekend, taking his singles contest 6,4, 6,1 against Portland and 6-0,3-6,6-3 in singles and 8-1 in doubles against Gonzaga. “I love playing in front of people, and there were more fans around today because of it.” The Lions defeated the University of Portland in both singles and double matches on Saturday. “It’s always special to play these kinds of matches and celebrate the history of LMU tennis, and to beat them 7-0 was great,” said
sophomore Sebastian Bustamante. For Bjerke and Bustamante, Saturday was also a celebration of their return to the court after battling injuries during the week. Their presence was a large contribution to achieving the sweep. “We have a lot of confidence in them
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The ball flew over the center field fence and senior Sam Fischer’s walk-off grand slam gave LMU the third and final game victory of Sunday’s tripleleheader against the Sacramento State Hornets. “She is the most dangerous hitter in the country right now,” said LMU Head Coach Gary Ferrin. Senior Day was complete. Five hours and three games later, LMU (29-16, 7-5) took two of three games from Pacific Coast Softball Conference rivals Sacramento State (22-16, 5-6) at Smith Field. In front of a crowd of a little over 300 people, Fischer and teammate Kelly Sarginson, along with senior second baseman Kylie Ahlo and senior outfielder Brittney Pereda, were honored by the team for their careers at LMU between games two and three of the tripleheader. “I cried [during the ceremony]. We love them. We played for them today,” said sophomore third baseman Meghan Harman. Fischer and Sarginson carried the Lions’ offense in the team’s three straight games against Sacramento State, going a combined six-for-10 and driving in 11 of the team’s 21 runs on Sunday. “I dislike [Sacramento State]. This is my least favorite team in the conference, and I usually don’t do well against them – that was my motivation,” said Sarginson. “Plus [it was] Senior Day, obviously you want to do well in front of everyone” Fischer saw limited action at the plate, with the Hornets opting to intentionally walking Fischer a total of seven times in the three games. “It’s frustrating. Especially today – it was like I hadn’t seen a pitch all day,” Fischer said. In game one, a late inning offensive surge was not enough to help LMU beat Sacramento State. The Hornets’ 4-3 victory benefitted from solid pitching and some timely hitting. A two-out triple by Sacramento State’s center fielder Kelli Frye in the bottom of the fourth inning drove in two runs and gave the Hornets a 4-0 lead. A two-out, three-run home run Sarginson hit in the top of the fifth inning brought the Lions within one run. After Sarginson’s home run, Sacramento State replaced its starting pitcher Caitlin Brooks (6-5) with Taylor Stroud, who held the Lions scoreless for the rest of the game, holding LMU to one hit in two and a third innings pitched. In the second game of the tripleheader, the Lions broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the seventh inning to win 7-5. Harman stole home plate after a ball got past Sacramento State catcher Marissa Navarro. “I knew we needed to get a run. The first pitch got by the catcher a little bit but it wasn’t enough to steal and the second one was a little risky too, but I just figured I’d go for it and luckily I was safe,” said Harman. The Lions later added one more insurance run in the inning when sophomore center fielder Samantha Nelson scored on a fielder’s choice ground out by junior catcher Olivia Alvarez. Earlier in the game, LMU vaulted out to a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning after Sarginson hit her second home run of the day and 11th on the season. Fischer also hit her 19th home run of the season in the top of the first inning over the right field fence. Her two-out solo shot gave her the LMU single-season home run record. The Lions’ offense showed no shines of tiring in the team’s 11-1 victory in their third and final game of the series on Sunday. Alvarez jump-started the game with a first inning grand slam over the left field wall to open up a 4-0 lead over the Hornets. It was Alvarez’s third home run of the season. LMU added two more runs in the second
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