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Volume 91, Issue 4 Your Home. Your Voice. Your News. loyola marymount university

LMU adds two fraternities to campus

Delta Sigma Phi and Phi Delta Theta will start chapters at LMU over the next two years. By Kevin O’Keeffe Managing Editor

All Photos: Leslie Irwin | Loyolan

Community gathers around Peace Pole to commemorate of 9/11 About 30 LMU students, faculty and staff members came together in the LMU Community Garden this past Tuesday at Convo to remember the events of 9/11. Representatives of different faith traditions recited prayers, after which those gathered observed a moment of silence. The event was a part of Zero Tolerance Week.

Handbook cautions on lawful social media use LMU students will also be held ‘accountable for Student Conduct Code violations’ committed online. By Casey Kidwell Asst. News Editor

From a mere 1 million users at the end of its premiere year in 2004 to an astounding 955 million times that amount halfway through 2012, Facebook has seen rapid growth during its eight-year ascension to the top of the social media food chain, according to an article by the Associated Press. As evidenced by these numbers, Facebook is an in-demand commodity, but according to the LMU Community Standards booklet for the 2012-13 school year, that same social media network can also be the cause of problems among students. “In an environment where new and existing information technologies, related platforms, mediums, systems devices and uses are continually being developed and evolving, LMU acknowledges the use of social media as an exponentially growing and

prominent form of commerce and social interaction,” the booklet said. However, while social outlets like Facebook are growing and expanding to reach even more individuals with each passing year, LMU emphasizes proper action by students on these sites. The book added, “Students are expected to use all forms of social media lawfully and to interact with others and through them respectfully.” While the booklet says that LMU will not regularly monitor the actions of students via their Facebook or social media accounts, it maintains that students will be held “accountable for Student Conduct Code violations reported or learned from student uses of social media.” With a variety of these social media outlets, LMU calls to attention “email, mobile phone, instant messaging, chat room and message boards, video-hosting sites, webcam, social networking sites and virtual learning environments,” when establishing the framework from which students are liable to get in trouble with the

A STAND-UP GUY Junior screenwriting major Justin Small talks about his burgeoning stand-up career.

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A process that began in Spring 2012 has finally born fruit: Two new fraternities will be joining LMU’s Greek Life over the next two years. Delta Sigma Phi and Phi Delta Theta, two national fraternities, will be establishing chapters in this and the next academic year, respectively. “These organizations were not only a strong match with our institutional mission and values, they offer the resources necessary to start and maintain a successful fraternal chapter at LMU,” said Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development (SLD) and Greek Adviser Dan Faill in a letter to leaders in the LMU and Greek Life communities sent this past June. DeMarkco Butler, the director of expansion for Phi Delta Theta, spoke optimistically about the effect the new fraternity will hopefully have on campus. “I believe Phi Delta Theta will complement the already great culture that the Greek community has by adding another strong international fraternity,” he said. “Additionally, we look to bring

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Loyola Marymount University moved up one spot on the latest edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” list to the No. 3 spot among the best regional universities in the West. LMU was also listed as a “Best Value” university in the category, which includes schools that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and Master’s degrees.

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Index Classifieds.............................5 Opinion.........................6 A&E................................10 Sports..............................16 The next issue of the Loyolan will be printed on Sept. 17, 2012.

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THE BALKANS TO THE BLUFF Two freshman water polo players from Serbia talk about adjusting to life in the States.

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Terrorist attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya prompts protests and warship movement U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other consulate staff members were killed in Libya Tuesday night. A mob stormed the U.S. Consulate and set it ablaze, killing Stevens, another diplomat and two State Department security officers. Early reports speculated that the attack was triggered by outrage over the movie “Innocence of Muslims” that was produced in America and gained circulation after excerpts were uploaded to YouTube. However, the Associated Press reported early on Thursday, “A U.S. counterterrorism official said the Benghazi violence was ‘too coordinated or professional’ to be spontaneous. “ The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that the killings would be avenged,“moving warships toward the Libyan coast and preparing to track the suspected perpetrators with surveillance drones,” according to a Sept. 12 CNN article. A Sept. 12 BBC article added that the U.S. has launched an investigation to determine whether the attack was planned to mark the anniversary of 9/11 and to see if Al-Qaeda was involved. Libyan residents from the eastern town of Benghazi gathered in peaceful demonstration against Tuesday’s attack and the subsequent killing of the four Americans.

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Alternative Break (AB) trip applications are available online on the Center for Service and Action (CSA) website. They must be submitted online by midnight on Sept. 21. A financial aid application is also available for all students on the website. Once your application is processed, you will receive a computer-generated lottery number that will determine when you get to choose your trip at AB Selection Night on Sept. 27 in St. Robert’s Auditorium. Groups will be called up by number and allowed to make their choices then. According to the AB team, a high lottery number shouldn’t discourage students from attending selection night. Many students with the highest numbers often receive spots on trips. Attending selection night is mandatory if you wish to attend one of the trips.

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Two of this year’s trips were organized and proposed by students. “This year two student trip proposals were selected that focus on prison and women’s issues. Undeclared sophomore Franky Carrillo will be leading an educational trip regarding incarceration by visiting different California detention facilities, including meeting with organizations against the prison-industrial complex. Junior [screenwriting major] Raeesah Reese also proposed a trip focusing on Arab women’s issues in Jordan,” Jessica Viramontes, the AB Program Coordinator, said. Local trips are often just as exciting as trips abroad, the AB team promises. Students can examine urban issues and immigration border control on a trip to Tucson, Ariz. and East L.A. in January, and explore migrant farmworker’s issues in San Diego this March.



AB trips are a year-long commitment. The pre-education and post-trip action components of AB trips are being stressed more than ever this year. According to Viramontes, “Trip leaders are taking a one-unit course to better prepare their participants for the trips. Participants are expected to have pre-trip meetings […] and to continue to do advocacy on behalf of their issue upon return.” For the complete list of this year’s trips check out Joanie Payne | Loyolan

For the Record

In the Sept. 10 article “Zero Tolerance Week sets stage for discussion,” diversity activist Lee Mun Wah was incorrectly identified for the first time as only Wah.


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Book Festival event covers evolution and Bob Marley Panel discussion on the freshman required reading continues this week. By Jenna Abdou Contributor

“Science need not diminish our love for the world and in fact, [it] can profoundly and deeply expand our faith,” Dr. Christopher Chapple, a theology professor at LMU, said at Monday’s “Big History and Eco Theology” panel event. The panel was part of the ongoing LMU Book Festival, an interdisciplinary series of events centered on this year’s freshman book, “Journey of the Universe” by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker. Both authors visited campus last week to speak with the class of 2016. Monday’s event featured three LMU professors: Chapple, Dr. Paul Harris and Dr. Lucy Wilson, both of the English department. Dr. Brad Elliott Stone of the philosophy department was the event’s moderator. The event, according to Stone, focused “on new ideas being generated on the spot, which invite students to join faculty professors in pondering continuously unfolding questions.” A wide variety of topics were covered during the panel discussion, from the evolution of the

Alcohol Violation Del Rey North Sunday, Sept. 9 The Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report that there was an intoxicated student in need of medical attention. The case has been referred to Judicial Affairs.

Larceny Theft Malone Student Center Sunday, Sept. 9

earth to singer Bob Marley’s insights about the state of the world. The members of the panel each tackled the subject of evolution through the lens of their respective fields. Chapple began the discussion. He spoke about his studies in ecotheology, saying he discovered a core similarity in all religions: the defining belief that “the world does not belong to us, it belongs to God.” Regardless of whether someone practices Islam, Judaism or Christianity, this defining belief encourages people of faith “to dedicate themselves to God and put the beauty of the world ahead of their selfish desires,” Chapple continued. Wilson spoke next, sharing her paper “Soul Rebel, Soul Adventure, Bob Marley, Thomas Berry and the Fall of Babylon,” which focuses on the contrasting lives and views of reggae musician Bob Marley and Catholic priest Thomas Berry. Through all their differences, they both reached the conclusion that “everything has a soul with one love and one heart,” according to Wilson. “[They] viewed the environment as a sacred trust and believed that respect, entity and love must be the essence of our dealings with one another,” added Wilson. Harris rounded out the discussion, delivering a light-

intoxicated student in need of medical attention. The case has been referred to Judicial Affairs.

Vehicle Incident U-Hall Friday, Sept. 7 A student reported damage to a vehicle while parked. The case is now closed.

Larceny Theft Parking Lot H A visitor to campus reported Friday, Sept. 7 money taken from a plastic card holder at the Lair. The case is now closed.

Alcohol Violation Leavey 6 Apartments Saturday, Sept. 8 DPS received a report of an intoxicated student destroying building signs and fire life safety equipment. The case has been referred to Judicial Affairs.

Alcohol Violation Foley Annex Saturday, Sept. 8 DPS received a report of an

hearted lecture that made the audience laugh as he explained the creation of the universe in a single day. He also discussed the “bottomup theory,” which focuses on different components coming together and changing the way the parts of the universe interact. “We now have this genre of story, this natural universe story which is all one continuous event of developing complexity. … [It] explains how humans came to be and their place in it,” said Harris. The speakers also shared their hopes for students navigating this world. “While we may feel intimidated that our lives are insignificant in a 14-billionyear-old story, we have to think carefully about finding what we are passionate about and following it,” said Harris. Chapple added to Harris’ statement, saying he hopes students learn “to work into our daily lives the cultivation of wonder and awe.” The next event in the LMU Book Festival is today at 5:30 p.m. and is titled “Common Ground: A Student Discussion.” The event will feature a student panel from First Year Learning Communities and will be moderated by biology professor Dr. Eric Strauss on the fourth floor of Del Rey South Residence Hall.

Criminal Mischief Rosecrans Tuesday, Sept. 4 A resident assistant reported obscene graffiti on her door. The case is now closed.

Larceny Theft Iggy’s bike racks Tuesday, Sept. 4 A student reported a stolen bike. The case is now closed.

Larceny Theft Tenderich Apartments A student reported the theft Tuesday, Sept. 4 of a backpack. The case is now closed.

A student reported a stolen bike. The case is now closed.

Larceny Theft Leavey 5 bike racks Wednesday, Sept. 5

Harassment Leavey 5 Apartments Tuesday, Sept. 4

A student reported a stolen bike. The case is now closed.

Harassment Von Der Ahe Wednesday, Sept. 5 A student reported she was being harassed by two students. The case was referred to Judicial Affairs.

A student reported being harassed by a non-student via social media. The case is now closed.

Larceny Theft Del Rey bike racks Tuesday, Sept. 4 A student reported a stolen bike. The case is now closed.

Information compiled from the Department of Public Safety’s Daily Crime Log

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Wah’s 1994 film “The Color of Fear” received widespread recognition and led to a one-hour special about his work and the film on Oprah.

6 BURNING QUESTIONS with a diversity expert

This issue, News Editor Zaneta Pereira sits down with Lee Mun Wah to discuss multiculturalism and acceptance as well as his appearance at LMU. 1. You held a diversity workshop for the LMU community this morning – what did you make of that? It was getting folks on this campus to talk about what it’s like being in a [primarily] white environment and, oh my gosh, it was just incredible. They just told it like it was and along with that, the audience got to share what it was like to hear these stories. Many of them had no idea some of these things were going on – some did but said they had no idea of the depth. We think our experiences are equitable, and they’re not. You can go to any campus, any workplace and you’ll see people sitting according to ethnic groups and until we’re ready to talk about it [nothing will change]. 2. What is the most important thing you’d like the LMU community to take away from today specifically and Zero Tolerance Week in general? That we aren’t one nation. We aren’t even one school. Because we haven’t breached the areas of being curious about each other. We know almost nothing about each other. And also that people do feel separated, people do feel devalued, people do feel distanced and unless we talk about that, we’ll be stuck with all the celebrations and dances and foods as if somehow that’s diversity. Really, those are just the physical trappings of diversity, and we have not really gotten to know each other. 3. Coming from my perspective as an international student from India who grew up in the Middle East and Africa, I would say that people do ask me about my life, that they are curious about the way I see the world. So do you think that this disinterest is changing at all? Well, I notice you don’t have an accent. What is the clothing of your people? Another question I often ask students and people from different cultures is: Do you really think I could wear this [traditional Chinese tunic] to IBM? You and I learned a long time ago, we know exactly what not to wear. And if we assimilate, we’ve been also taught that if I give up these parts of myself, I assimilate more successfully. So when you ask me that question, what I’d like to tell you is that there are a lot of people that will ask you what your ethnicity is and tell you all the stereotypes that go with it, you would be shocked by what you hear today in 2012 from students. When you see my new film [“If These Halls Could Talk”] you will see what students say when they meet each other in classes. 4. You mentioned in one of your online newsletters that many white Americans point to a fear of offending other cultures as a reason for avoiding this cross-cultural dialogue. How do you think we can overcome this fear? I think that before you overcome that fear, you first need to talk about it. It’s like if someone says they have a fear of driving – you’d better talk to them about their fear of driving. So it’s important to [ask]: What is the fear? What scares me about this conversation? That is much more involved than what we know. In other words, if I had to tell you why I was afraid of you, I’d have to bring out my stereotypes. Because I think if we don’t talk about it, if I don’t think you’re intelligent, if I don’t think you’re civilized, what happens is this: “Good to see you, but I won’t promote you. Good to have you here, but I question your credibility. Good to have you here, but only as long as we only have one out of 50.” 5. You’ve been involved in diversity training for quite some time now. How did you get into the field? My mother was murdered by African-American men. She was shot five times in the head. ... I had to face the racism in my family talking about, “You see what black people do.” So I was thrust into it. Then I started groups with me who were violent and then eventually a multicultural men’s group and an Asian men’s group to talk about race and then people became so interested in what I was doing, I decided to film it. And the reason I do it is because I think, maybe we won’t pay attention until our son or daughter gets killed, or our wife or husband gets shot. Maybe we won’t change until our child is a child of color or gay. 6. You’re a prolific filmmaker – what initially drew you to film as a medium? I started to realize that film is so responsible for negative [cultural] images. And it’s not just the negative images we see on television of us, or of women or gays, but it’s what’s missing. Responsible, beautiful, families, our spirituality, our sense of leadership, our deep history, our intelligence. So it was the absence of these images that left us thinking that only white people possess those [qualities]. To read the extended version of Wah’s interview, visit

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Greek Life welcomes ‘new body of students’ Greek from Page 1 new recruitment tactics [and] foster healthy relationships amongst [Loyola] Marymount University and [the] Greek community.” The process of expanding the number of fraternities on campus began with SLD determining that the campus could support further growth in the Greek Life community. According to the Greek Life policies in LMU Community Standards, SLD is the only organization on campus that can initiate a Greek Life expansion process. According to Faill’s letter, the process is a direct response to low recruitment ratios among fraternities in recent years. “In Spring 2012, nearly 60 percent of eligible men who registered for fraternity recruitment were not offered an invitation to join one of our registered groups. However, our six registered fraternities still saw increased membership numbers,” the letter said. “It became evident more opportunities for our undergraduate men were needed.” Current LMU fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon’s President Michael Hanover recognized the need for more fraternities as well. “The number of men that rush versus the ratio that actually get bids is much lower than that of sororities. And I think that’s unfortunate,” he said. “I don’t know how to fix that besides adding new fraternities, because I believe that each fraternity should have the right to choose, and I don’t think that forcing certain recruitment practices on a chapter is fair.”

Two fraternities were chosen from a pool of six that gave presentations on campus. That pool was narrowed down from 12 fraternities that submitted informational packets to the University in March. The informational sessions were held on campus in April. The Fraternity Review and Fraternity Expansion Committees, according to Faill’s letter, “spent many hours reviewing application materials from various organizations, discussing the values that match with LMU and interviewing the finalists.” The committees included representatives from University Relations, Student Life, SLD, Ethnic and Intercultural Services, Greek Council and the presidents of three current fraternities and two sororities. Hanover, a junior political science major, first heard of the expansion at the beginning of his presidential term in spring. However, based off the letter sent by Faill, Sigma Phi Epsilon was one of two fraternities without a representative in the expansion process. (Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Delta Gamma and Beta Theta Pi’s presidents all served on one of the committees, while Sigma Chi’s Joe Dzida participated in his capacity as Greek Council president.) “I knew that there were 12 possibilities, I knew that there were six informational sessions, I believe I attended one,” Hanover said. “I read through some of the books that each fraternity submitted. Other than that, I was absolutely uninvolved. I wish I had a little more opportunity to

give some input.” According to Hanover, the members of Sigma Phi Epsilon were informed by the head of their alumni volunteer corporation as to what exactly happens when a new fraternity joins campus. “The thing I’ve been focusing on as I think about it is how their national headquarters … will step in and basically take care of them and all their needs, help them with recruiting and that kind of thing,” he said. “So it’s not just a new group of students organizing. It’s more than that. It’s a national group creating a new body of students here on campus.” “To prepare for the LMU colonization, we will do a few things,” Butler said. “[We will] host a Phi Delta Theta alumni reception that will inform the area alumni on our upcoming expansion project at LMU [and] build a Chapter Advisory Board that consists of Phi Delta Theta alumni, non-Phi Delt affiliates, non-Greek men/women professionals and University officials.” On his end, Hanover is “flatout excited” to see how the new fraternities form. As his presidential term winds down, however, he spoke of leaving a legacy of acceptance of these new fraternities to his brothers. “All I would tell the other guys [in Sigma Phi Epsilon] is that everybody deserves an opportunity to form an organization and to make it the best that they can,” he said. He added, “all I’d tell them is, ‘Wish those guys the best of luck. Help them out when you can. Give them advice when you can.”




















Social media conduct can ‘affect your future as well’ Internet from Page 1 University or the authorities if necessary. A theme throughout each of these categories involves harassment or unwanted soliciting, be it via email, mobile phone or social networking sites. For example, the potential misuses that are “consistent with the educational role of the University” are, “1. Posting harassing, threatening, humiliating or inappropriate material, 2. Hacking into another person’s account and altering the content in an effort to humiliate or embarrass the person, 3. Hacking into another person’s account to send inappropriate content to others, 4. Creating a fake profile using another person’s name in an effort to humiliate or threaten,” according to the handbook. Based upon the violation of any of these potential misuses regarding the different channels of social media or the internet, the University holds that it will “apply the same laws, codes and regulations irrespective of the communication platform (e.g. face-to-face or via social media).” Junior communications major Julia Boyle weighed in on the topic of what students say and do online, saying, “I

think that students need to be more careful about what they post online, especially Facebook, because even though you think no one can see it, it’s definitely still out there.” She also talked about the importance of realizing that things posted on Facebook can affect your future as well, since future employers could

possibly see it. While students may think that their conduct online is not seen by anyone besides their recognized friends, viewership is not relegated to these select few. The University may not be actively prowling students accounts, but students can still face University action based on what they do and say online.

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Paying the proper respect

he images tied to 9/11 are something Americans will never be able to erase from their minds. But, on closer thought, maybe they will. Last year commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and the coverage and remembrance on Sept. 11, 2011 was hard to miss. However, going into year 11 put into question the appropriate responses on subsequent anniversaries. For example, two days ago, at 8:46 a.m. – the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 – Fox News, MSNBC, ABC and CBS all aired President Barack Obama and the First Lady calling for a moment of silence. NBC’s “Today Show,” however, opted to interview reality TV star Kris Jenner about her breast augmentation instead. According to the article, “NBC News Won’t Apologize For Skipping 9/11 Moment Of Silence For Kardashian Interview” on the Huffington Post’s website, “‘Today’ told Times that honoring the moment of silence is ‘not a tradition’ on the NBC morning show [and] by exception of last year when the network dedicated the program to the 10-year anniversary of the attacks, ‘Today’ has not observed a moment of silence during its shows on 9/11 since 2006.” The network did, however, air coverage of some of the anniversary events that day. For a major network to not cover the moment of silence raises the question: What sort of coverage does the American public expect? Additionally, as the date of the attacks fades further in history, does

the coverage fade as well? The Loyolan would argue it should not. To us, it boils down to asking why and how. The “why” factor of paying tribute to this event is because we are still so close to it. The impacts of those planes play into national and world politics still each day. The impression on the American public is not gone, either. For instance, most current college students were between the ages of 5-11 at the time of the attack. Although LMU is across the country from New York, many members of the LMU community were personally affected. It was a shock to everyone – young and old. Answering the “how” question obviously challenged NBC this year. Moments of silence are important symbols of respect for those lost and for the loved ones they leave behind. The outrage following the insensitivity exhibited by NBC’s lack of coverage proves that. But most important, the Loyolan believes, is the reflection and discourse on the “why.” Author Toni Morrison puts the why and how into perspective in her book “The Bluest Eye.” She writes, “There is really nothing more to say – except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.” As the nation struggles with the “why” and its aftermath, the attention to the issue should not stop. Plus, following the recent action taken against the U.S. in Libya (See the photo essay on Page 2) figuring out that “why” remains just as important 11 years later.

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Downsize me: no need for extra ounces


hen was the last time you got a small soda? I’d bet good money that it hasn’t been since you crossed the threshold of double-digits. This might also be because Happy Meals don’t come with anything adultsized. Even if you do try to stay away from drinks that require two hands to hold and A Short Story By Joseph Demes a degree in aerospace Asst. Opinion Editor flight to m a n e u v e r, you’re probably getting what used to be a large. If other states start following New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s example, we might not be readily getting those ever-so-American drink portions anymore. The ballooning national waistline will be thankful for the change – but the individuals it belongs to might not be so keen on the change. The bill has been in the works since at least late May, according to a May New York Times article, “New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks.” The headline says it all. Bloomberg has essentially proposed to restrict the sale of drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces, and it won’t be voted on until today by the N.Y. Board of Health. Even so, much of the public complaint – such as that raised by Eliot Hoff, the spokesperson for New Yorkers for Beverage Choices, in the Sept. 4 New York Times article “Weight-Loss Leaders

Back Bloomberg Soda Plan” – has been that the bill does not give N.Y. citizens “every option available to them.” The bill is really a lot less restricting than you might first believe, and I’ll get to that. But consider that severe obesity is more than just the state of New York’s problem, where almost half of all adults have some sort of weight problem and the obesity rate has waddled steadily upward over the last 30 years, according to the aforementioned May New York Times piece. By the New Yo r k City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s count, U.S. obesity rates have doubled in the past 20 years. It sort of boggles my mind that this can be construed as an infringement upon one’s personal freedoms. This is more about selfcontrol than anything else, and that’s as good a place to start as any when it comes to the obesity problem. Casey Neistat, a filmmaker who works with the New York Times on video exposés for the Opinion section (Op-Docs), did a nice presentation of the loopholes in his Sept. 9 Op-Doc “Soda Ban Explained.” The bill, Neistat tells us, only affects estab-

lishments directly controlled and regulated by the state: movie theaters, restaurants and street vendors, to name a few. These cannot serve drinks more than 16 fluid ounces.

H o w e v e r, chains like McDonald’s can continue to serve their 32-ounce large sizes (which, if you’re drinking Coca-Cola, is 104 grams of sugar); 7-11 can continue to keep stock of its nauseating 50-ounce Double Gulp. You could probably drown a newborn kitten in that thing, to give you a mental visual. Drinks with 50 percent milk product or dairy substitute in them, or that are not sweetened by the establishment serving them, are exempt from this regulation. So keep shoveling back those

Orange Mocha Frappuccinos like there’s no tomorrow, you really, really, ridiculously good-looking individual. New Yorkers’ options have not been tragically wrenched from the tips of their fingers. They can still get that nice $5 footlong from Subway and then wash it – along with their dignity – down with a 44-ounce soda. And they should, because apparently it’s their right to, of which Mayor Bloomberg is quite painfully aware. He isn’t trying to restrict New Yorkers from buying more than one

16-ounce soda at establishments under the realm of the bill or banned diet sodas from those places, either. As he stated in the article that accompanied Neistat’s Op-Doc, “All we’re doing here is educating. ... It forces you to see the difference.” If U.S. citizens took his advice to task, they probably would too. For instance, an

interviewee from the aforementioned Sept. 4 article, Rachelle Conley, described how she “drank six fruit-flavored juice drinks and several cups of coffee with 25 packets of sugar each and every day” before cutting those drinks out of her diet and starting a plan with Weight Watchers, all of which helped her to lose 91 pounds. There is a difference between being nudged towards better decisions and being figuratively submerged in those lifestyle choices. The whole debate on the choice of the individual isn’t really viable since, well, they can still order three 16-ounce cups. Though when you have to visualize it that way, would you really want to get three drinks just for yourself? This is one of those matters where individual whims can’t really reach a balanced stance on what is a healthy lifestyle. Maybe this all comes as a surprise to a student body that is pretty conscious about staying in shape – or to a state that values aesthetics – but when we’re so worried about being able to have more on our already-overflowing plates, it shows that our priorities have shifted from self-interest to selfishness. Cutting back on drink sizes might not make the obesity epidemic go away, but it’s one of those things that helps clear branches in order to cut down the roots. Graphic: Alberto Gonzalez | Loyolan This is the opinion of Joseph Demes, a senior English and philosophy double major from Clayton, Calif. Please send comments to


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Seven-pack plan for Insanity six-pack abs


ripped man once told me, “As a fitness professional I’m like, ‘Why do I do the things I do? Because I want to look good.’” These were the wise words of Shaun T., the creator of the workout program Insanity. Call him superficial, but he has a point. This is why I underwent the terror of Insanity this summer. For those of you Run ‘n Tell Dat with no love for fitness and By KimTran who don’t know Opinion Editor what Insanity is, it’s a 60-day workout program that combines high-intensity interval training workouts with short periods of rest. According to the Beach Body website, “Each Insanity workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your max. The result: burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour and get the most insane body in 60 days.” That’s pretty insane. Even better, every workout is only 30-60 minutes long, six days a week. Though grueling, it’s definitely worth it in the end. So, I fought my way through most of the workout this summer (until I got to school and Lip Sync practice became my workout). If you dig deep, Insanity may be the perfect workout for a college student with little time. Here are some tips that will help: 1) Get it for free. A quick search on Amazon will reveal that Insanity is not within a typical college student’s budget (though a look through one of


LMU’s parking lots might tell you otherwise). A new set can run about $144.80 and for 10 workout DVDs, it’s just not worth it. So download the file, split it with some friends or holla at me and I’ll hook it up. 2) Find a buddy. This is key. Insanity makes you want to quit, and if you don’t have anyone pushing you, it’ll be quite

stronger. The days he played basketball instead, it took me three hours to get mentally prepared. 3) Make it routine. Seriously. Everyone says this about working out, but this is especially true for Insanity. You have to work it into your life, and make sure that you don’t fall behind. If you take a break one day, you’re done for

4) Don’t get Hip Hop Abs. Shaun T. tries to sell you a lot of things. I swear, he takes advantage of your disheveled mind after a workout. I would regularly collapse on the floor and just watch the workout video end with some promotional stuff. Do not, I repeat, do not get Hip Hop Abs. Dancing is my favorite workout: I love to get down,

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easy to do when you’re on the verge of throwing up every day the first week. Pushing yourself to the limit six times a week is not an easy feat, so find someone who will keep you on track – preferably someone who is a bit more fit than you are so that you are challenging yourself every time. My brother Kevin was my workout buddy this summer, and every day I got better, faster and

the rest of the program. During the fourth week, my family took a trip to Hawaii. Kevin and I were adamant about continuing the workout, but hours under the sun jumping over waves did not let it happen and let me tell you, my first day back was death. It took me three more days to get back into the swing of things without crying every time we forced each other to do it.

and the promotional video made it look so fun, but I was duped. That video was old, boring and had no good music. Luckily, I have the hookup and got it for free from someone. Stick to Insanity, even if it doesn’t look as fun. 5) Listen to music. This is Kevin’s number two tip. (Number one was: “Don’t do it.”) But if you decide to take the chal-

lenge, after your first time watching the video and getting all of the movements down, tune Shaun T. out with some of your own pump-up music. There are only 10 videos to be used over 60 days, and they were all clearly shot in one take. It’s basically Shaun T. leading a workout class of ridiculously fit people. But you repeatedly hear Shaun T. call out Josh for stretching incorrectly, draw attention to his obvious sexual partner – and even more obviously an aspiring actress – Tanya and ask if anyone is as nervous as he is for the workout to come. (Um, what? You made the workout, and your quads impede your ability to stretch sometimes. If you’re scared, what are we supposed to be?) Tuning Shaun T. out will make the workout more bearable. 6) Never sacrifice form for safety. Just kidding. Shaun T. tells you this in one of the videos, and I’m pretty sure that’s not right. When Shaun T. gets tired, he doesn’t know what he’s saying, hence the listen to music tip. I’d rather not sacrifice limbs for the perfect squat. And you’ll be squatting a lot. 7) Dig deep. And I mean in all aspects. Shaun T. will push you to your limit physically, mentally and emotionally. You’ll want to give up every time you do it, and you’ll want to punch him in the face at the same time. But if you follow these tips, you could work your way into a sick body without spending too much money or time, which sounds good to me. And now that Lip Sync is done, I’m available if you’re looking for a workout buddy. This is the opinion of Kim Tran, a junior marketing and communication studies double major from San Jose, Calif. Please send comments to

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Letter to the Editor

Re: “8” has its place at LMU, Thursday Sept. 6 To the Editors:

White Student Union at Towson University

My compliments to the executive editorial board for its thoughtful editorial “‘8’ has its place at LMU” [featured in the Sept. 6 issue of the Loyolan], and to President Burcham for standing by the performance in the face of criticism. The topic of marriage equality is an important issue in our society today and worthy of the thoughtful discussion a play like “8” provokes. I’m only sorry I heard about it too late to attend.

Matthew Heimbach, a student at Towson University in Maryland, wants to start a White Student Union club on campus, according to the Huffington Post. His club would celebrate white history and address prejudices against white people. Although the club is backed by the First Amendment, many are not in favor, claiming that a club like this cannot align itself with other student union groups. Would you support a club like this, considering other racial, cultural and ethnic groups’ history of oppression?

Part of what makes a Catholic school Catholic is its openness to a breadth of backgrounds and points of view, and its confidence that within the conversation among them the Holy Spirit lives, enlightens and leads. Even where differences are quite clear, as in this case, it’s not the nature of our faith to exclude anyone from the conversation, any more than Jesus excluded anyone from his table. Indeed, we call ourselves a pilgrim people, still on the journey, still searching, still learning how to see the face of God standing in our midst.

Harvard Academic Dishonesty Scandal

I salute the faculty, staff and students, who through “8” and other programs, draw us back to that shared journey and conversation.

One hundred and twenty-five Harvard students in an Introduction to Congress course that took place Spring 2012 have been accused of cheating on a take-home, open-book, open-Internet final. The professor claims that they collaborated and subsequently, students face the possibility for one-year suspension or for revocation of degrees for the students who have already graduated. The professor’s class was said by students to be one with inconsistent teaching and unfair grading, and the students claim they did not know they were in the wrong. Is cheating ever acceptable? Do the students deserve suchpunishment?

Fr. Jim McDermott, S.J. Graduate student in screenwriting at UCLA, Resident at LMU

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The Loyolan welcomes letters to the editor. All submissions must include the author’s first and last name, phone number, e-mail address and year in school or relation to the University (i.e. alumnus, professor, etc.). Submissions should be typed and no more than 300 words.


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Michael De La Torre

Jason Abbott

Kristyn Kawaja

Rekha Lyons

Film production major

Biochemistry major

Marketing major

Communication studies major


“ ... [A] restaurant. Somewhere causal and not too fancy.”


“I would cook [a girl] a steak dinner.”



“I would want to go to Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood.”

“I would want to go to Manhattan Beach.”

Jack Mulligan

Imaury Jovel

Iselee Hill

Jaime Force

Health and human sciences major

Atheltic training major

Computer science mjor

Psychology major


“I would go to dinner and then the Griffith Observatory.”


“ ... [D]inner ... and in a social setting where we can talk more.”



“Somewhere where you can have a nice conversation and an activity in case there isn’t a nice conversation.”

“I’d like to go to a carnival.”

Compiled by Kim Tran, Opinion editor; Graphic: Kim Tran | Loyolan

Arts & Entertainment Film, Literature, Music, Restaurants and Theatre

September 13, 2012 Page 10

LMU comic turns life into stand-up Student Spotlight By Christopher James Asst. A&E Editor


unior screenwriting major Justin Small is a student by day and a stand-up comedian by night. Journeying all over the Los Angeles area, Small has been performing at a variety of venues and comedy clubs. Assistant A&E Editor Christopher James sat down with Small to discuss the ups and downs of his stand-up comedy career, as well as his personal taste in comedians. Christopher James (CJ): How long have you been doing standup? Justin Small (JS): [I’m] going on three years now. CJ: What made you want to try it? JS: I’ve always loved standup. It’s always been a big part of my life, and I guess it didn’t really occur to me until I got to L.A. that you could actually do it. So as soon as I turned 18 and saw the access and all the comedy clubs, it was like an instinct. Of course I am going to do stand-up. It’s not even a question. CJ: Who are your favorite comedians? JS: Patton Oswalt, Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger. You know, there’s a good mix of them. I love George Carlin, Bill Hicks and [in terms of comedians] as far back as those guys. Living in L.A. right now is perfect because there are so many great comedians. You’re just a fan of comedy. You can see eight great shows in a night. CJ: What comedians are you most like?

JS: I kind of tend to do all personal stuff and it’s like storytelling. So, I guess I kind of lean towards Mike Birbiglia, who does long-form stories. He just came out with a new movie called “Sleepwalk With Me.” It’s great. I don’t know why I’m plugging it, but it’s great. It’s all my life and stuff. I’m not just a one-liner or something like that. I have a Twitter account, but I don’t just get up there and read my tweets. CJ: What was your first standup session like? JS: It was good, actually. The first few times you do stand-up go quite nicely because it’s the thing that you have been thinking of for 17 years, so of course it’s going to be good. It’s by the fifth or sixth time where you try something out you just wrote that week – that’s when you really bomb. There’s a surge of good, and then it just gets real bad for a while. Then it takes a while to get good and get comfortable on stage. The first time, I went to a club called Marty’s. It was in Burbank or North Hollywood. It was not too traumatic, although there have been numerous times where it has been really bad. CJ: What is the most rewarding part of doing stand-up comedy? JS: You get to hang out with funny people. The best part of stand-up is the green room. If you are a comedian and you meet another comedian, there is a 95 percent chance you have a lot in common. You all have the same type of humor. You only have about 15 or 30 minutes that you go on, so the rest of the time is spent with you riffing with everyone else backstage.

CJ: What is the largest crowd you have ever performed for? JS: Around 400-500 people. I did a couple of colleges, including LMU. [I also did] UC Irvine. I was opening for a comic in Santa Clara. That was a while ago. CJ: How much time and planning goes into your routines? JS: Well, because it’s real life stories, it’s not like I’m writing material. I’m writing material, but I’m not just writing jokes. I’m just figuring out ways to tell the story in a funny way. If I don’t actually go out and live life and have experiences, I don’t have material. A lot of it is just me deciding to go out with friends and do stuff, not just sitting down and writing jokes. CJ: What was the best and most responsive audience you have ever had? JS: I’d have to say college students. LMU gives everyone a run for their money. It’s because when you’re playing at a home place and people know me, they are going to be very supportive. Also, college students are not going to a comedy show just for a name. They are just going to have a good time. I think they are very appreciative. L.A. is so over-saturated with comedians that it’s nice to perform for people who really want you there and aren’t just checking their phones. CJ: What was the worst crowd or worst experience you have had while doing stand-up comedy? JS: I’ve had a beer b o t t l e thrown at my head. I was at

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Junior screenwriting major Justin Small was enamored with L.A.’s comedy scene upon moving here.Ever since,he has been performing stand-up at many venues. a bar in Pasadena. Stand-up is a weird thing. If you are a pianist, you can play for thousands of hours before you ever play for someone. In stand-up, you have to have a crowd’s reaction to understand what works and what doesn’t work, so without doing it you can’t get better. There’s been a bunch of times when only two people are listening or only the bartender is listening. [Sometimes] there’s nobody there, and you are talking to no one and no one cares. You have to be very patient and very comfortable with a [large] amount

of rejection. That doesn’t stop. The years go by and it doesn’t get any less rejecting, but you have to keep plugging along.

For more of Justin Small and his comedy, check out his Twitter account @ cuddlyatheist. He will also perform at the “Death of the Weekend” show on Sunday, Sept. 23 as part of the iO West showcase at the Del Close Theater, starting at 10:30 p.m.

Open Mic Night packs talent in the Living Room From singers to comedians, Open Mic Night offers an eclectic group of performers. Feelgood music was in the air with performers covering songs like “Falling Slowly,” “Fly Me To The Moon” and “Born To Die.” Original songs were also performed, showing off LMU’s undiscovered talent. Junior screenwriting major Oliver Katz (above) crooned an original song and Alyssa Goto (below) played the keyboard while singing “Stay” by Sara Bareilles for this week’s Open Mic Night. Sign-ups are at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 8 p.m. every Monday night.

Above photo: Liana Bandziulis | Loyolan; Below: Amy Lee | Loyolan

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Author reminisces on college career

Author Feature By James Meador Courtesy of Picador


unning into prestigious, famous and award-winning artists is a treat that students can partake in being at a Los Angeles-based school. All it takes is scrolling through the local Barnes and Noble calendar to catch a particularly interesting Q&A with an author. The Loyolan was contacted by Picador, the publishing company behind Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides’ work, about publishing an interview with the author. Having written “The Virgin Suicides,” “Middlesex” and “The Marriage Plot,” Eugenides certainly knows how to get inside the psyche of a young adult audience. His college career was a time in his life that was of particular interest to him, and he has done interviews specifically geared towards college audience. The following is an interview done with Eugenides by James Meador of Picador publishing company. Q: Much is made of “sex on campus.” Do you think the college campus lifestyle enhances, diminishes or changes at all the thrill of a sexual experience? Jeffrey Eugenides (JE): The signal event of my first-year orientation was the showing of an Xrated film called “Debbie Does Dallas.” This was long before porn had gone mainstream on the internet. Most of my fellow eighteen-year-olds had never seen anything like it before, and if we had, we’d certainly never watched it with members of the opposite sex around. But now we were in college. We were, by universal agreement, all grown up. And so we sat there watch-

ing the acts being performed on the screen, acting as though it was funny to us, or reason to cheer or holler. I remember one jock shouting, “Why doesn’t my girlfriend do it like that?” In actuality, we were all extremely uncomfortable. College, we’d been told, was going to feature a lot of sex. But we weren’t quite ready for the rules to change so quickly. We had to pretend to be more seasoned and blasé about the whole thing than we actually were. I don’t remember a single thing about that movie. All I remember was how everyone was trying to pretend to be someone they weren’t yet and maybe never would be. In my own case, the “college campus lifestyle” didn’t enhance the thrill of sexual experience, certainly not my first year. That was because I was having no sexual experience. As I say in “The Marriage Plot,” “In the sexual hierarchy of college, freshman males ranked at the very bottom.” The freedom was there, the dorm room was ready, but the opportunities were not forthcoming. As the years passed, things got better. The explorations physical, emotional and intellectual began. It turned out to be nothing like “Debbie Does Dallas.” It was much better than that because the women were real. Q: Do you see a significant difference between your students today (at Princeton) and you and your classmates at that age? JE: The key difference has to do with self-promotion and materialism. We grew up at the very tail end of the ’60s generation. We missed Woodstock but received its message that life wasn’t about making money or promoting personal success. Now, the younger generation


Jeffrey Eugenides is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Marriage Plot,” “The Virgin Suicides” and “Middlesex.” Having written from the young adult perspective, Eugenides fondly recalls his college experience. often has no qualms about selfpromotion, networking or branding themselves. These things are, in fact, to be desired. There’s a comfort level with turning oneself into a commodity that we were suspicious of, or at least pretended to be suspicious of, for the truth was that many of us secretly wanted to be rich and famous too. But we at least knew there was a Faustian bargain to be made or refused. Sometimes it seems as though students today don’t even know they’re making a bargain. All of this goes along with the general rightward tilt of the country’s politics. What was once considered selling out is to-

day just playing the game. And playing the game is good, right? I’m sure this will change because things always change. Maybe it’s happening already. Maybe the fiscal crisis is giving birth to this new generation right now. Q: If you were a freshman today, what would you study? JE: I would study most of the same things I studied – literature, religious studies, theater – but would fill in my gaps more. I’d take more history and I’d take more science, biology particularly, because biology is the only discipline I sort of got, whereas I lost my way with physics and chemistry after a certain point. But I’d try to keep my hand into the sciences a bit more and not to be so exclusively literary and bohemian. Q: What was the best piece of college-related advice you were ever given? JE: The best advice I ever heard was from my Princeton colleague, P. Adams Sitney, who likes to tell incoming students – likes to scream at them, actually – Stop worrying! You’re in! The hardest thing you ever had to do was high school, and it’s over. Now you’re in college and you should take what you want, try different things, stop being programmed. College is the reward for hard labor so enjoy yourself – but work hard. Q: Where was your favorite place to study while an undergrad? JE: I lived off campus after my first year, so I tended to study in my apartment. The library was too distracting: the readingroom eye contact, the beckoning stacks. To avoid them I retreated to the monk cell of my bedroom, where I could think in peace. Q: Is there something in particular that draws you to writing about the lives of young people? JE: To be honest, I’m getting a little tired of being asked this question. Is there something so different, or deficient, about the lives of young people? Are they so different from everybody else? Does what they’re going through have no universal significance? I don’t think so. The impressions of life I had when I was young are among the strongest and most acute I’ve ever had. If you need to be reminded of that, go read some Proust. The young are fun to write about because they’re passionate and mutable. You never know what they’re going to do. With the characters in “The Marriage Plot,” I was dealing with fully adult, intellectually mature people of 22 years of age, so there was no need to dumb down the material or to

compensate for a lack of understanding about the world. I’ve written about older characters, too, all along, and will continue to. But I suppose I do possess a vital connection to my own childhood and adolescence. I remember what I felt then, and it’s not hard for me to recall it when I’m writing from the point of view of someone young. That said, I haven’t written a YA novel so far and probably never will. Q: Which philosopher or literary theorist mentioned in “The Marriage Plot” had the biggest influence on your life and writing? JE: As I turned out to be a novelist, it would have to be novelist, not a philosopher or literary theorist. Henry James influenced me more than Plato or Nietzsche and James Joyce gave me an idea of how to live my life, whether or not I really understood what I was getting into. Roland Barthes was my favorite of the semiotic literary theorists I read, and that’s why he plays such a big role in “The Marriage Plot.” But I like to get my influences straight from the source, which means the poets and novelists themselves, rather than their explicators. Q: What is your biggest regret from college? JE: Ever graduating. Q: What is one thing you would advise a first-year student to not do in his or her first semester? JE: There is literally nothing I would advise against. Welcome to college. Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” was published by FSG to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, Eugenides received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex (FSG, 2002), which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis. His most recent novel, “The Marriage Plot” (FSG, 2011) was a no. 1 national bestseller and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

For an excerpt of Eugenides’ book “The Marriage Plot,” visit

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Arts & Entertainment

Student creates network within YouTube Student Q&A

yeah, a little.” He said, “Good. That means you are an actor. All actors are scared, it’s what they do with that fear that will push you over the edge.” With that I understood what he meant, and I started SBP to get prepared for the future. What a lot of actors will do is they will come out of college and didn’t actually do anything while in school. Then there’s that cliff when you get out, and I don’t want to step off the cliff. I don’t [want to] fall off the bluff, I want to keep going.

By Christopher James Asst. A&E Editor


unior theatre arts and film production double major Samuel Lock is making waves on the web as he concentrates on creating a large underground YouTube community with his co-host, non-LMU student Madison Berrones. With their new channel, Video Underground Spotlight (VUS), Lock and Berrones are committed to finding cool underground videos that people have never seen before and compiling them for each video they make. Their goal is to connect many smaller YouTube uploaders and create a network of underdogs in the YouTube community. As a part of his startup production company based in music videos and children’s public service announcements (PSAs), Lock is trying to use the LMU community to help create this cyber-network within the large untapped YouTube market. Assistant A&E Editor Chris James sat down with Lock and Berrones to talk about VUS as well as Lock’s business production venture, Steam Bunny Productions (SBP). What prompted you to come up with VUS? Samuel Lock (SL): I came up with it at VidCon 2012. There is a YouTube community. It’s a bunch of people who come together to entertain. It’s not about the money. It’s about getting your content out there to make laws, getting your voice out or saying what you want to say. I realize there’s nothing connecting [the community]. I’m hoping VUS will be able to do that. There is a huge distinction between the top guys like Maker and Rev3 and the guys who are just starting out. How did this partnership between you two form? Madison Berrones (MB): It’s funny, because I was at VidCon 2012 too and I was walking in the parking lot and I remember passing Sam. I was trying to [improve] my socializing skills and ... we introduced ourselves and he asked if I wanted to collaborate in the future. ... Then I get a random call from him two to three months later asking me if I want to cohost the show with him. I guess it was meant to be at this point.

For more information on SBP, to be featured on VUS or for crew positions, email Here are their YouTube channels: VUS: vuspotlight Madigal Says (by Berrones)


Junior theatre arts and film production double major Samuel Lock (left) and non-LMU student Madison Berrones (right) host a YouTube channel that spotlights hidden video gems on the website. How do you plan for VUS to grow in the future? SL: There is a two-part process. The natural views of people just finding it out, like [the Loyolan] did. The second is crowdsourcing, which is this new concept in terms of getting YouTube views. I tell people that we will feature them on our show, but, in turn, we ask that they get their community to follow us. In this way, we are creating this little network community within the YouTube community. MB: Everyone can participate; no one can really be excluded because it’s for any and all channels. How do you go about finding these videos? What is your process? SL: It’s actually really difficult. The way YouTube is formatted is [that] they have these premium channels [that] they push in front of anyone. What happens is the little guys don’t even show up on the search bar anymore. So, what I have to do is severely filter it down so that I get people that have a few hundred, even single digit views. And if it’s a good video, we’ll look through their material and then we’ll talk about it. What is your favorite thing to look up on YouTube? SL: Funny or original [videos], and there’s plenty of that stuff on there. MB: I’m pretty scattered with what I watch. It depends on my mood because I love all the funny and original stuff, but I also watch makeup tutorials and doit-yourself stuff. I’m all about Pinterest. Also, self-improvment stuff, like Tony Robbins, or TEDTalks.

SL: If there is something for it, it’s on YouTube. What is SBP, and what is its goal? SL: We started in April, and it happened by accident. I was asked to be the assistant director at the Fox Theater in Redlands. There were scheduling problems [so] it didn’t work out, but through those connections we are now working with Second Harvest and the Boy Scouts of America to do PSAs. We are providing entertainment for their biggest charity events of the year, as well as more plays and movies. We are getting paid now. How do you want to convey its message to the LMU community? SL: The majority of what we do at SBP is college humor. Some of [our web series] are sardonic, some of [them are] dry camp, some of [them aren’t] politically correct. I feel the general majority of what we talk about is for people between the ages 18-35. We are trying to not necessarily [get] more quantity out but better quality projects out there. ... Right now, I’m looking for some people to do visual effects, some camera guys. More crew is what I need, that’s what’s really stymieing us right now. What brought you to LMU and how has being here helped both VUS and SBP? SL: When I first came here I was going to be a business major, but I had a really strong influence from Kevin Wetmore, the head chair of the theatre [arts department]. I was really worried about my prospects and the future, and I asked him how to sustain what I do [after college]. He asked, “Are you scared?” I answered, “Well

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Lockout jeopardizes the health of the NFL Droppin’ Dines from Page 16 I intend to address the major problem facing the NFL as we speak: the ongoing NFL Referees Association strike. As broken up as I was last January, there was no reason to blame the loss on any extenuating circumstances. The 49ers shot themselves in the foot, and I had to clean up the mess and hibernate until the start of preseason. Yet in the game against the Packers, at least one Green Bay touchdown was the result of a blown call by the replacement referees. A blatant block in the back was neglected, leading to a fourth quarter punt return touchdown that brought quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company right back into the game. Let the bumbling blunders continue. The lockout situation: The NFL needs to bring back the professional officials. There really isn’t any other way to correct the mistakes. Negotiations ended on June 3 when mediation attempts failed, leading to the lockout. But as stubborn as leagues and unions can be (see last year’s NBA and NFL player lockouts, as well as the current NHL lockout), this problem in particular needs to be solved. For those unaware, these are the grounds for the holdup: On the officiating side, the referees – considered part-time employees – want their pension plan to stay fully funded. The league, however, wants to add 21 more officials, which would lead to a salary decrease and the transformation of their pension plans into 401Ks for all referees. With limited knowledge in financial comparisons and/or lockout negotiation skills, I will hold my tongue and save any attempt at legalese for the lawyers. It is hard, unfortunately,

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Due to the NFL Referees Association strike, tensions have been rising between coaches (49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, right) and the replacement officials. The lockout has extended into the regular season of play. not to think that these negotiations seem outlandish. The NFL makes far more money than the 121 officials combined. In the end, I just want to see a fair game, not one determined by a scab’s blown call. As a fan, I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. The replacements: It is hard for me to pick out the worst officiating moment from the four weeks of preseason this year. With the replacements decked out in their zebra print, mistakes were made and penalties were improperly called – or missed altogether.

Taking a step back, the salaried NFL referees do make mistakes too. I’m no John Madden, but I’ve definitely caught mistakes from the seasoned veterans. A fourth timeout may have been granted to Seattle in week one, but it has happened twice before. In the speed and aggressiveness of a professional football game, mistakes are bound to happen. But there is no need to make them even more prevalent with the replacement officials. Actually, I take back my previous statement. During a preseason rematch of last year’s Super Bowl

between the Giants and Patriots, an official’s blunder was hilarious yet painful at the same time. A few stutters in a class presentation by an ill-prepared student stresses me out – so you can imagine me cringing on my couch as I heard this broadcast nationwide: “We have fouls by both teams during the kick. We have – [pause] – illegal shift by the kicking team. After the kick – [atrociously awkward pause] – … And after the kick we have a 15-yard penalty … chosen to re-kick, five-yard penalty.”

You may have to see it to believe it, but the ref’s hands were flying all over the place, the announcers were doing their best to stifle laughter and Bill Belichick’s glare could have sliced a diamond. The replacements have a tough job, but c’mon now. Health implications: As witty as I find myself, the lockout could be detrimental to the health of NFL players. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has focused his recent efforts on protecting players from dirty tactics, but a lack of experienced officiating could offset any progress. Don’t tell me Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison doesn’t know what he can get away with now that Ed Hochuli and the 120 other officials are off the field. Bounties may be off the table, but an unnecessary (and potentially unpenalized) blow to the likes of Peyton Manning will set fans, media and the league itself wondering just how petty the negotiations may be. Easy Solution: So let’s bring back the skilled professionals. Keep Shannon Eastin, the first woman to officiate a game in the history of the NFL, if she can make the right calls. But bring back the part-timers whose lives revolve around the rules of the game. And please, do it sooner rather than later. Hopefully, this year, my season will end with my team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But even if it ends on another wet and dreary night in Candlestick – and it better not – I can only hope I don’t have to blame it on the bumbling blunders of inexperienced officials. This is the opinion of Nathan Dines, a senior communication studies major from Medford, Ore. Please send comments to

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Men to face No. 11 UCLA M. Soccer from Page 16 lead to more and more confidence.” When the Lions and Bruins squared off last season, LMU got a red card early and played much of the game a man down. This helped UCLA to jump to a 2-0 lead, though the Lions fought back before eventually losing 2-1. “We almost pulled it out, but it was an emotional loss,” said Sears. “We’ve had this game marked on our calendar.” Going into a contest against such a well-respected team does not mean the Lions will change their approach to the game. “In terms of tactics, I don’t think so,” said Mennell. “It’s a great

program, but we’re more concerned with helping our team get better. It’s a game with a lot of familiarity and should be fun.” Head Coach Paul Krumpe was a co-captain on the UCLA men’s soccer team when it won the national championship in 1985. Before starting his coaching tenure at LMU, Krumpe also won a national title with the Bruins as an assistant coach in 1997. The Lions started off the past weekend earning their first win of the year with a 1-0 defeat of Cal State University Fullerton. The win came off a penalty kick by freshman forward Pedro Velazquez, his second career goal. LMU also earned its first shutout of the year

thanks to sophomore goalkeeper Vince Paldino and a healthy back line. On Sunday, LMU continued its season-opening home stand by hosting No. 24 Tulsa. The Conference USA powerhouse proved to be too much to handle as the Lions lost 3-0 despite an even shot count. “If you’re not sharp, this game will punish you,” said Mennell. “Every game has lessons to move forward with.” The team looks to learn from those lessons, and keep its concentration throughout the game. As Boland said, “We need to focus more on every play. Overall we’ve played decently, but when we lose focus, they capitalize.”





LMU avoids letdown after high-profile draw W. Soccer from Page 16 of physicality present, seems a small amount. The half ended with a barrage by the Bengals. Though they took five shots within the last 15 minutes of the half, most of the Bengals’ shots were wide or blocked by the defense; only two had to be saved by redshirt junior goalkeeper Brittany Jagger. Jagger was impenetrable, letting nothing get past her. She would eventually end the game with five saves, giving her 11 for the weekend. The WCC would honor

Jagger ’s rejection skills the next day, naming her the conference’s “Player of the Week” for her play against then No.1 UCLA and Idaho State. After halftime ended, the Lions came out more focused. The defense stepped up and allowed only two shots the entire second half, both of which were stopped by Jagger. Junior defender Etajha Gilmer said about the resurgence: “I just think it was our attitude and our want to put them away – to send them home with another [loss].” According to Gilmer, the

defense’s strength came from “a lot of communication, a lot of covering, a lot of winning balls in the air and just throwing ourselves in front of every shot.” Martino expanded on Gilmer ’s comments, saying, “We knew we could do it, and we knew we could create more opportunities. I think it was just the energy we needed to bring out.” Myers also believed it was key “telling the girls they needed to settle down. They needed to make better pass selections. We needed to have more support off the ball. And we needed to try

and spread it out a little bit wider, find some width and try to beat them on the flanks.” The team responded to the second half adjustments and was able to take four shots on the Bengals. Assisted by senior defender Whitney Sharpe, senior midfielder Cori McGovern scored a goal late in the 56th minute. McGovern’s goal effectively sealed the game for the Lions. Idaho State struggled to maintain possession and could only shoot wildly in the goal’s direction, so far off the mark that many of the

shots were not even recorded. The Lions continued running the clock as Idaho State began to play slower and substitute in more players. Eventually time ran out, and LMU notched the third shutout of its season so far. More importantly, the Lions were able to keep up the solid play they had against UCLA and avoid a letdown. Instead, they stepped up their game. The Lions’ next game will be as part of the Arizona Cats Classic in Tucson, Ariz. against Arizona State University on Sept. 14, and against University of Arizona Sept. 16.

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For the Record

In the Sept. 10 article “Women tie No. 1 UCLA Bruins,” this Friday’s women’s soccer game was said to take place at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The game will actually take place at Mulcahy Stadium in Tucson.


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Freshman Orientation the flow.” Matthies said, “If you tell Vuk {Cvetkovic] to do something, he will internalize it and do his absolute best to follow instructions.” The pair comes from a city of approximately 335,700 people within a radius of 15 minutes walking from any two points in the town. Mitrovic brought all of his college essentials in one suitcase. “Everything is so different between Serbia and the United States,” said Cvetkovic. “It is like two different planets sometimes.” Because the two have been so busy adjusting to the new culture of Los Angeles, they haven’t had time to see the entire city. “L.A. is so big,” said Mitrovic. “I haven’t explored it yet. I really want to go to Hollywood and Downtown. So far

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SPORTS FEATURE Water polo players Cvetkovic and Mitrovic adjust to American lifestyle. By Dan Raffety Asst. Sports Editor

Moving to college can be daunting for any freshman athlete, but relocating to a foreign country, where competitive expectations are high, can be unbearable. Freshmen men’s water polo players Milutin “Milo” Mitrovic and Vuk Cvetkovic are experiencing the sometimesrough transition. Both from the city of Novi Sad, Serbia, the two freshmen water polo players are more than just teammates: they’re roommates and best friends. “Vuk [Cvetkovic] has really helped me along,” said Mitrovic. “It helps because we are going through this together, and we are there for each other.” His roommate agrees. “I have known Milo [Mitrovic} for 5 years,” said Cvetkovic. “We are from the same town, went to the same high school and played on the same team. I am glad we both came here because he is helping me.” Despite the friendship, the two aren’t identical. Assistant Coach Marty Matthies described Mitrovic as “respectful and extremely hardworking, with a tremendous leadership upside.” Cvetkovic is loved by Matthies; the assistant coach describes the first-year player as someone who “goes with

“I just really want to go to the beach,” said Mitrovic. When the two arrived, it was the first time they had ever been to the United States – though both of the players had traveled around Europe, Russia and Turkey for water polo tournaments. The pair comes from the same city and played on the same Serbian club team as LMU All-American Tibor Forai (’10). Although Mitrovic said he didn’t know Forai personally, he had heard of his successes at LMU. “LMU has a chance to make it to the NCAA championships every season, and I don’t only want to get there, but win it here at LMU.” Despite its massive size, Mitrovic said that the people he has met so far in Los Angeles have been genuine and

their head down.” Matthies, who has experience in international water polo, described the main difference in water polo play in the U.S. and Serbia is style. “It is a much slower and physical game in Serbia,” said Matthies. “In the United States, there is more movement on offensive, as opposed to just running the offense through the 2-meter man. The training is much different because water polo comes first. Here, many athletes have a swimming background, so the training can be difficult making the transition.” Although there are different styles of play, Cvetkovic looks at the game in simple terms. “No matter where you play, you have to have more goals than who you play. It’s

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Freshmen Vuk Cvetkovic (left) and Milutin “Milo” Mitrovic (right) are on the 2012 water polo team. Both players had never been to the United States prior coming to LMU.Mitrovic leads the Lions with nine goals in two games this season. I’ve seen the airport, Manchester Boulevard and LMU’s pool. That’s about it.” The pair ’s first sight of the Pacific Ocean was when the team drove to Malibu for its game against Pepperdine University.

welcoming. “Everyone is so nice here – asking how you are doing and how your day has been,” said Mitrovic. “In Serbia, only people in the nice restaurants are like that. The people on the street just have

the same goal around the world,” he said. Despite all of the fun he has had in the United States, Mitrovic said one of the toughest parts of his journey has been the time spent away from his family.


Milutin Mitrovic tion are the most important things in life,” said Cvetkovic. “I could have stayed in Serbia and played water polo for 10 to 15 years, but then there would not have been any knowledge for me after that. By getting a great education here, I will have a future after water polo.” Mitrovic echoed his roommate’s in stressing the importance of academics, but also gave an honest evaluation of his performance in the classroom thus far. “This place is hard in school,” said Mitrovic. “I can understand everything in English, but when I have to speak or write reports, it’s very difficult. The team has helped me out a lot.” Mitrovic said that his parents and his community are supportive of his transition to the United States for education. “They would trade places with me if they could,” Mitrovic said. “I am living a dream.” Mitrovic referenced the team as a true resource through his transition, even the seniors on the club: “I didn’t expect to be so close with the team, at least not this quickly.” Redshirt senior utility man Jon Colton has been impressed with the presence of both players in and out of the pool. “They have come in and earned the respect of the team,” said Colton. “We all get along really well.” Mitrovic and Cvetkovic will attempt to keep the fun going this weekend in Stanford University’s NorCal Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16.

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“I am a bit homesick,” said Mitrovic. “I am going home for Christmas, which I am so excited about – to see my family for the first time since I left.” One of LMU’s selling points to Mitrovic and Cvetkovic was the academics, specifically the electrical engineering program. “Knowledge and educa-

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Turn to Page 15 to read Asst. Sports Editor Dan Raffety’s profile on men’s water polo freshmen Milutin “Milo” Mitrovic and Vuk Cvetkovic.

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Men approach challenging schedule

Overall, this award really is about the team and my ability to play to my strengths. It has truly been a dream come true to finish my four years off with this team. This award represents far more in that I owe it to the incredible and talented teammates that helped lead me to my success. I am surrounded in the pool by teammates who work hard and push me everyday. Without them, I would not be the same athlete that I am and this award is in large part due to them and they deserve just as much recognition. I am looking forward to the upcoming weekend and hoping to bring home a Conference Championship. This season, the team has proved not only to ourselves but to others that we can compete amongst the best. For the 2011-2012 year, we have put in hard work, dedication and time, and the team camaraderie is one of the best in all four years. The only thing that would make this season more fitting is to win the Conference Championship and compete for an NCAA championship. There is no other way I would want to finish this season than for the team to go out on top. It is something I have strived to do in my four years here at LMU and if there is any team that can make this happen, it is this one. — Casey Flacks

Bring back the officials

Nathan Dines wants the referees back, both for the league and the 49ers’ Super Bowl chances.


y 2011 NFL season ended on a wet and dreary January night in the historically archaic Candlestick Park. 49ers fans surrounding me hung their heads low – except for that one schmuck sitting next to me, clueless about the rules of the game yet gloating in his disgusting blue Giants jersey. The season was over. Kaput. The red and gold nation’s ultimate goal had been dashed by a less-than-excellent offensive showing Droppin’ Dines and two key turnovers. The San FranBy Nathan Dines cisco 49ers lost the Sports Editor NFC Championship Game to the New York Giants on the wet and dreary night of Jan. 22, and all I could do was wait. And the wait was well worth it. But what I did not know was that the wait would include a certain new crop of NFL officials. With last Sunday’s NFL regular season debut, I was given the gift I had feared and desired all of last season: a matchup with the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers pulled off one hell of a win, but the NFL debut also arrived marred. This article, no matter my biases, is not about my love for all things red and gold – Super Bowl or bust, and you can hold me to it! No,

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Freshman forward Pedro Velazquez (9) is pictured above during last Sunday’s loss to No. 24 Tulsa. Through five games, Velazquez is the team’s leading scorer with two goals, recording the game-winning shot against Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 7.

With an upcoming match against No. 11 UCLA, the men’s soccer team looks to learn from past games. By Ray Ferrari Staff Writer

The LMU men’s soccer team has enjoyed plenty of good competition throughout the preseason thus far. Another test for the young Lions squad will be Sunday afternoon, when No. 11 UCLA becomes the third nationally-ranked team to visit Sullivan Field this fall. LMU (1-3-1) is still working on its chemistry with 13 freshmen and 12 sophomores making up a majority of

the roster. Amidst a plan to get better each day and build on their strengths throughout the season, the Lions will try to put everything together Sunday. “It changed from an old, savvy veteran team to a young team with fight and energy,” said senior midfielder Sean Sears. “We’re coping well. We lost a lot, but we gained a lot too.” Though the competition is tough, the players relish the challenge. “That’s why you play D1 [Division One] sports, for this competition,” said Sears. “It’s the kind of thing we live for.” While the results of so many tough matches might not be ideal, the scheduling strategy is designed to help the team in the long run. “We want to find out how good

we are,” said Associate Head Coach Mathes Mennell. “We want to play opponents that will help us get better. And for a young team, it’s good lessons to learn early.” In 2011, UCLA made it all the way to the national semifinals before losing in penalty kicks to eventual national champion University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After opening this fall with a loss and a draw, UCLA has won three in a row, including a 1-0 victory over Tulsa, a team that beat LMU 3-0 last Sunday. “The level of play the whole week of practice has to [rise],” said redshirt senior centerback Mitch Boland. “If you can beat a team like this, that will

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Lions dominate second half to defeat Bengals Women’s soccer regroups at the half to take care of Idaho State and notch its third shutout of the year. By Cruz Quinonez Asst. Sports Editor

In the wake of accomplishment, sometimes, comes the tendency to lapse into mediocrity. On Sunday morning at Sullivan Field, the women’s soccer team managed to avoid making that mistake after tying the top-ranked UCLA Bruins on Friday by winning its game against the Idaho State University Bengals 2-0. Head Coach Michelle Myers explained the concern behind a possible letdown, saying, “I think we came into this game a little bit worried about not letting down after the big game on Friday night [against UCLA]. We knew this team would come in with high intensity and we needed to match their intensity.” The game opened up with quick ball movement by the Bengals, who took the ball down and attempted a shot that went wide of the net and into the hedges by the field. LMU responded quickly and with force. Junior forward Tawni Martino led the attack after being fed the ball by sophomore midfielder Brianne Medved. Idaho State’s goalie

ran out to the edge of the box to meet Martino, but ended up falling down after Martino juked past her. With an empty net, Martino knocked in the first goal for the Lions, putting them up 1-0 with barely one and a half minutes on the clock. The rest of the half, however, did not go so smoothly. “It was good that we got that early goal, because I do think that we struggled in that first half to find any kind of rhythm,” Coach Myers said. “We definitely were not all on the same page, compared to Friday night where we worked together. But we were defending a lot on Friday night. Today when it came down to possessing we just weren’t on the same page first half.” The intense play culminated when Martino collided with an Idaho State player and went down hard. There was a considerable pause in the game as a trainer ran out to check on Martino. She left the field with a bloody nose and had to sit out the rest of the half. “Yeah, it was a tough hit, but I’m glad I got back into the game and just try to show her she couldn’t keep me out.” Martino said. “A bunch of people got hit the whole game, it was just a vicious game.” There were six fouls called on LMU and four called on Idaho State which, for the level

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Senior defender Whitney Sharpe (6) dribbles the ball between defenders last Sunday against Idaho State. Sharpe recorded one assist, while junior forward Tawni Martino (22) scored the first goal.

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