ESTABLISHED 1921 September 27, 2012
Volume 91, Issue 7
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LMU on most expensive dorms list California University claims that institutes figure quoted by list ‘isn’t the reality’ for LMU. online voter registration By Casey Kidwell Asst. News Editor
The numbers are in, and LMU finds itself ranked among the top 10 – the top 10 most expensive colleges for room and board, that is. After a Sept.18 report released by US News & World Report, word has gotten out that LMU is the seventh most expensive school when it comes to room and board, costing $14,395 per year. LMU was previously on the list at number six in the 2009-2010 academic year. Nan Miller, director for resident services, said that he thinks these numbers were taken from the most expensive living arrangement and meal plan. “We’re not sure of what they chose as that rate, because if you look at it, they’re selecting the apartment and the meal plan,” he said. However, for students that are not living in the apartments but are still a part of
Awareness of changes to the process of registration is important for first-time voters. By Allison Croley Asst. News Editor
As Election Day approaches, the whole nation seems to be trying to register and decide which candidate to vote for. LMU students are no exception to this process; however, a large portion of LMU’s population will be first-time voters – inexperienced and unsure of the voting process. The LMU community knows that it is important to be well-educated about political issues, especially when the time comes to vote, and a number of departments have been encouraging students to register. Luckily, the California registration process is much easier than it has been in the past. According to the Sept. 25 article on the Altadena Patch website, “How To: Online Voter Registration Launches in California,” the key change in voter registration for California residents this year is that “voters whose signature is already on file with the California Department of Motor Vehicles can submit their voter registration forms to county elections offices electronically by visiting RegisterToVote.ca.gov.” The system will then search the DMV database for the participant’s address, date of birth and last four digits of their social security
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Two students arrested on sexual assault charges LAPD’s presence on campus yesterday was in response to a report of sexual assault. By Adrien Jarvis and Brigette Scobas Loyolan Staff
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) sent a letter to students last night, Sept. 26, regarding a sexual assault report. According to the letter, a female LMU undergraduate student called DPS to report that she was the victim of a sexual assault. She claimed to have been sexually assaulted at approximately 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in an on-campus student residence hall by two male LMU students. In response, DPS contacted the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), accounting for the “Los Angeles Police Department activity continuing on campus [yesterday],” according to the letter. The letter added that LAPD was reportedly conducting interviews of “involved parties and witnesses,” and then LAPD arrested the two male students and charged them with sexual assault. As of Loyolan deadline, the students remained in police custody. When contacted by the Loyolan Wednesday night, DPS officers refused to comment. The Loyolan was also unable to reach anyone at the LAPD to comment.
Sahar Mansoor, a senior political science and environmental studies double major, is a resident adviser (RA) in the Leavey 4 and O’Malley Apartments. She said, “As an RA, we go through training specifically [called] ‘Behind Closed Doors,’ to help be better equipped to deal with a variety of situations [like sexual assault]. … I hope we [as an] LMU community are doing everything we can to stand up and speak out.” Caitlyn Lopes, a junior communication studies major and a programming assistant, questioned the timing of the notice from DPS. “They should have told us sooner. … It has been very hush-hush around campus,” she said. In relation to Lopes’ comment, Sarah Belarde, a junior psychology and Spanish double major and an RA in McKay Hall, said, “They addressed it at the staff meeting at 9 p.m. [Wednesday night].” However, when the RAs in McKay Hall questioned where it occurred or who the victim was, the Resident Director of McKay Hall Christopher Ortega, told them he did not know any additional information besides the details in the letter sent from DPS. To read the letter from DPS, visit the Loyolan’s website. – Additional reporting by Dan Raffety, asst. Sports editor
THE LIFE OF FR. FULCO Human Resources and Photo Editor Brigette Scobas profiles the legendary Jesuit.
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Mass of the Holy Spirit brings community together Students, faculty and community members attended the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Sept. 20 in Scared Heart Chapel. The Mass is a tradition across Jesuit universities to inaugurate the new academic year and featured extra Bible readings and contemporary musical arrangements.
Index Classifieds.............................5 Opinion.........................6 A&E................................9 Sports..............................16 The next issue of the Loyolan will be printed on Oct. 1, 2012.
SHOP AROUND Opinion Editor Kim Tran gives tips for how to shop for groceries on a college student's budget.
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Student describes Fulco as ‘quintessential’ man Jesuit, archaeology professor and fraternity adviser shares his trials and triumphs. By Brigette Scobas Human Resources and Photo Editor
Fr. William Fulco, S.J.
Due to his interest in bunnies, especially evidenced by the stuffed collection on his office desk and shelves, Fr. Fulco holds a rabbit at one of Convo’s petting zoos, while representing Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the fraternity for which he is an adviser and Renaissance Brother.
One bunny is from a student. The other bunny is a gift from a staff member who thought it would be perfect to add to his collection. He cannot pinpoint when the collection of bunnies started, but one can find stuffed bunnies filling his office and archaeology museum shelves. “I don’t know how I got in the bunny business. I get a big kick out of it. Bunnies look very gentle. But for anyone who has raised a rabbit, … they know the bunnies kick and bite,” said Fr. William Fulco S.J., Ph.D., professor of classics and archaeology. “I like that. That’s why bunnies are my totem. We look harmless, but we’re not.” Fulco, who has been at LMU since 1984, has thrown himself into an assortment of LMU academic and extracurricular activities. He is part of the Jesuit community, teaches classics, archaeology and theology, serves as Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity’s adviser and Renaissance Brother initiate and is the creator of the archaeology museum in U-Hall. “His energy is unbelievable. Without even consulting me, he developed a course on Greek and Latin terminology for medicine … for biology students, in his spare time, which is I don’t know when,” said Dr. Matthew J. Dillon, chair and professor of the department of classics and archaeology. At the start of his LMU career, in 1998, according to Dillon, Fulco put together an international conference on the archaeology of the Middle East, which flew in people from Lebanon and Cyprus, and which included Palestinians and Israelis, comprising many “high-level people in charge of major excavations and surveys.” Prior to coming to LMU, Fulco immersed himself in various trips abroad and educational institutions that have encompassed how he teaches, works and interacts with students and faculty at LMU. He had the idea of becoming a Jesuit in the 8th grade.Right after graduating from Loyola High School, he entered into the Jesuit community. In his opinion, the service, intellectual life and deep sense of brotherhood were attractive and important traits found in the Jesuit community. In terms of the intellectual life, he made sure to continue to envelop his time with studying languages. In high school, he became fluent in Greek and Latin, and later taught himself Hebrew and Arabic. During some summers, he would go to the University of Chicago and study Babylonian language. “Everyone should study Babylonian [because] it’s good for you,” he said. Every Thursday he would go up to UC Berkeley to study other various languages. He cannot recall how many total languages he knows, but his passion and education in languages led him to be the primary language coach for two years for the film “The Passion of the Christ” and other History Channel videos. “We suspect he’s in league with dark powers because he knows all these ancient languages,” said Dillon. When he taught at UC Berkeley, starting in the early ‘70s, Fulco taught joint doctorate programs and directed dissertations in his specialty of comparative Afro-Asiatic linguistics. However, prior to going to Berkeley, he received his doctorate degree at Yale where he studied and was a teacher’s assistant for a year and a half. “That might have been a record for Yale … for that fast of a doctorate. It was also during my drinking career. … I was kind of in a stupor,” Fulco said.
Fulco says he is open about and comfortable sharing his “drinking career” story with others. “I single out the year of 1968, because that was a time of crisis in the United States. It was probably one of the worst years in American history. … I didn’t believe in anything I was doing. I felt the same disillusionment with everything, with church and society, and that’s when I began my notorious drinking career,” said Fulco. “I was very hollow. Nothing resolved my disillusionment. I was very, very unhappy and frustrated and felt like I was leading a double life,” said Fulco. “What was going on inside did not correspond to what was going on outside.” As mentioned, he traveled a lot and in his opinion, one of the most traumatic experiences abroad was in 1974 when he visited Saigon, Calcutta and Jerusalem. “[In Calcutta] I was stepping over dead bodies on the steps of the hotel, and people were so poor that many children had been intentionally crippled by their parents so they could beg. You saw people walking like crabs across the streets, all twisted bodies. It was more than I could take. My body was rising in rebellion,” said Fulco. According to Fulco, he felt angry, desperate and isolated and didn’t know why. “But then it occurred to me, I was jealous of the people in Saigon and Calcutta and Jerusalem because they could command God’s attention in a way I couldn’t,” he said. His alcoholism continued and in April 1985, when his niece asked him to officiate her wedding on a November evening at 8 p.m., he panicked. “I knew at 8 o’clock in the evening, I’d be drunk … and that was a real bottom for me,” he said. A week after that, the Jesuit community intervened, and six months later, in time for her wedding, he became sober with the help of a Washington, D.C. treatment program filled with “minority folk, pimps, prostitutes and hookers.” In 1985, he began a “whole new life” of sobriety and realized he never
LMU that there are other cultures that interpret and express reality in other ways and, by expanding one’s own capacities, they in turn become a richer person. Compared to the other institutions he has taught at, Fulco said, “What I love about LMU is it’s no longer just a question of transferring knowledge from one head to another. It’s a question of transferring human experience and heart from one person to another. At this stage in my life, I much prefer undergraduate teaching.” A large part of his undergraduate experience is his involvement as Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity’s oncampus adviser and Renaissance Brother. He was invited to be its adviser in 2002 and then he was asked to be its Renaissance Brother, a membership for those who are not undergraduate students. “Since 2004, I’ve only missed two chapter meetings. … I find these guys to be an extraordinary group of men.” In a couple weeks, he will be officiating the third Sigma Phi Epsilon’s wedding in six weeks. “I enjoy seeing the depths of their friendships. They are so open with one another … and I see that bonding lasting long after graduation,” he said. JasonAbbott, a senior biochemistry major, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s chaplain and Fulco’s Rains research assistant, thinks of Fulco as a spiritual mentor and teacher, especially in his first semester in Sigma Phi Epsilon in the spring of 2010. “He’s the quintessential balanced man, and that’s why he was asked to join our fraternity as a Renaissance Brother,” said Abbott. According to Abbott, Fulco was awarded the highest career distinction for Sigma Phi Epsilon in 2011, which less than one percent of 290,000 have received. Kevin Stahl, a senior finance major and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, said, “He’s pretty much a life coach to me. His office is always open, and you can go in there and just talk for hours with him pretty much about anything from the frat, to your career, to just problems you’re experiencing.” Fulco plans to stay at LMU until he is “utterly incapacitated.” In the meantime, he continues to monitor and build the archaeology museum at LMU – LMU being the only undergraduate university that teaches hands-on archaeology and houses the biggest collection of oil lamps in North America. He is also starting to get into Civil War writing and is working on three books. According to Dell’Oro, Fulco is passionate and curious about many things, as evidenced by his travels and studies, has “amazing energy,” proven by waking up at 5 a.m., and continues to find discoveries, as noted in a detailed journal he keeps. Dillon said, “It would take four people to replace his expertise. He is a full package, and he offers that to everybody. ... He’s throwing himself into the midst of things.” “He has a child-like sense of surprise,” said Dell’Oro. “The ability to be surprised over and over again by things, by reality, I think it’s very beautiful because it creates a sense of wonder and real gratitude for what is being given.” With 76 years filled with adventures and lessons, Fulco plans on continuing to build relationships and academic opportunities and, as stated above, to stay at LMU. “We have kind of a secret plan,” said Fulco. “It will save money and save complications. When I go bunnies, which is our way of saying, ‘stark, raving mad,’ they will wheel me to the edge of the bluff and say, ‘Look Father, there are bunnies down there.’ And I’ll say, ‘Bunnies? Bunnies?’ and [makes shoving motion with hands], it will save all kinds of expenses. I’ll go gracefully.”
“I realized I have to learn from everybody.”
Fr. William Fulco, S.J.
Fr. Fulco enjoys spending time in the various archaeology museums in U-Hall with LMU students, including last year’s student lab crew (above). LMU, according to Fulco, is the only undergraduate university that teaches hands-on archaeology, a study Fulco devotes much of his time to as a professor in that department.
Fr. William Fulco, S.J.
Fulco has traveled across the world, including to Egypt where he took 12 graduated Sigma Phi Epsilon members in 2007.
lost his faith. “What I lost was a false sense of security. … What I lost wasn’t my faith but something I created myself.” In Washington, D.C., he realized he was “home.” “These people had learned how to live in a way I hadn’t yet. I had to learn from them. That took a big shot against my arrogance. I realized I have to learn from everybody.” LMU is one of those places where he has learned quite a lot. According to Fulco, LMU has taught him flexibility, to be at peace with those who disagree with what he stands for and that there is beauty in everyone. “One of my greatest joys is if I run across somebody who doesn’t have a high opinion of themselves, I can find that beauty and reach into the darkness of their own heart and find that and show it to them so they can find their own beauty,” he said. Dr. Roberto Dell’Oro, professor of theological ethics and bioethics, first met Fulco in 2003 and has invited Fulco to go to Mexico with his family for the past five years. “He has taught me to accept my vulnerabilities as a person … and that they’re not something that you cover up or pass over in silence,” Dell’Oro said. Together, Dell’Oro and Fulco collaborated on planning the 2009 Bellarmine Forum, “Vulnerability: Windows to the Human Condition.” According to Fulco, he has taught
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Event discusses ethnic representation in politics California State Controller believes city’s diversity will spur political change. By Dorian King Contributor
John Chiang, California’s State Controller and chief fiscal officer, addressed about 60 people in Ahmanson Auditorium last Tuesday during the first installment of the 2012 Fall Lecture Series, “The Status of Racial and Ethnic Politics in Los Angeles and California.” The program featured a discussion between Chiang and Fernando Guerra, LMU professor of political science and Chicano/a studies and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Chiang and Guerra focused their conversation on Asian-American representation, emphasizing the fact that minority groups are currently underrepresented – holding only six of the top 100 elected offices in Los Angeles County. To support this topic, the presentation also featured statistical and graphical evidence on how previously excluded groups have become gradually included in the racial and ethnic makeup of Los Angeles and California over the past 40 years. “I think as we have more immigrants, as we have more diversification of our communities and as we build relationships, our politics are going to change,” Chiang said. “People vote for people they are comfortable with. If you go to school
with people of diverse backgrounds … you may recognize some things that are different about them, but you understand that you have a common bond.” When asked by Guerra if being Asian-American has helped or hindered his political endeavors, Chiang answered, “Being Asian, sometimes it helps, sometimes it’s a detriment, but at the end of the day, I was raised as an American.” According to Chiang, his primary goal in politics is simply “to make the world a better place.” As a member of the Board of Equalization, State Controller and State Treasurer candidate, Chiang emphasized that his involvement in politics is based on the fact that he has a “fundamental belief in the people.” He hopes to diversify and unify California so that each individual can participate to their fullest potential and be represented fairly. “The Asian-American agenda is the same as everybody else’s,” said Chiang. Chiang referred to himself as an optimist. He decided to come to California after receiving a degree in finance from the University of South Florida and a degree in law from Georgetown University, because California “has a magnificent image, creates great opportunities, has incredible diversity, has hopes and aspirations and is on the leading edge of the United States of America.” For inspiration, Chiang looked to
popular American heroes: John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall. Chiang said he was motivated to, like them, create a better society in California. The topic of conversation broadened as Chiang touched on voting reform, stating that he supported providing a more accessible ballot in order to allow for greater participation and, consequently, greater diversification of the Los Angeles City Council and the California legislature as a whole. For freshman political science major Nathaly Guerrero, this event was both interesting and disconcerting as she “enjoyed learning about the changing demographics and representation in Los Angeles and California” but also recognized that “it is very important that the people who are making our laws have a connection to the rest of us.” The discussion provided her with information that caused her to notice the necessity for accurate representation of ethnic and racial groups, specifically in Los Angeles. After the program, when asked why it is so important for LMU students to be aware of and understand racial and ethnic politics in Los Angeles and California, Guerra replied, “LMU reflects Los Angeles. Students are not only studying this material, but also living it.”
For the Record
In the Sept. 13 article “Book Festival event covers evolution and Bob Marley,” Dr. Lucy Wilson, an English professor, was incorrectly quoted as saying “[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.” The quote should have said: “[They] viewed the environment as a sacred trust and believed that respect, empathy and love must be the essence of our dealings with one another.”
Corrigan (above) plays guitar at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier with a band of Times journalists known as Blue Cube.
11BURNING QUESTIONS with an L.A.Times editor
This issue, Managing Editor Kevin O’Keeffe talks to LMU alumnus and L.A.TimesAssistantManagingEditorforArts and Entertainment John Corrigan about his occupation. 1) How did you first get involved at the L.A. Times? I’ve been involved with the L.A. Times since 1999. I was hired as the night city editor and the business editor for the San Fernando Valley. I was a screenwriting major here at LMU, and when I graduated I couldn’t figure out how to become a screenwriter. So I ended up getting into a Master’s program at [CSU] Northridge in communications. From there, I managed to get an [unpaid] internship at the L.A. Times and some clips. 2) How did you transition from your old position as business editor to your current post? The former [assistant managing editor] had left the organization. The editor, Davan Maharaj, approached me to take it over. I had been associated with some quality journalism projects – I edited our Wal-Mart series that won the Pulitzer in 2004. … [Maharaj] was aware of my arts background and thought it would be a good fit. 3) As assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment, what is your goal for the section? My goal is to have the best arts & entertainment section in the country. We live in the entertainment capital of the world, and we have special access to filmmakers, to actors, to producers. What I want to have is both print and online content people really want to read that is useful, compelling [and] thought-provoking. 4) What do you think arts & entertainment can do that is special? Especially in this era of the Internet and instant news, if you look at the hard news headlines, a lot of the time the stories on the front page or in the news sections people have some familiarity with. … Arts & entertainment has the unique position where most of the stories on our cover, people may not have a familiarity with. 5) How do you feel your work in business sections informs your current work? In business in particular, you get a discipline of looking beyond what people say to [the] numbers and information. … When you are covering the showbusiness elements of the entertainment industry, it does force a certain mindset to try to find facts to go with the words – to look a little deeper and harder for information.
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7) Did you write for the Loyolan back in your LMU days? I did indeed. I remember covering Bobby Seale, the Black Panther who came to campus … that was on Page 1 of the Loyolan. And I believe my first assignment [was about how] at the time, people would park on campus and their windshields were leafleted with ads from a term paper research company. 8) We featured a debate (“How real is too real?” in the Sept. 20. Loyolan) about the photo of the Libyan ambassador that ran on the front page of the L.A. Times. Can you speak at all to the decision making behind that? I really can’t. I was not directly involved in that decision.
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9) You sit on the LMU Magazine advisory board. What do you do in that role? We meet about four times a year to review the magazine and make suggestions. … One of the big audiences is alumni, and so I thought pictures of what’s going on on-campus now, that’s important – more stories to just bring you back to campus.
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6) Do you feel your screenwriting major background makes you more drawn to film in arts & entertainment? Screenwriting was really helpful [to me] in being a journalist. … When you’re writing about features or events, you have to think [about] storyline, the plot and characterization. When you’re writing about people, you want those people to come to life.
10) What do you hope to bring in your speech to the Loyolan staff? [Editor’s note: Corrigan spoke at the Loyolan’s staff meeting last Monday.] To me, journalism is really a wonderful pursuit. … Years ago, reporting was very strict: not opinion … only a few people could be commentators or have opinions. Increasingly, though, with so much news out there … there is a chance for analytical writing, for opinion writing. … There’s something about writing that is strong.
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11) If you boiled your life down to a headline, what do you think it would be? “Making the most out of life.”
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Professor urges students to vote Voting from Page 1 number; the electronic signature recorded at the DMV will be copied onto the online form and sent to the county for verification. In the aforementioned article, Secretary of State Debra Bowen – California’s chief elections officer – was quoted explaining that, “Online or on paper, California’s laws and procedures for processing voter registration applications are identical. Security is a critical part of elections, and I want to emphasize this online application is not ‘automatic registration.’ The information provided in an online application still must be verified by a county elections official before an applicant can be added to the voter rolls.” However, registering is only half of the voting process, and Chicano Latino Student Services (CLSS) aimed to encourage students to vote by explaining its importance. On Tues. Sept. 25, CLSS held a seminar led by Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán called “Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Obama, the Immigrant Rights Movement and the 2012 Elections.” In his lecture, Zepeda-Millán addressed the role of Latinos in American politics, national and state immigration laws and the Immigration Rights Movement. His intentions were to inform students and faculty about the nature of politicians, various laws that are in process and the importance of voting. “A politician’s number one goal is to get re-elected,” Zepeda-
Millán said. He continued explaining that this is one reason to be politically active and ultimately vote. He said that politicians care about their voters because those are the people who determine the amount of power they have. In the case of Latino immigrants, many politicians dismiss them as not a priority because many of them are not citizens and consequently have no voting rights, according to Zepeda-Millán. “This is why it is so important for us who have the ability to vote,” Zepeda-Millán said. “The undocumented people of our state depend on our vote.” What difference is one vote going to make in the scheme of an immense presidential election? According to Zepeda-Millán, probably not much. However, “local battles are still happening,” Zepeda-Millán said. As of right now, there are potential bills sitting on Gov. Brown’s desk waiting to be signed, and – due to a politician’s primary objective of being re-elected – the governor will only sign the bills if he thinks that his voters are in favor of them. Zapeda-Millán’s point: If you don’t vote, you have no influence over any level of law. After the presentation, Taylor Torre, a junior political science major, said, “After hearing what Dr. Zepeda-Millán had to say, I realize how important it is to vote. Maybe one vote isn’t going to make a huge difference at the national level, but if everyone had that mindset, we wouldn’t have a voting system.”
Criminal Mischief 1 LMU Drive Sunday, Sept. 23 The Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report that an egg was thrown at a moving vehicle. The case is now closed.
Simple Assault Parking Lot H Friday, Sept. 21 A visitor to campus reported to a student that some guys tried to hurt her. LAPD was called for assistance, and the case is now closed.
Larceny Theft Malone Student Center Wednesday, Sept. 19 DPS received a report from a Sodexo employee that their cell phone was stolen from inside an office. The case is now closed.
Larceny Theft Rosecrans Hall Tuesday, Sept. 18
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DPS received reports from two students that their bikes had been stolen. Both cases are now closed.
Criminal Mischief McCarthy Hall Sunday, Sept. 16 DPS received reports of an inappropriate drawing on a hallway white board. The case is now closed.
Criminal Mischief Burns Recreation Center Saturday, Sept. 15
Domestic Violence Parking Lot L Friday, Sept. 14 Two nonstudents were involved in physical confrontation. LAPD managed the incident, and both parties were escorted off campus. The case is now closed.
Alcohol Violation Gersten Pavilion Friday, Sept. 14
DPS received two reports of intoxicated students in need of medical attention. A partition separating Both cases have been the urinals in the men’s restroom was removed from referred to Judicial Affairs. the wall. The case is now Harassment closed.
Alcohol Violation Gersten Pavilion Saturday, Sept. 15 DPS received three reports of intoxicated students in need of medical attention. All cases have been referred to Judicial Affairs.
Del Rey North Friday, Sept. 14 A student reported being harassed by their roommate through text messages. The case is currently under investigation.
Housing says this ‘isn’t a list we want to be on’ Housing from Page 1 the 52 percent living on campus, Miller said they of course are not paying that $14,000 rate. Even the meal plan included in the room and board fee does not seem to be a meal plan that LMU offers, according to Miller. “They may have done an average of our four board plans,” he said. While it is unsure exactly where these figures come from, Miller said, “I’m not going to pretend it’s way cheaper than that number … but that number they took in isn’t the reality of all our students.” However, after surveying over 1,800 colleges and universities, according to the US News & World report, it seems that the $14,000 range is being depicted as LMU’s reality. Among the top 10 schools listed, three others are located in California and the top school, Fordham University, is a fellow Jesuit University. Coming in at $15,374 for the 201213 school year, Fordham is nearly $1,000 more per year than LMU. Parents and students at LMU may find themselves wondering how our figures got to be so high. After about a two percent increase in housing costs from last year
to this year, Miller says that a lot of what goes into that cost is “being in a larger city, being in Los Angeles as well as some of the amenities we provide.” The campus’ location is a huge factor in the cost of living, as Miller said, but he also emphasized that housing really looks into what students are getting for their money. “Are we offering enough for students? What should we be offering to make them think it’s worth this great value?” Miller said. With budget season approaching for the University, Miller said it is hard to tell if housing costs will continue to rise from here. Overall, the University will look at “the cost of what it takes to maintain [it] on a year-to-year basis,” according to Miller. If they do continue to rise, the increase in vacancies on campus might do the same. This last year Miller said LMU saw a drop in just a little under two percent of students living on campus. “We’ve been steady over a number of years with the occupancy rate of students on campus at 100 percent or over,” but the 2012-13 school year has brought that to an end, he said. While this is only one year,
and it’s uncertain whether this will in fact remain a trend, Miller said, “We hope it’s not, we know there’s so many benefits to students living on campus.” Perhaps cost is not the only reason students made the move from living on campus to off. Miller said that the larger classes, such as the current juniors and seniors, had more people, so therefore they had more people living on campus. But now, the current underclassmen classes are much smaller and “sizes have leveled out, so [the vacancies] might be misleading.” Junior communications major Lauren Schneider said that “living off campus for the first time this year has really opened up my eyes to all the responsibilities that coincide with living on your own.” Aside from the increase in responsibilities, such as having to drive to class now, junior psychology major Kelsey Ito said, “I love living off campus. I feel more independent because I have a lot more responsibilities. Also, my rent is much cheaper than living on campus.” While Miller feels this ranking is not representative of what the overall student body is paying for housing, he recognizes that “this is definitely not a list we want to be on.”
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Board Editorials represent the voice of the Loyolan. They are written in collaboration by the Executive Editorial Board. Kevin O’Keeffe Managing Editor
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Supporting potential victims “Enough with evading the issue, LMU. Be transparent. Tell us the facts. Hopefully, even with this information, no one at LMU during [Brother William J.] Farrington [S.J.]’s time at the University will come forward. But, with the unfortunate chance that that is not the case, give them the opportunity to tell their story. Reporting abuse takes innumerable levels of strength. Show that you care. Extend your hand.” Those words formed the conclusion of the Loyolan’s board editorial just 10 days ago (“Enough with evading the issue, LMU,” Sept. 17, 2012), urging the University to take action in the wake of the allegations of sexual abuse against former LMU employee Farrington at his previous schools, Bellarmine College Preparatory and Jesuit High School (as reported in the Sept. 17 Loyolan article “Jesuit accused of sexual molestation spent 15 years working at LMU”). On Tuesday, President David W. Burcham extended that hand in two separate letters: one to the current LMU community (reprinted below) and one to alumni who attended LMU from 1987-2002, when Farrington worked here. Burcham informed recipients in both letters of Farrington’s time at LMU and of the allegations, which were deemed “credible” by the presidents of both Bellarmine Prep and Jesuit High. The letters also made clear that no claims of abuse at LMU have surfaced, and that he was reassigned to the Jesuit Retirement Community in Los Gatos, Calif.
following a complaint from an alleged victim at one of Farrington’s previous schools. Additionally, in his letter to alumni, Burcham urged “anyone with credible information of wrongdoing on the part of Brother Farrington during his time at LMU to contact Rebecca Chandler, LMU Vice President of Human Resources.” The Loyolan supports LMU’s decision to send both letters as an act of transparency and potential victim outreach. However, the Loyolan also urges potential victims to do more than just contact LMU; as both the presidents at Bellarmine Prep and Jesuit High made clear in their letters to their respective alumni, the most pressing concern for victims is to contact law enforcement and support groups. It takes tremendous courage to come forward as a victim of sexual abuse. The process is not easy for anyone. The Loyolan encourages any potential abuse victims to contact groups like the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and 1in6, a nonprofit group devoted to the cause of male sex abuse victims. With the support of these groups and law enforcement, potential victims can begin to get the help they need. As Burcham wrote in his letter, the University is committed “to a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, faculty and staff.” For obvious reasons, the Loyolan supports this statement, and for that reason, contact information for SNAP and 1in6 for potential victims can be found below.
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University sends letter regarding Farrington LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear LMU Community: I write to you in light of recent media reports that have highlighted credible sexual abuse allegations against Brother William Farrington, S.J. While the alleged abuse did not occur at LMU, Brother Farrington is a former member of LMU’s staff and Jesuit community. Several efforts are being undertaken to assure you of our unwavering commitment to a safe and healthy environment for all, as well as to gather additional information. The alleged abuse occurred when Brother Farrington worked at two Jesuit high schools in Northern California. This was prior to his 1987-2002 tenure at LMU, during which time he worked in the Admissions Office and lived in the Jesuit community. To the best of our knowledge, when the Jesuits assigned him to LMU in 1987, the University was not informed of any past allegations, issues or limitations respecting Brother Farrington. Furthermore, we are not aware of any allegation of improper conduct on the part of Brother Farrington during the 15 years he worked at LMU. Nonetheless, in 2002, his Jesuit provincial assigned him to the Jesuit Retirement Community in Los Gatos, California, following a complaint made to the provincial of the California Province by one of the alleged Northern California victims. The focus of the complaint had nothing to do with Brother Farrington’s conduct at LMU. To ensure transparency with regard to this matter, a letter bearing my signature dated ...
September 25, is being sent to 20,000 alumni who graduated in the years 1987-2006. The letter conveys the above details, and invites anyone with credible information of wrongdoing on the part of Brother Farrington during his time at LMU to contact Rebecca Chandler, Vice President of Human Resources, at 310.338.5118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, an ongoing investigation is being led by university counsel. The California provincial, the LMU president and the rector of the Jesuit community when Brother Farrington came to LMU in 1987 are deceased. We have conducted 19 interviews to date, and will continue to engage with individuals who we believe might have relevant information. I will continue to apprise you of further developments pertaining to this unfortunate situation. Sincerely, David W. Burcham President
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Re: “University Investigates Alleged Molester,” Sept. 20 To the Editors: It was with a sense of relief that I read (“University Investigates Alleged Molester,” 9/20/12) both of President Burcham’s decision to undertake an investigation into all aspects of the 15-year presence on our campus of alleged sexual predator Brother William Farrington, S. J. and of the President’s commitment to making public the results of this investigation. My tenure does not overlap with that of Farrington, who was a staff member from 1987-2002. I cannot, therefore, take responsibility for his perhaps dangerous and damaging presence on our campus. I do, however, assume a shared responsibility for the way in which our University responds to the information about Farrington that has only lately been made available to the wider LMU community. I thus wish to express my sympathies to any current or former members of our University community, as well as to their families and friends, who may have suffered on account of Farrington’s presence. I want, in addition, to express my outrage at the individuals who shielded from public view the accusations levied against Farrington prior to his LMU appointment and residency in the Jesuit Community. Whether or not the investigation of his presence at LMU turns out to yield the results we all fear, there is no sparing a sense of dismay at the fact that his coming to our University was at the least an imprudent decision on the part of those responsible for theWe’d moveLi and at worst an unconscionable act of blatant disregard for the well being of LMU students. As many of us know well, sexual abusers frequently target the The Lo already vulnerable and often muffle their voices in a cloak of silent shame. Let us not add to the sum of silence by failing to demand an accounting. At the very least, let us hope that our Jesuit Community or the California Province of the Jesuits will not only express publicly the sadness associated with the evidence thus far come to light, but also decry the structures that allowed Farrington to spend 15 years among our students. Sincerely, Anna Harrison Associate Professor, Department of Theological Studies
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Re: “Appropriate and Newsworthy,” Sept. 20 To the Editors: I disagree with Ms. Escher that it is the journalist’s duty to “move people away from neutrality,” as well as her use of the video “Collateral Murder” as an example of good journalism. A journalist’s duty is to remain objective and present information impartially, not to move the reader to a conclusion. I am a combat veteran who served with 3/7 cavalry division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Apache helicopter in the video was flying in support of an infantry platoon that was in a firefight. Its mission was to protect the platoon from unseen threats like rooftop snipers or attacks from the platoon’s flanks. The Apache reported armed militants nearby and asked for permission to engage, killing the militants. The edited video does not show 20 additional minutes of film from the Apache showing it engaged more militants. At the end of the firefight, it was found that civilians were amongst the casualties of the Apache strike. Multiple weapons were found including AK-47s and RPGs. Ms. Escher’s comment “American soldiers shooting innocent, Iraqi journalists” is misleading and ignores the realities of combat. All American military forces operate under rules of engagement (ROE) that state when a soldier can use lethal force; a soldier operating outside these rules can be charged with murder. The ROE in Iraq stated that lethal force could be used to defend life, limb, eyesight and American property. The Iraqi journalists were accompanying armed militants that were a real life threat to the platoon nearby. If the journalists had notified the American forces of their plans, chances are this would never had happened. Sincerely, Nicholas Bihn, freshman theology major
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A good deal always makes for a great thrill
f you have a meal plan, I apologize. Of course it’s convenient to just swipe your card and have a ready-made meal, but you don’t really know what you’re consuming and yet you’re still spending a lot of your parents’ money on it. You know what I get a thrill from? Saving money and finding good deals. It might be the Run ‘n Tell Dat Asian in me, or it might be the By KimTran broke student Opinion Editor in me, but all I know is that when I feel like homework is piling up, I take a break on Groupon.com. When I moved into an on-campus apartment this year, I was excited to be rid of the meal plan, be able to cook for myself and choose what I eat. And then I realized what an ordeal grocery shopping can be. You have to buy ingredients, snacks, beverages and manage your own budgeting at the same time. I’m sure many of you upperclassmen have struggled through the same thing, and this is why I’ve done extensive research and consolidated my findings into four golden rules to live by in order to ease the pains of being semi-independent in the world of eating. 1) Buy fresh and cook. Chipotle should be a rare delicacy. I know it’s convenient to go out or buy frozen meals, but the price of doing such will start to add up. If you compare prices between fresh vegetables, fruits or
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meats to the frozen and prepackaged foods, you’ll see a price difference in favor of the fresh stuff. For example, this week at Ralph’s a special on Amy’s Kitchen Bowls puts the item on the shelves for $3.99. For this much money, you can get a pound of Foster Farms Chicken (in various cuts), a pound of potatoes, a pound of tomatoes, a pound of grapes and still have change to spare. That’s a whole meal that could last for a few days plus dessert, all without any preservatives. You can be healthier and save money. 2) Create a list. It’s very important to get orga-
nized when you go grocery shopping. Along the lines of ‘don’t go when you’re hungry’ (we all know how that ends), don’t go without a plan. When I go grocery shopping with my generous parents, I go without a list, but when it’s my own money, I can’t afford spontaneity. Write down your necessities and decide what it is that you need versus what you want. If what you want isn’t on sale, don’t get it and wait until it’s on sale. Snacks and desserts are good places to save because they go on sale in cycles, just keep an eye out. 3) Coupon.
TLC has a show called “Extreme Couponing” where people spend their days clipping coupons and saving ridiculous amounts of money. In one episode, someone took home over $1,000 worth of items, and the store had to pay her $8. These couponers can save up to $60,000 a year. That’s like an untaxed salary. Of course, their basements are full of unneeded things, and their kids will probably become obese from intake of unhealthy foods that repeatedly go on sale, so I don’t suggest you go that far. But I do advocate the use of coupons and club cards to your advan-
tage because hey, they’re free. At Ralphs.com, you can digitally put coupons onto your Club Card. Others you can print out and clip old-school style. But these can save you a couple of dollars per item, which really adds up. 4) Buy in bulk. This one has a couple of caveats. Yes, buying in bulk is almost always cheaper, but if you have a ton of perishable meat in your fridge, that’s not going to work out well for you. What you want to buy in bulk are things like pasta and rice – your unperishables that you will use and can keep for a while. If you have a Costco Card, use it. I’ve been going to Costco all of my life, but everything comes in a family pack, which can pose problems when you’re living on your own. Solution: Get your roommate or a friend, maybe even a few friends, to split the price of a giant bag or box of whatever and there you go, retail amount for a wholesale price. The bottom line is to do research and be prepared when you go grocery shopping. I know we’re all busy, but a few minutes of planning before a trip will certainly pay off. There are even some websites that will help you create lists and then will find you coupons and deals around your area such as Pricible.com, which is free right now so you should get on it. So when you need a homework break, why not do some research and save some money? Trust me, it’s quite a thrill. This is the opinion of Kim Tran, a junior finance and communication studies double major from San Jose, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Medical marijuana dispensary shutdown Federal law has cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries in Downtown Los Angeles, Eagle Rock and Huntington Park, according to the Los Angeles Times. Many dispensaries have violated the for-profit sales laws set forth by the state of California. Consequently, federal authorities have taken legal action, ordering higher-profiting marijuana dispensaries to close. California law allows the distribution of medicinal marijuana, yet federal law remains in objection. Is it right for federal authorities to shut down these Los Angeles dispensaries based on their violations?
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Mounting tension in NFL after Packers-Seahawks game The consequences of the National Football League referee lockdown have become more and more apparent, but during last Monday’s Packers-Seahawks game came yet another gaff. Off of a 40-yard pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate and Packers’ safety M.D. Jennings both got their hands on the ball – which one official ruled an interception while another indicated a touchdown for the Seahawks. Ultimately, the catch was ruled a reception, giving the Seahawks the upset win. How long should the NFL stand by the replacement refs in light of increasing fan and player frustration?
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Vietnam hero visits LMU with documentary Event Coverage By Pamela Rios Contributor
ome war wounds never heal. This statement aptly applies to the latest visitor to the Monday Night Screenings, Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. Screening the 1972 documentary “Operation Last Patrol” last Monday, Sept. 24, in Mayer Theater, Kovic recalled the events as he experienced them, giving students an eyewitness account into the truth and horrors of the Vietnam War that still live on today. A fervent anti-war supporter after his experiences, Kovic made sure to dedicate time to speak on how the success of his anti-war movement came to be. “We were motivated. We were passionate. … We didn’t want [the war] to continue to happen. … The sooner we could end the war, the sooner our friends could come back,” said Kovic. “Operation Last Patrol” is an hour-long film that recounts the journey Kovic took along with hundreds of thousands of other Vietnam War veterans from around the country to the Miami Republican National Convention of 1972. It was the year Nixon was poised to be re-elected to his second term in office, a prospect that Kovic and the rest of his, whom he passionately referred to as “brothers,” staunchly opposed. Kovic had been severely wounded during battle on Jan. 20, 1968, resulting in the paralysis of the bottom three-quarters of his body. It was threequarters of “himself” that he claimed to give up to the presi-
dent and the war, and that he could never get back in return. One question lobbied towards Kovic during the Q&A session regarded the seemingly relative apathy that our generation has towards war, compared to the rough and ready persona of the country during World War II and the passionate protests of the Vietnam War. Kovic disagreed with this notion of apathy among our generation regarding war. “I’ve not found a great deal of apathy. I’ve marched with a great deal of people your age. … I think there is vibrant politics in this country,” said Kovic. He continued, “I was involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. … I found it to be tremendously exciting. … I’m very hopeful about this country and moving toward a more positive direction.” Kovic’s ability to organize people around a cause he is passionate about challenged some students in attendance. “I was in awe of how you managed to get so many people from so many cities to rally together,” said one audience member who spoke near the end of the session. “I would never be able to do that today.” Kovic remarked that it was possible, just possibly mote difficult. According to Kovic, motivation and will are the only tools essential in fighting for a cause as great as this one. Joined up on the stage by fellow Vietnam veteran and the film’s director, Frank Cavestani, the duo addressed their current efforts in striving for peace as well as reminiscing on their Vietnam experiences. Both he and Cavestani remain bound to
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Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic became an anti-war protester following the paralysis of the bottom three quarters of his body in battle. His film,“Operation Last Patrol,” screened at Mayer Theater this past Monday night. peace and anti-war movements, encouraging others to take action for causes people are passionate about. In 2009, Kovic sent a letter of personal hardship to President Barack Obama, appropriately titled, “A Letter to the President.” It was his effort to reach out to the new president, asking him to evaluate his policies concerning war, the consequences war would bring to soldiers’ lives, as well as his journey of struggle he navigates to this day. An excerpt was read to the audience, followed by a round of applause.
‘I Was Here’ displays memorabilia from throughout history
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Wonder where your thoughts and scribbles will be centuries from now? “I Was Here,” an exhibit currently taking place on the third floor of the William H. Hannon Library, acts as a historical time capsule, displaying the writings of important writers and thinkers paired with everyday writings of people of that era. Also on display are ancient artifacts on loan from the Archaeology Department that date back as far as 3,000 years ago. “I Was Here” celebrates the presence of those who came before us, whether they be Victorian or prehistoric. The exhibit will be in place until Dec.19. - Christopher James, A&E editor
Kovic’s memoir was adapted into the 1989 Oliver Stone film “Born on the Fourth of July.” Kovic was also involved in writing the screenplay for the film, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1989. To show the parallels between the documentary and Stone’s adaptation, the conclusion of “Born on the Fourth of July” aired after the screening of the documentary. Both endings showed Kovic, played by himself and by Tom Cruise, in the midst of zealous Nixon supporters at the Convention, loud-
ly proclaiming his opposition to the war and of Nixon, but ultimately being drowned out by the deafening crowd. Kovic commented that he had seen both of these films numerous times, but had never before seen their endings played sideby-side. He admitted that it was very powerful to watch. Kovic was the latest person to visit LMU as a part of the film school’s Monday Night Series. Next Monday, October 1st, Monday Night Series will screen “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” and have a Q&A with director Jay Oliva.
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Clothing line makes every day a ‘Weekend’ Student Q&A
By Christopher James A&E Editor
enior studio arts major Andres Andrieu is combining his love of street art with his unique fashion expertise. Advocating to treat each day like a weekend, his Weekend Society clothing brand offers a blend of new social media and the traditional art of designing clothes we all wear. With Weekend Society, Andrieu and office manager at Student Leadership and Development Jason Joyce are embarking on new horizons for themselves as they sell their personally designed clothes. A&E Editor Chris James sat down with Andrieu to discuss the origin of the company, how he is getting the business up and running, even off the bluff, and what he likes most for when he goes shopping. Christopher James (CJ): What is the inspiration for Weekend Society? Andres Andrieu (AA): Last year I went to Art Center in Pasadena to hear Shepard Fairey talk, among others who had also gone out and made their own companies. Shepard Fairey is one of the most prolific street artists who has turned his art into a business and that motivated me. I really liked street art, and I thought Weekend Society would be something where I take elements of people living life. I mean, who doesn’t love the weekends? It’s all about enjoying life ... this whole idea of really celebrating every day as if it were the weekend. CJ: How did you get the business started?
AA: I talked with my friend Jason Joyce. We got business cards, stickers, everything. We’ve got our business license now and are in the process of getting our bank account finalized so the Square readers can work on our iPads. It’s a lot of cool stuff. It’s been a process, but it’s definitely paying off. CJ: What does manufacturing the clothing entail? AA: We sit down and work through designs. The logo was a process. We wanted to capture a whimsical, nautical feel, but also something that was retro and classic looking. We do all that for design work. Once we have something that we like, we go to Manhattan Stitching, [who] we have worked with them for a while with ASLMU [which Andrieu and Joyce both work with]. We’ve been lucky because they give us a really good deal. They are also American Apparel so it is all made in the U.S. We are trying really hard to get the greatest quality for the lowest price for the customers. CJ: How do you keep up with changing trends? AA: Jason’s in a band called The Rubbish Zoo. For lack of a better word, he’s in a hipster band, so he’s very current on what’s cool or not. Since I’m an artist, I always try and stay up on top of design stuff. I’m always looking at other companies, such as Urban Outfitters. I’m just taking it all in and seeing what people are buying and wearing around campus. I try really hard to create things that haven’t been done before but will still be popular. It’s a fine line. CJ: What items are you most excited about that you want to highlight? AA: Right now, the tank tops have been selling well. They are
really comfy and everyone loves them, girls and boys. So we are really excited about those. They just contain the logo, so they are a really simple design. We are also really excited about the snapbacks. These are really popular. We are hopefully going to have a lot more things coming out. Hopefully we will have more colors out, more designs, even use photography. I’m open to everything. There is no limit. CJ: What trend do you see arising that you want Weekend Society to be involved in promoting? AA: This is one of the biggest things I have been thinking about. I want to bring social media into clothing. I don’t think anyone has really done this so far. It would bring our Weekend Society into a more literal sense by [having] shirts with hashtags on [them] so people can discover a community of other people who love that shirt and gather around that. We are looking into charities. We are hoping to donate to different charities depending on the shirt. We might do a limited time shirt that has an ice cream cone, and a percentage of the profits would go towards a children’s hospital. Next month we can do a different charity, so it’s always changing. CJ: What sets Weekend Society apart from other clothing outlets? AA: One of the biggest things is that a lot of the time you go into these popular stores, you notice that most of the stuff is not made in the U.S. anymore. If you want things made in the U.S., they have to be expensive. I didn’t want to keep that trend going. That’s why I really try and keep my prices low while still maintaining the U.S. made sort of idea. That’s what sets
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It was Andrieu’s interest in street art that inspired him to start his own clothing line. He views Weekend Society as a unique way to express art that people can wear. us apart. CJ: How are you marketing this? What is your target demographic? AA: Right now we have been doing a lot of street style advertisement. Putting stickers around campus. I got one on the card reader on the back gate. Through stickers [and] social media, we have one thousand followers on Instagram. It’s really grassroots advertisements and word of mouth. CJ: What do you look for when you go shopping? AA: I look for quality. I don’t want my clothes to be falling apart the next week. I look for design. I definitely want something people
don’t have. I like to stand out with my fashion. If everyone looks the same, then who wants to do that? At a certain point, it becomes uniform. If I do a lot of limited runs with my company, that will definitely maintain the kind of exclusivity that comes with it. For more information on Weekend Society and where to purchase its items, check out its store: www.wkndsociety.storevny. com. The Facebook link is www. facebook.com/wkndsociety. The Twitter handle is @wkndsociety, as is its Instagram name.
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September 27, 2012 Page 11
The art of ‘fresh’ cooking: farmers’ market finds
ike many young foodies today, I have watched and been inspired by the movie “Julie and Julia.” For those of you who do not know, Julia Child was a revolutionary cook who brought t h e French culinary world to A m e r i cans on a plate. Unfortunately, living By Monika Fowle in a colContributor lege dorm has its limitations, and I cannot easily bring the wonderful world of cooking into my home. Although microwave rice is not as bad as it sounds. But for upperclassmen who have kitchens, or at least a stove or an oven, a myriad of opportunities are available to you. With knowledge that I have accrued over the past three weeks of living here, I have learned a few useful things that allow me to cook a simple recipe that I made at home over the summer while waiting for commercials to finish during the Euro Cup. Between studying – which I know all students do in their free time – and going to class, it can be difficult to find the time to make a wellprepared meal. However, every Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Playa Vista Farmers’ Market provides a supply of fresh and organic ingredients just begging to be eaten. I am sure that most students are aware of this farmers’ market already, but it can prove useful since it is in walking distance, as long as you have on a pair of ten-
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Fowle suggests that farmers’markets are the best place to get fresh,photo-ready fruits and veggies.Why not attempt your own dish with some seasonal finds? nis shoes. At this market there are many food stands that will certainly please your taste buds, but for the sake of giving my recipe a chance to shine, please don’t give into the tempting aromas that will try to lure you while you walk amongst the stalls. Instead, head directly for the tomatoes. Buy two medium ones that are still a bit firm, but soft enough that they give way slightly under a gentle pressure. Next, go to the bread stand. I suggest buying a loaf of olive bread, but if that is not available, a nice rye or pumpernickel is equally delicious. You can’t miss the Greek food because its booth is right by the bread, and the mountain of pita chips are hard to miss. I would suggest purchasing only one container of the Greek spinach and artichoke dip, but since it has many
uses, two might not be a bad idea. You will also need one onion and an eggplant. Depending on what season it is, different vegetables will be available. Going to the grocery store is always an option, but I am trying to aim for the freshest experience possible. Butter and/or olive oil are also essential to the recipe as they are necessary for cooking your ingredients, but use whichever appeals to you more. By the end of your shopping trip, you should have: a loaf of bread, a container (or two, if you’re like me) of spinach artichoke dip, two to three medium tomatoes, an onion, an eggplant and a stick of butter. Use the recipe below to achieve culinary greatness. This is the opinion of Monika Fowle, a freshman graphic design major from Menlo Park, Calif.. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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time of 18:40:93 to lead the women’s squad and place seventh overall individually. Duncan ran a seasonal, as well as personal, best with his time of 26:30:47 to come in eighth overall individually. Duncan said he is humble and grateful for his chance to run at LMU, “It’s a huge honor just to be on LMU’s team. I’m a walk-on, so I wasn’t even sure if I’d make the team this year. I’m just super happy I did. Things are working great and running is definitely an honor.” On the race itself, Mumaugh said, “We felt pretty good going into it, once we figured out the course. On our warm-up, we figured out the terrain: it was pretty flat and we were excited for that. Definitely knowing the course gave everyone confidence.” Mumaugh and Duncan weren’t the only ones to set records. Everyone on the women’s team reached a new season record at the Mustang Challenge, with the two freshmen, Samantha Garcia and Kelly Parsons, scoring personal records as well. The men’s team also had five out of the nine runners improve to seasonal bests. Duncan felt that having extra time beforehand to prepare helped them perform well. He said, “I would have to say it’s the natural progression of our training. But also our top nine did not race this week, there was another nine that raced this weekend. So we had another day of solid training, we had a full two weeks to prepare for that race.” Duncan also believes that LMU’s training program has helped set them up for success.
Guerrero has established a system based on competition, but one that the student-athletes can still enjoy. “Being here at LMU, I’ve never experienced such close team training, and with everyone out there I think everybody is getting better with each other.” Duncan said, “This weekend, I thought we did pretty well. We had a bunch of guys who are starting to hit their times the way they like. It’s just fun seeing how we can improve.” Mumaugh, who has progressively dropped to lower and lower times this season, talked about the balance of school and work. “The beginning is always kind of rough, getting into the groove of school and a hectic schedule. Between school and running, [we’re] getting more comfortable and feeling more confident,” he said. Finding that balance has helped Mumaugh stay focused and sharp in Guerrero’s program. When asked about his training style and his focus on constantly improving, Guerrero said that he wants to keep the team as objectively minded as possible. “Honestly, we’re just trying to keep everything as black and white as possible. We eliminate as much of the subjectivity as possible. So far, it’s been very clear cut and they’ve known exactly what they’ve needed to do week in and week out in order to make those bigger travel meets,” Guerrero said. The Lions will look to repeat their recent successes as Guerrero, Duncan, Mumaugh and the rest of the A-Squad will be traveling to Palo Alto, Calif. for the annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29.
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The greatest sport in the greatest city The NFL is inching closer to returning to the City of Angels within five years.
ill the National Football League ever return to Los Angeles? Farmers Field, the proposed NFL Stadium, which would potentially be situated in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ financial district – next to the current Staples CenRaff’s Rap ter and L.A. Live By Dan Raffety – could be Asst. Sports Editor a distinct possibility. The key phrase is “could be.” The Los Angeles City Council approved the stadium on Monday, jumping yet another hurdle to finally return the highest level of football to the second-largest national media market. So, time to get excited? I’d hold off on that. Just because there are plans to build a stadium doesn’t mean it will actually get done. In order to break ground on the multi-million dollar project that will not only build a stadium but also renovate the outdated Convention Center, an NFL franchise needs to commit to Los Angeles for the long term. Just ask the guys in the City of Industry, who have been ready to break ground on their proposed stadium since 2009 but had to wait because no team made the call. So now we have two scenarios in the same spot – approvals, plans, excitement, but no team. Which is it going to be? Could it be both? I find it hard to believe
that after 20 years of yearning for a franchise, we will be rewarded with two teams because of our patience. We had a hard enough time lobbying for one. So, I highly doubt that one team from the American Football Conference (AFC) will call Downtown L.A. its home while an National Football Conference (NFC) squad gets comfortable
follow the motto of two New York (New Jersey) teams: the Giants and Jets. Both play in MetLife Stadium, which increases profit because the building is in motion 16 weeks out of the year. If we have learned anything about the NFL, it’s that they love money. So why wouldn’t they maximize potential on the new property?
be. This is the highest form of the game and a city as great as ours needs a team to call its own. I do not remember the Los Angeles Rams. The team left the city in 1995 after a lack of support and an owner who really wanted to move the franchise to her home in Saint Louis. I sure as hell don’t remem-
The Los Angeles City Council passed the bill for the Farmers Field(projected above) to be built in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, but they will not break ground until an NFL team has signed to play long term in Los Angeles. in the City of Industry. That’s a lot of money to be spent. However, I also wouldn’t rule out two teams coming to the City of Angels. My guess is that, in this state-of-the art stadium downtown, the NFL would want to relocate two teams – one from each conference, to guarantee football each and every week in Los Angeles. They would
Los Angeles not only wants but needs a team. I’m sick and tired of the arguments from NFL haters who annoyingly boast that the city and people are fine team-less because USC and, sometimes, UCLA football holds us over until NBA season. It’s ridiculous. College football, however great it is, is not the NFL and never will
ber the Los Angeles Raiders, who played “musical cities” between Los Angeles and Oakland, causing trouble everywhere it turned. So why does Los Angeles deserve a team? If we had appreciated one when we had it, would we be in this mess in the first place? Los Angeles has been yearning for a team ever
team in the first round, this time in the form of hated rival Pepperdine University on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9:20 a.m. The Lions lost their first match against the Waves, losing by one goal on Sept. 8 despite a tip-in attempt that was milliseconds too late. The Waves led by three goals midway through the fourth quarter, before LMU stormed back to score two. With three seconds to play, senior attacker Robert Pusic’s shot was deflected by the Pepperdine goalie and tipped in by freshman utility man Milutin Mitrovic, but
it was a millisecond too late from sending the rivalry game into overtime. The biggest goal in LMU’s practice heading into the tournament is defense communication. Head Coach John Loughran described the challenges that Pepperdine University provides from a defensive perspective. “They have great shooters,” said Loughran. “We have to focus on playing good individual and team defense.” The Lions have not defeated a top-10 team, despite four chances this season, but will have an opportunity to turn that streak around on Saturday morning against Pepperdine University. The Lions lost 16-8 against the No. 2 UCLA Bruins on Friday, Sept. 21. The Lions scored the first goal in the UCLA game but were not in serious contention after that point. UCLA scored 10 goals in the first half, shredding the LMU zone defense. Additionally, the Lions could not set up consistent offense with the UCLA press defense. After the Lions’ loss, Mitrovic said, “We need to play better – in every way.” “We have been working on our communication,” said senior attacker Collin Walters. “Both in transition and in our set defense, we need to have a better sense of who needs
to be where at what point.” LMU bounced back with a muchneeded win versus their winless (011) conference opponent PomonaPitzer on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Burns Aquatic Center by outscoring them 5-1 in the first quarter. Mitrovic led the Lions, scoring three goals in the first frame. The Lions do not have a good track record in first round tournament games this season. The team lost its first round game against then No. 7 University of the Pacific at the NorCal Invitational, hosted by Stanford University on Sept. 15, placing the Lions in the losers bracket for that invitational. A win in that game or in the Lions’ game against Pepperdine this Saturday guarantees the Lions a top-8 finish and would give the
since the Rams left. I guess it really is true that you don’t know what you have ‘til it’s gone. However, complaints didn’t get serious until it was actually possible to build a new stadium, let alone in the middle of the downtown area, where four other professional franchises are housed: the Kings, Sparks, Clippers and, of course, the beloved Lakers. So, what are the options? Who is coming to Tinseltown? In my estimation, there is a short list of teams who should consider the move, each for various reasons. The San Diego Chargers desperately need a new stadium. Their current residence, Qualcomm Stadium, is as nice as the inside of a garbage truck and San Diego cannot pay for a new stadium in the middle of its downtown. So, would it seem plausible to make the 120-mile move north? If you ask any member of San Diego County, they would be outraged and maybe start tearing up; they love their Chargers. Again, as an NFL owner, loyalty is important, but revenue drives action. But I do not think Los Angeles will stop at one. My prediction: both the Chargers, who can opt out of their contract at the end of this season, and the St. Louis Rams will come to Los Angeles and play in the state-ofthe-art stadium within half a decade. The Rams are also seeking a new home, as the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis is not up to par. They have a lease until 2014 and can move after that point. Could it be possible for Los Angeles to get the NFL back? The plans are in place; now it’s all about finding the perfect franchise fit. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a junior communication studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water polo faces Pepperdine again LMU will compete against Pepperdine again Saturday in the SoCal Tournament. By Dan Raffety Asst. Sports Editor
The No. 10 LMU Lions find themselves in another crucial water polo tournament this weekend, participating in the SoCal Tournament hosted by UC Santa Barbara this Saturday and Sunday. The Lions face another No. 7
Redshirt sophomore Mark Menis has played in six games for the Lions this season, contributing six goals, four assists and eight steals.
team its first win against a top-10 team this season. If the Lions do find a way to come out with a victory in their first round match this weekend, they will most likely be paired with No. 2 UCLA in the second round, as the Bruins are expected to stroll through their first round match against No. 15 Princeton University. The Lions are 4-0 in conference play this season, defeating Whittier College, UC San Diego, Concordia University and Pomona-Pitzer. All four of the Lions’ losses are against top-10 teams. If the Lions finish atop their conference at the end of the season, they will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Southern California on Dec. 1 and 2.
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NorCal trip pits men against Gaels, Broncos M. Soccer from Page 16
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Sophomore forward Dylan Seedman’s (above) header may have missed, but his efforts led to the first goal against Stanford last Friday. The Lions won the game 2-1 in overtime.
Desmond dragon aspires Hall Brawls from Page 16 However, I have to say on the day of the competition I was a little disappointed, and not because we lost our first game to Rosecrans 35-6. I can deal with a loss, and didn’t even mind the fact that I got a total SoCal bro tank tan from wearing my Desmond jersey. It irked me that other teams weren’t expecting us to be that great, being the all-girls dorm. There are a lot of misconceptions that girls’ sports are inferior to boys’ sports,but I feel like we dismissed these ideas. For example, while other teams like the Whelan Warriors assembled to practice outside and run drills an hour before the games, we were putting war paint on our faces. We had the least amount of people actually participating in the games, and when we finally did practice, we ran a few drills with a Frisbee instead of a football. To top it all off, our jerseys were hot pink. Does that sound intimidating to you? I’m not trying to bash my own dorm – I mean, let’s face it: we have awesome people living here and sinks in our rooms. What could be a better combination? I just think that we did what people probably expected of us, and I would’ve rather surprised them. If it had been up to me, we would’ve rode into Sunken Gardens on motorcycles while chugging some muscle milk after a 6 a.m. practice (cue the inspirational ‘80s song “Eye of the Tiger”). Okay, maybe that’s a little exaggerated. But I think our attitude represented the bigger picture about the woman’s role in sports. Women have come a long way
in gaining respect in the sports world over time. Heck, years ago, girls weren’t even allowed to play sports in schools. Now, we have athletes like Kerri Walsh Jennings winning gold medals while pregnant and Brittney Griner dunking twice in one game. Talk about progression. That’s why instead of doing what people expect them to, like sitting on the sidelines cheerleading or not wanting to break a nail in a sports competition, girls should fight the stereotypes already against them and go that extra step to disprove them. If growing up around guys and football taught me anything, it’s that anyone can compete in sports as long as you have the right attitude. If you go into things thinking that you might mess up or embarrass yourself because you’re a girl, it’ll probably turn out that way. The beauty of sports is that no matter what gender you are, it’s all about having the confidence to put yourself out there. My Hall Brawls experience not only gave me a really bad war paint tan (you can still see “DESMOND” written down my arm faintly), but it made me realize this bigger picture around me. Things won’t change unless we make the change ourselves. If there’s ever another competition between halls, I hope the war paint and pink jerseys will be swapped for pure athletic talent and a hunger for victory ready to kick some Whelan Warrior butt. This is the opinion of Sam Borsos,a freshman undecided liberal arts major from Palo Alto, Calif. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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the rhythm back and started playing more like a team but we just couldn’t finish.” The one win and one loss over the weekend gives LMU a 2-5-1 record to to end the preseason. “We certainly played a very difficult schedule,” said Mennell. “I don’t know anybody or any coach that can tell you they’re satisfied with a 2-5-1 mark in terms of the record, but I think we’ve seen some positives. All we can do is take those positives and apply them to WCC play.” One of the biggest factors in determining the success of the team in conference will be how the freshmen play. Many freshmen have seen a lot of minutes, with a handful getting some starts. “Conference play will be difficult,” said Mennell. “We’ve had some freshmen do some great things. Overall, I’m certainly pleased. They’ve had big shoes to fill with last year’s class, and I think they’re certainly up to the challenge. We’ll continue to work forward and see how they continue to progress.” With the team primarily made up of underclassmen, there has been a lot of getting used to around Sullivan Field over the past month. After last weekend’s strong showing, it seems the Lions are on the same page and ready to put it all together for the conference matchups. “In the beginning, we were a little shaky, but we definitely progressed throughout the weeks, and finally this last weekend we showed that we were coming together more as a team,” said Seedman. “Now we’ve kind of figured out how each other play and we’re looking more like a team than we did at the beginning of the season.” LMU will head back to Northern California this weekend to play at St. Mary’s College Friday and at Santa
Clara University Sunday. Their goals for the weekend are very simple, according to Brunter: “Get points on the weekend, don’t drop a game and keep healthy.” Last season, the Lions lost both contests against St. Mary’s 1-0, but earned four points against Santa Clara with a win at home and a tie on the road. The team seems excited to be playing on the road again and is anxious to get off on the right foot against the Gaels. “This last weekend helped us by coming off a big signature win,” said Seedman. “I definitely think the team will be ready, especially for Friday. We just got to take things one game at a time and get points whenever we can, especially on the road.” As far as long-term goals go, according to Mennell, everything has remained the same for the Lions despite the current subpar record. “The focus has got to be to win the WCC championship and that’s really what our goal is every year. It’s the first goal individually and as a team,” said Mennell.
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Coming off a third-place conference finish, the Lions baseball team starts fall practices. By Dan Raffety Asst. Sports Editor
The LMU men’s baseball team was back at practice Monday with renewed optimism after a third-place finish last year as the .500 team returns 21 players, including the team’s top two sophomore pitchers. Sophomore right-handed starting pitchers Colin Welmon and Trevor Megill, who together accounted for 15 wins and 40 of the 54 starts last season, return as the top two pitchers for the club. The Lions will have to replace left-handed pitcher John Lally (’12) as the third member of their starting rotation, but look to continue their recent pitching success. The Lions’ coaching staff said that there was an open competition for the starting rotation, but would only confirm two of the four competitors: senior Aaron Griffin and sophomore Sean Buckle. “All spots are a wide open competition at this point,” said Head Coach Jason Gill, in his fifth season with the Lions. “No one who had a specific role that season is guaranteed the same role. It’s an exciting time.” The bullpen was one of the team’s strengths last season, with Griffin and junior closer Bret Dahlson returning at the back end of the pen. Dahlson led the team with 11 saves in 26 appearances and posted a 2.94 ERA. Griffin added 32 appearances on the season, striking out 61 opposing batters in the process. “We had the luxury of putting Griffin in the bullpen because he had such a strong arm that he could come back multiple games in a row,” said Gill. “However, his sophomore year he started and is looking to get back to that point.” Regardless of what Griffin, Buckle and company’s roles are, they are guaranteed to contribute to the team. “They will all pitch,” said Pitching Coach Danny Ricabal. “The question is who will fulfill what role.” Offensively, the Lions return senior catcher Colton Plaia, who played for Team USA this past summer, hit .326 with six homeruns and 38 RBIs last season. The team also returns outfielder and senior leadoff man Matt Lowenstein as well as senior second baseman Cullen Mahoney, who is third in the Lions’ 2011 lineup. Despite the offensive production coming back, Gill’s message is still loud and clear: “We will focus our energy on pitching and defense,” said Gill. The Lions added 11 new players this season: five freshmen and six junior college transfers. The team also said goodbye to Scott Harkin, who transferred to Sonoma State University for undisclosed
Senior pitcher Aaron Griffin is competing for a spot in the Lions’ starting rotation. reasons. “It’s a shame he left,” said Megill. “I thought he locked up the starting shortstop spot, but he obviously thought he had to leave. Let the competition begin.” The team’s first practice on Monday consisted of a speech from Gill as well as drills to get the team back into a competitive mentality. The Lions’ fall practices often last for more than five hours. “We work until there is no more light,” said Mahoney. “Although it’s tiring, it’s good to be back.” One of the biggest improvements the team wants to see is an increase in mental toughness. “We didn’t perform in that Pepperdine series when there was a three-way tie for first,” said Gill. “To be honest, I thought they wanted it more than we did, that’s why they took two of three from us and eliminated us from contention from a conference championship on our home field. They just played harder.” The team has not won the WCC since 2000 – the same year they made an NCAA appearance. The Lions have finished third in the conference two years in a row. They ended the 2011 season with a 14-10 conference record and 27 total wins. Despite its recent postseason absences, the team did defeat then-No. 8 CSU Fullerton at home in a non-conference game and split a two-game series with the University of Texas at Austin. The Lions were in a position to compete for the conference championship a year ago, but lost two of three games at home against rival Pepperdine University, sending the Waves to the NCAA tournament and the Lions searching for answers. The club will begin their quest for a WCC Championship on Feb. 15 with a three-game set against the University of Utah at Page Stadium.
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B-squad makes grade at meet Who says
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Cross country second team takes third overall at Saturday’s Santa Clarita Invitational. By Cruz Quinonez Asst. Sports Editor
The LMU cross country team hit the course at the Mustang Challenge Collegiate Invitational meet this past Saturday, Sept. 22, hosted by the Master’s College in Santa Clarita. Out of a field of nine schools – three of which are ranked nationally in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) for men and two for women – the Lions came up a strong third overall. LMU came in third in the women’s 5,000 meter division and sixth in the men’s 8,000 meter division. “I was very happy,” Head Coach Scott Guerrero said of the race. “I was proud of the way all our kids competed. We were running a B-squad in this meet, which means we were sitting out a lot of our top kids. That group is going to Stanford this coming weekend.” By “B-squad,” Guerrero is referring to the runners who he did not take with him to the West Coast Conference (WCC) Preview Meet in Portland, Ore. on Sept. 15. At the WCC Preview, the Lions placed fourth overall, with the women coming in second and the men coming in fourth. These runners were given a weeklong break to prepare for the upcoming Stanford Invitational. With those nine runners attending the Stanford Invitational and 10 spots available, Guerrero held the final spot open for whomever came in first overall in the Mustang Challenge. “The way we have the whole season structured is that every spot is up for grabs and every spot has to be earned,” Guerrero said. “Earlier meets we could run more kids, then as we progress – Stanford, for example, only allows us to run 10 max – our West Coast Conference meet only allows us to run nine max. We go to the NCAA West meet up in Seattle and seven is the max. So, slowly the squad gets smaller and smaller. Up until this point, we’ve had this system in place where if you finish in the top “x” then you punch your ticket to whatever meet is next.” The two players who did manage to battle their way to the Stanford meet were senior Jessica Mumaugh and freshman walk-on Michael Duncan. Mumaugh ran a season best
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Freshman Sam Borsos dissects the state of Hall Brawl athletics in the all-female Desmond Hall.
have always held pride in being a tomboy. When I was young enough to still be wearing Sketchers and Limited Too outfits, I lived in a neighborhood with a ton of kids. While most of the girls in my neighborhood would be playing with their American Girl dolls or drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, I liked to tag along with my brother and his friends and play football in the front yard. I By Sam Borsos love competition. Contributor Sure, when my natural girly instincts kick in, I love getting gussied up and throwing on a nice dress and a pair of heels as much as the next girl. But, when it comes down to it, what I really love is putting on shorts and a T-shirt, shooting hoops at the gym or hitting the beach to play volleyball and dive around in the sand. This is why when I came to LMU this fall as a wee freshman (yes, I did get locked out twice in my pajamas in the first week to confirm the fact that I’m a complete rookie), I was pumped to compete in Hall Brawls, a fierce competition of flag football within the freshman dorms. I’m in Desmond, which is an all-girls hall, and even though we weren’t going to have guys on our team, I still thought we were going to kick some ass. Like I said, I love competition.
Freshman Michael Duncan (above) ran a personal best with a time of 26:30.47 to come in eighth place in the the Mustang Challenge Collegiate Invitational.
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Soccer poised for conference competition Following an upset against Stanford and a loss to UC Berkeley, men’s soccer opens WCC play this weekend. By Ray Ferrari Staff Writer
After a long preseason that included three home games against ranked opponents, two road games against Pac-12 teams and a lot of personal development and growth in familiarity, the LMU men’s soccer team
finally begins conference play this weekend. The Lions opened the fall season with six consecutive home games. This past weekend marked the team’s first road trip of the year, when it played at Stanford University and at UC Berkeley, wrapping up a tough slate of pre-conference matches. “Home is nice because of the familiar surroundings … but it’s certainly quieter and less distracting when you’re on the road,” said Associate Head Coach Mathes Mennell. The Lions got their second win
of the season on Friday when they shocked the Stanford Cardinal. In the 13th minute, sophomore forward Dylan Seedman’s header off a free kick hit the cross bar, but redshirt sophomore Eric Brunter was there for the rebound shot, earning his first career goal and giving the Lions an early 1-0 lead. “Getting the goal and helping out the team any way I could meant a lot,” said Brunter. Stanford tied things up in the 81st minute to send the match into overtime, where the Lions would prevail
due to redshirt sophomore Craig Nitti’s header for the golden goal. “Anytime you go on the road and beat a Pac-12 team, I think you feel pretty good about it,” said Mennell. The Lions took the momentum from the Stanford game into Sunday’s game against Cal but failed to get the weekend sweep; one early goal was all the Golden Bears needed en route to a 1-0 victory. “We came out a little slow,” said Seedman. “Then we started to get
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VOLLEYBALL UPDATE WCC Conference Play
The women’s volleyball team split its first two conference games this season, opening with a win over St. Mary’s College in three sets, but could not hold on against the University of San Francisco, as the Lions lost to the Dons in five sets. The Lions opened up their West Coast Conference schedule against St. Mary’s College on Sept. 20 in Moraga, Calif. The Lions swept the Gaels by a score of 25-19,
26-24, 28-26. Sophomore middle-blocker Litara Keil dominated for the Lions with 12 kills, posting a .750 hitting percentage. This was the seventh-best percentage in a three game set and ninth best for any match in LMU history. Redshirt junior outside hitter Kathleen Luft and redshirt junior outside hitter Felicia Arriola also performed exceedingly well, contributing a match-high
13 kills each. Arriola recorded a doubledouble on the day, adding 11 digs to her statistics. The team could not sustain its success in its second matchup against the University of San Francisco last Saturday in five sets. The Lions won the first and fourth sets, but lost the fifth and final set by a score of 15-12. Keil came up big again with a career
best 24 kills and a total of 27.5 points for the game. Despite this, the Dons edged past the Lions. The Lions are 9-5 on the season and are now 1-1 in conference play. They face a critical test against No. 16 University of San Diego today at 7 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion. – Dan Raffety and Cruz Quinonez, asst. Sports editors Graphic: Joanie Payne | Loyolan