ESTABLISHED 1921 October 11, 2012
Volume 91, Issue 11
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President’s speech to focus on three goals This year’s Convocation is today during Convo in Sacred Heart Chapel and will also be streamed online. By Adrien Jarvis Editor in Chief
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Students gather to protest domestic violence during Convo Senior psychology major Jeremy Dunford, junior sociology major Jennifer Brooks and junior psychology major Pamela Gonzalez (left to right) take part in a silent protest organized by Belles Service Organization during Convo last Tuesday along the walkway on the north side of the Von der Ahe Building to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic abuse.
University promotes depression awareness As part of National Depression Screening Day, students will have the opportunity to assess themselves. By Casey Kidwell Asst. News Editor
Thirty percent of college and University students reported feeling so depressed they could not function and nearly 50 percent felt overwhelming anxiety, according to data collected from the Fall 2011 American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment. Prompted by the desire to “provide students a non-threatening way to assess their well-being and give them information on how to access help on campus,” according to an email sent out by Katherine Cruise, director of communications and marketing for Screening for Mental Health, Inc., LMU is participating in National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) today. Yesterday, LMU also recognized National Mental Health Awareness Day sponsored by Student Psychological Services (SPS). At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Hilton 100, SPS also held a screening of the
movie “The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories about Depression in College,” in order to “educate faculty, staff and students about the reality of depression and suicide,” according an email sent out by Tracy Shaw, Ph.D, the assistant director and coordinator of training for SPS. The movie screening was followed by a discussion by a panel of experts, according to the same email. For National Depression Screening Day today, however, a different kind of screening is taking place. Students are invited to take a free online assessment in order to test themselves for possible symptoms of depression. Following this screening, a student will receive immediate results to determine if they should seek help or a follow up with a health care provider, according to the press release. Students are not required to complete the online screening on this day, as it is available “year-round, 24/7” at: http:// w w w. m e n t a l h e a l t h s c r e e n i n g . o r g / s c r e e n i n g / L O Y O L A M A RY M O U N T, according to the same press release. Not only does the screening gauge
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Where is LMU headed in its post-centennial year? The last academic year was filled with celebration of the historic landmark, but now comes the question of what comes next. President David W. Burcham plans to address this in his Convocation speech today, during Convo. Held in Sacred Heart Chapel, Convocation typically takes place during October as a way to kick off the new academic year. The Chapel usually is packed with 800 to 1,000 people, Burcham estimated, both from on campus and from the larger LMU community. “It’s tradition in most institutions of higher education for the beginning of an academic year to begin with a campus-wide meeting of faculty, of students, of staff, and to hear the president reflect upon accomplishments of the University and challenges the University has in the upcoming year and the years ahead,” Burcham said. The President has three major focuses for his speech this year: last year’s accomplishments, strategic planning and the Second Vatican Council. To the first point, Burcham emphasized that the accomplishments “are
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Blood and bone marrow drives draw participants Junior civil engineering major Elbert Khautakoun (above) was one of the 372 people that donated blood during the blood drive that ran Oct. 8 to 10 in St. Robert’s Auditorium. Fifty-eight people also registered during the bone marrow drive that ran concurrently.
Index Classifieds.............................4 Opinion.........................5 2012 Elections......................8 A&E................................10 Sports..............................16 The next issue of the Loyolan will be printed on Oct. 18, 2012.
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junior accounting major MAIN FOCUS: Student liberties ON HIS SEAT: “I was facing a wall of strong personalities before, but now I’m with them.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “He’s willing to challenge the norm.”
senior economics major MAIN FOCUS: Social justice ON A CHANGE HE HOPES TO MAKE: “I want to get more people involved with ASLMU.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “[He’s] intuitive.”
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sophomore political science major MAIN FOCUS: Freshman adjustment WHY SENATE: “It’s such a family-oriented aspect, and I could see that from the outside looking in.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “[She’s] a go-getter.”
With the selection of two first-year senators last month, this year’s ASLMU senate has finally taken full shape. Now 10 senators strong, the subdivision of student government is energetic about serving LMU’s student body. “I appreciate the enthusiasm everybody has,” Speaker of the Senate Ceci Rangel-Garcia said of the new team. “We really are like a huge family. ... It’s a really great flow in the office.” This year’s senate is made up of primarily first-term senators, with only one returning – Roy Dilekoglu. (Rangel-Garcia also returned after serving as a first-year senator with Dilekoglu last year, but as speaker.) Each senator sat down with the Loyolan to discuss their passions in senate, why they got involved and how their seating assignment speaks to their perspective in the meetings. Additionally, Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Development and ASLMU Adviser Alexandra Froehlich shared her insights about each senator. - Kevin O’Keeffe, managing editor
junior finance major MAIN FOCUS: School unity ON THE OTHER SENATORS: “We’re extremely well-coordinated, we mesh great. ... It’s a really diverse, effective group.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “[He’s a] team player.”
freshman business major MAIN FOCUS: Student unity WHY SENATE: “I love to help others. ... Being a voice for others is something that is key.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “She’s had so many leadership roles ... and I think those kind of things show her responsibility level.”
sophomore accounting major
MAIN FOCUS: School spirit ON RETURNING TO SENATE: “[ASLMU] is what made me like LMU ... so there was no reason I was gonna miss it.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “He creates great relationships with people.”
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If you have a student concern you’d like the senate to hear, attend the weekly meeting on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. in The Hill, located on the fourth floor of Malone.
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junior political science and sociology double major MAIN FOCUS: Laundry ON WHAT HE WOULD ADD: “I would add a service aspect to the job.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “His joy. Also his passion for RHA.”
senior economics major MAIN FOCUS: Environment ON NOT GETTING INVOLVED SOONER: “I was a little bit intimidated at first. ... I came here freshman year, straight from Jakarta.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “[She has] insight for life.”
MAIN FOCUS: Parking ON HER SEAT: “I think I can get a feel for everyone easier, because my back’s not to anyone. ... I listen to other people first.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “[She’s] positive.”
freshman business management major MAIN FOCUS: Student unity ON HIS SEAT: “I’m the only guy on the girls’ side, as my whole life has been.” FROEHLICH’S TAKE: “He comes with a lot of service knowledge.”
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Tsehai Publishers hopes new book will ‘inspire youth’ ‘Flowers of Today, Seeds of Tomorrow’ will be printed in both English and Amharic. By Allison Croley Asst. News Editor
“Telling the human story” is what Elias Wondimu, founder of Tsehai Publishers and Distributers, is trying to accomplish in his latest project, “Flowers of Today, Seeds of Tomorrow” – a series of inspiring stories about Ethiopians, compiled into a coffee-table book complete with photos and graphics. According to its website, Tsehai – located in the Marymount Institute – has been publishing academic works since 2007. However, “Flowers of Today, Seeds of Tomorrow” is completely different in that it is aimed towards a general audience. The goal of this book is to reach a variety of people by telling the history of Ethiopia through the stories of real people. “It’s a simple story we keep hearing about Africa,” said Wondimu, “and we want to add another layer to that simple story.” “Flowers of Today, Seeds of Tomorrow” features Ethiopians of all different backgrounds that have become leaders in their field of interest. Some of these people include GRAMMY-nominated musician Wayna Wondwossen, archaeologist Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged, supermodel Liya Kebede and Food Network star Marcus Samuelsson. According to Wondimu, the idea behind this project is that through an understanding of these people, where they came from and how they became successful, readers will gain
a better understanding of Ethiopian history and become inspired to strive for excellence. “Ethiopia has an amazing history that we are proud of,” Wondimu said. “Unfortunately, this particular generation is misinformed and bombarded by the negative single story. That means that not only Ethiopia, but the other African nations are delegated to this one-story issue that is poverty, disease, drought and famine.” According to the Tsehai website, Wondimu’s passion is producing “knowledge for the next generation.” Because he feels that important knowledge from his generation has been lost, Wondimu intends to translate the book into Amharic – the Ethiopian language – so that the Ethiopian youth have an optimistic picture of the past two generations. Tsehai is partnering with Ethiopia Reads, an American nonprofit organization that has implemented over 100 libraries across Ethiopia, to get copies of “Flowers of Today, Seeds of Tomorrow” in every library. “The goal is for this book to inspire a generation of successful people who will [give back],” Wondimu said. “Hopefully it will inspire a lot of youth in the United States too, because I think they will really be able to relate with the individuals highlighted in the book,” said LMU English graduate student and Editor of the book Darcey Whitmore. In light of the themes of inspiration and youth, LMU students wrote most of the content for this book. Wondimu worked with Dr. Linda Bannister, professor of English and director of the journalism certificate program at LMU, and
encouraged students to write for his book by allowing them to take English 469, a practicum class that offers credit to students for working at an LMU publication. One of these students, senior business major Nick Pachelli, wrote a few profiles as a student for the practicum class and is still working on this project as Wondimu’s editorial assistant. “Everything that these people [in the book] are doing is really cutting edge and innovative,” Pachelli said. “It’s cool because we get to interview them. You get a lot of exposure.” Wondimu said that although the book is about Ethiopians, everyone – especially college students – can be encouraged by the work these people have done, and he is confident in the book’s ability to motivate. “There are many American college students that are lost in what they are trying to do, and you have to find a role model,” Wondimu said. “I think that this is the type of book where you can find something really worthy to do that contributes to the general public.” Once this book is published, Wondimu hopes to expand the project with a collection of coffeetable books highlighting people from every country in Africa. He said that the most compelling way to tell history and engage people of all different education levels and backgrounds is through stories. “It’s an Ethiopian story, but it’s a human story above all,” Wondimu said. Tsehai Publishers and Distributors is working to raise the final funds necessary to finish this project. To contribute, go to Kickstarter.com/projects/ tsehai.
Dr. Joseph Hellige discusses his experience at LMU, his hopes for the future and what sets LMU apart from other universities
with the executive president and provost This issue, Editor in Chief Adrien Jarvis talks to Dr. Joseph Hellige about his role at LMU and his past Halloween costumes. 1. Can you describe what the role of executive vice president and provost is? You’re really the chief operational officer of the University, so you are responsible for providing leadership for all of the academic functions but also the other divisions, including Student Affairs, Business and Finance and Administration. 2. Why LMU? What makes you want to be such an important person on this campus specifically? I don’t think I’m that important. The students are the important people on campus, and everything else is about the students – and that’s actually why I like being at LMU. This is a very student-centered institution, and everyone from the faculty – where you expect – from the president, from staff in office at all levels, everybody understands they’re here for the students. 3. What do you think are some of the biggest issues currently facing the University? I think a big issue facing all of higher education is the question of value compared to affordability. For us to provide a small class size [and] engaging activities for students will never be inexpensive, so our challenge is to do it in a way that makes it affordable. And then, I think, it’s always a challenge to be looking ahead, not at what students need today but what graduates are going to need five and 10 years down the road and create the foundation while students are here to put them in a position to be the ethical leaders within the various careers they will have when they leave. 4. You came to campus about five and a half years ago. How has LMU changed since you started on this campus? We have a much better basketball team [laughs]. We are well on the way to implementing a new undergraduate core curriculum. We have risen in the rankings, and I think that we’re beginning to be recognized for the excellence that’s here. And we have a new president.
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5. What sets LMU apart from other schools? Certainly the fact that we are Catholic, Jesuit and Marymount sets us apart from some places. The level of student engagement in both academic activities and service academics, personal growth activities. The fact that emphasis on educating students as whole people is more than just a phrase – it really is the way that we approach students. What I say to people sometimes is that like many universities, we are about teaching students how to do a lot of things. But, more than that, we try to help students understand how to decide what things in life are worth doing. 6. With Halloween coming up, what’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Probably Robin Hood.
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8. Are you going to wear a costume this year? Probably not. I mean, I’ll dress like an administrator. If that’s not enough to scare people, I don’t know what is. 9. Last time we talked, you said that you’re hoping to be able to teach a course. Does that seem like something that is coming up in the foreseeable future? I would like to either teach or co-teach a course sometime during the next academic year.
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Depression not a ‘weakness’ Burcham explains goals but a ‘serious health issue’ Convocation from Page 1
Depression from Page 1 symptoms students may experience that are consistent with depression, but it also lets students know if they have symptoms consistent with other “mood disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or bipolar disorder,” according to Angela Devereaux, marketing and public relations coordinator for Screening for Mental Health, Inc. With this nationallyrecognized day for screening for depression, Devereaux believed that by being able to remain in the privacy of their dorm rooms while completing the assessment, “the screenings
help students take the first step toward treatment and make asking for help a little easier.” Devereaux encouraged students not only to take the screening for themselves, but to share it with friends. Talking about depression and “encouraging others to get help” means we will “better understand the issue,” she said. Knowing that, according to Devereaux, “the reality is, one out of four young adults will experience a depressive episode by age 24 and nearly half of all college students report feeling so depressed at some point in time that they have trouble functioning,” and therefore the
importance of LMU recognizing this day along with 570 other colleges is evident. Not only is depression an issue existing among many young people and people coming to college, but “if left untreated, depression can lead to suicide, … the third leading cause of death for those aged 15-24 and the second leading cause of death of college students,” according to Devereaux. When asked what a common misconception about depression is, Devereaux said that people think “that depression is just a weakness or is something that someone can ‘snap out of.’ Depression is not a weakness, but a real and serious health issue.”
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significant.” However, he will spend most of his speech on the second point. “We have now a completed strategic plan at the University level that has six initiatives, and I am going to ... describe and explore a little bit what is happening now and what will happen over the course of this year with the colleges and the schools and the administrative units that are developing their operational plans ... [with] collaboration and communication and cooperation across the University ... [being] essential in making those into effective plans,” Burcham said. He added, “It’s really important, especially now when there are increasingly limited resources, because we’re not raising tuition very much, and we just don’t have a lot of money like perhaps was available to fund the last strategic plan 20 years ago. It’s very important that we’re strategic in the way that we decide what programs should be emphasized, what direction we should go so that we concentrate and focus our efforts and our resources in those areas and not to spread across too thinly.” As for his third point, today also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the convening of the Second Vatican Council. “I’m going to talk a little bit about ... why that should matter to students, faculty and staff at LMU,” Burcham said. Burcham hopes that students attend Convocation today because “it’s their University. Everybody here and the students may not realize this all the time, but everybody here that I work with is here to try to make this a better place for students.” To emphasize this point, Burcham shared a quote from his speech. “If you think about it, LMU is really just a constellation, a big constellation, of human relationships,” he said. “And as those relationships are positive and strong – and by positive and strong I mean people treat each other with respect and dignity, with tolerance and understanding – LMU grows stronger automatically. As those relationships go the other direction, LMU is less than we aspire to be.
So, we all have that responsibility, it seems to me, to come together and reflect on how we can have an effect on making LMU stronger.” Senior Spanish and women’s studies double major Beatriz Alfaro plans to be one of those students in the audience today. “I just think it’s more beneficial for your own leadership to know and be familiar with the changes that are occurring at the University,” Alfaro said about why she is attending. She added, “I think in order to move forward, we really need to act in solidarity with the University, and that requires student engagement. Since we constitute the majority of the campus, there is a need for student input.” Senior marketing major Joe Dzida, who is Greek Council president, will also be at Convocation. “It really amazes me how in touch President Burcham is with the students. ... Anyone who is actually that interested in individual students’ lives, not just in the school, [but] as a whole, I think [deserves] to be listened to,” said Dzida, who added that he’s noticed Burcham making a conscious effort to get to know students on campus. “I think [Convocation] is actually going to be geared toward making it better for the students and not just for the sake of LMU. I think [Burcham] really understands that LMU is the students and not just the buildings, and I think that’s the most important part,” said Dzida. As for what Burcham is looking forward to most this academic year, it’s “raising money for the endowment for student scholarships,” he said. “That’s the number one need.” Alfaro echoed the importance of endowment, saying, “I really liked how the president and the University are interested in increasing the endowment. ... I think that’s crucial and the reason why most students can attend here. ... It allows students to focus more on being a student rather than spreading themselves thin.” Convocation is today during Convo in Sacred Heart Chapel. For those who cannot attend, a livestream will also be available online and, following the event, a transcript of Burcham’s speech can be found online at laloyolan.com.
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Opinion Student Editorials and Perspectives
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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A matter of the mind
ith midterms circling overhead, it’s not uncommon to hear people complain that they’ve caught a bug that’s going around at the most inopportune moment. Illnesses rarely ever strike at opportune moments, though, be they physical or mental. Tuesday was National Mental HealthAwareness Day, and Student Psychological Services (SPS) sponsored an event and resource table this past Tuesday during Convo. To further highlight their day and resources, on Wednesday, SPS screened the movie “The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College” in Hilton, with a discussion that followed. Today, LMU is participating in National Depression Screening Day. The Loyolan commends SPS’s decision to host these events, which were meant to be a kick-off for their year-long mental health screenings, according to an email the Loyolan received from Dr. Tracy Shaw, assistant director at SPS. We hope members of the LMU community took advantage of the events, whether or not they feel an immediate need for SPS’s resources. However, one’s mental health is something that deserves attention year-round. While hopefully these resources may have caught the attention of someone who may really need help with depression or any number of mental illnesses, it would be even better to have more events periodically with on-campus publicity. It’s not enough for mental health to be on our minds one day or week a semester and hope the theme will continue throughout. National Mental Health Awareness Day is a nation-wide event, along with an entire dedicated week in October and a month-long observance
in May, which is a step in the right direction, but the University could do more. Belles Service Organization devotes an entire week of wellpublicized events to raise awareness of domestic violence and Marians Service Organization does the same for breast cancer. Both of these issues are obviously important to the Loyolan and deserve the recognition they have already received. However, the way these issues are presented vary, and LMU could do more to see that SPS has more events and that they are granted the campus-wide publicity they deserve. Depression is a heavy issue for anyone to deal with, and not something that comes up casually in conversation. With all the pressures of collegiate life and the inevitable focus on appearances, it may seem embarrassing or difficult for anyone to reach out and simply talk with a friend about how he or she is feeling. Having resources available for students is obviously necessary, but the arbitrary stigma of depression can run so deep that even going to professionals might cause embarrassment for a student. Neither depression, nor breast cancer nor domestic abuse are easy topics; all of them deserve the same amount of discussion. The Loyolan encourages anyone who feels they might be depressed or is dealing with any sort of mental issue to not be afraid to seek help, whether it be from a friend, a resident adviser or one of the professionals at SPS. Depression is not something that simply goes away like the common cold. This does not make it something stigmatizing, but rather something not everyone can deal with alone.
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Rule of Thumb
The Loyolan’s Executive Editorial Board weighs in on current topics of discussion.
Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 counts of serial sexual molestation with a minor, will serve between 30 and 60 years in a federal prison, as announced Tuesday. Sandusky showed very little emotion after the sentence was read, according to ESPN’s legal analyst Jerry Crasnick. Sandusky is almost sure to spend the remainder of his life in a federal jail, as he begins his sentence at 68 years of age. The Sandusky scandal serves as a concrete example of the disturbing, underreported issue of sexual abuse. Countless new cases and victims have told their story of Sandusky after the initial allegations surfaced last year. The ramifications of this case on the American public are clear, but they are no match for the negative impact Sandusky had on these children that will forever stay with them in their thoughts and memories. He was supposed to be a role model, but instead took advantage of vulnerable youth and turned into a criminal, over and over again. Thumbs up to the appropriate sentencing of Jerry Sandusky.
The biggest “Titanic” question finally answered Spoiler alert: Don’t read this thumb if you are one of the few people on earth who does not know how “Titanic” ends. However, for those of you who do, the age-old question of whether Kate Winslet’s character, Rose, was being greedy and let Leo DiCaprio’s Jack die or they actually couldn’t both fit on the wooden board has been answered. “MythBusters,” with the help of “Titanic” director James Cameron, finally got to the bottom of it. It turns out that both could have stayed afloat on the board and survived hypothermia in time to be rescued – if they had tied Rose’s life vest underneath the board to help with buoyancy.Thumbs up to “MythBusters” for taking on a silly but important question, one that Team Jack has waited for an answer on since the tearjerker first broke our hearts in 1997.
Limited access to Lion Mail poses problems The majority of LMU students are no strangers to first-world problems. However, one substantive gripe amongst students and faculty alike is their inability to log in to Lion Mail independently from the MYLMU main page. Most professors insist students use their assigned University accounts, so it is imperative that students can access said accounts. Having to log into first MYLMU and then Lion Mail – versus directly into Lion Mail itself – is certainly a first-world problem. But, when MYLMU goes down, as it did Tuesday night, it’s frustrating for students who were then unable to use their Lion Mail for work or class assignments. LMU’s utilization of technology is often impressive, so it seems odd that the University has not yet created a more straightforward means to access it. Thumbs down to a complicated process for a simple situation.
Public policy and legality over politics
ould you feel safe on the road knowing that some drivers were untrained and unlicensed? Imagine if in order to get to work or school, you had to break the law. These are two components that have come into the picture since California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2189, a bill that will BanAnnaGram allow some undocumentBy Anna Escher ed individuals Asst. Opinion Editor to obtain drivers’ license – something that immigrants’ rights groups have worked for years to achieve. This bill has my support for a few reasons. First, it affects those who were brought into the U.S. by their parents when under the age of 18; in my opinion, there is no reason they should be held back in society because of a choice they themselves did not make. Second, AB 2189 is a proactive effort to help those who are already contributing to society by giving them the chance to become a trained and licensed driver. This bill applies to students who need to get to school and young parents who need to drive their children to school. It also applies to people who need to get to work and allows them to do so safely and legally in hopes of decreasing unsafe driving. A video in the online version of the Oct. 1 article “Gov.
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Brown Signs Bill Allowing Driver Licenses For Some Illegal Immigrants” from CBS San Francisco reported that, “backers of this bill have been saying for years that it would make California roads a lot safer. Hundreds of thousands of people, some who may not even be driving without licenses, would be able to drive legally and get insurance.” The article also explains that this bill expands on Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that according to Whitehouse. gov, “allows certain individuals who meet specific guidelines to request consideration
of deferred action from United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).” What the DACA policy aims to accomplish is to give those who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to be considered on a case-by-case basis to get on a path to citizenship and employment authorization. The policy is only applicable to those who are in school, have graduated high school or obtained a GED or are a discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or Armed Forces, explains Whitehouse.gov. AB 2189 will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. It will allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue motor vehicle licenses
to undocumented individuals as long as they meet certain criteria: They must have crossed the border before age 16, have lived in the U.S. for 5 years, be under 30 years of age and be enrolled in school or some kind of training, according to the same video in the CBS San Francisco article. What proves fascinating about this bill is that it has gained bipartisan support, even among those who do not support illegal immigration. While entering the country illegally is wrong and creates backlash by complicating issues of health care and employment in the U.S., AB 2189 can be appreciated for its proactive efforts to help those who came
here not by their own choice and are already on the path to success transition more smoothly by being eligible to get a driver’s education training and subsequently, a driver’s license. The decision Gov. Jerry Brown made was a choice of public policy and safety over politics. It is not ideal for people to come into the country illegally. However, what is important about this bill is that it is a proactive step in helping those who want better lives for themselves, achieve education and work and then become active contributors to society. I commend Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, the author of this bill, as well as Gov. Jerry Brown for choosing safety for drivers instead of backing efforts to combat illegal immigration in the larger political scheme. This shows that the governor has California’s safety and wellbeing in mind, rather than larger political issues that would not be solved by vetoing this bill. Many of us are privileged enough to have gone through driver’s education courses when we were in high school and obtained our licenses without hassle. Imagine if this were not the case and that in order to get to school every morning, you had to drive illegally. This bill will only make California roads safer, as well as help those who have overcome adversity and are trying hard to do the right thing for themselves. This is the opinion of Anna Escher, a senior communication studies major from Stanford, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Think outside the bubble
here is a point in politics where certain types of fringe thinkers have to be ignored in virtue of what they are saying. And then there are times, when the unbridled, asinine nature of individuals who somehow slip through the cracks and are given a podium, that ought to stop and make us really reconsider whether A Short Story what we’ve got By Joseph Demes going on here Asst. Opinion Editor in America is really working. Ladies and gentlemen, enter Jon Michael Hubbard: Arkansas state representative, a prime, albeit extreme example of the decline of American discourse. An Oct. 5 blog post on the Arkansas Times website made note of Hubbard after his self-published 2010 novel, “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative,” began to make waves in the wake of its own implosion. How this gem eluded the public eye is beyond me (again, the whole “self-published” aspect doesn’t lend much credibility), but after this I can only hope that the first sentence of his campaign website, “I am not a politician, and have never wanted to be a politician,” becoms true because of all this newfound attention. His grievances – the most poignant ones listed by the Times post – are very specific, very absurd and just an eensy bit racist. Among them are the ideas that integration was a detriment for the U.S. schooling system, that “while in the throes of slavery, [black men and women] as Americans are likely much better than they ever would have enjoyed living in sub-Saharan Africa” and a general tone of woeful despair for the possibility of “black people in the United States of America to firmly establish themselves as inclu-
sive and contributing members of society within this country.” Tell that to all the black students here at LMU or at any university across the U.S. The sad thing is that these kinds of publications aren’t anything new nowadays. Last December, a Forbes contributor, Gene Marks, submitted “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” in response to President Barack Obama’s Dec. 6 address on the economy in Osawatomie, Ks. Marks is a middle-aged, balding white dude. Who writes for Forbes. And thinks that, besides “brains ... hard work ... and a little help from others,” all these “poor black kids” need to do in order to succeed is learn how to use “free technology” like Google Scholar and Skype “to study with other students who also want to do well in [their] school,” pick up software skills and “how to write code” and, uh, I don’t
University – and Cornel West essentially diagnoses this mode of thinking as a “[loss of] the real.” Because, West goes on, being an upper-middle-class American “is to live a life of unimaginable comfort,” one that cannot recognize “the ragged edges of the Real, of Necessity, not being able to eat, not having shelter, not having health care” and thereby treats comfort as the standard. Hubbard and, to an extent, Marks are way out there. Michael Cook, a writer for Talk Business, explicitly recognized in his Oct. 5 post, “Rep. Jon Hubbard: Slavery ‘A Blessing In Disguise,’” that Hubbard is a “radical extremist whose views are far outside the mainstream of Arkansas.” The only thing is, there is always going to be run-off of that kind of rhetoric into a more generalized discourse; Romney’s “47 percent” and Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remarks come to mind. And yes, they’re easy to pick on because they’re kind of vying for presidency. Nevertheless, if nothing else it shows that the tendency to think outside of one’s “Teflon existence,” as West put it in the aforementioned interview, is not implemented nearly as much as it ought to be – that is, always. By that, he’s referring to the fact that upper-middle class living can insulate people from the realities outside of their existence, the same way Teflon keeps its contents separated from outside contact. Politics will never be perfect. Some remarks will offend individuals regardless of how wellintended they might be and how they are delivered. But that we can say most anything we feel like doesn’t mean it ought to be said. Context means just as much as content, and remarks like the ones made by Hubbard demonstrate neither validity nor soundness in either department.
“[Hubbard’s book is] ignorance, rotund and bloated beyond what common sense might allow as healthy.” know, get good grades? That’s assuming every lower-class family of any race can afford a decent computer and decent Internet connectivity in somewhere like, say, West Philadelphia. It’s totally absurd. It only demonstrates that we are beginning to lose sight of somewhat tautological cultural, racial and economic realities – which in turn seriously affects the way we can speak of an existence outside our own. It’s ignorance, rotund and bloated beyond what common sense might allow as healthy. To label fringe thinking as thinking is oxymoronic, yes, but it’s symptomatic nonetheless and cannot be ignored. An interview titled “The Political Intellectual,” conducted and inserted into the 1999 publication “The Cornel West Reader,” between Anders Stephanson – a professor of history at Columbia
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Re: “Lecture addresses origins of IsraeliPalestine conflict,” Oct. 8 To Whom It May Concern: LMU Students for Justice in Palestine (LMU SJP) would like to clarify a statement made in the Oct. 8 article “Lecture Addresses Origins of Israel-Palestine Conflict”. The story states that our organization plans to host an “Israeli Apartheid Week” this school year. The item runs unattributed in the story, but is the result of an LMU SJP member’s misstatement. At this time, we do not have any plans to host such a week. Our group is committed to the promotion of faith and the service of justice, and recognizes our responsibility to share the historically undervalued Palestinian narrative with the larger LMU community. We simply seek the cultivation of peace and awareness in our communities and ourselves. Sincerely, LMU Students for Justice in Palestine
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Consider your job when you vote On Monday, CEO and founder of Florida timeshare company Westgate Resorts, David Siegel, sent an email to his employees which threatened downsizing in his company, should President Barack Obama be reelected. In the letter, Siegel compared his income taxes to“deducting 50 percent”of each of his employees’ paychecks and encouraged them to consider “whose policies will endanger [their] job.” Do you think Siegel should be able to influence his employees to vote in this kind of manner?
“Private” actions caught in public In an effort to demonstrate the tension between being photographed in public and a desire for privacy, Spanish photographer Oscar Monzón took to a bridge in downtown Madrid and photographed unknowingdrivers at a stoplight. Entitled “Sweet Car,” the collection has captured scenes ranging from a couple fighting to a man doing lines of cocaine off of a magazine. Monzón, in a Tuesday Wired article, claims he has never concealed himself while taking shots. Is this an invasion of privacy or a worthwhile project?
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“Cities and States in Crisis” MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 ● 7:15 P.M. ● HILTON 100 Dr. Rauh, professor of finance at Stanford, will speak about the current and future financial crisis faced by many state and municipal governments. He estimates that state and local governments presently have over $4.4 trillion in unfunded pension obligations, about $35,000 for each American household. Rauh will explain how this situation developed, how pension laws have contributed to the problem, how this will affect citizens of California and propose some solutions.
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The importance of being vice presidential I n the wake of the reactions to and effects of the first presidential debate, we now transition tonight to Centre College in Danville, Ky. and the vice presidential debate between Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden. H o w e v er, with so much emBy Ryan Nielson phasis and Contributor coverage being focused on Mitt Romney’s 52-point debate victory over an unprepared and disengaged Barack Obama (according to Gallup national polling amongst Americans who watched the debate) and Romney’s 5 percent boost in the Gallup national electoral poll, it must be asked if, in fact, the vice presidential debate is relevant in the scope of the greater election. Although the presidential candidates receive more attention and are the primary representatives of their political party and policy platform, the vice presidential candidates still have a critical role in the function and outcome of this election. As such, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden can operationalize this key role in the
upcoming vice presidential debate to the benefit of their respective campaigns and American voters. Firstly, both vice presidential candidates are themselves arms of their respective campaigns. They are representatives of the presidential candidate and synonymous with the convictions and policy principles of their campaign. Therefore, both candidates have the ability to be tools of reiteration, explanation and extension in the debate on policy plans or political goals of the campaign. This is especially beneficial for the Romney campaign. Ryan, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, is the lead architect of many of the government fiscal policy principles of Romney’s plan “Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth.” He thus possesses both the knowledge and capacity to provide the specific details and statistical projections of Romney’s plan for economic development that were lacking in his first debate performance and can address and effectively rectify the critical weaknesses of Romney’s first debate performance, clearly defining the stance and intent of the Romney campaign. Similarly, since the Obama campaign is coming off an
unimpressive performance, Biden has the capacity to improve some of the issues of both that debate and the downturn in the polls by infusing the Obama campaign with energy, vivacity and clarity. The Obama campaign would benefit from an effective and energized, yet precise, performance by Biden in the vice presidential debate, and would re-stimulate the Obama voter base. Furthermore, the vice presidents have historically been influential in “balancing” or “strengthening” the ticket, providing either complementary or supplementary expertise and skill to bolster the presidential candidate and the greater campaign. Both Obama and Sen. John McCain attempted to balance their strengths when they asked Biden and then-Gov. Sarah Palin to join their tickets in 2008, with mixed results. This influence can be demonstrated in the vice presidential debate, putting on display the vice presidential candidates’ own strengths and factors that will be actively integrated both on the electoral ticket and in the presidency. For example, Ryan can display and articulate his expertise as a congressional budgeter, which would in turn strengthen the Romney cam-
paign, as he would bring an ability to address the issues of economic growth, government spending, the deficit, taxes and the national debt, issues that are central to American voters in this year’s election. In this way, the Romney campaign situates itself as both more trustworthy and reliable to handle the pertinent issues of the nation, thereby appealing to American voters who share the same principles and concerns. Biden can emphasize his long-term experience and knowledge of congressional politics to articulate that the Obama administration possesses a strong and unique capacity to provide legislative solutions to the national issues and an ability to “get things done” in Congress. This appeal to solution-oriented strengths would appeal to those voters who feel gridlock in Washington, D.C., is hindering the process of national advancement and development, thereby securing voters. Ultimately, the unique and distinct qualities that the vice presidential candidates exhibit in this debate and the electoral ticket can profoundly influence the image of the candidates’ campaign in the eyes of the voter, translating into support in contested battleground states and strength
in the overall body of the campaign. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this vice presidential debate should matter to all American voters engaged in this election, for it is important that each voter has a fully comprehensive understanding of both candidates represented on the ticket to make an informed choice come Nov. 6. It is a citizen’s civic duty to participate in the democratic process, and candidate debates like this one mobilize this duty by granting voters the ability to develop knowledge, opinions and relations to those parties and candidates. In such a contested and crucial election cycle, every vote counts, and a thoughtful, astute cast is one that will determine the future of the American presidency and the United States of America.
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DejaView continues free movie legacy Campus Spotlight By Christopher James A&E Editor
atching a movie can be a communal experience, whether it is going to the Rave to see the latest blockbuster with hundreds of people or cramming an obscene amount of people into a small room in one’s freshman dorm. Since it opened at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, the DejaView Movie Lounge has been providing LMU students with a 48-person theater that oscillates between classic college favorites and movies that are not even out on home video yet. Not only that, but every movie is completely free
of charge. There has been a noticeable growth in the turnout of students this year compared to its inaugural year, with movies such as “The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games” causing staff to have to turn away students because of space, according to junior accounting major Teresa Panilla, who recently began working at DejaView this year as a staff member. “Last year, there were humble showings of two to three people. One time, me and my friend had basically our private showing as we were the only people seeing ‘Hocus Pocus,’” said Panilla. “Now, it feels more like a community. People are like, ‘Let’s go to DejaView.’” In fact, according to Panilla, attendance hovers on average
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around 30 people per showing. Growth has been a subject on the mind of the professional staff as DejaView began its second year on campus. “We have really paid attention to our marketing this year,” said Campus Recreation Specialist Katherine Seamands, the professional staffer at DejaView. “When a new facility opens on campus, the hardest part can be awareness.” Whether it be passing out schedules at Convo or putting posters around campus, DejaView has been making strides around campus, according to Panilla. “We are trying to advertise a lot more and reach different areas on campus because a lot of upperclassmen don’t know we have the movie theater,” said Panilla. Being a fixture of East Quad, it makes sense that DejaView has a large number of freshman patrons. “I think that reaching out to the freshman class has done a lot for us numbers-wise,” said senior communications major Ana Ortiz, the manager of the DejaView movie theater. “That and being more active on social media.” Since its inception at the beginning of last year, DejaView has kept a steadfast student-focused mission. “The mission [of] DejaView Movie Lounge has consistently been to provide a quality moviegoing experience for the LMU community,” said Seamands. “We primarily focus on providing late night and weekend programming.” In crafting the monthly programming for students to enjoy, there is more than just what students want that the staff at the DejaView movie theater has to consider. “I encourage students to reach out with any suggestions, [however] we also have to take into
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Opening at the beginning of last semster, DejaView Movie Lounge has grown over the past year and now has multiple at-capacity showings. account the type of film,” said Seamands. “We have been unable to show several popular films because they conflict with LMU’s mission. It is important to make sure we value and respect the University’s mission and identity.” Respecting our Jesuit tradition has caused many popular recent films, such as “Ted,” from being shown as part of DejaView’s lineup. In terms of progressing forward, Ortiz shared her desire to be able to show more edgy content. “I wanted to have ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Fight Club’ or something like that, but violence and drug use are major themes in those movies, so that’s not really gonna fly here,” said Ortiz. Though “Ted” or “Pulp Fiction” may not be coming to DejaView any weekend soon, there are still plenty of approved choices that the staff are able to choose from. “We obtain the licensing rights and cop-
ies of the films through a licensing distribution company, Swank Motion Pictures,” said Seamands. “Swank has partnerships with many of the large production companies and is able to obtain the right to distribute licensing for schools, companies and special events,” said Seamands. In order to diversify its lineup, DejaView has been crafting special upcoming events. There will be a costume contest and late night showing of “The Shining” on Halloween. In addition, on Oct. 25 DejaView will be hosting a Brew and View, serving alcohol to students above the age of 21 during a screening of “Zoolander.” At the end of the day, the basic appeal of why students frequent DejaView movie theater is simple. Explaining how she came to know about the theater, Panilla said, “Well it’s pretty simple. I’m a college student and I’m poor and they play free movies.”
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ike it or not, reality TV is the most dominant force in the television industry. In a recent TiVo survey, 15 of the 20 most widely viewed programs were of the genre. Viewers tune in to take a weekly vacation to the “Jersey Shore” or to “keep up” with America’s favorite f a m i l y, the Kardas hi ans . And yet,no one seems to think twice as UnPOPular they watch Opinion y o u n g a d u l t s By Chelsea self-induce Chenelle alcohol Asst. A&E Editor poisoning or spy on the privileged upper class going about their day. The formula is the same – find the most sensational people, the people we long to be but never will be, and invade their personal bubble. This voyeuristic practice garners little more than a “trash-TV” tongue lashing from your parents as you struggle to hold yourself together during the final season on the “Shore.” But what happens when reality TV becomes just that – a realistic depiction of the world without the illusion of status? To answer that, let me introduce you to the accidental activist and most precocious child ever, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. Y’all better redneckognize. “Toddlers in Tiaras” star Alana Thompson became an overnight sensation after the TLC tell-all exposé showcased her glamour, glitz and ability to deliver quotable quips. After her infamous line “a dollar makes me holler, honey boo boo child” became a phenomenon, TLC decided to give her family its own television show. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” chronicles a day in the life of the beauty queen and her eccentric family: Mama June Shannon, sisters Anna “Chickadee,” Lauryn “Pumpkin” and Jessica “Chubbs,” and Alana’s father Mike “Sugar Bear.” To get a better sense of the family dynamic, June has never been married, all girls come from different fathers and Anna recently gave birth to her first child, at age 18. They are a lower-middle class family who partake in “Redneck Olympics,” roadkill barbeques and extreme couponing. Yet no matter how many stereotypes TLC throws its way, the Shannon/Thompson family cannot help but paint the freshest,
The Shannon/Thompson family refreshes American TV by showing us it’s OK to accept ourselves, follow our dreams and laugh along the way. most endearing portrait of a working-class, wholly American family. It is easy for us to sit behind MacBooks at a private university and laugh at their unorthodox lifestyle, to criticize June for her size or her parenting technique without ever giving the family an honest try. In shows like “Jersey Shore” or “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the audience laughs with the subjects, immersing themselves in their experiences and consuming their idealized bodies and ways of life. When we watch “Honey Boo Boo,” we opt to laugh at them, seeing them as imperfect and even beneath us. The “Honey Boo Boo” haters are almost as plentiful as the fans. This social acceptance of class privilege has lead to blind critiques of the show and a recent “South Park” episode, where “Honey Boo Boo” has “lowered the bar” for entertainment – really “South Park”? You’ve been below the bar for your last nine seasons. What these elitists don’t realize is that the joke is on them. The Shannon/Thompson family is not dumb. They have no illusions as to who they are, and while it may not be who you are, it does not make it any less respectable. Being disgusted with the program says something about you before it says something about the stable and supportive family environment fostered in June’s home. At a basic level, “Honey Boo Boo” is about family relationships. You see the occasional fight between June and Pumpkin. You’re invited to watch as the family sacrifices time and money so that Alana can compete in the overly–priced pag-
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eants. When Chubbs wants to lose weight, the family stands behind her but is sure to relieve the pressure and stress that dieting would have in any other show. It is this selfless love that keeps fans coming back for more, because we see a little bit of ourselves in them. It is nice to imagine, in a world that seems crazy, that our family and friends have the power to hold us together. Then there is Honey Boo Boo herself, the reason we all tuned in to begin with. Growing up in the heart of Dixie could have formed her into our cliché image of the South – intolerant, ignorant and unintelligible. Instead, the audience is treated to the vivacious, accepting sweetheart that we all wish we could be. Equipped with big ideas and a small filter, Alana spews out gems worthy of all the Internet praise. In one episode, she is given a teacup pig as a pet. The pig is quickly named “Glitzy,” and Alana explains how she plans to transform him into a “pageant pig.” When Pumpkin tries to burst her bubble by reminding Alana that the pig is a boy and dressing him up might “turn him gay,” Alana scolds her sister, saying, “He can be gay if he wants. You can’t tell that pig what to do.” With her eyes firmly set on equality, it is no wonder the seven-yearold beauty queen beat out the Republican National Convention in viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Shannon/Thompson family comes to us at an important time in our history – the rich are getting richer while the poor are left out to dry. A time when we are supposed to be image conscious and work to maintain an image suitable to everyone else. What “Honey Boo Boo” has done is completely break down these ideas, serving a cultural importance as a reminder what it means to not take part in the rat race or the latest diet fad, or to look down on others based on factors out of our control. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” puts the emphasis back on the middle class and drags us out of the dark bars of Jersey and the cold conversations of Beverly Hills homes. The Shannon/Thompson family is not a hoard of ignorant rednecks out to sabotage entertainment, rather they are the every man, or woman, relying on personal character and familial love to make it through this crazy world. This is the opinion of Chelsea Chenelle, a sophomore art history major from San Diego, Calif. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Abortion subject of latest Pub Night Event Spotlight By Mark Ciafullo Contributor
ith the 2012 presidential election looming, the political landscape is filled with debates over issues such as abortion and women’s rights. In order to help engender discussion on this issue, the William H. Hannon Library will be holding a Faculty Pub Night with LMU philosophy professor Dr. Christopher Kaczor regarding his latest book, “The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice.” According to Kaczor, the stance he takes in his book regarding this sensitive subject is that “abortion is morally wrong” and that it is “intrinsically evil.” This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Von Der Ahe Family Suite on the third floor of the Library. Rather than looking at it through a religious or moral lens, Kaczor believes that abortion should be judged using an ethical standard, particularly “the ethics of inclusion.” The ethics of inclusion, in Kaczor’s words, are that “every single human being, no matter what race, religion, location or condition, should be respected by all and protected by law.” He contrasts this with the ethics of exclusion or, by his definition, “that some human beings don’t count because [of] their race, religion, location or condition.” He believes that this is the
standard that has been applied to abortion, and it is “rationally unjustifiable.” Using the ethics of inclusion, he argued that “if all human beings have equal [basic] rights, then human beings prior to birth also have equal rights.” Because of this, he concluded that since “killing innocent human beings violates their basic rights and is morally wrong, and since abortion kills an innocent human being prior to birth, abortion is morally wrong.” The goal of his presentation, according to Kaczor, is for students “to call into question certain dogmas that many people accept such as that abortion simply destroys ‘a mass of tissues’ or ‘opposition to abortion is based solely on religious belief.’” He said that his presentation will also cater to “whoever cares about the promotion of justice.” Kaczor argued further, “[My] book is a very secular case that abortion is intrinsically evil and should never be done by someone committed to the promotion of justice.” Kaczor believes this because “if the prochoice view is correct, people who are pro-life defend a view incompatible with justice.” On the other hand, “If the pro-life view is correct, people who are pro-choice defend a view that is compatible with justice,” Kaczor said. He believes that “most LMU students are open-minded and willing to consider diverse views that are distinct from their own.” Because of this, he hopes that “everyone, regardless of their
view, [will] consider” his arguments and perspective. In order to encourage student participation and discussion about the abortion debate, the presentation will also have a 20-minute question and answer section, where students will have the opportunity to learn more about, or perhaps disagree with, Kaczor’s beliefs. The message of Kaczor in regards to his secular approach to abortion has spoken to certain students. “[Professor Kaczor] has a very strong, secular case for why abortion is morally wrong; however, I would be interested to see how he ties this in to the legal and political issues of abortion, because the debate is far more than whether or not abortion is morally acceptable,” said Sophomore English major and Loyolan contributor Nick Lepore. Among interested students, the topic for this upcoming Pub Night is one of the chief reasons some cite to explain why they are interested in attending. “[I feel] it will broaden my perspective on a controversial and important issue for this generation,” said sophomore engineering Savin Damkar. The Faculty Pub Night event is, according to its coordinator, outreach librarian Jamie Hazlitt, “the Library’s way of celebrating the faculty’s research and accomplishments.” The goal of these events is that students “get to see what faculty do outside the classroom.” The Library committee picks professors that are publishing books like Kaczor, who recently
Amidst the presidential debate, the latest Faculty Pub Night will tackle the topic of abortion, featuring the pro-life work of Dr. Christopher Kaczor. released his new book, “The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction about Catholicism.” The professors and topics for this series are also deliberately chosen to reach “a balance of liberal and conservative opin-
ions,” according to Hazlitt. This is especially relevant because of the election season and the focus placed on women’s rights and abortion. The event also includes food as well as wine and beer for those over 21, and is open to the entire LMU community.
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the morning. That’s pretty early and I would see him out running even then. So here’s this college kid who’s up at 6:30 in the morning during the week, running. What college kid does that? So anyway, long story short, I sat down with him and talked to him, and he joined us for track in the spring.” Indeed, Weber’s love of running is so strong that it’s hard to imagine a time when he wasn’t a runner. But it’s true: Weber didn’t get involved with running until during high school. “Growing up, honestly, I was actually mainly a basketball player. I just started running cross country the summer before my sophomore year to stay in shape for basketball,” Weber admitted. “But after one season of cross country, I realized I liked it way more than basketball. Starting my junior year I became just a runner in cross country and track, all through the year.” Weber kept running in his spare time, and that eventually turned into his chance opportunity with Coach Guerrero. Weber has kept up positive work habits and used them to continue improving his run times. “I’ve been doing pretty well. I’ve run my fastest race, which was our second race. I’ve been pretty consistent, [his times being] within 10 seconds of each other. Which doesn’t seem like improvement, but it kind of is, because every course we’ve run has [become progressively] harder, so to maintain a time on a harder course is improvement,” Weber said. Weber’s schoolwork has been challenging for him, but nothing he said can’t handle. Ac-
cording to Guerrero, Weber has the highest GPA on the team, which isn’t too hard to believe considering Weber is currently carrying a 3.85. Weber’s time management skills have been critical to his performance in school and his sport. Weber laughed when he said: “Whenever I have free time I’m like, ‘There’s probably something I could be doing right now.’” He continued, “It can be tough. Honors classes take up a lot more time than some of the other classes, but you just have to manage it. I have a schedule on my wall [showing] I have practice here, then this is class so this here has to be study time.” Weber’s hard work on and off the course is starting to pay off. Although he’s on the cross country B-team, he’s looking to make a big leap in his times in the weeks ahead. “Coming up will be my last race of the year,” Weber said. “We’re running a really flat course. It’s supposed to be fast with hardly any hills. It’s mostly concrete actually so I’m hoping to drop a ton of time there and have my best time of the year.” Weber’s persistence was one
of the first things freshman runner Michael Duncan noticed about him. Weber isn’t just a workaholic. Duncan noted that Weber still manages to hang out with his teammates and is generally an upbeat person. “Derek’s a hard worker. I don’t think he takes the easy way out of anything. He makes sure to get his work done. He’s very lighthearted, he’s always really happy and positive,” Duncan said. “Actually, when I first met Derek I was really involved with my church back home. When I asked around if anyone was going to church, Derek is the one who said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll go.’ He drove me and a couple others to church off campus. I thought that was really cool of him, kind of being like a role model to me.” There is a general consensus that Weber’s attitude is what is more exceptional about him and what helps him to excel. Guerrero summed up Weber by saying, “He’s a good kid and a hard worker. That’s the kind of kid that you want. He’s not one of our varsity guys, but for him, he’s definitely steadily improved all the way along. He’s a great kid and a great student of the sport. There’s no question he’ll continue to get better.”
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Sophomore track and cross country runner Derek Weber competes for LMU’s B-Team and is also in the Honors Program.
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Losing game teaches Moore persistence Moore to the Story from Page 16
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Sophomore Andrew Moore (left) joined intramural volleyball looking for a challenge. Over the course of several games, Moore and his team learned not to worry so much about the scoreboard and just have a good time.
While talking to a good friend and teammate, sophomore sociology major and Loyolan receptionist Ryanne Haymer, we discussed the future game we were about to have. She and a few others have pretty much held my hand during our games, and we discussed having a more positive mindset entering Tuesday’s game. As I mentioned in the beginning, having fun is important, but we didn’t want to leave out the competitive aspect. As Ryanne said, “Winning is always more fun,” so we set out to have a much improved game the following day. Taking the words of Felicia, Hannah and Ryanne into account, I was able to have a much stronger first set on Tuesday. I still found myself thinking too much about where I was supposed to be and made necessary adjustments throughout the set. Although we still lost, we had a real opportunity to win, only losing the first set 18-21. I was disappointed in not winning, and it carried over to the second set as I was overcompensating for mistakes I made in the first set, and began crashing into teammates again. We lost the second set
10-21, almost flipping the scores from last week. Walking back to the dorms after our loss, I thought about how I needed to keep a positive mindset throughout the game, regardless of what’s happening. Great athletes like Kobe Bryant, Drew Brees and Miguel Cabrera don’t lose their focus after missing a shot, throwing an interception or striking out. Greatness comes in bouncing back and not letting mistakes prevent you from succeeding. They learn to keep a fresh mind and enjoy the game they love regardless. It has been an interesting experience playing intramural volleyball so far. Though there is still a ton of room for improvement, I have learned some valuable information. It was nice to see that the competition aspect doesn’t fade, and that no matter what level it is, enjoying the sport is critical to performance. So, if you decide you want to play intramural sports, I recommend a little practice, great friends and remembering to keep it fun. This is the opinion of Andrew Moore, a sophomore economics major from Culver City, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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two-meter John Mikuzis shortly behind with 23. Senior goalie Kyle Testman has added 125 saves on the season, despite giving up 122. The Lions face off against a USC defense that has allowed just 4.6 goals a game. The Trojans are averaging just over 14 goals a game, outscoring their opponents 212-69, halfway through their season. “They don’t make a whole lot of mistakes,” said redshirt senior Jon Colton. “We have to not only capitalize on their mistakes, but not make mental errors ourselves, because this is a team that scores based off their defense. We can’t give them easy goals.” LMU is coming off a sweep of the Claremont Convergence in which they defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, University of Redlands, Harvard University and Iona College by a combined score of 68-22. Prior to these victories, the Lions won three of four in the
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a 9-6 victory over conference rival No. 5 Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. One of the biggest keys for the Lions won’t be to stop any of the Trojans prolific athletes, but the mastermind that is their head coach, Jovan Vavic. Vavic, who won his 400th game as a men’s water polo coach at USC, boats a .864 winning percentage (405-64) in his 18 seasons as USC’s men’s water polo head coach, not to mention his success on the women’s side. He has a career 413-131 record for the women’s water polo team. In his time at USC, Vavic has kept a winning record against every team the Trojans men’s water polo team has faced in his tenure. He has led the Trojans to seven national championships, including four straight. Although this game has been circled on the calendar from the outset because of the perennial success of the USC program, it does not have a direct influence over the Lions’ postseason fate.
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SoCal Tournament, including a three-goal victory over then No. 9 Long Beach State, increasing the Lions’ national ranking from No. 10 to No. 9. The Lions have had 15 games in 21 days, leaving the team run down after two national tournaments and a game against the No. 2 team in the nation. Because of that, the team got a muchneeded day off, according to redshirt sophomore Mark Menis. “We needed a break. We had so many games in too few days. We need rest for Saturday,” he said. Defense will also be crucial for the Lions in Saturday’s contest, as USC sports some of the best shooters in the nation, including junior Nikola Vavic, who has won two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Players of the Week honors and leads the Trojans with 45 goals scored. Nineteen Trojans have scored this season, just two fewer than their total of 21 a year ago. The Trojans are coming off
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The Lions and Trojans are in two different conferences, with USC’s conference having more nationally ranked teams, such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UCLA – all collegiate water polo powerhouses. Although LMU is a clear
underdog versus the Trojans, the game is played in the pool, not in the statistics. LMU is on a winning streak and understands the challenge that awaits them. Menis said, “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”
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For the love of the underdog The Oakland A’s, looking to continue their upset-minded season, embody the essence of the underdog.
here’s a certain feeling in sports that comes with an underdog team. As the upset approaches, an undeniable level of excitement burns deep down, combined with a few chants and screams and, of course, a knowing smirk once your team chews up the other and spits it out. This is the upset: a hallowed region in sports reserved only for those destined to underachieve, fall short Droppin’ Dines and lose in drastic fashion. By Nathan Dines As a proud memSports Editor ber of the Lion faithful, I am perennially rooting for the underdog. The top upset in my mind? Feb. 18, 2010, a 74-66 win over the vaunted (and then No. 9) Gonzaga Bulldogs in Hank’s House. The crowd of 3,770 was electric, the fans went nuts and my USF-visiting uncle was forced to buy an overpriced Loyola sweatshirt. Never bet against the underdog. My stomach went on a roller coaster ride last January as the 49ers battled the Saints in the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs last year. I fumed, I cheered, I agonized, I yelled until the upset was secure. Tight end Vernon Davis cried tears of relief on the sideline – and all I wanted to do was give him a big bro hug. But of all the upsets in my life – and hopefully I don’t regret making such a bold statement – I cannot put into words the joy that overcame me when the Oakland A’s upset the Texas Rangers in the 162nd (and final) game of the regular season to win the division. There have been much bigger wins on far larger stages, yes, but this underdog’s upset was one for the books. But who really cares about the A’s, Nathan? Well, (undisclosed) interviewer, that is a very noble question indeed. I can’t say it’s been an easy ride since the glory of the early “Moneyball” days. The first time my dad and I bought A’s postseason tickets together, they were promptly refunded after the pesky Detroit Tigers swept us in the American League Championship Series (ALCS). And then there is the fleeting personnel. With my childhood idols long gone – Tim Hudson, who sure as hell should have started the NL Wild Card game; Barry Zito, starter of yesterday’s Game 4 against Cincinatti and Eric Chavez, whose jersey hangs in my closet despite joining the devils in the Bronx – it makes it hard to know who will carry over from last year’s roster. But that won’t stop me from loving the Green and Gold. There are too many fairweather A’s fans anyway. Alright, I see your point, but then what the heck makes them so feisty? How are they not Seattle Mariners status every year? Sorry Mariners fans, my interviewer has no love for the West Coast. The New York devils took your best player too, and for that, I sincerely apologize. Let me reel off some stats, and you can tell me if this is a team that should be pushing 100 wins on the season. Number of active players from the 2011 opening day roster playing in this year’s American League Division Series (ALDS) against the Tigers? Five. Yes, only five: Coco Crisp and Cliff Pennington in the field, Brett Anderson, Grant Balfour and Jerry Blevins in the pen. Two injured pitchers are off the active roster (Dallas Braden and Brandon McCarthy), but a grand total of five is a heavy turnover rate. Rookies on the ALDS roster? Twelve, including the entire starting rotation save one man – 24-year-old Brett Anderson.
The Oakland Athletics are seen celebrating the biggest win of their regular season: a Game 162 win over the division rival Texas Rangers to clinch their first AL West title in six years. The underdog A’s upset the two-time defending American League champs despite a 12-game division deficit on Jul. 1. Record on July 1? It was 38-42, a cool dozen behind the back-to-back World Series-losing Rangers. But then there are the positives, which have pushed this projected 100game loser towards triple-digit wins. Fourteen walk-offs during the regular season, with 30 percent of their Coliseum wins coming in shaving cream fashion. One hundred and twelve home runs since the All Star Break, leading the majors. Thirteen wins each for rookies Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone, leading the A’s in Ws and breaking the club rookie record of 12. A 51-25 record after the All Star Break, including six in a row to end the season and secure the division title. The A’s never gave up, despite the naysayers and analysts who ridiculed their roster and wrote off their youth. Then again, that is the definition of an underdog. Okay, okay, you’ve made your point: You can’t get enough of the boys in the East Bay. But let’s not forget about the other underdogs out there. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten. For as much as I love the underdog, it would be rude of me not to mention the Baltimore Orioles and their storied run. In a division run by the Yankees and Red Sox – with heavy contention from the Tampa Bay Rays, as well – the Orioles have been buried in recent years. Last division title? 1997. Time before that? Tack on another double-digit deficit and you reach 1983, their most recent World Series title. Baltimore knows just as well as Oakland how easy it is to lose. Yet that certainly didn’t stop the underdogs from showing up ready for upset after upset. An ESPN prediction of the AL East courtesy of Buster Olney pinned the Orioles with a 15th straight losing season at best, 107-plus losses at worse. But haters they doth prove wrong. Insert Jim Johnson, not the sandwich man or the NASCAR driver, but instead the 9th inning behemoth with 51 saves on the year. Sprinkle in five bats with 20-plus jacks and a team ERA of 3.90, and you get a team that I hope will take down the Yankees. I really, really hope. Well then, it looks like an ALCS matchup between the A’s and the Orioles would be sweet. Your thoughts?
Hell yeah, that would be sweet. With an Oakland trip to the World Series as the outcome of course – because in a battle of two underdogs, one team has to win. Respect the other’s journey maybe, but kick the snot out of them as well. But if I can ask you one thing, Oak-
land, it’s this: Don’t let the Tigers refund my ticket money again. The Coliseum seats are calling my name. This is the opinion of Nathan Dines, a senior communication studies major from Medford, Ore. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Nation’s best visits No. 9 Lions Honors student on the run Despite the Lions never having defeated the Trojans in water polo, LMU is looking to break the streak. By Dan Raffety
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Redshirt sophomore attacker Mark Menis (above) has scored 12 goals this season, while adding 8 assists for the Lions. He is one of two sprinters for the club, having won 95 of 100 sprints last season.
Is USC really better than LMU? In men’s water polo, that’s been the trend. The No. 9 Lions (11-6) face their biggest test of the season when they square off against the nation’s only undefeated team, No. 1 USC (15-0), this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at Burns Aquatic Center. Despite the Lions winning seven straight games, they come in as a massive underdog against the top-rated team, having never beaten the Trojans in the team’s program history (0-19). “Despite the task, I’m excited to see my teammates in action,” said freshman attacker Jack Mulligan. The last time the two Southern California schools met, the Trojans beat the Lions 13-3 at USC’s Memorial Pool, and that was when the Lions had senior attacker Edgaras Asajavicius (’12). The Lions come into this matchup with three fifth-year seniors and a crop of freshman talent that has never experienced the physicality and precision of a USC team. The Lions, who have never been to the national championship game, must contend with a team who not only has been to four straight, but also won each of those games. Freshman Milutin Mitrovic leads the Lions in goals this season with 32, with junior
hether playing organized sports competitively or just for fun, I am an extremely competitive person. It’s difficult for me to even consider activities to be enjoyable if I’m not winning – or at least aggressive in them. When I decided to join my friends in LMU’s intramural volleyball league, I thought it would be fun to hang with some friends, meet some new people Moore to the Story and stay in shape. I didn’t take into By Andrew Moore consideration how Sports Intern into it I’d become,
or the fact that I’ve had zero volleyball experience. So, my first game was pretty tragic. I’ve followed all sports, including volleyball, for the majority of my life, but volleyball is the only one I haven’t played with referees and by the official rules. I must admit that I haven’t given volleyball players the credit they deserve – well, that was until Oct. 2, when I pretty much caused my team to lose. (I’ll admit it.) Not only did I not know the form I was supposed to use to set or pass, but I was also bumping into people and hindering others’ performance on my team (sorry about that again). The first set we were blown out, 9-21, but with the assistance of my teammates we were able to fight back in the second set. Sadly, we still lost 18-21. On Thursday, Oct. 4, I attended the LMU women’s volleyball game at Gersten Pavilion vs. Brigham Young University (BYU). I noticed there were two players from one of my classes on
Cross country runner Derek Weber is balancing sports with being a member of the Honors Program. By Cruz Quinonez Asst. Sports Editor
the team. I watched as they stayed competitive while maintaining their love and joy for the game. One way I noticed they were able to accomplish this was by encouraging each player, even when mistakes were made, and they also had a cool handshake after each timeout that showed the continuity and partnership the team had. The next time I saw senior outside hitter Felicia Arriola and freshman setter Hannah Tedrow in class, I asked for advice on how to approach this new sport. Hannah encouraged me to “have fun,” and not to think too much during the game, which I found useful. Often, thinking about possible mistakes only makes them more likely to happen, like when you’re nervous while reading out loud and you overthink every word, instead of letting it flow naturally. Felicia supported her teammates advice, while also telling me to “enjoy every moment.”
There are student-athletes, and there are Honors student-athletes. Sophomore track and cross country runner Derek Weber is the latter. Besides having to deal with the practices and competitions that an athlete has, Weber – a chemistry major – is a member of LMU’s Honors Program. On its website, the program is described as “a collaborative, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, multicultural and creative community of scholars.” To say the least, this mouthful leads to high expectations, including a requirement that students maintain a 3.5 GPA while they attend LMU, as well as taking special core classes that are usually discussion-based. “Initially, I just chose [LMU] based on academics,” Weber said. “I really wasn’t looking at it from a track or running perspective to begin with, but that ended up falling into place nicely after my first semester here. [LMU] has a great chemistry program.” Although he was initially just a student, Weber continued pursuing his passion of running, getting up early every day to log miles and entering local races on his own. “First semester, I kept running. I loved it, but I didn’t think I was good enough to make the team,” Weber said. “Just through running every day Coach [Guerrero] noticed me, asked to meet with me and I gave him some of the times I just ran on my own in the fall.” Head Coach Scott Guerrero remembers Weber ’s extraordinary work ethic and how they first met. “I think he might have contacted me first, once the semester had gotten started. We were deep into it, and I wasn’t really looking at anybody. But then I saw him running all the time,” Guerrero said. “Not only that, but we have pool practice at 6:30 in
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Who says intramurals aren’t stressful? After failing to be the best in intramurals, Moore learns to let go of the pressure and just have fun.
MEN’S SOCCER RECAP LMU vs. USD
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The LMU men’s soccer team (3-8-2, 1-3-1 WCC) fell to West Coast Conference (WCC) rivals University of San Diego (6-6-0, 4-1-0 WCC) 2-1 in double overtime on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Sullivan Field, marking it as the first time the team has not scored any goals in an overtime match this season. Early in the game, a USD foul allowed the Lions an opportunity for a free kick. Capitalizing on the opportunity, sophomore defender Craig Nitti kicked a ball in the middle, allowing senior midfielder Sean Sears to gain control of the play. Sears passed to freshman forward Pedro Velazquez, allowing Velazquez to score the first goal for the Lions, putting them in lead 1-0. This was Velazquez’s third goal of the season. In the 21st minute, the Lions allowed USD’s top scorer, senior midfielder Dan Delgado, to get a goal for the Toreros to tie
the game at 1-1. Neither team could grab a goal for the rest of the game, causing an overtime. This pattern of back-and-forth non-scoring for both teams continued throughout the entire first overtime, forcing a second overtime. To finally end the game, at 1:32 in the second overtime, the Toreros got an opportunity for a corner kick. The Toreros defender redshirt junior Julian Ringhof was able to lay in the final goal for USD after getting an assist from Delgado to end the game at 2-1. The Lions will continue WCC play and will travel to the Bay Area this Friday, Oct. 12 to compete against the University of San Francisco at 7 p.m. – Sam Borsos, Sports intern Graphic: Joanie Payne | Loyolan