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ESTABLISHED 1921 November 14, 2011 Volume 90, Issue 18 Your Home. Your Voice. Your Newspaper.
Loyola Marymount University
‘Sex in the dark’ discussion to take place EIS will present an examination of interracial relations during its second empowerment session. By Margo Jasukaitis Asst. News Editor
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Students celebrate 100 years of LMU at the 1911Centennial Ball The Millenium Biltmore Hotel welcomed approximately 1,100 LMU students to their Emerald and Crystal ballrooms on Friday, Nov. 11 for a night of dinner and dancing. The majority of students in attendance began vying for ball tickets in September, when reservations were first made available. The crowd posed on the dancefloor in order to recreate the Loyola College 1924 Alumni Ball picture, shown above. For more photos and information about the ball, turn to Page 7.
“When the lights are off, we are all the same,” said Henry Ward, director of Intercultural Affairs. However, Ward continued, “Turn on the lights and many people cannot see beyond the race of the individual.” These observations and recognition of the concerns they raise catalyzed the planning of the Ethnic and Intercultural Services (EIS) Department’s second empowerment session. Though its title suggests a discourse centered around sexuality, Ward explained that,“this session [is intended to allow] students to share their own experiences regarding interracial relationships, whether it’s dating or friendships,” he said.
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OneCard Office comprised of ‘brothers and sisters’ NEWS FEATURE
Strong office camaraderie leads to a family dynamic amongst employees. By Margo Jasukaitis Asst. News Editor
You never leave home without it. “I like to joke [that] you see students walking around with nothing but their OneCard,” said John Beckwith, director of Campus Business
Services. “You might leave your phone or your books in your room, but you don’t go anywhere without your card.” LMU’s OneCard Office is not only home to the central support system for the technology of our campus’s universal card, but also home to a very tight-knit community of employees. “My philosophy with students [who work here] is that we are a family,” Katleen Saturne, Campus Business Services OneCard supervisor, told the Loyolan in an interview earlier this year. “I’m Haitian, and family is key in my culture. You do anything and everything for family.” This degree of commitment to one another is
University welcomes new sorority to campus Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. becomes LMU’s 16th Greek organization. By Monika Kim Asst. News Editor
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sorority, officially introduced its founding class of members on LMU’s campus yesterday, Nov. 13. “I strongly believe that each [Greek] organization brings something different to the table. ... Each one is equally important,” said Resident Director and on-campus Alpha Kappa Alpha Adviser Dionne Simmons. “Historically, black Greek sororities and
fraternities have long had ... significance in the African-American community.” The sorority, which was founded in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., was the first historically African-American Greeklettered sorority of its time, according to the organization’s official website. In spite of this, it is the first time Alpha Kappa Alpha will be present as a Greek organization on LMU’s campus. “We advocate bringing [different] groups on campus,” said Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development and Greek Adviser Dan Faill. “The more opportunities [there are], the more diverse [LMU] is. Each fraternity and sorority offers something unique [to the LMU campus].” According to Simmons, Alpha Kappa Alpha is part of a number of sororities that
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Benefit or bailout? Asst. Opinion Editor Anna-Michelle Escher examines student loan forgiveness.
Opinion, Page 5
evident in the interactions between employees at the OneCard Office, which is located on the bottom floor of the Von der Ahe Building. Walking into the office at 9 a.m. on a Monday morning, two student employees sit behind the counter. Lauren Wachi, a junior accounting major and student employee at the office, is preparing a OneCard for a new transfer student while Alex Burrola, a sophomore business major who also works in the office, watches. Burrola supports Wachi through her self-admitted struggle with efficiently completing tasks during her early morning shift first thing each workweek. “[The coworkers here] totally stand up
for you,” said Wachi. “When you’re having problems with a customer – or having a hard time doing anything really – no matter who’s working, they look out for you,” she said. This spirit of camaraderie, common interest in the success of the office and a shared sense of deep mutual caring among the employees makes the OneCard Office a place many of the employees describe as a very unique and enjoyable office to work in. “All the kids who work here, they’re brothers and sisters,” Saturne said. Wachi shares this sentiment and extends the family metaphor to include Saturne, the student employee’s
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CLSS hosts Canisius College exchange Nineteen students from Canisius College, a Jesuit university in New York, visited Los Angeles this weekend for a cultural tour of L.A. Above, Canisius College professor Richard Reitsma (middle) poses with four reformed gang members during an L.A.“Gangland” tour. To read more about the trip, turn to Page 3.
Index Classifieds.............................4 Opinion...............................5 Centennial Ball.....................7 A&E...................................8 Sports..............................12 The next issue of the Loyolan will be printed on November 17, 2011.
LMU students on television Asst. A&E Editor Luisa Barron interviews two LMU actors who have appeared on primetime TV.
A&E, Page 8
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OneCard Office fosters strong sense of community OneCard from Page 1 immediate supervisor, as well. “[Saturne] is my second mom,” said Wachi. Wachi has been working for the OneCard Office for nearly three years. “I found [out about] the job originally at the Job Fair at the beginning of the year during Welcome Weekend. … I was really just looking for any job because I had work-study I need to use. I filled out an application and interviewed and got hired,” she said got hired,” she said. Despite her initial lack of enthusiasm about her new job at the OneCard Office, Wachi quickly came to cherish her time as an employee there. “I love the people [here],” she said. “There are a lot of other accounting majors who are really helpful [when I’m doing homework]. Everyone is so great,” Wachi said. This willingness to support one another in academic endeavors outside the office speaks not only to the closeness found within the
community of employees at the OneCard Office but is also representative of the familial spirit found between office employees. “There’s definitely a sense of family and unity,” said Wachi. In addition to supporting one another, the student employees at the OneCard Office are also supported by a strong network of staff members. “I want to be able to work with the kids so they know school is primary, but they always have somebody in terms of professional staff they can fall back on,” Saturne said. The employees at the OneCard Office gather for holiday meals to catch up with each other and reconnect in the midst of a hectic school year. “We have holiday potlucks,” said Wachi. “Usually, for Thanksgiving, we all cook something. People sign up to bring either an appetizer or a dessert or whatever, and then for the meals at Christmas and the end of the school year we [get] catering,” she said.
This strong sense of community has only had the opportunity to develop, however, over the past 14 years. It was not until 1997 that LMU welcomed OneCard technology, according to Beckwith. Before 1997, “there were as many as seven different cards a student might carry and as many as five different cards a faculty or staff [member] might carry,” said Beckwith. “For example, you have food services. … A student would get a card just like you do now and put money on it and pay for meals with that [but] that was a [separate] card [from] the student’s library card. They had another card that was their ID card [and] another card that got them into their building. The OneCard was brought on to campus to consolidate all that stuff.” Beckwith claimed that part of the reason it is so crucial the OneCard Office be high functioning and close knit is its integral role in so many
functions of campus life. “You touch so many offices,” he said. “You’re touching facilities, food services, athletics, student life, housing, you touch all these places. It’s been so nice [at LMU] that [the use of the OneCard] has been driven from the top [so] all of our offices are on the same page.” Through the closeness of the
OneCard Office employees, Beckwith is able to lead his office with confidence. “I tell the kids my guiding principles in this office are privacy, accuracy and service,” said Beckwith. “We always get amazing [student employees]. It’s been 15 years and I’ve really only ever had two kids who didn’t work out. … I’m very lucky.”
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Senior Christopher Gipson helps a student at the OneCard Office. Before LMU introduced OneCard technology, students were expected to carry up to seven cards, each of which served an independent function.
Itzel Padilla,a junior and employee at the OneCard Office,is one of 12 student employees who are a part of the office’s tight-knit staff.
AKA initiates first class of new members Sorority from Page 1 are commonly referred to as the “Divine Nine.” The Divine Nine are nine historically black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs) within the NPHC. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are two other Divine Nine sororities that are on campus at LMU. “Especially with black Greek organizations ... [people tend to have a] familial connection,” said Simmons. “It’s something that [students] really want to be a part of in the undergraduate experience. I believe giving them that option to become a member of [Alpha Kappa Alpha] is really important.” Alpha Kappa Alpha strives to excel in various areas, including education, health
and sustainability. Members serve not only the organization itself, but also aim to aid others outside of the group. “[Alpha Kappa Alpha’s goals are] high scholastic achievement [and] creating a sisterhood of service – not only service to each other, but service to all mankind,” said Simmons. “I think really being a presence in the workforce and being able to ... understand your place in the world and your need to give back – not just in this moment, but throughout your lifetime – [that is what] we are constantly striving to do with community service projects,” she added. Additionally, Alpha Kappa Alpha stresses involvement, both during and after college. “For organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho [or] Delta Sigma Theta,
For the Record Correction: In the Nov. 10 issue of the Loyolan, the article “LMU student veterans ‘learn how to feel again’” erroneously refers to Veterans Programs as Veterans Services.
... involvement afterwards is just as much, if not more than your involvement as an undergraduate,” said Simmons. Simmons said that the rush process began approximately two months ago. Introducing
the sorority to LMU, however, was a more time-consuming process. Previously, numerous students had shown interest in bringing Alpha Kappa Alpha to LMU’s campus. “All of our groups are unique:
they offer a different perspective and experience, while giving as many opportunities as possible to LMU’s women.” said Faill. “[Alpha Kappa Alpha] will help strengthen our Greek community.”
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Visitors gain L.A. perspective CLSS hosts group of New York students to foster interculturalism. By Tierney Finster News Editor
East Los Angeles is home to the largest Chicano/Mexicano population in the country and, according to the PBS article “East L.A: Past and Present,” the single largest Hispanic community in the United States. Although East L.A. is the origin of much Latino-American history, the Latino population and its various cultures have since spread out across the city, resulting in a widespread cultural union and assimilation with the Hispanic community. Spanish and Latin American studies Professor Richard Reitsma teaches at Canisius College, a Jesuit university in Buffalo, NY. Upon teaching the class “Latinos in the U.S.,” Reistma felt the need to bring his students to California for a firsthand experience with the lives of Latinos in L.A. In doing so, he chose to partner with LMU. “The [students’] professor at Canisius College reached out to our University because they were interested in working with a Jesuit college in planning a trip to L.A. Their school is not extremely diverse … and he was interested in promoting diversity through this class,” said Beatriz Alfaro, a junior Spanish and women’s studies double major and Chicano Latino Student Services (CLSS) fellow. Alfaro was the lead fellow on this past weekend’s trip. Along with the help of other students and faculty, she hosted 19 Canisius College students in LMU dorms from Friday,
Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13. The students were able to spend some time at LMU watching movies in the DejaView Lounge and attending the Keep the Ball Rolling dining event in Roski Dining Hall on Friday night, but were mostly engaged with cultural exercises and dialogues during the three-day exchange. “I was really excited for their service project at the Guadalupe Homeless Project. They interacted with the undocumented workers there and had the opportunity to utilize some of their Spanish skills. They also spoke to them about their issues as workers and immigrants in Los Angeles,” Alfaro said. Marielle Klein, a junior animal behavior, ecology and conservation major at Canisius College, noted the group’s meeting with “Always Running” author and anti-gang activist Luis J. Rodriguez as a highlight of the trip. “Luis Rodriguez was an amazing person. I didn’t realize all of the work that he did with kids who have been in gangs and with kids that are prone to gang life. He’s such an involved and passionate guy. I know he wrote [“Always Running”] to influence his son to stay away from the gang lifestyle, but his work has affected so many others,” Klein explained. The group continued their real-life gang education on the ‘Gangland’ tour in South L.A. on Saturday. Canisius College sophomore biochemisty major Kristin Hill appreciated the way the tour brought a lot of theoretical class material to life. “The gang tour was really awesome because we got to meet actual reformed gang members. They were so nice, such good people. We got to tour the city with them for
hours and hear about things from their perspective along the way. I think that was really helpful. We’ve read so many books about people in gangs … but to humanize it, without putting stereotypes on it, was really powerful,” Hill said. Alfaro emphasized that the trip also showcased the positive achievements of Latinos in L.A. through a visit to the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. Students particularly enjoyed the “Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930 – 1985” exhibit, which features a custom-painted, pink lowrider vehicle, a type of vehicle that originated in the Chicano communities of East L.A. “The MOLAA exhibit was also really nice because, once again, it gave us the chance to see what we have been talking about in class for ourselves,” Hill said. Although both the course and the trip as a whole explored many of the hardships Latinos in the U.S. face, Alfaro stated that the experience really boiled down to “bringing different cultures together.” “It’s more of an exchange between two colleges. … LMU has a unique opportunity to do things like this because of our great location and support,” Alfaro explained. Caitlyn Fennel, a sophomore international relations major, claims this trip helped her achieve her intended learning outcomes for the course. “I wanted to take the course because I really didn’t know a lot about Latino culture. I feel like it’s really important to, especially for people living in the United States,” Fennel said. “This trip definitely expanded my knowledge on the subject and allowed me to come in contact with a lot of interesting people.”
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Melissa Mahoney encourages students to seek out peer mentors to discuss how to find one’s place within the LMU community.
11 Burning Questions with an EIS peer mentor
This issue, News Editor Tierney Finster talks with Melissa Mahoney, a junior sociology major, about her job as an Ethnic and Intercultural Services (EIS) peer mentor. 1. What does it take to be a peer mentor? We have a lot of different personality traits. There are some people who are introverted and then some people like me who are really extroverted. Really you just have to be able to connect with the freshmen and transfer students, and to communicate to them the tools and resources that LMU has to offer them. We do our best to make them feel part of the community and hopefully to ensure that they stay all four years. 2. What services do EIS peer mentors offer students? A lot of it is just communication. ... We have a lot of open discussions about different issues that students face, which give us the chance to hear how the students are feeling about stuff. It gives them a sense that they’re not going through something alone. There are other first-year students that feel the same way and they might not always know that. We have a series of forums called “Real Talk,” where we give them tips. We’ve had one about roommate problems, and another about LMU’s best kept secrets which included things like [where students can find] free printing and lists of places that take the OneCard off campus. 3. How does a student apply to be a mentor? That process will begin in February or March. Interested students should talk to Maria Grandone. You have to fill out a written application and then do an in-person interview. 4. What is the EIS scheduling dinner? The scheduling dinner is to help first-year students feel comfortable with registering for classes for the first time on their own. We don’t want them to be scrambling last minute. We tell them what classes are available to them and help them map out their courses for the next four years. We basically do an exact run through of how registration will go. We’re hosting the event along with First Year Experience (FYE), Office of International Student Services (OISS) and the Academic Resource Center (ARC). 5. Why should students attend the dinner? It’s going to be really helpful and, of course, there’s the free food. 6. What do you think is the strongest aspect of LMU’s EIS program? There really is something for everyone. The fact that you don’t have to be of a certain race or ethnicity to go to all of the Office of Black Student Services (OBSS) or Chicano Latino Student Services (CLSS) events is really great. I know that Asian Pacific Student Services (APSS) has Third Tuesdays, which are really popular. All students can go there for not only, once again, the free food and great music and entertainment, but also to learn about the history of Asian Pacific culture. I just want to encourage students to come out to all the [EIS] events. They’re all free of course. People have a certain perception of “ethnic,” but you don’t have to be a person of color to participate in what we do. 7. As registration nears, what class at LMU would you recommend to other students? I’ve had at least one class every semester that’s amazing. I absolutely hate English, but I took a [language of] drama class with Dr. Kelly Younger. It was a really fun writing class, and he was great. 8. As a peer mentor yourself, who has been the most important mentor to you during your time at LMU? Since I’ve been at LMU, it would have to be the previous TLC [The Learning Community] director Robbie Lee. I don’t think I would have stayed at LMU if it had not been for him. 9. What about Robbie Lee made him such a great mentor? He encouraged me to explore other academic avenues when I decided I wasn’t happy with my major. I struggled a lot academically my first semester and he really pushed me to do my best. He taught me how to properly allot my time in order to maximize my productivity. 10. What’s your favorite way to relax during busy points in the semester? I really like going to get ice cream or frozen yogurt with my friends because it’s an excuse to get off campus, and who doesn’t love frozen dessert? 11. What songs are most played on your iTunes? “Party in the U.S.A.” … that never gets old. I really like “The Motto” by Drake also and really anything by Chris Brown.
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‘Sex in the Dark’ focuses on interracial relationships Empowerment from Page 1 According to Ward, students will be able to share their perspectives on shifts in attitudes toward interracial relations over time as well as discuss their personal experiences with interracial relationships. “I think if two people [get along], race should not matter at all,” said junior business major Elliott Peaks. Ward sees the empowerment session, which is the second in a series of events put on by EIS, as an opportunity to not only allow students to engage in conversation about topics like this but also to listen to each other. “I believe students learn a lot from other students,” Ward said. “We have to … encourage active learning and intercultural student development with a focus on creating opportunities for meaningful student engagement.” The importance of hosting events like this is not lost on many LMU students. According to Ezrah Bryant, a senior history and psychology double major, “It’s important [to talk about] issues like interracial relationships. …When we talk about things like this, we can reeducate one another.” According to Ward, it is this notion of continuing education that motivates the decision of what topics to cover during
empowerment sessions. “Themes and topics for the empowerment sessions are not thought up by me or any other administrators. These themes are raised by students from a variety of settings, from classroom conversations to … Convo hour. These are issues that students want to discuss,” he said. Other students echoed Peaks and Ward’s sentiments about the arbitrarily divisive nature of race in relationships. “Race is not real, it’s a social construct designed to divide people,” he said. “There’s only one race and that’s the human one,” Bryant said. Casey Ohashi, a senior communication studies major, thinks that by acknowledging interracial relationships, however, events like “Sex in the Dark” call attention to interracial relationships as somehow different from other relationships. “I think it gives [interracial relationships] a negative connotation, like they’re unusual or strange,” he said. It is Ward’s hope that students will see the empowerment session as a safe and helpful opportunity to engage in critical and productive discussion about each student’s unique perspective on issues like interracial relationships. “We want to encourage students
to develop their voice and be active participants in their overall student development,” he said. The first event in the series of empowerment sessions, on Oct. 12 was titled, “Let’s get one thing straight … I’m not!” The event, held in celebration of National Coming Out Day, provided LGBTQ students with the opportunity to share their coming out stories and hear from other students and members of the LMU community. “Sex in the Dark: An examination of interracial relations,” takes place Wednesday, Nov. 16 in The Hill from 6 - 9 p.m. Students can contact EIS for more information at (310)338-5808.
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Human Rights Watch director speaks at LMU Emma Daly supports social justice at the Media Ethics and Social Responsibility Forum. By Zaneta Pereira Centennial Intern Approximately 70 students and various faculty members gathered in Ahmanson Auditorium last Thursday, Nov. 10 to listen to Emma Daly, communications director of the watchdog group Human Rights Watch, as she spoke at “Communication Strategies for Human Rights Advocacy.” The event was presented by LMU’s Forum on Media Ethics and Social Responsibility in association with the Frank Sullivan Social Justice Committee and the department of communication studies. “Advocacy is what drives communications,” Daly began, and went on to present a step- by-step process to disseminate information and build support for issues of social justice. “Once you know what it is you want people to do, you have to figure out how to get that message out to the public,” she said. According to Dr. Lawrence A. Wenner, an LMU communication studies and ethics professor, “There really isn’t a greater social justice program at play in the world than human rights.” Wenner believes that bringing a representative of Human Rights Watch, an organization focused on investigating abuses and lobbying for change, would help LMU students realize “that there are organizations out there which are trying, in their own way, to bring these issues to the attention of the public.” During her talk, Daly made use of multimedia aids such as videos and Prezi – a zoomable presentation software. While emphasizing that though “technology is a tool, it’s not an end in itself,” Daly detailed the communication strategies used by Human Rights Watch to combine traditional media with modern technology like social media outlets and mobile phones. “Nowadays we’re all broadcasters … [and while] few of us have the reach of the BBC or the New York Times online, often through
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Emma Daly (above) discussed how “technology is a tool” at the forum on Nov. 10. our networks we can tap a more targeted audience,” Daly said. In relation to the changing role of media, Daly questioned the audience about where they got their information and specifically whether social media played a role. As many students still reported accessing traditional media like CNN – though often through newer platforms like Twitter – Daly stressed that, “It’s really important for consumers of information to figure out which are the credible sources.” In her talk, Daly drew heavily on the work of Human Rights Watch for examples, citing work carried out by the program in Papua New Guinea in relation to the Porgera gold mine abuses, in the Middle East during the Arab Spring and even in California on the issue of young criminal offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole. Stephanie Felix, a senior business major, was impressed by the work of Human Rights Watch: “I liked the accountability factor … that they’re holding people accountable for their actions,” she said. From the issue of maintaining credibility as an information source to canvassing for support, and from being aware of one’s audience to the issue of protecting sources, Daly provided an indepth and detailed account of the work necessary to effectively communicate issues of advocacy and social justice. Ultimately, she concluded, “It’s about finding a story that resonates with people and getting it out to them.”
Opinion Student Editorials and Perspectives
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The Loyolan’s Executive Editorial Board weighs in on current topics of discussion.
Win gives LMU another reason to celebrate on 11/11/11 Whether it be the luck of 11/11/11 or Saturday night’s theme of “ball,” the men’s basketball team gave everyone at LMU something to cheer about: an 11-point victory over No. 20 UCLA on the road. With the centennial season of hoops finally upon us, there’s nothing sweeter than starting the season with a big bang.
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Ball inspires school spirit
he 1911 Centennial Ball [see “Centennial Ball,” Page 7] gave students a rare chance to convene outside the classroom in formal wear on Friday night. Student attendees shed the social and academic affiliations that sometimes separate them in dayto-day life on campus in shared celebration of LMU. At a university where school spirit sometimes feels lackluster, the 1911 Centennial Ball conjured a sense of pride in LMU among attendees who arrived at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles adorned in floor-length gowns and tuxedos. The population at the event was not a specific subset of students. Though there were a limited number of tickets sold, they were offered to any current students who wanted them. The resulting group of ball-goers was a diverse representation of LMU’s population. Even the basketball team showed up following its win over UCLA.
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Aside from the thrust of evident school spirit, the ball was also well-organized and quite lavish. For $25 (or the price of a couple meals at The Lair), students enjoyed transportation to and from the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and an extravagant night of dinner and dancing. The buses were prompt, the transitions from dancing to dinner and back again were smooth, and the music shifted with the mood of the night – the classy opening jazz band gave way to a contemporary DJ after dinner. The centennial year is a crucial time for reflection on the community’s collective past while forming a vision for the future. The juxtaposition of the photos on Page 1 capture the essence of perhaps what the 1911 Centennial Ball was seeking to show the community – some things, like school spirit, never change, and it is this sentiment that will continue to enable LMU’s growth for years to come.
Letter to the Editor Re: “Remember Paterno for his legacy, not controversy,” by Dan Raffety Nov. 10, 2011 My stomach turned when I read Asst. Sports Editor Dan Raffety’s column in the Nov. 10 edition of the Loyolan. That’s not because the Loyolan published it; as a former staffer, I’m proud of the newspaper’s commitment to its First Amendment privilege and was even prouder that the Loyolan’s leadership had decided to print such a controversial piece. What turned my stomach was Raffety’s insistence on victimizing Joe Paterno – the same Paterno who, after reporting Jerry Sandusky to his superiors, figured he’d done enough and chose not to contact local law enforcement. Because of that, and because of the insistence of other members of Penn State’s administration on covering up what Jerry Sandusky had done, Sandusky remained free and got the equivalent of a slap on the wrist. Paterno knew a child had been sexually abused and did nothing. In a demonstration of deeply warped priorities, Raffety wants Paterno to be remembered for his coaching legacy – not his inaction that essentially put more children at risk. After all, Raffety believes “icons have different moral obligations than the rest of us.” Never mind the child who was raped in the showers. Joe Paterno deserves to be remembered for his inaction, not his four-plus decade career of successful coaching. I respect Raffety’s right to express his opinion – I just hope that if he ever has to defend this particular one against a child victim of sexual abuse, he’s ready. José Martinez Class of ‘11 (B.A. in theological studies)
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Student loan forgiveness: benefit or bailout?
b asic rule of parenting is that you cannot give a lollipop to one child and nothing to the other. The same logic should be applied to Barack Obama’s student loan forgiveness program that is to be implemented in 2014. As unfortunate as it is that many cannot afford a college education, student loan forgiveTill the AM ness is not the By Anna-Michelle way to combat this problem. Escher Under the Asst. Opinion Editor student loan forgiveness program, “anyone who makes his monthly payments for 20 years after leaving college is eligible to have his/ her remaining balance forgiven,” according to www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.com. This applies to Federal Direct loans, Stafford loans and Perkins loans. Private loans are excluded from this program and must still be paid in total. In addition to this, if one spends 10 years working in a public service position, as a teacher or in the military, their remaining loans will be completely forgotten. Hypothetically, 20 years later, a person will have found a steady job and be acquiring income, and therefore probably have a majority of their loans paid back. According
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 4.4 percent of people with bachelor’s, master’s, professional and doctoral degrees are unemployed as of October of this year. The time when a person will struggle to pay back loans are in the years directly after graduating, so it seems as though this program would not benefit students at a points in their life when they actually need more money. Education should not bring students into debt. It is a sad fact that many Americans don’t pursue higher education in fear of debt or because going to college would be a financial risk for their families. Regardless, if you owe money anywhere, it should be paid back. One argument in favor of the Student Loan Forgiveness program is that it will stimulate the economy if newly graduated students have extra money in their pockets and don’t have to worry about paying back hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans. But newly graduated young adults aren’t the ones who are spending large sums of money to stimulate the economy. They are the ones who are saving for grad school, to travel, to buy homes and to start families. But why should students get a bailout? It should make alumni
feel more fulfilled to be on even financial terms with their university. When it comes down to it, it is a matter of respect. When we think of all that LMU has given us – a foundation for education and jobs, the tools to build the rest of our lives on and not to mention the friendships and memories that will
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last a lifetime – we will be more than obliged to pay back the loans that enabled us to attend. LMU assistant communication arts professor Therese Edwards commented, “I don’t think it will make a huge difference; not all borrowers will be affected by this plan. Still, the president has started a very necessary conversation. Higher education benefits everyone. What is in store for us as a nation if our next generation of leaders and innovators see college – and the debt load that too often comes with it – as too big of a gamble? There is a sense of risk reduction that comes along with the president’s plan, and that’s a good thing.” Regardless, whether or not the student loan forgiveness program is successful in the future, one benefit is that it has stimulated necessary discussion and pointed our nation in the right direction in terms of education-related reform. If money should be given away to any group, it should not be college grads. This will surely be a detriment to educational institu-
tions. The overarching intention of student loan forgiveness is to help students, not take away from future students. We are a group who typically has a higher income relative to the rest of the nation; after all, we made it to college. If college students don’t take advantage of the opportunities given to them by their university, their loans don’t deserve to be forgiven. The concept of giving free money is not a good example for the president to set, and will only lead to other groups lobbying for free money. Student loan debt is a grave problem our generation faces. The average debt cost for college seniors who graduated in 2010 was $25,250, as reported by College Access and Success. If Obama wants to make a change in this particular qualm of the nation, there should be more student loans implemented with even lower interest rates. There should be a conscious effort among universities to lower tuition. Loans should be made more accessible to those who are debating higher education due to financial reasons. But loans certainly should not be forgiven at any point in time. If money is given anywhere, it should be back into educational institutions, especially money that is owed in the first place. In this case, mommy should not give any lollipops at all.
This is the opinion of Anna-Michelle Escher, a junior communication studies major from Stanford, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Expulsion is transgender discrimination
ust because something is legal, does it make it right? A transgender woman, Domaine Javier, was expelled from California Baptist University (CBU) for committing acts of “fraud.” Javier, 24, was accepted into the nursing program at CBU and planned to attend the school this past fall. Her notice of expulsion came Aug. 30, Over a Glass just one week before she was By Amanda expecting to Kotch begin the proOpinion Intern gram. Javier, who was born male, says she has identified herself as a female since childhood and had no hesitation checking the box next to “female” when the application for CBU asked for her gender. University officials discovered she had appeared on MTV’s “True Life” in an episode which followed the lives of a few transgender individuals. “She said she applied to appear on the show to raise awareness on transgender issues and let other transgender people know that they’re not alone,” reported David Olson for The Press-Enterprise on Oct. 28 2011 in an article titled, “Cal Baptist expels transgendered student.” Yet upon discovering this, university officials felt it necessary to expel Javier, believing she had falsely claimed to be female on the application. “Letters the university sent to Javier say she was expelled for ‘committing or attempting to
engage in fraud, or concealing identity,’ and for presenting false or misleading information in university judicial processes,” reported Olson. Under California law, discrimination on the basis of gender identity by employers, housing and government agencies is very much illegal. But CBU, being a private university, is not covered by this law. Privately funded universities are exempt from this legislation, however when a case such as this is brought to light, it leads one to wonder ... just because it’s legal, does that make it right? Although Javier was also accepted into a nursing program at Cal State San Bernardino, she declined in favor of CBU’s impressive program, its convenient location three short blocks from her Riverside home and the $3,500 academic scholarship she was awarded to go towards her tuition. Outside parties criticized Javier’s choosing of a school with strong conservative religious affiliation and standards, wondering why she would not accept the offer from Cal State, a public university, which legally cannot discriminate against transgender students. While this option may have offered greater ease and sense of comfort for Javier, no individual should have to sacrifice their education quality for social acceptability. Javier was awarded the scholarship and acceptance to the school based on her own academic merit. CBU is generally socially conservative, but the university’s policy does not explicitly bar transgender students. “Javier said she knew the university is a religious institution but did not realize it is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the most con-
servative major Baptist denomination. ‘I didn’t know they were that extreme,’ said Javier, who attended Catholic schools in her native Philippines before immigrating to California eight years ago,” reported Olson. Certainly, lying on any important form or application should not be tolerated. But in Javier’s case, the “lying” was undeniably unintentional. Any transgender individual identifies themselves as the opposite of their biological gender but will not identify their gender specifically as “transgender.” What CBU officials saw as fraud was, for Javier, a display of honesty. As the school’s application lacks a place to elaborate on sexual orientation, it leaves room for confusion when one person’s principles counter another’s. Additionally, in an interview with CBS News, Javier states she believes she did nothing wrong, saying that because the application asked for gender, she marked female and if it had asked specifically for sex, she would have marked male. CBU is an educational institution. Whether the school’s moral codes clash with or mimic the students’, CBU is nonetheless a school filled with educated individuals who one would expect be knowledgeable on matters of politicalcorrectness. If they are as affected by this demonstration of “fraud” as they claim to be, perhaps clearing up the technicalities of the application would be a better solution than the expulsion of a deserving student. This is the opinion of Amanda Kotch, a sophomore art history major from Huntington Beach, Calif. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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A classy celebration By Kim Tran Opinion Editor
he 1911 Centennial Ball was a night of sophisticated elegance. With a formal dress code and a high standard of conduct, students and staff came out dressed to the nines in elegant gowns and suits to celebrate LMU’s 100th anniversary. The event, held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, was meticulously planned and well executed. Check-in started at 4 p.m. and lasted until 6 p.m. The schedule of events was strictly followed, concluding in a toast by ASLMU President and senior English major Art Flores at exactly 11:11 p.m. The number 11 remained a recurring theme throughout the night. Less than a mile away, the LMU men’s basketball team was playing UCLA at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Updates on the score were given throughout the night, but the final announcement of LMU’s win prompted madness. DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” blared as the team stood on a balcony, soaking up the unanticipated victory as the crowd cheered below. “People didn’t expect LMU to win yesterday’s game but we gave people something to talk
about,” remarked center and undeclared sophomore Godwin Okonji. Sophomore computer science major Andrew Kowalczyk summed it up well: “Seeing everyone cheer on our basketball team after their game was incredible. Winning by 11 points on 11/11/11 against [a] team we hadn’t beaten in 70 years was the perfect way to end the night.” The 1,100 guests all enjoyed a night of dancing, socializing and a fair amount of eating. Two photo booths were set up with centennialrelated backgrounds for students to use and operate on their own, and a variety of desserts were provided following a hearty dinner. In the midst of dancing to an eclectic mixture of music (for example, at one point “Toot It and Boot It” by Y.G. faded into “Don’t You Want Me” by Human League), a recreation of the iconic 1924 Alumni Ball photo had people pushing for the front row. There was an obvious air of LMU spirit and genuine excitement present throughout the night. The 1911 Centennial Ball was a successful demonstration of sophistication and school spirit to celebrate LMU’s first century and to kick off the next one.
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Freshmen and sophomores feasted in the opulent dining room. The classes were separated due to space, but both groups enjoyed the same dinner of filet mignon and roasted chicken.
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Clockwise, from top-left: Fr. Robert Scholla, S.J., Jade Smith, Rich Rocheleau, Sherrill Britton, Chris Burcham, President David Burcham, senior Art Flores and senior Kimberly Tomicich at dinner.
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From left: senior Andy Pham, senior Leticia Duenas, sophomore Breezy Bruns, junior Alyssa Santos, junior Trevor Smith, junior Michael Bachmeier and senior Kristen Lee enjoy their time at the ball.
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re my forks to the left of my plate? Which water glass is mine? The sophisticated atmosphere of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A. gave LMU students the opportunity to put their dining etiquette knowledge to the test. And the food served certainly matched the elegance of the evening. The first course was a mixed green salad with pears, candied walnuts and blue cheese with a tangy dressing. The crisp pears were a wonderfully sweet complement to the strong but creamy blue cheese and the sharp, acidic dressing. The candied walnuts added yet another sweet, crunchy factor, making the salad a great balance of tastes and textures. For the main course, guests were served both chicken and steak. The dish consisted of a serving of roast chicken over garlic mashed potatoes alongside a grilled steak with baby carrots, herb-roasted Roma tomatoes and asparagus. Though the skin of the chicken could have
been crisper, it was still wellcooked and well-seasoned. The mashed potatoes were smooth and creamy. The steak, though underseasoned, was a decent-sized portion, and the only other drawback was the inconsistencies in how cooked each serving was. While some guests were served portions with perfectly pink centers, others’ portions were dry and overcooked. The vegetables were cooked perfectly, however, and perhaps one of the most delicious components of the dish was the herb-roasted tomato, served as a bright explosion of flavor. Dessert wasn’t served to guests until later that evening, but the French macaroons, assorted cookies, brownies, chocolate-covered strawberries and assorted cakes certainly gave guests plenty of sweet, delicious options to choose from. One couldn’t help but feel like royalty surrounded by high painted ceilings, marble columns, travertine walls and crystal chandeliers. The opulent surroundings certainly made for quite the dining experience.
legant ball gowns swept the floors of the Millenium Biltmore Hotel on Friday night at the 1911 Centennial Ball. Most of the dresses were of solid colors: black, white and various shades of blue being popular choices. However, there were much appreciated, fun pops of reds, metallics and sequins. The always flattering and classic empire silhouette and v-neck halter necklines seemed to be sartorial consensus. Strapless and strapped sweetheart necklines were also popular. Adorned one-shoulders, trendy but classy ruffled collars and bejeweled necklines were also seen. Romantic, swept chignons and loose curls were the most prevalent hairstyles. Cascading and statement earrings and small necklaces were the most favored options for accessorizing along with some statement necklaces. Men wore ties of various colors such as black, white, blue, striped and even pink. However, the classic black bowtie
was the prime option for the gentlemen. Crisp, black tuxes were favored the most, but some wore gray and navy suits. Black vests were also a popular option. Some opted for the more casual business suit look with blue shirts and printed ties. Although the clothing choices resembled prom, they embraced a more sophisticated version of it. Couples weren’t as matchy-matchy, the cardinal rule of prom, which was a relief (thank you boys for not wearing colored vests and ties that match the dress of your date). Although many reused formal attire from high Kellie Rowan | Loyolan
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school, the ladies didn’t opt for the tacky, princess ball gowns and overtly sequined dresses that scream prom. Instead of outdated prom updos, chic chignons and relaxed styles were worn down and alleviated any possible percievable tackiness in girls’ outfits. Also, piling of hair adornments and jewelry were thankfully not common. The simple, black tux completed the whole elegant feel of the formal atmosphere as students celebrated the centennial year. Senior Angela Georgiades (left), and senior Noe Lupton look fabulous in blue.
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Senior Art Flores raised a glass to the 1911 Cen- Sophomore Katrina Malaiba and sophomore Vittennial Ball attendees, who cheered in celebration torio Banez stand together on a balcony in the of 100 years of LMU and to 100 more. Millenium Biltmore Hotel.
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LMU students make it to primetime Television Q&A By Luisa Barron Asst. A&E Editor
hile most of us probably spend our evenings cruising the channels on our couches, a couple of LMU students have managed to get themselves on primetime television in the past few weeks. Sophomore business administration major Michael Adrian guest starred on “Community” in the Nov. 3 episode “Advanced Gay,” and senior graphic design major Melissa Bantug was recently on the CW show “90210,” featured in the episode “Benefit of the Doubt.” Asst. A&E Editor Luisa Barron sat down for Q&As with both of them. Michael Adrian,“Community” Luisa Barron: Where are you from? Michael Adrian: I grew up in Stillwater, Minn. Moved out here after high school to pursue [acting]. LB: How did you get the role on “Community”? MA: My agent ended up booking me for an audition. The role description was a flamboyantly dressed homosexual student. So I dressed up as flamboyant as I possibly could and auditioned for the casting associate. I waited about a week and my manager had said they must’ve cast somebody else, we haven’t heard anything. Then my agent called while I was still on campus and said, “Hey they booked you for Community! Are you available next week?” And I said, “Guess I’m not going to class.” LB: How was the experience? MA: It was definitely interesting. … I found not only were they friendly, they were also interested in getting to know me. … It was the closest I’ve ever been to starstruck, because “Community” happens to be my favorite show on television, and I had the opportunity to be a part of it. So [it was like] bridging my passion and
Unacceptable remarks by director Brett Ratner force a switch in leadership of the Academy Awards. for Murphy to follow suit. Kevin O’Keeffe A&E Editor hours The Academy, left in a pickle,
Sophomore business major Michael Adrian (top middle) takes a break to pose with the cast of NBC’s “Community.” career with my entertainment interests. They were surprised that someone who watches the show was cast. LB: What was your most starstruck moment? MA: For me, it was meeting Donald Glover. Just because I knew of his work back in the CollegeHumor days, the YouTube shows [with Derrick Comedy]. So I had been following his work for a long time, and admired that he in such a short amount of time was able to get as far as he did, and continues to push through. And he ran into a lot of the same issues that I have and currently face in the industry, and he was able to pull through them. He was someone I admired but also related to and then I got to meet him and he thought I was like the funniest person he’s ever met. I know this interview so far doesn’t make you feel that way, but he and I shared jokes and made some inside jokes between the two of us. Melissa Bantug,“90210” LB: How did you get into acting? Melissa Bantug: Basically I just have a really big passion for acting. I’ve done a lot in high school and [I went to a] theater arts
school. I’m really artistic and creative so I became a graphic design major here at LMU. But after a year of college, I decided to pursue it really seriously, which is when I started going to auditions, got an agent. And it’s what I want to do when I graduate. LB: How did you get the “90210” gig? MB: It happened a week before school. I actually auditioned for it three weeks before school started. I had a lot of auditions that day, so it was very quick. I just knew I wouldn’t get it because I kind of messed up a lot in my audition. It was just super quick, so I didn’t think anything of it. But then I got the call from my agent that I’d booked it. LB: If you got a full-time gig today, would you leave school for it? MB: I’m actually graduating this semester. That’s why I tried my hardest to graduate this semester, so that I could be ready for auditions for pilot season next year. But if I get offered a movie that shot for three months, I would leave. I do want to finish college. It’s such a big deal to be able to graduate, but I probably would do the job and try to finish later.
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How would you describe your style? “Clean, easy and smooth. I like European style, and I like clothes that are comfortable.” How do you get dressed in the morning? “I wake up late, so I have to rush. I know the clothes I own, so I know what I want to get dressed in. Matching colors is important, and I mostly wear dark colors.”
t’s a bit of an understatement to say that this has not been the best week for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The entity, which holds the Oscars every year, managed to lose both its co-producer and host in the span of 48 hours. It has also managed to replace both positions in a similarly short period of time, albeit with much safer choices. Looking back, it wasn’t really the smartest decision to put noted fratboy-type director Brett Ratner at the helm of the most prestigious awards show in Hollywood. While he would have certainly shaken things up – something the Oscars desperately needs to do after a few years of poor shows – he’s also not one for tact, something necessary to not embarrass an entire institution that has been around for 80 years. But if you asked most people who they expected to screw up first, they would have passed right over Ratner and gone to his choice for host Eddie Murphy. The one-time Oscar nominee who infamously walked out when he was passed over for “Little Miss Sunshine” star Alan Arkin, is nothing if not a hothead and a risk. He could have been hilarious as a host, but that was all provided he actually got to the big stage on the day of. Turns out Murphy won’t even get the chance to make a fool of himself. According to multiple sources, Ratner used a homophobic slur when describing how he isn’t fond of rehearsals on-set. He then followed up this disastrous decision by talking about sleeping with comedienne Olivia Munn on the G4 channel’s “Attack of the Show” program and making crude jokes about starlet Lindsay Lohan on “The Howard Stern Show.” Eventually, Academy members, including president Tom Sherak, decided that Ratner was too much of a risk to have around and asked him to resign. The director acquiesced, and with him went the show’s host. Murphy never seemed particularly enthralled with the idea of hosting the Oscars – to many, it seemed like a personal favor to Ratner, who directed him in the recent movie “Tower Heist.” Once Ratner left, it took less than 24
quickly appointed dependable producer Brian Grazer to take the reins, and he almost immediately brought actor and comedian Billy Crystal into the fold. Crystal, who has hosted the Oscars several times before, had indicated his interest earlier this year and is seen by Hollywood as a safe choice. While the Academy’s quick fix to a potentially catastrophic situation has to be applauded, one wonders why they weren’t ready with a new helmer and host as soon as they asked Ratner to resign. Clearly, Murphy wasn’t going to stick around. This isn’t his game, and without his friend directing him, why would he want to continue in a thankless job? Personally, I was rooting for “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris to take over as emcee for the evening. The openly gay actor has shown promise as a host of award shows like the Tonys and the Emmys. He even appeared to perform the opening musical number at the Oscars two years ago. Perhaps producers thought casting a gay man as host to replace the choice of a producer who had just recently used a homophobic slur would read a bit too on-the-nose to the general public. Crystal is a fine choice, and Grazer is a professional, so the entire thing should run smoothly. But aren’t the best award shows – nay, the best live television events – the ones where things don’t run smoothly? Is the nation still talking about the Black Eyed Peas’s sleepy-but-professional halftime show at the Super Bowl last year? No. Is wardrobe malfunction still a widely used term in our society after the Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson halftime show debacle? Absolutely. Safe is great for the Academy, which wants to maintain respectability, but it’s awful for a television show. It’s boring, and it hemorrhages the audience every year. And while the Academy itself could survive poor ratings, the show would cease to exist. Respectable is all well and good, and especially important in the fallout of Ratnergate. But Grazer and Crystal would be wise to think about how to make the show more exciting. The Oscars are counting on it. This is the opinion of Kevin O’Keeffe, a sophomore screenwriting major from Austin, Texas. Please send comments to kokeeffe@ theloyolan.com.
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LMU student directs feature film Mane serves laughs about coming out experiences for Thanksgiving Film Spotlight
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wo LMU students saw the first rewards of their hard work appear before them last week. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the trailer for their film, “Breaking the Silence,” made waves on the internet and managed to get featured in such online publications as The Huffington Post and The Advocate. “Breaking the Silence” is a feature length documentary about LGBT youth, directed by freshman film production major Shea Dietz. The documentary chronicles the lives of four LGBT students in Colorado over the course of five months. The film displays the prevalence of discrimination in the school system, but also shows that a difference can be made. Dietz’s original plan was to film his struggles as an openly gay student at his high school, Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, Colo. When he met with the administration requesting to film at school, they went against anti-discrimination policies and shut down his proposal. Dietz was forced to branch out. Dietz met Lauren Counterman, one of the four students being documented at the Matthew Shepherd Foundation Youth Conference for LGBT students. Counterman was the president of her high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club and she involved Dietz with their projects. With the documentary, Lauren said she hopes to “inspire this generation, especially with all of the suicides that have happened.” Lauren was an immediate role model for Dietz, and according to the young
urkey and comedy unite to give thanks for entertainment. LMU students can enjoy a hot meal and live comedy for free when Mane Entertainment (ME) hosts a Thanksgiving Comedy Show in The Living Room on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The comedians set to perform are from the Westside Comedy Theater. Located in Santa Monica, the Westside Comedy Theater is home to well-known comedy troupe Mission IMPROVable, which was awarded the 2010 Best Comedy Act of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine. Senior communications major Tiffany Hunter, the signature events manager of ME, said the event is a great opportunity for students to relax, socialize and celebrate the holiday season. “[The event] is a great way to spend time with friends at LMU and get into the holiday spirit … and laugh a little in the midst of midterms and the forthcoming of finals,” Hunter said. Hunter also said that the show is a unique time for students to enjoy one another’s company as a community. “This event in particular provides a time for LMU students who may not get the chance to go home for Thanksgiving to come out with their
Freshman film production major Shea Dietz, left, and producer Danielle Chapleau told their personal and painful coming-out stories for the film. filmmaker, inspired him to become the activist he is today. Sophomore film production major Kevin Halladay-Glynn, also a photographer for the Loyolan, worked on the documentary as a producer. Halladay-Glynn hopes this film will, in his words, “start a conversation about what specific steps need to be taken within schools, and create an environment where kids feel accepted,” he said. Since the possibility of being out - as LGBT isn’t really introduced in the current school system until late high school - the documentary anticipates to initiate reformation in the education system. “Breaking the Silence” recently launched a Kickstarter campaign in which they expect to raise $35,000. Since the documentary was produced with under $5,000, a multitude of IOUs have accumulated. The money would start to reimburse all those involved with the production of the documentary. After they raise the funds, Dietz plans on touring
the documentary at multiple film festivals. The producers chose the title of their documentary, “Breaking the Silence,” to illustrate that they were telling stories that haven’t been acknowledged. The goal is to make everyone feel empowered enough to tell their own stories. Dietz said that his favorite part of production was when he grasped that the project was “so much bigger than [himself]…[he] truly realized the project wasn’t about the film makers involved, and more about fighting for equality together.” The documentary demonstrates the power that can be attained by standing up and breaking the silence. “Breaking the Silence” is scheduled to finish mid-December, in time to submit for the distinguished Berlin Film Festival. Dietz plans on deferring next semester to fully invest his time on the film. After touring it at festivals, he hopes to sell the documentary and put it in theaters.
friends, aka their LMU family, and celebrate the holiday with a ‘mock’ home cooked meal.” “We will have some of the best improv performers of Westside Comedy Theater,” explained Sharon Aguilera, special events manager at ME. Evanne Drucker, manager of showcase events for ME, said that the show is different from Mane’s usual events and is expected to be a good time. “The Thanksgiving [Comedy] Show is a really special event. It’s unique because it is one of Mane’s only events that we serve an entire dinner for the attendees. We get really good food and it’s a good time sit back and laugh with friends,” she said. The Thanksgiving dinner will be provided by Marie Callender’s. For more information, check out Mane Entertainment on Facebook or visit the Mane Entertainment offices in Malone.
Thanksgiving Comedy Show The Living Room Thursday, Nov. 16 8:30 p.m. Admission: Free, limited to 100 students
Event sheds light on ‘30s Soviet famine Event Preview By Allison Croley Contributor
o much is taught in school about the USSR and Josef Stalin’s regime, but very few people know about one of the biggest atrocities in Soviet history let alone world history: the Holodomor. The Holodomor was an imposed famine by Stalin on Ukrainian peasants due to their opposition to the communist Soviet government. From 1932-33, Stalin sent his secret police into Ukraine to clear out all grain, livestock and any other food supply, depriving Ukrainians of any type of food source. According to Dr. Denysenko, “Not only did [the Soviets] remove grain, but raided personal cellars to clean out food.” 7 million people died in this event. For students passionate about social justice who want to expand their knowledge, the Huffington Ecumenical Institute – an LMU organization focused on the unification of Catholic and Orthodox faith communities – is hosting a memorial event remembering the Holodomor. On Wednesday Nov. 16, from 2-9 p.m., the Huffington Ecumenical Institute will guide guests through a series of lectures and discussions memorializing the Holodomor through art, film and liturgy. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend this event as prominent members of the Catholic and Orthodox communities will share their insight in remembrance of the tragic Ukrainian famine the Holodomar. The memorial starts on the third floor of the William H. Hannon Library with a view-
ing of Holodomor-inspired art. “This is very powerful art; it is striking in terms of travesties,” Assistant Professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute Dr. Nicholas Denysenko said. At 2:45 p.m., a survivor of the Holodomor, Eugenia Dallas, will hold a Q&A after a screening of a documentary about the famine, a liturgical service and two guest speakers: Bishop Daniel Zelinsky of the Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Protopresbyter Andriy Chirovsky of St. Micheal’s Ukrainian Church of Tuscon, Ariz. These speakers will talk about the turbulent history of the relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox communities and how the Holodomor has brought the two communities together specifically in the United States. “It is ironic that the memory of such a horrible tragedy has helped bring about a reconciliation of the two faiths,” Denysenko said. After, there will be time for discussion and any questions guests may have. At 7 p.m., there will be a reception including food and more discussion. Although registration is required for the event, all students are welcome to register and attend this memorial. This event unites two different religions through the memorial. “It is important for people to not only be educated about the Holodomor, but to know that unity can be found even in the most unexpected ways,” Denysenko said. To register for the event or learn more about the Huffington Ecumenical Institute, visit http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/ecumenical/Future_Events/strangersnolonger.htm.
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W. Bball from Page 12 scored a career-high 15 points, and was the only other Lion – aside from Cowling – to reach double-figure scoring numbers. Cowling and DeAngelis shot a combined 16 for 26 (61.5 percent) from the field, while the rest of the team knocked down seven of 15 attempts (46.7 percent). Although the Lions hit the majority of their field goals (56.1 percent), they struggled to capitalize on freethrow opportunities, missing 11 of their 15 attempts from the charity stripe. “We were really taxed,” said Head Coach Julie Wilhoit. “We were determined not to let the altitude get to us. ... I think we had some mental lapses on offense, which showed in our free-throw shooting. Our free-
throw shooting was an absolute killer.” In her first official game back after missing all but six contests last season due to a fractured foot, Cowling finished with game highs of 23 points and nine rebounds. However, 20 team turnovers prevented the Lions from making any sort of secondhalf comeback and after going down by 10 at the halftime break, the Lions failed to cut the Pioneers’ lead to less than nine. While the Lions received much of their production from Cowling’s rebounds, the rest of the team combined for only 14 rebounds, leaving the Pioneers to control the glass with an 11-rebound advantage. With the loss now in the rearview mirror for the Lions, they’ll look to bounce back with a victory tonight,
as they play host to CSU Northridge. The Matadors, which the Lions handled easily last season while playing without then-leading scorer Renahy Young ‘11 or Cowling as both were sidelined with injuries, travel to LMU with a 1-0 record. The team’s season-opening win came against LMU’s conference rival University of San Francisco, which fell to the Matadors by eight, 67-59 during a Friday matchup. After committing 20 turnovers in their loss to Denver, the Lions will have to be more careful with the ball tonight, as Northridge forced 27 USF turnovers in its win over the Dons. The Lions will look to level out their record tonight, as they host the Matadors in Gersten Pavillion at 7 p.m. in their home-opener.
and that is a good sign going into the conference tournament. We just have to tighten up on defense, especially our goalie play and 2-meter defense,” said Loughran. Matulis gave the Lions problems all day, a similar issue the Lions may face in the conference tournament. “If we play UC Davis in the conference semifinals, they have a guy similar to Dan [Matulis],” said Loughran. “We need to improve in that area to have a shot to win.” The Western Water Polo Association Conference Tournament will be Nov. 17-20 in La Jolla, Calif. The Lions have locked up a No. 1 seed and will have a bye for the first round. The 2012 LMU senior class consisted of Colton, defender Peter Phelps, defender Charlie Horton, attacker Albert Samuels, attacker Max
Schlegel and is headlined by Edgaras Asajavicius, the 6-foot-5-inch attacker from Lithuania. Asajavicius played in 108 career games for the Lions, ranking 15th on LMU’s all-time list and served as a leader both in and out of the pool. “It has been a rewarding four years here at LMU,” said Asajavicius. “Whether guys come or go, I have enjoyed getting close to all of them, keeping the team together and building this great program.” Loughran was quick to note the important leadership roles his seniors had and how they have earned that respect over long careers. “All of our seniors exemplify the commitment and hard work ethic of this team,” said Loughran. “I am very proud of each and every one of these guys.”
Lions lose on Senior Day M. Polo from Page 12 goals. LMU scored twice in the second quarter to tie the game up. However, with 1:04 left in the first half, Rascon was awarded a five-meter shot after the WWPA officials called a controversial foul on senior utility Jon Colton. After another debateable foul was called on a Long Beach State counterattack with 6:50 to play in the third quarter, Head Coach John Loughran was visibly displeased with both calls and let the officials know of his dispute. The officials subsequently rewarded Loughran with a yellow card. Despite the defensive struggles, the Lions’ offense was a bright spot on the day, going six for eight on powerplay opportunities and scoring seven goals in the second half. “We played well offensively today,
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Momentum stops as Lions lose home opener M. Bball from Page 12 and grabbing 11 rebounds. Redshirt junior Ashley Hamilton led the Lions in scoring for the second consecutive game, putting up 15 points. Redshirt junior Jarred DuBois was the only other Lion in double digits, scoring 12 to go along with three assists before fouling out. The first half was a sluggish affair with both teams shooting less than 30 percent. Despite making only one 3-pointer, MTSU took a 22-20 lead to halftime. “The good teams do the common things uncommonly well. Blocking out is a main staple of fundamental basketball and frankly I only saw one good blockout in the game,” Good said. The Lions twice grabbed a one-possession lead early in the second half, but MTSU’s offense came alive, shooting over 58 percent after halftime. In the final four minutes it
looked like LMU might make a bid for a comeback victory, when DuBois hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws sandwiched around a MTSU bucket, bringing the Lions within three both times. Just inside of the threeminute mark though, DuBois picked up his fifth foul. The Lions did not score for the next two minutes and 13 seconds, allowing the Blue Raiders to stretch their lead out to seven. MTSU made its free throws on the closing possessions while LMU missed multiple 3-point attempts to the full recap closeTo theread deficit. Coming off a 21-point effort against UCLA, sophomore Anthony Ireland struggled against MTSU, going 2-11 from the floor and 0-3 from 3-point range. Ireland pulled down five rebounds to go with his five points and www.Laloyolan.com. three assists. After the quick turnaround between the season’s first two games, the Lions have almost a full week off before returning to action. The Lions’
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next game is Saturday, Nov. 19 against Harvard University at 6:30 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion. “We have to get ready to get after Harvard. Some people have them going fairly deep in the NCAA Tournament,” Good said. Harvard is 1-0 after opening the season with a 76-49 win over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Redshirt junior forward Ashley Hamilton has averaged 19 points per game through the Lions’ first two contests in 2011-12.
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Redshirt junior guard Jarred DuBois scored 12 points on Sunday afternoon, but the Lions could not extend their winning streak to two games, as they fell to Middle Tennesssee State University, 58-51.
one-point loss, getting down on yourself after game one is the worst way to start a season. The losses will inevitably pile up and that initial loss will end up defining the team. It doesn’t matter if it’s 0-1 or 1-0, 27 games remain on the schedule until the conference tournament rolls around, and that’s more than enough time for the Lions to set a tone and maintain it throughout the season. For the men’s team, a lot of its thrilling ESPN-headline-making upset of No. 20 UCLA went to waste with its letdown loss to Middle Tennessee State yesterday at home. The Lions did everything well against UCLA – rebounded the ball, played strong defense, hit open shots and captured the lead and held onto it through the game’s final moments. Rebounding, defense and execution don’t need a whole lot of skill or natural ability (which the Lions have anyway) to happen on a regular basis. The Lions were hungry to upset the Bruins on the road. They were hungry to begin the new season on a positive note. They were starving to show everyone that
2011-12 was a new era of hoops for Loyola Marymount University. However, in the following game, the Lions did the exact opposite, looking inconsistent and almost lethargic on offense and failing to display the same sense of intensity and passion that they did on Friday. While it’s impossible to imagine every game going to perfection for the Lions in 2011-12, the majority of things they did well in that win were completely effortbased. Victory or loss, both Lions basketball teams have a long season of hoops ahead of them and they need to play every game as if they are 0-0. Maintaining, not establishing, a sense of urgency and a hunger for wins at the onset of a season is key. Remember, Lions, play in the moment of every play of every game. There are no repeats or do-overs in basketball – only the chance and choice to do better on the next opportunity. And in sports, opportunities run alongside the game clock and are able to be taken advantage of as long as the clock is running. This is the opinion of Michael Goldsholl. Please send all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Disappointing season shows men’s soccer’s growth Seniors leave behind strong legacy despite falling short of second title in 2011.
week ago it looked like the 2011 LMU men’s soccer season was setting up to end with a bang. Instead, on Friday afternoon, a wild and ultimately disappointing year ended with a whimper. Truthfully, it took a mini miracle for the Lions to even have a at deWilks World shot fending their By John Wilkinson conference title in the Asst. Sports Editor season’s final week. After starting the season 2-9, including a seven-game losing streak that carried into their first three conference games, the Lions fought their way back to within a point of first place. With a title on the line in the final week, the Lions
turned in a performance reminiscent of the first half of the season. Goals looked like they were coming, but nothing fell the Lions’ way and they dropped their last two games 1-0. It was a season of two frustratingly distinct halves for LMU. Picked as the preseason favorite to win the West Coast Conference (WCC) for the second straight year, the Lions began with high hopes. “Obviously the ultimate goal, first and foremost, is to win the [WCC] championship,” Assistant Coach Michael Erush said at the beginning of the season. “The first goal is to win the championship, make the tournament and have a good run in the tournament because of the senior leadership we have coming back.” A team that returned 10 seniors from a WCC Championship year was supposed to hit the ground running. Instead the Lions stumbled out of the gates, failing to click until halfway through the season.
The word “disappointment” was used a number of times after Wednesday’s loss eliminated the Lions from title contention, and disappointing is the only fair way to describe the outcome of this season. There was a clear goal and the Lions fell short of that in 2011. A shared title in 2010 was a big step, but being left out of the postseason motivated the Lions, and it was clear that their sights were set firmly on winning that title outright and returning to the postseason. However, for some reason, the end of this season seems less heartbreaking than the past couple, probably because the idea of even having a shot at the title seemed lost during that seven-game losing streak. It was frustrating to see a team with so much talent perform so poorly for extended stretches. The 2012 season will bring even more questions. If the Lions thought replacing last year ’s seniors Rafael Baca and Vincent Ocampo was tough, wait until next year.
Head Coach Paul Krumpe frequently started eight or nine seniors; nine of the 10 started on Wednesday and it was a shame that injury kept the 10th, Roger Downes, from starting one last time on Sullivan Field with the rest of his class. LMU brought in a big freshman class this season, hoping to fill the void in the future. A number of underclassmen have featured prominently for LMU and by no means are they incapable, but it will be interesting to see how they respond to becoming the pillars that the program leans on next season. Despite the frustrating outcome of this season, those seniors deserve a hand from LMU fans. The last four years have been a resurgent period for LMU men’s soccer and at the heart of that is this group. When they arrived, LMU was coming off a miserable season. They leave with a share of a West Coast Conference title and an NCAA College Cup appearance under their belt.
Senior Artur Jozkowicz called the class a “big family” and it has certainly left its mark on the LMU men’s soccer program. Over the last four years, LMU has knocked off top-ranked programs, had two finalists for the nation’s highest individual honor and made numerous appearances in the top 25. As Jozkowicz said, “I think we’ve laid some good foundation for the guys still in that locker room.” It wasn’t what it could have been or even should have been, but at the very least, it has been exciting. A frustrating year ended without the title that the Lions and their fans had hoped. But coming from where the program was four years ago, to get to the point where blowing a shot at a second consecutive conference title is a major disappointment, is a positive development on its own. This is the opinion of John Wilkinson. Please send comments to email@example.com.
Men fall short after upset win
Remember that it’s a long season The men and women’s basketball teams need to keep in mind that one game doesn’t define a season.
The Lions follow their victory over UCLA with a loss to Middle Tennessee State University.
ne game (win or lose) at the start of the season holds little value over the course of a college basketball schedule. Sorry to burst the bubble of those still living on cloud nine because of men’s basketball’s upset victory over No. 20 UCLA, but it’s the truth. (The same goes for those grimly anticipating a repeat of 2010-11 following the women’s season-opening loss to the University of Denver on Friday Two Plus the Foul evening.) It’s great to set a By Michael Goldsholl tone for the season Asst. Managing Editor | from the get-go. However, anyone Sports Editor who has followed a sports team before knows that things are almost always subject to change – players can get hurt, should-be off-the-court issues find their way on to the court and the normal ups and downs of a season happen as expected. Therefore, even after the biggest statement game, it can easily go to waste if the wave of momentum is short-lasted and the tone forgotten. Based on the stats alone, the women’s falter to Denver nearly mirrored last year’s season-opening loss. Cause for concern? Possibly, but it doesn’t have to be the MerriamWebster’s definition of the team for the rest of the year. They don’t have to miss 11 of 15 free throws or only pull down rebounds. They can change that over the course of a season. Whether it’s on the heels of a 30-point or a
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Erdmann qualifies for seventh NCAA Championship Redshirt senior Tara Erdmann (pictured above, front) broke her personal record in the 6K this past weekend at the NCAA West Regionals held at Stanford University, finishing with a time of 19:53. She has qualified for seven NCAA Championships during her time at LMU, including three for cross-country. Sophomore Weston Strum also broke the LMU record in the 10K with a time of 30:35.
Before the season began, LMU men’s basketball Head Coach Max Good said that his team would be streaky shooting the ball. In the Lions’ first two games, they demonstrated both extremes of their potential. The Lions were hot in a 69-58 upset win over No. 20 UCLA Friday night, but ice cold on Sunday as they shot 33.3 percent en route to a 58-51 loss to the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Blue Raiders. Trying to build off its victory over UCLA, LMU opened the home portion of its schedule on Sunday, but the Lions looked very different from the squad that had notched a doubledigit victory over a ranked team just two days prior. “This is all for naught if we go out there Sunday and lay an egg,” Good said after Friday’s win. Unfortunately for the Lions, Good’s fears came true in the home opener. MTSU dominated LMU on the boards, pulling down 14 more than the home team, including 15 on the offensive glass. The Blue Raiders scored 24 points in the paint, as well as 14 second-chance points. “This is one of the toughest teams we will play this year in terms of just being a flat-out tough mental team and a tough team physically,” Good said. “It’s very frustrating. … The rebounding is inexcusable. … We wasted a great defensive performance.” Junior Marcos Knight led the Blue Raiders with 15 points, while fellow junior JT Sulton recorded a double double, tallying 12 points
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Struggles at the line plague Lions in loss Women’s basketball begins its season 0-1, falling to the University of Denver on Friday. By Michael Goldsholl Asst. Managing Editor | Sports Editor One game into the 2011-12 season and the women’s basketball team is already playing catch-up. Despite 16 second-half points from redshirt junior forward Alex Cowling, the Lions dropped their season opener, 71-55, in a road matchup against the University of Den-
ver on Friday night. LMU jumped out to an early 11-5 lead, but could not maintain the advantage for long, as the Pioneers briefly stunned the Lions with 10 unanswered points over a four-minute stretch. The Lions ended Denver’s run, narrowing the deficit to just two points, but the Pioneers, who were led by a pair of 21-point performances from senior forward Kaetlyn Murdoch and redshirt junior guard Morgan Shell, never let up and held onto the lead for the rest of the night. Redshirt junior guard Monica DeAngelis
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Redshirt senior Albert Samuels was one of five seniors on the men’s water polo team to be honored on Saturday prior to the Lions’ loss to Long Beach State that afternoon.
Lions come up short in fourth-quarter shootout Men’s polo allows seven fourthquarter goals, losing on Senior Day to No. 8 Long Beach State. By Dan Raffety Asst. Sports Editor
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Redshirt junior guard Monica DeAngelis (pictured above) scored a career-high 15 points on Friday, but the Lions still fell to the University of Denver in the road matchup.
Saturday marked Senior Day for the men’s water polo team, where LMU honored the six seniors that will graduate at the end of the year. However, the No. 10 Lions could not stop the No. 7 Long Beach State 49ers, losing 14-11 in a fourth-quarter shootout as neither team could make a significant defensive stop to put the other away. The 49ers controlled much of the game, leading 9-7 going into the fourth quarter. Neither team, however, was done scoring. The 49ers scored twice to go up four to start the final quarter, attempting to solidify a victory. The Lions, however, responded on two freshman attacker Mark Menis’ goals with 3:55 and 3:04 to play.
The 49ers still led 12-9. Long Beach State’s sophomore 2-meter Dan Matulis torched the Lions in the fourth quarter, with two goals in the frame and three goals in total to quell any comeback the Lions had in mind. The 49ers’ offense milked much of the 35-second shot clock by passing only on the perimeter, only to dump the ball to Matulis at the 2-meter with moments left and have him score. Junior 2-meter Matt Venner scored the final LMU goal with 1:14 to play, but it was too little too late for the Lions as they dropped their first game since their Oct. 8 loss against then-No. 4 USC. The Lions had previously won six games in a row. The game ended how it started with both teams exchanging two goals each in the first quarter. With 14 seconds remaining, however, Long Beach State’s sophomore attacker Nick Rascon scored to put the 49ers up one after one. The second quarter was much of the same. After Long Beach State scored to go up by two
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