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Dance majors took the stage to partake in their faculty-choreographed fall dance concert, which ran from Wednesday, Nov. 20 to Saturday, Nov. 23. Sophomore Josh Rivera, junior Carly Kelleher, junior Libby Wolf and junior McKenzie Cochran (left to right), pictured above, danced in choreographer Sidra Bell’s “Beyond the Edge of the Frame.” See Page 7 in the Life+Arts section for more pictures from the performance.

LMU sees increase in ambulance transports The number of ambulance transports is atypical for this time of the year. Allie Heck

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The last few weeks of the fall semester have been full of events, including Charity Ball and other formals hosted by service and Greek organizations. During this busy time of year, there has been an increase in medical transports on campus. According to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Chief Hampton Cantrell, there were at least four transports on the weekend of Nov. 15. “For this time of year, it is unusual to have that many transports,” said Cantrell. Medical transports can be due to alcohol and drug-related incidents, but also because of standard medical emergencies. However, that same weekend, LAPD was involved with two transports, according to Cantrell. “Generally, LAPD is called if there may be the possibility of some violence or a crime committed, or even a psychological emergency,” said Cantrell. Cantrell and DPS’ manager of investigations, Captain Christina Martin, both maintained that no single organization can be faulted. When asked why transports

have been more frequent, Cantrell stated that he is “not entirely sure,” saying that midterms “may be a factor.” Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development (SLD) and Greek Adviser Dan Faill similarly referenced the short amount of time allotted for these events. “I think it feels like finals is a week earlier,” said Faill. “Because University policy says that you can’t do anything in the evening starting the Friday before finals, I think that shifted a lot of people’s calendars.” While Faill stated that the crunched schedule was more of a “burden on the institution,” the Greek community worked closely with Public Safety in order to cover all of the events. In addition, Greek Life has been working on dealing with alcoholrelated issues for seven years, according to Faill. “They’ve been doing a really good job, to their credit, with dealing with their guests,” said Martin. Faill emphasized the importance of handling these issues within the context of safety, and accredited much of their success in dealing with these issues to a good relationship and understanding with DPS. DPS has “been responsive to our needs and requests and have been an amazing partner over the past several years to educate and empower our organizations to hold their members more accountable,” said Faill.

Even though LMU’s Student Worker Program will enter its 57th year on campus in 2014, some may not know of its existence. J.J. Galvez, a senior economics and entrepreneurship double major, said that the reason the LMU community doesn’t know about the Student Worker Program is precisely because of the term “student worker.” “I think the biggest misconception might be that people confuse us with any other student worker on campus because of our name,” said Galvez. “You think ‘student worker’ and you could think, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a student worker too. I work at the front desk or whatever.’ So I think when a lot of people hear the name they don’t distinguish it as a program.” The program consists of 24 students who work year-round for the University in order to pay tuition and attend LMU. According to Juliana Cadena, a senior communication studies major, the work that student workers are assigned to ranges from sorting materials in the recycling yard to setting up for university events. “We work the Wine Classic every year,” said Cadena. “We also set up [for commencement]. It’s a lot of stuff you See Student Workers | Page 2

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don’t think about. You don’t think about who the people are who put out the food or take your trash away at events. We work behind the scenes.” The 12 women and 12 men of the program not only work together, but live together. Cadena said the group dynamic is akin to a family. “Think of a family of 12 brothers and 12 sisters, but there’s not any parents,” said Cadena. “It’s just us running around. We have a community.” The student workers’ family dynamic includes both “the good and the bad” components of spending so much time together, according to sophomore theology major Nathan Johnson. “Just like any other group, if you spend enough time together it leads to drama,” said Johnson. “But the positive definitely outweighs the negative. There are very few people who I trust and care for more.” Freshman political science major Ramona Sandoval said the most challenging part of living together is trying to maintain a work-life balance. “Being around the same group of people makes keeping work and personal life separate basically impossible,” said Sandoval. However, she added that the time spent together leads to stronger bonds. “Since we spend so much time together we inevitably form

strong friendships.” Galvez agreed that the group was a family, and said that even if they have conflicts the students still respect each other. “Just like in any family, you fight with your brothers and sisters,” said Galvez. “But whenever there’s a conflict we try to settle it in the most adult way possible, and because everyone is going through similar experiences, everyone can relate to each other.” Cadena echoed Galvez, saying that the relationships the student workers build with each other are stronger than any disagreements that arise. “At the end of the day, what I find comforting is that we’re working towards the same goal, which is to get a degree and make life better for our families and ourselves,” said Cadena. “A lot of us are first-generation college students, and we get to be around people who are motivated in the same way we are,” said Cadena. “I’ve made some of my very best friends in the student worker program. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Ever. ” Both Cadena and Galvez said that being a student worker has also given them a unique perspective, teaching them to appreciate individuals who often go unrecognized. “It got me to appreciate the people who make things happen,” said Cadena. “I personally never


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The Student Worker Program proves both challenging and rewarding, according to those involved. Participants make strong bonds with each other. would have thought about who took my trash away in high school, but I have gotten to know the people who take the trash away at the university on a personal level. They are full-time staff, and they have kids. They have lives.” Galvez agreed, saying that the student worker experience has taught him acceptance. “On a personal level, it’s made me a less judgmental person,” said

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Airport shooting heightens concern for f lying travelers The recent shooting at LAX increases security measures at the airport. Casey Kidwell & Sarah Kodama

This issue, Interim News Editor Casey Kidwell sits down with Natasha Gunasekara, coxswain of the men’s rowing team, to talk about her team experience.

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How was your interest in rowing first sparked?


Rowing always seemed really interesting, and I had always wanted to try it, but never had the time in high school. So when one of the rowers told me I should try it out, I figured, why not. I love team sports.


Had you ever rowed before coming to LMU?

I had no previous experience with rowing before coming to LMU. I did track and dance in high school, so this was totally different than anything I had done before.

What exactly is the coxswain?


The coxswain is essentially an assistant coach in practice and motivator during races. Our main job is to keep the rowers safe, but we also steer the boat, run drills and give the rowers technical feedback.


Why are you on the men’s rowing team and not the women’s?

My freshman year, I was talking to one of the rowers on the men’s team about how I wish I had tried crew in high school but never did, and he suggested I try coxing for their team. So I went to practice, the coach basically put me in the boat and told me to figure it out, and I’ve loved it ever since.

What is the best part about being on a team with all men?


How easygoing they are, and how well we get along. It’s basically like having 20 big brothers who are there to support you in and out of the boat.


What is the biggest challenge about being on a team with all men?

Definitely their stubbornness, and at first it is definitely intimidating for a small person to take command of a group of big guys.

What is something you have learned from your experience on the men’s rowing team?


Honestly, I’m still learning something new every day at practice. One of the biggest things I’ve learned from this team is the importance of respect and pride. Mutual respect between coxswains and rowers is hugely important to the team dynamic and how we work together to achieve the same goal. 


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Friday, Nov. 1, was not an average Friday at LAX, but one that will forever be remembered as a day when unexpected tragedy struck. A little after 9 a.m., 23-year-old Paul Ciancia stepped into LAX and began his shooting spree. According to the L.A. Times’s article “LAX shooting: Gunman wanted to kill several TSA agents, complaint says,” published on Nov. 3, Ciancia’s targets were unarmed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, as revealed by a note found in his bag expressing a desire to “instill fear” in the TSA agents’ “traitorous minds.” The article reported that the gunshots echoed throughout the terminals and chaos ensued. Hordes of travelers escaped through emergency exit doors while others hid behind planters and kiosks to avoid the unidentified shooter. Many planes full of travelers waited for hours on the runway, and three terminals were completely shut down. By the end of the shooting spree, Ciancia had fatally shot TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez,

39, and injured at least three others before he was shot multiple times by the police, according to the L.A. Times. Due to LMU’s close proximity to LAX, the shooting continues to affect students, especially during busy travel times such as the upcoming Thanksgiving break. Freshman undeclared major Lauren Konchan had plans to go home to Colorado the day of the shooting. She awoke that Friday morning with a phone call from Southwest Airlines explaining that her flight was cancelled – she was both rattled by the dangers of the shooting and upset that she could not go home. Konchan said that she “had been looking forward to this weekend since the beginning of school since I was not planning on going home for Thanksgiving.” Like many others at LMU, Konchan not only had her weekend plans postponed, but her faith in the safety at LAX shaken. While Konchan’s flight was rescheduled for the next weekend, she admitted she felt a little nervous going to LAX so soon after the incident. On top of that, she knew the “security line [would be] out the door.” Upon arrival at the airport, Konchan said the security guards were more thorough in their search than before and there were even extra security lines for every terminal. According to Konchan, at one point, someone accidentally

dropped a textbook on the ground, causing many travelers around her to quickly drop to the floor in fear of another shooting. USA Today’s article “Airport security still vulnerable” published on Nov. 3, states that “although it’s impossible to get on a plane with a bomb or gun, there’s neither the will nor the funds to similarly protect airport parking lots, cubsides, lobbies, ticket counters and baggage claims.” Increasing security would be an immense undertaking. Freshman accounting major Joy Doane is flying out of LAX to go home to Portland, Ore., for Thanksgiving. In response to the shooting, Doane was confused and disheartened. “I thought that airports were very safe ever since 9/11,” Doane said. “The shooting has now changed my perspective and I am slightly worrisome going home through LAX.” The USA Today article also reported on what travelers can expect when heading home for Thanksgiving. There will be “no immediate change in overall security policy but that ‘passengers may see an increased presence of local law enforcement officers.’” LMU students traveling home for the holdiays can and should expect a slight raise in security at LAX and possibly a greater sense of community and greater appreciation for TSA agents and the security we do have.

Unican recycles cans and glass into funds for families Student’s nonprofit organization makes recycling easy and fun. Ali Swenson

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How many empty beer cans, soda bottles and fifths of vodka did you see as you left that off-campus party last Friday night? Where do you imagine they went the next day when the owners cleaned up the house? For 17 off-campus student houses in Westchester, those empty beverage containers are picked up, sorted and recycled for money, which is donated directly to the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, a local charity that helps homeless children and families in the Los Angeles area. This is possible because of a nonprofit organization called Unican, founded by an junior entrepreneurship major Bryce Franck last September to make recycling easier and more worthwhile for college students. Franck is the man behind the face of Unican. In high school, Franck and a friend realized they could turn in their recyclables for money, and that they could benefit the earth by recycling while benefiting the community by donating the money they earned. When Franck got to college and noticed that many fraternity houses and other student houses did not

pay for recycling bins at all, he saw a need for an easy and cheap way for students to recycle. It works like this: First, Franck makes presentations at fraternity chapter meetings. There, he pitches his entirely free recycling service and offers his phone number to anyone who is interested. “It’s a win-win situation since we give them the recycling bins they don’t have,” Franck said. “They text us for the bins and then I go buy the bins from Home Depot and spraypaint the bins for both inside the house and outside. Then I bring them to the house and show them how to use them; train them. I pick them up every Sunday and it’s super easy for them. They’re always happy and thankful.” After picking up the contents of the bins each week, Franck sorts the recyclables in his backyard and offers community service hours to any students who are interested in helping with the task. Then, he takes them to RePlanet Recycling Center, where he is compensated for the recycling he has collected, according to the Unican LMU Recycling Guidelines. Each beverage container recycled is worth 5 cents at RePlanet. That money, as well as an extra 10 percent of funds raised that RePlanet donates in its sponsorship of Unican, goes directly to charity. Last semester, Unican was working with seven Westchester houses, but that number has since expanded to 17, largely because of a recycling competition Franck recently launched between different

fraternity houses. He presented at various chapter meetings this semester, explaining not only the program but also the premise of the competition. According to Franck, whichever fraternity compiles the most recyclables in the month between Nov. 11 and Dec. 11 receives a keg in December. Junior marketing major Michael Sywyk is a friend of Franck’s and a member of the off-campus chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE). Sywyk’s off-campus house hold recently received bins from Unican and his fraternity is getting into the competitive spirit. “He went to three or four of our SAE houses and dropped off recycling bins. It’s cool to see. All the guys are cleaning up the house and really trying to win this,” said Sywyk. Right now, Unican earns about $100 a week for charity, but Franck has big dreams for Unican. He hopes that it will eventually become integrated into universities across the nation, and has been spending time this year working out the kinks and creating a universal protocol for the Unican process that can be used anywhere. Unican has already expanded to two fraternity houses at the University of Arizona, where one of Franck’s friends picks up and sorts the recyclables, donating the money to a local charity there. “A franchise is what we’re working towards,” Franck said. “We hope to spread this program across the country to fundraise for more charities.”



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hanksgiving is mere days away. More month-long break, we here at the Loyolan than that, we’re only a couple weeks think there’s even more reason to take this away from winter break – and we’re time to truly be thankful. Aside from a genuine wish to spend qualeven closer to finals. It’s a rushed end to a ity time with the family, disappearing into semester that feels like it’s truly flown by. Events have been jammed into every your room to study and/or stress about weekend largely due to the timing of studying while your long lost aunt is sitting Thanksgiving this year – falling on Nov. in the kitchen might not be the best idea. 29 as opposed to Nov. 22 last year – and Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks school assignments have seemed to take on and love, and while we here at the Loyolan are definitely up for giving a similar sense of urgency. much thanks for the opporFor some, it feels like midDon’t be afraid to terms just ended; for othlook at your time spent tunity of education we’ve been afforded here at LMU, ers, they’re still happening. with loved ones as this isn’t exactly the week Whether we like it or not, a sort of productive we’d like to be paying it forthe end of the first semester procrastination. ward in the way of finals is upon us. And we all know preparation. what that means: reading Sure, we can’t control when Thanksgiving all those chapters you pushed off until the last minute, writing multiple, lengthy falls. We also can’t control when our winresearch papers in record time and gener- ter break happens. But what we can control ally letting all other life concerns go by the is how we respond. It’s important to take time for yourself and wayside. Thanksgiving, a time often spent with truly relax during this short Thanksgiving family and friends, falls in the midst of this break. Don’t be afraid to look at your time crunch time. It creates quite the conun- spent with loved ones as a sort of productive drum: We want to spend as much time as procrastination. Sure, study for your finals possible with our loved ones and be thank- a bit and conquer some of that reading, but ful for all that we have been given, but we don’t forget to be thankful, especially for also want to do well on our finals and finish the privilege of attending LMU. And in the name of all things Thanksgiving, do not off the semester on a high note. Though this year’s Thanksgiving break skimp on the pumpkin pie – we’ve heard it’s is bumping right up to our long awaited, great brain food.

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he next time you walk into a room, I want you to notice how many people are the same ethnicity as you. Chances are, if you’re white, you’re part of the majority. While this observation shouldn’t make a difference, it affects the 51 percent of students who make up the non-white portion of LMU. A video featuring a spoken word poem by UCLA student Sy Stokes has been circulating around the Internet lately. In the powerful statement, Stokes openly criticizes UCLA’s diversity record and points out that only 3.3 percent of the school’s population identifies as African-American male students. Out of that small percent, 65 percent of those students are athletes. The video has shocked thousands with its message about the underrepresentation of minorities at the school. Meanwhile, I was unsurprised. Stokes popularized a conversation that needed to surface a long time ago. I, like so many other non-white students, was already used to facts like the ones he presented. A lack of intercultural diversity has been an issue for decades. On this campus, I’m one of the 10.5 percent of undergraduate students who identify as Asian, according to the 20132014 “LMU at a Glance” card. Statistically, I’m an ethnic minority. Yet personally, it’s the lack of interculturalism, not ethnic diversity, that has been an issue for me ever since I arrived on LMU’s campus. I once participated in a facilitated discussion on the lack of interculturalism on our campus. During an activity, a group of students presented the existence of “culture cliques” as an issue. Their definition of culture cliques referred to the numerous cultural organizations here at LMU. These students believed that these organizations caused students of the same culture to become less involved with the rest of LMU,

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that they limited whom their members interacted with and were exclusive to others. More cons were listed than the single pro, which simply stated: cultural organizations provide students with a sense of belonging. While cultural organizations do provide that familiar camaraderie found in any group on campus, they serve a purpose far more important than just providing a basic acceptance into a community. Cultural orgs are different. And this difference makes them a crucial addition to any college campus. Without these orgs, we would fail to recognize the unique traits that actually make LMU intercultural and diverse. The beautiful thing about culture is that it isn’t limited to ethnicity. It extends to any sort of lifestyle, whether that’s being a part of the LGBT community or doing weekly service. The definition is fluid and can be molded to describe anyone’s way of living—the term itself is welcoming. In fact, the cultural clubs on this campus do not serve to promote a certain ethnicity or culture above another. They exist for the sole purpose of celebrating diversity. And there’s nothing limiting about that. I absolutely adore LMU for hundreds of reasons – one of those being the incredible

amount of support that students involved in the intercultural community show each other, another reason being the various educational programs offered through the Ethnic and Intercultural Services Office that promote diversity. I’m proud to be a part of a community where students make efforts to express their passions through sharing their cultures with others. And while I’m proud that our campus has offices dedicated to educating students on interculturalism, we can’t stop here. The truth is, our campus definitely has the means to be intercultural. But that starts with us as students and they way we approach the issue. Let’s get back to those students and their coining of the problematic term “culture clique.” Do I think any less of them? Not at all. But here’s to hoping that I can help them, and others who share their beliefs, to think about cultural organizations from an insider’s perspective. Sometimes change simply starts with a conversation. This is the opinion of Kellyn Kawaguchi, a senior English major from Irvine, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email



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hanksgiving is a time for family, community and food, but it can also be a time to take a mini vacation and get away from all the hustle and bustle that surrounds LMU students constantly. Although it is challenging to hit the road during Thanksgiving break because of limited time, there is a simple trip that will be quick and cheap, but full of long-lasting memories. California is one of the most diverse states in the country and there is a lot to see. This trip won’t be the typical San Francisco or San Diego trip; rather, you will hit small towns filled with beautiful terrain and cold weather. We are heading up California’s coast and mountains, so bring your winter gear.

Day One: Head up Highway 1 The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most beautiful roads in the country, and the farther north you go, the more surreal it gets. Leave early on day one, because it’s about a five or six hour drive and there are many stops to get to on the way. Stop in lovely Ojai, Calif., in the early morning. Ojai is a little town just north of Los Angeles in the mountains, complete with Spanishstyle roofs, trendy boutiques and a classic hometown feel. After a nice coffee and bagel, hit the road again and head north to Santa Barbara, Calif. Although it will be too cold to hop in the ocean, Santa Barbara has one of the cutest downtowns I’ve been to, with shopping, restaurants and great walking streets. If you are over 21, try a glass of some homemade wine, but make sure that you always have a designated driver. By this point it will be about midday, and you need to push it about another hour and a half before your next stop. San Luis Obispo is a great area for a

later lunch. It also has a hometown feel for sure, but it offers a college atmosphere as well. Although it will be Thanksgiving and may be more dead than usual, students will still be around, making for a fun stop. But the goal of this trip is to get to Big Sur, Calif., which is a small town in the middle of the forest. Big Sur is known for its massive cliffs, so get your camera ready; there are great opportunities for a new Facebook profile picture. Hotels can get expensive here, but camping is always a great option in Big Sur.

Day Two: From west to east This next day will offer you the full spectrum of California. Waking up in a damp coastal atmosphere, you’ll drive north to beautifully simple Monterey for breakfast. Although this town has a large elderly population, the restaurants will be open and the coffee and tea will be brewing. Take some time to eat and walk around in this adorable Northern California town. Once refilled, get ready for a trek as you

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The Pacific Coast Highway runs virtually up the entire coast of California and is very popular for road trips. Although it will take more time than taking Interstate 5, it allows you to see a part of California people often miss.

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Big Sur offers spectacular views in a private setting. This gem off Highway 1 is a must-see on your California road trip. drive west to east across California with Yosemite National Park in your sights. This will take about four hours, but once you arrive in the early afternoon, it will be worth your while. There will be snow on the ground and people waiting to play in it. Bring or buy an inflatable sled to head down the slopes or start a snowball fight with some friends. Cabins are a good idea for this stop, but if you’re like me and want an adventure, bring your camping gear and have yourself a good time. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful parks in the world, and now that the government shutdown is over, it’s back in business. Not every area of the park will be open, so make sure you check which roads are good to go and where you will be allowed. Always remember to stay warm, bring chains and follow directions. Day Three: Time to come home This will be one of the more boring drives you will encounter

on this trip, but there is no greater feeling than coming home after a long trip. You will head down the 99 Freeway through Fresno, Visalia and Bakersfield. However, there’s a diamond in the rough: Bravo Farms. This little store, restaurant and gift shop is one of those places you would kick yourself if you drive right past. They advertise it for miles, but trust me that it’s worth a stop. If you leave early enough, you should have plenty of time to return home without a problem and get yourself ready for school on Monday. This trip is quick, but you will see California’s coast and glorious mountains – just remember that the company often makes a trip. Make Thanksgiving break more than just turkey stuffing – make it something worthwhile. This will be an experience you will never forget. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a senior communication studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Tweet comments to @LAloyolan, or email

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or most people, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season. For me, though, it’s so much more: It means reuniting with family, celebrating with friends and looking forward to special traditions. My entire life, I have been lucky to have all of my cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles together in Arizona for Thanksgiving dinner, not to mention the random family friends and distant relatives that end up joining us for the big day. You can only imagine how many people we try to fit around one big table. Rightfully so, the Sacco household turns into a complete madhouse in preparation. It’s basically a ritual that the days leading up to Thanksgiving are filled with chaos. My mom and dad are both incredible cooks, and will not rest until everything on the table is perfect, even if that means preparing the dishes days in advance, which I used to

think was just to taunt me. As a freshman this year, it was a huge transition for me to leave Scottsdale, Ariz. and move to Los Angeles. Naturally, I was homesick early on, just as every freshman is, but now that it is getting closer to the holiday season I find myself with a different longing for home and my family as I wait to go back to Arizona for Thanksgiving. The last couple weeks have been some of the hardest during this first semester of college. Final projects, papers and exams have just added anxiety for the students who, in many cases, have already checked out for Thanksgiving break and yes, sadly, I am one of them. I intended to fly out Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, but after the last few weeks I have progressively changed my flight so that I can leave as soon as possible. It is difficult for anyone to be away from home for over three months, especially around the holiday season when you know you have your family and special traditions to look forward to when you go home. My family may have our crazy Thanksgiving traditions, but it’s the little things that we normally take advantage of living at home

that have me so excited to return. College has made me realize how much I have to be thankful for in my own house: Homecooked meals, my dog, my own bed and taking a shower without shoes on are a few among many. As cliché as it may sound, this year I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be going home for Thanksgiving. There are so many people in different colleges, schools and cities that aren’t able go home

for the holidays, and I feel so lucky that I am close enough to Arizona to be able to still spend Thanksgiving with my family. If there is one thing I missed most this year, its not being able to be a part of the excitement as the Thanksgiving frenzy unfolds. If there is one thing that is certain, it’s that when I arrive at home, my house will most definitely look and smell like a Thanksgiving heaven. Despite the stressful heat in

the kitchen during the crunch time right before Thanksgiving dinner is served, this is one of my favorite holidays to be with my family. It is a time to relax, take a break from school and work and just be together as a family again with great food, football and all of my friends.

This is the opinion of Julia Sacco, a freshman communication studies major from Scottsdale, Ariz. Tweet comments to @LAloyolan, or email

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When people think of Arizona, they often think of cacti, deserts and extreme heat. But when Julia Sacco thinks of Arizona, she thinks of her family and friends back home in Scottsdale.

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‘Evening of Concert Dance’ impresses with variety of styles of dance Music and applause sounded from Strub Theatre from Nov. 20–23, as members of the LMU dance program performed “An Evening of Concert Dance.” The night featured seven ensemble pieces choreographed by different acclaimed choreographers from all over the country, as well as three solo performances choreographed by Lillian Barbeito. The performances each conveyed their own beauty and emotion, from tribal and rhythmic, to humorous and romantic, to summery and sweet. The differences between each piece gave the audiences something new to watch, never knowing what they were going to see next. Truly memorable was “Driftwork,” choreographed by Jordan Seanz, “Aprés-Midi Dans Le

Parc,” choreographed by Denise Leitner and the solo performance “Heels Over Head.” “Driftwork” was set to the track of raindrops, train noises and television clips. It also incorporated elements of hip hop, something that wasn’t seen in the other performances. “Aprés-Midi Dans Le Parc” took the audience back to a warm summer day, full of frivolity and love. – Julia McQuade, Life+Arts intern

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Chris James Life+Arts Editor I’m most thankful for Cate Blanchett, this year. The woman who was once Bob Dylan and Katherine Hepburn keeps getting better and better, this year with her incredible performance in “Blue Jasmine.” Plus, she taught me life’s most important lesson: When the going gets tough, constantly down Stoli martinis with slices of lemon until you start talking to yourself.

Marissa Morgan asst. Life+Arts Editor This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for Jennifer Lawrence. With "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "American Hustle" making their way to theaters, I can't wait to watch Jen take her rightful place as the new queen of film. Plus, her candid personality and unapologetic sense of humor are giving Hollywood a much needed, refreshing dose of reality.

Mary Grace Cerni asst. Life+Arts Editor I am thankful for Miley Cyrus because she has reminded us to "forget the haters" with her song, "We Can't Stop." Thank you, Miley, for showing us that a 21-year-old woman can still thrive in a cyberworld of negativity. 

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‘The Best Man Holiday’ is not ‘race-themed’ Tyler’s Take Tyler Barnett Design Director @Tylermisha


magine a movie about a reunion of college friends centered on the themes of love, friendship, career life and faith. Now imagine the types of people who could play the characters in his movie. In a recent USA Today article, box office analyst Scott Bowles described “The Best Man Holiday,” a romantic comedy and much-awaited sequel to the 1999 film “The Best Man” and a movie that fits my description above, as a “race-themed film.” In a tweet that ignited much controversy, Bowles’ headline about the weekend box office results read, “‘Holiday’ nearly beats ‘Thor’ as race-themed films soar.” After several tweets bashing Bowles’ categorization of “Holiday” as a racethemed film, the original tweet was deleted and changed to “‘Holiday’ nearly beats ‘Thor’ as ethnicallydiverse films soar.” Nice try, but still wrong. In a third attempt to create a non-offensive headline, the tweet was changed to, simply, “‘Best Man Holiday’ nearly beats Mighty ‘Thor.’” In Bowles’ article, he went on to say that “Holiday” was marketed mainly to black women and that it greatly exceeded analysts’ box office predictions. He went on to say that other films featuring predomi-

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nantly black casts, such as “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler,” have also done exceptionally well at the box office this year. There are several reasons why Bowles’ article was sadly misinformed. It was apparent that Bowles had not seen this movie and therefore assumed that a film with a predominantly black cast was themed on race relations much like “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler.” While Bowles does not represent the universal, non-black individual’s perception of movies

with predominantly black casts, his depiction of “Holiday” sheds light on a greater issue with the current state of race relations in America. What is so wrong about calling “Holiday” a race-themed movie? Was it holiday-themed? Yes. Was it love-themed? Yes. But was it racethemed? No. “Holiday” is a comedic tale about friendship featuring experiences in which many can see themselves. It is because the actors who played these characters are black that “Holiday” seemingly changed from

a regular movie to a race-themed movie. It would seem obviously absurd to deem similar romantic comedies such as “Love Actually” or “Valentine’s Day” as race-themed films. Movies featuring a predominately white cast are regarded as a depiction of the universal human experience, not the white experience exclusively. Bowles’ headline reinforces the idea that white people are the default human being and that anyone other than white is different or a deviation from the

norm. Bowles’ article made it seem as if black people cannot portray a story that is relevant to all people. To call a movie race-themed simply because its characters are black is dehumanizing. It is as though we are seen as black first and as people second. It is insulting and exhausting that, in 2013, we still have to prove that we are equal. Black people are not some anomaly without the same basic human experiences as everyone else. We are not an esoteric group with nothing to offer an audience insofar as we exist outside the realm of a stereotype or tragedy. It is expected that the black image be shown through downtrodden tales of poverty, slavery and gang life. These images have been so ingrained into the media that it seems absurd and even uncomfortable for some to see black people depicted as normal, everyday citizens. This is all not to say that there are not historical factors that greatly impact the experiences of blacks in America, but this is not a movie that is based on or even highlights this area. My point is not that viewers should ignore that the characters are black, but to realize that they are also people too and can tell a story that is relevant to anyone. So I encourage all of you to go see this movie, no matter your race; you just might be able to relate. This is the opinion of Tyler Barnett, a junior art history major from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanArts, or email

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Despite losses, future bright for Lions Raff’s Rap Dan Raffety

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he men’s water polo team ended its season last weekend after dropping two of its final three games at the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships. Despite the losses, the Lions set a great foundation this season for success in the next few years. The team was young this season, and many of the key pieces were in their first or second year playing for Head Coach John Loughran. Only four of the Lion’s’ 23 roster players had class standings above redshirt sophomore. This included senior two-meter John Mikuzis, who did not play much of the season due to a head injury. This young team had its ups and downs all season. They won out against Pepperdine University, and swept four games at the Troyer Invitational, but lost two conference games in November, both at home, putting the team in a hole entering the tournament. The team also saw the departure of redshirt senior goalie Gavyn Wild, forcing the team to only have one goalie on its roster. Despite losing to No. 1 seed UC Davis on Saturday and to No. 3 Santa Clara University on Sunday in the WWPA Tournament, the

Lions have the necessary pieces to return to WWPA dominance next season and stay atop the conference in convincing fashion. First, sophomore attacker Milutin Mitrovic returns. Mitrovic is one of the best goal scorers in LMU history. He’s led the team in goals for two straight years and will continue to improve in Loughran’s system and remain a centerpiece for the Lions. Mitrovic’s Serbian counterpart, sophomore Vuk Cvetkovic, will also return next season – hopefully with an injury-free campaign. This is the second straight season Cvetkovic was limited due to injury. The Lions need him to be healthy, especially with the departure of Mikuzis. A healthy Mitrovic and Cvetkovic combination could be one of the best duos in the conference. Other impact players next season will include juniors Seth Coldren, Joe Ferretti and Matt Stipanovich. All three players have one more chance to make LMU water polo relevant again. These three players, along with Mitrovic and Cvetkovic, make up the core of the team. The coaches have an entire offseason to find out a way to turn all this individual talent into a winning machine. Besides these veterans, the performances from the team’s freshman class offer even more optimism for future success. Freshman two-meter defender Corey McGee came in right away and earned a starting spot with the first unit as a two-meter

defender. When both Mikuzis and Cvetkovic went down with injuries, McGee stepped up as a freshman to run the offense at the two-meter position and held his own. Freshman sprinter John Beck is one of the fastest swimmers in the conference. He not only won the majority of his sprints, but also became a key component to the Lion’s drive offense, causing havoc for opposing defense. Finally, redshirt freshman Kirk Wilenius took over the goalie position and held down his own. Despite some rough games, Wilenius worked hard and gave the Lions a chance to win every day with his big frame in the goal. These three freshmen, along with freshman attacker Matt Cuozzo, will be in full force next season and along with the other pieces, can propel LMU water polo back to WWPA dominance. This season will no doubt leave a bad taste in the mouths of everyone associated with the LMU men’s water polo program. In a rebuilding year, the team did not live up to its winning tradition. If the coaches can get each of the team’s individual players to fulfill their specific roles by next fall, the Lions have a strong chance to return to the pool and win a WWPA championship. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a senior communication studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanSports, or email

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The LMU men’s water polo team will depend on sophomore attacker Milutin Mitrovic in the future of the program. Mitrovic is a key scorer for the Lions.

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Men look to rebound from first loss Women prepare for next tournament

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The men’s basketball team (5-1) will wrap up play at the Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam today, as they face Vanderbilt University at 2 p.m. The Lions are 1-1 in the tournament, as they fell to Northern Iowa 90-81 on Friday in the team’s first loss of the sesaon.

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The women’s basketball team (1-4) is looking to turn around its season. The Lions are coming off of two road losses, Oregon State University and CSU Long Beach. The team plays in the DoubleTree L.A. Westside Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday in Gersten Pavilion.

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then equalize with a conversion of his own. In the fourth round, Stanford freshman forward Jordan Morris and LMU junior midfielder Juan

De Rada both found the back of the net. Hutchins then converted Stanford’s fifth and final attempt, giving the Cardinal a 3-2 edge heading into the Lions’ final attempt. Hunsicker stepped up for the

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Lions, but saw his shot blocked by Hutchins, ending LMU’s run in the NCAA tournament. The match was a story of two halves, with Stanford dominating the first half, outshooting the Lions 11-2. “We were outplayed in the first half. Stanford came out on their homefield, raring to go,” LMU Head Coach Paul Krumpe said. “We were fortunate to not be behind.” LMU’s defense benefitted from Blanchette’s stellar play of Blanchette, who made four firsthalf saves and finished the game with eight saves. “[My defense] has been there for me all season long,” Blanchette said. “I was just doing whatever I

could to help this team.” Krumpe praised Blanchette, the WCC Goalkeeper of the Year, after the loss. “He was huge. He made a couple of very acrobatic goalsaving saves that kept us in the game,” said Krumpe. The Lions played better in the second half, only trailing the Cardinal 5-4 in shots in the final 45 minutes of regulation. Stanford dominated LMU in total shots with a 20-9 edge. The Cardinal also led the Lions with a 9-4 shots on goal advantage and a 7-4 corner kick advantage. The Cardinal went on to beat CSU Northridge 1-0 on Sunday evening in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Thursday night’s loss ends one

of LMU’s most successful men’s soccer seasons in school history. The team won its first ever outright West Coast Conference (WCC) title and earned its sixth NCAA tournament berth under Krumpe. In addition, LMU’s 13 wins was the second-highest total in the program’s history. The Lions will likely be the favorites to repeat as WCC champions next season as nine of their 11 will starters return. LMU only loses senior forward Christian Alvarado and senior midfielder Sean Sears from its starting lineup. “These guys were fantastic all year long. This showed a lot of resiliency in tough situations,” Krumpe said. “They put LMU soccer back on the national map.”

Coach of the Year: Paul Krumpe, Loyola Marymount

Goalkeeper of the Year: Paul Blanchette, Loyola Marymount

2013 All-WCC First Team John McFarlin, junior midfielder Craig Nitti, redshirt junior defender Adrien Perez, freshman forward

2013 All-WCC Second Team Paul Blanchette, sophomore goalkeeper Juan De Rada, junior midfielder Sean Sears, senior midfielder

2013 WCC Honorable Mention Selections Ryan Felix, junior defender Jack McCracken, junior defender Dylan Seedman, junior forward Graphic: Mercedes Pericas | Loyolan

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Ballard acts as kendama ambassador

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Ballard (second from right) traveled to Burundi in the summer of 2012 with his youth group from Wenatchee, Wash., to help out in youth summer camps. Kendama USA donated 100 kendamas to Ballard to give out to the kids. Along with the trip to Burundi, Ballard also traveled last summer to Japan with other sponsored Kendama players to compete in the World Kendama Open. Kendama from Page 12

one of the bigger U.S. kendama events,” said Ballard. “There, I met the owners of KROM and they at that point offered me a sponsorship. Since then it’s been a really great time working with them.” Ballard traveled across the United States, to Africa and to Japan to compete in tournaments and perform kendama tricks in events. Last July, KROM flew Ballard and other sponsored American players to Japan to compete in the World Kendama Open, the biggest and most prominent kendama event in Japan. “We all got whooped. We all lost pretty quickly,” said Ballard. “The way their competitions were I never had played before.”

“He’s always playing with his kendama, editing videos or making business calls,” said Aleman. Ballard is confident he’ll improve upon his performance and possibly make another appearance at the World Kendama Open. “Now that I have played a Japanese style of competition, I’ll be able to practice more in that way,” said Ballard. Over the summer, Ballard and 13 other players also participated in the Kengarden Roots Tour, performing in kendama events in six stops across the U.S., including San Francisco and Seattle. “We would basically go to parks,” said Ballard. “We would sell a lot of kendama stuff, and have a really good time, and jam with the locals. For the locals, it was like a chance for them to meet their favorite kendama players and pros.” Ballard has filmed and produced a pair of films based on the kendama

culture: “Count Me In!” and “Where We Are.” “It’s very interesting how dedicated he is and it’s really good how into it he is,” said freshman engineering major Justin Aleman, a classmate of Ballard’s. “He’s always playing with a kendama, editing videos or making business calls just to spread the word about kendama and make it something people would like to see.” Ballard continues to manage the Wenatchee Kendama Team by advertising new products and making videos showcasing tricks, while also teaching friends in his dorm hall and across campus how to play with the traditional japanes toy. “The first time we hung he showed me how to play, and I saw one of his videos. I play kendama every now and then, and I think it’s really fun, and he’s kind of taught me how to play,” said freshman film production major Christopher Naum. “I really admire Matt. I don’t know much about kendama, but it’s crazy to see someone pick up a random thing like that and become a professional.” Ballard has plans to hold small kendama events at LMU and continue his kendama playing and his kendama video and film work. Most recently, in October, KROM again flew Ballard up north to participate in the Minnesota Kendama Open. At that point, Ballard felt a little homesick at LMU, but his trip to Minnesota cured some of that homesickness. “I feel like in college a lot of people aren’t really sure of who they are and they’re trying hard to impress people and they’re really worried about what other people think,” said Ballard. “When I was in Minnesota, hanging out with kendama family, no one was judging anyone. Everyone was really nice. Even though you might be so, so different from someone, you were still really accepting of them and they were really accepting of you.”

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Along with competing in kendama events, Ballard has also produced and filmed two kendama-centered films, “Count Me In!” and “Where We Are.” He plans to continue to work on kendama-related film projects in his time at LMU.

sports LIONBITES M. BASKETBALL LMU is 1-1 in the 2013 Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Lions fell to Northern Iowa University 90-81 LMU Athletics on Thursday, and then beat Marist College 76-70 on Saturday behind 25 points from senior point guard Anthony Ireland. The Lions face Vanderbilt University in the fourth/sixth place game on Monday at 2 p.m. The game will be streamed live online at MEN’S POLO The Lions lost 12-7 in the consolation final against Santa Clara University on Sunday afternoon in the Western Water Polo Association LMU Athletics tournament on Sunday. LMU placed fourth in the WWPA tournament. Freshman utility Cory McGee led LMU with two goals.

SWIMMING Freshman Hannah Calton set two LMU records last weekend at the Arena Invitational. On Saturday, Calton finished second in the 200 butterfly LMU Athletics with a time of 2:02.53, shaving .3 seconds off of the LMU record. On Friday, Calton placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a school-record time of 55.62.

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Around the world with kendama Freshman Matthew Ballard is a professionally sponsored kendama player. Rebecca Liaw Business Intern


What is the odd clacking sound echoing down the first floor hall in Doheny Hall? Chances are, it’s the sound of freshman film production major Matthew Ballard practicing his kendama. A kendama is a traditional Japanese toy whose popularity and use for tricks is similar to the American yo-yo. It consists of a handle with two cups and a ball on string. Sometimes referred to in English as ring and pin, the kendama is more than just a toy for Ballard, and more than just a hobby – it’s a huge part of his life. Ballard is a sponsored professional kendama player who has competed in events across the United States and internationally. Ballard founded a kendama team in his hometown and filmed and produced two films about the sport. “I first heard about kendama in October 2008, and I saw it in a rollerblading magazine called ONE,” Ballard said. “I remember there was an article that described kendama, and it described it as something that’s really great for lag time, for when you’re just waiting around for whatever.” “The writer of the article described playing kendama like for rollerbladers when you’re trying to do tricks and you finally land it, it just feels great,” Ballard continued. “That’s the same appeal for kendama, when you’re trying to do a trick, so you work hard, and you’ll eventually land it. It’s a great feeling.” Since then, Ballard has honed his skills and started the Wenatchee Kendama Team in his hometown of Wenatchee, Wash. Ballard began making videos for the team and Kendama USA eventually recruited him to make videos. In May of this year, KROM Kendama offered to sponsor Ballard. “[Kendama USA] flew me to Atlanta, Georgia to film an event called Dama Fest, See Kendama | Page 11

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Freshman film production major Matthew Ballard learned to play with a kendama in 2008. Now sponsored by KROM, Ballard has participated in kendama events across the world.

Lions’ season ends, lose heartbreaker in PKs Men’s soccer fell to Stanford 3-2 in penalty kicks, ending LMU’s NCAA tournament run. Kevin Cacabelos Sports Editor


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Freshman forward Adrien Perez scored a goal in the 83rd minute against Stanford University to temporarily put the Lions up 1-0. LMU eventually lost to the Cardinal in a penatly kick shoot-out.

The men’s soccer team was just 17 seconds away from advancing to the NCAA tournament’s second round last Thursday, but an equalizing goal by Stanford sophomore forward Zach Batteer in the match’s final minute forced the game to overtime and eventually a penalty shootout. In the shootout, Stanford senior goalkeeper Drew Hutchins scored and then blocked LMU redshirt junior midfielder Connor Hunsicker’s shot attempt to secure Stanford’s (10-6-3) 3-2 penalty-kick victory over the Lions (13-52) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. “It still hasn’t hit me yet,” sophomore goalkeeper Paul Blanchette said. “We had a very successful season, but we wish we would’ve done more.” The Lions saw their best passer find their best scorer to give the team a shocking 1-0 lead with only 7:20 left on

the clock in regulation. Freshman forward Adrien Perez received a pass from junior midfielder John McFarlin and converted a left-footed from 25 yards out in the 83rd minute, breaking a scoreless tie between the two teams and temporarily giving LMU a 1-0 lead. McFarlin’s assist to Perez was his 11th of the year, making him the Lions’ singleseason record holder in the category. Following their previous dramatic finishes earlier in the season against Colgate University, the University of San Diego and Saint Mary’s College – it seemed like the Lions would be able to steal yet another victory away from its opponent. Unfortunately, in the most important game of the season, LMU saw its luck turn in the favor of the opposing team in the penalty shoot-out. After two scoreless overtime periods, the match headed to penalty shoot-out. Two saves by Blanchette and a conversion by redshirt junior defender Craig Nitti gave LMU a 1-0 advantage after two rounds. Unfortunately for the Lions, junior defender Ryan Felix missed wide in the third round, allowing sophomore Stanford defender Brandon Vincent to See M. Soccer | Page 10

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