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Hollywood Reporter ranks SFTV in top 10

LMU’s School of Film and Television improved its ranking due to its professional opportunities. By Abigail Goh Contributor

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Attractions at First Convo draw lines of students Students stand in line at the Downtown Dogs food truck to buy lunch on Tuesday during First Convo. Sunken Garden and Regents Terrace filled with students wandering through the plethora of vendors offering a variety of free merchandise from fanny packs to Dippin’ Dots. For more photos, go to the Loyolan’s Facebook page.

LMU ranked in ninth place on the Hollywood Reporter’s list of Top 25 Film Schools — a nine spot jump from last year’s ranking. The 10-year-old School of Film and Television received this bump, according to faculty and staff, due to its concentration on furthering each student’s career. With acclaimed partnerships with companies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation, Disney and Sundance Institute, LMU film majors have countless opportunities in the industry. “Over one-third of students have had one or more internships by the time they graduate,” said Stephen Ujlaki, dean of the School of Film and Television. “We emphasize the notion of career paths.” And the progress does not stop there, according to Ujlaki. LMU is working on a number of things to improve the curriculum and prepare students for their careers and beyond. This includes the upcoming launch of an “Online Job Board” which will provide current students and alumni with enhanced employment and networking opportunities – confirmed dates will be announced soon by LMU. There’s also the post-graduate Incubator Labs, launched in 2011, now gaining prestige by partnering up with Film Independent, which will administer and curate the whole program. The Labs grant

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More than 50 freshmen assigned to McKay

Housing now refers to McKay Residence Hall as both freshman and sophomore living. By Ali Swenson Asst. News Editor

Most returning students are used to the chaotic buzz of the freshman side of campus during move-in weekend, as parents help students settle in to oncampus housing for the first time. More than 50 of this year’s freshmen were on the other side of campus, however, as they spent the weekend moving into McKay Hall. McKay, a building with suite-style rooms, is often lumped together with such residence halls as McCarthy Hall and Rains Hall, which exclusively house sophomores. McKay has served as additional housing for freshmen over the past three years, according to Associate Director of Resident Services Nan Miller. Starting last year, the building has been

advertised as freshman and sophomore housing and even listed as an option for ranking on the housing application for freshmen. “First-year students are all guaranteed housing … so based on the enrollment coming in, if it’s a bigger year, we want to make sure we house everybody,” Miller said. Between 20 and 30 freshmen lived in the building last year. Since this year’s enrollment was slightly higher, housing placed more freshmen in McKay as other freshman housing filled to capacity. Miller explained that freshmen were moved into McKay in order to avoid tripling freshmen rooms or cramming too many beds into the study lounges, which function as temporary housing.

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Professor dies unexpectedly on hiking trip Alan Hogenauer taught in the College of Business and Administration. By Ali Swenson Asst. News Editor

Alan Hogenauer, associate professor of marketing and business law for LMU’s College of Business Administration (CBA), passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 29, in the Coachella Valley Preserve while on a hiking trip with his family. According to The Desert Sun and Hews Media Group Community Newspaper, Hogenauer parted from his family Saturday midhike and never returned. The Riverside County coroner’s report stated that his body was found the following morning shortly after 10:00 a.m. a half-mile east of the Coachella Valley Preserve Visitor Center. Hogenauer was 71 years old. Completing his undergraduate degree at Hunter College in New York where he grew up, Hogenauer went on to obtain two master’s degrees from Columbia University and a doctorate in economic and transportation geography from Columbia University, according to the CBA website. Hogenauer began working for LMU in August 2000, joining the faculty as the head of the CBA’s Center for Tourism and Travel, according to the CBA website. In 2009, he switched to marketing and business law and continued to teach a variety of business courses. A travel enthusiast, Hogenauer

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Alan Hogenauer shared his passion for global tourism and travel with his students as the head of CBA’s Center for Tourism and Travel. His adventurous personality landed him in many humorous situations. worked in several positions related to air transportation before making the transition to teaching. Even after becoming a professor, his immense passion for global tourism and adventure never wavered. Hogenauer aspired throughout his life to achieve hundreds of personal goals of “systematic

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travel,” a strategy he created himself of methodically traveling to every place in a specific category, according to his personal website, For example, Hogenauer successfully completed his objectives to go to every United States capitol building, to visit every continent – by air travel, rail, ship and steam rail –

and to take a personal trip around the world using 80 different methods of transportation, among numerous other traveling goals. Hogenauer’s students took note of his extensive experience exploring the world, as well as his active participation in the lives of others. “I really appreciate how he took

a specific interest in his students,” said junior English and business marketing double major Jenny Yu. She described him as “not only a great professor in marketing but also … the most traveled professor I’ve ever known.” A friend and colleague of Hogenauer’s, Charles Higgins, professor of finance, shared his enthusiasm for travel and got to know him closely through that avenue. “He, like I, would travel on new subway routes just because they were there,” Higgins said. “Whenever I look at a map, I think of Alan.” Constantly pursuing a new journey, Hogenauer was a young soul. “He acted like he was 17 years old,” Higgins said. “And he had a way of just being pithy. He would just see the truth, the relevance.” Hogenauer’s no-nonsense outlook landed him in some humorous predicaments, in one case getting kicked off a train for talking back to a conductor, according to Higgins. Always upbeat, Hogenauer was well liked. “Whenever you’d see him, he couldn’t wait to tell you this latest thing,” Higgins said. “He always had something interesting and new to say. He was a live wire.” “He will be missed,” he added. Hogenauer is survived by his wife and four children. A memorial service will take place Tuesday, September 24, during Convo hour in Sacred Heart Chapel. The service at 12:15 p.m. and the reception to follow are both open to the public. To RSVP, visit lmu. edu/rsvp/alanmemorial.


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DPS escapes FJ Cruisers

In order to be more environmentally friendly, DPS chooses Ford Escapes. By Allison Croley News Editor






environmental activism, given its award-winning recycling system, clubhosted beach cleanups and various student-run awareness groups. But how does the Department of Public Safety (DPS) contribute to this

conversation of diminishing the bubble of smog LMU sits under? It buys new cars. DPS has replaced its notorious Toyota FJ Cruisers with two 2013 and two 2010 Ford Escapes with EcoBoost engines. In addition to having sufficient cargo space and durability, DPS chose Ford Escapes because they are more fuelefficient, according to DPS Chief Hampton Cantrell. “We are hoping that with the new cars, the LMU community will see that we have a commitment to sustainability,� Cantrell said. DPS cars are replaced every six years due to “wear and tear� on the vehicles, Cantrell said. Six years ago, DPS purchased Toyota FJ Cruisers because the department thought it needed cars that could traverse through any terrain in any emergency, but now that is “not necessary.� When choosing the new model, fuel efficiency was a more important factor, according to Cantrell. Among students, there’s an apparent lack of strong opinion regarding the new DPS cars. Marie Schuetze, a sophomore English major, said that she was surprised DPS bought new cars. “Unless the old cars were giving P-Safe problems, I think the change was a bit unnecessary,� Schuetze said. When it comes to the fuel efficiency aspect of the Ford Escapes, she said it was a “definite plus.� Sarah Vogel, a junior accounting major employed by DPS, said that she knew the Toyota FJ Cruisers had blind spots and thinks the Ford Escapes will be safer. “I personally like the look of Ford Escapes,� she said. Regardless of the difference in opinion, the Toyota FJ Cruisers are no longer the DPS signature, and the Ford Escapes are here to stay. For another six years, at least.

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O’Sullivan says that while he can’t remember one person who stands out as having been an inspiration to him, his parents were constantly there with their “love and support.�

11 BURNING QUESTIONS with the interim BCLA dean This week, Staff Writer Kimmy Smith sits down with interim dean Michael O’Sullivan to talk about his goals for the year and his bucket list. 1. What are you looking forward to this upcoming school year? This upcoming year the new core curriculum will be put fully into effect. I am looking forward to seeing the results of that as many of the core classes here at LMU do fall under BCLA [the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts]. 2. What are some of your other responsibilities as the dean of BCLA? Meeting with all the departments and making sure everything runs smoothly. It’s a big job. As the interim dean, BCLA is in the process of looking for a full-time dean. As of now, I am doing this temporarily. 3. You spoke to the incoming freshmen class of BCLA at their August orientation this past weekend. What is your first impression? They seem like a really bright group of students. I got to sit down and talk with a group of them at my table for breakfast and it was great to get to know them a bit. I always enjoy talking with students about what they are studying and why they chose that. As an educator, it’s great to spark an interest with a student. That’s our bread and butter. 4. Do you have any specific goals for this year? Welcoming all the new students and faculty is always something that I like to do, and again just focusing on the new core curriculum and seeing what really works best for the college. 5. Why are you passionate about what you do? I think that education and the widening of one’s knowledge really is the source of happiness. 6. What was your dream job as a child and why? Let’s see. That was a long time ago. I don’t know if I can remember way back into the Stone Age [laughs]. I don’t know if I ever had one and unfortunately my parents aren’t around to tell me what I always aspired to be. That was a very long time ago.



7. What is your favorite thing to do outside of the office? I love to be outside and exercise. I am a loyal early morning runner. I also love to read. Certainly educational reading, like in the field of psychology for example, but also reading other things as well. 8. What is your personal motto or a piece of advice you would offer anyone at LMU? I always remember the great Socrates quote, “The unexamined life is not worth living.� 9. Who has inspired you most in your life? Certainly my parents with their love and support have always inspired me but I can’t say that there is one person who stands above the rest. I have been inspired by so many different people in my life that there isn’t just one person who has had the most influence over others. 10. Do you have a bucket list? What is something you really want to accomplish in your life? Go to Tahiti. The weather is great and I’ve heard great things about it. I would love to visit there. 11. What did you study in college and why? I studied psychology. I always found human and animal behavior extremely fascinating, especially with the ways they connect to each other.

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New Loyolan; same coffee cart

ertain conflicts between the University administration and its students stand out in recent history: namely, controversies over parking fees and the dismount zone. This summer saw a third such clash: over a coffee cart. In a battle waged primarily over a two-week period in July, almost 3,000 LMU students took part in a Facebook campaign devoted to the continued operation of the signature coffee cart near Foley Fountain in Alumni Mall. Comments in support of the owners, married couple Jimmy and Sung Yu, were not only passionate and fiery, but included specific evidence that led to serious debate. Additionally, there was action: Reddit threads were created and letters to the editor were sent to local papers. The couple’s near-ouster from the campus and the subsequent, student-driven backlash was easily the biggest news of the summer for LMU. They will continue operating their cart this year – a success for students, and a great example of how students’ voices, when united, can truly resonate with University decision makers. Two things about this story stand out: first, ASLMU President Shawn Troedson’s calm head while channelling students’ passionate rhetoric. The Facebook group was, at many points, close to chaos, without a leader or any clear mission statement. Troedson posted on the page that ASLMU would “be presenting all these concerns to the administration when we

meet with them,” while also promising to keep members of the group informed of any updates – a promise she kept. When one group member asked what points Troedson would be bringing to the administration, she offered a concrete path for anyone to submit specific complaints and questions. Troedson’s handling of the issue was professional, transparent and impressive. If she continues in such form this year, her and Vice President Caitlin Maher’s promise to represent the students’ roars will prove true. Secondly, because the event took place over the summer and was resolved before the end of July, we at the Loyolan weren’t around to provide coverage. If it had happened this fall, however, with our new digital focus, you could expect up-to-the-minute coverage on our website, and in-depth coverage in the print issues. This week, we’ve updated our site daily with new stories, a trend that will continue throughout this year. It’s no longer enough to be informing our community twice a week in print, which is why our goal is to post content for you every day of the school week. After all, this won’t be the last stand-off in LMU history, not by a long shot. When the next such incident between the administration and the student body happens, we’ll be here with you, updating the LMU community every step of the way.





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Trayvon Martin case: That’s so Wendy: The fight for rights Injustice lives on A A

rmed with only Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea, 17-yearold Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February of 2012. He was walking back to his father ’s girlfriend’s house from a local convenience store. He was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer: George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was charged with seconddegree murder and on July 13, 2013, a six-person jury renNothin’ but dered him not guilty. Nett I followed the case By Tyler Barnett diligently, but was not surprised by the Design Director verdict. Throughout this case, the victim was transformed from an innocent boy into the criminal. A child became an overpowering predator whose menacing appearance and inability to ignore his pursuer warranted his death. An entirely female, non-black jury decided the verdict, making it impossible to look at the case without acknowledging the racial undertones. Some don’t understand why this is an outrage, particularly for the black community. This is a reality that is all too familiar to us. Racial profiling and brutality has become as American as apple pie. Racial injustice has been institutionalized in this country and ingrained into our identity as a people. Stereotypical biases portray the black


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The Trayvon Martin incident is an example of how racial tensions are still present in the U.S. male as the common criminal, subjecting all American black men to the harsh reality of being a second-class citizen. Some people believe that with the election of President Barack Obama, we magically entered into post-racial America. Zimmerman’s actions and the verdict of his trial speak to the extreme racial biases that still pose a threat to many people in this country. Anyone who cares about the future of this country should care about this case. We are living in a society where race is still used to dictate the amount of justice and equality that individuals receive. The Trayvon Martin case a is just one example of how far we still have to go. This is the opinion of Tyler Barnett, a junior graphic design major from Rancho Cucamunga, Calif. Please send comments to

Marriage equality: It’s catching on

remember when Prop 8 first passed. I was a freshman in high school. While I was far away from marriage – or even coming out for that matter – I was scared. Proposition 8 prevented homosexual couples from legally filing for marriage certificates in California, denying them both the benefits shared by married couples and limiting their expression of love. Growing up in a mainly Catholic community in the Bay it’s casual. Area, I saw the blue By Eddie Estrada and yellow signs with Asst. Opinion Editor the happy family “protecting marriage” on almost every lawn. I stayed ignorant on the topic back then, because too much knowledge of “gay stuff” would obviously show the world I was gay. Only later did I learn that everything I did was stereotypically gay, but that’s a different story. It wasn’t until this past year when Prop 8 resurfaced that I really became a part of the discussion. With countless Facebook profile pictures turning to the red equal sign, I became less afraid of the topic and more passionate about it. I am a human being, a free citizen of the United States of America, but with Prop 8 still in effect, I was seen as a secondclass citizen under the law. When Prop 8 was overturned, the weekend before San Francisco Pride, it was like Christmas in July for the gaycommunity. I turned on my TV to watch

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The overturn of Prop 8 marked an historic victory in the fight for gay rights in America. the crowds of people rushing the Castro to celebrate the next step in the fight for equality. This summer, Prop 8 was struck down by the highest judicial power in the U.S., so those who oppose gay marriage better start running, because marriage equality is officially sweeping the nation. Like everything that homosexuals do, the trend is catching on. International artists are making songs about it, our favorite celebrities are coming out and getting engaged and Buzzfeed can’t stop making posts about it. We can expect to see states legalizing gay marriage left and right in the next few years. The bottom line is this: If you’re not for gay marriage, you can’t sit with us. This is the opinion of Eddie Estrada, a junior communication studies major from Walnut Creek, Calif. Please send comments to

s my own feet ached from a six-hour diner shift on June , Texas senator and superwoman Wendy Davis took to the floor and single-handedly led a filibuster to block Senate Bill 5. This bill, according to the New York Times article “Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill,” would have prevented abortions after 20 weeks and closed all but five clinics that met the standards prescribed by the bill. Equipped with her pink kicks and sheer Chenelle determination, DaNo. 5 vis held the floor By Chelsea for 10 hours. While Chenelle her filibuster was stopped short due Opinion Editor to technicalities, the momentum of the crowd’s cheering prevented lawmakers from providing a clear vote on the bill before the midnight deadline, helping abortion rights live to see another day. Following her actions, Davis became a household name as a troublemaker to some and a hero to others. As the story broke, there was a general sense of disbelief. Becoming politically aware during the aftermath of the Bush administration, a recession and the subsequent mess on Wall Street, the rampant corruption isolated me from much of politics. Yet when I heard about Davis’ spectacu-


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Texas Senator Wendy Davis made headlines this summer for her pro-choice stance. lar performance on the Senate floor, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of humanity. Though the bill was passed a month later, Davis’ commitment will not be forgotten. Being a woman, particularly a woman entering young adulthood, reproductive rights are at the forefront of my mind. The idea that they can be taken away at any given moment on the whim of men far removed from the reality of the women they affect most is terrifying. Although the restrictive bill passed in Texas, Wendy Davis’ stand gave me hope. Hope to overcome all odds. Hope to work harder, even if I stand alone, to ensure equal rights and equal access for all individuals. This is the opinion of Chelsea Chenelle, a junior art history major from San Diego, Calif. Please send comments to

Hey NSA: Please don’t tap that

’m not sure if this news made it under your rock, but over the summer, the National Security Agency (NSA) had its whistle blown harder than Flo Rida’s. The gig’s up, NSA, and the word on the street is people aren’t happy – and by people, I mean the entire European Union and most of the U.S. This whole situation all started on May 20 of this year. Edward Snowden, the man responsible for leaking the information, flew from Hawaii to Hong Don’t Push Kong to release the Feldman details surrounding By Devin Feldman the NSA’s wiretapAsst. Opinion Editor ping. Angered by what the NSA was doing, Snowden brought the NSA’s wiretapping and spying to light. The U.S. government was not too stoked on this which is why Snowden is still on the run from the Feds. At this rate, he will probably live in Argentina forever. Snowden is now a felon – a shortsleeved button-down-wearing felon. Regardless of his formal conviction, a strong divide exists about whether he is a true patriot or the worst thing for America’s foreign relations since Dick Cheney. He single-handedly broke information that angered all the nations the NSA was allegedly spying on – so, all of the nations – and created another polarizing issue in the American public. The Obama Administration is in full-blown damage control. Fun stuff.

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Snowden became a household name after divulging classified information on the NSA. So was Snowden right to do what he did? Well, if you value your privacy enough for the NSA’s wiretapping to directly affect you, then yes. Now you know to use secure search engines and delete your Facebook. But to the everyday citizen with nothing to hide, the NSA’s actions won’t change anything. It’s more alarming that the government has ignored one of the cornerstones of the Constitution – the Fourth Amendment – which just isn’t okay. As for Snowden, if you have anything to tell us that will do more good than bad to America’s foreign relations, I – and the Obama Administration – would be forever grateful. This is the opinion of Devin Feldman, a junior communication studies major from Aurora, Oregon. Please send comments to

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Film, Literature, Music, Restaurants and Theatre

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Alum uses college experiences to make film Alumni Spotlight By Mary Grace Cerni Asst. A&E Editor


MU School of Film and Television alumnus Christian Sander (’08) is taking his college education to the big screen. Sander debuted his first feature comedy, “Dean Slater: Resident Advisor,” earlier this month at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The film, produced by Sander, follows the story of a hopeless teen who is forced to spend a semester at his safety school under a renegade resident adviser. Colin, Sander’s younger brother and director of “Resident Advisor,” thought the film would be the perfect opportunity to jump start his and his brother’s career in feature filmmaking. “We wanted to make an accessible first movie, so we

thought, why not make a classic college comedy?” Colin said. “We were just in that world. It’s a good starting point for our first narrative picture.” The inspiration for the film was drawn from the Sanders’ days as an undergrad at LMU. To achieve an authentic college feel, most of the movie was shot without sets in real dorm rooms at Chapman University, with a few scenes shot in front of Rosecrans Hall and Foley Fountain at LMU. The brothers took some of their own life experiences into consideration when making the movie. Although he was reluctant to divulge too many personal stories, Sander did reveal the inspiration for the lead character. “We had an epic RA in Rosecrans,” he said. That resident adviser, said Sander, served as the inspiration for Dean, the renegade RA.

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Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre hosted the premiere for the film “Dean Slater: Resident Advisor” on Thursday, August 18.

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(From left to right) Editor RJ Daniel Hanna, writer and producer Christian Sander (‘08) and writer and director Colin Sander attend the premiere for their new comedy “Dean Slater: Resident Advisor.” Making it in Hollywood was not always part of Christian Sander’s plan. After finding success in making and selling skateboarding movies in high school, Sander said he had dreams of becoming “the best skate filmmaker ever.” He still films extreme sports, but his goals shifted after working at Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Sony and Original Films. “I became trained in the Hollywood model, and I thought, let’s give this a go,” Sander said. After graduating from LMU, Sander returned to his extreme sports roots, filming for the X-Games and ski website But his family’s desire to “get the band back together” pushed

Sander to return to Hollywood and join Pensé Productions, his father’s production company. Since then, Sander has produced music videos, ads for WarHeads and Cole Haan, and, most recently, “Resident Advisor.” For distribution, Pensé Productions reached a 5-year worldwide and cable videoon-demand (VOD) agreement with Time Warner Cable for

“Resident Advisor.” The film is also being released online through outlets like iTunes. VOD distribution is a new release strategy that many summer independent releases such as “Only God Forgives,” “The Canyons” and “Drinking Buddies.” “Dean Slater: Resident Advisor” is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and Vudu and can be downloaded for $9.99.

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Music video showcases student collaboration Music Spotlight By Christopher James A&E Editor


hile many students take the summer to travel abroad or boost their resume with an internship, others use the break to pursue artistic goals. Sophomore communication studies major Hannah Short, who uses the stage name Hannah Renee, did just that as she turned to junior film production major Matthew Law-Phipps to collaborate on a music video for her song, “Sugar Iced Tea.” The song, written by Short at age 16, chronicles the act of falling in love with one’s best friend. The song proved to be an emotional yet rewarding experience for Short.

“There was a lot of longing for love in my lyrics because I was recalling how scary it is to risk everything with someone you are already so close to,” said Short. “I think I connected with very many similar situations of friends that have gone through the same thing, and that was my goal for the song as a whole.” After releasing the song along with an EP at the beginning of her freshman year, Short enrolled in a interpersonal communication course. There, she met Phipps, who soon became her chief collaborator. “I came to learn about Hannah’s talent and passion as a musical artist,” said Phipps. “We just decided to collaborate after she showed me a few of her songs and I let her know that I was interested in maybe

making a music video for her.” With various locations in San Diego, Calif., Phipps assembled a crew and equipment for the two day shoot on a virtually non-existent budget. This proved to be a departure from some bigger budget shoots he had recently been working on, but it served as a reminder of micro-budget filmmaking. “When you work on the fly you have to cover all your bases,” said Phipps. “Since my mentality has shifted more to pre-planning and working with bigger budgets I had forgotten how on these shoots you have to be instinctive and adaptable.” Short feels that her time at LMU has helped her gain the strength and drive to find success in her musical abilities and take the initiative to achieve her goals.

“The main evolution of my personality at LMU has gone from thinker, to actor, to doer,” said Short. “In the beginning, I thought about doing music, transformed those thoughts into actions, and now I believe I am actually doing it.” Phipps believes that there should be some forum in place in order to better facilitate collaborative projects between students of different disciplines. “There should be a connection in the curriculum or through the Lion network between the

business, acting [and] drama, music, animation and film school,” said Phipps. “There’s so much potential for collaboration and for a partnership between all these schools that I’m really puzzled why it doesn’t exist or isn’t encouraged by the faculty.”

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Sophomore communication studies major Hannah Short (pictured) met her collaborator, junior film production major Matthew Law-Phipps, in their communications class. There, the two decided to make a music video.

LMU film school cracks the top ten Film School from Page 1 access to state of the art production equipment, mentorships all of Film Independent’s major educational programs, memberships and monthly Incubator Sessions. Students can also receive passes to the L.A. Film Festival, and in addition to the Labs, there are Avid courses alumni can take for free. “We care for our students and want to give back to them, and prepare them for the working world… Our students are the number one customer,” said John Syrjamaki, head of production administration. LMU is also distinct from other film schools on the Reporter’s list because of the school’s dedication to the “fostering of friendly competition and faculty attention for each student,” according to Syrjamaki. Everyone is given a

chance to create films and improve on them, “rather than choosing a handful of promising filmmakers and putting each student into a shark tank environment,” said Ujlaki. With this sense of no restriction, “the lack of a dog-eat-dog environment creates a sense of cooperation and strive towards excellence, rather than competition against peers,” added Syrjamaki. LMU has also committed to instituting a documentary program, because “documentaries allow you to come in contact with reality,” Ujlaki said. “I’m happy that I can learn at an improved LMU,” said sophomore screenwriting major Carl Andrew Molina. “It’s reassuring that we’re not missing out from what other colleges have to offer, but I hope that things will be weighed more by the quality of the students’ films instead.”

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Lions battle for crown in tight WCC M. Soccer from Page 12 “I was nervous at first, but then in the middle of it I started getting the rhythm. There’s a lot of physical contact but you just got to deal with it and play,” Perez said. Velazquez and Perez have an opportunity to become a formidable duo by the end of the season, but right now they’re still learning how to play with each other. “They didn’t find each other often enough last game. I think it doesn’t come natural, and it does come over time,” Krumpe said. “The more they get used to each other, the better they’ll flow together.” Defensively, the team returns defenders redshirt junior Craig Nitti and junior Ryan Felix. The pair stands at 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-3 respectively, providing the Lion defense with ample size. “They are both very athletic and are very good headers of the ball,” Krumpe said. “Anything served into our box and our goalkeepers can either catch the ball or our defenders can do a great job of clearing it.”

Picked to finish third in the WCC preseason poll, LMU will likely battle with Santa Clara, University of San Diego (USD), University of San Francisco and Saint Mary’s, who all received at least one first-place vote in the poll. The WCC is traditionally not strong enough to garner any at-large bids in the NCAA tournament, meaning winning the regular season conference championship is the only way a team from the conference can advance to the postseason. Despite its perception as a one-bid conference, the league saw USD advance to the final eight last season and Saint Mary’s advance to the final eight in 2011. The team’s coaches and players believe this year’s squad can be the WCC’s third straight team to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. “I think it’s going to be great. In my mind this is the most complete group of players we’ve ever had,” Nitti said. “It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a grind, but I think we’re going to win the WCC and I think we’re going to have a good showing on the national level.”

Redshirt freshman midfielder Michael Meissner (left) watches redshirt freshman midfielder Mark Dotseth (right) battle for the ball during an exhibition against CSU Northridge.

ranked cross-town teams in UCLA and USC and an in-state powerhouse in Stanford. “It’s going to come down to leadership, and the 11 seniors taking initiative in the big games to want to win and show the underclassmen what we can do if we all mentally prepare,” senior Tawni Martino said. Despite the senior-laden squad, none of the players have made it to the NCAA tournament while with the program. With this particular team, however, the players believe that they should be in contention to make the postseason. “To make the jump to the tourna-

ment, we need everybody on board,” Benger said. “If we can get the sacrifice to do whatever it takes from everybody I know we’re good enough to get there.” Along with the senior presence on the team, there is also an influx of strong underclassmen. Sophomore Jocelyn Blankenship brought home All-WCC Freshman Team honors along with an All-WCC honorable mention last season. Heading into her sophomore season, Blankenship hopes to build upon that success from 2012. “It’s definitely a lot easier being a sophomore this year because I know the team and campus a little bit bet-

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LMU’s success banking on experience W. Soccer from Page 12 schedule within the first month of the season as three of their non-conference games are against top-25 opponents. Although daunting, the matches with Stanford, USC and UCLA will serve as precious experience heading into a competitive West Coast Coference. “We have a strong team and we have to make sure we come together and support each other because that’s where the success will come,” redshirt junior Jenni Benger said. “We just have to stay focused on our overall goal.” This will be the first time in a few years that the Lions will take on highly

ter,” she said. “It’s nice and a little more relaxing because the pressure isn’t as great as it was last year.” Blankenship was one of two freshmen to start all 19 matches last season and was tied for the team high with 11 points on three goals and five assists. With a year of experience behind her, she knows what it will take to bring the program to the next level. “It’s going to take all 11 players and everybody on the bench to put in their best effort for us to go far,” she said. The Lions will continue their threegame homestand this weekend against Montana and UC Santa Barbara before heading north to face No. 2 Stanford.

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S PORTS Freshmen expect to make immediate impact

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W. Polo from Page 12 of an undefeated team his senior season (31-0) that won a CIF Championship. During that campaign, he scored 44 goals and assisted 17 times, not to mention adding 33 steals to his stat sheet. He was named second team All-CIF. “He’s a hard worker. He comes from a high school program that didn’t lose a game for over two years. He’s won multiple CIF championships so he brings a winning attitude to our program,” said Loughran. His current teammates are aware of his past success and are excited to see what he can add to a team that hasn’t tasted postseason success since 2010. “The guy didn’t lose for something like two years in high school at an incredible program,” said senior two-meter John Mikuzis. “That experience

will pay off for us big time this year.” He will look to contribute right away as a goal scorer and may even compete for a starting spot, according to Loughran. Last season, other than redshirt sophomore Milo Mitrovic, only Mikuzis and junior attacker Seth Coldren had more than 38 goals, mainly due in large part to a slew of injuries that swept the team’s starting lineup. Beck, a freshman who attended Capistrano Valley High School, led his high school swim relay team, a program that is widely regarded as a perennial powerhouse in CIF competition. He will be in line for the sprinter role on the club. “He’s the fastest kid on the team by far,” said Mikuzis. “He will win a lot of sprints.” “My job on the team is to swim really fast, win the sprints and get the ball,” said Beck. “I’ve

been playing a long time. I’m a decent defender, a pretty good shooter. I have a pretty good sense of the game.” One of the reasons Beck decided LMU was the best fit for him was the water polo program, but it doesn’t hurt that his sister plays on the women’s water polo team for the Lions. “The guys here have been great,” said Beck. “These guys are the coolest guys ever. They have showed me around and really made me feel comfortable and part of the team.” The Lions aren’t just talented on the perimeter. McGee will be integral in the trenches, especially in the power-play. “He’s got size as a two-meter defender, he can score from the outside, he can play inside on 6-on-5 and has one of the hardest shots as a freshmen,” said Loughran of McGee. “Cory has a college body al-

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ready, which is good for a freshman,” said Mikuzis. Freshmen have had recent success in the LMU water polo program. Last season, attacker Mitrovich led the team in goals and shooting attempts and sophomore attacker Emanual Di Stassio played an integral role in the team’s third place conference finish. The Italy native scored 10 goals in 17 games last season. The Lions will not only be integrating freshmen into the lineup, but also the returning players that were injured. Both Mitrovic and junior attacker Joe Ferretti are returning from respective injuries and sophomore Serbian two-meter Vuk

Cvetkovic will see more playing time after becoming more accustomed to the American style of water polo. Loughran says that this team has some of the best depth that LMU has had “in a long time” and that he can see as many as 14 players seeing playing time this season. The Lions will begin their season on Sept. 7 at 8:30 a.m. when they take on Cal Lutheran at the Triton Invitational. In that same tournament, the Lions will take on both the University of Southern California (USC) and UC Berkeley, which are both NCAA perennial powerhouses. The Lions have never beaten either USC or UC Berkeley.


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High expectations drive men’s soccer

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The men’s soccer team stands together before an exhibition match against CSU Northridge at Sullivan Field during pre-game player introductions. The Lions have their eyes set on a West Coast Conference ( WCC) title after compiling a 4-5-3 conference record and a fifth place finish in the WCC standings.

Lions hope improved team chemistry will lead to a WCC regular season championship. By Kevin Cacabelos Sports Editor

Step one: Win the West Coast Conference (WCC). Step two: Go deep in the tournament. Step three: Celebrate. These goals may seem a bit lofty for a team that finished with a 6-10-4 record and second to last in the WCC last season. However, a plethora of returning players combined with strong chemistry on and off the field has the team excited about the

possibilities this season. “This is one of the more talented teams we’ve ever had in terms of individual talent from player one to player 28,” Associate Head Coach Mathes Mennell said. Saying the Lions were young last year is an understatement. Of the team’s 32 players last season, 24 were underclassmen. This season, LMU only welcomes in three newcomers, and will have a more cohesive team on and off the field from the start. “Since my time here, this is by far the closest this group has ever been,” redshirt junior co-captain Craig Nitti said. Head Coach Paul Krumpe compared this team’s talent to his 2002 squad, which finished with 15-4-2 record, advanced to

the second round of the NCAA tournament and produced two All-Americans. “I think this team very much compares with our 2002 team that started out 11-0-2. This is a better defensive team than that team,” Krumpe said. The team returns with sophomore forward Pedro Velazquez, who was named WCC Freshman of the Year last season. The All-WCC Second Team selection led the Lions with six goals and also finished the season with two assists. All this success means Velazquez will draw extra attention from opposing teams and defenses, while he will simultaneously dealing with pressure to repeat and improve upon his success from last season.

“There’s some expectation. I feel like I’m not nervous, but I’m pretty confident that everything will just go well during the season,” Velazquez said. One player that may help relieve the pressure on Velazquez is freshman forward Adrien Perez. Hailing from Ontario, Calif., Perez has already solidified himself in the starting lineup and is expected by coaches and fellow teammates to be a key piece of this year’s squad. The freshman is still adjusting to the college game, but stood out in the team’s exhibition match last Friday, providing a boost to the offense in the second half.

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Lion seniors aim for turnaround Seven frosh join men’s water polo

The senior-laden women’s soccer team prepares for tough non-conference schedule. By Carlton Lew

Lions depending on a highly-touted freshmen class to aid in turnaround.

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Wins come with experience. At least, that is the hope of the LMU women’s soccer team, which boasts 11 seniors this season after going 3-5 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play a year ago. “I think the seniors will be very important to what we do this year and where we go,” Head Coach Michelle Myers said. “All the seniors are going to support our mission in different types of roles.” After a season-opening loss to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, LMU returned to Sullivan Field last Sunday and defeated Northeastern University 1-0. The game against the Huskies was tied heading into the final minutes of regulation, when Lions’ redshirt junior Carolyn Dunn found the back of the net in the 82nd minute. Myers believes that the ability to bounce back from tough losses will be vital to the Lions’ success this season. “Every game is going to be its own game, so we can’t worry about what happened in the last game or even look forward to the next game,” she said. “With each game we’re hoping to get better. There will be days when the ball doesn’t bounce your way, but we can’t let that affect our next game.” The Lions will have an especially tough

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Senior forward Tawni Martino (center) is one of the many seniors on the LMU women’s soccer team. Martino has led the Lions in scoring the past three seasons.

The men’s water polo program welcomed seven new incoming freshmen to the team this season in an attempt to right some of the program’s wrongs the past two seasons. The Lions, after making four consecutive NCAA appearances from 2007 to 2010, have been shut out of the postseason after being eliminated in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships, last year in the semifinal round. The Lions lost some heavy artillery after graduating goalie Kyle Testman, utility man Jon Colton and attacker Collin Walters. But Head Coach John Loughran has replaced these mainstays in the LMU water polo program with a group of seven recruits, three of whom will see playing time this season. All the freshmen had tremendous high school success in the pool. The headliners of the class are freshmen Matt Cuozzo, Jon Beck and Corey McGee. Cuozzo graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., and was a part

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