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Volume 92, Issue 04
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University evaluates abortion coverage Administration decided to discuss whether LMU should offer elective abortions in health care packages.
By Allison Croley News Editor
LMU administration is considering excluding elective abortion care from all of its health benefits packages, according to Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead and President David W. Burcham. According to their letter, sent to faculty and staff in August, this change will be “thoroughly discussed” at the Board of Trustees meeting on October 7. Of LMU’s two health care providers, Anthem dropped its elective abortion coverage in January 2013, while Kaiser currently still offers elective abortion care in its health benefits package, according to Aikenhead and Burcham’s letter. Multiple factors triggered the reopening of this issue including the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” and professor of philosophy James Hanink’s inquiry to The Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic organization dedicated to “promoting and defending faithful Catholic education,” according to its website. “From time to time over the past 30 years, LMU has inquired whether elective abortions could be dropped from our employer-provided health care coverage,” Burcham said in a statement to the Loyolan. “We renewed the inquiries late last year because of the approaching implementation of the new health care law.” The Cardinal Newman Society reported that LMU dropped its abortion coverage after Hanink brought it to both the Society
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LMU gathers to pray for Syria at vigil Campus Ministry, ASLMU, Center for Service and Action (CSA) and Resident Ministry hosted a candle-lit prayer vigil on Regents Terrace on Tuesday for the conflict in Syria. Members of the LMU community gathered to pray for and meditate on those directly affected by the violence occurring there. For more photos, check out our Facebook page.
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Senior studies migrant workers in Hong Kong
As the recipient of an Honors grant, Phillipa Adams spent her summer with migrant workers. By Kimmy Smith Staff Writer
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As she walked into a small apartment in Hong Kong, China, senior screenwriting major Philippa Adams was surprised to find several women singing and dancing loudly to karaoke. This was a boarding house for Filipino foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. The apartment, Adams explained, was extremely small by American standards but housed about 20 foreign domestic helpers, or migrant workers who help in homes, who were unable to stay with their employers on their day off. “They are a culture that is so fun. They are so warm and welcoming,” she said of the Filipino workers. This visit to the boarding house was
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just a small part of the research project Adams conducted this past summer in Hong Kong after receiving a grant from the University Honors program for $5,000. The main purpose of the research was to look at permanent residency in Hong Kong for foreign domestic helpers. “There was a lot of talk in the media [about] the permanent residency rights for workers,” Adams said. “Foreigners must live seven consecutive years before applying for permanent residency. Foreign domestic workers cannot apply at all because they are not considered naturally residents there. This was a big controversy starting a few months ago.” Hundreds of thousands of foreign domestic helpers come into Hong Kong. Most are from the Philippines, but others also hail from Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to Adams. These workers are
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required to live with their employers and are unable to apply for permanent residency. “I went to find out if permanent residency was one of the biggest struggles that domestic helpers are facing at the moment to see if the debate of permanent residency was fueled by political concerns or was it really just an unfair civil rights issue,” she said. The Honors Program at LMU offers grants of up to $5,000 for summer research projects to various students in the program who present proposals and are approved, according to the Honors page on the LMU website. Students
selected then present their work in an event called “This is Honors” as part of the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. “I am so grateful [to] the
challenge. I am grateful for the opportunity for growth.” Adams decided to apply after Christmas last year and came to a decision about her topic after reading a book about women in Asia that her father had given her. “I knew I wanted to “I was born in Hong Kong and apply because I wanted to consider it one of my homes. I do something meaningful with my last summer,” she wanted to research something said. “I was born in Hong that was close to me.” Kong and consider it one of my homes. I wanted to research something that Honors Program, because was close to me, something without [it] I would not be that I had personal ties with.” able to do something like this, Junior biology major especially as a screenwriting Alexis Trafecanty, who is a major,” Adams said. “It was a member of Adams’ service personal as well as an academic organization, Gryphon Circle,
A performing group takes a break at the Freedom Day celebration in the central business district of Hong Kong. Adams enjoyed participating in cultural events similar to this.
Adams poses with a Filipina domestic helper named Lucy. She was one of the women Adams included in her research. attested to Adams’ dedication to the project, calling her “passionate” and saying that she is not “afraid to stand up for what she believes.” “Through her research, she’s giving a group of people a voice that normally doesn’t have that opportunity,” Trafecanty said. Adams grew up in Hong Kong with a domestic helper in her home. Her research included observations and also contact with organizations in Hong Kong that aim to help the workers such as We Care, Filipino Migrant Workers Union, Pathfinders and Caritas. She also did many interviews with the foreign domestic helpers themselves, which brought her to the boarding home where many workers stay on their days off. These aspects lead to more
insight on the issues domestic helpers face such as abuse, homesickness, women’s health issues and mental health issues. Adams’ research led to the conclusion that permanent residency was often not a concern for the domestic helpers. It became controversial because it maximized other issues for domestic helpers and social exclusion within Hong Kong, Adams said. “I do agree now that permanent residency is unfair and [foreign domestic workers] should be allowed to apply,” she said. “Also my general impression of Hong Kong is that there are many groups that mistrust each other. I think there needs to be more work to bridge the gap and make Hong Kong a more harmonious city.”
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and the University’s attention in an article published by the Society in August. “Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has told The Cardinal Newman Society that it will drop its employee insurance coverage of abortion but retain its coverage of contraceptives, following protests from a faithful Catholic professor and just prior to publication of a Newman Society report revealing LMU’s benefits plan,” the article stated. However, Burcham confirmed that a formal decision has not yet been made and has invited faculty and staff to “send written comments on the issue for review by the Board,” according to his statement. Professor of philosophy and author of “The Ethics of Abortion” Christopher Kaczor said that he was surprised to find out that LMU was covering elective abortions, as he doesn’t know of any other Catholic institutions that do. Rector of the Jesuit Community Fr. Jerry Cobb, S.J. said that he supports Burcham and the Board of Trustees as they will “unite and motivate the campus community through this discussion.” “Catholicism deeply values human life at every stage of development, from conception through the college years all the way to a natural death,” he said. “LMU’s policies reflect that commitment.” In a letter to the Faculty Senate, Director of the Bioethics Institute and professor of theological studies Roberto Dell’Oro said that “a middle ground must be reached that is not just a moral compromise, but an expression of the commitment to the values we cherish as a Jesuit University.”
Echoing Muraco’s claim, associate professor of theological studies Anna Harrison said she fears that this situation has caused a “chilling effect.” “It’s a matter of such enormous sensitivity that I have to say that I do strongly believe it must be finally the decision of the girl or the woman,” she said. “I don’t have to agree with her decision, but I do not feel that I am in a position to make that decision for her.” In contrast, Hanink referred to the issue as a different kind of social justice, one that, in his opinion, is about the justice of the unborn child. “There have been 55 million abortions since Roe v. Wade,” he said. “That shouldn’t be something people occasionally think about.” Kaczor, the professor of philosophy who authored “The Ethics of Abortion,” put it simply, calling abortion “intentional killing.” “We have a responsibility as a Catholic entity to promote justice,” he said. “I’m proud of President (Burcham) for his efforts.” In an unscientific poll of 67 students conducted by the Loyolan through Facebook, 55 percent of students agreed with Hanink and Kaczor that LMU should not include elective abortion coverage for faculty and staff. Many of the responses on the poll included concerns that covering elective abortions is against Catholic and Jesuit values. A Faculty Senate meeting has been scheduled this Friday to discuss the issues surrounding this change in benefits. “As always, I remain committed to working with the Faculty and Staff Senates and consulting the wider community on important issues as we move forward,” Burcham said.
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The middle ground he proposed is a ‘rider’ option, which would allow LMU health care providers to permit individuals to choose elective abortion coverage without automatically providing the coverage to the whole University. Many faculty members expressed their concerns about dropping elective abortion coverage. “We must have some difficult discussions about where we do and where we don’t reflect a commitment to life and justice on our very campus,” said Tracy Tiemeier, an associate professor of theological studies, in her letter to the Loyolan. “For example, if we support Catholic teaching on the dignity of life, as we claim, why is there no women’s resource center, rape crisis center or even pregnancy support center?” Staff Senate President Nicholas Mattos expressed his concerns via email to the Loyolan about staff members being overlooked when making this decision. “Regardless of how I may feel about elective abortions, I am concerned that staff members were not initially asked to respond to this issue,” he said. Associate professor of sociology Anna Muraco discussed several of her concerns with the Loyolan via email including her view that dropping abortion coverage is an injustice due to the financial strain and pressure it puts on non-tenured faculty. “With this change in health care coverage and in the manner it was conducted, LMU has given mixed signals about what is ‘appropriate’ at this Catholic institution,” she said. “I have heard from more than one pre-tenure faculty member … that they no longer feel safe to do their jobs.”
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Loustau, originally from Uruguay, says that hearing the Pope speak “not only Spanish, but Spanish from [his] very own region” was “incredible.” The pope’s background and nationality definitely“ shape who he is” according to Loustau.
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This week, Copy Chief Michael Busse sits down with international student Joaquin Loustau from Uruguay to talk about his trip to Brazil and seeing the pope. 1. What is World Youth Day? World Youth Day is the largest gathering of Catholics in the world. It usually takes place every three years, and it was started by John Paul II. 2. How did you get the opportunity to go? I went through LMU’s Campus Ministry. Since I was home for the summer, I met the people from LMU there. We went to something called Magis, which is a pre-activity that the Jesuits organize. ... Everyone gets assigned to a different group. My group had people from Singapore, from the U.S., from Argentina. 3. What was your favorite part of the trip? During Magis, my favorite part was going on this three-day hike through the mountains in a city called Petropolis, which is near Rio de Janeiro. What seemed to be a pretty easy hike didn’t turn out that well. We ended up hiking at night, it was muddy and people were falling. But in the face of this adversity, the group got so close.
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5. What was it like seeing Pope Francis? It was incredible. People talk about his charisma and how he attracts people, but charisma is only good for attracting people’s attention. Once you have their attention, you need to have something to tell them. Pope Francis seems to have something to tell to everyone, Catholics and nonCatholics, old people and young people, the lay and the clergy. 6. How close did you get to the pope? I was really close several times. And a couple of them were just by chance. ... We went to the cathedral. Things were going on there and we weren’t quite sure what was happening. Suddenly they were placing the pope’s coat of arms on top of the presider’s chair. We ended up staying outside, and then out of nowhere, he comes out from behind the cathedral. So we got to see him right in front of us. 7. How do you like having a pope from South America? Hearing him in my very own language – it’s not only Spanish, but Spanish from my very own region – is incredible. It is a great factor that he is from South America, but that doesn’t make him better than any other popes. Even in less than a year that he has been pope, he has shown that actions and what he wants to do set him apart from other popes. 8. Do you think you’ll go to World Youth Day again?
9. Have you been on other trips with Campus Ministry? Yes. I took part in an Ignacio Companion trip last spring break to there, and I actually got to the application by chance, two days before it was due. It’s a faith-based immersion trip, and we had three different placements, like we went to a school that was really close to the city dump.
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10. What are the main differences between where you are from in Uruguay and Los Angeles? There are a lot of differences. There’s the obvious one, the language. No matter how many years I have taken English, it’s not the same for someone who isn’t born and raised listening to it. Then there are a lot of cultural differences. Everything differs, from times we eat meals – at management. 11. Do you plan to return to Uruguay after graduation? I still have not decided what I want to do, but I am quite sure that I want to go to grad school. I think I would prefer to do that abroad, whether that’s the U.S. or Europe, probably not back home.
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OPINION Student Editorials and Perspectives
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Dialogue about abortion can begin here
bortion: is it the last taboo of polite conversation? Broaching this particular subject can make even the most calm, levelheaded people descend into ugly name-calling. “Baby killer.” “Woman hater.” The topic causes so much animosity that ignoring it altogether sometimes feels like the best plan. Yet right now at LMU, keeping abortion out of the conversation is no longer an option. As reported in the Page 1 article “University evaluates abortion coverage,” the University currently faces a crucial decision: whether to cut coverage of elective abortions from LMU’s health benefits for faculty and staff in the future. All of a sudden, the subject no one wants to talk about is the most relevant topic on campus. We here at the Loyolan are ready to talk about it, and we want you to join that conversation – albeit in a civil fashion. With such a diverse pool of students, faculty and staff who make up the University community, opinions are bound to vary. Even on the Loyolan staff, we have a wide range of viewpoints. Because of that, we hope to create an environment in which all people feel comfortable saying what they feel. When you turn the page, you’ll see our special two-page spread on abortion, including two separate takes on the issue from student columnists. The two women, Opinion Editor Chelsea Chenelle and contributor Danni Wilson, bring decidedly different viewpoints to the table, yet you won’t find them engaging in nasty snipes at one another. Instead, they’re offering meditations on what it means to be pro-life or pro-choice – and through that reflection, hopefully inspiring readers to offer similar opinions of their own through feedback. Additionally, you’ll find informational graphics about other Jesuit schools that have cut this coverage, an unscientific breakdown of how LMU students feel about the
measure and other relevant facts. With these tools, it’s our hope that a mature dialogue about abortion can begin. As the Oct. 7 Board of Trustees’ meeting on the issue approaches, opportunities to speak up for faculty and staff are surfacing. The Faculty Senate is hosting an open forum this Friday. In addition to this forum, President David W. Burcham is asking faculty and staff to send in their comments, anonymously or by name, in order to present them at said Board meeting where they’ll discuss the issue. But even though these options are for faculty and staff only, that doesn’t mean students shouldn’t fight to become part of the discussion. Talking to professors and advisers about the issue is a huge first step. Bringing concerns to members of ASLMU, particularly to Senate, is another – as student representatives who communicate with the University, ASLMU is a perfect avenue for this dialogue to begin. None of us at the Loyolan is naive. We know that by opening the door to this conversation, we’re opening ourselves to criticism. But our caution about potential backlash does not override our passion as defenders of the First Amendment and the right to speak for oneself. That’s what the First Amendment is really about: your right to converse and petition freely about difficult issues like this. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Respond to our coverage by commenting online. Tweet us your thoughts @LALoyolan. Talk to your professors, advisers and ASLMU senators. This is your University – one that champions academic freedom – and this is a decision that has an impact on you, no matter who you are. So let’s talk. Let’s talk like educated, mature adults. Then, maybe we can truly achieve the conversation this issue deserves.
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Letters to the Editor Re: “Neighbors leave angry notes on parked cars,” September 5, 2013 Dear Executive Editorial Board: The parking situation around LMU, especially where Loyola Blvd intersects with 80th Street, is unbearable. Administration-imposed parking fees are obviously high enough to force the students, LMU personnel and even faculty to park their cars in front of our houses. Several days ago, my wife had to park a block away in order to babysit our grandchild. The quality of life in our recently quiet neighborhood deteriorated to the point that individual confrontations are not out of question. We all understand that the streets are public property. However, LMU has definite obligation to maintain standard of living in the neighborhood we residents enjoyed for so many years. As a Loyola University graduate (1973, MSME), as a father of LMU alumnus and as a lecturer at LMU (1986 to 1994, on and off) I can express my deep disappointment with the leadership of LMU who exhibited certain disdain, certain arrogance and certain ignorance toward us, the neighbors who lived in harmony We’d with LMULifor so many years. LMU leadership created the problem and LMU leadership must correct the problem. The Lo
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Re: “New Loyolan; same coffee cart,” August 29, 2013 Dear Executive Editorial Board: We would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to the thousands of LMU students, faculty and staff for their outpouring of support this past summer in saving the coffee cart. The amount of encouragement and kind words to help save a humble local business was overwhelming and we shall never forget the warmth from the LMU community for the rest of our lives. Without the students, we would not be here today. We want to say a special thank you to LMU Associate Vice President Raymond Dennis, who worked day in and day out to make sure we stayed on campus. We also want to thank Resident District Manager Jason Adams and Director Wassim Boustani of Sodexo for their invaluable help and assistance. Finally, we would like to say thank you to President David Burcham, Provost Joseph Hellige, Vice President Thomas Fleming Jr. and other senior administrators for their leadership this past summer. We are humbled by this experience and will continue to work our very best for the LMU family for hopefully many years to come. Thank you once again and God bless. Jimmy and Sung Yu Operators of the LMU Coffee Cart
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Re:“Neighbors leave angry notes on parked cars,” September 5, 2013 Dear Executive Editorial Board: I am a neighbor. I read an article published by [the Loyolan]. You need to get your facts straight! Firstly, are you a homeowner? No! Because you would know that in California when you own a home you pay property taxes. Therefore, a home does own rights to the street they own and live on without being over run by cars a neighboring business, in this case LMU. Second, when a business operates in a community, by city codes they have to provide parking for their staff and customers (students) at no charge. Third, there was no physical vandalism, but rather letters asking LMU students to please stop parking on our neighborhood streets. Fourth, I have lived next to LMU for 19 years. Only since January 2013 there has been a problem. The neighborhood is littered with students and staff clogging up our streets; this poses many dangers and not right under city codes. In the past, I have seen maybe a few parked on the street. Now there are hundreds. Last week, I was nearly hit by two students driving fast down my street. Friends and clients are forced to park blocks away. I pay thousands of dollars a year giving me rights to the‘public streets’in front of my house. Also, some of your students move our trash cans, block our driveways and have physically been intrusive to our privacy in our homes. Susan Abbott Westchester
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IN LIGHT OF CURRENT EVENTS ON CAMPUS, THE LOYOLAN IS READY TO START A CONVERSATION. IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT:
Making the choice to fight for myself I t had been a grueling week. I had only been home for two weeks before I started noticing all the changes. At the beginning of June, I was feeling as if my body had a personal vendetta against me. I couldn’t keep food down for three days. I knew something was wrong. It was supposed to be the carefree summer I had dreamed of all Chenelle Nº5 year: swelterBy Chelsea ing days that Chenelle melted into nights, road Opinion Editor trips and all the concerts my minimum wage job could afford. I worked hard in school and got straight As – I deserved it. But my period was two weeks late, and it became clear I had already been a little too carefree. When I found out I was pregnant, I didn’t feel anything. There sat this twenty-year-old girl, alone, blankly staring at a plastic stick, while I watched from afar, struggling to accept the fact that it was me. How could I, a woman of the modern age, have landed in this situation? Spermicide, condoms – I was equipped with it all. Yet 30 minutes after my at-home test turned up positive, I got a call from my doctor that made the truth impossible to hide from. Blood never lies. I told my long-term partner the news. He told me it was my decision to make. For a woman, that is the response you dream of hearing – that is, until you find yourself faced with the choice of life. Having medical insurance is a luxury – and at this point, a necessity. Abortion may legally be an option for women, but financially, it’s a burden. LMU faces the decision of whether or not to stop covering elective abortion under its insurance plan for faculty and staff. While LMU is a Jesuit and Catholic university, it is home to an amazingly diverse faculty and student body that represent a wide variety of values and opinions. We are not required to attend Mass – we are given the option. We are not required to take theology courses solely about Christianity – we get to choose. Why then, in an environment that promotes the freedom to choose, are faculty and staff not afforded the right to make such a life-altering decision? Two weeks after I took my athome test, I found myself in the Planned Parenthood waiting room at 7 a.m. with my mother by my side. Rather than speaking directly to someone, I communicated all my information through a little black phone at the check-in window. Any time I almost made eye contact with another woman, we quickly averted our eyes. The unspoken
embarrassment and guilt of our decisions was the biggest elephant in the room. It’s startling to realize that everyone knows why you’re there. The procedure was quick, virtually painless and, because of my insurance, $250. Had I not had benefits provided to me by my insurance plan, it would have cost double – enough to devastate my savings. If I had not been able to go through with the procedure, there’s no way I would have been able to come back to LMU, a school with which I have fallen in love. I would have given up my newly-obtained Opinion Editor position. There would be no more Dean’s List, no more classes. My mistake would have derailed my college career as I know it. As a first generation college student, I couldn’t let that happen, not only for myself, but for my family. For the family I’ll one day have. Covering elective abortion is necessary, especially within this University environment. I decided to come to LMU because it is a Jesuit university, an order that prides itself in education and social justice. But is there justice in forcing people to either pay $500 or seek cheaper alternatives with higher risks? If the community is left to deal with unwanted pregnancies, does that not put a halt in our education? Rather than being able to put 100 percent of myself into a 15-page paper, I would have had to split my time between raising an infant and completing research. After tending to a crying child through the night, I could never have made it to my 8 a.m. Even nine months of leave to bring the child to term and put it up for adoption would have been a critical setback. The choice I made was not a choice to end a life, but a choice to continue my own. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think about it. Maybe my child would have been a genius. Maybe my child would have cured cancer. Maybe I should have had to live with my decisions, carrying around a child like a modern day scarlet letter. I will never know. It was a hard choice to make – but I know I made the right one. Yet, just like my partner said, it was my decision. It is not LMU’s job to make the choice for anyone and determine their morality. It is LMU’s job to ensure that I get the highest quality of education and then go out into the world and make a difference. While LMU will still be covering contraceptives even if this decision is upheld, there is always that .1 percent chance, which is high enough of a risk to keep all options affordable to everyone.
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FIVE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT (but don’t know What exactly is happening with LMU's health care coverage of abortions? LMU offers faculty and staff health care plans from two different providers Anthem and Kaiser. As of January of this year, Anthem no longer covers elective abortions in their automatic plans. Kaiser is set to cut their coverage in January of next year.
But wait, I've heard that the coverage has already been cut. Is that not true? No, not totally. As said above, Anthem has already cut, but Kaiser will not cut until next year, and no official final decision has been made. The lack of clarity has not been helped by the Cardinal Newman Society's misleading reporting that coverage was already cut earlier this summer. You can read more about the Society's coverage in News Editor Allison Croley's Page 1 story, "University evaluates abortion coverage."
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What will faculty and staff do in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is threatened? These cuts only affect elective procedures – so in these cases, LMU's health care plans will still cover abortions. On a related note: contraceptives will still be covered by both plans.
When will this be discussed and officially decided? At October's Board of Trustees meeting. Faculty and staff are being encouraged by Burcham to send in their ideas and concerns either by name or anonymously ahead of time. Additionally, a Faculty Senate open forum is happening tomorrow at noon in William H. Hanson Library for faculty and staff to come and make their voices heard. Design: Tyler Barnett and Sydney Franz | Loyolan
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eing pro-life is similar to bringing a knife to a gunfight. The scrutiny is even worse when you’re a woman. It is argued that the pro-life movement and all it strives for breaches w o m e n ’s rights, but isn’t it a w o m a n ’s right to stand up and take responsibility for her acBy Danni Wilson tions? LMU’s poContributor tential decision to halt the coverage of elective abortions for faculty and staff has garnered some criticism, including within the Loyolan, but I think we are considering it in the wrong light. Of course having a baby is going to make it harder to go to school and to excel in a future career. I can understand why it is considered a setback from the goals that a woman may have. But in the same context, so was the 2008 economic crisis in which 8.8 million jobs were lost. That’s just it: Life can throw you some unexpected obstacles. Personally, I wasn’t expecting to have to get an after-school job at age 13 to help pay the electricity bill. And while I may have just compared a child to a setback, which may seem a bit pro-choice in and of itself, I didn’t say we should regret the obstacles in our life. I fully believe the difficult parts are the ones that make you great. When arguments are made that having a baby will halt a woman’s career path, the real-life examples given make “16 and Pregnant” look like a walk in the park. The examples where it works out for the woman – where she keeps her baby and, albeit probably constantly exhausted, still finishes school and eventually reaches her dream career, even if it is later than originally planned – are never even brought up. Take my cousin Samantha, for instance. She just graduated with her master ’s degree in business management at the age of 24. She had the first of her three kids when she was 17. This is what pro-life ads should be showing: having a child could be the wake-up call a woman needs in order to get her motivated and going. The problem with most
pro-life advocates’ viewpoints is that the majority are shortsighted. In the stereotypical and tacky pro-life ads, we see sensationalized, graphic images that shock the viewer into accepting their point. What a slap in the face. That isn’t a pro-life campaign, that’s a pro-birth campaign, which is why legislators shouldn’t just push for pro-life bills, but also for programs that make sure every child is fed and educated, just as Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, suggested in a 2004 interview with Bill Moyers. The conversation is centered around birth, but they never focus on who the child could have become. That’s what I am an advocate for: not for guilt tripping everyone and their mother with a picture of an unborn baby, but for thinking about the lost potential for greatness. Even if the mother doesn’t think she can provide a privileged upbringing for her child, it doesn’t mean she’s incapable of giving her baby a good childhood. I don’t believe our generation is taught how important it is to take responsibility for one’s actions. We don’t even have to conform to old-school social rules that come with having a child. LMU potentially dropping its coverage of elective abortion makes sense because we come to LMU learn responsibility. Consensual sex is a deliberate decision. If you are old enough to make the decision to have sex, you are old enough to stand by the repercussions of your actions. One of the most fundamental aspects of a college experience is learning how to survive on our own, which means taking responsibility for our own actions – paying our car tickets, keeping up with our work, managing our own time and taking care of ourselves. It is all on us now, and the end result of all these decisions is on our shoulders. How one deals with the outcomes is what differentiates a child from an adult. It’s been said time and time again, but if you are old enough to make the deliberate decision to have sex, you are old enough to deal with the possible consequences of your actions. This is the opinion of Danni Wilson, a freshman screenwriting and French double major from Brandon, Miss. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Recent grads burst into mobile app scene Undecided and Chatter are two apps developed by Lions and alumni. By Christopher James A&E Editor
Social media has become more to college students than just a way to keep up on what parties are happening. Some recent LMU graduates and current students have embraced the new online phenomenon and developed original social media apps. It all started in the computer science department for Sam Verhasselt (’13) and senior mechanical engineering and computer science double major Quin Thames. Upon graduating, the two went full
force into developing their social media app, Chatter. The app uses one’s location to create a chat room where one can talk to people in their general vicinity and also view chat rooms in other locations all around the globe to see what is happening. While at first glance Chatter seems like a tool for sneaking a peek at what friends are doing or to let others know what you are doing, bigger goals and more proactive sights are on the horizon for the app. “I hope for it to be fully functional across the globe, assisting in everything from the inane – middle school students passing notes in class – to the important – peaceful protesters communicating at rallies,” said Verhasselt.
Users of Chatter create chat rooms based on their location and are able see what is happening in any chat room in the world.
Developing a social media app is a social process in and of itself. Chatter launched its online portal with the hope of attracting users and having them express what they would like to see the app become. “If people are using it and testing it out, we can get feedback to try to improve it in ways people request,” said Thames. “We have a general idea of how people might use Chatter, but people might use it in ways that we haven’t even considered that we would need to tailor Chatter towards.” Eventually, Chatter hopes to integrate other features, such as posting pictures after seeing the success of other social media apps that incorporate them. “We eventually want to include the ability to post pictures in the chatroom so people can post pictures associated with a location and users could see all the pictures taken at a specific location without having to follow everyone there on Instagram,” said Thames. Chatter isn’t the only new social media app that traces its footprints back to the bluff. Cordero Roman (’13) became part of the founding team of social media startup Undecided following graduation. He recruited fellow recent graduate Michael Schafernak (’13) to join the team. The app allows users to upload thirty second
videos asking a question. Other users give input on what outcome the person should pursue. “Undecided came from the concept of creating a positive community consisting of people helping each other make decisions,” said Roman. “The app was conceived to allow people to realize what’s most important, which has been proven in the big and small issues already shared on Undecided.” The app already has over 1,600 users and over 2,800 videos posted. With such growth, working on the app extends past normal work hours. “The most difficult part so far has been the realization that an app is a 24/7 job,” said Roman. “You are constantly fixing and adjusting and brainstorming at any given hour and it’s damn exhausting.” Much like Chatter, Undecided seeks to be used in complex and insightful spheres. “Ideally, Undecided will be able to allow universal social issues to be personified through a single user’s unique life experiences,” said Roman. “In this way, our institutional figureheads will be able to realize that younger people actually care about things other than liking pictures and adding filters.” With social media growing rapidly in importance in recent years, there is a lot
Users of Undecided upload thirty-second videos asking for other users to advise them on everything from everyday decisions to life choices. of room for discovery and innovation. Especially in this growing field, learning still continues after college, on both the business and programming side. “Don’t ever stop learning,” said Verhasselt. “When it comes to programming, no one knows it all, and new solutions to problems are produced daily.” Banner Graphic: Sydney Franz | Loyolan
Ride the social media train all the way to a job I The Social Media Interview ’m not a social media wiz by any means; people who know me might even call me an old soul. However, I realize that Facebook isn’t a fad, Twitter won’t be gone tomorrow and mobile apps may just be the new newspaper. As a senior, the question of what I’m doing after graduation ecomes Scout’s Honor bmore real By Dan Raffety each passing Managing Editor day, and although I have a general sense of what direction I want to go, I don’t yet know the exact path to take. But one thing that is almost a guarantee, for me and most of my classmates, is that social media will not only be a part of our lives, but very well could be a part of our career, no matter what discipline we end up choosing. I spent the last half of my summer applying to internship upon internship to try to ease my stress and get ahead in my post–LMU career in the process. In every email I received back, in every phone conversation with a possible employer I had and every interview I showed up
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for, I was always asked if I had experience with social media and if I would like to head a social media campaign or specific page for their specific organization. These requests blew my mind. I always knew social media was a good skill to have, but I never realized how marketable it is in the current workplace. These employers wanted to hire me as an intern for doing what I already do in my spare time. But there is a difference. I find that many people in my generation have a hard
time discerning what is appropriate for work and what is appropriate for play. When that line is crossed, social media takes an juvenile form. Take a look at certain posts on Facebook and Twitter that push those boundaries. All it does is diminish the true power and good that this type of information sharing can have. Videos are a great way of teaching and learning, but some videos on YouTube, often made by people in my age range, completely ruin our credibility. Critics have given social
media a bad reputation due to the lack of maturity shown during its use, and for good reason. Furthermore, 140 characters will never be published in academic journals and YouTube videos won’t gain academic acclaim. But what social media lacks in academic validity, it makes up for in viable jobs in the current market. Companies seek students who can manage social media accounts because these accounts connect audiences and organizations in a monumental way. This makes it imperative to have
a social media expert at the helm. Through my internship search, I’ve realized that I’d better hop on the social media train now and join my generation. I plan to become not only adept at writing posts and hyper-linking, but overall an expert, because this is a skill that will grow to unbelievable heights. Our generation speaks the language of social media. We can instinctually tag a photo or paste a link on a post. Our parents’ and grandparents’ generations can barely send an email, let alone embed a photo. If we can establish a pattern of appropriate social media use, this type of information sharing is the future. I’m excited for what is to come. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a senior communication studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Provocative gallery examines Gen-Y identity Art Review By Khayla Golucke Copy Editor
f the whited-out windows and signs at the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery warning of the graphic content don’t pique your curiosity, you might not be a member of Generation Y, or as the student curators of the exhibition call it, “Confessions of a Generation, Y Not”? The title of the show says it all, as the collection, on display until Sept. 21, abandons modesty in order to explore the realities of a confession-driven generation. The exhibit makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a guilty pleasure showing intimate and private content – and you may be surprised these artists let you look so closely. The exhibit’s core themes came out of a collaborative effort of the 13 upperclassmen in the Department of Art and Art History’s curatorial studies seminar course, led by art history professor Legier Biederman. After taking inspiration from innovative artists like David Burns of
the Fallen Fruit Art Collective, and site visits to LACMA and the MexiCali Biennial, the students brainstormed how they could curate a group show that represented and united them as a class. As these discussions began last spring, a Mar. 25 Loyolan article about a Facebook page called LMU Confessions sparked students’ interest, according to Biederman. She recognized the way posts from their peers commonly connected the students because “they share all sorts of intimate experiences on campus,” and encouraged the class to discuss how the language of certain posts raised questions about identity. The idea of Generation Y as a ‘confessional culture,’ as Biederman termed it, motivated the students to seek out artists for the show whose work dealt with the often embarrassing and uncomfortable reality of confessing delicate details about oneself in an appearance-obsessed world. Through projected videos, photographs, paintings, audio tracks and other installations by student and professional artists,
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Pieces such as “Conversations with 702 (Lots of Cougars in the OC)” and “Conversations with 702 (Yes I Like Studs But Not Tonight I Have My Period)” examine the confessional culture of Generation Y. the collection of pieces in the exhibition comment on ideas like the power of social media, struggling with sexual and cultural identity and the pressure placed
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Students gathered at the “Confessions of a Generation, Y Not?” opening night this past Thursday, September 5, where 13 upperclassmen in the Department of Art and Art History curated provocative artwork.
by the public on the college-aged culture. One such example is definitely the most eye-catching series in the collection, artist Austin Young’s two “Tranimal Workshop” pieces (2011 and 2013), “Portrait of Holly Woodland” (2009), and “Portrait of Buck Angel” (2008). Positioned in the middle of the exhibit and seeming to be central to the show’s core, the series of four portraits by this well known L.A.-based photographer make some of the boldest statements about identity and sexuality of the exhibition. Jarring identities are displayed in the two Tranimal Workshop portraits, while transgender performer Holly Woodland’s portrait deals with Asian identity and sexuality, and a raw photo of well known advocate Buck Angel comments on transsexual identity. Perhaps one of the most universally relatable works is professional artist Margie Schnibbe’s two familiar-looking paintings, “Conversation with
702 (Lots of Cougars in the OC)” (2013) and “Conversation with 702 (Yes I Like Studs But Not Tonight I Have My Period)” (2013). Essentially enlarged screenshots of iPhone text conversations, students viewing the paintings may feel more inclined to laughs and eye-rolls than disgust at the graphic conversation. Suggesting that the frequency of these conversations has desensitized this generation, the humor of the work is really in how nonerotic and dull these exchanges have become. While the student art gallery houses more professional pieces than student work at the moment, the success of the student curators is evident in the quality and variety of the work they brought in from established and emerging artists based across the world – from L.A. and San Francisco to New York and London. This is the opinion of Khayla Golucke, a junior dance and English double major from El Paso, Texas. Please send comments to email@example.com.
Gothic horror a semester long library project Exhibit Spotlight By Christopher James A&E Editor
or centuries, Gothic literature has made horror jump off the page. Now, the stories that inspired such terror have become the subject of the William H. Hannon Library’s semester-long exhibition “Crossing Thresholds: An Entry into Gothic Fiction.” The exhibit is on display now through the rest of the semester in the Department of Archives and Special Collections section on the third floor of the library. Available for viewing are works and artifacts found in the collections and from personal work that reflect the themes of Gothic literature and its interpretations. The exhibit, curated by LMU English graduate student Alex Halicki, came about through Halicki’s work as an intern in the Department of Archives and Special Collections last spring. “I let what materials were in the collections guide my ideas for the exhibit, while my research on the topic of horror helped me think about how I might link the materials that I liked together,” said Halicki. “Because I wanted to represent the great variety of the collections, including the old, rare books,” she added, “I decided it’d be best if I focused on the literary Gothic, which is the ancestor of horror.” The horror theme originated
from Halicki’s internship supervisor, Cynthia Becht, the head of Archives and Special Collections, who worked with Halicki on designing the exhibit. “She learned how to define and research her chosen topic; she explored our rare collections and made all the exhibition selections; she wrote all the exhibit captions,” said Becht of Halicki. The exhibit is a labor of love not just for Halicki and Becht, who both organized the exhibit, but for countless other partners. The exhibit is part of an overall series called “Spaces Between,” which also employs the work of the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, the Laband Art Gallery and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Even alumni get involved, as Lisa Nicchi (’13) offered up some of her own artistic pieces to be displayed in conjunction with the Gothic theme of the exhibit. According to a post on the William H. Hannon Library’s Library News page on Sept. 5, Nicchi’s pieces fit perfectly into the context of the exhibit and what was trying to be conveyed. “In each of Lisa’s self-portraits, which are titled ‘Trunk Self ’, ‘Budding Self ’, ‘Mechanical Self ’, ‘Equestrian Self,’ and ‘Barbarian Self,’ her silhouetted form haunts the lit-up spaces of window frames and doorways,” said the library’s post. “Viewed within the context of the exhibit, Lisa’s imagery suggests that it is her act of lingering at the threshold
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Inspired by the work she did during her internship in the Department of Archives and Special Collections, English graduate student Alex Halicki decided to focus on representations of gothic horror for the exhibit. which unleashes the magical, transformative potential therein.” Ultimately, the point of the exhibit is to entertain, but Halicki wants students to take one step further as they explore the world of Gothic literature. “I hope that the visitors are entertained, and that they enjoy the spookiness of the exhibit,” said Halicki. “I also hope that
they might get inspired to learn more about something they saw in the exhibit – maybe read some
Lord Dunsany or Ann Radcliffe, or watch Tod Browning’s film ‘Freaks.’”
The event, “‘I Bid You Welcome:’ Entering Castle Dracula in Different Adaptations of Stoker’s Novel,” is happening today at the Von der Ahe Suite of the William H. Hannon Library on the third floor from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For a full list of events in the “Spaces Between” series, visit laloyolan.com.
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Tips on working out without hitting the gym gym rat friends give you grief, simply show off your more advanced, unique fitness skills by explaining any of these workout routines listed above. Although I should probably hit the elliptical every once in a while, or at least clean the spider webs off of my running shoes, I feel pretty confi-
dent that these small daily workouts will help me and other students at LMU get in great shape. This is the opinion of Sam Borsos, a sophomore communication studies major from Palo Alto, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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3. Park in the Hannon Lot If you want to work on your endurance, park in the Hannon Parking Lot. You can justify never hitting the gym by telling your friends about your grueling experience trying to find your car in
the vast sea of vehicles. The rows of cars are so tight and awkwardly crooked that it takes forever walking around until you’re finally reunited with your car. You’ll get an easy workout from taking a few laps around the lot.
4. Fix up your dorm room From carrying new items up four flights of stairs to my room, to climbing on all of my furniture to put Command Strips on my
walls, I’ve learned that fixing up your dorm room can be a workout in and of itself. Maybe it’s because I live in the sweat lodge known as McKay Hall, or maybe I’m completely out of shape, but I think I got a great workout at the beginning of the year by decorating my dorm room. If you’ve never set foot inside the Burns Recreation Center, don’t fret – we all know that you work out in other ways. If your
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Teammate: ‘He doesn’t have days off’ Dotseth from Page 12 injury, Dotseth underwent surgery to repair his ACL. The recovery timetable was set: six months until he would see the field again. Dotseth did not waste any time getting right to work. His father Michael recalls Mark waking him and his wife Sylvia at 2:00 a.m. in the morning on the day following his surgery. “He came out of surgery and told me and his mom to help him get out of bed and turn on the leg machine for rehab,” Michael remarked. “This was the first night after his surgery.” Most parents would tell their child to go back to bed and rest – rehab could wait. But Michael and Sylvia Dotseth weren’t surprised by their son’s eagerness to move forward and begin the necessary steps to be on the soccer field again. Michael remembers a time when Mark came home sulking after a loss during his junior year at Air Academy High School. His team dropped a 2-1 match against cross-town rival Cheyenne Mountain High School. “He didn’t want to talk,” Michael Dotseth said. “He headed straight to the basement and worked out for an hour with the soccer ball.” The only coping mechanism he had was to work even harder. He played the rest of the season, using that pain of a loss as motivation. Air Academy High School won the Class 4A state championship that year. Cheyenne Mountain was the team’s only loss the entire season. Dotseth took on his rehab with the same ruthless determination and stubbornness he exhibited as an athlete during high school. Guided by LMU athletic trainers Joe Gonzalez and Nick Longo, along with his physical therapist Michelle Cissell, Dotseth followed through with his rehab and was back on the field, running and jumping by December. By March, he
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Several of Dotseth’s teammates cited the starting defender’s work ethic as the principal reason for his successful rehab. The starting LMU defender was cleared to play by his doctors in June, less than a year after tearing his ACL. started making cuts on the field, and finally, in June, he was medically cleared to play. “Mark certainly approached his rehab in a professional fashion as I’ve seen across any sport, professional or college,” said Associate Head Coach Mathes Mennell. Several of his teammates and friends praised his tireless work ethic, a trait that aided him in his successful rehab. “He doesn’t have days off,” Brubaker said. “He’s always in the training room when he doesn’t need to be, trying to relax himself. His preparation is unreal compared to everyone else’s.” Dotseth’s roommate, Jordan Young, a
Lions depending on perimeter speed Water Polo from Page 12 game against Pepperdine University in a 9-7 effort on Sept. 9, 2006. So is it possible that this team can turn around its misfortune against the Waves this Saturday when they take them on at 12 p.m. at Burns Aquatic Center? According to many members of the team, confidence is high. “It’s a big rivalry. It’s kind of like Mater Dei-El Toro,” said freshman attacker Matt Cuozzo. “It’s very important for us, our first game home. We want to crush them, show them who’s boss.” Terry Schroeder, who also is the head coach for the U.S. National Team, coaches the Waves. Schroeder’s success on the international stage may help his team compete against the youthful Lions. The biggest differences in style of play will be evident from the onset. Pepperdine will attempt to use its physical play to assert dominance, while the Lions will attempt to move the ball around the perimeter and use their speed to attack the Waves, according to Matthies. “We will try and out-maneuver them,” said Matthies. “We have to be smarter, quicker and faster than they are. I think we can make it work in our favor. “We need to play calm, collected and make them play to our game,” Wild said. If the Lions lose this game on Saturday,
they will start the season 1-4 for the first time since 1992, when they finished with an overall record of 7-16. Despite losing three straight games at the start of the season, the second-year assistant coach is impressed with his team’s play and is focused on the future rather than the past. “If there can be a good 1-3, we did it this weekend,” said Matthies. “We were down by three at the half to both the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the country. That’s pretty awesome; to be in that kind of game with No. 6 Long Beach was great, and we had opportunities to beat Long Beach that we didn’t capitalize on. All that does is toughen us up for conference. We can take nothing but positive out of that weekend even though we didn’t have the record we wanted.” This will be the first home game for LMU this season. The first 100 fans will receive a color-changing water bottle courtesy of ASLMU. The men’s team will make an appearance at Convo today to promote the game. “If there’s one home game that the LMU community needs to come out and support, this is it right here,” said Wild. “It’s the first home game of the season and this will be a great way to start us off. We need to get a good home crowd going to get the energy up, which will definitely be a huge factor in how the game turns out for us.”
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sophomore on LMU’s rowing team, noted his friend’s quiet determination to get things done, whether it be on the soccer field or an upcoming test in school. “When it comes to studying I’d always joke around with him because he’d never seem stressed out,” Young said. “Even if you look out at him on the field, he’s never stressed out. You can tell he’s trying really hard, but you never see him like some of the other guys, who are yelling and panicking and stuff.” Krumpe has stated repeatedly how confident he is in this year’s LMU team being defined by a strong defense – a defense that depends on a backline featuring Dotseth.
“He’s been a great addition. We brought him in as a center back. When those center back positions were filled at the beginning of this year, he rolled right in to becoming a starting right back for us,” Krumpe said. “Very difficult to see him coming off the field.” Nearly a year after the injury as well as several months of grueling rehab, Dotseth has no plans of leaving the field. Starting on the team’s defense, Dotseth took the field in the team’s opening exhibition match against CSU Northridge. “I had a lot of nerves before, but as soon as I got on the field a kind of big smile took over my face,” Dotseth said of that game. “I was happy to be back.”
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Here are innovative ways to stay fit without making a trip to Burns Recreation Center.
The 1990-91 LMU men’s basketball team huddles before tip-off in its NCAA Tournament game against the defending champion, the Michigan Wolverines.
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Redshirt freshman defender Mark Dotseth (left) advances the ball against a Florida International University defender. Dotseth returns to the Lions as a key contributor to the team’s defense after missing all of last season due to an ACL injury.
Mark Dotseth is playing soccer once again after sitting out his freshman year due to injury. By Kevin Cacabelos
After scoring his first-ever collegiate goal, without hesitation, then-LMU freshman soccer player Pedro Velazquez ran to the sideline and hugged fellow freshman Mark Dotseth. A year ago, Velazquez and several other freshmen were beginning their playing careers at LMU, but one notable member of the class was forced to watch the 2012 season from the sidelines. Five days before Velazquez’s gesture, Dotseth suffered a season-ending injury, tearing the ACL in his left knee. Ten minutes into the team’s season opener at Sullivan Field, Dotseth chased after a loose ball near the sideline and caught his left leg in between the legs of a UC Santa Barbara player. And then: pop. Dotseth was on the ground clutching his left knee.
“It seemed like a normal tackle going into it,” Dotseth said. “I couldn’t move [my knee] in its full range. Something was definitely wrong.” Teammates, coaches and Dotseth’s parents who were in attendance tucked any potential bad news in the back of their heads. “Everyone was thinking the same thing, but nobody [wanted] to say it,” sophomore midfielder Alex Lam said. They were all hoping for the best, hoping the injury wasn’t serious. LMU assistant athletic trainer Joe Gonzalez told Dotseth the news of his MRI a few days later: he was out for the season. The freshman’s season lasted a whole ten minutes. The news was tough for LMU Head Coach Paul Krumpe who started Dotseth as a freshman, envisioning him as a key contributor to the team. The news was tough to stomach for his teammates, especially fellow freshmen Velazquez and Luc Brubaker who trained with Dotseth in anticipation for their very first season playing college soccer. But the news didn’t hit anyone harder than Dotseth himself.
A four-year varsity player at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., a three-time team MVP and the 2011 Colorado Player of the Year – for a moment, all of these accolades meant nothing. “The first day was bad. I didn’t take it very well at first,” Dotseth said. “It was hard.” In tribute to his injured teammate, Velazquez told Dotseth the night before the team’s following game against University of Nevada, Las Vegas that he’d score a goal for him. In the 62nd minute, Velazquez made good on his promise and gave Dotseth a memorable start to the beginning of a long recovery. “You just got to keep their spirits up. I know he was devastated and we were devastated because he was such a highly-prized recruit,” Krumpe said. “I think the real indicative thing last year when it happened is the very next game, Peter Velazquez, his roommate, scored. And Peter’s first move was to run to the sideline and hug Mark. That made a big difference for the team to see that.” A little under a month after the
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ome people get really pumped up by working out. I, on the other hand, get my fix of adrenaline by chilling on the couch and shouting out the answers to “Family Feud” questions at my TV – who needs a personal trainer when you can spend an afternoon with Steve Harvey? Don’t get me wrong, I love to be active and play sports just as much as the next person, but I’m one of those people who feels the need to justify my lack of time in the Sam’s Slam Burns Recreation By Sam Borsos Center by explaining Asst. Sports Editor how I “work out without ever setting foot in a gym,” to put it like the cheesy exercise machine infomercials do. Here are my tips for how to say fit at LMU in creative, simple ways.
1. Go to U-Hall as much as possible There’s a good chance that any time you step in the treacherous labyrinth that is U-Hall, one or all of the escalators will be broken. Seize this moment as an opportunity to tone your legs and work up a sweat by making the trek up the stairs. For bonus points, try actually going to your professors’ office hours; simply attempting to find their offices will probably add up to miles of walking.
2. Actually bring your textbooks to class Realistically, nobody has a good relationship with his or her textbooks. Mine generally sit on my desk, collecting dust until midterms roll around. However, they may actually have some use in helping you strengthen your muscles. Start with bringing your small paperback books to class and work your way up to the biggest one you have. If you carry them to class every day, you’ll work out your arms
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LMU welcomes rival Waves in home opener Host Lions hope to avenge last season’s loss to their cross-town rivals, Pepperdine University. By Dan Raffety Managing Editor
The LMU-Pepperdine water polo rivalry is defined by physical play. “We don’t like them very much and they don’t like us very much,” said redshirt senior Gavyn Wild. “There will be a lot of trash talk and it’s going to get physical.” The rivalry is in large part due to the similarities the two private universities share, both in geography and in campus culture. “It’s a very similar academic experience to LMU,” said Lions’ Assistant Coach Marty Matthies, who coached the Waves in 2009 and whose mother is currently a staff member there. “It’s a smaller school so in terms of the rivalry, it makes it that much more competitive. “We have two of the most beautiful views from our campus perspective and its part of the overall atmosphere. It is the PCH Cup. It’s a drive down from Malibu. It’s pretty
Sophomore attacker Emmanuel Di Stasio attempts a shot in a match last season. Di Stasio and his teammates welcome LMU’s cross-town rivals, Pepperdine Waves, in the team’s home opener at Burns Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon at noon. nice.” But can it really be called a rivalry if one team completely dominates the winlose record? The Lions have only won six
of 31 games (6-25) against the Christian university in Malibu, Calif., including four straight losses. Last season, the Lions lost 12-7 against the Waves.
During the John Loughran era, 16 seasons, the club has only won one home
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