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Debaters celebrate winning season Debate team prepares for final national tournament, following high rankings.
through a re-building stage, but this year LMU is “climbing back on top.” Dr. Emily Ravenscroft, assistant director of forensics in the communication studies department, visiting assistant professor and participant coach on the debate By Brigette Scobas team, said, “We’ve been able to beat Asst. News Editor big schools.” Preparing, arguing and winning; At the American Parliamentary all three are things the LMU debate Debate Association’s tournament team does on a weekly basis. The at Stanford University in March, LMU debate team is comprised LMU’s team, consisting of junior of undergraduate and graduate communication studies major Jack students from Loyola Law School, Ewing and senior philosophy major the College of Communication and James Mollison, won every round Fine Arts (CFA), the Bellarmine with a 26-0 record and competed College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) and against teams from colleges like the School of Education (SOE). University of Chicago, Penn, MIT, It has been successful in various Duke, NYU, Santa Clara and tournaments Fordham. across the United LMU beat States as well as Fordham internationally 11-0 in the and hopes to final round bring home to win the another win at tournament. the American “Because Parliamentary we won and D e b a t e – Bobby Cashen beat some Association of the best LMU debate team member championships teams, we hosted at United are carrying States Military Academy at West a lot of momentum coming from Point this weekend. Stanford going to nationals,” said “This has been a very good year Kilcup. for LMU debate,” said Barbara J. “It’s a fun form of competition Busse, dean of the CFA, speaking [and] what draws me in is the for her husband and former college ability to engage critically,” said debate partner, Jay Busse, professor Cashen. “James and I are working of communication studies, who has on creating a wide spectrum of been LMU’s debate coach since different cases so we can trip up 1970. the competition [at the national There are three styles of debate, tournament].” which are American Parliamentary, Following the Stanford British Parliamentary and the tournament was the first of three National Debate Team Policy national debate championship format. “Most debate teams I know tournaments, the National Debate of specialize [in one style but] we Tournament at the University of are successful in all three areas,” Texas from March 25-28. At this said James Kilcup, a philosophy tournament, LMU tied for ninth graduate student, the department’s place in the nation and Ewing Lonergan scholar and a member of and Mollison ranked in the top 20 the debate team. speakers. According to Bobby Cashen, The next tournament – called the a graduate student in the School America’s Cup tournament, which of Education and member of the was March 31 at the University debate team, last year was a of Vermont – attracted the top 32 really successful year in terms of See Debate | page 2 the debate team. The team went
“It’s a fun form of competition [and] what draws me in is the ability to engage critically.”
Albert Alvarado | Loyolan
Concert promotes awareness of Darfur and Congo victims
In an effort to stop the violence in Darfur and Congo,LMU’s Save Darfur organization hosted its first benefit concert on Tuesday. Senior business major Aris Andreasian (pictured above) performed with his band“Exit from Entropy.”
Prize to fund service projects LMU and the Opus Prize Foundation will send six students to Africa, South America and North America.
By Adrien Jarvis Managing Editor
Six students and three faculty members will be given the opportunity of a lifetime this summer as they help LMU and the Opus Prize Foundation select the 2011 winner of the foundation’s $1 million prize. They will be traveling to South America, Africa and the United States, visiting the three finalists. Nine LMU members will visit the charitable organizations and help determine which should be the winner of the $1 million prize, and which two should be finalists, each receiving $100,000. The Opus Prize Foundation is an organization that annually pairs with a Catholic university to award an
“unsung hero.” The goal is to locate humanitarians around the world who are working to better the lives of those in a community that needs it. The foundation also requires that the charity be faith-based, but it does not need to be Catholic – it can be of any faith. The three finalists do not know that they have been nominated for the award until after the foundation makes its final decision. Since the process is still in progress to determine the winner – and because the finalists are unaware that they have been nominated – little information can be revealed about them yet. However, the continents of the three finalists are Africa, South America and the North America. Junior urban studies major Britta Engstrom, junior natural science major Aaron Page, junior English major Jaide Timm-Garcia and sophomore political science major Sahar Mansoor will visit the charity in Africa. The students traveling to South America are junior
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Promoting a green initiative “The Sustainable City” symposium will include speakers and discussions.
By Margo Jasukaitis Asst. News Editor
Today marks the beginning of LMU’s first annual interdisciplinary symposium, “The Sustainable City.” Over the course of the next two days, the University will host a series of guest speakers, panel discussions and events centered around issues of environmental justice and urban ecology. According to Brian Treanor, one of
the symposium’s organizers, director of LMU’s Environmental Studies Program and associate professor of philosophy, the idea for the symposium stemmed from a class he taught with Dorothea Herreiner, associate professor of economics. “[The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA)] gives grants to interdisciplinary teams to host a symposium on campus. [Herreiner and I] were team-teaching a course for the environmental studies minor and applied for and ended up winning that grant … [which] was the seed money for the symposium,” said Treanor. In addition to funding provided by
the grant, “The Sustainable City” is also the product of Eric Strauss, presidential professor of urban ecology. Independent of Treanor and Herreiner’s efforts to develop an interdisciplinary symposium, Strauss had been working to bring MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter to campus. Strauss, Treanor and Herreiner united their efforts and funds to create the University’s first interdisciplinary symposium. The goal of the symposium is to educate students on issues of environmental justice and provide them with opportunities to engage in hands-on activities that promote
See Sustainable City | page 5
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Angelica Valdez | Loyolan
L.I.O.N.S. Garden Club hosts dedication Around 200 people visited the new community garden beween Sullivan Hall and Periera Hall on Tuesday. See page 2 for photos from the dedication.
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Community celebrates new garden
All photos: Angelica Valdez | Loyolan
According to L.I.O.N.S. Garden Club Co-President Briana Bergstrom, about 200 people stopped by the opening of the University’s new community garden between Sullivan and Periera Hall on Tuesday. Over the course of the whole day, a range of visitors came through, including 50 sixth graders from Orville Wright Middle School, representatives from Urban Farming, members of the L.I.O.N.S. Garden Club and LMU faculty, staff, administrators and students. Urban Farming hosted an event Tuesday morning, which included a dedication, golden shovel ceremony and vegetable planting. During Convo, the L.I.O.N.S. Garden Club hosted a blessing of the garden, lunch and more planting. The garden is currently home to lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, basil, lavender, sage, microgreens and beans, as well as apple, lemon, lime and pomegranate. fruit trees.
Debate gives students ‘a voice’ Debate from page 1
current and veteran debaters in the world. At this one-day tournament, Kilcup placed first and will be asked to defend his title next year. The most recent and final tournament before the national tournament coming up this weekend was the United States Universities Debating Championship at the University of Vermont. There were 408 speakers, and Cashen was named the 10th place speaker. Kilcup was named third. Other speakers included two debaters from Harvard and three from Yale. The awards and titles won at the tournaments did not come easy for any of the members of the debate team. According to Cashen and Kilcup, in order to prepare for their debates, the debaters do enormous amounts of research, have a couple of practice debate rounds a week, read newspapers and think of counterarguments to speeches heard on
television. Even with all of the time commitments and intensity of the program, debaters such as thirdyear Loyola Law School student, LMU assistant debate coach since 2007 and part-time faculty member in the communication studies department J.J. Rodriguez enjoys debating and has for 20 years. “Initially it gave me a way out [and] gave me the opportunity to have a voice,” said Rodriguez. “In debate, I feel on top of the world.” “Pretty remarkable people come out of the debate community, [and] it really helps people advance intellectually,” said Busse. While it does take a lot of time out of the LMU debaters’ schedules, debating at tournaments provides the “opportunity to showcase LMU’s quality of education and value internationally,” said Kilcup. “It’s something LMU should be really proud of. This is LMU’s most successful team,” said Busse.
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Panel focuses on oppression Tuesday’s discussion draws connections between Passover and the civil rights movement. By Liz Peters News Intern
In what ways do we fight for justice? Historical atrocities such as the Holocaust and slavery within America were addressed in the discussion titled, “Free at Last? Passover and Civil Rights, Past and Present.” It was sponsored by the Office of Black Student Services and the Office of Jewish Student Services in U-Hall 3000 at the Marymount Institute at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The panel, in the form of a roundtable discussion, talked about how these kinds of oppression and enslavement are still prevalent today. The discussion was headed by Ilana Schachter, Hillel rabbi and coordinator, and Dr. Gail Buck, director of the Office of Black Student Services and professor of communication studies. They discussed the significance of Passover and how Jewish experiences and morals have come to affect the African American race, particularly during the civil rights movement. The discussion opened with an introduction to Passover and the Exodus and eventually progressed to modern-day slavery and actions being taken against it.
Schachter began by describing the Jewish festival of Passover as “a holiday that Jews celebrate and [during which they] discuss the ideas of slavery and redemption.” Passover is an eight-day celebration in the spring during which “we drink wine to celebrate freedom and treat ourselves like royalty,” said Schachter. Buck then talked about the civil rights movement and related it to the struggles of the Jewish community. “It almost brought me to tears how one group of people helped another group of people through their oppression,” said Buck. Following Schachter and Buck, two LMU students, Junior history major and Hillel President Madeleine Sharp and Junior communication studies major Tracey Lincoln gave a brief presentation on the bond between Jews and African Americans. Sharp said, “African Americans and Jews seemed to be very supportive of each other during the civil rights era because both underwent oppression.” She continued to touch on the respect both groups have for their forefathers and the morals they’ve developed due to their experiences of enslavement. Lincoln then discussed the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Urban League. “Something I found interesting was Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about the African Americans in
association with Jews,” said Lincoln. The audience then broke into small groups and discussed six questions that Sharp and Lincoln wrote related to the ideas of enslavement and redemption. Several of the questions included: Why did Jews support the civil rights movement in such large numbers? What are other present-day happenings that could be correlated with slavery? How does the LMU mission statement relate to this discussion? Forty students were in attendance and participated in answering these questions. Some of the feedback related to the idea that Jews fought for blacks’ civil rights because they underwent a similar oppression. “Everything in the Jewish religion is traced to enslavement, and it really resonates with Jews,” said Sharp. Other students also commented, adding that many modern forms of slavery exist today, from human trafficking to child labor to organizational slavery. Towards the end of the event, students began to engage in conversation not only relating to historical forms of enslavement and redemption, but they began to address more modern and current forms of enslavement and atrocities that multiple students stated must be changed. “It is our responsibility to repair a broken world,” said Lincoln.
All photos: Liana Bandziulis | Loyolan
Roommates Alyssa Santos, Samantha Hernandez, Masami Chin and Jenna Dato-on, (pictured from left to right) decorate their windows of the dorm room with quotes for passersby to read.
11 Burning Questions with the residents behind McCarthy Hall’s quote window
This issue, Assistant News Editor Margo Jasukaitis talks with sophomores Alyssa Santos, a sociology major; Samantha Hernandez, a communication studies major; and Masami Chin, a graphic design and psychology double major who display quotes in their second floor dorm room window. 1. How did you come up with the idea to display quotes in your window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id you all live together last year? L"$")1("&O.0)")G.P&*LO+,&-(0..&4=&3#&7K>@##"I&!"#"$%&")G&J8&>%N.G&%)& 1(.&#"$.&(">>&%)&Q.#$4)GA&&M.&$.1&R.))"&>"1.0&")G&">>&G.E%G.G&14&>%N.& 14F.1(.0A& 3. After putting that initial quote in the window, why did you de cide to start changing the quote and put new ones in the window? KL,&S30&=0%.)G#&#"5&71(.&2341.8&1(.&/0#1&1%$.&")G&5.0.&>%H.I&9K55&1("1;#& 0.">>@&E31.IB&5.&5")1.G&14"01&E(")F%)F&1(.$&<.E"3#.&5.&71(43F(18&1(.& #"$.&4).&543>G&F.1&4>GA !"#$%&'&#()#*)+#,-(#.%&#/+).&01 LO,&T#3">>@&1(.@;0.&$4N%.&40)F&2341.#A KL,&L4$.1%$.#I&1(43F(I&5.;0.&U3#1&>%H.&9M.&)..G&"&).5&2341.AB&&L4&J;>>&1(%)H& 0.">>@&("0G&")G&10@&14&E4$.&36&5%1(&4).A 5. Have people commented on the window display? !',&M.;N.&#..)&V"E.<44H"13#.#A LO,&M.;N.&">#4&(."0G&=0%.)G#&#"@&41(.0&6.46>.&5.0.&1">H%)F&"<431&%1A !',&:."(I&%=&6.46>.&"0.&1">H%)F&"<431&!E'"01(@&40&1(.&2341.#&J&F.1&H%)G&4=& "5H5"0GI&")G&1(.@;0.&>%H.I&9K0.&@430&7044$$"1.#8&1(.&4).#&1("1&("N.&1(.& 5%)G45&2341.#WB 6. If you could display anything in your window, other than quotes, what would it be? !',&V40&1(.&5..H&<.=40.&/)">#I&5.;0.&6>"))%)F&4)&76311%)F&368&1("1&64#1.0& 1("1&("#&"&E"1&(")F%)F&=04$&"&<0")E(I&1(.&4).&1("1&#"@#&9O")F&%)&1(.0.AB& KL,&M.&5.0.&6>"))%)F&4)&6>"@%)F&Q%#).@&$3#%E&0.">>@&>43G&5(%>.&6.46>.& 5">H&14&E>"##A LO,&M.&10%.G&%1&4)E.I&<31&%1&G%G);1&0.">>@&540HA&&X.46>.&G%G);1&0.">>@&)41%E.A& 7. What’s the most memorable reaction someone has had to seeing the quotes in your window? LO,&S).&1%$.&J&5"#")G%)F&<@&1(.&5%)G45&")G&#"5$.4).&1"H%)F&"& 6%E130.&4=&71(.&5%)G458A&&J&G%G);1&H)45&%=&1(.@&5.0.&1"H%)F&"&6%E130.&4=&$.&40& 1(.&5%)G45&7>"3F(#8A KL,&L4$.1%$.#$.4).&7%)&"&1430&F04368&5%>>&64%)1&%1&431A !',&-("1;#&"&6>"E.&1(.&1430#’I&4)&S;!">>.@&Y"5)I&%1;#&"5H5"0GA 8. Can people request quotes for you guys to put in your window? !',&M.;0.&4)&430&<3%>G%)F;#&7Z.#%G.)1&O43#%)F&K##4E%"1%4)8I&5."01.G& #4$.1(%)F&5%1(%)&1(.&(">>#&5(.0.&5.&631&1(%)F#&1(043F(431&!E'"01(@&")G& $"G.&#%F)#&=40&41(.0&5%)G45#A&&M.&("N.&1("1&60%$.&N%.5&1(43F(I&1(.& 41(.0&4).#&"0.);1&"#&."#@&14&#..A&&7D318&1(.0.&"0.&41(.0&4).#&1("1&ZOK&("#& 631&36&"043)G&!E'"01(@&1("1&6.46>.&("N.&E4$.&36&5%1(A 9. How often do you change the quote? LO,&M.&E(")F.&%1&>%H.&4)E.&"&$4)1(A KL,&J&H..6&4>G&4).#&4)&$@&5">>&71(43F(8A&&-(.@;0.&F44G&G.E40"1%)F&$"1.0%">A 10. Are you living on campus next year? KL,&:."(I&5.;0.&>%N%)F&%)&S;!">>.@A 11. Was window visibility for displaying quotes a determining fac tor in your room selection? LO,&[41&$3E(A&&M.;0.&>%N%)F&%)&"&#%\]6.0#4)&7"6"01$.)18A KL,&L4&"N"%>"<%>%1@&5"#&$40.&4=&"&E4)E.0)A&&7D318&5.&(46.&1(.&6.46>.&5(4& >%N.&7%)&!E'"01(@8&).\1&@."0&5%>>&E4)1%)3.&7G%#6>"@%)F&2341.#8A !',&7^..68&1(.&>.F"E@&7">%N.8A
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LMU selects students for due diligence trips Prize from page 1 business administration major Greg Kamradt and junior theological studies major Ana López. Engstrom, Timm-Garcia, Kamradt and López will also visit the charity in the United States. All six students are involved with service and social justice, which was part of the criteria to be selected. The criteria also required
that the students be academically qualified and be undergraduates during the upcoming fall semester so they can participate in the award ceremony in November. Kamradt told the Loyolan that he is most looking forward to experiencing the culture of the place he is going to in South America. “The trip is kind of a symbol of everything that I have been
The search continues... These six LMU students will go on due diligence trips for the 2011 Opus Prize.
Aaron Page Junior, natural science
Greg Kamradt Junior, business admin.
Britta Engstrom Junior, urban studies
Ana Lopez Junior, theological studies
Sahar Mansoor Sophomore, political science
Jaide Timm-Garcia Junior, English
Graphic by Dol-Anne Asiru
through with LMU and gotten me to the place that I am today,” said Kamradt. Timm-Garcia echoed Kamradt’s emphasis on the impact the trip will have. “I know this trip will have a huge impact on the decisions I make with my future and leave a lasting impression on my heart that will not be forgotten,” said Timm-Garcia, who is traveling to Africa. Assistant professor of theological studies Fr. Dorian Llwelyn, S.J., who is also the retiring director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute and was recently appointed the next director of Catholic Studies Program, will be traveling to South America; Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Dr. Cheryl Grills will be going to Africa. The professor who will accompany the students and foundation to the United States’ charity has yet to be selected. Fr. Llwelyn is excited to be traveling to South America, and also pleased with the opportunity this presents both for the students going on the trips and for other LMU students, who will be learning about the charitable organizations during the fall semester. “One thing we do particularly well at LMU is bringing students to realize their place in the world,” said Fr. Llwelyn. According to Associate Vice President for University Relations Sherrill Britton, head of the steering committee for the award, the names of the three finalists will be announced to the LMU community after a decision has been made sometime during the
summer, and the three finalists will be brought to campus during the fall semester. During the time of the visit, the community will learn about the charities and about the causes that they support. “It is about spreading the word about what Opus means and what we are trying to accomplish,” said Britton, who added that part of the way in which the committee hopes students are exposed to the charities is through integration of their work into professors’ curriculums. On Nov. 2, there will be an award ceremony during which the winner will be announced. The process to determine the winner of the $1 million prize and the two finalists has been a long one. Fourteen charities around the world were anonymously nominated to a steering committee to be considered as this year’s winner. The committee then carefully read over the nominations and put forward eight finalists to a jury, chaired by University President David W. Burcham. The jury narrowed down the selection to three finalists and suggested one charity as the winner. Though the Opus Prize Foundation pairs with a Catholic university each year, it reserves the right to make the final decision itself. To do so, it visits each of the three finalists on due diligence trips to witness firsthand the work the charity is doing to make sure that they are all worthy finalists and winners and brings along members of the partnering university. Originally, each due diligence trip would have only one
student and one faculty member. However, according to Britton, the committee and the University compiled the money necessary to send more students because they believe it will be a vital experience for students, and because they had so many worthy candidates to choose from. “The steering committee felt really strongly that this is such a great opportunity for students, and they spoke up. ... We got a very nice donation from the Religious of the Heart of Mary [R.S.H.M.] to send students. So there was this wonderful support among the steering committee – Sr. Mary Genino, [R.S.H.M.] is a member of the Opus Prize steering committee – and she was so supportive of this. ... So we are going to send, instead of one student, two students to each due diligence trip,” said Britton, who added that Student Affairs also offered to cover the cost of sending additional students. Mansoor, who is going to Africa, is grateful for the chance to go. “I eventually want to start my own nonprofit one day,” said Mansoor about why she looks forward to going. “This trip will be a great learning opportunity to closely observe the working of a grassroot organization working with members of the community.” The Opus Prize was first awarded in 2004. The most recent winners were Sr. Beatrice Chipeta, who runs an orphanage in Karonga, Malawi and Rev. John Halligan, S.J., who runs a center for the impoverished in Quito, Ecuador. To learn more about the Opus Prize, including past winners and past partnering universities, visit opusprize.org.
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Symposium aims to educate and activate Sustainable City from page 1 a more environmentally conscious city, according to Treanor. “I’d really encourage students to attend the academic paper [presentations] on Friday,” he said. “They don’t have the handson appeal of a trip to the Ballona Wetlands, but they are key to the mission of what happens at a university – intellectual inquiry about what things mean.” Treanor also feels the symposium’s keynote address delivered by Carter
For the Record
Correction: In the April 11 article “Centennial festivities to begin at end of month,” it was stated that the 1911 Ball will be held on Nov. 1, 2011 when, in fact, it will be held on Nov. 11, 2011.
Emergency Medical Services to host info session for perspective EMTs The last info session on how to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will be held by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) today at Convo in Seaver 100. EMS will be giving out information regarding the program and the certification process.
will contribute to students’ understanding of the relationship between their traditional concept of the environment and the urban setting in which they live. “It’s easy for people to think of the environment as a place out there away from the city, not somewhere in the city,” he said. “We wanted to highlight the falsehood of that dichotomy.” Carter, who created the Sustainable South Bronx (a nonprofit that focuses on community involvement in the revitalization of the South Bronx’s local environment), will be speaking tonight at 7:30 p.m.
in Hilton 100. ASLMU’s current Director of Environmental Responsibility and 2011-12 ASLMU Vice President, Kim Tomicich, a junior environmental studies major, is very excited for Carter’s keynote address. “She speaks so passionately,” Tomicich said. “She started a nonprofit, and that [is] what I want to do with my life, so I’m very excited to hear her speak.” Senior political science and economics double major Greer Gosnell is also looking forward to tonight’s speaker. “Carter truly embodies the spirit of
social justice and has made incredible strides for low-income communities in the Bronx,” said Gosnell. “Everyone should watch her talk … to get inspired.” Tomicich thinks the symposium marks an exciting new step in University programming. “It’s the first interdisciplinary forum taking place at LMU. [Plus,] it’s on a topic that’s really relevant to us right now as we face ecological disasters,” Tomicich said. “It’s something that can empower us to make changes needed to have a more sustainable lifestyle in our cities.” “This symposium has the
potential to be life-changing for students,” said Gosnell. Treanor echoes Gosnell and Tomicich’s sentiments, saying the symposium was intended to get students thinking about environmental issues on an intellectual level and working to solve them in a hands-on way. “Theory without action is impotent [but] action without understanding theory first is blind,” he said. “Before we can transform our cities we have to think about what it is we’re going to do. [We have to] theorize, dream and imagine what kind of city we want.”
OPINION Student Editorials and Perspectives
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Rule of Thumb
The Loyolan’s Executive Editorial Board weighs in on current topics of discussion.
Board Editorials represent the voice of the Loyolan. They are written in collaboration by the Executive Editorial Board. Adrien Jarvis Managing Editor
Kenzie O’Keefe Editor in Chief
Angelica Cadiente Asst. Managing Editor | Opinion Editor
Hassles of tax day pay off
Katy Rosenberg Public Editor
Michael Goldsholl Asst. Managing Editor | Sports Editor
Providing checks and balances
n all sorts of situations, individual sacrifices are made in the interest of a greater common good. This week, U.S. President Barack Obama ended the Bush era tax cuts, asking the rich to part with their money in the interest of reducing national debt, making Medicare affordable and keeping American education afloat, among other things. At LMU, these kinds of trades are familiar. A little bit of privacy is exchanged for a lot of safety when community members submit contact information to Public Safety in order to receive alert messages, and students pay the expensive tuition each year for an enriching environment and the security a good education provides. Choices must be made constantly in our world, and even the most well-intentioned decisions often bring about repercussions. Because of this, the individual sacrifices made in the interest of the potential community benefit should always be scrutinized and weighed. Assistant Managing Editor and Opinion Editor Angelica Cadiente discusses two recent cases in which this topic is explored in “When rules encroach upon freedoms” (p. 6). In the first case, a Chicago public school requires students to eat school-provided lunch in the interest of making sure students get at least one healthy meal each day. In the second, she discusses how France recently enacted a new law that prohibits any type of clothing which hides the face in any public space. This specifically affects Muslim women who are no longer allowed to wear their veils in public. The French government has stated that this law was enacted in the interest of
discouraging the subjugation of women and maintaining the separation between church and state. However, Cadiente concludes, “Higher powers often toe the line between proactively caring and simply meddling.” As evidenced by the Loyolan’s annual First Amendment Week, the Loyolan takes the responsibility to make sure that certain individual freedoms are upheld seriously. Freedom of religion, speech, press, petition and the right to peacefully assemble are all rights worth defending. The press (from the New York Times to the Loyolan) exists to make sure that government (from President Obama to ASLMU) or any establishment does not infringe too heavily on individual freedoms in the interest of a communal agenda. At all levels, policy should be debated, enacted and sometimes disabled. This semester alone, LMU has adopted such new policies as the dismount zone and promised revision of the emergency alert system. Both of these examples were surrounded by discussion – the dismount zone continues to be controversial, and the alert system revision plans arose after scrutiny due to a series of errors. It is often this commitment to checks and balances between government and the media that inspires the Loyolan staff to write each issue. Students should keep in mind their responsibility to speak out and defend individual interests. Though community goals are undoubtedly worth pursuing, all of the potential benefits become worthless the moment an individual’s personal freedoms are disregarded.
April 15, the day that taxes are due, is becoming a significantly greater aspect of students’ lives. While it does move students one step closer to life after college and breaking free of dependency on their parents, little preparation for doing so is offered. This leaves many confused and frustrated with how to handle the task. However, once students move past the inconvenience of filing, it actually works to their benefit, since monetary sums which were formerly removed from their paychecks are returned. It may be a hassle, but it could wind up being worth it in the end.
Coachella: too cool or too costly? As students of a Southern California university, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an extremely hyped-up and anticipated event around campus. Coachella is undoubtedly three days of great fun, unparalleled communion and pure wildness. However, the event’s immense popularity does take away from those aspects in some respects, because of the steep financial costs. Obtaining tickets within a college budget before they sell out and finding a place to stay for three days for a reasonable price is considerably difficult. This unfortunately turns Coachella into an inaccessible dream for many students.
A prime time for sports enthusiasts The month of April is a fantastic time for sports fans. With the NBA and NHL playoffs commencing and the start of a new MLB season as well, it’s hard to find another time of the year when there are so many different outlets of entertainment for sports fanatics. A heightened level of excitement currently arising in the sports world could be the perfect amount of relaxation for students during finals week, especially if you are following a team that is expected to fulfill lofty expectations.
When rules encroach upon freedoms
n Chicago, students at a public school are forced to decide between eating cafeteria food or eating nothing at all as a result of a schoolwide ban on homemade lunches. Thousands of miles away in France, women who wear veils in public will now be subjected to a governmentlevied fine, as well as classes on being French citizens. What do these two instances have in common? Both are prime examples of what happens when Randomosity good intentions and logical arguments By Angelica go awry and start Cadiente encroaching on perAsst. Managing Editor | sonal freedoms. Opinion Editor As reported by Monica Eng and Joel Hood in “Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home,” an April 11 article published in the Chicago Tribune, students at the Little Village Academy no longer have the luxury of choosing any alternatives to what is being served at the school cafeteria. Unless a child has specific allergies, the child’s parents no longer have any say in what their child eats at school. This rule was brought into effect as a result of the school administration’s belief that school lunches are far more nutritious than the average homepacked lunch. The administration intended for this to be an opportunity to ensure healthy eating among the children at the school – undoubtedly an admirable goal. However, what is the cost of reaching that goal? Is it the freedom of a child to make the choice to eat one thing over another? Is it the freedom of a parent to choose what to feed his or her child? The goal may
be a worthy endeavor, but if this is the way to get to it, then it may not be worth it after all. Regardless of how healthy that school lunch may be, there is something inherently wrong about telling a child’s parents that they no longer have a say in what their child eats. And regardless of how unhealthy some homemade lunches are, this is a line that shouldn’t be crossed when it comes to telling people what they can and cannot do. Similarly, this past Monday, a new law was put into effect in France. It was the first of its kind, and in “Arrests made as French face veil ban takes effect,” an MSNBC article published on April 11, French Interior Minister Claude Gueant stated that “hiding your face in public places is cause for imposing sanctions.” He further commented that the ban defends “two fundamental principles: the principle of secularism and the princi- A woman ple of equality between man Cathedral and woman.” Similar to the homemade lunch ban, this law was put into effect with a very admirable objective in mind. The French government is against the burqa because some see it as a symbol of male oppression and women’s subjugation. France is also a country that strives to be as secular as it can be. It prides itself on being able to draw the line between church and state. And in the government’s effort to maintain that separation, wearing a face-covering veil is now considered
“Freedoms and rights aren’t always set in stone, and higher powers often toe the line between proactively caring and simply meddling.”
wearing a burqa was arrested by French police in front of Notre Dame in Paris as she protested the new French face veil ban on April 11, 2011. an act of civil disobedience. These instances show that good intentions may not always produce good ways to reach that end goal. In striving for equality, the French government has taken the right of a woman to wear a burqa if she so chooses. In trying to make healthier, happier children, the administration of the Little Village Academy has taken away the right of a child to just be a kid and bring a little junk food to school every once in a while. Freedoms and rights aren’t always set in stone, and higher powers often toe the line between proactively caring and simply meddling. So, why should we care? After all, we’re college students who aren’t subjected to the brown bag lunch police or French veil dissenters. We should care because there is always
the notion that the government (or any authority figure, for that matter) should be less involved with people’s personal decisions. These rights are the kinds of things that are so easy to take for granted, so easy to brush off as irrelevant, but these are the issues that we should be aware of if we want to make sure we keep our individual rights. Ultimately, we should care because there’s something extremely George Orwellian about these kinds of situations. And regardless of whether or not they directly affect you, any real-world parallels to “1984” and “Big Brother” should always raise red flags. This is the opinion of Angelica Cadiente, a sophomore business administration major from Los Angeles, Calif. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Homework: helping or hurting?
hen I was just a freshman in high school, I remember teachers telling me that high school would be hard, but that teachers would still hold their students’ hands through certain aspects of the classes. However, they said that by the time I was in college, teachers would no longer do this, and I would be held accountable for everything in my classes. I have since found that this is not the case. By that, I mean many classes at LMU have week ly homework assignments and/or regular quizzes instead of just having papers, projects and tests due. My question is this: Should teachers hold their students’ A Minute hands through classes in college? with Morgan Does this benefit or hinder By Ryan Morgan students? T h e r e a r e m a ny Opinion Intern ideas about what exactly constitutes homework, but for the purpose of this article, I would like to define homework as any sort of regularly submitted assignment that does not specific a l ly le ad t o i nc r e a s e d k n o wl e d g e o f t h e s u b ject, creat es ma ndat or y studying and may, at times, seem repetitive. For example, a weekly math assignment, though it aids the student in preparing for a test, is a form of “ forced” study i ng. R ather than encouraging independence by having the students read and prepare for each section on their own, such an assignment echoes the form of “hand-holding” seen in high school. While both styles of teaching can equally prepare a student for an exam, the latter seems to promote a much more independent, organized and motivated student than the former does. As one would expect, there are many benefits to having regular homework or quizzes. In a study conducted by mathematician John Sasser, Ph.D., two math classes with the same content were given different homework policies – one was given regular assignments while the other received none. It was found that the class with
consistent homework received significantly higher test scores. Another study conducted at Texas A&M University reinforced these results, but also found that when students were put under time constraints, homework helped the “strongest students but not the weakest, thereby increasing any performance gap.” In summary, when students are faced with time constraints, homework only significantly helped students who were already doing well. Another aspect of this debate is a policy enforced in
many classes at LMU: mandatory attendance that can have an impact on your grade. When most high school students look forward to college, they think of having more freedom in their lives – setting their own schedules and deciding which classes to attend or skip. W hile some teachers would argue that attendance and performance are related, this does not apply to all students. There are many students that are able to perform just as well, if not better, by spending their class time studying independently. Of course, this is a very optimistic point of view, but my hope is that if a student performs at a higher level without attending class, then he or she should not have to attend. If the opposite were true, I would hope that the student would choose to attend class. Either way, I believe this is a decision that should be left up to the student, not the teacher. While practices such as regular homework and mandatory attendance may generate higher test scores, these policies can also harm students. They do not allow for students to develop discipline and responsibility – skills that all people will need after graduating from college. Mandatory attendance and regular assignments condition students to believe that they will have their hands held throughout life – consistently knowing exactly what is required of them, when their work will be due and how to do it – a luxury that does not exist in the real world. High test scores may be impor ta nt th roughout one’s academic life, but responsibility and discipline are indispensible throughout life in the real world. While polic ie s s u c h a s r e g u l a r homework and mandat or y at t end a nc e m ay increase test scores and force good practices in college, they do not enforce independence in a student. Going to class or studying is a decision that should be left up to the individual. Higher test scores are not worth bad habits and incompetence later in life. Cartoon by David Zaleski | Loyolan This is the opinion of Ryan Morgan, a freshman psychology major from San Jose, Calif. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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No country for spectators
few weeks ago, all new members in the LMU Greek system were required to attend a talk given by Mike Dilbeck called “Response /Ability.” The talk centered on empowering students to be positive members of society who are responsible and who take action when it is appropriate. Dilbeck took an innovative approach to get the audience involved with his presentation. He gave out his phone number and asked students to text him anonymous responses to questions such as “What are you sick of ? ” eliciting some immature responses, some answers and one Run ‘n Tell Dat blatant shocking story. A girl had By Kim Tran texted in, “I had 10 bystandAsst. Opinion Editor ers watch me get raped. No one did anything.” It may be unbelievable, but it has happened before. This incident echoes that of the well-known gang rape that occurred outside of a homecoming dance in Richmond, Calif. in 2009. A 15-year-old girl was reportedly intoxicated, beaten and raped for two hours, as onlookers whipped out their cell phones, took videos and cheered on the violation of a young girl’s humanity before the event was finally reported to officials. When did rape become a spectator sport? When responsibility seems scary, it is deferred at all costs. We humans suffer from what experts call the “bystander effect,” a phenomenon which suggests that when in a group, people are less likely to help someone in trouble because they pass on the responsibility to someone else, thinking, “I don’t have to help because someone else will.” It may sound crazy, but the bystander effect has been proven time and time again, and chances are, you have experienced the phenomenon yourself. Most of us in college have seen or been a part of a situation that we know is not right. College is what everyone says it is – the time for experimentation, to find oneself and oftentimes, to not have to deal with heavy consecuences of actions. But when things go too
far, we have the responsibility, and also the power, to do something about it. You might not have been the person who committed the crime or even had anything directly to do with it at all, but simply by being a spectator you automatically become involved. If you choose to do nothing, you are guilty of negligence. As said by Saundrea Young, co-founder of Loved Ones of Homicide Victims, “I think we have become a country of spectators. The violence many young people see just doesn’t reach the area of their humanness that says there is a real person being treated that way.” Even if it is not an act of violence, but rather a friend suffering from bulimia, depression or poor judgment, you have the power to save them, simply by taking action. It is easy to defer blame. It is easy to tell yourself that you have no responsibility or power in a situation, but you mostly regret the things that you do not do rather than the things that you choose to do. Dilbeck also received a text that stated, “I was driving home one night and witnessed a boy getting beat up by a gang. I wanted to do something, but I didn’t. I went home that night and turned on the news only to find out that the little boy had been killed.” Was that person responsible for the death of that little boy? Not directly, but had he or she done something, an innocent life may have been spared. In the case of the Richmond rape, the school refused to take responsibility and only four suspects were taken into custody. However, every single person who was taking pictures, cheering the criminals on, sending videos – every single spectator who refused to take responsibility, who refused to take action, is guilty as well. We can learn something from these stories. We should not look with disgust at just those who committed the crime, but also at those who allowed it to happen, and realize that we too may suffer from the bystander effect. Responsibility is a scary thing, but blame is a cowardly action. Let us take the more admirable route. This is the opinion of Kim Tran, a freshman communication studies major from San Jose,Calif. Please send comments to ktran@theloyolan. com.
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Seven steps to prep for Coachella Concert Tips By Tierney Finster Asst. A&E Editor
he 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins tomorrow afternoon. In the midst of Coachella excitement, there is an overwhelming amount of things to think about before you head out to Indio, Calif. Here are seven tips to improve your trip. Get your ticket story straight Goldenvoice, the distribution company in charge of Coachella wristbands this year, made some serious mistakes over the last month. Countless individuals who purchased Coachella wristbands did not receive their wristbands in the mail as planned, while many people received more wristbands than they ordered. Although exciting at first, this situation left many concert-goers confused about which of their wristbands were considered “active.” This has also created quite the debacle for individuals who purchased wristbands from a third party. Because of their authentic appearance and packaging, the wristbands plenty of people have purchased may be deactivated passes. If questioned by a ticket inspector, never admit to purchasing tickets through an outside vendor to maximize your chances of getting in to the venue. Stock up on sunscreen Indio’s weekend weather forecast predicts clear sunshine with temperatures in the high 90s. Slather up with sunscreen to prevent an unsightly burn that could potentially jeopardize the look of one of your Coachella outfits. Furthermore, empty sunscreen bottles that have been sani-
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tized and washed are also known to make convenient containers for carrying your concert liquor. Avoid ATM aggravation Although there will be ATMs on site, ATM machines at events usually carry a hefty price tag. A $3 surcharge might not seem significant at first, but after six trips to the ATM machine you will realize that you would have preferred spending that money on a Coachella fanny pack or a few more short rib tacos from the on-site Kogi truck. Take out money from your bank in advance and store it in a few different places in your backpack or purse. In the unfortunate situation that a zipper flies open or some items fall
out unexpectedly, you’ll still have money to spare. Secure a meeting spot Indio, and the surrounding Palm Springs/Palm Desert area, is filled with individuals who have qualified for retirement and spend most of their days playing golf and lounging around their gated communities. Cell phone service and high-speed Internet service are not quite at the top of these people’s priorities. Empire Polo Club, where the festival is held, is certainly no more equipped in this manner. With thousands of young people on iPhones and BlackBerries searching for service and Internet connection, lines often shut down completely during
most imperative of your Monday classes back at LMU. Arrange a ride back to campus for late Sunday night or very early Monday morning to ensure that you will arrive back on time. Hardly anything will be able to take away your postCoachella glow, but squabbling with a hard-nosed professor will be the last thing you want to worry about after a weekend in the desert. Select your activities Flexibility and a laidback attitude are absolutely necessary qualities to embody while at Coachella, but having a plan helps to make sure that you get exactly what you want from your Coachella experience. There are many exciting and interesting bands, art installations, campsite kickbacks, live art projects and pool parties throughout Indio to potentially fill your Coachella time with, so make sure to decide which ones you want to go to the most. Try to coordinate schedules with your friends, but in the end, be selfish. Seeing a band you love alone is completely worth the hassle of having to meet up with your friends later in the day. Figure out your funds Coachella creates a warped perception of individual financial abilities for all that attend it. Maybe shelling out a staggering $300-plus on a ticket makes all Coachella-related money seem just as ludicrous and thus, toy-like. However this is not the case. Create an accurate estimate of your available funds, and then an honest list of what you expect to spend in each of the following categories: food, drink, transportation, lodging and miscellaneous fun. Crunch the numbers until these two lists match up, and then do your best to stay on budget.
Coachella. To avoid tragic miscommunication with your friends, designate a meeting spot for later in the day before you separate from your friends. This way your friends won’t miss out on the fun you’re having, and you won’t have to face run-ins with lurking men in the Sahara Tent as you try to find your group. Plan realistically for a ride home Once Sunday evening arrives, so do some of the weekend’s most anticipated performances. The excitement and magnetism that are sure to radiate from Kanye and The Strokes might rub off on you, leaving you feeling a little too relaxed about missing even the
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VEGGIE VENTURES Café Gratitude offers mouthwatering meals Food Review
greens, sprouts and then perfectly dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. By Michelle Weiss The I AM FORTIFIED veggie Senior Editor bowl, including mixed vegetables with kale, your choice of brown ith many popular locarice or quinoa and your selection tions in San Francisco of sauce as well, is a filling and satand Northern Califorisfying meal. Mixed together and nia, Café Gratitude made its grand topped with sprouts, this dish is opening in Los Angeles just last comfort in a bowl. The vegetables month. Known for serving organic are not over- or vegan food with undercooked – a uplifting and encommon mistake couraging names many restaufor their menu rants make – and items, this resthe rice soaks up taurant is anoth639 N. Larchmont Blvd the garlic-tahini er great option Los Angeles, CA 90004 sauce I chose as for vegans eating my dressing. The out. garlic-tahini is Bustling with (323) 580-6383 tasty and has a people on a Sunlemon kick to it. day afternoon, For dessert, the restaurant www.cafegratitude.com Café Gratitude offers both inoffers different door and outdoor types of pie, tirapatio seating, Hours: misu and cakes. which is perfect The I AM BLISS Everyday for a sunny day chocolate hazelin Los Angeles. A 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. nut torte tastes very enthusiastic heavenly with hostess greeted its crumbly crust me as soon as and smooth chocI walked in the olatey center. The door, but the service after that ran a pie is topped with a creamy white bit slow. It took a while for food to be sauce that complements the rest of delivered and for a bill to be brought the dish. to the table. To be fair, the dining Michelle Weiss | Loyolan All of the food at Cafe Gratitude room was fairly crowded. is delicious, but ordering the names The tacos pictured above, served on crispy, flour tortillas, are pleasing to both a vegan and non-vegan audience. Among the appetizers, the I AM of the items takes some getting used GROUNDED roasted potato plate to, as it feels like you are telling the prepared food and consistently persounded the best, and was somewaiter something profound about fect portions, this restaurant is a thing I had never heard of before. yourself rather than ordering food. great addition to the vegan restauRather than the classic yellow poWith an error-free order, flawlessly rant community in L.A. tato, the chefs at Café Gratitude use red skin potatoes, making the dish much more colorful and appealing. The potatoes are diced into thick squares, cooked to perfection (not too mushy, not too hard) and then smothered with an amazing, creamy spicy cheese sauce. Though this appetizer is tasty, it may be too much to start your meal with because the potatoes are so filling. There are two different sections of main courses: raw and cooked. Though raw food can be just as pleasing as cooked, I decided I wanted my meal hot. The I AM TRANSFORMED taco plate is a very eater-friendly meal in that anyone – vegan or not – would enjoy its simplicity. Made with basic ingredients including black beans, salsa and guacamole, the filling is served in two soft and fluffy corn tortillas. The tacos are served with a Ratings are out of five carrots. side salad that is made up of mixed
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Lemony garlic-tahini sauce livens up the blend of kale, sprouts, zuchini and brown rice in the I AM FORTIFIED veggie bowl.
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Comedy team advances
Comedy Update By Emily Rome A&E Editor
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The Jamba Juice on campus has added several new snacks including Chip’ins, Kettle Corn and Cranberry Chocolate Antioxidant Trail Mix.
Jamba stocks up on new snacks Food Review By Tierney Finster Asst. A&E Editor
ave you noticed the unusually large array of snack foods at Jamba Juice lately? Over the last month, the on-campus Jamba Juice has increased and diversified the variety of snacks that it offers. All of the snacks look extremely appealing on the store shelves, but the Loyolan conducted a taste test to separate the truly tasty munchies from the rest of the bunch.
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cocktail to taste terrible. However, the recommended ounce serving of this portion may leave a consumer asking for more. Its tangy citrus-mango flavor is delightful to sip, but each shot’s 180 mg of vitamin C is probably no more miraculous than that in a glass of orange juice. Verdict: four out of five stars
Chip’ins combine two quintessential salty snacks into one perfect-to-popin-your-mouth package. Chip’ins take the shape of a chip but contain large morsels of popcorn in each bite. The two distinct textures combine to create a rice cake-like consistency that is full of salty flavor. The package boasts that the chips contain only corn, oil and sea salt. Although I am not quite convinced that these are as healthy as marketed (each serving contains 230 mg of salt), the ability to distinguish each ingredient is very refreshing. Verdict: five out of five stars
jures up memories of stale, tasteless elementary school lunches. However, this kettle corn tastes just as authentic as those clear plastic tubs of the stuff that you can buy at any fair or farmers market. Each handful of kettle corn contains 100 percent whole grains and presents a delectable combination of sweet and salty flavors. Verdict: four out of five stars
Cranberry Chocolate Antioxidant Trail Mix
One bad egg always comes in the bunch. This cranberry chocolate trail mix is Jamba’s bad egg. The mix offers an assortment of cranberries, cashews, chocolate covered cranberries, dark chocolate, goji berries and pistachios. Although each of these elements is tasty on its own, the flavors absolutely do not mesh well together. The cashews are too large, the berries are too sour, and the chocolate covered cranberries are far too overpowering. This is one snack that I won’t pick up again in the future. Verdict: one out of five stars
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MU continues its fight for the title of America’s funniest college as online voting opens today, at noon, for the face-off between LMU and Portland State University’s (PSU) comedy teams in Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition (NCCC). LMU is currently in the Selection 16 round of the standup comedy competition. The Lions beat Chapman University via online voting following the Regional Rival Match at The Hollywood Improv in Levi Marks | Loyolan Los Angeles, Calif. on March 22. Voting for LMU vs. PSU will be open through Monday, April 18 at Rooftopcomedy.com/college, at noon. LMU and PSU did not compete at a show together, but videos from each of their Regional Rival Matches can be viewed on the website. Team member and returning NCCC Funniest Four comedian Cody Kopp, a senior theatre arts major, encourages LMU students to vote as much as they can over the next five days. “It’s a really unique competition, and it’s a unique way for students to show school spirit without even leaving their room,” Kopp said. To vote, students must register at Rooftopcomedy.com/college, and registered users can vote once every five minutes. One student from each of the final four teams in the competition will compete for the championship at the Third Annual Twix® Presents: TBS Just for Laughs Chicago.
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Lions set for first place showdown with Gonzaga Baseball from page 16 run down a fly ball, we threw a ball to home plate when we didn’t have a chance to get him out, and then we just botched a ball in right [field]. … We gave up three runs on those,” said Gill. Despite the poor starting pitching, the LMU bullpen came in and shut out the Titans’ offense for the rest of the game after Smigelski left in the third inning. “Our bullpen was outstanding. They came in and shut them out for seven innings, but it was irrelevant because we didn’t show up offensively at all today,” said Gill. Sophomores Matt Florer and Sean McIntyre, along with seniors Jeremy Burrell and Chris Eusebio, combined to allow three hits, one walk and four strikeouts over seven innings. Much like the first game between these teams earlier in the year, in which LMU lost 5-1, the Lions were again unable to get anything going offensively.
Junior right-hander Colin O’Connell picked up the win for the Titans. He retired 17 of 19 hitters in six innings of work, throwing an efficient 76 pitches. The only hits given up by O’Connell were a single up the middle by Plaia in the third inning and a line drive into center by junior right fielder Ryan Hawthorne in the fifth inning. “It’s kind of hard to get mad at the starting pitching when you don’t push a run across,” said Gill. LMU doubled its hit total in the ninth inning, thanks to base hits by sophomore left fielder Matt Lowenstein and senior second baseman Jonathan Johnson off of Titan reliever Chris Devenski. However, they were both left stranded after a Matt Koch fly out to right field. Lowenstein’s single extended his hit streak to 11 straight games. These two teams will meet again for the third and final time on May 18 in Fullerton, Calif. at 6 p.m. The Lions will resume WCC
play this Friday at 3 p.m. when they host league rivals, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (19-11-1, 3-0) in the first of a three-game series. Games two and three will be played on Saturday and Sunday each at 1 p.m. LMU and Gonzaga were picked to finish fifth and sixth respectively in the preseason WCC Coaches’ Poll. However, both these teams now find themselves tied for first place at the top of the WCC standings. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 24 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll. They started the season out on a six-game losing streak but since then have won 20 out of 25 games and, like LMU, opened up their conference season with a sweep over San Diego. “I think it’s going to be a great series. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We just came off a great weekend at Santa Clara. Hopefully we’ll just forget about this loss and just head straight towards this weekend,” said Plaia.
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Baseball WCC Team Gonzaga LMU Saint Mary’s Portland Pepperdine San Francisco Santa Clara San Diego
3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-3
19-10-1 19-12 14-14 12-17 15-16 14-19 12-17 8-22
Softball PCSC - Coastal Division Team LMU San Diego CSU Bakersfield Santa Clara Sac. State Saint Mary’s
3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-3
19-21 13-14 14-20 16-26 9-19 5-16
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Wilks World from page 16 one year at USD before transferring to UC Riverside and one-year Assistant Coach Thaddeus Brown. For those of you who don’t know what the big deal is, point shaving means affecting the outcomes of games in order to have the result finish on a specific side of the point spread. Your co-conspirators have placed a lot of money on that side of the spread, and the player receives a cut for effectively gaining the favorable result.
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NorCal/SoCal Showdown All Day Ballona Creek
Gonzaga 3 p.m. Page Stadium
Mt. Sac Invitational TBA Walnut, Calif.
Santa Clara (doubleheader) 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Santa Clara, Calif.
Gonzaga 1 p.m. Page Stadium
UC Santa Barbara 1 p.m. Santa Barbara, Calif.
Santa Clara (doubleheader) 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Santa Clara, Calif.
Gonzaga 1 p.m. Page Stadium
WCC Championships Day 1 All Day Hollister, Calif.
Let’s step back a second and get the basics of point spreads. A point spread is a number placed on almost every sporting event by betting services to handicap the game, determining which team is the favorite to win and by how many points. You can bet that the favorite will win by more than that certain number of points, or that the underdog will lose by less than the spread. NCAA President Mark Emmert said of point shaving that “there is nothing more threatening to the integrity of sports anywhere.” I couldn’t agree more. Imagine what Johnson and Dowdy’s teammates have been thinking for the last four days. There is no word yet as to which game or games are under investigation or how wide this investigation will stretch. Sure, they are focusing on a specific game in February 2010, but in a year in which the Toreros finished 11-21, you have to wonder how often a couple extra shots were missed in order to make sure the Toreros lost by just the right amount. While it may seem like the West Coast Conference is too small-time for criminal gambling, that is probably what made it appealing to those who carried out the conspiracy. The NCAA spends tons of money every year to reduce gambling and keep the game clean, but the sport reaches so far across the country that it is tough to pinpoint. I would guess that there is a lot more game-fixing going on out there than any fans of college basketball would like to think. As the New York Times’ Pete
Thamel wrote on Tuesday in the article “10 Indicted in Conspiracy to Fix Games at San Diego,” “For all of the suspensions, fines and NCAA investigations in the past year in college sports, few have posed a threat to the integrity of the games themselves like Monday’s announcement.” One of my best memories over three years of college was being one of maybe 10 students in Gersten Pavilion on that night when the lowly 2009-10 Lions picked up their first WCC win over USD. While neither of the indicted players were in the lineup for the Toreros that night, this investigation still taints that awesome experience. Sure, my commitment to former LMU basketball Head Coach Bill Bayno’s request that fans “be as drunk at every game as at Madness” may have clouded my memory of the details of that night, but I sure remember the feeling of joy and relief of finally seeing that win; now I can’t help but question if that feeling was a shave gone wrong. There will be penalties, both for those indicted and for the USD basketball program in general, but the true damage is still in what we don’t know. This offense, right in our conference backyard, reminds us again of the muck hidden in the shadows of college sports. For once, usually disgruntled LMU fans can be glad our WCC school isn’t the one grabbing headlines. This is the opinion of John Wilkinson. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Erdmann on fast track to national prominance Erdmann from page 16 surrounding Erdmann. However, her unpretentious attitude led to her passing up the running elites (Duke University, Arizona State University and Boston College, among others) and choosing a relatively unknown college running school: Loyola Marymount University. “A lot of girls get overlooked at the big schools – it’s kind of like survival of the fittest. If you’re not going to be top seven then they don’t really care, where our program’s not like that. You get more interaction with the coach and [additional] positive aspects that other schools don’t get,” Erdmann said. “She was someone who was clearly looking for a good academic experience, that was important to her, and I knew we could do that. She was also looking for a program where she could go and make a difference. She was recruited by a lot of high level programs, but she didn’t want to just go be another horse in someone’s stable,” Guerrero said. Erdmann appears to have made the right decision, as she has broken record after record during her three and a half years at LMU so far. Her All-American honors, two-time WCC cross country titles and numerous trips to the NCAA National Championships are all firsts in school history, yet, these firsts are only the beginning of Erdmann’s list of career running goals. “I remember a time in high school I was getting ready to come to LMU, and I had my life plan written out of what I wanted to achieve. From that, I’ve always had visions of being a multi-AllAmerican,” E r d m a n n said. “I have a lot more aspirations as well as being a three-time A l l American, and I still have three seasons left, so ultimately they can be reached. I think just keeping those goals in the forefront help keep me motivated and wanting to do better, and I’m happy I have achieved [some of] them but I’m not satisfied. I haven’t had a national championship yet. It’s good that I have those titles, but for me there’s a lot more I need to accomplish.” With goals like these, it will be hard for Erdmann to stay out of the national spotlight. Even recently, she has observed a change at the big cross country and track meets. “I’ve noticed lately that there’s more pressure – well, I wouldn’t call it pressure, but there are a lot more people who are noticing my running, so I kind of feel like people are always watching,” Erdmann said. This attitude transformation, however, could be the best thing to happen to Erdmann’s blossoming career and the LMU running program as a whole. “I think that people in the know that follow the sport certainly know who she is, so it has been good for us as a program because she has brought some recognition to us,” Guerrero said. Erdmann is in the midst of another successful outdoor track and field season. Entering on the heels of her third All-American award and an eighth-place finish in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship 3000-meter race and starting the outdoor
season at the Stanford Invitational with the best 10,000-meter time in the world to date, she has big goals set for this season as well. “I feel like I could be a national champion if the race plays out and training continues to go well. I’m pretty fit, so I’m excited,” Erdmann said. “All we can do is control what we can control. Her job is to get as ready as she possibly can to get on the line, and everything else – what other people do, there are so many things that are out of our control,” Guerrero said. “That’s part of my philosophy and what I tell all [the athletes] is that you just have to work as hard as you can to control the things you can. She has certainly got a good shot at [a national championship], of course that’s the goal, and it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility.” Unfortunately, Erdmann’s illustrious college career is nearing its end. For many, the end of college equates to the end of athletic aspirations, but Erdmann is already preparing for her time away from the bluff. “My goal for next year is the Olympic Trials, and I want to have a good showing there, and then hopefully run professionally afterwards,” Erdmann said. Erdmann is also thinking about her ultimate running and professional goals, with the aspirations of nursing and teaching (she is an education major) well within reach. “ M y plans right away are to continue running. I’ll probably hold off on more of an academic career or a professional career – but running is the focus, and after that I might go back to school if I go into the workforce. I also want to coach eventually, but not until I’m done running. I don’t think it’s fair to those I coach if I was still trying to run,” Erdmann said. Even as her list of accolades is increasing, her goals are intensifying as she emerges from anonymity to national prominence. “I really love running. … It’s enjoyable for me so when I don’t have it, it’s like something is missing out of the day. I look forward to waking up and going on a run or doing workouts,” Erdmann said. With a future of national recognition waiting, Guerrero reflects on Erdmann’s deserved path to the spotlight. “We talk about being under the radar and not being one of these bigger names and bigger programs, and almost liking that – it’s kind of a distance runner ’s mentality to be off toiling in obscurity. … I think she deserves [recognition],” Guerrero said.
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