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President Timothy Law Snyder engaged with the audience during his convocation address on Tuesday. President Snyder focused on his initiative of global imagination and ways in which LMU can grow as a community.

In Tuesday’s address President Snyder focused on diversity and “out-of-body” Jesuit tradition. Julia Campion

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As the Sacred Heart Chapel overflowed with students, faculty, professors and community members, President Timothy Law Snyder spoke on behalf of the state of the University and focused on the general theme of out-of-body experiences, while correlating these ideals with diversity at his convocation address. It took place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the chapel. Out-of-body experiences, in the spirit of Magis, is a core principle of the Jesuit ideals

and the theme that President Snyder used to represent LMU’s campus, community and students during his address. The mission that Snyder presented fixated on Jesuit traditions that try to influence us to move where culture and experiences are, and to do so while moving forward as individuals. “We need to get out of our bodies and off of the Bluff to become successful,” Snyder said. Snyder made use of the hour by devoting time to talk about his strategic plan and how he hopes to accomplish his goals for the University. “I want to challenge LMU to become the definitive center for global imagination,” Synder said. Snyder stated the pathways that deal with his idea of global imagination: an expanding global footprint, creative pathways and human future in the real world.

These pathways are consistent with the University’s mission of encouraging learning, service, faith and the promotion of justice. Throughout his address, Snyder recognized all of the students, faculty and staff who have helped him settle as LMU’s president for the past 17 months. Since Snyder took over as president, there has been an increase in success and recognition on campus. LMU has globally expanded its application pool through the number of applicants, SAT scores and GPAs. It has also been awarded recognition from Wall Street Journal as being the No. 1 Jesuit University in West. LMU received applicants from every U.S. state and continues to devote itself to philanthropy, expanding its mission statement and staying See Convocation | Page 5

Streets outside the back gates of LMU have become permit parking only, causing a clash between students, non-LMU residents, faculty and the city. As the new school year began, new signs detailing a preferential parking permit system lined Regis Way, just outside LMU’s back gates. The newly permitted area is one of many now switching over. According to Coby Wagman, director of Parking and Transportation at LMU, three streets outside of LMU’s back gates have adopted a preferential permit system. This change, Wagman explained, is a response to neighbors’ requests, and a right given to them by LMU’s Master Plan. The Master Plan is a 20-year plan instituted by LMU and the city of Los Angeles. The plan considers the impact the University has on its surrounding neighborhood, and residential parking is a part of this plan. Meeting notes from the Neighborhood Advisory Committee detail how streets will adopt the preferential permit system. The minutes state, “Once the district is formed, individual residential blocks will have the opportunity to adopt preferential parking for their street.” Mike Bonin, city councilman for the 11th district of Los Angeles, which includes the Westchester community, helped to head the move to preferential parking streets. A representative from his office, Communications Director David GrahamCaso, told the Loyolan that residents must reach out to the office or the neighborhood council to request permitted parking. Graham-Caso also explained that residents of the street must get signatures from other residents and two-thirds support from property owners to make a new preferential parking district. See Parking | Page 3

‘Breaking the silence’ on violence one voice at a time On-campus organizations have come together to shine a light on domestic violence. Bri Ortiz

Asst. News Editor @LALoyolan

Belles service organization, Alpha Chi Omega and ASLMU are using October to raise awareness about domestic violence and have various events planned throughout the month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness of domestic abuse, unhealthy relationships and sexual assault. Various organizations set up different activities over the past two weeks to educate LMU students on issues surrounding domestic violence. On Oct. 4, Belles and Alpha Chi Omega held a self defense class led by Nelson Nio from SHIELD Women’s Self Defense in St.

Robert’s Auditorium. “The Children Next Door” — a documentary about a family’s journey with domestic violence — was screened and presented by Belles and ASLMU on Oct. 10. Alpha Chi Omega set up a visual representation on Regents Terrace on Oct. 5 that consisted of 100 chairs with purple balloons attached to every fourth chair, which signifies the statistic that one in four women will experience domestic abuse at one point in their lives. On Nov. 6, Alpha Chi Omega will host their philanthropy event, Donut Dash, where all proceeds will go to Alexandria House — a transitional home that helps women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse in Downtown Los Angeles. “Domestic Violence Awareness Month is extremely important […] we get to share that passion and raise awareness among See Domestic violence | Page 5

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Wagman said there has not been a significant influx of LMU students parking on campus since the permit parking began. However, the recommendation for preferential parking zones that came from the Department of Transportation cited student use of residential streets as the main reason for the request. “Students and visitors of [LMU] are monopolizing the onstreet parking to avoid paying for parking on campus resulting in an excessive adverse impact which has substantially compromised the residents’ ability to park near their homes while the University is in session and from which the residents deserve immediate relief,” the memorandum said. Madelaine Sanfilippo, a junior communication studies major, had previously parked on Regis Way on the days she had work and class on campus. Her reason for not purchasing an on-campus parking pass was the cost. “I’m not abstaining from paying for parking because I want to be defiant to the school,” Sanfilippo said. “I just simply cannot afford it.” Sanfilippo believes that the new parking permits unfairly affect a certain group of students. “When I found out about the preferential parking, I felt cheated,” Sanfilippo said. “It was upsetting to me that the people who would be losing parking spots were not the people who could afford to pay for one in the first place.” Sanfilippo now tries to find parking on other streets surrounding the back gates that have not adopted preferential parking. She believes this has cost her extra time when she comes to campus and ultimately delays her daily schedule. According to Wagman, even at peak times, LMU parking has only reached 80 percent capacity. He says

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This issue, Asst. News Editor Justine Biondi sat down with This issue, Managing YouTuber Cassius Editor Dan Raffety Pettit, a freshman sits down with Head film andMax television Coach Good, production head coachmajor. of the LMU’s men’s basketball team to talk about the upcoming season.


What inspired you to major in film and television? Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a camera in my hand. I was our designated family vacation photographer and started to make videos in elementary school. I started out by watching YouTube videos and realized, “I can do that!” So I saved up and bought a camera and started making short sketches with my friends.


Who do you make your videos for?

Myself, honestly. I consider my videos to be time capsules. I love that I can look back at my entire life and see little snippets of adventures here and there. And my parents always want to see what I’m up to.


Have you ever been restricted from shooting a video or told you can’t shoot something?

There are a lot of times where private property is an issue or just your general safety. But you gotta get the shot.


How do you go about editing your videos?


Just like everyone these days, I watch Casey Neistat on YouTube and he uses a drone. I thought that they really do a good job showing a different perspective that’s unlike what people are used to seeing. And the footage looks awesome!

What’s the most memorable comment on YouTube you’ve ever gotten?


I think that ever since I got to LMU, all my videos have comments from high schoolers who are interested in going here and have questions. It’s really cool being able to make fun videos and also help people with their college decision-making process because I know how annoying that can be.


What do you love to do besides filmmaking? Anything active. I can’t stop moving most of the time. Soccer, running, adventuring — anything to combat the hours of sitting and studying.


Scary costume, funny costume, or no costume?

Funny costume. My birthday is on Halloween so I’ve always had a lot of fun with it. I think comedy is just the best thing. If you can make someone laugh, it just becomes easier to talk to them and get to know each other.


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LMU students are no longer allowed to park in the neighborhoods surrounding LMU’s campus. this leaves 1,000 spots for student use. John Sherman, a sophomore marketing major, believes the problem with parking on campus is not a shortage of spots overall, but a lack of spots in designated parking areas. As a resident of McCarthy Hall, Sherman’s pass only allows him to park in the Drollinger Parking Plaza and the P2 and P3 lots in University Hall. As for the neighborhood residents, LMU provided a letter detailing the circumstances of the preferential parking permits. As outlined by the Master Plan, permit requests must be made through the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and can only be given in office. Each house is allotted five permits, two of which are guest passes. LMU will refund each household for the permits it purchases from the LADOT. Madison O’Hara, a senior accounting major and resident of the Westchester community, was not concerned with the price of the permits or the reimbursement

process, but rather what she perceived to be the inconvenience of getting the permit. Unable to purchase a permit before the new rule went into effect, O’Hara’s roommate parked her car on the front lawn of the house. O’Hara explained that this was a last resort, after the driveway quickly became congested with their five cars. A resident of Regis Way, who is not a student of the University, told the Loyolan that parking on the street has improved since the regulation began. However, the resident felt that the relationship between students and the Westchester community has not improved. The resident feels students should not be prohibited to park after all the money they spend to attend the University. This resident did not sign in favor of preferential parking. In regards to the ultimate goals of the preferential parking districts, Graham-Caso said it is “that the University continues to be a good neighbor to the surrounding community.”

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Upcoming Quake Day to shake up campus

Quake Day will include earthquake preparedness tips and resources. Justine Biondi Asst. News Editor @LALoyolan

In tandem with the annual Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, LMU will host its first ever Quake Day on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lawton Plaza to encourage earthquake preparedness.

Many knowledgeable organizations will be present at Quake Day, including the L.A. Department of Water and Power, Southern California Gas Company, the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Animal Services and American Red Cross.

Along with safety tips for assessing and addressing situations after an earthquake hits, Quake Day will provide students, staff and faculty with helpful information they can use before and during an earthquake. The organizations will be available to answer questions regarding the resources that are available in emergency situations and will offer suggestions on earthquake preparation, according to Virginia Combs, administrative coordinator for the Department of Public Safety (DPS). “For example, SoCal Gas will have detailed information on how to shut off the gas to your home,” Combs added in an email to the Loyolan. “This is important because after an earthquake there could be broken pipes leaking gas. The best way to stop the leaking would be to shut off the supply.” In order to be safe during an earthquake, it is important to be educated on the proper safety tips, precautions and preparations before an earthquake hits. While the most important thing to do during an earthquake is to drop, cover and protect your head and neck, there are several other steps to take for complete protection. “If dropping under a table or chair, remember to hold on to the leg of the table or chair so that it remains with you,” Simran Sandhu, emergency management specialist for DPS, wrote in an email to the Loyolan. “If you are in bed during the earthquake, remain in bed and protect your head and your neck with a pillow.” Safety tips like this and much more will be provided at Quake Day to ensure the

safety of students, staff and faculty. Southern California is more than 100 years overdue for an earthquake along the San Andreas fault, inciting anticipation of “the big one” predicted to occur in the near future. According to Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, “The San Andreas fault is locked, loaded and ready to roll.” Scientists predict “the big one” along the San Andreas fault to be around 8.0 magnitude. The last earthquake along the San Andreas fault was the Fort Tejon earthquake of 1857, with a magnitude of 7.9. According to Caltech’s Southern California Earthquake Data Center, the Fort Tejon earthquake was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in the U.S. The earthquake ruptured nearly 225 miles of the earth’s surface. The Fort Tejon earthquake had almost the same magnitude as the San Fransisco earthquake of 1906, which killed an estimated 3,000 people and left about 200,000 residents homeless, according to In recent years, California has experienced some minor trembles but nothing compared to what is expected. “Our department hopes that for students, staff and faculty, Quake Day inspires them to do one thing to be more prepared — whether that’s putting together an emergency kit, checking the batteries in all your flashlights or practicing ‘Drop, Cover, Hold’ in your own home,” Virginia Combs said.

October observes LGBTQ+ history and victories LGBT History Month highlights the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community Sami Leung

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October is LGBT History Month, and the LGBTQ+ community and supporters are celebrating with a variety of events around campus, such as a clothing drive for homeless LGBTQ+ youth today and a spirit day and LGBTQ+ History Month trivia night on Thursday. LGBT History Month was founded by a Missouri high school teacher who believed that a month should be dedicated to the celebration of gay and lesbian history, according to October was selected because of the preexisting tradition of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. LMU’s LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS) is hosting events throughout the month to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and to further spread awareness on campus. “We want to bring awareness to the fact that there is a community on campus,” freshman computer engineering major Ericson Hernandez said.

“People who are part of the [LGBTQ+] community, they feel overlooked and alone so we just want to show that there is a physical body on campus for them.” Hernandez organized the National Coming Out Day Parade that was held on Oct. 11. “Another event that’s going to be really great is Models of Pride at USC. It’s a conference held at USC that focuses on [LGBTQ+] youth and their allies,” Hernandez said. “You spend the day doing a bunch of workshops, and at the end there’s a party to bring everyone together.” According to Lauren Moreno, coordinator at LGBTSS, Models of Pride is the largest LGBTQ+ youth conference in the nation. Last year, over 1,500 students ages 12 to 24 attended the conference. LGBTSS will provide transportation to the free conference for all those who sign up via LMU EXP. LMU is one of two Jesuit universities that has a center like LGBTSS. The other is Georgetown University, whose center was formed to support the LGBTQ+ community in response to a series of incidents on their campus. The LMU center was formed to be proactive and create a space for students to feel safe, according to Moreno. “We’re going to be talking about the history of why offices like this are important — the

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LMU students celebrated National Coming Out Day with a march around campus on Oct. 11. history of what it means to have an office like this, particularly on a Jesuit campus,” Moreno said. LGBTSS provides students with resources such as a list of off-campus support groups and services as well as on-campus support areas in the form of Student Psychological Services and Campus Ministry. On Oct. 24, freshman mathematics major Jailen Wright is hosting an LGBTQ+/ Latino Heritage night.

Moreno said that Wright’s event recognizes the fact that October is also Hispanic Heritage Month, and that the LGBTSS staff wants to celebrate that from the LGBTQ+ perspective. “We’re going to talk about [LGBTQ+] and Latino activists that changed how the [LGBTQ+] community are seen in Latin American countries,” Wright said. Every year, lgbthistorymonth. com also recognizes various

activists and pioneers who have become LGBTQ+ icons. This month recognizes names like playwright Terrence McNally, U.S. Brigadier General Tammy Smith and actress and singer Josephine Baker. “We want to talk about the great strides the [LGBTQ+] community has made and all of the strides that we have yet to make,” Moreno said. “It is still a very relevant issue.”

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Students line on Palm Walk with signs with statistics about domestic violence. LMU students and staff,” Christina Christou, junior entrepreneurship major said. “[Alpha Chi Omega] is an organization that focuses strongly on women empowering other women, and I think Domestic Violence Awareness Month is really a way to spread that message.” On Oct. 10, the first silent protest occurred on Palm Walk. Members of Belles and other students who wished to take part in the protest held signs that displayed facts pertaining to domestic abuse and tape with written words over their mouths. “With the silent protest it goes with the theme of ‘breaking the silence’ and ‘your voice has power’ because so much of unhealthy relationships, domestic abuse [and] sexual assault is so much in the shadows,” Rachel McCormack, a senior liberal studies major, said. “And on the tape, we have

what your voice is,” McCormack added. “Some of the Belles have respect, dignity, power [written on the tape] because that’s what your voice has.” According to Belles, the tape represents that there is a silence that needs to be broken and the efforts to break that silence on campus. According to the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one out of four women and one out of seven men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. About half of all instances of domestic abuse are reported to the police, and according to the Los Angeles Police Department website, most victims do not report due to a cycle of violence which leaves the victim in fear that their abuser will retaliate with the police unable to do anything. “My hope is that our peers will recognize they are not alone, because one in four women … that’s like your friends,

your family — that’s you, your cousins, classmates, and one in seven men,” McCormack said. “We just really hope that people feel that they don’t have to be ashamed on campus and we have a lot of resources like LMUCARES, Student Psychological Services […] Our hope is that we would be able to reestablish dignity and worth into people if you have been in an unhealthy relationship.” Belles will be hosting a candlelight vigil and a survivor speaker at St. Robert’s auditorium followed by a procession to Sacred Heart Chapel on Monday, Oct. 24 at 10:15 p.m. Starting on Oct. 26, a 24-hour silent protest will be held outside the William H. Hannon Library beginning at 8 a.m. All events are open to the LMU community.

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ahead of the majority of higher education universities. “I really liked the use of statistics that showed how much our school has grown and the future that President Snyder wants us to go towards,” Ocean Zhang, a senior computer science major said. Along with this success and growing awareness of what this campus has to offer, efforts will also be put forth through a branding initiative that will share everything that people can benefit from at LMU through banners, kiosks and social media. A campus that is, according to Snyder, the “best kept secret,” is pushing forward with efforts to share this secret with everyone. After addressing his plan and hopes for the University, Snyder shifted the focus to the diversity of the campus and where it stands in its presence as a university as a whole. “I thought President Snyder was

very inspiring. His speech made you think about what you can do and how we each have our own role in making it happen,” Renee Florshein, assistant dean of the undergraduate business program, said. “We take what he says to us and think about how to maximize the value of a group that carry extreme diverse opinions,” Renee Florshein, assistant dean of the undergraduate business program, said. Instead of going “out-of-body” — as he had been referring to during the entire speech — Synder took a moment to ask everyone to go “inside-the-body” to realize that everyone is created with the same bones, muscles and organs. This directly correlated with his comparison to diversity on campus. Snyder’s push for diversity and localizing the concept of bonding creatively while reaching for opportunities, growth and strength is one of his biggest hopes for LMU. “He has done a lot more events in response to global addresses

regarding diversity,” Zhang said. “Before, we’ve always been an institution that just talked about these problems. But now, because of President Snyder, it’s a giant step of action.” Snyder’s devotion to pushing students to be their best was strongly emphasized throughout his speech. “Harvesting success through diversity is hard to do. It pulls us from our business usual life and habits. It requires we engage in the glory of its discomfort and requires imagination and the ability to take risks,” Synder said. Snyder is embracing a movement that is going towards the future of a world of beauty, diversity and leading work alongside joy. “Bless you, bless the great work that LMU continues and thank you all for being with each other and with me,” concluded Snyder. A brunch reception took place directly after on the Sculpture Garden.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, LMU’s FitWell Center will be hosting its 10th annual Think Pink run/walk in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This event was created with the intention of honoring not only Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which both take place in October. FitWell wanted to provide an opportunity for students, faculty and the LMU community to come together over these two predominant issues in our world. In 2014, the event raised $2,365 and was topped by $2,597 in 2015. Those involved in the planning of the event hope to see this number increase annually. The festivities of the 10th annual Think Pink run and the increased marketing done to promote the event are expected result in more donations than ever before. “Being a Jesuit community, we really focus on serving others and this is a prime opportunity not only to just raise money, but to become aware and really try and help others in need,” Olivia Abdoo, a junior health and human sciences major and the PR and events manager for the FitWell Center, said. Abdoo said the event falls along the lines of LMU’s mission and that the event supports students in becoming more aware of prevalent issues today. This event is targeted at bringing students, faculty and guests from outside of LMU together over a common cause. The event not only calls people to support breast cancer awareness, but also celebrate the survivors. The FitWell Center works in collaboration with ASLMU, Greek life, Marians service organization

and many other on-campus organizations in order to put on this event. “It’s one of those events that really brings together all walks of life on campus,” Abdoo said. “It’s such an important event not only just to raise money for breast cancer, but also to bring together LMU.” The course of the run weaves throughout campus, starting at Gersten Pavilion and traveling through the Leavey apartments and on the Bluff. Students make two laps in order to complete the 5k. In honor of the 10th anniversary of this event, the first 200 entries in the race will receive a dry-fit 2016 Think Pink t-shirt. There will be water stations, raffles, prizes, snacks, a Snapchat geotag and photo booth, as well as prizes given to the first-place male and female racers. Vendors will be at the event selling women’s workout and fitness clothes, as well as offers for group workout sessions. All donations and money raised by this event go to the American Cancer Society (ACS): Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization that encourages people to stay well and get well by offering 24/7 assistance to those who need medical attention. ACS is based in Atlanta, Georgia and works toward finding a cure to eliminate cancer from the world. Participants can register for the race online through the Burns Recreation webpage or with a form the day of the race, but preregistration online is encouraged. Donations are welcomed in cash or check form for anyone not participating as well. The race is $10 for LMU Students, $20 for LMU faculty and staff and $25 for guests outside of LMU. Registration for the race closes on Oct. 20 at 11:59 p.m. Interested participants can find more information and register for the event at





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We must be accurate and transparent At the Loyolan, we hold ourselves to the standard of being accurate, relevant and responsible in our journalism. Last week, in an article titled “Non-LMU student gets alcohol poisoning at off-campus party hosted by Crimson Circle,” we made several errors that violate those standards. First, the author mistakenly inferred that the party was hosted by the Crimson Circle service organization. This was not accurate. The party was hosted at an off-campus residence in which three Crimson Circle members live, and where members from several service organizations were in attendance. The party was not officially hosted by Crimson Circle, but by some of its members. The headline has been corrected to say, “Non-LMU student gets alcohol poisoning at offcampus party at Crimson Circle residence.” The lead was similarly corrected. Second, we did not reach out to Crimson Circle President and senior economics and urban studies double-major Harrison Husting for comment — this was not responsible reporting. We have since been in contact with Husting, whose letter to the editor included in this week’s issue provides his take on the story. According to Husting, the student arrived to the party in a heavily intoxicated state, and the Crimson Circle members responsibly called the ambulance. We agree that this act should be commended. Third, we did not mention the attempts that were made by the Loyolan to contact other Crimson Circle members before publication. Two members of Crimson Circle were contacted on Oct. 10, and our mistake was not including this information in the article. One member who we contacted did not attend the party and was gone the weekend it took place, so he was unable to provide any information. When asked


SPORTS if he could refer the Loyolan to another member of his organization, he said that he could not. The other member of Crimson Circle did not respond. The article has since been updated to include these attempts at contact. Our final mistake was using an official picture of Crimson Circle members, which implied that the organization had a more direct connection to the party, which as explained above, was not the case. The picture has been updated online. We have received some feedback that this story is biased unfavorably towards service organizations, or that we are exacerbating a rift that exists between Greek life and service organizations. That was not our intention. We reported about the incident because it is relevant to the student body and community, and it’s our job to inform the campus when these events occur. We seek to strike a balance so that as many opinions are represented as possible and we avoid being one-sided. In this case, the balance was not struck, due to unresponsive members of Crimson Circle and our failure to reach out to Husting. We are owning up to our mistakes and correcting the errors that have been made in this article. A For the Record is included on page 5 that details our complete corrections. It’s a privilege to be on the executive board at the Loyolan, and we don’t take our responsibilities lightly. Transparency is key, especially at a small university like LMU, and we at the Loyolan hope to always be accurate, relevant and responsible. Despite our best efforts, we make mistakes. What we can do is correct those mistakes and own up to them. This article will serve as a case study for us to prevent situations like this from happening again, and to ensure that all future stories are reported, published and presented with journalistic integrity.

“We are owning up to our mistakes and correcting the errors that have been made in this article”

Letter to the EDITOR

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The Loyolan published an article last week about an incident that took place a few weeks ago, which resulted in an non-LMU student being taken to the hospital at an event allegedly “hosted by Crimson Circle.” I would like to voice a few of my concerns regarding the inaccuracies of this article and its depiction of Crimson Circle. To begin, as the president of Crimson Circle, I can assure you that this event was not hosted, sponsored, or affiliated with our organization. This event was not publicized by Crimson, nor was it ever intended to be. While members of the organization reside at this home, other unaffiliated individuals do as well. With this being said, I appreciate the efforts made by the Loyolan to correct its initial wording, but this residence is simply an off campus residence and the labeling of it as a “Crimson Circle residence” significantly misinforms your readers. Additionally, I feel that comments in this article do not accurately illustrate the values and mission of our organization. Crimson Circle is dedicated to serving both our LMU and greater Los Angeles community. An example of our positive contributions can be seen in another article that you published last week about our efforts to promote the LMU Bi-annual Blood Drive, together with our presence at local elementary schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles. The individuals living at this residence, both Crimson members and not, were responsible in ensuring the safety and well being of this non-LMU student. I feel that the Loyolan should be working toward informing our students of the positive and responsible contributions that our students and student organizations are making within our community. There is so much good that radiates from this campus, and that is what I would like to see promoted and praised. Thank you, Harrison Husting President ‘16 Crimson Circle service organization

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Irresponsible reporting skews public opinion Cup of Joe Joseph Bellavia


Opinion Intern @LALoyolan

ith several fake news stories trending on Facebook the last few weeks, I think it is time to talk about the media in the United States. The most powerful force in America. The influential and all powerful monster that sucks in our people and feeds on the gullibility of citizens willing to believe whatever they see on TV. Sound like fun? Let’s get started. Case in point: the 2016 election. Everyone knows of the absolute ridiculousness of this election year. Let’s talk about how the media has highlighted it. Now, regardless of how anyone feels about Donald Trump, it feels as if the media bias in this country is at an all-time high. We no longer have people reporting the news and what is important in today’s society. More and more, those details are overshadowed by cheap insults and bias that newspapers are letting through the editing process. In a N.Y. Times opinion article titled “The Anti-Trump Cometh,” the author Timothy Egan compared Trump’s hair to that of an orangutan as a way of insulting the presidential nominee. Journalists need to be better than this — especially anti-Trump journalists. If you do not like him, then why would you stoop to his level of namecalling? Instead of throwing these insults at Trump, why not just argue with the facts that many people already dislike the candidate for? His racial policies? His unfavorable speech towards women? All of that is fair game. Talking about his hair, however, is bad journalism for anyone who wants their writing to be taken seriously. I believe that the only way to be a good journalist is to eliminate unnecessary bias as much as possible. You have to show both sides and you have to use facts, not feelings or insults.

Kevin Chan | Loyolan

As the 2016 presidential election has demonstrated, media outlets are not always reliable sources of information — and we deserve the truth.

Journalism is too important in this country for such mediocre writing. There has to be a difference between expressing an opinion and full-on character assassination. Some may say that because Trump is as unlikable as he is, he deserves to be ridiculed, but this tale of poor reporting does not end with Donald Trump. There have been far too many cases of character assassination by way of press over the past 20 years. Look at Richard Jewell. A man who should have been hailed as a hero of this country was instead vilified by terrible reporting. In 1996, after discovering a bomb and helping evacuate the area at the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, Jewell was originally

praised for his efforts. However, a case study written by Ronald J. Ostrow at Columbia University reported that within 72 hours of the explosion, CNN and NBC began reporting unfounded rumors that Jewell was the prime suspect of the attack that killed two and wounded 111 people. The FBI apparently claimed that Jewell fit the profile of someone who would be willing to injure others to become a hero. These rumors were proven to be untrue, but that did not matter for Mr. Jewell. His reputation was permanently tarnished because people believed what these major news stations were reporting despite the lack of credible facts. It seemed the desire to sell papers and

gain viewers outweighed the desire to report the truth, but only one person suffered the consequences of this disgraceful act: Richard Jewell. This is an example of the worst that could happen when the media claims ownership of the truth before it can actually be proven and we must be aware of this tendency, as it occurs in this season’s election coverage as well. In a country where its citizens have a constitutional right to freedom of speech and beliefs, we are far too influenced by the media that surrounds us. If this cycle is to continue, we may be headed on a road with a very bad destination. Bias? Censorship? The terrifying truth is that this may very likely be the direction

in which we are heading. It is time to look at facts. We, as a people, need to be informed of the truth. The real truth, not the edited one that huge news outlets wish for us to hear. Maybe this country is so indecisive this year because we are beginning to realize that we cannot truly trust the sources who are giving us the news on TV and in the paper. That is a testament to the fact that we need to try to distance ourselves from the mass media if we ever want a truly free country.

This is the opinion of Joseph Bellavia, a sophomore screenwriting major from Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan, or email mgaydos@theloyolan.

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Put your feet in the stirrups and get it over with A Sam Dunk Samantha Davis


Asst. Opinion Ediotr @LALoyolan

ver the course of my life, I’ve come to realize that what is common sense to me may not be common sense to someone else. One topic that I always assumed was common sense is reproductive health. I assumed everyone’s mother put them on birth control when they turned 15, telling them, “I don’t care if you have sex, I just care if you get pregnant.” I assumed everyone’s father told them to use multiple forms of birth control and that men may not want to use condoms, but that you had to insist — because sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are far worse for women than they are for men. I assumed that everyone’s mom switched them from a pediatrician to an OBGYN the moment they turned 17, and that they had their first pelvic exam when they were 18. When one of my best friends had a pregnancy scare in high school, I was shocked to discover that she wasn’t on birth control. I wasn’t even having sex and I’d been taking birth control for nearly a year. Virtually every study regarding birth control shows that providing women with easy access to it leads

to a much safer, much healthier society. In Colorado, women were offered free birth control in the form of intrauterine devices, and the result was a 40 percent drop in teenage pregnancy and a 42 percent drop in abortions from 2009 to 2013, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health. Regardless of whether you’re prochoice or pro-life, a drop in abortions is a good thing. No one likes abortions — not the women receiving them, the doctors performing them or those lobbying for women’s rights to have them. And to those who are both pro-life and anti-birth control, I ask: Would you rather have an increase in birth control and a decrease in abortions, or a decrease in birth control and an increase in abortions? Because according to The Guardian article titled “Abstinence sex education doesn’t work” these are the only two options out there. The abstinence argument is ridiculous, seeing as it has been proven not only to be ineffective, but that such ineffectiveness leads to a variety of issues, such as an increase in teen pregnancy, abortions and STIs. While there is some controversy over how often women need pelvic exams, it’s still widely accepted that pelvic exams are needed, whether they be once a year or once every five years. The fact of the matter is if you wait to come in for an exam

In Colorado women were offered

free birth control in the form of intrauterine devices and the result was a

in 40% drop teenage pregnancy drop in and a 42% abortions.

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Women must remember to prioritize their reproductive health and make the most of our nation’s healthcare. once you’re already experiencing symptoms, it may be too late. Pap smears, however, are far less disputed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers for women; however, rates are much lower in countries that screen for it, which is what a Pap smear does. The leading cause of cervical cancer is HPV, which is also the most common sexually transmitted infection for women, according to the CDC. Luckily, there are vaccines that prevent HPV, such as Gardasil, and getting vaccinated could drastically reduce your chance of cervical cancer. Women also forget that STIs are far more detrimental for women

than for men. Not only is it easier for women to contract such infections, but the symptoms are much more subtle and harder to detect than in men. When left untreated, diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disorder, which may lead to infertility in women. Too many women let their reproductive health slip under the radar. We take for granted that we live in a country that provides great healthcare for women. Whether it be a lack of contraception or infrequent pelvic exams, young women should be more proactive about their health care. Even if you’re not sexually active, it’s important to protect yourself against cervical cancer and

any other potential problems that may arise. It may seem strange to make your first appointment with an OBGYN, put your feet in the stirrups and have your first Pap smear — or to talk about your sexual history with a woman who’s the same age as your mom — but we often forget that women have the ability to do the most powerful thing on this planet. We have the power to create life inside of our very bodies. And if we want to be able to do this, as many of us may in the future, we have to take care of our bodies in the present. This is the opinion of Samantha Davis, a sophomore philosophy major from La Cañada Flintridge, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan, or email

We should all make use of LGBT Student Services Book of Matthew

Matthew Williams


Opinion Intern @LALoyolan

oday, Oct. 19, is LGBT Center Awareness Day. We must recognize the contributions put forward by those who work in these organizations, as their actions have positively benefited LGBTQ+ individuals nationwide. Without these places of support for the LGBTQ+ community, many individuals would be lost. LGBT Center Awareness Day was created to bring attention to the Community Center Movement within the LGBTQ+ movement. This movement serves 40,000 people on a weekly basis, and the ways people can become involved or utilize in their local LGBT centers are highlighted, on the official website. These organizations around the country provide several services, including mental health counseling, cultural programs, recreational activities, libraries, educational programs, support groups for youth and elders, computer access and care and treatment. At LMU, we are fortunate to have our own LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS). Located on the second floor of Malone, this center is a vital part of creating a healthy environment on campus. LGBTSS has been an integral part to the lives of LGBTQ+ students on our campus.

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We should all celebrate the diversity here at LMU by visiting LGBTSS. Nelson Peralta is a junior economics and women’s studies double-major, and he has been involved with LGBTSS for two years. He first found LGBTSS through the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), and enjoyed the friendly nature and open environment of the organization. His involvement with LGBTSS also led him to learn about issues which affect the whole community, not solely the portion of which he is a part. Peralta said, “The office has been a place of personal discovery and growth.” Another student who has benefitted from LGBTSS is Destiny Easter, a junior psychology and political science double-major. She discovered

the center during her sophomore year. At the time, she was looking for a place where she could belong, and she fell in love with the mission of LGBTSS. Serving as a liaison between GSA and LGBTSS, Easter said events which the two organizations cosponsor help to bring awareness of LGBTQ+ issues to the greater community. She said, “LGBTSS gave me a family.” Along with students, I also had the opportunity to interview the coordinator of LGBTSS, Lauren Moreno. She has worked with LGBTSS since January 2016. In that time, she has been able to witness the impact of the center on LGBTQ+ students at LMU. Not only has she noticed positive effects across campus

by LGBTSS simply having a presence, but she has also been able to see the benefits students receive through her one-on-one interactions with them. Moreno said. She “had seen more smiles and confidence” because of LGBTSS. “It is precarious being LGBTQ, but having the space and room to grow helps to make it a less complicated process,” Moreno said. LGBTSS is by far a necessary component to creating a better environment on campus, but it can be difficult to see the reasons behind LGBTQ+ students needing a place to go. Thus, I have decided to share my story to give people an idea of what an LGBTQ+ person can undergo. My coming out experience was one of great mental turmoil. While my mother had been highly supportive, my other parental units had not. I was called a faggot and a pedophile, told that I was bringing AIDS into the household and that I was going to Hell for my sins. For a time, I believed some of these things were true. However, I had to learn for myself it was alright to be gay, as I was not fortunate enough to have access to a LGBT center. While my story is by no means the same as every other LGBTQ+ individual, many of us will go through traumatic experiences, which is why we need to have LGBT resource centers. For us, they are a place of safety and understanding. Furthermore, they benefit all individuals,

regardless of how they identify, by providing education on and exposure to LGBTQ+ issues. All students should take the chance to stop by LMU’s LGBTSS. Throughout LGBT History Month this October, they have been putting on various events and will continue to do so for the last few weeks. Take the time to check them out and participate in this local resource.

This is the opinion of Matthew Williams, a freshman English major from Seattle, Washington. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan, or email mgaydos@theloyolan.


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Speak out against being silenced O’round the Clock Olivia Round

Asst. Opinion Editor @LALoyolan


t is the idea that my voice won’t be heard that scares me the most. In my experience, growing up a woman has affected me in more ways than I could ever fully put into words. Looking back, the first time I showed my support of the feminist movement — albeit unknowingly — was when I was about eight years old and I wore a shirt that said, “Yeah, I shoot like a girl. And I win like one too.” On the flip side, the first time I can remember being put down for being a girl was when I was around 10 years old and I was playing a card game with my family and another family. When the category for one of the rounds was “joke,” someone laid down a card that read “women’s soccer.” Being a soccer player at the time, I remember everyone in the room looking at me and laughing, waiting for my reaction. A lot has changed since those years, but, quite frankly, a lot of the changes have come about due to my resistance — or lack thereof — to societal standards. I am honestly proud to say that my feminist t-shirt collection has grown since I was eight and if someone ever tries to put down women’s sports in front

Mikey Barreto | Loyolan

The hashtag #repealthe19th may glorify the idea of retracting women’s votes, but women will not be silenced.

of me I will drag them into a deep analysis of the social construction of gender roles in our society until the only words floating in their heads are “patriarchy” and “sexism.” At the same time, however, I know I am an imperfect feminist. I sometimes laugh off sexist jokes instead of addressing them. I allow myself to think I need to look and dress “like a lady.” I do not always do my best to build up other women and I do not know nearly as much about the feminist struggle as I should. One thing I do know, however, is that women’s voices, bodies, ideas and existences matter. That is why I will make sure

my voice is heard. When Donald Trump tells our nation that grabbing uninterested women by their vaginas is okay when it is only talked about behind closed “locker room” doors, I will make my voice heard. When he suggests that a woman should not be voted for because of her appearance, I will make my voice heard. And when his supporters suggest that our country should repeal the 19th Amendment that first granted women the right to vote, I will surely have something to say. Trump supports the gendered hierarchy. And now, it appears as though some of his supporters do

too. Many took to social media to suggest that America should repeal the 19th Amendment after FiveThirtyEight, an EPSN-owned polling aggregation website, forecasted that Trump would be elected president if only men were allowed to cast votes, according to “Trump supporters want to repeal women’s 19th Amendment rights because he would win if only men voted,” by Christopher Brennan for the Daily News. The thought experiment came after the release of the video of Trump making inappropriate sexual comments 11 years ago. Upon the forecast’s release, people began tweeting in

support of taking away women’s right to vote. One user, according to Brennan, tweeted, “Give out nice enough handbags and most broads would gladly trade their voting rights for one #repealthe19th.” First of all, even suggesting that we “#repealthe19th” is horrendous. Beyond that, however, is the demeaning, sexist nature of this social media trend. Trump’s ability to clinch the majority of male votes is not a testament to his qualifications for the presidency — rather, it is a testament to all he has invested in this gender normative population. Those who feel they benefit from the solidifying of the patriarchy — be it men or women — are going to applaud his investments. What they do not see, though, is the long-term damage he is causing. I — and I know I’m not alone — want to see more unity, not division. There should be no “if women did not vote,” because the fact is that we have every right to vote. We have every right to make our voices heard, and we cannot allow our peers, social media or a presidential candidate tell us otherwise.

This is the opinion of Olivia Round, a sophomore communication studies major from Missoula, Montana. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan, or email mgaydos@theloyolan.


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My Alternative Break in the Philippines For Christie’s Sake Christie Calucchia


Managing Editor @LALoyolan

ooking out at the Pacific Ocean from my favorite beach in Los Angeles, I couldn’t help but compare it to a time when I stood staring at the same sea, only 7,268 miles across the world on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. I looked out at the warm water and distant land masses, wondering if I had enough time to take a dip before heading back to the outdoor sports complex that the Lumad — the indigenous people of the area — had made their home since being evacuated from their land eight months ago. How did I end up here? Months prior, back on LMU’s campus, I signed up for an Alternative Break (AB) trip through the Center for Service and Action (CSA). After my application was accepted, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks this past May in the Philippines. I learned about political abuse, poverty, community organizing, migrant land rights and worked directly with organizations in the country, specifically one called GABRIELA. GABRIELA is an alliance of Filipino women who fight for social justice, equality, freedom and democracy that our AB group worked with throughout the trip. According to the GABRIELA women’s party website, they are over 100,000 members strong in 15 regions in the Philippines and in Filipino communities abroad. There is even a chapter located here in L.A. Through grassroots organizing, education, campaigns and legislative efforts, GABRIELA works to advance the rights of Filipino women and children.

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Managing editor and senior humanities major Christie Calucchia (third from left) posed with members of the Beuna Vista community, along with fellow LMU students, junior marketing and economics double major Nico Gomez and junior biochemistry major David Hollis. The Lumad, along with countless other brave women from GABRIELA, taught me things that I never dreamt I would have the opportunity of learning during my college experience. The two weeks I spent with them left me with an understanding of what I take for granted in my day-to-day existence. While I sit in my classes at this incredible university, I think of what a privilege it is that I have access to this education. I met so many people in the Philippines with a thirst for knowledge, but who are not able to easily get to school everyday, let alone attend an institution like LMU. I first met the Lumad in Mindanao, a main island in the southern Philippines, and was introduced to teachers who were

Christie Calucchia | Loyolan

Calucchia connected with locals and members of GABRIELA, a group of women who advocate for the rights of Filipino women and children.

so committed to education that they risked their lives for it. The particular Lumad community that my AB group met had been forced to evacuate by violence from paramilitary forces. Still, this community welcomed us entirely and was eager to educate us about their struggles. It broke my heart to see how they were living in makeshift living areas in the sports center when I knew their land was beautiful, fresh and abundant. The space they were confined to was overpopulated — clearly not meant to house nearly 2,000 people. The lack of sanitation and fresh food led to outbreaks of disease, according to members of the community who I talked with. Despite all of this, they still fight for their education — for their right to teach the children curriculum that serves their needs. In addition to teaching subjects like math and language, they also teach the children about the land and their ancestors. They learn how to harvest food for the community and to respect the earth for all that it provides. They respect their land above all else — though the natural resources found there in Surigao del Sur make it a target for those in power to abuse. This targeting was what ultimately led to their forced evacuation multiple times. On Sept. 2, 2016, the Lumad evacuees reclaimed their land after one year of being displaced from their homes. Upon their return, they found their community destroyed. The fact that these violations of human rights are happening, yet going unnoticed by a majority of the world, is difficult to comprehend. Because of this trip, my naiveté has been shed as I saw firsthand what it means to lose a home, but stay together as a community. To see this unfold in front of me — instead of at a distance through a TV screen or in words written in an article about a place I had never heard of — was a life-changing experience. The Lumad were not the only people who made an impact on my understanding of the world. We also spent time in a slum in the capital of Manila that has been coined the Smokey Mountain. The conditions of this government housing project were unimaginable. I remember thinking to myself that nothing I had ever seen before was

comparable to this environment, except scenes from a dystopian movie. Tall, rusty, dangerous structures full of makeshift homes comprised the shelter for this community. To put this in perspective, the bathroom in my hotel room in Manila was about the same size as one of the homes we visited in the Smokey Mountain slums. We took off our shoes to enter a woman’s home and sit on her paper-covered floor while her daughter, who could not have been more than 15 years old, breastfed a child outside. Trash, dirt and other unmentionables covered the narrow paths in between the towering structures, as the community was quite literally built in a trash dump next to a slaughter house. We learned that members of the community would dig through heaps of trash to find leftover fast food to boil down and cook again for a meal, while others made money from scavenging through the trash for plastic. Children ran around with no clothes and suffered from many diseases due to the inhumane health conditions. There is no sanitation system, no fresh running water — only the smell of waste ruminating in the hot, humid air. Even though the people who live in these slums do not have much, the children and many of the adults still smile. The women of GABRIELA who live in this community are an inspiration. Despite the conditions and despite the obstacles, they meet and educate men and women on the issues they face. They organize and demand dialogue with members of the government. I was truly overwhelmed by something new each day I spent in the Philippines. The country taught me about people and how we are all connected no matter where we come from. Members of GABRIELA radiated with spirit and passion for their communities and hope for the future. In the Buena Vista community in Butuan City, they taught me about the prominence of rape, even between children, that they must deal with. I learned about their struggles with domestic violence, inequality of genders and poverty — all of which are issues that we too face

in America and right here in L.A. But I also learned of their strength and solidarity and ability to stand united. This community in Buena Vista impacted me the most. I ended up alone with some community members for a time and was completely comfortable and content. They joked about how different they looked compared to me, and laughed at the thought of setting me up with a boy from their community. We ate and sang karaoke — a surprisingly popular pastime in the country — and shared openly about ourselves. I quickly felt like a part of their family. The focus of this trip was supposed to be community organizing and land rights and, while I did learn extensively about these things, what I’ll never forget are the people I met and what I learned from connecting with them — even when it seemed we could never have anything in common. I learned of human resilience, hope and the power of unity. In an environment where the government cannot provide for the needs of the people, I witnessed regular people coming together to educate and provide resources for those who most need it. It’s the women of the Philippines who are not afraid to take charge and work together to bring communities together. They are witnessing injustices and doing something about it. This undying hope and passion they have is something I hope can light a fire in us all, to understand that we are stronger together. No matter how impossible challenges and life may seem, there is always a way to create a change, and it starts here in our own communities. This AB trip was not about observing how the other half lives and then forgetting about it. This experience was about understanding how we are all the same and deserve to live with dignity and equality. It showed me how we can work together to do something about the injustices that happen every day. This is the opinion of Christie Calucchia, a senior humanities major from Las Vegas, Nevada. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to mgaydos@theloyolan. com Page 14

We did the Time Warp When in Marom


again and again

Tor Marom

Life+Arts. Editor @feelstorganic


omorrow, Oct. 20, Fox will be releasing a much awaited special, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.” This film, a remake of the ‘70s cult classic, had mixed responses when first announced. However, after the premiere screening at the Roxy Theatre on Oct. 13, which I was able to attend, fans of the original began to proclaim their love for the remake. The film was directed by Kenny Ortega, the director best known for the “High School Musical” films. This may come as a surprise, as the original Rocky Horror Picture Show is famed for its campy feel rather than auto-tuned vocal tracks, but it worked overall. To truly describe the feeling of the film, think about the idea of “High School Musical” if it were filmed inside of a Hot Topic. While normally that wouldn’t sound like it’d be anything other than bad, its really easy to tell that the film was made for fun more than anything, so the tacky and edgy vibes combined with overthe-top vocals and choreography were legitimately enjoyable. What I found most surprising about the remake was that it was clearly not intended to be a replacement for the original. The actors clearly enjoyed making the film, and after the screening, Ryan McCartan (Brad Majors) and Staz Nair (Rocky Horror) came onto the floor and took photographs with guests who were dressed as their characters. Sins O’ The Flesh cast member Jacey Tomlinson, who plays Rocky in the shadow cast, posted her photo with Nair on

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The majority of the cast, including executive producer Lou Adler and West Hollywood city councilmember John Duran posed on the red carpet. Instagram with the comment, “I met a Rocky[!] Had a super great time at the new RHPS premier[e] ... Definitely recommend everyone to see it #dontdreamitbeit.” Several RHPS shadow casts received special invitations. These casts were created by cult fans of the film, and some have been performing for over 30 years. These casts dress up in costume and act out the film on stage while the film plays behind them. Among them were Sins O’ The Flesh (Nuart Theatre - Santa Monica) and KAOS

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“Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox at the red carpet premiere.

(Frida Cinema - Santa Ana). All of the casts that were invited showed up dressed in costume, waiting outside while the film cast strolled down the red carpet. Once inside the Roxy, all who were present took their seats, where they would find a RHPS bucket of popcorn, some props and candy. The bar was serving RHPS themed drinks, and the entire theater had been repainted to match the event. Painted blood dripped down the walls, which were covered in photos and art, including a massive portrait of Laverne Cox’s face. Cox, known for her role in the hit Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” played the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter. According to an interview of Cox by the Cut, Cox was apprehensive about starring in the remake. “The only apprehension I really had about doing the film was the term transvestite,” Cox said. Cox explained that as a transgender woman, the term transvestite is a slur today. The term, which was originally used to describe men dressed as women, is no longer commonly used, and is now considered to be incredibly offensive. She did, however, feel that the word held a different meaning when the original film was made, and that in the original context it is not offensive. Something that I personally noticed during the film was that Cox’s role was clearly adapted to fit her. Other characters referred to Frank as “her” rather than the “him” used in the original. While Cox is a very important and positive public figure, she was not in fact the guest that garnered the most excitement from the crowds. Tim Curry, the original Frank N. Furter and the Criminologist in the remake made an appearance, to the delight of all of the hardcore fans. Curry, also well known as the voice of Nigel Thornberry in “The Wild Thornberrys” cartoon series, suffered a major stroke in 2012. Since then, he has had few public appearances until relatively recently in this past year. Looking to be recovering well, Curry brought out a higher level of excitement from the RHPS community. After the film was over and some of the cast members left the stage to meet audience members, the stars of the show performed live on stage. McCartan and Nair joined

Reeve Carney (Riff Raff) as well as some other musicians. They played the best songs from the show, and soon after invited shadow cast members up on stage to sing along with them. Victoria Justice (Janet Weiss), famous for her role in Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” also hopped on stage at one point, along with Ivy Levan (Trixie/Usherette). The remake entirely overshot my expectations for it. The cast and producers were absolutely amazing to be around. The aesthetic setting of the theater made for a fun

environment, and the obvious love that the cast held for the shadow casts, while surprising, was definitely appreciated. Overall, the remake was enjoyable. It was made for the people who loved the original already, and payed homage to the community as a whole.

This is the opinion of Tor Marom, a senior English major from Calabasas, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to

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Rocky Horror shadow casts lined up for the film’s red carpet premiere.

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Music as art – Glass Animals at the Greek Taykin’ It Easy Taylor Gage

Asst. Life+Arts Editor



or me as an artist, going to a concert is like viewing art in a museum. This is especially true for one of my favorite bands, Glass Animals, who I saw on Sunday. What drew me to their music back in high school, and still today as a sophomore in college, is their ability to truly experiment with the artistry of music, rather than simply put words to a plunky beat. Their music translates across artistic mediums – I can even pick out and be inspired by elements and concepts that I aspire to grasp in my own visual work. They do what all good artists do — they steal from and interact with all the best bits from art and literature and music and create something new, always with a fresh take. It never ceases to amaze me, seeing that artistry in person was worth more than the price of admission.

“Seeing that artistry in person was worth more than the price of admission.” I always knew that I needed to see Glass Animals in person when they came to town, but I had already missed them at Outside Lands in San Francisco. So when it was announced that Glass Animals and Sam Gellaitry would be at the Greek this year, I was beyond excited. However I didn’t even have $40 — the ticket price — to my name. While that’s a reasonable price for a ticket, it’s hard to justify spending that much when you can’t even support your daily coffee addiction — and so I held

off. By the time a friend and I did commit to buying them, the only seats left were in the very back. Thus, my biggest complaint of the whole night was that we just weren’t close enough. I wanted so badly to be a part of the energy that I could visibly see on the floor from way up in the risers, but Dave Bayley and the rest of the band were just ants to us. Of course the set design, the lights and the jumbo screens did help, but there was still just a calmer, stiller energy where we were. At the Greek, all the seats are outdoors, so we could see the moon rise and cross the sky and a few stars among the clouds — an amazing sight that try as I might, I just couldn’t quite capture in a picture. As the band played, I grew nostalgic in our quiet, dark spot in the back. Hearing them in person, even from afar, I remembered why this was all worth it. In high school when I needed a break from it all, I would lay on my bed and stare at the ceiling with the volume of my headphones jacked all the way up to songs like “pools.” I would listen to all the sounds jump from headphone to headphone and create a sort of layered depth that I could just immerse myself into. They created a whole different world for me, a safe space. I know we all have these sorts of bands, or music that we listen to in high school — whoever it is you listened to, they probably shaped you in a similar way, but Glass Animals gave me a new sort of identity when I was first breaking into my own. And as I grew up, Glass Animals grew up with me. This year, on Aug. 26, they dropped a new album. While what I thought I really wanted from them was an extension of their previous album “Zaba,” to my surprise what they produced had a whole new vibe. At first I was slightly disappointed as I couldn’t imagine anything being better than the concept behind “Zaba.”

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The Greek Theatre located in Griffith Park is a grand concert destination. Located less than an hour away and with reasonable ticket prices, it’s a great spot for LMU students to see concerts and shows. But I had faith that I would still love the new music, and I was right. “How To Be a Human” is just as good, but with a new funky retro style that I dig. They played just about all their new songs from that album

“Glass Animals gave me a new sort of identity when I was first breaking into my own.” at the concert and all the old favorites, including their biggest hit “Gooey.” They had a certain confidence while playing their

new stuff, an excitement in showing off their new work, that was infectious. It got the crowd going, and I’m sure it made fans out of anyone who wasn’t already sold. Bayley, the main singer, danced around as he would describe in his songs, “like [he was] sick in [his] mind,” for the entire duration of the concert just as I imagined he would. As the concert came to a close and all the fans streamed out, my friend and I planned our next trip to the Greek and how to possibly acquire enough money to keep coming back. We blasted their music all the way home and it just felt so surreal that we had actually been there, and seen them. In a way it

felt nice to have supported Glass Animals as their new album came out as I felt like their music had supported me through high school. This had been the last stop on their American tour, and I was proud to have been a part of it. And even though I didn’t really have the budget for it, I convinced myself I could cut a few coffees to counter the cost – I bought an awesome Glass Animals t-shirt that I’m probably going to wear every day for the next month. So far, I don’t regret it at all. This is the opinion of Taylor Gage, a sophomore studio arts major from Napa Valley, California. Tweet comments to @laloyolan or email tmarom@theloyolan. com.

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The Glass Animals’ first album “Zaba” just scraped the U.S. Billboard Top 200 in 2014 at 177. Already, their newest album “How To Be a Human Being,” released in August is at No. 2.

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Rise of jack o’lanterns, fall of Halloween spirit Hutch & Such

Cory Hutchinson

Asst. Life+Arts Editor @LALoyolan


n Thursday, Oct. 13, I decided to venture over to the L.A. Convention Center to see 5,000 jack-o’-lanterns carved into intricate designs. This annual event is known as RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns and sweeps specific cities across the U.S. The event claims to be known for its scenic paths of these illuminated creations and Halloween-themed music to get everyone in the mood for the coming holiday. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I pictured a walkthrough — possibly a maze — of strategically placed Halloween decorations, actors hiding behind obstacles and leaving feeling like I got my fix of all things scary. I don’t know about you, but Halloween is absolutely my favorite day of the year, because it’s the one day where you can wear the weirdest or most elaborate costume and just have fun being something else. With this in mind, I was ready to enjoy the event. To my dismay, the event fell short of my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, the carvings were incredible and the artists clearly put hours of effort into them. But there’s no difference between actually going to the event and looking up pictures of the carvings. To start off, the convention center immediately smelled like sour milk — that’s when I knew that I was about to walk into a room of 5000 rotting jack-o’-

lanterns. Truly, I didn’t expect to be welcomed into the fall season with the stench of dying pumpkins. I kept going, hoping to change my mind, but I couldn’t find the excitement in it all. There was no music, actors or winding paths going through the exhibition. If there was music or some sort of Halloween ambiance, it was absolutely drowned out by the noise of screaming children. Each section of jack-o’-lanterns was in the shape of a square and strictly placed across the floor plan. Continuing through the building, I noticed that the etchings were mainly of Disney and Marvel characters, which doesn’t really scream “scary.” There were some sections that displayed horror legends such as Cthulhu, Wolfman and Freddy Kreuger, but nothing too exciting. Arguably, the scariest design was the Donald Trump jack-o’-lantern. Aside from the overarching dullness, there were some pieces that truly amazed me, such as the dragon piece that was about the length of four cars. While it was interesting to see how creative people can get with a simple tradition of carving a design into a pumpkin, there’s only so much patience a person can have in that type of environment. The event is great for family-oriented outings and entertaining small children with all of the safe designs and interactive carving booths, but I highly recommend going to something like Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights instead if you’re looking for that fear factor this month. My Halloween experiences typically involve haunted mazes, terrifying movies and complex

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The RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns eventfeatured designs like dinosaurs, dragons and many movie characters. costumes, so I know that others can shed better light on something like RISE. Junior communications major Kasey Sobierajski said, “The JackO’-Lantern experience was really cool. I really liked it — super family friendly and unique. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it and thought it was the perfect activity to get in the mood for Halloween.” Another student who went to the event was junior communications major Meredith Kurey. “I liked the event. I thought it was fun and relevant,” Kurey said. “They had pumpkins

carved of Día De Los Muertos skeletons and tons of celebrities and other movie characters. They were so detailed and intricate — it really made an event like that fun.” Yet, any event — despite how it may fall short of certain expectations — is always more fun when you’re in good company. I went to RISE with my friends after exploring Grand Central Market in Downtown L.A., where we tried various local food vendors, which was definitely a better time than the convention center, but it was still a memory that I’ll enjoy. If you do

end up going, be sure to take a good group of people with you. If you don’t go for the full horror experience when Halloween rolls around and just want a fun artsy adventure, then RISE is the perfect event. It’s no longer going on in Los Angeles, but you can always get tickets for next year’s showcasing with all new designs and artists. This is the opinion of Cory Hutchinson, a freshman sociology major from Palm Desert, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to

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A Yankee fan’s take on David Ortiz’s retirement The Ev Zone

Evan Biancardi Sports Intern



onday marked not only the end to the Red Sox’s season, but also the end to David Ortiz’s historic career. Ortiz, better known as “Big Papi,” announced his retirement at the end of last year, making 2016 his 20th and final season. The designated hitter (DH) and middle-of-the-order threat shattered records in his final season at age 40, hitting .315 with 38 home runs and a leagueleading 127 runs batted in (RBI). He also led all major league hitters in slugging percentage, on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) and doubles. Some may even argue that this season might actually have been Ortiz’s best, and for it to come in his final year makes it even more special. What many fans don’t know is that Ortiz’s career actually began with the Seattle Mariners in 1992. After being signed out of the Dominican Republic, he was then dealt to the Minnesota Twins in 1996 as a “player to be named later.” Ortiz spent six seasons with the Twins, hitting just .266 and never hitting more than 20 home runs or driving in more than 75 runs. He was later released by Minnesota at the end of the 2002 season. Big Papi then signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox to be a powerful left-handed bat off the bench.

Because of his weak defensive ability, though, Ortiz initially didn’t see much playing time, but he was later able to take over the DH spot in June of 2003 — and as they say, the rest is history. I would argue that Ortiz is the greatest designated hitter of alltime. Hitting an astonishing .286 with 541 career home runs, 1,768 runs batted in, 2,472 hits and an OPS of .931, Ortiz’s numbers are truly amazing, especially considering he did most of his damage over just 14 years. Averaging 36 home runs and 119 runs batted in per season, Ortiz’s heroics carried over into the postseason as well. He hit 17 home runs and drove in 61 runs in 18 playoff series, but his .455 batting average and 1.372 OPS in 14 World Series games are unprecedented and likely why the Red Sox were able to win three championships in 10 years. While the numbers speak for themselves, what made Ortiz special was his character. Because I’m a Yankee fan, most people just assume that I hate Big Papi. While I cringed every time he came up to the plate and booed every time I saw him, I respected him and how he played the game. It seemed as though he tried to hit the ball a mile with every swing he took, and when it came down to the wire, nobody was more feared and more clutch than Big Papi. He was the most intimidating player in the box, but once he stepped out, he was the nicest guy on the field. Ortiz played with such heart and passion. It seemed as though he

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David Ortiz (above) retired from baseball on Monday after playing Major League Baseball for 20 years. had the respect of everybody on the field, and if you were lucky enough to watch him take batting practice before a game, he’d be all laughs and smiles while crushing the ball into the upper deck with ease. If it weren’t for Big Papi, the Red Sox would likely still be cursed. He led them to all three of their World Series championships, and he did so both on and off the field. While Manny, Pedro and many others departed from Boston, Ortiz never wavered. After what he’s been able to do in his final season, both leading Boston to a division title and setting the tone for this new generation of Red Sox

players, I can’t envision Big Papi not being inducted to the Hall of Fame as the first ever full-time designated hitter. He will always be the player I most loved to hate, and I would even argue that he’s the most important player to ever call Fenway Park his home. And even though he never wore the Yankee pinstripes, Ortiz’s mark on Yankee history and lore will never be forgotten. I’ll remember when he came out of nowhere to become the new face of an iconic franchise. I’ll remember when he beat “Mo” to knock my team out of the playoffs. I’ll remember when he broke the curse, and then followed it up with two more

rings. And I’ll remember when he helped heal the city of Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings. More than anything, though, I’ll remember his enthusiasm, his style and his flair for the dramatic. The rivalry forced us to hate him, but without Big Papi, the rivalry wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. On behalf of Yankee fans who were fortunate enough to watch you play throughout your career, I just want to say that it’s been a This is the opinion of Evan Biancardi, a sophomore communication studies from Merrick, New York. Tweet comments to @LoyolanSports, or email rhartnett@


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Volleyball seeks redemption against USD Matty Light Matthew Rodriguez

Sports Intern



n Thursday, Oct. 20, the volleyball team will rematch the No. 6 team in the nation, the University of San Diego (USD). The Lions lost to USD 3-2, after giving up three straight sets during last month’s match. Since that loss, the Lions have won four of their last six conference games. When asked if he plans to change anything in the upcoming game, Head Coach Tom Black said, “The team has done an incredible job of continuing to grow and improve each match. They’ve used the obstacles of the season to become a stronger, better unit.” Black is correct that the team has grown since their loss against USD, showing they can rally from a heartbreaking loss. Since the game against USD, the Lions have had exemplary performances by junior outside hitter Sarah Sponcil and freshman setter Savannah Slattery, each totaling 18 and 17 kills respectively against Saint Mary’s College. Sponcil and Slattery are not the only Lions that showed glimmers of greatness; freshman setter, Jessie Prichard put up an amazing 44 assists during the game against

the University of Portland (UP). When asked about the upcoming game against USD, Sponcil said, “This match is no different than any other match we’ve played this season. We are focusing on getting two percent better in practice and practicing how we want to play on Thursday.” The Lions have done exactly that, consistently putting out good games and sweeping three of their last four games. Sponcil herself has an amazing hitting percentage average of .313 this season on her total of 588 attempts. And in the past two games against Santa Clara University and University of San Francisco (USF), she recorded hitting percentages of .375 and .438 respectively. In those games as well, she recorded 14 kills against Santa Clara and 16 kills against USF. Slattery has been having a terrific string of games as well. In recent games, she has been killing her opponents, averaging nearly 14 kills a game in over the past six games. She has been one of the many consistently good players on the team. When asked about the upcoming game, Slattery said, “There’s not much we will be doing differently. We are going to come out with the same fire, the same fight and the same passion as we did when we played them at home. If we play the way we’ve been training leading up to this game, we will have a positive outcome. Tough serving will be

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Savannah Slattery (3) recorded her first double-double in her career at LMU last week against Santa Clara Univeristy. key to closing out at the end of games.” LMU struggled with service errors against USD in the first game, committing 18 service errors to USD’s nine. The Lions have improved upon this flaw, limiting their service errors in the six games following the USD loss with 10 being the highest and three being the lowest. Along with Sponcil and Slattery, Prichard has been putting

up great numbers. She has 501 assists already in this very short season. She made an incredible 44 assists against UP, and in the last game against USD she recorded 27 assists. She has been consistently putting up numbers like this even in games that the team has lost, with a game high of 48 assists against Gonzaga University. The Lions have been improving immensely since their loss to USD, fixing their flaws and capitalizing

on their strengths. The team is performing on all cylinders, with their whole team performing like a well-oiled machine. The Lions’ hope to come off strong and steady on the court this Thursday, when the face off the Toreros in San Diego. This is the opinion of Matthew Rodriguez, a sophomore political science major from Milpitas, California. Tweet comments to @LoyolanSports, or email rhartnett@

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Athletes react to Trump’s ‘locker room talk’ Victoria Beckham Victoria Arevalo Asst. Sports Editor @LoyolanSports


onald Trump, the Republican candidate for the presidency, has added another scandal to the list. Just before the second presidential debate, a video of Trump making contentious comments about how he treats women was released and inundated the web. His actions have caused the American public a great amount of turmoil for a while now, but this video in particular seemed to be the last straw for many across the country. In the recently released vulgar tape, recorded in 2005, Trump was caught speaking with Today Show’s former host Billy Bush, bragging about the way he “handled” women. Trump said, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. [...] I just kiss. I don’t even wait. […] When you’re a star you can do anything. You can grab ‘em by the pussy.” Then, Trump went on to explain how he tried to have sex with a married woman, telling Bush, “I did try and f**k her. […] I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married.” Just hours after the video was leaked, Trump released an apology saying, “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.” Now I don’t know about you, but that certainly did not seem like a genuine apology to me. It’s really not that difficult to own up to your actions, and if taking ownership for what you do and say isn’t your forte, then how about you don’t say anything insulting in the first place? It really is that simple. Given his history of demeaning remarks against women, Trump has made it clear that undermining and hyper-sexualizing women

LIONBITES WOMEN’S SOCCER The Lions were able to shutout the University of San Diego last week to improve their conference record to 4-1. On Sunday, the Lions hit the road to take on the University of the Pacifc, and after 60 minutes of play, the game remained scoreless. The Lions were able to get their offense going, though, as goals from both junior midfielder Maddie Medved and junior forward Pilar Torres gave the Lions a 2-0 victory. The Lions return home to Sullivan Field on Friday to host the University of San Francisco. MEN’S WATER POLO Coming off a weekend split, the Lions took on Claremont Mudd Scripps (CMS) and Pepperdine University this past weekend. Hosting CMS on Friday, the Lions scored 13 goals, including four from senior utility Jon Beck, but the Stags fought back to defeat the Lions 14-13. The second game featured much of the same, as the Waves came back to score the game-winning goal with just over a minute to play on Saturday. The Lions look to bounce back from their 7-6 loss on Saturday, as they head to the Rodeo Invitational to play Harvard University.

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NFL player Chris Conley (depicted left) and NBA star Blake Griffin (depicted right) condemed Donald Trump’s comments about women. is something he does freely and with ease. Trump’s “defense” over his unacceptable comments in the tape by calling it “locker room talk” has certainly infuriated many, but actual athletes themselves are not having it. From broadcast interviews to social media, athletes all over the country have spoken out against the presidential nominee. Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA) were some of the first to speak up. Utah Jazz point guard Kendall Marshall tweeted, “PSA: sexual advances without consent is NOT locker room talk,” referring to the obscene comments made by Trump. When asked about what locker room talk means to him, fellow NBA player LeBron James said, “It’s not what that guy said. We don’t disrespect women in no shape or fashion in our locker room. That never comes up.” But the NBA isn’t the only league making headlines. Players from Major League Baseball

and the National Football League and even Major League Soccer have also voiced their opinions through different mediums. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley shared on Twitter, “Just for reference. I work in a locker room [every day] ... that is not locker room talk. Just so you know.” L.A. Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers also took to Twitter to express his opinion, saying, “I’m offended as an athlete that @realDonaldTrump keeps using this ‘locker room talk’ as an excuse.” While some voiced their opinion directly for the world to hear, others shared their thoughts indirectly through so-called “subtweets” and other forms of social media. L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin was caught throwing shade against the Republican candidate as he tweeted, “All this heavy breathing seems more locker room-esque than anything #debate.”

The San Diego Padres pitcher Daniel McCutchen also added, “All these guys that have never played a sport above [eighth] grade basketball talking about what goes on in the locker room. Smh.” Whether it was directly or indirectly, Trump’s depraved comments offended many people. Not just because of the female figures in their lives, but because we’re all human. Is it acceptable that someone running for president thinks it’s okay to make such offensive remarks about women? I think not. And just to be clear, Donald, I think I’ll take the words of actual professional athletes and say that your statements were definitely not what “locker room talk” actually looks like. This is the opinion of Victoria Arevalo, a freshman communication studies major from Los Angeles, California. Tweet comments to @LoyolanSports, or email

LMUTA: Amador impresses on road The Hart Beat

Ryan Hartnett Sports Editor @rpchreport


he class of 2020 has outdone themselves again. This week, the freshman class has three mentions on the list, including the top spot in LMU Top Athlete. 5. Junior midfielder Maddie Medved, women’s soccer Medved scored the game-winning goal for the Lions on Sunday in the pouring rain as the Lions defeated the University of the Pacific on the road 2-0. She scored early in the second half on a shot without any contest from the goalkeeper. Sunday’s goal marked her fifth of the year, which ties her with sophomore midfielder/forward Sarina Bolden for the team lead in goals. 4. Freshman outside hitter Savannah Slattery, volleyball Slattery has dominated the kills department this year. Last week, she recorded her first career double-double as a Lion against Santa Clara University (SCU). She hit 16 kills accompanied by 15 digs and only recorded four errors. You can expect to see more from Slattery as the volleyball team has been on fire lately. 3. Freshman setter Jessie Prichard, women’s volleyball Well, she didn’t get 92 assists like last week, but she did get 70 assists over the course of two games, so she still found her way onto this week’s list. Prichard had a stellar weekend on the road as the Lions defeated

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Garret Amador (12) won West Coast Conference player of the week for men’s soccer. both the University of San Francisco (USF) and SCU. She has continued to play an integral role on the team. 2. Junior outside hitter/setter Sarah Sponcil, women’s volleyball It’s been two weeks since Sponcil made the LMUTA list. Several other members from the team have stepped up their performance in the meantime. She’s now back on the list in dominant fashion. Sponcil posted backto-back double-doubles over the weekend. She had 16 kills and 11 digs against USF and 14 kills and 14 digs against SCU. Her steppedup gameplay could not come at a better time, as the Lions start their final games in conference play. 1. Freshman defender Garrett Amador, men’s soccer I don’t know if Amador took off his shirt in

celebration Monday when he was announced as the West Coast Conference player of the week, but he most definitely did when he scored the game-winning goal against Saint Mary’s College in overtime. Amador had a lot to celebrate over the course of four days. He found himself celebrating in the stands as he scored his first goal of the season and tied a game against the University of the Pacific on Friday in the final minute of the match. Two days later, he started his first game as a Lion and scored the game-winning goal to give the Lions their first conference win of the season. Did I mention he’s a defender? He’s now tied for the team lead in goals scored with two and is the only defender with two goals. This is the opinion of Ryan Hartnett, a sophomore recording arts major from Fullerton, California . Tweet comments to @rpchreport, or email rhartnett@

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