Order on the court One decision changed Brandon Brownâ€™s life. Another one saved it.
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Brandon Brown: The Redemption Man The junior transfer is using his second chance to get back on the court. Daniel Palladini
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Coming back from taking a theology quiz and going straight into a quick basketball shooting drill with the rest of the LMU basketball team, junior Brandon Brown seems like any normal student-athlete on LMU’s campus. He is, but where he came from and his path to LMU might surprise you. On Sept. 17, 2007, Brown and another man, Jerrel Carter, robbed three men at gunpoint, according to a Tempe police report. Carter pointed the gun, while Brown took their wallets and cell phones. The case went to a grand jury and Brown was charged with two felony counts. Instead of going to college after high school graduation, Brown was sentenced to serve a six and a half year jail sentence. Yet, in talking to Brown or seeing his positivity, skill and focus on the court, you would never see him as the type of person described in the police report. Since the incident, he has embraced a new outlook on life. “My parents have been really influential for me, as well as friends and coaches,” he said. Brown persevered and grew from his time in prison, “talking to my family as much as I could, writing letters to them, talking on the phone and reading and watching TV. Just simple stuff is what helped me.” Brown attended Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen, Arizona, where he trained hard to become
the player that he is today. There, he led his team to the big-school state championship game in 2010. Though they lost, Brown finished as the all-time leading scorer, averaging 22.7 points, 4.2 assists and 4.5 steals his senior season. Brandon got out of jail after serving two and a half years because of a recommendation letter from his parents, pastor, friends, and principal that was presented to the judge. Brown then attended Phoenix College, where he continued to blossom, and led Phoenix College to 15 consecutive wins. He was then named Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, finishing with an average 20.1 points, 6.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game along with a shooting percentage of 45.2 percent, and a 75 percent free-throw percentage. “The first game back was great,” said Brown. “One of the best feelings in my life, probably just amazing.” It wasn’t easy for Brown to talk about his crime or his legal situation at first. Returning to basketball and school was an adjustment for him. “Now since I have grown, I talk about it but it doesn’t really bother me as much as it used to; I am getting better at it.” When LMU men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Dunlap saw Brown play he knew he had to recruit him. “Mentally, he has a great feel for the game, and he’s a winner; he has been one wherever he has been. Physically he is quick, and emotionally, every day is the same with him. He never gets too high or too low, and I just love his temperament,” Dunlap said. Recruiting an athlete with a
criminal record may not seem like a traditional choice for many universities. But for Bill Husak, LMU’s athletic director, it says a lot about what LMU stands for. “Coach Dunlap came in and told me about Brandon’s past and his attitude, behavior and performance since his release,” Husak recalled. “LMU is the type of university, because of the people who work here and the ‘Cura Personalis’ philosophy, where an individual can really take advantage of a second chance. Coach Dunlap felt that Brandon was ready to seize the opportunity — and indeed he has.” Brown was also recruited by Kansas State, Purdue, St. John’s and Washington State, to name a few, but for him, LMU stuck out from the crowd. “The coaching staff really attracted me — Coach Pat Sano, Coach Dunlap — [Dunlap] was there what seemed like every day, he is a really great guy and I felt that [with] the effort that he put in to recruit me ... this would be a good spot for me.”
“He is not a glamour guy, he’s not a guy looking for the lights. I think he is more comfortable in a smaller environment.” Dunlap speculates that Brown chose LMU because it fit his personality, among other things. “I would say that the size of the school is what attracted him; he’s not a glamour guy, he’s not a guy looking for the lights, I think he is more comfortable in a smaller environment,” Dunlap said of Brown. “He also thought our league gave him ample opportunity to enjoy the experience of basketball. And finally, he is close to his family, so his mom and dad
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Brandon Brown spent two and a half years in prison after being convicted of two felonies. Once out, he spent two years at Phoenix College where he won ACCAC Freshman of the Year before transferring to LMU.
can come over from Phoenix and watch him play.” Going forward with LMU, Brown has set some high goals for himself, and he’s confident he can reach them. “Getting a good education is important, along with working hard in the classroom and to just live a good life during and after school.” Brown said. Of course, like any other normal student at a university, not all things he has to say about the school are positive. “People here are really nice; I like the school a lot but, man, that walk to U-Hall from Hannon, I hate it!” he said. Brown’s passion for the game shows on and off the court. Given a new opportunity at LMU, he is ready for this season and focused on winning. “I’m ready to win some games, man ... Do what coach brought me to do … Win.” Stories like Brown’s don’t come around too often, and in a world where there are so many negative stories about people squandering their potential with poor decisions, his story sheds light and hope. He sees his own comeback as an example for others. “I see myself as a role model for young kids because I can always tell them that no matter what happens in their life, never let someone tell you what you can’t do,” Brown said.
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Junior guard Brandon Brown shows promise on the basketball court. After winning the 2015 NJCAA Player of the Year and a national championship, Brown transferred to LMU. In his first game with the Lions, Brown led all scorers with 26 points and added three rebounds with zero turnovers in 27 minutes.
Brown had a chance to showcase his abilities for the first time
this past Sunday in an exhibition game in Gersten against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Brown led all scorers with 26 points in the first game for LMU and also had three rebounds and one assist in the game. Brown shot 64.7 percent from the field, while the Lions as a team shot 65 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from the three point line. The Lions won this game against Dominguez Hills 92-58.
“I see myself as a role model for young kids because I can always tell them.. never let someone tell you what you can’t do.” Brown is already a fan favorite amongst the LMU community, with the student section cheering, “Just give the ball to Brown,” and “Just let number 10 take care of it.” LMU can only hope the game signals what is to come this season from not only Brown himself, but the Lions as well. Brown has also learned a lot. “I have to be really strong, man, you know? It took a lot out of me,” he said. “But it taught me to choose the people you hang around wisely because everyone that you think is a good person isn’t always good.” Setting his sights high and overcoming many obstacles to get to this point, Brown’s future at LMU is just beginning. He has a determined mindset on and off the court and looks to lead his team to success. Front Cover: Sophie Broide | Loyolan
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Senior Sophie Taylor was named to the Preseason All-WCC First Team. Ryan Hartnett
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Growing up in Lafayette, California watching St. Mary’s College basketball games, senior guard and forward Sophie Taylor never thought she’d find herself named to the Preseason All-West Coast Conference (WCC) Team right before the start of her senior season on the women’s basketball team at LMU. “It was definitely an amazing blessing, I guess you could say [to be named to the WCC AllConference team],” said Taylor. “It’s really an awesome opportunity to have LMU be recognized through a player. It’s the beginning of us showing everyone what LMU is made of.” Taylor played in 30 of the Lions’ 31 games last year and averaged 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Coming into LMU three years ago ranked as the No. 119 forward of the 2012 recruiting class by Hoopgurlz. com, Taylor made a name for herself throughout her career. “I wasn’t surprised [that she was named to the all-conference team],” said Head Coach Charity Elliott. “She finished out really strong last year. She’s so hard to guard because she can shoot the perimeter, she can attack, she can post up
— she can be so many different things, so I wasn’t surprised, and I’m very very happy for her and really pleased and excited about her mentality going into this season.” During her freshman year, Taylor appeared in 20 games. She recorded her freshman season-high 11 points on three three-pointers and a pair of free throws at a match against the University of Wyoming. Later in the season, she had the opportunity to face off against the Gonzaga University, where she recorded eight rebounds. Taylor got the opportunity to contribute to the team more during her sophomore year. She appeared in 29 games, earning 15 starts. She averaged 19.8 minutes, 7.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. It wasn’t until her junior year that Taylor truly got her chance to shine. She started the last 17
“I wasn’t surprised [that she was named to the all-conference team]. ... She finished out really strong last year.” games of the season straight. Throughout the season, she had 17 double-digit scoring games and four double-doubles and led the Lions in scoring eight times. Taylor’s breakout season not only got her recognized as an elite player in
the WCC, but also gave her the opportunity to prove her leadership to her teammates and coaches. “Sophie, for the majority, does a really good job of leading, holding people accountable, setting the expectation, saying the hard things that need to be said, but also is kind of just a calming presence,” said Elliott. “You know, and that’s what seniors do. So, I’m just super proud of the way she’s responding to what this team needs.” Taylor never really saw her-
“It’s really an awesome opportunity to have LMU be recognized through a player. It’s the beginning of us showing everyone what LMU is made of.” self as a leader when she first came to LMU, but grew into the role as she spent more time on the team. “When you come in as a freshman, being a leader is the last thing you think about, but I think the leaders that were ahead of me were constantly telling everyone on the team whether you’re a freshman, sophomore or upperclassman that you have a role as a leader in some way — whether it’s being a leader by example, on the court or using your voice,” said Taylor. “So, I think just having other captains and other lead-
ers when I was younger always telling me, ‘You need to talk; this is going to be you in a couple of years,’ has really helped me grow.” Taylor started playing basketball in third grade. Her father Derek Taylor, played basketball in college and he first taught her how to play. Taylor regarded her father as her favorite coach and biggest inspiration when she developed her love for basketball. “Just having him always there, by my side, rooting me on, it made me love basketball that much more,” said Taylor. Taylor played four years of Varsity basketball at Acalanes High School in her hometown of Lafayette. As a senior, she led the women’s basketball team to the semifinals of the Division III North Coast Section Championship and the first round of the CIF State Championship. When Taylor is not on the court, she loves bonding with
“Just having him always there, by my side, rooting me on, it made me love basketball that much more.” her team as well as hitting the lab. Taylor majors in physics with a minor in applied mathematics. Through internships, however, she found her true passion to be in business, and
she plans on translating her math skills to the business world after she graduates. But for now, she has unfinished business at LMU and one last season to prove that the Lions are not a team to dismiss in the WCC. Taylor will be reunited this season with her fellow senior guard Deanna Johnson, who was named to the all-conference team last year as a junior, but suffered a season-ending injury. Taylor already started the year off strong in her first two exhibition games this past week. She led the Lions against Bethesda University on Monday, earning 25 points and 13 rebounds. She also had seven assists. Given that the Lions only have three seniors on the squad this year, Taylor took on a huge leadership role for the underclassmen who make up the majority of the team. Taylor has a message for her fellow teammates as the 2015 season kicks off against the University of Colorado Boulder and CSU Fullerton this week. “Every time you step on the floor, don’t be afraid. Just go out and do what you know you can do,” said Taylor. “We all put in the time, we all put in the hours of conditioning and weight-training, so just go out and show what you’re made of on the court and know that your whole entire team is supporting you.”
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Senior guard/forward Sophie Taylor proved why she was place on the Preseason All-WCC First Team in the teams opening exhibition matches. Taylor scored 44 points in 58 minutes of action in the two games and added 21 rebounds.
Sophie Taylor embraced her role as a team captain. “Every time you step on the floor, don’t be afraid. Just go out and do what you know you can do.” The burden of leadership is now on her shoulders.
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LMU an easy move for Jeffrey McClendon McClendon’s life experiences power him on the basketball court. Jack Sullivan Sports Editor
Freshman guard Jeffery McClendon was among the first people in the gym during a shootaround practice. The men’s basketball team was warming up for its exhibition game against CSU Dominguez Hills and preparing for the start of the regular season. His presence in the gym during off hours is not unusual that’s just the kind of player that he is. After practice, McClendon often has to run to a class or to his room to study. “It doesn’t surprise me to see him working late at night,” Head Coach Mike Dunlap said. “He is always in the gym. Also, more importantly, academically, he is drinking it up, and LMU is the perfect place for Jeff.” McClendon’s offseason work made him an excellent bench player for the team so far, playing 15 minutes and picking up three assists and two steals. He did not made the first team yet, but that is just one obstacle that McClendon will have to overcome. McClendon grew up with his maternal grandmother, Joy McClendon, and a multitude of cousins throughout the Los Angeles area. His grandmother was tough on him, but it was all for the best. “She was hard, but it was sweet at the same time,” McClendon said. “She loves to help out her family; she won’t let anyone drown if they are struggling.” His non-traditional, non-nuclear situation gave him a different outlook on what it means to be a family. “It was nice because I always had someone to talk to,” McClendon said. “Family means being there for someone, and not leaving anyone behind. You always have to be there. A teammate kind of falls into family, too. I grew up so different from other people that I’m just trying to learn how to act in a different society.” Basketball found McClendon early in life. He first started playing when he was 6 years old. Originally a forward because of his size, McClendon moved to guard once the competition started to catch up with him. Over the years, he continued to develop as a player with his club teams and then began playing with his school teams. McClendon had to move on multiple occasions, bouncing from city to city. In six years leading up to his time at LMU, McClendon moved five times. He played with plenty of teams, amongst dozens of players and worked under many coaches. “It was all right. I got used to it,” McClendon said. “It ain’t something that was new to me. … It was nice playing with so many guys because you can learn something from everyone.” To start off his high school career, McClendon moved in with his father Darrell Morris to focus on his basketball future. The move took him from his grandmother’s Antelope Valley home to Pasadena, where he stayed for the next two years. Under the tutelage of his dad, McClendon began
to really develop into a serious ballplayer. “It was hard because my dad was always working me,” McClendon said. “We would always get up at 5 in the morning every day and work on basketball.” McClendon attended Pasadena High School (PHS). He helped the team achieve a 28-7 record his freshman year and a 21-6 record the year after. However, he moved back in with his grandmother and he relocated to Lancaster for his junior season. “It was really tough for him because he felt as though he had just found his niche at PHS,” Joy said. “He got down a little bit, but I was there to tell him that he has to keep going. Sometimes people move, but you just have to keep going.” At Quartz Hill High School, he played under Head Coach Keith Bennett. McClendon was an allaround player and picked up good stats in every major category, averaging 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 blocks and 3.1 steals per game in his junior year. However, McClendon was in store for one more move before he finished high school. This time, he transferred to Eastside High School, in Lancaster. He earned all-conference honors after averaging 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists. His impressive play landed him on the radar of many colleges, but LMU was able to snag him. “His toughness and his intensity is what made us want to recruit him,” Dunlap said. “Earl Watson, who played in the NBA … said, ‘I have a kid for you who would be perfect for your school. … He has the ability to play defense and is a team guy. He is tough as nails and really coachable. … He gets better every time he practices.’” The move to LMU was a significant one for McClendon. He is only the second person in his family to go to college, a goal that he did not always see himself
make it out to visit her, but found it hard since starting at LMU. “Before her accident, I didn’t know if I was going to go to college,” McClendon said. “Because of her, I told my grandma that I was going to go to college just like her. … Life can be taken from you fast. You can have something good going for you, and then it can be gone.” Now that McClendon has made it to LMU, he has the opportunity to continue the dream started by his aunt: to play college ball and get an education. “His Aunt Jenevia was the first person to show him how to play. She taught him everything that he knows,” Joy said. “When she first
started working with him, he was a clumsy kid. He had butterfingers, he could never hold on to the ball. If she could see him now and the player he has become, I know that she would be his biggest fan.” With the promise he has shown, he has the ability to develop not just on the court, but as a person too. “[I want] him to grow as a man,” Dunlap said. “He can learn the subtleties of what it means to be a man in our society today. Second, [I want him] to grow academically and build good habits and to have a good relationship with his professors. Last, I want him to be a face of our program … and to represent the program with
honor, pride and tradition.” McClendon has experienced hardship in his past. He had to deal with the loss of a family member when he was only 10 years old. He had to move from school to school throughout his formative years. He hasn’t played with a team for more than two years since he has a teenager; he’s had to play with a new set of teammates nearly every season. But those obstacles have made him tougher. He is used to switching head coaches, so adjusting to Dunlap’s system should be no problem. Most freshman athletes have to learn how to play with a new group of players. McClendon has been doing that for years.
“It doesn’t surprise me to see him working late at night. He is always in the gym... LMU is the perfect place for Jeff. ” achieving. It was through one of his family members and major inspirations that McClendon found the drive to attend college as a Division I athlete. McClendon’s aunt, Janevia Taylor, was the first member of his family to attend college and did so as a basketball player at the University of Hawaii. Taylor was a key component of the Rainbow Warriors’ offense, finishing second in scoring each of her four seasons. She ended her career holding nine top-ten rankings all time in the University of Hawaii’s history, including scoring, assists, steals and three-pointers made. She also made four alltournament teams her senior year. “She was a really great player,” Joy said. “She was on her way to playing pro, but that was taken from her.” After completing her senior season, Taylor was in a car accident that left her in a coma. Taylor’s condition has not changed since 2007 and she remains in care in a North Hollywood facility. McClendon typically tries to
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Freshman guard Jeffrey McClendon has faced far more obstacles in his life than a typical opposing point guard. After his Aunt Janevia fell into a coma after a car accident in 2007 and he was forced to relocate multiple times growing up, McClendon can finally find some stability in Gersten Pavilion.
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‘Difficulty becomes catastrophe’: Students play waiting game with SPS It can take up to two weeks to meet with a therapist at Student Psychological Services. KiMi Robinson Managing Editor
Students seeking to book an appointment at Student Psychological Services (SPS) are facing a waiting list dozens of people long and a wait time of a week or more. “When I had called, I want to say there were, like, 25 people on the wait list,” said Jordyn Silveira, a junior accounting major. “It took me maybe two weeks to get off the waiting list into SPS.” Christina Lian, a senior psychology major who started seeing an SPS psychologist as a junior, also found it difficult to schedule an appointment with a therapist, especially compared to the semester before. “I was able to start right up with a therapist and she really, really helped me,” Lian said. “This semester, I’ve noticed that it has been particularly harder; I’ve tried to get to see the same therapist, but it was a little difficult.” Facing a high volume of students vying for an appointment with one of the eight full-time psychologists, three post-doctoral fellows or two part-time psychiatrists, SPS struggles to keep up with the demand. Many students attempt to use SPS’ free individual therapy sessions only to be penned down for an appointment that is weeks away. “When you always have to schedule something ahead of time, what you’re currently feeling — you may have been like, ‘OK, well, it’s over now.’ But at the time, it’s like, ‘I kind of need this resource right now,’” Lian said. Students are increasingly seeking professional help for their emotional health. See SPS | Page 6 Ellen Czinkski | Loyolan
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LMU College Democrats and the Black Student Union welcomed Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd Congressional District, as well as BCLA professors Dr. Richard Fox and Dr. Brad Stone to discuss the disengagment of millennials in politics. The panel took place on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Von der Ahe Building.
In the ongoing conversation about accommodating reusable water bottles on campus, student leaders and administrative staff are giving contradictory views and information. While ASLMU President David Tassone cites a binding contract with Coca-Cola as a barrier against installing refillable water stations, Senior Vice President for Administration Evelynne Scarboro says efforts to install the stations are already in motion. The discussion arose as a result of one class’s effort to help reusable water bottles assimilate into LMU’s campus culture. As part of their Advocacy and Activism class, senior communication studies majors Bryce Boddye and Eryn Chen spent most of this semester trying to tackle the issue of the limited number of water bottle refill stations around campus. Therese Edwards, an adjunct
communication studies professor who teaches the course, challenged her students to advocate for a certain cause throughout the semester. Chen explained that for their project, Boddye and she chose to focus on increasing the number of refillable water bottle stations on campus. As commuters, they recognized how difficult it is to find refill stations that are readily accessible around campus and thought it was a realistic goal for the University. “Being a senior and a commuter, I don’t have access to dorms and their refill stations, and am left stranded to find water for myself throughout the day,” said Chen. “Bryce is also a commuter, and he has also had the same problems trying to get accessible water on campus that isn’t already bottled.” Initally, Boddye and Chen had a goal of installing a few new refill stations in locations such as outside the library, St. Robert’s Hall, the Leavey Apartments and near O’Malley field. However, they never imagined the amount of opposition they would run into. In an attempt to make their concerns known, Boddye reached out to Tassone, who acts as a liaison between the administration and the student body. In an email to Boddye, Tassone emphasized both the administration’s and ASLMU’s See Refill | Page 7
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In its description of emotional health, SPS includes such characterizations as the ability to “let go of mistakes and learn from them,” “know how to say no and exert self-control with self and with others” and “valuing self regardless of what other[s] think.” In the 201314 school year — during which 1 in 8 LMU students went to SPS — almost 48 percent of students went of their own volition, and 20 percent were referred by a friend. As busy as SPS has been, both Silveira and Lian took some personal responsibility for the difficulties in scheduling appointments. “It was hard to find time for myself ... because my schedule was so overbooked,” said Silveira. Lian also added, “It was also my schedule,” and classes often fell into the same time slot that her therapist offered. “Maybe they need to look into hiring more therapists,” Silveira noted. “If [the wait list] is so common and it is a problem, then it should be fixed, right?” THE ISSUE Many students, like Silveira, find themselves seeking help from SPS due to academic and personal obstacles. It was a combination of schoolwork, a 30-hour work week, job interviews and a fresh breakup that drove Silveira to make an appointment. “I kind of just needed somebody to talk through and find out if this was normal and how do I work through these things to get back to a healthy mindset,” she said. Anxiety (55 percent), depression (40 percent) and relationship problems are the most common reasons students seek help from SPS. However, her first and only appointment with SPS — which came to fruition after a two-week wait — did not go as she expected. When she showed up to the office, she observed a scheduling mishap. “There was a student at the desk while I was waiting, and she got basically skimped out on her appointment because of just a miscommunication,” she recalled. Her own session “was helpful in the sense that I think he understood what I was saying,” she said. However, despite being offered a second appointment the following week, Silveira has not returned. “There were a few reasons why I didn’t want to go back,” she said. “I felt like I would’ve wanted to have a different person, and I knew they were very backed up.” She aims to have another therapy session in the spring semester, hoping the office will be less booked. “I think they definitely do their job well. I think it’s more of a structure thing they need to focus on,” Silveira said. “If they weren’t so overbooked in trying to fit everyone in as fast as possible, I think they could spend a little more time trying to match up therapists better, maybe try to get the student’s preference on whom they’d like to see.” Cheyenne Weinstein, a senior psychology major, offered another way that SPS could better serve the students. Weinstein believes that more crisis counselors are necessary, as there is only one on call at a time. “If someone’s going through a problem like I know I was, I want to seek help as soon as possible,” Weintstein said. “I would just suggest for the school itself to maybe allocate more resources for them so they could have more individuals who could talk with the students.” SPS Director Kristin Linden told the Loyolan that LMU’s ratio of
counselors to students is 1 to 1,100, far better than the national average. According to the 2014 National Survey of College Counseling Centers, “The ratio of counselors to clients, on average, was 1 to 2,081 students, with smaller schools having much better ratios.” The University is proactive in taking steps to alleviate the strain on SPS’ resources. “The administration has been very supportive in addressing our staffing needs, and SPS clinicians have been working hard to design new programs to address our growing demands, such as providing new therapy groups this semester,” said Mimi Hoang, a psychologist at SPS. Many administrative departments are working to address the issue. “Dr. Bove [the senior vice president of student affairs] is acutely aware of the issues facing LMU students and is tremendously supportive in providing resources and responding to student needs,” Linden said in an email. Linden also works with Jeanne Ortiz, the dean of students and vice president of student affairs, who has been seeking a solution that would mitigate the stress on SPS. “One of the things that our experience across the board is showing us is that students are experiencing heightened levels of distress,” Ortiz said. To “make appointments more accessible to students,” she has been figuring out how to “get more resources to Student Psychological Services so students are able to be seen in a timely manner and begin the process of their own growth and healing.” THE TREND Ortiz, who communicated with administrators at other universities, says many others are in a similar position of having to re-evaluate their counseling centers because of rising demand across the country. “The trend that we see on our campus is not unlike what is being experienced on other college campuses,” she said. While SPS is used to resorting to waiting lists due to an “increase of students seeking SPS during the half-way point due to an increase in academic stress” according to Hoang, the current high demand surpasses even the current upward trend. According to a Healthy Minds Study at the University of Michigan that sampled 160,000 students across the country, 22 percent of college students seek psychological services every year. And the American College Health Association found that the percentage of college students who report experiencing “overwhelming anxiety” went up in the past 5 years, from 46.4 percent to 54 percent of all college students. Hara Estroff Marano offers a reason for this in her Psychology Today article titled “Crisis U.” She wrote, “Having had — or been allowed to have — few disappointments in their overparented, over-trophied lives, many have not learned to handle difficulty. In the absence of skills to dispel disappointment, difficulty becomes catastrophe.” Students are buckling under the pressure to perform well in classes, which is exacerbated by encountering emotions and stress that they had been protected from, according to Elizabeth GongGuy, executive director of student resilience at UCLA. “Many come from families where they have not been allowed to develop stress tolerance,” she said. “Some of the coping with their own emotions is
developmentally delayed.” Despite the trend, some professors have not noticed a significant difference in students’ resilience — which psychologists believe is declining in the current generation of students. “Some students may be less resilient, but I believe an equal number are more resilient,” said Molly Youngkin, a professor in LMU’s English department who advises 28 English majors and teaches one upper-division English class and one First-Year Seminar. “I don’t find that I am ‘handholding’ students.” When she does encounter students in need of more support, Youngkin reaches out to SPS. “It’s reassuring to know that I can call SPS when I believe a student needs help, and every time I have called, SPS has responded to the call in a prompt and helpful manner.” THE SERVICES Through its offerings of individual, group and couples therapy, parent, faculty and staff consultation, psychiatric evaluations, education programs and more, SPS aims to foster students’ personal, social and intellectual development, as well as educate the LMU community as a whole. “It wasn’t a crisis center and it’s not a crisis center now,” Ortiz clarified. However, “there are crisis hours every day so students can walk in if they feel they are in crisis.” While SPS does not have a strict limit for the number of individual sessions a student can have — unlike 30 percent of college counseling centers across the country that do impose a limit, according to the 2014 National Survey of College Counseling Centers — students who are seen as in need of more longterm support receive assistance in finding an off-campus resource that can provide adequate care for the student. “Generally speaking, students in the short-term model that’s used at SPS are usually seen anywhere between six and 10 sessions,” said Dr. Ortiz. “It’s really challenging sometimes to start with one person and move to someone else, so [SPS] finds someone that can meet their needs over a longer period of time. We are aware, and we do monitor the situation.” Group therapy is another popular service that SPS offers. “I went to see my therapist again, but she also recommended [I] go to an anxiety management group,” Lian said. “They give you so many different resources and things to work on, and it’s kind of like, bit by bit, you just build on it.” The group Lian referred to is called “Break Free From Your Anxiety!” whose weekly meetings are easier to fit into her schedule than individual therapist appointments. “I just have it in my head: Wednesdays at 4 p.m., that’s what I do. I like that; I think that works better,” she said. Other groups — called “prevention services” — include “Beat the Blues,” which addresses depression; “Grief & Loss Support Group,” which “explore[s] thoughts and feelings about losing a loved one in a safe space;” “The Circle,” a confidential meeting for LGBT students and allies; “Living with Chronic Illness” and “Meditation 101.” There is also an online anxiety treatment program that SPS debuted this summer, according to Hoang, called Therapist Assisted Online (TAO), which helps a student “work on behavioral change” for anxiety and other mental health obstacles while a clinician tracks the student’s
progress. A free, anonymous selfassessment is also available on SPS’ website under its services sidebar, under the link on-line screenings. As for reaching beyond the confines of SPS’ offices, the Wellness Educator Program, sponsored by SPS, is designed as a student support network that raises awareness for not only mental health and wellness, but also all the resources available to students at SPS and off campus in an effort to reduce stigma. HOW LMU CARES FOR ITS STUDENTS Caring for students’ mental health is not just a concern for SPS. In SPS’ outreach, the staff worked to provide “tools to other faculty, staff [and] students to recognize students in distress, refer students who are experiencing thoughts of harm to self or others, and partnering with other departments on campus to provide an integrative supportive approach,” according to Dr. Linden. She calls this “interdepartmental collaboration,” and it extends to the Department of Public Safety, the dean of students and faculty and student organizations, among other departments. Through this interconnectedness, students receive support for their mental health from not only SPS but also professors, supervisors, coaches and resident life advisers. “I’ve had, in my role as the dean of students, coaches call because they’re concerned about students. Work-study supervisors call because they’ve been concerned about student well-being. Faculty members call because they’ve been concerned about student wellbeing,” said Ortiz. “The Dean of Students Office has historically been a place where faculty or staff or other students could share their observations and concerns about students’ well-being.” FUTURE STEPS As LMU keeps track of its students on the administrative level, students
are also accountable for each others’ wellbeing. “Your peers have credibility. Sometimes the people in authority don’t have the same level of credibility that your peers have,” Ortiz explained. “One of my really close friends ... has ADD,” Lian said. “With her, I found that we can really just connect and help each other. So I hope other people are able to find people like that, too.” A new club on campus, ActiveMinds at LMU — which aims to change “the conversation about mental health to make sure that no one suffers alone in silence” — uses the power of peer-to-peer counseling to not only offer support but to also destigmatize mental health. “To have that positive peer influence through the [Active] Minds organization, I think, is a great asset for this community,” Dr. Ortiz said. Just as much as LMU promotes the “education of the whole person,” the institution also cares for the wellbeing of the whole person as well, according to Ortiz. “Having been at a number of different institutions, I have never experienced an institution that does it better than LMU,” Ortiz said. “The ethic of care here for students is amazing. I think it extends across the entire campus ... And the level of interest and the level of sheer desire to help students develop into the people they’re meant to be is a primary commitment of this institution.” Ortiz is optimistic about how different aspects of LMU are committed to student’s well-being. She said, “I think students are blessed to be in a place where there’s such a strong ethic of care.” SPS office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. most weekdays, and a therapist is on-call after hours, reachable through SPS’ phone at (310) 3382868.
in 2013- 14, 1 in 8 students used SPS’ services. in 2013-14, There were 360 walk-in crisis appointments, a 48 percent increase from previous years. 80 students contacted sps after-hours.
Anxiety, depression and relationship problems are the most common reasons that students seek sps services. There was an 8 percent increase in student appointments. Ratio of counselors to students is 1 to 1,100, compared to the national average of
1 to 2,081
All from 2013-2014 national Survey of College Counseling Centers information compiled by Kimi Robinson, managing editor, Graphic by Xian Wong | Loyolan
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In this issue, Asst. News Editor Anna This issue, Managing Sugiura sat down with Editor Dan Raffety sits down with Head Kristo Gobin, a Coach Max Good, communication studies head coach of the professor and creator men’s basketball ofLMU’s “That’s So Gay! The team to talk about the Play.” upcoming season.
Tell me about your play.
My performance is a one-person show that chronicles my coming out in a first generation Catholic Croatian family. The performance was the thesis for my master’s degree at San Jose State University. I wrote and first performed the piece in February 2006, and have been speaking at colleges and universities on and off since then. I have performed at over 20 schools and even had the fortune of performing as part of Zagreb Pride in 2011.
How did you start it? What inspired you and gave you the courage to perform it?
Back in 2005, I was a graduate student up at San Jose State and I was trying to figure out what track to take to graduate: thesis, project, comprehensive exams. I had to miss class because I was giving a speech at some university, and my professor told me that in order to make up the absence, I would be doing my speech for the class when I returned. She sat me down after class and asked me if I knew anything about performance studies; I had never heard of it. She gave me a bunch of readings and put me in touch with a few scholars who specialized in this area. This series of events focused me, and I worked on the thesis option. It really was a very serendipitous series of events.
What was your first performance like?
The only thing I remember about that first performance is how nervous I was. This was the first performance of its kind for the communication studies department. So there was a great deal of [self-imposed] pressure to do well, especially when so many faculty members worked so hard to create this opportunity. Nothing like this had existed before. Right before I went out on stage, I had this moment; I became very quiet and very still. I remember thinking how humbling it was to have so many people believe in me. It still makes me very emotional, that all these incredible professors loved what they did so much that they pushed me to create something that I didn’t even know was inside of me. They really grounded me to do my best, and it is still something that fuels the performance to this day.
If you could give LMU students one piece of advice, what would it be?
In my classes, I talk a lot about honoring your obligation to awe. You are only at LMU for a four-year section of your life. It is your job to learn about complexity, to cultivate strong critical thinking, to know how to research, to unpack nuance, to learn to listen, to develop your voice. There is far too much at stake to lose if you aren’t committed to this process of becoming an educated person. You have an obligation to awe, to have your thoughts and perception about the world be enlightened and dismantled so that you can become an adult that participates in the world with passion and insight.
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
My sense of humor; I have this vestigial need to laugh and to cultivate laughter.
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support and shared the desire to install additional refillable water stations around campus to promote sustainability. However, logistics have hindered LMU in following through with such an initiative. According to the information Tassone provided in the email, LMU is involved in a contract with CocaCola until the year 2020, meaning that no steps to install water bottle filling stations can be taken until then. “Unfortunately, due to our current contract with Coke, we are unable to install extra refilling stations across campus because there is a direct correlation between a decrease in water bottle sales and the installation of these stations,” Tassone wrote to Boddye. Chen said she and Boddye were shocked to discover that the University would favor profit over listening to a concern that has also been brought up by students in the past. “At first it was a matter of convenience for the student body to have public water refill stations around campus so people can refill their bottles and help the environment all at once,” said Chen. “Now, it’s become a matter of human rights to gain access to clean water if we have that privilege and
not let it be dependent on LMU’s contract with Coca-Cola.” Boddye’s and Chen’s shock continued after Ray Dennis, associate vice president of auxiliary management and business services, shared information that directly contradicted what Tassone said. “Coke has confirmed there is no explicit language that would prohibit water filling stations as public locations are currently on campus,” Dennis said. “LMU has not expressed an unwillingness to install filtration units, presuming they are the appropriate units and have a model to support the ongoing maintenance cost in the areas deployed.” This poses the question, if there is no clause in the contract between Coke and LMU that prohibits the installation of refill water stations, then why have the efforts to listen to students’ concerns been limited? According to Dennis, the fact that stations have not been added since 2011 simply comes down to factors relating to cost, sanitation and concerns for safety and health. But Senior Vice President for Administration Evelynne Scarboro says efforts to install more refillable stations are already in motion. “We are asking [Associate Vice President for Student Life] Rich Rocheleau and [Vice President for Facilities Management] Tim
Haworth ... to work together to map campus out and take a look at where we’d want bottle filling stations in a perfect world.” She continued that if all goes well, there should be additional filling stations on campus within the current academic year. “I cannot and won’t speak to the contract,” she said. “I have no idea what’s in that contract, but [Executive Vice President and Provost Joe Hellige] gave the goahead to do it, so we’re actually kind of happy about this. And I hope students will be happy about this.” Despite all of the contradictions coming into play, Chen stressed that she and Boddye do not plan on giving up their fight. They hope to organize a petition, as their cause has garnered a great deal of support from other students. “We’re going to see how the rest of the semester plays out and from there, Bryce and I will talk about the next steps we should take,” she said. “If things go well, I’m definitely going to be actively investigating this and hopefully get a few water refill stations on campus for everyone.” Additional reporting by Editorin-Chief Ali Swenson. For more on this topic, read Asst. Life & Arts Editor Maria Nelson’s column on Page 9.
University and other participants around Los Angeles who wanted to experience what it feels like to be a part of a debate event. Tournament director and debate coach Thomas Dowd shared that he aims to strengthen the art of debate and encourage students of all ages to give it a chance. “The purpose of the event is to give all LMU students the opportunity to participate in a game of competitive argument,” he said. “The debate program’s progress and success depends on participation. There is room on the debate team for smart, hardworking students regardless of major or class year.” Judges gave individual points that were used to identify the highest-ranking participants at the tournament. From there, Dowd gave students their grades, taking their results into consideration. Freshman film and television production major Sarah Leeper, an administrative assistant for the debate team, sees the Intramural Debate Tournament as a way for students to realize their potential and hopes that they will continue to participate in debate. “We’re hoping that this experience will encourage students to come back next semester for a more official debate, and from there they’ll want to actually join the debate team,” said Leeper. LMU’s debate team is primarily
composed of seniors and graduate school students, resulting in a wide search for participants. “I believe the reason the debate program has been so successful recently is because the individuals on the team are investing time in making each other better,” said Dowd. He also shared how the success of the debate team is greatly due to the engagement of students and their drive to maintain their winning streak. Many undergraduate students participating in the event found themselves putting hard work and effort into their arguments and noticed that they could be suitable for the possible positions on the debate team. Freshman communication studies major Atikij “Chico” Sumayao felt that his experience will allow him to bring new skills into his profession and major. “I think it was a very rewarding experience; it helped me learn public speaking and it was a great time.” Next semester on Saturday, March 12, 2016, the debate program will host its annual California Cup Championship in which teams from universities throughout California will compete. Last year’s attendees included UCLA, the University of Southern California, University of La Verne, UC Irvine, the Claremont Colleges and Pepperdine University.
Debate program guides potential participants LMU hosted a debate tournament on campus for an undergraduate course. Julia Campion News Intern @LALoyolan
After students in the Argumentation and Debate course competed in the Intramural Debate Tournament on campus on Saturday, Nov. 7, LMU’s debate team found potential new members. LMU’s current debate team judged the event. The tournament further provided the team’s members with the chance to teach and guide students to be a part of the next generation of debate champions. There were 12 groups, with a total of 36 students, all competing at the Intramural Debate Tournament. The event was divided into four rounds, each 45 minutes long. During these debates, each student had five minutes to express their opinion on the topic they were assigned. Students were given 15 minutes for brainstorming and research before they were scored and analyzed. The debate tournament had special guests from Pepperdine
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Veterans Appreciation Week connects campus with student veteran community
Daily events serve to celebrate and bring awareness to the veterans on campus. Gillian Boss News Intern @LALoyolan
In honor of Veterans Day, Veteran Programs and the Student Veterans Organization are collaborating to spread awareness of the faculty, staff and student veteran population at LMU this week. The Student Veterans Organization will collect canned goods all week in Malone 101 and 201, as well as in the residence halls. All canned goods will be donated to U.S. Vets by the United States Veterans Initiative in Inglewood. The third floor of Hannon Library has been transformed into a Veteran Library Exhibit. The exhibit in the library showcases biographies of LMU’s student veterans, along with military memorabilia, keepsakes and articles of military life. Several biographies surround the library’s third floor atrium, expressing numerous facts and statements from our various student veterans. One biography included the story of Evan Jost, a senior psychology and communications studies double major.
Jost enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005, leaving for boot camp shortly after graduating high school. He spent two years in Okinawa, Japan, before being deployed to Iraq, Australia and South Korea, twice, serving in multiple operations with military forces from various countries. He served five years before being honorably discharged in 2010. Jost expressed hope that this week will bring awareness to the students on campus. “There’s a majority of people on campus who go about their lives, have an idea about what’s going on in the news, but don’t realize how real it is and how much it impacts the world around them,” said Jost. To begin the week, a Veterans Yoga was held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Burns Recreation Center. Students, faculty and staff relaxed and destressed with instructor John Baldwin, who served in the Marine Corps for eight years. Baldwin wanted to show veterans another way to take care of oneself. In the afternoon, a Library Exhibit Reception was held in the Von der Ahe Family Suite. Veteran Programs hosted the reception to showcase the Veterans’ exhibit, allowing attendees to hear from several featured student veterans and learn more about their service and transition to college life. The week has more to come, with several other ways to show appreciation and support. On Wednesday, students are
encouraged to post a picture of themselves with a “Happy Veterans Day” sign and #HappyVeteransDay to show their appreciation. There will also be the Annual Veterans Day Lunch in Lawton Plaza Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. The Loyola University Club and the Division of Student Affairs invites alumni, faculty, staff and students who have served, and continue to serve, our country to be honored at this event. Night at The Loft: Stars and Stripes Karaoke Night will take place in The Loft from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. This event is
“This is a way to open people’s eyes to our presence and who we are...” an opportunity to sit down and talk with student veterans to hear their stories and make new friends. On Friday, Nov. 13, Transfer Enrollment Services and Veteran Programs invites all prospective veteran transfer students to learn more about admission, benefits, Financial Aid and Veteran Programs. The session will occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., allowing student veterans to meet fellow veterans. According to junior
communication studies major and Veterans Transfer Day advocate Jacqueline Castner, an overwhelming amount of “U.S. veterans are unable to complete their education after returning from their tours.” LMU Veteran Transfer Day, on Friday Nov. 13, will focus on veterans and support efforts to help veterans stay in school to complete their degrees. Castner continued, “Creating [Veteran Transfer Day] during Veterans Appreciation Week will make the issue more relevant to students, and raise more awareness for the veterans.” Their mission is to give current student veterans more opportunities and information about student veteran affairs and the benefits available for them. Finally, the week will conclude with the Flag Ceremony on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Veteran Programs and LMU’s Air Force ROTC will hold a traditional flag folding ceremony at the Alumni Mall Flag Poles, allowing attendees to take a final moment to recognize and show their respect to those who have served and also to our fallen soldiers. Jost shared how he hopes to see the rest of this week’s events unfold. “This is a way to open people’s eyes to our presence and who we are,” Jost said, “letting them know that we are here and we are normal people.”
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here are many reasons students attend show our school spirit during the fall season, but LMU. Some say it’s for the beautiful campus we have a new opportunity starting Friday with and location in Los Angeles, or for the the men’s basketball game. On Sunday, Nov. 8, academics and celebrated professors. Whatever LMU played an exhibition game where the Lions the reason may be, rarely does a student come for won against CSU Dominguez Hills 92-58. Gathers our famed sports teams. and Kimble may be well-known names, but many Sports culture barely exists here. On game day, other basketball players are showing potential turnout at tailgates is low — no matter how much for this upcoming season. Junior guard Brandon effort various organizations like LOYALTY and Brown, whom we profile in this issue on Page ASLMU put into encouraging school spirit and 2, junior forward Shamar Johnson, sophomore rallying team morale. Walking around campus, forward Petr Herman and senior forward Marin there aren’t many students or faculty proudly Mornar are just a few of the players that could be wearing LMU Athletics merchandise. The the next LMU stars. majority of Lions don’t even know when game It’s not only the players that help bring back day is. Sometimes the only indication is game day the days of LMU sports, but also the fans. We posters near the back gates. can show our support with Rallying behind our wearing team T-shirts, “It’s not only the players school’s sport teams isn’t attending tailgates and that help bring back the a large part of our college gathering our friends to go to days of LMU sports, but culture, but it once was and games. We have school spirit can be again. at the Loft’s karaoke night, also the fans.” LMU Athletics was once during our service retreats grand. Our University’s name and in the classroom, but we was known as a high-ranking basketball school in should extend that spirit to the court. the famous days of Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble. It can be easy to say, “I’m going to the Coliseum These two players transferred from University of this weekend,” but wouldn’t it sound so much Southern California to LMU and led the 1989-90 better for everyone to be saying saying, “I’m men’s basketball team to its first national ranking headed to Gersten Pavilion for the LMU game?” and highest finish in program history. Friday is the season tip-off for the men’s These grand days do not have to be over. We basketball season. Our team is playing CSU at 7 don’t have to only look back in nostalgia at the p.m. Before the big game, there is a tip-off tailgate great players that once were, but rather we can at 5 p.m. at Hannon Field where a BBQ dinner, revel in the great players that are here playing Susie Cakes cupcakes, zip-line, mechanical now. Senior midfielders Jocelyn Blankenship and shark, photo booth, 97.1 AMP Radio DJ, not to Morgan Hilby took over the women’s soccer team mention a raffle for two free tickets to Coachella — now headed to the NCAA Tournament — this will be available, according to the official site of season while sophomore outside hitter Sarah LMU Athletics. Sponcil and senior setter Hannah Tedrow rocked Turn to the eight pages in this basketball issue the volleyball team. for more coverage on the upcoming men’s and Many of us have mostly missed our chance to women’s basketball season.
Big business leaves students dry The Maria Problem Maria Nelson
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nyone who carries a reusable water bottle around campus, myself included, can tell you that there is almost nowhere to grab a refill between classes. Sure, there’s the Lair Marketplace Burns Recreation Center if you’re on that side of campus, Starbucks will help you out if the line isn’t too long — which it usually is — and there is rumored to be a water bottle refilling station somewhere in University Hall, though I have yet to come across it. When my classmates in our Advocacy and Activism class decided to make the installation of more water bottle refilling stations the crux of their semester-long project, in part as a response to the September 16th Loyolan story about ASLMU water bottle giveaways, “University halts water bottle giveaway to protect revenue”, I was in full support. It is a simple enough concept: Everywhere there is a drinking fountain on campus, a water bottle refilling station could be installed. With Communication Studies Adjunct professor Therese Edwards leading the way, the class workshops each other’s project ideas and help with any problems they encounter. When senior communication studies majors Bryce Boddye and Eryn Chen, the students leading the fight for more water bottle refilling stations, came to the class with some discouraging information, our class was astonished at what they had been told. According to an email ASLMU president David Tassone sent Boddye in response to a request for more information regarding new refilling stations, both the administration and ASLMU are sympathetic to students’ concerns
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Students’ ability to get clean, filtered water should not be hindered by a contract with Coke. but said that “unfortunately, due to [LMU’s] current contract with Coke, we are unable to install extra refilling stations across campus because there is a direct correlation between a decrease in water bottle sales and the installation of these stations,” Tassone wrote. My classmate shared the email with our class, dumbfounded. This was truly shocking. Not only are LMU students beholden to mega-corporation CocaCola, according to Tassone’s correspondence, there is nothing that can be done about it for five long years. LMU administration “will take this student concern into consideration when they make their next contract with Coke (or
whichever brand they choose) come 2020,” said Tassone’s email. Not only did this sound suspiciously like a corporation’s demands were outweighing the desires of LMU students, it also seemed to me like the response of an entirely complacent student body president. I had to find out more. After contacting Ray Dennis, the associate vice president of auxiliary management and business services, via email to see if he could confirm this contractual conflict, Dennis completely refuted the statement Tassone gave Boddye and Chen. See Reusable Water Bottles | Page 11
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Use of john-shaming won’t stop crime in LA Deeksies’ Dish Daralyn Kee Chong Opinion Intern @deeksies
os Angeles County officials are now voting to initiate a campaign to publish the names and mug shots of criminals involved in the solicitation of prostitutes — also known as john-shaming — in an effort to address the issue of sex trafficking of minors. The campaign, originally proposed almost a year ago, would post the offenders’ pictures and names on the Internet and in public spaces such as billboards as an alternative form of legal punishment instead of fines or jail time. The aims of the campaign are three-fold: to use the tactic of public shaming as a more effective deterrent to potential offenders, to change the stigma of sex-trafficked minors from delinquents to victims of the publicized criminals and to alleviate strains on the already overcrowded jails and prison systems in L.A. The use of public shaming as a tool for criminal justice in America dates all the way back to the puritanical days, when the use of stocks was a popular way to humiliate criminals in the Colonial era. The classic novel “The Scarlet Letter,” published in the mid-1800s, told the story of a woman forced to wear the letter “A” to let the community know she was an adulterer. Despite the outdatedness of tar -and-feather tactics, the public shaming of criminals, especially offenders of sex crimes, is something that has followed us into modern times. Crimes like soliciting sex from minors is a deplorable offense that should understandably garner more serious forms of punishment — but is public shaming really the best choice to solve the problem? Last semester, the Loyolan published a Q&A on April 15 titled “‘I didn’t realize my actions had consequences’” with an anonymous LMU student who was accused of sexually assaulting another student at a party. What if LMU
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Public officials need to find a better solution for the punishment of sex criminals with the intent of rehabilitation instead of public shaming. had chosen to enact a similar means of punishment on the student, technically a criminal of a sex crime, as L.A. County’s campaign for public shaming? Would that have helped to productively address and solve the root problem of sexual assaults on campus? No. Having this student’s face plastered all over campus with his name and related information on flyers and bulletin boards wouldn’t have helped to end the issue of sexual assault on campus, but it would have been effective in destroying his name for friends, peers and even teachers. It’s hard to look beyond the most satisfying and immediate punishments for such inexcusable offenses, but if the goal is to reduce the prevalence of sexual assault on campus, there are better alternatives out there than humiliation and shame. Instead of applying a short-term solution like a bandaid to a paper cut, we should look into bigger picture solutions that address why we are getting cut in the first place. LMU suspended the accused
student for one semester and mandated him to take Alcoholics Anonymous classes, through which he was able to therapeutically straighten out his life, understand the deeper issues of his crimes and learn how to make amends for the wrongdoings he committed. Instead of punishing the student solely with penalties, more emphasis was put on the restorative nature of justice, which inspired him to share his story with the Loyolan in order to bring awareness to other students about the issue of sexual assault. Logistically speaking, there are reasons why public shaming as a primary means of criminal justice has been rightly phased out in modern metropolitan areas. For one, the idea of public shaming was mostly effective because the townships and close-knit communities they were implemented in had a larger impact for individuals, but this isn’t the case for megacities like Los Angeles. Additionally, according to the National Institute of Justice in Washington
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The use of public shaming for criminal punishment dates all the way back to the Puritan days.
D.C., there have been no formal studies or research that have proven john-shaming as an effective reducer of prostitution. The reasons for this could stem from a number of factors, but one of the biggest arguments for why john-shaming isn’t the answer to sex trafficking in the Los Angeles area finds its roots in the ideas of ethics and restorative justice. Currently, Megan’s Law is the mandated online database that releases the information of sex offenders available for publically viewing. However, the purpose of Megan’s Law differs from the idea of public shaming in that its intent is to provide information for the safety of the community rather than solely for the shaming of the offenders. If county officials are looking for a serious solution, they shouldn’t be focusing on ways to humiliate and embarrass criminals. They should be focusing on deeper issues that contribute to why people commit these crimes in the first place. It isn’t effective or right to publicly shame criminals as a means of preventing wrong-doing. Although criminals must suffer consequences for their illicit actions, there is no benefit in simultaneously punishing and publicly tarnishing the innocent lives of their spouses, parents, children or family members in the process. Here at LMU, much of our curriculum and Jesuit values revolve around community and compassion — values that we are meant to uphold in order to improve the world around us. The Center for Service and Action offers Alternative Breaks Trips such as Rethinking Bars. This week-long trip allows students to get a first hand look into the flawed prison systems in the Los Angeles area, meet and talk with incarcerated people and engage in dialogue surrounding the ways in which ideas of the rehabilitation of criminals can and should be integrated into more effective criminal justice policies. The intention of the justice system shouldn’t be simply to punish individuals who
have done wrong, but rather to rehabilitate and educate them on their problems in order to fix them. Senior sociology major Anna Engstrom has taken part in the trip and found a passion in advocating for prison reform and restorative justice. She said, “In dealing with those who commit crimes, it’s always important to ask why. Why did this person commit this crime? What circumstances brought them to this place? If we aren’t looking at the humanity of those who commit crimes, then we will never fix them.” In light of L.A. County’s new policy of public shaming, Engstrom added that there are more productive ways to approach the issue. “Instead of bringing shame, and thus more harm, to a community, why not focus on restoring equilibrium in the community by consulting those who have been hurt through the crime and collaborating in figuring out a solution.” The Center for Justice and Reconciliation defines restorative justice as “a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior.” The goal of the criminal justice system should be to find solutions to eliminate crime and to have all people be integrated peacefully and harmoniously within society. Public shaming only further alienates and rejects the already deviant members of society instead of rehabilitating them. This isn’t to say that solicitors of prostitutes and sex offenders simply deserve forgiveness without some form of retribution — they are still criminals who have committed serious crimes that have countless negative consequences on the lives of their victims. However, if L.A. County is serious about actually finding a long-term solution to a problem as prevalent as prostitution, public shaming isn’t the avenue they should be going down. This is the opinion of Daralyn Kee Chong, a senior English major from Honolulu, Hawaii. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Helicopter parents are hard to fly away from Keepin’ up with Jones Jackie Jones
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hen all hell breaks loose the college student’s natural instinct is to call mom or dad. The Los Angeles Times recently published an article about “helicopter parenting,” written by longtime Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-Haims regarding how this phenomenon has affected college students. She argues that in the digital era, parents are constantly hovering over their college-aged kids, and we are allowing them to. Whether you have been heavily watched over by your parents or been able to be truly independent, this op-ed allows us to critically think about the manner in which millennials are growing up. First off, we need to keep in mind that while Lythcott-Haims has done valid research and has had experience with helicopter parents, everyone has his or her own personal situation on varying ends of the parenting spectrum. Not all parents call and complain to their college student’s professor or boss, but many do have loving concerns about their child’s well-being. Living in the digital era, we are lucky enough to be a text, call, Facebook message or even a Snapchat away from our parents. It is convenient to be able to give them a call and ask if it is safe to eat food that is past its expiration date or whether a shirt can be put in the dryer or needs to be hung up. “I think in today’s world where everyone’s parents are just a phone call or text away, it is so easy to overly-rely on them,” said senior English major Mary Densmore. “With instant communication at our fingertips, we aren’t forced to handle these situations on our own, which
definitely stunts our natural growth towards independence.” Personally, I tend to feel guilty calling for money when I have unwisely spent my hard-earned money on clothes and expensive meals. I also hate when I vent to my mom about every stress that presents itself in my life because I know that parents worry. With these things in mind, I know that Lythcott-Haims has a good point. She stated in her article, “[When] your child is in a situation potentially damaging to life and limb, of course you’re going to protect them. The trouble is, we’re acting like everything is life or death.” My mom would never let me live with zero money when she knows I need to eat and drive. Granted, if I was not able to eat or drive to class and work, then I would essentially starve, get bad grades or get fired. If my mother let that happen, then I would eventually be forced to learn how to better manage my money, but most parents would never let their kid struggle that severely. This means that there definitely is a fine line in parenting that needs to be more clearly observed and analyzed. We need to assess our personal situations with our parents in order to see the changes manifesting within ourselves. Ask yourself: How have I become more independent since I left for college? How much do I rely on my parents? In what ways do I no longer need their help? While Lythcott-Haims’ main audience is parents, as college children, we can absorb her knowledge as a way to let our parents know our concerns for needing to grow up. Sophomore business major Niko Klein has his own unique situation — he lives in the same neighborhood as his parents. He said, “Coming into school, having wanted to move farther away, I made a promise to myself to simulate a situation as if I moved out of Westchester for college. So my transition into school and being independent
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Helicopter parents can stunt the maturation of college students who aren’t learning to be independent. was still really hard because I never went home to do laundry or get a home-cooked meal. They do a good job of giving me independence while I’m at school but sometimes I still feel their constraints.” Lythcott-Haims also mentions how college students sometimes are not willing to take on responsibility and grow up. She said, “Millennials use the word ‘adult’ as a verb. They say, ‘I don’t feel like adulting today.’ I’m heartened that they know ‘being adult’ exists, but disheartened that they think, ‘I don’t want to do that.’” When reading this statement, I couldn’t help but laugh, considering I used this term recently when I ran into a 17-year-old friend as I was grocery shopping alone at Trader Joe’s. I told her, “Wow this is embarrassing. I am being such an ‘adult’ right now.” Our generation seems to hold onto a sense of nostalgia in wanting to take a break from the stresses of
adulthood. Seeing someone who is in high school or venting about your problems to your mom makes you want to travel back to simpler times. Unfortunately, we need to accept the fact that we are growing up, adapt and stop complaining. While “adulting” may seem like a chore for most of us, it is the reality of our future. We are going to be living post-grad lives that require the utmost responsibility; so it is best we get in practice now. This means if you have a problem with a household chore, Google the answer. Every time you get a paycheck, put money into your savings account so when you do spend too much you can rely on yourself rather than mom or dad. Minimal tasks like these will make for an easier transition into paying bigger bills in the future. Senior political science major Victoria Coutinho does her best to maintain independence by relying on her own income for
most things rather than asking her parents for money. “I work and make my own money. With my own money, I could rely on them less and less,” she explained. But she is still not completely self-reliant, “I do still rely on them for tuition, car insurance, medical bills and phone bills.” No matter the level of helicopter parenting your parents exhibit, it is important that you do your best in becoming an adult. The transition period from teen to adult happens in college, and we need to make sure that once we graduate from LMU, we are ready to be fully independent. Sure, our parents’ jobs of caring and worrying about us will never end, but we can make sure they have less to worry about and instead remind them of the great job they did raising us. This is the opinion of Jackie Jones, a senior English major from La Habra, California. Email comments to email@example.com.
Reusable bottles take backseat to contracts Reusable Water Bottle from Page 9
“Coke is aware of the quantity and number of filling locations on our campus and has indicated there is no restriction on filling locations at LMU,” Dennis’ email said. So the question is, who is telling the truth? Our student body president, who allegedly “brought this issue up with various members of administration,” according to Tassone’s email, or Dennis, the man responsible for negotiating outside contracts on behalf of LMU? In order to get to the bottom of this, I requested a followup statement from Tassone. He stuck with his previous comments, responding via email: “As much as ASLMU would like to accommodate the students with more refillable water bottle stations, the University is in a binding contract with CocaCola.” Regardless of which one of these individuals is correct, students agree that it is time for
more widespread access to free and clean drinking water and the encouragement of reusable water bottles. “There’s a lot of places to buy plastic water bottles, but there’s no place to refill them. It’s definitely a problem,” said junior communication studies major Hannah Calton. Chen acknowledges the fair number of water fountains on campus, but recognizes the difference between a simple drinking fountain and a place to refill your water bottle. “People are just going to go to a water fountain for a couple sips of water; they’re not going to refill their water bottles with that,” Chen said. Having more water bottle refilling stations on campus will act as “a simple step to get people motivated to reuse their water bottles.” The fact of the matter is that having access to free and clean drinking water is a human right. I’m not arguing that LMU students do not have access to clean water, but the easiest and most convenient access comes
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The contract with Coca-Cola could limit the number of water bottle filling stations on campus until 2020. with an average price tag of nearly $2 per plastic bottle of Dasani. LMU prides itself on active pursuing social justice around the world, but if students who choose to be environmentally-minded — or simply conscious of their
budget — don’t have a place to fill up their reusable water bottles, where is the social justice in that? If you also feel strongly about the lack of water bottle refilling stations on campus, I encourage you to contact your student body
president or members of the LMU administration. They can’t ignore students’ voices for long. This is the opinion of Maria Nelson, a senior communications major from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Tweet comments to @ LoyolanOpinon, or email jjones@theloyolan.
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‘Cowspiracy’ sheds light on eating ‘for others’ Hear a Hira Hiranmayi Srinivasan Staff Writer
lobal water consumption, habitat destruction and species extinction. What do all these have in common? Their leading cause: animal agriculture. Animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the film, and yet many major environmental groups do not focus on this issue. Directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” is a documentary in which Andersen attempts to find out how growing animals for food is impacting our global environment and why nobody is talking about it. The documentary follows Andersen as he goes to interview the nation’s leading environmental organizations to ask them about their views on the consequences of animal agriculture. The organizations either talked around or simply avoided the question all together, bringing the focus back to fossil fuels and how they are much more harmful to our environment. Some refused to even give an interview. In an interview with environmental and food author Michael Pollan Andersen we discover
that the reason why these organizations do not focus on animal agriculture is because it would impede fundraising. They do not want to lose members by asking them to cut meat and dairy out of their lifestyles. And if there’s one thing the American public doesn’t like, it’s being told what to do. The documentary does an exceptional job of shedding light on the topic, with eye-opening statistics to support its claim that factory farming is the leading cause of many of our environmental issues. The interviews offered fresh perspectives from people of all different lifestyles, including people who had grown up on farms and are now advocating against animal agriculture. Former cattle rancher Howard Lyman said, “All we would need is for the environmentalists to live what they profess — and we’d be on a new course in the world. You can’t call yourself an environmentalist and eat animal products. Period.”
Sure, there’s Meatless Mondays, but it still doesn’t make up for the damage one inflicts during the remaining six days of the week. “Cowspiracy” even debunks the myths associated with living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
Andersen consults Dr. Michael A. Klaper to see if it is indeed possible to live a healthy life without meat or dairy. Klaper, who has been a vegetarian for 32 years himself, said that he and his vegan friends and patients are thriving. Ultimately, we see Andersen adopt a fully plant-based, sustainable lifestyle and decide that “instead of eating others, [he] will eat for others.” At the end of “Cowspiracy,” viewers are left with action items. Sure, there’s Meatless Mondays, but it still doesn’t make up for the damage one inflicts during the remaining six days of the week. The documentary empowers its viewers by showing that every day we each have the ability to save 1,100 gallons of water, 30 square feet of forest, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide and one animal’s life just by choosing to go meatless. At LMU, adding more vegetarian and vegan options — which I find lacking — to our menu would be the fastest way to positively impact our environment. Sodexo does a great job of using local sources that use sustainable methods and stocking up on produce, but there could be more vegetarian dishes on the menu. As a lifelong vegetarian, I can tell you that there are plenty of food options out there that are healthy, delicious and friendly to all of our four-legged companions. If you need a push to try out a vegan lifestyle, check out the 30-day vegan challenge on the film’s website.
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The documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” executively produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, is streaming on Netflix.
Go ahead and watch “Cowspiracy” on Netflix to see just how destructive factory farming is and how we can move toward a more sustainable future.
This is the opinion of Hiranmayi Srinivasan, a sophomore communication studies major from New York, New York. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan, or email krobinson@ theloyolan.com.
El Niño: our savior or just another storm? Hank’s Bank Hank Barenborg Contributor
ngelenos have been optimistic that the upcoming El Niño, which in certain winters can produce a significant amount of rain in California, will solve our state’s drought problem. Unfortunately, according to scientists, this will not be the case. According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, El Niño is a process where the surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean in the equa-
torial region rises, which affects global weather patterns, including increased rain in the southern region of the U.S. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that El Niño will end the drought; in actuality, it will not produce the massive quantity of water that California needs. Michelle Mead, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, explained to KPBS that even if this El Niño develops into the strongest on record in California, it will not end the drought. “The 2015 water year would need 150 percent of average rainfall, including 150 percent of snowpack, which means we also need a cooler air mass over Cali-
fornia so that we get a thicker and deeper snowpack,” Mead said. “And that would just be to break even; that would not necessarily end the drought but it would definitely help the reservoir situation and get us a little more ahead. But it would not be a drought buster by any means.” Scientists also warn that La Niña, which is a cooling of the Pacific sea temperatures along South America — whereas El Niño warms the ocean — may exacerbate the drought even more. It has also shown to lead to increased dry winters. For example, California was hit by the biggest El Niño on record in 1997-1998, but was quickly followed by La Niña and suffered a dry winter the next
Despite what many think, scientists say that El Niño will not completely alleviate California’s drought State of Emergency. “It would not be a drought buster by any means,” said Michelle Mead, a meteorologist.
year. Bill Patzert, a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explained to the Los Angeles Times in the article “Massive El Niño is now ‘too big to fail,’ scientist says” that California may be delirious over the idea of increased rain. Patzert said, “Thinking ahead one year, could we be whiplashed from deluge back to drought again? Because
El Niño will not solve the drought by itself.
remember, La Niña is the diva of drought.” In order to help end the drought, citizens of California need to take advantage of the rainfall. According to Andy Lipkis, founder of Los Angeles nonprofit Tree People, the majority of rain water is wasted and flows into the Pacific Ocean. “The biggest misconception is that it doesn’t rain in California. The fact is, it does rain, even in Los Angeles and Southern California. But we throw away most of that water because rather than collect it, we let it drain into the sea,” Lipkis said in a Forbes article titled “Why Does California Let Billions Of Gallons Of Fresh Water Flow Straight Into The Ocean?” Around 1 inch of rain in the Los Angeles region is equivalent to 10 billion gallons, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). If we do receive increased showers due to El
Niño, then we should take advantage of the majority of the water, instead of letting it funnel into the ocean. Fortunately, LADWP has begun to take action to preserve the rainfall by the use of storm water capture projects, but L.A. has yet to invest in a large scale project. LADWP earlier in the year announced the idea of the Van Norman Complex, which would be used to store and capture water. Most of all this project would help guide future facilities and the overall master plan for L.A.’s storm water, but it has not yet been completely approved. In 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission discovered that pipe leaks in urban areas led to the loss of 10 percent of useable water, which is around 283 million gallons. A huge loss like this can be easily prevented by replacing or repairing pipes and the use of pressure management to prevent high water pressure. El Niño will not solve the drought by itself. We must all keep doing our part to conserve water by decreasing shower time, investing in a reusable water bottle and conserving tap water. LMU can also improve its water conservation by installing watersaving shower heads and maintaining pipes. So the next time you see a sign that says to shorten shower time and conserve water — take responsibility and don’t expect the California drought to fix itself.
This is the opinion of Hank Barenborg, a freshman liberal arts undeclared major from Seattle, Washington. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan, or email krobinson@ theloyolan.com.
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[IN]visibility to shine a light on Asian culture Dancing Lee-murs Eric Lee
Life+Arts Intern @LALoyolan
very single student on this campus is part of a diverse network. Through Ethnic & Intercultural Services (EIS), LMU is able to celebrate this diversity and explore the possibilities of intercultural advancement. Tomorrow from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Asian Pacific Student Services (APSS) and LMU’s Chinese Student Association, Han Tao, will present the second event of the [IN]visibility Program, which will take place in St. Robert’s Auditorium. The [IN]visibility Program is a series of social programs that aims to educate and explore Asian Pacific Islander cultures through creative expressions. This particular event will feature a look into Chinese culture, with performances and workshops of a traditional Chinese handkerchief dance put on by Han Tao. This event is part of APSS’s goal of raising awareness among and about the Asian-Pacific American community within LMU. About 13 percent of undergraduate students at LMU are comprised of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Being such a substantial portion of LMU’s family, there is no excuse to not recognize Asian-Pacific American culture. There are students on this cam-
pus that come from a wide variety of Asian cultures. As you are walking around campus, you might not be aware of the expansive diversity of Asian students that make up such a big portion of LMU’s population. The problem is that Asian culture can be confusing to some, and often the distinctions among Asian cultures become muddled. “The Asian-Pacific culture is so broad that many people don’t know about it. So part of our goal is to share some of those cultural norms and cultural traditions through this venue of creative expression — be it dancing, singing or martial arts,” said Director of Asian Pacific Student Services Aristotle Moiser. APSS’s staging of this event also brings up another important goal, which is to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. One day on campus you might find yourself meeting someone from a Chinese or Vietnamese background, and the next day you might meet someone of Indonesian or Filipino heritage. The spectrum of Asian cultures is broad within LMU, and through the celebration of these different cultures, we all benefit as a community. This goes for the celebration of all cultures on campus. “I think, especially within the LMU community, celebrating the different ethnic groups on campus through these events really goes into our mission statement. We really celebrate diversity, and this comes with encouraging learning and educating the whole person,” said senior psychology major and Intercul-
Asian Pacific Student Services (APSS) puts on numerous intercultural events, including the [IN] visibility program. Pictured above is the 2014 Na Kolea Luau performance, an annual APSS production.
tural Facilitator Melanie De La Cruz. We all come from distinct cultures, and through events such as these we can explore the variety of cultures that make up our community. The diverse groups that make up LMU’s family all deserve recognition. It’s through these acts of recognition and appreciation that we can become a global community — one of acceptance. Henry Ward, director of intercultural affairs, shared his view on the importance of celebrating cultures: “There is an inclusive nature
that comes along with culture that I don’t think many people know about. People think of culture as race and ethnicity, but it’s broader than that. I think the more people understand that everybody has culture, and they participate in celebrating culture, then we break down a few barriers.” APSS, along with other services in EIS, will host numerous upcoming events to celebrate the varieties of culture at LMU. These events include a talk by YouTube sensation David Choi tomorrow at 6 p.m. in
the Hilton Center for Business Main Auditorium and World Fest — Third Tuesday: The Art of Sushi Making, which will take place in the Living Room on Tuesday, Nov. 17. As an Asian American myself, I find a great deal of pride and joy knowing that my school is making the efforts to celebrate my own heritage. This is the opinion of Eric Lee, a sophomore film/television production major from Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email email@example.com.
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CROSSWORDS series unites students and alumni The Doon-low Nicole Muldoon
Asst. Life+Arts Editor @LoyolanArts
t isn’t every day that distinguished alumni and current students are given the opportunity to come together to create something amazing. This weekend, however, that is exactly what will be taking place in LMU’s own Virginia Barnelle Theatre in the Foley Building. Once a year, LMU is host to the annual CROSSWORDS production, a series of comedic one-act plays written, directed and performed by alumni, students and professional actors and writers. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Sam Wasson Scholarship Fund, in commemoration of LMU theatre arts major Sam Wasson, who passed tragically in 2007. Every year, a scholarship from the fund is awarded to an exceptional theatre arts student. This year, class of ‘97 alumna and LMU lecturer in her spare time, Gloria Calderón Kellett, wrote, produced and will be acting in the production. Along with Kellett, other major professionals from the television industry have a hand in the production. “We have all kinds of TV writers involved — there’s a ‘Modern Family’ writer and other top-notch writers,” said Kellett. “We also have
professional television actors — we have an actor from ‘Black-ish,’ amongst others.” Kellett wants to ensure that this year’s CROSSWORDS production is even better than the last. “Students wanted to be more involved, so this year, we have a recent alumni piece from a student who just graduated, [along with] a piece from a current student starring other current students,” said Kellett. Diona Okunbo, a senior screenwriting major, and Caroline Levich (’14) are two LMU students who were chosen to have their work featured in this year’s production alongside the industry professionals. Levich is excited to be a part of CROSSWORDS after admiring the production as an undergraduate student. “All of the pieces are so different from one another and are both hilarious and heartfelt,” said Levich. “As an undergraduate, I always came to this show. Most of the people involved in CROSSWORDS are LMU alums, so I would leave the night feeling so inspired. Everyone is so talented and has achieved major success, so it’s cool to see them come back to the school for a good cause. … I’m very excited to have made the leap from the audience onto the stage, [and] I hope that the show provides inspiration for other students as it did for me.” Okunbo, who wrote a play called
“Second Crushes,” is incredibly enthusiastic about the production. “This year’s production is phenomenal,” said Okunbo. “Every single one of the plays is hilarious, fun, [heart-felt and] relatable. I’ve seen every one of the plays, and I honestly could’t choose a favorite one.” Kellett hopes that the CROSSWORDS production continues to connect LMU theatre arts students to the real-world entertainment industry. “I want ... to make sure that there’s a strong LMU presence in Hollywood, and I feel like the change has to start from within,” said Kellett. “It’s important to be in touch with the next generation.” In order to encourage this alumni-student interaction, Kellett invites all students in attendance to come to Cinco, a mexican restaurant and bar, in Westchester after each show. Here, students may speak with the actors and writers involved in the production. It is important to Kellett that students leave the production feeling empowered. “I hope students are inspired,” said Kellett. “It’s a really great, varied night of theater, and I really want students to leave thinking, ‘I should go home and write something.’” CROSSWORDS will be staged in LMU’s Barnelle Theatre this Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m., Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets. com and are $10 for LMU staff and
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LMU students, alumni and industry professionals will be performing a series of comedic one-act plays this weekend. students, and $20 for general admission.
This is the opinion of Nicole Muldoon, sophomore psychology major from Highland, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best routes for you and your hoverboard Main Mang Kelsey Mangan Life+Arts Editor @kmaaaan_
hey’ve been called hoverboards, electric standing scooters, mini-Segways, Swegways and “what the hell is that?” Whatever you choose to call them, it’s undeniable that these gadgets have taken over campus. From the Lair Marketplace to the library, students are riding all over LMU on their twowheeled transports. If you’ve shelled out the cash for one of these boards, here are a few suggested routes: Route 5: The Hangover Roll Perhaps the most beneficial use of the hoverboard is its use as a morning-after body transporter — more specifically to the Lair. The Lair gets a bad rap, but let’s be honest; their pancakes are the ultimate hangover cure. So go ahead and roll your way to and through the Lair on the most frequent hoverboard path I’ve witnessed. See Route 5 in green on the map. Route 4: The Scenic Route (otherwise known as Car vs. Man) If you’re willing to risk angry cars flying around you, I suggest taking the long way around campus all the way around Ignatian Circle, past Sacred Heart Chapel and Sunken Garden. Take in the beautiful scenery, and the stressed out freshmen rushing
to U-Hall. See Route 4 in blue on the map. Route 3: Sunday St-roll A simple ride down Alumni Mall is the ultimate reprieve from a busy week. Take in the gorgeous sight of Sacred Heart framed by palm trees in the distance. In addition, you’re bound to run into at least a few people you know along this busy route. On second thought, for the socially awkward like myself, maybe take a detour. See Route 3 in purple on the map. Route 2: Rebel Rebel If you’re the rule-breaking hoverboarding type, take a risk and ride down Von der Ahe Palm Walk during the restricted ride hours. If you’re looking to be a two-wheeled maven, go ahead. But just know, I’m mostly suggesting this because I’d love to see a hoverboard versus P-Safe Segway chase through campus. See Route 2 in orange on the map. Route 1: Thrill-seeker If you’re the adventurous type and want to truly feel the wind through your hair, try route one, the snaking pathway that curves downhill along the Bluff. Though hoverboards typically max out at around 6 miles per hour, this route will fulfill your need for speed. I have seen many a skateboarder attempt this hill, but not all succeed. I believe a hoverboard can conquer it, and there’s only one way to find out. See Route 1 in reddish-brown on the map.
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Hoverboards are taking over the campus. Lucky for you, all of the best routes are on the map above. Don’t have a hoverboard yet? It’s not too late to hop on this trend and start scootering around campus.
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Entertainment and STEM research collide Students apply computer games and beyond to research in their first year at LMU.
kinks with friction and nuances and all that.
DP: It was just an online application. We had to say the goals of our project, a rough timeline of when we would start and when we would finish and all the steps in between.
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or first-year college students, it takes some time to find activities suited to their academic and extracurricular interests. However, two freshman science students, physics major Daniel Pascoe and engineering physics major Josh Bernardin, have already done just that. Both have taken on ambitious research projects with academic adviser Vincent Coletta, professor of physics, looking to become active members of the scientific community by engaging in undergraduate research during their first semester. Jackie Galvez (JG): What is the project you’re currently working on? Daniel Pascoe (DP): Well, for me, Dr. Coletta found a computer game that he thinks is going to boost pattern recognition and problem solving capabilities, so we’re going to do a statistical test to see if it actually does. The basic outline is we’re going to have a before and after where we’ll give the students an intelligence test of some form — it’s going to be a written test in this case — and they’re going to do this computer program for a month and a half to two months. There are 60 levels and they get rapidly more difficult, so we’re guessing it’ll take about two months for the majority of students. And then they’ll take the post-test and we’ll see if the students’ scores improved between pre- and post- test. Josh Bernardin (JB): For my project, Dr. Coletta has already done a lot of designing for this lab experiment for high school students in a physics class or college students that demonstrates Newton’s second law of force versus acceleration. They’re supposed to pull a partner on a cart and based on the tension ... they can find the acceleration, and you’re supposed to keep a constant tension so you can see how that relates to the velocity of the cart. And so we’re kind of just working out some
JG: What was the process for getting grant money for your project?
JB: We just had an application and for me, since I already have work study, I ask[ed] to translate it into this; it was pretty simple. JG: How do you feel as freshmen working on large undergraduate research projects? DP: It’s definitely a really good feeling, because at other schools you don’t even start until junior year with some research opportunities, and so this is awesome. JB: I am really excited about it. A big reason I went to this school was because I wanted to get some hands-on application, not just be studying in classes. I wasn’t expecting to get undergraduate research right off the bat, so when [Coletta] started talking about it, I couldn’t believe it.
A big reason I went to this school was because I wanted to get some hands-on application, not just be studying in classes. JG: What have been some of the biggest challenges of your project thus far? DP: The biggest technicality for mine is just picking people, because in any statistics study with human subjects, the hardest part is picking people. So what Dr. Coletta and I are doing, we went to the psychology department because [psychology] students have to do three hours of research, so we’re going to steal a couple of those. That was the biggest kink, and I think that’s going to be our solution: we’re just gonna borrow a couple of psych majors. Another problem came up because Dr. Coletta also wanted a control group of sorts. We’re going to have two separate groups: one group that’ll do the
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Above, the computer game that Daniel Pascoe is using for research with Dr. Coletta. The game is designed to develop the user’s intelligence over time.
via Andrew York Freshman physics major Daniel Pascoe and freshman engineering physics major Josh Bernardin are pictured with their research project in Seaver Hall. They are already making waves in the science community in their first year. computer game that Dr. Coletta found and one group that’ll have a placebo that I found, and we’re going to compare the two; and ideally the group that does the computer game will increase more so than the other group. The hardest part for me was finding a computer game that seemed like it would help people without actually helping people, so that was extremely challenging for me. JB: For my project, there’s a big issue with rolling friction, and we need to be able to account for that. We need to do a lot of testing and retesting to figure out how we can adjust so that when these students do the experiment, they don’t have to worry so much about it. It’s kind of
already set up for them to do. Just last Thursday when we were testing, we realized it might not be as easy as it may seem to try to account for this rolling friction, so [we’re] both trying to think of ways that we can figure that out in the best way possible. We’re not going to be able to account for [it] perfectly, so we need to do as best as we can. JG: What have been the most rewarding parts of this experience for you thus far? DP: For me, the most rewarding part is working with an amazing faculty member like Dr. Coletta. He’s extremely supportive and extremely talented and he’s been [facilitating] undergraduate research for many many years, so
he really knows how to work out the kinks and who to contact and all that. Working with him is extremely rewarding in itself, and as Josh said, it’s definitely going to open the gate for future research opportunities down the line. JB: Well, like I said earlier, just the fact that I’m doing undergraduate research because I didn’t expect to be doing this freshman year. And I know that because I’m doing undergraduate research now, it’s going to be easier to get into things later. Since I already know Dr. Coletta, that kind of helps with networking which maybe leads into other undergraduate research opportunities. I don’t know yet, but I’m excited about it!
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is a great example of LMU’s goal to educate the whole person. Lasorda is an advocate for sportsmanship and he always gave himself to others, especially to children. On Tuesday night, Lasorda spoke in front of a packed house of fans. He made everyone laugh at his jokes, many of which involved his wife, as well as the work he has done for others. He started with a joke about a time he spoke at an event in a ballroom where a married couple was celebrating their 50th anniversary in the next room. After finding out that Lasorda was next door, the couple’s son was able to talk to him and explain that his parents were huge Dodgers fans, but that they had never been able to meet Lasorda. He waited patiently in the other ballroom un-
til the couple walked out to the dance floor for their first dance. He then “tapped the guy on the shoulder and said, ‘Hey, buddy, can I get in here?’” As only Lasorda could, he had a few more funny stories for everyone to keep the mood light. Lasorda left some strong and inspiring remarks for students and others in the crowd, saying, “This is the greatest country in the world. You can be anything you want to be if you work hard for it and have self-confidence.” Lasorda is now forever an ambassador for the LMU community. If his time with the Dodgers is any indicator, he will carry that title with pride. “Tommy, we all know that if you were cut, you would bleed Dodger blue. But now I hope, along with that Dodger blue, there will be a little bit of LMU Crimson that will bleed out as well,” Hellige said.
Santa Clara senior midfielder Dylan Autran, who got one past Lions’ senior goalie, Paul Blanchette. Scrambling for an equalizer, sophomore forward Cruz Corral became the hero of the moment by scoring in the 79th minute. “We got the ball to the middle; I tried to open up my run a little bit,” Corral said. “[Sophomore forward Maurice Morton] slipped me in, I took a good first touch that set me up, then I just hit it, and that did the rest.” With the score tied 1-1 and the last 10 minutes of the match ending scoreless, the game was sent into overtime. In the sixth minute of overtime, Santa Clara sophomore forward Carlos Delgadillo sent the game-winner into the back of the net. “It was a tough one. It was a grind, just like all WCC games,” Corral said. “We forced it into overtime, [but that was a] tough way to go out.” “Every time we play Santa Clara, it’s hard-fought,” McFarlin said. “All the times I’ve played them, [there have been] so many overtime games [and] so many close games; it just [came] down to a couple bounces here, a couple bounces there, today.” Unfortunately, these bounces proved lethal for LMU. Despite 12 shots on goal, the Lions could only get one into the back of the net. “[Our] guys played hard, and we had our chances [to score],” said Krumpe. “I think we prob-
ably got dragged down for a penalty [that] didn’t get called, and unfortunately a few minutes later, they got a goal at the other end. It happens.” The Lions went into Sunday’s game trying to play spoiler because they were already eliminated from a shot at the conference title. In addition to trying to eliminate Santa Clara, the Lions wanted to give the seniors one last win at home. “This group was all in place when we won the WCC two years ago. They were all in place for the last two years when we only lost four times during the season in both years,” said Krumpe. “It’s been a really good group, I’m very proud of them, and certainly we’re going to miss them.” The Lions concluded their home schedule for the season. They have one more game on the road as they take on the University of San Francisco on Nov. 14, again in the position as spoiler. “Coach said to just go over there and try to end [San Francisco’s] season because they can still win the WCC,” said Corral. “That’s our main goal: to go over there and try to get a win.” “If we pick up any points up there, we eliminate San Francisco,” Krumpe stated. “San Diego has to go up and play against Santa Clara and get something out of that for them to win the title. If they get any points or if we can help them out by knocking out San Francisco, then we’re
going to do that.” Although the Lions were eliminated from postseason play, they look forward to their chances for next season. A majority of the starting lineup will be returning, in addition to the great deal of those injured this year. “I’ve never been more excited about an offseason than I am with this group,” said Krumpe. “We’re only going to lose five points out of our total this year that is graduating. [Senior forward Akio Othake-Gordon] has a goal and [McFarlin] has a goal and an assist,” Krumpe said. Out of all the points the Lions acquired throughout the season, only five of them were thanks to players who will be graduating. The rest of the points were recorded by players that Krumpe plans to have returning to the team next season. “We’ll get [junior midfielder] Adrien Perez back, we’ll get [junior forward] Connor Johnson on the field and we’ll get [sophomore midfielder] Antonio Porreco on the field,” Krumpe said. “We had a large number of injured guys at the end of the year; we got a great recruiting class in [addition to] the guys that didn’t play [this year]. We’re going to be pretty special next year.” Sunday’s loss to Santa Clara drops the Lions’ overall record to 8-9-0, and they hope to come out with a win in their final game at San Francisco.
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“It feels really good [to be the alltime assists record holder at LMU],” said Blankenship. “I’m happy that it was in a game like this where we beat our cross-town rival and had one of my BFFs score the goal. So, it was awesome.” The best friend Blankenship was referring to is Sanger, who scored the goal. “[Sophomore defender] Raquel [Angelone] flicked it off the near post, and I just got past my defender and I poked it in with my toe,” said Sanger. “I really wanted to do it for the seniors. I’ve gotten really close with them over the past two years, and I know how much it meant to them and we all just wanted to do it for them.” Saturday’s game marked the final game of the regular season for LMU women’s soccer. The nine seniors were all honored at the beginning of the game as the team celebrated Senior Night. Saturday’s win at Sullivan Field also marked an undefeated season for the Lions at home. The team went 10-0 this year at Sullivan.
“The highlight [of the season] is 10 wins at Sullivan and the crowds that we got,” said head coach Michelle Myers. “For me, that was incredible this year. The support we got, and like I said, just hearing those cheers and the girls just enjoying it. I think it’s pretty special when you have a whole season and you didn’t lose one single game at home.” With Saturday’s win, the Lions tied for second place in the WCC with the University of San Francisco (USF). Brigham Young University (BYU) finished in first place in the WCC and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA post-season tournament of 64. Third place finisher Santa Clara also earned a bid. USF, who tied for second, was left out of the bracket. The 2015-2016 season senior class for the Lions is as follows: defensemen Cassidy Nicks, midfielder Kristen Vasquez, midfielder Jocelyn Blankenship, midfielder Ally Andreini, midfielder Madison Heilmann, forward Shannon Kent, midfielder/forward Morgan Hilby, forward Callie Taylor and defensemen/midfielder Natalia Behnken.
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Senior midfielder and team captain Jocelyn Blankenship (right), earned postseason honors by making the All-WCC First Team, along with senior midfielder/forward, Morgan hilby. Blankenship recently set the LMU career assist record with 19.
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LMU bestows honorary degree Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda received an honorary doctorate in humane letters.
GOLF The men’s golf team took a trip to Maui this past weekend to play in the Ka’anapali Classic. Senior Connor Campbell was the top golfer of the weekend, shooting a threeround 212. His performance earned him a ninth-place finish, and he led the team to a 10th place finish for the tournament. In the final round, Campbell shot a 71. Overall, the team shot an 887 in the final event of the fall season. MEN’S WATER POLO Bearing “KT1” on all of their right shoulders, the men played Thursday in mourning of former teammate Kyle Testman (‘14), who passed away on Nov. 4. Testman was a two-time All-WWPA goalie, and his younger brother Tyler is currently a junior on the team. The team fell to UC Davis, snapping an eight-match win streak, but the result was hardly the focus of the day as the entirety of the Lion community mourned the loss of a valuable member in Testman.
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Tommy Lasorda is a man that can basically be referred to as the king of Los Angeles, at least in the sports world. On Tuesday, he was honored not only for his contribution to baseball, but also to the Los Angeles community as a whole. A little bit of background on Lasorda for those of you who don’t know him: First, he is regarded as baseball’s most popular ambassador. Lasorda won two World Series, four National League pennants and eight division titles during his 20 years as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2000, Tommy came out of retirement to manage the United States baseball team in the Olympics, where they won their first Gold Medal. Lasorda said that this is “the greatest professional achievement I have ever had.” Lasorda is currently in his 66th year with the Los Angeles Dodgers and in his ninth season as special adviser to the chairman. Along with the many responsibilities he holds, he also has been a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and regularly visits the Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Speakers at the event included LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Athletic Director Bill Husak, Chair of the Board of Trustees Kathleen Aikenhead and Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Hellige. They commented on how they looked up to Lasorda when they were younger, not only as sports fans, but also for what he has done in the community for LMU. Husak even explained that Lasorda See Lasorda | Page 18
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Tommy Lasorda’s (left) honorary doctorate ceremony hosted many great speakers. President Timothy Law Snyder (right) and Athletic Director Dr. William Husak were among those present.
Soccer bound for NCAA Tourney
The men’s soccer team dropped its penultimate game against The Lions earned a bid for the Santa Clara Broncos at the NCAA Tournament after Sullivan Field. defeating rival Pepperdine in an overtime thriller. Jackson Tave Sports Intern
The men’s soccer team hosted the Santa Clara Broncos this past Sunday for the 2015 Senior Sunday, with the Broncos coming on top 2-1. Seven Lions suited up at Sullivan Field for the last time, including redshirt senior John McFarlin. “The biggest thing is just the people, teammates,” stated McFarlin when asked about his LMU soccer career. “I’ve been here for five years, so you just look at all those years, all those guys, just friends for life; that’s five different teams I’ve gotten to bond with. All of my older friends are here supporting me today, so that’s really what it’s all about.” With one game left on the road, McFarlin has 19 career assists, two shy of the LMU record of 21 held by Arturo Torres (1999-2002). Alluding to his senior players, Head Coach Paul Krumpe said, “This whole group has been really special. I don’t think they’ve lost to Santa Clara since their freshman year.” Santa Clara dominated possession in the first 10 minutes of the game, before a counterattack opportunity opened up for LMU, followed by another counter for Santa Clara, thus setting the tone for a fairly evenly matched game. The first half saw a scoreless draw with five shots from Santa Clara and six from LMU. The tie was broken in the 68th minute by See M. Soccer | Page 18
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Women’s soccer tied for second place in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Saturday after defeating conference rivals Pepperdine University 1-0 in extra time in the last game of the regular season. Sophomore forward Sarah Sanger scored the game-winning goal off a corner that senior midfielder Jocelyn Blankenship crossed in just two minutes into overtime. On Monday, the Lions received a spot in the 2015 NCAA tournament of 64 teams and will play the University of California, Berkeley this Saturday, Nov. 14, in the first round. The Lions also received word this week that Head Coach Michelle Myers and several players were honored in the WCC for their accomplishments this season. Myers was honored as the WCC Coach of the Year. Senior midfielder Jocelyn Blankenship and senior midfielder and forward Morgan Hilby were named to the All-WCC Women’s Soccer First Team. Senior defender Callie Taylor was awarded Co-Defender of the Year. Saturday’s game-winning goal not only gave the Lions the win, but also gave Blankenship the last assist she needed to break the school record for career assists as a single player. See W. Soccer | Page 19
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The women’s soccer team earned a spot in the 64-team NCAA Tournament after finishing tied for second in the WCC. They play UC Berkeley in their opening match on Saturday at Cal.
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Men’s and women’s programs earn promising wins in exhibition matches The men’s and women’s basketball teams had major successes in the preseason, with the men winning their one exhibition game and the women coming out on top in their two. The women kicked off the weekend with a nail-biter when they beat Cal State San Bernardino 64-59. The Lions were led in points by senior forward Sophie Taylor (19) and sophomore forward Bree Alford (18). The men followed up that performance with a dominating 34-point win over Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Lions outrebounded the Toros 40-27 and were led by sophomore forward Petr Herman (10). The final exhibition game for the women’s team was against Bethesda University, in which they won in dominating fashion, 101-81, over the Flames.
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This season in 27 words
Represent LMU -Freshman forward Cheyanne Wallace
-Freshman guard Miles Crawford
-Freshman guard Jeffery McClendon
-Junior guard Matt Hayes
-Freshman guard Munis Tutu
-Sophomore forward Bree Alford
Lion Pride -Junior guard Leslie Lopez-Wood
-Senior guard Deanna Johnson
-Sophomore guard Makenzie Cast
-Sophomore guard/forward Joshua Spiers
NCAA Tournament -Junior guard Shelbi Aimonetti
New opportunities -Senior guard/forward Sophie Taylor
-Sophomore center Megan Roberson
Out-perform Be feared and respected -Sophomore guard Deshka Olson
-Sophomore forward Chloe Hall
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Chloe hall Sport: Women's basketball
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Q: What matchup are you looking forward to the most this season? A: Well, there’s Pepperdine for obvious reasons, since they’re our rivals, but we get to travel to Hawaii for a tournament, so I’m excited to see the different kinds of teams (other than WCC teams). Also UC Boulder because it’s a different, bigger school. Gonzaga as well because the women’s team matches the success of the men’s, and the crowd is incredible. Q: What is your favorite thing to do outside of basketball? A: Exploring, traveling, cultural immersion and languages (Spanish and French).
Q. What is your favorite basketball team?
Q: What is your favorite part about LMU?
A: [The] Duke men’s team.
A: The student body; it sounds cliché, but I’ve never met someone I didn’t like.
Q: Describe your pregame routine. A: I like to drink a lot of water; I try to drink seven to eight bottles throughout the day before a game, and then I try to eat before 4:30 p.m. (if it’s a 7 p.m. game). Rather than get pumped up, I calm myself down by listening to classical music.[The] whole team gets there at 5:30 p.m. I get there at 5 p.m.Coach gives us the 10-minute toughness talk, which is pretty much like mental preparation. Then there’s the team stretch, followed by a pregame speech, then basketball oriented warm-ups, then back into the locker room for pregame.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Q: City or beach? A: A beach that’s near a city. If I had to choose it would be city because I like to explore and try new things.
A: Any Will Ferrell movie. Q: Who is your favorite musical artist? A: Kings of Leon. Q: If you could compare yourself to any cartoon character, who would it be? A: Woody from "Toy Story." Q: If you could have a dinner with anyone, dead or alive, whom would you choose? A: Gandhi, because my Jainism class really interested me in being centered with oneself before others. I’d love to talk to him about how he saw the world when he was younger. Information compiled by Jackson Tave, Sports Intern; Graphic: Xian Wong | Loyolan