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Feeling ready for spring break already? Read about how to focus until then.
Swimmer Kjirsten Magnuson had a recordbreaking performance.
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Parking tickets prompt confusion Recent enforcement confuses students despite no change in parking regulations. Amanda Lopez Asst. News Editor @LALoyolan
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University President David W. Burcham joined the LMU Pep Band Thursday, Feb. 20, when the men’s basketball team faced off against rival Pepperdine University. Although the team lost by three points, Burcham’s performance was a highlight of the night.
Applicants visit, pursue scholarships LMU is interviewing its top 85 prospective applicants in a two-day program on campus. Michael Busse
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Nearly one hundred of the best and brightest applicants to LMU’s class of 2018 are visiting campus on Sunday and Monday to compete for the University’s most prestigious merit scholarships. Around 85 students are participating in the two-day visit, called Presidential Preview Weekend, during which they will undergo an interview and experience many facets of life on the Bluff. While the students try to impress the interviewers, Presidential Preview Weekend is also the University’s chance to impress the prospective Lions. “It’s the University’s opportunity to demonstrate to these most accomplished students really great reasons for coming to LMU,” according to Matt Fissinger, director of admissions. “They’re going to have great options and probably some difficulty deciding
where they want to go. We hope this helps inform their decision, ultimately in LMU’s favor.” The prospective students, who come from all across the country, began their visit on Sunday morning with a campus tour. Along with their parents, they ate lunch at an event with President David W. Burcham, and heard presentations from each college. On Sunday afternoon, visitors were matched with current students to host them for the evening. Several hosts chose to partake in the weekend because of their own experience at Presidential Preview Weekend as high school students. One such student host is sophomore English major Emmett Schlenz, who hosted three visitors in his room. “The first time I experienced LMU … was during Presidential Preview Weekend,” said Schlenz, who is from Rhode Island. “My host was super cool. I had a great experience with him, and I’d like to offer people at least the opportunity to have the same experience.” As of Sunday afternoon, many visiting students were impressed with their experience at LMU so far. “It’s definitely had the best presentation so far of any school I’ve visited,” said Jacob Cusick, a high school senior from Portland, See PPW | Page 3
Parking enforcement rules and regulations at LMU are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although students are expected to know parking rules and regulations stated in the Parking and Transportation Rules and Regulations for 2013-2014, some students have recently questioned if there have been changes in parking enforcement. When it comes to the 30-minute parking lot next to the Hannon and Tenderich Apartments, many students thought the rule was being newly enforced on weekends because of signs that have been posted. While it is true that this 30-minute rule is enforced on weekends, it is not a new rule or regulation and has always been in effect. According to Coby Wagman, director of Parking and Transportation, “The time spaces have always been [enforced] 24/7. We received feedback that some people were using those spaces as permanent parking spots after hours, which resulted in students being unable to load and unload groceries and things like that. We are just reminding people and have extended our coverage to monitor it a little bit later into the evening.” Wagman spoke further about the confusion See Parking | Page 3
Mane hosts Glow in One
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Mane Entertainment hosted its Friday Night Lights event, “Glow in One,” on the evening of Friday, Feb. 21, where students gathered at Sunken Garden to enjoy both free pizza and glow-in-the-dark mini golf games.
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Fulbright scholar lectures on anti-human trafficking Faisal Nurdin Idris discussed research last Thursday at Convo. Carly Barnhill
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A dozen students and faculty gathered in University Hall last Thursday during Convo to listen to Faisal Nurdin Idris speak about his research on the politics of anti-human trafficking. The event was sponsored by the National & International Scholarship Office and received positive feedback from those who attended. Kathleen Harris, the director of the National & International Scholarship office, introduced Idris as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of WisconsinMadison. “The Fulbright Program has provided more than 318 thousand international and U.S. participants, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe one another’s political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants,” according to the Fulbright website.
Idris researches different topics, but focuses specifically on the comparative connections between security and political systems in different places. He shared his current research and perspective on anti-human trafficking patterns at the meeting. The event explored a comparative perspective of Indonesia, Thailand and the United States and the politics of anti-human trafficking in these countries. Idris has studied the topic extensively and his lecture on Thursday explored the different patterns of anti-trafficking and their respective results. Idris explained that the nature of human trafficking crosses many boundaries, and there are many dimensions of anti-human trafficking. There are different approaches to studying the issue, but over the last two decades it has become a major concern across the globe. “I knew human trafficking was a problem, but I never knew a lot about it,” said junior communication studies major Chase Wilt. “He discussed the problem in detail, and I found it to be very interesting.” Human trafficking is often referred to as modern day slavery, and it has recently become a concern among many
people. It is a complicated issue involving different patterns and organizational structures and many are fighting to put an end to it. Idris spoke to his listeners about the ways in which political organizations both support and limit those who are taking action against human trafficking. He went on to explore the ways that these organizations intervene to fight movements against human trafficking across the three countries. “[Faisal is] able to not just talk about his own research, but also to spread that idea of Fulbright, which is person-to-person diplomacy,” said Harris. “We were talking before everyone came … about what Fulbright means, and it is the way that you can actually enact almost any of your interests and passions. It’s the way that you can go to a different country and work with people like Faisal that are also interested in your issue and your course of study, your creative activity. There are amazing opportunities for students and faculty and staff to participate in Fulbright.” Nine LMU students are finalists for Fulbright this year. “We can make a project work for anybody,” Harris said, with regard to the Fulbright Scholarship.
This issue, Editor in Chief Zaneta Pereira sits down with outgoing Editor in Chief Kevin O’Keeffe to talk about his experience at the Loyolan.
How did you first get involved with the Loyolan?
I was a staff writer my freshman year. I was working at ROAR Network at the time. Then when my time with ROAR came to an end fairly early into sophomore year, the same week the thenassistant managing editor and sports editor Michael Goldsholl messaged me out of the blue... With my job at ROAR Network coming to an end the same week, it sort of felt serendipitous and I just thought I should take the opportunity, whatever it was.
What drew you to the position of EIC?
After I got managing editor, I was committed to doing editor in chief a year from then. That sounds ridiculous, but I knew I wouldn’t want to do managing editor for two years in a row. I knew I was bought into the Loyolan for all three years. ... My goal was to do the best possible job I could as managing editor in preparation for becoming EIC.
What do you think has been the Loyolan’s biggest success during your time as EIC?
The redesign, absolutely. That could have really flopped, that could have made people scratch their heads and go “Why is the Loyolan changing? Oh I don’t like this,” but we got such a positive response on that.
What are three things no one knows about you?
I’m a secret video game nerd. I’m not really an Xbox guy, I’m not really a PlayStation guy, but like old-school Nintendo stuff I love to death ... I’m also a total wine fanatic, specifically red wine. ... I was born in San Antonio which people are always surprised about because I talk a lot about Austin.
Who was the most interesting person you got to interview?
Chiara Sulprizio, the professor I interviewed and whose story was the lead for my faculty unionization article, really fascinated me. ... Her story was really gripping about how she’d adopted a child and took literally one day of maternity leave, and it immediately gave me the focus I needed. I remember even how she told her story, and I don’t remember that a lot. That interview was just this sharp, interesting moment for me.
What do you think you will miss most about being EIC and working at the Loyolan?
The people. I always say this, and I think I offend some student group every time, but I think Loyolan students are the best students on campus. And I don’t say that just because I’m biased. I say that because it brings people who are passionate, driven and want to actually do something together.
Read the rest of Kevin O’Keeffe’s interview at laloyolan.com.
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LMU welcomes top applicants to the Bluff PPW from Page 1
Ore. interested in studying finance. “I’m not really interested in any other small schools, but this one really stands out because everybody seems so happy and glad to be here. And I go to a Jesuit high school, so the Jesuit aspect is appealing.” “I liked that they were talking about how you can really get to know your professors … I think that’s really cool,” said Alec Beyers, who is visiting from Tulsa, Okla. Beyers is interested in electrical engineering. Small class sizes, access to professors and the on-campus community were just a few of the many features that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, which organized the event, highlighted throughout the weekend. Other events included a dessert social at an alumnus’ house and a panel for parents about the University Honors Programs. Presidential Preview Weekend is also used to determine the recipients of the Trustees’ Scholarship and Presidential Scholarships, which cover full tuition and half tuition respectively. Members of a 10-member committee of faculty,
who will make the final decisions, interviewed the visitors. “There’s no magic formula or single profile that prevails,” said Fissinger, when asked what kind of student the committee looks for. “It’s a diverse group in terms of their accomplishments. … It’s hard to predict what [the committee members] are going to latch onto and what they’re going to be excited about.” LMU has funding for ten Trustees’ Scholars and 20 Presidential Scholars, all of whom will be chosen after the interviews wrap up on Monday. Until the visiting students leave campus on Monday afternoon, they spend time with their student hosts, sleeping in residence halls and attending class. “I want to make some prospective student’s experience fun and entertaining. One thing I hate is when people try to force you to go somewhere you don’t want to go; I won’t try to do that,” said junior film production major Cameron Billingham, who attended PPW two years ago and is hosting a student this year. “But I want them to see the good stuff about LMU. I think your first impression of a school is often what you decision will rest upon.”
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Prospective students ate at a catered event at Roski’s on Sunday night as part of Presidential Preview Weekend. The LMU Office of Undergraduate Admission hosted 85 of the top applicants.
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concerning signs that had been placed in several parking lots. “There is no change to the rules. We are just highlighting the fact that red curbs, handicaps and fire lanes are California vehicle codes, and people seem to forget that sometimes. We were getting reports of blocked fire access lanes, so we just put the signs out to remind or make it a little bit clearer to help illustrate those types of regulations,” he said. For now, Wagman does not believe there will be any major changes to parking rules and regulations. “As things come up, we try to adjust to what is best for everybody, but I do not foresee major changes in the parking program,” he said. While Wagman does not think changes are necessary, some students feel that certain aspects of parking could be improved. Lexi Fitzmaurice, a junior communication studies major, believes the current rules and regulations are fair. However, She said she does feel that the price of parking as well as the limited lot space needs improvement. “Parking is way too expensive, especially because I have a sister who pays to park on campus also. The overarching issue, however, is that there are not enough parking spaces and parking lots
around campus,” she said. Another student, freshman health and human sciences major LaShyra Nolen, expressed her views concerning LMU parking enforcement. “I think that parking enforcement means well, but is overall very inconsistent. I have gotten three parking tickets here at LMU for parking outside of my ‘sector’ for 30 minutes,” she said. For how much students pay for parking, one would think that there would be more parking options available and greater leniency with some situations.” Nolen does recognize that despite these issues, the LMU Parking and Transportation puts certain regulations in place in order to keep parking running smoothly. “I do believe that LMU’s parking department is constantly attempt to make improvements. All in all, the regulations do annoy me at times, but they are reasonably put in place,” she said. Without many of them, I think there would be chaos on campus in regards to parking.” Wagman agrees, and says the regulations put in place by the LMU Parking and Transportation department are primarily used to follow California vehicle codes. “If there is a violation, we will issue a ticket. We just try to be as fair as possible,” he said.
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Spring break is nigh: a pep talk D = mc2 Devin Feldman
Asst. Opinion Editor @d_fman
pring break will be here soon – the key word being soon. It’s not now. It’s not tomorrow. It wasn’t last week, but spring break will be here soon. So soon, in fact, that you may be finding yourself in the next few nights drinking a Corona and lime with one of those little umbrellas in it instead of, say, writing your fourpage essay on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave or studying for your third O-Chem midterm. But let’s get real here – that’s not what you should be doing. What you should be doing is pacing yourself because like I said before, spring break is almost here. This is not a drill. This is a pep-talk. Persevere. Don’t let the impending awesome make you lose sight of your goals. If your schedule is anything like mine, you have way too much stuff to do between now and Feb. 28, when spring break officially starts. And you need to stick with it. I didn’t stick with it, once. I got a C. Who does that? Like, seriously. Don’t get a C – you’re better than that. You know the midterm your professor scheduled directly before spring break? Yeah, they did that for a reason: so you don’t have to worry about anything over break. You’re probably freaking out, though. Like, OMG. “How could Professor Whatever schedule this midterm right before spring break? I’m gonna be so busy juice cleansing and tanning and making Cabo-specific sorority shirts to have time to study for that!” Well, here’s how I see it: Professor Whatever is doing you a favor. Get that out of the way now. You’re trying to tell me you’d rather take that test on the tail end of a six-day hangover? Nah. You can do this. I believe in you. Whether you’re going to Cabo, home,
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Whistler or – I don’t know – Pebble Beach or something, the fact of the matter is this: You’re about to be really over this whole “school” thing right before leaving. It’s about halfway through the semester, and you’re getting bogged down. But spring break is our reward for a job well done for the first half of the semester. Don’t let it be ruined by unnecessary stress caused by potentially failing every test and assignment you had the week before. Take a step back and think about what you have to look forward to. I’m talking about sleeping in, night-drinking, daydrinking, afternoon-drinking, morningdrinking, clubs on clubs and maybe even homemade food, depending on what your
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plans are. Spring break is our oasis in the middle of the desert. Keep trudging through the sand, but don’t chug all the water – or tequila – in your canteen (maybe it’s a flask, I don’t know) just yet, because you’ve still got a couple miles left, and the last thing you need is to fall face-first into a palm tree lining the shores of a beautiful oasis. I don’t know about you, but falling facefirst into palm trees is something I’m trying not to do again. So keep on chuggin’, slugger. Chuggin’, not chugging. You got this. This is the opinion of Devin Feldman, a junior communication studies major from Aurora, Ore. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email email@example.com.
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Students’ voices are crucial for change Eddie Estrada Staff Writer
ith the success of certain online crusades like “#savethebackgates,” LMU’s student body has started to find its voice. For the first time in what seems like a long time, students are actively speaking out to create change on campus. Yes, it is exciting that our campus has begun to come together as a whole to make a difference, but we have only just begun to scratch the surface of what we can do. Student involvement on campus is vital. Yes, without the student body joining clubs and organizations, we wouldn’t have such a diverse and interesting campus, but it reaches much further than that. Just recently, President David W. Burcham announced that the University would be denying the proposal to restrict access to the back gates. At the beginning of this school year, the coffee cart near Foley Building was saved from being removed from our campus. Both of these victories were not just because of the University or campus officials; it was due to the students as well. Student advocacy, mostly through social media, allowed
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for our opinions to be heard and respected on campus. The students’ voices were heard and valued in a way that I honestly have not seen since I came here three years ago. Students are beginning to realize how much their ideas, concerns and voices actually matter to the University.
Students are becoming less afraid to speak out, opposing those we once never challenged. No longer are we sitting idly by the Lair Marketplace waiting for someone else to make a difference; we are doing it ourselves. The tide is turning, and our campus community is
uniting for change. Now that we know our voices can be heard, we must exercise our right. We must actively work to make this University what we have imagine it to be. We have seen how powerful our passion for change can be. We saved the livelihood of two members of our
LMU community, and we also saved our beloved back gates. Our voice has a power that is unstoppable when used. But this power can just as easily be lost. When the student body as a whole sees something they want to fix, passion erupts and a social media movement begins. Soon after, it seems the fire fades until a new passion project comes along. I’m not saying that our student body does not actively fight for change; we have many people on this campus continuously campaigning for different causes. What I am saying is that, as a whole, we do not exercise the strong voice we have enough. We must reignite the fire within our student body and keep this flame lit. When we do this, we will be able to create the culture on campus that we have dreamed about. One with a united student body, constantly looking out not only for each other, but for the community as a whole. The passion that brings us together for causes like the back gates can also bring us together as a united campus. Our voice is not only our power, it is what creates community. Our voice is what we share as Lions, and our roar is louder together. This is the opinion of Eddie Estrada, a junior communication studies major from Walnut Creek, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Barbie girl in a Sports Illustrated world Mary-Kate Doherty Contributor
or some reason, Americans feel the need to criticize and condemn other people, specifically those in the spotlight. But I’m not passionate enough to make a case to defend the rich and famous celebrities who get themselves into trouble – I’m looking at you, Justin Bieber. However, when someone starts to hate on Barbie, they’ve crossed the line, in my book. Barbie will appear on the Sports Illustrated Magazine Swimsuit edition for their 50th anniversary issue. She’s wearing a simple, black and white swimsuit. It’s an upgraded version of the iconic 1959 vintage Barbie doll model, which hit store shelves in a black and white striped swimsuit. Mattel Inc., one of the largest toy companies in the world, designed the campaign for the Sports Illustrated Barbie to show off who she is, “unapologetically.” The official Barbie Twitter account launched the campaign Feb. 10, according to the CNN article, “Barbie strikes ‘unapologetic’ pose in Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition” by Emmanuella Grinberg. Since then, Barbie has been tweeting about it nonstop, always concluding the tweet
with #unapologetic. At first, I was not a fan of this sassy hash tag. It reminded me of when people showed off their empty plates on Instagram with #sorrynotsorry. It sounds slightly rude and pompous. There’s no need to make excuses for your eating habits. There’s no reason to justify or apologize for harmless actions at all. Wearing swimsuits and eating is just part of life. Unapologetic. It may come off as obnoxious but perhaps, we’re missing the point. Barbie’s use of the hashtag to promote her Sports Illustrated cover shows that she continues to exist exactly for those reasons. She’s proud of who she is. She wants others to see that. Barbie has received endless amounts of hate throughout her career. Though she’s had 150 different careers, people still can’t get over the fact that she is skinny and blonde. According to an ABC News article, “Barbie to Feature in This Year’s SI Swimsuit Issue,” Sports Illustrated Swimsuit said Barbie fits in with the swimsuit issue’s “message of empowerment” for women. The article insinuates that models like Heidi Klum are still role models like Nancy Pelosi. Not everyone has the capabilities to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. It’s not wrong for some women to utilize their natural beauty as a career that grants them financial stability and independence. They are simply taking advantage of a
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market that already exists. Many angry parents have argued that putting Barbie on the cover of the swimsuit edition is part of a larger trend to sexualize toys for young women. Barbie is not the voice of sexualized females. Putting her on the cover
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“My ultimate spring break would be doing absolutely nothing forever. And Taco Bell.”
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“My ultimate spring break is playing with cats. But I’m allergic, so like, at a distance.”
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“Split it between going to Cabo so that I can get my tan on and going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”
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“The one I’m going on this year – a road trip through the Southwest with some of my favorite ladies – heavy on the hiking and dancing, of course.”
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“I would say it’s not just staying in one place, but going to lots of locations without papers or worries.”
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“My ultimate spring break would be for it to continue on to summer so I would never have to come back.”
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of a magazine, one that’s not even directed towards young women, does not enforce the idea that models are the only viable career option for girls. Barbie is not a statement on the sexualization of young girls; Barbie is a toy that shows girls that they have
limitless potential. They can be a doctor, a vet, an astronaut and yes, even a model. This is the opinion of Mary-Kate Doherty, a sophomore studio art and communication studies double major from Baltimore, Md. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email email@example.com.
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Improv group ‘Laser Squad Bravo’ is back The infamous group made a comeback to an energetic audience and a packed house. Cameron Tagge
Asst. Life+Arts Editor @LoyolanArts
After taking a break, LMU’s improv team Laser Squad Bravo (LSB) is back and ready to leave the community in stitches. The Living Room was packed with students this past Thursday, all ready to experience comedic gold. The noise didn’t seem to fade when junior applied information management systems major and LSB member Zach Soliz stepped onto the stage to introduce the team. He wasn’t fazed by the cluttered room, large crowd or noisy environment, and commanded attention with a booming voice. “We are LSB and we are here to show you why we are LMU’s worst improv team,” Soliz said, which turned out to be far from the truth. Onto the stage ran senior theatre arts major and LSB President Maddie Dial, followed by a troupe of 11 students – a large cast. They went through several improv games, feeding off of audience-guided suggestions. The team stayed completely committed to the games and their performance, whether they were speaking gibberish to one another or arguing about the importance of salad dressing over butterflies. The audience was on board, suspending disbelief for the sake of comedy. Most impressive was the educational insight of the LSB crew and how seamlessly they used it in their performance. As a frequent L.A. improv participant myself, I
fully expected the easy, yet accessible, cuss words, poop jokes and ridiculousness. However, the team wove in themes of Black History Month, the foundation of America and famous artists like Van Gogh and Marcel Duchamp. I spoke briefly with junior theatre arts major and member Danny Sachais before the show, catching up on what LSB has done to prepare for their comeback. “We practice every Tuesday and have a show once a month for about an hour and a half,” he said. LSB member Matt Klimkowski, a senior political science major, said, “I was so surprised by the audience,” with wide eyes and a slight grin. “It was crowded. They were energetic. They were in to it.”
LSB has a promising future with … highly intellectual students dropping jokes most of the crowd fails to catch off the bat.
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Senior theatre arts majors Julian Garcia and Nick Poehls as well as junior theatre arts major Maddie Dial took center stage and waited for outrageous audience suggestions.
Despite Soliz’s opening remarks at the show, LSB is not the worst improv team on campus. LSB has a promising future with such a deep roster of talent, and above all, highly intellectual students dropping jokes most of the crowd fails to catch off the bat. In the end, nothing beats a good poop joke, and LSB more than delivers them. Look out for the next LSB show in March. You won’t be disappointed. This is the opinion of Cameron Tagge, a junior theatre arts and screenwriting double major from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanArts, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steamhouse: The new kids on the Bluff Williams.
We ask ten questions to the comedy club unapologetically taking the campus by storm.
How would you describe Steamhouse in three words? GS and RS: Sexy hilarity ensues.
Describe what happens at a typical Steamhouse meeting. GS: We begin with warm-up exercises and games. Then improv, sketch and standup, and introduce new comedy ideas and skits in front of members.
The mission of Steamhouse, one of the student-led comedy groups on LMU’s campus, is, “The more people we teach, the better.” The Loyolan sat down with members Geordy Shallan, a sophomore theatre arts major and vice president of Steamhouse, and Reed Sights, a freshman theatre arts major, to talk about Steamhouse’s difficult beginnings, goals and reasons why students should join the independent, growing group. Wendolyn Sims-Rucker (WS): How did Steamhouse begin? Geordy Shallan (GS): Well, last semester there were two comedy groups, one founded by me and Joey [Glyman], and the other founded by Sam [Lock]. Unfortunately, both were unsuccessful in gaining members and an audience. But when Sam and I met while rehearsing for a show, he brought up his idea, and I said I was trying to do the same thing. We bounded together, and formed it as soon as we could with 10 other members. We taught everyone everything we could about improv, sketch and stand up. It has turned into something great that we love now. Reed Sights (RS): I came to the first Steamhouse meeting with everyone else they knew. It was a very comfortable atmosphere, and I left thinking, like a lot of other people, that I should stick around and see where it goes. It has blossomed into a beautiful thing. What is the mission and purpose of Steamhouse?
Do you have a favorite performance memory or game you created? GS: The first time I did standup on an LMU stage in the Living Room. I had my big hit-up line, “It’s a life choice,” and when I hit it, it was beautiful because everyone in the audience laughed. RS: It is a series of little moments when you realize what your strengths are.
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Steamhouse, a new comedy club on campus, strives to blend improv, sketch and stand up comedy at LMU. The independent group is self described as “sexy hilarity ensues.” GS: We are a “learn and do” club. Basically, we take the three parts of Steamhouse– sketch, improv and standup – and teach anyone who wants to learn about them. We say, “Here, this is how you do this, this is how you do that,” and if they already know how to do it, then we ask, “What do you want to improve on?” RS: We don’t tear you down. It is about constructive criticism. What are your short- and long-term goals? GS: [Our] long-term goals are to perform a newly-written play next year, do gigs in the
Greater L.A. Area and eventually institute a Steamhouse School of Comedy. RS: Our short-term goals are to start a podcast, add a side group called Nerd Fecta, YouTube videos, bi-monthly shows and workshops with comedian professionals like Kevin Wetmore [Chair of Theatre Arts]. Also, help everyone find confidence in their ability to make people laugh. What comedians/entertainers inspire your work? GS: Louis CK, Russell Brand and Chris Farley. RS: Bo Burnham, Dane Cook and Robin
What makes Steamhouse compelling enough for people to want to see you in a performance? GS: Because when you go to see other comedy clubs, they specialize in only one category. We do all three. RS: We are cut-and-dry honest. Do you have any pre-show rituals? GS: Not really. If we do, they are done individually. Any last remarks? GS: After this entire endeavor, I can honestly say I feel more confident because I have people who have my back. Even if we are smaller, we are a tight-knit community. RS: Steamhouse has a spirit in it that makes you excited about what’s going to happen next. It’s unexpected in the best of ways.
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‘American Hustle’ director speaks to LMU Director David Russell spoke at “Hollywood Masters” semester series. Ivetta Babadjanian Asst. Life+Arts Editor @ivetta19
Behind every eccentric and entertaining film is a director with their fingerprints all over it. Acclaimed writer and director David O. Russell was welcomed to the Mayer Theater on Friday, Feb. 21 for the LMU School of Film and Television’s “The Hollywood Masters” series. The new series consists of 90-minute interview sessions moderated by the Hollywood Reporter’s executive features editor, Stephen Galloway. The humor, charisma and eloquence of Russell was evident as he spoke to LMU students about his experience in the world of film. Russell’s most recent production, “American Hustle,” received 10 Academy Award nominations including Best Director, Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Another one of his most recent films, “Silver Linings Playbook,” features A-list actors, including Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who received an Oscar for her performance as the troubled Tiffany Maxwell. Russell described growing up in New York City with his eccentric parents as a source for his devotion to film. His passion developed at a young age, but he did not consider film as a legitimate career path until much later in life. Russell’s directorial debut was the 1994 independent dark comedy “Spanking the Monkey.” His unique story and vision led to critical acclaim, winning him the Audience Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. On discussing his style of directing, he said he sometimes will tell his actors to “stop acting.” “Sometimes I will say, ‘Cut, we’ve got it,’ and then once they let their guard down I say, ‘Wait, let’s do it one more time,’” said Russell. “Having to go back to the scene has the actors create something completely different.”
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David O. Russell was the latest director to come to LMU as part of the ongoing “Hollywood Masters” series in Mayer Theater. He has received Oscar nominations for Best Director for his past three films – “The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” which came out this year. Russell described how essential it is to maintain an actor’s “trance” when enraptured in a character; thus, he does not say “cut” often. When Galloway asked, “How much of the film is used after editing?” Russell answered by describing a scene from “Silver Linings Playbook,” when De Niro’s character – Pat Solitano Sr. – begins
to break down and cry. It was not a scripted reaction but he became emotional due to his relation to someone who suffered from a similar mental disorder touched upon in the film. “I wasn’t going to use it at first, but then I realized how could I not use such a great scene?” Russell said. “I enjoy the fact that Galloway
brings in filmmakers who have a background in directing as well as writing,” said Danielle Weinberg, a third year feature film screenwriting graduate student. “It’s amazing to hear how Russell began his career. It makes me feel like in 20 years I might have the opportunity to be up there and have Galloway interview me.”
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Devin takes on L.A.’s first Dave & Buster’s D = mc
Devin Feldman Opinion Editor @d_fman
he Chuck E. Cheese’s for adults has finally come to L.A. Located on the ground floor of our beloved Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, the brand-spankin’-new Dave & Buster’s – L.A.’s first – is a beacon of ambient blue light and perky waiters amongst a sea of menacing red light. This place is only about a $5 Uber ride away, so I went last week to check it out. From the outside, this D&B’s looks strangely club-like – not what I was expecting based off their commercials. It took me a second to realize it was totally OK that I wasn’t wearing a buttondown shirt or V-neck. This is not a club; this is Buffalo Wild Wings with 176 more games and one extra bar, which is good, because I’m not trying to slay at the vaguely Whack-A-Mole-style game in a button-down. I’m trying to slay at the vaguely Whack-A-Mole-style game in a white T-shirt with a wing sauce stain across the front. The game floor is a bit overwhelming. However, with 42,000 square feet of floor space and what appeared to be five different sections, it would be hard for it not to be overwhelming.
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Devin Feldman truly experienced “Raw Thrills” in the arcade section of Dave and Buster’s, now open at the Promenade at the Howard Hughes Center. According to my calculations (and person with a weirdly large number the fire marshall’s capacity limit), of Facebook friends. there’s enough room inside for As far as I could tell, the speakers every single one of your Facebook were pretty bumpin’. Of course, friends, as long as you’re not that they only played music I didn’t
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want to listen to – dentist office music, or dad music. I imagine this was mostly because all the people there were old and maybe even dentists. I mean, this was a press opening. I’m pretty sure we were the only ones there under 25. Hopefully, they’ll turn off the M.J. and Van Halen, and stop playing “Achey Breaky Heart” before I return. Unfortunately, we arrived a bit late, which didn’t leave a whole lot of time to drink or have fun. We actually only had about four minutes before the event’s last call. But according to my friend, his Blue Moon tasted “like a Blue Moon,” and my Bloody Mary was, like, meh. Worth noting, this location is an 18-and-over D&B’s – kids need to be with their parents – and 11 p.m. is the “kiddie call.” Despite the “no kid zone,” the prize wall looks geared towards 12 year olds and under. I was expecting a free drink in exchange for, say, 500 tickets, but I guess D&B’s doesn’t actually want me to spend a fortune on games. All these things aside, L.A.’s first D&B’s seems to be exactly as you’d expect: pretty trendy, very big and rather expensive. Oh yeah, here’s the catch: the games are expensive. Like, really expensive. Like, “Wait, this round of big-screened Cut The Rope cost me WHAT!?” expensive. Fortunately, my friend and I received free drink vouchers and a card good for $40 of free gaming.
So if anyone wants to get almost buzzed and play 25 rounds of Temple Run, hit me up. As for our Tuesday night, we ended up going to Buffalo Wild Wings for another round of drinks before jetting off to Prince O’ Whales for three more rounds of drinks and two more rounds of karaoke. Solid. This is the opinion of Devin Feldman, a junior communication studies major from Aurora, Ore. Tweet comments to @LoyolanArts, or email email@example.com.
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Ultimate club in beginning stages Sully Speaks from Page 12
far. With students ranging from freshmen to seniors, and even a faculty member playing in games on a regular basis. “As secretary of the Ultimate LMU club, I am part of a fivemember executive board,” said Heindel, the vice president. “My main duty is to maintain the email list and let people know when and where we are playing.” Sophomore undeclared liberal arts major Marcos Cepin, the club treasurer, said, “I deal with the financial aspects of the club, including providing cones and frisbees for our games.” The club has had quite the successful year so far, as it continues to gain support on campus. “I wouldn’t say I am surprised just because of my personal love of the game and knowing that others share the same passion,” said the club’s spirit captain, sophomore human health and science major Jack Mulligan. “I am extremely happy with the way things have played out so far.” Other members of the club agree with this sentiment. “Frisbee is the ultimate – no pun intended – college sport and something that anyone can play, no matter the skill level,” Heindel said. “I’d say that I’m not so much surprised, but definitely satisfied with the path we have taken,” Cepin added. Ultimate is growing in popularity, and the executive board is not going to stop at the club level. The group has loftier goals.
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LMU’s Ultimate Frisbee club practices at Sunken Garden on a Friday afternoon. The club is hoping to become an official club sport at LMU in the near future, according to its executive board members. Ultimate is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. “My goals for the club would be to ultimately have it turned into a club sport rather than just a club,” Heindel said. “Our long term goal is to one day have a legitimate ultimate team that travels and competes in club ultimate throughout the country,” Mulligan added. However, the group knows that
these goals are a long way away. In the meantime, they are looking to increase the scope of the club. “I would like for the club to further increase LMU students’ interest in this great sport that we – the E-board members – love and to have people continuously meeting new people and having fun,” Cepin
said of the clubs short-term goals. To do this, the E-board is looking to add some special events to catch the eye of the student population. “I’d like to schedule some more night games, maybe a weekend tournament, and get more involved with Greek orgs and other clubs on campus,” Heindel said.
The club practices every Friday at Sunken Garden at 3 p.m. and is open to anyone looking to join. This is the opinion of Jack Sullivan, a sophomore communication studies major from Las Vegas, Nev. Tweet comments to @LoyolanSports, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Magnuson leads Lions in competition Swimming from Page 12
second day of competition, as LMU swimmers broke records and made season and personal bests. Magnuson broke the freestyle record with a time of 23.22 in the preliminaries and then an even faster time of 23.13 on Thursday, which placed Magnuson in third and surpassed the record that was previously held by former LMU swimmer Camille Hopp. Clarno reached the championship final by placing eighth, and Calton placed 11th and scored a personal best in the same 200 IM. Horwitz swam a personal best of 5:01.17 in the 500 freestyle, putting her fourth in LMU’s history for that event. If the team thought that the second day of competition was successful, then Friday proved to be even greater, as four more records were broken and an all time high of 11 swimmers qualified for Saturday’s conclusion of the championships. Magnuson broke another record that was made by former LMU swimmer Lauren Mathewson on Friday, placing seventh in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.90. Magnuson also helped contribute to breaking another record with the help of Dekar and Calton in the 400 medley relay with a final time of 3:45.25 that had them place fifth in the event. Magnuson was not the only one
to break records, as Clarno and Calton later broke LMU records with a time of 4:24.64 in the 400 IM and a 55.46 in the 100 butterfly, respectively. “It’s really good to know that all the training for that specific event worked; it paid off really well,” said Clarno, who was happy about breaking a record but was also quick to praise the team’s work ethic throughout the season. “We’ve been training really hard this whole season and we’ve been doing better than we ever had in dual meets so we felt really prepared for this conference meet and it really showed. I think we had the best conference meet than any other team in LMU history.” Though LMU had a lot of swimmers perform excellently during the competition, it was evident that Magnuson helped lead the team with her strong performances. “Kjirsten just swam out of her mind this weekend. It was so exciting,” said Adair, who felt as though Magnuson contributed greatly to the team’s success in their final swim meet of the year. With 11 swimmers qualifying for Saturday’s finals, two swimmers also qualified for the championships. Dekar and Prat both swam in the 200 breastroke and the 200 freestyle with times of 2:19.06 and 2:04.33, respectively. Magnuson and Clarno both qualified for the Consolation
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three-game set, but Buckle stepped up in a big way for the club. Sophomore starting pitcher Carlos Fuentes got into trouble in the top of the third inning, giving up three runs. Buckle came in the top of the fifth and pitched four scoreless innings, struck out four and only gave up three hits. Buckle will be crucial if the Lions bullpen wants to be viewed as an asset, rather than a liability. Gill understands that this team is young and at the beginning of the season. “We may take a look at our bullpen and move some things around,” he said. “It’s no secret they haven’t been performing well.” With that being said, he was impressed with his team’s overall performance against the highly talented Oregon team, who were
picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Conference at the beginning of the season. “With the exception of a big inning here or there, we were competitive with this team,” said Gill. “It’s a process. We had a few opportunities where we had runners in scoring position with less than two outs and we couldn’t get those guys in.” Assistant Coach Danny Ricabal said he’s aware of his bullpen’s struggles, but was hesitant to announce any potential changes. “We had a game plan heading into this series and after this weekend we will evaluate if any changes need to be made,” Ricabal said. This is the opinion of Dan Raffety, a senior communication studies major from Eagle Rock, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanSports, or email email@example.com.
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Freshman infielder Tyler Cohen hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning on Saturday to give the Lions a 3-0 lead against the Ducks but LMU lost 5-3.
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LMU seniors (left to right) Rachel Dekar, Elizabeth Murray, Marlena Nip, Angelina Prat, Lauren Saylor and Mary Kate Short participated in their last collegiate swimming competition this past weekend. finals, with Magnuson placing fifteenth in the 100 freestyle and Clarno placing tenth, while also attaining a personal best in the 200 backstroke. Clarno’s time for the 200 backstroke was 2:03.07. By the end of the competition, LMU placed eighth overall with 252 points.
“To place as high as we did alongside such tough competition was great. They came together really well as a team. We’ve had good team spirit,” said Adair. “It helped improve the team’s depth because every swimmer was contributing. The fact that the
top swimmers were able to step up was also remarkable.” Now that the swim team is done with its season, what’s next for these swimmers? “We’ll take some time to rest and then go back to some medium level training,” said Adair.
sports LIONBITES BASEBALL No. 11 University of Oregon (7-0) completed a three-game sweep over the Lions (2-5) on Sunday afternoon at LMU’s Page Stadium. Ducks redshirt junior LMU Athletics outfielder J.B. Bryant drove in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. LMU junior second baseman David Edwards (above) had two hits and one RBI in Sunday’s loss. The Lions continue their season on Tuesday on the road at UC Irvine for a 6:30 p.m.
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Lions break records at MPSF
W. W. POLO Senior driver Alexandra Honny scored six goals, including two in overtime to lead the Lions (8-4) in a 13-12 win over San Jose State on Sunday at the UC Irvine Invitational. LMU hosts UCLA (15-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. SOFTBALL Sophomore starting pitcher Sydney Gouveia recorded a 10-strikeout shutout performance against CSU Bakersfield to lead the Lions to a 1-0 victory on Sunday LMU Athletics morning. The Lions (4-6) travel to Clearwater, Fla. and will play seven games at the USF Under Armour Invitational this weekend.
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Junior Kjirsten Magnuson broke the LMU swimming program’s record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 23.24 last Tuesday at the MPSF Championships at East LA College. She swam a time of 23.13 on Thursday to place third overall in the event’s championship final.
Swimming team finished in eighth place at the MPSF Championships last week. Karen Ruiz Sports Intern
It’s common knowledge that by the time a team reaches its last competition, it looks to perform the best it can. The LMU swimming team did just that this weekend when it traveled over to East LA College to compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships, which began on
Wednesday, Feb. 19 and finished this past Saturday. After four days of swimming, LMU placed eighth in the competition. Ahead of the championships, all of the Lions competing individually were placed into some of the most competitive seeds. Redshirt senior Rachel Dekar, junior Kjirsten Magnuson and freshman Hannah Calton were all seeded in the top eight in their respective individual events; sophomore Kristen Clarno was seeded in the top 12 in the 200 IM. Senior Angelina Prat, senior Mary Kate Short, sophomore Stephanie Horwitz, sophomore Mary Kate Reid and freshman Stacy Maier were all placed in the top 16seed for their individual events. Several
other swimmers also made it into the top 24. “We had a strong team showing and to have 16 of our 18 swimmers make it back to finals just shows how the depth of our team has improved greatly,” Head Coach Bonnie Adair said. On the first day of competition, Dekar, Magnuson, Calton and freshman Kailee Mora swam the 200 medley with a time of 1:42.89, placing them in sixth and almost breaking the LMU record of 1:42.46. In the 800 freestyle, Prat, Clarno, Horwitz and Calton placed seventh in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:28.66. The team seemed to wake up on the See Swimming | Page11
Time for No relief from LMU’s bullpen Ultimate at LMU T Raff’s Rap
Dan Raffety Staff Writer
Asst. Sports Editor @JackSull2
t the start of the 2013 fall semester, a new club was formed in order to bring people together and have healthy competition. The organization grew and is now the ultimate club – the Ultimate Frisbee club, that is. Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, along with lacrosse. It is becoming especially popular among high school and college students. Ultimate LMU is a sports club that focuses on teaching the game of Ultimate Frisbee to others and organizing competitive matches for the students of LMU. “We started the club because we were looking for a group of people who wanted to get together and play frisbee,” sophomore film production major Jake Heindel said. “The goal was just to get a community together to get some games going.” The group has succeeded in this goal so See Sully Speaks | Page 10
he LMU baseball team’s starting pitching has been one of the strong points of the young 2014 season. Both right-handed pitchers, junior Colin Welmon and senior Patrick McGrath, have had two successful starts, giving up less than three earned runs in each contest. But in both Friday night and Saturday afternoon losses against the No. 11 University of Oregon Ducks, the Lions bullpen gave up big innings late in the game to give the edge to the second-best team in the Pacific-12 Conference. The combination of junior Sean Buckle, sophomore Michael Silva and freshman Brenton Arriaga gave up eight runs in the top half of the eighth inning Friday night, while only recording two outs between the three pitchers. Saturday’s contest provided similar frustration. McGrath was cruising through six innings against the highly talented Duck lineup, but got into some trouble in the seventh inning. He gave up a two-run home run to trim his lead 3-2. But he was still in a position to win the game. Senior reliever Bret Dahlson got out of a jam in the seventh inning, but let runners on base in the eighth. Head Coach Jason Gill didn’t want a repeat of the previous
Junior left-hander Sean Buckle was charged with the loss after giving up one run in four innings in LMU’s 4-3 loss to the University of Oregon on Sunday afternoon. night and brought in freshman closer Tyler Cohen to finish up the five-out cleanup. But Cohen gave up a single under the glove of diving junior David Edwards with two outs in the eighth. The Ducks scored two more runs in the top of the ninth off junior reliever Brandon Horth and eventually won the game 5-3.
They scored two in the seventh inning, one in the eighth and two in the ninth inning to reverse the pitching dominance LMU had maintained for the whole game. The Lions were in a similar quandary Sunday afternoon in the final game of the See Raff’s Rap | Page 11