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Student frustrated by DSS response Student persisted in long and lengthy pursuit of disability accommodations. Zaneta Pereira Editor In Chief @zanyzaneta
After 15 hours of continuous testing and evaluation over winter break, junior art history major Lauren Miller was presented with a report that she found hard to take in immediately. She had been diagnosed with a learning disability. Miller had been evaluated by the Help Group - UCLA Neuropsychology Program, and the report produced by the two program psychologists Ani Khatchadourian and Philip Levin laid out in meticulous detail their diagnosis of Miller with “a Specific Learning Disability in Reading, due to impaired comprehension skills and fluency.” According to the report, this disability is distinct from dyslexia and is “a separate subtype of reading disorder that is due to impairments in reading comprehension often associated with oral language skills and specific patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses.” Despite the evaluation confirming her own expectations, it took Miller some time to adjust to the fact that her lifelong struggles in the classroom now had a formal explanation. “It took me a minute to digest it, but then I was like, ‘Okay, this is what it is, now I have the proof that’s going to help me get the tools I need to improve at school,’” she said. However, after submitting her request for accommodations and the UCLA report to LMU’s Disability Support Services office (DSS) at the beginning of the Spring semester, Miller was surprised to be informed through a letter from Priscilla Levine, director of DSS, that “although your testing does show some processing limitations, in the absence of real life limitations, a disability cannot be established.” As a result, Miller’s request for the six academic accommodations recommended
by the UCLA report – extended time on exams, separate testing environment, use of computer and calculator, priority seating, permission to audio-record lecture and notetaking services – was not approved. According to Levine, in order for DSS to approve accommodations for a student, “There has to be a history of accommodation … [and] there has to be a discrepancy between their abilities versus their achievement.” Prior to her testing in December 2013, Miller had never been formally diagnosed with a learning disorder and thus did not have a history of accommodation during her secondary education. According to Miller, this was because “getting a test, like the one I did at UCLA was as expensive as it is today, which is $2,500.” Additionally, as a continuing student, 24-year-old Miller is several years older than the average LMU undergraduate student. As noted in the letter of appeal that Khatchadourian, the UCLA psychologist, wrote for her, Miller “comes from a generation of students with disabilities who did not routinely receive such accommodations through schools as has become legally mandated and implemented in more recent years, precluding her ability to provide documentation of history of accommodations.” DSS has a formal appeal process for students who are displeased with the decisions of the office. As Levine explained, “We never deny a student an accommodation; we send them a letter and in that letter we let them know that, at this time, documentation doesn’t support the request, but we would like you to provide us with so-and-so documentation and we’ll have it re-reviewed. And often times, in the re-review process, they receive the accommodation.” In the letter sent to Miller Levine asked that she provide DSS with “earlier academic records, including standardized test scores, that demonstrate you have been at a disadvantage. Reports from tutoring, high school transcripts or letters explaining unofficial accommodation would all be See DSS | Page 3
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In the heart of midterm season, many students are wondering if there are enough hours in the day to get everything done. However, 42 LMU students opted to forgo their cell phones, their campus obligations and their busy schedules last weekend to live on “God’s time” for two days, taking part in LMU’s 13th Kairos retreat. Thirty-five student participants and seven student leaders attended the retreat in Lake Arrowhead over the weekend, leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday. A peer-led program rooted in Ignatian spirituality and Catholicism, Kairos, which translates as “God’s time,” is meant for high school and college students. It intends for them to take time to focus on themselves, the other individuals alongside them and God. Five years ago, when he came to LMU, Director of Campus Ministry Fr. James Erps, S.J. brought Kairos to the University
because “he had seen how powerfully the retreat affects students,” according to Christine Nangle Koehl, director of the Kairos retreat program at LMU. Koehl elaborated on the connection between Campus Ministry and Kairos, saying “Kairos really encompasses the mission of Campus Ministry, which is to belong, to become and then most importantly, to believe. And it’s based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. And so it really serves students time and time again in profound, impactful and life-changing ways. “ Since Koehl took the job as retreat director four years ago, over 400 students have attended the retreat, and about 80 students have participated as leaders. Koehl explained the ways in which Kairos is distinct from the other retreats that LMU offers, such as the First Year Retreat and the Senior Retreat. “The retreat is a little bit different from other retreats because it really invites and provides students with space to be their truly authentic self,” said Koehl. “Students do tend to be more vulnerable on Kairos than other retreats.” The structure of Kairos is centered on a series of talks throughout the See Kairos | Page 2
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Greek life training sessions address values and policies Training helps Greek organizations build a ‘risk-free environment.’ Carly Barnhill
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Greek life is hosting risk management and education training this week to ensure that LMU sororities and fraternities are aware of policies and regulations not only at LMU but around the country as well. These risk management training sessions are held each year when Greek organizations transition and new people fill leadership roles to inform the officers of the policies so that they can implement them in their own organizations. Dan Faill, assistant director of Student Leadership and Development and Greek advisor, stated it is important that the LMU Greek organizations are matching up their values with the values of LMU as a whole. Faill mentioned that the hardest part of the training sessions is keeping those who attended in-
terested in what is being taught. “Risk management and harm reduction aren’t the most exciting topics, so it’s extremely important to me to ensure the sessions are engaging and informative – not just for students to know what the policies are, but to understand why they exist,” said Faill. Junior management major and member of Lambda Chi Alpha Eric Lao felt that the risk management training was very beneficial for his chapter in terms of learning the FIPG risk management policy and the LMU campus community standards. “This training helped us get on the same page as Dan and the rest of the Greek life organizations,” said Lao. “Above all, it will help us provide a safe and risk-free environment at all of our events.” Kelly McDermott, junior economics major and member of Delta Gamma, attended the seminar last week, and described it as an “interactive” process. McDermott is a member of Delta Gamma’s Honor Board– a group that enforces the standards of the chapter– and she volunteered to attend the seminar to learn more about risk management.
“Delta Gamma individually has been and still is in a phase of transition,” McDermott said. “What I learned in the seminar will really help us as a chapter clearly understand what we can and cannot do, but more importantly, understand why the rules are written the way they are.” According to McDermott, Faill handed out FIPG Risk Management Policy information, as well as the 2013-2014 LMU Community Standards Handbooks and asked those present to consider possible Greek community situations and determine if they are policy violations. “Dan Faill has encouraged the Greek community at LMU to always strive for improvement,” said McDermott. “We all have flaws to fix, and he emphasized that we need to really understand the source of these policies we have to follow in order to actually follow through with implementing them.” Faill has already conducted sessions with various organizations, and there are two more sessions that will be held this week. The sessions are intended to create a “healthy and safe fraternal experience,” according to Faill.
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weekend given by student leaders, who volunteer to lead at the retreat after having particularly transformative experiences when attending Kairos as participants. “The talk is specifically assigned to [each leader] based on their life story and their journey,” said Koehl. “The talks include things like ‘Why are you here,’ ‘Faith,’ ‘Results of God’s friendship,’ ‘Love in Action’ … and so the stories always change, but the message is really the same.” Koehl noted that Kairos 13 was special because the talks leaders delivered were particularly meaningful to the student attendees. “God loves us through our stories, and the leaders’ stories on Kairos 13 were very meaningful and they touched a lot of students who were participating in it,” Koehl said. “I’ve already gotten at least 10 emails from students saying the retreat changed their lives and how grateful they are for the work that was put into this retreat, especially on the
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part of the leaders.” Despite all the effort leaders must devote in the weeks leading up to the weekend, senior psychology major and Kairos 13 leader Pamela Gonzalez said she has gained something different each time she has attended the retreat. “Every Kairos experience I’ve been on has given me something different,” Gonzalez said. “Going through college, you go through some really low moments, and at the same time, you go through some high moments. I think [Kairos 13] was a really great opportunity to have everybody realize that it is a hard point in our lives when we’re questioning a lot of things, but it’s good that you have other people to share that conversation with.” Sophomore music major Matilda Rudolph, a student participant in the retreat, felt a shift in her view of her life and the world around her as well. “This past weekend was a time to re-center myself and also to be reminded of how God works through our friendships with those who I love,” Rudolph said. Another Kairos retreat is
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scheduled for March 28-30, and applications can be picked up in the Campus Ministry Office. Koehl encourages everyone – Catholic or not, religious or not – to try to attend a Kairos retreat. “Kairos is very based in Catholicism, but it’s open to students of all faiths,” Koehl said. “There’s several students who have gone on it that don’t really have a faith background, but they still get just as much out of it because it’s an opportunity to get to know yourself, your peers, and recognize that there’s something out there bigger than us.” Gonzalez explained there’s a certain quality of Kairos that is hard to articulate, an individual journey that each person experiences while on the retreat. As a time away from reality and spent with just one’s peers and God on the retreat, Gonzales feels strongly that Kairos can make a positive impact in students’ lives. “It’s really one of those lifechanging experiences that are really hard to describe, and it becomes what you make of it,” said Gonzalez. “You just have to be open to it.”
This issue, Asst. News Editor Amanda Lopez sits down with extreme sports enthusiast David Strebel to talk about his latest adventures.
Where are you from, what year are you, and what is your major?
I’m from New York, I’m a sophomore and my major is electrical engineering.
What extreme sports do you participate in?
I ski, I longboard, I rock climb and that’s it for the moment.
How did you become involved with these various extreme sports? As a kid, I always liked to do active stuff. The first taste I got was skiing in middle school, and I was instantly hooked. So I went skiing all the time. Then I was introduced to downhill longboarding in high school, which kind of kickstarted it. Now, I’m just looking for more sports to do.
Out of these sports do you have a favorite?
Probably skiing right now. I don’t do it that often, but it’s definitely my favorite.
Can you describe why skiing is your favorite sport?
It just combines everything that I like about [extreme] sports. Speeding down the mountain gives me a really big adrenaline rush. Also, mountains are my favorite place to be. The places you go skiing are usually beautiful and awesome.
Do you find time to ski during the school year? I don’t really go skiing during the school year; I usually just go on breaks. I go longboarding a lot during the school year. In Malibu, there are these canyon roads that are pretty steep and windy, so that’s where I go.
You said that you also rock climb; can you tell me a little bit more about that?
I actually just started this year. I’ve been going to a nearby rock climbing gym. Every weekend we have been going to Malibu. Two weekends ago I actually fell while bouldering and bruised both of my legs.
Is there a particular experience with any of the sports that you do that stands out to you from the rest? My best experience was in high school; we went to Park City, Utah on a ski trip. It was the first time I had ever been out West skiing.
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relevant. According to Miller, she “found it frustrating when the school just kept asking for more and more” but nevertheless immediately began gathering the records DSS requested. Miller contacted the UCLA psychologists who had completed her initial evaluation and informed them of DSS’s decision not to approve her request for accommodations. In a letter to DSS about Miller’s case, Khatchadourian rebutted the reasons DSS provided for their decision. The letter stated, “Our evaluation report adhered carefully to the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for persons with a disability, as well as the LMU DSS Office requirements for establishing a disability and need for accommodations to ‘level the playing field’ for such students.” Another person Miller reached out to for a letter describing unofficial accommodations was Gretchen Gusich, assistant professor of philosophy. Miller took an ethics course with Gusich in fall 2013. According to Gusich, Miller “struck me as attentive and diligent. She came to class, did the assigned readings, sat in the front row, took notes and participated in class discussions.” However, despite her effort, Miller performed poorly on the midterm. After a discussion, Gusich recommended some informal
accommodations for Miller. “I needed to balance what I perceived to be Lauren’s needs with a need to treat all of my students fairly,” Gusich explained. “I introduced Lauren to an Honors student from another section of the class who was willing to work as her tutor, and I also permitted Lauren to use a laptop in class and make an audio recording of class sessions, neither of which I normally allow.” Following the implementation of these informal accommodations, Miller was able to significantly raise her grade in the course. Miller provided DSS with letters from Gusich and Khatchadourian, as well as her academic records. After a review of these new materials, she was approved temporarily for four academic accommodations: priority registration, 50 percent extra time on exams, permission to use laptop in class and permission to audio-record lectures. Her request for a separate testing environment, priority seating and note-taking services were not approved. According to Levine, “The law is very different between secondary and post-secondary education when it comes to accommodations. In secondary education, in K-through-12, the goal of the ADA is that students are to succeed, so they often receive accommodations that put them above the even playing field. But at the college level, that’s not the case. Students can only receive accommodations that put them on an even playing field – they
can’t be at an advantage by receiving accommodations.” As a result of this difference, Levine explained, “Sometimes students may not receive the same accommodations they did in high school, and sometimes, that’s difficult for students and you know, we’re sorry that we can’t do that for students. But at the same time, we need to be fair and also follow the law.” Two weeks after receiving the temporary approvals and following a one-on-one meeting with Levine to discuss her case, Miller was informed she was fully granted the same four accommodations for the entire duration of her studies at LMU. Although Miller ultimately was approved for accommodations she requested, she was unhappy with the process she had to go through and the length of time it took. “Six weeks later, I’m now at midterms, and I know it’s going to affect my grades,” she explained. Miller also believed her persistence is not typical of the average LMU undergraduate in a similar situation, stating, “I have a lot of world experience and professional experience that has shown me that you don’t take no for an answer. When someone mistreats you, you get to the bottom of it, and you don’t just accept that mistreatment.” According to Levine, “The process we have is very similar to other universities; what we ask for is not very different than what other
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Junior art history major Lauren Miller transferred to LMU last semester. After being diagnosed with a learning disability, Miller was disappointed by her experience requesting academic accommodations through DSS. schools ask for.” However, Miller disagrees and believes the process is “preventing students from seeking the help they need, so they’re not even attempting
to get the help they need. And those who are attempting to get the help that they are entitled to are being refused.”
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Ukraine is an example, not unruly Colin Arnold Contributor
or the second time in a single decade we have seen a revolution in Ukraine. The former Eastern Bloc nation has had a tumultuous political environment of late characterized by political imprisonment, a pushpull relationship with Russia and corrupt elected officials. As students far from Eastern Europe, it may seem hard to see how any of this affects our day-to-day lives. But this exercising of the political process has great implications for life in the United States and even on campus at LMU. In the United States today, the political landscape is dominated by mudslinging, polarizing ideology and washed-up rockstars referring to the president as a “subhuman mongrel.” It is beyond disheartening that this is what we see day-to-day when we live in one of the few nations that stands as a beacon of the democratic process. While you may disagree with the powers that be, you have the opportunity to go to the polls and voice your opinion. The former Ukrainian Prime Minister and reformer, Yulia Tymoshenko, and many of her supporters spent two years in prison upon the election of Viktor Yanukovych. When President Obama was re-elected, did Mitt Romney get sent to the figurative American Gulag? Obviously not. This mess in Ukraine should stand as a political call to arms to the masses of disillusioned young people who, time and time again, neglect their ability to play a role in the politics of our country. In some parts of the world, people fight and die to have their voice heard in a way we take for granted. In terms of LMU, we have seen a few conflicts sparked this year amongst different groups on campus, namely over healthcare and adjunct unionization. While I don’t think we’ll be seeing any violent protests erupt
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Supporters listen to former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko while she addresses the crowd in central Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in the midst of the country’s revolution. near the Lair Marketplace or grenades flying through U-Hall, those higher-ups should understand their position and that of people affected by their decisions. While a private university is not bound by voting procedures by any means, it is important to speak as a representative voice rather than to dictate from above. Administrations should be a part of their respective communities, not absent bodies that meet in shadows and corners. On the other side of that, as a member of the community it is important that we not become complacent and blindly accept everything that is handed down to us. We have a voice – arguably the loudest voice at this university. Our ability to question and call for representation is truly all we have at the end of the day, and it is the only way to shape the school and community we are all so invested in.
The political process is the single-most precious part of the nation we live in. It is what sets us apart from even our closest Western cousins. Rather than kicking and screaming at a politician we don’t approve of, we should respect the right we’ve been given by going to the polls instead of just waiting for results on CNN. For the memory of the 75 lost Ukrainians, join in the process rather than complaining about it. This voice is most important as part of a campus community than anywhere else. With our loud booming voice, it is our duty to speak for the well being of every person than comes and goes though our gates. It is that voice that can bring change from below. It is that voice that makes the world go ‘round. This is the opinion of Colin Arnold, a junior political science and history double major from San Diego, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bill creates separate and unequal in Arizona Cruz Quinonez
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lways the stalwart progressive concerning minorities and the marginalized, the Arizona government is on its way to passing a law protecting the disenfranchised Christian business owners within the state. The law I’m referring to is Arizona’s House Bill 2153/Senate Bill 1062 also known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” The law seeks to expand the definition of “exercise of religion,” which, according to the bill itself, would include allowing “someone to assert a legal claim of free exercise of religion, regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceedings.” The law has been passed in both the Arizona Senate and the House of Representatives, and now awaits either the veto or signature of Gov. Jan Brewer. This bill itself sounds perfectly acceptable, until one comes to the realization that this new wording prevents legal action being taken against anyone seeking to discriminate, as long as the discrimination stems from a religious basis. The bill is specifically aimed at the right of businesses to refuse service or deny employment to a person if it “conflicts” with the business owners’ religious beliefs.
Many believe that this is an attempt to specifically discriminate against the LGBT community, but it could also lead to racial and religious discrimination. According to The Arizona Republic, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Phoenix), voted against the bill, stating, “The message that’s interpreted is: ‘We want you to work here, but we are not going to go out of our way to protect you, [or] protect your rights.’” But Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) thinks differently, saying in the same article, “The descendants of the people who fled religious persecution are now being criminally prosecuted by politically correct governments.” While there has yet to be an official report on the criminal mistreatment of Massachusetts pilgrims in America, it is quite possible – if not probable – that this kind of thing does exist. Maybe. The Center for Arizona Policy is one of the major backers of the bill, according to a New York Times article. Their website likewise has an apocalyptic message that reads, “As religious hostility grows throughout the nation, it has become clear that [freedom of religion] is under attack.” To fend off this attack, naturally there must be an aggressive counter-strike, one that will be carried out with extreme, government-protected prejudice. The center further asks for citizens to write to Brewer and support the bill. As a Catholic, I am a firm believer in the right to freedom of religion
and the right to express that religion through free speech. I also believe that oppression of others for their beliefs and their very personage is wrong, and I base this in (surprise) biblical scripture. A personal favorite of mine is Colossians 3:12-14, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” I see no love in this bill. I see no compassion, no kindness, no humility, no meekness and certainly no patience or forgiveness. I don’t mean this as an attack on Christians. I don’t mean this as an attack on the Republicans who support this bill. People have a right to their beliefs, regardless of whether or not I agree with them. But this is a denouncement of an oppressive action that seeks to hurt others. Okay, I’m almost off my soapbox, I promise. Artist Kanye West once rapped, “We’ve formed a new religion/no sins as long as there’s permission.” Sadly, while there may be “no church in the wild,” there are well-funded, aggressive Christian legal organizations like the Center for Arizona Policy in the state of Arizona. Brewer has announced that she plans to make a decision Friday. In
Opponents of Arizona’s controversial religious freedom bill urge Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the bill as they fear it will encourage discrimination. the meantime feel free to contact her office, regardless of whether you support this bill or not. You can leave comments directly at the Governors’ website and find her contact information on her website. Punishing someone for an unchangeable aspect of who they are, whether that is their sexual
orientation, their race or anything else, is a sin to me and I refuse to give that sin permission. This is the opinion of Cruz Quinonez a junior English and screenwriting double major from Bakersfield, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email email@example.com.
Learning to be a man for others on Chile IC trip Kevin Cacabelos Senior Editor
e walked the streets of the community of Nogales, a lower-class neighborhood in Santiago, Chile with open eyes and vulnerable hearts. Walking around Nogales and spending time with the community’s most vulnerable populations was one of my standout memories from my Ignacio Companions (IC) trip in Chile this past winter break. Nancy, a member of one of Nogales’ parishes, Santa Cruz, gave us a tour of her neighborhood. As we handed out invitations to a special New Year’s celebration at the Santa Cruz soup kitchen, we listened intently and watched Nancy interact with men who had become her family. Later that night, we celebrated the New Year with these same men, heard beautiful poetry, watched dancing and even convinced our own senior English major Mimi Jacobie to reluctantly sing “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac in front of our new friends. The abstract notion of global solidarity manifested itself in the joy of my peers. As a leader of the IC Chile trip, I witnessed spiritual and intellectual growth in both my peers and myself. This growth was only possible because of an intentional effort by the trip to provide a holistic view of the several social justice issues we encountered in Chile.
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Kevin Cacabelos ‘14 and Kristin Benedetti ‘14 interact with one of the participants at “Colonias” a summer camp for the Nogales youth in Santa Cruz. This coming spring break, several students and faculty will embark on IC trips through LMU campus ministry. This spring’s destinations include El Salvador, Argentina, Ecuador and Jamaica. While each trip is different in its own way, each trip works with a Jesuit or Ignation-inspired organization and all trips are faithbased and work with social justice issues. Each trip also challenges its participants to engage in partnership and solidarity with its host community. Solidarity is the key word. As an American student traveling to
a foreign country, it’s important not to enter an experience with a notion of superiority. We didn’t serve the impoverished – we worked alongside in solidarity with other global citizens. While IC groups will indeed be involved with several service projects in the countries they use, this service will merely open the door to learning lessons about faith, social justice and community. This is why the IC program is so special. I felt these values grow significantly in my life after learning about the issues of economical and educational
inequality in Santiago. As an LMU student, it’s easy to see the school’s wealth of opportunities and take them for granted. The IC program is one of those things at LMU that inevitably requires the sacrifice of both finances and time, but pays you back in ways you can’t measure. As representatives of a Jesuit institution, LMU students have an opportunity to use this connection to build global relationships. The IC program uses LMU’s Jesuit identity to foster and grow connections abroad to benefit its students and the people they are working with. If you’re reading this column and not graduating this spring, I implore you to consider taking advantage of LMU’s Jesuit identity. Our Chile group worked with Carlos Rodriguez, a 2010 graduate of LMU who had just finished two years of post-graduate work in Nogales with the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps. Rodriguez facilitated conversations between our group and several local Jesuit priests and educators around Santiago. The IC program puts an emphasis on Jesuit values, including the push for us to be men and women for others. As we confronted issues of urban poverty and economic and educational inequality, we challenged ourselves to see God in the midst of suffering and injustice. At several points I felt uncomfortable during our time in Chile. When Nancy took us through the neighborhood, I remember walking through a narrow alley between two shack houses. This alley smelled terrible.
Cat feces were everywhere and several of the cats roaming in the back alley looked sick and hungry, suffering under the hot conditions of the Santiago summer. Nancy helped an elderly man walk out of the back of his house. She introduced us to Don Chavez. Don Chavez had a sad countenance. It looked like he hadn’t showered for days. Nancy told us he hadn’t eaten since the last time they had the soup kitchen, which was two days prior. Nancy embraced Don Chavez and told us he was important to her because he was the only person that needed the soup kitchen. He couldn’t fend for himself like the other homeless people in the community. After everyone in the group introduced themselves to him, Don Chavez said he was overjoyed by our presence and thankful that we came to visit him. It had been his birthday the previous day, so we sang “Happy Birthday” to him and invited him to the soup kitchen celebration. In one day I had experienced both extreme sorrow and complete joy – unrestrained happiness. I reflected that night and, in disbelief, said to myself, “We have six days left here.” IC Chile changed my life not because I felt a gratitude for serving others in a foreign context. Santiago transformed my life because I saw God in Don Chavez, I saw God in my peers and I began to understand what being a man for others truly meant. This is the opinion of Kevin Cacabellos, a senior history and Spanish double major from Seattle, Wash. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LMU: More than a college tour Hella Opinion Sam Borsos
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ou may get caught behind their slow-moving pace on your way to class. You may see them taking pictures of Foley Fountain or the Bluff. They may even stop you occasionally to ask why you chose to go to school here. Do not be alarmed by the potential Lions on campus – it’s tour group season at LMU. Tour groups are a great way to get to know LMU’s campus, meet people who go here and learn about what the school has to offer. They can tell you about all the on-campus activities such as cheering in the student section at basketball games, catching a movie at DejaView Movie Lounge or checking out the view from the Bluff. What they can’t tell you is what it’s really like to go here. Flashback to two years ago: I was a senior in high school making my final decision where to go to college. I went on tours at five different Southern California colleges, and I had no idea which one was the right fit for me. Although each school had a few unique parts about it, I kept hearing the same lines from each school of what it was like to go to college. The most common phrases I heard: “Living in SoCal, you can go surfing and snowboarding in the same day,” “We have great study abroad programs,” “When I first stepped on campus, I could feel that it was the right fit for me,” and “Our food here is pretty good compared to other schools.” Making a decision to come to LMU wasn’t easy for me. I had to write out a huge list of pros and cons about each school I got into to decide where I wanted to go. But now that I’ve been here for two years, I wish I could tell tour groups that the best thing about this college isn’t that you can go to the beach on the weekends or that you can see the Hollywood sign from the Bluff. The best part about LMU for me is the people here. From the
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professors who have inspired me in academics beyond my own expectations, to the close friendships I have made in different organizations, to the random strangers that spark up a conversation with me, LMU is a special, irreplaceable community. It doesn’t feel like I’m in college, it feels like I’m home. We may not have a football team or a big college campus like ones you see in the movies, but there’s something genuine about the community here. Something that makes me want to go to classes to learn. To meet as many people on the weekends as I can. It’s the little things here that have made my college experience what it is. Of course, it’s hard to describe the entire LMU experience in a short amount of time when people want the basic information. But just learning about what the campus has to offer, I never knew what it was like to really go to LMU until I got here. It’s the type of information not provided by tour guides, information pamphlets or college advice websites that make me happy I decided to be a Lion. This is the opinion of Sam Borsos, a sophomore communication studies from San Jose, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanOpinion, or email email@example.com.
Letters to the
EDITOR Dear Executive Editorial Board:
Dear President Burcham:
After reading Mary-Kate Doherty’s opinion piece titled “A Barbie girl in a Sports Illustrated world” in today’s issue, I found myself feeling quite angry. At first glance, the subject of Barbie being on the cover of Sports Illustrated may not seem relevant to me since I’m neither the mother of a young daughter nor a customer of Barbie products, however, as a woman I find this news appalling. Though the cultural icon known as Barbie may appear supportive of female empowerment, in reality, her actions reflect far from that. Illustrated is notorious for sexualizing women in their swimsuit edition, so the fact that Barbie is participating in the issue would imply that she approves of the sexualization that occurs to the women who participate.
We, the organizing members of LMUnified Adjunct Faculty, appreciate your recent email to the Loyola Marymount community. We believe that you have LMU’s best interests at heart, and we wish to convey that we do as well. We labor tirelessly for the University that we love, honor, and serve. We seek the greatest possible good for LMU: to benefit its mission, vision, and students. In the coming days, we have every intention of seeking a peaceable and collaborative relationship with our partners in administration.
When I look at Barbie, I see everything that I’m not but feel pressured to be. And that’s exactly what young girls see, too. Barbie isn’t a role model, she’s an accumulation of perceptions on how women and girls should look, implying that if you don’t look like her, you won’t be accepted, find success or be as valuable. However, young girls aren’t mature enough to see past these expectations and realize that they do not have to act or look like Barbie to live successfully.
We ask you to honor the role that all faculty play in the operation of LMU; to commit to working with us to restore the tenure model; to ensure fair and equitable compensation and benefits for all employees; to assist with career development (for the benefit of all parties); to affirm academic freedom for all; to ensure equal access and eligibility to research and publication resources; and most of all, to allow LMU’s adjunct faculty to vote on unionization unhampered, untrammeled, and un-coerced. Your email suggests that you are perhaps ready to offer a neutrality statement like that issued by our East-Coast sibling, Georgetown University, during their unionization. We would encourage you to do so and would praise such an action as the mark of a great president of an esteemed Catholic university, committed not only to quality higher education, but to our shared mission of social justice. We humbly request that you reaffirm the Church’s centuries-old support of labor unions and demonstrate to our faculty and students your good-faith commitment to LMU’s Catholic identity.
I find it offensive that people brush aside this topic because they either aren’t truly aware of what the implications are, or they don’t think it’s worth caring about. I’m so tired of how overlooked the objectification of women is. I’m a woman. I have to live with the pressures and expectations set by the media, just as any other woman does. While Barbie may not seem like the most conventional place to start a feminist movement, it’s still a place to start, and that’s as good as any. Sincerely,
On Behalf of LMUnified Adjunct Faculty,
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inally, spring break is upon us. To many students, this means that it’s officially time to drink mojitos on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Here are a few styles that will make you look glamorous for every photo-op, a.k.a. potential Instagram, while vacationing in Cabo. Crop Tops A bare midriff is a popular look that gives you the opportunity to show off how hard you’ve worked on that Cabo diet. Urban Outfitters has a wide range of crop tops that range from more simple looks to the bold and trendy. Worried about having enough money left for the trip? Forever 21 is your go-to spot. Flirty and fashionable, an affordable crop top can be found in every aisle. Swimwear A requirement for Cabo is a swimsuit for every mood. Whether you decide on a bikini, one-piece or a monokini – although I wouldn’t advise it; no one wants that kind of tan line – make sure it has you feeling comfortable. Mix and match your bikini tops and bottoms with different prints and colors so you’re the hottest one on the beach. Victoria’s Secret has special sales specifically for spring break to have you looking like an angel without the extra cost. Maxi Dress A maxi dress can be a defining outfit for your vacation experience. It’s great to wear
over your swimsuit when heading over to the beach, but it can also be a great look for dining out with friends. Free People has a unique selection of dresses that fall into the category of a sundress, or easily be dressed up for a fun night out. Accessories: Women Bring out those bold sunglasses, obnoxious yet stylish sun hats and cute beach bags. The most casual outfits can be amped up with some accessories that stand out. Don’t be afraid to go all out and enjoy your vacation while rocking some H&M jewelry. Board Shorts Board shorts will be seen all around at the beach, so have a little fun with your choice of design. Pick a cool look from American Eagle Outfitters that is comfortable, yet makes a statement while on the sand. Volcom is also a great resource for finding wellfitting board shorts at an affordable price. Canvas Slip-Ons Canvas slip-ons are a great way to go, as they are both stylish and practical. These are great for simply walking on the boardwalk or a late night out with friends. Get a simple yet classic design to go with every look from Vans, with prices ranging from $35 to $50. Accessories: Men Accessories are just as important for men as they are for women. How to show off some style without a shirt or shoes? Invest in a fedora and be the epitome of cool. Throw in a pair of aviators and watch the ladies flock to you. Dress up, soak up some sun, laugh until it hurts and enjoy your Cabo spring break in style. This is the opinion of Ivetta Babadjanian, a junior communication studies major from Glendale, Calif. Tweet comments to @LoyolanArts, or email cchenelle@ theloyolan.com.
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Freshman business major Rachel Thomas looks Cabo-ready in a beach hat from Forever 21, a crop top from American Eagle Outfitters and a flowing maxi skirt from Forever 21.
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life+arts Getting the most out of spring break in L.A.
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Just because you’re not in Cabo doesn’t mean spring break is a bust. Susannah Keane Staff Writer
f you are spending spring break in Los Angeles, you’re in for a treat. This week is awash with fabulous activities to fill up your free time and keep the vacation slump at bay. LACMA College Night: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is holding its annual College Night on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. College students can come in after hours and participate in a number of workshops and gallery discussions. Admission is free with a college ID. Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem”: The acrobats of Cirque du Soleil are performing their new show, “Totem,” at the Santa Monica Pier. As always, Cirque promises a breathtaking extravaganza of trapeze, trampoline and contortion. If you’re out of town next week, don’t worry; it is running through March 16, and tickets can be booked online. Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: If you’re a fan of the View Askewniverse films such as “Dogma” and “Chasing Amy,” this is the event for you. Those once-great ‘90s teen stoner icons from New Jersey have now set up a podcast chronicling their battle against middle age, in what is guaranteed to be both a cheap and hilarious evening. The event takes place on March 6 at the Comedy Store. Tickets are $25 for adults 21 and over. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: The latest Wes Anderson film opens on March 7. It tells the story of a hotel concierge who must prove his innocence after he is framed for a murder. Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort – plays as a crime-solving hotel employee. I can’t see how that wouldn’t be a winner. L.A. Marathon: The Los Angeles Marathon is happening on Sunday, March 9. Thousands of runners will be tackling this 26-mile trek around the city. People of all skill levels turn out
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If you’re not going home, or if you’re a native Angeleno, there is still plenty to do in Los Angeles over spring break. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be holding its annual College Night on March 6. There are also nostalgic comedy happenings and the L.A. Marathon to make this break a fun one. for the event annually, and it’s the perfect way to give your flagging New Year’s workout resolution a second wind.
This is the opinion of Susannah Keane, a freshman screenwriting major from Metuchen, New Jersey. Tweet comments to @LoyolanArts, or email email@example.com.
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Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” opens on March 7. It is sure to be a great, fun addition to the auteur’s canon.
Crossword Puzzle: LMU Lingo
Down 1. LMU’s multi-purpose identification card is called the ______ 2. WOW, located in Founder’s Pavilion, stands for ______ 3. ______ is held every Tuesday and Thursday around noon 4. University Hall is often shortened to ______ 5. The ______ is a free shuttle service offered to LMU students 7. Sullivan, Huesman, and Doheny Hall are all located in ______ 8. Where to go to get a great view of the surrounding area of LMU
Across 3. These meals in the Lair are all-you-can-eat 6. “The Cave” is located in this building 9. St. Robert’s Hall is often shorted to ______ 10. The washers and dryers in LMU residence buildings are operated with ______ Dollars 11. Name of LMU’s mascot
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Come to men’s basketball and watch Anthony Ireland’s last chance at setting a record at home this Thursday at 8pm!
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If acrobatics are your thing, Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” runs until March 16 in Santa Monica, promising their traditional spectacles on the pier.
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Lions look for victory against Broncos Team will “continue to fight” for love of the game, says Osborne. Dan Raffety Staff Writer
Despite the men’s basketball team’s seven-game losing streak, all eyes will be on Gersten Pavilion Thursday night when the Lions take on the Santa Clara University Broncos at 7 p.m. Senior point guard Anthony Ireland will be playing in his second-to-last home game of his four-year career at LMU while chasing down the No. 2 spot on LMU’s all-time scoring list. Ireland currently sits at 2,103 points – just 98 points behind Terrell Lowry – for second alltime in scoring. The Lions have two more regular season games and at least one game in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championships. Santa Clara Broncos may be the Lions’ best chance of breaking their losing streak. The Broncos are in ninth place in the WCC and have lost nine out of their last 11 games. The Lions fell to the Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif. 86-81 on Jan. 4. Redshirt senior forward Alex Osborne will play in his final two home games as well, beginning with Thursday’s matchup. He and Ireland have played in 249 games together and want to wrap up this season on a winning note. Together, Ireland and Osborne rank with the
highest number of games played for a duo in LMU history. Despite the losing streak, Osborne is taking it one game at a time and is not thinking about anything besides Thursday’s game. “I just want to win one more game,” said Osborne after LMU’s 72-69 loss to Pepperdine University last Thursday. “We practice and play hard, and we have come up short this season. We all love the game of basketball, and we will continue to fight.” Osborne performed well in that contest, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. Ireland’s 26 points was a game high for the Lions, but the senior who hasn’t missed a single game in his fouryear career missed a potentially game-tying three-point basket with time expiring. Despite the loss, the Lions came back from a doubledigit deficit to cut Pepperdine’s lead to one possession. Ireland’s collegiate success has laid the foundation for a professional basketball career, potentially in the NBA. “That’s the goal,” said Ireland. “I hope to play in the NBA. I’ve talked to multiple people; my coaches are helping me out. My goal is to be an NBA point guard.” When asked what the biggest area of improvement needed to be at the next level, Ireland did not hesitate: “Definitely my defense.” Head Coach Max Good commended his team for their fight through the tough stretch after the loss to Pepperdine. The Lions only
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Sophomore forward Nick Stover takes off for a dunk earlier this season. Stover and his teammates finish up their regular season this week against Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. have one win this calendar year, but leave the program for “personal season. LMU made a historic run in have played many of these games reasons.” last year’s WCC Tournament in Las with only seven scholarship players. “I love him as a human being. Vegas. Ireland said that although Both senior forward Godwin Okonji I’m trying to help him go to a junior the two years have been different, and senior guard Ayodeji Edbeyemi college,” said Good on Feb. 20. “I’ve LMU is just as intimidating come are out for the season and will apply talked to him every day for the last tournament time. for a medical redshirt at the end of three days. He was down at my “I know no one wants to face us,” the season. house two days ago. He spent three said Ireland. “We run up and down Good commented that LMU hours down at my house. We are and put a lot of pressure on the freshman point guard Nino Jackson trying like the devil to get him to a opponent.” is no longer with the program. premier junior college.” The Lions tip off against Santa Jackson has withdrawn from LMU, The Lions are in last place in the Clara University tonight at 8 p.m. making him the second player to WCC for the second consecutive
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first five games, the team gave up 33 runs, versus only 17 in these last 5 games, most of which came in a 10-1 loss to Seattle University. A big reason for the team’s success is sophomore pitcher Sydney Gouveia. “I just go out and concentrate on the moment,” Gouveia said of her performance so far. “I don’t worry about what team I am playing or what my starts are. I just want to do well for my team.” Gouveia has a 4-1 record so far this season with an ERA of 0.78. She has thrown three complete games, two shutouts and 33 strikeouts. “I’ve done well. Not as well as I would’ve
liked,” Gouveia said. “It can only get better.” The team will have two games this Friday against Kennesaw State and Florida Atlantic University. However, it does not matter to the Lions whom they are playing. “We look at every team the same whether they are in the top 25 or if they are below us,” Harman said. “We try to play our game.” When asked what the game plan was for these two opponents, Coach Stuart kept it simple. “There are no special plans.” Though the team is excited about the USF Under Armour Invitational, there is a match that all of them are looking forward to after the tournament. On Tuesday, the Lions will play
the Netherlands National Team in an exhibition game. “It should be a nice exhibition game,” Stuart said. “Not many girls get to play international teams.” The players are just as excited. “One of the reasons that people play college softball is that you get to travel and play teams you otherwise wouldn’t,” Harman said. The team traveled yesterday and is looking for a continuation of momentum this weekend in the tournament. However, the team knows one loss is not the end of the world. “We have to fight for games,” Harman said. “We showed who we are as a team. We can bounce back from losses.”
Lions beat UC Irvine 4-3
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Senior Reka Rohonyi prepares to return a volley during a tennis match against UC Irvine. The team took the match in a close 4-3 victory. They will play UNLV this Friday and Utah State on Saturday.
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The LMU softball team has won 4 of their last 5 games. The Lions will play the Netherlands National Softball Team in an exhibition game at the end of the tournament. “Not many girls get to play international teams,” Stuart said.
For the Record In the Feb. 24 edition of the Loyolan, Jake Heindel was incorrectly labeled as the Secretary of Ultimate LMU. In fact, Heindel is the Vice President of Ultimate LMU.
ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT Julia Norlin Sport: Tennis Major: Marketing
Class: Freshman Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
The women’s tennis team is excelling, ranking No. 63 in the ITA National Rankings. Head Coach Jamie Sanchez has brought the team into these rankings for a second year in a row. The team’s record sits at 5-5, with only three remaining non-conference matches left. Newcomer and freshman Julia Norlin assisted the team last week in defeating UC Riverside 6-1 by winning 6-0 in both of her single matches. Norlin talked to the Loyolan about her first year as an athlete here at LMU. The team is flying to Las Vegas for two matches this weekend, and their next game is this Friday at UNLV at 10 a.m.
1. How old were you when you began playing tennis? I was six years old. 2. When did you realize that you were serious about being an athlete? When I was about 11 or 12, I knew I wanted to continue and become as good as I could be in my sport. 3. What is your favorite aspect about tennis? I love the competition. The fact that you play alone – I am not a team player. I like the individual aspect of the game.
4. Are there any differences in playing the sport here in the U.S. as opposed to in Europe? Yes, the college level is very different. The competition is harder than at home. But overall, the sport is pretty similar. 5. How has it been playing for Head Coach Jamie Sanchez? It’s been great. He is very supporting and understanding. I can literally talk with him about anything. 6. When you are out on the court, what thoughts go through your mind? Well, I try to stay positive. I try to focus on things I should do and don’t focus on things I shouldn’t do. 7. As a freshman, what do you hope for in your tennis career these next four years? I hope to improve my game and to receive a ranking. 8. Do you see yourself continuing on with tennis after you graduate? Yes, I definitely could not imagine my life without tennis. Maybe not pro level, but we will see what happens. 9. How have you as an athlete improved by playing at the collegiate level? My mental game has improved. I’ve also become more strong and competitive. And more fit. 10. Are there any things about your game that you hope to improve? I hope to improve both my serve and volley. 11. Lastly, what have you enjoyed most so far about being here at LMU? Being a part of the tennis team here has been my favorite thing. I know I said earlier I’m not a team player, but I like it here. It’s not a team sport like soccer, but it is different. Being on the tennis team, they’re always there for you if you need someone for anything, and I really like that.
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Ireland preps for final farewell
SOFTBALL Sophomore pitcher Sydney Gouveia was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 24, 2012. Gouveia LMU Athletics threw her first career no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Seattle University last weekend. The sophomore hurler went 4-0 with 28 strikeouts and a 0.33 ERA in four appearances last week and also tossed 1.2 innings of relief to earn a win against CSU Bakerfield last Friday. W. TENNIS The women’s tennis team entered the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings at No. 63 for the second straight year. Last year was the first time since 2007 that LMU women’s tennis had made the rankings when they entered at No. 72 on March 5. The team is currently gearing up for WCC play, with only three non-conference games left on their schedule. This weekend, the Lions travel to Las Vegas for two matches. Their first game is this Friday against University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 10 a.m. W. WATER POLO Women’s water polo (8-4) completed a successful tournament as they finished the weekend with a 3-1 tournament record. LMU Athletics The tournament started with a close 6-5 loss to No. 10 Cal State Northridge. The team then beat CSU Bakersfield, No. 16 UC Santa Barbara and No. 11 San Jose State University. Senior Alexandra Honny helped seal the final win with six goals, including two in the first overtime period. BASEBALL The baseball team had another heartbreaking loss to UC Irvine on Tuesday. The Lions gave up the lead in the ninth inning and later lost the game on a walk-off hit in the 11th inning, losing by a final score of 3-2. This is the fifth straight loss for the Lions and the third straight loss by a single run. M. SOCCER The Lions had a big week in recruiting. LMU secured two goalkeepers to join the team for next season. Dante Pezzi comes from Westlake Village, Calif. and played his club ball for the Santa Monica United U19. Carl Rubschlager comes from Pasadena, Calif. and led Loyola High School to a top five national ranking.
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Senior guard Anthony Ireland attempts a shot against Pepperdine defenders. The Lions play their second-to-last home game against Santa Clara this Thursday at Gersten Pavilion . Read a full preview of the game by Staff Writer Dan Raffety on page 10.
Softball gears up for Florida
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The softball team looks to improve its performance from last year’s USF Under Armour Invitational. The team finished off this tournament 3-4 last year. The Lions kick off their weekend with games against Kennesaw State and Florida Atlantic University.
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The LMU softball team is preparing for a trip down to Florida, but not for a vacation. The team is preparing for the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., which will run from Friday to Monday. “Florida is a fun trip, but it is also a business trip,” Assistant Coach Morgan
Stuart said of the tournament. “What we are looking for is to continue what we started this last weekend. The Lions had a rough start to the season as they faced some big schools the likes of Pittsburgh University, Oklahoma University and UCLA. The team went 0-5 to start the year but then came back strong last week, finishing 4-1 at the Amy Harrison Classic to bring their record up to 4-6. “The biggest thing that helped us bounce back was the fact that we are trying to take it game by game,” Stuart said of the team’s recent performance. “It’s all about attitude. It’s still early in the season.” Both the team’s offense and defense are improving. After scoring only five runs in
their first five games, the team put up 20 runs in their next five. Leading this surge in offense is senior infielder Meghan Harman. “I think since I am a senior, I have a lot more confidence at the plate,” Harman said. “I am just seeing the ball really well.” Harman leads the team in batting average, hits, runs, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. “I know I have a lot of girls looking up to me as a captain,” Harman said. “It’s my senior year, and I have nothing to lose.” The team has also been doing better on the defensive side of the field as it has reduced the number of runs they give up. Over the See Softball | Page 11