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monday, february 17, 2014

volume 42 | issue 15

PLNU affected by minimum wage increase BY SHANNON BARR STAFF WRITER

Student employees across campus will receive an hourly wage increase this year due to new legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September. The Minimum Wage Order states that, effective July 1, the minimum wage in California will be raised from $8 per hour to $9 per hour. The last minimum wage raise occurred in 2008, previously set at $7.50 per hour. “PLNU currently spends approximately $2.4 million each year on student wages,” said George Lat-

ter, PLNU’s vice president for finance, via email. The next minimum wage raise will be an increase to $10 per hour effective January 2016. “The increase in the minimum wage...will amount to a 25% increase or approximately $600,000 in potential increased cost to PLNU,” said Latter. Latter said there are four options PLNU can explore: increase tuition, reduce the number of positions or hours student employees work, trim costs in other areas on campus or a combination of all of these options. “These are similar to the options

all businesses who are impacted by the minimum wage increase will have,” said Latter. “We will be making this decision (at least with respect to the cost impact of the initial increase from $8 to $9) over the next 3-4 months as we prepare our 201415 operating budget.” Lynn Reaser, chief economist for PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, said the minimum wage increase could lead to fewer jobs in the state. “Unfortunately...it could hurt some of the very people it is trying to help, by boosting their standard of liv-

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ing,” said Reaser. “Because minimum wage is set above what the market basically is requiring, it means that there will be more people wanting to work than there are jobs available.” Reaser said that instead, companies might automate or hire more experienced employees. She suggested the problem of fewer available jobs also hurts those looking to find their first jobs, something that applies to many students. Reaser contends that, although social polices are often well intended, there can be unintended side effects. “We certainly want to help raise

the standard of living,” said Reaser. “But the best way to do that, actually, is not by a mandate -- artificially requiring companies to pay a higher wage, but to actually help individuals secure the education and the training and the knowledge so that their productivity, their contribution, actually warrants a higher wage in the marketplace.” Reaser predicts the funds for this increase will be absorbed by taxpayers and companies raising prices for consumers. Over the last 12 years, Jamie

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San Diego’s new mayor GET TO KNOW Kevin Faulconer:

1. He is of the Republican party. 2. He went to San Diego State University to earn his degree in Political Science.

KEVIN FAULCONER PHOTO BY JUSTIN VOS BY AMY WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

PHOTO BY AMY WILLIAMS Young Life PLNU hosted a Taco Tuesday party called “Fiesta de los Awesomeness” as a kickoff event for the semester on Feb. 11. They had authentic tacos made by two women from tacosandgorditas.com. It is estimated that there were 100 students at the event. Young Life PLNU will have another event tomorrow called “‘Murica.”

Kevin Faulconer, won the mayoral special election on Feb. 12 against David Alvarez. He will be sworn in on March 3 to fulfill the last 33 months of ex-mayor Bob Filner’s term, who resigned due to accusations of sexual harassment. Here are five facts that you should know about San Diego’s new mayor:

3. Before election, he served for eight years on the San Diego City Council for District two which includes the Point Loma area. 4. One of his biggest concerns has been investing in all neighborhoods to “ensure that every neighborhood receives its fair share of community funding and that no community in San Diego gets left behind.” 5. He has a wife and two children and they live in Point Loma. Info from kevinfaulconer.com

Brewed Awakening discusses food banks BY AUTUMN SHULTZ STAFF WRITER

Research regarding a survey of the food bank population within San Diego was discussed in the Brewed Awakening conference on Feb. 11 in the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute. Researcher, Lynn Reaser explained their results and gave audience members ideas for helping those in need of food. There were 42 members in attendance. The purpose of the survey was to

understand the various factors that drive people’s need for food assistance. The researchers discussed the key characteristics that define the families who receive food from food banks in San Diego and around the world. The survey, educated on various ways they can make a difference in the lives of the men, women and children who accept provisions from food pantries. “Donate to the Food Bank’s annual food drive,” said Reaser in an email to the Point Weekly. “See assistance to the homeless and needy,

such as helping out at Thanksgiving or Christmas, not just as a one-time event. Rather, befriend and establish relationships with people needing help and support them with a longer term commitment.” Reaser was the principle investigator and primary author of the study. She oversaw the research of the study and guided its components into a comprehensive analysis of the San Diego Food Bank Population. “It takes some wisdom, skill and work to feed a household - even with help from a pantry,” said Patricia Leslie,

a researcher in the survey, via email. “And there are challenges to being able to safely store and use the foods that are donated. And not all households are alike -- what ‘works’ for some will not work for others...especially when we consider the elderly, children, or people who are homeless, allergic, or on restricted diets.” According to the study, the households that receive food assistance are typically large, with as many as five members. However, many of the households are smaller in size. These are usually comprised

of one or two seniors. The study also states that more than one-third of the households receiving assistance do not have wage earners. Nearly half of these people have been unable to find a job for more than two years. This is the first comprehensive study of the food bank population of San Diego County. According to its researchers, the study seeks to further people’s understanding of the difficulties that people needing food assistance are faced with every day and to comprehend the various factors that drive that need.


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Media students to potentially get involved with MTV

PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA MOWRY The Sonflowerz, a British American pop group are featured in “The Message in the Music.” The show is shown in 3500 hotel rooms in Las Vegas, Nev. BY ROSS NEDERHOFF STAFF WRITER

Although MTV’s programming is usually far from what would be considered PLNU appropriate, this notion may possibly start to change, sooner than later, due to the a new project from students in the Media Communications department. The project, known as “The Message In The Music,” is an interview show geared toward highlighting Christian musicians by giving them an outlet to communicate their faith while sharing their talent. The show’s

production team has plans to get in touch with MTV to possibly air the show on the channel. “We are really focusing on bringing in Christian musicians who are not only extremely talented, but who also have something meaningful to say about how God is working in their life,” said Alan Hueth, media communications professor, and facilitator for this project. Princebury Productions, the show’s production company, recently approached Hueth, who is a member of their advisory board and asked him for ideas on how they could make their

vision for this program come to life, and that is where PLNU came into the picture. Hueth, who was well aware of his student’s capabilities, saw this as an opportunity for student involvement in a “real world” project. Despite the fact that Hueth is overseeing production, this project is predominantly a testament to the abilities of PLNU’s media communications students. Junior Olivia Mowry is the director of “The Message In The Music”. Mowry has been working closely with staff at Princebury in order to bring their vision to fruition.

General superintendent speaks in chapel

BY VANESSA DOTINGA STAFF WRITER

David Busic, a general superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene was a guest speaker at chapel on Feb. 14. His sermon encouraged students to lead their lives with peace and grace. General superintendents are the highest elected officials in the Nazarene church. “We are honored and excited to have him…despite his incredibly busy schedule,” said Tim Whetstone, university chaplain, via email. According to Whetstone, Busic was scheduled to speak in chapel last year, but was prevented due to bad

weather, coming from Oklahoma. As well as being the chapel speaker, Busic visited the School of Theology and Philosophy and was a guest at a student luncheon. “He has [since we were in seminary together] been a very successful pastor, then served briefly as the president of the Nazarene Theological Seminary before being elected into his current position last summer,” said Mark Mann, theology professor. In chapel, Busic highlighted the importance of showing grace and peace to others in daily encounters. He questioned what it means to be able to say “May God treat you better than you deserve” and encouraged the students to

also treat people with this sense of love. Busic immensely values the role of college students in the church’s outreach and thinks it is important to visit the universities of the denomination in order to invest time and energy in young leaders. “The beauty of Nazarene higher education is that it’s the primary discipleship for training young leaders and preparing them for service to the world,” said Busic. “The passion and commitment of young adults is the hope of the church.” Busic’s desire to invest in young adults comes from his belief in their power to powerfully influence the world. “There is a historical trend of college-aged youth leading church movements. After all, Jesus’ disciples were most likely around that age,” said Busic. Busic desires this training of college students for all the universities in the denomination, which he sees as largely similar. One difference he sees between PLNU and other universities is the level of multi-cultural diversity on this campus. He has become a man that touches people’s lives and many love to hear him preach. “He is a wonderful man of God, whom I have been fortunate enough to know for many years,” said Mann.

She started out by directing the episodes and has been able to extend her expertise into many different facets of the production process. “What excites me is how big this project is,” said Mowry. “Even though students are working on and leading the project, it has a much further reaching impact than I could imagine.” Mowry clarifies that Tausha Seymour-Scarlett, Princebury Production’s CEO, has very high hopes for the future of this endeavor. Four episodes have been filmed on campus, featuring artists such as

Clister, The Sonflowers, DaysEye and Teka Perry. They are currently in the stages of planning more. Hueth is excited for a professional yet faith-based project to incorporate PLNU students as main contributors. “The Message In The Music” is currently playing in 3500 Las Vegas hotel rooms. Ultimately, it is Princebury’s vision to have the show contracted with a major television network. Their hopes are to sign with MTV and although there hasn’t been contact with MTV yet, the idea is being discussed.

Minimum Wage

providing workers with skills will allow them to gain better jobs. “[I]n the long term, workers, employees will earn the value of their production,” said Reaser. “So if they’re more valuable then they warrant a higher salary in wage in the marketplace. If they’re less skilled, they don’t earn as much. That’s why wages are as high or low as they are.” Reaser refers to the cycle of students needing experience on their resume in order to get a job, and needing a job to get experience, as a catch-22. “So you have to break into that cycle, and often it’s through the summer job -- the first job...but if you can’t even get that break, it’s very hard.” Alternatively, Gates said the additional costs PLNU will face do not outweigh the advantages of the minimum wage increase. “I might recommend they slow down the rise in faculty and administrator wages to absorb the cost,” said Gates. “But the impact on our university pales in comparison to the benefit to working families all over the state.” The Offices of Strengths and Vocation are currently adapting the schedule for student pay for the July 1 minimum wage increase. Latter said the students who are already receiving more than minimum wage will also receive a pay increase.

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Gates, professor of Sociology and director for the Center for Justice and Reconciliation, said he has listened to various workers in San Diego who depend on their minimum wage salaries. Gates said minimum wage workers will benefit from the raise. “[P]rofits for owners/shareholders and low prices for consumers should not be built on the backs of our lowest paid workers; tens of millions of minimum wage workers are trapped in poverty, unable to afford the cost of living on full time work,” said Gates, via email. Gates notes that the United States is behind other global economies when it comes to minimum wage and points to a failure to keep up with inflation as a good reason for increasing the minimum wage. “[M]inimum wages disproportionately impact the survival of minority communities,” said Gates. “[O]rdinary tax payers would save billions on...social programs that current minimum wage earners are driven to if companies were committed to a living wage; low wage workers disproportionately spend increased wages immediately and locally, pouring the rise in wages directly back into the local economy, strengthening local businesses and increasing local employment.” Reaser, on the other hand, said-


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THINK ON THAT

“Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength .” Isaiah 40: 30-31

Author Samuel Freedman to speak at Writer’s Symposium

PHOTO COURTESY OF SARA BARRETT Author and New York Times columnist Samuel Freedman will be interviewed at the Writer’s Symposium by The Sea on Feb. 20 . BY BRITTANY NAYLOR STAFF WRITER

Every spring term, PLNU invites a vast array of writers to speak to the San Diego community about their craft. Writer’s Symposium by the Sea has hosted a multitude of inspiring writers in the past, including Dave Eggers, Donald Miller and Amy Tan. An evening Q&A with symposium founder and PLNU journalism professor Dean Nelson allows audience members an insight into the writer’s mind. Intimate afternoon workshop classes bring authors even closer to their audience, offering advice and

writing tips. The first of a trio of interviewees is Samuel Freedman. He is currently a columnist for the New York Times and a professor for Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The author of eight books, the most recent being “Breaking the Line,” Freedman will host an afternoon workshop on Feb. 20, and interview that evening in Salomon Theatre. Freedman spoke with the Point Weekly about his writing, his perceptions of culture and where he believes the industry of journalism is going. Point Weekly: Why does storytelling matter to a culture? Samuel Freedman: I think there

are some ways that humans are hardwired to respond to story and to want story. There seems to be some way we need story to help us to both record our history and to help us make sense of the world around us. It’s not learned; there is something that’s implanted in us and you can develop it from there. PW: Why do you pick the certain stories you write about? SF: I’m really drawn to the stories of people who are not famous, but who make significant change in the world someway. All of [my books] are held together by those two things: the desire to shine a light on people who aren’t famous and the desire to look at how “ordinary” people are actually extraordinary in terms of making certain kinds of change, whether it’s political change, religious change, improving a neighborhood or helping to desegregate a society. PW: How do you find the people you want to talk about? SF: As a writer, I walk around all the time with a kind of radar on and I am alert to the world around me, just being curious and, on some level, receptive to whatever I might pick up from somewhere out there that might make a good column or good book. PW: What do you think makes up identity? SF: I think anyone’s identity is a mixture of personal history and cultural influences – that can come in part from vendor, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity. Also the way then, starting with those predetermined things, any individual makes their way through the world, what they do with the cards they’re dealt. That is why you can have children who grow up in the same household go in really different vectors. One will end up being liberal, one will end up

being conservative. That is kind of the mystery and for me, the fascination of human experience. PW: Where do you think the news industry is headed? SF: What isn’t changing is people’s desire for journalism – people’s desire to be told powerful stories and people’s desires to have capable analysts helping them understand the world. The thing that’s changed is the economic model of the industry and that has been destabilizing, but I think eventually it’ll get reconciled. You have to think, for any news organization, what can we uniquely provide that people out in the general public can’t get as professionally elsewhere and would be willing to pay for. PW: Do you see this trend affecting the New York Times? SF: Every newspaper has been affected. The Times on the one hand is seen as being very successful with doing multimedia journalism now; they do incredible things on their website with audio, video and information graphics. At the same time, advertising revenue hasn’t been what they hoped it to be. The Times has overall kept its newsroom intact and news product strong, but after they had gone through all the buyouts for the people voluntarily leaving, they twice had to go and do involuntary layoffs in the past couple of years. That was a real shock. So the Times has been affected, but I think it’s weathered it much better than most organizations. PW: Is there one thing people ought to know about your books before coming and hearing you speak? SF: No, I just want people to know that I’m really flattered to be invited to Point Loma and be part of a great series and I’ll just try and do my best and not spill coffee on my tie.

Writing class to publish book BY LUCAS CONCEPCION STAFF WRITER

Only at PLNU can you earn course credits and publishing rights within the same class. Last semester literature and writing professor Michael Clark radically changed the structure of his Creative Writing Fiction course in order to give students a chance to develop their writing skills and determine if their efforts would merit publication. The students who enrolled in his fall course were challenged to work collaboratively to have their writings published in an online e-book by the end of the semester. The forthcoming book, “On This Sand,” is a compilation of five short stories created by the 20 students who enrolled in his class, unaware of what was to be expected of them. Students were only given the warning that the class would be different from a traditional writing class. Clark created a teaching environment that focused

on developing marketable skills with writing fiction. “I gave the students an impossible task: write something worthy of publication in 9 weeks,” said Clark. No one, not even Clark himself, knew if the experimental class would succeed in its objective. The class was divided into two distinctive formats: four weeks of in-class lectures and nine weeks of independent small groups focused on creating their respective stories. The 20 students were separated into five groups, each group assigned to collaboratively write a short story and all of the stories had to be written within the same setting. This meant that the stories the students wrote all took place simultaneously within the same location. At the same time, the members of each group were assigned a weekly role that was meant to focus on a particular facet of working within a writing workplace. Clark explained within

the class’s Eclass portal. “Each week, you will perform one of four jobs in your creative team structure - team lead, communication specialist, writer, or editor,” Clark explained. “Each position has its own set of deadlines and duties, as well as group deadlines that all positions must account for. Your creative team will be responsible for ensuring that all goals are met and that the story you are writing is both artistically in line with the individual vision you have and the larger class project.” During the nine weeks of independent writing, Clark delivered lectures and curveball assignments via Youtube videos that he filmed prior to the semester. This allowed him to guide the groups remotely as they developed their stories. Keana Mcgrath, a junior literature major enjoyed the class. “It was an interesting new way to write and interesting to write as a collective group. The class challenged me

as a writer,” she said. By the end of the semester, the groups had written five distinctive short stories and decided on the names of their stories, as well as the book itself. The students also completed multiple evaluations and surveys that identified each student’s strengths, productivity and progress throughout the semester. Clark says he is proud of the efforts of his students. “I couldn’t have genetically engineered a better first group,” said Clark. If any students are looking forward to taking Clark’s hybrid writing class, he has expressed interest in retooling the course for writing in other forms, such as literary nonfiction or poetry. On This Sand is currently being edited and readers will be able to download their digital copy early this April.

GREY AREA the black the white and the in between.

The Winter Olympics are now in full swing and the United States teams are performing well, bringing home several gold medals. Some students are avidly watching the games, even putting other responsibilities on hold to stay glued to the television. Others, however, are discovering new sporting events for the first time and are just starting to get into the games.

“I feel like every winter Olympics I learn about a new sport I didn’t know existed. Summer seems more popular so it’s cool to see unique sports.” - Ellen Martinez, Senior “Sports aren’t really my thing, and furthermore I have less interest in the winter games than the summer ones.” - Mandie Lira, Sophomore “I love watching the Olympics, especially the winter ones, being from Canada. It definitely fosters a sense of pride for my country and I am always excited to hear we earned another medal.” - Bronwyn Hendry, Senior “I like the Summer Olympics better because it has the sports I like, such as soccer. But it’s fun to watch sports I normally wouldn’t care about, like hockey.” - Joel Siria, Junior “Growing up, life only existed between the commercial breaks of the Olympics. Now, it’s really hard to juggle it with school but I’m still up till midnight each night rooting for Team USA.” - Hannah Andrade, Junior “I think they are really great this year with some amazing athletes and athletic events. I dont think there is as big of a hype as years in the past, so people are missing out on experiencing the excitement of it all. People think of winter olympics as ice skating and hockey, but there are some really cool and crazy events that the public misses out on because they aren’t looking for it.” - Alex Biggins, Senior Compiled by Kimberly Miller


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Building churches over spring break

PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAL HOENECKE Students, faculty and staff from PLNU will spend the upcoming Spring Break in Tijuana, Mexico building a church santuary for a local Nazarene church. BY AMY NORDBERG STAFF WRITER

This coming spring break, about 50 PLNU students will have a lot of work ahead of them on the annual Spring Break Build which will be happening this year from March 9 through 15. Students, staff, faculty and alumni are all encouraged to go and build a church sanctuary in Tijuana, Mexico. The trip will be led for the first time by Estaban Trujillo, the Associate Director of International Ministries. The intended goal of Spring Break Build is to construct a church expansion for the Tijuana Central Church of the Nazarene by the end of the week. According to Trujillo, some of the main construction jobs will include a cement team, a wall building

team, an insulation team, an electricity team and many more. Trujillo says the most famous job is building trusses, the wooden beams that support the building structure. , “Dr. Brower typically specializes in this part,” he says. And it’s true, Dr. Bob Brower will be joining the trip for the fourth year in a row with his wife Linda. “I’ve primarily worked on building the trusses. We’ve built between 35 and 60 depending on the building size and then we get them set them in place for the roof,” Brower said in an email interview. “It’s really a project where everyone jumps in to do whatever is necessary to complete the church. It’s a great example of team work by everyone on the build!” The cost of Spring Break Build is $250 per person. This includes trans-

portation, housing, food and even health insurance. Students, staff and alumni who choose to attend the build will stay at the Hacienda del Mar, a hotel in Las Playas de Tijuana for the week. Each morning they will have breakfast and a morning devotional together, receive work instructions for the day, build until lunch and continue building and working until dinner. Depending on the day, they may even be working more after dinner. At night, there will be a worship service, games, a pool, hangout and rest time. PLNU will be partnering with Lazarian World Homes, a nonprofit organization. “They have an interesting method of building by using styrofoam blocks,” says Trujillo. “It’s a great way to not only build a massive home in a week, but it’s cost-effective. It helps

the church to have this building and it’s very sturdy.” Trujillo compares the stacking of these styrofoam blocks to Legos. “We use chicken wire and stucco on the outside and it’s pretty solid,” Trujillo. At the end of the trip, students have an opportunity to stay until Sunday to see the building be dedicated. Trujillo says that leaders from Lazarian World Homes will be there as well. “They are excited to receive us and I’m excited to have our students experience this specific church.” Kyla Sabado, a junior, has been on the past two Spring Break Builds and definitely recommends it. “It’s one of the best opportunities Point Loma has to offer and the people that come are always some of the best Loma has to offer,” she says. Sabado has contributed in many

areas of the build including gable building, foundation/cement pouring, painting, rebar setting and others. “You really get to be a part of everything,” she says. Overall, it should be a tiring yet rewarding week spent in Tijuana. When asked what students usually take away from this experience, Brower tells us that not only do students get a chance to do things they’ve never done beforelike see an entire building completed in a week- “but it’s also being able to be a part of another church setting and culture. I’m sure most of us value the new relationships that are developed during this week of working together.” Spots are still available for those wishing to participate in the Spring Break trip. Students can register online at pointloma.edu.

Cafe 21: a restaurant review

BY KAYLIE PULLIN STAFF WRITER

I’ve had a lot of really bad brunch in my day. I’ll never forget the Mother’s Day Disgrace of 2012––let’s just say it involved dine-and-dashing. For my lovely roommate’s 21st birthday brunch, her mother planned to take us to Cafe 21, a hot spot in the Gaslamp District known as one of the best brunch stops in San Diego. The huge crowd outside Cafe

21 can be seen from blocks away. As we joined the mass to put our name in, we were greeted by an eccentric, pink-shirt-wearing man who took our name, told us it’ll be about 30 minutes and somehow managed to compliment us in nearly every sentence he said. Once we were finally the lucky chosen group, we were taken to our seats. Cafe 21 is beautifully decorated with mixed style of industrial and Little House on the Prairie: enormous windows framed in thick,

black metal, cherry wood floors and walls, giant copper and silver plate chargers, glass bottles of water, chalk board signs hanging from ropes and warm, ambient lighting. Picking what to eat is the biggest challenge of going to Cafe 21. I’ve never faced a more difficult decision than having to choose between strawberry-rhubarb pancakes or strawberry-rhubarb stuffed toast. For a onepage menu, it’s quite diverse, listing choices from crepes to omelets and

sandwiches to “Caf 21 Cakes,” their creative take on eggs benedict. While we were making our decisions on what to order, I was served some of the best coffee I’ve ever had at a restaurant. It’s really difficult finding a cup of coffee that is strong, but not bitter, smooth and not burnt. My roommate and I decided to share our two choices to balance out savory and sweet: strawberry-rhubarb pancakes and the feta cheese omelet. The pancakes were delectable; light,

chewy and the extra darkness on one side complimented the really sweet strawberry and rhubarb compote on top. The omelet (served in an iron skillet) was bliss for the lover of savory breakfast: fluffy eggs, marinated artichokes, creamy feta cheese and an herby pesto to round it all out. Sharing these two items was more than enough food for the both of us. The service here is wonderful. We were brought a standing hook for our purses, a group song of Happy Birthday for my roommate (complete with the creative lyrics, “Happy birthday, dear stranger!”) and a complimentary birthday dessert of créme brûlée cheesecake, which was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life. The prices are definitely fair for what you get. I got five, decent sized pancakes for $11 and the generous sized omelette was $12 with a free side included. The coffee is only $3 and includes free refills as well! My favorite part of Cafe 21, however, was the fact that it’s farmto-table. Their slogan is “Nature’s Kitchen” and I absolutely love that. The ingredients are local and organic, which means that they’re quality and that’s what’s important.


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Do it yourself natural toothpaste BY KAYLIE PULLIN STAFF WRITER

Regular, store-bought toothpastes are full of nasty ingredients that aren’t necessary for good dental hygiene. In my opinion, if something we’re putting on our mouths comes with a “WARNING: do not swallow” label on it, then we probably shouldn’t be using it! I like to keep things not only natural, but simple as well. While fluoride is the most heavily targeted ingredient for health concerns, other ingredients such as titanium dioxide, glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate and artificial sweeteners (sorbitol and saccharin) have been shown to cause harm and aren’t even needed! Fluoride can be toxic to the body and if you suffer from acne breakouts around your mouth and chin, fluoride could be the culprit. There are concerns that titanium dioxide (used for its color) and glyc-

erin (which gives toothpaste its texture) can potentially be carcinogens and glycerin may also cause teeth sensitivity. Sodium lauryl sulfate (a foaming agent) is a chemical detergent that’s found in shampoos and dish soaps. And artificial, chemical sweeteners have also been suspected of being not only carcinogenic, but can cause digestive disorders. Companies add all of this junk into something we use twice daily just to make it a little prettier and taste better––probably because they don’t want us to know that homemade, natural toothpaste can look and taste great too! Homemade natural toothpaste is not only simple to make and healthier than regular toothpaste, it’s also much more inexpensive than using a store-bought brand. While a 4.7 ounce tube of Tom’s of Maine natural toothpaste costs $5.99 a pop, making the same amount of homemade toothpaste can cost just about

one dollar (more or less depending on ingredients used). Here’s how you can make your own toothpaste with just a few ingredients: • 6 tablespoons of coconut oil • 3 drops of pure tea tree oil • 2 tablespoons of baking soda (optional) • Essential oils of choice (peppermint, orange, cinnamon, etc) In a medium sized bowl, add coconut oil and tea tree oil. Only if your teeth are not sensitive and you want a bit more stain-fig hting power, add the baking soda. Using a whisk, whip the ingredients well to keep the coconut oil soft at room temperature. Add desired amount of essential oils to taste (since it’s natural, it’s safe to eat!) and whip again. If, like me, you don’t have any essential oils on hand, you can add some

PHOTO COURTESY OF KAYLIE PULLIN

ground cinnamon and a few drops of pure vanilla extract instead! The best part about this toothpaste is that it’s 100 percent safe to consume and yet it’s still a powerful concoction of anti-bacterial, anti-

microbial, plaque-fighting ingredients! It’s simple, cheap and most importantly, is not harmful to your beautiful body.

“ Music and I can’t really be separated.” PHOTO BY OLIVIA MOWRY Senior Music Composition major Jené Nicole Johnson rehearses for her upcoming concert on Feb. 21.

Watch a video interview with Jené Nicole Johnson on LomaBeat.com

STUDY ABROAD PHOTO OF THE WEEK

ADVENTURING BARCELONA

“Studying abroad has been terrific so far. I always enjoy experiences that stretch me to move outside my comfort zone. I have had a great time already but I know that Barcelona still has a lot to offer; its history is

PHOTO COURTESY OF CODY MARTINEZ Sophomore entrepreneurial business major Cody Martinez is studying through International Studies Abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Martinez (left) is pictured at the infamous Parc Guell garden terraces in Barcelona with his roommate from Creighton College in Nebraska (center) and fellow PLNU student Chad Ridenour (right).

extremely rich.” - Cody Martinez


PRESIDENT Why did you decide to apply for this position? I decided to run for president because I want to make sure that as many students as possible can experience the awesome community that I have been blessed with. Do you already have goals in mind for next year?

Ravi Smith

I plan on working with the new positions, the Director of Activities and Design and Director of School Spirit, to have awesome events and build even more school pride.

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Junior Biology Boulder, Colo.

Why did you decide to apply for this position? This has been an extremely prayerful process. I believe that this position is one that would allow me to serve the student body in a way that lines up really well with my strengths and with what I love to do! I care deeply about the students at this university and I want you all to have a fun year together.

SPIRITUA

Do you already have goals in mind for next year?

McKensey Wise Junior Managerial and Organizational communication with a Spanish minor Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Why did you decide to apply for this position?

I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but I’ve definitely started dreaming about fun events! Besides that, I would love to see everyone get involved in some way that they are excited and passionate about.

I felt God tell me in my time in Russia to step out in faith and run for the position of Spiritual Life. I am just being obedient and I believe God’s will is going to be done. What would you do with your position that has never been done before/is different from previous years?

Pedro Hernandez

STUDENT RELATIONS

Junior Social Work Lompoc, Calif.

Something I would love to do is somehow take this position to a more personal level with the students! That is why if elected I will set a time apart in my week to sit outside of Bobby B’s and listen to people, get to know them. Use the gifts God has given me to help my neighbors.

Why did you decide to apply for this position? A few friends had mentioned that I would be good for the job. After learning more about the position I decided that I would not let an opportunity to give back and serve Point Loma go by. What would you do with your position that has never been done before/is different from previous years?

Nathan Guajardo Junior History Roswell, N.M.

The clubs have been distant from ASB for far too long. Simple gestures of gratitude for their work have been ignored and I would increase communication between the clubs and the board to help them reach their goals.

Riley Verner Sophomore International Studies Eagle, Idaho


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VIC E PRESIDENT Why did you decide to apply for this position? I decided to run for VP because I’ve been working with Student Senate and ASB since day one at PLNU. In doing so, I’ve realized there is a lot of opportunities for improvement on this campus and I think the office of Vice President is the best way to capitalize on those opportunities. What would you do with your position that has never been done before/is different from previous years?

Robert Contreras Junior Political Science Marana, Ariz.

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I want to get one-year, five-year, and ten-year goals established by each institution in ASB as well as ResLife and Spiritual Life so that we can better facilitate an environment of cooperation as we continue to grow into an elite Christian university. I believe this level of transparency will help the administrators better understand the needs/wishes of the student body and help the student body be more informed about the changes that happen on our campus.

AL LIFE Why did you decide to apply for this position?

Sarah Parker Junior International Studies with a Psychology minor San Diego, Calif.

Why did you decide to apply for this position? I’m a very passionate person and the two things I’m most passionate about is Jesus and people. I see this position as an opportunity to see both those passions merge and thought it’d be an amazing opportunity. What would you do with your position that has never been done before/is different from previous years? I don’t feel the need to reinvent the “wheel” per se because I feel it’s doing quite a good job, rather I will just mold and adapt it to my personality and giftings.

Because my faith has been strongly shaped during my time at PLNU and I want to continue participating in what God is doing in this place. I care deeply about the people here and the ways that we as a school follow Christ. I also love the relationships I have made with a lot of the staff in the spiritual development office and would love to continue being able to work with the people there. I’ve felt a tug on my heart to run, so whether or not I win is irrelevant, but I’m trying to be obedient. What would you do with your position that has never been done before/is different from previous years? Well, Zac Austin will be leaving behind a great legacy, so I would be excited to continue doing some of the things he started. But what is different is that there hasn’t been a female Director of Spiritual Life for the last 10 years, so I would be excited to bring a new perspective. I would hope to continue bridging the relationships between student development and spiritual development as both are working closely with students because they care about the school.

EXEC UTIVE SECRETARY Why did you decide to apply for this position? I wanted to become more involved with our university and I knew when the opportunity was presented to me that this was one I couldn’t pass up. What would you do with your position that has never been done before/is different from previous years?

Emily Hill

I love the people at this school and I want them to feel as if ASB is always accessible and accountable. Therefore, I will do my best to make the office of the Secretary one where everyone feels welcome to get information and freely ask questions.

Junior International Studies Folsom, Calif. Why did you decide to apply for this position?= I wanted to play a bigger role at PLNU and step outside of my routine, bubble and friend group What would you do with your position that has never been done before/is different from previous years? There is not much a Secretary can do different! Yet, I would love to have more team building events.

Austin Tompkins Sophomore Psychology Eureka, Calif.

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2/20: Musoffee (music + coffee) | The ARC | 9:30 p.m. | Free 2/20: Samuel Freedman at Writers’ Symposium by the Sea | Salomon Theatre | 7 p.m. | $10 2/21: Gatsby Gala | Bristol Hotel | 7 p.m. | $10 with transportation 2/22: Noah Gundersen | Soda Bar | 8:30 p.m. | $10

Greg Laswell returns to Lestat’s BY KATHLEEN RHINE STAFF WRITER

Greg Laswell always feels at home in San Diego. The singer-songwriter hailing from Long Beach, Calif. and now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Ingrid Michaelson, played the first show of his current tour at Lestat’s in Normal Heights on Tuesday, Feb. 10. “It’s bizarre because I haven’t been here for a long time,” Laswell told The Point Weekly. “It’s more home than L.A..” Graduating from PLNU in 1996, Laswell’s first solo show was at Lestat’s in 2005. Returning to the coffee shop and music venue nine years later, Laswell wanted San Diego’s show to be smaller and in a “more intimate setting” to showcase his new album. “I Was Going To Be An Astronaut” was released on Feb. 11. The album has had triple the presale of 2012’s “Landline,” according to Laswell. “I Was Going To Be An Astronaut” is different; it feels like Laswell

is sitting 10 feet away, strumming his guitar or playing the piano, singing softly into the microphone. Almost all the songs on the album are remakes of Laswell’s own songs — except for his cover of Sparklehorse’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” — but much slower, more intimate, less instrumental. For fans attending multiple shows, Laswell had been changing his songs for live concerts to have more variety. Fans began asking him for recorded versions of those songs and, after the last tour, Laswell told his manager that he should do it. “I’d been doing [the songs] for years, so I thought I’d go through them quickly,” Laswell said. “But it ended up being nerve-wracking because there wasn’t much to focus on except my voice and piano. It was more difficult to know when I was done.” Travis Cook — PLNU worship ministries media coordinator and longtime friend of Laswell’s — appreciated the rawness of Laswell’s show on Tuesday. “Greg’s voice can be both gentle

and powerful,” Cook said via email. “That is what made this show special. With just a cello and Greg on acoustic guitar or piano, the re-imagined songs have a new life, even after hearing them all these years.” Cook, also a PLNU alumnus, worked with Laswell early on by mixing live sound for his bands. He has witnessed the progression of Laswell’s music throughout the years. “I always look forward to hearing a new track and will just consume a new album, listening to it non-stop for months,” Cook said. “I Was Going To Be An Astronaut” is almost like a sampler of songs from previous albums. The track titled “December” might be unrecognizable to Greg Laswell fans because it never made it on the second album, “Through Toledo.” It is reminiscent of the piano-heavy, darker sound of that album. Laswell describes each song as a “time stamp” of things that have happened in his life. Laswell’s connection to PLNU and his heartfelt and relatable lyrics have cultivated a following on campus.

this collection instantly channeled London-club-kid meets third-grader-witha-lunch-box. The clothes were tough, utilitarian and crisp. Thicker-than-thick belts, boots that can take a beating and effortlessly cool tops with cheeky graphics, reading “Revolution!,” “Twisted!,” “Uprising!” marched down the runway. These were girls you didn’t want to mess with. The look of the show, for me, happened about halfway through. Model Fei Fei Sun turned onto the runway in a pale pink, metallic pencil skirt, hitting right around the knee. This look solidified the line. It illustrated, for the viewer, how these pieces are wearable and chic. It reinforced the collection as cool, fashion forward and, above all, wearable. MBMJ’s collection was perfectly ninja meets Power Ranger meets 1986 gir power. And it was effortlessly cool. Proenza Schouler, another NYC brand, is quickly making a name for itself as New York Fashion Week’s rising destination for sartorial crispness, wearable art and looks that will captivate the magazine world until the next season. Designed by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (a cuter-than-cute couple), Proenza always walks collections that impress both the at-home viewer and the industry elite. Style.com quoted Hernandez, saying “‘[The collection is] about energy, humor, and speed.’ Inspired by architecture, this collection boasted huge shoulders, tight waists and rounded hips, Proenza signatures; it felt like a natural continuation of what we have been seeing from Proenza in previous collections. Unique this season, however, were the prints! Amid a pretty monochromatic, minimalist season, this collec-

tion really stood out. Proenza mixed prints like a fourth grader getting dressed in a fur shop. The attention to detail solidified the collection. Each model wore a gorgeous, crisp statement ring and cool shoes that actually — for once — looked nice to walk in. Bravo, Proenza Schouler. Bravo, indeed. Last but not least was Alexander Wang. Bringing the fashion world out to Brooklyn (outer borough, ugh) for a show was a daring move, but a move that paid off. Taking place in the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, Wang’s models marched onto a large runway with steel, architectural structures built on the stage, absolutely complementing the clothes. For Alexander Wang this season, the collection was all about survival. With each model rocking cool, overthe-knee boots and coats loaded with pockets for anything a girl-on-the-go could need. Wang’s girls are not trekking through the mountains, though. There was something resolutely urban and crisp about the collection that had us all thinking of New York City. The “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” mentality was alive in this collection. Wang proved that he is a powerhouse who isn’t going anywhere this season. Other standout collections were Pabral Gurung, The Row (which is designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen), Milly, Helmut Lang, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, among others. At the end of the week, we had Power Ranger-inspired warriors; streakers, girls and gongs at Gurung; tough yet grouchy chicks, ready for a

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“I heard about him my freshman year,” junior Kendra Pittam said. “I feel like all of his songs are effortless and clever. He’s a good song-writer.” Upon returning to Lestat’s, Laswell appreciated the local embrace he received. “I feel like the San Diego show was sweet,” Laswell said. “It was

a smaller room full of people who knew all the songs. When you go back to a place where you played years ago, it becomes more obvious how much you’ve changed.”

#NYFW from the Fashion Guru BY IAN CRANE STAFF WRITER

It’s that time of the year again. Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter 2014 season just wrapped up in New York City and moved on to London, which, if you follow as many fashion bloggers and magazine editors on Instagram as I do, means you’ve already seen too many red vintage phone booths, cobblestone streets and photos of sassy minimalist girls posing on the street with large scarves, gold jewelry, oversized coats (@Celine @PhoebePhilo @DerekLam @SongOfStyle) and winged eyeliner (probably NARS, Stila or — let’s be real — NYX) to boot. The tents have left Lincoln Center and casual elevator shutdowns (imagine Andre Leon Talley stuck in a crowded elevator for 45 minutes) have ceased. Hopefuls have returned to their snowy apartments in Brooklyn or the Bronx or — dare I say — Jersey and the nuclear Anna Wintour has sashayed off to London in search of her next fashion victim. In terms of fashion, there were two motifs in New York City: soft and hard. On the forefront of many minds was Marc by Marc Jacobs (MBMJ), the Marc Jacobs diffusion line, which has undergone several changes. First and foremost, Jacobs has hired two new creative directors to take creative control of the brand — Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier. The power duo co-designed the first MBMJ line, receiving soaring reviews across the board. Also, MBMJ has apparently stopped making wearable, fashionforward items and started dressing the Power Rangers. Styled with braided pigtails and a single tear drawn on the models’ faces,

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Cormac McCarthy-esque apocalypse at Wang; and piles and piles of wool and cashmere, in true MK&A Olsen fashion at The Row. But, at the end of the week, on all of our minds is, where in the world is Cara Delevingne? The thick-browed, mink of a supermodel is yet to be seen in a fashion week show. All I can say is, Cara, we are waiting. Ian Crane is a senior visual arts ma-

jor at PLNU. He worked as the Photo & Bookings Intern at Harper’s Bazaar in New York City during the summer of 2013. After graduation, his dream is to move to New York and become a rich gypsy, fashionist/editor-in-chief and self-diagnosed bagel addict. His favorite animal is the cow and he’s inspired by the colors nude and black.


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Oscar Watch ‘12 Years A Slave’

A series in anticipation of the 86th Academy Awards in

Seniors on the Radar

March, featuring a different Best Picture nominee each week. BY ARTHUR SHINGLER STAFF WRITER

“12 Years A Slave” is a solid film. It is tight, emotional and moving. Although the film approaches the 12-year journey of freeman Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in a traditional, mostly linear manner, it does so well. Solomon Northup lives with his wife and two kids in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where the four get along surprisingly well on only a violinist’s salary. One bright day-in-the-park, two well-dressed and unassuming men approach Northup, offering him a twoweek gig in Washington. Northup accepts, graciously and leaves with the men that evening. We see the three wining and dining at an expensivelooking restaurant during the night, Northup wholeheartedly enjoying both meal and company. But the next morning Northup wakes up in chains. It’s a dark, damp room, exactly as one might imagine it. Blue and gray. Two white men enter on a confused Northup. One man pulls a lever and Northup, standing, thuds swiftly to the floor while the other man handles a bludgeon, proceeding to beat Northup senselessly, repeatedly on the back with no discernible intention of stopping. Northup is put on the market and sold to a plantation near New Orleans, a place where mossy growths

dress the tall, seemingly dead bayou trees like flayed flesh set out to dry. Whipping, corn-husk dolls, cotton and a violin; what follows is a nightmare of a story, accented literally with blood, sweat and tears, but perhaps lacking the sense of accomplishment and productivity those three are typically associated with. Steve McQueen’s direction, though not particularly daring, lends itself to a film that captures the irresolvable dissonance that plagued the whole slavery episode, the constant struggle between the inherent inhumanity of the subject, and the drive of the slaves to find meaning in their lives McQueen is clear, concise and for the most part unforgiving, not wasting time on any unnecessary shot — admirable considering the film’s 134-minute runtime — and placing appropriate weight on slavery’s many horrors. Of particular interest is McQueen’s use of long, drawn-out shots, which introduce a sort of deadpan irony to the film’s many horrors. In one of these scenes, Northup is about to be hanged on an old plantation tree by some angry white men. The three pull one side of the rope and on the other Northup is hoisted by the neck in the air. The men are stopped by a white man of higher authority and Northup hangs there for what must have been at least a minute, toes barely touching the ground, almost still as he attempts

to let himself down. Other slaves move across the shot behind him, going about business as usual. Does “12 Years A Slave” deserve to win “Best Picture” at The Oscars? No. It is a truly moving picture, with dreadfully convincing acting, efficient directing and a tear-jerking ending for the books, but the film’s appeal is ephemeral. In many ways the film would have been more permanently moving had our protagonist died at the whipping post after five-or-so minutes of onscreen punishment and some valiant assertion of his or someone else’s humanity. As it is, however, Solomon Northup survives after 12 years — not a spoiler, indicated by the title — and, like him, the viewer is returned to the comfort of the civilized world. This ending is, I think, a disrespect to those — the majority — who never were returned to their families, who died like animals, uncared for and overwhelmed with pain, without purpose or home, sad and alone. May they rest in peace. But this is also a disservice to an audience, who is now deprived of thought. The audience is not forced to think further about the horrors of the Antebellum South. The filmmakers allow them to view, then move on, which is, I think, this film’s biggest failing.

BY KATHLEEN RHINE STAFF WRITER

Jené Nicole Johnson Feb. 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Free Now: Music Composition major Later: Move to L.A. with hopes of getting an internship in film scoring What is it: Showcase of Johnson’s original works, featuring a variety of styles and various pieces for different types of ensembles: choral, orchestral, electronic. Two of her pieces won awards from competitions at the state level. Who else can we look forward to seeing? There are more than 80 people involved in this recital, with performance by fellow students. Will I still enjoy it if I’m not musically inclined? “There is so much variety in the music I’ve composed that there is something for everyone, no matter your musical preferences!” Johnson said.

BY KATHLEEN RHINE STAFF WRITER

Sean Woodard Feb. 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Free Now: Writing and Music double major Later: Grad school for MFA in Creative Writing What is it: Honors project featuring film scores of composter Ennio Morricone. Woodard will conduct Morricone’s most beloved film scores to their corresponding film clips. Who else can we look forward to seeing? PLNU Orchestra and Concert Band, Point Loma Singers, music faculty — including John Reynolds and Tina Sayers — and community members. There are 36 total musicians involved in the project. Will I still enjoy it if I’m not musically inclined? Some of the films featured are “The Untouchables,” “The Mission,” “Cinema Paradiso” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” “When we watch films, we always come away with memorable moments, savoring them for later,” Woodard said. “For those who have not seen any of the films, they should still have a wonderful time of witnessing the marriage of film and music.”


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2/18: W. Basketball vs. South Dakota School of Mines 2/21: M. Baseball vs. La Sierra (DH), M. Tennis vs. Fresno Pacific, M. Tennis vs. Fresno Pacific, W. UPCOMING EVENTS

Tennis vs. Fresno Pacific 2/22: M. Baseball vs. Holy Names (DH), M. Tennis vs. Holy Names, W. Basketball vs. Azusa Pacific

Women’s golf hosts tournament

PHOTO COURTESY OF PLNU SPORTS INFORMATION The team poses after placing third in the Super San Diego Women’s Golf Championship on Feb. 10-11. BY LOUIS SCHULER STAFF WRITER

The PLNU women’s golf team finished third out of 17 teams last week in the Super San Diego Women’s Golf Championship. After being down by a total of

nine strokes during the first round, California Baptist University (CBU) rebounded to claim the title, posting the best team score of the tournament with a result of 305 the following day. Coach Jacqui McSorley, head coach, said that while the loss wasn’t ideal, the team showed a lot of promise.

“This was the first time PLNU has ever had a lead or been leading going into a round two so this was exciting for sure, but it also showed me that the girls were not ready for that pressure, or shall I say didn’t respond well to having the lead,” McSorley said via email. “In sports though, it’s about

Norwegian athlete Oivind Lundestad weighs in on Winter Olympics

BY TAVIS ROBERTSON STAFF WRITER

The Point Weekly: What is it like to be in the U.S. during the Winter Olympics? Oivind Lundestad: I don’t know. We’re a small nation in the context of the world, but we’re pretty good at what we do in the Winter Olympics. It’s funny because I actually did a little joke with my coaches, because they didn’t realize we were in the Winter Olympics; so I told them we’ll beat team USA and they were like, ‘there’s no way’, because they assumed, as a lot of Americans do, that they are the best. Which is true for the most part, but in the Winter Olympics we are pretty good. PW: Do you prefer, Winter Olympics over Summer Olympics? Lundestad: No. I mean, I like to watch it because we are good at it, but personally I’m not very good at winter sports. I was always in the gym during winter playing basketball, so I wasn’t really skiing or doing any of that stuff.

I generally prefer the Summer Olympics because of basketball and I’m a soccer fan too and that’s pretty fun. But I do enjoy watching some of the Winter Olympics where some of my people are competing. PW: Right now, the U.S. and Norway are tied for the most medals. What are your thoughts on that? Lundestad: I know Shaun White got fourth, which is kind of a downer for you guys, but we had some guys that didn’t quite live up to our expectations as well, but I know team USA is probably going to pick up a few medals in team sports like hockey, potentially curling. Well, not curling, but other team sports that come later in the game. But we have some really good biathlon and cross-country and alpine guys and girls that are going to get us some medals. I was reading online about the expectation for medals, and we were first by one over team USA. And being the only Norwegian in the community of Americans, I so badly want to win. PW: Do you have a favorite Olympic event? Lundestad: I actually think the biathlon is pretty good. When I grew up we had a really good guy in the 2004 Salt Lake City Olympics. He won a record breaking six gold or something, so I always thought that was pretty cool. Alpine is a lot of fun, there’s snowboard stuff, but we only have a couple of guys. A friend of mine is actually going to compete in a border cross event. PW: Do you have a favorite Olympic athlete? Lundestad: I know of some of the

guys that are a little old school, like the previous generation because that’s when I grew up watching the Olympics. Now that I’m over here I don’t really follow it as close, because it isn’t really on TV much compared to Norway. Back home all you do during the Olympics is watch TV because it’s Religion over there. My favorite would be the Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who’s a biathlon cross-country guy. He was the guy in Salt Lake City that won either six or five gold medals. He’s 40 years old now and he already won a gold this year. So he’s kind of a badass. So probably that guy. PW: What is the biggest difference between the way we watch the Olympics here versus the way it is watched over there? Lundestad: Well, the culture of sports in America and Norway is vastly different. For me personally, growing up as a basketball player, it’s foreign to Norwegians. People there don’t know who Lebron [James] is. Most people recognize [Michael] Jordan’s name and relate it to basketball, but that’s about it. There is very, very little knowledge around that, and American sports in general, because we live in our bubble just as America lives in its bubble. Ours is just a lot smaller. In Norway, the Winter Olympics is huge. We had the World Cup a few years ago in skiing, and we had like 200,000 people attending every day, which is the population of the entire city, pretty much. So it’s really big over there.

putting yourself in position to win and they did that and now we have some experience. I know this team is going to keep getting stronger each tournament this spring.” While the third place finish was the best result from the team thus far this season, there have been much higher expectations expressed moving forward. Andrea Mersino, a junior, who led the team shooting 11 over par for the tournament, said she has high hopes for the rest of the season. “I expect we can win a golf tournament this season,” Mersino said. “We were only 1 shot behind 2nd place and 4 shots behind 1st. If each of us just made one more putt, we would have been tied for 1st. My goal is to decrease my three putts,” she said. Mersino finished in a tie for ninth place out of the 93 participants in the tournament. But finishing third wasn’t a part of the game plan according to McSorley; achieving first place has been the goal for this team from the beginning of the season. One important concept highlighted in particular was experience. Kathleen Crossley, a current junior, who shot a 12 over par for the tour-

nament, finishing tied for 11th overall, remained optimistic about the team’s future. “Overall, I am satisfied with the way I played and the team as a whole. I am slightly disappointed with the way I finished the second day; however, it was a great learning experience,” Crossley said. “As a team, we all know that we didn’t play our best but still were able to come out at the top of the tournament. It was a bummer falling from first to third, but we have learned from our mistakes. We are greatly excited for the rest of the season and hope to bring home a win.” Despite missing out on first place, McSorley looks to remain consistent as the season progresses. “We are just getting started,” McSorley said. “This was our first tournament of our competitive spring season. We have 5 more tournaments. We keep getting better and we need our top three starters to be more consistent.” The team will be looking to have revenge on California Baptist Feb. 24, at the California Baptist Invite.

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THIS WEEK IN THE OCEAN

New club takes to Mission Bay BY OLIVIA STAFFORD STAFF WRITER

Two boats full of PLNU students went wake-boarding and water-skiing on Saturday – for some it was the first time and for others it was just one more of many days on the water. Living in San Diego, just a quick stroll from the beach, PLNU students are no strangers to the ocean. Surfers are common and it’s not unheard of to see students in swim trunks walking down to the beach with a Frisbee in one hand and a textbook in the other. But, while many students take their weekend refuge on the many beaches stretching from Sunset Cliffs to Ocean Beach, a smaller group of PLNU students are taking to the water with a different objective. Instead of the Point Loma beaches, it’s Mission Bay. Instead of Surfing, it’s wakeboarding and water-skiing. This group is Loma Wake and Ski. Despite being in their first year as an officially recognized club, their leadership, made up of a committee of eight students, frequently takes groups of PLNU students wakeboarding and water-skiing. This Saturday, two boats full of students went out for the afternoon. The cost is $20 a seat for the afternoon and the club supplies boats, skiis and boards, life jackets and Red Bull. The technical equipment comes from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. The Red Bull, however, is a personal touch from the team. “We have provided all the resources so all the members have to do is get behind a boat and have

fun,” said Brian Dewhirst, vice president of the club. And anyone is welcome on a boat trip, no experience necessary. “If you’re a new rider, come out and learn with us,” says secretary of the club, Skylar Palasik, “and if you’re a veteran come out and shred!” There is always a committee member aboard to instruct aspiring wakeboarders and water-skiers. Michael Lacey, the off-campus representative, is a wake board instructor himself. Everyone they have taken out has been able to stand on a wake-board and many have cleared the wake for the first time, according to Lacey. However, these trips aren’t limited only to beginners; people of all skill levels are welcome. And the club brings together students with similar interests; it is a sport people can connect over. “If you are experienced there are a few of us throwing flips and spins so it’s cool to learn from each other,” said club representative Carter Rhoad. “It’s

a sport I love and it’s so community based,” Rhoad said. Surfing might be the norm at PLNU, but Loma Wake and Ski offers something different. “This club gives people the opportunity to try something new or familiar that they didn’t think they could do in San Diego,” says Palasik. “It’s a great way to get involved in a small niche of Loma.” After a week of schoolwork, students can look forward to a relaxing day on the water. “Wakeboarding is seriously the best stress relief you could possibly have,” says Brian Archambault, president and founder. For more information about the club, attend their Monday night meetings, join the Point Loma Wake and Ski Facebook group and follow PLNUwakeski on Instagram. Additionally, Loma Wake and Ski t-shirts and hats are for sale at various school events.

BY WILL FRYE COLUMNIST

The surf stayed below head high all week, but some small, fun waves were available. I was able to surf every day this week, either at the cliffs or avalanche. Friday and Saturday were pretty small, but the weather was absolutely beautiful. My family was here this weekend and we all got to surf together in some small but glassy waves at Subs and Ab. The forecast for this week is looking very promising. There are at least three different swells being forecast one peaked Sunday afternoon around 2 ft. at 12 seconds, another peaking early Tuesday at 3.5 ft. and 13 seconds and still another on Thursday at 3 ft. and 14 seconds. That will translate to head-high faces for beach breaks and slightly overhead faces at the cliffs. In addition to those primary swells, a southwest swell and some windswell will be in the water as well. It will definitely be big enough to short board most of the week. The cliffs will be fun through the lower tides and beach breaks should have decent shape due to the combination

of swells creating peaky waves. The winds will be calm as well all week long. In other words, GO SURF! In terms of fishing, now is a good time to start looking for halibut and bay bass in San Diego or Mission Bay. The water temperature is starting to transition to warmer temperatures and the fish are likely beginning to spawn. Halibut will be migrating from deep waters into the bays and shallow waters where they can be targeted by using 3” swimbaits. I am planning on doing some bay fishing next weekend, so check back for the report next week. Water visibility was good on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I was surfing and estimated the visability around ten feet or so. While the water is cold during the winter, the visibility can be excellent close to shore, due to less seaweed and algae growth and onshore currents that can bring in clear water from deeper waters. Keep an eye on the swells and winds and you can score good visibility and unpressured fish or lobster. Have a good week in the ocean!

SEASON SNAPSHOTS PHOTO COURTESY OF LOMA WAKE AND SKI The Loma Wake and Ski club committee after a day at Mission Beach.

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PHOTO BY AMY NORDBERG Ryan Garcia, freshman, swings against San Diego Christian on Tuesday.

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• 2/15: Win 91-40 vs. BYUHawaii

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Christian •2/13 Win 5-4 vs. UBC •2/14 Win 3-2 vs. UBC •2/15 Loss 2-4 vs. UBC

Men’s Basketball • 2/11 Win 83-2 vs. Chaminade • 2/13 Win 91-84 vs. Hawaii

Women’s Golf

Pacific

•2/10-2/11 3rd @ Super

• 2/15 Loss 64-73 vs. BYU-

San Diego Women’s Golf

Hawaii

Championship


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Black History Month: A time to celebrate culture BY ALLISON KENDRIX SENIOR CONTRIBUTOR

Many people ask me, “Why is there a need for Black History Month?” or “Why does PLNU ‘even’ have a Black Student Union?” I used to feel this was an unfair question with a hidden agenda, because it was usually paired with, “Well why isn’t there a [fill in the blank] month?” What is unfair about that question is that it discredits the value of Black History Month and its culture instead of giving heed to its purpose. For those of you who want to know how Black History Month originated and why it is important to me, please read on.

The idea for a “Negro History Week” first originated with Carter G. Woodson, who was a historian and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He saw the need to celebrate and educate others about African American accomplishments and culture. In 1926 “Negro History Week” was created after he noticed that type of information was being left out in the public school’s textbooks. In 1976, “Negro History Week” turned into “Black History Month” and to this day is celebrated in schools and institutions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Like with any holiday, Black History Month, during February, is a time

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to reflect, pay homage and inspire individuals into action. These are all positive and productive things that help our society. This does not mean that we should not celebrate throughout the year, which I do. This also does not mean that by having a Black History Month we should ignore other cultures or think that the history of the African Diaspora is of higher importance. As a woman of mixed race, I find inspiration in all cultures and peoples. If a designated time to celebrate these cultures provides the United States with an opportunity to look back at the incredible history of its citizens then why not? Taking the time to learn about where a person comes from and what

inspires him or her, can allow you to know that person better and both work together for the Kingdom of God. Please, do not be afraid to ask me questions, but ask me about my culture because you want to grow and learn more about your fellow member of the body of Christ. Happy Black History Month, everyone! For more information on Black History Month and Black Student Union events, please like our facebook page at facebook.com/plbsu. Allison Kendrix is a senior psychology major and president of PLNU’s Black Student union. She is passionate about uniting people together through various events and activities.

Once an Olympian, always an Olympian BY KELLY MITCHELL CONTRIBUTOR

Once an Olympian, always an Olympian. Never former; Never past. This is our Olympic motto and signifies a bond we share transcending our sport, our Games and even our country. Even though I am a Summer Games athlete in the sport of rowing in 1980 and 1984, I feel a strong kinship with those competing in Sochi. As I watch these Winter Games, I am reminded Olympians often share a special fellowship within our particular sport for our competitors. It heartens me to see the group hugs and the hands held together at the podium in

victory. In this sense, I truly believe the Olympics promote world peace. Many Olympians will also tell you that luck and timing are involved in an athletic event which happens only once every four years. You can be the best in the world and still might not be the best on that particular day. I feel for the legendary Shawn White leaving Sochi without an individual medal. We all can testify to the pressure of striving to do our very best in competition. As 1984 Olympic gold medalist skater Scott Hamilton said, “It’s like having to tie your shoes in less than 5 seconds with a million people watching.” Scott may have heard his national

anthem played, but he was also shaking his head, unsatisfied because his long-skating program was not up to his standards. To help with the nerves, my advice to competitive athletes is to practice as if you were competing and compete as if you were practicing. On the surface, that might seem to fly in the face in the victory of Sage Kotsenberg in snowboarding. He was the epitome of cool as he nailed the 1620 jump -- something he had never tried before-- and won the gold medal in the slopestyle. But, as I see it, I’m sure he practiced every day, smacking his gum and making up moves as he went along his daily runs.

That guy makes me laugh. I’m glad he didn’t change it up on the biggest day of competition in his life. Fellowship, a nod to luck, a quest for excellence and a dash of nerve: These are just a few of the many attributes that binds Olympians into a community that lasts a lifetime. I am humbled to be a part of this group and a member forever. Once an Olympian, always an Olympian. Kelly Mitchell is the Regional Development Director for PLNU. She won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games and was named Captain of the Women’s Olympic Rowing Team.

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No wonder Golden got the gym named after him, God wouldn’t tolerate a Golden Caf The awful feeling when you can’t taste anything because you’re sick :/ I cannot wait till the earth runs out of helium and I don’t have to see stupid Valentine’s Day balloons every February 14th. Why do texts have hashtags?? The winking pandemic was partially my fault. My eye twitches! Get over it! Ravi: your icebreakers do not “literally break the ice.” I love you, but you used that word incorrectly.

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