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GREEN AND GOLD DANCE
volume 42 | issue 12
Dining hours extended due to student input BY BRITTANY NAYLOR STAFF WRITER
PHOTO BY ROSS NEDERHOFF Students attend the “Green and Gold Dance” after the first home basketball game of the semester against Azusa Pacific University. The men’s team lost 74-75. The women’s team won 69-61.
Ring By Spring site to launch for PLNU BY GUIMEL SIBINGO STAFF WRITER
A group of three students from California Baptist University have created an online dating website exclusive to CBU called Ring by Spring and they have plans to launch one for PLNU. This venture began when Matthew Fuller, a CBU junior business management major, decided to begin a college startup business along with CBU business management majors junior Christian Montoya and freshman Matthew McMartin. “We listed the top three things that college students need and want and those were food, money and affection,” Fuller said. “Since we couldn’t supply the money or the food, I decided why not a college dating website.” The current schools featured are CBU, PLNU, and University of California Riverside. They hold preregistrations for a school and if the registrations reach 200 participants, that school’s website will be launched. Sixty-four PLNU students are currently registered on the website. The phrase “ring by spring” comes from college students getting engaged or married before graduating in spring of their senior year. The creators insist that they are not promoting marriage by spring but rather a forum through which students can interact with each other on various levels. During the process of registra-
tion, the website provides students the option to denote whether they are looking for friendship, a boyfriend or a girlfriend, a serious relationship, marriage, or an opportunity to share a cup of coffee with someone. “If you’re looking for serious and long term, you can find it,” Fuller said. “But if you’re not looking for something serious, it’s not pushed on you like marriage.” One of the challenges that the creators face is that online dating among college students does not seem to be very popular. “College students don’t see the use for [online dating],” said Kevin Lewis, a sociologist who specializes in social networks at University of California San Diego via email. “At the end of the day, they are still surrounded by a pool of other individuals who [are] already preselected on two extremely important dimensions of compatibility for mate choice: age and education. With such a pool at their easy disposal, there is much less need to look elsewhere.” Many PLNU students are opposed to the idea of an online dating website. Carissa Rau, a senior graphic design major who recently got married, thinks PLNU does not need such a website. “If people want to date, they’re going to meet people in classes or through friends and the pairing will happen,” she said via email. “I’m not sure it’ll catch on very well. I don’t think people should limit themselves
to only dating other Lomans. We don’t need a bubble within a bubble.” ASB President AJ Wolf does not think the website will have much impact. “I don’t think that this website is actually going to create any lasting Loma marriages,” Wolf said. “But who am I to nay-say love.” The creators asserted they were aware of the challenges. “We obviously know that our generation is opposed to online dating but that’s why we’re not promoting the website as ‘here come here and find your relationships,’” McMartin said. Ring By Spring does not use surveys to match up users like popular dating websites such as E-Harmony or match.com “It’s all going to be on your own terms,” said McMartin. “You’re not filling out surveys; we’re not matching anybody. It’s just a private place for you to meet people that go to your school [in an] exclusive, safer, environment, not having to deal with the general public.” Their hope is that Ring By Spring can bring campus communities together. “Even if it’s not promoting new relationships, people are going to meet on the side,” Montoya said. “People are going to expand their social networking within the community and be able to get involved with people who go to their same school.”
Dining hours at the cafeteria have been extended for the spring semester. This is a result of the subcommittee for dining services, under the student senate, communicating students’ opinions to Sodexo. “We explained the student body’s opinions just as we had received them and Mary and Cindy replied as follows, ‘Yes, we have actually been considering extending the hours for a while now. With your help we have a better idea of when to extend them to,’” said Tyler Merrihew, chair of the subcommittee, via email. Merrihew roughly estimates that in the 50-60 anonymous polls they were given, roughly 11 of them pertained to the need for extended hours. According to Cindy Chappell, assistant vice president for Financial and Auxiliary Services, the new dining hours are on a trial basis for the spring semester. Feedback at the end of the
semester will determine whether the dining hours will continue in the future. However, the extension will come with added costs. “Sodexo and PLNU have agreed to extend the hours of operation in the dining room for the spring semester,” said Chappell in an email sent out to the campus on Jan. 13. “Although there will be increased costs for these changes, PLNU has agreed to absorb those costs for the spring.” If the new dining hours extend into future semesters, the additional costs will not be covered by PLNU, but will be added to student’s room and board prices. In an email, Chappell said that she “expect[s] room and board prices to increase 2.5%-3% next year,” though it is unclear in the email if these increases will only happen with the integration of the extended dining hours, or if they will increase regardless. The dining room will now stay open until 8 p.m. Monday through Fridays. It will also open earlier on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Plans for Multicultural Center delayed
SIMULATION COURTESY OF JEFFREY CARR This simulation was created to represent what the Multicultural Student Center might look like if built at the entrance of the ARC. BY SHANNON BARR STAFF WRITER
Plans for the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) have been delayed due to estimated costs being higher than initially projected. The multicultural center will be used for members of the MOSAIC club. “The project was approved in concept, pending research on other as-
pects of the space itself,” said Smith. “There is 100 percent support for identifying and developing space. The timeline has been extended, but it has not been denied.” The MOSAIC organization is made up of eight different clubs, including the Asian Student Union (ASU), Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) and Black Student SEE CENTER, PAGE 2
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Students support local farmers through sustainability program BY VANESSA DOTINGA STAFF WRITER
Students can now get farm fresh veggies delivered to them on campus thanks to a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program organized by SustainPLNU and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The CSA program is an opportunity to support local farmers participating in the IRC’s San Diego Agripreneur Training Program, which assists refugees in farming as a business. SustainPLNU decided to connect PLNU to the program as part of its “Farm to Campus Initiative.”
“This initiative focused on improving student awareness of food justice issues [...] while improving [their] access to local, sustainably-grown and organic food on campus,” said Deborah Jenkins, sustainable food analyst for the sustainability department, via email. “[The CSA program in particular is meant] to give people the opportunity to buy fresh, local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.” One example of a group the CSA program supports is a group of Somali women called the Bahati Mamas, or “lucky mamas,” who now operate a 2.3 acre urban farm in City Heights. The
women began to sell produce at farmers’ markets in Point Loma and City Heights. Due to the success, a 20 acre farm was established in Pauma Valley, according to Jenkins. “Thousands of refugees who had fled civil war in their home country were granted sanctuary in the U.S. [...] and arriving Somali Bantu leaders asked the IRC [International Rescue Committee] for help in finding land where their community could grow their own food,” according to the organization’s website. By the end of the first summer of the program, the refugee farmers
PLNU hosts discussion on theistic evolution
from around the world were harvesting 1,000 pounds of fresh produce a week. The program allows students to pay between $20-$25 for a delivered package of freshly harvested selections of winter and spring produce, including beans, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, spinach and arugula. Kendra Peterson, a PLNU sophomore, is one student who has already taken advantage of this new program and advocates more student involvement in it. “It’s a convenient way to get local and organic produce, especially since I don’t have a car and the produce is
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PHOTO BY AMY WILLIAMS John Calhoun, Jennifer Chase, Phil Hamner and Kerry Fulcher sit on a panel titled “Talking about creation in the Academy and the Church” during the “Exploring Origins:Nazarenes in Dialogue” conference on Jan. 24. BY AMY WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER
PLNU hosted “Exploring Origins: Nazarenes in Dialogue,” this weekend, a conference which focused on bringing Nazarenes together to discuss their perspectives on theistic evolution, which is the argument that you can be a Christian and still believe in evolution. “It is important because we are a Christian liberal arts university in which we aspire to interpret God’s creation as adequately and faithfully as we can,” said Michael Lodahl, professor of theology and speaker at the conference. “This means taking seriously and honestly the deliverances of the natural sciences, even as we acknowledge that all scientific endeavor inevitably includes interpretation of data.” The conference was granted almost $150,000 by Biologos foundation. They used that money to collect essays from pastors, scientists and theologians to put on a website, make a book called “Nazarenes Exploring Evolution” and hold a conference
where people are allowed to talk about their beliefs on the topic. The conference consisted of panels, interviews, table discussions and a video was shown called “From the Dust.” There were a registered 135 in attendance along with the 250 students who participated throughout the conference. “We felt [PLNU] was probably the only Nazarene institution that would actually have the kind of gumption to take this on. It would be the most likely to,” said Mark Mann, a principal planner in the conference. “There are other Nazarene schools where this would be perceived as too much of a threat to some people’s faith. Also, we have a president and a provost who are very supportive of this kind of conversation.” The main goal was that attendees would talk about their different beliefs about creation but would still recognize the unity through the 18 essentials of faith that make up the Nazarene doctrine. “That God created through evolution…you don’t find that in the doctrines of faith,” said Mann. “So why should we be coming apart on this
one that’s not one of our doctrines of faith. Let’s talk about our differences at the same time that we’re coming together to affirm our unity in all of these other ways. That’s why we’ve had worship, and we’ve had communion and we’ve prayed together” Students were able to participate in a round-table discussion on their opinions of the topic with the other attendees from around the world. “What I took away from the discussion was that it is important to realize that we will never have a definite answer to creation and that it’s important to be able to disagree with others in the church,” said Melissa Jensen, an exercise science major. Despite the controversial topic, the conversation wasn’t hostile. Mann hopes that people will take what they learned and continue the conversation. “It’s still a lot of work to do,” said Mann. “Hopefully folks can go out from here and be agents of change in the sense of carrying on a ton of healthy, grace-filled, spiritled, Christ-like conversation in their churches and homes.“
dropped off at campus every week,” said Peterson. Ralph Achenbach, the Food Security and Community Health Supervisor at IRC, describes the community supported agriculture program as an inspiring and rewarding program. “In the end, it’s a triple bottom line: the farm-fresh veggies are good for our health, the farming practices are good for the environment, and it all helps refugees driven from their homes by war and violence, make a living,” said Achenbach.
Union (BSU).The proposal for the center, led by Chief Diversity Officer Jeffrey Carr, has been in process for a few years. “I took the leadership on creating the proposal, which included reviewing many options on campus based on who was in the current space, what current space can become vacant or reconfiguring space,” Carr said. Physical Plant was asked to provide the first estimated cost of the project, or draft bid, and gave it to Carr last summer. The calculation was about $15,000 for the finished work and $15,000 for the construction of the building, adding up to $30,000-$35,000, according to Carr. Because the Physical Plant’s employees are often involved in various campus projects, the cabinet asked Physical Plant to seek an estimate from a construction company outside of PLNU. When the Administrative Cabinet received that final bid, it was around $55,000, a sum much larger than that in the proposal. “In the whole scheme of things, that’s actually not a lot of money,” said Carr. “It’s just that it was different.” ASB offered $10,000 toward the Student Senate-approved project, and members of MOSAIC have volunteered to fundraise in assistance to the cost, but the space for the center has not yet been established. Carr’s proposal originally suggested the center be built in the entryway of the ARC, but other options are currently being explored. “We’re looking broadly at space, we’re looking at the utilization of space, and we’re looking for an appropriate place for the multicultural student center,” said Smith. The idea for the center is to make the student body more aware of the
multicultural clubs on campus. “I feel like the center is a big step for minorities to feel like they are being assessed,” said Meaghan Zuttermeister, president of the Hui O’ Hawaii. “Throughout the day, we could have like a study lounge, where clubs could plan things…kind of like a student center for clubs.” Currently, multicultural clubs meet in the commuter lounge in Nicholson Commons. Carr said the creation of a visible space dedicated to the needs of students within PLNU’s multicultural organization is important for each of the diversity clubs. “They do all of this with virtually no support and I think the university rightly realizes they need to provide support that would help them both be more successful and to gain more from the kinds of interactions that these affinity organizations present to students,” said Carr. “I think that’s an expectation in their higher education liberal arts student experience.” On Thursday, Smith sent a letter to the student presidents of the eight multicultural clubs on campus, explaining the search for an appropriate space will continue throughout the Spring 2014 semester in the of hope identifying a location by its end. It will not likely be developed during that time. While the cabinet affirms the importance of this project, they are working and inquiring about other campus projects involving spatial issues as well. “[T]here can be three perceptions of every situation,” said Carr. “So I’m sure administration has one perception, one set of priorities, one set of things that they look at. Students have their perceptions, priorities that they look at. Then there’s the area where those two things kind of cross over that lies the reality of where things usually end up.”
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?” - Captain Jack Sparrow
Transfer students acclimate to campus life BY AUTUMN SHULTZ STAFF WRITER
With the beginning of a new semester, PLNU welcomes many new people to our campus community including 28 transfer students. Transfer admissions advisor Raquel Aparicio says this is the lowest number yet of new students admitted for the spring semester. “Last fall we admitted the largest
freshman class we’ve ever had,” said Aparicio. “We also had the best retention rate of freshmen who became sophomores, so we had to set our goal at 80 new transfers.” The admissions office has also recently undergone a transformation through the creation of a strategic enrollment program. According to Aparicio, this new program changed the process students go through when transferring to PLNU.
“It’s more friendly,” Aparicio said. “The process is easier because there are now two admissions counselors instead of one. We’re able to build better relationships with the students and even help some of them after they’ve already been admitted.” For transfer students hoping to get to know other people, PLNU also has the Transfer Activities Group, a club on campus dedicated to helping transfer students become acclimated to their
new environment. With the leadership of transfer student Kai Carlson, TAG serves as a way PLNU’s new students can feel completely at home. Carlson is looking for a replacement, however, and asks that anyone who is interested in taking over his position to contact him via email. PLNU’s group of new transfer students may be small in number, especially this semester, but they are also an integral part of this school’s com-
munity. The university also continues to explore different ways to make its transfers feel comfortable and secure. “We want students to want to be here,” said Aparicio. “We want to be a place of service for them.” The Point Weekly spoke with a few transfer students about their experiences here at PLNU.
The Point Weekly: Describe your experience coming to PLNU as a transfer student. Amanda Vaughn: It was really challenging. There was a lot of change, but everyone was all very welcoming. I only had maybe about two close friends in my hall and it wasn’t until I had an attitude change that I broadened my circle of friends. I needed to ask myself how I could bless other people’s lives and give back; my new thinking wasn’t as socially selfcentered and I reaped the benefits. There’s more satisfaction in blessing
others and filling their cup with love. PW: In your opinion, what aspect of PLNU plays the biggest part in people’s decision to transfer here? AV: The thing that really drew me here was the dietetics program and that we’re on the beach. I really liked the vibe; it felt like somewhere I could really be. Point Loma is unique in that it’s like a giant family. There are really genuine people and professors and I love that. PW: What is the biggest difficulty transfer students face when coming to Point Loma? AV: One of the most difficult things
I faced was having more responsibility. I had to take a lot more initiative with my decisions; I didn’t have anyone to bounce my questions off of. I didn’t have my mom or any of my friends here, and it was kind of hard to have confidence in myself when making my own decisions. PW: What is some advice you could give to your fellow transfer students? AV: They definitely should branch out and go to events, even if it might be awkward at first. Also, give back. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people if
they’re sitting alone or even in a group. I’d also like to say that it’s always good to have godly friends. I met some really great friends when I moved here who helped me through my first semester. It was hard to adjust and without them I don’t know where I would be. It’s hard to believe how much we grew together spiritually and we’re still great friends. Sometimes you don’t have to have a lot of friends. Sometimes you just need a few close ones to get you through the difficult times.
PW: Describe your experience at PLNU thus far. Carol Anne Kachele: My experience has been awesome. I came in as a junior from Palomar college, which is still in San Diego county. It was still close, which was a nice aspect and it was also a Christian environment. The academics are challenging, but the that helps transfer students become accustomed to Point Loma, was really helpful to my experience. TAG gets people out of their shells by having events for them to go to where they can meet new people who have the same mindset. It’s easier to be a part of and make new friends there.
Once you do that, then you can branch out and develop friendships with other people as well. PW: What is one difficulty transfer students usually face when transferring to PLNU? CK: Definitely the work load. It can be difficult to juggle classes and the building of social relationships. I had no idea quad classes existed, so I was taking two at one time. I’m used to straight A’s, but I had a lot of difficulties getting my time situated in this new environment. Basically, the little details always add up. PW: Describe your experience
applying and transferring to PLNU. CK: My application process was so easy. You’re allowed a max of 70 units to be accepted and Point Loma accepted the max amount of credits for me to come in with, plus leftovers. For the rest of my time here, at most I’ll maybe have to take about 16 credits in a semester. The application process was so easy. I also did an interview after applying and I received my acceptance letter a week later. PW: What is some advice you could give to your fellow transfer students?
CK: Try not to be an awkward person. Point Loma students are really accepting and don’t make things awkward for the most part. PW: What was one special moment here at PLNU? CK: One moment that really stuck with me was a lecture given by Dr. Croy where he related academics to the Lord. It was about feelings of anger and resentment in business and he was so effective that I was able to easily relate it back to my personal life. Wisdom from my professors as well as Prescott Chapel really changed my life.
The Point Weekly: Describe your experience coming to PLNU as a transfer student. Kai Carlson: I sort of slid in because someone else dropped out of coming here. My experience transferring was pretty smooth, but I live off campus so I’m basically the deadly duo of a transfer and a commuter student. I felt really isolated and as if I’d be butting in if I were to join a group or sit with someone in the Caf. I never really felt like I knew anyone well enough to talk to them. I’d see people one or
two people from my classes on Caf Lane, but they’d just say hi and keep walking because I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t really involved with the Loma community, but I wanted to be. When I met the previous TAG group coordinator, I told her that I wanted to get involved and I didn’t really hear much from her again until the end of the semester when I received an email from her saying that she’d nominated me as her successor. I was kind of thrown into this position. Overall, though, I’d say that it was really rough
for me to integrate into Point Loma society and I never really expected to meet people here.” PW: In your opinion, what aspect of PLNU plays the biggest part in people’s decision to transfer here? KC: I think it’s most definitely the community on campus. Most people I’ve met have gone to preview days, or on tours, or simply searched for Christian schools to come to. Point Loma just has a welcoming atmosphere.
PW: What is some advice you could give to your fellow transfer students? KC: I’d definitely have to tell them to get involved. Transfer students are welcome here, but they won’t become part of anything until they get involved. Transfer students need to just have a good time, put themselves out there, and get involved because the extras will define their college experience.
AMANDA VAUGHN, SENIOR
CAROL ANNE KACHELE, SENIOR
KAI CARLSON, SENIOR
SOMETHING TO DO IN SAN DIEGO:
Coffee with culture, an open mic night BY NICHOLAS REED STAFF WRITER
On those occasional nights where there is free time and students wonder what there is to do, look no farther than the cafes of Ocean Beach. Just down the road on Santa Monica Avenue is a small coffee house called the Lazy Hummingbird, connected to a Fed-ex center, that does so much more than provide
you with fast shipping and warm coffee. It provides culture. Held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, the Lazy Hummingbird hosts an open mic night for local artists to come and sing, read poetry or just hang out and enjoy the music. Danielle Eder, the owner of the Lazy Hummingbird, says the open mic events are a time for performers to receive inspiration.
“I want it to be a place for artists to come and be encouraged by a great audience and atmosphere,” she says. Open mic night, which started with four or five people, has steadily grown into a local cultural experience. On event nights, the Lazy Hummingbird is packed with upwards of 50 people and around 18 to 20 artists who play acoustic music, sing, perform SEE OPEN MIC, PAGE 4
PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY MILLER
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GREY AREA the black the white and the in between.
Five natural cold and flu remedies BY KAYLIE PULLIN STAFF WRITER
January and February have been proven to be the peak months of flu and cold activity. While immune system boosting Vitamin C is great for preventing illness, it really does not help much when you actually do get sick –– but these five things will: 1. Sore Throat Soother - Mix the juice from 1 lemon, 2-3 tablespoons of raw, organic honey and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a glass of warm water. Lemon is a strong antiseptic that will kill sore-throat causing bacteria, cayenne pepper has powerful antiinflammatory properties that will calm the inflammation and raw honey will soothe, calm and coat the throat for the
ultimate sore-throat soothing tonic. 2. Raw Garlic - If you are not a garlic lover (so possibly a vampire) you might cringe at the idea of eating raw garlic but I absolutely swear by it. Raw garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, antibiotic and decongestant properties. Crushing fresh garlic and letting it rest for about 10-15 minutes causes a chemical reaction that releases allicin––an incredible antibacterial. The easiest ways to consume raw garlic is to add it to salad dressing, mix it into an already cooked dinner (like pasta or quinoa) or spread it on bread with olive oil. Finish with a piece of gum (or three). 3. Ginger Root - Ginger is one of the most powerful anti-nausea remedies out there. While a can of ginger
ale can be great for easing a tummy ache, it can also be loaded with sugars and chemicals, so try this instead: take a one-inch piece of organic ginger root, cut in half and pop it in a pot of boiling water. Turn off the stove and let it steep for about 20 minutes before sipping this simple stomach soothing tea! You can also add lemon and honey for an extra boost. 4. Face Steamer - This is a remedy that I swear by for easing congestion, coughs and getting rid of that “I can’t breeeeathe” feeling that colds and flus cause. Either on a stove or microwave, boil 2 cups of water in a bowl. Remove from heat and add 2 teaspoons each of thyme, rosemary and oregano. Cover and let steep for five minutes, then remove lid and put
face directly over the bowl with towel covering your head to hold in the heat. For 10 to 15 minutes, breathe in the steam. This will help loosen congestion, kill viruses and bacteria in the lungs and sinuses. 5. Rest and Hydration - This is the easiest of all the remedies yet we always seem to ignore them. Despite your overwhelming urge for perfect attendance, do yourself and your fellow students a favor and stay home when you are sick. Get rest to let your body recover and hydrate your body with plenty of fluids to fight dehydration from fever. Kaylie is a senior writing major, a yogini and a lover of holistic health. She aspires to one day open a yoga studio, write for a health and wellness magazine and have her very own avocado tree.
magic shows or read poetry. On open mic nights sign-ups start at 6:30 P.M. and anyone is welcome to perform whatever they would like to share. It is a great opportunity to spend an evening with people interested in performing or just to hang out with friends. Senior Biology major Jordan Crampton has gone to the Lazy Hum-
“Sometimes I think websites like that are stupid but sometimes I think I should do it. Because it’s funny I should sign up and find my soul mate.” - Sophie Jewett, Junior “I honestly thought it was a joke. I think Point Loma is too small to have a Point Loma specific dating site. You are limiting yourself and your options.” - Zack Beavis, Freshman
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A new online dating site is being launched on college campuses throughout California. Sixty-four PLNU students are currently registered on the website. Some think the website is funny and a great way to meet people with similar interests while others believe it is a waste of time and could even create tension and drama.
mingbird many times, always hoping to get a bit of homework done. “But all the servers are really friendly and they have lots of board games and all these quirky activities for you to do,” he says. “So I never get any work done but every time I go there it turns into a social gathering.” Open mic night is not the only event the Lazy Hummingbird hosts but one of many which Eder said she hopes will
bring the community closer together. Swinging by on any given night can yield different live musicians, workshops, artist’s networking and even clothing exchanges on the weekends. It is Eder’s hope to create a sense of community in the Ocean Beach area through her coffee shop and those who perform and come to support open mic night.
- Emilio Prieto, Freshman “I want the site to be connected with students at State (SDSU). Then I would use it.” - Antonio Pagan, Senior
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“As you can imagine,
“It only makes the stigma of the Point Loma bubble thicker. You’re using a website to meet people on your own campus, when you should just get out there instead.”
“Satan is at work on the Internet.” - Danny King, Senior
studying abroad in Ireland is absolutely iconic. The city is lovely, the people
“I’m super sick of the “ring by spring” phrase. I don’t want to be lumped into that category. I also think the website will be a catalyst for gossip and stupid things.” - Victoria Roth, Senior
are the friendliest I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, the music is lively and abundant, the food delightful and the classes are intellectually stimulating.” - Kayla Cook PHOTO COURTESY OF KAYLA COOK Senior political science major Kayla Cook is studying in Galway, Ireland through an International Studies Abroad program. Here she stands beneath a 16th century Spanish Arch in Galway Bay, one of the most historic places remaining in the city.
“I can’t ever imagine explaining to my grandkids how I met their grandmother on ringbyspring. com. Let’s not make an idol out of marriage.” - Clint Betkey, Junior “I know many people who would like to find a boyfriend or girlfriend so if that is the way, then fine. But I would never sign up for the site. It creates huge pressure.” - Bree Burris, Junior “I would sign up for fun and just observe what happens. It would be funny to watch because I wouldn’t be taking it too seriously.” - Hannah Torrey, Sophomore Compiled by Kimberly Miller
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PLAN YOUR WEEK
1/28: Dark Matter | Salomon Theatre | 7 p.m. | $10 for students 1/28: Art & Design Faculty Exhibition | Keller Gallery | 5 p.m. | Free 1/30: Mayer Hawthorne | House of Blues | 8:00 p.m. | $20 1/31: George Strait | Valley View Casino Center | 7:30 p.m. | $69.50
OSCAR WATCH A new series in anticipation of the 86th Academy Awards in March, featuring a different Best Picture nominee each week. BY ARTHUR SHINGLER STAFF WRITER
Spike Jonze’s first film since 2009’s “Where The Wild Things Are,” “Her” — set in the near future — follows lonely writer Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) who works as a “personal” love-letter writer at beautifulhandwrittenletters.com. Theodore, estranged from his wife and in the midst of a painful divorce, is left bereft, maintaining himself only in his work. Theodore walks and breathes as a living lament, a funeral dirge, waiting for some unknown salvation or catharsis to come his way. One day, however, on his way to work, Theodore looks up to see a large electronic ad for something new: a supposedly artificially intelligent operating system. Perhaps seeing it as an escape, a curiosity, Theodore purchases a copy of this OS, who/
which not long after gives her/ itself the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). Theodore is astonished at Samantha’s verisimilitude, her convincing humanness. This is so much the case that Theodore begins to fall in love with her, revelling in her bottomless curiosity with the world and what it means to be human, which Theodore proceeds to spend long nights explaining to her. Phoenix, to this viewer’s pleasure often the only actor on screen, plays Theodore like it’s second nature. In shots where the only thing that can be seen is his soft face, filling the screen in its entirety, one observes every thought, every minute detail of expression that crosses Theodore’s mind as they individually play their way across Phoenix’s expressive face. Johansson’s voice is that of a pixie, curious about the human world. Her voice wavers and hesitates, teeming with
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life in every “breath.” When Theodore and Samantha lie together, discussing the world in Theodore’s bed, it sounds as though the two sit cross-legged in the middle of a great forest, Theodore looking up at the trees, showing their beauty to Samantha through the lens of his camera phone, propped up gently by the safety pin midway down his shirt pocket.
Jonze trods among his characters judiciously, dressing, quite literally, each one in symbolism and nodding toward deep meanings. His genuine and intentional writing and directing lend themselves to a film that is entirely engrossing, leading to thoughtful discussion long after it comes to it’s slow and meaningful end.
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6 | SPORTS
1/30: W. Basketball vs. Dominican, M. Basketball vs. Dominican UPCOMING EVENTS
2/1: M. Baseball vs. Cal Poly Pomona, W. Basketball vs. Academy of art, M. Basketball vs. Academy of Art
#BeatAPU games, dance fill stands at Golden Gym
PHOTO BY ROSS NEDERHOFF PLNU’S Green Sea filled the stands in support of the men’s and women’s basketball games vs. Azusa Pacific. BY ROSS NEDERHOFF STAFF WRITER
Although the Homecoming basketball games are old news, the energy and memories surrounding them are most
definitely still existent in the minds of the basketball teams and their fans. Those particular games had one of the largest turnouts Golden Gym or the basketball teams had seen in a while and the players, along with
The Green Sea, have been hoping for another night like it ever since. In order to make this happen, The Green Sea decided to take action and collaborated with the Associated Student Body on an event that
would generate excitement, interest and involvement in the next home basketball against one of PLNU’s main rivals, Azusa Pacific University. AJ Borland, one of The Green Sea’s leaders, hoped this event could become a second homecoming of sorts. “I am so used to the culture of the homecoming game being the only big game all season, but I feel like that culture is beginning to change and we are getting buy-in from the student body,” Borland said. And buy in they did. Golden Gym was filled almost to capacity two Fridays ago as the men’s and women’s basketball teams went head-to-head against the APU Cougars. Not only did the crowd show up, but they also did their job in showing support for the teams. “The school spirit is what I really like to see. By people showing up to games, they are saying they have our backs, which means a lot,” said junior point guard Marek Klassen. “During the game one of the players came up to me and was saying how much he loved our student section and asked if we give benefits or pay people to be at games. I was like, ‘No we just run that deep as a school.”
After the game, ASB quickly converted the gym, turned the lights down and turned the music up to get their semester kick-off dance started. Dances are still relatively new to PLNU’s event calendars, yet they are some of the most attended events on campus and seem to only be happening more and more frequently. “The dance ended up being super successful in my opinion,” said Everett Lewis, ASB member and activities planner. “It was a little slow to get going, but over all I definitely think it was a fun way for everyone to reconnect and just enjoy their first weekend back together.” ASB and The Green Sea are both busy planning upcoming activities scheduled for next month that will be similar to the event. A Great Gatsby themed dance is in the works for late February and The Green Sea’s is planning an 80’s themed event happening on Thursday, February 13th. The Green Sea will be taking a bus to APU on Saturday, February 22nd to watch our men and women basketball teams face off once again against the Cougars.
Men’s team gaining momentum for Pacwest finish
PHOTO COURTESY OF PLNU SPORTS INFORMATION Senior AJ Ussery celebrates with sophomore Trever Peterson after making the game winning layup to upset Dixie State Saturday. BY ABBY HAMBLIN STAFF WRITER
One of two things could have happened as the men’s basketball team began the second half of its PacWest schedule Saturday night. The team has experienced six close conference losses, games that were lost by a combined total of just 24 points. And tied up at 63 in the final mintutes of the game, it could have let a close loss happen again. Or, it could defeat #18 Dixie State and turn the corner as a squad before
getting a second chance at all of the conference teams it has lost to by such narrow margins. Senior AJ Ussery proved the team is ready for a second chance when he laid the ball in the hoop with 0.3 seconds left on the clock to win the game. “We’ve had a couple losses that stung a little bit but we’ve learned from them and gained a lot of experience as a team,” Ussery said. “It’s been really helpful the way it’s played out to help us for the rest of the season.” So losing by so few points does have an up side. The young team gets losses
out of its system early and it learns it can hang with the best in the league. “We were able to compete with everybody in the league, but we have to learn to finish,” said head coach Bill Carr. “We have to find that answer and find it here going down the stretch.” With a few transfers and three players returning from redshirting last season, now at the halfway point, the players have started to understand and better play their roles on the team, according to Carr. For example, the team is the league’s best scoring defense, allowing just 68.5 points per game. They
also have the best field goal percentage in the league at 50 percent. “We have a young team but we’re starting to get a lot more experience and a lot of the guys are starting to step up,” Ussery said. “We’re starting to coincide a lot better and the next couple games we have coming up are against teams that we’ve lost to by two or three points and I think we’ve learned our lesson and we’re going to come out on top.” On top of the momentum from Saturday night’s upset over Dixie State, the team has another advantage
as it faces the back half of its PacWest schedule: six out of the eight games are home games. “Playing at home is what you want,” Carr said. “We’ve had great crowds this year. The students have been awesome and I can’t thank them enough for their excitement and their passion in the stands. I hope it continues because it’s fun to play in front of that.”
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Bold predictions for Super Bowl Sunday VS. COLUMNIST
the best quarterback and receivers this game may have ever seen.
Two teams are about to meet on Super Bowl Sunday that have strived for perfection all season and only one will end the day completing their adventure. The Denver Broncos have successfully written themselves into the history books as the best offense that has ever played in the NFL and Peyton Manning has now sealed himself as the best regular season quarterback in the history of the NFL with his 55 touchdowns and 5,477 passing yards (both single season records). The Seattle Seahawks have completed the season as one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen with the best secondary known in recent history and they have a chance to prove their greatness by shutting down
The Case for the Seattle Seahawks: The number one defense of 2013 could prove to be one the best defenses ever, but what I want to focus on is the secondary. This is one of the best secondary defenses to ever play and they are about to face the toughest challenge they will face. So far this season, they have been up to the challenge. Twice this season against the Saints they allowed an average of just 11 points and in three games against the 49ers they allowed only 12.3 points per game. Both these teams had averages of more than 25 points per game during the regular season. They have the best cornerback in the NFL with Richard Sherman (he’s
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still the best with all his issues) and a pair of safeties — Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor — that affect the pass game as well. Although Chancellor is a run stopper, he’s very good at covering the athletic tight ends they have encountered. Vernon Davis, arguably the most athletic tight end in the NFL, only had 57 total yards against the Seahawks while Chancellor found himself shadowing Davis on many of those plays. Earl Thomas is one of the best pass defenders in football because he always finds a way to knockdown a big play. This weekend they will face their toughest test with the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning has had the best season as a quarterback in history and the Broncos have a record of four players with 10 touchdowns or more. If the Seahawks come away with a win, you can successfully mark them down as the best secondary this game has seen. The Case for the Denver Broncos: The number one offense ever is about to complete a journey that
would help Peyton Manning finish the best season a quarterback has ever seen. Peyton’s 55 touchdowns is a record for a single season and so is his 5,477 passing yards. His team has achieved the number one seed in the AFC and he has led the highest scoring offense ever. Manning has a chance to not only have the best regular season ever but to finish with the label as best overall season ever and why not against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks? The rest of Manning’s offense can do the same thing on Super Sunday. The Broncos’ offense has a record for most players with 10 plus touchdowns with 5 players — Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. Also, they have the largest amount of receiving yards this season. Denver’s 37.9 points per game is higher than 16 of Seattle’s 18 game totals. The two times they scored more than Denver’s average were against the NFL’s 31st and 27th ranked defenses. Seattle also relies
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on their run offense to score while Denver’s run D is 7th in the NFL — the best part of their defense. It may be a tall order for Seattle to score enough to just match Denver in the Super Bowl. If Denver pulls off a win, their offense will become immortal in the history books. One more bold prediction: I’ll end this one with a bold prediction: the score and MVP of the big game. Although Seattle boasts a great defense, the amount of weapons the Broncos have and the Seahawks’ youth will overwhelm the Seahawks and the Broncos will leave with their first Super Bowl since John Elway’s team beat the Falcons in 1998. Broncos win 27-20 MVP: Peyton Manning
SEA LION SCORECARD Men’s Basketball: 1/20: Loss 63-71 vs. California Baptist
PHOTO COURTESY OF PLNU SPORTS INFORMATION BY TAVIS ROBERTSON STAFF WRITER
PLNU’s men’s baseball team is entering the final stretch of pre-season preparation for the spring season. With last season being their first year competing in NCAA Division II they held an overall record of 26-24 and a conference record of 22-14. The odds look promising for the coming season. “Last year was our first year playing a Division II schedule,” said head coach Joe Schaefer. “It was a learning experience for us seeing new teams, new facilities and learning what this level of baseball is all about. I think we have a pretty good idea of who we are as a team this and how we will be
able to compete in this conference.” Tyler Nordgren, senior third baseman, said that while still transitioning into Division II, the team feels comfortable in the higher level of competition. “I don’t think it feels like a transition anymore,” said Nordgren. “My expectation is to go out, compete and win a conference championship; I would be disappointed if we weren’t at least in the hunt.” With a team made largely of returning players, including eight seniors, the dynamic of the team is better than ever, according to Clint Harwick, senior shortstop. “We’re definitely one unit this year compared to previous seasons,” said Harwick. “I think we’re really solid on defense and we’re scrappy at hitting
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so we’ll put runs on the board. Then we’ll just leave it up to our pitching staff to shut the door.” But making the transition to the PacWest Conference has more challenges than just the higher level of competition; NCAA rules dictate that teams can only have limited amount of practices in the off season, which left a huge gap in team practices between mid-November and early January, according to Schaefer. “We weren’t able to get back on the field as a team until the first day of school this spring,” said Schaefer. “But the last week-and-a-half of practice has been great and it was evident that everyone did what they were supposed to be doing on their own time. We’re prepared and we’re excited.”
In seasons before the transition to Division II, the ultimate goal was post-season playoffs. Because the team is in its second year of the two-year transition period, they are not eligible for the post season, leaving PacWest conference championships and the National Christian College Athletic Association championships as the main goal, Schaefer said. “This team reminds me of the team we had in 2009, where we don’t do one thing exceptionally well but we do everything pretty well,” said Schaefer. “We can catch, we can pitch and we’re a good offensive team that can do a lot of things well. We don’t have an area that we will be known for, but I think that’s what good teams look like.”
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Little Piedra put her paws Upon a pretty piece of rock. She pulled and pried And tugged and sighed— It seemed that she would have to climb To see the top. So, from the bottom, she took off Not even one time did she stop Or gaze on down, back at the ground For she needed to see the top. She climbed through sunshine Climbed through rain. She worked real hard Both fun and pain. And after all, she found her way. She got to see the top. She went on home and told her mom Who gave a look of something wrong. She saw no point in Piedra’s talk And asked, “What are you, dumb as rocks?” “But Mom, I got to see the top!” “You could have died, I would have cried.” “But, I would rather feel alive Than be a zombie all the time. So many people that I see They never chase their wildest dreams Their money is their main concern Becoming slaves to what they earn. I do not want to be that way.
To never give up and always push on To seek the answers to my questions Meet each challenge, every test and To love and take care of this earth.”
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Her mother was shocked She’d forgotten she lost Her fervor for living Caught up in the cost Of a quite lavish life with a very high price: A disengaged self and a whole lot of strife. She’d even forgotten, she too, once climbed rocks. She sat for a second, She thought and she thought, And then she came up with a different response, “Little Piedra, my sweet, please don’t you stop Don’t you ever stop climbing those wonderful rocks.” Portlan Beckman is a graduate student at PLNU’s School of Education. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in writing from PLNU. Climbing is his primary passion, followed closely by writing, surfing and teaching.
“I want to chase my dreams! And, as funny as it seems These rocks have taught me to be strong
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The interesting thing about nothing is that it never exactly happens. When the life has sapped out of every leaf on all the trees, out of every room in the house, every blanket and book in your room and every wooden panel of the floor (or fiber of your rug), nothing still never exactly happens. Let me explain. The world is made up of parts. Small parts, but they are still parts. The parts move and, if they are slow, they might be a lamp post, or a tree and all its bark. If the parts are medium speed, they could be yellow paint, cement not yet dried, the kind with young names freshly written in it, or they could be silly putty in the hands of a child who, although not having encountered silly putty before, knows upon feeling it between soft and tiny fingers that it is exactly what it is. If the parts are fast, very fast indeed, they could be gasoline exploding in the internal combustion engine of an boat on the Atlantic, torrents of water gushing from a broken fire hydrant in an inner-city neighborhood, poor children forgetting for a moment that they are poor as they play in it, or maybe they’re a dog running around the hot corner and all its bark.
Sometimes the fast parts are electricity. They are electricity running through your brain, making it so you can think many things, one of which being that nothing is happening . . . but nothing clearly isn’t. You’re thinking it, for one and as the electricity runs raisin-shaped circles around your cerebrum, allowing you that thought, the thought that nothing is happening, the charged particles make a very slight ringing noise. You can hear it if you listen quietly. Next time you have the thought “nothing is happening,” imagine all that electricity tracing its way through the neurons of your brain and try to hear the faint sound it makes. Most likely you will hear it and it will get louder and louder, like electric guitar feedback, until you are woken up to the fact that nothing is most certainly not happening. So pick yourself up and do something about it! Walk outside and look at the ocean, why don’t you and observe (at the very least stand next to) all the something that is most definitely going on.
Arthur Shingler is a philosophy major. He likes movies, pour-over coffee brewing, books and playing guitar.
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