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volume 42 | issue 4

Safety report reveals low crime rate BY AMY WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

Public Safety’s annual Safety and Security Report found that liquor law and drug violations have increased, but that other forms of crime have leveled off. This information was sent via email to all students, staff and faculty. In compliance with the Clery Act, Public Safety is required to record and provide all criminal activity on campus for every calendar year by the first of October. Kaz Trypuc, Public Safety supervisor, said that of the crimes that are reported, most of them are fairly tame.

“Oftentimes, the crimes that we deal with on campus are fairly minor. Here at Point Loma, the thing that’s not in the report is simple petty theft. We don’t have to report on that because it’s not a major crime but that is the most common thing that we experience here on campus,” said Trypuc. The PLNU report highlighted five areas of activity: forcible sex offenses, burglary, motor vehicle theft, liquor law violations and drug law violations. More serious crimes such as murder and arson are required by law to be reported but there hasn’t been any activity in those categories for three years, the time frame for this report.

This year was the first year that the Liberty Station campus received a safety report because some of the requirements for a separate campus report that applied. According to the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, in order for a site to be considered a separate campus, “your institution owns or controls the site, it is not reasonably geographically contiguous with the main campus, it has an organized program of study and there is at least one person on site acting in an administrative capacity.” All highlighted PLNU offenses in the report increased from 2011 to 2012 except for burglary and motor vehicle

Worship Under The Stars

theft. Comparatively, both USD and SDSU liquor law violations have decreased in the same time span, though the numbers for their report are much larger due to the size of the campus, with about 8,321 and 31,000 students on campus respectively. For PLNU, burglaries and thefts have decreased from 19 to 6 and 12 to 5. Trypuc said that these instances of burglary and theft are a result of outside influences on PLNU and special cases. “A lot of those really are just people going into residence halls and a number of those had to do with thefts perpetrated by off campus individu-

als,” said Trypuc. “A couple of those were the surfboard incident, some teenagers, there are just a few things.” Most crimes reported were not committed by any PLNU student, staff or faculty. Two outside citizens were involved in the one sex offense and Public Safety learned of this from the San Diego Police Department. Because it was on the PLNU campus, they had to report it. Considering the size of the campus, the crime rate is fairly low, but, according to Trypuc, petty thefts can be prevented. “Theft is the most common for SEE SAFETY PAGE 2

PLNU sees effects of government shutdown BY GUIMEL SIBINGO STAFF WRITER

PHOTO BY CASSLYN FISER More than one hundred students came to Worship Under The Stars on the soccer field Thursday night. After guided prayer as a large group, students were free to explore the stations set up in the each corner of the field. There were stations for quiet prayer and reflection, singing with the student worship band leaders and creative worship. Each station represented a piece of the Lord’s Prayer, tying in the renewal week theme of “daily bread.”

On it’s seventh day, the government shutdown continues to affect many local communities around the United States, including San Diego and PLNU. The government shutdown, however has had no effects on student financial aid, according to Vice President of Finance George Latter. “Funding for federal student aid will not be impacted by the shutdown, and most staff and contractors associated with these programs will continue to work,” Latter said via e-mail. However, Latter said that ROTC student’s tuition assistance may be SEE GOVT PAGE 2

PHOTO BY JORDAN CRAMPTON Local effects of the shutdown include Cabrillo National Monument being closed.

RD Kim Riddle leaves Klassen for Auxiliary Services BY BRITTANY NAYLOR STAFF WRITER

PHOTO COURTESY OF KIM RIDDLE Kim Riddle poses with her husband, Steve Riddle.

After the previous director of Auxiliary Services was fired for mishandling funds, current resident director of Klassen Hall, Kim Riddle, stepped in, putting her in charge of these departments: PLNU and Mission Valley Conference Services, Mail Services and Reprographics. For the month of October, Riddle will be fulfilling both the roles of Director of Auxiliary Services and Resident Director of Klassen Hall. Working with her old supervisor, Jeff Bolster, dean of students, and her new supervisor, Cynthia Chappell, AVP for financial and auxiliary services, Riddle says an agreement has been reached so that she can do both jobs. “When I went through the process

to get hired, [they] both agreed upon how they could figure out this transition knowing that it was not easy to transition out of being a RD or to transition into this job,” said Riddle. “They worked really, really well together to make it so that they knew how much they needed me over here, to start right away, even though I’m not sure what I’m doing.” When October ends, Riddle will officially transition out of her RD position and take on the full-time responsibilities of being Director of Auxiliary Services. Residential Life has already begun the process of applications to fill the position. A posting went onto PLNU’s online job board advertising the position on Sept.18. Though new to the position as director, Riddle has worked closely with one of the branches of Auxiliary Ser-

vices, Conference Services, during the summer time for the past four years, said Riddle. Andrew Yates, Conference Services Coordinator, said that Riddle’s previous experience with Conference Services will only benefit her in the future. “I think it’s really good that Kim already has a relationship already formed with our outside groups during the summer,” said Yates. “I have emailed for the past week or so with the head guy from the Hume camps, his name is Jeff Brannon, and he’s really excited that Kim’s taking over and that he already knows her.” According to Yates, Riddle is welcoming and familiar to summer camp staff. “I’m sure a lot of groups will feel the same way [about her working in this position],” said Yates. “They like working with Kim and they’re glad it’ll be a

familiar face and somebody that they know they can work well with.” The position for a new Director of Auxiliary Services opened up after the previous Director, Julie Alexander, was terminated for mismanagement of University funds. All staff and faculty were informed of this via email over the summer. “I remember very clearly, it was August 1, the first of the month. I had replied, it was about 8:45 in the morning, I replied to an email that Julie had sent me, and I got an automatic reply back stating that she no longer worked here and that if they had any issues regarding Conference Services, to contact me,” said Yates. Yates said that he remembers what happened clearly because the email was so direct and because response was so SEE RIDDLE PAGE 2

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quick from others in the office. The rest of the staff and faculty at PLNU were informed about Alexander’s termination and the reasons behind the action later on in the day when Administration sent out an email. Suspicions arose when all of the departments at PLNU were audited

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campus crime and most of the time, it can be prevented if students locked their doors and secured their valuables,” said Trypuc. “If you leave your laptop in the library, cash on your dresser or a PlayStation with the door open when they go off to class, someone is going to come along and possibly take it...the fact of the matter is that these things do happen and there

this past summer and numbers were failing to add up in the Auxiliary Services department. According to Yates, the audit revealed that tampering with University funds had been happening over the course of four years. Details regarding Alexander’s mismanagement of University funds were kept confidential, leaving many to speculate over what had happened. “I don’t know what those questions

are or anything like that, but I could sense that Julie was really stressed and that made it a little more difficult on me, but at the same time, I didn’t know what was going on,” said Yates. Lisa Morehead, Coordinator of Auxiliary Services, did not wish to comment. Kim Riddle commented that she was not allowed to tell any details she might know.

are some pretty simple steps that we can take to prevent them.” Along with preventing thefts, Public Safety has also made an effort to prepare students in case of an active shooter on campus. On Sept. 27, Mark Galbraith, director of Public Safety, sent out a campus-wide email regarding a video that shows how to react in that situation. “While the question of how to prevent these tragedies is asked by politi-

cians, law enforcement, and experts; ordinary people like you and me should ask what we can do to prepare ourselves if it ever happens to,” said Galbraith in the email. Public Safety will continue to keep track of crimes happening on campus. They also keep track of crimes that happen in neighborhoods around campus which can be seen on the Public Safety page on the PLNU website.

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delayed until a new budget is determined. Although unclear, there is also a possibility that students and parents might have difficulty requesting “tax transcripts from the IRS” which is “needed in connection with financial aid verifications.” Latter believes short-term implications will be minimum. “Even though the functions of the U.S. Department of Education directly related to student financial aid are considered essential and should not be impacted it is unclear how overall operations would be affected if the shutdown continues.” The government shutdown occurred due to a disagreement between Republican-led Congress

and Democratic-controlled Senate on the appropriation of funds. In an effort to reduce spending, Congress tried to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act (also widely referred to as Obamacare), using it as a condition for keeping the government open. An agreement wasn’t reached, and the government shut down on Oct. 1. According to, one of the few government websites still functioning, most “unessential” government services have been suspended and government workers furloughed without pay. Essential services like military and emergency services are still running. National museums, parks, and monuments such as the Cabrillo National monument have been closed. Mail is still functional, social security payments are still issued, and the Sup-

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plemental Nutrition Assistance Program continues to operate. Many PLNU students have had difficulty accessing government websites for class assignments. Junior Amber Foley had difficulty accessing a website for her Oceanography class taught by Walter Cho. “We had to access floats that are governed by the U.S.,” said Foley. “However, when we went to access it because we have a lab due every week it, we couldn’t access the float data because of the government shutdown.” Senior Carlotta Kloppenburg also had difficulty accessing a nutrition government website, ChooseMyPlate. gov, for her Life Cycle of Nutrion Class taught by Assistant Professor Margarent Wing-Peterson. “When I went to the website it told me ‘due to the lapse in federal funding this website is not available,’”

PHOTO BY SAMANTHA WATKINS Fifty people attended Game Night this past Friday in Ryan Library to snack and play games, a tradition of the library for the past five years. Game Night is once a semester, and librarians continue to host it because they love to play games with students. “You want a librarian on your team if you’re playing trivial pursuit,” said librarian Doug Fruehling. “And yes you can talk during game night.”

she said via e-mail. This called for a re-arrangement of the assignment by Wing-Peterson. “She extended the assignment deadline but when she realized the website was still down after a couple of days she told the class to just leave that part out of the assignment,” Kloppenburg said. Kloppenburg was “shocked” that the website was shut down. “I don’t think it’s necessary that they close down this website, or other community/national resources such as museums or national parks,” she said. “It’s sad that our government can’t get along and agree on a solution.” Associate Professor of Political Science, Roscoe Williamson says that the shutdown may be resolved by Oct, 17, the date when the government needs to raise the debt ceiling. If the debt ceiling is not raised by

this time, government will go into default which will increase interest rates for the U.S. government and the rest of the country. “That’s probably big enough stakes that they’ll figure out a way to fix it,” Williamson said. “The stakes [for the shutdown] aren’t really that high unless you’re a government worker or somebody [who] wants to go see the Statue of Liberty. They’re not that high for a little while but they will be if this goes on and on.” Following the shutdown, Williamson said, cuts may be made to the national budget. One of the funds that is typically affected is federal aid. “If that gets hit, college students will notice it very quickly,” Williamson said.

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“Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi. As we worship, so we believe, so we live.” -Tim and Shawna Gaines, last week’s Renewal Week speakers

Gypsy roasters create quality coffee

PHOTO BY KIMBERLY MILLER At Coffee and Tea Collective in North Park, coffee is freshly brewed using the pour-over style, and wide counters provide for excellent study spots.


They call themselves “gypsy roasters,” creatives and expressionists. They are a small group of PLNU graduates who found something they are passionate about and decided to turn it into a business — Coffee and Tea Collective. Daniel Holcomb, who graduated in 2008 with a degree in international development studies, remembers sitting in his apartment in Colony brewing coffee, dreaming up what it could look like to own a business. Holcomb and friends, including Michael Spear, a 2011 graduate in media communications film studies, started sharing their craft with the San Diego community through pop-up

events and house parties. In December 2010 at the Roots of Giving Fair on PLNU’s campus, they officially opened for business. Then in May of 2012, the group found a home in North Park where they have been brewing, teaching and creating ever since. Coffee and Tea Collective’s shop is clean and nearly bare, with white walls, concrete floors and long wooden tables. Natural light pours in through floorto-ceiling windows. The atmosphere is calming and quiet, as if beckoning visitors to simply breathe and rest. “Our philosophy is to strip things down to the essential,” says Spear, regarding everything from the shop’s aesthetics to the company’s branding and espe-

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cially the coffee itself. Beans are roasted in-house and coffee is served pour-over style, ensuring that each cup is prepared individually and in the moment. Coffee and Tea Collective differs from many other shops, especially chains like Starbucks, in that they seek to educate and inspire each customer. “We view coffee as a craft, not a commodity,” says Holcomb, who hopes that Coffee and Tea Collective will continue to escape from the mold of corporate coffee-house franchises. “Instead of you coming to us and telling us what you know that you like, we want to say ‘Hey, come along this journey with us and we’ll help you discover something new,’” he says. Helping the San Diego commu-

nity come to an appreciation of great coffee is a daunting task, yet Holcomb and Spear know they are making headway with each conversation they have with customers. “Education and appreciation comes through face-to-face conversations,” says Spear. “Whether it’s just me being friendly or answering questions about our roaster, I know that I am helping set Coffee and Tea Collective apart from other places.” Just as individuality and uniqueness mark the business, so too does collaboration and teamwork. Coffee and Tea Collective often hosts fundraisers for local charities, allows artists to display and sell their work within the shop and works to build relation-

ships with other business owners in the area. This year they are providing drinks for PLNU’s monthly Musoffee events, nights of music and coffee held in the Activities and Recreation Center. Senior Curtis Northum, who organizes Musoffee, has been frequenting Coffee and Tea Collective for the past year. “I really enjoy their product and decided that for Musoffee this year, more focus would be put into the ‘coffee’ aspect than years past,” says Northum via email. “I think Coffee and Tea Collective is the top coffee roaster in San Diego. Their product is incredibly consistent, and their workers are super helpful and knowledgeable.” Community involvement is deeply important to the company and is something they wish to expand upon and make better in years to come. They are currently looking to expand to a second location by early 2014 and hope that with a larger team and influence in multiple neighborhoods, their spirit of artistic brewing will only grow. “Our business plan is to build the plan as we fly it,” says Spear. “We just want to create awesome experiences for coffee lovers, whatever that may look like.”

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JANE YI Sophomore Jane Yi, an international studies major, is studying in Seoul, South Korea through GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Korea University.

“I am loving the experience in Korea mainly because people here are so friendly. The night life is great. Seoul is such an interesting place to learn about and explore, especially the museums and palaces.” – Jane Yi Compiled by Samantha Watkins

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Remembering Dr. Myron Tweed: a ‘voice of God’

GREY AREA the black the white and the in between


Dr. Myron Tweed, PLNU professor of music emeritus, passed away Sept. 28, after a lengthy battle and complications of brain cancer. He was 83. A faculty member from 1973 to 2000, Tweed directed and founded the choral group, Point Loma Singers and established many of the choral traditions still in use today on PLNU’s campus. PLNU President Bob Brower sent an email to faculty on Sept. 30 detailing Dr. Tweed’s contributions to PLNU, but also expressing the value and legacy he left to his students. “Dr. Tweed has been a valuable member of the PLNU community and invested his gifts and talents in the lives of his students. His professional and personal interests were exhibited through his faithful commitment to Christ and to his work at PLNU and the church,” said Brower in the email. Robin Tweed, his daughter, remembers her father’s fervor for teaching music. “His calling was church music, and his passion was developing choral tone and blend in youth to adult singers within the collegiate and church environment,” said Robin Tweed via email. “His goal was always to assist people to witness the presence of God in their lives.” Tweed completed his doctoral work in Church Music at the University of Southern California, built a music program at Bethel College in Indiana, served as PLNU faculty and worked for 27 years as minister of music at First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego. He expressed his love for music through it all. Gayle Yelvington, who was a music major in vocal performance at PLNU when Tweed was teaching and is now an office assistant for Marketing and Creative Services, remembers how Tweed taught hymns differently.

A campus-wide email was sent last week by Caye Smith, vice president of student development, highlighting the “Personal Appearance” policies of the PLNU Student Handbook. The policy says that student’s appearance should be consistent with an “environment of vital Christianity” and names “simplicity” and “modesty” as key values of campus life. Students share their views of what to wear and how to wear it.

“I didn’t know we had a dress code. I’m not offended one way or the other. But we have an image that our school needs to maintain.” - Stephen Buescher, Senior

PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBIN TWEED Former professor of music, Dr. Myron Tweed behind the piano in his office at PLNU. He directed Point Loma Singers for 27 years.

“While praising God is really great, a lot of these songs are really centered toward what God has done for me or for the person, so it tends to be a little more me, me, me; and the one thing Dr. Tweed always tried to help us focus on was God’s attributes,” she said. “So a lot of the songs and pieces that he would choose were really centered toward God and not about the person.” Yelvington’s relationship with Tweed went beyond the classroom. Her husband, Jim Yelvington, also an alum, was in Point Loma Singers and used to go to Padres games with Tweed. “Sometimes with professors you don’t get to see the person inside of them, and we were able to do that,” said Yelvington. “I can remember Dr. Tweed calling our house when my husband was a student and asking my husband if he wanted to go to a Padres game with him.

I couldn’t believe that a professor would ask a student to go and do something just completely unrelated to school and classes and anything like that. That’s the kind of relationship they had.” Apart from being a great friend, Tweed was a spiritual mentor to many. Paul Kenyon, a colleague of Tweed’s for 10 years and a current PLNU professor of music, said that he remembered Tweed’s voice as a voice from God and one that called people to attention. “The one thing, if you talk to anybody who knew him, he had this voice, a speaking voice that we would joke sounded like the voice of God,” said Kenyon. Using his voice, Tweed put great focus on his students, thus fueling the passions of many whom he encountered. Professor of music Keith Pedersen worked with Tweed and says he admired Tweed’s interaction with students.

“On the one hand, there was almost a stern outer persona if you didn’t know him well, but the students who knew him well really held a sentiment and sincere affection for him because he had obviously impressed them with his affection for them, his care and concern for them, and his own faith and how he lived that out,” said Pedersen. Tweed’s love for God influenced every part of his life, something Robin Tweed will always remember of her father. “My dad loves homemade ice cream, blueberries and peanuts in the shell; he is a great musician, choral director and sports fan, but above all he is a man of God,” said Robin Tweed. “He has used the wisdom of his Father, the gift of musical talent and the creativity of his family to reflect his love for the Lord.”

– Carter Hornsby, Junior “Students should dress appropriately for class and definitely keep in mind that this is a Christian campus. But we are also really close to the ocean, and it is easy to just wear what you would to the beach.” – Kirstie Hibbard, Junior “Modest is hottest. It’s also starting to get cold, so these problems might just go away on their own.” - Clayton Hamill, Junior “Girls can make their own decisions as to how they dress. However, this is a Christian environment, and these are our brothers in Christ. It shouldn’t be about trying to look sexy but about respecting our brothers in Christ.” – Natalie Swift, Junior

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“The idea of dressing modestly is a good idea because we are to be men and women of God and we shouldn’t be putting ourselves out there.”

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“I am fully behind the policies established for the school. Although, sometimes you just have to have a pants-off dance-off, but that’s why we have dorm rooms.”

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“Students dress just fine. There are a few students that are a little over-the-top, but other than that I don’t really see a problem.”

“I do believe in modesty and the university’s right to enforce it, because this is a private school and we are choosing to come under their regulations.”

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A&E | 5


10/9: Tony Lucca in concert; The Griffin; 8 p.m. 10/11: Cinema Under the Stars feat. “Sunset Boulevard”; Mission Hills; 8 p.m. 10/12: A Hot Night of Cool Jazz; Crill Performance Hall; 7:30 p.m. 10/13: Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities; Bates Nut Farm; 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Local and international designers converged on San Diego’s beautiful Broadway Pier from Oct. 2-6 for Fashion Week San Diego to showcase their looks for the pre-fall and spring/ summer seasons of 2014. Only five years after its creation in 2008, Fashion Week San Diego has helped designers build their brands and move on to be successful at major fashion events like New York Fashion Week. Since 2012, Fashion Week San Diego has added twice as many designers (there were 26 this year) and two more runway shows, bringing in more than 80 million media impressions last year, second only to Comic-Con International, according to San Diego’s interim mayor Todd Gloria in his official Fashion Week proclamation. The winning designer of this year’s Fashion Week San Diego will receive a business package including a consultation with Mod Cloth, an online clothing company, and funding for future designs. This year’s winner was not yet announced at press time, but can be found at Fashion Week San Diego attracts much press and media for local designers; however, despite its success locally, it has yet to reach the caliber of New York Fashion Week and other international shows. Fashion merchandising professor, Nancy Murray believes that this is due to San Diego’s smaller market for high fashion clientele. “In a smaller market like San Diego — since it is close to LA, many

retailers just go to the LA market to purchase — often the focus is on promoting local designers and manufacturers,” Murray said. The emerging trends expected for spring and summer include florals and whites, wide leg trousers and hats. California-based designers Dexter Simmons and Greenpacha focused on creating a message through their headpieces. Simmons created avant-garde eagle and hawk feather caps that gave a huntress feel to his pre-fall show. Greenpacha designers took a more natural approach, drawing inspiration from traditional Ecuadorian and Argentinian hat weaving and using pastel spring colors. The Diestra and Simmons collections also had multiple all-white outfits which — according to PLNU senior Ian Crane, who worked at New York Fashion Week 2013 for the spring/summer 2014 shows — are huge trends for both fall and spring. “White is already a pretty big [trend] and I see that continuing throughout fall, winter and spring,” said Crane, a visual arts major, who could not think of a single show that walked in New York, Milan, Paris or London that didn’t have at least one all-white look. Other fall trends include feathers, leather and print. Dexter Simmons, Cecilian Aragon and Andre Soriano played with these concepts in their collections and used bold makeup and headpieces to communicate edgy, feminine looks. Simmons in particular created outfits that mixed grunge T-shirts with snakeskin skirts and high-heeled boots.

Looks that paired edgy leather and loud prints with feminine skirts and shoes were prevalent in both Simmons’s and Soriano’s collections. Fur vests and jackets were also trending on and off the runways with a heavy emphasis on neutral colors like grey, white and navy. Expect to see these looks in international stores and the Caf Lane catwalk in coming months. Natalie Zaas contributed to this article.

PHOTOS BY KENDALL BOSHART (From left) RHCreations features floral resort wear for its collection. Dexter Simmons showcases edgy looks.

Songwriter scores big with film

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOEL P. WEST Joel P. West, a 2006 PLNU alumnus, was the composer for the recent award-winning film “Short Term 12.” BY EDDIE MATTHEWS STAFF WRITER

“Welcome to Short Term 12” is the first track of the film’s score, and it starts with three calm notes from Joel P. West’s ukelele. He lets a few seconds pass, then is joined by a piano, two violins, a cello

and double bass, all plucking in unison. About 30 seconds in, an electric guitar echoes West’s acoustic. “The innocence conveyed through composer Joel P. West’s simple guitar plucks suggest things are not as scary at ‘Short Term 12’ as it may first seem,” said Allison Loring of Film School Rejects — a movie website that

writes with the movie-viewer in mind. “Short Term 12” is an indie-film directed by PLNU alumnus Destin Cretton. It takes place in a community home for adolescents, following the stories of the coordinators of the home, Grace and Mason, as they bond with their residents. West, a 2006 PLNU alumnus and friend of Cretton, was involved early on with “Short Term 12.” He read the script before visiting the set a few times and meeting some of the actors. West said that usually in films the composer makes the music after the film has been shot. “Short Term 12” won both the “Grand Jury Award” and the “Audience Award” this year at South by Southwest, a film festival in Austin, Texas. “The mood is fraught, the equilibrium fragile, the score by Joel P. West so gentle it’s as if the composer doesn’t want to bruise the characters — it sweetens what we see without falsifying it,” said NPR’s David Edelstein in a movie review he wrote about the film. During the editing process, the editor and director use temporary music to play over the scenes. West said this presents challenges for the composer:

he has to make the music flow to the scenes in a similar way to the temporary music that the editor and director grew attached to. “For ‘Short Term 12,’ I was able to come on early enough, [that] I was working on music the whole time they were editing so that they never used any temporary music for the edit,” West said. The score of “Short Term 12” brought together the community Cretton and West built. It features West’s bands The Tree Ring and Canines, a band West created for his and Cretton’s first film, “I AM NOT A HIPSTER.” PLNU alumna Kelly Bennett, a violinist of The Tree Ring, has been playing with West for seven years. She talked about West’s album “Dust Jacket,” explaining that he would give the link to download the album in exchange for something self-made, whether that be a photo or a song — in effect creating his own trade. “To me that demonstrates an unconventional way of pursuing art, in saying what’s most important to Joel is that he makes the thing that he wants to make for its

own sake,” Bennett said. In 2012, West was awarded funding from the San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fund. According to Felicia Shaw (Director of Arts & Culture), he was competing with more than 180 artists and was one of 15 chosen to receive funding. “He demonstrated that an investment of funding could serve to catalyze an artist’s career. He paid it forward by employing other artists to work with him on the project,” Shaw said via email. West said there are two sides of art — the kind that is done for one’s own understanding and the kind that is meant to be shared and published. “There’s a lot of music and art and film that bring people together . . . it reminds me that I’m not crazy when I can hear somebody else expressing certain aspects of the human life,” West said. Now West is composing the score for a feature film titled “About Alex,” and is writing for another The Tree Ring album that he hopes to record next year.

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10/10: W. Volleyball vs. Academy of Art 10/11: W. Volleyball vs. Dixie State 10/12: W. Soccer @Academy of Art, M. Soccer @ Academy of Art, W. Volleyball vs. Notre Dame de Namur

Phil Wolf making progress in second year BY ABBY HAMBLIN STAFF WRITER

When Phil Wolf showed up to coach the men’s soccer team last season, he had multiple conference championships, two national championships and coach of the year honors all on his resume. But in his first year for the Sea Lions, he notched just two wins during the entire season. “To be honest our spirits weren’t great after the season ended. We ended our season on something like a fourteen game losing streak so it wasn’t exactly great,” said senior Carter Phillips. Yet ask Wolf himself, and he’ll tell you that it’s all part of a plan that will take about five years to complete. With just half of this year’s season under his belt, he’s already coached the team to more than twice as many wins as last year, with a record of 5-4-2. The team was undefeated in PacWest play until its first conference loss to Hawaii Pacific Saturday. “It’s always difficult when there’s a transition and I think last year was the most difficult part of it because my commitment to change the way to do things, no results came,” said Wolf. “It was a tough experience but I think over time we’ll see the results. It’s about sticking to your convictions.” Through such a rough season, however, former men’s soccer coach Tim Hall said he could see something special brewing. “Last year he came in and they transitioned and they struggled but he knew what he was doing through the strug-

gle,” Hall said. “He has a goal, he has an idea and a plan. He’s still in the process of his plan. They haven’t arrived by any means, and he’ll be the first person to tell you that. They’ve got a ways to go but they’re getting there.” Wolf took over the team after Hall, who previously coached both the men and womens’ teams, decided to focus only on the women’s team through the university’s transition to NCAA Division II. A three-time All-American as a player at Wheaton College, Wolf helped coach Wheaton’s team to a NCAA Division III championship in 1997, then led Azusa Pacific to a NAIA national championship in 2007. He comes to PLNU after a threeyear stint at Southern Methodist University where he helped coach the team there to a conference championship and a NCAA Division I Elite Eight appearance. This year, he’s brought on 14 new players (12 of them freshmen) and four new assistant coaches. At least five players on his starting lineup each game are typically freshman, and many see significant minutes coming off the bench. “Any time you take over a program you have to create the culture that you want, and for me, how we play soccer is really important,” Wolf said. “I think eventually... `the way we play and the way we’re trying to pass the ball will bring good players that want to come. And then also creating a winning culture where the expectations are high and the players really want to do well and are working hard on their game.” Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton said that, in looking for a coach to take over the men’s team, Wolf stood out

to him not only because of his coaching resume that has opposing team’s coaches asking him how he got him to come to PLNU, but because of his ability to lead young men. “I love coaches that have intensity about them but also show poise and I think that really sums it up,” Hamilton said. “I just get the feeling when I watch that he’s just in control and they’ve worked hard to prepare themselves for any successes they have. That team as a unit looks like they’re on the same page.” Phillips said it wasn’t hard for the players Wolf inherited to get on board with a coaching style that he describes as “a lot different from the rest of the college world,” with technique and passing being emphasized over pure athleticism. “We were all in it together and we all knew it wasn’t going to be an easy transition, so we kind of knew that we just had to make the best of it,” Phillips said. “Even if it didn’t go how we wanted it to, we were kind of building for the future.” Hall said it was important to him to get the absolute best coach to fill his position. “I think he’s perfect for the men’s team right now,” Hall said. “It’s obvious cause they’re successful and he’s turning it around. He’s very good at the x’s and o’s and managing his guys. He’s just a very good coach.” In facing the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, Wolf said there’s no better time to make the jump. Still a year off from being able to participate in the division’s national tournament, Wolf said the timing will be perfect for his team to be ready to compete at that level. “The way I’m wired is that I

COURTESY OF SPORTS INFORMATION Coach Phil Wolf stands ready to address the men’s soccer team after their 0-2 loss to Hawaii Pacific on Saturday.

don’t think about conference championships and winning records, I think about national championships. That’s the goal here,” Wolf said. “I think I’m a pretty demanding coach. I think the guys, at the end of the day, would probably say they like playing

for me but there are times that it’s very hard for them because I push them very hard. The expectations for this program are really high.”

JAKE’S TAKE: Bay Area sports dominate in 2013


I was pleasantly surprised when the latest copy of ESPN the Magazine showed up at my off-campus house this past week with “The Bay Area Issue” printed in big letters on the cover. It’s not too often that San Francisco Bay Area sports get a ton of national respect, especially in southern California. Dodger fans loathe the San Francisco Giants. Charger fans hate the Oakland Raiders. Shoot, ask any fervent SoCal high school football fan how they feel about De La Salle High School. Despite hailing from the Bay Area myself, I don’t support any of the local sports teams. I was born in Or-

ange County, so for me it’s Angels and Ducks rather than A’s or Sharks. Still, when I saw that ESPN cover, I couldn’t help but swell a little with pride. After all, Bay Area is my hella-hyphy homeland. I can imagine how excited the Bay Area fans are feeling. Sometime Saturday evening between the A’s walk-off win against the Detroit Tigers and Stanford football’s narrow victory over Washington, I realized that it’s never been a better time to be a Bay Area sports fan. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a moment to look at how the teams from the Bay have fared over the past few years:

San Francisco Giants

This year’s train wreck of a season aside, the Giants have been a force in Major League Baseball. From 2010 to 2012, Giants fans have seen two World Series titles, Buster Posey winning the 2012 National League MVP and Matt Cain pitching the 22nd perfect game in MLB history (a game witnessed in person by yours truly), all in the confines of perhaps the nicest stadium in baseball.

Oakland Athletics

The A’s are on the opposite end

of the stadium spectrum (think Qualcomm, except with leaking sewage and a much higher murder rate in the surrounding area). But despite playing in what at times is quite literally a sewage dump, the Moneyball A’s have become the darlings of the American League. They’ve won the AL West two years running thanks to sabermetric pioneer Billy Beane and a roster of fun, young talent. And Bartolo Colon. If that wasn’t enough, Moneyball got nominated for six Academy Awards in 2011.

Golden State Warriors

Probably the trendiest NBA team this side of LeBron’s hairline. The Warriors are led by sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who set the NBA record last season for 3-pointers in a season before leading his team to the Western Conference semifinals. This offseason, Golden State added All-Star and US Olympian Andre Iguodala, so they should only get better. The “Dubs” boast the league’s most rabid fan base as well as its hottest jerseys (except for those putrid sleeved abominations they trotted out a couple times last season). By the way Steph Curry just made 47 more 3-pointers while you were finishing this paragraph.

Stanford University football

The brainiacs from the Silicon Valley have gone 40-5 since the start of the 2010 season. They’ve finished each season ranked no lower than seventh in the country. They’ve featured two Heisman Trophy finalists in the past few years, one of whom (Andrew Luck) was drafted first in the 2012 NFL draft and led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs as a rookie. Their former coach, Jim Harbaugh, was so good he got an NFL job and led a team to the Superbowl in just his second season (more on this in a second).

San Francisco 49ers

Turned into a juggernaut once they hired former Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011. In Harbaugh’s first two seasons, the Niners went 24-7-1, winning back-to-back NFC West Division titles and eventually losing Superbowl XLVII by three points to Baltimore. Their defense is perennially among the NFL’s elite, and they even have a new stadium in the works just south in Santa Clara.

San Jose Sharks

I know most of you don’t care about hockey, but don’t overlook how productive the Sharks have been. San

Jose won four straight Pacific Division titles from 2007-2011 and hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2003. However, the only things the fans can count on more than regular season success is utter and complete postseason failure; they’ve never even played in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Sharks have choked more times than the Boston Strangler.

Oakland Raiders

Ok, so not every Bay Area team is looking so hot right now. At least the Raiders have Sebastian Janikowski kicking 60-yard field goals all day to keep the fans’ minds off the fact that they haven’t had a winning season since before Arnold Schwarznegger became governor. That’s a pretty outstanding list and that’s before factoring Saint Mary’s University basketball or even the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. Unfortunately for me, I hate nearly every one of these teams. I just happen to proudly call the Bay Area home. Like me, you may not like the results, but it’s becoming increasingly impossible to deny that for sports in 2013, the Bay Area is the place to be.

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SEA LION SCORES Women’s Volleyball • 10/3: Win 3-0 vs. Azusa Pacific • 10/5: Win 3-1 vs. California Baptist

Men’s Soccer •10/1: Tie 0-0 vs. BYU Hawaii • 10/3: Win 4-1 vs. Chaminade PHOTO COURTESY OF PLNU SPORTS INFORMATON Senior, Griffin Fuller scores the second goal of the game in their 4-1 win over Chaminade on Thursday.


•10/5: Loss 0-2 vs. Hawaii Pacific

Women’s Soccer • 10/1: Win 2-1 vs. BYU Hawaii •10/3: Win 4-0 vs. Chaminade • 10/5: Loss 0-1 vs. Hawaii Pacific

Women’s Cross Country • 10/5: Team placed 12th @ Williamette Invitational

PHOTO COURTESY OF PLNU SPORTS INFORMATION Junior, Ayssa Dwyer adds another kill to her record in the 3-0 sweep against Azusa Pacific on Thursday.


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Diversity: letting go of ignorance BY TAYLOR VON STRIVER SENIOR CONTRIBUTOR

Malcolm S. Forbes, former publisher of Forbes magazine, described diversity as “the art of thinking independently together.” To some, this notion of corporately seeking independence might be considered an oxymoron, since independence is, by definition, “self-governing; not influenced or affected by others; impartial.” As we navigate this season of emerging adulthood in the context of PLNU culture, we are expected to seek to be more independent. Spiritually, we are to make our faith our own. Emotionally, we are to find healthy outlets when life gets overwhelming. Mentally, we are to manage our time and responsibilities well. Physically, we are to take care of ourselves as best we can in the midst of all-nighters, peer pressure, and the rockiness that comes with figuring out who we are. Ultimately, these formative years at Loma provide structured space to solidify the sand that we added to the tank at the Sunrise Service during NSO, while walking alongside those

who dropped their handfuls in as well. In preparation for this writing, I asked several people about their thoughts on the issue of diversity. Director of Spiritual Life Zac Austin, eloquently shared, “Diversity invites us to become more fully ourselves, because if it weren’t for people from different backgrounds, there are parts of myself that others wouldn’t see.” These authentically unique parts of us are drawn out by differences; it takes a spirit of humility to genuinely embrace the full selves of those around us. And yet asking a majority group, such as white students here at PLNU, about diversity is like asking a fish, “What’s water?” A very wise man (a.k.a. Jake Gilbertson, RD of Goodwin Hall) shared an insightful analogy with me, and the idea is that privilege surrounds a majority group and becomes such a part of their context that they cannot even see it. I recently had the pleasure of making a new friend: Yesenia Gomez. For those of you who don’t yet know Yesenia, find her and meet her; she is a beautiful girl with an even more beautiful heart. She came and sat by me in

the library computer lab one afternoon; I turned to her, introduced myself officially (up to this point, we had just been “hi” friends; you know what I’m talking about, right?), and asked her what her thoughts were on the topic of diversity. We ended up talking for nearly two hours! Yesenia sincerely expressed her heart to me, and I did the same with her; our conversation was both honest and sensitive. Something she shared that has stuck with me since is the power of “letting go” of our ignorance. Her active verb choice struck me because I have most often thought of ignorance as something one is unaware of, indifference toward something one does not see. To “let go,” however, requires a combination of awareness, humility, and surrender; there’s nothing passive about it. My hope for our campus is this: May we begin to see diversity as the art of thinking independently together so that we might become more aware of the areas in which we are ignorant, allow these realizations to humble us, and then surrender to the One who purposefully created us so differently – and yet alike “in His image.”

May we ask more questions and seek out answers from our brothers and sisters who differ from us in the areas of gender, geography, faith, family, race, wealth, and so on. May our eyes be opened to those around us who feel the need to blend in because they find it easier than standing out, and may our eyes be opened to the ways that we do the same. May we become more confident in the areas in which we stand out, and may we learn to love ourselves, our families, our friends, our peers, and above all else, our Maker. May we let go of our ignorance, “For there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for [we] are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Taylor is a senior Psychology major. She hopes to stay in San Diego after graduation and go to graduate school for Speech Pathology. She hopes to someday work with autistic children and their families. She has a passion for kids, loves singing and dancing, and loves listening, talking, thinking and praying with people.

Love over dogma: the Pope and homosexuality BY EDUARDO “PO” ALVAREZ SENIOR CONTRIBUTOR

Pope Francis I has been creating a stir in the Catholic community since his papacy started eight months ago. He has called for a shift in the church’s attitude toward groups that have been historically marginalized, particularly homosexuals. “Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person,” he said in a recent interview. As a person who is gay and Catholic, Pope Francis’ words are warm and welcoming, unlike his predecessors. I can remember my early years in the Catholic Church were marked by ill talk towards groups that weren’t right with the church. The priest preached at the altar about God’s love and his son who died for us, but somehow, His love was not for everyone. How could this be? I learned that if I wanted acceptance from my church, my friends, my family, then I could not be gay.

I came out my freshman year at PLNU. As freeing as the experience was, it also ate away at me. I was consumed by a subculture that I let define who I was. Every night was a different damaging experience. As my behavior spun out of control, my relationships with friends were severed. When I thought I would find acceptance from my parents, I was proven wrong, and lost my last beam of support. A depression manifested itself in me that threw me into isolation. Prayer and God faded from me, and I felt my soul disintegrating. I didn’t want this life. I questioned my position in the church and the Christian community as a whole and I made plans to leave this school. I was convinced that there was no longer a place for me at this school or in church. Misery overwhelmed me and I all I wanted was to crawl out of my skin. In my last effort to find absolution from a life that had broken me, I prayed to God who I had selfishly shunned from my life. It would be nice to say that I found revelation and

spiritual enlightenment that radically changed my life, but that didn’t happen. What I did come across was a new form of prayer. A new prayer that engaged in active conversation with God, a prayer that became honest and humble. Convictions arose in my life, and a new journey began. I decided to wrestle with Scripture. I sought guidance from friends, from professors, and from strangers and received nothing but love and affirmation that my sexuality did not define me. These were fruitful endeavors. Where I thought I would find resentment, I found acceptance. Although I continue to fall into bad habits and make stupid decisions, I do not let them impede me from searching for God. Three years later, I continue to struggle with what scripture is saying and how my life is living out according to scripture. There are many parts of scripture regarding homosexuality and marriage that I do not understand. What I do understand is that I am fearfully and wonderfully created in the im-

age of God. I believe in a personal savior who died for my sins, who loved me long before my existence. My identity is in Christ. To my fellow students who are second-guessing this truth…don’t. Don’t give up on the church. Don’t give up on your faith. You are loved and welcomed in His kingdom. I don’t expect the stance of the Catholic Church to radically change in my lifetime, but I do believe it is taking the necessary steps to represent a community that was once shunned and condemned. “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people,” Pope Francis said. “We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.” Eduardo is a senior environmental science major with a minor in cell and molecular Biology. He has a passion for conservation Biology, and plans to start a Ph.D. program in developmental Biology after graduation.


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