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The Point Weekly point loma nazarene university

monday, october 21, 2013

volume 42 | issue 6

Great escape to the mountains

Flex residents refusing nail removal faced eviction, now looking for compromise BY KATHLEEN CALLAHAN STAFF WRITER

PHOTO BY BRITTANY NAYLOR Great Escapes Mountain Biking Trip: an opportunity to hang out with 10 students passionate about nature, biking and community. A 45 minute drive and 12 miles later, students returned to campus by 3 p.m. Saturday, but not before comparing battle wounds. Connor Hensley, above, speeds down the mountain around Lake Hodges.

Booker Wright event localizes the issue of racism at PLNU

PHOTO BY CHRISTINA MARCIAL Students listen as Yvette Johnson, San Diego native and author of the book, “In Search of Booker Wright” retells her grandfather’s story in the hopes of illuminating racism and injustices of the past at Fermanian Business Center Oct. 14. BY JORDAN LIGONS STAFF WRITER

Imagine looking back at one’s ancestry and finding a pioneer and a revolutionary to be amongst them; imagine undisclosed vital family information that was un told about one’s grandfather and all that he stood for; imagine being Yvette Johnson, the San Diego native who wrote the book “In Search of Booker Wright” about her

journey to discover her grandfather’s story, his courage, and his immense impact on racism in the South. The Institute of Politics and Public Service in collaboration with the Center for Justice and Reconciliation presented a documentary screening of “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” on Oct. 14. Approximately 60 students and staff gathered in Colt Hall to watch the inspirational film of Yvette

Johnson’s journey to find Booker Wright’s story, an African- American waiter from Greenwood, Mississippi who agreed to an interview with NBC about racism in America that changed his life forever as well as the lives of his family members. While filming “Mississippi: A SelfPortrait,” a documentary for NBC in 1965, director Frank De Felitta was on SEE BOOKER, PAGE 2

What started as a housing policy dispute led to calls to parents and a letter to the university president for three Flex Apartment residents early this semester. After calls to their parents from Dean of Students Jeff Bolster, senior Gabbi Noa and junior Kasey Graves found out they faced eviction Sept. 30 when they chose not to take nails out of their wall after being asked to do so by Resident Director Jeff Allen during House and Safety Inspections. Bolster also called senior Stephanie Haas’ debate coach, Skip Rutledge. While Gabbi’s mother Karen Noa declined to comment for this story, Noa’s brother, Daniel, said that she informed him of Gabbi’s potential eviction, so he called Gabbi. “Mom told me that the dean said that if you didn’t comply, you would be forced to move off campus,” he said via text to Gabbi. The dispute began with an error on Residential Life’s room inventory report for Flex, which was addressed by Residential Assistants at the AllHall Meeting in the first couple weeks of school that stated under “Appropriate Decor” that “nothing [could be] hung with anything greater than 1 inch finishing nails.” However, according to the RAs, all residential halls have a “no nail, no hole” policy. The report requires students in each hall to document and sign for existing damages to their apartment and states the damage fees and rules. Senior Gabbi Noa read the document allowing nails on move-in day, and began decorating. Already having put the nails in the wall, the residents disregarded the policy mentioned at the All Hall Meeting. After receiving a $15 fine per roommate for roughly 70 one-inch nails in the wall by Jeff Allen during Health and Safety Inspections, they were given a week to take them down. Allen said he was unable to comment due to privacy laws. Noa met with Bolster to discuss the contradiction and the fine. Noa said Bolster informed her the report was not a contract and that the fees would remain. Noa said that Bolster treated her unprofessionally and that led her to write a letter of complaint to President Bob Brower. In an email response on Oct. 3 to Noa obtained by the Point Weekly,

Brower specified the report’s purpose. “This inventory [report] is not a lease agreement or contract that binds you to the room or specifies the mutual obligations of you and the university in regard to a specified term of time in the room at a particular cost,” Brower wrote to Noa via email. “It serves to acknowledge the room’s condition and your receipt of and responsibility of the key you are issued and any damage of the room.” The “no nail, no hole” policy is not stated in the 2013-2014 PLNU Student Handbook. While additional regulations can be instated by PLNU, they must be posted online and sent to students via email, according to the PLNU website. The online policy also states that parents can be involved regarding FERPA, an educational records act. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education states that “if the student is required to adhere to the rules of conduct as if the handbook were a contract, the university has some obligation to adhere to it in the same way. Many judges would not take kindly to a college’s effort to escape its obligations by claiming that its apparent promise is not really binding.” After multiple requests by the Point Weekly, Bolster also declined to be interviewed, citing privacy concerns. Noa said that Bolster told her when she pointed out the contradiction between the report and the meeting that it was a “fake contract; it doesn’t actually mean anything and that they’re not legally bound to it.” She also said that Bolster said “Mistakes happen...It shouldn’t have happened but it did, and bottom line, you need to take your nails out.” Prior to appeal deadline, Bolster called the residents’ parents and Rutledge, the Director of Forensics and debate coach to Haas and Graves. Noa asked Bolster about the calls in their official appeal meeting. She said he told her they were “allowed to call the people who are personally connected and have influence in your life during whatever problems.” Noa and Haas submitted a letter to Brower outlining their disappointment in what they said was Bolster’s unprofessionalism and inconsistencies. “The treatment of the two students in this meeting was unprofessional and did not uphold a supportSEE NAILS, PAGE 2

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New Liberty Station classes going smoothly

hitting the enrollment cap, the limit to the amount of students allowed to take classes on the main PLNU campus, according to Provost and Chief Academic Officer Kerry Fulcher. “[It was] part of the strategic plan of the university to increase access to a PLNU education to more students who desire the kind of education that we offer,” he said via e-mail. The move was part of President Bob Brower’s PLNU 2025 vision called “PLNU Extended.” This vision entails offering more courses in more locations such as Mid-City (Community Classroom), Liberty Station and international locations. “These all provide opportunities

for PLNU to extend its presence and influence in local, regional or even global ways,” Fulcher said. Another reason classes moved, was to enroll more students and keep tuition costs down, said Dean of Arts and Sciences Kathryn McConnell, who has also coordinated class moves to Liberty Station. “If we want to raise that cap and get more students here we can’t have them all on campus…we don’t have enough facilities here,” she said. “We’re moving as many classes as we can down to Liberty Station so that we can bring in more students, bring in more revenue [and] keep student tuition down as much as possible.”

General education classes now offered at Liberty Station include Principles of Human Communication, Problem Solving, Christian Tradition, World Civilizations II and New Testament History and Religion. Most of the classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays so as not to interfere with nursing classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The majority of those classes are scheduled for the afternoon or evening. McConnell hopes to keep this trend going in order to make it easier for students to attend classes on the main campus. “As we look forward we’ll try to be more strategic in what kind of classes we move down there,” she said. “I would guess we would try to move more evening classes down there so that there aren’t course conflicts for students.” 179 students attend GE classes at Liberty Station, many of them taking PLNU buses to get to class. Freshman Harley Estrada, who is taking an 8 a.m. Principles of Human Communication class, said taking the buses created a sense of community between students. “I kind of like it because it makes the class feel more closer together,” she said. “Being able to go from taking the shuttle together to walking to class and taking the shuttle back so it’s kind of nice.” Buses leave 20 minutes prior to the beginning of each class. Estrada said the buses she’s taken have been on time. Although Estrada enjoys classes at Liberty Station she finds the early bus departure difficult. “It’s just kind of hard because it’s so early in the morning but other than that it’s interesting,” she said. “It’s kind of different, different setting

Brower told the Point Weekly that he responded to the students but typically won’t comment on these matters because he hands them over to the correct department. Another instance of housing contract disputes involved Abigail Wulah, a senior who faced eviction for shot

glasses and empty wine bottles that she was going to use for a craft project in her apartment this summer. “Jeff Allen had told me that by having those bottles, I’m in breach of my contract to stay there for the summer,” Wulah said. She said she was breaking a con-

tract she never signed when Bolster apologized for a miscommunication. According to Noa, Haas and Graves, the fine has been repealed and Residential Life will provide cork boards and alternative wall hanging options for free. All nails have been removed from the wall.

PHOTO BY JONATHAN SOCH Students arrive via PLNU bus to their classes at Liberty Station off of Roscrans Street in San Diego. BY GUIMEL SIBINGO STAFF WRITER

It has been nearly two years since PLNU classes were first offered at Liberty Station. Although the Nursing and 5th year MBA program have been using the facilities for more than one year, this is the first year that a large amount of general education (GE) classes are offered at Liberty Station. Two months into the school year, the move of GE classes to Liberty Station has proved to be a smooth one. The decision to offer GE classes at Liberty Station came as a response to


ive, Christian environment. There are several examples of this unprofessional behavior that left both students feeling uncomfortable and demeaned,” the letter stated.

than just the entire same campus every day so it’s kind of nice.” Freshman Kelsey LaFrenz, a commuter taking a morning class at Liberty Station, also enjoys the classes although she has to take the bus so as not to lose parking later in the day. “I like it,” she said. “It’s good. It’s a little bit of a struggle to get there in the morning cause I am a commuter student so I have to be here twenty minutes earlier to catch the bus to go over there.” Both Fulcher and McConnell said they have not received complaints regarding the new move. “Things are going fairly well,” Fulcher said. “Any time you enter into a new endeavor, there are small logistical issues that arise. These are all learning opportunities to help inform the process moving forward.” McConnell plans to send a survey at the end of the semester in order to obtain student opinion and make further improvements. Fulcher said the move can be beneficial for the future of PLNU. “Because this is fairly new, it will take a few semesters for our culture to adapt to the idea that PLNU is broader than just the main campus,” he said. Fulcher said that moving classes to Liberty Station gives students the opportunity to experience San Diego. “In addition to the educational benefits of giving additional teaching space, Liberty Station is a quality venue in a great location that gives us some excellent opportunities to do some things in San Diego that we have not been able to do in the past.”

Brower sent another email to Noa Oct. 17 saying Caye Smith, vice president for student development, would assess the conduct of Bolster and will be in contact with her.

The portion of the room inventory report above states that residential students are allowed one-inch finishing nails; however this was the not the case. Flex RAs explained at the All Hall Meeting that the “no nail, no hole” policy would be enforced. This led to a conflict with three Flex Apartment residents.


a mission to uncover the truth of racism in the South. “In Mississippi, the first thing whites tell you is how much they love their blacks,” Frank De Felitta said in the film. “They would say ‘they raised me; I have a black mother and a white mother.’” De Felitta then interviewed Booker Wright, who explained how African-Americans were really being treated and how it made him feel. According to the film, blacks in the media were mostly talking about the rights they wanted, but Wright talked about how he was “crying on the inside,” and how he still must smile even though customers would deny him

tips or say racial slurs towards him. “The time is come…I’ve been hurting all my life and have something to say,” Wright said to De Felitta when questioned if he was aware of the consequences after this interview would air nationally. After the film was aired, Wright lost his job as a waiter, whites refused to be served by him; he was beaten by police and ultimately murdered all from speaking the truth. In 2011, Frank De Felitta’s son, Raymond, returned to Mississippi in collaboration with Yvette Johnson, granddaughter of Booker Wright, as well as author, filmmaker and inspirational speaker, to illustrate Wright’s story and reveal the background of this famous NBC interview nearly 50 years prior.

“I first thought [my grandfather] was an accidental activist,” Johnson said in the documentary on the start of this four year journey to find this footage of Wright. “But then I saw that he knew what he was doing. He knew the gravity of what he was doing and it wasn’t an accident.” The releasing of “Booker Wright: A Mississippi Story” along with Johnson’s book “In Search of Booker Wright: A collection of blog posts and journal entries” has gotten a great deal of attention by the media such as a NBC Dateline feature with Johnson as well as an article in the New York Times. Director of the Center for Justice and Reconciliation Dr. Jamie Gates said that he was happy that Johnson came in search of them for this event. “I hope students learn about who

Booker Wright was,” he said. Gates challenged the student body to name civil rights activists besides the typical names learned in history books. Gates believed this event will educate students on someone who was still important during that time period. “Students will say Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and maybe Malcom X,” he said. “This will go beyond the surface level about race.” There was a Q & A session with Yvette Johnson after the documentary screening where she explained a little of her story and how her family “escaped” Greenwood, Miss. by growing-up in San Diego and how it is more difficult to see racism today then it was then. “It was easier in the 1960s to see the racists,” Johnson said at the event. “I think we need to find humility rath-

er than search for the racist in people. We need to rise above racism.” She also discussed her book, her blog on and informed the crowd of her upcoming project, Booker’s Place, which involves transforming Wright’s own restaurant in Greenwood into a Delta region children’s literacy program. “This project is so much bigger than me,” she said. “I still have a dream bigger than the book and bigger than the movie.” Johnson now resides in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

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Burning Heart 21-Day Challenge puts PLNU students to the test



MARISSA CHAMBERLAIN More than 30 people attended the TAG hip hop event in the gym on Oct. 17th to learn a choreographed dance from a hip hop instructor. Both transfer and other year students came to dance and get to know each other.

PLNU Debate Team Wins Second Place At Aztec Invitational BY AUTUMN SHULTZ STAFF WRITER

The PLNU Debate Team won second place out of nearly 30 colleges at the Aztec Invitational this past weekend. This tournament was their first of the year and universities from Utah, Arizona, Texas and California participated. Sophomore Joshua Gilbert, a member of the team, said the debate tournament was a stressful but exciting way to start the year. “The debate tournament was a lot of fun,” said Gilbert. “It was actually the first debate tournament of the year, so there was a lot of pressure to perform… [Debate] is a sport for the mind.” Overall, the PLNU team earned a second place trophy for the fouryear school division. The entire team participated in a variety of events, including dramatic interpretation, after-dinner speaking and impromptu. Although many of the parliamentary debate teams from the squad were un-

able to make it into the final rounds, a few of the novice debaters and one senior division team won their events and advanced into the final rounds. In the Open Division of Lincoln Douglas Debate, five of the seven debaters advanced to the elimination round. Each of these students earned an award. Winning Bronze Awards were Stephanie Haas, Christopher Danks and Brandon West. Winning Silver Awards were Kayla Cook and Daniel Robert Spencer. In the open division of Parliamentary debate, senior Christopher Danks and freshman Caleb Moore won gold. Freshmen Lauren Jacobs and Jordan Hill earned a bronze in the novice division of the same event. Novice students on the team included freshmen Lauren Jacobs, Jordan Hill, Victoria Saunders, and Ben Becker. Jacobs, Hill and Becker competed in Lincoln Douglas debate, a debate style characterized by two people debating against one another on a single topic and returned with a three way tie for Gold in the

Novice division. Victoria Saunders earned fourth place in the open division of Prose Interpretation. The new students this year show a lot of potential and bring a new energy to the team, Assistant Director of Forensics Melissa Lazaro said. “I see a lot of promise in our team this year,” said Lazaro. “We have a lot of new students who bring with them a lot of talent and skills already. Our team is rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on the year.” According to senior Daniel Robert Spencer, new students are recognized as key members of the team. “Novices traditionally are the basis of performance for the team,” said Spencer. “Oftentimes the novices are overlooked. However, they are some of the most important members of the team because they provide us with a lot of sweepstake points.” The next tournament for the team is at Grossmont College from Nov. 8-10.

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Approximately 145 students at PLNU are taking part in the 21-Day Challenge, a commitment to 21 consecutive days of intentional prayer and reflection. “Well the first wave that we did in September there were about 15 students doing in. And this wave in October had about 145 students,” said junior Natalie Swift, who partnered with junior AJ Swies to bring this challenge to PLNU this year. Every Thursday night for the three weeks of the challenge, the participants have met in the Community Life Center of First Church of the Nazarene from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. to pray and discuss the previous week’s happenings. The challenge started over the summer when 10 college students got a hold of Becky Tirabassi’s book “The Burning Heart Contract.” The students went to Tirabassi’s church, Rock Harbor Church and one of them happened to attend PLNU. Swies wanted others to be able to experience the same transformation he had. Along with nine other college students, Swies went through the challenge this summer with Tirabassi as a mentor. “The whole point was for us to get fired up and bring it to our campuses and sure enough, there are burning hearts groups across the nation now,” said Swies. “I first looked at this challenge as a burden, something that put a bunch of restrictions and chains on me, but I never fully realized the power of prayer until I fully dove in and gave God my all in my hour,” added Swies. Swift said that knowing God requires devotion. “No one has a free hour in the day, so it takes sacrifice and discipline to make one,” said Swift. “I’m learning that there’s no magic equation to this whole thing and that prayer is a spiritual discipline that is such a gift to us.” She also talked about how Christianity should be a relationship rather than a religion. “If we want a relationship with God, we need to spend time with him,” she said. Burning Hearts is a Christian organization of student leaders who feel called to change culture by living out their faith dynamically through passionate call to prayer, purity, purpose and discipline. It is based on the original Burning Hearts Fellowship that began in 1947. The challenge calls for a commitment of complete purity and sobriety for 21 consecutive days. Tirabassi herself had a complete life transformation after struggling with alcoholism. After surrendering her life to God, Tirabassi has been devoted to living a life pleasing to the Lord through sobriety and purity. She was inspired by Bill Bright’s book, “Amazing Faith” and his contract with his friends in 1947. “Tucked away in the pages of Bright’s book is the remarkable story of how a contract with God set the hearts of ordinary people on fire for God,” she said. PLNU sophomore Blaire

Foltz is one of the students taking part in the challenge. She stressed the importance of campus and nationwide change. “God is starting a movement in college-aged students hearts, and it’s so cool to see other students across the nation participating in this,” she said. “These past 21 days have been life changing.” Foltz said that this challenge has changed the way she goes about her day, allowing her to focus on God and pray with purpose. “I have never been the type of person to sit down and intentionally pray, so I thought this was going to be a very difficult thing to do; but God has been revealing so many things to me these past couple of weeks just because I have been listening to Him and what He’s wanting to teach me,” Foltz said. Many of the participants have to plan to dedicate one hour solely to prayer and spiritual reflection because of the time commitment of being a college student. “I have to plan out when I’m going to do my hour the night before,” Foltz said. “As a college student, it’s easy to focus on everything you need to do each day, but I can promise you that spending an hour in prayer will be the best thing you do in your day,” she said. PLNU Professor of Theology and Christian Scriptures John Wright commented on the merits of the challenge and its application whether an active participant or not. “This week’s reading for our Sunday worship is Luke 18:1-8,” he said. “In light of the injustice and sin of the world, thank God for people who don’t lose heart but pray.” Professor of Theology and World Religions Michael Lodahl said that the tenets of the program, to pray for an hour a day, leads students to better apply biblical teachings according to Paul. “Since Paul writes in one of his letters that Christians should ‘pray without ceasing,’ an hour a day for 21 days is surely not a bad idea,” he said. PLNU Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry Ron Benefiel also commented on the cataclysmic power of the challenge. “When you think about it, most of the greatest Christian revivals began with young people, largely on college campuses,” he said. “This is a renewal by students that starts here and will eventually spread to the church, rather than the other way around.” Dr. Benefiel also mentioned the similarities to the beginnings of Methodism in John and Charles Wesley’s Holy Club at Oxford in the early 18th century. “It’s at the grassroots level right now, but I believe it has real potential to become something widely-known across campus and bring about great change,” he said. Swift said that the power of prayer is belief in God’s will at PLNU. “I truly believe God’s hand is on this,” said Swift. “He is moving radically across this campus,” she said. The group will meet once more this Thursday to recap the highlights of the three weeks.

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“Pictures change the world. They can change it for the better, QUOTE OF THE WEEK

but the door swings both ways,” says photojournalist Eros Hoagland at Through The Lens last Thursday.

LoveWorks seeks male participants BY BRITTANY NAYLOR STAFF WRITER

The PLNU LoveWorks program is celebrating successes and pushing for new participation as the program enters into its 26th year. LoveWorks is a collection of short-term missionary trips occurring over the summer and sponsored through the Office of Spiritual Development. Those who attended the International Ministries chapel on Oct. 13 noticed that within the call for student involvement, there was a strong push for men to step into the realm of ministry through LoveWorks programs. “Last year we had about 85 students participate, and only five were guys,” said Brian Becker, Director of International Ministries. “And those

five who went, they are awesome guys; they did a phenomenal job.” However, the lack of a male presence in PLNU’s international ministry programs is no recent phenomenon. “Even back in 2003, the ratios were really low. The guys were not there, even historically,” said Becker. Blaire Foltz, a sophomore who went on the Ecuador LoveWorks trip in the summer of 2012, experienced the necessity for men within ministry. Out of the 13 student participants who went to Ecuador, none who went were men. The only male representative from the LoveWorks team was Urbano Orozco, a PLNU alumnus and one of the two leaders on the Ecuador trip. “I think because it’s children based, that isn’t super appealing to men,” said Foltz. “Even with Vacation Bible School, there are so many little boys who need a male role model to look up to and as a trip of all girls and only one

guy leader, all the little boys attached to Urbano.” Foltz noticed on her trip to Ecuador that a lot of children do not have father figures in their lives, creating a need for male missionaries to serve as positive role models while spreading the news of Jesus. “There needs to be more guys. I don’t know why they don’t sign up, maybe girls just feel more called to mission work then men, but it’s a huge issue,” she said. However, not all LoveWorks trips have such a disproportional ratio of women to men in their programs. Andrew Schalin, a 2013 PLNU alumnus, went on a LoveWorks trip to Rwanda in 2012 on a team of 10 students, where each gender was represented equally. The balance of the group complemented the traditions of the host country in regards to male and female roles.

“Rwanda still has heavily defined gender roles so there were a few times where there was some heavy manual labor and our host only allowed the guys to come,” said Schalin via email. “That would have been an awkward situation with a female-only team. I don’t think not having men on the team would prevent the Gospel from advancing. I do think it makes it easier for a team to be effective and get along (when men are present).” Becker has noticed that the trend of a large female presence in ministry is not only impacting PLNU’s LoveWorks ministries but that there is an absence of a male presence in church ministry at large. “Much of the time when we think about the ministry of proclaiming the gospel, preaching, leading up front, in a public way, often times we see that dominated by men. But

when it comes to being the hands and feet of Jesus, the compassionate side, the active side, we see more women being the ones in ministries,” he said. In asking for more participation from the male PLNU community, the last effect Becker wanted was for the men to feel attacked by the LoveWorks program. “I don’t want to berate the guys, because I don’t want them to just feel bad and then turn and walk away in shame,” said Becker. “I just want to invite them. That’s what we were trying for in the chapel.” All of the programs under International Ministries need the participation of both women and men for their purposes to be fulfilled. In the summer of 2014, 13 LoveWorks programs will take place. Applications are now available and will be due Nov. 4.

LoveWorks 2014 Summer Trips Three and Four Week-Long Trips: •Yerevan & Shirak Province, Armenia (May 11 – 31)

•Lubumbashi, Dem. Rep of the Congo (July 26 to August 13

•Kolkata & Lakshmikantapur, India (May 11 – 31)

•Indianapolis, USA (May 11 – 31)

• Brisbane & Kimberley Towns, Australia (May 23 – June 18)

• Quito & Outlaying Villages, Ecuador (May 11 - 31)

•Maputo, Mozambique (July 26 to August 13)

Extended Mission Immersion:

• Downtown Eastside Vancouver, Canada (May 11 – 28)

•Western District, El Salvador (July 22 – August 12)

• Manila, Philippines (June 16-30)

•Zagreb & Koprivnica, Croatia (May 11 – 31)

•Cascade Pichon, Haiti (May 18 – June 8)

•Byumba & Gisenyi, Rwanda (May 11 – 31)

•Asia eight week extended trip (May 15 – July 12) Find out more at Applications are due Nov. 4, 2013. Program fees are between $1950 and $4350.

New club makes wishes come true BY SAMANTHA WATKINS STAFF WRITER

The Make-A-Wish Foundation works to make people’s dreams come true and now you too can take part in what many consider is a miraculous program. Make-A-Wish is a nation wide foundation that grants wishes to children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Nearly 14,000 children a year are provided with their wishes. PLNU’s campus recently welcomed a new club, Wishmakers, which will allow students to grant wishes to local children. Junior Broadcast Journalism major Greta Wall serves as publicity leader for the Wishmakers club and is deeply invested in the work of the foundation. “Wishmakers has a special place in my heart because my cousin, Aden who had acute myeloid leukemia at age 6 was granted a wish by Make-A-Wish just 2 years ago,” she said. “Aden wanted to see a volcano so Make-A-Wish sent her, her parents and younger sister to Hawaii for a week. They flew her in a helicopter over an active volcano. Aden was cancer free after six months and still is because of a marrow transplant from her younger sister.” Ravi Smith, ASB Director of Student Relations, says Wishmakers is a wonderful addition to the clubs on campus. “Wishmakers is a new club with the noble mission of helping those who are suffering achieve their

dreams,”he said. “They are an embodiment of what it means to live as ones neighbor.” A pizza party was held last Wednesday night as the official start of the club. Pizza Nova, a local Italian restaurant, sponsored the event, providing free pizza for all who attended. About ten people came, each highly interested in joining the club. The hope of the event was to get people to understand what the club is all about and for them to sign up. Whitney Ahart, a senior Social Work major, serves as the face behind the club. Ahart is the Youth Wish Leaders Program intern at Make-AWish San Diego, located downtown. She has been working with them since early September. “The Wishmakers program has never been grown in the San Diego area and it is my job as an intern to grow the program,” said Ahart. “I thought this could best be done by starting with myself.” Ahart says she started the club with hopes of serving and equipping children in the community. “I have such a heart for children and I believe that the notion of hope can drastically change a suffering child’s quality of life and will to fight,” she said. “It will not only get the community involved in such an amazing non-profit organization but it will also open up opportunities for other PLNU students who want to intern,

volunteer, or work for and with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.” PLNU is the first campus in San Diego to have a Wishmakers club. The goal of the club is to fundraise on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their first fundraising event will

be held at the upcoming Fall Festival where they will have a booth asking people for donations and offering a game where people can win a goldfish. The club’s goal is to raise $8,000 to donate to the foundation. For more information about the club

or to become a member you can email Ahart at wmahart0076@pointloma. edu or join the “PLNU Wishmakers on Campus” Facebook page: plnuwishmakers.

PHOTO BY SAMANTHA WATKINS Students at last Wednesday’s kick off event for the new club Wishmakers, which will work to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. From left: Greta Wall, Drew Eby, Aaron Baribeau, Kaili Kinoshita, Summer Clemmons, Chris Funari, Monique Sanderlin, Ross Nederhoff and Whitney Ahart.

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Nyawech Jock breaks into modeling BY MARISSA HORNADAY STAFF WRITER

Juggling school work and her passion for modeling, Nyawech Jock, a senior at PLNU, has a full schedule. She was seen walking down the run-

way at Fashion Week San Diego, a yearly entertainment fashion event held downtown to celebrate emerging designers that took place the week of September 30. Jock has lived in the United States since the age of one after moving from Ethiopia and is now

beginning her modeling career. The Point Weekly interviewed her via email to see how her modeling career began and where it is going. The Point Weekly: At what age did you begin modeling? Nyawech Jock: I modeled for the PLNU fashion show (an annual event sponsored by ASB every spring) for two years and that was fun. I only wore one piece for each show so there was no crazy speed changing. We also did our own hair and makeup and walking the runway was more fun and relaxed. San Diego Fashion Week was my first real modeling experience so we can say I’ve just started. PW: What interested you in becoming a model? NJ: Getting to dress up and getting professional hair and make up is always fun! You also get to meet so many different people. PW: What types of modeling do you do? NJ: I’ve only ever done runway modeling. PW: How did you get to be a part of Fashion Week San Diego? NJ: I attended an open casting call back in March where they had me fill out an application as well as do a little runway walk in front of a panel. They told me at the end of my audition that I would be walking in Fashion Week San Diego.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LA FASHION MAGAZINE Nyawich Jock modeling on the runway at Fashion Week San Diego.

PW: How was your experience like at Fashion Week San Diego? NJ: I walked for a couple designers and had to do a little speed changing, and sported some funky hair and makeup which was done by professionals. Because that was an event where many industry professionals were present, I had to be a little more

serious and professional. But it was still really fun and enjoyable. PW: What has been your best modeling experience so far? NJ: All of my experiences have been so different but I would have to say that walking in the Fashion Week San Diego runway shows is my favorite so far. PW: How do you juggle modeling, school, and other activities that you are involved in? NJ: It’s not easy juggling it all. School and all that comes with it is a 24 hour job seven days a week. That’s my first focus. Modeling is fun and can easily become a full time job but for now, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” I try and fit it in when I can. PW: Has modeling been a lifelong dream of yours? NJ: I couldn’t say it has been a lifelong dream but it is something that has definitely sparked an interest in me from a young age. PW: How has modeling made an impact your life? NJ: One way it’s impacted my life is in the social aspect. There are just so many different people you get to work with, the nice, the mean, and the in between; they all bring different experiences each time. PW: How have you worked to get to where you’re at in your modeling career now? NJ: The whole industry is about who you know so basically just putting myself out there, and putting my best foot forward while I’m at it. Getting my name and face out there is what’s going to keep me moving and get me to the places I want to be.


WALKING THROUGH HISTORY “The thing that strikes me most about our experience here in Europe has been the overwhelming proximity to ancient history. Every day I nonchalantly stroll down the same streets that notables such as Napoleon, Picasso, Fitzgerald, the Medicis, Da Vinci, Peter, Popes on Popes, etc., have also set foot on. Simply knowing that I am coming in contact with the same works of art and architecture that so many before me have also admired makes history seem tangible.” - Ryan Shoemaker

GREY AREA the black the white and the in between

In neighborhoods across the country, children will soon be going from house to house, knocking on doors and begging for candy. It’s almost Halloween and trick-or-treating is near. As PLNU students make plans for how they’ll celebrate, some are asking “Are college students too old to go trick-or-treating?”

“I think it’s ok as long as they don’t get crazy or promote anything too dark.” -Andrew Dixon, Senior “I think you are never too old to enjoy candy and also, I plan on going trick-or-treating this year.” -Christopher Turner, Sophomore “I think it’s ok because it’s a way to have fun and get to go out and dress up.” -Allie Haseleu, Junior

“If it’s in this neighborhood yes because it’s a lot of Point Loma professors (who live here) and they kind of expect it. I don’t think it’s appropriate if they go outside Point Loma because it would be taking away from the kids.” -Emma Champion, Sophomore

“If someone takes the time to put together a Halloween costume that’s creative enough and they have fun trick-or-treating and they’re still young at heart, then go for it.” -Emma Hayman, Junior “Yes, as long as they’re wearing an appropriate costume. There is no age limit on Halloween.” -Haley Jonswold, Sophomore “I think that trick-or-treating should be reserved for younger kids but at the same time the surrounding community is anticipating that we will go trickor-treating.” -Katherine Pattee, Freshman “I think it’s ok but students should be conscientious of how they dress and the community.” -Abigail Zora, Freshman “Yeah, I don’t think there is a problem with it. I went a few years ago when I was a freshman in college.” -Connor Bortolazzo, Junior

PHOTO CURTESY OF RYAN SHOEMAKER Sophomore Art and Philosophy double major Ryan Shoemaker sits overlooking the city of Florence, Italy. He is studying with the PLNU Art Euroterm, a group of students and PLNU professors who travel throughout Europe studying art.

“Absolutely. There’s nothing wrong with dressing up and going door to door to get free candy.” - Joshua Williams, Junior Compiled by Julianne Vallera

Ghosts of Loma: Is the Campus of PLNU Haunted? Special Alumni Interview for Point Weekly

What follows is an interview between two PLNU alumni regarding the ghost stories surrounding the campus. The interviewer, Abby Carrillo, is interviewing David Schmidt, a freelance author who is writing a book on Point Loma’s history.

Q: Let’s start with a good, seasonal October question—what is the creepiest ghost story you’ve heard at Point Loma? A: That would have to be the story of the screaming voice in Cabrillo Hall. As the story goes, there used to be a security guard who worked on campus years ago, back when Cabrillo was still at its original location, where Cooper Music Center is today. So the security guard was doing his rounds, and he was checking out Cabrillo late at night. Everything dark around him, not a soul in sight. While he’s on the top floor, he hears a voice beneath him—a woman screaming. He runs downstairs and shouts, asking if anyone needs help. Nothing. He checks the doors—all of them are still locked. While he’s standing directly below the spot where he heard the screams, he hears them again—they’re still coming from beneath his feet. And he remembers the building has a basement. So he runs down the stairs again, pulls out his old skeleton key for the old basement door, and shoulders it open to get in and see who needs help. And the basement is still as a crypt. Nothing but old tools, shadows, dust, cobwebs. He walks around to make sure nobody is down there. And when he’s about to leave—he hears the voice again. A woman’s voice, screaming. And it’s still coming from beneath his feet. He runs back to headquarters, and all the other security guards mock him, of course. As the story goes, though, they forgot about his experience until they decided to move Cabrillo. They say that, when they pulled the building apart, and got down to the floorboards of the basement—right in the spot where the man heard the screaming—they found a human skull.

Q: What parts of campus have the most “ghost stories” associated with them? A: The two “hot spots” are Cabrillo and Mieras. Both are ancient buildings that were built by the Theosophists and both have plenty of folklore associated with them. I’ve heard of janitors who have seen apparitions in Mieras when cleaning there alone. And over the years, plenty of Public Safety officers have flat out refused to go into Cabrillo at night when they’re alone; it used to be the personal residence of Madame Tingley [of the Theosophical Society] and plenty of people just get the creeps when they go in there at night. My brother was a Public Safety officer when he was a student here. He had heard the stories, and knew some of the other officers refused to go into Cabrillo, so that made him even more curious about it. Call it “macho bravado”, call it skepticism, whatever. But the first time that he had a chance to inspect the building alone at night, he said he was on the top floor, checking everything out with his flashlight, when he heard a violin playing. But here’s the weird thing—he couldn’t tell where the music was coming from. It wasn’t coming from any particular end of the building, like a nearby radio. It wasn’t above him or below him or next to him—it was like it was surrounding him, while he was in there, playing this strange minor key tune. And once he left the building, he stopped hearing it.

Q: So why do you think so many strange stories get told at PLNU? A: Just look at the campus. It’s this isolated place by the ocean; it has its own microclimate. When it’s sunny and warm in other parts of San Diego, out here it’s cloudy and foggy and mysterious. It just lends itself to these stories.

Q: Not to mention the history of the campus. A: Exactly. Most of the ghost stories on campus are related to the “Theosophical Society.” They are still enshrouded in mystery. As part of the Spiritualist movement, they were into all sorts of bizarre things—holding séances, calling up the spirits of the dead, planning their own reincarnations. Legend has it, Madame Tingley expected to be reincarnated as a turtle; that’s why she had Cabrillo built with those small steps on the staircase—so she could climb it in the afterlife. Mieras, in fact, is built in the shape of a turtle.

Q: Let’s end on a spooky note. Have you experienced anything unusual on campus? A: A couple years ago, my cousin came to town and asked if I would show her around some of the “haunted spots” on campus. Since she brought some beautiful friends from Orange County, of course I agreed. I took them to Mieras, Cabrillo and eventually to Salomon Theater, where some of the ghost stories take place. I walked up the stairs to check if the side entrance was open. The door was locked, so I turned around to walk away. As I was leaving, though, the doorknob jiggled. Twice. On its own. I ran down the stairs, of course, screaming like a little girl. The really weird thing, though, is that my cousin had taken a photo of me right when I was checking the door. In the photo, you can clearly see a misty “orb” of light behind me, with a trail of mist behind it. As if it were flying right towards me.

David Schmidt is a PLNU alumnus (’02), freelance writer, multilingual translator and fair trade proponent living in San Diego. He is currently working on a book of the ghost stories from the campus of Point Loma. If you would like to share a ghost story you have heard—or a strange experience—you can contact him at

Abby Carrillo is a PLNU grad (’03,), history major, and sunshine enthusiast living in San Diego. While she is skeptical of the “whole ghost thing,” she was happy to interview David Schmidt for this paper, as she considers him to be one of the most “paranormal” people she knows.

San Diego Celebrates Fall 5 of the city’s best autumn events

Bates Nut Farm Originally known for a giant walnut farm, Bates Nut Farm now encompasses a vast array of fall activities for all ages. Free to enter and open from Sept. 25 to Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lively location has different shops to explore including a candy store, several gift shops and many more nooks and crannies. All across the farm are animals to encounter, especially in the Farm Zoo. Bates Nut Farm is a great place to have a picnic because there are tables and shady trees dispersed throughout the 100 acres, or try tasty fall treats on the farm like homemade fudge. As the largest and oldest pumpkin patch in San Diego, Bates Nut Farm holds a nostalgic and comforting atmosphere. Location: 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA Website:

Point Loma Fall Festival From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 and free to all guests, PLNU is throwing the annual Fall Festival filled with carriage rides, a petting zoo and a traditional pumpkin patch. Kids and adults alike can find something fall and fun to do whether it’s to face paint or taste delicious food from different local restaurants. Near the end of the day, PLNU holds an Ice Cream Social and a Grand Prize Drawing. As close as you can get to your dorm, fall festivities are just around the corner. Location: Point Loma Campus Website:

Julian Festivities Up in the hills past Ramona and Lakeside, with no cost to visitors, lies a small town with a classic country feel – Julian. The town itself is a place of exploration whether it’s the many streets of antique shops, old diners, or eclectic gift stores. All around the beautiful fall leaves lace the sidewalks while whinnying horses sound in the distance. The hottest commodity Julian features is the Julian Pie Company. Known for its homemade apple pies, cinnamon ice cream and apple cider, the Julian Pie Company is always buzzing with locals and tourists. The Julian Festivities website lists the many specific fall and winter events like the Arts and Crafts show, Christmas Tree Lighting and Music at the Marketplace. Location: Julian, Calif. Website:

The Mother Goose Parade Held the Sunday before Thanksgiving and free to all, the Mother Goose Parade is a collection of local charities, companies, and celebrities showing off the exuberant and entertaining floats for all to see. From marching bands to dance teams, something exciting happens on every strip of the parade. A great place to have a family or friend get-together, the Mother Goose Parade creates an energetic atmosphere. Every year the parade surprises guests with new celebrities and an autographing session before the parade begins. Past celebrities include Nickelodeon’s Drake Bell, Dukes of Hazard star John Schneider and many more. Location: The streets of El Cajon, Calif. Website:

Gaslamp Quarter Fall Back Festival In early November, Gaslamp District takes the city back in time, creating a western town theme through the streets of Downtown San Diego. Showcasing a Wyatt Earp outlaw reenactment, traditional dress-up photography and panning for gold are just some of the fun activities to participate in. In the western version of Gaslamp, fresh cooked food is waiting to be devoured in the ice cream, pie or spaghetti eating contests. This free event contains many fun things to do and food to eat and provides a great old-timey environment to walk around. Location: Gaslamp District, Downtown San Diego, Calif. Website:


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10/22: Passion Pit; SDSU Open Air Theatre; 7:30 p.m. 10/25: “The Shining” showing at The Plunge; Belmont Park’s WaveHouse Athletic Club; 6:45 p.m. 10/26: PLNU Fall Festival; Caf Lane; 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 10/28: Senior Thesis Exhibition; Keller Art Gallery; all day (through Nov. 1)

FALL ENTERTAINMENT Whether you’re looking for an excuse to procrastinate midterms or want to celebrate after their over, we’ve got you covered.

On the big screen Review: ‘Gravity’ is a masterful piece of cinema BY SEAN WOODARD STAFF WRITER

There are films that, after the lights go up in the theater, just glue you to your seat and make you think, “Wow.” “Gravity” is one of those films. The film director Alfonso Cuarón’s long awaited follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Children of Men” (2006), is a tour de force

of filmmaking. Led by another Oscar-worthy performance by Sandra Bullock, the film finds a nice balance between tension, humor and pathos. The film follows Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) as they attempt to make it back to Earth after an accident leaves them adrift in space. The film makes the audience care about its characters. Subtle hints at back story color the narrative, while each character’s per-

sonality gives the story the needed emotional weight to carry the film. Whether it is Clooney’s charm and dry humor — in his statement, “Houston, I think we have a problem,” he describes the problem by comparing it to an experience he had during Mardi Gras — or Bullock’s shifts from being frightened or strong and determined, the chemistry is spot on. With a lesser director or lesser actors, the film would

have fallen apart, despite the outstanding visuals. The visuals, which are nothing short of awe-inspiring, are best appreciated in 3D or IMAX. The film is one of the best displays of digital and 3D technology since “Hugo” and “Life of Pi.” Sorry, Stanley Kubrick. Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” has replaced “2001: A Space Odyssey” for the most spectacular space cinematography. There is one thing, however,

that “Gravity” has in common with Kubrick’s masterpiece and does today what “2001” did for moviegoers back in 1968: It dazzles the senses. “Gravity” is playing at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 and AMC Mission Valley 20.

On Netflix Review: ‘Dirty Wars’ hits viewers with the hard truth BY ERICH RAU STAFF WRITER

“Dirty Wars” is an angry story told by an angry man. It follows war reporter Jeremy Scahill as he chases the shadows of American covert operations worldwide. The award-winning documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and is set for theatrical release this week. If you’ve followed the U.S. military’s foreign involvement since 9/11, parts of the story will be familiar. Scahill tackles issues from Blackwater to drone attacks to the

assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-yearold son. But the stories in “Dirty Wars” are much more personal than those told by the major media outlets — Scahill goes straight to the people most affected by U.S. military involvement. Some of the details he uncovers are sickening. In Afghanistan, Scahill encounters a family victimized by a botched “kill mission.” Members of the family recall with horror the night U.S. military forces mistakenly shot and killed two pregnant women outside their small home in the town of Gardez.

After the shooting, a local man captured cell phone video of the U.S. soldiers carving the bullets from the corpses and fabricating their own version of what happened. “Dirty Wars” is filled with stories like these — death seems to be around every corner. Considering the appalling details Scahill uncovers and the stubborn resistance from the U.S. government, it’s surprising that he is able to tell the story so evenly, without resorting to propaganda or melodrama. Instead of pointing fingers and assigning blame, Scahill channels his anger

with questions—some of which he rightfully leaves unanswered. Aside from being a powerful political commentary, “Dirty Wars” also works effectively as narrative. The story is almost as much about Scahill himself as it is about the wars. Director Rick Rowley paints a picture of a man consumed by obsession. His face becomes a portrait of the frustration and incredulity of a world that is sick of war. Rowley also functioned as the cinematographer, winning the Cinematography Award at Sundance. He fills the story with frame after

frame of rich visual poetry. It is astonishing to see such beauty in the coverage of such an ugly subject. As with many documentaries, this film requires a skeptical eye. Luckily, the filmmakers understand this, allowing the audience to ponder the issues as the stories unfold. You don’t have to buy into any conspiracy, but “Dirty Wars” will provide you with plenty to chew on. “Dirty Wars” is available on Netflix streaming video and can be seen in select theatres starting Oct. 22.

On television Review: The top five Fall shows you NEED to see

An oldie but a goodie, the NYC crew is still making laughs in its ninth season. If you’ve stuck with Ted, Barney and the gang for eight seasons, cherish the show’s last one.

CBS / Monday / 8 p.m.

Even if you haven’t watched The Walking Dead, you’ve probably heard about it. The popular zombie show has been around for three years, scaring viewers along the way.

A new NBC show, this drama follows a criminal-mastermindturned-FBI-agent on the lookout for a terrorist. Thrilling and action-packed, this show is at the top of our list.

The show already aired an emotional memorial for the loss of its star Finn Hudson, played by Cory Monteith. But the show must go on. Even if you aren’t a true Gleek, this show is worth checking out.

With a whopping nine seasons under its belt, Grey’s returns for its tenth season. Romance, drama and operating rooms make for a continously entertaining show.

AMC / Sunday / 8 p.m.

NBC / Monday / 10 p.m.

FOX / Tuesday / 9 p.m.

ABC / Thursday / 9 p.m.

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Review: Typhoon’s lyrics breathe life at the Loft BY EDDIE MATTHEWS STAFF WRITER

A crowd of about 200 roared when lead singer and songwriter of Typhoon, Kyle Morton, said he was glad to be in San Diego. Typhoon played last Tuesday night at “The Loft” at UC San Diego—a venue with a 30 foot long stage that puts the band right beside the crowd. After the opening band “Wild Ones,” ended their set, fans crowded an arm’s length away from Typhoon’s two drum sets at the front of the stage. Morton is the lead singer and songwriter of Portland-based Indie band Typhoon. The 5’7” blue-eyed singer gave fans high fives as he and the other ten members of Typhoon crowded onto the stage — three trumpeters, two violinists, two drummers, a bassist, electric guitarist, and a ukulele player. The numerous multiinstrumentalists of the band had each of their instruments close, creating a dense network of guitars, keyboards, drums and wires. “There’s a real reciprocal relationship between performer and the crowd they’re performing to and it could be as simple as how enthusiastic the crowd is,” Morton said. The second song Typhoon played was “Artificial Light,” one of Morton’s

favorites off the new record “White Lighter.” Morton starts this song of unison — he and the electric guitarist playing the same chords, trumpeters and violinists playing the same notes, and both drummers mirroring each other stroke for stroke. The song builds, then slows, then builds to a climax. Midway through Morton sings, while the female violinists harmonize, to a quiet crowd: Yes you are my sunlight / You are my last breath of air / And I would try to hold it / I would try to keep the moment / Like a photograph of the sunset . . .

The momentum soon picks up again then stops ... a few seconds of quiet ... then the band erupts shouting the last word of the song — home — elongating the “o” into two waves of chorus. “Artificial Light” epitomizes the heart of Typhoon with lyrics that wrestle with a question and end with joy. Three songs later, they played “The Lake,” track six of “White Lighter.” It tells the story of when Morton was a child chasing fireflies, then was bit by an insect that gave him Lyme Disease. After a sharp decline in health including a kidney transplant, Morton now has to take medication to keep his immune system in line. “It’s shaded my life in a very certain color,” Morton said.

The song is riddled with pain. In his lyrics, he expresses his regret toward his rejection of his family: And I was ashamed of my sister because she held onto me when I wasn’t good enough / I’m sorry, you were the only thing I should’ve ever loved He thrust his hand down with a hard strum on his red electric guitar when he sang the word sorry. The back of his guitar was faded from wear. The encore featured Typhoon’s hit song “The Honest Truth,” Morton smiling as he sang. The song made me stomp and sing, matching the beat of the trumpets with my steps. At the end of the song, the whole band joins in singing: This is our darkest cave / We’ll never see the day / But slowly make our way up to the mouth.

It’s this sort of questioning, grappling and doubt that give the lyrics their depth and, when sung together, become an affirmation of life. Morton spoke about a seemingly unreachable standard he set in his mind — to make a record of immense beauty — where he’d feel content to quit after he eclipsed that standard. “I don’t know if I ever will, but I was certainly aiming for it on this one,” Morton said.


PHOTO BY EDDIE MATTHEWS Kyle Morton, lead singer of Typhoon, performsd at UCSD’s The Loft.

PLAN YOUR MONTH: The annual Lomapalooza is here! Musical Acts: The Bluffs, Coastal Access, Nick Leng When: Nov. 2; 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. Where: Lawn in front of Golden Gym Do you want your artwork displayed at the show? Contact Campus Activities Board for more details.

PHOTOS BY CASSLYN FISER (bottom photo) Sam Bravo, Cole Petersen and Ian Kizanis performed at Musoffee — ­ a night of coffee, tea and hot chocolate ­— on Thursday night. Not pictured are Kelsie Munroe and PLNU alum Weston Bennett on violin. (top photo) Guimel and Victoria Sibingo (left to right) were the second act. The sister duo sang covers by artists such as Coldplay and Paramore. The ARC was packed with more than 75 students for the event, which started at 9:30. Senior Curtis Northum organizes the monthly events, which have been increasing in popularity throughout the semester.

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10/21-20/23: W. Golf @ NCCAA Nationals in Panama City, Fla. 10/24: W. Volleyball vs. San Diego Christian 10/26 W. Cross Country @ NAIA West Coast Jamboree in Irvine, W. Volleyball @ Azusa Pacific, W. and M. Soccer @ Dixie State


GREEN AND GOLD FRIDAYS Every Friday the Green Sea is challenging students, staff and faculty to sport their PLNU colors in support of the various athletic

PHOTO COURTESY PLNU SPORTS INFORMATION Members of last year’s Green Sea are pictured here at last year’s homecoming basketball game. The Green Sea is back in action this year and has introduced Green and Gold Fridays, which will occcur every Friday, especially leading up to this year’s homcoming basketball game.

teams on campus.


The Green Sea Hooligans, armed with vuvuzelas and loud voices, can be heard cheering on PLNU sports teams at the soccer field and in Golden Gym. The Green Sea represents the student body present at PLNU home games, coming to games to show support and camaraderie for the student athletes at PLNU. However, in recent years the Green Sea has been criticized and seen as non-existent. “You don’t get as excited to play at home as you wish you did,” said Trevor Peterson, sophomore basketball player. “Our fans are below average compared to the rest of the league.” According to Peterson this creates an environment that is unwelcoming

to the players and creates a lack of enjoyment when playing at home. The one game that brings out a full crowd is homecoming. This is a week-long event that leads up to the basketball game on Saturday night. Sam Okhotin, sophomore, is starting his second year on the basketball team for PLNU. “A full crowd energizes the whole team and creates a six on five mentality,” Okhotin said. Okhotin also added that a large crowd acts as intimidation towards the other team, which gives the feel of home court advantage. A.J Borland, Coordinator of School Spirit, creates events based around school spirit, attends all sporting events and brings as much school

spirit as possible to the school. Borland is the leader of the entire Green Sea and the Green Sea Hooligans. The Hooligans are a group of five to six students that gave full commitment to the Green Sea. They attend each game and use their blusterous voices to cheer on our student athletes. “We are at each game to show effort and care for the student athletes, but five student attendees besides [himself] and the Hooligans, just is not going to cut it,” Borland said. “Our three fall sports teams are doing really well this year, which has made attendance go up,” said Borland. He added that the success of the PLNU athletics in bringing in crowds that are noticeable. “We really want to be behind our

athletes and build a rapport with the sport teams,” Borland said. The teams know when fans are at games making it important for the student body to come to games according to Borland. “It is a bummer when the players know there isn’t a crowd as we should be there supporting them.” Said Borland But showing up to games isn’t the only way for students to show school spirit, according to Borland. The Green Sea Hooligans are trying to promote school spirit outside of the sport events themselves by asking students to wear school colors every friday in support of weekend athletic events. Green and Gold Friday, that is the event’s chosen moniker, is set to do just that. “We thought that having an opportu-

nity to wear school colors on Friday would be a cool way to show that,” said Borland. “We have these athletes that are working really hard and frankly a lot of them don’t get the support they deserve.” Borland is also in charge of planning events surrounded by sport games in a hope to bring a larger crowd. These events will include a t-shirt give away at future volleyball game and a white-out basketball game. “Events help bring large crowds to games,” said Borland Borland says that there are other things to plan on any given evening, but the support of our student athletes relies on the Green Sea. “Join us and the fellow Hooligans at the next home game to show our support of PLNU athletics,” Borland said.

JAKE’S TAKE: King James reigns supreme in NBA


LeBron James is by far the best basketball player in the world. He’s won the past two NBA titles with the Miami Heat and four of the last five MVP awards. Last season he averaged 26.8 points per game (fourth in the NBA) on 56.5 percent shooting (fifth) as well as 7.3 assists (10th) and eight rebounds per game (21st). The man is in another universe compared to the rest of the league. If you love basketball, then you love LeBron James — whether you realize it or not. Many NBA fans admire him for his undeniable greatness on the court. In fact, an ESPN Sports poll this summer found that LeBron is the NBA’s most popular player (the 10-year veteran took 12.9 percent of the vote). Of course you might hate LeBron,

which is just another way of saying you love rooting against him. It’s no secret that a lot of fans still loathe James for his Decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with fellow stars, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. But if you think about it, James as the villain on the league’s most reviled team is absolutely great for the NBA and for sports in general. Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank panelist Mark Cuban, whose Mavericks took down the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals the first year after LeBron “took his talents to South Beach,” seems to think so. “That’s always good for the NBA when you have a team that everybody looks forward to beating,” Cuban said Friday in an interview with NBA. com’s Jeff Caplan. Right now LeBron’s career is on such a high trajectory that even his most adamant detractors can’t logically deny that he’ll go down as one of the greatest ever to play the game. Four MVP awards? Only Bill Russell (five), Wilt Chamberlain (four), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six) and Michael Jordan (four) can say that — not Larry Bird (three), not Magic Johnson (three) and definitely not Kobe Bryant (just one). Four in five years? Only Russell shares that distinction with James. On Jan. 16, James became the youngest player to reach 20,000 career

points at 28 years 17 days, breaking Bryant’s previous record by more than one year. However, scoring is clearly not his only specialty. James’s 36 triple doubles are already seventh all-time. He’s averaged 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists for his career — Oscar Robertson-like numbers — while also doubling as arguably the best wing defender in the league. On any given night, James is capable of almost completely shutting down any other player in the league. He’s been voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team each of the past five seasons, which makes sense considering he has spent time successfully guarding all five positions on the court. The fact of the matter is there’s never been anyone who has played basketball as effectively as LeBron James. He is the hoops ideal: 6 foot 8 inches and 250 pounds with an outof-this-solar-system vertical leap and smoldering quickness — at Akron, Ohio’s St. Vincent-St. Mary high school he was a two-time all-state wide receiver recruited by Notre Dame and Ohio State before a broken wrist his senior year ended his football career. Yet none of this stops his critics from trying to poke holes in his game. He defers to teammates too much, he took the easy path to a title, he shrinks in the clutch — it’s always the same things. In fact, ESPN anonymously sur-

veyed 26 current NBA players, and not one of them said they’d want James to take the final shot with the game on the line — 88 percent chose Jordan while 12 percent picked Bryant. Although, that’s really more of a tribute to the other two than a shot a James’ crunch-time chops. After the survey, ESPN Stats & Information found that, for game-tying or go-ahead field goals in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime of postseason games, James has actually shot a much higher percentage (41.2, 7-17) for his career than Bryant (25 percent, 7-28), though Jordan easily takes the cake at 50 percent (9-18). There have been times in the past when James has failed drastically in big moments. He wilted in the 2011 Finals against Dallas and felt apart in Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics the year before. But anyone who doubts James’s clutch pedigree needs to look no further than the last two games of the NBA Finals this season. Note: this is going to be an extremely painful paragraph for me. Down three games to two against the San Antonio Spurs — this columnist’s favorite team in the world — James threw down a triple double (32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) in Game Six, and dominated Game Sev-

en with 37 points and 12 boards. Everyone remembers Ray Allen’s stunning 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime, but what about LeBron’s 3-pointer that brought the game back in reach? King James had 14 points in the fourth quarter that game. The man simply cannot be stopped. He’s not competing with Kevin Durant or Derrick Rose or the San Antonio Spurs; he’s going up against the all-time greats. Granted, James has a long way to go before he could even start to lay claim to being the G.O.A.T. He’s only got two rings, even though he probably would’ve won more if he had had anything resembling a competent front office and roster surrounding him in Cleveland. Still, the man is only 28 years old. He has plenty of time to rake in the accolades. Michael Jordan will remain the nearly unanimous choice for “greatest of all time” until further notice. But LeBron James finds himself in the unique place of having the chance to one day unseat His Airness. Instead of constantly trying to pick apart his résumé, let’s all just sit back and appreciate that we are able to watch greatness unfold in front of us every day.

monday, october 21, 2013 | the point weekly


Ten Bosch recognized by PacWest

PHOTO COURTESY OF PLNU SPORTS INFORMATION Sophomore forward Daniel ten Bosch has been selected the Pacific West Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week twice this season. BY AMY WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

Sophomore Daniel ten Bosch was selected as the PacWest Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the second time this year. He is an engineering physics

major from Irvine, Calif. and has been playing soccer for 13 years. He was recruited by former coach Tim Hall, which was one of the reasons he chose PLNU out of the other offers he had. The “Player of the Week” title is given to someone out of the 14 schools in

PacWest’s conference who “does something out of the ordinary in the games that they play,” according to ten Bosch. He also received this award in September. The Point Weekly talked to ten Bosch about soccer, his busy schedule, and his second time being named

Player of the Week.

of the team’s work as a whole.

Point Weekly: How did you first get into soccer? Daniel ten Bosch: My family is a complete soccer family. My dad played soccer, my mom, both my sisters. Not my brother, he’s the odd one out. He’s a decathlete. Basically I just grew up with it being our family sport so I was...not forced, but it was the culture of our family.

PW: Why did you choose Point Loma? DtB: Well the coach’s name was Tim Hall that recruited me and I really loved him but then I got a call from him saying that he was not going to be the coach anymore so I had to seriously re-evaluate my choice. They didn’t tell us who the new head coach was going to be and then after I found out, I said I was just going to push through it. He’s (Phil Wolf) the best coach I’ve ever had in my entire life. This is just the right school for me anyway. I wasn’t going to go to a huge public school because I don’t feel like I belong there.

PW: What else do you like to do for fun? Or can you do for fun? DtB: That’s such a hard question because I honestly go from soccer at 6:30 in the morning to class. From class I go to the library, to the caf, back to the library. Whenever I have class, I’ll go to class but I basically stay in the library until 1:30 in the morning, then go to sleep, wake up and do it all over again, pretty much every day. I do nothing. I have no social life at this point. PW: How does it feel getting it for the second time? DtB: It feels pretty good but ultimately with team success comes individual success so I feel like it’s more for the team and not just for me. All of my individual assists and goals are results

PW: How has the season been so far for you personally and for the team? DtB: If you compare it to last year, it’s a whole new world. This year the coach did a good job by bringing in, I think 14 new players and they’re all fantastic players. PW: Do you have anything else that you think people should know about you? DtB: I live a pretty bland life here but I love what I do. I love engineering and I love my work schedule.

Golfers head to NCCAA Nationals in Florida

PHOTO COURTESY OF PLNU SPORTS INFORMATION From left: Annika Nousiainen, Mariah Fuller, Macy Douglas, Andrea Mersino, Kathleen Crossley and Alyssa Orito are pictured here at the Birdies for Breast Cancer Tournament hosted by UC Riverside on Oct. 10. The Sea Lions finished seventh in the team competition and head to Florida for NCCAA Nationals this week.

so that’s good.” And she isn’t alone in thinking so. In both completed fall tournaments and the team practices this year, the players have been been getting good scores across the board, boding well for their chances of winning, said Andrea Mersino, junior player. “We have a good team,” said junior Annika Nousiainen. “If we all play to our strengths, and we all play well, we can totally win it. We just need to know that we can win it.” Team play, however, is only one aspect of collegiate golf. Because of the individual nature of the sport, not only do the players compete as a team, each player also competes for an individual placement as well. And the team has players that

are definitely capable of winning in the individual game, said McSorley. “Our starting roster is closer bunched than anyone else’s,” said McSorley. “If you go to any of the other top schools, their number one and two players are very separated from their number four and five. Ours are closer together. If any one of them plays their best golf, they could win.” But the individual game is not the only aspect for which PLNU has a competitive edge. “It’s a solo game, but at the same time all of our scores count for the team,” said Mersino. “There is the team competition where the team with the lowest score wins and I feel like we can do pretty well.”

Women’s Volleyball

Men’s Soccer

Women’s Soccer

• 10/17: Win 3-0 vs. Chaminade • 10/18: Loss 1-3 vs. BYU-Hawaii • 10/19: Win 1-3 vs. Hawaii Hilo

•10/14: Win 2-0 vs. Holy Names • 10/19: Loss 0-4 vs. California Baptist

•10/14: Win 2-0 vs. Holy Names • 10/19: Loss 0-3 vs. California Baptist


PLNU’s Women’s golf begins the year with big competition – NCCAA Nationals. Having only competed in only two tournaments so far this year, they are off to a big start. Beginning Monday, the team will begin competing for the championship in Florida against the other teams in the conference. The competition will be tough, but the team is still confident they can hold their own. “We have a chance of winning the tournament,” said Jacqui McSorley, head coach. “There are some really good teams playing this year, but we are ranked in the top half of the field,


But with the actual season not beginning until the spring semester, the two completed tournaments and the NCCAA championship fall into a small pre-season window. And being an NCAA division II team, they are subject to that league’s rules and cannot practice as a team in the off season, said Mersino. While McSorley said the NCCAA Nationals will be a great way to end the fall season, the team practices will not occur again until just before the spring season begins in February. Individual practice will, however, continue. But until the championship has concluded, the team is focused only on the three-day competition beginning Monday. And even that might be

further ahead than they are looking. “It’s a delicate balance,” Said McSorley. “You want to focus on winning, but you can’t just focus on winning. You have to focus on one shot at a time.” But McSorley is looking at not only how the team can play their best at NCCAA Nationals, but also how they can play well in the context of their entire season. “I just want the girls to use this as a spring-board into our spring season,” said McSorley. “I think any one of them, individually, can play really well; now we just need all of them to play some of their best golf.”

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In Defense of Miley: Third-wave Feminism and The Importance of Body Reclamation BY IAN CRANE SENIOR CONTRIBUTOR

After reading staff writer Julianne Vallera’s article “Miley Cyrus sets bad example,” I thought I should launch into a socio-historical analysis of feminist thought and discuss the ways that society has placed women’s bodies under an almost-non-metaphorical lock and key. Then, I thought that I should launch into a very delicate analysis of the language of oppression in Vallera’s article, highlighting the problems associated with “slut-shaming” and assuming one is addressing a homogenous audience (which, hint: one never is). But mostly, I just felt like I should grab my closest latex underwear, crop top and foam finger and go to town. You see, the problem with Miley Cyrus’s new image is that it’s bold. And we’re not used to or comfortable with women being bold. Third-wave feminism is a pretty new thing. First-wave feminism, which happened in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was the earliest feminist movement and faced some pretty obvious opponents. First-wave

feminism focused on de jure, or legal inequalities. It primarily focused on gaining voting and property rights. Looking back, it is more than apparent that there were great inequalities during this time. Then, second-wave feminism happened from, roughly, the early 1960s until the 1980s. It started in the United States and had much broader aims than its first-wave counterpart. The goal of second-wave feminism was to establish social equality. It focused on issues like sexuality, family, the workplace and the role that women play in all of these arenas. It also focused on reproductive rights and sexual assault issues. Now, we find ourselves in thirdwave feminism, a specific brand of feminism that is hard for a lot of people to stomach--probably because third-wave feminism attempts to truly make women equal. Third-wave feminism began in the late 1980s and early 1990s and has continued into the present. One of the main aims of third-wave feminism is to push back against essentialist ideals of femininity and what it means to be a woman, embracing instead the varied and diverse category of woman, if such

category can even be said to exist. Post-structuralist thought, in general, attempts to look into language and examine how certain binaries--such as male/female, masculine/feminine, insane/sane--certain binaries that we assume to be real, natural and normal are actually created, regulated and maintained in order to privilege certain sides of these perceived natural binaries. A large aim of third-wave feminism is that of reclamation, taking back that which has been taken away for many years. I would like to, for a moment, suggest that maybe Miley Cyrus’ display of sexuality is working alongside these goals. That, maybe, the reason that we react negatively is because we are not used to such an upfront, powerful display of sexuality coming from a woman. Cyrus’ display of sexuality is not passive, is not merely allowing herself as a site of sexuality, being acted upon by her “masculine” counterpart. Her display of sexuality is, instead, bold, aggressive, strong. This is not a particularly “feminine” sexuality. I would like to suggest, for a mo-

ment, that maybe the problem with Miley Cyrus isn’t so much about Miley as it is about us. Admittedly, this article is entirely too short. I have not claimed to support Miley Cyrus’s cultural appropriation in many of her videos. Miley’s use of a culture that is not hers both exoticizes and trivializes a very large group of people. Miley’s use of people of different ethnic backgrounds as merely props in her “We Can’t Stop” video or her iconic VMAs performance is entirely inappropriate and should face strong criticism. Finally, the fact that Cyrus chose to sing “Blurred Lines,” a hit single which promotes, glorifies and perpetuates the harmful language of rape culture, with Robin Thicke during her iconic VMAs performance, is appalling. But let us criticize Miley for the right reasons, taking a careful, critically thought approach and never failing to dive deeper and deeper into the history of thought. In conclusion, to quote Jay-Z in his single “Somewhereinamerica,” “twerk, Miley, twerk.” And then twerk some more.

Beards: What they don’t tell you about growing one BY TAVIS ROBERTSON SENIOR CONTRIBUTOR

Responsibility is a fickle mistress. When a boy gets older, he starts noticing a few changes. His voice gets lower, his emotions more intense and he gets certain... urges. Compulsions he cannot control or understand, they take hold of him and we can only hope that he waits to satisfy them. The point is not to talk about the importance of waiting; that is self-evident. When a young man goes for it, it rarely works out

well,and never is the occasion met with the responsibility that bringing a new being into the world requires. I play the responsibility card because a young man never knows what he is getting into before hand. There are just some things they don’t tell you about growing a beard. You’d think it would be the itchiness. There are certain things they never told me before I grew a beard. I had to learn as I went and I don’t claim to have learned all, not by a long shot. But I have learned a few

things. Let’s break this down: 1. A beard truly has a life of its own. You can’t tame it and it just resents you when you try. 2. It has its own gravity field. Whether it is eggs, milk, salad dressing, small creatures – if it comes too close, it will find its way all up in the beard, settle in and, who knows, maybe even start a family. 3. It doesn’t clean up after itself. You’re going to have to learn to worry about the needs of more than your own, and that includes hygiene. We are talking the full treatment; you

have to shampoo it, condition it, and trim away stray hairs. It is a serious commitment. 4. The beard underground. I’m breaking the first two rules here, but this is serious — there is a secret beard society with its own rules and code of etiquette. The most important rule is if two beards cross paths, the smaller beard must always yield to the bigger beard. ALWAYS. 5. No ice cream. This is, by far, the worst thing they never tell you. You can’t have an ice cream cone without making a shower commitment to yourself. And yes, I said shower. A quick

sink rinse doesn’t work. Beard-growing is a sacred and time-honored tradition dating back to the dawn of the human race. Countless men have decorated their lip with a mustache, warded off the cold with muttonchops, or gone full lumberjack, a testament to the resilience of man. You don’t choose the beard life; the beard life chooses you. It chose me this summer and it has been a beautiful experience. Please, take the responsibility seriously, because you never know when it might choose you. Unless you’re a woman.


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Miley rocks. #hannahmontanafan


That awkward moment when a guy in the library is playing his music too loud, and it’s T-Swift. Unsure of whether to judge or applaud...

Girls in Klassen yelling about popcorn...I’m sure you’ll survive.

One day I’ll wake up and I won’t be tired. And at that point, I’ll be retired...

Is a “friendship break-up” a thing. I think it describes it better than “falling out.”

A trip to Cup Of Yo is always a treat when some awesome Loma ladies are workin’ #2thumbsup #kaseyandabby

Just paid $7 to see a movie! Everyone, go to the morning sessions! You’ll save a bunch!

A shout out to all government workers. So glad shutdown’s over!

Everyone’s talking about the caf, but the sushi night on Friday was awesome!

I still think it’s so weird to see boys coming out of Nease all the time. Things sure have changed around here.

I have only been to chapel three times this year.................................


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