March 11, 2011
A California Baptist University Campus Publication
An ex-rocker sold out for Christ
No more computers, meet with a person
BY LAURA STANDLEY STAFF WRITER
BY JON BEAM
BUSINESS EDITOR Last year, housing sign-ups were completely online. This year, the Office of Residence Life will give students a better system for selecting housing — in person. “The idea is to give students more freedom,” Carson Belmont, Housing Services Coordinator, said. “Technology is great but sometimes it limits students from a face-to-face interaction or questions.” Residence Life is basing their housing selection process on Disneyland’s FASTPASS system. A student will come to the office and sign their Housing Agreement. Then, they will receive a ticket that gives them a “complete group” date and an “incomplete group” date when they come back to choose their apartment. “Complete group” is for students who want to sign up for an apartment as a group. “Incomplete group” is for a student who is either choosing to live by themselves or does not have a full group of students prior to his or her appointed day. When students come in, they will be able to see maps of every living area and see where their desired apartment is located within its respective complex. “Online last year, there weren’t maps of any of the living areas. When you signed up in previous years, you had a list of the apartments. You didn’t know where they were in the actual complex. This way, we will have visual maps students can look at,” Belmont said. The Office of Residence Life also allows students with the earliest appointed dates to come in and sign up their groups along with them.
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STUDENTS GATHER FOR NATIONS CHAPEL
Students of California Baptist University came together March 9 for Nations Chapel. Reminded that the nations are not merely physical regions and boundaries, students were encouraged to make disciples, whether that was overseas or in the United States, for as long as they lived. Toward the end of the chapel service, United States Project team members gathered around their states’ flags in order for CBU students and faculty to surround them in a time of encouragement and prayer. After the teams were commissioned, two students Greg Smith and Jennilyn Fritch, were also prayed over as they have committed to long term overseas work. The chapel praise band concluded the time.
On March 6, 2011 at Crossroads Christian Church in Corona, No. 26 of Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of all time and ex-member of the heavy metal band Korn, Brian Welch, gave his testimony. Korn is a heavy metal band that released six CDs in total. Over $25 million dollars was earned in addition to sold-out arenas, tickets and fans. Korn was immensely popular in the early 90s. Fame, money, girls, and drugs was the lifestyle that each member of Korn knew very well. But on Feb. 22, 2005, Korn’s management announced that after almost 12 years of Welch’s extreme partying habits, drug and alcohol addiction, he would part ways with the band. “I let the Lord take me and its been the most exciting never boring life that I have ever lived,” Welch said. Welch told a story about a dream he had while on an airplane with the heavy metal band Metalica. He explained that this dream was a sign from God to quit using drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine. The airplane he was on suddenly caught on fire. He then floated away into heaven and felt immediate peace. At that moment, he knew he experienced a taste of heaven. Welch has a daughter who is now 12-years-old. Not only did she grow up seeing her father use drugs but also witnessed him beating his wife. Ever since he left his old life his relationships have been completed renewed. “My daughter made me want to be sober and drugs were taking over my life, it was either
the drugs or me becoming a better father to my daughter,” Welch said. Welch left millions of dollars behind, including fame, fake friendships and an empty soul that was numbed by drugs. Welch explained how the apostle Paul had to get away from everything to be close to Jesus. He related this story to himself because he had to leave his rock star life in order to pursue a life with Jesus. Welch said that ever since he has become a Christian, he realizes that there is a dark, spiritual realm that is so evident and clear. “Jesus wants to come into your life and transform you from the inside out and all the money, fame and music in the world can’t give you the high that Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior can,” Welch said.
Photo by Landon Lee
Bryan Welch spoke at Crossroads about his Christian Journey.
Dean of the College of Allied Health, Chuck Sands, promtes health education with three new majors. Page A2
Credit card numbers are one way a student’s identity can be stolen. Read other examples. Page A3
Read about the man who brought MLB scouts to campus. Page A7
Check out more stories online, along with a new poll about your plans for Spring Break.
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Parkside Apartments, the apartment complex adjacent to the Yeager Center parking lot, now belongs to CBU and will have a new name. It has 304 units that will be available to students. There are three different floor plans to choose from and there will be open house sessions for students who want to see what the interior of an apartment in any living area looks like. Lancer Arms will be designed to hold family and graduate students. The houses will be available for staff and faculty members only. Smith Hall, Simmons Hall and the Cottages will remain as freshmen living areas. University Place and Rose Garden Village will remain as they are. UP will house two to five residents per apartment. College View will house four residents. The Village will house two to four residents. Parkside will house two to four residents. Information sessions were held on March 8 and March 9 for students who wanted more information on the upcoming process. “Our goal is to make it fun where students are excited about living with their roommates next year. We want it to be an experience that isn’t dreaded,” Belmont said. Students may visit the Office of Residence Life to sign their Housing Agreements starting on March 9. The FASTPASS process will begin on April 4 and will end on April 15.
Chuck Sands explains his hopes for the new health program.
Photo by Cayla Ames
Healthy Expansion of Opportunity BY MARK GOMEZ SENIOR WRITER
The College of Allied Health ha been open since August 2010 and it is expanding by adding the new Department of Health Sciences for the upcoming fall semester. Led by Chuck Sands, the founding dean of the college of allied health, the department hopes to open this fall with three new areas of study. “It’s driven by two key factors,” Sands said. “One is related to the tremendous increase and growth for job opportunities for students
in this area of study. Also, health professions are a booming and growing field. We have already confirmed three new programs and we are building a fourth.” The confirmed three new majors that will be offered include Clinical Health Science, Health Education and Healthcare Administration. Each major focuses on a different area in the health care industry. Some of the majors need prerequisites before registration of the major. For the Clinical Health Science major, this principle is no exception. “Clinical Health Science is designed for students who have al-
Building connections for future employment BY DAYANA RAMIREZ STAFF WRITER
In an effort to help students grow and incorporate their careers into the Riverside community, there are programs that stress the importance of internships and provide students with a valuable career experience. Among these programs is the Riverside EDvantage citywide internship program which specifically focuses on bringing the Riverside community together by connecting students with local businesses and non-profit organizations which host interns. The program was initiated by the Higher Education Business Council, a coalition of our local university and college Presidents and Chancellors chaired by Mayor Ronald Loveridge. This was in an effort to keep students in Riverside and expand their knowledge of the available opportunities in the area. “When students make connec-
tions with local businesses and agencies, there’s a greater chance they’ll find work here and decide to make Riverside their home upon graduation,” Mayor Loveridge said. Through HEBC, leaders from California Baptist University, La Sierra University, University of California, Riverside, Riverside City College and local businesses come together to explore ways to promote Riverside as a community of colleges and universities. Too often, students leave the city of Riverside seeking opportunities elsewhere, not knowing of the opportunities that the City of Riverside has to offer. Deisy Ruiz, internship and volunteer coordinator at the Mayor’s office, was actively involved in establishing relationships between businesses, non-profit organizations and students to bridge the gap between business and education. Ruiz advises students to conduct research and start looking at compa-
nies they would like to work for while still continuing their education so that they may also participate in an internship with that organization. “Research the organization and be able to articulate how your skill sets will be and asset to them,” Ruiz said. While it is the focus of the EDvantage program to create more internship opportunities, it is the student’s job to build relationships with future employers through these internships. Many students fear that their internship experience will not give them the experience they need. The EDvantage program reminds the businesses and non-profit organizations that host the internships to provide students with the best experience while mentoring them. “Internships are not free labor,” Ruiz said. If there is ever a complaint it is brought to her attention for the issue to be addressed. “We want to make sure that the internship is a beneficial learning experience for both the student and
ready earned an associate’s degree in a clinical area if they have been a pharmacy assistant or medical assistant or something similar,” Sands said. The Health Education major focuses on current trends in the world of everyday health as well as earning a credential for teaching the subject. “Health Education is designed for individuals who are interested in a public health approach to medicine. In the field, it is a high credential to earn,” Sands said. In addition to learning about health, the Healthcare Administration degree gives detail about the economical ideas for today’s health world. The program provides the units for a Business minor. “Healthcare Administration combines solid business skills with an understanding of the health care business,” Sands said. Each program of the department requires students to participate in internships as well as gain research experience. Though the department is in the earliest stages, Sands is looking for faculty to fill in the positions of the department. “We are advertising and interviewing for a department chair and also for faculty for the department,” Sands said. Each of the majors in the department hope to expand the school in a positive way by providing programs that will give careers in developing industries to students even during economically difficult times. The department opens this fall and is being advertised to current and future students.
the hosting institution,” Ruiz said. Riverside is a city with a high education student population of more than $50,000. It is important that this community takes advantage of the knowledge capital being created. In an effort to do so, the four institutions that are a part of the EDvantage program informs students about career opportunities in the area through informational meetings, brochures and, more importantly, the career center. In addition to the many career planning resources offered by the various institutions, students in the City of Riverside are fortunate to have the EDvantage program as an additional resource. The future of Riverside’s expansion of highly educated individuals in the workforce depends on the experience that students have and the internships in which they participate. An internship may not guarantee future employment but it does guarantee experience, which can never be taken away.
NEWS BRIEFS BY TAYLOR ROGERS NEWS EDITOR
WOMEN’S DAY IN MARCH
March commemorates and pays tribute to the generations of women who have proved invaluable to society. Riverside is one of many cities in the United States taking part in celebrating these women by hosting “Gather the Women 2011.”The Gather event kicked off with a “Join Women on the Bridge” event on March 8, which spread news about the Gather the Women Conference on March 26. The “Gather the Women” is “A women’s conference celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day. The inspiring, empowering day will be filled with workshops on subjects such as creativity, activism, movement and sustainability, and will feature a women’s marketplace,” according to the City of Riverside website. It will take place in downtown Riverside and admission is $35 regular ticket price and $25 for students and seniors. For more information visit www. womencreatingpeace.org.
BANNER WINS IN HOLLYWOOD
Members of California Baptist University’s journalism program attended the 2011 Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention in Hollywood. The convention presents college journalism students all over the country with the opportunity to speak to industry professionals and peers in their field. Students viewed a screening of Robert Redford’s upcoming film, “The Conspirator,” due out in April. They were then given the chance to be part of a press conference, interviewing Robert Redford after the showing of the film. “The Banner,” won third place in the four-year, non-weekly newspaper category.
OPS ADDS NEW PROGRAM
Dirk Davis, Academic Dean of CBU Division of Online and Professional Studies in partnership with School of Education Dean, Mary Crist, announced the release of a new program starting this semester: The Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization Certificate. The ASDAA certificate coursework may be taken for professional development units, or may be taken for degree applicable credit. The ASDAA classes equip students with the knowledge of the learning and behavioral characteristics of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It teaches special skills to educate individuals with ASD. The format is online/hybrid with classes offered in an eight-week format.
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No one is immune to the destructive side effects of losing your identity.
Photo by Clint Heinze
KEEPING IDENTITY THEFT AT BAY BY MARK NORTON
Anyone can suffer from a mild to severe case of digital amnesia. This blackout occurs when an individual’s identity is stolen by cyber criminals who utilize it for their illegal purposes. According to the Federal Trade Commission, criminals can use your name, Social Security number or credit card number for fraudulent purposes. “Identity theft is when someone impersonates others’ identities and
uses their information,” Jacqueline Montejano, the Sales and Service Specialist at Bank of America in Riverside, said. The FTC states that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Therefore, it is likely that yourself, a friend or family member has been a victim of identity theft. A person’s identity is important. When a thief steals your information, it can be difficult to regain composure from such a devastating hit. There is no definite way of avoiding this type of
fraud but here are a few guidelines to keep all of your personal information protected. Before your identity is stolen In order to discourage criminals, the FTC advises that you protect your Social Security number. Store your Social Security card in a safe place, shred documents such as bank statements and do not give out personal information like your credit card number over the phone or through e-mails. “Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet,” Montejano said. This gives criminals an easy opportunity to view information you did not know could be accessed, like the establishment you bank at, your address, your current balance, information about family members and past homes you have resided at, just to name a few. Maintaining acceptable credit is essential for acquiring loans, houses, cars and other items required for success. The best way to maintain a consistent credit score is to look at your credit card and bank statements every month to see if you made all of the purchases listed. Check your credit report each year, taking special note that the numbers match up. If not, it will be obvious that your identity has been stolen. After identity has been stolen
“The first step that must be taken after your I.D. is stolen is to report it to one of the three credit agencies and let your bank know,” Montejano said. The second step is to call your credit card company and close the account or have an initial or extended fraud alert placed on your account. The latter requires documentation and approval from the FTC before you can submit a request for an extended fraud alert. The third step is to file a complaint with the FTC. In order to file a complaint, go onto the FTC’s website and use their secure complain form. The complaint assistant will walk you through the process. The fourth is to file a police report so the local community knows what is happening. How do thieves steal your I.D.? Criminals trying to find personal information can do so in multiple ways, such as going through trash, using special devises known as skimmers that collect card numbers from store transactions, sending e-mails that ask for the numbers or stealing a wallet or purse. Far worse than the emotional toll is the possibility of not being able to receive a personal college loan, which could drastically change a student’s life. “Some consumers victimized
by identity theft may lose out on job opportunities or be denied loans for education, housing or cars because of negative information on their credit reports,” the FTC said. Identity theft does not seem like a major threat to a person until it happens to them. How to avoid identity theft - Keep Social Security number in a safe place, not in a wallet or purse. - Do not give out personal information on the phone or through e-mail. - Shred personal documents like bank statements. - Check your accounts regularly - Go over all of your charges on credit card statements. - Check your credit score at least once a year. How to react without panicking - Call one of the three major credit companies (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian). - Close your account and apply for a new credit card. - File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. - File a police report. Ask the Professional - Should I have a fraud alert placed on my account? - Should I have a freeze placed on my account?
Lease a car: wolves in sheep’s clothing What you thought you knew might ruin your finances BY SHAYNA MORENO STAFF WRITER
The car you have always wanted can finally be yours. With zero down and low monthly rates, could it not have gotten any better? Leasing a car seems ideal to a large number of students. With appealing deals such as no money down, low or free maintenance and a new car more often, what is there not to love? A lot, actually. Behind the smoke screen the once exciting deal is no more than a fee-filled frenzy. Once you are in the leasing habit, monthly payments go on forever. You also have a limited number of miles in your lease contract, which is typically 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year. If you drive over the allotted amount you will have to pay an excess mileage penalty of 10 to 25 cents for every additional mile. The leased vehicle must be in decent condition or more charges will come. To get out of a lease is worse than paying taxes. ConsumerReports.com said that people who lease may be stuck with thousands of dollars in early
termination fees and penalties, which are all due at once. Why would people want to lease, having known everything that comes with it? “People want a nicer car than they can afford,” Aaron Christopher, assistant professor of business, said. “BMW leases more cars than they sell.” Why not save money and get the car you want without a catch? It is easier than you may think. First, if you do not currently have a car payment, Christopher advises that you make a car fund account in which you put all of the money you would have been paying toward a loan. It is paying yourself rather than a loan company who takes not only the monthly payment but interest as well. For instance, by putting your monthly car funds into a savings account for a typical financed term such as 44 months and with a payment around $300, in the end you will have saved approximately $13,200. Given, it is not Land Rover money but it will buy you a decent used car in cash, which leaves no monthly payment or interest. If you are already stuck in a
car payment cycle, there is still hope. Christopher suggests that you decide the maximum car payment you can afford to pay and put the rest into a savings account. By the time you pay off your car, the money in the account will have gained some interest. By driving around in the car you already own for two or three more years after it is paid off, you will have enough money to buy another car in cash. Save up again for a few more years after you drive around your current car and you will have accumulated even more money than before. By the time you are older, your dream car could be sitting in your driveway, interest free. Now, this only works if you stick to the main plan. Yes, things happen and you may not be able to make a savings payment every month. Remember: good things come to those who wait. By not buying the desired car now while you are in school, paired with school loans, you will at least have a car that you paid for in cash smiling back at you when you enter the real world.
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1 - CBU Students and faculty had the opportunity to donate their blood for a fundraiser benefiting the ISP Russia orphans teams.
Photo Editor 2 - Two carts are better than one: a Public Safety Officer escorts a fugitive shopping cart off campus.
Photo Editor 3 - Students prepare for the 2011-2012 school year by lining up to sign their housing agreements.
Mike Sampson Photo Editor
4 - Supporters of Intramural basketball get creative.
Student Adviser 5 - March is traditionally a month of rain but CBU has been blessed with sunny skies and spring flowers.
Sarah Jane O’Keefe
Staff Photographer 6 - Banner photographers honed their skills at the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Forth Worth, Texas.
Assistant Photo Editor
EDITORIAL THE BANNER 10-11 Editor-In-Chief Monica Martinez Managing Editor/Design Editor Rachel Weinstein Assistant Designer Krista Goodman Assistant Designer Megan Paulos Photo Editor Mike Sampson Assistant Photo Editor Chris Hardy Copy Editors Kristin De La Cruz, Taylor Winchell, Jon Beam News Editor Taylor Rogers Business Editor Jon Beam Assistant Sports Editor Neil Morgan Features Editors Kristi Howell, Sharayah Le Leux Assistant Health Editor Bianca Johnson Assistant Culture Editor AJ Lacuesta Web Team Sharayah Le Leux, Brianna Nelson Web Master/Student Adviser Kenton Jacobsen Adviser Mary Ann Pearson Co-adviser Sandra Romo Staff Writers: Mark Gomez, Brennan Cackett, Kayla Greenwade, Riley Hagel, Nic Jessen, Alison Moore, Brianna Nelson, Sarah O’Keefe, Pilar Orellana, William Palmer, Dayana Ramirez, Meagan Nutt, Cassandra Wyatt, Josh Thompson, Caleb Smith, Mark Norton, Laura Standley, Nic Jessen, Adam Knechtel, Shayna Moreno, Megan Paulos, Jamal Togia, Brenna Young, Jessica Culbertson, Jennifer Hatcher, Jenny Miner, J.J. Steele Staff Photographers: Cayla Ames, Clint Heinze, Bryan Jarboe, Aaron Kim, Aaron Jones, Bonnie Koenn, Zachary Mullings,Lisette Nichols, Meagan Nutt,
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I’m in college, it is time to date BY JJ STEELE
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT Dating is the ultimate game of timing and a huge part of the college experience. From the moment I stepped onto the California Baptist University campus, I knew that girls would play a major role in my experience for the next four years. This thought process was escalated when I found out the ratio of girls to guys. As a single guy who is in college, it is hard to swallow the idea of not dating, especially going to a school filled with beautiful girls like CBU. Joshua Harris, senior pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md. has an interesting take on dating. As a 21-year-old, he wrote a bestselling book called “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” in which he explained how modern culture turned dating into something that is
not God honoring. One of his other books, “Boy Meets Girl,” promotes a solution to the problem: courting. “Courtship is a relationship between a man and a woman who are actively and intentionally together to consider marriage,” Harris wrote. With marriage being the ultimate goal, people can enter into relationships on the same page, without having to doubt a person’s intentions. Describing courtship as “doing a relationship on purpose,” Harris wants single people to understand that courting simplifies some of the difficult issues that dating presents. “It takes patience to wait to start a relationship until you’re truly ready to court with purpose,” Harris said. “Then after you’ve started a purposeful relationship, you’ll need patience to make sure it unfolds at a healthy pace.” Harris uses the example of when he began courting his wife Shannon.
“My courtship with Shannon was unambiguous,” Harris said. “From the start, our pursuit of intimacy was paired with an openness to commitment. The difference was that now our activities and the time we spent together had a purpose beyond mere recreation, and that purpose was clearly defined.” After visiting Harris’ church in Maryland, I purchased the book “Boy Meets Girl” with a specific question that I wanted answered. How do I find the right girl to marry? Before I can even look at that issue, the book suggests that I ask myself some questions. “What would you say your greatest motive is for starting a relationship? Is it the confidence that
Page A6 you’re ready for marriage and that God has brought someone godly into your life? Or is it impatience?” I have found that in most cases it is impatience. The desire to make things happen on our own timing can short-change what God has planned for us. It’s hard to be a guy in college surrounded by girls and not have a girlfriend but it is important to remember that God has already picked out that person. She will be there when the time is right. The important thing is to remain focused on God. The desires of your heart should coincide with the Lord’s will. Do not let the desire to get married distract you from what God wants for you at this time in your life.
The views expressed in the Editorial section of The Banner do not necessarily represent the views of this publication or California Baptist University. Readers can send letters to the editor or contributions for consideration to: BannerMail@calbaptist.edu or Campus Box 1121
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For the love of the game
Taylor Siemens returns after all-GSAC honors BY LAURA STANDLEY STAFF WRITER
Newly crowned Golden State Athletic Conference champion women’s basketball team.
Photo by Mike Sampson
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS BY KAYLA GREENWADE STAFF WRITER
The 2010-2011 season has been a long journey for the California Baptist University Women’s Basketball team as they progressed from a losing record last season to winning the Golden State Athletic Conference. On Feb. 26 the lady Lancers took on Fresno Pacific University, and came away with a 93-56 win in their final game of the regular season. This win pushed their overall season record to 247, a huge turnaround from last season’s 12-18 mark. The player worked hard, on the court and off. They played at a consistent high level throughout their journey towards the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics tournament. One of the aspects which has contributed most to their successful season is the tight relationships that formed between the team members. S.J. Simmons joined the team
later in the season but worked to keep a positive attitude and found a way to connect with the rest of her teammates. “At the beginning it seemed like it was going be a long road, but later when everyone started to connect with each other, we found a way to work well together,” Simmons said. According to Simmons, her personal goal for this season was to become a good all-around point guard and demonstrate a high level of sportsmanship. Simmons also mentioned team goals such as maintaining a high field goal percentage, averaging fifteen more rebounds than their opponents each game and keeping turnovers to a minimum. The game on Feb. 26 was also senior night. Senior forward Dana Olsen had an impressive game putting up 20 points for the eighth time this season, a mark she would hit again on March 5 during the Lancers 76-58 victory over Concordia in the GSAC tournament semifinals.
This win secured CBU a spot in the GSAC tournament final for the first time in school history. Olsen has had a stellar senior season averaging 18 points and seven rebounds a game. She was also named conference player of the week in the beginning of January. She is the first CBU women’s basketball player to accomplish that since 2007. “This season the team has become very close and progressed strongly,” Olsen said. Olsen’s hopes mirror the rest of her teammates, she hopes that the team can bring a title back to CBU. On March 7 they made CBU history as they won the first GSAC championship in the history of the program. They defeated Azusa Pacific 79-76, behind Brenna Hahn’s 22 points, to earn a number two seed in the NAIA national tournament. Tournament play begins March 16 and ends with the National Championship final on March 22.
Coach stresses discipline to prepare players BY LAURA STANDLEY STAFF WRITER
The California Baptist University wrestling team is coached by John Petty who was a coach at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Petty began coaching at CBU in 2009 when he lead the wrestling team to a 14th place finish at the 2009 NAIA National Championships and had three wrestlers place in the top eight. In addition to the 14th place finish that season, the Lancers were ranked number 9 in the NAIA top 20 poll.
Petty graduated from Fresno State University in 1991 and earned his bachelors degree in business administration. Later on he earned his masters degree in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University in 2006. To Petty, wrestling is a training field in which his athletes are learning things that will help them later on down the road, even after they graduate from college. “Many of the players are living in the fear of knowing that once they leave college they are going to be held responsible for their futures and it is
important to establish good habits now,” Petty said. Discipline is a key factor in wrestling and Petty teaches his men how to be both disciplined and leaders. “My favorite thing about coach is that he is a good Christian and backs up his beliefs with actions both during practice and outside of practice and he is a great person to look up to,” wrestler Caleb Gerl said. Being a well rounded coach that is disciplined, has a relationship with God and someone that players can look up to, is key to being a good coach at CBU and
The California Baptist University baseball team is off to a good start, with an exciting 19-2 record for the 2011 season. Taylor Siemens, a senior accounting major, is the starting pitcher for the Lancers and has been on the team since his freshman year in 2008. Siemens attended La Mirada High School, where he played three varsity seasons of baseball and basketball. When beginning his career at CBU, he was forced to redshirt due to a previous surgery. In 2009, he made an incredible turn around and made 13 appearances, starting in 12 games as a redshirt freshman. In 2010, his second season at CBU, Siemens was named All GSAC First Team. He went 11-1 with a 2.62 ERA. He was also ranked No. 4 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics innings pitched (113.1) and No. 15 in wins (11). He ended the season with two consecutive complete game wins in the first round of the NAIA World Series. “My goal for the 2011 season,
individually, is to pitch the best of my ability and, as a team, it is to win in the College World Series,” Siemens said. Siemens continuously strives to be at his best to help the team and to pitch as well as he can so that he is able to motivate the team and help his defense. Competitive edge is huge in the game of baseball and it’s something that he loves the most. “Competition is something that really makes the game enjoyable because it’s exciting to see how I match up to the other players that I am up against in order to see how I am doing individually,” Siemens said. Working to improve their craft is another thing that each athlete must look at in order to better themselves and to keep up with competition. One thing he hopes to improve this season is his individual repertoire of off-speed pitches but mostly he is concerned with being mentally focused at all times so that he can put forth 100 percent effort in every game and practice. Siemen’s loves the game of baseball and is determined to finish his senior season at CBU on a good note. His hopes to reach the College World Series will be in good shape if he and the team continue their hard work and diligent training.
Taylor Siemens throws heat at opposing batters this season.
Petty is doing a great job exceeding those criteria. “Wrestling is more of a ministry because I get to help these young men grow spiritually when they are being put under attack,” Petty said. Petty said that the wrestler’s journey to becoming a good athlete and a good man is what brings him joy when coaches his players. Character is something that Petty holds in high esteem and tries to instill in these young men because it will make them not only better athletes but better students, husbands and future employees. “He is a tough, great coach but most importantly he is an ‘iron sharpens iron’ kind of coach,” Gerl said.
Photo by Mike Sampson
Petty strives to see his players perform to the best of their ability and reach their full potential. Wrestling is a disciplined sport in which players train twice a day and must make weight each day. The training is so intense and the wrestlers put so much effort into training for a seven minute match that there is not enough time to make mistakes in this sport. “You’ll find out what you are all about in a sport,” Petty said. Wrestling prepares his players most importantly for life because they are taught good habits in which he hopes they take outside of college, athletically, academically and spiritually.
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DON’T STRIKE OUT WITH STUDIES BY ADAM KNECHTEL STAFF WRITER
Remaining completely focused and devoted to a rigorous college academic schedule is difficult for students who face distractions. A time-consuming athletic schedule complicates the schedule even more. It takes a special breed of student to balance the demanding work load. Student athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units, and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher in order to remain eligible for athletic competition. On average, a full-time college student will spend at least 12 hours a week in the classroom, and many hours outside of class sessions working on homework, research, studying and attending a variety of other educational activities. Student athletes typically face the same academic requirements as other students but for each hour they spend focusing on academics, they typically spend another hour on athletics. The issue facing most athletes is finding how to manage the balance of a demanding academic schedule and a relentless athletic agenda. Aaron McCalmont, a redshirt his freshman season, now a starter on the men’s volleyball team, worked out a system that has allowed an even balance of his schedule, improved his study habits
and boosted his GPA. McCalmont lettered in four sports during his high school career. A varsity participant in track and field, soccer, baseball and volleyball, McCalmont balanced four varsity sports and maintained an eligible GPA all at the same time. Taking the experience of multitasking that he learned in high school, McCalmont eventually made his way to California Baptist University where he now is a full-time kinesiology major, enrolled in 15 units and a full-time athlete playing men’s volleyball year-round. McCalmont said that although he did sustain eligibility during high school, his study habits and motivations did not firmly establish themselves in his life until he arrived at CBU. Now he does whatever it takes to ensure a successful academic performance as well as a productive athletic career. During season, McCalmont and his team spend upwards of 20 hours a week devoted to volleyball. Between practices, morning workouts, team meetings, traveling and games, they sometimes spend over five hours a day focused on athletics. With that much time and dedication put into one aspect of his college career, McCalmont expressed the need to find new ways to take care of his studies so that his academic performance would not diminish as a result of his athletic com-
mitment. He sacrifices the early mornings for class so that he has a large chunk of time in the mid-afternoon for studies, sometimes he stays up late at night to finish his homework. He is strategic with travel time and he reads and studies instead of listening to music or watching movies. These are just a few ways McCalmont keeps academics and sports balanced. He said that dividing the work up throughout the week and taking it a portion at a time is extremely beneficial. That way, when Thursday night rolls around he is not overwhelmed with a volleyball game as well as four hours of studying to endure. Ashley Richardson, a freshman on the women’s soccer team, said she finds herself doing homework and studying throughout the day, and as a result her evenings are open for soccer practice and her social agenda. “It is definitely harder in college to balance sports and studies,” McCalmont said. “But once you find a routine that works for you it’s completely worth the dedication.” McCalmont and Richardson are just two examples of the many student athletes on our campus that successfully balance their academics and athletics, proof that while it is quite a challenge, it most certainly can be acPhoto by Nichelle Truelove complished. Striking an even balance between athletics and academics proves to be a challenge.
The greatest game ever played Golf offers a sweet escape for CBU’s golf team BY BRENNAN CACKETT STAFF WRITER
The golf team has a successful end of the season in their “focus.”
Photo by Sarah Jane O’Keefe
The California Baptist University golf team is a unique group led by head coach Lane Pace and assistant coach Joe Prince. There are 23 team members on both the men’s and women’s teams. Golf is an old game that originated in Scotland around 1457; it is a popular game that is played worldwide. Golf itself is more than just a game, it is about personally overcoming obstacles in order to achieve a goal. “I love playing golf because you can never beat the game because there is always something to work on. Every time I go out and play I want to perform at my best. I believe that there is no other sport that tests you as much mentally as golf does. It demands your attention and one-hundred percent focus every time,
all shots, at all 4-5 hour rounds,” golfer Fredrik Hansson said. Golf is more than a sport because it has also been used to describe a person’s life, such as in the book “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, by Steven Pressfield. In this book, how one plays the game is a model of how one lives; a golfer’s life outside the game. “Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing, something we were born with, that’s ours and ours alone, that can’t be taught to you or learned, that’s got to be remembered,” Pressfield said. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but golf is revered as a game of strategy, adaptation and fluidity. CBU’s golf teams appreciate the competitive athletic side of the sport and they have proven to be very successful at the game. Despite a few setbacks at
the California State University, Bakersfield Invitational, the teams remained focused. Focus is huge to the coaches and the players. They understand the importance of the next few invitationals, as they attempt to qualify for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournaments in late May. “I want to help the team to perform at its best. I really like our team and I believe that we can do really well. Every time I go out and play for CBU, I play my hardest for us and it feels great to be a part of such a nice team. If I qualify for nationals, which I hope I will, I’m looking forward to playing my best and helping our team to success,” Hansson said. The team’s next event will be a men’s and women’s competition hosted by CBU, March 21-22.
INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Vicente Andrade- 200 Back Jamie Flynn- 3-meter Dive Mary Hanson- 100 Back Sergio Molina- 200 Breast, 100 Breast Trevor Graifman- 3 meter Dive, 1 meter Dive Norra Stroh- 200 yard IM Kevin Sellars- 400 yard IM
The Women’s swim and dive team won the NAIA National Championship on March 5. The Men’s team finished 2nd behind Fresno Pacific University.
Sat. March 12- Baseball vs. Azusa Pacific Univ. @ 11 a.m. Sat. March 12- Softball vs. Dickinson State Univ. @ 12:30 p.m. Sat. March 12- Softball vs. University of British Columbia @ 3 p.m. Sat. March 12- Men’s Volleyball vs. Cardinal Stritch Univ. @ 7 p.m. Thur. March 17- Women’s Water Polo vs. University of Indiana @ 1 p.m.