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A California Baptist University Campus Publication

Volume 58 · Issue 6

‘Man of la mancha’ inspires audience to reach for stars BY ALISON MOORE STAFF WRITER

“Man of La Mancha,” California Baptist University’s fall musical production of the year, is the gripping story of a man willing to “dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe” all for the sake of courage, chivalry and compassion. From the moment audience members entered the theater and took their seats, the curtain was drawn and actors and actresses were in their places; it was as if the show had already begun. A silent and dismal scene was created as dirty and depraved looking characters sulked in the shadows. The play is set in Spain in the late 16th century and the entire story is told from the common room of a stone prison vault, while the scenes happen in various places in the imagination of Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes ( Jon Meader) is

an author who works as a tax collector by day in order to pay his bills. He is arrested and placed in prison along with Sancho (AJ Paulin), his servant, for placing a foreclosure on a church that failed to pay its taxes. There, they await The Inquisition. The opening scene is almost frightening as the prisoners swarm Cervantes and Sancho. They ransack Cervantes and Sancho’s personal items and, finding no value in a pile of papers, go to throw Cervantes’s manuscript in the fire. Cervantes begs to plead his case and, when granted permission by the “Governor” (Danny Lybeck), he begins to tell the story of Don Quixote, the man of La Mancha. The flow of this play was smooth and comprehendible. One moment, the characters are those which are miserably sitting in prison and the next, those same destitute looking prisoners play the role of the characters in

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Jon Meader, AJ Paulim and Joe Mayers perform on stage in a number from Man of La Mancha.

Cervantes’ imagination. It is a play within a play and it is quite the journey on which these two story lines take the audience. From the excellent music and dance numbers to the comedic relief and the tense drama, this play brought a full

range of emotions. The theater was full of laughter as Don Quixote, a man of valor seeking to be knighted, fights off a windmill believed to be a four-armed giant, mistakes a run-down inn for a castle and defeats a band of roguish brutes

in slapstick comedy fashion. Silly grins sweep across the audience as Don Quixote finds his true love, his fair lady, Aldonza (Kayla Friend), the kitchen help and harlot of the inn.



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Facilities worker strings lights on the Christmas Tree facing Magnolia Avenue.


A graphic depiction of what CBU students are most thankful for this holiday season. Page 7

For years it was a tradition to light up the sizable tree on the front lawn as Christmas approached but in the winter of 2009, the lights did not shine. This year, they will shine again. In the midst of the economic recession, the lighting of the Christmas tree was deemed unnecessary and the tradition was halted in order to save money. “Holiday decorations, including Christmas tree lights on the CBU front lawn and other locations, were not de-


“Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron is using his celebrity status to make a kingdom impact. Page 5

economic downturn that precipitated a number of cost-saving measures,” Mark Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication, said. Students were left in dismay wondering what happened. Others assumed that it was due to the recession. “I was expecting to see the Christmas tree lighting but then I figured that the recession had something to do with CBU’s decision not to light it,” Kelly Rice, junior, said. Due to the lighting being deemed unacceptable in the midst of recession, incoming students had no idea that


there was ever a tradition that involved the front lawn pine tree being decorated as a Christmas tree. “This is only my second year at CBU so I never really noticed this tradition going on over the years. I have not even noticed that there is a pine tree in the front lawn,” Amanda Angel, sophomore, said. While some students knew nothing about the Christmas lighting event others saw it as a wonderful tradition that is not commonly pursued at other universities.

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Mini tour:

THE BANNER 10-11 Editor-In-Chief Monica Martinez

Four days create unity among male chorale

Managing Editor Jenny Miner


Design Editor Rachel Weinstein


friend, said. Mayor Ron Loveridge and City Councilman Mike Gardener listened briefly to the ensemble. German secured the ensemble’s appearance by way of a musical hostess. Jenni Nickels, employed by Applebee’s for the past four months, is a clarinetist for the University Choir and Orchestra at CBU. German approached Nickels, wondering if UCO could play for the event. “I kind of laughed, because we’re 150 people and there’s nowhere for us to be. So, he asked if I could get a smaller group to come out,” Nickels said. After that, Nickels asked Guy Holliday if the Jazz Band would be available to perform. Holliday sounded interested, but was occupied with other matters. This left open an opportunity for the newest ensemble to get out into the community and play a few sets somewhere other than school. “We were very excited and very nervous,” Chris Richie, student leader of Resound, said. Richie is not only the student

leader for the group, he is one of the founders. He and Matthew McConnell, faculty adviser for Resound, proposed their idea to start a percussion ensemble to the Dean of the School of Music, Gary Bonner, earlier this school year. “After explaining what the group was and how we were going to do it, Dr. Bonner approved it,” Richie said. For Richie, a music education major, leading this group is preparation for the future. “The opportunity to lead a group like this is something that will definitely prepare me for leading larger groups in the future, as well as just forming the group,” Richie said. “All the logistical stuff behind it is definitely a preparation.” On Veteran’s day, in particular, Richie said, “It is important to show respect to those who have served our country. And its important to show that we as a school, we as a music program, can support not only the community but specific people and a part of our country that has helped everyone else.”

On Nov. 4, 2010, the Male Chorale embarked on a four day mini tour across California, which included eight concerts. This music group plans mini tours annually but this year was different. Unlike previous years, Judd Bonner, associate dean for the School of Music, planned the tour during the fall semester for an earlier taste of what the larger tour in May would be like. “Well the group is so good that I wanted to get them out to as many concerts as possible,” Judd said. “I thought it was an outstanding, productive and smooth flowing mini tour.” Mini tour was as much of an experience for the members of the choral group as it was for its audience. The tour helped both groups grow through a new kind of experience. “With the mini tour you can get eight concerts done in four days as opposed to just going out on Sunday night,” Judd Bonner said. “It grows the group musically, it grows the group spiritually but it especially grows the group relationally.” The Male Chorale toured and sang at churches throughout Californian cities, including: Buellton, Lemoore, Las Gatos, Livermore and Hanford. They also performed in high school assemblies in the towns of Las Gatos and Lemoore. Choir members learned much and were impressed with the results of the tour, including the effective effort that was put forth by their peers. “Everything went so smoothly. Everybody handled their part. Everybody was just on the ball. It was just really good,” Devron Suttle, the drummer, said. “I think now everybody has a glimpse of what it’s going to be like on the big tour.”

how to love. Sadness and disappointment seep in as realization dawns that Don Quixote is actually Alonso Quijana, a man who has read one too many books on nobility and justice and has lost himself in his fanciful idealism. He is believed to be mad, but in a quote from Cervantes, we learn that the true definition of madness is seeing life as it is and not as it ought to be. The portrayal of characters, the beautiful solos, the amazing orchestra pieces under the direc-

tion of Phillip Miller,professor of music, the dramatic lighting, the fantastic set designed by Lee Lyons, professor of theatre, the realistic makeup thanks to Emily Green and her team and the costumes by Cherie Riley were all executed wonderfully. The story of Don Quixote came to a close with Alonso Quijana falling ill and dying, but just before he does, Aldonza reminds him of the knight he once was and of his quest “to run where the brave dare not go.” Back in the prison the

prisoners are so moved by Cervantes’ story, the Governor returns to him the manuscript, realizing it is in fact the unfinished story of Don Quixote. Just as this decision is made, Cervantes and Sancho are called forth for their inquisition. Unaware of what their fate shall be, they depart as the prisoners join in chorus singing Don Quixote’s song, “The Impossible Dream.” Under the direction of Dan Monroe, Man of La Mancha was a huge success.

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Members of ‘Resound,’ the new percussion ensemble, performs for local veterans at Applebees in downtown Riverside.

New ensemble plays for veterans, mayor listens

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MANAGING EDITOR The parking lot at Applebee’s in downtown Riverside was filled with the cars of American military veterans on Nov. 11. Also occupying the parking lot was a host of percussion instruments that belonged to California Baptist University’s newest ensemble “Resound.” Named after the passage Psalm 150:5, Resound performed outside the restaurant at the request of the General Manager, Charlie German. German said the performance, along with the free meals offered to veterans by Applebee’s all across the nation, was meant to honor those who served in the military. “It’s entertainment. It’s supposed to be a fun thing for Riverside, for the veterans,” German said. The 11 member ensemble played three sets of five songs, including an arrangement of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” arranged especially for this occasion. “It’s beautiful,” a veteran, who observed the ensemble in the company of family members and a close


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These grins are soon overshadowed by the fear and concern brought on for Aldonza. Living in a world where men have treated her horribly all her life and where the meaning of chivalry is lost and forgotten, Aldonza cannot possibly believe the kindness of Don Quixote. All she knows is the brute force and demands of “the muleteers,” who are willing to pay, but do not know


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Students give hope to soldiers by writing letters and giving gifts this holiday season.

Sending Christmas greetings overseas BY SARAH JANE O’KEEFE STAFF WRITER

Grateful for the security of home, California Baptist University’s ROTC members decided to support soldiers overseas by sending holiday cheer. By working with Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization, they were able to do just that in the form of letters, cards and care packages. “We knew that having something from home would be something that would lift a soldiers’ spirits,” CBU ROTC’s Lt. Micah Washam said. “That is something we have heard from veterans that are in our program.” According to the Operation Gratitude website, “Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support”. ROTC members support and encourage their fellow students to take part in this effort. “If you could just picture being alone in a country with danger all around you and all you’re thinking about is home, to receive a little token from home, I feel, is a really nice gesture,” Cadet Celeste Diamond said. “It really doesn’t take much out of your time to write a card, especially when you don’t even have to mail it. We mail it for you.” Apart from the cards, care packages were also collected to show support for our deployed soldiers. Things such as socks, DVDs, snacks, travel sized games, homemade gifts, dispos-

able cameras, batteries and playing cards are recommended gifts but prepaid phone cards are amongst the most sought after items by deployed soldiers. “While there are some means for [soldiers] to be able to call home, if they have a calling card, where the would be able to call on their free time, they are able to connect with family a lot more often,” Lt. Washam said. Another important gift that will help soldiers with their missions are small toys, such as Beanie Babies and hacky-sacs. While this may seem like an unlikely necessity, being able to hand out such toys to children helps our soldiers build positive relationships with locals, which can be a difficult task. “When they open [the care packages] on Dec. 25, they’ll know that it is a thank you from home and a hello from home. That is how it got started, just wanting to be able to say ‘thank you’ and be able to lift a soldiers’ spirit,” Lt. Washam said. The most important part of this project does not have to do with whether or not a person believes in the war, it is about supporting the brave men and women who are serving and protecting our country. Sending a little piece of holiday cheer to a deployed soldier is a way of letting them know they are supported, cared about and prayed for. ROTC will be accepting donations and providing cards for students and faculty to sign every Friday through Dec. 2 at a table set up outside of the Alumni Dinning Commons. Cards, care packages and individual donations are accepted any time outside of James 476.

Curious students who were unsure about their life’s direction while studying a behavioral science discipline found advice from leading professionals within the area at California Baptist University’s “Afternoon with Industry” event. The School of Behavioral Sciences hosted the “Afternoon with Industry” event on Nov. 11 in the Copenbarger Presidential Dining Room. Students who replied to an electronic invitation were treated to a free buffet lunch and the opportunity to listen to a professional panel speak about their experiences within their fields of expertise. “After graduation, there are three paths in front of you: marriage, graduate school and your career,” Stoke said at the event. “Our panel will discuss how to navigate the intersection.” Perspectives discussed included industrial psychology, human resources, criminal justice, forensic psychology, counseling ministry and counseling psychology. The event was moderated by Bruce Stokes, the dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences. The panel consisted of Linda Drake, the founder of the Dr. Linda P. Drake Foundation, Stephanie Newby, an officer within the Riverside County Probation Department. The panel also included Gary Collins, the associate dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences, Ana Gamez, assistant professor of psychology, Nathan Lewis, director of the counseling ministry graduate program and Mark Turney, adjunct professor of counseling psychology. Ken Pearce, professor of psychology, concluded the luncheon. “I thought the event was very helpful, and I really enjoyed it,” Stephanie Doss, junior, said. “However, I did not think the entire field of Behavioral Science was represented. There was no one representing Sociology or Anthropology there.”


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“I think it’s very cool that not many universities have a Christmas tree lighting event like we do. Most universities wouldn’t take part in such an event due to religious differences,” sophomore Natalie Dixon said. Even though the recession is not over, this year the lighting will be back. Students look forward to this but seem to agree that there should be a limit to the amount of lights used and

The panel was asked about how their occupation was influenced by their education, whether work experience or graduate school was more important and how their careers opened up the doors for witnessing to unbelievers. The panel unanimously agreed that work experience is vital to a career and internships, regardless of subject, were important to gaining the experience. Networking, finding internships, volunteering and working were suggested for a great early start to a career. “Be sensitive to situations where your faith can help a relationship,” Gamez said. “Use your gifts in your specialties.” Students were encouraged to ask questions and follow up with the panel through e-mail due to a lack of time. “Perhaps the most helpful question that the panel answered was, ‘What is more important: going to graduate school right away or getting experience?’,” Allison Beard, junior, said. “Mostly all of them said it is important to get involved and gain practical life experience. Graduate school is necessary for most behavioral science careers, but it is the real life experience and human interaction that will give us practical knowledge and get us acclimated to our field of interest.” Beard added that the second most important question to her was how to share her faith in a secular work place. “It is important to always be professional and treat everyone with dignity. And, although we may not be able to vocalize the gospel, we can always be examples in the way me interact with others and live our lives,” Beard said. The speakers helped students when it came to getting into the industry but also with what they need to do when they leave the comforts of school. “Be professional but stay true to what you believe and that will open doors to opportunities to share your faith,” Newby said. for how long they are used. “They should continue this tradition at California Baptist University but the lighting process should be limited to certain hours to conserve energy,” Yessenia Ramirez, sophomore, said. “Although the impact of the socalled ‘Great Recession’ still is being felt in our region and beyond, we are pleased that the Christmas lights will once again be on display in key locations this year to contribute to a festive atmosphere for our campus and community,” Wyatt said.



According to news released by California Baptist University on Nov. 10, officials from March Health care Development and CBU signed a letter of intent “outlining mutual participation in a planned medical campus occupying a portion of the former March Air Force Base near Moreno Valley.” The agreements to this signing is that CBU will receive a portion of the 170-acre site known as the $3.3 billion March LifeCare Campus as a “charitable gift.” In return, CBU is in agreement to “develop and operate a facility on the property.” This project is said to create 12,700 construction jobs and 7,200 full-time health care jobs and is to take fewer than 10 years to complete.


A study done by the Pew Research Center Publications released Nov. 3 titled “Religion in the 2010 Elections” found the impact certain religious groups had on the recent elections. The study found that white Protestants mostly voted Republican and people who were not affiliated with a religion voted Democrat. It also found that Catholics, who voted for the Democratic party in the past elections, moved to the Republican party. The study found that persons who attended a religious service would continue “to support Republicans at much higher rates in 2010 than voters who attend worship services less often.”


The man accused of shooting 27-year-old Riverside Police officer Ryan Bonaminio, Earl Ellis Green, was charged with first-degree murder with special circumstances of attempting to avoid arrest and killing a police officer. According to an article in the Press Enterprise, along with those charges, there is a special allegation of use of a firearm in committing a crime, grand theft auto with a previous conviction of that crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Green is accused of shooting Bonaminio to death on Nov. 7. His arraignment was postponed until Dec. 16. Until that date, he can receive psychotherapy treatment. Green has a long wrap sheet, dated back as far as 1990. Bonamino’s funeral was held on Nov. 16.


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Riverside residents have the chance to enact “a government for the people by the people” by applying for the Riverside Charter Review Committee to a make a difference in the community. The charter is in the city’s constitution, which is adopted by the votes of the people. The charter describes council members’ powers and duties, when council elections are held, the structure of city government and additional rules. “The charter requires that once every eight years, the city council appoint a citizen’s committee to take a look at the charter, review it and offer any recommendations for changes to the

leen Nicol said. “If recommendations are moved forward, the council will put the measures on the ballot, because the charter cannot be changed without voter approval.” The city council will appoint nine members to fully review the charter and recommend to the city council which charter amendments, if there is any, to be on the ballot following the regular municipal election for the mayor. The city clerk is accepting applications now through Dec. 1. In order to apply, one must be a registered voter in the city of Riverside. Since the process has just started, only 2-3 applications have been turned in so far. “Throughout the month of De-

cember, we will do the process of reviewing the applications, conducting interviews and making the appointments,” Nicol said. “The goal in the tentative calendar is that the charter reviews committee would begin their work in January.” The “Charge and Scope of the Work for 2011/2012” document states that the committee considers whether the charter meets the needs of the city of Riverside currently, whether it will meet the needs in the future and whether it should be revised to address those needs. The last review, back in 2004, the council put 12 possible changes on the ballot and voters approved nine of them. In the article, “Riverside: City charter review committee approved” by The

Press Enterprise, the approved changes consisted of requiring that each ward be represented on city boards, that the city to have an ethics code and placed the police review commission into the charter so only voters can change or eliminate it. Due to the fact that the charter is 31 pages long, it will take a while for the committee to review the document. “It will probably take a year for them, it took a year last time to thoroughly go through the charter,” Nicol said. “It is a yearlong commitment.” The charter states that the duties and powers of the committee are to hold public meetings to receive input on proposed charter amendments and present a final report with recommendations to the city council by the last Tuesday in

May preceding the next regular municipal election for mayor. Besides being involved in local government, there are also many benefits in serving the committee. “They learn a lot about local government, the workings of the charter, meet and speak with elected officials and meet other people in the community,” Nicol said. “Some people find it very rewarding to participate in the decision making process that will have a direct effect on their community and their neighborhoods.” If you are a resident of Riverside and are interested in applying for the committee, applications are available online at clerk/ or the City Hall, 3900 Main St.

ASCBU embraces new members and ideas BY JJ STEELE


The Associated Students of California Baptist University made changes to their student representation this semester. Freshman representatives were elected, remaining positions were filled by appointment and a new constitution was pushed for approval. At first, all positions were to be won by students through an election process, but nine positions were not filled in time. These positions were then filled by appointment. Taylor Brewton, president of ASCBU, and the rest of the executive council were in charge of figuring out what to do with the vacant positions that were not filled after the spring 2010 elections. “The election process is always best, just because it’s open to the student population as to who they want to be in ASCBU. In this case we didn’t have people run for the majority of the positions,” Brewton said. In the current student constitution, ASCBU is given the power to appoint the positions that are not filled during the election process in the spring. “We chose to open it up to the student population and have them do some type of application so that we know that they are interested and then interview them in groups with a few of us from executive council,” Brewton said. The executive council then took the information that they had gained from the group interviews and put the applicants into the positions that they needed to be filled. The new student constitution plans to change the amount of sena-

tors that are selected to represent the students. With too many students being elected to interpret the students, the student government is challenged with the over-representation of the student body. “The changes [to the constitution] we’re hoping, will help us better represent the student population. That’s the biggest change that we hope to pass in the constitution,” Brewton said. Eight new freshman students were elected or appointed to represent their living areas and classmates. The freshman class president is Harvey Hettinga and the vice president is Kate McPhillips. Jonathan Frey was elected Secretary and Treasurer. Tori Offerman was selected to represent the Cottages. Isaac Monroe and Daniel Kari represent Smith Hall as President and Vice President. Christine Lopez was voted in as the Simmons Hall President and Sam Scissons was elected Vice President. Of the eight students that were appointed to positions in ASCBU, Dustin Schanaker is one of three seniors to join student government. As the senior secretary and treasurer, Schanaker is in charge of taking notes and making requisitions for funds to use for events. “We have different events that we propose and we are given a set budget per semester. If we have an event that we estimate to be a couple thousand [dollars], we take that from fees,” Schanaker said. The money used to pay for the events comes from the student fees that are paid each semester by CBU students. ASCBU plans and organizes these events.

Aaron Kim displays his winning piece entitled “Chess.”

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Gallery grows under Green-Hodges BY JENNY MINER

MANAGING EDITOR For two hours on Monday, Nov. 1, students filed in and out of the Metcalf Gallery in Wallace Theatre to view their peer’s art work and vote for their favorite pieces at the 3rd Annual Art Competition. Nicole Green-Hodges hosted the competition. Green-Hodges is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communications and Visual Arts who is now in charge of presenting the galleries. She will plan a variation of art events each month and plans on bringing in artists from downtown and out-ofstate. “My goal is to help the gallery grow. I want people to be aware of the art department and help people take advantage of opportunities,” Green-Hodges said. “As gallery person, my goal is to give exposure and accessibility to students.”

California Baptist University hired Green-Hodges, also an artist, in 2007 to teach specific courses. She is now teaching Gallery Methods and Art Appreciation. Her Gallery Methods class assisted in putting together the art competition. Jenny Price, sophomore, is one of the students that was a part of the planning. Price, along with two others in the class, put the pieces into their proper categories (drawings, paintings, photography, 3-D media and digital and new media), then measured and hung the work in an aesthetically pleasing display to replicate a gallery. “I think it is good that students give support to other students. I want this to be a fun environment for students to come,” Price said. Price also implemented Green-Hodges’ idea to have a multilayered gallery, meaning music would be included.

At the request of Price, Daniel Greenwalt, guitarist for New Song choir, played acoustic guitar for the enjoyment of the browsers. Students were able to cast one ballot towards their favorite piece of art. The artist with the most votes, Aaron Kim, received the CBU Choice Award for his raku fired piece “Chess.” Kim also received the Ceramics Award and the Best-in-Show Award for this art submission. “Winning those awards is a great feeling and was surprising,” Kim said. “Everyone has a different taste in art, so I’m glad they liked it.” Other awards given were to Ashley Setzler for her painting, “Heart Strings.” Michael Ring won for his drawing, “The Boy in the Turban,” Andrew Thill for his Photography, “Raymond’s House” and to Rachel Blackmon for her Digital Media submission, “Cubed.” Winners received cash prizes for their submissions.


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over to his other music job. He does things for UCO but mainly he is there to help all of the choirs in different ways, such as putting together new garment bags when people need them. “Dr. King, who is a professor here, says I’m there to ‘put out the fires.’” Since school keeps him so busy, he finds it difficult to maintain friendships and relationships. So much so, that according to his Facebook, he is in a relationship with “CBU UCO.” “This is my relationship,” Shelton said. “I devote my time and energy to the choir and to Doc. I envy the people that have all this free time, but then I look at the benefits of what this job is gaining me and I’m not sorry for my decision and I don’t think I would go back and do it differently.” With his college career coming to a close and what he wants to do with the rest of his life in mind, he continues to work in an effort to make a great experience for his fellow choir members. “I try to use humor and be willing to meet and talk to the new freshman,” he said. “If any student were to come to my desk or see me in the hall, I try to be there and listen.”

According to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students in the United States. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH found that 11.7 deaths out of every 1,000 in the U.S. are caused by suicide. That rate makes suicide the tenth leading cause of death overall. Suicide is a scary topic which is very much real. This was once again brought to national attention with the recent death of Rutgers University music student Tyler Clementi. Clementi was filmed, without consent, by his roommate as he participated in private activities with another student. When his roommate put the video on the Internet, Clementi ended up taking his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Depression and a lack of social support are the main causes of suicidal thoughts. Other causes include family history of mental disorder or suicide, drug abuse and family violence or abuse. These factors do not always result in suicide, but there is always the possibility. It is often assumed that depression is the only sign of suicidal thoughts but this is not the case; there are many other warning signs. The California Baptist University Counseling Center newsletter stated that the most important signs to pay attention to, if it is believed that someone is at risk for suicidal thoughts, are “preoccupation with death, abrupt changes in behavior or mood and loss of interest in activities normally found interesting.” According to the NIMH,

there are several actions one can take if someone is demonstrating these warning signs. These include never leaving the person alone and reminding them that there is help available. The NIMH also suggests referring them to their doctor and “prevent[ing] them from having access to any potential tools for suicide.” Counseling can give one the social support that is needed to battle suicidal feelings. CBU offers free counseling sessions available to students in need of support. The Counseling Center is located across Adams Street on the second floor of the CBU School of Engineering building. It offers Christian-based counseling to students free of charge. The fact that the center offers Christian-based counseling makes it unique for the demographic at CBU and allows counselors to connect with clients on a level that most counselors cannot reach. Most other counselors either do not share their religious views with their clients or they do not hold Christian views. This makes it difficult for them to connect with the values that a Christian student holds most dear. At CBU, counselors use the Bible to assist them with their counseling and can connect openly with the students’ Christian values. The CBU Counseling Center knows that suicide is a serious issue, therefore, there is an on-call counselor that is available in emergency situations. Suicide is a tragic part of the American society. It is not a subject that affects few, but many. CBU students have a valuable resource at their disposal with a counseling center that stresses the fact that God is in charge. At CBU, students are reminded of that daily. Be there, be a friend, be a listener and help eliminate suicide.

options, there is no reason for you not to mix it up, too. Chicken, fish, duck or meatless variations, such as a tofurkey loaf, are all excellent choices for a main dish. Bread Winners Dinner rolls are eaten for any occasion. There are many alternatives to the ordinary bread roll. Fresh-baked corn bread or warm bread pudding are two unique alternatives. Sweet Potato Pie Pumpkin pie better watch out, because the new craze in holiday treats is sweet potato pie. These two pies contain most of the same ingredients and are prepared in a similar manner. However, the differences between the two vegetables cause sweet potato pie to have a slightly different texture and

flavor than pumpkin pie. Consider putting a new twist on a traditional dessert by creating a sweet potato pie flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or vanilla. Cranberry Apple Sauce Although it may be the easiest Thanksgiving side dish to prepare, there is nothing extraordinary about canned cranberry sauce. Consider giving cranberries a new appeal by whipping up a cranberry applesauce. This easy side includes boiling apples, cranberries, cinnamon, sugar and ginger in a saucepan. Harvest Greens Walnuts, apples and other seasonal produce are perfect toppings for a fresh autumn salad. Topped with an apple or raspberry vinaigrette, this

crisp dish is a nutritious alternative to heartier potato, bean or pasta salads. Mock Potatoes Mashed potatoes are a popular side dish at most holiday meals. Trick your taste buds and cook up a healthier alternative to this butter-laden holiday favorite. Mash steamed cauliflower, white beans and olive oil. Add skim milk and light sour cream for a creamy consistency, and flavor with garlic, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread As if there is not an abundance of food already, appetizers add a special touch to a bountiful feast. Make your own festive spread from cream cheese, canned pumpkin, sugar and vanilla. This treat can be eaten on rolls or crackers.


Russel Shelton is the UCO president and a multi-tasking student.

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UCO President whistles while he works BY TAYLOR ROGERS NEWS EDITOR

University Choir and Orchestra (UCO) president, student worker, musical vocal performance major or busy bee of the Collingsworth School of Music Building. All these things could describe Russell Shelton but the real person behind this champion multi-tasker started long before he came to California Baptist University. Shelton, now in his fifth year at CBU, holds many jobs and has a good number of responsibilities on campus. At times, he finds it difficult to separate his work life from his home life. However, this Las Vegas native knew CBU was the place for him while he was still in high school. “I didn’t really shop around in schools,” Shelton said. “So maybe it was one of things you just kinda know. Like the Holy Spirit was calling me to it.” The Collinsworth School of Music visited his hometown and that was when the personality of Gary Bonner, dean of music, ultimately sealed CBU as his future home. “My sister, who is three years older than me, played the cello in UCO and

Bonner brought the group to Vegas, where I’m from,” Shelton said. “I just remember I liked how he interacted with the audience and that really hooked me into coming.” Shelton was drawn to Bonner’s personality because he was reminded of his middle school band teacher, who he credits for his love of music. Bonner’s resemblance to Shelton’s teacher helped make his decision to join UCO and move to California. Finding jobs on campus was no problem for him because positions in the admissions office and the theater program were available. This year, however, he manages to have room for three jobs around campus, giving him the title of this selfproclaimed “professional multi-tasker.” These jobs include working on small tasks in the theater program, UCO President (or “Doc’s Assistant,” as he calls it) and Undergraduate Assistant for the School of Music. “I work about 19 hours a week, which just includes office hours for the School of Music,” he said. “There is no set description for that job. There are so many things that I do and I have to find time to do it all.” His presidency sometimes crosses

The many sides of Thanksgiving Often underrated, sides truly make the meal BY KRISTIN DE LA CRUZ COPY EDITOR

Year after year, it seems the Thanksgiving banquet menu can be predicted down to the last garnish. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie are all beloved yet expected additions to a holiday feast. Who says that your Thanksgiving dinner must be an exact copy of everyone else’s? There is no reason for this annual feast to follow a strict menu. There are countless ways to mix up the menu and add some pizzazz to a

traditional holiday dinner. As much as Aunt Ruth’s famous mincemeat pie has become an established Thanksgiving staple, everyone will probably welcome a little modification to this year’s menu. 7 Scrumptious Swaps Chicken, fish and duck, oh my! Just because it has earned the title “Turkey Day” does not mean that an actual turkey is required for a successful celebration. Some historians say that the first Thanksgiving feast probably included duck and venison, in addition to turkey. If the pilgrims had


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Don’t be a chicken, learn how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey BY AJ LACUESTA

ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR Turkey is the iconic image of Thanksgiving to many Americans. Every year, many college students celebrate Thanksgiving by going home to their families where they enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, the epitome of a home-cooked meal. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of a Thanksgiving turkey.

Jake Keaton turns to enegy drinks and coffee to stay up late into the night.

Photo by Chris Hardy

This season sleep more, play less BY KENTON JACOBSEN


It has been said that the goal of college should be to try to balance good grades, an active social life and sleep, but it is impossible to attain all three of these things. College students seem to give sleep the lowest priority, but what do the numbers say? The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) conducts and publishes a poll annually called “Sleep in America.” Each year they focus on the sleep patterns of Americans of a different demographic group. Unfortunately, the foundation has not done any recent studies on the sleep patterns of collegians. So, “The Banner” conducted a poll of the sleeping habits of California Baptist University students. The poll surveyed 150 CBU students about average sleep times, caffeine use and a few other sleep questions along with their basic personal details. However, the NSF studies does have relevant results. Their 2002 poll provides a contrast of the average sleep time for young adults (19-29), adults (30-64) and seniors (65+). On weekdays, young adults slept an average of

6.9 hours, adults were at 6.7 and seniors slept 7.3 hours. They also found that on average, women sleep 1/3 of an hour longer than men. The foundation focused their 2006 poll on the sleep habits of junior high and high school students. They found that sleep time consistently goes down with each higher grade. Sixth-grade students slept an average of 8.4 hours a night and twelfth-graders slept only 6.9 hours. According to “The Banner” poll, CBU students sleep an average of 6.4 hours a night but feel that they should be sleeping 8 hours. They consume caffeine 2.6 days a week to stay awake and alert, although 41 percent of students completely abstain or use it very rarely. Three activities are the most popular reasons students stay up at night. At 49 percent, Studying and homework is what most students claim cut into their sleep. Hanging out with friends is given by 19 percent of students and 10 percent cite Facebook. Although students in different class levels get near the same amount of average sleep, seniors use caffeinated beverages to stay

awake less often than any of the other classes, at two times per week on average; the three other classes use it an extra day per week. Lower classmen feel that they need an average of 1/3 of an hour more sleep than upperclassmen. Looking at the statistics by gender also provides interesting results. Instead of sleeping, the 10 percent of all students that frequent Facebook breaks down into 15 percent of all females and 5 percent of all males. However, a higher percentage of females also cited studying and homework as keeping them awake than males. Females consistently across all of the classes slept less, said they needed more sleep and consumed caffeine more regularly. According to the American College Health Association’s 2007 survey, only 28.9 percent of college students report feeling well-rested at least 5 days a week. Studies have shown that proper sleep helps learning, mood, and even weight loss while dieting. In the pursuit of the college dream of sleep, grades and socialization, think twice before giving sleep last choice.

Preparation - Brine. If brine is an unfamiliar concept, think of it as a marinade for a turkey, so it will be much more moist and flavorful. The turkey must sit in the brine for at least 10 to 14 hours (plan one hour for each pound of turkey). A good brine should have a ratio of about one cup of salt to one gallon of water. Although more than one gallon of water will be used, aim for this ratio. Also, try using sugar to counter the salt using the same one cup per gallon ratio. Make sure that the container used for the brine cannot only hold the turkey, but that the turkey is submerged the entire time. When the turkey is ready for baking, rinse it under running cold water. Make sure that the salt is completely gone from the turkey. - Most turkeys come frozen from the store. The best and most recommended way to defrost the poultry goodness is to use the refrigerator. It may take a bit longer than the microwave or a cold water bath overnight, but it keeps the turkey from being exposed from temperature that could possibly expose it to bacteria. One thing to remember when defrosting is to NOT leave the turkey out in room temperature. This is the quickest way for bacteria to infiltrate the meat and increase the possibility of food poisoning. - When the turkey is stuffed, make sure to tie the legs together and cap the drumsticks and wings with bacon. This helps to prevent the meat on the drumsticks from peeling at the tips, since these can dry very quickly but add more flavor. Also, driz-

zle the turkey with olive or grape seed oil; these are healthier than vegetable or canola oil. Then, sprinkle a little crushed black pepper for flavor. Cooking - Oven placement. The back of most ovens is usually the hottest part of the oven. Place the thickest part of the turkey facing the back so that it can cook and brown evenly. Also, make sure that the oven is racked so that the turkey is as centered as possible to help with an even cooking process. - Basting. Remember to baste (moisten the turkey while cooking it) regularly, and often. Some people use a syringe to inject the flavor back into the turkey. If this method is used, be sure to inject evenly throughout the turkey. If using a traditional baster, be sure to coat the outside evenly and do not hesitate to use a brush to help spread the drippings back onto the turkey. - Avoid using the pop-up thermometers. The popper usually pops up after the turkey is dry. One way to check if the turkey is ready is to use a barbecue stick and poke it into a thick but unnoticeable area. Check when the turkey has that golden-brown look and a crispness to the skin. Poke the turkey but go no further than the meat of the bird. Pull the stick out and if it is still moist (not bloody), the turkey is done. Presentation - Make sure to cut off any string that was used to tie the legs and remove the caps used on the drumsticks. Place the turkey on the platter it will be served from and wait about 20 minutes before carving. - To carve the turkey, make sure the carving blade is very sharp. Cut off the wings and drumsticks by cutting at the connecting joint. Slice diagonally against the grain. Hopefully, these tips will help make you especially thankful for a great meal with friends and family. If you have anything you would like to know “how-to” do, email ajlacuesta@cbubanner. com Happy Thanksgiving from all of the Banner staff!


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Celebrating cultures across campus BY KRISTI HOWELL Nov. 9 and then opened the FEATURES EDITOR

California Baptist University’s International Center hosted its weeklong International Celebration Nov. 9 – 12. The week’s theme, “E Pluribus Unum” meaning “out of many, one” in Latin, encourages students to embrace the cultural diversity on campus. At CBU, there are several people groups and cultures represented. The International Center began the week with an informational Kick-off Celebration held in Stamps Courtyard on

weekly night events with “Cafe Le Louvre.” This was hosted at The Cottages from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tables were adorned with different flags of European countries and the sidewalks were lined with students’ painting canvases. The “Cafe Le Louvre” was designed to educate students on various European countries. “Café Le Louvre was really cool. It taught me about other countries and helped me learn about different nationalities. Frankly, I loved it!” Marissa Padilla, sophomore and resident advisor for the Cottages, said.

“Middle East Identified,” hosted at the University Place Apartments’ Global Village, created awareness to the many cultures of the region. The event highlighted ways to pray for various people groups and raised awareness for Pennies for Pakistan, a non-profit organization. Pennies for Pakistan is dedicated to providing relief work for the many disastrous floods that have ravaged the area. Trishan Singh, sophomore and criminal justice major, played tablas (Indian drums) as CBU students listened. Students enjoyed music, food and entertainment throughout the night.

“I loved the cultural dances and the drums,” Kelli Rice, junior and nursing major, said. “It was a good chance to understand other parts of the Middle Eastern culture.” Thursday night held two separate events: “Oh, Africa” which was sponsored CAB. “Oh, Africa”, held in the Game Room, raised awareness for the Invisible Children. The “Amavubi” celebration was held in the Copenbarger. Rwandan students lead a presentation about Rwanda’s culture and history while they conducted language lessons, a fashion show and Rwandan dancing. The International Celebration concluded on Friday with an international fair from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. in Stamps

Page 7 Courtyard, and later that evening with “Fiesta Friday” held at the Lancer Arms patio. Friday night was a celebration of the South and North American cultures. Churros and hot chocolate were served, students played broomball and salsa music spilled from the speakers. The International Center at CBU is dedicated to celebrating diversity and cultural differences on campus. The week was sponsored by the International Center, Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Office of Spiritual Life (OSL) and the Office of Resident Life. Be sure to look for upcoming events on the International Center’s Facebook page at “CA Baptist – International Center.”

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1- The cast of “Man of La Mancha” takes the stage for a musical number.

Kenton Jacobsen Student Advisor

2- S.W.A.T. prepares for battle as they enter the Fortuna Bowl.

Ashley Wilkins

Staff Photographer 3-- Intermural volleyball teams fight for the win as playoffs approach.

Haley Helfer

Staff Photographer

4- New ramp in front of the Wallace Theater provides additional space for students to lock up their bikes.

Mike Sampson Photo Editor

5- The front lawn Christmas tree is lit for the first time this year as Thanksgiving break approaches.

Kenton Jacobsen Student Adviser

6- University Place and Lancer Arms host the Fall Festival for residents to enjoy food, fellowship and games.

Mike Sampson Photo Editor



Help Wanted for the Holidays Local retailers hire seasonal workers BY BIANCA JOHNSON




Seniors at California Baptist University prepare for their lives as post-grads as Dec. 17 approaches, the day of commencement. The graduating class will have several choices to make; graduate school or a job. Some students plan to enter the work force upon graduation, even if that means relocating to a different part of the state or country. In Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario areas of California, the unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation sitting at 14.8 percent for September 2010. Natasha Montoya, marketing major, will move back to Texas upon graduation. She said her job search started three months ago and she may already have “several leads” all in Texas. “I am originally from here in Riverside, California, but my parents and other family members live in the Dallas area, which is why I am considering relocating there for a short time because the job market is so much better out there right now,” Montoya said. “I already have one interview set up in the Dallas area, where I can hopefully gain real world experience.” Blake Brewton, political science major, is planning her graduation and her wedding while looking for a job. She said she would like to work in city government but would be interested in any job opportunities. Her fiancé, a CBU alumni, was able to get a job at an engineering company which might need him to transfer to the base in Texas. Brewton said that she would not mind moving to Texas. “I’d be able to find a job and the cost of living is so much cheaper,” she said. Rebeca Herrera, an intercultural studies major, felt the common anxiety most seniors feel until she received an email from a pos-

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Natasha Montoya plans to work for a year in Texas and then return to California to get an MBA.

sible future employer. The offer is in Minnesota, however she wouldn’t mind relocating. Herrera plans on continuing her education and ultimately wants to teach work in the Muslim community while teaching English. “Instead of worrying, realize that God is sovereign and in control,” Herrera said. “He will always provide.” Graduates not entering the work environment will continue their education and pursue a graduate degree. Kaplan Test Preparation’s press release from Nov. 9 stated that more recent college graduates are looking into graduate school because of the difficult job market and economy. Among the 108 top schools, according to the U.S. News and World Report, 78 percent of graduate admissions officers predict an increase in the number of applicants for the current cycle. However, this creates an increase in the number of applications for graduate schools. “An increase in applications will result in an even more competitive admissions process, making it imperative for aspiring graduate students to put together a strong application. A graduate degree remains an important tool for job applicants seeking to be more marketable and can serve as

a strong hedge against unemployment,” Liza Weale, executive director of pre-business and pre-graduate programs at Kaplan Test Prep, said in the press release. The increase in applicants is also a result of working professionals who want to change careers or become more marketable Weale said. Elizabeth Baker, a foundational math major, said she needs a credential before entering the workforce. “I’m starting the single subject credential program in January here at CBU,” Baker said. “ It is a three semester program, so I’ll be doing Spring, Summer, and Fall courses and then be in the teaching field. I will be working part time while taking those classes.” Montoya will also continue her education and work toward a Master’s in Business Administration at CBU. Loan payment will be deferred if a student is enrolled at least halftime. Repayment begins six months after a student graduates or drops below half-time status. Because of the weak job outlook, several students mentioned that they would accept almost any job to pay loans and avoid default.

Would you like some extra cash for the holidays but can’t find a job? Even though most financial experts say that the recession is ending, the country has a long way before it can recover from the economic crisis. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate is at 9.6 percent. In California, it is at 12.4 percent. The Inland Empire’s unemployment rate is even higher at 15 percent, according to www.abclocal. Instead of singing “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” this year, people will be singing “all I want for Christmas is a job.” Perhaps this year, they might just get their Christmas wish. To help boost the economy and decrease the unemployment rates, major retail stores are hiring people for temporary jobs during the holidays. Searching for seasonal jobs can be time consuming, because you never know who is hiring. So, in order to save some of your time, here are a few company’s that are for sure hiring this Christmas season: Vector Marketing Vector Marketing, the sole distributor of Cutco Cutlery, is seeking help in sales and customer service. For this entry level, part-time position, experience is not required and training is provided. Vector Marketing is a national corporation with various locations throughout the country, including one in Riverside. Contact the Riverside office at 951-6372850 or visit their location on 3741 Merced Drive, in suite H2.

For further information and additional locations go to http:// Macy’s According to, Macy’s is adding 65,000 seasonal employees nationwide. They have positions open for sales associates and sales support associates. The schedules are flexible and there will be generous employee discounts for their personal purchases. If this appeals to you, go to http://www. to fill out your application. Toys R Us LA Times said that Toys R Us Inc. will hire 45,000 seasonal workers nationwide. They are hiring positions for sales associates with the benefit of flexible hours. For further information and to fill out the application go to careers/ Forever 21 Are you a fashionista? If so, Forever 21 in the Riverside Plaza is hiring sales associates for the holiday season. If this catches your eye, download, print and submit your application to the store. For any additional questions about Forever 21 in Riverside Plaza contact them at 951-369-8821. To get the application go to http:// JC Penney J.C. Penney in the Galleria at Tyler is hiring seasonal help with various positions available. If you want to work for this retail store, you must apply immediately, because they are hiring very soon. For further information and for inquiry about the application process call 951-687-3060. These jobs are up for grabs, so if you want to have one this holiday season then you must apply as soon as possible.

Ink-onomics: Economic crisis explained in simpler terms BY JACKIE WICKHAM STAFF WRITER

Who says adults can’t learn anything from cartoons? Certainly not PBS, since they added a new segment called “Ink-onomics” to their Nightly Business Report. The segment is there to teach viewers about the economy, as the decline in the US economy is a highly spoken about issue. PBS hired illustrated essayist,

David Gillette to produce the cartoon “Ink-onomics.” “The producers of Nightly Business Report came across my work, and they offered me a chance to share my illustrated essays with a national audience. I jumped at the chance,” Gillette said. The economy is a topic typically on the news, but trying to understand it with no background can be challenging and a bore.

“Ink-onomics” gives life to the topic and presents a whole new way to learn. In Gillette’s latest segment he pondered what would happen if all Americans understood how the economy worked? Gillette interviewed Jean Bay, chair of the department of economics at Oxford College. She pointed out that if all American’s understood how the economic system worked, they

would not have bought the homes they bought, they would not have credit card debt and they would save more for retirement and important life events. Gillette started his career in 2002 when his first cartoon, “Nate on Drums,” was put on Minnesota’s ABC channel affiliate KSTC-TV. In 2006, Twin Cities Public television offered Gillette a highly respected job as a commentator.

He has since won three Emmy awards for the region’s best on-air commentator. Gillette’s career has recently taken off, but drawing has been something he has been doing for his entire life. “Some of my first memories are of sitting at my parent’s kitchen table and marveling at what crayons and a piece of paper can do,” Gillette said. “Its an addiction I’ve never tried to kick.”


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One was released on Nov. 19.

Photo by Bonnie Koenn

Harry Potter: the end of an era BY RACHEL WEINSTEIN CULTURE EDITOR

Harry Potter: the boy who lived, the boy who inspired the viral “Potter Puppet Pals,” the boy who captured the hearts of audiences in 67 languages and the boy whose journey is coming to an end? On June 30, 1997, JK Rowling’s first literary adventure “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was released, catapulting her out of poverty and onto the bookshelves of readers worldwide.

After Rowling’s books became bestsellers, it was only natural for a string of movies to follow. So fast-forward 4,890 days (or 13 years, four months and 20 days) to Nov. 19, 2010 and the film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One,” directed by David Yates, is released. The final book was split up into two movies, as a result of the herculean 759 action-packed pages in the book. In addition, the chance to cash in twice on these sure-to-be blockbuster hits could not have been a deterrent

from the decision to go with a two part finale. For many California Baptist University students, the movie’s premiere is a historical event in their lives. They have grown-up along side Harry, Ron and Hermione. Rowling’s characters have become this generation’s friends and now it is time to say goodbye to them. “I grew-up on Harry Potter, I have been reading the books since I was 11 and now that it is coming to an end, it’s like I am losing a part of my childhood,” junior Krista Rodriguez said. “Harry Potter was the thing that made me want to pursue English as a major and now that it’s over it’s like I’m losing a friend.” The final book has a dark story line with mature themes, that are sure to make the film into an interesting piece of cinema. “I can not wait to see the fighting scenes,” Rodriguez said. Fans of the series have been speculating about the point at which the movie will end. Rodriguez predicts that the ending will be a cliffhanger that will leave audiences holding their breath until part two is released on July 15, 2011. “I hope they end the movie after Ron returns,” she said. This eight month gap seems to be a little excessive for some. “It’s going to be horrible having to wait that long for part two,” Amanda McDivett, senior, said. The two movies were filmed

KIRK CAMERON PREPARES EVANGELISTS his role as Mike Seaver on “Growing

BY SARAH JANE O’KEEFE Pains”. He continued by sharing his STAFF WRITER

Somewhere between starring in “Growing Pains” and “Fireproof,” Kirk Cameron joined forces with Ray Comfort in Comfort’s Living Waters ministry, a program designed to provide Christians with tools to spread the gospel’s message. Cameron and Comfort are only half of the four man team that make up the face of Living Waters. “Wretched” television and radio personality Todd Friel and Executive Vice President of Living Waters publications Emeal “EZ” Zwayne complete the team. The quartet lead a “Transformed” conference on Nov. 15 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif. Designed to encourage and equip Christians to evangelize, the fourhour event was overflowing with both the number of attendees and the speakers’ over-the-top personalities. Friel opened with a cheery disposition that set the mood for the morning. “Our promise is that if you apply what you learn today, our Christian life will be transformed,” Friel said. When it came time for Cameron to take the stage, he began by joking about his childhood claim to fame;

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testimony. “I grew up as an Atheist. I didn’t go to church, did not believe in the existence of God, my parents were not Christians. In fact, I thought Jesus belonged to a different Trinity; Santa Clause, the Easter bunny and God,” Cameron said. After being moved by Comfort’s “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “God Has A Powerful Plan for Your Life”, he joined the Living Waters ministry. According to the Living Waters’ website, their mission is “to serve the local church by assisting in globally educating God’s people in the principles of biblical evangelism; Exhorting them to fulfill the Great Commission; and equipping them with every necessary resource along the way.” As serious as their mission is, the four speakers were joyful and charismatic throughout the session. Video footage of Comfort and Cameron witnessing on the street was used to show the intrigued attendees an example of a logical way to witness, without getting into an intellectual arm wrestle. Following one such clip in which a man was wearing a T-shirt that read “Your friendly neighborhood atheist” and a “No God” button, Cameron addressed the Atheist argument.

“How can he even be sure that what he knows fits with reality?” Cameron said. “He believes that his brain is nothing more than a random accident that has happened over and over again. How can you trust an information storage system that is nothing more than an evolved accident? This did not change the manner in which he was witnessed to. Every

back to back and filming wrapped in March of 2010. Since then the movie’s stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, have been busy promoting the film. They grew up in these roles and gained new freedom with their release from their almost decade-long contracts. Watson made fashion waves when she cut her hair into a short pixie-style. “I read all of the books when I was younger, so this is sort of like a second ending to the series for me. I think it will be fun to see how it’s adapted for the screen. Every series comes to an end eventually, but I guess some of them sort of get to do it twice,” Ruth Richards, senior, said. Richards looks upon the series fondly. “The movies are always released around the same time as my sister’s birthday, so it’s become a tradition that we go see them together. After this we have one more to go,” she said. The books and movies have touched many CBU students and when talking about this beloved series sometimes English just does not suffice. “Hasshhhssssssshhshsshsssh,” sophomore David Chambers, said in Parseltongue, the language of the serpents from the series. “And Crucio, Imperio, Sectum Sempra, and last but not least AVADA KEDAVRA.” person Cameron or Comfort spoke with was first asked if they were a good person. The questions were then used to show that individual their need for Christ. The conference closed with encouragement and a call to action by Zwayne. “It is very simple. The purpose of man is to know his Maker, be known by his Maker and make his Maker known,” Zwayne said.

Photo by Sarah Jane O’Keefe

Kirk Cameron spoke at Immanuel Baptist Church as a part of the “Transformed” conference.

I love the ‘90s Bands of our youth make a comeback BY WILL PALMER STAFF WRITER

While the days of grunge and ’90s rock may have passed, the bands that pioneered the trends have not. People often wonder where those bands from the ’90s went; the truth is they did not go anywhere. Bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Weezer are all still releasing albums to this day. In Weezer’s case, even quicker than they released albums in the ’90s. Can these more recent endeavors hold up to the classic albums cherished by the majority of the band’s fans? Typically the answer is no. The early albums released by these bands are held in such high esteem that their recent works can almost never compete. Take Weezer’s “Pinkerton” album for example. Recently Weezer released two albums at the same time: “Death to False Metal” and “Pinkerton: Deluxe Edition,” a re-release of 1996’s “Pinkerton” album including unreleased tracks and live performances. Pitchfork Media gave the “Pinkerton” re-release a rating of 10/10 while simultaneously giving “Death to False Metal” a 3.5/10. Most of the bands’ fans detest the fact that they have “sold out” or turned their music more mainstream in order to get more listeners. They often feel betrayed that the band would create a packaged product and abandon the style that the fans cherish so much. In fact, it is a very rare case when bands do not tailor their music to be more mainstream. One ’90s band that has not consistently had the complaint of selling out is England’s Radiohead. In fact, “In Rainbows” (2007) received much praise like the 1993 release of “Pablo Honey”. Such consistent quality is rare to see in a band and Radiohead has been praised by critics over the years. Whether or not they are as big as they used to be, make no mistake; ’90s rock bands are still very much alive. If you love ’90s rock then, despite what is popular today, good music is still out there.


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While the tradition of most families is to subside into a formal food coma after Thanksgiving dinner, other families take up the tradition of participating in Black Friday. Black Friday is the first shopping day to kickoff the Christmas season. It was dubbed that infamous name by the Philadelphia Police Department back in the 1960s as a result of the traffic jams, crowded streets and mobbed stores. On this day, prices are slashed and door prizes are given to the first customers through the doors. Retail stores open early, close late and double their floor teams. Customers typically spend hours, if not days, in line for a chance to grab the latest gadget, widget, accessory or iWhatever. “As a recovering shopaholic, I’m naturally drawn to deals and sales,” CBU student Mariah Howell explained. “Black Friday is the epitome of those things. It’s like a treasure hunt, really. Being the first person in the line, the first in the door and running up and down aisles with hundreds of people searching for that deal; nothing lives up to that feeling.” While it is one of the biggest sales of the year, it is also quite possibly the most dangerous sale

of the year. It was reported in 2008 that three people died due to direct involvement in Black Friday. One Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death as he opened the doors before the sale and two men shot each other to death in a Toys “R” Us. Sound as though this holiday is living up to its name? It is. Here are a few tips from veteran shoppers to think about when venturing out to face this beast of a sale. Do your research. Get online and check out the product you are going for. Look for the best deals and be sure to compare and contrast the item with its competitor. Make a list. Getting yourself organized will help guide you through the chaotic stores. Get plenty of rest. This event takes stamina and a competitor’s edge. Getting enough sleep, even if it is on the sidewalk, will pay off in the end while waiting in line to pay for your items. It will also aid in maintaining the right attitude to make it through the day. Dress appropriately. While it will more than likely be cold outside while waiting in line, it is going to be very different in the store. Wear layers that you can remove before entering the store to make sure you do not over heat. Also, having less bulky attire will assist you in moving about quickly and efficiently when Grandma is going for the same Taylor Swift album as you and

there happens to be only one left. Divide and conquer. Bring some friends or family with you and split up! You can get your items in half the time, have someone hold your spot in line and tag-team in order to get the jacket your sister has been dying to have. Make friends in line. You are going to be there awhile, you might as well get to know the people around you. Also, this is helpful when you need to go place things in your car or go to the rest room because they can save your spot in line. Share some laughs and make an alliance to box out the guys behind you to grab the hottest item. “Natural conversation in line also leads to some amazing connections and opportunities,” Howell said. “There’s just something about meeting people where they’re at, finding some common ground and the next thing you know the topic of school comes up and why you’re doing what you do and suddenly you’re talking about Christ and sharing the gospel with them. Even if you leave with nothing after standing in those lines, if that is accomplished, it’s worth it.” Good luck shoppers. Stay safe, get the loot and save some money. For daily updates on the latest ads and sales offered at stores near by can visit

Anything you can do, my phone can do better… BY CASSIE WYATT

ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR Applications, applications, applications. No, not job applications, phone applications. With the constant advances in technology, smart cellular phones are an essential part of getting information, as well as a hub for thousands of useful tools in one place that can go with you anywhere. The application nation started its takeover and there is no going back now. Here is a small list of the most useful and popular free smartphone apps among students at California Baptist University.


Whether you are lost, need directions to a certain destination or are just curious as to how long it will take you to arrive to American Samoa on a jet-ski, all smartphones come with maps that can assist you in your quest.


During a crisis, phones in the Droid family have a downloadable first-aid app that can give you a possible diagnosis as to what is happening and a solution to the problem.

However, common sense to call 911 in certain circumstances is needed as well.


While you are waiting for your next class, bored in your living area or just trying to kill time, Pandora can help. Not everyone can afford an iPod, and sometimes your own playlist can get old. Phones, such as iPhones and Droids, can download Pandora. With Pandora, all you have to do is type in an artist or the name of a song and Pandora acts as a radio and puts together a playlist for you.


Here is a tool that tracks your weight, exercise routine and calorie intake. This helps Droid owners who are on diets and is also ideal for athletes who are on a strict regiment. By creating a profile you can enter any food and find out how many calories you have consumed that day, making it easier to get the right amount of daily calories for your specific body type. MOVIEFONE: Need to find times for the newest flick that you are just dying to see? AOL’s online and telephone service for movies is now mobile through

many smartphone brands. Users can now find times, book tickets and read synopses for multiple movies at different theaters all with the tap of their finger.


iPhone users who want to track their sleep patterns and avoid being jolted awake by an alarm during a great dream, look no further. My Sleep Tracker tracks your sleep patterns during the night and wakes you up around the time you set, when you are the most awake.


Unanimously the most popular app for mobile phones these days is Facebook. You can now update your status, write on a friend’s wall and upload pictures all from your mobile device. “I love my Facebook app because sometimes my friends and I plan things over Facebook and I can see what’s going on even when I’m on the go,” sophomore Tricia Amantia said. In the argument between smartphones and what can now be called “stupidphones,” the mere ability to talk and text is not enough.

Photo by Bryan Jarboe

Joel Pulliam dons a beard for No Shave November, an event celebrating masculinity.

The manliest ritual on Earth CBU men lose their razors for November BY NEIL MORGAN STAFF WRITER

The Handlebar. The Fu Manchu. The Soul Patch. Mutton Chops. All of the above are prime examples of facial hair excellence that the men of California Baptist University are looking to achieve this month, during the annual No-Shave November. Every year, men across America set aside their razors for a month committed to the au naturale. It is an event that celebrates the natural masculinity that is associated with men’s facial hair. The typical approach to No-Shave November is to shave on the last day of October then not shave for all of November. Then when Dec. 1 comes, they compare amongst friends and are free to shave. For some it means going from shaving once a week to having just a little peach fuzz by the end of the month. For others, it means they need to watch where they step on the 30th, or they may just trip over their anklelength beard. Junior Joel Pulliam is one of the brave men on campus who is participating this month. “There are two kinds of people in this world who go around beardless: boys and women. And I am neither one,” Pulliam said, quoting an ancient Greek saying. This is not Pulliam’s first time involving himself in the event and it is not just in November when he has face full of scruff. He participates because he feels it is one of the “manliest rituals in the world” and recommends more male students join in. This year his goal is to achieve a lush lumberjack beard and he is well on his way with one week to go.

Many ask if grooming is acceptable throughout the month, to keep things looking manageable. For Pulliam the answer to that is biblical. He quotes Leviticus 19:27, “Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.” For some it can be difficult to follow the strict rules of the ritual, whether they need to stay clean-shaven for work or they just can not stand the feel of an itchy beard. This is not true for first time NoShave November participant Jeremy Cannon, who is excited to tackle the challenge this year. Cannon is a junior who is looking to grow a full beard this November. He has a slightly different approach than Pulliam, as he said he “will probably have to trim partway through the month.” In his first attempt at the ritual, Cannon is focused on making it to the end and he recommends that more guys try it out. “More guys should do it, so we can all match,” he said. Pulliam called this event the “manliest ritual” but for Cannon his involvement in the event can be traced back to a childhood activity — a dare. “My friend dared me to do it, and I said ‘bring it!’” Cannon said. No matter if the men on-campus that get involved in the event are regular no-shave enthusiasts or first timers, it is all meant to accomplish one goal. “It is all about having a nice hairy chin without the hassle of having to shave,” Cannon said of the goal. Ladies, like it or not, men around campus will be setting down the razors in the month of November this year and for years to come. It is a ritual. Men, embrace it and let your facial fuzz roam free.


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It has been said that the only certainty in life is death and taxes, but what about tax breaks? The House of Representatives and the Senate voted on the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, former President George W. Bush’s $1.6 trillion ten-year tax cut plan. Now the infamous “Bush tax cuts” will expire on Jan. 1. This has led to fierce debate among Democrats and Republicans alike as to whether or not the tax cuts should be extended or left to expire. On one side, the Republicans want the cuts extended permanently, sighting economic growth and 5 million new jobs created since 2003 as proof of the bill’s success. Democrats, for the most part, are lining up in opposition saying the tax cuts have enlarged inequality across America and are hurting the economy. Now you may be asking, “What are the Bush tax cuts, and how do they affect me?” We sat down with several of California Baptist University’s most prominent history and government professors to ask about their opinions regarding the tax cuts and how they feel the repeal or extension would affect CBU students, be it in the near or far future. Chris McHorney, the Department of History and Government chair, explained what he thought of Bush’s tax cuts ending. “I have mixed emotions on that,” McHorney said. “I mean, obviously I think that the tax cuts are important for our economic growth, but the reality is that getting it through Congress is going to be a challenge. My preference would be to have the tax cuts completely retained, for all income groups. If it comes down to it and we need to get something through Congress, the best compromise would be to get the plan where we have all but the top tax group break.” On the opposite plane was history and political science professor Daniel Skubik. “Most succinctly, the sooner they end the better. It is always nice to have a little more money in your pocket and your paycheck, but rightly

or wrongly the country has incurred expenditures that need to be paid for. We cannot fight wars on two fronts like Iraq and Afghanistan, have financial collapse around the world, as well as in the country, financial markets collapsing, banks imploding and a housing market imploding and not need the government to step in. Those of us who make a living and are still working need to step up to the plate and pay,” Skubik said. In speaking to professor Troy Hinrichs about the effect the repeal of the tax breaks could have on college students he said, “Any time something slows the economy down it will hurt graduates in terms of job prospects. It would not cause inflation, but if inflation comes then obviously that affects the cost of education, books, food at Wanda’s or Brisco’s – everything. That is not directly related to the Bush tax cuts expiring, if they do expire, but stuff always has a ripple effect to some degree.” “We have plenty of cash; the government is printing more of it every day,” Hinrichs said. “It is just that no one is spending it because they do not know what is going to happen. The Bush tax cuts would help because people would at least know, ‘Ok, my taxes are not going up.’ That would be a sigh of relief and would loosen up some of that cash maybe, which might help students with lower loans. That is the only way that this might affect students. Students’ taxes are not going to go up directly.” Most of the above conversation have been along the lines of taxation, but when talking about taxation we must not forget its flip-side, spending. If the Bush tax cuts are not repealed the government will lose revenue, and thus controlling spending on part of the federal government will become paramount. The time may be right to reconsider the tax code as a whole and a tax code revision should be considered. If the government continues to cut taxes it will have to roll back programs as well, though this is not a bad thing per se, we as citizens must be prepared to feel a blow whether the tax cuts are repealed or extended.

Finding the balance between school and social activities is key to collegiate sucess.

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Balancing the scales of work and play

Avoiding the extremes of becoming a hermit or a fool BY MARK GOMEZ STAFF WRITER

The spirited cheers throughout on-campus sporting events and the caffeinated late night study sessions for the following day’s biology exam have coexisted in the world of college life since as far back as we can remember. Though one is not better than the other, they continue to balance on the scales of collegiate living. As the elements of social life and academics are vital for the best college experience possible, it is very helpful for students to find a balance between these two elements during the important chapter of their lives. When students attend college it is very likely that they will believe they will grow intellectually and socially. Though the value of these two elements are very important for many who attend California Baptist University, many student get too caught up in studies by becoming unsocial or becoming a failing student who forgets to finish assignments. One might say that it is easy to put the projects aside too much. With annual events, including Fortuna Bowl, Late Night Breakfast and Midnight Madness, it can be easy for any student to get caught up and forget the main reason why he or she is attending college in

the first place. “I think it is common to get distracted from academics as a whole,” explained Matt Smitley, a resident assistant for University Place. “There is always something going on around campus. Realistically, we want people to attend as much as they can, but we do understand that they need to balance school and that. I always encourage people to attend but always be a good manager of your time.” Even though academics are the main focus for students while they attend classes, the possibility of being too studious still remains as it leads to missing out on the “once in a lifetime” social opportunities. “This is a big stepping stone in your adult life that you cannot find anywhere else,” explained freshman Mike Creighton. “Your academics are the reason you are here at school, but there is an element where this is the best time of your life. You might meet your wife or best friends here.” With these social events being available only during the college life, strategies of

balancing does help to improve the performance of a wellrounded life as a student. “I have never been a person to study for 10 hours and not take a break,” said Ryan Riley. “I think you should always take a break.” This study strategy is used by many who tend to keep up with their assignments but also want to attend any annual events. However, there is always the possibility to lose sight of due dates and forget to finish vital reports and projects. With the experience of college only lasting a few years in a person’s life it is most beneficial for a student to equally have a social life along with a good academic and stimulating academic life. This would benefit the students with a rewarding degree along with memories to last a lifetime. CBU encourages its students to be both sociable as well as intellectually challenged. However, it is the students’ choice as to how they choose to spend their time.

The views expressed in the Culture and Perspective sections 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: or Campus Box 1121


Welcome to the good life BY REBEKAH MADISON satisfied is Christ. STAFF WRITER

What exactly is the good life? Beyoncé, Kobe Bryant, Brad Pitt and Bill Gates seem to know the secret, right? Our society tells us the good life is achieving that dream job, that car to be envied, that house with the white picket fence, that fatty paycheck with money to spend, expensive clothes for people to be impressed upon and those incredible vacations with time to waste. If only we could feel that satisfaction from achieving this in our own lives, then we will finally be happy. Or will we? Americans are known to want more, so when will that desire be satisfied? It is a cycle that keeps going around and never leaves anyone fully content. The only thing that can leave a human completely

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And Christ lived no good life. Just take a minute and meditate on this. What is the purpose of life? We work all of our lives to become something and then we die. We are gone. Forever. Psalm 103:15-16 says, “But as for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.” How are you spending your precious time? Our lives here on Earth are temporary. Our days have already been numbered and we will die. Regardless of wealth, fame, status and accomplishments, we will be forgotten. Then, why do people live for those good things? They are meaningless things. Death alone removes meaning from our world, messing up our desires and ruining

our plans. There is so much more to life than the materialistic things and the “American dream.” The more I read the Bible, the more it messes me up. It has turned everything I believed in upside-down. Has anyone read Ecclesiastes lately? How can you read that without it completely transforming your life? We claim to be Christians but we desire things that are not of God. In Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”. In Luke 14:33, He says, “Any of you who does not give up everything you have cannot be my disciple.” When Jesus says everything, He means EVERYTHING. His call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing. There is no in-between. Living a life for God means dying to yourself. You are here on this Earth for one reason and that is to glorify God. End of story. Nowhere does it say you

can follow Him and still live the good life. God intends for us to enjoy Him and to take pleasure in Him. If you feel uncomfortable reading this, then look at what Francis Chan said, “There are safer ways to live than being a Christian. And there are cooler ways to live than trying to follow Jesus.” Therefore, by claiming to be Christians who also wear brand name clothes, plan epic weekend adventures and drive ridiculously expensive cars, how are we living radically different from those around us? Do you desire the things of this world or the things of the Lord? Is the “good life” really all that good? If you happen to get everything you could possible ask for, is it then you will finally feel complete in life? However wonderful these things may be, an extreme supply of any of them never leaves you entirely satisfied. Something is always missing: something only Christ will satisfy. I encourage you to treat every valuable

minute as though it was our last because one day it will be. Use your time wisely and the wisest thing you can do with your precious time is choose to glorify God in whatever you do. In Matthew 7:13-14 it says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” With Christmas coming up, we need to realize it is not an excuse to desire the good things. Our culture has accepted that wanting more is acceptable during Christmas. Well, it is not acceptable. Give your time and money into something that will make a difference for the Kingdom of God this season. Do not be like the rest of the world this Christmas and think of all the good things in life that will make you happy. Think of how marvelous our God is and how being saved by His grace is the greatest gift we could ever receive.


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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described music as the universal language of mankind. However, music is more than just the universal language, it is what defines people and a generation. Music is an ever-changing phenomenon that will continue to transform through the ages. In the 1950s, it was prominent for the teenage generation to step out of the typical structured society and rock out to the King of Rock Elvis Presley and his latest hits, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Hound Dog” and “All Shook Up.” In the 1960s, it was the Beatle’s “Let It Be” and “Come Together,” songs that defined the generation as peace-makers and war-haters. In the 1970s, Queen set the stage for rock with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which exemplifies the “don’t think, just dance” era of music. In the 1980s, pop culture came alive with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” as well as Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The 1990s was the decade of music by teenage heartthrobs such as the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” and Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time.” The start of the millennium produced the “gangsta rap” era with prominent artists such as Missy Elliot, Usher and 50 Cent. With the turn of each decade, music changes to reflect the values of that generation. Currently our society lost the traditional love songs about finding the “right one.” Rather, songs are about partying and hooking-up with drunk men and women. With hit songs such as “Get U Home” by Swayze and “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj, there is no question as to why underage drinking is popular. Music lost the artistic value

from before that included harmonies and complicated rhythms. Artists such as Drake do not put much effort into their music but rather speak their lyrics over an assigned beat and call it a song. This is not true music. Current generations are losing the values of the art behind producing music and are looking at the ability for the artist’s music to sell. Artists such as Rihanna and Kanye West demonstrate how some music companies stray from contracting artists based on their ability to actually sing. They are contracted on their appearance and ability to sell themselves as well as who they know in the music industry. Music is no longer purely sung by the artist. Many times, background singers and new technology allow for the ability to manipulate whether an artist is singing the correct notes, falling flat or even singing in the wrong key. I have even heard of artists not being able to sing their song live because they cannot hit some of the notes in the song due to digital enhancements on the record. Our generation is obsessed with partying, hooking-up and being in abusive relationships. However, is that a true indication of where society is? These popular songs attract our generation not because of the promiscuous lyrics but the catchy beats that evoke a dance gene in all of us. Some may like the promiscuous lyrics but a majority of the time we do not understand the true meaning behind them. Our generation is being defined by sex, drugs and alcohol, not just through music but through movies, the media and those in the spotlight. It is sad to see that a gossip magazine sells more copies than a high quality novel. The music of our generation reflects the values of today’s society. Our generation no longer purely cares about simplicities such as love, but rather about having a good time.


November 19, 2010 · Volume 58 · Issue 6

PURSUING VICTORY A CBU professor’s thoughts on the impact of athletics BY JJ STEELE


Mike MacNeill jumps to block a Pepperdine kill.

Photo by Mike Sampson

CBU blocked by top tier opponent BY CASSIE WYATT

ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR After a loss last season to the national champions, California Baptist University (CBU) Lancers, Pepperdine University’s men’s volleyball team came back thirsty for a win to restore their honor and accomplished exactly that on Nov. 10. The CBU Lancers lost 25-21 in the fifth set. Because the game was a scrimmage, the men played to 25 points for every set. If it had not been a scrimmage they would have played to 30 in the first four sets and to 15 for the last set. The Pepperdine Wave started the match off showing exactly what their intentions were, winning 25-22 in a rally against the Lancers. The second set however, was a different story. Although it was still a rally, CBU came back to win 25-22. Coming back to win the third set, the Pepperdine Wave was now ahead two to one. The Lancers began to look tired due to the final 10 point difference on the board. However, in the fourth set they turned it around, winning 25-19. Now tied, both sides were getting antsy. CBU fans were cheering loud and proud, all waiting for another victory against the Wave. Unfortunately for the

Lancer’s pride and the rowdy fans, Pepperdine finished the match in the fifth set with a 25-21 lead. Levi Cabral led the Lancers with 24 kills during the match, Mike MacNeill had four aces and Garet Kreutziger had the most blocks for the Lancers with five. All of the Lancers played like champions, some even tried to get the crowd moving while they were on the court. Although the regular season does not start until the beginning of January, the men’s volleyball team has several scrimmages against elite universities throughout November and December. This was the first of the scrimmages but it has prepared the men for what’s to come. Coach McGuyre explained that the men had at least two starters who did not play, but thinks that by January the team will be ready for the regular season. With all of their players out and plenty of non-season competition the team will be well prepared. The CBU men’s volleyball team is also playing an exhibition game against the University of Moscow on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.. “ It should be a very exciting match with one of the top volleyball programs from each country going head to head,” McGuyre said.

The desire to win has been the goal of many great athletes throughout history. This desire is fledged out through the hard work that shows in the sweat on a practice jersey, the bruises from tackling drills on a football field and the extra swings in the cage a player takes after his team leaves the field. Jeff Mooney, associate professor of Old Testament at California Baptist University, experienced the dramatic change when the desire to win was instilled in him through his relationship with Jesus Christ. As a gifted athlete growing up in Alabama, Mooney excelled in basketball, baseball and most of all, track. Eventually walking on to the Auburn University track team, the harsh reality of what it took to be a college athlete confronted Mooney. Hanging up his track spikes after his freshman year, the music scene became his main focus as a Jazz Performance and Music Theory major. Some of the good character qualities that coaches and athletes desire came to him through his

efforts from behind the piano, but turning his life to Jesus developed his maturity in a way that athletics and music never could. “All the things, interestingly enough, my coaches wanted me to be in my early years in athletics, I became after I became a Christian,” Mooney said. “I became disciplined, I became driven, I became ambitious, I became unafraid to execute a plan. I became vigilante to study things that I already knew and to continue to plow through them.” Winning became an important goal in every area of life for him. It did not need to be confined to the track or in the gym. “I think people who are not taught how to win and how to fight to win and struggle to win and be disciplined to win and be trained to win early on missed out on a huge lesson in life that really makes them a very successful individual,” Mooney said. Though athletics was no longer in the picture for Mooney, the remnants of the teachings he received from previous coaches began to appear in his life as a professor and a pastor. As the senior pastor of Norco

Page 15 First Baptist Church, Mooney finds winning to be a necessity from behind the pulpit. Success comes from his ability to explain the Bible to his church in order to create spiritual maturity among his congregation. “When I stand up to preach, this is a very serious business to me,” Mooney said. “Paul talks about in his letters that he longs for the sanctification of his congregation and he toils to present everyone mature in Christ and things like that. In my mind, that’s where that lies for me.” Winning doesn’t stop in the sanctuary. As a professor at CBU, Mooney strives to maintain the university’s community of excellence. Taking it personally, he challenges himself to be a contributor to the academic quality that CBU offers. “I want CBU to win. I want us to be the best university that we can be and I want to be a part of contributing to that,” Mooney said. Competitiveness and the pursuit of excellence are key strengths that Mooney sees as necessary characteristics to be a successful person in life. Referring to the apostle Paul’s letters to the people of Corinth, he points out Paul’s reference to being an athlete and winning. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize,” (1 Corinthians 9:24).

Women’s volleyball comes up short at last home game BY REBEKAH MADISON changed as Concordia went on Hope International will be a good

STAFF WRITER to win the next two sets. Those wins must have been a wake up The California Baptist call for the girls and they realized University women’s volleyball they needed to step their game up, team had their last home game winning with a comfortable score for the 2010 season. The No. 6 of 15-25. Lancers came up short on Nov. In the fifth set CBU fell behind 9th as they battled it out against early, but then went on to tying the No. 11 Concordia. Now, with a score at 12-12. Out of the timeout standing overall 28-5 record, they a Lancer error gave the Eagles the will be playing on the road for the advantedge, but quickly ended with remainder of the season. a kill of their own to give Concordia The competition was neck match point. A final Lancer error and neck, but the Lancers came on a kill attempt that sailed just up short, falling 3-2 to the Eagles long, gave Concordia the match. in the Van Dyne Gymnasium. It was a bittersweet night for “I don’t know what happened. CBU’s lone senior, Karli Oliver, We just couldn’t get it together,” who has played four years for the Linjun Ji said. “It’s frustrating Lancers. because I know we are a better “It’s just crazy that I have team, we just couldn’t pull it played on this team for all four together.” years,” Oliver said. “It’s a huge The girls won the first match, accomplishment to be part of a making it seem that is was going college team for that long. It’s a to be another epic sweep like bummer we couldn’t pull through the previous one against Fresno with a win for my last home game, Pacific University. That quickly but I’m hoping our match against

rebound.” The women’s volleyball team has already made quite a name for themselves, so this loss might be exactly what they need to push for the postseason. The women’s volleyball team has definitely been exciting from the fan’s side as well as the player’s side. Sammy Ramos, a CBU Crazie said, “It’s been a privilege to motivate and encourage the girls. They have made it this far and I’m glad I was here at their last home game to cheer them on.” With the loss CBU falls to 28-5 overall, 15-4 GSAC, while Concordia improves to 22-7, 13-6. Within the year they have improved enormously and worked extremely hard this entire season. They aren’t going to be satisfied with just making it to the postseason, they have the determination to make it to the national championships.


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Jeremy Atkinson helps goalie Austin Ramer block a shot.

Photo by Mike Sampson

The Eagles defense crashes back to help their 2-meter defender.

Photo by Mike Sampson

Lancers flop in the pond CBU falls short in the final game of the season to Concordia BY TAYLOR ROGERS Invite on Nov. 13. NEWS EDITOR

The California Baptist University Lancer men’s water polo team finished a recordbreaking season of 32-6 on a not so high note with a loss to Concordia University 6-5 in the championship game of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

Senior player, Greg Smith, said, “going into the championship game, we were favored to win. We had beaten them twice before. We wanted to win it really bad because last year we lost to them in the same NAIA Invite.” Senior Aaron Steiger gave the Lancers the lead of 5-3 when he scored at the 2:33 mark towards the end of the third quarter.

CBU had the opportunity to score with six 6-on-5’s but only were able to get one goal off in the bottom of the 4th quarter. However, it was at the :27 mark of the 4th quarter that Concordia took the lead with 6-5 and won the game. In a news release on the Lancer Athletics website, Head Coach Rick Rowland said, “We played very good defense in this

final game only allowing six goals. The offense just wasn’t there for us. It comes down to the fact that they were able to capitalize on one more opportunity than we were. That’s the difference.” This was also the last game for three seniors on the team. Number 10, Aaron Steigler, Number 11, Alan Ogden, and Number 15, Greg Smith played their final game.

Even with a loss to end the season, coach Rowland had proud words for his team. “You can’t let the final game define a season, as disappointing as it may be,” Rowland said. “I’m very proud of this team. The guys worked hard all year. They were consistently the highest ranked team we’ve ever had and probably the strongest team we’ve had at CBU.”

Truckin’ in the gym and on the hall BY NEIL MORGAN STAFF WRITER

Brenna Hahn is not just a basketball player; she is a leader, friend, student, disciple and aspiring truck driver. Hahn is a senior guard for the California Baptist University women’s basketball team but it is apparent that she is concerned with much more than basketball. Not only is she the team’s leading scorer, but she is also a leader around campus, as she is a Residant Assistant for Simmons Hall. Juggling her time between the two jobs is difficult, as both require an immense time commitment as well as a personal and spiritual commitment. Hahn is up for the task though, she said, “I had some great RA’s who had a big impact on where I am now, spiritually, and I knew I wanted to do that for other girls.” However, it has not been all about her affecting the girls on her hall this year. It has worked both ways. “I love being an RA, it is a huge stress relief for me. My girls have been such a blessing to me this year,” Hahn said.

Stress relief is important for Hahn, as the time she puts into basketball and being an RA leaves little time for homework, sleep and the other necessities of life. Homework is no easy task; she is a math major who hopes to rid the world of bad math teachers. Her ultimate career goal is to become a teacher and a coach, however she had the uncommon childhood dream of being a truck driver. Growing up in Utah, there were trucks and truck drivers all around. However, it was one truck in particular that piqued her interest in the profession. Hahn described one of her relatives who had, “the coolest semi ever. It had a big bunk bed in the cabin, a tv, mini fridge, microwave and he traveled with his dog.” While other kids said they wanted to be athletes or astronauts, Hahn was the lone student with aspirations of driving semis. This sense of individuality has followed her throughout her life, and will continue now as she approaches her college graduation in just a few

months. Another uncommon thing about Hahn is her favorite movie, the recent animated film “How to Train Your Dragon.” This is her favorite because of the underlying theme. “I love the message that it is okay to go against what is common. That there is nothing wrong with being different, if it is for what you believe in,” Hahn said. She likened the theme to her experience as a Christian in Utah. She had faith in her convictions and she followed them all the way to CBU. “I love CBU because of all of the opportunities for ministry and I love that I can walk around and see people with guitars out worshiping the Lord, or at a table doing a bible study,” Hahn said. She may be known for her sweet shot from beyond the arc, or for winning free Chik-Fil-A for the girls at this years Midnight Madness, but with her responsibilities as an RA, her commitment to being a student and her commitment to the Lord, Brenna Hahn is so much more than that.

Photo by Haley Helfer

Brenna Hahn balances being an RA while being a guard on the court.

Balancing the Scales of Work and Play  

It is a perspectives piece about the battle among social life against academics