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Campus abandons Intellikeys University set to replace keys with ID cards by next school year
By Falon Opsahl News Assistant
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SOLE SEARCHING — Junior Kevin Enstrom and senior Craig Sutter, back, wash homeless men’s feet Thursday, Feb. 7 at Webster Elementary. The students are part of a campus group called Happy Feet, which performs foot washing as both a medical and religious service to the Malibu homeless community.
Nonprofit dips its toes in religious rite By Rebecca Herron Photo Editor
The room Thursday night is filled with the loud buzz of conversation and the smell of home-cooked food as people gather around the tables to share a meal. Outside, students are splashing around, carrying large basins of water and preparing for the meal to conclude. People laugh and talk like they are old friends who have just been reunited inside the Webster Elementary School gym, the site of Standing on Stone’s weekly dinner. SOS gathers the local homeless community and others in “transition” for food, prayer and companionship. Slowly, as the conversations dwindle in the gym, people trickle outside
to a station students have set up. People are curious about the area of six water tubs. Then, in what organizers call a Christ-like gesture, the students offer to wash their homeless neighbors’ feet. Most are reluctant, but some are willing to participate, and a student guides them to sit down in front of a tub of water. The students talk as they remove their shoes and, with a smile, begin to wash their feet. This image is the product of Happy Feet, a nonprofit started by juniors Trevor Cavender and Andrew Enslen both studying pre-med. Merging their interests in the medical profession and public service, the two sports medicine majors have set their sights on helping the homeless community in Malibu.
Prayer Breakfast invites seniors By Charmaine Cleveland Staff Writer
For many, the National Prayer Breakfast stands as a symbol of humility and is a coalition that has promoted positive political interactions since 1953. Today, it continues to recognize influential youth representing their universities and inspires the peaceful coexistence of religion and politics. Seniors Elizabeth Peterson and Nicole Watts were two of the 3,000 guests on Thursday’s 61st annual breakfast
in Washington, D.C., organized by members of the U.S. House and Senate. The trip was sponsored by Dean of Students Mark Davis and Dean of Seaver College Rick Marrs, affording Watts, an international studies major, and Peterson, a mathematics education major, the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., for the week to attend one of the nation’s premier speaking events. “It was overwhelming when we got there, but we were excited and honored to be there,”
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Every first Thursday of the month Cavender, Enslen and their friends promote foot health for the homeless who spend a majority of their time on their feet. Enslen described the foot-washing as an “interesting byproduct” of their overall goal: to serve. “The foot washing is very intentional! It is incredible, and vital, that it also serves a terrifically necessary medical purpose, but we don’t shy away from the overt call by Christ to wash others feet ( John 13:14),” wrote Enslen in an email. The volunteers wash the feet of the homeless and provide new socks, but they also try to tend to any problems that the individuals express. One of the physician’s assistants from the Pepperdine Health Center helps
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ID cards will replace all of the Intellikeys on campus next year, according to FM&P. Associate Dean of Students Brian Dawson confirmed that by the beginning of next academic year, all of the residence halls will have updated lock systems with the new technology. Campus Construction and Planning is leading the project, Dawson said. But it was a comprehensive university decision — including HRL, DPS, FM&P and administrators — that it is time for an upgrade. Les Thomas of Planning Operations and Construction, an office that works on the Intellikey information that connects to Pepperdine’s data, could not be reached for comment after several attempts. “I’m really excited that it’s coming,” Dawson said. “Any time we can bring the latest technology to students, I think that’s good for the entire campus. It is a necessary step.” The Intellikeys were implemented on campus over a decade ago and were, at the time, state of the art. “But it’s outdated,” Dawson said. “It’s like having a computer that’s decades old. Parts
are not working, and it’s taking up a lot more time than it would to just replace them.” The intellikeys have been causing problems for students and faculty, sometimes turning off without reason and needing reprogramming. “It’s time to buy the new computer,” Dawson said. Though it is not certain exactly what kind of technology will be used, Dawson said, it will be more convenient than the Intellikeys. The technology of door locks has come a long way in the past few years. One possibility is a proximity key, a system in which a chip would be put into all ID cards. When the student or faculty member gets close to the door, the door will read their chip and either open automatically or need some sort of additional step, like entering a code. Dawson said this would add a brand new level to security and would also allow doors to be locked and unlocked remotely. For example, if there is a suspicious person on campus, a whole building could be locked down, or if someone was locked out, he or she could be let in by remote once his or her identity was verified. This added technology,
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PCH wreck proves fatal By Patrick Rear News Assistant
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MONDAY TRAGEDY — Ronald Carver, a tow truck driver, was struck and killed Monday night while assisting a minivan on PCH. The woman suspected of killing Carver is accused of a hit-and-run and driving under the influence.
The nuances of love With Valentine’s Day around the corner, students experience both success and heartbreak.
Some of those attempting to travel eastbound on the Pacific Coast Highway on Monday night witnessed a fatal hitand-run crash between John Tyler Drive and Puerco Canyon Road. Ronald Carver, a 45-yearold tow-truck driver who worked for the Westlake-based Platinum Tow and Transport was hit around 8:45 p.m. while assisting a minivan on the eastbound side of the highway. Carver was killed on impact, according to LA
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February 14, 2013
Alpha Phi sings and serves for cardiac care
AMY FAN Staff Writer
Same-sex marriage in the U.S. is an inevitable step
COURTESY OF Ashley Rhame
IT’S HEART WORK — Alpha Phi sisters pose at their event, Sing Your Heart Out, Tuesday. The sorority hosted the second annual event to raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation to support women’s cardiac care. The event included a singing competition among the sororities and fraternities, as well as an auction of two members of each Greek chapter.
2/5/13 9:04 a.m. Traffic Related – Traffic Accident, Non-Injury Location: Seaver Drive Summary: A vehicle collided with a parked vehicle. Moderate to major damage was reported. 2/5/13 11:47 a.m. Fire/Hazards – Gas Leak, Outside Location: Pendleton Learning Center Summary: A faculty member reported smelling the odor of natural gas in a classroom area. Public Safety and FM&P responded. Gas detectors were unable to detect a leak. Public Safety officers continued to conduct regular checks of the area with negative results. 2/5/13 1:40 p.m. Incidents – Heat and Smoke Alarms Location: Richard Rockwell Towers
Summary: Public Safety dispatch received a fire alarm panel signal. There was no fire. An FM&P staff member reported that they accidentally activated a smoke detector while soldering a copper pipe in a mechanical room. The LA County Fire Department was canceled and residents were advised that they could reoccupy the building. 2/5/13 7:30 p.m. Incidents – Suspicious Person Location: Rho Parking Lot Summary: Public Safety officers responded to a report of a suspicious male walking around the Lovernich apartments. Public Safety made contact with an individual matching the description, and it was determined that the individual was a student. No unusual activity was reported. 2/5/13 7:19 p.m. Incidents – Suspicious Person Location: Payson Library
Calendar THURSDAY Hula Lessons 11 p.m. – midnight Fitness Studio
FRIDAY Oral Tradition Coffeehouse 8 p.m. Sandbar
SATURDAY Women’s Basketball vs. BYU 2 p.m. Firestone Fieldhouse
MONDAY Zumba 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. Fitness Studio
TUESDAY Black History Month Heritage Dinner 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Waves Cafe
Summary: Public Safety officers responded to a report of a suspicious individual talking to themselves. It was determined the individual was a staff member talking on their Bluetooth device. 2/6/13 6:29 a.m. Parking Related – Vehicle Relocation Location: Banowsky Boulevard Summary: An illegally parked vehicle on Banowsky Boulevard was relocated to a legal space at the Upper Eddy D. Field Stadium Parking Pot by Malibu Tow. 2/8/13 5:13 a.m. Service Calls – Animal Call – Mountain Lion Location: Terrace Parking Lot Summary: Public Safety officer received a report of a possible mountain lion sighting in the Terrace Lot. Officers checked
the surrounding areas and were unable to locate evidence of the animal in the area. 2/9/13 10:07 a.m. Incidents – Suspicious Circumstances Location: Off Campus Location Summary: A person not affiliated with Pepperdine University reported receiving a suspicious email from a Pepperdine email address and a fraudulent check in the mail possibly connected with the email. 2/9/13 12:30 p.m. Incidents – Heat and Smoke Alarms Location: Drescher Student Housing Apartments Summary: There was a report of a smoke detector fire alarm activation. There was no fire. The LA County Fire Department response was canceled. The cause was determined to be excessive smoke from food
cooking on a stovetop. 2/9/13 4:11 p.m. Incidents – Heat and Smoke Alarms Location: Center for Learning & Technology Summary: A university staff member reported smoke and a burning smell coming from an electrical closet. Public Safety officers and the LA County Fire Department responded. FM&P responded for repairs. The cause was determined to be circuit breakers that required repair. 2/10/13 1:49 a.m. Service Calls – Animal Call – Coyote Location: Seaver Drive Summary: Public Safety officers and LA County Animal Control responded to a report of a deer injured by coyotes. The deer was removed by LA County Animal Control.
Officer involved in Big Bear shootout Nuclear test branded ‘serious threat’ Authorities believe murder suspect and ex-cop Christopher Dorner was inside a cabin set ablaze near Big Bear. Dornor had participated in a shootout with authorities in Big Bear on Tuesday. He killed four people during the exchange. There is a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner’s conviction.
Meeting set for cultural commission
North Korean nuclear testing is a “serious threat” to the U.S., outgoing Pentagon Chief Leon Panetta said. Panetta likened North Korea to Iran and the UN Security Council “strongly condemned” the test. North Korea warned the U.S. that it intended to conduct a nuclear test, but did not say when.
Vatican says Pope has a pacemaker
Malibu’s new Cultural Arts Commission will hold its first meeting Feb. 26 at Malibu City Hall, according to Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal. Commissioners will make recommendations to the Malibu City Council on cultural arts policy, the use of city parks for arts-related events, purchases of art by the city, outreach to Malibu artists and other tasks.
A day after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation — the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years — the Vatican acknowledged that he has had a pacemaker for years, but that he did not step down because of any specific illness. Pope Benedict’s last public appearance will be his final mass in Saint Peter’s Square on Feb. 27. After, he will have no role in the running of the Church.
Panga boat found near Point Mugu
Conditions worsen on stranded ship
Reports compiled from Malibu Patch
Reports compiled from BBC News
An abandoned smuggler’s panga boat was discovered Tuesday morning on a beach in Point Mugu State Park. The boat was near some campsites at Thornhill Broome Beach. Neither suspects nor narcotics were located, according to Craig Sap, Superintendent of California State Parks Angeles District.
The United States and the rest of the modern world have entered a new era of civil rights — LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in 11 countries, and about 20 other countries support same-sex unions. Recently, both Britain and France passed bills for gay marriage as well. As of November in the United States, nine states plus the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. On March 26, the Supreme Court is set to review California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban. Politics and policies are changing. Attitudes and societal values are changing as well. Companies that once rejected members of the LGBT community are now revising their policies. Currently, the Boy Scouts of America are considering letting local chapters decide whether or not to ban gay scouts, instead of banning them altogether. Chick-fil-A said it would no longer be giving money to anti-gay marriage organizations. But for the U.S., the meaningful changes, namely gay marriage, are being debated at the state and federal level. Both President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have shown support for the legalization of gay marriage and gay rights, along with other key Democrats like Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The debate for gay marriage in the U.S. has now turned into a partisan powder keg, roughly splitting the population in two. The conversation seems to be making an impact, however, with a Gallup poll revealing that 53 percent of Americans were in favor of gay marriage in 2011, which is an 11 percent increase from 2004. All evidence points to the inevitable conclusion that will one day certainly affect the entire United States: Gay marriage will be eventually legalized. The question is no longer if, but when. Personally, I think we should take note from a great Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” It will take too long of a time to wait until the entire population is comfortable with the idea of gay marriage; the time to act is now.
Passengers on the stranded cruise ship, the Carnival Triumph, in the Gulf of Mexico have said conditions are worsening two days after an engine fire crippled the vessel. Toilets are overflowing, there is no air-conditioning and passengers must wait in line for hours for food. g
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PHOTOS BY Monica Case
YES MAN — Students talk with representatives during the annual Career Fair. Companies such as CBS, Target and Fox attended the event.
Choose a major for a career
By Louise Dequilla Staff Writer
Choosing a major is a critical decision. Luckily for Pepperdine’s freshmen, it does not have to be a permanent one. Many students have said they stressed over which major to choose and felt they were lagging behind in terms of their career path if they dawdled over the decision. This pressure, in addition to parental and societal influences, often prevents students from picking a major solely based on their passions and interests. Pepperdine administrators, however, said they want students to have some room to explore, allowing them to change majors as late as their junior year. It is a balancing act between allowing students to change their minds while still making sure they graduate on time. “Number one, I think that students and parents stress too much over finding the right major even before they come to college,” said Business Administration Division Chair Dr. Jere Yates. “You’re being asked to pick a career and major before you even know who you are and what’s out there.” Students are often the most resistant to changing majors, believing that doing so brands them with a negative connotation, administrators said. “Students are trying to relieve the anxiety of ‘If I don’t pick a major right now I’m going to be missing out and there’s something wrong with me,'" said Dean of Students Mark Davis. The Graphic surveyed 70 Seaver students regarding their feelings on changing majors. Nearly 41 percent said they have changed or plan on changing their major, 46.4 percent do not plan to change their major and 12.7 percent remain undeclared.
“I am surprised to hear that some students come here with the mindset that they should not change their declared major,” said Religion Division Chair Timothy Willis. “I changed my major twice in my four years as an undergraduate.” Some students enter college knowing what major they want to pursue, while others use general education courses, internships, research or the Career Center as methods of exploration, according to OneStop counselors. Students said their main anxiety about changing majors stems from not having enough time to complete the necessary units to graduate in four years. “There are a lot of good resources, like OneStop, that make changing majors pretty simple,” said freshman interpersonal communication major Chloe Walton. “It’s just overwhelming trying to figure out the units and how to fit it all without having to take summer school or a fifth year.” OneStop and academic advising counselors are available year-round to assist in the hunt for the major that most fits the specific student’s mold. “The majority [of students] who change their major are first and second year students,” said Academic Advising Director Andrea Harris. But upperclassmen receive priority when it comes to registering for classes in order to complete the requirements to graduate on time, counselors said. Registration for fall 2013 is approaching for all returning students. Most have registration appointments between March 6 and 11, but athletes and debate team members are given priority, registering on March 5. In addition to the worry of extra time and money spent in school as a result of major changes, many students feel parental pressure to pick a major
that will lead to a job right out of college and make a good salary, administrators said. “A lot of people who are college-bound are looking at college as a way to make money,” Davis said. “This affects the major selection, with students asking themselves ‘what major is most likely going to get me a job?’” Pepperdine’s staff and faculty remind students that a college degree, regardless of the type of major, is automatically going to put them in a different financial bracket. The university also advocates focusing on finding the major that best fits with each student's passions rather than that which has the most earning potential. Students are encouraged to find vocations, not just jobs. “A big part of college is getting in touch with who you are and what you value and what you want for your life,” Yates said. “Certainly as freshmen, they prematurely close the identity search before even looking at different career options.” Pepperdine’s liberal arts education emphasizes being well-rounded and building character, according to Davis and others. Integrating the Christian worldview and ethical standards into every educational path is a must, regardless of the specific major. “It’s not just about spiritual or character development,” Davis said. “It’s also about teaching students how to think.” “I investigated two fields that were of some interest to me at the time,” Willis said of his undergraduate experience. “I was glad for what I learned, but I was also glad it was possible for me to change my mind and still graduate in four years. “If I had felt obligated to complete my first choice [major], then I would have resented the final years of my education and felt that I was wasting my time and money in my classes,”
Willis continued. Davis said some students do come in with a clear sense of their occupational calling, but most don’t. “Some students may have the clear sense, knowing they’re going to be doctors or lawyers or artists,” Davis said. “But that’s not the experience for the majority. Students change majors two or three times on average, and it’s normal for individuals to end up in a career outside of their major.” Administrators said they also recognize that students may change their career path long after they graduate. “A lot of people end up doing what their major did not prepare them to do,” Yates said. “By the time you’re ready to graduate, I use the analogy of being like a sailboat in a harbor. If you stay in the harbor, you’re never going to get anywhere. “At some point you need to get out of college and make adjustments with your career and not your college course,” Yates said. Davis said he agreed that the days of students staying in one career their whole lives are done. “Learning all the fundamentals, working together in groups — if you focus on that, you’re equipping yourself for multiple careers, regardless of your major here at Pepperdine,” Davis said. The university continues to uphold the importance of moral values being in line with one’s actions, all while placing God at the center of it all. “As a Christian, I believe that there is a connection between the tasks that we enjoy doing and the God who created us,” Willis said. “The career we pursue should contribute to a sense of fulfillment that we seek to enjoy in our unique and personal relationship with God.”
Students’ Majors by the Numbers 40.9% Have declared their major and have changed or plan on changing
46.4% Have declared and do not plan on changing 12.7% Have not declared 54.9% Believe Pepperdine makes it easy to switch majors 12.7% Don’t believe Pepperdine makes it easy to switch 32.4% Don’t know much about major changes Data gathered via SurveyMonkey by Pepperdine Graphic Media with a sample size of 70 students. Survey conducted by Louise Dequilla.
February 14, 2013
Psi U Think You Can Dance?
PHOTOS BY Genevieve Smith
SHAKE SENORA— Sorority members competed in Psi Upsilon’s annual event for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation in the Caf on Thursday night. Delta Gamma won the dance competition and Kappa Alpha Theta won the entire philanthropy competition. Sam Schmidt (1986) was the founding president of Psi U at Pepperdine. Schmidt became an Indy car racer and was paralyzed in a crash in 2000. His foundation became Psi U’s first fraternty-wide philanthropy.
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Watts said. “We met an Irish mediator who was influential in the Middle East with Muslim Leaders, as well as young Jordanian engineers and the Singapore ambassador to the United States.” Watts said that most of the discussion focused on the principles of Christianity while remaining politically professional and formal. “My worldview expanded. It was encouraging to see how many people in places of influence had a hear for The Word.” The two seniors heard keynote speeches from President Barack Obama and his guest Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Each year the identity of the keynote speaker is kept secret until the day of the breakfast. First Lady Michelle Obama and Italian singer Andrea Bocelli were also in attendance. Rep. Senator of Alabama Jeff Sessions and Dem. Senator of Arkansas Mark Pryor hosted the invitation-only event. Carson’s speech last Thursday drew attention when he publicly criticized some of the president’s policies, like Obamacare, national debt and taxes. Randall Wallace, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Braveheart” and Pepperdine adjunct professor, was the keynote speaker for the National Prayer Breakfast in 2011. Wallace has been at Pepperdine since 2009 and teaches in the creative writing and M.F.A. in Writing for Screen and Television programs. Prayer Breakfast guest speakers in the past have included Mother Teresa of Calcutta, U2’s Bono and
COURTESY OF Elizabeth Peterson
BUILDING BRIDGES — Senior Elizabeth Peterson sits with Jordanian friends at the National Prayer Breakfast’s final dinner Feb. 7.
former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair. The National Prayer Breakfast is privately sponsored and organized by the Christian political group, the Fellowship Foundation, or “The Family.” The breakfast is touted as one of the few nonpolitical events in Washington. The intent is to promote interfaith relations in a series of forums and networking dinners. “It’s a time when Republicans and Democrats can put aside their political views, let their guard down and pray for our nation,” Peterson said. “There’s just so much honor between Republicans and Democrats. Even if they don’t agree with each other’s policies, they’re all trying to make
the country a better place.” Peterson and Watts were nominated to attend through the National Student Leadership Forum. “It was a blessing to get to go,” Watts said. “I feel like we have a very critical way of looking at leaders in politics, but this event provides a place for people in politics to share their faith and get to know each other. It makes them more human.”
February 14, 2013
Year2Malibu conquers San Francisco By Alexander Hayes Creative Director
San Francisco received an awakening this past weekend as a group of Pepperdine sophomores were unleashed on the city. As a part of the Sophomore Experience initiative, Year2Malibu sent 100 sophomores, as well as a few juniors, seniors and graduate students who are staff at HRL to San Francisco to support the idea of becoming locally active adults passionate about global issues. Students left an overcast Malibu on Friday afternoon and arrived in sunny San Francisco around 3 a.m. Kari E. Enge, director of Intercultural Affairs, greeted the group Saturday morning and let the sophomores loose on the city on a scavenger hunt. From Chinatown to the Cable Car Museum, the excursion led students all over San Francisco to both local and tourist hot spots. The night ended back at the Marriot Hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf with a panel of Pepper-
dine alumni breaking down the idea of becoming a locally engaged, global citizen through a couple of different lenses. The idea was taken from an essay Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum delivered at a Dean’s Lecture at Seaver College three years ago. The essay opened with a statement from the Greek philosopher Diogenes Laertius. When anyone asked him where he came from, he said, “I am a citizen of the world.” Rooted in students’ reflections and engagements, both student leaders and staff members of the Sophomore Experience wanted them to begin to understand the concept of becoming engaged in local and global issues. The weekend was topped off with a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge in which students walked the 1.7 mile structure. Like true Pepperdine students, countless pictures were taken. The trip was more than a vacation from Malibu, according to Tabatha Jones Jolivet, associate dean of Student Affairs and chair of the Sophomore Experience Task Force. “It was truly a gift to hear
the powerful stories of our alumni ‘living out’ our theme, and to observe our very own faculty and their families lead this journey,” Jolivet said. “It was simply a gift. I loved the chance to laugh, reflect and form new friendships. San Francisco — Bay City as we know it — became our laboratory, a site for transformative learning.” g
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BAY BREEZE — The Year2Malibu program creates opportunities for sophomores staying in Malibu to build a sense of community. For their educational field trip, students spent a weekend in San Francisco.
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Taiwan demonstrates eastern democracy By Nate Barton Assistant News Editor
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Located just 100 miles from the coast of mainland China, the small democratic country of Taiwan represents for many a model of the possible democratic future of East Asian society. “Taiwan is also a great case study because it serves as a sort of harbinger for other countries in the region who are similarly culturally Confucian but are yet to become democratic,” said Political Science Professor Christopher Soper, who recently co-authored a book on the relationship between Confucianism and democracy called “Confucianism, Democratization and Human Rights in Taiwan.” Along with co-author Professor Joel S. Fetzer, Soper addressed a small crowd in the Surfboard Room in Payson Library Tuesday afternoon to pose the following question: Has Confucianism helped or hindered Taiwanese democracy? Fetzer said many core values
of Confucianism, such as social harmony and support for human rights, funnel easily into democratic values. In fact, modern Taiwan is more progressive than the U.S. in some ways, shown when Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan’s first female presidential candidate. The relationship between Confucianism and democracy is of particular interest to those wary of the future of China as it emerges as a world leader of the 21st century, according to Soper. “There is much interest in what happens to mainland China,” Soper said. An example of how China is split in its outlook of Confucianism comes from January 2011, when a 17-ton statue of Confucius was built to watch over the infamous Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Soper said. Two months after it was built, in a move that represents China’s conflicting ideology on the subject, the millennia-old religious figure disappeared from the square. No official explanation was given.
“It’s safe to say that between the months of January and April, Confucianists and Confucian tradition did not change very much,” Soper said. “What did change, however, was the perception among Chinese political officials about how helpful that tradition could be in their larger social and political efforts to maintain power. “This vignette represents the political relevance of the Confucian tradition more than 2500 years old.” “I was thrilled there were so many students here,” said Ken LaZebnik, director for Library Advancement and Public Affairs at Pepperdine Libraries. “To me, the relationship between America, Taiwan and China are huge issues.” LaZebnik said the event was part of a continuing series called “Beyond the Horizon: The Global Century” and said he was excited a member of the Taiwanese Consulate was in attendance.
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SGA discusses new policy Juniors set precedent for class town halls during their forum Tuesday By Falon Opsahl News Assistant
Junior SGA representatives premiered a new type of town hall Tuesday, one focused on policy making rather than socializing. Past town halls have been more of a social event complete with gifts and raffles, Junior Class President Wil Fisher said. This semester will be different. Juniors are now aiming for the town hall to act as a forum with the specific intention of getting student feedback. “We started talking about making this change at the beginning of last semester,” Junior Senator Alexander Booker said. “We thought opening the forum was a great way of getting feedback from students on specific things.” The representatives planned their town hall with the knowledge that students wanted to give more input into administration, Fisher said. “I think people were really surprised, but they were accepting and willing to work
with us,” Junior Senator Mark Travis said. “They were eager to give feedback. They appreciate being able to have their voices heard and being able to communicate with their representatives so that we could act on what they were saying. It was mutually beneficial.” The juniors still gave away about 110 sweatshirts as well as coffee and cookies on Tuesday in the Pendleton Learning Center, spending about $2,000. However, because it was focused on improvement instead of entertainment, they only spent about 60 percent of the amount of money spent on last semester’s junior town hall, according to Fisher. For students who didn’t know about SGA’s new initiative, SGA gave a presentation on their role on campus and some of their accomplishments this year. Students then had the opportunity to ask questions of their representatives. Many of the questions focused on campus life, Booker said, including improvements to housing, especially in Tow-
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ALL IN A DAY’S WORK— Junior Alexander Bookerlistens to the discussion at the weekly SGA meeting Wednesday. SGA representatives meet to discuss campus happenings, improvement plans and policy changes.
ers, landscaping, parking on campus and Sodexo. The parking problem on campus was of particular in-
terest to both the students and the representatives, Fisher said According to DPS, there are around 100 students with
JUNIOR SURVEY RESULTS Do you think the crosswalk near the HAWC stairs is a dangerous place to cross as a pedestrian?
YES: 42% NO: 41% NOT SURE: 17%
How do you feel about the amount of parking at Pepperdine?
NEGATIVE: 50.9% SOMEWHAT NEGATIVE: 30.6% NEUTRAL: 14.5% SOMEWHAT POSITIVE: 3.5% POSITIVE: 0.6%
Would you want a “dead week,” in which no classes meet and nothing is due the week before finals, but school might be longer?
YES: 63.7% NO: 21.1% UNSURE: 15.2%
Would you want the add/drop period to be changed from one to two weeks?
YES: 82.7% NO: 8.1% UNSURE: 9.2%
Sources: Junior survey collected at spring 2013 Town Hall
PCH: Truck driver killed FROM A1
County Sheriff ’s deputies who responded to the scene of the crash. Carver was loading Katherine Cimorelli’s car onto the tow truck when he was struck. Cimorelli, who was on the other side of the tow truck from where it occurred, wrote about witnessing the event on her blog Tuesday. Jill Rose, 44, the driver of the Audi A4, allegedly struck Carver and continued driving eastbound for two miles before crashing into a parked car near the Malibu Pier, according to Sgt. Philip Brooks. Rose was taken to the UCLA Medical Center in critical condition and treated for head trauma. Investigators took a blood sample on the scene to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, according to authorities.
Rose is currently facing felony hit-and-run charges. LA County Sheriff ’s deputies who responded to the accident closed off both eastbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway where Carver was hit and one lane where Rose was finally stopped immediately after the accident, to begin their investigation. Traffic was backed up until 11:15 p.m. when cars were allowed to turn around and travel westbound on Pacific Coast Highway. At 11:30 p.m. one westbound lane was diverted for eastbound traffic between the site of the accident and John Tyler Drive. The eastbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway were opened once again after the sheriff ’s deputies had completed their investigation at 4 a.m. and Carver’s tow truck had been moved from the roadside. g
more than one car registered in their name on campus. “We have planned a motion for next week to instate a one-car policy,” Fisher said. “Hopefully we can have something changed for next year if DPS is on board.” The junior representatives said they also intend to ensure that the Lovernich Commons are finished by its planned completion date, Aug. 1, because this seems to be an important issue for students. The juniors said they are hopeful that the town hall forum and surveys will lead to some change on campus. They distributed about 60 to 80 fewer surveys than at last semester’s town hall but still received feedback from between 110 to 180 students. The freshmen are holding their town hall on March 6, and the seniors are holding theirs March 30. “The freshmen want to do something similar,” Fisher said. “So it looks like we’re going to have similar town halls for all the classes in the future. We hope to get positive feedback from the freshmen and anyone else who wants to hold town halls like this.” SGA has been busy with other aspects of policy and campus life.
Because of the results of the surveys at the sophomore lock-in, the sophomore representatives are planning to release an official survey about Evive, the water bottle filling stations. Booker, with a few other SGA representatives, has been communicating with the Counseling Center about the problem of loneliness on campus. He discussed using data from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to help understand what policy changes should be made. The OIE is an office on campus that can help structure surveys or give data that they have already collected. Also, SGA is holding the spring election in March. SGA representatives said the election packets will be released online next Monday, the election meeting will be March 13 and elections are planned to open at 8 a.m. on March 20 for 24 hours.
KEY: Innovating now FROM A1
however, would likely make replacing ID cards more expensive to students. Another option may be a card swipe, which would work similarly to a hotel card, Dawson said. In this case, cards would be no additional cost. Regardless of the change, however, Pepperdine will see heightened safety, security and convenience for students next term, Dawson said. It is an expensive investment, as it may cost hundreds of dollars to replace one lock, but the campus needs an upgrade that will last many years. Besides the ability to lock down any building, the university will likely be adding key access to every individual bedroom in Lovernich, Drescher and George Paige apartments, Dawson said, increasing the level of security to personal belongings. It will also be very conve-
nient to faculty, some of whom have may keys that they need to carry under the current system. With the change, all of that can be reduced to their ID card. “I think that it would be nice to have just one means of dealing with things on campus,” junior Katherine Currie said. “Just having to use your ID card instead of that and a key would be nice. It also means one less thing to lose for those people who have a hard time holding onto their keys.” After the change has been made to the residence halls, then the campus will work on changing the locks in the academic and administration buildings, according to Dawson. Summer school students will be on campus while the system is changing, but the plans have taken this into consideration, Dawson said. There will be one team do-
ing a building at a time. Summer school students, staff and conference guests will likely have an Intellikey in the morning and access to the new system by the evening. The university has considered changing the system for years, Dawson said. There are thousands of locks on campus, which could potentially cost millions of dollars. “We want to be good stewards of students’ money and make things last as long as possible,” Dawson said. “But it’s gotten to the point that we’ve been spending so much time keeping an old system going that its time to invest. It’s time for a change.”
February 14, 2013
FEET: Students serve freely Pepperdine seniors live out the university mission in the community FROM A1 the Pepperdine Health Center helps the students in diagnosing and treating any maladies bothering the individuals. “Being a pre-med student is, more or less, icing on the cake for us,” Enslen said. “Anyone can serve, and our capacity to help out medically is limited, but it provides us with opportunities to see real medical issues and gain first hand exposure with putting on a medical clinic.” This is not only personally fulfilling but also an invaluable experience, Enslen said. “At first the homeless were reluctant; they didn’t understand why we wanted to do that for them,” Cavender said. According to Trevor, Happy Feet was inspired over the summer by UCLA PRIME, a club-clinic hybrid run by the
UCLA medical school. “I could see the clear religious undertones of washing feet and serving those in need, and I wanted to bring that back with me to Pepperdine and share that same experience with those looking for an active outlet to serve,” Enslen said. Along with registering it as a nonprofit with the IRS, the two have partnered with a liquidation warehouse, VM International, which provides them with blankets, socks, loofahs, soap and other clothing items they are able to give out to the homeless during their events. “I think we’re very lucky to have so many resources so early on,” Cavendar said. Last Thursday was the third time they have conducted the foot-washing for the homeless at SOS. “Andrew has gone to SOS since freshman year, so it
seemed like a good place to start,” Cavendar said. Happy Feet now wants to increase involvement. As juniors, Enslen and Cavendar desire their organization to continue at Pepperdine after graduation. Currently there are seven students who participate in the nonprofit, along with their advisers, Sports Medicine Professor Laurie Nelson and Associate Dean of Students Stacy Rothburg. Both Enslen and Cavendar want to encourage people to volunteer despite obligatory schedule excuses. “We’re students too,” Enslen said. “We have tests and class, so it’s a lot of work and it’s very much in its infantile stages.” The two have developed a website (happyfeetpepperdine. com) as well as a Facebook
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page. They both agreed their goal is to branch out to different organizations so they can continue to expand and develop. They are also looking into getting a different tax identification status so larger companies are able to donate to them. Though they are just starting to get their own feet wet in the world of nonprofit, Enslen and Cavendar are keeping the bigger picture in mind with Happy Feet. “Our end game is to make this clinic a self-sustaining staple of the Pepperdine community where students may find an opportunity and outlet to witness, learn and grow,” Enslen said. “Happy Feet Pepperdine will unquestionably drive students out of their comfort zone. Every week brings new relationships, new skills and new stories.” g
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ACT OF SERVICE— Senior Trevor Cavendar, a Happy Feet co-founder, washes people’s feet at SOS. It was the group’s third time at SOS.
Specialist expounds on Saudi society By Arthur Adamian Staff Writer
Karen Elliott House discussed Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion in oil reserves, 40 percent young adult unemployment and emerging questions with regard to gender and religious roles in Tuesday’s Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Charles and Rosemary Licata Lecture Series. House is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting for coverage of the Middle East and was publisher of the Wall Street Journal from 2002 to 2006. She has also appeared on PBS, FOX, CNN and CNBC as an expert on international relations. House spoke to graduate and undergraduate students alike about her time in Saudi Arabia. She went there with a purpose. “When I retired from the [Wall Street] Journal in 2006, the one thing I was interested in doing with my new-found time was trying to understand Saudi society. What was the society like? How did they look at their rulers? How did they look at us?” House stated that her new book, “On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past Religion, Fault Line — and Future,” focused more on the heart of Saudi society. “Saudi Arabia is the strangest country you will never see,” she said. “My goal was not to proscribe what Saudi Arabia ought to be like, but to try and understand what it was like.” Beginning with the role of women in Saudi society, House said, “She [a woman] is always in the control of some man; she cannot go to her son’s school; she cannot even see her son graduate.”
House spoke about other ideas that divide the country. “The divisions are quite deep. In my view, it is divided by region, by religious sect, divided by gender, and people have a deep distrust of each other,” she said. “It is more diverse than we in the west think; it is much more divided than we in the west realized and much more dependent on the government.” In delving into the economic structure of Saudi Arabia, House talked about the vital importance oil plays in Saudi political all aspects of society. She pointed out that 90 percent of the treasury of Saudi Arabia comes from oil wealth and that Saudi Arabia has $500 billion in reserves. House described Saudi oil, as not only an economic tool to fund subsidies and maintain economic stability for the country, but also as a political equalizer for the Saudi royal family. She said, “Oil wealth buys, at least acquiescence, if not loyalty” for the King. House also pointed out a crucial employment fact: “Almost all Saudis are employed by the government,” she said, and “90 percent of private sector employees are foreign.” These statistics, however, do not indicate a high level of employment: “Unemployment for 20 to 24 year olds is 40 percent” and “40 percent Saudis live on $1,000 a month,” according to House. House described the Saudi religious environment as one in which religion is omnipresent: “Every university, every shopping mall, every airport, has prayer rugs in the direction of Mecca properly pointed so that everyone prays in the proper times. The shopping malls close. Everyone goes to pray.” She also summed up the relationship between religion and gender roles: “Men obey Allah, and
women obey men, and Allah is distant and men are at hand.” However, new technologies such as the Internet and cable television have taught young Saudis to question and to communicate. This is a very new thing in Saudi Arabia, according to House. “This newfound information, that young people and old people have access to, is eroding the credibility of the religious establishment, which is increasingly seen by religious people as doing the will of King Abdullah, not the will of Allah.” House also discussed the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: “The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, not only mixes Saudi men and women, but also infidel men and women all over the world.” She said this move has produced backlash from many senior religious figures and fundamentalist Wahhabis (the particular form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia). “When one of the 20 senior religious scholars was asked about the appropriateness of this [formation of the university] on TV. He said it was wrong, and the King fired him because the King appoints these 20 people.” The tug of war between a monarchy that is seeking to slowly modernize the nation, people who are looking for more equality and the Wahhabi religious leaders is ever present in all aspects of daily life said House. “[Saudis want] simply a government that is more transparent, more accountable, more rule of law, with clear rules and enforced equally,” House said. “In a post-Arab Spring environment, government is not inclined to take things from people.” g
PERSPECTIVES February 14, 2013
GRACE STEARNS Staff Writer
Copious jobs open for grads Dear Grace, How and where do I find a job after graduation? Gainfully Unemployed Dear GU, This is a horrifying question — one that many of us graduating seniors are facing. Having just thoroughly browsed CareerSpace, Craigslist, the Malibu Times classified ads and the various posters plastered to the fences, dumpsters and telephone poles lining PCH, I write to you with four freshly printed copies of my own meager resume in hand, prepared to drop them off at various locations around town. The following are some of the positions I found most compelling, quoted verbatim, that I think might appeal to soon-tobe Pepperdine graduates. No. 1 “Seeking Spanish Speaking Dog Sitter” This ad, while seemingly self-explanatory, is in fact a unique employment opportunity for any student with Spanish language skills. At first glance, I assumed the family in need of a dog sitter was unable to speak English and thus needed a Spanish speaker to whom they might properly convey the needs of the family’s pet. It occurred to me, however, that the lengthy ad was written in perfect English and included the proper insertion of a semicolon. The family in question, although Spanish-speaking, is fluent in English. They simply wish to have a dog sitter “able to communicate [with the dog] only in Spanish, as [the dog’s] native language is Spanish.” This is real; a family in the Palisades wants you to speak to their dog in Spanish because the dog in question does not speak English. No. 2 “Needed: Jazz Sax” This gem, which I found scrawled in red pen on a standard letter-sized piece of paper and hung approximately two feet above ground level on a telephone pole reads: “Seeking saxophone instructor with instrument. Pay: $15/hour lesson. Call: Rick.” Forgive me if you don’t find this utterly hilarious, but can’t you just see Rick the would-be jazz musician gazing at the telephone pole outside of Malibu Country Kitchen and thinking to himself what a grand idea it would be to forgo all that the Internet has to offer someone in search of a music instructor? Can you visualize Rick crouching on the ground, bottle of Elmer’s Glue in hand, pasting his sign at approximately knee level? No. 3 “Experienced hair stylist for children” Nothing justifies a $200,000 education like landing a job at Janie and Joe’s Kids’ Cuts Salon in Manhattan Beach. According to Craigslist, becoming part of this “innovative group of likeminded stylists” is the perfect first step in building an objectively successful career trajectory. Not yet trained in the craft of cutting children’s hair? Not to worry — despite the word “experienced” in the ad title, Janie and Joe’s offers “hands-on, on the job training opportunities for beginners.” g
Alexandra Rangel /ART EDITOR
STAFF EDITORIAL Pepp should better facilitate registration Seniors are mapping out their lives post-graduation, juniors are trying to build up their resumes, sophomores are stressing over graduating on time and freshmen are figuring out what to do with the next three years. In order to make the process less stressful, we need some more help — Pepperdine should make a greater effort in making academic and course information accessible to all students. One of the largest problems that students face over their four years at the university is attempting to decipher and dig up academic information for putting together four-year plans. Seaver College has many resources for students; however, much of this information is difficult to uncover unless a student goes digging for the information. How are students supposed to know that the major class they need to take is only offered every other year during spring semester? Or that a class they’ve been sitting through for half a semester doesn’t satisfy a DAR requirement because the numbering changed? Some divisions do take initiative in having such information readily available, but many students are not aware of those resources. Therefore, many students fall into order and decide to pile on 18 units
a semester to adhere to the ideal four-year plans that have been created for Seaver majors and minors. Students who are taking a maximum-credit schedule have 18 hours of class per week with at least two hours of homework per unit/hour, resulting in having 36 to 40 hours of homework a week. Thus, students have approximately 58 hours of academics a week, which is more than one-third of the week. The other two-thirds have to include, for most students, jobs that require 10 or more hours of work a week, plus participation in athletics, clubs, ministry, Greek life and other activities (not to mention sleep). For these reasons, some professors say that 18-unit schedules are “impossible.” Yet in order to hold a diploma with their peers, students burden themselves with hectic and draining schedules because money, time and the Academic Catalog tell us that we cannot do otherwise. Students’ International Program experiences are also affected by the lack of accessibility to academic information. Some academic advisers are either too misinformed or too busy to assist students in figuring out their international programs’ possibilities. Some
advisers are very beneficial and assist students with four-year plans and questions regarding their major, but most Seaver students do not even know who their academic adviser is because of the lack of communication between all involved. Since course requirements to graduate are so demanding, many students either forgo going abroad entirely or can only go abroad for a semester. International Programs could facilitate fuller and more accommodating schedules with a greater selection of upper division courses. An online curriculum committee is discussing the possibility of having online classes at international campuses, so a business professor in Shanghai could virtually teach business majors at other campuses. The increase in academic courses for IP could alleviate some of students’ scheduling difficulties and allow more students the opportunity to go abroad. Sometimes students, especially graduating seniors, miss one class from their DAR and are forced to figure out an alternative method to graduate on time. If it weren’t for professors who are willing to help a student through an independent study or directed studies course, many students would be stuck for summer school or even another fall semester.
Although these professors are lifesavers, the problem lies in the fact that students have to depend on these courses to graduate. Once again, disconnect between students and those that are involved with their academic planning occurs. To receive proper academic advising, students with similar majors, minors and international plans could participate in homeroom groups or academic adviseries. With no more than a dozen students and a professor, these adviseries could meet once or twice a semester to discuss scheduling options and voice questions and concerns in a group setting with a knowledgeable professor of that major or minor’s division. If Seaver’s communication between academic advisers, divisions, OneStop, professors and students could be more transparent, the academic experience would be less stressful and information students need would be more readily available. Just as we should not be forming academic schedules that compromise our focus on what is important in our college experience, Pepperdine’s resources should not be compromising our abilities to register for the courses we want and need to take.
Should the United States Postal Service discontinue Saturday mail delivery? YES: I think it’s a loss to the public because we’re so used to having it on Saturdays, but I do understand that it’s going to be a big cost saver for the Postal Service.
NO: Whether it’s big or small, all mail is important. As a former small business owner, it was important to get mail on Saturdays. People work on Saturdays. It’s a big mail day.
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February 14, 2013
Entitlement causes ingratitude DAVID HUTCHISON
Since the beginning of last semester, my exercise routine has exposed me to an on-campus atrocity. Over the course of the school year, repeated exposure to this injustice has set the blood of Pepperdine freshmen a-boiling. The school’s administration has denied students everywhere the right to a resource necessary for survival: a high quality gym. One student complained of the sweat smell that seems to have embedded itself in the underground facility’s walls. Others have chimed in about the lack of ventilation, the cramped layout, the crowds competing for equipment and the withering temperature, which occasionally forces the mercury through the top of the facility’s thermometer. Worst of all, Pepperdine’s 3,000 undergraduate students must compete for this pittance while student athletes enjoy a spacious, well-ventilated gym overlooking the campus pool while non-athletes must trudge past this citadel of fitness and descend into our dungeon each time we desire exercise. My peers occasionally discuss whether the athletic department intentionally dangles its gym as a taunt to students, and I participate in these conversations as
enthusiastically as anyone. Somehow, telling stories and making fun of (perceived) hardships can help a group draw closer to each other. When we finish our conversation we usually feel closer to each other, if not the athletic department. Stories have a powerful impact on groups of people. When a group member reminisces about a past experience, the discussion can ignite into a flurry of recollections, fond memories and laughter which draw the group into a closer sense of community. Communication theorist Ernest Bormann calls this social phenomenon “symbolic convergence” — a moment when two private “symbol worlds” begin to overlap, or converge. When groups experience symbolic convergence, each member feels that he or she is on the same page with everyone else in the group and has a sense of belonging. The stories don’t have to be realistic — let’s be honest, Pepperdine’s gym has everything students need to keep fit, but we still love to complain about it. Eventually, the stories a group tells will evolve into a longterm theme — like a running joke — that members will frequently reference in future conversations. Bormann recommends that members try to ignite these chains of stories in order to
cultivate solidarity, and I’ve noticed many chains within my own groups of friends. One of my friends tends to voice whatever thoughts run through his head, so we’ll often reminisce about the ways other people have reacted to what he says. Likewise, my high school debate team would often swap stories about the strangest things that had ever happened to them in debate rounds. In these examples, my friends and I bonded over positive experiences, but how often do we allow negative experiences to guide our conversations? We can trigger story chains with complaints just as easily as we trigger them with fond memories. At Pepperdine, many first conversations begin with comments about the
inadequacy of the food, DPS and especially the gym. And while these remarks may have some basis in reality — I might have chipped a tooth on a bread stick once — they all have a disturbing common theme: a sense of entitlement. Beneath our bluster lurks a sense that we deserve the best, that we’ve paid for the best and that the best is our right. If we build our community with blocks made from conversations that sneer at our privileges, what will keep us from constructing a culture of critics? We’ve chosen the slogan “Freely ye received, freely give,” but we often forget that the verb “to receive” implies a sense of gratitude for the gift. How often do we feel thankful for Caf food or for DPS?
Sacha Irick / ASSISTANT ART EDITOR
I am as forgetful as the next guy when it comes to gratefulness. I can tweet about the sunset one moment (#soblessed), then walk into the cafeteria and grumble, “Orange chicken again?” the next. Like me, you might have an uneasy relationship with Caf food. You might covet the athlete’s gym. You might occasionally make snide comments about DPS. Let’s be careful, though, not to let our dissatisfaction define our conversations, because the stories we tell shape the people we will become. We’ve come to Pepperdine to prepare for lives of service, purpose and leadership, but if we want to become citizens of the City on a Hill, we must remove the filter of ingratitude and let our light shine freely. g
Internet exploits personal info ELISABETH ARMSTRONG
not as uncommon as one might think. In an article written last year entitled “Selling you on Facebook,” the Wall Street Journal detailed how companies are providing users with apps and services for minute sums of money in exchange for personal data. Essentially, Facebook provides “free” services for which users pay by providing their information. Facebook consequently turns around and uses the personal information to attract advertisers, app makers and other businesses. In the article, the Wall Street Journal stated that an examination of 100 of the most popular Facebook apps revealed that these applications were clandestinely collecting information — everything from email addresses to sexual preferences, current location and political affiliation — not only from their users, but also from their users’ friends who had not agreed to the terms of the application. While social networking sites claim to place an emphasis on users’ privacy, these companies allow apps to gather any information they need to function. App-makers can claim they need everything from status updates to phone numbers and then exploit the smorgasbord of information available to them, catering the app to their users’ — and their users’ friends — tastes to make money. While the majority of social websites require app-makers to sign a contract
Alexandra Rangel / ART EDITOR
that will protect their users’ data, many data-hungry apps remain able to flourish unmonitored or “subsist” collecting the large amounts of data these lenient contracts allow. Unfortunately, app-makers rarely settle for merely collecting data from social networking sites. They also gather information from devices on which users install applications such as phones, iPods and iPads. While these apps generally cost but a few dollars to install, users pay a thousand times over with information. The fact that personal information is exploited by app-makers and private companies is horrible, but it hardly compares to the outrage of Internet tracking. When you visit a page, many websites will covertly place a “cookie” on your computer. Even once you have left the website, that
cookie will send your personal data, including Internet searches, frequented websites and any shared information, to the website where the cookie originated. This information is so detailed that right now, the House has re-introduced a bill known as CISPA, which would require websites collecting users’ data to hand that information over to the government. While the bill is touted as a measure that would increase security, it could also be used to violate the rights of American citizens. Nevertheless, government tracking is hardly anything new. Programs such as Carnivore, which scans millions of e-mails per second, Echelon, which intercepts international communications, and CALEA, which requires electronic manufacturers to modify their equipment making it easier for govern-
ment investigators to snoop, have been around for ages. The most notorious of these, The Patriot Act, was instituted to monitor terrorist activity in preparation for another attack; however, it is often abused and allows for the government to make records searches, secret searches, intelligence searches and “trap and trace” searches. While many people are willing to trade off their privacy, we have to ask ourselves how much longer we are willing to compromise our personal information for security or services.
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Social view of multicultural dating calls for progress I’ve heard those who engage in dating outside of their own ethnicity referred to as being ill. This kind of language is disappointing, to say the least, because it shows that stigmas and stereotypes still surround multicultural relationships. Why is it even referred to as multicultural or most often interracial dating? Are we not all from one race — the human race? Why can’t it just be called dating? Why must it be placed in its own special category? I’m dating a Japanese American guy, and although the ethnicity of each other is not an issue for us, for others it is. You can imagine the stereotypical comments people have made and the questions that we’ve been asked. Having my relationship scrutinized more closely than normal just because his ethnicity differs from mine is a problem. I’m sure anyone who has ever dated anyone of a different ethnicity can attest to this experience. Multicultural dating is becoming increasingly accepted, especially in our generation. According to a fact sheet prepared by researchers at Farmingham State University for the 2011 Council on Contemporary Families conference, 36 percent of white Americans, 57 percent of black Americans, 56 percent of Latino Americans and 57 percent Asian Americans have dated outside of their ethnicity. They also found that age, socio-economic status and gender have an effect on who was dating. Too often I hear that the acceptance of parents is a factor in choosing whether or not you will date someone. We need to worry less about what older generations will think or how they’ll react, because the fact of the matter is they won’t be here forever. Carry on the legacy of older generations, but leave the negative stereotypes that they perpetuated behind so our society can continue to progress. Multicultural couples are increasingly presented in the media, in movies and TV shows like “Modern Family,” “Parenthood,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” The first kiss between two characters of different ethnicities occurred on “Star Trek” in 1968 and the first relationship was on “The Jefferson’s” in 1975. Loving v. Virginia made it legal for multicultural couples to marry in 1967. So, society is progressing, but unfortunately we still have old stigmas and stereotypes that surround dating. We must change our mindset surrounding this unnecessarily touchy subject and leave behind the stereotypes that we hold in regard to it. People make up society, and so it is up to the people to change society. This Valentine’s Day, take the time to reexamine your own beliefs on the topic of multicultural dating. Do your beliefs match up with the words you use? If you find yourself using language that reflects harmful stereotypes, then you may not be as accepting as you believe yourself to be.
February 14, 2013
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LIFE & ARTS
February 14, 2013
Lessons in love By Grace Stearns Staff Writer
In the event that any of you live under a rock, or perhaps just the crushing weight of your own denial, allow me to share with you some momentous seasonal news: It’s Valentine’s Day! Maybe you’re reading this paper from the dark, solitary recesses of the library at 7:30 p.m. on this national day of love, wondering how your life has led you to such dramatic and embarrassing romantic failure masked as
academic vigilance, or perhaps you’re headed off to an evening filled with dreamy, cliched and ultimately meaningless activities constructed by society at large, spoon-fed to the masses by the media and perpetuated by foolhardy college students like your boyfriend or girlfriend. Either way this is a day on which we as a student body must reflect and aim to improve the dating culture at Pepperdine.
»See LOVE, B5
Sacha Irick / ASSISTANT ART EDITOR
LIFE & ARTS
February 14, 2013
BRIANNA MANES Staff Writer
Let’s talk about oxytocin, baby The 14th of February is upon us, and with it comes a multitude of flower deliveries, chocolate gift boxes and dressed-up couples going on overly anticipated dates. Of course, some of you may instead be hiding away in your dorm, watching “The Notebook” and quietly crying over a pint of Haagen-Dazs. Well, perhaps it will help all you “Notebook” watchers to learn what it is exactly that goes on in the brains of all those lovecrazed lunatics. Love is an immensely powerful and beautiful phenomenon that is unique to mammalian species, but as scientists delve into what it is that makes us all long for the embrace of another person, they have found extraordinary results. Human love is associated with a hormone called oxytocin, or the “love hormone,” and it is largely responsible for all these Valentine’s Day shenanigans. When we fall in love, a few different processes in our brains are at work. In the first few months, the “honeymoon phase,” we have extremely high levels of oxytocin circulating in our blood. But before I explain how oxytocin works, it is necessary to understand how our nervous system works. The nervous system is a collection of neurons and glial cells that transmits information rapidly from one part of our body to another. So, if I were to touch you on the shoulder, your sensory neurons would feel it and tell your brain, which would then tell your motor neurons to tell your muscles to turn your body around. But one neuron does not reach from your brain to your shoulder. Instead, you have many shorter neurons that pass little neurotransmitter molecules to neighboring neurons, which tell them to keep passing the signal. Oxytocin becomes involved in the amount of neurotransmitters that are being released between our neurons; for example, it can change the levels of dopamine being released. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that causes us to feel good and happy by activating the “reward system” of the brain. In other words, when we meet someone we like, our brains will chemically signal for us to be happy when we are around them, and this trains us to enjoy this person’s presence and therefore form a bond. But new couples beware — this “euphoria” of disturbingly high levels of oxytocin lasts only for the first few months and will then dwindle. Some refer to this time as a “loss of the magic,” but really, your body is changing to a long-term form of bonding, which is admittedly not as fun and exciting as the first few months. In fact, a completely different portion of your brain is active in the first months than in the remainder of the relationship. Interestingly, the same area of the brain that is active in the first months of a romantic relationship is also active when a child is born. And this intense bonding for a few months builds the foundation for a lasting relationship. So all you Haagen-Dazs eaters, take solace in knowing that all those happy valentines you see are simply suffering from a chemical imbalance. g
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ASC embodies the spirit of film By Chirag Patel Life & Arts Assistant
Walking through a crowded yard of smiling faces, I can’t help but feel amazed at how uncommonly natural the atmosphere is. All around me, renowned filmmakers openly share their insight and enthusiasm for their trade with fans, students and aspiring professionals in a friendly and laid– back environment. There are no podiums here, no arranged seating, no moderator. There is also a feeling in the air that every individual here is one and the same in their passion, and it is this feeling that makes the American Society of Cinematographers open house such an enthralling event. Nestled in the heart of Hollywood, the ASC is a nonprofit association that aims to celebrate the art of filmmaking by recognizing the contributions behind the camera while aspiring to educate upand-coming filmmakers in the craft of cinema. Last Saturday, the ASC opened its doors to anyone looking to share in the magic of cinematography by hosting their annual open house, a free event that invites the public to visit their historic establishment and rub elbows with industry elites. And elites there were, moving about the crowd with the same happiness and zeal as those who came to see them. Those who attended shared stories with Oscar winner Haskell Wexler (“Bound for Glory,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”), gained insight on shooting techniques from Chris Manley (“Mad Men”) and learned more about the state of the industry from Romeo Tirone (“True Blood,” “Dexter”). Many famous ASC members were on
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FILM FOR FOLKS — (Above & Below) Hundreds of film fanatics flock to the ASC open house for a chance to speak with established filmmakers. The open house was held Feb. 9 at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood.
hand at the event, delighted to speak with individuals who share their love for film. The chatter around the event also focused on the 27th Annual ASC Awards to be held the next day at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. The award show stays true to ASC’s goals of honoring the contributions to the cinematic arts, with nominees including films such as “Les Miserables” and “Skyfall,” as well as television series including “Game of Thrones” and “Wilfred.” The award show is a great showcase of cinematography at its finest and should be a great primer for what is to come at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24. In addition to the many industry professionals roaming the event, the ASC allowed a peek into the newly renovated ASC Clubhouse, providing guests with a look back into the history of not only the
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ASC, but also the film industry as a whole. Part banquet hall, part museum, the clubhouse is adorned with antique cameras and lighting kits on display beneath photos of beloved filmmakers past and present. Attendees were granted a look into the past of the ASC, and plans to expand the clubhouse point to a bright future. Guests of the event did not leave empty-handed,
as the ASC provided some pretty cool swag for attendees to snatch up. In addition to free copies of their acclaimed magazine, American Cinematographer, the event provided an assortment of books, shirts and other mementos to help guests hone their skills while looking fresh. The ASC open house strips away the glitz and glamor that masks the film industry and ex-
poses its audience to the heart and soul within it. The people behind the camera were once starry-eyed hopefuls, and the ability to meet them for who they are makes us current stargazers see our dreams a little more clearer. As I continued to roam the crowd, I began to realize that I could no longer tell the smiling faces apart — and that is a good thing. g
Candles and pasta set the mood By Danielle DiMeglio Assistant Life & Arts Editor
How does the term “romance” immediately transport me to the land of parmesan cheese and cobblestone streets? Well, let’s think back a bit. Could it be the long-eared dog named Lady slurping a string of spaghetti with her beloved Tramp? Possibly. What about the deep dreamy sounds of Mister Dean Martin? After all, the famous words “That’s amore” have set the ambiance through stereo speakers for years. Or maybe it’s the lyrical language of love –– the flowy Italian language that we may not understand, but by which we’re inevitably enchanted. Frankly, there’s only one reason that stands out to me –– and I think we can all agree from our own personal experiences. You know that moment when you spin your fork into an al dente bowl of pasta with authentic homemade sauce and grated parmesan? You take the perfect bite, close your
eyes and feel the warmth of the sauce and melted cheese in your mouth. You open your eyes and suddenly find yourself looking at an entire table of flustered people staring back at you. Why, you ask? Because, while you were thinking in your mind how much you loved the pasta, you unknowingly shouted out to your fellow diners, “I UNCONDITIONALLY LOVE WHOEVER MADE THIS WITH ALL OF MY HEART!” So, there it is people. Delicious pasta brings out the hopeless romantic in all of us. The path to love is through our stomachs. And the key that will reveal this path is none other than authentic Italian food. So how could you treat your valentine to anything less? It takes a lot of courage, wine and strength to share with you my favorite Italian restaurant in all of LA. But, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and as an advocate of true love, I’ve put my justifiable hesitations aside so your date may likely shout out to you, “I
unconditionally love you for bringing me to this restaurant!” –– and then you can shoot me an email thanking me. Il Pastaio Restaurant A small, intimate restaurant located on a corner of Beverly Hills, Il Pastaio serves the best of Sicilian cuisine with homemade pasta and fresh ingredients. While this small restaurant attracts a large crowd, the hustle and bustle is reminiscent of authentic Italian dining –– a place where you can dine together and laugh together amid great company. Servers pass by carrying warm plates and speaking to one another in Italian — which, by the way, is always a good sign. Win over your valentine with a light appetizer of parma prosciutto served with gorganzola cheese, walnuts, croutons and fresh pears. It’s the real deal. Or maybe try a light seafood appetizer called carpaccio di tonno, which is big eye tuna carpaccio served with hericot verts, capers, baby frisee lettuce, arugola, tomato,
onion and topped with olive oil lemon dressing. But if you’re looking for something warmer, you must order the Zupetta, which is mussles and clams steamed in a spicy tomato and garlic broth. As they would say back in the old country, “Scarpetta.” In other words, scoop that sauce at the bottom of the bowl with a piece of warm crusty bread — and that’s amore. But the greatest testament to any Italian restaurant is the quality of the pasta. And what better place than Il Pastaio, whose very name means “pasta maker”? While the options are extensive, there’s a few that I absolutely must highlight. For something comforting and unique, try the Tortelli di Zuca, which is pumpkin tortellini stuffed with fresh ricotta cheese, pumpkin with sage sauce and parmesan cream sauce. Buono! But if you want more of the fresh seafood, try the Linguine con Crostacei, a plate of perfectly cooked linguine pasta mixed with half lobster and crab meat in a light
and spicy tomato sauce –– you’ll get to have your “Lady and the Tramp” moment. If you’re a risotto lover, try the Risotto Salsicce, which is carnaroli rice with Barolo wine, sausages and rosemary. Magnifico! Every decent Valentine’s meal needs a dessert to end the night. If you’re feeling adventurous and you read my last column, you could venture to one of the delicious dessert places I mentioned. But if not, you’re in luck, because Il Pastaio has the most incredible panna cotta to finish off the meal. This traditional Italian treat is silky and sweet, garnished with rasberries and mint leaves. I have revealed my most coveted, secret culinary treasure. You’re welcome. Location: 400 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, 90210
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February 14, 2013
Search for truth through dialogue By Alexis Allison Staff Writer
By 6:36 a.m. on Friday “It’s coming.” These words, stamped across dozens of gray posters with red stripes, describe the approaching reality of Pepperdine’s fourth annual, student-run Veritas Forum: two evenings of convo credit, free dinner and the pursuit of answers to life’s hardest questions as one community of truth-seekers. The Forum commences Monday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. in Elkins with Dr. Robin Collins, head of the department of philosophy at Messiah College, who will be arguing for the existence of God. The lecture will include a Q&A session for students to present quandaries and queries to Collins, and will be followed by free Chick-fil-A in Joslyn Plaza. The second evening, Feb. 19, concludes the Forum with a lecture by Dr. Stephen Davis, professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna, who will provide a counterargument to the idea that “all roads lead to heaven.” Davis’s lecture, which also begins at 5 p.m. in Elkins, will conclude with free In-NOut and a chance for students to process their discoveries together. “[The Veritas Forum] is a truth forum, which means it’s a place where students can come and have their doubts and questions met by capable intellectuals,” said Madeline Jackson, senior philosophy major and co-chair of the Veritas Forum. Veritas, which is the Latin word for truth, is about “finding something together that we all know we need and that we don’t acknowledge
enough,” Jackson said. “The goal is to start a dialogue that can continue after the forum where people are actually addressing life’s hardest and most important questions,” Jackson said. “The goal is to start that dialogue, not necessarily to bring everyone to the same conclusion.” The Veritas Forum came into existence in 1992 when Harvard student Kelly Monroe Kullberg decided to pursue truth as a response to an “emptiness” on campus, according to the Forum’s website. After compiling interviews from students, faculty and staff about their journeys to discovering a rational argument for the existence of God, Kullberg and other curious students began to combat the modern college mindset that truth is defined only by three far-reaching isms: scientism, relativism and hedonism. Together, these three beliefs result from a popular focus on secular humanism, which “is the idea that material reality, personal reality and social progress are best explained without reference to God,” according to the Forum’s website. Today, the Forum seeks to address secular humanism and its proponents through rational argument and constructive conversation between people of differing worldviews. “It’s not just for Christians — it’s for non-Christians, it’s for agnostics, it’s for everyone,” Jackson said. “It’s a place where people can come together with their questions and not be separated anymore by what you call yourself, a place where there are just as many people who struggle with these things as people
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THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH — Hundreds of students gather at the 2012Veritas Forum to ask questions and seek answers. The Veritas Forum will feature Dr. Robin Collins and Dr. Stephen Davis on Feb. 18 and 19 in Elkins Auditorium.
who are confident in them.” Jackson’s co-chair, junior philosophy major Chad Marxen, said the Forum — which first came to Pepperdine in 2010 — is intended to benefit atheists, agnostics and theists alike. “For the atheist, it’s almost an intellectual duty to go,” Marxen said. “If someone’s an atheist, he should believe atheism is true, so he should be sure that these arguments are false. If someone’s an agnostic, and if he wants to know what is true, he’ll want to check out the most formidable case [for God] out there and that’s what these guys are trying to provide. Finally, the second-day lecture will apply to the theist who is not of the Christian stripe.”
Marxen also said the Forum can provide confidence for Christians both in their own faiths and in their abilities to share their faiths with others from an intellectual perspective. “Experiential witness is so low on the totem pole as far as intellectual plausibility, so if the theists know and have good reasons for what they believe and why they believe, then it makes Christianity more respected in culture,” Marxen said. Both Collins and Davis are Christians, philosophers and the foremost defenders of the faith, according to Marxen. They were chosen by Pepperdine’s student planning committee for these reasons, in the hope that they may empathize
with and address struggles encountered by every student. “[Students] should expect clear and lucid arguments for why theism and Christianity are true, and they should expect those arguments to be of the highest quality, both in giving good reason to accept the statements and inferences the speakers are making, as well as in giving good responses to the objections to those statements and inferences,” Marxen said. “Because ultimately, if it’s not true, you shouldn’t believe it, and if it is true, you should.” Anyone interested in exploring more information about Veritas can scour the Forum’s official website, sign up online for Veritalks — a four-part Club Convo series
that will follow the Forum — or even purchase Veritas-logoed T-shirts and sweatshirts in the Caf between Feb. 11 and Feb. 19 from 11:30 to 1:30. The sweatshirts will cost $30, but the T-shirts will sell for $2.18 to remind students of the Forum’s opening date. Although the T-shirts may be soft and comfortable, the Forum itself won’t be. “It’s not comfortable, but it’s honest,” Jackson said, sporting her own Veritas t-shirt — gray with red stripes. “Truth is the most important thing you can be pursuing,” Jackson said. “Don’t fear it. Truth has no fear from investigation; that’s the whole point of Veritas. Investigate and you’ll find it.”
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By Chad Stinson Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, I didn’t know who Stanley Kubrick was. Being a fan of film, I am very ashamed to say so. This sense of shame came about when a good friend of mine asked me to go to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with her. She was interested in going for the sole purpose of seeing the Kubrick exhibit. I was too embarrassed to ask her who Stanley Kubrick was so I took the liberty of pulling up his Wikipedia article. The article mentioned that Kubrick is one of the most significant filmmakers of all time, which made me even more disappointed in myself for my lack of knowledge of his existence. He played many parts in the creation of his movies, from editing to cinematography to directing to production and even screenwriting. His most notable works are “The Shining,” “A Clockwork Orange” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” These probably sound a bit more familiar to you. The exhibit started off with dozens of photographs that Kubrick took while he was a teenager. His first big hit of a photograph was taken of a saddened man leaning against a newsstand with the headlines reading “F.D.R. DEAD.” Kubrick began his film career in photography, which proved to be a very insightful hobby for him. The two biggest sections of the exhibit were “The Shining” and “A Clockwork Orange.” The infamous typewriter that
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I CAN’T DO THAT, DAVE — Fans of Stanley Kubrick’s revolutionary cinematic work come to LACMA for a chance to explore the subculture Kubrick has created. The Stanley Kubrick exhibit is on display at the LACMA through the end of June.
Jack Nicholson’s character used in the film is the first thing museum patrons see when they walk into the room. It was a daunting piece of machinery just sitting there at the center of a large empty table. The next item on display is an ax, which is notorious for the words attached to it: Nicholson’s character says “Here’s Johnny!” while peeking his head through the half-choppeddown bathroom door. I don’t know if it is because of their abnormally large foreheads along with their emotionless faces and frumpy
dresses, or if it’s the sickening floral wallpaper surrounding them, but the identical twin girls in “The Shining” always seem to make me feel uncomfortable. In the corner of the room, the two frumpy dresses sit symmetrical to each other, completing the creepy scene. “The Shining” section of the exhibit took the cake over the rest, and most of my time was spent in that room. I then moved on to the room filled with “A Clockwork Orange” memorabilia. It had some of the most bizarre artifacts from the film, including
the mannequins from the “Milk Bar.” It was surreal to see these mannequins, making viewers feel as if they were actually in the film. “A Clockwork Orange” is such a significant piece from Kubrick because of the psychological and philosophical themes it deals with. The main character, Alex, is a sociopath who is treated by psychological conditioning to mold him to into becoming a “good” person. The question this arises is whether it is true goodness at all since Alex’s goodness is involuntary.
Kubrick is well known for making film adaptions from novels and short stories. He was quoted: “What I like about not writing original material — which I’m not even certain I could do — is that you have this tremendous advantage of reading something for the first time. You never have this experience again with the story. You have a reaction to it: It’s a kind of falling-in-love reaction.” Kubrick puts so much emphasis on the feeling that people get when they first experience a story. I have always
viewed the feeling of experiencing a new story as a feeling of reverie. It is a feeling that viewers cannot always create on their own, and this is what Kubrick sought. The Stanley Kubrick exhibit will be up and running at LACMA until June 30, so if you get a chance, whether you are a die-hard cinephile or a casual movie watcher, you should take some time out of your day to check it out.
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February 14, 2013
That Graphic Online Managing Editor is so hawwwt! If only she would notice that I read every single one of her columns before my tests. Whitney Ashton, please marry me so you can write a column about yourself and I can be in it. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Gabby Blüm, where to start? My love for you is blooming like a radiant sunflower in God’s country (Texas), and I hope you will choose me to be your valentine. Can’t wait to give you your special present. — your secret admirer
Maurice Torres, I told you that if I could shout to the world that I love you, I would. But since I can’t really do that, this comes pretty close. Thank you for always being there for me. You’re my best friend and true love. I’ll always love you. — Danielle
Graphic, oh Graphic, your staff is so great... your pages and stories make me want to celebrate. Nothing beats Currents... you are tops in the USA...your glossy photos blow me away. Don’t forget Online... your web pages shine... breaking news and vlogs are forever mine! Love, Your Adviser
Thank you for being my Valentine and perfect girlfriend. I’m so very lucky to have you, and you are so wonderful. —Vinnie
MHS Valentine’s day is here And I’m sorry that I’m not near The past few months have been fun I’m excited by what has begun
Happy Valentine’s Day, Gaby, Ashton, Jillian, Janae, Paul, Annie, Alexa, and Flo! Thanks for being such great student workers! Love, the Communication Division
So even though we are apart Know that you’re in my heart Happy Valentine’s Day! <3 LRM
Bob, Thank you for being there. Thank you for being my editor. Thank you for slogging through the entire series of “Fringe” with me. Thank you for washing the dishes. Thank you for hard truths softly spoken. Thank you for being my husband and my best friend. — Love, Courtenay
I and Love and You — your wife
Dear Beyonce, though you could not make it, we still got mad love for you. Cant wait to see you on tour! P.S. Welcome to the Class of 2030, Blue Ivy —Sasha Farce
Thank you, Robert Spadaccini, for 30 wonderful years of joy. Every time I see your face, the laughter we share, and the wonder that I am lucky enough to have you and a love that will last forever. With all my heart and soul, Debbie.
Happy Anna Shaw Day JL, HM, AS, JJ, KW, EW, JR, CC, AL, CP You are my sunshines, My always sunshines,You make me happy When skies are grey, You’ll never know dears How much I love all of you, please don’t take My sunshines Away LOVE YOU COHEART Arielle — (AK)
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February 14, 2013
Break down the nuances of love FROM B1
I ask you to consider how you would describe to an outsider the intricately nuanced social schema that comprises the network of dating relationships among Pepperdine students. If someone asked you, “So, do people date at Pepperdine?” would you grimace? Laugh? Spit out whatever you’re drinking? Upon asking a few students around campus, I received overwhelmingly negative feedback regarding this topic. “The thing is, one second you’ll hear everyone complaining that no one dates at Pepperdine, and then all of a sudden people are panicked because everyone is somehow engaged,” said senior Matt Russo about the complex nature of the Pepperdine dating scene. Russo is right in pointing out the contradiction of on-campus dating; I daresay all of you have expressed, at one time or another, both the concern that no one at Pepperdine dates and shock at the high number of engagements listed on Facebook. How is it, then, that these students somehow skip from platonic friendship to betrothal? I asked engaged junior Erica Howerton to give me a few tips on how best to land a ring on one’s finger. “We met at UM,” she said of her and her fiance, Matt. It seems so simple when phrased like that, but where does that leave those of us alone waiting for “The Bachelor” to buffer on the Sandbar computers on the ultimate evening of L-O-V-E? I think freshman Marissa Hodsdon speaks for many of us when she says of the dating scene at Pepperdine, “I cannot.” When I asked senior
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Kelsey Allie Rosenlieb what she thinks about dating at Pepp, she answered, “It’s about as exciting as HUM 111.” For those of you who haven’t completed this course, ask a friend. Even the faculty members have detected the dearth of romantic potential around Pepperdine’s campus. Professor Joi Carr said, eyebrows raised in an expression of bored resignation, “Let’s just say there are a lot of great, uberly intelligent, fabulous, single women at Pepperdine … hmmm.” In contrast, senior Samori Joseph had this to say about dating here: “All of the girls here are out of your league, and the rest would rather date Jesus Christ Himself.” While this statement seems
slightly melodramatic, Mr. Joseph makes a fair point, one that warrants further consideration when juxtaposed with Professor Carr’s. With an ample supply of well-above-average women who are simultaneously interested in dating and unquestionably unattainable, our student body seems to have reached a romantic impasse. What is left, then, but for the women of Pepperdine to move as one in lowering our standards as to what constitutes a worthy suitor and becoming less well-rounded, charming individuals? Or perhaps we have it all wrong. Perhaps the prevalent ideology that the girls of Pepperdine are too good for the small assortment of interested, decent men is some-
thing we female Waves feed to ourselves in subconscious desperation to avoid facing the fact that we really are more serious about reading the Scriptures than going on a date, and perhaps in general are quite boring. There, I said it. The girls of Pepperdine, while frequently beautiful and often brilliant, have allowed ourselves to buy into a self-perpetuating psychology that allows us to be concurrently desperate for a date and entirely uninterested in one. Pepperdine has become riddled with romantic paradox. Engagements mysteriously arise from the dust, and female students strut angrily across campus, waiting for some homely young man to approach so he might be
quickly sent away, dejected. As far as how to remedy this seemingly backwards environment, your guess is as good as mine. Having only spoken to one student whose romantic endeavors at Pepperdine have worked toward remote success, I suggest all of you interested in a relationship flock to UM, where you will undoubtedly stumble into your future husband or wife while praising the Lord through song at Fallapalooza.
Grammy night rolls out red carpet By Gavin Carden Staff Writer
“No asking for autographs. No cell phones. If we tell you to move, then move!” These were just a few of the many orders given to 300 eager seat fillers as we waited in a dusty parking deck in Downtown LA. A seat filler’s job is to sit in the seat of an award show guest until that person returns. If you are lucky, you may have a seat for the rest of the night. If you are not, you may move around between every act — but the seat filler has a great place from which to watch the awards, listen to the music and sit with people like Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and John Mayer. The best part, though, was the music. A total of 78 Grammys are awarded every year. Most of these are given in the “pre-telecast,” an event held near the Staples Center to honor the winners in the categories that are not televised. Some of these include Best Regional Roots Music Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. So, for those of you who want to win a Grammy, but do not feel like going up against Mumford and Sons, there is still hope. Last year the telecast was all about Adele, who swept the show by winning six Grammys. This year the playing field was wide open. Before the show, the buzz was about Frank Ocean, whose album “Channel Orange” had been met with huge critical acclaim, despite limited commercial
success. Another contender for Best New Artist was fun., with their album “Some Nights.” Adele was not out of the picture completely, as she took home the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for her live version of “Set Fire To The Rain.” In the end, Frank Ocean took home two Grammys — Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Rap Collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West for “No Church in the Wild.” Fun. took home the Grammy for Best New Artist, a well-deserved award, in this writer’s humble opinion. Surprisingly, Record of the Year went to Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know.” For those of you who don’t know the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year, here is the lowdown. Song of the Year is a songwriter’s award, honoring whoever wrote the song. Record of the Year recognizes the artist, the producers and the recording engineers and mixers. Essentially, Song of the Year and Record of the Year both reward individual songs, but they recognize different aspects of the song making process. Album of the Year went to Mumford and Sons for their album “Babel.” What would the Grammys be without stellar performances and collaborations as the world’s top artists take the stage at the Staples Center? This year set the record with 19 performances in the three-and-a-half hour show. A personal favorite was a collaboration between Elton
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ALL OF THE LIGHTS — Senior Gavin Carden attends the 55th Grammy Awards as a seat filler. The Grammys were held Feb. 10 at Staples Center.
John, Mumford and Sons, Zac Brown Band, Mavis Staples and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes to perform a tribute to former drummer and vocalist Levon Helm. Other highlights included
Bruno Mars, Sting, T Bone Burnett and Rihanna with an electrifying tribute to Bob Marley and fun.’s rain-filled performance. For full results be sure to check out www.grammy.com,
and for more information on seat filling, I won’t give you all my trade secrets, but a Google search will prod you in the right direction. g
Now is the time to seize the day Red roses abound, heartshaped everything spills out into the aisles of grocery stores, couples come out of hibernation and Pepperdine stokes the love fire with a plethora of relationship-themed convocations. Over the years, I’ve taken a few risks in my love life, regretted not taking a few and experienced the happy position of watching the guy don the risk-taking hat. Some risks I’ve taken have been clumsy. Others have served me better and have given me some surreal, thereshould-be-a-composer-scoring-this romantic moments. Vulnerability is the new sexy. I met a particularly brave soul when out dancing with friends who had the guts to start dancing with me and unveil this stunner of a move: awkwardly snake to the ground while exclaiming an enthusiastic, not at all ironic “WOOOO!” Woo Guys exist, ladies and gentlemen. It’s not just for girls anymore. As he executed this daring move, I burst out laughing, which only worked to encourage him. After half-a-dozen more woos, I had to excuse myself. Gentlemen, if you only take away one thing from this column, let it be this: Do not woo a girl with actual WOO-ing. I beg of you. With spring break approaching, some of you may be bending to the ring pressure. The holy grail of scary is picking someone to be with for the rest of your ever. That means committing to listening to detailed accounts of what your significant other dreamt last night — which is never interesting no matter how attractive you are. Planned or spontaneous, proposing is frightening stuff. A cautionary tale to convince you guys to plan your proposals: A good friend’s father asked her mother for her hand in marriage with the following, sweeping sentence, “So you wanna get married or what?” And that story will never be forgotten. Some jerk could even publish it in a university paper. Here’s the unsolicited love advice part of my column: If there is someone who won’t stop tumbling round your head, who pulls your eyes to theirs like a magnet or gets you so flustered you forget how to do the whole puttingwords-in-the-correct-orderto-create-sentences thing, I just have one question. Why haven’t you gone for it yet? If the only thing that stands in the way of possible flirty banter and other adventures with this person is fear, you need to put on that hat, tilt it to a rakish angle and go for it — unless said crush is a convicted murderer or best friend’s boyfriend. In those cases, smother those feelings with a big ‘ol pillow of fear. If you have true can’t-stop-smiling-because-of-somethingthey-said feelings for someone, you need to act on them. The worst thing that can happen is rejection, and as much as it does indeed suck, regret sucks more. That sentiment is cliche for a reason, folks, the same way most cliche things are cliche. It happens to be true. Whether it’s asking someone out, for a second chance or to be exclusive — act now and seize the heck of that moment. Time is not just for wasting anymore. g
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February 14, 2013
Rogue Wave BEN HOLCOMB Staff Writer
All will be well, intern and in time I’m the intern now. It doesn’t matter where, it just matters that I now hold the pathetic title and workload that comes with being “the intern.” I think it’s important that I speak on the subject as many of my fellow upperclassmen are beginning to venture into this aside of collegiate life. There’s a common joke that all interns do is go on coffee runs and file paperwork. But there are far more harrowing experiences that one goes through every day of work. An example: On my second day on the job, a manager of mine dropped six, 30-pluspage documents onto my desk and asked that I copy them all. They were double-sided. He gave me a half an hour to complete the task, as I obviously know how to copy things. “Duh. What am I, a dumbo? Nope. Not this guy! Not a dumbo. Obviously I know how to use a copier…” I droned. If you’ve seen a modern copier, you’ll know they look like the control panel on the Death Star — tons of buttons, levers and lights and no use for novices. I had to copy more than 180 pieces of paper in fewer than 30 minutes, and I had not the slightest clue how I’d go about accomplishing that. First, I put the paper in the wrong way, then discarded its recreation as if I were a murderer and it a bloody, incriminating weapon. I took a coffee break once I figured out the direction the paper faced. That was about a day’s work where I come from. So, I went back to work. The stupid thing was out of paper. I scoured the office looking for paper, all the while making sure my movements were assured, as if I were in control. I was spiraling off like a clipped fighter plane. When all four trays were filled, I had 10 minutes to actually copy the things that needed to be on my boss’s desk. And that’s when the copier just straight failed. System shut down. A self-destruct kind of fail. I just wasn’t cut out for the corporate world, I decided, and began to collect my things. That’s when my boss showed up. He took a look at what I was doing and asked if I was copying his documents one page at a time. I was, but I chose to lie and say, “Whaaaat? Why would I — ha?” “You can just place them here and it’ll copy them all at once,” he said, making me feel like a moron. With his help, I went to a new copier and finished the task in five minutes. When I handed him the finished product, I asked to use the restroom and spent the rest of my morning trying to fan my dress shirt down in the stall to dry off the sweat stains my anxiety had produced. Being an intern is tough. You never know what’s going on, and you always have to act like you’ve been there before. I don’t have any answers for you, prospective future interns, as I’m walking across the plank in the dark as we speak. I will say that it’s OK to tell someone you don’t know how to do something. The five minutes they spend explaining the task to you is far better than the 30 minutes of near-urination and heart palpitations that come with the fear of failure. But, um, other than that, being “the intern” is a blast. g
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THE HAZARDS OF TREATMENT — Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin (Channing Tatum) endure the fallout of psychological treatment as they try to piece their lives back together. “Side Effects” opened in theaters across the country Feb. 8.
‘Side Effects’ thrills with pills
By Ayden Smalling Staff Writer
“Side Effects” is a smart, psycho-sexual thriller perfect for our modern world. Steven Soderbergh delivers a film full of unexpected twists and turns. He keeps viewers on the edge of their seats without special effects or explosions, but with just the interactions of several talented actors. This film’s setting strikes remarkably close to home. Psychiatrists are no longer stigmatized as a sign of instability, but appreciated, sometimes even to the point where they are more of a wealthy accessory seen on “The Real Housewives.” But the subject of depression is very real, so it is a fascinating topic for a film. “Side Effects” doesn’t just delve into depression, but it truly investigates the relationship between psychiatry and pharmaceuticals, which is a
cloudy one. Think how many commercials there are telling how much happier Prosmiloft will make its users, only to take the remaining 20 seconds to discuss the unfortunate (and often worse) potential repercussions for ingesting that little blue pill, and they are often far worse than just incessant trips to the restroom. How does a psychiatrist best handle medicating someone? Questions of emotion, prescription drugs and doctors’ ethics are interlaced with intrigue and sexuality — when you leave, you are thinking about more than just the direction of the plot but of the backdrop in general. These questions are explored at the hands of some very talented actors with some fabulous direction. The film is headlined by four real stars, each intertwining more and more with one another as the plot turns. Rooney Mara does a fantastic job as the victim
of the titular side effects. She plays the depressed protagonist with fine subtleties that compound the intrigue of her character. She slowly reveals a cleverness that you realize was always there. Jude Law always plays particularly charming roles, and his role as a psychiatrist is no different. He makes you like his character even when the odds are stacked against him. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays another psychiatrist. She isn’t dipping beneath the lasers, but she helps drive the mystery of the film very well. Channing Tatum plays Mara’s husband. His character isn’t as developed as the rest, but Tatum does well with what he can — at least it’s better than his acting in “G.I. Joe.” The film also featured some great directing. Soderbergh knows how to heighten the tension and surprise his audience in the best way. It’s difficult to dive too deeply
into discussing the storyline because I don’t want to drop any spoilers. All I can tell you is that it is very well-written and it utilizes the Shyamalan twists far better than Shyamalan has, at least since “Signs” (spoiler alert: Joaquin Phoenix gets really weird). The story was legitimately surprising as well. Of everything released in 2013, it is safe to say that “Side Effects” is the best movie I’ve seen; at the very least, it surpasses “Hansel and Gretel.” It addresses serious issues like depression and drugs as background to a very good psychological thriller. And with its relative short running time (107 minutes), there’s no reason not to see it.
I give this film:
Favorite Quote: “I want my life back!”
Twin connection delivers ‘Heartthrob’
By Nikki Torriente Executive Editor
Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara returns to the music scene with the release of their album, “Heartthrob.” Released Jan. 29, the record marks the seventh studio effort from the sisters, revealing the duo knows a thing or two about how to make a record. The 10-track album showcases a poppier side of the female duo but proves that Tegan and Sara are versatile artists and top-notch creators. The Canadian sisters have had a long and fruitful run in the music industry and don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Their unique sound, accentuated by the fact that Tegan and Sara are twins, sets them apart from other bands that share the indie pop-rock genre. They are able to balance vocals, lyrics, instrumentation and synth — a formula they’ve come to use with great results. With seven albums under their belts, the sisters understand how to craft a rich symphony that extends further than one track on an album; the duo understands that individual tracks should be able to stand alone yet also be able to connect to a recurring element in an album. This know-how helps them create an incredibly well-rounded album, and “Heartthrob” is a
great example of that talent. The opening track on the album, “Closer,” is a considerably more poppy effort from the sister duo. The song is outrageously catchy and has some inflections of 80s greats like Cyndi Lauper and Blondie, but freshens up the 80s sound by making lyrics less predictable and cliche. Even the synth instrumentation running throughout the song has been given a new
The 10-track album showcases a poppier side of the female duo but proves that Tegan and Sara are versatile artists and top-notch creators. —Nikki Torriente Executive Editor
twist and acts as accompaniment rather than a sound that drowns out the duo’s vocals. Tegan and Sara really kickstart what is to come in their album with this track. The most appealing thing about the song — aside from it’s upbeat rhythm — is the fantastic chorus that showcases the sisters’ lyrical talent. “I Was A Fool” is a great track on the album that highlights Tegan and Sara’s versatility. This song presents
a different side of their music. Reminiscent of an 80s ballad, the sisters manage to keep the cheesiness to a minimum, yet are still able to create a catchy song. Although the song slows down the album, it marks a perfect transition for the band to explore a different side of their musicality. The pop flair is still prevalent throughout the track with the catchy chorus, but the piano instrumentation gives it a different vibe that would make it a perfect montage song in a teen movie. Immediately after “I Was A Fool” concludes, the following track, “I’m Not Your Hero,” emerges with a more familiar Tegan and Sara sound. The tempo returns to a quicker pace and a more poprock sound, — a common theme throughout the record. “I’m Not Your Hero” is one of the best songs on the album because it encompasses all the elements of a great song — creative and catchy lyrics, solid vocals and instrumentation that does not overpower. Tegan and Sara’s voices are really the stars of the show in this track because all the other elements intertwine themselves so naturally with their vocals. The song showcases how well the duo can craft a well-rounded song — which makes it a definite must-hear on the album. Although many of the
tracks on the album are solid pieces of work, “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend” is one of their top songs. Irresistibly catchy because of the lyrics and the upbeat tempo with solid vocals, “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend” is another track that underscores Tegan and Sara’s songwriting power. An undeniably pop track, this song is a great pairing of experimentation with vocals and utilizing indie elements and magnifying them — such as the synth percussions that drive the rhythm of the song. Tegan and Sara have released a solid album that shows their experimentation with a more pop-driven sound yet maintains elements of the band that have given them their popularity. The entire album is something worth listening to because it tells a musical story from start to finish by having the sound flow from song to song. It’s impossible not to get sucked in to listening to the entire album once it starts, which attests to the sisters’ singer-songwriter mastery. “Heartthrob” is a grade-A effort from the band and freshens up their longstanding career.
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Key Facts Artist Tegan and Sara
On Tour? Yes, check out teganandsara.com
LIFE & ARTS
February 14, 2013
Love is in the crossword
Down 1. Cupid’s bow and __ 2. __ & girlfriend 5. Sealed with a __ 6. “One of these days, Alice. Straight to the moon!” 7. I __ you 9. The flower for Feb. 14 14. “Love me do” 15. “It is the east, and __ is the sun” 16. Vampires, werewolves and a love-struck young woman 17. Heart and __ 18. “I’ll never let go, Jack” 19. A gemstone gifted for love 20. It is better to have loved and __ then never to have loved at all 22. Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams 24. A fragrant valentine’s gift 25. Hugs and kisses 27. Paul Rudd + Jason Segel = Bromance 28. “Wherefore art thou__?” 32. A Valentine’s Day stuffed animal 35. John Travolta & Olivia Newton John 36. “Lucky, I’m home!” 37. If roses are red, what are blue?
Across 3. __ can’t buy you love 4. Men are from ___ 8. Write a message on a candy __ 10. __ admirer 11. __ and kisses 12. Love at first __ 13. The greek goddess of love 21. “You’re breaking up with me because I’m too blonde?” 23. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”
CALENDAR Friday, Feb. 15
Soundgarden Concert 7 p.m. (Show –– The Wiltern)
Saturday, Feb. 16
Chinese New Year Festival 11 a.m. (Chinatown)
26. Writing that is both speech and song 29. A pair of __ crossed lovers 30. The __ of Oz is in need of a heart! 31. A sweet Valentine’s Day gift 33. Women are from __ 34. “You had me at hello” 38. The city of love 39. Saint __ 40. Shooting lovers with his arrows
AQUARIUS: Vow to make “Gangnam Style” your song choice for the next karaoke b-day party you attend.
LEO: Your happiness should not rely on finding a good parking spot on campus.
PISCES: This Valentine’s Day send yourself chocolates and act like they are from your lover.
VIRGO: You are uptight. Try removing the stick from your butt for a day.
ARIES: It is time to return those night-vision goggles you stole from your little brother.
LIBRA: OMG, look out AHHHH!
TAURUS: This month you will meet a man who will make you feel amazing––ly awkward. GEMINI: Start using adjectives like “golden” and “fluffy” when describing yourself for a breath of fresh air.
For answers to the crossword, visit pepperdine-graphic.com
CANCER: Dolphins are near the shore this time of year. Keep an eye out for them on your drives along the PCH.
SCORPIO: The orbit of Venus indicates that you will beat the rush at Starbucks tomorrow. SAGITTARIUS: Yeah, stay away from McDonald’s new “Fish McBites.” CAPRICORN: Do NOT look under your bed tonight.
>> g n i k par job of the week
In an effort to conserve space, these two considerate drivers elected to conjoin their vehicles into one mega-vehicle. Next time you’re walking down the road and see an awful parking job, take a photo and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Feb. 17
Ed Sheeran Concert 8 p.m. (Concert –– Nokia Theatre LA Live)
Monday, Feb. 18
Sunrise Shred 6 a.m. (Exercise Class –– Fitness Studio)
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Children’s Nature Outreach Walk 9:30 a.m. (Adventure — Temescal Canyon Gateway Park)
Wednesday, Feb. 20 Chamber Music 8 p.m. (Concert –– Walt Disney Concert Hall)
Thursday, Feb. 21
“The Elixir of Love” 7:30 – 10 p.m. (Opera Performance –– Smothers Theatre) Courtesy of MATT DRUMMOND
MEDIA >> highlight OF THE
Have you ever wondered what kind of shenanigans go on behind the mysterious doors of the CCB? Get an inside look at Pepperdine’s newest show, “The Gallery” by checking out their website. Visit www.thegallerypepperdine.com to see pictures from behind-thescenes filming, sneak peaks from upcoming episodes and bios on the crew!
February 14, 2013
Big hearts in the game Bence Valics, goalie on the water polo team, has a unique perspective on relationships in our contemporary age of casual relationships and frequent breakups, and he’s speaking from personal experience. Valics has been with his girlfriend for seven years, and has been trying to make a long distance relationship work (not an uncommon phenomenon at Pepperdine), but from Hungary no less. Valics’ advice for people in relationships this season of love is communication. “It’s important to talk because one of the reasons relationships don’t work is because you can’t be open with the other person and tell that what you think … talking about your feelings is
By Wen Chen Sports Editor
Manny Ochenje is outgoing and relatable. The 6-foot-9 forward from Nigeria on the men’s basketball team loves to find out more about different cultures and to meet new people. Ochenje confesses that he’s never had a valentine so he doesn’t have much of an idea what to do for a valentine, but what he hopes for this Valentine’s is to make a certain someone smile. But Ochenje believes that you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s to
show someone you care; it’s something you can do every day and you can show it in different ways. Ochenje has two valentines this year, and they’re both women he loves and who mean a lot to him — his mother and his sister. He shares that as he was growing up, his sister was very close to him and was the one who took care of him. Ochenje relates, “She was my best friend, and I miss her a lot, just hearing her voice would make my Valentine’s.” He would also call his mother to tell her he loves and appreciates her because, very simply, “Valentine’s is a day for people you love.”
spending her Valentine’s Day going out to dinner with her girlfriends, some of them other single ladies on the volleyball team. In an unconventional departure from the traditional chocolates, what she wants for Valentine’s are sour straws or tons of sugary candies. That’s a hint to Frederick’s valentine, best friend and senior on the team, Kim Hill. Frederick’s advice to the singles at Pepperdine is not to focus so much on trying to find someone but to enjoy the people around here. She loves hanging out with her friends,
with a special someone, and Valics recollects that the very first time he cooked a meal was for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. Valics commiserates with the single population at Pepperdine this Valentine’s because, as he puts it, “I’m alone this year too.” But for all the singles out there who feel disheartened while everyone else is celebrating, Valics’ advice is to wait for it and be willing to try something new and take a chance, because it’s worth it.
Ochenje’s other plans this Valentine’s involve taking himself out, and he says that if anyone would like to join him, they are very welcome. His advice for all the other single people is not to be sad or upset. “Appreciate all the gifts that God has given to you and one day you’ll meet someone who will appreciate you too, who God destined you for and who will be worth the wait,” he said. He believes the greatest thing in life is to be happy with yourself before you can make anyone else happy, so for Valentine’s Day, just be proud of yourself and take yourself out.
Alina Ching, sophomore on the women’s golf team, says she wants to date someone who is like a best friend and with whom she could have fun. She reminisces wistfully the good ol’ days in elementary school when she used to love Valentine’s Day because she could always look forward to getting presents. Ching’s first valentine was in the second grade when everyone in class was required to bring a valentine. “It made me really happy to get a valentine from everyone,” she said. According to Ching, Valentine’s is a special day
Lilla Frederick, senior on the sand volleyball team, describes herself as the easygoing, no-drama type, who would prefer to spend as much time as possible being active. A talented athlete, Frederick enjoys all different kinds of sports — tennis, golf and other beach activities, in addition to volleyball. Frederick is single this Valentine’s but recollects her first valentine in the eight grade when a boy in her class gave her a mixed CD. Not lonely in the least, Frederick is
important; if you don’t like something, you have to let the other person know or it’s going to get worse and worse.” Of course it’s no walk in the park to make a relationship work, especially when divided by two continents. Valics understands the struggle, and he relates that it is very difficult, but they have been able to make it work because he tries to talk to her every day. Valentine’s Day is a special occasion celebrating love all over the world, and Valics shared his prior experiences with his valentines. His first valentine was at the tender age of 10, when the fourth-grader gave a box of chocolates and a toy to a girl he liked. Since then, Valentine’s has been an occasion to celebrate
because “it’s a time to show people you love that you care for them and show what they mean to you, even if it’s just to your friend or your mom.” Her valentines this year are her suitemates, and Ching is looking forward to a fun night out with them going to dinner and hanging out in Santa Monica. Ching’s advice for all the singles at Pepperdine is just to have fun. Her philosophy that she lives out by her optimistic outlook on life is not to make a big deal about being single, because there’s someone out there for everybody.
and they are important enough to her that her concept of a perfect first date would involve winning the approval of her friends at the end of the night. Also, it would be nice to take her out to do something active as part of that perfect first date. But Frederick takes a very relaxed approach to relationships, going back to the no-drama part of her personality. Another piece of advice to other Pepperdine singles is not to force things, but instead to let them come. g
Ching describes herself as happy and someone who likes to have fun. Coming from Hawaii, she loves going to the beach but also hiking and different sports. What Ching would like for Valentine’s is chocolate-covered strawberries, and she shares that the way to her heart is definitely through her stomach. But a perfect date for Ching should also be something that’s different and strays from the beaten track of dinner and a movie.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF Pepperdine Athletics
Alexander Hayes / CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SCOREBOARD Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Baseball Women’s Tennis Men’s Volleyball
Feb. 7 Feb. 9
L, 82-56 W, 72-68
L, 73-34 L, 71-50
Stanford UC Irvine
Feb. 9 Feb. 10
Cal State Northridge Feb. 8 California Baptist Feb. 13
Feb. 9 Feb. 11
Portland San Diego
L, 5-2 L, 4-3 L, 3-2
4-17 4-18 --
0-3 0-4 5-4
Thursday, February 14
Sunday, February 17
Friday, February 15
Women’s Tennis at Baylor at 11 a.m. Baseball vs. Western Michigan at 12 p.m.
Saturday, February 16
Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. Men’s Volleyball vs. UCSB at 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. LMU at 7 p.m. Baseball vs. Western Michigan at 2 p.m. Men’s Volleyball vs. BYU at 7 p.m. Track at Westmont/UC Santa Barbara (All Day) Baseball vs. Western Michigan at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Women’s Tennis at TCU at 10 a.m. Women’s Basketball vs. BYU at 2 p.m. Men’s Basketball at Santa Clara at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 19 All Weekend...
Swimming PCSC Championships (La Mirada, Calif.) Men’s Tennis ITA National Team Indoor Championship (Seattle)
Men’s Golf the Prestige at PGA West (La Quinta, Calif.)
February 14, 2013
Waves pressured to perform Men’s basketball hosts last home game; baseball has season opener By Marissa Baly Sports Assistant
From conference games to season openers to national tournaments, the Waves have a lot on their plate this week. Forget the Songfest hype — the Waves are sure to have entertaining performances these past few weeks before spring break. The men’s basketball team has been hot and cold all season long, but their overtime win against Portland on Saturday may be the catalyst they needed for a strong finish. In the West Coast Conference Game of the Week, the Waves beat the Pilots 72-68 in overtime. Senior Lorne Jackson scored 22 points to lead the Waves in their third conference win and fourth overtime game of the season. With a total of 11 wins and 13 losses this season, the Waves have surpassed their 2011-2012 season record of 10 wins and 19 losses. To maintain their positive momentum, the Waves will have to beat their next opponent and conference rival, Loyola Marymount University. The Portland Pilots (9-17 for the season) beat LMU 69-60 on Feb. 7, and the Lions only have one win in the WCC this season. In late January, the Waves beat the Lions (8-16)
70-67 on the road. The Waves host LMU today in their second-to-last home game of the regular season. On Saturday, the men’s team will travel to Santa Clara University and take on the 17-8 Broncos. Santa Clara beat Pepperdine 83-76 in mid-January and is currently ranked two spots above Pepperdine in the WCC standings. While the men’s basketball season is winding down, Pepperdine’s baseball and track seasons are just starting up. The track team has their first meet on Saturday, Feb. 16, against Westmont and UC Santa Barbara, while the baseball team will host Western Michigan University in their season opener on Friday, the first of a four-game series between the two. The Waves’ baseball team is the defending champion of the WCC and should finish near the top again; the 2013 WCC preseason poll anticipated the Waves would finish second, but last year they played in their 18th WCC Championship despite a fifth-place preseason poll prediction. Another team with the prospect of a championship is the men’s tennis team, ranked seventh in the nation and recently ranked fifth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Waves have not been ranked in
Connor Wheeler/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
PUMPED — Senior Sam Meyer is ready to hit during the Alumni Baseball Game on Feb. 9. The current Waves won 3-1.
the top five since their NCAA Championship-winning 2006 season. The undefeated Waves will compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle on Friday. With five wins and zero losses this season, the Waves will compete in the tournament from Friday to Monday, before traveling to Florida next week to take on Florida State. The men’s tennis team will
be on the road for their next few matches, while the men’s volleyball team has three consecutive home games coming up. In addition to last Wednesday’s game against Cal Baptist, the Waves are also hosting BYU, UC Santa Barbara and UCLA later this month. The Cougars, Pepperdine’s next opponent, in eight wins and two losses the 2013 season, including a 7-1 conference record in the WCC. In compar-
ison, the Waves are 5-4 for the season. Friday’s game against BYU will be a challenge for the Waves, but the team is undefeated at home this season (30) and hopefully, with school spirit running high, the team’s morale can remain buoyant enough to bring home the win. On the other hand, the UCSB Gauchos are 5-8 for the season. Two of their losses were against Stanford and University of the Pacific, two teams that the
Waves have defeated this season. The court, the field and the track will surely be main attractions for the rest of the month. With all of the aforementioned teams doing better than they did last season, there is a lot of excitement for the Waves’ success, but also pressure for the teams to deliver.
Assoc. Athletic Director says goodbye after 4 years By Stasia Demick Assistant Sports Editor
COURTESY OF Pepperdine Athletics
WAVING GOODBYE — Jim Hamad is leaving Pepperdine to start as Aurora University’s athletic director later this month.
Jim Hamad left his position as Associate Director of Athletics on Friday to become Aurora University’s new athletic director. He had worked at Pepperdine for four years. Hamad began as director of Athletics Academic Services when he joined the Pepperdine community in 2008. Two years later, he was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Student Development and Associate Athletics Director in 2012. Hamad was an integral
part of the athletics community, providing support and guidance for academics and athletics. With a degree in conflict management from Kent State, Hamad was able to successfully navigate the waters as the athletes’ advocate in university life. Hamad reflected on the impact the Pepperdine community has made on his life, “I am thankful for the four-and-a-half years I spent at Pepperdine and for the support of the administration, which has helped prepare me for my new position with Aurora
University in Chicago. It has been a pleasure working with the wonderful Pepperdine student-athletes, and I hope that I impacted their lives as much as they impacted mine. I wish nothing but the best for Pepperdine in the future.” Last Friday was a day of final goodbyes, as Hamad prepared to depart for the next chapter in his career. His final stop was the Athletic Training Center, where he bade farewell to the athletes and friends he had made during his time at Pepperdine. Director of Athletics
FAN CENTRAL: Hannah Turpin When she isn’t running dozens of miles and putting holes in her sneakers, freshman cross county and track athlete Hannah Turpin is bouncing up and down on the bleachers in Firestone Fieldhouse. “As an athlete I like to support my fellow student-athletes while being a part of the crowd atmosphere.” Turpin’s favorite sport to watch is men’s volleyball because “they’re so talented.” Turpin will begin her track season this Saturday with a meet against Westmont/UC Santa Barbara; “I can’t wait to see my teammates break some school records this season,” Turpin said. COURTESY OF Hannah Turpin
RUN AND TELL THAT — When not cheering on other sports, freshman Hannah Turpin is a versatile runner. She
competes in various events from the 100 hurdles to 6000 meters.
Steve Potts summarized the loss of Hamad: “Jim has been an outstanding and valuable member of our staff since he came to us four years ago. His commitment and dedication to the academic progress and well-being of our student-athletes is especially noteworthy. Jim has contributed to the improvement of our academic support program, our NCAA eligibility and certification process, our Academic Progress Rate and our Graduation Success Rate,” Potts said. Jim Hamad said farewell to all the student-ath-
letes in a parting email last week, saying, “I want to thank everyone for the nice letters and notes over the past week; it’s making a tough transition manageable. As I’ve mentioned, I loved my time here and the time that I shared with you all. It was a joy coming to work and literally have fun on a daily basis.” Hamad leaves his position in the hands of Academic Coordinator Rachael Willett for the remainder of the year.
Ask A Wave
Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
junior women’s golf
senior women’s basketball
“Ken Griffey, Jr.”
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February 14, 2013
ATHLETES TAKE FITNESS TO A
By Rumer Cantrell Staff Writer
CrossFit is one of today’s most popular workout practices. With workout time becoming less of a chore and more of a hobby, many people have stepped out of the gym and turned to new exercise approaches, like CrossFit, to build healthy, active lifestyles. CrossFit was started in 1995 by Greg Glassman, a former gymnastics coach and celebrity trainer — he was even hired by the City of Santa Cruz to train their police department. Glassman believed bodybuilding and endurance programs were both lacking emphasis on fundamental lifting movements and sprints. He took the idea and his experience to Santa Cruz, where he opened the first CrossFit gym. In 2003 CrossFit began its affiliation program, which now includes more than two thousand CrossFit gyms worldwide. CrossFit has gained popularity because of a key component that sets it apart from other gyms — the routines done in class change on a daily basis. The CrossFit craze has spread across the world and its popularity has permeated Pepperdine. From students to faculty, CrossFit boasts a devout following on campus. Interest increased even more after the United States CrossFit team held a workout demo on campus. This workout phenomenon is only growing, and many students find themselves addicted to the training methods. Malibu is fortunate enough to have a CrossFit gym of 1,525 square feet available to those who are interested in trying out the workout and testing their physical capabilities. CrossFit Malibu is owned by Mike Anderson, a Pepperdine graduate and former head of the physical
Marisa Padilla / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
BIG LIFT — CrossFit challenged this trainee to push his limits at the local Malibu facility during an evening workout.
education department. Anderson has been successful in garnering support from the Pepperdine community, and keeps people coming back for more. Anderson began an internship program this semester to encourage Pepperdine students to get involved and develop a better understanding of CrossFit. Intern and Pepperdine junior Julia Rodriguez described her Crossfit experience as bordering on addiction, one which has helped her feel better about herself both physically and emotionally. Like other students involved in Crossfit, Rodriguez was introduced to the workout by faculty members who are advocates of the program. Professors Cooker Perkins, Holden and Priscilla MacRae, Laurie Nelson and Ken Henisey are
among some of the die-hard fans of the workout. CrossFit member and junior transfer student Haley Roberson, who started Crossfit just three months ago, is one of the many types of members; CrossFit caters to long-running devotees to students just beginning their training. Roberson now attends the CrossFit workouts religiously — attending five times a week — and adds her testimony to the success of the workout regiment. “CrossFit is a very well balanced kind of exercise,” Roberson said. “The exciting part is not just getting better at one thing, but seeing improvement across the board. I couldn’t do a pull up before and I can now do a pull up with a .” At CrossFit, the body is the
machine. There are no treadmills, stair climbers or ellipticals because they have been replaced with weights, rings, bars and climbing ropes. This change makes it easier to tailor the workout specifically to the individual. There is no need to change machines, but rather adjust the number of reps, squats or pull-ups. A few skills practiced in CrossFit workouts include running, squats, Olympic lifting and push-ups. “Everyone has a different goal,” Rodriguez said. “There is one person who is 70 years old and hopes to get rid of their diabetes.” The variety in daily routines allows CrossFit members to improve in more than one area of exercise. CrossFit gyms not only give their participants the
training necessary to meet their goals, but also motivate them to keep striving for success. A unique quality that the gym possesses is teamwork. Every day the same people train and motivate one another. They hold each other accountable on attendance and improvement. There are many different people who train, all with different abilities and athletic backgrounds. Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of CrossFit training, a new goal was added for participants in 2007 called the CrossFit Games. The CrossFit Games are an annual competition sponsored by the athletic brand Reebok. The goal of the games is to find “the fittest in the world”. Participants in the games are allowed to sign up as individual athletes
or in teams. To advance to the CrossFit Games, each athlete or group of athletes must first compete in the Open Games, and based on their ranking may advance to the Regional Games, and then finally to the Crossfit Games. In last year’s CrossFit open competition, more than 69,000 participants signed up to compete. CrossFit’s immense popularity and rigorous training has almost earned it status as a sport of its own. Those interested in finding out more about CrossFit Malibu can call (310) 480- 7000 or email Crossfitmalibu@gmail. com to schedule an introductory orientation session.
Club sports ‘Fight for Pepperdine’ By Ricardo Avila Staff Writer
In a study published by Livestrong, 69 percent of females and 75 percent of males aged 3 to 12 in the United States participate in organized team sports. This adds up to about eight million boys and girls. Out of those eight million, only 2% will play college sports at the NCAA level. What happens to the other 98 percent? Some retire and stick to the books, while others choose to stay active by enrolling in club sports. At Pepperdine, many athletically inclined students have chosen the latter. This semester, the tennis, men’s lacrosse, equestrian, rugby, surfing and triathlon club teams aim to “Fight for Pepperdine” by providing high-quality athletic options for those students not participating in NCAA Division I sports. Not to be confused with intramurals — another excellent option — college club teams are even more popular than NCAA sports; two million students participate in club sports, while only 450,000 at the NCAA level. But why the devotion to a sport, despite little recognition or remuneration, and many sacrifices? “I love playing tennis. I wanted to play at a more competitive level than just intramurals, and the club team allows me to do that … every year there are great people on the team … and I love the opportunity to meet people from other schools while doing what
I love,” Cody Goodmen of the club tennis team explained The co-ed club tennis team was founded two years ago at Pepperdine with eight members, but has since grown to more than 30 people. Goodmen is the president of the club this year and explained some of the administrative difficulties of running a club team. Lack of funding is one problem that all club teams face. Members pay dues, which contribute toward uniforms and travel expenses. The team competes against schools all over Southern California. The Pepperdine team is one of the top five in the division, even against schools like USC and UCLA. They compete in tournaments organized by “Tennis on Campus,” a nation-wide organization. Pepperdine has frequently had a good showing at competitions, having won the nationals two years ago and have advanced to the regionals every year. Tournaments are year-long and the team has been in season since the fall, when tryouts were held for any interested members. They recently played their first regional tournament of the semester, where the team made it to the quarterfinals. The team will be going to Arizona in April to compete in the spring invitational, where they will face other teams in nationals at a highly competitive level. Another spring sport offered under the Pepperdine club sports program is the equestrian team. Under the leadership of
COURTESY OF Bob Escudero
ABOVE IT ALL — Men’s rugby continues a 50-year legacy as a club sport at Pepperdine.
President Julie-Anne Malis, the Pepperdine Equestrian Team competes at the level of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The team is matched against other colleges within the region. The equestrian team trains at Fairview Farms, located 20 minutes away from campus. Erin Rorabaugh, a national-level hunter, coaches the team’s 16 members. Rorabaugh jumps competitively and coaches by profession. Team membership — which includes meetings, social events, training, lessons and competitions — contains many responsibilities and benefits. Responsibilities include fundraising, supporting the team and attending social events. Benefits include IHSA competitions, weekly training and the devel-
opment of a high level of camaraderie. Their most recent competition was the Arizona State University Horse Show. Lily Zhao placed third in Open Over Fences, Adrianna Audenino placed sixth in Intermediate Over Fences, Adrianna King was third in Intermediate Flat Class and Adrianna Borges placed sixth in Walk, Trot, Canter. The next horse show takes place this weekend, Feb. 16 and 17 at UCSD. When it comes to sports acronyms, it doesn’t get much cooler than sharing a name with LA’s iconic airport. The Pepperdine men’s lacrosse team has been an active sport for more than 25 years and calls itself “LAX.” Coached by Chris Wells, the team is a member of the Southwestern Lacrosse
Conference (SLC) and competes against other schools in California such as Marymount, Biola and Cal Lutheran. There are 16 weeks in the lacrosse season, with practices, scrimmages and several home games taking place on the beautiful Alumni Park lawn. The lacrosse players finished the 2012 season with a 4-5 record, a record they hope to surpass this year with the help of senior captains Daniel Blakey and JJ Reed. The team did not get off to a good start, falling 15-5 to Claremont and 17-4 to UC Berkeley, but they hope to rise to the occasion when they host a crucial divisional matchup against Marymount College this weekend. The game, which promises to be more entertaining than watching two capuchin monkeys in a sword fight,
starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. As mentioned in a previous issue of the Graphic, the Pepperdine Rugby Football Club (PRFC) has had a tradition of more than 50 years at Pepperdine. Although UC Riverside dealt the Waves a 36-19 loss in the first game of the season, the team quickly bounced back to beat Loyola 24-13. In college club sports, Passion and commitment make up for lack of facilities and limited funding, but the teams always appreciate support from their home community.