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'She was a person of integrity': professors speak out about pepp alum, kavanaugh accuser
Courtesy of AP Photo Supreme Court Nominee Accused | Christine Blasey Ford, who has come forward with sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, is an alumna from Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. C hanna steinmetz soci al media man age r KAY IU WONG AS SI STANT N E WS E DITOR Just four days before the Senate Judiciary Committee planned to vote on Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, Pepperdine alumna and former Seaver College professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward Sunday to publicly accuse the federal appeals judge of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago. Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University. She was a 1991 graduate from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology with a master’s in Clinical Psychology, according to Public Relations Manager Alex Forero. Ford later worked as a visiting professor at Pepperdine from 1995 to 1998. Distinguished Professor of Psycholo-
gy Cindy Miller-Perrin worked at Seaver College while Ford was a visiting faculty member. Although Miller-Perrin said she knew Ford only through her time at Pepperdine, she complimented Ford’s character. “I found her to be a very competent individual,” Miller-Perrin said. “I liked her as a person. I thought she was a person of integrity.” Professor of Economics Ron Batchelder, who was also a colleague of Ford, described her as a “very nice person who was a joy to be around.” Ford’s allegation came into light last week when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) revealed she had a letter containing information about Kavanaugh that she referred to the F.B.I., according to The New York Times. Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not reveal the letter’s details or the identity of its author. However, anonymous officials leaked that the letter involved sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school.
Ford spoke out for the first time in an interview with The Washington Post that was published Sunday. She told the Post that she is the author of the confidential letter and that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a house party in suburban Maryland. Ford told the Post she believes the incident occurred in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17. Ford, now 51, said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, were both "stumbling drunk" when they pushed her into an upstairs bedroom. Kavanaugh allegedly pinned Ford to a bed, tried to remove her clothes, began to grind his body against her and covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, the Post reported. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford told the Post. When Ford’s story first came out, Batchelder said he had no idea it was about his former colleague. “I was watching the news on TV, and I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s
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-CINDY MILLER-PERRIN, PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR Chrissy!’ I was completely stunned,” Batchelder said. Kavanaugh has since then denied Ford’s claims. "This is a completely false allegation," Kavanaugh said Monday in a statement distributed by the White House, according to The New York
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omar murphy on l i n e p ro d u c e r For college students who are generally overcommitted individuals, sometimes it can feel like every day is a fight to stay afloat. Some students may forget that their peers are struggling to float or are flat-out sinking. It takes little-to-no effort to show a little kindness to fellow students, and small gestures can turn around another person’s day. It is no secret that Pepperdine students are a group who like to stretch themselves thin. When pushed to the brink and about to reach the limit, the power of a kind gesture is a beacon of light in an otherwise bleak day. In any given day, students are stressed over classes, overworked and overcommitted to extracurricular events they know they have no time for. On top of all that, there’s still a social life to maintain. Why make time for others when there’s just not enough time in the day? Empathy comes from those who know what drowning feels like because they have been there before. Sometimes it’s hard to even consider the feelings of another person among the calamity of life, let alone put their interests ahead of personal priorities. However, those rare moments aren’t always at the expense of precious time. Start simple: Hold the door for that person a couple steps behind, offer a unique compliment or a listening ear. Ask a genuine “How’s your day going?” and actually wait to hear a response instead of hurrying past them. Buy a friend a snack or maybe stop the shuttle when someone is running to catch it. If anything, just smile at students that walk by. When those opportunities arise, try to capitalize and be a light in someone’s day.
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Pepperdine University ranked 46 out of 312 national institutions of higher learning in the 2019 National University Ranking, according to U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. This marks the third time that Pepperdine is placed within the top 50 universities in the United Sates. President Andrew K. Benton said he is grateful that out of the 4,300 other colleges and universities in the country, Pepperdine is considered one of the “very best.” “What pleases me the most is the fact that we do this while honoring our faith heritage and our commitment to teaching,” Benton said. “This is very unique and worthy of honor, in my view.” How are the rankings calculated? The rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality, according to an article published on the U.S News and World Report website. Each university is classified into 14 categories, each incorporated into six subcategories and weighted individually. 1. Outcomes (social mobility and graduation rates), weighted at 35 percent 2. Faculty resources (class size and faculty salary), weighted at 20 percent 3. Expert opinion (peer and high school counsellor assessment), weighted at 20 percent 4. Financial resources, weighted at 10 percent 5. Student excellence (standardized tests and high school class standing), weighted at 10 percent 6. Alumni giving, weighted at five percent The Dean of Seaver College Michael Feltner said he is ecstatic about the ranking and that it is particularly nice to see that Pepperdine has climbed in the rankings over the past few years. “Any time you are in the top
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Information provided by www.usnews.com Graphic by Nicola Wenz 50 of colleges and universities in the U.S., that’s a pretty elite category to put yourself in,” Feltner said. “I think, as dean, what I am concerned about isn’t so much how we are ranked, but looking at those things that make a difference to students.” The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides institutional research and leadership in the areas of accreditation and assessment for Pepperdine University. The OIE recorded Pepperdine’s ranking since 2012
and according to a report, Pepperdine increased from 55 in 2012 to 46 in 2019. Pepperdine students said they are excited about this ranking. Senior Danielle Vandusen said she expected to see Pepperdine as part of the top universities due to its positive academic standing. “I don’t understand why Pepperdine isn’t yet in the top 40,” Vandusen said. “The small class sizes make it possible for my professors to challenge me in a
strong academic environment, allowing me to really learn the material and push me to becoming a better medical student. I am truly blessed to say I go to Pepperdine.” Pepperdine senior and Women’s Golf team member, Patricia Wong, said she is proud to represent such a top university. “Every time I wear the Pepperdine uniform to play, I feel honored and very appreciative of the opportunity I am given,” Wong said.
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Times. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone.” Amid the allegation, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) cancelled a meeting set this week to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. The committee instead scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Sept. 24 and invited both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify. The White House wrote in a statement Monday that Kavanaugh is ready to testify to the Senate, according to The Hill Newspaper. It remains unclear whether Ford will publicly testify at Monday’s hearing. According to a letter addressed to Chairman Grassley and obtained by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Tuesday evening, Ford and her lawyers are insisting that the FBI start an investigation into the incident before senators hold a hearing. The letter also states Ford has received vicious harassment and death threats. Ford’s family had to move out of their home, and she has been impersonated online. On the other end of the spectrum, Ford has received support from her community and from citizens across the United States. Miller-Perrin recognized Ford’s bravery in telling her story. “I think it’s pretty courageous for her to come forward,” Miller Perrin said. “It can’t be an easy thing to do, and there are a lot of costs to what she’s doing.” K AYIU.W ONG@PEPPER DINE.EDU C HANNA.STEINM ETZ@PEPPER DINE.EDU
GROCERY: Whole Foods debate over FROM A1 Measure R passed with a 59 percent vote in Nov. 2014, according to the Los Angeles Times. This meant Malibu residents could, through a city vote, determine the approval of proposed developments over 20,000 square feet, which targeted Whole Foods since its proposed size was 24,549 square feet. The measure also required chains to sign a non-transferable conditional-use permit because of their identity as a chain and maxed the amount of space chains could take in a commercial center at 30 percent. Malibu voted down Measure W, the name given to the Park initiative, by a 57 percent vote Nov. 2015. However, L.A. Supreme Court Justice James Chalfant ruled Measure R illegal on Dec. 15, 2015, based on the fact that Malibu surpassed its administrative powers through the measure’s provisions. With the ruling, developers of the Park project began the process of construction. The plan for the Park at Cross Creek involves 38,425 square feet of commercial space, according to The Malibu Times. Whole Foods will take up majority of the square footage and four other buildings will be included, as well as a courtyard with outdoor arrangements. Mullin continued by saying that the city’s reaction is aimed toward the fact that more shopping centers are coming to the area even though there are vacant stores present throughout the city — some vacant for some time now. “I think the perspective of a lot of
the people who supported Measure R and defeated Measure W is that ... [i]t’s just developers’ interests that are being served primarily, not necessarily the voters,” Mullin said. Four grocery stores and many shopping centers exist in Malibu, begging the question, “Why do we need another one?” as posed by Mullin. Other shopping center developments are foreseen in the future, including more chains. One, originally known as La Paz Ranch, is going up next to the Whole Foods and will be larger than the Park center. Employee Andrew Kennedy of Double RL & Co., a clothing store within the Malibu Country Mart, also said the additional shopping center didn’t make sense. Despite his opinion, he is excited for Whole Foods to come. As for construction, Mullin proposed it was on-track after a conversation he shared with developer Steve Soboroff. A major concern for the project involves the additional traffic that the center will bring to the Malibu Country Mart area. However, the environmental impact report, according to The Malibu Times in Feb. 2015, claimed that there would be no significant increase in traffic. This conclusion was made based on data taken in the area in July 2013. Additionally, there will be two entrance-exit ways, the primary on Civic Center Way, across from the Country Mart’s driveway, and another on Cross Creek Road on the northern side of the project. Developers are implementing necessary street accommodations, like street signs and crosswalks, within the parking lot to ensure proper traffic flow. Parallel parking spots will possibly be
Sam Finnegan | Assistant Photo Editor Work in Progress | Measure R would have prevented the construction of Whole Foods, but a L.A. Supreme Justice deemed the measure illegal. removed on Civic Center Way to ensure driver visibility for those leaving the Park Center. Commenting on the construction of Whole Foods, Pepperdine students shared a mixture of feelings for the store. Students said they recognize the quality of food and price difference of Whole Foods compared to other stores, such as Ralphs.w “It’s dope that there are more healthy resources placed in the area for college students,” freshman Eliahs Sumpter said. “I’ll definitely be going there more than Ralphs. It is pretty up there in price, but I’m paying for quality.” Even alumna Kim Hughes of the Class of 1987 said she would have frequented a Whole Foods during her time at Pepperdine.
“When going to school, I would’ve shopped there [at Whole Foods],” Hughes said. “There was only one other option … Hughes Market. As a runner, it would’ve helped with eating well.” Freshman Andrew Fest said he viewed the quality and pricing differently. “I love Ralphs,” Fest said. “There are more options with Whole Foods, but [Ralphs] is more affordable.” For the most part, residents are excited for Whole Foods but what the Park center will bring to the community remains to be foreseen, Mullin said. “Hopefully it will be an asset to the community that everybody likes and not a bunch of empty stores that haven’t been filled because there’s not enough,” Mullin said. K IL EY.DISTEL R ATH@PEPPER DINE.EDU
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First-Gen students navigate CA colleges Kelly R o dr ig uez S taf f W r i ter
The decision to go to college is a pivotal choice for anyone. While some California college students come from family lines of college-educated parents and relatives, some students, known as first-generation college students, navigate college all on their own. University of California-Davis sophomore Michael Brito said being a first-generation college student has led him to be more independent. “I’ve grown a lot,” Brito said. “I’ve learned to fend for myself and it’s easier for me to focus on what I have to do.” Pepperdine alumna Tracie Loo said her experience being both a first-generation college student and a transfer student has made her resilient. “I learned that you just have to do what you gotta do,” Loo said. “It doesn’t matter what other people are doing, you do whatever feels good for you to pursue whatever you love and whatever it takes to make you successful. If that means sacrificing time studying, [or] not going out, you gotta do that.” First-generation college students are a resilient but silent minority at colleges all over the United States. Although colleges keep track of the number of first-generation college students, there is no record really kept at the national level. Additionally, many of those students face a knowledge gap and a lack of guidance through the application process and through the college experience. While programs exist in high schools to help those students, they don’t often have the resources and staffing to assist all the students they need to serve. This issue gives rise to initiatives that colleges, both private and public, are pursuing to help these students thrive. An Established Minority At Pepperdine, 861 out of 3,300 students in the Fall 2017 semester were first-generation college students, according to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Across all the Universities of California, there are 90,114 first-generation college students enrolled, according to the University of California Infocenter. In the Cal State system, about onethird of students enrolled are first-generation college students, according to the 2018 California State Universities factbook. Kevin Huie, the Director of Student Success Initiatives at UC Irvine, said there are eight factors that contribute to a first-generation college student’s success. “The eight factors are their college-readiness, a successful transition, academic achievement, matriculation (if they go from one year to the next), content learning in the classroom, leadership development outside the classroom and graduation,” Huie said. Huie also said that navigating university can be complex. “There’s a lot of questions that come from being a first-generation college student,” Huie said. “Anything from how do I budget to am I supposed to listen to one person in making a decision?” The Experience of a First-Generation College Student Each first-generation college student faces different problems depending on their situation.
Associate Professor of Education at Wheelock College Linda Banks-Santilli wrote an article about the “unique psychological challenges” that first-generation students face. “Many experience difficulty within four distinct domains: professional, financial, psychological and academic,” Banks-Santilli wrote. On the psychological side, these students often face a strong tie to their family, especially if they come from collectivist cultures like the Hispanic/Latino culture. Pepperdine senior Genesis Trejo said she was academically prepared for college but she didn’t realize how difficult it would be for her emotionally. “College is so much more than just classes,” Trejo said. “My parents never went to college, they’re immigrants, so I have that part of the immigrant story with me and that’s what’s kept me going ... but just that alone is sometimes not enough to effectively get through college.” Trejo said her first year at Pepperdine was hard for her because her mother was going through health problems at home. “I felt a lot of guilt that semester,” Trejo said. “I’m enjoying living a very lavish lifestyle here, even if it is a college dorm. It’s something that my parents could never experience and I had this opportunity ... it’s tough to manage being grateful for the opportunity and the extent to which I feel that guilt.” The complicated emotions can cause strains on family relationships for any type of first-generation college student, according to a 2016 study by Rob Longwell-Grice, Nicole Zervas Adsitt, Kathleen Mullins and William Serrata published by the NACADA Journal. “One common theme links [all the studies]: the difficulty of negotiating family relationships,” the authors wrote. Still, others face academic obstacles. Brito said he was prepared to handle the emotional stresses of going to college because he participated in the AVID program at his high school. The AVID program seeks to provide resources and support for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. “AVID was really helpful in getting me to college,” Brito said. “They held [my] hand through it and they helped me emotionally prepare for college.” But, Brito said they weren’t able to fully prepare him academically. “AVID wasn’t really helpful in helping me prepare to write research papers,” Brito said. “I’ve had to figure that out by myself.” Loo said her transition to Pepperdine was not only rocky as a transfer student but as a first-generation college student. “I didn’t know any first-generation [college student] at Pepperdine when I transferred in,” Loo said. “I felt very much alone. I didn’t know how to ask for help and I couldn’t ask my parents for advice, which was very difficult to do.” David Humphrey, associate dean of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at Pepperdine, said first-generation college students face a mix of problems from financial to academic to social that lead to a feeling of impostor syndrome. “The reality is there’s never just one thing,” Humphrey said. “There are multiple things that hit them all at once … though they may have been prepared, they
continue to receive messages that ‘you weren’t prepared for this.’ So it impacts them psychologically and sociologically, which in then impacts their academics, which in then impacts their ability to engage socially and in healthy relationships. And then don’t even throw in the money factor.” The Programs at Public State Schools
Although UC and Cal State students said they had different reasons for attending a state school, they said that they have seen more people who are first-generation college students at their universities. Brito said that at UC Davis, he has not thought of himself as first-generation and that he has not seen himself as different from his peers. “I forget that it’s OK to be struggling because I’m handling more of life than I have to,” Brito said. San Jose State University (SJSU) sophomore Dulce Hernandez said she has something in common with the nine other girls she lives with in her dorm. “The majority of us are first-generation college students,” Hernandez said. First-generation students make up more than half of the population at UC Irvine, according to a press release from the school. UC Irvine, along with four other UCs, was also named the top college doing the most for the American Dream by The New York Times. Huie said the success of first-generation college students programs at UC Irvine rests on its decentralization and its loop of student feedback. “We are pretty decentralized, but I know 95 percent of what’s going on,” Huie said. “If you ask any of our participants, what we hear is that they’re gaining exactly what we set out to do.” Huie said that there are different program offerings for every type of need that a first-generation college student at UC Irvine would experience and that it is all explained on their website. However, not every UC offers the same organization that UC Irvine has. Huie said that at most UC schools, the components all exist but the organization and offerings depend on the types of students they are serving. For example, Huie said UC Irvine has a high rate of first-generation transfer students, so they have a lot of first-generation transfer programs. Huie also said funding plays a big role in determining the offerings at both UCs and Cal States. “Newer UCs like Merced and Riverside probably missed some funding, so their programs are not as developed,” Huie said. “UCs are also generally funded better than Cal States from every direction. Even if they have the same offerings, they still have more students enrolled, so things tend to be watered down a little bit. It has everything to do with resources.” San Jose State University, where Hernandez attends, recently experienced a cut to their programs for first-generation college students. “The GENERATE program was discontinued in June 2016,” wrote Amanda Aldama, the former director of the program wrote in an email. Hernandez said she and her roommates knew nothing about the GENERATE program. However, Aldama also wrote that the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Aspire programs are still
Photo by Kelly Rodriguez Grateful Graduates | Pepperdine Summer Preview Program prepares 15 first-gen freshmen for college life. both serving first-generation college students in the Cal States. The Programs at Private Schools Students at Pepperdine said they chose Pepperdine over public colleges because of the faith component and the individualized attention they have received. Loo said she really wanted to go to Pepperdine and chose to go to Pierce College before transferring. “I remember when I made the decision to go to community college because I knew that going to a state school wasn’t for me,” Loo said. “It just didn’t fit my personality type and the type of attention that I needed.” In terms of Pepperdine-specific efforts for first-generation college students, the Office of Admission offers the Pepperdine Summer Preview Program (PSP), and the Student Success Center houses the First Wave program. The First Gen Club is the university’s first student-led organization devoted to mentoring fellow first-generation college students. Ashley Nguyen, associate director of Admissions at Pepperdine, said the Summer Preview Program currently serves 15 incoming freshman and aims to prepare them for college life at Pepperdine by connecting them to the Career Center, the Student Success Center, the Pepperdine Volunteer Center and each other. “They hear about resources on campus, network and make friends,” Nguyen said. “The student feedback has shown that a sense of community is formed.” But like many selective programs that aim to help first-generation college students, they are not able to accept more students to the program due to lack of financial resources. “Two years ago, the past director applied for a Waves of Innovation grant but wasn’t able to get it,” Nguyen said. “So, currently with the budget, we’re going to stick with 15 students.” However, first-generation college students at Pepperdine have better united the community better through a newly formed student club called First Wave. Sophomore Karina Valenzuela said she got the inspiration to start the First Gen Club at Pepperdine because of a story that she worked on in her journalism class and an essay that she did in her English 101 class. “I found it interesting that Pepperdine was one of the only schools in Southern
California that doesn’t have any support program for first-gen students,” Valenzuela said. “UCs have an implemented program where they have first-gen faculty and staff support first-gen students, Cal States have a student-run organization, Chapman University has that too.” Valenzuela said that talking to other first-generation college students at Pepperdine, especially upperclassmen, made her realize that “something was missing.” Valenzuela said a club and a mentorship program would be able to fill that need. “A long term goal would be to provide scholarships for incoming students and continuing students,” Valenzuela said. “I’d [also] want to collaborate with PSP to make that program more available for first-gen students, specifically during orientation.” Trejo, who worked with Valenzuela to form the First Gen club, said she is “hopeful for the future” of minority and first-generation college students at Pepperdine. “Over just my three years here at Pepperdine, I’ve seen the change,” Trejo said. “There’s so much more diversity. I see that trend is going to continue and I’m really hopeful.” Connie Horton, vice president of Student Affairs at Pepperdine, said she hoped to work with first-generation college students to improve student affairs offerings at Pepperdine. “I’d be interested in hearing from that very same group,” Horton said. “We will listen to the student voices, we will look at the literature, we will look at best practices and research, but we want to hear from our students about what they need.” Horton said she envisions the ideal situation of first-generation college students at Pepperdine as having different resources of mentorship, counseling and tutoring for first-generation college students. “I would like to have kind of like a menu of resources so that then the outcome is that they feel very much apart of this community and very able to be resilient,” Horton said. Back in High School Although there are many ways to help first-generation college students thrive when they are in college, the problem of misinformation still remains at the high school level. Many of the students interviewed for this story
mentioned that they wish they had better preparation in high school. Loo said she would have benefitted from help in high school, even though her mom was able to hire a college prep counselor for her. “When I was in high school going into my senior year ... my mom was able to musk up some money to hire a college prep person to help me to get my ducks in order,” Loo said. “It was helpful but I still didn’t even end up getting accepted to Pepperdine [immediately], so it was kind of a waste.” Valenzuela said although she was able to learn some things through her friends that were in the AVID program, she still needed extra college prep during high school. “I came in academically prepared and I knew to get involved in extracurricular activities, but in college, you have a lot of free time and it’s just learning to time manage,” Valenzuela said. “I wish I had that in high school ... and someone just to give me basic budgeting.” Humphrey said that an ideal situation to help first-generation college students at Pepperdine would partially end up being an outreach program. “Every time I talk to a first-gen student, they seem to have this desire to help other students that are firstgen,” Humphrey said. “It’s almost natural.” Humphrey said the major conversations on the future of first-generation college students at Pepperdine will occur this summer. Nonetheless, the struggles and the work to be done on these programs do not outweigh the lasting benefits of the strides first-generation college students achieve. Loo said before her graduation on April 28, she feels like there’s learning still to be done, she hopes to either get her masters in international relations or pursue human rights law. “My mom is always crying because she’s so proud of how far I’ve come,” Loo said. “She used to clean houses in the Malibu area and for the professors at Pepperdine. She always wanted to go but ... I don’t know if she was ready to go to university with the level of English and education that she had, so it’s a big deal for me to graduate.” Editor’s Note: Staff Writer Kelly Rodriguez reported this story in the spring. She has since graduated.
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Intl student ambassador program begins nic o l a w enz seni or r epor te r Pepperdine University recently introduced an International Student Ambassador Program that aims to further develop a supportive global community and advocate for international students, according to their website. The Pepperdine Student Ambassador Program (ISAP) consists of six international student representatives with different cultural backgrounds and identities that work together to enable a strengthened student body. Members include: -Soni Rusagara: Sub-Saharan Africa -Reem Al Zubair: Middle East & North Africa -Daniel Iturri: Europe -Heet Ghodasara: South and Central Asia & Oceania -Sheean Hanlan: Latin America, the Caribbean & Canada -Zhenye (Justin) Yin: East Asia South and Central Asia & Oceania representative, Heet Ghodasara, a junior, wrote in an email that she joined ISAP because she wants to help other international students find a place of comfort. “I want to foster an international student-friendly campus by providing more opportunities,” Ghodasara wrote in an email. “I realize that being an Ambassador is not only about an authorized post but also goes
beyond being a friend, guide, support, advisor, helping hand and companion. I want to foster an international student-friendly campus by providing more opportunities for guided social interactions, academic support, useful advice and resources to support anxious incoming international students.” Junior and Europe ambassador Daniel Iturri also wrote in an email that he wishes he had more support when he first arrived to the United States. “This is my fifth year studying in the United States, and looking back at the first time I left my country, I really wish I had the support from someone who had done what I was about to do,” Iturri wrote. “Unlike with other student organizations, ISAP is the chance for everyone to be included no matter their views or where they come from, which to me is really exciting.” Brooke Cutler, director of International Students Services and chair of International Student Advisory Council, wrote in an email that ISAP has been a vision of hers since her arrival at Pepperdine in 2014. “After having worked at two other institutions and in the field of international education for years, I had the advantage of seeing what international student services ‘could be’ at Pepperdine,” Cutler wrote. “I also observed there was no um-
Courtesy of OISS Global Representation | The six international student ambassadors stand with Brooke Cutler (second from the left), director of International Students. They held their first event of the year, Cultured Coffee, on Aug 31. brella international stu- to ensure that Pepper- drew K. Benton’s house, serve as mentors to newdent club, thus there was dine is a premier global excursions around the ly arriving internationno regular fellowship Christian university that Los Angeles area and cul- al students during the for students to celebrate is a lighthouse for stu- tural dinner nights, Gho- New Student Orientation their unique perspectives dents from all around the dasara wrote. Additional- (NSO) and Internationand heritage, nor support world. The three goals ly, ISAP is seeking to start al Student Orientation one another and navigate they aim to achieve this international club convo- (INSO), according to the the inevitable challenges year include: “1) enhanc- cations and an Interna- ISAP website. The webas a community.” ing academic success by tional Students Mentor- site also stated that each The first ISAP event, partnering with facul- ship Program ambassador will receive Cultured Coffee, occurred ty to better understand “ISAP is a very young a $20,000 tuition-waiver on Friday, Aug. 31 and al- the needs/challenges, 2) project, but I have the scholarship in exchange lowed the opportunity to expanding Pepperdine’s feeling that, unlike oth- for full participation in meet the student ambas- global reach through ad- er international student the ISAP objectives and sadors as well as network missions and alumni ini- organizations, we will service hours. with other students. tiatives, and 3) fostering have the resources and For more information Ghodasara wrote she engagement opportuni- platform to make a long- about ISAP, visit the inexpects ISAP to help her ties among internation- term impact not only for ternational student webbuild friendships, nur- al students and with the international students site. ture leadership skills and greater Pepperdine com- but also Pepperdine as a become a mentor and a munity,” wrote Cutler. whole,” Iturri wrote. guide for “baby [freshFuture events will inIn addition to promen] waves,” as well as clude Global Fest, Pep- gramming events, the further internationalize perdine World Cup, an ambassadors assist the Pepperdine. international gala at Pep- Office of International Cutler wrote she wants perdine’s President An- Student Services staff and NIC OL A.W ENZ@PEPPER DINE.EDU
Two new members join Board of Regents nic o le spafford s taf f w r i te r Pepperdine named two new members, Brett Biggs and Seth Haye, to its Board of Regents over the summer. Biggs is the executive vice president and chief financial advisor of Walmart Inc., and Haye is an executive director and portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley. Both have received accolades for their work in the corporate sector, and both are involved in a number of philanthropic organizations on and off Pepperdine’s campus. “Pepperdine is unique with our commitment to both mission and academic excellence,” University President and Chief of Staff Marnie Mitze said. “Our regents really care about this place and our students.” Mitze said Church of Christ affiliation, diversity, ability to give and commitment to the university mission are all important factors when assessing prospective regents. Biggs and Haye are familiar with the university’s mission. Biggs’ daughter, Hadley, is a sophomore at Pepperdine and writes for the Graphic. Haye attended Pepperdine and is a member of the 2017 inaugural Top 40 Under 40 List. Mitze said people may not fully understand the level of governance that is required of regents. Senior Amelia Hemsley is one of those people. “I honestly have no idea what the Board of Regents
does,” Hemsley said. The 40-member board is the governing body and chief policy directorate of the university. According to the New Regent Orientation Manual, regents must dedicate themselves to upholding the university’s values, acting as ambassadors to advance the University and supporting the University financially. “As a non-for-profit institution, our governing board is not compensated,” Mitze said. “So there’s a big difference in the recruiting process and getting people who care so much and are passionate enough about Pepperdine to be willing to give up not only their valuable time, but also their resources and expertise. It’s a real commitment on their part, so it’s not a task that one accepts lightly.” All members of the Board of Regents serve on one or more committees. President Andrew K. Benton and Chairman Edwin L. Biggers oversee the membership committee, which is responsible for selecting new regents. Every June, after a stringent vetting process, the membership committee recommends a slate of regents who are up for reelection, as well as new regents. “We all receive a list of all the candidates and their bios in advance of the Board of Regents meeting, and then we are provided a slate to vote for them, either yes or no,” Regent Dr. Susan F. Rice said. “There’s a very careful process and good practices that are conducted.”
Courtesy of Alex Forero and Dr. Susan Rice Joining Leadership | Seth Haye (left) and Brett Biggs (right) are now part of the 40-person Board of Regents. The Regents’ membership committee voted on the two additions. The entire board then votes for candidates on a confidential ballot that requires a three-fourths majority for approval. Biggs’ and Haye’s approval comes at a pivotal time. The role of the Board of Regents is especially significant this academic year, as they are tasked with selecting a new University president. “It’s a nine-member committee and soon, after the closing date for applications on Oct. 12, they will begin working through candidates files,” Mitze said. Rice is a member of that search committee. She said the committee has partnered with an independent search firm and are working to ensure that they are pursuing
the candidates who are most qualified, and most committed to a Christian university and the highest and best practices of higher education. “We developed a plan,” Rice said. “We were committed to the idea of transparency, and openness, and willingness and interest in hearing from all different groups. We developed a survey tool and sent it out to a number of groups within the database, and we had a number of open discussions with different groups on campus.” Rice said the committee will meet in-person next week to review where they stand in the search. If all goes according to the schedule, the committee will be conducting a series of confidential interviews.
In addition to the presidential search, the Board of Regents will spend the year focusing on the financial elements of the university, enrollment, international program and specific issues pertaining to any one of Pepperdine’s five schools. “Every decision that we make is kind of surrounded by the realization that Dr. Benton won’t be implementing that after another year or two, so that’s part of this overarching environment in which we will be making decisions this year,” Rice said.
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STAFF EDITORIAL Nike sets the standard for advocacy
Brands have a responsibility to make a difference and inspire change because they are held to a higher standard. Nike has never been afraid to spark change, and hopefully their latest campaign will inspire other brands, as well as consumers, to follow suit. On Sept. 5, Nike released their newest ad campaign, featuring Colin Kaepernick as its face. Kaepernick, drafted into the NFL in 2011 to the San Francisco 49ers, has since become the face of a social justice movement. On Sept. 1, 2016, Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem for the first time, and his continuing to do so throughout the season caused outrage across the country. People ranging from regular U.S. civilians to the President of the United States berated Kaepernick for disrespecting the flag and U.S. veterans, but Kaepernick has repeatedly explained that he was kneeling in support of people of color and in response to police brutality against them. “This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all,” Kaepernick said in an interview in 2016. “It’s not happening
for all right now.” The new ad not only included Kaepernick, but also video clips of Serena Williams and Lebron James. The ad’s slogan, which Kaepernick recites toward the end, is “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Its inspirational tone, accompanied by videos of Williams winning a tennis match and James opening his new school, encourages the viewers to push themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible. The inclusion of Kaepernick, however, gives the message a controversial edge. The release of the new Nike ad was met with a wave of support, but also experienced its share of backlash. People who condemned Nike for their choice began burning their Nike products and posting the videos to Twitter. Others cut the Nike symbols off of their socks. Many people who shared this sentiment believed that Nike should stick to what they do — make athletic products — and stay away from controversial topics. Nike is a company that has had an incredible in-
fluence and power in the sports world for decades. It is not only their responsibility, but their duty to face social justice issues and stand up for what’s right. Nike’s Kaepernick ad, despite the backlash, has paid off. TIME reported the company had a 31 percent increase in online sales following the latest advertisement. Nike’s latest controversy shows the power of social change within advertising and how inspiring stories can drive sales. “It will be interesting to see if the people who love this campaign end up buying more Nike products or if the people who hate it stop buying Nike,” John Maroon, president of Maroon PR told PR Week. “But you have to tip your cap to them. It takes fearlessness to make a controversial figure the face of your campaign.” In an article published March 17, 2017, Forbes reported that “Millennials prefer to do business with corporations and brands with pro-social messages, sustainable manufacturing methods and ethical business standards.” Nike has clearly taken advantage of this marketing tactic and responded to
the fact that statistically, younger consumers want companies to speak up. In 1995, as part of the company’s “Just Do It” campaign, the advertisement featured Ric Munoz, an openly gay and HIV-positive runner. More recently, the company continues to face controversial topics. In 2012, Nike’s “Voice” advertisement celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The advertisement touched on gender roles, as according to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, Title IX “protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.” In 2017, Nike’s “Equality” campaign featured the top Black athletes, such as James, Williams, Gabby Douglas and Kevin Durant, who talked about equality in sports and in the world. The company used the power of sports to spark a conversation about diversity and opportunity. Nike isn’t the only company advocating for social change and awareness. In 2017 President Donald Trump introduced an anti-Muslim travel ban.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the travel ban affects immigrants and refugees from eight majority-Muslim countries. In response to the ban, AirBnB released an ad titled “We Accept” during the Super Bowl to promote inclusiveness and diversity. In more recent news, Levi Strauss & Company announced it is taking a stand against gun violence in the United States. “While taking a stand can be unpopular with some, doing nothing is no longer an option,” Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh wrote in an op-ed piece for Fortune magazine. With conversation focused on civil rights, it only makes sense for brands to take a stance. Further more, consumers should support their advocacy. Putting money toward issues we care about is one of the most significant ways to spread influence. We should support companies that want to transcend their products and have a voice. As young adults, we have a responsibility to make a bigger and better future for America so we can see improvements within our lifetime.
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During college, students find themselves in an environment where the concept of “home” becomes ambiguous. Caught in between the old and new, it is difficult to know what to prioritize: staying in touch with family or forging new friendships here. Regardless if blood is thicker than water, family connections matter. All too often, however, family connections are the first casualties of students’ busyness. To combat this, students and their families should find creative ways to stay in touch in order to maintain a quality bond. When making a commitment to keep in touch, mindset matters. Students, including those from local areas, should approach communication with their families similarly to how they would approach a long-distance relationship. This frame of mind may sound odd, but it encourages students to find innovative ways to update their families about their lives. People in a long-distance relationship have to be dedicated to one another; there are no short cuts. There are many effective and diverse strategies for sustaining distant relationships. While phone calls and Skype calls are two viable options, they can be difficult to fit into a student’s ever-changing schedule. Two forms of communication
Ally Armstrong | Staff Artist that create room for both detail and expressiveness are email and physical mail. These ideas are flexible as well as meaningful. They are becoming increasingly prevalent, according to Lindsey and Julie Mayfield’s article “Six Ways Families Can Stay in Touch Through College,” published Feb. 7, 2012 by US News and World Report. This way, students can be really intentional when giving their families insight into their lives. Beyond just the medium of communication, there are other elements to keeping in touch that students should keep in mind. The breadth and depth of what is shared matters. It is of utmost importance that people avoid making generalizations when sharing about their day, according to Jo Piazza’s article
“How to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work, According to Experts,” published June 19 by Time. When vague becomes the default, the quality of the relationship starts to break down. If they skim the surface, students will inevitably find themselves growing apart from their families. Staying connected with people back home has a positive impact on students’ health. Studies reveal that “social support is related to psychological wellbeing,” according to Alexander Spradlin’s article “The Importance of Staying Connected with Friends and Family,” published Aug. 21, 2011 by Psychology Today. This social support includes the people who are in the students’ immediate proximity, but it should also include loved ones from back
home. Therefore, innovative communication goes a long way in promoting good health. In college, lack of physical proximity and day-to-day interactions with family and friends at home causes relationships to erode. In the absence of moments once taken for granted— shared meals, car rides and simple time spent with loved ones— it is difficult to prevent relational gaps from forming. To combat this, students need to think outside the box. Creative communication is vital to strong familial relationships. At the very least, variety makes communication more fun. Along with a time of learning and new experiences, college can be an opportunity for students to more deeply cherish ties to home. C AR OL INE.AR C HER @PEPPER DINE.EDU
Study in Malibu for Year 2 C h r i s t i an s an c h ez staf f wr it er International Programs applications are in full swing as they are every September at Seaver College. Many first-year students search to find the program that best fits their academic and personal goals, though they just arrived on campus. These first-year students have been inundated with information regarding study abroad opportunities since they first stepped on campus, and now is the time to act. It is a season of excitement as applications are submitted and dreams of traveling the world become one step closer to reality. Nevertheless, staying in Malibu for sophomore year can be rich and rewarding as well. Students should embrace the opportunity to invest in and be enriched by the Year 2 Malibu experience because a sophomore year in Malibu has much to offer. Studying abroad can provide many benefits, as Allan Goodman and Stacie Berdan shared in their article “Every
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Student Should Study Abroad,” published May 12, 2014, by The New York Times. In fact, twothirds of undergraduates here at Pepperdine take advantage of this opportunity sometime in their four years. While this is most evident with the apparent lack of sophomores on campus in any given year, a fair share of sophomores stay in Malibu. These sophomores who choose to be in Malibu can find that the campus is rife with opportunity for them. For students involved in clubs or ministries as a first-year student, spending sophomore year in Malibu provides tremendous opportunity to increase involvement. It is not uncommon for the executive boards of clubs to be filled with members who are sophomores. By the time junior year rolls around, those who stayed in Malibu can be connected to student groups in ways that those who studied abroad may never be able to. For students who never found the time or interest to get involved, sophomore year provides an amazing opportunity to get plugged in. Year 2 Malibu also has the potential to add a year onto a student’s resume. Research positions, internships, and volun-
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teer opportunities are available to Malibu sophomores in ways that students participating in international programs may be missing out on. Extra time can be easily turned into professional advancement. If students pursue these opportunities, it could be rewarding in the long run. The reward could be in the form of boosting the resume, discovering new passions, acquiring new skills, or all of the above. Students at Pepperdine have the amazing chance to study at a place that is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful college campuses by Expedia
and Princeton Review. Conveniently located near a major center of commerce and culture, there is never a lack of experiences to be had in Malibu or nearby. Even on campus, there are programs occurring almost every night. Housing and Residence Life also plans a trip to Catalina each October and a weekend long trip to San Francisco in January, exclusively for sophomores. There are many ways to make life just as exciting or filled here in Malibu. As with anything, participating in Year 2 Malibu has its challenges. Exploring this important topic in her 2015
Pepperdine Graphic article “Feeling Year Two Maliblues,” Tara Jenkins discussed the challenges of navigating sophomore year in Malibu. Nevertheless, these challenges of finding community are similar to the disconnection that returning juniors can face after being gone for a year. Ultimately, any path students take will be filled with unique trials. However, spending sophomore year in Malibu should not be seen as a lesser alternative. Investing in the Year 2 Malibu experience can be a rich and rewarding experience for all students who elect to spend all four years in Malibu. C HR ISTIAN.SANC HEZ@PEPPER DINE.EDU
Students can become completely consumed in their academics, work and relationships resulting in limited self-care time. Self-care is not selfish, it’s important. People are bound to be stressed out and drained due to not taking the proper time to rejuvenate and detox. Dedicating time to fully honing in on the wants and needs of the body is essential for a healthy and stable mentality, as well as spiritual and physical well-being. Procrastination is a struggle that many people face on a daily basis. To better organize and line up assignments and other activites, a planner would be most useful. Planners are a great way to plan out a student’s schedule to ensure time is allotted for everything and more. Procrastination essentially affects the self-efficacy and self-actualization, distractibility, impulsiveness, self-control and organizational behavior of the students, which results in laziness and fear to start work, according to Irshad Hussain’s article, “Analysis of Procrastination Among University Students,” published in 2010 by Science Direct. Maintaining a balanced academic schedule will allow the right amount of time for extracurricular activities or necessary self-care regimes, as well as school work. The Counseling Center on campus is a great way to process negative or positive feelings. Sometimes students need the attentiveness of an unbiased stranger to allow them to be fully real with themselves and those around them. The Counseling Center is open for walk-ins or appointments. To make an appointment students can call the counseling office or go directly to the office and schedule an appointment with a receptionist. The sessions are usually around an hour long. In 2008, The American Institution of Stress published an article titled “Stress in College Students,” that points out that eight in 10 college students stated frequently feeling stress in everyday life. The stressors of everyday life in addition to school take a toll on students’ mental well-being. Students should take advantage of the resources provided on campus for a more positive academic and mental journey. Spacing out time for school work and self-care is a necessity for a clear and productive mindset throughout the semester. Overall, this semester should consist of proper time management and a necessary self-care regime so that students can be TAHTEANA.NEL SON@PEPPER DINE.EDU
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Photos Courtesy of Christopher Jerabek Play on Words | The cast rehearses for “Falling,” opening next week at the Lindhurt Theatre from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29. “Falling” is about the complicated reality of a family with an autistic son and looks at the question: “How do you love someone who is difficult to love?” during the 80-minute show.
Cast and crew discuss family and disabilities Dani Masten g u est contr i b ut or Pepperdine Theatre Company’s “Falling” opens next week at the Lindhurst Theatre and will run from Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 29. Written by Deanna Jent and directed by Theatre Professor Hollace Starr, the story of “Falling” shows the reality of a family in a difficult time of their lives. The story focuses on the family’s older son Josh, who struggles with severe autism, after a relative comes to visit and the family is faced with a new set of challenges. “This is on one level a story of autism, and the impacts that it can have, but there is also another layer which is something we can all relate to, which is how difficult it can be to be in a family and work through obstacles and through
tough moments,” Starr said. All five characters in the show auditioned for the play at the end of the spring semester and started rehearsals during New Student Orientation week. Starr explained how students auditioned for the role of Josh. “[Students] made various choices about what it means to be someone with autism, and that was definitely a challenging role to audition for, I would imagine, because it could go different directions and the approach to playing Josh is maybe not as obvious as the approach to playing other characters,” Starr said. The list of characters include the mom, played by junior Gabrielle Meacham, the dad, played by sophomore George Preston, Josh, who is played by junior Nate Bartoshuk, the younger sister,
played by sophomore Leyla Dillig, and the relative is played by junior Sara Eakman. All the characters deal with their own struggles in doing what is best for the family as a whole. As a result, this causes stress for everyone in the family. Starr said the main takeaway from the play is “loving someone who is hard to love.” The five students in the play are Theatre and Theatre-Music majors. The students interviewed had nothing but positive things to say about being involved in this play. “I love working with Hollace,” Preston said. “She lets me explore like no other. I also love the cast, because we all get along and there are no egos.” The cast and crew got the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a family with an autistic child. They went to Hand in Hand in Malibu,
an organization presented by the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue. Students got to spend the day with young adults with different disabilities. Meanwhile, some of the families from Hand in Hand came to Pepperdine to eat dinner in the cafeteria with the cast and crew. “This experience was helpful for me to be able to see,” Dillig said. “That day they gave us so much insight on what life is really like, and I think if we wouldn’t have had that day, we would not be in the process where we are right now.” All of the cast members said this experience helped them to have a better understanding of their characters. “I spent some time with the fathers there, so I was able to have a better understanding of what it is like to be a father to a kid with autism,” Preston said. “It gave me a
whole different perspective. These people are warriors in my eyes, and it’s definitely a humbling experience.” The families from Hand in Hand also got to watch a run-through of the show and gave the cast some positive feedback regarding what parts of the play moved them and what parts they felt they could relate to the most. “I can’t wait for them to see the final product,” Dillig said. “I hope it honors them.” Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the Center for the Arts website.
Family Ties | Pepperdine actors Nate Bartoshuk and Sara Eakman (left) and Gabrielle Meacham, George Preston, Bartoshuk, Leyla Dillig and Eakman (right) rehearse scenes for “Falling.” The show centers around the family and their autistic son Josh (left) and the challenges they face.
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Photo Courtesy of Pearce Quesenberry Stand Up | Pepperdine senior Pearce Quesenberry reads with Katie Couric, journalist and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer, who wrote a piece about her. Today, Pearce gives back through her own foundation, Pearce Q. Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping children who suffer from cancer.
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In 2008, a curly haired 10-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer: Medulloblastoma, to be exact. She had two options: follow the traditional five-year treatment plan with a high chance of failure or pursue a new “high risk, high reward” experimental treatment. That brave curly haired 10-year-old is now Pepperdine senior Pearce Quesenberry. Around the same time as Quesenberry’s diagnosis, nine women founded the world-renowned organization, Stand Up to Cancer. Journalist and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer, Katie Couric, was investigating treatments for pediatric cancer at the time. Her research brought her to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where Quesenberry was receiving treatment. ”That summer Katie came to the hospital and did a whole piece on me,” Quesenberry said.
This was the first time their paths crossed. “Basically that whole concept of ‘high risk, high reward’ is what a lot of Stand up [to Cancer] is founded on,” Quesenberry said. Quesenberry discovered she had cancer after months of severe headaches. During a fateful trip to the E.R., doctors discovered a “large lemon-sized” tumor in the back of her brain. She immediately underwent emergency surgery, and her family began to look at treatment options. At the age of 10, her life changed overnight. “I was given enough radiation as a 10-year-old girl to knock out a 350-poundman,” Quesenberry said. Quesenberry’s treatments were so intense that she stayed in the hospital for a month after only four days of chemotherapy. Doctors then monitored her health following the treatments. “I lived on a floor in the hospital with 80 other kids
dying of cancer just like me,” Quesenberry said. “It just became my normal.” Following chemotherapy treatments, Quesenberry was not healthy enough to return to school for about a year. During this time, Quesenberry says she dealt with a lot of survivor guilt. “Seeing my friends die and knowing that I’m still alive, how the heck is that fair that they died, but I’m still here, and I have to do this life that they weren’t given?” Quesenberry said. On Stand Up to Cancer’s website the company states, “We won’t stop until every cancer patient is a cancer survivor.” Every two years the organization hosts a telethon to raise money for “promising and ambitious research.” Quesenberry has been attending the telethons since she met Couric in 2008. Since Stand Up’s start, Quesenberry has been a part of the organization. “Ever since then, I’ve just been a patient advocate and
then a survivor advocate for Stand Up, and I’ve participated in all the events, and I’ve gone to every telecast since,” she said. In June, The Hollywood Reporter ran a story on Quesenberry after meeting her at a Stand Up to Cancer photo shoot. Additionally, this past summer, Quesenberry interned for Stand Up’s communication agency. She helped organize their telethon and their first-ever digital live show, which aired on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. This telethon was their most successful yet, raising $123 million. Quesenberry said she found the experience fulfilling as both a cancer survivor and a Public Relations major. “Well, getting sick was kinda my first look into the whole public relations world, or I guess the non-profit aspect of it, and the good that it can do and telling stories,” Quesenberry said. “That’s when I kinda fell in love with that.” Quesenberry says cancer
survivors deal with physical and emotional pain long after their treatments have ended. “When my first boyfriend broke up with me, I would get so upset, but then I would also be mad at myself for getting upset over a boy when kids are dying of cancer,” Quesenberry said. Quesenberry said she feels there is not enough assistance or awareness for the emotional weight cancer patients carry. “Just because you don’t have the same physical issues, there’s still so many long-term effects that come from treatment and that come from having a disease,” Quesenberry said. Quesenberry deals with the emotional weight by giving back through her own foundation, the Pearce Q. Foundation, and through her work with Stand Up to Cancer. “Being a part of the organization for 10 years, I have seen so many patient stories come out of doing Stand Up treatments and living to tell their stories,” HAIDYN.HARVEY@PEPPERDINE.EDU
Anastassia Kostin| Life & Arts Assistant Rock ’n’ Roll | Lenny Goldsmith performs with his group, The New Old, as part of the Vintage Grocer’s summer concert series at Trancas Country Market on Sept 14. The group draws their musical inspiration from a mix of rhythm, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and personal memories of musical legends.
Vintage Grocer’s summer concert series ends anastass ia kostin Li fe & Arts As s is tant People of all ages converged on the green space at Trancas Country Market for the Vintage Grocer’s Summer Concert Series. Malibu’s Vintage Grocer’s typically hosts concerts every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m in the summer. This season wrapped up on Sept 14. and the plan is to start up again June of 2019. With restaurants for guests to enjoy dinner while listening to the live music and a large common lawn, the venue is a place to dine, shop and see concerts. The Vintage Grocer’s Concert Series is in its fourth year and the Malibu community has embraced it since its beginning. The Vintage Summer Concert Series put on by Melissa Darpino who is part of the Marketing team that helps organize the Vintage Summer Concert Series and the Thursday night movie series. “This is our fourth year. It’s something we offer to the community — a place to gather with friends and family; some music to enjoy,” Darpino said during a phone interview. “Because we had two additional concerts this year, we were able to bring in new groups like Heartbreak Over Petty and a Johnny
Cash tribute band called Cash Up Front.” Lenny Goldsmith is part of the The New Old band. The goal with their music is to remind people over the age of 50 that they still have the time to do what they wanted to do “before life got in the way,” Goldsmith, the founder of the New Old Music Group, said. Each member of the band has a long history of music, said Lenny Goldsmith, who plays with members Joe Turano, John Watkin, Bill Bodine, Jon Woodhead, Terry Landry, Dennis Kenmore, Jerry Peterson, Charley Pollard and Tom Canning. “I started singing in my dad’s band 66 years ago,” Goldsmith said. “I’m almost 72 now. I’ve been doing music my entire life. My drummer is 70 years old. The bass player is 68 and my sax player is almost 73. My guitar player, he’s the baby, is 63. And we’re not the ‘old-old.’ We’re not my parent’s generation. We’re this generation’s old. So it was kind of a joke. We’re the new old. Like how people say 60 is the new 40. So I said, we’ll be the New Old.” Despite most of the members receiving Social Security benefits since the youngest in the group is 63 years old, as Lenny Goldsmith said, the band is still performing and doing gigs. “I call our music a mix of rock and
soul,” said Goldsmith. “It’s rhythm and blues, but it’s also rock and roll. Half of our songs are originals, and the others are cover songs that are obscure. So we’ll do a Marvin Gaye song but not ‘What’s Going On’ — we’ll do one of his old songs. It’s new music by old guys.” Goldsmith said he believes really appreciating music, especially older music, comes down to understanding its history. “I’m a big history buff and an avid reader,” Goldsmith said. “That started with music— the historical roots of music. I was around when Elvis Presley came around, and all the roots of rock ‘n’ roll. So, study the roots. When you listen to music, ask yourself, ‘Where did that come from? And where did that come from?’ And it keeps going back till you get to the genesis of the style, and you can appreciate what came before a lot more in-depth.” Goldsmith said he encourages aspiring musicians and music majors at Pepperdine to develop their own style, just as The New Old’s music is a mix of various styles. “Too many young musicians and players get trapped trying to be an original entity when they haven’t got any experience,” Goldsmith said. “Learn all the songs that interest you. Your style
comes from what you have been and what you’ve experienced, and with all due respect, I was once a 20-year-old songwriter, so I get it. The first 5 to 10 years of your writing are all about you and your personal feelings and emotions.” Darpino said she looks forward to the evolution of the Vintage Grocer’s Summer Concert Series. “I’d love to see opening bands and acts, and it doesn’t have to be just music,” Darpino said. “We do try and get local talent and also bring back people that were there in previous years. We start booking bands in April 2019 for the summer.” Although the Vintage Grocer’s concert series is over, Goldsmith said he encourages students to continue to appreciate music and to find and develop their own gifts. “Every single soul born into this planet has a gift, and they have the potential to reach out to others and make the world better, or not,” Goldsmith said. “And if they don’t they will forever be conflicted because there is a big difference between a human being and a member of this society.” NASTASSIA.KOSTIN@PEPPER DINE.EDU
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Photo courtesy of Lounge FM Photos Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures Sound Waves | Canadian indie band Lounge FM poses in the bathroom to promote their psychedelic tunes the band describes as “Friday night bath music.” The band released their latest album, “Love Will Let You Down” in March and have spent the past few months playing in Winnipeg, Canada.
Indie band Lounge FM talks psychedelic tunes C ar o line Edwards Li f e & Ar ts Editor Lounge FM, who formed in 2016 in Winnipeg, Canada, are on the rise in the indie music scene after releasing their latest album, “Love Will Let You Down” in the spring on Spotify and Bandcamp. To date, the band has 11,457 monthly listeners on Spotify, and their most popular song “Play Nice” has just over 82,000 plays. The five-piece band consists of lead singer and guitarist Corey Wohlgemuth, bassist Joel Braun, drummer Adam Pauls, guitarist Matt Klippensein and keyboard player Will Neufeld. Band members Wohlgetmuth, Braun and Pauls talked about their music and how they create jazzy tunes for “Friday night bath music.” “[Friday night bath music] is the excitement of a Friday night but the calmness of a bath,”
Wohlgemuth said. “Like, a Monday bath is boring, but a Friday bath becomes more exciting.” Lounge FM’s sound is inspired by the band’s musical influences, including jazz, hip-hop and indie artists such as Mac Demarco, Homeshake and Mild High Club. Despite the hip-hop influences, the band considers themselves to be a “chilledout jazz rock-band,” Pauls said. “It’s psychedelic jazz-pop but really lounge-y, with a little hint of R&B stuff,” Brauns said. “We all have similar bands that draw us together, but we each have our own thing. So [our influences] from Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat and Erykah Badu and then to Radiohead, of Montreal and more psychedelic rock bands.” The band members grew up in the small town of Niverville, south of Winnipeg in Canada. They became friends in elementary school,
but didn’t start the band until 2016 after Wohlgemuth wrote some music, Braun said. “I started the band with a drummer named Jared, and Joel Braun the bass player,” Wohlgemuth said. “Matt [Klippenstein] and Will [Neufeld] joined later, the keys player and guitar player, and we kicked Jared out of the band. And then Adam [Pauls] joined in late 2016, just after the Lounge FM ‘Dancing in Hell’ EP.” Wolhgemuth said they started making music since they knew everyone in town, and there was nothing better than making music, and they never stopped. He created the name Lounge FM because it’s “lounge-y music.” Since the 2016 release of the “Dancing in Hell” EP, Lounge FM has released four more albums, including this year’s “Love Will Let You Down.” “I didn’t have much of a
concept [for “Love Will Let You Down”]. It’s just songs I’ve written, compiled together that all ended up being about women I don’t like anymore, with the exception of ‘Drugzzz,’” Wohlgemuth said. When it comes to writing and recording the latest album, Wohlgemuth said he and the band didn’t have much of a process. “The songs just write themselves, and we don’t really practice at all,” Wohlgemuth said. “We don’t really practice unless I write a song. And I honestly can’t tell you where I write these songs from. They just kind of happen. I hardly ever play guitar. It’s kind of weird.” The unconventional process paid off, since the album’s track “Play Nice” has over 157,000 views on the YouTube music channel Evergreen. The band agreed that YouTube has been beneficial
to the band’s success online. “Once the album was out a couple of other music accounts posted to their YouTube accounts with some other songs as well, and they got a decent amount of plays,” Wohlgemuth said. The band plans to tour around Canada this year before attempting to find a way to play in the US cheaply, Braun said. At the shows, the band said attendees can expect to “be able to move and have a good time,” Braun said. “There’s a laid-back atmosphere, but the music moves enough to keep the energy going. It’s just very real and a safe space.” The band gave advice to Pepperdine students who wish to make music. “Just make whatever music you want to and have fun doing it,” Wohlgemuth said. CAROLINE.EDWARDS@PEPPERDINE.EDUU
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Radio Wave | This semester, KWVS, the student-run campus radio station aims to gain more listeners through its projected 30 radio shows, including morning and night talk shows, DJs, and podcasts. The station was recently refurbished with new turntables and equitment.
Radio station revamps with updated recording studio Ashl ey C hav ez Staff writer The Smiths’ poster on the wall and The Beatles’ record on the counter are proof that walking into KWVS station is entering a place preserved by nostalgia. The student-run radio station has been on the air since 1963 and is aiming to gain more shows and dedicated listeners this year, according to the hosts. KWVS has received funding for new equipment, and, based on interest, have a projected 30 radio shows for this semester. A recording studio and updated equipment allow for bands to play and stream their music live. The show can be lis-
tened to through the live stream website, where archived shows can be found as well. Professor John Sitter is the faculty adviser for KWVS, the co-curricular program, and said he wants to allow the radio hosts to be as independent as possible. “I want them to have creative control and run the show themselves,” Sitter said. “I’m looking forward to just watching and seeing what they come up with.” It is because of this creative freedom that the hosts are able to push boundaries and explore various aspects of radio. “Show me the rules,” senior and host Paul DiRico said. This is the mantra the station has echoed for
years. They strive to push boundaries and allow for creativity. DiRico is the director and has been one of the driving forces and hosts behind the station. He explained the inner workings of hosting a show for KWVS and emphasized why Pepperdine students and locals should be listening. KWVS listeners are exposed to talk shows, radio shows, podcasts and concert ticket giveaways throughout the various shows. DiRico said hosts are able to make the show entirely their own. “That’s the beauty about radio, you can do whatever you want,” senior and host Emma Craven said. “I’ll play a song that brings up a memory
and then talk about it.” Walking into the station is a freeing experience for the hosts and guests because of the versatility behind the microphones. Hosts can incorporate whatever they want into their show, which is determined by their weekly time slot. DiRico explained that there have been bands, both local and big names, as recent guests. DiRico and Craven explained that the hosts do their best to connect with people in the music industry and feature them on the show. Tickets are offered up to be given away while on air or at one of the monthly events which will be up on a calendar in the coming weeks. The next event
is expected to be around Halloween, along with getting the station aired live in the HAWC. The hosts expressed that the station hopes to one day get their own radio frequency as well. One of the most anticipated advancements is a fully operable recording studio. Bands and individuals can now come to record their own music or play for the live stream station. DiRico said it was a way to bring people together and garner excitement for the station. “It’s important to be in a place that’s yours and can have music you relate to. Hopefully, people can hear it and connect with it,” junior and host Maggie Wood said. There are new tech-
nologies and advancements coming to the station, but DiRico still sees the simplicity and quality behind the records on the counter. He discovered shelves of them on the back wall of a storage closet years ago and is committed to using them whenever possible. “I’m not just saying this but the records have a certain quality to them,” DiRico said. “It’s easy to stream them straight onto the air. You can hear the difference and the quality. It’s legit,” DiRico said.
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Shuyue Luo | Staff Photographer Pulling Heart Strings | Pepperdine’s Classical Guitar students fill the Surfboard Room in Payson Library on Sept. 11 with acoustic tunes. The guitar department will offer musical events, including Music at Three and the Mary Pickford-Stotsenberg Performances, throughout the fall semester.
Pepp’s guitar department kicks off its concert season m agg ie davis Staf f W r i te r Pepperdine’s Classical Guitar Department students kicked off their semester of Mary Pickford-Stotsenberg Performances on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Payson Library, filling the Surfboard Room with acoustic music. The first performer of the night, junior Joseph Hertz, began with two pieces. Then, senior Hope Mueller, junior Jonathan Pryde, freshmen Keaton Woodburn, Josiah Frias and Wesley Ruby also performed classical pieces. “The concert went extraordinarily well,” Mueller said. “It was wonderful to see and hear how hard everyone has worked even in just the first couple weeks.” These feelings seemed to be shared across the guitar department. “The concert was a complete success,” Hertz said. “There were only a few light criticisms from Parkening. We had a good crowd come out to listen.”
One member of this crowd was senior Alexis Raymond. “I truly enjoy all of my peers’ performances,” Raymond said. “On this occasion, however, I especially enjoyed Jonathan Pryde’s presentation of ‘Catalonian Song [arr. Jack Marshall]’ as it was a new addition to my knowledge of guitar repertoire, and was played effortlessly.” The guitar department’s fall semester is tightly packed with concerts. After their first concert Sept. 11, they also played Sept. 14 and 15. Additionally, every guitar major is required to play twice a semester at Music at Three, which is a weekly recital for all music majors. Meanwhile, guitar minors must perform once a semester. There are also monthly concerts in the Surfboard Room at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, known as the Mary Pickford-Stotsenberg Performances, as well as at the Malibu Public Library at 3 p.m., on the second Friday of every month. Guitar students also perform in a concert series in
October and November and are asked to put together ensemble pieces, duets between another guitarist or a vocalist, to perform at the end of the semester, Mueller said. Students in their third year at Pepperdine perform their Junior Recital, a half-hour long concert that showcases the skills a student has accumulated in the department. They also perform a Senior Recital in their last semester. When midterm season approaches, the guitar ensemble class is assessed through a recording session, said Hertz. These professional recordings can be used to showcase a student’s work, act as a resume for music-related jobs, or be used in the creation of an album. But Pepperdine’s guitar department is unique. Many students, such as Hertz, attribute Christopher Parkening to their decision to come to Pepperdine. “[When choosing schools], I was personally looking for the closest person to Segovia, and Christopher Parkening was his best student,” Hertz said.
Christopher Parkening is a Distinguished Professor of Music and chairs the Guitar Department, and, according to his website, is celebrated as one of the world’s most prominent masters of guitar. He was trained under the musician commonly known as the father of classical guitar, Andrés Segovia, who said of his student, “Christopher Parkening is a great artist — he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world.” “It is my desire to not only teach my students good guitar technique, but also to emphasize the importance of playing with beauty, warmth and lyricism,” Parkening wrote in an email. “Also, I am very grateful for the opportunity I have at Pepperdine University to be a spiritual role model to my students and teach them to grow and become mature men and women in the Christian faith.” According to his website, Parkening has performed around the United States, such as the White House, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall
and the Grammys, and has amassed awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Academy of Achievement Award. This spring, the Parkening International Guitar Competition, the most prestigious classical guitar competition in the world, will be held on campus. Students in the Classical Guitar Department at Pepperdine University work closely with Professor Parkening, attending weekly private lessons with the award-winning protege. Many students speak highly of their professional relationship in their studies with him. “Our pieces are not necessarily for [Professor Parkening], but they’re all influenced by him,” Hertz said. “Being a Parkening student has been an unparalleled experience,” Mueller said. “To both be making history by being the first woman to attend and graduate from Parkening’s program will have a lasting impact on my life.” MAGGIE.DAVIS@PEPPERDINE.EDU
Ella Gonzalez | Senior Reporter Lie Detector | The Weisman Museum commences its Art History Lecture Series with “Why Museums Sometimes Lie,” presented by Elizabeth Marlowe. Marlowe discussed the complex ethical relationship of museums and the art market by looking at antiquity collections and “underground objects.”
Weisman presents its Art History lecture series ell a gonzalez s eni or re p orte r The Art History Lecture Series commenced Thursday in the Weisman Museum with Elizabeth Marlowe’s “Why Museums Sometimes Lie,” which examined the complex role of the museum and art market, including their ethical dimensions over time and in the 21st century. Marlowe, a professor at Colgate University, began her lecture with a brief review of antiquities collecting that became the driving force behind museums. Marlowe said this kind of collecting started in the 18th century when wealthy tourists and colonial powers would acquire whatever they wanted. A famous example of this is the infamous Elgin Marbles that the British Museum in London now houses. Marlowe pointed out one of the central problems plaguing the art market and museum realm today: the buying and selling of objects with unknown origins. “The less that is known about where these objects come from, the easier it is to sell on the market,” Marlowe said. After World War II there was an increased awareness of protecting cultural property which led to international laws such as those presented at the 1970 UNESCO Convention, which prohibited
and prevented the illicit import, expatriation and transfer of ownership of cultural property, according to Marlowe. As such, signatories agreed to respect each other’s cultural property laws. The options for museums and collectors, Marlowe said, are the following courses of action: Acquire objects that were exported before 1970 and acquire objects whose country of origin is unknown. Freshman Amanda Huang said she was amazed to learn about these laws prohibiting the illicit import, export and transfer of cultural property. Reflecting on the looting and illegal activities done to these artworks, Huang expressed her disapproval. “I believe that this is an immoral behavior to the artwork,” Huang said. Marlowe cited numerous examples, including the Eagle bronze at The Getty Villa acquired in 1972, that might be categorized as “ungrounded objects.” Ungrounded objects are those that are lacking a known place of discovery or find spot. Without a sound provenance, valuable meaning about these objects may be lost. “These objects derive meaning from the context and the objects around them,” Marlowe said. Removed from their context, the object can appear lifeless and insip-
id. When married with their historical context — even if it is not entirely known — expressed the object possesses greater meaning, according to Marlowe. Marlowe said the museum labels of ungrounded objects focus on stylistic and iconographic details rather than historical context. She noted that the labels are used to justify curators’ dating of the objects rather than providing any detailed information about the object. This semantic dance can be noticed by museum-goers when the labels highlight the visual qualities over the historical context and compare the object to others that the viewer may not be able to see. While knowing more information about these “ungrounded objects” would be beneficial for museum visitors, Marlowe noted that new knowledge about these ungrounded objects’ find spots can be bad news for museums who sometimes try to suppress the find spot deliberately. Marlowe said that acquiring ungrounded antiquities is bad not only because it encourages looting and robs countries of their cultural heritage, but because it forces museums to lie about what they know about these objects. The byproduct of this is vague labels with irrelevant information. Lydia Parker, a junior Art History major, said Marlowe’s talk gave her a
new outlook on the role of museums. “Dr. Marlowe definitely put a new perspective on how to go about museums,” Parker said. “I’ve grown up going to museums and even more so now that I’m studying Art History, but I realized I never really thought much about the labels I was reading. I always just assumed that museums were the most informed and accurate place to learn about the artworks there.” Marlowe urged visitors to be critical readers of museum labels, encouraging the next generation of curators, journalists and museum board members, to make vacuous labels a thing of the past. Parker said that lecture gave her insight into issues plaguing the art world as well as the role of the current generation in ameliorating these problems. “I’m now more aware than ever of our generation’s responsibility toward a more honest presentation of artifacts as well as the importance of being comfortable enough to question what is presented as facts,” Parker said.
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Athletes Wood and Davis balance Greek life with sports s am finnegan & e rica martinez staf f w rit e rs Greek life and Athletics are two large entities within the Pepperdine community. It is rare to find athletes who choose to add to their busy game and practice schedules with the commitments of joining a sorority or fraternity. While the exact number of Pepperdine athletes participating in Greek life is unknown, sophomores Calvin Wood and Sheridan Davis are two athletes who have chosen to join Greek life on Pepperdine’s campus. Track athlete Davis competed for the first time with the Waves in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles during the 2017-2018 season. In addition to running for the Waves for the first time, she also took part in sorority rush and joined Pi Beta Phi. “I have always pictured myself in Greek life in college, so I rushed with the intention of making friends and if I didn’t like it I didn’t have to do it,” Davis said. “And then I just fell in love with one of the chapters.” For collegiate athletes, time management is crucial, and adding Greek life on top of a busy schedule requires precise planning. “It has been tough and I was nervous about it since my freshman year,” Davis said. “But these are two things that I am super passionate about and really enjoy. So it doesn’t feel like a job or commitment. I’m able to make time for the things that are meaningful for me and things that I am passionate about.” Davis is also a RA for freshman housing this year in Krown Alpha. Her advice to those looking to balance their lives is to remember to invest in yourself. “Commit to the things that you want to commit to for yourself,”
Davis said. “If [there] is something you care about and something you are passionate about, it won’t feel super overwhelming.” Left-handed pitcher Wood came from playing both club and high school baseball in Sammamish, Washington, to walking on the team at Pepperdine his freshman year. Adding on to his busy schedule, Wood decided to rush Sigma Phi Epsilon his freshman year alongside some of his classmates. “Baseball makes it pretty easy as they have a set schedule as it is, same with my fraternity,” Wood said. Wood and redshirt senior Christian Stoutland, a member of Alpha Tau Omega, are the only two athletes on the baseball team affiliated in Greek life. Nonetheless, Wood said his teammates didn’t hesitate to help him with managing both commitments. “The support I got was huge. There were multiple guys who had gone through the process and so they were always willing to help me out with throwing and staying on top of my workouts so that I was prepared,” Wood said. Although participating in both Greek life and athletics can be challenging at Pepperdine, Wood said it’s something to consider. “I know it can be difficult to do both, but it’s definitely something you shouldn’t stay away from,” Wood said. “Just give it a shot.” Wood and Davis both agree time management is key to making sure one can be involved in as many communities as possible on campus and a busy schedule shouldn’t deter the idea of trying new things. Keep an eye out for these two athletes on the track and on the field this spring.
Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics and Sheridan Davis What a Rush | (Above) Sophomore Sheridan Davis is a sprinter on the track team and a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. (Below) Calvin Wood, also a sophomore, is a pitcher on the baseball team and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
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Courtesy of Adrian Oetzbach Come out Swinging | (Above) Junior Adrian Oetzbach takes a big swing; (below) redshirt senior Nicholas Baez makes contact with the ball. Oetzbach, a University of Oklahoma transfer, will take the court with the Waves for the first time this season.
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Pepperdine Men’s Tennis begins the 2018-2019 season full of opportunity and promise, welcoming a new head coach and three new players. This summer, the program added Head Coach Adam Schaeterle to the staff. Schaeterle was previously the former assistant head coach at Notre Dame where he compiled an 82-63 record over five seasons. “As a coach, I feel very lucky to have such a diverse group of athletes that all show a pride for Pepperdine and a love for each other,” Schaeterle said. Additionally, the team welcomed two junior transfers, Pawel Jankowiak and Adrian Oetzbach from University of California Riverside and The University of Oklahoma respectively, and freshman recruit Enrique Luque Rico from the American International School of Mallorca, Spain. Each new player boasts an impressive resume of tennis played at the highest level. In addition to playing as a number one singles freshman at the Division I UC Riverside, Jankowiak has played on the professional circuit overseas as apart of the ATP World Tour, Jankowiak will train in a fast-paced environment and the team expects him to improve “tremendously” this year, Schaeterle said. Oetzbach, is an internationally ranked doubles player and went 7-13 in the spring while playing for the Sooners.
“Adrian has played in the top half of the lineup on a team that has been ranked in the top 10, and he has clinched team dual matches against elite national opponents,” Schaeterle said. “He knows the level at the top of our sport, and he’s excited about the opportunity to lead Pepperdine to that level.” Lastly, Rico enters Pepperdine as an internationally-ranked player as well, and has reached the final four of the Spanish Championship twice. “Enrique is disciplined, organized and reliable,” Schaeterle said. “He’s also just a winner. Winners win, and I haven’t recruited a player that has won a higher percentage of close matches than Enrique. He’s quiet and can be introverted, but he’s a great competitor and he loves his teammates.” Despite an underwhelming season last year and the removal of former head coach Marcelo Ferreira, Schaeterle hopes to a bring a new energy and start the construction of a new foundation for success for the program. “[Former Pepperdine coach] Adam Steinberg always says that ‘Tennis is an individual sport, but college tennis is a team sport,’” Schaeterle said. “That attitude is part of the legacy of our program. Our guys are off to a great start this year building a bond and competing as a unit. That’s not always comfortable for guys that have spent many years competing as individuals, but our guys are doing a great job getting outside their
comfort zone and following our lead as coaches.” Already Schaeterle’s message has drawn interest from top division talent, and his vision for the future of the program appealed to Oklahoma transfer Oetzbach. “I chose to come to Pepperdine mainly because of the new coaches,” Oetzbach said. “When I was looking to transfer from OU this summer, I was talking to a lot of schools and the coaches at Pepperdine made the best impression to me. I believe in their vision to be a Top 10 program soon, and they believe in me being an elite college player. I feel like the support and effort level is really high at Pepperdine.” Players said they hope this season will be the first building block in an attempt to re-establish the Pepperdine Men’s Tennis program. The influx of talent and experience to the program is in an effort to build a foundation for continued success. Looking back on this season, the team believes they will be able to see the first steps toward becoming a perennial championship contender. “Culture is always at the heartbeat of elite national programs and I love this team for the hard work they are doing to lay that foundation,” Schaeterle said. The Waves next opportunity to build toward a championship comes Sept. 20 at Oracle/ITA Masters here at Pepperdine. JAC OB.R ESENDIZ@PEPPER DINE.EDU
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Sophomore Shannon Scully is a starter on the Women’s Volleyball team and is making an immediate impact. She originally committed to the University of Utah as a senior in high school but was drawn to Pepperdine University after her freshman season in Salt Lake City. “I’m definitely always striving for more and always focusing on what I can do better in the future,” Scully said. “What happens in the past is great and it’s good to look back on and build confidence, but being the person I am I always strive to do more.” There was plenty of hype surrounding senior high school prospect Scully, a 6’2” outside hitter from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, in 2016. As an Under Armor All-American, USA Junior bronze medalist, Trinity League first-teamer and a finalist for the Gatorade Player of the Year Award, she could have played volleyball just about anywhere in the country. A resumé of that capacity is never short on garnering attention. Even with those accomplishments, Scully is not one just to reflect on the past. Scully was born in Huntington Beach, but as a senior, she felt it was best to attend college elsewhere and committed to the University of Utah in November of 2016. “I was thinking that I wanted to get away and that it would be great to have a change,” Scully said. “I thought there would be a lot to do in Salt Lake City. I wanted to go to the Pac 12. I liked the big school, the academics and the volleyball.” Scully had to alter her style of play as a freshman. She was behind two senior outside hitters at Utah but used her skill as a passer to get on the court in the back row. Although she played in every game, she wanted to come back to California. “I loved the volleyball, but what made me transfer was that I was really homesick there,” Scully said. “There wasn’t nearly as much to do around Salt Lake City as I thought there would be. I really didn’t think I wanted to spend four
Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics Block Party | Sophomore outside hitter Shannon Scully celebrates with her teammates after a big play in Firestone Fieldhouse. Scully, a transfer from Utah, took the court with the Waves for this first time this season. years of my life there.” The transition process for NCAA transfers can be a daunting task. It involves meetings, visits and reopening recruitment often while the school year is still going on. And while some rules are being altered, transfer reform talks continue according to a June 19 article on SB Nation. “I met with a sports psychologist in Utah. I was giving it a few more weeks before I made a decision and stuck with it,” Scully said. “The psychologist told me that if you’re not happy and are already thinking about transferring, then it’s not going to get any better.” After she was granted her transfer, two weeks went by and she was in contact with Pepperdine. The university, among other schools in the West Coast Conference recruited Scully, but Pepperdine’s offer of a full scholarship and the friendships she had made in the past through club volleyball and high school play made the decision easy. “What really stuck out to me was how
great the team was and how welcoming the community was,” Scully said. “I actually played club with Lily Dyer, Rosie Ballo and Rachel Ahrens. When I got on campus this just felt like home to me.” Dyer, a freshman, recounts the time she spent with Scully and what it’s like sharing the court once again. “We played club for five years,” Dyer said. “So it’s like hopping back on the wagon with her and feels normal and natural on the court. We have this understanding of each other and a respect that worked in club and here at Pepperdine.” Although Pepperdine is her new home, Scully is thankful for her time as a Ute. “I’m definitely really thankful for the experience of competing in the Pac 12 and those great friendships that I’ve made,” Scully said. “But I would say my biggest takeaway is if you’re not happy then don’t stick with something that doesn’t make you happy.” Her Pepperdine player profile has a
personal section explaining why she chose Pepperdine. She explains, “it’s perfect combination of strong academics, great athletics and a picturesque setting.” Now that she’s here, another factor sticks out to her that she doesn’t take for granted. “I like how small the classes are and how well you get to know your professors,” Scully said. “Everyone wants you to be successful and cares about you. I went to Catholic schools my whole life and am really into faith. Being back at a school with those themes reminds me how much I like that.” Scully has no shortage of big plays through the first 10 games of her sophomore year. She recorded 114 kills (over 10 per game), has an attack average of .264, has 13 serving aces and has 10 blocks. The stage has not been too big for Scully and she is thankful for the opportunity. “It’s been such an amazing experience. It’s great how well I did fit in with the girls,” Scully said. “It has a lot to do with them rather than me, and I’m reminded of this experience every day.” As for Head Coach Scott Wong, he was thrilled to have Scully on board for this season. “[Scully] knows the game well and has played at a very high level, so her transition into our program’s systems were pretty seamless,” Wong said. After the home opener on Aug. 31 versus the University of Idaho, Scully said she doesn’t expect anything less than a league championship. Her aspirations for the team don’t stop there. “One of the other goals is to make the NCAA Tournament,” Scully said. “Our preseason went really well, and so now our goal should be with each day and each game just improving on what we can do as a team. We have to do the little things; hold each other accountable, and be relentless in the gym. That’s how we’ll get to the NCAA Tournament.” Pepperdine Women’s Volleyball continues their season with an away game on Thursday, Sept. 20 versus the University of Portland.
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Soccer Dominates Third Consecutive Game kar l w inter s taf f w r i te r
The Waves Women’s Soccer team used second-half goals by sophomore Joelle Anderson and freshman Isabel Nelson to silence the University of California Irvine Anteaters at home Sept. 16. The 2-0 victory completed a successful weekend for the Waves that also saw them defeat San Diego State on the road. Pepperdine improved to 4-5 on the season while posting their third straight shutout. “I think these two games
this weekend definitely helped with our confidence,” Anderson said. “Going into [the remainder of] the season, we’re going to be really confident and hopefully get the results we want.” Anderson’s team-leading third goal of the season was scored with one touch into the bottom right corner of the net from the center of the field in the 57th minute off of an assist by freshman Trinity Watson. Following a red card issued to Irvine’s Aleah Kelley in the 58th minute, Nelson banged a header off of the crossbar and
into the goal off of a Watson corner kick in the 67th minute. “The red card changed the game,” Head Coach Tim Ward said. “And then the second goal was the dagger.” The second-half flurry came after a slow defensive struggle that consumed much of the first half. The Anteaters outshot the Waves 4-3 in the first half and controlled the ball for the final ten minutes of the half, but Pepperdine came out firing on all cylinders after the break. “We just [needed to] be quicker in all phases and all aspects
of the game; thinking faster and moving faster,” Ward said. Pepperdine went on to outshoot Irvine 9-2 in the second half and the defense held strong, extending their streak to 277 minutes without allowing a goal. The shutout marked the 17th clean sheet in the collegiate career of redshirt senior goalkeeper Brielle Preece. “I think we’re getting there, and I think we’re prepared,” Watson, who recorded her first collegiate points in the game, said. “It’s not going to be easy ... but I think these non-conference games have really helped
us step up the game, so I think it will be a really good run for us.” The Waves have one more non-conference contest Friday, Sept. 21, at the University of California Santa Barbara before they open conference play the following Friday at the University of the Pacific. They return to Tari Frahm Rokus Field on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. against the University of San Francisco.
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Photos Courtesy of Blake Rovai Football Frenzy | (Left) Redshirt senior goalkeeper Brielle Preece soars above the crowd for a save; (right) freshman forward Trinity Watson avoids a UC Irvine defender. The Waves defeated the Lady Anteaters 2-0 in Malibu on Sunday afternoon in their third-straight shutout of the season.