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What are some of the new things in housing next year that juniors and seniors have to look forward to? Brian Dawson: Key benefits for them are lower prices. We have prices that are competitive with, if not beating offcampus markets. There are also newer facilities; Lovernich just got renovated. We’re moving into the Lovernich Commons to redo that area. In Towers, there’s the brand-new Towers kitchen, and then we’re also trying to renovate a stack of Towers for all exercise equipment.
the faculty dining room has never been open for students and yet the sophomores are going to get it once a week for a dinner with their faculty or staff that lives in the house with them. At least once a month, the dorm will also have a trip that goes along with the house’s theme. For the freshmen, we are gearing up to redo the freshmen housing over time. It will be dependent on donor funds and how they come in, but we are planning on bulldozing those from the ground up to redo them. I am guessing there will be new buildings within the next decade.
And how about for sophomores and freshmen? BD: For sophomores, the new theme housing is probably the most exciting thing we’ve got going on. We have six different theme houses, and we’ve already had about 320 sophomores sign up for them. We have what we are calling ‘Year Two Malibu’ where we’re really trying to ramp up the sophomore experience. Half the students go away overseas, and the ones that are here sometimes felt stuck here. We don’t want them stuck. We want them to have an exciting experience. One of the things that’s really exciting is that
Can you talk a bit more about how the price changes will affect students? BD: For freshmen and sophomores, the only real new change is that they can go into a triple, saving them $1,800 a year. Juniors and seniors have two different pricing schemes. Students who will live on-campus for six semesters will get about a 10 percent discount, and students who live on-campus for the full eight semesters will get a 20 percent discount. Those discounts will continue on into the future. The fascinating thing is that if a student walks in today and chooses the lowest-cost options all the
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way through their time at Pepperdine with a triple, triple, and not even Towers for junior and senior year but even living in Lovernich at the discounted rates, that student can save $11,000 over their four-year career here. There hasn’t ever been an option like this before. That is the most exciting thing; if you need to save some money, now there are choices. And when are students required to live on-campus? BD: Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on-campus. There is a little bit of a change with that, because previously, the lines were really fuzzy. For example, when someone actually becomes a junior was open to a lot of interpretation, so we just changed it to where everyone is required to live oncampus for four semesters. Brand-new transfer students are required to live on-campus for at least one semester. How do the Oakwood apartments fit in with all of these changes? BD: We’ve really phased them out. What they were there for was for overflow housing. If on-campus housing filled up completely, then students could go over to Oakwood. We just
haven’t had that need, and we are pushing to build more on-campus. Our goal is to manage here on campus and build a better program here. As far as RA’s and SLA’s go, have there been any changes for next year? BD: We’ve surveyed both the SLAs and the students and just found that by the time that they’re juniors, they’re already plugged in, whether it’s with Campus Ministries or other clubs and organizations and they really weren’t coming out for SLA programs. So we’re concentrating the SLAs in the freshman and sophomore buildings. The other really big thing is that we’ve changed the way that we pay SLAs. They are now getting full room as opposed to a smaller stipend that they were getting before. RA’s are getting room and board. So they get a meal plan as well, since they have some
more duties that they need to perform. There are all sorts of leadership opportunities available in working for HRL. What kind of people are you looking for to fill these RA and SLA roles? BD: Probably two different key words, for RAs we are looking for ‘community.’ We are looking for community builders and people who want to invest in the lives of students and help them as they are growing. For SLAs, we’re looking for ministers. We want people who will build the spiritual lives of students and feel that that’s their calling. And really, we want these two to overlap with RAs that are also ministry minded and SLAs that are community minded. Is there anything else students should be looking forward to? BD: I think that we will try to be at-
tentive to students’ needs. If they need something or want something different, we are really going to try to be that group here on campus that listens and makes changes. I’d say that the next big, exciting things are probably on the food side, actually. The Waves Cafe in a couple years will get redone and then with the sports complex that is supposed to go in by where Rho parking lot is now, they’re planning on having a food court there. Probably the next big thing we will be asking students is ‘What do you want for food on campus?’ And we are going to design around what student needs are.
Class of 2014 Years living on campus: 2 Years living off campus: 0
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Housing and Residence Life is creating a brand new “space where learning comes alive” next year, at least for sophomores. Sophomores who stay in Malibu are the focus of six newly themed residence halls. Many other universities offer themed housing, and Pepperdine took much of its inspiration from LMU. Each of Pepperdine’s themes is explained on HRL’s website, but here are the basics: Adventure House: “seek adventure in the great outdoors” Think hikes, kayaking, and seizing the day in beautiful Malibu as well as expeditions to National Parks. Confidere House (Faith House): “develop an interactive relationship with God”- Con Fidere means “with faith” in Latin, and the Confidere house will have morning devotionals, challenging spiritual retreats and opportunities for spiritual leadership roles. Global Justice House (Agape House): “engage in issues related to justice, diversity, and advocacy.” Hippiesat-heart who want to “change the world” will explore other cultures, garden sustainably, cook for the local homeless monthly, visit NGOs and travel on an international mission trip. Honors House: “be equipped to learn” with comfy suites, white boards, quiet rooms, dinners with grad student mentors, and the wisdom of “Last Lectures” from various distinguished faculty. L.E.A.D. House: “grasp a deep understanding of effective leadership” by meeting with CEOs and political leaders and designing a house-wide “Leadership Experiment” each month. Pepperdine Arts District (P.A.D.): “be immersed in the fine arts of music, film, theatre, and art” –collaborate with others to showcase or experience art, Q&A with local directors and actors, and the common room is a movie theater. 8 Housing Guide 2012-2013
Themed Housing Hits Pepperdine
To sign up for themed housing,
students are asked to rank their preference for their top three themes. For the 2012-2013 academic year, The Adventure House attracted 155 applications, followed by Honors House at 57, Pepperdine Arts district at 38, Confidere at 25, L.E.A.D. at 19, and the Global Justice House at 16. The numbers are uneven. As Assistant Resident Director Cecily Breeding puts it, “There’s no way that 155 people can fit in one house.” She said she wouldn’t be surprised if “there are adjustments made in future years to include two or three Adventure Houses,” or if the other houses shift focus to include more outdoor themes. The introduction of themed housing was a fast-paced change by HRL implemented as soon as funding became available through a donation from President Benton and a reallocation of other HRL “Year 2 Malibu” resources. Brian Dawson, Associate Dean of Housing, says that the themes are picked from student input from current HRL student workers and informal meetings with other students. He said that each topic was matched with RDs, Program Coordinators, Staff, RAs, and SLAs that are passionate about each theme, in hopes that the staff’s enthusiasm will be infectious. Kerri Heath, Director of Residence Life, explained that the themes were also vetted to make sure that students were not segregated into groups based on themes that were
too narrow. She said, “There was definitely fear about ‘Putting all the Christians in one house’ for instance, but we definitely don’t want one class of thought per house.” Cecily put the process into perspective, “This is the first year – we don’t even know what the houses are going to be like yet.” This uncertainty gives huge leeway to RAs, SLAs and residents to make each house their own – each house will have the autonomy to create it’s own house programing, culture, logo, and branding that will endure beyond this first year. Since many sophomores will find themselves living in their second or third choice, while those who missed the deadline will be placed randomly, this feature of flexibility and resident input should offer peace of mind and hope for an excellent themed housing experience. As Cecily put it, “The nature of powerful communities is that they come from within themselves.” The sophomores of 2012-2013, along with their housing staff, have an unprecedented chance for input in shaping their communities. If you really dislike your housing placement, “No activities will be mandatory,” explains Brian, and “…don’t worry, many Adventure House events will be open to other sophomores as well.” Anna Sherod
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o n campus? Off campus? The debate
to choose from and they aren’t overly is ongoing. On campus is convenient, but expensive, running on average about there are so many rules to follow. There $1600/month for a two-bedroom apartare multiple off-campus living options ment. A simple calculation shows that in Malibu, but it can be expensive and for an individual to live in Calabasas Malibu doesn’t really have much of a would cost approximately $800/month nightlife. Calabasas isn’t a bad choice plus the cost of transportation and utilias long as there isn’t an accident in the ties. canyon. Of course there is Santa Monica Malibu, although closer to campus, and the greater Los Angeles area that of- is slightly more expensive, but like fers a good social scene, but a round trip Calabasas has multiple different opto school and back could be as far as 30 tions. The Malibu Villas are clearly the miles and gas isn’t cheap. It is doubtful top-tier student housing option, costing that this article will put an end to that approximately $4100/month for a twodebate, however it might help clear up a bedroom apartment while the Malibu little bit of confusion about the value of Canyon apartments (more frequently on versus off campus living. referred to as “The Stinkies”) are slightly The recent changes the Housing Ofmore affordable at $2500/month for a fice have made to the price of on-campus two-bedroom. living makes the idea of living at PepperThen there is Santa Monica that undine more desirable, even if only from a doubtedly has the most housing options financial standpoint. Between this year and therefore the greatest price variaand next, semester prices are expected tions. Depending on location, two-bedto drop anywhere from 6 to 32 percent. room apartments can be anywhere from So how does that compare to off-campus $1500 to $3000/month. As with all offpricing? That depends on the location of campus housing, this does not include the off-campus option. utilities or transportation costs. Calabasas has been a student-favorite Of course these numbers are useless for quite a few years. Between Archwithout a comparison of on-campus stone and the Malibu Canyon Aparthousing costs. The cheapest on campus ments there are quite a few apartments housing is in Towers, for seniors who 10 Housing Guide 2012-2013
can receive the senior discount: $699/ month. Prices increase from there with the most expensive being the Drescher standard rate of $1,333/month. On average, the typical Pepperdine student will spend between $850 and $1,100 dollars/month living on campus. This number is notably cheaper than Villa Malibu, however all other off-campus locations are fairly comparable when looking only at monthly rent, which is why it is important to look at other factors, that come in to play when choosing a place to live. At the Shell station in Malibu gas costs $4.50/gallon. Although it can be found slightly cheaper elsewhere, like Calabasas or certain parts of Los Angeles, there is no denying the fact that gas is expensive and should definitely be taken into consideration when looking at off-campus housing. For the sake of argument, let’s assume a student lives in Santa Monica and drives approximately 30 miles round trip every day to and from school. That is approximately 150 miles a week and assuming this student has a somewhat fuel-efficient car that gets approximately 300 miles/tank, they will need to fill up once every two weeks spending approximately $100
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to $150 on gas every month. (This is assuming that the only driving they are doing is to and from school, which is unlikely but the only certain variable in this equation). This is obviously the most extreme circumstance, as the other aforementioned off-campus housing choices are no more than 22 miles round trip, but gas will likely be a noticeable cost regardless. The cost of utilities, which is included in the on-campus monthly cost, should also be taken into consideration although utilities are usually fairly reasonable when split among a group. Chances are they will cost an extra $40 to $50 every month. These are the numbers. From a financial standpoint there isn’t a definitively cheaper option as variables include where off-campus students are living, fuel efficiency, the cost of gas, how many students are living in an apartment, personal utility usage, etc. So what other things need to be taken into consideration when choosing where to live? Some students love the peace and quiet of Malibu. Others enjoy living in Calabasas and being closer to major freeways yet not inconveniently far from campus. Others may prefer Santa
Average Malibu apt: between $1100-$2050/ month (plus gas & utilities)
Monica where there are a plethora of housing options, and restaurants, shopping and nightlife are within easy walking or commuting distance. Essentially it all boils down to personal preference. Other things, such as the location of an internship or job may also play a role in choosing where to live. Where students choose to live is more a matter of personal preference (in conjunction with possible financial restraints) than anything else. Pepperdine is unlike most universities because of the location of its campus—it is not in the heart of a big city, it isn’t a college town, the idea of walking or riding a bike as the main mode of transportation is laughable and students have a lot of housing option that are all really far apart from each other. But even though Pepperdine strays from the norm, it still offers quite a few awesome living options—students just have to decide which one is right for them.
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Average Santa Monica apt: between $750-$1500/month (plus gas & utilities)
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lthough there are a number of students who enjoy the ease of living in the residential complexes of Pepperdine’s campus, there are a great percentage of students who prefer to live off campus. In either case students may find it daunting to spend any extra money on nice furnishing or decor. Yet four students of Pepperdine’s class of 2014, Katelyn Pior, Chloe Kirchner, Katie Donohue and Ariana LaFrance have figured out exactly how to overcome this barrier, decorating their apartment as an affordable yet beautifully designed living space. To them, class and elegance does not have to come at a cost, it’s all about scouting for pieces at estate sales found on Craig’s List and getting creative with spray paint and antiques. By having a little creative edge, an eye for style and an ability to see the beauty through the cracks, their college apartment has been transformed into a beautiful and relaxing abode. Use tips from these girls to decorate your apartment and make it a comfortable place to live in!
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The wall art was very cheap and found at an Estate Sale. The side tables were also found this way, but spray painted to add color to the room. The girls also painted an accent wall in this bedroom, which may be OK to do in some “HomeGoods is always aweapartments. some,” Katelyn said. “The stuff is really inexpensive, comforters, sheets, pillows, they sell really great brands too.”
“People think we spent a ton, but Everything was so cheap.”
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“Trader Joe’s flowers are really inexpensive,” Katelyn said. Flowers offer a vibrant way to add color to any room.
“It was important our apartment felt livable and comfortable.”
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These old magazines were found at an antique store. Katelyn then bought the frames from Michael’s and spray painted them for a colorful affect.
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How not to have a homicidal relationship with roommates L et’s face it, one of the scariest things
about heading off to college and living on campus is having to live with people who aren’t a part of your immediate family. For anyone who has ever had a “random roommate”, it’s safe to say that living in close quarters with someone else is a drastic change. Living with a roommate or roommates is a big deal. Many of us have been fortunate enough to find that person who makes sharing a living space a joy, but nevertheless, not everything is always roses and rainbows. Dilemmas will arise or perhaps they already have, but unless your roommate has an unhealthy obsession with road kill and taxidermy, living peaceably is not impossible. One of the golden rules of living with a roommate is communication. As cliché and overrated as the saying has become, communication is indeed key when it comes to sharing space with another person. As much as you believe passive aggressiveness is the path of least confrontation, you have to remember that people are not mind readers. If a particular habit is bothering you (as in your roommate uses your half of the room as a place for dirty clothes or uses your towels after he or she showers) talk to them. Communicating your woes with your roomie in a non-aggressive manner will ensure your roommate doesn’t think you’re a bitter harpy who just wants to make them miserable. The way in which you communicate your issue will subsequently decide how the whole situation
plays out so, remember to avoid condescension and rudeness when addressing a problem. Whether you’re roomie is your best friend or just someone you share a room with, it’s important to make sure you keep up roommate decorum. Cleanliness is one of the major predictors of peaceful living. Picking up after yourself instead of leaving an aftermath of what looks like a hurricane, but was really just an indecisive wardrobe day, is essential in making sure your roommates don’t begin to resent you for being a slob. It’s perfectly OK to do that in your space—as long as any perishables are safely thrown away— but in shared space it’s expected that everyone make an effort to keep things clean and, well, livable. With that said, always remember that you are not the only one sharing the living space. Blasting music and the telly at all hours of the night or having hoards of people in your shared space all the time to socialize is rude and disrespectful. Keep in mind that just because you’re a night owl doesn’t mean your roommate is as well. Send a text message asking if your roomie wouldn’t mind a few friends stopping by to watch a movie or have dinner.You can’t expect people to be comfortable with a group of your friends forging around in your shared space if it’s suddenly sprung on them without notice. Think about it. How would you like it if your roommates did that to you? Living peacefully with a roommate is a beautiful thing, but sometimes going
beyond the “rules of good roommating” makes for an even better experience. Don’t be afraid of conversation. Asking your roommate how her day was or what she is doing for the weekend are great ways to get to know each other. It establishes familiarity and makes the living situation more homey. It’s always nice to know someone cares. You and your roommate might not hang out 24/7, but make an effort to do a few things together. Make dinner or bake together on a weeknight if you have access to a kitchen, or even plan a weekly thing where you both meet up to grab a meal. If you share a love for “Glee” or “American Idol” sit and watch together or plan a movie night. Dedicating a little time each week for each other will ensure that you build a platform of trust and amicability. The options are endless when it comes to bonding with your roommates. You simply have to take the initiative to plan something with them. Plan workout times together or a weekend venture off campus to the mall or beach.Your roomie will appreciate your effort and it won’t hurt that you’ll have fun as well. Just keep in mind that living peacefully with your roommate will make your school experience better and remove some of that stress you’ve been harboring.
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hemed housing alone is a huge new development for Housing and Residence life. But what’s the next step? Eventually, the Greek Row area will be demolished for a new all-Junior dorm. Brian Dawson optimistically estimated the time till the project is underway: “I’m going to say 5 years.” In the more distant future, the ravine between upper and lower dorm road will be paved as a broad boardwalk that connects a series of four “programing spaces.” These programing space complexes will include classrooms for freshman seminars, laundry facilities, and living space for brave professors who want to live among freshmen. This will be just one of the “Living-Learning” communities, that HRL envisions - they hope that sophomore themed housing will also someday fall under this category. Living-learning communities go a step beyond “themed” housing, and generally include specific shared classes and livein faculty mentors for the students associated with the hall.
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Waves Keys to
Making the choice to move off-campus can be an exciting yet daunting decision. Where are you going to live? What’s the commute going to be like? What activities are around your apartment? Questions can loom and the process can be a bit confusing. For the first-time commuters there are a few key things to know when moving offcampus:
Know your limits – both financially and personally. It is important to understand how far and how much you and your roommates are looking to spend and commute. Going too far away or renting above your budget will make the whole living situation incredibly stressful.
2. Set your priorities – know
what things you want to live near. If you want trendy shops and restaurants then the Santa Monica/Westwood area is great, but it’s also very busy and densely populated. If you want the outdoors and a few more entertainment/restaurant options than Malibu has to offer, Calabasas and the Canyon are good options.
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Fix your schedule – arrange your schedule so that you commute as little as possible. Gas receipts will begin to pile up and the drive can be an added stress. Knock out as much in one day as you can without getting overwhelmed. Also keep an eye on your activity schedule outside of class.You don’t want to have to drive “all the way to campus” for an hour-long meeting or practice if its unnecessary.
Get everything in writing – once you find a place you like make sure that everything the landlord/manager told you when you toured is the same as what is stated in the contract. Also write down agreements, rules, and track every dollar you and your roommates spend in order to make sure that if issues do arise you have clear records of everything.
5. Be neighborly – get to know
your neighbors no matter what their age. This will help you have a sense of community. They’ll help you or look
out for you if you need. And on top of everything it will help keep an open dialogue if there are issues back and forth.
6. Set rules- with your room-
mates it can be very common for one roommate to do all the cleaning, the other roommate be a slob, and the whole apartment to be very stressful because one person doesn’t think it’s fair. Set rules on who does the cleaning when, what to do with dishes, when there can be people over, etc, and make sure that you clear it with each other each time multiple people will be over.
7. Have fun – the off-campus liv-
ing situation is supposed to be more fun than on-campus. Have movie nights, have friends over, go on hikes or walks and go to the movies or the mall. Decorate your apartment and do things in the town that you couldn’t/can’t do on campus. Zack Jenkins Class of 2012 Years living on campus: 2 Years living off campus: 2
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1. Archstone Agoura Hills- 30856 Agoura Road 2. Archstone Oak Creek-29128 Oak Creek Lane 3. Country Oaks-5813 Hickory Drive
4. Archstone Calabasas 5. Malibu Canyon Apartments-5758 Las Virgenes Road
6. Villa Malibu-6487 Cavalleri Road 7. Point Dume Club-29500 Heathercliff Road 8. Malibu Canyon Villas (Stinkies)- 23901 Civic Center Way 9. Zuma Bay Villas- 29664 Zuma Bay Way 10. Tivoli Cove- 26664 Seagull Way 11. Malibu Bay club- 41000 Pacific Coast Highway 12. The Point at Malibu- 6457 Zuma Place View 13. Malibu Villas-28000 Rey De Copas Lane 14. Malibu Gardens 15. Maison De Ville-23900 De Ville Way 16. Toscana- 23931 De Ville Way 17. Vista Pacifica- 3600 Vista Pacifica
18. Casa Oaks-2080 West Hillcrest Drive 19. Monarch at Dos Vientos Ranch-255 Via Mirabella
20. Oak Park Apartment Homes- 5325 Oak Park Lane
21. 315 Montana-315 Montana Avenue 22. Ocean Palms & Ocean Palisades-950 4th Street 23. Pacific Plaza Apartments-1431 Ocean Avenue 24. Archstone Santa Monica-425 Broadway 25. Portofino-1450 5th Street 26. Luxe@1410 Luxury Apartment- 1410 5th Street 27. Archstone Santa Monica on Main-2000 Main Street 28. Archstone Citrus Suites- 1915 Ocean Way Thousand Oaks 29. Los Robles-300 Rolling Oaks Drive 30. Westcreek- 973 Westcreek Lane 31. Archstone Thousand Oaks Plaza- 235 North Conejo School Road 32. Biltmore Apartments- 555 Laurie Lane 33. Marlowe Apartments- 550 Laurie Lane 34. Archstone Thousand Oaks- 351 Hodencamp Road 35. Charter Oaks Apartments- 887 Saint Charles Drive 36. St. Charles Oaks Apartments- 800 Saint Charles Drive 37. Westlake Canyon- 2338 Fountain Crest Lane 38. Archstone Thousand Oaks Crest- 491 West Gainsborough Road
39. IMT Westlake Village- 603 Hampshire Road
40. Versailles- 23100 Avenue San Luis 41. Warner Pointe-22044 Clarendon Street 42. Oakwood Woodland Hills- 22122 Victory Boulevard 43. Glade Regency Apartments- 6750 Glade Ave 44. The Mercer at Warner Center- 22100 Erwin Street 45. Avalon at Warner Center-5727 Canoga Avenue 46. Summit at Warner Center- 22219 Summit Vue Lane 47. The Arbors at Warner Center- 6333 Canoga Avenue 48. Avalon Woodland Hills- 20544 Ventura Boulevard 49. Archstone Warner Center-21200 Kittridge Street 50. The Pointe at Warner Center- 6150 Canoga Avenue 51. Warner Pines Apartments â€“ 21601 Erwin Street 26 Housing Guide 2012-2013
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Should you go solo?
aving moved off-campus and away from home the summer after freshman year, it’s plain to say that I’ve had my fair share of interesting experiences. I’ve had my identity stolen by one of my roommates. I walked into my bedroom and finding my roommate passed out naked in my bed. I slept on a couch for an entire summer. I rented a bedroom from a place I found on Craigslist, and I had apartments with friends. I experienced a pretty full spectrum of off-campus and away-from-home living situations, and I’m still alive to tell the tale(s). In Buenos Aires the little cot and 15 square foot bedroom was a godsend! Though the toilet was in the shower and the bathroom was literally a box with a sink and shower door, the 37-floor apartment building overlooking the city was delightful. I even had a window that would open and let in a breeze for those humid 110 degree nights. All you really need in life is a bedroom and a shower, right? Best year of my life. It all boils down to a few things that I’ve learned: 1. Surround yourself with good people. 2. Put yourself in a place to feel both inspired and comfortable. 3. Look out for number one; protect yourself no matter who your roommate is. 4. See each living situation as a new life experience. 28 Housing Guide 2012-2013
Moving back to California for my junior year was an entirely different experience. I rented a master bedroom in a house in Calabasas for $1000/month (utilities included). My landlord was a 50-something-year-old woman who rented the rooms out in her house and converted her garage into her bedroom. A Pepperdine law school student lived in one of the other rooms, there was a small studio that a 30-something-yearold woman lived in two days a week, there was a kid from Alaska who I’d see in the mornings working the drivethrough at McDonald’s, and then a retired marine from Hawaii. Needless to say, the house was cozy and eclectic before my landlord’s Buddha statues and zen rock collections in the garden made it cozy. Though she kept the temperature in the house low and locked the thermostat, the place was comfortable but lonely. All of the roommates kept to themselves and left me longing for a sense of community at home. Now as a senior I’m living in Westwood with two friends (both girls) in a three-bedroom three-bath apartment for $3000/month. Our apartment is in a new, trendy building near a bunch of cafes and restaurants of all kinds (Indian, Persian, American, Peruvian, Japanese) with foods of all kinds (diner food, sushi, taco trucks, fro-yo, etc.). One of my roommates has a dog, a little Yorkie that is, for the most part, well-behaved.Yet she doesn’t pay any attention to the dog so he is about as
dumb and dimwitted as some of the celebrity purse dogs that we see in Malibu. The location is great but is very urban, and noise can be an issue (police car sirens, honking cars and revving engines at all times of day). These stories will be things to tell my kids, advice to give to friends and lessons learned for myself and future living situations. There is a “dream home” or “perfect apartment” for every person. It takes hunting, though. And remember, no place is permanent. If you absolutely hate an apartment, you can leave (early or when the lease is up...it depends on if you’re willing to pay the penalties). So go forth and find one that works for you and your situation! Zack Jenkins
Class of 2012 Years living on campus: 2 Years living off campus: 2
Or live like the Brady bunch?
y senior year, I’ve gotten to live with six of my best friends in a house in Agoura Hills. As someone who lived on campus for three years, I was ready to experience all that is off-campus living. Since moving to our seven-bedroom home situated amongst a horse community, we’ve all learned a thing or two about life outside the Malibu bubble. The main concern that most people have when about living through the canyon is driving.Yes, it is a bit of a drive, but you get used to it. Many students who live in Malibu usually complain when they have to make a Target run, yet I happen to enjoy my time in the car. Living through the canyon you will spend less on rent, but you will also spend more on gas. But a perk is that most of the gas stations near our house are cheaper than those in Malibu. My roommates and I don’t carpool that much because we have different schedules, but I know several
other houses/apartments carpool to school every day. Our location in Agoura has been highly convenient. There are so many more store and restaurant options that you don’t get in Malibu. Everything you need is either a short walk or bike ride away. But despite all of that, it does take a lot of planning to make sure that you get to school on time. Any commuter will tell you how difficult parking is on campus, so make sure and give yourself ample time to drive around and get progressively more frustrated when you can’t find a spot. Living in an actual house has also been a learning experience in itself. I live with one girl and five guys, and we all have to deal with problems that arise from renting a house built in 1989. Some examples in-
clude: a leak in the basement when it rained really hard, raccoons getting into the trash outside, and having to clear dead brush from the backyard to avoid a $500 fine from the fire department. These are the kinds of things that you would not have to worry about on campus, so if you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty to fix a problem or two, living in a house with a bunch of other people is probably not for you. Another great thing about living in Agoura is the fact that we don’t have to worry about a common plague among Malibu residents: noise. Our neighbors are relatively close to us in distance, but far enough away so that noise has never been an issue. Finally, living in this house has been a good transition from college life into the real world. We all have to pay bills, clean the house, and remember to put the trashcans on the sidewalk every Thursday morning. And for those of you who are thinking about living with your best friends, make sure that all of you look over your lease before you agree to anything. Last semester one of our roommates decided to move out, but none of us had signed anything saying that we would be responsible for finding a replacement if we left. We had to scramble to try and find a seventh roommate in time for the rent to be paid. But to avoid putting yourself in that situation, make sure everyone is on the same page by having something in writing. EB Krawczyk Class of 2012 Years living on campus: 3 Years living off campus: 1
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According to the group’s By edgar Hernandez meeting budget, the purpose news AssistAnt of the group is to “review In the wake of the na- Pepperdine policies, recent tional conversations on les- trends in biblical interpretabian, gay, bisexual and tion and research on homotransgender (LGBT)-related sexuality, and current needs issues, Pepperdine University and future directions for cohas jumped on board ordinating [Pepby creating the comperdine’s] mittee “Building response as a Bridges: Pepperdine’s community.” Response to HomoDean of Stusexuality.” dents Mark Davis Since last Novemstands as the ber, the group, comchair of the composed mainly of mittee and asserts Pepperdine faculty, there are several has been meeting to factors behind DAVIS discuss Pepperdine’s Building Bridges. stance on homosexuality. “I noticed that many conBuilding Bridges is preparing versations were occurring in to release its summary state- silos. So I decided to bring ment before the end of the together representatives from spring semester. various departments engaged
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in conversation,” Davis wrote in an e-mail. Aside from departmental discussions, Davis also commented that his own conversations with gay and lesbian students over the past year made it clear to him that there are some misunderstandings to address. Although during Pepperdine’s continuing reaccreditation process, the WASC visiting team observed that “Pepperdine would benefit from more open dialogue about diversity in its various forms,” Building Bridges is not a direct response to WASC’s criticism. However, Davis assured that WASC “will be very interested in how Pepperdine is address-
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student to represent Pepperdine at dubai conference By Madison Leonard AssistAnt news editor
Pepperdine senior Matthew Miller will be taking a 16-hour flight to Dubai this weekend, as part of the World Student Organizing Committee for the sixth biennial Education Without Borders 2011 Conference, taking place March 28 to 31. As a student organizer, Miller met with other students in Abu Dhabi last June to pick the conference theme, “Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges: Diverse Perspectives,
Unified Action,” and will arrive early this weekend to approve all the aspects of the week’s events. An international studies and political science double major, Miller was initially recommended for the conference while interning in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2009, after a trip to the United Arab Emirates. Upon arrival of the 4,000 student participants from almost 130 countries, an opening ceremony will be hosted in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest
building. The following two ternational students, and endays of the conference will in- gaging in multilateral commuclude presentations and round- nication. “It’s really a rare optable discussions of portunity to have so selected student-writmany students toten papers on the subgether from so many themes of the countries and cultures, conference: education, economics, science, and you really can’t new media and policy. solve a lot of these Currently working global problems with for the State Departjust one country’s perment in the Bureau of spective,” Miller said. MILLER Democracy, Human Tackling issues like Rights, and Labor, global warming, the fiMiller looks forward to hearing nancial industry, and the curthe presentations from the in- rent political tension in the
Middle East and North Africa, student presenters at the conference will use their diverse perspectives to seek fresh solutions. “These students are going to be the leaders in the next generation to work together and create ideas that mesh with everyone, and have solid obtainable goals to affect change, versus just talking about ideas and policies and theories and things that aren’t quite as tangible,” Miller said. “And that’s the whole concept of the conference: to take those policies
and theories, apply them and give students things to do with them.” Outside of the presentations, Miller and the other student participants will be meeting with mentors such as Stanford University Senior Fellow, Dr. Helen Stacy, and Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. Miller said these global leaders will provide meaningful conversation points, as well as take away new ideas from the students.
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