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Financial  aid  revamps   policy,  lifts   restrictions

Golden  Globes  draws  protest  By  BROOKLIN  NASH COPY  EDITOR

As big-name actors and directors assembled at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Sunday afternoon, they were greeted not only by the glamour of the Golden Globes, but also by a rag-tag group of protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church. A group of counterprotesters, joined by two Pepperdine stu-


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Most college students, regardless of having varied majors, interests and postgraduate goals, await the same legacy after completing their undergrad: debt. While for some “financial aid� means thousands of dollars in loans, some savvy students seek employment or merit-based scholarship within Pepperdine’s academic departments to offset the cost of attendance. This fall, several students learned that the “cost of attendance,� according to Pepperdine’s Office of Financial Assistance, did not include housing or living costs. The office notified scholar“[We] want stuship redents to receive cipients the maximum w h o s e awards scholarship aid e xc e e d e d they are eligible tuition for.� prices that —Janet Lockhart Director of Financial they could Assistance not accept all or part of their scholarships. For years, students and departments have struggled to comply with this policy set by Financial Assistance which dictates that, in general, institutional scholarships and grants — when combined with applicable federal or state grants — may not exceed the cost of tuition. Financial Assistance held a meeting earlier this month, in which scholarshipawarding divisions such as Communication and Fine Arts weighed in on the process of awarding scholarships and financial aid. Director of Financial Assistance Janet Lockhart announced that the policy has changed for the upcoming school year to allow departments to award scholarships that can count toward housing, books and other costs. Lockhart reserved, however, that the office will still determine eligibility based on each student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which calculates financial need. “It has been approved to allow departmental scholarships to cover other educational related expenses above tuition, for those that qualify, but not to exceed the cost of attendance,� Lockhart wrote in an email. “We are very excited about the change and want students to receive the maximum scholarship aid they qualify for, therefore this is a definite move in the right direction to help students achieve their educational goals at Pepperdine.� According to Lockhart, the policy has been in question for several years, but Enrollment Management decided now was the best time to change it. Lockhart, Dean of Admission and Enrollment Management Michael Truschke and the financial aid staff participated in crafting the new policy, which Truschke ultimately officially approved. Lockhart said now is the right time to change the policy.

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Reach  OUT  denied,  turns  to  petition  By  AUBREY  HOEPPNER NEWS  EDITOR

Seniors Alexander Cooper and Lindsay Jakows, co-presidents of Reach OUT, have released a Change. org petition in response to the administration’s decision not to grant official club recognition to the LGBT group. Titled “Pepperdine: Overturn Your Decision to Deny Recognition to LGBT Students,� the petition is an effort to demonstrate to administrators what Jakows believes to be a broad base of support for club recognition. According to a written explanation accompanying the petition, “Until now, the university’s policies have created an atmosphere of silence and anxiety that alienates not only the LGBT student population but also anyone concerned for their wellbeing.� Cooper and Jakows submitted an application for club recognition Nov. 9 and were notified Dec. 13 that their

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application had been denied. been exploring the best ways to meet “We think Pepperdine overes- the needs of LGBT students through timates the number of people who the Building Bridges committee would be against a club,� Jakows said. meetings, but the petition also states Reach OUT’s petition has received that the activities of Building Bridges online coverage have not gone far enough from The Adto create a sense of comvocate, a news munity for those touched “I don’t want this source for LGBT by LGBT issues. to be a place issues, and at President Andrew K. press time, it had Benton expressed a desire where people received 1,280 to fill these gaps. “It hurts can’t find a signatures, largeme to think that we’ve got voice.� ly from Pepperstudents who are strugdine students gling with these issues, —Andrew K. Benton President and alumni. who are questioning, and Professor they feel like they don’t Robert Williams have an outlet. I don’t signaled his supwant this to be a place port for Reach where people can’t find a OUT by signing the petition. “I voice,� he said. believe that universities ought to be Davis said that while he is open to leaders in the effort to end discrimi- receiving any kind of thoughtful innation. And Christian universities put, “when it comes to issues related ought to lead the effort with grace to the sexual relationships statement, and humility.� those decisions aren’t made based Dean of Students Mark Davis has upon a popular vote. Those decisions

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are made based upon principles and values the University decides are important.� From the administration’s perspective, the issue remains how Reach OUT will align with the Pepperdine mission and tradition. While Davis acknowledged that the relationship with the Churches of Christ is important, more central is honoring the biblical conviction that sexual activity should be reserved for a husband-wife relationship. “Pepperdine seeks to be faithful to this teaching because we believe it is God’s will,� Davis said, “and therefore we cannot endorse another view or take a neutral position on sexual morality. Although Reach OUT stated in its application that it has no position on sexual activity, we do not believe it is possible for a LGBT student organization to maintain a neutral position.� Both Davis and Benton pointed to a wealth of commonality found

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Free speech: Reach OUT notified students of their petition via the Freedom Wall. The petition has garnered attention both on and off campus with student and alumni signatures.

DPS REPORTS Weekly update from the Department of Public Safety 1/10/12 11:37 a.m. Fire/Hazards – Gas Alarm Location: Hall 12 – Walter Knott Summary: Public Safety received a report of a personal carbon monoxide alarm device placed in a dorm laundry room without proper authorization. 1/10/12 3:46 p.m. Incidents – Suspicious Person Location: West Los Angeles Campus Summary: Public Safety officers received a report of a suspicious person loitering near the West Los Angeles campus asking for money. 1/11/12 2:18 p.m. Traffic Related – Hit and Run, Non-Injury Accident Location: North Via Pacifica (N. of Catalina) Summary: After a vehicle vs. parked vehicle traffic collision, a Public Safety officer discovered damage to a parked vehicle that was pushed up onto the curb. The responsible party left no contact information at the scene. 1/11/12 5:09 p.m. Incidents – Heat and Smoke Alarms Location: George Page Residential Complex Summary: A fire alarm pull station was accidentally pulled by a visiting child. 1/12/12 8:31 a.m. Larceny/Thefts – Petty Theft – Misc. Location: Tyler Campus Center Summary: Public Safety received a report of missing money from a found wallet. 1/13/12 12:22 p.m. Traffic Related – Hit and Run, Non-Injury Accident Location: Drescher Campus Parking Structure Summary: After a vehicle vs. parked vehicle collision, a student discovered new damage on their vehicle upon returning from class. The responsible party left no contact information at the scene. 1/14/12 3:28 p.m. Incidents Disturbance – Loud Noise Location: Drescher Campus Parking Structure Summary: Public Safety officers responded to a report of loud noise in the Drescher parking structure. Officers found three students performing vehicle maintenance. They were advised and left the area.

News of the   Around   WORLD the  ’BU Cruise  captain  denies  charges The Costa Concordia capsized off the Tuscan coast Friday evening with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members aboard as it ran aground. Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of multiple manslaughter, sailing too close to shore and abandoning ship. He denies the allegations, but has been put under house arrest.

North Korea  under  scrutiny North Korean leaders are denying allegations that some of its citizens were punished for inadequately mourning the death of Kim Jong Il. They commemorated the ruler’s death by broadcasting media featuring multitudes grieving. Allegedly, those who did not participate or grieve in a “sincere” manner were sent to a concentration camp.

Messi wins  best  player  award   Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the third straight year. It was awarded based on votes by national team coaches and captains along with various soccer journalists. Messi said he was surprised to win, but pleased nonetheless.

Yahoo! co-­founder  resigns Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo!, announced Tuesday he is leaving the company and resigned his position on the Board of Directors. Yang said it was time to pursue other interests.

1/16/12 9:09 p.m. Incidents – Property Damage – Non-Criminal Location: Harilela Tennis Stadium Summary: Public Safety discovered a water main break. Facilities Management and Planning responded and shut off the water.

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Shane murder  trial  begins After nearly two years, Sina Khankhanian goes to trial this week charged with the vehicular murder of eighth-grader Emily Shane. Khankhanian, 28, faces a life sentence if convicted of second-degree murder. Shane died after being struck by Khankhanian’s vehicle on the side of Pacific Coast Highway in 2010. The trial is expected to continue for two weeks, according to the Malibu Patch.

School funds  threatened     Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal for the 2012-13 school year does not include state funding for K-12 transportation, according to the Malibu Patch. Public transportation funding may also take a hit, leaving residents dependent on their own transportation.

Search for  kayaker  called  off The Los Angeles County Fire Department called off the search for missing kayaker Louis Robert last week. Authorities found his kayak tipped over along with a stranded life-jacket 30 minutes after receiving his 911 emergency call complaining about serious chest pains, according to the Malibu Times. Robert, 65, went missing off the coast of Malibu on Dec. 29.

Osborn grabs  endorsement Torie Osborn earned the endorsement of the Malibu Democratic Club for state Assembly by a members-majority vote, according to the Malibu Patch. Osborn’s objectives seemed to attract many of the members during the group meeting Jan. 8, winning 41 out of 59 votes.


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Pepperdine aims to strengthen students “for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.” And that sounds great. That tripartite phrase is bandied about in our school’s literature, and one can hardly move for the amount of service and leadership preached here. But too many neglect purpose — the literal reason for doing anything at all. Real purpose is not a burden or an obligation, but a joy. The purpose Pepperdine intends for us is joyous because it leads to service and leadership. I know that sounds vague and preachy. That’s because we think purpose must be conspicuous. I have a friend who goes to Purdue and aims to welcome freshmen at orientation with Boiler spirit. He has made hundreds of freshmen feel at home and now leads the orientation program. Purpose, service and leadership. Done. But I believe even small purposes can lead to service and leadership, because service and leadership can be more inconspicuous. I aim to enjoy learning, and I have seen that purpose lead to service and leadership, albeit on a tiny scale. When I heard about physiognomy in my literature class, I remembered it. Not only does the word sound funny, but judging character by physical appearance is an interesting concept. Lo and behold, my roommate was writing a paper on theatrical archetypes and I was able to point him in the direction of physiognomy. I provided him a small service by helping guide his research a little. This is where purpose bleeds into another Pepperdine buzzword — vocation. This is supposed to be an abiding purpose that transcends mere occupation and guides someone through life. If I considered “making learning enjoyable” to be my vocation, I would probably pursue a teaching position and serve and lead students that way. But avocations are purposes too. My other roommate wants to be a lawyer, but is also a Japanophile. His love of samurai movies and anime has not only spread to his friends, but it even got him involved in a foreign exchange student program. That’s evidence of an incidental purpose, enjoying all things Japanese, leading to service and leadership. Purpose, service and leadership doesn’t work in reverse. Leading people and serving others because you think you’re supposed to is purposeless. This is not what Pepperdine intends and, more importantly, it hurts you. Investing your time without a reason of your own is ultimately exhausting and unrewarding. Why would my Japanophile roommate lead a foreign exchange student program if he had no interest in other cultures? Would helping my other roommate with his paper on theatrical archetypes out of guilt really help either of us? There’s a great episode of “Futurama” where Hermes, the Jamaican bureaucrat, sings, “When push comes to shove, you got to do what you love — even if it’s not a good idea.” On the surface, this is wrong. Making up your own purpose and pursuing bad ideas just because they appeal to you isn’t good for anyone. I think, however, there is truth in this rhyme. What may seem like boring ideas or dead-ends can lead to service and leadership. I didn’t know remembering physiognomy would help my roommate write his paper. My other roommate didn’t know his love of Japan would lead to helping Japanese students experience America. New Student Orientation and Project Serve aren’t the only ways to serve purposefully.


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This semester women will start rushing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first historically Black Greek-letter association on campus. The founding of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) chapter at Pepperdine came at a chartering luncheon for its 12 newest members Sunday, Nov. 20. The sorority continues through the University’s Tau Lambda chapter. “[AKA] is really about empowering college women to come together and have that sisterhood,” chapter recorder Shae Collins said. The chapter comes with a community service focus, with its mission of “service to all mankind.” Earlier this week, AKA tabled in the Waves Cafe for three days to collect unused coats, donated to the Union Station shelter in Pasadena. Previously, the 12 members were seen working in the campus’ new organic garden. They plan to donate the harvest to the homeless community in Malibu. The sorority is open to all backgrounds and satisfies a demand for more culture-driven school programs. Keeping with its commitment to social services, AKA fulfills this mission through six program initiatives: Emerging Young Lead-


ers (EYL), health, global poverty, economic security, internal leadership training for external service and social justice and human rights. Attempts to found the charter in the past have been conducted at the grassroots level, leaving the recruitment and development up to upperclassmen. Collins recalled her time as a freshman being asked if she would be interested in joining the sorority. Now a junior, she says the four-year process has ended thanks to more faculty and alumni involvement. The true muscle, though, came from the students. “I think the real effort came from students asking about it and saying, ‘We would like to have a historically African-American Greek letter on campus,’” Collins said. Efforts to gauge girls’ interest and devotion to AKA in the past were thwarted by an inability to find a graduate chapter to sponsor them. Also, cost and appeal to a culture-specific sorority have constrained pools of applicants in the past. Other concerns arise from fear a sorority touted as the “first black sorority in the United States” may be segregationist. This is not the case. “A lot of feedback I’ve been getting is about who can join the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority,” Collins said. “We don’t discriminate based upon race, religion, or national origin. We just want members who are willing to serve and who are dedicated.” A press release from the sorority welcomes all “women of any race, creed or color,” and anyone who “is ready to serve the community and introduce the campus to ‘Black-Greek’ culture, tradition and life.” Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was established in 1908 on Howard University’s campus. Notable former members include Maya Angelou, Eleanor Roosevelt, Toni Morrison and Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. The sorority’s official colors are pink and green, and its symbol is the ivy leaf.

Planting seeds: Members of AKA, juniors Isobel Oropeza and Kayla Brown, helped plant seeds at the Green Team new plot on campus.


tion,” President Andrew K. Ben- and the American Academy of ton said. Achievement. When the University began Dr. Luft, Pepperdine proThe Pepperdine construction on the fessor emeritus, was living in community lost two Malibu campus, as Germany after retiring from the longtime members chair of the Build- University after 26 years. Luft, a over the winter break ings and Grounds Pepperdine alumnus, joined the with the passing of Committee, Raitt faculty as professor of history Life Regent Rosemary contributed to the before moving into administraRaitt and former Heidevelopment of tive roles. He served as executive delberg Director Herthe Weisman Mu- vice president and dean of Eubert Luft. Raitt died seum, the Cultural ropean programs before moving Luft Dec. 16 at 91 years Former Heidelberg Arts Center and the to Germany as director of the old. Luft was 69. HAWC. Heidelberg program. Director Raitt, a 29-year She was “We owe a great deal member of the Pepperdine also later influential to this early pioneer Board of Regents, served with in planning for the of study abroad,” the Pepperdine University As- Drescher campus. said Dean of Intersociates and along with her husRaitt’s philannational Programs band John, who passed away thropy extended Charles Hall. “It’s in 2005, helped fund numer- beyond Pepperdine, hard to imagine how ous scholarships and programs funding arts initiaDr. Luft adminisRaitt in music, theater and the arts, tives throughout tered Pepperdine’s Life Regent ranging from the Center for the Southern California, only study abroad Arts Guild to the Pepperdine serving as director of the Crip- program without email, skype, Raitt Recital Hall, which bears pled Children’s Society of Los cell phones, Facebook [and] her name. “She loved students, Angeles and as a member of the Twitter.” more than anything, and her Los Angeles Art Museum, the generous scholarship program Craft and Folk Art Museum, was a point of pride and devo- the National Arts Association




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es of updates, just to give you an idea.” Lockhart explained that the policy being enforced currently exists due to a limited budget. “We have a limited amount of resources, therefore we have to budget and live within our means,” Lockhart wrote. “We determined that the majority of our aid recipients are able to receive all the grants and scholarship awards that are offered while staying within the stated policies.”

Communication Division Office Manager Esther O’Connor, who oversees scholarships, said that before the policy had changed Financial Assistance has been vague about explaining financial aid policies and why students cannot apply department-awarded merit scholarships to housing costs. O’Connor has worked at Pepperdine for 25 years, 22 of which she has spent at the Communication Division. For 22 years, “The last Reauthorizathe rules and the reation (changes and sons behind them have updates to federal been unclear. policies) contained When some students received notifiover a thousand cation in September pages of updates.” 2011 that their financial assistance was “re—Janet Lockhart Director of Financial Assistance vised,” in other words decreased, due to the addition of a merit scholarship awarded by a department, O’Connor To the contrary, the Comwas disappointed that students munication Division holds that could not use the additional every year has posed a struggle money to cover other costs, like between the division and Fibooks. nancial Assistance as students “My question has always awarded scholarships for their been, ‘Can it go to room and merit are limited to how much board?’” O’Connor said in of the award they are allowed to September before the policy accept. Meanwhile, Financial had changed, adding that not Assistance supports the policy knowing the whole policy has they had formerly upheld unbeen frustrating, as a member der the principle that funds are of a division staff. limited and should be distribLockhart said Financial As- uted among students as equitasistance does not track data re- bly as possible. garding how many students are According to Truschke, the affected by the current policy rule of institutional grants and change. scholarships capping at the cost Although the change ap- of tuition is not a “policy,” but pears to be out of the blue for rather a “guideline” applied on Pepperdine, Lockhart said that a case-to-case basis depending change in federal and state poli- on an individual student’s ficies happen all the time. nancial “need” determined by a “We are highly regulated by FAFSA application. federal and state policies which Typically, state and federal require our careful monitoring grants are applied to tuition of aid,” Lockhart wrote. “The first. Institutional scholarships last Reauthorization (changes and grants can go toward the and updates to federal policies) remainder of the tuition left contained over a thousand pag- over after government aid. For-


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merly, loans and outside scholarships were the only assistance for room and board available to Pepperdine students. A few rare exceptions to the institutional aid cap are athletes with full grant agreements that cover all expenses, some lab fees (which can range from $300 to $600 per year) and international program fees, according to Lockhart. Lockhart’s advice for students affected by the policy mid-year is that the office will continue to enforce the current policy this semester. “We don’t make policy changes mid-year,” Lockhart wrote. Truschke asserted that his staff does much of their work behind the scenes where their efforts are unknown to students. “There are scores of students who have been in dire financial circumstances, and would have had to withdraw from Pepperdine if it had not been for the extra efforts of their financial aid adviser,” Truschke wrote in an email. “The financial assistance staff is very much in touch with the realities and challenges of helping our students fund their education.” Students who are interested in discussing their financial aid can schedule appointments or walk in to meet with the next available adviser during the office’s appointment hours between 10 a.m. and noon and 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Lockhart. “If students need assistance outside of these time frames every effort is made to assist,” Lockhart wrote.

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Week of service inspired by MLK By  ASHLEY  THURMOND NEWS  ASSISTANT

Martin Luther King Day marked the beginning of the Week of Peace, Hope and Justice, a week focused on civil rights, equality and social movements. Sponsored by the Pepperdine Volunteer Center (PVC) and the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the week is full of activities, events and trips aimed at recognizing and attempting to stand up against the injustices of the world. MLK day ushered in the week, reminding students all across campus that is it possible for one person to make an enormous difference that will affect the world forever. “This year we are providing unique experiences for the campus to express how the Civil Rights Movement has affected their lives,” said Lucy Ryan, Special Events Coordinator at the PVC. “Our ultimate goal is to look at cultural diversity in new ways through activities such as artwork, comedy and open conversation.” Pepperdine is hoping to continue and nurture this idea throughout the week and every day through its mission. This year, the theme of the week is centered on cultural diversity, given that the Civil Rights Movement occurred more than 50 years ago. The Week of Peace, Hope and Justice is exploring and expanding on this theme by offering students an opportunity to experience and see first-hand some of the injustices people face nation-wide from education to economics and ethnicity. Students all over campus have been participating in the week’s events. The week included a trip to the Museum of Tolerance on Wednesday, a volunteer day with the Dream Center in LA over the weekend and a continuing week-long art project. On Friday, students will present a comedy, art and culture show beginning at 7 p.m. in the HAWC. We Art Aware, a student art club, is supplying brushes, paint and blank tiles for students creatively share their culture in the cafeteria between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day of the week. The painted tiles will be combined into a commemorative work or art at the end of the week. Friday’s show will feature two comedians who will discuss cultural diversity with a humorous twist. Diddy Riese will be served for the first 50

people in attendance. The co-hosts of the week also wanted to highlight the many leaders of past social movements so that students could recognize those people who worked hard and oftentimes endlessly to make the world what it is today. “We want to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his impact during the Civil Rights Movement,” Ryan said. Another notable peacemakers is British abolitionist William Wilberforce. The week began Monday with a screening of “Amazing Grace,” a film detailing Wilberforce’s work. A panel discussion followed with the film’s own producer, Ken Wales and Pepperdine School of Law professor Ed Larson. The inspirational week has encouraged and stimulated the students to work toward a brighter future for everyone by combating inequality on campus, nationwide and worldwide. RACHEL MILLER / PHOTO ASSISTANT


Prayer: After visiting the Dream Center, students pray before distributing lunches to needy families. Duck, duck, goose: Students play with children at the Dream Center (below).




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Sophomores experience  the  ‘Malibu  Program’  By  ASHLEY  THURMOND NEWS  ASSISTANT

The sophomore class will be locked in the Waves Café for the first-ever “Sophomore Lock-In,” courtesy of the Student Programming Board and the Student Government Association (SGA). Festivities will begin at 10 p.m. with games, goodies, giveaways and last until 6 a.m. the next morning. Even President Andrew K. Benton will be stopping in for a round of karaoke. The Sophomore Lock-In is designed to be a time for the sophomores to hang out with each other and get away for their own sophomore excursion, to the Waves Cafe. “We’re working really hard as a team to bring as much as we can to the sophomores that stayed in Malibu,” Keb Doak, a member of the Sophomore

Planning Committee said. “We want the sophomore class chooses to study them to be able to brag abroad. While abroad, to their friends abroad each group grows exabout their experience tremely close as they “We’re workhere.” explore a foreign counOn Friday, the try and its culture. ing really hard Sophomore Planning However, the sophoas a team to Committee will also mores who choose to bring as much be announcing another stay in Malibu have the as we can to great event that they opportunity to interact have planned excluand form friendships the sophomores sively for sophomores with others on campus. that stayed in in February. “We work so hard Malibu.” “This event, to be to be a support team revealed, is one of the for the sophomores,” —Jonathan King Sophomore Class biggest events of PepSophomore Class PresiPresident perdine and we are realdent Jonathan King ly excited to announce said. it,” King said. Added Doak, “It’s These events hold really turned out for a special meaning for the sophomore the best.” class. Every year, more than half of Even though the sophomores will

likely be having a blast playing laser tag, receiving free sweatshirts, and winning tickets throughout the night, receiving free gifts is not the sole purpose of these events, said the Sophomore Planning Committee. “The main purpose is to really bring sophomores together to have a good year and to get to know new people,” King said. King says it is still important that sophomores bond and represent their class to the fullest. In April, after the return of many sophomores studying abroad, a night out is planned to reunite the class. This Sophomore Club Night will be a time for sophomores to get out and enjoy some free food, transportation and music. “Sophomore year is when people can get lost feeling like they have lost their friends abroad,” King said. “I be-

lieve based on my personal experience that it is a time to develop stronger connections.” While planning, all involved agreed to make these events cost-free so that none would miss out on the experience. This pilot program focusing on the sophomore experience has received positive feedback and responses from students, and will continue to evolve here at Pepperdine. A sophomore town hall will take place in the Sandbar on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. King, Doak, and Melissa Carr, the members of this year’s Sophomore Planning Committee, said they are excited for the new semester and are anxious to receive feedback.


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LMU has an LGBT office, including a Gay Straight Alliance club. LMU is a Catholic Jesuit-affiliated university. Handbook: Does not mention homosexual or heterosexual acts.

An alumni-based LGBT advocacy group, the unofficial OneWheaton, was created for “students that feel isolated during their time at Wheaton.” Handbook: Under a Sexual Misconduct Policy, sexual activity of any kind outside of marriage is grounds for serious sanctions.

Students advocating or practicing “homosexual lifestyles on campus” are required to receive professional counseling. Refusal is “cause for immediate dismissal.” Handbook: “OC believes the Bible and believes that the Bible does not recognize homosexual lifestyles as an acceptable human behavior.”

Abilene Christian University

The New York Times profiled an openly gay student facing vague prohibitions against “homosexual behavior” at ACU. A Gay-Straight Alliance group was denied official recognition. Handbook: “Sexual immorality, including pre-marital sex (heterosexual and homosexual activity)” is a category three violation, subject to strong sanctions.

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In 2007, six people were arrested for “chalking,” a way of spreading LGBT issues with sidewalk chalk. Sexual Identity Forum was denied for a charter twice. The dean of student development explained such a group would conflict with Baylor’s Christian mission. Handbook: States “homosexual acts” are grounds for sanction and “misuses of God’s gift.”

LGBT: ‘Not one of us wants to be alone in this world’ students have counseling opportunities where they can say anything they want to say with the cloak of confidentiality, but, as I learned in my through conversations with Reach OUT members conversation [with Cooper and Jakows], it’s not and commended Cooper and Jakows for their ma- just that — it’s a sense of community, and boy do turity and respectfulness in presenting their posi- I get that. Not one of us wants to be alone in this tion. All parties expressed a desire to continue to world,” Benton said. seek common ground through As Reach OUT memopen dialogue, which will take bers seek to form community place as the Building Bridges through an officially recognized “The only values meetings continue throughout club, they see themselves as servwe want the the semester. ing the mission of Pepperdine administration to According to a letter from rather than combating its prinendorse are free Davis, goals for the meetings ciples. will include “creating support/ “Reach OUT does not see itspeech and an discussion groups where LGBT self in conflict with the core of equal voice for students and their peers can enChristian values in any way,” Jaall students.” gage in open and safe dialogue, kows wrote in an email. “We do providing additional educanot endorse sexual activity, we —Lindsay Jakows Co-president, Reach OUT tional forums for the University uphold Pepperdine’s maxim that community to become better in‘truth has nothing to fear from formed about LGBT issues and investigation,’ and we foster a disarm destructive stereotypes, and strengthen- much-needed environment where LGBT students ing the University’s harassment policy to make it do not feel marginalized from the Christian comclearer that all members of our community must munity.” be treated with dignity and grace as fellow human “[W]e do not expect the university to combeings bearing the image of God.” pletely agree with our view. We think the admin“As we go into this period of conversation, I’m istration can make a strong statement that our anxious to find ways to not only make sure these voices should be heard while also saying that they From A1

do not necessarily agree with everything we have away from our mission and those who have been to say. … The only values we want the administra- so good to us for so many years?” he said. tion to endorse are free speech and an equal voice Benton stressed Pepperdine’s efforts to meet for all students.” student needs while honCooper lamented the rejection oring its commitment to a that gays and lesbians feel in betraditional path. “We really are ing turned away by some Chris“Pepperdine has not desperately trying tian circles. He said he has seen been mercurial on this subto care for our this place a barrier to faith before ject. We’ve been very constudents in a way those in the LGBT community. sistent, and I think we’re consistent with our “If this is how I feel in the been very loving,” he said. presence of Christ’s followers, “We really are desperately historic and tradihow can I worship God? It leads trying to care for our stutional support for to a lot of disillusionment,” Coodents in a way consistent biblical marriage.” per said. with our historic and traHe also explained Reach ditional support for biblical —Andrew K. Benton President OUT’s refusal to affirm the tradimarriage.” tional view of marriage espoused Davis encouraged all inby Pepperdine. “If we were to volved to be respectful and adopt that rule, it would limit our ability to be loving as they continue to explore options. a beacon to those who don’t adopt that stance.” “Friends can disagree on moral issues and still For Benton, the opportunity to care for stu- maintain loving relationships. No one — on any dents far outweighs the limitations of the situa- side of the issue — should be belittled, misrepretion. sented, or demeaned for holding a different view“The only thing that we’re not able to do is point,” he wrote. “My hope for the Pepperdine what looks like endorsement. I’d like to get be- community is that we can hold our convictions yond that to get to the deeper issue: What do you with humility and grace while caring deeply about really need, and how can we be encouraging to each other.” you without compromising and without walking J

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Internships abroad aid global worldview By  ANDREW  KASSELMANN NEWS  ASSISTANT

With Pepperdine’s highly acclaimed study abroad programs and large percentage of students who study overseas, often for the entirety of sophomore year, International Programs’ summer internship programs are sometimes overlooked as another valuable study abroad opportunity. The window in which to apply to these summer internship programs in London, Lausanne, Buenos Aires and Shanghai is quickly closing. The deadline is next Monday at 11:59 p.m. Only 20 spots remain for the four programs, combined. Applications are accepted after this deadline on a rolling basis, but in order to secure the best internships, it is best to apply as early as possible, said Jeff Hamilton, the director of admissions and student affairs for the Pepperdine IP office. One of the main benefits of the IP internship programs is flexibility. For all students accepted into the program, Internship Director Jeff Banks works closely with the local program staff to hand-pick an internship in the students’ field of interest and suitable to their level of experience. “As opposed to other internship programs that require you to track down your own internship opportunity, we find it for you, and once you are accepted into the program, we guarantee that you will be placed into a position within your noted field of interest,” Hamilton said. Students in past internships have been successfully placed in fields relat-

ed to business, finance, marketing, social justice, political science and natural science. Students in the latter have had research published in some of the foremost peer-reviewed journals, according to Hamilton. He touts flexibility as a key advantage to an IP internship. “Students are able to bring any idea or field of interest to our IP director, and we will find a way to secure a fit,” he said. Hamilton also made clear that the internships secured for students are not just “coffee-fetching” internships, but “positions that demand your skills and experience and expose you to global opportunities and worldwide, realworld challenges.” Pepperdine sophomore Angela Kappus took advantage of an IP internship this past summer in London. While abroad, she worked 40 hours per week as a learning support assistant for the Parayhouse. At the Parayhouse, Kappus worked with students with a variety of speech and language difficulties. She found her internship in London to be both challenging and rewarding. “I took this internship so I could decide if I had the ability to work with kids in the future,” Kappus said. “My goal is to become an art therapist, and I feel like disabled children really could benefit from it. I strongly believe that I want to continue working with children in the future. This internship helped me to see that.” Hamilton finds internships like the one Kappus participated in to be valuable as the world becomes more and more interconnected. “Our world is becoming increasingly globalized, and the borders that

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divide cultures, companies and even friendships are dissolving, Hamilton said. “Employers are more and more looking for employees that have exposure to and a proven ability to operate in a globalized environment.” Students in the past have worked with Coca-Cola, Nestle, General Electric, Starbucks, Mattell, Doctors Without Borders, Lloyd’s of London, the UK House of Commons, Imperial College, UNESCO, Worldwide Olympic Committee, Habitat for Humanity and many others, according to Hamilton. For last-minute information about the summer international programs, IP ambassadors will be holding info tables in the CCB this week. Students can also find information by calling ext. 4230 on campus, visiting the IP office (located between the Caf and the bookstore) or by sending questions to International.programs@pepperdine. edu. Lausanne program director Mary Mayenfisch visited Malibu this week, allowing students to make an appointment through the IP Office to meet with her. Hamilton highly encourages students to become involved in IP’s summer internship programs. “For many students, this may be the first opportunity they have to study abroad and become part of the IP family, to get to see what everyone has already been talking about and to understand what makes IP at Pepperdine the No. 1 program in the nation.”



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Tonight Payson Library hosts round two of the Regents’ Scholars Student Board’s convocation event surrounding Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 non-fiction book, “Outliers,” and the definition of success in a life of faith. Students and faculty will reconvene to cover the spiritual application and pick up where the dialogue ended last week. Participants, including Dean Rick Marrs, joined in the Kresge Room on Jan. 12 to respond to Gladwell’s piece entirely, headed by faculty and Regents’ Scholars Student Board members. This week, President Andrew K. Benton will lead attendees in addressing questions on individual relevancy and an outlier level of success, as well as applying a new faith-based definition to Gladwell’s commentary. Titled “Outliers: Honoring God Through Success,” the twopart event relays the Regents’ Scholars Student Board’s larger effort to incorporate more of academia in convo credit-worthy discussions. Last Thursday’s response to the book was positive, and the “Outliers” convo is perhaps the first to pioneer the blend of “an academic nature with the spiritual aspect,” board member junior Brandon Davies said. “It’s kind of in the planning stages at the moment,” Davies

said. “This is the first time we’ve done this.” Dr. Michael Ditmore, director of American studies and Great Books interim director, spoke of personal and societal implications Gladwell posed: “I think it’s important for Pepperdine students to consider not only how they look at success in terms of legacies and opportunities around them (a key Gladwell concept) but also in terms of how they as social leaders can be more discerning and effective in terms of shaping the success of others around them.” Marrs opened the convo with a brief biography on Gladwell, a man Marrs described as the “singular talent for writing nonfiction in the literary arena” and praised for his “Americanness.” Segueing into the book’s unearthing chapters on the “10,000Hour Rule” and the “Matthew Effect,” Marrs then challenged his audience to consider how these comment on God’s role in an individual’s success. “Even though Gladwell didn’t specifically state that God has the bigger picture, it was very clear that all these patterns [in the book] weren’t evolving from mere chance,” board member junior Cassandra Edwards said. Edwards explained the board’s decision to adopt a seemingly scientific, secular book for a Pepperdine convocation. “You look at these people that Gladwell speaks about, and

you see the culture they’re from, the opportunities they had, the schools they went to. And I didn’t see chance. I saw that God was putting these certain doors in front of them and, yes, they chose to follow,” Edwards said. After the introduction, convo-goers formed small groups and began poring over their paperbacks. Through a process of shared inquiry mirroring the Great Books model, the small groups conversed on the struggling balance between faith and success and how Gladwell fits into Pepperdine’s idea of vocation. Rather than defining success as personal wealth, Gladwell focuses on finding and completing meaningful work. “Since Malcolm Gladwell’s book aims to affect our conventional notions of great success and failure — especially the Benjamin Franklin/Horatio Alger “rags-to-riches” myth so central to the American Dream — it really was stimulating and eye-opening to have such open responses from a cross-section of students,” Ditmore added. “I don’t know what it is, but people are truly drawn to talk about Gladwell’s idea of success,” Davies said. “Maybe it’s the fact that he brings it forth in such an understandable, everyday way.”



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Pepp featured in novel By  IAN  MCDONALD ASSOCIATE  NEWS  EDITOR

A story made in Malibu hit shelves last month when alumnus James Russel Lingerfelt published his first novel “The Mason Jar.” The novel follows the stories of two fictional Pepperdine students, Clayton and Savannah, on their journeys of love, loss and reconciliation. The story, set largely on and around campus, is partially inspired by Lingerfelt’s experience as a Seaver graduate student. He spent five years working on the novel before its release in December. “We hadn’t even done mass marketing yet, but I wanted to get it out for Christmas,” Lingerfelt said. The book is scheduled to be available in the campus bookstore, and Lingerfelt plans to partner with Associated Women for Pepperdine to sell the book and donate all proceeds to funding scholarships. Lingerfelt, who earned a master’s of theology in 2006, enjoys casting his alma mater in a positive light. “People ask me, ‘Is Pepperdine really that beautiful?’” Lingerfelt said. “It’s cool to hear such positive feedback.” Current students will recognize familiar scenes of student life from around campus. The two main characters meet at UM. They take trips to Heroes Garden and Westward Beach. Students pack into Elkins for a screening of “Invisible Children.” Savannah studied abroad in the Florence program. The format follows a book within a book. Years after their time together at Pepperdine, Savannah lives in London working for auction house Sotheby’s. Her roommate calls to inform her that she just read a book about her. This book, also titled “The Mason Jar” was written by Clayton about their relationship and split, as well as his path to discovering a higher calling through his relationship with his grandfather and his mission and aid work in Africa.


First novel: Alumnus James Russel Lingerfelt places characters in a Pepperdine setting in his recent novel, “The Mason Jar.”

“The message is that life is still beautiful, it may change, and you may not always get what you want, but it can still be beautiful,” Lingerfelt said. Ultimately, Clayton finds himself forced to choose between chasing after the love he’s lost, his childhood dream of getting a doctorate from Vanderbilt like his grandfather, and answering the call to mission in Africa. “Life doesn’t just open up for you; you have to choose. When my world that I’ve always known comes crumbling down, what will I do?” Lingerfelt said. Lingerfelt came to Pepperdine after completing his bachelor’s in counseling at Auburn University. During his summers, he volunteered on international aid missions to countries like Jamaica, Romania, Mexico and Scotland. Between his undergraduate and graduate careers, he wrote his first book, “The Warrior of Ephes Dammim: When Teenagers Overcome their Giants,” written for a local youth group he volunteered at while in school. At Pepperdine, he used his undergraduate experience volunteering at the

juvenile detention facility Camp David Gonzales. He became involved in aid work in Africa, much like the character in his novel. He worked for “Made-in-theStreets,” a rehabilitation farm in Kenya, also producing a documentary about the organization’s mission. He later went on to participate in numerous missions in Egypt, Mongolia, Syria and Palestine. He currently serves on the board of LifeBread, a non-profit started by fellow Pepperdine alumnus Dusty Breeding. Committed to academics, as well as philanthropy and service, Lingerfelt spent two years as adjunct professor of theological studies at Lipscomb University and is now working toward his doctorate in intercultural stories from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.


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“God Hates the Media” and “Mourn For Your Sins,” the protesters claimed to be spreading the word of God. The thrust of the protesters’ purpose was to speak out against the entertainment industry’s pro-gay leaning. Said Margie Phelps, wife of the founder of the WBC, “You’ve got low-hangin’ fruit all over the country. Pick anything!” Phelps travels around the counNASH / COPY EDITOR try to spearhead protests such as Against Westboro: Counter-protestors rallied againstBROOKLIN the Westboro Baptist the one held Sunday. Church outside the Golden Globe Awards, Sunday. “Every human sins — the quesGordon called the afternoon protest a very tion is, then what? Repent? Or idolize it and make “happy experience,” explaining that she was happy sitcoms about it?” she said. about “meeting people who were active and really “[Hollywood] is not encouraging gay marriage cared about gay issues, especially since Pepperdine — they are militantly insisting on it,” Phelps said, doesn’t have a lot of opportunities for that.” For indicating the hotel entrance to make her point. Gordon, the counter-protest was successful beThe three protesters from WBC stood across from cause it showed the mutual support that both the the hotel for two hours, as celebrities arrived for LGBT community and the Christian community the award ceremony. can offer. But these three protesters were not the only Senior Lindsay Jakows, co-president of Reach ones present that afternoon. A group of counterOUT, had never been to a protest before Sunprotestors, including two Pepperdine students day but appreciated the support that was shown from the Reach OUT LGBT group on campus, throughout the course of the afternoon. “I think presented a different message to the passersby. The it’s especially important to represent Pepperdine group, which outnumbered the WBC members 5 at something like that to show that not all Christo 1, stood close by, bearing signs with countertians are hateful toward the LGBT community,” messages, such as “The Globe Would Be Golden she said. “It’s important to physically demonstrate Without Hate.” to people that there’s more support on our side.” Pepperdine junior Sarah Gordon took a unique Sunday’s counter-protest event was especially imapproach by dressing like Jesus, complete with reqportant for Reach OUT, as they recently released uisite beard and standing behind signs that read a petition asking Pepperdine’s administration to “God Hates You” with a sign of her own that read overturn its decision to deny Reach OUT recogni“No I Don’t.” Gordon said she has always been tion. frustrated with the WBC’s actions. “I felt like if we could make light of what they were saying it would take the sting away.” J

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Israel: Heed this friendly warning

Hey Israel (can I call you Izzy?), it’s been awhile since we last settled down and had a heart-to-heart chat about reality. How’ve you been? We’re ok, save for our $1 trillion plus national debt, economic fragility and overspending on military budgets (which is finally getting a trim courtesy of the Obama Administration). Listen, we need to talk about Iran. We (as in, certain concerned citizens of the United States of America) can’t help but notice that you’ve been really upping tensions between Iran and the rest of the world with your antics. And by “antics,” we mean “targeted assassinations.” Now, I won’t say that you were the ones responsible for blowing up the car of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, thereby killing him and his driver. I won’t say that because everyone else is saying that already, from intelligence and security experts in Washington to the Iranian government, which is now threatening revenge assassinations. You also haven’t made any move to deny it, and in fact have continued to be even more openly aggressive towards Iran since the killing. I also can’t help but notice that at least five prominent Iranian scientists connected with Iran’s nuclear program have been killed since 2007 in a similar manner. I realize the idea of Iran getting the bomb is scary, but wisdom tells us acting out of fear almost invariably leads to violence. Violent aggression in response to Iran’s accelerating nuclear program will not stop the program. It may slow it, which is obviously what you’re betting on, but on the other hand it will make the guys who are pursuing nuclear weapons capability hate you even more than they already do. Now, what I won’t say is that you are the sole party responsible for this covert aggression within the Islamic Republic. The United States, though we’ve sworn up and down that we haven’t carried out any covert operations, has probably carried out a few. That’s something that, ideally, we wouldn’t do —unfortunately, as is the trend in American foreign policy decisions of late, we frequently do things abroad that we probably shouldn’t do. An intervention is clearly needed. Not to mention, (and I really feel like I’m pointing out the obvious here) if you decide to declare war on Iran (which you’re chomping at the bit to do; we can see that) we want to make one thing very clear: The United States (AKA your only ally and supporter on the planet) cannot afford to back you up. We simply do not have the funding, or the resolve for a war with a state like Iran, much less if it becomes nuclear. If there are any adults left in Washington, then there will not be a coordinated military strike on Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities, and President Barack Obama will continue to play the delicate game that he’s been playing for the past couple of months, to positive effect. Words, more than targeted killings, will be the key to assuring stability in the Middle East, as well as the security of everyone, including you. Iran has threatened, and may eventually close the Straight of Hormuz, through which a sizable portion of the world’s oil supply passes, basically pinching people at the pumps on every continent. And if Iran decided, once it had the bomb, to bully its neighbors in the region by holding that ultimate destructive force over their heads, no one would be surprised. That is why this column is “From: Everyone,” because the entire world has a stake in whether or not Iran decides to declare a “War on Everyone,” not just you, Israel. J



GOP race,  social  media  and  a   third  thing  we  can’t  remember With four candidates out of the race and five candidates left, the GOP primary has already been a wild ride. If it’s any indicator of what the November elections will be like, we all had better brace ourselves. Four years ago, Tina Fey was seeing Russia from her house and Amy Poehler was rapping about the GOP’s Eskimo constituency on “Saturday Night Live,” providing the American public with enough comedic fuel to snowshoe its way through rambunctious election season. Of course, four years ago, the majority of us were too young to vote, but certainly old enough to catch the humor in the whole process. While “SNL” skits do carry the risk of having some, well, gullible viewers actually believe that John McCain bought airtime on QVC, we dare say their political satire was more news than much of the voting public was ingesting all week. We think “SNL” did a fairly good job of shouldering this responsibility, but the even greater abuse of social media in the last four years undoes the discretion that even “SNL” employs in its writing, leaving political commentary in the hands of anyone with a Twitter account and a snarky disposition. Although the skits and spoofs effectively disguised the gravity of the 2008 election, we’d like to think that most of the voting body was aware of the distinct platforms of the candidates — hilarious as the candidates themselves may be. Today, all the mudslinging in the debates has left us voters frustrated, bewildered and turning to Tumblr about it. And when the fact that a significant number of voters have abandoned parties to become Independents is combined with the juggernaut of

social media, voila! Turmoil ensues. Over the past several months of town halls, debates, bus tours and preliminary caucuses and primaries, the belligerent group of GOP candidates has been carved down to five: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Most recently, these candidates have been entangled in the web of slander being woven by the massive super political action committees (super PACs) behind each politician. Just this past Monday, during the South Carolina debates, Romney was targeted for spending exorbitant amounts of money on commercials throughout the state to turn the tides against Gingrich; Gingrich allegedly returned the favor by spitefully starting ad campaigns digging up details about Romney’s private enterprise past; Paul criticized Santorum’s shady history in raising his state’s deficit; and Santorum shot back by tying Paul to extreme left-wing organizations. Meanwhile, most of the damage to Perry’s reputation was done by his own commercials, thanks to the creative touch of numerous lip-dubbers who transformed his ads into works of YouTube art. (If any of this reminds you of the bickering that went on that time Jimmy stole Raul’s chocolate pudding on the fourth grade playground, rest assured knowing you’re not alone.) Instead of maturely whittling the group of presidential hopefuls down to those who stand a chance representing the Republican Party against the Democratic frontrunner, the GOP has splintered itself into ruthless groups that, as luck would have it, probably share a great amount of common ground politically. The addition of super PACs and the bigger role that social media have

played in these primaries has ultimately changed the process of voting for president for the worst. If this level of ruthlessness is being presented now within a single political party between people that fundamentally share the same ideas, what hope do we have when we see two candidates with fundamentally opposite platforms? We want to encourage you to hang in there regardless of how ridiculous the debates and how obnoxious the television ads. It’s important to remain informed about the election, and furthermore look for the truth. And to this end, social media can be extremely helpful, disseminating real news on a large scale immediately. However, it comes with a measure of responsibility we urge you to take seriously. Voting is the cornerstone of democracy, and one of the most important duties belonging to a citizen of a democratic country. You’re implored to vote for many things in day-to-day life: You can vote for the winner of American Idol, you can vote for who wore it best on the red carpet and you can vote for Pedro. Of all the things for which you can cast your vote, the presidential election arguably carries the most weight, especially for people in our age group. For us, the next four years can impact the rest of our lives with regard to our employment and continuing higher education. Even if you don’t like any of the candidates come November, still vote for the one you believe is the best out of the presented options, Democratic or Republican. One thing’s for sure; this ride is far from over. Take a break from Pinterest and figure out which guy’s getting your vote for leader of the free world, even if that means starting by watching more “SNL.” And if you don’t vote, don’t complain.



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“Will Obama  be  re-­‐elected  in  2012?”

Obama will  win  this  election,  because  he   hasn’t  done  badly  enough  in  the  public’s   eyes.  Pulling  troops  from  Afghanistan,   Osama  Bin  Laden’s  death  and  the  recent   economic  turnaround,  will  all  be  strategi-­‐ cally  capitalized  to  boost  his  campaign.   Most  Americans  don’t  know  enough  about   Obama’s  term,  but  will  give  him  another   four  years  since  he  has  more  experience   now.  I  also  think  that  Mitt  Romney,  the   best  challenge  for  Obama  out  of  the  candi-­‐ dates,  is  too  polarizing  as  a  GOP  moderate   and  a  Mormon  in  the  traditional  conserva-­‐ tive  climate.  I  wouldn’t  be  surprised  to  see   the  presidential  spot  swing  right  again  in   the  2016  election,  but  Obama’s  pow-­‐ erful  grassroots  following  will   †‡Ƥ‹–‡Ž›…ƒ””›Š‹ through  during   this  election.  

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Obama will  not  be  re-­‐elected.  He  is  not  lib-­‐ eral  enough  for  left-­‐wing  supporters  and  not   conservative  enough  for  right-­‐wing  critics.  He   shoved  healthcare  into  approval,  extended  tax   cuts,  avoided  compromise  with  the  Republican   Congress  and  passed  stimulus  bills  that  raised   –Š‡†‡Ƥ…‹–‘”‡–Šƒ’”‡•‹†‡–• ‡‘”‰‡—•Šƒ† Ronald  Reagan  combined.  He  railed  on  Bush  for   the  wars  in  Iraq  and  Afghanistan,  then  declared   one  in  Libya.  People  are  tired  of  hearing  that   our  economy  is  just  a  result  of  “Bush’s  problems”   because  things  have  become  dramati-­‐ cally  worse  under  Obama’s  direction.  I   predict  Romney,  with  his  job-­‐creation   record  in  business,  will  win  the  GOP   nomination,  and  stands  a  chance  in   making  Obama  the   next  victim  of  a   governmental   indictment.    

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January 19, 2011




New year  invites  new  attitude The blind leading the blind

Student offers advice to fellow peers GRACE STEARNS ASSISTANT  PERSPECTIVES EDITOR

Who doesn’t love returning to Malibu at the start of each spring semester? The bitter reality of an inevitably anti-climactic winter break barely has time to settle into a dull nausea before “syllabus week” renders students incapable of experiencing anything other than an acute dread of the academic torture to come in the following three months. The excitement of returning to campus and seeing old friends is quickly overshadowed as test dates are penciled in, essays assigned, projects explained and lives begin to unravel once more under the stress of relentless schoolwork. The thrill of fall semester has vanished. Winter break has merely succeeded in offering students a false sense of security before doing it all over again. Here at the Graphic, we understand. We understand just how strenuous life here in Malibu can be. The embarrassment of realizing that you’re one of two students in a class who hasn’t founded your own non-profit. The irksome inconvenience of having to look up from your latest Tweet to avoid tripping up the 73 stairs that separate you from the SAC. The outrageous injustice of professors expecting you to get off Pinterest during a lecture, as if “History and Religion of Early Christianity” is somehow more pressing than compiling an extensive online recipe catalogue. The unbearable pressure of parallel parking on Seaver Drive between a Porsche and a G Wagon with a line of Range Rovers waiting behind you, and the shame of realizing defeat as you drive away from the perfect spot having failed to back into it in fewer than 10 turns. The stress of searching for to-go boxes in the Caf, having to sneak behind the salad bar and disarm a small, vicious lunch lady in order to smuggle lunch into the Plaza classrooms. The sinking feeling prompted by a Facebook newsfeed filled entirely with little pink hearts as “ring by spring” becomes a reality for everyone you never even knew was dating. While I acknowledge the likelihood that these issues exist solely in my own mind, I must insist that these #pepperdinegirlproblems are no joke. Few understand the extreme difficulty of going to school in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Seriously, though, I couldn’t write my article today because the glare from the sun was too bright on my computer screen. Like, it’s not easy being a Wave. Thus, I implore you (but really though I’m begging you) to join with me in a social study of those issues deemed unbearably Pepperdine and write to me recounting the agonizing struggles of life here at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway. Tell me a story, ask me a question and do half the work for me as I put together a Perspectives advice column. Your participation is crucial in preventing me from writing imaginary letters to myself and publishing them for no one to read. What qualifies me to advise you, you ask? Not impressed with my three quarters of an English degree? To those of you raising an eyebrow at my desperate plea for emails in doubt of my capabilities as a psychologist, you make an excellent point! Those of you who know me personally will most likely only exult in the obvious comedy of this column, and no doubt endorse the argument that my own life experience hardly lends to assisting others. I implore you, write anyway. I will strive to, if not actually assist you in your problems, at least to make you laugh in the realization that my life is vastly more pathetic than yours will ever be. J


Living in paradise on the top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean — shamelessly allowing some elitism — there is a tendency to gravitate to the fun and recreation around us while losing motivation for the academic rigor available here at Pepperdine. After being barraged over break by curious folks at home (“how do you manage to study in such a beautiful place?”) I began to realize the validity of the question. How do we manage to focus on Humanities 111 or Public Speaking when the palm trees are swaying in the breeze just outside the window? There are more than enough quality alternatives to class, including but not limited to: the beach, trips to the city, hiking, surfing, napping, concerts, celebrity searching (you know who you are) and any restaurant or adventure one could want. Maybe we are already experiencing the late January slump, when most have already abandoned their new resolutions. Or perhaps this is a failure to launch into a focused state on school from the very start.

Either way, a solid New Year’s resolution is in order. No, not another lofty or vague goal about “being nicer to everybody” or losing 20 pounds in the next month. This is the perfect time to stir up some genuine motivation to be superior students with higher intentions. If not now, at the beginning of a new year, then when? After all, it was Martin Luther King Jr. who once pointed out “how soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.’” To follow his advice, and avoid all possible tones of chastisement, I will phrase this next part as the list of reasons that I should have a good attitude going into this new year: First, I get to live in one of the dreamiest places in the world. Coming from Idaho, a state where making it through the six-month long winter is considered an accomplishment, I get almost misty-eyed every time I drive PCH and return to the manicured lawns and solitude of campus. It’s very well known that we live on a beautiful campus. Princeton Review has obviously felt inclined to grant other universities the title of No. 1 Beautiful Campus in the past few years just to spread some of the glory around. Even small town Idahoans know Pepperdine for its magnificent location — despite some

old timers’ genuine concerns that the entire state of California will soon be falling into the ocean soon due to some nonsense about moral degradation, bankruptcy and a trembling fault line. Second, in case our drum-circling Occupy counterparts haven’t reminded us, college is expensive. For most of us, our parents are taking the brunt of the tuition costs, or maybe some God-given ability or talent has granted you opportunities to pay for school in another way. Either way, a massive amount of money and energy has been and continues to be poured into each individual student to help foster his or her potential: The same potential that an admissions officer recognized when coming across your application some time ago. With all the money being spent and sacrifices being made, we should be searching for the greatest return on the investment that we can. It’s like proudly donning a brand-new Nixon watch. Or 600 Nixon watches. Third, if current events can teach us yet another discouraging life lesson about our generation, it’s that we take for granted the amazing security and opportunities given to us automatically as citizens of this country. Instead of walking 10 miles for fresh water this morning, or

hoping to dodge terrorist missiles on the way to class, we get to wake up and pursue an education despite our background. Millions around the world yearn for that chance to learn, which should help us remember that education is a distinct privilege in this nation. Finally, and most importantly, we are all here to seek our passion; The stuff that makes us tick. Whether slaving over organic chemistry in pursuit of medical school, practicing music or studying new languages for hours a day, we have the ultimate freedom to decide our direction and fuel it with as much fiery fervor as we see fit. The process of discovering that direction, though rocky at times, is what gives us identity, purpose and is a blessing that simply cannot be overlooked. So instead of arbitrarily vowing to count calories or “be nicer” to everyone this year, I suggest that you give yourself the credit you deserve and buck up. Look around, realize that this unbelievably beautiful place is not just a recess from reality, but a chance to find what makes you uniquely you, and get to it.


Media stands  blamed  for  the  fall  of  Occupy BROOKLIN  NASH COPY  EDITOR

Occupy Wall Street began as a small movement, relying mostly on social media to spread both ideas and information — the modern day word-of-mouth. The movement gained momentum quickly and bore no signs of losing it. In just a matter of weeks, it became clear that the movement was not going to fade anytime soon. Major news coverage lasted for months, and as each new development broke, the movement only grew. But now, just 60 days after the Zucotti Park eviction, and less than a month after the eviction at City Hall in Los Angeles, the Occupy movement has lost its captive audience. We now find ourselves wading through the GOP debates, caucuses and primaries all without a breath about the significance of Occupy Wall Street and its affiliate movement. It’s no secret that the public is fickle. As much as we would love to deny it, our political attention span is only slightly better than that of the average Tweeter. That which is deemed “breaking news” today may be forgotten within a week. Coverage only lasts as long as the topic remains relevant and current, and it is becoming clear that the Occupy movement has lost the currency of relevance. The movement’s significance is fast disappearing, and it is now considered yesteryear’s news. While the high-flown ideals are still intact, the revolutionary “force” is now gone. The media momentum that bolstered the movement so quickly back in September has vanished without so much as a parting wave. It is not that people have jumped off the bandwagon; the bandwagon has been derailed. Those not core to the movement have either lost interest, become disillusioned or lost track of


the movement as a whole. Occupy was never the most unified of movements, and now that its national voice has disappeared, so has the simulacrum of national unity. Originally, the movement’s strength was found in the fact that its message appealed to the masses — the 99 percent that it claimed to represent. Now that the coverage is gone, so is the movement’s potency. The movement continues, but the attention of the country has moved on. A quick look at Occupy’s online content confirms the sneaking suspicion that the movement itself is under the misguided impression that it remains significant. An inspirational video on asserts with confidence, “The end of the physical occupation was the beginning of the next phase of the people’s

movement.” According to this ideal, the physical action of occupying sidewalks and squares was just the beginning of a much larger ideological movement — the “people’s movement.” In reality, the protestors occupying public space defined the movement. Now that they no longer have this option, protestors are left without an outlet for their ideologies. The video goes on to declare, “Occupy exists in the conscious awareness of the world, and in the global heart of the 99 percent.” Despite these bold claims, it requires no politically trained mind or miraculous foresight to predict that the Occupy movement has for the most part run its course. Talking heads are no longer discussing it, political candidates have never really addressed it and most protestors

have returned to their regular lives. Occupy has proven to be a fad; an illegitimate way of expressing legitimate political dissatisfaction. For better or for worse, the Occupy movement is dead. The death of a movement may not be as sensational as the birth, but the end is just as definitive as the beginning. We can now move on, shaking the dust from our proverbial political sandals. Our only consolation, and really the only thing the Occupy movement proved, is that free speech remains intact provided you don’t pitch a tent or build a tree house in front of City Hall.



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We took time to look back at some of our staff favorites, one considerable disappointment and those that left us hanging in music during 2011.

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Looking forward, our staff came up with the music we are most excited for in 2012.


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Oldest exhibit  sparks  renewed  interest  By  SARAH  RACKER LIFE  &  ARTS  ASSISTANT

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art is beginning the new year with homage to the old. To commemorate Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary, the museum is showcasing an exhibit from the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York, titled “The Epic and the Exotic: 19th Century Academic Realism,” which contains pieces that portray the heritage and tradition of classicalism. This collection of 32 paintings are storytelling pieces that emphasize values and traditionalism, something that the museum director, Michael Zakian, thought was a fitting addition to the University’s anniversary celebrations. “These works place special importance on values and heritage,” Zakian said. “So I thought it would be a fitting way to honor Pepperdine’s anniversary.” These works have an emphasis on telling a story, compared with more modern works that tend to focus primarily on form. This will be the first time that the Weisman museum will display an exhibit with work from such an archaic time period. The exhibit is composed entirely of work created by artists who studied at the art academies in Europe during the 19th century. The art was based on classical realism, which preserved the traditional styles and techniques used in Renaissance art. The paintings often portray scenes from history, such as pharaohs in ancient Egypt or politicians in ancient Rome, and depict many mythological stories as well. Some of the other paintings follow a different style known as orientalism, which illustrates many scenes from typical life in Middle Eastern countries, such as Palestine and Turkey. “Europeans were fascinated by the parallels of life that they found in the Middle East,” Zakian said. “The scenes they painted were very familiar to them but at the same time very foreign. It was a completely different world.” The group of artists represented in the exhibit were known as the Academics. Their instruction at the official art academies of Europe taught them to paint historical scenes as the way they idealized them to be, without including the harsh realities and difficulties of typical life in the past. “They were very much escapists,” Zakian said. “Versus the Realists, who showed life as it truly was, the Academics felt they needed to improve upon reality.” In addition, these European schools emphasized a mastery of the Renaissance craft and discouraged originality. Their goal was to create perfect images on traditional and noble themes. Therefore, each of the paintings contains symbols for eternal values and conveys some kind of moral or lesson. Many of these works and artists are not as well known because the modernist movement, which occurred at the end of the 19th century and con-

tinued into the 20th, overshadowing them These rebellious artists, such as the Impressionists, highly valued originality, and the 19th century Academics were soon seen as old-fashioned and out of date. The exhibit’s home is at the Dahesh Museum, but before coming to the Weisman, it was in storage for the time being. Zakian, who had visited the Dahesh Museum several times before, decided this was the perfect opportunity to showcase work that would otherwise be hidden from view. Some of the better-known pieces from the collection are “The Water Girl” by William Adolphe Bouguereau and “Working in Marble” by JeanLeon Gerome. Bouguereau’s work typifies the reimagined rural lifestyle, portraying an idealized reality rather than honest history. Gerome’s painting is a type of self-portrait, depicting the artist working not in his present time, but in ancient Rome. For the exhibit’s opening Saturday night, artists from the Los Angeles area who study 19th century art were invited to view the exhibition. These artists actively study these works to complement and perfect their own craft. “The Epic and the Exotic” will be on display at the Weisman Museum through April 1.

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Waves go  wild  for  Coachella will be attending the festival for the LIFE  &  ARTS  ASSISTANT   first time. “Previously, I didn’t want to go because it was the weekend beUnless a person has been liv- fore finals.” “I think the decision to make it ing under a rock for the past couple of years, there is no way that he or into two weekends is great, especially she hasn’t heard about the three-day since they’re the same bands,” Gemusic festival, Coachella. Promoter hana Ramchandani said. “I don’t feel Goldenvoice puts it on every spring like I’m missing out on other bands in Indio, to the excitement of music by choosing one weekend.” The Pepperdine senior attended the festival fans from all over the country. This year, the festival boasts The in 2011 for the first time. Goldenvoice’s risky choice ended Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg as headliners, as up paying off. According to the Los Angeles well as performances by more than 125 other artists, making it one of Times, when the tickets went up for the most highly anticipated events of sale on the Coachella website last Friday, they sold out completely in the year. The enthusiasm for Coachella can record time since the advent of the even be felt among Pepperdine stu- festival in 1999. Last year, according to Rolling dents, which is apparent to anyone Stone, tickets sold out six days after who has been on Facebook recently. However, for the first time, festi- the line-up was announced. This year the tickets sold out in valgoers have the choice between two around 3 hours. identical weekends of The festival also shows: April 13-15, provides the opor April 20-22. This “I definitely think it portunity for fans was a gamble on the was a good idea to to buy their tickets part of Goldenvoice do two different weekin advance, before as the Empire Polo ends, because it gives the unveiling of the Club grounds — us two opportunities line-up. By setting where the festival is to go.” up monthly payheld — has a capacity ments, Goldenvoice —Annie Nam of 75,000 people. Senior made it possible This decision was for a wider range made to provide the of people to afford public with more opportunities to see the impressive line- the tickets, which begin at the $300 range. This is how Nam and Ramup of artists Coachella has to offer. “I definitely think it was a good chandani got their passes. “My sister actually bought my idea to do two different weekends, because it gives us two opportunities ticket last year when they had their to go,” said Annie Nam, a senior who pre-sale, with monthly payments,”



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Record Year: More than 10 years after Coachella’s first festival, the event will now be held over two weekends.

Nam said. “She did that for me, for my birthday present.” Ramchandani made up her mind to attend Coachella again after last year’s festival. “I looked up the website in the summer of 2011 and immediately went on a payment plan for the tickets. I didn’t even know who was playing, I didn’t care, I just wanted to go to Coachella again,” she said. The festival gained national recognition over the years by featuring headliners such as Roger Waters, Prince, Rage Against the Machine and Daft Punk. Jeff Leeds of The New York Times called Coachella “one of the first American festivals to combine the rock scene with the electronic music scene,” a tradition that continues with this year’s line-up. Grammy-nominated artists such

as Florence + the Machine and Bon Iver are attending, as well as bigname DJs including David Guetta, Avicii, NERO and Kaskade. “My favorite band The Black Keys are playing, and I am so excited to see them live,” Ramchandani said. Nam had her favorites as well. “I’m the most excited to see Florence + the Machine, Childish Gambino and my all time favorite, Avicii, again.” Websites like Craigslist and Stubhub are already offering weekend passes at around $400 each, and as for price increases, that is only the beginning. As Coachella approaches, the prices are sure to continue to rise. One thing is for certain: Coachella-mania is here to stay.


Culinary adventures  begin  By  EDGAR  HERNANDEZ LIFE  &  ARTS  EDITOR

Since I live in Drescher, I have my own kitchen. Unfortunately, mainly due to my schedule, I don’t get to use my kitchen as often as I would like. Having a kitchen is not something that is new to me; I had one in Lovernich. What is different? How I approach said kitchen. While last semester I would only use the kitchen to make eggs, this year I’ve tried to venture into other functionalities of a kitchen. Did you know that a stove has this thing called an oven that can be used to make an entire variety of different dishes as well as desserts?! From now until the end of the semester, I will cook at least one meal per week in my apartment. This meal will not be Top Ramen or scrambled eggs. It will be an actual recipe, more often than not passed down from my mom, who, bless her soul, has fed me delicious food as far back as I can remember. Not knowing where to start with this culinary adventure, I turned to one of my friends who enjoys cooking in her humble abode. Just as I was looking for a recipe to cook, she was trying to get rid of a little more than a pound and a half of ground beef. According to her, she had the ground beef for a long time but she claimed it was OK because it had been in her freezer all this time. Seeing as everyone that ate the meatloaf I made that night is still alive and well, I believe her. Meatloaf is something that is relatively new to me. You see, in Mexican culture there are a lot of other things one can do with ground beef. I’m pretty certain my madre has never made meatloaf for dinner. Much like my opinion of the SAC, she would wonder why something so bland is still being used. Nonetheless, I set aside my prejudice and com-



Above: A delectable finished product, meatloaf properly garnished with garden greens. Left: Mixing the ingredients is the dirtiest part of the culinary process.

mitted to the task at hand. The cooking process was surprisingly fun up to the point where you have to wait for the food to cook. As a product of the generation that seeks instant gratification, this doesn’t sit well with me. My friend and I started by chopping an onion and putting it in a pan with a little bit of cooking oil and letting it cook. Then we dumped the ground beef into a bowl and started mixing in the Italian breadcrumbs, the egg, the Worcestershire sauce, the salt, the pepper and the milk. This was by far the most fun, taking me back to my playdoh day -- except this time it was more dangerous to eat what I was molding. My friend wasn’t amused with my handling of the ground beef and insisted that I stopped before I got ground beef everywhere. Much to her dismay, her advice came in too late. Once it was mixed, we placed the concoction in a bread pan and began to work on the sauce that would go on top. The sauce was made

of a simple mix of mustard, ketchup and brown sugar. We mixed it all together and put it over the ground beef. We placed the ground beef in the oven, which was preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, to cook for about an hour. In the mean time my friend proceeded to make deep fried carrots à la Paula Deen. I tried to warn her about the dangers of cooking with too much butter, but she wouldn’t believe me. Unfortunately enough, or amusingly enough depending on your sense of humor, Paula Deen revealed she has Type II diabetes on Tuesday. Besides the carrots cooked in butter, my friend and I also made a salad and cooked some broccoli. The best part of our evening was sitting down with friends and enjoying the fruits of our labor, labor that started when we purchased the ingredients at our local grocery store. J

It was January 1, the very first day of 2012. As my family sat around the New Year’s dinner table, we discussed our New Year’s resolutions. I can recall ambitiously saying something along the lines of, “I am only going to drink one Diet Coke a week and only eat frozen yogurt a maximum of two times a week.” But, by January 7, I probably had at least four Diet Cokes and went to Yogurtland/Menchies more than two times. I was only seven days into the new year and I already experienced a New Year’s resolution failure. Way to start off the new year with success, right? Fail. It’s the third week of January; how are you feeling about your New Year’s resolutions? Do you even remember them? Is your New Year’s resolution experience similar to mine? What I forgot to mention was that on January 1, I actually made another important and far more meaningful New Year’s resolution. I have actually kept this one and vow to keep it too. My third New Year’s resolution was to “have more fun.” I know that it may sound too simple, corny and cliché, but read on to understand where I am going with this. As a full-time student with a heavy course load, many extracurricular activities, a part-time job and a social life — it is hard to find the “fun” and excitement in an overbooked and sometimes stressful lifestyle. I know most students experience similarly jam-packed schedules and the same stressful woes of college life. And because this is only the second week of the semester, courses will soon get more demanding and schedules will fill up quickly. However, because it’s only the second week of the semester, you can use these few extra lighter-load days to your advantage to set goals for the semester. How do you foresee this semester? How do you plan on coping with stress management? What kind of student do you want to be this semester? What kind of friend do you want to be? These were all questions that came to mind when I crafted my simple three-word resolution, “have more fun.” When I say, “have more fun,” I don’t necessarily mean going out more or doing more social activities. Although that is also important for having fun, what I really mean is changing my mindset and seeing every task as an opportunity to have fun. Throughout 2011, especially during fall semester, I struggled with stress management and completing daily tasks began to feel like a chore. I started to see school, work, extracurricular activities and even some social events as stressful burdens — far from fun. Our college years are supposed to be some of the best and most enjoyable years of our lives and I was starting to waste them away by getting stressed out and not enjoying myself. It’s 2012 and I am not going to let my old, stressed-out self get in the way of seeing the opportunity to have fun in all situations. For example, whenever I have to complete a project, write a paper, go to work or attend class — I can see an opportunity to have fun in each of these situations. Now I must admit, a few times I have already felt myself slipping and beginning to feel stressed. But as soon as I catch myself, stand back and evaluate the situation, I can remind myself that I am allowed to have fun. Life doesn’t need to be stressful and no task is too large or too important to completely dismiss the enjoyment. Although my personal resolution may not be appropriate for everyone’s situation, my point is that it is never too late to make a goal or a resolution and envision what you want and how you want to show up this year/semester. We are only three weeks into 2012 and we have 49 weeks to go. There is a lot of time to recreate a resolution and make it more meaningful. And the beauty of recreating your resolution is that you can edit it and change it as the year progresses. Only you are in charge of how you plan to show up this year. It is not too late to begin evaluating your lifestyle and making changes to your 2012 resolution.


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January 19, 2011

Predicting the  year  ahead  By  BENJAMIN  KRYDER ASSISTANT  LIFE  &  ARTS  EDITOR

The following takes place between 9:5010:03 a.m. nearly every day of my life. “Oui, oui!” I scream, as my internal clock wakes me from my 20-minute nap at exactly the end of my French class. Having absorbed as much as a rock would absorb if left in a Tupperware container of maple syrup, I leave the tiny decaying room with a smile and an even more firmly held opinion of the superiority of my own language. Ignorant? Proudly. I find it best to always say goodbye to my teacher in a language other than the one she has dedicated 50 minutes to ferociously feeding me, lest she feel too encouraged and flirt with the notion of amping up my dosage. “Tschüss!” (goodbye), I yell. That’ll show her (mental note: Google it in Albanian for tomorrow). For me, getting out of that building is like a shark escaping a creek, filled with many small, slow foreign fish. Everyone is exactly in my way, walking at exactly the wrong speed, talking at exactly the wrong rate, in precisely the wrong language. There are no shortcuts, no tricks to get around these fish, only the art of patience in waiting behind them. All these fish would look better in a sushi roll, if you ask me. No one does. After finally leaving the building, through any of the three exits that I use in variance in order to maintain insanity, I inhale a rich deep breath of purely American air and begin the Descent (the 40-light year trek to the Plaza classrooms). I now have seven minutes and 43 seconds until I am marked late for my next class. With only my laptop and teddybear, Benjamin, in hand (I’m a senior, get over it), I stand in the road while I devote a brief seven seconds to staring longingly at the law school cafeteria, dreaming of a warm cheesy overpriced double-meat breakfast burrito clunking along, mostly unchewed, down my throat. I hit myself with my teddy bear, snap out of it and start hiking. I march fearlessly down the actual road with my thumb held proudly in the air, hoping for someone to save me from the torture and shame of walking a block downhill. I stare into the hearts and souls of every driver of every car that passes me, infusing them with hatred and guilt. I wouldn’t say the face I use is a puppy-dog face as much as the face of a huge leprous black bear cub. It hurts to say no, but you can’t let it in your car. My thought process during this fourminute walk varies depending on the weather, the attractiveness of the human walking in front of me, the amount of unfinished work I have in my next class and my appetite. Sometimes I can think about the book of Jeremiah, the beauty of the female butt, a laughably inappropriate cloud formation and the cost of three tacos before I even get to the HAWC stairs. Now, the top of the HAWC stairs, in my humble opinion, is the crux of social activity at Pepperdine. It is the Stargate between off-campus and on-campus life. If you haven’t said, “Pick me up at the top of the HAWC stairs” you must be either handicapped and find that that particular set of stairs to be dangerous to your health (totally excusable), a hermit (totally inexcusable) or the Devil (who, in most schools of thought, is known to have little to no social life). While standing at the top of the stairs, I find anywhere from 4 to 400 acquaintances traveling below. Of course, all of these acquaintances are fully aware that I now have only 130 seconds to get to class, so they smile peacefully and leave me to my journey. Bah, humbug. Rub my head and call me a call-girl, that is certainly NOT the case. After spending 78 seconds giving 307 hugs, 42 awkward bro handshakes and 51 Catholic signs of the cross, I am free to beeline down the awkward new stairs (where I swear I swallowed a humming bird once). Hugs on these stairs are social suicide. You may reinforce one relationship, but you lose thirteen potential ones because the members of the 20-person pile-up you caused are all furious. After committing this crime on every tier of stairs, I enter the Plaza classrooms at precisely 10:03 a.m. Oh sweet, sweet knowledge. You are painfully and wonderfully earned. J

2011 was quite a year—despite another economic dip, new waves in culture continue to rise to the mainstream, forming the zeitgeist of our time. Here is a look at some Over/Under predictions on various statistical hypotheses for this year.

Babies named after Colors — 50 OVER. Any culture junkie can predict that Jay-Z and Beyonce’s newborn, Blue Ivy (apart from sounding like an especially potent strand of Marijuana), will set a trend. 2012 will see a wave of new baby color-themed names. In the next few months, baby Orange and baby Green, maybe even baby Beige, will be welcomed into the world. The rapper-singer couple has opened a new door, an untapped source of never-before-seen names. The options are endless; there are primary and secondary colors alike that have yet to be explored. Prepare for the year of baby Indigo and baby Maroon. Doomsday Movements — 5 UNDER. The rapture letdown in 2011 was the proverbial boy who cried wolf, and it has taken the wind out of the fanatical obsession with the end of the world. The Mayan prediction is still on the table for 2012, but John Cusack’s performance in the film “2012” has made even the most infamous eschatological claims a laughing matter. Expect the end-of-time chatter to simmer down in the coming year, unless of course a giant Michelle Bachmann is on trajectory to crash into the planet earth. TV Sitcoms that will revert back to the 90s style — 1 UNDER. It is my sincere hope that the dismal performance of the NBC sitcom “Whitney” has murdered the possibility of 90s sitcom style to make its return to television. Why think that in the changing climate of television sitcoms, when TV is getting quicker and more true to life, would


Dub-stepping through 2012: Skrillex leads the charge in the dub-step genre, genre that is here to stay this 2012.

we want to watch a pale reflection of classics like “Full House” and “Family Matters?” There are some high expectations for 2012, but if atrocious writing accompanied by gratuitously inauthentic laugh tracks take the main stage of primetime TV, then maybe the Mayans knew something that we do not. Steadfast Tim Tebowites — 10 Million UNDER. Tebow’s time in the limelight has come and gone faster than the New England defensive backs who absolutely owned the God warrior in the backfield in the game on Saturday night. Maybe Tebow will see some time in the NFL next fall, but for all intents and purposes, Tebow Time has expired and it has expired hard. Perhaps some diehard folks in the greater Denver metropolitan area will blindly hold out faith in the return of Tebow, but it seems fair to suggest that with every rickety pass devoid of mechanical finesse, a mass of subscribers to Tebowism fall away. Dub-Step Converts — 30 Million OVER. As long as musical electronics continue to improve and Northern Europe continues to pump out mass amounts of E to be shipped

across the pond, people will continue to womp their heads off to dirty, dirty dub-step. Robot music, as I like to call it, will continue sweeping the musical world. Rising stars like Skrillex and Nero have wobbled their way into mainstream music, and as long as the beats keep dropping, 2012 is sure to be dubtastic. Look for dub-step and its devout adherents to roll their way through 2012 at 140 beats per minute, emerging as the genre of the decade. Whether or not you agree with this trivial conjecture concerning the year ahead, one thing can be said — only time will tell. 2012 is sure to see new trends, irrational paranoia, vintage comebacks, and the latest underdog cult following. Unfortunately, it is simply too early to discern what all 2012 might bring, but if history is a good indicator of what is to happen, then whatever comes our way will certainly be hastily blown out of proportion and consequently discarded from the vanguard of society before you can even find time to tweet about it.


New year, new doomsday prophecies By  HEATHER  MANES SENIOR  STAFF  WRITER

On December 31, 1999, most people donned glittering “2000” glasses and danced among the streets while many others waited in storm cellars with a year’s worth of canned food and water for the end of the world that never came. Hundreds of followers of Harold Camping left jobs or possessions or poured money into the multimillion-dollar advertising campaign that predicted the end of the world on May 21, 2011. Evidently, God had to reschedule. And now, we’re closing in on the end of the 5,126-year Mayan “Long-Count” calendar. December 21, 2012: Doomsday. Or is it? The doomsday theory has long been attributed to the Mayans, but research shows that they didn’t necessarily believe that the end of the cycle was the end of time. In fact, this current 5,000-year cycle is the fourth in a series of cycles that will perhaps continue into a fifth cycle — a change of times, but not necessarily “the end.” In a 2007 USA Today article, Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Fla. said, “For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle.” And the Dec. 21 doomsday is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.” And many people already have. Countless books have been and continue to be written regarding our impending apocryphal fate,


Making observations about daily life

websites like have been selling gear such as gas masks, freeze-dried food and Hazmat suits, and just as in 1999, people are quick to believe they need these supplies, perpetuating an unnecessary market and unnecessary panic. (Perhaps the real conspiracy is the methods of the survivalist entrepreneurs.) Some authors of doomsday books (such as Lawrence Joseph, author of “Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation Into Civilization’s End” and John Major Jenkins author of “Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End Date”) however, are adamant that it is no coincidence that Galactic Alignment will occur on December 21, 2012 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time, when the sun, for the first time in 26,000 years will be perfectly between the Earth and the center of the Milky Way. Yet this phenomenon is not wellconfirmed, and Mayan scholars such as Susan Milbrath, a Maya archaeoastronomer who wrote an entire book about Mayan astronomy called “Star Gods of the Maya,” doubt that the Mayans could have predicted such an event. “It would be impossible the Maya themselves would have known that,” she said in the same USA Today article. “We have no record or knowledge that they would think the world would come to an end at that point.” Prophet William Miller predicted it in 1843, Evangelist Harold Camping in 1994 and 2011, Pastor William Branham in 1977, author Hal Lindsey in 1988 and Jehovah’s Witnesses founder Charles Taze Rus-


sell in 1914. Yet still, here we are. It’s more probable the Mayans were working on a calendar that mapped out the fifth cycle, but were interrupted when the Spaniards came stomping all over their land spreading disease. Maybe they were a little distracted by the end of their time that they forgot to footnote the end of ours. It wouldn’t be the first time western civilization has tampered with our fate. Then again, maybe the Mayans

were on to something. Maybe they predicted that we’d be so preoccupied with trying to survive that we’d forget how to live. And there’s nothing like a doomsday prophecy to remind us of the limited time we have here, so we better make it count.


New Years  Resolutions

Here are some interesting new years resolutions we have come across: “Exercise less and play more video games.” John Kelley, senior

Studying for a humanities final?

“Stop making new years resolutions.” Liliana Arias, junior

“I didn’t make one, I didn’t feel like it.” Cara Lamey, senior




January 19, 2011



Looking  back,  pushing  forward Last year pulled out the big guns when it came to the music industry. Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kanye & Jay-Z and Rihanna dominated the music scene, securing their mark as musical royalty. Brit-

In late summer, guitar guru Annie Clark released her third album “Strange Mercy� with a rockier edge. Clark makes full use of her Disney-like voice and contrasts it with powerful electric guitar riffs and darker lyrics.

ish songsters Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons ruled both sides of the sea, proving songwriters have some fierce muscle. Radiohead and the Foo Fighters did the rock scene proud. While 2011

Artist: St. Vincent Album: “Strange Mercy�

Feist-lovers rejoiced when she delivered her fourth album. This time around, Feist embraces a musical freedom that allowed her to go above and beyond what “The Reminder� was all about.

Artist: Feist Album: “Metals�

It’s rare to find an artist who can follow up two fantastic albums with an equally superb third release. But, then again, the work we’ve come to expect from Laura Marling is nothing less than absolutely compelling. Catch her at Coachella 2012.

Artist: Laura Marling Album: “A Creature I Don’t Know�


Artist: Coldplay Album: “Mylo Xyloto�

Don’t hate us because we think Coldplay hit a bump in the road with the release of “Mylo Xyloto.� While enjoyable, their fifth album was slightly underwhelming, leaving fans and critics wishing for more. Take us back to “A Rush of Blood to the Head,� please.

took the music world to a whole new level, 2012 has some amazing things in store from Mumford, Madonna, Regina Spektor and many others. Here are some of our staff’s picks for 2011 and 2012.

Artist: Lana Del Rey Album: “Born to Die� Release: Jan. 27

A polarizing figure in 2011, Lana Del Rey will release her debut album in January, likely to continue polarizing opinions and ruining friendships.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen will release his much-anticipated new album later this month. The “Hallelujah� songwriter’s new album will be called “Old Ideas.�

Artist: Fiona Apple Album: TBA Release: TBA

Artist: Leonard Cohen Album: “Old Ideas� Release: Jan. 31

It’s been more than six years since Fiona Apple released her last record, the critical darling “Extraordinary Machine,� and we can’t wait to hear her latest offering rumored to be in the works.


The boys of Mumford & Sons have achieved such a level of stardom for anyone carrying a banjo that it’s hard to believe they’re still touring their first album. The countdown to their new album is getting tough to bear.

Artist: Mumford & Sons Album: TBA Release: TBA

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10  pleas  for   WKHÂżQDO days This is it, you guys. After years of rumors and speculation, 2012 has arrived, which means of course that the human race is in the midst of one big, triumphant victory lap. It’s hard to say whether the Mayans had any clue what they were talking about; especially since they didn’t have the wherewithal to foresee 175 years of Spanish Conquests that lead to their obliteration. Unless you’ve never surfed past the History Channel late at night or gone off errantly Googling, you have to know about their “propheciesâ€? by now. Come December 21 our hearts are sure to skip a beat before checking the news. Although in the age we live in, it may be hard to determine which breaking stories fall under the “Earth is endingâ€? category and which ones fall under “regular newsday.â€? During these dark and trying times though, take solace in the fact that California will likely be the last place on Earth to be incinerated by the flames of the apocalypse. Alas, you cannot change the cards you’re dealt. What’s important is that we come together to make the most of our remaining days. Enough of these lame resolutions to “get in shapeâ€? or “eat more acai berries.â€? Here are 10 resolutions that not only can every person on this campus fulfill, but that would change the world we live in forever. 1. Can we once and for all agree to stop adding “–GATEâ€? to every major scandal that pops up in our culture? Somehow we’ve let this reckless trend survive for almost 40 years. This suffix made sense at the time because the apartment building the scandal happened at was called Watergate. Wasn’t Nancy Grace’s on-air nip-slip bad enough before we started calling it Nipplegate? 2. Enough with the abbreviating of words. The English language has been desecrated enough as it is with words like guesstimate and refudiate. So when some of us, not pointing any fingers (sorority girls), go around saying any variation of TOTES or VOM ‌ a little part of me wants to throw up. 3. When you’re on an airplane, don’t jack your seat back. I’m always the one sitting behind you. And in full discretion, the projected benefits of changing your seat’s angle from 90 to 105 degrees pales in comparison to the fact that I now have 75 degrees of workspace and must spend five hours reading SkyMall. 4. Don’t drink a frappucino before lunchtime. I don’t care what Italian word you give it, that’s a milkshake. And while we’re on it, don’t ever say Starbz. 5. Don’t support Pajama Jeans either. It’s really depressing to see someone in them and believe me; we all know you’re wearing them. 6. Let’s all stop eating corndogs. They’re gross. 7. If putting a phone to your ear is too much of a hassle, can you please at least make it obvious that you’re wearing a Bluetooth? It would save me a lot of trouble. 8. This may not technically be a resolution but can someone try to find me a Phyllis under 65? I’m starting to think they’re just generating from some place at that age and I’m getting nervous (NOTE: this could be our link to stopping Judgment Day). 9. When passing an acquaintance or friend throughout the day, try to avoid your ritual conversation. “What’s up?â€? and “How are you?â€? are so vapid. If you want to know how someone is, wait for the answer. Or just ask specific questions and try to be truly interested in others. 10. Be kind. Let’s make it a goal to tell at least one person, friend or stranger, something we like or admire about them. It’s amazing how the embers of one act of kindness can ignite a firestorm. Let’s make this the best year of our lives. Actually, the best 355 days, but who’s counting, right? J


Out Spy the Spy: Spy George Smiley, played by Gary Oldman, is assigned the task of finding the mole who infiltrated the center of British intelligence.

Spy movie trades bullets for words ³7LQNHU7DLORU6ROGLHU6S\´

 By  John  Hays STAFF  WRITER

Despite a one season run of the TV show in 1979, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy� is the first film adaptation of John Le Carre’s book of the same name. Set during the high-tension times of the Cold War, the film focuses on George Smiley, a retired spy who has just been summoned out of retirement in order to track down a Soviet agent who has infiltrated MI6 or the British Secret Intelligence Service. Now some of you out there might be familiar with MI6, because this also happens to be the place of employment for another well-known secret agent: Mr. James Bond. Unfortunately, those who see this movie hoping to strap down for hard hitting,

Overview Release Date January 6


Gary Oldman, Colin Firth Tom Hardy


Tomas Alfredson


2 hr 7 min

car chasing, shoot’em up secret agent thriller will be let down. Now, just because this movie does not fit into the ranks of box office giants such as the Bond flicks, “Mission Impossible,� or even the “Bourne Identity� trilogy, does not mean you will be falling asleep. Every level of this film is top notch. Tomas Alfredson’s directing style is a constant stream of beautifully constructed shots that manage to tell the story in a very artistic way. Alfredson manages to convey the extremely high tension in every scene through leering glances, loud silences and cold shoulders without one word being said. Of course, when working with some of the best acting talent to ever come out of Britain, it makes the director’s job a bit easier. Gary Oldman gives a stunningly chilling performance as George Smiley, a man of few words but of great intensity. While Oldman’s performance could easily, and probably will be, mistaken for “under-acting� or a lack of acting, I believe his performance as George Smiley is a perfect example of an actor making great use of restrain within his role. Just one look at his taut, rigid face and you can almost see every gear in his head churning a mile a minute and although he may not be physically active, mentally,

Rated: R

Focus  Features

George Smiley is an Olympian. This performance has Oscar Nomination written all over it. The all-star cast also includes veterans such as Collin Firth (Oscar Winner for Best Actor 2011), Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, and John Hurt, to name a few. Their performances as British spies are incredibly blasĂŠ, cold and emotionally imperceptible, which makes the film that much more interesting and exciting to watch. From the start you never know who is telling the truth and like the over used clichĂŠ, you can “trust no one.â€? The only character that lets himself be controlled by emotion is the lowly field agent Ricki Tarr, who finds himself trapped in the middle of this mess. Tarr is played by Tom Hardy, another up and coming British talent who will also be seen this year as Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.â€? Though he is in few scenes, Hardy delivers a very powerful and emotionally driven performance, which makes for a breath of fresh air for the audience. One scene in particular startled me in which Tarr brings himself to tears when speaking about his past experiences. The idea that an agent living in this world is actually crying, actually letting his emotion stream down his face in the presence of the rest of these dispassionate men really speaks

volumes about this character. It is very interesting to watch the difference in the emotional character of Ricki Tarr juxtaposed with the incredibly cold and silent performances of the rest of the cast. Although the film is beautifully directed, and phenomenally acted I have to admit, at times, I did find myself absolutely lost in what on earth was going on. The plot can get overly intricate and at times there is just too much happening to have a clear understanding of the plot as a whole. The end of the film is also very ambiguous and can be confusing, but these are not problems that can’t be fixed without a good long discussion and reconsideration of the film afterwards. A good film should get people talking. A good film brings us together. This film does have its fair share of gun fight and bloodshed but if your looking for a film that trades in it’s bullets for words, a film of paranoia and deceit, a film full of tension and incredibly loud silence then look no further. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy� is what you have been waiting for.


‘The Big Pink’ The Big Pink  By  HANNA  HOUGLUM STAFF  WRITER

English electro rock duo The Big Pink released their sophomore album “Future This� to the masses Jan. 16. Signing with the 4AD label in 2009 and releasing their first full-length album “A Brief History of Love� that same year, multiinstrumentalists Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell have followed up their first Brit-pop-esque album with more new wave beats and seemingly reprocessed sounds. With over-the-top indie-pop tracks on their first album, The Big Pink managed to make a name for themselves on the charts and gain a fanbase quickly. They also stepped onto coveted festivals’ lineups such as the 2012 Coachella roster. On “A Brief History of Love,� The Big Pink conquered, being charismatic womanizing outsiders that made them stand out in the music industry. The twosome made a drastic change for “Future This,� with new inklings toward contentment and attempts at creating a relationship with their listeners in an unnecessarily whiny fashion through their lyrics. According to,

“Future This� is named in honor of a 1980s skateboard advert slogan that front man Cordell saw as a child. The slogan was produced by Paul Epworth and stimulated by hip-hop and electronic music creators respected by the duo. The 10-track album opens with a percussion boom and synth break leading into the festival-ready track “Stay Gold.� Any fan obsessed with the hit track off their first album, “Dominos,� will agree that “Stay Gold� parallels “Dominos� to a tee, changing the concentration of the lyrics from promiscuity to homilies about staying true to your dreams, and pleading with listeners to “forgive your lovers, but don’t forget their names and let their spirit remain stay gold.� At track two, “Hit the Ground (Superman)� gives listeners a taste of avant-gardist Laurie Anderson’s classic 1981 enactment “O Superman.� The song sounds as if it came straight from the 80s’ new wave phenomenon. “Give it up� takes the momentum of the album down a few notches with a slower jazzy-sounding back beat and cooing voices paired with hints of the synth. Maintaining the slower rhythm

4AD at first, “The Palace� drags on the repetitive percussion and swaying vocals throwing in heavier percussion making the song sound similar to a whiny cry for help. The beat kicks it up a notch once “1313� comes through the stereo but by this point of the album it begins to feel as if the same song is just being played and dragging on and on and on. The duo maintains their unique sound throughout the entirety of the album making any Big Pink fan pleased with “Future This,� but it is safe to say that this album is not exciting or any more riveting than their first. “Future This� could easily be a part two disc of “A Brief History of Love,� making it a big hit for fans or a disappointing release after almost three years of no new material. The Big Pink sadly seems to have fallen into a sophomore slump with this album but not a slump too deep that their talent or potential has disappeared. On stage this album will fill the air with catchy beats able to keep any audience entertained, but telling their new songs from their old may be near impossible for any listener. J


Key Facts Band Members Robbie Furze Milo Cordell


Electro rock Indie rock Noise pop

Label 4AD


On Tour? Yes



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DOWN 1 Vernal Near East Asia 2 Left Apple to somebody 3 Cali’s ex-governor, love child 5 Vin Diesel returns 7 Feist’s anticipated album 8 Shaken, splashed, nuked 10 Flo & Co.’s sophomore album 11 Scorcese’s family film 15 Gave Fridays an anthem 17 Forbes’ most powerful 18 Fan of tiger’s blood, winning 19 Wiig’s wedding comedy 20 Births hip-hop golden child 21 Leaves “The Office” 22 Jay-Z, Kanye’s royal album 24 Pitt’s cash sphere 25 Boy wizard rules 27 AMC’s zombies 28 New African nation 29 Found love in a hopeless place 31 Killed daughter? 32 HBO’s sword-wielding hit 33 Congressional Twitter-sexter 34 Radiohead’s royal tree 36 Gomez’s BF 37 TV’s “New Girl” 40 Returns on “Stranger Tides” 43 iPhone 4S’s AI 45 Santa’s, Tolkein’s

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ACROSS 2 Dubstep DJ goes big 4 Lost Libya forever 6 BBC’s supersleuth 9 Broncos QB 12 Family-friendly puppets 13 Paid mistress, campaign funds 14 Students pepper-sprayed 16 Congress raised it

Calendar Friday, Jan. 20

George Winston 8 p.m. (Concert – Smothers)

Saturday, Jan. 21

Anne Carson 9 p.m. (Reading – Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

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ABC’s hit mockumentary Released gibberish titled album Vampiric baby madness Launched social network Viral photo game Didn’t go to “Rehab” TLC’s shopping obsession 72-day bride Stole royal wedding spotlight


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Left country to son Finally killed Top British songstress Most international building on campus Ties Jacko’s record Occupied by hipsters

CAPRICORN: You  do  a  lot.  Don’t  be   afraid  to  stop  and  think  about  stopping   to  think. AQUARIUS:  Your  friends  like  you  because   you  imitate  them.  What  happens  when   you’re  alone? PISCES:  Opinions  are  a  luxury.  Keep  your   head  down  and  don’t   ask  questions. ARIES:  Since  Sagittarius  is  done  with   you,  you  could  make  a  friend  in  Libra  if   only  you’d  wear   some  cat  ears. TAURUS:  There  will  be   other  biddies. GEMINI:  Stop  watching  TV  and   start  blogging.  It’s  just   as  productive. CANCER:  You’re  good  at  calculating  the   tip,  but  here’s  a   tip:  tip. LEO:  If  you’re  tight  on  funds,  don’t  go   out  to  eat  with  Cancer. VIRGO:  Fashion  is  what  you  make  of   it,  because  we  all  know  you  can’t  be   bothered  to  buy  your  clothes. LIBRA:  If  pets  were  people,  you’d  be  an   extrovert. SCORPIO:  You’re  a  free  spirit,  so  you   could  learn  something  from  Pisces. SAGITTARIUS:  Your  friends  aren’t  as   passionate  about  changing  the  world  as   you  are.  That  probably  means  they’re   not  your  friends.


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Sunday, Jan. 22

Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo 2 p.m. (Performance – Smothers) Georges Mélièls Shorts Program 5 p.m. (Film – Aero Theatre)

Monday, Jan. 23

Seasons, The Health Club, Downtown Union, Manhattan Murder Mystery 8:30 p.m. (Concert – The Echo)

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Wilco, White Den–im 8 p.m. (Concert – Hollywood Palladium)

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Good Lovelies 8 p.m. (Concert – Smothers)

Thursday, Jan. 26

Forbidden Broadway 8 p.m. (Performance –Smothers)




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TWITTER.COM, the popular micro-blogging service, recently introduced with its

new interface a way to embed tweets within webpages. Using a simple line of code, bloggers and website creators can input a tweet on their webpage, such as a site. It functions much like a YouTube video and visitors to the page are able to Retweet, comment on the Tweet, or follow the person who tweeted it, without leaving the third-party webpage. To embed a tweet on your webpage click on the specific tweet, then click “details,” then the “embed” option. Unfortunately, only users whose profiles are through the new Twitter interface have this option.




January 19, 2011

Mexican national  team  selects  Guajardo


Scoring at LSU Tournament : Anisa Guajardo has excelled throughout the season and now looking forward her career in pro sport

what they saw” she humbly adds. She dition and weight lift.” will return to school by the first week Guajardo has a dual citizenship, of February. “I talked to my profes- which brought up the question of playIt was her last night at Pepperdine sors, who were very understanding and ing for the Mexican team rather than before resuming training with the accommodating about missing school. the American team. Mexican National team, yet junior My coaches too. They are “I just came to the realization that forward Anisa Guajardo was extremely excited for me”, I am not the kind of player the U.S. kind enough to sit down for Guajardo said. is looking for. There is a difference bean interview and share what The California native tween American and Mexican soccer. can only be deemed as a true lived in Mexico, Dominican The U.S. focuses on athleticism and, success story. “I haven’t even Republic and El Salvador don’t get me wrong, they have great finished packing yet,” she before she returned to the soccer players, but they want a player confessed. U.S. She had always played that can go go go. With Mexico it’s not Guajardo was called up soccer, but had never been so much a job, it is more a passion. You to join the Mexican Naon an actual team. are playing for a reason. Whether it is to Guajardo tional Team late last year “The concept of posi- represent a nation, its people. It’s deeper Junior forward and has been training with tions was than anything the U.S. them in preparation for next new to me. plays for. There is more year’s CONCACAF Women’s Olym- When you play in the “It’s deeper than pride in the Mexican pic Qualifying tournament. They play street everyone is everyanything the United game. “ against Guatemala, Dominican Repub- where. I just liked havStates plays for. On the topic of lic and the United States. They need to ing the ball at my feet Mexican style of soccer There is more pride get top two in their category to com- and going at people, versus other countries’, in the Mexican pete against the top two of the contend- you know?” Training Guajardo discussed game.” ing group. “Ten days of intense soccer” with the Mexican team, the Latino soccer field; —Anisa Guajardo she added. though, isn’t very difMexico vs. Argentina. Junior Forward Back in 2008, Guajardo made the ferent from practicing For the past two world Mexican U-17 National Team and par- with the waves. “Evcups these two counticipated in the CONCACAF U-17 erything is in Spanish tries have come face Championship in Trinidad and Tobago. and it is at a higher to face, with the latter “After this past season at Pepperdine altitude, but you get used to it after a coming out victorious. Guajardo conthey became interested again. I went couple of days. For soccer, in general, siders Mexico superior. with the team to Martinique to play you work on positions and technical “It is not cohesive or fluid with the against France, and I guess they liked skills. And, of course, you always con- Argentinean team. You can tell that the


players are not playing with each other.” We acknowledged they have, arguably, the best player in the world, but Messi does his best when he is surrounded by other brilliant players. That is the pattern with any player. If they are surrounded by talent, they feed off the positive energy. When a team is on the same wavelength, they’re unstoppable,” she said. Guajardo said she feels that way about her own team. “We’ve been working hard these past two years. We are a close group of girls on and off the field. The game is not solely based on ourselves anymore. The reason the team played so well this season is because we don’t have one superstar, one Messi in the Argentinean team, but rather the Spanish team.”

She said her goals after college are to “keep playing soccer until I physically cannot play anymore. If I get picked up by a team in Europe I want to play for a team in England, hopefully Chelsea. And, along with that, keep playing in the national team. That’s the dream.”



Playing hard: Guajardo as she has done throughout her career sets up a teammate for a potential shot.

Baker: “I  want  to  see  how   far  basketball  can  take  me” From B10

game. It was not until middle school when Baker decided that basketball would be something more then just a hobby. He has been playing in the Team Arizona club since he was 10 years old. After getting a sense of the fundamentals and fine details of the game, he switched to the Team Magic during his senior year in Tempe High School. For Baker, honors for excellent games became something regular and simple. Among all the titles and awards, he was named Arizona’s Gatorade State

“My first performance on a big stage...became a good lesson”

—Jordan Baker Freshman guard

Player of 2011 and was East Valley Tribune’s all-state selection in addition to being a leading player in Tempe High School during all four years in varsity. Baker explained that choosing to come to Pepperdine was a “mutual decision between him and the University.” “I like the high level of academics that Pepperdine offers and in the same time, great athletic program,” Baker said. “I

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have also met a lot of wonderful people here. And, of course, you can’t beat the Malibu ocean view.” Baker calls the game against Gonzaga the most difficult one for him in this season so far. “It was my first performance on the big stage so even though we did not win the game I consider it a good lesson for the future”, Baker said. He is not declared his major yet, however, considering Integrated Marketing Communication. In the future, Baker hopes that he will be able to make it to NBA and become a recognized athlete of international status. He considers his younger brother to be the one who inspires him to success. “Before I dedicate myself to anything else, I really want to see how far basketball can take me,” he said. Taking into consideration his achievements so far, he has all premises to become the leading player of the Waves team and step into successful future after graduation. Only time will show how far Baker will go. J

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Positive attitude: Baker’s talent brings more optimism for the future.


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Clippers gain  game  changer CALL ‘EM AS WE SEE ‘EM

Thoughts, reflections and predictions from our staff on the world of sports.

LA Galaxy fans have no reasons to worry about the future of their favorite club since David Beckham is no longer leaving his position of midfielder. Luckily his thoughts of representing Great Britain at the London Olympics next summer never actually turned into actions. Hopefully, his performance won’t change and the team will continue to impress with great results.


The Staples Center stands 28 miles away from Pepperdine and is home of various professional athletic teams: the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the WNBA’s Sparks and the NHL’s Kings. The long awaited NBA season finally began 26 days ago, with the Lakers falling victim to a late comeback by the Chicago Bulls and the Clippers rising above the Golden State Warriors in a grueling match-up. Besides the fact that it was the first game of the season, it seemed to be a fairly normal Christmas Day for the NBA. But in Los Angeles, it really wasn’t. Prior to the start of the season, the Clippers gained the gamechanging point guard Chris Paul. And they didn’t stop there. They also managed to snag Mo Williams, as well as a nice array of veterans: Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and Brian Cook. COURTESY OF TWITTER.COM On the other hand, the Lakers office also moved pieces around, giving up Lamar Odom for a first-round draft pick. Paul inspires hope: The Clippers’s new addition of Chris Paul reenerThey also picked up ex-Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as head gizes the Clipper, For instance, against Santa Clara on Dec. 31 coach to replace Phil Jackson. of the Clippers as a positive move for the NBA. For instance, “We felt Mike Brown was the best coach available and we’ve junior Audrey Miller, a Portland native and a guard on the wombeen very impressed with him and his staff thus far,” Lakers Pub- en’s basketball team, strongly disagrees with the trade moves the lic Relations Vice President John Black stated in an email. “We Clippers made. feel good about his ability to lead our team into the challenges “David Stern vetoing the Chris Paul trade was simply wrong ahead.” on many levels,” Miller said. “Stern unfairly used his powers as Following the trades, rumor swirled around the League that commissioner to influence the landscape of the league.” the Lakers would start vying for Dwight Howard to match the Although, Miller does have to admit that her interest to watch Clippers’ gain of Paul. the Clippers play has peaked, since they have vastly improved To that, Black replied: “As opposed to seeking a trade to match over the past few seasons. any one individual player on opposing teams, our philosophy is The Clippers have undoubtedly grabbed the attention of more in line with trying to improve our team in general, with NBA fans, particularly in Los Angeles. On Saturday, the two LA the ultimate goal of beating all teams and hopefully winning a teams battled it out on the hardwood, and the Clippers even championship.” emerged victorious in a 102-94 victory. Having two championship contending teams in Los Angeles But even with the instant success and amazing improvements, has generated excitement for the fans, the organizations and the Miller, a long-time Kobe fan who grew to favor the Lakers once city as a whole. she started attending Pepperdine, has not yet given in to the spoThe Clippers’ assistant director of communications declined radic hype that the Clippers will completely take over LA. to comment. “The Clippers have already shown that they are one of the “I think the renewed rivalry is healthy for the city,” Special best teams in the league,” Miller said. “But I just can’t go against Assistant to the President Dr. John Watson said. “The Clippers Kobe and the Lakers. The Lakers are always title contenders and have always been the second team of the city, and it’s encourag- are generally at their best at the end of the season when it really ing to see them progress. counts.” “People tend to like the underdogs. I don’t think people are Expect to see them both the Clippers and the Lakers in the going to abandon the Lakers, but it’s going to be interesting to playoffs. Though the 2012 NBA season was shortened, it will watch the players develop for the future.” still be an exciting one to watch. Some other Pepperdine students, however, do not see the rise


Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow captured the imaginations of people around the world, including Pepperdine students who were yelling out, “Tebow time!” during the men’s basketball game. Even further than that, a speaker mentioned Tebow during Wednesday convocation. Tebow’s season may have ended, but his inspiration of faith lives on.



The Ravens will win the Super Bowl this winter. Why? Because defense still wins championships. And right now Baltimore is the best defense left. The 49ers defense was embarrassed by the Saints. So the only real team holding the Ravens back now is Tom Brady, and the Patriots abysmal defense which will cancel out anything Brady does. So don’t be surprised to see Ray-Ray and the rest of the crew lifting the Lambaurdi Trophy in February.


If you could play any other sport what would it be?


Lady Waves  defense  prevails  in  win  By  DEANJILO  PLATT-­FRIDAY SPORTS  ASSISTANT

The women’s basketball team won its eighth straight victory over Santa Clara at Firestone Fieldhouse this past weekend with a final score of 67-57. It marked the team’s fourth straight year of sweeping the Santa Clara Lady Broncos. Led by senior guard and Oakland native Jazmine Jackson, who scored 16 points overall the Lady Waves showed impressive grit and gutted out a close victory over what appeared to be a very hungry Santa Clara basketball team. Despite the final scores suggestion, this basketball game was very close and competitive throughout. The Waves, while sporting their classic throwback jerseys in honor of Pepperdine’s 75th anniversary, put forth an exceptional defensive effort that is often preached by Head Coach Julie Rousseau. The team did a great job on the nations 3rd best scorer senior guard Alyssa Shoji who before the game led all NCAA players with the highest three-point percentage efficiency and the most three-pointers made per game. This may change for her after this game after the swarming Waves defense held her to a measly one for eight shooting from long range. In fact, the Lady Waves performed impressively as a team and held Santa Clara to a total of 57 points, which is 14 points fewer then what the Santa Clara women’s basketball team averages on the season (71.6 points per game). The first half of the game proved to be a tug of war, with each team not leading by more than four points at any point in the half. The teams fought over the lead. Pepperdine forced an impressive 10 turnovers, six of which were steals in the first half of the game. At the end of the first half, the Lady Waves were down by two points. The defensive struggle theme quickly changed by the beginning of the second half with both teams firing and knocking down shots. However, Pepperdine’s paint dominance would prevail and help them stretch their lead and slow down Santa Clara’s offense. The Waves were able to stretch their lead midway through the second half thanks to a 6-0 run lead by senior forward Skye Barnett. Junior forward Kelsey Patrick added 10 of her season high 13 points.











The throw back: Senior guard Jazmine Jackson sports a classic look in her team’s 67-57 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday.

The team would hold the lead for the rest of the game and showed true ability in closing out a basketball game. Senior forward Lauren Bell led the way and showed her veteran composure in making six free throws to close out the game helping her finish with 14 points second highest behind team scoring leader Jazmine Jackson. The Lady Waves, who are now 4-2 within the conference thanks to the victory, put themselves on track with the tops of the conference in newcomer BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and San Diego. The team must first take care of busi-

ness on Jan. 19 against the 3-16 San Francisco Dons. After that, team’s next three games are against the top teams of the conference. It starts with a match-up against Saint Mary’s on Jan. 21. Those games have the ability to solidify the Lady Waves as a top tier basketball team in the West Coast Conference.





“Synchronized swimming.”




January 19, 2011


Paving the  future

DBS Report





As a freshman basketball player, Arizona native Jordan Baker is on the track of getting used to combining an intense training schedule and classes. However, it doesn’t stand in the way of being one of the most promising freshman athletes of Pepperdine and growing as a bright star of WCC, according to various ranking. Growing up in a family with two brothers and three sisters, Baker has been playing basketball since he was 5 years old. He recalls how he was “playing for fun” with his dad, who taught him most of the basic concepts of the

Norwich avoids relegation



The future is looking good: Freshman Jordan Baker is ready to take over the top position and lead the Waves to success.

ESPN features stunning finish

the half court line. “There really wasn’t a set play,” Cooney-Williams said. “Katie had All-time great Reggie Miller once just made a three, and the game was scored 8 points in 11 seconds during tied so we didn’t want them to throw game one of the 1955 Eastern Con- it long and be able to score. My asference Semifinals. signment was to stay back but also Pepperdine women’s basketball not allow anyone to cut to the ball. came close, hitting three When I saw the consecutive shots from inbounds pass downtown to steal a get tipped, I “Once the ball comeback win from jumped to meet was in my hands, Portland on Jan. 7. the ball to assure I saw I had time The finish earned the the other team left, so I just desquad a No.6 spot on wouldn’t get it.” ESPN’s Sports Center “Once the cided to shoot it.” the following day. ball was in my With 32 seconds hands, I saw I —Shay Cooney-Williams left, senior guard Katie had time left so The Waves guard Menton sunk her secI just decided to ond three-pointer of the shoot it.” night to bring the Waves Conney-Wilwithin three points. Then, with three liams’ split-second decision ended up seconds left, Menton nailed a deep earning her team a victory, and much three to tie the game up, 63-63. more than she had ever intended. To top that, on the next play ju“[My shot] ended up making it nior guard Shay Cooney-Williams to No.2 the next morning on Sports managed to steal the Pilot’s inbound Center,” Cooney-Williams said. “I pass at mid-court, and then proceed- never even got to see that one, I only ed to swish a shot from a step inside knew because my mom and friends



texted me that morning. That was really exciting because it’s not something that happens to everyone.” She appeared poised and collected as the shot left her hands, as if she had no doubt in her mind it would swish through the net as it did. When asked about it, however, she revealed that it actually had not been a specific, drawn-up play. “I have to admit I did not think I was going to make it,” Texas native Cooney-Williams said. “I was getting my mind ready for overtime. Some of my teammates knew that it was going in and were excited before it even went it.” For the team as a whole, this season has not been an easy one. The Waves have had other tough wins, as well as some tough losses. The team gritted out a six point win against Santa Clara on Dec. 31, after being down by 20-plus points. “So far, this season it has been a rollercoaster ride as coach Julie calls it,” Cooney Williams said. “We just have to remain consistent in our play and continue to fight. “We are capable of winning the

WCC tournament and getting a spot in NCAA tournament, we just have to show up to every game ready to play and ready to battle.” With the stunningly dramatic Portland finish under their belts, the team hopes to move forward from this moment, and continue to win games. “That game can definitely motivate in the sense that we knew what we are capable of,” Cooney-Williams said. “We are more than capable of doing something like that again, not making a half court buzzer beater, but fighting until the end to win.” Since then, the women’s basketball team (9-8, 4-2) has marked down an 80-56 loss to BYU, and a 67-57 win over Santa Clara.



On Aug. 9, 2009, Norwich City F.C. started their third division (League One) campaign with a 7-1 home loss against rivals Colchester United. Fast forward two and a half years and Norwich City sits comfortably in ninth position in the Barclays Premier League, a league that many football experts consider the most competitive soccer league in the world. One may ask how Norwich went from such an unbelievably low point in their club’s history to such a high one in a short amount of time. This remarkable turnaround started with the appointment of manager Paul Lambert, who soon instilled his attacking philosophy on the team. Nine months later, and Norwich was crowned League One Champion. The following season saw Norwich promoted to the Premier League, courtesy of its second place finish behind Queens Park Rangers in the Coca Cola Championship. When Norwich gained promotion to the Premier League, many football experts tipped Norwich to struggle in the league. However, their attacking football has paid off greatly. They started their Premier League campaign with a respectable 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic F.C. Since then, they have gone on to record six wins and six draws, including impressive away draws at Liverpool, Everton and against the Wolverhampton Wanderers. Although every squad member has performed well, a few players stand out as having exceeded expectations. The strike partnership of Grant Holt and Steve Morrison has worked wonders; together the double act has combined for 14 league goals, almost as many goals as the entire Liverpool team has scored this season. Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan’s partnership in midfield has been brilliant. Together the two have scored seven goals as well setting up numerous others. As well as their attack in the midfield, the Norwich defense has also been on top form. American Zak Whitbread has performed admirably in defense; his rock solid performances have helped keep several opponents at bay. It is evident that Norwich truly is this season’s Blackpool. Last season, Ian Holloway’s Blackpool started the season with a 4-0 win at Wigan. The first half of the season saw Blackpool steadily climb up the Premier League. However, they only had themselves to blame for their eventual relegation, as its form during the second half of the season was nothing short of abysmal. Ian Holloway’s insistence on playing attacking football eventually proved to be the downfall of Blackpool. Norwich needs to make sure it does not make the same mistakes as Blackpool. If Norwich can maintain the form it have shown during the first half of the season, then it will comfortably avoid relegation. Even if it does get relegated, Norwich fans will be proud of what their team accomplished with such a low budget and a team made up of journeymen. J

SCOREBOARD E]fkNgdd]qZYdd vs.

CSU Northridge Long Beach State


Jan. 11 Jan. 14


W, 3-1 W, 3-1

E]fk:Ykc]lZYdd vs.

LMU San Francisco


Jan. 12 Jan. 14


L, 68-58 L, 78-63

Oge]fk:Ykc]lZYdd vs.

BYU Santa Clara


Jan. 12 Jan. 14


L, 80-56 W, 67-57

NEXT UP ... Saturday, Jan. 21

Thursday, Jan. 19 Record: 2-1 3-1

at 7 p.m. Francisco at 7 p.m

Record: 7-9 7-10

Record: 8-8 9-8

at. Saint Mary’s vs. San

Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

Cup Day One

vs. BYU

at 5 p.m.

at Saint Mary’s

at 2 p.m.


Beach Cup Day Two vs. Hawaii

at UCSB Beach

vs. Hawaii at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22 at. Fresno State at noon

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