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Lester Holt to speak at graduation By ANDREW KASSELMANN NEWS ASSISTANT
With April and the end of the school year fast approaching, the speaker for this year’s graduation has been announced. NBC’s Lester Holt will be speaking to Pepperdine graduates on April 28. Holt is currently the weekend anchor for “NBC Nightly News,” and is also the co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today.” In September 2011, Holt was named principal anchor of “Dateline NBC.” In addition to also contributing to MSNBC, Holt works as a fill-in anchor and correspondent for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and the weekday “Today” program, according to MSNBC. Before joining the NBC News network in 2000, Holt anchored the evening news for WBBM-TV Holt in Chicago, for 14 years. NBC Anchor As U.S. forces prepared in Kuwait to launch their invasion of Iraq In 2003, Holt was there reporting from the border. Holt covered both hurricanes Katrina and Rita from the Gulf Coast in 2005, and in 2006, he reported from the front lines in Lebanon on the war between Israel and Hezbollah. Early in 2010, Holt traveled to Haiti and covered the immediate aftermath and international response to the destruction caused by the January earthquake. Holt was also one of the earliest reporters to cover the 2010 disastrous oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Last year, he reported from the streets of Cairo on the political and civil unrest in Egypt, and in March 2011, Holt also traveled overseas to report on the Japanese earthquake and resulting nuclear crisis. Holt contributed to the CBS News broadcast “48 Hours,” and his work on “48 Hours: No Place Like Home,” earned him a 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award. Holt was also part of the “Today” anchor team that won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program in 2010. Holt’s son, Stefan, graduated from Pepperdine in 2009 and also works as a broadcast journalist.
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Allegations shake up ICC By JESSICA ABU-GHATTAS MANAGING EDITOR
The Inter-Club Council (ICC) has delayed the selection of next year’s president after the slated nominee, junior Sunny Patel, rejected his bid for the position yesterday. The decision came after allegations surfaced that Patel had made racist, sexist and homophobic remarks on Twitter. The ICC oversees funding requests from all approved Pepperdine clubs and handled a budget of $190,000 for the 2011-2012 school year, up from $40,000 last year, according to ICC’s website. All ICC e-board members and delegates received an anonymous email Wednesday at 12:34 a.m., sent under the pseudonym “Danny Deever” in reference to a Rudyard
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in the email and of course wants to represent all students in their best interests and do not condone derogatory sentiments presented about any group or individual. Sunny has withdrawn his name from the running for ICC President and the ICC has focused our attention on seeking additional applicants.” In an email sent to ICC, Patel stated: “Unfortunately, I will not be able to continue forth with elections for ICC President. Regretfully, I will be committed to school and other obligations.” Patel was selected by ICC eboard members Byrd, Devon Walker and Gabbi Wilson based on “merit and his interview.” “We thought he was the best candidate after the interview process,” Byrd said. Some came to Patel’s defense. “Sunny is one of the most well-
spoken, intelligent and forwardthinking people I’ve met at Pepperdine. I’ve only heard words of positivity from him. I’m sure it will blow over soon,” junior ICC delegate Josette Barsano said. Juniors CJ Terral and Geoff Plourde, who currently serves on e-board but did not participate in the selection process, also applied for the position. According to Byrd, the allegations made against Patel were “dealt with administratively” by Kauhane “without the e-board’s input.” In response to the email, Byrd said, “ICC asked Sunny to take down the offensive tweets.” Byrd declined to comment as to whether ICC asked Patel to step down from the nomination.
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Student documentary premieres tonight By IAN MCDONALD ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Each year, dozens of Pepperdine students get the chance to encounter the people of Argentina when they study abroad in Buenos Aires. The rest of the student body will get the opportunity to encounter some of the work being done to address the country’s poverty when the Pepperdine Microfinance Club premieres its new documentary, “Banking on Trust,” tonight in Elkins at 7 p.m.
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Kipling poem. The email included a list of Patel’s alleged offensive tweets as well as screenshots of Patel’s Twitter page (“@sunnyfratel”). The account has since been deleted by Patel, which the ICC indicated was per the organization’s request. “I’m not accepting the nomination,” Patel said less than two hours before the ICC general meeting planned to confirm him as the president-elect. At the ICC’s meeting last night in the Fireside Room, current President Danielle Byrd announced that the nominee who had been slated for confirmation had withdrawn from the race. “The Interclub Council speaks on behalf of clubs on campus, and thus a diverse student population,” ICC advisor Kapua Kauhane wrote in an email. “The ICC does in no way endorse the sentiments shared
Reel adventure: Alumnus Stan Parker interacts with Argentine children while working on the Microfinance Club’s documentary, “Banking on Trust.”
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The documentary, which features a depiction of microfinance and its positive effects on the poor in Argentina, is the latest venture from the microfinance organization, which over the past two years has raised more than $10,000 to loan out to people in more than 40 different countries on five different continents. “We realized that ‘this isn’t very hard’ and we’re a bunch of college students, so we thought we should make a movie to demonstrate how you can help people like that without ever leaving your computer screen,” club president Becca
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Faulkner said. The idea for the documentary was conceived, along with the club itself, after the fall 2009 semester in Buenos Aires, where Faulkner learned about microfinance during a trip to Adulam, one of the communities receiving microcredit loans and featuring heavily in the film. “It’s exciting for people that went [to Argentina] because they get to see some familiar faces.”
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Study break: Students living in Drescher apartments were treated to a bounce house, courtesy of their RAs on Saturday.
DPS REPORTS Weekly update from the Department of Public Safety 3/19/12 9:35 a.m. Traffic Related – Traffic Accident, Non-injury Location: Seaver Drive Summary: University vehicle vs. parked vehicle traffic collision. A student opened their driver’s side and struck a passing shuttle bus. Minor damage reported. 3/20/12 5:26 p.m. Incidents – Suspicious Person Location: Baxter Drive Summary: Public Safety officers responded to a report of unauthorized visitors. Two individuals were advised of trespassing on private property and escorted off campus. 3/21/12 2:53 a.m. Drugs & Alcohol Related Incidents – Drunk in Public Location: Richard Rockwell Towers Summary: Public Safety officers responded to investigate a report of an intoxicated student. 3/22/12 12:28 a.m. Fire/Hazards – Gas Leak Inside a Structure Location: Dorm Row Schafer Hall Summary: Public Safety personnel and a Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector discovered a natural gas leak. Facilities Management and Planning responded and shut off the gas for immediate repairs. 3/22/12 10:09 p.m. Drugs & Alcohol Related Incidents – Possession of Marijuana Location: Seaver Drive Summary: Public Safety officers located a green leafy substance that resembled marijuana in a student’s vehicle during a traffic stop. 3/23/12 9:28 a.m. Assault/Battery – Assault with Great Bodily Injury Location: Off Campus – Ventura County Summary: A person reported their younger brother was beaten by five other individuals, one that was identified as a Pepperdine student. 3/24/12 1:41 a.m. Incidents Disturbance – Loud Noise Location: Off Campus – Calabasas Summary: A Calabasas resident reported calling the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to respond to a loud party involving Pepperdine students.
News of the WORLD Cameron’s dive breaks record
Academy Award-winning film director James Cameron completed a record-breaking dive to the deepest point on Earth, the Marianas Trench, on March 25. Cameron made the two-hour trip in a specially constructed submarine called the Deep Sea Challenger. Upon landing, Cameron explored the ocean floor for three hours. He is the first solo diver to reach the deepest point on Earth.
Around the ’BU Woman rescued from ﬁre
Two sheriff’s deputies rescued an 89-year-old woman from her Malibu home that was engulfed in flames on Monday. Deputy Mike Treinin and Lt. Jim Roal heard a radio call reporting a fire near the location of a meeting they were attending. The deputies went inside the home and carried the woman out before firefighters arrived. The fire caused $50,000 in damages to the woman’s home.
Council opposes rent bill
Pope Benedict visits Cuba
Pope Benedict XVI met with President Raul Castro on the second day of his visit to Cuba. Benedict told a crowd at a shrine of the country’s patron saint that he prayed for a Cuba “advancing along the ways of renewal and hope.” According to Cuban officials, political reform is not on the agenda.
Malibu City Council shared its opposition to a state assembly bill that would affect rent control in Malibu mobile home parks. If passed, the bill would bring an end to rent control for any mobile home park homeowners who also own additional property. The council moved to oppose the bill at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Syria accepts peace plan
Red-light cameras shut down
The Syrian government has agreed to accept the United Nations and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s proposed peace plan. The plan includes a cease-fire and troop withdrawal. Those opposed say a peacekeeping mission would give President Bashar al-Assad more time.
Bomb kills 15 police in India
Fifteen policemen traveling on a bus were killed in a land mine explosion Tuesday. The attack occurred in the western Indian state of Maharashtra and has been blamed on Maoist rebels. Reports compiled from BBC
The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer enforce the red-light camera program. The LA City Council voted to shut down the program in July; paying the tickets has been optional.
Council researches chain stores
Malibu City staff was prompted to begin to draft a preliminary retail diversification ordinance by Malibu City councilmembers at Monday’s meeting. Preserve Malibu has asked that the number of chain stores not exceed 20 percent. Councilmembers have yet to agree on an acceptable percentage after hearing nearly 80 residents’ split opinions. Reports compiled from Malibu Patch and Los Angeles Times
Do you ever realize that you have been unfortunately preoccupied worrying about something that in retrospect wasn’t quite as pressing a matter as other considerations? For instance, in the agony of a paper cut, would you really fail to notice that your hair was on fire? Probably not. However, while this manner of shortsightedness is rare individually, on a societal level, I get the feeling that proper arrangement of the deck chairs is more important than the Titanic itself sinking into the ocean. Such is the situation in today’s America, where talk of the problems facing minorities falls upon deaf ears because we consider other things to be more important. Perhaps by now you’ve heard of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. A 17-yearold black teenager who was visiting his father in Sanford, Fla, Martin was gunned down by a man named George Zimmerman doing a neighborhood watch patrol. Zimmerman claimed self-defense — whether from the Skittles Martin was holding or the can of iced tea, nobody knows. Zimmerman, after stalking this kid down and shooting him, was not arrested despite the fact that when he called the police to report this “suspicious character,” they told him not to follow him. Martin was guilty of no crime other than being black in a nice neighborhood. I won’t even begrudge Zimmerman his racist stereotypes and assumptions of guilt. Prejudice is not a stranger to America. What makes this case so absolutely enraging is that this man’s bigotry lead to the death of an innocent. However, black people, despite their apparent inability to walk on the sidewalk in peace, appear to have it pretty good in comparison to Muslims. Ever since 9/11, the dominating cultural message to Muslims and people of Middle Eastern origin is “you can stay, but we’ve got our eyes on you.” Consider the outrage of certain people to the television show “All-American Muslim” that depicted a Muslim family as being normal Americans, as opposed to the fundamentalist jihadists some people would like to think they all are. But this is naught but a tear in a rainstorm compared to the murder of Shaima Alawadi. She was an Iraqi-American trying to find respite in America from the chaos in her own nation (caused by us in case you’ve forgotten). Last Wednesday, someone broke into her El Cajon, Calif., home and beat her repeatedly in the head with a tire iron, leaving a note that read, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” She died on Saturday, leaving behind her husband and their five children. Once again, given the omnipresent false narrative that “All Muslims are terrorists,” I’m not surprised there was some imbecile who got angry about the Arabs in the neighborhood. But again the shock is that this failure of a human being took the initiative to break into someone’s home, and kill them simply because they were different. Then, to have the astounding nerve to accuse this peaceful mother of being a terrorist, when this coward, by his or her own actions committed an act of despicable terrorism. I hate to use such a cliche, but wake up, America! Our culture is complacent in breeding people that turn their fear and hatred into deathly acts. These people are not just nut jobs to be written off — they have entire mental constructs based on how they understand the messages they receive from the world around them about who these “other” people are and how best to deal with them. I’m sure whatever else out there can wait when the most vulnerable in our society are at risk. We must have zero tolerance for these kind of actions, and we must figure out how to end this culture of bigotry now, lest the land of the free and the home of the brave becomes something disgustingly unrecognizable.
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SGA tables Reach OUT vote after survey By ASHLEY THURMOND NEWS ASSISTANT
Nearly six months ago, SGA senators tabled an advocacy request resolution regarding the potential official formation of LGBT group Reach OUT on Pepperdine’s campus. SGA waited to vote on the resolution and sent out a survey to students in hopes of gauging the student body perspective on the status of Reach OUT as an organization. Reach OUT had submitted an application for official ICC recognition last semester and was notified in December that their application was denied, due to conflict with the University’s biblical mission. SGA surveyed the student body, asking, “Are you in favor of Pepperdine University officially recognizing Reach OUT as a registered student organization?” Sixty-one percent of respondents said yes (they are in favor) while 39 percent said no (they were opposed). On Wednesday, SGA brought the resolution back to the forefront of its discussion, but the discussion ended with another vote to table the resolution until next week. Before SGA’s next meeting, a committee of SGA senators will take a deeper look at the resolution and make any necessary amendments.
SGA was somewhat reluctant to table the resolution once again. “What’s the point if we keep on tabling it?” junior Sen. Alex Claud said. Despite hesitations, members came to the conclusion that the draft, originally authored by Reach OUT copresident senior Alexander Cooper, was in need of some amending to make it more understandable, clear and reflective of student opinion and satisfying for both students and administration. The conversation regarding the resolution began with a discussion about what SGA senators believed their duties were in regard to the survey results and presenting those to administration. “We have an obligation to represent the students because we were elected,” SGA VP of Administration Rachel O’Connor said. “But every week we vote on resolutions without quantifying them.” In last week’s SGA meeting, each class representative was handed the results of the survey, distributed randomly to 20 percent of Seaver College’s undergraduate population on the principle that a 20 percent sample will yield the most representative results. “I don’t know if the results were convincing enough,” junior Pat Moan said. “Let’s literally just add the student
survey results [into the wording of the resolution] that is our job.” Moan added: “We should do something about it with this information.” “This survey does not serve as a mandate,” junior Class President Christie Myers said. “Instead it is our job to share the student voice with administration.” Myers also pointed out the 39 percent of the surveyed students were against it, and thus passing the resolution could lead SGA to ignore a significant population of students. Senior Sen. Jordan Womack, one of the volunteers for serving on the resolution amendment committee, expressed his hope for some sort of common ground. “I think we all need to consider the administration’s voice as well,” Womack said. “I’d like to see SGA take a stance in the middle ground.” The drafted resolution, which SGA viewed in this week’s meeting, began with a description of Pepperdine’s experience regarding its failure to recognize LGBT-related organizations in the past. The resolution then goes on to suggest that “the university’s reputation is negatively impacted by the perception that it is discriminatory toward homosexual students.” The resolution calls for
SGA to support the approval of Reach OUT and to recommend to administration that the organization be granted club recognition on campus.
“If Reach OUT does what they say they are going to do, then I support them. I do believe that people need a place to go to feel welcome and talk about things that only bother them.”
“I respect the University’s decision to decline a club funding if one of the club’s beliefs is contrary to the Biblical marriage mandate. This does not make the University homophobic.”
YES 61% “I don’t agree with the LGBT lifestyle and as a Christian university I’m sure Pepperdine doesn’t either. However, the core of Christian values is to love on [sic] another, and denying a group of people the ability to come together for support through their struggles is NOT
NO 39% “Churches and Christian communities are already and should already be reaching out to the LGBT community.”
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Students shared comments anonymously in the SGA survey regarding Reach OUT. The survey asked, “Are you in favor of Pepperdine University ofﬁcially recognizing Reach OUT as a registered student organizations?”
SGA president-elect shares leadership philosophy By ASHLEY THURMOND NEWS ASSISTANT
Christie Myers has shown her dedication to serve the students of Pepperdine since she first became a Wave. Now, Myers looks forward to the year ahead when she will serve as the president of the Student Government Association. “I am excited for this position because I am passionate about what is going on at Pepperdine, and about strengthening community, and getting to know everyone here,” Myers said. Upon hearing that she had been elected, Myers said that she gave a smile and thumbs up to those in her class who had helped her in her campaign and awaited the answer alongside her. She was thrilled and already prepared to continue to serve the student body at a higher level. Myers serves on SGA as junior class president, so in no way is she a novice when it comes to policy and student government. Myers was also freshmen class president for the class of 2013. “I started with SGA my freshmen year,” Myers said. “I campaigned right after NSO and loved meeting a lot of
hall meetings and the Junior Class Paint new people.” Myers added: “I enjoyed it because Party. As SGA president, Myers looks forit got me involved in the community so that I could serve them through policy, ward to making more advancement in initiatives that have begun this year such something I am passionate about.” As Myers looks ahead to the up- as the Lovernich renovations. “We need to coming school year, she make sure everyremains passionate and thing is conducive hopes to serve in ways “I want SGA to with the communever done before. be constantly nity,” Myers said. “I am excited about involved in the For Myers, it is strengthening commucommunity.” all about making nity through strong netsure the students works,” Myers said. “I —Christie Myers have a voice, that look forward to providSGA President-Elect ideas are heard and ing SGA with resources implemented propand equipping them to erly. Her excitement is clear when it better serve the students.” As SGA president, Myers will be comes to her hopes for next year’s SGA. “I want SGA to be constantly inpresent at all SGA weekly meetings, provide assistance to class officers and volved in the community,” Myers said. lead discussions on policy that will af- “Also I want us to work as a team so that fect the student body. everyone enjoys what they are doing.” Myers added: “I want people to The current junior is double majoring in Spanish and International Stud- know where to come, and that means ies, with an emphasis in Political Sci- strengthening communication beence. This year, she and other junior tween all student groups.” During the campaign, Myers shared officers have been the leading minds behind junior class events such as town her objectives if elected.
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Kauhane wrote that ICC has yet to determine the full response to the situation. “The ICC is in the process of working with the Student Activities Office and the University to follow the correct procedures in responding to the allegations,” she wrote. “The ICC has reached out to ‘Danny Deever’ via email and have encouraged he/she to speak with us in person, we have not been able to garner any further information regarding their identity.” Byrd indicated that the e-board selection process will resume next week and applications will be open to new candidates. According to Byrd, applicants will be considered based on GPA, good standing with the University and interview performance. Interviews for the other e-board positions will also be conducted, but only the president must undergo confirmation by the general
ICC body of delegates after recommendation from the e-board, according to ICC’s constitution. This selection process is one of the changes made to the ICC constitution when it was amended at the start of the spring semester. The funding request approval process also changed, moving from a general delegate vote to a vote by a special funding committee with rotating members. In addition to his involvement with ICC, Patel serves as vice president of Recruitment and Risk Management for the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) on campus. According to Byrd, the ICC has never received allegations of racism in the past.
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“I will maintain a focus on policy and advocacy as a professional means of appealing to administrators with student concerns,” Myers said. “I will approach policy with the goal of promoting community by removing irritants and improving community space, and by working closely with all student groups and campus departments in order to support events and initiatives that unify the student body.” As a Buenos Aires program alumna, Myers hopes to reach out and better connect the students who are abroad with the Pepperdine community in Malibu next year. “Even though I was sad that I could not serve on SGA my sophomore year,
I learned a lot while I was abroad,” Myers said. Myers has been thinking of new ways for students abroad to feel fully connected to events on Seaver’s main campus, and for those students in Malibu to hear of the adventures of those abroad. She wants to build Pepperdine into a stronger community as she serves on the SGA executive board. “My goal is for SGA to have a strong and consistent presence for the students,” Myers said. “I want people to know that they are always free to come and talk to me and share their ideas.”
Students beware of unsolicited solicitors
you go to Pepperdine you can afford it,” before she slammed the door. NEWS ASSISTANT According to campus policy, solicitation or canvassing of any product not approved by HousSeveral female Pepperdine University students ing and Residence Life is prohibited. “It should have reported that a pair of unidentified men has have been [reported]. We really would have wantbeen knocking on residence doors and soliciting ed to have responded and gotten information,” students to buy magazine subscriptions in recent said Department of Public Safety Deputy Direcweeks. tor Dawn Emrich. Three students were independently apEncounters with these unidentified men have proached by older males attempting to sell po- not been limited to the Pepperdine campus. tentially dubious magazine subscriptions. In each When graduate student Tiffany Marie Brannon event, the men targeted young women, none of purchased coffee from the local Coffee Bean and whom were successfully scammed or physically walked to her car, two men followed her to her harmed. vehicle. Junior Stephanie Barnes reports Brannon tried to evade that she was preparing to leave them, but they persisted. They “We always when she heard a knock on her gave Brannon the same story, encourage stuDrescher campus apartment door but when she told them she two weeks ago. She opened the dents, employees, was not interested, the men door to two men in their mid-toanybody to report would not take no for an anlate 20s, one a short Latino and the anybody on camswer. They told her they took other a tall, slender Caucasian. pus that seems like cash or credit cards and even The pair claimed to be with the they don’t belong offered to accompany her to University of Miami and part of a the nearest ATM. They also here.” communications program compeasked for personal information —Dawn Emrich tition. They said they were trying such as her name, phone numDPS Deputy Director to work on their public speaking ber and email address. When by going door to door and earning Brannon wouldn’t budge, the $2,000 selling magazine subscripolder man admitted that they tions. Neither named a specific organization, and were not actually students, and that this was how they claimed the money was to help children in they made their living. Africa. According to Brannon, the older man admit“I did not think they were Pepperdine stu- ted he had been doing this for seven years, going dents,” Barnes said. “They were not dressed pro- from state to state, spending about a month in fessionally. Automatically I knew that they were each area, specifically targeting affluent communot trying to sell me anything reliable.” nities. He claimed he was a salesman, and that he When she told the men that she was a college made anywhere from twenty to a couple of thoustudent and couldn’t afford it, the men respond- sand dollars per day. At night all of those working ed, “I thought they got rid of all the poor people in the area meet up, pool all their money together in Malibu,” and Barnes shut the door. and get paid based on group hierarchy. A second encounter with two men fitting the Coincidently, Brannon was again approached same description occurred the same day. Junior the next day by a different man who gave her the Britt Kidd, a Graphic Life & Arts staff writer, same story. She informed him that she was aware heard a banging on her apartment door, also in of the scheme, and he immediately left. Drescher. She received the same sales pitch, and Anyone who encounters a similar situation was equally unconvinced. is urged to contact Pepperdine’s Department of “It seemed kind of weird,” Kidd said. “If they Public Safety to verify the solicitor’s credentials. were trying to earn $2,000 why would they fly all “We always encourage students, employees, anythe way from Florida to California?” body to report anybody on campus that seems Kidd told the men she was not interested, but like they don’t belong here,” Emrich said. the men continued to pitch, telling her, “C’mon, email@example.com
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Loan: film explores the effects of microfinance senior Houston Fry. “I hope people like it,” Parker said. “The and alumna Rachel Williams (’11), filming in people we interviewed and met are the people Argentina went throughout the month of June who depend, really, on microfinance, so I hope 2011 with Faulkner, Williams and Morton, as the audience feels like they got a chance to meet well as alumnus Stan Parker (‘11) and USC Film those people and see that there are opportunities School student Tim Heaphy. Along with guid- to help them, and microfinance can be a tool for ance from Professor Susan Salas, that.” the project received full funding, Based off the system develincluding grants from the Ofoped by Nobel Laureate Mufices of the President, Provost, hammad Yunus and his organiDean of Seaver College and Vice zation The Grameen Bank, the “You get the whole Provost for Research and Strabasic idea of microfinance is spectrum of microfitegic Initiatives, and the Center making small loans with low to nance in Argentina for Faith and Learning. no interest to potential entrein 40 minutes.” The film has three sections preneurs in impoverished areas featuring different areas in Ar—Becca Faulkner for the purpose of starting a new Microfinance Club gentina with different sociobusiness venture. If successful, President economic conditions: rural poor the new business will improve in Adulam, suburban neighborthe economy of the area, and will hoods in Rosario and urban be able to pay back the original shantytowns in Cordoba. loan, which is then re-loaned to “You get the whole spectrum other people. of microfinance in Argentina in “It’s cool because all the mon40 minutes,” Faulkner said. ey we loan is always paid back to us, so we can The footage was brought back to the United keep going for a long time, even if fund-raising States for post-production with Heaphy as direc- goes down for a little while,” Faulkner said. “Of tor of photography, Parker as editor and Faulkner the 10,000 we’ve loaned, over 98 percent has doing Spanish translations as well as music from come back.” firstname.lastname@example.org From A1
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She brings with her the idea of “putting your money with your mouth is” and believes in a lot of Malibu policies. “We have very few things for young peoIt takes a well-travelled person to obple, or anybody, to do,” House serve the workings of communisaid. “We should expand that.” ties, but it takes a genuine perHouse has been particularly son to see the strengths behind involved with the recreation the individuals of a community center and with the skate park and create bonds with these peoin hopes of creating more places ple through mutual trust. A refor the community to come and peat city council candidate and enjoy. She heavily supports proja 37-year Malibu resident, Joan ects that promote community House finds beauty in creating House building because she wants to these bonds. Educator see a friendlier Malibu for all. House has been elected to “Having been a teacher, and City Council for terms in 1992, the world, I’ve realaround much pretty 1996 and 2000. She is running again for the controversy is worth any and idea any ized 2012 city council. Her campaign this year “You have to be said. House to,” listening looks to focus on preserving Malibu’s natural she said. percent,” 100 agrees one No open. and cultural resources, build a budget reserve ble.” approacha very be to like “I equal to a year’s revenue and remodel the Michael Landon Recreation Center.
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Students with kids balance books and bottles By NARINE ADAMOVA SPORTS EDITOR
Senior Jamie Loren’s stress level goes beyond midterms and essays. Since her son Preston was born in 2007, her major priority has become not to let her life spin out of control. “If you are a good parent and a good student, you try not to let it become an excuse for not being prepared or for doing a so-so job,” Loren said. Loren starts her usual day as early as 6 in the morning to get her 5-year-old son ready for school. She drops him off by 8:45 a.m. — 15 miles in the opposite direction of Pepperdine. After that, she drives 60 miles to be on time for her 10 a.m. class. “My life is crazy,” Loren confessed. “Last semester I was enrolled in 6 classes, was taking 19 units, while interning for NBC Universal two days a week.” Jenny Gardner, a graduate student getting her master’s of science in communication, is in a similar situation. She is raising two children, 5-yearold Josie and 3-year-old Theo. Gardner believes that prioritizing is the biggest challenge for parents who are attending schools. “I’m constantly juggling what’s most important to get done at a given time,” she said. Gardner got her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA, spent seven years working as a magazine editor, then returned to school for her master’s degree. “On days I don’t have class, I generally have to balance my schoolwork with things like grocery shopping and folding clothes — when you’re a parent, there’s a never-ending supply of clothes to be washed and put away,” Gardner said. Loren has been balancing school and parenting since she was pregnant. “I decided, once my husband and I found out [Preston] was on the way, to go back to school,” Loren said. She was taking night classes while pregnant. Meanwhile, her husband was in Iraq serv-
Above and right: Senior Shannon Jack learns to make African dishes from some of the students at Made in the Streets, an organization near Nairobi, Kenya. Bottom: Students from Made in the Streets’s sewing class enjoy a day together.
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ing for the U.S. Army and returned home just days before their son was born. “Once I found writing to be my strength I chose journalism and once I became pregnant I decided to make school my No. 1 priority while my husband, Travis, was in Iraq.” “I live in Valencia, near Magic Mountain, and commute to Pepperdine everyday for class,” she said. The rest of her day is a race to her classes, with homework breaks in between. Throughout the day, Loren manages applying for jobs, making phone calls for fundraising for her son’s school and paying bills. “It all happens walking to and from class, “ she said. Loren is currently teaching herself Spanish to pass out of the foreign language requirement. She listens to Spanish learning CDs in the car on the way to pick up her son in the afternoon. “Then I get home, start dinner, do a load of laundry, put my son in the bath and my husband gets home. Dress, feed and play with my son. Help clean up dinner and take out the dogs. Change the washer, clean up toys, vacuum. Then it’s off to bed for him by 8 p.m. So we do about 45 minutes of reading. Then it’s homework time. Stay up until about 11 p.m. and pass out. Then it starts
again. I have to say this is by far the easiest semester I have had in about three years,” she said. Loren is graduating with a bachelor’s in journalism this semester. Despite an extremely busy schedule, Loren is hoping to get a job within entertainment and become a film producer. She maintains a high grade point average and was inducted into the Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. “I have had to make difficult decisions, but because I have so much family support I haven’t had to make the extreme sacrifices that other student-parents, or any parent for that matter, sometimes have to,” Loren said. Despite the fact that her classmates are a few years younger, Loren has found a way to make the learning process beneficial for both her and her classmates. “It’s interesting because I am older but not by enough to where I feel uncomfortable, just simply at a different stage in my life,” Loren said. “I try to picture their futures when I listen to them speak in class.” “If I didn’t have my family at home, I wouldn’t feel different from the others,” she said.
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campus, including the dodge ball tournament tomorrow. They are also hosting convocation April 10 in PLC 125 at 9 p.m. Shortly after graduation, senior Shannon Jack Though the organization is relatively new and will board a plane for her sixth trip to Kenya, where a small size, the local Kenyans are well aware of she will be working with Made in the Streets, an the positive impact that it has made on the comorganization that helps get children off the streets. munity. In the summer of Jack’s junior year of high “The people that [the staff] are impacting is at school, her church gathered a group of members a high level of impact. Charles, the founder, says to support Made In the Streets hands-on, and Jack that, ‘We’re a small drop in the bucket, but we’re a has been going back ever since. Made in the Streets, good drop.’ You see [these kids] out in the farm and a Christian program, began 15 years ago and has you’d have never known that these kids lived on helped kids get off the streets and onto higher liv- the streets. You can see God transforming people ing, higher learning and brightso clearly,” Jack said. er futures. Not all stories end as posi“There is so much potential tively as others. Due to past [in these kids]. Once they get addictions or social pressures, “These kids are so into the program, watching some teenagers choose to turn capable of succeedthem start to realize it its just away from the program and go so exciting,” Jack said. “These ing in life. The staff back to their original lives on kids are so capable of succeedthe streets. sees that in them ing in life. The staff sees that in “That’s sad, but it is the cycle and once they’re in them and once they’re in the of poverty there. There is this the program, they program, they can start to see mindset that gets passed down. that in themselves and in each can start to see that It is very fatalistic, such as, other and that’s so cool.” in themselves and in ‘Whatever happens happens.’ The staff goes to inner-city They are one of the strongest each other and that’s Nairobi and form relationpeople I’ve met, but they enso cool.” ships with children who have dure it. They don’t think its been living on the streets. They —Shannon Jack possible to get out of it.” bring the children to the Made Senior Jack said the cycle of poverty In the Streets Program, which is influenced by factors other provides the basic education for than a determinist mind-set, the children to be able to take though. the eighth grade national test, the Kenya Certifi“There are so many problems such as a corrupt cate of Primary Education. government and a high unemployment rate. There “Just being able to take [the test] is a big deal. is not a whole lot of space to get out,” she said. If you’re from the street, you don’t get to do that,” However, there are also many great success stoJack said. ries. Not only do many teenagers who graduated Once they are 16, these teenagers go into a from the program move on to respectable jobs in training program that teaches them a specific pro- high-class restaurants or auto repair shops, but fession that could include automotive work, sew- many of the graduates also go back to the program ing, farming or working at beauty salons. and work as the staff. “Once a kid has graduated, they try to give “The staff are excellent role models and some of them support any way they can. Right now they the most godly people I’ve met and it’s really cool are starting to build new dorms on the farm prop- to see the turnaround there and see how the kids erty so people can come back for weekends and be that have gone through the program are now the part of the church still until they find their place. staff there,” Jack said. That is a part of the program right now that they Applications for 2013 internships will be availare strengthening,” Jack said. able online at www.madeinthestreets.org. Made in the Streets will offer internships for summer 2013 to Pepperdine students as well as students across the United States to work in Kenya and then to come back to the United States to share the ministry with different churches. The trip will take two and a half months in total. firstname.lastname@example.org The organization will be holding fundraisers on STAFF WRITER
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PERSPECTIVES March 29, 2012
Graphic MADISON LEONARD PERSPECTIVES EDITOR
Baseless criticisms tarnish the presidential race
We are a critical society. From hipster style and the new Shins album all the way to Mitt Romney, no thing or person can remain unscathed by the fires of societal criticism. But during this important presidential election, the criticisms that are flying around should be deserving. Let’s rip at foreign policies, tax strategies, healthcare programs and the idea of American exceptionalism; but the unnecessary and arbitrary personal attacks against candidates have got to stop. Because I’m afraid that the act of tearing down things like the sanctity of life, the Constitution and the primal worth of family really reflect on the state of our society. If we are calling those tendencies weird, as Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have been called for holding such values, then our country has made one seriously disturbing character arc. And while all the candidates have felt the brunt of irrelevant scrutiny, no one, in my opinion, can match the history of extraneous complaints made against him like Romney. Some common criticisms: No. 1 He’s a Mormon. I can’t put it better than this month’s National Review cover article, which says, “The Truth ... about Mormons! Nice! Decent! Earnest! And one’s running for President!” Following typical misconceptions, many assume that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the same as being a Christian. While this topic alone deserves its own article, it’s just simple to say that Romney obviously maintains upstanding values in his life — evident through the huge lack of legitimate dirt on his personal and professional history. Typical religious unfamiliarity should not drive voting in this occasion, especially when the qualities that are associated with Mormonism — diligence, modesty, family values, etc. — are the ones that many are looking for in a president. No. 2 He’s a flip-flopper. Yes, Romney has changed his political opinion on a couple of matters — namely abortion and same-sex marriage — over the past two decades. But I would rather have that kind of listening, receptive, analytical individual as president than a person who commits concretely to one stance regardless of the information available and the political climate of his constituents. Leaders should constantly be analyzing their positions on these tough issues. After all, I find myself developing my own ideas continuously, so why are public figures any different? No. 3 He’s not very personable. Is it his hair? First of all, the only politician that I can think of as “personable” through our strict television and Internet interactions is Stephen Colbert. And he’s not even a real politician. This argument is about as arbitrary as it gets, but nevertheless, it seems to be a looming concern. Voters should be nitpicking his health care reform or stance on oil drilling, not whether or not they’d want to date him. No. 4 He’s too moderate. He’s been labeled too liberal for Republicans, and too conservative for Democrats, as if according to some magical ratio. But when you really face it, every single President in history has been forced to “come to the middle” of the political spectrum in order to accomplish anything (and of course, get re-elected). As the Republican governor of a Democratic congress in Massachusetts, Romney showed his abilities to function in a politically combatant atmosphere. Can’t we all agree that real bipartisan action is exactly what this country needs right now? Amid the cat fighting between the last few candidates, I’m calling for a mutiny against the mudslinging. Voters need to claim the qualities that are necessary in their president, choose their candidate and skip the melodrama.
JAMES CHUNG/ ASSISTANT ART EDITOR
STAFF EDITORIAL Facing the employment front lines, grads call out for real advocates The clock is ticking. As the final countdown to graduation begins, it’s apparent that seniors all around campus are beginning to panic. It’s that impending doom of what should come next: a job. Goodbye classes and accruing loans, hello 40-hour work weeks and paychecks to start trying to pay off those loans. But first, we have to get hired. And that’s a feat seeming all too challenging for those flying from the Pepperdine nest. Students hear the broken record speech over and over again, being told that the best way to get a job is to network. Well, we can attend every “Night 2 Network” available, but in the end this may not help in getting a company to look at our resumes. And no matter what they tell you, “elevator pitches” are almost always an unbelievably bad idea. What students really need is a person on campus who can call up that friend at ESPN and say, “Listen, Susie Q. Broadcast just applied for your News Assistant position, and she’s great. You should really check out her resume.” (And yes, “Susie Q. Broadcast” is the real name on a Career Center example resume.) Students need someone on campus who has an extensive network of connections and whose sole job is to get students real job opportunities. While the Career Center should be the place to which we turn during the job-hunting crunch, many of us find it discouraging. While the Career Center does offer some beneficial programs such as mock interviews, help with making a resume (if you don’t have Google to search on your own for templates) and CareerSpace to find available jobs, it’s been proven
relatively fruitless in helping students actually secure a job — or even an interview. It’s not security; just a little preparation. And this preparation comes via student workers more often than not. It’s frustrating to have a fellow student review your resume five times. Why five? Because each time you send it back to be approved it’s a new student worker — you may recognize them from Humanities class. This isn’t to say that Pepperdine as a whole isn’t good at providing for its students — just look at what they do for the International Programs. Students in the IP or DC internship programs secure some of the most impressive internships any resume has seen: The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters, the United Nations, BBC, UNESCO and dozens more. And these are American students working abroad! You’d think it would be easier to help us get jobs in our own backyard. What we’re missing in Malibu is the connection. Naturally, executives will pay much more attention to a personal recommendation from their peer. Wouldn’t you? Alumni need these connections, too. One reason we have such low alumni giving may be because many alumni don’t have jobs. That’s completely conjecture, but we do know that before we can give back to a place that gave us so much in our four years here, we have to pay rent. If you’re a Pepperdine alumnus in a position to hire entrylevel employees or even recommend some Waves to your HR department, consider helping a fellow Wave out. You know our work ethic and our common ground should engender personal responsibility on our part.
It’s very important to differentiate between helping students and indulging a sense of entitlement. We are not asking for a handout. Activating some primal self-determination, students need to search job postings and talk to faculty members with connections. We are asking for Pepperdine to do more to help us secure that interview. From there, students can feel free to mess up their own chances. And here is where our potential solution comes into play. It’s fair to say that each department has at least one professor with great connections, or could find a readily qualified individual for the job. Each department should be given the budget to hire on someone (or lessen the workload for those currently qualified) for this sole purpose: to help students network. Divisions should designate this person to spend time strengthening connections and helping students who come into his or her office looking to apply for a job in that field. This individual needs to be networking for students to help us land that interview, where the job of securing the position is now in our hands. But of course, those professors are simply too busy with classes, meetings and their own research to help out every student pleading for an advocate. The Career Center can offer broad guidance to apply for a job, but a department networker can offer a specialized connection and help apply for the job — which is what graduates and students need in this competitive world. It’s been hammered into our heads how important networking is, so offer us some more concentrated help, Pepperdine, because we’re not getting it.
Executive Editor Sonya Singh Managing Editor Jessica Abu-Ghattas Creative Director Alexa Stoczko News Editor Aubrey Hoeppner Associate News Editor Ian McDonald News Assistants Whitney Irick Andrew Kasselmann Mariella Rudi Ashley Thurmond Sports Editor Narine Adamova Assistant Sports Editor Alysha Tsuji Sports Assistants DeAnJilo Platt-Friday Andy de Burgh Sidley Perspectives Editor Madison Leonard Assistant Perspectives Editor Grace Stearns Life & Arts Editor Edgar Hernandez Assistant Life & Arts Editor Benjamin Kryder Life & Arts Assistants Caneel Anthony Sarah Racker Section Designers Amy Cummins Mallory Cummins Nikki Torriente Garrison Wright Photo Editor Meagan McCarty Photo Assistant Rachel Miller Art Editor Emily Branch Assistant Art Editor James Chung Copy Editors Breanne DeMore Sienna Jackson Lindsay Jakows Kristina McClendon Brooklin Nash Online Managing Editor Al Lai Online Content Editor Kayla Ferguson Online Photo Editor Rebecca Herron PGM President Scott Lawrence Director of Student Journalism Elizabeth Smith Assistant Director of Journalism Courtenay Stallings
“Do you think the Pepperdine Career center oﬀers adequate resources to students moving toward graduation?” CAMERON DUFF Senior NO: While I do think the Career Center does a great job for students interested in business, it’s helpfulness does not extend far beyond the business major. Pepperdine has a lot of business connections and internship opportunities, as the Pepperdine business program is one of the best equipped. However, I do not think the Career Center is very useful to students looking at graduate schools and fellowships. The Career office rarely seems to make connections that might give Pepperdine applicants an edge against other competitors.
DYLAN BURY Junior YES: I view the Career Center as a deeply underutilized tool that people at Pepperdine do not take full advantage of. It’s a great resource for people who are not business majors and have not learned how to network, or perhaps do not have as many connections as others. The Career Center offers those people all the connections and resources that Pepperdine has established over the years.
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March 29, 2012
Spirituality thrives when voluntary The blind leading the blind
Look uphill: Law students welcome young suitors GRACE STEARNS
ASSISTANT PERSPECTIVES EDITOR
Dear Grace, It’s the end of my freshman year and I’m finally realizing the rumors are true: nobody dates at Pepperdine. Am I doing something wrong? Or is there a better way to meet people? Sincerely, Relationship IQ I’m not going to waste anyone’s time by pretending like Seaver College offers any viable forums through which one might meet someone with the intention of cultivating a dating relationship. The only thing more embarrassing than sitting through one of the many Relationship IQ convos is realizing you forgot to scan in and having to fill out a convo appeal form summarizing what you learned only to be denied credit due to providing an insufficient synopsis. I recommend avoiding the whole scene. Instead of making up something outlandish about introducing yourself to strangers in the Caf like a desperate lunatic, I decided instead to do some investigative journalism around Malibu to see which population demographics are most likely to date Seaver students. Not surprisingly, the homeless population responded with keen interest. More appropriate, however, was the enthusiastic response I received from our neighbors to the north. Not the Oregonians, no, our very own Pepperdine law students! How many times have I heard friends express a wistful desire for an older partner with goals, direction and a bright career ahead? How many times have I carefully applied eye liner before ascended the CCB stairs under the unconvincing guise of craving a breakfast burrito? I’m here to tell you: Law students long for you in return! A tall, good-looking male law student — who shall remain nameless — expressed, unprompted, a desire to meet undergrad women without wandering creepily onto Joslyn plaza with a “need girlfriend” sign. Future lawyers, always sensitive to what might become a lawsuit, insist that we come to them. When I asked what he suggested in terms of expediting a meet and greet, he supplied the following answer: “wait outside the law classrooms in the atrium.” There you have it, Waves, the answer lies in the atrium. In case you don’t have any idea what or where “the atrium” is, don’t fret! It’s the poorly decorated lobby right inside the law school’s front doors. I suggest wearing something that might clearly identify you as an undergrad, so on-the-market law students will be able to quickly identify you and sweep you off your feet. Whether that’s Greek letters, an under 21 wristband or a vertical license, be sure to advertise your apparent youth and use it toward your own advantage. Next time you crave a breakfast burrito, turn not to Drescher. Nay, drive on, and park illegally in front of the green curb outside the law school. Formal coming up? Be bold, Seaver students, and delve into the unknown world and dancing prowess of Juris Doctoral candidates. A new realm of possibility has been born out of the simple knowledge that any feelings you may hold for those mysterious, alluring, lawyers at the top of the hill is not unrequited. Take heart, Relationship IQ, in the solace that there is at least one demographic on this desolate dating wasteland of a university campus that is at least open to the idea of meeting people of the opposite gender. And please, do yourself a favor and avoid any convocation advertising a panel of married students, a Church of Christ perspective on modern courtship or speed dating in the Sandbar.
LAUREN BURNHAM STAFF WRITER
I’d like you to take a journey with me, into an imaginary land of adventure. Close your eyes — yes, have your roommate or prospective lover read the rest to you — and envision a place where there is no such thing as convo credit. Nowhere can there be seen crowds of apathetic students waiting in line with their ID cards, and no signs advertising ambiguously-titled events. Not a single transcript features a letter grade for occasionally attending (and texting during) these events. Does this land sound familiar? Because to me, it sounds like the whole rest of the world. Uniqueness is in itself not good or bad. Pepperdine has many rare qualities that I like. For example, it offers a surfing class, Project Serve is a common spring break option and our mascot is a liquid. Similarly singular, the convocation requirement is the result of Pepperdine’s desire to harmonize Christian values with a degree of pluralism and liberality. Abilene Christian University and Harding University (other Church of Christ-
associated schools) both require students to attend chapel every day. Wheaton and Westmont (both nondenominational Christian schools) require it three times a week. Meanwhile, secular schools obviously don’t require any kind of chapel, allegedly pursuing only academic rigor and economic viability. So, Pepperdine’s unique compromise between the two styles is convocation. It’s this thing that you have to attend about once a week to get an A, the ultimate significance of which is debated, and there are all these different events that you choose from, you just have to make sure you bring your ID to be scanned, and if it’s a popular one you better get there early, maybe even get a ticket. Sometimes they’re super religious, sometimes they’re more like counseling, sometimes they’re more like an academic assembly and sometimes they’re more like foreign language practice. Some are short, some are long and more or less demanding. But at least you’re getting convo credit. Why are we requiring religious engagement? Is a student expected to gain from any form of spiritual exposure, to soak it up like a sponge? When we require religion, even the vague religion often featured in convos, we distort it with logistical and political complications. In ad-
dition, requiring religion patronizes it. It says that we don’t think people value their soul enough to bother with spirituality, so we force them to bother. But the result is less that they bother and more that they pretend to bother. Some convos are worthwhile. In fact, one alumnus told me that he attended way more convos than were required because he liked them so much. At one point he asked the convocation office if he could sell his convocation credits to other students. (The idea of modern-day indulgences apparently wasn’t a hit.) However, I find that most students see convocations as something to “get out of the way.” After a friend of mine spoke at a convo recently, she told me, “Well, it was fine. I do always forget how difficult convo audiences are,” describing the students as “dead.” This is not even to address the audience behavior on a Wednesday morning, which subjects guest speakers to talking, background noise and general rudeness. Sure, it’s decreased since Pepperdine started using its convocation workers to tell off fellow students who are disruptive. But what a shame that is. Young adults shouldn’t require babysitting. In other campus gatherings, I have witnessed my fellow students being not only respectful but also responsive to speakers. What makes
the difference is the right to choose. Students, like most people, thrive and learn when they have made a conscious decision to engage. In contrast, the response to mild coercion is mild rebellion. Thus, the convocation requirement trains our students to engage in faith matters with apathy. The best way to enrich our spiritual life at Pepperdine, including convo-like activity, would be to abolish its requirement. By subjecting our spiritual events to the same demands that we subject other on-campus events to — the challenge of attracting people and reaching them in a meaningful way — we would fuel discourse about the meaning of faith. If we arose to that challenge, we could become the kind of Christian university that truly sustains a thriving spiritual environment organically, without reliance on confusing and degrading institutional demands. God gives us free will to accept or reject Him. The most profound thing about following God is our choice to have faith when all empirical evidence suggests that we don’t have to. Why does it seem like our faith-based administration is ignoring God’s example? If we are to produce a community that deeply experiences God, we must not dull his glory with our rules.
Raise a glass to summa cum laude, et vino NATHAN STRINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Pepperdine benefits when students excel. National scholarships and published research give the university free advertising and bolster its reputation for academic excellence. Administrators already substantially reward students for their academic achievement through scholarships, and money is a superb incentive — but so is alcohol. Pepperdine should maintain a pub on campus where intellectually curious students can drink with their professors. This would accomplish three things: It would incentivize academic achievement, foster a community of scholars and encourage responsible drinking. The campus pub would be strictly regulated. Students in international programs enjoy other countries’ lower drinking ages, but no one under 21 could enter the pub. And outside the pub, the campus would still be bone dry. Alcohol consumption elsewhere on campus would be punished as it is now, if not more strictly, and no one on probation could enter the pub. Initially, students with high GPAs would have pub access. I don’t have a GPA that would get me into the pub. But if the pub existed, I would. That’s precisely why the pub should exist, and why the requirements for access would eventually have to climb. No longer would GPA alone be enough, but students would have to present at conferences or publish research to get through the door. The curious but lazy would have a reason to apply themselves. More and more students would pursue their academic interests, and Pepperdine would reinforce its image as a place of fearless investigation. The pub itself would be an intellectual hotspot. Not only would the best and brightest students gather in a single location, but all professors would also have complete access. This would create a unique intellectual environment akin to the coffeehouses of Enlightenment Europe. Adam Smith wrote most of “The Wealth of Nations” in his favorite coffeehouse in London, circulating chapters for his fellow coffee drinkers to read and critique. In the same way, the campus pub could serve as communal office hours. Professors of different disciplines would be able to discuss their research with each other, and students would be included in the conversation. Insights of one discipline would cross-pollinate with those of another, and scholarship would bloom.
EMILY BRANCH/ART EDITOR
Further, a place where responsible students could drink on campus would help rehabilitate students’ views on alcohol. Students usually return from international programs with an insatiable thirst for alcohol rather than their host countries’ cultural temperance. A pub on campus would remind students that alcohol is not just a way to enjoy a weekend, but in fact a way to start intelligent conversations. Many secular universities have campus pubs, but Pepperdine could host one without betraying its Christian mission. A dry campus policy makes sense. The costs of cleaning up after drinking parties, not to mention the costs to the reputation of the university, are too great. But hosting a unique forum for professors and students to share drinks and ideas is very different from setting up a keg at an SGA Town Hall. And despite some American Christians’ injunction against alcohol, the first American Christians were passionate, responsible drinkers. After all, one of the first structures the pious, highly literate Puritans built in Massachusetts was a brewery. If this pub is done right, many students will not want to go. The pub could enforce a strict drink limit, and would look more like a book
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club than a bar in West Hollywood. Indeed, those who prefer chatting with professors over wine to barhopping with friends are few and far between. But they do exist, and the pub could satisfy this preference. When class ends, philosophy students could continue discussing Kierkegaard in an environment more conducive to conversation than the Caf or HAWC. Religion students could dialogue about high Christology in the Pauline epistles. Physics students could interpret the newest findings from the Large Hadron Collider. Communication theory students could challenge postmodern literature majors’ views on the limitations of text to convey meaning. The ultimate purpose of this campus pub would be to enrich the intellectual character of the university by providing a welcoming environment to its hardworking students. If done right, the pub would inspire academic achievement, promote the exchange of ideas and model responsible drinking habits. Cheers!
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Infiltrate the world of comic Book Movies NIKKI TORRIENTE / DESIGNER & RACHEL MILLER / PHOTO ASSISTANT
By NIKKI TORRIENTE DESIGNER
Traversing the world of masked heroes can be complicated if you don’t know much about the origins of the characters and their stories. Fortunately, Hollywood does a decent job at giving newbs enough information to follow the story of the film, but sometimes back-story and introduction of new characters can be easily glossed over so the movie can go straight to the action shots. Here are five major comic book-based films that will arrive this summer and the inside scope on origins of characters and plotlines that’ll swing into theaters.
The Avengers The first thing that needs to be known about “The Avengers” is that the film is directed by Joss Whedon. For those not cool enough to know who that is, Joss Whedon is the mastermind behind television classics “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Angel;” most of his projects carry a cult following because he’s brilliant. So, it’s to be expected that The Avengers — which is about a superhero team that follows Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black
Widow, and Hawkeye, who team up under Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D organization — will be just as amazing. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk all have had their own films, but the others are relatively unknown to those not already in tune with their inner nerd. Black Widow and Hawkeye come as a pair. They’re the only ones who don’t have superpowers, but don’t doubt their abilities to be able to keep up with the others. Black Widow might be the only female, but she’s not in the movie just for looks (although I’m sure that doesn’t hurt the film). She’s a highly trained warrior that’s been working with S.H.I.E.L.D. for awhile leading to the “Avenger Initiative.” She also made an appearance in the second Iron Man movie. The trailers we’ve seen so far have also hinted at the Captain American/Iron Man rivalry which comes into play in the comic series “Civil War.” Technically, Captain America is the leader of the group, but we all know Tony Stark (Iron Man’s real identity) likes to do things his way. It should be interesting how the film utilizes the characters penchant for disagreeing to foreshadow any coming Avengers films in the future.
Men in Black 3 Unbeknownst to most, the “Men in Black”
films were based on a comic book series of the same name. That tidbit aside, it looks like the latest Men in Black film brings back its two stars, Agents J and K to return to their black-suit wearing occupations — kicking alien butt. However, the plot of the movie has been turned on its head by sending Will Smith’s character back in time to meet the younger version of his straight-faced partner. “Men in Black 3” looks to be bigger and better than ever, and filled with even more awesome moments full of alien guts that spurred the love of the men in black all the way back to 1997. The only notable difference between the comic and the film adaptations are that the Men in Black organization killed all forms of the paranormal, not just aliens. But the extraterrestrial butt-kicking does give the movie a better focus, and has shown that fans don’t mind a little alteration.
The Amazing Spider-Man The Spider-Man reboot has been under fire since the decision to scrap the old cast and place an entirely new group of actors to fill the roles of the beloved comic book series. From the bits and pieces of trailers and interviews, it looks like this film covers similar territory with Peter Parker’s transformation into Spidey, but the plot
twists dramatically with a different back story about Spidey’s scientist dad. This leads to the introduction of a new villain, the Lizard. Not much guessing to do there, his name gives us everything we need to know, but keep in mind that this reboot of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man focuses more on early Spidey and his new leading lady Gwen Stacy. Little do people know that Gwen Stacy was the first love interest of Peter Parker before Mary Jane Watson. And although she’s one of Peter Parker’s high school classmates in the film, she really doesn’t meet him until college. The title of the film also comes from the original comic series of the same name, but their renditions of the web-slinging arachnid are extremely different, only time will tell how the film plays out.
The Dark Knight Rises One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, “The Dark Knight Rises” has managed to keep its plot tightly under wraps. Lucky for us, rumors have circulated about what to expect for Nolan’s final Batman, and when the full trailer was finally released, fans finally got a taste of what was awaiting them. From all the speculation we can come to these conclusions: Bane is one
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Art thieves glamourized by Hollywood, pursued by FBI By Caneel antHony
hid until after hours when he could perform his crime, and tried to donate the painting to the Uffizi gallery in Florence The famous Edvard Munch painting when it was discovered. Peruggia argued “The Scream” will be auctioned off at that the painting rightfully belonged to Sotheby’s in New York at the beginning Italy, and he was returning it home. of May. The painting has a tumultuous Fifty years later, another thief climbed history, that includes being in through the small bathroom stolen at gunpoint from Oslo’s window of the London National Munch Museum in 2004. The Gallery, 14 feet above the ground, piece was mysteriously recovand made away with Goya’s “Porered in 2006, and is only one trait of the Duke of Wellington.” example of the long history of The police subsequently rethievery that exists within the ceived ransom notes stating that art world. if they wished for the painting to After drugs and arms trafbe returned safely, the governPeruggia ficking, stolen art is the most ment would provide free televiArt Thief expensive merchandise on the sion licenses for retired British international black market citizens. Finally in 1965, when trade. According to the FBI, the thief realized his demands art theft, fraud, looting and trafficking would not be met, Kempton Bunton cost approximately $6 billion per year, turned himself in. and there is a special task force trained to Stories such as these have sparked recover these stolen goods, known as the imaginations for centuries and can be Art Crime Team. credited with the fascination we continue Art theft is certainly not a new pheto hold for the world of art robbery. The nomenon, which has persisted and even “Portrait of the Duke of Wellington” was increased throughout history. However, even featured in the 1962 James Bond film unlike drugs and arms trafficking, art “Dr. No,” when Sean Connery sees the thievery remains romanticized by the stolen painting hanging in the villain’s lair. general public, and glorified in television However, the current state of affairs is far and film. from glamorous. After all, who hasn’t seen a story similar Post WWII, the number of ideological to “Ocean’s 12,” or “The Thomas Crown art heists has dwindled, leaving behind a Affair,” in which art thieves are represented market open to organized crime, war lootnot as criminals, but masterful villains who ing and terrorism funding. In fact, accorddeserve respect for their intellect? At times ing to The New York Times, Mohamed they even perform feats of great physical Atta attempted to sell antiquities looted prowess and flexibility to achieve their from Afghanistan in Germany to fund the prize, such as Vincent Cassel’s character in Sept. 11 attacks. an attempt to steal the Faberge Egg. Presently a large majority of art thefts To understand where this glorification are carried out not for the artworks stems from, it is necessary to understand themselves, but for the money that can be the history. Some of the most famous art extorted from the insurance companies. heists were committed not out of greed or Famous works of art are sure to be insured self-indulgence, but to defend an ideology. for thousands, if not millions of dollars, On Aug. 21, 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia and mob bosses have noticed. lifted the “Mona Lisa” from the walls of By holding the masterpiece “ransom” the Louvre, and it was not seen again for for less than the value the insurance comtwo years. The former museum employee panies would have to cover if it were never Life & Arts AssistAnt
to be returned, organized crime units have found lucrative revenue, and museums mysteriously have their paintings back. This is the main reason behind the many crimes that remain unsolved to the public, and are simply forgotten with time after the artwork has been returned. However, not all art heists are solved. The most infamous unsolved case took place in Boston on March 18, 1990, when $500 million worth of art was stolen from The Dutch Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The thieves made away with Rembrandt’s only know seascape “Storm of the Sea of Galilee” and Vermeer’s “The Concert,” one of the 36 known paintings by the artist. They also stole five Degas sketches, a Manet and a Flink painting, as well as a bronze finial from a Napoleonic era battle flag. None of these priceless works of art have been seen since, and authorities speculate that mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was behind it. The main criticism curators face in light of these thefts is that many museums do not provide adequate protection for their exhibitions. When four thieves stole yet another version of “The Scream” from the National Gallery of Norway in 1994, they left a note behind saying: “Thanks for the poor security.” In an interview with National Public Radio, Ulrich Boser, author of “The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft” said that “far too many museums do not do enough to protect their collections.” As a result, art crime “has exploded, with as many as 50,00 heists occurring each year,” he said. Though the motives behind art thievery have changed throughout the years, it is not going anywhere any time soon. As Boser said in his interview, “the incredible amounts of money paid for canvases, matched with the lax security at many museums around the world, makes art theft, really, a given.” And as long as art robbery persists, so will the glamorous cinematic tributes. g
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Comics: Heroes hit the big screen From B1
of Batman’s new foes, Catwoman makes her appearance, and we know Bruce Wayne is disillusioned. Although Batman is originally a comic book series, Nolan’s Dark Knight is actually based off a few graphic novel series following the caped crusader. The films are based on the graphic novels “Batman: Long Halloween,” “Haunted Knight,” and “Dark Victory,” which reveal a darker side to Batman not really found in the original comic series. The graphic novels look deeper into Batman’s psyche and it looks like Nolan’s final installment will give Batman all the darkness and psychological underpinnings for which the graphic novels are known. The film should be an amazing final hoorah for Gotham’s Batman.
Judge Dredd Judge Dredd and “2000 A.D.” probably don’t conjure any familiarity, even to avid comic book fans unless you’re from across the pond. Britain’s top superhero gets another go at the big screen in the new adaptation of the beloved series. Judge Dredd lives in a futuristic world in which violence runs rampant. Part of the Judges organization, Dredd is able to use his powers as a law enforcer to run Mega-City. The film focuses on a more specific instance, but nonetheless bet on one thing: it’s doubtless you’ll ever see Dredd’s full face. The long running British comic never once revealed the face of its hero, which became the standard for the character, so it’ll be interesting what the new production will decide to do with that. Britain’s sci-fi comic hero will introduce comic fans everywhere to a new character to obsess over.
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Game of Acronyms: Pepperdine buildings are commonly referred to by their acronyms or a single word name. Many students don’t know there’s a lot of history, and money, behind all of these buildings that have become a part of daily life.
Uncover the history behind the names of Pepperdine buildings By Edgar Hernandez Life & Arts Editor &
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“The Pajama Game.” He was even known for frequently performing with his daughter, blues singersongwriter Bonnie Raitt. John Raitt died on Feb. 20, 2005 at age 88.
3. Mullin Town Square The CCB, the RAC, the TAC and Towers are only a few of the names that have become ingrained in students’ vocabulary as they go about their daily routines. However, what many may not realize is that they represent the rich history of Pepperdine, as well as the ties and friendships the school has made across the years. All of the buildings named after an individual or a couple encompass a unique aspect of the story of Pepperdine. Here are some of the most common names that can be found throughout the campus and the history behind them.
1. Stotsenberg Track It is nearly impossible to complete an undergraduate career at Pepperdine without coming across the Stotsenberg name. The track’s namesake, Dorothy Stotsenberg, established not only a special relationship with the school, but also with the city of Malibu over the years. Born in 1914, she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Washington in Seattle before moving to Malibu with her husband Edward G. Stotsenberg in 1949. Throughout her life, Dorothy was closely involved with the arts and philanthropies, and was a regular contributor to many local publications including the Malibu Times. She also participated in marathons all over the world with her husband. This was the basis for their decision to fund the construction of the track: to provide the students and the community of Malibu with a decent place to run and train. Pepperdine has held 5K and 10K races in their name, as well as the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, the Stotsenberg Recital Series and a journalism scholarship. Dorothy Stotsenberg died Feb. 24, 2011 at age 97.
2. Raitt Recital Hall The recital hall gets its name from John Raitt, a Broadway legend who donated the facility to Pepperdine. Throughout his career he starred in many musicals such as “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and “South Pacific.” Raitt was also cast alongside Doris Day in the film
The square was named after Sharon and Terry Mullin. Sharon won her first pageant title, Miss Colorado, in 1956, as a freshman at Colorado Women’s College. Representing Colorado, she went on to win the Miss America pageant at only 18 years of age. She was also the first winner to tour Europe on an official Miss America visit. Terry Mullin was a lumber executive, owning 23 lumber building material companies in Southern California. The year ofter her Miss America tour, Sharon married Don Cherry, a singer and golfer. They had two sons but divorced in 1961 because of conflicting careers. Sharon then went on to marry Terry Mullin. In 2011, Sharon’s son was a victim of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and though they were devastating times, the couple attributes their strength and perseverance to their faith in God. They currently split their time between Los Angeles and Honolulu.
4. Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool The pool was named in memory of the son of Pepperdine Chancellor Charles B. Runnels. Raleigh Neal Runnels died of cancer at age 17, and through the support of Mrs. Frank Rogers Seaver and Morris B. Pendleton, the pool was dedicated on April 18, 1976. The pool hosted the 1984 Olympic Games water polo competition.
5. Seaver College Pepperdine’s relocation to Malibu in 1972 was all thanks to the undergraduate program’s first benefactor, Blanche Ebert Seaver, whose husband Frank Roger Seaver would become the school’s namesake. A former member of the California Naval Militia, Seaver received the highest ranking of Master Mariner, and also obtained permission to set up the Aviation Section, the second to be established in the country. Once he had left the Naval Militia, he began to work for Pan American Petroleum and Transport Company. While conducting business in Mexico, Seaver built many of the country’s first modern service stations and persuaded the
national government to undertake a road-paving program. Later in life, he founded the Hydril Company, which specializes in drilling equipment and explosive arresters. It went on to become a giant in the oil industry. Frank died in 1964, and Blanche in 1994. 6. George Elkins Auditorium George William Elkins was a realty agent who helped develop Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. He is credited with having brought big merchandising names to Wilshire Boulevard according to LA Times. He founded a real estate firm in 1923 that he headed until 1989. A New Mexico native, Elkins graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. In 1921 Elkins got a job selling real estate in California. At that time, Beverly Hills had a population of 700. Elkins became a trustee of Pepperdine, receiving an honorary doctorate and the auditorium named after him. Elkins died in Feb. 1993 at age 93. When Elkins died, family members asked that memorial donations be made to the George W. Elkins Jr. Scholarship Foundation, named after Elkin’s first son that had preceded him in death.
7. Charles B. Thornton Administrative Center This building that houses the Pepperdine administration was named after the deceased husband of Flora Thornton. Thornton attended Texas Tech University in the 1930s and majored in nutrition and clothing design. She moved to Washington, D.C. to try to make a musical career on Broadway. It was during her time in D.C. that she met Charles B. Thornton. They both attended Texas Tech but had not met. The two married and had two sons. Flora was a member of the Pepperdine Board of Regents as well as the academic and the building and grounds committee. President Ronald Reagan appointed her to a seven-year term to the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board. Charles B. “Tex” Thornton was a businessman who transformed Litton into a billion dollar electronics conglomerate. He was featured on the front page of Time in 1963. He died in 1981 and Flora Thornton made a multi-million dollar donation to Pepperdine in 1985. The administrative center, which cost approximately $10 million, opened in 1986.
8. George C. Page Residential Complex Living from 1901 until 2000, George C. Page was a real estate developer and entrepreneur. Page was born in Fremont, Neb. and was raised in a farm. He moved to California at age 16. He first worked as a busboy and a soda jerk (someone who operates a soda fountain). After raising enough capital, he founded a distribution company, Mission Pak, which shipped California fruit to customers in cold weather states. He later bought a sports car manufacturing plant, sold Mission Pak in 1946 and went into real estate development. Besides the George C. Page Residential Complex, Page has also contributed to Loyola Marymount, USC and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
9 & 10. Eddy D. Field Baseball Stadium & Helen Field Heritage Hall Eddy D. Field was a realty agent and an investor. He attended USC and opened a Hollywood real estate and insurance business in 1927. He later added investments and development to his firm. He was a long time Pepperdine benefactor and received an honorary doctor of law degree in 1976. He served on the university’s board of directors and donated funds for the baseball stadium and the heritage hall, named after his wife. Field also served as a chairman of the Los Angeles Salvation Army advisory board. He died on Nov. 12, 1994.
10, 11, 12, 13 &14 Leon and Margaret Rockwell Academic Center, Richard Rockwell Classroom, Richard Rockwell Towers Residence Hall, Leon Sr. Bessie M. Rockwell Dining Center, Margaret M. Rockwell Student Dining Center As one of Pepperdine’s most generous donor couple, Margaret and Leon Rockwell have provided Pepperdine with a number of academic and residential facilities. The most recent was the Rockwell Student Dining Center in Drescher, named after Margaret Rockwell who had died in 2004. Dr. Leon Rockwell, and his son, attended the Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Spring has arrived and with it, an inordinate amount of activities, events and other campus opportunities are blossoming. And as we creep out of the doldrums of a snowy Malibu winter, the crisp spring air screams, “Get involved, you sloven!” That’s right. Spring is a time to rev up, to start your proverbial engines. The seasonal gradient lifts us out of our frosted stagnancy, offering signs of new beginning and fresh opportunity — a chance to be a part of something, to make a name for oneself. Certainly, we’ve all heard our peers crying out, “What can I be a part of? Where can I be something?” Just look around — with all the opportunities to sign up for a club, to play an intramural sport, to be a Songfest champion or at least to order something from the Korean BBQ truck — we can’t just watch these golden prospects fly by us! These are our chances to emerge, to write our name into eternity, to stand up, rip our clothes and say, “World, I am [insert name]. Remember me, forever!” It’s these transient experiences that define who we are. We can make our glorious mark on this place — forever emblazed in an effigy of honor. Just look at me. In 2010, my legacy was forever immortalized in an ornate engraved placard as the Best Rookie Writer of the Year for the Pepperdine Graphic. That was it. That’s my high note — all I needed was one pristine plaque located in an inconspicuous spot in the CCB with my name on it. Now I can just sit back and rest on my laurels, basking in the comfort of the knowledge that I will never be forgotten — I am somebody (though only consistently read by my immediate kin, and not even all of them I’m pretty sure. Where you at, Hanny?). I mean it’s not like this was an award from some relatively small university with an obscure religious tradition in a sleepy town with next to no inhabitants — because when a giant cross tower is posted up on the front lawn, it’s certainly not because we might be compensating for say, some … institutional insecurities — I mean this is Pepperdine freakin’ University for gosh sake, la creme de la creme! So for those of you who I hear out there whining on and on about how you just want to do something truly meaningful with your time here, I say, “Yeah, hurry up. What have you been doing for the past few years?” I tried to knock my identity-giver out as soon as possible to allow for maximal basking time. Look — let me let you in on a little secret … it doesn’t really matter what you do. Just be remembered. Just build a legacy. Just get your name etched in stone. Just do it. Here’s the thing — if you don’t get involved, if you don’t make something of yourself, if you don’t find a way to let everyone know that you are somebody, then you’re a nobody. And do you know who likes a nobody? Do you know who wants to employ a nobody? Do you know who wants to get married and have three kids with a nobody? Nobody. Nobody likes a nobody. Look, time’s a tickin’, and if you don’t find something from which you can derive your identity and sense of purpose before May of [insert expected graduation year], then you’re going to fall to the wayside of society and will forever be lost to the shadows of history. Get me straight — all I mean to say is that if you get super involved, jam pack your calendar, and pray that you find that one thing (or 10) that defines your Pepperdine days, then you’ll find your true vocation and cultivate a healthy sense of identity. That’s how it works! Nothing is as firmly grounded and momentous as our college experiences. Here’s a nice litmus test of campus involvement –– if you haven’t figured out who you are or what defines you, then you’re probably not involved enough and consequently, things aren’t looking too bright for your well ... overall eudaimonic value. One take away that might help you evaluate where you stand in this big charade –– go up to a few randomly selected students and say, “Excuse me, have you ever heard of [insert your first and last name]?” If not, well ... tick, tick, tick. A final word with my utmost sincerity –– put all your stock in these four years — they are truly the most important times we will ever have. g
LIFE & ARTS
B4 Graphic JOSH DOWNS STAFF WRITER
March 29, 2012
Culinary Corner: Make a ﬂauta By EDGAR HERNANDEZ LIFE & ARTS EDITOR
My life on the Z-list: Cover your Facebook
With Facebook’s Timeline fast approaching for everyone, I have been spending an unholy amount of time frantically searching for a cover photo. What single photo do I choose to accurately broadcast myself as a grounded optimist with a tangible grasp on reality and a working relationship with my pervasive maturity and religious certainty? I could go with a photo of a quote, typed with a broken typewriter or colorfully strewn on a wall underneath a bridge! But which quote to choose? It would have to be something more vague than the waiver I signed at Uncle Leonard’s Discount Bungee Fun (more bounce for your buck!), lest my intellectually inferior friends conclude that they are able to grasp my truly unique mind. If someone ever has the courage to question the quote, I must be able to instantly explain it using only ambiguous quotes from Joanna Newsom, PostSecret, Dr. Suess, the New Testament or a fortune cookie (which I always keep in abundance in my glove box, just in case). I could even write the quote in French, rewarding the few that understand it and alienating the rest that must either look it up or hang their confused head low. (i.e. “tu es un tricheur”). I could rely on irony and choose a picture that makes people either smile, nod, utter “amen” under their breath, chuckle, knowingly groan or click “about” to research my political affiliation. But what picture could fully capture the essence of my inimitable sense of humor or my unfalteringly accurate perception of current world issues? If I had access to a camera, a zoo with a healthy penguin population and a trampoline, I would combine my love for the adorable and my love for societal rebellion by photographing those formal little devils “flying” over the revolving zoo exit doors (the political significance of this mental image just made me pass out for seven seconds). I could succumb to sentimentality and use a photo of myself among friends. But which friends could I use to advertise myself as an independent artisan of creativity? This group of friends would have to include an eclectic combination of welldressed individuals so that each of my high school acquaintances will know how relevant I am. I have been so thirsty for social exclusion ever since people stopped caring about my top eight friends on Myspace and this cover photo option would finally quench that thirst. Of course, I would have to choose at least 13 friends to cater to the obnoxiously horizontal dimensions of the cover photo, but that shouldn’t be a problem now that I’m one of no less than 14 staff writers at the Graphic. If you are reading this and would like to appear in my cover photo, please lose 10 pounds and then email me a picture of yourself, pre-morning shower, with a beautiful landscape behind you (not the Grand Canyon — get creative, you lazy bum) and a shrewd look of content contempt. I could maximize on my travel opportunities and use a picture of me in a place that implies wealth and broadness of mind. But which location could I choose that would instill jealously as well as admiration in the hearts of my followers? I have several pictures of myself enjoying French delicacies, Norwegian landscapes, Austrian strolls and Mexican beverages. Each of these places has taught me a new strand of ethnocentrism and it would be selfish of me not to give them credit for my now impenetrable American pride. Or better yet, I could put a picture of just a location, with no sign of life, that would either imply that I have the ability to fondly recollect or that I have life goals and bucket lists. That would put the “hot” back into “photo.” In the end, I will probably just embrace my ever-growing appreciation for modernism (and its cousins — laziness and idiocy) and use a picture of a turkey baster or a teddy bear. There has never been a picture taken that can say all I want it to, so I will take a deep breath, open wide and say it myself. Coffee, anyone?
Unsure of what to cook for this week’s issue, I thought of my favorites foods I eat when I’m home. It didn’t take long to find a common thread in my favorite foods. Back home, quite a few of the things I eat are accompanied by an assortment of lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, sour cream and cheese. The arrangement of the accompanying condiments depends on the actual dish, however, more often than not the condiments are placed on top. Tostadas, sopes, quesadillas de masa, gorditas and enchiladas all have an assortment of the condiments mentioned above that bring out the flavor of the dish. The other common thread behind all of these dishes, besides the condiments, is that they’re all fried. Having already made enchiladas before, and running short on time, I went with what I thought would be the next easiest thing to make: flautas. Flautas, otherwise known as rolled tacos, require little effort but are full of flavor. The balance of the crunch the flautas have with the freshness of the condiments on top and the taste of the meat is really striking. I went to the local grocery store with a dear friend of mine, and we collected what we needed. We got some tortillas, lettuce, tomato, avocado, sour cream and cheese. For the meat, we waddled over to the precooked chicken section and picked a lucky guy to come home with us. Short on time, using a chicken that was already cooked was the easiest and most time-effective thing to do. Otherwise, you can cook a chicken yourself or use shredded beef. The process of buying tortillas was rather difficult. The quality of tortillas here is low because they are packaged and sent to the grocery store. Throughout LA, and back home in San Diego, local grocery stores in predominantly Hispanic communities have their own machines which are used to make their own tortillas. Due to their freshness, and how they are made, these tortillas have a better taste, are stronger and have more use. I remember going shopping for tortillas with my mother when we still lived in Mexico. There, the tortilla is a very important staple because of its relatively low cost and its nutritious value. Because of this, what are referred to as tortillerias, are very prominent throughout communities. These are composed of large elaborate machines that make tortillas in large quantities. I explicitly remember how warm and loud the tortilleria we would visit on our way home from school was. The machines were in desperate need
EDGAR HERNANDEZ / LIFE & ARTS EDITOR
Looks familiar?: Some Mexican dishes share the common trait of relying on the same condiments. Although flautas look like enchiladas, there are differences between the two that create a completely different experience.
of some WD-40 and a fan would have not killed anyone. At the same I also remember the scent these places would exude — a wonderful scent of corn that was heightened by the warmth of the small shop. When my dear friend and I got back to my apartment, we got to work. While she chopped up some lettuce, tomato and avocado, I started working on the flautas. Flautas require a few simple steps. First you need to have the meat that you’re going to put inside ready. In this case, we used a chicken that was already cooked. The only thing I had to do was shred the chicken. Once I thought I had shredded enough, I started warming up some tortillas. If the tortillas are not warmed up, they are going to break and crumble when you try to wrap them. The tortillas don’t have to be completely warmed up, just warm enough so that they don’t break. Once the tortilla is a bit warm, you put chicken or meat in the tortilla. I recommend not over stuffing it, since that would make the next few steps a bit harder. The shredded chicken needs to be placed down the middle of the tortilla in as straight of a line as possible. Next, you roll the tortilla so it looks like a burrito with an open end on both sides. To make it hold together you need to strategically run a toothpick through the tortilla that will hold it together. Once I had as many flautas as I needed, the
Ingredients: 1 pack of tortillas 1 chicken 1 lettuce 2 tomatoes 1 avocado 1 container of sour cream 1 container of feta cheese
SPRING CONCERT: KEY TRACKS
The Spring Concert is quickly approaching this weekend. If you’re not well acquainted with Gym Class Heroes or Mat Kearney, here are some of their more popular tunes so you can study up and sing your heart out the day of the concert. Gym Class Heroes “Stereo Hearts” “Get Yourself Back Home” “The Queen and I” “Cupid’s Chokehold” “Clothes Off!!”
Spring Concert is on Saturday, March 31. Tickets are $10 for students. Scan the codes to the right to go straight to the artists’ playlist.
Mat Kearney ”Hey Mama” “Nothing Left to Lose” “Undeniable” “Ships in the Night” “Closer to Love”
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frying process began. For this part, I used quite a bit of cooking oil. Once the oil was warm I began to gently place the flautas in the pan. You’ll be sure that the oil is warm enough if it makes a sizzling sound as soon as the tortilla touches the oil. I let the flautas sit there for a few minutes, then I flipped them. They need to be in the oil until they turn a golden color. Once I removed them from the pan, I placed them on a plate that was covered by a towel napkin. This extracts the excess oil the flauta might be carrying saving you from a heart attack. Once all the flautas were out we waited for them to cool a bit before putting on the condiments. The best way to layer the condiments is to start with the lettuce. The lettuce acts as a good base that can somewhat hold the rest of the condiments in place. If preferred, all the condiments can just be served on the side.
LIFE & ARTS
March 29, 2012
MALLORY CUMMINGS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Step, Clap, Step: The Step Team hosted its second annual step show. The performance centered around the theme of “Charlie’s Angels.” (Left) The Step Team performs an African themed scene. (Top) Senior Jamie Grant plays the female version of Bosley. (Below) A drum was brought on African drum was brought on stage. (Bottom) The military scence was the first step scene of the night and each member intoduced herself.
Step Team steps it up in performance By PAIGE WESLASKI STAFF WRITER
The Pepperdine Step Team had its second annual step show in the Smothers Theatre on Tuesday, March 20. The show’s theme was “Charlie’s Angels,” and each of the eight scenes portrayed the steppers in a different part of the world in search of a villain. The costumes of the steppers changed during each scene to correspond with the culture of the country that was being represented. Michele Williams, a senior on the team, was a spectator at last year’s show. “I thought last year’s performance was awesome. I had gone to support a girl who was on my Project Serve team last year and left thinking how sick it was. I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Because of that, I tried out this year.” Dancing has been a part of Williams’ life always, and she said she is fortunate that Pepperdine has a step team. “It’s been a lot of fun to have an outlet to dance again and to get to know some awesome ladies I probably would not
have had the chance to meet elsewhere.” Williams, along with the rest of the step team, has been hard at work all year. The team practices twice a week in the fitness studio. In preparation for the show, the steppers practiced five days a week for up to five hours. Prior to this show, the steppers had performed at a few convocations, as well as Blue and Orange Madness. Williams said the team couldn’t have put the show together without the hard work of Marie Thomas, the show’s director. “Thomas has been working hard at putting together the show, and we couldn’t have done it without her. Myah Stone and Jimesa Coxsey are the team captains and did a lot of the choreography for the show,” Williams said. A dress rehearsal was held the night before the performance. Williams felt like the performance went well. “We had a great audience that was ver interactive, and we really fed off that energy,” Williams concluded.
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LIFE & ARTS
March 29, 2012
By BEN HOLCOMB STAFF WRITER
Passion for fashion Well, it happened again you guys. For the second year in a row, I failed to make the cut for the Women of Color Fashion Show. And yes, I’m not a woman and even the Caucasian race has disowned me for lack of “color,” but this issue runs much deeper than that, you guys. If a blindingly pale white guy like me can’t walk down the runway at a fashion show established with the specific intent of celebrating minority women, what can I do? Next thing you’ll tell me is I can’t join the Korean Student Association. What is going on?!?! After last year’s failed audition, I spent all summer and fall compiling the sharpest resume I was capable of producing … and was still turned down. “You’re not a woman … of color,” they told me. Well if Helen Keller stopped at no, we would never have gotten the telephone — actually, sorry I was sleeping through the Helen Keller lesson in grade school — but you get the point. If a guy who read threefourths of a book on fashion shows and has “decent” communication skills doesn’t qualify, then who the heck does? (Answer: women of color, but ignore that for the time being.) It’s 2012. I thought we were beyond segregation; but when we spend a night honoring the well-deserved talent and accomplishments of a gifted group of minority students, we are, in a very ancillary and indirect way, kind of sort of putting down the white-male contingency. And it’s not that I’m against the fashion show, but I just don’t think I’m asking too much when I suggest they change next year’s event to “The Women of Color (and Ben) Fashion Show.” What better way to celebrate diversity than by throwing a random white guy into an event advertised as a platform for minority women to express themselves and their uniqueness? Imagine this scene, a beautiful woman strutting down the aisle in a sparkling red dress, so elegant she vacuums up the air in the room such that every spectator is struggling to regain their breath in fear of asphyxiation — THEN — a white guy (me), in khakis, a solid blue polo and some form of generic sneakers stumbles down after her, waving at the crowd and killing any sense of ambience previously established. Sounds bad, right? Well that’s because I’m not finished. Because this little disturbance culminates in the two of us coming together at the end of the runway, locking hands before lifting them to the sky and shouting, “Togetherness!” Everyone looks around in confusion as I grab a mic and proceed to address the crowd with a near hour-long dissertation on how we as a society have an obligation to be as politically correct as possible, no matter how absurd. At points people will squirm in their seats, having not signed up for the ethics lesson, and the model on stage may even sit criss-cross applesauce once her feet, in heels, can no longer take the strain of standing upright, but in the end we will all be better for the experience; especially myself, having hijacked an otherwise wonderful event on campus and turned it into a platform for my own absurd manifesto. And that’s all I’m asking — is to be included. My formal request to put on a “Men of No-Color (Because Our Skin Doesn’t Properly Ingest the Vitamin C from the Sun’s Ultra-Violet Rays) Fashion Show” was unanimously vetoed. They said it was “unconscionable” and a “pathetic attempt to exploit a cultural loophole,” not to mention the title wouldn’t fit on any posters. What this truly comes down to is that I’m out of outlets for which to show off my new jeans. They’re a little flashier than I thought when I purchased them in the store, and a multitude of friends have identified them as “runway only” jeans. I don’t want my $89 going to waste, and thus have decided my best option is to make the Women of Color Leadership Team’s lives miserable until they give up and put me in the show next year. So despite the fact that my jeans will, by all accounts, be out of style next spring, I’ll see you all on the runway in 2013!
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Shooting Cupid’s bow: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) fights to the death for a chance to live and in turn, a chance to love.
‘Hunger Games’ satiates appetite for violence Lionsgate
current oppression of the population resulted from a past uprising against the country’s authorities, the film does little to deliver any kind of understanding to its audience. It would have been nice to see exactly why this particular future is the way it is. Another aspect that was a bit difficult to swallow was the total separation of tones used for the presentation of the Capitol and the 12 districts. On one hand, the Capitol seems to be a product of Tim Burton’s overthe-top stylized directing, while the districts take on a very gritty, realistic “Great Depression” type of tone. The juxtaposition of these themes sets a clear separation between the two lifestyles, yet they share no connection whatsoever and the audience is left wondering how these two societies ended up so drastically different from one another. Aside from these weak plot points, when the real meat of the film is set in motion “The Hunger Games” does deliver an extremely visceral and humanistic look at the way these violent tournaments might play out. Interestingly enough this film is geared more toward the younger teenage culture yet it contains acts of violence one might expect to see in films like “Gladiator” or “The God-
father.” What was really unsettling, as a viewer, was the brutal murder after murder of young and seemingly helpless children. While the film as a whole is a commentary on the innate human “survival of the fittest” mindset, there lingers an aura of murder without any kind of physical or mental repercussion. Most of the actors in the film take on an overthe- top caricature of there respectable characters from the book. The real emotion and humanity, however, is beautifully delivered by Lawrence’s subtle but powerful portrayal of Katniss Everdeen. Unlike the tough hardened female heroines commonly seen in action dramas, Lawrence is able to offer a character that is just as doubtful of herself and yet powers through the film with real drive and emotion. Certain action sequences in the film would have benefited from better directing and handling of the camera. At times it was difficult to orient oneself due to extremely close and jerky camera movements. All in all even though this film is not perfect. The fact that the teen novel raises so many interesting questions and ideas, making the film worth the time to experience.
“The Hunger Games”
By JOHN HAYS STAFF WRITER
From “Harry Potter” to the “Twilight” saga and even “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” our generation has paved the way for capitalizing off turning every teenage “book” phenomenon into the latest teenage “movie” phenomenon. While some adapted to film a little better than others (i.e. “Harry Potter” over “Twilight”), it is no secret that these films, however cheesy they may be, bring in a great deal of Hollywood’s biggest bucks. On the brighter side, not all of these movies fail to meet certain standards in film and are very enjoyable to watch. With the new addition of “The Hunger Games” to the
Overview Release Date March 23
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
2 hr. 22 min.
roster, its possible the “Potter” films may have found a bit of a challenge when it comes to quality filmmaking. The society has been oppressed and separated into 12 different districts by the upper class referred to as the “Capitol.” Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is one of two teenagers selected from each district to participate in a contemporary gladiatorial television show where 24 players battle each other, literally, to the death until one person remains and is crowned the victor. “The Hunger Games” assumes very edgy and somewhat adult themes not often explored in these types of films. I walked away from the theater with an extremely conflicted view of this film. In many different ways, “The Hunger Games” presents very grounded and relatable material while including an abundance of unexplained and ambiguous elements. While I’m sure the fact that I have not read this series of books directly relates to my ambiguous understanding of the film, as a critic, I do believe the film should stand on its own in the end. The movie tries its best to insert back-story through a small “film within a film” recapping how the country found itself in its current state. Other than the fact that the
‘Kids in the Street’ The All-American Rejects By NIKKI TORRIENTE DESIGNER
The All-American Rejects released their long-awaited fourth studio album Monday titled “Kids in the Street.” The 11-track album ends the Rejects’ four-year musical sabbatical and begins an extensive return to the road as they assimilate to being back on tour. They might be “shaking off the rust” but the band is ready to jump head first into the music scene. “We’re excited to do it [get back on tour],” lead guitarist Nick Wheeler said in an interview with Billboard.com. “Hopefully we’ll get a good long run out of it.” Tyson Ritter, lead singer and bassist, and Wheeler left behind the chaos of Los Angeles life to seclude themselves in the mountains of Northern California, to begin penning the most autobiographical Rejects album known to date. A cathartic experience for the two, the album began its production in 2011 with the help of producer Greg Wells, the mastermind behind Adele, OneRepublic and other top-of-the-chart artists. The album encompasses all the qualities fans came to love about the band — catchy pop-rock hooks and rock ballads — yet reveals a whole new side of the
All-American Rejects. “Our goal on this record was to push ourselves into making a sound that was original, beyond, I guess, the other records,” Ritter said in an interview with Billboard.com. “[We didn’t limit] ourselves to just the four-piece rock band instrumentation.” The first official single off the album, “Beekeeper’s Daughter,” is classic All-American Rejects. Heavily guitar-driven, the song is reminiscent of their earlier stuff back on their first and second albums. Its focus is much more on their classic rock band sound, but they take a few risks in incorporating different sounds like synthesizers and other instruments not common in their usual sound. It’s ridiculously catchy with its lyrics and pop rhythm, which creates a great hook like that of “Dirty Little Secret” and “Swing, Swing.” This song also shows how perfect Ritter’s voice is for their affinity for pop-rock music, a great example at just how important Ritter is to the Rejects’ sound. “Fast & Slow” reveals the experimental side of the band with its heavy use of synth, similar to Neon Trees’ synth-pop-rock. The song is not lacking in catchiness. The chorus is a prime example of how the band has melded together
the sound they’ve streamlined as their own with the leap of faith they’ve taken with trying out new directions to take their music. Their guitar sound is still there; they’ve just used them unconventionally throughout the song, stepping outside the box they drew three albums ago. “Bleed Into Your Mind,” starts off much different with engineered guitar synth that bleeds into Ritter’s subdued vocals. The background rhythm has a subtle reggae sound in the likeness of Sublime. As a ballad, the song builds into an amalgamation of instrumentals and Ritter’s more powerful vocals that verge on a grittier side of Ritter’s sound, a very new and different direction. The album isn’t something you fall in love with immediately like their previous albums. It shows how much the band has matured, but also how much they’ve mastered their trademark sound. They know what works for them — ergo the catchy lyrics and guitarfueled sound — yet went on a limb to take themselves out of their comfort zone. And they did indeed. It’s a fine fourth album effort and the band deserves to be able to experiment. They’ve been together 13 years, after all.
COURTESY OF THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
Key Facts Band Members Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler, Mike Kennerty, Chris Gaylor
Alternative rock, power pop, pop punk
Label Interscope Records
On Tour? Yes
LIFE & ARTS
March 29, 2012
Bringer of War Bringer of War
DOWN 1 Fleet side, steak 2 “Planets” composer 3 Big Chuck 5 Ship, Windows game 7 Secretive soldier 8 Lincoln-addressed 9 Pricey attack 10 Ackbar in “Star Wars” 11 Hindu destroyer 13 Won 1812 late 14 Won … 500 yrs ago 15 Burnt dirt 17 Kept calm, carried on 18 Rage battle album 21 Between trenches 22 US-USSR war 26 Hook, Cook 28 Supreme Allied Commander 31 LBJ’s quagmire 32 2012 game-based film 35 One-edged sword 37 Not Palestine 40 Ursine amendment 43 Attacked Kuwait 46 Made revolvers, men equal 47 Rhymes with Plato 48 Plagues veterans
ACROSS 4 Sandwich, pitch style 6 Nazis�??, linemen�??s 12 Monkey warfare 16 Forgotten war 19 Sarin is one 20 Started them both 23 Cuban 24 Mustard in Clue ACROSS 25 Hippies preferred it 27 Sexy sailor 4 Sandwich, 29 Polish pitch capital style 30 Sword handle 6 Nazis’, linemen’s 33 First machine gun 12 Monkey 34 Alex, warfare Soviets lost here 36 On the quarter 16 Forgotten war 38 Short 39 Broadsword, 19 Sarin is one mine 41 Smells like victory 42 Wins with winters 44 Fast ship, Chevy 45 Persian sword 49 1970 biopic 50 Surrendered at Yorktown
Calendar Thursday, March 29
Mr. Gnome 9 p.m. (Concert – Bootleg Theatre)
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See the pepperdine-graphic.com/life-arts for solutions to this week’s puzzle.
41 Smells like victory 42 Wins with winters 44 Fast ship, Chevy 45 Persian sword 49 1970 biopic 50 Surrendered at Yorktown
ARIES: Expect metaphorical rain. TAURUS: Well, it’s all downhill from here. GEMINI: Never mind the ﬂashbacks. CANCER: Ask Sagittarius for a favor … or two. LEO: Remember the boat times. VIRGO: Fake it ’till you make it — money, that is. LIBRA: You have a future in soy. SCORPIO: You’ll freak out Aries if you wear Wellies. SAGITTARIUS: If you really try, people might like you. CAPRICORN: Ask Virgo for a loan. AQUARIUS: Take Leo and Libra on a vegan ﬁshing trip. PISCES: I don’t even have to look to know it was you.
g n i k par job of the week
Hey, let’s lay off this driver. We might be laughing now, but he’ll have the last laugh when he’s got the only car on campus with a left rearview mirror in tact. Next time you’re walking down the road and see an awful parking job, take a photo and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 30 Radio Moscow 9 p.m.
(Concert – The Satellite)
Saturday, March 31 Mindless Self Indulgence 8:30 p.m. (Concert – Club Nokia)
Sunday, April 1
Carducci String Quartet 2 p.m. (Concert – Raitt Recital Hall)
Monday, April 2
The Polyphonic Spree 8 p.m. (Concert – El Rey Theatre)
Tuesday, April 3
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Leading the way: Junior Summer Ross spikes one of her 18 kills in the No. 1 match sweep against Mercer.
Ross brings strong leadership to team By Mariana Lizarzaburu Staff Writer
Every so often an athlete comes along who blends into a team with such ease as to inspire its players and renew their yearn to win. The time: now. The player: Summer Ross. Since her addition to the beach volleyball roster last fall, an atmosphere of tenacity and unstoppable determination has identified the team. With their early practices and intense workout sessions, it’s easy to see why there is such hype surrounding this newly instated NCAA sport on campus. Their preparation has given us confidence and a feeling that something big is about to happen. Ross transferred last semester from the University of Washington where she had been playing as an outside hitter for the Huskie’s indoor volleyball team. It was a long move for the San Diego native, but she was motivated by their volleyball program. “They have a great coach and team. I thought they could teach me a lot, which they did” she said. “But I am happy I can bring some of what I learned there to Pepperdine.” Her passion for this sport came from an early age. “My parents have always played. They got me and my brother into volleyball when we were little. We would practice in the backyard or at the beach. My mom played a few tournaments in her day. My dad is pretty athletic too, so he picked up volleyball from her.” Summer’s brother, Chase Ross, is a senior and an outside hitter for the men’s volleyball team here at Pepperdine. This was a factor influencing her decision to join the waves, but she mainly credits Head Coach Nina Matthies “and her high level program which I wanted to partake in.” Despite her training with indoor volleyball, Ross explains how the transition to sand has been relatively smooth, in large part thanks to her coaches. “You have to get your ‘sand legs’ back for sure,” she said referring to exercises to strengthen leg muscle because sand slows you down. “But the first week, Nina got our legs working to the point that we didn’t get tired as often.” On other differences between indoor and sand volleyball, she added “You touch the ball every time because there’s only two people in the court. It is so much more fun that way. You feel like you are more active and driving the outcome of the game.” Precisely, the structure of beach volleyball matches is a bit different from indoor volleyball. The team is split up in pairs, so they have five teams of two people. In a tournament, our No.1 pair plays the rivals respective No.1 pair, and so on. It is three out of five, so the first three teams to win for their school, win the match. Ross is paired up with junior Caitlin Racich. It was the coach’s decision, but Ross is quick to point out what a perfect pairing this is. “Our relationship off the court
is so good, it basically makes playing on the court extremely easy. We almost can read each other’s minds. That’s how great we communicate. She is such a talented player. I’m just thankful to play alongside with her.” As it turns out, she has played several of her teammates in club volleyball tournaments. “I have played against Caitlin before” she reminisced. “I even remember playing Kellie Woolever when we were 16 for indoor”. Yet she was impressed at how nice and welcoming her teammates were. “They just opened their arms to me. They are really great girls.” When discussing her titles and accomplishments, Ross seems always grateful, nodding along with a refreshing humble nature. She became the first athlete, male or female, to win both the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) Youth World Championships and the FIVB Junior World Championships in the same year. She also won 2010 USA Volleyball Female Beach player of the year, to which she commented “There were a whole other athletes that deserved it just as much if not more than me, but I am very thankful for the title.” Despite the conversation having taken a turn to her personal record, she was keen to shift the focus back to her role as a part of the team: “Most importantly, I just want to set goals for myself and the team this year; to win the first National championship.” And the team couldn’t be off to a better start. Pepperdine’s debut was at the Annenberg Community Beach House, where they played against USC, Florida State and Long Beach State, and won the team title despite the rain. “It was miserable, but fun at the same time, if that makes sense” Ross laughs about playing under those circumstances. About their rivals, she added “all the teams you can tell have been coached pretty well. They bring different styles of play, and each one is a particular challenge.” At Charleston this past weekend, the Waves swept the competition, winning 5-0 to all four teams competing. “It was a great learning experience” Ross said. “I feel like competing at Charleston helped us improve”. Expectations are high as Waves host their first match next week against Long Beach State. On that final note, Ross only had one thing left to add: “I expect us to win for sure. We must bring home that national championship.”
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Ten practice hours per week, 12 girls and three tournaments ultimately make up the women’s club water polo team. Under the coaching of men’s water polo player junior Spencer Hamby, the team has traveled to play games at UC San Diego and Cal State SLO thus far. They play in their final tournament on April 14, at UC Santa Barbara. In the Pacific Coast Division, the Collegiate Water Polo Association selected Pepperdine as the ninth seed — one above rival LMU. The Waves earned their only win over LMU 7-6 on Jan. 29, but freshman player Becca Belliveau explains how playing club is more about the experience. “I played water polo in high school and loved it so much that I decided to play club when I got to Pepperdine,” Belliveau said. “Compared to high school, club is less competitive. Basically Cal Poly, UCLA and UCSD dominate and compete amongst themselves. “But we have an awesome coach, and we have a really good time playing together even when we get pummeled. One of the best parts is seeing our improvement. It’s very exciting.” As Belliveau has a blast being in the water, Hamby says he has just as much fun coaching from poolside. He began coaching the team this September after the former coach graduated and asked him to step in. “The girls have a unique sense of humor which keeps me entertained most of the time,” Hamby said. “My favorite part about coaching is being able to share my experience and my knowledge of the sport to the girls on this team. It not only helps them with their game and hopefully their way of thinking, but it also helps me become a better player.” Unlike Pepperdine’s official NCAA athletic teams, club teams are open for anyone to join, which results in a group of players varying in grade level and playing experience. “Coaching players with different levels of experience can be difficult,” Hamby said. “I had four girls who didn’t know how to tread water, how to pass or how to shoot. Then, I have players who have had a lot of experience. I have to balance the practices. “Overall, my favorite part is helping these girls improve and become better players than when they first started.” However, the 10-hour time commitment can be a burden on
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Steady preparation: Junior Natalia Barragan is focuses in practice as she aims to take a shot at the goal. The team practices for two hours per night for five days per week at the Raleigh Runnels Memorial
Men’s tennis: top ranked in WCC
If you’re a Lakers fan, this past month has been a rollercoaster ride. On Sunday night, Laker’s Head Coach Mike Brown benched Kobe Bryant towards the end of their loss to the Grizzlies. Then on Tuesday, Brown benched center Andrew Bynum for chucking up a three-pointer. Earlier this month, they beat the Heat then tripped up, falling to the Pistons and the Wizards. On top of all that, they traded LA’s beloved Derek Fisher. Somehow they still stand as No. 3 in the conference, but if I were a Lakers fan, I’d be a little worried. The LA Times reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been sold to former LA Lakers starter Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Magic Johnson, who bid out several well-known bidders like Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban and former Dodgers manager Joe Torre. The deal according to ESPN went for around $2 billion. With ownership finally in place for the Dodgers and a fairly decent roster that may be able to make a run at the new extra Wild Card spot for the playoffs, the Dodgers have some optimism for the season. Maybe Magic’s winning history can even rub off on the team for the season.
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strong way against non-conference opponents recently. Before the current winning streak, the team was struggling on a six game losing streak. The Waves faced higher ranked teams in five of the six games. These tough loses included defeats to teams such as the No. 1-ranked USC Trojans, the No. 2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 5-ranked UCLA Bruins. “The team never gave up, especially in practice,” freshman Kento Tanaka-Tamaki said. “We worked harder and harder to get each other better.” The team’s work ethic in addition to the top talent of the top-ranked duo of Finn Tearney and Alex Llompart have helped contribute to the Waves success. They have defeated opponents such as the Ohio State No. 1-ranked doubles team. In addition, singles talent Sebastian Fanselow (No. 11) contributed with a win over Duke’s top singles player Henrique Cunha (No. 2). These performances allowed the Waves to climb up five spots from their pre-season No. 12-ranking. For instance, in their match against No. 17 Washington, Pepperdine showed a spectacular team effort. As a result Pep-
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Fighting strong: Senior Hugh Clarke smacks a backhand shot. He swept Stanford in his singles games (6-3, 6-3), and helped lead the Waves in their dominant victory over Stanford.
perdine won the match 7-0. This was an impressive accomplishment considering the Huskies were enjoying a seven-game winning streak. The Waves look to take this momentum into a doubleheader against conference foes Santa Clara and San Francisco on April 1. The Waves are currently the highest ranked team in the WCC and thus are favored to succeed. They are not alone. The San Diego Toreros are also among the
top ranked at No. 19 and are expected to challenge the Waves on April 4. Despite the team’s success in the WCC, all the players, including Tanaka-Tamaki, are staying focused. “We are just taking every match one game at a time,” Tanaka-Tamaki said. “Our goal is to win the National Championship.”
Kentucky: favored to win coaches: the Wildcat’s John Calipari and the Cardinal’s Rick Pitino. Pitino, who is reported to be the first coach to take three different schools to the Final Four, hopes to capture his second NCAA Championship. He earned his first one as the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats in 1996. His counterpart, Calipari, is the second coach to take three different teams to the Final Four. However, he has never had the pleasure of winning it all, and looks forward to change that stat this year. The Calipari-led Wildcats are favored to win the game with an 8.5 line to beat Louisville according to the Gadsden Times. They are also picked at a 6-5 odd to win the NCAA Championship according to the Glantz-Culver. The Wildcats’ entire starting lineup expects to be picked up in this year’s 2012 NBA draft according to nbadraft.net. The team is lead by Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd Gilchrist. The Cardinals are still a threat. Louisville is a hot team on an eight-game winning streak, and has not lost since March 3. The team, led by senior guard Peyton Siva will be sure to try and make the game competitive.
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busy students. According to Belliveau not everyone can make all the practices because of homework. “In high school I always put sports ahead of school,” Belliveau said. “But now it’s more difficult. In college, there’s always something to do. It’s as if everything you do feels like you’re taking time you know you don’t have.” Despite the tough balancing act, Belliveau continues to play. As her teammate freshman Elizabeth Lutz explains, water polo takes more than solely time, but it’s still worth it. “Water polo is a sport that requires both physical and mental toughness,” Lutz said. “I’m thankful the Lord has given me this opportunity to expand my abilities by challenging me in new ways.”
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The other matchup takes place at 8:49 p.m. on March 31, and it features two more powerhouse teams. Teams that have won a combined four national championships will face off led by coaching staples Bill Self (Kansas) and Thad Matta (Ohio State). Similarly to the Wildcats, both teams have various players with real NBA potential. Ohio State All-American forward Jared Sullinger will face off against Washington, D.C native and fellow All-American Kansas forward Thomas Robinson. Bill Self, who won a championship with Kansas in 2008, will look to lead his team with an experience edge over Coach Thad Matta who has made only one appearance in the finals in 2007 in which he lost. Despite this advantage, Kansas still has a monumental challenge against the deeper Ohio State team. Ohio State is favored by the Glantz-Culver with a 2.5 line, but the low line shows just how close this game is predicted to be. March 31 is likely to be an entertaining night and builds anticipation to an an even more exciting championship game on April 2.
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The No. 7-ranked Pepperdine Men’s Tennis (126) team continues their impressive season after a win over No. 8 Stanford (10-5) with a final score of 6-1. The Waves have now won nine matches in a row, and a impressive three game win streak against top10 ranked opponents. Other notable wins during this streak include victories over top talents like the No. 12-ranked California Golden Bears and the No. 21-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The Waves were able to decisively defeat the Cardinals yesterday getting off to a quick start with doubles teammates Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner who quickly won their match 8-3. Their teammates Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer performed just as well in their 8-5 win. The Waves would go on to dominate the whole day after eventually winning all of their doubles matches. Pepperdine would win all but one of their matches showing their strength as a team. The Men’s Tennis team has bounced back in a
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Hard hits: Sophomore David Sofaer hits back a shot in his doubles match against Stanford. He won his doubles match in the team’s 6-1 victory yesterday.
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Fired up: Washingon D.C. native, Thomas Robertson, is pumped up and ready to try to lead the Kansas Jayhawks to their first championship since 2008.
The 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship is now down to its “Final Four.” The tournament, which started with 68 teams on March 13, showed some real madness this season. Two powerhouse No. 2-seeded teams, the Duke Blue Devils and the Missouri Tigers, fell to the No. 15 seeded at-large bid teams the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and the Norfolk Sate Spartans. The tournament gave many bracket constructers headaches and opened up a chance for another Cinderella team run such as the 2010 Butler Bulldogs or the 2004 George Mason Patriots, which is exactly what the fans want.
“Upsets are good for the tournament,” senior Reyn Oyadomori said. “It wouldn’t be March without them. They make the tournament a lot more fun to watch.” Despite the fun frenzy of the early part of the tournament things seemed to begin to make more sense. The lowest seed left now in the Final Four is a No. 4-seed. This is a big shift from last season’s Final Four, which included a No. 11 and No. 8-seeds. This year’s tournament features the Louisville Cardinals, the Kentucky Wildcats, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Kansas Jayhawks. The Kentucky versus Louisville matchup will take place in New Orleans on March 31 at 6 pm. The rivals boast two well-known head
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Who watches the Npower Championship? Don’t all put your hands up at once! All around the world, millions of people regard the Barclay’s Premier League as the best soccer league in the world. However, some might say that the Npower Championship is also very riveting. Championship players truly do embody the meaning of soul, with no little measure of technique every time they step onto a pitch. Only a few months ago, West Ham were half the world away at the top of the Npower Championship. However, they now find themselves behind Southampton, who look destined for a return to the Premier League. Recent results in the Championship have been the embodiment of absolute insanity. Last week Leeds suffered a record home defeat (3-7 to Nottingham Forest). Tragically, both Leeds and Notts Forest are fallen giants: at one point Notts Forest won back to back European Cups (now known as the glorious Champions League). Other Championship results saw Blackpool (last year’s Premiership sweethearts) draw 3-3 at home to Leicester, Portsmouth beat last year’s Carling Cup winners Birmingham 4-1, a game in which Birmingham scored first through Serbian giant Nikola Zigic. In other games, Cardiff drew 2-2 with Coventry, Ipswich beat Burnley 1-0, Bristol City lost 2-0 at home to Watford, Doncaster lost 3-0 at home to Millwall and Hull lost 2-0 at home to league leaders Southampton. Despite being England’s second tiered division of professional football, the Npower Championship bears some incredible statistics. According to the accounting firm Deloitte, in the 2004-2005 season the Championship was the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world, and the sixth richest division in Europe. The Championship is not only watched in England: it is also religiously watched in Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, as well as several other countries. The Championship is also unique in that it has 24 teams, four more than the Premiership. Although there have been a few Championship teams that have struggled in the Premiership, several have done very well. Stoke City is an example of a team that has done brilliantly. They were promoted to the Premiership on the last day of the 2007-2008 Championship season, courtesy of a second place finish. Since they started playing in the Premiership, they have exceeded all expectations. They set the world alight with their special weapon, the human slingsh ot Rory Delap. Several of Stoke’s goals were scored from Rory Delap throw-ins. Stoke’s homeground, the Brittania Stadium, is now regarded worldwide as a Premier League fortress. Even world-class players tremble at the thought of playing Stoke under a blackened sky on a wet, Wednesday night. Stoke have become a respectable mid table team and even reached the 2011 FA Cup Final for the first time under mastermind coach Tony Pulis. The Championship certainly has lightened up the lives of millions of fans, and will hopefully live forever. g
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Baseball at Gonzaga at 6 p.m. Women’s Tennis at Santa Clara at 2 p.m. Men’s Volleyball vs. Stanford at 7 p.m. Men’s Golf at US Intercollegiate (All Day)
Saturday, March 31
Baseball at Gonzaga at 1 p.m. Women’s Tennis at San Francisco at 11 a.m.
at US Intercollegiate (All Day)
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Sunday, April 1
Baseball at Gonzaga at 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Santa Clara at 10:30 a.m. Men’s Golf at US Intercollegiate (All Day) Track at Cal-Nevada Invitational (All Day)
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