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Volume XLIII, Issue 20 | April 5, 2012 | pepperdine-graphic.com

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Tippens to stay at Pepperdine

The Effects of the All-Nighter

By Andrew Kasselmann News Assistant

Students’ irregular sleeping patterns and a lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on the body.

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Glazer Institute’s future uncertain By Mariella Rudi News Assistant

Those attracted to Israel for an internship or study abroad program from the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies may have to hold off on applications. As the Institute’s grant completes its cycle, unresolved issues remain in flux to determine Glazer’s fate in the coming academic year, according to Glazer liaison John Fishel. In 2008 the Glazer Foundation gave Pepperdine a grant to establish the Jewish studies initiative that would lead to greater interfaith un-

derstanding. The Glazer Institute works through a three-point plan, comprised of classrom components, cultural components and international experiences to address interfaith topics. Future funding streams for the Glazer Institute are presently being discussed. Fishel, who became consultant to the foundation two years ago, wrote in an email that there is constant informal communication between the donors and Pepperdine, namely Program Director Dr. Ed Larson and coordinator Katie Hyten. The initial grant from the Glazer Foundation has been fully paid, and the

they will be able to,” according to Fishel. Urgency hasn’t struck, but those involved with the Glazer Institute, a still relatively young program, cannot yet identify where or when exactly they will find another grant. Larson was not available to answer questions concerning Glazer’s future and has been on leave this semester. “Discussions are underway for the Glazer Foundation to consider another grant which would help ensure a transition of support while additional donors for the future are

University has been able to stretch those funds into next year, according the Dean Rick Marrs. “We have also sought additional donors; in these tough economic times securing funding is always a challenge, but we’re doing what we can to keep these initiatives going,” Marrs wrote in an email. The ongoing relationship between Glazer and Pepperdine has been called a complicated one, but Fishel in response said these are amicable relations. The Glazer Foundation, based in Beverly Hills is waiting on sustainable ways the University plans to fund the Institute and “have every confidence

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Fulbrighters chosen to brighten the world By EB Krawczyk Staff Writer

Five Pepperdine seniors have been awarded grants from the prestigious Fulbright Program this year. Julia Barr, Aubrey Hoeppner, Cameron Kruse, Wojetk Peliks and Sabena Virani received the scholarship to teach, study or perform research in another country for approximately one year. Each year, around 8,000 awards are granted to U.S. students, foreign students, scholars and visiting scholars, as well as to several hundred teach-

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ers and professionals. These recipients join a long list of Waves who have won the award, but each student’s Fulbright experience will take them to a different country. Barr, a 2011 graduate with an English degree, will travel to Slovakia for 10 months to teach English as a foreign language. By working in a school that has students in the American equivalent of grades five through 12, she hopes to immerse herself in a new culture. “When I return to America, I will share everything I have learned with my friends, family and

colleagues, which I hope will cause a ripple effect of knowledge and understanding,” she said. Hoeppner, a senior and Graphic News editor will also be teaching English as a foreign language in an Eastern European country. Beginning in August, she will spend 10 months with high school students in Bulgaria. Hoeppner taught business English last summer in Bulgaria and plans to volunteer in an orphanage during her stay. Kruse, a senior Biology major, is one of two

Voted or promoted?

News with a twist

The staff weighs in on the Inter-Club Council’s new practice of selecting next year’s president behind closed doors.

IP goes to Narnia? Cars banned on campus? Benton for US President? Check out our special satirical section of the Graphic, written in the style of The Onion and designed like the Daily Prophet.

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Pepperdine Provost Darryl Tippens will not be filling the provost position at Abilene Christian University (ACU), for which he interviewed last month. Yesterday, ACU announced that the other candidate, Dr. Robert Rhodes of New Mexico State University, will receive the position. Tippens, however, is not disappointed with the decision and is happy for ACU’s new provost. “Actually, I am pleased with the outcome of the search at ACU. ACU has selected for its next provost a fine man whom I know personally and admire a great deal,” Tippens wrote in an email. It is unclear whether Tippens was not offered Tippens the position or whether he Provost turned down an offer. Tippens said he is excited to still have the opportunity to contribute to Pepperdine University and sees more work that he can do here. “I love my work at Pepperdine and am energized by the opportunities here. Going through the interview process has clarified for me how much I love Pepperdine and the great opportunities at this remarkable institution.” President Andrew K. Benton also said he is glad Tippens is staying at Pepperdine. “I understood his willingness to explore the opportunity to serve ACU, but I am very pleased that the challenges of our university proved compelling and persuasive to him,” Benton wrote in an email. There are several specific projects that Tippens feels contribute in a significant way to Pepperdine University, and he is looking forward to being able to continue his work on them. “There are so many projects about which I care deeply — the work with assessment as we prepare for the next accreditation visit by WASC; exciting plans to enhance the spiritual formation of students; the enlargement of our programs in Washington, D.C., to serve both graduate and undergraduate students; the increasing momentum in screenwriting, film and media production initiatives, including the work of the Center for Entertainment and Media; plans to improve Payson Library; the work of the Glazer Institute; our growing international outreach,” Tippens wrote. “These are a few of the initiatives that I have enjoyed working on, having a role in sponsoring and advancing. I am very happy to continue to support these important projects, and others yet to be announced, that will enhance the student experience at Pepperdine.” Regarding his initial interest in the position, Tippens had written in an email, “ACU also holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I taught English for almost 14 years. It’s the alma mater of my two sons. I have maintained close ties to many wonderful people at that fine institution. When the search committee asked me to consider the position, I agreed.” Tippens considers Pepperdine an excellent institution and is very happy to be able to continue his tenure at Pepperdine and have the opportunity to improve the school. “It’s a great time to be at Pepperdine, and having a continuing role in the success of so many academic endeavors truly inspires me.” g

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Putting on a show: Senior Cara Strever prepares for the Senior Art Show. It will feature the collected works of senior Art majors, in the Weisman Museum April 12, 5 to 7 p.m.

DPS REPORTS Weekly update from the Department of Public Safety 3/26/12 9:48 p.m. Incidents – Suspicious Person Location: Baxter Drive Summary: Public Safety officers responded to a report of two unauthorized visitors using the jacuzzi. The visitors indicated that they were friends of a Baxter Drive resident, but they did not want them called because of the late hour. Both individuals left without further incident. 3/27/12 11:06 p.m. Disturbance – Loud Noise Location: Rockwell Towers Dorm Summary: A resident complained that several individuals were playing basketball on the outside court after authorized hours. DPS officers responded and informed multiple students that the area was closed. 3/28/12 4:38 p.m. Incidents – Suspicious Person Location: Baxter Drive Park Summary: A Baxter Drive resident reported four individuals climbing on rocks near the Baxter Drive water tank. Public Safety officers responded and informed four Pepperdine students that the area is private property. 3/28/12 8:51 p.m. Incidents – Welfare Check Location: George Page Residential Complex Summary: A concerned parent reported that they had not received an expected phone call from their daughter and requested a welfare check. Public Safety officers made contact with the student without incident and the parent was notified. 3/29/12 1:51 p.m. Crimes – Vandalism Location: Adamson Plaza Summary: A student reported that their senior project that was displayed on the Freedom Wall was vandalized. 3/29/12 4:21 p.m. Crimes – Obscene/Threatening Phone Call Location: George Page Residential Complex Summary: A student reported receiving harassing communication through email and text messages. 4/1/12 12:39 a.m. Drugs & Alcohol Related Incidents – Drunk in Public Location: Hall 12 Walter Knott House Summary: Public Safety officers responded to a report of a male vomiting in the lobby of a female student dorm. The individual had departed prior to Public Safety’s arrival, however witnesses identified the male individual as a student. Officers found the student in their dorm room under the influence of alcohol.

News of the WORLD

Around the ’BU

Transgender model protests

State park reaches for funds

Militant Islamists expelled

Malibu hosts shoe drive

Jenna Talackova, 23, was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant last month when organizers said she did not meet the requirement of being a “naturally born” female. However, Miss Universe announced it might let her compete, if she meets her country’s “legal gender recognition requirements.”

France has expelled two radical Islamists, and three more men are facing expulsion orders. The move may be a response to Mohamed Merah’s attack which killed seven people around the city of Toulouse. Police arrested 19 suspected militant Islamists in raids last Friday. In addition, the domestic intelligence agency seized numerous weapons.

New evidence of earliest fire use

Sediments found in Wonderwerk Cave in Northern Cape, South Africa suggest that frequent, controlled fires were lit on the location. According to scientists, this suggests that human ancestors were using fire as early as a million years ago.

NLD sweeps Burma elections

The National League for Democracy, led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won 40 out of 45 seats in the Burmese parliament. These were the first open elections for the nation since they boycotted the initial elections after the dissolution of the military government in 2010. However, the Military Party still holds a parliamentary majority. Reports compiled from BBC

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Across California, state parks are looking to receive a portion of funds raised in the Preserve Our Parks campaign. Malibu Creek State Park is among the potential recipients. A six-week long campaign is being planned as Coca-Cola and Stater Bros. Charities team up to promote the support of Southern California parklands, in particular.

As April begins, marking the beginning of “Earth Month,” the City of Malibu is furthering its efforts to improve the environment and provide aid to the underprivileged. The City recently announced its partnership with the nonprofit Soles4Souls. This month, the public is encouraged to donate new or gently worn shoes of any kind to various collection boxes located at Malibu City Hall or Malibu Bluffs Park.

Vons raises funds for disabled

Pavilions (Vons), located on Heathercliff Road, will be spending the month fundraising money to be given to Easter Seals, a nonprofit organization that provides services to local residents with disabilities and other special needs. Throughout April, customers will be given the option to make a donation to Easter Seals Disability Services.

Literary magazine goes to press

Expressionists: Magazine of the Arts, Pepperdine’s literary magazine, is now available for free on campus. Students have submitted their prose and poetry, and the works judged as the best by a blind screening process are represented in the publication.

It’s graduation day. It’s everything you expected it to be: (adjective), (adjective) and hot. After (number) long years of hard work, you have earned the right to wear a funny outfit and write “B.A.” or “B.S.” after your name on all official documents. Looking into the audience, you see your parents and that weird (relative) you didn’t think would come. Oh, there he/ she goes, anxiously searching the sky for flying (plural noun), per his/her usual nervous tick. There’s your (adjective) sister, using an issue of (student publication) to fan herself in the heat. And of course your dad forgot sunscreen, so that little bald patch on top of his head is getting some unfortunate solar attention. You nervously play with your gown while staring out at the waves. Oh, there are (plural noun) jumping out of the ocean! Why doesn’t Pepperdine have its graduation on the beach? Students could have sand castle building contests to win honors. Although castles built in the style of the (questionably constructed campus building at the top of the stairs) probably wouldn’t fare very well against mild sea breezes. You turn you attention back to the front. Student speakers have lamented the end of (noun) and encouraged the class with promises of (adjective) futures. Lester Holt gives a rousing speech. The best part is when he shares his story about reporting on (country) invading (country). No one saw that one coming. He flashes a few (adjective) smiles before exiting the stage. Before you know it, students are called to line up. Rather than listening to the Canon in D serenade you on your walk, you decide to softly sing (song). You think you are being quiet, but the person behind you picks up the tune, and before you know it you are both belting out (musical artist) on your way to receive your diploma. You go so far as to throw in some hip shaking, and suddenly you trip over a (object) in the grass in front of the stage steps. The entire crowd exclaims, “(exclamation)!” as you pick yourself up and readjust your graduation cap. Undaunted, you walk (adverb) up the stairs and step carefully onto the stage. Years of on-campus hikes have taught you how to gracefully maneuver these steps. You feel the wind in your gown and the sunshine on your face. At the end of stage is President Andrew K. Benton, standing tall like (movie character), waiting to (verb) your hand. He looks so friendly, but you fear on the other side of his handshake lies a world of uncertainty outside Malibu’s protective borders. When his palm meets yours, he congratulates you by name, and the handshake is not the death grip you’ve feared, but a warm welcome to the other side of the stage, where there are no Caf points and far fewer free T-shirts, but also a far more regular sleep schedule. Oh look, more (plural noun) are jumping out of the ocean. It’s like they’re celebrating your regular sleep schedule. With all that behind you, you walk back to your (noun), this time keeping your humming to yourself. You think back on the lessons you learned, reading (book) in Great Books, working through roommate issues and writing quickly under the pressure of procrastination. After all, that senior thesis on (paper topic) put up a pretty good fight. But now you are free to (verb) your own life. You’ve done it. You’ve graduated. Now you’re a real (noun).

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SGA passes Reach OUT resolution By Ashley Thurmond News Assistant

In a meeting yesterday, SGA passed a resolution that expresses its support for the full recognition of the Reach OUT organization on Pepperdine’s campus. The resolution resolves that the SGA deliver copies of the passed resolution to the Inter-Club Council and Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Seaver College and University President. Reach OUT Co-President Lindsay Jakows, who is a copy editor for the Graphic, was present in the gallery of the SGA meeting and decided to speak up right before SGA representatives voted. Jakows thanked the SGA senate for conducting the survey, and then advocated for the resolution. Last week, a group of SGA members volunteered to make edits to the original resolution authored by Reach OUT Co-President Alexander Cooper. After the senate agreed to the amendments, discussion began about the resolution in general. After an initial moment of silence,

Sophomore Senator Laura Hamilton was the first to speak up regarding the resolution. “Because administration has already said no to this, we need to think about what we would look like [as SGA members] to bring it up again,” Hamilton said. “I think it would be more powerful to work through Building Bridges and to promote conversation.” Sophomore Senator Melissa Carr also wanted to be sure that SGA was looking at multiple aspects of the issue. “Thirty-nine percent disagreed — that is an important student voice as well,” Carr said. Junior Class President Christie Myers, future SGA president, shared her views of what SGA’s role is, and what it could do. “Our job is to represent the student voice,” Myers said. “I think we are allowed to respectfully disagree [with administration].” Myers then called for a showing of hands as to the members of SGA who already had an idea on which way to vote as not to prolong the conversation. After noting a majority of hands raised,

Myers moved to vote. Before the official voting began, Jakows spoke out. “I think the role of SGA is not to defend administration,” Jakows said. Jakows explained that she had looked into the SGA mission statement and noted that one of SGA’s main purposes is to advocate on behalf of all students. Jakows also pointed out that 61 is a significant percentage. Jakows then cited other Pepperdine University affiliates who supported Reach OUT’s objective, such as members of the Theatre Department and Pepperdine psychologists. She insisted that SGA would not be alone in the effort to support Reach OUT. “There is definitely precedent,” Jakows said. “Either way, I don’t think the majority should determine rights of the minorities.” With the resolution passed, SGA will now be sending copies of the full resolution to ICC and Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Seaver College and University President. Since the passing of the resolution,

Dean of Student Affairs Mark Davis restated the administration’s view in Reach OUT. “Pepperdine seeks to be clear both in its support for LGBT students and in its support for the traditional sexual ethic as understood by Christian churches throughout history including Churches of Christ,” Davis wrote in an email. Davis said he was appreciative of SGA’s efforts. “I’m grateful for the work of SGA to ensure that the student voice is heard, “ Davis wrote. “And I was impressed by the thoughtful comments shared anonymously on the survey by our students; they show how strongly students feel about this complex and divisive issue.” Davis suggested that the survey results depict the differences in the way students view the term “official recognition. “To some, the decision not to give official University recognition to Reach OUT signifies marginalization of a group of students,” Davis wrote. “Worse, not to recognize is interpreted as a symbolic or real denial of existence. To others, recognition of an LGBT stu-

dent organization signifies endorsement of sexual relationships inconsistent with the University’s Christian heritage and values.” The surveyed students were randomly selected and have no identification related to this issue; however, the administration, along with the SGA, hopes to come to some common ground. “It is our prayer that we can be true to our Christian heritage regarding biblical teachings on sexuality while respecting the dignity and worth of all members of our community,” Davis wrote. In addition to the voting on Reach OUT, SGA also passed several resolutions regarding Dining Services options and maintenance, and an advocacy to install a shuttle bench at Alumni Park. SGA also discussed ideas for the Pepperdine University smartphone application that is being organized this semester.

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SGA approves $3,000 for new SAC furniture By Edgar Hernandez Life & Arts Editor

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New York State of Mind: The Pepperdine Model United Nations team traveled to NYC as mock representatives of Colombia.

Model UN team wins big in the Big Apple By Ian McDonald Associate News Editor

The Pepperdine Model United Nations team picked up three awards this week at the 2012 National Model United Nations Conference. After more than seven months of preparation, the team of 17 students traveled to New York City to represent the South American nation of Colombia. Senior Vice President Jordan Grimwood and junior Jasmine Aarabi participating in the General Assembly first committee, junior Catherine Morton on the General Assembly second committee and senior president Cameron Vea in the Conference on Sustainable Development all won awards for Outstanding Position Papers. “Finding out about the award made me realize that even if I may not be the first person to jump to his feet after a call for a motion, I can still have a voice in my writing and maybe even save the world — even if it is an fake one,” Morton said. Each group is tasked with representing a different nation or international organization. Participants research the historical and political backgrounds of their country in order to form an understanding of how that entity would act during a U.N. session. Team members present position papers, detailing their nation’s stance on any given issue in the various committees that discuss and debate pressing topics and current issues. Delegates on General Assembly Plenary committees get the opportunity to hold votes inside the actual U.N. headquarters building in Manhattan. “Every country has issues they need to deal with,” vice president senior Jordan Grimwood said. “For Colombia, two of our biggest issues are drug trafficking and rebel groups.” Students began research at the beginning of the fall semester on U.N. operating procedure and standard conventions of participant groups. They then focus study on the issues to be covered at the conference, which can vary by year. Each team must have a broad understanding of what topics will come up during committee meetings. “Preparation is interesting, because everyone in the club comes from a different background and has varying knowledge coming in,” Grimwood said. “A sports medicine major might like working on wom-

en’s health or child malnutrition. A finance major could do really well with topics like the World Bank and microfinance. Computer science? Cyberwarfare!” After nations were assigned, the team began to investigate Colombian foreign affairs and policy positions in preparation for representing that country accurately at the conference. “In some cases, students from the country you are supposed to represent are at this conference,” Vea said. “Colombian students in this conference have approached some of our students and told them that we are doing a good job of representing Colombia and its policies.” Morton added, “Coming into this, I knew two things about Colombia: cocaine and Shakira. But, somehow twenty hours of session later, I can actually string together a few sentences about Colombia’s view of the public and private sector, and I’ve even met a few actual Colombians.” The model U.N. tradition dates back as far as the 1920s, when students would participate in civic practice of the League of Nations sessions, the U.N.’s predecessor organization. National Model United Nations started in 1968 and seeks to educate students on the function and role of the U.N. as well as foster a better understanding of contemporary global issues from different viewpoints. “We get stuck only thinking about issues from an American perspective, and it’s important to remember that every state is acting in its own self-interests,” Grimwood said. “By representing a state that disagrees with the U.S.’s positions and by knowing why, there is the possibility of a really mind-opening experience. The annual conference brings together more than 5,000 students from around the planet to participate. In addition to teams from around the United States, teams from Canada, The United Kingdom, Germany, France and Belgium, among others, were also present. “Although the conference is called National Model United Nations, it is very reflective of the diversity in the actual United Nations,” Vea said.

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The SGA voted yesterday to approve $3,000 for new furniture in the SAC. Senior Senator Jazmyne Sutton wrote two resolutions about the SAC. The first resolution listed the problems that students, faculty and staff had previously voiced about the SAC. The resolution recommended that the SAC officially become a part of Pepperdine’s renovation plans in the future. According to Sutton, both Dean Mark Davis and Dean Tabatha Jones saw the resolution. The second resolution Sutton wrote was submitted last week after she met with Dr. April Marshall, chair of the International Studies and Language Division, Lawrence Levy, administrative assistant, and Shannon Latson, office manager. “They told me the Seaver College budget manager had been up to tour the building and recognized the SAC needed some work. Currently, the Seaver College budget only covers academic needs, so the classrooms will receive new furniture,” Sutton said. However, this would have left some areas of the SAC untouched, and Sutton saw that as an opportunity to step in. Since the lobby and the Ciao Room are not academic areas, they are not going to receive new furniture. “All year long, we as a senate have talked about doing initiatives that enact lasting changes around campus, and I knew the SAC

fit the bill. I brought the resolution forward last Wednesday and everyone seemed to be in full support,” Sutton said. “Now that funds have been approved by SGA, I am starting the process of working with the ISL [International Studies and Languages] staff and Campus Planning to purchase the furniture.” The Seaver Academic Complex houses the International Studies and Languages Division. “I can’t speak for them directly, but from what I understand, their requests for funding are usually ignored,” Sutton said. “So they were happy that more voices were being added to their pleas. I am so excited that SGA could stand alongside them for this project.” Spanish professor Dr. Paul Begin expressed appreciation for SGA’s concern. “First, any contribution is welcome and we in SAC are very thankful for the SGA contributing to the environment of the SAC. We are especially grateful that they noticed the disparity in classroom conditions in comparison with other divisions,” Begin said. “What will be very nice is a permanent structure that is on par with what other divisions have on main campus. This will truly enhance the academic experience of International Studies and Language majors. But this is not for SGA to cover.” Sutton and the SGA will be working with Marshall, the ISL staff and Campus Planning to get new furniture for the lobby and the Ciao Room. g

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Smiles all around: Alumnus Omid Heidari (left) and “Happy” director Roko Belic (right) celebrate with Mendocino Film Festival Vice President Ann Walker.

Alumnus’s ‘Happy’ documentary tops charts Before all of this, however, Heidari recalls being a college senior looking out at the world with a grave sense of uncertainty. Pepperdine alumnus Omid Heidari only “Time does speed up; it’s amazing,” Heidari graduated from Seaver College back in 2010, said. “It is often about who you know to get a but he has obtained a career in a field that allows job, but to keep it, it’s about your character.” him to craft his Heidari added: “Thankfully, I learned to inpassion and vest in relationships while in college.” share it with While at Pepperdine, Heidari formed great the world. Since relationships with professors who taught him to his graduation, keep his character through all his endeavors and Heidari has successes. Professor Tom Shadyac was a major been one of the contributor of the “Happy” production. leading minds Heidari cites Shadyac as one of his most inin the distrifluential professors, helping him discover that bution of the happiness is not solely about financial and matedocumentary rial success or fame. “Happy,” as he “The ideals I learned in class relate to the core serves as an Asmessage in ‘Happy’,” Heidari said. sociate ProducHeidari reached out to the film’s director NICHOLAS WILSON/ COURTESY er for the film Roko Belic who had already filmed over 400 and co-manager of Wadi Rum Films, Inc. minutes of footage world-wide in response to a “This project allowed me to personally and New York Times article about low rates of hapfreely craft my art,” Heidari said. “The movie ex- piness in America. Heidari then began interning plores happiness beyond tickle fights and moun- with the crewmembers. tain highs- the real human emotion.” “I contacted Roko about my interest in the Jeff Wohlgemuth, another class of 2010 documentary’s philosophy,” Heidari said. “The alumnus, took part in this project. Wohlgemuth documentary has a very rounded perspective of became a part of the production team for “Hap- happiness.” py” under the financial department, but even as During Heidari’s time as an intern, he took the director of finance Wohlgemuth has been in- the time to learn about filmmaking. volved with various aspects of the film’s release. “You wear a lot of hats as an independent “Happy” is a documentary that ushers in, and filmmaker,” Heidari said. “Roko took a chance uncovers, the conversation about what it means on me.” and looks like to be happy in America’s society. Heidari added: “Being a willing intern was Fresh out of college, Heidari was excited to the biggest learning curve for me because I have a project and career that allowed him to learned a new [film] language.” bring in his own creative process. Heidari came onto the project during the Heidari attributed much of his interest in crafting of the 75-minute film and his prifilm to his own involvement in Pepperdine’s mary role was distribution. Heidari worked on ReelStories tradition. finishing the film and making it accessible for “It’s inspiring to see ReelStories still going,” everyone. Heidari said. “I love the idea of empowering the “We created our own distribution company, story-tellers of a new generaWadi Rum Films, Inc. to martion.” ket the film,” Heidari said. “We Today, Heidari has been have a film that we really believe “I love the idea working at sharing the thoughtin, and wanted to make our reof empowering provoking documentary with lease different.” the rest of the world. He helped Heidari has been applauded the story-tellers ti organize World Happy Day by multiple film industry workof a new on Feb.11, 2011, where the docers who are impressed by the generation.” umentary was screened by comwork Heidari does every day munities in approximately 620 which makes his job fulfilling —Omid Heidari Alumus, Class of 2010 cities, more than 60 countries despite its challenges. and on all seven continents. “I’ve found my passion in “It was really cool,” Heidari storytelling,” Heidari said. “Stosaid. “We just built an arena and rytelling is at the heart of the encourage people to share.” human condition, exploring our values.” The documentary quickly reached No. 1 on Heidari added: “’Happy’ causes you to stop iTunes and remained at the top spot for several and think. I like that perspective, and the scienweeks after World Happy Day. tific view makes it more incredible.” “It was awesome to sit in the office and see The film discusses happiness in relation to the product soar up the charts,” Heidari said. everyone’s lives. Wohlgemuth shared that the experience of “The best feeling to have is knowing that had working with this film production remains you’re life has integrity, and that I don’t have to the best he has ever had. categorize myself,” Heidari said. “I work and live “I learned how to manage and build a distri- and breathe a passion for art.” bution plan, and how to incorporate a unique marketing strategy,” Wohlgemuth said. According to Wohlgemuth, the crew is still working on furthering the distribution of “Happy,” and sparking the conversation. There are also plans for another production down the ashley.thurmond@pepperdine.edu road.

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Top DPS Reports of the Year

8/18/11 8:33 p.m. Incident – Suspicious Person Location: GSBM – Beckman Management Center Summary: A suspicious person was reported walking

8/20/11 5:27 p.m.

through buildings wearing a trench coat and a gas mask.

Incident – Indecent Exposure

The individual was identified as a professor’s son and stated

Location: Baxter Drive Summary: Public Safety responded to a re-

that he wore the mask to see if anyone would react.

port of a visitor urinating on a hillside near a balcony where a family with two small 8/24/11 11:07 p.m.

children were eating dinner. The visitor was

Service – Animal Call

escorted off campus.

Location: Rho Parking Lot Summary: A student reported that he had been chased by a deer and lost his keys in the process. A Public Safety officer found the student’s keys and escorted him back to his dorm. 3/6/12 9:23 a.m. Incidents – Suspicious Circumstances

09/29/11 4:15 p.m.

Location: Center of Communication and Business

Departmental – Investigation

Summary: A student service officer reported

Location: Hall Rho – Robert & Betty Shafer

observing a person carrying an axe past the Public

Summary: A Public Safety officer observed an

Safety office. A Public Safety officer responded

inappropriate sign in a dorm window that read

and located the individual, who was identified as a

“Nude Girls.” The officer removed the sign and

student using the axe for film class.

the student was notified.

1/23/12 2:50 a.m.

09/21/11 5:16 p.m. Departmental Investigation Location: Rho Parking Lot Summary: Public Safety responded to a report of possible armed robbery

10/17/11 1:03 a.m.

Incident – Heat and Smoke Alarm

Incident – Fire Alarm

Location: Hall 4 – Ann Peppers

Location: Hall 16 – Joseph A. Debell

Summary: A fire alarm manual pull station was

Summary: A student activated a nearby

activated by an unknown person. No smoke or fire

smoke detector after placing improperly

was found in the dorm. A student reported seeing

extinguished ashes from a hookah in the

people running away from Peppers after the alarm was

trash.

activated. Feces was found on the floor in a hallway. The Los Angeles County Fire Department response

in progress. Three individuals were

was canceled prior to their arrival.

detained and found to be in possession of a replica toy gun for a staged mock robbery for a student filming production.

2/4/12 2:25 p.m. Crimes – Larceny/Petty Theft Location: Hall 14 – Donald W. Darnell Summary: A student reported underwear was stolen from her unsecured room.

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Admired journalism prof signs off after 21 years of media mentoring By MARIELLA RUDI

Carillo. In 2011, Jordan officiated their Enterprise Co. v. Superior Court, is marriage ceremony. featured prominently in Jordan’s mass “There wasn’t anyone else that meant communication law textbook. The case as much to both of us, and who’s had a established the public’s First AmendPepperdine’s trademark “journalism bigger impact on both our lives today,” ment right to witness criminal court junkie,” Dr. Michael Jordan, is retiring Carillo wrote in an email. proceedings. this spring. Jordan’s tenure spans over Both Riswick and Carillo agree that He had come a long way since kicktwo decades, but his professional stanfrom their time as freshmen to his re- ing the center divider in the Washingdards for journalism live on through tirement as Graphic adviser, Jordan ton courtroom. His career in higher his students and Student Publications. “was” the journalism department. education came next. Jordan’s zeal for journalism helped chart “What he’s done with the media law An opening for a journalism profesthe future of the Graphic to emerge as and journalism classes have been so suc- sor and Student Publications director today’s thriving enterprise, Pepperdine cessful in the past several years,” said at Pepperdine had leapt out at Jordan Graphic Media. Elizabeth Smith, director of student in Editor and Publisher Magazine. Part These efforts will culminate April 12. journalism and Graphic teaching desire and part family ties, The all-encompassfaculty adviser. “He’s Pepperdine became the clear choice for ing “J-Day” will be made it exciting and his next venture. “It just feels like dedicated to Jordan. done a good job of inJordan’s great-grandparents and On the day celebrating strong bookends troducing us to the new grandparents were at the first Founder’s journalism, the Graphto a good story, world of journalism.” Day for the groundbreaking of Pepperic will launch their and that’s what a This included trans- dine in Los Angeles, as were they close iPhone app in Joselyn journalist always forming into his alter- friends with the Pepperdine family. Plaza. During Jordan’s ego, Judge Error Jordan, Jordan explained the heritage he wants: a good reception in the afterfor media law’s mock shared with Pepperdine University in beginning and a noon, a wall bearing all trials. His students ar- his application letter. good end.” Graphic advisers since gue a First Amendment “I’ve always felt journalism is a ser1937 will honor Jorcase before the tough vice and a career,” Jordan said. “Service —Michael Jordan dan’s retirement. Journalism Professor judge in the School of has always been a manifestation of my The 61-year-old Law courtroom. philosophy about being a media profesWashington native “Students consis- sional — even to the point of one of my came to Pepperdine in tently say, regardless of their major, that retirement parties.” 1991 with a goal to resurrect the fading [media law] is their favorite class and Instead of a retirement party Jordan journalism program. he’s their favorite professor,” Smith said. asked Pepperdine friends and family to Twenty-one years later, Jordan re“As I have planned his retirement par- serve with him April 7 at the Los Angetires as Professor Emeritus of Journalty, I can’t tell you how many students les Regional Food Bank. ism and Media Law. He passes the torch talked about that law class more than This is the sort of motivation that to a former student and Graphic editor anything else, other than the Graphic.” drives Jordan. This is a love, Smith said he recruited to Pepperdine out of high But Jordan’s journalism accomplish- of her mentor, for journalism that he school. This fall, new journalism faculty ments extend far beyond Pepperdine. has equated to his love for students and member Christina Littlefield will reHis experience as a journalist allowed Student Publications. animate Jordan’s narrative. him to interview cultural icons like Jordan underwent open-heart sur“When Christina applied and was Muhammad Ali to Caesar Chavez. gery to replace an aortic valve in 2004. hired, it just kind of validated that this And since the fateful day he contracted At the behest of his doctors and after is the right time,” Jordan said of his rethe “journalism virus” in junior high thirteen years, he stepped down as ditirement. “It just feels like strong bookschool, Jordan has yet to find a cure. rector of Student Publications and ends to a good story, and that’s what a Working off what he has called an passed the title to broadcast professor journalist always wants: a good begininherent “need to get to the bottom of Dr. Michael Murrie. Newswaves adviser ning and a good end.” things,” at age 16, Jordan began work- Murrie described the transition “like With a green marker in hand, Jordan ing as a sports stringer at the Tri-City sitting down to a finely tuned Mercedes upheld a sense of professional journalHerald in his hometown of Kennewick, and driving it, but all the hard work had ism his students would value beyond Wash. Jordan moved on to covering the already been done. The traditions were their deadline. To have a story come state legislature at the Herald and the already all there. That’s definitely a legaback “bleeding green” is Pepperdine sports beat again for the Seattle Post- cy; he has insisted on quality journalism jargon for Jordan’s signature (and vigorIntelligencer. and aggressive reporting.” ous) edits. It was then at Working as a pro“In reality, we all learned humblethe Tacoma News fessor, not as adviser, ness at the end of Dr. Jordan’s green felt Tribune where his so close to the Graph“That’s definitely pen...[and] became a better journalist[s] role as a “watchic newsroom was adbecause of it,” Littlefield wrote in a leta legacy; he has dog” became apmittedly harder than ter to the Graphic in 2007. insisted on quality parent. Jordan he let on, Jordan said. Jordan stepped down as the Graphjournalism and agworked as an inBut just as he shifted ic’s adviser in 2004. His former Graphic vestigative reporter roles from reporter to gressive reporting.” staff members continue to cite Jordan until his newspaper editor years ago, his as their most influential teacher at Pep—Michael Murrie put up a few dozen new job involved a perdine. He spearheaded a journalism Director, Student Journalism billboards with his deeper, long-term recamp on campus recruiting top high face and the monisponsibility. school reporters, like Littlefield, to Pepker, “Mike Jordan Current Executive perdine. This effort has diversified and — Investigative Reporter!” Unknow- Editor of the Graphic Sonya Singh reproduced one of the leading journalism ingly, the Tribune public relations direc- membered fondly of her first introducprograms in the nation. tor had blown his cover. tion to journalism at Pepperdine — JorPrior to, and early in, Jordan’s tenure, His attention to systemic abuses dan’s class. Though initially terrified, the Graphic was produced in a trailer wouldn’t end there. As a young re- she said, Jordan made it hard not to parked where the current CCB building porter, Jordan knew the First Amend- feel comfortable. Taking an editing quiz is. The sweeping changes Jordan drove ment promised not only a free press or sitting in his Beatles museum — a in his next five years as director began but a fair trial. At what he described as time-honored excursion all journalism with his first impression of the singlea “sensational murder trial,” the judge students experience in the Jordan facwide platform – the tattered and worn had kicked Jordan, the press, out of the ulty condo — Singh was inspired by carpet. Before his first day, Jordan sat courtroom three different times before “Dr. J” and his ability to derive such joy at his typewriter and wrote a memo to ordering the bailiff to escort him out. from his passions, which also includes Communication Division. Instead of exiting quietly, Jordan un- his gorgeous 1951 Buick. “I can be strident in my advocacy, intentionally kicked the center divider Jordan and his wife, Nancy, will but I’m always respectful and I try to between the galley and attorneys. He continue living on campus with their teach that in my journalism classes – describes it as a “complete accident,” 13-year-old daughter, Kendall, and two you make your case,” Jordan said. “The but at the risk of feeling embarrassed, dogs. He plans to fuel “that fire inside memo said the carpet is the first imhe marks it as the day he vowed to be- that burns to tell stories” by carrying pression to the public, faculty, staff and come an activist for the press and for out his next venture: novel writing. parents they see of Student Publications transparency in the courtroom process. In 1994, Jordan published his first and the Graphic. And first impressions This was also the impetus for pursu- novel, the well-received “Crockett’s are important when you’re in the busiing a juris doctorate in media law. Coin,” filled with pre-civil war themes ness of being credible. So it all began.” By the age of 25, Jordan had a wife of romance, family and social justice. It wasn’t long before Jordan’s staff and four young children (he eventually Jordan also plans to teach summer became recognized as a credible news went on to have two more) and took school at Pepperdine, and maybe even source both within Pepperdine and up law school as a full-time reporter. a freshman seminar on his first love, nationally. As adviser, Jordan led the Jordan didn’t secure a law degree to “Beatleology.” Three of Jordan’s six chilGraphic to regularly top the Associated become a lawyer, though. In turn this dren are active Pepperdine alumni, as Collegiate Press Pacemaker, the “Pulitexpertise would prove indispensable to well. zer Prize” of college journalism. Jordan The Riverside Press-Enterprise and Pep“I know he’ll be sad not to be acsaid the foundation he still sees in the perdine University. tively involved in students’ lives to the Graphic is a personal badge of honor. Next, Jordan worked as managing extent he is now, but I have no doubt James Riswick, ‘05 alumnus and editor for the Los Angeles Daily Journal he’ll take advantage of his retirement,” Jordan’s final editor in chief, wrote that and relocated to The Press-Enterprise in Singh said. “We all wish him well, but encountering Jordan’s “enthusiasm and Riverside, Calif., in 1985 as city editor we have no doubt he’ll have a good obvious passion” as a high school senior and eventually managing editor. time. Of course, I’m happy he’ll still be had ultimately led him to Pepperdine. Jordan would go on to play a criti- here. It’s nice to know if something big Riswick would become the only student cal role in the newspaper’s two separate comes up that Dr. J is still around.” to write in every Graphic issue from Supreme Court cases, Press-Enterprise 2001 to 2005. He would also go on to I and Press-Enterprise II. Today, the meet his future wife, the Graphic’s first landmark case won in 1986, Pressmariella.rudi-lopez@pepperdine.edu news assistant and ’05 alumna, Sarah NEWS ASSISTANT

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Top: The Communication Department says good-bye to former Student Publications director, Graphic adviser and journalism professor, Michael Jordan. Middle: Jordan performs the marriage ceremony of his two former Graphic editors, James Riswick and Sarah Carillo, on March 6, 2011. Bottom: The journalism professor poses with his 1951 Buick, one of his treasured collectibles kept at the Jordan’s faculty condo on campus.


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No sleep: all-nighters compromise health By WhITneY IRIcK NeWS aSSiStaNt

With final exams looming on the horizon, students are scrambling to finish up semester projects and end the semester with good grades — all while balancing different aspects of their lives. With so much to do and so little time, some students may decide to pull an all-nighter to accomplish everything they have been putting off. However, research shows that staying up all night has negative effects on the body. In the process of trying to stay awake all night and day, students may resort to drinking unhealthy amounts of caffeine or energy drinks, eating unhealthy fatty foods or taking prescription and illicit drugs. “I drink coffee and tea throughout the night to stay awake,” freshman Hazel Marie Alim said. Initially, caffeine can temporarily increase one’s ability to concentrate and focus, but consuming too much caffeine can have the opposite effect. It can cause one to become unfocused, anxious, hyper and jittery. Staying up all night has both long and short-term effects. Long-term dangers are a reduced learning ability and an increased likelihood of anxiety disorders. Additional hazards include weight gain, increased risk of diabetes and potential brain damage. Forty-six percent of Pepperdine students surveyed by the Student Health Center (SHC) said that sleepiness is a problem. Mood changes such as de-

pression and anxiety can be brought about by a lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects concentration, memory and the immune system. In addition, those suffering from a lack of sleep have difficulties with decision-making, an increased likelihood of accidents and increased feelings of fatigue and stress. If sacrificing sleep is a must, it is best to fuel your body with the right balance of protein and carbohydrates. Some healthy snack choices are peanut butter and crackers, cheese and fruit, and energy bars and milk. These healthy choices will provide energy for the short term and help to maintain that energy and prevent a “crash.” Also, taking short 10 to 15 minute naps can be very beneficial. Research has shown that power naps increase alertness, improve mood and prevent burnout among other things. But, if a nap is too long, it can leave feelings of drowsiness. Pulling an all-nighter affects everyone differently. Those who get eight to nine hours of sleep a night and eat nutritious meals, exercise regularly and maintain a low stress level will be better able to cope with insults to the body than someone who does not. Jennifer Ehteshami, certified physician assistant at the SHC, said the majority of complaints and concerns that people come to the SHC for are related to a lack of sleep in some way. Examples are the flu, colds, headaches, chest pain, abdominal pain, fatigue and fainting. “Even if lack of sleep did not directly cause the symptoms, it could exacer-

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Sleepless studying: Pulling all-nighters is not the best strategy for studying, as lack of sleep can cause memory loss.

bate them by decreasing the immune system, affecting the person’s mood and ability to concentrate or by increasing a person’s stress level,” Ehteshami said. Instead of pulling an all-nighter, remember research has shown that those

who get eight to nine hours of sleep and are well rested do better on exams. “A rested mind and body is the best preparation you can do for your upcoming tests and assignments,” Ehteshami said. It is critical to fuel the body with nutri-

tious foods, adequate sleep and exercise and maintain a low stress level in order to function at your best.

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Prof honored for teaching excellence By Blanche Johnson Staff Writer

The American Academy of Advertising recently named Professor Debbie Wideroe the recipient of the Charles H. Sandage Award for Teaching Excellence. “I come alive in the classroom,” Wideroe said with pride. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of advertising teachers, and Wideroe is only the third woman ever to receive this award. Wideroe said she found her passion for advertising at an early age in junior high school in an advertising art class. She was told that she “wasn’t a good artist” but that didn’t Wideroe stop her from pursuing Professor of her dreams. Communication “If you enjoy what you’re teaching and learning, you will be successful,” Wideroe said. Wideroe, a Harvard University graduate, began her advertising career overseeing global marketing efforts at Warner Bros. for the Looney Tunes brand and founded Multi-Media Promotions, an advertising firm and entertainment market. Following that, Wideroe went on to establish her own marketing solutions company, the Wideroe Group, in California. When she first arrived at Pepperdine, Wideroe taught a class with broadcast professor Don Shores. Together, they taught an intro to radio and television class. “I work hard to bring life to the classroom,” Wideroe said. Wideroe said she thinks it is her duty to be excited to teach even if the material is hard or the students are less interested than they should be. She boasts that her Pepperdine students are “some of the brightest and the best.” Wideroe noted that many of her past students have becomes leaders in the advertising business, because they leave Pepperdine equipped with the necessary skills. “I love that my students have goals and they want to achieve them,” Wideroe said. “I feed off of the students and they feed off of me. It’s a combination and team effort.”

However, she admits to having certain moments as a teacher that are potentially frustrating. “The most challenging time to teach is when students are apathetic or not interested in what I’m talking about. It’s such a loss,” Wideroe said. “I then try harder to get those students interested.” Another challenging aspect of teaching is giving honest criticism. For Wideroe, this is her time to “take off the teaching hat and put on the professional hat.” She said she believes this honest criticism only helps, never hurts anyone. “Kids really appreciate the advice because then they can refine themselves before they get into the workplace.” One of the most important things a student can do in studying advertising or any field is to perform an internship, Wideroe said: “Interning is the key to success and to figuring out a path.” As director of the internship program, Wideroe helps Pepperdine students’ every day with this task. “Just teaching and running the internship program is a full time job in itself.” Students have held internships around the world because of her ability to forge relationships with employers in diverse fields. Wideroe went with her husband to receive the teaching award. “Receiving the award was so overwhelming. It was a very humbling experience.” Being honored by peers in the advertising field in this way was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She said that winning this award is like winning an Oscar: “it’s one of the greatest thrills to win this award.” Wideroe proudly displays the wooden plaque awarded by the AAA, which now hangs in her office on the second floor of the CCB. Wideroe said she is extremely grateful for the positive people in her life who encourage and reinforce what she does every day. Known to students, alumni and colleagues as the go to person to help make professional dreams come true, she acknowledges the importance of support in her own career as an award winning professor and advertising entrepreneur. “Without support, I would be nowhere.”

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students whose Fulbright Program will take him to Asia. In August, he will travel to India for nine to 10 months to research possible ways to use a specific plant with the goal of helping those living with HIV in underdeveloped regions. Kruse believes his years in Malibu will help him uphold the Fulbright Program’s mission to “increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries.” “My time at Pepperdine has shown me that shared experience — stepping outside of your comfort zone with another — is

one of the most effective ways to build relationships,” he said. Across the Indian Ocean, senior Wojtek Peliks will live in Indonesia for a year teaching high schoolers. He plans to have the students write journal entries about their favorite life experiences, as well as give them disposable cameras to take pictures of anything they find exciting or interesting. “I’d like to put [all the pictures] together into a coffee table book,” he said. “By creating this book, I’d hope to increase people’s understanding of Indonesian life, culture, and worldview.” Sabena Virani, a senior International Studies and Intercultural Communication major,

will spend eight to 10 months in Argentina. Her time will consist of teaching English 20 hours a week, as well as conducting research on the effects of Facebook on culture and communication. Virani’s sentiments echo the attitudes of the other scholars, as they prepare represent the United States while embracing a new country and culture. “I have been awarded the wonderful opportunity to show the positive side of America, because I am willing to share information, but most importantly, listen,” she said. “After all, God gave us two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we speak.” g

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sought,” Fishel said. “We hope that Pepperdine will eventually have a tenured faculty for Jewish Studies and the potential for creation of a Jewish Studies minor.” Meanwhile, professors associated with Glazer and the Humanities Division — the main department through which the Institute works — remain on the periphery of the discussion. Dr. Rebecca Golbert, visiting professor and associate director of the Glazer Institute, was hired as an international studies and languages professor with Glazer’s initial contract. Her first class, Humanities 313, integrated Jewish studies into an otherwise broader course. Dr. Andrea Siegel, Glazer’s visiting professor, now teaches the class, while Golbert has since taught a freshman seminar, Holocaust studies and two communication classes. “The broader issues of where

the institute is going are secondhand to me because my position is phasing out and the work for appealing for endowment has been the work of the administration,” Golbert said. Golbert said when she first arrived at Pepperdine, the Institute did not specify what she was to teach or how to teach it. Instead, she and her class were part of a larger effort to reach a wider audience at Pepperdine. Golbert called this effort an inter-cultural and interfaith conversation in pluralism. She also said it was an ongoing adjustment. In 2009, Glazer began slowly weaving Jewish Studies curricula into general education classes, and Glazer’s focus on the core programs remains in Seaver. “This allowed the Institute to reach beyond the numbers of students not able to fit a specifically Jewish course into their academic schedule due to Pepperdine’s GE requirements or course requirements of their major or

minor,” Fishel wrote in an email. “[E]xtracurricular programs built around Jewish holidays or other aspects of the faith were given higher visibility on campus attracting more interest.” As a relatively new program, Glazer is still exploring how they appeal to that greater market, especially using GE course work. Hyten said Glazer wanted to avoid being the “stereotypical Jewish institute” at a Christian university by offering it as an interfaith program. This, she said, is the first campus-wide interfaith organization. Hyten said the Institute has been pleased with the reception they have received from students and administration. According to Hyten, Glazer has taken more than 250 students to Israel. They also received over 30 applications for the internship program in Israel this summer.

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Conversation can conquer ignorance and conditioning

America woke up, fought a hard uphill battle and achieved political change. Then it seems some decided to take a nap or become indifferent to the war that continues to rage against racism. The battle for social change has taken far too long and produced far too few results. The alarm that rang loud enough to wake those in slumber came in the form of the shot that took Trayvon Martin’s life. The sad fact that cultural stereotypes ended in such a tragedy points out a huge flaw in our society. Melanie Tannenbaum states in a recent article for Scientific American, “When you grow up in a culture that endorses certain stereotypes, they become ingrained in your cultural knowledge.” Maybe this is an explanation for what happened in the Martin case, but it is certainly no justification for George Zimmerman’s shooting the innocent youth. It is a shame we have stereotypes in this country that can lead to acts like this or the racist comments that are appearing more frequently in social media. The homophobic, racist and sexist tweets made by a would-be student leader on campus remind us of the urgent necessity of social change here on campus and in the rest of the world. The tweets that appeared after the release of the film “The Hunger Games” also revealed some long-held stereotypes. One person tweeted wondering why all the good characters were played by black actors. The consistency of these numerous slurs chipped away another piece of the frail understanding of interracial relations today. Comedy can be used to help ease feelings of interracial tension, but it shouldn’t be used to cover up racism. The common stereotypes held about the black community, along with many other groups, speaks to how our society conditions individuals. When Americans assume that an individual of Middle Eastern descent to be inherently dangerous, or suspect a Latin American to be an illegal immigrant, is a testament to our conditioning. We need to take the initiative to learn about others to eliminate the ignorance and stereotyping. In many respects, Pepperdine does an excellent job at exposing its students to international cultures, but the University leaves much to be desired in how students are exposed to and educated about the different cultures in the United States. Young people throw themselves behind organizations and causes like Kony 2012 or other aid projects, but need to bring huge awareness to the issues in their own backyard. Americans need to deal with race relations and move toward change in the country and on this very campus. One of the ways to learn about the cultures of those around us is to actually hold meaningful conversations. If there isn’t an environment that facilitates these kinds of conversations, then no progress will be made. Although the convos about issues like interracial dating are taking a step in the right direction, there is still much to be done. They continue to skirt around the real issues that need to be discussed. Asking the tough, awkward questions will be the only way to initiate communication and move past de facto segregation. Because looking around the Waves Cafe, it is painfully clear that de facto segregation still exists. Open and meaningful conversations will help to bring understanding, which will move society closer to being racism free. Social media can bring about change just as swiftly and powerfully as racism and intolerance are spread through it now. It is a lethal weapon in the arsenal to fight racism and intolerance. Now is the time to take a more active approach in rallying for an end to racism. 

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STAFF EDITORIAL With $190,000 at stake, students deserve a democratic ICC The Inter-Club Council (ICC) underwent a major facelift this year. In the 2010-2011 academic year, the ICC represented $40,000 in student activities fees, while the Student Government Association (SGA) handled the remainder of the funds. In January 2011, the SGA voted to increase student activities fees from $60 to $126 per semester and allow the ICC to take over funding events — which has more than quadrupled the ICC’s budget to $190,000 for the current school year, which far exceeds the SGA’s budget. Now here’s the part that’s difficult to swallow: While SGA’s elections are public, with candidates vying for the votes of the student body via Facebook, debates and sharing their individual platforms, the ICC e-board is selected behind closed doors. Not only did the ICC’s budget get revamped, but so did its policies. Instead of a delegate from each official club on campus (from Greek life to cultural to academic, even the Graphic) electing the new ICC e-board, this year’s e-board (four students) will interview applicants and decide on their own. Further, instead of the body of delegates meeting once a week to vote on each funding request, a funding committee appointed by the e-board will decide the fate of $190,000. That seems like an awful lot of student money to be in the hands of an eboard that the student body — which funds the organization — had no say in choosing. Although these changes might have been made in the interest of efficiency, they ultimately rob the student body of having a voice in its

own leadership. Instead of decreasing bias by selecting candidates based on “merit,” rather than, for instance, the “popularity contest” that general elections might be, this process guarantees bias by allowing only three to four people to have a voice in who oversees one of the most powerful organizations on campus. (Only three e-board members will participate in interviewing candidates for ICC president, since one current member is applying for it.) Despite occasional complaints against the SGA, it is still a privilege to know the senators and class presidents by name and be able to recognize them around campus, or perhaps recall Election Day and the principles of their platforms. If a student has genuinely altruistic motives in mind when applying for the ICC e-board, like serving the community or making a difference on campus, the students he or she will be serving deserve to hear about it. A democratic process, in which the ICC e-board is elected by the student body in a vote — like SGA elections — would ensure more transparency than the process currently in practice. Elections would also improve the transparency of the ICC simply by increasing campus awareness of what it is and what it does. Most students who do not serve as a club’s ICC delegate may be shocked to discover that individuals they may have never heard of before will distribute $190,000 in student activities fees. While the SGA engages students with town hall meetings to discuss what they have accomplished and survey students about future ventures,

virtually the only way to learn about or have an influence in ICC is to attend the weekly funding meetings. But even those funding meetings have become more exclusive. This semester the policy changed, having only the funding committee attend and vote on requests, rather than all of the club delegates as it was set up previously. The funding committee, which consists of around 10 members, was created by this year’s e-board as a solution to the problem of apathetic voting at general meetings by the 40plus delegates in attendance. The only comparable organization on campus, which now handles a significantly smaller budget, makes every effort to involve students in voting on its representatives — a body far larger than ten individuals. Last January (27), after SGA approved the student activities fee increase, the Graphic’s staff editorial asked for “a proactive SGA and an engaged ICC” to prove worthy of the hike by spending the money responsibly. The editorial duly applauded the inclusiveness of the ICC, which is no longer the case since the voting delegation was replaced with a funding committee. With more than a year to evaluate the results of these changes, it is clear that the ICC has not exactly lived up to the promise of student leaders representing students. The only way to assure that the ICC leadership is made up of honest students with an interest in serving the community is to allow the community to elect them.

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 Assistant 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

FACE OFF “Do you think the Inter-Club Council executive board should be elected by a popular vote?” TERAH PARKER Junior NO: I don’t think that ICC elections need to be voted on by the entire student body. I think holding too many elections for things that people aren’t entirely informed about would discourage people from voting in general and draw attention away from SGA campaigns. Although it would be nice to inform students of the electoral process, the people in charge of appointing ICC officials are probably more equipped and informed to appoint to the ICC eboard.

CORT HENSON Junior YES: I think that the elections should be public so that people get a better idea about what exactly ICC does. I barely knew what the ICC was until recently, so I think a more publicized voting process might serve to better inform people where exactly student activities budgets are being discussed and distributed. Even if the people who vote on ICC elections are equipped to make good decisions, student elections would at least help in teaching people what ICC is.

Mission Statement: The Graphic is an editorially independent weekly student newspaper for the greater Pepperdine community. It serves the community with news, opinion, contemporary information and a public forum for discussion. The Graphic strengthens students for purpose, service and leadership by developing their skills in writing, editing and publication production, by providing a vehicle to integrate and implement their liberal arts education, and by developing students’ critical thinking through independent editorial judgment. The Graphic participates in Pepperdine’s Christian mission and affirmations, especially the pursuit of truth, excellence and freedom in a context of public service. Although the Graphic reports about Pepperdine University and coordinates with curricula in journalism and other disciplines, it is a student and not a University publication. Views expressed are diverse and, of course, do not correspond to all views of any University board, administration, faculty, staff, student or other constituency.


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April 5, 2012

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Letter to the Editor: Career Center responds The blind leading the blind

Spring fever sets in for students: Don’t fight it! GRACE STEARNS

ASSISTANT PERSPECTIVES EDITOR

Dear Grace, Finals are coming up and I have no idea how I am going to pass my classes! Studying seems impossible, but if I don’t do something fast, I fear my resulting 1.8 grade point average will be insufficient in maintaining my scholarship and prolonging my career at Pepperdine. Spring Fever Dear Spring Fever, Who knew there were only four weeks of school remaining? I too recently noticed this astonishing reality and proceeded to whimper in despair upon logging into Courses for the first time this semester only to realize exactly how high each of my finals grades will have to be in order to receive passing credit in all 18 of my units. Despite the violent tremors induced by the mental shock of every 94 percent or higher I will need to earn before April is out, some mystical, intangible force seems to repel me away from Payson Library and off campus in order to partake in practically any activity not associated with studying for finals. How might one scrape together enough academic gusto to crawl across spring 2012’s finish line? Your guess is as good as mine. Thus, in the absence of any pragmatic advice, I will instead suggest the most worthwhile activities you might partake in as fair trade for the failing grades you will, at this point, inevitably receive. Some activities I find the most rewarding in lieu of writing papers, studying for tests and submitting assignments in a timely matter (or at all) are as follows: No. 1 Take an extended catnap. Is your workload simply too overwhelming? Take a day off and stay in bed, you’ve earned it! Tell your roomie to be a doll and bring you that gallon of ice cream from the freezer; you’re set for an entire 24 hours spent without moving any body part but your neck. It’s about time you upgraded to Hulu Plus; treat yourself to the 54 most recent episodes of “Scrubs” and indulge in a well deserved mental detox. That faint nudge of guilt you feel for wasting the thousands of dollars going toward every invaluable moment of Religion 102? Three days in bed, and it’s entirely gone. No. 2 Take joy in the failure and frustration of others. Spent too many consecutive days in all-consuming lethargy? Consider a shower and head toward Payson. Don’t bother bringing your laptop; put those books down! Instead, grab a crinkly wrapper, your cell phone and camp out in the overcrowded aisles of the least productive environment ever masked as a hall of higher learning. The contrived frenzy of students who think Payson might be at all helpful in promoting a strict work ethic will heighten as you casually munch a stalk of celery in the carrel across from the one girl who tries too hard in Literary Theory. Indeed, take joy in the frustrated sighs of students who pretend to be disrupted when they are, in reality, posting status after status lamenting the amount of work they haven’t actually begun: “FINALS=LIFE=JOKE #poliscimajor #freshman #dyinggggg.” No. 3 Test your creativity in inventing extension requests. Are you worried you might regret your languor come May 1? It’s always good to have a trail of emails between a professor and yourself lest you spontaneously decide to submit something long after its original due date. Concocting wild stories, invented tragedy and debilitating illness can occupy an expansive chunk of time when one wishes not to study. In the likely event that this contributes to the failure of your course, you might later compile these messages into a Creative Writing senior portfolio. 

grace.stearns@pepperdine.edu

Editor’s Note: Lauren Herr, junior and Career Center employee collaborated with other student employees Bud Davis and Jordan Grimwood, to write this Letter to the Editor. Last week’s Graphic staff editorial, “Facing the employment front lines, grads call out for real advocates,” voiced concern over the Pepperdine University Seaver College Career Center’s ability to help students acquire desirable jobs upon graduation. The following article is a response to the editorial from those who work at the Seaver College Career Center, as we feel the assessment of the Career Center and its services lacked factual and researched evidence. The Career Center’s primary Student Learning Objectives clearly state students are to “Understand, make and synthesize diverse career options and be able to delineate paths to reach them” as well as “Demonstrate professional skills in identifying, securing, and participating in internships, jobs, and other career related opportunities.” While the Career Center does want to serve as a go-to, one-stop-shop for people to come to get support for internship and job search, our intention is not to distribute or hand out jobs.

Although Pepperdine does place students into IP internships abroad, in the United States, career center staff is expected to follow equal opportunity laws to ensure that internship and job options are available to all students without discrimination. The process of handing out jobs is simply unrealistic and does not require students to learn the steps necessary for securing a job in the real world after college. This of course places significant responsibility on the student to synthesize the multiple resources the Career Center provides, whether it be through on-campus networking opportunities, resume and cover letter revisions, mock interviews with Career Counselors or browsing CareerSpace and the online Pepperdine Alumni Network (PAN). Although the Career Center exists so that Waves can get their dream jobs, our objective is, more specifically, to provide students with the guidance and tools to get those jobs themselves. Last week’s editorial also gives the impression that the Career Center’s services have not proven effective help for the professional success of students. The fact of the matter is that students have responded with overwhelming praise and support for its numerous events including Project e(X), Career Coaching, Night2Network, Career Week and

Career Fairs. It is those students who put forth the effort and willingly take advantage of these programs who get one step closer to securing that dream internship or making personal connections with company representatives. The editorial talks at length about needing a professional network that you rely upon when perusing the job market — and these events provide that opportunity! More than 60 percent of jobs nationwide are secured through networking. In fact, Pepperdine outperforms the colleges across the nation when it comes to students having jobs on graduation day, by almost twice the national average. And while UCLA charges $475 for two hours of alumni counseling, Pepperdine provides alumni with free career services for life. Pepperdine students who take advantage of these opportunities work at some of the most respected companies in the nation, including Lionsgate, Dior, Fox, Paramount, Walt Disney, Hillstone, Target and more, while others work with various political, religious, educational and non-profit organizations. Therefore, it seems the issue at hand is not the Career Center’s ability to provide effective resources for students, but students’ own motivation and commitment to utilizing those readily available resources properly. Student feedback is constantly

incorporated into the development and growth of the Career Center and the Career Center has proudly received positive response from many of its programs. Through the implementation of the Career Ambassador program in 2005, the number of students with approved professional resumes increased 856 percent. This fall, senior and member of the Student Programming Board, Veronica Merrick, stated, “The Career Coaching Program has been one of the best additions to my curriculum here at Pepperdine. I am humbled to have learned from such exceptional professional mentors, and am confident that their lessons and guidance will contribute to my entire professional career.” Junior Phoebe Gan responded to last week’s WavesConnect event stating, “It was really insightful to get the chance to listen to a professional in the business commercial world share networking tips and connect with students. This event has the potential to benefit students every year.” The Career Center strives to aid as many students as possible in their job search as it has done for these students, but ultimately the power to attaining your dream job is in your own hands. The Career Center encourages any student who feels anxious about career related matters to stop by and see for themselves.

Senior mulls over life in the ‘Malibubble’ ZACH SANDBERG STAFF WRITER

For the past four years, I have lived in a bubble. If you are reading this article, I believe you have been, too. In less than a month, my bubble will finally burst with the gentle prodding of a diploma. As I approach the end of my final year at Pepperdine, I have had a certain epiphany. Life in the Malibubble offers the best of both worlds. I would go so far as to say that Pepperdine is both the best and worst school in the country. I won’t claim this as an objective truth, but rather as a personal, subjective one. Over the past few weeks, I have reflected on the unique nature of this cozy institution, and I’m finally ready to make my case for why my time spent here has been worthwhile. I will never forget my first time on campus. My enthusiasm over getting accepted was lackluster, but I decided to visit. I stepped out of the car at the top of the CCB stairs, staring at the immense ocean, wildflowers, emerald hills, Mediterranean buildings nestled between fields, patios, palm trees and one beautiful girl after another. People had told me Pepperdine was a Christian school, but what I was witnessing was something more: This was heaven. The immediate, intuitive response I had about Pepperdine is one of its greatest assets. We live in a beautiful bubble of shimmering colors and personalities. This college attracts a certain kind of young man and woman: the “big deals” from back home — smart, attractive, exuberant and morally upstanding. Many of these individuals find joy in ordered relationships, the tranquility that emanates from the sea, the warmth of the sun and the love of caring faculty and friends. The bubble is undeniably beautiful. But it is not perfect. At times, it gets hard to breathe, move around and feel alive within the comfortable confines of the Malibubble. I’ve had my highs and lows at Pepperdine — the paradox that defines what it is to live as a Wave. The fact of the matter is that at Pepperdine, strong currents of discontent and loneliness lie under the surface of the smiling faces you see around campus. While it may be true, the all-too-common phrase, “so blessed,” should often be replaced by “so stressed.” People feel a need to have it all together here. But as human beings, we simply don’t. I think this Malibubble phenomenon also generates a certain level of apathy among the student population. Why should I care about the outside world when it doesn’t affect me? We complain about our comically insignificant “first world prob-

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lems.” And even when our hearts are ignited by a cause for activism, like the Kony 2012 movement that swept through campus like a Malibu wildfire, indifference to the distant squelches such passion. The closeness of our community lets some fall by the way side. The ReachOUT controversy has made one thing apparent, regardless of what your opinion is about the subject: There are students here who want to feel at home. The “unity” we have found in the Pepperdine community has grown too fast for the “comm” to keep pace. We fail to see what we all have in common. I, too, am guilty of these transgressions. I think I’ve finally grown too big for this bubble. I have come a long way from my days as a freshman, running from DPS after trying to sneak into the pool or sitting in front of Peppers with a box, bait, rope and a desire to catch a raccoon. I spent a year in South America, where I had to come close to losing my life when robbed or biking down a narrow, Andean road to realize how much I really valued it. I’ve read (and pretended to read)

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thousands of pages by authors, past and present, whose work constitutes Western thought. I have run around campus in my underwear. I have endless stories of fraternal life. I’ve sat through hours of mind-numbing (but occasionally meaningful) convocations. I’ve wrestled with God on a daily basis, in a constant challenging fortification, and questioning of faith. In short, I’ve lived a colorful existence in the confines of the Malibubble. What we experience here at Pepperdine is so unique, so enriching and for lack of a better word, so bubbly, that our time here is binding, unforgettable and truly priceless. This summation of experiences and encounters is worth far more than the information we glean from lectures or textbooks, which can probably be found on the Internet anyway. This process of socialization, with faculty and other students, unites us all and can, at times, tear us apart. Yet, it is this process, the Malibubble phenomenon, that has made Pepperdine as much a part of me as I am a part of it. 

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Hideaways offer study sanctuaries By EDGAR HERNANDEZ LIFE & ARTS EDITOR

The end of the semester is fast approaching, along with the large amount of final exams and research papers. With loud roommates and Payson becoming a social hot spot, students are in need of quiet study areas where some serious work can be done. Sometimes being in your room is not enough because distractions are so easily available at hand. Here is a list of places that are perfect to get some studying done, minimizing the social distractions that come with common places of study. Study rooms under the library (PLC 105) Located deep in the bowels of the library, these study rooms are perfect for those that don’t like the social distractions that Payson has or want to fight for one of the busy study rooms on the second floor. The rooms are equipped with a white board so be sure to bring your own dry erase markers to maximize your study experience in these rooms. If you’re lucky you’ll get a study

room with a window, providing a visual escape and breath of fresh air for the mind. The Law school library, the Drescher library, the Malibu library If you want to stay away from Payson, try one of these three libraries. Unless your group of friends is comprised of law or grad students, chances of running into people you know in the Pepperdine law school library (open from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 12 p.m. to midnight on Sunday) or the Drescher Graduate School Library (open from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight on Sunday) are considerably slimmer than other places on campus. These two libraries give you the chance to really take your studying seriously. What better crowd than people people are more stressed about their studies than you are. If you want to escape Pepperdine all together, try a public library. The Malibu Library and the Calabasas Library are easily accessible, only a

drive away, or walk if you’re adventurous. Cafeteria after hours Ever since the HAWC got revamped it’s become a lot more of a hot social spot and less of a study area. Grab your proudly brewed Starbucks coffee and your hot wings and head on over to the cafeteria. By day the cafeteria makes for the perfect place to people watch, but by night the desolate place turns into the perfect study hall. So many tables to choose from! The cool temperature of the cafeteria can help keep you awake late into the night so you can finish that obnoxious research paper. If it gets too cold you can head over to the couches and start the fire pit. Just be careful not to fall asleep, not get any work done or get too close to the fire and have something unfortunate happen. Empty room in Drescher apartments Sounds creepy, but this could actually work out really well. Some apartments in Drescher have rooms that are completely uninhabited. Why not take advantage of a furnished room

with white walls and a window. There are no distractions on the wall. There’s a bathroom close by, and, depending on whose apartment you’re in, there might be some good stuff in the kitchen. If you get too tired from studying, you can take a quick catnap on the bare mattress. 212 Pier Located in Santa Monica on Pier Avenue, this coffee shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although free parking is a bit away, unless you don’t mind paying the meter, the cafe makes up for it. With a lot of coffee, tea and food (including vegetarian and vegan options), the cafe is built to sustain you for a while. In terms of space, the place makes for the perfect combination between a coffee shop and a library, with space available to set up your work station. On the other hand there is music constantly playing, and it can get somewhat loud at times. If you’re easily bothered by noise, this is probably not the best option. Did I mention that there’s free wi-fi? 

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Fresh albums to listen for By EDGAR HERNANDEZ LIFE & ARTS EDITOR

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Blockbusters look to excite By NIKKI TORRIENTE DESIGNER

As the April weeks continue to pass and the pain of final exams ebbs with the arrival of the summertime sun, the coming months offer wellworn college students time to unwind. And what better way to enjoy the laid-back relaxation of summer than with a movie or two? Here’s a list compiled with the best of the best — and a little something for everyone’s particular taste. From action to animated, this summer’s movie lineup has something for everyone and is bound to take up some well-earned time.

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“The Avengers”: There is no better way to kick off the close of the Spring semester than by indulging in your inner superhero. “The Avengers” crashes into theaters nationwide on May 4 to save the world. Melding superheroes and epic action scenes is the name of the Avengers game, but don’t fret over lack of plot. Although not much has been divulged through the trailers, it looks like Joss Whedon — who’s at the helm of this blockbuster giant — is ma king sure to keep audiences young and old hooked, even for those not a fan of this uber classic super group. With Captain American, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury leading the way into summer movies, The Avengers will set the bar for films to come. “Dark Shadows”: Johnny Depp and Tim Burton team up once again, but this time it’s to bring a 60s T.V. show back from the dead. “Dark Shadows” is the tale of Barnabas, a nobleman who gets cursed by a jealous witch in the 1700s because he just won’t love her. He gets buried alive and then brought back to life, but must undergo a major culture shock. Barnabas

must now learn the ways of the 1970s and returns to his home where his descendants now live. It’s a dark comedy, right up Depp and Burton’s allies and looks to be just as entertaining as all their other collaborations. “Dark Shadows” will be released into theaters May 11.

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“Snow White and the Huntsman”: Jumping onto the fairy tale bandwagon is Universal’s big budget adaptation of Snow White. Don’t be alarmed yet. Yes, another Snow White film was in theaters in March, but this fresh twist on Snow is entirely its own. Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron as the Wicked Queen, this telling of the beloved fairy tale is darker and much more action packed. For all its hang-ups, the take this film has on the Snow White tale is actually pretty riveting, and Charlize Theron’s wicked persona brings a whole new level to the adaptation. Snow White’s character also gets a bit of a personality-lift in this version as well: She’s not all damsel in distress and takes on the challenge of fighting back. You go Snow White! We’ll see how this adaptation fares when it sweeps into theaters June 1. “Brave”: Switching gears and venturing into the world of animation is Pixar’s newest addition. Like the title suggests, “Brave” is about a red-haired Scottish girl who has to go on an adventure to set the turmoil she unleashed on her homeland straight again. Pixar looks to get its bearings with the release of this film on June 22. Fun fact: Merida — the main character of the film — is the first female lead for a Pixar film, a “brave” title for Brave’s protagonist, and a fitting one as well.

in Columbia’s reboot of the suit wearing arachnid. This new Spidey production has even been fitted with an entirely new cast, and even starts from the same humble high school beginnings as the previous film series. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are now set to be immortalized in this new superhero flick as Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey; characters the Lizard and ProtoGoblin become Spidey’s new foes, and the movie goes back to good old New York City for all the skyscraper action any avid movie buff wants to see. The movie comes out July 3, just in time for Independence Day, and, in a way, “The Amazing Spider-Man” will see if it can rise above the shadow of its predecessor and form its own niche. “The Dark Knight Rises”: Most likely the most anticipated movie of the summer — and year — is Christopher Nolan’s latest (and last) installment of his cape-wearing vigilante. Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman and from tiny scraps of information (and the rumor-mill) his character has hit a patch of disillusionment. Enter Bane and Catwoman, who throw Batman’s life into turmoil like any good villain and anti-hero do, pushing Batman to get himself out of his funk and go to the rescue of his beloved Gotham. This is Nolan’s Batman’s last hoorah, so it’s no doubt that there will be epic action scenes with our favorite caped crusader. However, since it is the last we’ll see of this particular Bat, rumors have gone around about how the story will play out. Bane is known to be the baddie who breaks Batman’s back after all — I guess July 20 will finally disclose the end of this fantastic series when the movie is released into theaters.

Besides all the movies that are coming out this spring and summer, there’s also a lot of music waiting to be released. From highly anticipated sophomore albums to new material an artist puts out in seven years, here are some albums that are sure to get your spring and summer on a good note. Rufus Wainwright — “Out Of The Game” (April 23) (Produced by Mark Ronson) Marina & the Diamonds — “Electra Heart” (April 30) Norah Jones — “Little Broken Hearts” (May 1) (produced by Danger Mouse) Santigold — “Master Of My Make Believe” (May 1) Best Coast — “The Only Place” (May 15) Tenacious D — “Rise of the Fenix” (May 15) John Mayer — “Born and Raised” (May 22) The Cult — “Choice of Weapon” (May 22) Regina Spektor — “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats” (May 29) Timbaland — Title TBA (May) Fiona Apple — “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do” (June) The Walkmen — “Heaven” (June 5) Maroon 5 — “Overexposed” (June 26)

JULY

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Interview conducted by SONYA SINGH EXECUTIVE EDITOR

SS: I was wondering if you could talk about your latest album: how does it sound different that what you’ve done before, or what were you listening to? MK: For my new record, “Young Love,” I was really in a beat-driven zone. So, we would go in and instead of getting a big band together, where you record a bunch of things, it was mostly just me and a friend sitting behind a computer. We’re banging on drums, clapping our hands and it really started a lot of rhythms. And then I started ... figuring out what stories I could tell and could really stand behind. I was listening to things from Springsteen, ‘cause of his storytelling, to Drake and Kanye or something. SS: Are those some of your major influences in general? MK: Yeah, Springsteen would be a huge influence, his epic, endearing storytelling quality. I grew up listening to a lot of Tribe Called Quest, and De la Sol, that kind of thing. Old school skater hip-hop I guess. I listen to a lot of Bob Dylan; early U2 was a big influence at one point in my life. I’m always gleaning from a bunch of different things. Even country music, now that I live in Nashville — like Johnny Cash — is really finding a special place in my heart. And I’m a fan of music, so I listen to everything from classical to dirty south hip-hop. SS: What prompted your move to Nashville, because you’re from Oregon, right? MK: Yeah, I’m from Eugene, Ore. I was going to school in California and I met this producer and he said, “Hey, man” — we had recorded a few demos together — and he said, “I’m moving to Nashville. Will you help me drive?” He basically needed someone to help him drive across the country. So we packed up his truck and put a mattress on the back and basically slept our way across — that sounded bad — but we slept in the back of the truck across America. We got to Nashville, and I was only supposed to be there for the month and we started recording in his basement studio and that was it, this is what I want to do. Somehow, I’m still there. SS: And you’re loving it? MK: I love it. And with the Black Keys, Jack White, Kings of Leon kind of stuff that’s happening, there’s a very current rock scene that’s really developed. It’s just a really special musical place. But as a community appeal, that’s what I’m driven by, just this sense of community within your neighborhood, within the musical community, it felt like a place I could live. SS: Are you really excited for the new Jack White solo album? MK: Yeah. Yeah, I’m not a massive fan, I think Meg was amazing. I love White Stripes. I am a big Meg fan, I think she was the swagger. She wasn’t

awesome, but she was awesome. But yeah, Jack is super talented. I love everything he does. I’ll probably pick it up at some point. I see him buying his coffee in the morning. He liked one of my guitars. Just saying. EMILY APPLEBY / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER SS: Can you talk a Singing in the rain: Mat Kearney sat down with the Graphic for a Q&A in his tour bus. little bit about some of the tours you’ve done? ers that work. It’s not a time for me to show off all Keane, John Mayer, Cary Brothers, Meiko — the weird bands I like. At one point we were trying these people that are all awesome — can you to do a Bjork cover and it was just like “no one is talk about those a little bit? going to know this song, guys.” I just enjoy those MK: They’re all really unique and individual ... moments, but lately I’ve been doing a lot more John was really special ‘cause right when I was tak- pop songs, songs that are big right now that you ing off, “Continuum” was a really beautiful [new] get to put your spin on. Speaking of Jack White, record. We opened the tour and basically would one time I ran into him, and he was talking about walk out and play in front of a sold-out arena evhow that used to be a part of pop culture: bands ery night. We played Madison Square Garden sold even in the ’50s and ’60s would cover the current out: 25,000 people. They gave us a standing ovasong of their friend, and something about that’s tion, and we’re like “OK, maybe we’re supposed fun for me. Doing a Rihanna song and making to do this.” Keane was amazing just cause they’re it believable that that’s mine, that’s interesting to so talented. And then people that have opened me, more than going out and playing a Bob Dylan for you, like Meiko, and Diane Birch is a friend of song that everyone knows. It’s like getting your big mine. You just form a little family with people you brother to fight a fight for you. vibe with musically. You have this really intense SS: Right, that makes sense. Just for fun: what is shared experience and then you sometimes never your guilty musical pleasure? see them again. Ingrid Michaelson and I did a coMK: My guilty musical pleasure, besides Robyn, headline tour and we did an iTunes session yesterI like Rihanna a lot. I like Miley Cyrus’ “The day, so there are certain relationships that endure. Climb.” It’s not about the hill, it’s about the climb. It’s one of the more special things I get to do. It’s not where you’re going, it’s the journey. I think SS: What was it like touring with [Ingrid] and that’s a good song. [Laughter] her band? They seem like a fun group. SS: How do you delineate a “Christian artist” MK: It was interesting because we’d alternate. and an artist who is a Christian? How does that She’d be first and we were both co-headlining the work for you? tour. It was about half-way through the tour and MK: I love writing about my faith and my life I said “I hate going on after you,” and she was goals and things I believe, but it was never meant like “I hate going on after you, I’ll open up the for a certain kind of audience or to be sold in a rest of the tour.” I felt like it wasn’t fair, because certain kind of bookstore, or play on a certain you couldn’t compete with them. They would radio station — I just want it to be part of the play their songs and then at that point of the tour, context of the world and the discussion that they were ending their set with this Britney Spears people are having about life and relationships, pain full dance routine. [Laughter] It wasn’t even fair. and joy and romance and all those different things. They’d play her song and start dancing and do a I grew up in Eugene, Ore. and I didn’t know there full routine. And of course, the crowd would lose was Christian music. We listened to Paul Simon their minds. I’m not a Broadway show as well as a and Michael Jackson on our way to church. When musician…. But that was amazing. They’re a great I sat down to write songs it was me envisioning group. We had more bus dance parties than with myself playing in those coffee shops in Eugene any group I’ve ever had with really not hip-hop with my friends and people with varying different music. You come on my bus, I’ll play Rusko and world views, being part of that discussion, and not groovy stuff. There, it was Harry Belafonte. backing down from who I am or what I believe SS: During soundcheck you were playing some but approaching it in a way that wasn’t offensive Rhianna, Adele. What other songs do you find and off in the distance. At the end of the day, I’m yourself covering? a Christian, I love writing about my faith, but I MK: I go through trends. I was way into covering don’t want to write music that’s supposed to fit older stuff: Springsteen and Tom Petty, classic cov- into some category. sonya.singh@pepperdine.edu 

Rain washes away Spring Concert By EDGAR HERNANDEZ LIFE & ARTS EDITOR

Students had to run for cover Saturday when it began to rain during the Spring Concert in Alumni Park. Mat Kearney was in the middle of his set when it began to drizzle. Concert officials quickly put the concert on break to see if the rain would cease. Kearney and his band returned to the stage to play two more songs, “Hey Mama” and “Ships into the Night,” until it began to rain and the concert had to be called off. The Student Programming Board was in charge of putting the concert together with their efforts going back to September. They didn’t anticipate rain and it seemed like the weather was not going to be a problem until the morning of the concert, when the prediction of rain was 30 percent. “When the drizzle started and my iPhone predicted 30 percent chance of rain for the rest of the day, Amelia and I literally stopped what we were doing and prayed out loud,” senior and the public relations chair of the Board, Veronica Merrick said. “We knew rain wouldn’t stop the concert, but too much rain could. All we could do was pray and hope for better weather.” The Board tried to make preparations for the weather once it was apparent that rain was a possibility. “We tried our best to plan ahead and predict what we could do,” senior Amelia Huckins said. “We bought extra tarps and tried to take extra precaution, but the fact of the matter is that the brunt of the storm hit when the concert had already started. We prepared as best we could.” Huckins explained the difficulties of creating a back-up plan with the difference between planning for indoors as opposed to outdoors. “There are a limited number of venues on campus on which you can host the concert, really only Alumni Park and Firestone Fieldhouse. There was

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Drip, drop: Mat Kearny played a few songs at the Spring Concert held Saturday before the unexpected rain canceled the event.

a volleyball game in Firestone, and we knew that renting concert equipment differs for indoor use versus outdoor use,” Huckins explained. Although Gym Class Heroes were unable to play because of the weather, the logistics of what this means for the contract agreement are still being discussed. “Gym Class Heroes was really disappointed that they couldn’t perform, and it wasn’t their decision, but their manager’s. The decision was also made in consultation with the production company we contracted for electrical support, amplification, instrument backline, etc,” Huckins said. “The Board and Student Activities staff are still working out post-event details with the Artists’ management. It is an industry standard that musicians will be paid regardless of weather conditions, because they do not decide if the concert will be offered at an indoor venue or outdoor venue, such as Alumni Park,” Merrick wrote in an email. “At this moment, it unfortunately appears that

we will not receive any refunds for the concert production or the artists due to the rain. It is a devastating disappointment for all the students and staff who worked so hard on the event for nearly a year, but we know that it was something completely out of our control,” Merrick added. As to what this means for students and their tickets, the Board is unable to give refunds. “I’m disappointed along with everyone else that the concert didn’t turn out the way we expected, but I’m grateful we were able to see Mat Kearney perform. I’m very appreciative that the Pepperdine community came out to see the concert. Their support means a lot to [the] Board and me,” Huckins said. Merrick agreed with Huckins: “When you plan something as big as this for your school since September, and it all comes crumbling down the way our concert did, without any fault of your own ... it’s impossible to describe.” 

edgar.hernandez@pepperdine.edu

Just read this some other day

It’s 2 a.m. You are starting your 12-page research paper due in six hours. You’re armed for battle with a 5-Hour energy, a Red Bull, a PowerBar and a SmartWater. This is worth 25 percent of your grade. This night comes down to you, your laptop, your energy armor and your textbooks. It’s 2:30 a.m. Time to update the Facebook status, and let everyone know how hard you are working. You have known about this paper for the past 10 weeks, but tonight is the night you must put everything aside and suit up for battle. This is fight or flight mode: You must finish. In 15 minutes, you will update your Twitter and complain about this brutal task. In 40 minutes, you will check out YouTube and watch a funny video. At 4 a.m., you will go on Facebook and stalk your own profile pictures again. Four more hours to go: The tension is getting out of control. You have a five-minute panic attack, and then proceed to tackle this paper. Sound familiar? Do you have frequent epic battles with The Procrastination gods? At some point in our scholastic careers, most of us have dealt with procrastination. Whether it was a simple homework assignment or a massive research paper, we have all been there. But why do we put ourselves through this torturous self-inflicted drama? And, to make matters more confusing, why do we feel the need to take 20 or more “study breaks” on Facebook/Twitter and tell the world how stressed we are? After evaluating my procrastination habits and the habits of my peers, I have tried to make sense of why we all frequently duke it out with the Procrastination gods. Reason No. 1: We crave the drama. What could possibly be more academically dramatic than sitting in Payson at 2 a.m., energy drink in hand, with only a few hours to start a massive grade-altering assignment? To make matters worse, our Facebook friends and Twitter followers receive constant updates about our selfinflicted dramatic situation. Do we create this kind of drama out of boredom? Do we put ourselves through this torture because we crave a little frenzy? Maybe some of us subconsciously yearn for a little more excitement and severe procrastination is how we create it for ourselves. The next time you notice yourself spiraling down the procrastination path, pull yourself out and evaluate the situation. Ask yourself if this drama is necessary to get the assignment done. Most likely, it’s not. Reason No. 2: We love the game. For some, waiting until the very last minute to begin an assignment is like competing in an epic battle, full of strategy tactics and level advancements. When you finish just in the nick of time, you may feel like you just won this huge war and you deserve some sort of prize of victory party. With this mentality, you have your game face on and every second left on the clock is all a part of the competition. Every page you finish advances you to another “level” in the game. Comparing last minute procrastination with a competition may be a bit of a stretch, but some actually get a kick out of “beating” their assignment. If you have this competitive nature, but only think you can fulfill it through procrastination: Think again. Instead of waiting until the last minute, trick your mind into thinking the deadline is actually sooner. You can set your deadline earlier, wage war against the assignment earlier, and then have your victory party earlier. You still won “the game,” but with less stress and tension. Reason No. 3: We’re too fearful to start. Sometimes the thought of completing a huge assignment is a lot scarier than actually doing it. Often we make the situation worse in our mind, creating fear and anxiety. Before you know it, the task is blown completely out of proportion and the thought of completing it is unbearable. Reality is, no task is too big to complete if you give yourself adequate time and break it up into small parts. You’ll lose the fear and anxiety that is preventing you from starting the task on time. Don’t let fear drive you to procrastination; beat the panic before it can even set it. Whatever the rationale may be, most of us deal with procrastination on some sort of level. By understanding the reasoning behind this problem, you can reevaluate the situation to help conquer the habit for the future. 

brittany.kidd@pepperdine.edu


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Culinary Corner: Eat breakfast By EDGAR HERNANDEZ LIFE & ARTS EDITOR

My life on the Z-list: Toilet trained

Well, adoring fans and dedicated nemesi, this is my last ode to passionate ranting about nothing. I will soon disappear into the undying lands of employment, bills, foster kids, fast food, “Ellen,” oil changes, excessive gambling and, lets just be honest, most likely some form of prostitution. I will greatly miss this opportunity to communicate with the masses without fear of accountability or public forum. In the search for my last topic of wisdom to impart to all of you literary plebeians, I retreated to my usual location of inspiration — the restroom. As I walked in and embraced my friend at the urinal, I realized — this social faux pas (using the restroom) is an inevitable part of any day, and it occurred to me that the regulations that govern our stay at The Hotel Commode have never been documented. They have been alluded to, prodded at, spoken of and generationally passed down, but, unless the Urban Outfitters book collection has recently expanded without my knowledge, have never been recorded. As my final contribution to your cerebral cortex, I give you — BATHROOM ETTIQUETTE. No. 1 The most obvious rule (for men) is that you must always leave as many urinals between you and your new comrade-in-arms as possible. Personally, I violate this rule whenever I find the opportunity, not because I enjoy being hated, but because I feed on discomfort like an aging witch feeds on the youthful hearts of the young. No. 2 There are three ways of inquiring about the occupancy of a bathroom stall. One, the distant “stoop and glance” (also, coincidentally, the name of the musical I am currently writing). If you are eight feet tall, as I am, you must be nearly on all fours before you can even see a toe under the door. This is acceptable only if there is no one surrounding you, for it can obviously be misconstrued as an act of an indiscreet peep (let’s leave Tom out of this for once). With the “stoop and glance,” the trick is to not overshoot it, lest you make eye contact and your entire social future is capootie. Second, is the moderate knock. The inevitable trouble with this method is the sheer terror of the possible occupant. Nothing is more terrifying than being forced to vocally reveal your identity and current recreation to an intruder whose identity and true intentions are unknown. When someone knocks on my stall door, I always instantly assume it is either Hannibal Lecter or Captain Jack Sparrow. That’s when I pull up my feet and sit in 10 minutes of silence and heart palpitations. Third, is the gentle door push. This method is the most demanding of superlatives in that it always leads to either heartwarming success or heartbreaking tragedy. If the lock on the door is any weaker than the strength of your pointer finger, you are left backpedaling faster than a unicyclist on a broken treadmill. No. 3 In case of absolute emergency, toilet covers can be used as toilet paper. But, as in life, even where there is no shame, there may still be chaffing. No. 4 It is not necessary to use the hand dryers completely. You may dabble, but you may not doddle. We know it takes nearly an hour for those atrocities to work, but no one will judge you if you leave the restroom with tap water residuals on your hands. Heaven forbid you wipe your hands on what should be a clean shirt. If you’re that terrified of your own clothing, I just don’t know how you wear it. And while we’re at it, what is with the phobia of people discovering your wet hands when you leave the bathroom? Does anyone ever really see someone, post-pot, and think, “Wow, that person must have just gone into the bathroom to urinate all over their hands.” NO. We know, kid. We know. There are obviously many more rules but I will save them for a much more graphic Graphic. Perhaps you are reading this on the privy as we speak. Perhaps you and your teddy bear are enjoying The Pagemaster and a pop-tart. Perhaps you are bound and gagged in the basement of a masochistic psycopath. Regardless, I wish you, my dear loyal readers, a wonderful life. Tata, for now. (I’ll be back). 

joshua.downs@pepperdine.edu

In past issues I tackled dinner, lunch and dessert. That meant that there was only one area I had not explored — breakfast. This meal of the day is as diverse as any other with a variety of recipes to choose from. What typically stands out the most is breakfast that’s served after a big event (like a wedding or a quinceanera) after a holiday (like Christmas or New Year’s), and on Sundays. The majority of Mexico is Roman Catholic. The 2010 Census, coducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, calculated that 82.7 percent of the Mexican population is Roman Catholic, and 9.7 percent was part of another denomination of Christianity. That means the influence of the Roman Catholic Church is felt in many aspects of daily life. Sundays are one of these aspects. A typical Sunday in my childhood was waking up to go to mass too early for my liking. However, this also consisted of a more elaborate breakfast than any during the week. An example of this is menudo: a soup made with beef stomach in clear broth or a chili base broth — typically accompanied by lime, chopped onions, chopped cilantro, crushed oregano, crushes red chili peppers and tortillas. I remember seeing my grandmother leave with pot in hand to go buy menudo when we would eat at her house. The process of making menudo is laborious and can take between four and seven hours. My grandmother would sometimes make menudo from scratch, but more often than not she would head down to buy some. In other words, breakfast as a family has always been a very elaborate and social part of life that consists of a pretty substantial dish. Opting for something less labor intensive than the strenuous cooking process menudo takes, I opted for another comfort breakfast food: chilaquiles. I went to the grocery store and picked up some tortillas, some eggs, a bag of pinto beans, a container of sour cream, some feta cheese, one onion, two tomatoes, one jalapeno pepper and a green pepper. While my phone insisted on inviting a few of my dear friends over for “chicks aquifers” (Just like Pepperdine insists the SAC is a building and not a trailer), I invited them over for a Mexican breakfast for dinner of chilaquiles and eggs. I began the cooking process by putting two tomatoes and two peppers in water to boil. This would act as the sauce base that I would use later.

EDGAR HERNANDEZ / LIFE & ARTS EDITOR

Different time of day, same ingredients: It might be 9 a.m. but a Mexican breakfast of champions will perk you right up. Just be prepared to be completely full until you wake up and start it all over again with some delicious chilaquiles to soothe your weary soul.

While that was going on, I also put some beans to cook. Beans take a long time to prepare, so start early with these. I made the mistake of not doing so. Before putting the beans in water to boil, they need to be cleaned. Often times, little rocks or bad beans sneak in the packets, and you don’t want to bite into these. After going through them, they need to be put in water on a high flame and covered. Once the water starts to boil, the fire needs to be turned down and some salt can be added. I kept the beans over the stove until they changed texture. To check if they needed more salt, I simply tasted them. While the beans were cooking, I began to work on everything else. To make the chilaquiles you need to cut tortillas into small to medium sized triangles. How many tortillas you cut depends on how many chilaquiles you want. Once that was done, I put a pan on the stove with some corn oil. After that warmed up, I put the tortillas in and waited for them to turn golden brown. Essentially, I made chips. When you take them out of the pan, be sure to put them on a paper towel so that it absorbs the excess oil. Next, I took the tomatoes and the peppers that I had previously set to boil, and I threw them in the blender. I then took some canned chili sauce

and put it in a pan to boil. Once that started boiling, I added the sauce that was in the blender. This is all stirred together until it all boils. Once it starts boiling, lower the flame and start adding the chips. With the sauce, the chips will regain a soft texture. I turned off the flame once the chips had turned red and had absorbed all the sauce. For the condiments, I chopped some onion, and put some feta cheese and sour cream in bowls. The sour cream and the cheese help accentuate and ease the spiciness of the chilaquiles. Fried eggs are typically served with chilaquiles. However, I left this up to my dear guests if they preferred their eggs fried, scrambled, soft-boiled or raw. They all opted for fried. Chilaquiles, and other spicy breakfast foods, are said to cure hangovers. So if nothing else, let a hangover be your motivation to try this out. 

edgar.hernandez@pepperdine.edu

Ingredients: Tortillas Eggs Sour Cream Feta Cheese Beans 1 onion 2 tomatoes 1 green pepper

The genealogy of GDI: trace the tension between Greek and Geed BENJAMIN KRYDER ASSISTANT LIFE & ARTS EDITOR

Everyone has regrets in life. Some regret their last words to a lost loved one. Others regret irrational choices that led to destructive addictions. Me? Well, I regret one thing and one thing only — I regret that I decided to sit inside watching “Boy Meets World” reruns during rush freshman year. That’s right. I said it. I, Benjamin Lawrence Kryder, am a G…D…[gasp]…I! For those of you unfamiliar with this droll abbreviation, GDI is a term of endearment used by various members of the Greek community to refer to the unfortunate people group who most likely were simply too obtuse or unsightly for initiation into a fraternity — or even more incomprehensible, simply elected not to rush. No, I know — it’s difficult to even grasp the concept of somebody willingly opting into a life of pathetic inferiority. But I did it. I’m guilty, and I’m tired of making excuses for my folly. So now, struck by the sublime reality of my own purposelessness, I bear the burden as mediator. Take this with a grain of salt, but here’s how I see the genealogy of the present state of affairs concerning the division between Greek and “Geeds.” Upon their conception, Greeks emerged into positions of power, strength and goodness — the nobles of the university, if you will. Consequently, anything Greek was understood as supreme and valuable, while anything unaffili-

ated surfaced as weak, sickly and pathetic. Out of callow bitterness, the Geeds grew weary of their substandard status and formed an ethos of ressentiment. Suddenly, Geeds, crippled with social insecurities and unwilling to confront the reality of their own lowliness, conveniently began to perceive Greeks as nothing but oppressive tyrants and heartless misanthropes. In a swift and deliberate shift in moral valuation, the Geeds inverted the established social order — the Greeks perceived anything GDI as anemic and anything Greek came to be understood by Geeds as evil. Diametrically opposed weltanschauung — clash is inescapable! Lacking any sense of unity or appetite for esteem, we Geeds turn to Gamma Ghkkket, God in the Wilderness and PIT performances, desperately thirsting for even a pale reflection of the unalienable bonds of brotherhood found only in that of the Greeks. But I think its time for us Geeds to pick it up — we’ve whined our way through one too many Friday nights, sitting alone in our rooms with a freshly set up Apples to Apples board ready to rock at a moment’s notice. It’s time we admit it. Because we have to face the fact that if we freely chose not to participate in the Greek system, we must live with the gloomy consequences … of being subhuman. While you Greeks primp for your biannual magical night, we just hope the HAWC hasn’t run out of buffalo sauce. But in all sincerity — the Greek system is a rich resource for honorable values and longstanding community — and I

take it that’s about all the proverbial equipment you need to justify the arbitrary, uninformed maltreatment of other human beings, because acting on the irrational aversion to people that you perhaps wrongly perceive to be different than you has certainly never been a hideous flaw of human nature. But don’t get me wrong! This is our just desert — we Geeds got it comin’. And it’s not like, in the course of human events, do we have any precedence of a people group unifying under the guise of power, tradition and community, steeped in ritual and vowed devotion, recognized by particular hand gestures and a unique insignia, exerting their alleged supremacy over another people group. Alas, it is an unfortunate real-

ity — but the fact remains — rush don’t lie. Because who attended cigar night and beach clean-up day is clearly an airtight way of delineating those who will be your lifelong companions and those who you’ll boorishly call an “effin Geed.” Sure, if all things were equal, I’d dream of a world in which we could abandon all our unconscionable prejudices and tribal reflexes, but these imperceptible lines will always remain a brute fact — an ineffable mystery of the human condition. Or maybe people are just too wrapped up in the inflated grandeur of their own metanarrative to clearly perceive just how crappy we all are. 

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Inside the mind of singer, song ‘Beacon’ writer, student Nevin James wrap up By NATHAN STRINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

By CANEEL ANTHONY

Nevin James, known around campus as senior Robert Shogry, released his first studio album, “Jealousy,” on iTunes in February. I sat down with James and his girlfriend, New York Fashion Institute graduate Whitney Meyer, to discuss the album and learned a good deal about the singersongwriter’s process, influences and plans for the future. Sitting outside the singer’s Malibu beach house rental, James explained the unique recording process behind “Jealousy.” He explained to me over chardonnay and cigarettes that he recorded the album in just two weekends during April 2011 for under $2,000. In the countdown to finals week, James spent all day and night at the Simi Valley studio, even sleeping there. At the time he was attending a men’s Bible study at Malibu Presbyterian Church that served blueberry pancakes. He gleefully recalls absconding with those pancakes for his breakfasts at the studio, and polishing off the hot cakes each morning with a Blue Moon. While some of the tracks on the album, like “Where a Thousand Men Have Stood,” had been percolating in James’s mind since 2008, other tracks, like “No Good Without You” were completed just days before recording. On the latter track, James stripped naked and sang the vocals alone in the dark while the band recorded their music in another room. The “band in the other room” included senior Ethan Long who played electric guitar and also assisted in the production of the album with his cousin, and owner of the studio, Aaron Birch. Additionally, Pepperdine alumna and fellow musician Sam Behymer provided backing vocals on many of the album’s tracks. James’s chief frustrations with “Jealousy” were his own vocals. He doesn’t consider himself a vocalist, but “a piano player who writes songs and tells stories.” Thus, the title track of the album tested his upper range as a singer, and James wishes he had played more piano on the album. But, when I asked James if he was a singer, writer or pianist first, he answered simply: “God is above all those things to me,” and “First and foremost, I’m a son of God.” He is not interested in being a Christian singer, though, and regrets that Christian music can be a dead-end career. Rather, he is inspired by Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan who he says just told the truth in their songs.

With the end of the semester fast approaching, so is the close of Pepperdine’s first comedy sitcom, “The Beacon.” The sixth and final episode of the season will air on April 19, to answer the cliffhangers and set the stage for next year. The show, which premiered in September, was written by sophomore Ben Holcomb, and is a “mockumentary” based on a college newspaper and its eclectic staff. Each episode is at least 30 minutes in length, making it the first of its kind in the nation. “Many schools have comedy webisodes or sketches, but ours is the first college sitcom that is a 30 minute show,” Holcomb said. “Instead of shying away from that, we’re embracing the challenge and I am very happy with the results. The show now has its own website — www.becaconsitcom.com — which already received more than 4000 views in 22 countries. The previous episodes are available on the site and on Vimeo, with hopes to add iTunes and Hulu to the list in the future. “This whole project was a lot to take on. We wrote 300 pages of script last summer, and shooting and editing the episodes each month takes a lot of time,” Holcomb said. “We were so lucky to have Luke Rodgers as our producer handling all of the technical stuff, and teaching us along the way.” Rodgers, and a handful of other cast members, will be graduating this spring. Nevertheless, Holcomb is confident that the show will continue to improve. “The characters will have weird endings in the finale, and next season will focus more on those remaining, adding a few new faces.” The Beacon will be holding auditions in the fall so that freshman will also have the opportunity to get involved with production. The sitcom will continue for two more seasons, and hopes to develop a strong following. “It can be hard to get students to attend events,” Holcomb said, “but hopefully as we gain more experience and the show improves more people will come.” The season finale airs on April 19, at 7 p.m. in Elkins, and plans for second season production will begin this summer.

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In the studio: Nevin James, senior Robert Shogry, released his first studio album “Jealousy,” on iTunes in February.

When I asked James about the frankly titled last track of his album, “Jesus Christ,” he explained that he was not trying to write a Christian pop song but rather a straightforward song telling the story “about this Jesus.” Further, he argues that “At Night She Cries,” is the most biblical song on the album and the one he is most proud of. James is also quick to add that both “Jesus Christ” and “At Night She Cries” are better live, especially since he was hallucinating from sleep deprivation when he recorded the latter for the album. Besides drawing from Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, James lists a daunting number of influences on his website, www.nevinjames.com. He specifically mentioned the influence of the travelling beats of the Grateful Dead and the Band on the first three tracks of his album, but his influences are not limited to the musical realm. James states the variety of his inspiration plainly on his website: “I am influenced by a lot. I live, I see, I experience — I take in as much as I can.” He remarked offhand that one of Humphrey Bogart’s lines in 1954’s “Barefoot Contessa” had struck him just the other day. From the world of film, both Woody Allen and Randall Wallace inform James’s music. In fact, James has formed a working relationship with

Wallace through his screenwriting class here at Pepperdine. He hopes to craft the story of his rock opera, “Death and Victory In Paris” into a feature script even as he edits together footage from touring the opera into a documentary. But, despite all his extracurricular activities, James is in many ways just another Pepperdine senior, planning to graduate with a degree in creative writing at the end of April. Although his girlfriend has culinary opportunities in Paris, he plans to move with her to New York after graduation. He also looks forward to working more closely with his friend, sound engineer Bob Ludwig on his next album. Ludwig has mastered recordings for Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Nirvana, but James is content to record his second album at an old factory or a farm. James plans to tour “Jealousy” in the Northeast’s tri-state area after he graduates, and then release his second album in early 2013. For now, he is tracking the iTunes sales of “Jealousy” and studying for finals. You can purchase the album on his website, nevinjames.com. He suggests listening to the album on a long drive at night. 

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Rogue Wave

By BEN HOLCOMB STAFF WRITER

I accidentally stayed here Well you guys, the end of this school year has arrived, and I’ve found myself reevaluating if I’m better for the experience. Results are inconclusive. What did I learn in my second campaign at Pepperdine? I have no idea. I just found out that staying on campus for your sophomore year is the equivalent of calling Pepperdine’s International Programs bluff. Did you know they don’t have a curriculum for those who stay in Malibu? We just hang out at The Sandbar or watch TV in our dorms –– our sole obligation is being present at Wednesday convo. In fact, since it’s the only thing on my plate, I have 43 credits this semester. I did learn that the fear of missing an NFL season is not cause for opting out of studying abroad; 16 weeks of wiping saline tears into my 49er’s T-shirt as I sifted through friends’ European photo albums drove this supposition home. But I’m just one person; the maturation of our community is more important when it comes to reminiscing. Are we any better $52,000 later? No. 1 We learned that social revolutions are dead, having gone a full year without the SBX3000 smoothie making a comeback as a fixture of the HAWC. Alas, it appears no amount of cries can rattle the Czars of Housing, who heard our pleas from afar and chuckled at how “adorable” we were. Well I never intended to be a martyr, but if we must sacrifice one of our own to see this dream realized, then tie me up and light a match because that’s a cause I’m willing to die for. No. 2 We learned that the orange part of a toy gun is there for a reason, and that taking it off on a college campus, even for the purpose of comedy, will end with humorless consequences. No. 3 We learned that the weight room is nothing but a cesspool of narcissism masking itself as a center for personal health. The full-length mirrors are the ego’s equivalent of a scrawny grade school kid egging you on as you contemplate jumping a ravine with your tricycle. No. 4 We learned that even the mention of an LGBT organi – No. 5 We learned that it’s impossible to convince a Pepperdine student to come to any event on campus. You could spend thousands of dollars and truck in a boatload of Chik-Fil-A, but a drop of rain will cause students to run for cover like the paranoid bunny lurking outside Shafer. But it wasn’t all bad. Even the debbiest of downers among us must admit we’re better today than we were in August – if only because we’ve accrued some semblance of wisdom from passed time. We’re a student body 3,000 strong, and this university is what it is: a small liberal arts school on the coast of Malibu with a strong Christian backbone. Sure we take classes in the CAC and Plaza, study long hours at Payson and collaborate on projects in The Sandbar. But we seemingly haven’t learned a part of our education process: Understanding our identity. I’m not talking about my identity; I’m talking about us. When we committed to Pepperdine our senior year of high school, we became embodiments of its “Purpose, Service and Leadership” message. This doesn’t mean we have to lace up our Nikes and drink the Kool-Aid Pepperdine serves us; it just means we should all be working to make this school the best it can be. Yeah, the Caf food sucks, and service is kind of slow, but too many of us have allowed ourselves to slip into this culture of complaining. Pepperdine perfect? Not by any means (See No. 1). But we’re not a part of the solution — we are the solution. The only way to make this place better is to call the school’s bluff and say, “I’m all in.” When the sports teams play, let’s sit it the stands — maybe they’ll improve with some support. Plays, Shows and Premieres on campus? Pack the house! Concerts in alumni with big-time names? Put a raincoat on and live a little. Because what we all need is support- and when this community becomes one of mutual exultation, our limits cease to exist. So what did I learn this year? Pepperdine is a place of infinite opportunities; we just haven’t hit oil yet. 

william.holcomb@pepperdine.edu

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Taking a bite: Live-action Snow White (Lily Collins) is visually stimulating, but the film fails to live up to the high expectations set by its animated counterpart.

‘Mirror, Mirror’ reflects as inferior adaptation “Mirror, Mirror”

By JOHN HAYS STAFF WRITER

You would be pretty hard pressed to find a person who claims that they don’t, or have never held, a special little warm place in their heart for Disney films. Of course I am referring to the animated Disney classics most of our generation grew up watching on a daily or, in some cases two-to-three-times-a-day basis. These filmmakers were able to round up perfection and then utilize it in every film they created. For some reason however, when these great films are adapted into live action movies there is a bit of magic and perfection lost, to say the least. Maybe it’s the lack of award-winning music and songs, or

Overview Release Date March 30

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Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammers

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a lack of animation in general, but I don’t know that I have ever seen a live action adaptation that has lived up to its predecessor. From a 1980s television adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast,” to 2003s “Peter Pan” and even Tim Burton’s recent “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 –– these films just seem to fall flat and don’t ever live up to their hype. Now we have yet another title to add to the continually failing Disney adaptations, and that is “Mirror, Mirror.” “Mirror, Mirror” is the live-action adaptation of the classic Snow White story, complete with a charming prince, evil witch/queen and seven dwarfs. Although the details of the story have been changed a bit, the central idea is intact. After she has gotten rid of the king, the jealous queen (Julia Roberts) holds her beautiful stepdaughter Snow White (Lily Collins) captive inside her castle. Realizing she is in grave financial debt, the queen opts to marry a wealthy prince. When she finds out that the prince loves Snow White, she calls for her execution. Now Snow White, with the help of seven thief dwarves, must fight for her life so that she and the prince can live happily ever after. That’s all well and good … if the film had still been animated.

Rated: PG

Relativity Media From the get-go “Mirror, Mirror” advertised itself to be a semi adult themed sarcastic adaptation, but gave its audience a script and plot line that would have only been acceptable if the film had been advertised as a strictly children’s movie. If you are familiar with the basically unknown director Tarsem Singh, you know his style is rooted deeply in beautiful colors and very unique, but gorgeous imagery. Although he hasn’t done much, he is slowly making his way into the mainstream with last year’s “Immortals” and now “Mirror, Mirror.” Watching this movie, you can see Singh’s distinct brand written all over it, and yes this film is beautiful and extraordinary when is comes to the cinematography and directing (just look at the amazing animated opening sequence), but that’s about the only good thing I can say about this film. “Mirror, Mirror” does not know what kind of tone it is. Is it a children’s film? Is it trying to be funny? Am I supposed to feel offended for the dwarf actors in the film? From the opening sequence explaining the film’s back-story, the tone is already thrown off. The sequence is accomplished with beautiful animation that harkens back to the extraordinary an-

imated story of the Deathly Hallows in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.” Although this may have been the best part of the film, it is undermined and almost ruined by poorly written pointless sarcasm by the narrator (Julia Roberts). The screenplay was nothing more than a 10-page kids’ book with horribly written sarcasm written in for Julia Robert’s character. While she delivered them as well as they could have been, the lines just had no place in the story to begin with. Not to mention the fact that the queen was the only character that really had lines that may have been geared toward a more adult audience except for the dwarves who I just felt bad about exploiting the entire time. It’s hard for Nathan Lane to be boring and flat but “Mirror, Mirror” was able to accomplish just that. In their defense, it was not the actor’s fault at all, unless you want to blame them for choosing to do the film in the first place. The actors all do a fine job of delivering the poor material they were given. All I can say in the end is, unless you want to see a film that would have gotten its best reviews at a daycare, do not waste your money on “Mirror, Mirror.” 

john.hays@pepperdine.edu

‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ Nicki Minaj By NATHAN STRINGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Nicki Minaj is many things, and so is this album. It features a handful of the artist’s recent singles and many male collaborators. And although the album begins and ends with self-serving, punchy tracks, it also flows through a series of more introspective songs. The first few tracks are catchy, but simply self-congratulatory. “Roman Holiday” feels a bit like Gary Numan recording at a Mayan temple, whereas “Come On A Cone” feels more like a kazoo taunt. That method of taunting continues in “I Am Your Leader,” which besides driving an especially sporty hook reminiscent of “Mario Tennis” features Rick Ross. With a hook that sounds like a dripping faucet in the Warehouse level of “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater,” “Beez in the Trap” is also a straightforward brag, purposely invoking Hoboken over Manhattan. Minaj seems to be gunning for rap’s top dog, Jay-Z, in “HOV Lane.” Jay-Z, thoroughly blasphemous, refers to himself as H.O.V.A., a shortening of Jehovah. Appropriately, this song feels like Minaj’s claim to Jay-Z’s path. She makes clear, as she so often does, that “all these bitches is my sons” and references her

Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

appearances at the Super Bowl and Grammy’s while explicitly rejecting her image as a porn star. “Sex in the Lounge” uniquely challenges gender roles. Whereas Minaj used “Super Bass” to describe her ideal man, Bobby V and Lil Wayne dominate this song with their claims to sexual superiority. At first glance, rap’s strongest woman submits to the masculinity of the genre in “Sex in the Lounge.” But it’s important to keep in mind how Minaj appraises men in her first verse: “Though he packin’ that muscle, I’m addicted to brain.” This line not only nuances her preference for welldressed coke dealers outlined in “Super Bass,” but also gives hope to all those nerdy guys who would trade their life savings for a night with the rapper. “Starships,” like “Roman Reloaded,” was previously released as a single. You’ve probably already heard it played to death on the radio, and for good reason. The song combines Minaj’s edgy pout with a Katy Perry-esque chorus and techno musical interludes. This is a great song to crank while driving down PCH on a cool summer day. Minaj does provide us with a strikingly reflective track, though, in “Marilyn Monroe.” She follows

this exploration of stardom with “Young Forever” and “Fire Burns,” which explore love and loss. Minaj closes her album with another single, “Stupid Hoe.” You must see the music video on YouTube to understand the number of female artists Minaj is insulting. Critics and fans have much maligned the track, but it has grown to be one of my favorites. Minaj makes it clear what she thinks of those who would speak ill of her trolling: “You don’t like them disses, give my ass some kisses.” Overall, this album overcomes the fate of most sophomore albums by throwing out so many tracks that many are bound to become hits. But ultimately, “Pink Friday … Roman Reloaded” suffers from the same problem as “Pink Friday.” These albums are not thematically cohesive, but acoustically similar collections of singles punctuated by blocks of more lyrically complex tracks with disappointingly plain beats. Nevertheless, Minaj’s production has much improved on this album, and her flow and range continue to mature. Most fans, however, will still prefer her performances in “Super Bass” and Kanye West’s “Monster” to “Stupid Hoe.” 

nathan.stringer@pepperdine.edu

COURTESY OF NICKI MINAJ

Key Facts Band Members Nicki Minaj

Genre

Hip hop, pop, dance

Label

Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic

Website

mypinkfriday.com

On Tour? Yes


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ARIES: Trust everything Aquarius says. TAURUS: Toiling in obscurity is its own reward. GEMINI: Jesus is always the answer. Always. CANCER: Avoid microwaves. LEO: Imitation is the highest form of f lattery, so steal Libra’s identity. VIRGO: He who talks last loses. LIBRA: You didn’t lose that wallet; keep an eye on Leo. SCORPIO: Try sleeping it off. That always works. SAGITTARIUS: Don’t be such a Technical Tony. CAPRICORN: Black is the new black. AQUARIUS: Why argue when you can claim? PISCES: Just keep waiting.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela 8 p.m. (Concert – Hollywood Palladium)

Sunday, April 8

“Harvey” / “Donnie Darko” 7:30 p.m. (Film – Aero Theatre)

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Grantland 7:30 p.m. (Literature – Skylight Books)

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By ALYSHA TSUJI

ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The No. 18-ranked women’s volleyball team made the deepest post-season run out of all the fall season sports, advancing to the Elite Eight in Hawaii for only the second time in school history. The team fell to No. 1-ranked USC in the NCAA Regional Finals in Hawaii. A major highlight for the Waves was when they beat UCLA in five sets in the second tournament of the season. The Bruins eventually went on to win the championship. Next season, the team loses dominating seniors Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill. However, 29-year Head Coach Nina Matthies still has a solid class returning including freshman standouts Samantha Cash and Katie Messing. SOCCER: An incredible 15-2-4 season run that resulted in a

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WCC championship, the second for the program in Pepperdine history, marked the high point for the No. 7-ranked women’s soccer team. A goal scored by Long Beach State within the last 13 seconds in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament put an end to the Waves’ season, yet in a way it sums up their year. Hard-fought wins characterized the squad, which endured four double overtime games and two overtime games. They tied all of their double OT games, and split the single overtime wins. Junior Anisa Guajardo led the team on the season with nine goals, and senior Laura Cole finished close behind with seven goals of her own.

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Kick Tournament: Freshman Sean Hanson and opponent Philippe Palacios face-off in the annual Kick Tournament, which was sponsored by the Pepperdine International club and Office of International Student Services. Students and faculty members played in the soccer tournament to compete for prizes last Saturday.

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two seniors, Nathan Castillo and Andrew Milcovich, the young men’s water polo team closed out the season, 12-4, and ended Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) league play, 2-6. Junior Matthew DeTrane offers hope for next season as he finished with a team-high 43 goals, 20 assists and 17 steals. Milcovich added 40 goals, 30 assists and eight steals. The Waves started off the pre-season with three consecutive wins over Pomona Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and rival LMU, but faltered from there. In October, they developed a three-game win streak in which they earned their two league wins against UC Irvine and Pacific.

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MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The No. 7-ranked men’s volleyball team started the season hot, winning five of its first six match-ups. However, 29th-year head coach Marv Dunphy warned the season was still young and nothing could be assumed with the fierce MPSF competition, and he was correct. The Waves fell into a three game slump against top-notch teams UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and USC. However, the team avenged those losses with a later sweep of Santa Barbara to go along with wins over strong programs such as Penn State and Harvard. Junior Maurice Torres has led the team this far with 396 kills and 39 serve aces. Behind him, rookie Josh Taylor has consistently put out solid performances with 317 kills. MEN’S TENNIS : The experienced No. 7-ranked men’s

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The No. 5-seeded women’s basketball team nearly pulled off an upset of the No. 4-seeded Saint Mary’s Gaels in the quarterfinals of the WCC Championship Tournament. Senior Lauren Bell played her heart out to record a career-high and Pepperdine WCC tournament record 30 points, sinking six of her nine shots from behind the arc. However, it was not enough as the Gaels were able to hold on tight, 67-63. In regards to the season as a whole, the Waves had a strong run that included many come-from-behind wins, the most memorable being the Portland game that was featured on ESPN’s Sports Center. Next season, the team will need the younger players to step up as they lose key players seniors Bell, Skye Barnett, Jazmine Jackson and Katie Menton. MEN’S BASKETBALL: Led by first year head coach Marty Wilson, the injury plagued men’s basketball team (10-19) struggled throughout the season, capping it off with a tough 76-54 loss against San Diego in the second round of the WCC Tournament. The team’s four league wins came over San Francisco, Santa Clara and Portland. Senior center Corbin Moore kept the team level with consistent play averaging 10.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He also hit an impressive 45.8 percent of his three-pointers. Next season, the team will look to freshman Jordan Baker who showed flashes of brilliance. Baker scored 26 points in a 78-63 loss against San Francisco in the sixth WCC game of the season.

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tennis team has gone on a tear this season, ripping a flurry of ranked teams under the guidance of Adam Steinberg, who has now head coached the Waves for a decade. The team, which is currenty on an 11-game winning streak, features four dominant senior players. In March alone, they blanked four teams. Junior Sebastian Fanselow and senior Alex Llompart lead the way as they are on nine and six-game winning streaks, respectively. In addition, the doubles team of senior Hugh Clarke and sophomore David Sofaer has maintained a steady pace with a 17-4 overall record. The team looks to face-off against the remaining WCC teams leading up to the Conference Tournament before attempting a run at the NCAA Championship in May.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Throughout the season thus far, the women’s tennis team has experienced spurts of winning and losing streaks. Currently, the team is on a four game winning streak, which includes dominant wins over LMU, Santa Clara and San Francisco — giving the Waves a perfect 3-0 WCC conference record. The Waves are 9-6 on the season. Freshman standout Lorraine Guillermo has led the team, winning 18 of her 27 matches thus far. Senior Khunpak Issara also contributes her impressive 18-9 overall season record. The doubles team of the two, Guillermo and Issara, has also proven successful, as they have won eight of their last 10 games.

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

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To those who think that miracles never happen: watch Chelsea’s past match against Benfica — the fight for the semifinals of the Champions League. Chelsea proved once again that they know how to seal the deal, but their next opponent, Barcelona, will show them how to really play. As a Barcelona fan, all I can say to Chelsea is good luck!

While the majority of the Division I Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament was defined by upsets, the Women’s Tournament proved less eventful in terms of surprises. Despite the predictability, the last game still drew a record amount of viewership. It was the most watched women’s game since UConn played Tennessee eight years ago, according to the Washington Post. Baylor crashed its championship match opponent Notre Dame and made history in the process, finishing undefeated as the only NCAA team to ever win 40 games. The men’s games are always fun to watch, but in the future remember to keep an eye out for the women’s finals games as well.

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Making Her Way: This year sophomore Alejandra Granillo earned the spot as the No. 1 ranked player on the women’s tennis team.

Granillo adds international talent By BREANNA GRIGSBY STAFF WRITER

Alejandra Granillo’s father brought her up on the principle that “if you really want something, you can achieve it.” For the sophomore, these few words have been the inspiration for success onand-off the court. The Pepperdine tennis star has played for the Mexican National team, has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association, and is ranked in the top 500 worldwide. Granillo is originally from Pachuca, Mexico, where she has played tennis since she was 9 years old. “My dad taught me how to play,” she said. She said she regards the poor and homeless as an inspiration as well, and is passionate about helping them. “I would always give money I won to them,” she said. She also wants to help people internationally, which is why she chose International Studies as her major. Granillo has played tennis worldwide and the many perspectives this gave her fueled her passion to help others. “I was always interested in different cultures,” she says. She would like to work in an embassy one day to be on the forefront of change for people who may be powerless to help themselves. She graduated from Instituto Hidalgo, in 2010. “I never expected to come to school in the U.S,” she said. She ultimately chose Pepperdine because of the atmosphere and the opportunities she knew she would have. “The coaches were very nice and everyone was very friendly and accepting of

me,” she stated. “Thanks to tennis, I have what I have now,” Granillo said. This past summer she competed in the Universiade, Olympics for university students. in Shenzhen, China with the Mexican National team. The The team won a bronze medal in women’s doubles and finished the competition at No. 8. “It’s not easy to transition from the pro circuit to college tennis,” Head Coach Gualberto Escudero said. “[Alejandra] is working very hard, both on and off the court.” In tennis, players must compete not only with other teams but also with one another, and at just 5-feet-2-inches tall; Granillo must fight hard to come out on top. “Tennis is something that makes you improve,” she said. “There’s always goals there’s always something to grow in.” As an international player in the U.S. arena, she must also work harder to prove herself. Granillo gives an intensity and focus to her matches that add excitement and gravity to those watching her from the stands. “We’ve been working really hard,” she said. “We’ve been playing the best schools and we have big expectations for the end of the season. The team’s goal is to win the WCC Conference, which the women’s tennis team has done all but four times the championship has been held. “I’m very happy to have Alejandra on our women’s tennis team,” Coach Escudero said. “Ale is a great fighter and it helps out team to see her fight as she does.” Granillo’s teammates appreciate and admire her as a person and teammate. “Ale leads by example, she doesn’t talk much, but I know that a lot of the girls on

the team admire her hunger and it really does inspire us,” Khunpak Issara stated. As a freshman, Granillo went 7-8 in singles and 12-5 in doubles. Along with her doubles partner last semester, Issara, became team-best going 10-2, and were ranked No. 49 on the ITA doubles poll. The team is ranked nationally at No. 35. Granillo is currently 14-11 overall and 3-3 overall in duals with current partner Junior Arianna Colffer. She was named WCC Singles Player of the Month in September 2011. “I have enjoyed playing on the same side of the court with [Alejandra],” Issara said. “She’s always so encouraging. She works hard on and off the court, she will so extra biking or running on top of everything else that we do and we do a lot,” she added. Colffer considers herself lucky to be on the team with Granillo. “She is so intense in her matches and she never gives up,” Colffer said. “You know that you can count on her to always try her best no matter what,” she added. As the Pepperdine community grieves over the loss of Maurice Hilliard, Granillo reminisces on the impact he had upon her life. “He would make you feel so powerful and happy,” she remembers. “He was someone that was there for everyone and he was just amazing.” She remembers that just a few days prior to his passing she wanted to talk to him. She never got the chance to however, and her words of advice are “if you want something you have to do, do it at that moment.”

RACHEL MILLER / ASSISTANT PHOTO

Catching the waves: The Pepperdine surf team looks forward future challenges and tournaments as they gained more experience at the TuneUp event on Saturday, March 31.

Surfing: keeping up From B10

ers as well. “I love helping young surfer,” he said. “I have been through everything they are going thorough so if there are any way I can help them speed little speed bumps in the ocean life, I am more than happy to do so. “It really brings me back a few years and it rejuvenates me. You see the expression on their face and how excited they are really reconfirms how much I love surfing and how much it means to me.” Walsh confessed that he has been surfing for more than 20 years, “since he was a baby.”

“My dad was a surfer so I was pretty much born into it,” Walsh said. He mentioned his “riding a wave” that’s on a Red Bull commercial as one of the most exciting highlights of his surfing career. “There were few highlights for sure, but that wave and that day in particular stands out,” he recalled. “I think when my wife flashes before my eyes before I die that would be right there in the highlight really.” This even was followed by the Red Bull SwitchBoard on Sunday, April 1, what included snowboarding and surfing. 

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What is your least favorite exercise?

“Track.”

“Lunges.”

“Step ups.”

ALEJANDRA GRANILLO SOPHOMORE WOMEN’S TENNIS

ALEXA BROWN-WATTERSON FRESHMAN WOMEN’S TRACK

MICAELA CERVANTES FRESHMAN SOCCER

“Swimming.”

CHAD FARNAN SOPHOMORE WATER POLO

“Squats.”

“Underwater yoga. I can’t hold my breath for a long time.”

EA SHOUSHTARI RICH BRANNING FRESHMAN SENIOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MEN’S BASKETBALL


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SPORTS April 5, 2012

DBS Report

»pepperdine-graphic.com/sports

Catching the Waves By NARINE ADAMOVA SPORTS EDITOR

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A group of 14 surfers from Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount University gathered to master their skills on a cold and cloudy Saturday morning on March 31. As the exclusive participants in a TuneUp event, organized by Red Bull, they spent the morning getting advise from pro Red Bull surfer Ian Walsh. The event started at 8 a.m. at the Advanced Collegiate Surf Camp at Manhattan Beach. They began with warm-up and an open surf that was proceeded by a forum for Walsh’s feedback. “Today’s event went amazing; we had a

ANDY BURGH SIDLEY

SPORTS ASSISTANT

Hope/Faith renewed for Arsenal fans

At the beginning of the soccer season, the future looked bleak for Arsenal F.C. Two of their best players, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, coldly abandoned the club, with Fabregas heading to boyhood club Barcelona and Nasri heading to Premier League rivals Manchester City. Bad results soon followed in Arsenal’s first few games. Since then, however, Arsenal has become one of the best and most exciting teams in Europe. Their acquisition of German defender Per Mertesacker (who bears an uncanny resemblance to English actor Ralph Fiennes) and Ivory Coast winger Gervinho, along with the brilliant form of Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has given even the most pessimistic Arsenal fans a renewed sense of optimism. The Dutchman’s electric form this season sees him head and shoulders above everyone in the Golden Boot race (most Premier League goals in a season). In the last few years, Arsenal has never had a problem scoring goals. Their problem lied in consistency. Arsenal, for the first time in years, has become strangely consistent. They were atrocious in their first leg loss against AC Milan, however, but made up for it with a 3-0 win in the second leg. A run of seven wins in eight league games has seen Arsenal eclipse third placed Tottenham. Tottenham and Liverpool’s woeful form in the league has seen them sink faster than a bag of rocks in the Atlantic Ocean, whereas Arsenal’s brilliant form has seen them shoot up the league like a rocket heading into the edge of the universe. Although Arsenal will finish another season without a trophy, for the first time in years it looks like they might actually win the Premier League in the near future. Though unlikely, with Manchester City’s millions looking more and more like the future of English football, I still believe that Arsenal can claim the most coveted prize in English football. On another note, as an Englishman, watching my national team play makes me incredibly depressed since they are simply abysmal. However, Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made me optimistic about England’s chances of not embarrassing themselves at future tournaments. His pace, dribbling ability and powerful shot make him one of the most promising youngsters in world football today. Son of Stoke and Portsmouth legend Mark Chamberlain and nephew of Neville Chamberlain, football clearly runs through the boy’s blood. His mere presence is enough to frighten even the best defenders in the world. The future certainly looks bright for the young footballer, whose nickname “The Ox” was certainly given for the right seasons. For those of you that don’t know, I am graduating this semester and since this is the last issue of the Graphic this school year, I would like to thank all of you who read the DBS Report from the bottom of my heart. I have really enjoyed writing this weekly soccer column and I am sad to see it finish, but I’ll be back another day. 

really fun surf,” Walsh said, once everyone was out of the water. “All the kids were awesome to hang out with and they had very intuitive question. They wanted to figure out their surfing. They all are very good surfers and it makes the more fun day to be in the water and watch them. It’s more like one big expression session.” Seven members of the Pepperdine Surf team enjoyed Walsh’s company and supervision as they brought their surfing skills to a totally different level. “It was really good to be in the water with the pro,” junior Ruairi Rooney said, President of Pepperdine Surf team. Walsh enjoyed teaching young surf-

»See SURFING, B8

RACHEL MILLER / PHOTO ASSISTANT

Surfs up: The Pepperdine surf team attended the TuneUp event last Saturday, sponsored by Red Bull, where they were mentored by pro surfer Ian Walsh.

Prof Nelson conquers Crossfit at 66 By MARIANA LIZARBUBURU STAFF WRITER

At 66 years old, most people’s leisure activities would likely involve strolls along the beach, reading a good novel at a coffee shop and, of course, the occasional movie night. Not much so for Laurie Nelson. She has worked at Pepperdine for the past 37 years as a professor of sports medicine as well as an adviser for pre-med students. Today, she is nationally ranked Crossfit athlete. Crossfit is a national fitness organization that has gyms all over the world. The concept of Crossfit is built on functional movements that give several different kinds of fitness. “It involves much more than just weight lifting,” Nelson explained. “The workouts are constantly varied and train us in each of several fitness domains.” She trains in Crossfit Malibu, which is owned by Michael Anderson, a longtime friend and coach. “Michael Anderson was my student at Pepperdine, my colleague here on the faculty teaching physical education classes for several years, and one of my hiking partners,” she said. When he introduced Crossfit to Malibu, Nelson resisted going to the gym for an entire year before finally giving in and trying out this new workout routine. “I thought that I had too many orthopedic problems with my right knee and my feet, and also that Olympic Weightlifting would be too hard to learn at my age.” In the summer of 2010 she decided to try out the On-Ramp beginner program. “I was very pleased with the progress I made in just five weeks getting stronger and feeling

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better. So I decided to join the regular classes” she added. Nelson admits to not always having been a star athlete. “High school and college sports were not available for me when I was growing up, but I still played many sports recreationally,” she said. “I did hiking and walks but I stopped weight lifting and therefore became weak in my upper body and core.” However, after adopting Crossfit, Nelson feels stronger than ever. “One-and one half years later I have become extremely fit. The workouts have allowed me to do things like skiing that I had not done in 15 years,” she said, praising this technique and “it translates to all kinds of activities and gives you an amazing baseline fitness level.” After a few years of training, Nelson achieved a prime level that allowed her to compete in the sectional competition at her gym. It was a five-week long competition where every Wednesday night they received a workout that had to be completed in front of a judge. “The workouts were hard for all of us but I was fortunate that I could do everything asked,” she said. The Crossfit workout routine is quite demanding. Nelson does Crossfit four to five times per week for 1 hour each time and does hikes, walks or elliptical training for at least another hour. “A Crossfit workout is only between five and 30 minutes long but we take time to warm up, stretch, and practice other movements,” she said. But ever since she qualified for the final games competition, she’ll increase the time and intensity of her routines. “I want to get better at some of my weakest movements like pushups and over-

SCOREBOARD Baseball vs.

Date

Gonzaga USC

April 1 April 3

vs.

Date

Menʼs Tennis

San Francisco San Diego

April 1 April 4

Score

L, 14-3 L, 5-4

Score

W, 7-0 W, 5-2

Womenʼs Tennis

vs.

Santa Clara San Francisco

Date

March 30 March 31

Score

W, 6-1 W, 6-0

Record: 17-11 17-12

Record: 14-6 15-6

Record: 8-6 9-6

MEAGAN MCCARTY / PHOTO EDITOR

Heavy lifting: Sports Med professor Laurie Nelson trains at Crossfit Malibu.

head squats.” On the secret behind keeping such an active lifestyle, she credits eating right and maintaining a healthy balance in your lifestyle. “I have always enjoyed exercising but Crossfit has been one of the best things I have done. It is fun to work out with others and the routines change daily. Plus, it makes me strong and fit for everything else I want to do,” she said. An added incentive certainly has to do with fulfilling the role model status she owns as part of the faculty here at Pepperdine. “As professors we always try to inspire our students. I have always believed in the value of a healthy lifestyle and have tried to both teach and live it. Whether it is students or older adults or my fellow gym members I hope that the example I provide helps to encourage them,” she said. “In particular it is important for others my age to realize that they can do this and can improve their fitness drastically with Crossfit. It is safe and it really works.” 

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NEXT UP ... Friday, April 6

Saturday, April 8

1:30 p.m.

USC at 10 a.m.

Baseball at Saint Mary’s at 1 p.m. Womenʼs Tennis vs. San Diego at

Baseball at Saint Mary’s at 1 p.m. Womenʼs Sand Volleyball

Track at San Francisco State Distance Carnival (All Day)

Menʼs Golf

(All Day)

at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Baseball at Saint Mary’s at 1 p.m. Womenʼs Sand Volleyball USC at 10 a.m.

Menʼs Tennis at Saint Mary’s at 12 p.m. Menʼs Volleyball vs. UC San Diego at 7 p.m.

Menʼs Golf

Saturday, April 7

(All Day)

at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

Tuesday, April 10

vs.

vs.

Baseball at UC Riverside at 6 p.m.


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