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Freshman Connor Green and Ty Vanherwet stopped to take a picture of the relit Swig lights after they were left off the entire fall quarter. The overwhelming number of requests to turn the lights back was the main reason for their relighting. For many students the lighting atop Swig serves as a symbol of school spirit, and their populolairty has resurged. Students once again have a more colorful means in which to find their way home.

Swig Lights the Way Some Look to Graduate Early Lights back on due to popularity and school spirit Anayo Awuzie

The Santa Clara Lost Santa Clara students trying to find their way home during at night should have no fear as the LED lights at Swig were turned back on last Friday. The popularity is so high that when the lights went out halfway through last year, Watt received about 40 work orders to repair them. “Everyone likes it,” says Watt, “It’s funny, and it turned out to be true, I heard the students are using

it to find their way home at night. They’re using it as a beacon.” The lights, originally fluorescent, lit the perimeter of Swig for many years; however they were turned off during the 1980’s due to system failure, high replacement cost and difficulty of access to the lights, according to Chris Watt, director of Utilities and Contract Maintenance. Now, almost 35 years later, the lights are helping to build Santa Clara spirit in their own unique way once again. The decision to switch from fluorescent to LED was an easy one for administration. Watt, said that when they looked into relighting the roof, they wanted a fix for the problem of burn outs, which was the biggest issue. See STUDENT, Page 3

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High costs serve as incentive for early graduation Kurt Wagner

The Santa Clara Santa Clara may be quick to point out it’s four-year graduation rates over state schools’ slower rates, but with tuition increasing 4.5 percent over last year, many students jump at the opportunity to graduate even earlier. A Santa Clara study conducted last fall found that roughly 20 percent of students from 2004-07 were graduating without completing a full 12 quarters, said Santa

Clara Assistant Provost L. Suzanne Dancer. At Santa Clara, graduating one quarter early saves over $13,000 in tuition alone. Students complete graduation requirements early in a number of ways. The study found that transferring units or bringing in AP units from high school were most common, said Dancer. Although on the quarter system, taking a full docket of classes consistently can also put students in position for early graduation. While the decision to graduate early may save student bank accounts, early graduates can negatively impact university budgets. “It was not good for our attempts to budget what our expenses were going to be at the university,” said Dancer. “(Tuition) is a basic building block of our budget.”

With the steep cost of higher education — and student loan debts cracking the $100 billion mark for the first time last year — Santa Clara Career Center Director Elspeth Rossetti doesn’t blame students for saving money when possible. “We really understand when (a student) says, ‘I can get out of here in December,’” said Rossetti. “More and more students are carrying student loans... it’s hard to graduate with a burden of many thousands of dollars.” Graduate Anna Callaghan, 21, ended college last month with the completion of her last final nearly six months before the majority of her fellow classmates. With loans quickly growing, the decision to finish early and save money for See BUDGET, Page 3


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1. Russia violates EU embarge: A Russian ship that made an unscheduled stop in Cyprus while carrying tons of arms to Syria was technically violating an European Union embargo on such shipments, say Cypriot officials. The only cargo ship, owned by St. Petersburgbased Westberg Ltd., left the Russian port on Dec. 9 for Turkey and Syria, the officials said. But the ship, dropped anchor off the southern Cypriot port of Limassol on Tuesday because of high seas, drawing the attention of Cypriot officials. 2. Cupcake confiscated for airline safety: The federal Transportation Security Administration defend its decision to confiscate a frosted cupcake from a Massachusetts woman flying from Las Vegas. The TSA said in a blog comment posted Monday the cupcake was packed in a jar filled with icing, which is considered a gel under a policy designed to secure travelers from terrorists seeking to evade detection by using explosives made of plastics, liquids or gels. 3. Iran sentenced American to death: Iran accused Amir Hekmati of being a CIA spy. A U.S. official said Switzerland was informed of the sentence Tuesday — a day after it was reported in Iranian media. Living up to its neutral history, Switzerland acted as a go-between in the situation. A U.S. official says Switzerland was informed of the sentence Tuesday — a day after it was

reported in Iranian media. Switzerland acts as a go-between in such situations. It represents American interests in Iran because the U.S. and Iran have no diplomatic relations. The official spoke on anonymously because sensitive discussions continue between Switzerland and Iran. 4. European economic upturn impacts stock market: U.S. stocks rose solidly Tuesday after European markets rallied and corporate bellwether Alcoa predicted stronger demand in 2012. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at its highest level since July. European markets soared after Fitch Ratings said that it will not downgrade France’s credit rating this year. France’s CAC-40 index closed 2.7 percent higher. 5. Florida family sues for son’s hazing: The parents of a Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University band member who died after a hazing ritual last November said they will sue the company that owns the bus where the hazing took place. Robert Champion’s parents and their attorney, Christopher Chestnut, told The Associated Press on Monday that the bus company’s negligence contributed to his death as band members were allowed to get back on the bus to conduct hazing rituals after they had returned to an Orlando hotel following a football game against the school’s archrival. From AP Reports.

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Last quarter saw the departure of many students who chose to study abroad for the fall quarter. The students returned during winter break and are now readjusting to life back at Santa Clara. Students who went overseas not only had the opportunity to travel, but could also focus on their futures by focusing on their majors and career paths. “London is one of the world’s leading cities for theatre.” said Steven Fetter, a junior Theatre Arts major. “The program that Santa Clara works with in London allows us to have an internship in our field of interest, which was a huge plus.” During their time abroad, students could dive deep into their studies of foreign culture and came out with new understandings of how to live life. “You’re no longer just learning from a text book, but really from all your interactions with the people, and exploring the city or country you’re studying in,” said Chrisi Keating, a junior double majoring in German studies and communications. “I’ve always been a bit quiet when it comes to speaking up in class,” she said about her most valuable lesson learned, “and after having to talk to so many people I didn’t know and adding a foreign language, that it made me a lot more confident about being able to speak up.” For anyone interested in taking advantage of the university’s international programs during Fall 2012, the deadline for the study abroad petition is tomorrow, January 13.

New Exhibit Kick-off at the de Saisset Museum Friday According to a Santa Clara press release, the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara kicks off the winter season on Jan. 13 with a photography exhibit that explores diverse religious and spiritual practices of California residents. Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited — A Photodocumentary by Rick Nahmias aims to give voice to those in marginalized communities. Working over a three year period, Nahmias spent multiple days with each group photographing and interviewing participants, who represent ethnic, racial, religious and sexual diversity in California. “Golden States of Grace is a study of otherness — the otherness out there, the otherness within each of us, the otherness that begs us to bind together as human beings to celebrate, contemplate, and find meaning in our lives,” said Nahmias on the press release. Golden States of Grace brings together 56 black-and-white photographs, interviews and recordings of prayer and spoken word from project participants. Together, the audio and visual components document the spirit and vitality of the communities on the margins. In conjunction with the show, a reception is set for Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. In addition, Nahmias will be present on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. for a talk entitled “Diversity, Community, and the Margins of American Society.”

Top Ranking Achieved for Study Abroad Program A new report shows Santa Clara University has one of the highest percentages of students studying abroad and international students among master’s institutions. The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2011 report, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, looked at 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. It ranked Santa Clara University No. 35 in total number of students on academic programs abroad, No. 5 in total number of students on “mid-length” (more than eight weeks) academic programs abroad, and No. 25 in enrolling the highest number of undergraduate and graduate international students in academic programs. Approximately one-third of Santa Clara students study abroad in their undergraduate careers. Last academic year, 425 students went to 37 countries, such as Burkina Faso, El Salvador and Thailand. From staff reports. Email news@ thesantaclara.com.

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Budget Suffers From Quick Graduation Rates Continued from Page 1

As tuition cost are on the rise, students look to cut the cost of their college education. One popular way is to graduate early.

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1/8: Several students were found drinking alcoholic beverages in a resident’s room. They were documented, and the alcohol was disposed of accordingly. 1/9: A student was reported ill due to excessive alcohol consumption. CSS and SCU EMS responded.

12/27: An unreported missing golf cart was found at an off-campus apartment complex. The cart was transported back to the Santa Clara campus by CSS. 12/20: A faculty member reported receiving an unwanted email from a former student. CSS responded and documented the incident. 12/22: A staff member reported receiving harassing phone calls from a student who was on academic probation. The incident was documented. 12/31: Two unidentified males were observed by CSS attempting to steal two bicycles from the Swig Hall bike racks. They fled the scene upon noticing CSS arrival. SCPD was contacted and responded. Both bicycles were recovered and stored in CSS storage for safekeeping. 1/5: Two non-affiliate males were admonished to stay off campus property after they were observed drinking alcoholic beverages in the Mission Gardens.

Bicycle Theft 1/6: A bicycle was reported stolen from the University Villas’ bike rack. A U-Lock was reportedly forcefully removed.

Drug Violation 12/30: Two male students were observed climbing over the fence at the University Villas. CSS responded to investigate. A large party was found in progress inside one of the University Villas apartments. Alcoholic beverages, marijuana and some unknown substances were found in the room. SCPD was contacted and responded. 1/8: Three students were found smoking marijuana in a car parked in the Dunne lot. The marijuana and paraphernalia were confiscated and disposed of, and the students were documented. 1/8: Several students in the Dunne Lot were found in possession of marijuana paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, false driver’s licenses and a fire extinguisher sign: taken from the 7th floor of Swig Hall. All items were confiscated. The students were admonished and documented.

Trespassing 12/22: A non-affiliate male was observed loitering on campus. He was given a verbal trespass warning and asked to leave campus. 12/23: A non-affiliate male was observed climbing over the fence at the University Villas. SCPD was contacted and responded. He was found in possession of burglary tools in his backpack. He was taken into custody for outstanding warrants and possession of burglary tools.

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12/31: A vehicle was found parked across two parking spaces in the Dunne lot without a parking permit and with the passenger door wide open. The vehicle had a burned marijuana smell.

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her and her family was too hard to pass up. “Money was definitely the motivating factor, which is not something the university wants to hear,” she said. Callaghan will use the time off to work full-time, and work on graduate school applications — motivation for many students to graduate early. “If you come into college knowing what major you want to be and start knocking out requirements fall quarter of freshman year,” said Conklin, “there is no reason you can’t graduate early.” However, while saving money and getting a jump on graduate school applications may be benefits, disadvantages still remain. Early graduates get a jump into the job market, but often times at the expense of good timing, said Rossetti, who pointed out that company recruitment cycles tend to focus on students who graduate in the spring. With many companies now hiring BYU.EDU directly from their internship pools,

according to Rossetti, spring internships are more important than ever. In Kasey Conklin’s case, his hospital internship requires that he receive course credit, meaning he will need to pay for individual credits after even graduation. While Santa Clara encourages its students to take only paid internships, some fields like entertainment and wealth management tend to offer unpaid internships, meaning students may be required to pay for course credit even after they graduate. Roughly half of Santa Clara’s advertised internships are paid, down from closer to 85 percent prior to the recession, said Rossetti. Finishing college doesn’t mean expenses toward career preparation are over. “In essence, I’m paying the hospital to work,” said Conklin. “I’ve asked not to receive credit. But I need the experience.” Contact Kurt Wagner at jwagner@ scu.edu or call (408) 554-4849. A previous version of this article first appeared on USATodayCollege. com.

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“When LED’s came out and were viable, that sort of lined up with the desire by the University to do something to showcase not only the green technology of LED’s, but at the same time to do something to address school spirit for when we had sporting events, or when they wanted to do something that was a signature architectural element on campus at night,” Watt says, “When we came up with that plan, they decided to go ahead and put LED’s up there.” LED lights, are known for their low cost, low wattage and long life span. The lights on Swig are only 200 watts for the entire building, which costs the University about $2 per month. “They also have a very long life.

So they’ll go about 75,000 hours without burning out. So, there is no issue of having to try and get to them to change them,” said Watt Said Joe Sugg, assistant vice president of University Operations. “Considering we only burn them at night that’s about 15 years!” Not all Swig residents are entirely sure of the lights’ technical purpose on the building; however the lights are very popular with students. Whether returning from a night out in the Santa Clara house party scene, or amping up school pride before and after sporting events, students, especially Swig residents, take great pride in the LED lights. Sophomore Claire Bevan adds, “They just enlighten my whole college experience. I really like the colors better this year than last year. I think they’re really nice. I like that

it’s a fun, kind of a festive thing especially around the holidays. I think that the (Swig) building is so ugly, that you need something to spice it up.” The string of lights have become a Santa Clara classic and after 15 years when they finally do begin to flicker away, the LED technology allows for non-toxic disposal due to its lack of mercury vapor that is present in fluorescent lighting making these lights another way that Santa Clara promotes green efficiency. According to Sugg and Watt, it is the intent of the university to maintain the system as it is unless “something newer, greater and cooler comes along,” says Watt. Contact Anayo Awuzie at aawuzie@scu.edu or call (408) 554-4849.

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Warm Weather Wipes Out Ski Season Ski resorts stay hopeful despite lack of snowfall Matt Rupel

The Santa Clara Junior Dane Kornasiewicz loves to ski, but this year he left his gear at home in Colorado. When Kornasiewicz went home for the winter break, he bought a seven-day pass and hit the slopes. “It was the worst skiing of my life,” he said. According to Kornasiewicz, he can usually expect some really nice powder in December, but there was barely any snow this year. Last year, he took four trips to Tahoe during the winter quarter, but he isn’t counting on any this year. “Normally I bring my gear out to California with me, but this year I didn’t even bother because I know the skiing will be sub-par.” According to a report from CNN, snowfall this last December was at its lowest in almost 50 years. Not everyone is disappointed in the lack of snowfall. The warm, brown winter that has disappointed snow lovers in much of the U.S. has put more green in the pockets of state and local governments that had their budgets busted last year by the high cost of keeping streets and highways clear. Cities that normally spend millions on salt, sand and snowplows are happily saving the money for other purposes. Some are even taking advantage of the mild weather to carry on with outdoor projects

that would usually have to wait until spring. “There’s a sigh of relief,” said Chris Sagsveen, who manages road and bridge operations in Hennepin County, Minnesota’s most populous because it includes Minneapolis. In 2011, his department spent its entire snow-removal budget for the year by the end of March. He dreaded the potential for another fearsome winter. But the county barely spent a penny in the final months of 2011. So far this year, it hasn’t tapped the snow budget once. Chicago spent just $500,000 on plowing in December, down from $6 million a year earlier. In Buffalo, N.Y., public works overtime is down by 25 percent, and the city has saved more than $300,000 on salt. Syracuse, N.Y., one of New York’s snowiest cities, has had 13 inches this winter compared to an unusually heavy 77 inches by this time last year. Public Works Commissioner Pete O’Connor said he’s saved $500,000 in salt, overtime and fuel. In St. Paul, where a few meager snowfalls have melted within days, the temperature hit a record 52 on Tuesday — a reading more appropriate for April. “South Dakota would have all sorts of people moving here if our winters were always like this,” Huber said. The season’s cost so far? Less than $200,000. Jim Cusick, a state employee in St. Paul, has been able to run his radiators less and catch up on an out-of-control home heating bill aggravated by the big, drafty old house where he lives with five of his six kids. By last winter, Cusick said, he owed his utility more than $3,000

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Lack of snow has caused ski resorts to lose customers as well as income, and has severly impacted the winter sports industry.

in back payments. As of this month, he said, his negative balance is down to $650. “It’s a bummer for the kids. They miss the skating and stuff. But if winter stays mild, life will be better,” Cusick said. At businesses that rely on heavy snow and ice to attract customers,

the mild weather is most unwelcome. Chicago hardware store owner Steve Lipshutz put in big orders for snow shovels and other supplies. He bought sleds for the first time. Hardly any of it has sold. In Farmington, Conn., Karl Westerberg — whose KDM Services sells

ice-melting products — tries to stay hopeful. “I’m not panicking,” he said. “We’ve got plenty of winter left.” Contact Matt Rupel at mrupel@ scu.edu or call (408) 554-4849. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Romney Sweeps New Hampshire Primary Front-runner for GOP emerges in first primaries Kurt Wagner

The Santa Clara As the Republican presidential primary gains momentum heading into Super Tuesday on March 6, California Republicans may feel left out of the loop. The traditionally liberal state has received little attention from the presidential hopefuls who have turned their attention to early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. And with California’s primary slated for early June, six months away and near the very end of the primary calendar, California’s 5.3 million republican voters may be too late to make much of a difference. At least that’s what Mitt Romney is hoping. Romney cruised to a solid victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, picking up steam from his first-place finish in the lead-off Iowa caucuses and firmly establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination. “Tonight we made history,” Romney told cheering supporters before pivoting to a stinging denunciation of President Barack Obama. “The middle class has been crushed... our debt is too high and our opportunities too few,” he declared — ignoring the rivals who had been assailing him for weeks and making clear he intends to be viewed as the party’s

nominee in waiting after only two contests. His Republican rivals said otherwise, looking ahead to South Carolina on Jan. 21 as the battleground to stop the former Massachusetts governor. Already, several contenders and committees supporting them had put down heavy money to reserve time for television advertising in the state. Even so, the order of finish — Ron Paul second, followed by Jon Huntsman, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailing — scrambled the field and prolonged the increasingly desperate competition to emerge as the true conservative rival to Romney. With his victory, Romney became the first Republican to sweep the first two contests in competitive races since 1976. Based on partial returns, The Associated Press estimated that turnout would exceed the 2008 record by about 4 percent. Returns from 69 percent of New Hampshire precincts showed Romney with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Rep. Paul with 24 percent, former Utah Gov. Huntsman with 17 percent and former House Speaker Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum with 10 percent each. Romney had won in Iowa by a scant eight votes over Santorum, and gained barely a quarter of the vote there. Seeking to undercut Romney’s victory, Gingrich and others suggested in advance that anything below 40 percent or so would indicate weakness by the nomination front-runner. They didn’t mention that Sen. John McCain’s winning percentage in the 2008 primary was 37 percent.

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With another victory in the Republican Primary, Romney is the current front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Romney’s win was worth seven delegates to the Republican National Convention next summer. Paul earned three delegates and Huntsman two. “Tonight we celebrate,” Romney told his supporters. “Tomorrow we go back to work.” Unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, where unemployment is well below the national average, joblessness is far higher in South Carolina. That creates a different political en-

vironment for the race. The state also has a reputation for primaries turning nasty, and it appeared that all of Romney’s pursuers read the New Hampshire returns as reason enough to remain in the race. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who skipped New Hampshire to get a head start in South Carolina, said Tuesday’s results showed “the race for a conservative alternative to Mitt Romney remains wide open.”

About one-third of Republican voters interviewed as they left their polling places said the greatest factor in choosing a candidate was finding someone who could defeat Obama in the fall. Romney won their support. Obama was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Contact Kurt Wagner at jwagner@ scu.edu or call (408) 554-4849. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Post-College Jobs 2012: The Eventful Year Ahead I

regret to inform you that the employment rates and salaries of recent graduates have dropped significantly in the past few years. Approximately half of recent graduates have jobs that require a college degree, a quarter of recent graduates have taken jobs that do not require a college degree and another quarter can’t even land a job, according to Catherine Rampell of the New York Times. This spring, thousands of students across the country will graduate and find themselves entering the real world (as many of us call it) only to be welcomed by poor job prospects and burdensome debt. The only questions left to ask are simple: What can students do to line up jobs? And what can educational institutions do for imminent alumni to ease the transition? You will find that experience is a requirement for most applications you fill out; two to five years experience in this, five to 10 years experience in that. I have even seen postings with ridiculous requirements of 10 to 15 years experience. Lessons in the classroom will never amount to lessons learned through empiricism. Networking is also an essential ingredients to gaining an upper hand on the person sitting next to you at an interview. I was lucky enough to get my job through a referral by a friend I met while networking. Accordingly, the first thing universities should focus their attention on is networking and experiencebased opportunities for students: internships, externships, apprenticeship, assistant researching and volunteering. Job fairs that take place during the busiest times of the day are not practical. To get around that issue some students, including myself, have resorted to cutting class to visit a job fair. But heed my warning: Do not skip a three-hour, once-a-week

lecture. I returned the following week to find out I missed the crux of the course and a pop quiz. Colleges should consider allowing students to keep their workstudy jobs on campus for a set time after graduation. This system would benefit students worried about paying off student debt while searching frantically for any place that will hire them. The amount of debt students accumulate is rising, only making the search for a well-paying job more urgent. In Oct. 2011, USA Today released an article stating that student loans had totaled more than $1 trillion and students borrowed more than $100 billion in 2011. It is in the best interest of higher education institutions to develop programs to minimize the arduous transition into the job market. Happy graduates with financial security are more likely to thank their alma maters than those struggling to pay for sustenance. As stressful as it sounds, my only suggestion to students early in their college careers is to submerge themselves into programs where they are forced to meet people. I know many unemployed people, who I consider to be outstanding individuals, who have had to accept the first job offer they received, often resulting in relocation because of consequences beyond their control. Do what you can, while remaining ethical, to gain the advantage over your peers. As for eager and frustrated seniors like myself, until at least the economy recovers to its pre-recession state, the best thing I suggest is to apply, apply and apply again a few more times. Rinse, lather and repeat. It could never hurt to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.

The amount of debt students accumulate is rising.

Andrew Gomez from the University of Southern California.

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As predicted by the Mayans and Nostradamus the world is supposed to end on Dec. 21 of this year. Whether you believe in this terrifying prophecy or not, we all have a lot to look forward to in the coming year in sports, politics and entertainment.

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e are less than two weeks into 2012, and so far it’s been a really great year. Not only have I stuck to my New Year’s resolutions, but some of my NFL teams made the play-offs, Jay-Z and Beyoncé had their baby, MTV kicked off a new season of “Jersey Shore” and California passed a new law mandating that schools teach about the contributions of gays and lesbians in the United States. Definitely off to a good start. Considering last year went pretty well with my resolution being not to make any resolutions, I decided to mix things up a little bit. I decided to actually make a few generic resolutions. And why not? 2012 is supposed to be a big year, with everything there is to look forward to. It’s a leap year, which means some of us will have a birthday for the first time in four years, but most of us will just carry on with our regular lives, wishing February were over so that spring could be closer. Meanwhile, the city of London will be preparing to host its third Olympic Games (the only city yet to do so). From late July to early August the rest of the world will watch their favorite weightlifters, swimmers, divers, gymnasts and runners face-off in the worldwide sports event. And don’t forget about the 2012 Olympic mascots: Wenlock and Mandenville, two rainbow obsessed drops of steel. I’m sure they will be a highlight. Then in November the GOP versus Obama battle will finally come to a head. All the news channels will display maps of the United States with different regions shaded blue and red until a winner is revealed. Hopefully it will be a clean fight and may the best man win.

It will also be a good movie year, with the final movie in the Batman Trilogy looking to be released sometime in July. “The Avengers” will come out a month before that, and the original cast of “American Pie” will come together to produce “American Reunion,” to be released in April. Additions to “Men in Black,” “Spiderman” and The Bourne se-

The one prediction that we are all concerned about is whether or not the world will end. ries will all be released this year too, with all of them falling into the category of the most anticipated movies of the year. This year, online bloggers and news providers seem to be particularly keen on their predictions. Time magazine predicts that the price of car rentals will go down and the cost of airfare and food will continue to rise. New York Times author Peter J. Henning foresees a continuing increase in white-collar crime. Gotickets.com and other ticket providers are predicting that the Beach Boys reunion tour along with Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Watch the Throne” tour will be hot this year. But the one prediction that we are all concerned about is whether or not the world will end. There are entire websites dedicated to the

subject, and they have all the theories pinned down and mapped out. Whether it is the Mayan’s or Nostradamus pointing towards a destructive fate on Dec. 21, what we all really care about is whether these predictions have any weight or not. I may not be a terribly superstitious person, but I do have a great deal of respect for the Mayan’s and Nostradamus, and I’ll admit that the idea that they both came to the same conclusion scares me a little. What scares me more is that my sister did a project on the Mayan calendar and she says that they believe the world will end in earthquakes — and when I say the world, I only mean civilization as we know it. To be honest, I don’t think any of this really matters. My very generic New Year’s resolutions this year are: 1) to take advantage of each individual day and 2) to do something I am afraid of every day. So far I’ve been doing pretty well. I try not to rationalize whether 2012 will be the end of the world, because if it’s going to be I figure there really isn’t much I (or we) can do to stop it. All I can really do is get the most out of every day for every year that I am blessed with. Sounds like a plan to me. Feliz Moreno is a sophomore English major and editor of the Opinion section.

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eing a conservative isn’t easy these days. It used to be that conservatives only had liberals and the occasional radical to argue with. Conservatives and liberals used to get a long a lot better as well. After World War II and into the Cold War years, there was an overriding feeling that being American was more important than ideology. Our shared heritage was a glue binding us together. There were disagreements, sure, but conservatives and liberals alike felt that the other side had good ideas for the most part, though their respective side’s ideas were simply better. Then, something happened.Radicalism rose and the balkanization of our political process set in. If you opposed the Vietnam War, you were a dirty hippy. In the early 1980s, Republicans claimed the rights to the American Dream with the so-called Reagan Revolution, and if you disagreed with it, you were a pinko. In the 1990s, many Democrats wanted to send the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, and Firearms to get you if you were a gun owner, and just having an AR-15 was enough to label you as some dangerous, government-hating, militia nut job. More recently, if you didn’t want to vote for Barack Obama, you were a racist. Throughout history, radical positions on issues typically weren’t much to get worked up about. Through the old political process, which focused on plurality instead of the herd mentality seen today, radicalism was usually watered down and weeded out. Nowadays,

however, radicalism is becoming an entrenched problem. And as a conservative, I’m embarrassed to say that we seem to be the problem now. As I’ve paid attention to the Republican race and went to caucus, I have been astounded and dismayed by our field of candidates. With only an exception or two, our choices are limited to closet liberals, religious fundamentalists, philanderers, gay haters and chicken-hawk war drummers, and most of the candidates are more than one. God help us. What’s worse is Iowa chose two of the worst of them to share the first and second-place spots. It makes me seriously consider others’ warnings that the Iowa caucuses have become obsolete. If a divisive crazy like Rick Santorum can darn near win the Iowa caucuses, frankly, we’re screwed. Radical liberals in the Democratic party were gotten rid of or settled down after the purge in the mid-1990s, and the party justifiably moved to the center. Now, much to their credit, it’s not at all uncommon to find, for example, pro-gun Democrats. Whereas the gun issue used to be the exclusive domain of the Republicans, now you’ll find many Democrats supporting the Second Amendment. Obama’s support of concealed carry in national parks, as well as Iowa’s own concealed carry laws, are evidence of this shift. But what has happened to the Republican Party? Why do we continue the shift to neo-conservatism, forsaking many of the values that have served us so

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The Tea Party began as a grassroots organization opposed to many of Obama’s monetary and social policies. Now, the Tea Party has evolved to be more right-winged and religiously based, earning a status as a “radical group” amongst the conservative party.

more interested in “God’s message” for America or keeping those pesky homosexuals in line. This arrogance and desire to run everyone’s lives baffles me as much as it did when I was just worried about big government liberals. If there’s any hope left, it lies within the Libertarian wing. I know the Libertarians have their own set of problems, but I can’t be too upset with a group of people who support everyone’s civil rights, regardless of race, creed or sexual preferences. Nor can I be upset with people who reject theocracy just as much as they reject statism. At least I can talk to a libertarian without being insulted and called a dangerous subversive

well in the decades and centuries past? The majority of Americans do not want a theocracy. They do not want to go to war with everyone based on suspicions and half-truths. Americans are mostly ambivalent or in favor of laws asserting homosexual equality. Most of us want our government to stop spending money faster than they can print it. I was encouraged by the Tea Party before it became the Tea Party. It was exciting when the loose-knit, disorganized group focused simply on sound monetary policies and civil rights issues. However, the Tea Party has morphed into something terrible since being infiltrated by the religious right. Now they seem

just because I’m against more endless wars. Neo-conservatism will be the destruction of the Republican Party if we conservatives don’t work together to root it out of our ranks. Here’s a hint GOP: Our old roots, our classical liberal values, are appealing to conservatives and modern liberals alike. If we get back to them, we can get a whole lot more done. Remember equal justice under law? Remember life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Remember “We The People”? Remember that old thing called the Constitution? Let’s try that stuff again, can we? Barry Snell from Iowa State.

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Directed by Duncan Jones, "Source Code," which hit theaters in April, follows a soldier on a mission to prevent a Chicago train bombing. Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) goes back in time in eight minute sessions and gathers clues each time to identify the bomber and prevent the next attack. On the surface, this science fiction film appeared like many other — mostly bad — time repetition stories. As it turns out, the premise touches on some truly deep military themes.

One of the funniest films I saw all year, “Bridesmaids” is the rare comedy that manages to make noise in the Academy Awards discussion. Directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, the ensemble comedy — led by co-writer Kristen Wiig — follows a ragtag group of women as one makes her way down the aisle. Looking at first glance to be a clone of “The Hangover” with women, “Bridesmaids” turned out to be an uproarious comedy that deserves all of its serious award hype and more.

Holiday release “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” comes in at No. 8 for one simple reason: it is the best pure action film I’ve seen since 2006’s “The Bourne Ultimatum." Star Tom Cruise successfully brought agent Ethan Hunt back to life, and director Brad Bird, known for "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," managed to breathe new life into an old franchise, and now takes his place as one of the premier action entertainment directors in America.

2011 was a generally good year for book adaptations with four in this list’s top seven. December’s stylish and excellently made mystery, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," is buoyed by Rooney Mara’s stellar lead performance as Lisbeth Salander. Director David Fincher is on a bit of a roll, having directed 2010’s “The Social Network” and 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is a quality addition to his resume.

Last year's nostalgic “Toy Story 3” managed to bring out a few tears. This year, the film that opened up the tear ducts was David Yates’ July blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." Part Two is the culmination of a 12-year book and film series that defined the childhood and adolescence of a generation. As John Williams’ familiar theme played for the last time in the film’s epilogue, it didn’t just signify the end of one of the year’s best films; it was the end of an era.

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Terrence Malick’s limited May release “The Tree of Life” follows Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), the eldest son of a Midwestern family in the 1950s, as he navigates a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Though often slow and difficult to understand, its filmmaking style and cinematography are unmistakably brilliant, and it features solid performances from its stars. It’s not for everyone, but if you can take a more measured, obtuse style of film, “The Tree of Life” is rewarding.

Directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, September’s “Moneyball,” a film with local flair, features a downto-earth Brad Pitt as Billie Beane, the Oakland A's general manager who reinvents his team and subsequently revolutionizes professional baseball as we know it. Brad Pitt delivers yet another unforgettable performance, and co-writer Sorkin, writer of last year’s “The Social Network,” delivers another crackling script that has moments of sports grandeur as well as quiet brilliance.

“50/50," which hit theaters in September, is a film about a man living with cancer that manages to be both hilarious and poignant. Directed by Jonathan Levine and inspired by writer Will Reiser's own experiences battling cancer. While it features solid performances by Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Anjelica Huston, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt truly shines. Gordon-Levitt delivered a satisfying and smile-inducing performance in “(500) Days of Summer," and his performance in "50/50" is even more amazing.

It’s easy to write off a black and white silent film as hokey, but current Best Picture favorite, November's French silent film “The Artist,” is truly charming at every turn. Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist" follows silent film superstar George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) as his career deteriorates with the emergence of "talkies" in Hollywood 1927. Leads Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo manage to jump off the screen. It may reflect an earlier time, but "The Artist" is perfect in the 21st century.

August dramedy “The Help,” written and directed by Tate Taylor and based on Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name, is both one of the year's funniest movies and one of its most moving. Its ensemble cast — featuring Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and a radiant Viola Davis — never fails to entertain and impress. All give standout performances that deserve to be remembered as some of the year’s absolute best. With a shimmering cast, "The Help" never once loses its spark.

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Exchange Students Enter the Santa Clara Bubble

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Senior environmental engineering major Nesrin Negm, 23, wants to return to the Bay Area in order to go to the places she was not able to visit over the 10 week quarter.

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Bonnie Krantz, 22, a junior marketing major from Sweden, used her study abroad experience as an opportunity to visit cities that she wanted to see, including San Francisco.

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Ander Esnal, 21, chose to study in Santa Clara, Calif. over Richmond, Va.: he was attracted to the warm California weather and Santa Clara's proximity to San Francisco.

Upon arriving at Santa Clara, one thing shocked 23-year-old Nesrin Negm, an international exchange student from Baden, Austria, more than any other. "The food!" she said. "Everything is so big!" Negm, a senior environmental engineering major, wanted to study in California in order to explore the state, "broaden my horizons and improve my English." Fortunately, Santa Clara and her hometown university, the University of Leoben, were exchange partners. According to Negm, Santa Clara's students and professors were "incredibly friendly" and helpful during her transition to the U.S. The International Club, in particular,

provided Negm with the resources and put her into contact with the right people when she had a question. "The club helped me with my transition a lot," she said. "Barbara (Colyar, director of study abroad in the Office of International Programs,) was really a big help." Santa Clara's International Club, housed in the university's Office of International Programs, is open to all students, but particularly aims to bring together international students, exchange students and students who have studied abroad or are planning to study abroad. The club hosts both formal and informal events throughout the

year, including barbecue lunches, international dessert lunches, and trips to the beach, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. For Negm, the traveling has been an exciting part of her time in Santa Clara, but she would still like to come back to the Bay Area and California some time in the future. "Due to the fact that (the quarter is) only 10 weeks, it's so stressful," she said. "(There's) not much time to do things in between (classes)." When asked what she would bring back with her to Baden, she couldn't decide: "Everything here plays a part (in) the whole picture, which I learned to love in the short time that I was here.”

Bonnie Krantz's favorite experience while studying at Santa Clara is something pretty ordinary: her first week in California. "It was my first encounter with people from America and just to go grocery shopping was a new experience for me," said Krantz. "It was so hard to find what I was looking for — but exciting!" Krantz, a 22-year-old junior marketing major from Malmö, Sweden, decided to study at Santa Clara after hearing good things from her peers back home. "The location in California and Silicon Valley was also very attractive," she said. While on campus, having other exchange students around made

Krantz's transition much more pleasant. "The International Club made it easy for me to meet other international students that I could share my experiences with," she said. "We are all in a new place, without friends and family, and to have the possibility to meet other people in the same situation makes the transition so much more pleasant and educative," she continued. Krantz has had the opportunity to check a few destinations off her traveling bucket list, including cities in Southern California that she visited on a road trip. While exploring various cities, she was pleasantly surprised by how

open and friendly strangers can be. "In Sweden, it is not common that strangers in stores ask about your day, or that people come up and talk to you without knowing you," she said. "I have met a lot of people in different places here in California, and we've exchanged stories about everything. I love it!" In addition to the weather — which she admitted she would bring back to Sweden with her, "no doubt about it" — Krantz said that she'd miss the general friendliness that she had encountered after returning to Sweden. "(Talking openly with strangers) is a great way to meet new people," she said. "I will probably miss it when I get back to Sweden."

Ander Esnal, 21, chose to study abroad at Santa Clara for one reason: the California sunshine. "In Europe, we have a nice image of California: sun, ocean, great cities," said Esnal. "And since San Francisco is close, I decided to come here." Esnal, a senior humanities and communication major from Mutriku, a small town located in Basque Country in northern Spain, experienced a dose of culture shock when first arriving in the U.S. "The daily life here (in California) and back in Spain is totally different," he said. "Particularly in California, people use the car a lot, even if they want to go to a close supermarket."

According to Esnal, the International Club helped facilitate new relationships and become more accustomed to life on the Santa Clara campus. "When you arrive in a new country, you feel lost, you do not know anyone, and it is hard to get used to the life there," said Esnal. "(The club) invited us (to different parties. That way, we had the opportunity to get involved in the American student's life." While attending Santa Clara, Esnal has had the opportunity to make day and weekend trips to San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Yosemite National Park. And while he has been able to

spend time with his new friends, Esnal expressed concern over "a big problem" in the U.S.: the 21-and-over drinking age. "In Spain, (it) is common to go to the bars with friends almost every evening," he said. "If you are not 21 (in the U.S.), you cannot go to the bars. They are so strict with the age (here)." Nevertheless, Esnal said that he has had "a great time here." When asked what he would bring back to Mutriku, he responded: "the good friends I have made here; the Californian weather — I have seen the rain only four times; and Starbucks."

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Mariah Grady, ’15

"Two wind-up plastic grannies that you can race."

Nishad Joshi, ’15

"A pair of Hollister boxers."

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What is the funniest present you've received?

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Warren Sadler, ’14

"A putt putt mini golf for the toilet, for when you're doing your business."

"Extra-small condoms from Spencer's Gifts."

Jon Rey, ’12

"A bag of almonds, also known as a nut sack."


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TOP REASONS TO LEAVE YOUR COUCH THIS WEEK 1/15 | SUNDAY

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Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Tech Museum of Innovation Why Go? This new exhibition spotlights the notable contribution of Muslim scholars and scientists.

Pre-Med/Pre-Health & Public Health Career Fair Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Location: Locatelli Why Go? For people eyeing careers in the medical field, this could be a valuable opportunity to find internships and post-grad opportunities.

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil Time: 8 p.m. Location: HP Pavilion Why Go? See the hailed Cirque du Soleil tribute to the legendary Michael Jackson.

Global Fellows Kick-Off Meeting Time: 7 p.m. Location: Benson Parlor C Why Go? Hear from previous Global Fellows and learn how to apply. Open to all majors.

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Dinner Discussions Time: 6 p.m. Location: Campus Ministry Why Go? Hear a guest lecture on the Mormon faith, a religion that is often in the news due to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Downtown Ice Time: 11 a.m. - midnight Location: Plaza de Cesar Chavez Why Go? The holiday season may be over, but you can always still take a study break and go ice skating!

Men's Basketball vs. San Diego Time: 7 p.m. Location: Leavey Center Why Go? Support your Broncos against a WCC rival and get tickets to the upcoming St. Mary's game afterwards!

3 Woman, 1 Woman Show (with three women) Time: 8 p.m. (Also Saturday, 1/14) Location: WORKS/San Jose Why Go? See three SCU alumni perform as part of the Cardboard Box Theatre Project in this show celebrating female humor.

1/14 | SATURDAY San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Candlestick Park Why Go? It's the first playoff game for the 49ers in nine years. Perfect time to show some local Niner love! Jazz Has A Dream Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Recital Hall Why Go? Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weekend show featuring professional jazz musicians.

1/16 | MONDAY Harlem Globetrotters Time: 1 p.m. Location: HP Pavilion Why Go? See the crazy antics of this amusing and long-running basketball team. Forge Volunteer Day Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Also Thursdays) Location: Forge Garden, corner of Benton and Sherman past Lucas Hall Why Go? Start off week two with some winter work outside, and try a real garden salad.

1/18 | WEDNESDAY Ethics at Noon: Conscience, Catholicism and American Politics Time: 12 p.m. Location: Arts and Sciences Building, Wiegand Center Why Go? In an election year, it may prove useful to hear some perspective about religion and politics.

To suggest events for the calendar please contact James Hill III at: calendar@thesantaclara.com.


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WCC STANDINGS Men's Basketball Team Saint Mary's Gonzaga (No. 21) Brigham Young Loyola Marymount Portland Pepperdine Santa Clara San Diego San Francisco

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Overall 15-2 13-2 14-4 9-7 5-11 7-8 10-8 5-10 10-8

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Broncos' Midseason Report

Women's Basketball Team Gonzaga (No. 23) San Diego Brigham Young Saint Mary's Pepperdine Santa Clara San Francisco Portland Loyola Marymount

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The men's basketball team huddles together before a game in the Lesvey Center. Santa Clara has played 15 games and has a record of 8-7 in those contests including two losses against conference opponents. The Broncos host the University of San Diego Toreros tonight at 7 p.m. in the Leavey Center.

Men's team hopes to turn around its play in conference games Tom Schrier

Keating on the hot seat:

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BRONCO BRIEFS Men's Basketball The Broncos played their second consecutive road game to open conference play and fell at No. 21 Gonzaga by a score of 82-60. Santa Clara led the Bulldogs for the first 19:41 of the contest before faltering in the second half. The Broncos (8-7; 0-2) were led by Raymond Cowels III, had 13 points including three 3-pointers. Cowels III also added four rebounds. Brandon Clark scored 12 points, and Evan Roquemore contriubted eight points to go along with nine assists. Team scopring leader Kevin Foster only had eight points. It was his first game this season out of double figures since a game at Pepperdine on Jan. 27. It was also his first game without a three (0-4) since he went 0-10 at San Francisco on Feb. 5. Gonzaga (13-2; 3-0) shot 54.5 percent from the field, including a respectable 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs were led by Sam Dower's 17 points off the bench. He added six rebounds. Gary Bell Jr. scored 15, Elias Harris 12 and Kevin Pangos 10. Center Robert Sacre collected a game-high eight rebounds while Pangos added five assists. It was the first meeting of the season between the two rivals. Santa Clara will host Gonzaga in a rematch at the Leavey Center on Feb. 16.

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84-74 loss in Portland. Their second: an 82-60 blowout at Gonzaga. In Keating’s words: “At Gonzaga we played a lot better than we played at Portland, where we had a very poor defensive performance and found ourselves climbing out of a hole in the end.”

The Santa Clara men’s basketball team has not been anything to write home about through the first 15 games of the season, but there are still a few months of basketball left to be played. After winning 24 games, defeating Gonzaga at home and winning the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last season, the Broncos currently sit at 8-7 overall and 0-2 in West Coast Conference play.

The damage: In December, they lost close games to out-of-state opponents Houston Baptist and Wagner. However, not all of their losses in December were close, as evidenced by a 93-55 drubbing at the hands of Washington State. With an at-large bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament in March out of the question, Santa Clara’s only option now is receiving an automatic bid by winning the West Coast Conference. The first step for the team is to play well in conference in order to earn a favorable seeding in the WCC Tournament. The Broncos' first conference game: an

During his five seasons at the helm, his teams have not only been plagued with injuries (Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini both have missed a season under his watch), but also by defection of high-profile players (Decensae White, Robert Smith and James Rahon). Trasolini injured his anterior cruciate ligament during an exhibition game and will miss the entire season. “(He) was primed for a great senior year,” said Keating. “At the time he went down he was probably our best player.” The result of the injuries and departures has left the team in a state of perpetual youth. Not counting Phillip Bach, who is averaging three minutes per game this season, Santa Clara will not graduate anyone from this year’s team. That means that the Broncos will not graduate a senior that has made significant, on-court contributions for two of the past three years. “There’s no experience coming off the bench,” said Keating, “and it puts pressure on those guys who start the game.” The result is inconsistency.

“We’re really young, so we’re going to make mistakes,” said Foster, who broke Steve Nash’s three-point record in a loss to Oklahoma five games into the season. The bright side is that the team will have another year to grow together. “We’re only going to be the better for it when Marc (Trasolini) returns and we have all those guys come back,” continued Foster. “That’s the caveat, but these guys are competitors and would like to be good now.” Therein lies the problem: it may take a year for this team to put it all together and that gives Foster, Trasolini and Co. only one year to work their magic. Another slip up next season and it’ll be back to the drawing board for Mr. Keating.

The silver lining: The team’s home/road split. The Broncos are 7-1 at home, but 0-5 on the road. “We’ve had great success at home and with the exception of the one blown call and missed opportunity against Wagner,” said Keating. Fortunately for Keating and the Broncos, the team will play four of their next five games in the Leavey Center. “We need all our students to give us that support, coming back energetic after break ready to go, knowing that this is a team that is fully capable of winning all of our home games,” said Keating. “It’s all about confidence being at home." Contact Tom Schreier at tschreier@scu. edu or (408) 554-4852.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Alyssa Shoji Basketball Her average of 3.9 three-pointers per game currently leads the nation.

Favorite pregame meal? For home games we usually eat Pasta Pomodoro and I always get the same thing: capellini with pink sauce and chicken.

Biggest role model? My parents. They have taught me the importance of hardwork, but most importantly, I admire them for all their support. Favorite musical artist? I love R&B and my favorite group is Boyz II Men. I could listen to their music everyday.


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The Sharks' center Joe Pavelski (right) battles with Marek Zidlicky of the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in Saint Paul. The Wild prevailed 5-4 in a shootout.

Minnesota puts an end to Sharks' winning streak Nick Ostiller

The Santa Clara The San Jose Sharks' four-game winning streak came to end Tuesday night when Matt Cullen of the Minnesota Wild scored in the third period and in the first round of the shootout to help his skidding team recover from a late stumble to win 5-4 on Tuesday night. Mikko Koivu scored next for the Wild, and goalie Josh Harding stopped shots by Michal Handzus and Ryane Clowe to give the Wild just its second victory in its last 13 games. "The shootout in hockey is always a crapshoot," said San Jose native and Santa Clara sophomore Andrew Metzger. "I don't think that it should mean that much for them to have lost in a shootout. It's like flipping a coin." The Sharks' Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored 22 seconds apart to tie the game with 2:44 remaining in regulation minutes after Cullen's goal. The Sharks outshot the Wild 18-8 in the third period. Cal Clutterbuck had a goal and an assist, and Warren Peters and Nick Johnson also scored for the Wild. "(The win) is better for the Wild because they're representing Minnesota, considered to be 'the state of hockey,' and that comes with more pressure to succeed," said Minnesota native and Santa Clara sophomore Shane Earley. "The Sharks play in an area where fewer people care about hockey, so the Wild getting a chance to break the slump is bigger than the Sharks just getting another win." Clutterbuck put the Wild in front with one of his three shots on goal in the first period, snapping the puck over the shoulder of Sharks' goalie Antti Niemi and into the upper back corner of the net. Clutterbuck is tied for second on the Wild with 11 goals this season. Niemi gave up the far side again in the third period when Johnson went there to give the Wild a 3-1 edge. Benn Ferriero's goal brought the Sharks back within one, but

Cullen — playing in his 1,000th career NHL game — put the home team back in front by two with 6:20 left in the game. That looked like all the Wild would need, but the defense softened. Harding, who hurt his neck and left the game against the Sharks in San Jose last month just 11 seconds in, made plenty of tough saves but found himself on the ice a lot and couldn't hold on during the late barrage by the Sharks. Couture hacked at a rebound long enough to slip it past Harding's glove and off Justin Falk's skate to make it 4-3. Then a quick goal by the Sharks' Patrick Marleau tied the game and stunned the crowd. But Harding hung on during the overtime, whirling around to whisk away the puck rolling on the goal line with Marleau in position to poke it in. Then Harding stopped Marleau's point-blank shot a few seconds later. The nature of the contest was very physical throughout the night. After Peters deflected in a shot by Falk to put the Wild up 2-1, they nearly had another goal when Cullen's backhander pinged off the post. The whistle blew before the puck slid over the line, but a scrum that developed in the scrap for the puck spilled into the net. Clutterbuck and Jamie McGinn tussled on the ice and had to be separated. They kept yapping at each other on the way to and in the penalty box. Andrew Desjardins was called for boarding near the end of the middle frame after a vicious hit from behind Clayton Stoner that sent the defenseman head first into the corner. Stoner was all right, but the Wild were fired up. Fired up is the way coach Wild head coach Mike Yeo was hoping and anticipating his team would play. With the Sharks in first place in the Pacific Division and a perennial power in the Western Conference coming off consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup semifinals, this was the optimal opponent for the Wild to get their game going again — and rebuild some confidence. Contact Nick Ostiller at nostiller@scu.edu or (408) 554-4852. Dave Campbell of the Associated Press contributed to this report.

SAMANTHA JUDA — THE SANTA CLARA

Santa Clara's Linday Leo (32) protects the ball from a San Diego defender during the Torero's 58-41 win on Monday at the Leavey Center. The Broncos were held to a season-low 41 points and have now lost seven of nine including two of three in conference.

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Calif. The Broncos lost by six points to Pepperdine at the Leavey Center in their conference-opener on Dec. 31. Mountain, looking forward to the conference rematch, hopes her team will be able to play with more poise than when the two teams met on New Year’s Eve.

“We’ve got to handle their pressure a little better than we did the first time,” explained Mountain. “We really took it to them offensively in the first half, but we’ve just got to put together two good halves and not turn the ball over.” Santa Clara was picked to finish in 8th place in the West Coast Conference, but as the San Diego Toreros (picked to finish 7th) are proving with their current play, predictions

mean nothing. The Gonzaga Bulldogs were picked to win the conference after making last year it to the NCAA’s Elite Eight. Conference newcomer Brigham Young University and the Broncos’ next opponent, Pepperdine, round out the top three. Contact Ryan Marshall at rmarshall@scu.edu or (408) 5544852.

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SPORTS Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gabe Taylor

Mr. Tebow Recaptures the Magic Tim Tebow knelt on the field, put his elbow on his knee and raised his fist to his forehead. All of the Steelers players simply looked on as they came to the realization that they had just been Tebowed. But this Tebowing was not like the last 11 weeks. It had one distinct characteristic: Tebow showed up before the fourth quarter. Make that, Tebow came out to play for the entirety of the contest. This performance came against a team that was much better defensively than the teams that Tebow had taken down during the regular season. It was the perfect time. The spotlight zoned in on him. And Tebow won; not just the game, but also the respect of the doubters who awaited another lackluster performance that mirrored his outing the week before. Throughout the game, he tore apart Pittsburgh’s acclaimed defense, utilizing the play-action time and time again. Run. No. Throw. It appeared as though these three words in order were all too common in the minds of the Steelers defense. But who wouldn’t think that way when facing a quarterback that rushed his way for 660 yards on the season. After recording a meager 60 yards in the final game of the season against Kansas City, he answered many of his critics. Tebow, a well-publicized devout Christian that paints the bible verse John 3:16 under his eyes before each game, exploded for 316 passing yards with an average of 31.6 yards per completion. 316 and 31.6? Coincidence or not, the young quarterback relied on deep passes to keep the Steelers honest. When Pittsburgh expected a run, as many teams do when playing the Broncos, Denver threw them a curveball. Sure, Tebow short-armed a handful of passes, and missed the target at times, but when he unloaded and went deep, the ball simply fell into hands of his receivers. The execution was spot on when it needed to be. And there’s no better time to deliver than in overtime. When Tebow fired the ball over the middle of the field to a cutting Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime, all any spectator could do was look on amazed. Thomas caught Tebow’s pass and dashed into the end zone, all in a span of 11 seconds. The 80-yard touchdown pass was the quickest ending to an overtime period in the history of the National Football League. Even if Tebow has led the team to outstanding finishes on numerous occasions, this was the playoffs. Knocking off a top-tiered team in your first playoff appearance isn’t too shabby. Tebow played a complete game. Combining his late-game heroics with consistent play throughout the game proved to be just what the Broncos needed. Tebow was not simply a late game miracle-worker. This time, it was different, because he was a winner from start to finish. He finally looked like a starting quarterback in the NFL. Gabe Taylor is a senior communication major.

San Diego Stifles Bronco Offense

SAMANTHA JUDA — THE SANTA CLARA

The Broncos' Alyssa Shoji dribbles downcourt during Santa Clara's 58-41 loss against the University of San Diego on Monday night at the Leavey Center. Shoji, who is the team leader in scoring and 3-pointers, was held to only eight points on 2-14 shooting from the field. The Broncos collectively shot just 25 percent from the field in the loss.

Torreros clamp down on defense en route to win Ryan Marshall

The Santa Clara The Santa Clara women’s basketball team hosted a red-hot University of San Diego team Monday night, and fell by a score of 58-41 at the Leavey Center. It was a relatively low-scoring game, given that the two teams combine for an average of over 140 points per contest. The Broncos (8-8; 1-2) shot only 25 percent from the field. This statistic was partially a credit to San Diego’s stout defense, which is one of the best in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros (11-3; 2-0) hold opponents to just under 55 points per game on average.

But it wasn’t solely San Diego’s defense that caused Santa Clara to shoot with such poor accuracy. It was also just one of those games where nothing seemed to go right for the home team: wide-open looks after well-executed offensive sets weren’t dropping and even close-range layups would dance around the rim, refusing to fall through the basket. Fourth-year Head Coach Jennifer Mountain reflected on the loss, hoping it would prove to be an anomaly rather than a new norm. “We shot the ball horribly today,” said Mountain. “We didn’t really have anybody who ever got it going offensively tonight. It wasn’t a typical night for us by any means. We held a team under 60 points, (but) we just couldn’t score the basketball (ourselves) and we got killed on the (rebounds).” The Broncos were out-rebounded 54-36. San Diego’s Izzy

Chilcott was just one rebound away from being the third Torero in double figures for rebounding. Chilcott, along with Amy Kame and Morgan Woodrow, pulled down 32 rebounds in total, 18 of which were offensive. These offensive rebounds allowed San Diego ample opportunities for easy second-chance points. Santa Clara’s Ashley Armstrong had 13 points and nine rebounds of her own. Alyssa Shoji, who recently became the Broncos’ all-time women's leading 3-point shooter and currently leads the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 3-pointers per game, was held to just eight points on 2-14 shooting from the field. The Toreros did have some shooting woes of their own, and Santa Clara was only down 30-22 going into the half. Shoji hit her second three of the night with 17 minutes to go in

the second half to get the Broncos within six points, 33-27. However, Santa Clara missed their next 14 shots and did not score their next points until there were eight minutes remaining in regulation. By that time, San Diego had pulled away and was up by 16 points, 45-29. Nici Gilday’s jumper capped off the Toreros’ 12-0 run. San Diego also stepped up their defense on the Broncos’ Ashley Armstrong, who was held to just two points in the second half. “We rebounded the ball very poorly, and in the second half we just couldn’t score,” said Armstrong. “They played very good defense, but at the same time we didn’t knock down our open looks.” Santa Clara will get another crack at Pepperdine University (89, 2-1) on Saturday down in Malibu,

Must See: Bronco Men's Basketball

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7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12 at Leavey Center For a complete schedule of games, see page 10.

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