The student newspaper of the Claremont Colleges since 1889
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019
VOL. CXXI NO. 17
Spotlight on 5C mental health resources Pomona president: ‘We will do better’ LANEY POPE & ELINOR ASPEGREN Content warning: student deaths
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Bloomsday: Lake Elsinore ‘apoppylypse’ draws chaos, eager students
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Daniel Molina PZ ’22 and Spencer Pletcher PZ ’22 called Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services March 4 and learned that the soonest the 5Cs’ joint mental health service could see them was one month later. The Pitzer first-years, underwhelmed by the quality of mental health services on campus, had called to verify the long wait times they had heard about from their friends. The answer only increased their frustration. 5C students have long complained about what they perceive as a lack of support from the consortium for mental health, from long wait times at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services to
limited coverage of off-campus therapy co-pays. These concerns were brought to a head in February, when two Claremont McKenna College students were found dead in one week. “Especially in the wake of a traumatic event, there should be more access than usual,” Molina said. As a result, students have stepped up their demands for better administrative support with protests and a forum and created their own support spaces. At a mental health meeting at Pomona College Wednesday, organized by Students for an Accountable Pomona — the same group that organized a March 11 rally calling for increased support — students voiced concerns and frustration to Pomona Presi-
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8 Stags choose rugby over football 5Cs release class of 2023 decisions GABBY HERZIG On the heels of its first conference title in more than 30 years, and first-ever NCAA
Tournament appearance, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team lost eight players — all due to a new safety policy that effectively bars football
AMY BEST • THE STUDENT LIFE
Matthew Sill CM ‘21 lays out for a catch against Cal Lutheran last fall. Sill is among the players who quit football for rugby this spring.
players from also competing on the 5C men’s rugby team. Eight CMS players — including some of the Stags’ top athletes — ultimately decided to quit CMS football to play rugby for the 5C team, according to rugby captain Conner Pederson CM ’20. Pederson said no rugby players quit to stay with the football team. The biggest loss was to the Stags’ receiving corps. Receivers Matthew Sill CM ’21 and Ethan Takeyama CM ’21, along with tight end Zach Heffernan CM ’21, all decided to quit for rugby. The trio of sophomores led the Stags in receiving yards and receptions in 2018, and Heffernan had the team’s most receiving TDs with three.
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Some express outrage over Haifa veto, call for reversal JAIMIE DING Following Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver’s March 14 veto of the College Council vote to suspend the school’s study abroad program in Israel, students and faculty across the 5Cs are taking action — and some are calling for Oliver’s resignation. Oliver released his decision just three hours after the College Council meeting voted 67-28 to suspend its University of Haifa program, shocking members of the 5C community. Students for Justice in Palestine posted a petition on Facebook that evening demanding Oliver “honor shared governance” and reverse his decision. Hashtags such as # M e l v i n Wo n t L i s t e n , #NoAcademicFreedomUnderOccupation and
#ProApartheidOliver were used on Facebook and Twitter to discuss Oliver’s decision and the SJP petition. As of Thursday, more than 900 people had signed the petition, including 5C students, as well as professors, activists and organizations from around the country. “We circulated it right away and it just took off,” SJP chair Lea Kayali PO ’19 said via email. “It was honestly a moment of intense emotions for me as a Palestinian student on campus. I was deeply disappointed and frustrated by President Oliver’s actions but I felt so supported by other students who came from all corners of the 5C campuses to support us and spread the petition.” Additionally, a resolution of no confidence will be introduced at an emergency session of Pitzer Student
Senate Sunday. The resolution was sponsored by 90 students and five affinity groups, as of Thursday. None of the resolution’s nine authors, all student senators, responded to requests for comment. Student Senate President-elect Clint Isom PZ ’20 was originally listed as a primary author of the resolution, but his name has since been removed from the document. He declined to specify why he removed his name from the resolution. Citing both the Haifa veto and the college’s Board of Trustees’ decision to overturn a 2017 senate resolution boycotting some companies with ties to Israel, the resolution says Oliver’s decision “represents the second in-
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LIFE AND STYLE
BECKY HOVING Each of the 5Cs recently released its regular decision admissions results to applicants for the class of 2023. But in a a departure from previous years, multiple schools chose to withhold some admissions statistics from the public — at least temporarily. Pitzer College admitted 13.2 percent of its applicants, according to a press release, the same acceptance rate as last year, and the lowest of the colleges that provided data. Harvey Mudd College’s acceptance rate was 13.4 percent, according to a press release, down more than a percentage point from the previous year. This year’s acceptance rate was the lowest for Mudd since the class of 2020, which had a 12.6 percent acceptance rate. Scripps College admitted 29.8 percent of its applicants, according to Victoria Romero, Scripps’ vice president for enrollment. That number is up nearly six percentage points from last year and
the highest acceptance rate of the 5Cs that released admissions data. Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College declined to release their acceptance rates. However, the rates will likely become public when the 2019-20 Common Data Sets — a report with a variety of information that many colleges release annually — are released. Except for CMC, all the schools released some admissions data. Of the colleges that released demographic data about their admitted student pool, Mudd accepted the highest percentage of students of color — nearly 60 percent. Seven percent of Mudd’s admitted students are international, and accepted applicants hail from 43 states and 27 foreign countries, according to the press release. Pomona accepted 58 percent students of color and 13.5 percent international, according to a press release. Admitted applicants come
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first generation students
military veterans admitted
22,763 visitors hosted on campus for tours
attended public high schools
34-35 median ACT score
MEGHAN JOYCE • THE STUDENT LIFE
This year’s annual Sanskriti event showcased the 5Cs’ South Asian community.
Students on both sides of the Haifa debate explain their stance.
5C swimmers had strong performances at the NCAA championships over spring break.
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AMY BEST • THE STUDENT LIFE
“Suspend Haifa, Love, PZ Jews” was written on Pitzer’s free wall when the movement to suspend the Haifa study abroad program first began.
Continued from Page 1 tervention in autonomous, democratic, student-led decision-making on issues related to the college’s complicity in the oppression of the Palestinian people.” If passed, the resolution constitutes a vote of no confidence by the senate and calls for Oliver’s immediate resignation or removal from office if he does not retract his decision by end of day April 11. However, it is unclear if the resolution actually has the power to introduce a vote of no confidence to the faculty, Isom said. Pitzer faculty passed a vote of no confidence once before — against one of Pitzer’s previous presidents, Laura Trombley, eight days before she left office in 2015. “At any rate, it just has a symbolic status,” Isom said. “If the Student Senate votes in favor of this, it still tells the school and it tells the alumni and it tells the faculty and staff that ‘Hey, we as Student Senate have no confidence in our school’s president,’ and even if that means he’s not voted out officially ... this would be our official stance on the matter.” The senate generally holds votes on resolutions a week after they are introduced, but a senator can motion to skip the waiting period and vote at the same meeting, Isom said. A resolution in defense of Pitzer’s shared governance policies, which encourages Oliver to reverse his decision, will also be introduced at the meeting. Some in the 5C community did support Oliver’s decision. “I thank him for standing up for academic freedom,” 5C Jewish chaplain Rabbi Daniel Shapiro said via message. Zachary Freiman PO ’20, a board member for Claremont Progressive Israel Alliance said CPIA “commends his bravery and commitment to academic
freedom.” Pitzer’s Faculty Executive Committee called a faculty meeting Thursday to discuss the veto, according to FEC chair Claudia Strauss. Strauss could not be reached for comment before press time. Pitzer professor Dan Segal, who’s been a driving force behind the push to end the Haifa program, said via email most of time devoted to the Haifa resolution at the FEC meeting “was spent asking questions of President Oliver and hearing his responses.” Segal said he saw “a broad commitment to find a way forward that is good for our students and the college.” Segal did not respond to a question regarding whether the faculty discussed a vote of no confidence in Oliver. The other 5Cs all have study abroad programs in Israel. Some 5C professors who signed the SJP petition have said they support potentially suspending those programs as well. Pomona College politics professor Heather Williams said via email that she feels conflicted about boycotts and sanctions as “clumsy tools of speech that can and do backfire,” but signed the petition because she felt “compelled to register my deepest moral objection to the Israeli government’s support for and protection of illegal Jewish settlements on the West Bank, as well as acts of war against unarmed civilians in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank.” Williams said she would “support a faculty review” of Pomona’s study abroad program in Jerusalem, “followed by a vote over whether we should continue to list the Jerusalem program as one of a limited number of pre-approved studyabroad sites.”
dent G. Gabrielle Starr and Dean of Students Avis Hinkson about off-campus therapy, institutional support for first-generation, low-income students and a lack of diversity among Monsour therapists. “Are we going to have to hold a protest and call for resignations every single time we need mental health support?” Daniel Garcia PO’21 said during the forum. Starr said conversations about reforming Monsour were not prompted by the SAP rally, but actually began a year ago. She agreed with students that the college’s mental health resources are still insufficient, despite increased funding. “When you’re in crisis, we want to be able to ... help you as best as we can in that crisis, and I don’t think we can say that we’ve done that well enough,” Starr said.
Monsour grapples with staffing complaints Monsour, the colleges’ primary mental health resource, has been criticized for years, as students have lambasted its long wait times and poor service. Monsour wait times recently reached four weeks but have decreased to two and a half weeks as of March 12 after hiring temporary staff, according to assistant director Fiona Vajk. On March 8, in the wake of the two deaths, CMC Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Dianna Graves emailed CMC students, acknowledging the three- to four-week wait time for appointments at Monsour and offering additional resources, including more than 20 additional hours of individual and group coun-
seling and local counselors with drop-in hours. Aetna, the health insurance provider for students using the Student Health Insurance Plan, offered its Employee Assistance Program — benefits normally given to Atena employees — to all students for 30 days in response to the deaths at CMC, Pomona’s Dean of Students Avis Hinkson said. “The [EAP] website, as well as the services that are available, speak to the range of feelings that can really catch some folks off guard following an unexpected death. It highlights methods of self care and ... gives [students] other resources,” Hinkson said. The overwhelming consensus among students is that Monsour remains understaffed. Lilly Sterenberg PZ ’20 has been going to Monsour since her first year, and although she’s been happy with her experience, she thinks wait times could be shorter. “But I don’t really see that as being Monsour’s fault,” she said. “They just don’t have enough money to hire more therapists right now.” Others said Monsour’s need for additional resources is especially acute right now. Giselle De la Torre Pinedo PO ’19, who’s been going to Monsour on and off since her junior year, said her experience has been poor. She said her therapist did “not really give [her] a lot of support,” and said she received an incorrect diagnosis from another therapist. De la Torre Pinedo suggested this could be remedied if Monsour was more hospitable and if they had “someone to validate our input. “We fill out all the surveys all the time,” she said, referring to the feedback surveys sent out by Monsour to their patients. “I don’t know how
many other people have had unwelcoming situations in Monsour that could be prevented [if they took action on the surveys].”
Co-pay coverage may vary SHIP currently covers 80 percent of off-campus therapy costs, and some — but not all — 5Cs help with the remaining costs. In February, Harvey Mudd College’s Student Philanthropy Campaign raised more than $12,000 to cover 600 therapy co-pays for students with insurance who cannot afford the $20 per session co-pay, according to an email sent out by the campaign. Pomona plans to re-introduce an off-campus therapy system that would cover the 20 percent of costs not paid for by SHIP, plus the co-pay, totaling about $40 per session. It previously offered a similar program, but discontinued that in the fall. Scripps College “will cover co-payments of up to $75 per session,” according to Associate Dean of Students Adriana di Bartolo. Scripps also provides drop in hours during which students can receive a wellness assessment, Bartolo said. CMC has “licensed therapists on campus who meet with students free of charge,” according to a statement from Graves. CMC has a limited emergency fund that can be used to cover co-pays, the statement said, but did not mention if the college funds co-pays in non-emergency situations. Pitzer College also has an emergency fund that students can apply for once a year of up to $200, Dean of Students Sandra Vasquez said via email. These requests can also be used to fund off-campus therapy for students facing financial hardship, she said.
Student take action, make demands Following the official CMC vigil for the students who died, a 5C vigil was scheduled to be held at Pitzer and then canceled because the colleges were unable to “find counselors who could be present at the event,” according to an email sent out by 5C class presidents. “At that point we all agreed that hosting a vigil without counselors present to support students would not be consistent with the intention of a healing space where we could properly support our fellow students,” Pitzer Student Senate President Shivani Kavuluru PZ’19 said via email. Molina and Pletcher created a survey to help measure 5C mental health accessibility to “elevate student and faculty voices as well as show the administration how large of a problem the lack of proper mental health resources are,” Molina wrote in an email to Pitzer students. The survey’s goal is to get a temporary read on student concerns. Molina and Pletcher hope to collect the data to create an survey approved by Pitzer’s Institutional Review Board, a panel which ensures the ethical treatment and privacy of participants in studies, to send out over student listservs. They said they have received encouragement and help from the Dean of Students offices at all 5Cs. Ninety-four percent of the nearly 300 survey respondents said they don’t think “the colleges have sufficient mental health resources on campus that are reasonably accessible.” In an email to students, Molina wrote that “it has become apparent that 5C admin are not taking action so the duty has fallen onto us, the students, to demand action NOW.”
CMC student starts local chapter of Sunrise Movement MARIA HEETER Just three days before the Sunrise Movement came to speak at Pitzer College, a 5C student founded a local chapter of the youth-led organization, whose main goal is to tackle climate change. Members of the Sunrise Movement recently gained notoriety for a viral video in which they got into a heated debate with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., about the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic stimulus programs that would combat climate change and economic inequality. Eric Warmoth CM ’22, who founded the Claremont Colleges Sunrise Movement chapter, said he came up with the idea over winter break. He completed online trainings and seminars to have the 5Cs added to the Sunrise Move-
ment’s website as an official chapter. “This is the moment for change, and there’s a lot of people that are really excited and passionate about [combating climate change],” Warmoth said. “I wanted to bring that to the Claremont Colleges, which is already a very politically-charged community.” The club was created just in time, as members of Whittier College’s Sunrise Movement Hub spoke about climate change on behalf of the Sunrise Movement at Pitzer March 7. Whittier first-years D Garcia and Manasa Makineni explained the Sunrise Movement’s organization and goals to 5C students, and why it supports the Green New Deal. The Sunrise Movement aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; create millions of high-paying jobs; invest in sustain-
able U.S. infrastructure and industry; secure clean air and water and promote justice and equality, according to the two representatives. Run almost entirely by volunteers, any three members of the movement are able to undertake a new project or create a new local chapter, Garcia and Makineni said. Samuel Sjoberg PZ ’20, who organized the event along with Sandra Sublette PZ ’21, said he hadn’t known many specifics of the Green New Deal and wanted to learn more. “I like the Sunrise Movement. I think they do really good work, and I’m thinking about joining the Claremont Sunrise Movement Chapter that just got started,” he said. The movement gained momentum after members of the organization met with Feinstein in her San Francisco office to ask her to support the Green New Deal in
late February. Feinstein responded: “You know what’s interesting about this group? I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I know what I’m doing. You come in here and you say it has to be my way or the highway. I don’t respond to that. I’ve gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality. And I know what I’m doing. So you know, maybe people should listen a little bit.” Sjoberg said he found Feinstein’s comments to Sunrise organizers about the Green New Deal disrespectful and dismissive. He hopes to see Feinstein, who’s been a senator for 26 years, voted out of office in the next election — if she runs again. Her next re-election battle would be in 2024, when she would be 91 years old. “Dianne Feinstein’s comments are exactly what’s wrong with the current state of politics,” Sjoberg said.
Driver fleeing police interrupts big day for Pomona admissions JULIA FRANKEL As several tour groups walked through the 5Cs Monday morning, Ontario Police Department helicopters hovered over Pomona College blaring messages through a loudspeaker, searching for a suspect believed to have run a traffic stop in Upland and recklessly driven onto campus. The Upland Police Department has since identified the suspect as Tyler Parker, a 33-year-old from Upland, according to The Claremont Courier. UPD attempted to pull Parker over for not having license plates on his car, but Parker accelerated to more than 100 miles per hour, ignoring stop signs, according to UPD Sgt. Anthony Kabayan. Parker drove down Sixth
Street and ditched his car in the parking lot outside Pomona’s Alexander Hall, running through the 5Cs, according to the Courier. 5C students received an emergency text message from Campus Safety at 11:10 a.m. instructing them to remain indoors and initiating a shelter in place directive. Thatcher Music Hall was placed under lockdown, according to Lily Ross PO ’22, who was singing in Thatcher when she was instructed to stay inside. As most public schools were on spring break this week, Monday was a very popular tour date, according to Pomona tour guide Cynthia Cuellar PO ’21. She was leading a tour during the incident and said she saw Parker driving down Sixth Street. Fearing for her tour
group’s safety, she stopped them from crossing the street, but said she saw Parker nearly hit a student who was crossing. Noah Cissè PZ ’19 was driving down Sixth Street around 11 a.m. and said he also witnessed Parker nearly hit the student. Justin Blankson-Phipps PZ ’19 was in Cissè’s car, and saw Parker’s car speeding on the wrong side of the road. Parker sped past three or four cars and ignored a stop sign, according to Blankson-Phipps. After losing track of Parker, UPD cancelled its pursuit until an eyewitness on the scene notified the police of the car’s location, according to Kabayan. A Campus Safety officer alerted the Claremont Police Department of Parker’s presence on campus, and
CPD then detained Parker. Parker was booked by UPD into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the Courier. Other tour guides had difficulty dealing with the situation while leading groups. Jay Pier PO ’21 was leading his group into Little Bridges for an information session when campus vehicles and police cars blocked the area from Thatcher Hall to College Avenue. “There were definitely a bunch of questions we had to answer about Campus Safety and we had to assure the groups that this wasn’t a common occurrence,” Pier said. He returned to the admissions building, but was unable to leave due to the Campus Safety message. Prospective students were
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Claremont and Upland police detained a suspect, accused of fleeing a traffic stop, in front of The Claremont Colleges Services building March 25.
also held temporarily in the admissions office, according to Pier. “I ended up answering questions and giving an
impromptu info session in admissions for prospective students who weren’t able to move to Little Bridges for the real one,” Pier said.
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Pomona hosts forum on sexual assault DATA: PO, CMC survivors program to hear from students don’t give admit rates Continued from Page 1 from 49 states and 47 foreign countries. “I was particularly excited to admit so many community college students and military veterans this year via our transfer admissions process,” Pomona’s Director of Admissions Adam Sapp said in an email. “These students bring a truly different perspective to campus, one that I know will have an impact in the Pomona classroom and beyond.” Forty-six percent of Pitzer’s admitted class are students of color, and 8.2 percent are international students. Pitzer’s admitted class is 56 percent female and 12.9 percent first-generation. The admitted students pool represents 38 states and 25 countries. CMC declined to provide any data on admissions, but plans to release information about the actual class of 2023 once students have commit-
ted to enroll, because the breakdown of the admitted pool is sometimes different from the incoming class, according to Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, CMC’s assistant vice president for admission. “We do not think it is illuminating to present data on admitted students prior to knowing the characteristics of the class of 2023,” Sandoval-Dancs said via email. Similarly, Pomona declined to release its acceptance rate for the class of 2023 until the admissions cycle ends, according to Sapp. “Our aim is to help move the admissions conversation toward finding the best fit and away from the focus on admission rates,” Sapp said. CMC’s acceptance rate last year was 8.9 percent. Pomona’s was 6.96 percent. Scripps will not release demographic information for its admitted class until it confirms who is enrolling, according to Romero.
TIMOTHY LIU • THE STUDENT LIFE
The President’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Violence Intervention and Prevention meets to discuss the suspension of Pomona College’s Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault program March 26.
LILLY CARDEN After abruptly suspending Pomona College’s Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault program in February, the President’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Violence Intervention and Prevention (PACSVIP) held a forum Tuesday to collect feedback from community members regarding recommendations the committee outlined in a previous email. These recommendations included establishing a partnership between the advocates program and Project Sister, a local survivor support organization, and creating a peer-to-peer education group and a Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education program. The forum primarily focused on the future of the advocates program, which will resume in fall 2019, according to the committee. The program was ended due to legal concerns about confidentiality due to a lack of training and confidential student reports of negative experiences with the advocates. Last summer, advocates were informed by Pomona
Title IX coordinator Sue McCarthy that in order to maintain their confidential status, they needed to complete 40 hours of Project Sister training. However, McCarthy gave advocates the wrong dates for the program, and the advocates didn’t end up doing the training. This created potential issues with the Clery Act, and advocates were later informed by McCarthy that they were no longer confidential resources. Oona Eisenstadt, the committee’s faculty chair, emphasized the importance of the role advocates play in supporting survivors, and said they’ve done amazing work. During the forum, students expressed concern about the level of administrative involvement in the advocates program going forward, citing a history of the advocates acting as a check on the administration. “The advocates had a political side to their work in that they were leaders of many actions and student protests and movements specifically in opposition to moves made by the administration,” Olivia Wood PO ’19, one of the head
coordinators of the Pomona Women’s Union, said in an interview with TSL. Emily Coffin PO ’19, a former advocate, expressed her concern that the administration was pushing survivors to report to non-confidential resources rather than publicizing those that were confidential. However, administrators said it was never their intention to nudge survivors in any direction, just to make them aware of their options. Students, faculty and administrators also repeatedly spoke about a lack of trust between students and administrators. According to Ellie Ash-Balá, an associate dean and PAC-SVIP member, that’s something the school has been working on all year. “I think it’s going to take all of us working together, communicating with each other to rebuild some of that trust,” Ash-Balá said in an interview with TSL. Some students said they felt the forum was a positive first step in establishing open communication between the administration and students. “I thought it was an instance where students, faculty
Keck Graduate Institute receives $5 million to start new med school HAIDEE CLAUER With $5 million in funding already secured, Keck Graduate Institute is starting to plan its new medical school “to meet the increasing demand for primary care physicians in Southern California,” according to a press release. Of the 7,176 noted areas in the U.S. with a shortage of primary-care physicians, nine percent are located in California, according to an informational report on KGI’s new school. KGI’s upcoming medical school aims to address this issue. “We are excited and eager to bring world-class medical training to future physicians and are especially grateful for
this donor’s vision and support of what will ultimately mean better health services and improved access to care for our community and many others,” KGI President Sheldon Schuster said in the press release. A preliminary proposal for the med school was approved by the KGI Board of Trustees in May 2018, following a grant from an anonymous donor to cover recruitment and hiring of the new dean, according to KGI’s website. KGI has begun recruiting candidates for its founding dean position, Schuster said via email. Plans for the new facilities and completion date have not been announced yet, as they depend on the dean’s hire and
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Keck Graduate Institute is starting to plan its new medical school, and is recruiting candidates for the founding dean position.
the school’s accreditation, according to Schuster. When hired, the dean will work with chief development officer Molly Chestnut “to begin a philanthropic outreach campaign to further fund the faculty development and facilities required to meet the accreditation standards,” Schuster said via email. That campaign will be the first of three fundraising phases aiming to raise more than $50 million for the new school, according to a publication on the med school’s website. Currently, KGI offers a Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate program for students planning to attend medical school, according to its website. Joanna Manansala KG ’19, a pre-medical student, said the development of a medical school demonstrates the graduate school’s “dedication to health sciences and medicine, especially in California, where there is a high shortage of doctors, and especially near the Inland Empire, where that shortage is very pronounced.” Manansala said many current and prospective students are already interested in the medical school. “It’s already a big deal,” she said. “It will bring a lot of educational esteem to KGI and the Claremont Colleges.”
and admin came together to have conversations that, as best I can tell, seem to have been some of the most productive yet,” said Eli Cohen PO ’19, who attended the forum. Rachel Levin, a biology and neuroscience professor, urged students and administrators to put survivors first during the process of re-developing the advocates program and survivor support systems on Pomona’s campus, and stressed the importance of addressing the mistrust between students and administrators in the selection of new advocates. PAC-SVIP’s final action report is still in the planning stages, so it’s unclear how or to what extent the committee will address suggestions and concerns raised at the forum. When the advocates program returns in the fall, advocates will receive training from Project Sister and will be selected through an application and interview process, Ash-Balá said. The selection process will involve input from staff, faculty, students and Project Sister representatives, she said.
Correction In an article about the Haifa vote in the March 15 issue, it was incorrectly stated that Pitzer College professor Dan Segal shouted “Peace and love for all in Palestine.” He actually said “Peace and love for all in Palestine and Israel.”
TSL regrets this error.
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Poppies and photo-ops draw students to ‘super bloom’ JULIA FRANKEL & HANK SNOWDON LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Many 5C students who flocked to the Walker Canyon poppy fields in Riverside County over spring break were searching for a rare moment in nature, while others just wanted the perfect Instagram photo. When they arrived at the city of Lake Elsinore, the serenity certainly wasn’t there, but the Instagram influencers sure were. Hordes of people from all over Southern California sat in long traffic lines to see what has been termed the “super bloom apocalypse.” Some students loved the “super bloom” blanketing the hillsides, and didn’t mind the crowds. Nicholas Mendez CM ’21 was among those who traveled to the bloom during spring break and enjoyed it. “I was definitely surprised by the amount of people there,” he said. “It was fun to people-watch; people were really into the flowers.” Mendez also saw many people trampling the flowers, and several venturing off the path to sit in the blooms. “I was not a ‘flower-trampler,’ but I did see a lot of people laying in the flowers, especially with their dogs — it looked like great photo material,” he said. Lake Elsinore shut down Walker Canyon for a day in midMarch after weeks of heavy traffic and flower damage, causing the city to term the situation a “poppy nightmare.” The canyon was reopened a day later. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a law that protects the state flower specifically. But it’s still illegal in California to pick plants on public land, according to the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Nolan Clark PO ’22 was dismayed by the flower destruction. “The super bloom is an incredible display of nature’s beauty and I think seeing it should be encouraged, but it is disheartening to see the destructive impact that visitors have on the flowers — picking them, trampling them and littering in natural areas,” Clark said, “especially from a
group of individuals that claim to be aware of their impact and strive to be progressive.” Alexa Ramirez PO ’22 said she was unprepared for her experience at the poppy fields. Ramirez and her friends visited the sea of orange during spring break searching for “a rare moment basking in nature.” Her friends wore floral dresses to mimic the carefree super bloom photos they’d seen on Instagram and arrived at the poppy fields at sunset. But the poppy dream turned into her own poppy nightmare. According to Ramirez, the students were completely unprepared to take on the hike to the poppy fields, and the setting sun made her experience rushed and chaotic. “The sun was going down, and people were scared we weren’t going to be able to take pictures in the daylight when we should have been thinking about … get[ting] down safely,” Ramirez said. “It was exactly the opposite of what I wanted. I wanted time to breathe, but everything felt so rushed with taking pictures and getting off the hill before it got dark.” Looking past the crowds, Mendez loved the beauty of the flowers. “It looked like there was Cheetos dust covering the hills,” he said. While Mendez enjoyed visiting the “super bloom,” not all 5C students appreciate the recent growth of wildflowers in Southern California. Sara Reid CM ’20 said the bloom has caused her allergies to become much more severe. “My allergies are so much worse than they have been the past two years,” Reid said. “The week before spring break I had to sleep on my back because my allergies were so bad.” Mendez agreed the bloom affected his allergies: “My eyes have been itching like crazy.” Reid, a Claremont-MuddScripps women’s lacrosse player, said practice has exacerbated the problem. “Imagine me, I play on grass every single day, so that already makes it bad,” she said. “Then with all the pollen in the air, now it’s really bad.”
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Top 3 foods I miss most from China STEPHANIE DU As college students, many of us are far away from home. My home is Beijing, which is more than 6,000 miles away. I miss my life there immensely, especially the food. I crave Chinese food every day. Unfortunately, the Chinese food in the dining hall doesn’t compare to the authentic recipes in Beijing, and in hopes of satisfying my food nostalgia I have visited some Chinese restaurants in the Claremont area. I have the habit of over-ordering because I often get too excited. The food isn’t as good as homemade, but the restaurant versions do make me content. Here are three of my favorite Chinese foods, along with a suggestion of where you can try them nearby. Dumplings - 饺子 (jiao zi) Dumplings — plump pockets of dough stuffed with whatever you want — are easily one of my favorite foods. You can get them boiled, fried or steamed. Back at home, my grandma makes the best dumplings, and her stuffing is comprised mainly of hand-minced pork, Chinese chives and abalone. She even adds in homemade chicken bouillon for extra flavor. They are delicious on their own, but pairing them with a sauce of garlic vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil adds a whole new dimension of flavor. Dumplings are considered special in my family because they are only made a few times a year: Chinese New Year ’s Eve and occasionally family celebrations. My family also has the tradition of putting cashews or dried cranberries in three dumplings out of the 100 we make. We call them lucky dumplings because whoever eats it will be lucky for a whole year. I always enjoy talking about meaningful dishes with my friends here in Claremont. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard some
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of my friends had similar traditions of putting dried fruit or nuts in their dumplings. The Upper House, a Chinese restaurant in Claremont, makes very tasty pork dumplings. The perfectly savory flavors patch up the nostalgic hole in my heart (and stomach).
memories of home. The broth was fragrant from the stewed beef, vegetables and spices. Although the beef was from a different cut of meat than I was normally used to, it was still very tender and flavorful. The noodles, unlike my mother’s, were thin but still satisfyingly slurpable.
Beef noodle soup - 牛肉面 (niu rou mian) Nothing’s better than slurping down some hot homemade noodle soup on a cold day. Actually, this dish is perfect for any occasion, anytime. When my mom makes homemade beef noodle soup for my family, she braises the beef in spices for hours and makes thick-cut noodles by hand. The beef was consistently fall-off-thebone tender, and very juicy. The noodles always had a bite to them. Whenever I ate it, I would feel at home, regardless of where I was. On a cold rainy night, I went to The Upper House, again. I ordered the beef noodle soup because a friend recommended it, and I was not disappointed. It was delicious, and evoked
Tang yuan - 汤圆 This dish is sweet, and usually eaten for breakfast during Chinese New Year and Chinese Lantern Festival. It most closely resembles Japan’s mochi — both are made from glutinous rice and filled with sweet stuffing. Tang yuan is usually boiled in water and eaten hot, and is most commonly filled with black sesame paste, my favorite — not too sweet, a little savory and nutty. Other fillings include red bean, peanut and taro. I craved this dish immensely in the months of January and February, especially during the Chinese Lantern Festival. Luckily, the Taiwanese American Students’ Association held an event at Scripps College with tang yuan. I hurried over
as soon as I heard about it, stomach rumbling. No words could describe the happiness I felt when I took a bite out of a black sesame tang yuan, even though I burned my mouth. Tang yuan can be bought frozen at 99 Ranch Market. Simply boil them in water until they float and you can enjoy the soft outer skin and the melty sweet filling inside. I associate all three foods with my family. I miss gathering around the dinner table and making dumplings, talking about our lives and laughing at jokes. I miss the tradition of having beef noodle soup on my birthday. I miss waking up to a bowl of steaming tang yuan. These dishes, all made with love, stir up so many happy memories. Maybe one day, I can use what I learned from my family and spread that love here. For now, the substitutions I have found around the Claremont area will have to do. Stephanie Du SC ’21 is a biology major. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, traveling and eating all kinds of foods.
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ depicts horrors of haves, have-nots
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Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) sits on a beach in the movie “Us.”
BEN HAFETZ This article contains mild spoilers. Second films are hard, and for Jordan Peele, following up “Get Out” — a genuine cultural phenomenon — seemed like a nearly impossible task. Luckily, with “Us,” Peele created a phenomenal follow-up to his first feature, cementing himself as the most exciting voice in horror films today. “Us” follows the family of Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), Gabe (Winston Duke) and their two children (Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph) as they travel to their beach house, only to be pursued by murderous replicas of themselves. At their inherent core, horror films can be seen as depicting a fear of the oppressed rising against us (the viewers) and threatening our power in society. The oppressed usually
takes the form of a monster that will stop at nothing to kill its oppressors. A famous example comes in John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” when the monstrous creature represented those attacked in the Red Scare, taking vengeance on Americana. In “Us,” the oppressed take on the form of our physical selves, or more specifically, Americans. Without spoiling too much of “Us,” the film’s metaphor — that Americans oppress other Americans — represents itself in a class struggle analogy between the protagonists and their doubles. It is within this metaphor that both the film’s strongest and weakest aspects lie. Its exploration of class struggle results in what can only be described as a darkly comical parody of the bourgeois lifestyle. This black comedy aspect of the film’s morale is its strongest element
and results in one of the most wickedly funny on-screen condemnations of the lifestyle of upper-middle class Americans, and how it is inherently built on suppression of the lower class. Unfortunately, once the film’s third section begins and explains the origins of the doubles, in order to shift from horror-satire toward a morality tale, the metaphor begins to tremble under its own ambitions. The issue with Peele’s attempt to explain the origins of the murderous doubles is his half-measure approach. The film only partially explains the doubles’ background and their motives, leaving the audience to put the puzzle together. H a d Pe e l e c h o s e n t o leave their origins completely open-ended, this idea of having the audience put their own reading onto the film’s message would have worked. Alternatively, if the film had
incorporated in-depth details of the doppelgangers’ origins, it would have created a direct morale for the audience to glom onto. However, because the backstory is only partially explained, it gives the viewer enough plothole ammo to poke holes into any reading they may have of the film, and does not present a workable and strong reading on its own. Luckily, this Achilles heel is easily overlooked by the fantastic performances and exceptional craft that establish the film as a popcorn horror-comedy. The biggest standout of these performers is Nyong’o, who plays two fully different characters in an exceptional manner. Her performance as the “hero” of the film, Adelaide, is monumental — she synthesizes the empathy of a mother with a sense of animalistic rage lying underneath.
Nyong’o’s performance as the film’s “villain,” Red, relies on a manipulation of her voice that cements Red into the canon of terrifying movie monsters à la Freddy and Jason. However, Nyong’o also brings layers of sadness to Red that give this film’s monster a sense of tragedy and depth. Additionally, I would be remorse if I did not shout out Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker’s hilarious performances as a repulsive bourgeois couple that befriends the leads. Ultimately though, the real star of the film is Peele’s direction, which exemplifies a mastery of tone and cinematic technique. Peele’s cinematic choices for the film’s horror are truly unsettling and create an atmosphere of tension, where the audience feels that the monster is truly waiting in the mirror. When this tension finally comes to fruition, Peele creates horror
set pieces that rival those of John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” For every moment of terror, there are moments of uproarious dark comedy that are equally masterful, which provide a release for the film’s terror and allow the audience to immerse themselves in what is an ultimately ridiculous concept. Peele’s meteoric rise from master of comedy to critically acclaimed director has resulted in many asking if he is the next Stanley Kubrick or Carpenter. While I believe that “Us” ultimately does not commit enough to transcend the genre, it is still a phenomenal popcorn horror-comedy. 4/5 stars Ben Hafetz PZ ’20 is a media studies and politics double major. He likes to not only see movies, but also tell his friends why they should or should not like certain ones.
LIFE & STYLE MARCH 29, 2019
THE STUDENT LIFE
Kari Faux’s latest EP speaks to music’s objectification of women ELLA BOYD Kari Faux’s latest release, “CRY 4 HELP,” is emotional, beautiful and striking. Many listeners may recognize Faux’s name from her hit song “No Small Talk,” in which she confidently raps about rejecting men, spending money and having no time to waste. “CRY 4 HELP” is a more vulnerable take on this lifestyle, with Faux rapping in the first song “MEDICATED” that “I been drinkin’ all my feelings / Tryna sustain the life that I’m livin’ / So spare me all the details / ’Bout the things that you gon’ do for me / You just want me to break my back / So you can have cars and jewelry.” This may be the harsh reality of the music industry, but Faux goes deeper with the EP’s next song, “LEAVE ME ALONE.” She raps “I guess the love was just for pretend,” and as Pitchfork summarized in their review of her song, “though she yearns to be alone, the need for simple human companionship is equally as present.” This is an interesting perspective to bring to the table, especially coming from a musician. These
days, it often feels as though artists have no time for vulnerability or compassion. With recent hits like “7 Rings,” “Wow.” and “Thotiana” revolving around acquiring money, cars and women, it is easy to feel like all major hits must be braggadocious or, at the very least, a constructed version of what life is supposed to be like. Often, this construction of life includes the obsession with acquiring objects — which, in many songs, are women. This occurs across the board within genres such as rock and roll, rap, country, hip hop and pop. Songs like “Bitches Ain’t Shit” by N.W.A. or “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke may initially come to mind, but songs like “Animals” by Maroon 5 and “Dirty Little Secret” by The All American Rejects are actually misogynistic as well. Women are not exempt from objectifying women either. Often, female musicians must conform to the objectification standards placed upon them by the music industry. Nicki Minaj, for example, has a song titled “I Endorse These Strippers,” where she raps “Man I make the baddest bitches send me nudes.” Minaj is
Kari Faux performs at School Night at Bardot Hollywood.
a successful woman in her field and is considered a feminist, so what does this say about what it takes to be successful in the modern music industry? Faux is essentially challenging what sells. In an industry that praises coldness and greed, she throws out mainstream standards to deliver a more personal project. Faux is not altering the appearance of her life to please listeners, but instead telling listeners what her life really looks like. For all the sadness present on the EP, Faux promises a brighter mindset at the end of “LEAVE ME ALONE,” rapping with an airy tone, “I like the truth and my clarity / I kneel and pray for my enemies / ’Cause hate would take up my energy / And I do not need that, mentally.” Perhaps this is a broad cue as well as a personal one; maybe all we need mentally is to focus less on artists who make us feel bad, and focus more on artists who promote healing, like Faux. Ella Boyd SC ’22 is from Maine. Besides writing, she enjoys listening to music, discussing pop culture and making art.
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Annual Sanskriti performances dazzle 5Cs at Big Bridges MABEL LUI When Princess Anjali’s coronation ceremony is interrupted, she and her sister Naina find themselves embroiled in a story of romance, deceit and betrayal. This is the storyline that runs throughout Sanskriti, a vibrant and energetic show celebrating South Asian culture.
On March 28, the South Asian community of the 5Cs and friends came together for the annual night of dance, song, poetry and — of course — romance. This year’s show was the most diverse in history, with Bollywood, Punjabi, South Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and classical Indian dances. Classical Indian dances were
featured in the Natya, while other performances incorporated medleys of Bollywood music and Western pop. The Bhangra was lively and dynamic, and the poetry piece was endearing and sentimental. Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College and Scripps College also each had a school dance with their respec-
tive students. The performers all donned traditional costumes and jewelry, and the show was enhanced by the colorful backdrops and lighting. As always, the emcees delivered cheesy commentary throughout. The performers’ enthusiasm was palpable, resulting in an evening full of entertainment.
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Students perform during Sanskriti, a show celebrating South Asian culture, in Big Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College March 28. The annual performance included dancing, singing and poetry.
OPINIONS THE STUDENT LIFE
MARCH 29, 2019
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It’s not cold, finally #OrangeFlowersFor MyIGAesthetic
Spring has stopped springing Press F to pay respects to friends who have midterms this week
Ooh, a helicopter! The most excitement Claremont has seen
Green on gray Someone call the fashion police!
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Kamala Harris isn’t the best option for 2020 EAMON MORRIS Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., seems like the perfect candidate for president. She’s the former California attorney general, a decisive senator and the face of moderate progressiveness in the U.S. She runs on a platform of equality, of speaking truth and of demanding justice. She’s also a life-ruiner. She ruins people’s lives. Harris is the friend who you foolishly invite to the party because she dresses well and gives good toasts, but she’s also the sort of person who arrests half of the attendees and then makes money off of it in a bestselling book before blaming the whole fiasco on the neighbors. This scenario clearly didn’t happen, but it isn’t far from the truth of Harris’ policy record. While serving as California’s attorney general, Harris backed legislation that allowed parents of children who were frequently late or absent from school to be prosecuted, fined up to $2,000 and faced with jail time, according to The New York Times. This legislation isn’t directed at the children of the white and wealthy, but at children of color, many of whom face extenuating circumstances and systemic oppression that prevent them from making it to school on time or at all. She opposed a bill that required the investigation of shootings involving police officers and did not support the setting of a statewide standard for body cameras, also according to the Times. Essentially, Kamala Harris is the closest someone can be to a cop without actually going through the police academy, and if that doesn’t put off young and progressive voters, there isn’t much that will. She refused to support the legalization of marijuana until 2018, and refused to take a stance on Proposition 47, which lowered the charges for some low-level crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, according to the Times. Harris’ long history of upholding wrongful convictions is probably the most problematic of her failures. Despite being presented with compelling evidence that suggested innocence, Harris declined to overturn long sentences or only did so under media pressure.
Her apology for all of these transgressions was pathetic. “The bottom line is the buck stops with me and I take full responsibility for what my office did,” Harris said at a rally at Howard University. At face value, this seems like a heartfelt apology. It isn’t. Harris might be apologizing, but she’s essentially claiming that her failures as district attorney are the result of missteps at lower levels. This is the kind of apology that so many politicians employ. By apologizing while simultaneously pointing a finger, Harris makes herself seem like a reformed activist who had no true control over what her office did. Granted, some of Harris’ programs regarding criminal justice reform have been greatly beneficial. She implemented implicit bias training to address racist biases by police officers, and created a program that allowed first-time drug offenders to receive education or employment rather than prison time. She’s also a woman of color and a daughter of two hardworking immigrants who succeeded against the odds. Harris has done good work, and she’s worked hard. However, to hail the good work she has done while avoiding the despicable things that she and her office have done is to condone it. If anything, all that Harris’ good work shows is that she is inconsistent. If there’s anything that the current president has taught us, it’s that inconsistency is dangerous. To support Harris without criticizing her shortcomings is inherently harmful and follows the long-prevalent trend of letting politicians redeem themselves with a few carefully placed words and loose promises. Going into the 2020 election, we have to avoid making the same mistakes made in 2016. Letting rhetoric run campaigns without diving into candidates’ pasts is a failure of citizenship. Start asking questions. Do your research. Whatever you do, don’t believe everything the campaign websites say. Eamon Morris PZ ’22 is from Orange, California. He heard Kamala Harris does car commercials. In Japan.
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OPINIONS THE STUDENT LIFE
MARCH 29, 2019
STUDENTS REACT: HAIFA ‘Suspend Haifa’ is a rallying cry of intolerance Oliver’s veto is un-democratic and silences Palestinian voices ZACH FRIEMAN & CLAIRE WENGROD Guest Columnists
After Pitzer’s College Council made the highly contentious decision to recommended the suspension of the College’s study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Israel March 14, Pitzer President Melvin Oliver chose not to accept the council’s recommendation. While we applaud Oliver ’s decision, we want to address the gravity of the council’s decision and its impact on Pitzer, the 5Cs and Jewish students everywhere. First, as Oliver rightly pointed out, the remarkable move begs the question: Why Israel? Why of all Pitzer study abroad programs did the council choose to focus their effort on delegitimizing Israel and rescinding its study abroad program? For one, it is utterly illogical to penalize Pitzer students and the opportunities to learn and grow due to the actions of a foreign government, as advocates of the motion proposed. Just as it would not make sense for universities outside of the U.S. to revoke exchange programs with Pitzer due to the Trump administration, the same is true for the program in Israel. Although Israel has its political faults — foremost among them the continued occupation of the West Bank — it is confusing, and perhaps nefarious, to target Israel’s program. In evaluating study abroad programs based on ambiguously determined democratic principles, it belies credulity to begin with the one true democracy in the Middle East. Confounding this question are the study abroad programs found at Pitzer apart from the one in Israel. There are other direct enroll programs — such as in Kunming, China — in countries with horrendous human rights records. Yet, there was no concerted effort to remove those
programs. Proponents of the suspension claim their goal is to reassess the merits of each program and remove those that they find to be incompatible with Pitzer’s values. This lie is as ridiculous as it is patronizing. There is no doubt the purpose of the suspension is foremost to attack and disassemble any relationship to Israel, undoubtedly out of fear that students may discover the truth of the liberal pluralism and strong principles of freedom found in Israel and Haifa specifically. Their invention of equal standards is laughably disproven by the title of their campaign: “suspend Haifa,” not “suspend study abroad programs that do not comport with our values.” The suspension’s purpose is also plainly evident by the lack of criticism for Pitzer’s bilateral exchange program with American University in Beirut, Lebanon — Lebanon, a country that bars Israelis from entering, including hypothetical Israeli Pitzer students who wish to apply to the program. No effort was made to reevaluate, let alone assail that program. It seems, once again, enemies of the State of Israel and self-determination for the Jewish people have latched onto the most benign of programs in one of the most peaceful, harmonious, multiethnic and multicultural cities in all of Israel in order to further their goals of delegitimization and, ultimately, destruction of the Jewish state. It is not a stretch. The Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign that drove the furor around the Haifa program at Pitzer is tied directly to Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas, according to multiple investigations such as the exposé “BDS Umbrella Group Tied to Palestinian Terrorist Organizations,” published in Tablet Magazine in June 2018, and Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy. It is a nonviolent
part of the larger aim to wipe Israel off the face of the map and replace it with an Islamic theocracy. Of course, not every person who supported the motion or decried President Oliver’s decision harbors ill intentions toward Israel or Jews. We believe many are well-intentioned and wish to support peaceful initiatives to spur change in a stagnant, exhausting conflict. However, singling out Israel, targeting Jewish students on campus and refusing to listen to concerned members of the community is exactly the wrong way to go about it. We welcome dialogue; we want Pitzer students to become informed about issues facing the Middle East and form opinions about them. One such way is to choose to participate in the study abroad program in Haifa. At the University of Haifa, students will encounter Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs studying side-by-side. They will learn about equal protection under the law afforded to all citizens of Israel, Jewish or not. They will very likely hear harsh criticisms of the Israeli government, as we find criticisms of our own government on our campuses. No other option could be of more value to students concerned with the future of the Middle East than to go there in person and study and engage with locals. With no other place to go, members of Zachary Freiman’s PO ’20 family who survived the Holocaust escaped persecution in the Soviet Union by fleeing to Israel. He is a member of the Claremont Progressive Israel Alliance. Claire Wengrod PZ ’19 is a student senator and is involved in Jewish life on campus and works to fight anti-Semitism and help those affected by it.
SHAY LARI-HOSAIN Guest Columnist Pitzer College President Melvin Oliver ’s unilateral dismissal of Pitzer’s College Council vote to conditionally suspend its study abroad program with the University of Haifa is a slap in the face to shared governance and a shameful stain on Pitzer’s legacy. M o s t i m p o r t a n t l y, i t demonstrates a callous disregard for Palestinian, Middle Eastern and Muslim students. It’s particularly ironic that Oliver anti-democratically undermined such an overwhelming 67–28 vote within three hours — the first time in Pitzer ’s history — after spending months talking about shared governance. But this issue is much bigger than that. The news of Oliver’s veto broke as a white supremacist terrorist gunned down 49 Muslims in a New Zealand mosque. It came one week after posters appeared in my residence hall, labeling student organizers terrorists. I received racist emails from fellow students. The news came a day before a Pitzer faculty member against the suspension circulated a message to the entire school employing Islamophobic tropes about Pitzer’s own students. I am an American-born Pakistani who grew up between post-9/11 America and Karachi. I’m well-acquainted with the indignity and insidiousness of Islamophobia — of choosing between two countries whose relationship can be described as tense at best. I feel anger watching the U.S. conduct indiscriminate bombing campaigns in my country, and I feel the sting
We need to change the way we talk about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict TALIA IVRY Guest Columnist In the wake of the contentious decision on whether to suspend Pitzer College’s study abroad program in Haifa, Israel, tensions among the student body and 5C faculty have been running high. No matter one’s views on the situation in Israel and Palestine, one must agree that conversation surrounding the issue has been particularly fraught and unproductive lately. Perhaps mostly due to the fact that extremist voices often take up a disproportionately large space in debates, it has felt recently as though opinion on Israel and Palestine on campus is divided into two ideological camps completely at odds with one another. One side calls for, among other things, the end of “Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” as well as “promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.” This latter point, called “the right of return,” is the most recent point of contention, as the implications of this demand are as unclear as they are variable. The other side, at least on mostly liberal college campuses like ours, calls for … what exactly? It’s safe to say that most do not agree with Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nationalist policies at the expense of Palestinian autonomy. However, many are uncomfortable with the extreme anti-Zionist rhetoric of groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, and are confused at the extreme polarization of discourse. This is a climate in which it has suddenly become radical to believe in a two-state solution, in which you cannot support the rights of Palestinian refugees and citizens and also believe in the state of Israel. In this climate, Zionism, the belief in Jewish self-determination born, in part, as a response to actual racism, is itself a dirty word with racist connotations. For the record, I, like many young Americans and most Israelis, support an independent Palestinian state and oppose Jewish settlement in the West Bank. I regard Israeli aggression and demolition of Palestinian and Israeli Bedouin houses as untenable, unacceptable and most of all at odds with the values a Jewish state should hold. I am discouraged by the conversation as it stands today, full of rhetoric without nuance, which works to the detriment of a practical or complete understanding of the region’s
history and people. To Americans who value liberty and equality, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can seem like an obvious narrative of European colonialism against indigenous Arab populations. To those who hear buzzwords like “apartheid state” and “racism,” it can seem like there is no nuance to the conflict. When you wade through the propaganda on both sides, however, you see that the story of the conflict has more dimensions than fits on a flyer. Empty rhetoric ignores the history of Arab and Jewish immigration to the area predating British colonial influences. Equating Israel to apartheid-era South Africa is unfair and erases the 20 percent of Israeli citizens who are non-Jewish Arabs and have equal protection under the law. It disregards the forced expulsion of Arab Jews from countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, who then settled in Israel. Most of all, it exchanges hollow slogans for a thoughtful discussion on the merits of action plans, like boycotting the University of Haifa. As college students, it is not our job to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves on issues like this, to talk with one another respectfully
with the knowledge that it is possible to disagree on complicated political matters without being hateful. A more productive discourse might include debating various peace plans (like Ehud Olmert’s, Barack Obama’s or Ariel Sharon’s, to name a few); discussing how to invest in an independent Palestinian state and pressuring Arab governments like that of Lebanon to grant their Palestinian residents basic civil liberties. I encourage you to form your own opinion instead of hopping on a well-meaning bandwagon. Attend talks by speakers sponsored by SJP, J-Street, the Claremont Colleges Hillel and the Claremont Progressive Israel Alliance; do not limit your exposure to a single perspective. We are not so divided on this issue as it seems. If we cannot foster productive discourse on a college campus about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we surely cannot expect our political leaders to do so. Talia Ivry PO ’21 is a psychology and religious studies double major from Madison, Wisconsin. This summer, she will be studying at the Fuchsberg conservative yeshiva in Jerusalem.
of pain whenever I hear about violence in Karachi. When foreign governments interfere in domestic affairs, the consequences become horrifyingly personal in ways I can’t describe for safety reasons. What’s concerning about the University of Haifa program is Israel’s similar brand of colonial policing. Israel bars members of the Palestinian diaspora — and others from majority-Muslim countries or those who speak publicly against Israeli government policy — at ports of entry. In anonymous testimonials read publicly at the College Council meeting, many Pitzer students said they are racially profiled and excluded from this program. What’s particularly obscene is that, while many other American students waltz through customs, some Palestinian-Americans are prohibited from setting foot in their own homeland. Here’s what public discourse about this motion doesn’t acknowledge: when opponents of this motion call for “preserving academic freedom,” they indeed are interested in academic freedom — for white students. National discourse ignores that Palestinians are not uniformly Muslim — Palestinian Christians and Jews also face violent Israeli occupation. The Islamophobia industry benefits from branding Palestinians as Muslims in order to leverage the associated stereotypes. Even at Pitzer, where “intercultural understanding” and “social responsibility” emblazons our admissions pamphlets, it’s not every day that an opportunity materializes to advance tangible change on a global level. #SuspendPitzerHaifa represents a rare chance to send a message to the Israeli state, a clarion call. When Oliver says this cam-
paign represented paltry support for Palestinian rights, he erases Palestinian voices. Let’s stop informing oppressed people what progresses their cause, and start implementing what they tell us. I’m not talking just about Palestinian students at the 7Cs and Pitzer’s identity groups, but the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees, the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace, U.S. House Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and so many others. There are already two Student Senate resolutions in the works, condemning Oliver’s actions. One of them calls for Oliver to resign unless he reverses his decision, noting a disturbing pattern of institutional suppression only when it comes to votes concerning Palestinian rights. The ot her in t er r og at es the president’s disrespect for shared governance and Student Senate. A petition calling on him to backpedal has 900+ signees, including hundreds of 7C students and an impressive list of national academics and writers. His plan to establish a study abroad program with a Palestinian university signifies nothing when Israel firmly denies student visas for this purpose. And as UCLA professor Robin Kelley said at a Pitzer panel event in February, “this motion is mild.” It doesn’t come close to implementing full Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Pitzer had, and still has, a chance to make international history. Shay Lari-Hosain PZ ’22 is a studio art major from San Jose, California, and Karachi, Pakistan. He is a former freelance journalist and design professional and a leader of the Pitzer Coalition to Suspend the Haifa Program.
KenKen In a 4x4 KenKen, the numbers 1-4 will appear in each row and column exactly once. To solve, fill in according to the operation in the upper left-hand corner of each bolded area. For example, the bolded area with 5+ will include two numbers that add to 5.
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PAGE 8 CMS AND P-P SWIM AND DIVE
Sixth Street swimmers make a splash at NCAA meet ALLIE GOULD The Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swim and dive teams have long been the giants of the SCIAC; their success at the conference championships is expected, as are their large cheering sections. But on the national level, the tables are turned. The Division III NCAA Championships have historically been dominated by three teams: Emory, Denison and Kenyon. Nonetheless, Claremont swimmers and divers felt they represented the SCIAC and the 5Cs well in Greensboro, North Carolina, last week at the NCAA meet. Seventeen P-P athletes qualified for the national-level meet — their largest contingent in decades — along with 13 from CMS. Both teams took home several All-American honors. Jocelyn Crawford CM ’20, who received All-American Honorable Mention both in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay in her third trip to the national meet, said low representation makes it a tougher meet mentally. “It’s always kind of hard going into the national competitions because some of the other conferences just have a lot more schools and a lot more money and really big programs, and [the] SCIAC and west coast schools are just not as big, or competitive or [have as] old of
conferences,” Crawford said. Paddy Baylis PO ’22, making his first NCAA appearance, said this made the NCAA meet a “very different environment to really any meet we’ve had before.” Unlike at SCIACs, where CMS and P-P dominate, he said other teams had several more qualifiers and larger cheering sections. “Compared to teams like Denison and Kenyon, we were really tiny,” Baylis said. Despite facing the new environment as a first-year, Baylis placed fourth overall in the 1,650-yard event and 12th in the 500-yard. “I was really stoked with the [1,650]. I think that was exactly the sort of race I was aiming for,” Baylis said. Other P-P swimmers had strong results as well. Lukas Menkhoff PO ’21 was runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke, Angela Ling PO ’19 and Sarah Jin PO ’19 finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 100-yard backstroke and Alex Werner PZ ’22 finished eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke. Three women’s and one men’s relay team received First Team All-American honors as well. In the team rankings, the P-P men finished 11th and the women finished seventh. On the women’s side, Ling said the top-10 result “says volumes about [their] team” and also demonstrates the Sagehens’ vast improvement on the nation-
al level over the past few years. “As a senior, it’s been so rewarding to watch this team grow in strength,” Ling said. “It’s just so amazing to look at how we transitioned from just being there and having fun to wanting to score points and trying to be in the top-10 teams and achieving that.” The CMS women placed 22nd as a team. While only two Stags qualified for the meet, both earned All-American honors. Marco Conati HM ’21 placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly, while Kendall Hollimon CM ’20 placed third in the three-meter diving event, just a few points from first. Hollimon had placed fourth in the event the past two years. While happy with his improvement, he said that a poor first dive in the finals made him a little disappointed with his own performance. “I did a lot worse on that dive than I could have,” he said. “It’s kind of a bummer because I didn’t think at all that I would be able to get first, but to see now that I could’ve makes third seem disappointing, even though I know third is a wonderful spot.” The Athenas had some strong individual and relay results: Augusta Lewis CM ’22 finished 10th in the 400-yard individual medley and 12th in the 200-yard individual medley; Mia Syme CM ’21 was 13th in the 1,650. The 800-yard freestyle relay set a new SCIAC record and came
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Angela Ling PO ‘19, Mackenzie Cummings PO ’19, Allison Liu PO ’21 and Hannah Zurmuhl PZ ’20 took fourth in the 200-yard medley relay at the NCAA DIII Swim and Dive National Championship over spring break.
in 14th. However, Crawford said there is room for improvement as a team. Simply qualifying for and attending the meet provided the swimmers with a sort of “reality check,” which is valuable regardless of the result, Crawford added. “In [the] SCIAC, you’re racing the same people over and over,” Crawford said. “[Going to nationals] sets you up to make goals for the next year that are realistic, but also ambitious
Despite obstacles, 5C rugby team chasing another national title
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CMS football players walk off the field during a game against Chapman on Senior Day in 2018.
FOOTBALL: Decision to implement safety rule ‘not taken lightly,’ coach says Other players included linebacker Connor Lehner CM ’20 and defensive back Michael Porter CM ’21, who were fifth and 21st in tackling in 2018, respectively. Three of the eight players — Sill, Heffernan and Lehner — played both rugby and football in 2017-18. The other five quit football so they could play rugby for the first time this spring, Sill said. The new policy came from CMS head football coach Kyle Sweeney, who summarized the rule: “A student-athlete who plays what the NCAA deems a ‘contact and collision’ sport in the spring may not play football — another ‘contact and collision sport’ — the following fall.” Sweeney said via email that he created the rule for “safety and recovery reasons,” and believes it will “better protect [his] student-athletes from exposure to injury.” Although the rule does not specifically prohibit playing rugby, it is the only additional “contact and collision” sport that current Stag football players play, Sill said. If one of Sweeney’s players wanted to join a non-contact sport in the winter or spring, it would not violate the policy. Sill said he was upset that he had to choose between his two team allegiances. He said he “love[s] the sport of football and love[s] the guys on the CMS team to death,” but thought the best choice was to continue with rugby, forfeiting his ability to play for the Stags.
ference as well as representing your team.” Ling agreed that the inter-SCIAC bonding was one of the best parts of the competition. “Nationals is super fun because all of the SCIAC teams grow a lot closer just because we’re pretty underrepresented,” Ling said. “It’s really cool to get behind blocks of CMS swimmers, [Cal Lutheran] swimmers and just really be there for each other representing Southern California.”
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enough that you can really push yourself.” However, Crawford said the small size of the SCIAC proved valuable in a different way on the national stage. In the end, swimmers from the rival teams enjoyed the opportunity to cheer each other on and represent Southern California at a meet where they were the underdogs. “There’s a lot of support,” Crawford said. “Everyone’s just kind of happy to be there. It’s a lot more representing the con-
“I came into the football program understanding that players were allowed to play rugby and other sports in the spring,” Sill said. “So when that opportunity ended this year, I decided to play for the team that still allowed me to get what I believe to be the most out of Division III sports.” Sweeney, who led the CMS football program to its first NCAA DIII tournament bid and first SCIAC title in 31 years last fall, said he created the policy after extensive research; this was “not a decision that was taken lightly.” The new rule is in line with Division I and Division II football guidelines regarding spring practice regulations and live contact restrictions, he said. Sweeney also said a DIII rule that prohibits teams from conducting live contact practices in the offseason informed his decision. “I have spent hundreds of hours over the past two and half years contacting every institution [that] has DIII football and club rugby, consulting with administrators and medical personnel, researching the NCAA stance on spring physical contact for DIII football players and the associated risks to our student-athletes,” Sweeney said. Sweeney said he believes the policy will help prevent injury and align CMS football with the rest of the country in terms of protecting student-athletes. The new policy surprised and dismayed some CMS football players when Sweeney broke the news during the
team’s three-week summer training camp, Sill said. He said he understands his former coach’s thought process, but doesn’t agree that the decision was necessary. “[Sweeney] made it clear that it was not something he wanted to do,” he said. “He has always wanted his players to get the most out of their college experience. However, it was something he felt he had to do for the benefit of the program’s future in terms of player safety and team success.” The eight players’ departure came as a disappointment to the rest of the Stags, Sill said, due to the loss of talent on the football team. Sweeney declined to comment on how the team’s losses might affect its success in the 2019 fall season. “Some players were understanding of the new rule and the coaches’ perspective and some were upset at its enforcement,” Sill said. “However, no one took sides or anything like that; we were all disappointed overall for what it meant for the following season.” He said the rule ultimately won’t affect the team’s brotherhood. “The CMS football team has always had a strong bond as players,” Sill said. “I don’t think that any disappointment from players would affect their dynamic as a team because of the culture that is in place with current player relations.” Uma Nagarajan-Swenson contributing to this report.
After the Claremont Colleges men’s rugby team’s win over the University of San Diego at a league championship game Sunday, Conner Pederson CM ’20 could only shake his head. “Yesterday might’ve been our worst game all season,” Pederson said. “Given how much progress we’ve made [and] what we’re capable of, we definitely took a big hit against USD.” The hard-fought 34-24 win clinched the Lions’ third consecutive Gold Coast Conference Intercollegiate Rugby title. The team faced no shortage of challenges and only led by three points late, until a 70-yard run by Matthew Sill CM ’21 in the closing moments put the game out of reach. After losing the bulk of its players to graduation following the 2016-17 season, when the Lions won the National Small Colleges Rugby Organization Champions Cup, the team has struggled to replicate its success, which showed Sunday against USD. The team’s biggest challenges? Depth and injuries. Frankie Rayis CM ’20 said the team is much less deep than it was two years ago, and although the top players are still solid, there’s not as much depth behind them. Head coach Jeremy Ognall said injuries have also hurt the squad. Pederson is among the injured players this season — the junior suffered his second torn ACL in three years. “[Pederson] was just a game-changer for us,” Ognall said. “He’s a phenomenally talented athlete … there couldn’t be anyone more charismatic or driven to carry us forward.” Pederson remains a leader on the team. He’s been a captain for the last two seasons, and Ognall says he’s almost a “fourth coach.” Pederson said he learned how to become a good leader from the senior captains during his first year on the team. “The seniors weren’t the biggest, they weren’t the fastest and they hadn’t been playing rugby the longest, but they were the most dedicated to getting better in and out of every practice and
demanding that attitude from the players around them,” Pederson said. He said those captains’ main accomplishment was instituting a culture of good character. In the win over USD Sunday, despite choppy gameplay, Ognall said the team’s character was clear. “Something I said to them at the end was it wasn’t a pretty win, but it was definitely a character win,” Ognall said. “And the things that made it not a pretty win are fixable, but you can’t coach character –– you either have it or you don’t. I think their character really shone through.” Another obstacle that faced the team occurred before the season started. Players who also played CMS football in the fall were forced to choose between football and rugby due to a new safety-based policy implemented by Stag football coach Kyle Sweeney. While no rugby players chose to stop playing based on the rule, Pederson said it prevented some football play-
ers, who had wanted to try out rugby, from playing. “Overcoming that has added a layer of us being calloused as a team,” Pederson said. “What we’ve been able to overcome this season, not that it’s ideal, but we’re onto the other side and onto greener pastures.” The challenges faced by the rugby team this season have brought the Lions together — Pederson and Rayis said the team is one of the most tightknit and committed they have ever played on. And the team isn’t satisfied with the league title — it wants to make a run at another national championship. “I like where we are, but I’m recognizing that we’re far from living up to our full potential this season,” Ognall said. Players had similar sentiments. “I think a lot of other teams are looking at us as maybe weaker than in years past,” Pederson said, “but we’ve been building this team the whole season. We’re on the come-up.”
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Jae Kinney CM ’21 and Connor Lehner CM ’20 lift up Zach Heffernan CM ’21 to catch the ball during a practice March 27.
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Pomona - Pitzer NOAH SHAPIRO P-P baseball wins 4 against non-conference opponents, loses 3 to Cal Lu After beating Principia College (4-7) 14-0, Puget Sound (6-18) 9-8 and Bowdoin (010-1) 10-8 over spring break, the Pomona-Pitzer baseball team (14-6, 4-5 SCIAC) lost three straight games to Cal Lutheran (16-5, 7-2 SCIAC) last week before bouncing back with a comeback victory over visiting MIT (5-5-1). Sagehen softball goes 5-5 in busy two weeks, Deatherage hits grand slam against La Verne Sagehen softball (16-7-1, 8-4 SCIAC) went 5-5 over the last two weeks. After beating Alfred University (5-9) 2-0 and 6-0 March 15, P-P beat Chapman (6-16, 5-5 SCIAC) 6-5 and then lost 6-2 March 16, then beat Denison (6-4) 9-5 before losing 9-3 March 18. P-P then beat La Verne (1014, 6-6 SCIAC) 6-0 in the first game of a home doubleheader March 23, before losing the second game 8-1. The next day, P-P hosted Williams (124) and lost both games, 6-5 and 9-4. P-P men’s golf finishes fourth at Hal Sutton Invitational, 15th at West Cup The Sagehens traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana, March 17-18, where they finished fourth out of 11 teams at the Hal Sutton Invitational, with a cumulative score of 646. The team then finished 15th out of 16 teams at the West Cup in La Verne March 24-26, with a cumulative team score of 954. Sagehen women’s golf finishes sixth at Westbrook
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Invite, fourth at Bulldog Classic The Sagehen women’s golf team scored a 646 to finish sixth out of 10 teams at the George Fox Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Arizona, March 16-17. Annabelle Huether PO ’22 shot a 154, finishing in a tie for 16th place. The team then finished fourth out of 12 teams at the Bulldog Classic in Rancho Mirage, California, last weekend. The team’s score of 613 was just two strokes behind Redlands and Methodist University, which tied for second with 611.
Women’s Lacrosse Maggie Sweeney PO ‘22 Bainbridge Island, Washington
P-P women’s tennis wins 3 straight before splitting matches against 2 top-10 teams The No. 4 P-P women’s tennis team (8-3, 2-0 SCIAC) had a successful spring break, beating Sewanee (7-8) 7-2 and Babson (4-3) 8-1 March 17, and shutting out Williams (3-5) 9-0 March 20. The Sagehens then hosted two of the top teams in the country last week, beating No. 7 Tufts (3-2) 7-2 on Saturday, before losing 5-4 to No. 5 Middlebury (5-0). Sagehen men’s tennis goes 4-4, all 4 losses against teams ranked in top 6 The No. 13 P-P men’s tennis team (8-9, 3-0 SCIAC) went 4-4 over the past two weeks. After beating Swarthmore (5-9) 6-3, P-P fell to No. 5 Bowdoin (7-1) 7-2 March 15. The Sagehens then beat Sewanee (11-5) 9-0 March 16, Whitman (5-10) 8-1 March 18 and Tufts (4-3) 7-2 March 19. After the three straight wins, P-P had a tough week against nationally ranked competition, losing all three home matches. After losing
Sweeney led the Sagehen lacrosse team to two wins last week against George Fox and Wisconsin. She was named SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Week for her efforts, which included holding both teams under 10 goals and picking up three ground balls. Sweeney also scored a goal in both contests last week, and scored four goals in the most recent game against Roger Williams. AMY BEST • THE STUDENT LIFE
Maria Lyven PO ’22 returns a serve in the Sagehens’ close 5-4 loss to Middlebury March 27.
to No. 6 Williams (3-4) 5-4 March 22, the Sagehens lost 5-4 to No. 1 Chicago (11-0) Tuesday and fell 8-1 to No. 2 Middlebury (8-2) Thursday. P-P women’s lacrosse wins 4-of-5 to improve to 9-2 on the year The Sagehen women’s lacrosse team (9-2, 4-1 SCIAC) opened spring break with three straight wins, beating Roger Williams University (5-
3) 15-11 March 15, George Fox University (6-2) 14-8 March 18 and Concordia Wisconsin (3-5) 21-4 March 19. The Sagehens then split a pair of home games last week, losing 15-11 to Williams (5-3) Tuesday, before beating Oberlin (3-4) 14-7 Thursday. The Sagehens only trailed 8-6 at halftime against Williams, but the Ephs scored five straight goals to open the second half and put the game away.
Friday, March 29 Softball Cal Lutheran
Women’s Water Polo Occidental Softball Whittier
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Women’s Lacrosse Colorado College
Track and Field At La Verne Women’s Golf UC Santa Cruz Invitational Baseball At Redlands
Monday, April 1 Womens Tennis Gustavus Adolphus Wednesday, April 3 Women’s Water Polo At Redlands
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Athlete of the Week Men’s Track and Field Alex McDonald CM ‘21 San Francisco, California McDonald produced two shining races for the Stags track and field team at the San Diego Aztec Invitational, where he led the 4x400-meter relay team to a win and came in second in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 56.88 was strong in a field of mostly Division I athletes. McDonald was named SCIAC Athlete of the Week last week for his performances, and became the third male track and field athlete to receive the honor this season. Friday, March 29 Men’s Tennis Chicago UC Santa Cruz Women’s Tennis Chicago Softball At Redlands Baseball Whittier Saturday, March 30 Track and Field SCIAC Multi-Dual No.2
Women’s Water Polo At Chapman Baseball At Whittier Women’s Lacrosse Oberlin Men’s Tennis Middlebury Softball At Chapman Women’s Middlebury Wednesday, April 3 Women’s Water Polo Cal Lutheran
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Athena water polo picks up 3 SCIAC wins The CMS women’s water polo team (5-11, 3-3 SCIAC) played six games in the past two weeks, going 3-3 overall. The Athenas won three SCIAC games against Caltech, Redlands and Occidental, but dropped two to Whittier and La Verne. They also lost to Division I Brown. Amelia Ayala CM ’21 led all scorers in the three SCIAC victories with six goals. CMS baseball plays 8 games in a 8 days, goes 5-2-1 Stag baseball (11-7-1, 4-5 SCIAC) had an eventful spring break, picking up five wins, dropping two games and tying one. CMS pitchers held opponents to a single run twice over the stretch. Starter Justin Hull CM ’20 threw seven innings of two-run ball in a win against Occidental and Josh Cordova HM ’22 threw six innings of one-run ball in a second win over the Tigers. Men’s tennis ends New England trip with first loss of season CMS men’s tennis (14-1, 0-0 SCIAC) saw its 14 game season-starting win streak snapped with a loss in the final matchup of its New England road trip to Amherst. However, that was the only loss of the team’s eight competitions in the past two weeks, which included two shutout wins. The biggest win came against No. 3 Bowdoin at the Stag-Hen Invitational. Jake Katzman CM ’21 and doubles partner Robert Liu CM ’21 picked up wins both in doubles and individually in that effort.
CMS women’s tennis completes perfect road trip The Athena tennis team (14-1, 2-0 SCIAC) went 4-0 on its East Coast road trip over spring break. Three of those matchups were shutout CMS wins. In what should have been the tightest matchup of the week, the No. 2 Athenas took down No. 5 Tufts 9-0, a rematch of last year ’s NCAA semifinal. Caroline Cox CM ’21, Catherine Allen SC ’20, Nicole Tan CM ’20 and Sarah Bahsoun CM ’22 all picked up singles and doubles wins.
scorers with five goals on eight shots. Alex Futterman CM ’22 scored four times, while Sally Abel CM ’21 added three goals of her own. Emma Goldfield CM ’22 tallied 15 saves but took the loss in net. Athena golf comes from behind to win Bulldog Classic CMS women’s golf shot 295, while no other team was below 309 last Sunday, jumping from fourth to first at the University of Redlands’ Bulldog Classic. Emma Kang CM ’20 led the Athenas with a third-place finish overall, shooting 149. Kelly Ransom CM ’19 was just
behind her in a tie for fourth at 150. Tiffany Hu CM ’22 finished one shot out of the top 10, in a tie for 11th with a 153. Stags golf takes top spot at West Cup The CMS men’s golf team pulled away from a tight field to win the West Cup by nine strokes Tuesday. Ken Kong CM ’21 led the Stags with an individual firstplace finish, followed by Austin Long CM ’20 in second place. Kong was in 25th place after the first round, but shot -4 over the final six holes.
CMS track and field posts top-10 performances at Aztec Invitational Sabrine Griffith HM ’20 finished sixth out of 40 competitors in a DI-heavy long jump field last weekend at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, leading the way for the Athenas. Amanda Mell CM ’20 picked up a third-place finish in a field of 12 in the triple jump, while Jacque Desmond SC ’19 was seventh in the 29-athlete pole vault competition. On the men’s side, the Stags’ 4x400-meter relay team of Alex McDonald CM ’21, Daniel Addison CM ’21, Keizo Morgan HM ’22 and Jamie Cockburn CM ’22 came in first place, six seconds ahead of the next-fastest competitor. McDonald also took second in the 400-meter hurdles, and CMS javelin throwers went two-three-four in their event. CMS lacrosse drop heartbreaker to Williams The Athena lacrosse team (8-2, 5-0 SCIAC) lost a close game to Williams Wednesday night. CMS was up 13-10 with 3:33 left to play before Williams scored four unanswered goals to take the win 14-13. Corie Hack CM ’19 led all
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Ken Kong CM ’21 won the individual title at the West Cup golf tournament March 26. The Stags also placed first in the team championship.
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