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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019
VOL. CXXI NO. 19
2 years after housing shortage, Scripps admits another large class. Is it ready this time? JULIA FRANKEL & HAIDEE CLAUER Helen Norcini SC ’21 wanted to catch breakfast before her morning class, so she took the early shuttle from her housing at the Claremont Graduate University apartments to Scripps College’s campus. This proved to be a lucky move — 30 minutes into her class, seven fellow CGU residents burst in. They had
missed half an hour of class waiting for the shuttle. Standing in the August heat waiting for the inconsistent shuttle to take her to campus, fighting with administrators over unfulfilled promises, receiving little assistance from Campus Safety when lost on the way to CGU after latenight orientation programming — all these experiences characterized Norcini’s first year at Scripps.
Norcini, like 37 other Scripps first-years, was placed in the CGU apartments in 2017 due to a housing shortage caused by over-enrollment. That year, Scripps admitted 949 students, yielding the largest class in Scripps’ history — 329. “We know that our applicants often have many great offers to consider, so we aim to admit enough students to meet the enrollment target,”
Laura Stratton, Scripps’ director of admission, explained in an email to TSL at the time. “What we didn’t anticipate was that more students would accept our offer of admission than we expected.” Last year, Scripps accepted fewer students and utilized its waitlist more to avoid over-enrollment and prevent having to house first-year students off-campus again. However, after a year spent
CMS baseball players violated hazing policy Team will play remainder of season on probation
trying to accommodate the large class of 2021 on campus, Scripps has admitted another large class of 902 students — nearly 150 more than were admitted last year. Scripps’ target class size for 2023 is 280 students, according to Victoria Romero, vice president for enrollment. However, Scripps’ average yield rate over the last
TORREY HART & MARC ROD The Claremont-MuddScripps baseball team’s activities violated the athletic department’s hazing policy and two schools’ codes of conduct the night of March 30, the department told students in an email April 5 after a week-long investigation. The team, which interim CMS Athletic Director Sutton said “cooperated fully with the review process,” resumed activities Monday, although it will remain on probation until the end of the academic year. Sutton said the team will be working with the colleges to reinforce the CMS code of conduct. “Significantly, the CMS baseball team has collectively demonstrated an understanding and acknowledgement of the significance of their actions and has reaffirmed its commitment to exemplifying the guiding values and core beliefs that provide the foundation for the CMS … code of conduct,” Sutton said. Claremont McKenna College and Harvey Mudd College will address individual students’ conduct violations in accordance with their respective conduct procedures, the email said. The athletic depart.
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Meet the 5Cs’ new student government presidents BECKY HOVING The 5Cs completed their student government election cycles this week, bringing a diverse group of candidates with varied experiences and goals to each presidency. Miguel Delgado — ASPC Miguel Delgado PO ’20 has always known he wanted to be ASPC president. “I’m a student government nerd,” Delgado, who
has served as senate secretary, elections commissioner and chief of staff, said with a laugh. “I’ve been doing this since 7th grade, and I’m finally in the driver’s seat.” Delgado said one of his main goals is to make ASPC a facilitator between the administration and students. In addition, Delgado intends to work with the other 5C student governments on the issue of mental health. “We need to leverage our
TALIA BERNSTEIN • THE STUDENT LIFE
From left: Clint Isom PZ ’20, Miguel Delgado PO ’20, Dina Rosin CM ’20 and Kyle Grace HM ’21 are the newly elected presidents of their respective student governments. Not pictured is Niyati Nrang SC ’20, as she is off campus this semester on CMC’s D.C. program.
collective power on this issue,” he said. “If we all are demanding change, there’s no reason that change shouldn’t be met.” After a year of high absenteeism on ASPC — half its senators have been absent from most meetings — and administrative tension at Pomona College, Delgado also hopes to build a stronger community within ASPC. “We have to hold ourselves to another higher standard than other organizations,” he said. “We’re lucky enough to be compensated for our advocacy and our labor, and we can’t take that for granted.” Dina Rosin — ASCMC Winning the position of ASCMC president after serving as a senator and a dorm president, Dina Rosin CM ’20 aims to increase accessibility and advocate for student voices to be heard. “ASCMC wasn’t doing enough to advocate for student interests,” she said. “I
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COURTESY OF GLEN MATHENY
CMC concert proceeds go to suicide prevention group MEGHAN BOBROWSKY & SCHUYLER MITCHELL Nearly 1,000 students flocked to Claremont McKenna College’s Green Beach last Saturday for the school’s annual McKenna Palooza, which returned this year with thumping bass, flashing lights and an important new cause. After canceling Wedding Party earlier this semester following two
Pomona executive chef Travis Ellis competed against other collegiate chefs in a culinary battle in Spokane, Washington.
that 100% of the donations would go to the JED Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health advocacy for students. ASCMC also donated some of the funds that were going to go toward Wedding Party to the JED Foundation, according to an email sent to CMC students in February.
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Pomona isn’t planning on flying non-U.S. flags at commencement. International students react.
The defending national champion CMS women’s tennis team is currently ranked second in the nation with a record of 18-1.
student deaths on campus, ASCMC redirected the funds that would have gone to the $29,800 party to McKenna Palooza. With the additional money, they said via email that they were able to make this year’s event free and open to the 5C community. Instead of charging an entry fee, ASCMC encouraged students to donate to them via Venmo, and said in the Facebook event
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Scripps to eliminate RAs, replace with community building position
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Scripps College will be replacing its resident advisor position with resident coordinators, who will have fewer duties and reduced pay.
LILLY CARDEN After implementing several changes to its residential life programs at the start of the school year, Scripps College next semester will replace its resident advisor position with resident coordinators and reduce the position’s pay, according to Dean of Students Charlotte Johnson. Johnson said via email that the switch from RAs to RCs reflects a shift in the focus of the position toward building community within residential facilities. The change in responsibilities for the new RC position will be accompanied by a decrease in pay, due to many of the responsibilities associated with the RA position being shifted to professional residential life staff. The job description sent to the Scripps community for next year’s RCs describes an average of 10 to 15 hours of work per week with a compensation package totaling $11,850 for the year. A modified Scripps RA program was introduced in fall 2018, prompted by a strike of Scripps RAs in spring 2017. The demands of the strike included reducing the number of hours RAs worked and the modification of practices that allegedly disproportionately affected low-income students, such as limiting the number of times students locked out of their rooms can be let in for free. With the updated RA program, the number of RAs was reduced from 20 to six, and 27 community coordinator positions were introduced, according to previous TSL reporting. CCs are tasked with ensuring students feel a sense of belonging in residence halls through organizing events and getting to know residents. In the future, CCs will be mentored by RCs, whose
primary responsibility is to plan events designed to create community among residents, according to Johnson. RCs, while primarily involved in community development, will also participate in conflict mediation and resolution among residents, according to the job description sent to the Scripps community. Additionally, there will be nine RCs, as opposed to the six RAs Scripps currently has, Scripps spokesperson Rachael Warecki said via email. CCs are also expected to assist in event planning as well as facilitating community connections, but are not tasked with conflict mediation and do not go “on-call,” as RCs do. They’ll be given a compensation package totaling $6,000 for the year for 20 hours of work per month, according to the job description sent to the Scripps community. The removal of the RA role won’t be a big deal for some students. “I feel like there wasn’t any connection; a lot of us in our hall don’t even know who our RAs are,” Petie Schill SC ’22 said. Jackie McVay SC ’21 agreed, and said she doesn’t know for sure who’s an RA and who’s a CC in her residential hall. However, she said she’s glad Scripps doesn’t have the traditional RA structure, in which RAs are expected to support students while also disciplining them. In their new leadership role, McVay thinks RCs should try to foster community by doing things like “knocking on everyone’s door in the hallway and introducing people. “I’d like to get to know my neighbors but not through a cheesy event that I probably won’t go to,” she said.
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Monsour hires more therapists ‘We’re competitive in the market now; we were not before.’
MARIA HEETER Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services is hiring another therapist, bringing the total number of therapists at the oft-criticized and backed-up mental health services organization from three to four, according to a consortium vice president. This new hire, as well as another recent addition, will “help meet increased demands for services at [Monsour],” Janet Dickerson, vice president for student affairs of The Claremont Colleges Services, said via email. The recently-hired therapists each specialize in working with specific identity groups. Monsour is still working to fill two more vacant positions. As it adds staff, it “will continue to use temporary counseling staff to help our students,” Dickerson said. Monsour has long been criticized for its long wait times, which recently reached four weeks but decreased to two and a half weeks as of March 12, after Monsour hired temporary staff. At an April 3 faculty meeting, Pomona College
President G. Gabrielle Starr addressed criticism that Monsour’s struggles to retain staff members due to low pay compared to that at other nearby schools like the University of Southern California. Starr said the 5Cs have taken action. “We did a $20,000 correction, and I think we are now at market for the area,” Starr said at the meeting. “We were able to hire the top people that we wanted this time. ... We’re competitive in the market now; we were not before.” Monsour began the process of hiring to fill the open positions several months ago, Dickerson said. Therapist Patricia Gonzalez has started on a part-time basis and will expand to fulltime in fall 2019. She specializes in support and outreach for LGBTQIA+ students, according to Dickerson. The other new therapist who has already been hired, Edden Agonafer, will begin in the fall and will specialize in support and outreach for students of African descent, Dickerson said. Monsour is still looking to hire a crisis therapist/care manager counselor in addition to a counselor specializing in outreach and support
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Students rallied March 11 at Pomona College’s Smith Campus Center for improved mental health resources. At a faculty meeting the week before, Pomona Dean of Students Avis Hinkson announced plans to restore funding for off-campus therapy co-pays.
for Asian and Asian American students. Monsour is also looking at ways to allow students to access mental health care off campus very quickly, according to Starr. Monsour is currently working to provide a list of practitioners who are taking new patients. In January, Pomona increased funding for Monsour, Starr said at the faculty meeting.
Carrie Young SC ’21 said that adding more positions at Monsour is a step in the right direction, but thinks the 5Cs also need to address the underlying causes of poor mental health. “Adding more positions, and even more than just two or three, is really important,” Young said. “Making sure that we change the culture of the schools is even more important.”
Pitzer Senate demands president reverse Haifa veto, rejects call for his resignation PATRICK LIU Pitzer College’s Student Senate approved a resolution Sunday calling on Pitzer President Melvin Oliver to reverse his veto of the College Council’s March vote to suspend the school’s study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Israel. However, students senators stopped short of passing a no confidence vote that would have called on Oliver to resign. Oliver shocked the 5C community when he released his decision just three hours after the College Council, a governance body of faculty, students and staff, voted 67-28 on March 14 to suspend the contro-
versial program, concluding months of heated debate. A proposed vote of no confidence in Oliver, which called for his resignation or removal if he did not retract his “anti-democratic decision” by Thursday, was voted down 20-12. Immediately after, senators unanimously passed a separate resolution condemning Oliver’s veto and demanding its reversal. “We find that the decisive margins of approval at this College Council rule out the possibility that President Oliver genuinely engaged with many portions of the community on this issue,” the resolution said. Senate president Shivani Kavuluru PZ ’19, an author
of the resolution that passed, said Oliver’s letter announcing his veto and a conversation she had with Harold Brown, the chair of Pitzer’s board of trustees, made her think Oliver had made his decision and written the letter well in advance of the College Council meeting. “Why would faculty and staff take time out of their lives in a meeting if the president isn’t even going to acknowledge the fact that discussion and really important changing of opinions happened at that meeting?” Kavuluru asked at a March 31 emergency senate meeting to introduce the two resolutions. The no confidence motion had been supported in part by members of Students
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Students cheer the Pitzer College Council’s decision to suspend the college’s study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Israel March 14.
for Justice in Palestine. A no confidence vote would have served as a symbolic measure with the intent of “placing concrete pressure on the president to backpedal,” SJP member Shay Lari-Hosain PZ ’22 said at the March 31 senate meeting. Some senators expressed sympathy for the resolution’s intentions but had doubts about the appropriateness of a no confidence vote. Senator Brendan Schultz PZ ’19 disputed the resolution’s claim that Oliver’s veto would hinder the college’s fundraising capacity. “There is no evidence to show that [the Haifa motion] would cause a large decrease in donations,” Schultz said. “This resolution I don’t see as a productive step forward in having the conversations we need to have with the leadership of the institution. It doesn’t establish dialogue.” Senator Kamyab Mashian PZ ’19 said he appreciated the resolution’s condemnation of Oliver’s “disrespectful” and “inadequate response” to Islamophobia on campus. He expressed concerns, however, about the college’s capacity to find another president willing to lead it, should a no confidence vote ultimately result in the president’s dismissal, given that this would be Pitzer’s second vote of no confidence in a president in three years. Pitzer faculty passed a vote of no confidence once before, against former President Laura Trombley, eight days before she left office in 2015.
PRESIDENTS: New leaders focused on mental health, advocacy Continued from Page 1 want ASCMC to be a platform for elevating student voices.” Since being elected, Rosin has already appointed a presidential advisor for mental health and has begun passing resolutions. According to ASCMC’s constitution, the senate retains the authority to vote on and pass resolutions that reflect the opinion of the student body on campus issues. However, ASCMC has not passed any such resolutions for the duration of Rosin’s academic career at CMC, she said. “ASCMC hasn’t fully utilized its role,” she said. “I intend to reframe the conversation about what ASCMC can do and make it feel like a place where people feel empowered.” Kyle Grace — ASHMC
Kyle Grace HM ’21 has big plans for ASHMC. After serving as sophomore class president, Grace saw an opportunity to make ASHMC a more efficient organization. “I saw some ways to build off of what people have done before me and to make strides,” he said. “I hope to increase transparency and availability of information.” In his term so far, Grace started a weekly newsletter, updated the current website and made plans to possibly rebuild an ASHMC website separate from Harvey Mudd College’s website. He also hopes to institute a new system for evaluating mental health services, which other 5C student leaders also said is a priority for them. Looking ahead, Grace hopes to streamline processes so that members of ASHMC can accomplish their goals.
“Whether its diversity director or dorm president, I want it to be as easy as possible for people to work on the issues they care about,” he said. Disclaimer: Grace is a TSL staffer. Niyati Nrang — Scripps Associated Students Niyati Nrang SC ’20 will make ending Scripps College’s contract with Sodexo, Scripps’ food service provider, the primary goal of her presidency. “I have been working with some incredible student organizers on the Drop Sodexo campaign,” Nrang said. She has also served as Scripps Associated Students junior class president and a student representative for the board of trustees. “When I was looking at my senior year, and I was think-
ing about how I could be most effective with the campaign, I figured that having a foot in the door with the administration would be extremely beneficial,” she said. Nrang promised that every conversation she has with administration will begin with dropping Sodexo. In addition, she hopes to increase mental health resources and develop a mentorship program for academic departments at Scripps, an initiative started by outgoing SAS President Irene Yi SC ’19. “Some of the other schools have mentor hours, in which older students are able to help out younger students in classes they have taken before,” she said. “I really benefited from having these mentors, and I think instituting this program would be really great.” Though Nrang is currently studying in Washington,
D.C., through CMC’s D.C. program, she looks forward to reconnecting with the Scripps community and working with the administration when she gets back to campus. “The biggest challenge is going to be proving to the administration that just because students are graduating does not mean efforts [to drop Sodexo] are going to be diminished in any capacity,” she said. Clint Isom — Pitzer Student Senate After serving as vice president of external affairs, a member of the alumni board and a senator, Clint Isom PZ ’20 is confident that he can use his experience to bring Pitzer Student Senate to the next level. “I really know how the system works,” he said. Isom plans to advocate for
the establishment of a mental health coordinator for Pitzer College, a position the school currently lacks. He also hopes to work toward establishing a unified government board across the 5Cs. “If we could pass campus-wide resolutions together on issues that affect all of us,” he said, “that would be really effective.” In the wake of the College Council’s vote to suspend the Haifa study abroad program and Pitzer President Melvin Oliver’s subsequent veto of that decision, Isom is prioritizing unifying a divided student body. “The biggest challenge is going to be working towards to unifying the student body,” he said. “My biggest job is going to be trying to help administration and the student government unify the students.”
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HOUSING: Students feel squeezed Continued from Page 1 four years — 33.75% — suggests that approximately 304 students will accept Scripps’ offer of admissions, which is 24 more than expected. If the enrolled class of 2023 yields around 304 students, it will likely be significantly larger than Scripps’ exiting class, the class of 2019, which enrolled 277 students in 2015, according to the Common Data Set. Romero didn’t respond to TSL’s inquiry about how many students from that class are still enrolled at Scripps. Regardless, enrolling 304 students would increase the total number of students on Scripps’ campus. Despite this, Romero said via email that Scripps does not expect a housing shortage next year. Scripps also will not be expanding housing options for next year, she said. “We have enough beds on campus due to the conversion of Revelle House,” Romero said, adding that Toll, Browning and Dorsey Halls have recently been renovated. The Revelle House added 12 beds. Romero did not respond to several of TSL’s other que-
ries, including when such renovations occurred, how many beds were added to the residence halls, how many students are currently in each class and how many beds are on campus. Scripps spokesperson Rachael Warecki could not provide that information either. Some Scripps students, like Norcini, are worried that 2017’s housing shortage will repeat next year. “I don’t know where else the extra students can go. The opening of Revelle house was in response to last year. Where can the new students go? Where else can they build?” Norcini said. Other students lamented the constant housing squeeze. In recent years, existing housing at Scripps has grown increasingly cramped. Former doubles in Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Hall were converted into triples for the 2018-19 academic year, according to Samantha McFadden SC ’21, who lived in a GJW double for the 2017-18 academic year, before it was converted into a forced triple. “When I found out that Scripps was turning most of the first floor GJW doubles into triples, I was shocked,”
McFadden said via message. “It wasn’t until then that I really became aware of the housing crisis here on campus. “I can’t help but feel a bit uncomfortable with how Scripps is packing its students into campus housing. I am actually living in a semi-forced double this year, so I have come face-to-face with the aforementioned cramming. I believe Scripps is really beginning to cross the line with housing.” Justine Iwata SC ’21 also commented on Scripps’ recurring housing problems. “It’s interesting that we’re continuously having this problem,” said Iwata, who lived at CGU during her first year. “I think people have just accepted the fact that we just have to go through this every year.” Breanna Kim SC ’21, another student who lived at CGU her first year, agreed. “Scripps has been saying for years that they’re going to reassess however it is that they enroll students,” she said. CGU is not concerned about the potential of housing Scripps students next year, according to CGU housing manager Alexis Ireland. Since
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2008, CGU has taken students from the 5Cs when the colleges over-enroll, Ireland said. Alexa Sanchez SC ’21, who also lived in the CGU apartments her freshman year, is nervous about the increase in the number of admitted students for incoming first years,
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and hopes they will not have to live at CGU. “Much of the reason why I chose Scripps in the first place was because of the dorms and on campus experience,” Sanchez said. “Those expectations were completely crushed when I was forced to live off
campus, away from the community that I was so excited to be a part of. I just hope that they do not have to resort to doing that with the incoming class.” Olivia Truesdale contributed reporting.
Int’l students decry PO’s decision not to fly non-U.S. flags at graduation SIENA SWIFT
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Pomona first-year housing rocked by night of thefts BEN REICHER Matti Horne PO ’22 was playing board games in her friend’s room in Pomona College’s Mudd-Blaisdell Hall around midnight in late March. She had only been gone for about 20 minutes, leaving the door to her room open, she said, when she came back to find more than $2,500 worth of personal items had been stolen. The taken items included a laptop, a phone, an iPod, a speaker, a small camera, a safe containing bank account information and a wallet containing her driver’s license and passport. Horne said her sponsor immediately reported the theft to Campus Safety, but she still has not received any information. “I assumed, it’s midnight on a Friday in a sub-free hall, nobody’s going to be in here,” Horne said. “But I was wrong.” The theft from Horne’s room was just one of several thefts that occurred late in the night of March 29 or early the following morning. Incidents were reported in two residence halls, Mudd-Blaisdell and Gibson Hall on Pomona’s south campus, where many of the college’s first-years live. The two buildings share a common entrance. Among other thefts that night, Siddharth Namachivayam PO ’22 and Alfredo Moreno PO ’22 reported their laptops stolen from Moreno’s room in Gibson. Nadia Paquin PO ’22 had her longboard stolen from outside her room, also in Gibson. “We have not identified a suspect and are not able to speculate about who is behind the thefts or why they have chosen these particular targets,” Director of Campus Safety Stan Skipworth said via email. The cases have been referred to the Claremont Police Department, according to Cam-
pus Safety’s Clery Daily Crime Logs. Pomona’s Director of Residential Life Steven Jubert said the late March thefts on South Campus represent a heightened level of incidents for one week. His office is regularly in communication with Campus Safety, and trains resident advisors to conduct walkthroughs in part to look out for potentially suspicious individuals. Jubert said his office will consider new theft-prevention mechanisms, which could include adding security cameras at residence hall entrances. Jubert also encouraged students to take steps to secure their rooms, including not allowing strangers to follow them into their halls or leaving their belongings unattended. “Largely, the particular crimes that will occur are crimes of opportunity,” Jubert said. “For example, you leave your bag for one second, just to go do one thing, and then someone unfortunately comes and removes something. That’s why we want to get the word out to [students] about making sure they’re securing their things.” Horne said students’ attitudes may have something to do with letting unknown people inside residence halls. “The culture here is very much, ‘you’re coming into the building, I’ll hold the door for you,’” Horne said. “I don’t know everybody on campus, so it’s kind of impossible to know who is a student and who is not.” Paquin, the student who had her longboard stolen, said she is taking steps to secure her room and encouraged others to do the same. “I’m locking my door a lot more, I’ve told everyone in my hall to lock their doors, I’m keeping my stuff with me as much as I can,” Paquin said. “[Before,] I definitely had worries because I’d leave it right
outside my door, but a bunch of other people also left their skateboards out the same way. I was just, ‘alright, I guess this is how people run in Pomona,’ so I was pretty surprised when it got stolen.” The victims of the thefts are trying to replace their stolen belongings. Namachivayam and Horne both applied for emergency grants from the dean of students’ office, but said they were told emergency grants for laptops only cover repairs, not theft. The office referred Namachivayam to multiple avenues to take out a loan, which he said he is unwilling to do. Moreno said he set up a GoFundMe to raise $1,000 for a new laptop, and raised more than $1,500 in six days. Namachivayam said he does not suspect his fellow students were involved in the thefts, but said the crime spree might be difficult for a non-student. “It seems odd that someone from off-campus would be able to quickly navigate the buildings, unless they’d been in here before,” Namachivayam said. “But on the other hand, if it was a student, I feel they would have known we need our laptops to do work. It seems like something a student at Pomona wouldn’t do, so I’d like to think it wasn’t a student.” These thefts follow similar incidents in February at Pomona’s Harwood Hall, also on south campus, in which students’ cameras, iPads and wallets were stolen. That night, two individuals were arrested for possession of burglary tools and attempted theft. Photo illustration: No suspect has been identified in the multiple thefts that have occurred at Pomona College’s south campus dorms.
Citing logistical, political and diplomatic concerns, Pomona College may not fly international, territorial or indigenous flags at this year’s commencement ceremony, Pomona President G. Gabrielle Starr said at an ASPC meeting Thursday. The college is currently planning only to fly U.S. and California flags in their normal place on the Marston Quad flagpole, Starr said, but the college is examining options to fly international flags. For the past two years, Pomona had flown flags from international students’ countries at commencement. Students first became aware that Pomona was planning to change its policy regarding international flags at the April 4 ASPC meeting. In response, outraged international students created a petition with hundreds of signatures and wrote an open letter to Starr. At the ASPC meeting Thursday, Starr said there are numerous challenges involved in flying the flags. “It put the college in the position of having to be as absolutely inclusive as possible of the different nations to which individuals have affiliations, and second all the geopolitical challenges that could come from year to year and third each of these different flags has a protocol which is associated with flying it, which can be very hard for us to master,” Starr said.
She added that it is logistically difficult to find all the flags in the same size and was worried they could be stolen or fall due to the weather. The letter and petition, which has attracted about 750 signatures, were created by International Student Mentors Program head mentors Laura Haetzel PO ’19, Noor Dhingra PO ’20 and Cheryl Yau PO ’19. The letter features quotes from alumni and current students, and links to other colleges that display international identities in a variety of ways. The campaign also gained support from the Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success (IDEAS) Mentoring Program. “This [decision] erases immigrant communities and other students who don’t feel represented by the U.S. flag, culturally or otherwise,” Haetzel, Dhingra and Yau wrote in the petition. “This erases undocumented and DACAmented folks who have been systematically denied citizenship but still have been fighting long and hard both in college and outside.” The letter to Starr echoes that sentiment. “Removing international flags is to remove the college’s acknowledgements of the contributions of international students, and can hardly be reconciled with Pomona’s commitment to international diversity,” the three mentors wrote. Pomona will offer students the chance to display a flag, or another image of their choosing, on display screens
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The Dolores Huerta Room in Pitzer’s Gold Student Center displays multiple Latin American flags, which Pomona graduation will not do in May.
when they walk up to receive their diplomas, Starr said. Students can also carry a flag of their choosing in the commencement procession or wear a stole displaying a flag. The administration is also considering other proposals, including flying smaller flags and giving students the opportunity to take pictures with their countries’ flags at another time prior to commencement. However, some students say Pomona should not fly international flags. Adrian Suarez del Busto PO ’19, an international student, said Pomona is not an international institution and does not represent students’ home countries. “We do not need the U.S. or its institutions to celebrate our cultures and support our countries,” Suarez del Busto wrote in a guest opinion piece for TSL. “Flying our countries’ flags at commencement would not be in line with Pomona’s American mission, would subordinate our national pride to American approval and would cover the efforts of the institutions at home that are really putting in the work to uplift our countries.” ISMP head mentors acknowledged in the petition that dialogue around flags is nuanced. “Although we recognize that flags, and by extension national boundaries (and identities) are not stable, or unproblematic, flags at graduation have been important to many international students as a mark of our presence,” the petition said. “The primary purpose of the petition is to demonstrate to the administration what value the flags hold to our community,” Haetzel said. “This applies across communities, that [their flag] really means a lot, especially for people who came a long way for the ceremony or don’t understand English. Seeing that flag means something.” Last year, controversy over Pomona’s decision not to fly the Puerto Rican flag at graduation prompted a similar student petition, ultimately causing Pomona to reverse its decision.
Correction Due to a design error, the printed article about ASPC meeting attendance in the April 5 issue of TSL was an earlier version and contained an inaccurate number of senators.
TSL regrets this error.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Montclair’s Dolce Gastropub and Bakery hits the sweet spot STEPHANIE DU In front of me sat an irresistible display of cakes and pastries, featuring classics like red velvet cake as well as unconventional flavors like rum-toasted almond cake. Standing in Dolce Gastropub and Bakery, I was simply enamored with their desserts. Dolce, located across from Target in Montclair, has been open for 12 years. Originally an eatery, it was converted to a gastropub to fit more modern trends. The restaurant is divided into a bakery and a sitting area. The former is well-lit by large windows and features a wonderful display of baked goods, while dim Edison light bulbs give the latter a romantic ambiance. Alice Lee opened Dolce at the age of 28. As a Chinese American, she emphasized the importance of sharing food in Chinese culture and also celebrates the cultural melting pot of foods and drinks from different geographical locations. When talking about Dolce’s values, Lee stressed the importance of collaboration and teamwork. Lee and her employers brainstorm together to add additions to the menu and improve Dolce as a whole. “When you put all these minds together, you create something amazing,” Lee said. Dolce’s menu was developed in collaboration with the head chef, who has worked at the restaurant since its opening. Both wanted to ensure that their products were created from quality ingredients — as a result, the team sources ingredients locally and makes all of the menu items from scratch. Although Lee said having classics on the menu is important, she and the Dolce team also “take the norm and twist it to make it more fun and exciting.” For example, Dolce serves a burger with classic ingredients such as tomato and onion, but they also serve a creative version featuring roasted tomato,
STEPHANIE DU • THE STUDENT LIFE
Dolce Gastropub and Bakery serves a multitude of cakes, including German chocolate, lemon raspberry, carrot and red velvet.
onion marmalade and bacon jam. While the restaurant has a strong reputation in the Claremont community, Lee said not many 5C students go there, likely because students might find it inconvenient to go that far when the Village is within walking distance. In an effort to overcome the distance, Dolce caters cakes to many faculty and graduation events at the 5Cs. Cakes at Dolce can be bought by the slice or whole. Most have three layers and all are beautifully decorated to match their flavor profile. For example, the exterior of the raspberry lemon cake is a watercolor-like mixture of pink, red and yellow. Dainty carrots lay spaced out evenly on
the carrot cake, toasted almonds cover the rum-toasted almond cake, while a purple gradient sits on top of the red velvet cake. I sampled four cakes: the strawberry fresca, chocolate amore, carrot and tiramisu. The strawberry fresca, Dolce’s most popular cake, is a vanilla chiffon cake with fresh strawberries and custard between each layer, covered by a whipped chocolate chantilly cream. Both the cake and cream were light and airy. The tartness of the strawberry cut through the sweet custard, and its freshness highlighted the height of strawberry season. Lee’s favorite cake is the chocolate amore, a Viennese cake with chocolate mousse,
YE OLDE STUDENT LIFE
Games are just as addictive today as they were in the ’80s
MICHAEL HE Before the release of home video game consoles, gamers spent all their money on arcade games. It might seem crazy to someone today to spend dollar after dollar on “Pac-Man” and “Space Invaders,” but that was the case in the 1980s. There were arcade machines at Pomona College’s Coop Fountain, and TSL ran an article in 1982 describing some students’ addiction to these arcade games. People have always been crazy about video games. When I’m playing a game, time sometimes flies to the point where I can’t finish my homework. Those 10-hour
binges on “Civilization V” make me extremely happy, but I have to acknowledge video games’ addictive nature. When you get very intelligent game developers trying to cater to humans’ biological, social and cultural nature, not playing video games becomes difficult. As a result, what adults feared in the 80s has became the reality today — the video game industry has grown exponentially into hundreds of billions of people worldwide. Of course, certain things have changed — like the wide variety of games available today. The stereotype of geeky, introverted gamers no longer holds true; mothers
are desperate to crush level 257 of “Candy Crush Saga” and many working adults play a game of “Fornite” or “Madden” after work. Mobile games have far more influence and reach than traditional console games, as they are easily accessible and quick to play. At this rate, I am both hopeful for the future of gaming but also scared of its immense power. Maybe it’s time to go back to “PacMan”? Michael He PO ’22 is TSL’s Ye Olde columnist. He constantly fights his urge to slack off and procrastinate, but once in a while does something productive and nice. Talk to him!
buttercream and ganache. Because the dessert contains only dark chocolate, it wasn’t overly sweet. Instead, it had powerful notes of chocolate from all the components. The cake was moist without being too dense, and the mousse, buttercream and ganache made it even more indulgent. Carrot cake is a classic. The sponge texture was more dense than the previous two due to the nuts, carrots and spices, but the flavor was definitely full-bodied. The sweetened cream cheese, an essential to any carrot cake, gave it an extra oomph. My favorite was the tiramisu, and Dolce’s version was a fun play on the classic dessert.
Instead of ladyfingers, their version had a square piece of cappuccino chiffon cake in the center of a dome shaped mascarpone rum mousse. The coffee flavor in the mousse and cake was prominent, with hints of rum here and there. The mousse was melt-in-yourmouth creamy, sweet and smooth. The cake in the center was dense and airy at the same time. I would have tried more cakes if I could. The cheesecakes, which have a sugar cookie crust, would most certainly satisfy my sweet tooth. The sweetened-milk-soaked cakes, including the toasted coconut and the horchata tres leches, looked very aesthetically ap-
pealing. So far, Dolce has stuck to classic favorites such as chocolate and vanilla bases, but Lee said they are “trying to get a little more daring and creative with their flavor profiles.” Currently, they are experimenting with a pistachio mousse with cardamom shortbread and crackling crusts. Dolce Gastropub and Bakery did not disappoint my taste buds. It’s a great place for meals and satisfying your sweet tooth, a truly unique combination. Stephanie Du SC ’21 is TSL’s food columnist. She is a biology major and her hobbies include cooking, baking, traveling and eating all kinds of foods.
LIFE & STYLE APRIL 12, 2019
THE STUDENT LIFE
5Cs chow down on cricket-based dishes at ‘Chirped Challenge’
The price and politics of free-spirited Coachella ELLA BOYD
Another spring means another year of Coachella, a festival known worldwide for its lineups of popular and successful artists. H o we ve r, b e h i n d t h e scenes, political conflict abounds with the festival. The owner of Coachella has drastically different political opinions than many of musicians playing in the festival. A lot of Coachella artists are openly liberal and willingly broadcast these political views, but the Coachella owner’s personal politics are conservative. This leads to several questions: How much power does an artist have in creating their image? Can politics and music ever be separated? T h i s y e a r, C o a c h e l l a is headlined by Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande. Childish Gambino’s 2018 song “This
Is America” exposed the polarizing and hurtful state of modern American politics. Grande openly supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and said Donald Trump’s election win has caused “a very dark few years.” While Tame Impala is less overtly political, their fan base spans many ages and identities. Just like last year, Coachella is organized and promoted by Philip Anschutz, who donated $134,000 to Republicans in 2018. In 2017, Anschutz donated $187,300 to Republican candidates and organizations. Anschutz has donated no money to Democratic candidates. Don’t be fooled by the openly queer lineup of Jaden Smith, Blood Orange, Christine and the Queens, Kaytranada and King Princess, among others. Anschutz’s face not only made the “Enemies of Equality” visual
in the Washington Post, but he also reportedly donated large sums of money to three anti-LGBTQ extremist hate groups: $110,000 to Alliance Defending Freedom, $50,000 to National Christian Foundation and $30,000 to the Family Research Council. Why do artists participate in Coachella if it goes against their personal beliefs? This becomes a question of how much control artists have in their bookings. Apparently, boycotting Anschutz’s company, AEG Worldwide, is more complicated for artists than it would appear. AEG controls all of the larger and high-quality venues in major markets in the U.S., as well as many important venues worldwide, making it difficult for an artist to refuse one event at an AEG venue and then hope to perform at another event in the future. AEG Presents is also the second-biggest promoter in the
world. Speaking out against Coachella could mean losing opportunities to perform at one of the company’s other festivals, such as Camp Flog Gnaw or Firefly. Money is power, and the music industry is just that — an industry. This question of morality becomes less about the personal ethics of artists and more about what can be done to prevent the wealthy from imposing their personal views on the rest of the world. But that, like any other issue, is political, and like most political issues, there is no clear solution. The best thing anyone can do as a listener and consumer is to research where one’s money is going before paying to see an artist perform. Ella Boyd SC ’22 is TSL’s music columnist. Besides writing, she enjoys listening to music, discussing pop culture and making art.
TALIA BERNSTEIN • THE STUDENT LIFE
Collins Dining Hall and the Kravis Lab for Social Impact sponsored a cook-off called the “Chirped Challenge,” an evening where students across the 5Cs competed to prepare dishes featuring cricket flour as a main ingredient.
EMILY KUHN Throughout the week of April 3, 5C students chowed down on an unfamiliar food — crickets. Chirps, a company that promotes eating insects as a sustainable protein source and sells cricket-based food products, helped to provide the cricket-based dishes across the 5Cs. The company also helped organize the second annual “Chirped Challenge” cooking competition, hosted at Claremont McKenna College’s Collins Dining Hall April 4. This year’s event featured eight teams comprised of students from across the 5Cs, all competing to cook the best dish within an hour. Students were expected to produce a dish with cricket flour for a panel of three judges: Chirps co-founder Laura D’Asaro, Scripps College catering manager Rebecca Mejia and CMC executive chef Paula Baca. The winner of this year ’s challenge was “Team Pomona” with an apple “Crispckt” dish. Some of the other competing dishes included lemon poppy cricket pancakes, crepe du grillon, sopes and cricket dumplings. D’Asaro and co-founder Rose Wang, created Chirps after studying abroad and marveling at the normalcy of eating bugs in other countries. Their idea gained popularity when they pitched their idea on Shark Tank in 2017, and the pair has since launched several cricket-based products including chips, chocolate ‘chirp’ cookie mix and protein powder. “More people eat insects than speak English in the world, so we are kind of the weirdos,” D’Asaro said. Gemma Bulos, the director of CMC’s Kravis Lab for Social Impact, first helped bring the Chirped Challenge to Collins last year. She previously served as D’Asaro’s mentor for the Echoing Green Award, a social entrepreneurship fellowship, in 2015. “I think like 70% of the world does eat insect protein, and my parents are from a country that does eat insect protein,” Bulos said. “I remember my father coming home from the Philippines and frying up crickets for brunch so it wasn’t a big deal for us.” Each dining hall served a different cricket-based dish throughout the week to normalize insect-consumption and promote the event, Bulos said. CMC served a cricket-protein shake, Frary and Pitzer
both served cricket chips and Scripps served cricket falafels. Though Bulos developed the idea for a cooking competition, she said Shanil Verjee CM ’21 and Kendall Hollimon CM ’20 were the driving forces behind it. Both students became involved through the Kravis Lab and helped coordinate efforts for the previous year’s challenge. “Honestly more people in the States should eat bugs — the rest of the world is already doing it,” Hollimon said via email. “I think this year’s competition was even better than the last.” There are also many health and sustainability advantages to eating bugs. “Insects are incredibly nutrient dense. Crickets have more [vitamin] B12 than salmon, more iron than spinach and they have a full amino acid profile,” D’Asaro said. “Our current animal agriculture industry uses about half of the freshwater in the United States and a third of the arable land, whereas crickets use so much fewer resources and contribute so much less greenhouse gases.” D’Asaro said that, to her knowledge, the 5Cs are the first colleges to serve insects in their dining halls, and that Chirps is the first insect product to be sold at a major supermarket. They are now being sold in over 12,000 stores, including Kroger, the country’s largest supermarket chain by revenue in 2018. “I think the way that you actually create change is to make it a part of everyday food,” D’Asaro said. “We want this to be an example for students across the nation.” Nova Quaoser’s CM ’19 team cooked cricket flour pancakes with pan-fried bananas, mini churros and a parfait with cinnamon and nutmeg in the Chirped Challenge. Quaoser is vegan and said she is conflicted about eating insects. “Should I eat [insects] to normalize it, or should I advocate for it but say I don’t eat [them]?” Quaoser said. Half of the Chirps team is vegetarian or “entotarian” — people who do not eat animals other than insects — and they often have this same debate amongst themselves, D’Asaro said. Quaoser ultimately said he supports Chirps because of the environmental benefits of replacing larger animal protein with insect protein.
NINA POTISCHMAN • THE STUDENT LIFE
Pomona chef Travis Ellis competes in collegiate culinary conference YASMIN ELQUTAMI Forced to pick a favorite dining hall food item, Pomona College executive chef Travis Ellis could only narrow his list down to three: yaki soba, vegetable pizza and the Frary grain bar. “It’s a hard question to answer,” he admitted. The Pomona chef recently ventured out of Claremont to compete in the National Association of College and University Food Services’ Continental-Pacific Regional Conference, representing the college in Spokane, Washington from April 3 to 5. Ellis’ recipe — smoked pepita-rubbed venison with toasted shiitake mushroom sauce and blackberry jam — was one of the eight recipes chosen to compete in the regional conference, standing out among hundreds of other submissions from chefs of top colleges and universities. All chefs submitting recipes were required to feature venison on their plates. Ellis said he tried hard to distinguish his menu amongst inevitably similar flavor profiles. “For me, with the venison — even though it’s farmraised — I thought more of wild venison,” he said. “I thought of more wild ingredients that you can find. … I was thinking about it as a foraging menu.” Ellis was awarded a bronze medal for his dish in the Pacific competition. Although it was Ellis’ first time competing at the conference, he said he didn’t feel too pressured.
“It gave me the opportunity to talk with other people in my industry, and it helped me bring better flavor profiles to the dining halls,” he said. “Really, it was just a fun thing to do. I enjoy cooking.” Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Ellis graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago in 2003, and has worked in food service professionally since 2001. Before finding his way to Pomona, Ellis worked extensively with Compass Group North America, a leading food and support services company, as well as with food service directing at Hyundai’s North American Headquarters.
He oversaw Frary Dining Hall for three years before the college expanded his role to executive chef in January. Since moving into the collegiate culinary field, Ellis said he’s learned how much he enjoys interacting with the student body. “[At a dining hall] you get to know the students a little more; you see the same people in there all the time,” he said. “In restaurants or catering, you really only get to affect people once or twice. At a college, you have that opportunity on a daily basis, multiple times a day.” Looking toward the next academic year, Ellis said there are promising new menus on
the horizon. “We’re working in more Asian foods — Indian, Thai, Cambodian,” he said. “That seems to be where a lot of the favorite flavors are coming from.” With the growing amount of people forgoing meat while on campus, Ellis and his team are also aiming to incorporate more vegan and vegetarian options. Finally, Ellis also hopes to increase feedback received from students, whether in the form of suggestions, praise, criticism or requests. When asked why Ellis chose a culinary career in the first place, he said, “Easy. I like to make people happy, and I can do that through food.”
IAN POVEDA • THE STUDENT LIFE
Executive chef Travis Ellis showcased his culinary talents at the National Association of College and University Food Services’ Continental-Pacific Regional Conference competition in Spokane, Washington April 3 to 5. He came home with a third-place finish.
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THE STUDENT LIFE
APRIL 12, 2019
PALOOZA: Audien, Visualizing consent: Why you should other EDM artists watch this ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episode headine festival
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CW: sexual assault This article contains spoilers. So, let’s talk about “Grey’s Anatomy.” I know, I can’t believe I’m still watching it either, but hear me out. Last week’s episode, “Silent All These Years,” provided such intentional, compelling and necessary storytelling regarding sexual assault and consent that I highly recommend watching it, regardless of whether you’ve watched “Grey’s” before. “Silent All These Years” kicks off with a shaken and aloof Jo, a surgical fellow at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Reeling after a confrontation with her birth mother, she ignores those closest to her. Not much is known about Jo’s history, aside from the fact that she lived in her car instead of foster care and changed her identity to escape her abusive ex-husband. Despite her state, Jo takes in a patient, Abby, who has critical wounds all across her body, but is reluctant to explain why. The episode intersperses Jo’s confrontation (when we learn that Jo was born out of sexual assault) and Abby’s treatment, drawing meaningful parallels about the longstanding mental, physical and emotional damage sustained from survivors of rape. Overall, this episode is different from others in that it doesn’t require much context or focus on multiple patients. Abby’s story is given the full attention it deserves. Although I won’t spoil it all, I want to highlight a few moments. First off, the cinematography, editing and acting is stunning. Often, courts or male defense attorneys will try to minimize the seriousness of rape, but the powerful ways in which this episode conveys trauma work against that particular gaslighting. We see the world through Abby’s frantic eyes, with disoriented vision and a mind-numbing ringing reverberating through the screen; hushed, garbled voices echo until a deafening whoosh brings all noise to the forefront, making the present feel so, so painful. We see the doctors cautiously and clinically cut Abby’s clothes off to see red — belligerent, bruising red — and we hear the pregnant silence in the room as each
Last year, ASCMC donated profits from the concert’s ticket sales, which totaled $6,000, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to Daniel Hayon CM ’21, ASCMC’s former events commissioner. The donation total for this year hasn’t been released yet, according to Chandler Koon CM ’20, ASCMC’s vice president of student affairs. This year, ASCMC partnered with music event promotions company Kingdom of Mind to bring in several EDM artists, according to the Facebook event. Audien, a Grammy award-nominated record producer, DJ and electronic dance music artist, headlined the concert. Also performing were Regulus, Plumpy and Très Mortimer; the latter two are electronic artists signed to Los Angeles-based record label Mad Decent. Hayon, who helped plan McKenna Palooza this year and last, said via message that it takes at least six months of preparation. He described the concert as his “favorite event at the 5Cs.”
“Not only is it a fundraiser for the most amazing foundations, but it really captures my love for EDM music,” he said. “It was so amazing to get to see Audien literally in my backyard.” Priya Kareti SC ’21, whose friends convinced her to go, said via message that she was glad she went. “I thought it’d be like Pirate Party,” Kareti said. “But I thought McKenna Palooza was way more fun.” Amelia Hahn SC ’21 also attended McKenna Palooza this year. She said via message that she didn’t know any of the artists but thought the music was “pretty hype for dancing.” Not everyone had a great time. Vi Nguyen CM ’21 described the concert as “scary,” explaining that her sunglasses were ripped out of her bare hands. Kareti also said one of her friends got pushed down and dislocated her kneecap, but popped it back into place. Hayon acknowledged pushing and overcrowding does happen at events like this. Overall though, he said this year’s event “went really smoothly.”
NINA POTISCHMAN • THE STUDENT LIFE
woman acknowledges that it could have been them. The pain Abby endures is impossible to dismiss, and the question of whether she “asked for it” seems ludicrous. Jo’s mother reinforces how debilitating rape can be. She details the instantaneous love she felt when Jo was born, “the kind … that cracks your heart wide open,” but she couldn’t evade the potent resentment she felt. Jo was a living reminder of her assault, and so she gave her up. Viewers are able to see that rape is not just a one-off occurrence, but a psychological battle that lingers. The episode provides multiple teaching instances, demonstrating what consent looks and sounds like, and why rape should always be condemned, regardless of circumstance. Once Abby decides, on her own terms, to use a rape kit, the doctors exercise radical consent, always asking for permission before continuing. And so begins a heartbreaking montage of Abby’s wounds being showcased for all to see: close up pictures are
taken of her with flash, her blood drawn, nails clipped, saliva taken, wounds swabbed at. She is hurt, but the strength it took to put her body under such scrutiny is undeniable. The episode demonstrates the fierce healing that comes from women supporting other women and the power in freedom of choice, continuously featuring phrases like “it is all your choice,” and “you say no, at any time, we stop.” The episode ends with a hopeful look to the future. Ben, another “Grey’s” character, educates his son Tuck on what consent is, assuring him that he must care for his girlfriend’s happiness and comfort equally to his own. Jo also says that she just wants to go home and sleep, alone. And although her husband Alex is deeply concerned and wants to care for her, he ultimately respects her decision. There is full-circle relief when these characters respect no for what it is: no. To me, this episode reflects the importance of empowering women to create — Debbie Allen directed this episode,
and Elizabeth Finch was the chief writer. Making sure to include a female perspective, an intersectional perspective, is critical to making television episodes that accurately and dutifully represents everyone. After the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, people everywhere were shown that consent is often irrelevant, so we need the media to shout otherwise. Even though it seems like it should be on its last legs, “Grey’s Anatomy” demonstrates that it is constantly evolving alongside its audience, seamlessly interweaving social justice learning and entertainment. That’s why it thrives. So if you want to dismiss the clichés of a medical drama, so be it. But tune in for television that is incredibly well-shot, beautifully written and superbly empathetic. Amber Chong SC ’22 is TSL’s TV columnist. She probably spends too much time daydreaming, but will come back to Earth to fight you for the last slice of cake.
COURTESY: GLEN MATHENY
McKenna Palooza returned April 6, and featured electronic artists and DJs Audien, Plumpy and Trés Mortimer.
Recent midwestern flooding leaves devastation in its tracks, affects 5C students’ hometowns CAITLYN FICK
COURTESY: SGT. HERSCHEL TALLEY OF THE NEBRASKA NATIONAL GUARD
The flooding at Camp Ashland trapped vehicles on the high ground and damaged buildings, displacing hundreds of people and causing millions of dollars in damages to homes, farmland and cities.
In the past few weeks, stories of recent flooding in Nebraska and neighboring states have made headlines across the country. This natural disaster has inundated acres of land, forced many people from their property and even affected the homes of some 5C students. While the Midwest is no stranger to these kinds of tragedies, this one has been particularly devastating. Nicole Moore, a Pomona College geology professor, said the disaster formed after a perfect storm of weather patterns. Leading up to the flooding, she said there was “high intensity, short duration rainfall, [where] the water levels increased over several days due to continued snow melt over that time.” In addition to the rainfall, there was also a bomb cyclone that formed on March 12. “Such a storm is effectively like a hurricane over land, and forms very quickly when atmospheric pressure drops dramatically in less than 24 hours,” Moore said. An excess of water is the main culprit for a flood. Floods occur when “the water level flowing through a stream or
channel exceeds the banks of the channel and spreads laterally out along the floodplain of the channel,” Moore said. This means that it has the ability to wipe out anything in its path, including houses, farm animals and people.
“This sort of devastation has never happened within my lifetime or my parents’ lifetimes.” - Alyson Smock PO ’20
John Little HM ’20 lives on the border of Nebraska and Iowa, and said that floods are common in the area. In his seven years living there, he said multiple floods have occurred, and his house was affected in both 2011 and this year. “Only a small section of our property got flooded, but nearby in the town … it’s absolutely swamped,” he said. Although floods are not new to the region, this partic-
ular storm has been especially disastrous. Alyson Smock PO ’20, a native of Cozad, Nebraska, said “this sort of devastation has never happened within my lifetime or my parents’ lifetimes.” Moore said she was devastated by the magnitude of the flooding. “Basically the entirety of Nebraska, as well as large parts of South Dakota and Iowa, were inundated with water,” she said. Those who are more severely affected by flooding — whose houses are virtually underwater — are often taken in by family and friends. “They really go anywhere they can,” Little said. “You really can’t stop this amount of water,” he added. Even with the dams that are in place, the area still floods. The water can cause property damage and the clean-up, as well as rebuilding, will take time and billions of dollars, according to Moore. Smock said that the state’s economy will likely feel the damage to farmland and livestock for years to come. Caitlyn Fick SC ’19 is TSL’s science columnist. She is a chemistry major who enjoys mountains, trees, water and dogs.
OPINIONS THE STUDENT LIFE
APRIL 12, 2019
Anti-vaxxers are a public health crisis
THE STUDENT LIFE Editorial Board KELLEN BROWNING, Editor-in-Chief MEGHAN BOBROWSKY, Managing Editor HANK SNOWDON, Managing Editor
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JENNY PARK • THE STUDENT LIFE
OFF THE RECORD
We have a picture of a black hole!! Thanks Katie Bouman <3 #WomenInSTEM
Sagehen, Next Iridocyclitis meme king, please come to Pomona
It is, to no one’s surprise, just a black hole Yup
Waiting in the omelette line for 47 mins It’s NOT worth it
4/7 Day Our favorite national holiday!! #chirp
Design team brunch! :) We stan vegan cream cheese at McConnell
Waiting in line for snowcones I waited more than 47 minutes; I want a refund
Drunk kids eating dinner during McKenna Palooza Pro tip: don’t go to Collins if you don’t want food thrown in your face
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.
THEA BAROVICK • THE STUDENT LIFE
LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS
Personal autonomy, especially when it comes to decisions about one’s health care, is a pretty fundamental right. However, when individual decisions start to endanger the lives of the community, that autonomy demands a certain degree of restriction. Specifically, I’m talking about people who choose not to vaccinate themselves, and why they should. A common rebuttal to the argument that everyone should be required to be vaccinated is that personal decisions to be unvaccinated shouldn’t affect the health of the vaccinated at all. In theory, this is correct. But in practice, it’s a little more complicated. As effective as vaccines are, there are instances where viruses and pathogens can bypass their defenses. On an individual level, most vaccines are incredibly effective at preventing illness. The measles and mumps vaccines, for example, are 99% and around 85% effective, respectively, according to NPR. These vaccines usually aren’t at risk of failing. This changes when people don’t vaccinate their children or choose not to get vaccinated themselves. When infected unvaccinated individuals become
symptomatic and contagious, even the vaccinated are at risk. This occurred with the measles outbreak of December 2014 which, ironically enough, happened in Disneyland. Of the 52 reported cases, six individuals were vaccinated. They just had the misfortune of being around people who weren’t, while also being the unfortunate victims of vaccine failure. Furthermore, failure to get vaccinated results in a ridiculous financial burden on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. The Disneyland outbreak cost California $4 million, according to Wired. That isn’t counting the costs Canada and other U.S. states had to pay as a result of infected people traveling home. To put this in clearer terms, the vaccinated taxpayer is being forced to pay for the rights of anti-vaxxers to become infected with a preventable disease, potentially spread that disease to their friends and family and cost the government millions of dollars. For any anti-vaxxers reading this who don’t yet feel guilty enough to get vaccinated, consider this: the Food and Drug Administration puts vaccines through three phases of testing and through thousands of volunteers before they’re deemed safe enough to use.
Any negative reactions to vaccines, which are also extremely rare, are monitored through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, the Vaccine Safety Datalink, Post-Licensure Rapid Immunization Safety Monitoring and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project, according to the CDC. Many reputable organizations, doctors, scientists and regulatory agencies put work into ensuring vaccines are safe. In a trial of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine with 72,835 participants, the only adverse effect that more than 1% of people felt was a slightly elevated body temperature, according to the World Health Organization. No one in the trial experienced an allergic reaction to the vaccine, but the WHO estimates (they have to estimate when it’s this rare) that the rate is 1.7 cases for every million doses. To put things in comparison, the odds of any person getting into a car crash and dying are one in 103, according to The New York Times. So at the risk of becoming so paranoid that you preface Tinder dates by asking if your match is vaccinated, be careful out there. And get your damned vaccines. Eamon Morris PZ ’22 is from Orange, California. If you’re on Tinder, know that he has his vaccines.
It’s the cheating that’s the problem, not the accommodations DONNIE DENOME I took my environmental health midterm in a small, private room in the Student Disability Resource Center, typing my answers on a computer disconnected from the internet. I was given four and a half hours to finish the test; one and a half times as long as my classmates without accommodations had. I finished in an hour, and spent the rest of my morning working on a midterm paper for another class. These types of disability accommodations are similar to those that some students whose parents were implicated in the massive college admissions cheating scandal received when they took the ACT. In the wake of the scandal, one of my biggest worries is how students taking both college and graduate/professional school entrance exams will be affected if they need accomodations. As of now, it can take six weeks or more for requests for accommodations to be approved; the recent events of the scandal could prompt even more stringent procedures. The accommodations these students received were not, in many cases, deserved. Parents paid the doctors involved with the foundation at the center of the scandal to diagnose their children in order to gain accommodations, regardless of whether the children actually had a disability. The affidavit from FBI special agent Laura Smith quotes a telephone call between the ringleader of the scandal and a parent. In the call, the
ringleader instructs the parent to have his daughter tested for learning disabilities, saying, “I also need to tell [your daughter] when she gets tested, to be as, to be stupid, not to be as smart as she is. The goal is to be slow, to be not as bright, all that, so we show discrepancies.” Stupid. Slow. Discrepancies. It’s the callousness of it all that really irks me. Flippantly describing disabilities in such base language while coaching someone in how to cheat the system belittles the amount of work disabled people and our allies have put into fighting for academic equity. The fight for educational equity and disability accomodations in academia is often overlooked, to the detriment of all. In the words of Kim Sauder, a disabled self-advocate and scholar, “It has only been about 50 years (if that) since it has become expected for parents to raise their disabled children in the community instead of just depositing us in institutions at birth (or discovery of disability).” In those 50 years, as disabled children have had greater opportunities to grow up in our communities, the fight for access to education has intensified. In 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, then called the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, passed, promising disabled children equitable education with their non-disabled peers. IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provide disabled people with legal protections in education from pre-school to grad school. These gains were fought for with sit-ins, court cases and immense work on the part of disabled students and our fam-
ilies. The gains made through this work, while enshrined in law, are often challenged, and must be constantly protected. All this for basic accommodations that could all get yanked away, yet again, after this newest scandal. The students and parents implicated in Operation Varsity Blues, the college admissions bribery scandal, likely won’t suffer too greatly. But any disabled student who has their accommodations questioned, their test dates pushed back, their acceptances deferred for lack of an accessible campus will. One solution that’s been offered to this whole fiasco is for schools to not require standardized testing scores, or at the very least give these scores less weight while considering applicants. Pitzer College does this and it’s an admirable move, though not without criticism. Certainly, if taking away the stress and complexity of standardized tests encourages more disabled, and otherwise marginalized, students to apply to college, I’m all for it. But solutions to this fiasco can’t just lie with the schools changing their policies sometime in the nebulous future. We are all responsible for examining the ways we view accomodations and the students who need them. Too often, students who have fought long and hard, first for a diagnosis and then for accommodations, are scorned as weak, lazy and unequipped for college by administrators, faculty, peers and sometimes our own families. The accommodation process at Pitzer, which is basically identical to that of the other 5Cs, is convoluted and multifactorial, perhaps deliberately
so. This pales in comparison to the amount of documentation required for tests like the GRE, where it is impossible for an examiner to meet with every applicant. Yet stories still abound of refused accommodations, snarky remarks and hateful comments toward disabled students. On the Disability, Illness, and Difference Alliance of the 5Cs Facebook group, of which I am a moderator, people regularly complain about disrespect from professors and other students. It is not the accommodations or disabled students who are the problem with these systems. Per the court records from the sting, the parents who paid for their children to have falsified accommodations were obscenely, ridiculously rich. Money talks. Framing this scandal as a failure of a system that needs to be tightened, rather than the deliberate actions of a group of saboteurs, pushes the blame onto disabled people and our allies. It also puts us in danger — for many, academic success is predicated on accommodations. Disabled people’s integration in academia is not up for debate. We have worked our asses off for too long to be denied the rights we have written into law. It is unfair and completely disrespectful to throw us under the bus to punish non-disabled rule-breakers, especially when other options exist and are being pursued. Donnie TC Denome PZ ’20, CG ’21 is a 4+1 BA/MPH candidate from Sunnyvale, California, and one of TSL’s opinions editors. Their neighbor wore a shirt saying “Vaccines Cause Adultism” and they’re still giggling about that.
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Congestion taxes might just solve our problems CHRISTOPHER MURDY The New York City subway was instrumental in binding together a city that would become the financial capital of the world and lift millions of immigrants out of the tenements. However, much of the system depends on equipment that predates World War II. The now-archaic system has overcome past challenges, including the crime-ridden 1970s, the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. But now, the city faces a crumbling infrastructure catastrophe.
American cities need to implement proposals that would decrease emissions, offer commuters alternatives to driving and reduce commute times. The New York Legislature recently passed legislation that gives the city a chance to help alleviate the projected $43 billion cost of fixing the subway and offers other cities around the U.S. an example to follow: congestion pricing. Congestion pricing plans vary in different cities around the world, but essentially, they tax those driving in most congested areas of a city. In New York, the plan would charge drivers entering the busiest parts of Manhattan through a toll between $11 and $25, according to The New York Times. While the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will have to finalize many of the details, it does give an exemption to those with less than $60,000 in income in the form of tax rebates. Public transportation systems in the majority of cities around the U.S. lag far behind those of Europe and a handful of American cities for a variety of reasons, including low
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Art is dead, and we killed it CHRISTOPHER SALAZAR
fares that are incapable of supporting a vast network and the growth of suburbs during the Cold War era. This dependence now connects to another vital issue: the risk of climate change. According to The New York Times, London saw clear improvements in the years after its plan’s implementation: a 12% decrease in nitrogen oxide emissions, a 30% drop in traffic delays and an increase in the average speed of cars driving in the congestion. Yet, in recent years, the rise of ride-sharing companies and delivery vehicles from soaring amounts of online shopping have forced British lawmakers to adapt their plans to account for these new challenges.
Call me a philistine if you wish, but much of the art produced over the last century is too self-referential, unoriginal and aesthetically bankrupt to elicit genuine appreciation. To be sure, art and aesthetics are matters of taste. Be that as it may, modern and contemporary art museums house artwork for its supposed theoretical merits. And because of that, art is dead. And we killed it. Art, like God, has ceased to be relevant — except in theory. The majority of art praised by the establishment is valuable only as self-referential artifacts about concept. Take, for example, Robert Rauschenberg’s self-explanatory 1953 “Erased de Kooning Drawing.” The piece, a nearly blank sheet of paper, was considered scandalous. That Rauschenberg’s 1951 predecessor series “White Paintings” — seemingly allwhite, unpainted canvases dubbed “the monochrome no-image” — did little to offer any future reprieve. Martin Creed’s “Work No.227: The lights going on and off” is another bemusing illustration. The trite installation is an empty room that features lights turning on and off every five seconds. Given these precedents, visual excellence seems antiquated. Art crafted to inspire, deepen and awaken to something transcendent is unfashionable. While I grant that artistic virtue cannot be reduced to mere beauty, obscurantist discourse about abstractions fare no better. The art world is dictated by elitist chit-chat. Worse still, their rhetoric goes on about nothing. “Meaning and dream collide hypnotically in his art. His vertical line, full of portent (but not ‘portentous’, as sceptics might claim) speaks of creation, God — and the human urge to draw a line,” wrote Jonathan Jones, an art critic for The Guardian, about Barnett Newman’s painting “Primeval.” “Yet this primeval mark slices through entrancing colour that draws you in at a deep psychic level, irrationally, like falling into deep water.” Mind you, Newman’s
In Stockholm, the number of cars on the road dropped 22% in the year following the implementation of the tax, thereby cutting average commute times in half, according to The Times. And despite the rising number of cars in Singapore, due in part to the country’s rapidly growing population, the average speed has increased along with the number of people utilizing public transportation. Throughout the U.S., the average American spent 97 hours in traffic in 2018 — up 15 hours since just four years ago — costing the U.S. about $87 billion in lost efficiency. While social equity has hindered plans for many cities to implement congestion pricing, policy makers also point out that congestion slows down the buses that many lower income residents use to travel to work and elsewhere. American cities need to implement proposals that would decrease emissions, offer commuters alternatives to driving and reduce commute times of those who must still use cars. Congestion pricing gives cities a way of covering the costs. Christopher Murdy PO ’22 is an intended international relations major from Lido Beach, New York. Agree? Disagree? Different suggestions? Email him at email@example.com. To read the full article, go to tsl. news.
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painting, which sold for $43.8 million, could double as a ping pong table (net not included). Still, Jones pens extravagantly about an ivory mark. “A single white line divides a flat expanse of blue: it seems to rip open the universe, a crack in space and time … like mappings of energy pulses or avant garde musical notation.” Newman has an affinity for lines. His 1946 painting “Moment” is more of the same — a lonely, pale stroke that divides the canvas. Truth be told, I enjoy a couple Newman paintings for their appeal. But there’s hardly anything grandiose about a white line. Sometimes, there’s nothing beyond superficial depth. In this regard, I’m reminded of Billy Collins’ admonitive poem “Introduction to Poetry.” “I want them to waterski / across the surface of a poem / waving at the author’s name on the shore. / But all they want to do/ is tie the poem to a chair with rope / and torture a confession out of it. / They begin beating it with a hose/ to find out what it really means.” Terse verse and well-written acclaim aside, Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 “Fountain” fundamentally altered art history. After the horrors of World War I shattered society’s hope in progress, Duchamp’s gag, an autographed urinal bearing the name R.Mutt, issued a damning provocation: what is art, if not something to piss on? The infamous artist incited intense inquiry about art’s purpose, but a century later artists continue unabated in their urination (and defecation, I may add). Paying homage to Duchamp, Sherrie Levine elevated urinals as art objects with her 1991 gold “Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp)” and again in 1996 with her cast bronze “Fountain (Buddha).” In both cases, Levine upgraded from a plain porcelain to a metallic, chestnut finish. When a lowly white line is revered as a portent of creation, one is inclined to wonder about the ink and breath wasted on these copycat plumbing fixtures. For the average art-goer, references between Duchamp and Levine are bereft of any significance, because the redeeming value of these works lay not in their aesthetic value, inspiration
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or difficulty but, instead, in their deference to Duchamp’s jest. Sure, inquiries about art’s value are worthwhile. But frankly, controversy has an expiration date. One should consider the following works of art as rancid debris: Piero Manzoni’s “Artist Shit,” a literal can of Manzoni’s excrement; Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ,” a crucifix submerged in Serrano’s urine; Chris Ofili’s “The Holy Virgin Mary,” made of acrylic, oil, paper collage and elephant dung; and Paul McCarthy’s “Tree,” a green butt plug inflatable that measured 79 feet. If Duchamp’s message was to be taken literally, that art is to be pissed on, more of the same
says little else, except that artists are lame. Ironically, they’re repetitious, and taboo is no longer taboo. Redundancy, it should be said, is the art world’s currency. As beneficiaries of a resuscitated parody, artists enjoy immense creative license. The laxity is, however, portentous. Because if works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari have been mistaken for, and discarded as trash, my case proves itself. Christopher Salazar PZ ’20 is a philosophy major from La Verne, California. He’s not one to proselytize, but he considers whiskey on the rocks sacrilege.
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ACROSS 1. First word on many a red can 5. Dreidel, e.g. 8. “He ____ point!” 12. Frozen snowman 13. Decks with “Draw 4” 15. Muscle strengthened by curls 16. Disney clown fish 17. Free again 19. Pitzer * 21. E.g. Louis XIV 22. Feasts 24. Harvey Mudd * 29. Japanese city of the Tale of Genji Museum 32. “____ I call her…” 33. What did the vegan say when they saw lamb on the table? 34. ___ Pérignon 35. Claremont McKenna * 41. “___ be watching…” 42. Type of ball kicked by plastic players 43. ‘Indestructible phone’ manufacturer 44. Follower of Japan or legal 45. Pomona * 48. Close again 50. 5C-type school 51. Scripps * 57. Bidding war website 60. Partner of this 61. Group of female seals
63. Genie holder 64. Sulk 65. Trojan War epic 66. What the Impossible Burger doesn’t contain 67. Barnyard rag’s slogan: “News you can ____?” 68. Canes DOWN 1. Not a pro 2. ___ Miss 3. G.I. uniform pattern 4. Good try: “____ effort!” 5. Activate 6. Size of some flashdrives, informally 7. Rod 8. One with a new desk 9. Obamacare, for short 10. Comedy routine 11. Harambe was one 14. Pop a squat 15. Fashion designer Geoffrey 18. Like some coaches at Yale and USC, recently 20. “___ we there yet?” 23. Numbers game? 24. More gruesome 25. Words at the end of a threat 26. Soup utensils 27. Famous Journey song, initially 28. Smallest
30. Bossa nova jazz legend 31. “Let me clarify—” 36. The Art _____ 37. “I want to! I want to!” 38. Fish in the Seal Court fountain 39. Some Italian dumplings 40. Texter’s chuckle 46. Thrills 47. Airport rental 49. Cairo country 52. Instructional website 53. Back of the neck 54. Stop, as an order 55. New York Canal 56. Suture 57. Wand material in the Harry Potter series 58. Texter’s “sweetheart” 59. Reddit Q&A medium 62. Docs
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ADRIAN SUAREZ DEL BUSTO Guest Columnist Pomona College has decided not to display the flags of international students’ home countries during this year’s commencement ceremony, according to ASPC. This change in policy has caused discontent among international students and prompted the International Student Mentor Program to collect signatures arguing against it. But, as an international student, I’m all for the American flag flying alone May 19. We have come to an American institution supported by American taxpayers and American philanthropists. It has an American structure, an American curriculum and American values. Still, in accordance to these American values, it has welcomed us from all over the world and given us the opportunity to be part of this community and this country. For this, I am grateful and I think Americans can be proud. However, we should not make it appear as though Pomona is an international institution. Pomona does not represent or serve our countries. In fact, it does them a disservice by facilitating brain drain, pulling well-educated international students away from their home countries.
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We do not need the U.S. or its institutions to celebrate our cultures and support our countries. Flying our countries’ flags at Commencement would masquerade Pomona’s American mission, subordinate our national pride to American approval and cover the work of the institutions at home who are really putting the work to bring our countries up. Pomona is deeply embedded in the structure of the U.S. This can be a beautiful and welcoming country, but it will never be anything other than the U.S. American colleges need to own their allegiance to the stars and stripes. With this not only comes a celebration of the U.S., but also a responsibility for its people, its institutions and its impact on the rest of the globe. International students can be very proud of who we are and how we’ve succeeded far from home. This is a celebration nobody can take away from us. Our flags can be displayed on our stoles and be cherished in our hearts, but let’s not fool ourselves by flying them at commencement. Adrián Suárez del Busto PO ’19 is a politics major from Agüimes, Spain. His proudest feat is when he took second place in his island’s ages 8 and under chess championship.
SAMANTHA BORJE Guest Columnist At an ASPC meeting April 4, it was revealed in a conversation that international flags were not going to be flown at this year’s Pomona College commencement ceremony. I say revealed because it was not a planned agenda item or main discussion point. It was a side note, an afterthought, unimportant. It is not an understatement when I say that this is indicative of the way international student issues are treated here: as side notes, as afterthoughts, never as priorities. International students comprise 13% of the Pomona population, according to the 20182019 Common Data Set. That means next month, about 50 international students will be graduating. Leaving aside the problematic nature of having to justify our existence and calls for representation, international students contribute and play leading roles in campus academics, arts, extra-curricular activities and activism work. We (read: I) have led work regarding some of the most harrowing issues on campus: sexual assault, intimate partner violence and mental health maltreatment. Underlying all the work we’ve done and all the interactions we’ve had here is the
deep, deep disconnect that we’ve felt from not being American. There is a vocabulary that minority students are given here as a means to find community and articulate our experiences, and in a lot of ways I’m grateful for it — but none of that encapsulates the baseline understanding of American culture that is required to adopt that vocabulary and apply it here. To clarify: I am not an American survivor, I am not an American woman of color, or immigrant, or ethnic minority, I am not an American from a low-income family, I am not an American with disability and mental illness. I am a Filipina from Hong Kong — 7,000 miles away. This informed how I processed my sexually abusive relationship on campus and my hospitalization at Aurora Charter Oak. There are contexts to my experience that people here have claimed to understand because of our shared identities — and they don’t. I understand there are cultural differences between Claremont, California, and other communities around the U.S.; I don’t mean to invalidate that. What I will say, though, is that all the conversations about diversity and cultural competency at this school are solely within the scope of the U.S. — the rest of the world is an afterthought. Regardless of your positionality, if you have a place in this
country you can identify as your home, you benefit from this college’s U.S.-centrism in a way international students don’t. The support that international students give each other isn’t in understanding or relating to each others’ contexts; it’s in the acknowledgement that we can’t. It’s in making space for the disconnect that comes from having grown up in different countries and continents, with different languages and cultures. It’s in recognizing that the work we do to assimilate and understand the culture of American social spaces, classrooms, advocacy work and administration is never going to be reciprocated for us, because this is a college in the U.S. Despite its claims to be global or international, Pomona is inherently an American institution. And as international students, we don’t expect that to change; we know what we signed up for. Ultimately, the support we give each other is about looking at that mantra that gets tossed around a lot in this country — “we have more similarities than differences” — and being okay with the fact that maybe we don’t. Maybe we’re not the same. Maybe we don’t belong in the same spaces. It’s choosing to share space with, care about and love each other anyway. This, in Hong Kong, in Marikina, in London, and in every community that
I’ve been a part of outside of this country, has been the single most healing and liberating kind of support that anyone’s ever offered me. Our flags flying at commencement aren’t just symbols of where we come from. They’re symbols of the sheer distance between here and our homes, here and our immediate families — physically, culturally and politically. My friends will tell you that I joke about being the token international student or about my experiences abroad all the time, and if you’ve done any community work with me you’ll realize that I always put my other identities, the ones that are relevant to Americans, first. This is one of the very few times international students have publicly come together to organize, because flags waving for a few hours on one day of the year is all the representation and support we’ve come to expect from this college. Please, just let us have this one thing. Samantha Borje PO ‘19 is a Molecular Biology major from Hong Kong. A good way of standing in solidarity with her would probably be to buy her Filipinx and Chinese snacks (BBQ nagaraya and prawn crackers, thanks). Graphics courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Being unhappy at one of the ‘happiest colleges’ CHRIS AGARD Claremont McKenna College is often touted as one of the “happiest colleges” in the U.S. for many reasons. It’s always sunny, most of us don’t have classes on Fridays and we’re given a great deal of freedom when it comes to party culture. However, CMC can also be a great source of stress, anxiety and isolation for some students. As a result, this happy reputation sometimes leads students to internalize the idea that they’re supposed to be happy and when they are not, it’s somehow their fault. This is true for me. During my first year at CMC, I was introduced to a new environment. It was particularly difficult to adapt to a classroom and social setting unlike any other school I had previously attended. Despite having attended predominantly white institutions my entire life, I felt as if the fall of my first year was defined by events, small and large, that reminded me of my otherness as a black student on campus. One incident was particularly damaging to my CMC experience. Like many first-years, I was excited for my first Toga Party. As the night progressed, I found myself in a room with one of the students with whom I went on a trip during orientation. Shortly after, one of the leaders of that trip came to the room. He clearly was very intoxicated and took a seat next to me. The n-word had been used in a song playing in the background, and I vividly remember him blurting it out, so I asked him what he said. He said the n-word again. My black friend and I were in shock, and said it was not his place to use that word. He responded that because he was a quarter Japanese, he was allowed to say it. Any pre-existing sense of trust or respect that I had
built for this leader quickly deteriorated after this night. I did not know how to voice concern about this incident, and I certainly did not know to whom I would express it. I told a few other people who also went on the orientation trip, but they found the situation comical. I could not understand why people would laugh at something so hurtful. I was led to doubt myself and question my anger. I found myself increasingly isolated, having lost a source of support while also feeling more distant from a community in which I already felt like I did not belong. This experience, along with others, has defined my past two years at CMC. My experience has been one marred by confusion, isolation and anger. I write about this story to show how loneliness and isolation can manifest within students on our campus. I felt alienation by people who were meant to make me feel more at home at this institution. What keeps me at CMC is the education I receive. I am a student before I am a member of this community. However, I fear that many lost in loneliness or unable to express their unhappiness grow increasingly helpless. We assume happiness to be a requisite for being a CMC student, which leads many to ignore underlying issues concerning mental health across our student body. Without sufficient support networks fortified by inclusivity, tragic events like the death of two students earlier this year may reoccur. For CMC to be more inclusive, the administration must pour resources into tackling the issue. As individuals, and a community, we deserve more from one of the “happiest colleges” in the U.S. Chris Agard CM’ 21 is a philosophy, politics and economics major. In his free time, he thinks of things to do with his free time.
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No. 2 Athena tennis rolling again; Ranking the best team gearing up for NCAA repeat teenagers in soccer EMILY PIETTE
The reigning Division III national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team (18-1, 4-0 SCIAC) is rolling again this season, ranked No. 2 in the country two weeks before beginning postseason play with the SCIAC Tournament. The Athenas are currently riding an 11-match win streak, and haven’t fallen since March 3 against No. 1 Emory, their only loss of the year. CMS defeated the Eagles in the national title match last season. The team’s dominance this season has been a consequence of numerous strong individual efforts. On April 1, Caroline Cox CM ’21 became the fourth Athena named SCIAC Athlete of the Week this season. Sarah Bahsoun CM ’22 earned the honor the previous week, Rebecca Berger CM ’21 received it on opening weekend and team captain Catherine Allen SC ’20 captured the award in early March after the ITA Indoor National Tournament. Allen and Cox are currently the No. 1 doubles team in the nation. The duo won the ITA Cup in the fall despite Allen playing with one hand, as she recovered from a wrist surgery. However, regardless of last season’s accomplishments and its success this season, the team does not take a single game for granted, Cox said. “The national championship win helped build confidence as far as knowing we are capable of competing at the top level, but at the same time we realize this is a new season,” she said. “We are using some of the lessons we learned last year and building off them, but we definitely want to stay humble,
keep our heads down, and keep working hard. Every other team is different this year too.” Crystal Juan SC ’22 agreed that CMS should focus on each upcoming match, rather than dwell on the previous year. She said the team is fully focused on winning the title again this season. “There is a drive to work hard, win and repeat what we did, since the upperclassmen carry that experience with them,” Juan said. “We want to be ambitious coming into the team to achieve that again, but it’s also more in the back of our minds as a long term goal.” The Athenas’ motivation to take on the season game-bygame, combined with their national championship experience, has helped them put their loss against Emory into perspective. “We’ll probably play them again. It’s a matter of learning and recognizing if you win a lot, you don’t get that extra push,” Juan said. “With a loss against a good team, you know what you need to work on for the upcoming months.” CMS also lost in the regular season to Emory last year before later defeating the Eagles for the NCAA title. “After the loss, we kind of knew what we were up against,” Cox said. “It was overall a good experience, especially for our freshmen to see what the top competition looks like.” Cox said that playing non-conference games is a different challenge than conference games for the Athenas, considering how many of the country’s top teams are on the East Coast. “When we play non-conference matches against other teams, we don’t really know
how well they are doing in their own conference, so it’s a real test,” Cox said. “Playing in SoCal, knowing surrounding teams, and knowing who’s playing one another allows us to know what the competition is, and for non-SCIAC matches, we don’t really know who they’re competing against and how to compare it. It’s a matter of being ready for every single match.” CMS will face No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer, its most significant regional rival, at the end of the month for its final regular season match. It will likely be
the first of several Sixth Street matchups as the season winds down, with possible matches in the SCIAC and NCAA Tournaments looming. Cox said that no matter what happens to CMS down the stretch, the Athenas are confident entering the postseason. “It’s really fun playing with this group of ladies since every single player is motivated and dedicated to pushing themselves and one another,” she said. “Everyone is committed to something we all share a passion for.” NINA POTISCHMAN • THE STUDENT LIFE
DANNY TA Exciting young superstars emerge on the biggest stage every year in soccer, breaking long-established records and catching the eyes of the world’s biggest clubs in the process. Global hype slowly surrounds these players as their maturity and mental strength is tested both on and off the pitch each day. For some wonderkids, the pressure becomes overwhelming, causing them to make mistakes on the pitch and subsequently lose their place on their respective teams. But for others, pressure is a welcome companion on their trip to becoming a household name in the world of football. These are the teenagers who make football worth watching; these are the players whose names you should remember. Here are the three most exciting teenagers in football right now.
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Left: Crystal Juan SC ’22 high-fives her doubles partner Georgia Tuckerman CM ’22 during the Athenas’ 9-0 win over Whittier April 6. Top: Catherine Allen SC ‘20 smiles while her team watches the remaining matches of the Athenas’ 9-0 win. Bottom: Jessie Cruz CM ’19 serves as her doubles partner Juliette Martin HM ’20 prepares for action in the win over Whittier.
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Hens draw on lacrosse’s indigenous origins, find perspective ahead of postseason DELANEY HARTMANN On the field, the Pomona-Pitzer women’s lacrosse team (10-4, 5-2 SCIAC) is fighting for a chance to win the SCIAC title and end Sixth Street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ (11-2, 7-0 SCIAC) 31-game SCIAC win streak. However, that hasn’t been the Sagehens’ only focus this year. The team is also learning more about lacrosse’s history; specifically the game’s origins with the Native American people of northeastern North America. “This season we have been working to pay respects to the indigenous roots of lacrosse as we are predominantly a white team,” midfielder Sarah Woo PZ ’21 said. Head coach Sarah Queener has incorporated multiple activities into normal training to educate the team on lacrosse history. The Sagehens watched the documentary “Keepers of the Game” together, which outlines how the sport has been co-opted by wealthy, white families predominantly on the East Coast. Queener also gave a lecture explaining how the sport started, which led to a Socratic discussion during which the team came up with ways that it could pay respect to how the game began. Woo said the discussion centered on how the Sagehen women could carry themselves and talk about their sport. “I think it’s important to
acknowledge where the game came from when you step on the field and understanding that it is a gift to play lacrosse,” she said. Attacker Lilly Thomey PO ’19 agreed that playing lacrosse has begun to mean more. “We take an extra second before we step on the field to acknowledge where the game of lacrosse is now compared to where it started,” Thomey said. “We play for the love of the game at its most basic level, and learning about it is so important because we all take on the responsibility of embracing the origin story by playing lacrosse.” This education has given the team a new outlook approaching their games and practices. “I think this knowledge has brought us closer as a team, because we all the love the sport, and now we know we are lucky to be able to play it,” Woo said. Thomey said she has enjoyed having such a close team as a senior in her final season. “The team has always been a solid community for me and I appreciate all of the people I have gotten to know and love,” Thomey said. “My teammates push me harder than I could do myself. I think we have great team chemistry on and off the field.” The Sagehens are currently ranked second in the SCIAC behind CMS. It’s been a solid start, but it will require a next-level effort to advance
beyond the SCIAC and the powerhouse Athenas. The Sagehens hope to reverse last year ’s conference tournament result, where CMS came out victorious in the championship game and
moved on to the NCAA Tournament. “I think we can win SCIACs; we just need to focus on discipline in practice and putting a whole game together,” Woo said.
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Nicole Larson PO ’19 jumps into the arms of goaltender Annie Price PO ’20 in P-P’s victory over Redlands April 6.
3. Moise Kean Giving Kean a spot on this list was a bold take on my part, I admit. But considering the way he has stepped up for Juventus in recent weeks, surely he deserves some recognition. The Italian striker rose through the ranks of the Juventus Academy before making his professional debut at the age of 16 two seasons ago, becoming the first player born in this century to appear in one of Europe’s top five leagues. However, Kean did not have his breakthrough until this season, when he had five goals through seven Serie A appearances. Kean prefers playing as a lone center-forward and is known for his quick pace, tenacity, physical strength and good finishing. Due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hamstring injury in late March, Kean was given more playing time, and, needless to say, he has made the most of it. In these recent games Kean scored some massively important goals, including a winner against Empoli, the second of a 2-0 victory over Cagliari, and a late winner against AC Milan. Success for the Italian teenager has not been limited to club football. In March, Kean was given his first start for the Italian national team during its opening UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Finland, becoming the youngest striker to start a match for Italy since 1912. Kean clearly has the talent to succeed, but it would be wrong to say that he has fully blossomed as a player. The next few months will continue to shape the rest of his career. Will he stay with Juventus and learn under Ronaldo, or will he leave to a club that
will guarantee him a regular starting position? Regardless of his decision, the future is bright for the Italian sensation and the footballing world cannot wait to see what he can do. 2. Matthijs De Ligt Defenders normally don’t get a lot of attention, but this Dutch teenager has quickly established himself as Europe’s most-wanted young defender. Matthijs De Ligt joined the world-famous Ajax Youth Academy at the age of nine, and eventually earned promotion to the senior squad in the 2016-17 season when he was just 17. De Ligt is widely praised for his physical strength, composure in defense, perfectly timed interceptions and ability to win aerial duels. The young center back is also comfortable on the ball, a skill that makes him perfect for Europe’s best clubs that play out the back frequently. During Ajax’s 2017-18 campaign, De Ligt became a regular starter and their youngest-ever captain. In the current season, De Ligt has continued to impress as Ajax’s captain, playing an instrumental role in both their Champions League campaign and their quest to win their first Dutch title in five years. De Ligt is also already a regular starter on the Dutch national team. Playing alongside Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk at the back, the two form one of the best center back pairings in international football. 1. Jadon Sancho Jadon Sancho was by far the easiest choice for this list. The English teenager is undoubtedly the most exciting young talent in football right now. Sancho started at the Watford Academy at the age of 7 before moving on to Manchester City’s academy when he was 14. The youngster impressed Manchester City, but the club was unable to guarantee him playing time. Because of this, Sancho made a bold move: he signed for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at the age of 17. Very few notable Englishmen have gone abroad to play football and done well, especially at such a young age. But Sancho is a different breed; he’s a confident player who believes in himself, and this has made all the difference. Sancho can play on both the left and right wing. His explosive speed, top dribbling ability and passing skills have been valuable to Borussia Dortmund’s 2018-19 title campaign. In just 28 appearances, Sancho has scored an impressive eight goals. He is also currently the Bundesliga assist leader with 13 assists to his name. The sky’s the limit for Sancho for as long as he can keep up his brilliant form.
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APRIL 12, 2019 CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS
Mudd-Caltech rivalry re-emerges in swimming, track ALLIE GOULD Harvey Mudd College students’ elaborate heist of Caltech’s Fleming Cannon in 1986 is a historic moment in Mudd’s pranking lore. While
BASEBALL: Hazing occured at ‘talent show’ Continued from Page 1 ment will also “resolve any potential competitive sanctions on individual players” in accordance with its policies. The violations occurred on CMC’s campus at the team’s annual senior-organized “talent show,” in which first-year players typically perform talents for the rest of the team, a baseball team alumnus told TSL via message. The alumnus, speaking on background because he did not want to represent a team he is no longer a part of, said he heard “no one was hurt or in danger, but it sounds like [security] was nearby and felt obligated to intervene.” The team’s activities were canceled for a week while the department investigated the incident. The Stags (13-8-1, 6-6 SCIAC) have won six of their past nine outings and had to cancel three games against Willamette last weekend. This incident marks the second CMS team found to have violated the CMS conduct policies in the past two school years. Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams were suspended last February while the department investigated potential conduct violations, including the alleged assault of a student employee at Pomona College’s Rains Center. The men’s team was eventually barred from competing in three meets and select women’s team members were banned from one.
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CMS players convene in the outfield during their game against Redlands March 1.
the pranks have died down between the two schools since, the engineering powerhouses have reignited their rivalry on a very different stage: Division III athletics. In sports that score in-
dividuals — like track and swimming — Mudd athletes are able to distinguish themselves from their Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College teammates, and see how they stack up against their STEM school rivals. When the women’s swim and dive team has at least four Mudd swimmers, they’ll create an all-Mudd relay to compete against Caltech. However, this isn’t always feasible. “This year was a little unfortunate because we only had three ‘Mudd-thenas,’ so we couldn’t make a relay, which was really sad,” Stephanie Blankley HM ’20 said. In track and field, Mudd athletes will sometimes aim to outscore Caltech in point totals on their own. Distance runner Morgan Blevins HM ’19 said that since Mudd and Caltech “are more comparable sizes of schools” — as opposed to C l a re m o n t - M u d d - S c r i p p s as a whole, which typically outscores Caltech by a large margin — it can be competitive when the schools match up against each other. The same is true in swimm i n g . H o w e v e r, i n b o t h sports, the Mudd athletes don’t consider it much of a real rivalry overall, because the Caltech teams have historically been less competitive than CMS. Blankley said part of what
allows them to create an allMudd relay purely for fun is that they aren’t concerned about losing the meet. “We’re gonna win it anyway,” Blankley said. Caltech swimming is on the rise, however, as the women posted a best-ever sixth-place SCIAC finish last season, and the men also finished sixth with multiple individual conference champions. Regardless of the level of competition, the athletes on both teams pay tribute to the historic rivalry with cheers during meets. According to Blevins, the track team will specifically cheer on Mudd runners to chase down the Caltech runners in front of them. All Mudders from the CMS swim and dive teams do a special cheer together before each meet with Caltech. The cheer goes as follows: “Sin cosine, cosine sin; 3.14159. Acceleration, force and mass; Harvey Mudd will kick your ass.” While she enjoys the “camaraderie” between the two schools, Blevins said the current rivalry is somewhat dull in comparison to the tales that Mudd upperclassmen gather the first-years in Case Dorm to tell. “I think it’s more that the glory days of the rivalry have kind of passed,” Blevins said. The current rivalry is more “academic,” according to Re-
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ese Peterson HM ’20. As two of the top engineering schools in the country, the students’ workloads don’t leave much time for the prank wars of the past.
“It would be fun to have a rivalry, but at the same time both schools are working so hard toward their own goals that neither see it as a good use of time,” Peterson said.
Masters 2019: Here are the players to watch GABBY HERZIG
The biggest week in golf — and arguably one of the biggest weeks in sports — is upon us once again. The Masters, which takes place annually at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, is the first of four major championships on the PGA Tour. If you ask any golfer, Augusta is probably their dream course to play. It’s the Sistine Chapel of the golf world. However, for most fans, watching 100 of the best players in the world navigate Augusta’s infamous winding fairways and lightning fast greens is just fine. Here are five players competing for the coveted green jacket to keep an eye on this week. Crowd favorite: Rory McIlroy The northern Irishman is
no doubt a fan favorite this week. McIlroy has been desperately chasing a Masters win ever since he won the Open Championship in 2014, which put him one major away from a coveted career grand slam — a victory in all four majors. If McIlroy wins this year, he will add to the list of only five players to ever win a career grand slam in golf history. Things are looking especially good for Rory after his recent win at the Players Championship. McIlroy’s putting has been iffy over the past couple of years. However, if he can keep a level head around the quick and slopey Augusta greens and drive the ball long and straight as he has done all season, I think he has a serious chance to win. Safe pick: Dustin Johnson As the current No. 1 golfer in the world, everyone will have their eyes on Dustin Johnson this week. To put
it bluntly, he’s a machine. Johnson’s distance off the tee combined with his dialed-in wedge game is a force to be reckoned with. Auwgusta National is becoming a slightly longer course each year, making Johnson’s distance an even bigger asset. In addition, his mental focus and endurance is rock solid. Mental game is a major factor at Augusta, and DJ’s zeroed-in mindset will put him on the right path. On the rise: Bryson DeChambeau If you don’t recognize Bryson DeChambeau’s name, you may know him instead as the “mad scientist” of the PGA Tour. DeChambeau is infamous for his analytical and calculated approach to the game — he literally uses formulas to figure out how to hit a shot. His methods have repeatedly been questioned, but he
has had an outstanding career so far, with five impressive PGA Tour wins. That being said, DeChambeau may just have developed an equation to solve Augusta National. The course can eat you up if you aren’t taking every factor into account, and preparation is one thing we won’t have to worry about with him. Due for a win: Rickie Fowler My personal favorite player on tour, Rickie Fowler, is coming off of a huge tour win this season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Fowler is all about confidence. He goes on hot and cold streaks, but this recent win was definitely the start to a strong upcoming season. Fowler has yet to win a major championship; however, he has come close many times. During the 2018 Masters, he lost by only a stroke to Patrick Reed. Fowler has said many times that Augusta suits his
game extremely well — maybe this will become the 30-yearold’s first major win. Hype master: Tiger Woods That’s right, Tiger is back. After a legendary win at the Tour Championship in December, the hype around every event in which Woods has played has been off the charts, and the Masters is no exception. Everyone wants to see Woods win his 15th major at Augusta; it would be straight out of any golf fan’s fantasy. He still has his ups and downs, however, which were on display at the recent WGCDell Technologies Match Play. Woods’ putting, chipping and driving accuracy can go out the window at any moment. On the other hand, the Augusta crowd’s roars will without a doubt amp him up. And when Woods is amped up, there’s no one who can stop him, especially at the Masters.
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Left: Rickie Fowler has yet to win a major championship, losing by only one stroke at the 2018 Masters. Top: Rory McIloy is a crowd favorite to win. Bottom: Tiger Woods could potentially win his 15th major championship this weekend.
SPORTS THE STUDENT LIFE
APRIL 12, 2019
Pomona - Pitzer P-P baseball loses 3 straight to Oxy, has lost 9 of 10 The Pomona-Pitzer baseball team (14-12, 4-11 SCIAC) lost all three of its games last week to Occidental (19-9, 7-5 SCIAC) to extend its losing streak to six. After falling 9-7 at Occidental Friday, the Sagehens came home the next day and dropped both ends of a doubleheader, 10-4 and 7-6. The Sagehens faced a large deficit in the first game, giving up five runs in the second inning and four more in the sixth to fall behind 9-0, which ultimately doomed the Sagehens. Jake Patterson-Kohout PZ ’21 led the Sagehens in Saturday’s doubleheader, going 3-7 with two home runs and five RBIs.
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dominated the doubles matches against Chapman, winning at No. 1 and No. 2 8-2, and No. 3 8-1. Sagehen men’s tennis splits matches against Trinity, Chapman The No. 14 P-P men’s tennis team (9-10, 4-0 SCIAC) split a pair of home matches last Saturday, losing 5-4 to Trinity (12-9) before beating Chapman (4-10, 0-3 SCIAC) 6-3. The Sagehens dropped all three doubles matches to fall behind early against Trinity, but came back to win four of the singles. Josh Gearou PO ’19 and Quinn Hirsohn PZ ’20 both had comeback wins after dropping their first set. After winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take the lead against Chapman, P-P dominated the singles matches. Nils Skattum PO ’22, Parth Desai PZ ’19 and Jack Weiler PZ ’22 all won in straight sets, while Jansen Comadena PO ’22 won at No. 1 after his opponent retired after one set.
Rodarte, Sagehen softball continue SCIAC success with doubleheader sweep of Oxy The Sagehen softball team (227-1, 14-4 SCIAC) won both games of Saturday’s road doubleheader against Occidental (4-25, 3-15 SCIAC), winning the first game 11-0 and the second 12-6. P-P has now won six straight. Liz Rodarte PZ ’19 continued her stellar season, pitching 10.1 innings over the two games and striking out 10 while allowing zero runs. Rodarte also had a big day at the plate, going 5-7 with a home run, six RBIs and four runs. P-P’s offense, which leads the SCIAC in overall runs scored, put up 23 runs over the two games.
Sagehen track sets many personal bests at Pomona-Pitzer Invite The P-P track and field teams hosted professional runners and teams from Divisions I, II and III at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational last weekend. On the men’s team, Carter Floyd PO ’21 improved upon his nation-best time in the 800-meter, running 1:51:29. Danny Rosen PO ’20 put up the fourth fastest time in the nation and fifth fastest in program history in the 1,500-meter run at 3:51.48. In the women’s 5-kilometer run, both Lauren Hamilton PO ’20 and Lila Cardillo PO ’22 set personal bests, finishing second and fifth overall with times of 17:21 and 17:43, respectively. The times rank fifth and sixth in program history.
P-P women’s tennis dominates Whittier, Chapman The No. 5 Sagehen women’s tennis team (11-3, 4-0 SCIAC) had a good weekend in its first SCIAC competition since mid-February. After beating Whittier (5-9, 1-3 SCIAC) 9-0 at home Friday, the Sagehens defeated Chapman (210, 1-2 SCIAC) Saturday 8-1. Against Whittier, Lucy Jiang PO ’19, Jacinta Chen PO ’21 and Melisha Dogra PZ ’22 all swept their opponents in singles matches, winning 6-0, 6-0. The Sagehens
P-P women’s golf finishes third overall at second SCIAC tournament The Sagehen women’s golf
Women’s Water Polo Natalie Hill PO ‘19 Torrance, California Hill had an outstanding offensive streak for the Sagehens last week, notching four goals and 12 assists to lead P-P to three close victories. She scored an important goal to give her team the lead in the double overtime game against Redlands and notched a career-high eight assists in the close matchup against Whittier. Hill was awarded SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Week for her efforts, and her team is currently on a six-game win streak heading into the final week of the regular season.
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The dugout clears to celebrate Jake Patterson-Kohout’s PZ ‘21 3-run homerun in the Sagehens’ 10-4 loss to Occidental on April 6.
team finished third at the second SCIAC meet in Ventura last weekend with an overall score of 620. Sophie Hui PO ’19 finished in a tie for seventh overall with a twoday score of 152. Priscilla Ki’s PO ’21 and Annabelle Huether’s PO ’22 scores were close behind, but in the close tournament they finished in ties for 14th and 17th with scores of 155 and 156, respectively.
The Sagehens trailed Whittier 13-12 with under three minutes remaining, but Anna Yu PO ’19 and Lucie Abele PO ’22 scored two goals within 30 seconds to give P-P the win. Morgan Stockham PZ ’19 was key in the win over Cal Lu — a matchup between the top two teams in the SCIAC — and finished with seven saves and one steal.
P-P men’s golf settles for seventh at second SCIAC tournament The P-P men’s golf team finished seventh at the second SCIAC meet in Pacific Palms last weekend. The Sagehens scored a 631. Owen Rosebeck PO ’20 led the team with a 154, tied for 15th overall. Jack Carrigan’s PZ ’20 score of 158 was second best for P-P and earned him a tie for 24th.
P-P lacrosse beats Redlands on Senior Day, gives up big lead against Oxy The P-P lacrosse team (10-4, 5-2 SCIAC) split a pair of games against SCIAC opponents last week, beating Redlands (7-6, 1-6 SCIAC) Saturday 18-6 on Senior Day, then losing a road game to Occidental (7-4, 5-2 SCIAC) 13-12 Wednesday. Nicole Larson PO ’19, Lilly Thomey PO ’19 and Lauren English PO ’19 were the three seniors honored before the game against Redlands. Thomey, Kate Immergluck PO ’21 and Sarah Woo PZ ’21 all had four goals in the win. P-P scored five straight goals in the first half against Occidental to build an 8-2 lead. The tides turned in the second half, as Oxy scored nine goals to come back and win by one.
Sagehen women’s water polo wins 3 close games to improve to 11-0 in SCIAC The Sagehen women’s water polo team (16-11, 11-0 SCIAC) picked up three tight victories last week, beating Whittier (10-9, 6-5 SCIAC) 14-13 and La Verne (9-12, 7-4 SCIAC) 8-6 at home on Senior Day Saturday, before beating Cal Lutheran (17-8, 10-2 SCIAC) 7-5 at home Wednesday.
Weekly Calendar Friday, April 12 Baseball Whittier Softball CMS Men’s Tennis at Caltech Saturday, April 13 Track and Field SCIAC #3 Women’s Tennis Cal Lutheran Baseball at Whittier
Women’s Water Polo Caltech at UCSD Softball Redlands Women’s Lacrosse Whittier Wednesday, April 17 Women’s Water Polo at Chapman Thursday, April 18 Men and Women’s Golf SCIAC Championship
Claremont - Mudd - Scripps Athlete of the Week Women’s Golf Kelly Ransom CM ‘19 Walnut Creek, California Ransom’s final round 69 led CMS to its fifth straight win and an all-time school record team score of 291 at the second SCIAC meet over the weekend. After her strong second day of competition, Ransom finished at 147 overall, which was tied for the best overall score for CMS. The Athenas placed five in the top 10 of the competition. After setting the school record, Ransom and the Athenas have their sights set on repeating as NCAA Division III Champions, as they approach the SCIAC Tournament on a fivematch win streak.
Weekly Calendar Friday, April 12 Women’s Tennis at Redlands Softball at P-P
Baseball Chapman Softball at La Verne Women’s Lacrosse at Chapman
Baseball at Chapman
Wednesday, April 17
Men’s Tennis Redlands
Women’s Water Polo Redlands
Saturday, April 13
Women’s Lacrosse Occidental
Track and Field SCIAC #3
Thursday, April 18
Men’s Tennis Occidental Marymount California
Track and Field Bryan Clay Invitational LBSU Invitational
Women’s Water Polo La Verne
Men’s and Women’s Golf SCIAC Championship
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Athena water polo squeaks out back-to-back 1-goal wins Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s water polo (9-12, 7-4 SCIAC) was on the winning side of two SCIAC matchups decided by one goal this week and is now riding a three-game win streak. The team defeated Caltech (215, 0-11 SCIAC) 17-6 Saturday, Chapman (9-14, 3-8 SCIAC) 9-8 Monday and Whittier (10-9, 6-5 SCIAC) 10-9 Wednesday. Jessica Salaz SC ’22 tallied 12 saves, including a crucial one during a fourth-quarter penalty shot against Whittier. CMS currently sits tied for third with La Verne in the SCIAC and will face the Leopards Saturday at home. Athena lacrosse notches 30th, 31st straight SCIAC wins With dominant 20-1 and 18-9 wins over Whittier (3-11, 0-7 SCIAC) and Redlands (7-6, 1-6 SCIAC), respectively, the CMS women’s lacrosse team (11-2, 7-0 SCIAC) extended its conference win streak to 31 games this week. Tessa Guerra CM ’22 led all scorers with three goals against Whittier. Classmate Alex Futterman CM ’22 added a pair herself, as did Sally Abel CM ’21. Against Redlands, Corie Hack CM ’19 scored five times and Abel four. CMS softball improves to 18-0 in conference play The No. 5 CMS softball team’s (24-5, 18-0 SCIAC) magical season continued last weekend, as the Athenas improved to 18-0 against SCIAC opponents with a two-game sweep of Cal Lutheran (8-22, 2-16 SCIAC). Chloe Amarilla CM ’19 led the Athenas in the circle and at the plate as they trounced the Regals 17-2 in game one, then came from behind to win game two 4-3. Amarilla threw five innings of one-run ball and hit a home run in the first contest, then drove in a run on two hits
in the second. CMS women’s, men’s track place 3 finishers each in top 5 at P-P Invite Three Athenas finished in the top five in their events at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite last weekend. Pole vaulter Jacque Desmond SC ’20 finished fifth overall, Sabrine Griffith HM ’20 was fifth in the long jump and Amanda Mell CM ’20 was fifth in the triple jump. The highest track finish came from Riley Harmon SC ’22 at seventh in the 5-kilometer run. For the Stags, Maxwell Knowles CM ’20 was the highest collegiate finisher in the javelin and moved from No. 10 to No. 6 in CMS history with his 185-foot performance. Alex McDonald CM ’21 and Adam Wilkinson CM ’22 led track finishers, taking fifth in the 100-meter dash and 5k, respectively. Athena tennis blanks back-toback SCIAC opponents The No. 2 CMS women’s tennis team (18-1, 4-0 SCIAC) swept both Whittier (5-9, 1-3 SCIAC)
and Chapman (2-10, 1-2 SCIAC) 9-0 at home last weekend, extending their SCIAC winning streak to 28, dating back to 2016. Against Whittier, Nicole Tan CM ’20, Caroline Cox CM ’21 and Sarah Bahsoun CM ’22 all won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0 as the Athenas only dropped five games overall on six courts. Settles becomes winningest Stag tennis coach of all time with sweep of Whittier Oscar Burney CM ’20 led the No. 1 CMS men’s tennis team (20-1, 2-0 SCIAC) with doubles and singles wins in its matchups against Gustavus Adolphus (127) and Whittier (6-9, 1-2 SCIAC) last weekend. Against Gustavus Adolphus, the Stags battled back after dropping two of three doubles matches to win all seven singles matches. Against SCIAC opponent Whittier, the CMS men swept all matches, and head coach Paul Settles became the winningest coach in Stag tennis history with 408 victories.
Kong leads men’s golf to comeback win at second SCIAC tournament No one in the field came within three shots of CMS’ Ken Kong CM ’21 on day two of the second SCIAC golf tournament, as he led the Stags to a comeback win with a final score of 597. Kong also finished first overall in the individual competition, moving from third to the top spot on the final day. Mason Chiu CM ’21 finished fifth overall, recovering from a slow start to the weekend. Athena golf sets school record on final day of second SCIAC tournament CMS women’s golf shot a school-record 291 on the final day of the second SCIAC golf tournament, which got them the win with a score of 596. Emily Attiyeh CM ’21 and Kelly Ransom CM ’19 each shot 69 on day one and two. Ransom and Mira Yoo CM ’21 tied for second place overall in the field (179); the pair was just one shot ahead of Attiyeh’s total (180).
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Chloe Amarilla CM ‘19 hits a line drive to the left side in the Athenas’ 17-2 win over Cal Lutheran April 6.