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November 6 , 2009 · Volume 57 · Issue 5

THE BANNER A California Baptist University Campus Publication

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Let the wild rumpus start


STAFF WRITER The leaves are changing color and the weather has broken. Fall is definitely here. But the change in season has brought more than leaves and a fresh chill in the air, it has sparked new excitement as the Lancers embark on another season in athletics. As the midnight hour approaches, students emerge from behind books, computer screens, and televisions to participate in an event that symbolizes the camaraderie and excitement a new basketball season promises. Midnight Madness has been a fixture not only at California Baptist University, but at many colleges across the country. This event is more than just a simple pep-rally. It is a chance for the students to welcome and embrace their team. Though, in years past, Midnight Madness has proven exciting, this years was even better. Photo by Kenton Jacobsen Wednesday, Oct. 28 marked the kick-off of the 2009-2010 basketball season. The Lancer leads the crowd in a traditonal California Baptist University cheer. The blowing wind did not stop students from filing in to the front of the gym, awaiting rolled around the front doors couldn’t really be only available with a ticket. It was like a concert There were so many students; latecomers were the beginning of Midnight Madness. Though the seen behind the crowds of early birds. with people milling about, waiting for the real asked to stand on the floor of the gym. After the doors did not open until 10 p.m., students arrived Not only were the T-shirts an attraction show to start. crowd scrambled to find their seats the madness early, ready for the festivities to begin. Free T-shirts for students to attend the event but Chick-fil-A As the doors opened, students ran for the best began with the guidance of Jeffrey Stovak and were offered to students who arrived at the gym committed to give free food away before the doors seats in the house. Within the first ten minutes, Adam Cook. Stovack and Cook pumped up the at 9:30 p.m. opened. a sea of gold crazies shirt crowded the bleachers crowd to kick off the night’s events. The stadium However, herds of students began getting Despite the cold weather many students on both sides of the gym. CBU had their highest See madness, Page 8 there much earlier than announced. Before 9:30 showed up to receive their free meal, which was attendance in almost three years.

Father and son bring pancakes close to school BY KENTON JACOBSEN said. EDITOR IN CHEIF

After three months of construction, John and Jeremy Whetherby opened The Original Pancake House in Adam’s Plaza on Nov. 4. The father and son team originally hoped to open within one month of receiving the keys to the property but ran into trouble with inspections and permits. “The place was so old; when it was Millie’s they didn’t have to do the upgrades as often as they should have and that caused us large delays,” John Weatherby said. The quest for breakfast began a year and a half ago when John and Jeremy, decided to go into business together. The dynastic duo debated what sort of business to start, but family memories of a local The Original Pancake House made their choice easy. “The truth is that Jeremy was eating at The Original Pancake House before he was born. Even after I was divorced from my ex-wife, we still came to the pancake house together as a family. We found it was very family oriented, which is extremely important to me,” Weatherby

The Original Pancake House is based in Portland, Ore., with over 100 franchises through the nation. The company has policies to ensure the quality of food from one franchise to the next, but allows individual owners to “experiment” with special recipes. Weatherby hopes to grow on Millie’s existing customer base by appealing to California Baptist University students. “Millie’s, I think, had a tendency to be more for older people. Our breakfast places are fast, and they’re full of food, it’s a good portion, that will get the younger crowd in here too,” Weatherby said. “I think that once the students find out how good our food is, we won’t have a bit of problem.” The restaurant only serves one meal but that does not mean the menu is limited. They have offerings ranging from pancakes (as the name implies) to omelets and crepes. The apple pancake is sure to be a hit for students. This delicious buttermilk pancake is cooked covered in apples and cinnamon sugar. “It’s so good that if you get to the point that you only want to eat half of it, take it home. The

Fresh quality ingredients make for

a breakfast beyond compare.

other half that night you can use for a desert,” The biggest concern that students may have Weatherby said. is the hours. The late night snack or studying The prices are a little more than found at crowd will have to look elsewhere as the eatery Denny’s or Norms, an apple pancake, orange closes at 2 p.m. Weatherby explained that slow juice, bacon and eggs will run nearly $15 afternoon hours present an economic concern. plus tax and tip, but Weatherby explains that the quality of the food is much superior to other similar restaurants. “All our ingredients are weighed. The only thing that is pre-mixed is our buckwheat and our waffle. Even our Belgian waffle is hand-done,” Weatherby said. Pancakes prices range from $5.30 to $8.50 and eggs, bacon and country potatoes can be ordered a la carte. Omelets are in the $8 by Kenton Jacobsen range and come withThe father and son duo, John and Jeremy Wheatherby, look forward toPhoto serving the three pancakes. California Baptist Community with their delicious pancakes.



November 6 , 2009 · Volume 57 · Issue 5

‘Collision’ of beliefs on campus BY TAYLOR WINCHELL STAFF WRITER

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On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in California Baptist University’s Copenbarger Presidential Dining Room, over 200 students and faculty gathered to watch and discuss two very differing views of God and His influence on the world. The first half of the event was an advance screening of the documentary “Collision,” which followed the debate tour that put well-known atheist and author Christopher Hitchens against evangelical theologian and author Douglas Wilson. The sponsors of this event, the Office of Spiritual Life and the CBU Speech and Debate Team, freely provided popcorn, snacks and drinks for those who attended. These scholars traveled around the country arguing their positions on the timeless topic - “Is Religion Good for the World?” for colleges, seminaries and other scholarly events while independent filmmaker Darren Doane documented their encounters. Arguing over controversial and pivotal issues of Christianity, such as compulsory faith and standards of moral judgment, this experience brought up many questions from the audience. “This video definitely made me want to read the book of Revelations again,” Maryann Cox, junior, said. In order to filter through some of the

questions going through students’ minds, a panel of three CBU philosophy teachers followed up the video with a questionand-answer discussion. Professors Scott Key, Todd Bates and Tim Mosteller answered fundamental questions that both Christians and nonbelievers ask at some point in their lives. Students asked questions like “What took God so long to send Jesus?” and “Who is more at fault: an ill-tempered Christian or atheist?”. “My favorite part of this event was the panel, because it really clarified some of the issues brought up by the video,” Cox said. The documentary video will be on sale in the Office of Spiritual Life for $10 while supplies last. Communication Studies Professor Michael Marse concluded the event with a few action steps that students can begin to do now that they have heard both sides. “Signing up for an apologetics or debate class can be a great way to further this experience,” Marse said. “And make sure to declare philosophy as your major!” Mosteller said. Whatever students end up doing as a result, it is no question that everyone took away something significant from this function that will be remembered. “The thing I got from this was that I need to be able to defend my faith,” Cox said. “I want to be able to raise questions and have answers for myself and the people I encounter.”

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November 6 , 2009 · Volume 57 · Issue 5

Tobacco sales decline BY LISA LUNA STAFF WRITER

Vices may be strong but the recession is stronger. There are no guarantees in today’s economy and the tobacco industry is no exception. According to the Denver Post, consumers are learning how to control their habits instead of relying on them for a quick fix. With the increase of tobacco prices, consumers are giving up the urges and focusing their attention on things other than smoking. Consumers are not going out to socialize as much, therefore there is no need to smoke as a form of a social event. There are other factors in the decline of tobacco. Taxes have increased to almost an extra dollar per pack, and in most states there are bans on smoking indoors. Many cities in the Los Angeles have set strict bans on where smoking is not

allowed; giving smokers less options of where they are permitted to smoke. The increase in tobacco prices and decrease in smoking may result in a decrease in air pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report, in 2007 the pollution in the city of Riverside Calif., was at 7.9 percent; being higher than other cities in Southern California. In 2008, the American Lung Association found the Los Angeles-Riverside areas were of the most air polluted cities in California. Leaving millions of people in risk of lung diseases. Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have found that secondhand tobacco smoke can be dangerous. Along with lung disease and respiratory complications, secondhand smoke can also cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The disease usually causes fat to accumulate in the liver of heavy


Winners at Baptist Press California Baptist University’s student publications, The Banner and Angelos were honored at the 2009 Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference. The Banner newspaper tied for third place with Biola University for the category of Overall Newspaper. Angelos received second place for Overall Yearbook. Andrew Hochradel and Candice Ybarra won third place for their “Drawn to Art” and Kenton Jacobsen won first place for “Danny Francis” under Best Overall Coverage. CBU swept the competition in the Portrait Spread Design for the yearbook’s “Music,” “Midnight Madness” and “International Vagabond” pages. Jacob Photo by Chris Hardy Breems won second place for his article on golf, High tobacco prices may be a blessing in disguise. under the Sports Copy. Andrew Hochradel also won for the Sports Design of the swim and dive drinkers or alcoholics. Second hand smoke can even spread. For photojournalism, Michael Ring won cause heart attacks and other health second place for his basketball picture when complications. CBU played against UCLA.


NEWS EDITOR California Baptist University heeded President Barack Obama’s announcement of the H1N1 virus as a national emergency. Dean of Students Anthony Lammons said CBU has enacted several measures in order to ensure safety for students, staff and faculty. The first step is reporting. If a student experiences flu-like symptoms, he or she is encouraged to tell a CBU staff member via e-mail or phone call. Residential students should notify their R.A. or R. D. and commuter students are advised to call the student services office. A staff member will help students fill out a questionnaire. Some of the questions relate to the time they started feeling sick, when they were on campus and if they have visited a physician. “We’re keeping a spreadsheet of where they live, whether they’re on-campus or off-campus, their living area, and what’s going on so we can address that,” Lammons said. According to Lammons, there are about 100 students who reported feeling flu-like symptoms. Out of the 100, there are about seven confirmed cases of swine flu. In the event a student experiences symptoms, he or she will be quarantined. The Center for Disease Control and

Prevention’s website reports the virus is mainly spread person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of an infected person. This fact provided CBU with reason to isolate students. “We’ll actually tell students that we need to move them temporarily so they’re not infecting others,” Lammons said. “And we’re working with facilities; they will come in and actually sanitize the area. Not only where the student was and the roommates remain but they sanitize where the student goes and immediately after the student leaves.” Additionally, Lammons said a plan was devised through Residence Life. A staff member will deliver meals instead of the student going to the Alumni Commons Dining where they can possibly infect others. While reporting an illness is not mandatory, students need to be proactive. “If you have an illness let us know. It’s not only about that individual, it’s about the community. If students will work with us, we’ll appreciate it greatly. We’re trying to work what’s in best regard for all of them,” Lammons said. If outbreak where to occur, CBU has created a task force with representation from different departments on campus. Lammons said CBU officials are continually reading reports and literature distributed by CDC to be prepared.

Lammons said that CBU is working with local health care organizations to help track the activity. CBU has also placed hand sanitizer dispensers around campus to prevent the spread of germs. The University purchased gloves and masks to hand out to students in the residential areas. Faculty and staff were also advised to report students who display influenza-like symptoms to the Student Services office. “We’re learning as we go, but the biggest thing is to be proactive and isolating those individuals. It’s not something that they’ve done, but the community becomes at risk if we do not do that,” Lammons said.

Seeing and Meeting the World Flags from various countries decorated the exterior of the Yeager Center. This was in honor of the international celebration at California Baptist University, which began on Nov. 4. The first event started at 7 p.m. with a variety show in Staples. Groups presented different dances and songs of their homeland. Later in the evening, the 48 Hours of Prayer for the Nations started. On Nov. 5 the Alumni Dining Commons served international foods and a Global Village game night followed in the late afternoon. An International fair was scheduled for Nov. 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Stamps Courtyard.

Journey to Justice California Baptist University’s International Justice Mission chapter will be screening the film At the End of Slavery, a documentary on human trafficking. The viewing will take place on Nov. 8 in the Staples room from 7-9 p.m.

Riverside Keeps Mayor Ron Loveridge will continue to serve as Riverside mayor. According to the city of Riverside’s website, Loveridge received 69 percent of the vote. The term will last only two years, ending in 2012. This short term was made for future Riverside mayoral elections to align with presidential elections. Other candidates included former councilman Art Gage, artist Kenneth Stansbury and Arlington High School senior Troy Kent.

Wage Withholding Rates Increased

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Brianna Gonzalez wears a face mask to prevent illness.

California increased wage withholding rates by 10 percent on Nov. 1. The new law was created to ease the state deficit. The money withheld from paychecks will be given back on April 15, 2010 in the form of a tax return.



November 6 , 2009 · Volume 57 · Issue 5

double the fun with 2 unique majors BY JENNY MINER STAFF WRITER

This devotional by Oswald Chambers is just one devotional great for students to spend time with Christ.

5 devotionals for students


College is an important time in anyone’s life – here at California Baptist University, college is a prime time to learn and grow in the Word. It can be hard to establish a quiet time outside of Bible readings for classes, but a weapon against the monotony is a great devotional. Devotionals can be found online, at the local bookstore, at the CBU bookstore or the Office of Spiritual Life. Here are a few recommendations: 1. “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers This devotional is a timeless classic. Providing daily scriptural readings from the New Kings James Version, “My Utmost For His Highest” is perfect to read between classes or for the days and nights when there is not enough time to devote to a 30-minute or hour-long Bible study. This small devotional is available in various bookstores and online; Christianbook. com features the devotional for only $6.99. Chambers provides challenging messages for followers of God. With a student-friendly price, this devotional could make a great addition to any personal library. 2. “The Names of God” by Ann Spangler The award-winning author Ann Spangler, previously wrote “Praying the Names of God” and “Praying the Names of Jesus.” The new devotional features 52 names of God, thus providing 52 weekly or daily Bible studies. Spangler’s study revolves around the featured name of God and then studies the name in-depth with background information, key Scripture passages, questions and Scripture for further reading and reflection. Although on the pricey

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side, “The Names of God” is an interesting and fulfilling study of the characters of God Himself. Spangler’s book is available online and at various bookstores. Prices range from $11.99 to $15.99. 3. “TAWG” (Time Alone With God) Created by Campus Ministries, “TAWG” is a two-year devotional that will take the reader through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice. “It is not a Bible study, but a tool that students can use to teach themselves how to read the Bible and apply it to their lives,” Melody Iorg, graduate assistant of Campus Ministries, said. The readings feature a passage from both the Old and New Testament followed by questions to deepen understanding and application. “TAWG” also has hand-selected memory verses and a prayer journal complete with instruction on how to pray. It is available in the Office of Spiritual Life for a mere $5. 4. “Lessons on Assurance” by NavPress This small, five-week devotional is provided by the Office of Spiritual Life for new believers or for those who are rededicating their lives to God and His Word. “Lessons on Assurance” is a perfect devotional for those who are just beginning to grasp the Word of God and seek a better understanding of Scripture. Much like “TAWG,” this study is meant for everyone. They are available in the Office of Spiritual Life, free of charge; all they ask is for students to take the time to talk to them about their spiritual journey before receiving the book. 5. “The MacArthur Daily Bible” by John MacArthur For those who wish to have a daily, mappedout, in-depth Bible study, this devotional is perfect. Every day MacArthur provides a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. It features much more reading than these other devotionals, but it is allinclusive; it is a Bible and devotional in one. “The MacArthur Daily Bible” is available in the Office of Spiritual Life for just $5, as well as online and in other bookstores. Happy Bible studying!

What do you get when you cross a biology major with a journalism major? A newspaper doctor? Not exactly, but there are many students on campus spending their time studying two very different subjects. Giordan Diaz-Peacock, sophomore, is a double major in English and theatre. “I knew I always wanted to do theatre because I like to entertain and make people laugh, ever since I was little,” Diaz-Peacock said. “And English, because I wouldn’t mind teaching some day.” Diaz-Peacock does admit that teaching is his back-up plan. What he really aspires to do is perform on Broadway or act on television. He is even considering voice-over acting work. Berniece Bruinius, assistant professor of English, thinks double majoring is a fabulous idea. In Diaz-Peacock’s case, especially, she sees how the two majors overlap and will be beneficial to his future plans.

“Theatre is literature,” Bruinius said. “Often, in literature class, you will study theatre. So, if you were studying the text of a play in one class and then performing the character in another, I think you are going to bring a lot more depth into your performance.” Lauren Babb, senior, is graduating this spring with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Music. At the start of college, Babb was solely a Music major. She is still heavily involved in the music program at CBU. She is a member of the University Choir and Orchestra, Choral Union and a small group that sings at local churches two or three times a month. Babb has noticed an important way that studying music has prepared her for her future aspirations. She is considering working in counterterrorism and political or intelligence analysis. Studying music theory has enabled her to think beyond the obvious. In music, she has to learn to

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International students are invited to visit with local students and their families for the holidays. BY KRISTIN DE LA CRUZ STAFF WRITER

Ah, the holidays. Family gatherings, cooler weather, much needed relaxation and enough pumpkin pie to last through Valentine’s Day. At the peak of a grueling semester, nothing could sound better. Nothing, that is, except sharing the excitement of the holidays with an international friend and being honored with the opportunity to learn more about another culture. California Baptist University students from across the globe have created unforgettable holiday memories together. Through a joint holiday celebration, both local and international students have discovered a broader perspective of the world, gained respect for various traditions and have formed precious friendships. Down the street, across the country, or on the other side of the globe, the holidays are a time to treasure because they allow for time spent with loved ones. “At home I usually go visit friends or family. It’s the same here,” said Lea Nyiranshuti, a sophomore from Rwanda. “Relaxing, eating a lot, being with friends…It’s the same… It’s very special,” said Senior Jae Hyuk Choi, as he described both his American and Korean holiday memories. Choi was grateful to experience an American holiday and to have the opportunity to share about his own holiday traditions. “We talked about my country,” he said. “It is good to respect the cultures and learn.”

Last year, Nyiranshuti experienced her first holiday season in America. She was happy to spend this time with her American host family, who welcomed her with open arms. “It is like having another family,” she said. “If you are with others you don’t feel lonely…you feel like there are other people who care about you.” Regardless of cultural background, all students hope to be involved in a welcoming, relaxing and enjoyable environment for the holidays. Amy Adams, a CBU alumnus, will never forget the memories she made when she spent Christmas with two of her Rwandan friends who she lovingly refers to as her new sisters. “I felt so blessed by them,” she said. Adams and her family excitedly anticipate the upcoming holiday season, when they will be reunited with their honorary family members for another time of celebration. No matter what culture a person comes from, they each possess a wealth of stories, experiences, and traditions to share. Any student wishing for a memorable Thanksgiving should consider inviting an international student into their home. “Put yourself in their shoes,” Aaron Kim said, “If you went to another country how would you want people to welcome you?” Adams encourages students to simply take a chance and extend an invitation. “The worst answer you can get is no,” she said, “The benefits far outweigh any hesitation. Opening your home to anyone who doesn’t have a chance to be home with family is much more of a blessing than you can ever realize.”


November 6 , 2009 · Volume 57 · Issue 5


10 Mac widgets you should know about

Angela Szydlowski Samantha Shaw

The ability to use her talents to unite family after family has become a reality for California Baptist University alumna, Angela Szydlowski. She began at CBU as a traditional student and participatedinthechoir, but she found her place in the degree completion program studying sociology. She graduated in 2007 and, as a family reunification social worker for Riverside county, now uses the knowledge she gained at CBU on a daily basis. “I really did learn a lot through my classes like how to work with people,” Szydlowski said. “It is definitely difficult at times, but I get to see families come together when parents do what they need to do.” Often Szydlowski works so closely with families that she is considered a part of them. “They come back together stronger, and that is the best part of it,” Szydlowski said. “The Lord gave me that desire to help those people and the strength to do so.” Szydlowski also has the opportunity to unite believers in worship at Harvest Christian Fellowship. She uses her special talent for singing and leading worship at The Well for college students twice a month on Friday nights. In addition, she also sings in the main service every Sunday night, some Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights once a month. “I visited a lot of churches when I was looking for what the Lord wanted for me as an individual apart from being a pastor’s daughter – just me being Angela. Some churches were just not a fit for me,” she said. “The first time I got to Harvest, I had to sit up in the balcony in the corner. The message was clear from the Word of God and the worship was great and uplifting. Everything just seemed really balanced. I remember praying, ‘Lord, I would love to be a part of this someday.’” Szydlowski had just begun to attend Harvest when she applied through CBU to use her singing while studying abroad. “I had to audition and everything,” Szydlowski said. “I was accepted, but it wasn’t working out.” A registrar at CBU took the time to encourage her. “I don’t know what her name was, but she looked at me straight in the face and said, ‘You know what? I just know the Lord is going to use you in such an amazing way—you just don’t know it yet.’ I will always remember that. I just love that sort of atmosphere where people and faculty that know the Lord are behind you not just academically, but spiritually as well,” she said. As she helps other families come together, Szydlowski finds her own place of belonging at Harvest. “I just came and fellowshipped there and just prayed for God to open doors, and He did in his timing. The people that I work alongside of are just godly people. They aren’t judgmental. The whole atmosphere in itself is just one of striving together to learn. It’s like a family.”



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Ismael Gomez behind the scenes is preparing food in the kitchen of the ADC, which is not typically seen by students.


When I was four years old, my parents and grandparents combined forces to buy me a Fisher-Price “Deluxe” Kitchen. Rather than uttering traditional exclamations of surprise or joy, I simply walked over to my kitchen and began preparing what was presumably a four course meal. After several minutes of silence, I turned to my astonished parents and told them very seriously, “Shhh, I’m cooking.” As I have grown older, my fascination with kitchens (real and pretend) has not really diminished, which was why I was thrilled to embark upon a personal tour of the Alumni Dining Commons, guided by Don Laws, Food and Beverage Manager. During the journey, I gained valuable insight into the cafeteria’s inner workings, learned about a little known philanthropic project, and saw four enormous refrigerators. Below are some little known facts about our cafeteria, the kitchen, and the staff who make California Baptist University’s meals happen. 1. The ADC serves an average of 3600 meals per day, and that does not include the 900 orders in Wanda’s and various catering events (anywhere from 2 to 200 plus people). It also excludes the 116 meals prepared each day for the Meals on Wheels program in which the ADC participates in free of charge. The program is through a local Methodist church and meals are delivered to home-bound seniors. 2. The ADC uses primarily locally grown, fresh ingredients and produce in their meals. This year there has been an added effort to include more gluten-free products, whole grains and nuts in the menus. Menu planning depends on the types of produce that are in season, and incorporates different seasonal

flavors. For example, fall menus have more squash, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. 3. The most popular meal at the ADC is chicken tenders, followed by the CBU bowl (which, ironically, is a variation on the chicken strip). 4. In order to prepare the food students eat every day, ADC employees work from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Menu planning often takes place a month before the food is served, with all the chefs and managers collaborating on ideas. 5. The ADC kitchen smells like freshly baked brownies. 6. There is executive chef and two souschefs (it is pronounced “soo.”). One of the chefs is in charge of desserts, and although all the chefs have their specialties, they work in all areas of food production. The executive chef ’s name is Joe Pittrezzello (make sure to thank him sometime!) 7. I could probably fit inside the dishwasher 8. The ADC incorporates suggestions from comment cards in order to add variety to their menu. Suggestions for frozen yogurt and chicken strips once a week were all suggestions from the comment cards. 9. What about the rumor that the Caf keeps a liquor cabinet? Purely a myth. Although the ADC does maintain a few bottles of wine, they are purely for cooking (wine is often used as an ingredient in sauces, but the alcohol dissipates with cooking) and the cabinet is kept securely locked. Finally, a tip from my tour-guide Don Laws: 10. In order to avoid long lines at lunchtime, simply spend 15 minutes talking with friends after class. By the time the conversation is finished, the lines will have disappeared, making lunchtime less rushed and more enjoyable.

Though it is a funny name, Widgets are a special feature that can be used as helpful tools, whether it is gaining information about what is going on in the world or just for pure entertainment – they have it all. For the computer savvy, widgets provide a single interaction point for direct manipulation of a kind of data – This way, only the NBA scores and nothing else will be seen on your computer dashboard. Other categories include: business, food, games, music, international, movies and TV and plenty more. 10 Useful MAC Widgets: 1.) iTube- Tired of searching for a music video for that song on your iTunes? Well, iTube is the solution to that problem. This wigdget streams the music video that is currently playing on your iTunes. 2.) VelaClock Deluxe – This is perfect for anyone wanting to travel to different parts of the country. This widget shows the different levels of sunlight, from sunset, sunrise, moonrise and twilight. This application also has city/country specifics of time zones and Daylight Savings Times, and has the ability to see information from the past and future dates. 3.) Flight.PL Travel Widget – Travel planning can be a difficult and tedious task. This widget makes finding flights, hotel and rental car prices less stressful no matter the destination. 4.) Countdown Dashboard Widgetcustomize the personal calendar. Add daily, weekly, monthly and yearly countdowns for any event. Application comes with alarms as a reminder for that special date. On your mark, get set, go! 5.) Surf Report- Receive updates on the present wave and tide reports for any surfing spot. 6.) Latest Movie- want to know information on the most recent movies? This application includes trailers, reviews and ratings. 7.) The Weather Channel Mac Widget – the unpredictable weather in Riverside makes this tool useful to receive all weather updates. It depicts weather in selected areas on a 36-hour forecast. 8.) LyricSearch Widget- Forgot the words to that new Taylor Swift or Tyrone Wells song? Get the lyrics in a quick and easy way by typing the artist or song. 9.) Language translator- Plan on going on an International Service Project trip this year? Save time and energy flipping through a translator book by adding this Widget to the list. Up to 41 languages are available. 10.) NBA Widget- Whether your favorite team is the Lakers or the Celtics, the latest scores and news for all the NBA teams are available on a dashboard. There you have it, the 10 most useful widgets that may make life a little less stressful. Instead of browsing web sites for the answer, widgets have it all at the click of a button.


Everyone has their personal taste in a church. There is the megachurch, the traditional, the modern and the new online church where people can find the convenience of church within their own setting. With all this selection, it can be hard to find a new church home away from home. Here’s a list of churches in the local area that will connect to college-age people who are devoted to the Lord. Some are even within walking distance, which can provide worship, service and community to any college student. Generate @ Crossroads Church, Wednesdays at 6 & 7:30p.m.: Looking for a rock concert feel and a very real and funny pastor? Generate may be the place to visit. Starting in 2007, attendance has grown to 3,200 weekly, resulting in the recent expansion of two services. It may seem more like a concert hall rather than a church with the worship band pumping up the audience for the message from Tony Wood, who keeps the energy going with his message and various props. Located in Corona, Generate is a 15-minute drive from campus. Generate also offers live video feed online which is accessible through the Generate website at or via the beloved procrastination device of every college student, Facebook. The Well @ Harvest Christian Fellowship, Fridays at 7:30p.m.: If Generate is a little too big, check out The Well @ Harvest. Just two minutes away from campus, experience a community of about 100-150, compared to the 15,000 congregation and growing. Within the megachurch, communing

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with the various small groups offered at the campus is huge. The Well is lead by worship, followed by some time getting refreshed by God’s Word, and then everyone just hangs out a bit while meeting fellow followers. On some special days they bring in a little healthy competition of dodge-ball. The Well also offers a chance for the men (Men of Valor) and women (Women at the Well) to talk and commune separately, getting to know each other on a deeper basis. Going to The Well just once will definitely provide opportunity to meet tons of college-age people; and most likely they’re going through the same finals week fear too. Check out the website at Sandals College United (SCU) @ Sandals Church, Wednesdays at 7p.m.: Want an even deeper connection? Then there is Sandals College United, or SCU as it’s called. SCU has more a relaxed vibe with an always changing atmosphere keeping SCU refreshed and continuing the Sandals vision of being “real with ourselves, others and God.” SCU starts off with worship and then a speaker talks or the group breaks directly into small groups discussing what they have learned from the Sunday sermon. All first-timers are set into the same small group to get to know each other. Afterwards, you will be put into one of the other small groups. With a group of about 50-60 people, SCU is more intimate and easier to really reach out to fellow followers in Christ. Check out the website at The Foundry @ Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church, Tuesdays at 7p.m.: Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church is just across the street from the CBU campus. The Foundry comes together as a community to honor God through authentic biblical worship and teaching. The goal is to grow spiritually together through relationship-building and serving the church and world. It is just within

The Happiest Job On Earth

BY TAYLOR WINCHELL their employees, with strict dress codes and codes of STAFF WRITER

Shyra Turner, senior, wants to be a third grade teacher after she graduates. She was a cheerleader for many years, is currently majoring in liberal studies and loves Starbucks coffee. Also, like many college students, she has a part-time job. However, unlike most of her peers, she works at one of the hottest tourist locations in the world: the Disneyland amusement park. As a jungle cruise skipper and Disney character entertainer, she gets a chance to be behind the magic of the “happiest place on earth”. “God definitely had a plan for me when he placed me in this job,” Turner said. Starting in June 2006, she started working as a lifeguard in Moreno Valley. Content with her job, she was not looking for any new employment. Then, Disney approached her with an opportunity. Having a friend that worked as a jungle cruise skipper, she would come to the park when she has some free time. “An employer came up to me and asked if I wanted a job, since I was there most of the time anyways,” Turner said. And so her relationship with the magical world of Disney began. As some know, Disney holds high standards for

conduct. “I had to learn a book of rules as thick as the Bible, as well as take a four-day training on etiquette,” Turner said. After, armed with new knowledge of the inner workings of a Disney worker, she started her first day as a jungle cruise skipper. “I was so nervous that I cried during my first two runs,” Turner said. “But then I caught on and really started to love it.” Turner enjoyed her job as a skipper at first, but what about after months of continuous Disney music and a constant stream of hurried tourists? “I still love it!” Turner said. “My favorite part is being able meet people from all over the world and be a part of their fun.” Another favorite part of her job is the sense of community with her Disney family. Last year, Turner was victim to a tragic car accident where she flat-lined and was then resuscitated. During the long and difficult rehabilitation, her fellow employees prayed with and for her. They also gave her a less physical position to do while she was still healing so she could continue to work. “They were there for me and made me feel very loved during a tough time, and I’m so thankful for them,” Turner said. Currently taking 20 units of classes, getting


A day in the life of a theatre student Students make plays come to life on the stage of the Wallace Theatre BY TAYLOR WINCHELL STAFF WRITER

Photo By Esther Kosciuk

Students worship God at various places around Riverside county.

walking distance and located at the Loft within the building. See their Facebook page: The Foundry/ for more information. In today’s society Churches everywhere are reaching out to the next generation. There are plenty of other college-age groups within churches then these four specially picked out. Here are a few other churches within the area to take note of: -The Point-Young Adult Service @ The Grove Community Church, Sunday at 6p.m. Website: -Crave @ Saddleback Church (In the new building -The Refinery), Thursdays at 7:15p.m. Website:

ready for graduation in May, and commuting to her Disneyland job on the weekends, Turner has her hands full this year. Nevertheless, she does not doubt for a second that all her work is worth it. “I know that God has me where I am for a reason,” Turner said. “And I can’t wait to see what He has for me next.”

Photo By Kristin Vaughan

Shyra Turner makes dreams come true at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

In the words of senior Jocelyn James, “CBU Theatre is awesome!” Many students of California Baptist University have been involved in the theatre program as a part of their major, minor or just as a fun and exciting hobby. As can be easily seen from any production put on by the theatre department at CBU, extensive amounts of time, energy and resources are utilized to make each play an amazing theatrical experience. All students have a variety of things going on at once – classes, practice, jobs and family time are just a few things that fill up their days. This can lead to an extremely hectic schedule and life. In addition to theatre, James also has a job at the Academic Resource Center (ARC), a full course load and church responsibilities that occupy her time. So why add another stress and obligation? “Theatre gives me the opportunity to play and be myself,” James said. “When I act, I can be someone else and walk in their shoes. When directing, I get to see the results of many people’s skills put together and am able to help create the complete picture.” Also, many students combine their love for theatre with love for music. This means a double commitment to the theatre and the music program. Both of these departments take much time and determination to master. Britany Haynes, senior, is involved in theatre as well as the University Choir & Orchestra. “I’ve really had to learn to juggle everything and still maintain my grades and my relationships,” Haynes said. “It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.” After college, theatre becomes a closed chapter in their lives, so what do these students plan on doing with their future? “I would love to go to graduate school for theatre, but I am open to whatever God has in mind,” James said. “I don’t know where I will be next year yet, but I am excited!” Theatre has also given students many skills that can be used throughout a lifetime. “I have gained experience in budgeting time,” Haynes said. “I know this skill will be useful when I have both a family and a career.”


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see beyond what was just written on the page and see the possibilities of making a composition better. Likewise, in analyzing policy or heading a terrorist organization, she will be able to see past what is going on and figure out how to fix a problem. Kenton Jacobsen, senior and Editor-in-Chief of The Banner, has one of the most unique double major combinations. Like Babb, he began as a music major but quickly saw his passion was elsewhere. Now, he is studying both Journalism and Philosophy. Jacobsen is not studying Philosophy in order to pursue a career in that field. Rather, he believes it will give him a definite world-view, especially from a Christian perspective. What Jacobsen has really been enjoying lately is Journalism, more specifically, Photojournalism. “I would either like to be a photojournalist or straight photographer, but journalism teaches me a lot about communication and that is definitely an understated aspect of photography that I think I’ll really be able to capitalize on as a professional photographer,” Jacobsen said.

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When asked which major he liked better, Jacobsen said, “That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child.” Star Reyes is another student with a unique double-major combination. It was not until recently that she decided to stay an extra year to receive a degree in Spanish as well as History. Reyes knows which subject she prefers over the other but hopes they will both be equally as helpful as she pursues a career in the Education field. “My favorite major is Spanish, definitely. It’s easier. I’m more familiar with it and since it’s a smaller department, I know everyone in it. In my classes, there are like five people. We walk with each other from the next class to the next class,” Reyes said. All of these students are happy about the decisions they have made about their studies. Even though it is hard work to balance participation in Photo Courtesy of Kit Joos Kit Joos encourages California Baptist University students to join him on his next mission trip to Haiti. different departments and it may take them longer to graduate, they believe it is a worthwhile decision that will benefit them in the future.


Photo by Kristin Vaughan

(Back Row) Dani Holt, Natalie Deluia, Ashley Winder, Bethany Scott, Justine Holguin, Becca Wurm, Lauren Garcia, Krystal Solomon (Front) Morgan Pederson, Hannah Price

Resident Life celebrates Christmas and other holidays

BY KRISTIN VAUGHAN AND SAMANTHA SHAW lights will keep me safe from being on fire although PHOTO EDITOR AND ASST. FEATURES EDITOR

Christmas came early this year… and so did every other holiday. Residence Life staff met Oct. 29 dressed as various holidays for a “family time” unlike any other. Leprechauns, firecrackers, pregnant men, secret service and blind referees crowded the Residence Life office for pumpkin carving, a pie contest and general silliness. “We have family time once a month and we knew that it was Halloween time. So, we decided to do something different and have each living area dress up like a holiday,” Toni Jauregui, resident director of Rose Garden, said. Residence Life Assistants from every living area attended the event in festive and rather odd attire. Not only were the costumes outrageous, but most indulged in behaving like their holiday or character. Three wise-men tried to kidnap “President Obama” and pregnant men “gave birth.” “I am the Christmas tree of the holidays,” David Sandlin said. “I trust that these Christmas


I am quite uncomfortable.” Some holidays represented were not so obvious. Pregnant men and women dressed up for Labor Day. “I’m President’s Day. I’m Obama,” Jeffrey Stovall said before the “secret service,” the rest of the University Place male RA’s, stepped in and protected him. However, no one seems to know why the men’s dorms were blind referees or which holiday they represented. “I don’t know why we are blind, but I’m having fun hitting people with my cane,” Nick Braden, Smith Hall RA, said. Regardless of the confusion, the night was one of laughs that brought the good and silliest out in every holiday. Simmons Hall residents were leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day, Smith Hall dressed as blind referees for an unknown holiday, the Cottages represented Valentine’s Day and one person dressed as the Love Doctor, while others dressed as hearts.

Kit Joos’ desire to help others has taken him all over the world. Now, he wants to share his opportunities with other students at California Baptist University. Joos, a senior at CBU, is the Director of Volunteer Ministries for the Health Science Club. He has worked as a medical volunteer with two international medical aid groups: the Haiti Endowment Fund and Empowering Lives International. “Working as a medical volunteer in Haiti really answered the why question for me,” Joos said, referring to his sense of purpose working in the medical relief field. Joos learned about the Haiti Endowment Fund from a parent of one of the students he volunteered with at Temecula Hills Christian Fellowship youth group. He took his first mission trip to Haiti in November of 2006, and has gone on multiple trips to Haiti and Kenya since then. “God gives us opportunities to step up and help others, and we need to take those,” Joos said. Joos is currently pursuing a degree in Health Science with a concentration in PreMedicine. He plans to take eight months off after he graduates in the fall semester of 2010, then enroll in medical school. “Medical knowledge is a gift from God. Like every gift, it needs to be utilized to our fullest potential for God’s glory,” Joos said. In addition to using his own talents, Joos is intent on making an impact on the students around him at CBU. He plans on taking six students to Haiti in March of 2010. Joos outlined his missions goal at the Health Science and Biology Luncheon on Oct. 29. Joos was one of three student speakers at the luncheon, which also featured speakers from Riverside Community Hospital, University of

California, Riverside, and officials from both Riverside City and County. Speakers gave presentations and lectures on a wide variety of topics, focusing mainly on possible internship experiences in local fields. “Right now the job market favors internship experience,” said Debbie Spala, Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Secretary. “Internships give young students a wide variety of opportunities to go out into the real world and get real, hands-on experience.” All health science and biology majors were invited to the luncheon. CBU alum Kyle Poulson gave a brief address to the students in the Copenbarger Dining Room. “You will be happy to have a leg on the competition, with regards to experience,” Poulson said. “These are valuable tools you will learn.” During his presentation at the luncheon, Joos briefly outlined his plan to bring CBU students to his next trip to Haiti. He explained in detail some of his more active pursuits in the medical missions awareness field. Joos’ primary focus in medicine is the treatment of Tuberculosis. In addition, he is also actively interested in controlling and eliminating worldwide hunger. According to Joos, these two threats are considered to be the biggest, and most curable, detriments to a healthy society today. “The cure for TB has been around for the last sixty years, yet five thousand people still die from it every day,” Joos said. According to the World Health Organization, over 15,000 people die every day from hunger-related diseases, and over one billion people are chronically hungry. Joos has made it his goal to help people facing these problems to the best of his ability. “Every action we take for God is a means to an end, and that end is His glory,” Joos said.

The Van Dyne Gymnasium rumbled with the sound of screaming Crazies, basketballs bouncing and the rustling of pom-poms. The Chick-fil-A was gone before anyone even knew it had been there and the T-shirts went even faster. Once again, the gym was full and Midnight Madness was deemed a success. Students were introduced to the basketball teams and some old, and new school traditions. The highlight of the evening, the dunk contest; Larry Dew was the winner. He walked away with a gold crown. Students took time, to relax, enjoy themselves and show school spirit despite the stress of midterms. Photos by: Kenton Jacobsen, Esther Kosciuk, Sarak McKenzie, Mike Sampson and Kristin Vaughan Photo Caption: Kristin Vaughan Design by: Kenton Jacobsen, Rachel Weinstein and Kristin Vaughan



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Editor-In-Chief Kenton Jacobsen Managing Editor Breanna Armstrong Design Editor Rachel Weinstein Photo Editor Kristin Vaughan News Editor Monica Martinez Features Editor Alyssa Isgett Assistant Features Editor Samantha Shaw Culture Editor Nicole Palmer Perspective Editor Josh Harris Sports Editor Jacob Breems Web Master Kenton Jacobsen Web Managing Editor Kelli Keigwin Advertising Manager Heather Campbell Assistant Adviser Tawny Burgess Adviser Mary Ann Pearson

Inland Empire november


Pamela Mower-Conner and Richard White Exhibition, Riverside City College Quad Gallery, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


The Haunted Terrain, Riverside Community College, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Medusa Bloom Environmental Art Project, Back to the Grind Riverside Children’s Theatre presents Willy Wonka, Ramona High School 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops, Riverside Public Library, 6: p.m.

Riverside’s Staff Writers: Freizel Bagube, Jonathan Beam, Camille Illuminated Process Crites, Jessica Culbertson, Kristin DeLaCruz, Megan Elledge, Kristi Howell, Sharayah Le Leux, Lisa Luna, Brandstater Gallery Jenny Miner, Robert Paprocki, Frederick Powell, Molly Powers, Elsbeth Seymore, Samantha Stewart, Jessica Swarner, Ashley Wilkins, Taylor Winchell, Elena Zanone, Assistant Copy Editor; Emily Yeo

Staff Photographers: Cayla Ames, Chris Hardy, Esther Kosciuk, Bonnie Koen, Kenton Jacobsen, Eric McFarland, Sarah Mckenzie,Lisette Nichols, Michael Sampson, Sarah Trout, Ahley Wilkins, The Banner is produced bi-weekly by the

students of California Baptist University 8432 Magnolia Avenue Riverside, California 92504




World Champsionship Kick Boxing

publicist speaker, Yeager Center B221, 6 p.m.


Metamorphoses UCR Arts Building Studio Theater, 21- 8: p.m. and Saturday- 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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A Garden in India, Friday8: p.m., Saturday- 2 & 8: p.m. Durang, Durang, Durang

Theater Performance, Riverside Community College, 18-21: 8: p.m. and 2p.m.

On Campus November

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6:30 p.m., Fortuna Bowl ,Front Bowl

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California Convention Begins





Christian Challenge, The Slab, 8:30

California Baptist Convention Ends

FOCUS Coordinator Applications due, Campus Life Office, 5 p.m. November Fall Play School Matinee Wallace Theater, 12 p.m. Fall USP Teams Depart Christian Challenge, 8:30 p.m.

Sports November

Men’s Water Polo Alumni Game Home, 11 a.m.

Home 4: p.m.

Last Day to Withdraw from a Class with a “W” No Refund (Trad/Grad)

FOCUS Coordinator Available Campus Life Office

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Men’s Water Polo vs. Whittier

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Women’s Volleyball vs. Fresno Pacific Home, 7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball International, Home, 7 p.m.



Music november uco


10:30 am La Sierra University Church, Riverside Sun, Nov 15 6 pm Central Christian Church, Lancaster

womans choir


6 pm Gateway Church of the Nazarene, Murrieta

new song


9:20 am Woodcrest Christian School, Riverside Sun, Nov 15, 3: pm First Presbyterian Church, Hemet Wed, Nov 18, 11 am Crossroads Christian Church, Corona

male chorale


6 pm Calvary Chapel Solid Rock, Chino Hills

CULTURE Fixed-gear fanatics

–as fixed-gear bike enthusiasts call riding — around the artsy and historic parts of “The Queen City.” This was one of Naylor’s last rides before he moved across the country to go to school. Naylor did not leave his beloved bicycle behind. He took it a part, stuck it in a box, shipped it to California and reassembled it shortly after BY JENNY MINER arriving at school. This may sound complicated to STAFF WRITER those who do not know about “fixies,” but this bike It was a sticky summer afternoon, like most is recognized for its simplistic nature. others in Charlotte, NC. Kevin Naylor, a freshman Fixed-gear bicycles differ from most other at California Baptist University, and his best friend bicycles not only because they have one gear, persevered through the humidity on a 26-mile bike but they also have no free wheel, which makes ride around their hometown. This was not just it impossible for them to coast. A rider must be any bike ride, though, as he was on his newly built peddling at all times. Some riders add a front brake, fixed-gear bicycle. Naylor spent the day mashing but hard-core enthusiasts use a technique called “skidding.” Skidding occurs when a rider resists stopping the pedals from moving. Another unique feature of the bike is that riders can pedal backwards and the bike will move in reverse. Naylor said a big appeal of a fixed-gear is the control the rider has. “If you pedal forwards, you are going to get momentum i m m e d i a t e l y. That brings real oneness with you and the bike, then the bike with the road. It’s just real fluid. Everything is connected. Everything is going to do what Photo By MIke Sampson you want it to do,” Kevin Naylor and Nick Perkins are both fixed-gear enthusiasts. Naylor said.


Michael Jackson is considered by many to be an an Icon of pop culture. He has left a mark on many people’s hearts. He has left a legacy. The content of his new movie, “This is It” was not supposed to be made into a movie but it gave a glimpse of what his 50 night show in London, England would have been like. The movie takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during his rehearsal on the big stage. He wanted the rehearsals taped for his own benefit and records. He was not planning on making it into a feature film. The scenes in this movie did not necessarily fit together. The film had random scenes put


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together to form a movie of his practices and rehearsals. Viewers should not expect to watch an introduction, a middle and a conclusion. It is not like typical movie. It is a series of scenes that are put together. Some parts of songs are taken from a variety of takes. If you are a fan of Jackson’s songs and music you will love this movie. You will hear and see him perform many of his hits. Some are: “Wanna Be Starting Something,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” as well as some Jackson 5 songs like, “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There.” You will be shocked by his performances and how he can dance as a 50-year-old man. This film leaves evidence of what his tour in London would have been like. It would have been 50 nights of extraordinary shows that people all over the world would have wanted to be there to see.

Naylor is not the only fixie rider on campus. Nick Perkins, a sophomore, has been riding for about a year and a half and has noticed the increase of CBU students joining the fixed-gear scene. “Last year, I think I was one of two fixie riders on campus, and then this year there is a lot more. I would say at least seven or eight,” Perkins said. Both Naylor and Perkins built their bikes themselves. Because Naylor wanted to build his bike cheap, it took him about a month and a half to acquire parts and learn how to build it. Perkins is currently in the process of revamping his bike. Like Naylor, he was also careful buying parts. He searched the local bike shops and after finding nothing he wanted, turned to eBay. There, he was able to find parts that would make his bike unique. His favorite addition is the hot pink tires. Customizing a bike can become a pretty expensive ordeal. Perkins said the cost “really depends on how you want it to turn out.” Some riders have been able to build their bike for fewer than $ 100. Most spend up to $800 to make it look really sharp. Fixed-gears can be bought finished, but they are more expensive that way and a lot of riders like to customize and make the bike their own. Some fixed-gear riders are so passionate about their hobby that they spend a couple hours a day making sure in their bike is in supreme riding condition. Naylor admitted to cleaning his bike once a week and he is not usually seen without his tools close-by. “A lot of it’s for show. There is not too much functionality. The whole point of a fixed gear bike is kind of ridiculous if you think about it,” Perkins said. This does not stop people from wanting to ride a fixie though. In fact, the demanding nature of the bike is part of the appeal for most riders. “Because you only have one speed, you have to adapt all the time, so if there are hills, you have to put your shoulder to the grind; just go for it. That’s just a lot of fun because you can’t make it easier on yourself and so, you get stronger from it. Some people just enjoy challenge. I’m one of those people that just enjoys a challenge,” Naylor said.

During the film dancers and people involved in the production tell the cameraman that it has been a privilege to be involved in Michael Jackson’s comeback into the pop culture. They sound sincere and express that they are very honored to be involved. We see his flaws as a performer during his rehearsals. He occasionally forgets his lyrics. We get to see him in a work in progress. Jackson is not the only thing in the movie that keeps you entertained. The dancers are phenomenal and they are incredibly talented. You will see Jackson and his performers switching outfits from one part of a song to the next. The movie seems like it only last a couple minutes instead of two hours. You might be left in tears but you will definitely be blown away by the talent that Jackson has left behind.

Threads of Wisdom Nicole Palmer

Some might agree with me when I say that November is a time for rain, wind and cold temperatures; funny how it is still 90 degrees though. I may stand alone when I say I am ready for this hot weather to vanish; but I know I am not alone when it comes to saying I am ready for my Fall wardrobe. I am ready to pack up my skirts, shorts and summer dresses, and ready to pull out my sweatshirts, scarves and Uggs. Let us just remember that just because it is chilly outside does not mean our outfits need to reflect the frumpy weather. So lets discuss the must haves of this years Fall season: 1. A blazer – the possibilities are endless when it comes to what can be worn underneath them. Long sleeves, short sleeves and even scarves can be added to this simple, fashionable piece; and even if the weather does not get to the low temperatures I am praying for, the sleeves of the jacket can be rolled up to tan those pastie arms we are all beginning to get. 2. A colorful collect of scarves – they can be worn with short sleeves, long sleeves, jackets and sweaters. Bring color to your plain black tee, scarves are and will continue to be a must have for this holiday season. 3. A cardigan – not only do these come in solid colors such as blue, black and gray, but they are offered in patterns – mostly striped, Cardigans are the best for our sunny, nippy southern California weather, because they are not too heavy, but bring just the right amount of warmth to us. Also, if it does get too warm, which it tends to do here, you can just take it off. When the rain starts to fall and the clouds finally roll in, those oversized sweatshirts and Uggs are always a plus. Maybe even investing in some rain boots is a good idea; so those nice suede boots will not be ruined. I must say, my all time favorite outfit during the Fall and Winter season is my old high school volleyball sweats, but I do not recommend we all show up to school is baggy sweats. I know the rain and dark clouds can bring out our lazy side, but let us just remember that we should still be presentable. We can be comfy and still look good; and honestly who does not want to look cute? I know I do not mind it.


The following mistakes were made in issue number one of The Banner: “Good Eats” was written by Alyssa Isgett and Samantha Stewart



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Country divas

but a children’s picture book; “Harvel Goes to the Farm”. “Writing the book was a great BY JON BEAM and fun experience. In fact, I already STAFF WRITER have the next one written if this one The country music scene has been redefined does well,” said Pate. The book is in the last four years. Carrie Underwood, winner about Harvel, a little moose that goes of American Idol Season 4, and Taylor Swift, rising to visit his aunt and uncle on their country-pop singer-songwriter, achieved major farm. “The character was actually crossovers from country to mainstream with their going to be in a chapter in my course first two albums. book ‘Berry Patch Works’, but my After being crowned, Underwood’s debut wife said ‘no just pull that chapter Photo By Kristin Vaughan album, “Some Hearts,” was certified seven times John Pate, department chair of Communication and Visual Arts, releases out and make it a book of it’s own.’ It platinum in the U.S. and yielded three no. 1 country children’s book. led itself to illustrations to become a hits. It spent 137 weeks on the Billboard 200. Her stand alone book.” The book has a total sophomore album, “Carnival Ride,” has been of 30 pages, 15 with illustrations and 15 with the certified double platinum and yielded four no. 1 hits. BY SHARAYAH LE LEUX story. She has sold over 11 million albums worldwide. “The illustrations are like punch lines for STAFF WRTITER Taylor’s self-titled debut album has been every joke,” Pate said. “It’s about the length of a certified four times platinum and achieved five top John Pate is a busy man. He is the Chair of the child’s attention span because it’s not too long and 20 hits, two of which hit no. 1. It has spent 157 weeks Department of Communication and Visual Arts; it’s not too short.” Interesting stories and pictures on the Billboard 200 and is currently at no. 60. Her he teaches Organizational Communications, grasp a child’s attention. sophomore album, “Fearless,” topped the Billboard Oral Communications and Oral Interpretation. He tested the book out on his nieces and 200 for 11 non-consecutive weeks and has so far He has been an entertainer and television comedy nephews and they really enjoyed the book. The produced four Top 20 hits, two of which topped the writer for 30 plus years now, having worked with character is funny and the things that go wrong chart. It has been certified four times platinum and everyone from Red Skelton to Jay Leno in almost make kids laugh. has spent 40 of its 50 weeks on the Billboard 200 in every state across the country. “‘Harvel Goes to the Farm’ is an amazing the Top 10 (it is currently at #7). In the 2008 YearWho would have thought that in all these book. Little kids will love it. Who knew that a End charts, “Fearless” was at #3 and “Taylor Swift” accomplishments he would have time to write moose with stomach problems, would save a farm. at #6. She has sold more than ten million albums and have a book published? Not just any book, Very delightful and fun book,” said Karen Heinze, worldwide. Underwood’s third album, “Play On”, was released on Nov. 3 in the United States and Canada. Seven of its 13 tracks were co-written by Underwood. “Cowboy Casanova” was released as the leadoff BY ALYSSA ISGETT piece of chicken into the bag. Shake, Shake, Shake! single and features a country-rock feel. The song FEATURES EDITOR Make sure the chicken is completely covered in bread warns unsuspecting girls of a man that “tells you crumbs. After all pieces of chicken are covered, bake nothing but lies.” The accompanying music video is As the semester is about half way through, I have on a cooking sheet at 350° for 45 minutes. Underwood’s first video to feature dancing. If girls noticed that I eat in the Alumni Dining Commons don’t take her advice, don’t be surprised if you find less and less as the school year progresses. It is The next recipe is one of my favorite desserts for the headlights of your four-wheel drive destroyed by convenient to eat in the ADC but sometimes I just a dinner party. It is full of chocolate! Ladies, you will a Louisville slugger. want something different. Whether it is just a snack especially love this one! “Mama’s Song,” co-written by Underwood and or a full meal, I have found and created a few different singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, is a beautiful recipes that are easy to do while living on campus. What you will need: song dedicated to her mother, thanking her for These meals are relatively cheap… I understand we 2 packages of chocolate pudding (already teaching her important lessons in life. The chorus are college students and our budgets are tight. Also made) ends with “So don’t you worry about me.” This is a these meals do not require a lot of effort or a lot of 1 package of cool whip great song for Mother’s Day. utensils. No worries, you will be able to pronounce 2 heath bars “Temporary Home” continues Underwood’s everything used in these recipes. Let’s eat! 2 brownies amazing ability to tell a story. It also holds the message of how the world we live in is our temporary home The first recipe is for when you are in the What to do: and how we should remain firm in our salvation, for mood for chicken fingers on a night the ADC is not Layer everything! Start by placing the chocolate we will someday see God’s face. offering them. pudding on the bottom of a bowl. Then break apart “Undo It” elaborates further on what began in the brownies and place 1/3 on top of the pudding. “Cowboy Casanova.” Here, Underwood takes the What you will need: Next, coat the top with a thin layer of cool whip. blame for being fooled and wishes she had never 2 Chicken Breasts Crush up the heath bars. Generously sprinkle laid eyes on him. It is melodically similar to “Flat On 1 Egg to layer of cool whip with the crushed up candy. The Floor.” 1 TBS each of pepper, oregano, tarragon Continue layering until you run out of ingredients. On Oct. 26, Swift released “Fearless: Platinum 1 C bread crumbs Edition,” which includes six new songs and 10 videos. This recipe is for a simple snack you can throw Within hours of its release, Swift had five songs What to do: in a baggie on your way to class. in the Top 10 on iTunes, and seven in the Top 40, Wash and skin the chicken. Beat the egg in a overall. The album has also risen to no. 2 on iTunes. small bowl. Add the spices to the egg mixture. Place What you will need: There is no doubt Swift’s five brand-new songs will bread crumbs into a plastic bag…you will enjoy A box of Chex Cereal debut high on the Billboard’s Nov. 14 issue. playing with your food on this one. Dip each piece 1 C chocolate chips of chicken in the egg mixture. Then place the coated ½ C Peanut butter

Moose in the amazon


department secretary for Communication and Visual Arts. Pate’s book will became number one on the children’s books best-sellers list in picture books, animals and mammals categories. The book is currently available for purchase on Amazon. com. For every book sold two dollars is going to the Public Relations Club. Pate and PR Club are working together to set up at date for a book signing. However, until that is set up Pate is more than willing to sign copies. “If anyone buys the book between now and the holidays, that stops by James 186, I would be more than happy to personalize the signature to the child they are giving the book to,” Pate said. Having a book signed by the author is a rare thing to be able to obtain. Having that signature would make the book so much more special. Not only is it signed, but also it’s signed directly to your niece, nephew, son or daughter. “Anybody who has an idea, get it down on paper. Once you get it down on paper you can always make changes to it, even if you get it down on paper and then you do not use it, you can always set it aside,” Pate said. He believes that writers should keep what they have written to go back to later. They can always come back, make changes and take a different twist on their pieces. “Writers should always have something from their catalog of material to work from,” Pate said.

¼ tsp Vanilla 1 ½ C Powdered Sugar What to do: Place the cereal in a large bowl. In a separate bowl that you can put in the microwave, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until the contents are completely melted. Stir the melted mixture together. Stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the dry cereal. Add the coated cereal into a large Ziploc bag. Add the powdered sugar and shake until all the pieces are covered. Let the snack cool on a cookie sheet or wax paper. This last recipe is a dip for apples to make eating them this fall a bit sweeter. What you will need: 4 ounces Cream Cheese ¼ C brown sugar 1-2 tsp Cinnamon ½ tsp Vanilla extract Cut up Apples What to do: Soften the cream cheese. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together. Stir the mixture until it is smooth. Cut up the apples. Use the mixture as a dip. Enjoy! All of these recipes serve two people. Grab your favorite roomie and try out some new simple recipes you will be sure to love!

PERSPECTIVE Invisible responsibility BY JOSHUA HARRIS

PERSPECTIVE EDITOR In California Baptist University’s Wallace Theatre on Monday, Nov. 2, the organization “Invisible Children” held a screening of two short documentaries entitled “The Rescue” and “Together We are Free.” These films, dedicated to ending civil war in northern Uganda, displaced the comfortable consciences of the viewers present— perhaps even moving some to take the all-tooavoidable step of practical action. The story of the so-called “invisible children” is a harrowing one. The deepest, most fundamental roots of the conflict can be traced all the way back to the nineteenth century British Empire, which essentially divided northern and southern Uganda according to its own political interests. In the south, a very westernized, classically capitalistic society grew well as the Anglos passed on their successful industrial system to the people there. In the north, however, the Crown decided that soldierization was preferable to education (after all, what is a flourishing society without the grunts with weapons?). Fast forward to the 1980s — long after the British Empire’s historic crumbling — and the

predictable became reality. The Holy Spirit Movement, made up of the largely uneducated Acholi people in northern Uganda, initiated a goalless rebellion against the Government of Uganda after a woman named Alice Lakwena claimed that the Holy Spirit directed her towards a violent overthrow of the powers that be. Lakwena was very effective at gaining the support of the hapless young minds of the Acholi people, but eventually she was exiled by her own people after a violent revolt. The leadership gap vacant, a man named Joseph Kony who claimed to be a cousin of Lakwena assumed control of the movement. Under Kony, the rebel group became the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Kony’s LRA, though, was not as well received by the native population as Lakwena’s movement. Rather than face the humble reality of a dwindling war effort, Kony resorted to measures both audaciously drastic and heinously effective. Facing increasing resistance from government forces, Kony and his band of followers began abducting and indoctrinating children as young as nine years old to fight for his violent rebellion. The war has now been in progress for well over 20 years, and it is estimated that 90 percent of the LRA is made up of these child soldiers. Several peace initiatives have been tried with international support from Europe and other

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countries, but as the crisis wears on it appears that any sort of mutuality is impossible with Kony’s prepubescent army. The situation is a horrific mess, and more and more mothers lose their sons everyday. The question is, what is there to do? The first option, of course, is nothing at all. Once we cloak the heart-wrenching pain of the young child’s face with the diluting façade of passed

time, the issue seems to disappear. Life progresses with the ample momentum of the everyday, and we again are able to appreciate the gentle pleasures that we enjoy in our privileged state. The problem here is obvious, as complacency offers us nothing aside from a craven identity of inauthentic consumption. Moral sensibility dies, and the reduction of transcendent principle disallows any reality in regards to the humanitarian ideal. It is the animal’s way out. The second option is perhaps more romantic— that of the ultimate self-sacrificing young person with ends of extraordinary measure. His or her goals are set in the proverbial clouds, and the arresting influences of harsh reality bounce off a consciousness of pure ideal. But there are problems here, as well. The idealist escapes reality so often that he or she begins to literally hate reality. Common sense becomes a screeching chore, and important concepts such as practical credibility are lost in the works. These two responses are respectively unattainable. So, instead of contradicting our essence as human beings living in a finite world of innumerable shortcomings, we should act upon an understanding of humanitarianism that draws from each. As a human being, we cannot and should not try to ignore the impulses of dread that arise from a witnessed suffering. This is dishonest. But, as an existing human being, we must also remember that our inescapable singularity and finitude are important concepts to apprehend when applying ourselves to the defense of the defenseless. It does no one any good to attempt to save the world—this is irrational. Christ commands us to “go and make disciples,” so there is no equivocation regarding our duties as followers of Him. Perhaps, though, by understanding the nature of the individual and his or her state of being in the world, we can better fulfill the “law of love” that is “written upon the heart.” The inescapable struggle of the true believer is the ever-restless tension between movement and reflection. This tension cannot and should not be resolved. Instead, we must face them both in every bit of their contradictory essence. (Facts provided by

PERSPECTIVE How not to raise money for college


He stands alone on the side of the road. A gust of cold wind sends shivers down his spine and rattles the fragile, tattered sign in his hands. His wrinkled clothes barely comfort him on cold evenings like this one. Pleading eyes stare hopefully at passing strangers, praying that one kind soul will reach out and drop a few coins into the hat he uses to collect his meager earnings. After sitting and begging for hours, he stands up, dejected, and walks down the sidewalk, placing his hands into his penniless pockets. A homeless man? No, a college student. More specifically, this college student. I spent an afternoon panhandling, begging complete strangers to give me money. I did not do this because I was hungry like most people do; I did it because I need the money to pay off my college loans. I got the idea a few weeks ago. My friends and I were joking around in class one afternoon about how expensive student life is becoming, from food to gas to. . . well, everything. Someone mentioned that it is becoming more common to see people begging on the street. With the economy in its current state, more people are resorting to desperate measures to feed, clothe and warm themselves and their families. What’s more, people have been making a living out of begging for thousands of years. I figure if someone can make enough money to eat from begging, I can try putting a small dent in my college loans with the idea. Right? Wrong. Apparently, people don’t find an ablebodied college student quite as needy as a

world-weary homeless person. I spent hours sitting on street corners with a homemade sign that said “Need $ for college”. I didn’t make a single dime. Not one person even bothered to approach me, though I did get more than my fair share of disapproving expressions from drivers passing by the corner. To be honest, I’m not surprised with the results. In hindsight, the idea of a healthy college student trying to bum his way through a four year university education is not far from ludicrous. My experience, though, has given me a slight insight into a different aspect of our society. Panhandling does not involve much-I sat on a corner, waiting for other people to aid me out of their generosity and kindness. After taking some time and really thinking about what I was experiencing; I realized that I was in an another world. Take those first two words of that phrase: I sat. Sitting is a passive action. It requires no effort and certainly no movement. Sitting allows time to pass you by. Instead of taking aggressive physical action like walking or running, I sat and waited for others to lend me their aid. Waited. This is another experience that I am not used to. I am a very active person. I like to go out and get things done myself. I take charge and make things happen. Taking an afternoon to panhandle totally threw my go-getter attitude down the drain. I spent four hours sitting and waiting for someone, or something, to insert themselves into my little reality and make something happen. I was waiting for other people to come to my aid–other people that have their own goals, dreams, objectives and tasks to accomplish. If nothing else, I’ve come to understand just a little better what people are dealing with when they have no other choice but to beg

Holidays are coming

BY SAMANTHA STEWART holiday season, use caution and beware of the STAFF WRITER

As the leaves change from green to orange, and the fall semester is settling into its second half, there are certain things on our minds more than others. One of these is the upcoming holiday season and all the joy and festivities they bring. Every day that goes by brings us closer to those holidays that we look forward to all year. 1. Crazy drivers- As if driving on the roads of California was not dangerous enough already, holiday months make it ten times worse. With the hustle and bustle of the season the bulk of the drivers on the road are in a constant hurry, and it is beyond evident. It seems almost impossible to drive anywhere without being cut off, tailgated, or honked at by the swarms of impatient drivers! As a word of advice, when you hit the crowded roads this

bumper car wannabes out there. 2. Winter attire- It may still be 90 degrees in southern California when fall officially arrives, but people are craving that cooler weather the comes with the holidays. Even on days when it is warm enough to wear your favorite tank top, you might find that people are dressing in more layers than you would expect. Scarves, hats, boots and jackets are the choice apparel for those who are looking forward to the winter chill. I cannot decide what is worse, dressing for cold weather for fun even when it is not that cold, or having to wait all the way until December to wear your winter wardrobe! 3. Christmas music- Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is when radio stations begin playing holiday music. However, some people like to get into the spirit early by

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and hope for other people to be generous. It is a scary thing to be alone and without any means of support, and many people might not realize that. People can get so caught up in the bustling here and now that they forget to take a look at their be lives and be thankful for the small things in life. There are so many tiny, simple aspects of life that I take completely for granted. It is a tired old cliché to be thankful for the roof over one’s head, but that phrase takes on a whole new meaning when there is no roof to be thankful for. The thought of other simple, forgettable, daily must-haves goes out the window when you are out on the streets. I’m not even talking about creature comforts like cell phones, cable TV or cars. I mean absolute basic human necessities such as food, shelter and human interaction. You learn to be so much more thankful for the few things you have when the meal you just ate or the house

you just slept in could be your last for a very, very long time. Is there a Biblical standpoint on any of this? In Luke chapter 17, Jesus tells the parable about the wise steward. In it, a servant is commended by his master for judiciously using and working with the things he has been given. Other similar stories appear throughout the Gospels as well, such as the parable of the ten talents. Clearly, Jesus calls us to be wise and prudent with the gifts we are given. This includes all gifts—not just monetary possessions or physical wealth. Everything from our time to our prayer lives should be used and focused on God to the best of our abilities. We should always be thankful for everything we have even if what we have seems basic, simple or necessary. Every minute, dollar and breath is a gift from the Creator of the universe, and as Christians it is our call to continually praise Him.

Robby Paprocki stands on the overpass of the 91 Freeway on Adams Street panhandling.

listening to it long before that. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock” blast through car speakers, home radios and iPod earbuds to really set that Christmas mood. 4. Baked goods and egg nog- I am willing to bet that not even Betty Crocker’s kitchen looked like the baking aisle at the grocery store during the holidays. Every desert you can possibly think of makes an appearance before Christmas time with the hopes of completing the perfect holiday meal. Not only does the baking section look three times as large around this time, but frosting and cookie toppings can be found in every shade of red and green known to man. Let’s not forget to mention the giant egg nog cartons found in the


Photo by Bonnie Koenn

dairy section, be careful not to pick one up if your intention is to get milk. 5. TV commercials- If you have TiVo during the holidays you are lucky. If you don’t, prepare to be bombarded with endless amounts of toy commercials. From Bratz Dolls to Transformers, commercial breaks are overrun with children’s toys and their catchy jingles that will get stuck in your head day after day. I must admit though, companies have advertising down to an art during holiday months! That being said, I recommend still fast-forwarding through them all for the nest few months unless you need some serious ideas for the little tikes in your life.

The views expressed in the Culture and Perspective sections of The Banner do not necessarily represent the views of this publication or California Baptist University. Readers can send letters to the editor or contributions for consideration to: or Campus Box 1121


Lancer highlights


Comedy of Errors Jacob Breems

It wasn’t so much the fact that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost, but rather how they lost that was so surprising. Defeating the juggernaut Yankees looked like a tall order from the start. After years of post-season anemia New York seemed to have found their stride against the Angels in this year’s American League Championship Series. CC Sabathia was pitching like a true Cy Young winner, Derek Jeter looked like the captain he is, and A-Rod for once did not to shrink under the October lights. Yet for everything the Yankees did right it never seemed to be their prowess that beat the Angels. Whenever it looked like Los Angeles was going to put together a run some thoughtless play would derail their comeback efforts leading to one too many losses and an eventual series defeat in six games. This comedy of errors was very unlike a team who had come to epitomize sure-handed and efficient baseball. Since their 2002 World Championship the Angels of Anaheim, led by manager Mike Sciossa, have made a living by running teams to death, playing ever pesky small ball and meticulously gobbling up every ground ball and fly ball hit. Since ’02 the team has averaged a little more than one error every other game. In 2009 the Angels had the eighth best fielding percentage in the league only committing 85 errors through 162 games. But the team fans saw in the ALCS looked nothing like this. The Angels were seventh out of eight teams with a .975 fielding percentage and committed nine errors in just nine games. As bad as those numbers were it was not necessarily the volume of mistakes that killed the Angels but rather the timing of them. No game showed this better than the final loss to New York in game six of the series. LA had just scored a run of Yankees feared closer Mariano Rivera and just had to keep the NY bats quiet for one half of an inning, but they couldn’t do it. With a man on first Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner but as the routine throw made its way to Angel Howie Kendrick it hit his glove and fell straight to the ground. The very next batter hit what seemed to be another routine ball to pitcher Scott Kazmir who turned to get the out at first and in almost cartoon fashion threw the ball well over the head of Kendrick. A run scored, the runners advanced and the Angels never recovered losing 5-2. It was as if Angel fans were watching their season soar lazily over the head of Kendrick as that ball left Kazmir’s hand. A truly unfitting and forgettable ending to what looked like such a promising season.


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Saturday, Oct. 24 Enock Francois wins the 184pound division CBU hosted the second annual CBU open and had one champion with Enock Francois winning the 184-pouns weight class. Benny Garcia finished second in the 157-pound division and Preston Brown finished second at 165-pounds.

Cross Country

Holocaust Denial in America:

Film and Panel Discussion

Saturday, Oct. 24 Men take third and Women eighth at the Biola Invitational The Lancer men finished ahead of every other GSAC team in the field finishing behind only Cal State San Marcos and Simon Frasier. The women did not have one of their stronger showings finishing eighth in the field.

Men’s and Women’s Golf

NOV 17

7:00 PM

Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26-27 CBU women finish first at the Lady Otter Fall Invitational. CBU men take third at The Master’s Fall Invitational. The Lady Lancers won their second straight tournament to finish their fall schedule off strong. CBU shot a 630 and Adriana Niclotti won medalist honors. The men shot a 920 and were led by CarlJohan Stjarnfalt’s 219. They have one more fall tournament.

Women’s Volleyball

The film is a dramatic account surrounding the 1985 southern California legal case, Mermelstein v. Institute of Historical Review

Panel members will include Mrs. Mel Mermelstein and Mr. David Mermelstein

Tuesday, Oct. 27 No. 2 CBU defeats No. 10 Vanguard 3-0 The No. 2-ranked Lancers continued their dominating season by defeating tenth ranked Vanguard in straight sets. It was CBU’s 23 win of the year and 13th in GSAC competition.

Men’s Water Polo

Saturday, Oct. 31 CBU defeats Chapman 16-10 and Redlands 7-5 CBU earned their 19th and 20th wins of the year as they played a double header against Chapman and then Redlands. The lancers played the first game in Orange, Calif. before traveling to Redlands, Calif. for the second game.

Men’s Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 3 CBU falls to San Diego State 57-72 In an early season exhibition against NCAA Division I San Diego State the Lancers kept it close but eventually fell to the Aztecs. It was the first of two exhibitions versus NCAA foes this season for CBU.

Men’s and Women’s Soccer

California Baptist University Copenbarger Presidential Dining Room Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 3 CBU women defeat Fresno Pacific 5-0 No. 7 CBU defeated Fresno Pacific 5-0 in the First round of the GSAC playoffs. The Lancers will face Vanguard in the semis on Nov. 6. Wednesday, Nov. 4 CBU men lose to The Masters 0-1 The Lancer men fell to The Masters 0-1 in the first round of the GSAC playoffs. CBU looked poised for an upset but was unable to score on the topranked Mustangs.



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trembled with roars and excitement as each competed in being nominees of a “crazy eight.” The crazy eights are considered the most-spirited students. The night continued with a video of the both men’s and women’s basketball 2008-09 season. After the video the cheer squad preformed which only increased the excitement of the crowd. After the performance the 2009-2010 basketball teams were introduced with a striking entrance that featured strobe lights and a fog machine. Both teams went through their routine of layups before the crowd was taught the infamous CBU basketball cheers. These cheers included holding up “The Banner” newspaper when opponents are introduced, a rather loud and quite funny chant when an opponent gets fouled out, and the most popular, the never failing “CBU what, CBU what.” The basketball teams both competed in different shoot-outs, which consisted of threepointer and two-ball. The crowd was soon involved as they partook in different competitions including, the half-court shoot out and an integrated layup drill. The night was wrapped up with the slam-dunk contest by the men’s basketball team. Larry Dew walked away with the title as the crowd cheered with exuberance. The men’s basketball team will have their opening day on Oct. 30 where they will hold the annual CBU Classic. The women’s basketball opener is at home against Lewis-Clark State.

From the battlefield to the classroom


Not many students have served their country during a time of war, but David Dill is not your ordinary student. Dill is a Freshmen Wresltler majoring in Christian Studies at California Baptist University. What makes him unique is that at 22 years old, originally from San Clemente Calif., Dill served in the United States Marines for four years. Deciding to join the Marines in High School Dill left just three weeks after graduating. This decision was strongly influenced by Davis’s great Grandfather. “I wasn’t ready for college yet,” Dill said. “My Great Grand Father was a machinest during WWI and since he was working he never had a chance to serve his country, he regreted not fighting. I didnt want that guilt and I didnt want to have any regrets.” Dill served from July of 2005 to July of 2009. “In the marines you learn that it’s not always about you, being a part of something so much bigger you learn to see how insignificant you are in a sense,” Dill said. “In the Marine Core you grow up and appreciate things for what they are,

expectations for the outcome. Entering the GSAC tournament at second in the standings, the women’s soccer team had a successful season. Their overall record was 14-3-1 and their record against teams playing in GSAC was 7-3. Head coach Kristen St. Clair is definitely proud of her team. “It was a very good season, the players did really well,” St. Clair said.

In round one of the GSAC tournament the girls stayed at home and played against Fresno Pacific, who entered the tournament at seventh in the standings. CBU dominated the game 5-0. This win is a good start, but for many players the journey has just begun. “We really want to do well, and make it to nationals,” Sophomore Forward Diana Revanda said. Round two games are on Nov. 6; CBU will again be playing at home when they face Vanguard, who entered the GSAC Tournament third in the standings. The men’s soccer team ended their season with an overall record of 5-6-4 and a record of 4-5-1 against the GSAC. Although they entered the GSAC tournament at 8th in the standings, head coach Ryan Jorden was nothing but optimistic. “The boys have worked hard and they know that they’re getting better. If we can get goals then we can win,” Jorden said. Round one began on Nov. 4. Hitting the road for the first round, the CBU men played against The Masters, who entered the tournament first in the standings. CBU put up a good fight, but eventually lost that game 1-0. “I feel like we didn’t really reach our goal, but at the end of the day we’re starting to play our best right now,” Sophomore Defender Willie Rupert said. It might be too late for the GSAC tournament, but there is still hope for the team to do well in the future.

With this experience, it is natural to wonder how he ended up at CBU. “I first heard about CBU when I went to a state wrestling tournament a couples days after I got back from Iraq,” Dill said. “I wanted to go to a Christian school with a wrestling team.” For the most part Dill transitioned well into the college lifestyle, leaving an impact on those close to him. “Being Dave’s rommate is sweet,” Junior Ian Millan said. “When I first met Dave I thought he was very intimidating. Since, I am a nonChristian I thought we would clash, but I really

enjoy having him as a roommate he’s a good guy.” Another one of Dill’s roommates, Junior Michael Grijalba, feels the same way. “David helps me out when I have questions about the Bible, he helps me see things from a different aspect,” Grijalba said. One thing that is certain is that David is staying on track “The Lord made it apparent to me,” Dill said reffering to his reasons for his Christian Studies major, “I’m going to be faithful to what the Lord has called me to do and see where it leads me.”

Photo by Eric McFarland

Senior Forward Gabriel Gonzalez attacks the ball in a recent match-up. The men’s season came to an end in the first round of the GSAC playoffs, while the women continued onto the second round.


The California Baptist University men’s and women’s soccer teams have completed their regular seasons and have begun play in the GSAC tournament. The first round began on Oct. 3 for the women who played at home and on Oct. 4 for the men who began the tournament on the road; both teams have high and not everything in life is fun but you gotta do what you gotta do.” Dill went to bootcamp where he graduated and accquired the happy face tattoo he now has on his index finger.“ After I went to sniper school and graduated I thought it would be a good idea, some guys do it but not everybody does it” he said. Dill served two tours in Iraq the first from April 2007 to November 2007. “The first time I went it was rough, patrol, standing post, filling up sandbags,” He said. “I was in Ramadi the Capitol of the Al Anbar Provence.An area considered to be one of the most dangerous parts of Iraq due to the hostility towards Americans from the different tribes. In that provence the people are all apart of a tribe and they are governed by a sheik, I was there during the Al Anbar Awakening”. He explained that this was a time when the Shieks decided they needed more support to fight Americans so the recruited help from national and foriegn terrorists. Sheikh Sattar was the first Sheik in the province to side with the Americans. Dill’s second tour from August 2008 to March 2009, in his eyes, was a more enjoyable expirience. “I was part of a sniper team so we had more privilages but a lot more responsibility. We had no direct position we just went where our battalion needed us which happened to cover a 12,000 square mile radius,” Dill said. This tour was composed of various missions from reconaissance on the border of Syria, to catching oil smugglers tapping into a pipeline.

Photo by Bonnie Koenn

David Dill served two tours of duty in Iraq with the US Marines, he now comes to California Baptist University as a student and wrestler.

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