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Veterans Awareness Week
student voice of azusa pacific university since 1965 WEDNESDAY, nOV. 13, 2013 – VOL. 50, NO. 6 – www.THeClaUse.ORG
APU and Citrus College salute veterans 5
A member of the AMVETS Honors Guard holds a flag during a presentation of colors.
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Admin, SGA seek parking solutions
Students often find themselves in a tight space for parking on East Campus and in residential areas
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With an ever-growing student body and the influx of cars that comes with it, both the Student Government Association and the administration are seeking solutions to relieve the parking congestion on campus. Some 4,036 students currently have registered vehicles with APU parking permits, according to num-
bers from the Department of Campus Safety. Of those, 146 are regional students who do not park on the main Azusa campus. The remaining 3,890 students who park on the Azusa campus include undergraduate and graduate, part-time and full-time, on-campus and commuter students. These 3,890 students all vie for the 3,217 parking spaces that are available to students at all times. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and on weekends, there are 3,901 spots avail-
able to students, because they can utilize the faculty and staff spaces. Despite the fact that there are 673 more registered vehicles than there are spaces, APU has never run out of parking spaces since students are parking at different times in different spaces. H-Lot, the large overflow parking space on West Campus that has 1,105 spots, has never been filled to capacity, according to Campus Safety.
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Campus Safety, Azusa PD conduct sting operation
hours, Azusa PD detectives had enough information to identify the suspect. An officer posed as an interested civilian looking to buy the bicycle on the unidentified website and agreed to a meeting with the suspect at an undisclosed time and Megan Sanders location Thursday, Oct. 31. When news editor the suspect arrived with the bicycle, officers arrested him and returned Did someone steal your bi- the bicycle to the owner. cycle? If you’re lucky, the Campus Campus safety officials regard Safety Office and Azusa PD just this incident as a positive outcome might conduct a sting operation to of working with Azusa PD through get it back for you and even arrest URO Biers. the thief. “Something that An unidentimay seem minor like fied male student a bicycle theft, we at reported his bicampus safety take cycle stolen from stolen property serithe Shire Mods to ously,” said Campus Campus Safety on Safety Lieutenant Sunday, Oct. 27. Jeff Joseph. The student reThe Campus turned to the CamSafety Office reports pus Safety Office a total of 28 bicycles the next day and stolen from Wednesand provided ofday, Aug. 15 to Monficers with an unday, Oct. 28, and 82 identified website bicycles confiscated where his bicycle by Campus Safety –Jeff Joseph, Campus had been put up after being discovSafety lieutenant for sale, presumered to be unsecured ably by the susand at risk for theft. pect who is believed to have stolen Bicycles that are confiscated the bicycle. are kept at the Campus Safety OfUniversity Resource Officer fice for safety until the owner comes Mike Biers then contacted Azusa to pick the bike up. No penalties or PD, which had detectives put to- charges are held against students gether an undercover sting opera- whose bicycles are confiscated. tion to retrieve the stolen bicycle. According to Biers, within 12 see BIKE stInG 2
WE ARE THE CHAMPS
Azusa PD conducts sting operation to recover a student’s stolen bicycle
“Something that may seem minor like a bicycle theft, we at Campus Safety take stolen property seriously.”
The women’s soccer team celebrates after clinching the conference title with their win over California baptist on Saturday, Nov. 2.
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First conference championship since joining PacWest in 2012 Second consecutive PacWest championship
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THE WIRE REVIEW
With unimpressive battle scenes but ‘brilliant dialogue and humor,’ the newest Marvel film gets 3 out of 4 J-Dubs. 6
Empty Cups for hunger
Students attended a fundraiser at Classic Coffee and bought $15 handcrafted mugs to support local food pantries. 4
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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
campus safety report
The following are selected incidents as reported from the Daily Media Log from Nov. 3 through Nov. 9, courtesy of Campus Safety.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
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Holocaust Survivor Lecture
■ SUNDAY NOV. 3 UNIVERsITY VILLAGE Azusa Police Department advised of a vehicle that was stolen and an officer took a report. ■ MONDAY, NOV. 4 UNIVERsITY DRIVE Reporting party (RP) advised of three subjects that matched the description of subjects seen loitering near bike racks with the intent to steal. Azusa Police Department was advised and officers were dispatched. All three subjects were issued notices of trespass and were last seen heading westbound on University Drive. ■ TUEsDAY, NOV. 5 UNIVERsITY VILLAGE RP reported that the back window to a vehicle parked in University Village was found broken, with glass on the ground right next to the vehicle. Officers responded and assisted with the owner of the vehicle. ■ WEDNEsDAY, NOV. 6 BOwLEs wEsT COURT RP reported that her door appeared to be forced open. RP also advised that items in the apartment had been rearranged. Officers and Azusa Police responded. ■ SATURDAY, NOV. 9 UNIVERsITY PARK RP saw a subject who seemed to be trying to break into a car. Officers made contact with the subject. Officers advised the scene was secure. ■ Weekly Numbers Keys lost/found....................11 ID cards lost/found...............9 Cellphones found..................6 Unsecured bikes found.........6 False fire alarms.....................1 REmEmbER 1. If you see something, say something. 2. Safety is everyone’s business. 3. Dial 911 for life threatening emergencies. 4. Non emergencies: Campus Safety (626) 815-3898. 5. Lock all doors and windows to your dorm, apartment and vehicle. 6. Keep all valuables secured and out of plain view. 7. At night, keep to well-lit areas. 8. Always be aware of your surroundings. 9. Utilize the trolleys, safety escorts or walk in groups. 10. Avoid places where you are vulnerable and there are no exits. 11. Avoid texting or talking on the phone while walking as you may be distracted. 12. Avoid walking and jogging alone. 13. Secure your bike with a recommended Krytonite U-Lock.
In the event, “Through the Eyes of a Child,” a Holocaust survivor from the Terezin Concentration Camp, where only 100 out of 15,000 children survived, will speak from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College. Tickets are $5.00 for APU students.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Nursing Career Forum and Fair
Nursing students are encouraged to head to the UTCC from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to network with hospital and health care recruiters. Additionally, students will be able to have their resume critiqued.
Thursday, Nov. 14 – Saturday, Nov. 16
APU’s Production of ‘Pippin’
The first showing of “Pippin” starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Warehouse Theater on West Campus. All showings on all three days begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online for a minimum of $5.00.
The Veterans’ Honor Guard perfoms the presentation of colors.
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Saturday, Nov. 16
Friday, Nov. 15
Imago Dei Training
Choral Leadership Conference
APU staff and faculty are invited and encouraged to attend the 17-hour diversity training. The workshop will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room. Contact Esther Attebery for additional questions at 626-815-4533.
The APU Chamber Singers are hosting a conference starting at 9 a.m. that will help to build leadership skills and rehearsal techniques for interested participants. The conference is $75 per participant, but $250 for a quartet. Contact Michelle Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Friday, Nov. 15
Club Lecture Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Conservative The Conservative club will be hosting a lecture Singers Concert with former Treasurer of the United States Bay BuThe Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the Chamber Singers for a performance at 8 p.m. at Citrus Community College.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
chanan, appointed by Ronald Reagan at 8:30 p.m. in Wilden 230. The title of the lecture is “Is political correctness destroying America?”
Jared Zoller hangs from the rim during the dunk contest at Midnight Madness.
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Campus Safety, Azusa PD operate sting operation
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“If we never confiscated those  bikes for safe keeping, then 82 more bikes could have been stolen,” said Joseph. Campus safety officials cite the importance of keeping bicycles secure while on or off campus by suggesting bicycle owners use a U-lock with a cut key lock to secure their bicycles to designated bicycle parking areas. They also recommend avoiding U-locks with round key holes as they are easy for thieves to pick. The University Bookstore sells cut key Ulocks and campus safety officials are offering gift cards to local restaurants for students who bring their newly purchased U-lock receipts from the bookstore in to the Campus Safety Office. Although the number of students at APU has dramatically increased this year, the number of bicycles stolen has only increased by eight, according to Campus Safety Office records. However, the number of bicycles confiscated has increased by 53. “We are trying to be more proactive with the confiscations to keep more bikes from being stolen,” said Interim Chief of Campus Safety Terry Meyer.
Bikes are often found cluttering bike racks outside freshmen housing.
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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
Empty Cups event filled with donations, coffee
First Christian Church and Classic Coffee raise funds through ceramic cup sales
Koch speaker points to Lincoln’s focus on economic equality
A local church and coffee shop paired up Friday evening to host “Empty Cups,” a fundraising event to support local hunger relief programs. The event was hosted by First Christian Church at Classic Coffee in Glendora. An extension of the church’s annual “Empty Bowls” program, which raises funds through the purchase of ceramic bowls every March, Empty Cups allowed customers who purchased a handmade mug to fill it with brewed coffee or hot chocolate. Proceeds from the $15 ceramic mug sales supported local relief programs including Shepherds Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul and Glendora Police Department food vouchers. According to the church’s website, the purchase of one mug would provide 20 meals for a four-person family. The hand-spun and uniquely crafted mugs were gathered from professional local potters, Citrus College classes and APU students in the City Links program. First Christian Church members created the fundraising event as a response to the increased need at food pantries. “This is the first Empty Cups event and we decided to do this event because a lot of the funding has been cut to the food pantries we support, St. Vincent de Paul and Shepherds’ Pantry,” said Lynn Hendricks, the coordinator of the First Christian Church’s Fine Arts Academy and the Empty Bowls events. “So we created this secondary event and mentioned it to the manager here, Jonathan [Lambert], and he said, ‘We want to do it.’” Classic Coffee is a popular cafe among college students and Glendora residents. “[Lynn] mentioned it at the very beginning of the year, and even from the initial mention, I thought it was a great idea,” said Lambert, general manager of Classic Coffee. “We definitely hope it will be an annual event because as a cof-
A long line of costumers outside Classic Coffee wait to pay for their mugs. fee shop, there are very few ways we can actually touch a person’s life.” The money raised by Empty Cups will enable the church and the local pantries to provide a great number of meals to people in need as the holidays approach. Many APU students and staff attended the event and purchased the handcrafted mugs to support the cause. “The mugs are all so unique and creative and it’s a great community-centered event,” said assistant residence director of Trinity Hall Robyn Hardy. Hardy and fellow Trinity Residence Director Rachel Lincoln said they were “fully satisfied” with their mug purchases. When customers purchased the ceramic pieces, they also received a raffle ticket to place in one of the featured mugs for a chance to win the unique pieces. The raffles took place every half hour during the two-hour event and four different mugs were introduced and replaced during each round. Each piece featured unique patterns, splatters and markings, making the choice of a mug
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difficult for customers, who lingered at the racks in deliberation. The church volunteers introduced a sixstep process to the customers who desired the mugs: pay first, choose your favorite ceramic cup, rinse it at the provided station, fill it with coffee or hot chocolate and enter the raffle. Throughout the event, a line of customers persisted outside the Glendora coffee shop. “The atmosphere changed because the customers were coming together to support a cause and Classic Coffee was the perfect venue for an event that reflects the beliefs of the owners and staff,” said junior communication studies major and Classic Coffee barista Ashley Bromley. “We’ve been really excited to have it and Jonathan purposely overstaffed so that we could give the best service possible.” Hendricks and the other volunteers from First Christian Church were pleased with the turnout and also expressed hopes that “Empty Cups” will become an annual event.
Every seat in the LAPC board room was filled Friday night as guest speaker Dr. Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce III professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College divulged the little-known but driving force behind Abraham Lincoln’s revolutionary policies: his economic philosophy. Guelzo’s lecture was a part of the Koch Lecture Series, a sequence of historically and economically focused scholarly talks sponsored by the Koch Family Foundation and hosted by the Department of History and Political Science. Sophomores and juniors interested in political and economic freedom may apply to participate in the yearly Koch Fellows Program. This year’s Koch Fellows will receive a $1,000 scholarship and be required to enroll in a Foundations of Liberty seminar and participate in Koch lectures and events. Guelzo, who is also the director of the Civil War Era studies program at Gettysburg, has published numerous books and articles on Lincoln. He focused on the president’s interpretation of the equality clause of the Declaration of Independence – “all men are created equal,” that is – and used evidence from speeches, debates and historical records to argue that the famously honest president was motivated to abolish slavery not so much by his humanitarian heart as his fierce capitalist convictions and his firm belief in economic mobility for all. “[Dr.Guelzo’s] perspective, which emphasizes Lincoln’s philosophy of economic equality, I think will be very new to most students,” APU political science professor Dr. Christopher Flannery said. “I expect to hear them talking about this.”
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National church conference in Long Beach focuses on diversity
Mosaix’s second conference on ethnic and economic divisions in the church had more than 1,000 guests
earth is the church [in existence]?’” said Mark DeYmaz in the 2010 Mosaix Conference magazine. DeYmaz is the directional leader of Mosaic Church and executive director of Mosaix Global Network. Conference organizers presented 18 workshops this year, many of which addressed issues like multiethnic relationships, politics, immigration, homosexuality and racial reconciliation. Attendees ranged from theology professors to the average churchgoer searching for a better way to live out the gospel and honor diversity. One particular workshop focused on strengthening churches to minister to multiethnic couples. This workshop, facilitated by Robyn Afrik, motivational speaker of Afrik Advantage, which helps to address issues such as multi-cultural adoption and reconciliation and diversity, was created to address everyone’s role in the church to support these pairs. As an adopted Korean with a West African husband, Afrik felt early on in her marriage that she and her husband were not being ministered to correctly, which had an effect on their relationship and church ministry. “We were put into a ministry and our leaders weren’t aware of our intercultural relationship,” Afrik said. “When we follow a homogenic model of church, our witness is compromised.” In Afrik’s workshop, she challenged attendees to actively participate in creating an environment welcoming to these couples in a lecture titled, “Are you doing your P.A.R.T.?”
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Christian leaders and more than 1,000 attendees from all over the country gathered Nov. 5 and 6 in Long Beach for Mosaix Global Network’s second conference on strengthening multiethnic churches for the sake of the gospel. The conference, which was live streamed to 10 countries outside the U.S., included speakers who are APU alumni or are strongly involved with ministry at Azusa Pacific, including alumna Brittany Barron and a previous chapel speaker, Albert Tate. Church leaders at Mosaix decided to create the conference after online forum discussions in 2009 on the divisions in churches based on ethnic and economic differences. The first conference was hosted in San Diego in Nov. 2010. “Jesus taught us to pray, ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ If the kingdom of heaven is not segregated along ethnic and economic lines, then it is long past time for Christ-followers everywhere to address the question, ‘Why on
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Citrus and APU salute veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, the community gathered at Citrus College to salute alum Gabriel Higerd and other local veterans
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013
Citrus College honored local veterans on Thursday, Nov. 7 during the eighth annual Saluting our Veterans event, which showcased Gladstone High School’s marching band, an AMVETS Honors Guard, military exhibits, keynote speakers, live army statues, booths about the military and musical tributes. Each year, Citrus partners up with Azusa Pacific, the city of Glendora and the city of Azusa to put on the event. The event recognizes veterans with academic influence in their communities by handing out scholarships and honoring them. California congresswoman Judy Chu, from the 27th district which covers the San Gabriel Foothills, began with a speech on the
Left: The veterans honors guard performing the presentation of colors. Right: Citrus College ROTC participants posed as military statues during the event. importance of veterans and education. “Veterans of all ages have given so much to protect this nation, and defend our values,” Chu said. “All too often we see that veterans are not able to access the benefits they deserve. We must do a better job of ensuring that our veterans have access to every benefit they deserve. ... We must make sure that every veteran gets their educational benefits.” Four veterans were honored for their service in both the military and education. Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Hostetler, Spc. 4th Class Robert Nelson, Spc. 4th Class Rose Sayre and Azusa Pacific alum Capt. Gabriel Higerd. Higerd joined the U.S. Army Military Police Corps after he graduated from APU with a Bachelor of Science in finance. He held several positions in the only Airborne Military Police Unit as well as policing positions in Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia and Fort Bragg, N.C. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and 2009 and was awarded a Bronze Star. Higerd is now pursuing a doctorate degree in sports management. In addition to recognizing specific veterans, the event also honored all of those who have served in the military. Chaplain Lt. Col. Rick Givens of APU saluted those who had fallen and led the attendees in a prayer, followed by a moment of silence to show respect for those who served. The event ended with a musical tribute featuring Bruno Mars' song, “Treasure."
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Growing student body creates parking quandry
Residence Life reported approximately 1,100 students and 583 parking spots spots. There are five different multilevel parking structures proposed in the university’s future plans; however, they will not be built for several years until APU has the funding. The last of the structures is anticipated to be built 25 years from now, Bixby said. For now, SGA is seeking options to alleviate the problem sooner rather than later. “In our initial meetings, we met with Jon Wallace and we asked him what was the main concern of the university for this year, and parking was the first thing he thought of,” said senior math major Kara Nelson, SGA’s financial controller. Some possible solutions SGA is entertaining range from looking into ZipCar, an hourly rental car system used at many other colleges and universities, to providing carpool passes for commuter students. Additionally, SGA is trying to revive a resolution they passed in 2011 to squeeze in a few more parking spots. “If you go in University Village, all the lines are painted in a U shape,” Nelson said. “So, if they were to resurface, repaint and do a single line, it –Tabitha Collins would add [from] 10 [to 40] parking spaces just in UV. So something like that is what we want to bring back to the table with (the Office of) Campus Safety, because it was published in the Clause and it had a lot of backing and support, but for whatever reason it was never followed up on the following year and it was never completed.” Additionally, SGA is looking into ideas that could decrease the number of freshmen with cars. According to Nelson, Westmont shuttles its students to popular places such as the beach since freshmen are not allowed to have cars on its campus. SGA is looking into the possibility of following suit. Additionally, once the Los Angeles County Metro finishes expanding its Gold Line to Azusa in the next year or so, students will be able to easily access the Metro and the need to bring cars will lessen. “Once the Gold Line opens, students will have access to go a lot more places that they would used to need a car to go to,” Nelson said. “I believe the station will be walking distance; it’s relatively close by.” All ideas to alleviate parking on campus are still tentative. “I get the fact that it’s a huge inconvenience, so I think that’s probably where most of the drama, the tension, the angst comes from,” Bixby said. “[For] any place that has grown a lot, like we have, parking is always going to be a challenge and you’re not going to be able to park in the most convenient spot.” For students who have more ideas or thoughts about parking or other issues at APU, SGA encourages them to go to the monthly Cougar Walk Talks. “[It’s a time] for all students to kind of write down their ideas, share them, talk with our senators and kind of get it in their ear making sure that what we’re doing is in line with what the students really want,” Nelson said.
Lot A on East Campus is often too full for commuters to find parking, especially during peak hours.
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According to Executive Vice President David Bixby, the fullest the administration anticipated the parking lot would ever be was during an APU vs. Biola basketball game a few years ago. During this time, graduate students were also on campus taking classes. “The places that were open were way over to the west, but even then, the parking lot had plenty of places,” Bixby said. Parking, especially on East Campus, remains a big problem for students who drive to campus every day. More than 2,340 commuters students attend APU, according to the Office of Communiversity. On East, commuter students can park in A Lot, which has 428 spaces. Senior psychology major and commuter student Tabitha Collins pointed out that visitors also take up those spaces. “Sometimes APU provides great hospitality to guests but the students
then are unable to find adequate parking,” said Collins. “I think this is an area that could use improvement since each commuter does pay an annual fee to park at school. If we pay that fee then there should be enough parking.” On-campus students have also complained of the inconvenience of parking in the housing areas. “During the week, it’s usually impossible to find parking in the Mods [parking] lot after 5 p.m.,” sophomore graphics design major Rachel Lewis said. “All I want to do is go into my mod and have a nice dinner after work, but instead sometimes I have to drive around for another 2030 minutes waiting until someone leaves. I waste more gas trying to find parking than actually driving myself around. Basically, I think APU should only hand out as many parking passes as there are spots in the lot it allows you to park in.” In a recent Clause poll of 47 Bowles and the Shire Mods residents, about 57 percent said they
were somewhat dissatisfied and an additional 23 percent said they were very dissatisfied with parking in the residential areas. Freshmen are allowed to bring cars but are discouraged with a $285 annual permit fee, while other students only pay $110 per year for a permit. Freshmen are also required to keep their cars in H-Lot. In order to get to their vehicles, freshmen must walk or trolley a little more than half a mile to West Campus. On-campus sophomores and upperclassmen are also forced to park on West if they cannot find parking in their living areas. In the Mods alone there 376 residents and 122 parking spaces, according to Resident Director Adam Higgenbotham and Campus Safety. The Clause reached out to Campus Safety to get a break down of how many permits were given out in each living area but Campus Safety responded with, “We have provided you with all the information that we can.” Similarly in University Village,
“Sometimes APU provides great hospitality to guests but the students then are unable to find adequate parking.”
Midnight Madness mayhem in the Zu
Thousands of students participate in the the annual Midnight Madness event to kick off the basketball season
The moment the doors to the Felix Event Center were opened, the mayhem of the annual event Midnight Madness began. Students pushed, ran and were even dragged through the doors into the gym where the noise was loud and spirits were high. Assistant Athletics Director Jackson Stava has hosted and been the emcee for the event for about seven years. “I’m the knucklehead who stands in the middle of the court and yells at everyone all night,” Stava said. Every year he introduces the female and male basketball players, runs the contests and announces prizes along the way. What Stava loves most about the event is that students want to come whether they are basketball fans or not. There is always a lot of energy in the room and students want to be a part of it. “I think students love that it’s not too serious, and that it’s a fun, loud event of hype,” Stava said. “I think students like the next day to say they were there.” This year, students in animal masks entered Felix carrying Freddie the Cougar in a cage. His entrance is different each year. “We try to change it every year by throwing some new things in the event,” Stava said. Some say the prizes have gotten better with each Midnight Madness event. Stava said that the bookstore has been giving away free books for a semester for the past few years. This year it gave away an iPad and a couple iPods, along with the books. “Personally, I think the main purpose of Midnight Madness is to just create excitement
Bruce English, the winner of the Midnight Madness slam dunk competition, slamming it down in his final dunk to win the competition. around what’s coming next in basketball,” Stava said. “It is the kickoff to the basketball season and the first time that NCAA allows you to go practice.” Stava expressed how much he loves what APU has done with Midnight Madness because of the focus on how much hype can be created at the kickoff of the basketball season. There is always a dunk contest each year along with a 3-point shooting contest, and students are always enthusiastic about the bungee cord game where they get pulled all over the court. “Recently students have really loved when the acrobatics and tumbling team performs, which has been a cool new thing to add in that we didn’t have four or five years ago,” Stava said. “That is something that I think we will keep doing.” Midnight Madness is always tied into All Access Preview Weekend so prospective students can see it as well. “Students love being there and seeing what all the hype’s about,” Stava said. Sophomore psychology major Claire Dresselhaus has been on the acrobatics and tumbling team for the past two years and said Midnight Madness provides an opportunity to perform without the pressure of being judged. “It’s also our first performance, so it is really good for us to see where we are at and what we need to work on more,” she said. “I think it is also comforting to know that since they are my peers they are really supportive and get excited pretty easily.” She said that they don’t have to do much to get pumped for the event because the crowd, lights and noise do that for them. “It is so fun, especially once we are there,” Dresselhaus said. “We don’t spend a lot of time preparing for this event, only about three practices, but most of the stunts, acros and tumbling are things we’ve been working on for the past two months that will hopefully be our team routine in the spring. Our team is really strong this year, and I am looking forward to the spring when we start
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competing.” Senior film major Victoria Herrera has attended every Midnight Madness during her time at APU. After experiencing four different Midnight Madness events, she said she has an idea of what the crowd likes and dislikes. “I really liked the introduction of the Zu,” Herrera said. “It’s new and exciting and had the crowd going.” She felt that Thursday night’s event was a lot of fun but bittersweet because it’s the last one she will be able to attend as an undergraduate. The event concluded with what seemed like never-ending confetti falling from the ceiling of Felix. Students charged the gym floor and danced and played in the confetti until they were told to leave. Stava and the rest of the Athletic Department hope this night pumped up fans for the season. The Cougars will face Cal Poly Pomona at the end of next week for their first official home game of the season.
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Fall recipes for college students
It’s fall in Azusa and students are hitting the kitchen to enjoy the season with delicious food. Check out these quick and easy fall recipes from your fellows students: Quick Pumpkin Bread Who doesn’t like anything with the word “quick” in it? “We make it every year with my family,” said sophmore Spanish major Jessie Fawcett. “We found it in my grandma’s 1950’s cookbook way back when.” Ingredients: • 1 3/4 cups sifted flour • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon baking soda
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1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 1/3 cups sugar 1/3 cup soft shortening 2 eggs 1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin 1 bag of chocolate chips
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda. Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs and spices together with 1/4 cup of water, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean.
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How is strength to be wielded? This is a question that the new movie “Thor: The Dark World” repeatedly tries to answer. As the dark elf and new villain Malekith emerges as a threat, several main characters must answer this question. “To the last Asgardian breath and the last drop of Asgardian blood!” Odin tells Thor as they discuss war. Thor replies, “Then how are you different from Malekith?” Thor, Odin, Loki, Jane and several other characters must consider their own strengths and flaws in this movie while trying to save their universe from destruction. Thor, in particular, continues to learn what it means to lead his people and sacrifice for the greater good. “Thor: The Dark World” is a movie that aligns well with its protagonist. Like Thor himself, the movie is brutish and oafish at times. We repeatedly see CGI technology employed as Thor and his enemies lay waste to wilderness panoramas and sprawling cityscapes. The technology is able to create a spectacular funeral scene; Spoiler Alert (yes, one beloved character will die in this movie) . However, in an effort to make battles appear more intense and epic, the creators sometimes went over the top. Instead of skilled tech-
nique in hand-to-hand combat, we see entire montages of our hero being thrown into rock formations over and over and over again. Audiences could save money on that type of battle by renting “The Hulk” or watching a monster truck rally on TV. Yet, like the character of Thor himself, we see glimmers of wit, humor and charm in this film. This is where the movie draws its strength. Depth emerges in skillfully written dialogue between Thor and Loki, two brothers who are constantly jawing back and forth. Humorous one-liners abound, and the funniest moment may have been a surprise cameo from another Marvel hero. Darcy, the researcher friend of Jane, provides great comic relief, as does Loki. Several twists will keep you guessing throughout the movie, although some are easier to figure out than others. The film is fast-paced and doesn’t bore the audience. Brilliant dialogue and humor make it a Marvel movie worth watching. MPAA Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 112 Minutes Rating: 3/4 J-Dubs
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Wednesday, n0v. 13, 2013
Spiritual Formation Week calls for students to stay humble
The Campus Pastors Office dedicates a week to the virtue of humility and other spiritual practices
Students, faculty and staff celebrated the virtue of humility this week with guest speakers and various events during the annual Spiritual Formation Week, which started Monday, Nov. 4. The Campus Pastors Office sponsors the event every year. According to Pastor Khristi Adams, she and her colleagues went through careful planning sessions to decide this year’s focus. “We have at least three or four meetings where all the campus pastors sit and talk about what is going on in the campus community from our perspective and we throw out a few things,” Adams said. “And from those we say, ‘OK, what can be the practice or practices that encourage growth in that area?’” Khristi kicked the week off during Monday morning chapel, speaking to students about the spiritual practice of secrecy and how it is important to keep secrets in order to stay humble. “Secrecy as a spiritual discipline automatically humbles you,” Adams said. The week continued with a movie screening of the 2009 film “Invictus” on Trinity Lawn Tuesday night. The movie depicts the true story of former South African President Nelson Mandela and how he tried to break down the barriers of racial tension
in the wake of apartheid through the sport of rugby. Students at the event sat in lawn chairs and wrapped themselves in blankets as they watched Mandela remain humble in the face of tremendous opposition during his journey to lead the country’s underdog rugby team to the World Cup Championship. During Wednesday morning chapel, guest speaker Francis Benedict pointed to the teachings of Saint Benedict. Students listened as the ordained priest and Benedictine monk read Scripture passages related to humility. That evening, theology professor Michael Bruner gave a lecture in the Cougar Dome about the relationship between social media and the virtue of humility. In the lecture entitled “#selfie,” Bruner talked about how disconnected students are from the community as they are too connected to their online profiles. Although students may try to stay humble while still being connected to their Facebook, Bruner believes it isn’t as easy of a task as people might think. “I think it’s very hard because the very basis of social media is that you are promoting yourself online. I don’t want to say it’s impossible, but I think the very structure of social media makes it very difficult,” Bruner said. Bruner encouraged students at the lecture to disconnect and get involved with the community. If social media may be too hard to give up, he says, then students should have control over their profiles. “Let you start controlling it and not it control you,” Bruner said. On Thursday night, APU alum and former chapel worship leader James Brooks held a concert titled “In the Secret” at the Cougar Dome. Attendees listened and sang along while Brooks talked and sang songs about humility, as well as performing songs off his CD project titled
“Talmadge.” Mindy Caliguire ended the week during Friday morning chapel with her talk about spiritual formation. Caliguire is the founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry with the purpose to help people strengthen their relationship with God. For freshman film production major Alexa Hobelman, the idea of humility relating to her relationship with God wasn’t something she thought about until this week. “I never really realize how much I’m on my phone posting or looking at Facebook statuses or Instagram pictures, and the idea that posting things about myself wasn’t very humble didn’t occur to me at all,” Hobelman said. “I always
viewed it as something harmless, but it really isn’t.” Whether or not this week’s message affects students in the long run, Adams hopes that students will use this week as a time to reflect upon themselves. “I want there to be kind of like a communal introspection that takes place where we all stop for a minute and take a step back and say, ‘OK, at what point do I become selfless?’ or ‘Have I been too self-focused?’” Adams said. Adams said she hopes that the virtue of humility will have a long lasting effect on students for the rest of the school year — not just during Spiritual Formation Week.
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Parking on campus is only one of several huge headaches that comes with expansion
Annie Z. Yu
What’s up with parking on campus?
around 1,200 first-time freshmen each fall, according to statistics from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. President Jon Wallace said in a “Town Hall” meeting last month that the administration aims to maintain the current freshman class size, which will increase the number of commuters in the near future by several hundred. And parking is just one headache of expansion: APU cannot keep expanding the student body without also expanding services and facilities like on-campus housing, Hospitality Services and other amenities. Good luck to the brave man or woman who desires a cup of coffee on East in the 20 minutes before class starts. There is exactly one coffeehouse to serve the hundreds of caffeine-deprived students, staff and faculty on East at any given time. And we technically have a weight room, but what use is it when there are more than 5,000 undergraduates but exactly four treadmills, not to mention horrible hours? And what is APU going to do when every single dorm room is tripled, start asking students to accept four to a room? The only solutions are to decrease the number of accepted students, expand on-campus housing or stop requiring that freshmen live on campus. But those are tangents – back to my point. Is APU simply going to tell commuters that they should expect to consistently park in the large West lot and to walk or trolley over to East? “[For] any place that has grown a lot, like we have, parking is always going to be a challenge and you’re not going to be able to park in the most convenient spot,” Executive Vice President David Bixby told The Clause. I completely understand that it’s impossible to always have convesuch different schedules that it’s almost impossible to carpool. Five of us have cars and drive to campus every day. The best solution, in my opinion, is the long-tossed-around idea to build a parking structure on top of the already existing lots to double the number of parking spots. This idea has been discussed for years, and there are tentative, proposed plans to build five different parking structures, which, if approved, won’t be finished for another 25 years. In the meantime, APU should be honest with commuters and tell them to expect to park on West at all times and to allot an extra 20 minutes to get from their cars to their classes on East. And starting next year, APU will no longer accept credit card tuition payments, which means the university will no longer be spending almost $2 million every year on credit card fees. Why not put some of that money toward a parking structure fund? Granted, parking has improved in the past two weeks, although I’m pretty sure that’s because it’s past the mid-semester mark and exhausted students are just not showing up to class anymore. (I feel you.) But the parking nightmare is still a reality that will start all over again at the beginning of the spring semester. Annie Z. Yu is a senior journalism major and political science minor from Fremont, Calif. She hopes to become a journalist and has a great love for coffee, tea, good books, large dogs and travel.
I commute to campus every day and parking is a nightmare – especially on East Campus. There are roughly 2,340 commuters but only 428 spots on East, according to numbers from Executive Vice President David Bixby and the Office of Campus Safety. Let’s just assume that on any given day, about 3/4 of commuters will come to East – that’s 1,875 people. Then let’s assume that of those students, half of them will be trying to park on East in the morning – that leaves more than 900 students fighting over 428 parking spots on a given morning. OK, that’s just my own amateur estimation, but from what I’ve experienced it probably isn’t too far off. Sure, there’s always the main parking lot on West Campus, but anybody with any APU permit can park there, whereas the East parking lot (Lot A) and the smaller West lots (Lots F and G) are reserved specifically for commuters. But wait a second, I’m a commuter – why is it I rarely get to use those commuter lots? The student body is constantly growing and with that comes an everincreasing number of commuter students fighting for the same amount of parking spots every year. This year’s freshman class is the largest ever, with approximately 1,700 students. This is a significant jump, since in the past three years, APU has enrolled
nience, but maybe commuters should be told as soon as they buy a parking permit that the East lot is “first come first serve” only. If you are rushing to class and arrive just a few minutes early – too bad, you’re late. A few weeks ago, I arrived five minutes early to class – at 9:40 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. class – and I knew I was doomed. I spent 10 full minutes circling around the East parking lot with around 15 other frustrated students. I gave up, drove to West and walked back to East. I was 30 minutes late to class. I now only circle the parking lot once before illegally parking next to Chick-fil-A, then walking across the street for class. Don’t judge me – it’s way closer than the far end of the West parking lot, and I have to get to class. SGA and the administration are
working on parking congestion solutions (see the news article on the front page): proposed solutions include increasing access to and encouraging public or shared transportation with carpool passes, Zip Cars and the Metro Gold Line. They are also proposing decreasing the number of freshmen with cars. These are all great ideas, but decreasing the number of freshmen with cars will not help relieve congestion in commuter parking lots. Encouraging the use of Zip Cars and the metro are also only solutions for students who live on-campus — it provides incentive for them not to bring their cars to APU — but does nothing for commuters who need to bring their cars to campus every day. Carpool passes are a good idea for commuter students, but between my five housemates and I, we all have
Catching Fire catches consciences
Dust off your bow and arrow and prepare to go back into the arena, because the Quarter Quell is upon us. If the Nov. 22 release of “Catching Fire” is anything like that of its predecessor – which grossed more than $691 million worldwide – it will be welcomed by soldout midnight showings, extravagant costumes and homemade T-shirts pledging allegiance to Team Peeta or Team Gale. The film adaptation of the second book in the bestselling “Hunger Games” series follows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark on a tense and tumultuous journey through the 12 districts of Panem, a dystopian society set in post-apocalyptic North America. As citizens grow increasingly restless, the stage is set for rebellion just in time for the 75th annual Hunger Games. Though the people of Panem are just beginning to see the sparks of a revolution, the series has already garnered a red-hot following that may be set ablaze with the release of the second movie. Collins’ fictional world and its inhabitants are quickly becoming ubiquitous; Katniss Everdeen earned a place on TIME Magazine’s 2013 list of “The Most Influential People Who Never Lived.” Archery sales experienced a sharp increase following the release of the first movie. News sites like The Daily Beast have run coverage of popular “Hunger Games”-inspired tattoos. And although I consider myself a moderate
fan at most, somewhere in my drawer is a Mockingjay pin that I acquired for the release of the first movie. Our obsession begs the question: Why are we so mesmerized by the world of Panem, anyway? After all, a totalitarian dictatorship that glorifies the gladiatorial slaughter of children seems like exactly the kind of society we should avoid emulating. But despite disturbing plot lines, dystopian literature has been around since the early 20th century and includes classics that you probably remember reading in high school like George Orwell’s “1984” and
“Animal Farm,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” and Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.” According to English professor Nancy Brashear, the roots of this modern genre can be seen when a couple of realist novels of the 19th century began drawing influence from science fiction and projecting “dark visions of society.” What these stories have in common is their depiction of a dark, repressive or controlling society under the guise of perfection. A trademark of dystopian society is the façade of utopia to cover up the oppression of the masses. It’s demoralizing, yet for some reason we’re hooked. Many of us seem to have a morbid fascination with chaos and destruction; it’s the same reason people rubberneck as they pass car wrecks or tune into the evening news to hear story after story of kidnappings, rapes and murders. But just because it’s human nature doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right. Furthermore, a growing number of dystopian novel readers are preteens and adolescents in an undeniably formative stage of life. Should we be indulging the innate but twisted interest in things gone awry? Between citizen revolts in the Middle East, political partisanship and devastating natural disasters, some say there is enough dystopia in our daily lives without it appearing in literature as well. But books — and all art forms, for that matter — serve a higher purpose than escapism. While they can certainly be a window to
another world, they are perhaps most potent as a mirror to our own. The optimistic may say we love these stories because of their heroic and inspiring protagonists. Everyone likes to imagine that they would have the courage to be the one who rejects soma, refuses to burn books, sees color or leads a rebellion as the Mockingjay. But if daring heroes are what we’re after, why aren’t Superman and Indiana Jones enough? Why do we turn toward the barbarism and despair found in these perfectly imperfect societies? Brashear has a few theories as to why we read on. “These novels provide a platform for speaking to serious current or future issues,” Brashear says. “If humans aren’t careful, they may extinguish themselves by war, cruelty, lust for power and greed.” According to Brashear, who teaches adolescent literature, tales of dystopia are especially resonant with young people because they feel they have the most at stake, but the least opportunity to affect change.
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Lauren Lamb is a freshman communication studies major who is loving her first year at APU. Outside of class, she enjoys reading, hiking, baking and playing Scrabble.
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Finishing a rollercoaster journey
The seniors of the Azusa Pacific football team reflect on their experiences as parts of the program and look to leave their mark on a historic year
sports editor The Cougars look forward to their final regular season matchup in Canada on Saturday, Nov. 16 against Simon Fraser. Their final game of the season is their first ever bowl game, which will take place in Rome, Ga.
■ SATURDAY, NOVEmBER 16 sImOn FRAsER @ BURNABY, B.C.
The seniors of Azusa Pacific’s football team played the final home game of their careers on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the win against Dixie State that clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. The 19 seniors on the roster received honors at their Senior Night for what they brought to the program. Ten of the seniors spent all of their years as a Cougar and the other nine transferred over after spending some time at junior colleges. The four-year Cougars have brought a lot to the program and have endured a lot of success and trials, including last season’s 0-7 start. “These seniors go way back. This is a veteran crew. They’ve been through the highs and lows, and what you saw was senior leadership helping them out through the dark times. We were 0-7 last year, these guys were a part of that and they were helping to lead us out of it,” head coach Victor Santa Cruz said. “Now, to be able to come to the point now where we’re GNAC champs just a year later, that’s a lot that those guys do. In the offseason, to not get frustrated, keeping people focused on the process at hand and remember what you have in the moment. These seniors bought into that and they did that.” This year’s senior class boasted 10 consistent starters, while the rest contributed off the bench or filled in for injured players. When senior linebacker Sean Barber got hurt during pregame warmups before the Oct. 12 Homecoming game against Simon Fraser, senior linebacker Marcus Mendillo came in and continued to produce numbers almost as high as Barber’s. Barber is the leader of the Cougars’ defense. He was out for about half of the season after his injury, but came back on Senior Night with a game-high 13 tackles and one interception. Barber’s four-year career as a Cougar has been a great journey for the captain and in the end, he is grateful for all he has experienced at APU. “It’s been a lot of ups and downs,” Barber said. “We’ve had a few good years, a few bad years, a
Azusa Pacific will head to Canada to close out the regular season against a 3-6 Simon Fraser team. The Cougars defeated the Clan in their first meeting of the season, coming back on Homecoming night for the thrilling 44-36 victory.
■ sATURDAY, nOVEmBER 23 nCCAA VICTORY BOWL @ ROME, GA.
The Cougars qualified for their first ever bowl game after clinching the conference title with the win over Dixie State on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Two senior defenders, linebacker Sean Barber and cornerback David Smith, lead by example in the 2320 win over Dixie State on Saturday, Nov. 9. few injuries — Ethan [Danielson] tore his ACL one year, I tore my MCL — it’s just been a roller coaster ride, but I’ve learned so much and I’m so humbled for the opportunity to play here at a Christian university and putting God first, it’s just awesome.” Barber has recorded 286 tackles, four interceptions and four forced fumbles during his time as a Cougar and said it’s exciting to grow into a leadership role. “When you’re a freshman, you look up to [the older] guys and now you’re being that guy people look up to,” Barber said. “It’s also more pressure to be a good role model. There’s more accountability there, which I think is great and it’s another step in life. I love this team, I love this program, everybody’s a close family and we always talk about that.” Senior strong safety Nick Grunsky said he cannot believe how quickly time has flown by. He looks back on the times when he was a freshman, using that perspective in his senior leadership to give the young players words of wisdom. “It’s fun to work with the young guys, the freshmen who come in. I tell them all the time that I was there in their shoes not too long ago and it goes by quick, so I tell them just to take it day by day,” Grunsky said. “It’s fun to see how they improve and it’s fun to see them with their wide eyes. They come in trying to do the best they can and they have big hearts for this team, so it’s good to just be around them.” With only two games left in his APU career, Grunsky said multiple ing team is Central Washington with times that his time here has been 167.7 rushing yards per game and 12 “amazing.” rushing touch“It’s flown downs on the by; it goes by year. so quick. You “I’ve seen come in as a a lot of the ups freshman and and the downs you have four of this program years and you and really, what think, ‘Yeah, it takes to be a I’ve got a while. champion. Our I can settle team works so in,’ and the hard everyday, next thing you our coaching know, you’re staff works so walking on Sehard and I’m nior Night,” so proud of our Grunsky said. group,” Barker “It goes by, said. “We have but it’s amaza lot of young ing memories, O-linemen and amazing friends I had to step up I’ve made here, as their leader and an amazand show them ing coaching what we have to staff that I’ve do as a group. ... had pretty much They step up in here to mentor every occasion, me. It’s been no matter what amazing.” someone throws S e n i o r at us, we’re not center Lance expecting it, Barker leads the they come up, offensive line make the adjustas the only sements, do their nior of the unit. job and we have The offensive –Victor Santa Cruz, head coach a really special line currently running back paves the way for the GNAC’s lead- that we just love playing with.” ing rushing offense this season, with The special running back Barker 201.9 rushing yards per game and refers to is none other than junior 24 touchdowns. The next best rush- record-smashing Terrell Watson.
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“We were 0-7 last year, these guys were a part of that and they were helping to lead us out of it ... In the offseason, to not get frustrated, keeping people focused on the process at hand and remember what you have in the moment.”
Barker said the Cougars’ opponents are afraid of APU’s running game. It will tire opponents out and open up the passing game, and after the defense gets comfortable with the passing game, Watson can find the holes. Watson has stated several times throughout the season that without the offensive line, none of his success or his records are possible. “Terrell does the rest once we spread it open. We make the blocks and he follows them up. He’s the most humble running back I’ve ever blocked for — I love that guy,” Barker said. The journey for the seniors is soon coming to a close. The Cougars’ final regular season game is on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Simon Fraser and the Victory Bowl, the first bowl game in program history, is on the following Saturday, Nov. 23 in Rome, Ga. The senior leaders know it is no time to get complacent for this football team. “This senior class doesn’t want to go out and think that we’re champs and not finish the season right. We want to be a prime example to our teammates and the guys younger than us and establish a tradition, a legacy of champion football,” Barker said. “We’re going to go out there, we’re going to put it on these teams that we play coming up, and we’re going to prepare for them as best as we can and finish this thing right.” Grunsky summed up the year as it comes to a close: “It’s been one heck of a season.” “I’m happy to be here,” he said. “If I had to do it over again, I would definitely be an APU Coug.”
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A closer look at volleyball’s success
The Cougars’ women’s volleyball program has unique characteristics that set it apart from other collegiate programs
Wednesday, nov. 13, 2013
Sit through any set of an Azusa Pacific women’s volleyball match and one thing will be evident: the relationships among the players go beyond the term “teammates.” “There have been people who watch our games and they’re like, ‘You guys look like you’re really having fun out there,’ or ‘You guys are really getting along,’” sophomore outside hitter Mattie Shelford said. “I think that really does stand out. You watch teams on the court, even other Christian schools, and you don’t see the same thing.” The camaraderie among the Cougars is something evident not only to the crowds, but even to prospective players. “I know we’ve had many recruits up here, and a lot of these girls that are currently here, who have said that just the close-knits of this team is one of the main reasons why they chose Azusa Pacific,” head coach Chris Keife said. Junior outside hitter Alicia Utke, a transfer from Golden West College, highlighted the contrast be-
The women’s volleyball team maintains positivity like they did in their senior day match versus Chaminade on Saturday, Nov. 9 as they get close to their 10th consecutive 20-win season. tween her previous school’s program and APU’s. “At my old college everyone was playing for themselves and not the team, really. I mean, we were friends, but on the court it was basically just playing a sport,” Utke said. “I think we have a really good team chemistry here. We don’t have any problems on or off the court. It helps in our game too.” Senior middle blocker Christy Cain attributed the success of the team’s relationships to the players’ “like-minded” attitudes. “We know that when we step out on the court it’s not for ourselves, it’s to better the team and to better the people around us and to ultimately represent the program really well,” she said. Senior defensive specialist Emily Ingalls highlighted the element of integrity that is encouraged by Keife as another key to the team’s successful dynamics. It’s seen in everything from not fighting calls during matches to what the players wear. “We don’t want standouts, even with headbands or other things that we wear. He wants us to be calm, cool and collected on the court and just to play with integrity,” Ingalls said. “We earn our points, we make plays and we work together to win. We don’t need a big show. We’re well-balanced.” Balance is another key component in the Cougars’ program. According to Keife, the team practices only two to three days a week for two hours and 15 minutes at most. “I don’t want the girls to be all consumed in volleyball,” Keife said. “We try to limit some of the time that
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they’re in volleyball so that they can experience other things as well and definitely stay on top of their academics.” The focus on balance is an obvious contributor to the success Keife has had in his 10 seasons as head coach for Azusa Pacific. In that time, he has recorded 243 wins and just 101 losses. At the conclusion of his ninth season, he had a winning percentage of .707 and is currently one win away from tabbing his 10th consecutive 20-win season. However, despite being what many believe is one of the best head coaches the volleyball program has seen, Keife attributes the success of the program to the players. “They’re the ones that are out there, they’re the ones that are having to play, they’re the ones that have to execute at the clutch moments to win the matches,” the head coach said. The unique characteristics and the coaching of the program have translated well into NCAA Division II play. In the Cougars’ second year as PacWest members, they sit comfortably in the fifth spot of the 13-member conference with an 11-6 record. “It’s striving for our best to honor the God-given talents we have and to enjoy each other and fellowship with one another as we grow and as we’re going through the trials and the triumphs together,” Keife said. Azusa Pacific will face Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday, Nov. 14 in the first of a three-game road series to conclude the regular season before competing in the NCCAA Regionals on Friday, Nov. 22.
Men’s soccer comfortable under pressure
Close games are now a norm for the men’s soccer team as nearly all were decided by one goal this year
The Azusa Pacific men’s soccer team is used to pressure. After Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Point Loma, the Cougars finished their 18-game season with a 14-4 overall, 10-2 conference record. Thirteen of those 18 games were decided by one goal. When the game is within one goal, its intensity rises as it progresses. The Cougars have stepped up in these situations, with nearly every game being decided in the final minutes. Many factors come into play in order to be effective in crunch time, but head coach Dave Blomquist believes it begins with defense and ball movement. “One of the things this year is our defending has been great,” Blomquist said. “We’ve been able to keep the other teams from getting goals and limit the chances they’ve had. We’ve done a pretty good job this year of how we’ve moved the ball as a team, but other teams have defended well against us and not given us as many opportunities as in previous years.”
Sophomore Keenan Armbrust fires a shot in the Sept. 30 game against Hawai’i Pacific. He is one of many clutch players, currently leading the team in game-winning goals with four. The back four is led by senior center back Jamarko Washington. He initially joined the Cougars as an attacker but slowly transitioned into a defender, first becoming an outside back until last year. This year he took on the challenge of filling the center back spot. He started in all 18 games this season and has been one of the most consistent players for the Cougars all year. “One of [Washington’s] greatest strengths is that he’s very diligent on the field and he’s got a great sense of duty as a defender,” Blomquist said. “He knows that’s his primary job, he takes pride in it, and he does it every time.” Blomquist credits the other backs as well for feeding off of Washington’s passion. Washington said his fellow backs work well to support each other as a defensive unit. “I think we do a really good job of helping each other out because, to be honest, we defend a lot,” Washington said. “We’re used to seeing a lot of attacking, so that makes us have to cover each other’s backs.” Junior starting goalkeeper Chip Cox started in 13 games and senior goalkeeper Jeff Dunn started in four. Senior goalkeeper Scott Kinney appeared in two games and started in one. Each of these goalkeepers stepped it up this year, keeping the ball out of the net for each game’s full 90 minutes. “When a game is tight, and almost all of them have been this year, goalkeepers can play a huge role in which way the game goes because there is often times when it’s a tie game or even if you’re up by
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one where they’re going to have to make a save that’s going to ... win the game for you,” Blomquist said. “[Cox] and [Dunn] have done a fantastic job and even when [Kinney] had to go in this year, he was fantastic as well. To have not only quality but depth with those three has been superb.” The Cougars’ 4-3-3 offense proved successful throughout the season, especially whenever they needed a quick score. In their Oct. 24 matchup at Notre Dame de Namur, they scored three goals in three minutes, taking the lead 4-3 with 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Cougars’ win was a testimony to not only the ability to score quickly, but the fight and heart in the team. “It’s a group that plays the entire game, until the final whistle,” Blomquist said. “When we were down [against Notre Dame de Namur], there was no [giving] up. We often say, ‘It’s not a matter of if, but when,’ in terms of what we do in the attack. They kept going in that game and put together the three goals in three minutes to win it. They’ve shown great resiliency and great character all year.” Senior midfielder Oktay Bulut has spent all four seasons with Azusa Pacific. He leads the Cougars in goals scored with nine. He said it is crucial for soccer players to believe that they can win the game, even if they are losing.
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Wednesday, nov. 13, 2013
No rebuilding necessary: the road to the first PacWest title
Starting the season with 14 new players, the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team needed no rebuilding period and now reign as the PacWest champions
Now that the Azusa Pacific women’s soccer team has grabbed the program’s first-ever Pacific West Conference championship, the young Cougars look to keep up their strong defense as they head to playoffs. The 1-0 win on Saturday, Nov. 2 against last season’s PacWest champs, California Baptist, marked the 11th conference championship in program history. With the win, the Cougars improved their record to 12-1-1 and extended their streak of consecutive shutouts to nine games, a feat that was somewhat unexpected coming into the season after 11 seniors graduated from last year’s team and 16 newcomers were added to the program. “With all the new players, we’ve really had to try and create the culture that we want here, so we’ve worked hard,” said head coach Jason Surrell. “The seniors have led really well, and it’s a talented group that has really bought into what we’re trying to do.” One of the talented newcomers who has made an immediate impact is sophomore midfielder Mayra Almazan. As the recently named PacWest Player of the Week, Almazan leads the team in scoring with eight goals in only 12 games played, one of which was the lone goal
in Saturday’s PacWest win. “To come in with 16 new people when everyone was thinking this would be a rebuilding year because we lost 11 seniors and [to] make such a big difference and win a conference championship has been awesome,” Almazan said. “The sophomores, juniors and seniors all do a really good job of bringing the team together.” According to Surrell, throughout the streak, the Cougars have relied on consistent play from all levels and a dominant defense. They ended the season allowing only six goals, two of which were during Saturday’s game at Point Loma. Those two goals were the only goals the Cougars allowed through the normal flow of offense all year. “This has got to be one of the best defensive groups I’ve ever had, from the goal keeper, to the back line, to the mid fielders and even to the forwards,” said Surrell. This season’s defensive success has been led by the consistent play of three senior defenders: Allie Stone, Danielle Ross and Natalie Nick. Stone, the recently named PacWest Defender of the Week, started in 14 of the 15 games this season and had two key stops in Saturday’s conference title clincher. Stone said winning a conference championship in her senior year meant a lot to her. “We had a lot of seniors last year so the expectations were kind of up in the air when we were coming in,” Stone said. “Being a senior, I knew what I wanted out of the season, but having so many newcomers, you never know what you’re going to get and how we were going to come together. It’s really special knowing that we got it together, even though we’re young and even though people didn’t expect us to.” Azusa Pacific is currently looking forward to the NCCAA Regionals. After a first-round bye, the Cougars will host a match Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Cougar Soccer Complex against the winner of the Nov. 16 match between Point Loma and Bethesda Christian.
The women’s soccer team’s regular season ended with jubilation, celebrating the first PacWest Conference Championship in program history.
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