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Living ‘Less is More’
APU Graduate student lives in his car to support four children
Dustin Smith, an APU Young Executive M.A. in Management student, lives in his 1991 Subaru Legacy. He uses his saved rent and utility expenses to support three girls and one boy through Food for the Hungry. In May 2010, Smith had to make a quick move to APU because his Master’s program, originally scheduled to begin in May, was postponed to June 8, 2010. Smith’s ﬁrst housing opportunity fell through after only a few months, due to increased rent. And weeks of endless Craigslist searches proved useless. But one afternoon, Smith sighted an APU student’s ad for a roommate. “Everything clicked,” Smith said. Unfortunately, a call came from the landlord telling him that his credit score did not check out. “It was one of those great weeks of, ‘God if this is meant to be, I don’t understand. What’s going on?’” Smith said. “And once I stepped back and thought about it, I said, ‘Wait, this is an opportunity to do exactly what I was going to do from the beginning.” At this point, Smith began to consider fulﬁlling his dream of living in a car. Smith’s mother initially thought living in a car was very creative. However, she worried about her son’s safety, due to the fact that he would be doing this in Los Angeles. “My biggest thought was, he’s told me for years that with every dollar I spend, I could feed a child for a day. You know, when you are shopping . . .it can get annoying. And so when he actually did this so he could sponsor some children, it affected me in a way that none of his talking had ever affected me,” Karen Cain-Smith said. Smith’s father on the other hand, had a different initial reaction. “Golly—trying to live on $9.40 a day! I can’t really do that in an hour. Dustin has always been intensely creative,” Ted Smith said. “I don’t even think Mother Teresa would have taken it that far. It
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Young Executive Masters student, Dustin Smith, sits comfortably in the back of his Suburu Legacy, where he lives in order to support four children through Food for the Hungry.
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Fourth assault takes place on Cougar Walk
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Monday night, about 6p.m., a female student was sexually assaulted on Cougar Walk. According to Campus Safety, two unknown males approached her from behind. One of the men stepped in front of her and grabbed her arms, while the other male touched her inappropriately. “We are all very upset by last night’s incident, and other recent incidents, and out hearts go out to the students who have been victims of these horrible acts,” Willie Hamlett, Associate Vice President of Student Life, said. In the past two months, there have been four timely warnings pertaining to APU students and some form of assault. Three of the incidents occurred when a student was off campus, on public property and alone, that is, until the assault on Monday night. “We are continuously looking for ways to keep our campus safe,” Hamlett said. Hamlett says students can expect to see improvements in campus safety including an increase in foot and bike patrols around campus, possibly having plain clothes ofﬁcers on patrol, and reviewing lighting and other potential environmental concerns. Some students have taken already begun taking safety precautions. “Once it starts getting dark, I won’t run at all unless I go with someone,” junior communications studies major Melanie Reeves said. “I never walk off campus without another person with me,” freshmen social work major Jordyn Sun said. The Azusa Police Department issued a press release regarding the incidents. Police are currently investigating the assaults and are pursuing the possibility of one suspect being responsible for the three assaults that took place between December and January. Police are looking for any possible witnesses to these crimes and are conducting follow-up interviews with the victims in an attempt to identify the suspect or suspects.
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Candidates running for SGA 2011-2012 gather Wednesday, Jan. 26 to discuss campagining and elections.
SGA candidates gear up for 2011 elections Friday
The new semester brings new opportunities for students to take command. For some students, it means focusing on winning over APU’s student population through posters, facebook pages and speeches. Feb. 4 marks APU’s SGA chapel. Each year, SGA has one chapel in which students running for any executive ofﬁce—such as president, vice president, or controller—to present their platforms to their peers. One of these candidates is presidential hopeful Kramer Hagan, a junior history and political science major who has been around leadership his entire life. His mother and father are both pastors and he has learned to be a leader through playing football his whole life. He is also involved in the ROTC program, which constantly tests his abilities as a leader. “I know what good leadership is. I’ve been around it. Hopefully, I can bring some of that good leadership to students. They de-
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APU earns national recognition from Carnegie Institute
APU may have a small campus and an undergraduate student body of 4,700, but according to The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, our students’ inﬂuence is far reaching. As of Jan. 5, APU is a Carnegie Classiﬁed Institution for Community Engagement, an honor granted to only 115 colleges and universities in America, and only six in California for 2011. “APU is no longer just a small Christian school in a little community,” Judy Hutchinson, executive director for Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research, said. “We are now recognized as one of only 300 plus in the entire U.S. that has ever had this recognition.” The foundation is best known for its classiﬁcations based on colleges and universities’ curricular and research missions, but the community engagement classiﬁcation is a new “elective” process that was implemented only ﬁve years ago. According to Hutchinson, Carnegie’s ‘community’ engagement component is what makes a difference. “The ‘ivory tower’ university model is no longer appropriate,” Hutchinson said.
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“Education needs to also be able to make a difference in the community, society and in the world.” Carnegie employs some of the highest-level researchers in the country who review the applications before making selections. Applications involve providing compelling evidence of effective community engagement. The Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research spearheaded the application process, but involved extensive contributions from the Ofﬁce of Ministry and Service, Ofﬁce of World Missions, and University Relations. “We were able to come up with very signiﬁcant numbers and outcomes,” Hutchinson said. In the 2009-2010 academic year, more than 4,000 students participated in some type of community engagement, totaling more than 112,000 hours of service in the U.S. and abroad. A large portion of this volunteer work is directly extended to residents of Azusa. According to Hutchinson, APU students have inﬂuenced thousands of Azusa fourth graders through the CHAMPS program. Azusa City Schools Superintendent, Cynthia McGuire, participated in collecting evidence for APU’s Carnegie application, which included volunteer hours, student success percentages, and feedback from parents. McGuire has witnessed the impact that APU’s engagement has made on her students. “APU provides support for our students in many ways, including invitations to participate in a variety of programs, which are free of charge,” McGuire said. “This impacts our students on a different and much needed level by providing enrichment activities that broaden their experiences.” Along with the recognition, which is held for ﬁve years before needing to reapply, Carnegie also offers recommendations for improvement. One of these recommendations, Hutchinson says, is the visibility of students’ engagement. “We were able to demonstrate that we do [community engagement] much more than we say it,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson conﬁrms that the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research. IMT is already taking steps toward improving this aspect of APU’s community engagement. IMT has conﬁgured a method to show any servicelearning participation on a student’s transcript. Funding is all that remains until this can be implemented. It is similar to receiving an ‘H’ for honor courses,” Hutchinson said. “You would receive an ‘SL’ next to the academic course that you participated in service-learning for.” On the academic side, the service-learning faculty has been key to APU’s selection for four consecutive years to Learn and Serve America’s President’s Honor Roll of universities who are truly engaged in their communities. APU is one of only 14 schools in the nation and two in California to earn this award. Hutchinson says being recognized as a university that is actively ‘doing good’ in the community is invaluable for a Christian campus. “What we [APU] are saying is our teaching and our learning must be inextricably linked with the doing,” Hutchinson said. “Not only for the sake of the community and for representation of what Christianity is supposed to look like, but also to ensure that our students’ very career is so linked with real practice and sermon, that as they go forward, it will always stay linked.” More than 300 colleges applied for the ‘Engagement’ classiﬁcation this year. The colleges that were honored include 35 research universities, 41 master’s colleges and universities, 25 baccalaureate colleges, 12 community colleges, and two specialized institutions. All institutions will hold their honor for ﬁve years before needing to reapply.
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Dustin Smith lives out of his 1991 Suburu Legacy in order to fund four children through Food for Hungry.
APU student living ‘Less is More’
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just blows me away. It really puts it in perspective: 9.40 is a pretty concrete number.” According to Smith, the plan is to give up a little so he can give a lot. In his blog, thelittlecar.blogspot.com, Smith says being homeless is not an easy exercise and he prays more because of how dependent he has become on God for basic necessities. “Having to pray for a safe night’s sleep is not something I have ever had to do, and I love it,” Smith said. His three goals for the project are to live a better, healthier life while in his car; maintain a professional image; excel in his ﬁeld of study, and fund four children through Food for the Hungry with the money he saves. Smith has membership to the 24 Hour Fitness where he showers. He prefers a healthier diet over fast food and does not usually go out for meals. Overnight parking depends on what activities he is involved in on a given evening. Some of these parking places include garage structures, store lots, isolated roads, church parking lots, roadsides, and friends driveways. With minimal space in his car, Smith used to store his belongings under his mattress, but because his mattress was level with the windows, passersby could see him sleeping. This motivated Smith to conform to a more covert arrangement. At the start of his project, Smith went to APU’s Department of Campus Safety. Campus Safety asked Smith to write up a proposal of his project because they were concerned about sanitation-related issues and lack of facilities for Smith. According to Smith, though Campus Safety received his project proposal, they never did get back to him. In his proposal, Smith writes, “By experiencing what it is like to not have the luxuries Americans are accustomed to, I believe I will be able to better appreciate these luxuries and empathize with the less fortunate people.” Smith has found peers’ reactions to his homelessness enlightening. “It’s fun, all the responses I get,” Smith said. “One person commented, ‘Dustin, you know . . . Azusa does have free counseling.’” But for Smith, there is a bigger issue involved. “It’s so funny in America how we get to that point, if you are homeless and you are living in a car, then something is wrong— ‘there’s no electricity, stove, running water . . . man, you are doomed!’” Smith said. According to Smith, he has experienced a sense of peace and lives just ﬁne, even in such meager conditions. The question of Smith’s ‘intentions’ has also come up. “Whether or not intentions are there, the act overall is brilliant,” freshman psychology major Allex Ramirez said. Smith keeps a detailed record of his expenses on an Excel Spreadsheet. According to the Excel Spreadsheet calculations, Smith is spending around $10 a day, excluding car insurance and school tuition. According to Smith, the top 20 percent of the world spends ten dollars or more per day and though he is living in his car, he remains in the top twenty percent of the world as far as ‘wealth’ goes. Now, when Smith looks at the price of goods, he does not see their monetary value. “I ask myself, ‘How much is this worth in terms of labor to someone else?’” Smith said. “When I look at a three-dollar cup of coffee, I think, ‘Is this worth three days of someone else’s time. And sometimes, I still purchase it, but I very am cautious about what am I giving away because if I didn’t spend three dollars on a coffee, I can use that money to support one kid for three days.’” Smith says he is trying to align his actions with his words. “If I say, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ then I should think about what that means. If I am spending three days worth of someone else’s value on me because it feels like ‘on-a-whim’ . . . I have to start thinking about if I really love them as myself,’” Smith said. One of his standards for delving into this project is to keep it private, and not make a big deal of it around others. “If they know I am stinky and really tired the next day, then I know I am failing at doing this well, so I purposely didn’t tell the people in my cohort just to see if I could pull all of this off without them noticing,” Smith, said. Smith’s homelessness project will be over in June and so far, according to his preliminary standards, the project is successful. One professor’s response evidences this success. “He’s living in his car?” Professor of Management Orlando Griego said. “I didn’t know and nobody else knows. In class he is always smiling. He comes to class. He helps other people and he is very considerate of others.” However, Smith’s family is aware of his project. “I would never be able to do that,” sister Kierra Smith said. “The fact that he is putting himself in discomfort to help others has been inspiring to me.” Smith says that he does not want to live the same day for another sixty years. “The only way to live tomorrow differently, is to do something different, and that means stepping into the unknown,” Smith
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how to talk about lights and videos. He was a blend of all those things, which was amazing,” Beck said. Tim Peck, Director of Chapel Programs, spoke very highly of Bryan’s work as Associate Director of Chapel Programs. “Bryan has a great sense of humor, is very responsible, and very organized. He is very transparent. You knew exactly what was going on with him. There was no fakeness,” Peck said. “What you saw was what you got. He joked a lot, but he also took what we did very seriously and believed in it. That combination is really hard to ﬁnd.” There is a humorous atmosphere in the Chapel Programs ofﬁce, which Bryan is undoubtedly a huge part of. The fun ambience of the ofﬁce will remain, despite the departure of Taylor, Peck said. “Our short-term plan is to hire some recent alumni as part-time temp staff members, such as Sean Beck and Lakesha Nugent,” Peck said. “They’re both under mandatory six- month temporary contracts, and then we’ll take the spring semester to put a search committee together to look for a long-term permanent replacement.” Taylor’s implementations over the years
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Chapel programs bids farewell to Bryan Taylor
An APU student himself, Bryan Taylor earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Percussion Performance and a Master of Music. After graduating, Taylor became a full-time worship coordinator, and later went on to become Associate Director of Chapel Programs. Taylor made his presence known throughout campus by his expertise in drumming, his mentoring ability, and his inarguably comedic personality, which is evidential through one of his most famous bits, the “Biola Song,” most commonly performed at Freshmen orientation chapel. “I wrote a version of it initially for the yearend chapel in 2004, and then it morphed a little bit, and I started doing it for Freshmen chapel,” Taylor said. At APU, Taylor formed many lasting relationships through his exceptional people skills, and relatable, approachable character. Sean Beck, a current chapel worship leader, had the opportunity to have Taylor mentor him. “Bryan was really good at three things: Being organized, creatively leading chapel, and he was also very good at production, so he knows
“He’s so rare, no one can exactly replace Bryan, but I feel like we learned a lot from him, so we’re trying to implement that.”
will be used as a building block to improving chapel, according to Peck. “Our goal is to build on what he did here, rather than make any signiﬁcant changes,” Peck said. “You’ll probably see us adding more things that he started and trying to make them better or more appropriate for a larger community as APU grows.” Although his plans for the future are still undecided, Taylor conﬁrms that he will continue to follow his passion for music. “I’m trying to have more time to play music, record more, and go out and travel more.
I’ve played with several different artists, so I’d like to keep doing that,” Taylor said. Those wanting to stay in touch with Taylor can rest easy, as he promises to visit often. “I would love to come back and visit APU and help in any way I can. I don’t know if there would be any public appearances,” Taylor said. According to Peck, the relationship between Taylor and Chapel Programs will continue. “We plan to still consult with Bryan in terms of end of the year chapels. In this ofﬁce, it’s so crazy and so busy and we get so much criticism, we tend to bond very close together and become part of a family. I have no doubt those relationship connections will continue,” Peck said. There is a consensus within the Ofﬁce of Chapel Programs that Taylor was a tough pair of shoes to ﬁll, but the staff is intensely motivated and determined to grow and build on what Taylor established during his time here. “We’re trying to not mimic him, but do more of what he did. He’s so rare, no one can replace exactly Bryan, but I feel like we learned a lot from him, so we’re trying to implement that,” Beck said. “We’ll hope to maintain those things he started here. We’re going to be thinking forward, and trying to be as creative as possible.”
SGA candidates gear up for elections Friday
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serve an effective leader and I want to give that to them,” Hagan said. Hagan’s ideas for the school include major things such as improving the Campus Safety’s ticketing system, more variety to cafeteria food, and getting more printers for library use. “My main focus is to see this school gain a little progress on things that need to be done and have been put off for far too long. I want to see things done effectively and have them sustained for a long period of time. I want to see the overall experience here at APU enhance a lot,” Hagan said. Another presidential hopeful is Carter Posladek, a junior business administration major. Posladek was a freshman representative for SGA and has also held other leadership positions throughout his years at APU. He describes himself as blessed with the many opportunities given him and would like to make students feel the same way by giving them opportunities to have their voices heard. “It’s always the role of the president, and the role of the student government in general, to hear or to ask peoples opinions and not do it just on our instinct or intuition alone. Most of the change comes from people wanting change. The whole root of what SGA is, is to empower people to be able to act,” Posladek said. Although he has been in leadership positions before, Posladek assures everyone that he is in no way perfect for the job. “The role of president is to be able to encourage SGA to work together and be concerned with the well-being of those around me,” Posladeck said. “I’m not going to say I have the perfect plan or I am the perfect person, but I’m saying I’m going to listen and I’m going to encourage and those are two gifts that I think I’ve been given. What I want to do, and what I hope to promise to people is: I’ll give you the chance to be able to speak your passions and make sure you know they’re valid.” Along with these two candidates is Kyle Sawyer, a sophomore history and political science major who has gained leadership experience through working for Communiversity and RezLife. “I feel I have a strong personality that would be able to stand up for the student voice, even if it’s against what the administration may want or what the board may want,” Sawyer said. One of the big issues he plans to tackle is the growing population of the school. “Our campus is at a crossroads right now. We’re getting bigger. We’re growing, but the budgets and things aren’t necessarily growing adequately in order to support our student body in terms of student life activities and even academics and as a university that should concern us,” Sawyer said. “This is the time where it needs to be addressed before it grows into a huge issue.” The role of vice president is another elected position which students campaign for. One of these candidates is Sondra Clark, a junior international business major who currently holds the position of SGA ofﬁce manager. Clark transferred into APU during her sophomore year and immediately became involved in student government. However, although she is currently in ofﬁce, she describes the interactions she has had with students in the recent days as new and exciting. “I was getting signatures today, and one thing I thought was so cool, while getting them was people would tell me what they wanted. I’m in an executive position in student government right now, and that doesn’t happen to me,” Clark said. “They don’t come up to me in normal life, but during the election time, you’re visible as a student who wants to represent other students and so you get to hear what everyone wants.” Another candidate for vice president is junior marketing major Vincent Lehigh. Lehigh has served in many leadership positions throughout his time at APU and hopes to continue. “APU is a small campus and you know what people are passionate about here. SGA is a great tool they can use. What I want to do is just be a part of that tool and actively listen to them and see if we can act on them[their ideas],” Lehigh said. “I’m excited to see peoples voices manifested in reality and I think that’s what’s going to bring me energy. I think if we can hear somebody and act on them and make their voice loud, then we’ve done our job.” Etna Medina, a junior business administration major, is also throwing her hat in the race for vice president. She has served in SGA for the past two years as a senator and hopes to continue serving. “I just want to do more for the students, and I would want them to have a voice like any other year before. I’ve seen myself progress more and more in this area and I’ve learned so much. I just feel in being vice president I could use all I’ve learned, not only through SGA but through other leadership positions on campus,” Medina said. “I could use my vice presidency to its full potential as to what I can do, not for me but for the students, for the school, for the administration, and the faculty. We go forth with what students want to see and do.” The role of SGA controller is another elected position which students will be able to vote for. This year’s election brings two fresh candidates onto the scene. One of these candidates is Shabby Talab, a freshman accounting major. Talab is a current member of SGA’s house of representatives and describes her experiences in student government as enjoyable. She explains that she would love nothing more than to be elected as SGA’s controller. “Ever since I was little, I’ve been really into counting and numbers and as a controller, you would budget and write out ﬁnancial statements and I just love doing that kind of stuff. Last night, I was reading the description of what the controller does and I was getting pretty excited. It’s in my blood,” Talab said. Brian Harington, a freshman business ﬁnance major, is also hopeful to win the position of controller. Harrington is currently serving in SGA as a member of the house of representatives and believes he is ready to move up into an executive position. “I feel like I would do a good job working on the budget. I was also getting a lot of encouragement from different people. I felt that being in an executive position would be a cool thing to do,” said Harrington. “I like the whole process and I liked the way the executives worked this year and I want to kind of have the same feeling.” SGA chapel is this Friday, Feb. 4. All candidates will give a speech, followed by elections in the afternoon. A run-off will take place early next week before a ﬁnal decision is made.
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International flags surround the CSA office located on east campus.
‘Everyone Matters’ at CSA
Missions, ministry, study abroad, local outreach, global aid—APU provides countless opportunities for its students to leave a handprint on the world,? So, where to begin? That is the focus of APU’s newly established Center for Student Action. Under the direction of Dr. Matt Browning, Associate Vice President for Internationalization, the CSA concentrates the energies of the Ofﬁce of World Missions, Ministry and Service, Study Abroad, Mexico Outreach, Rancho El Refugio, the International Center, and H.I.S. Years, to facilitate the integration of each ofﬁce and expand cross-cultural opportunities for students. The CSA began to take shape when Browning, through his working with these ofﬁces, saw the need for a cohesive network that would enable them to join forces. He began to pray about its establishment. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts...we all have a very common theme,” Browning said. “The bottom line goal is, ‘How can every undergraduate student have an intercultural or international experience before they graduate?’” Thanks to the commitment of the directors and staff of each ofﬁce to become more intentional in the integration of these programs, the CSA is now a reality and it is making great strides. Lilly Endowment, Inc., a private philanthropic foundation that rewards projects in the areas of religion, education, and community development, chose the CSA as the recipient of a Lilly grant. This enabled the production of four ﬁlms. One ﬁlm highlights the CSA and its ofﬁces. Two other feature students participating in H.I.S. Years and Mexico Outreach, respectively. The last proﬁles alumn Rhoman Goyenechea’s ministry efforts in Nepal. For students, the CSA’s establishment means an improved process whereby students can immerse themselves in cross-cultural learning experiences with the support of the staff of each ofﬁce. “We are taking seriously our charge to make the name of Jesus famous around the world,” Browning said. “People within the CSA have, really, have dedicated our lives to ﬁguring out how we can help students experience God in a healthy way and how we can challenge students to create a Christian worldview.” Jayme Swanson, a junior biology major and Team Luke Ministry Advisor, has participated in Mexico Outreach since his freshman year. “It’s refreshing to see all the people serving and being able to serve and help out,” Swanson said. For students returning from a missions trip or study abroad experience who desire to continue in ministry locally, or for those involved locally who desire to experience a global opportunity, the CSA provides information on opportunities in each ofﬁce. It also facilitates the transition. “It’s a great place to connect with other students that have the same passion and heart that you do and get involved again...They make it easy to continue your journey,” said junior English major and CSA Student Ministry Advisor for Mexico Outreach, Kayla Reid. Browning’s passion is evident— passion for God, passion for the students of APU, and passion to see the gospel reach the far corners of the world. “We do not need to argue over ‘Is it social justice or evangelism?’ We do not need to argue over ‘Is it local, is it global?’” Browning said. “Because we have a Savior who said, ‘Everyone matters.’”
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Internet radio on the go
The market for AM and FM radio is soon becoming a blast from the past. Back in the day, radio was a reﬁned form of art. Users had to strategically place the dial on the correct frequency while juggling a massive antenna just to hear their favorite song. In the 1990s, up to the turn of the millennium, a new kind of mobile radio was introduced: satellite radio. By 2006, Sirius and XM, the two satellite radio providers, had nearly 10 million subscribers. The technology doesn’t stop there. As the Internet gained immense population among a younger demographic, a new type of radio experience emerged. Pandora, founded in 2000, brought a unique way for users to interact with their favorite artists through streaming customized music channels on Pandora’s Internet radio website. Users can create up to 100 channels of music simply by choosing a song, artist, or genre. Analysts from Pandora spend anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes per song gathering every detail of the music such as melody, harmony, instruments, lyrics, and vocals. Once a song is selected, Pandora’s Genome Project, the music analysis process, will select current similar songs to add to a continuous streaming playlist with limited commercials. The popularity of this radio phenomenon has brought Pandora to its current audience of 80 million users. In 2010 alone, Pandora added 35 million new users to its network. Even in light of Pandora’s immense success in drawing a large audience, the company plans to continue to expand its mobility by offering ways to stream Pandora radio in the car through the iphone and Android app. Senior christian ministries and biblical studies major Josiah Philip views the expansion as an advantage to the mobile networking demographic. “Pandora is now on the go, if you’re working out, you can listen to Pandora where you couldn’t before,” Philip said. Users with access to 3G and 4G, through their smart phones, can stream Pandora through FM transmitters, auxiliary ports, and Bluetooth capabilities. Car manufacturers have already begun to include this technology in their new line of vehicles for 2011. Toyota, Hyundai, BMW, and Buick are just a few car companies integrating Pandora into their new models. For car owners who don’t want to purchase a new car with Pandora capabilities, stereo companies such as JVC, Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood are working to create systems that would enable smartphone users to access Pandora through their systems. These new systems can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,200. Senior business marketing major William Ringland sees this technology as a beneﬁt to consumers who don’t have the ability to purchase a new vehicle. “A lot of us don’t drive brand new 2011 cars that can sync up with this technology,” Ringland said. With the expansion of Pandora’s market through radio services streaming on the roads, Pandora has the opportunity to increase its advertising capacity. Pandora also has the advantage of having almost no competition in terms of size of audience and availability to new users. One of the main setbacks to Pandora’s current system of operations is that while users may be able to choose a speciﬁc artist, or even speciﬁc songs, they are not able to control which songs are played on the continuous playlist established by the Genome Project. Much like Apple’s Genius playlist creation system, the Genome Project selects similar music genres to be played on the user’s selected channel. Ringland acknowledges the innovative efforts Pandora is making to convenience the everyday listener. “Technology is allowing us to customize almost anything in our lives. It used to be that you had to turn on the radio and listen to a few select songs,” Ringland said. Just as Netﬂix found a way to expand its market to the Internet, Pandora has found a way to increase its market capacity to the car. Users with smartphones will now be able to access Pandora through the Apple and Android applications in the car. The world of technology has changed the venues for traditional media outputs. As Pandora continues to increase its user network, technology has allowed them to expand to Markets that were once only dreamt of through sci-ﬁ movies and Wired Magazine. Philip noted that Pandora has gained increasing popularity recently despite its slow start in 2000. “I think Pandora is something that is slowly catching on. We’ve known about it for a while but I think people really use it now,” Philip said. What scientists and entrepreneurs once only imagined, is now becoming a reality through companies like Pandora.
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Apple surpassed Microsoft in May to become the world’s most valuable technology company.
Apple impresses consumers in 2010
In the world of business, Apple Inc. is a force to be reckoned with. According to the NewYorkTimes.com business index, “As measured by the value of its stock, Apple shot past Microsoft, the computer software giant, in May 2010, to become the world’s most valuable technology company.” According to Apple’s website, Apple’s net sales in 2010 totaled over 65 billion dollars, and its net income was about 14 billion dollars. “For them to have such a high proﬁt margin is very, very impressive,” professor of business and management Stuart Strother said. Approximately 21% of Apple’s revenue was income. Strother says a typical company only makes a one to ﬁve percent proﬁt out of its total revenue. “In my opinion, a lot of their success is based on two things… the simplicity of the product line and the ‘coolness factor,’” Strother said. Apple draws attention to its new products by promoting them as the most cutting-edge technological devices. “I think they make a lot of hype when they roll out a ‘new’ product,” Strother said. “There have been touch-screens long before the iPad.” Sophomore accounting major Matt Chormann said he was aware of HP touch-screen computers, or “tablet PCs,” before the iPad debuted. According to HP’s website, HP released its ﬁrst tablet PC, the Compaq Tablet PC TC1000, in November 2002. Although Apple does not always invent something new, it usually ﬁnds a way to rethink past inventions. “The Apple machine has always been a superior machine when it works right,” Strother said. “In my opinion, their products do not perform as they’re promising.” While Apple is not ﬂawless and does not appeal to everyone, the company has created a world-renown reputation for itself. “Being the avid Apple advocate I am, I feel many people are being exposed to the diversity of Apple,” freshman applied health major Ethan Gerdts said. “Apple is a viable second option for the PC user, if not the best option.” During the ﬁrst week of Jan., Apple announced that its iPhone and iPod customers had downloaded over three billion applications worldwide. On Jan. 27, Apple ﬁrst introduced the iPad and made it available in the U.S. on April 3. Within 80 days of its release, Apple sold more than three million iPads. Only a few months later, Apple released the iPhone 4. Smartphone consumers purchased more than 1.7 million iPhones within just three days of its release. “The release of the iPad and the new upgrades for the iPhone [marked] Apple last year,” Gerdts said. In July, Apple expanded the sphere of inﬂuence of these two gadgets, making the iPad available in nine countries outside the U.S. and the iPhone 4 in 17 more countries. Apple’s total assets increased by almost $28 billion from 2009 to 2010. Apple’s international sales comprised 56 percent of its total net sales in Sep. 2010, jumping up from 48 percent in 2009. During Apple’s third quarter in 2010, its earnings increased by 78 percent compared to its third quarter in 2009. Dr. Daniel Pawley, associate professor of communication studies, is very familiar with Apple. “I haven’t seen anything that rivals [Apple’s] user-friendliness,” Pawley said. Having owned multiple generations of Apple computers, Pawley said Apple ﬁts his personality. “As much as I love it, I try to discipline myself,” Pawley said. Apple Inc. showed the world its strength in 2010. Now, it is a new year; and Apple has a chance to amaze us again.
APU Online University prepares for its full launch in May
By May 2, APU hopes to launch the Online University (APOU) with at least 100 students enrolled in the Associate of Arts program. In a partnership with Jars of Clay, APOU will be marketed to adults who have not yet had access to higher education. A unanimous vote from the faculty senate allowed for the AA degree to be submitted for approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The WASC response is expected by Feb. 17 and then intense marketing will for three months to produce at least 100 students by May 2, 2011. “In Obama’s inaugural speech he called out to every young person listening that your country needs you. One of his three speciﬁc points was the importance of making education affordable and accessible. And that is exactly what APOU is seeking to do,” Associate Vice President of University Relations David Peck said. The marketing team at University Relations is trying to create excitement around Jars of Clay and academic success, to give people, most likely between ages 30-50, the opportunity to change their lives with education Peck said. Jars of Clay, a Christian rock band from Tenn., will advertise the Online University on their current 25-city tour. One perk of this partnership for current APU students is that Jars of Clay will be hosting a complimentary concert in the Wynn amphitheatre on March 10. From initial conversations, it has been a part of the plan that once APOU becomes revenue positive, it become another income stream for APU. “As long as APU is a tuition driven school, we will always have to look to other income streams. At this time this seems to be one that is most closely aligned to who we are as a higher education Christian institution,” Reynolds said. When APOU begins generating more revenue than expenses, then a system fee will be passed back to APU, probably beginning in 2013. It will be at the digression of the APU board how to use that money, for example it could be for construction, but nothing has yet been determined. In the Town Hall meeting in November APOU creators promised to allow for faculty governance. This governance took the shape of several long meetings (up to seven hours) where the faculty senate passed three motion Reynolds said. “The fact that we had a unanimous vote supporting the program and a unanimous vote supporting the name of the university are two key factors that faculty are moving to support,” Reynolds said. “A lot of that has been due to more open communication and a process that can gage both faculty and administrators.” Faculty Senate member Jennifer Walsh said faculty are still familiarizing themselves with the idea, but they have shown a strong interest in working to make the programs excellent. “Faculty chose to not put forward a recommendation to change the name of Azusa Paciﬁc Online because the name Azusa Paciﬁc stands for excellence and we are committed to making this program excellent, to the best of our ability,” Walsh said. The other two motions asked the board to allow two faculty representatives to serve in oversight positions to ensure that academic excellence is represented and they approved the framework of the Associate of Arts program. “No one [Faculty] is rejoicing or jumping up and down about the complete online university, but we are eager to work and have oversight. We had good participation at long meetings. The interest is strong with a desire to make a good program,” Walsh said. As of Jan. 26 six course agreements have been signed by faculty saying they will be course designers. Course designers, mostly APU faculty experts, are rapidly working to transform face to face courses into content that will help students and professors thrive in an online setting. It will be a pre-packaged curriculum where every professor teaching a speciﬁc course will assign the same assignments, readings, and tests. In this way they hope to standardize APU’s approach to scripture and academic rigor into the courses. English Chair David Esselstrom is designing two courses that he will also be teaching in the ﬁrst term. He began working with groundbreaking education technology about 25 years ago with a computer “as big as a suitcase.” Then he did research on how technology was changing the classroom. Currently he uses ecompanion as an addendum for intellectual development and discussions. “The interplay between the new technology in education is fascinating to me. The online environment is different because people develop a different ethos when they are just writing to each other. It’s an exciting challenge for me,” Esselstrom said. Once the courses are designed, the courses then face the three-level faculty approval process that even traditional APU courses must pass through. Walsh said it is possible that the extra work could delay normal process. “There are no resolutions right now, but administrators know that faculty are feeling the work load pressure. The process is not perfect by any sense of the word, but one possibility is that faculty could be paid overtime for extra work.” The ﬁrst board looks at the small details (ie types of assignments and textbooks), the UG Studies Counsel then looks to see if this course will harmonize will with other classes. Finally, the faculty senate looks in more detail at the course to ensure it will be ﬁt for APU’s standards. This entire process could take up to 2-4 months, but the goal is to have initial courses approved by the end of February. The ﬁrst 12 courses must be ready by May 2 for students to enroll and those agreements are in progress to be approved. “The sooner we start to execute and have something tangible happening I think there will be more acceptance,” Reynolds said.
Locals send troops care packages overseas
The city came together as a community to ship care packages and letters to Azusa native soldiers
On Dec. 4, 2010, the city of Azusa joined together to create Christmas care packages for soldiers stationed overseas. The project consisted of students and Vietnam veterans from Azusa and La Verne, putting together military care packages to send to Azusa citizens serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and South Korea. With the program now in its 6th year, the eager helpers met at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building ready to ﬁll boxes with goods for the soldiers. Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha, the primary organizer of the event, was tremendously passionate about bringing the community together to show support for the soldiers overseas. “It shows the troops that the community is thinking about them and that we are grateful for their dedication to our safety,” Rocha said. “These care packages are little reminders of home and our love for their service.” The mayor was impressed with the outside help from volunteers and students of the city. According to Rocha, these helpers packed newspapers, Christmas cards, life savers, new socks, sunﬂower seeds, candy and other items that were on the soldiers’ wish lists. “It was truly special to see so many kids come together and show their support for their brothers and sisters of Azusa,” Rocha said.
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Andrew Montes (far right) and fellow soldiers gather together in front of the wall of cards from the children of Valley Dale Elementary School. “Even people from La Verne wanted to help.” Young Azusa citizens from Valley Dale Elementary joined the cause by writing “thank you” notes of afﬁrmation and appreciation on the sides of the care packages. “Even though these children don’t know the soldiers personally, [the soldiers] love everyone,” Rocha said. “They show their love by risking their lives every day so that we can be what we want to be.” Although these notes from the students were simple, they had a serious effect on the soldiers who received them. Azusa native Andrew Montes, a military policeman stationed in South Korea, was thrilled to read all of the encouraging notes from the children of his hometown. According to his father, Ross Montes, Andrew hung up all the children’s notes in a soldier common room so all the other soldiers could see the letters of support. “Some of the soldiers joke around with [Andrew] saying that he is the spoiled one,” Ross Montes said. “Many of the others don’t have that kind of support from home.” Ross Montes said some of the volunteers for the project were family members of the soldiers. “It is important to have projects like this because you can ﬁnd families that you can relate to and grow stronger with,” Ross Montes said. “You realize there are people going through the same things as you and they live in the same small town.” As time continues, Rocha is resolute about continuing a future with this care package project. Rocha hopes the city can hold more events to support the Azusa soldiers. “As long as we have soldiers over there we will continue to pray and give them our loving support,” Rocha said. “It is the least we could do, because in reality, [the soldiers] are making the ultimate sacriﬁce.”
True-freshman Sandoval steps-up for Cougars
With the regular season coming to an end, true-freshman point guard Robert Sandoval is ﬁlling in a position that few can conquer. Stepping in for the injured senior point guard Mike Caffese, Sandoval has taken over starting duties in recent games for the 19-3 APU Men’s Basketball team. In his ﬁrst season at Azusa, Sandoval comes from Clovis East High School, located in the central valley. While gaining honors in high school as a senior such as Fresno Bee Player of the Year, he is now averaging 8.1 points per game for the Cougars. The transition from high school to collegiate basketball can be difﬁcult but the transition for Sandoval seems to be under control. “I love everything about APU, academically and on the court,” Sandoval said. “I was lucky enough to be blessed with a roommate who is also my teammate (freshman forward Andy Jones).” Any athlete knows taking heat as a freshman is pretty common but with the blessing of Sandoval’s coaching staff and teammates, unity is all he encounters. “I really enjoy my teammates here; they really took me in,” Sandoval said. “The seniors especially took me under their wing.” Highly recruited out of high school, Sandoval also received interest from Westmont, Fresno Paciﬁc, Washington State, Long Island and
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After scoring a (then) personal best 21 points against Hope International on Jan. 15 , freshman Robert Sandoval ﬁlled in as starting point guard and has since followed up with a 20 point performance against The Master’s and career-best 24 points in a loss to Concordia last Friday. University of the Paciﬁc, but it was APU’s atmosphere that helped the Cougar basketball program standout. “I took visits to a couple of the campuses but there was just a good vibe from the coaches, players and the campus at APU,” Sandoval said. Though raised as a multi-sport athlete, Sandoval realized the sport he was meant to play at a young age. “My dad was a soccer player at Fresno Paciﬁc, so I was brought up playing soccer; in sixth grade I made the transition to basketball and fell in love,” Sandoval said. As the “general” of the ﬂoor, the point guard position is vital to the success of an effective offense. Responsible for handling the ball and taking initiative in any situation, Sandoval as eased the team’s transition from point guard to point guard. “It’s deﬁnitely difﬁcult having Caffese out, being the veteran point guard he is and running the show for the past few years,” junior guard Marshall Johnson said. “With Robert [Sandoval] stepping up, I’ve noticed that it hasn’t been a drop off at all. He makes great decisions and I expect
him to continue playing his game and keep learning from the veterans, but he has his own identity and that is something nobody can take away from you.” As a veteran, Caffese sees not only the potential in Sandoval but also the growth he has demonstrated already. “Robert has done a nice job of stepping in. I know Robert is capable of making plays I just try to help him with things I see from the sidelines that will beneﬁt the team and himself,” Caffese said. “Robert is improving and gaining more experience every day. He works hard and puts in the extra effort. He has a bright future ahead of him here in the APU program and I wish him the best.” Coach Leslie was able to ﬁnd Robert Sandoval and trust he will step up and do big things for APU but is also able to acknowledge the fact that this is still a learning process for everyone. “Mike has been here a long time so it’s deﬁnitely a different feel but at the same time for what one lacks the other makes up for in so many different areas,” Coach Leslie said. “There’s an adjustment period that we’re working our way through but he ﬁnishes really well and is able to get through the lanes and make things happen.” The future looks bright for point guard Robert Sandoval as well as all of the APU men’s basketball team as they near the close of conference play. More success is foreseen as Sandoval continues his collegiate career.
Bon-Bakalov honored for leadership and service
On Aug. 28, women’s tennis team captain Sheryl Bon-Bakalov gained national recognition, winning the ITA/NAIA Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to men’s and women’s players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. Bon-Bakalov earned an all-expense-paid trip to Flushing Meadows in New York City, for three days and two nights, where she stayed at the Hyatt, saw exhibition tennis matches at the United States Open, and was honored at a ceremony by esteemed individuals including former mayor of New York David Dinkins, President of the United States Tennis Association Lucy Garvin, the USTA and International Tennis Association board and many others. Bon-Bakalov has given back to the community of Azusa throughout the three years she’s lived here. Bon-Bakalov recently had the tennis team hold a tennis lesson, where all the funds went to Santa Anita Family Service, an organization that BonBakalov consistently volunteers at that helps domestic abuse victims. The raised money was used to hold a Christmas party for domestic abuse victims, buying them gifts and hosting a festive feast. During her junior year, she served as a tutor and mentor to a local middle school student. Bon-Bakalov also participated in a group effort helping raise funds to give school kits to approximately 200 elementary, middle
school and high school homeless students in the Azusa Uniﬁed School District. “I always want to respect people. If you let competitiveness get to you and take over you, it will tear you apart,” Bon-Bakalov said. “I always try to live out Jesus in the way I act on and off the court.” Bakalov has also been involved in ministry. Back home in Las Vegas, she was actively involved as a leader in her local high school and middle school youth group. During her freshmen and sophomore years in Azusa, she helped lead the junior high group at Covina Assembly of God. Over the summer, Bon-Bakalov went on a mission trip to Korea, where, for three weeks, she taught children how to speak English. “Sheryl [Bon-Bakalov] is a consistent person both on and off the court with her leadership. She doesn’t put up a front when others are around,” alumna and former Cougar tennis player Jessalyn Lau said. “Sheryl isn’t one to criticize or tell people to put in more work, but if you were willing to put in the extra effort than she would do whatever it takes to help you get better.” Bon-Bakalov, a senior social work major, became an NAIA AllAmerican for the third time last season, making her the second person of the tennis program’s history to reach the achievement. She has received All-GSAC honors twice, during her sophomore and junior years, making her the third person to accomplish honors twice in the program. “She’s played the number one singles position in some epic match-
es,” head tennis coach Mark Bohren said, an Azusa Paciﬁc alum and head coach for 17 years. “[Bon-Bakalov] beat the number one player at Fresno. When she goes out there she’s a battler; she’s a complete professional on and off the court.” Bon-Bakalov has advanced to three consecutive ITA West Region Tournament doubles semiﬁnals. BonBakalov spent most of last season playing in the top women’s position and advanced to the singles semiﬁnals in the ITA West Region and Ojai Tournaments. During her most recent season, Bon-Bakalov ﬁnished with an individual match record of 10-8, 7-7 from the top singles position. She ﬁnished the season with a 12-8 record at the top doubles position. “She’s been an unbelievable player for four years,” Bohren said. “A tough ﬁghter and competitor for four years, but more importantly, she’s a better person than a tennis player. She’s quite the person.” The Azusa Paciﬁc Women’s Tennis team has reached at least the quarterﬁnals in six of the past seven seasons. “I actually quit tennis in high school and thought I was done,” BonBakalov said. “After a lot of prayer I decided to come to Azusa, because they were a Christian school and had a good tennis team. God helped me use tennis to get through college and the team atmosphere has made it a blast.” Bon-Bakalov, who also received honors as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, has applied for Graduate school at APU and is looking into the University of Southern California or University of New England in hopes of continuing her education. In the future, Bon-Bakalov would
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Senior Sheryl Bon-Bakalov was awarded the ITA/NAIA Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportmanship Award for her career and community service while at APU. love to utilize tennis as a tool to help people and minister to others, but she is open to whatever God leads her to do. Until then, you can catch her on the tennis courts staying late after practice, in the community helping those in need, or if you’re lucky you’ll see her battling it out in the top position for the Cougars Women’s Tennis Team.
Men’s club volleyball season springs
Acrobatics and Tumbling Saturday, 2-5-11 Azusa Paciﬁc Invitational Azusa, Calif. 10:00 a.m. Baseball Friday, 2-4-11 vs. Patten Azusa, Calif. 3:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-5-11 vs. Patten (DH) Azusa, Calif. 11:00 a.m. Monday, 2-7-11 @ Dixie State St. George, Utah 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, 2-8-11 @ Dixie State St. George, Utah 1:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball Saturday, 2-5-11 vs. Point Loma Nazarene Azusa, Calif. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2-8-11 vs. California Baptist Azusa, Calif. 7:30 p.m.
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2.2 to 2.8
The APU men’s club volleyball team is one of the few non-varsity and non-university created teams on campus, and is one gaining success. Senior physical education major and President (of the club) David Irving organizes the team and is in charge of scheduling and ensuring that the team is properly funded and equipped. The team runs their own fundraisers and sponsors themselves throughout the course of the season, mostly to pay for tournaments and a penultimate trip to Nationals, which will be held from April 7th-9th in Houston, Texas this year. “We get $500 from Communiversity…otherwise we pay everything ourselves, we do run some fundraiser’s, we just ran one at Tutti Frutti this past Friday and will have two more before nationals,” Irving said. The Cougar men compete in the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League (SCCVL) with teams ranging from San Diego State University and UC San Diego in the bottom most tips of Southern California to UC Santa Barbara in the northern most tip of So Cal. The SCCVL also runs a season concluding tournament to see who will be the league’s victor. Thanks to a contribution from an anonymous donor, the team was able to compete in the 2010 Nationals for the ﬁrst time in the club’s history. “We were fortunate enough to have a donor pay for the $950 entry
fee,” Irving said. The team took advantage of the opportunity and ﬁnished ﬁfth in the second division. This past weekend the club competed in a tournament at Cal State Long Beach. “We won our pool play on the ﬁrst day beating UC Merced, the Arizona State University B team and Cal State Long Beach,” libero Chris Chandler said. “The victory over Long Beach was the ﬁrst time we beat the team ever.” The Club Cougars got to the second day of the tournament and played in the single elimination championship bracket. “We played the ASU A team and lost the match in two close games, with both (games) going to them 25-23,” Chandler said. The team’s next match is Friday, February 11th at Biola. The men’s club volleyball team will be hosting the APU Invitational in the Felix Event Center starting March 6th. “We’re all looking forward to it,” Chandler said. All other home matches, including a matchup with Vangurad on Feb. 13, are played in the Felix Event Center’s auxiliary court. Information on the Cougars including its schedule, roster, results and updates can be found on their website, www.apumensvolleyball. webs.com. The team also has a Facebook group for promotion and to publish news events for the club team during the course of the season.
Women’s Basketball Saturday, 2-5-11 vs. Point Loma Nazarene Azusa, Calif. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2-8-11 vs. California Baptist Azusa, Calif. 5:30 p.m. Softball Friday, 2-4-11 vs. Cal State San Bernardino Azusa, Calif. 5:00 p.m. Wednesay, 2-9-11 @ BYU Hawaii Laie, Hawaii 1:00 p.m. Thursday, 2-10-11 @ Chaminade Oahu, Hawaii 4:30 p.m. Swim and Dive Off until February 16 Men’s Tennis Off until February 17
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Women’s Tennis Friday, 2-4-11 vs. Chapman Azusa, Calif. 2:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-5-11 vs. UC San Diego Azusa, Calif. 11:00 a.m. Track and Field Friday, 2-4 to Saturday, 2-5 @ Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. All Day Water Polo Friday, 2-4-11 vs. Redlands Riverside, Calif. 11:00 a.m. Friday, 2-4-11 vs. Concordia Riverside, Calif. 4:00 p.m. Saturday, 2-5-11 vs. CS Northridge Riverside, Calif. 9:00 a.m. Saturday, 2-5-11 vs. CS San Bernardino Riverside, Calif. 9:00 a.m.
Did Globes Host Ricky Gervais go too far?
Returning Golden Globes host’s dry humor creates uproar
For whatever reason, the Hollywood Foreign Press insisted on once again recruiting the infamous Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globe Awards this year. Continuing where he left off last year, he managed to offend just about every person he introduced and even those he didn’t, making jabs at some celebrities that weren’t even present. Celebrities and viewers alike complained following the Golden Globes, arguing that Gervais’ humor pushed the envelope too far. Gervais gave a prerequisite to what he planned on doing at the Golden Globes on the Ellen Show, although it is not an excuse for his overthe-top humor,. “I was very surprised they invited me back [to host the Golden Globes] for the horrendous things I said [last year]… This time I am going to get it right, this time I am going to make sure they don’t invite me back. I am going to go out all guns blazing,” he said, live on the Ellen Show. Even with this warning, the question remains: did Gervais go too far in his humor at the Golden Globes? Or does he retain the right to do and say whatever he pleases no matter how offensive the content is? Throughout the course of the evening, Gervais made numerous sex jokes (one including a reenactment of sorts) as well as negative references to drinking, fat people and celebrities. Anyone in the audience or watching at home could have forseen the inappropriate jokes
through Gervais’ monologue at the outset of the Golden Globes. “It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking,” Gervais said, opening the evening. He then went on to insult Charlie Sheen for no relevant reason, except that it was current Hollywood gossip. He also enacted what sex would look like for 84-year-old Hugh Hefner and his new 24-year-old wife. The cameras cut to celebrities laughing in a somewhat uncomfortable manner, not showing what Gervais was doing with his hands during the joke. The jokes got worse from there, and at the end of the evening Gervais closed with, “Thank you to God… for making me an atheist.” Most of Gervais’s “clean” jokes simply targeted other celebrities or movies that bombed. His shots at real people did not always come across as funny. When introducing Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as presenters, Gervais listed off loads of Hanks’ accomplishments, and ignored Tim Allen, barely mentioning his name once. Gervais’s intention was not to be mean, but instead to make the evening interesting and comical. “I’m not judging them [the celebrities]…I am confronting the elephant in the room…I’ve got to come out there, and I’ve got to roast them,” Gervais said when he appeared on the “Piers Morgan Tonight” show after the Golden Globes. Gervais feels it is his responsibility to poke fun at the celebrities because no one else will. According to his blog, Gervais feels his humor is justiﬁed “because it’s more interesting than ‘it went ﬁne and some people won some awards and then went to a party,’ but that’s all that happened.” If Hollywood needs a reality check in the form of roasting, Gervais should ﬁnd a different way to do so. Sex and bad movies can be funny, but the audience should be able to laugh at some-
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Gervais’ jokes infuriated some and entertained others as he roasted celebrities throughout the night. thing that does not involve destroying people’s hard work or attacking them personally. The phrase “don’t take yourself too seriously” should be taken into account as a host, but Gervais never stopped to joke about himself. Instead he was keen on pointing out others’ ﬂaws and mistakes that aren’t exposed at public events. Using his powerful position and freedom as a host, Gervais exposed some of the ugly truths about the Golden Globes that are otherwise kept secret. Unfortunately, the way he presented these truths came across as inappropriate and rude. “Why do people have to embellish? They’re allowed to say they hated it. They’re allowed to say they didn’t ﬁnd it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever,” Gervais said in his blog after the award ceremony. Perhaps, people embellish because they found what was said to be highly offensive. Maybe next time Gervais will think twice before he pushes his jokes over the edge. Or as Steve Carell said, “Hahahahaha, I love [Gervais’ humor]. Never gets old.” What does he really mean? It does. Arielle Dreher is a freshman journalism major from the desert-like area of Washington called the Tri-Cities. She enjoys a good latte, cutting apart fashion magazines, and the beach.
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‘Coachellers’ Debate Selling Valuable Tickets
MUSINGS M I N D
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By Brandon Hook
There is no doubt that Coachella 2011 will sport a memorable line up. The question is whether a musical experience is worth giving up tripling your proﬁt. Music lovers should not follow in the footsteps of promoters by selling out their tickets. This festival gives our generation an experience that Woodstock gave past generations. No proﬁt can take the place of a lifechanging musical opportunity. In Jan. 2010, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival announced they were only offering a $269 three-day ticket. This left indie music lovers disappointed because there were no longer any one-day tickets, which were available for purchase at only $99. Festival architect Paul Tollett told LA Times’ music blog “Pop & Hiss” that Coachella 2010 was designed to help enhance the experience for three-day pass buyers. As Coachella 2010 tickets went on sale, people began to wonder if the festival would have trouble selling out, an issue that has never come up in past years. How could they possibly meet the high standards from the past by eliminating the cheapest tickets? However, the three-day passes were extremely successful and easily sold out within the ﬁrst week of sales. Yes, people were disappointed about the loss of the one-day passes, but the proﬁt made at the 2010 festival shows that the demand for indie music is extremely high. In return,
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Coachella attendees look on as Jay-Z performs as Friday’s headline act in 2010. the promoters must meet that high demand with an exclusive supply of three-day passes for valued Coachella attendees. This price reﬂects the importance of a well-rounded experience at the festival over ﬂy-by-night convenience. In the Pop & Hiss Blog, Tollett said there’s a lack of hotels in the Coachella Valley and most hotels have a three-day minimum. “Many times... people get a hotel for the three days, and only go to Coachella for one or two of the days,” Tollett said. “They hit Friday and Saturday, and go home or rest at the hotel on Sunday. That’s no problem, but the problem with that is there are people who want that hotel and are going for three days. The single-and two-day people are clogging up the hotels and making it so people who want to go for three days can’t ﬁnd a hotel.” With the change, Coachellers are treated as exclusive members of the festival and can enjoy all the accommodations available. Now that Coachella has become exclusive, it is no surprise promoters are getting big time headlining artists such as Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and indie legends such as The Strokes and Animal Collective. Coachella promoters knew this line up would be both commercially and independently successful. With tent and car camping selling
out in one day and the three-day tickets selling out in six days, it is obvious the promoters of this festival know what they are talking about. With the opportunity to see over a hundred bands perform, one’s money is easily paid off. According to ticketmaster. com, Kanye West VIP tickets for his 2009-2010 tour were $325 each. One is paying less money at Coachella to experience more bands. With the shock of the three-day passes selling out in six days, the question arose: attend the three-day experience or sell the pass for double the price? For an economics major at the University at Santa Barbara, Austin Gould, there was no question. “Every year I see people selling tickets right before the festival so this year I thought that I should join this endeavor,” Gould said. “The demands for these passes are crazy high so I knew it was going to be worth a high [amount].” Gould’s ﬁnal proﬁt for two three-day passes was $1,200. According to ebay.com, for a single three-day pass the highest bid so far is just under $2,000. “For that much money, I could buy [a] roundtrip plane ticket to Europe,” sociology major Natalie Freeman said. “The original price is petty in comparison to what’s on the Internet.” Lindsay Clark is a sophomore journalism major with a ﬁlm minor. She has been to Coachella twice, and her favorite artist is Sufjan Stevens.
WikiLeaks Plays by Different Rules
On Nov. 28 of last year, WikiLeaks, an international news media non-proﬁt organization began publishing some of the roughly 250 thousand U.S. diplomatic wire that leaked from 1966 until Feb. 2010. The website publishes submissions of private, secret, and classiﬁed information from anonymous sources and news leaks. WikiLeaks has called the set of documents, “The contradiction between what the U.S. mentioned in public and what the U.S. said behind closed doors.” Presumably, this has created a great deal of conﬂict between WikiLeaks and U.S. ofﬁcials, who accused the organization of threatening national security, risking American lives, and assuming more power than they are entitled to. Claims such as these have been dismissed by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is adamant in expressing they are simply the government’s attempt to distract the public from the documents’ embarrassing content. Dr. Bala Musa, associate professor and interim chair of APU’s department of communication studies, believes U.S. ofﬁcials’ claims are a legitimate strategy of damage control. “It is possible that the government, considering the impact of the
consequences of WikiLeaks’ information, wants to take signiﬁcant measures to prevent such consequences. The government might see the need to underscore WikiLeaks’ action, thereby allowing drastic measures to bring Assange and his accomplishes to trial,” Musa said. Aside from the government’s legitimate opposition to WikiLeaks’ release of conﬁdential documents, some people hold the view that WikiLeaks’ information dissemination is protected by the rights that journalists enjoy. To me, an organization that is not held to the same standards as journalists does not deserve to be protected by the beneﬁts of adhering to those standards. The implication that WikiLeaks serves as a media organization is inaccurate mainly because no guidelines constrict them, nor do they choose to abide by any rules emulating those of a journalist’s. In this way, their clandestine actions and anonymity directly produces irresponsibility. “In that way, they should not be able to claim journalism protection because that is not ethical journalism,” Musa said. But Musa does believe there is a place for this type of dissemination of information. “If you give [WikiLeaks] the credit that they are in the business of provid-
ing information and making it available, I think they have a place there,” Musa said. Musa believes WikiLeaks is part of a new wave of social media organizations, which are not conﬁned to a deep mainstream type of organization that would care to be on the good side of political power. This is a clear standpoint of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, who writes in his essay, “State and Terrorist Conspiracies,” that WikiLeaks “exists in order to undermine the ability of governments to communicate secretly and diminish the power of authoritarian states.” In this way, I would say Assange has been extremely successful, as would many news organizations and media outlets across the country. Before the government’s accusations following the Nov. release, WikiLeaks was honored with The Economist’s New Media Award in 2008 and Amnesty International’s UK Media Award in 2009. In 2010, the New York City Daily News listed WikiLeaks ﬁrst among websites “that could totally change the news,” and Julian Assange was named the Readers’ Choice for TIME’s Person of the Year in 2010. Now, following the wave of hate that has surrounded Assange and his team, several American companies, including Visa, Mastercard Inc, Pay-
pal Inc, and Moneybookers Ltd., who handle WikiLeaks’ donations, have cut their ties with the organization. Musa believes these kinds of professional devastation could cause some restraint on WikiLeaks’s part. “I think that in the end it’s not that they’re going to stop completely, but they may be a lot more cautious to what else gets published,” Musa said. WikiLeaks has done something new and set a precedent for how the world will receive even more news that they thought capable. The disruptive power of the Internet has been demonstrated by this event and the question arises, with so much of our world online, was this inevitable? “It is just the nature of the new media environment, in terms of proliferation of information, the ability to access that information, the hunger for information that is out there. The fact that every organization, every individual, can play on the same playing ﬁeld with regards to being able to reach the mass audience and being able to access information,” Musa said. “So, we are in a very new environment and this kind of scenario is deﬁnitely going to come with new territory.” Kaila Ward is a junior majoring in English and journalism. She is curious about the rights and inﬂuence of the modern free press.
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Singing the “Biola Song” at freshman orientation
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In the strange but possible case that you were just so excited to read this new column you forgot to read the byline, my name is Brandon Hook, and I’m ofﬁcially your new Opinion Editor. Apparently, this means I am given a column of sorts, which is why I’m currently writing to you. As you may have noticed, I decided to ditch the “Painting a Word Picture” idea and have moved on to other things. Whether or not they are bigger and/or better is to be decided. You can be the judge. Anyway, I’ll be writing to you in this skinny little column every week detailing what’s going on in my head—hence the title. Hopefully it will be of interest to you. I’m sure some will ﬁnd it intriguing, others boring, some will probably argue it is distasteful. The latter will most likely vomit in their mouths every Wednesday at the prospect of having to see such a column adjacent to their favorite opinion articles. I’m hoping, just hoping, that I can avoid such things. In the case that I can’t, I apologize in advance. I’ll give you a brief proﬁle of who I am before I dive into things. I’m a 20-year-old blonde male from the dairy capitol of the United States: Wisconsin. I enjoy taking pictures, and I’ve spent both of my previous spring semesters abroad (at High Sierra and in South Africa). This is my ﬁrst spring in Azusa! Some have claimed I don’t sound genuine. I liked wearing a three-piece suit to school in high school. I would very much like to start a trend at APU because our school is just so trendy. I need to get in on that. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Now that that’s out of the way I would like to tackle our ﬁrst topic: Why in the world would anyone want a college education? Some have argued we’re here to get a degree, and that’s certainly true. But is that all there is to it? Are we really paying $32,000 a year for a piece of paper? I certainly hope not. I like to think I’m here to learn—not just to obtain a piece of paper telling future employers that I managed to get through four years of school. We have four years of time set aside to learn as much as we possibly can. We’ve been given an opportunity that others dream of. I was once told by a very wise man named Dave Williams that the word scholia, where we get our word “scholar,” actually means leisure. Way back in the day, people in the Renaissance would work their entire lives to save up money so they could have enough leisure time to study. They worked their entire lives to do what we’re doing right now! We need to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to soak up as much information as we can. I hope I have inspired you. If not, oh well. Over and out. Brandon Hook is a junior English major. He takes pictures. If you have photo jobs, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kiss my wheels tells a story of equality not awareness
Student Travis Davis hosts event featuring the documentary Kiss my Wheels
Last week, APU featured different events and chapels that covered topics ranging from issues going abroad to issues going on in this community and the surrounding ones. The week was titled “Justice Week.” One of these events was a showing of the documentary “Kiss my Wheels”put on by senior english major Travis Davis. The event was held on Jan. 24th at 8 p.m. in Munson Chapel. The documentary is about a wheelchair basketball team Davis played on when he was younger. In the middle of the season, a girl on the team died, and the team had to ﬁnd a way to continue pressing forward. The documentary shows some of the ways in which the team struggled with this death. It also provides a look into the player’s lives and some of their own personal struggles. Davis was inspired after he was able to convert the documentary to DVD. He and a few of his friends saw a need for more accessibility, which started them in thinking about ways they could make it happen. “I felt like showing this could be a really good idea,” Davis said. Davis believes the event went very well. disability… I never really think about that. He is always just my friend Travis,” junior business administration major Katie Murphy said. Davis believes for many in attendance, it provided insight. “It does more than me just talking about my experience. It does a good job giving people more insight and a sense of relief when approaching someone with a disability. People begin to realize that those with disabilities really aren’t any different,” Davis said. When it comes to the idea of social justice, Davis believes people should strive for something more than awareness. “Awareness is good, but not when it means to single out a single group or person. When you are aware, you have to act a certain way, and it isn’t natural,” Davis said. He believes rather than awareness, people on this campus should “strive to be one body, rather than ‘aware’, in that we are singling out a group for being different,” Davis said. Davis has a few primary messages he wants to convey to the APU community through the documentary. “First, I want it to be known that people who have disabilities aren’t any different. They deserve to be treated the same, in that their disabilities should not affect you perceptions of them,” Davis said. “I think it is important for people to live their lives to the fullest, because life is precious; you never know when things can completely change,” Davis said. As far as truly showing social justice to the world, Davis believes the involvement must start here for APU students. “True change starts on the inside,” Davis said. “Once you get people involved here in their own community, it will spread past here.”
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“I think it is important for people to live their lives to the fullest, because life is precious; you never know when things can completely change,” Davis said. However, he was somewhat disappointed more people didn’t turn out to the event. “I put in a decent amount of promotion, so it was a little shocking to see that the turn out wasn’t larger,” said Davis. However, Davis was satisﬁed with the response it got from people. “It was positive. After the ﬁlm, a clipboard was passed for people to sign up to spend a day in a wheel chair,” Davis said. This week, ﬁve people have signed up to spend an entire day in a wheelchair. Five others will be doing the same thing next week. “To actually live [through this experience] and see what it’s like really brings everything together,” Davis said. Junior music major Brad Smit said, “The crowd seemed really into it. It was very emotional and people seemed to connect. It was also very interesting to hear perspectives of people who live a different life than myself.” The ﬁlm introduced people to new perspectives “It was different for me to see him for his
Pack a lunch, save some dough
Packing a lunch can be convenient and budget friendly rather than buying a meal
Money seems to be an issue for most college students right now. So you’re cutting corners in any way you can, from using your pencils down to the nub of the eraser to reusing your underwear to avoid paying for the washing machine. However, many students forget an easy and convenient way to save money that won’t make your friends stand a little farther away from you because you haven’t showered so you could save money on utilities. Think back to elementary school. Did you bring a lunch to school? If so, you probably did this because your wise parents knew it would save money on lunches. Packing your lunch before leaving for class is a simple solution to multiple problems. Not only will it help cut back on a few dollars per meal, but it will also allow you to eat healthier. Consider the price effectiveness of packing your lunch, instead of eating on campus. A combo at heritage is $7.50 for an entrée item and 2 side items. “When you look at $6.50, or whatever the amount, that could buy so much more outside of APU campus venues,” senior liberal studies major Annelisa Bolz said. Some students may have a distorted idea of what spending money is really like from swiping cards. “Some students say it’s like using free money. It’s not free, it’s more,” said junior liberal studies major Madeline Bultema. Eating off-campus can be expensive too. “On Tuesday, I didn’t pack a lunch. I spent $4 on a smoothie from Jamba Juice as a snack. And then $7 at Chipotle on a vegetarian burrito and some chips. And that’s money that [I would have saved] if I packed
a lunch. I mean how much would it cost for some fruit and a peanut butter sandwich?” senior English major Ashlyn Medina said. The biggest issue that most students ﬁnd with packing a lunch is the assumed inconvenience of it. “I’d have to take my time out of the day in the morning to make sure I have everything together, along with worrying about my books and if I have everything ready for class,” sophomore music education major Schanelle Heredia said. However, if you really take the time to consider how long it takes to eat from on campus or off-campus eateries, the packed lunch probably saves you some time. Now, consider the convenience factor for packing a lunch. You will have to invest 30 minutes to an hour per week to visit your favorite grocery store. However, while you’re there, you will be able to use coupons and compare prices. You don’t just have one option for price like an on-campus eatery. You will also need to invest time to pack your lunch. “You have to think ahead when you’re bringing stuff with you. When I get up in the morning I have to plan 10 minutes to put raisins and almonds together and put peanut butter on a sandwich,” Bolz said. Bringing your lunch can be a healthy option. Bolz and Bultema have many staple recipes that are quick and healthy for their lunches. Consider a tortilla with hummus and grilled veggies, or a sandwich of toasted whole grain bread with almond butter and apples. “Fruits are an easy and accessible food to put in the lunch bag (like apples or oranges) and don’t require much prep,” Health Center physician’s assistant Katie Shubin said. Packing your lunch provides more options for healthy eating. “I hear a lot of talk about how lots of things on campus are unhealthy. If the lunch is forgotten, there are options on campus,” Shubin said. “However, packing a meal is a cost- and time-effective way to eat your mid-day meal.”
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Step up to the boot craze
It’s hard to miss the boot epidemic that has hit our campus. Whether leather, suede, ankle, over-the-knee, or combat boots, girls are wearing boots everyday, in multiple styles. Boots are easy to pair with any outﬁt and can really enhance a look. Throwing boots on with something as simple as jeans and a white t-shirt can take an outﬁt from simple to stylish. Boots worn with a dress can make the look more chic, edgy, or romantic, depending on the style of boots. Most girls choose to wear their boots with jeans, leggings, or dresses. They can be used to make an outﬁt casual or a bit dressier. Junior psychology major Shannon Lenhart, knows how to wear her boots for any occasion. “I can work my boots with anything,” Lenhart said. “I wear my boots all year, whether with a dress or jeans.” Senior global studies major Mackenzie Howe is also a fan of boots. She admits to having four pairs, and wearing them all year round. Like most California girls, Howe knows boots can’t go out of season. Combat boots have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. Howe has ﬁgured out how to incorporate hers into many different looks and styles. Howe’s favorite combat boots were only $20 at the Ross on Alosta Ave. Apparently there is incredible shopping right across the street. We need to take advantage of that! UGG boots are quite the phenomenon these days, especially on a college campus. Junior accounting major Brittany Whims, owns a pair of UGG boots. Even though she owns them herself, she is particular about when it’s appropriate to wear them out. “I wear my UGGs on lazy days,” Whims said. “They are more for when you feel like you just want to roll out of bed. They are not for cute days.” On days that are a bit cooler, ankle boots come in handy. They are deﬁnitely the summer boots, giving the same look without breaking a sweat. For the hot Azusa days, shorts and ankle boots are the way to go. The over-the-knee boot is popular this season, but they are not seen around campus very often. This style of boot is a bit dressier than your everyday boot. “I wear the over-the-knee boots with leggings and a longer tee shirt, or a cardigan,” Whims said, “but I wear them to work, I don’t rock them at school ever.” The best way to accessorize and play with your boots would be to wear some fun socks with them. Over-the-knee socks look really cute peeking out of boots. Some animal print or striped socks can also be very fun and add some uniqueness to a style that is being seen everywhere. As far as color goes, black and brown seem to be the most popular options. Whims and Lenhart both have at least one pair in each color. They are versatile, and can go with any possible outﬁt. If you are going to buy black boots, you have to acknowledge that you will soon after need brown ones. It seems girls can’t help but choose their boots every morning. This doesn’t seem to be a look that is going out of style anytime soon.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011
A night of worship at Felix Event Center
Multi Ethnic Programs began preparing in September for the biggest night of worship all year
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The 20th annual Gospel Sing transformed Felix Event Center (FEC) on Saturday, Jan. 29th for the Ofﬁce of Multi Ethnic Programs’ (MEP) largest event of the year. “APU took me to church. It was bomb! I loved it,” senior psychology major Isaac Ruelas said. Seven different acts took the stage including APU’s Gospel Choir and Gospel Worship team, along with Voices of Destiny, winners of the Verizon Wireless competition ‘How Sweet the Sound’, where they earned the title of Best Church Choir in America. “It is a showcase of gospel talent from either the community or from Los Angeles. It’s really just our way of sharing that special type of worship music with APU and the surrounding community,” programming coordinator Evetth Gonzalez said. The theme for this year’s Gospel Sing, “Praise Him,” was taken from Psalms 150 and the crowd did just that throughout the night clapping, singing, and dancing along with the performers. “That verse is solely about the different ways to praise Him. So we thought it would be a great way to showcase how varied our acts are going to be, but how it’s all in one style of worshiping Him,” Gonzalez said. First-time attendee and sophomore liberal arts major Brooke Richards appreciated what the event had to offer. “The energy it had and how they presented
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Voices of Destiny perform at gospel sing on Saturday, Jan. 19 along with a variety of gospel perfomance groups. Christ love, it wasn’t pressured upon you but you just sensed God in the room. It was unbelievable how they put together all those different songs and groups and still kept God the center focus of everything,” Richards said. Preparations for the event, which was completely student-run and organized, began in September. Gonzalez described it as a “grassroots” type of planning where relationships and networking helped them book all of their acts. Gospel Sing garnered more media attention than past years and they were able to partner with KJLH 102.3 to have commercial spots run to help advertise for the event. Student director of APU’s Gospel Choir Emory James knew the night was about more than a performance. James said his one hope for the night was that “our music reaches someone. It’s not just about singing and performing but it’s about reaching someone’s heart through the ministry of music,” James said. Many students enjoyed the night and would encourage others to go next year. “If you like worshiping God and being excited about music then this is a good place to come,” junior social work major Nicole Weller said. “I would recommend it to other students. It has a lot of energy. It’s not something you ﬁnd a lot in chapel and it was nice to let the Holy Spirit move in a different way than were used to campus,” Ruelas said. The night also featured a love offering to The Compton Initiative, which is a program that has made a 40 year commitment to bring restoration and hope to the community of Compton. Those interested can visit the website justdogood.org for more information. Check out theclause.org this week for video featuring interviews with performers and a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put on an event like this.
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