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Fourth annual Latinos Serving
Latinos conference increases college
preparation as LASA invites high
school boys to experience APU
Gina Ender

assistant news editor

From March 19 to March 21,

55 California Latino high school
males stayed in APU dorms and
events in order to get a firsthand
experience of what life in higher
education is like. Hosted by the
Latin American Student Association, the guests attended chapel,
classes, a majors fair and workshops to help make the experience
of going to college more tangible.
I think the biggest purpose
[of the conference] is helping
these boys realize that the stereotypes society places on them
doesnt have to be their reality.
We see them breaking them down
through an education and changing the way people look at the
Latino community, said junior
global studies major Dalia Velasco, the conference director.
This is the second semester Velasco has been involved in
helping run the event, and she
sees the opportunity as one that
embodies the heart of LASA.
For me, doing this conference is like a ministry, and I think
through educating and advancing
our communities, I think Christ
blesses that and wants us to reach
out to those who dont necessarily have the resources to do so,
Velasco said.
Part of the ministry involves
including the guests parents as

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well. In order
to make the
financial application
for firstgeneration students, the
conference provides a
FAFSA workshop.
If you listen to
the stories of these boys
and the things that they
go through and the blocks
that they have, I think it really
reflects society. To realize that
we are helping these students
in participating and learning
more about communities and
realizing how we can help each
other, is a form of practicing
diversity, Velasco said.
Velasco said that one of
her favorite parts of the weekend is
the closing ceremony for the guests
with their parents present.
There is a prayer that happens,
bringing them all together and helping them see through this conference
were giving them resources, said
Velasco. With those resources, they
are giving these resources back to the
community. Were passing on the responsibility to them. Theres a sense
of being one in that moment and the
parents seem to be in tune with it as

The weekends events

give the opportunity to both
introduce different aspects of
college and reinforce its importance in the eyes of the high
school students.
I think its a great university.
People are friendly and nice and
its just a great environment, Upland High School junior Martin Munoz said.
Munoz expressed that especially
after visiting classes and touring the
campus, he understands that college
prepares students for a higher level
of thinking in preparing to enter the
He stated that as the community
within the event is primarily Latino,
he senses a strong sense of support
and friendliness among the students.
The purpose of this event, as I
understand it, is to educate underprivileged Latino students as to the con-

Becky Kay

of college, to
get them
through that
of Im not
sure if I want
to go to college or Im not sure what
college is all about, just kind of demystifying college for them in a way
and educating them to the realities of
what college is and what college life
is like, said freshman accounting
major Calvin Gutierrez, a committee
Gutierrez said that he believes the
event helps to show the APU community a demographic of students who
can often be overlooked by colleges.
Getting to learn about these
kids, where theyre from, how they

got here, what made them interested in coming to LSL and what their
future goals and aspirations are,
what theyre thinking they want to
do with their lives. Its nice to hear
there are people with dreams still,
Gutierrez said with a smile.
According to Gutierrez, alongside learning about different majors and academic aspects of college, the guests are able to see how
Christian colleges in particular are
available to help them.
He believes that the conference
itself is a time to become more informed in order for the high school
students to be able to make important decisions in the future.


Ministry forum addresses womens role in leadership

Panelists discuss
issues females face
in the church
Bryan Santos
guest writer

A forum on March 19 titled

Women in Ministry addressed the
role of women and leaders in the
modern age and answered questions
with regard to women's roles in the
world and church today.
Three panelists contributed their
perspectives on the topic. Dr. Karen
Winslow, the chairwoman of biblical
studies, Dr. Kristen Oh, professor of
theology and Dr. Halee Gray Scott,
author of "Dare Mighty Things."
Each voiced their personal experiences, struggles and opinions about
the role of women in the world, specifically within the church.
The panelists discussed ways
in which women maneuver through
their education, personal lives and

Winslow emphasized the misinterpretation and bad connotationsof

feminists. She defines the term to
mean someone who believes in
equal opportunities for men and
women and who works for it.
She explained that the associations generally made with the term
are not only wrong but hurtful to the
progress of women.
The panelists also discussed what
they called the prevalent issue of sexism in some churches, considering
whether it was a result of the Bible or
fear of losing power.
Winslows response was to overcome sexism through feminism.
Her in-depth analysis of Lots
wife in the book of Genesis ties in the
idea that remembering is essential;
to remember is to be aware, reflect.
Her closer look at women in
Scripture concluded that the misconceptions that people have about some
women in the Bible deserve a closer
look, as they can affect the way women are seen today.

Bryan Santos PHOTO

Panelists Dr. Karen Winslow, Dr. Kristen Oh, and Dr. Halee Gray Scott
discuss womens role in leadership.
Gray Scott, an independent
scholar from Denver, voiced issues
regarding women in leadership.
"We dont have a lot of resources
for Christian women thinking of leadership, Gray Scott said. We spend
more time arguing if women can be
leaders than supporting women leaders today.
Gray Scott's strong stance on
women and leadership compelled her
to write her book, which encourages
women to pursue responsibility and
claims that the idea that only excep-

tional women can succeed in leadership is hurtful rather than uplifting.

She aims to end the notion that women cannot be leaders.
After the panelists spoke, the
floor opened to questions and comments. Many women articulated their
struggles for higher education and
leadership in the church. The panelists provided encouragement and
advice to them from their own specific experiences. They hope to have
a womens forum held like this more
often throughout the year.


The following are selected incidents as reported from the Daily
Media Log from March 15 through
March 21, courtesy of Campus


Officer observed a subject

driving on the wrong side of
the road. Officer contacted the
subject and counseled her.


Reporting party reported a

subject who was yelling at
cars as they drove past.
Azusa Police was notified.


RP reported a subject in the

area who was urinating on a
tree. Officers responded but
were unable to locate the


RP reported a suspicious male

yelling and running in the
middle of the street. Officer
responded but was unable to
locate anyone in the area.


RP reported a subject loitering.

Officers were dispatched to
the location and made contact
with the subject. The subject
was non-compliant with
officers and Azusa Police
Department was notified.
Azusa PD made contact with
the subject who then complied
with the officers instructions.

Weekly Numbers
Keys lost/found......................3
ID cards lost/found...............6
Cellphones found..................2
Unsecured bikes found.........3
False fire alarms.....................0

1. If you see something, say
2. Safety is everyones
3. Dial 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
4. Non emergencies: Campus Saftety (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
8. Always be aware of your
9. Utilize the trolleys, safety
escorts or walk 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
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compiled by gina ender

Saturday, March 28

Life After APU

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is hosting an event for

seniors to give them a glimpse into life after graduating from APU,
discussing expectations and preparation. Seniors will interact
with alumni, attend seminars and have lunch. The event will be
held in the Duke Lobby from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10
and students are to dress business casual for professional
headshots. Register at

Saturday, March 28

Night of Champions

Azusa Pacific University and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

invite Southern Californian teenagers, as well as their pastors,
coaches, teachers, parents and friends to join them for the 31st
annual Night of Champions. The event will be held in the Felix
Event Center from 2 to 9 p.m.
Katie Richcreek PHOTO

Saturday, March 28

The APU mens basketball team celebrates and embraces after its win
on March 16.

Piccolo Recital

Gavin Furuken will present a recital in partial fulfillment of the

Artist Certificate Program. The recital will be held in Warren Music
Center room 111 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 28

Clarinet Recital

Amber Villanueva will present a recital in partial fulfillment of the

Bachelor of Music in Performance. The recital will be held in
Warren Music Center room 111 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 28

Sunday, March 29

Stabat Mater

The APU Oratorio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. John Sutton, will join the Los Angeles Chorale to present
Antonin Dvoraks Stabat Mater. The performance is from 4 to 6
p.m. at Lake Avenue Church. Student admission is $20 and regular
admission is $25.

Tuesday, March 31

Wind Ensemble Performance

Tuba Recital

Daniel Garcia will present a recital in partial fulfillment of the

Master of Tuba Performance. The recital will be held in Warren
Music Center room 111 from 8 to 9 p.m.

The APU Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. John Burdett, will join
Arcadia High School Wind Ensemble to perform at Arcadia
Performing Arts Center. The performance is from 7 to 8 p.m. and
admission is free.

High school Latinos explore college life with LASA

According to Gutierrez, alongside learning about different majors

It gives [the guests]

the idea to kind of
dream and achieve
this opportunity to
come to college and
what that could look
like for their future
and what that could
look like for their
Aaron Hinojosa

and academic aspects of college, the

guests are able to see how Christian

Sergio Palacios COURTESY

The Latino high school students pose with members of APUs Latin
American Student Association on Dillon Recreational Complex during the
Latinos Serving Latinos event.
colleges in particular are available
to help them. He believes that the
conference itself is a time to become
more informed in order for the high
school students to be able to make

editor-in-chief kaity bergquist
news editor jessie gomez
asst. news editor gina ender
lifestyle editor becky kay
opinion editor kelyn struiksma
sports editor katie richcreek
asst. sports editor landon troka
photo/design editor kimberly smith
chief copy editor kayla johnston
copy editors faith vander voort, sara champlain
business manager blake standal
staff writers brianna rodriguez, sam
quintanilla, alex perez, brooke seipel, lauren
duran, sydney potter, arianna ruvalcaba,
angel eleyae, kianna mourer
FACULTY ADVISER dr. kyle huckins

important decisions in the future.

"Its kind of this town-and-gown
effect of being able to see the university but within the community, not as
an ivory tower but as an accessible

place to be, so they can feel comfortable on campus and maybe see others
that look like them. For our white students on campus, its also an opportunity to begin engaging around that
this is what America is beginning to
look like more and more," said Student Center for Reconciliation and
Diversity Director Aaron Hinojosa.
He said that bringing Latino
students on campus helps APU faculty and staff begin to see what the
school's future demographic may
look like.
"It gives [the guests] the idea to
kind of dream and achieve this opportunity to come to college and what
that could look like for their future
and what that could look like for their
families," Hinojosa said.
He said that the event also gives
APU students in LASA the opportunity to provide high-schoolers with
the information they wished they had
known when they were in their position.
LASA plans to host a sister event,
Latinas Serving Latinas, in fall 2015.

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APU student creates clothing company with a purpose

donates 50 percent
of profits to
homeless shelters
Samuel Quintanilla
staff writer

Senior art major Jared Kaping

founded Bara Clothing in hopes of
helping the homeless. He has volunteered at a homeless shelter on Skid
Row since 2011, and after meeting
and conversing with people whose
lives have been affected by homelessness, an idea sparked in his mind.
Kaping saw a great need in the Skid
Row community.
In 2013, Bara Clothing was officially up and running, and Kaping
began producing clothes. In fact, he
started by making 50 T-shirts a week,
all by hand, using only bleach and
Kaping met a man named John
who had faced adversity all his life.
John fought in both the Vietnam and
Gulf wars. He said when he came
back, he made poor decisions that
landed him in jail.
After seven years on death row,
John decided it was time for change.
He began praying every night that the
Lord would change his life and free
him from prison. Finally after seven
years, he was released.
I then asked him, What do you
need? Kaping said. John responded, I cant get a job.
Moved by this testimony, Kaping became determined to make a
I felt like I was called to make
shirts for the homeless, he said. I
merged my love for these people and
graphic designs, and it turned into

Bara Clothing COURTESY

Bara Clothing COURTESY

Bara Clothing model poses for the company website. Founder Jared Kaping and Bara model pose in apparel.
[Bara Clothing].
Kaping first sold his T-shirts on
Cougar Walk after encountering success his first semester of sales. He
was invited to join Enactus, a club
focused on enabling progress for
student entrepreneurs. Through the
program, a group of students joined
Bara, enabling Kaping to print Tshirts, allowing the opportunity to
create more of the product.
I started working with Bara in
January, said Caleb Wanner, the
operations leader of the company. I
joined because I believe in the mission of the company and want to help

them grow in every way possible.

For every shirt Kaping and his
team sell, one is donated to a homeless person, giving Bara the motto
one for one." Due to shelters' reception of periodical clothing donations,
a year later he began turning half the
profit into hygiene packs.
Even if its 50 percent, were
making a profit, Kaping said. Other
companies take 90 percent of profit.
Were not gonna do that. We are taking half and are growing the company
that way.
According to Kaping, each pack
is equipped with essential hygiene

The packs are very comprehensive. We buy them from World
Vision. They come with shampoo,
toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc., he
The Bara team distributed 53
shirts before switching to hygiene
packets and have now given out 50
of those.
We took 20 to a shelter, and they
will distribute them to the people
who need them the most, Kaping
said. The other 30 we handed out individually when we volunteered at a
church program.

Team Bara is focused on working

with the hands-on approach, handing out the hygiene kits themselves in
order to build relationships with the
people served.
The hygiene packs do help for a
long period of time, but conversations
are impactful because its something
they dont usually get, Kaping said.
As the sole purpose of Bara
Clothing is to help the poor, the hygiene packs are only the first step.
Bara is aimed at providing
jobs, Kaping said. So when we get
to the point where we can hire people,
we will hire the homeless.
Kaping wants to uncover that
purpose in homeless peoples lives.
He believes that a majority of people
without homes feel that they have
no purpose in life, which is why he
chose the name Bara.
"This is a team of people who
love God, love each other, and are
actively pursuing to serve the homeless community in Los Angeles,"
said junior marketing major Chloe
Beutler. "Jared has one of the biggest , most intentional hearts out of
anyone I know, and I have seen him
pour his heart and soul into this company. He whole-heartily believes
that as followers of Chirst, we can
make a difference, and he expresses
that in this ministry God has created
through him."
According to Kaping, he believe's that God created everyone for
a purpose, and he wants to show that
purpose to others.
Expressing optimism, he stated
that he wishes to stay in Los Angeles.
His clothing has an LA appeal to it
and is made to fit anyones style."
Bara has come a long way, now also
selling hoodies and long sleeves.
Baras new line is set to release
March 23 online at The team is expected to
sell on Cougar Walk.

U.S. presidential election preparation begins

APU faculty and
students begin
conversations in
light of voting in
Jamie Roebuck-Joseph
guest writer

With the March 3 Azusa city election over, the 58th quadrennial U.S.
presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016,
is drawing attention. Incumbent President Barack Obama is not eligible
for a third term due to term limits as
stated in the 22nd Amendment. Thus,
speculation on candidates for 2016
has been a hot topic within political
circles in recent months.
As students of all class levels
will be preparing for life after APU
at some point in their academic career, the question of whether students
should care about this election that is
only 18 months away is critical for
engaging their perspectives.
Professor Daniel Palm, chairman
of of the Department of Political Science, has voted in every presidential
election since he was 18 years old.
He teaches courses in international
relations, comparative politics and
foreign policy and is passionate about
exercising his right to vote.
My parents drummed into my
head that if you don't vote, you have
no business complaining about those
who govern you, he said. As Aristotle points out, just as we consider

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ethical questions as individuals, politics concerns the great moral questions that affect us as we live together, in community.
Palm goes on to stress that the
people Americans elect will have a
huge effect on the character of the
country in the years ahead.
Four students said they were unaware that Azusa just had city elections on March 3. Freshman nursing
major Hayley DeBois commented
that she does not keep up with local
elections in Azusa, but she does in
her home city, Portland, Oregon.
I believe that everyone should
care about the next president and all
other elections, no matter what their

belief is, DeBois said. Politics are

very important because it is what
changes the U.S. and what its laws
and policies are.
The percentage of registered voters 18-29 casting ballots peaked in
the 2008 presidential election at 51
percent. Of those voters, 60 percent
of them voted for Obama as opposed
to the 37 percent who favored Mitt
Romney. Obama is acknowledged as
the only recent president to successfully appeal to the younger generation and has the title of social-media
darling from journalists.
Being a part of a Christian university, students struggle with the
clashing debate between the church

and state that remains relevant in opposing groups. As a school that aims
to glorify God, students question and
attempt to answer the Christian role
in government and politics.
Freshman music and worship
major Nathan Whitmire believes that
Christians need to exercise their right
to vote as citizens of the U.S.
It says in the Bible that every
person is under the governing authority put over him or her. God is above
the government, but the people need
to listen, respect and honor what the
government says and does, Whitmire said of Romans 13:1. A Christian needs to vote so that the government is a government of people who

will be in accordance with Gods

It's likely the percent of young
voters will decrease in the 2016 elections due to the fact that the percent
of youthful registered voters participating in the 2012 elections fell from
2008's high to 45 percent.
APU basketball player and freshman computer science major Petar
Kutlesic is from Serbia and is not
eligible to vote in the U.S. because
of his citizenship status. However, he
still thinks that American politics are
important, even though he is not particularly interested in them.
Somebody has to lead the country, he said.
No matter what side the population leans toward, the division of politics among citizens is evident within
society, but the impact that presidents
have on the U.S. and other countries
is widely recognized among nations.
As many significant changes can
happen over the course of the next 18
months, students who are keeping up
to date with the upcoming candidates
are already thinking about their votes.
As for others, faith is a key factor for
social and political groundwork in
the upcoming years.
While I certainly understand
that some Christians will choose not
to vote, I expect most will look carefully and prayerfully at the choices
we have as voters and will take time
to participate, Palm said. Our freedom to vote is historically quite rare.
I suppose I had an early appreciation
for the significance of being able to
cast a vote freely and without fear.


Mexico Outreach creates relationships over break

More than 250
students spent
spring break
serving in Mexicali
providing many
types of ministry

Karina Carlin
guest writer

Brandon P. Rodriguez
guest writer

Azusa Pacifics Mexico Outreach

program continued its longtime tradition of serving others in Mexicali
during spring break. This year, the
program is celebrating 45 years in
mission work by mobilizing churches
and schools since 1970.
There were a total of 25 different ministry teams consisting of over
250 students with Mexico Outreach
during the break, all with the simple
goal to spread Gods love across the
border. The teams base camp was in
Ejido Cuernavaca, Mexicali, with the
hope of providing help to others in
need throughout the region.
Ron Aramburo, Mexico Outreachs senior coordinator of North
American partnership and student
development, firmly believes that the
relationships formed between students and the needy are important to
this program and APU.
Our mission is to take these
experiences and turn them into longlasting relationships," Aramburo said.
"Were not just coming for a week,
but we continue to foster and nurture
those relationships that we have with
our partners in Mexicali. This experience is about forming relationships.
Junior Student Ministry Coordinator Diana Gomez has been going
on Mexico ministry trips since the
eighth grade. She has a passion for
helping others and has been on over
10 different trips with the group.
Going to the churches and ministries over the past eight years has
been one of my favorite things to do,
because Im able to see the kids and
families grow past their struggles,
Gomez said. Being able to see the

gives audience
happily ever

kids see our familiar faces is something that is more lasting to them,
because when they see consistency,
we are able to have a bigger impact
in their lives. They see that we are
doing ministry and are living for the
Lord, and through that ministry they
are more inclined to follow a life of
service to The Lord."
Freshman biology major Britni
Murfett worked with CAVIM Womens Shelter in order to minister to
women and their children who have
suffered from abusive situations.
Our goal is not only to serve
those in Mexico and to share Gods
Word, but also for the students who
go on the trip to grow spiritually and
closer to God," Murfett said. "Just
meeting the women, learning their
stories and comforting them in whatever they were going through was
the most memorable thing about this
This was Murfetts second Mexico Outreach trip, but she is enthusiastic about her plans in the future with
this program.
I would like to go again during
Thanksgiving, and if not, then definitely on some weekend brigades and
next years spring break trip. I just
have such a heart for Mexico and for
the whole program itself that I would
like to keep pursuing this passion,
Murfett said.

Mecxico Outreach COURTESY

Above: Students spend time in Mexico playing with kids.

Below: A team of students spent some of their time painting around Mexicali.
Junior psychology major Joben
Purificacion explained his first trip
with Mexico Outreach was working
with children at an orphanage.
It was a humbling experience,
meeting the kids and hearing their
stories, which were very heartbreaking," Purificacion said. "It was difficult to communicate with them because I never learned Spanish, but I
was still able to make a connection
with the kids, and that was so powerful within itself. Sometimes God will
put you out of your comfort zone and
show you what the rest of the world
is going through."

Organizers say every person who

is involved in Mexico Outreach has
grown a strong connection with the
people of Mexico.
They believe this form of ministry continues to successfully enlighten and encourage others while
students are able to grow spiritually
in their own faith.
While these APU students were
away from their families during
spring break, they were able to expand their family in Christ. Mexico
Outreach will continue to build relationships for many more years to

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the

new live-action adaptation of the original "Cinderella" movie reminds its audience why it fell in love with one of
Disneys most well-known classics all
those years ago.
This remake of the original 1950
animated film has audiences everywhere delighted with the outcome,
despite this being a familiar story most
have grown up with and already love.
In its opening weekend, "Cinderella" went well above expectations and
made an estimated $70.1 million. It
continues to be one of the top movies
playing in theaters and has even received an 83 percent rating on Rotten
Branagh successfully portrays
the original story and also adds a
few of his own personal touches to
enhance the fairy tale feel and keep
the magic alive. Lily James (Downton Abbey's Lady Rose MacClare)
plays the role of Ella, an orphaned
girl who has lost both of her parents
to unexpected illnesses. She is now
doomed to live as the servant girl
for both her evil stepmother (Cate
Blanchett) and two ugly stepsisters
(Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera).
Before Cinderellas mother died
in the beginning of the film, she left
a few words of advice for Ella to
live by: Be kind and have courage.
These few words would later be what
guide Ella throughout the movie and
encourage her to always remain a
kindhearted person.
Despite all the cruel treatment
from Cinderellas evil stepmother and
two ugly stepsisters, she remained
loyal and hopeful when given every
reason not to be.
Blanchett gives an exceptional
role as the evil stepmother by providing both humor and wickedness for
audiences everywhere.
The new movie differs from
the original animated film in a few
ways, but none that are too drastic.
One of these includes a scene where
Cinderella has a chance to momentarily meet the Prince in the woods
and leaves a lasting impression on him.
Later the Prince throws a ball
where the entire kingdom is invited to
come, both the nobility and the commoners. Cinderella is overjoyed when
she hears of the news but to her dismay, her evil stepmother forbids her
to attend.
With the help of her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter), she
is ready for the ball and to meet the
Prince once again. Just like the original
film, at midnight all the magic wears
off, and she leaves behind a glass slipper as she gets away.
Although everyone knows how
the story ends - good prevails evil and
Cinderellas kindness finally pays off this movie reminds audiences that Disney movies still can have a meaningful
Be kind and have courage,
along with other messages throughout the film, leaves audiences feeling happy and hopeful as they walk
out of the theater.
Ultimately, it is the impressive
acting along with the famous story
line that makes this film one to go
see even If you have already seen
the original or know what it is about.




Coffee, friends, studying around APU

What are the most
popular coffee
shops around the
Paige Smith
staff writer

With Azusa Pacific students in

the final stretch before finals, latenight studying and weekend paper
writing are becoming all the rage.
What better place to get these daunting tasks done than a coffee shop
and one that isn't Starbucks?
According to students around
campus, a few popular places stand
out as good spots to get homework
done and a caffeine fix all in one.
Most of them are within a 15-mile
radius and perfect for an afternoon
getaway or a change of scenery.
So if you are up for a new brew or
a different study location, these might
be the ones for you.
Coffee Klatch is located about 10
minutes away from campus, off the
57 Freeway. It is a perfect spot for
a fresh and delicious cup of coffee.
Some best-loved treats at this location include the regular coffee, lattes
and freshly made sandwiches, salads
and pastries. Try the Honey Bee Latte
for a sweet tooth fix!
"We see a lot of APU students
here," Klatch barista Christina Tao said.
"The atmosphere is important, and I
think they enjoy it for that reason."

Located just about five minutes
off Foothill Boulevard in Glendora, it
is nestled in downtown. The popular
drinks here are the frozen hot chocolate, spiced chai and the Ghirardelli
caramel latte.
"It's a nice getaway from APU,"
Erin Fisher, a liberal studies major
said. "It's fun to see family and kids
here, and it's not the library."
According to Taylor Vincent, one
of the baristas at Classic Coffee, the
coffee shop is family-oriented.
"The owner encourages us to
pursue our education and to thrive in
what we do," Vincent said.
With two locations in Monrovia
right off of the 57 Freeway, it is a perfect place to spend a few hours and
study. The regular coffee with vanilla
is perfect for a college student budget
at around $2.75. It tastes just as good
as the other options, so it shouldn't
Sitting in Coffee Bean off Myrtle
Avenue reading for class, Thomas
Lai, a junior business marketing major, explained his reasoning to study
at coffee shops.
"I like going to coffee shops for
the busy environment, refreshments
and the change in scenery," Lai said.
"It is a different study environment,
and it isn't a house or the library."
With the change in scenery, it is a
nice place to sit outside in the Southern California weather and read or
even just take a study break and hang
out with friends.

Paige Smith PHOTO

Another perk of this area: there

are cute, fun places to have lunch or
walk around downtown Monrovia.
Located in Sierra Madre off
Baldwin Avenue is Bean Town. This
is another good place to hang out, do
homework and meet creative people.
Artists, writers and others come
here and are always open to discuss
their talents with students. It is a coffee shop that may not be the most recognized, but it is a hidden gem.
Bean Town is a go-to for Lai.
"I don't normally do homework at
Bean Town, but it is a great place to
hang out with friends," Lai said.
While there may be more coffee
shops that students go to, these few
places are close to campus and easily
accessible so that students can enjoy
some good coffee and get away from
APU for a bit and enjoy the peaceful

Suit up for spring with these fashion tips

Trends that wont
break the bank
Lauren Duran
staff writer

The sun is shining, flowers are

blooming and as of March 20, spring
is officially in full swing. While the
seasons are changing, so are the latest
fashion trends. While some are new,
others are beginning to repeat themselves from previous decades (gasp).
With the help of a few of the top
fashion companies, here is a list of
this seasons top trends that you can
First off, fringe and lots of it.
This look graced the runways of fashion week on jackets, purses, blazers
and boots from a multitude of designers. Some pieces include short
fringe, while others are a bit longer,
but nonetheless these are expected to
take street style by storm.
Although flapper girls first wore
fringe as early as the 1920s, it continues to make its appearance down the
runway for designers such as Ralph
Lauren and Marco de Vincenzo. For
college students looking for something a little less pricey, Forever 21
has fringed boots, bags, vests, tops,
tanks, dresses and even swimsuits for
as low as $11.
Next up, flared jeans. Although
this look does kind of take you back
to the 70s, it is in style for spring
2015. Dont worry about digging
through your moms closet to try out
this trend, however; you can purchase
your own flared pant for just $29.99
in a variety of rinses and washes at
American Eagle.
I think [this is] what women are
ready for, you have seen the skinny

Kimberly Smith PHOTO

[jean] for so long, this is flattering on all body types, said Lilliana
Vasquez, author of The Cheap Chicas Guide to Style.
Who said fashion trends just have
to be for the ladies? Gents, dont worry. Weve got you covered.
Stay in style and stay cool with
above-the-knee Bermuda shorts.
While temperatures are increasing
rapidly, so is this trend. These shorts
come in a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, depending on
what you feel like pairing them with.
They can be found for as low as $10
at Forever 21 in the mens section.
Last, but certainly not least: colored suede. This is a trend suitable
for both men and women. For men,
colored suede can be done on jackets,
blazers, shirts or even a pair of oxford
shoes. For women, it can done well
on skirts, dresses, coats, tops, shoes
and handbags.
It was done well on the runway
for both men and women from fashion designers like Saint Laurent and
Chanel. For something a little more
within the budget, Urban Outfitters
has a wide variety of faux suede
products for as little as $29.99.
Overall, the most important re-

Kimberly Smith PHOTO

curring fashion trend for the spring

season is a lighter color palette.
While in the wintertime it is easy
to wear dark colors due to the cold,
gloomy weather, spring is all about
lighter colors.
In the winter, I look for more
dark colors like black, browns, olive
green and burnt orange, said junior
communication studies major Kristin
Atwan. but in the spring I look for
more pastels and brighter colors.
It is no surprise that pastels and
bright colors were found in the Pantone Fashion Color Report for spring
2015 with cooler and softer color
choices with subtle warm tones [to]
follow a minimalistic en plein air
theme, taking a cue from nature.
These colors include aquamarine,
scuba blue, Lucite green, classic blue,
toasted almond, strawberry ice, tangerine, custard, marsala and glacier
With so many trends and colors
to choose from, you can be sure to
stay in style with any of these pieces
without having to break the bank.

Alan Cleaver/ Flickr Creative Commons COURTESY

Not too late to lose

weight for this summer
Healthy living is
always an option
Faith Vander Voort
copy editor

On Jan. 1, students of all ages

and majors hopped on the New
Year, New Me bandwagon.
Your New Years resolution
could have been anything from
saving more money to quitting
fighting with your little brother.
Brain, the top New Years resolution was losing weight, but
only 8 percent of people are
predicted to follow through
with this goal.
With only six weeks until
summer, many students are wishing they hadnt given up on their
weight loss goals by the second
week of January, but its not too
late to turn your habits around and
make a lifestyle change.
Six weeks is a substantial
amount of time that can help you
gear up for bikini season.
There is no denying that its
easy to make poor eating choices
on a meal plan.
Ordering a pizza from the Den
sounds significantly better than a
salad on most days and, unfortunately, the lines are right next to
each other, making the temptation
even stronger.
The key is to start small and
make little changes that lead up to
big differences.
Julie Negron, APUs new dietitian, stressed the importance of
knowing the correct portion size.
Too much of anything can
be harmful to your body, so its
extremely crucial to know how
much is too much. Negron will be
hosting an event, Portion Distortion, on March 25 from 6-8 p.m.
in the LAPC.
The Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics encourages students to set
healthy and realistic goals.
There is no magic pill that
will make you skinny overnight, and starving yourself
will kill your metabolism and
deprive your body of the nutrients that it needs to function
When you continually fail to
give your body what it needs, your
cravings will go through the roof.
When this happens, you will
most likely binge eat food that is
The main problem of this is
with your metabolism. Because

it has been slowed down from deprivation, it wont be able to handle

all of the sugar, turning it to fat, according to Livestrong. And there
youll be, right back at the start.
With that said, its important to
go about losing weight the correct
way: eating a balanced diet while exercising regularly.
Freshman applied exercise science major Brittany Gisin said she
maintains her weight by exercising
every day and choosing healthy food
at APUs dining facilities.
When she eats at Mexicali, she
chooses a bowl instead of a burrito,
and she orders a salad over a pizza at
the Cougars Den.
I try to keep healthy food in my
dorm room, and I like to have healthy
snacks on me, Gisin said.
She also noted that she tries to
eat an assortment of healthy foods,
not always sticking to the same food
Learning to read nutrition labels
is an important step to understanding
what you are consuming.
Oftentimes, counting calories
will get you nowhere. When it boils
down to it, sugar is what turns to fat
in the human body, so that is the first
thing to look at on a label.
Under the carbohydrates listen
on a label, you will find dietary fiber
and sugars. Dietary fibers are what
your body cant digest while sugars turn into fat, according to Mayo
A few easy ways to cut out unnecessary carbs in your diet is to
quit eating so much bread. Instead of
getting a sandwich, have it lettucewrapped!
When choosing a protein or
snack bar, make sure you check carbs
from sugar.
Clif and Quest bars may have a
similar total carbohydrate number,
but Clifs sugar level is through the
roof while Quests is very minimal.
Again, little changes can make a big
An important aspect of weight
loss is exercise.
You need to plan out your
week and intentionally set aside
time to work out. If you do that,
youll actually work out, Gisin
There is always time in the day to
work out; it just needs to be an intentional decision to do so.
It may take getting up an hour
earlier, but it all depends on how badly you want to see a change.
In the end, you get out what you
put in. Eat a balanced diet, read nutrition labels and work out on a regular
Its extremely important to remain patient in the process. Six
weeks until summer you can do it!



APU theater goes on a Picnic

1950s-based play
began March 19
and runs until
March 29
Melissa Quintero
staff writer

The Department of Theater Arts

is presenting Picnic by William
Inge. The show began on March 19
and will continue through March 29.
The 1950s play takes place Labor Day Weekend in a small Kansas town, in the yard shared by two
widows in their 40s, one of whom
has two young daughters who are
completely opposites of each other.
Things get riled up when a young
stranger passes through town one day
and interacts with the women.
This play contains several
themes pertaining to youth and how
one must bask in this period instead
of letting it fly by. The content is very
realistic. There's a bit of everything:
tears, joy and laughter. Since the
play contains some moderate adult
themes, the Samuel French website
suggests an audience over the age of
12. Nonetheless, it has received several awards, including the Pulitzer
Prize for Drama.
APU theater students had the
pleasure of working with director
Gregory Sims on this production.
Sims is a professional actor, writer and director who attended and
worked at Carnegie Mellon Univer-

sity. He has been an actor on film

and television for 20 years and is the
founder of Practical Audition Technique, an acting studio in New York.
After the show, Sims discussed
how he heard about this play and why
he wanted to direct it.
A friend of mine whos a professor here told me they were doing 'Picnic' and thought I might be interested
in directing it and I was. Its a play
Ive always loved my whole life, he
Sims gave his interpretation of
the play and what its message is.
Its a wonderful exploration of
youth and passion that shows when
folks dont have a spiritual center in
their lives and dont know how to
process the powers of youth. It can eat
us alive, so to me, it was a play about
people struggling with the forces of
youth and with passions, and this is
how that all plays out, Sims said.
Sims said he loves APU and the
students and he looks forward to
teaching in the APU Theater Arts Department this fall. Junior BFA acting
major Tyler Hubbard, who played Hal
Carter in the production, talked about
the hard, tedious work that went into
preparing for this show. He shared his
perspective on his character and how
he related to Hal.
You know its really hard to connect with the character who you dont
really relate to necessarily, I kind of
felt like an opposite to him at first,
but then as you go deeper, you realize
hes a human too, with basic human
needs and desires, so I think we can
all relate to that in some way, Hubbard said.

During the Q&A at the end of the

show, junior BFA acting major Kellyn Turrietta said this is one of the
first shows done at APU without microphones on the theater's main stage.
Thats something thats definitely different from past shows, and
it just shows how far APU has come
in voice training, Turrietta said.
The APU Department of Theater Arts puts on a variety of shows
throughout the year. For more information on the program or how to purchase tickets, visit the APU Theater
website. The show will be playing at
7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. through March
29. Tickets are on sale now for $5
and can purchased online on the APU
Theater page or at the door.

A. Obrien Photography PHOTO

Above: The full cast and some of the crew from the Picnic play backdrop.
Below: Two of the leading actors share an intimate moment.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt debuts over spring break

Feys new Netflix
original series
has audiences
laughing, wary

Hashbrown no filter, or is confused because she didnt feel anyone

Googling her, Kimmys confusion
makes for great comedy.

Brooke Seipel
staff writer

My ideal spring break originally

revolved around spending time on the
beach, hanging by the pool and pretending Sakai never existed, but then
the release of Unbreakable Kimmy
Schmidt proved to be a pleasant
surprise and encouraged me to bingewatch in between activities.
Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper (from The Office and
Bridesmaids), offers us an innocent
comedy with not only a female lead
whose story doesnt revolve around
finding love, but a plot line that is defined by quirky-yet-believable friendships and producer Tina Feys biting
satire that challenges social norms.
Does the show still have problems to work out? Yes. However, I
think this show is moving television
in the right direction.
The shows focus is on the recently freed Kimmy, who at 14 was
taken by a preacher leading an apocalypse cult and spent 15 years locked
in an underground bunker. The show
starts with a SWAT team breaking
into the bunker and freeing the four
captives, who had been convinced the
world ended in 2006.
The series follows Schmidts
misadventures after she chooses to
move to New York and tries to start a
life for herself, despite being behind
on the times and moderately traumatized. You can frequently catch COURTESY

Netflix agrees to a second season of its newly released comedy series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the shows humor is closely related to that seen in 30 Rock.
Schmidt running with a Walkman,
wearing light-up sneakers and trying to figure out what current popular
culture is.
Tituss Burgess plays Kimmys
roommate, Titus Andromedon, an
actor who is trying to get back into
musical theater. I love Titus for several reasons, but mainly because he is
hilarious; he is always there to provide a snarky quip or satirical insight
on the struggles of being both black
and gay in the city. Plus, he isnt a
static character, but evolves alongside Kimmy.
A golden line from Titus: She
quit, wound up walking the streets

selling drugs. Shes a pharmaceutical

rep. ... I phrased that so badly.
Lillian (Carol Kane), the blonde,
frail, raspy-voiced landlord, is a
weird-yet-funny addition to the cast,
often serving as an enabler of bad
A golden line from Lillian: One
day youll wake up and say, Whos
that old woman in the mirror? And
shell punch you. And youll say,
Thats not a mirror, thats an open
Then theres Kimmys neurotic
boss, Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), a trophy wife with a billionaire husband who has been absent on
a business trip for months.
In the first episode, Jacqueline
hires Kimmy as a nanny, which leads

to entirely unlikely, albeit funny, conflicts. When she isnt getting plastic
surgery on her feet or chanting, Im
not really here, as a way to avoid
her problems, Jacqueline is learning
how to come into her own alongside
A golden line from Jacqueline:
I need to send your information to
Buckleys elementary school. He
keeps getting marked down as abducted when you pick him up.
Kimmys attempts at comebacks,
outdated pop-culture references and
misunderstanding trends make for a
large portion of the quips throughout the show. Whether she is saying,

The problem with the show is that

it borders on being racist at times, and
fans are beginning to speak out. Fey
attempts to highlight the unfair advantages in white privilege and points
out different stereotypes society uses,
but at times the show definitely walks
the line of being inappropriate.
For exampe, Kimmys friend and
tutor from school, Dong, is an illegal
immigrant from Vietnam. At times he
seems like he is fitting a stereotyped
role, and the jokes about his name are
immature at best. However, Fey uses
this to flip the stereotype that white
women dont like Asian men.
Jacqueline comes from a Native
American family, and the flashbacks
to her childhood are really confusing. My first question is, what is this
plot line doing for the the show? My
second question is, why are there so
many Native American stereotypes? I
think and hope that the absurdity of
these scenes is to point out the absurdity of stereotypes in the first place.
The show may be bordering on
racist, but I am hopeful that the audiences feedback will point writers in
the right direction. Overall, the show
is inspiring, humorous and full of
Senior English and economics
double major Jeremy Verke feels the
show has a meaningful message to
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
is hilarious and clever [and] a friendly reminder that people arent made
of stuff that shatters under pressure,
he said.

A once-in-a-lifetime matchup determines the best

Megafight has
arrived; it may
just be pairs last
Brianna Rodriguez
staff writer

Boxing fans all over the world

have been anticipating the faceoff
between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and
Manny Pacquiao.
Rumors of a matchup between
them have circulated in the past;
however, this is the first time they
have completed negotiations. The
result is a fight on May 2, which is
predicted to draw the largest crowd
the sport has ever seen.
I have really only watched big
fights throughout my life, sophomore communication studies major
Corey Langerveld said. I wouldnt
call myself a huge boxing fan, but
when a fight like this comes along, I
certainly tune in.
The fighters have both been
named world champions, weighing
between 140-147 pounds, in the welterweight division and their careers
are expected to soon come to a close.
Mayweather will enter the fight with
world boxing titles and an undefeated
record of 47-0. On the other hand,
Paquiao puts his World Boxing Organization title up for grabs.
Bad Left Hook, a global boxing news and commentary website,
stated that while Mayweather has his
legacy on the line, Pacquiao has an COURTESY

The long-awaited fight between American boxer Floyd Mayweather and Filipino boxer Manny
Pacquiao will take place on May 2, at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
opportunity to make boxing history.
As an avid boxing fan, I have
been able to watch both fighters rise
to the level that they are at now.
Mayweather, 38, is known for his
great defensive skills as well as his
excellent hand speed and footwork.
He may not be as fast as he was in
his first professional fight against
Roberto Apodaca, but he still has an
edge over many of his most recent
opponents, such as Marcos Maidana
and Saul Alvarez.
Ray Briones, a trainer at Ultimate

Warriors Boxing Academy located

in Ontario, Calif., is in favor of Pacquiao, but does not underestimate the
current champion as he states, Mayweathers one of the most intelligent
fighters I have ever seen.
The pair started competing professionally only a year apart. Pacquiao made his professional debut in
1995 and Mayweather stepped into
the professional world the following year, when he won an Olympic
bronze medal in Atlanta. Both men
have been in the professional sport

for nearly 20 years and have huge fan

bases to show for it.
William The Bull Sriyapai,
four-time world Muay Thai champion from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,
is one of Pacquiaos supporters.
I would like to see an early
knockout on Pacquiaos side, but I
think it might go all 12 rounds, Sriyapai said.
Pacquiao may not have the perfect record that Mayweather has, but
his strong past showings keep him
in the game. The 36-year-old nick-

named Pac Man has a record of

57-5-2 in his professional career. His
latest loss was against Juan Manuel
Marquez on Dec. 8, 2012, which was
the last fight of a tetralogy between
the two. It ended with a perfect counterpunch by Marquez in the last second of the sixth round that sent Pacquiao to the canvas for a devastating
knockout. Pacquiao returned to the
ring 11 months later to prove he was
still a top contender by beating Brandon Rios.
The only way I see [Pacquiao]
winning is by somehow getting a
lucky knockout shot in somewhat
early in the fight, Langerveld said.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are
often seen as being equal in skill, experience and speed. I strongly believe
that Mayweather will be victorious
and retain his perfect record. Watching his fights and observing how he
displays his defense lead me to conclude that Mayweather will adjust
well to whatever Pacquiao will bring
to the ring.
He can have heart, he can hit
harder and he can be stronger, but
theres no fighter smarter than me,
Mayweather said in an interview
with ESPN, referring to his matchup
against Oscar De La Hoya.
proved his point is in terms of fighting smart over the years and I believe
that this mentality will guide him at
the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas
when the bell rings to commence the
long-awaited fight.


Clause WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015 9

How the actions of ISIS are affecting you today

the implications
Islamist extremist
rebel group has
for all Americans,
including APU
Brooke Seipel
staff writer

News about ISIS has been infiltrating our lives for months now, and
many of us still dont really understand the implications or even what
this group is doing. The truth is that
just because we are separated by continents and oceans doesnt mean our
lives are unaffected by this militant
group and whats coming next.
The Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria is an Muslim rebel group that
controls territories in those two countries, as its name suggests. This is an
extremist organization and not every
person who practices the religion
aligns with the groups ideas.
In Islam, similar to a preacher
or a priest, groups follow a caliph,
believed to be a successor of their
prophet, Muhammad, and a religious
leader. The group names itself a caliphate, making Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi its leader. As a caliphate, the group
believes that once its troops arrive to
an area and begin to take over, the legality of emirates, groups, states and
organizations in that area comes to an
end. The group also believes it has religious, political and military authority over Muslims worldwide.
To understand this in a different
way would be similar to a denomination of Christianity claiming its
ritual practices were the best by taking measures like ethnic cleansing,
military action and terrorism to show
not just other denominations, but all COURTESY

Wikimedia Creative Commons COURTESY

Earlier this year, the extremist group destroyed ancient artifacts and
burned over 2,000 books in front of students in Mosul, Iraq.
religions and nations. The denomina- you invaded us. We will capture your
tions view of Jesus would be that he women as you captured our women.
would approve of violating human We will orphan your children as you
orphaned our children.
rights to communicate these beliefs.
It sounds like a ridiculous comIt just takes watching the eveparison to a degree, but really its not ning news to hear a number of upthat far off from what is happening. If dates regarding what ISIS is doing.
you know how frustrating it is to see Among other acts, the group has been
someone upset with Christianity as a accused of genocide by the United
whole because of what one individual Nations; it has destroyed countless
Christian or group did, imagine other priceless artifacts from museums in
sects of Islam as they watch groups the Middle East; it uses child warriors; it frequently attacks different
like ISIS carry out its mission.
groups; and it uses terror strategies to
create fear and respect for itself.

ISIS, a group of Muslim rebels from Iraq and Syria, continues to grow
and increase its terrorist activity, threatening the safety of many.

According to the ISIS self-proclaimed goals, it ultimately wants

to create its own Islamic state. This
would be the area of land that the
group members already have under
control as well as the land they hope
to take over, which would operate
under both their caliph and extreme
interpretation of Islam.
ISIS is also passionate about revenge against Western countries, including the United States, that they
believe have wronged them.
In September 2014, Leonardo
Blair, a fighter for Belgium, threatened the West in a documentary produced by Vice News: God willing,
the Caliphate has been established
and we are going to invade you as


Boko Haram recently swore allegiance to ISIS saying, We announce
our allegiance to the Caliph of the
Muslims ... and will hear and obey in
times of difficulty and prosperity, in
hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not to
dispute about rule with those in power, except in case of evident infidelity
regarding that which there is a proof
from Allah.
Boko Haram is an extreme Islamist group located in Nigeria. The
members have similar values to those
of ISIS, but are particularly upset
with the Westernization of parts of

Nigeria and the concentrated wealth

in the southern half of the country,
which is primarily Christian.
For one, I think as a campus and
community of caring people, students
at APU should be concerned with the
human rights violations occurring.
ISIS is causing a flood of refugees to European countries and many
to the U.S., bringing on an international refugee crisis that many places
arent prepared to deal with.
Beyond that, there are economic
ways in which we are affected by
ISIS. What our government decides
to do in response to it influences what
our taxes are, something you will
probably be paying, if you arent already.
Regardless of where you stand
politically, every choice made in
response to ISIS will have a financial effect on you. With that said, it
is important to research and figure
out what policy you think is best so
that you can vote for what you want
and have a voice in a situation that
involves millions of lives as well as
your own pocket.
Senior political science major
Anna De Graaf believes it is important as voting Americans to be in-

As a citizen of the United States,
the actions of our government on the
global stage will reflect upon you and
impact even mundane things, such as
the price of vegetables at the grocery
story, De Graaf said. The future of
our country matters, and we are soon
going to be the adults that are working full-time, paying taxes and voting
in elections to choose where we want
to go as a country. If we do not pay
attention to what is happening around
us, we will leave college with plenty
of book knowledge and no idea of
how to be informed voters and citizens.
Unless you commute to APU every day from another state or Northern California, then you live in Southern California, where highways and
cars are kind of a big deal, meaning
you likely use gas. If you can sense
where Im going, then youll understand that even gas prices are affected
by the climate in the Middle East, and
that means filling up your tank relates
to ISIS as well.
Will ISIS take over? Not the
world, no. But it could take over the
Middle East and other nearby areas,
which is a threat because there is then
the potential that it could better organize to commit more terror acts in the
Western world.

Letter to the Editor: Finding benefit of online internships

Weighing pros
cons of
Personally defining and
remote interning
white privilege
Paige Smith
staff writer

Kevin Kirkbride

After reading the opinion article

by Jessie Gomez in a past issue of
The Clause, I was thoroughly outraged by the one-sidedness of the
writing. In response, I would like
to share my own views on white
To begin, it is unfair and offensive to stereotype all white people
into the same category.
It must be understood that just
because we may share the same
skin color does not mean that we
share the same ideologies, histories,
customs and advantage in social,
political and economic circumstances. For example, we can take
most European countries and say
they are aesthetically of the white
race. Maintaining the fallacy that all
white people are similar in ideology and custom would be disgraceful to the proud histories that our
ancestors forged.
Now when you look at the
United States, and Southern California in particular, you can easily see
the uniqueness of the individual, by
which it is an insult to equate one to

another based on skin color alone.

As for my background, I come
from a family that is not very
wealthy. My parents struggle to pay
the bills and need to budget carefully to make ends meet. I worked hard
to get where I am. I did not get here
on handouts or charity.
I have not seen this white privilege that many people reference. I
do not get special grants and scholarships because I am white, although
I could say the opposite for those of
other ethnicities. It is this discrimination against white that causes
many problems.
If there were a club celebrating
German heritage on campus, how
accepted would that be in comparison with the Black Student Association?
If Activate wants students and
faculty on this campus to support its
movement, then it needs to definitively explain what discrimination
its members are experiencing. It is
not enough to simply say, We stand
for progress. It is our responsibility
to take a step back and look at the
big picture before jumping on the
bandwagon of the newest controversy to hit our campus.

As the deadline for summer internship applications is quickly approaching, I have noticed an increase
in virtual or online internships over
the past couple years.
The New York Times reported in
2013 that listed over
8,000 virtual positions, which is a 20
percent increase from the prior year.
Two years later, that number is still
rising and more individuals seem to
be taking advantage of this type of
internship. However, are virtual internships actually worthwhile or is it
better to hold a traditional, in-person
Living Arrangements/Commuting: If the internship is in a different
state, it would be more cost-effective
than moving for an entire summer or
extended length of time. Even if it
is local, interning online would save
on gas and would allow one to work
from anywhere that is convenient, according to USA Today College.
Flexibility: You are able to essentially set your own hours. There
may be required conference calls,
scheduled meetings or assignment

deadlines, but overall, you are able to

work whenever it is most convenient.
There are pros of virtual internships for employers as well. According to the internships website, there
is value in having interns be virtual
rather than in-person as employers
are able to trust that their interns can
get their tasks accomplished by saving the company time, office space
and money.
No in-office experience: The
point of having an internship is to
gain real-world experience so that
you are prepared for the post-graduation scene. For most positions, it is
important to learn how to work and
interact with others in professional
Time: There is often more work
because you have to commit to putting time aside and making sure
everything gets finished accurately
and on time, similar to taking online
courses. In ways, virtual positions require interns to be more responsible
and prepared.
Communication: It is important
to be in constant communication in
order to get the best out of the internship experience. While our world is
more technology-focused than in
years past, it can still be difficult to
reach people over email, texts and
phone calls throughout the day.
Depending on the supervisor,
boss or clients schedules, it may be

overwhelming to get questions answered that are needed to complete

certain tasks. Difficulty being able to
contact others may foreshadow the
ineffectiveness of the internship and
would ultimately hinder social networking, which is essential for success in todays professional world.
With a remote internship, if all
goes well, it will improve ones selfdiscipline, time management and
technological abilities. In this day
and age, those are all great traits to
have in any industry and helps prove
that you are able to accomplish tasks
on your own, without constant supervision. However, the cons outweigh
the pros.
From learning and researching
the different sides of a virtual internship, I came to the conclusion that I
would much rather prefer a traditional internship, rather than online.
I enjoy seeing what the real
world looks like and from my experience with previous internships, it
is the best way to network and have
people see what you can do.
The only reason I would decide
to do a virtual internship is if it were
the only option and provide job opportunities in the future.
Whether you are looking for a
summer internship or a simple way to
gain experience, make sure you know
if it is worth it or not for you and your


Cougar baseball producing on all fronts

Azusa Pacific
continues success in
PacWest play
Stefany Romero
staff writer

The Azusa Pacific baseball team

entered the season with goals of competing at a high level and playing
deep into the postseason. The Cougars
kicked it off by winning five of six
games, turning that momentum into a
9-2 record before entering conference
The team made its first appearance
on the Collegiate Baseball Division II
national top-30 ranking on Feb. 23 at
No. 22.
The Cougars have received Player,
Pitcher or Newcomer of the Week honors five times this year, while senior
first baseman Jordan Brower earned
honors from the National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association as the
National Hitter of the Week.
The senior hit 11-for-16 with six
doubles and six RBIs to earn the award
for the week ending March 8. In addition to the national recognition, Brower
received PacWest Player of the Week
and NCBWA West Region Hitter of
the Week honors for the same performance.

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The senior firstbasemen Jordan Brower is third on the team in batting average (.385) and second in RBIs (33)

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Senior Jordan Brower is third on the team in batting average (.385) and second in RBIs (33).
On March 6, the Cougars pitching turned in the programs first nineinning no-hitter since 1980. The effort
was led by ace Josh Staumont and
finished by the bullpen combination of
Billy Sanford, Josh Grajeda and Jona-

than Velasco.
The Cougars have started conference play with two series wins, taking
three-of-four from both Academy of
Art and Point Loma.
We like to play hard as a team. We

play hard and we stress to try to be the

best, Brower said. We liked being the
underdogs in the beginning of the season because we know how good we are
and we started off really well to prove
to everyone else that we are capable of

playing with the best competition out

The team lost its first series of the
year, going 1-3 against Fresno Pacific
from March 12-14.
We struggled last week. It was a
bit of a wake[up] call. We should be a
little more consistent with pitching, but
I think its all mental, Brower said.
Hitting, we are doing a great job staying mentally focused and scoring runs.
For the fifth time this year, Azusa
Pacific swept a doubleheader with a
pair of wins over PacWest foe Hawaii
Hilo on Saturday. The Cougars followed it by splitting two games on
Monday to win thier 3rd PacWest series.
The guys are great teammates;
they are fun to be around. They work
hard for each other. ... They have a
great ability to overcome adversity,
said head coach Paul Svagdis. They
are able to collectively come together
and fight through games and thats
something I noticed over the last 24-25
The Cougars look to continue their
hot start with series against California
Baptist, Dixie State and Hawaii Pacific still on the schedule.
Hopefully on this back-half, our
numbers get a little better and our [defense] starts playing better. You will see
our pitching starting to step up, Svagdis said.

Mens tennis turns focus to NCAA Tournament

Cougars look to maintain
second position in West
Landon Troka
assistant sports editor

The Azusa Pacific mens tennis team is finding the transition into NCAA Division II to be
The Cougars are 14-3 with four matches to
go before the PacWest tournament. The team is
ranked second in the West Region and 12th nationally and has taken down Division I foe Army
and No. 1 Division III opponent Amherst.
The team has set its sights on making an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Only two
teams get into it from the West Region, and nationally No. 2-ranked and undefeated Hawaii Pacific is a shoe-in for the top spot.
This leaves the Cougars battling to hold on to
the second spot to earn a bid for the NCAA tour-

nament. Theyve taken care of business, however, with a 6-1 record against the region, with the
sole loss coming at the hands of Hawaii Pacific.
Were gonna have to play all the schools
again, and if we go through it again, were going
to have a good chance of making it to nationals,
said head coach Mike Bohren.
The tournament is a single-elimination field
featuring 16 teams. It will be played in Surprise,
Arizona, from May 13-16.
The most crucial matchup remaining on the
schedule is a showdown with UC San Diego on
April 4. The Tritons currently sit one spot behind
the Cougars at No. 3 in the region.
Azusa Pacific has been led by Jan Meyer, the
top-ranked player regionally. Meyer is 14-1 in
singles matches where he plays in the No. 1 spot.
Additionally, Meyer and his partner Yam have
posted a 9-7 record in the No. 1 doubles spot.
The Cougars have posted winning records
in all but one singles spot an even 8-8 record
in the No. 3 slot. Alan Leahy has contributed an
11-1 mark at No. 4 singles.
It doesnt matter who plays the last match.

We all know that it doesnt

matter because from No. 1
to No. 6 can all pull it off,
said senior Ben Eger, who
plays No. 2 singles and No. 2
doubles. Eger is also the ninthranked player in the region.
The Cougars look to continue the success the program
has had over the last decade
under the guidance of Bohren.
Azusa Pacific won NCCAA
National Championships in
2013 and 2014 as well as an
NAIA national championship
under his guidance.

1. Hawaii Pacific
2. Azusa Pacifc
3. UC San Diego
4. BYU-Hawaii

5. Point Loma

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Jan Meyer is top-ranked player in West Region.


Mens Basketball (27-5)
Last game: W, 91-79 vs. California
Baptist in NCAA West Region Final
Upcoming: vs. Indiana University of
Penn. in NCAA Elite Eight @ Evansville, Indiana at 2:30 p.m. today

Track and Field

Upcoming: @ Aztec Invitational
(San Diego State) at 8 a.m. on
Water Polo (7-11)
Last match: L, Pacific* 11-7
Upcoming: @ Loyola Marymount*
at 4 p.m. on Thursday

Softball (19-17)
Last game(s): W, 13-5 (5 inn.) & L,
7-2 vs. Cal State San Marcos
Upcoming: Tournament of Champi- Womens Tennis ( 9-7)
ons in Turlock on Friday & Saturday Last match: W, 7-2 vs. Point Loma*
Upcoming: vs. Middlebury at 1:30
Baseball (20-8)
p.m. today
Last Game(s): W, 5-1 & L, 4-3 vs.
Hawaii Hilo*
Mens Tennis (14-3)
Upcoming: vs. Hawaii Pacific* at 4 Upcoming: vs. Hawaii Hilo* on
p.m. on Friday
Thursday at 1:30 p.m.





Madison Hernandez sets tone for Cougar softball

The junior catcher
brings team together
with leadership

Riordan Zentler
guest writer

If theres anyone who lives and

breathes softball, its Azusa Pacifics
Madison Hernandez. She claims her
parents raised her playing sports
since she could walk. Her teammates
are her friends, and her friends are her
As the season has progressed,
Hernandezs career has taken off to
new heights. She hit eight home runs
in one week and batted .600 another.
Her coach, Carrie Webber, calls her
the best catcher shes ever coached,
enjoyable to train and watch.
Even so, Hernandezs strengths
go beyond athleticism. Teammate
and friend Narissa Garcia describes
her as the glue who binds their team
She helps us, Garcia said. Not
just offensively, but as a whole. She
has a persona that sparks the team
and keeps us up even when were losing.
Regarding her leadership, Webber
describes Hernandez as a less vocal
leader: more of a doer than a say-er.
Raised in Upland, Hernandez decided to stay local and attend APU as
the pieces fell into place on their own.
Before Webber, the universitys softball team was led by Gina Oaks, who
was also Hernandezs hitting coach at
age 8. Oaks later urged her to come to
the school and make the team.
Her softball career at Azusa Pacific has been full of surprises. She
had played alongside Garcia when
they were 12, then they went their
separate ways but unknowingly came
together once again. Over the last few
years, the two have developed a close

Madison Hernandez leads team in home runs (9) and RBIs (37) and has a .426 batting average.
Hernandez considers camaraderie and friendship to be of prime
importance. She is quick to cite her
teammates in talking about what
makes softball special for her.
Ive met a lot of people through
softball, and Ive come close to a lot of
my friends through softball, she said.
The Cougars roster this season is
composed of 20 players. While this can
make the team stronger, it may also become more difficult to coordinate.
[It] can get kind of hard being
together a lot, Hernandez said. You
have to get used to different person-

alities to get along.

However, the large team is going
quite strong. Four of the players are
batting in the .400s.
That literally never happens,
Webber said. In 15 years, Ive only
coached a handful of girls who bat in
the .400s. Now Ive got four girls doing that at once.
Hernandez is hitting .432
second-highest on the team. Shes
recorded nine home runs and 36 runs
batted in with a .818 slugging percentage, all marks that lead the team.
Beyond that, Garcia said Hernandez gives the team a reason to play by

making everyone laugh and remember to enjoy themselves.

She makes up weird cheers,
sings and dances, Garcia said.
When I throw a good pitch, shell
jokingly exaggerate her catch to
make me feel good about myself.
Webber describes Hernandez as a
very confident ballplayer.
Theres a fine line between
confidence and cockiness, she said.
Sometimes she can straddle that
line. Her game can back it up.
Regardless, every softball player
has moments of weakness, sometimes comical ones.

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Hernandez remembers a time

during her freshman year when she
was competing against Cal State San
Bernardino. While playing third base,
she dove for the ball, but ended up
diving over it, which rolled forcibly
between her stomach and the field.
Softballs are not as soft as their
name implies.
I got winded and was making a
lot of weird noises, she said.
Even in her misadventures, Hernandez cheers up her fellow players.
Maddie really brings this team
together, whether she knows it or
not, Garcia said.

Basketball wins West Region, headed to Elite Eight

Azusa Pacific mens basketball clinched the West Region championship on March 16, defeating PacWest rival
California Baptist 91-79 in the final. The Cougars will take on Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania in the Elite Eight.

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Azusa Pacifics first NCAA national champions

Staci Foster adds Azusa

Pacifics first womens
track title to resume
Alex Perez
staff writer

Staci Foster became Azusa Pacifics first

womens track and field NCAA Division II National Champion with her win in the mile event
at the NCAA Indoor Nationals on March 14.
Fosters 4:47.18 time was less than a half
second off of her program-record mark. The
23-year-old University of Colorado transfer
broke the mile and 3,000-meter event records in
February before advancing to the national meet.
Her career began her freshman year of high
school as a means of staying in shape for soccer.
That year she ran a 5:04 mile, which was good
enough to make her stop soccer to pursue track
and field. By the time her senior year came, she
was running a 4:49 mile. She won third place
in the state championship and was ranked 12th
nationally for the mile.
Throughout her time in high school, Foster
wanted to attend the University of Colorado
and found that through her excellence in running, she could make her dream a reality. She
loved the track program because of its history
and reputation of transforming the cream of the
crop in high school to Olympians.
I had always dreamed of going to Colorado. The guys won cross [country] nationals this year and last year, and one of my best
friends is an Olympian and one of my roommates was Olympian, Foster said. They have
such a strong program that every distance runner dreams of going there.
Foster competed at Colorado for three seasons
while earning her bachelors degree in psychology. However, her time there was not what she had
hoped it would be. She wasnt able to achieve her
goals and expectations, which were to go to nation-

als. She came very close but always fell just short.
I still gave 100 percent the whole four
years I was there, and I didnt ever give up trying even though I wanted to, Foster said.
The transition from high school athletics to the
collegiate level is a big change. The levels are completely different, as Foster found out at Colorado.
That was probably the biggest struggle I
have ever faced in my life. My high school was
really good at running, but going to Colorado,
the pace of the long runs were probably about a
minute faster than my high school, Foster said.
Expectations were very different in high
school, where she
just had to run for
a time because the
give her the practice sets. At CU,
she was required to
know what days of
the week she was
running and how
many miles she
was running that
day. The coaches
would still interact
with them, help
them improve and
give the runners
workouts, but the
running was up to
the runners.
After her four
years at Colorado,
Foster transferred
to APU to continue competition
and earn a degree
in sociology. The
womens track and
field coach, Preston Grey, resembled Fosters high
school coach in the sense that he took a more handson approach to coaching.
Thats something I was looking forward to,
someone that could take me under
their wing and tell me exactly what
to do on each day, Foster said. I
was the low man on the totem pole,
but now the coaches care about me
and want to see me do well.
Foster has never had to fight
alone because she has always had
her family to back her up with
whatever she did.
I dont think my parents
missed one meet. Theyve flown
all over the place for me; especially when I was out in Colorado,
Foster said. Even when I was doing terrible, they kept supporting
me. Them not giving up on me
made me not give up on myself.
This is Fosters last year of
eligibility in the NCAA. After
college, she would like to pursue
a job coaching track or working in
the sports office doing academic
advising for athletes.

Justin Balczak earns

Azusa Pacific Universitys
first Division II title
Kristie Sikma
guest writer

Justin Balczak pulled away from competitors after two days of competition to secure a
win in the heptathlon as Azusa Pacifics first
NCAA Division II National Champion at the
NCAA Indoor Nationals on March
The Lake Superior State transfer, who hails originally from Cedar
Springs, Michigan,
has found his new
home in Azusa.
Balczak began
competition as a
multi-event athlete
in his first collegiate
year after running
hurdles in high
school. However,
the school lacked
the major he wanted and the coaching
he needed.
Balczaks primary reason for
transferring was
for Azusa Pacifics cinematic arts
major. After hearKatie Richcreek PHOTOS ing about APU
from an alumni
and a former coach, he decided to research
the school.
My old school did not have cinematic arts
or theater, so I transferred for
that, and my previous coach
at Lake State graduated from
APU and recommended it,
Balczak said.
This was not Balczaks first appearance at the
NCAA Division II Indoor
Nationals. Hes competed a
total of four times at the national championship level.
However, during these
championships, he was
never able to secure the
win. While at Lake Superior
State, Balczak placed third,
fourth and was runner-up
two times, but he couldnt
get over the hump to win.
Balczak credits the extra edge he needed to the
Azusa Pacific track and
field program. The coaching hes received has helped
him sharpen his technique in

each event.
At APU, it is a lot easier to do well in each
event because each event has its own specific
coach, Balczak said.
Azusa Pacific mens track and field coach
Kevin Reid had faith in Balczaks talent.
He had been runner-up a couple of times,
so it obviously was there, Reid said. He had a
good couple of weeks of training going into nationals, so I knew he was ready to go out there
and be pretty good.
However, at this level of a competition,
each athlete has a high chance of winning.
He won by more than I thought he would,
which showed how well he competed and that
he was really ready to go, Reid said.
Balczak scored a personal- and programbest with 5,606 points to win the title 118
points ahead of the second-place finisher.
He also credits the support system he has
found with the team.
At my old school, other than the track people,
no one really supported the team, Balczak said.
APU has proved to be different in that regard as well for Balczak.
I have my multi [event] buddies behind me
and the whole team behind me, which is nice,
he said.
Between the support of his team, the coaches and the school, Balczak was able to make
history at Azusa Pacific. But he doesnt want
to stop now; he is in a new season with new
goals for the spring. Balczak now prepares for
outdoor season.
Qualifying for Nationals is the first step.
After that, Ill figure that out once I get to it, he
said. The first thing is during the first decathlon Ill try and qualify.
Balczak has competed in the decathlon at
the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field
Championships in the past, posting a secondplace finish in 2013 and a third-place finish
in 2012 to earn All-American honors. The automatic qualufying mark for the decathlon is
7,100 points. His personal-best is 7,387.