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Monday, February 25, 2013

Volume 41 Issue 16


PLNU raises money to build wells in Bangladesh

guimel sibingo staff writer
This year, International Ministries, through the Office of Spiritual Development, launched the Lent giving project, 5 Gallons. This project seeks to raise enough money to build at least five $1,500 deep-water wells for the Church of the Nazarene in Bangladesh. Much like last years 40 days for Katwatwa, this project has been launched as a means to encourage the campus to fulfill the alms giving aspect of Lent. I feel like its a wonderful fit. The more Ive been learning about the crisis of water in Bangladesh, the more I am convinced this is a project that needs to be emphasized not just during this season, but continually, said Associate Director of International Ministries Melissa Tucker. The project was announced by Tucker and Director of International Ministries Brian Becker Feb. 15 during chapel. Tucker said that the proj [cont. 5 GALLONS, p. 2]

photo courtesy of abby hamblin PLNU students joined the trend of making Harlem Shake YouTube videos on Saturday after the mens basketball game against Fresno Pacific Univeristy in the Golden Gymnasium. The event was organized by seniors Daniel Spaite and Jason Perez and freshman AJ Borland. The video was filmed by freshman Ryan Shoemaker in response to a video made by Olivet Nazarene University students.

Watchdog Repor ts
eddie matthews staff writer
Student Fee two simple words that carry immense weight in the shaping of the student body. There are about 2,500 undergraduate students at PLNU; each pays a student fee of $125 to go primarily toward ASB. A rough estimate comes out to around $300,000. The amount is divided into two checks, with the first check being about 45 percent of the total, the second being about 55 percent. But who is using this money, and where does it all go? ASB is an assortment of student positions held by students who are elected, as well as students who are appointed after an

How does ASB spend its money?

application process. ASB President Ian McKay values transparency with the students and offered full disclosure for this article. ASB Director of Finance Michael Morris explained how he budgeted for $304,430, a conservative estimate, because ASB will probably receive about $312,500. Many of the budgeted areas are predetermined, like the Media Board (The Point Weekly, Driftwood, Point Radio, Point TV, Mariner), which gets a total of $70,000. This money is divided up between the different media and used for the production of that media, with The Point Weekly and Mariner each getting $25,000. Other fixed areas include $120,280 that pays the stipends of ASB and Media Board Directors. The student elected Board of Directors gets $38,200 per year, a sum that is matched by PLNU for a total of $76,400. McKay talked about his vision for the management of ASB funds. Id want to see if we can create an ASB thats not about ASB in the sense that we are using as little amount of money on ourselves as leaders and putting more money into clubs, into our objectives budget, he said. I think thats the future. McKay said there used to be a Starbucks budget of $1,000, something Morris cut. He cut out a $500 Miscellaneous budget and cut down the Emergency Reserves and [cont. ASB MONEY p. 2]

Is theft common at PLNU?

christina kilpatrick staff writer
Just weeks ago, Public Safety compiled a report on an incident involving a students personal possessions missing from the third floor of Ryan Learning Center. If this case turns out to be a theft, it will be among approximately two dozen thefts that occur on campus each year, according to Kaz Trypuc, supervisor for PLNUs Department of Public Safety. According to Trypuc, theft is the most common crime that occurs on campus. If you look at the numbers, PLNUs campus is relatively safe compared to other campuses in the area, said Trypuc. But that does not mean that crime does not happen here. He mentioned bicycles, wallets and laptops among the most commonly stolen items. Ochuko Diamreyan, now a senior, had his Xbox and laptop stolen from his unlocked dorm room while he was in the bathroom his freshman year in Hendricks Hall. This incident occurred before cameras were installed in the residence halls, and Diamreyans possessions were never recovered. He said he is now much more cautious with his belongings. I never leave any of my electronics alone anymore, said Diamreyan. Most of the time if Im not using my Xbox I store it away in my closet, and when I take a shower I lock my door and take my keys with me. Many students and faculty members, however, do not tend [cont. THEFT p. 2]


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5 GALLONS cont. from p. 1

ect is named 5 Gallons because in Bangladesh it only takes five gallons per person for basic bathing and cooking needs to be met. The water crisis in Bangladesh has affected many in the Christian community. The surface water available in regular wells is often intoxicated with arsenic and thus unfit to drink. Many children have to walk up to five miles to fetch water, missing school in the process. Becker said that building these wells would allow kids more freedom to seek education. Suddenly, kids are free from hard labor and are actually able to go to school, he said. Another issue related to water scarcity in Bangladesh is discrimination against Christians. A lot of these communities are mostly Muslim and most of the wells are located next to mosques or somehow connected to the Islamic faith, Becker said. In a lot of cases, unless youre Muslim, youre not allowed to use the well. Becker said this has deprived many Christians from accessing the water and has prevented many from coming to the faith. The 5 Gallons projects goal is that wells built by the Church of the Nazarene in Bangladesh be accessible to everyone, regardless of religion. All are welcome to use the wells, Tucker said. The stipulation [is that] if you put one of these wells at a Nazarene Church you have to be prepared to extend that welcome to everybody. Muslims alike. This is the second year of the Lent giving projects. Last years 40 days for Katwatwa project raised up to $17,000 (with a matching grant) to build schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I know that the support we were able to send last year[has] really been a huge blessing to their ministry, Becker said. Along with requesting the campus to donate to this cause, the project also invites participants to give up all water except tap water for the Lenten season. The reason why we asked the campus community to consider drinking only tap water for Lent is it emphasizes the situation that the people in Bangladesh who are in desperate need of these wells are in, Tucker said. [It] puts you in touch with the stranger you may not know but increases your sense of solidarity and therefore your desire and ability to give. Junior Kristy South had already decided to only drink tap water when she heard about the project. I started doing it because I feel like I eat and drink a lot of things that are not healthy, and water is something that our body really needs, so I decided to drink more of it, she said. South plans to use the money she saves by not purchasing other beverages toward the project. I think that we in America take water way too much for granted, she said. Ive been only doing it for a week and a half and Im already really more conscious of just how Im using water and trying not to take it for granted. Tuckers desire for the student body is that, more than giving money, students will come to an understanding of what it means to give. I know the money will come in. This is a generous and faithful community, she said. What I hope will be lasting for the people of this community is that they are given new eyes with which to see the world around them.

photo courtesy of international ministries The 5 Gallons campaign seeks to raise money to build wells in Bangladesh just like the one seen in this photo.

THEFT cont. from p. 1

to think of PLNU as a place where theft occurs. Trypuc said that he has frequently had students come to Public Safety to report thefts because they left their belongings unattended to somewhere on campus for an extended period of time. I generally feel safe leaving my things around the Caf, said senior Savannah Hulse. But when I think about how often things get stolen, it makes me a little more skeptical and cautious. Trypuc encourages this caution among students and faculty. The best way to protect yourself from theft is to take care of your stuff, said Trypuc. Lock your doors, and keep your belongings with you at all times. Trypuc, who has worked for Public Safety for the past six years, said the biggest change the department has made in recent years to respond to theft is the installation and expansion of the surveillance system. As of Spring 2011, all residence halls except Flex have cameras at their entrances. There are also updated surveillance cameras in the other major buildings on campus, including Nicholson Commons and Bond Academic Center, and around the campus perimeter, including the welcome center and pedestrian gates. There has been a significant return from that installation, including fewer incidents and more recovery of stolen items, said Trypuc. I think the surveillance cameras make us all more aware of our surroundings and more aware of crime. Last semester, the surveillance cameras helped Public Safety recover a stolen bike and three stolen iPhones. Trypuc said that the department is always looking for new ways to improve surveillance on campus. According to Trypuc, when a student reports a theft, Public Safety takes the initial report and then begins an investigation using witness statements and/or surveillance cameras if possible. Public Safety will usually suggest that the student also file a report with the San Diego Police Department, especially if it is a high-profile incident such as a breakin or theft of an expensive item. Because of the campuss size and the number of resources Public Safety has available, a person caught in an act of theft on a surveillance camera will usually be quickly identified. Then, the student is asked to return the item and is sent to Residential Life or the dean of students.

ASB MONEY cont. from p. 1

office snack funds. The Objectives budget is where there is the most flexibility. It is a fluctuating fund that is designed to be current and provide students with something relevant to campus life. As of last week, the fund has $8,065.65. It was out of this fund that founder Craig Gross was brought to speak to students on Feb. 5. Junior Kristi South will be the ASB Director of Activities in the fall semester next year. She said there needs to be dialogue between ASB and the students, so that the students know the functions of ASB. I feel like if we used our budget in different ways, we could show them [that] we are [their] voice, South said. As of last Tuesday, ASB had $291,609.11 in their savings account and $14,723.37 in their checking account. The first check of the fall semester comes in November, so ASB must plan ahead the previous year. A surplus of money has rolled over for the past few years, but its difficult to determine just how much. ASB continues forward, and the money continues accruing.

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2/25-28 Writers Symposium by the Sea @ Crill Performance Hall 2/25 Coheed & Cambria @ House of Blues, 7 p.m. 2/26 Not to Scale Opening @ Keller Visual Arts Center 3/13 Alicia Keys @ Valley View Casino Center, 7:30 p.m. 3/15 Weston Bennet Vocal Recital @ OB First Baptist Church, 7 p.m. 3/18 Imagine Dragons @ House of Blues, 7:30 p.m. 4/11 Rihanna @ Valley View Casino Center, 7:30 p.m.

Senior Visual Arts students show in Keller Gallery

ian crane a&e editor
Six senior Visual Arts students will be showing solo exhibitions this semester in Keller Visual Arts Center. This is part of the capstone requirement for Visual Arts majors, but is also a great opportunity for the artists to exhibit their work in a solo show. Stu Ballew, Shelby Collins, Emily Flecker, Emily Poole, Lauryn Randall and Lauren Richards will all be showing this semester. These shows will range in medium, style and concept. To kick off the semester is senior Stu Ballews Not to Scale, opening Tuesday. Ballew is concentrating in photography, but expressed an interest and interaction albeit a complicated one with other mediums. Technically my concentration is photography, but Im not really sure what that means anymore, he said. Ive always said that I hate painting and drawing and most of the time I do but working on these things for my show has sort of helped me discover why that is, Ballew said. Ballew is among several artists who indicated that their hometowns have played a significant role in the development of their shows. Northern California, or, more specifically, the north, has played a huge role in forming the concepts of this stuff, Ballew said. The back-and-forth relationship I have with my actual home and my metaphorical homes of past and present is something I think Im always conscious of, Ballew said. Theres a geographical and seasonal awareness that fuels a lot of my life in general, but especially making art. Lauryn Randall, originally from Orange County, also emphasized the significance of her hometown. I think the whole real OC TV phenomenon that went on for a while has impacted my view of what is perceived as real versus what actually is, Randall said. I think subconsciously Ive been working out that general concept for some time the tension between what is presented, what is interpreted and what actually is. Im pretty sure [my show] will be called Be Everything at Once: An Ethnographic Exploration of Perceived Expectations. In other words, it is about exploring expectations, both internal and external, and recording what I find and feel in the form of visual images and icons. Lauren Richards, who is concentrating in drawing, printmaking and painting, expressed that her show, titled Release, is taking a new direction. Right now my work is focused mainly on sculptural installations that bridge the gap between 2D and 3D and incorporate both elements of gestural painting and engineered sculpture, Richards said. My show is ... about cycles, processes and transformational thinking. I have drawn a lot of inspiration from looking at the ground, looking at the sky, looking into liturgy and into life processes, Richards said. Emily Poole, a Visual Arts major concentrating in sculpture, is also excited to be trying something new with her show. The show will be one large installation, Poole said. Its very different from anything Ive done before and Im really excited about that. Shelby Collins, who is concentrating in drawing, painting and printmaking, spoke to her inspiration and thought behind her work. My work is very process-oriented and so the pieces that I am currently working on all deal with ... asking questions, specifically in the context of restoration, Collins said. My work is directly autobiographical in the sense that making is my way of asking questions and seeking to understand things that are particular to my life and circumstance. The goal, though, with my work is to reach and communicate not only a specific sense, but also on the level of universality, in order for the viewer to have his or her own personal interaction with my work. Emily Flecker, who is concentrating in photography, discussed her inspiration. I am very inspired by movies and their ability to take the viewer away from everyday life and drop them into another world, Flecker

said. I find it is much more entertaining to create and photograph something that is not seen everyday. Ballew said that life itself is a primary influence on his art. These things ... are dealing with memory and my letting go process, traveling on the back-and-forth without comparing the then-andnow, learning how to see absence as something that has existence ... On one level, this stuffs autobiographical in that Im figuring out how to deal with my own memory, or ... what to do in the absence of memory. Its basically just a bunch of stuff thats trying to cultivate some personal balancing process of past and present, of what I remember and what is current, Ballew said. Current exhibition information can be found on the PLNU Art & Design website.

photo courtesy of ian crane Senior Stu Ballew installs his work for his show, which opens Tuesday.

Sleepless Pacific vies for spot in SoundDiego LIVE

haley jonswold staff writer
As the votes come in for the Garage 2 Glory contest, PLNU band Sleepless Pacific waits to see if they will be the third band performing alongside Palace Ballroom and Dirty Sirens at U-31 in North Park at 7 p.m. Thursday. The alternative rock band is representing PLNU as they compete for the chance to play at SoundDiego LIVE. SoundDiego LIVE party is a free monthly party that we hold at a different location every month, which features three local artists, said Eric Page, executive producer and managing editor at SoundDiego TV and, NBC 7s music platforms. Sleepless Pacific has had PLNU students support through voting on SoundDiegos website. They will fight to conquer the Garage 2 Glory, online battle of the bands, contest until the polls close this Tuesday. SoundDiego is A TV show and website that focuses on the local music scene in San Diego, as well as national bands traveling through San Diego, said Page. SoundDiego is genre agnostic, said Page. We have had bands such as The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons perform. The event is for people aged 21 and older. SoundDiego Lives Facebook page allows people to sign up on the guest list and add friends. There will be a VIP Happy Hour Party for those who sign up. The performances will also be screened at 1 a.m. after Saturday Night Live on NBC Channel 7 for those unable to attend the event. Sleepless Pacific originates from Poway, Calif. The band is self managed and consists of four members: James Bishop (Lead Vocalist, Guitar), Logan Nelson (Bass, Backup Vocals), Esteban Cervantes (Lead Guitar) and Taylor Eldreth (Drums). All four members went to the same high school, where they came together to have jam sessions and compete in their schools Battle of the Bands. Unfortunately, the lack of contestants meant that the Battle of the Bands had to end, but their musical bond endured. We combine music and lyrics that carry an authentic, honest and positive message that we hope will reach the hearts of our fans. Music is our art and platform for expression, Sleepless Pacific states on their Facebook page. Sleepless Pacific could not give up the talents and passion they had, so they continued jamming together elsewhere. They were the perfect blend of different personalities, said Bishop, which allowed them to create real messages and inspiration behind their music. [Taylor] Eldreths dad had a key to the churchs basement, where the band began to practice, said Bishop. While Bishop did the majority of the songwriting, he attributes the final product to the band as a whole. It was the bands ability to add their own flavors to the lyrics that ultimately gives people a taste of who they are and what they are about, Bishop said. After practicing in the church basement for a while, Sleepless Pacific needed a nudge. If you dont get a gig, you cant practice here anymore, Eldreths father told the band. It was from then on that Sleepless Pacific began to perform at different venues, where they continued to grow together as a band. They have been asked by a friends mother to perform at a run coming up this year in honor of her daughter, Chelsea King. This performance is important for the band, since it is in memory of a close friend who was kidnapped in high school. Bishop said the Chelsea Run is a sentimental performance and it is different from all of their other gigs to date. Our goal is not necessarily to get big and famous, Bishop said. If it happens, it happens. What we really want to do is to touch the lives of others.


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Im not concerned with cheap grace, Im concerned with people paying too much for it. - Mike Foster, founder of People of the Second Chance ************************************************************************

All in the family: PLNU students and their PLNU parents

amy williams staff writer
College is often the first time in peoples lives when they are able to break away from their household. But for some students, coming to PLNU doesnt offer that chance because their parents work on campus. But many students who experience this dont see it as a big deal. My father working at Point Loma has been great. I am from Mobile, Alabama and had never even been to California or the west coast before this year. The transition would have been much harder without him, said Anna Goforth, daughter of Stephen Goforth, a first year journalism professor. Anna and her father started at PLNU at the same time after Stephen was offered a job. Anna even followed her dad in a professional aspect by deciding to major in journalism. Since she is a freshman, she isnt allowed to bring a car on campus, but having her dad work here has allowed her to borrow the car whenever she needs to. Not having a car is not a problem for me, thanks to my dad, who is always willing to give me a ride or let me borrow his wheels for the night, said Anna. This has allowed me to get an off-campus job that I really love. Also, he lives about 10 minutes from the school, so I can always go to his place when I need a break from dorm life. Anna sees her dad every day because most of her classes are in the building where his office is, so she is able to stop by and see how hes doing and grab some candy from his candy bowl. The fact that Annas dad works at PLNU hasnt become a widely known fact. But many students who takes a class with kinesiology professor Ted Anderson will know that hes the father of Axel Anderson. Axel has known he would attend PLNU ever since he was young because he grew up around the PLNU community. It has been easy for me to go to school where my parents teach because, at least from what I know, other students like both of my parents, said Axel. It would be a lot more awkward if people didnt like my parents. But Im not embarrassed, so its not a big deal to be around them. Axels mother, Dianne Anderson, is a biology professor at PLNU, but doesnt talk about it as much as Ted does. And because Axel is in the gym a lot, where his dads office is, he gets to see his dad more. Axel said he doesnt think that having his parents on campus is as bad as everyone might think. Mary Paul, vice president of Spiritual Development, has talked about her son, Jonathan Paul, in chapel a few times, but whats different about this situation is that he is in the seats listening to his mom talk about him. Jonathan attends PLNU as a freshman, double majoring in math and writing. He also said he doesnt think that having his mother work at this campus and being a dominant figure in the community is a big deal. Shes my mom first. She tends to keep her business her business, said Jonathan. There are many more students who have a parent teaching or working on campus. While some might see having mom and dad at PLNU as a buzzkill, for these students, keeping it in the family may be more of a privilege than a burden.

Axel Anderson with parents Dianne and Ted at sister Toris graduation from PLNU


Story becomes a guideline for life at Storyline Conference

callie radke features editor
What would the world miss if you dont tell your story? This was the central question of Donald Millers Storyline conference, held in Brown Chapel on Saturday and Sunday. Though Storyline only advertises on Twitter, more than 600 people attended the conference from all over the nation. I arrived bright and collegestudent-early at 10:30 on Saturday morning. Armed with a cheesy conference lanyard that made me feel a little like I was at NSO again, a binder full of note pages and a workbook, I made my way into the fifth row of Brown. As it turns out, this was a prime people-watching location. Everyone from original Portland hipsters to soccer moms seemed to be in attendance. Apparently, Donald Millers books spoke to more than the searching twenty-something, and they were not alone as they flocked to Storyline. Im going to warn you right now trying to cram it all into an article isnt going to work. It may seem cheesy. It may seem trite. But take my word for it those two days will probably go down as some of the most transformational in my life. PLNU students made up a bulk of the volunteers for the event, though their number was lower for the actual conference attendees. Sophomore Katie Callahan decided to attend the event on Friday afternoon. I think its really easy to forget about stories and the meaning in our lives, Callahan said. This conference was a really nice way to take something simple and remind us of the profundity of it in God and our lives now. We worked together to go through all of the elements of story, learning how these things could be applied to our lives. Millers definition of story, a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it, was the crux of the conference. But he was also very intentional to point out the fact that it will only be a good story if the something that the character is seeking is meaningful. Not just bring-a-tear-to-your-eye meaningful, but changes-lives-and-people meaningful. In fact, Miller started off session one by telling us that the event was his anti-self-help conference. We werent, he warned us, going to leave and find an easier life waiting for us. In all likelihood, we would find a harder one. Senior Maggie Hills also attended the conference, and said that the conference inspired her to reframe her thinking. I think the [biggest thing I took away was] the idea of living life with freedom and writing your story in collaboration with God as opposed to hoping or thinking that Hes going to drop a bomb on you, Hills said. Miller also brought in a variety of guest speakers who were living a good story. These guests provided examples of good characters, or people who were living meaningful stories. Guests included Tom Shadyac, director of Bruce Almighty and more, and Al Andrews, who founded the company Improbable Philanthropy and wrote a childrens book to make money to give away. Shadyac also screened his documentary I Am, a film seeking the problem with humanity and the cure. If you havent seen it, put down this paper and watch it. Its on Netflix. Just the idea that your life can have a story arc that can tie it all together was really impactful, and


The stage, set up like a living room to give the conference a homey feel

Im excited to figure mine out, Hills said. Next year, Storyline will be back at PLNU. Go, even if youre not a writer (most people werent). But only go if youre willing to map out your life to be meaningful. It will be hard. It will probably be painful. I know I will encounter conflict. But there will also be great joy. Thats what makes such a good story. And

after learning how we are co-writers with God, I am more excited than a freshman on a GYRAD to get started on my story. Lets go life. Im ready.

What would the world miss if you didnt tell your story?

monday, october 8, 2012 February 18, 2013 the point weekly | Monday, monday, february 6, 2012


Newly elected ASB Board of Directors

President: AJ Wolf

Vice President: Haley Courtney

Executive Secretary: Claire Schalin

Director of Student Relations: Ravi Smith

Director of Spiritual Life: Zac Austin

Director of Activities: Kristi South

Director of Finance: Nick Erze

Director of Communications: Cody Chase

Q&A with 2013-2014 ASB Spiritual Life Director, Zac Austin

kyle lundberg editor-in-chief
After an unprecedented second run-off for the Director of Spiritual Life postion, The Point Weekly decided to catch up with the eventual winner, Zac Austin. Point Weekly: What did it feel like to be a part of this historic run-off? Did you think it was ever going to end? Zac Austin: My first reaction to being a part of the run-off was disbelief. How in the world is it possible to get a numerical tie anyway? It was also really affirming to me that there are so many people at this school who were supporting Curtis and me. It was a real testament to the fact that the actions of each one of us really matter, even in the grand scheme of things and that no matter how small we may think we are, what we do makes a difference. To answer the question Did you think it was ever going to end, I knew it would end at some point, but I wasnt sure about where my sanity level would be. If it wasnt for God pouring life into me, as well as all of the prayers and support from the amazing people that surrounded me, I may have crossed the finish line in a straitjacket. Now that it is over, I am completely overwhelmed and humbled by this opportunity. Heading into the future, I am nervous but excited to see where God leads in the coming year. PW: Why do you think it was so close this year (compared to previous years)? ZA: I think the race was so close this year simply because the two others who ran for this position, Curtis and Lincoln, are truly amazing people. Both of them have made an impact on this campus and are faithful servants of Christ. I have had the opportunity to get to know Lincoln through Discipleship Group, his involvement in Mission Nazarene Church and during the campaign process this year. He has a heart for the Lord and His people and has become one of my friends this year. Curtis I have known since taking Freshman Comm. and we have developed a lasting friendship that has been very meaningful to me over the years. He is a great guy who I have always looked up to and who proves time and time again that he is committed to Gods call on his life. Both of these men would have done an extraordinary job in this position and will continue to serve this community with humility and conviction. I look forward to the continuing growth of our friendships as we continue to walk together at PLNU and beyond.


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2/25-26: W. Golf @ Lady Cougar Spring Invitational, all day. 2/26: Tennis vs. Western New Mexico, M. 2 p.m., W. 4 p.m. 3/1: W. Tennis @ Claremont, 2:30 p.m. 3/2: W. Tennis vs. Villanova University, 1 p.m. 3/2: Basketball vs. Dixie State (Utah), W. 2 p.m., M. 4 p.m. 3/2: Baseball @ Dixie State (Utah) (DH), 3 p.m. 3/2: M. Tennis vs. Villanova University, 4 p.m.

Q&A with Olympic medal collector Art Prior

jonathan soch staff writer
On Friday, Art Prior presented his collection of Olympic medals at the PLNU Kinesiology center. According to Prior, the collection is the single largest private collection of Olympic medals in the United States and the second largest such collection in the world. He has been collecting Olympic medals for about 30 years and estimates his collection to be worth around $250,000. Prior gave a presentation on the history of his medals before allowing for a question and answer session from those attending. The Point Weekly was able to sit down with Prior to ask him some questions about his historic collection. Point Weekly: How many medals do you have? Art Prior: I have three at home that are not here, so count what you have got here and I guess its more than 30. PW: What was the hardest medal for you to get? AP: Well, the hardest medals to get are the first ones. Remember, there were only 300 athletes [in the first Olympic Games]. You can imagine how few first place medals there are in that Olympics. So those are the ones that I really try and concentrate on getting, because once they come up they might never come up again. PW: Which Olympics most interest you, which year? AP: Well I have to say personally, based upon the ones that Ive attended, the [1972 Munich Olympics] was the one Ill never forget. That was my first one; it was emotional. So many things happened there during that Olympics that was the one I remember more than any of the others. PW: Where do you find them on sale? AP: The primary place that I find them for sale is: Ingrid ONeil [who owns a Sports and Olympic Memorabilia store in Orange County] has a catalog that she puts out once a quarter and she has only Olympic items and always has Olympic medals. I buy many of them from her. I would say 80 percent of my medals I have gotten through her. Others I have gotten through various auction houses. PW: Have you ever shown your collection anywhere else? AP: Yes, during the Olympic period it goes into a museum approximately two months beforehand. [It] stays in the museum until about two months afterwards, and then I get it back and put it back in the vault. PW: What made you want to show it here at PLNU? AP: I love Point Loma. I live only a few blocks away. Ive run on the track many times. Its a wonderful school with a great tradition for track and field. I love the coaches here. Its just a great school. And I help support the school the track and field team.
A silver (left) and a gold medal from the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany.

A silver (left) and a bronze medal from the 1896 Olympics held in Athens, Greece.

Collector Art Prior presented his Olympic medal collection Friday at PLNU.

A gold medal from the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles.

photos courtesy of jonathan soch

Rugby Club continues tradition of brotherhood

casslyn fiser & joshua gilbert staff writers
T orn grass, colliding players and bloody noses are a common sight on Saturdays for PLNUs oldest club: Rugby. The members of the team are fully committed to their sport. The men practice Mondays and Wednesdays at Robb Field from 6 to 8 p.m. But the club has faced challenges on campus, since they are not officially a school-sanctioned sports team. PLNU has had a rugby club for a little more than 10 years, and the team has always been considered a club, which Club President Sam Bravo said can largely be attributed to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The primary goal of the amendment is to prohibit discrimination from activities (and sports) based on sex. However, due to the uneven ratio of men to women at PLNU, this amendment affects the school differently than it does others. It takes a very heavy toll on athletics and the way male athletics is run and directed and recruited for, said Bravo, a junior with eight years of rugby experience. He said that one of the main reasons the rugby team has to remain a club rather than a sport is in order to keep the ratio of mens and womens sports equal to the ratio of male and female athletes. Being a club makes for an interesting dynamic, said Bravo. We appreciate that we do have the opportunity to feel included that way, but at the same time its also a feeling of immediate separation. Bravo said that although it would be nice to be considered a sport, he understands why it is not. Its always been a club, which we are very grateful for, because ASB gives us a generous amount of funding we have no problem being a club. The funds from ASB cover expenses such as rentals, game fees and insurance, but Bravo said the team relies very heavily on their alumni association, which funds most of the teams larger purchases and pays for coaches. Each member of the team also pays to play. It is evident that the guys who are on the team are there because they love the game; if they didnt it is highly unlikely that they would subject themselves to such a physically demanding sport. The squad is made up of a diverse group of guys, from those who have been playing for years to those who are trying the sport out for the first time. Guys come to our program who have never played rugby before, and decide they want to better themselves, and challenge themselves, said Bravo. This, he said, is what he enjoys so much about the team. The rugby team is still in its infant stages: it is still very much a growing organization on the PLNU campus. But Bravo is eager to see the team continue to develop. Next year, Phil Patalano is set to become the vice president of the club. Bravo said he hopes Patalano will take over the presidency in the future following Bravos graduation. I am hoping to raise up more funding for the team, said Patalano, but at the same time recruiting more players and getting more interest, because I think that is a key thing for the club. The squad plays most Saturdays against clubs from colleges such as Azusa Pacific, Biola, Cal State Fullerton, Westmont, Whittier, Arizona State, Cal Lutheran, CSUNorthridge, Loyola, Occidental, Pepperdine and UC Riverside. Rugby has had a huge impact on my life, said sophomore David Barber. I have been able to bond with the other players and create a camaraderie with them that goes beyond mere friendship. Rugby has given me a whole new band of brothers.

The PLNU rugby team (in stripes) participates in a scrum during their Feb. 16 match against Biola University. The club has been around for 10 years, making it PLNUs oldest club. The men play their home matches at Robb Field on Saturdays.

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The Lakers lose a legend: owner Jerry Buss dies at 80

christina kilpatrick staff writer
Before the start of their Wednesday night game against their Boston Celtic rivals, Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers paid tribute to their late owner Jerry Buss, often called the greatest owner in sports history. Buss, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 for his long, triumphant ownership of the Lakers, died of kidney failure last Monday after battling cancer for 18 months, according to NBA. com. Buss was 80 years old when he passed away, and he had owned the Lakers since 1979. On Monday we lost who we all know to be the greatest owner in sports, ever, said shooting guard Bryant after the team showed a slideshow depicting Busss life and accomplishments. He was a brilliant, incredible owner, but he was an even better person with a great heart. This view of Busss character is also shared by his fans. He was an owner who was fiercely loyal and loved his players, which was always apparent, said Michael Clark, PLNU professor of literature and a Lakers fan since the age of six when he met Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the San Diego Sports Arena. There are not a lot of owners you can compare him to; not many people could manage the types of personalities that have come to that team and do it well. In addition to his character, the franchise and its fans are remembering Busss scoreboard success with the Lakers. He is said to be the greatest owner of all time, said senior Josh Kihm. He won 10 championships with them in 34 years, and he went to the finals half the time he was owner. After Bryants speech and a moment of silence in the stands, the Lakers beat the Celtics 113 to 99. The Celtics are the only team with more NBA Championships than the Lakers, and the two teams were rivals throughout Busss ownership. The Lakers, however, currently own a losing record, and some fans worry that they will continue to struggle in the coming years now that the Buss family owns the franchise without one clear owner. I worry a bit about the transition

photo courtesy of Jerry Buss, who purchased the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979, died of kidney failure last Monday. Under Busss watch, the Lakers won 10 NBA Championships, and Buss was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. The real estate mogul was widely regarded as the greatest owner in professional sports, turning Los Angeles into a hot destination for NBA stars to play.

period, said Clark. I dont know how the power dynamics are going to work out. A lot of decisions have to be made in the next 10 years. According to Bryants speech be-

fore the game, however, Busss dedication, success and vision have left an impact on the franchise and the city of L.A. that cannot be easily forgotten. His vision has transcended the

game, said Bryant to a screaming stadium. And we are all, all spoiled by his vision and by his drive to win year after year after year.

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Lewis led a terrific Sea Lion effort at the Rossi Relays Saturday. In the mens 4x100-meter relay, the senior ran a strong leg as the Sea Lions finished second to USC. Later he anchored the 4x400 team that also finished second behind USC. In the 400-meter hurdles, the Portland, Ore., native ran 53.41 to win by nearly a second. Lewis is the defending NAIA Naitonal Champion in the 400 hurdles.


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In a win against Fresno Pacific Saturday, Escorza was on fire, shooting 9-14 from the field and 14-16 from the free throw line to finish with a career-high 32 points. The sophomore from South Riding, Va., also grabbed seven rebounds as the Sea Lions downed the Sunbirds 79-69 at home. Escorzas 32 points are the most by a PLNU player this season.

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2/21 L 56-70 @ Cal Baptist University 2/23 W 79-69 vs. Fresno Pacific University

2/23 L 2-7 vs. UC Riverside

2/20 W 9-1 vs. Bethesda University

2/21 L 54-78 @ Cal Baptist University 2/23 L 72-80 vs. Fresno Pacific University

2/18 W 7-2 @ Hope International 2/22 W 5-4 vs. Westmont College 2/23 L 4-5 vs. Whittier College




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President Barack Obama on recent State of the Union Address

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President Barack Obama
In my State of the Union Address, I laid out ways Democrats and Republicans can work together to reignite the true engine of Americas economic growth a rising, thriving middle class. We should ask ourselves three questions every day: How do we bring good jobs to America? How do we equip people with the skills those jobs require? And how do we make sure hard work leads to a decent living? Strengthening the middle class requires making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing, and reward hard work with wages that allow families to raise their children and get ahead. But it also means recognizing that the surest path into the middle class will always be a good education. As college students, youre already well on your way. The education youre getting right now is the single best investment you can make in yourselves and your future, and it will put you in the best position to get a good job and build a great life for yourselves and your families. Now its up to us to help keep the cost of that investment within reach, and to give even more Americans the opportunity to earn the education and skills that a hightech economy requires. We should start in the earliest years by offering high-quality preschool to every child in America, because we know kids in programs like these do better throughout their academic lives. And we should redesign Americas high schools to better prepare students with the real-world skills that employers are looking for right now. But the truth is, most young people will need some type of higher education. Its a simple fact: the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job and work your way into the middle class. And that means we have to do more to make sure skyrocketing costs dont price you and your families out of a college degree, or saddle you with mountains of debt. Already, my Administration has worked to make college more affordable for millions of students and families through a mix of tax credits, grants and loans that go farther than before. But we also need to do something about the rising cost of college. Over the last two decades, tuition and fees at the average college have more than doubled, and right now, students who take out loans end up leaving college owing more than $26,000. That much debt can force you to pass over valuable opportunities that dont pay as well like working for a nonprofit or joining an organization like the Peace Corps. And it can mean putting off big decisions, like when to buy your first house or start a family of your own. Thats why colleges also need to do their part to lower costs. And we need to make sure they do, because the taxpayers cant keep subsidizing the rising costs of higher education. Already, Ive called on Congress to consider value, affordability and other factors when they decide how much federal student aid a college should get. And last week, we released a new College Scorecard that lets students and their parents compare schools based on simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck. As a nation, our future ultimately depends on equipping students like you with the skills and education a 21st century economy demands. If you have the opportunity to reach your potential and go as far as your talent and hard work will take you, that doesnt just mean a higher-paying job or a shot at a middle-class life it means a stronger economy for us all. Because if your generation prospers, we all prosper. And Im

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Life of a non-local: Spring Break plans

hana eades opinion editor
As we are all aware, the campus shuts down next week for Spring Break. Several students at PLNU, myself included, are not exactly local. This makes travel plans a little complicated. Originally, I was going to try and stay with friends, but then I realized I had waited too long to make those arrangements. Since I have an off-campus internship (which, by the way, is part of my graduation requirements), I was banking on staying in my apartment on campus. When I asked how to get cleared to stay on campus, I was told that campus is reserved only for those who work during Spring Break. Perfect, I thought. I technically work, just not for pay; rather, I work for school credit. This should be enough to get to stay on campus during break, right? Wrong. Campus housing, during break, is reserved exclusively for those who work on-campus during break. Seriously? My internship counts as two units for school, so basically what happens is I pay PLNU to work for free elsewhere. Did I mention I have an 80-hour quota to fill? This also means that I will have one week fewer to meet my requirements by May (i.e. graduation). I understand that it is for my own safety that I leave campus during break; there are no RAs on campus, nor will there be any residential life supervision. For me, this would not make much of a difference. I rarely see my RA I actually do not even know her name. If I were to stay on campus, with or without supervision, what difference would it honestly make? Perhaps Im taking this too personally, but Im just a little frustrated. My mom was going to fly down and we were going to search for my post-graduation apartment. Since hotel rates increase after a few days, we were going to end up spending more than $1,000 on a hotel alone. Instead of burning a hole in our wallets with that plan, Mom and I decided to fly me home and go to a spa. Darn. A spa. Brutal, I know. OK, I realize that relaxing for a few days at a spa resort near home with my mom sounds better than stressful

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apartment-searching. Although I am stoked to spend a week with Mom and relax, I know that in the back of my mind Ill be stressing over numerous things: my upcoming graduation, as well as apartment- and job-searching. During Spring Break, I wish that students like myself, who need to stay on campus, could do so. I need to meet an internship requirement for graduation, search for an apartment and, of course, try to save a few bucks. Because we are kicked off campus during break, these tasks are nearly impossible. My hope is that the PLNU community could make accommodations for its students who have limited resources for Spring Break plans.

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