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WEDNESDAY, dec. 2, 2015 VOL. 52, No. 7


Senior Jared
Zoller leads
the Cougars
both on the
court and in
the stands 10
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Crossing borders and unifying cultures APU is

APU sends
largest team
as a work
in its history
to Mexico for
place by
global outreach
staff and

Morgan Eisenga
staff writer

This Thanksgiving break, Mexico Outreach sent out over 300 students on ministry teams, the largest
group to date.
It is nothing we have done, it
is Jesus blessing us, senior liberal
studies major and student ministry
coordinator of action teams for Mexico Outreach Jordan Rice said. It has
attracted more students to come and
get involved in the ministry and what
God is already doing. More students
are inclined to do ministry outside of
their comfort zone.
Tim Kim, senior student ministry
coordinator for strategic alignment
and mobilization, said he was ready
for the spiritual impact of the Thanksgiving trip.
The Holy Spirit is absolutely
present; It is consuming each of the
students hearts, minds, and souls,
Kim said. We want to send out
disciples who are fully devoted and
surrendered. That is what we have
been affirmed in and have seen in our
leaders meetings while preparing for
the trip.


Campus task
force distributes
employee survey
Kimberlee Buck
assistant news editor

Natalie Chan courtesy

Over 300 students partnered with APUs Mexico Outreach program and spent Thanksgiving break in Mexicali, serving in various ministries for women, children, rehabilitation, special needs and health.

Nursing app PreceptMe wins ZuVenturez

competition ends
and awards
winner $15,000

Riordan Zentler
staff writer

Riordan Zentler photo

APU graduate student Maritza Grissom recieves her $15,000 check as

a grand prize for winning the third annual ZuVenturez competition. After eight weeks of preparation, seven teams presented their business
proposals including medical apps, perfumes and drone photography.

APUs entrepreneurial workshop

and business plan competition, ZuVenturez, came to a conclusion on the
night of Nov. 17.
The seven remaining teams gave
their final pitches before the audience
and judge panel, all competing for the
$15,000 grand prize money to launch
their own businesses.
The judges picked winners based
ultimately on how viable they thought
the innovations would be in the business world.
The criteria was based on the
need for the innovation and sustainability of the business.
PreceptMe, a mobile application
designed to connect health care students to preceptors, landed first place.
The project is led by graduate student
and APUs School of Nursing program manager Maritza Grissom.
Grissom explained that a preceptor is a health care provider who volunteers to mentor students in a clinical setting.

[Most] health care professions

require you [to] complete a certain
amount of hours [with a preceptor]
while youre in graduate school,
Grissom explained.
With this in mind, Grissom described the need for the app.
Right now, students will coldcall and send out emails. But because
health care professionals are busier
than ever, its very rare [to] get that
email back or phone call returned,
Grissom said.
PreceptMe allows preceptors to
easily answer students with a simple
yes or no.
Even if its a no, at least theyre
showing respect getting back to the
student, Grissom said.
The app will also track the hours
that preceptors volunteer. This allows them to easily report the hours
theyve volunteered to their state
Grissom is also planning to use
the platform for charity.
Every time they swipe right to
match with a student, they have the
opportunity to determine where 10 to
15 percent of our profits go, Grissom said.
After working for four years at
University of California Riversides
(UCR) School of Medicine under the
dean of education, Grissom began
working at APUs School of Nursing.

see zuventurez 4

In August 2015, Acting President

Dr. David E. Bixby, with the input
of faculty and staff, created a Value
People Task Force composed of seven faculty, six staff, Special Assistant
to the President Andrew Barton and
Vice President of Human Resources
Stephen Eckberg to improve APUs
working environment.
The members of the Value People Task Force brought their areas of
expertise to meetings and conversations. The task force made recommendations during the process and
submitted the employee survey results to Bixby.
After the members of the task
force were finalized, the committee
contacted the Best Christian Workplace Institute and asked the organization to conduct an anonymous
voluntary survey on employee engagement. There were three openended questions and 58 questions
with a five-point scale.
The questions allow the university to measure employee awareness
of calling and passion, organizational
trust, talent management, strategy
and execution, innovation and staff
involvement, Christian leadership,
personal development, compensation
and benefits and teamwork. Demographic questions are also included.
The task force has met three
times. Weve had conversations with
the Best Christian Workplace consultants in this process, and empowering
the Value People Task Force to come
up with recommendations has begun, Bixby said. This process will
take place over the next six months.
Some employees said they appreciate the university taking the time to
listen to their feedback and found the
survey to be beneficial.
I think the goal with any survey
is to assess whats going well and
find areas that need improvement,
Associate Director for Orientation
and Transitions Stephanie Gala said.
I believe that APU is already an incredible place to work. Since the administration is putting in the effort to
do this survey, it shows me that they
are serious about continuing to make
adjustments as needed to keep APU a
wonderful place to work.

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compiled by kimberlee buck

Friday, Dec. 4

BSA Can Drive

The following are selected incidents

as reported from the Daily Media
Log from Nov. 22 through Nov. 28
courtesy of Campus Safety.

The Black Student Association (BSA) is partnering with Refreshing

Springs Community Church in Riverside, CA to host an on-campus
can drive fundraising event on Cougar Walk from 11:30-1p.m. The
donated cans will be given to a nearby homeless shelter.

Sunday, nov. 22
Tennis courts

Reported person saw subjects

doing tricks on their skateboards by the tennis courts on
West Campus. officers arrived
on scene and advised the subjects of private property rules.
The subjects complied and left

monday, Nov. 23

An officer observed approximately eight juveniles skateboarding in the area. The officer advised the subjects to
leave, but they returned later
that evening. The subjects then
left campus when approached
by officers for the second time.
The subjects did not return.

tuesday, NOV. 24

RP smelled gas coming from her

apartment. She was advised to
step out of the apartment until
officers arrived. Facilities Management responded.

TUEsday, NOV. 24

RP saw a subject with a tool either working on a bike or cutting

a lock off a bike. officers were
unable to locate the subject. All
bikes were secured.


RP saw two male subjects trying to open the gate with a

stick. Officers responded but
were unable to locate the subjects matching the description.

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

1. If you see something, say
2. Safety is everyones business.
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
recommended Kryptonite

Sunday, Dec. 6

The School of Music is bringing in the holidays with double the performances at their annual event Celebrate Christmas at Lake Avenue
Church in Pasadena. Students and employees can attend either the
2:30-4 p.m. performance or the 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event features
the University Choir and Orchestra, Bel Canto Womens Choir, Mens
Pamela Valenzuela Courtesy
Chorale, Oratorio Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and
APU students on the Sports Ministry team on the Mexico Outreach
more. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Felix Event Cenmissions trip pose with children from the MRVA Church in Mexicali
ter Ticket Office on West Campus. For more information, contact the
before heading back to the university.
School of Music Concert Events Office at (626) 815-3848 or email

Christmas Chaos

The Office of Residence Life is hosting its sixth annual all living spaces Christmas event on Trinity Lawn at 7 p.m. There will be music,
treats, booths, an ice rink and a puppy patch. For more information
email the administrative assistant Kim Henny at

Friday, Dec. 4

White Christmas Party

Join the Office of Orientation and Transitions in celebrating the holidays with food, games and karaoke at 7:30 p.m. in UTCC. Transfer
students interested in going to the event should dress in formal
attire. This event is open to fall 2015 transfer students only. Contact
your transfer leader for more information or email the transfer intern
Kimberlee Buck at

Sunday, Dec. 13

Midnight Breakfast

Come take a break from finals and enjoy a late night breakfast while
watching entertaining shows, performances, connect with professors ans study with other students.The event begins at 8:30 p.m. on
Cougar Walk.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Undergraduate Winter Commencement

Join the university in honoring the winter graduates in the Felix Event
Center at 10 a.m. Tickets are required and seating is limited. People
who do not have tickets, can view the ceremony via live stream at

APU sends over 300 student volunteers to Mexico

freeze tag, soccer and more.
It is more like a P.E. activity, and
this team will go out to each of the
other teams sites, said Christiana
Uppal, student ministry coordinator
for community service.
This team will take the place of
the men and womens prison teams
for Thanksgiving, but prison ministries will return in the spring.

Mexico outreach, P. 1
Though the number of student
volunteers is the most that APU has
ever sent to Mexico, Kim said his focus is elsewhere.
It is not about filling up members and leader positions, it is about
the love that can happen among the
cultures, Kim said.
There are various ministries included in the trip, including those
for women, children, health, special
needs and rehabilitation.
More people are inclined to do
ministry outside of their comfort zone
and willing to go to the harder ministries, said Rice.
Claire Bultema, senior accounting major and Team Pricsilla member, said having a variety of new and
unique teams allowed Mexico Outreach to reach more organizations.
"It was noticeable that the group
was larger than the other times I
went, but the trip was well executed,"
Bultema said.
A new addition to the trip is a
sports ministry, and it will include activities like obstacle courses, Frisbee,


Tito Escalante Courtesy

Top: The APU public health team on the Mexico Outreach trip.
Bottom: The clincal team working together to help a local resident.

News Staff
editor-in-chief kelyn struiksma
news editor gina ender
asst. news editor kimberlee buck
lifestyle editor camille frigillana
opinion editor hankyul sharon lee
sports editor landon troka
asst. sports editor brandon rodriguez
photo/design editor ashley evans
copy editors charlotte ward,
lauren jacobs, meghan hui
business manager devon dejardin
staff writers anna ruth ramos, caroline
connolly, cynthia arroyo, jamie roebuckjoseph, josie jimenez, kennedy myers,
morgan eisenga, raelene kajkowski,
riordan zentler

It is not about filling up members

and leadership positions, it is about the
Tim Kim

Among other changes Mexico

Outreach made this year, the teams
also used new fundraising techniques.
Chick-fil-A was a huge fundraising opportunity for us, and it was
the first time Mexico Outreach has
partnered with Chick-fil-A, said
junior international business major
Krisnel Miraflor.

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APU graduates ranked as some of most hirable

The Economist
places Azusa Pacific
students in 92nd
Caroline Connolly
staff writer

Celebrate Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 3

In its first-ever ranking of colleges, published on Oct. 29, 2015, the

Economist ranked APU in the 92nd
percentile for most hirable and highest median income-earning graduates.
The reality is that APU students receive an excellent education
that develops them as whole people
who can step into the marketplace
and compete, not only with technical skills but with soft skills, Center
for Career and Calling director Philip
Brazell said. Students should walk
in confidence through their job search
and application processes, knowing
that they can contribute to work in
meaningful ways.
Brazell said he believes students
should be confident in the training
and development they get while they
are at APU and that their experience
makes them leaders and difference
These are numbers that speak to

Ashley Evans graphic

the breadth and depth of the students

who are attracted to APU and the students they become when they gradu-

ate, Brazell said.

Brazell encourages graduating
seniors to use the office in light of

their post graduation job search to

connect with alumni, employers and

We have a team of career consultants that desire to help students be

ready to step into an interview, have
an excellent rsum and represent
themselves and APU well. We would
love to help in this process however
we can, Brazell said.
Academic coach for the Office
of Academic Advising and Retention
Peter Smart said the Economist ranking may influence students while they
are still in school.
Students can take this statistic
into consideration not only in their
future career life but also into their
current academic life, Smart said.
By knowing that they will be hirable
in the future, they will want to apply
themselves more so into their school
work now.
Junior applied exercise science
major Zoe Wilkens said she was
comforted by the results of the Economists ranking of APU.
It definitely gives me confidence because jobs after college
sometimes are not secure, and since
I will be graduating in a year and a
half, it gives me some relief that we
are highly looked at, Wilkens said.
The office will host an event
called No Opportunities Wasted
(NOW) on December 12 from 9 to
11 a.m. for December undergraduate
students to help them with job searching, rsums and interviewing.

Campus changes to be implemented in spring 2016

APU departments
prepare for next
Jamie Roebuck-Joseph
staff writer

As the fall semester draws to a

close, a few noteworthy changes will
be happening within select campus
departments next semester.
The most notable change will
be in the Student Health Center, located in the Shire Mods. Administrative Director and Nurse Practitioner
Gidget Wood shared a groundbreaking advancement in motion for next

We have big changeswe are
currently implementing an electronic
medical record, Wood said.
This means everything in the office will be going digital to speed up
the process of helping patients. Students will no longer have to sign-in
on a sheet of paper, but rather check
themselves in on an iPad in the waiting room. Any essential paperwork
will be completed and transferred
digitally to the chart in the patient's
The nice thing about this is that
in January, there will be a patient
portal called My Cougar Health,
so every student will be able to log
onto that and access [his or her] records for download and also upload

Rating APU as
work enviroment
Staff Surveys, P. 1
Gala said she believes the survey
provides the university with the opportunity to make the school aware
of potential areas that may need improvement.
Its not always easy sharing concerns and suggestions, Gala said.
This creates a way for the administration to continue cultivating a great
workplace by knowing what employees think.
Peter Smart, assistant director of
program development and evaluation
in the Office of Academic Advising
and Retention and mathematics professor, encourages other employees
to take the survey.
It is important to give the broadest perspective possible so that
themes are either validated or not
supported. To do this, we need as
many people to respond as possible,
Smart said.
The task force will meet with

faculty and staff to discuss the findings of the survey on Dec. 8. After
the meeting, the results will be shared
during community meetings, within
schools and departments, at staff
council and in the faculty senate.
The December community
meetings reflect part of the communication strategy the task force suggested, Eckberg said. The group seeks
to focus its collective energy on those
areas identified for growth while celebrating organizational strengths.
Eckberg said he believes the engaged and passionate faculty and
staff at the university is accomplishing APUs mission of creating a better workplace.
That commitment [of working
at APU] and energy can only assist
our students, said Eckberg. Were
so fortunate to have employees who
believe deeply in our mission and
purpose and want to see APU flourish.

records, Wood said. The most exciting thing is that we will have selfscheduling available on their student
portal, so they will be able to make an
appointment at any time.
Wood explained that not having
to call or visit the office will make
appointment scheduling more accommodating for students. Students
will be able to log onto their portal
and digitally schedule to meet with a
Another are undergoing change
is the General Education (G.E.) requirement, according to SGA President and senior physics major Max
Students who are currently on
the old G.E. curriculum will have the
availability to switch over, Walden

said. There are some different requirements based on [their] major

that will have changed.

We have big
changeswe are
currently implementing an electronic medical record.
Bridget Wood

Specifics of the G.E. changes

have not been revealed yet, but the
proposition has been set in place for

next semester.
Walden also explained that there
will be a Wall of Nations constructed in Duke Academic Complex,
where different flags of students from
other countries will be displayed.
This will be prepared for during
spring semester, though it will not be
started until summer.
As for the Womens Resource
Center, senior psychology major and
undergraduate intern Madeline Ho
said that the only change is that they
will be looking to hire a new administrator, as the current administrator is
graduating this semester.
With these changes ahead, students can look forward to seeing a
few new things around campus beginning in the spring 2016 semester.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015


APU community gathers for 2nd annual SGA event

400 students,
faculty and staff
have family-style
dinner at The Table
Caroline Connolly
staff writer

Cougar Walk was lined with a

red-checkered picnic table cloth,
stringed lights hanging above in the
trees and a community atmosphere
on Wednesday, Nov. 18, as SGA
hosted The Table for the second year
in a row.
The Table has proven to be a
popular event among the APU community, as students, faculty and staff
were in attendance. The event centers on Acts 2:42, which says, They
devoted themselves to the apostles
teaching and to fellowship, to the
breaking of bread and to prayer.
Before the meal, Acting President
Dr. David Bixby opened in prayer.
I want to thank Max [Walden,
SGA president] and all of SGA for
making this event a new APU tradition, Bixby said.
Sophomore biblical studies major Daisy Romero has attended The
Table both years.
I felt more of a sense of community at the event this year as compared to last year, Romero said. It
is a nice event to come together and

Caroline Connolly Photo

Students, faculty, staff and administration enjoy conversation and dinner at the second The Table event on Cougar Walk.
eat delicious food, as well as have interesting dinner table conversation.
The banquet-style dinner was
provided by the university, with entrees such as pasta with marinara
sauce, meatballs, salad, garlic bread,
oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip

I did attend The Table last year

and thought both this year and last
year went very well, said Dr. Jennifer Walsh, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The spontaneity of last year's gathering was fun,
but I did appreciate having some
seats reserved for faculty and staff in-

terspersed with seats for students, so

that we could be sure to interact with
lots of students.
SGA wrote discussion questions
on cards and placed them on each of
the long tables. Some of the questions
included: How has APU changed
you? and How do you plan on making an impact here?
Name tags helpedand I loved
having some conversation starters
highlighted on each table, Walsh
said. We didn't stick to those topics,
but it gave our section something to
talk about at first.
Timothy Elofson, SGA university
senator and sophomore youth ministry and humanities double major,
said, I hope that The Table provided
a medium in which students were
able to come with their questions,
come with their own perspectives and
feel like they were being heard.
SGA exists to help the student
voice be heard on campus and to impact the student experience for the
better, he added. If students came
away from The Table with that sentiment, I could ask for nothing else.
Elofson added that the conversations he had at The Table reaffirmed a
sense of the body of Christ.
Jacova Snyder, SGA vice president and senior communication studies major, said she hopes The Table
facilitated conversation and longlasting relationships. She said that
both this and last years student gov-

ernment sought to encourage and unify the university through the event.
Its an honor to carry on what
last years team started for us, and
we hope that it will continue to be a
marker of our community as an annual tradition, Snyder said. SGA
exists as a liaison between students
and administration. We are supposed to be bridge builders, and we
are constantly looking for creative
and sustainable ways to live into that
Snyder added that she hoped
people looked down the table and remembered they are not alone.
SGA president and senior physics
major Max Walden said SGA hopes
to establish The Table as an annual
event during the fall semester.
[As] more than simply a meal,
The Table is a chance to connect
people from all aspects of APU life,
Walden said. We hope that this annual event will continue to instill a
deep sense of unity into the very fabric of APU culture.
Walden said he hopes The Table
unites APU community members
despite the problems the nation and
world are facing.
We hope that participants had
the chance to meet people that they
would have never otherwise met and
discuss whatever may be on their
minds in the hopes of becoming a
closer and more connected community, Walden said.

Nursing student wins business competition for mobile application

Zuventurez P. 1
I see the need that our students
have, Grissom said. One thing that
[our] School of Nursing pride themselves on is that we have a clinical
placement team that finds their preceptors.
While not all students are guaranteed to find preceptors, [The School
of Nursing does] place most of our
students, Grissom said.
However, the process is a difficult one. In Grissoms words, You
cant be too picky. PreceptMe is designed to give medical students more
power to decide between preceptors.
Grissom was searching for programmers to help make her dream
a reality when she heard of the ZuVenturez platform. Having attended
a public university for her education, Grissom said she was surprised
APU had a program like ZuVenturez.
You dont find this everywhere!
She said that regardless of whether or not PreceptMe won the prize
money, she is thankful for all the time
invested in her and for the mentoring
and coaching she received.

ZuVenturez Courtesy

Nursing program manager Maritza Grissom won the Zuventurez competition with her social media application PreceptMe, which connects nursing students to health care providers.

Even though we
had a lot of interest, I never took
for granted that we
Maritza Grissom

During the business planning,

Grissom was introduced to senior
graphic design major Chris Sequeira.
The two began collaborating, with
Grissoms ideas fueling Sequeiras
visual presentations.
If you saw my PowerPoint before [Sequeira] came on board, you
probably wouldve laughed, Grissom said.
With the application still in the
conceptual phases, Sequeira helped
Grissoms presentations illustrate the
potential screens and functions of a
mock-up app to better communicate

Riordan Zentler Photo

ZuVenturez winners PreceptMe, second place Lords Light and third place Thread Safe are presented with
their prize money at the final competition on Nov. 17.
her ideas.
He took what I was envisioning
and put it on a screen," Grissom said.
I couldnt have done that. Up until
that point, it was all in my head.
Sequeira described the process as
a learning experience. He said his initial thought was that he had no idea
what to do here, but [to] give it [his]
best shot.

It was a good collaborative process, Sequeira said. "Now I have

this knowledge to take to future employers.
Victory, however, in the ZuVenturez arena was hardly assured for
their team.
Every week, everyone jumped
up 10 steps in their presentation, design work [and] financials, Grissom

said. Even though we had a lot of interest, I never took it for granted that
we won.
Sequeira said he was wary of
their competition, particularly Urban
Vinyl and Lords Light, which had
already produced physical products.
[Still], with headphones, youre
always going to need to be up-todate, making new products, Sequei-

ra said. With PreceptMe, you make

the app and update it once in a while.
Over time, its going to be one of
those long-lasting products.
The team is putting the $15,000
prize money toward the development
of the PreceptMe app.
Itll probably take four to five
months to develop the app, Grissom
said. From there well do some beta
testing, [and] the hope is to launch by
fall next year.
Nate Lu, director of the Office of
Innovators, said he believes PreceptMe solves a long-lasting problem.
I think in this digital age, we
see a lot of entrepreneurs trying to
be more efficient. No one has found
a way to optimize this until now. PreceptMe used a digital platform to provide an efficient solution, Lu said.
Lords Light, producing an already-patented light bulb utilizing
decorative filaments, placed second
and secured $3,000. Thread Safe,
a company seeking to manufacture
antibacterial hospital garments and
linens, came in third place, winning


The Clause is golden: reflecting on 50 years of student reporting

Newspaper reaches
a milestone as
public voice of
APUs student body
Michael Dean Clark
faculty advisor

A half-century ago, student journalists produced the first edition of

the Clause. I wonder if they expected
the paper would still be publishing 50
years later.
If their experiences were anything like mine, I doubt it. When it
comes to getting the newspaper out
week to week, they were probably
just trying to pull everything together
by deadline.
That, in essence, is just about all
any of us who have served on staff
have had the mental energy to focus
on. Well, that and doing our jobs as
well as we possibly can.
You see, it is truly a labor of
loveemphasis on the laborto
make the Clause happen, and I mean
that in the least clichd sense of the
Engaging in student journalism is
an act of service that is almost always
thankless even as it is always, always
necessary. No other publication so
consistently holds the university accountable in all its various communi-

ties and activities.

This accountability is not the
road to popularity, as there is truth in
the old adage: Youll know you got
the story right when no one is completely happy.
When a story breaks, it is the
duty of the Clause to serve only one
agendainforming students. This is
not easy.
Every source a reporter or editor
speaks with wants to be heard clearly,
as well as represented fairly. And, if
those same people are honest, they
want to be presented in the best possible light.
The first two items on that list are
the cornerstones of journalism and at
the heart of what the paper strives for
with each story. The third is its antithesis.
Accuracy and fairness are the
very acts of service Clause staffers
work to provide as they sandwich
interviews with administrators and
students and staff members between
their own courses and other jobs and
relationships. These are the principles
that make the tough stories, ignored
emails, complaints and lost weekends
You dont do this work unless
you love the university and are willing to be the people who make sure
someone is watching and amplifying
issues that must be paid attention to,
even when being that someone is uncomfortable.

Ashley Evans graphic

And thats what makes peoples

desire to be seen in the best light neither always possible nor worth pursuing in the long run. News is what
happens, not what we wish had happened.
So, when the difficult and necessary conversation surrounding diversity resurfaces in our community, it
is the Clauses job to hold everyone
from the president to student activists
to the same standards of honest, aggressively fair representation.
When a crime happens in the
community, writers must push for all
possible details in service of the student bodys interests.
When tuition increases or enrollment decreases, articles must not

merely explain these issues, but press

the powers that be to account for why
these issues are occurring.
And when those explanations are
legitimate, it is the student journalists duty to present them as such, no
matter how disappointing that may be
to students reading on Wednesdays.
Like I said, Clause staffers are
rarely the kings and queens of homecoming. Mostly, were the ones reporting on the winners.
That is important, because no
other campus publication so consistently celebrates with the student
body its accomplishments or grieves
with its losses. Dont forget that student comes before journalist in the

For 50 years, members of the

Clause staff have covered the university because we, like our audience,
are the university. Its just that our assignments get read publicly and carry
our names so theres extra pressure to
get them right.
In all this, theres a certain irony
to the convergences of life, not the
least of which is the fact that I am
writing this article.
Twenty years ago, I was hired on
at the Clause as the features editor. I
spent the next two and a half years
working in the same trenches Im
now helping my staff navigate as the
acting faculty adviser.
When I was on staff, we covered
a gambit of stories from the lightest columns on the foibles of Les
Femmes to the wins and losses of
sports teams to the heaviest issues,
including the death of a good friend.
None of it was easy.
In some ways, thinking about this
has reminded me how all of us who
have worked on the paper since 1965
have merely been building the next
piece of the bridge for those crossing
just behind us.
On the other hand, I have to
imagine the current Clause staff is
much like all those stretching back
to the very first group who took on
the job because we all, like many students, care about this place.
We just care about all of it.

The Good Dinosaur brings visual brilliance and playful laughter

Pixars latest
installment focuses
on overcoming fear
Jamie RoebuckJoseph
staff writer

From the creators of Inside Out,

Up, and Monsters University,
Pixar Animation Studios produced
its second animated motion picture
of the year released by Disney: The
Good Dinosaur, which premiered in
the U.S. on Thanksgiving.
This is the first time that two Pixar features opened in the same year,
with Inside Out debuting on June
The Good Dinosaur premise
asks the question, What if the aster-

oid that changed life on Earth missed

the planet completely, and dinosaurs
never became extinct?
Following the life of a cowardly
apatosaurus named Arlo, The Good
Dinosaur seemed to be an intersecting byproduct of the plotlines
of Finding Nemo and The Lion
King, with a refreshing message of
overcoming fear and creating a legacy of heroism.
When Arlos father is tragically
killed by a severe storm and drowns
in a river, Arlo washes up downstream with home nowhere in sight.
He is lost, alone and afraid of almost
everything; he wants nothing more
than to return home to his siblings
and mother.
Arlo keeps his father in mind in
every obstacle he faces, particularly
during the films climax, when Arlo
has a vision of his father encouraging him.

Arlo befriends a strange creature

who begins to teach him everything
about survival, trust and friendship
a human boy that he names Spot.
Spot does not speak throughout the
entire movie, which reverses the set
role of animal-human relationships.
This is the crux of the movie, where
the result of an asteroid missing earth
is the co-existence of all creatures.
The two unusual companions
form a bond unlike any other made by
Pixar. Both lost, isolated and searching for their way home, the two pair
up to protect one another from other
dinosaurs and critters roaming Earth.
Arlo and Spots mysterious and
grand adventure reminds us of the importance of encouragement, reassurance and faith, even in the unknown.
Spot empowers Arlo to become the
dinosaur he is meant to bea heroic,
fierce apatosaurus that would make
his father proud.

Though Spot does not have any

lines in the movie, his presence in
Arlos life becomes extremely important to Arlos growth as a main
Certainly a movie for the entire
family, people of all ages will find
this movie comically satisfying
along with truthful elements that will
certainly inspire thoughts of gratitude
concurrent with this time of year.
Though The Good Dinosaur
possesses all the traits of an extraordinary Pixar film, it does not quite
deliver the same anxious anticipation
as the studios previous hit movies,
which earned well over their budget
in box office sales. However, it does
offer extremely realistic graphics,
leaving audience members questioning whether they used real images
mixed with computer design. Ultimately, this movie is an example of
how advanced technology has be-

come; the movie, in its entirety, was

Overall, this movie gets three out
of four Jon Wallace heads. I would
recommend it to anyone who enjoys
a story of whimsical humor balanced
with a heart-warming message of
hope, bravery and bold discovery.

For more previews

of Christmas movies
and music albums,

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015


theSkimm gives millenials easy-to-read news

Media company
visits APU to let
people know what
theyre all about
Caroline Connolly
staff writer

Attention: Do you want to receive a newsletter by email that takes

no more than 10 minutes to read
through? Me too. Well, listen up, because theSkimm has just the thing for
theSkimm hosted a table on Cougar Walk from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
where theSkimm representatives and
ambassadors handed out free food
and swag on Monday, Nov. 23.
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg cofounded theSkimm. Carly
grew up in New York City and went
to University of Pennsylvania; Danielle grew up in Chicago and went to
Tufts. They met studying abroad in
Rome, and then reconnected after
college while working at NBC and
producing news programs. They became roommates, and in July 2012,
left their jobs and sent out the first
Daily Skimm from their couch.
Kaylin Marcotte, community and
social media manager for theSkimm
said, theSkimm is a daily email
newsletter, bringing international top

news to a younger audience with a

fun, witty and distinct voice.
The email format of theSkimm
newsletter fits into peoples habits.
The email is sent Monday through
Friday, and it takes from 5-7 minutes
to catch up on news, Marcotte said.
theSkimm makes it easier to be
smarter, added Marcotte. Its your
daily cheat sheet to stay in the know
with current events and be able to
dive into any conversation knowing
whats going on in the world. Its the
first thing in your inbox MondayFriday.
Skimmbassador Micayla Brewster, a junior communication studies
major at APU, said, Its super easy
to become a Skimmbassador; all you
need to do is get 10 people to sign
up with your unique link or from the
email invitations that you send.
Brewster was determined to get
to 10, but admits that she wasnt sure
if she wasnt going to reach that number.
At first I was super intimidated...
but once I [got to 10], I was in, and I
was hooked, Brewster said. I laugh
now over how long I debated if was
going to be able to get 10 people to
sign up, when now Ive gotten almost
600 people subscribed.
Brewster says that being a
Skimmbassador was one of the best
decisions that she has ever made.
Its been amazing. There are in-

spiring and driven men and women

all over the country who have incredible jobs and connectionsits like
a networkers dream. Ive seen so
many posts where people are hoping
to move somewhere to work in a certain industry, and a Skimmbassador
has given contact information for
who to get in touch with at their company.
Brewster helped host theSkimm
table on Cougar Walk after she won
a contest, where campus representatives of theSkimm competed to get
the most subscribers.
It was five weeks of constant
promoting, to the point where it felt
like theSkimm was every other
word that came out of my mouth,
Brewster said. But it was so worth
it once the results came in. But I, 100
percent, could not have done it without all of my friends, family and even
strangers coming alongside me and
helping to spread the word. So, I owe
it all to them!
For senior psychology major
Danyelle Diaz, her favorite part of
having theSkimm on campus was
seeing students become more informed on current events.
Realistically, APU students are
in a bubble where they generally have
little-to-no daily new knowledge, so
I love sharing theSkimm so we can
keep our student body better informed on current events, Diaz said.

Caroline Connolly photo

Junior communication studies major Micayla Brewster joins representatives from theSkimm on the Walk to tell student about the newsletter.
Brewster said, My favorite
part about hosting theSkimm table
was having people walk by and say
that they loved theSkimm, and that
theyve been reading for a while.
[But I also liked] having people come
up and not know what it was at all.
I just truly believe that theSkimm is

changing the way that news is consumed and presented, so I loved

meeting people who have been a
fan for years, as well as introducing
people to something that has had a
profound effect on my life.
To subscribe to theSkimm, visit
their website at

Looking back at fall semester through different lenses

Seniors and
freshmen reflect on
the past semester
Camille Frigillana
lifestyle editor

The end of fall semester is just

over two weeks away, and as the
semester draws to a close, some students are completing their time at
APU while others are just beginning.
Senior psychology major Samara
Hodgson is one of the seniors graduating on Dec. 19, something that she
hadnt expected when she began the
school year.
I found out I would be graduating in December back in August, so
from August to now, it has just felt
like everything has been extremely
accelerated, Hodgson said.
But despite the faster pace,
Hodgson feels proud of herself for
being able to get her degree sooner
rather than later and feels a sense of
relief for being able to save a whole
semesters worth of tuition. This is
something that senior history major
Kaylee Doyel can also relate to.
I totally feel the difference
graduating in December, opposed to
May, Doyel said. I feel odd, but
also one semester richer.
Both seniors agree, however, that
the downside to graduating earlier
is being unable to join their friends
when they cross the stage in May.
Its a bummer that I wont be
able to graduate with the majority of
APU students that I began this journey with, Hodgson said.
Making friends is something that
starts when a student steps on campus, which was the case for freshman
business management major Andrew
I wasnt expecting to feel as
welcomed here as I did, Stallmer
said. I knew there would be a sense

Ashley Evans graphic

of community, but not like this. It

made me feel right at home, which
was one of the best things that could
have happened to me.
Stallmer came to APU because
of the schools Christian background
and size, but as he began the school
year he admits that he had felt anxious.
Being from Michigan, it was a
far trip out here, and I was nervous
[that] I wasnt going to transition
well, Stallmer said. But the people
and community at APU really helped
me excel, making the semester
smoother than I thought it would be.
For freshman biblical studies major Carmen Campos, the semester has
proved to be easy academic-wise, but
she acknowledges that it has been difficult to meet new people.
I thought I would make friends a
lot sooner and find my place a lot faster; however that was not the case,
Campos said. You have to start over
completely, and it can be difficult. Its
still taking me some time to figure out

how it all works.

But despite this unforeseen difficulty, Campos is thankful for her
Alpha group and the time that she has
had with them, and she remains hopeful for the new friendships ahead.
Im definitely looking forward
to my relationship with Christ and
how it will grow while Im here,
Campos said. Im also looking forward to the new friendships that will
blossom throughout my time here.
When looking back at the memories made throughout their stay, Doyel and Hodgson credited APU events
and opportunities as some of their
My favorite APU memory is
when both sets of my grandparents
came to Grandparents Weekend,
Doyel said. I got to see my grandpa
dance the entire chapel to the gospel
worship band, and watched my papa
buy all of the bookstore merchandise. They were just so stoked to
be involved and see my life here at

As for Hodgson, it was a mission trip she took through the Center
for Student Action (CSA) that really
made her time at APU stand out.
My favorite memory was made
through a summer mission trip [that] I
went on to Kolkata, India, Hodgson
said. This trip brought me laughter,
tears, eternal friendships and has had
a lot of positive development on my
life since then.
Both Hodgson and Doyel feel
saddened to be leaving the people
that theyve met at APU, but are excited to finally start their journey in
the real world.
After taking a three-week nap
and watching The Gilmore Girls in
its entirely, I plan to take the California Basic Educational Skills test and
start substitute teaching in the Central
Valley, Doyel said.
As for Hodgson, she is already
in the process of applying to different graduate schools so that she can
become a teacher.

Luckily for freshmen, they still

have some time to think about life after college. In this upcoming semester, Stallmer plans to focus more on
building those relationships.
One of my favorite memories
[that] I made so far was hanging out
at Huntington Beach one night under
the stars with some of my friends,
Stallmer said. I am definitely looking forward to meeting more and
more phenomenal people.
Even though her time is almost
up, Doyel encourages freshmen to
step out of their comfort zone and
connect with they people they are
surrounded by, and to not be afraid to
make new friends.
Get involved, Doyel advises.
Even when you want to stay in your
room and watch Parks and Recreation for seven hours, dont. Go to
Donut Man with your hall, splurge on
a Disneyland pass or just keep your
door open.

men that sing
Name: Robbie Thayer
Instagram: @robbielthayer

Darling Stroll
Name: Eric Dong
Instagram: @ericjdong

CSA Reunion
Name: Gustavo Tiffer
Instagram: @g_tiffer3

parental support
Name: Lura Joy Hills
Instagram: @lurajoyy


Wednesday, dec. 2, 2015

Jamie RoebuckJoseph
staff writer

It was a calm evening on Nov.

13. French residents and tourists had
their evenings planned out. Soccer
fans attended the anticipated world
championship match between Germany and France. Some enjoyed an
evening in the capitals restaurants
and bars while others explored holein-the-wall concert venues to enjoy a
night rocking out with friends.
APU student and international
business major Elena Taber and former APU student Tessa Corbett, who
was visiting Taber in Paris, were
among the many who were anticipating just another uneventful Friday
night out in the beautiful city of lights
before a massacre would unfold.
ISIS, an extremist Islamic group,
attacked Frances capital and the surrounding areas, including the national stadium where a soccer game was
held. Some had AK-47s, others had
bombs strapped onto them.
Six locations in and around Paris
were attacked, leaving more than 120
people dead. The worst bloodshed
occurred at the Bataclan where an
American band was performing.
People were slaughtered as ISIS

opened fire into the crowd for 10-15

minutes. While the band was able to
escape to safety, 80 others were murdered.
When I initially received updates
about what was happening on my cell
phone, I immediately thought of my
Trinity Hall friend from last year,
Elena, who is taking the year off from
school to live in France.
My roommates and I texted her
to make sure she was safe, hoping
she was nowhere near the attacks,
but sadly we were wrong. Taber was
only half a mile away from the Bataclan theater where people were being massacred. She responded to our
messages saying she was unsure of
whether or not she would be safe.
Sophomore communications major Raven Macaraeg, another former
hall mate, was one of the first to contact Taber.
I was absolutely terrified because I knew she was in that area and
that there was a large possibility she
could have gotten hurt, Macaraeg
said. I felt like I couldnt help her
and that was killing me.
On the day of the attack, Taber
and her friends had a picnic under the
Eiffel Tower and then walked to the
concert venue/bar where they would
be seeing a hipster band perform.
Taber described how lively the young
crowd was in the area, enjoying the
night life in Paris.
Everything was going according
to plan, Taber recalled.
We were watching the band perform, and about an hour into it our
friends were getting text messages
that there was a shooting, Taber
said. I didnt really think much of it
because you hear things like that all
the time in Los Angeles.

Google Images courtesy

France raised its alert to the highest level in Paris, and reinforced security as French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Taber didnt know that it was an
ISIS attack until much later in the
Once I got a text from a friend in
the states when there was...10 people
dead, that was when I realized that
something bad was going down really close if people from California
were asking me if I was okay, Taber
said. It was the unknown of if we
were going to survive; it was just a
lot of confusion and fear.
Taber and Corbett stayed at the
concert venue until 3 a.m., while
people were being held hostage and
killed only a few blocks away. They
finally snuck out the back of the bar
with a group of older gentlemen who
offered to walk with them to find a
taxi when things settled down hours
In an Instagram post, Taber reflected on the attacks:
What if we had gone to the
EoDM concert instead of the show
we were at a few blocks away? What
if we had left the venue when we

heard about the first shootings and

walked into the line of fire? What if
we had eaten dinner at Place de la Republique on the 13th instead of on the
12th?...We were spared by the grace
of God and it has opened my eyes to
how fortunate we are to be here.
Taber has been an example of
bravery, and through her story Ive
learned the power of prayer in times
of horrific confusion.
However, solely pursuing prayer
does not mean that we remain inactive. Prayer requires action.
Justice for not only France but
the world, has to be fulfilled against
this extremist group that is killing
in the name of Allah. I am in shock
that many people are so comfortable
with policies of inaction. The reason
America has been a great nation is
because we are just.
But when we constantly back
away from difficult issues like this,
are we really that great nation that
once stood for justice for all?
War is not the answer to all

things, but in a lecture given by Dr.

Frederick W. Kagan hosted by the
Department of History and Political
Science earlier in November before
the Paris attack, he stated:
I dont take this lightly, but the
problem is that when people are at
war with you, its very problematic to
say that youre not at war with them.
Macaraeg also commented on the
issue. I do believe the U.S. should
get involved. I think its ridiculous
that we have to wait for something
bad to happen to us personally to do
something, Macaraeg continued.
We need to band together with other
countries and put a stop to [ISIS].
I completely agree with Macaraeg and Dr. Kagan.
We need to stand together to put
an end to this extremist group that has
murdered, and will continue to murder, non-Islamic people. The U.S.
should be involved because we are
the main target for ISIS, which has
claimed to hate Western society. They
are at war with us. They have come
out and claimed that the next attack
will be much worse, and more bitter.
We should not wait until they do
to decide to go to war. We should be
preparing ourselves now to eradicate
them completely.We have an obligation to protect our country.
As Christians, I think we have a
responsibility to help those who are
suffering. Going to war may be inevitable, but our current duty is to pray
for our leaders to have the wisdom to
make the right decisions. We need to
also exercise our rights to peacefully
protest against the policies of inaction.
The government should answer
the people, not the other way around.

Young voices rally their cry across college campuses

Students protest
racism at
University of
Missouri and Yale,
among others
Caroline Connolly
staff writer

Ignoring issues of racism and

diversity, much like disregarding a
problem, in general, is never good.
The recent wave of student protests
on college campuses across the U.S.
has attested to this.
One explosive example of this
happened on the University of Missouris campus when graduate student Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike in response to the rampant
racism continually displayed on campus.
According to an article in the
Southern Illinoisan, the N-word was
used repeatedly; it was scribbled on
walls and shouted to fellow students
on campus. When student advocacy
group Concerned Student 1950 approached administration officials,
they were met with no response.
The group confronted President Tim
Wolfe with further concerns and were
also met with no response.
Even Mizzou football players
boycotted games in support of But-

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Yale University students and faculty rally to demand that Yale University become more inclusive to all students in New Haven, Connecticut.
ler until the chancellor and president
would do something about the issue
of racism on campus.
After a week of Butlers hunger
strike and growing criticism, University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and
Wolfe resigned.
Acting executive director of the
APU Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity, Aaron Hinojosa,
believes that students have the right
to peacefully protest where there is
no effective change.
The chancellors and presidents
avoidance and slow response to students needs and lack of awareness
about racism are not only on their
campus but also the structural and
systemic racism that exists was a big
part of the problem...If the chancellor and president would have shown
empathy and sought to understand
to achieve a perspective that would


The cup controversy

Surviving the Paris terrorist attacks

A response to
the attacks in
France through
the lens of APU
student Elena

have allowed him to see that the lives

of students of color at Mizzou were
truly being effected by acts of racism, [it] would have given him some
equity with students to move toward
change, Hinojosa said.
This act of racism at Missouri is
not an isolated incident.
Recently, a Facebook page was
created, titled NYU White Student
Union. According to David Boroff,
Dale Eisinger, and Jason Silverstein
of the New York Daily News, this
Facebook page was ultimately fake.
However, White Union Facebook
pages are spreading nationwide. At
Calvin College, in Michigan, a group
of students wrote white power and
drew a swastika in the snow.
Personally, I was furious when I
first heard of these racist acts. What
ever happened to a universitys aim
to be an institution for higher learn-

ing? Any university students and

administration members that contribute to racist acts, or ignore racist
acts, contradict this aim. Instead, they
cause their university to be an institution of lower learning.
Executive director of the APU
Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence Dr. Richard Martinez said, Hearing the voices and
concerns from students, staff, faculty,
and leadership are critical aspects of
promoting change in an organization.
Peaceful and respectful approaches
to raising awareness are also essential to nurturing mutual respect as a
foundational principle for sustainable
When it comes to the Black Lives
Matter protests that college campuses
including Dartmouth are supporting,
Martinez believes that, We need to
hear all voices in our university community. With a foundation of mutual
respect, we can facilitate conversations around difficult issues. Through
our conversations with the Mosaic
Caucus, here at APU, we are creating
an environment where we can learn
from one another in a spirit of humility, in order to influence transformative change.
Junior communication studies
major Lynn Yeo said, I definitely
think it is important for students to
speak up about issues of diversity and
racism. It is important to stand up for
what you believe in. Young people
should be free to speak their minds

and try to make a change.

This attitude has been something
that has been incorporated into APU
this year, deeming it an institution
that embodies higher learning.
I am confident that the conversations shared with our students will
continue to influence our future actions. The establishment of a Chief
Diversity Officer (CDO), Dr. Kim
Denu, was a significant step. She approaches her role and our work with
the philosophy of I See You. For
her and the rest of our team, every
voice counts and each person deserves a seat at the table, Martinez
He continued, The Center for
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence and the Student Center for
Reconciliation and Diversity (SCRD)
report directly to the CDO. This leadership structure allows us to be more
responsive and supportive to our
campus community.
Looking to the future, the issue
of racism should never be ignored or
denied by anyone. This never works
out for anyone. College administrators need to be willing to work cooperatively with students, and the other
way around.
I hope more effective ways to
solving the big issue of racism will
emerge. In the meantime, individuals need to fight for what they believe
in and fight against what they think
is wrong. Do not be afraid to speak
your mind.

Starbucks plain red

cup still spreads
Christmas cheer
Kennedy Myers
staff writer

When Nov. 1 rolls around, people anticipate making a trip to Starbucks. When customers order a hot
beverage at Starbucks this time of
the year, their drink comes in a red
holiday cup.
Starting in 1997, Starbucks began serving all of its holiday beverages in a unique and special cup. And
every year, the Starbucks red cups
receive a large amount of publicity.
There is even a website,, that does just as
the name suggests. This website has
an interactive countdown of the days,
hours, minutes and seconds until the
return of the red cups. Starbucks reported that in the 48 hours after releasing the 2014 design, a photo of
the red cup was posted on Instagram
every 14 seconds.
Each year the design varies, but
this years look has changed considerably from previous years. There
arent any Christmas trees, snowmen, or reindeer to decorate the cup.
Instead, they are plain red.
This seasons cups became an issue on social media mainly because
of an angry customer, conservative
Internet personality Joshua Feuer-

stein, who posted a video of himself ranting about Starbucks lack of

Christmas spirit. This video has become known as Starbucks War on
Feuerstein even challenged viewers to say their name was Merry
Christmas, so the employees would
be forced to scribble Merry Christmas on the cups.
However, Starbucks defends
their current minimalist design.
Starbucks has become a place
of sanctuary during the holidays,
were embracing the simplicity and
the quietness of it. Its a more open
way to usher in the holiday, said Jeffery Fields, Starbucks vice president
of design and content, in a statement
last week.
Yes, the cups are simple and
plain, but they are cups; they still hold
the same amount of coffee as before.
A lack of Christmas paraphernalia
does not mean Starbucks executives
and employees are against celebrating Christmas. It simply means they
decided to design the cups differently
this year, in order to promote simplicity. The statements suggest that Starbucks wants customers to build their
own traditions and create their own
personal stories.
Starbucks even invites customers
to draw on their blank cups to create their own story. This is similar to
the White Cup Contest in 2014. This
was a contest where customers were
encouraged to grab a pen and doodle
on their blank canvas of a cup. Once

the custom design was complete, they

posted a photo to social media. The
winning design was created into a reusable cup that is sold online and in
stores today.
There are also much more important issues to worry about than
whether or not a coffee cup has either
a snowflake or reindeer on it.
This issue of the cups has become
a big deal because of a few people on
social media. Sure, there are people
who believe Starbucks is trying to
take Christ out of Christmas, just as
the Starbucks War on Christmas
video suggests. But, are all Christians
concerned with this? Or is it only a
few people who have gained an audience based on their strong-worded
posts and videos?
The Starbucks War on Christmas video currently has 16,433,454
views on Facebook and 189,346
This video has gained attention
either because people think it is both
accurate and true or because it is entertaining and funny. From what Ive
heard, most people agree with the latter.
In the past, the cups had snowmen, ornaments, Christmas lights,
and reindeer, but never specifically
mentioned Christmas.
The media has created stories that
link all Christians to this type of untrue thinking and behavior. Not every
Christian needs a snowman on their
coffee cup; in fact, most, like me, just
want a cup that will hold their coffee.

Is Overheard at APU needless?

Students discuss
the merits and
faults of the popular
Facebook page
Riordan Zentler
staff writer

Facebook group Overheard at

APU houses over 3,700 members.
After being accepted into the group,
subscribers may relate all they would
like upon the pages feed, confident
their message will reach a significant
portion of the student body.
The groups description relates
its mission statement, For those precious moments when you overhear
or oversee something hilarious on
True to the spirit of a college
campus, the feed varies somewhat in
its inappropriateness. A more popular
post relates the terror many undergraduates feel when checking their
email this season: Overseen in an
email: Happy Thanksgiving!...your
first Spring Payment is due!
Pop culture references, quips
at the expense of rival school Biola
University, sarcasm and inside jokes
abound. What will we overhear next
on campus?
Undoubtedly due to the pages
popularity, serious posts are published as well. The terrorist attacks
in Paris incited a variety of posts requesting prayers for loved ones. To
get the word out, police reports of
missing minors are often shared as
As with any gathering, some
jokes fall flat. Other posts give voice
to issues of social justice and inevitably cause tension. The tone of the
room can shift from humorous to
serious in moments when someone
is rubbed the wrong way. Drama en-

sues. Are the posts on Overheard at

APU humorous or needless?
Isaac Lyles, senior mathematics major, enjoys the pages humor.
Regarding serious issues, he said, It
might be a good thing for the community to pay attention to.
He believes there is a certain
danger that everyone might think
their social cause is so important everyone needs to know about it right
The bottom line, he said, is If
youre going to post something serious, you might want to consult other
people before you post it.
I think erring on the side of
light-heartedness is just safer, more
cautious, Lyles added.
Sophomore Allied Health and
Violin double major Chloe MacKay
agrees, saying that generally serious
issues divert the Facebook page from
its intended humor.
There is actually a page called
APU Discussions, and thats where
you can post things that might end up
offending people, said Mackay.
Its no secret that people tend to
conduct themselves differently on social media than they do in real life.
I think people on the Internet
tend to be more candid than they
would [be] in real life, Lyles said.
That could give a view into what the
person actually thinks.
Im of the mind that its good
because I appreciate honesty. Mackay said. It should be done in a way
[in which] you dont make enemies.
You can put your opinion on it, but
not in an insulting way.
I think a lot of people cross that
line, especially on the Overheard at
APU page, she said.
Most of the friction that arises
is removed by the pages administrators when the arguments descend
into name calling. Judging from the
groups feed, the administrators are

not against the presence of controversial postings. The effectiveness of

their actions, or lack thereof, is sometimes questioned.
Its hard to be the police for everyone, Mackay said.
The sites administrators seem
notorious for quickly removing irrelevant posts, but show more discretion
when it comes to gray areas.
Lyles said hes never witnessed
them taking action. Ive heard about
it, Ive seen the aftermath when people talk about [it], but Ive never been
lucky enough to see the controversial
thing and then notice it was gone
Even in a community as friendly
as APU, it can prove difficult to keep
over 3,700 people from descending
into chaos and misconduct. This is
accentuated by the sensation of safety
and illusion of anonymity instilled in
a user behind a digital screen. People
tend to be less personable behind a
For this reason, many members
of the APU community deliberately
choose to stay away from the Facebook group entirely.
Regardless, it is clearly evident
that many people, students and faculty alike, enjoy the page despite its
If it were YouTube-status, where
people were just saying disgusting,
ugly things, then I could see it being a problem, Lyles said. There is
definitely some Facebook drama that
goes on, but its not that big of a deal,
its not as horrendous as YouTube
I definitely think Overheard at
APU should be kept around, he said.
Personally, I am unsubscribing
when this story is published. While
the page holds potential to digitally
accentuate the open and friendly
nature of the campus, it also invites
impersonal drama by its very nature.

wednesday, dec. 2, 2015

The Force awakens?

Heartfelt concerns
from a fervent Star
Wars fan

The countdown of days until the

premiere of Star Wars: The Force
Awakens is down to the double
digits, and fans could not be more
excited. The film premieres internationally on Dec. 18th, and Star Wars
enthusiasts of all generations are eager to witness the latest installment
of the multi-billion dollar franchise.
Set over 30 years after the storyline of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), The Force
Awakens will answer the question
fans are keen to have answered: What
happens next?
I happen to be an enormous fan
of the saga. From a young age, I remember watching Episodes IV, V
and VI over and over, memorizing
the dialogue and singing along with
the iconic soundtrack. I mimicked
the sound of light sabers, impersonated Chewbaccas roar and copied
Yodas backwards speech. I lived
and breathed Star Wars. Though the
prequels released in the early 2000s
were arguably a heinous addition to
the saga, I repeatedly watched those
three films with a fervor one could
argue to be almost religious.
With that being said, I am extremely wary of the impending seventh film of the series. With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith quotes
bringing the saga to a full circle in
2005, I had come to terms with the
way the science fiction epic had ended. The plot was complete. I laughed,
I cried, I felt closure.
Why, then, must there be another
story to an already complete tale?
Dont get me wrong, I will most
definitely be seeing the film when it
premiers in December I am too
dedicated a fan to not watch it. However, history tells us that a sequel film
that premiers decades later than the
original film(s) does not bode well.
Take, for example, Indiana
Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal
Skull (2008). The Stephen Spielberg
film, coincidentally also starring Harrison Ford, continued the adventures
of Indiana Jones (Ford) 19 years after
the previous film, Indiana Jones and
the Temple of Doom. As nostalgic
as it was for fans who had watched
the original three films in the 1980s
to revisit the adventures of Indiana
Jones, the reminiscence did not prove
to be enough to create a major box
office draw. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was rated only 6.2/10 on
IMDb, a dismal assessment for such
a highly anticipated film.
This year, Jurassic World pre-

miered and rebooted Jurassic Park

film series. The Colin Trevorrow
directed and co-written film, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas
Howard, is the fourth installment of
the already successful science fiction
series. Like Kingdom of the Crystal
Skull, the blockbuster hype and starstudded cast were not enough to gain
the highest ratings. Jurassic World
was only given a 7.1/10 on IMDb.
Precedence is not on Star Wars
Did I enjoy Kingdom of the
Crystal Skull and Jurassic World?
Yes, of course I grew up watching
the original movies of both series repeatedly. It should be obvious by now
how much I am a sucker for science
fiction adventure. However, I recognize that there were many negative
aspects to both films, like the script
writing and style-over-substance approach. For some, the negative components proved to be too disappointing to ever watch the films again,
which is why I fear for the success of
The Force Awakens.
Incorporating the original Star
Wars cast (Mark Hamill, Carrie
Fisher and Harrison Ford) is foundational to continue the magic, and that
is something that viewers will love
whether or not the film is actually
well-made. The character dynamics
between Luke Skywalker, Princess
Leia and Han Solo are part of what
makes Star Wars so entertaining to
watch. Their victory over the Galactic Empire at the end of Episode VI
in 1983 was exactly what we needed
to see to feel as though the plot could
end satisfyingly.
If J.J. Abrams (the director of
The Force Awakens) is prepared to
re-open our hearts to more Star Wars
goodness, he must be prepared to deliver the necessary components to offer our hearts closure once again.
It is with a guarded spirit that I
will watch The Force Awakens
when it premiers. The fear of a disappointing sequel far outweighs the excitement I have to enter the Star Wars
galaxy once again. I share this wary
perspective toward the film with Joe
Gould, a devout Star Wars fan who
watched the original films in theaters
as a teenager.
[The Force Awakens] shows
a lot of promise, Gould said, But
trailers sometimes make better hype
than the movie actually deserves, so
Im not expecting this one to be the
best of the Star Wars movies.
I hope to be proved wrong, to be
reassured that there is still hope for
sequel films to do well.
Perhaps we should listen to good
ol Master Yodas advice: Fear is the
path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads
to suffering. Lets hope that when
the Force awakens, we are not left to

Google Images courtesy

Google Images courtesy

Audiences will see recurring actor

Harrison Ford reprise his role as
the iconic Han Solo.

This highly anticipated movie is

already predicted to gross $615
million opening weekend.

Jeena Gould

guest writer


Jared Zoller, king of the court and the Zu

Senior forward
leads basketball
team and student

Impressive season
ends despite valiant
effort against
Isaac Lee
guest writer

Senior forward Jared Zoller is

the second leading scorer on the
APU mens basketball team this season, averaging 9.6 points per game,
third to forward Austin Dwyers 11.8
points per game. Zoller not only leads
his team, he leads the Zu, APUs student section.

The ZU

@APUtheZU Courtesy

Ken Williams Courtesy

Jared Zoller (left) stands with a member of the Zu before a volleyball match.

Jared Zoller takes a hook shot during a Cougar game this season.

pages to advertise games, and yearly

ZU raps released at Midnight Madness.
We want to build community,
and the best way to do that is through
sports, he said. Having fun cheering for the same team, having the
same common goal.
Zollers believes his goal is being
realized more every year as student
attendance has continually increased
since his freshman year.
Its pretty impressive how Jared
was able to help create a real movement among all students while excelling on the court as well, teammate
and forward Corey Langerveld said.
Their vision and dedication to the
ZU made it a thing that APU students
take pride in belonging to.

In his senior year at APU, Zollers

9.6 points per game are the best of his
college career.
Its always fun to score, but
anyone can score any given night,
Zoller said.
Zoller stated that points are not
important to him, but hes willing to
shoot if his teammates pass the ball
to him.
Our offense is more of shooting
if you get the ball and youre open,
he said. We dont tend to isolate, unless its a bad post matchup. I just do
what I can to win, because thats what
we want to do.
APU plays California Baptist
University on Dec. 5 in a rivalry
game where the pressure will rise.
However, according to teammate

Because he plays on the mens

basketball team, Zoller is unable to
cheer on his squad from the stands,
but his ZU team is there to back him
Its nice to have a crew that
can pick up the slack when Im not
there, he said.


Before moving to Azusa, Zoller

was a star at Mountain Ridge High in
Glendale, Arizona. He played three
sports including volleyball, a year
of track and basketball. He excelled
at basketball and earned a nomination to the McDonalds All-American
team his senior year, in which he averaged a stellar 18 points per game.

Langerveld, Zoller is unfazed.

No matter the situation, he will
remain the same. He is calm, confident and reliable, Langerveld said.
After being eliminated in the
Elite Eight of last seasons NCAA
Division II March Madness tournament, Zoller is hungry for more.
Throughout the years, Zoller has
been a solid player for the team
contributing in every stat, including
the charity where he shot 82 percent
from the free throw line and was
third on the team in blocks (11) last
Zoller continues to excel this season in both basketball and as the head
of the ZU, scoring career highs in
points, while simultaneously raising
game attendance.

Talented newcomers strengthen swimming and diving

Cougars increase
national profile
behind freshman
Cynthia Arroyo
staff writer

Sports Information Photo

Elodie Poo Cheong competes for Azusa Pacific at a meet against Alaska
Fairbanks in October. The freshman from Curepipe, Mauritius has contributed points for the Cougars at all competitions this season.
each one of her teammates. Everyone is so inspiring in each of their
ways, so I try to glean what I can
from them. Were moving in the same
direction together, Poo Cheong said.
She also looks up to sophomore
teammate Rosalie Santa Ana, who
qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet as a freshman last year.
Following a first place win in
two events against Biola at APUs
home meet on Nov. 7, Santa Ana was
named a Pacific Collegiate Swim

and Dive Conference Athlete of the

Santa Ana emphasized the team
as a whole, but said that the freshmen add to it with team spirit, and
energy. They know their goals, and
theyre doing it all for God, she
Teammate Erica Knudson, a senior, said, Each person is valuable
for scoring this year, and we are not
as focused anymore on specific individual talent, but as a whole, we

have gotten better from the incoming

The young members on the team
are adjusting well to the collegiate
At the SOKA Invitational on
Saturday, Nov. 14, freshman Abigail
Wiet won the 200-yard backstroke,
eight seconds ahead of her secondplace competitor. Wiet later finished
third in a field of 22 in the 100-yard
In the same Invitational, Poo
Cheong competed and won first place
in the 100-yard butterfly. Her teammate, junior Heidi Zuniga, followed
just .32 seconds behind.
During their home meet against
Biola, freshman diver Rachel Johns
posted 209.02 points in one-meter,
then 205.50 in the three-meter in
APUs diving portion of the meet.
Head coach Tim Kyle emphasized the team-oriented spirit of this
years group.
They all contribute. The
strength of our team, again, is that
were well-rounded. We have some
great individuals on our team, but
those individuals make up our team,
and thats what I like to focus on,
Kyle said. Last year we had some
national qualifiers who did really
well, and were continuing to push
that and get more people to qualify...
We were lacking a little bit in some
areas, and the freshmen have filled
those gaps.
Kyle also explained that the suc-

cess of the recruiting process can be

drawn from the fact that they are recruiting faster girls each season.
The expectation and bar raise
every year, and thats our strength,
Kyle said.
Theres another attribute that
stands out in Azusa Pacifics recruiting process. Kyle said, Were not
only looking for talented athletes but
athletes that fit the mold of APU in
the direction that its headed. APU
recruiters are looking for swimmers
who want to succeed academically
and follow Christ as they participate
on the team.
Kyle said that Azusa Pacifics
marketing in general aids in the recruiting process, but from his perspective, most of it comes from word
of mouth. The swimming and diving
reputation gets around.
I think we really pour into our
girls, and thats shown. People understand that were not only athletics
driven, but we want to grow spiritually and academically, and really develop better women to graduate from
APU, Kyle said.
Kyle hopes that they will carry
what they have learned on the team
to their futures. We want the girls
to take what they have learned and
gained through the discipline and
high expectations of our program,
and apply it to their lives, he said.
The Azusa Pacific swim and dive
team will compete against UC Santa
Cruz on Saturday, Dec. 5.

wednesday, DEC. 2, 2015


Womens Soccer falls at Western Washington

staff writer

Guest Writer

There are eight freshmen on

APUs 23-member swim and dive
team. Each member is committed
to moving the team forward as they
look ahead to the NCAA Championship meet.
Although swim and dive is often
seen as an individual sport, freshman
Elodie Poo Cheong describes her
team as a supportive unit.
Were always pushing each
other in practice; we suffer together,
she said.
The team gathers for bonding activities, and members often
encourage one another outside of
meets. Poo Cheong said each week,
team members are paired with a
new partner they can encourage
with a note or candy, a program
called sweet and treat. The team
goes to dinner together, and Poo
Cheong spoke fondly of the recent
beach bonfire.
We bring our talent to the team,
but we are an additional contribution
to what is already here, Poo Cheong
She looks up to her coaches and


Sharon Lee

Sam Quintanilla

In most sports, having the crowd

behind the team is always helpful. At
times it can even give the team momentum and help them rally to win
multiple games.
Look at the Seattle Seahawks
crowd, nicknamed the Fan 12 because of how distracting they are. In
recent years, APU has not enjoyed
that level of student support. The lack
of attendance at school games was
surprising and unacceptable to Zoller.
When I first got here, attendance
was lame, and I had to do something
about it, Zoller said.
Zoller began attending every
game he could, which caught the eye
of Communiversity, and propelled
them to ask him to start an initiative
that would attract students to games.
Zoller and cofounder Jon Root, who
was a punter on the APU football
team and graduated last spring, came
up with a clever nickname for Azusa
Pacific: The ZU.
Since assembling his ZU crew
in 2011, Zoller has several tactics to
increase attendance such as including
a ZU section, creating social media

A narrow 1-0 defeat to the second-ranked Western Washington Vikings ended the womens soccer season, however their stunning efforts
will not be easily forgotten.
Throughout this season, the Cougars scored 37 goals, through 19
matches, with 12 clean sheets. As
these statistics demonstrate, the Cougars dominated this season.
The Cougars season began
perfectly, with the team recording wins over Stanislaus State and
Cal State East Bay, despite playing
both matches within the span of
three days, conceding no goals in
either. It took five matches for the
Cougars to concede a single goal, in
their 2-1 exhibition match win over
Head coach Jason Surrell admitted that having early success is what
got the Cougars to the No. 2 seed in
It was a big step for us, just in
the belief process that we can do it at
this level, Surrell said.
While the defense was solid, the
Cougars had no shortage of attacking
options, with senior midfielder and
PacWest Player of the Year Mayra
Almazan providing runs either in the
left wing or central midfield. Junior
forward Katelyn Rogers scored 11
goals from the wings. Together they
formed a formidable strike partnership with a combined 17 goals and
8 assists.
The depth of the squad was phenomenal, and the team was fortunate
to have two talented goalkeepers,

Sports Information Photo

The womens soccer team celebrates after their 1-0 win over Sonoma
State in the NCAA tournament. It was APUs first NCAA tournament win.
sophomore Zoey Bauman and junior
Sarah Klinkenberg, whom they rotated throughout the season.
The Cougars demonstrated the
mental strength to bounce back after their first losses of the season, a
1-0 defeat to Point Loma, which was
followed by a 2-1 overtime loss to
I think the Concordia game was
the tough one because I felt like we
were still the better teamwe had
more of the shotsmore control
[so] to lose that one was tough, Surrell said.
At that point, Coach Surrell admitted, the season hung in the balance. If the Cougars lost any more
matches, it was unlikely they would
qualify for the postseason NCAA
The girls really put their mind[s]
to it, Surrell said. The training got

better, the intensity was better, the focus was better.

With their backs against the
wall, the Cougars went on to complete an impressive 11-game winning streak. In their following three
matches, they scored six goals,
while conceding zero. A 2-1 victory
over Fresno Pacific and an exciting
3-2 overtime win over Notre Dame
de Namur followed.
The Cougars were finding their
form at exactly the right time. But
while their performances were
solid, it was nothing compared to
their next four matches. They overwhelmed their opponents by scores
of 2-0 and 3-0 margins (twice), before completely dominating Holy
Names squad with a score of 6-1.
A 1-0 win over Dominican in
San Rafael qualified the team to the
NCAA 2nd round against Sonoma

State. From the beginning, APU

dominated the proceedings, as the
Cougars defense did not allow any
opportunities for the Sonoma State
This was the first time the Cougars
qualified for the NCAA tournament.
The most memorable moment
[of the season] was when the whistle blew to end the game against
Sonoma, and we were the first PacWest team to ever win a secondround gameI felt like [we] won
the national championship, sophomore defender Hayley Patterson
Their match against Western
Washington demonstrated their
mental strength and developed potential in physicality and skill. Playing away in unfamiliar conditions
and without prior experience in advanced NCAA fixtures, the Cougars
more than held their own against one
of the best teams of the region. They
blocked three chances and prevented
all but one goal thanks to Klinkenbergs four saves.
The Western Washington game
was tough. The conditions were obviously not what we were used to, but
they are a great team. I am proud of
how the girls came out and fought
the whole timeits sad that the season has come to an end, but we had
a great season and went farther than
any APU womens soccer team or
PacWest team has gone in a D2 Playoff run, Almazan wrote in an Instagram post.
Junior defender Lindsey Ryals added, Ive never met a group
of girls that were as amazing as my
teammates. The way we rally around
each other in tough times or in joyous moments just keeps me in awe
of what God can do and how Hes
picked each and every one of us for
a reason.
Make no mistake, this team was
impressively good. With only a handful of players graduating this year, the
Cougars will look to maintain their
success into next season.

Date Opponent
9/3 Stanislaus St.
9/5 CSU East Bay
9/10 UCSD
9/12 Cal State L.A.
9/24 *Dixie State
10/1 *Point Loma
10/10 *HAWAII PAC.
10/15 *CALIF. BAP.
10/17 *Fresno Pacific
10/22 *@ NDNU
10/24 *Academy of Art
11/5 *Holy Names
11/7 *Dominican
12/14 #Sonoma State
12/19 #Western Wash.

W, 1-0
W, 2-0
W, 1-0
W, 1-0
W, 4-1
L, 0-1
L, 0-2
W, 3-0
W, 2-0
W, 1-0
W, 2-1
W, 3-2
W, 2-0
W, 3-0
W, 3-0
W, 6-1
W, 1-0
L, 0-1

*PacWest Match
#NCAA Tournament

Point Loma
Azusa Pacific

Conf. (pts) Overall

11-2 (33) 15-5

11-2 (33) 16-3
10-2-1 (31) 113-3
Calif. Baptist
9-3-1 (28) 9-7-2
Dixie State
9-4 (27) 11-6
Fresno Pacific
7-4-2 (23) 9-6-2
Hawaii Pacific
6-7 (18) 9-9
5-6-2 (17) 6-9-3
5-7-1 (16) 5-11-2
Holy Names
4-9 (12) 6-11
4-9 (12) 5-9-3
Academy of Art 3-9-1 (10) 4-13-1
Notre Dame de Namir 3-10 (9) 3-15


Mayra Almazan - 1st Team
Haley Patterson - 1st Team
Katelyn Rodgers - 2nd Team

Volleyball completes up-and-down season

Cougars grow both

individually and as
a team, finish 14-15
Kennedy Myers
staff writer

Azusa Pacific Universitys volleyball team had a challenging season

full of ups and downs. The team finished with an overall record of 14-15
and 10-10 in the PacWest conference.
The Cougars began their volleyball season with four matches in
Anchorage, Alaska, against nationally ranked competition. The Cougars
lost all four matches but remained
competitive throughout each. They
flipped the script the following weekend in Seattle in the GNAC/PacWest
challenge, the Cougars left victorious after winning all four of their
They won their first home match,
the conference opener, against California Baptist in four sets. Head
coach Chris Keife referred to this
match as a great win.
After winning against CBU, the
Cougars won the next two home
matches against Notre Dame De
Namur and Fresno Pacific. Unfortunately, APU lost the following four
After this tough losing streak,
the team headed to Hawaii where
they won all three of the games they

Sports Information Photo

The Cougar volleyball team huddles before a match. The squad finished 14-15 for the second straight season and will graduate six seniors including first team All-PacWest outside hitter Mattie Shelford.
played. Coach Keife said, [We were]
on a streak.
Unfortunately, shortly after, the
Cougars lost four tough matches
against Dixie State, Point Loma,
Concordia and Dominican.
We have had a season of ups
and downs, Keife said. It was full
of emotions. We had the opportunity to finish 1st or 2nd [in the conference] a few weeks ago, but now
we are 8th. It has been a season of
There are six seniors who will
graduate this year: Joy Reinke, Ash-

ley Swatek, Kristina Kam, Jaden

Louie, Mattie Shelford and Katy
Crouse. Their absence will significantly affect and change the team
dynamic for next years season.
We are bringing in so many
new girls with different skills and
personalities. Its an exciting time
to have so many new faces, Keife
said. Its been nice to have freshmen get playing time. They are all
gaining experience.
The Cougars will enter their next
season with three players starting
their senior year.

These players include middle

blockers Ashley Midland, Crystal
Dedes and Kami Zoller.
The current seniors on the team
agree: Even though the season did not
go as they expected, they all grew individually and as a team.
We had a good season overall, senior defensive specialist Ashley Swatek said. We had growth.
We battled against teams, instead of
crumbling, we joined together. Even
though we didnt succeed in wins and
loses, we grew as a team and as individuals.
Senior outside hitter Mattie Shelford earned first team All-PacWest
honors. It was the third time she has
earened an All-PacWest honor.
Azusa Pacific also claimed Midland onto the All-PacWest team; she
earned earned an honorable mention
selection and held the second highest
hitting percentage (.322) in the conference.
Shelford hoped for a better outcome but understands that a great
season is not always easy.
This season was not as we anticipated, Shelford said. We hoped
we would make it to the playoffs. We
had a tough conference.
The final game of the season was
at California Baptist University on
Saturday, November 21. Unfortunately, the Cougars loss marked the
end of their season.
We have to learn from where we
were this year and bring it to [a higher
level] next year, Keife said.


Mens Basketball (5-1)
Last game: W, 87-75 vs.
Young Harris (Ga.)
Next game: @ Point Loma*
at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Dec. 3.
Swimming & Diving (2-1)
Last meet: @ SOKA
Next meet: @ UC Santa Cruz
at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.
Volleyball (14-15)
Last match: L, 0-3 @
California Baptist*
Womens Basketball (6-2)
Last game: L, 71-76 vs. UC
San Diego
Next meet: @ Point Loma*
at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Dec. 3.
Womens Soccer (16-3)
Last game: L, 0-1 vs. Western
Washington (NCAA West
Regional Final)
*Conference Game


wednesday, DEC. 2, 2015