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student voice of azusa pacific university since 1965

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016

VOL. 53, NO. 7


Presidential victory sparks

campus discussion

Trumps triumph
evokes a
wide range of
emotions among

Azusa PD elicits social

media response

The Azusa
provides support
to AZPD after
Nov. 8 shooting
Gina Ender

Ciera Cypert



guest writer

Seismic waves of emotions

surfaced on campus and across the
country last week as the presidential
election came to an end. After an
unpredictable win by most data polls,
Donald J. Trump was elected the
45th President of the United States.
Students had much to say about
the way their peers reacted, how
they personally reacted and how they
project Trump will do in office.
management major and Trump
supporter Jacob Perrow said he
had seen many students with mixed
I feel like Ive seen a lot more
prayer groups on campus, Perrow
said. Ive heard, just walking by
people, especially people who are
minorities, getting choked up just
talking about it, expressing their
concerns. Its bringing out the worst
in a lot of people, but at the same
time, its bringing out the best in
some people who want to help and
pray together and try to reconcile
With a controversial campaign
season, politics have been a topic
of discussion both in and outside
of classrooms. After Trump was


announced president, conversations

continued throughout the student
body. Faculty, campus pastors and
student organizations attempted
to initiate relevant conversations
throughout the season and even
afterwards. On Friday, November 11,
the SCRD office held a post-election
event that allowed a larger space for
students and employees to process

the election.
Senior business management
major Beth Lopez noticed frequent
conversations between her and her
close friends and the faculty and staff
around her. Lopez, who voted for
Hillary Clinton, was taken aback by
the results of the election.


When a 45-year-old gunman

killed a 77-year-old man and injured
two women, ages 59 and 65, in Azusa
on Nov. 8, thousands of people
trusted Azusa Police Departments
(AZPD) social media team to provide
live updates on their Facebook and
Twitter feeds.
The shooter was under the
influence of cocaine when he
committed the crime, which took
place in the Memorial Park area. The
suspect opened fire against officers
but none were harmed, and the
officers returned fire and killed the
Though there were speculations
early on that the shooting was related
to the election, there has been no
proven correlation thus far. Because
of the shooting, however, two polling
places were closed and voters were
forced to go to other locations in
the community. Mountain View
Elementary School and Slauson
Middle School were put on lockdown
as well.
Azusa PD has since turned over
the investigation to the Los Angeles
County Sheriffs Department.
Sergeant Xavier Torres of
AZPD is on the departments social
media team; he posted three status

updates and responded to comments

throughout the afternoon to keep
the community informed. The team
recorded three live videos, the most
popular of which featured an update
from AZPDs Chief Steve Hunt and
garnered over 93,000 views, over
1,000 reactions and 634 shares.
Weve gotten a lot of positive
community support, a lot of it
through our social media platforms,
Torres said.
He posted two other videos
throughout the day, which both
climbed to over 16,000 views and
received well-wishes and inquiries
from community members. Azusa
resident Susie Vega showed her
support of the AZPD in the comment
section of a video.
God bless the men in uniform!
Vega wrote. Hard workers and
are always protecting us! My heart
stopped knowing the kids were on
Vega, who actively comments
on the police departments posts,
said she often gets her community
updates from the Facebook page.
I think its important that Azusa
PD takes their time to post important
updates of whats going on in our city
and the rest of the cities with happy
stories and sad stories, Vega said. It
gives me an opportunity to send them
directly my prayers and also blessings
at all times.
Azusa resident Dina Michelle
said she follows all Azusa-related
social media pages to find out what
is going on in the city, especially
in regard to news and events. She
posted a comment telling the Azusa
PD to be safe and said that they were
in her prayers.

see AZUSA PD 3

explains what
faith integration
looks like in the
classroom and
after graduation
Nathan Foster
staff writer

On Nov. 10, Executive Director

of the Office of Faith Integration
Paul Kaak and assistant professor
of exercise science Doug Crowell
led a seminar seeking to link faith
integration to a concern about the
development of good and godly
character. They spoke to four other
faculty members about how to
integrate faith into their teaching.
We want to clarify how
character development can become
meaningful and appropriate faith
integration in our particular classes
and professions, Kaak said.
Kaak and Crowell used a

hypothetical situation about teaching

a class on athletic training and faith.
They talked about the virtues that an
athletic trainer would want to have in
terms of faith and skill.
I believe that those who came
will walk away with both the
inspiration and the understanding of
how to connect the development of
moral virtue to what their students
have come there to learn, Kaak said.
Crowell spoke about what he
thought employers would look for in
an APU graduate. He emphasized
the significance of future employment
in the presentation.
Our exemplars are people out
there who are saying, This is what
were looking for in a graduate from
your university, from a Christian
university, Crowell said.
conversation he had with a recruiter
for Kindred Healthcare who oversees
about 11 hospitals. When looking at
the significant number of rsums
given to him per week, the recruiter
said that he briefly goes through
their skills and references, but looks
for something more when they are a


Professors learn to incorporate faith in teaching

Paul Kaak and Doug Crowell lead a discussion on incorporating faith into curriculum on Nov. 10.
graduate of APU.
He called them the intangibles,
Crowell said. He said, Im looking
for team players, people who are
service-oriented, people who have
good listening skills, people who are

compassionate and people who love

God first. Thats what we do here.
Crowell and Kaak built their
presentation around the idea of
helping professors learn how to teach
with virtue.

In addition to the great

knowledge and skills and the ability
to do research, we can do something
a little bit different from a Christian
perspective, Crowell said.


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Referred to Student Life.

Professionally dressed student employees pose on Cougar Walk.

An APU student skateboards behind the Rose Garden.




The following are selected

incidents as reported from the
Daily Media Log from Nov. 7
through Nov. 13 courtesy of
Campus Safety.

Referred to Student Life.








Top: Three APU students smile wearing their APU crewnecks.



Subject issued
warning - verbal.

A student anticipates graduation while wearing her mortar board.



Wednesday, November 16

Saturday, November 19

Chief Diversity Officer, Kim Denu, will be speaking at chapel in the

Felix Event Center from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

The womens volleyball team will play Cal Baptist from 3 to 6 p.m.
in the Felix Event Center.


Thursday, November 17

Sunday, November 20

Guest pianist, Jose Lopez of Florida University International, will be

performing in Munson Recital Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The School of Music is hosting a concert at the Wynn

amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Guest Artist: Jose Lopez

1. If you see something, say
2. Safety is everyones business.
3. Dial 911 for life-threatening
4. Non-emergencies: Call
Campus Saftety at (626) 8153898.
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
13. Secure your bike with a
recommended Kryptonite

Womens Volleyball

Commercial Styles Concert

Friday, November 18

Monday, November 21

The Les Femmes dance will be held at the Los Angeles Union Station
from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Office of Faith Integration is hosting a workshop about learning

outside of the classroom.

Les Femmes

Faith Integration and Experimential Education

The Clause staff would like to thank Camille Frigillana for her graciousness in helping to put together this weeks publication.

editor-in-chief gina ender
news editor erika hunter
lifestyle editor jamie roebuck-joseph
opinion editor hankyul sharon lee
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business manager lorraine tan
staff writers alyssa burlingame, walter
cortez, nathan foster, shepherd newcomb,
tyler smith
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Azusa community responds to Integrating faith into

incident on social media
She said she felt inclined to
comment because she wanted to
include positivity in the comment
section and wanted to stand up for
I dont think [other commenters]
department was trying to help a
said. They had no time to be on

commented on a video because said
she felt it was important to show her
appreciation. In her comment, she
shared that her daughter was just
let out from Slauson Middle School
and was grateful for the police
departments protection.
Although it was a terrifying
moment, I felt confident that our kids
were safe, Rocha said.

comment on a video expressing
her appreciation for the consistent
updates and responses from AZPDs
Thank you for taking the time
to comment, Jones said below the
video. [I] live very close. Scared.
Follow AZPD on Facebook
and YouTube at Azusa Police
Department, and on Instagram and
Twitter at @AzusaPD.

The shooting outside of Memorial Park in Azusa spurred community discussion on social media.


Although it was a terrifying moment, I felt confident that our kids

were safe. -Rosie Sandoval Rocha

Thats when we ask, What does
good character look like?
Crowell and Kaak laid out a
series of steps and described the
virtues people should seek in each
profession. The main characteristic
was integrity, which can be applied
across all professions and classes.
Kaak circled back to the
importance of faith integration in
teaching and working with not only
students, but professors as well.
It is the commitment of the
Office of Faith Integration to provide
resources and encouragement to
faculty to continue to better the job of
faith integration in their classrooms,
Kaak said. It is our job to support
our faculty so they can do what they
need to do for you and your friends.
Crowell testified to what Kaak
said. He has personally learned how
to become a better teacher and an
even better teacher of Christian
virtues through the Office of Faith
I think the Office of Faith
Integration has really given me the
opportunity to develop myself as a

Christian educator, Crowell said.

Thats why I came here to APU, to
become a better Christian educator
and professional.
One of the professors in
attendance, Tim Heumier of the
mathematics and physics department,
said the seminar helped him gain
an appreciation for other ways of
thinking about faith and physics.
Weve got a nice handle on
how to do some aspects of faith
integration, but this gives me some
new ideas on how we might enrich
what we already do, Heumier said.
We already do some dwelling on
the characteristics of a good scientist
and draw parallels between that
and Christians. This represents a
more focused way on drawing those
The Office of Faith Integrations
next discussion will be on Monday,
Nov. 21 in the Ronald Board Room
from 3-4:30 p.m. The session will
discuss how learning outside of the
classroom can incorporate meaning
in faith integration reflection. For
more information, visit their office on
West Campus in the Duke Academic

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016

Students talk after the presidential election

Concerning the staff, everyone
has been really kind and gracious
and understanding that people are
hurting right now, Lopez said. I
think I didnt prepare for the reality
of him winning just because I didnt
expect that to happen. I was totally
caught off guard that there was that
much support for Trump in our
Lopez, a Portland, Oregon
native, said she was concerned about
the riots that were caused in wake of
Trumps victory, especially those that
took place in her hometown.
Riots and protests have taken
place in major cities across the
U.S. While some were peaceful,
others required immediate police
Trump responded to these riots
by turning to Twitter, claiming that
the protesters were incited by the
media and called their protesting
very unfair.
Austin Lozano, a senior political
science major, expressed concern
over the riots and how Trump was
reacting to them.
Nothing about his tweet is mean
or bad or hateful, it just doesnt seem
like good leadership in my opinion,
Lozano said.
Lozano voted for Clinton and
said he was surprised by Trumps
I just couldnt believe what had
just happened because of all the polls



and statistics before, Lozano said.

I was very shocked, and it was
very surreal to me.
The drastic range of emotions
from students showed diversity in
political opinions found on campus.
Perrow stated that he was
excited and happy at the results but
was prepared for backlash from
students on campus. However,

Lopez expressed deep concern for

the country and for the safety of her
family. It was wild, Lopez said.
I never expected that. Im scared
for how people are treating each
other already because there is such a
Sophomore accounting major
Jake Van Baest, who did not vote
in this election, said he is being

optimistic about Trumps victory.

I think he is going to be very
forceful and demand things to get
done, because thats his personality,
Van Baest said. Im hoping he does a
good job for our sake.
Van Baest stated that if he had
voted, he would have voted for
Trump. He said he remains hopeful
because he thinks hoping your

President to be bad is like hoping

your pilot will crash the plane that
youre on.
Despite his shock, Lozano said
he wanted to feel more hopeful than
hopeless for the future of the United
Im giving him the benefit of the
doubt. Once he acts, then Ill react,
Lozano said.


Communiversity hosts video game tournament

Students come
together in
Cougar Dome to
relieve stress and
have fun
Tyler Smith
On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Office
of Communiversity hosted its semiannual video game tournament,
bringing both competitive and
casual gamers together over games
like Star Wars Battlefront, Super
Smash Bros and Mario Kart.
Bryant Hernandez, a senior
finance major, put together the video
game event with the hope of bringing
different students together while
keeping it fun and competitive.
[It was] a tournament style
competition with the winners for
each game receiving an Amazon
gift card. Some of the games [were]
classics like Mario Kart so [its] fun
for everyone, Hernandez said.
The first competition of the
day centered around Star Wars
Battlefront, a first- person shooter
game that takes place in the Star
Wars galaxy. Besides playing as
a clone trooper, the game also
provides a hero mode where you
can play as your favorite Jedi or Sith
Lord. Battlefront is a newer game
compared to the Wii games, so its
dynamics are fairly similar to popular
shooter games.
I play a lot of first- person shooter
games like Halo and Call of Duty,
so I came thinking I had a good
chance at winning the Star Wars
tournament, Seth Zomermaand, a
freshman biology major, said.
But his shooting skills werent
what led him to victory. Zomermaand
ended up taking 1st in the Star
Wars Battlefront tournament with
a heated lightsaber battle as Luke
Next up in the tournament was
Super Smash Bros Melee. Since
coming out over a decade ago, Super



staff writer

Smash Bros is a game that most of

the gamers at APU play in their halls
or apartments on campus.
Ive been playing since my
freshman year; almost everyone I
know in my hall plays Super Smash
Bros, sophomore psychology major
Isaiah Airth said. I came to APU
not knowing what Smash Bros was
until I saw my RA and the rest of my
hall playing. I knew I had to practice
and do my research if I wanted to get
really good, so eventually I ended
up being one of the best players in
my hall and I also started playing in
Airth went on to talk about
how his hall ended up putting

him up against another school in

a competition known as Smith vs.
Every year we have Smith vs
Smith, where both halls compete
against each other in about 6 events;
Super Smash Bros is the game I
play in, theyll also do things like
dodgeball, ping pong, ultimate
frisbee, and a game called buck buck,
Airth said.
Besides showing his competitive
side, Airth also explained how just
seeing new people play the game
and coming together was more than
enough fun.
I think its really just a fun time
and environment; it reaches out to a

new group of guys and girls that dont

always get reached out to so, I loved
it, Airth said.
Though the event focused on
having fun, some of the gamers still
managed to show their competitive
edge. Freshman computer science
major and first- place winner of
the Super Smash Bros Melee
tournament Jaylen Quizon came into
the tournament on a mission to win.
My friend Seth told me about
todays tournament and said there
was going to be Super Smash
Bros,so I knew I had to come out
and see what competition APU had
to offer, Quizon said.
He explained that his long-

standing interest in gaming and the

notoriety of Smash Bros are what
led him to take part in the event.
Ive always been a big gamer
since high school, mostly playing
PC games like Counter-Strike and
League Of Legends, but this game
called Super Smash Bros will always
hold a place in my heart, Quizon
It would be great here to know
the winner of the other competition.
Next semester, Communiversity
will be putting together another
video game tournament while also
setting up a spikeball tournament, a
bubble soccer tournament and a sock
wars tournament.


Everyones tryin to meet their future spouse, but Im just trying to meet my future dog.

What the heck, how did I get on Netflix... I was on Sakai!? Theyre both red!... AH I accidentally clicked play.

If they cant build the Den in 6 months, they cant build a wall in 4 years.

Guy taking dining services survey: Wait what?!? Theres a section for
social/ethical practices related to food. What does that mean? Am I
supposed to be spiritually renewed when I eat a burrito?

Overseen: My inbox full of emails from Commuter Life... Im commuting

all the way from Colombia apparently. #GLT

Overseen (Left): Even the squirrels are too tired and over this semester.



WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016

APU Theater presents The Glass Menagerie


Set just before

WWII, play
by Tennessee
Williams shows
struggle of
money, family
and identity
Alyssa Burlingame
staff writer

APU Theaters latest production

features a rendition of Tennessee
Williams famous work, The Glass
The play, which premiered in
1944, is about an ambitious boy
named Tom who hopes to be a poet
but puts a hold on his dreams in order
to care for his family. Tom is raised by
his single mom, Amanda, and has an
older sister, Laura, who is crippled
due to a childhood illness.
The shows director Gregory
Sims noted that the show, while
involving many characters, focuses on
Toms search for personal meaning
amid tumultuous personal and family
[The show details Toms]
attempts to find redemption and
peace, sifting through the glass
shards of his own soul, Sims said.
The shows set remained the
same throughout, with only minor
changes in props. On the back wall
was a fragmented, empty picture
frame meant to represent Toms

The cast of The Glass Menagerie poses with play director Gregory Sims on the set. The play is sold out through its last show on Nov. 19.
missing father. Throughout the
show, if Toms father was mentioned,
a single spotlight lit up the picture
Scott Boynton was the set
designer for this production and
debated ways to cleverly represent
the story.
I played with the ideas of almost
shattering the set apart, having
fragmented pieces of the doorway, of
the floor, things like that, Boynton
said. Youre playing with the themes
of the fire of human desperation and
trying to escape, [which is] also why
we have the fire escape there.
The picture frame is the mostused prop throughout the story, due
to how frequently Toms father is
mentioned. Amanda, Toms mother,
is concerned that Tom will end up

like his father. As a result, Tom is

constantly deceitful by lying to her
about where he is going and what he
is doing. By doing so, he is actually
becoming more and more like his
There is no picture in the frame
because the father is gone, Boynton
said. I thought it wouldnt give it
character if you had a man who was
perpetually smiling throughout the
whole production; you would always
remember this smiling face instead
of a person whos actually gone from
your life.
Tom, who is played by
senior double major in business
management and BFA acting
Andrew Bliek plays both character
and narrator in the story.
Bliek said this was an interesting

shift when it came to playing the role

on stage.
Tom is significantly older in
the narration, so I get to enter a
completely different world as Tom in
the narration and bring the audience
in, Bliek said. When I go into the
scenes, its youthful Tom. Thats how
I differentiate it in my head.
Even though the events of the
show were dark, Bliek explained that
Tom is, in some ways, a whimsical
Bliek said he relates to Tom in
his desire for adventure, as well as his
desire to get away from home.
There have been times in my
life where I just wanted to get away,
break free of the routine that Im in, or
everything just seems [so] mundane
so I just want to change something,

Bliek said. I relate to Tom in that

way. The play is more than just his
anger and angst. Its his love for his
family. Thats why he stayed so long,
and I deeply love my family.
In terms of preparation for his
role, Bliek explained that in order to
relate to Toms character, he had to
isolate himself. Because he is a poet
and writer, Tom is naturally prone to
being alone, which is something that
Bliek tried to capture for the stage.
I spent a lot of time alone, Bliek
said. When I would spend time in
seclusion, I would make sure that I
had my lines with me or I was writing
poetry or something like that.
The Glass Menagerie is playing
at the Blackbox theater until Nov.
19th. Currently, every show is sold



WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016

and faculty
attend heavy

Shepherd Newcomb
staff writer

At the end of last week, published

philosopher Peter Van Inwagen
came to APU to give lectures on both
Friday and Saturday.
In addition to being a Professor
of Philosophy at Notre Dame, Peter
van Inwagen is a Research Professor
of Philosophy at Duke University
in the spring semesters, has taught
at Syracuse University, written
eight books, countless articles on
philosophy and won numerous
awards for his work. From 2010-13,
he was the president of the Society of
Christian Philosophers.
The topics for his lectures were
a matter of what students most
preferred to discuss. The first of
the two, held on Friday in Wilden
Lecture Hall, was on the topic of
hell, and the second was on the
resurrection and afterlife.
I did not come here just to speak
about hell, but I offered a list of topics
I could speak on and thats what was
decided, Van Inwagen said.
The lecture proposed a possible
depiction of hell referencing literature
from C.S. Lewis The Great
Divorce, J.R.R. Tolkeins Lord of
the Rings and Dantes Inferno. Van
Inwagen also incorporated several
verses and passages from the Bible as
well as his own just so story using a
hypothetical Adolf Hitler character
and what he may have experienced on

his personal judgement day.

Junior applied exercise science
major Kara Hinton said she
appreciated the diverse origins of
Van Inwagens depiction of hell.
It was quite intriguing that Van
Inwagen used spiritual, realistic and
historical perspectives when it came
to talking about Hell, Hinton said.
Using the different aspects made his
argument that much stronger.
Van Inwagens lecture included
both philosophical concepts like
possibility of damnation and
annihilation, as well as more
concretely stated proposals such
as the idea that there is no hope in
hell, but there may be false hope.
The audience was a wide range of
ages and varying levels of experience
with philosophical discussion. As a
result, each student came away with
a unique perspective on what they
I thought the event was good
and well organized. I thought that the
speaker had interesting points and
that the audience had really insightful
questions, and I enjoyed those,
senior communication studies major
Grant Walter said. I think some of
his points were kind of muddled, and
people were having trouble sorting
through that, but I thought it was
really good that he was able to come
and give us some stuff to chew on and
some thoughts to wrestle with.
Walter also took notice that the
younger members of the audience
perhaps had a hard time following
because Van Inwagens viewpoints
may have not been familiar to them.
It was a hard- line traditional
view met with a postmodern college
audience, Walter said.
Dasha Shashina, a sixth year
that the difference in language
also attributed to the difficulty of



Renowned philosophy professor speaks on hell

Students pack the lecture room to listen to published philosopher Peter Van Inwagen talk about hell.
the conversation from the student
It seems like the older people
really did understand what he
was saying because maybe they
have participated in that kind of
discussion before, Shashina said. I
think that maybe we just havent been

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exposed to this kind of language.

For me personally, thats just not the
language that I use, so thats why it
was hard to follow. When you really
pay attention to every single word,
you can kind of get the idea.
Shashina showed an appreciation
for Van Inwagens lecture, but she

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said she could not give a fully formed

view of the discussion because she is
a philosophy novice.
If I was more understanding,
Im sure it would have been more
interesting. It seemed like the
professors were really following,
Shashina said.


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Instagram Name: @kimybrennan



Im a woman,
a Christian, a
legal immigrant,
a minority and I
voted for Donald

Jamie Roebuck-Joseph
There are so many ways I
could express my feelings toward
the election and its disturbing
I could start with how
heartbreaking it has been to scroll
through Facebook and all other
social media feeds and feel attacked
by the hostile assumptions about
Trumps supporters.
I could start by revealing how
relieved my family was when they
announced Trump as our presidentelect.
I could start by saying how many
prayers Ive spoken over the violent
protests across the nation and for
those who truly feel afraid. There
are many ways I could begin, but Ill
start the only way I know howthe
way I explain to people why I am a
Both of my parents were born in
Trinidadone of the twin islands of
Trinidad and Tobago. Two islands
make up the country, which is a very
diverse nation because it has been
colonized more than any other island
in the Caribbeanby the Spanish,
British, the French and many more.
Its not uncommon to see people
of every race and skin color on the
island. My parents are the perfect
example of thismy mom is white,
and my dad is black, even though
they are both from the same island.
Right before my birth, my
parents flew to the U.S. so I would be
born a citizen, something they also
did with my older brother. A few
weeks after my mom gave birth to
me, we flew back to Trinidad where
we lived (making me a dual citizen).
Trinidad is a third-world country
with socialist ideals, with those
ideals being the deciding factor for
my dad to apply for residency in the
U.S. He wanted to take our family
to California, where he could fulfill
his dream of becoming a filmmaker
to provide a better life for his family.
My parents waited years for the
immigration process to be approved.
The government in Trinidad,
like most socialist-based systems,
naturally lends itself to corruption
because many citizens advance based
on nepotism and connections to those
in power rather than on the merit
of hard work or education. When
citizens become accustomed to favors
and relationships, mediocrity and
corruption reign.
Upon arrival in the U.S., my
dad worked as a limo driver, a
McDonalds employee and a gas
station attendant to make ends
meet. He worked graveyard shifts
and attended acting classes in
between shifts.
Someone once asked him,
When do you sleep? To which
he responded, At traffic lights. He
was at the bottom for years until
he landed guest-starring roles on
television and in movies. With a wife


lifestyle editor

In what many pundits are naming the biggest upset in election

history, businessman Donald Trump will serve as the 45th President
of the United States.
and two kids at home and many
times when it was hard to put food
on the table, he never relied on the
government for help. Fast forward
to now: He is fulfilling his dream of
being a full-time film producer and
This isnt about my dad and
his strong work ethic, but how we
see the world as shaped by ones
cultural background and how he or
she was raised.
I was raised in a Christian
household with the values that if

I voted for economic

freedom, individual
liberty and healthcare
premiums that dont
amount to what a
mortgage would
be. I voted for less
government and more
you work hard, you will go up in
life, and I got to see an example of
this personified every single day.
You dont need the government to
succeedwhich is why my parents
came to America. They wanted to
get away from a third-world country
that was trying to control their lives
with its government policies and
ridiculous taxation.
This is why it has hurt me so
much to see on Facebook people
with no basis for their claims say that
I am sexist and racist because of my

vote. What have I done to them for

them to think that it is okay to make
these uneducated assumptions?
I do not agree or defend all of
what Donald Trump has said. No
politician, or human, is perfect. I am
not a racist for wanting people to
enter the country legally just as my
parents did. I am not racist for not
wanting radicalized Islams to enter
the country because of recent attacks.
These regulations are put in place for
our safety as a country.
Many women didnt vote for
Clinton because women also care
about the economy, national
security, the Supreme Court and
so much more. We cannot separate
certain issues as womens issues
because THAT is sexism.
Though Trump may have said
things that were meant for locker
room talk about women there are
equally if not worse things Clinton
has said and inferred about women
in this country. Her silence of the
women that her husband abused is
one of the many examples of this.
I dont regret my vote, because I
made an educated decision. I dont
know too many people who can
genuinely admit that they researched
both candidates policies before
voting. I voted for economic freedom,
individual liberty and healthcare
premiums that dont amount to what
a mortgage would be. I voted for less
government and more freedom.
As part of a Christian community,
I challenge everyone to hold back
their judgments and tongues and
listen. We cannot be preaching
tolerance that is only fitting to one
agenda. Listen to all. Pray for all. Pray
for this country. Pray for our new


Why I voted for Donald Trump

Author Ray Bakke in A Theology as Big as the City refers to

Rome when he said: It was called Caput Mundithe head of the
worldand if all roads went there, so did all the sewers as well. Los
Angeles, the modern capital of the world, can be held to a similar
description. During this semester, APU students on Los Angeles term
will reveal their insights into the heights and pitfalls of the inner city in
this column called Caput Mundi.

Proud to be a woman
Im more grateful to
be female because
of L.A. Term
Kristin Ingersoll
guest writer

I have faced many challenges

throughout this semester, but the
realization that women are not
treated equally to men when in the
city has been a huge challenge.
Starting off this semester, I
got an idea of what I would face
as a 20-year-old female in the
city. I would walk down the street
minding my own business and hear
a catcall from a man sitting on a
bench. I would step on a train and
feel eyes staring me down and get
a flirtatious wave. I would walk to
my internship as a man in a truck
drives past me and blows a kiss. I
felt violated in unnecessary ways
as I experienced how women are
treated in public.
I did nothing to bring attention
to myself. I did nothing to invite
these actions, and yet they would
happen. One day, I was walking to
a coffee shop while wearing ripped
jeans and a man whispered, Nice
knees. His tone of voice and oogly
eyes made for an uncomfortable
situation and from that point, I
started to notice how some men
were able to sexualize any part of a
womans body.
This last week, I was walking
through Union Station wearing
ripped jeans when a man walked
past and said, Oh my, what
happened to your jeans? in a
snarky way. I cannot comprehend
what compelled this man to even
comment on my jeans. These words
werent sexual in any manner, and
yet his tone of voice was used to
make me feel uncomfortable. I didnt
ask him what he thought; therefore,
why did he think he was invited to
comment on my appearance?
When a young woman in the city
is alone, men arent afraid to approach
her. Men arent afraid to comment
on her appearance; they arent afraid
to make her feel uncomfortable. Los
Angeles has shown me what it means
to be a woman and how some people
see us as objects.
Therefore, I felt challenged in
my faith and felt like there would
never be true equality until a certain
conversation revealed a glimmer of
hope. I was standing at my bus stop at
Union Station trying to avoid a man

who was walking into the personal

space of several waiting women.
He came toward me yelling random
noises, but quickly realized that I
was not giving him any attention and
backed off.
A man next to me in a suit and
tie looked at me and said, If he
comes near me, should I fist bump
him? Annoyed by his question,
I replied, I just ignore people in
situations like this, but then again,
Im a woman, so my experience
is different than yours. The man,
realizing his mistake, quickly replied
with, Oh yeah, thats very true. Well,
if he comes this way again, step
behind me.
After this moment, I felt a new
sense of hope. This man realized
how damaging a question like
his could be. He realized how his
remark encouraged the other man
to continue. When people begin
to recognize different perspectives
and how sometimes there can be
gender superiority, changes can be
I dont want people to take this
article as an attack on men as pigs
who only see women as objects. Im
only saying that gender superiority
needs to be recognized, and men
need to recognize when a woman
feels uncomfortable. When my allfemale cohort is able to have an
hour-long conversation about what
different men said to us on the way
to class, there is a problem. I want
people of all genders to recognize
the problem and to understand that
there is a way to handle and react to
a situation like this. I want people to
understand that encouraging this
behavior or joking at the situation is
not appropriate.
These experiences dont come
with only a negative side. They
have positively shaped me to better
understand myself and how I am
perceived. I have learned through
L.A. Term how to be a confident
woman and how not to fear or
even acknowledge behavior like
this. I have learned not to let these
situations hurt me, and I have
learned to pray for those in the
wrong to realize their actions.
I am proud to be a woman,
and I am proud to be able to have
a voice and the ability to bring this
perspective. Women are bound
to face a tough road ahead, but
through unity of all genders, gender
superiority can be overcome. L.A.
Term has the ability to teach you
to overcome all types of situations,
and this is one lesson that I will be
forever grateful for.



WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016

Why the 2006 selftitled album is the

ultimate personal
Shepherd Newcomb
staff writer

The first time I heard it, I was

16 years old sitting by a pool at my
grandparents house in Austin, Texas.
I remember thinking it was cool how
I discovered Ben Kweller in Austin,
because Kweller himself is a notable
member of the Austin community.
I didnt realize it then, but this
would be a moment that I would
remember for the rest of my life, and
consequently it would divide my life
into two distinguishable parts: before
I heard Ben Kweller, and after.
Several big-time albums dropped
in 2006: Define the Great Line
from Underoath, Future Sex/Love
Sounds from Justin Timberlake,
Continuum from John Mayer and
The Kooks debut effort and their
Inside In/Inside Out album are a
few worth mentioning. While there
are some modern classics that came
out, Ben Kweller tops my list because
of the personal influence its had on
me as a creative and as an individual
living a narrative that coexists with
the narrative in the album.
This album has shown me that
music can be raw and honest, and that
the most fundamental parts of life are
worth singing about. Its inspired and
encouraged me to achieving the same
kind of relatable but original artistic

expression. For these reasons and

many more, I continue listening to it
year after year.
The opening track, Run,
is so inclusive. Its relatable and
impossible to miss. It opens the
door for the audience to create and
relive cherished memories. Run
moves into Nothing Happening,
and the honest narrative continues
on a personal level through the
down-to-earth sounds of piano-led
pop, with hints of influence from the
likes of Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
Sundress follows, and the sincerity
behind every note and lyric continues
to climb.
Later, the ballad Thirteen
shares a story about love in a way
that is simultaneously stripped of all
exaggeration, yet fairy tale-like in its
endearing honesty. It doesnt just tell
the audience that love exists; it allows
them to believe that it does and to
celebrate that it has actually been
Of course, not everyone will
feel the same way that I do about
this record, but whats great is that
many people make these kinds of
connections with music. Some would
say thats the purpose of making
People resonate with certain
albums for different reasons. David
Soto, drummer for Houston, Texas
underground projects Loved by the
Martyr and Earth Overhead, formed
a connection to Andy Mineos debut
album, Heroes for Sale.
The first time I heard it was
three-and-a-half years ago at my
friends house, he said. Whats funny
is I didnt really like the track when
[my friend] showed it to me. I didnt

like either track actually, but the more

I listened to it, the more I realized
how good the music actually was.
For Soto, the album had an
impact on him because of the
circumstances at the time he first
heard it.
One of the reasons that the
album is so meaningful to me is
because one of my childhood friends
passed away that summer a couple
of months before I heard that record.
The music helped me through that
tough time, Soto said.
Ellie Oliver, a junior acting major
who just wrapped up Nice Girls:
A Musical Parody, remembers the
moment her dad bought her Elton
Johns Greatest Hits.
I dont know what it is about
that album, but the music is just so
good. Its always stuck with me,
Oliver said.
Senior audio recording major
Alex Mills, worship leader for
Senior Chapel, recalls the first time
he listened to Lonerism by Tame
Impala and The Medicine by John
Mark McMillan.
I first heard [Lonerism] four
years ago in Smith Hall. I bought
it when I first moved in, Mills said.
The record got me into psych rock.
I heard The Medicine when John
Mark was touring for it and came
to my church in 2011. This record
showed me that worship music has a
vast sense of genre.
We dont have strong connections
with every band or album we hear,
but in the moments we do, the
soundtracks to our lives are created.
This is why we listen. This is what
makes music worth sharing, singing
along to and writing about.

Art as an opinion and expression


Art is a creative
form with the
potential to
represent a
communal voice
Caroline Connolly
guest writer

In the wake of the Nov. 8 election

results, senior journalism major Josie
Jimenez created artistic stamps
to express her anti-Trump views.
Blue word art plays on the double
connotation of Trumps name, urging
people to Trump the Patriarchy.
The catchy phrase encircles a red
no symbol topped with Trumps
creation can both serve purpose for
her individually and for the rest of the
anti-Trump community.
I created this stamp because
as an artist, your voice is your art.
I hope to enable others to be brave
enough to speak their minds and
not be complacent with the status
quo, especially when their lives are at
stake, Jimenez said.
Kent Anderson Butler, APUs
director of visual arts and a professor
in the Department of Art and Design,
expressed how art in communities
needs to embrace a culture of evoking
and sharing ones voice.
Art, whether it exists to extend
a message or to simply exist, is vital
because it can be used to convey
so many things. Art is being used
as an effective medium at APU, in
our country and around the world,

Butler said.
Butler said artists react to culture
and current events and use art to
voice ideas and opinions.
Art, therefore, promotes a sense
of activism in order to reject injustice.
Art itself is a powerful
communication tool and there are
artists out there who strive to change
the world through the work that they
create, such as Ai WeiWei, Butler
said. Some visual artists are also
activist-oriented and desire to use
art as a catalyst to bring dialogue to
pertinent issues.
APU students and faculty are
instrumental in utilizing art as a
medium for change.
In my classes, I often discuss
my art and the complicated aspects
of a Christian worldview with my
students, and strive to teach students
how to integrate their Christian faith
with their art-making practice. I
often will pose this question to them:
How do you take your personal
convictions, worldview, thoughts
and ideas and bring them out into
an artwork that you are creating?
Butler said.
Art also has the power to bring
healing to a hurting community.
Many people are expressing their

voice and opinion through art after

last Tuesdays election results.
Department of Art and Design
professor Stephen Childs, MFA said
artists within the APU community
are using art as an outlet to express
their views on the election and social
Art is a socially responsible
calling that empowers students to
act as transformers in the world,
Childs said. In human history, artists
have been the vessels and vehicles
for spiritual, social, political and
psychological definition and change.
The pro-Trump community is
creating art as well. For example,
artists Lucian Witrich and Ali Akbar
have debuted a pro-Trump art gallery
in New York City, which opened up
in October.
Art can be used to express the
voice of a community, as well as affect
both sides of the political spectrum
and its divided parties.
My hope is that people dont
disregard art as an invalid form of
expression. Instead, anyone who
creates art should keep creating
and using it as a medium to express
their opinion in order to benefit the
community and the people who need
to hear what they have to say.


Ben Kwellers album turns 10

Dinner Conversations as a weekly column seeks to bring politics

back into our daily conversations on campus to foster sincere
dialogue between diverse people and perspectives in an attempt to
understand each other.

Allegiance to my faith
Do American
Christians vote out
of allegiance or
Brandon Rodriguez
sports editor

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, I did my

civic duty as an American citizen for
the first time by voting for a candidate
to serve as the next President of the
United States.
I will admit that the decision was
not an easy one. As a Christian, there
were things that were said, displayed
and supported from both the
Democratic and Republican parties
that conflicted with my morals.
I believe that this major decision
should have conflicted with many, if
not all, Christians.
Yet Ive witnessed quite the
opposite over the past year. Ive
seen and heard pastors, evangelicals
and entire churches support and tell
people who they should vote for.
This is wrong, simply because we
have gotten too caught up in politics,
too caught up in this election and
political affiliations, it seems we
forget what is most importantGod.
Personally, I refuse to give an
allegiance to a political party. I
am not a Republican. I am not a
Democrat. I am not a Libertarian or
part of any other third party. I am an
American, and most importantly, I
am a follower of Jesus Christ.
This is where I choose to put
my only allegiance and trustJesus
Christ alone. No matter what
politicians may tell us, we are not to
put our faith in humankind, but only
in God.
As stated in Psalms 146:3-10a
(CEB): Dont trust leaders; dont
trust any human beingstheres no
saving help with them! Their breath
leaves them, then they go back to the
ground. On that very same day, their
plans die too. The person whose
help is the God of Jacobthe person
whose hope rests on the Lord their
Godis truly happy The Lord:
who loves the righteous. The Lord:
who protects immigrants, who helps
orphans and widows, but who makes
the way of the wicked twist and turn!
The Lord will rule forever!
Im not saying that our
government and political system
arent important. They are very
important for this country, and I
encouraged everyone I knew to go
out and vote. What I am asking is if
we have our priorities straight. Do
the majority of Christians, and all
people of faith for this matter, have a
stronger allegiance to God or to their
political party?
If Christians agree with moral

issues from a political partys views,

but defend or ignore the actions of
someone who degrades women,
degrades people of color and
promotes violence, doesnt that make
us hypocrites? If we as Christians
condemn and attack one candidate
for their marital issues or various
scandals, and then proceed to ignore
or defend the exact same issues
that reflect the candidate we chose
to support, doesnt that make us
Are we to vote because of
tradition and allegiance, or are we to
vote with our conscience? These are
questions that American Christians
will have to answer on their own.
America has already made their
decision, as we already know who the
next President of the United States
will be. Theres no going back. We
cannot change what happened, but
we can change our future. There is
a light at the end of the tunnel for
America, and I have hope for this

Most importantly, I am
a follower of Christ.
For the Lord gives a promise and
a warning to Israel in 2 Chronicles
7:14 (NLT): If my people who are
called by my name, will humble
themselves and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways, I
will hear from heaven and will forgive
their sins and restore their land.
I fully believe that this Scripture
still applies to us today as Americans.
The issues that this nation faced
before and during this election are
not going to magically go away
because we elected a new president.
They will most likely intensify. The
internal wars within this nation
will continue to rage, unless people
decide to let go of all of the hate that
fueled this election.
Unfortunately, I dont see that
happening anytime soon. One man or
one woman cannot bring unity to this
country alone. The only way unity
will truly happen in this country is if
all Americans come together and call
on God for healing in the land.
No matter what your political
affiliation may be, no matter what
your emotions may be, we need to put
down any and all forms of anger, hate
and hostility that we may feel.
If anyone says, I love God, and
hates his brother, he is a liar; for he
who does not love his brother whom
he has seen, cannot love God whom
he has not seen, as stated in 1 John
4:20 (ESV).
We have chosen the next leader
of America, and whether you like him
or dislike him, I encourage you to let
go of all hate and anger and simply
pray for him. Pray for our leadership
and pray for this country.

Chuck Hewett
uses racing,
teaching and
coaching as a
platform to serve
and honor God
Brandon Rodriguez
sports editor

Chuck Hewett isnt your average

professor at Azusa Pacific University.
When he isnt teaching his exercise
science classes, helping the mens
soccer team with strength and
conditioning or mentoring students,
hes training and competing in
Spartan Races.
Spartan Races are intense and
vigorous obstacle marathons that
have grown in popularity since the
company was founded in 2007.
Hewett has competed in various
Spartan Races, which include
Spartan Sprints (3-5 miles; 20+
obstacles), Spartan Supers (8-10
miles; 25+ obstacles) and Spartan
Beasts (12-15 miles; 30+ obstacles).
Though he plans to, he has yet to
compete in the Spartan Ultra Beast,
which lasts for at least 26 miles with
40 or more obstacles.
Hewett first got into Spartan
Racing in 2013, participating in both
competitive and elite races. In his first
elite race, he finished in 12th place and
ended up qualifying for the Spartan
World Championships in Lake

Tahoe. In that race, he finished 84th

out of 300 racers.
Its super humbling and so cool
competing with the best who are
encouraging to each other. They
want to beat you and be competitive,
but it comes down to us against
the course. The way they set these
courses up are to destroy [the runners]
mentally, physically, spiritually and
emotionally, Hewett said.
Hewett graduated from APU in
2013 with a degree in exercise science
and got his masters in kinesiology
at Cal Baptist University in 2014.
Hewett served as both a personal and
sports performance trainer before
being offered a teaching position at
I love being able to teach exercise
science and being able to give back
to the program that really had an
impact on my life, Hewett said.
The way that the professors were
approachable, relatable and were
willing to invest [in their students], I
wanted to do that for these students
and I want to be able to give back
plus more.
Christy Hancock serves as APUs
Clinical Education Coordinator
for Natural Science and Athletic
Training. She has seen how Hewett
works with students in the classroom,
serving as a teacher and mentor for
their well-being.
One of his greatest assets to our
department is mentoring college men
into grown men. Hes really good at
connecting with the students in his
classes, Hancock said. Hes what
we want our students to become.
Somebody thats an expert in their

Hewett jumps over the Wall of Fire obstacle in a Spartan Race.

field, but also relational and serviceoriented. He thrives at building
meaningful relationships, and I think
the Lord has blessed him with that
In his return to APU, Hewett
got back into sports performance
training by coaching strength and
conditioning for APUs mens soccer
team. He works in programming and
implementing their exercises and
Mens head soccer coach Dave
Blomquist has witnessed firsthand
how Hewett has coached and
mentored his players physically,
mentally and spiritually.


Faith motivates professor to compete in Spartan Race

He cares more about the players

on the team and their walk with the
Lord and how theyre maturing as
young men more than he cares about
how theyre growing as athletes.
Hes taken on a mentor role with the
guys, and through that has impacted
the players and shown whats most
important in his life, Blomquist said.
Jacob Singleton, who earned his
doctorate of physical therapy from
APU in fall 2015, is Hewetts close
friend and training partner. Singleton
competes in ultra-marathon running,
which usually consist of 50k-100k
races. Both Hewett and Singleton
hold each other accountable to

working out, and train together for at

least an hour about four times a week,
sometimes as early as 5 a.m.
The way in which we both push
each other is through accountability
and consistency, Singleton said.
When you have somebody out there
with you on the trail, its easier to
push yourself. A good workout turns
into a great workout when you have
somebody on your heels. Its good
competition and its good for pushing
one another.
Although the two compete and
train with each other almost every
day, Singleton will not be competing
with Hewett in a Spartan Race
anytime soon.
Im not as crazy as Chuck,
Singleton said. You will most likely
not see me do a Spartan Race.
Hewett loves Spartan Racing,
but said it is most important for him
to use his races as an expression of his
This is just another platform
where I can represent the Lord and
build relationships with people. I
try to use it as a platform to share
my faith, and I relate my physical
training with my spiritual training,
Hewett said. I believe that fitness is a
[part of] holistic well-being. Spiritual
fitness is the most important type of
fitness you can get.
Hewett competed in the 2016
World Championships on Oct. 1 in
Lake Tahoe, finishing in 63rd place.
He most recently completed
in Spartan Super and Sprint in
Sacramento on Nov. 12-13. He plans
to compete next in the Spartan Sprint
in Castaic Lake, Calif. on Dec. 10-11.

The Cougars will

start all but two
new players as
they look to claim
the conference
for the second
straight year
Nathan Foster
staff writer

Womens basketball faces a

season of growth and improvement
as the team starts five freshmen and
five juniors, only two of which played
for the Cougars last season.
Last year, the Cougars went
28-4 in regular season play, 19-1
in conference games, won the
conference title and made it to the
first round of the playoffs.
After last season, the Cougars
were in need of a new group of talent,
losing eight seniors and one junior.
One of the seniors, Kelly Hardeman,
signed a professional contract with
BK Amager, a professional womens
team in Denmark.
Head coach T.J. Hardeman
noted the success the Cougars had
last season as well as the challenge
the team would face in trying to
replicate it this year.
We get better every day,
Hardeman said. They dont have as
much of a fallback as in other years.
Weve seen a huge increase whenever
we put the practice jerseys on or
scrimmage somebody else.

Junior guard Abbey Goodsell scored 20 points in the Cougars first game of the season, defeating Cal State Dominguez Hills 70-68.
experience and said that although
the girls are getting better, it will be
a slow process.
It will be a fun year, but it will
be a learning year. We will definitely
be better at the end of the year,
Hardeman said.
The Cougars recruited several
new players from high schools, junior
colleges and the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) level.
Several of these players will be
starters for APU in their first year at
the school.
It seems that at this point, [the
old and new players are] getting
along very well. Theyre very
much like a growing sisterhood,
Hardeman said. They compliment
each other and compete hard against
each other.
Hardeman said he wants

the girls to aim for the PacWest

championship again, believing that
aspiring for anything less would be
selling themselves short.
We feel like thats what we want
to get to. We have good enough
talent to get there. Its gonna take
a lot of work and who knows how
quick that happens, but thats our
goal, Hardeman said.
Despite their youth, they are a
better offensive and shooting team
this year. However, they are working
to improve their defense, especially
when it comes to rebounds.
Thats an area where were
working very hard, to try to show up
our rebounding, Hardeman said.
If we can do that, we shoot the ball
well and weve got some nice players
with some inside presence who want
the ball and can do stuff with the

ball inside. I think we have a good

combination of weapons that work
well together.
One of those players is freshmen
guard Zoe March. She is from the
Fresno area and got to play near
home last week when APU had an
exhibition match against Fresno
Going back home and playing
there and seeing family and friends in
the stands was a lot of fun. It was a
special moment for me, March said.
March has experienced a tough
physical transition from high school
with practice and weights, but an
easier transition on the team itself.
Because its a new team,
everyones on the same level and
everyones experiencing the same
things. We get to experience new
things together, which has made it


Rebuilding a talented and young basketball team

easier, March said.

One of the few returning players
who helped facilitate the transition
is junior guard Joelle Tampien. She
noted the strengths of the team last
year compared to this year.
Last year, that team had been
together for two years, so we knew
each others tendencies and got
along really well, Tampien said.
Transitioning to this year, we have a
lot of talent, were just working on the
whole chemistry part. I have pretty
high expectations for this team.
The Cougars are currently 1-1
after defeating Cal State Dominguez
Hills 70-68 in their first game of
the season. They lost to Cal Poly
Pomona on Nov. 12, 56-67.
The Cougars will play their next
game at Cal State Los Angeles on
Tuesday, Nov. 15.



WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016

Senior-led defense strengthens team

Cougar defenders
explain how
theyve held
one of the top
defenses in
Division II


Cross Country

Last meet: NCAA Division II

West Region Championships
Upcoming: @ NCAA Division
II National Championships on
Saturday, Nov. 19

staff writer

Cougars defenders Jason Schwartz (94), Taliuaki Suliafu (37) and C.J. Broussard (1) swarm to make a tackle.
Cruz said. The way we focus on
any kind of game, the attitude going
into it coming out of the tunnel, we
always believe its like a heavyweight
fight. When that bell rings, when
were coming out of that tunnel, were
swinging and we want to have that
mentality that this is a competition,
that we need to make sure that were
getting out there and being the most
physical team we can be.
With this attitude, the Cougars
have been able to exhibit a dominance
that has been recognized as the top
defense in the GNAC.
One of the members of this
defense, senior free safety Hunter
Malberg, said the recipe behind the
Cougars success this season is hard
Our defensive line is absolutely
phenomenal. These guys are the
reason why our defense runs the way
it does. Its starts up front, they shut
down the run, then it goes to the
secondary and we take down the pass
and its a wrap, Malberg said.

The senior players find more

meaning in their work than
scoreboards and yard gains. There is
a sense of brotherhood that sustains
the team and unites them to push
forward toward victory.
If I had to give one reason [why
this season is different], I would just
say the overall camaraderie of the
team, because in past years we may
not have been as close knit of a group
as we should have been, senior
defensive lineman Billy Tanuvasa
said. Id go to battle with these guys
any day. I think thats been a huge
factor in our success. Youve got to
love the guys next to you.
Broussard said the foundation of the
teams success is the mutual trust the
players have built.
I think after being with guys long
enough, you kind of build a trust with
everyone. Whether its an offensive
player or a defensive player, I know
that I have a great relationship with
every guy on this team, specifically


Football (9-2)

Walter Cortez
Along with being a top-ranked
team overall, APU has experienced
success on all sides of the ball this
year largely, due to the seniors who
have stepped up their game.
Particularly on the defensive side,
the seniors have made their mark this
season, accumulating 50 sacks, 23
interceptions and 15 forced fumbles.
Along with performing at a
high level, the seniors have created
an influence on the team that has
garnered the attention of both
coaches and teammates.
Head coach Victor Santa Cruz
has not only noticed, but has worked
to foster this attitude among the rest
of the team.
Theyre setting the tone and
passing the baton of culture to our
younger guys, Santa Cruz said. Its
their defense as much as it is the
schools defense and there is a pride
about every single rep we have taken.
That is led by the seniors, but its
deep even into the true freshmen.
Santa Cruz explained the most
tactical goal the defense has focused
on throughout this season was to get
the ball back.
On defense, you want to stop
the run, stop the pass. Ultimately,
youre trying to get the ball back, and
I think its showed up this year that
you get what you emphasize, Santa


the senior class. I can trust them to

have my back and they can trust me
to have theirs, Broussard said.
Along with staying close, the
defense has maintained a no-quit
attitude all year long.
Go one-and-zero every week,
which is regardless of how big the
game is, regardless of who were
facing. You treat them like theyre
a nameless, faceless opponent and
youve got to go out and do what
youve got to do. The results are there
and I think that speaks for itself,
Tanuvasa said.
With senior players and leaders
such as Tyree Davis, Sam Flemming,
Broussard and Malberg taking the
reins in their respective positions,
they have set a new tone for the
The Cougars finished the regular
season 9-2, and will play against Sioux
Falls in South Dakota on Nov. 19.
This will be the first NCAA
playoff game in school history.

Last game: L, 33-24 vs. Colorado

Upcoming: @ Sioux Falls** at 12
p.m. (CST) on Saturday, Nov. 19

Mens Basketball (2-3)

Last game: L, 67-70 vs. UC San

Upcoming: vs. Cal State San
Marcos at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
Nov. 19

Swim & Dive (2-2)

Last meet: 2nd Place, Soka

Upcoming: @ UC Santa Cruz at
10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19

Volleyball (14-13)

Last match: W, 3-2 vs. Dixie State*

Upcoming: vs. Dominican* at 6
p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18

Womens Basketball (1-1)

Last game: @ Cal State Los

Angeles [no result at time of print]
Upcoming: @ Western Washington
at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18

Womens Soccer (14-4-4)

Last game: L, 4-2 vs. UC San

**Denotes NCAA Playoff Game
*Denotes PacWest Match

Cross country
athlete represents
Division II
competition for
third consecutive
Kiyhanna Dade
guest writer

With the cross country season

coming to a close, junior runner
Eileen Stressling is going to Florida
to compete in the NCAA Division II
National Championship for the third
consecutive year.
In her qualifying race at the
NCAA Division II West Region
Championship, Stressling was able
to finish in fourth place with a time
of 21:16:94, allowing her to move on
to the national competition later this
Being the only APU cross
country athlete to make it to nationals
this year, Stressling said she feels
honored and motivated to be part of
a long-standing Cougar legacy.
I love being a part of things that
become greater than something I
could do on my own. The womens
cross country team has sent at least
one person to nationals for the last 18
years. I enjoy being able to carry on
the tradition, Stressling said.
After a fourth place finish in

regionals, Stressling said she knows

she has a lot to prepare for and is
looking to improve her weaknesses
and build on her strengths.
I am usually a consistent runner.
If I do good work in the weeks
leading up to it, Im usually confident
I will at least have a decent race,
Stressling said.
Head coach Preston Grey said
he believes that everything Stressling
has done up to this point has been
earned through her ambition.
Shes worked really, really hard.
Its not rocket science for her. Its
just working really hard and taking
advantage of being fit, Grey said.
Grey said he believes both in
Stressling and her leadership skills,
and acknowledges her self-driven
Its easy to coach an athlete like
Eileen, you just point them in the
right direction and let them go, Grey
said. Theres times where we have to
adjust things, but usually I just tell
her which direction were trying to
go, and she takes care of the rest.
Stressling said that part of her
success came from her teammates,
specifically Elise Larson, who always
encouraged her.
Elise Larson motivated me the
whole season. She tries so hard for
her teammates and for God, and I
try to channel her attitude always,
Stressling said.
Sophomore cross country runner
Taylor Hurlock said Stressling
motivated the team by leading by
She is constantly consistent

Junior Eileen Stressling runs her way to the NCAA Division II Nationals for her second consecutive year.
in practice and in meets, and she
encourages me and my teammates to
be consistent as well, Hurlock said.
She has one of the most difficult
majors [nursing] to be a studentathlete, and it motivates me to try
harder and be better in managing my
own time.
Stresslings regionals finishing
time was the programs highest
individual finish at a Division II
regional championship. This year at
nationals, Stressling is looking for her

second consecutive Individual AllAmerican title as well as an improved

time on the course.
Stressling said she has recently
struggled with trying to keep
negativity away from her and hopes
to address it before her last race.
As races get closer, sometimes I
talk myself out of doing well. Negative
thoughts start to creep in. I tell myself
that I am out of shape or that I didnt
do enough to prepare. I am trying to
work on staying positive and telling


Eileen Stressling heads back to Nationals

myself that I can do it, Stressling

said. Stressling said she plans to go
into the race as optimistic as possible
with the help of her teammates and
coaches who believe in her ability to
push through to the end.
She believes in herself and her
ability, and her confidence alone will
power her towards her success in
nationals, Hurlock said.
Stressling will compete in the
NCAA Division II Nationals in
Saint Leo, Florida on Nov. 19.

12 WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016 Clause


Cougars make playoffs for first time in school history

Despite a late
season loss, the
9-2 Cougars
have made their
way into the
NCAA Division II
Brandon Rodriguez

Junior QB Andrew Elffers sprints for a first-down against Colorado Mesa in APUs second loss of the season.
Colorado Mesa 33-24. The Cougars
fought back from a 17-point deficit
after halftime to gain a 24-23 lead
over Mesa in the middle of the
second half. APUs chances to win
were broken when a Cougars field
goal was blocked and returned for
a touchdown by Colorado Mesa,
sealing their victory and earning
their spot in the NCAA Division II
You got to come out swinging
right away, because its a heavyweight

fight. What I liked was our offensive

and defensive staff, they made the
necessary halftime adjustments, and
we roared back to be in the lead in the
second half, but then unfortunately,
details matter and we didnt protect
the kick well, head coach Victor
Santa Cruz said. It was unfortunate,
but well learn from it and take care of
the details this week.
Sioux Falls, who is currently 11-0
on the season, will present a challenge
for the Cougars in their first playoff

game. Sioux Falls relies on a rushing

attack and a defense that has put up
strong numbers on the season.
APU comes in as the underdog
in this game as the Cougars will look
to give Sioux Falls their first loss of
the season.
Theyre a great offense for a
reason. They know how to move
the football. Defensively, weve got
to make sure that were in a place to
slow them down, that were in a place
to get our big plays, Santa Cruz

Womens soccer season comes

to a close in playoff loss
Teams season
begins and ends
in San Diego,
losing in second
round of the
NCAA playoffs


For the first time in Azusa Pacific

football history, the Cougars have
made it into the NCAA Division II
After going undefeated in
the Great Northwest Athletic
Conference (GNAC), winning the
conference title and finishing the
regular season with a 9-2 overall
record, the Cougars will face Sioux
Falls in the first round of the NCAA
Were making a name for
ourselves, and being a part of this
team and making history right now is
great because we started something,
and thats going to continue this year
and for years to come, junior strong
safety Taliuaki Suliafu said. The
feeling [of getting into the playoffs]
was great. I felt like I won the lottery.
Even with all of the success
from the team this year, it wasnt a
guaranteed trip to the playoffs for
APU. On Nov. 12, the Cougars lost
their final regular season game to


sports editor

said. Theyre good, and you see why

theyre number four in the nation, and
were excited to play a great football
The Cougars offense has had
tremendous success this year,
especially in the passing game. Junior
quarterback Andrew Elffers has led
the offense, throwing for over 2,000
yards and 18 touchdowns this season,
with another seven touchdowns on
the ground. Elffers was just recently
named GNAC Offensive Player of
the Year.
Were hungrier than ever to
really make a name for ourselves. Our
goal isnt just to make it to playoffs,
it is to make a run in the playoffs,
Elffers said. It all starts throughout
the week in practice and putting in
the work. I think this group has done
a phenomenal job of staying focused
throughout the week.
Even though the Cougars first
postseason game will be a challenge,
the players and coaches are looking
forward to every opportunity they
can get and believe their mission is
far from over.
We still have more on the table;
theres still more to accomplish,
Suliafu said. Were going to stick to
what weve been doing every week
play fast, create turnovers, stop the
run, stop their game and thats it.
The Cougars, who are last seed
in their bracket at seven, will face
the number two seed Sioux Falls in
South Dakota on Saturday, Nov.
19. The winner of this matchup will
play the winner of the Harding and
Central Missouri game on Nov. 26.

Brandon Rodriguez
sports editor

The Azusa Pacific womens

soccer season has officially come to
an end. The Cougars fell to UC San
Diego in the second round of the
NCAA playoffs, losing by a score of
The women finished their season
14-4-4, suffering their first loss since
Sept. 24 and ending an unbeaten run
of 12 games.
It was disappointing, but the
girls battled, head coach Jason
Surrell said. We had our chances,
but on the day [San Diego was] the
better team.
Surrell reflected on the teams
journey and said he is proud of the
season the team had.
To win the conference, to win a
game at the national tournament, get
to the second round [of the playoffs]
and lose against a really quality team,
thats the way it goes. This was a
phenomenal season, these girls did
amazing and they just battled that
whole game, Surrell said.
For the Cougars, the season
began and ended in San Diego.
Their first game of the season was a
0-5 loss against the Tritons, forcing
the Cougars to regroup and learn

Freshman Emilie Allum scored one of two goals for APU against UCSD.
from their mistakes.
Early in the season, we had
a pretty tough loss to them, and
that is something we were hoping
for redemption here today, senior
goalkeeper Sarah Klinkenberg said.
Freshman defender Emilie Allum
scored one of the two goals against
UC San Diego. She said she believes
the team turned their season around
completely after their first game and
is proud of the teams effort.
I think we flipped 180 degrees
as a team from that first game to our
last, and weve grown together and
found ourselves really connecting on
and off the field, Allum said.
Despite the Cougars best efforts,
the Tritons gained momentum early
in the game, scoring three goals
within a 15-minute period. The
Cougars attempted to find their way
back into the game in the second half
of play, but it wasnt enough.
Even though it was a loss, as a
whole we know that we are family

and we know how much we worked

for the conference title. I think whats
holding us together is just knowing
that we put it all out there on the
field. We really fought for each other,
so that was really big for us, Allum
The Cougars got into the playoffs
after their last regular season game
ended in a 1-1 tie against Point Loma.
APU had to rely on Dixie State to
beat Concordia in order to win the
PacWest conference and return to
the playoffs, which they did.
On Nov. 10, the Cougars won
the first round of the playoffs against
Sonoma State, beating them 3-1.
APU ended Sonoma States season
in the playoffs last year as well.
This team was incredible this
year, Klinkenberg said. We knew it
was going to take a conference title
to make playoffs. We set our goal
and accomplished that one first. We
made the postseason, and I couldnt
be prouder.