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Water Polo takes to pool in NAIA Invitational

By Jocelyn Garrity

Water polo had their NAIA invitational this last weekend. They won against Vanguard and lost against Cal Baptist, Concordia and Fresno Pacific. Head Coach Robert Fleming said from the beginning that winning wasn’t the main goal.

“We aren’t really nervous to play anyone, we are just excited to be playing here,” Fleming said. “Cal Baptist is the number one seed team, then us, Concordia, and Fresno. Definitely Cal Baptist is ranked the better team right now.”

Their first game against Vanguard was a very promising win of 13-7.

“We were able to find what we needed to do and the last 3 quarters we dominated the game pretty well,” Fleming said.

Michelle Lutz, a senior physical education major, can see their teams strengths and weaknesses.

“One of our strengths is working together as team, knowing where each other wants the ball and communicating. One of our weaknesses is getting the ball to that point and making better passes. Helping each other out on defense,” Lutz said.

Overall, the team seems grateful for each other.

“I am excited to be playing my last weekend of water polo, and I’m excited to be playing with the girls,” Lutz said.

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Guns of Glory

By Heather Allen

The smell of sweat lingers in the air of the west campus weight room. The floor is covered with powder from the constant rubbing of hand chalk. The sounds of heavy metal and grunts echo through the walls of this huge warehouse where the competitors of the Power Club’s first event struggle to get their weights up.

Headed by sophomore Commercial Music major Daniel Stockdale, the Power Club is a place where both men and women who are interested in strength sports can come together to work out, learn techniques for exercises, and bond over how big their muscles are. It also gives its members a positive atmosphere for better assessment of their own strength in comparison to their body weight.

“The power club is just something that I kind of thought up when I came here,” Stockdale said. “I come from a lot of athletic background and I was used to the competitive atmosphere in the weight room. When I came here I was surprised that there were no records in the weight room and that there wasn’t really any strength sports stuff really on campus so I decided I would make something that would offer that to people.”

The event that occurred of Friday April 8th consisted of two competitions, bench pressing and dead lift. Bench pressing is when the lifter lies on the workout bench with the bar above them and their feet flat on the floor. The lifter then proceeds to wrap their hands around the bar to lift it off of the rack in order to gradually lower it to their chest. The lifter then tries to rapidly raise the bar back to its starting position by fully extending their arms. Dead lift is when the lifter stands up completely straight with their knees bent in order to grasp the bar with the maximum amount of weight they can lift and bring it up off the floor to a standing position.

“On a scale of one to ten the competition was a ten for me,” freshman Communications Major Spencer Troutman said. “You’re exerting every ounce of energy and strength that you have so you have to drive yourself in order to fulfill the task at hand. The best thing was that I went 40 pounds heavier than I’ve ever lifted.”

Since this was the Power Club’s first event, it was surprising to see a decent sized crowd. Parents, friends and roommates all came to support their strong competitor through this long, tedious competition. With tenants from Trinity first and second south cheering on their hall mate, there was a great sense of brotherhood in the room.

“There were definitely some pretty good competitors like Matt [Kimmel] and Daniel [Stockdale], but I definitely rooted for my first south boys Bryce Chamberlain and Andres Gil,” junior Cinematic Arts major and Trinity RA Joey Banasihan said. “I knew that they probably wouldn’t have won the whole thing, but for both being freshmen and being where they’re at right now was pretty impressive.”

Although the squatting competition was taken out due to the fact that most of the contestants do not know the correct way to do it, the overall event was a success. It was fairly matched between all of the contestants with lightweight and heavyweight classes. Each contestant was required to bring a can of food to donate in order to compete. Some personal records were beat, which included Daniel Stockdale’s lifting 3.9 times his body weight at 995lbs. The Power Club’s goal is to have one hosted event each semester. Having women in the club as well would be another goal.

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What’s Next for APU Basketball Stars; Basketball Overseas

By Crystal Rose Munoz

With their collegiate careers now finished, several Cougar basketball players are considering the possibility of a professional career overseas.

“Right now I am searching for a job to play overseas, I have an agent who is sending my videos to different teams and I also attend camps where there are teams scouting” All-GSAC center Reggie Owens said.

With college basketball being over the team members have to work extra hard practicing on the court and off the court.

“I practice basketball for about two hours a day on and off the court.  This pushes me to stay in shape, work on my game, and continue to stay focused,” Owens said.

Owens was also named NAIA All American second team.

“Although there was no championship this ended up being a great season,”  Owens said. “It’s great that all my coaches have still offered to help me with no hesitation.”

For the women, the Cougars’ NAIA National Championship team were led by a group of seniors who returned to finish their collegiate careers strong after a loss in the 2010 NAIA National Championship game.

“I am not sure if I am going to continue to play overseas. Right now my options are open,” forward Alex More-Porter said. “ I have a good agent that is going to be working with me by sending my information, stats, awards and videos to different teams so that they can evaluate me.”

In the year of 2010, Moore- Porter was also named NAIA All American first team in which she was the third in the programs history.

“I still continue to practice for about four hours a day,” Moore–Porter said. “This year was overall very rewarding winning the National Championship and seeing the team members all develop and reach for their goals.

“As of right now, I do not plan to play ball overseas, the college experience was good enough and ending the season on a high note was satisfying for me” center Kristie Hala’ Ufia said. “Upon graduation, I plan to return home to San Mateo where I will be coaching volleyball and basketball at a middle school. “

Hala’ ufia has been apart of the basketball team since 2007

“My strength and conditioning coach has advised me to still stay conditioned and keep shooting 300 shots a day in case the opportunity of overseas dose come around a little down the road,” Hala’ ufia said.

“The relationships that I have built with my team mates was the best thing and winning the National Championship was the icing on the cake,” Hala’ ufia said.

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Cougars rock the epicenter

By Kimberly Citron

Cougar baseball got a taste of the big leagues Tuesday evening in an exhibition game versus the minor league Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

The team held their own against the Class A Advanced Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate, bringing two runners home in the first inning and adding another two runs to lead 4-3 into the fifth inning. The Quakes pulled ahead in the bottom of the fifth and solidified the lead with an eighth-inning run for a 6-4 victory.

“I was proud of the guys,” Head Coach Paul Svagdis said. “I think it’s always a phenomenal opportunity for our guys to get a chance to match up with these professional players. We’re really appreciative of the Quakes and Dodgers organizations for allowing us that chance. Most athletes want to get a feel for how they match up against the best, and these guys are the best to us.”

Senior outfielder Alex Ring and junior first baseman Jonathan Erb led a four-run flare-up in the first two innings and rounded up six of the eight Cougar hits with Ring 4-for-4 and Erb 2-for-4. Ring returns to the field this season after a wrist injury left him on the bench in 2010.

“These guys are throwing so hard and their stuff is so good, you just have to keep it simple. All I tried to do was get my foot down and get the barrel of the bat on the ball—if you can do that, good stuff happens,” Ring said. “This is one of the highlights of the year. It’s a lot of fun to have the chance to come and here and compete with them. They’re all, you know, professional talent, so they’re as good as it gets.”

Svagdis attributes Ring’s 4-for-4 performance to his dedication and devotion to the game.

“I was really excited for him. You always want the best for the guys that work the hardest, and Alex just wills himself to be great every day,” Svagdis said. “He works hard in the batting cages on his own pre-practice, post-practice, so for him to be a senior and the adversity he went through last year, he’s our emotional leader and kind of our spiritual leader on the team. He, hopefully, as a senior guy can walk off the field and say, ‘I can play with these guys.’ He’s a guy you want to have that type of game.”

A devoted San Francisco Giants fan, Ring is well aware of the Quakes’ new affiliation with the Dodgers.

“Believe me, I knew all about that,” Ring said. “It was the best beating up on the Dodgers affiliate. That was my favorite part of the whole day.”

Sophomore outfielder Trevor Lothrop was hit by a pitch to bring Ring home for the first run and freshman righthander Jacob Cage sent Erb in for the second. Erb batted in Ring and sophomore infielder Ryan Henley in the second inning to cap a four-run surge.

The Cougar offense held on late in the game with singles by Ring, Erb and junior short stop Anthony Rodriguez. Sophomore catcher Daniel Shouldice took the plate in the ninth inning and was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A ground out ended the game.

The Cougars are 1-for-4 in the annual exhibition game versus the Quakes.

“We’re trying to enjoy the process and have fun when we play but we still want to play hard. Having fun means playing hard and competing, and our guys have a good handle on that,” Svagdis said. “We have a good group of guys.”

Shouldice was diagnosed with an eye contusion and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Is There Wisdom in the Media?

By Emily Beatty

It’s no secret that our society thrives off reality television. American Idol, The Bachelor, Jersey Shore-we all fall victim to the deadly grips of reality TV from time to time. Or is it the portrayal of reality that we are utterly attracted to?

In actual reality, it’s hard to tell the difference between what is actually true and honest, and what is fabricated and scripted.

So if these shows are clearly not an accurate portrayal of real life, why do so many of us routinely watch, sometimes religiously, these shows that are truthfully only concerned with ratings?

Brittany Watson, a junior majoring in psychology, admits to watching shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and The Biggest Loser, and offers a few explanations as to what the draw is for her.

Keeping up with the Kardashians is entertaining, and they’re ridiculously funny, so it’s purely for entertainment,” Watson said. “The Biggest Loser is inspirational and it’s cool to learn about the contestants’ stories, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition just makes you feel good.”

It’s evident from this, that for a reality television show to be successful, it must evoke emotion in its viewers.

While there are inspirational and positive TV shows, there are also shows that don’t serve any particular purpose, and by all accounts, aren’t relative to real life in any way, shape or form-yet still have millions of viewers.

Jersey Shore, for example, has attained much attention from the media, only after it’s first season. Now into their second season, the show is centered solely on sex, scandal, and the everyday alcoholic catastrophes they create.

“It bothers me that they’re famous, and they got a second season when they’re making money by being horrible role models,” Watson said. “But I think people think they’re so obnoxious and lame, and that’s why they watch them. They don’t like them, they like that they’re so stupid, and they like that they’re not that stupid. It’s just a form of entertainment.”

A more recent example is the media explosion of the life of Charlie Sheen-a life that is quickly dwindling down, while millions watch. Currently the “poster boy” for the party life, the amount of airtime that Sheen has been receiving has become almost like a mini-series of public shame.

He is a man proud of his lifestyle, and unwilling to realize how out of control his life has become, even with recent court order to have his two children taken from him, and yet we act like on-lookers. As a society, we need to realize that as long as we keep watching things like this, the media will continue to play it.

This voyeuristic-like viewing raises many concerns, not only that our society has deemed it acceptable, but also that Christian journalists play a part in this entertainment.

They are faced daily with the challenge of balancing their values and beliefs, with the struggle to remain objective and adequately perform their job of creating reality TV and entertaining their audiences.

There is a moral responsibility to uphold Christian values, which makes it a task to satisfy what the audience wants and needs, when what our society wants and needs is drama, and fresh, stimulating shows.

“I don’t think we need to try to overcome the fact that we love entertainment. We’re a generation of people that like to be entertained in all aspects of our life,” Watson said. “You just have to use that to your advantage and send across a good message, a message that you’re not ashamed or that doesn’t go against your beliefs.”

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Down to the Wire for men’s baskatball in opening round of GSAC

By Heather Allen

With a minute remaining in the game, APU and Cal Baptist University were tied at 69 points and it appeared that the game would go into overtime. At literally the last second, senior point guard Mike Caffese made the game winning shot with an ending score of 73 to 71 in the first round game of the GSAC tournament.

“I was wide open and I had confidence that I could make it,” Cafesse said. “I saw right when the guy rotated to Caleb [Burgess] and he swung it to me I just knew that I would shoot it automatically. Right when I was at the basket I was confident that it would go in and thought that the worst that could happen was that we would go into overtime.”

The first half was a back and forth affair as the seventh seeded Lancers attempted to shock the second seeded Cougars at home. Senior center Reggie Owens was the leading scorer in the first half with ten points, and finished the game with 24 points. Since he played throughout the entire game, how did a powerhouse like him not tire out quickly?

“I was tired but I couldn’t show it but I taking short breaks help me manage it pretty good,” Owens said.

The second half was neck-in-neck until 13:57 when Cal Baptist took a 45-46 lead, which in turn grew into an eleven point lead at 10:12. The crowd was wondering what was going on with the cougars.

“Our struggle was that we just couldn’t make shots,” Coach Justin Leslie said. “I thought we got everything we wanted because we had them [Cal Baptist] sped up and dead tired but we just couldn’t make a shot.”

Cal Baptist kept on scoring like it was nobody’s business because of their numerous free throws until the cougars began their comeback at 4:45. Cal Baptist’s lead was brought down from eleven points to four points due to the cougars taking control of the momentum. Caffese shined during crunch time by coming up with five points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal while Owens had back-to-back layups that gave the cougars a 71-69 lead with 0:41 remaining in the game.

“My last field goal was my left handed layup on the fast break,” Owens said. “When I showed strain, the guy lost the ball and I knew that [Mike] Caffese would get it. He’s everywhere so I just leapt at it and he threw back the pass to drive the layup.”

The game itself was a nail-biter. The fans literally jumped out of their seats when Caffese made that last shot. The Lancers put a huge scare in the cougars, but fortunately they just could not withstand the cougars’ strength as a team. But Coach Leslie had a different opinion on how his team played last night.

“To be perfectly honest the only thing we accomplished was winning in the last five minutes,” Coach Leslie said. “To get a win in the month of March means that you’re lucky enough to play another game.”

The Cougars will be playing in a semifinal game against Point Loma Nazarene at 5:30 P.M. on Saturday March 5th at Concordia University. Hopefully the cougars can step up their game by then.

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Genograms: A New Way of Finding Healthy Relationships

By Karina Pineda

Imagine finding a treasure map that leads to a treasure chest buried on a deserted island. You spend all of your time and money trying to get to the island, only to discover that once you actually get there, you forgot the map. You are grief stricken over being so close, yet so far away from the treasure. You return home for the map, however making the trip back to the island would be too exhausting and expensive.

This was the metaphor used by Professor Stephen Lambert, Psy.D. in order to describe relationships during his Common Day of Learning presentation entitled, ‘Genograms: Treasure Maps of Family Wisdom.’

However, first to explain the metaphor, one must know what a genogram is. Lambert, who became interested in this subject while working as counselor, described a genogram as a graphic presentation of a family tree that displays detailed data on relationships among the individuals of that family. Genograms can show how close a daughter is to her mother or father, if a child was neglected, or if there is divorce and hostility between members of the family. Genograms can help determine why a person has a certain personality and why they act the way they do.

How do genograms relate to relationships? Dating is like a treasure chest filled with awestruck wonders and beauty. However moving towards engagement or marriage without prior knowledge of ones family relational patterns is like looking for a treasure chest without a map. One will not find the treasure—in this case, a healthy relationship—without a description of how to get to the treasure. In other words, in order to have a treasured relationship, one must navigate throughout their family history and really understand the person they are entering a relationship with.

“If you really believe ‘the one’ is ‘the one’ then you really need to know all about ‘the one’ that you can because you’re committing your life to a person.” said Lambert, “Whether it be ‘the one’ or a series of possible ‘the ones’ the main thing is, if you really don’t get to know that person well, you’re kind of walking into a landmine, and possibly, you’re going to get in to a bad relationship.”

During his presentation, Lambert suggested that the more you know someone, the better you’ll be able to fix problems you my have in the relationship. Knowing about someone doesn’t necessarily mean knowing what their favorite food or color is. Instead, knowing means learning about their nuclear and extended family of each spouse and learning about the relationships people have with each other. Extensive knowledge of your family origin is like the treasure map of family wisdom. Without it, people can become lost and confused about certain relationships they have with people.

Even though not all students are married or have significant others in their lives, Lambert believes it is important for them to not only begin mapping out their own genogram, but to begin learning and inquiring about others around them.

“If you don’t really like the idea of the worst, then you either just find yourself, in a long, long relationship that’s not very satisfying or you end up leaving the relationship.” Said Lambert, “It’s important for college students to really start thinking about the background of the people they’re dating. Not so that if the background is rough they can say ‘hey I’m out of here’ but so those two can sit down and really fish out the meaning of the things that have happened to them and what they’re going to do to try and defend them against that.”

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A Panel on Working Mothers in the Academy

by Lauren Belanger

            During Common Day of Learning, I attended a panel session entitled, “ Working Mothers in the Academy and Beyond: A Panel Exploring Work-family Balance.” The panel was very enlightening for me as I intend to raise a family one-day and also work outside of the home.

            Panelists spoke about the rise of women in the work place since World War II, when women were called to take the place of men as they went to war. When the war was over, many women enjoyed working and made the choice to stay at work, even though the society norms called them to go back home. The panelists who are all or have been working mothers and at some point, earning a higher education degree, spoke about the benefits and downfalls of being a working mother.

            Deana Porterfield, senior vice president for people and organizational development spoke about the Christian faith implications of being a working mother. She said that it really comes down to having a supportive husband, and listening to the call that God has put on your life. If he has called you to work, then heed his call. And she said that when reading the passage of the Psalms 31 woman, to be aware that every couple can work that into their own callings. For instance, Porterfield doesn’t like to cook and her husband does, but she enjoys cleaning.

            There were many different types of attendees at the panel, single, working mothers who are also going to school, married, working mothers, and those who don’t have a family yet. Vanessa Irizarry, a senior psychology major is a mother of a one year old, and wanted to attend the event for fellowship with other mothers going to school and working. “I’m about to enter the workforce, and how to balance it because I know that even going to school, it’s really hard to be present in my schooling when I’m thinking about my son,” Irizarry said.

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BSA Coffee House reminds us what love is

By Karina Pineda

Last Night, I experienced music, comedy, spoken word, and dance in a way that I have never really experienced them before. Yes, I have seen and listened to people play music and dance before. However, none of those music performances or dances truly celebrated diversity and the advancement of one’s culture like the ones I saw last night. Where did I experience this diversity? The BSA Coffee House.

I have heard of many multicultural organizations at APU who put on events for students, however I had never been to one before. So I had no idea what to expect as I walked up the steps to UTCC where the event was being held. I sat down and noticed a banner on the stage that stated the theme for the night, ‘Love is: A Tribute to Black History Through the Decades.’

Right away, I thought it was going to be a celebration about musical achievements in black history only to realize that it was about much more than that. Just by watching the first performance, a poem entitled “Why am I black,” I knew that this coffee house was set up to celebrate all types of achievements in Black History, such as fighting for justice and putting an end to segregation. In order to show the struggles that African Americans had, YouTube videos that documented the history of the civil rights movement were shown on the screens above the stage. Each video was either preceded or followed by a musical or spoken word performance that touched upon the subject of love and diversity.

I could tell that I was definitely not the only one who enjoyed the music as guests in attendance began to clap and even dance in the aisle during a rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.” They even participated in the event by going on stage and answering questions from a game that the event hosts made up.

As I said before, this was my first coffee house events and I felt very honored that I had the opportunity to do attend. As cliché as it might sound, this coffee house made me think about all the tough times people had during the civil rights movement. We’ve all heard the stories and learned about it in school, however it is different when you are learning about it from your peers.

Even though some forms of discrimination still exist today, it is important for us as Christians to remember that “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).

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Let’s talk about sex (& chocolate)

By Heather Allen

“Sex & Chocolate,” and annual sex talk held in Engstrom Hall provides answers to all those awkward questions that we don’t want to ask our parents or friends.

“It shouldn’t be weird to talk about sex or masturbation or the issues that our life patterns,” senior Biology major and panelist Caleb Van Essen said.

With a lobby full of both guys and girls, the event was just as successful as it has been in the past.

“I’ve been to Sex & Chocolate all four years now and it’s a really great thing to hear people talk about sex because it isn’t talked about much,” senior Psychology major and panelist Ellie Van Essen said. “Also as an RA is was very cool time for some of my residents to start talking about things like masturbation and sex before marriage, and their struggles and experiences with them.”

Most of the questions consisted of whether masturbation is acceptable or not or how often the married couples have sex, but there was one question in particular that generated some very interesting answers from the panel. “Why do you think God made sex for marriage?” Half of the panelists were quick to offer responses with references from the Bible and sharing their personal experiences of mistakes that were made before marriage. ‘How do you stop having sex after you’ve already started?’ was another question asked from the crowd.

“I don’t think the questions couldn’t have gotten any more blunt,” freshman International Business major Brenton Kelly said. “All the speakers were very straightforward and informative. I thought it was great for all the students of APU to hear what a Christian sexual relationship is supposed to look like.”

The panel consisted of four married couples ranging from eight months of marriage to 33 years of marriage, and two single individuals. Each couple shared their own relationships stories, both good and challenging. One couple was actually on the panel at the beginning of their marriage and came back this year to share their new experiences.

“When Jack and I were first on the panel, we would get questions and we would be like ‘we’ll let you know’ because we were still figuring out so much,” panelist Melissa Stava said. “Sex would still be awkward because of the fact that we were only three months in, but now since we’re three and a half years in, we’re getting the hang of things. Now, we’ve grown so much as a couple.

The night was filled with great tips of how to stay pure in this day in age, how to help others who may be going through issues concerning sex, and cute marriage stories that had the room swooning.

“The only bad thing about the night was that there wasn’t enough chocolate,” freshman Biology major Cameron Wielemga said.

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