Recently, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s “Six Californias” plan was given permission by the California Secretary of State’s Office to begin collecting the 807,000 signatures required to qualify for this November’s voting ballot. Draper has been trying to gain support on this plan for a year now.
For the first time ever, Azusa Pacific is introducing a summer study abroad option for communication studies and journalism students in New Zealand through a partnership with Christian nonprofit HCJB Global.
From May 16 to June 6, students will explore Auckland, among other destinations, through the partnership with HCJB’s Wandering Sheep Productions.
On November 1 of this year, nearly 47 million Americans, including 22 million children, experienced financial toil more than ever when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), benefits were cut from every participating household. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s boost in benefits had expired on October 31, leaving a $5 billion cut, a serious depletion in nutritional promise for growing children.
APU’s Young Conservatives Club hosted its first event of the year Tuesday night when former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan encouraged students to stand up for their beliefs in “Is political correctness destroying America?”
Disappointed Azusa Pacific students, family and alum left the Felix Event Center Saturday after the men’s basketball team fell to Biola 83-78. This was the first time that the two rivals met as non-conference opponents in Azusa.
T-shirts and socks hung high on a clothesline at Seven Palms from Oct. 14 through 18 for the Clothesline Project, a week-long event where students and faculty showed their support for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
The event was sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and supported by the University Counseling Center, Campus Pastors Office and Office of Residence Life.
The Clothesline Project is designed to give a voice to men and women who have experienced the horrors of domestic violence. Survivors were encouraged to write their thoughts and experiences on a T-shirt. Other students showed support by writing encouragement on socks and hanging them as a symbolic commitment to pray for the victims and survivors in the community.
The Clothesline Project was established in 1990 in Cape Cod, Mass., when the Women’s Defense Agenda learned that 58,000 soldiers were killed during the Vietnam War, and during that time 51,000 women in the U.S. were killed by men who claimed to love them. Because women traditionally hung their clothes out to dry on a clothesline, allowing themselves time to talk with each other, the organization used the drying aid as the visual representation for their cause.
“[The clothesline] is symbolic in telling their story as a survivor,” said Kaley Lindquist, the 2nd year grad student and assistant of the WRC.
The T-shirts displayed various stories of fear, hurt, redemption and strength.
“What the shirt represents is giving a voice to the voiceless,” Lindquist said. “That is the purpose of the project — to give a voice to these stories that are so often unheard.”
The Clothesline Project was available for visitors throughout the whole week, with WRC staff, along with campus pastors and UCC staff available for support and information from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Thursday at 1 p.m., WRC staff held a communal prayer meeting with students and faculty to pray for survivors.
One survivor of sexual assault said the event is particularly helpful on a college campus because it has the potential to “open people’s eyes to what is going on around them.”
“[Abuse] is not this whole other, scary, dark world,” said the sophomore sociology major, who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s something that’s here and is present and is in every sort of life. It can affect anybody.”
WRC graduate assistant Christal Stanley said some people who have never been affected by domestic violence do not realize how much of a problem it really is.
“I [kept] hearing the word ‘powerful’ after they read the T-shirts and the stories,” Stanley said.
Not only does the Clothesline Project provide awareness to those who are uninformed of the severity of this problem, it allows APU to step up as a community-centered student body to create unity for these survivors.
“I know there abuse survivors out there who are hurting, and it makes me want to know who they are so I can reach out to them,” the anonymous sophomore sociology major said. “Even though it’s different situations and different people, it’s something that we should be reaching out to as a community and as a student body.”
After letting the story out on a T-shirt, the next step is healing. The mission of the WRC and other supporting departments is to be available to hear the stories of those who didn’t put up shirts or feel like they have an ongoing story worth telling. The Clothesline Project was simply a steppingstone to providing a safe place for students to find healing.
“My role … is to be available in case there are women who would like to form a sexual assault survivor group,” said Dr. Elaine Walton, WRC director and a UCC psychologist. “[I want] to hear what [students] really want and then try and meet that need with the resources that we have.”
The WRC highly encourages any student, male or female, who has been affected by the devastation of sexual assault and domestic violence to come into its office, or the UCC or Campus Pastors’ offices.
“We love having our male students in our office, and we would encourage even more men to come,” Lindquist said. “These issues are not just women’s issues.”
Tuesday night marked the grand reopening of the Moonlight Café, where Shire Mods residents were invited to take a break from midterm studies to fellowship over coffee and live music. Residents filtered in and out of the café from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for quality time with their fellow neighbors and an added caffeine boost for the night.
The Moonlight Café will be open once a week, rotating days as different resident advisors are on duty. Each time the café is open there will be some sort of specific event hosted by the particular RA on duty that night.
“The events will simply be opportunities for students to relax from studies or simply hang out, socializing with a “Monday Muffins” or “Tuesday Chai” type scenario,” Shire East RD Cara Jones said.
.A schedule with more specific information will be posted on the café door.
Jones said this is not the first time that this space has been used. She explained that the Moonlight Café started in the 1970s, providing coffee and music to students, but stopped because the past RDs and RAs stopped maintaining it. This space was used for different reasons and in the 70s was later used for the Moonlight Cafe. When this ended it eventually became storage and is now being turned back into the cafe.
Jones collaborated with Shire West RD Adam Higginbotham and the Shire RAs to take advantage of extra space and bring back the café.
“Not only is it a fun idea for an APU living area, it’s an opportunity for people to be excited about living in the Shire,” said senior theology and philosophy double major Lindsey Myers, the RA for I Court.
Residents and RAs alike had positive thoughts about the idea of a café opening in the mods.
“I’m really excited that this is opening because it gives all of us an opportunity to get together over coffee and get to know one another despite having different schedules,” said sophomore computer information systems and theater arts double major Lindsay Burton, a resident of the Shire Mods. “It’s a very good addition to the Shire.”
The Moonlight Café will continue as long as the future RDs and RAs of the Shire maintain it.
“[This space] could easily be used as a room for storage or for junk piling up,” Jones said. “But if the RD and the RAs are intentional about keeping it open, providing menus for people to come in, then hopefully it will be open past this year.”
Approximately 1,000 students gathered in Munson Courtyard Friday night for Americoming: Red, Foam, and Blue, this year’s Homecoming dance. Dressed in American attire, students got down and foamy with music courtesy of disc jockey Zap.
The dance’s theme, Americoming, was created to enable students to feel interconnected and relevant.
“We were thinking about what students would be able to identify with,” said junior communication studies major Tayler Lund, one of the Communiversity campus life interns. “So what better way to do that than with America? That hits home for a lot of people.”
This would have been the first time that freshmen and sophomores experienced the wonder of foamcoming, but this was not the first time that foam has been incorporated into APU Homecoming dances. After the first time two years ago, Communiversity decided that it was so successful that it should be brought back.
“It was cool having the foam this year after hearing all the upperclassmen talk about how crazy the foam was before. I wanted to see what it was all about,” sophomore psychology major Lanae Lopez said. “I thought the theme was kind of random, but it was awesome to see how people were dressing up for it.”
Junior cinematic arts major Christian Sanchez expressed his love-hate relationship with the foam at the dance in his recent Facebook status.
“Two years ago, I had my first and only near death experience that forever changed the way I saw foam,” he wrote. “That day two years ago it became my one and greatest fear. Today, I was reassured that it is still in fact my greatest freaking fear. I am a survivor.”
Sanchez’s thoughts on the terrifying factor of foam were reciprocated by many other students as they screamed and punched to get out of the middle of it, exclaiming that they were “suffocating” and “drowning.”
However, the foam was an improvement the second time around, Sanchez said.
“They changed the position of the foam machines this year, which I think was a lot better,” Sanchez said. “The placement was better, and it was never fixed on you for too long.”
Unfortunately, the dance experienced some technical difficulties concerning the DJ and the music. Students were chanting to turn up the music as they felt the volume was quite low.
The technical difficulties allowed for the most American patriotism, Lopez jokingly said.
“When the music stopped for a bit, that was just like the government shutdown,” Lopez said. “Plus, when the music stopped, people were singing the national anthem and other patriotic songs.”
APU has agreed to allow only faculty to use its recently purchased 12 homes in Rosedale after significant protests from the community against using the homes as alternate housing options for students.
APU originally purchased the town homes this year due to their value, proximity to campus and potential to house faculty, staff, graduate students, visiting scholars and ministers as well as some undergraduate students, according to Mark Dickerson, APU’s senior vice president and general counsel.
But Rosedale residents spoke out and created a petition in June against APU students occupying the homes because of complaints based primarily on the actions of students who do not live in school-owned homes, Dickerson said. Other common complaints are about APU students who do not live in Rosedale but use the community’s swimming pools and other facilities.
Bowing to the pressure from Rosedale residents, APU has agreed to allow only its faculty, not students, to use the units, and also to rent to other families unaffiliated with APU.Rosedale is not zoned for commercial use, so APU is not allowed to only rent to its own faculty and students. The school has also agreed not to offer new leases to students who currently occupy the homes.
ManLin-Kitty Huang, a Rosedale resident, expressed last year in an online thread between Rosedale residents her concerns over the prospect of potential university housing in Rosedale. The thread discussed the idea of creating a petition to not allow APU to use the Rosedale homes as a dorm option.
“Just to clarify, I am sorry if I offend APU alumni,” Huang wrote. “I don’t have problems with APU. … I am concerned because home owners signed the paper that the owner cannot transfer and/or rent the house after moving in the first year.”
However, not all Rosedale residents think the possibility of APU students living in their community is negative.
The complaints that have been reported are not valid enough to altogether reject Azusa Pacific students from the community, said senior business marketing major Katherine Barton, a Rosedale resident.
“I think APU and Rosedale both benefit one another, and it has been a huge blessing getting to live in Rosedale,” Barton said. “It’s been great getting to know our neighbors and getting to love on them.”
Barton expressed her desire for the APU community in Rosedale to proceed on a positive note with the continuation of the already-existing barbeques and pool days.
Despite the fact that the university no longer can use these Rosedale homes as student housing because of the petition, it is important to APU that students remember to be respectful of neighboring communities in Azusa.
“Student Life has tried to remind students of the importance of being good neighbors and representing APU well,” Dickerson said.
Contrary to the presumption that with a non-smoking campus comes non-smoking students, APU houses a smoking culture that is unseen to many. This is largely due to the negative connotation that smoking has throughout campus.
Some students agree that APU should continue being a non-smoking campus due to the health risks and discomfort level of other students.
“I like that people aren’t always smoking around me because I know many people that hate the smell of tobacco smoke,” said sophomore theology major Spencer Rickman, who smokes pipe tobacco.
A junior English major who wished to remain anonymous said that although smoking is a health risk, the no-smoking rule encourages people to shun smokers.
“I know people who smoke who are amazing students, but it’s a habit that they picked up in the past and have continued doing,” she said. “Smokers just tend to get a really bad reputation, and people assume the worst of you.”
The English major argued that students who smoke are excluded from the community.
“Smoking obviously has a bad reputation because it is unhealthy and addicting,” she said. “At the same time, we are a campus of love and care for one another, where we shouldn’t be judgmental. When people around me say, ‘Oh, I hate smokers,’ I don’t speak up because I don’t feel like I can.”
However, this is not the case with all smokers.
“Because not a lot of people smoke at APU, when I do find people that do smoke, it’s not a huge deal,” Rickman said. “Being a smoker hasn’t affected me that much.”