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The Editor

W hen you think of the word “restructure,” there is a signal that validates an existing knowledge about the word, and that enables individuals to create a new knowledge that can relate to anything going on in their lives. When I process the word “restructure,” I think of the not-so-perfect life that forces me to create new patterns, routines and growth. I am sure you can agree that living life is full of complexities, but there is beauty in those complications that force you to grow as an individual. For one, living through a pandemic as a young person is terrifying and exhausting. While the world is consistently running in crisis mode, officials are governing the way we need to live our lives. Though our world is trying to manage how to live through a pandemic, we are those young people trying to understand how to manage our own lives with it. While managing, this leaves a new perspective and new guidelines on how to live. If you were to ask me how my life has forced me to restructure three years ago, I would not tell you that I have been forced to live with the passing of my stepdad, or that my childhood home would be sold and I would have to find a new home where the connection I once had with my mother got lost along the way. I also would not tell you that accepting a leadership opportunity working 40 hours a week, encountering anxiety while being a college student and trying to live my best life would be so difficult all at the same time. The reality of everything is that my routines changed, and I was forced to leave comfortability and learn how to structure uncomfortably. Life does not care about what your plans or your feelings are, and that is the hardest part to understand while changing. What life does care about in some odd way is how she wants you to step out of comfort. Restructuring is different for everyone, and it is always in motion as it is a reality we all share. Given the uncomfortable structure, we all need to learn, this cannot be done alone. As humans, the relationships we form with one another and God are vital to our lives. The wisdom of others, the Bible as instructional guidance and the heart of relationships form a unique foundation for restructuring. I hope that when you open this book, you will understand how California Baptist University restructured as university — through students and events. As these stories were written during a year of change, acknowledge that behind every story we are all managing a unique form of restructuring in this 70th edition of the Angelos yearbook.

WORDS Anyssa Gonzalez

PHOTO Ryan DeHart

DESIGN Kia Harlan


Editor-in-Chief Note

Managing Editor’s Not e

A At what I like to call “the heart of CBU,” in the basement of the James Building, near the infamous catacombs, there lies an old cozy room lined with computers, decked with hanging twinkle lights — the Newsroom. This year consisted of many nights working in the Newsroom until 3 a.m., bumping music in the car at top volume to get tacos at night and waking up at 6 a.m. to go to a journalism conference. It was filled with leaving highlighter all over proof pages, surviving computer crashes, fixing picas, adjusting bleed lines, editing articles, color correcting photos and chasing down people for their name for a photo. At the end of it all, you might ask, why do we do it? Why make this yearbook? Perhaps in the moment we would sigh. But even behind our tired, dark-circled eyes, there’s a glimmer of a smile. When we take a step back, this mixture of chaotic yet tireless striving towards summing up this year at CBU, we seek to comprehend what it means to RESTRUCTURE our lives in the midst of a global pandemic. In a year where our lives have lost their structure and consistency, where so many things are unknown and things are constantly changing, we are learning to change our habits for the better. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, to restructure means to organize a system in a new way to operate more effectively. Not only are we rebuilding our lives after so much has been stripped from our daily routines, but we are finding ways that make our life even more efficient and fruitful. While the chaos is what we seem to be constantly trying to escape, perhaps this chaos is what drives us forward in motion, toward improvement, innovation, and imagining a brighter future. I hope as you flip through the pages of this book, you will recall all the change we have accepted in stride, be inspired by the endeavors of your peers and feel the nostalgia and how far we have come in our 70th yearbook.

WORDS Kia Harlan

PHOTO Courtesy of Emily Ma

DESIGN Kia Harlan

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Managing Editor’s Note


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As more students returned back to campus for in person classes, the CBU administration worked to add improvements on campus. New programs, upgrades and infrastructure were implemented to ensure students’ safety and well-being, as well as to enhance the college experience. What’s New?

ORDERING ONLINE Scheduled orders have been added to CBU To-Go Mobile Order for student convenience.

MISSION MINDED International Service Projects finally returned to campus after two years due to COVID-19.

ON THE GO Lucy Esber, senior biomedical science major, picks up food from ShakeSmart’s new Savory section.

LIGHT UP THE SKY Chloe Montgomery, senior cultural anthropology major, speaks with a friend after the Wednesday SL night. Challenge changed their name to SL this year.

NEW PROGRAM The new Bachelor of Social Work Program was introduced at the beginning of the academic year.

DESIGNING THEIR FUTURE Students work in the new graphic design lab, where there are computers for every student to work on their projects.

DECK THE WALLS Student work is displayed on the walls of the lab space to be mocked up and critiqued by peers and professors.

WORDS Kia Harlan

PHOTO Kia Harlan

DESIGN Courtney Taylor Kia Harlan

Courtesy of Spiritual Life


GO CRAZIE Lancers wave lights at Midnight Madness, representing school spirit and campus culture.

PHOTO Claire Grimes


Cultures Intro


C COVID-19 has given the world a new normal. With mandates around masks and vaccines, CBU has implemented safety protocols throughout campus for the campus community to follow. On CBU web page providing the latest health and safety updates, the university said it will continue to allow in-person instruction and activities around campus with certain regulations. “To help protect the health of the campus community, CBU will follow or exceed guidelines from state and federal authorities concerning face coverings and encourages all who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” according to the website. As CBU requires that everyone who enters the campus, must wear a mask, vaccinated or not, it is to be followed unless socially distanced, eating or drinking. “CBU students are expected to comply with the indoor face covering requirements just as they follow the Standard of Student Conduct,” according to the page.

Adapting to a new way of life, students explained how the changes for COVID have shaped a new perspective. Kloey Stock, senior MAJOR, describes as far as student employees,“students and employees are required to use the CampusClear app to monitor their health status daily. The easy-to-use CampusClear app is essential to keeping CBU’s leadership informed regarding the health and safety of our campus community.” President Ronald L. Ellis said CBU will stay on top of pandemic developments and employ best practices to ensure the continuation of in-person instruction and the safety of campus activities for CBU students, employees and visitors. As COVID-19 remains a public health threat and new variants impact both the unvaccinated and those who are vaccinated, CBU strives to have students follow these new changes for COVID on campus with all requirements remaining in effect until further notice.

IN THE LIBRARY (left) Signs in the library detail CBU’s protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

IN THE CLASSROOM (right) Graduate students Jackie Cao and Kaelyn McCloud get ready for their test. STUDY SESSION (left) Aaliyah Mille, sophomore marketing major, studies in the Annie Gabriel Library.

IN THE OPEN (left) Katherine Garcia, freshman illustration major studies near the Wallace Theatre.

IN THE CAMPUS (right) Hand sanitizer stations located on campus are available almost everywhere.

WORDS Anyssa Gonzalez Faith Brazil

PHOTO Claire Grimes Marharyta Smirnova

DESIGN Kassidy Blount


Changes for COVID-19



“I think it’s great that CBU cares about our health and they are continuing to take safety precautions. As a senior, it is different to realize what where we once were as a campus with no masks, and now unfortunately transitioning to a world pandemic, CBU has adjusted perfectly as they care for their students.” sdfldsfldsjfsdlfjksld -Veronica Salcedo senior english major

“Being in the pandemic for almost a year, you have to adjust to these new normal settings. Going out with mask, especially around campus is still different even though we have been through this pandemic for a year. The most important thing is that through these changes, I am just trying to better my education and COVID isn’t stopping that.” just trying to better my education and COVID isn’t st -Daniel Gonzalez freshman engineering major


MASKS IN COMMON AREAS (upper left) Students wear masks while attending class in the Yeager Center. TAKING PRECAUTIONS (lower left) Signs required students to wear face coverings when entering indoor facilities.

around campus request that students, faculty, and staff to refrain from using the drinking fountains to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. SOCIALLY DISTANCED (left) Students leave space between one another in line at Wanda’s as a safety measure.

WORDS Anyssa Gonzalez Faith Brazil

PHOTO Claire Grimes Marharyta Smirnova

DESIGN Kassidy Blount


Changes for COVID-19


one day at a tim e


Since the beginning of pandemic, many lives were being affected with the unknowledgeable symptoms, and this is why I wan medications, and procedures to take care

running nose from her younger brother and a weary feeling of her fathers body created a speculation of the virus. “Since my family was getting sick at the beginning of the year, we didn’t think

anything of it because we were in a colder season and everyone gets runny noses all the time. I decided to get tested two weeks after my family was sick and at first I came out negative but I went to take another test and I came out utterly positive. I was honestly terrified,” said Sanchez. It was not until Sanchez’ father’s symptoms got worse that her family would soon feel defeated. Not only had she lost her sense of smell and taste, but she lost what it seemed like a sense of family through their isolation. “You’re completely isolated from your family and it definitely takes a hit on your mental and physical health,” said

of those who encountered the Coronavirus. After almost a year and a half, our nation has progressed in the understanding of the virus that now many are trying to heal from. However, as COVID-19 continues to take a levy on our nation, Sophia Sanchez, junior psychology major describes how her experience with COVID-19 changed her

Want to hear from students who represent who we are celebrating. Chris Hofschroer assistant dean of students

perspective on life and how she heals now after her families two week’s of isolation. In her experience with COVID-19 , Sanchez and her family tested positive for the virus early January, 2021. With the cold winter season in progress, the symptom of a


Explaining that seeing her father very ill was eye-opening, Sanchez sentimentally describes the moment when she realized this virus was not just hysteria. “My dad just looked at me one day and sentimentally repeated that the virus was no joke,” Sanchez said, “that was really unsettling and so if he said that, then I knew he was afraid of it and it hurt because there was a part of us that didn’t know if we were able to be with each other if we were all infected, we only knew to quarantine for two weeks and that meant being alone.” As Sanchez’ family distanced themselves towards the end of their quarantine, they found a way of healing together through the help of a close friend, and learning to create a healthy spiritual lifestyle. “My best friend had lost her step dad to COVID-19 and her dad’s mom as well so when she heard that my family was tested positive, she came with her mom to bring us Filipino soup, organic juicers, and zinc to help with our immune system and it opened my eyes to a healthier way of living…internally and externally.” After just two weeks, Sanchez learned that her way of healing would affect the remaining of her and her family’s lifestyle.

“I learned to take it day by day, whether that was going outside, eating healthier food, or drinking a lot of water. I was journaling because I had to do something with my thoughts and I couldn’t talk to anybody.” With an unfortunate virus taking a toll of Sanchez’ family, she utilized a new way of healthy living. “When you’re just isolated in your room, you just have yourself to be with for two weeks, and rather than picking apart everything… you just learn to cherish your body especially in a time where your body isn’t healthy. The way you talk to your body is important too, it made me just get in touch with myself and my spiritual self to heal not just while I was sick but now, when I am still healing,” said Sanchez. Healing from the Pandemic, Sanchez represents an examples of many other lives that experienced or will experience COVID-19. “We all have a different way of healing in unprecedented tragedies, but in one way or another through the same experiences, we’re healing as a nation together until it’s over,” said Sanchez.

WORDS Anyssa Gonzalez

PHOTO Kia Harlan

DESIGN Amanda Palacios Kia Harlan



LIFTED SPIRITS First Year Experience leaders celebrate new students coming to campus.

Return Rev Up Students get hyped during Welcome Weekend L Lancers coming back to campus this year were met with welcome signs, games and countless events during Welcome Weekend. Each day was filled with students moving in, numerous activities, and the excitement of being back in person. evening concluded with cheerleaders and the dance team teaching everyone the CBU fight song. The weekend continued outdoors with “This or That Kickback,” where students were given the option to choose their own adventure with options for everyone, including a pool party, relaxation lounge and fitness classes. Hoping to leave a good impression was Emily Culmer,

After a year of online education, incoming freshmen and as returning students could attend the festivities in person. Student leaders worked to make it a comfortable and connected atmosphere. “Last year for Welcome Weekend everything was online with videos to watch, but this year we really wanted to show what CBU is all about and make everyone feel like they belong,” says residential adviser Jordan Covenitch, senior liberal arts major. The

This year we really wanted to show what CBU is all about and make everyone feel like they belong. Jordan Covenitch senior liberal arts major

program coordinator for New Student Programs at Community Life. “This was some people’s first in-person experience so we wanted to make su,re it celebrated who we are as a

university and still keeping everyone safe and healthy,” Culmer says. Amovie night held on the Front Lawn rounded out the weekend with games, food trucks, giveaways and a Disney costume

contest. “I hope to see more nights

events were constructed in a way where students could enjoy themselves but still feel safe amid COVID-19 restrictions. Kicking off the weekend on Friday night, Lancers were greeted with a pre-party on the patio with games, giveaways and a DJ. The

like this movie night because it was fun to see everyone together building community after a year of separation,” says Kaitlyn Grimminger, sophomore pre-nursing student. As CBU welcomed students back, they were quick to embrace building community again.

WORDS Gracie Servin

PHOTO Elijah Hickman

DESIGN Kia Harlan


Welcome Weekend

TASTY TREATS (below) Students enjoy free snacks from the food truck of their choice during the Disney-themed movie night.

PHOTO-WORTHY EVENTS (above) This year’s Welcome Weekend consisted of festive photo booths, a movie night and sweet treats to kick off the school year. CHEERFUL EVENTS (left) CBU cheer performs for new students at welcome weekend.

PHOTO Elijah Hickman

DESIGN Kia Harlan


Welcome Weekend

unboxing into a new home

MOVING IN WITH FRIENDS (above) Students Arden Leeman, freshman journalism and new media major, and Jenna Antoinette, freshman kienesiology major, move in o Tower Hall along with other excited freshmen. WARM GREETINGS (right) CBU parents meet each other for the first time on move in day, sparking the beginning of a new friendship.

A TEAM EFFORT (left) Erin Kugel, senior psychology major, helps new freshmen residents move into Tower Hall. PILLOWS FOR DAYS (below) A CBU father has his hands full while helping students move into the West Colony Apartments. HANDS FULL (center) With the help of a CBU parent, Kaili Osselaer, sophomore electrical and computer engineering major, brings room essentials to her dorm.

FRIENDS HELP EACH OTHER (left) Yesenia Garduno, sophomore pre nursing major, helps Jennifer Cohens-Franco, sophomore pre-nursing major, carry boxes into their new dorm in the West Colony Apartments.

PHOTO Kia Harlan

DESIGN Kia Harlan


Welcome Weekend

Sophomores experience life at CBU for the first time Finally on campus

After spending their first year in college attending classes virtually, sophomores got to experience for the first time what in-person class is all about. For this group, their second year at CBU is their first on its campus, finally able to experience campus life and have the opportunity to be more engaged with other students.

“I am happy to be back on campus and have social interaction with my colleagues. It’s really nice to be back in the classroom environment and learn face-to-face with professors. One of the reasons I came to CBU was because

of how awesome campus life was and I definitely love being a part of it.” -Edwin Aguilar sophomore aviation major

“Coming back to campus and experiencing the vibrancy of student life is a sweet reminder of why I chose to come to CBU. When I stepped on campus for

the very first time two years ago, it was the students that drew me in. It’s a lot of fun to finally be a part of it all.” -Faith Ozenbaugh sophomore public relations major

WORDS Gracie Servin

PHOTOS Gracie Servin

DESIGN Kia Harlan

“After the big transition of coming back on campus, I was finally able to get some social aspect back. I’m a commuter on campus and I thought it would still feel the same since I don’t live on campus. But there are just many activities held and so many ways to get involved on campus that it doesn’t feel like I’m a commuter at all, so I love being back.” -Alyssa Ramos sophomore nursing major

“This is my first year actually being on campus and I’m loving it. This school year made me realize how much of a blessing it is to be in person. I love the atmosphere CBU has to offer and the new genuine friendships I have made in just such a short time. I’m excited for these next couple of years at CBU and the opportunities that will come with it.” -Hailey Godoy sophomore business administration major

“So far, I really enjoy being on campus. I feel like I’m a lot more interested in my classes compared to when everything was online. It’s really cool to be face-to-face with my professors and classmates and to feel more engaged in class.” -Tori Macabeo sophomore marketing major


Sophomores on Campus

“I am really glad I had some time to attend the Club Fair because it was nice to see how inclusive everyone was and have a chance to participate in person instead of online.” - Kiera Urena sophomore psychology major

SAE CLUB (above) Nick Lagana, sophomore mechnical engineer major, Dylan Wilder, sophomore mechanical engineer major, and Gabe Bartlett, senior mechanical engineer major, discuss new motor project to student to promote their club. THE ACCOUNTING SOCIETY CLUB (center) Mary Woods, senior finance major, Zachary Nelson, senior finance major, Luke Hedberg junior finance major, and Ashley Hedberg, junior finance major advocates their club. ASME CLUB MEMBERS (right) Dylan Carmona, senior

mechanical engineering major, and Adonai Pearson, junior mechanical engineering major promotes the club’s significance for their professional success.

PHOTO Courtesy of Community Life

DESIGN Amanda Palacios

WORDS Faith Brazil Anyssa Gonzalez

Let’s Go Clubbing! CLUB RUSH With Lancers back on campus, this year’s Club Fair had the Stamps Courtyard filled with more than 60 clubs eagerly trying to find new students to join.


ing community for science majors. “Our club is all about having community and connecting our members to different opportunities,” says club secretary Mia Alisa Tamayo, sophomore biomedical science ma jor. The clubs events include a beach clean-up, hearing from pharmaceutical representatives and holding more in-person activities to grow in fellowship. Being able to host this year’s Club Fair in person allowed clubs like these to reach new students on campus who hope to get in volved. “I am really glad I had some time to attend the Club Fair because it was nice to see how inclusive everyone was and have a chance to participate in person instead of online,” says Kiera Urena, sophomore psychology major who attened the fair. As each club offered open opportunites for students to get involved, they are excited to have more students joining this semester.

The variety of club options range from Pre Med Club to Disney Club, creating choices for students with different interests. Hoping to find members was a creative academic group, the Art Therapy Club. Art therapy majors utilize their skills as it informs others to incor porate art into their life and wellness through art. Her name, year, major explains how happy she was with the club interest turnout. “I think the art therapy booth was a huge success, and I’m glad so many people have expressed an interest in art therapy. We’ve been able to meet so many new people, which has allowed us to introuce the concept of inte grating art with theraputic self-awareness.” A club making a different type of impact is the Biology Club. The Biology Club is open to all students on campus but focuses on creat

“Our club is all about having community and connecting our members to different opportunities.”

- Mia Alisa Tamayo sophomore biomedical science major


Club Rush

New Bachelor of Social Work Program began in the fall inviting new students into the major Latest program inspire s

T The fall semester at CBU began with a new Bachelor of Social Work program for undergraduate students. The two-year program introduces students

field of helping those in need of a social worker who is academically prepared, biblically rooted, globally minded and equipped to serve.” Graduates of the BSW program will leave with a “highly marketable practice degree… and

(The Program) will help students understand and learn how to work with different populations. Liza Arellano BSW Program Director

to the practice of social work with classes covering multiple facets of the practice. Course work

employment options for students to enter upon graduation,” Arrellano says. Additionally, students seeking to pursue their master’s degree in social work will be considered an advance standing student, able to complete their MSW within one year. This BSW program fills a gap within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, providing the ability to earn a degree in a helping profession. Students will be taught to address the root of social issues and be equipped to help and support those who are oppressed, vulnerable and in need.

includes medical social work, child and family welfare, trauma and congregational social work. Students in the BSW program will be equipped with both the knowledge and skills to perform as a social worker through their classes and trainings.

The program “will help students understand and learn how to work with different populations,” says Prof. Liza Arellano, the program’s director. Arellano says that “CBU, through the BSW program, is launching graduates into a mission

Arellano encourages “students that are interested in an action-oriented and meaningful career [to] definitely pursue a degree in social work.”

PROMOTING BSW (left) The BSW table at the College of Behavior and Social Sciences kick-off rally on Sept. 9.

WORDS Claire Grimes

PHOTO Courtesy of Bachelor of Social Work Program

DESIGN Kia Harlan


New Program

Tahquitz Pines Relax, Reflect, Renew

C California Baptist University’s Tahquitz Pines Conference Center is a camp and retreat location for staff and faculty. The conference center has been owned by CBU since 2012, when the property was donated to the university by Hobby Lobby. Michael Jewell, director of Tahquitz Pines, explains the vision for providing staff and faculty the opportunity to vacation. Wanting to provide an chance for faculty and staff to get away, especially with the closures and troubles of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Jewell oversaw the camp during the pandemic. “We were closed to large guest groups per state health order from March 2020 through June 2021. Even with being closed, the property had to be maintained so we decided to open up to staff and faculty as a way to serve the CBU family while still honoring the state mandate closing organized camps,” Jewell says. Tahquitz Pines offers a variety of hosting opportunities, working with churches and nonprofit organizations to CBU groups from campus. “We host thousands of guests each year, most of which are from churches and other

nonprofit organizations. We have, from time to time, hosted CBU groups such as: the faculty from the School of Music, School of Education, and College of Nursing, as well as the cross-county team and [Mobilization] retreats,” Jewell says. Brenda Flores, associate director of Business Administration Facilities and Planning Services, explains her experience at the conference center. “I love the facility,” Flores says. “There are a lot of things to do at the facility, and there are a lot of hiking trails nearby.” She added: “Idyllwild is a cute little town with many interesting shops to browse through. I will definitely go again when my schedule allows. The staff members are very helpful and it is an overall great family experience.” Seeking to provide a great place for the staff and faculty to be rejuvenated and refreshed is the vision and mission statement of Tahquitz Pines. “The mission of Tahquitz Pines Conference Center is to provide an excellent Christian environment for individuals and groups to experience God, be renewed, and grow in faith,” and, Jewell says, “fulfilling the Great Commission through serving God’s people.”

COME TOGETHER (top) Frost Auditorium standing tall since 1936. SERENITY (bottom left) A prayer walk is one of many outdoor activities available across the grounds. CAMPFIRE (bottom right) The fire pit is another location to join friends and get warm.

WORDS Anyssa Gonzalez

PHOTOS Courtesy of Tahquitz Piines

DESIGN Madison Kirkland


Tahquitz Pines

LANCE UP (left) Students at the TWIRP concert show their school spirit by ‘Lancing Up’ for the band. SWAYING TO THE RYTHYM (below) Mandy Evans, sophomore liberal studies major, with her TWIRP date, Paul Rasoumoff, sophomore chemical engineering major, waltz together at the Barn Dance.

WORDS Brett Rosen Kia Harlan

PHOTO Kia Harlan

DESIGN Kia Harlan

Elijah Hickman David De Jesus

TWIRP returns to campu s Lancer ladies returned for a TWIRP a week of courage, as the traditional event requires females to ask male students on a week worth of events. TWIRP (The Woman Is Required to Pay) week ran from Sept. 20–24, and its five different events included a concert, a movie night, create your own dinner date, the Barn Dance and an Angels baseball game. Students rev up for a week of food, fun and festivities

A SWEET TREAT (above) Kaley Logerstedt, sophomore history major, and Mikayla Williams, junior communication studies major, browse the selection of snacks before the movie begins. A LINE TO FUN (left) Students wait in line to attend the TWIRP movie permiere of ‘The Goonies.’



COWBOY AT HEART (right) Keala Sheets, senior Speech Pathology major rides the mechanical bull at the Barn Dance TWIRP event. FEEL THE BEAT (below) Jillian Jarboe, senior Christian Behavioral Science major and Aviel Mavila, senior Biomedical Science Major waltz together at the Barn Dance TWIRP event together.

MOVIE NIGHTS (left) Community Life serves a wide varitey of snacks includ ing popcorn and pretzels for students to enjoy during movie night. LANCER CONCERTS (upper right Juniper Park’s cover of ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift has the crowd going wild. FILMWORTHY MUSIC (lower right) Students photograph and video the band.

WORDS Brett Rosen Kia Harlan

PHOTO Kia Harlan

DESIGN Kia Harlan

Elijah Hickman David De Jesus


“Definitely my favorite event for TWIRP was the Barn Dance. I was able to expereince so much Southern dancing and music alongside my girlfriend and other famililar faces. The band made the night super special, and to even have Fiddler Farley from Disneyland was such a treat.” -Connor Galloway sophomore architecture major

“The highlight of the concert was when the band played a cover of ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift. Everyone joined in and sang along to the song. It was a great time to have everyone back on campus enjoyging the music in an outdoor environment.” -Sahara Bustrum senior early childhood education major



Pet Pals Carina Womack, junior psychology and health science double major, and her service dog Oakley.

S THRIVING WITH OAKLEY Carina Womack finds aid through her service dog, who accompanies her everywhere she goes Struggling with different medical issues and an exhaustion of resources, Carina Womack, junior psy chology and health science double major, sought out a service dog. Oakley, raised and trained in Ohio, as a last resort for her healthcare. workout classes, to class, church, dining halls and events. As Womack and Oakley needed to adapt to a new setting after the pandemic, being on campus was over whelming as a student with a service dog that attracts so much attention.

During the pandemic, Womack and her family re searched programs for service dogs, which normally requires a two-to-four-year waiting list to find

“It was hard when we first came to campus because, yes, we went out, but since the pandemic, Oakley was not surrounded by many people,” she says. “Seeing a lot of people who don’t have their dog and are asking me about her, or petting her — it was overwhelming.”

a suitable service dog. Through the Freedom Paws program, Womack found Oakley, who is trained as a cardiac alert dog with the abil ity to alert her to drops and spikes in cardiac rhythms. Oakley will get Womack’s attention if her heart rate dips below 60 or exceeds 120 beats per minute. In a situation where Womack is not feeling well, Oakley is there to respond. “If it’s getting kind of weird, she will sit up and look up at me

She is ... medical equipment on duty and a furry friend off duty. Carina Womack junior psychology and health science double major

Not only has Oakley made health care easier for Womack, but a service dog has also changed her life as a student for the better. “She makes life easier in a lot of ways,” Womack says. “(If I were) living without her, I would have to readjust what that would look like.” Because Oakley underwent two years of extensive training for service dogs, she can adjust to any open setting. She is perfect in public, Womack says, because she does not react like a pet would, and this helps Womack publicly. “I don’t look like I have any

like, ‘OK, we’re not there yet’ and paw me,” she says. “Since she’s trained in guide work, she finds stairs, exits, elevators and certain people as a response to my health episodes.” Though a college student’s life can be stressful, Wom ack finds a sense of normalcy through her day with Oakley in her everyday routine. “We get up around 7 to 8 (a.m.), depending on classes, and feed her supplements,” Womack says. “I get ready and then usually put on her gear. If it’s really hot she will wear boots to protect her paws.” Being attached to Womack 24/7, Oakley goes to

thing wrong with me, and a lot of people expect to see a service dog with a person in a wheelchair or notice able disability,” she says. “So a lot of people assume I’m training her, but she is my service dog — medical equipment on duty and a furry friend off duty.” As Womack lives with health conditions, Oakley remains by her side to help her live independently through simple tasks around her dorm, campus and in public.

WORDS Anyssa Gonzalez

PHOTOS Kia Harlan Courtesy of Carina Womack

DESIGN Kia Harlan


Carina and Oakley

Students get a taste for living overseas with the Study Abroad program

WORDS Claire Grimes

DESIGN Amanda Palacios Camille Growchowski Lauren Brooks

T The study abroad program at CBU gives students the opportunity to travel during their studies. Junior graphic design major Elijah Mar tinez spent the fall semester in Paris, France, and enjoyed life as a student abroad. He says he was drawn to the program by “the idea of being able to learn and live in a completely new culture with other students.” The program, Martinez says, allows students free rein to discover the city while also organiz ing some excursions both within the city and outside. This gives students the opportunity to learn more about the culture in which they are staying and live like the locals. Martinez says he enjoyed getting to know what daily Parisian life is like, including metro rides, school, meeting up with friends and debating whether or not to go out at night. He encourages students interested in the program to “allow yourself [the] quiet, boring moments” like these. Martinez integrated himself into the culture of Paris by connecting with the locals and see ing how his own home culture compared and contrasted with his host culture. Outside of his classes, which were fully taught in French,

Martinez says he enjoyed going to one of the city’s more than 130 museums at least once a week and finding parks where he could sketch and relax. Junior international business major Stone Jef fries joined the program in the spring, travel ing to Prague, Czech Republic. He says he was looked forward to traveling on the weekends and, like Martinez, learning about the cul ture through living like the locals. He says he jumped on this opportunity to “see other parts of the world that [he] may not have the chance to [see] later in life.” Martinez encourages all students to look into the study abroad program. It “offers… the unique opportunity of living in a foreign coun try and experiencing life as any other student would.” He suggests the program to students looking to get out of their comfort zone. Through the study abroad program, students can engage with cultures outside of the U.S. Any interested students can go to the Study Abroad 101 ses sions held on campus to learn more about what Martinez calls an “extremely valuable experi ence.”


Study Abroad

TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUM (above) Paris Redjai, junior graphic design major, dances with her friend. TWIRLING TOGETHER (left) Students dance together in Lancer Plaza in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. TOGETHER COUPLES INTERTWINE (immediate above) Marissa Lara, junior psychology major dancing with her boyfriend, Jamison Senegal junior sports medicine major.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, students had a night to remember Cultura, baile y tradición

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cultures in our daily lives. “The motivation was to include all of our Hispanic community, not just the Mexican (community),” Rocha said. “There are so many other countries, so we really wanted to incorporate those countries. We have an art gallery that has student art from different countries and representation of all sorts of different things, and the same with our food. That was our main goal.” Jessenya Scherler, sophomore public health major and Community Life intern, agreed that the Hispanic Heritage Celebration was for all Hispanic Cultures. She says these events can reach those who want to learn more about people from Spanish speaking countries.

celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with an event planned by Community Life and the Spanish Club. National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. To mark the occasion, Cumbia and salsa band Clave Dura performed in Lancer Plaza, where Community Life also offered free food from different Latin American countries for attendees. The event also included an art show featuring famous Hispanic and Latino artists as well as art by CBU students. Yesenia Rocha, senior nursing major and Community Life intern, shared Community Life’s motivation behind the event and discussed the importance of including all Hispanic

WORDS Selah Kelly

PHOTO Elijah Hickman

DESIGN Kia Harlan


Hispanic Heritage Month

“We really want to make sure that we target in on specific things,” Scherler says. “We want to focus on both people (who) are

co-curricular programs and services. With Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, and all of our cultural celebrations, we strive to highlight the beauty of our culturally diverse student body and encourage others to expand their world view.” Rocha discussed Community Life’s

a part of this community, but also people who are not but

With all of our cultural celebrations, we really want to hear from students who represent who we are celebrating. Chris Hofschroer assistant dean of students for community life

future plans for representation at CBU. She also shared what Community Life can do differently to spread the word about events and representation. “I think doing more events like this and just making sure we really publicize it (is important), so then we can get more people to know about different cultures.” Rocha said. “It’s a

are interested in learning.” Chris Hofschroer, assistant dean of students for Community Life, also spoke about the importance on inclusion in Community Life events, specifically for those that revolve around culture. He said that Community Life’s mission statement connects to that idea.

great way to reach a large amount of people and let them know that it’s not just Mexican, it’s not just Spanish — it’s a bunch of different places.” Future cultural events will include Black History Month, Lunar New Year and the Festival of Color.

“With all of our cultural celebrations, we really want to hear from students who represent who we are celebrating.” Hofschroer said. “Community Life’s mission statement, which drives everything we do, is to enhance CBU student experience through purposeful

SERVING STUDENTS (above) Students stand in line for food at the Hispanic Heritage Month event. SITTING DOWN FOR A MEAL (lower left) Fernando Fischbach, senior business administration major with his fellow peers enjoys a taste of Hispanic culture. SALSA TO THE BEAT (lower right) Victoria Burden, junior marketing major, dances with her friend to Hispanic music.

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PHOTO Elijah Hickman

DESIGN Kia Harlan


Hispanic Heritage Month

Free Britney till it’s backward s

F Pop Singer Britney Spears is one step closer to freedom with her father suspended from the conservatorship. For nearly half of Britney Spears’ career, she has been followed by speculation that her life is controlled by a conservatorship. Spears has lived under a conservatorship managed by her father, Jamie Spears, since the popstar’s infamous breakdown in 2007, when she was accused of being an unfit mother to the children she shared with ex-husband Kevin Federline. Spears’ public outburst then In February 2021, the social media generated public interest in the conservatorship. The #FreeBritney hashtag went viral across platforms, while a documentary from The New York Times investigated the conservatorship. Through the summer, Spears publicly spoke out about her conservatorship via Instagram. “So I said ‘life goes on’ in one of my recent posts but it’s always easier said than done !!!!! In that moment that’s what felt was the easiest to say but I think

... to keep her out of a state of being conscious enough to fight for her ethically and morally wrong. Peyton Cordura junior marketing major

led to questions about her mental health, resulting in a conversatorship in 2008. After Spears underwent hospitalization and rehab, Jamie Spears requested that the Los Angeles Court place a temporary conservatorship over his daughter. He would make decisions about Spears’ financial, medical and estate affairs. A temporary arrangement ended up extending until 2021. Though the hysteria surrounding Spears’ mental health, she continued in a career that never faltered. The popstar’s 2008 album “Circus” skyrocketed, and she continued with a four-year residency in Las Vegas.

we all know that I will never be able to let go and fully move on until I’ve said all I needed to say … and I’m not even close !!!! I was told to stay quiet about things for so long and I finally feel like I’m just getting here !!!!” In June, Spears was finally able to speak in court, the first time she was able to do so. In September, Judge Brenda Penny officially suspended Jamie Spears as his daughter’s conservator. In an Instagram post, she wrote, “On cloud 9 right now !!!! First time flying a plane and first time in a prop plane !!! Geez I was scared !!! Pssss

Tussling over the conservatorship, from 2019–2020, Spears struggled with ending her father’s control. “‘She feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her,” a court investigator wrote in a 2016 report,” according to BBC News. “The conservatorship had ‘too much control,’ the singer said, according to the account of the conversation. ‘Too, too much!’”

bringing the ship home, JL … Stay classy beautiful people !!!! New pics coming soon !!!!” Peyton Cordura, junior marketing major and longtime fan of Britney Spears, says she felt relief for the popstar after the court proceedings of the last year. “I feel it is long overdue, and she is still technically in the conservatorship and it’s going to take time until she is free from it, “Cordura says. “I just think she has gotten

enough traction to get out of it, but it does make me worry, though, for those who are in conservatorships and aren’t of the caliber that Spears is in the social world.” As Cordura described her Britney fandom, she explained the sadness she felt when she learned about the conservatorship was abuse. “Learning about the things she had to do in the conservatorship, like the medication she was prescribed by doctors who were chosen by her father and who diagnosed her with things that she actually and medically didn’t not have to keep her out of a state of being conscious enough to fight for her rights outside of the conservatorship is ethically and morally wrong.” As Spears’ new pathway to an uncontrolled life

begins, fans of the singer and those who supported the #freebritney movement continue to celebrate Spears’ freedom and her engagement with Sam Asghari. As Britney says, Say Hello To The Girl That I Am / You’re Gonna Have To See Through My Perspective.

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DESIGN Kia Harlan


Free Britney Spears

JUSTICE “Until all are free.” The slogan for the International Justice Mission chapter at California Baptist University works to raise awareness of the realities of modern

International Justice Mission advocates for human rights


back to in-person events and engagement opportunities. “One of the organizations we’ve been in contact with is called Freedom Homes, and they help survivors of human trafficking by providing safe houses for them and giving them resources so they can get back into society after everything they have been through,”

day slavery and how students can be equipped to battle this issue. “We have weekly meetings where we learn more about human trafficking and we engage in

says Arianna Pineda, senior liberal studies major with a minor in global justice. The work that this club is doing on campus is a blessing in raising awareness and making a difference for students going out into the world after graduation by giving them tangible volunteer opportunities. “We really want people on campus to have a heart for those who are suffering injustice and to learn how to amplify

UNTIL ALL ARE FREE International Justice Mission slogan

discussion, and then we spend time praying together and learn about God’s heart for those suffering injustice,” says chapter co president Sami Timblin, senior applied theology major with a minor in global justice. Educating students on

campus to the prevalent issue of human trafficking that is occurring both globally and locally is a key mission for IJM. “Our goal is to have our club members know and be confident advocates for those who are suffering injustice,” Timblin says. The chapter has grown exponentially since being back on campus and they are excited to get

our voices instead of being ignored; we know God cares about those people and we also want to share that heart with Jesus, ” Timblin says. CBU’s IJM chapter advocates for change for those suffering here and abroad by living on mission and embodying the call to go forth and share the gospel.

WORDS Carolyn Bokinskie

PHOTO Courtesy of Samantha Timblin

DESIGN Kia Harlan Amanda Palacios


International Justice Mission Club

Students promote the fight against human trafficking by wearing a dress every day in December to stand in solidarity with victims. Wear a dress,

SUIT AND TIE (above) Zhenyu Zhang, graduate student, sports a blue tie for Dressember. TIME FOR CHANGE (right) Sami Timblin, senior applied theology major and International Justice Mission chapter co-president, poses with Luke Eardensohn, senior engineering major.

DESIGN Amanda Palacios

WORDS Kia Harlan Luis Menendez

PHOTO Courtesy

of Sami Timblin

According to Dressember’s website, “Dressember equips the public to fight for the dignity of all people, leading to the protection and freedom of millions. Since 2013, we’ve raised $13M toward this fight, impacting tens of thousands of victims, survivors, and at-risk communities.” save a life.

DRESSED TO IMPRESS (above) Arianna Pineda, senior elementary education and International Justice Mission chapter co-president, shows out in all black. STANDING TOGETHER (below) Erin Nelson, freshman forensic chemistry major; Gigi Curry, freshman criminology major; Shelby Kelso, junior Christian behavioral science and communication studies double major; Sami Timblin, senior applied theology major and co-president; and Julia Oleson, senior sociology major.


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