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Thesis looks at cosmetic surgery

Rachel Creagan Staff Writer Senior sociology major Mary McCool believes there is a correlation between cosmetic procedures and age, ethnicity, religion and self-esteem. McCool’s intrigued interest in this topic inspired her senior thesis. The initial idea came from hearing news reports of girls receiving breast implants from their parents as a high school graduation present and of children receiving... 

Ruiz tapped to take helm of LV debate team

Rachel Creagan Staff Writer Speech communications instructor Rob Ruiz was recently named director of forensics at the University of La Verne. Ruiz, who broke the team’s semi-finals curse in 2007 by winning the national championship as an undergraduate here, will take over administrative duties in fall 2011. He follows Josh Martin, the previous debate coach, decided to step away from the team to pursue... 

Current student led past life as hockey player

Daniel Hargis Associate Sports Editor After a rough ending to his career as minor league hockey player, junior communications major Blake Humphrey has found a way to stay involved in hockey – through scouting for the team for which he once played. Humphrey scouts for the team he skated for last, the Topeka Roadrunners, officially as their West Coast scout. “The reason I enjoy scouting is because... 

Spectacular senior Ashley Paul says so long

Spectacular senior Ashley Paul says so long
No stranger to athletics, senior Ashley Paul’s love for basketball began in the fourth grade. In addition to being a Second Team All-SCIAC selection in basketball, Paul is also a three-time First Team All-SCIAC honoree in softball. She was a member of both the Leopard softball and basketball teams that both clinched tournament titles in 2008. / photo by Victoria Castaneda Daniel Hargis Associate... 

Tennis ends with success

Krista Franceschini Staff Writer The tennis season came to a tough close for La Verne as it finished with a 2-8 record in conference and 7-14 overall. The team had its closest match against Occidental on April 22, losing 5-4, but in the end was not able to find the momentum to seal the win. The Leopards’ biggest challenge was inexperience, with six freshmen and no seniors, the level of play from... 

Leos erased from SCIAC softball tourney

Daniel Hargis Associate Sports Editor The softball team’s long and difficult Southern California Intercolleg­iate Athletic Confer­ence season came to an end this weekend for the Leopards, going 1-2 with losses to Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and a win over Whittier. La Verne got off to quick starts in each game, but only managed to hold on for one win in three tries. “We didn’t get timely... 

Leopards lose grip in upstream battle

Leopards lose grip in upstream battle
La Verne freshman attacker Alexandra Escobar (No. 22) tries to score against Redlands goalie Julie Lupfer and field players Chandler Weeks and Joy Corona (No. 9) during the second quarter of the Senior Day game against the Bulldogs on Saturday. The Leopards lost the game, 13-5, at the La Verne Aquatic Center in Las Flores Park. La Verne will play Redlands again in the first round of the SCIAC tournament... 

Softball seniors go out with a win

Softball seniors go out with a win
The softball team celebrated Senior Day, which honors the careers of its graduating players, on April 22. After winning their last home game of the season, teammates gave gifts and exchanged warm stories to honor the five graduating seniors: Delaney Baylor, Mandy Brenner, Lisa Neu, Ashley Paul and Kaitlin Ward. The team enters the SCIAC tournament at 11 a.m. today at CMS against Redlands. / photo by... 

Bulldogs rally to beat Leopards, 7-6

Bulldogs rally to beat Leopards, 7-6
La Verne third baseman Jason Munoz prepares to throw to first after tagging out Redlands pitcher Trenton Lively. The Leopards were defeated by the Bulldogs, 7-6, at Ben Hines Field on Sunday. The Leopards have won 17 of their 24 conference games and face off against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in their next game at 3 p.m. today in Claremont. / photo by Warren Bessant Daniel Hargis Associate Sports Editor Despite... 

La Verne drowns against Athenas

Daniel Hargis Associate Sports Editor Sometimes trying too hard does not work out well, which proved true Wednesday as the Leopards fell to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas by a score of 13-7 at CMS. La Verne jumped into the pool and out to a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game but the Athenas came roaring back with four unanswered goals to lead 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. “They... 
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