Daily Pilot: Costa Mesa Homeless Interviewed, Counted

A consortium of churches and Vanguard University are trying to quantify the problem of homelessness in Costa Mesa’s borders

By Bradley Zint
DAILY PILOT

An initiative created by the Churches Consortium and Vanguard University is attempting to address Costa Mesa’s homeless population, one person and one interview at a time.

The volunteer-run YOU Count program involves taking a census of the city’s homeless population, followed by in-person interviews. The program is in its first year after a trial run last year.

The census portion began Monday. About 50 people took to the streets early that morning to provide an estimate of how many homeless are in the city.

“There’s no extrapolating data, no mathematical equations,” said Becks Heyhoe, a YOU Count organizer and director of the Churches Consortium, an alliance of churches mostly from Costa Mesa. “It’s literally who you see.”

Then throughout the week came the 44 interviewers who asked questions based on a five-page survey created by Vanguard sociology professor Ed Clarke.

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Daily Pilot: Colleges to Honor Veterans

By Britney Barnes

DAILY PILOT

Two local colleges will host ceremonies this week to honor the nation’s service men and women.

Orange Coast College and Vanguard University are hosting Veterans Day tributes Thursday and Friday, respectively.

OCC’s program, “Honoring Their Service and Sacrifice,” will feature a flag-raising ceremony, a panel discussion and guest speakers Charles A. Macias, the co-author of “Operation Legacy” and Joshua Stone, an OCC student and U.S. Army veteran.

The tribute begins at noon in the quad with the panel discussion immediately afterward in Student Center on campus, 2701 Fairview Road. Parking is free in Lot B.

Vanguard’s Veterans Day program will feature guest speaker Chris Kupitz, a student and veteran whose served two tours in Iraq. Vanguard will also honor the Orange County Freedom Committee.

The ceremony is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Veterans Courtyard of Honor on campus, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. [Click here to view a campus map of Vanguard University]

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Campus internet and phone outage

Vanguard University is currently experiencing an internet and phone outage. Information Technology is working diligently to find a resolution.

The university remains open. All offices, classes and university functions remain operational.

Academic registration for Spring ’13 has been postponed one day for all continuing students in the hope that campus Internet systems will be available Tuesday.  Thus, seniors will register Tuesday, juniors Wednesday, etc.  Upperclassmen will not lose their advantage.

For IT network updates, follow @VUNetAlerts on Twitter or @VanguardU on Twitter.

Promoting the Integration of Faith and Life

Dr. Mike Beals, Dean of Spiritual Formation at Vanguard speaks out against pornography;

Understanding pornography is half the battle

On Monday, October 29, Dr. Mike Beals spoke to students about a topic that is increasingly becoming a grave problem in our society: pornography. Dr. Beals focused his talk on how viewing pornography detaches us from reality and leaves those who engage in this activity in a battle that requires more than will or desire to successfully overcome.  As White Ribbon Against Pornography week (WRAP) at Vanguard continues, students are handing out ribbons all week during lunch near the cafeteria so please come by.   For more information on the ill effects of pornography, please visit: http://www.xxxchurch.com/

Huntington Beach Independent Recognizes Vanguard Promoting Laughter and Intrigue from the Stage

On Theater: Mistaken identity with a twist in ‘Errors’

By Tom Titus

HUNTINGTON BEACH INDEPENDENT

Shakespeare in his most riotous incarnation is the fare at Vanguard University, where director Susan K. Berkompas has added even more laughter to the Bard’s freewheeling farce, “The Comedy of Errors.”

Prior to the show, the cast comes out on stage to “explain” the plot to the audience. But don’t try to take mental notes and attempt to remember the details as the show progresses because the action is thrust into overdrive.

As Shakespeare details it, twin noblemen, both named Antipholus, are separated as infants in a storm at sea along with their twin servants, both named Dromio. They connect again, as adults, setting off a tsunami of mistaken identities.

Berkompas adds her own bit of comedy to these “Errors,” casting a white actor (Nick Lazaris) as one twin and an African-American actor (Preston Butler III) as his identical sibling who, visiting a rival city, unwittingly convinces everyone, even his brother’s wife, that he’s the “other one.”

Butler, who pretty much commands the first act, cuts a dominating figure, while Lazaris, featured in the second, finds himself incarcerated and handles the situation with well-placed bluster.

The servants (Christopher Orta and Luke Rhoades) encounter similar mix ups and endure a good deal of physical admonishment from both masters as they juggle the Bard’s confusing plot points — a ring, a necklace a bag of gold. To their credit, they do so admirably, both being quite adept at physical comedy.

Hailey Tweter is particularly effective as the wife of one Antipholus convinced she’s wed to another. Also impressive is Michael Fidalgo, who has a full plate of characters to enact, once during the same scene as he switches identities behind the backs of other characters.

“The Comedy of Errors” is quite entertaining, if more than a bit confusing, and it serves as a valuable lesson in high-voltage comedy from its student cast at Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater.

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