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CGU team tops grand strategy competition


Claremont Graduate University Ph students Benjamin Acosta, Steven Childs, Sean Gera, Byron Ramirez and Piotr Zagorowski recently brought some extra notoriety to the graduate institution.

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                                                                                                   CGU team tops grand
                                                                                                   strategy competition
                                                                                                                                                 relationship and Southwest Asia nu-

                                                                                                             laremont Graduate University
                                                                                                             PhD students Benjamin               clear proliferation. From there, the
                                                                                                             Acosta, Steven Childs, Sean         team then gave short term and long
                                                                                                    Gera, Byron Ramirez and Piotr                term predictions on the nation’s future
                                                                                                    Zagorowski recently brought some             before putting the strategies together
                                                                                                    extra notoriety to the graduate institu-     into a working grand strategy.
                                                                                                    tion.                                           CGU suggested that Pakistan
                                                                                                       The CGU team won first place and          should focus on stabilizing its domes-
                                                                                                    $10,000 in the first ever Wikistrat In-      tic security, will have more of an Is-
                                                                                                    ternational Grand Strategy Competi-          lamic emphasis politically in the
                                                                                                    tion—a simulation that requires teams        future, can take control of comparative
                                                                                                    to present analysis and forecasts on se-     advantages in textiles, textile manu-
                                                                                                    lected countries based on assigned           facturing, and agriculture, and develop
                                                                                                    scenarios. CGU was one of 31 gradu-          a more agile and better trained mili-
                                                                                                    ate schools to participate.                  tary to focus on domestic security and
                                                                                                       “We were ecstatic when we found           infrastructure development. The
                                                                                                    out we won,” Mr. Childs said. “Head-         group’s report also sees the country as
                                                                                                    ing into the competition, we thought         distancing itself from United States in
                                                                                                    Claremont had a lot to offer and             order to become closer to countries
                                                                                                    thought we would get a good place but        such as China and Saudi Arabia.
                                                                                                    we weren’t going in thinking we were            “It was hard to work on this with-
                                                                                                    going to get first place. We benefited       out thinking of the perspective of the
                                                                                                    from the methods taught to us by our         United States,” Mr. Gera said. “We
                                                                                                    professors, who have one foot in aca-        knew that the role that we chose for
                                                                                                    demia and the other in the private sec-      Pakistan would weaken America’s po-
                                                                                                    tor.”                                        sition in that area. But we had to do
                                                                                                       The students credited the transdis-       our presentation from the viewpoint of
                                                                                                    ciplinary focus of CGU’s School of           [what’s best] for Pakistan. We tried to
                                                                                                    Politics and Economics as one of the         stay objective and realistic.”
                                                                                                    reasons for their success. Comparative          CGU’s approach garnered the at-
                                                                                                    politics, cultural studies, economics,       tention of head judge Thomas Barnett,
                                                                                                    political science and world politics         who once served as a Pentagon strate-
                                                                                                    were the five disciplinary areas repre-      gist. Mr. Barnett spotlighted both
                                                                                                    sented within the CGU team.                  CGU and Yale in his Battleland blog
                                                                                                       “We really tried to use the method-       on the Time magazine website last
                                                                                                    ological tools from CGU to come up           month.
                                                                                                    with our strategies,” Mr. Ramirez said.         “I have met competing strategic vi-
                                                                                                    “We tried to come up with our solu-          sions, and my own are improved by
                                                                                                    tions based on methodology, not based        the collision,” Mr. Barnett said.
  Norms!       COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
                                                                                                    on opinion. And I think that we were            Mr. Barnett’s recognition made
  David Stokes and Rick Barnes of Johnsonʼs Roofing Services attach sheet metal
  to the outside of the new Norms Restaurant on Thursday in Claremont.                              able to use each of our skills sets and      CGU’s victory even more meaningful.
                                                                                                    build up our team based on our spe-             “It’s always a great achievement to
    Norms Restaurants, a 24-hour diner lo-       Electricity is scheduled to start running                                                       get somebody to change their opin-
 cated at Indian Hill and the 10 freeway, is     today.                                             cialties.”
                                                                                                       Pakistan was selected as CGU’s            ions,” Mr. Zagorowski said. “Anytime
 on schedule with construction and plans to         Norms will hold open interviews for the                                                      you can get someone to take a step
 open its doors in late August, said Dolores     new location Monday, July 25 through Fri-          country during the month-long com-
                                                                                                    petition. The team had to develop            back is fantastic stuff even if that per-
 Pompa, director of marketing.                   day, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The                                                        son is not in agreement with all of it.
    The restaurant’s sign, with its trademark    company plans to hire about 200 employ-            strategies to address geopolitical is-
                                                                                                    sues such involving economics, en-           And for Mr. Barnett to re-evaluate his
 neon-orange lettering, went up Wednesday,       ees, from dishwashers and cooks to cashiers
 beckoning hungry drivers to make the stop       and food runners. The interviews will take         ergy, terrorism, the Sino-American           view of the world is tremendous.”
                                                                                                                                                                         —Landus Rigsby
 into Auto Center Drive’s latest development.    place at 440 Auto Center Dr.

Saturday, July 9                                                                                                                               Thursday, July 14

                                                         police blotter
   Police responded to a traffic collision                                                                                                        Police arrested 3 suspects in connec-
with injuries at the intersection of Base                                                                                                      tion with attempted car burglary.
Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue. A                                                                                                               A resident called police at 1:35 a.m.
driver in a blue Highlander attempting to                                                                                                      after witnessing 2 of the suspects trying
turn left onto Monte Vista Avenue slowed        sion, said Detective Robert Ewing.             at the Claremont Lodge, located in the          to break into his car in the 400 block of
for an emergency vehicle and was rear-             Mr. Bishop was arrested for attempted       700 block of South Indian Hill Boule-           Miramar Avenue. The witness was able
ended by a driver in a tan Infinity, said De-   burglary and alteration of a firearm.          vard.                                           to provide a description of the getaway
tective Ewing. The driver complained of                          *****                            When police arrived on the scene, the        vehicle, which police located minutes
neck pain, but refused medical attention.          A fight broke out between 40 to 50          hotel room window had been broken               later on a nearby street. Upon searching
                 *****                          youths at a football tournament held at        where William Walker II, 30, of Pomona,         the vehicle, police found stolen property
   Police arrested Taylor Bishop, 30, of        Claremont High School. A coach ran             remained but Melissa Boche, 33, fled            from an unreported theft in the area, said
Claremont, in an attempted burglary at          onto the field and, attempting to break up     southbound. Mr. Walker was found to             Sgt. Jason Walters.
6:20 a.m. A local resident witnessed Mr.        the fight, struck a player on the cheek,       have an outstanding warrant for driving            Robert Chavarria, 22, Johnny Chavar-
Bishop jumping the fence of a residence         said Detective Ewing. The victim’s fa-         with a suspended license and was ar-            ria, 21, and Monique Alvarado, 19, all
in the 1500 block of Benedict Avenue.           ther confronted the coach, and police ini-     rested. Police followed the path of Ms.         from Azusa, were arrested for possess-
Officers arrived and found the suspect          tiated an investigation into child abuse.      Boche, and located her behind the hotel’s       ing stolen property and attempted theft.
inside the home. Officers had Mr. Bishop        No charges have been filed.                    dumpster drinking a bottle of Popov             The elder Mr. Chavarria is also being
at gunpoint when they noticed various                                                          vodka, said Detective Ewing. Ms. Boche          held on a parole violation, said Walters.
pieces of jewelry from the residence            Monday, July 11                                was arrested and later released after              The suspects were booked, and their
scattered on the floor, and an Airsoft gun       Officers responded to reports of a            going through detox. The couple was             bail was set at $20,000.
with the tip painted black in his posses-       male and female fighting in a hotel room       charged $32 for window repairs.                                             — Beth Hartnett

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