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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.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 16, 2011 4 CGU team tops grand strategy competition relationship and Southwest Asia nu- C 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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