E m b r y - R i d d l e A e r o n a u t i c a l Un i v e r s i t y Sept. 5, 2012 Issue 1 Volume 29
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New Policy Changes Black Hole Research Passport Program
DR. PHILIP JONES
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Sodexo Updates Facilities A3 Comparative Religion
Sports Women’s Volleyball
Special to Horizons
Led by Drs. Chen and Jones in late July, eleven GSIS Chinese language students left Beijing’s miasmatic atmosphere for the clearer skies of Kunming, capital of China’s southwestern Province. Yunnan was a stand-in for Tibet, adopted when the permit to visit Tibet was not forthcoming. The choice proved to be a memorable and fascinating one. We arrived at Kunming’s new airport, shaped to resemble the long house of the Wa ethnic group, and plunged into China’s most ethnically diverse province, parts of which resemble Southeast Asia in the lowland south and Tibet in the high mountain north, with much else in between. Yunnan has 24 officially recognized minority nationalities, and a number of smaller groups seeking recognition.
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The group spent the first full day in Kunming exploring the Stone Forest, a vast outcropping of karst pinnacles, some more than two hundred feet high, interlaced with small streams and pools on lower ground and deep green forest above. After lunch at an ethnic Sani restaurant, we spent the afternoon visiting the large Sleeping Dragon Cave, a long and at times slippery walk above thundering underground waterfalls. On this day we ran into two aspects that would characterize the entire trip. First, the rain: an off-and-on wetting of light showers with the occasional downpour, broken by periods of blue sky and sunshine. This was, after all, the Asiatic monsoon season—a real monsoon, quite different from the intermittent phenomenon known to those who live in Prescott. Second: the nearly constant crowds. With schools out all over China and the new Middle Class energetically out to explore their country, the crowds were large, incessant, and sometimes a trial. What seems pushy to us is normal behavior in China, so we had to adjust to the crowded social environment. Nonetheless, here, as elsewhere in China, the capacity of the authorities to organize and manage large groups of people was always on display. After a colorful evening presentation of music and dancing to showcase the extraordinary diversity of Yunnan, we climbed aboard our bus the next morning for the 295 kilometer drive to Dali. In Kunming and west to Dali, the group was on ground immortalized by American efforts to assist China against Japan prior to and during World War Two. Kunming, Dali and Baoshan (southwest of Dali)
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Dancer performing the Peacock Dance during the Dynamic Yunnan show in Kunming.
were key airfields for Chennault’s Flying Tigers of the American Volunteer Group, later, after Pearl Harbor, the 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th USAAF. The road west from Kunming was, of course, linked to the Burma Road and later the Ledo (or Stilwell) Road, the latter carved out of jungle and steep mountain ridges. So, we were on historic ground and among people who
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Photos By Dr. Philip Jones for Horizons Newspaper
still appreciated America’s help to China in the “Anti-Japanese War.” True, we rolled along a divided, four lane highway, but here and there the old two-lane road appeared beside us. In an important way, all of this pulled us into history. Dali, with its long, mountain-girt lake, has a history going back to the Warring States period (475-221 BC), sometimes as an independent marcher state (Nanzhao), an autonomous tributary kingdom, or the distant province of one of the great dynasties. Kublai Khan took the region in 1253 and Marco Polo traveled here and reported on the high quality of the lake fish. We visited an island fishing community of the Bai minority, observing their market and their temple to Kuanyin, the much beloved Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Our next stop was a village that uses trained cormorants to fish. We had a delightful hour on the water watching these wonderfully trained birds dive successfully for fish, before a summer thunderstorm chased us back to shore and drenched us thoroughly. We stayed at a courtyard hotel in Old Dali, the town founded by Kublai Khan, and much enjoyed exploring the pedestrian-only streets and alleys of this ancient place. The only negative note was the littered park that once had been the Ming and Ching Eras administrative center, destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. From Dali, we headed north on a two lane road and ascended a mountain range on one of the main branches of the ancient see CHINA page C2
Future Plans for ERAU Prescott Campus ROBB COWAN Correspondent
When one asks Dr. Frank Ayers about plans for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, you can see in his eyes that the campus is ever-advancing toward the future. Over the last three years, the population of the Prescott
campus has grown from 1,670 students to about 1,750; and in the next three to four years, that number is expected to grow to around 2,000 students. Ways to increase enrollment include the addition of Men’s and Women’s CrossCountry as well as Women’s Softball by Fall 2013, as well as the addition of more degree programs, including cybersecurity and astronomy.
The bulk of the planning for the growth of the Embry-Riddle campus comes from the rolling seven-year plan, which helps get the proverbial ball rolling on the building projects and remodeling needed for the campus. The changes that have taken place during the summer, including the remodeling of the student union and dining hall, and the construction of the new cof-
fee shop in the library were in the books due to the seven-year plan, which continues to evolve as each year passes. The other project that is almost complete is the convenience store in the laundry room of Hall Nine, which gives students ease of access to supplies they need for everything from doing laundry to late-night study sessions. see FUTURE page A5
Aviation Safety Orientation Informs Campus
Jason Chong / Horizons Newspaper Brian Roggow speaks at the Aviation Safety Orientation. MITCH RA SMUSSEN Senior Correspondent
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University safety culture, in regards to aviation, is known worldwide for providing one of the best risk mitigation environments available to aviators. On Thursday night, August 30, the EmbryRiddle Prescott Campus Flight Department held their annual Aviation Safety Orientation for freshmen flight students and anyone else interested in learning more about the Aviation Safety Program. With
a large turnout and the vast amount of knowledge to walk away with, this semester’s Aviation Safety Orientation was a huge success. The event began w ith short speeches by Dr. Gary Northam, Dean of the College of Aviation, and Jerry Kidrick, the Flight Department Chair. In these short introductions to the evening’s events, Dr. Northam explained how safety is a major part of the whole process of flying and that it relies on a “willingness to report things when they need to be reported.” Kidrick added that at Embry-Riddle safe-
ty is, “important to all of us, we take the safety culture to heart” and, “Safety starts with the students.” Aviation Safety Program Manager, Brian Roggow, led the orientation. In a brief overview of the night’s activities, he explained the five primary emphases of the Flight Department’s safety program: maintain an active safety education program, hazard identification, safety data collection and dissemination, accident prevention, and comprehensive emergency response procedures. After introducing a message from ERAU President John Johnson on Embry-Riddle’s commitment to safety in which the President made it clear that, “no disciplinary action will be taken against someone voicing a safety concern”; Roggow gave his own explanation of the Embry-Riddle safety culture, “Safety is a judgment about the acceptability of risk. Our safety culture is every action we decide to take and every action we decide not to take, it encompasses everything”. The Aviation Safety Orientation continued with a discussion on the essentials of an effective safety culture: honesty, professionalism, and free flowing communications to name a few. Roggow then explained that while, in most cases, the Embry-Riddle safety culture protects against disciplinary action in regard to incidents, accidents, and the reporting of these, certain violations such as ones involving intentional disregard for safety or
willful violation of a regulation, intentional criminal act related to aircraft operations, alcohol abuse, substance and controlled substance abuse, or the intentional falsification of flight records does hold ground for legal or disciplinary action. Flight Instructors Adam Perakis and Ken Fukayama also assisted in explaining the proper use of a risk assessment matrix and the importance of safe ramp operations, respectively. The evening’s events concluded with an explanation of the Safety Management and Reporting Tracker (S.M.A.R.T.) and Flight Data Monitoring. This was followed by a raﬄe in which audience members had a chance to win either a flashlight set, one hour of Cessna simulator time, or one hour of Cessna flight time. By the end of the night, every student in attendance had learned a great deal more about the Embry-Riddle safety culture and was now better able to act as an important piece of it. Want to access theSafety Management and Reporting Tracker (S.M.A.R.T.)? Try this QR Code:
Dr. Devereux Conducts Black Hole Research
Brenton Woodruff / Horizons Newspaper GABE BENTZ Correspondent
Though some may not know this, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a research institution. All of the professors continually engage in studies of their respective knowledge bases. During this research they often enlist the help of those students that are in need of a thesis topic and are interested in what the professor is doing.
While a great deal of research is being done, there is one bit of research that has almost reached completion and is nearing a new phase. This work is that of Dr. Nicholas Devereux, Physics and Astronomy professor in the College of Arts and Sciences who is being aided by senior Space Physics student Emily Heaton. The research in question, deals with the observation of black holes. While one would assume that looking at a black hole would not be that difficult, this one, which was photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope, is actually too small and distant to be resolved, making observation of the black hole especially difficult. Therefore, the work that Devereux has to do, with the aide of Heaton, is to use data about the surrounding area and gases, such as their velocity and the gravitational effects on them the nearby bodies, to describe the characteristics of the black hole and galaxy. Simply put, they have to look at the
measurable effects on its environment to see the invisible. An interesting phenomenon that has arisen during this research that Dr. Devereux elaborated upon was the fact that, in four differnt galaxies he used these methods to describe, the black holes in question appeared far larger than was expected. Therefore, there is concern that errors may exist in current modeling techniques, or that Dr. Deverex’s research just a cool discovery is in the making. Either way, Dr. Devereux is currently verifying the research with observation of another galaxy and black hole. The role Heaton has played in this research has occurred primarily in the last year. Currently a senior Space Physics student, Heaton describes her involvement as follows. “I independently analyzed the size and structure of the broad line region of the galaxy NGC 3227 to reaffirm Dr. Devereux’s conclusions. We found that a spherical inflow best fits the broad line re-
gion and the inner radius of this inflow model matched the reverberation radius that other researchers at a different university found. I am expanding on this research to another galaxy, NGC 4051, where we hope to see similar trends in the inner radius.” For those who didn’t get all of that, Heaton has helped Dr. Devereux check his own previous research, determined what was happening during past observations and is now repeating the process on yet another galaxy. Dr. Devereux in an interview stated Heaton is “very good” and that she is doing her senior thesis on this research. This research is obviously very complex and cannot be easily explained to the lay person, but at the same time Dr. Devereux admits that it is based on the basic principles one learns in physics 101. It is amazing that people can use these concepts to see what no one has seen. Dr. Devereux hopes to validate this research soon and get it published.
Sept. 5, 2012
A Look at New Policy Changes for the Year JIM SHERIDAN Special to Horizons
By this time the campus community at large has had the opportunity to review the Newly Revised Traffic, University Vehicle and Parking Regulations and the Non-Licensed Wheeled Vehicle policy. I thought that it might be helpful if I provided our students and employees with some perspective on the direction they provide. First, it is important for our students to understand that the philosophy behind any of our policies is to treat them as the young adults they are and to support them in their efforts to gain a great education here. This is true with my own approach and that of my officers in Campus Safety and Security. When applying policies we give the benefit of doubt where appropriate and continue to educate students on how best to conduct themselves. My own expectations for students and employees is that they make the effort to be aware of the policies and regulations and to comply with them. Also, when there is a question, that they do their due diligence first by reading through the policy/regulations and then come in with their questions where they do not understand what the regulation/policy states. Questions can be good as they help us to clarify something written that we thought was clear. I also look to our community members to conduct themselves using good sense and caution as a situation dictates. When they fail to exercise their good judgment, decisions must be made on how best to proceed as some level of accountability comes into play at that point. That said, I offer a word or two of explanation. In reviewing the Traffic and Parking regulations I realized that 1. They needed updating. 2. They also needed clarification and organization. So over the summer I revised them to achieve those goals. They should be clear now as to what are the regulations, fees, fines, and the appeals process. I always find it difficult to meet expectations when they are not clearly stated. Rumor has it that some students have been concerned that I may be too tough on them in applying these policies. I would recommend that if they have questions along these lines, I do have an open door policy and would be
more than happy to discuss their concerns. As an example, it was made very clear that offroading on campus property is a concern for us and the fine is set high for that reason. A question was posed about being able to get in to the Ramadas to unload things for events. This is an area where it is important to ask permission and explain the need. Not just assume that it is available. Our primary concern in addressing this is off-roading on campus trails and on the open areas on campus. The Ramada access is one area where special exemptions may be made based on road/weather conditions and condition of the road in general. It is better to get clarity up front than to wait until there is a problem. While I do believe in accountability for one’s actions, I am a good listener and will always work to be fair to both individuals as well as the community. Our newest policy is the Non-Licensed Wheeled Vehicle policy which has grown out of similar perspectives. It is a combined policy that addresses the use of bicycles, longboards, skateboards, wheel chairs, and university vehicles in this category on campus. There have been new developments in recent years with a growth in the number of bicycles, the advent of Segway and electronic wheel chair use by students with disabilities, and several other changes that were not covered in previous policies. Thus a new policy had to be written. Those who have been here previously may have noticed that there are signs missing from the walkways going into central campus. They posted a rule prohibiting the use of bicycles, skateboards, etc.in the central campus. However this rule was not observed, nor was it consistently enforced. In addition, we were not receiving reports of many accidents or problems due those usages. As noted above our goal is to treat our students like the young adults they are and to work with those who are using good judgment and to educate those who fail to do so. So the signs are gone and the new policy addressed the expectations that go with operating in central campus. I hope that this article has helped to clarify the policies and to answer at least some of the questions that I know will arise. I look forward to a great fall semester and to working with you all.
Sept. 5, 2012
Freshman Passport Sodexo Updates Dining Facilities Program Returns with New Prizes ALLISON READ Correspondent
Tim Sham / Horizons Newspaper ALLISON READ Correspondent
A rejuvenated Passport ERAU Program will be implemented this Fall semester to provide students an easier transition into college life. This program issues all freshman and transfer students a passport type booklet with over 50 spaces to earn activity stickers. This program is designed to act as a road map to introduce students to campus resources in a fun and incentive-filled way. It includes a list of approximately 80 activities spanning across campus. Attending any one of these events qualifies the student to receive a coded sticker to place in the passport booklet. At the end of this six week program, depending on the amount of stickers earned, a student could win prizes ranging from a movie ticket to a free semester of housing. The passports were issued at check-in with a free Passport tshirt. Though the program does not end until Oct. 8, a student may enter their passport into the prize
drawing at any time after Aug. 23. If you are a freshman or a transfer student and did not receive one at check-in, the booklets are available at the Student Life desk, which is located in the housing office at Haas Commons. It’s never too late to enter this program but the later you start, the less time you will have to fill out the passports. While many activities will be time critical, several run the entire length of the program. These types of events will include tasks such as visiting the Dean of Students or liking a certain Facebook page. Many of the activities this year will not require the student to carry the passport with them, so if forgotten, an activity sticker can still be received. While some of these activities may sound easy and even silly to some, it is a great way for students to get to know their faculty and facilities, as well as participate in activities on campus. New students can greatly benefit from this program, as meeting new people and developing connections will lead to many exciting opportunities in the future.
In many regards, the food service program on campus has changed drastically over summer. Students may have come back from summer vacation, internships, jobs, or classes to find a cafe in the library, the Student Union completely remodeled, a convenience store in the Hall 9 laundry room, or even the changes in the Dining Hall. Over the summer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Unviersity Prescott partnered with Sodexo, a food and facilities management company, to provide the food contracts and update the dining facilities on campus. To better enrich the student experience, Sodexo’s statement is to provide fresher products with a wide variety on a consistent basis. For those with meal plans in the Dining Hall, most have probably noticed the propeller shaped tables and convenience store products in the entry. Now known as Earhart’s Dining, So-
dexo has not only had the structure remodeled but the food plan as well. In talking with Jody Buckle, the resident dining manager, the new philosophy of Earhart’s is “food ready to eat” and cooked on a made to order basis. There will be two Exhibition stations which provide food cooked to order for lunch and dinner. One of them will permanently be a Mongolian Wok theme while the other will hold an international theme rotating between different cuisines. Additionally, vegetarian/ vegan and gluten free stations will be hosted for specific dietary needs. In the center of the Dining Hall, a deli resides with made to order sandwiches on fresh rolls; students will soon be able to order their sandwiches toasted. Booth seating was added near the entrance of Earhart’s in addition to the uniquely designed propeller shaped tables. Sodexo and ERAU have replaced the previous set of dishes with a new matching set. For the next two semesters, the pricing and meal plan design will remain the same
in the transition from Chartwells Dining Services to Sodexo. The “carry out” option that was implemented last year will remain. Students will swipe their Eagle Card at the front and receive a carry out box and cup. However, students may not eat in the dining hall and subsequently swipe for a box to carry out. Lastly, Dining Hall hours have been extended at the request of ERAU. The World of Wings cafe in the Student Union is continuing the meal plan transfer options. WoW is a franchise that originated in New Orleans and ERAU hosts the first WoW in Arizona. They specialize in chicken menu options; however, since Sodexo and WoW are partners, they would like to provide vegan and vegetarian options for the student body. Salads and wraps can be prepared without chicken and the menu includes a portobello mushroom and black bean burger. The Scholars’ Cafe in the library also has a meal plan transfer option. One meal counts for a drink and a pastry. The cafe serves
a full line of Starbucks espresso and coffee drinks; however this location is not a fully-fledged Starbucks so there may be some restrictions as to what is available. Fresh pastries, salads, sandwiches, and made to order drinks are served every day. The laundry room in Hall 9 has been split into two halves. The campus facing side now holds the laundry machines while the courtyard side houses a Simply to Go convenience store. This store will be stocked with different items than those found in the retail entrance to the Dining Hall. Julie Jensen, the retail manager for Sodexo at ERAU, stated that many items will be bulk packages - from food to more personal items meant for those times when a student can’t make it to the store. There will be frozen food such as burritos, pre-made sandwiches, and instant noodles. Simply to Go is willing to change its inventory to meet the students’ needs so let them know if there are items you would like to see them carry.
Photos By Austin Troya / Horizons Newspaper Left: New Sodexo changes in the entrance of the Dining Hall. Right: Newly completed Scholars’ Cafe in the Hazy Library.
Comparitive Religion Returns BRAD CLANCY Senior Correspondent
For the last four years, Comparative Religions has not been offered at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus, largely due to the loss of the main professor for that course. This semester however, ERAU Prescott has been able to bring the popular course back into the curriculum by asking two adjunct faculty to teach the class. Dr. Rochelle Kessler, and Professor Michael McClure will be teaching the class, with Dr. Kessler teaching this semester and Prof. McClure teaching the next. “I’m so glad we’re offering Comparative Religion, because up to this point, students have only had two choices,” said Dr. Angela Beck, the Department Chair of Humanities and Communications, “Philosophy or Values and Ethics. And Comparative Religions was a very popular class. It was always full.” “The purpose of the Comparative Religions class is not to proselytize, nor to make judgments,” clarified Dr. Beck, “but to simply inform and discuss similarities and differences between some of the better known religions, like the Peoples of the Book (Chris-
tianity, Judaism, and Islam), and some of the lesser well-known systems, like Native American Indian systems and Sikhism.” Part of the goals of the course would be to further understanding of many world religions, to avoid embarrassing mistakes like mistaking a Sikh for a Muslim. “You never know who you’re going to work with, work for, or work under,” noted Dr. Beck, and therefore it is important to have at least a broad understanding of many faith systems and cultures so to be able to work with many different people. A particularly interesting section of the course will be the study of Native American faiths, which can vary depending on tribe and region, and is a subject that many Americans who are not of Native descent do not realize how different their beliefs can truly be. The course is meant to be a survey of many world religions, so that students will be more able to understand other people. Consequently, the course will be studying contemporary religions and their beliefs, as opposed tracing the history of the faiths back to their inceptions. “It is not a philosophy course in the traditional sense,” noted Dr. Beck, since “agnosticism is not studied, atheism is not studied, and secu-
lar humanism is not studied… [And] all the topics to be discussed will be faith-based religious systems.” The faiths to be studied were chosen by the Department Chairs of the Daytona, Prescott, and Worldwide campuses and are documented as the minimum curriculum in the Master Course Outline, which is universal to the three campuses as the minimum that must be covered. In answer to why some faith systems like Confucianism or Buddhism, which lack deities, were included, Dr. Beck pointed out that “religions also, aside from deity, tend to have things like ritual attached to them, centers or locations of worship attached to them, clothing and language and other artifacts that are attached to the philosophy that we identify are religious in nature.” Other factors include number of practitioners and likelihood of students meeting people of these faiths. The course will include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, and some Native American faith systems. Many of the religions, like Christianity and Islam, will also have to be split into study of several different sects within the religions.
All summaries are compiled from official Campus Safety reports. Names and specific details have been omitted to protect individual student rights.
Aug. 15 - Vandalism Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., unknown persons damaged two of the Golden Eagles National Champion signs on Haas Blvd. Safety observed that the signs had been bent inward, almost in half. Safety was able to bend the signs back out, however, there was still a crease in one sign. A report has been filed with Prescott PD, and Sodexo has a work order to replace the two signs.
in, several items were stolen from his old room. The student had been moving his belongings into his new dorm on the day before the incident. When he returned to his old dorm, he discovered that the following items were missing from his room: 1. Food from refrigerator 2. Crockpot 3. Coffee maker 4. Pair of shoes 5. Mail tube coins 6. Trash cans 7. Mail tube con- taining maps
Aug. 17 - Theft At approx imately 4:20 p.m., the vic- In addition, the room tim came to the Safe- had been cleaned. Some ty office to report that, of his items were later while he was moving found by a dumpster.
The Housing Department has no record of maintenance being in the room for cleaning. Aug. 18 Intoxication At approximately 3 a.m., Safety received a radio call that a taxi driver needed assistance with an intoxicated student at a residence hall. The driver said the student needed help to get into the dorm. The student was able to get into the dorm with the help of a friend. A Department of Student Life representative at the scene said he would check on the student through the night.
ERAU Flight Department Drops Multi-Engine Track MITCH MCKENZIE Correspondent
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Flight Line has officially dismissed the Multi-Engine Track this semester. Many students have been wondering why this is and what the purpose behind it was. With the new Diamond fleet just moving in, most students were expecting the multi-engine track rate to increase but, that was not the plan. In fact this new policy is better and expected to save students a lot of money. To compare the tracks, single-engine vs. multi-engine; the single track involves SingleEngine Private, Instrument, Single-Engine Commercial, and then a Multi-Engine Commercial add-on. The Multi-Engine Track took you through Single-Engine Private, MultiEngine Private, Single Engine Instrument, Multi-Engine Instrument, Single-Engine Commercial, and Multi-Engine Commercial. Six courses to go through versus four. What was said to many of us was that the Multi-Engine Track would give us a lot more multi-engine hours and that would help us out when we were looking to get hired after graduation. It seemed like a great idea and I bought into it, but the fact is the industry was hiring single and Multi-Engine Track students at almost the same rate. With the industry back on track and the pilot shortage predicted to be on its way as a result of retirees, student will be getting hired regardless of the 50-70 extra multi-engine hours. That is a lot of money
to pay for all those hours and if you are going to get hired at about the same rate as the single track, why not get paid for those extra 50-70 hours instead of paying? Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University actually planned to eliminate the Multi-Engine Track even before they purchased the Diamond fleet. They only purchased enough Diamonds to sustain the students who would eventually be doing the Commercial Multi-engine add-on. The problem last semester was they still were trying to finish up the last of the students in the Multi-Engine Track at the same time and the amount of Diamonds they had were not meant to support that many students. So they were temporarily overbooked until they could finish off the last of the Multi-Engine Track students. Now that the MultiEngine Track is no more, the Diamonds will be able to sustain the students in the Commercial-Multi-Engine add-on sufficiently. The question is, would students be more skilled in multi-engine aircraft compared to the single-engine aircraft? Yes, of course! But, it is not necessary considering the hiring rates from both tracks. So the real question is, why pay more money when you don’t have to? Students will get the multi-engine time eventually and they will be paid for it as an instructor, if they choose that route, or with a company. This policy is now in effect and as a school we will see how much better it is or is not. The odds point towards good, but only time will tell.
Sept. 5, 2012
University to Host Aviation History Presentations
Brenton Woodruff / Horizons Newspaper MITCH MCKENZIE Correspondent
This fall, there are some thrilling aviation history presentations headed to EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University. Professor Nick Manderfield has done an outstanding job with this program and always supplies enthusiastic presenters for the benefit of the ERAU Prescott campus. Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
marks the kick off presentation for this year. Stephen Rayleigh, a current Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student and former U.S. Army Unmanned Aerial System operator will be presenting “A (Declassified) History of Military Drones.” Though it seems that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have just recently been added to the war fighting theatre, this is not the case. Drones have been used by the military for the past 100 years. Rayleigh will enlighten his audience on some of the oldest UAVs like the Sperry Aerial Torpedo Project in 1918 (consulted by Orville Wright), the German cruise missile program, American remote controlled bombers in WWII, and the Firebee reconnaissance drone used in Vietnam. He will also share his knowledge of the current UAVs and their progression throughout his service in the U.S. Army. It is going to be a great presentation and one that will spike interests in the upcoming war
fighting technology. Come on out to the Davis Learning Center on Thursday, September 13 and watch the presentation. There is also a second presentation planned for Thursday, October 11 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local Historian William Weiss will be talking about “13 Myths of 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis”. This October is the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis and Weiss will be here to reveal some new and shocking information gathered from previously secret U.S. and Russian archives. He is going to talk about some of the myths that were created throughout the crisis and prove how they were true or false. The Cuban missile crisis is also one of the most over looked catastrophes often forgotten about. This 13 day confrontation between the Soviet Union/Cuba and the United States was a result of the U.S. attempting to overthrow the Cuban regime in the “Bay of Pigs” and “Operation Mongoose”. An Air Force U-2
plane on a photoreconnaissance mission actually discovered the Soviet missile bases being constructed on Cuban land. Historian Bill Weiss is going to explain all of this and more during his presentation. He will pick apart the myths and explain the truth behind the event. He is also going to discuss how close the United States actually was from nuclear war with the Russians. It is going to be quite gripping as much of the information he is going to talk about has not been widely disclosed. T h a n k s to Pr o f e s s o r Manderfield, the Aviation History Program Coordinator this fall will reveal some interesting presentations on events that have changed aviation for the better. There is no admission fee; the presentations are free and all are welcome. Professor Manderfield is also working on getting more presenters for the upcoming months. Come on out and show your support for this fine program and all it has given to ERAU.
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Sept. 5, 2012
Plans Made to Expand Eagle Card System BRAD CLANCY
While the system for Eagle Cards has not changed over the summer at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott campus, many of the classrooms and labs on campus have been switched from manual keys to Eagle Card locks similar to the dormitory entrances. This was done to correct issues with old hardware, and also to help address concerns with student access to laboratories. “Instructors were having a difficult time getting those keys back, say after graduation,” noted Melynda Fincher, ERAU Prescott’s Eagle Card Manager, “with the card program it works so we can put
them in and take them out whenever we like.” The university has been planning on making the conversion to Eagle Card locks for a while, and has only been limited in this endeavor by finances and the feasibility of the undertaking. “Someday I would like to see the keys go away,” said Fincher about the physical keys, and having Eagle card readers on more doors on campus would certainly decrease the number of keys necessary for staff and students to carry. “Being able to control keys is very difficult, but being able to control cards is simple,” noted Fincher, “and when we have an employee leave the university getting the keys back… sometimes falls to the wayside.” The cards also provide a record of who ac-
cessed the doors and when, so that in cases when incidents occur in buildings such as vandalism, the Safety Department can better investigate the matter by seeing whose cards were swiped during the time in question. “Safety has been a huge factor in helping me change access,” said Fincher, “we actually have to visit the locks because these are oﬄine locks, and every time a professor wants to give a student access to a certain lab we need to add that access and then visit the lock to update the access.” Challenges like this keep the school from being able to implement Eagle Cards everywhere at once, but the plan is to continue phasing out physical key locks, and one day have any part of campus accessible by Eagle Card.
Campus Summer Crime JIM SHERIDAN Special to Horizons
Over the summer, we experienced some break-ins to some of our outlying buildings. The first time, the soccer locker rooms were entered by breaking the Onity (card) locks off the doors. The perpetrators took some old candy and soda from storage lockers. The same night they broke into the pool locker rooms by prying the deadbolts out of the
doors. They then broke padlocks of some lockers. Nothing was found to be missing there. Following this, someone also broke a window in a bedroom and entered our guest house, Spruance House. There they took toilet paper, some soap and then set off a fire extinguisher upon exiting. In a second incident, Spruance was again entered a week later by pulling boards off of the previously broken window. This time a small TV was removed from the bedroom.
The final incident occurred a week after the second Spruance entry and involved a return to the soccer lockers where the locks were again broken off the doors. The uniform storage cages were also entered and two men’s jerseys, two women’s jerseys and two sets of sweat suits were removed. Prescott Police Department was called out to investigate all three break-ins. There have been no further break-ins and measures have been taken to hopefully discourage this from happening in the future.
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SGA Welcome and Updates SAVANNAH BEGISHIE Special to Horizons
The Student Government Association (SGA) would again like to welcome new and returning students back to campus. We hope everyone has enjoyed their first week of classes. SGA is a combination of students from different class standings and program majors. They have dedicated much of their time to facilitating communications between the student body and the ERAU administration of concerns and improvements for the university. Along with that, SGA offers benefits that serve the students directly including the beverage service of coffee, tea, and apple cider. You may also stop by the SGA office, if you haven’t already, to pick up your reusable coffee mug, which could put you in a drawing for movie tickets. Other services, include legal services, discount cards, safe ride, campus events, and Task Force One. For the month of September, SGA
would like to inform you of some important dates/events: 9/1 – Men and Women’s Soccer 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 9/11 – First Open Meeting 9/13 – SOC Club Fair 9/17 – Budget Committee Meeting 9/25 – Open Meeting 9/28 – Women’s Volleyball Tailgate 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. SGA encourages, all students to attend as many events as possible and to take full advantage of SGA’s services. SGA can be contacted directly in our office in the Student Union Room 115, by email at [PRSGA@ erau.edu] or on the SGA facebook page, search SGA Prescott, for the latest and greatest events on campus. Once again, have a great fall semester.
Math Department Hosts Conference PRESS RELEASE Special to Horizons
communication among mathematicians in different specializations in order to enhance and stimulate their research.Tsutsui spoke enthusiastically, “These conferences provide a unique forum for mathematicians to focus on general introductions to their current research, major open problems, and future prospects for the research.”
The conference is jointly organized by the department of mathematics at ERAUPrescott, University of Mary Washington, and University of Northern Iowa. The next conference will be held next summer at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA. See photos from the conference here:
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On Saturday, May 26, 2012, The Mathematics Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus, co-sponsored by Japan Grantsin-Aid for Scientific Research, held the first Annual Confer-
ence for the Exchange of Mathematical Ideas. The inaugural meeting held at Prescott, Arizona brought together over 25 mathematicians and students internationally. According to Dr. Hisa Tsutsui, chair of the mathematics department at EmbryRiddle and co-organizer for these events, the aim of these annual conferences is to improve
Of late, the occupancy of the residence halls have increased from 87% to 105% from last year and that percentage is expected to increase this year due to the incoming freshmen. According to the SAT scores and GPAs as a whole, Embry-Riddle is bringing in the smartest freshman class when compared to the state of Arizona and other universities in the region. The freshman class hails from all fifty states and abroad. According to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, EmbryRiddle Prescott is the “High Tech Jewel of the Desert.” Having an incoming first year class of 525 students certainly bolsters the spirit and image that Embry-Riddle possesses. Furthermore, developing partnerships with other universities and networking with alumni allows those students to connect with people in their field of study, and those connections lead to jobs in the workforce after graduation. Finally, the IGNITE program headed up by Dr. Curtis James gives all students a chance to dive right in to research and start working with other students to achieve excellence that will drive them through life. Finally, in order to increase enrollment for the future, Embry-Riddle has recently joined the CALPAC conference in hopes to grow in academic and athletic power; this conference contains schools that are similar to Embry-Riddle in regards to focusing purely on the success of students. Over the next four to five years, Embry-Riddle is working on hiring coaches for cross-country and softball, as well as for Women’s Basketball in 2014 and Men’s Basketball in 2015. Last year, the school had 10 Academic All-Americans, a number which the campus hopes to increase. Dr. Ayers proudly says, “The busiest students are the best. Get involved with activities on campus and venture into the heart of Prescott and see what’s happening. Get involved early and stay involved!”
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Wed 5 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Club and Organization Registration and Kick Off Meeting (Make-Up) @ AC-1 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sorority Recruitment Kick Off @ Lower Hangar 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ofﬁcials Clinic @ Activity Center
Thu 6 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. All Campus BBQ @ Ampitheater 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Cape Air / JetBlue University Gateway Presentation @ Ampitheater 6:45 p.m. Honors Film Forum Series: Inception @ DLC
Thu 13 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Student Organizations Fair @ Activity Center 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Aviation History Program: “A (Declassiﬁed) History of Military Drones” @ DLC
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cape Air / JetBlue University Gateway Presentation @ AC-1 Atrium
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Fraternity Recruitment Information Session @ Lower Hangar
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dating Doctor @ DLC
* 7:30 a.m. March of Dimes: March for Babies @ Courthouse Plaza Downtown
* 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ballroom Dance Party - Carpool @ HAAS
Fri 14 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Comedian ANT @ DLC * 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ballroom Dance Party @ Adult Center of Prescott * 7:30 p.m. Annie (musical) @ Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Residence Hall Association Meeting @ Hall 5 Lounge
* 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Chaparral MusicFest “New Music Arizona” Concert @ Trinity Presbyterian Church
* 7:30 p.m. Annie (musical) @ Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
* 2 p.m. Annie (musical) @ Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
Mon 17 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dodgeball Tournament @ Activity Center
Tue 18 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Astro-Physics Colloquium Series @ AC-1 Room 104 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Residence Hall Association Meeting @ Hall 5 Lounge
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New Coach Helps Lead Volleyball Team to First Victory of the Season PAULO CHAN Correspondent
The bleachers were full in the Activity Center as the Woman’s Volleyball team played their first home game of the season. Dozens of fans cheered on as the first game of the season started; and it started off well for the Eagles. Within the first few minutes, the Eagles were in a 5 to 1 lead as the Simpson University team called for their first timeout. This didn’t stop their momentum, however, they commanded a strong lead through the whole first game. There were several good rallies where both teams had amazing plays and saves. In the end, the Eagles went to win the first set 25 to 11. Reeling from this defeat, Simpson University bounced back in the second game. Both teams were playing real hard as neither got a considerable lead on the other. This sudden show of force culminated in a four point run by the away team leading to the Eagle’s first timeout of the game. This timeout didn’t change the tempo of the game however as it was a close
Photos by Kyle Klouda / Horizons Newspaper Left: Outside hitter Mahlet Lee winds up for a spike. Right: Setter Morgan Vieira sets the ball for opposite hitter teammate Jessica DeOcampo.
game the whole way through. Another three point run by Simpson University resulted in another timeout by the Eagles.
After the timeout, the game was nearing its end as the scores finally broke the 20 point mark. The crowd went wild as both
teams were still neck and neck. From the 23 to 23 mark all the way to the end, the crowd was wild. Cheers of excitement as
Lady Eagles Dominate for First Win DAVID KRANTZ Sports Editor
During the hustle and bustle Tuesday night, a large crowd of freshmen and upperclassmen took a break from their unpacking and settling in, to support the Lady Eagles in their game
against Arizona Christian. Having recruited six new freshmen, three of which made the starting lineup, the Lady Eagles were eager to score a first win of the season. With the crowds still gathering the Lady Eagles try to kick start their season after a 2 to 3 loss against Hope International the previous week.
The game started out very evenly matched with a few early fouls as both teams press each other’s defenses and with play ranging all over the field. Gradually, the Lady Eagles took the upper hand with some fancy foot work, head and body blocks by midfielders and defenders, and a series of shots
Kevin McKeown / Horizons Newspaper Senior Marissa Golesh plows through the ACU defense.
taken at the goal. It wasn’t until just before the thirtieth minute that Kelsey Anderson scored the first goal of the game securing a lead for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. This goal was followed up a few minutes later by Savannah Garn. The first half ended with the Eagles leading 2 to 0. Halftime was filled with chatter and excitement about the pace of the game, which for most students was the first game since returning from summer break, promising an interesting and successful season. Throughout halftime, people continued to show up to watch the game anticipating an exciting second half. The second half of the game was filled with tension and booing after a rough foul from ACU’s goalie about 10 minutes in that resulted in several players falling. The Lady Eagles recovered quickly when Anderson scored her second goal off the penalty shot. The game heated up quickly as ACU desperately tried to break the Eagle’s defense but was held at bay as the see LADY EAGLES page B3
well as taunts can be heard as neither team seemed to be able to press home the game. Finally, at the 25 to 25 mark, the Ea-
gles pushed two more points to finally win the second game 27 to 25 to the cheers of the crowd. see VOLLEYBALL page B3
Men’s Soccer Team Wins Close Game PAULO CHAN Correspondent
As the sun was setting behind Granite Mountain, the EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University Men’s soccer team faced off against La Sierra University in their first home game. As soon as the game started, the Eagles pushed really hard forward. While not really getting in a position to score a goal, they did set the tempo for the rest of the
game. The first 15 minutes were uneventful with neither team really making an attack. Around the 20 minute mark, a concentrated long pass led to an offside free kick for the away team. The Eagles quickly recovered the ball and attacked - leading to a corner kick. This first corner kick almost led to a goal, but some good defense on the part of the La Sierra team prevented a goal but did lead to another corner kick. This second corner didn’t see SOCCER page B3
Kevin McKeown / Horizons Newspaper Tristan Korras runs up the ﬁeld with the ball.
The Balding Eagles REBECCA CHILDS Correspondent
Down by three points, with eleven seconds left, the all-faculty basketball team, The Balding Eagles, faced one of the most exciting finishes in the history of intramural sports in a game last year. Coming back with two freethrow shots and leading by a single point, Dean of Students Larry Stephan vividly recalls the shocking end of the game. With four seconds left , a student on the other team narrowly took the game for the students with an amazing halfcourt three point shot, winning the game for the students by just two points. The students and faculty alike found themselves elated by the astonishing win, Stephan calling the calling the game, despite the loss, “one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played.” The Balding Eagles have been participating in intramural basketball for years as a “wildcard” team playing against both the A and B League teams as a way to interact with the most students possible.
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Formerly known as the “Faculty Flyers” in their more competitive years, The Balding Eagles still prove to be far from push-overs as they take the court with their pupils.
Other faculty teams in the past have been successful as well, but none has sparked as much enthusiasm as The Balding Eagles. Stephan states the he would be very happy to see
more faculty teams so as to further the faculty-student interaction. The friendly competition encourages a faculty-student relationship that cannot always be achieved in the classroom alone. Students interested in interacting with their fellow peers, and perhaps even faculty members, outside of the classroom should consider joining intramural sports. Intramural sports are a great way to not only have good-natured fun, but to build relationships with the other people on campus. Those interested in simply watching their peers and professor’s compete can find out when and where the games are by checking the intramural schedule when it is published. Faculty members that have been on the basketball team in the past include Larry Stephan, Dr. Ronald Madler, Dr. Mark Sensmeier, Professor Curtis James, Athletic Director Ted Blake, Chair of the Flight Department Jerry Kidrick, Dr. Jeffrey Ashworth, and Professor James Helbling. However, those interested in watching the Balding Eagles compete will unfortunately have to wait until January when the season begins.
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Intramural Program Grows MICAELA STEWART Copy Editor
Intramurals are back again and teams are already forming. Registration for regular league games of Flashball, Soccer, and Sand Volleyball is open between Aug. 28 and Sept. 7. Registration forms are available in the Intramural office or at the Fitness Center desk. League play for Soccer, Flashball, and Sand Volleyball begin Sept. 10, 11, and 12 respectively. All league games will be held during the week between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Soccer is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Flashball is on Tuesday and Thursdays. League games for Sand Volleyball are on Wednesdays. A mandatory meeting for team captains will be held on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Activity Center lobby. The new intramural athletic director, Chris Rotty, came up with some brand new sports programs that will be fun for more students who don’t want to commit to a league. There are several tournaments scheduled throughout the semester that are open to any teams who show up. The tournaments are for Sand Volleyball, Dodgeball, Table Tennis, Basketball, and even Quidditch. All tournaments are enter on sight, so bring your team and enjoy the games. The dates and times are as follows:
If those events don’t interest you there are plenty more intramural events in which you can participate. Several competitions have been organized to diversify the intramural program. A weekly NCAA Football Pick-em will be held each week, with the participant with the most games picked correctly will win a Tshirt. Standings will be updated each week for 11 weeks and the person with the most correct guesses by the end will win a grand prize. Additionally, a 30 question Sports Trivia will be be held for six rounds this semester. The person with the highest score will win a T-shirt and as with the Pick-em standings, will be tracked for a grand prize at the end of the six rounds. Events start Sept. 3 and will be available on the Monday after the previous round is done. Forms will be available in the Intramural office and information for the Pick-em can be requested via e-mail at [email@example.com]. Several competition’s dates and times are still to be determined so look out for updated fliers around campus by the Intramural Office about the Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition and the Hot Shot and Free Throw competitions. It looks like there will be more than enough intramural sports for everyone so gather your teams and sharpen your skills. Let’s get ready for a great semester in intramural sports. For more information drop by the Intramurals Office or see their Facebook page at: [www.facebook.com/embryriddle.intramurals].
Sand Volleyball Sat. Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. Location: Volleyball courts by the pool Dodgeball
Mon. Sept. 17/Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Location: Activity Center (Bldg. 83)
Thur. Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Location: Activity Center (Bldg. 83)
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season to come. When asked afterward about how the team played, Anderson responded “I thought that we played very well because we just had fun and played together as a team.” The Lady Eagles controlled the game keeping the ball almost exclusively on the ACU side of the field and in the second half, racking up a total of 16 shots at the goal versus the four shots by ACU. The aggressive offense and defense of the Eagles gave the large audience quite a show as well as a great start to a new school year.
Kevin McKeown / Horizons Newspaper Amie Jepsen pushes her opponent to steal the ball.
MITCH MCKENZIE Correspondent
This semester marks the first ever official baseball club on campus. If you are interested the first meeting is Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Hazy Library, room 204. Garrison Robertson is heading up the club with his advisor Chris Rott y. They both are great baseball players and want to share their passion through this club. Tryouts for this club will be coming up this October so stay in touch and make the meeting times to get information. This is a male only team, so if you are a male and you have some baseball experience come try out for the team. They will be practicing every Tuesday and Thursday at the
softball field on campus after the tryouts in October. There will be two kinds of practices; the first is batting practice, which is needed to sharpen up your eyes and reflexes for the ball and the second is fielding practice where you are going to learn most of the plays. Batting practices will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. and fielding practices will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The club is getting financial support from the athletic department and hopes to receive funds from SGA to help pay for team jerseys and other necessary equipment. Garrison Robertson wants a roster of 35 people that will be committed to playing ball. “Come out and play if you have any interest and are willing to have
some commitment. This coming season is going to be exciting, come out and support us” stated Robertson. He hopes to be playing against teams like Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and also local colleges like Prescott College and Yavapai College. Playing against schools like that will require a decent roster and a committed team. Our home games will be played at Prescott High School in the evenings and on the weekends. There are quite a few people interested around campus, Jonathan Prydekker, an Air Force ROTC cadet explained, “I would love to play, I have all my equipment here and have just played catch with a few of my buddies here and
there, but it will be nice to actually have a team to play on. It should be a lot of fun.” Other students around campus have had the same attitude towards this new club. Baseball has been the missing link from our club sports teams and now it is finally here. Who knows what the club might turn into? After a few years the school may make it an official school sport. There would definitely be a lot of students who would attend all the games. So, if you are interested in baseball or have played before, make some time to enjoy what you love. Join up with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Baseball Club and have a great first season. Call Garrison Robertson at 253.548.7058 for any questions you may have.
saw the away team putting up a struggle against the Eagles as they finished the game 25 to 21. This first win enthralled the crowd and led to an excited team. While this win might set the expectations for the rest of the season, Head Coach Jill Blascyzk said that she expects this season “will have its ups and downs.” Despite those ups and downs, she sees the Women’s Volleyball team being successful.
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work too well and led to another back and forth game for another 10 minutes. After 30 minutes of back and forth action, the Eagles finally broke through and gave a concentrated push. A good cross into a group of ERAU players led to Fabio Pena scoring the first goal of the game 12 minutes before half time. This led to a counter push by La Sierra that faltered due to a lack of supporting players. The Eagles took advantage of this and pushed home leading to a second goal scored by Jacob Brech. With that goal, nothing else happened for the last few minutes of the first half of the game. The second half was much livelier than the first. Right off the bat, the Eagles pushed hard and fast. They had three attempts on the goal in quick succession between the first 10 to 15 minutes of the second half. After that, La Sierra quickly tried a counter attack. They stalled just around the goal box and held out there for quite some time
The third game proved to be the last game. Embry-Riddle commanded a considerable lead for most of it. The away team caught up once and evened the score out at 18 to 18 leading to a timeout for the Eagles. The rest of the game
Kevin McKeown / Horizons Newspaper Jacob Brech attempts to avoid an opposing player to pass the ball to a teammate.
before the Eagles finally pushed them back. At this point, both teams were just playing it out in the middle as the away team was trying their best to push against the strong defense put up by the Eagles. With about five minutes left in the game, La Sierra’s
team pushed aggressively. Overwhelmed by the sudden blitz, the Eagles were caught unaware as the away team managed to put one in the goal. Flushed with the potential of tying the game, the away team attacked with all they had. They were aggressive
to the point of receiving two yellow cards. These risks didn’t pay off, however, and the game ended with the Eagles winning 2-1. This win was a great start for the Men’s Soccer team season and hopefully will set the precedent for the rest of the season.
INTRAMURALS SCHEDULE SOCCER LEAGUE MON., SEPT. 10 & WED., SEPT. 12 MON., SEPT. 17 FLASHBALL TUES., SEPT. 11 & THUR., SEPT. 13 TUES., SEPT. 18 SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE WED., SEPT. 12
Kyle Klouda / Horizons Newspaper Lady Eagles come together for a huddle after the game.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE REC. FIELD
DODGEBALL MON., SEPT. 17
NCAA FANTASY FOOTBALL PICK DUE SEPT. 7
5 P.M. INTRA OFFICE
SPORTS TRIVIA DUE SEPT. 14
5 P.M. INTRA OFFICE
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GSIS Students Experience China
SARA MILES News Editor
Every summer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott offers students the chance to participate in study abroad programs all over the world, but this year the Global Security and Intelligence Studies/Mandarin Chinese track offered a greatly expanded program in Beijing. This trip catered specifically to students in the track, who have been studying Chinese intensively for two years. This year’s China Study Abroad was unlike any ERAU has offered in the past, and students not only gained greater knowledge of the language, but learned to appreciate the culture as well. Nineteen students arrived in Beijing shortly after finals wrapped up at ERAU last spring. The twelveweek trip was divided into three parts, each designed to give students insight into a different aspect of life in China. For the first month, ERAU students lived in the antique furniture district of Beijing, far from the city center and home to many immigrants from China’s outlying provinces. For the second month, students moved to individual host families, giving them the chance to interact one on one with, and live in the home of, Chinese people. In the last four weeks, students moved to the Beijing Normal University international student dorms. With about 17,000 students at a small ur-
ban campus, life at BNU was very different than ERAU. Over the course of their trip, students took three different Chinese language-only classes and earned nine credit hours. The first class, Chinese Speech, not only taught students the fundamentals of public speaking but also honed their knowledge of Chinese language in the subjects they spoke on. Next, students participated in a Cross-Cultural Communication class. This class required students to move outside of their comfort zone and speak to locals, getting their opinions on subjects such as family life and polite behavior, and sent students all over Beijing to visit culturally significant sites. The first two courses were taught by ERAU’s Dr. Leann Chen, but for the third and final course, BNU’s Dr. Zhao Ye taught Introduction to Geography. The China trip wasn’t all work though. Dr. Chen planned site-seeing trips for every weekend, giving students the opportunity to visit famous sites like the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, and many more. The group took sleeper trains on two different weekend excursions, the first to Xi’An, the historical capital of China and home to the Terra Cotta warriors, and another to Shanghai in the south. Students also had the opportunity to explore on their own and take advantage of China’s vast shopping opportunities, giving them a chance to hone their bargaining skills. All in all, the trip opened students’ eyes to
an entirely different world. Ashley McRoberts, a senior in the GSIS/ Chinese track, was impressed with the sheer size of the Chinese population and the speed that they moved around the city, a very different experience than the much quieter life in Prescott, Ariz. David Nickel, also a senior, found cultural similarities as well as differences. “I learned that although Chinese culture and government are very different from our own, the Chinese people are a lot like you and me. And understanding them has changed my view of the world, and even my view of myself.” This summer’s study abroad trip to China is planned to be the first of many geared towards the GSIS/ Chinese track students. The classes taken during the trip are a required part of the track, and the cultural experiences students receive give them a well rounded understanding of both Chinese language and culture. Although this year’s trip was rewarding for all involved, it was the first time anything like this has been done at ERAU and next year’s program is expected to contain a few changes. For example, the length of the trip will be shortened from 12 weeks to about eight. This year’s trip would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Dr. Leann Chen, as well as the support of Dr. Phil Jones, Dr. Hong Zhan, and the rest of the ERAU staff and faculty involved in making this study abroad successful.
Dr. Philip Jones for Horizons Newspaper GSIS Chinese Track students pose for a picture in the Stone Forest in the Yunnan province of China.
Academic Success Tip #1 ALLISON CISNEROS Copy Editor
The tables were covered with feathers, hats, and cards inviting guests to “eat me” and “drink me.” The Women’s Ambassador Program had invited the freshmen women to a Mad Hatter-esque tea party. Bowler hats, cowboy hats, straw hats, and top hats waited patiently to be covered in buttons, ribbon, glitter, pipe cleaners, flowers, and glue. A table of delectable treats was off to the side with snacks, fruit punch, and tea. The WAP met all of the guests with a welcome and a handwritten letter the early evening of Aug. 24 outside the Alumni Relations Office. Plans for the Mad Hatter Tea Party began last semester when the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach
campus began forming their event. The Daytona Beach Women’s Ambassadors held a more formal tea for the incoming female students as a part of Fall orientation. The Prescott WAP wanted to incorporate a fun twist to the traditional tea setting and proposed the Mad Hatter Tea Party. The idea was approved and the Prescott WAP returned to ERAU early for preparation. The Women’s Ambassadors made phone calls to the accepted female students during the Spring semester to offer any support needed. The Mad Hatter Tea Party was the first official opportunity for the ambassadors and freshmen to meet face-to-face instead of over the phone. The ambassadors were very excited to finally meet the people they had called, answered questions for, and emailed for months. One of the main purposes
of the WAP is to increase female student enrollment and retention. The Ambassadors hosted the Mad Hatter Tea Party in order for the female students to meet other women and foster friendship, in addition to the freshmen orientation activities. People are more likely to stay in a place if they have a stable social relationship tied to that specific place. The WAP hopes to enhance this concept by inviting the ERAU female students to more activities throughout the semester. More women on campus would only be a benefit to everyone involved and it remains one of the basic goals of WAP. The Mad Hatter Tea Party organized a contest for the “maddest hat.” Guests were encouraged to participate in creating a fun, crazy hat. Women covered their hats in creative designs to try and win one of
the prizes. Decks of playing cards were placed on the table and used in games of friendly competition. The threat of rain forced everyone inside to the Women’s and Diversity Center, but the conversation and decorating continued to flow easily. Sara Bofferding from the Admissions Department provided her support for the Tea Party. Also a part of WAP, Bofferding and Bill Thompson of Alumni Relations helped welcome guests, check them in, and make them feel comfortable at their new school. The Mad Hatter Tea Party could not have been accomplished without their help and the aid of Barbara Martens, Associate Director of Development. The Prescott WAP would like to thank everyone for their support and the women who joined the tea party for a memorable time.
PATRICIA WATKINS Special to Horizons
With so many access points to the Hazy Library homepage/portal, there is no reason you can’t be a successful researcher – with just a few clicks – and an academic success here at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Not only is the Hazy Library link located on every instructors’ course Blackboard page, the Library Databases link can also be found on your student Blackboard page under Student Services. Yet another way to get to the Hazy Library homepage: 1.) Log into ERNIE with your usual login/password; 2.) Type the word LIBRARY into the URL box at the top of the page; 3.) Click on Prescott
Campus from this Embry-Riddle Libraries page. The Hazy Library homepage provides all kinds of resources: EAGLEsearch – a simple, single search tool for accessing materials in our ERAU Hazy Library collection Catalog – Use the TOPmost catalog link for searching and selecting books from just our Library (use the library drop-down menu here to select ERAU library from the 50 libraries in the Yavapai Library Network (YLN)) eBooks – Two e-brary ebook catalogs to choose from: ERAU and YLN Databases – ERAU subscribes to over 90 article databases with coverage of our entire curriculum from the general all-topic ProQuest database to Jane’s Homeland Security, Ensee IGNITE page C3
Student Life Correspondent
Washington state and especially the Seattle area is synonymous with aerospace manufacturing. You would be hard pressed to find someone there who has not worked or does not have a friend in the aerospace business. Generations of families have punchedin with time clocks at the various Boeing Aircraft plants in the Emerald City expanse. Everett Community College is offering a new course to introduce students to entry-level aerospace manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Pre-Employment program will start in October of this year. Students will learn to read blueprints and to use the equipment and tools necessary to work on the airplane parts contracted to the company. The course is five weeks long and will earn the student 12 credits. The graduate will receive a manufacturing pre-employment certificate and the National Career Readiness certificate. After earning these credentials the students could continue with training in composites, welding, precision machining and technical de-
China Continued from A1 Tea and Horse Road. For many centuries this trade route exchanged brick tea, horses, gold, silk, and herbal medicines between Yunnan—the source of the highly prized pu’er tea—and Tibet via Sichuan. Our destination this day was Lijiang, center of the Naxi (Nakshi) people. The old town portion of Lijiang had been destroyed in an earthquake in 1996 but was rebuilt in traditional mode within a year. We stayed in the old town and again enjoyed exploring ancient alleyways, but here the place was literally clotted with Chinese tourists—exuberant, loud, cash-rich, supremely self-confident, and focused on food. A visit to the Black Dragon Pool, which honors the patron deity of the Naxi, brought us to a fine Ming Period (1368-1644 AD) park and new museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Naxi. The Naxi have their own script, protected by multiple lineages of priests (dongba), one of whom we met. Unfortunately, monsoon overcast denied us a reflection in the pool of the unclimbed Jade Dragon Mountain (5,596 m), but we were told the 6 foot drop in the surface of the pool was caused by the retreat of the glacier on the mountain—perhaps another impact of global warming. Later, we attended a concert of Naxi music, put on by an orchestra composed of very old and quite young people. The missing middle was probably a result of the Cultural Revolution, when minorities were repressed. Like our other stops, Lijiang was place of cultural richness and amazing color. Among our activities was a visit to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of the Yellow Hat Order (Geluk-
signs to advance their knowledge of aircraft manufacturing. According to Snohomish County’s The Daily Herald Business Section, “The boom in aerospace training programs comes as the Boeing Company and its suppliers are increasing jet production and are faced with an aging workforce. Boeing’s employment in Washington grew by 625 jobs in July and nearly 3,500 so far this year. In 2011, a consortium of 10 community and technical colleges, known as Air Washington, won a $20 million federal grant to help meet the aerospace industry’s training needs. The new Everett Community College course is part of that grant. Boeing was part of a group that helped shape the curriculum. The employment readiness course will be offered every quarter to 25 students and tuition is $627.” This college program communicates the significant news that the aerospace industry employment is healthy and on the rise. It is a far cry from the 1970’s when most of the aerospace manufacturing companies in Washington closed down and the mantra was, “Will the last person to leave Seattle please turn the lights out?” ba) where we line-danced with Naxi women and viewed a legendary 500 year old Camellia Tree, still going strong, and cared for by a 91-year old monk. We also visited the home of Joseph Rock, the American botanist whose work in Hawaii gave him his first chance to collect botanical specimens in Southwestern China. Based in Lijiang from 1920 to 1949, Rock worked for the US Department of Agriculture, Harvard University, and the National Geographic Society. He made the definitive botanical collection of Yunnan and much of Sichuan and wrote books on the Naxi people. His explorations, armed and protected by an escort of soldiers, frequently took him into Kampa bandit country, especially on the Upper Yarlung in Sichuan, where he befriended the “King of Murli,” who was also a reincarnated Bodhisattva. Rock always carried two .45s on these expeditions and, when his escort deserted, solved the bandit problem by hiring them as his escort. His writings are thought to have inspired James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, a novel about a hidden, idyllic place in Tibet called Shangri La. From Lijiang, we headed north, again on our winding, up-and-down, two-lane road. Here and there we saw the construction of the new four lane highway being pushed through these mountains. The engineers conquer the topography by putting the highway on high concrete pylons to cross valleys and push through tunnels in the main ridges—a very impressive piece of infrastructure with considerable strategic implications. We were now in the territory called “the three mountains and three rivers,” a region where Yunnan borders Tibet and Sichuan. Here, the collision of the Indian plate with Asia 50 million years ago, which created the Himalayas, also wrinkled this region into three river valleys, all rising on the Tibetan Plateau, and each separated by only one major mountain
Aerospace Manufacturing Program
SEPT. 5, 2012
Premium Rush by Mitch Rasmussen
Production Company: Columbia Pictures Director: David Koepp Release Date: August 24, 2012 Rating: PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences Staring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding, thriller, “Premium Rush” far exceeded my expectations of what a movie about New York City bicycle couriers could achieve. With excellent, non-linear plot development, stunningly realistic character relationships, and edge-of-yourseat action, “Premium Rush” is definitely the best movie of 2012 thus far. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance as Wilee, an underdog bike courier who rides a steel frame, single gear road bike with ridge. So, from east to west, we have the Chiang Jiang (Yangtze), China’s great central stream, the Mekong, which touches every state in mainland Southeast Asia, and the so far undammed Nu Jiang, which is called the Salween in eastern Burma. Our objective on this morning was the Yangtze River Valley and specifically the place where the river starts a great zig-zag course through northern Yunnan, before angling northeast toward Chongqing and the gateway to the Three Gorges. The place where the first zig occurs is called the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Here the river narrows to 22 to 30 meters and enters a deep 18 kilometer gorge. At the head of the gorge, in midstream, is a large rock. According to Naxi legend, a hunting party carrying crossbows encountered a tiger on the north slopes of the Jade Dragon Mountain and chased it down to the river, But the tiger escaped by leaping to the midstream rock and then to the other side. We found the Yangtze in an open mountain valley, in this season a great brown, silt-laden river, perhaps a kilometer wide and just past the highest ever recorded flood level. As the river enters the gorge, it must deepen and speed up, and so we found it as we climbed down to the viewing platform, leaping and roaring only a few feet away in a cataclysm of immense energy, a maelstrom of barely imaginable fury and crushing force. The tiger’s rock was completely submerged, but a huge pillow of water and a vaulting back-pressure wave marked its position. Probably nothing on the trip impressed the students more than this site. Looking up the other side, again we could not see the upper slopes of the Jade Dragon Mountain—this time on the massif’s northern side—as these were guarded by monsoon clouds, but in the lower forests and along impossible cliffs, here and there we
no brakes, definitely shines as his most interesting and, strangely enough, believable character portrayal yet. The acting quality is well above par for a thriller film and, with the help of David Koepp’s non-linear styling, “Premium Rush” will keep you guessing the whole way through. The streets of New York City are scary enough to drive on, but imagine tearing up Gotham’s pavement on a road bike designed to stop for nothing, weaving in and out of traffic where a
split second decision could mean life or death; and you thought a career in aviation was dangerous. The actual biking sequences, which encompass most of the film, are surprisingly entertaining. Combined with David Koepp’s mixture of angles, speed, and slow-motion, “Premium Rush” makes the notion of riding a bike exciting again. Do not miss “Premium Rush”. If there was ever a movie well worth the price of a ticket, this is it. Surprising, engaging,
could see the trace of the ancient, long abandoned Tea and Horse Road. How wonderfully intriguing! How much one wanted to cross the gorge, scramble up through the forest and walk along that overhung horse and human trail. Our way now led up a winding tributary of the Yangtze and then out on to a more level plateau at about 10,000 feet, geologically an extension of the Tibetan Plateau, but without the barren character of the latter. Here the land was green and lush, a mixture of meadow and evergreen forest of larch and pine. Corn and barley grew in extensive fields, while cattle, yaks, and horses grazed in the meadows. The villages looked prosperous and the architecture of the houses was no longer Chinese, but Tibetan. Many new ones were under construction—big, solid buildings of timber, stone and rammed earth, two or three stories, with whitewashed walls and sloping roofs with shingles weighted down with stones. This was the area of the matsutake, a wild forest mushroom much prized in Tokyo, and, higher up, of the golden worm, a herbal medicine worth more than its weight in gold in Beijing—two sources of the area’s wealth. This area was settled by the Khampa Tibetans, who also dominate western Sichuan, and who led the Tibetan insurgency against China between 1956 and 1965. In the late afternoon, we arrived at the old Khampa town of Zhongdian, officially renamed Shangri La several years back in order to attract more tourism. The students were soon out and exploring the Tibetan old town, a warren of alleys, craft shops, eateries and bars. This area soon became a favorite haunt, with public evening dancing in the main square. The temple overlooking the old town has the largest prayer wheel in the world. At sixty feet high, the giant, gold painted cylinder needs a crowd pulling on the railing to get
it spinning. Of course, we all had a go at that, joined by groups of laughing Tibetans. The first day in Shangri La, we walked through parts of China’s first—and only—national park, along a chain of lakes, meadows and woods at 12,000 feet— certainly pleasant and attractive surroundings, but without anything unique or spectacular. Perhaps that will come when access to the huge park is pushed into still remote areas. With monsoon clouds banked to the west, we missed a view of the highest mountain in Yunnan, Meili Snow Mountain (6,740 m), known as Kawa Kharpo by the local Tibetans. That evening, we sat on a three sided bench and watched a performance of Tibetan dancing and short skits. The table in front of our bench held a pot of Tibetan Tea (think soup), roasted barley, slabs of rather strong Yak cheese, and—should I admit it?—rice wine that turned our throats into volcanic pipes. On our last day in Shangri La, we visited the monastic village of Songzhanlin and its splendid golden roofed—as in real gold plate— Guihua Temple. Like most Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the region, Songzhanlin belongs to the Yellow Hat or Gelukba Sect, which is led by the Dalai Lama, and has its own incarnate lama in residence. The region also has several Karmapa monasteries and at least one of the very old Nyingmapa Sect. Stepped up along a hill, the monastery reminds one very much of Tashilunpo in Xigatse, Tibet, seat of the Panchen Lama—and indeed, the chapels at Guihua had pictures of the pro-Beijing 10th and 11th Panchen Lamas. Pictures of the Dalai Lama are banned in China. The visitor ascends a central, stone staircase, lined with various colleges and their chapels, to the large upper prayer halls. The uppermost building, above the central prayer halls and under the golden roof, contains the
and deliciously twisty, “Premium Rush” will have you clinging to your armrest and begging for more. While there are plenty of great movies coming out in the next couple weeks, don’t let this discourage you from seeing “Premium Rush” while it’s still in theaters; with its non-stop action and thrilling storyline, this film was made for the big screen. I rarely say that a movie is a “must see”, but in the case of “Premium Rush” this could not be any closer to the truth. apartment of the Lama and is not accessible to the ordinary visitor. All the interiors contained statues of the various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, with frescoed walls delicately painted in the myriad and complex iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. The walls of one prayer hall depicted the life of Buddha-Sakyamuni in exquisite and disarming detail. Interestingly, plaques on most of the major prayer halls and college shrines claimed to have been endowed by the great Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) Emperor, Kangxi (1661-1723). The monastery has a small population of resident monks and many of the colleges and outlying buildings are locked up and most are in a dilapidated state. A few novices from Shangri La are allowed to come and study at the monastery, but live at home. Beijing currently tolerates the monastic system, but keeps it limited and under control. Nonetheless, the extraordinary devotion of the Tibetan people to their faith is evident wherever one travels in Tibetan areas. Later that afternoon, we flew out of Shangri La to Chendu, capital of Sichuan, landing at its weekold, twenty-first century Terminal 2, then on to Beijing on a delayed flight, eventually arriving at our hotel about 0100. Although we could only sample a bit of the surface, the Yunnan Trip was an opportunity to get in touch with the diversity and culture of an important province in China, and to understand the significance of what we were experiencing—both as a way of increasing our knowledge and appreciation of other peoples and of our own self-understanding. Yunnan is such a splendidly colorful, culturally diverse, and enchanting place that I’m sure we’ll go back. We didn’t find the mythical Shangri La, but there were moments on this trip when we thought we were getting close.
SEPT. 5, 2012
ATIT INDI UDE CAT OR
What are your expectations for the Fall semester? by Robb Cowan
“I expect to excel in my classes; with everything else, I hope for the best.” - Stylianos Sheridan
“To continue to develop my knowledge and skill in Aeronautical Engineering, as well as my personal and professional relationships with professors and students.” -Jordan Jones
“[I intend to] get out what I put in because you can’t expect anything more.” -Tanner Sanchez -Josh Williams
“I’m looking forward to using my WX 270 students as guinea pigs… for building and calibrating their own weather instruments. This allows the class to have more hands-on experience.” Dr. Dorothea Ivanova Professor
Ignite Continued from C1 gineering Village, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Meteorological Journals, NASA Tech Reports and many, many more! LibGuides – unique resource guides on courses that point you in the right direction for books, ebooks, databases and more - [http:// erau.libguides.com/browse.php] The ERAU Hazy Library has acquired the most incredible resources available – uniquely suited to our curriculum and fields of research that Embry-Riddle specializes in. The library homepage and resources, including the e-books and databases, are even available remotely – from home or dorm. Just get to [http://www.erau.edu], sign into ERNIE, locate the library homepage and you’re good to go! Hazy Library Research Librarians and other library team members are specially trained to help identify and locate the resources you need – stop by to see us, call (928.777-3761), or email [firstname.lastname@example.org] – we’re here to help you locate whatever you need for your academic success!
GUN REVIEW Springfield M1a by Riley McKenzie
When I think of the Springfield M1A SOCOM 16 I cannot help but believe that Thomas Jefferson is directly referring to it when he says, “None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and dis-
ciplined is therefore at all times important.” The Springfield M1A is the civilian version of the military M14, and has been the United States’ most reliable and accurate semi-automatic shooting platform. Even the predecessor to the M1A, the M1 Garand, proved itself during WWII. This platform has been
Liza Palmer has managed to capture the common experiences, fears, and habits of an overweight young woman trying to make sense of her life. The only problem is that she’s her own worst enemy, her landlady is horrifying, and her former fat best friend is getting married to an uncaring Prince Charming. The protagonist, Maggie, constantly lets her own fears and insecurity keep her from taking even the smallest of risks. Her family simply wants what’s best for her, but eventually even they tire of watching her wreck herself. It’s up to Maggie and some severe wake-up calls to finally decide what kind of life she wants. “Conversations with the Fat Girl” is an incredibly smart and funny novel. Palmer manages to play upon the stereotypes of Fat Girl, Hot Best Friend, Feisty Sister, and Perfect Love Interest with great skill and enthusiasm. Each character is clearly their own personality and Palmer makes each shine in their own right. The characters play off each other beautifully and realistically in moments that are warm, heart-breaking, and sometimes even cringe-worthy. Palmer managed to write a brilliantly realistic, humorous, and poignant story. In the “About the Author,” Palmer explains how the constant “internal civil war that women and girls fight” was the motivation to write “Conversations with the Fat Girl.” She was in the grocery store one day and realized she was buying a box of Lucky Charms, nonfat milk, and a “Shape” magazine. The despair made up of the desire for a sugary snack and the hope for a supermodel body runs through “Conversations with the Fat Girl” in the voice of Maggie. However, it comes from the expe-
The Fallen Walking his beat in downtown New York, Tim Sears was happy with his life. Wearing his NYPD uniform, he was walking past the bars, cheering for the Yankees in the World Series. He lived in his home town and life could not be better. He had lived there all his life and devoted himself to protecting the city. He was an average guy with brown hair and hazel eyes. He unlocked parks and basketball courts to keep kids out of gangs and drugs while helping those to turn back before they went too far. He went to church every Sunday and was a happy guy. He smiled as Jeter caught a ball when he heard the crash in the alleyway next to the bar. Expecting a couple of drunks he pulled his flashlight out and headed over to investigate. He cautiously peered around the corner, “Come on, guys, let’s break it up before someone regrets something.” That’s when he heard the groan, “Stay back!” Tim immediately knew that the voice was in pain and drew his gun. He entered the alleyway holding his gun out and found a man lying in
a puddle of water. Tim checked the corners and moved in to make sure he was alright. Kneeling down, but keeping his guard up, he asked, “Sir, are you alright?” Tim saw in the glare of the light that he was wearing strange clothing. It was leather, but made like armor. It covered his body and legs. He reached down to check the man’s pulse, but as his fingers touched the man’s neck, the man moved like lightning. His hand came up and grabbed Tim’s wrist. The man swung him into a dumpster, knocking Tim’s gun from his hand. “What part of ‘stay away’ do you not understand?” the man asked standing up unharmed. Tim started coming around as the wind was knocked out of him. The man stood tall and Tim thought he was looking at someone from the medieval era. The man wore a cape and a sword. Tim instinctively looked for something to fight the man if he drew his weapon, but then he turned his back on Tim. “You’re brave to turn your back on a New York City cop,” Tim sneered.
“We are being watched by something much worse than you,” the man said as he drew the sword. He looked up to the buildings above and yelled, “Ava! You don’t know what you’re doing!” Tim’s eyes were wide as he was watching a guy yell into the darkness, but then, everything started to brighten in the alleyway. He looked up where the man was looking and there was a red and white flame burning on top one of the buildings. He stared at it as it jumped off. The flames extended outward as it came crashing towards the ground. At the last second, Tim realized the flames had wings. It hovered above the ground, eyes burning red, but a face of beauty. “Ava! Listen to me!” the man yelled, “I will do anything to help you, but you must want it!” “YOU LIED TO ME!” the flames roared as a bright light burst from the flames as trash and garbage cans in the alleyway burst into flame. “Uh oh,” the man yelled raising his sword. Tim dived behind a dumpster and watched as the man’s sword was able to hold the
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tested, deployed, and improved for decades. The M1A SOCOM 16 is today’s most reliable overall rifle for both CQB and medium range hunting or conflict. The 16” barrel features a 1:11 RH twist for improved long range ballistics, yet is short enough for fast corner turning in a CQB situation. The M1A SOCOM features a black synthetic stock to deter wear and abuse from
heavy use, and remains only 8.8 lbs overall. The classic ghost ring rear sight, complimented by a tritium front sight, only helped to establish this as an amazing gun when I put lead down range. The 10 round standard clip, holding the popular .308WIN cartridge, emptied amidst a smile on my face. Finally to top it all off, the SOCOM 16 version features a high quality muzzle brake to reduce muzzle lift after each shot, making it easier to reacquire the proper sight picture after each shot. I will never feel buyer’s remorse, for the M1A SOCOM 16 has lived up to its $1600 price tag because I will never have to buy another rifle for the rest of my life.
by Allison Cisneros
Title: Conversations with the Fat Girl By: Liza Palmer Number of Pages: 312 Publisher: 5-Spot Price: $12.95
riences of Palmer speaking for herself and every fat girl and fat woman who picked up a “Shape” magazine in the grocery store while also snagging a Snickers bar. “Conversations with the Fat Girl” is definitely worth a read. It’s an incredibly detailed and accurate look inside the mind of the girl and woman who wishes she was the magical size two, but has to learn to love herself in any size. While the book is rife with disappointment and low self-esteem, it shows there is always hope so long as you have yourself. It may be a cotton candy message, but it’s wrapped in realism and tied with hope.
A student ﬁction story, Part 8
by Brandon Leadbetter
flames back. However, as he fought the fury of the flames, he started to slide backward across the concrete. The man saw Tim watching and said through gritted teeth, “If I were you…I would be running by now.” Tim got up and started running for the street as he heard, “Is that enough for you, Father!” He turned the corner as flames burst out of the alleyway. Setting three cars on fire and sending a burnt man into another. Flying out of the alleyway like a bat out of Hell, the flames flew down another street and disappeared while igniting every tree it passed. Tim stood there catching his breath as a drunk stumbled out of the bar and threw up right next to him. The man looked up and saw Tim’s uniform, “I’m not drunk, I swear,” and then fell over. Tim shook his head as he reached for his CB radio when he saw the man stand up from the car. He could only watch as the burns across his face and hands healed themselves. He looked around and only saw another man dressed in rags shaking his head and walk away.
At this point, Tim was pissed. He did not have a clue what was going on and no one would believe him on a flaming creature in the alleyway and the man that fought it. He decided he wanted answers. Heading over to the man that was fully healed he said, “What was that?” “None of your business,” the man said and turned his back on Tim again. Tim reached for the shoulder and as if on instinct, the unknown man whirled around, but Tim was waiting for him this time. He landed a right hook right on the man’s cheek and he went down. Tim had expected that he would do something along that line and hoped he was exhausted from the earlier fight. He was right. The man slumped over and was out. Tim did not even care if anyone caught it on their phone, he wanted people to see this man and the creature he fought, but what he did not know was that he was just dropped into the middle of the war that would decide mankind’s fate forever. To Be Continued….
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012
Beware of Scammers’ New Tricks
BArBARa cheArney Special to Hoirizons
Are you savvy enough to outsmart a modern-day scammer? Thieves and con artists, unfortunately, are common and plentiful – and they’re getting more and more sophisticated. As a result, unscrupulous people are surfacing with new schemes to rip off unsuspecting people. Read below to find out a few of the latest tricks that fraudsters are using that could rob you of your time,
your money and even your good name. Then find out how to protect yourself. Phishing: This online scam is designed to steal personal information through fake email messages, which look like they are from reputable businesses, banks, schools or government agencies. The emails usually warn recipients about a possible security breach and ask them to “confirm” their account information immediately. Unsuspecting targets who click on a link to respond are directed to a website, where they’re asked to provide confidential personal and/or financial information. This information is then collected and used to gain access to the unsus-
pecting victim’s account(s) and/or to steal his or her identity. Keep in mind that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will never ask for your password in an email or email you a link to confirm your account. Spear Phishing: This is a targeted phishing trick that occurs when a scammer, who already has some specific information regarding someones personal account, emails that person directly requesting more specific – and usually more personal and private – information. The unsuspecting target’s guard becomes lowered, under the impression that the communication is legitimate since personal information is already being furnished in the fraudulent email, and then assumes that it’s safe to provide the information requested, and complies – serving up his/her personal information for immediate and fraudulent use. Pretext Calling: Pretext calling involves scammers obtaining personal informa-
tion by calling a random person on the telephone under false pretenses. A pretexter may claim to be from the would-be victim’s bank or school, and may ask to “verify” his/her name, address, birth date, social security number, mother’s maiden name or credit card number. When pretexters get the information they want, they can then use it to gain access to potential victims’ bank accounts, credit cards, school data or other vital records. Vishing: This type of voice phishing scam differs from regular phishing, as the target is not directed to click on an email link to provide personal information, but rather, he/she is provided a telephone number to call in order to update, unlock, or renew an account. When the telephone number is dialed, the unsuspecting caller is then prompted to submit information such as an account number, card number, date of birth, social security number, etc. The results, as
you can imagine, can be similar to those of other phishing scams: a depletion of funds, the fraudulent use of credit cards or the theft of someone’s personal identity. Smishing: Identity thieves send texts (SMS messages) to a target’s cell phone claiming to be from a legitimate retailer, school, bank or government agency. These messages often claim that an existing service has expired, and provide either a telephone number to call or an Internet link to click on for renewal. They can also claim that the recipient has won a prize, or is being offered a special discount. Whether a link or a phone number is provided for a response, the results are usually the same: unsuspecting targets are duped into freely providing their private information to scammers who can wreak personal, professional and financial havoc on the lives of their victims. Now that you’re aware of some of the latest fraud
schemes, what can you do to help fight the problem? Don’t respond to any suspicious emails, just delete them. If you are called by anyone who is asking for any of your personal information, do not give it, period – you have the right to hang up your phone on anyone you wish. Also, never reply to a text message from someone you don’t know, even to say STOP; when you do this, you simply confirm that the number being smished is a working number with a captive audience. And perhaps the best advice to combat scammers? Take a moment, take a breath, and think carefully before you act. We live in a world of instant messages, real-time updates, and people who are constantly on the move. The best thing you can do to protect your personal privacy is to think carefully about what information you’re giving, and to whom— all the time. For more information about Internet security, go to ERNIE, then Information Technology, and finally Security.
Graphic by Austin Troya
Don’t Throw Away the Soda Can shALI suBRa MAnIAn Correspondant
It takes 95 percent less energy to make aluminum products by recycling it than by producing it from its natural ore, bauxite. We can cut down on the energy and waste we produce if people can overcome their laziness; all they need to do is walk a couple extra steps to the recycling bin to help save the world. The people who live at residences off campus, in the city of Prescott, are offered a 68-gallon recycling container. The city of Prescott website reveals that, “Containers are picked up once per week and must be placed at the curbside.” There is also a map which clearly illustrates the time of pick up accord-
ing to where the resident is located. Prescott offers other programs such as the Annual Cleanup and Christmas Tress Pickup programs, which help reduce waste in the city. The Annual Cleanup is offered by the City of Prescott Solid Waste Division. This program is offered to help discard large appliances and objects that are too large for regular trash pickup. The Christmas Tree Pickup program offers to pick up Christmas trees on the second week of January, which makes it easier for residents to dispose of their trees in an environmentally friendly way. There are other options for recycling everyday wastes that cannot be thrown into the bins provided by local companies and organizations. The local Lions Club has locations at shopping centers throughout the
Prescott area where shredded paper and newspaper are collected. Target helps dispense glass at the dumpster that is located behind the store. Lowe’s will recycle rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fluorescent tube lights, and plastic bags. Bennett Oil on Sheldon Street collects engine, motor, and antifreeze. David at Batteries Plus is the place to go for recycling all electrical items like televisions, computers, cellphones, any type of battery, and CFLs. With all the abundant options that are provided in the city for recycling, there shouldn’t be any excuses when it comes to rec ycling and reducing waste. Don’t wait until the last tree dies to realize that recycling need to become a top priority in our lives.
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Democracy Andrew McIntyre Correspondent
Democracy is one of the traits of the Unites States of America that makes me proud to be a citizen. It was deliberately put into place and protected since the conception of this nation. It is the backbone of our government, that is by the people, of the people, and for the people. Yet I find that slowly but surely the country is deteriorating this idea. And the trust that the populace should have with its elected government is diminishing with it. The main problem with our current democracy is the inactivity of the voting public. If every single person in this country who was able to vote voted, there would be a true representation of the citizens in office. Unfortunately this is not the case. I constantly hear that people feel as though they and their beliefs are not being represented by their representatives in government. The people who actually vote seem to be voting for the lesser of two evils, whether or not either of these parties actually represents the voters’ opinions. There is nothing in the constitution or any document written by congress that there needs to be only two political parties. The fact of the matter is that the number of followers of both the Republican and Democratic parties is falling. I believe that in a perfect democracy, all candidates running for any office should be treated completely equally and given the same chance
for the majority of the populace to choose who would best represent its beliefs as a whole. When the amount of money given to a candidate is less than equal, the chance the candidates have to share their message is less than equal as well. Currently there is a huge advantage given to the main duopoly in our political system: the Democrats and the Republicans. Most people are unaware of the third party candidates that run for office. In an effort to level the playing field, I am doing two things: introducing my readers to Gary Johnson and the libertarian party, and encouraging them to register and vote! Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate for President of the United States. I deeply encourage you to at least go to his website and check out his views; whether or not you agree with him is your choice. The Libertarian party is being swept under the rug by the major media outlets, which are owned by the major contributors of the Democratic and Republican parties. Contrary to popular belief, every vote counts. If every person decided who they wanted to be in office based on their beliefs and opinions and then voted for that choice, we would have a much better system. Unfortunately, there is a depressing amount of young people who don’t care about voting and therefore don’t vote. We need the young people to vote not only for the sake of the present, but for the sake of the future that the young people will live in. So register and vote this November!
Longer Pool Hours: A Campus Necessity Mitch Rasmussen Senior Correspondent
With the warm “summer” weather in full swing, many of you will feel like taking a dip in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pool. However, with its limited hours and overcrowding, this can prove to be a real issue. While there has been talk about heating the pool so it may be used in the winter months, or perhaps even building a new pool altogether, I believe that there is a much simpler solution to our pool problem: longer hours. Sure, the university should consider re-opening the pool a little closer to Orientation than Graduation when it comes to
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the Spring semester, but if the pool opened from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, students would be able to access the refreshing waters at their leisure without having to worry about beating the crowds or fitting in a swim around classes. In my experience this past summer, I was never able to go swimming in the pool without the constant fear of someone diving onto or bumping into me while submerged. Now that the Fall semester has sucked up all the time, and by association, fun, out of my life, I will never again be able to visit the pool with its current hours in place. From a logistical standpoint, even 24-hour access would be easy. Simply install an Eagle Card reader at the pool’s gate
and require students to apply for access. The reader could be programmed to open and close the pool at specified times, eliminating the need for those useless pool attendants. Speaking of the pool attendants, I used to live at The Terraces Apartments in Prescott Valley where they have a pool that is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and guess what… no lifeguards. And don’t give me the excuse that insurance would be too high without them. If a tiny apartment complex like The Terraces or a dingy motel off I-40 can afford it, the Harvard of the skies can too; it may even be cheaper than paying those students to sit around all day. Heck, I have been able to swim in hotel pools by myself since I was
twelve. As long as Riddle only gave access to people 18 years or older and required an adult to be present with any children, I am sure the school could feel safe enough from any lawsuits that may or may not occur as a result of improving student life. If ERAU would prefer not to save any money, they could even keep those student employees working their normal hours and have access be available to approved students beforehand and afterward. Also, don’t give me the excuse that college students can’t be trusted and will throw massive parties with no “supervision.” While that may be true for schools like ASU or NAU, at this campus most students know more about Chuck Yeager than Jagermeister.
Counseling Corner: How To Deal With a Few of the Most Common Roommate Issues deBBIe rITTerBush Special to Horizons
The months of preparation are over and you have finally moved on campus! Unless you are one of the few that live offcampus alone, almost everyone who goes away to school must deal with a roommate. Many of you are living with a roommate for the first time in your life. Strangers thrown together from different worlds, that need time to adjust to each other’s quirks, habits, and schedules, without driving each other crazy! Although it would be ideal to become BFF with your roommate, everyone doesn’t always bond. Here are some problems you may run into within the walls of your shared space, and a few solutions if/when you find yourself in a pickle:
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Her clothes are always on the floor and on her bed, even when she’s not getting dressed. Strands of her hair line your room floor. She has loose papers and party fliers sticking out of her textbooks, and strewn all over her desk. You wonder is it you, or does her side of the room smell like gym socks and onions? Unfortunately, all roommates are not all that neat and clean. Some are straight-up foul! Maybe they’re used to someone else cleaning for them or maybe they’re just lazy. If you are with a sloppy roommate, you will probably end up speaking to them about their mess on more than one occasion
Starring at their mess with your evilest eye won’t suddenly make them realize that they are too messy. Instead this is one of those situations where you’re going to have to be confrontational (but NOT hos-
tile) and ask for a compromise. You cannot expect them to go from slopfest to neat freak, but you can ask them to make sure their mess does not invade your side of the room and that they do their best to keep all smells at a minimum. Just asking them to “be cleaner” won’t get you very far. Give them detailed and clear suggestions like “please put your gym clothes immediately in your laundry and not on the floor.”
W hile away at college, most students enjoy talking to friends and family on the phone or on Skype. But what if your roommate is constantly talking on the phone, blasting his music inviting your entire hall over to watch the “Jersey Shore” premiere (at volume lever 50 or higher)? Then you’ve got yourself a noisy roommate. Some people are born with the need to be social and loud. Although you’ll probably end up wishing your roommate would shut up, at least you will have someone to talk to when family and friends are not available.
Throwing their speakers out of the window and locking your door when they invite people over will not solve this problem. Instead sit down and try to set a few ground rules for when it’s okay and NOT okay for them to be loud. It’s not unreasonable for you to ask them to be quiet when you’re trying to study and sleep. It is unreasonable for you to tell them that they can never have friends over. Suggest headphones for their music and maybe invest in a pair of Bose headphones for yourself.
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Your room is probably one of the only places where you’ll find the most peace on campus. It’s your oasis in the middle of the crazy college des-
ert. When your roommate is in your face constantly, you might as well be back in the student union or the noisy cafeteria. She always wants to talk to you and “bond.” Don’t get me wrong , establishing a relationship with your roommate is important, but man, can’t a girl sleep…and dress…and bathe in peace?
This one is tricky because your roommate is trying to spend time with you…and asking her to stop will make things awkward for the rest of the year. Try using visual clues when you want some peace and quiet. Putting in your headphones does wonders in passing that message along. The key to a successful adjustment, and realistic expectations, is COMMUNICATION. Being passive leaves your roommate feel-
ing like they are playing the “guessing game.” Communication is vital to any relationship, even roommates. Issues such as cleanliness, borrowing items, visitation, music, study time, and lights out need to be openly discussed. It is best to talk about issues early before they become a problem, and get out of control. Once perimeters are established, it may be necessary to make adjustments as new issues arise. One good communication suggestion would be to set-up a protocol for information exchange such as, a message board near the phone or a calendar that lists who is going to be gone on the weekends or overnight, when visitors are coming, parties, work schedules, etc… Many roommates find texting, emailing, or using Facebook helpful.
Effective communication guidelines:
•Be ﬂexible •Consider what is reasonable rather than what is ideal •Be willing to compromise, but be sure to assert your rights •Keep in mind what you value most •Address situations as soon as they arise •Be honest about your feelings •Stay calm and choose your language wisely •Don’t assume you know what the other person is thinking •Ask for clariﬁcation if you don’t understand •Don’t gossip or involve others unnecessarily go directly to the source •Actively listen - try to listen and understand the other person’s perspective •Make eye contact and be respectful •Be fair and cooperative
Note: The counseling office is located in Haas Commons, Building 73. Making an appointment to see the counselor on campus is easy! Just call the Wellness Center at 928-777-6653 and indicate that you would like to set an appointment with a counselor. Counseling Services is committed to helping you make the most out of your college career!
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One Giant Review for Mankind AnOnyMOus Special to Horizons
“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” – John F. Kennedy. Forever penned are the famous words spoken by John F. Kennedy in Houston, TX on Sept. 12, 1962. Those were the words that motivated, inspired, and ultimately triumphed in the space race between the United States and the USSR. That fateful speech led to America standing on edge seven years later as the Apollo 11 rocket surged into open sky, propelling the Eagle Lunar Module towards the destiny we all know today. The Space program of the United States has been forever leading the world after its “one giant leap for mankind.” However, no matter how big the accomplishments of the United States Space program
are, they still pale in comparison to the accomplishments we should have spent our time and money on. Once the Eagle Lunar Module touched down, it did not solve a single major calamity occurring far away back on Earth. Poverty, war, and cruelty still reigned when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made it back to Earth. To be honest, all America got out of the Lunar landing was a few rocks that told us the Moon really wasn’t made of cheese – oh, and we also got something besides a nuclear payload that we could boast over the USSR, if you even count that as important. If America really wanted to do something globally rewarding it should have put its time and effort into turning this planet into a haven for humanity, not one full of strife between ourselves. The “giant leap for mankind” should have taken place on the soil we are all born on, not on a barren and devoid rock floating around us. Humanity’s true unexplored space remains
our qualities of compassion and peace. Looking inward at what is really important to the human race is the only way to improve it. We, as Americans, should do what we’ve always been best at: leading by example. The Earth is dying as we strangle it for every last resource we can get our greedy hands on. Instead we should be the ones taking the initiative into programs that completely eliminate our dependence on crude energy sources like coal and oil. We should be the ones understanding why people in a land thousands of miles away call us their enemies instead of invading them and continuing the endless cycle of ignorant hatred. It should be our duty as Americans to drop what really does not matter and focus on what does: the pursuit of a happy life for not only us, but for all others. The true reward human kind has yet to achieve is not on some distant planet; it is not across the whole galaxy; it is here on our own planet that we need to reap the reward of lasting harmony with ourselves and nature.
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