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Wednesday Feb. 20, 2013 Issue 10, Vol 29

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A viation Legends Draw on Experiences to Commemorate th African-American History Mon Lisanne Kippenberg / Horizons Newspaper Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Bob Ashby (left) and Lt. Col. Asa Herring (right) sign memorabilia for students and community members. They spoke with a panel of aviation pioneers on the experiences of the African-American pilots during the 1930s to the1950s.

BRAD CLANCY Senior Correspondent

The 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Medium Bombardment Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen or “Red Tails”, are one of the most well-known fighting groups of the Second World War (WWII) and were an icon of civil rights action. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univer-

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sity’s Prescott Campus was proud to host two of the Tuskegee Airmen, along with other aviation pioneers, in the Davis Learning Center on Feb. 13. This was made possible by the cooperation of Nick Manderfield, who strives to bring aviation history events to ERAU on a monthly basis, Dr. Melanie Wilson, the Director of the Women’s and Diversity Center, Bill Thompson, Director of Alumni Relations, and Barbara Martens, the A ssistant Director of Development. There were eight speakers at the presentaall of them members A2 tion, of the Archer – Ragsdale (ARAC) Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Phoenix. This chapter is one of 55 of the Tuskegee AirInc. that is dedicated A7 men, to preserving and honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Lieutenant ColoB1 nel (Lt. Col.) Robert Ashby, one of the original Tuske-

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gee pilots was one of the speakers, along with Lt. Col. Asa Herring, also a Tuskegee Airman, who was a graduating class behind Ashby. Ashby was the only original Tuskegee Airman to be hired by commercial airlines, and only after many years, and Herring became the first African-American squad commander at Luke Air Force Base, flying the F-104. The other speakers were Rob McGee, a pilot

nadian pilot who also flies for United, who is known for his work restoring lost Canadian citizenship to millions who lost it due to issues of parentage and Canada’s strange and archaic citizenship laws. Lt. Col. Larry Jackson was the final speaker, and he is the President of the ARAC Chapter, and was an Air Force Fighter pilot, after which he began working for Southwest Airlines. Jackson began with a brief histo-

able under fire…, and did not have the necessary intelligence to operate complex machinery, much less fly”, and illustrated how the US military not only had a practice of racism and segregation, but it was an official policy enforced by biased data. The airmen got their name from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and only 450 of the pilots trained by this institute were deployed in WWII, because their deployment was halted

“African-Americans were inferior to whites

in every discipline...much less fly[ing].”

of the Boeing 787 for United and the son of Tuskegee airman Charles McGee; Cadet Alex Travers, who attended the Aviation Career Education program through the chapter and helps teach it now; Bill Norwood, the first black pilot hired by United airlines; James Modeste, an ERAU Alumni of the Daytona campus and instructor for Lufthansa; and Don Chapman, a Ca-

ry of the Tuskegee Airmen, which discussed their missions escorting bomber groups during WWII. He especially highlighted the difficulties faced by the Tuskegee Airmen due to racism, and how the squadron earned its reputation by always sticking close to the bombers. Jackson cited a United States War College study that said “African-Americans were inferior to whites in every discipline…, unreli-

due to concerns of their deficiency. Ashby related that Colonel Benjamin Davis, the leader of the Tuskegee Airmen, stated that “any fighter that left the bombers to pursue Nazi fighters would be court-martialed.” Because of this, they became one of the most valued fighter squadrons in the war, leading to Davis being bold enough to paint “by request” on his airplane. see TUSKEGEE page A4

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FEB. 20, 2013

University Purchases Night Vision Goggles Sara Miles News Editor

Starting in Fall 2013, helicopter flight students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus will have access to a new piece of technology to improve their learning experience. The College of Aviation recently received funding to buy two pairs of brand new, military grade night vision goggles (NVGs) and helmets to mount them on. Along with a third pair donated by L3 Communications, these high-tech M949 Infinity NVGs will offer students in the AS 378 Environmental Helicopter Operations course the chance to experience a cutting edge and extremely relevant piece of aviation technology. The typical helicopter pilot’s career begins with a stint as a flight instructor and tour pilot, but after the pilot gains enough experience to move on, many will find themselves using NVGs as a part of their jobs. Pilots with careers in the military, border patrol, law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services, and many others may find themselves needing to fly at night. NVGs lend themselves especially well to helicopter operations, where pilots

frequently find themselves making offfield landings, without the bright runway lights and air traffic control fixed wing pilots usually enjoy. NVGs are a huge safety asset for helicopter pilots flying under these conditions. Although AS 378 Environmental Helicopter Operations has been offered in the past, this is the first time students will be able to fully experience the NVGs they will be learning about. Roughly a third of this course will be dedicated to learning techniques for using NVGs, as well as discussing their limitations and construction. Students will participate in a field to trip to the L3 Communications Manufacturing Plant in Phoenix, where these NVGs are actually constructed. In addition to the computer-based training offered in previous years, students will now be able to handle and use actual NVGs of the same quality used by the aviation industry, a valuable addition to any helicopter pilot’s education. Professor Bryan Cox, the AS 378 instructor, said it best: “The objective is to expose students to as much of the industry as possible, so when they get to a position where they fly with NVGs, then they will have some academic knowledge and know the terminology. They

will get to touch, feel, and gain an understanding of these NVGs.” AS 378 will be classroom only, however Universal Helicopters Incorporated (UHI), the contractor in charge of ERAU helicopter training, has recently purchased an NVGcompatible helicopter. The university is currently reviewing UHI’s NVG helicopter course, and in the future ERAU students may be able to put their knowledge of NVGs to a practical test right here in Prescott. Upon completion of AS 378, students will receive an NVG Ground Training Endorsement in their logbooks. Because of the level of technology of these NVGs, this course is governed by the State Department’s International Trade in Arms Regulations. For national security reasons, any students who are not American citizens should make themselves known to their professors so they can get State Department approval to use the NVGs. All helicopter flight students are encouraged to take advantage of this great new investment by the university. For further information or to see the NVGs, please contact Professor Bryan Cox [coxf3f@] or Dr. Robert Fiegl [].

Bill Thompson Named Interim Executive Director of Alumni Relations Brad Clancy Senior Correspondent

Michelle Berg, the former Executive Director of Alumni Relations for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, resigned earlier this month and a search is now on for her replacement. The Director of Alumni Relations at the Prescott Campus, Bill Thompson, was chosen to be the Interim Executive Director until the position is filled. Thompson has worked at ERAU’s Prescott Campus for 18 years, and is himself an alumnus, having graduated with a BS in Aviation Business Administration in 1987. During his time at ERAU, Thompson has worked in several of the departments on campus including marketing and admissions, along with alumni relations which he now heads. “My job is

to re-engage our alumni with the university,” commented Bill Thompson, and it is a task that he has been working at since 2008, when he became the Director of Alumni Relations for the Prescott campus. He has also been highly involved in several student groups on campus, like the Embry-Riddle Ice Eagles, which makes him wellknown and well-liked around campus. “[Students] know me from my involvements, not my job,” said Thompson, “but that’s what strengthens my job.” These kinds of connections have allowed him to be highly successful at reaching out to alumni who knew him from their days in the rock climbing club, 201 MERC, ERAU’s Jet Dragster – Prescott Campus, or the Women’s Ambassador Program. Thompson has also worked hard in many areas, such as bringing the

Tuskegee Airmen to Prescott, helping to develop and implement solid connections with Riddle’s over 100,000 alumni, and working closely with the Institutional Advancement Team at the Prescott campus. As the advisor of the Student Alumni Association, he has had the opportunity to put on events like Senior Night for Prescott’s graduating seniors, and manage events like the Eagle Night Alumni Celebration in downtown Prescott last semester. These are the events and involvements that helped him get chosen to be the Interim Director, and the reasons why his many years of service to Embry-Riddle have been rewarded with Service Excellence Recognition Awards every year from 2004 to 2012, among many other awards, not least of which is the U.S. Army Golden Knight VIP. see ALUMNI page A6

Mike Gallante / Horizons Newspaper Interim Executive Director Bill Thompson poses with the 100,000 alumni banner.

Lisanne Kippenberg/ Horizons Newspaper Embry-Riddle Professor Bryan Cox poses with an new set of helmet mounted NVGs purchased by the College of Aviation.

UAS Program off the Ground, the Sky is the Limit Tyrus Kirby Correspondent

The Unmanned Air Systems program is still in its infancy, but shows a world of promise. In the U.S. alone, 7 billion dollars are spent on the UAS industry. The demand for UAS-qualified pilots has skyrocketed in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Just at this school, UAS studies has the ability to tie into each degree program, from aeronautical engineering to global security and intelligence studies. Only in its second semester, the UAS program is already branching out across the state to make connections with similar organizations. Professor Nelepovitz said that in the previous few weeks, Fort Huachuca had been contacted for a partnership. The base is located in southern Arizona, and is the Army’s Unmanned Aircraft System Center of Excellence. The Air Force’s UAS Center, Creech Air Force Base, is located in Nevada and is also a possible partner. ”Working for the military is a given,” Nelepovitz stated about future job opportunities, “but we are focused heavily on the civilian side, for instance: local law enforcement, FEMA, the Forestry Service, and private industry.” Some of these connections the school is looking for are through Arizona’s government. As it stands, unmanned vehicles are only allowed to fly in certain airspaces. Right now, the state of Arizona is competing to get the rights for one of six approved areas to fly unmanned aircraft systems. This could lead to partnerships between our school and Arizona’s state universities, especially NAU, which has a contract with the Forestry Service to map the forests of northern Arizona. The problem of having space to fly has not impacted the curriculum taught on campus. The program goes

beyond just the mere piloting of the aircraft. Over a series of five courses, students learn about not only flying a UAS, but also about the many different sensor systems that can be housed in a UAS and for what purpose and mission they are used for. One course even involves going out to the airport to work with the individuals in air traffic control to run simulated flights. On top of this, the program focuses on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which gives the courses much more flexibility. “Our goal is to develop a skill set of all the different parts that go into these systems so our students can go out and get that job,” Nelepovitz stated. If students are interested in flying UAS, they can get involved with Team Awesome, the campus’ studentled UAS organization. This group has been instrumental in helping get the new UAS program off the ground and routinely competes against other teams throughout the nation. While the interest in UAS studies at our school is high, the program right now is designed for students as a minor in UAS, and is mostly directed at Aeronautical Science majors. There are a few GSIS students enrolled in the minor, and there is an introductory UAS class offered at a 200 level. Because UAS studies is an “exponentially expanding” field, it is not outside the realm of possibilities to see a larger program take form in the future. For now, however, a larger program, or even separate degree field, is still early in the research process.

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FEB. 20, 2013

IEEE Banquet Offers Opportunities in Grim Job Market Austin Troya Graphics Editor

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Phoenix Section, held their annual banquet at the Phoenix Airport Hilton on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. This annual function is held primarily to honor engineering professionals for their accomplishments in the workplace, as well as engineering students receiving scholarship awards. In the past, several EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University students have been recipients of academic scholarships. The banquet began with a social hour, which, for engineers working in industry, offers an opportunity to visit with acquaintances and friends who are also members of IEEE. For undergraduate students, such as those from Embry-Riddle who attended, the banquet offers something much more valuable: a networking opportunity. Internships and jobs are much harder to come by in today’s economy. Adding to the stress, many companies won’t hire graduates who haven’t had at least one internship. This can prove to be a major setback in one’s career as they take the first steps toward

self-sufficient living and independence. According to CollegePlus. org, a survey of 2009 graduates showed 80 percent of students did not have job offers before graduating. By contrast, only 50 percent of 2007 graduates were unable to find a job before graduation. Services like LinkedIn can be helpful, but in many cases may only help prospective employers by offering them more

conversations and make good first impressions. In addition, simply being a member of IEEE gives job seekers the advantage of being part of a well-respected professional organization. In addition to networking, being an IEEE student member offers numerous scholarship and publishing opportunities. There are student essay contests, technical paper competitions, video competitions, and wide variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships with awards ranging upwards of $2,000. Embry-Riddle has its own student branch of IEEE, which provides positive industry experiences and professional development to both IEEE student members and non-members. In the past, the IEEE student branch at ERAU has taken field trips to factories and businesses, including Cobham, and has hosted guest speakers presenting breakthrough ideas and research. Joining the school club is highly suggested for those entering the electronics or computer engineering field. For more information on joining IEEE and its benefits, visit [http://www.] or contact Dr. Ed Post, chair of the ERAU student branch.

80% of 2009 graduates did not have job offers before graduating information on applicants. Faceto-face networking has been, and remains, the most beneficial and successful method for seeking employment. Numerous media outlets including USA Today, Time Magazine and Forbes have published articles supporting the case. Meeting someone face-toface allows potential employers to more easily read a person and form an opinion based on their first impression. Emotion is much harder to convey and understand in digital correspondence; there’s no way to simulate eye contact, demeanor, and fluidity of conversation. The IEEE banquet, and other functions, allows students and new-grads to have face-to-face

brad clancy Senior Correspondent

The new Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University tobacco ban, which is binding on all three campuses and was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees, will go into effect in August. This policy prohibits not only smoking, but also chewing tobacco and “smokeless cigarettes”. All three campuses have been asked to put a committee together to “strategize how to get the information out, how to provide support, how to make sure people understand what is happening…, and what may be the least painful or most positive way to educate the community,” said Dean of Students Larry Stephan. “When I first heard about the committee,” related Col. Fred Cone, head of the Prescott Campus’ Veteran’s Affairs Department and Veterans Association, “I thought this was going to be a committee to recommend smoking policy. But after the meeting, [the Veterans Affairs representatives] came back and told me that the policy had already been decided by the Board of Trustees, and there was no discussion.” “It’s not as radical as it seems,” pointed out Dean Stephan, “and it seems that there were somewhere over


800 universities that had gone to [smokeless campuses], including ASU most recently.” According to a publication from the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation dated Jan. 2, there are 1,129 universities in the United States that prohibit smoking entirely, and of these, 766 have a tobacco-free policy like the one ERAU will be implementing. “The university sees it as their responsibility to provide a healthy environment for all students, staff, and faculty, and second-hand smoke can cause health problems in people who don’t participate,” said Dean Stephan. The strongest effect of this tobacco-less policy will be felt in the international student and veteran communities on campus, groups that have a higher rate of smokers in them than the average American college student. “Our stance is, we are not saying you can’t smoke, but you can’t smoke on campus,” said Dean Stephan, and this will be an issue for students who live on campus, since the residential halls are included in the tobacco ban. The Wellness Center will be providing classes and resources for people who want to quit smoking, in order to try and ease their transition. “We want to minimize conflict with anybody”, em-

phasized Dean Stephan, “and we want to support everyone’s good health.” The committee is made up of Student Government Association representatives, international students, veterans, representatives from the Residence Hall Association, Admissions represented by Dean of Enrollment Management Bryan Dougherty, Wellness Center staff, and faculty representation by Jack Panosian, who is the speaker of the Faculty Senate. Director of Human Resources Sara Heffelfinger is chairing the committee, and their first meeting to begin preliminary discussion and introductions took place earlier in the month. This smoking policy will not be accepted without dissent, however, as there are already groups on campus who do not agree with it. When asked why he thought the board made this decision, Dean Stephan answered, “I think it’s out of their desire to ensure a healthy lifestyle for students, staff, and faculty on campus.” “That leads itself to some problems,” commented Col. Cone. “We have some people that are really caught up in the smoking thing and they will have a difficult time, and we’ll work with them, we’ll do whatever we can, but it looks like it has been dictated to us all from the top.”

Hazy Library Hosts International Art Contest Sara Miles News Editor

A visitor to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Hazy Library is sure to notice the colorful artwork that adorns the walls of the second floor. Depicting all kinds of aviation-related themes, these works were all submitted by children ages six to seventeen as a part of the International Aviation Art Contest, a competition hosted by the Swiss based Federation Aeronautique Internationale. Since 2009, ERAU Prescott has served as the archive for the international winners, as well as providing judges to choose pieces to move on from the state to the US national contest. On Friday, Feb. 8, ERAU staff members judged this year’s submissions. With such a diverse array of artwork, the job of selecting winners is certainly an interesting one. The art may be produced with a variety of mediums, from oil pastels, watercolor, and acrylic paint, to crayons and magic markers (a popular choice with the younger age categories). The submissions judged at ERAU represent a diverse selection of states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Wash-

ington, and Utah, and the children range in age from six to seventeen years old. Many of the pieces display a very high degree of talent, especially for such young artists. Even those pieces that are not sent to up to the national level are a great addition to the library’s growing display. The team of judges, made up of Barbara Martens, Steve Bobinsky, Linda Eisner, Kathy Hill, and Ray Johnson (a member of the ERAU Board of Visitors and the National Aeronautic Association Education Chairman), reviewed this year’s submissions. The artwork was divided up by state, and then into three age categories. “Art is

in the eye of the beholder,” stated Kathy Hill, “so we’re looking for artwork that meets the subject criteria and is pleasing to the eye.” The judges evaluated each piece for its commitment to this year’s theme of “My Favorite Air Sport,” and then chose a first, second, and third place winner for each category. With twenty-one different submissions from many talented young artists, the judges had their work cut out for them. After much deliberation, winners were selected in each category, and the art was sent to Washington D.C. for judging on the national level during the week of March 4. The

International Artwork for Horizons Newspaper

Category III Age Group second place winner from Georgia.

first, second, and third place winners in each category at the United States level will have the opportunity to visit the capital, a great experience for any young art and aviation enthusiast. This trip is sponsored by the United States host for this contest, the National Association of State Aviation Officials. This art contest provides a unique opportunity for kids across the globe, not only to have

their artistic talents acknowledged, but also to cultivate an interest in aerospace and aviation. When the Aviation International Art Contest began in 1986, children from 14 countries participated; today 59 countries submit artwork for judging at the international level. The ERAU Prescott campus is proud to support this program and be the archive for children’s aviation artwork from around the globe.

Category III Age Group first place winner from Georgia.

Dayton Burchfield/ Horizons Newspaper Judges display an award-winning piece of art. Regional judging for the United States portion of the International Aviation Art Contest was held at ERAU Prescott.



The Importance of Aircraft Dispatch Training Tony nGuyen Correspondent

Many do not realize the importance and effort that goes into making an airline run smoothly. Airline dispatchers work behind the scenes to keep flights running and on time, essentially running the airlines from the operational point of view. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provides two of the 44 FAAapproved airline dispatcher training programs nationwide. The current program for the Prescott campus, AS 410, began in 2007 with Professor Randy Rehbach. The program prepares students for an FAA certification and consists of approximately seven core classes that are well integrated into the Aeronautical Science and Aeronautics programs. The Applied Meteorology degree program also has a track which integrates the dispatcher program. The seven courses total up to 21 credits, but for Aeronautical Science and Aeronautics students, about half of these classes are already taken as part of their major degree program. Aeronautical Science and Aeronautics students are recommended to take the airline dispatch program mainly due to the fact that their core classes are almost the same as the airline dispatcher core classes. Not only is it much easier for these students, but Professor Rehbach says it makes “another great tool for your toolbag” and allows the opportunity to stand out among other applicants. It is also a great alternative to flying when not flying, in addition to keeping critical planning and decision making skills honed. Though small, the airline dispatch program is highly successful. A number of graduates from this program were hired straight into major airlines such as Hawaiian Airlines


and United Airlines. Many others found it quite beneficial to have an airline dispatch certificate under their belt. James Mews, an Aeronautical Science student, finds that having an airline dispatch certification would allow him to “be a better pilot, because then everything that I learned such as performance and weight and balance would be reinforced and better retained.” This program is a great resumé builder and “is a capstone to the other courses.” The airline dispatch program prepares students for two FAA tests, the written and practical exam. After passing the written exam, students will receive a statement of graduation from the airline dispatch program allowing them to take the practical test. The written exam is taken from the same test bank as the airline transport pilot test bank. The practical test will consist of knowledge and skills tests, such as flight planning and regulations. Due to the fact that students cannot hold a certificate until the age of 23, most students will receive a Letter of Aeronautical Competence stating that they have met all requirements besides the age requirement. Airlines are required by FAA regulations to utilize dispatchers as an element of operational control. These dispatchers have “joint authority” with the pilot-in-command over the decisions for flights, as a means of checks and balances. For scheduled air carriers, the daily functions of an airline dispatcher can range from flight planning, analyzing weather, air traffic conditions, upholding company requirements, coordinating with customer service, staffing, pilots, and many other tasks that keep ease the load off of pilots. Everything that dispatchers do is of great importance to a smoothly run airline, Professor Rehbach exemplifies that “if we didn’t have any people on the ground who were basi-

cally running the whole show... If you just had a group of pilots and flight attendants, and figuratively threw them the keys then told them to fly for four days, how long would it be before the whole system fell apart?” This program provides talented dispatchers competence in conducting the complex system that allows millions to get to their destinations every year. To further enhance the flight dispatch experience, Professor Rehbach is looking “to include training on a professional grade flight planning system typical in the air carrier and corporate environment [and] may propose a lab component to incorporate this training.” He aims to improve the program to further prepare students for the workforce. This program, though relatively young, seems to be growing to bring benefits to students and the school. Professor Randall Rehbach, the founder of the program, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Aviation’s Air Science department with plenty of experience in his field. He served in the Air Force as a Crew Chief of F-16s and A-10s, where he was introduced to Embry-Riddle at Luke Air Force Base. After the Air Force, Professor Rehbach flight instructed then flew corporate for approximately six years. He was acquainted with operational control of an airline due to a medical glitch. Professor Rehbach taught at Embry-Riddle from 1992 to 1998 before he joined National Airlines as a Manager and Director of Flight Control. After National Airlines, he went to America West as a System Operations and Control Manager which he called “daily crisis management.” In 2005, Professor Rehbach came back to EmbryRiddle and created the FAA-approved airline dispatch program. Interested parties can contact Professor Rehbach at [].

FEB 20, 2013

Tuskegee Continued from A1 The night was mainly dominated by an in-depth question and answer session, during which

and their lives. Several Prescott community members who were present shared their own memories of past racism, and experiences with the Tuskegee Airmen. Some of the audience had relatives who were bombers escorted by the Red Tails during WWII, and others asked questions eagerly about the combat

however, since the airmen continued to face hatred and prejudice. “Coming back from the war on the boat, you would walk down the gangplank and be directed ‘Whites there, Coloreds over here!’”, related Lt. Col. Asa Herring about their return home from the war. By the end of the night, the audience was given a

“Coming back from the war on the

boat, you would walk down the gangplank and be directed

the Tuskegee Airmen and the other speakers spoke about overcoming racism and other barriers in their careers

‘Whites there, Coloreds over here!’” missions of the pilots and what was required of them to become airmen. The fight continued coming back from the war

new lesson in what it means to love one’s country enough to defend it, even when that country discriminates against you.

Lisanne Kippenberg / Horizons Newspaper Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Bob Ashby (left) and Lt. Col. Asa Herring (right) are joined by the other panel members who spoke in the DLC on Feb. 13.

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Embracing the V Word micaela stewart Copy Editor

On Friday, Feb. 15, the EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University Davis Learning Center hosted a production of “The Vagina Monologues”. An audience of about 78 people, young and old , men and women alike, turned up to share in this amazing reading. Admission was either five dollars or at least three donated items for the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter. Ninety percent of the proceeds would go back to the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter and 10 percent to the Vagina Day (V-Day) Spotlight campaign to help women in communities in Prescott, Ariz. and all over the world. “The Vagina Monologues” is part of V-Day’s One Billion Rising: Strike, Dance, Rise campaign, a variety of benefit performances and events that are produced annually around the world to raise awareness and money for anti-violence groups. Set on Valentine’s Day, V-Day is a day to celebrate women. The V in V-Day stands for victory, valentine and, of course, vagina. VDay’s mission is to have an organized response against violence towards women, a vision to see a world where women live safely and freely, and a demand to end rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation, and sexual slavery. The people participating in V-Day hope to be a catalyst for change in how society and individuals treat women and give women the confidence to “Strike”, “Dance”, and “Rise” against violence. “The Vagina Monologues” was written by Eve Ensler, the founder of the V-Day movement, and she took

the dreaded V-word, vagina, and ran with it. A Tony award winning playwright she was inspired after writing and performing “The Vagina Monologues” to create a movement that would strive to create a world where women and girls could thrive not just survive. “The Vagina Monologues” has been translated into 44 languages and is performed along with other benefit performances and events on VDay internationally. When the audience had settled the show began. There was no time to be embarrassed about vaginas as within the first few lines it was said at least 20 times. The monologues were presented by Kate Hawkes, Director, Allison Cisneros, Producer, ERAU students Alison Irish and Lilith Matthews, and International Student Office staff member Kelly O’Brien and community member Ali Cassidy. As per the specifications of the playwright, the monologues were read directly from the script, allowing for a more spontaneous reading. The script was funny, witty, and sometimes shocking, and focused on women’s thoughts and feelings about their vaginas. The script brought up questions like: “If your vagina could talk what would it say?” or “What would your vagina wear?” Answers like “slow down” or “no, over there” and “a backwards Mets cap and converse” were all included. There were answers to questions you “know” you were d y i ng to ask . Other parts of the script told the stories of women and their experiences with their vaginas, both good and bad. One woman’s

“If your vagina could talk what would it say? orWhat would your vagina wear?”

Kelly O’Brien

story went all the way through her childhood traumas with rape and injury, to love and a new appreciation for her body and her sexuality. The monologues also presented funny comparisons and names for the vagina to help people become more comfortable with discussing it. Referring to the vagina as black holes, basements, a tulip, pillows, Coochi Snorcher, and even a red leather couch put a funny spin on a strangely taboo topic. Society is strangely skittish, and often times disregards the female form as something to objectify resulting in a callous outlook on women. A monologue about a rape victim was performed by two of the readers highlighting what she felt about herself before and after the incident. Poignant words about the violation of a part of her that was her “village” and how “they invaded it”, caused a prickling of tears in many of the audiences eyes. Facts and statistics were interspersed between monologues that would shock most people and sometimes hit home. The inspiration for the “One Billion Rising” campaign is the statistic that one in three women will experience rape or violence in their lifetime and that should not be acceptable. It is up to everyone to rise up with those

victims so we can all stand tall. The evening closed out with a viewing of the “One Billion Rising” promotional film that made you want to cry and dance at the same time. After a few closing remarks and a drying of eyes the audience was invited to dance and show their support for the movement. The purpose of “The Vagina Monologues” and V-Day is to lower those barriers that keep people from talking about vaginas and to let the world know that women are not something to be used and abused because they have a vagina, but that they are individuals who dance and who matter. “Dancing insists we take up space” and women are entitled to thrive and make their mark on the world. As a non-profit organization, V-Day has earned over $90 million in funds to help educate and help women around the world. Voted one of the 100 best charities by Worth Magazine, V-Day has continued to build shelters and educate women and men on how they can help change the social attitudes towards violence against women. “ T h e Va g i na Monologues” was an amazing production that brought to light some of the problems women are facing today all over the world and let them know that they can be proud of their va-

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One in three women will experience rape or violence in their lifetime ginas. A thank you should be given to Cisneros for bringing this astonishing production to the Prescott community and ERAU. Director Kate Hawkes was honored to have the “opportunity to support a brave student” and share this play with the community. One Billion Rising and counting, someday there will be an end to this violence against women and everyone will be dancing in the streets cele-

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brating freedom for their vaginas. If you would like to become involved or learn more about “The Vagina Monologues”, the One Billion Rising campaign or V-Day vist the websites home or simple. See what you can do to stop violence against women and make the world a place for everyone to dance and thrive.

What will YOU rise for?

Photos by Allison Cisneros and Lilith Mathews for Horizons Newspaper

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the Yavapai County Sheriff ’s Response Team, being a training coordinator for the Backcountry Search & Rescue Unit, and being an Off Ice Official for the Central Hockey League. The search for a new Executive Director of Alumni Relations is still ongoing, and it is expected to be resolved by the end of February. All candidates will be assessed

Continued from A2 Other things that have made Thompson very successful in reaching out to the community are his 18 years of involvement with the Backcountry Unit of

by the university President, Dr. John Johnson, and his selection committee. Once their selection is made, the new Executive Director will be in charge of making sure that ERAU’s growing pool of alumni stays supportive of the school. By reminding alumni that they are “Forever Eagles”, all three campuses can continue to grow and prosper.

FEB 20, 2013

Dentistry, in the heart of downtown Prescott We’re open on weekends!

All summaries are compiled from official Campus Safety reports. Names and specific details have been omitted to protect student privacy. 26 Jan. - suspicious activity A student called safety regarding a possible incident involving alcohol in the Mingus Mountain Complex in “room A”. Safety met with the RA and arrived at “room B” to talk with the caller. He answered the door and there were several people present in the room. The student then said the occupants of room A had been harassing him for a while. Earlier in the evening, unknown person(s) set a can of beer on the walkway railing and tied an electrical cord around the can and the handle of his room door. Someone had also poured beer into the grill of his HVAC unit. Safety went to speak with the occupants of room A. The student who an-

swered was cooperative and said he had no alcohol (which safety verified with a room search) but had knocked on the wall because the music was loud. 27 Jan. - suspicious activity Safety received a call from a student reporting suspicious activity in Parking Lot I. The student reported that he saw several males remove an intoxicated female from the trunk of a vehicle and carry her to a room. Safety responded and checked two potential rooms and found that the female was not there. With DSL representatives, an adjacent room was checked and the female was found with several male subjects. The female said she was there by choice and

had to be carried because she was too intoxicated to walk. No further action was taken. 9 Feb. - Vehicle accident Safety was dispatched at approximately 0745 to a reported vehicle accident near Hall 5. Upon arrival, the officer observed a green SUV leaning up against a light pole. The owner of the vehicle stated that his car started fishtailing as he was driving (approx. 10-15 mph) and spun 180 degrees. The car then jumped the curb and hit the light pole. The student proceeded to contact their insurance company. No further action was required.

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ERAU Prescott

February 20 - March 5

Wed 20 Cherry Pie Day 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters @ Student Union 5:30 p.m. Engineers Week - Film Festival: October Sky @ Library Room 123 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ERAU Shuttle Program @ HAAS

Wed 27 Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Calendar of Events

Thu 21

Fri 22

Sat 23

Sun 24

Mon 25

9 a.m. - Sell out Krispy Kreme- RHA @ AC-1 - Atrium

* All Day Grey Matter @ Prescott Center for the Arts

7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Student Life Ski Trip @ Snowbowl, Flagstaff

* 6:30 p.m. 85th Acadamy Awards Broadcast and Fundraiser @ Yavapai College Performing Arts Center

* 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Prescott Art Docents Art Talk @ Prescott Center for the Arts

5:30 p.m. Engineers Week - Film Festival: There Will Be Blood @ Library Room 123 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Etiquette Dinner @ Lower Hangar

* 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ballroom Dance Party @ Adult Center 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dueling Pianos @ Lower Hangar

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tennis and Racquetball Singles Tournaments @ Tennis Courts

Public Sleeping Day

All Day SGA Officer Voting @ Student Union and AC-1 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ERAU Shuttle Program @ HAAS

Fri 1 3 p.m. Motorcycle Safety Training @ DLC * 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ballroom Dance Party @ Adult Center 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Casino Night @ Activity Center

Rush - 7:05 p.m.

Arizona Sundogs Home Game

Carnival Day All Day SGA Officer Voting @ Student Union and AC-1

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. International Festival @ Activity Center Oilers - 6:05 p.m.

Oilers - 8:05 p.m.

Thu 28

Tue 26

Sat 2 12 p.m. Flag Football and Cornhole Tournament @ Lower Field 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tri-College Leadership Conference @ Prescott College 3 p.m. Motorcycle Safety Training @ DLC

Sun 3

Mon 4

National Anthem Day

Hug a GI Day

12 p.m. Volleyball @ Volleyball Courts

6 p.m. Olympiad @ Soccer Field

3 p.m. Motorcycle Safety Training @ DLC

Tue 5 6 p.m Dodgeball @ Eagle Gym 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Astrophysics Colloquium - Dr. Brian Rachford @ AC-1, Room 104 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Basketball Intramurals @ Activity Center

Rush - 7:05 p.m.

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How I was Targeted for a Phishing Scam on Facebook PeTer Tan

Avion Editor in Chief

One afternoon during work, a Facebook message appeared on my screen from an old teacher back home in Singapore. I was fairly close to this teacher back in the day and he encouraged me to pursue my dream of coming to this school. I thought nothing of the conversation we were having until I asked why he was up at 3 a.m. in the morning over there. He told me that his daughter had been involved in a car accident in the Philippines and that the hospitals there were refusing her treatment because she did not have the cash to pay for it, as they did not accept credit cards. The bit about the credit card seemed odd to me, but I had no clue where in the Philippines she was and how things

worked there. I figured that he was up and a little distraught so I continued talking to him while he asked what he could do because none of the banks were open. I told him that he could do Internet banking to which he responded he did not have such an account, which is possible given that he is 66. I started to be suspicious of the whole situation when he asked if it was possible for me to transfer money to his daughter and would later pay me back once the banks opened. I said that it might be possible and to let me know more details. What set the red flags soaring was when he said that Western Union would be the best way to send the money and he asked for my zip code and exact address and location. Bear in mind that this was not some random stranger on Facebook or a distant friend. To me, this person guided me

during my formative years and had helped me get an important internship with aviation authorities and I trusted him. However, the line of questioning and the story was suspect, so I asked a question that only the real person would be capable of answering, which was what class did he teach me, and what does he currently teach (I know that he retired, it was a trick question.) The answer I got back was marine technology when the correct answer was aviation law. I immediately said the he does not teach marine technology, to which he said that he was teaching that and aerospace technology now. Those were not names of classes, but of programs the school offered. By this point, the gig was up and I said that I needed some proof of who he was and he said that I was from the class of 2008 (easily obtained off my

Facebook), and that he could recall my classmates, listing the names of some of them. While those were the people, the names were their Facebook names, one of which was not the real name of the person. It would not have been difficult to pull up the mutual friends list and start copying names of people who were listed as graduating the same time I did. At this point, I stopped replying, which was when the scammer tried to use a guilt trip by saying that, “if you don’t want to do it, that’s fine” and “silence means you still don’t believe me.” The point of this whole story is that we always hear about such things happening, but I never thought I would experience it first hand. After having some time to think about it, it made no sense that a 66-yearold man would have no idea what to do in a family emergency. What made less sense was

Graphic by Mark Tverskoy that he would require the help of me, 10,000 miles away, when Singapore and the Philippines are just 1,500 miles apart. I will admit that at the beginning, I was ready to help him immediately, based on

our relationship’s history, but with some well-placed questions, the fraud was apparent. I would just like the ERAU community to know that scams do happen and to not be a victim of such things.

Women’s Ambassadors Soaring to New Heights HeaTHer sMiTH Special to Avion

DAYTONA BEACH--The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus has been plagued with years of not having enough female students. “The female population is so low because our programs mirror their respective industry,” says Eric Wilson of ERAU’s Office of Admissions. In 2010, 770 females received acceptance letters, but only 270 of them enrolled. There have been several pro-

grams and organizations to help solve this problem and the newest one has had the biggest impact. It’s called the Women’s Ambassador Program (WAP) which began only a year ago thanks to an idea from Shaesta Waiz, WAP Coordinator. “The goal of this program is based on the initiative for the university to work together to increase the female population at Riddle.” The Women’s Initiative, announced by Dr. John P. Johnson in 2009, aims to increase enrollment of women and their presence in the aviation and aerospace industry around the world.

Dr. Johnson has also suggested including more scientific majors such as astronomy, chemistry, and biology under the Arts & Sciences program. The program has helped increase the female population from 14% to now 19% overall. “Our campus is very female-friendly, despite what the ratio may suggest,” says Wilson, “I mean, due to the size of our student population, there are over 700 females students on this fairly small campus. We don’t seem to get any complaints from them either.” The Women’s Initiative calls for the percentage to jump up to

25% by 2017. “We currently have nine ambassadors at the Daytona Beach campus,” says Walz on WAP, with 130 alumni also involved. The first thing to do is to recruit more females for campuses in Daytona Beach and Prescott, Arizona. By doing this, WAP has teamed up with several female-related organizations and programs to help promote Embry-Riddle and gain the interest of girls. There are opportunities under the Women’s Initiative to increase the scholarship fund for incoming females such as “Women of Excellence”

and other scholarships with organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, Women in Aviation, and Girls with Wings. Just this past summer, girls became familiar with the aeronautical school by attending Girls Exploring Math & Science (GEMS), which is a girls-only camp. There’s also Women in Math camp and a Women in Aviation fun day for middle school girls. On Women in Aviation Day in March earlier this year, “We teamed up with the Admissions Department and created airplanes out of candy so it was completely edible,” said stu-

dent ambassador and program coordinator Shaesta Waiz. “We purchased enough to make 300 airplanes and within 40 minutes they were all gone. The students loved it!” With these attempts to increase the population, men and women alike are sure to appreciate the change as it will offer Embry-Riddle as a more diverse university. “We told them all about the opportunities here,” Waiz said. “Our message is that women can do anything. They can be pilots; they can be engineers; they can be mechanics.”

Courtesy of The Avion Newspaper Left to Right: Emily Dreyer, Nancy Snyder, Amy Luckette, Blake Haber, Shaesta Waiz, Heather Lloyd, Sammi Foy and Krystal Parra are all smiles at a Zoom Air Daytona WAP retreat.

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FEB. 20, 2013


Fake Drugs, Real Problems State-of-the-Art Autonomous JonaTHan nuTZaTi Special to Avion

On Dec. 11, 2012, an emergency order was issued by Florida Attorney General banning the sale of a class of herbal products that have come to be known as synthetic marijuana substitutes. They’ve been sold legally at local head shops, smoke shops, and gas stations under names like “herbal incense” and “potpourri”. In spite of warnings displayed on the packages stating “not for human consumption”, these products are often smoked recreationally to achieve what is allegedly a marijuana-like high; although, according to an anonymous source that has had significant experience with both substances, there are many key differences between natural reefer and a synthetic counterpart. “Synthetic marijuana is usually much stron-

ger than the regular stuff: it really affects your perception of what’s happening to you.” When asked if he considered the substance dangerous, our source stated that “the drug makes you believe you’re in danger even when you’re not, I’ve felt like my heart was stopping many times or I’d believe I was being permanently psychologically scarred”. John W. Huffman, Chemistry professor emeritus at Clemson University synthesized over 450 of the synthetic cannabinoids now commonly included in the “herbal blends”. He was quoted as saying that “People who use it are idiots. You just don’t know what it’s going to do to you.” Part of the problem that the legislative body is having with the blends is that whenever any individual constituent of the blend is banned, it can be easily replaced by a wide array of chemical variations. Manu-

facturers of herbal potpourris just need to stay one molecule ahead of current legislature to stay in business, effectively forcing the attorney general to take such questionably unconstitutional actions with the abovementioned emergency order. As is common with such designer drugs, this leads to the situation where one batch may even be composed of an entirely different set of chemicals than the previous one, most not having been previously tested on humans. Some reported effects common to most blends include large scale spatial and temporal distortion, euphoria, hallucinations, increased heart rate and with large doses, nausea, headache, heart palpitations and seizures. When asked what he thought of the emergency action, our source said “it’s probably for the best, they’re psychologically addictive and horrible for you.” by Junior Libby

Systems Research at ERAU

Robotics Association, Team GRAY Juan alVarado Special to Horizons

About three years ago, a joint program between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Gray Matter Systems Inc. was created in order to explore the potential of state-of-the-art autonomous systems. As part of this initiative, ERAU was granted with a highly advanced system for driving cars autonomously. The system consists of an autonomous 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid named “Plan-B” that was a semifinalist in the 2007 DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Urban Challenge. This vehicle was built upon the same design policies that awarded Gray Matter Systems with the fourth place in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. It is important to mention that a distinguished member of the design team was Dr. Sergey Drakunov, Associate Dean for research and a Physical Sciences Professor here at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Now, Dr. Drakunov and Dr. Charles Reinholtz, Department Chair of the Mechanical Engineering department, are the co-directors of the GrayMatter-ERAU project.

Courtesy of The Avion newspaper

In order to benefit from this state-of-the-art system, a group of ERAU students have decided to work on developing a novel educational platform based on the capabilities and potential of the Plan-B vehicle. Our project, funded by Ignite and advised by Dr. Sergey Drakunov, Dr. Patrick Currier, and Dr. Charles Reinholtz consists on: 1) writing step-by-step user manuals for students and faculty so anyone interested in working with the vehicle can learn how to use it properly; 2) the development of user-friendly software tools for analyzing its behavior; 3) the design of an “Autonomous Vehicle Awareness Agenda” in order to encourage students to conceptualize projects involving this systems; and 4) the creation and training of a permanent “Autonomous Vehicle Display Team” conformed by students and faculty for educational and official exhibitions, among several other ambitious goals. This project intends to explore the full potential of the Plan-B vehicle as an educational instrument for future students and investigators, for example, from a classroom tool for understanding basic mathematical and physical concepts, to a research platform for advance

dynamics and control analysis. More specifically, our intention as a team of students is to provide other students with new high-tech educational tools that will stimulate their imagination and enhance their learning process. This is why we want to encourage students from different majors and levels of experience/knowledge to consider this system for their future investigations, senior design projects, and research. As part of this goal, our team conducted an “Autonomous Systems Awareness” survey at the end of last semester among 200 students in order to measure how much they knew about our university’s involvement in autonomous systems and robotics, and if they would like to get involved, particularly in a project related to the Plan-B vehicle. Finally, we would like to inform all the students that our team is working very hard in order to make this educational platform a reality, and we want to invite everyone who is curious or interested in our project to ask us any questions about it and the characteristics of the Plan-B vehicle. You can contact us at [] or find us on Facebook at [www.facebook. com/ErauTeamGrayRaer].

Privatization of Airport Security aMy barnHarT Special to Avion

A man was horrified seeing the ashes of his grandfather spilled on the floor at a Florida airport due to a clumsy TSA officer. A mother was embarrassed when asked to prove that breast milk is safe to go through airport security by drinking from the three bottles in her carry-on baggage. A woman who drank her water instead of letting TSA test it, missed her flight because TSA found her action to show a “bad attitude.” After events like these, there is no debating that the traveling public is fed up with TSA. A number of airports are considering cutting TSA out of the picture by going to private screening. Some people believe that having the private sector running the security at our nation’s airports will provide many bene-

fits, while some aren’t convinced that the move to privatization will make a significant change. “People aren’t crazy about it (TSA), but they’re used to it. Why change it now,” Robert Raffel asks on the subject of sudden support for making the change to privatized airport security. Raffel, currently a Homeland Security professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was Public Safety Director at Orlando International Airport (OIA) for six years. While at OIA, the airport looked at privatizing but TSA made it difficult and they could not find a benefit to the airport in making the switch. The Daytona Beach International Airport also did not see any benefits to using a private contractor for their security when they looked into privatization of security, according to Stephen Cooke, Director of Business Development for the airport. Some

airport officials believe that privatization will improve the passenger experience. Authorities at Orlando-Sanford have decided to change to privatized security after the Screening Partnership Program has made it easier for airports to make the change. The Screening Partnership Program (SPP) was created to allow airports to partner with TSA and hire on private screening companies. In February 2012, this program was expanded to make it easier for airports to privatize security. Before this program was expanded, TSA still kept almost all the say in security but the program now gives the airport a little more say in screening procedures. When asked about the benefits in privatized security, Larry Dale, President of the OrlandoSanford Airport said, “Privatization is the American way because private and free enterprise creates competition and assures

accountability and efficiency.” After talking to the five major private screening companies, the Sanford Airport Authority Board narrowed the contenders down to three companies and recently chose to work with the nation’s largest private security company, Covenant Security Worldwide. According to their website, Covenant, as of 2011, had private screeners at 10 U.S. airports including San Francisco International Airport and Glasgow International Airport in Montana. With the support of Rep. John Mica, chairman of the Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure, many airports have been empowered to make the change. Mica has been vocal about his dislike for TSA and according to the Orlando Sentinel, he says that privatization is the answer because taxpayer money will be saved. Not by making it cheaper for passengers to fly but by paying private screeners less, giving them

less benefits than the government employees of TSA, and having less employees for each airport. Raffel says that with private companies running security, customer service may improve because the screening will be run more like a business with firings happening more often and different incentives being given. Before 9/11, airline companies managed private security company screeners and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made regulations. After the horrific tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, FAA regulations were combined with TSA regulations and the Transportation Security Administration was implemented at all U.S. airports except ones that petitioned to be exempt such as Jackson Hole and Kansas City. People opposed to the push for privatization fear that if security goes back into the hands of private companies like before 9/11, that security will suffer and

we will once again be vulnerable to terrorist attacks, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Raffel initially supported the combination of aviation security under TSA to “ensure consistency and standardization,” to create uniformity across the country. But he now admits that TSA hasn’t done as good of a job as he hoped they would by making some initial errors including hiring people outside of aviation security that, “wouldn’t know aviation security if they fell over it.” Now 16 U.S. airports are using private contractors for screening, yet TSA still oversees security and pays the contractor. Security procedures remain the same at these airports using TSA screeners. Orlando-Sanford Airport Vice President Dale said that with private screeners, “passengers will see faster service and much more friendly service from the airports that see them as their customers.”


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Section B


Ignite Illuminates Student Projects at Bonfire TYRUS KIRBY Correspondent

With the harsh cold of winter still gripping the campus, the leaders heading up the Ignite program thought of a surefire way to make one evening enjoyable and get the word out on all of the projects EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University students have been working on. The area near the lower field was set ablaze as students gathered for warmth and companionship, and, in the fashion typical of Ignite, the opportunity to learn some interesting facts. Music provided by Riddle Radio blared over banks of speakers as the first few students showed up. The live emcee entertained the crowd while playing contemporary hits. Every now and again, coaches or group leads would take the stage and publicize for their teams, as people milled around waiting for food or digging in to dinner. School athletes walked around handing out t-shirts with the new Riddle athletic logo and a QR code to the athletic website. With Earhart’s closed down for the evening, the bonfire proved to be the place to eat. Sodexo catered this year’s event, which was free to all students, faculty, and staff. The menu was pretty typical of ERAU’s outdoor events; lots of grilled items and salads filled the tables under the cover of the picnic area. Once visitors got their food, they were free to mingle on the field or edge toward the blaze. As the night got cooler, the dessert table got more popular. “My favorite part of the meal? Definitely the hot chocolate,” student Justin Ignacio explained. “It was nice to have a warm beverage,

even though the bonfire was going, because it was so cold.” After dinner, people were free to wander around and check out what Riddle students had been doing with their Ignite grants. Near the fire, a group of students focused on designing and flying unmanned air systems called “Team Awesome” had a large screen set up. On the screen, people could see the bonfire through the view of an infrared camera. Also, if anyone wanted to find out exactly what they looked like when painted by their body heat, they could step in front of a camera and get a printout of themselves. Team Awesome also had the UAV that the team had designed for various competitions on display in a booth near the other Ignite projects. One of these other projects was an underwater robot that looked strikingly similar to a turtle. The aptly named “Biologically Inspired Underwater Robot Design and Propulsion System” is the pet project of the Eagle Robotics Club, and uses its unique shape to traverse obstacles underwater. Also on displayed was a small cell phone sized satellite put together by one of the school research groups that got NASA funding. To help get objects like the student-built satellite into orbit, the Hybrid Ballistics Team showed off their hybrid rocket propulsion system. The Ignite program provides money each year for students who are interested in going above and beyond, and take on study projects outside of regular class work. There are many Ignite hot spots around campus where students can go and talk to professors about ideas or projects that students can take on.

Timothy Sham for Horizons Newspaper

Photos by Mike Gallante / Horizons Newspaper Top: The bonfire burns brightly against the evening sky. Bottom Left: Ignite Director Dr. Curtis James and women’s volleyball coach Jill Blasczyk welcome students and visitors to the bonfire event. Bottom Right: ERAU students Jared Johnson and Aiden Doherty take advantage of the event’s free food.

Derek Hughes Inspires Laughter and Astonishment...Again! REBECCA CHILDS Correspondent

Lisanne Kippenburg / Horizons Newspaper

Hughes keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as he performs astonishing acts.

The last time Derek Hughes graced us with his presence at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Prescott Campus, he quickly became a fan favorite and one of the most memorable acts ERAU has seen. Returning this semester more polished and hilarious than ever, he took his audience on an emotional rollercoaster; fluctuating between awe and laughter at both his comedic and magical skills. Students walking into the Davis Learning Center (DLC) on Feb. 8 quickly became aware of the energy buzzing through the air. Students that had seen Hughes during his last visit were

chatting with others about his legendary performance. With the DLC nearly filled to capacity, Derek Hughes came out onto the stage, which he jokingly called a “half-circle of fun.” Hughes began his act with what he called a “trick” because, for him, there is a big difference between “tricks” and true “blowyour-mind” magic. He wanted to start the audience low and ease them into the more impressive aspects of his routine. Starting low was beginning his act with a simple trick with ropes which, at first, seemed comically simple. However, this simple act quickly blew the minds of the audience. Hughes immediately had everyone on the edge of their seats for the rest of the show, trying to find faults in his perfected performance.

Several of Hughes’ majestic demonstrations required audience involvement l, which allowed him to demonstrate the extent of his comedic abilities. Some of the best parts of the show involved his interaction with the audience and the harmless, yet hysterical, jokes he made at the expense of them. He also used the students as validation of his magical abilities, having them confirm random selections and even having one inspect his mouth with a plastic glove before performing a trick in which an audience member choose a card that later appears, folded, in his mouth. While performing much the same tricks as his previous visit, Hughes’ performance was kept fresh with incorporating his

comedic talent and swift clever comments. With how much he has grown in only the past year, Hughes has quickly become one of those comedians that could have his own special on television and people would watch it 100 times over; despite it being the same act. Hughes’ famous finale to each of his shows had students leaving in a state of euphoria purely from laughter. The trick many had heard legend of, but had never seen: the magician literally pulling a card out of his ass before the eyes of the entire audience. Hughes will easily be welcomed as a regular to the ERAU Prescott campus for years to come as he continues to perfect his comedic genius and skills of magical wonderment.



FEB. 20, 2013


“What is one thing you like about Embry-Riddle, and what is one thing you’d like to change?”


By Austin Troya Photos by Brenton Woodruff

Change: “The food is fine, but it gets neglected on weekends...maybe on Friday nights.” Keep: “I like the facilities. I like the library, I go there everyday. It’s accessible and there’s usually always a computer open that I can use.” -Phil Hartman, Junior

By Melea Rhodes

Change: “Give senior design students access to AC-1 after hours.” Keep: “I’m comfortable with the number of rocks on campus, though I’d like more trees.” -Ryan Mueller (not pictured), Ian Carlberg, Mitch Mannering, Jeff Gibson (Seniors)

Change: “One of the things I’m really trying to emphasize is the tobacco policy. I just don’t think it’s necessary.” Keep: “I like my degree, I’m a GSIS student. I think we need to improve the facilities for GSIS, though. It’s a degree that’s not really sought out, but it’s a growing degree and can go really far. The engineers have AXFAB and the Wind Tunnel, so I think the facilities could be improved a little more. -Savannah Begishie, Junior

Ingredients: Refrigerated piecrust 8 oz. plain Greek yogurt 10 oz. lemon curd Berries Directions: Preheat the oven following the pie crust directions. Cut pie crust into circles and place into mini muffin tins. I used normal sized muffin tins. Bake crust at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 11 to 13 minutes. When the pie crust comes out it should be a light golden brown color. Let the crust sit until it is cool. While the pie crust bakes, pour 8 oz. of plain Greek yogurt into a bowl and then add the 10 oz. of lemon

curd. Stir the contents and mix together until smooth. I used vanilla yogurt and the flavor came out just fine. I suggest that if lemon isn’t someone’s cup of tea to put less lemon curd than the full 10 ounces. It wasn’t a sour taste, but it was still the dominant flavor in the dish. When the pie crust is cooled, scoop the lemon yogurt into the pie shells. For the finishing touch, place fresh fruit atop. I picked raspberries for my fruit and thought they would go nicely with the tart lemon flavor though blueberries for lemon would be delicious too. I also recommend letting this scrumptious dessert sit for a good half hour before eating. I got this fun little recipe

from a “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine. It immediately stood out to me, especially with Greek yogurt which is high in protein. This yummy little lemon pie made about fifteen for me to share. I ran out of pie crust (I bought two) before I ran out of lemon yogurt mix . This dish was full of flavor and a light dessert that hits the spot. However, there were a few downfalls. First was baking the pie crust. They don’t come out very ‘pretty’ when baked. While shopping I did see an alternative where you could buy very small tart shells that would just make smaller pies. The second con is they are a tad messy to eat. When we tried to eat them right away the yogurt spilled out, but after letting them sit for a half hour to an hour the contents seemed to settle better. Overall this recipe wasn’t too tedious and didn’t take much more than 15 minutes to whip together. It’s a refreshing flavorful dessert that I would recommend to almost anyone. If lemon isn’t your flavor either then you could make these pies with raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, or any other fruit curds.

Fast Track Instructor Pilot Course RYAN ALBRECHT Special to Horizons

Change: “The food would be something to change. WoW is fine, but Earhart’s could use some improvement.” Keep: “I like the small class sizes; it makes it easy to talk to your professor.” -Matt Rines, Junior

Change: “Make the walkways straight.” -George Sopp, Senior (not pictured)

Let’s face it. The reason we do all this flight training is so we can one day have a job and get paid to fly airplanes instead of paying to fly airplanes. One of the best ways to make that jump from paying to fly to getting paid to fly is to become a flight instructor. Flight instructing is fun and rewarding. When you solo your first student it is just as exciting and self-fulfilling as when you soloed yourself. Yes, that smile on your flight instructor’s face when you soloed was real. The Fast Track program is for students who are currently ready or will be ready to start the Flight Instructor Course (FA-421) this summer. The Fast Track program starts the first day of Summer A and is designed to help students

complete their Flight Instructor Airplane and Flight Instructor Instrument-Airplane certificates over the summer in time to be ready for the Flight Instructor New Hire class in August. The benefit of applying for and being accepted into the Fast Track program is being able to take advantage of the Summer Discount Program and Tuition Waivers. The Fast Track students get priority scheduling with their IPs, as well as aircraft. Fast Track students get a guaranteed interview for a flight instructor job when they are done. How many other programs offer that! Your performance in the course will be rewarded with reduced interview requirements. If you get an A in ground school we will waive the new hire written exam. A first attempt pass on the stage one check will waive the interview flight. A first time pass on

the stage 3 check will waive the interview simulation. The best part is if you get hired as an IP, you start building that valuable experience you need to go to the airlines and you get to be a part of someone else’s dream of becoming a professional pilot as well. Fast Track applications are being accepted now until the last day of March. The application should include a cover letter, resume, and a letter of recommendation. Please turn applications in to Jared Testa or Ryan Albrecht. Please contact your Flight Training Manager or myself if you have any questions about Fast Track. We are here to help you succeed and look forward to assisting you. We are located upstairs in the F6 building at the flight line and can be contacted via email, phone, or ETA message. Good luck on your finals and safe flying.


Imagine you are on a long cross-country flight, soaring over the Sonoran desert without a care in the world. Until, out of nowhere, Mother Nature comes a’ callin’. One of the worst things a student pilot can experience is a full bladder on a long solo flight. Not only do you have to make an embarrassing diversion into

an airport you have most likely never been to before, but remember how hard it is to concentrate when you have to go to the bathroom? Yeah, try shooting an approach to minimums in that condition. Well now there is no need to worry about that. With the Little John portable urinal, you will never have to make an unscheduled

bathroom break again! Sporting a robust 32 ounces of liquid storage capacity, this baby will take whatever you can dish out. Apparently the technology behind this little miracle has been around for years in hospitals. Why did I not find out about this sooner? Think of all the applications beyond aviation: road trips, final exams,

movie theatres; this thing is going to get more popular than the iPad! In all seriousness, this is truly a great product. With its spill proof cap you will never have to worry about any unwanted sloshing due to turbulence. According to Sporty’s, it can even be used to capture the results of motion sickness; although I don’t think you would want to put one of these up against your mouth…

While it may not be the most flashy and futuristic aviation gadget out there, it certainly gets the job done and can be a lifesaver to the money conscious flyer; think of all the cash you’ll save when you won’t have to divert to

take bathroom breaks anymore! If you are in the market for a reliable, efficient, and useful aviation tool, I strongly suggest taking the Little John for a spin.


FEB. 20, 2013


Norm Mullenix, A Man for all Seasons


Student Life Correspondent

Norm Mullenix’s life reads like a Dirk Pitt adventure novel, full of exciting escapades known only to those who dare to take on the heady quests that can make for great stories. Originally from Southern California, Mullenix spent his adolescence and teen years in the shadows of Mt. Shasta where his grandparents nurtured his development and taught him hunting, fishing, and trapping for food. It was not a way of life, it was real life. Bear, duck, and elk meat was a typical meal for the young boy. Entering adulthood, Mullenix enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for 22 years, including

active duty and reserves. During his naval career he crewed on board many types of small boat commands, such as high speed craft intended for lateral inserting and extracting of Navy Seals along coast lines. Mullenix was a gunner’s mate on Cyclone class boats, rigid hull inflatables (RIBS), Seafox patrol boats and Mark Five Special Naval Warfare boats for ocean interdiction. Mullenix has earned a Marine Biology degree, a Criminal Justice degree, and is currently enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in the university’s Global Security and Intelligence Studies program. Mullenix came to ERAU in 2007 to work as a government supply tech (GS) for the Army ROTC, and NCOIC Mark Eh-

resman quickly recognized his aptitude for teaching and enlisted Mullenix to instruct the SIS 326 Defensive Tactics and Personal Safety classes. Mullenix is now in his eleventh semester of guiding young students and says, “I love to see when a light bulb goes off in their heads and they get it. I like to gear the classes towards the GSIS concept and teach them to understand the laws they will need to use. How to articulate and testify is a vital weapon of high importance. What is crime and how to operate in a foreign country and how to think on your feet is just one survival tactic to defend yourself and save lives.” Mullenix’s military knowledge and his background as a deputy with the San Diego Sheriff ’s Office make him a natural for educating our ERAU students in situational awareness techniques along with physical defense tactics. Mullenix is quick to recognize the decency in admirable and patriotic men and honors them instinctively. He hopes to infuse the ability in the students, for them to learn and use their training to operate safely. Mullenix was instrumental in coordinating with an outside agency for the students to attend a week long class of high end survival training with very little tactical tools and which also includes an arms lab. Another passion Mullenix enjoys is the four-legged kind. He owns five horses including a Paint, a Missouri Foxtrotter, and Tennessee Walkers. His pride and joy is “Handy Man from Oklahoma.” Handy is a Mammoth Jack descended directly from “Old

Hickory” who was owned by President George Washington. Mammoth Jacks are very, very large donkeys that father mules when bred with female horses. Mullenix explains, “Gaited mules are the best of the best for equine riding. They are stronger than a horse and can go farther. Mules are not skittish and do not run from a problem like horses do.” Mullenix continues, “Mules are ancient animals. They are analytical about trails and analyze their steps and journey. Mules worked hard for the pioneers and were a crucial element in the expansion of the west.” Mullenix loves raising foals and training them. Along with Butch, his German Shorthair canine companion, he rides and hunts out his backdoor in the wilds of Williamson Valley on the outskirts of Mint Creek (Wash) and says, “Every ride is an adventure.” Mullenix is also an active member of the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies, a popular history and western reenactment group in the Yavapai County area. Handy, the Mammoth Jack, is the official mascot of the regulators. Mullenix is extremely knowledgeable of western history and has embraced Prescott and it’s own past accounts of pioneer, mining, military, and Native American history. With plans of mule foals in his future one of Mullenix’s favorite quotes comes from John Wayne. “Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let’s go! We’re burning daylight!” Indeed, Norm Mullenix. Indeed.

By Allison Cisneros Do not confuse this with “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Tahir Shah writes a highly colorful and soul-searching tale of his time in India learning magic. Shah learns how to stop his pulse, freeze his body, and walk on hot coals. He says the last one is very easy because the soles of the feet and the coal ashes are poor conductors of heat. Shah’s journey began at age 11 when a family friend taught him magic. The friend showed him how to eat glass with a banana and was getting into pyrotechnics when someone almost got hurt. Ashamed, the friend left and years later, Shah travels from England to India to find him. Once there, the friend directs Shah to his own teacher, Hakim Feroze. This begins a grueling test of Shah’s passion. Feroze is a tyrant. He beats down Shah physically and emotionally until Shah is frantically looking for ways to get back at him. Then, Feroze

Sorcerer’s Apprentice By Tahir Shah

Number of Pages: 336 Price: $14.99 Publisher: Arcade ISBN: 978-1559706261

sends Shah on a quest to learn from the different godmen, conjurers, and mystics of India. It may appear like a travel book, but Shah is adamant it is very different from the various pseudo-guidebooks of backpacking across Europe and African safaris. He wants to show the world his experiences of the mystical and magical side of India. He desires to

unearth the underground of magic that runs strong in India. He often speaks of India as a place where “the unbelievable is the norm.” Shah witnesses many awe-inspiring acts and then proceeds to use Feroze’s training to uncover how it happened. The magical events are broken down until a levitating person is simply standing with hockey sticks. Conjurers are merely conmen.

Sleight-of-hand reigns and could have disastrous effects for the clients of so-called mystical healers. “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a story of a man trying to follow his passion and curiosity of magic, only to journey down a rabbit hole. It has all the elements of a real-life fantasy. It’s worth reading and the ending is perfect, although it took me a long time to conclude that.

ERAU Rings in the Year of the Snake CARSEN COOPER Copy Editor

fessors’ ping pong abilities. One of the final events of the night was a skit performed by the LCH 203 classes. Written entirely by Virella and performed by freshmen Chinese students, the 15 minute skit was well received by their peers and teachers and everyone present was very impressed with how much the students have learned in such a short amount of time at ERAU. All the students agreed that it was a fun night. “I had a great time,” said McKenzie. “I really enjoyed hanging out with some friends and met some new Chinese language students as well.” Freshman Chinese student Harrison Barstad enjoyed the different activities available. “While playing pool was fun, I really liked the food,” he said. “The dumplings were super good. I wish Earhart’s could serve something like that more often.” Childs also had great things to say about the New Year’s Celebration. “The Chinese New Year party was really fun. There was tons of great food and the skit was pretty interesting. The highlight of the night was definitely when our two Chinese professors had the ping pong battle.” So whether it was playing ping pong, performing a skit, or eating delicious, authentic Chinese cuisine, the Chinese students at ERAU had a great time at the Chinese New Year party. “And to tell you the truth,” McKenzie said, “I’m looking forward to the party again next year.” On almost every Friday afternoon there are Chinese cultural events. These events are open to students of all majors and bring insight from upperclassmen Chinese students about the culture of China. The next Chinese cultural event will be on Friday, Feb. 22 in building 58 at 4:10 p.m.

As the Year of the Dragon came to a close, Chinese students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s GSIS program gathered at one Chinese language student’s house to welcome in the Year of the Snake. On Feb. 14, the Chinese program had their first annual Chinese New Year celebration at Serene Bray’s house, and the event was a hit. In attendance were students of all years from both the Chinese track and regular Chinese classes. Bray, a freshman in the GSIS Chinese track program, and her family live in Prescott by a golf course near the airport. Because the home was so large, there was more than enough room for all of the guests to spread out and have plenty of room for conversations. With the help of all four Chinese professors at ERAU, the party began with dumpling making. The teachers and students used all of their ingredients from scratch to make the savory Chinese staple. After the dumplings were prepared, they were steamed to the perfect consistency and laid out for the guests to enjoy. More food was made later, including an Asian-style pizza and delicious egg rolls. While some students were eating, others went out to the casita in the backyard to play some games. Rebecca Childs and Annabel Virella made an Apples to Apples game in Chinese, entertaining many people for more than half an hour. Other guests also played billiards and chatted about how their semester has been going. But one of the main shows of the night happened at the ping pong table. Freshmen Kale Davidson and Riley McKenzie battled it out to see who would come out on top. Then, Dr. Zhan and Professor Zhou arrived and astonished everyone as they smashed the ping pong ball from one side of the table to the other. All -Rebecca Childs, of the students present were Student very impressed with their pro-

“The highlight of the night was definitely when our two Chinese professors had the ping pong battle.”



A Night of Excitement

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By Dayton Burchfield

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Lisanne Kippenburg / Horizons Newspaper Tyler Huether races against the other competitors to claim first place. NICOLE BENDER Assistant Editor

Mardi Gras this year was celebrated by the WoW cafe with giveaways and a wing eating contest. The event was on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and plenty of students came to the big event. Just like last semester, the student union was almost packed. The entire event started at 6 p.m. with the wing eating contest at 7 p.m. For the beginning, it was really just lots of beads, lots of everyone going to get food and sitting down, waiting in anticipation for the big event. The conversations were just as exciting as the purple, green, yellow and white cake that sat near the counter, enticing everybody who was there. Everyone had beads and green and purple fortune cookies. The hour before the contest was a relaxing event that was just a quiet build up for the main event. The start of the wing eating contest was announced. The contest started off a little rocky with al-

most no one who had signed up before the event being there, so they asked eight brave people to come up and sit at the table and take on the hottest hot sauce that WoW has, Buffalo XIII. The contestants had to sign a waiver, and then the event started. The contest was 10 minutes to eat two pounds of wings each, with a back up of two more pounds. Each contestant could have whatever drink they wanted as well as any kind of condiments. Oddly enough there was no wild scrabbling for the bathroom, everyone was rather sedate as they ate the wings. Student Anthony Plummer was willing to talk to the reporter and had lots of good reports about the event. “It was definitely a fun event, and I look forward to doing it next semester. It was lots of good fun. I didn’t realize at the time that when they said that we could have any drink we wanted that included milk and I thought one guy was cheating, but he wasn’t, so yeah.” He also had time to talk about the hot sauce and the

wings. “They were spicy and hot, really fun. Surprised that they had wings, but they were alright.” After the first ten minutes it took another ten minutes while they weighed each contestant’s meal. Then it was time for cake. It was a very good chocolate cake that had amazing frosting. Finally, the winner was announced. Tyler Huether had eaten two pounds seven ounces of the wings. He won a $25 giftcard and a huge basket of food. After the event, Huether was asked to take a picture and sign it, and then the raffles started. It was an exciting night with all of the contestants getting told that they’d be called back next year since they ate more than the first wing eating contestants did last semester. All in all the Mardi Gras event at the WoW cafe was a lot of fun and full of excitement. The beads, colors, and everything else made the WoW cafe the place to be on the 12th. Make sure to be there next time, because maybe you’ll end up the winner!

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My first thought when I saw the Sub-2000 was that it is an ugly, unremarkable gun. It is black polymer and steel, with folding rear sights and a fixed front blade sight. That all changed the instant the weapon was folded in half right in front of my eyes. It’s a blow-back operated semi-automatic rifle that measures 29.5 inches open, and when folded for transport, folds down to 16.1 inches long, allowing it to slide into anything large enough for a 17 inch laptop. That, paired with a weight of four pounds empty, and measuring less than two inches in width, makes this gun a very compact way to carry firepower without sacrificing concealability. The Sub-2000 is a downright impressive weapon. It is ugly, and has odd dimensions for a rifle, but it is fantastic. From the factory, the Sub-2000 can be ordered in nine millimeter or .40 S&W, and can accept a variety of different magazines based upon which model is ordered. It will accept Glock 17, Glock 19, Smith and Wesson model 59, Beretta model 9, or Sig 226 magazines for 9mm, and Glock 22, Glock 23, Beretta model 96, Smith and Wesson 4006, and Sig 226 for the .40 S&W magazines. This allows you to select the weapon you own so that you don’t have to purchase a proprietary magazine and can use the ones you have. In this

case, the model I tested was the Glock 17 model. Because of the Glock compatibility, the rifle in this case accepted Glocks 33 round extended magazine for nine millimeters. My first 10 shots, from standing at 25 yards, were all within three inches. That simply blew me away. From prone, all five subsequent shots overlapped. The weapon comes with a sight adjustment tool that is rather crude and hard to use, but seemed unnecessary in this case. It also comes factory with a 10 round magazine, which was quickly discarded in favor of the 33 round “happy sticks.” Another interesting attribute is that due to the barrel length, the round gains approximately another 200 feet per second, with the approximate energy delivery at 100 yards equivalent to that of a .357 magnum, with minimal recoil on the shooter. Overall I was very impressed with the quality of the product, as well as how easily the system worked. My only complaint is that the stock /buffer tube for the rifle is steel and has no cushion on it, causing some jolting to the shooter, despite the fantastic recoil system. My only considerations before buying this weapon would be the fact that its production is very slow, so there are not many available for purchase, and they have been announced to be on the proposed list of banned weapons under Senator Feinstein’s bill. At a price of only $409 MSRP, they are a steal, but due to the possibility of a ban, the current price online is over $1000.

Return of the Eagle Leader Series FLAVIU CIOBANU Correspondent

On Jan. 30, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University returned with the Eagle Leaders Series; the school’s innovative new program to improve student’s leadership skills. The course is designed to advance students’ abilities in communication, influence, productivity, and team cohesion. The topic for January was ‘Gender Difference in Leadership.’ The theme was centered on creating an effective balance between the qualities of both genders to succeed in a diverse, team-based environment. An additional topic discussed was the power of a positive attitude. The session was presented by Dr. Melanie Wilson; the Director of the Women’s and Diversity Center at ERAU. The course was engaging and thought-provoking. The norms and stereotypes of gender were discussed, analyzed, and criticized, including how different cultures throughout the world view gender roles. The terms ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ have no exact and concrete meaning as they are very fluid terms across time and location. An interesting term; ‘genderlect’ was analyzed. It is a term coined to describe that the conversation of men and women are not right/wrong or superior/ inferior, they are just simply different. In order for someone to be an effective leader, he or she must be completely tolerant, open-minded, and recognize the impractical-

ity of traditional and conservative views. A truly effective leader optimizes the qualities in both genders in a pragmatic method to achieve goals within a team. Dr. Wilson enthusiastically said “I was glad when Teri Poucher asked me to do a presentation on Gender and Leadership. So many of our students have background in Science and Technical areas, and they have not have had much time to explore within the social sciences. I believe a study of sex roles and gender in our society is crucial to understanding how women and men interact in all aspects of our culture. This opportunity gave me the chance to bring my Women’s Studies teaching experience to the students and staff. Our students don’t often discuss what it’s like to be female and male in our culture, or others. Ideas about femininity and masculinity pervade our schools, our workplaces, our churches, our military, and every other institution and system in the US. We had a chance to make visible some hidden assumptions, and give the participants a forum to explore the ideas and make some conscious choices based on the information they received.” Another topic discussed was the power of a positive attitude and the impracticality of pessimism. There’s a direct correlation between maintaining a positive attitude and better relationships, improved health, and greater success. A positive attitude can boost your energy, heighten willpower, and inspire others. Positive thinking de-

creases depression, reduces levels of stress, boosts the immunity, and improves the overall quality of life of someone who is empowered to have a positive perspective. Open to all students, the Eagle Leader Series is usually hosted on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of each month (except for April) at the DLC, room 102. On Tuesdays, the course is held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For students who cannot make the Tuesday section, the following Wednesday section covers the same material. Students will also be awarded and recognized for completing the program, thus strengthening and reinforcing their college profile. An additional upcoming event will be the Tri-College Leadership Conference. It will be a collaborative effort between the three local colleges around Prescott and is open to students from Prescott College, Yavapai College, and ERAU. It will be hosted on Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Prescott College. The featured keynote speaker will be Mark Hartley. He is a renowned author while currently the director of Student Leadership and Development at Cal State San Bernardino in California and a professional speaker with Coleman Productions, Inc. There is no cost to attend and there will be transportation available from ERAU and Prescott College. This is an excellent opportunity for students to not only learn new practical and empowering skills, but to meet new people as well!


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Eagles Route the Knights Brandon leadBetter Correspondent

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Ice Eagles skated onto the ice with wins in their last two games on Monday, Feb. 4. Their opponent for this matchup was the Knights. The Eagles have versed this team many times throughout the season. This is a decent team that was to put up a very good game against the Eagles, but things did not go very well for the Knights. The Knights started the game well and scored the first goal of the night. This was a turn of events from previous games that the Eagles had just won only nights before. Things quickly turned around with 7:35 left in the first period as the Eagles led the Knights 4-1. The Eagles began to push the offensive against the Knights as another goal was scored at 1:52, making the game 5-1 with Eagles beginning a commanding lead in shots on goal at 13-7. The second period started out much like the first, but it was not the Knights who scored. At 11:50, the Eagles scored again pushing the lead to 6-1. Throughout the remaining second period the Knights were able to hold the Eagles to only one more goal making it 7-1, but the shots on

Devin Dundore passes the puck to a teammate.

Photos by Dayton Burchfield / Horizons Newspaper Ice Eagles’ Bill Thompson fights for control of the puck against Knights opponent.

goal showed something else. Yes, the Knights were holding the Eagles from scoring, but the shots on goal actual-

ly number 32-14. The Eagles were putting the pressure on the goalie who was holding his own by letting only seven goals

in to this point of the game. The buzzer blared ending the second period and giving the Knights a minute rest before

the massacre could continue. The Knights bravely took the ice for the third period as the Eagles hungered for more. The Eagles did not give any mercy as they went to score the eighth goal of the night only seven seconds into the third period. The game that might have been close, turned to a complete route as the Eagles went on to score three more times with only five minutes left. The Knights were able to manage a goal with 0:42 left in the period, but the Eagles scored right after them at 0:17 making the final score 12-2. The Eagles were able to continue their onslaught as their shots on goal number 49-17. The Knights

were routed throughout the game and could not keep up any momentum. The Eagles finish the game with a final score of 12-2 and 49 shots on goal. This game was impressive to watch as the Eagles maintained control of the ice. This was a good showing of what the Eagles can do when in the right situations with the playoffs right around the corner. The Ice Eagles continue to get more and more attention on campus as this is an exciting team to watch every game. The playoffs will feature each team, as there is only four teams in the league. The Ice Eagles have a very good chance to go far and do well against their opponents.

Eagles Face Off Against Closest Rival Travis Stockard flies down the ice toward the Rams’ goalie, hoping to shoot and make a goal.

Brandon leadBetter Correspondent

Skating onto the ice after three straight wins the EmbryRiddle Aeronautical Universi-

ty Ice Eagles were ready to take on the Rams Monday, Feb. 11. In the league, the Rams are the biggest competition to the Ice Eagles as the two teams continually exchange wins. However, this game did not go anywhere

near as planned for the Eagles as the puck was dropped for the first period. The Rams took an early lead at 9:53 in the first period, but the Eagles were able to respond very quickly with a cor-

responding goal. In less than two minutes, the Rams pulled ahead again making the game 1-2. Exactly 16 seconds later, the Eagles tied the game, proving to the crowd that this was going to be a very close game

Dayton Burchfield / Horizons Newspaper

all the way, but they ended up being very wrong. With another goal for each team, the first period ended 3-3 and shots on goal stood at 11-12. The Eagles were shaken as six goals were scored in the first

period between the two teams, but their defense and offense were ready after the minute interval to begin the second. The second period was where the beginning of the end besee ICE EAGLES page C5



Feb 20, 2013

e t a d p u Embry-Riddle Dragster Sets Top Speed in Testing Special to Horizons

On Feb. 3 at 5:30 a.m., one by one team members pulled into the the Larsen Motorsports High Performance Vehicles Research Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park in Daytona Beach, Fla. Two 60 foot transporters were loaded the night before, and by morning were ready to leave for their next jet car test sessions. On board transporter number one with Chris Larsen were EmbryRiddle team driver Marisha Falk and her crew, Embry-Riddle engineering students Zach Wood and Mark Kaufman. On board transporter number two with Elaine Larsen, driver of the Miller Welding/Matrix Systems Paint Jet Dragster were Andrew Larsen and new crew chief and engineering student Brian Tocci. A big concern for the crew and tuners was the weather. It was near freezing at South Georgia Motorsports Park where the team tested the new dragsters. The weather forecast looked like the temperature would not come up much which could have been a huge problem.

Cold weather has hurt the team before. The custom racing afterburner’s air/fuel mixture is nearly impossible to set at the low temperatures due to a designed operating range that is best between 60 and 100 degrees. In the past, the team has experienced massive engine compressor stalls and flameout due to cold weather. The entire drive, Chris Larsen checked the outside air temperature every few minutes to see if it was coming up. After 3 hours of driving, about 20 minutes before arriving at the track, Chris smiled at Marisha. The temperature had finally reached 50 degrees. “We are going to be okay,” said Chris. The team arrived at the track and unloaded the two cars. “We have to perform like a Swiss Watch,” said Chris. “We are driving over seven hours today for about 12 seconds of track time per car. Today is a no mistakes day and every inch of track time has to count.” After prepping the cars, the teams headed to the starting line. First up was Elaine in her brand new car. A quick pass down the track revealed a new engine oil leak but the rest of the car performed flawlessly. Now it’s Falk’s turn in the

Embry-Riddle car. With the engine running at 105 percent, she pulled into the starting line beams and was off in full afterburner when the light turned green. On the first pass, the new Embry-Riddle dragster set a low elapsed time of the round and a top speed of the event! Elaine and Chris were thrilled. “This may be the easiest new jet car we have ever run in,” said Elaine. Chris claimed, “This thing is ready to race.” Even more remarkable was that the team set a low elapsed time and top speed of the event. The team quickly serviced both cars for the next pass. “Just service the Embry-Riddle car only, don’t adjust anything,” said Chris Larsen. “We need to be sure it will back up what it just did.” The oil leak on Elaine’s car turned out to be a loose fitting. A quick tightening of the fitting and normal between round service and it too was ready to race again. Both teams headed for the starting line. Falk was first. Another blistering pass by the new Embry-Riddle car backed up her low elapsed time and top speed for the day. Not to be outdone, Elaine then layed down a run in full afterburn-

Intramural Basketball Shoots Through the Season BrYan rHodeS Final Approach Editor

Excitement is in the air with 12 teams entering the league and all teams playing each Tuesday and Thursday. Many last minute victories pulled off from desperation or the perfect play take place multiple times on game nights. One of the most exciting finishes happened on Jan. 24, when underdog team ZLeague was playing against Challenged Rangers. At the end of the first half of the game, Challenged Rangers were up by about a dozen points. That is when Z-League picked up their game. In about five minutes, Z-League had brought that deficit down to only one point. The game was swinging back and forth until the final seconds. With five seconds left on the clock, the Challenged Rangers were up by a point. All they had to do was hold onto the ball for a victory. The floating pass came in to the

point guard, but that is when everything started to rise for Z-league. Allen Islas was able to secure the ball for Z-league when the Challenged Rangers had difficulties handling it. Islas drove the ball to the hoop scoring a basket with the buzzer going off right as the ball swished through the net. This propelled Z-League to their first win of the season with a score of 33-32. On Feb. 4, all the games were large blowouts for the winning teams. The ERAU Legends defeated Balding Eagles, Psyche-

delic Platypuses, Theta Xi, Free Agents, and Tri-Pod. On Feb. 12 Chi Alpha beat Scherp by a score of 34 to 30. It was the only close game of the night. The Balding Eagles, Psychedelic Platypuses, ERAU Legends, Challenged Rangers, and Free Agents all beat their opponents by a large margin. The teams are gearing up for the playoffs with only two regular season games left to play. Playoffs begin on Feb. 26 in the Activity Center at . The rankings show where the teams stand and the brackets.


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Larsen Motorsports for Horizons Newspaper Elaine Larsen prepares for her test drive in the Miller Welding/Matrix Systems Paint Jet Dragster.

er, a run within .030 of a second of Falk’s time, on only the second run of her brand new jet dragster! “This is unbelievable!” said seven year veteran Crew Chief Mike Mathes. With all of the data the teams needed to obtain, both cars were loaded back in their transporters and headed back to Florida. Neither team could quit smiling. Thousands of hours of hard work paid off that day. The new

Embry-Riddle car is race ready and Elaine’s new hot rod may only require one more test session to tweak the afterburner fuel tune-up before it is also ready to race too. After a 17 hour day, the exhausted team pulled back into the Larsen Research Center. For the first time in four weeks, the entire team got Sunday off. It’s almost race season, 2013 here we come!



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With Playoffs in Sight, Teams Battle For Positions andreW MCInTYre Correspondent

As the season continues, intramural soccer is going well. There have been many teams playing hard, and one team even dropped out. There have been some exciting games and some blowouts, all leading up to these fateful final weeks. The many games played in the past two weeks have caused teams to fall into their appropriate rankings. One team in the league is undefeated: The Internationals, with most of the same people who won the intramural outdoor soccer tournament last semester. So far their games have been successful for the indoor scene as well. The standings are somewhat evened out now and there are several teams that haven’t won

a single game yet this spring. The season is almost over and this chart doesn’t include forfeits, so actual records will change for next time. The team “The Camels” was disqualified due to too many forfeits throughout the season. The rules state that if you have three forfeits in a row you may be kicked out of the league, and the rule was dusted off and used in this case. There were more forfeits in the first couple of weeks of games due to the lack of players on teams, but now the full teams seem to be showing up more frequently. Not only is the season going without a hitch, it is packed with excitement. It seems as though the people who are playing are there to have fun more than to win. The main goal of intramural sports is to give students an athletic outlet to have fun, hang out with

friends, make new ones and work out. This goal is seeming to be met thus far, as no huge fights nor intense arguments have broken out. Captain Jared Wong said, “I think this season there are a lot of really good teams. When those teams play each other, I don’t see them arguing a lot or fighting; they just play hard and acknowledge each other’s goals.” The playoffs are panning out to look like they will split teams into two separate brackets. The “A” bracket will consist of four teams who will most likely play double elimination. The “B” bracket will consist of seven or eight teams (depending if The Camels’ spot can be filled in time) who will play single elimination. All plans so far are tentative, so keep your eyes out for the official word and come out to support your favorite team!



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STAYING FIT Gorilla Legs lorenZo CoYKendall Correspondent

It’s time to get those legs toned and defined for the upcoming hot summer or spring days of wearing shorts! This workout is a simple two-exercise plan that is all performed on the leg press machine

Leg Press found in most gyms. The first exercise is the leg press where your legs will be spread shoulder length apart and centered on the machine’s platform. This exercise will work your Scan the QR Code for a leg press workout tutorial

Leg press Machine 10 sets of 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 reps

quadriceps and glutes. In order to perform this exercise, start by adding a low amount of weight onto the racks of the machine. Then seat yourself on the chair of the machine and center your legs shoulder width apart on the machine’s platform. Once you have done that, grip the safety release bars to unlock the weight. Slowly let the weight push your knees towards your chest and then use your leg strength to push the weight back up until your legs are fully extended. That will be one full repetition.

Calf Press The second exercise is the calf press, where the upper half of your feet will be centered on the lowest portion of the machine’s platform. This exercise will be working your calf muscles. In order to perform this exercise you will basically follow the same procedure as the leg press. However, instead of using your leg strength, you will use your calf strength. This can be done by keeping the safety release bars

locked and centering the upper half of your feet on the lowest portion of the machine’s platform. Keeping your legs straight, use the upper half of your feet and your calf muscles to push the weight up and bring it back down. That will be one repetition. This workout will superset the leg press and calf press exercise. This means you will perform the first set of 50 leg presses and immediately transition to 50 calf presses without rest. After 30 to 60 seconds of rest you will then perform 40 leg presses and 40 calf presses. This will continue until the ladder routine has been completed and all sets have been accomplished. For maximum benefits and challenge, increase the weight as Scan the QR Code for a calf press workout tutorial

Calf press on the Leg press Machine 10 sets of 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 reps

Whey More Types the sets decrease and lower the weight as the sets increase.

Tips Before beginning , consume preferred preworkout if-desired and ensure that you are hydrated. It is also imperative to stretch in order to prevent any injury and very important to continue to hydrate throughout the workout to prevent dehydration. The workout should immediately be stopped if any feelings of fatigue, dizziness, or light headed feelings occur. Upon completion of the workout, be sure to stretch and continue to hydrate and consume preferred protein shake. Perform this workout once a week for 4 weeks and be proud of the results you get!

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The previous article’s discussion on whey protein brought about questions by readers on the other types of powdered protein. In addition to whey, the other effective types of protein powders that are potent supplements are casein and egg protein. Like whey, casein is derived from cow’s milk. It accounts for about 80 percent of milk’s total protein content, with whey constituting the other 20 percent. Casein has a very rich content of amino acids, almost identical to whey protein. This mix of amino acids is high in essential amino acids, crucial for muscle protein synthesis. When ingested, casein forms a clot in the stomach which slows down the rate of gastric emptying, which affects the rate at which the amino acids are absorbed into the bloodstream. In other words, because of this clot, casein takes longer to be digested in the stomach which slows down the amount of amino acids being released into the small intestine where they are absorbed. This slow and steady flow of amino acids creates a prolonged yet low rate of muscle protein synthesis. This makes casein the best protein to take before bed or when you know you will be going for a prolonged period with food. An average scoop of a single serving of casein powder contains about 25 grams of protein. Like whey protein, there are several subcategories of filtration processes for casein supplements. The most common casein supplements are milk protein and

calcium caseinate. The most effective is micellar casein. It is actually the properties of the casein micelle (a type of molecule structure) that creates the ability for the protein to form a clot in the stomach. An excellent combination to maximize muscle protein synthesis is taking whey before and after workouts while taking casein before bed, thus maintaining an anabolic (muscle promoting) state. Egg protein is an excellent choice for those who are allergic to soy or dairy. To process the egg into powder, the egg white (also called albumen) is pulverized, pasteurized, and dried and all the protein is left intact. The body digests egg protein at a rate similar to that of whey. So egg protein is excellent for consumption before and after weight lifting. An average scoop of a single serving of egg powder contains 20 to 25 grams of protein. Egg protein also promotes satiety while reducing short-term food intake. This is ideal for people trying to lose fat and not feel like they’re starving in the process. Additional benefits are the nutritional abundance of vitamins and minerals in egg protein. Whey, casein, and egg are all excellent and effective supplements that promote muscle growth. For best results, always utilize supplements with a balanced diet. Remember that intensity builds immensity, and you must always have a disciplined workout regimen for the supplements to have the best effects possible. In the next Horizons issue, the supplementation topic will be a discussion on creatine and its optimal usage.



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Four Lady Eagles Named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes Brandon leadbetter Correspondent

The athletic teams of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus did phenomenal in their first year of being a member of the CALPAC conference. However, the women’s soccer team excelled in another arena as well: academics. The Lady Eagles had four women named Scholar Athletes. The players included Whitney Desmarais, Kayla Billings, Marissa Golesh, and Ciarra Pederson. These women were honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. This is a very prestigious honor that is not easy to obtain. Athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and achieve a junior academic status to qualify for this honor. But these women did it. They each come from different backgrounds and take different courses in their studies, but all share the common passion for soccer. “This award is something that is not expected of us to get,” Desmarias from Tucson, Ariz. said. Many would say that one degree is easier than another, but not in this case. This award does not symbolize one major over another. Two study global security, one studies mechanical engineering, and the other dual majors in aeronautics and aviation business. Billings from Albuquerque, N.M. said, “it is very exciting, and soccer gave me this opportunity.” Embry-Riddle prides itself on the great standards that it holds students and athletes alike to. The women’s soccer team itself maintains the highest GPA in the CALPAC conference and here on campus as well. “Great,” Golesh said. “You work hard and are recognized for being an athlete and a student.” Each of the women take classes that have been hard through the years. They have traveled across the country, missing tests and homework. Some even have professors on speed dial to get a hold of to re-

Jake Suss / Horizons Newspaper Seniors Kelsey Anderson and Scholar Athletes Marissa Golesh, Whitney Desmarais, Kayla Billings and Ciarra Pederson play their last home game of the season on Oct. 20 and were congratulated by their families after their victory.

ceive help on homework on long bus rides home. These women have dealt with the hardest professors while maintaining a 3.5 GPA through the years, and that has allowed them to be considered for this award. “We all work and don’t expect an award,” Pederson said. “It is a huge honor and if we didn’t get it, we would still be proud of ourselves.” With the school’s meticulous enforcement of academics, Pederson was right. The idea that athletes must maintain a high standard in academics and on the field is the key element. For four years, these girls have gone through the rigorous flow charts that guide them along their majors’ paths, as well as go through hours of conditioning and training for soccer. These women have raised the bar for the Prescott campus. They did not do their best just for an award; they did it to maintain something

Jake Suss / Horizons Newspaper Senior Kayla Billings rushes for the ball during the Alumni game against an old teammate.

great, a personal honor that nothing can compare. They have started a trend that many freshmen athletes should follow, a combination of both sports and academics. When each player was asked what advice would you give to incoming freshmen, they all came to the same conclusion: time management. Each woman learned quick that there was no time to fall behind. Desmarias said, “you are gone so often and if you don’t have time management skills, find some.” Billings followed with, “start way before because you will have fun later.” Golesh suggested students should “communicate with professors and stay on top of work and studies.” Pederson finished with, “once you step onto this campus, game on. A day off is important, it means more time to train or get ahead.”

Kevin McKeown / Horizons Newspaper Senior Marissa Golesh plows through the ACU defense.

These women have laid the foundation for a future athletic program that can excel both

on the field and off. They have made this school proud as they have been honored for their hard

work. All four will be remembered and looked upon as the foundation of something great.


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Ice Eagles Continued from C1 gan. Just moments after the Rams had two players placed in the penalty box, the Eagles had an advantage to press the attack. But instead, one Ram broke through the defense and scored making the game 3-4. The Eagles and crowd were stunned as a goal was scored on a two person power play. Shaking off the power play score, the Eagles defense stood strong for the better part of the second period when all of a sudden it collapsed. Starting at 4:51 left in the second period, the Eagles were given another opportunity where the Rams were on a two person power play, but gave up a goal in the process. Then, in the last minutes of the game the defense fell apart as four goals were scored ending the second period at 3-9. The shots on goal left the Eagles with a 16-21, showing that the Rams were starting to turn up the heat. At the start of the third pe-

riod, there were 15 minutes to turn things around. Everyone has seen professional teams turn the game around and make miraculous comebacks in the third period, this was not one of them. The Rams came out swinging and did not let up their offense. They could not be stopped. Scoring early in the third showed that the game was going to end in defeat as the score was 3-10. The Eagles did everything to try and turn the game around, but their luck turned against them. The Eagles even tried pulling their goalie to create a tactical advantage, but even with one extra person the Rams scored again.The Rams continued to score throughout the third period with an additional two goals leaving the score 3-13. The shots on goal for the game ended very close with the Eagles having 28 and the Rams 29. The Rams were the last game for the regular season. The Eagles look to do well against the league, but not if they play like this. The Eagles need support in their final games of the season as they are going to playoffs.


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February is Healthy  Heart Month Did you know  that the stress  you feel can be  reduced with  something as simple as  your breathing?

Give your heart  a rest during  Heart Month and  stop by the Haas  Chapel each  Tuesday during the  month of February.

During the month of February  the Wellness Center will be  offering stress management  guided imagery, and progressive  muscle relaxation group.  This group will meet weekly at the Haas  Chapel, Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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A Tiresome Nation DAVID KRANTZ Sports Editor

In all honesty I am becoming tired of America’s political system. In an age where life moves so fast, it seems that those with important jobs do nothing at all. The political pool of information feels like a stagnant pond. Let us be honest with ourselves. Other than Sandy Hook and a few other shootings, what else has truly been “news” recently? America is still tied up on issues that were supposed to have been taken care of years ago. Turn on any news network and all you will find are the same old people hashing out the same issues that they have been for the past three to four years. In all honesty, no one really cares about the news any more. Sure, the issues are real enough, but I am tired of hearing people talk about issues instead of solving those issues. No wonder the news is losing viewers. In fact to try to keep things more interesting, all of the major news networks have started covering scandals here and scandals there. I don’t care about which celebrity did what. If I did, I would read a tabloid because that is a real source of news. Unfortunately, the news producers aren’t completely to blame. Politics have become more polarized, polarized to the point that I honestly

think that neither party actually even has a specific moral belief system anymore. All Congress seems to do is sit there and butt heads together. In fact they are like children, uncompromising in every issue, and when they don’t get their way they throw a temper tantrum. Since nothing has really been accomplished lately, they all seem to be throwing their little hissy fits. It would seem as though Congress, need a babysitter. The saddest part of all of this is the President, king of do nothing. Many times Congress has come so close to actually passing something productive, a compromise that both parties worked out typically through collaboration between the Speaker of the House and the President, only for the President to pull out at the last minute. I honestly don’t really care about what Obama does any more, because other than the day-to-day logistics he doesn’t seem to do anything, and I believe that most of America thinks so too. Obama’s recent State of the Union address only had 3.3 million views, a shocking near third of what most presidential speeches draw. America is tired of a political system that is over polarized. We need politicians that are real men and women. Men and women that can come to a sensible compromise and make a deal to get productive legislature passed, and maybe actually pass a budget for the first time in a few years.

Summer Flying Discounts, Start Planning Now RYAN ALBRECHT Special to Horizons

The much anticipated Spring break is fast approaching. Yes, it is that time of year already. It is still frosty outside in the mornings but the days are growing longer and warmer. This is a busy time of year at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University flight line. Many students are busy studying and preparing for check rides. I would like to take this opportunity to say congratulations to those students that will be graduating this spring. For those students who will be continuing I would like to provide some guidance for the upcoming summer semesters and give some food for thought. Most of our freshmen students are just now becoming certified Private Pilots. Earning this certification is a big step on the journey to a career as a professional pilot. Now is the time

to consider staying over the summer and completing your instrument rating. If you have already started the instrument ground school you can start flying in the instrument course once you complete your private pilot certificate. Even if you get started early this will still count towards the summer discount. The same is true for any student who is just finishing up any flight course. It is not too early to start thinking about flying in the summer. Summertime is a great time to get ahead on flight training. This year the Embry-Riddle flight training department is offering some great opportunities. In order to take advantage of the summer discount all you need to do is start any flight course after Mar. 18, 2013 and complete that same course before Aug. 26, 2013. You will then receive a credit of 10% off the planned course cost for that flight course and get FREE tuition for that

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Riddle Student’s Guide to The State of the Union TYRUS KIRBY Correspondent

Cutting his speech just a few moments short of an hour, President Obama covered a myriad of topics in his State of the Union address this past Tuesday, Feb. 11. In his first address to the American public since his re-election, Obama hit on major topics like education, the economy, and gun control. In the flurry of new proposals lie a few specific changes that could possibly affect students here on campus. On the subject of economics, President Obama stated that he would like to see the minimum wage raised to nine dollars an hour. The current minimum wage in Arizona as of January 1 is $7.80 per hour. This would mean a substantial increase in the paychecks of minimum wage workers, such as many school-employed students. Also on the subject of economics, President Obama stated the need for careers and schooling in “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”, subjects that engineers and aeronautical science majors should be familiar with. On the subject of popular majors, President Obama also mentioned his con-

flight (FA) course. The credit will be applied to your student account as Flight Dollars and can be used towards your next flight course or for renting. Just ask any student who has stayed over the summer and they will tell you how much flying you can get done over the summer. This is due to lower academic workloads for students, better student to IP ratios, and better aircraft availability. Flying over the summer is a great opportunity and should be seriously considered by every flight student. Please contact your Flight Training Manager or myself if you have any questions about registering for flight courses and flight blocks. We are here to help you succeed and look forward to assisting you with these decisions. We are located upstairs in the F6 building at the flight line and can be contacted via email, phone, or ETA message. Good luck on your finals and safe flying.

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cern about our nation’s cyber defense capabilities. This should be good news for students thinking about enrolling in the new cyber security degree program coming to our campus. Aside from pleas for education and economic reform, Obama also made an emotional appeal for better gun control in the US. After mentioning the many families recently affected by gun violence, he told lawmakers “[They] deserve a vote.” Under Obama’s idea of gun control there will be more background checks for gun buyers, a ban on high-capacity magazines and “assault rifles”. What does this mean for us? Many students on campus love to go shooting, and routinely do so as a hobby. Rifles are popular among the student body, so are high-capacity magazines. We can expect fewer and more expensive rifles and magazines as businesses prepare for whatever new laws Congress will pass. Referring to all these propositions, Obama promised not to raise the deficit at all. The funds will probably come from closing loopholes in current tax laws, which will meet some opposition. This means that the future of his proposals is somewhat uncertain. It will be interesting to see what propositions his administration manages to push through during the first year of his second term.

Traditions BRANDON LEADBETTER Correspondent

As many are aware the Catholic Pope Benedict XVI will be stepping down at the end of February. The media continues to look at this in awe because it has not happened in over six hundred years. Yes, it has been a while, but it makes some logical sense. This man has immense power to guide the masses to understanding God’s words. However, he has chosen that due to his age and frailty he cannot perform his duties and needs to step down. This is a rare, but interesting turn of events as the man accepts he cannot fulfill his job. His actions have made me think of my own as of late. I am not Catholic by any means, but still hold almost the same beliefs that were taught by my family and the traditions that many share around the world such as Lent. Sunday school taught me that it was a 40-day period where you gave something up. Kids around the world immediately gave up eating their vegetables or my favorite giving up chores, but it is something much more different than the regular stream of ideals. For some, Lent is a time where you don’t eat meat on Fridays or you give up something you enjoy such as pop or playing video games. Some denominations do not follow in the regular ideas of Lent because Lent isn’t about giving up something that you don’t like or just giving something up

at all, it’s about sacrifice. Jesus spent forty days in the desert being tempted by the devil. He forced himself through the torture before he started to preach the Bible. He wanted to understand what the average person went through on a daily basis. It was the constant temptation of the Devil. The Devil tried tempting Jesus to break from the path he chose. Being tempted consistently rattles your very will and makes you waiver at every turn, but being able to stick to your guns and see it through is something worthwhile. I, for one, have fallen every time that I have chosen to give up something for Lent. I try the best I can by giving up pop or something I enjoy, but it never turns out well and I end up either giving up or failing at the task. It is not that I’m not a religious person, but that it’s really difficult when it’s a part of your everyday life. It’s definitely not easy to achieve something for 40 days when it’s on your mind. If you gave up watching one hour less of TV a day, the hour

that you would regularly be watching TV would drive you up the wall. We fall into habits that we follow to the letter whether it’s eating at certain times or watching our favorite shows, but when you take that out of the picture, everything changes. That temptation of watching TV because you have nothing else to do is extremely hard. It always starts with I’ll only watch five minutes, but it ends up an hour or even two have passed and you have fallen. Jesus was able to stick through a continual torment from the Devil himself for 40 days. He sacrificed everything to stay the course and make through the trials of the desert. It wasn’t easy for him, and it obviously isn’t easy for the rest of us. The whole idea of Lent is to sacrifice something for only 40 days, but it’s really tough. I challenge any who read this to try it, but give everything you have to complete it. It won’t be easy, but the idea of staying to a path and understanding our traditions in the end can only make us stronger and wiser in our lives.


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Safe Spring Break Planning CAROL KIBBEE Special to Horizons

The Wellness Center encourages you to have a safe Spring Break this year. Whatever your plans are, make sure they include these tips: On the road… Buckle up! Your seatbelt is your best protection in a crash. Also, take turns behind the wheel and whoever sits shotgun should stay awake to keep the driver company. Make sure everyone has a valid driver’s license and the vehicle registration is in the car before driving off. In hotels… Reserve a room that is above the first floor but below the sixth floor. Why? First floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach. At the ATM… Try to go to the ATM in groups, but avoid getting overly complacent about safety just because you’re travelling in

numbers. Also, try to go during the daylight hours. When you approach the ATM, do a 360 degree scan, looking completely around to see if anyone is hanging out where they shouldn’t be. If someone is creeping you out, go to another ATM. If drinking… If you choose to party, party smart, be responsible. Pace yourself if you choose to drink and avoid hard alcohol or other drinks that are powerful and have fast effects. Impairment begins with the first drink. Choose not to drink if you are driving, or be safe with a designated driver. Remember, drunks equal easy targets. Also, be aware of alcohol poisoning. According to a University of Wisconsin study, 75 percent of college males and 43 percent of females reported being intoxicated on a daily basis during spring break. If you decide to drink, know the liquor laws of wherever you’ll be vacationing. On the beach… Sun can maximize the effects of alcohol, so keep this in mind if you par-

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ty on the beach. Take it slow and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. If you start feeling faint or lightheaded, get some shade and water immediately. Don’t be a lobster… use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and reapply often. While swimming… Jumping into the water without a lifeguard is putting yourself at risk. Even the most experienced swimmer can get caught in an undertow. In case you get caught in a rip current, don’t bother swimming against it. Instead, swim parallel to shore until the rip passes. Try to stay within the designated swimming area and always swim with a friend. In the hot tub… Drinking in the hot tub might sound like a good idea, since pretty much every MTV video makes it look sexy and glamorous, but MTV isn’t an educational resource (shocker!). Alcohol can dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. The effects of alcohol are felt sooner and stronger in a hot tub. It can lead to unconsciousness and drowning. Overall, a bad idea.

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