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Kevin Bertram

Reporter Designer Social Media User Historian Communicator

Throughout his time at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, Kevin Bertram has certainly been one thing: busy. From his four-year career with the student newspaper there — The Lumberjack — to his internships with The Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff Business News and KNAU, he has always strived to be more than just a college student. With his unique background as both a journalist and a historian, he hopes to be something more: a game-changer.


As the editor of The Lumberjack for two semesters, Kevin has presided over a large, complex publication that demands not only sharp editing, but leadership and sacrifice. Over the course of his tenure in this position, Kevin held the paper steady through a scandal involving a predecessor and a plagarism incident. He has spearheaded an expansion of the paper around Flagstaff, and has personally designed the framework for the paper’s new website,


As both a journalism and history major, Kevin is able to add an unique angle and depth to his writing. Specializing at NAU as a Southwestern U.S. historian, he hopes to be able to apply the critical thinking skills developed in his classes to his work as a journalist and writer. Kevin is considering attending graduate school to specialize in public history — the conveyance of historical topics to a wider, non-academic public — after he graduates from NAU.


Kevin started as a news reporter for The Lumberjack student newspaper, where he reported on general topics. From there, he began writing on a monthly basis for Flagstaff Business News, where he covered general business stories and profiles. During this time, he also enlisted as a stringer with KNAU — an affiliate of National Public Radio. Chosen to be a participant in the NASA Space Grant program, Kevin wrote about science subjects for The Arizona Daily Sun. Overall, he has had over a hundred articles, sidebars and columns published during his time in Flagstaff.

My Reporting: news, science, sports, business Publications




Broadcast experience

Overview • Hundreds of articles published by a variety of publications over the course of time in Flagstaff. • Wrote about a wide range of topics, from science to sports. • Has experience writing editorials. • Has good relations with many local editors, sources and fellow reporters.

Accolades • Two-time Reporter of the Year Award winner, The Lumberjack • Two-time Editor of the Year Award winner, The Lumberjack • Recipient, Scripps Scholarship Award • ‘30’ Pin, Honorary Recipient, The Lumberjack • NASA Space Grant Consortium Participant • NAU Dean’s List

Kevin Bertram has been actively writing for four years. He has experience in writing about news, business, sports and — through the NASA Space Grant Program — science. It is his greatest strength.

Writing Sample #1 “Telling time from the stars” Published on and in the print edition on Oct. 1, 2011


ith its place in the middle of the city and its presence advertised on billboards as far away as Phoenix, Lowell is easily Flagstaff ’s most recognizable observatory and an attraction for tourists and locals alike. But, tucked way in the hills west of town is the city’s other set of eyes on the sky. Tonight at 6:30, the U.S. Naval Observatory will open its doors to the public for a tour of their facility and a view of the night sky through its telescopes. It is the facility’s only open house of the year. Paul Shankland, the director of the U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS), said his staff engages in the centuries-old study of the position of stars - known as astrometry - as well as the mapping of their locations in the night sky. “Astrometry, roughly speaking, is the position of stars,” Shankland said. “When we work at the levels of accuracy we’re talking about, we have to also understand the ‘faintnesses,’ or photometry, of stars. We have to understand the frequency, or wavelength, of a star, the color - which is all, roughly, the same thing. And we have to understand how far away they are from us.” Although the work done at the observatory still has scientific and academic implications, Shankland said the primary mission of NOFS, unlike Lowell, is to provide the Department of Defense with important information concerning national security. It has about 20 employees. “Our job, though, unlike our friends at Lowell, is a little different,” Shankland said. “They have a largely public-facing kind of mission - they often deal with education. And we have a national mission to support not just the Department of Defense, but the well-being of the United States, in general.” The use of astrometry allows the staff at NOFS and their computer sys-

tems to track satellites in orbit around the Earth and make sure the equipment is where it should be by comparing its position relative to the stars around it. Shankland said the Department of Defense is highly interested in keeping defense and communication satellites in line. “In today’s day and age, the [U.S.] Air Force is very concerned about accidental or intentional interference between satellites of some sort, to the point of crashing and destroying a billion-dollar asset,” Shankland said. Because nearly all deep-space missions require star-tracking systems to navigate, Shankland said NOFS provides star charts and other data to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for their probes and satellites. The Naval Observatory system, as a whole, is also responsible for keeping the precise time used worldwide for everything from banking to the GPS devices in cars. Shankland said those who visit the facility on Saturday night will find the main, 61-inch telescope - housed in the largest dome - in several pieces. The instrument is undergoing regular maintenance. The front surface of the mirror is coated in aluminum, and the concave surface needs to be recoated with up to a thousand angstroms thick - about 55 atoms - of aluminum. “Although it’s a fairly dry and clean atmosphere up here in Flagstaff, we still get a little dust and erosion, and that [mirror] tends to degrade over three to four years,” Shankland said. However, Shankland said guests will still be able to observe the night sky. Weather permitting, he said the sky viewing will be through a smaller, but newer and more advanced, telescope. Kevin Bertram is the NASA/NAU Space Grant science writing intern this school year at the Daily Sun.

Kevin Bertram has been actively writing for four years. He has experience in writing about news, business, sports and — through the NASA Space Grant Program — science. It is his greatest strength.

My Reporting: news, science, sports, business

Writing Sample #2: “Plans for removal of trees on north campus met with opposition from faculty, community”


Published on on July 4, 2011

t began when Savannah Sydney, a business analyst with NAU Information Technology Services (ITS), observed something different about many of the trees in McMullen Circle — the historic campus quad between Old Main and Prochnow Auditorium. Many of the trees were marked with red spray paint, others with white markings. As Sydney said she soon found out, the trees marked in red were marked for removal. “I was walking through here, and there were red dots on the trees,” Sydney said. “So I knew they were going to convert this into a park or something. And I asked one of the gals I was walking with, and she went up and asked the head of the construction guys [working nearby]. And he said all the red dots meant they were pulling them out.” Sydney said she and others sent emails to other faculty members across campus, asking their colleagues to write letters to President Haeger and ask for an explanation. “The minute I heard about it I sent an email to everyone I knew,” Sydney said, “And asked, ‘did you guys know about this, do you agree with this?’ A lot of people responded that they were really upset, but didn’t know what to do. So, we started emailing.” The email chains sparked a quick reaction from the university faculty and the community. On June 29, Sydney and approximately 25 others gathered near the steps of Old Main to gather awareness for the impending removal of the trees. “We’re just trying to ask for a little bit more consideration,” Sydney said. “These [trees] are old. We need to make sure that, even if it’s absolutely necessary, there’s at least some discussion on it.” Thomas Paradis, a geography

Photo by Kevin Bertram professor and the NAU Director of Assessment, said he was not surprised by the reactions seen at the protest — or his own. “If I was to analyze the very swift reaction [on June 29], a lot of it was emotional — including [the response from] myself,” Paradis said. “I was like, ‘They want to do what!?’ But now people are starting to look objectively at what is in the plan and what kind of input are they looking for… people have an emotional bond to places.” Paradis said people have sentimental attachment to McMullen Circle for very specific reasons, including both its historic value and differences from the rest of the university. “It’s definitely got this bucolic, wooded appearance and feel, which of course is a product of eighty some-odd years of growth of the vegetation and the wise, continued maintenance and upkeep of the buildings that surround that space,” Paradis said. “It’s not just about the vegetation, it’s not just about how the roads are aligned with the grass lawns, but a lot of that is based on how that feels as an enclosed space. It’s almost an outdoor room.”

“The other part is that it has this very quiet sense of a traditional campus landscape that people really love,” Paradis said. On Thursday, Brad Blake, the laboratory manager for the NAU Greenhouse Complex and a respected expert on tree species, toured the quad with local citizens to document the various types and ages of the trees marked for demolition. In his assessment, Blake found that the health of the trees did not play as much of a role in their fate as their location relative to the construction plans. While some trees were at risk, most were still healthy. As explained by the NAU Office of Public Affairs in a statement, those construction plans have much to do with meeting fire codes for Old Main and the surrounding buildings. “McMullen Circle, or the quad area on north campus, is slated to be reconstructed because there is not adequate fire truck access to the buildings on the interior of the circle,” the statement said. “As part of the university’s master plan, the parking will be removed from the center and this historic area will be greened-up and revitalized.”

The statement also said the construction plans attempted to spare as many of the historicallyimportant trees as possible, and that new trees would be planted to replace those removed. “As previously mentioned, the tree preservation plan for that project ensures the least impact on the healthy large trees and trees that have been dedicated or are part of the Arboretum Tree Walks,” the statement said. “Due to the fire lane requirements and other construction impediments, some trees will need to be removed; however, new trees will be planted, along with other indigenous elements as part of the renovation.” In the master plan for campus reconstruction, there is an emphasis on creating several “green space” quads on campus — one of the primary impetuses for giving the McMullen Circle a makeover. Still, meeting fire safety standards is a major reason for the change. In November 2007, a fire in ASU’s Memorial Union building led to the building being closed for two months. In response, The Arizona Board of Regents mandated the three state universities incorporate greater fire safety measures into future building plans. The mandate also backed the decision of university officials for the addition of a $9 million stairway to the Science Laboratory building only a hundred feet away. In a separate release, the Public Affairs announced the university would be holding two public forums at the High Country Conference Center to discuss the construction project for McMullen Circle on July 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. and on July 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. In attendance will be university president John Haeger and local landscaping architect Pam Symond, as well as the company overseeing the construction.

My Reporting: news, science, sports, business

Kevin Bertram has been actively writing for four years. He has experience in writing about news, business, sports and — through the NASA Space Grant Program — science. It is his greatest strength.

Writing Sample #3 “Postcards from Mars”


lthough humans might someday want to visit Mars, it’s the robotic rovers that are sending back the first postcards. For years, scientists have had basically the same view -a red-orange planet with distinct terrain and two ice caps -- whether from an Earthbound telescope or the Hubble space telescope. “Fundamentally, [the view from Hubble] is not so different from the one that those at Lowell saw here in Flagstaff and elsewhere a century ago,” said Jim Bell, and Arizona State University professor and researcher, during a presentation at NAU earlier this week. Bell said that understanding Mars requires humans -- and our analogues -- to get much more intimate with our red neighbor than an observatory like Lowell can allow. He explains the entire purpose for current NASA missions to the surface of the planet is to test a hypothesis: that Mars was once a very different place than it is presently. “It’s enigmatic, because there is this evidence on Mars that there was a very different environment: that it was more Earth-like,” Bell said. “There was water flowing across the surface. It might have been what astrobiologists call a ‘habitable environment’. .. Mars today is not like that. Mars today is cold, dry and -- as far as what we can tell -- lifeless.” Until manned missions to Mars are attempted, Bell said the best way to observe the planet is through robotic rovers. “They are, in essence,

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extensions of us,” Bell said. “They can go where we can’t go yet.” FEATS OF ENDURANCE There are two of these rovers currently operating near the Martian equator: Spirit and Opportunity, both launched in the summer of 2003. And while the former is currently in hibernation due to dust accumulation on its solar panels, the latter is still operating and collecting data to beam back to scientists like Bell on Earth. The professor emphasized that this endurance is no small feat. “Spirit survived more than six years, until March 2010,” Bell said. “Opportunity survives today, almost eight years after landing. Today is Mars day 2,781 of our 90-day mission to Mars.” Contrary to what one might suspect, operating the rovers is not as simple as driving any other vehicle. Bell said the distance between the two planets, along with their constant rotation, makes electronic communication sporadic and delayed. This means that those controlling the rovers do not actually drive them, per se. Instead, the operators input a series of commands -- a sort of scientific to-do list -- for the robot to execute that day. The rovers move and collect the data they have been instructed to collect. This automation is advanced, but it requires the rovers to constantly check their surroundings for obstacles while moving forward.

According to Bell, this means the average speed of both Spirit and Opportunity is around 10 mm per second. At this rate of speed, the rovers have progressed several miles over the Martian landscape. Bell said the rovers have been spending their time collecting data about the chemical composition of certain soils and rocks on Mars -- information that scientists can use to determine the likelihood of unfrozen water potentially having once existed on the surface of the planet. NUCLEAR-POWERED PROBE On August 5 of this year, another probe will make contact with Mars. Named ‘Curiosity,’ this robotic rover is the size of a small car and carries with it a plethora of instruments that its predecessors could not. Furthermore, as Bell explains, Curiosity has a distinct advantage over Spirit and Opportunity: it is not solar-powered. “Curiosity has a big nuclear power pack on the back,” Bell said. “It uses plutonium, like the Viking landers in the 1970s and the Voyager spacecraft. This gives it a stable power supply that is not tied to the cycles of the sun.” The two current probes cannot operate during the Martian night, as they must expend saved solar energy collected during the day to power their heating systems and protect their delicate electronics from the extreme cold. The primary mission of Curiosity will take a year to

complete, but Bell noted that, as with Spirit and Opportunity, proper care of the rover will likely allow it to survive beyond that date. “If Curiosity exceeds our expectations by the same factor, our grandchildren will be operating it,” Bell said. A MARS GUY Attending the lecture was Christopher Mount, an NAU graduate student working on his master’s degree in applied physics. He said he found the presentation’s focus fascinating. “Jim’s a great speaker,” Mount said. “He keeps the crowd entertained and puts things in terms anyone can understand. The material? I’m a Mars guy, myself, so it was really interesting stuff. Especially the robotics -- the robotics were just completely impressive. The landing systems blew me away.” As someone who also studies aspects of the Martian climate, Mount said he appreciates how Bell and others use geology to help paint a clearer picture of what the planet looked like in the distant past. “I’m working up at the [United States] Geological Survey on Martian polar energy balance: the seasonal ice caps,” Mount said. “So, I try to learn as much as I can about Mars, even though mineralogy and geology aren’t really my emphases.” Kevin Bertram is the NAU NASA Space Grant science writing intern this year at the Arizona Daily Sun.

Kevin Bertram has been actively writing for four years. He has experience in writing about news, business, sports and — through the NASA Space Grant Program — science. It is his greatest strength.

My Reporting: news, science, sports, business

Writing Sample #4 “Post Office Adjusting to Changing Needs”


Published on on Dec. 12, 2011

n a world where the technological marvels of email, social networking and live videoconferencing are commonplace, physical delivery services seem lost in the mail. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is charged by the U.S. Congress with delivering the nation’s mail across the country – enough letters and packages to comprise 40 percent of the world’s mail delivery. Yet, the advent of new, electronic forms of communication has forced USPS to look at changes. One such change will occur in the city of Flagstaff, where the closure of processing operations will save more than $300,000 annually for the service, but also cost seven USPS employees their jobs. In a press conference held on Sept.15 of this year, the executive vice president and COO for USPS, Megan Brennan, addressed the changing role of the service in a world where more and more communications are becoming electronic. “We are responding to a changing marketplace,” Brennan said. “The reality is, volume has declined more than 43 billion pieces [of mail] in the past five years. And it will continue to decline. We are going to radically realign our mail processing network over the next two years, and we’re going to study 252 mail processing facilities for potential consolidation or closure.” At least three of those 252 locations will be in Northern Arizona. The USPS has announced the mail processing operations in Flagstaff, Show Low and Globe will be moved to Phoenix, effective this month. However, this does not mean businesses in these cities should be purchasing the packing peanuts two weeks ahead of time.

Peter Hass, the spokesperson for the USPS’s Arizona District, said those sending and awaiting mail in Flagstaff will likely not notice the difference. “The intent of the postal service, as was mentioned in the public meetings held for each of those locations, was that the postal service will not change the delivery time,” Hass said. If a business in Flagstaff mails a package across town to another address, that package will travel to Phoenix for processing before returning to Flagstaff overnight. “Delivery doesn’t change in terms of the means of delivery for residents of Show Low or Flagstaff,” Hass said. “They’re still getting the same mail delivery they got in the past. The commitment was to continue to provide overnight delivery.” In a September Area Mail Processing (AMP) survey regarding the closure of operations in Flagstaff, the USPS found moving processing to Phoenix, including the cost of transporting mail to and from the former city, would save the service $329,795 annually. According to the same document, the USPS will release seven employees involved with processing in Flagstaff. Steve Hanson, the owner of Flagstaff Comfort Systems, said he finds the USPS layoffs to be unacceptable. “What’s the economic impact of loss of jobs here – and eventual loss of families – because they are going to relocate if they can’t keep a job here?” Hanson said. “In summation, if this happens, it will be a blow to the ability to conduct business in Flagstaff and economically because of lost income [and the] loss of money spent by those families that leave.” Hanson said he is unhappy with USPS moving processing

operations to Phoenix, and thinks the long-term ramifications could cost more than the USPS will save. “List me as a concerned business owner that is annoyed by the short-sighted planning to save $1.50 today, and what will cost all of us tons more money in the future,” Hanson said. Hass points out that anything beside intra-city mail in Flagstaff has always been going through their larger neighbor. “And of course all of the mail that is going across the country, around the world or what have you has been going to Phoenix previously, in any case,” Hass said. “Now it all goes through Phoenix.” For now, the changes being implemented by USPS are limited to moving operations from Flagstaff to Phoenix. However, Hass said the Postal Service and the U.S. Congress are currently considering proposals to reduce delivery from six days to five. “Certainly, one change that the Postal Service has been proposing would be to have a five-day delivery week,” Hass said. “We’d have delivery Monday through Friday and remove Saturday delivery, except for P.O. boxes. If that change ever does occur – and it does require an act of Congress for that to occur, and there are bills being proposed that include the removal of a Saturday delivery, giving us the flexibility to go to a five-day delivery week – P.O. boxes would continue to get delivery. That’s one change that the Postal Service has been proposing for quite a while now.” Evan Midling, the owner of Starlight Books in downtown Flagstaff, said that despite the significant amount of shipping his store does, his business would likely not be as effected as others by any decrease in mailing days. “We might get things to

customers a day later, but I don’t think it would make a big difference,” Midling said. “Most of the books we ship, it’s media mail – it’s not really fast anyway, and people expect that. We do special orders in the store, too, so we tell people to expect to wait a week to a week and a half, depending on where it’s coming from.” For some local businesses, the postal service has become less of a concern with the advent of electronic records and communication. Midling said his bookstore now runs finances and operations electronically. “A lot of the business is run through emails, or electronic orders and payments,” Midling said. “Most of our utilities are paperless.” However, not all owners have made the switch. Kris Fisette, the manager of the Weatherford Hotel in downtown Flagstaff, said her business finds paper records to be a better fit for them. “We’re a small establishment here, and we do most of our work on paper,” Fisette said. “Our computer system is not set up for reservations, so we do that all on paper. Being a 111-year-old historic building and a small hotel, it’s more comfortable for us. We haven’t had any challenges with it, and we haven’t seen any reason to change. Why change something that isn’t broken?” Midling said he concedes there are some things that cannot be done electronically. “We ship books,” Midling said. “There’s no way to go paperless with that.” And while some businesses in this electronic society may rely less on shipping services like those offered by the post office, many others rely on them more than ever, and say that is not likely to change anytime soon

Social Media: the cutting edge of communication

Kevin Bertram is an avid tweeter who has used his profile as a platform for disseminating information, live-tweeting events and facilitating conversations with others, through retweets and mentions.

Live-tweeting: becoming an information disseminator A trusted and effective social source

Using Twitter tactics — such as proper hashtag use, mentions and timing — Kevin has built and expanded his personal profile greatly since he first began tweeting.

He has also managed other accounts:

Using his Twitter profile, @krbertram, Kevin will bring events, happening live, to his followers. Whether it be coverage of a meeting or — as seen below — a basketball game, Kevin is adept at both quickly and accurately tweeting out updates for people to follow along with.

Most important goals while tweeting:

• Be accurate: thousands might be seeing you tweet, so double-check all the information in it before sending it out. • Be professional: have conversations with people, and be humorous. But, always represent yourself and institution in a professional manner. • Use hashtags and mentions: they increase searchability and the likelyhood of getting your tweet retweeted by others — and therefore seen by others. • Be conversational: Twitter is most effective when used as a tool for communicating directly with others, answering their questions and, in general, engaging with the public. • Post pictures: posting photos can be a great way to increase your Twitter visibility. • Have fun: tweeting professionally should not be a chore.

Kevin can also be found on:

News live-tweeting: Controversial preacher comes to NAU, draws a crowd of students

An experienced user of both Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator, Kevin Bertram has worked with The Lumberjack to create some stellar front pages and graphics throughout his time there.

Students get down to Earth

NAU kicks off Earth Week


Front pages and graphics Materials designed by Kevin:


Lights out: campus to conserve


pril 11 marked the first day of NAU’s Earth Week 2012 celebration, in which students and faculty participated in events to promote sustainability and share their love of all things Earth for two weeks. With over 20 events occurring around campus, including several film screenings, tours of sustainable buildings, internship information sessions, musical performances and even an undie run, the community can celebrate the Earth in many different ways. Bryan McLaren, coordinator of the Office of Sustainability, said their extensive partnerships with local businesses, the City of Flagstaff and The National Parks Service have been a large asset in making the two-week celebration possible. “We work with the City of Flagstaff ’s Sustainability Office; we work with national parks, the Grand Canyon, [and] USGS to really put a lot of these events on,” McLaren said. In addition to outside support, there will be significantly more involvement from other departments at NAU who were previously not involved in Earth Day. “The timing has worked out great,” McLaren said. “ . . . This year it’s Volunteer Week, International Education Week and Earth Week all in the same week. All three of those offices got together several months ago and tried to coordinate.” McLaren and Nick Koressel, campus sustainability specialist, are excited about the outcome of the university-wide collaboration. “[It’s] a really great opportunity,” Koressel said. “Last year, we had a lot of events, but it was a really small team with almost no resources trying to put this togeth-




or Kelsey Morales and Jason Lowry, a typical Tuesday comes to an end with a hectic but successful group meeting. Both part of the Weatherization and Community Building Action Team (WACBAT), Morales and Lowry have put a lot of time and energy into the group, which acts more like a family than a cohort of students. However, their smiles and caring attitudes are not a façade as they will soon get to share their big event with the rest of NAU. WACBAT has been planning its first BlackOut event since the beginning of the semester. On Friday, April 20, the campus will turn off and unplug. “The purpose behind the event is to shut down all electrical devices within the dorms, within the buildings and have a celebration behind that,” Morales, a sophomore environmental science major, said. “It’s been a lot of work but it’s definitely been worth it.” Lowry, a graduate as-

er. This year we are actually bringing on official offices to help coordinate and host the event has really helped.” Koressel said having more coordinators to help manage the event relieves a lot of stress and makes each individual event more successful. “I think one of the major [differences] from this year to last year is that last year a lot of the events were being put on by five people,” Koressel said. “This year,

each [event] is a separate group of people instead.” Among the departments participating in this year’s Earth Week is ASNAU. ASNAU will be hosting two events including a free concert featuring bands The Cold Desert and A Change of Pace, and the much-anticipated Undie Run. Sammy Smart, ASNAU vice president of student affairs, said their

sistant and co-facilitator of WACBAT, said the event aims to involve students in their education as well as reduce carbon usage. “I think the BlackOut itself has been an amazing opportunity for students to really become engaged and be co-creators in a project that’s going to not only impact their own academic careers, but begin to lower carbon reductions,” Lowry said. Morales explained students can look forward to free food, live music and different activities at the event. It will be held on the Wall Aquatic Field from 5-9 p.m. at the same time as the Undie Run. “At the event [students will be] getting free food, celebrating with music [and] different bands [will be] showing up,” Morales said. “Honestly, what students should be excited about is that this will be a yearly thing.” WACBAT plans on hosting this event every year, and hopes it will grow and have an impact on students and the environment. “As time goes on the event will get bigger and bigger — [it’s] just a celebration of NAU becoming carbon neutral by 2020,” Morales said. The BlackOut ties in with NAU’s week-long celebration of Earth Week, to create a more sustainable community on campus.

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Ever thought of being a reporter? Or, how about a graphic designer, news photographer, web content manger or opinion columnist? Hey, if you can spot the AP Style mistake on this flyer, you might even be interested in being a copy editor! The bottom line is that The Lumberjack employs students of all majors and all levels of experience. It’s a great way to experience NAU in an unique way, and will make your post-collegiate resume that much shinier.

The Lumberjack — A NAU tradition since 1914

TOP: This Volkswagen Beetle has a biodiesel engine and was featured in the alternative transportation parade. MIDDLE: Expo drummers perform on the east side of the University Union for students. They were featured in the parade. BOTTOM: People gather around the twelve-person Alpine Pedaler. (Photos by Garry Hart)

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The Lumberjack masthead redesign project:




Three front pages that Kevin played a large role in designing:


Life: Sports: Tennis, p 22 Handshakes, p Opinion: AZ electronic bill, p 8 16 A&E: Boudoir photography, p 25

SINCE 1914

Issue 11, VOL 99 April 5, 2012 - April 11, 2012

SINCE 1914

NAU hires Campos

Life: Earth Week, p 13 Sports: Tennis, p 15 Opinion: Murphy Hiring, p 8 A&E: Adult Swim Carnival Tour, p 26


Issue 13, VOL 99 April 19, 2012 - April 25, 2012

Former UTEP dean fills renamed athletic director position


ily through telephone communications. But we also know that there’s a need to upgrade the legislative process for the use of newer technologies. The problem is deciding how do we get there: continue to protect people about harassment laws, protect people about the use of telephoning as a way of harassing people and still make them applicable to modern technologies without quashing, quelling or suppressing free speech.” Williams said one group that voiced its concern over the substance of the bill was the Media Coalition, an association dedicated to defending the First Amendment. David Horowitz, the executive director of the Media Coalition, said the main concern of his group was that the law was unconstitutional. “We believed that section 1A, the first part [of the bill], is substantially overbroad and would criminalize a great deal of speech that is protected by the First Amendment,” Horowitz said.

he NAU athletic department has hired Lisa Campos as their new Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, replacing the departing Jim Fallis. Campos comes from the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), where she spent nine years as the senior athletics (Photo courtesy of NAU) administrator and two years as assistant dean of students. She also earned her doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the university in 2009. While at UTEP, she oversaw over 14 sports and compliance operations within its athletic department, while also gaining experience participating in an NCAA leadership program in 2009. Campos’ initial interest in the opening allowed her the opportunity to gather information about NAU. “When I first started looking at this position, I did extensive research on NAU and what it valued and how it aligned with my values,” Campos said. “I didn’t ever want to take a job where I didn’t feel like I couldn’t be successful. I feel like I can really can help the folks here be successful.” The process that took Campos from El Paso to Flagstaff occurred fairly quickly and efficiently, as her interest soon spilled into a mutual respect between Campos and the committee assigned to fill the position. “I was contacted by [the search committee] and asked to submit materials,” Campos said. “From then, when I was invited for an interview in Phoenix, it went pretty quickly from there. I interviewed with a great group and then met with President Haeger and within a day, I had been offered the position. It has been a whirlwind week but its been pretty ex-

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Remembering Electronic harassment bill slowed Joel Olson

NAU reflects on late professor’s lessons, teaching and political see page 4 activism

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bill sent back to the Arizona House of Representatives from the Senate regarding electronic harassment will take longer than expected to reach Governor Jan Brewer’s desk. Rep. Vic Williams (R-Northwest Pima County) said the bill, HB 2549, has been slowed in response to public opinion. “It’s slowing down,” Williams said. “We’re listening to the concerns of the public who are concerned that the bill is too broad in its dialogue and will quash free speech.” Williams also said he personally intends to address the concerns of the public. “I want to listen to their concerns,” Williams said. “We want to make sure that we provide adequate protection that currently has been under this legislation which has been in place for about 46 years which has to do with harassment, primar-

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NAU picks Murphy

Former Memphis asst. to coach men’s basketball



The lost world of north campus Students experiment in educational greenhouse



AU draws people from all over the world for its forested mountain landscape — and draws people from across Arizona for its four seasons. However, what many do not know is that different climates exist here on campus — and plants from all over the world thrive within them. These artificial climates, sustained within two different greenhouses on campus, provide opportunities for students to study biomes not found in northern Arizona. They also serve a variety of other purposes, including wildfire restoration and

sustainability exercises. Tina Ayers, the supervisor of the teaching greenhouse, said the facility, which was built in the 1960s, received some much-needed renovations last year. “The place really got a facelift last summer [when] the Dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences bought us some new panels,” Ayers said. “They are Lexan panels that are polycarbonate plastic and twin walls that are energy-efficient and buffer the outside temperature. NAU took off the old glass that TOP: Kendra Hart, a junior biology major, inspects one kept breaking and installed the [new] of the many plants located in the greenhouse. BOTTOM: Students from Botany Club and Tri Beta prepare to feed panels.” worms with recycled organic material. (Photo by Christina

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urrent University of Memphis assistant coach Jack Murphy has been hired to lead the NAU men’s basketball program, the school announced Thursday afternoon. “We are so pleased. This is a great day for NAU Athletics,” said Lisa Campos, the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “It was a really competitive process. There was a lot of interest in this position. We know that Jack is the right person to do that and if you look at his background, he’s Jack Murphy, the learned a lot from great coaches.” Murphy has been on the new coach of the Memphis staff since 2009, joining NAU men’s basketball program. the program when close friend Josh (Photo courtesy Pastner took over. Before holding Inside NAU) that position, he was a member of the Denver Nuggets organization under George Karl, acting as an advance scout while also serving as the video coordinator and leading players such as Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith in off-season workouts. “My first thanks goes to obviously Dr. Campos and President Haeger for seeing a vision in me,” Murphy said. “It’s very humbling. I’m overjoyed but it hasn’t hit me yet.” Murphy’s coaching career started at UA, where he was a team manager before working his way up to director of basketball operations, spending eight seasons in Tucson from 1998-2006 under Lute Olson, before leaving for the Nuggets gig. Serving under three quality coaches in his young career, Murphy has taken away an extensive knowledge of how to handle programs both on and off the court. “I learned from Coach Olson how to respect the game and respect your players,” the 32-year-old said. “With Coach Karl, I learned how he managed players and his staff. He was an unbelievable motivator in several ways. From Coach Pastner, I’ve learned how important it is to bring in entire communities and empower the players.” see MURPHY page 16


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