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t the High Country Conference Center on Oct. 1, NAU President John Haeger addressed an audience both in person and over the web at his latest forum on the topic: The Year Ahead. Haeger talked about many issues during the hour-long forum, including strategic goals for the university, changes in how the university has been funded and revenue sources before talking about enrollment. While enrollment is at an all-time high for the NAU Mountain Campus, Haegar said the news is not entirely good. “In many ways, it is a very good story if you look at the Flagstaff campus,” Haeger said. “Enrollment is now over 18,000 and has packed the campus, it fills the residence halls, fills the dining services and so on. But it’s not all rosy because there are major changes going on now. Look at the community campuses. For years we talked about how many community campuses we had but students are not going to the community campuses and the reason is they can go online.” The numbers for Flagstaff mountain campus enrollment have been climbing steadily for the last 10 years. In 2003 there were more than 13,000 students and this year there are more than 19,300 students. Over the same period, numbers for online classes have soared from 462 students in 2003 to over 3,700 enrolled this year. Numbers for statewide campus attendance have dropped by more than 1,700 students over the past 10 years.

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TOP LEFT: The NAU kicking team tries to block University of Montana (UM) defenders during a PAT. TOP RIGHT: Head coach Jerome Souers instructs players during the Sept. 28 game. BOTTOM LEFT: Sophomore quarterback Kyren Poe looks downfield in game against UM. BOTTOM RIGHT: NAU huddles up before the game in front of the student section at the Walkup Skydome. (Photos by Zach Youngberg)

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n front of a sold-out Walkup Skydome crowd on Sept. 19, the No. 22 NAU Lumberjacks upset the No. 7 University of Montana (UM) Grizzlies 34–16. “Today was a team win,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “I thought we had production from the offense, defense and most of the special teams. I’m excited for our coaches and for our players; they’ve really

worked hard for us.” The win gives NAU its first win in the Big Sky Conference (BSC) this 2013 season, as well as its second consecutive win against the Grizzlies since 1986 and 1987, after not beating them in 14 consecutive tries. “It felt great; we did it in their house last year and for them to come to our house and for us to get the win, it feels pretty amazing right now,” said senior running back Zach Bauman.

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NAU’s President John Haeger gives a powerpoint presentation at the yearly public budget forum at the High Country Conference Center on Oct. 1. (Photo by Domenique Pennacchio)

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Police Beat

Sept. 29 At 2:28 p.m., an Northern Arizona University Police Department (NAUPD officer reported a disabled vehicle on Milton Road near Jack in the Box. The situation was controlled and the vehicle was pushed off the roadway. At 10:14 p.m., NAUPD received report of a twovehicle non-injury collision at University Avenue and Knoles Drive. An officer was dispatched and found minor damage to both vehicles and provided informational services. Sept. 28 At 1:02 a.m., staff at Reilly Hall reported a resident was unconscious and extremely intoxicated. NAUPD, Flagstaff Fire Dept. (FFD) and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) responded. The subject was cleared by medics and refused transport. NAUPD deferred the underage drinker for minor consumption.


Lot 30. The subject complied when asked to leave and was advised about sleeping in parking lots. Sept. 27 At 4:10 a.m., an officer found an unsecured bicycle at Cline Library. The officer brought the bike to NAUPD and registered it with Found Property. At 4:45 a.m., staff at Cline Library reported a person unconscious with a possible head injury. NAUPD, FFD and GMT responded and transported the trespasser to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment. At 5:41 p.m., security staff for the barbecue event at the Skydome reported a non-injury hit-and-run with a possibly intoxicated driver leaving the scene. NAUPD officers found the driver at Paseo Del Flag and charged the subject with extreme DUI.

At 2:22 a.m., several fire alarms were activated in Mountain View Hall. NAUPD and FFD responded, but could not determine the cause of the alarms, but found a fire extinguisher had been deployed.

Sept. 26 At 12:09 a.m., staff at Cline Library reported a suspicious person loitering outside. An officer located the subject at Knoles Drive and Tormey Drive, he complied when asked to leave campus.

At 4:19 a.m., an officer initiated a traffic stop on Milton Avenue for multiple stopping violations. The driver was arrested for extreme DUI and cited for traffic violations. The passenger was deferred for underage consumption.

At 1:18 p.m., staff at Wilson Hall reported being threatened by residents. An officer dispatched to investigate and the case is still open and pending.

At 3:04 p.m., an officer reported a sleeping person in

At 3:46 p.m., staff at Reilly Hall reported a suspicious person selling magazines to residents. An officer was made contact with the subject,

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ast week, I mentioned my disappointment with the crowd at NAU’s first home football game of the season. Obviously, this week went much differently with 12,640 fans filling the Walkup Skydome for the Lumberjacks’ matchup with the University of Montana Grizzlies. While a good chunk of the grand total came from Montana fans that traveled to Flagstaff for the game, NAU students and parents showed up to give the Lumberjacks a true home-field advantage. The football team, now ranked as high as 11th in national polls, has not seen such support since the mid-‘90s. Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos even took the time to thank the entire community for the outpouring of support. While most Sept. 25 people do not care about the football team’s success, the turnout showed the first At 1:16 p.m., an officer real appearance of school spirit in my two years here at NAU.

who left campus with a trespassing warning. At 11:45 p.m., two subjects were reported fighting near the chemistry building. An officer was dispatched and the two students were deferred for underage consumption.

responded to a call of three suspicious persons in the forest by Lot 36. One subject was arrested on an active warrant. At 9:17 p.m., staff at the Health and Learning Center reported a student had dislocated his shoulder. NAUPD, FFD and GMT responded and the student was transported to FMC by ambulance.

Sept. 24 At 3:38 a.m., an officer conducting a foot patrol at the Historic Quad located a subject sleeping underneath the stairs on the north side of Old Main. The subject was arrested for third-degree trespassing. At 9:10 a.m., staff from Parking Services reported a vehicle in Knoles Parking Garage leaking gasoline. NAUPD, FFD and Office of Regulatory Compliance dispatched. The vehicle was towed from the scene and the area was cleaned up. At 3:07 p.m., a subject entered NAUPD office to claim lost property and was found to have an active warrant with Coconino County Sherriff ’s Office (CCSO). The subject was arrested and booked into CCSO Jail.

Elsewhere, you may have seen the federal government’s shutdown this past Tuesday morning. It may seem as though this does not affect us students in the short term, but if you are still expecting a Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loan, you may have to make other plans until this shutdown comes to an end. Also, be prepared to clarify if you need to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. I know most students may be unsure if they are obligated by law to obtain health coverage, but I urge you to talk to health care providers and your parents about what you need to do.

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ABOR discusses student safety initiatives for Arizona universities

LEFT: Arizona Board of Regents Chair Rick Myers heads the Sept. 25 meeting. Such topics as Greek Life at NAU were discussed. RIGHT: Student Regent Kaitlin Thompson, alongside Valerie Hanna, represent the student opinion on the Arizona Board of Regents at the meeting held at NAU. (Photos by Zach Youngberg)



he Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) met Thursday Sept. 26 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff to discuss plans for the coming year. Among the topics discussed were President John Haeger’s succession and a highly anticipated safety plan for Arizona’s university students and surrounding communities. Although Haeger does not step down for another 18 months, he has already proposed a proactive plan to find a successor, which the board has accepted. Often times university presidents are not involved in finding their replacements, so Haeger is giving himself plenty of time to

prepare and make the turnover as smooth as possible. Rick Myers presided over the meeting as Chair of the Board, he introduced ABOR President Eileen Klein to present a plan to move forward with what she calls a “tri-university student taskforce,” which includes Arizona’s three state universities. “Several months ago, we had sent a letter to a number of our Greek organizations,” Klein said. “Overall, the responses were uniformly collaborative and very positive in tone and they acknowledged the need to help manage activities and events, including those associated with recruitment and initiation; and [they] recognized the inherent

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danger that could be presented by the irresponsible use of alcohol and drugs.” Klein went on to say the point of these initiatives was to increase collaboration with university and community leaders, public safety officers, students and organizations. The emphasis was that these issues do not exist only on campus, but in the surrounding communities as well. ABOR president, Klein talked about students’ privilege to attend these schools with public taxpayer support. Her initiative is dedicated to the success of Arizona’s students. “That does not mean their academic success,” Klein said. “It really means . . . we are tending to

their safety. We recognize that many students don’t live on campus and that compels us to have very strong community partnerships.” Klein expressed a desire to begin having formal committee meetings within the next few months. She hopes to have a definitive plan in place for the spring 2014 semester. Her group will determine membership for the committee and is appealing for student involvement. Although this plan is still in early development, individuals and student organizations are expressly welcome to participate in this proposed taskforce. Again, the board has identified alcohol as the underlying issue of most campus safety conflicts,

particularly sexual assault, harassment and shooting incidents on campus, as well as mental and emotional health problems. The regents hope the Student Safety Initiatives will keep this issue on their agenda and continue to seek improvements in student alcohol abuse. “The task-force is a good idea because it’s proactive,” Haeger said. “It’s another look at this issue. It’s already been proactive on our campus because we’ve looked at every program we currently operate, so there’s an understanding.” Students and organizations are encouraged to contact Klein’s office at ABOR and participate in this new program.

Events Events Calendar Calendar THURSDAY, OCT. 3 Color Pallets [11 a.m./Beaver Street Gallery]

String Band [8:30 p.m./ The Orepheum] SUNDAY, OCT. 6

SUN Entertainment presents: Eric Susak [6:30p.m./ 1899 Bar and Grill]

Flagstaff Farmers Market [8 a.m./Flagstaff City Hall]

NAU Volleyball vs, Portland State [7 p.m./Rolle Activity Center]

NAU Symphony Orchestra: Kaleidoscope [3 p.m./Ardrey Auditorium]


A Moving Sound [7:30p.m./NAU Native American Cultural Center]

He’s my Brother, She’s my Sister [7:30 p.m./The Orpheum] Scavenger Hunt [9 p.m./Union Point]


SATURDAY, OCT. 5 NAU Volleyball vs. Eastern Washington [7 p.m./ The Rolle Activity Center] David Gans and Diamond Down

Karaoke Night [8 p.m. /The Green Room]

Karaoke Night [ 7 p.m./The Green Room]

NAU CAL Film Series: 12 Angry Men [7 p.m./ Cline Library] NAU Jazz Combos Concert [7:30 p.m./Ardrey Auditorium] WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10 SUN Entertainment Presents: Trivia Night [5:30 p.m./The du Bois] From the Swab to the Cloud: Advances Toward Understanding Our Microbial World [6:30p.m./Cline Library] Get Down Night [8 p.m./The Green Room]

TUESDAY, OCT. 8 Color Pallets [11 a.m./Beaver Street Gallery]

CORRECTIONS In the Sept. 26 issue there was inaccurate information in National Voter Registration Day story. The Arizona Students Association was mistakenly printed as Associated Students of Arizona. The Lumberjack regrets the inaccurate title.

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NAU welcomes international students to Flagstaff campus



AU is home to a record-breaking number of international students this year. With 1,080 full-time and part-time international students, NAU has seen a nearly 10 percent increase in enrollment since last year, and a 135 percent increase from 2007, when the campus was home to only 458 international students. “It was a goal of our presidents to exceed a thousand [international] students and we did that this semester; we’re really excited,” said director of International Admissions and Recruitment Mandy Hansen. “We’ve also had a record year for the number of new incoming international students.” This jump in enrollment is due

mainly to the university’s recent efforts to appeal to international students. “We’ve taken a strategic approach to our campus international organization, and part of that is . . . the recruitment of international students,” Hansen said. “On the admissions side, we work closely with sponsoring agencies such as the Institute of International Education and government sponsoring agencies. We also do recruitments and activities abroad. International students also come to [NAU] for similar reasons as other students — it’s a small, safe city; it’s easy to get around town and the campus, and they have the ability to live on campus or very close to campus.” Sean Milton, the international student advisor, explained the resources and activities available to international

students once they arrive at the NAU campus. “We have a week long welcome week with one to two days of orientation activities like workshops and information sessions, and we do social activities to give everyone a chance to meet other new students,” Milton said. There are also semester-long programs that help international students adjust to the new country and culture. “We have three programs that help international students connect with other students,” Milton said. “One of them is International Club, which is a student organization that we back and advise. [The second is] International Friends, in which an international student matches up with an American student to get help, ask questions and

use as a resource. We also work with a community organization that has a program called Flag Friends, which matches international students with a Flagstaff family. They help teach [the students] American social customs and family life.” The top four countries from which international students come are China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and South Korea, respectively. Brazil and Germany are tied for fifth place. Minjae Lee, Won Wou Lee and Youngjun An are all freshmen from South Korea. They said they chose a school in the United States because it is easier to be accepted at a U.S. university than a university in South Korea. Minjae Lee said he chose NAU because everything is close-by and the

campus is compact. He also came to NAU for the engineering program. Ali Alomairin is a freshman from Saudi Arabia who is also majoring in engineering. Alomairin wanted to come to a school in a foreign country to learn how to live by himself and to face challenges without the help of his parents. He described Flagstaff as a very calm city. Hansen made it clear NAU wants international students to not just enroll, but also to thrive. “We have a really comprehensive approach of working with our perspective international students in the recruitment and also the enrollment and retention of those students,” Hansen said.

Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

The statistics below come from the 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The graph depicts a comparison of crimes that went to court from 2010-2012. Report includes both university official and NAUPD records.


Alcohol & Drug Violations

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Alcohol Law Violations

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Forest thinning to occur in northern Arizona



he Four Forest Restorative Initiative (4FRI) is a landscape-scale project designed to restore 2.4 million acres of forest along the Mogollon Rim. This project, which will focus on the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto national forests, will attempt to treat 50,000 acres of each forest every year over 20 years. This is the largest forest restoration project ever attempted in the United States. “We are innovating here at northern Arizona in ways that are unprecedented in the Forest Service,” said Diane Vosick, director of policy and partnerships at the NAU Ecological Restoration Institute. Through the use of prescribed fires and mechanical thinning, 4FRI will treat nearly 1 million acres. The ultimate goal is to minimize the risk of devastating and unnatural wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and promote the health and resiliency of the forests. “With 4FRI, we’re wanting to focus on the structure, the pattern and the composition of the forest,” said 4FRI team leader Henry Provencio, of the Forest Service. “What we hope to accomplish is to increase the resilience and diversity of our forest. When I say resilience, that means they’re resilient to natural forms of disturbance such as fire, beetle outbreaks, flooding — all of those kinds of things.” In the past, southwestern ponderosa pine forests had a much higher resilience to harmful wildfires than they have today. Due to the prevalence of grassy understories and a healthy distribution of thin trees, fires that burned 100 years ago would primarily blaze along the forest floor, consuming small trees but leaving the larger, thicker trees alone. This kept the number of trees at a sustainable level. Beginning early in the 20th century, federal policy called for the immediate suppression of all wildfire. This disturbed the natural fire regimen and established an overabundance of small trees, which lead to a greater risk of catastrophic wildfire. “Over the last 100 years, we started accumulating a lot more small trees,” Vosick said. “That’s the fuel that has created the big crown fire, the unnatural fires like the Schultz Fire that we see.” The Schultz Fire, which occurred in Coconino National Forest in 2010, burned through 15,000 acres of forest and ultimately

cost between $133 million and $147 million. The inferno, in combination with subsequent flooding, forced the evacuation of more than 700 homes and resulted in one fatality. By reducing the number of trees to historical levels, the prevalence of massive wildfires such as the Schultz will dramatically decrease. “Under the 4FRI plan, there will be a focus on smaller trees and reducing numbers in order to create a more natural pattern on the landscape, to reduce the risk of fire, to bring back the grassy understories and to restore forest health,” Vosick said. This is the mission of new 4FRI contractor, Good Earth Power AZ LLC. The contract to treat 300,000 acres of forest over a 10-year period had once belonged to Montana-based company Pioneer Forest Products. When a lack of finances prevented Pioneer from moving forward, the Forest Service announced Good Earth would take over instead. Environmental groups criticized the decision, due to Good Earth’s business plan involving the removal of large-diameter trees. “It forces us back into the courtroom because that is our line in the sand,” said Robin Silver, co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity. “If there’s not retention of the last of the largest trees, we’re back to court.” Silver said a better choice would have been Arizona Forest Restoration Products (AZFRP), which agreed to refrain from the removal of large trees — trees with a diameter of more than 16 inches. The Forest Service rejected AZFRP for the reason that it did not want to accept a “diameter-cap,” noting that the removal of large trees will create necessary openings in the forest. “When we’re talking about restoration and restoring that structure and pattern, some of those larger trees . . . need to be cut in order to restore that function to that system,” Provencio said. The 4FRI plan will, however, avoid the destruction of old-growth trees. In addition to 4FRI, another forest thinning project is set to take place in Dry Lake Hills northeast of Flagstaff and the Lake Mary watershed south of the city. The $10 million project, which will thin and burn nearly 11,000 acres of forest, is set to begin by end of the year.



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NAU leads nationwide trend in hybrid classes



AU has been on the forefront of electronic classes, particularly hybrid classes, in recent years. “NAU is ahead of the game as a model for innovation,” said George Mehaffy at an NAU conference on Sept. 11. Mehaffy is the vice president for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington D.C. Hybrid classes are a form of education that differentiates itself from the traditional teaching model. While these classes use online tools to deliver information to students, many are still conducted by a physical teacher. Hybrid learning reaches a large percentage of the student body. On the Mountain Campus, hybrid class enrollment constitutes around 10 percent of the total student population. Statewide the figure stands around 40 percent. The largest hybrid classes on campus include 100-level classes such as BIO 181, CIS 120, CHM 151, MAT 114 and POS 120. Don Carter, director of the NAU e-Learning center, categorizes teaching into two fairly traditional forms: face-to-face and fully online. “NAU has been designing and using a wide variety of delivery modes to offer classes for about 40 years,” Carter said. While hybrid courses, which first started in 2003, are often seen solely as mixture between online and face-to-face instruction, Carter believes “hybrid or blended learning has been around since Socrates.” In reference to NAU, Carter stated, “Over years, decades and centuries, we have incorporated a variety of technologies in the learning environment such as printed texts, films, radio, audio and video recording technology, postal mail, overhead projectors, laser docs, CD-ROMs, computer applications and now the incredible resources of the World Wide Web on mobile devices.” In recent years there has been a number of funding and other initiatives for online and hybrid classes. “These first-programs were small grants offered by the eLearning Center supported by the university’s TRIF initiative. TRIF is the voter-supported state funding Technology Research Initiative Fund,” Carter said. In 2006, the official designation of “hybrid class” was added to NAU schedules. Online

learning, often seen as a very recent construct, has actually been around for some time. “You might be surprised to hear me say online is a traditional mode, but NAU has been offering online courses and degree programs for over 15 years,” Carter said. In 2012, hybrid classes received the support of university President John Haeger via the formation of the President’s Technology Initiative (PTI). This program focused on redesigning 100- and 200-level classes to use a blended approach. According to Carter, “There are nearly a dozen such courses in this program that are in full implementation as of fall 2013.” “It is difficult to categorically say hybrid classes function as well or better than traditional classes,” Carter said. “There are quite a few variables to consider, including the discipline, the level of the class, the sophistication of the students, faculty and support for technology and how well the interplay between in-class and online activities are designed.” Mehaffy believes online education may be key to increasing education. “We’ve got to educate more students than ever before; we’ve got to educate them to much higher levels of learning outcomes and we’ve got to do it at a lower cost,” Mehaffy said in his speech. This is what Mehaffy refers to as a threepart problem. “Recent research indicates students do better and generally are more satisfied with the hybrid mode than either of the other two modes of delivery,” Carter said. The classes have yet to show significant savings. According to Carter, the question of savings is difficult to answer because of the complex variables involved. Although they are a complex subject, Carter believes there are “more important aspects to consider and investigate on the effects of hybrid learning.” “One, are students learning more? Second, are students progressing to their degree goals in a timely way? Three, is the quality of student and faculty interaction improved? Four, does this style of learning promote better use of student time and promote greater responsibility for their learning? Finally, five: will this style of learning have a life-long effect on students’ ability to continue to learn and adapt and contribute to the rapidly changing world we inhabit?” According to Mehaffy, “This is not just a difficult moment. This is the dawn of a new era.”


Flagstaff resident asks President John Haeger a question regarding NAU’s future benefits and progression plans on Oct. 1 during the yearly forum at The High Country Conference Center (Photo

By Domenique Pennacchio) from Public Forum on front page

Tom Bauer, NAU’s director of public affairs, said he agrees that the situation here on the Flagstaff campus is shaping up well for enrollment. “I think we’re doing pretty well,” Bauer said. “We have record numbers of students. We had a little bit of an issue housing them at first, but by now it’s all settled down. So, we’ve got people pretty much where they belong [and] we’re building another dorm on south campus, too. We’ve expanded our teaching and our classrooms.” Haeger recently announced he would be stepping down as president by the summer of 2015 and said he may actually leave earlier should a candidate be selected before then. “I represent a generation of university presidents, all of whom are going to retire at the

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same time, so it’s going to be highly competitive to get a new president into the institution,” Haeger said. “The Board [of Regents] is going to go offsite and get a search firm . . . Once they get the search going, then they are going to appoint a search committee and then they’re going to assemble a pool of candidates. And I have told the board that, as soon as you get a NO KAPPA SIGMA AT NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY president, then I am ready to leave.” NAU Provost Laura Huenneke said she The Kappa Sigma Fraternity has placed this ad in your student newspaper to provide notice that any groups of thinks one of the important things to take away students representing themselves as the Kappa Sigma Fraternity have no authority to operate a fraternity or from Haeger’s forum is that NAU is a unique fraternity chapter under the name “Kappa Sigma” at Northern Arizona University, or elsewhere in the Northern Arizona University community. Kappa Sigma Fraternity closed its chapter at Northern Arizona University on kind of university. 7/26/2013. No group operating on campus in the name of Kappa Sigma has the authority to do so. “We at NAU understand that we have a distinctive niche in the state,” Huenneke said. No group of students is authorized to use the name Kappa Sigma or the service marks of Kappa Sigma on the “We are doing a really good job of filling that Northern Arizona campus. Only chartered chapters and members of Kappa Sigma are authorized to operate a niche, of being successful in being who we chapter and use the distinctive marks of the Fraternity. Kappa Sigma welcomes any information from any and all are and not just trying to be copycats of other sources at Northern Arizona University identifying such unlawful conduct. Please contact Kappa Sigma Fraternity Headquarters at 434/295-3193. kinds of institutions.”

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NAU in over its head STAFF EDITORIAL


uring President Haeger’s forum on Oct. 1, the NAU head-honcho addressed such issues as the rise in NAU enrollment and the problems it has created in terms of housing and dining. NAU Director of Public Affairs Tom Bauer confirmed, “We have record numbers of students,” and admitted they “had a little bit of an issue housing them at first.” His confirmation of Haeger’s words headed south when he claimed to believe these problems have “all settled down.” Bauer clearly must not attend the University Union or 100-level classrooms much if he genuinely believes this to be the case. NAU’s over-enrollment related problems have settled down like the Syrian crisis has settled down. A lack of proper seating is still common in lower level classrooms and freshman residence halls remain more uncomfortably close-knit than ever before. The problems haven’t disappeared — students have just learned to accept them. Granted, the newly expanded Hot Spot is a good start in preparing campus dining for the seemingly inevitable continued rise in enrollment ahead, but there are other apples in the barrel. The problems surrounding freshman housing peak with the beginning of each fall semester, and though they dwindle as the semester progresses, it’s difficult to miss the strangling reality of overcrowding. NAU has done a great job at erecting new campus housing for upperclassmen over the past few years but they’ve also been very liberal when it comes to sending out acceptance letters. Not to say everyone shouldn’t be granted a college education, but the campus must have the means to provide each new student with homely accommodations and easily accessible eateries. NAU Provost Laura Huenneke stated at the forum, “We at NAU understand that we have a distinctive niche in the state,” and went on to claim, “We are doing a really good job of filling that niche.” Quite right. Filling that niche to a point of cramped three-to-a-room inadequacy that suggests the top dogs at the university missed out on the School House Rock’s lesson in elbow room. Study rooms have become residence halls and the University Union has turned into a dry-season Serengeti watering hole, the likes of which no student should have to endure for the amount of money they throw into the campus’ dining system. In the past ten years, the Flagstaff campus has grown by 6,300 students, according to Haeger’s forum delivery, which is a baffling number when correlated to the amount of new housing facilities constructed since. Bauer didn’t forget to note that the university is building another “dorm on south campus,” which is the obvious next step for NAU. But until that endeavor is completed, students have to ask themselves whether the increase enrollment will continue. If so, the university isn’t doing much for its current attendees. What should be enacted, until proper housing can be administered to the exponentially growing student body, is a cut off of enrollment. If the current trend in increased enrollment continues with each new semester, by the time the one new residence hall is opened another will already be required. No one specific is to blame for the mess that’s been created on campus. University officials are driven by the best interest of NAU. They want to see it blossom and thrive like a rose with the spring showers. That’s still no excuse for seemingly driving its current students off campus just to get a good night’s sleep. We’re all Lumberjacks, students and NAU officials alike. We all want the university to continuously thrive, which is why those in charge need to pull their minds back from future and think of the present. Carpe Diem. Editor’s note: Opinion Editor Tom Blanton wrote this article on behalf of the staff.

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Raising min. wage would boost economy, reduce wage gap


omedian Chris Rock once described the minimum wage as your boss trying to tell you, “Hey, if I could pay you less, I would; but it’s against the law.” This is the reality for the 3.6 million Americans currently earning at or below the $7.25 federal minimum wage. This translates to a full-time salary of about $15,000 per year — far too low for anyone to live on, let alone have a decent standard of living. Earning a minimum wage puts many workers well below the poverty line. An inflation-adjusted minimum wage would improve the economy and narrow the wage gap among women and minorities. Anti-minimum wage crusaders frequently argue raising the minimum wage ALLIE would cause significant job loss. They assert WEINTRAUB at the expense of increased wages, employers would be forced to raise prices or eliminate other positions. These claims are unsubstantiated and flat-out untrue. Numerous empirical studies, including a 2010 report in the Review of Economics and Statistics found there to be virtually no link between unemployment and increasing the minimum wage. Even if raising the minimum wage did cause job loss, would it not be solely at the fault of employers? Corporations are never forced to raise prices or lay off employees; they do so because a high-ranking executive decided it would benefit their bottom line. Even so, corporations do not need to start raising employees’ wages out of some newfound altruism. Increasing wages would actually benefit their bottom line because of one simple reason: you get what you pay for. Recently, Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) has received positive attention for paying their employees a living wage well above the federal standard. Unsurprisingly, with the increased employee morale and customer service that comes with raising wages, Costco’s sales increased. Their sales increased by 8 percent in the 2013 fiscal year, according to Costco’s quarterly reports. They were even able to open more stores and add more jobs. When companies pay their workers more, the entire economy benefits. Increased consumer spending in times of

economic distress is vital to recovery. “Raising the minimum wage puts more money in the pockets of working families when they need it most, thereby augmenting their spending power,” said Doug Hall and David Cooper in a report for the Economic Policy Institute. “Economists generally recognize that low-wage workers are more likely than any other income group to spend any extra earnings immediately on previously unaffordable basic needs or services.” Besides the economic benefits, raising the minimum wage would help working women and minorities. Women make up about half the workforce, yet two-thirds of minimum wage workers. Nearly 5.5 million of these women are working mothers, according to the National Women’s Law enter. Minorities are also overrepresented in minimum wage earners. An increase would help lessen the wage gap between men and women in the entire workforce as well as among minorities earning less than their counterparts. With the countless other inflation-adjusted federal standards and programs, including the poverty line and social security benefits, the minimum wage should get the same qualification. It is unreasonable to expect people to live off a wage so tremendously inconsistent with the Consumer Price Index. In fact, when inflation-adjusted, the highest minimum wage existed in 1968, according to a Truth-out. org article by Salvatore Babones. “1968 America legislated a minimum wage that would be equivalent (in purchasing power) of $10.55 an hour today,” Babones said. “And the unemployment rate in 1968 was 3.6 percent. Our high minimum wage didn’t seem to prevent people from finding work.” Indexing the minimum wage is fair and unbiased; it would ensure workers could not be punished by any partisan policy or congressional decision. It would essentially create a living wage, the minimum income needed to fulfill needs such as food, housing, transportation, utilities and a small amount of recreation. When honest people are working hard 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, the least they should earn is a wage that accurately reflects their effort and allows them to have a basic quality of life.


No new wars this week for US


epending on whether you count drone strikes, the United States is currently involved in between one and four wars; and we don’t need another. Recently, the U.S. decided not to add Syria to the perpetually fluctuating, but ever present, list of countries we attack in the name of freedom, for now. According to a joint Wall Street Journal/NBC survey, President Barack Obama has made some small headway recovering the confidence of only 28 percent of Americans who approve of the way he’s been handling the conflict in Syria. But low approval ratings shouldn’t come as a surprise to our president. From a diplomatic perspective, Russian President/ex-KGB thug Vladimir Putin seemed more worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize in the past month for proposing a resolution requiring Syria to give up its chemical weapons by mid-2014 than Obama has by breaking past promises to not LEVI STALLINGS take unprovoked military actions. We have been fighting in the Middle East for more than a decade now, and it has become appallingly obvious that our military interests there extend beyond liberating the oppressed. When compared to the toothless responses our government has provided for other war-torn areas, such as the western Sahara, it’s apparent that the economic values of areas we choose to “support” have been taken into heavy consideration. Despite the estimated 110,000 death toll in the civil war so far, it wasn’t until Secretary of State John Kerry’s suspiciously specific statistic of the exactly 1,429 civilians who died in sarin gas attacks that military intervention in Syria was given serious public attention. This isn’t the first time the federal government has expressed interest in a Syrian attack. As early as 2001, retired U.S. General Wesley Clark was informed of military plans to invade Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran, which he has since publicly stated on multiple occasions. While our interest in these countries isn’t always front page news, the goals of our government remain, whether or not air striking Syria without approval from the United Nations violates international law. We didn’t bother getting UN approval for bombing Iraq in 2003, and before Putin proposed disarmament, it didn’t appear that we were going to wait for approval in Syria either. After the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to grant Obama an up to 90 day air strike on Syria, the decision went to a vote in Congress, which was subsequently postponed in the wake of Putin’s offer. Throughout the world, many of us felt relieved. What went differently this time? Given our country’s rich history of both overt and covert military actions without international approval, supporting violent rebel forces ought to be as American as apple pie by now. but congressmen throughout the country have been overwhelmed with phone calls urging them to vote no on attacking Syria. Out of 500 phone calls made to Arizona Representative Matt Salmon’s office regarding the congressional vote on the Syrian strike, only two voiced support for military intervention. The Obama administration must have realized that an attack wouldn’t have been approved by Congress, but Putin provided our government a way out without having to look as though we had flinched in the face of terrorism. If national outcry really was the drive behind Obama’s decision not to strike Syria, this is the first time in history that public opinion has prevented America from using military force. While Russia’s agreement to disarm the Syrian chemical stockpile may have forestalled an American strike, this no guarantee that future attacks are out of the question. With or without chemical weapons, the fighting in Syria is bound to continue well into the foreseeable future. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was recently quoted in a Hezbollah newspaper saying, “We now possess deterrent weapons that are more important and more sophisticated than chemical weapons,” leading many to believe that future international conflict regarding Syria’s weapons cache is due to remain at the forefront of our diplomatic decision-making. The direction this decision goes in may be more in the hands of the American people than ever before.

Political Cartoon by Brian Regan

US deporting Somalis back to a nation we helped destroy


he east African nation of Somalia is the textbook example of a failed state. Since the 1991 collapse of their government in the midst of famine and civil war, tens of thousands of Somalis have fled their homeland to take refuge in the United States and other nations. Last week, however, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minnesota is home to America’s largest Somali refugee community) reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reversed its long-standing policy regarding the deportation of Somali nationals who have broken the law. Since 2012, 33 Somalis have been legally shipped back to a place where being from America can be a terminal offense. MILES Some suggest these Somalis are criminals SCHNEIDERMAN who deserve no better, but if we’re going to cast judgment, we should consider America’s role in making Somalia the nightmare it is today. By 1992, horrifying images of a nation tearing itself apart had compelled the U.S. to intervene in Somalia, but in 1993 the American presence was rapidly withdrawn after the infamous Battle of Mogadishu (the conflict that inspired the events of Black Hawk Down). No established order arose to replace the former government, and the country descended into bloody warlordlism. It was eight years before Somalia was back on the US foreign policy radar; after 9/11, the Bush administration worried that al-Qaeda operatives fleeing Afghanistan might make their way to Somalia. “Ultimately, the Bush administration decided not to go into Somalia right away, and instead what it did was to begin waging a proxy war using a network of ruthless warlords,” said independent journalist Jeremy Scahill in a 2011 interview. The result was a bloodbath. The warlords became CIAfunded assassination squads, murdering innocent people and justifying their actions in the name of the dozen or so terrorists they were supposed to be neutralizing. Then, in 2006, a number of Islamic courts operating in various regions around Somalia began to work against the rampant disorder by enforcing their distinctively Shari’a brand of brutal-but-effective law. “People were fed up with . . . the CIA-backed warlords,” Scahill said. “So these little autonomous courts formed an

Islamic Courts Union [ICU] and very swiftly, with the support of the vast majority of Somalis across the country, overthrew the CIA warlords and expelled them from Mogadishu and brought stability...for the first time since the government of Siad Barre fell in 1991. It was a tremendous achievement.” Unfortunately, the U.S. wasn’t interested in relinquishing power to any ruling body with the word “Islamic” in its name. When the ICU took over, the U.S. immediately gave Ethiopia, Somalia’s neighbor and long-standing enemy, permission to invade. The American military assisted in the invasion and subsequent destruction of the ICU. The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) was established as the new ruling body of Somalia, but quickly found itself in conflict with the radical Islamist organization known as al-Shabaab. Radical Islamism was not well-represented in the ICU; most of its leaders cared passionately about Islam as a social and legal system for Somalia, but not about attacking the U.S. As such, al-Shabaab was originally a fringe group with very little influence in Somalia. After the destruction of the ICU by the U.S.-backed Ethiopian army, however, al-Shabaab proclaimed itself the defender of the Somali people. Mixing Islamist rhetoric with appeals to Somali nationalism, al-Shabaab gained in size, power and popular support over the next several years. At its height, it controlled more of Somalia than the TFG, and it is still a major power in the nation. It’s unclear why ICE is now willing to send Somalis back to Somalia after so many years of refusing to do so, but whatever their reason is, it’s not good enough. One theory is that the recent actions of al-Shabaab (including the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that killed at least 67 people on September 21-24) have our government concerned that these in-house Somalis might commit acts of domestic terrorism. Deporting people because we’re terrified they might become terrorists someday is a cowardly display of Islamophobic paranoia, but seeing as cowardly displays of Islamophobic paranoia have pretty much become the definition of American foreign policy since 9/11, it seems like something we would do. It is also completely unconscionable, and whoever made this decision should also be made to answer for it.

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4th annual Hopi Festival celebrates culture I


t is mid-afternoon on Sept. 29 and the setting is the Hopi Festival in Heritage Square. The weather is warm with a slight breeze, which pushes the tents in the square around like a hand is pulling at all of them. In the amphitheater, there is movement going on to the sounds of drums beating and the jingle of bells tied to eagle dancers’ legs. Those not watching the displays of colors, feathers and culture are milling around the artists’ stands, picking and purchasing different pieces of art with a portion of the money going toward child protective services in Flagstaff. Some people are attending because they are obligated to give to their own heritage as a sense of duty, while others come to the celebration for an appreciation of worlds unlike their own. “It’s pretty interesting to look at a culture different from ours,” said freshman business major Cecilia Bowsley. The festival, which claims this year as its fourth, is a celebration of the culture of the Hopi people as much as it is a way to pull those who feel untethered to their own heritage inward. Many people are gathered around the dancing and the raffles, some are Native Americans and some are not, but all contribute to keeping a culture alive. The importance of these events, which show the more prominent aspects of the Hopi culture as well as its history, is not lost among those who are enjoying the festival. “People need to identify with where they come from, who they are, more often,” said freshman nursing major Lesleigh Bedonie. There were beading booths that sold truly unique pieces of jewelry, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Included in these were pieces of turquoise jewelry and hand-made clay pottery. Everything clay was painted in bright colors made with both traditional Hopistyle painting and realistic depictions of Native Americans dancing or doing tasks. Woven blankets were also for sale, which included many reds and oranges reminiscent of the Arizona deserts, and canvas paintings of native tribes as well as traditional Hopi sand paintings. The most prominent aspect of the festival was the dancing, which took place right in the center of Heritage Square, as dancing is very important in the Hopi culture for telling stories and religious purposes. The eagle dance in particular drew a crowd. This dance is commonly used to call for divine intervention as, according to, the eagle in Hopi mythology is able to move between heaven and earth. Sereena Lumayaktlua, one of the Hopi Eagle dancers who performed the dance, said the dance, as well as the festival’s celebration of the Hopi culture, had a lot of meaning, but only if you wanted it too. She and several others of the dancers were coming in from Mesa to perform at the festival. Looking for more information on events like this festival? Visit the NAU Native American Cultural Center to find other Native events going on in addition to providing services for Native American students who want to get more involved with their cultural heritage. Check out their website for more information at

TOP: Mia Torivio and Patrick Toya perform the deer dance with the Haaku Buffalo Group on Sept. 28. BOTTOM LEFT: Mercedes Martinez, the youngest of the group, also takes part in the deer dance at the 4th annual Hopi Festival in downtown Flagstaff. BOTTOM RIGHT: Ryan Gashweseoma works on a Kachina doll at the annual Hopi Festival in downtown Flagstaff. Many people sold handmade crafts to the people who attended the festival. (Photos by Kelsey Metoxen)

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The Amazing Race at NAU


NAFTA members participate in an on-campus Amazing Race BY AMBER GEORGE


any have heard of the hit television show The Amazing Race, but few would ever think they would be participating in the competition themselves. Students from the Northern Arizona Fun Times Association (NAFTA) spent many weeks of preparation to provide just that: a small-scale Amazing Race here at NAU. The race took place over Family Weekend, Sept. 27-29. It consisted of seven teams of two competing in various physical and mental challenges all over campus. The teams started at Old Main, from which one member from each team was taken and hidden somewhere on campus. The hidden teammate could then text one word to their partner in hopes to lead them to the hiding spot. Once they each found their teammate, the real race began. “The hardest part for me was the marshmallow competition,” said freshman public relations major Evan Cipra. Cipra’s teammate Aidan, his younger brother visiting for Family Weekend, agreed the marshmallow challenge was difficult. During the race, the competitors were given the difficult task of placing a marshmallow on their forehead, then had to move it down their face and into their mouth, all without using their hands. After several failed attempts and many dirty marshmallows, all the teams progressed past the challenge.

Through the race various clues were hidden from the tops of parking garages to the windows of dorms. The players had to decode scrambled locations, as well as use their memory and knowledge of the campus as their guide, all without alerting the other teams. One of the most frustrating challenges for many of the groups was a time-consuming task where one member was given the Gettysburg Address to memorize, then had to recite it out loud word for word. There were many techniques used by the teams including in-character accents, singing and hand motions, but Cipra and his brother were by far the quickest at the challenge. “Aidan and Evan are both actors,” explained sophomore exercise science major Taylor Bergan. Bergan is NAFTA’s public relations officer and the main organizer of the event. “They were able to memorize it like a script with no problem, quicker than any of the other groups, with no mistakes.” Not only did the players have to find clues and race to each location, but they also had to document along the way. One of the challenges provided them with a list of things they had to take pictures of, including a photo of something written in a foreign language. “We saw these three girls speaking a foreign language, so we asked if they could write something down for us,” Cipra said. “They said something else we didn’t understand, and we were just like, ‘Yeah, sure, just write that.’” The two teammates laughed when

they realized what the girls had written down actually translated to “the cat is in my pants.” The players found, for the most part, many people were willing to play along when they needed them to. Cody Burbank, a senior engineering major and founder of NAFTA, noticed this when completing one of the contests. “When we were down on south campus and had to take a picture with a family of four or bigger, we were like, ‘Hey can we take a picture with you guys?’ and they laughed and said, ‘Only if you take a picture of us afterwards,’” Burbank said. All seven teams fought hard; but in the end, only one could win. Cody Burbank and his teammate Monica Prince, co-president of NAFTA, came in first, followed by Evan and Aidan Cipra in a close second. After the race, many of the players stuck around to talk and share their experiences of the day while they all took a well-deserved rest. For those who missed out of the Amazing Race, do not fret. This is NAFTA’s second year putting on the Amazing Race at NAU and they hope to continue the tradition. As with all NAFTA events, it is open to anyone who wants to come. “My favorite part about these is just seeing the people run it and have fun,” Bergan said. NAFTA has many meetings and events for its members so for those looking for a fun time, the club is always open.

TOP: Taylor Bergen, the host of the NAU Amazing Race, gives a clue to fellow players Mackenzie Bower and David Tyler. BOTTOM: Monica Prince, president of NAFTA, hits the ball as a challenge for the Amazing Race game on Sept. 29. Northern Arizona Fun Times Association hosts different activities throughout the year. (Photos by Kelsey Metoxen)

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hen traveling, one learns to quickly adapt to new and different ways of doing things, and NAU certainly does things differently compared to Australian universities. While the Australian professors I’ve had have, as a whole, been great, one thing in particular really stands out about NAU professors: so many of them go out of their way to help students because they are so passionate about what they do. Electronic media and film lecturer Angele Anderfuren is a classic NICK example. After attending one JUNGFER of Anderfuren’s classes in the first week I discovered I was not actually eligible to stay in it, she did everything possible to help me. She wrote me a list of possible replacement courses, told me who to speak to about them, gave me all the information I needed and introduced me to some of the heavyweights in The Lumberjack office (which led to me writing in these pages.) It makes an insane difference when your professors care that much about your studies and do everything they can to help. Students in Australia and America have entirely different mindsets towards college. In Australia, going to college is something that happens on the side and fits around work and other aspects of life. Often people do not have a great deal of enthusiasm towards what they are studying or towards attending class. Of course, this is not always the case; I cannot speak for everyone. In America, you do not fit college around your life — it is a lifestyle. The strong emphasis on a college education along with the social aspects learned, the on-campus nature of college creates greater excitement and enthusiasm towards studying and being at college in general. Media studies professor Janna Jones has taught at both NAU and the University of Wollongong in Australia and she raised similar points. “People come here and want to be in Flagstaff and go to school at NAU,” Jones said. “There are people living on campus and Flagstaff is a destination for them. Where Wollongong is more like, ‘Well, I live nearby, this is convenient; I can go to school here.’”

Jones also noted there are more lectures in Australia, but does not believe this to be a positive aspect. “I don’t think it’s an effective way of teaching. I think students tune out, but if you ask them to engage, most of them will.” I can only speak for the University of South Australia (USA) where I attended prior to coming here, but every lecture there is also available online. This discourages attendance, something that is not always exactly sky high in the first place. Veli-Petteri Ketola, a finance major from Finland, has noticed some drastic differences between college in America and his native land. “Here the professors really care about your learning and back home, they just want to do their research,” Ketola said. “They have to teach to get the money for the research from the university, but they don’t like the teaching. Here you see that they really like it, and are good at it. “ The greater level of enthusiasm in American universities is not solely limited to the professors. “In the class that I teach here, my students are very enthusiastic,” Jones said. “However, in Wollongong the students may show up or they may not.” Jones also pointed out that attending an Australian university involves being more of a dependent scholar, using classes to touch base, and producing large assignments for the end of the semester. That is quite a different style to the weekly homework and online reading quizzes I have received at NAU so far. “Here it’s more focused on the process, as well as the product,” Jones said. Ketola has noticed similar differences between class structures but believes the American system is more beneficial. “Here, because you are forced to do weekly readings and assignments, you are learning more,” Ketola said. “Otherwise, no one would really do the readings. I think you learn more here. There’s more work, but it’s easier.” I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan of the weekly tasks, but it is definitely nice to get away from those 3,000-word essays. The American system ensures you stay on top of everything while the Australian systems allows for more independent learning. It just goes shows there is merit to both systems.

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Of Gods and gays

he concept of being a gay Christian history back in the “hospitality state” includes can often seem like an oxymoron. I the closeted grandson of a minister and a sometimes have to ask myself how I discrete employee of a Christian Mississippi can belong to a community of people when a college that has been known to fire people majority of them believe I am doomed to hell for being gay. It seems to be an unfortunate because of who I am. Sadly, this may be why I double standard; people practicing a religion have chosen to distance myself from so many that has historically strived for acceptance, who proudly identify as Christian. yet, they turn away those who are fighting for The constant publicity acceptance now. of Westboro Baptist My family sits on different sides of this Church and God-fearing issue. One of my sisters says she accepts Christians who blame me but does not agree with me being gay the queer community for (whatever that means.) My father assures natural disasters and school me the God he raised me to believe in would shootings makes it hard not actually send someone to hell because of for me to read the same whom he or she loves. Although he watches GLENN book they do and pray to FOX News, he can express a good bit of GARNER the same God. That is why wisdom. Pope Francis’ recent progressive stance feels Being a gay Christian is not a completely as though we have gained a very powerful black and white struggle. We often face supporter. disapproval from the gay community as well. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Chris Pabst, a senior education major who Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” identifies as a Christian and a gay man, has Francis asked reporters during a news experienced strife from both communities. conference on a flight from Brazil to Italy this “I have had disapproval from some past July. people in the gay community asking me why He recently expanded by saying the I am gay and a Christian,” Pabst said. “Why church does not have the right to “interfere I would support or be a part of a group that spiritually” in the lives of gays and lesbians. doesn’t support or accept me?” Although not much has changed with the It was this same mindset that had Catholic Church’s treatment of gay people me questioning my faith for some time. lately, many believe this could start a new Constantly seeing hate spewed from wave of acceptance. organizations claiming to be Christian Growing up in Terry, Miss., put made me consider denouncing my own me directly in the Bible Belt and a large Christianity. The condescending attitudes community of Christian families. The of some members of the gay community prominent interpretation of the Bible said and those who practice other religions or being gay was a sin. Until I was a senior in spiritualties kept me silent on the topic. high school, I suppressed this “sinful” part of It is nice to have faith in a higher power, myself and hoped I could change. whether it is a magical man in the sky, the As I’ve ventured away from the earth’s orbit or a pop music icon. Regardless oppressive state lines of Mississippi, I have of our faith, we all want acceptance. Why been exposed to more objective explanations demand it if we are not willing to give it to of the Bible. I have learned to accept and others? even be fascinated with those who practice It is not quite clear whether Pope Francis different religions. I have learned not to be intends to make good on his statements but ashamed of who I am because it has little to he has certainly won the hearts of many. no effect on others or their faith. Although I am not Catholic, I have high It is unfortunate some still have a hard hopes that this is just the beginning of a time accepting both lifestyles. My dating progressive change.

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Hair for Hope Flagstaff residents donate hair for cancer BY JUSTIN REGAN


n Sept. 29, the ballroom of the Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff became the site of a special event for a special cause. The event was called Hair for Hope and, as the name suggests, people were donating their hair to cancer patients as well as donating proceeds to the Arizona Oncology Foundation. “[Arizona Oncology Foundation] is a foundation that has been put together to raise money to help differentiate costs for our patients,” said Patient Services Coordinator for Arizona Oncology foundation Desma DeGraw. “Cancer treatment costs are very, very high so it pays for the lodging [and] if patients need it, gas cards. Sometimes we can help out with things like utility bills, occasionally rent or things like that just because it is so

expensive to try to cure cancer.” With volunteers standing by, people who attended the event could step forward and have their hair cut for donations. The two major organizations that accept hair for wigs are Pantene and Locks of Love. Both have a minimum length requirement for donation — Pantene requires eight inches of hair and Locks of Love requires 10 — so those with shorter hair could simply get a buzz cut for a monetary donation. Others brought in the tail from their already cut hair. One of these donors was Jodie Stark, a nurse manager at Arizona Oncology who gave 12 inches. “I was ready for a haircut,” Stark said. “It’s for a good cause and I haven’t cut my hair in seventeen years. My husband won’t be very happy, but that’s okay.” Another donor was Flagstaff

Whitney Schei gets her hair trimmed by stylist Linda Garcia in support of Hair For Hope, an event held at the Woodlands Hotel on Sept. 29. (Photo by Kelsey Metoxen)

resident Jackie Kypta. Kypta gave 10 inches of hair on a whim when she drove by the hotel and saw a sign asking for donations. She asked her eleven-year-old daughter if she wanted to donate and she said yes, so to the shears they went. “I love my hair,” Kypta said. “But if I was going through cancer treatment and didn’t have any hair, I’d love my hair even more. So that’s what it means: that we are sharing it with somebody who doesn’t have the option of having their own hair.” Along with hair donations, Hair for Hope also organized attractions such as face painting, balloon twisting, laser tag, a raffle, a silent auction and performances from comedians and a DJ. There was also an art display from the 2010 Lily Oncology on Canvas Art Competition, a competition held every other year where patients, caregivers and those affected by cancer can submit an art piece with a few paragraphs on what the piece means to them. This was the foundation’s first major fundraiser and for those who planned the event, like Stark, it is a muchneeded event after running out of annual funds early last year. “I hope we raise enough funds to be able to cover the entire year,” Stark said. “This year we had to cut off . . . We haven’t had any funds to help patients so we want to get to the point where we have funds all year long.” The foundation hopes to make this a biannual event with one of them being in the Sedona/ Cottonwood area.



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Ba d Ca ndy

TOP: Freshmen Jared Willis (left) and Andrew Bonnell (right) break rock candy in their residence hall kitchen on Sept. 23. Bonnell and Willis worked together to create rock candy in honor of the series ending of Breaking Bad. BOTTOM: Bonnell shows off the finished product of his rock candy creation. He and Willis made rock candy to model the blue meth in Breaking Bad. (Photos by Mitchell Forbes)

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Lumberjacks find groove on offense A

fter the huge upset win against the No. 7 Montana (UM) Grizzlies, the NAU football team moved up the rankings for the third week in a row, moving up to as high as No. 11 in the College Sports Madness rankings. The Lumberjacks are ranked No. 15 in The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivsion (FCS) Top 25 and No. 17 in the FCS Coaches’ Poll. The victory was the third COMMENTARY in a row following the 2013 season-opening loss at UA on Aug. 30 and it was arguably the first time the offense really found its groove moving the football. In his fourth career start, sophomore quarterback Kyren Poe looked more efficient and confident than he has all season VINCENT while passing for 242 yards on PEÑA 22-of-30 passing. Although he didn’t throw a touchdown and conceded an interception, Poe was accurate in his passing, both in the pocket and on the run. Poe struggled in his first three games to start the season, passing for only 4.8 yards per attempt and less than 150 yards per game. His performance against the Grizzlies, however, showed growth and maturity in the first-year starter and gave a glimpse into how dangerous the offense could be when at its best. While he was sacked a couple times by the Grizzlies, the embattled offensive line for the Lumberjacks were greatly improved as a group, not allowing the Grizzlies defense to put pressure on their quarterback. “Our offensive line shored up protection on the pressure and Montana has a great front. The [UM] D-lineman and linebackers are very aggressive and they got at us a few times,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “But for the large part, we were able to throw the ball better because we protected.” In addition to giving Poe more time to throw the ball, the offensive line also played a huge role in senior running back Zach Bauman’s game, rushing for 118 yards on 21 carries to go along with two touchdowns. Bauman reached another career mile-

stone, rushing for over 4,000 career yards. It’s worth noting that in doing so, Bauman surpassed two former UM running backs on the all-time list, putting him in eighth place all-time in Big Sky Conference (BSC) history. Right now Bauman is on pace to finish with more than 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth time in his career, which would put him as high as third place on the BSC all-time rushing list. He currently is rushing for 99.5 yards a game on the season. The defense also continued its dominating season, only allowing 16 points to a UM team that came in averaging 44 points a game. NAU also limited UM to less than 250 yards of total offense, UM’s average on passing yards alone entering the contest. NAU was again able to find the end zone on defense, as two players took fumbles for scoop-andscores. Senior linebacker Ryan Reardon took a fumble back almost 98 yards after his fellow linebacker, senior Austin Hasquet, forced a fumble on a rush by UM junior quarterback Jordan Johnson. Sophomore corner Marcus Alford returned a fumble 22 yards for a score on the Grizzlies’ first drive of the second half. Reardon was named College Football Performance Awards FCS National Defensive Player and National Linebacker of the week. “The defensive plays have all — I don’t know if we have five touchdowns now — on defense have all come from good, solid fundamentals,” Souers said. “I mean there were some crisp plays today — we got a helmet on the ball, the ball popped loose. We played good opportunistic football, took the scoopand-score and they did really well.” For the third consecutive week, a Lumberjack defender was named BSC Defensive Player of the TOP: Sophomore defensive lineman Week as senior nose tackle Chima Ike was honored for John Castaneda and senior linebacker his performance. Ike recorded five tackles, two sacks, Austin Hasquet tackle a University of and was responsible for a pass break-up and two quarMontana (UM) receiver. RIGHT: Senior terback hurries. receiver Dejzon Walker goes up for a With the historic upset, NAU looks toward catch against a UM cornerback. (Photos next week, when the Lumberjacks take on the sevby Zach Youngberg) LEFT: Senior running enth-ranked Montana State University Bobcats in back Zach Bauman looks downfield on Bozeman, Mont. a carry against UM. (Photo by AJ Jeske)

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Senior swimmer Emma Lowther competes in the 100 SC meter butterfly. Lowther broke her previous 2012 Pentathlon 100-meter freestyle record during this year’s Pentathlon on Sept. 27. (Photo by Evan Jon Paniagua)

Lowther breaks own record and takes title in Pentathlon



n the 18th annual NAU swimming and diving Pentathlon, seniors Emma Lowther and Rachel Palmer proved their strength as swimmers and leaders for the program. Lowther beat out two-time Pentathlon back-to-back champion Palmer by 20 points, claiming the victory with help from her 100 meter freestyle finish. In the specific event, Lowther broke her own record of 59.20 set in the 2012 Pentathlon 100 freestyle, by 0.19. Her 59.01 finish was the only record broken in the meet. “I was actually really happy with it. I mean, I was obviously going to put everything into that last race; but I wasn’t feeling as fresh as I could’ve; so I was happy with that,” Lowther said. “I’m excited to keep racing now.” Typically, swim teams would not compete in a schedule such as the one the Lumberjacks participated in on Sept. 27. Beginning with the 200 Individual Medley (IM), and immediately following up with the 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke and 100-freestyle. “It’s definitely the hardest thing we do as a team all year, but it’s a great way to start the season and it gets us ready to race,” Palmer said. “It’s always good to know it’s only going to get better from here so it’s a great starting point for us.” All swimmers took part in each event, regardless of their area of expertise. “It’s really different, but I like it,” Lowther said. “For me especially, it’s the one time a year I can do some races I normal-

ly wouldn’t do so even back to back to back, I still like it just to mix it up a little bit.” Palmer and Lowther had a first and second finish in the 200 IM, which is comprised of one set each of 100 meters of the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Palmer also claimed first place honors in the 100 backstroke, standing as the lone Lumberjack to claim two event victories. “I’m just looking forward to going out with a bang this season. My last year, I just want to give it everything I’ve got and come conference I just want to be ready to go,” Palmer said. “I’m really excited for this season.” Junior Alexis Juergens took the first place finish in the 100 butterfly race, while Lowther came in second. Sophomore Brooke Brittain and freshman Sara Lenhoff came neck and neck behind Palmer in the 100-backstroke event. Senior Stirling Smith and All-American senior Jordan Burnes placed first and second in the 100-breaststroke, respectively. The 2012 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Ellie Morrissey snatched second place behind Lowther in the 100 freestyle. Morrissey and Smith would finish third and fourth overall after the results of the meet concluded. “They did well, they did a great job. This is a tough day for them, but I like the way they compete and the way they battle. I like the way they encourage each other and when it gets tough that’s what they really need,” said head coach of swimming and diving Andy Johns. “This event’s obviously geared toward a more distance oriented or a more versatile person. Emma, Rachel, and Ellie and Stirling, our top four finishers, are all like

that. It’s a great way to start the season.” Five of the six freshmen on the roster of 26 women made their Lumberjack debut at the Wall Aquatic Center (WAC) today, and the competition they brought holds promise for the upcoming season. “They’re going to bring a lot of competition this year, which is great to see,” Palmer said. “We have so many breaststrokers, so many IMers, and just having that competition brings us all to a whole new level and we saw that here today so it was great.” Freshman diver Alexa Geiger will make her Lumberjack debut along with the rest of the diving team on Oct. 11, when they join the swimmers back in the WAC to host their annual Blue vs. Gold meet.

Senior swimmer Andrea Derflinger swims the 100 SC meter butterfly in the 18th Annual NAU Pentathlon meet on Sept. 27. (Photo by Evan Jon Paniagua)

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DII IceJacks drop two-game series with Wildcats



he NAU IceJacks hosted the UA Wildcats Sept. 27–28 at the Jay Lively Activity Center. The IceJacks lost both games, but there were positive signs in the defeats. NAU came into the series as the underdog. NAU is ranked No. 6 in the western region for Division II; UA is ranked No. 20 in the nation for Division I. Despite the glaring difference on paper, both games were competitive and physical. NAU made it harder on themselves, taking a lot of penalties, but some of the calls were questionable. “I thought the ref called some [penalties] on us that didn’t need to be called and missed a lot also,” said head coach Travis Johanson. “Just a lot of missed calls, guys getting hurt.” UA scored the first goal on Saturday. A bad turnover in NAU’s defensive zone ended up on Alex O’Dea’s stick and then the back of the net. NAU would answer before the first period ended. Junior forward Connor Sperry put the rebound in with assists from freshman forward Dylan Blankenship and junior forward Ben Russell. UA would get the lead back at 5:53 in the second period when NAU freshman defenseman Kurtis Petersen and forward Ryan Greenspan had a defensive breakdown. Both players seemed to think the other would grab the puck, but neither did. There was nothing NAU senior goalie James Korte could do. The Wildcats outshot the IceJacks 27-6 in the second period. UA started the period with 10 consecutive shots before NAU got a puck to the net. The IceJacks were able to stand the barrage of shots in large part due to Korte’s phenomenal play. With less than a minute left in the second period, UA was able to add to the lead. There was some controversy surrounding the goal, but ultimately it stood.

ABOVE: Division II senior captain Dillon Butenhoff guards the puck against UA Wildcat freshman defenseman Alex Vazquez on Sept. 27 at the Jay Lively Activity Center. RIGHT: Division II senior goalie James Korte takes a break before the beginning of the second period against UA on Sept. 27. Korte currently has 120 saves on the 2013 season. (Photos by Courtney Martin)

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Division II senior goalie James Korte saves an attempted shot by a UA player on Sept. 28 at the Jay Lively Activity Center. (Photo by Andi Sanchez)

Korte made the original save as a Wildcat forward toppled onto him. The rebound was loose for a few seconds before UA was able to bury it. “[I] definitely got interfered with,” Korte said. “The guy was laying right on top of me.” NAU came out in the third hoping to get it back, but ended up getting two penalties before the first minute had ticked by. Despite NAU playing well all night on the penalty kill, UA made them pay for both of the penalties. UA put up two powerplay goals 31 seconds apart. It only took NAU 39 seconds to answer. Greenspan made up for his defensive blunder when he fed his roommate, senior forward Adam Surber, a beautiful pass in the slot. Surber one-timed it past the Wildcats netminder and gave the IceJacks a chance, but they couldn’t catch up. Senior forward Greg Park got the second assist. “Park and Ryan were working hard down in the corner,” Surber said. “Popped it out to me in front of the net and I just put it top cheddar, goalie didn’t stand a chance.” The IceJacks would add another goal before time expired, but it was too late. The UA goalie was playing the puck behind his net when he lost it and NAU was able to put it in the empty net. Just like Saturday, NAU found themselves trailing early in the game friday. UA scored 54 seconds into the game and jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. The IecJacks couldn’t stay disciplined and spent much of Friday playing a man down. Their only goal of the night came shorthanded on a UA two-man advantage. Sophomore forward Dedrick Wiese managed to beat the UA defender around the outside and elevated the puck over UA goalie Dylon Hojnacki.

UA scored goals in the last minute of the second period in both games. Both goals sucked the momentum out of NAU, which made the score 3-1. With .8 seconds left in the second period on Friday, the puck hit a skate in front of Korte and managed to sneak by. There are some positives for the IceJacks to look at as they prepare to take on ASU in Tempe next week. Special teams have been improving as the season gets going, goaltending has been doing the same and they were able to skate with an opponent that was heavily favored coming in.


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Outdoor Soccer & Flag Football Registration Thru Oct. 8 at Registration for PINK Week, Dodgeball, Splash-to-Dash, Climbing, ZUMBA Thru Oct. 19 at Verde River Expedition Trip (PRM 210) Thru Oct 9

Volleyball vs. Portland State 7pm






D3 Hockey vs ASU 8pm, Jay Lively Arena Soccer vs. Idaho State 7pm, NAU South Fields Men’s Club Soccer vs UTEP 8pm, NAU South Fields

Quidditch Tournament 12pm, NAU South Fields D3 Hockey vs ASU 8:30pm, Jay Lively Arena Men’s Club Soccer vs NM Tech 8pm, NAU South Fields Club Baseball 12pm & 3pm, Flagstaff High School Volleyball vs. Eastern Washingtonl 7 pm



Outdoor Soccer & Flag Football Registration Trhu Oct.8 Registration for PINK Week, Dodgeball, Splash-to-Dash, Climbing, ZUMBA Thru Oct. 19 at Verde River Expedition Trip (PRM 210) Trhu Oct.9 D2 Hockey vs CSU-Fullerton Soccer vs. Weber State 12 pm

8:30 pm, Jay Lively Arena

Latino Heritage Month Zumba 7:30 pm, HLC MPG

D3 Hockey vs ASU 11 pm, Jay Lively Arena

D2 Hockey vs CSU-Fullerton 8:30 pm Jay Lively Arena

Swimming & Diving Blue Gold Meet 2 pm








Registration for PINK Week, Dodgeball, Splash-to-Dash, Climbing, ZUMBA Thru Oct. 19 at Volleyball vs. Northern Colorado 7 pm

Men’s Club Soccer vs ASU 1:30pm, NAU South Fields

D2 Hockey vs Loyola Marymount 8:30pm, Jay Lively Arena

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking (PRM 210)



Soccer vs. North Dakota 12 pm Senior Day Intro to Whitewater Kayaking (PRM 210)

27 PINK WEEK Intro to Whitewater Kayaking (PRM 210)

Soccer vs. NAU Homecoming Northern Colorado Football vs. Idaho State 4 pm 7 pm





D2 Hockey vs Loyola Marymount 8 pm, Jay Lively Arena Volleyball vs. North Dakota 7:30 pm


Campus Recreation Services PINK WEEK SPLASH – DASH – FIT – DODGE – CLIMB Thru Oct 27 at Swimming & Diving vs. New Mexico 11 am






Innertube Water Polo Registration Thru Nov. 12 at Men’s Basketball vs. AZ Christian (EX) TBD

Halloween Fitness Party 5pm, HLC


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Cross country shines at Cowboy Jamboree BY ELIZABETH SEARS


ophomore Futsum Zienasellassie and senior Brian Shrader led the No. 3 nationally ranked NAU Lumberjacks men’s cross country team to a second-place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree hosted by No. 1 Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cowboys on Sept. 28. “They ran fantastic. They started off with each other and they worked well together,” said director of track and field and cross country Eric Heins. “Having those two up front will help us out in just about any race.” Zienasellassie finished fourth with a time of 24:30.67 and Shrader finished fifth with a time of 24:32.53 in their first race appearance of the 2013 season. “Futsum and I were out front and kind of battling the top OSU guys. It was both our first time out racing this year. So it was kind of a wake-up call in terms of the effort and the feeling of a race again,” Shrader said. “We were both really happy to get out there and get that experience over with. We set ourselves up well.” The Lumberjacks finished second with 57 points, 28 points behind the first-place Cowboys. “We had competed against the No. 1 team in the country. Obviously they won, but I thought we held our own pretty well,” Heins said. “We wanted to put our group of runners right behind their group of runners and try to race them until the end.” Junior Caleb Hoover finished ninth with a time of 24:58.02, and Andy Trouard finished 14th with a time of 25:06.04. Sophomore Alejandro Montano (25:16.03), senior Josh Hardin (25:23.02) and junior Cody Reed (25:38.27) finished 25th, 27th and 28th, respectively. Junior Matt McElroy and sophomore Korey Krotzer, who both transferred from OSU, did not compete in today’s meet. “We are just trying to get

ready for the Wisconsin meet here in three weeks,” Heins said on their absence. The NAU women’s cross country team finished third, just a point behind second-place University of Kentucky. “Our strategy [was] we had a group of nine runners running and we thought we could have three girls packed up in three separate groups. I thought we did that fairly well,” Heins said. Sophomore Melanie Townsend finished third overall with a time of 17:47.74. “Fantastic. It is great that she dedicated herself so much this summer to stay in Flagstaff and work hard,” Heins said. “To make such a huge jump after just one year is rewarding for her and a big confidence booster. I am really proud of her.” “I was a bit surprised. I knew I was in good shape and be out there somewhere,” Townsend said. “I did not expect to be that close to the front. It was good, gave me a lot of confidence. Freshman Paige Gilchrist finished seventh with a time of 18:08.49. Freshmen Carolyn Bethel finished 16th with a time of 18:30.49 and Vanessa Estrada finished 19th with a time of 18:34.73. Junior Kelly Fruth (18:46.99), sophomores Rolonda Jumbo (18:58.49) and Caroline Hogardh (19:08.99) finished 25th, 29th and 35th, respectively. “The women showed signs of improvement and I still think the women can get better,” Heins said. “I see some good potential on the women’s side.” The men’s cross country team will compete at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational at the Thomas Zimmer Championships Cross Country Course in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 19. The women’s cross country team will compete at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet at the Lavern Gibson Championships Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 19.


Women's volleyball bounces back with a win following weekend loss BY JASMYN WIMBISH


fter a loss on the road against Sacramento State University, the NAU women’s volleyball team bounced back with a sweep (25–13, 25–12, 25–18) against Southern Utah University (SUU) on Sept. 30. NAU improved its record to 9–4 overall, and 3–1 in the Big Sky Conference (BSC). “Sacramento State was kind of a hard loss for us, but I think our playing tonight doesn’t really show that we lost a game that we should’ve won,” said sophomore outside hitter Janae Vander Ploeg. “I think it showed that we want to play hard, and we’re going to play hard all of the time.” The Lumberjacks started off the first set with a 9–0 run, with three of those points being service aces by freshman outside hitter

Addy Lofstedt. NAU kept SUU to 13 points in the first set, with a hitting percentage of .105. The Jacks capitalized on six Thunderbird errors and were able to put the first set away with ease. “We practiced on Sunday and really refocused on what we were going to do in this match,” said junior setter Erin Truett. “We just had to finish and do what we do and focus on every point.” Truett ended the evening with 35 assists, six digs and two blocks, while Vander Ploeg led the team in kills with 13. Sophomore middle blocker Payton Bock and junior right side Sydney Kemper both totaled eight kills, while Bock also added on four blocks as well. “Offensively, we were really strong. Erin did a really good job of distributing the ball and keeping all our hitters involved,” said head coach Ken Murphy. “I liked the way

Sophmore outside hitter Janae Vander Ploeg spikes over the block of Southern Utah University’s sophomore middle blocker Taylor Heine and freshman opposite hitter Ann Clappier. The Lumberjacks swept the Thunderbirds 3–0 on Sept. 30. (Photo by Jeff Bucher)

our middle and right side offense looked, and I really liked the fact that we got some big leads and never let up.” Senior libero Lexie Schroeder made her second career start and ended the night with 16 digs. In the second set Schroeder kicked off a 6–0 service run that included one service ace, forcing SUU to call a timeout. After the timeout, the Jacks were able to push the lead to 18–10 which resulted in another Thunderbird timeout. Freshman middle blocker Izzy Gosar received some playing time in the second set after the Jacks got out to a 22–11 lead. The Jacks were able to carry the momentum from the first set into the second, allowing only 12 points scored by the Thunderbirds, with 11 errors, and a hitting percentage of -.074. NAU hit an impressive .429 in the second set while only having one error, which helped them finish the second set much like the first. Going into the third set, junior outside hitter Hannah Hill started over Lofstedt, and the Jacks were able to jump out to a 5–1 lead early on. SUU would not go away easily as they were able to get within three points when the score was at 17–14, as NAU had eight errors in the third set. Despite the errors, the Jacks would not let their lead get any smaller than that and were able to put away the final set after five match point attempts. This was the first part of a three-home game stand that continues on Oct. 3 against the Portland State University (PSU) Vikings. During the 2012 season, when these two teams met, they split the series, both taking wins in their home gyms. PSU is currently undefeated in the BSC, and NAU will look to end that streak. “We have to have the right mindset about it,” Murphy said. “Portland State is going to be really good on Thursday, and all we can control is ourselves and our attitude and our effort on our side.”

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Soccer claims first

Big Sky victory



espite being down twice in an away game at its Big Sky Conference (BSC) opener, the NAU women’s soccer team was able to rally back and defeat Southern Utah University 3–2 in double overtime. “The [BSC] is a war,” head coach Andre Luciano said. “They’re all hard-fought games and every one is an absolute battle. It’s very important in conference to get a win every time you’re on the road.” After a scoreless first half, the Thunderbirds were able to put the first goal on the board in the 53rd minute of play, but sophomore forward Haley Wingender responded 30 seconds afterward to tie the game at 1–1. Ten minutes later, the Lumberjacks faced another deficit going down 2–1, but a goal from freshman forward Lindsay Doyle once again tied the game. “The biggest challenge was the other team scoring before us,” Doyle said. “The first half was a little shaky but we definitely stepped it up in the second half and had more shots on goal.” The winning shot came from sophomore midfielder Nicole Sherwin from 40 yards out with only two minutes left of play. “It’s probably one of the best feelings in the world,” Sherwin said. “For me right now, scoring that goal and getting my team to 1–0 [in conference] is good.” On multiple games this season, including their BSC opener, the Lumberjacks proved that they can step up and do what is needed in order to make a successful comeback. “Our intensity picked up when we were down and we take challenges well,” Sherwin said. “We’re not ready to give up and we want these wins.” With this win against Southern Utah, NAU kicks off their conference play at 1–0–0 and an overall record of 5–2–3. NAU will host their next BSC game at Lumberjack Stadium on Oct. 4 against Idaho State University. RIGHT: Sophomore cornerback Marcus Alford defends against University of Montana sophomore wide receiver Taylor Walcott and battles for the ball. FAR RIGHT: Sophomore running back Casey Jahn carries the ball past the Grizzlies’ defense during the Lumberjacks’ Sept. 28 game. (Photos by Zach Youngberg)

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NAU dominated the game from the beginning, scoring on their first two drives as Bauman found the end zone twice in the first half. His first touchdown came on a 41-yard run and his second was punched in from five yards out to give the Lumberjacks an early 14–0 lead. After breaking the all-time NAU rushing record in his past game, Bauman followed that up with another milestone: hitting the 4,000-yard career rushing mark. He surpassed two former UM backs on the list to put him in eighth place all-time in BSC history. Bauman finished the game with 118 yards on 21 carries to go with the two touchdowns. He also added three receptions for 40 yards. Once again, the Lumberjacks set the tone on defense by scoring two defensive touchdowns on fumble recoveries. The first was by senior linebacker Ryan Reardon, who took a fumble on the two-yard line back 98 yards for a touchdown to put NAU up 21–3 late in the second quarter. The second was taken back 22 yards by sophomore cornerback Marcus Alford, giving him his second defensive score of the season. “Andy Thompson and our defensive coaching staff do a great job. I’m very proud of the way they prepared our defense,” Souers said. “They knew going in the kind of offense and production [Montana] had. They’ve been averaging 42 points a game and huge yards, and I thought they came up big today and answered the call.” NAU held UM to 249 total yards of offense, in spite of UM coming into the game averaging almost 500 yards of offense per game. The Lumberjacks held Grizzly junior quarterback Jordan Johnson to less than 44 percent passing and sacked him four times. And for the third week in a row, a member of the Lumberjacks’ defense was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the week. This week, senior nose tackle Chima Ike won the honor after he put in a performance that included five tackles and two sacks, helping keep the Grizzlies’ offense at bay. Sophomore quarterback Kyren Poe played his best game of the season, passing for 242 yards on 22-of-30 passing, with his one blemish being an interception. “Poe’s great; he grew up today,” Bauman said. “It’s his fourth game; it’s tough to come into an environment like this, playing a top-ten team — they’re ranked number seven. Playing a team like

Montana, you got to keep your composure.” Souers also thought his quarterback showed growth today, adding Poe needed to play well to be successful against UM. “I think you’re starting to see more of Kyren Poe, the quarterback he can be,” Souers said. “Like everyone in our offensive unit, he improved and he stepped it up. We needed it today in order to be successful.” Poe thought it was an overall effort on offense, which was much more efficient in the game. “Today was a great team win. I felt like our team is really well-rounded and we figured that out today,” Poe said. “It’s great when we’re clicking on all cylinders and I think that all we can do is improve from here, and that’s exciting.” In addition to the solid passing performance, Poe caught a pass from sophomore wide receiver Alex Holmes on a double reverse in the first quarter. Holmes also had a career night, catching the ball seven times for 68 yards in addition to getting his first career pass. The Skydome sold out and the crowd played a huge role in the game at times. The Grizzlies were called for three false starts in the first half, including two straight late in the second quarter. Poe thought the crowd really made a difference against Grizzlies, saying it was one of the best in his time as a Lumberjack. “The fans were great today. I’ve been here for three years now and that was the best game I’ve ever been to, the most electrifying crowd that I’ve been around and it was awesome,” Poe said. “I hope they can keep it up. We feed off of it; we feed off of their energy. Dome-field advantage is what they call it.” NAU takes its three-game win streak into the Oct. 5 matchup with the No. 11 Montana State University Bobcats. A win next weekend will give the Lumberjacks two straight wins against ranked opponents. Souers noted although the win over the Grizzlies was important, their most important game is the next one. “You have to look at it — yes it’s a significant game. Yes it’s huge, it’s important to start conference play on a winning side, and they’re going to contend,” Souers said. “[Montana] is a team we may see later in the playoffs, if we get ourselves to that point.” Souers added, “But it’s only one game and we’re 1–0, and we have Montana State up in their place and that’s going to be as tough of a game as we’ve had all year.”

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Beatles cover night rocks The Green Room for benefit concert

ABOVE: Jeff Rester, Jeremy Brougher and Gary Anderson of Blenders perform on stage at The Green Room’s Beatles Benefit concert Sept. 27. RIGHT: Jeff Rester of Blenders performs stand-up bass at The Green Room’s Beatles cover night to benefit Matt Semik, a local musician diagnosed with leukemia. (Photos by Glenn Garner)



he ‘60s made a comeback at The Green Room on Sept. 27 for the All You Need is Love Beatles cover benefit evening. The part music concert, part fundraising event entertained the audience with 40 bands, all playing their own interpretation of The Beatles songs. The Green Room has done the same benefit concerts for over a year now, where bands perform cover songs from a particular favorite band and donate the proceeds to a cause. A few of these past events included songs from The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. Production manager for The Green Room, Jen Ross, was the mastermind behind the events. Her newest undertaking, The Beatles benefit for Matt Semik, friend of The Green Room and local musician who has leukemia. “This is the first time we actually specifically raised money for an individual, all of the rest of them have been for non-profits,” Ross said. The Beatles, who have sold more than two billion albums, have a larger fan base than bands like Nirvana and The Cure, purely because it spans multiple generations; it’s no wonder The Green Room chose the iconic band.

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Shayna Stevens, a junior secondary education major, is one of many proving The Beatles are not leaving speakers any time soon. “I think they’re one of the bands that I obviously didn’t grow up with, but one of my older sisters got me really into them,” Stevens said. “Anytime I get to hear any covers of them, I like to turn out.” The night was a big party and as with any party, it isn’t complete until there is pizza, drinks and a masseuse in the corner. Donations were welcomed for the massages and the food from Fratelli Pizza. Also part of the fundraising was a suggested donation cover charge of $5 and raffle drawings throughout the night, with prizes including two passes to Bearizona and two gift cards for a dinner at 1899 Bar and Grill. There was a good turn-out for the benefit performances; the long bar was lined with customers while the dance floor and seating remained heavily occupied. The vibe in the bar is what would be expected when a Beatles song is on — laid-back and happy. The Green Room had small groups, couples and best friends scattered throughout with smiles and animated conversations were everywhere. Also

an important element that contributed to the mood was the two stages in use. For the most part, it eliminated the awkward lengthy pause during band changes. Even those opposed to any Beatles songs would have danced to some of the music of the evening. Many of the bands played a very different rendition than that of the original songs, including a reggae adaptation. The crowd was a vast mix — those who listened to the original Beatles record in 1964, but also ‘90s children dancing before the stage. It was not a night of older men trying to relive their glory days but a fresh mix of local talent. Tyler Wade, an environmental histories graduate student, chatted with friends while waiting for the next band. “My buddy is playing with the Blunders . . . I figured I’d come here and watch him shred some keys,” Wade said. The party at the Green Room did not end until closing time; the bartenders and musicians held their energy throughout the night. “All You Need is Love” was a fitting name for the evening. The audience loved the bands; the bands loved the music, all the while showing love to Matt Semik.

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aking stops at all three Arizona universities, the Red Bull Sound Select Tour rolled into Flagstaff Sept. 26. The tour was designed to showcase contemporary and original artists to college crowds with lots of free-flowing Red Bull energy drinks. The show, which was originally planned to take place at The Grove Apartments on Red Bull’s own traveling stage, was relocated to the new Jax Nightclub in downtown Flagstaff due to severe winds. Leading off the show, the band Strange Names was the optimum choice for an opening band, with an energetic performance and a promising sound the crowd responded to well. They were followed by Los Angeles-based band Hands, which kept the high-spirited momentum going throughout the show. Their attitude was also aligned with most of those in the audience as well, who was wholeheartedly in search of a fun time. By the time headlining act Electric Guest came on, the crowd had waned in size; that was a shame because Electric Guest’s live performance and vocals were spot on, sounding

nearly identical to the recordings. Their vintage-sounding melodies include audible R&B influences with modern lyrical elements, all from their debut album, 2012’s Mondo. They performed the best sounding set by far with still keeping in the high-energy theme of the night. The Lumberjack got the chance to sit down with Electric Guest’s vocalist Asa Taccone and chat about their tour and future album plans. The Lumberjack (LJ): How do you like Flagstaff so far? Asa Taccone (AT): We like it. This is actually one of the first places we ever played. We played the Orpheum I think, with Cold War Kids when we first started about a year and a half ago. LJ: How was the process of recording your album, Mondo? AT: It was super fun; it was just mostly pretty low-key, like in pajamas. At a certain point we got with a producer and went into a studio but, for the most part, it was pretty intimate. LJ: Are there any plans for the next album? AT: Yeah, we’re just kind of writing it.

We’ve pretty much been on tour solidly since the last time we came here, a little over a year and a half ago, and now we’re just winding it down. Now we’re doing little one-offs like this, and writing. LJ: Where would you say you draw inspiration from the most when writing? Which artists? AT: You know with this next album, the one thing that’s been on repeat in my mind is Paul Simon’s Graceland. I’ve been listening to Graceland a lot. Oddly enough, I want to do something that has very little to do with being cool because I think the whole culture is caught up in everyone doing theses affectations of what it is to be cool or [expletive] edgy or any of that [expletive]. All I want to do is try to write some authentic songs. And honestly the new stuff, the new demos, sound kind of like . . . they just sound different. Because I’m really trying to like just focus on the songwriting and whatever way it comes out, as vulnerable as it comes out; if it comes out sounding cheesy — not cheesy, cheesy [is] a terrible word — but I guess vulnerable is the only word I know [to describe it]. So much of music now is like an impression of what it is, to rock or pop, and

it ends up feeling like more of the same. Even this culture’s idea of what it is to be young; you have to be constantly partying and loud or overly sexualized and all this [expletive]. I just want to cut through the [expletive] noise because there’s so much of it, everywhere you go, and try to do something real. Who knows if it’ll happen, though. LJ: Lastly, you’ve won an Emmy for helping write the Saturday Night Live Digital Short “D*** in a Box” and you’ve worked with your brother — a member of The Lonely Island trio. How was that writing process, especially in comparison to Electric Guest? AT: It was more like a means to an end. I did a lot of that stuff kind of just to be able to find our bands stuff. It was way, way different but it’s been amazing. And actually Andy Samberg who did that skit — it was just his wedding this last weekend, so it was cool to go up and all the cast members who I’ve worked with and a lot of people we wrote songs with over the years were there and I ended up doing a song for his wedding. It was cool because I could tell it was all for this; it was all for me to be able to do our band’s stuff.

LEFT: Electric Guest performs at Jax on Sep. 26. The band was on a tour of Arizona sponsored by Red Bull. RIGHT: Asa Taccone of Electric Guest performs. The performance was moved from The Grove to Jax due to severe winds. (Photos by Holly Mandarich)

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P i n e Forest Music Festival


recap the Orpheum Sept. 29

TOP LEFT: Ladies from a belly-dancing group called Serendipity’s Kiss dance at the Pine Forest Music Festival. BOTTOM LEFT: Anam, a singer-songwriter from Anam Cara Trio, performs. TOP RIGHT: An extreme entertainer, MC Dizzy Hips, demonstrates balancing a hulahoop on his head. BOTTOM RIGHT: Heather Levin performs with Serendipity’s Kiss. (Photos by Christina Flores)

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ABOVE: Contestants stuff their faces at this past year’s Brat Eating Contest during Oktoberfest. (Photo by Keenan Turner) RIGHT: Matt Mundus, Flagstaff resident, attends the Oktoberfest 2012. (Photo by Kaloni Vazquez)



he chill of the air and shortness of the days foreshadows the unstoppable march of winter. However, another Flagstaff tradition also precedes winter — Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest traditionally is a German festival. The original concept stems from the celebrations following a royal Bavarian wedding and that has lasted hundreds of years. The festival generally takes place from late September to early October. Flagstaff has attempted to take 16 days of jubilation and drinking and compact the over two-week event into one day at Wheeler Park. Jenifer Grogan, owner of Peak Events and the event coordinator for Oktoberfest, explained the borrowed Flagstaff tradition of Oktoberfest. “It is the last festival of the season and kind of rounds out all the festivals of the year. Basically, you come and enjoy a great day, all day, in the park,” said Grogan. “We’ll have live music, tons of different vendors, all of our sponsors will be there. Then some of our local restaurants and one that comes out of Phoenix will be there, and plenty of beer and a good time,”

On Oct. 5, Wheeler Park will temporarily become a slice of Germany complete with polka music, brats and gallons of craft beer. The event will be $5 at the door with cash-only venders who will provide various arrangements of food and beverages, often with a German flair. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., so arrive early to get the maximum experience. Also, getting to the park early may be a problem for out-of-town visitors. Luckily, Flagstaff Oktoberfest has also partnered with many nearby hotels to encourage out-of-town attendees, as well as locals, drive home intoxicated. However, if drinking beer on a cool October day in a park seems dull, fear not; events will be occurring throughout the day for entertainment and participation. For kids and adults alike, events such as the yodeling contest, costume contest and free root beer floats draw in a demographic often underrepresented in the alcohol-centered event. However, for the many adults and traditional Oktoberfest enthusiasts, the event will be more than satisfactory. Bands like Big Willie and The Polka Meisters, The Buzzard Brothers, Polka Katzen and Buckit will play as well as other attractions like a brat eating contest and beer hoisting. All events will undoubtably keep traditionalists coming back to the

annual event. The proceeds from the event benefit a charitable cause so the guilt of consumption may be channeled into the good being done for the group. Flagstaff Oktoberfest’s coordinator plainly explains the donation to the Alpine Ski Team. “I was the member of the ski team as a kid; that’s how I learned. I spoke with the director Linda, who also owns Altitudes, and she mentioned that 75 percent of their kids are on scholarship so we’re going to donate towards that and a new clubhouse,” Grogan explains. “The 25 percent of alcohol sales will go towards the ski team. We actually raised $6,800 last year for our charity. I would love to give them a ten thousand dollar check this year.” With a fun festival for a good cause, there is no reason to spend the fall worrying about winter when a beer festival of this caliber is readily available. With that in mind, before the snow hits nothing could be better than spending one last sunny day on green grass with a frosty mug of craft beer. For $5, Oktoberfest is a bargain, offering traditional German music, food and beer.

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Audible Leftovers Critique Corner Soundcheck—This Is... by Icona Pop



usic is an impossibly diverse and many-headed thing, fulfilling functions and presenting ideas big and small that are forever changing and multiplying. Not every artist is seeking to revolutionize their respective genre, to change the status quo, to challenge presumptions or craft highly conceptualized ideas. Sometimes the goal is not depth or provocation. Sometimes the goal is simple — uncomplicated aural pleasures. A sense of fun and whimsicality that requires no excessive thought. And Icona Pop is here to satisfy. Their international debut and overall second album, This Is . . . acts as a proper introduction for the world and the airwaves to Swedish duo Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo. Opening with the successful (and drastically overplayed) “I Love It,” it is a record of relative vapidity and monotony, yet no less enjoyable because of it. Ke$ha inevitability comes to mind, and for good reason. With lyrics dealing almost exclusively with alcohol, weekend fun and general debauchery, This Is . . . skips along on heavy beats, fizzling synths and autotune, each track a sugary bit of dance-pop that does its best to deliver the biggest hook possible. It is all very radio-friendly, perfectly tailored to ensure mass appeal and a continual presence on car speakers and DJ playlists. Doubtless, radio will find itself making its way through the ranks of potential number-one hits, doing its very best to make sure the casual listener is hearing these ladies on a near loop regardless of what station they tune in to. That is precisely what makes Icona Pop work so well. They know exactly what they are doing and they know how to do it perfectly. There is nothing at all wrong with a desire for ear-popping anthems that can be blared at top volume. Everybody needs an escape now and again, and what better way to find

Top Tracks on This Is . . .: “Girlfriend” “On a Roll” one than through a bit of undemanding pop confectionary? Icona Pop provides the immediate accessibility and high-powered frenzy necessary for impromptu dancing and group revelry, with communal sing-alongs and general boisterousness encouraged. Sure, if you have heard the group’s “I Love It,” you already have an accurate idea of what This Is . . . sounds like in its entirety. Variation in the formula is kept to a minimum and the only time that the pair even remotely slows down is during its sprint towards the finish line with the late tracks “Just Another Night” and “Hold On,” both of which still manage a vibrancy and speed that keep both far away from anything resembling a ballad or acoustic number. Still it is an easy album to get through, with songs never venturing past the three-minute mark and less than a dozen tracks. It is quick and easy, jumping from one dance-floor hit to another, lasting just long enough to give you your fill of its chorus before moving on. The best of the bunch are “Girlfriend” and “On a Roll,” the former a buzzing tribute to living fast with your pal and the latter a shouting chant of self-confidence and partying. So while it may lack the depth required by some to be considered “true” music, This Is . . . stands as a pleasurable bit of aural fluff that most should be able to find some simple thrills in. Leave your brain at the door and get kicking.

Local Lowdown 10th annual Flagstaff Mt. Film Festival



ilmmakers and enthusiasts from across the state and around the world will come to Flagstaff to connect and screen their films at the 10th Annual Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (FMFF) Oct. 9-13. The four days and four nights of fun and films will be hosted at venues around Flagstaff such as Theatrikos, Flagstaff Bike Revolution and Firecreek Coffee Company. FMFF is a volunteer-run charity event in which all proceeds go to future festivals and the Emerging Filmmaker Program — a free documentary film workshop open to local high school students. The festival is committed to bringing knowledge of non-fiction films and the filmmaking experience to the youth of northern Arizona. FMFF’s mission is to provide an understanding of the world of independent films not only to youth, but to the community of northern Arizona. The non-fiction films featured this year highlight the Flagstaff community. One film — which will have its world premiere at the festival — After Effects, sheds light on the contribution of Flagstaff citizens to solve the

ongoing plight of the Haitian people. The film follows the Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corp, a small non-profit group that has made a big impact on helping Haiti. According to the film, because of this group, Flagstaff is ranked fourth in international cities to send volunteers to Haiti. After Effects will be screened at The Orpheum on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. This year, FMFF is not just about films, the Festival will be celebrating its 10th year with a gala and special presentations in various local locations from the filmmakers themselves. Each event and film will be held in sessions at different locations around town. Tickets can be purchased for each session individually, with varying prices, or a VIP pass to include all the sessions can be purchased for $60. Both options can be purchased online at

First Friday Guide Incahoots Speakeasy 9 E. Aspen Ave. — Costume specials, food and wine

Rainbow’s End 8 E. Rte 66 — Pet paintings, music, food and wine

The Green Room 15 N. Agassiz St.­— Tommy’s Costumes runway show

Wanderlust Brewing Co. 1519 N. Main St.­— Live music and local beer

Arizona Handmade Gallery 13 N. San Francisco St.— Featured artist Debbie Leavitt

Fire on the Mountain 324 W. Birch Ave.— Glass blowing 12th annual pumpkin blow

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The Lumberjack - Issue 7 - Fall 2013  

The seventh issue of the fall 2013 run of The Lumberjack, the student newspaper of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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