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or 25 years, the Arizona Cardinals football team have spent their summers training at NAU. This past March, the NAU administration rejected a one-year hosting contract for the Cardinals, initially leaving Flagstaff businesses nervous about summer revenue. However, according to the sales tax and revenue report for the months of July and August, the fear of a downturn was unnecessary. Excluding 2005, the relationship between the Cardinals and NAU has been present since 1988. In recent years, the Cardinals would train from the last week of July to the third week of August. According to the report, local restaurants and bars had an accumulated increase of approximately 3 percent in July and an 11.6 percent increase in August. Flagstaff hotels and motels also experienced an unexpected increase of 7.3 percent in sales for the month of August. Last summer, the city recognized the NFL team for bringing in $10 million, but the sales report breakdown now poses the question of wether Cardinals training camp was the reason for such significant gains in previous years. “I think it’s apparent now that the Cardinals are not the exact economic factor that some people thought they were,” said Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours. The report also indicates the city’s success in new marketing strategies. “I know our Convention and Visitors Bureau has worked very hard to promote Flagstaff this summer and that it is seen,” Nabours said. City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Heidi Hansen stated that the Cardinals relocating announcement expedited some of the advertising and marketing plans. “It was very short notice when the Cardinals announced a change in location,” Hansen said. “I give a lot of credit see CARDINALS page 7






LEFT: Sergio Padilla dances in the performance of the Ballet Folklorico de Colores on Oct. 26. The ballet was one of many events held for the 10th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente. ABOVE: Diego Hernandez and Jazmin Hernandez dance in the performance of the Ballet Folklorico de Colores at the Museum of Northern Arizona. RIGHT: Altars were set up all around the courtyard to commemorate the dead.

(Photos by Holly Mandarich)



ars packed the parking lot of the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) on Oct. 26 and 27 for the Celebraciones de la Gente festival that celebrates the rich Hispanic culture of northern Arizona, as well as ramping up for the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1. The celebration was jampacked with events through both

days with things such as Sugar Skull decorating and a memorial walk or “Ofrendas and Dia de Los Muertos” by Nuestras Raices, which means Our Roots. Music, food and storytelling were also key factors during the Dia de los Muertos portion of the celebration to educate those outside the Hispanic community as well as pass on this cultural tradition to future generations. Arts, such as film, spray painting murals,


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Police Beat


Oct. 27 At 1:33 a.m., Northern Arizona University Police Department (NAUPD) received a request for assistance with an intoxicated subject passed out in Lot 7A. Three officers responded, along with Flagstaff Fire Department (FFD) and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT), and the individual was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) for treatment.

At 2:10 a.m. an officer reported two subjects arguing at a location on Milton Road. FPD responded and police officers separated the subjects who afterwards left the area.

At 2:35 a.m., someone reported a student had fallen off a skateboard and was vomiting near Allen Hall. NAUPD, FFD and GMT responded, but the subject refused transport.

At 5:28 p.m., a student reported being the victim of an assault that occurred in the University Hot Spot. Three officers responded and cited the subject for two counts of assault.

At 4:55 a.m., another request was made for assistance with a resident of Sechrist Hall who was vomiting and unresponsive. NAUPD, FFD and GMT responded and transported the subject to FMC for treatment.

At 7:12 p.m., an officer reported a suspicious person in Lot 3. The subject complied when asked to leave campus after a trespass warning.

Oct. 26 At 2:48 a.m., staff from Reilly Hall reported a subject passed out in a fifth-floor hallway. NAUPD, FFD and GMT responded and transported the underage subject to FMC with a deferral for minor consumption. At 1:11 p.m., staff at Allen Hall reported stolen medication from a residence. An officer dispatched and provided informational services. Oct. 25 At 1:40 a.m., two officers began searching for a subject involved in an assault on Milton Road. FPD located the subject off campus.

At 3:28 a.m., staff at South Village Apartments requested assistance with a loud party. Two officers dispatched and broke up the party.

At 11:07 p.m., an officer reported three subjects in the woods near Hilltop Townhomes. Another officer assisted and deferred one student for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Oct. 24 At 1:20 a.m., a staff member at the Biology Building requested assistance in securing a door. An officer dispatched and found the door lock to be broken. After filing a work order to repair the lock, NAUPD gave the staff member a ride to a residence on South Beaver Street. At 9:11 a.m., staff at the Health and Learning Center (HLC) reported finding a bullet in the weight room. An officer responded and brought the item back to NAUPD for safekeeping

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Oct. 23 At 2:51 p.m., a student reported finding a stolen bicycle at Social and Behavioral Sciences. An officer dispatched, along with a staff member from the Lockshop. They photographed the bike and document the serial number prior to releasing it to the owner. Oct. 22 At 3:57 p.m., FPD reported an injury accident between a bicycle and a vehicle near the Ponderosa Building. NAUPD officers responded and found medical personnel already on-scene. All subjects refused medical transport. At 7:42 p.m., staff from The Suites reported an odor of marijuana coming from a room. Two officers responded and found the subject to be in possession of a valid medical cannabis card but issued a referral for illegal possession. Oct. 21 At 12:41 a.m., a resident of Hilltop Townhomes reported her boyfriend was hit in the head with an unknown object in an alley near Riordan Ranch Street. Two officers responded. The subject refused medics, but found he was involved in a bike theft on NAU campus. Police arrested the subject for trafficking stolen property. At 5:56 p.m., FPD requested assistance with an intoxicated subject on Milton Road. An NAUPD officer responded and arrested one individual for public consumption and disorderly conduct.



or the first time during my tenure at this paper, we have an issue coming out on the day of Halloween. We took advantage of the opportunity, throwing in a few Halloween-themed pieces where we felt appropriate. The Arts and Entertainment section, predictably, ended up with a multitude of Halloween related content, including some of the staff ’s favorite horror movies. Also in the paper this week, readers will find the City of Flagstaff ’s tax report on the impact of the Arizona Cardinals not spending part of their training camp in town. This past spring, we heard a bit of back and forth from team officials and NAU’s administration. As it turns out, it appears the school was better off for not caving to the team’s demands. Flagstaff businesses did not suffer from the lack of Cardinal fans travelling up the mountain. Unfortunately for students, the nightmare will not quite be finished until the crazy finals schedule is completed. Stay tuned; we will do our best to help explain how the schedule breaks down for everyone. In the meantime, we commend the university for proving its independence from a professional sports franchise attempting to throw its weight around. Hopefully, this will be the only semester that students have to suffer from an illogical schedule. Be safe on Halloween and through the weekend if your celebration continues. Enjoy this week’s paper. Thank you for reading, Cody Bashore, Editor-in-Chief


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EventsCalendar Calendar Events THURS., OCT. 31 Halloween Harvest [4 p.m./Heritage Square] Taylor Haunted House [7 p.m./NAU Field House] Octubafest [7:30 p.m./Ashurt Hall] Viola’s Haunted Garden [7:30 p.m./Viola’s Flower Garden]

The Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band [7:30 p.m./The Orpheum] SAT., NOV. 2 NAU Football vs. North Dakota [4 p.m./The Walkup Skydome] NAU Volleyball vs. Sacramento [7:30 p.m./Rolle Activity Center]

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Color Pallets [11 a.m./Beaver Street Gallery]

“High Altitude New Play Festival” [2 p.m./NAU Studio Theatre]

First Friday Art Walk [7 p.m./Downtown Flagstaff]

Sunday Salsa Socials [7 p.m./Studio Fitness Center]

MON., NOV. 4 Climate Science and Solution Discussion Cafe [6 p.m./Museum of Northern Arizona] TUE., NOV. 5 NAU College of Arts and Letters Presents “Anatomy of a Murder” [7 p.m./The Cline Library] WED., NOV. 6 SUN Entertainment Trivia Night [5:30 p.m./The du Bois] Hot Topics Cafe “Violence in Society” [6 p.m./Museum of Northern Arizona]

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Uncertainty threatens trailer park, residents face eviction

Arrowhead Village trailer park residents face potential eviction. Trailer park residents will be forced to move out of their homes if the City of Flagstaff approves of a new student residential housing project. (Photo by Domenique Pennacchio)



ontroversy arose during a La Plaza Vieja community meeting on Oct. 2 when a representative from Landmark Properties of Athens, Ga., presented plans to residents of Arrowhead Village Mobile Home Park to build a student-housing complex on the site of their mobile home community. Arrowhead Village Mobile Home Park is located on Blackbird Roost, between Clay Avenue and Route 66, approximately a fiveminute walk from NAU’s north campus. The property had been on the real estate market for two years before Landmark bought it earlier this year with plans to build a $52 million apartment complex with approximately 190 units. Unrest and worry spread through the mobile home park. Its residents, speaking primarily Spanish, could understand only fractions of what was happening. During the time in which the park was on the market, mobile home owners rented spaces at $325 per month. Families have moved into the trailer park as recently as four months ago without knowledge the property was up for sale. “[The owner] had a moral obligation to tell the people he put it up for sale,” said Flagstaff Vice Mayor Coral Evans. Representatives of Landmark, whose building plans are still in early incubation with no definitive start date, were equally unprepared for the controversial meeting. Neither was prepared to declare how much the company was offering to relocate the residents whose homes will face the bulldozers. “They didn’t mean to throw out dollar amounts,” said a spokesperson for Landmark

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Properties, Joseph Villasenor. According to Villasenor, when asked how much relocation money his client was prepared to offer, they answered “a couple hundredthousand.” This translated through the language barrier as an arbitrary sum of $200,000 to be dispersed throughout the 56 families of Arrowhead Village, an individual amount of just over $3,500. To further frustration, when asked when the residents could expect to see their 180day eviction notices, Landmark reps answered vaguely. Someone announced Dec. 26 — the day after Christmas. The City of Flagstaff was not aware of Landmark’s plans until the company submitted a rezoning application at City Hall, which led to the Plaza Vieja community meeting. “If you were at that meeting, you would have gotten that the city loves this project,” Evans said, who was present at the meeting on Oct. 2. She also said Arrowhead’s manager did not know the property was for sale until the meeting. After hearing the news and the angry responses of the residents, the manager abandoned the trailer park and fled the state. The absence of a manager and someone qualified to answer questions compounded the worries of Arrowhead residents. They were uncertain of how they would recover their deposits. Most of the trailers are too old to move. Miriam, a four-month resident of Arrowhead Village who declined to give her last name, had just begun a two-year contract. If she moved early, she would have to pay for breaking her lease, but if she stayed until the eviction notice, she would lose what she invested in

restoring her trailer, which cannot be transported to another park. “We invested money into our trailer,” said Eliad, another resident of the trailer park. “We don’t know how much they will give us in comparison to what we invested.” Arrowhead residents were led to assume NAU was behind this project as well. “That proposal is not an NAU project, nor have we commented on it,” said Tom Bauer, director of NAU Office of Public Affairs. “No one from NAU is involved.” Villasenor asks people not to jump to conclusions at this early stage. “There were a lot of things taken out of context,” Villasenor said. His employer has invited non-profit mediators to help work out a case-by-case solution with individual families. “If you want someone to relocate, what is a fair payment?” Evans asked. “What is the dollar amount?” Also neglected has been the impact of traffic through the neighborhood on Clay Avenue and Blackbird Roost. The developer has not yet conducted a traffic impact study. The proposed building project includes approximately 400 parking spaces. Vice Mayor Evans estimates up to 3,000 more vehicles per day on Clay Avenue and Blackbird Roost. Administrative staff at the nearby Haven Montessori School expressed concern for the increased traffic. Motorists have a habit of speeding and running stop signs as they cut through the Plaza Vieja neighborhood to avoid the Milton-Rte. 66 traffic. Haven staff said in a newsletter to parents of their elementary students, “An increase in the volume of cars, we

believe, will only deepen the issues we already face.” Apart from a traffic impact analysis, Landmark must still have city approval to rezone the site of the trailer park for a different residential coding. Without that zoning approval, they do not have the right to evict the residents of Arrowhead from the property, demolish the dilapidated trailers and build their five-story apartment complex. “I think it’s remiss to believe that there’s any ill intent here,” Villasenor said. He went on to explain that Landmark has scheduled several meetings this week with city officials and residents, including Evans. All this controversy sparked up when Landmark revealed their building plans to residents, which they were required to do after they submitted their zoning application. Other cities have policies in place to ensure that residents are fairly compensated and successfully relocated. The site of the proposed housing complex also includes three other parcels along Route 66 and Blackbird Roost. Landmark has secured ownership of these additional properties and faces no zoning obstacles in their development. “This is a social justice issue,” Evans said. “When I spoke with [Villasenor] I was clear that residents own their homes and any solution proposed had better include them remaining home owners.” Evans called for NAU students to pay close attention to this developing situation and take action if necessary.

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any people tend to experience issues when it comes to NAU Blackboard Learn system. The biggest issue with the system comes from the overall responsiveness it has. “BBLearn is so slow,” said junior elementary education major Jamie Gamboa. “Sometimes I can’t even log in and it’s annoying.” Don Carter, director of the E-Learning Center that manages the BBLearn software, confirmed the system does tend to slow down, especially on Sunday nights. “We typically see much of the slowdown on Sunday evening,” Carter said. “That’s in part due to many faculty teaching hybrid and online courses having assignments due Sunday evening.” Carter said there are usually about 1,000 concurrent users on BBLearn on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight. “It doesn’t sound like a huge number given that we have about 25,000 students, but it is,” Carter said. In technical terms, Carter explained that BBLearn has a gateway that routes users to one of the seven servers that it can use. Carter has stated that even if one were to fail, the other six can continue to run independently, so the problematic server can be reset if needed. To give a metaphorical example of how it works, imagine working at a restaurant as a waiter. Your goal is to seat people in one of seven different seating areas. If a few people come every hour, it’s a manageable task. However, if 1,000 people decide to come all at once, suddenly you’re flustered and have to figure out the best way to sort out all the people into the seven areas, which takes time. This is the problem that the BBLearn system faces when there are 1,000 concurrent users on Sunday evening. While the server can handle small amounts of users, having so many at one time causes the server to reach its peak performance, which also causes the slowdown that users experience. A server crashing and having to be reset would be the equivalent of a waiter accidentally spilling all the food. People have to be evacuated from that area, the mess needs to be cleaned up and then people can go back to sitting in that area again. Otherwise, if the mess is left there, more issues will arise that might cause a permanent shutdown of that area.

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As a solution, Carter said that Information It’s the perfect gift for the and Technology Services (ITS), which manages person who has everything! all the servers of the school, purchased new hardware and implemented it during the last SECOND CHANCE CENTER FOR ANIMALS maintenance window on Oct. 10. These occur 11665 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 Main #: 928-526-5964 Thursday mornings from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., the www.SecondChanceCenter.Org time when BBLearn is least used. “People have been so frustrated with the system that they’ve just given up,” Carter said. “We’re hoping that [with the new hardware] this Sunday problem won’t be occurring with the intensity that it has been as for past few weeks.” When asking students if they noticed an improvement, the results were mixed. While Gamboa still stated it was slow, others didn’t notice an increase of responsiveness. “I think BBLearn is alright,” said freshman biology major Dominique Schmiedl. “I just wish that all the teachers used the same format for organizing things like homework.” Carter said that if people were unable to get their homework in on time due to a server issue, logs are created that show when a student tried to submit an assignment. “We have logs that are made when students are logged in or when they try to submit an assignment, so if they call the help desk saying that they have a problem submitting something, we have logs so that we can see what’s going on,” Carter said. “We recommend the faculty to give some accommodation to the student for the fact that they tried [to submit the work] and that the system was at fault, not that they were just late.” Carter advised students to submit their homework before 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings in order to avoid any potential issues. If the peak is reached once again, Carter said they would consider external options such as Amazon Cloud Drive aside from adding additional hardware. “I expect that we’ll add more hardware as the number of students increase,” Carter said. “If we use an external site like Amazon Cloud, we’d only have to pay for the time when the peak is reached, which would be Sunday evenings. It would be cheaper and we wouldn’t have to pay as Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm much since we’re not operating the server around the clock. ” ALL AGES! Doors 8pm, Show 9pm Carter said that he aims to keep BBLearn ALL AGES! speedy and efficient for both students and faculty. “BBLearn is the most used system on campus, and it’s the most critical on nights and weekends,” Carter said. “If you’re sitting down to Connect with us: Purchase tickets at: do your coursework, the system should work for Stage Left Deli, Rainbows End, Bookmans, Animas Trading Co. you. It needs to be reliable.” 1 [866] 558-4253

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to our Convention and Visitors Bureau for being so flexible and trying to fill the void from the loss of the Cardinals.” The CVB’s marketing plans must be recommended and approved by the Flagstaff Tourism Commission prior to execution and funding. “We took some of our efforts and marketing dollars and we bought some of the light rails [advertising] down in Phoenix,” Hansen said. “The whole idea was to get that ‘sports market’ that would normally come up to watch the Cardinals, to be out there waiting for the light rails, knowing that it’s fairly hot and then they would want to come up to Flagstaff for the cooler climate.” In hopes to entice tourists to visit Flagstaff, the CVB also invested in promotional moving billboards that conveyed Flagstaff

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messages and images throughout the Phoenix area. Stacey Button, director of economic vitality for Flagstaff, credits much of the city’s success to NAU and its increased enrollment. Button said NAU’s efforts of growth have paid off for both the school and city. “The additional students moving in in August bring more parents, families and friends,” Button said. “I think that definitely added to our visitation and revenue in Flagstaff.” The negotiations between NAU and the Cardinals last March consisted of calendar issues and, according to Cardinals’ President Michael Bidwell, a lack of adequate facilities for a professional team. The hosting relationship ended in a short email from President John Haeger to the Cardinals: “Given the events of the last 48 hours, Northern Arizona University officially withdraws its proposal to host the Cardinals’ training camp. I wish you the best.”




The Cardinals trained at the University of Phoenix stadium this summer but are reportedly still negotiating the building of a “bubble” on the sports fields. The sports fields are located near the Phoenix stadium and the design is intended to be a refuge from the heat. The city is known to offer an escape from the heat of the Valley and provide outdoor activities with national parks nearby. The physical training in the high altitude has also brought in many foreign teams in the past. Director of Public Affairs at NAU Tom Bauer has previously stated NAU is working hard to bring in different organizations to use the facilities next summer. “NAU continues to move forward since the Cardinals chose to move their camp to Glendale and we are enjoying a very successful, positive academic year,” Bauer said.

Four drug defendants due in court Oct. 31 for pretrial



our of the five defendants arrested last week on drug charges are scheduled to appear in the Coconino County Justice Court on Oct. 31 for pretrial conferences. The fifth defendant, Seth Perkins, 20, will make his appearance Nov. 8 at 9 a.m., also for pretrial conference. Perkins has been released from custody. Of the four defendants appearing, Shawn Burke, 23, will appear at 9 a.m. Burke is also no longer in custody. The remaining three, Dakota Schatz, 21, Jonathan Briscoe, 20, and senior hotel and restuarnt management Jeffery Brogger, 22, will appear at 10 a.m. All three remain in custody with Brogger and Schatz’s bail set at $250,000 and that of Briscoe set at $500,000. The five defendants were arrested on Oct. 21 pursuant to an undercover investigation conducted by the Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force (METRO). The allegations made by police state the five were involved in the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, specifically MDMA, known as “Molly.”



Disability Awareness Week Cambpell Hall contorversy Immigration speaker Drug dump LEFT: NAU senior Jeffery Brogger, RIGHT: Jonathan Brisco (Photos courtesy of FPD)

A search warrant resulted in the arrests and the seizing of more that five ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, small amounts of marijuana and MDMA, as well as more than $5,000 in cash as hard evidence. Pretrial conferences are largely informal proceedings. It is when the county attorney can meet with defense counsel, discuss possible plea deals and complete the process of discovery. The pretrial conference may also be rescheduled for a later date if either counsel, of the defendants or state, request.

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Editorial&Opinion Student journalists wrongly fired for acting as fourth



n Oct. 18, David Lankster, the online news editor of the Grambling State University publication The Gramblinite, tweeted about the crumbling and unsuitable conditions of the locker room facing football players at the Louisiana university. Lankster tweeted two photos of a collapsed restroom roof and mold in the players’ locker room. The tweet recieved opposition from Grambling administration and, ultimately, resulted in the firing of Lankster. The university stated he was fired for tweeting the photos and statements from anonymous sources. The school’s director of public relations and communications, Will Sutton, replied to the tweet and instructed Lankster, via tweet, to “step up and be identified, or don’t use them as sources.” Lankster responded to Sutton’s tweet from the publications account with the following: “Obviously the administration doesn’t care about the football team . . . and apparently the players have stopped ACTING like they care.” The publication’s opinion editor, Kimberly Monroe, was also suspended from the paper for two weeks for assisting in organizing a rally to bring attention to the schools crumbling conditions, citing a “breach of code.” While members of The Gramblinite may not have handled this situation in the most professional manner, by no means was the administration’s response professional or justified. Freedom of speech within a publication should not result in termination — especially for exposing an issue within the university. Oftentimes, in the real world of journalism, an act like this would be applauded for serving as the fourth estate. Student journalists shouldn’t have to live and work where they feel as though the only way to keep their position is to stay within the good graces of the administration. Personally, I would have been fired my freshman year and many times since then if this were the case at NAU. Many collegiate publications consider themselves lucky for not having to be controlled by issues of the past, such as prior review — but there are new forms of censorship still evolving within the world of collegiate level publications, as evident in this situation. Social media also brings with it an abundance of questions concerning ethics and professionalism as student journalists must remember they are being watched on all fronts. This does not mean they should succumb to censorship or the fear of losing their position. Public university employees — whether it be newspaper advisors or the president of the university — are free to express their opinion concerning content, but the First Amendment means that is all they can do. They can’t use their authority to punish student journalists simply because they disagree with the content. Members of The Gramblinite should be applauded for standing up to the administration and stepping forward to expose unsuitable conditions. Ultimately, Lankster and the opinion editor had their punishments rescinded by the next week. They had won and Monroe was able to sum up their success in one tweet: “David Lankter and I will be in every newspaper tomorrow besides The Gramblinite.” Editor’s note: Managing Editor Bree Purdy wrote this on behalf of the staff.

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Google sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil


he unofficial slogan for Google is, “don’t be evil.” Fitting for a secretive corporation that dabbles in taking pictures of everything and bringing consciousness to machines, among other shadowy things. However, the slogan doesn’t amount to more than a company inside joke. Consider Google actions that plenty of people have called evil in the past, such as when it was discovered collecting unencrypted information from personal users in 2010, or through the hazy connections it has developed with the NSA, a partnership speculated to be working on anything from selling user information to spy agencies to bolstering internet security in China — depending on whom you ask. LEVI But this is one question you can’t ask GooSTALLINGS gle. Like its record of recording personal information with Street View cars, Google has remained quiet on what specific connections it has to the NSA. Then again, this entire article was written on Google Docs and all the information on it was found using Google. Evil or not — it’s a really useful tool and I’m too good at the Internet now to go back to asking Jeeves. The fact that controversial information about Google was found by using Google shows that even if it may be involved in shady operations, Google at least has the decency to let us know when it is not going to tell us something. The company gives a more honest look at itself than it gives Chinese citizens a look at the Tiananmen Square protests, which, along with other controversial topics, are ungoogleable terms in China. Speaking of which, “ungoogleable” is the word that Google successfully prevented the Swedish Language Council from adding to its list of new words earlier this year. But when it is not busy censoring information or language itself, Google has been a vanguard of free speech and goodness in the world, like a bribable Batman with a car that can drive itself, internet glasses and other new gadgets to fight crime. Google recently announced their “Project Shield” initiative is offering to provide extra protection for websites that are at risk of being targeted by Distributed Denial of Service attacks (or DDoS attacks), and the company is

currently inviting webmasters serving human rights, independent news and elections-related content to apply to become program testers. A DDoS attack occurs when several computers are used to overload a website with a suddenly huge amount of unwanted traffic until the site runs out of resources to process the request. Because they rely on a relatively small flow of traffic and are usually run using fewer resources, independent websites are especially at risk from DDoS attacks. In the past, they have been used to shut down activist activities in Syria, Iran and North Korea. Server protection from Google can grant regularly targeted sites their existences back and will be one of the few corporate steps being seriously taken to make the exchange of information free for the people who need it the most. In its continuing efforts to unmask the true villains, Google recently released a nifty infographic with live updates of who’s cyberattacking whom in the world, which you can find by entering “Digital Attack Map” on the competently evil search engine of your choice. The map shows known sites of DDoS attacks that are going on at any given time. The United States and China have been recipients of DDoS attacks every day since the map was released. The Internet has become a major force in determining the outcome of conflict in the world. Whether it provides a means for more Arab Springs or making pubescent girls cry on 4chan is up to its users to decide, so long as they are able to communicate freely. By the principles of communication that make the existence of the Internet possible at all, its users must be able to share whatever they want with each other, and any corporation working to censor it is working against the internet itself. If Google has had sins to pay for, Project Shield more than compensates for them. With such a silent stance on the more secret parts of its past, the possibility remains that Google has interests besides giving a voice to the oppressed, or has deals with governments over which sites will be protected under its new programs or is ruled by lizard people — but those are only conspiracies. With such a new program, it’s too soon to tell whether Google is evil, or if there is another side to this tech giant we don’t see.


Koch Brothers invade Arizona


mericans for Prosperity (AFP) — the largest Tea Party-centric advocacy group and among the most influential conservative organizations in American politics — is going on the offensive against Arizona Congressman Ron Barber in a campaign that makes a mockery of our political system. Across the nation, the organization has been attempting to rile anger over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to keep more conservative politicians in power and remove those like Barber who do not support neoconservative fantasies. Now, it is launching a $2 million push to oust Barber by inundating voters with yet more campaign-season propaganda. The organization has been called into question numerous times for its tax-exempt status as an advocacy JAMES group. Many assert its overtly partisan participation in GINGERICH electoral politics should categorize it as an action committee, a categorization that would jeopardize its ability to funnel money anonymously into pet political causes. However anonymous they attempt to remain, it is no secret that the Koch Brothers, two of the wealthiest and most controversial figures in American politics, are the true backers of AFP. In fact, these same two brothers recently agreed to pay a large fine in California for violating state laws that require them to disclose the source of their campaign contributions, a good standard to set for two of the largest financial backers of conservative causes in America. Why should we, as the public, tacitly accept the corrosive influence wealthy and anonymous investors represent to democratic leadership? Arizona politicians work for the people of Arizona, yet the Koch Brothers believe their business interests negate Arizona’s right to have popular rule. Whether you agree or disagree with Ron Barber, the people of Congressional District 2 elected him — he was not elected to serve East Coast billionaires. The perpetual funneling of large amounts of capital into local and state elections by outside interest groups is not a part of a fair electoral system and it never will be. To illustrate the degree to which this interference could upset the process, consider this: $2 million is nearly how much Ron Barber spent on his last election. Since these aloof billionaires have targeted Barber as a source of frustration, they have pledged to spend at least half of what Barber raised in his last election solely on negative advertisements against him. The television and internet will be flooded with prejudicial campaigning meant to indoctrinate Arizonans against their own representative. Among Barber’s largest donors in his last election were UA and the International Association of Fire Fighters, two groups that simply do not have the means to match a privately funded and nationally based organization like Americans for Prosperity. Money drives elections, and so far it looks like District 2 will have an election driven by two men — Charles and David Koch. What makes the Kochs so insidious is not their ability to throw around cash conspicuously as they do with Americans for Prosperity, but rather their methods of silently funding political causes through proxy organizations. The California lawsuit mentioned earlier stems from the Koch’s involvement with a group called the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR) and their connection with the passing of an anti-union bill. The CPPR in actuality is not in the least concerned with patient rights and is instead, as the Fair Political Practices Commission called it, a “part of the Koch Brothers’ network of dark money political non-profit corporations.” Americans for Prosperity is the bullet with which the Koch Brothers hope to threaten Arizona Democrats like Ron Barber, but with what poisons are they slowly killing democracy in our state? In how many elections can the weight of the Kochs’ purse already be felt? The limits of what we find acceptable in elections have been pushed far enough by conservative thugs. It is about time we hold our republic to a higher standard than this.

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Meet the new news boss, same as the old news boss


or journalism nerds, the news was like a high-profile sports trade. Glenn Greenwald, the man who reported on Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding the National Security Agency, investigative journalist extraordinaire and one of the few people in this country consistently willing to tell the truth in an age of corporate-sponsored media lies, had left his longtime position at Britain’s The Guardian. It wasn’t initially clear where Greenwald was going, other than his statement: “I was presented with a once-in-acareer dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.” It would later turn out that Greenwald had signed on to a new media venture, still nameless at the time of MILES this writing and funded by eBay founder Pierre SCHNEIDERMAN Omidyar. This announcement, along with other recent examples of Internet entrepreneurs financing news organizations, has prompted people like The New York Times’ David Carr to squeal in delight over the increasingly high-profile merger of journalism and technology. Unfortunately, Carr’s rose-colored vision of the future of the news is misleading at best, and the glorious technological capitalism he espouses probably isn’t going to solve any problems. It can’t be denied that the traditional news model is dying in the modern economy. The decline of newspapers as being fundamentally unprofitable is a fact of life, along with the journalistic failings of the cable news networks and the general disinterest of the American public in anything resembling current events. With this in mind, the investments made into the news industry recently by people like Jeff Bezos (the Amazon founder who bought The Washington Post), Laurene Jobs (the widow of Steve Jobs who invested in Ozy Media) and Omidyar will certainly make a difference, both in terms of drawing a wider audience and in terms of increased revenue. As Carr dramatically wrote in his New York Times blog, The Media Equation, “Just when it looked as if all were lost, an unlikely cavalry has come roaring over the hill with serious money, fresh ideas and no small amount of enthusiasm.” It’s entirely possible that some, or even all, of these ventures will wind up not only keeping the news business alive, but significantly improving it. In particular, Greenwald’s involvement with Omidyar and apparent excitement about the project offers some hope that these entrepreneurs might be interested in providing better content, not just a better revenue stream. Maybe

they will bring a real commitment to the idea of actually informing and educating people back to the news industry, and maybe their admittedly brilliant minds will hit upon a variety of creative ways to (a) get people to pay attention to the news, and (b) teach them something relevant as a reward for doing so. However, at the risk of being overly cynical, that doesn’t seem likely. Yes, it’s possible that Bezos will turn The Washington Post into a hallmark of respectable journalism. It’s also possible that Bezos will do whatever it takes to turn a profit on his investment without regard to questions of sensationalism, objectivity or journalistic ethics. We’ve already seen what happens to the news when it exists primarily to make money for the people who own it. Is that going to change just because the owners are now the richest people in Silicon Valley? The fact is, Carr and the other pundits hailing these moves as the new beginning for journalism are really only focused on the money, regardless of their weak suppositions about “the investment of intellectual capital.” Carr is optimistic that the news can become more lucrative, that the success of Bezos and Omidyar in their respective ventures can translate to making news consumption a massive online activity on the level of internet shopping. The quality of the news doesn’t interest him. He seems to believe that any kind of news is good enough, that the only discussion to be had is one of potential earnings and audience numbers. The content doesn’t matter to Carr. What matters is the profit. “For all their differences,” Carr concludes, “the news and technology businesses share a kind of utopianism, an idealistic belief that the work of human hands can make life better for other humans.” With this assertion, offensive to anyone who is actually an idealist, Carr hijacks the word itself and turns it into just another plea to give the elites a chance. In the end, he has nothing to say that other deluded fools haven’t said before him: all our problems will be solved if we just let private capital take over. All those pesky issues of “resource depletion” and “overpopulation” and “limited growth as dictated by the fundamental laws of physics” will be overcome by advanced technology that we can’t even describe yet because it’s just so advanced. With the unbeatable combination of technological innovation and a mountain of money, we will reform the news, eliminate government corruption, feed the hungry, heal the sick, destroy greed, abolish suffering and conquer the universe. And everyone will get a pony.

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High Altitude Roller Derby teams puts on a show in Flagstaff



pon entering the gymnasium at Flagstaff Middle School, people would expect to hear the squeaking of tennis shoes as basketballs are dribbled down the court by 12- and 13-year-old kids wearing gym clothes. However, on Oct. 26, women wearing plaid skirts, tights, knee socks, metallic booty shorts and other colorful items flew by as their roller skates screeched on the wooden floor and the shrill sounds of the referees’ whistles echoed throughout the gym. High Altitude Roller Derby (HARD) hosted its season opener, Ignite the Fright, on Oct. 26 with a turnout of approximately 400 people, filling the gymnasium’s bleachers. HARD, along with Arizona Roller Derby, Sin City Rollergirls, Havasu Hit Girls and Northern Arizona Roller Derby, formed two teams: Dark Sky Starlets, which consisted of HARD members, and Monster Mash, which consisted of members of the visiting teams as well as some members of HARD. Scores were close through the two 30-minute periods, but Dark Sky Starlets ended up winning the bout with a score of 194 to 156. HARD was formed in Nov. 2011 and has since grown and gone through many changes, such as becoming a non-profit organization. New members have joined and original members have remained because of their love for the sport. “‘Most seem to find roller derby in

transitional periods . . . We ruin our bodies to save our souls and for some reason that makes perfect sense,’” said Margo McClellan, aka Pippi Wrongstockings, quoting Bonnie D. Stroir of the San Diego Derby Dolls. Many members of HARD came to the team with no prior roller derby experience besides childhood memories of rollerblading and ice skating. When members join the team they have to go through Fresh Meat Boot Camp for three months until they can join the team as a member. “I looked like Bambi on the ice during most of the Fresh Meat Boot Camp,” said Adriana Hazelton, aka Terror McFearsome, who joined HARD in June 2012. Hazelton chose her derby name in honor of one of her favorite artists, Tara McPherson, whose work is displayed in the form of a tattoo on her chest. “I fall into the rather large group of college graduates whose degrees are collecting dust,” Hazelton, who was graduated from NAU in 2009, said in her player profile on HARD’s website. “Since I found derby, that’s really all I care to think about. Everything else just allows me to continue to pay the bills and keep the roof over my head.” Hazelton’s teammates understand her love of the sport and share her passion. “I love pushing my body to the limits with a game that forces you to dig deep when you feel like quitting and bond with other women who enjoy sharing that challenge with you,”

said Shawna Ritter, aka Honey Guns, who has been on the team since February 2011 and is also a graduate of NAU. Fans who attended Ignite the Fright ranged from young children to older adults and seniors. Young girls dressed in bright colors and leggings, similar to those of the skaters, helped pass out free water bottles and sell dollar shout-outs, as well as encourage the crowd to cheer on the skaters. One 10-year-old fan, Evan Belt-Moyer, screamed, “Go mom!” the entire match. “It’s cool. I think she’s really good and I like watching her. I’ve practiced and I think I’m really good,” said Belt-Moyer, the son of Amber Belt, aka Belt Sander. Older Flagstaff residents enjoyed cheering on HARD at the match as well. Diane Gipson, 58-year-old Flagstaff resident, began attending HARD’s bouts last year with her husband. “It looked like something interesting to see and a friend mentioned it so we decided to check it out,” Gipson said. Since then, the couple has attended most of HARD’s home bouts to cheer on their favorite players, including Belt Sander and Honey Guns. Screams filled the gymnasium showing the fans’ love of the sport and the appreciation for the players. “Fans get a thrill out of watching a fullcontact sport, especially among women, because women can be particularly vicious,” McClellan said. “We remain sportsmanlike

while knocking the crap out of each other and laughing arm-in-arm when it’s all over.” Demonstrating this point, Kristin Artus, aka Kristin-yte, fell and had to take a second to fix her contact. “Such a girl, Kristin!” yelled a teammate, which made Kristin-yte, as well as the crowd, laugh. Although the players love roller derby, they acknowledge that being a member of HARD is a time commitment and can be physically and emotionally draining. The team practices three to four times a week, breaking their practices up into basic skills, advanced skills and gameplay. Most members also condition outside of practice, doing activities such as weightlifting, running and hiking. “Not playing isn’t an option,” Hazelton said. “When I think about not being around these incredible women in my league, it’s heartbreaking. They are my family and skating with them means that I’m constantly challenging myself and trying to make them proud.” Bright outfits, face paint, witty names, the sounds of bodies hitting and screeching skates are all well-known aspects of roller derby. However, roller derby has advanced far beyond its showy aspects to become a physically and mentally difficult sport. “I once read a description of derby that said, ‘Roller derby is like playing speed chess while bricks are thrown at you,’” Hazelton said. “I think that sums it up pretty well.”

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Fall in Flagstaff kicks off with the Arboretum Pumpkin Walk



eaves are changing and the air is getting cooler as Flagstaff jumps into the new fall season. Skeletons, candy and costumes have already begun to appear around the city as Halloween creeps into the homes of many and people start to unfold the festivities. What better way to celebrate Halloween then by honoring its most common symbol: the pumpkin. The Arboretum in Flagstaff had this in mind while putting on its annual Pumpkin Walk in the gardens at the Arboretum on Oct. 26. The Arboretum welcomed people of all ages to join in on the fun. It began with two days of carving in the Home Depot parking lot, where those who wanted could bring in a pumpkin and spill its guts in order to create the perfect carving. Jane Adams, a school teacher from Chandler, came to the carving for a good time with her family. “We came here to carve and go to the Arboretum,” Adams said. “We really love autumn time, and this event seemed perfect for that.” The Arboretum offered the tools needed for the ultimate carving experience, as well as printed stencils to use as ideas for carving the pumpkins. There was everything from spiders to witches, and these designs were soon being cut in and brought to life via pumpkins. They did not stifle creativity, however, and encouraged people to make up their own designs as well. “I can’t wait to see [my daughter’s] when she is done,” Adams added. “She gets really artistic

An attendee carved stars and trees into a pumpkin for the annual Pumpkin Walk. (Photo by Courtney Martin)

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and really into it. She is the insane one who does the really elaborate carvings. Mine are more like, ‘Here’s a cat with two triangle eyes.’” One did not have to be the best artist to participate, either. Abstract designs and silly faces also appeared on the orange pumpkins while some remained extremely simplistic. Once a pumpkin was finished, the slimy insides were washed from hands and it was off to the Arboretum. Before guests arrived, the gardens were decorated with orange lights, which lit the path as night fell on the Arboretum and crowds gathered from all over to come and walk the path of pumpkins. Alongside the actual pumpkin walk, the members and volunteers of the Arboretum offered a plethora of activities for attendees to do. A large campfire was built and hot apple cider was served to warm the insides. For kids, there was an indoor craft center where anyone could come and decorate their own Halloween trickor-treat bag with markers and stencils. To keep to their mission of informing the community about the environment and creatures living within it, the Arboretum had wild birds of prey including a large, friendly owl on display. The members informed people of the birds’ habits and lifestyles all while showing their feathers off. Tom Parker, deputy director of the Arboretum, said the pumpkin walk was an event for everyone to enjoy. “The event is family oriented with a lot of folks attending with school-aged children,” Parker said. “It’s a friendly and happy event — not spooky — and it’s a super fun way to express your artistic side with your pumpkin and celebrate the fall season.” People even came to the walk with their Halloween costumes in full gear. All around the event ran excited dinosaurs and superheroes who were thrilled to be a part of the Halloween spirit. In the end, many pumpkins ended up being brought to the Arboretum and lit the pathways. Spiders, Hello Kitty and even Batman made glowing appearances in the gardens as everyone walked the paths with their blankets and flashlights. The Pumpkin Walk ended up being a huge success in getting people excited for Halloween and now that it is finally here, the trick-ortreating can officially begin.

Senior environmental science major Brittany Larzalere (left) and NAU alum Dana Howard (right) laugh at a comment made by NAU alum Gennaro Falco (middle) about their pumpkins on Oct. 26. All three work at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. (Photo by Courtney Martin)

Nine-year-old Diego Lewicky (left) carves a pumpkin with the help of his dad Yuri Lewicky (right) for the annual Pumpkin Walk. (Photo by Courtney Martin)

Tomato war Life


TOP LEFT: Alpha Phi gears up for another round of tomato dodge ball at the Tomato Pelt philanthropy event on Oct. 27. TOP RIGHT: Alpha Phi members and Gamma Phi Beta members throw tomatoes at each other during the first annual Tomato Pelt philanthropy that raised money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis . BOTTOM LEFT: Junior Mitchell Brown gets a full tomato to the face at Thorpe Park. For a $1 donation the sorority girls had the opportunity to throw tomatoes at their favorite Phi Delta Theta brothers. (Photos by AJ Jeske)


AU fraternity Phi Delta Theta hosted its first annual Tomato Pelt philanthropy event on Oct. 27 in order to raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” At the event, several NAU sororities took part in tomato dodge ball, pelt-a-phi-delt, and the all out tomato war. Alpha Phi won prizes for having the best performance and most enthusiasm, while Chi Omega won for having the best costumes., which were American themed. Phi Delta Theta member Samuel Eastman was pleased with the sororities’ enthusiasm for the event. “Alpha Phi came with the most spirit and dominated the dodge ball tournament as well as participating the most for the pelt-a-phi-delt,” Eastman said. Lou Gehrig was a Phi Delta Theta at Columbia University and was the first distinguished person to be diagnosed with ALS. Therefore, Phi Delta Theta’s national philanthropy is ALS. After all expenses, the Tomato Pelt raised a toal of $1,400 for ALS and Phi Delta Theta and sorority members went home covered in tomato guts.

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Swim and dive defeats New Mexico in 2013 season opener



ophomore swimmer Kendall Brown and sophomore diver Chelsea Jackson led the NAU Lumberjacks to a 166.5–131.5 victory against the University of New Mexico Lobos in the first dual meet of the 2013 season at the Wall Aquatic Center (WAC) on Oct. 26. The Lumberjacks dominated their first home meet of the season, winning 10 of the 16 events and taking the top two spots in six events. “Kendall Brown was really good today, as were all the girls. We went one-two where we needed to go onetwo,” said head coach Andy Johns. “Our divers did great. It was a team win all the way around. I am really proud of their efforts and excited to start the season like that.” Brown finished first in the 800-meter freestyle (9:07.01), 200-meter butterfly (2:22.04) and the 400-meter freestyle (4:28.37). “I am really proud of myself that all my hard work that I have been putting into swimming is actually paying off,” Brown said. Jackson led the way for the Lumberjacks on the diving board, breaking the WAC record on the one-meter board with a score of 303.15. Jackson broke former teammate Kristy Ardavanis’ 300.60 record set in 2011. “I am really excited. I just wanted to focus on what we have been doing in practice,” Jackson said. “I think I did what I wanted to come out and do.” Jackson also placed second on the three-meter board with a score of 299.55 and qualified for NCAA zones on both boards. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. I thought it was probably our best start ever,” said diving coach Nik-

ki Huffman. “We had a great first time out and qualifying for NCAA zones already was huge.” Senior diver Gwen Smithberg also qualified for NCAA zones on both boards and freshman Alexa Geiger qualified on the one-meter. Smithberg won the three-meter with a score of 300.52 and placed fourth on the one-meter. Geiger placed third on the one-meter with a score of 270.75. “Today was awesome. My team just wanted to go out and have fun,” Jackson said. “We did just that and we did really well.” The Lobos took an early 15–2 lead after the first event of the meet, the 200-meter medley relay. The Lumberjacks rallied back led by Brown’s first-place finish in the second event. “After New Mexico came out one-two on us on the first relay, I thought we were in for a long day,” Johns said. “But our girls rallied.” Senior Rachel Palmer also con-

tributed to the win with a first place finish in the 200-meter individual medley (2:25.15) and two second-place finishes in the 200-meter butterfly (2:22.53) and 200-meter backstroke (2:21.30). Senior Emma Lowther, freshmen Urte Kazakeviciute and Caitlin Baker and junior Alexis Juergens also finished first in the 200-meter freestyle (2:06.28), 100-meter breaststroke (1:13.40), 200-meter breaststroke (2:39.76) and the 100-meter butterfly (1:03.49), respectively. Juergens nearly missed the WAC record by .15 in the 100-meter butterfly set by Boise State’s Amber Boucher (1:03.34) in 2010. “We would like our relays to be a little bit better, but winning a meet with all the strength of the individual events is still a win,” Johns said. The Lobos tried to fight back with wins in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyles and 200-meter backstroke.

The Lumberjacks responded and won the next five individual events, clinching the victory. “Today was an amazing day to be a Lumberjack. I am very proud of my team,” Brown said. “I am really en-

joying swimming with this team and I just love the atmosphere this year.” The Lumberjacks will host the University of Idaho on Nov. 2 at the WAC at 11 a.m.

ABOVE: Freshman diver Alexa Geiger competes in the onemeter diving competition against the Lobos. Geiger finished third in the event with a total of 270.75 points. BOTTOM: Sophomore swimmer Kendall Brown competes in the 200-meter butterfly. Brown took first in the event, as well as the 800-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle races. (Photos by Kelsey Metoxen)

Senior swimmer Jordan Burnes competes in the 100-meter breaststroke against the University of New Mexico Lobos on Oct. 26 at the Wall Aquatic Center. Burnes placed sixth in the event with a time of 1:15.57. (Photo by Kelsey Metoxen)

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Sports Soccer finishes season with pair of wins, clinches playoff berth



he NAU women’s soccer team clinched a spot in the Big Sky Conference (BSC) playoffs with two wins during the weekend against the University of Montana Grizzlies on Oct. 25 and the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Eagles on Oct. 27. The Lumberjacks shut out the

Sophomore midfielder Cierra Gamble gains control of the ball during the Oct. 18 game against the University of Northern Colorado at Lumberjack Stadium. NAU won the match 1–0 in overtime. (Photo by Evan Jon Paniagua)

Eagles 2–0 to finish up their 2013 regular season. The win brought their conference record to 7–2, keeping the Lumberjacks in second place in the BSC. This season’s record is their best since their 6–0–1 record since 2010. “We had to deal with some wet conditions today, which played into the type of game it was,” said head coach Andre Luciano. “Eastern Washington was very dangerous and once we settled down we were able to take control of the game.” The first half of the game remained scoreless, but both teams applied heavy offense, with NAU taking 12 shots and EWU taking nine. The first goal didn’t come until the 85th minute of the game when EWU scored an own goal because of pressure from NAU’s sophomore midfielder Cierra Gamble. Two minutes later, NAU took a 2–0 lead with a goal from senior midfielder Jordan Stenger. Stenger was assisted by sophomore defender Emily Wadell, giving Stenger her second goal of the season. “It was a fantastic way for Jordan to end her regular season at NAU,” Luciano said. “Not just Jordan, but all of our seniors stepped up and I am really proud of them.” Helping the Lumberjacks to victory was senior goalkeeper Lauren Weaver, who recorded her 19th career shutout. Weaver made a total of seven saves during the game, five of those saves in the first half alone.

The game ended with both teams taking 18 shots apiece, eight of those being on goal for NAU and seven on goal for EWU. On Oct. 25, NAU defeated Montana 2–1 to secure the Lumberjacks a spot in the BSC playoffs, which only has room for the top four teams in the conference. “At the beginning of the season, we had four goals that we wanted to achieve: we wanted to have a winning non-conference record, we wanted to double our wins, we wanted to qualify for the Big Sky Conference tournament and then we wanted to represent the Big Sky in the NCAA Tournament,” Luciano said. “We have achieved three of our four goals and now the fourth goal is in our sights.” Montana was first on the scoreboard with a goal from senior defender Courtney Watson in the 56th minute of play. NAU responded with a goal from sophomore midfielder Nicole Sherwin 18 minutes later. Sherwin has had two game-winning goals and three goals overall in the season. Gamble was able to give NAU the game–winning goal thanks to seven minutes left in regulation with an assist from junior midfielder Savannah Berry. “Everything we do is for the team and there is no selfishness,” Sherwin said. “I’m glad I was able to score, but more importantly, I’m glad I was able to score for my team-

Sophomore forward Nicole Sherwin goes for a goal in the final home game of the season at Lumberjack Stadium on Oct. 20. The Lumberjacks came through with a 2–0 win against the University of North Dakota. (Photo by Zach Youngberg)

mates.” Montana put up 14 shots, five on goal, but Weaver allowed only one in the net. With four saves during the game, Weaver now has the second highest number of career saves in NAU history, with a total of 295. This will be the first time since 2010 that the Lumberjacks will make an appearance in the BSC playoffs. “I think it’s a reflection of how hard these players have worked,” Luciano said. “This team turned this program back into a winning program, and they have done that with a winning record and finishing the season second in the conference.”

For senior defender and captain of the team Alana D’Onofrio, it will be her second time playing in the tournament. “It means the world to me to be back in the playoffs,” D’Onofrio said. “Our team has worked so hard since the spring to get to this and to see our hard work finally paying off is very rewarding.” The playoffs will be held in Portland, Ore., by Portland State University, which finished first in the conference with a record of 8–0–1. The semifinals will start at noon on Nov. 7 and the finals will follow on Nov. 9.

Volleyball rallies from two sets down to hand Idaho State first home loss



he NAU Lumberjacks came up with a huge win over the Idaho State University Bengals in a five-set thriller (14–25, 18–25, 25–20, 26–24, 16–14) on Oct. 26. The Bengals got off to a very strong start by coming into the match on fire. The Bengals took the first two sets, dominating through each game. “It was a different atmosphere and a really loud gym,” said junior right side hitter Sydney Kemper. “We kind of lost our focus in the beginning and had to gather that back.” Although the Bengals played very well in the beginning of the match, the Lumberjacks were not discouraged and able to come back strong and take the last three sets, winning the match three sets to two. “We really had to adjust our defense and our blocking,”

said head coach Ken Murphy. “The other team was playing at such a high level that we really had to improve the way we were playing defense in order to match them.” The Lumberjacks defense improved toward the end of the match, led by libero Trianna Henry, who had 15 digs. They were able to hold the Bengals to hitting percentages of .306, .186 and .346 in the last three sets, respectively. Sophomore outside hitter Janae Vander Ploeg dominated the match with 22 kills, seven digs and a block. Kemper also had a great game with 13 kills, six digs and a block. The third set of the match shifted the momentum to NAU’s side. The Lumberjacks rallied together and competed with the Bengals point for point. They pulled away at the end and never looked back from there. “We wanted to come more together as a team [in the last three sets]. We wanted to improve our serve receive and

blocking,” Vander Ploeg said. “You can tell that on the court it was working. Our chemistry drove the game.” Even though the final two sets were close, the Lumberjacks never seemed to lose confidence and were able to win both sets by small margins to win the match. “This was a huge game for us to realize that we can play on the road and that we can come back from being down two sets and play strong,” Vander Ploeg said. Of the 15 wins the team has accumulated, 12 of those wins have been sweeps, including the win on Oct. 24 against Weber State University (26–24, 25–17, 25–13). NAU will use this momentum when it hosts Sacramento State on Nov. 2. The Lumberjacks were defeated by the Hornets, three sets to one, in their last meeting on Sept. 27 in Sacramento, Calif.

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Sophomore cornerback Marcus Alford (left) attempts to break up a reception by Idaho State University’s senior wide receiver Cam Richmond (right) on Oct. 19 at the Walkup Skydome. Alford recorded three kick returns for a total of 133 yards on Oct. 26 in NAU’s 17–13 victory against California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo. (Photo by Amanda Ray)



n a night when NAU couldn’t generate much offense, it was the defense and special teams that stepped up for the Lumberjacks in their 17–13 win against California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Oct. 26. Following Cal Poly’s field goal to go up 13–10, NAU sophomore cornerback Marcus Alford returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards to give the Lumberjacks a lead. It was the first kickoff return touchdown of the 2013 season for NAU. “That was the game right there on Marcus’ kick return,” said senior linebacker Austin Hasquet. “You know that put us up by four and we never looked back. Without that kick return, we’re not coming out of here with the W.” The Lumberjacks largely held in check the top-ranked rushing offense in the country, holding the Mustangs to just 230 yards on the ground, nearly 50 yards less than their average. “That defense is tremendous,” said senior running back Zach Bauman. “They made plays, made turnovers, gave us an opportunity [and] that’s a top defense in the nation right there.” Hasquet and fellow senior Lucky Dozier led the way on defense, with Hasquet tallying a career-high 12 tackles and Dozier adding 11 and a fumble recovery. Hasquet also intercepted his second pass of the season, which essentially ended the game for NAU as it ran the last 2:04 off the clock for the victory. Hasquet was quick to praise his fellow senior and the rest of the NAU secondary, which tallied a combined four pass breakups and 30 tackles. “Our secondary really stepped up tonight. I don’t know how many pass breakups

they had, but I know they had a lot,” Hasquet said. “Especially when you watch No. 20 [Dozier] coming down, laying the wood all night, doing what he was coached to do. I think our secondary played awesome tonight and that’s one of the big reasons we won this game.” Bauman was productive, rushing for 91 yards on 24 carries, but failed to find the end zone after scoring twice in consecutive games and lost a fumble in the first half. Junior quarterback Chase Cartwright was not nearly as efficient as in his previous two outings, throwing 16-of-31 for just 177 yards, and a touchdown. Cartwright also committed his first turnovers of the season, tossing two interceptions. “Every quarterback is going to have their day when they have a couple turnovers, it just matters how you come back from it,” Bauman said. “He led us down the field and we were able to hold on for that win.” Bauman acknowledged the offense can certainly work on a few things, as the offense couldn’t get too much going through the game, mustering only 277 total yards and committing four turnovers. “There were too many instances where on third down we came off the field. We can’t really have those three and outs,” Bauman said. “We’ve got to have a better third-down conversion [percentage].” The win improves NAU’s record to 6–2, giving them a 4–1 mark in the Big Sky Conference, which is good for sole possession of third place with only three games left on the schedule. Next week the Lumberjacks come back to the Walkup Skydome, and look to remain unbeaten at home this season. They will take on the University of North Dakota on Nov. 2. at 4 p.m.


Penalties cause weekend split for DIII IceJacks BY JUSTIN YETT


he Division III NAU IceJacks (4–3) earned a split against the Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears. The IceJacks lost 4–3 on Oct. 26 and won the early morning game 7–5 on Oct. 27. Playing early in the morning after a night game can be tough, but the IceJacks brought intensity they lacked the night before and jumped out early on the Polar Bears.

“It’s hard,” said sophomore defenseman Chris Eades. “It’s a quick turnaround, you just have to go home and get as much rest as you can and come back the next day and grind it out.” The game on Oct. 27 was completely different than the one the night before, as the IceJacks jumped out early on the Polar Bears and were sparked by a four-goal second period to lead them to victory.

Junior goalie Matt Bertsch saves the puck during the Oct. 26 Division III IceJacks vs. the Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears game at the Jay Lively Activity Center. (Photo by Evan Jon Paniagua)

“We changed a lot of the lineup going into Sunday,” Eades said. “The power play was a big one too and whoever played wasn’t getting as many penalties.” Changing the lines heading into Sunday’s early morning game seemed to give the IceJacks a boost as they raced to a 7–5 victory over the Polar Bears. Penalties still seem to plague the IceJacks, and head coach Kris Walsh is searching for ways to bring their penalty minutes down. “[On Saturday] our discipline got us in a lot of trouble and once we were down 4–0 we had to play a lot of catch up,” Walsh said. “Sunday morning was a totally different story, I took the penalties out of the lineup and we got a good jump on the team.” The IceJacks got off to a slow start on Oct. 26 and could never really recover as the Polar Bears jumped out to an early 4–0 lead and ended up winning the game 4–3. Penalties hurt the IceJacks yet again, leaving junior goalie Matt Bertsch to make a number of acrobatic saves to keep the Polar Bears from scoring more. Although the Polar Bears jumped out to an early lead, there was still drama late in the game as the IceJacks battled back and made it 4–3. Junior forward Tyler Tritschler opened up the scoring for the Ice-

Jacks in the second period on a goal that was assisted by freshman forward Marcus Velasco. “It was a positive goal to score,” Tritschler said. “We were down 4–0 at the time so it just felt good to take a step in the right direction.” Eades scored a beautiful goal that sparked a late IceJacks comeback, making the score 4–2 heading into the third period. Eades found a loose puck in his offensive zone and skated past two Polar Bear defenders to find enough space to get the shot off. “I think it [provided a spark], but we started coming back too late in the game to get the tie or win,” Eades said. A power-play goal by senior forward Greg Hughes rounded out the scoring for the IceJacks late in the third period off a shot from the point that beat Polar Bears’ goalie Chris Tomaszewsk. A late rush in the closing seconds of the game almost allowed the IceJacks to tie it up after they pulled Bertsch to give them an extra skater on the ice. “We came out a little sluggish against this team,” Tritschler said. “I think that has to do with the skill level we assumed they were, versus what we know.” The IceJacks currently sit 4–3 on the 2013 season, and have to work on

Senior defender Jake Smets passes the puck during the Oct. 26 Division III IceJacks vs. the Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears game at Jay Lively Activity Center. The IceJacks dropped the game 4–3. (Photo by Evan Jon Paniagua)

cleaning up the little things in order to be successful later on in the season. “We need to start cleaning up our mistakes,” Walsh said. “Guys are only getting so many opportunities to make the right play, but that has start becoming second nature.” The IceJacks are back in action next weekend on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 against the University of New Mexico Lobos at Jay Lively Activity Center, and are looking to earn their first weekend sweep of the season.

DII IceJacks come up short against in-state rivals UA and ASU



he NAU Division II IceJacks took their four-game win streak to Tucson on Oct. 25 to challenge the UA 11thranked Division I team. UA was heavily favored against NAU, but the IceJacks managed to hang around and finished one goal short, in the 3–2 loss. Shots in the contest were 35–33 in favor of UA. NAU then headed to Tempe to face ASU, the top-ranked team in DI, on Oct. 26. The IceJacks dropped the contest 5–2. The four-game win streak that UA was able to snap was built partially due to facing lesser opponents at home. The challenge of playing two top-DI teams was welcomed by NAU. “Last weekend, playing against the DI teams, that was good because we want to see how we measure up against the best club teams in the nation,” said sophomore forward Dedrick Wiese. “I think the results were pretty good for us. We had

a close game with UA that we probably could have won, and ASU was 5–2 which is a really close score considering they beat other D1 teams 8–1.” The Sun Devils started the game off with a goal just seven minutes into the game. The IceJacks got out of the first period only down by one, and tied it up less than a minute into the second period. ASU stole the momentum back and scored three unanswered goals. The deficit then became too large. Two of the three unanswered goals also came on the power play. “Overall, I would say our penalty kill faired pretty well for the competition we faced,” said senior forward Rocky DeAngelo. “ASU has a power play that operates at 70 percent against other DI competitions. It was the 5-on-3 situations that their puck movement really exposed the openings and they were able to take advantage of the space.” UA notched a power play as well on Oct. 25. After the first

period, with lots of shots and no goals, UA got a short hander and led 2–0 with three minutes left in the second period. Wiese put the IceJacks right back in the game. There were two goals less than a minute apart from Wiese that put NAU in a good position for the final period. “The first one was on the power play,” Wiese said. “I was set up on the left side, right hand shot, so the puck came over and the puck moves faster than the goalie, so I was able to put that in. The one right after that was a two-on-one and the defense was playing the pass so I just put it on net.” Senior goaltender James Korte played both games despite leaving last weekend’s game against Loyola Marymount University with a possible knee injury. He faced 68 shots and made 60 saves. Korte will likely be in net on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 when ASU’s Division II team travels up the I-17 for a two-game series at the Jay Lively Activity Center. Both games will be held at 8:30 p.m.

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1. Alyson Jay helps her son, Wilson, decorate his sugar skull at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Oct. 26. 2. Nine-year-old Ricardo Guzmanargumedo talks with fellow performers before his performance in the Ballet Folklorico de Colores. 3. Alondra Deniz dances in Ballet Folklorico de Colores. 4. Angela Ortiz and Juan Lopez dance together. 5. Anthony Esparza spray paints outside the Museum of Northern Arizona (Photos by Holly Mandarich) from CELEBRACIONES DE LA GENTE front page

music and even a puppet show were all strands in the finely woven celebration. The courtyard of the MNA was transformed into a memorial walkabout with a mock graveyard in the middle. Many altars were set up with candles, food, pictures, religious tokens and other objects that were meaningful to the deceased. Victoria Vega, memorial coordinator and family matriarch of the Vega family, explained the Dia de Los Muertos memorials as a whole and her own traditions for the festival. “We just put out little things that they like to do,” Vega said. “Music was

a big thing in our family, the dancing, and religion was a big part. It’s a celebration of their lives. So, we just try to find different things that they liked to do. If you’ve noticed each table is different because everybody has different traditions. It’s family based, and there may be some pictures you see here that you’ve seen at other tables because a lot of these families have lived here forever and so they are related to other people. So, when somebody says, ‘That’s my grandma,’ well, somewhere down the line we’re probably related.” The centerpiece in most of the memorials was the “Pan de Los Muertos” or bread of the dead,

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which is usually homemade from authentic recipes. Some loaves were even being sold to support Nuestras Raices which had partnered with the Museum of Northern Arizona for the event. Jessica Lanks, a volunteer for Nuestras Raices, gave a detailed description of the food and importance of the bread for this event. “We had the Day of the Dead bread, which is the Pan de Muerto, for everyone to try and you’ll notice that every altar has them. That’s what we put out when they are going to come back and visit and everthing. Every altar is going to have one. Normally, you’re supposed to have one for each person, but that’s costly,”

Lanks said. For two days various artists had been working on a mural to reach a complete yet diverse vision for the festival. The mural focused on the Dia de Los Muertos aspect of the festival with two feathered skulls on each end of the giant canvas. The mural has been done for years during the Celebraciones de la Gente and this 2013 festival marked its 10th anniversary of completion. One artist, Rene Garcia or “Strike One” as he is often called, explained the method behind the major work. “We have so many different mentalities that everything changes. One minute we can have one idea, and then we’re like, ‘Ah no we don’t

like this,’ and that’s just how it is. We all play off each other. We’ve been painting for over twenty years each and it’s just something we do every year,” Garcia said. “We have a couple [artists] from California, they’re coming from Tucson — I’m from Tucson — and from Phoenix and everything else. We’re trying to give respect to our past through our medium, aerosol.” Be it sugar skulls or Pan de Muerto, films and dancing, paintings and murals or memorials to the dead, the Celebraciones de la Gente is an intrinsic display of cultural heritage by the Hispanic community, specifically in Flagstaff, in Arizona as a whole.


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TOP LEFT: Conductor Elizabeth Schulze talks to the crowd and gives a brief explanation about each piece it plays. The symphony entertained and amazed the crowd with its performances of pieces from the world-renowned John Williams. TOP RIGHT: Cello player Andrew Hamby makes sure his cello is in tune before the concert started Oct. 25 at the Ardrey Auditorium. ABOVE: The percussion section of the Flagstaff Symphony was replaced by minions from Despicable Me for the performance. (Photos by Zach Youngberg)

n the dead of a cold October night, the music of the movies loomed from Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. A costumed audience of all ages filled Ardrey for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s (FSO) annual Halloween costume concert: Harry Potter Meets Darth Vader. On Oct. 25, FSO warmed up the sold-out crowd with the music of renowned composer John Williams. Using John Williams’ music for a Halloween concert fits. For those who do not know, John Williams is the composer behind the music of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and other classic films. Although these movies are not necessarily spooky, their epic sound and recognizable notes work for everyone on a chilly, autumn night. LAURA It was a family event for the FSO; the THOMPSON audience and players alike were adorned in costumes to the delight of the many children in attendance. The costumes were easy to recognize and added to the performance. The audience was able to see a horn section of superheroes from The Avengers and the percussion section were all turned into minions from Despicable Me. As the ghosts and goblins filed in, they greeted a stage lined in glowing jack-o-lanterns and the commanding sound of the theme of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. When the song came to a close, conductor Elizabeth Schulze spoke to the audience dressed as a professor from Harry Potter. Schulze took the audience on a

journey through Williams’ career, explaining every song and then diving into the concept behind the writing of each song. The audience drifted through time as we were taken from the pounding and intense Jaws theme in 1975 all the way up through the mystical and soft Harry Potter theme from 2011. The orchestra played each piece flawlessly and sounded exactly as it sounds from the movies — at least to the ear of a novice symphony goer like myself. It was hard not to get pulled into the music. It was as if the music was swimming around us, swallowing up the audience in the magic of the movies. The emotions felt from watching those films were felt again that night, moving people to edge of their seats. This performance showed how important music really is to movies. The children of the audience may not have seen all of these films, but it was obvious they knew the music. The excitement of both the younger and older audience members permeated throughout the auditorium and a giddy Halloween glow was prevalent on their faces. Symphony is normally regarded as a serious affair, but the energy was perfect for an evening of silly and scary fun. It was refreshing to see the younger generation excited about real music played by real people with real instruments. The night ended with perhaps the most epic and familiar of all John Williams pieces: the theme to Star Wars. The audience listened with anticipation as if it were its first time hearing the song, ready and waiting for the beloved piece — a good note to end on.

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Zombie Prom 2013 the undead formal



he annual Zombie Prom kicked off Halloween on Oct. 26 at the Orpheum Theater. A Flagstaff tradition for nearly a decade, the “undead formal” had to move to a larger venue this year. As the dance became too big for its previous spots of the Monte Vista and Mia’s Lounge. In past years, the event had always been for age 21 and older. Much to the excitement of NAU students, this was the first year the event allowed underaged individuals to attend. Junior political science and Spanish major Stefan Rosic was excited that he could attend this year.   “They just opened it to 18-year-olds. I think that’s really cool, [I] might as well take advantage of it,” Rosic said.   The music varied throughout the night. The guest DJs played something for everyone but always having a great danceable beat. Just like a high school prom, a photo booth was set up with a Halloween theme, of course, with

photos taken by Flagstaff photographer Taylor Mahoney. Unlike a human prom, there were special zombie-themed drinks at the full bar. Almost everyone in attendance came as zombies, dripping with blood in prom dresses and suits. Creativity was rampant, with clothes perfectly torn and eerily realistic wounds. Sophomore nursing major Ashleigh Gossen expertly applied bloody sores and gashes to herself and friends.  “I made it with glued toilet paper, with red paint and fake blood. It’s a hobby, I’ve done it for school before,” Gossen said. Elaborate costumes didn’t stop anyone from dancing. The floor and stage were full until the end at 2 a.m. After DJ Gahbor finished laying down his last beat, the dead dancers then proceded to walk home dragging one leg after another to return to their graves, waiting for the next Zombie Prom. It was another successful year for Zombie Prom and, fortunately, there were no reports of zombie attacks on humans. 

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ABOVE: Orpheum bartender Jordan Heerbrandt prepares a drink for NAU alum Eric Nesvold. LEFT: Sophomore nursing major Ashleigh Gossen and sophomore biochemistry major Will Crosslopez arrive at the Zombie Prom. (Photos by Glenn Garner)


Audible Leftovers The Haunting of Taylor Hall



omething wicked this way comes. Again. Each year, as the temperature dips its toes into the chill of impending winter and the leaves of the trees clutter sidewalks with their fiery shades, Halloween makes its ghastly appearance, promising sugar highs and macabre sights for all. NAU’s campus plays eager host to the festivities, proving one is never too old to enjoy the occasional opportunity to dress up, unwrap the promise of toothache and experience the thrills awaiting in the dark, deathly underbelly of society. A student tradition, Taylor Hall’s Haunted House is ready to satisfy one’s taste for the grisly and gruesome once more. Hosted within the University Fieldhouse and put on by a team of volunteers, it features a series of rooms filled with bloodied and costumed students, some in plain sight and others hidden, ready to put on a show. Poised to jump and scream and receive the same in return from the guests passing through, playing the deranged part of some horror film escapee, this lurid assemblage of actors will be sure to provide a heavy dose of adrenaline. “The Haunted House has been around for at least two decades,” said Mason DeWitt, director of Taylor Hall. “It’s been a great tradition that both students and members of the wider Flagstaff community really enjoy, and will continue to enjoy for many years to come.” It is certainly no small feat, creating such a spectacle. “To put the event together, we needed volunteers, a fairly large budget and a week to create everything. And, of course, we needed to get advertisements out and around campus,” DeWitt said. “We anticipate over

1,500 people to go through the house this week, and nearly 50 volunteers have signed up to assist.” This year’s incarnation will feature seven different rooms, each with its own theme, encapsulated within a single piece of architecture that was built entirely from the ground up. “The most challenging part of the event is always constructing the house itself,” DeWitt says. “It has taken multiple volunteers and over 50 hours worth of work to construct everything. The structure itself is 82 feet by 22 feet, and we had to create every single wall of it. It’s quite a process.” If past years are anything to go by, the toil — and the theatrical talent accompanying it — should be well worth the effort. “I went last year and I thought it was extremely well done for the short amount of time that went into building it,” junior photography major Rylie Dougherty said. “I really liked the acting. The students were very convincing and didn’t break character.” Junior social work major Breanna Ingram agreed. “I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the actors the most,” Ingram said. “People should definitely not go if they are afraid of people jumping out at them.” It seems as though this house of horrors is shaping up to deliver plenty more jolts now. “Prepare to be scared,” DeWitt said. “We’re hoping that this year is going to be the scariest ever.” Best come prepared, folks. Taylor Hall’s Haunted House will be running from 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31 in the NAU Fieldhouse. Admission is free for students. General admission is $5, or $3 with a donation of a can of food to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank.

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A&E Staff Horror Hits Insidious Selected by Mitch Kullos

Nightmare on Elm Street

Insidious represents the highlighting aspects of any horror flick. It is cleverly gruesome while keeping the viewers on their toes with plenty of shock scenes. However, it is the movement between realms with an ancient sort of theology mixed with myth that underpins the entire piece. The best horror movie is not one that you can walk away from, but rather it remains in the subconscious to haunt you even as you try to forget. Insidious is one such high-caliber movie.

Horror is my favorite genre. There have to be hundreds of horror movies I could choose from to call my favorite. How does one choose their favorite scary movie? Do you go by scariest villain? Most original story? I choose both. Nightmare on Elm Street excels in both of these categories with a villain who has knives for fingers and murders his victims in their sleep. Sweet dreams!

Hocus Pocus

The Ring

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My favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus. It’s about the race to save Salem from three sister witches who are accidentally brought back to life on Halloween night. After 300 years, the witches have their chance to wreak havoc among the mortals again and it’s up to a group of kids and a talking cat to finish what they started. Maybe this movie will “put a spell on you” the same way it did me!

It was the first largely successful remake of a foreign horror flick that really started the American-izing trend, and it’s still the best. Gore Verbinski’s camerawork is gorgeously eerie and Naomi Watts is excellent in the leading role. Relying more on atmosphere and dread than gore or shock, the scares are subtle but gripping, and still manage to impress so many years later.

The Exorcist

The Strangers Selected by Ashley Karzin

Selected by Julie Anderson To start off, I have to say I absolutely hate horror movies. Purposefully making yourself scared does not sound like a fun pastime to me. But if forced to pick a favorite scary movie, I would have to say mine is the scary movie classic, The Exorcist. Maybe it’s because I first saw a spoof of the film in Scary Movie 2, but The Exorcist comes across as more of a comedy than the demonic themed films of today.

If you want a good scare, I recommend watching The Strangers. If being stalked in your home isn’t creepy enough, being followed by masked assailants in a house in the woods with no one else around is even creepier. Even though I couldn’t watch this movie without holding my hands over my eyes, The Strangers is my go-to scary movie pick. You won’t want to open your door to anyone, especially when they ask for Tamara, after watching this movie!

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