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They also found the concentration of anthrax in the heroin was so small it was likely it would only harm people with compromised immune systems, such as heroin users. MGGen has a vast archive of anthrax strands and, with a discovery made by Keim about 15 years ago, the lab has been established as a world authority of anthrax research. “Paul [Keim] first started to find differences [between strands of anthrax], and that really set this lab apart from other labs,” Pearson said. “So, then we continued to refine our ability to find differences among anthrax strains;
n less than six months, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chickfil-A, Jimmy John’s and The Vitamin Shoppe are expected to flourish on the corner of Milton Road and Riordan Road. The corner where the Sinclair gas station once stood will soon be alive again with new options for Flagstaff. Miriam Hayenga, a developer from Phoenix who purchased the land from its previous owners, said the construction is ahead of schedule. Besides buying the property, Hayenga and her investors, Michael Manson, Mary Slaughter and Jill Estep, worked smoothly with the city and tenants during the project. “We’re ahead of schedule,” Hayenga said. “We just bought the property; we had a year anniversary in September. So, you buy the property, then you have to get through planning and zoning; you have to work with the city and figure out who your tenant line ups are going to be. So, the project has gone expeditiously.” Hayenga said Dunkin’ Donuts will be the first to open in November, followed by Jimmy John’s, Chickfil-A and The Vitamin Shoppe, in that order. “Chick-fil-A will be open the first of next year, January 2013,” Hayenga said. "Dunkin’ will be open November of this year, The Vitamin Shoppe will be open first quarter of next year and Jimmy John’s will be open December of this year." Hayenga explained there is always a risk in buying real estate, but she had two partners to help her through it. One of her partners, Bert Hayenga — who is also her brother — is the Dunkin’ Donut franchisee of Phoenix. “There’s always risk with real estate,” Hayenga said. “You never know what the market’s going to do and what the bank’s going to do. I’ve got two partners, my brother Bert and another guy named Aaron [Klusman], but I’m kind of the managing partner on this particular project. [Bert has] 48 Dunkin’s and he and I are going to partner with [investors] on the one up here.” Manson, one of the investors, said the economy often guides how the project goes. It is important to
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Senior Meagan Seymour tests for strains of anthrax in a blood sample at NAU’s research facility. (Photo by Keenan Turner)
Lab tracking anthrax-tainted heroin
BY CALEB MCCLURE
he Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics (MGGen) at NAU had a recent success in tracking a strain of anthrax that was found in heroin. The outbreak started in Scotland in 2009 among heroin users and soon spread through other parts of Europe, resulting in about 126 deaths. During the beginning of the outbreak, the director of MGGen, Paul Keim, contacted the Scottish authorities and offered his lab’s services. The lab was able to sequence the genome of the particular strand of anthrax and test it
against other strands from all over the world. They were able to determine the anthrax was from Turkey, which helped the lab form a couple conclusions. “It showed us two things; one, the heroin was probably not being contaminated at the source, which was Afghanistan, they assumed, and two, it would have come through via Turkey and then spread into Europe that way,” said Talima Pearson, the Assistant Director at MGGen. The scientists at MGGen said it was highly improbable this was an act of terrorism. The heroin was likely packaged in an animal skin infected with anthrax or was cut with contaminated meal.
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PoliceBeat Oct. 21 At 12:06 a.m., a student called to report a burglary in which two pairs of prescription glasses were stolen. Northern Arizona University Police Department (NAUPD) responded to the call at McConnell Hall. The case was closed with all leads exhausted. At 2:49 a.m., a traffic stop was made by NAUPD. Four passengers in the vehicle were cited and released for minor in consumption and given public assistance (PA) rides to Reilly Hall. The driver of the vehicle was cited and released for DUI. He was then given a PA ride to his apartment. At 11 p.m., NAUPD attempted to pull over a suspicious vehicle in Lot 38. When the vehicle refused to stop, officers from NAUPD and Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) initiated a felony stop. The three individuals in the car were arrested and the car was towed to FPD as evidence. Oct. 20 At 4:42 p.m., staff at McConnell Hall called to report a fight was underway in the service drive. All available NAUPD units from the Homecoming Special Unit were dispatched. The suspects were separated and declined to press charges. One of the suspects was given a PA ride to his home off campus. Oct. 19 At 9:42 p.m. two NAUPD officers called to
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request back-up at the Foam Party. A suspect was arrested and booked into the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on two counts of sexual abuse, trespassing, minor in consumption of alcohol, resisting arrest and two counts of criminal damage. Oct. 18 At 5:34 p.m., a student’s mother contacted NAUPD concerning her daughter as a possible suicide subject and requested a welfare check. Officers were dispatched to McConnell Hall and questioned the student. She admitted she had consumed vodka and beer and had taken 13 pills, but was not suicidal. She was taken to NAUPD and then released to a male companion. At 9:30 p.m., four underage individuals who appeared to be intoxicated at the Homecoming Carnival were reported. One was witnessed vomiting on the grass. Officers were dispatched and the four were arrested for minor with liquor in body. Oct. 17 At 2:04 p.m., a custodian in Allen Hall called to report her car had been stolen from Lot 31A. It was discovered the car had been moved by Parking Services to clear the lot for the Homecoming Carnival setup. At 4:05 p.m., a call was received from Parking Services about a suspicious act in Lot 62A. Officers were dispatched to the scene
where a dead squirrel had been placed under the windshield wiper of a vehicle. The squirrel was removed and disposed of. Oct. 16 At 6:50 p.m., a welfare check was requested by staff at Reilly Hall for a student who had made a suicidal remark during an argument with another student. The student was contacted by officers and spoke to the NAU on-call counselor who cleared the student. It was determined the remark was an exaggeration made by the student in the heat of the argument and was not true. Oct. 15 At 2:19 a.m., a student called from the Conoco gas station to report his roommate might have engaged in a sex crime. The student reported to the responding officers that his roommate had met an underage female in an online chat room. The suspect convinced the girl to send him explicit pictures, which he showed to his roommate. He then sent explicit pictures to her. The reporting student told his roommate he should self-report his actions to the police. The suspect refused, claiming he had done nothing wrong. Police ran a background check on the suspect; he had no record. The case has been forwarded to FPD for further investigation.
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Events Calendar Calendar Events THURSDAY, OCT. 25
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
TUESDAY, OCT. 30
All Together Film Premiere [4 p.m. /Mary D. Fisher Theatre]
Lost in the Tropics [7:30 p.m./Theatrikos]
Academy Piano Recitals [6 p.m./Ashurst Hall]
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra presents “Wild and Wicked” [7:30 p.m./Ardrey Memorial Auditorium]
Free Healthy Cooking Class [6 p.m./The Seasoned Kitchen] Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer [7:30 p.m/Green Room]
Boot Scootin’ Boogie Halloween Party [10 p.m./The Lumberyard]
FRIDAY, OCT. 26
SUNDAY, OCT. 28
Chuck Cheesman Concert [5:30 p.m. /NAU Cline Library]
NAU Latin Dance Club Sunday Social [6 p.m. /Tranzend Studio]
NAU Women’s Soccer vs. CSU Bakersfield [6 p.m./Lumberjack Stadium]
MONDAY, OCT. 29
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons [7 p.m./Orpheum Theater] Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck [8 p.m./Green Room]
Dowtown Flagstaff Haunted Tours [5 p.m./Flagstaff Visitor Center] Rocky Horror Picture Show [6:30 p.m./Orpheum Theater]
College of Arts and Letters Film Series: Don’t Look Now [7 p.m./NAU Cline Library] Donna The Buffalo [7:30 p.m./Orpheum Theater]
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31 Halloween Harvest [4 p.m./Heritage Square] The Devil Makes Three with Jonny Fritz Corndog [8 p.m./Orpheum Theater] Annual Taylor Haunted House at NAU [8 p.m./University Union]
NAU Women’s Volleyball vs. Southern Utah [7 p.m./Rolle Activity Center]
WeekendPicks Picks Weekend Free Harvest Festival Saturday, October 27 @ 2 p.m. The Salvation Army Flagstaff
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Grove residents take maintenance into own hands
BY CLARK MINDOCK
onstruction troubles and delays have plagued The Grove, a new student housing community near New Frontiers. Some residents who have complained about the hassles have decided to be proactive. Following a slow response by Grove management, Ryan Zmierski, a junior vocal performance major and resident of The Grove, took maintenance and finishing up his student housing into his own hands. A problem many Grove residents are experiencing, Zmierski was left with unfinished appliances and improperly installed amenities. “The washing machine had pipes with paint crusted onto them,” Zmierski said. “I bought a wire brush and silicone tape and finished [the job].” Zmierski noted several different installation and maintenance problems left
for him upon move in, including a previously broken door handle, bathroom fixtures that had been left for him to install himself and improperly cut kitchen cabinets that, without further and different cuts, made the use of the garbage disposal and the dishwasher impossible. Officials for the Grove declined comment for this article. Problems like these are prevalent for some Grove residents who have been having issues since the opening of the complex at the beginning of the semester. In August, The Lumberjack reported preliminary issues for students moving into the complex. Included in these issues were delayed move-in times, seemingly hasty paint and finishing work, a lack of windows in some rooms and reported roof cave-ins. Now, issues seem to be less drastic, but some students are resorting to unusual methods of getting The Grove to complete
the work they expected. “[My roommate] went to the office and filled out work orders . . . they called back a week and a half later,” Zmierski said, “[So] I decided to go ahead and do it myself.” The Grove, which cost an estimated $33.1 million and was designed to house 562 students, is one of several projects begun in response to rising enrollment rates. The Grove has several complexes on campuses across the nation from Georgia to Washington state. Issues with The Grove complexes are not unique to Flagstaff. According to a Texas CBS, in 2011, three men fell from a third-story balcony when it detached from the wall in Texas. The Grove claimed the balcony was never intended for actual use. Previous Grove issues and delays in construction at the Flagstaff site were cited as being a result of heavy rains in the city over the summer.
A construction worker works to complete The Grove new apartment complex on Aug. 28. (Photo by Sean Ryan)
Know the issues: voting on Arizona propositions any Americans already know which presidential candidate they will be voting for in the 2012 election, but that is not the only issue on the election ballot. There are also eight crucial propositions on the Arizona ballot that will directly affect the state and its residents.
justices are selected and retained. Superior court judge terms would increase from four to eight years, and Supreme Court Justices from six to eight years. Currently, judges and justices are retired at age 70, and passing of the proposition would increase that to age 75. Supreme Court members would also be required to make all opinions and orders available online on the Arizona Supreme Court website.
Proposition 114 would protect victims of crime from lawsuits by someone harmed while committing a felony. For example, if a victim assaults a burglar in an effort to protect themselves, they could not legally be sued by the burglar. This proposition would amend a section of the state Constitution that bars laws limiting the right to sue for death or injury.
If passed, Proposition 116 would allow the state to exempt from taxation the “full cash value” of equipment and machinery used in agriculture or a trade business, up to the amount equal to the annual earnings of 50 workers. This amount would be chosen by determining the median income for Arizona residents, and would be adjusted annually.
BY BREE PURDY
Proposition 115, titled The Judicial Department, would amend the Arizona Constitution to change the way state judges and
Proposition 117 would put a five percent cap on the value of property used to calculate property taxes in order to prevent a drastic increase from the previous year.
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Proposition 118 If passed, Proposition 118 would guarantee the amount of state trust land permanent funds be 2.5 percent of the average market value to Arizona schools, colleges and prisons until 2021. In previous years, schools would often receive zero state trust land funding due to a poor economy. This proposition will guarantee public schools funds, even in an economic downturn.
Proposition 119 Proposition 119 would allow the state to exchange state trust land for other public land to assist in preserving military facilities from being bought by outside developments. To do so, public hearings must be held, voters in a statewide election must approve the exchange and two independent analyses must determine the trade is of equal value.
Proposition 120 Passing of Proposition 120 would de-
clare Arizona the exclusive authority over air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and all other natural resources in the state, excluding Native American territory. The intent is for the state to more effectively protect and harness the economic potential of its properties and become independent of outside management, such as the National Park Service.
Proposition 121 If passed, Proposition 121 would eliminate the primary election where voters can only vote for candidates within their political party to move forward to the general election. Instead of a primary election, voters would select their candidate(s) of choice regardless of political affiliation. This would not apply to the presidential election.
Proposition 204 Proposition 204 would permanently add a 1 cent tax to use for educational programs, public transportation and human services program. The first $105 million would be designated for educational purposes.
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now we use the latest technologies that are out there and can find differences between strains. So, our knowledge of that, coupled with the long collection we have, really sets us apart from anyone else — we’re the world leaders in that.” Another player in their success is the team they assembled to tackle tough questions. “We’ve got a good team here,” Pearson said. “We’ve got post-doctoral students; we’ve got graduate students. Part of our big workforce [is] undergraduates, so we have undergrads who work on high-profile cases, and are able to bring their knowledge and from SINCLAIR page 1
find a mix of tenants that have both low and high traffic going in and out, as well as tenants that can afford the rent. “The market really dictates a lot of what goes on,” Manson said. “A lower velocity, lower volume tenant, can’t afford rents like that because this is a very expensive property. You want a mix of tenants . . . So, you don’t want to overbuild a site with all high-capacity tenants, because you don’t have enough parking and too much confrontation. So, they did a really wise job selecting the tenants.” Hayenga explained the difference in their tenants and when they will get the highest flow of traffic coming in through the day. “Chick-fil-A will have a double drive-thru just to handle the volume of cars during their high peak,” Hayenga said. “So, Dunkin’ Donuts is an a.m. concept; you get a lot of traffic in the morning. Jimmy John’s is a lunch concept, as is Chick-fil-A, and Chick-fil-A’s dinner [too].” The corner of Milton Road and Riordan
the skills they’ve learned in the lab to bear on these questions.” One of the team members was undergraduate Meagan Seymour. Seymour, a senior biomedical and chemistry major, who is in her third year working at MGGen after she got the job as a freshmen, a feat unheard of before her tenure began. She worked on most of the grunt work in the lab with her supervisors, Erin Price and Spenser Wollen. “I really liked working with this heroin stuff, because it seemed like it meant so much,” Seymour said. “It seemed like if I figured out where it came from, we could stop people from dying from this, and I’d just love that.” Road is a desireable place to build, according to Hayenga. It takes a lot of planning to decide which tenants to put there. “It’s a very influential corner in Flagstaff, arguably one of the best corners, so what do you put there?” Hayenga said. “Riordan is the gateway to the campus and you’re right along Route 66. They did a traffic count out there and 1,600 cars an hour go past the site. So, the real estate dictates what you put there.” Manson said it takes trust and risk to invest your money in a new project. Some projects may not work, but it is important to work with people who put forth their efforts.” “You place money where you trust somebody . . . Trust is very important,” Manson said. “Some work out; some don’t. The person who works their hardest and tells you the truth is what you’re looking for.” Hayenga hopes the new establishments will be a place for people to visit often. “We just want it to be a huge amenity to the town of Flagstaff,” Hayenga said.
Dew Downtown sparks controversy for second year
BY SARA GRAPER
fter being tabled for two weeks, Flagstaff City Council addressed the reoccurring controversy over the 2013 Dew Downtown Flagstaff Urban Snowboard and Ski Festival at the Oct. 16 meeting. Dew Downtown is a snowboarding competition that takes places in the streets of downtown Flagstaff. The first-annual Dew Downtown took place this past year on south San Francisco Street with an estimated 10,000 people in attendance. This year, the event is scheduled for the same location Feb. 7 -10 The city council deliberated the closure of San Francisco Street between Birch Avenue and Dale Avenue, as well as use of Heritage Square. City officials also debated the approval of amplification exception for play-byplay commentary of the event on Feb. 10 between 9 a.m. and noon. Both waivers passed, but not without the input of some passionate Flagstaff community members.
Due to the location of the event, controversy has sparked from businesses as to if it will affect their revenue during the three-day event. The inagural event broke even. Mark Lamberson, the owner of Mountain Sports, is in favor of the event, and praised the 19 percent sales tax increase it brought in the previous year. He also stated, “It was an undeniable success," and mentioned during the time the event takes places, it is a historically slow season for all businesses, so it is beneficial. Lynn Baker, downtown business owner, is against the event, and brought in a petition with 60 signatures of downtown business owners and people on San Francisco Street, Leroux Street and cross streets. She says the deciding committee “really doesn’t care about who they inconvenience or who loses income.” Despite re-using the name, there are currently no official sponsors of the 2013 Dew Downtown Flagstaff Urban Snowboard and Ski Festival.
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NAU Republicans and Democrats prep for upcoming election. Few arrests at Tequila Sunrise. NAU football wins, fans losing. Taylor Haunted House to fundraise through scares. Project GIVE hosts first “Make a Difference” week.
Baseball falls short against Cal State Fullerton. Ice Jacks sweep UNLV in two games.
States keep track of their residents. A member of a local construction company works while building the new Dunkin’ Donuts located on the northeast corner of Milton Road. (Photo by Kaloni Vazquez)
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Higher taxes would choke an already gasping economy
rizona’s Proposition 204 would raise taxes by 1 percent, forbid reductions to the tax base and use the revenues to fund education at every level. Though the objective of Proposition 204 is a noble one, its negative impact on Arizona’s economy would far outweigh the intended, but entirely fictional, benefits of a tax increase: consumers would be less able to buy taxable goods and services and producers would be less able to supply taxable goods and services. The necessary adjustments consumers and producers would have to make would invariably reduce the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and consequently reduce funding for education in the long-run. The state’s sales tax rate for 2012 is 6.60 percent; this amount does not include county and city taxes. In Flagstaff, we pay a total of 9.45 percent just on sales taxes, combining state rates with 1.13 percent from Coconino County and 1.72 percent from the city of Flagstaff. Sales tax rates in Glendale, Phoenix, Tucson and Mesa are even higher, and rank as four of the 10 cities with the highest sales tax rates in the U.S., according to a report by the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. With such high rates, it’s no surprise Arizona is struggling to fund public education — Arizona can only collect a sales tax when there is a sale. Currently, tax funds being paid to education are insufficient because Arizona residents are still recovering from 2007’s recession and cannot afford to spend as freely as before, not because sales taxes are too low. By raising prices, an increase in sales tax rates decreases the supply of all taxable goods and services: the higher rate forces
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Students blameworthy for concert options
n order to remotely enjoy any of the musicians and bands offered to NAU’s student body for a ASNAU concert in a recent email poll, I’d have to undergo a lobotomy, come close to overdosing on Xanax and still have a never-ending glass of Jack and Coke in my right hand. Four of the musicians — and I use musicians too broadly — fall into the genre of electronic/house/dance “noise” that almost makes Dylan sound like Sinatra. Also included are two TOM “rappers” - Kid Cudi and BLANTON Tyga, one country singer/ guitarist - Jake Owen, and, *gasp*, a group of musicians who actually play their own instruments — The Fray. In unquestionably the weakest poll ASNAU has whipped up in recent years, they’ve managed to isolate a good portion of students who actually like to see the music they’re hearing being played on stage. This is all before the winner of the poll is even announced. Through their ballot options, the student government turns a blind eye to those old-time dreamers who still believe in the power of rock: instruments, talent, you know — music. The potential togetherness of the “rock” genre seems to have once again eluded ASNAU. This year, they don’t even tease their subjects with decent possi-
bilities, and instead throw every eardrum within range to the mercy of, for a lack of better words, bull$h!t. If one of the hyphy-dance gigs gets booked, NAU can expect a beautiful morning-after-the-show of dehydrated elagers stumbling to the University Union like the walking dead, in search of anything that could replenish their serotonin levels as though they could cheat time and years of evolution. On another note, live rap is c(rap). The genre isn’t a despicable one, with word-smithery being an esteemed trade in any book, but it’s never decent live, and should be left to please exclusively through recordings. Nothing against the artists themselves, but the showmanship of rappers is usually lackluster and the quality of sound is nowhere near the end result of mixing and mastering. The Fray and Jake Owen, the only actual live instrumentalists, stand out among the others, but still lack the intensity of music and stage presence college students can get drunk and spastically flail to. Yellowcard was here a couple months ago, and it’s hard to find complaints about that choice. As for every other musician chosen in the past three years to perform on campus, the students have been swindled worse than America after the country was left with Lyndon B. Johnson following the assassination of Kennedy.
Student governments are meant to cater to the masses, and apparently that’s what ASNAU is doing, or attempting to do, with the most recent poll. Music is turning in a new direction, as it does with every generation. Unfortunately, what’s becoming popular these days lacks depth, surprises and any apparent talent. The students want what the students want, however, and their choices are reflected in the polls. It’s just sad to see instruments being replaced by electronicly produced repition, and the polls being dominated by the likes of such. It’s just hard to believe every single rock artist is too expensive, not available or just not interested in coming to Flagstaff, so ASNAU should’ve at least tried to diversify. If ASNAU wants to please the masses, they need to give more versatile options on their polls so to portray, at least, the idea they’re looking for musical tastes of every kind, and actually stick to the polls they send out. It’s the students who pay for the shows, whether they like the performer, and when there’s not even a possibility of being entertained by the choices, the money has simply gone to absolute waste. ASNAU needs to change policy involving their commitments and enthusiasm for musical diversity in the upcoming years, unless they want a full scale riot of the neglected “freaks” that still enjoy the scratch of a vinyl in the late ‘60s tradition.
f the nine propositions on the ballot, Proposition 120 is undoubtedly the most outlandish. If passed, Proposition 120 would declare Arizona’s sovereignty, sole authority and jurisdiction “over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within its boundaries.” In effect, it would assert ALLISON WEINTRAUB Arizona’s control over the roughly 25 million acres of public land — excluding Indian reservations — currently controlled by the federal government. Proposition 120 is not only unconstitutional, but if passed, it could lead to severe economic and environmental repercussions. Supporters of Proposition 120 seek to annul certain terms of the Enabling Act of 1910, a binding contract between Arizona and the United States: it marked the formation of Arizona as a state and allocated certain land, including national parks, forests and monuments to federal authority. As representatives from the Grand Canyon Trust point out, if Proposition 120 passes, “the American people and the federal government are not simply going to allow lands they currently own be taken away by Arizona.” What could ensue is a liability nightmare — and taxpayers would likely foot the bill. Proposition 120 would also undermine important federal laws like the Clean Water Acts, Clean Air Acts and Endangered Species Act which protect the natural resources and wildlife of public lands in Arizona. “Proposition 120 would endanger the air we breathe, the water we drink and the wildlife and lands we all cherish,” said representatives from the Tucson
Audubon Society. Supporters of Proposition 120 want to invalidate Environmental Protection Agency restrictions in order to “unleash” the full economic opportunity of the land, air and wildlife. In reality, these public lands already “draw more than 5 million tourist visitors — and their dollars — to Arizona each year,” and provide “direct payments (‘payments in lieu of taxes’) from the federal government to Arizona counties in excess of $31 million,” said representatives from the Wilderness Society. The current mismanagement of the state park system is a cautionary tale of what might happen should Proposition 120 pass. “Our state has struggled in recent years to balance our budget,” said Steve Arnquist, chairman of the AZ League of Conservation Voters Committee for the Environment, “Our state land department simply does not have the resources to care for the existing lands that it manages much less managing the vast tracts of federal land in our state.” With simply no funds to manage the newly acquired federal land, the Arizona legislature would be forced to use taxpayer money, or worse, sell the land off to corporate interests. The choice is clear. With the passage of Proposition 120, mismanagement by the legislature would desecrate the treasured places that make Arizona beautiful. The privatization of public lands would jeopardize places like the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park and other public lands. A no vote for Proposition 120 would assert Arizona cannot simply seize land for its own economic purposes and would ensure all Americans can enjoy the natural wildlife of public lands in Arizona for generations to come.
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Puppy love T
Life NAU honors students and humane society team up to help underprivileged children
BY AMBER GEORGE
he sound of tiny paws returned to NAU Oct. 18 as the Rent-A-Puppy event made its way back to the Latter-day Saints (LDS) center on south campus. The previous year, students from the Educational Foundations 200 class organized the event to help raise money for the Children First Academy, which is a school for underprivileged children in Tempe. This year, however, freshman biomedical science major, Kaitlin Byrne, and several other Honors 100 students put on the event. Money was raised for the Coconino Humane Association (CHA) as students and staff were brought together to play with adorable puppies. “I want the booth to raise a significant amount of money for the shelter,” Byrne says. “I also hope that, by bringing animals to campus, students and faculty who can’t keep animals at NAU have a great time. Nothing brightens your day like a little one-on-one puppy time.” Byrne organized the event with the help of CHA, who regularly allow people to rent a few of their puppies for the day. While the group of Honors 100 students helped organize and advertise the event in hopes of raising money for the CHA, Byrne created the Facebook event to reach out to students and gain their support for the cause. Over 100 people confirmed they were coming, and many sent in reservations to assure their spot with a puppy. Those who wanted to partake in the event could show up any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and pay for a time slot to play, train, cuddle and love the adorable puppies. The CHA does not expect Rent-APuppy to influence adoptions, but events like these do help spread awareness about the humane society and due to pet restrictions in the dorms, the event is a hit at NAU and makes for good play time for the puppies. “Regardless of the money collected at the booth, the fact that the puppies are receiving quality human interaction will allow them to be adopted quicker for fami-
Taylor Bergan, Kelsie Howden, and Ashleigh Gossen play with the puppy they rented for thirty minutes to raise money for Children First Academy in Tempe (Photo by Crystal Milner)
lies looking for a friendly, lovable animal,” Byrne says. At Rent-A-Puppy, there were 12 different rentable puppies to choose from. Within the four hours the event ran, there was never a time when a puppy was not being played with. Even before the booth opened, there were people waiting patiently in line in hopes of renting a furry friend. Taylor Bergan, a freshman exercise science major, was one of many who attended the event. “I had a lot of fun at Rent-A-Puppy because I miss my dogs in Oklahoma,” Bergan says. “It was a great chance to
spend some time with puppies while giving money to a good organization.” The Rent-A-Puppy event ended up raising just under $500 in donations for the CHA. Byrne is ecstatic of the turnout, and said she hopes to see the organization use the money to “continue providing excellent care for all of the animals they house, as well as advertise more for adoptions.” Every student who came to the event left with a smile on their face, eager for the return of more adorable puppies. CHA allows for any group willing to organize the event to host and take part in Rent-
A-Puppy, and is happy to aid in setting up events. Any clubs or groups interested in hosting the event should contact the CHA for more details. Although the association does not host the event in the winter in order to keep the puppies out of the cold, the CHA is always open to donations and volunteering. Be on the lookout for more RentA-Puppy events in the near future. With the success of the event so far, more furry friends are bound to return to NAU for the students to play with.
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The memories you’ll never remember Tequila Sunrise 2012 lives up to the hype
COMMENTARY BY CHRISTIAN BOOZ
very year before NAU’s homecoming football game, both students and alumni head downtown to celebrate Tequila Sunrise, a Flagstaff tradition involving waking up before the sun and going downtown to celebrate homecoming. Starting at 6 a.m., the festivities include drinking, dancing and watching the parade. This past Saturday was my first and only true Tequila Sunrise during my undergraduate years, and I wanted to be fully prepared for it. While some start drinking the night before to stay up for Tequila Sunrise, I decided to go to sleep early on Friday night in an attempt to get eight hours of rest before the craziness. Having heard that doing the alternative can make Tequila Sunrise “the most painful day ever,” all my friends decided to crash early as well. After getting seven hours of sleep, I awoke at 5:15 a.m. to take a shower and head downtown with my friends. Walking from Hilltop Townhomes, I was joined by many other students doing the same. I had never seen so many NAU students up so early and looking so happy. It was a strange feeling, heading to the bars when it is still dark outside and making my way to the next bar by the time the
sun was in full force. Everything felt a little backward, but it just made it even more fun. Heading downtown to the Green Room with the promise of free breakfast, I walked into a different world. Downtown was completely packed of people dancing in the streets, disc jockey trucks all around and games of Frisbee happening in the middle of the road, because many of the streets were closed for the parade. Showing their Tequila Sunrise spirit, many were wearing Tequila Sunrise-themed shirts, sombreros, ponchos and Halloween costumes. I was flaunting knee-high, rainbow-colored socks. Tequila Sunrise seems to be a Lumberjack tradition even years after graduation, because downtown was full of alumni who were dancing, singing and carrying on. One NAU alumna, in the spirit of breast cancer awareness month, gave herself an impromptu and very public breast exam while dancing on the San Felipe's stripper pole — and all at 6:30 a.m.! Showing the diversity of Flagstaff, each bar had a different vibe and attracted different people. From techno to a live reggae band, there was something for everyone. The patrons of the bars were extremely friendly and talkative, and I was given free water and even a free cigarette by a guy who thought my socks were cool. One bartender actu-
LEFT: Cassandra Bunao, a bartender at Maloney’s serves drinks to people at Tequila Sunrise. (Photo by Jing Wang) RIGHT: Kyle Collins and Brian Robinson came all the way from San Diego to enjoy Tequila Sunrise festivities. (Photo by Matt Valley)
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ally paid my girlfriend to drink when he gave her $22 in change for a $4 drink. After being downtown for four hours, it was time for the parade. I have never seen a parade enjoyed by so many, and the enthusiasm continued as everyone made their way to the homecoming tailgate. While walking to the Skydome, we stumbled into a Discover NAU tour and decided to cheer and high-five the prospective students and even some of the parents. After that encounter, I would not be surprised if all those students decided NAU was the school for them. Even after all the downtown drinking and excitement, the football game was surprisingly the highlight of the day, and many people I saw downtown made it to the game. It was most definitely the loudest and most exciting game I had ever been to at NAU. The students were on their feet and cheering for most of the game. From what I can remember, Tequila Sunrise was one of the craziest days I have had while at NAU. To me, it showed Flagstaff and NAU students can come together to celebrate tradition and have a great time. As for future Tequila Sunrises, I look forward to taking part in each and every one I can.
Homecoming festivities Tailgate and parade pump up school spirit
BY MADISON SANTOS
OLO (You Only Live Once) is a slogan college students have heard all year. A slight variation on the acronym was the theme of NAU’s 2012 Homecoming weekend: You’re Only Lumberjacks Once. Excitement was in the air Oct. 20 as the celebrations commenced. In downtown Flagstaff, the 88th annual homecoming parade kicked off the day, followed by the tailgate party in the Skydome parking lot. Blue and gold filled the streets as the parade began at 11 a.m. The crowd was full of students, families and exhausted Tequila Sunrise-goers representing and celebrating NAU with pride. Marching bands, parade floats, cheerleaders, ROTC cadets, fire trucks and cop cars made their way through the downtown area. Hard work and dedication went into building the many floats involved in the parade, including ones for local Flagstaff businesses, NAU clubs, sports and Greek Life. While all the floats were amazing, the NAU National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) created an outstanding one. Dressed in suspenders, bow ties and glasses, NSCS members entertained the crowd while honoring their club, which is an honors society that recognizes and rewards successful students. Alyssa Morlan, a senior English major, is NSCS president and explains building the float was quite a process. With a few officers and only about five members helping out, Morlan explained, “It was a lot of fun, but we had some stressful moments as well.” Wanting to do something they have never done before, NSCS thought participating in the Homecoming parade would be fun. “It was a lot of work but it was worth it,” Morlan said. “Perhaps the members gained more involvement with NSCS and feel more a part of NAU now.” Another memorable parade float was the NAU Greek Life float, which consisted of a few members of fraternities and sororities waving and throwing candy at the crowd. Tyler Harchut, a sophomore hotel and restaurant management major, was one of the students who
rode for Greek Life. “It wasn’t required but I just wanted to,” Harchut said. “It was pretty cool; I liked throwing candy at all the little kids.” While many people were outside watching or partaking in the parade, there were also heaps of people crammed inside the downtown restaurants and shops. There was a wait for nearly every eatery, as many of the early morning drinkers chowed down on their first meal of the day. It was almost impossible to walk from the entrance to a table without getting bumped around a few times, but the chaos definitely made for good business. The festivities then moved to the university campus at 1 p.m. when the tailgate began. Loud music, burgers and hotdogs, beer, bean bag games and socializing people were spread across the dome parking lot. Bijan Sonboli, a junior electronic media and film major, went to the tailgate to spend time with his Delta Chi fraternity brothers. “My favorite part of the tailgate is seeing all the alumni,” he says. “I love having them back; it’s really great.” Sonboli also attended the Homecoming tailgate this past year, but said it did not compare to this year. “I feel much more involved this year,” he says. “I don’t really like the YOLO theme though; they could have thought of something better.” The population of student tailgaters was massive, and Jillian Zuniga, a sophomore political science journalism major, contributed to the bunch. She arrived at the Skydome early and was there for about five hours, right up until the football game started. “It is so hot and I’m so tired but it was so worth it,” Zuniga explained at the end of the day. When 4 p.m. hit, police officers and tailgate organizers had the difficult task of getting people to leave the premises. Given the options to either go to the game or go home, many people were having too much fun to leave. With the parade, tailgate and the Lumberjack victory against University of California-Davis, the 2012 NAU homecoming was a huge success. YOLO might have been the theme, but the NAU alum that came back this year got a taste of what it is like to be
TOP: Cheerleaders pump up the tailgaters before the football game. (Photo by Andrea Sanchez) MIDDLE: Sophomore Brad Evans grills before the game starts with fellow Kappa Sigma members freshman Johnny Grant and alum Jason Strayhand. (Photo by Holly Mandarich) BOTTOM: Students, alumni and Flagstaff residents attend the tailgate prior to the homecoming football game. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)
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Soccer out of BSC tournament
Injuries hinder Jacks’ development
BY CHRIS ALBAS-MARTIN
he NAU soccer team fell 1–0 against the University of Montana Grizzlies on the final day of the Big Sky Conference season. The result pushed NAU’s final conference record to 3–3– 3 and they fell to 5–8–5 overall before the final game of the season against California State University-Bakersfield. “I think the thing that is most disappointing is ending the conference season the way we did,” said head coach Andre Luciano.“We just could not overcome injuries. We are just too young and too beat up right now to be effective.” The Jacks were undone by a goal in the eighth minute courtesy of Mary Markis. Mackenzie Akins played the ball to Makriss and her shot sailed over junior goalkeeper Lauren Weaver into the net. The Grizzlies continued to apply the pressure through the first half, but the Jacks’ defense stood firm to leave the score 1–0 at halftime. Montana came out of the blocks quickest in the second half and Weaver had to be alert to keep out an Erin Craig effort early on. NAU’s best chance to get on the board came in the 53rd minute, when Shawnee Morgan’s shot hit the side netting. That shot was as good as it got for the Jacks until the 72nd minute when sophomore midfielder Emily Roth’s long range attempt flew over the bar. “We have a lot of heart and fight,” Weaver said. “I hope that next season we come out and prove ourselves.” The Jacks will finish their season with a non-conference home game against CSU Bakersfield at the Lumberjack Stadium on Oct.26. When you only score three goals at home, that is a problem,” Luciano said. “That has been our problem all season,” Luciano said. “That has been our problem all season.”
TOP: Sophmore midfielder Savannah Berry (2) and freshman midfielder Alexia Gonzalez assert themselves against Montana. ABOVE: Freshman forward Malia Tano keeps the ball in play. NAU lost to Montana 1–0. (Photos by Jeff Bucher)
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BY STEFANIE DZIAWURA
he incoming freshmen, particularly the forwards, were expected to play a major role on the NAU women’s soccer team after losing 12 seniors from this past year’s team. Unfortunately for head coach Andre Luciano and the rest of the Lumberjacks, their team had to endure several injuries upfront. “One thing that really stinks for us this year is that we recruited five freshman forwards to be big-time, impact players for us, and four of them have season-ending injuries,” Luciano said. “We are struggling with that right now, and at some point in time we hope it just kind of clicks.” It did not click for the last of the non-injured freshman forwards during this past week’s game against Eastern Washington University. Demi Schmieder joined the club of injured players after she sprained her ankle, which resulted in her being unable to play in the Montana game two days later. “It was pretty much a big blow to us to lose Demi on Friday. Yet another forward, another injury,” Luciano said. The loss of another forward took a hit at the squad offensively, but the players did not let it take a hit at their morale. “We’ve stayed pretty strong and positive. We keep coming out and nobody’s given up,” Schmieder said. “It has given a lot of people a chance to step up, come off the bench and get good experience.” The team adjusted to the multitude of freshman forward injuries by placing players outside of their normal positions on the field to help fill the gaps. All the position and lineup changes have presented opportunities for players to step up and to improve as a team on how efficiently they work together. Junior forward Elinor Priest knows how tough the sport is, but more importantly, she knows how tough the freshman forwards are. “Soccer is really physical and when you have girls running into each other at full force, people get hurt,” Priest said. “But they are coming back strong, and they are out here everyday working, doing rehab and getting better.” The freshmen are valuable players, but their health is even more valuable. The team believes once the freshman forwards are fully recovered, they will get to show just how valuable they are to the team. “It’s been hard, but it will be nice to get rested and get everybody back next year,” Schmieder said. The Lumberjacks’ time to rest, regroup and recover from all injuries during the off-season will start after their last game of the season against California State University-Bakersfield on Oct. 26.
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Lumberjacks Rolle on at home, beat Weber St. and Idaho St.
BY ALLI JENNEY
n a packed Rolle Activity Center, NAU fans enthusiastically supported their women’s volleyball team as they competed for a chance for first place overall in the Big Sky Conference (BSC) on Oct. 20 against Idaho State University. The Idaho State University Bengals ran a quick offensive attack; the four-set match that ensued was met just as quickly by the Lumberjacks, who secured a 3–1 victory at the end of the contest (25–23, 25–19, 23–25, 25–21). “We’ve talked about a couple things, one is that we’ve played some road matches where we’ve played like that, but we haven’t played like that at home and we wanted to bring that,” said head coach Craig Choate. “It was kind of easy to do that tonight because it was Idaho State, the first-place team.” Due to the momentum shifts of the match, it was important for the Lumberjacks to capitalize on the Bengals’ unforced errors. Miscommunication among players, ball handling errors and 36 hitting and six serving errors by the Bengals helped the Lumberjacks achieve the win. Blocking, too, proved valuable on both sides of the net as both team’s hitters used their opponent’s block to tool their shots off for the kill. Just as often defensively, the blockers would end rallies preventing an attack. Middle blockers sophomore Sydney Kemper and freshman Payton Bock both had impressive performances in each set. The team as a whole combined for a total of 17 blocks in comparison to the Bengals’ eight. Kemper hit an impressive .464 with just two errors and 15 kills on 28 attempts, posted six of the Lum-
berjacks blocks and had two service aces. Bock recorded her first career double–double with 10 kills and 10 blocks. “Sydney [Kemper] just got excited. She started the season fabulously and then we hit a rough patch, and she said, ‘You know what, I’m just going to take care of business. I’m just going to go hard and do it,’ and she did that, I think,” Choate said. “I was so happy for her, the way she was attacking the ball. She did a great job.” Kemper and Bock would be the deciding factors in the conclusion of each individual set, as the Lumberjacks took the first set with a Bock kill off an overpass by the Bengals. Kemper would end set two and create a roaring crowd after a silenced rally to take the match lead 2–0. After the break, the Bengals returned to the court with a fire and began utilizing tips and off–speed shots to locate open spots on the Lumberjacks’ side of the net. In a tight set, with the score tied 13 times, Bock’s second hitting error of the night would give the Bengals the win and force a fourth game. The fourth set was more than just another game, seeming more like a battle to the death, as both sides raised their level of intensity on the defensive end to keep each ball off the ground or offensively force it to the floor. Senior outside hitter Kelli Dallmann had five of her 18 digs in the last set, as did senior libero Anna Gott, who had 19 for the match. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Stephens came into the match on the right side to play as opposite hitter and proved to be a smart change in stopping the Bengals’ attack. The Lumberjacks posted seven blocks to aid their defense and the Bengals’ chances to see a set five were declining with 10 hitting errors.
Stephens and Kemper terminated the set and the match with a block. “Taylor [Stephens] came in Thursday night and did a fabulous job in the middle. She came in tonight and did a fabulous job on the right,” Choate said. “One of the things that we have tried to get away from an old system is people who can only play one position. We’re trying to get kids who can play volleyball. It’s paying off, because we got people who can do things.” Sophomore setter Kalee Kirby, the force behind running the Lumberjack offense, tallied a kill, 37 assists, five digs and contributed on four blocks. Kirby’s energy and desire to get to every ball and set up her hitters for a strong attack was a vital part of the win, especially in coming back from dropping the third set. “We just push ourselves. We fight and we fight and we never give up as a team and it just started clicking for us again,” Kirby said. In their first five-set match of the season, the Lumberjacks demonstrated their mental toughness, overcoming the Weber State Wildcats on Oct. 18. In their first meeting this season, the Lumberjacks allowed host Wildcats to see just 40 points in their three–set sweep. The Wildcats came to Flagstaff with redemption in sight, and the Lumberjacks received a wake-up call after dropping the first set and seeing the victorious and energetic reaction from the opposing bench.
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LEFT: The NAU women’s volleyball team outlasts Weber State in five sets, 3–2. RIGHT: Senior Kelli Dallmann goes for the kill against Weber State. (Photos by Xiaozhen Wang)
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Homecoming produces sixth-straight win for Jacks BY CODY BASHORE
fter nearly a full half of scoreless football, junior receiver Nick Cole and senior quarterback Cary Grossart hooked up for a 17-yard touchdown to break the game’s scoreless tie and send the Lumberjacks to the locker room relieved after breaking through. “Cary read it beautifully and put the ball where he needed to. Nick made a great catch and finished it in the end zone,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “That was a huge play. It was knotted up and it didn’t even look like we were going to get to a field goal.” With 1:30 left before the break, the touchdown capped off a defensive half of football that included 11 punts between the two teams, but would be the first seven of 21 unanswered points for the No. 15 Lumberjacks en route to a 21–7 homecoming victory against the University of California-Davis (UCD) Aggies. “We were trying to run it and then dink it and dunk it,” Grossart said. “To get a throw down the field in the red zone like that was kind of an exciting play. I think it got the fans into it; it got our team into it.” The victory marked six straight for NAU (6–1, 4–0 Big Sky Conference), the longest winning streak since the Lumberjacks strung six together in 2008. Unlike the previous week in North Dakota, NAU’s offense failed to move the ball successfully early on and relied on its defense to keep the game even. “I was excited to see that dimension of our football team show itself,” Souers said. “Sometimes our offense has carried our team and tonight our defense carried the team, got three turnovers and a number of three-and-outs.” Through halftime, the Lumberjacks defense had stopped the Aggies on all seven third-down attempts and finished the game 3-of-15 in such situations, with the three conversions coming in the fourth quarter. Coming into the game with just 10 sacks all season, NAU sacked UCD seven times on the night to help force the Aggies into numerous third-and-longs. NAU’s most important stops of the game came up two touchdowns with less than six minutes remaining in the game in the shadow of its own end zone. Following a Grossart interception, the Aggies found themselves with a thirdand-1 at the Lumberjack 5-yard line. “That’s the game on the line. That turns into a score; it’s a whole different deal,” Souers said. NAU stuffed UCD for no gain on both the third and fourth downs, taking over to run more
Cary Grossart drops back to pass against University of California-Davis during NAU’s 21–7 victory. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)
time off the clock. “That’s will; it’s all will,” said junior defensive tackle Tim Wilkinson, who totaled nine tackles and two sacks for the night. “Guys were tired, but still we fought through it and had a second wind and we got the job done.” UCD’s only points came early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by freshman running back Courtney Williams. The Aggies had been stopped on third-and-1 at the Lumberjack 17yard line, but a personal foul call on junior safety Lucky Dozier’s hit to break up a potential touchdown gave the Aggies new life. Dozier’s day had been busy prior to the questionable penalty, intercepting his fourth pass of the season and recovering a forced fumble, both in the third quarter, on back to back Aggie possessions. NAU failed to take advantage of the interception, but turned the Dozier fumble recovery into points five plays later. Grossart hit junior running back Zach Bauman on a shovel pass that went 25 yards down the left sideline for the Lum-
berjacks’ second score of the game. The infusion of life Bauman’s play produced carried over to the Lumberjacks next possession after the Aggies punted back five plays later. On the first play of the drive, senior wide receiver Austin Shanks took an end around 78 yards for another NAU touchdown. “Really, all I had to do was just run,” Shanks said. “Everybody else was just blocking and had it set up.” The 14 points in just 1:41 essentially put the game away for the Lumberjacks. “He’s an electrifying runner, really exciting to watch. You saw his speed up the left sideline on the reverse,” Souers said. “He hit that extra gear that he has, shows why he’s such a lethal threat.” Shanks finished the game with 112 allpurpose yards despite touching the ball just five times. Despite the slow start, Bauman finished the game with 122 yards rushing on 23 carries and added five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Grossart also finished with respectable numbers, hitting 18-of-32 passes for 167 yards
and two touchdowns. More impressive were the stats for the Lumberjack defense, where two and a half of the seven team sacks came from junior defensive tackle Marc Thompson. NAU also finished with 10 tackles for loss, led by junior defensive end Quentin Kantaris. “That’s big ups to the D-line. As long as they’re getting there, as long as we’re giving them time to get there, that’s all that matters,” Dozier said. “If that quarterback is holding that ball, our D-line is going to come sooner or later.” The defensive effort did not go unnoticed by those on the offensive side of the ball. “Seven sacks, that doesn’t happen very often,” Grossart said. “I’m just proud of our guys on the other side of the ball; I really am.” The Lumberjacks will look to win their seventh-straight game, something the program hasn’t done since 1958, when they travel to the University of Northern Colorado (2–5, 1–3 BSC) Oct. 27 for the first of two consecutive road games.
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BY MACKENZIE CHASE
ABOVE: Two NAU students smile while riding the Star Trooper at the ASNAU Homecoming Carnival Oct. 18. (Photos by Kaloni Vazquez)
BY ELLY CAIN
tudents flocked to Observatory Field with bright lights, delicious smells and lumberjack look-a-likes Oct. 18 as ASNAU kicked off Homecoming events with an eight-hour free carnival, chili cook-off and the annual Mr. Lumberjack competition. The chili cook-off, put together by the Residence Hall Association, featured five local chefs and their best chili. From pumpkin and turkey to prime rib, NAU students sampled and voted on the evening’s best chili. According to Makenzie Mastrud, ASNAU chief of staff, “The chili cook-off works really well in conjunction with the carnival. I saw a lot of students come into the car-
nival for a while, then go over to the cook-off for something to eat.” In addition to free hot cocoa, the chili was also a great way to stay warm as the night got colder. Local firefighters lit the bonfire at 7 p.m., which was topped with a wood representation of an Aggie — UC-Davis’ mascot — in preparation for the homecoming game against the UC-Davis football team. With the NAU cheerleaders and the football team on the sidelines, this was the real kickoff of homecoming spirit. “There are a lot of details that go into the carnival. It takes a lot of time to plan, but it is an event that we really look forward to every year. I think it had become a tradition that students really enjoy,” Mastrud said.
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In addition to Mastrud, special event coordinators Tony Buchta and Sara Martin and other ASNAU members began working on the Homecoming Carnival this past summer. This is the third-annual carnival conducted by ASNAU, although only the second year it has taken place during Homecoming. It began as a spring carnival before ASNAU decided it would be better suited as a part of Traditions Day. “ASNAU decided to facilitate a carnival based on the student’s vote for the allocation of the “23 Fee”. This event continues to get positive feedback from students, so we continue to put it on annually,” Mastrud said. Overall, there was a huge turnout of students taking advantage of
their “23 Fee” at the Homecoming Carnival. Because of how many students did show up, the carnival became crowded and full of long lines toward the end of the night, according to freshmn excercise science major, Andrew Johnson. “Overall, I didn’t think that the carnival was that exciting with way too many people, not to mention for how many people were there, it was in too small of a location,” said Johnson. Regardless, many students enjoyed the event, including Lisa Barrios, a sophomore fitness and wellness major. “My favorite part about the carnival was just having a good time with friends riding the rides and also relieving some stress from midterms,” Barrios said.
ucked away down Phoenix Avenue off Beaver Street in Flagstaff’s Southside neighborhood, Tacos Locos has been serving Mexican food for a while hosting concerts. Restaurant owner Matt Lowen decided to relocate Tacos Locos after having issues with the previous, almosthidden location. “We weren’t getting enough business, [because there was] not enough traffic,” he said. The new location is on San Francisco Street, next to Café Pickles. “We’re actually sharing the kitchen with Café Pickles,” Lowen said. This shift is the start of a larger focus on the restaurant for Lowen, who no longer plans the concert aspect of the business. “The shows were taken over maybe six months ago . . . because I was sick of trying to run it and the restaurant,” he explained. James Higbee is now the man behind the music. The former Tacos Locos building on Beaver Street will be opened to the public in November as The Hive. Higbee plans to make the space a combination art gallery, recording studio and concert venue. “It’s a gallery and venue [right now],” Higbee said. “The near future plan is an accessible recording studio so, there’ll be a downtown location where you could make demos.” The Hive is a part of the Studio Beez business, which was founded by see TACOS page 22
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Higbee as a way to make use of all his music and sound equipment. “I told myself that I would never throw away any instrument . . . or gear that I got, or pawn or sell or anything like that, and so I finally reached the point where I had so much I had to justify owning it,” Higbee said. The venue is open for all different types of concerts. For bands interested in taking advantage of this new space, it’s a pretty straightforward process to book a show at The Hive. “They just go to the website and they can view the tentative event calendar [to see] days that we would do shows [and if they] are open or [if] we are booked,” Higbee said. The venue is host to a number of art installations and events the rest of the time when shows are not being put on. The Hive’s art director Luke Thom and assistant art director Ivan Bronston have big plans for the studio as a gallery. “We want it to be community-driven,” Bronston said. “I think we’re just trying to put out there that any young artist can come in here
and talk to us and probably get their stuff put on the wall.” Thom previously worked as a studio assistant at Beaver Street Gallery, where he gained experience curating around 30 shows. “It was fun and I wanted to do that again, but I just wanted to do it on my own terms,” Thom said. “I wanted to bring young artists who haven’t really had any experience showing in a gallery and I wanted this to be the first place, like a stepping stone for young artists to get their foot in the door.” Any aspiring artist could have the opportunity to display their artwork in The Hive if they are serious enough and can show good samples of their work. “We still want the young artists to compete for it,” Bronston said. “We don’t want it to be like preschool.” “It’s cool here too, because all our artists have the option to different installations, so they can paint on the wall, the floor, anything else that’s paintable,” Thom added. The Hive hopes to become an important part of the Southside community and involve artists and musicians.
Taylor Haunted House to fundraise through scares
BY KENDRA STRAUB
ne of the longest traditions on NAU’s campus is the annual Taylor Hall Haunted House. This year, the Haunted House will run from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 and again on Halloween night. “The Haunted House started inside Taylor Hall and has expanded and has grown so large that the event now is held in the NAU Fieldhouse,” said graduate residence hall director for Taylor Hall, Tim Bonson. The event is free for NAU students and $4 for non-NAU students. “The proceeds will go to future haunted houses . . . and a charitable organization,” Bonson said. For the event to function, there are multiple people involved in helping scare attendees. The volunteer jobs range from design to acting during the event. Ben Draeger, a junior special education and elementary education major, is a resident of Taylor Hall and was recruited to participate in the event. “I’m helping out with the construction and break down of the event,” Draeger said. “This is the first year I’ve been involved.”
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“There are over 30 individual volunteers, and then organizations help out as well with a total between 50 to 70 people helping in some way or another,” Bonson said. The construction of the Haunted House began Oct. 19. The Fieldhouse will be turned into a maze where students walk through themed rooms where they will encounter costumed actors and corresponding decorations. “Last year I was dressed in a Freddy Kruger costume and would stand behind people waiting in line to scare them,” Bonson said. “There were some people that left while waiting in line because [they were] so scared.” The Haunted House does have a separate tour intended for children that does not include all the scares. “Last year, 1,500 people attended the event and it was the biggest event Taylor Hall put on last year,” Bonson said. “I believe [it’s] one of the biggest events on campus.” Everyone has high hopes for the success of this year’s Haunted House. “I think, based on the number of people that went last year, and based on the feedback we are already getting, I wouldn’t be surprised if we surpassed the 1,500,” Bonson said.
Arts&Entertainment Paranormal Activity 4
Artist: Benjamin Gibbard Album: Former Lives Genre: Folk Pop
BY MORGAN MILLER
fter 15 years of working with Death Cab for Cutie, lead singer Benjamin Gibbard released his first solo album, Former Lives. The distinct soft sound of his voice takes listeners on a journey through his struggles and triumphs over the past eight years of his songwriting career. Unlike many solo albums that crash and burn, Death Cab for Cutie fans will not be disappointed with the familiar sound of Former Lives. Gibbard showcases his natural talent through his well-played string and percussion to his intimate lyrics, while still keeping the gentle sound fans love. In an interview with NPR, Gibbard sheds light on his unique style of songwriting. “I live in a state of ghosts always being around me, and night by night, at least in small part, kind of reliving different corners of my life,” Gibbard said. Rather than digging deep into his own struggles, he expresses them by telling stories of others. The underrated song “Lady Adelaide” tells the tragic story of an emotionless girl who lives a fearful life. The lyrics are strong and are complimented by the soft strumming of Gibbard on his guitar. Beginning simply with “Shepherds Bush Lullaby,” Gibbard harmonizes with himself through the singleverse song. Much like the rest of the album, lyrics are clear and dreary, floating along smoothly through the short track. Lacking a chorus, the poetic song speaks of what he is doing; singing a capella. The start of the album is deceiving, leading into more complicated subjects. “Hard One to Know” reflects Gibbard’s frustration in relationships;
this is exemplified in the chorus of the song,“I toss and turn but I just can’t get sleep/ when I start thinking ‘bout what you do to me.” The track is acoustic and surprisingly fast-paced, standing out from the rest of the album. Gibbard teams up with Aimee Mann, well-known American rock musician and singer, on his most popular single “Bigger than Love.” Based on his history in recording away from the band with artists such as Feist and The Postal Service, it is no surprise this single is strong. The two singers match each other’s voices flawlessly, almost making it difficult to tell who is singing and when. Playing the parts of an old couple, Gibbard and Mann reflect on the highs and lows of the relationship while reinforcing their unshakable love, repeating the phrase, “It’s bigger than love, brighter than all the stars combined/ It’s dwarfing the sun, burning within my heart and mind.” There are some weak moments in the album. Songs such as “Duncan, Where Have You Gone?” lack in lyrical creativity. Gibbard’s echoing voice makes the song drag on longer than it should, repeating average lyrics such as, “Duncan where have you gone, it’s been so, so long.” The instrumentals in “Oh Woe” are chaotic and out of place, masking the unoriginal lyrics. The fuzzy and clanging instruments are a distraction from the lyrics and shift awkwardly from simple melodies to up-beat electric guitar. Overall, Former Lives is a strong album with simple instrumentals and lyrics that fans can relate to. Gibbard shows his diversity in songwriting while still keeping the sound he is known for.
Best Tracks: “Bigger Than Love”
Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman Starring: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively Running time: 88 minutes Rated: R
BY JAYSON BURNS
or those who could get past the terrible filming style, the Paranormal Activity series has been an excellent addition to the “found-footage” and haunting genres. There are plenty of scares to be had in each film, with an overarching story that’s actually pretty interesting. To no one’s surprise, audiences were given Paranormal Activity 4, which was set to continue where the second installment left off. Unfortunately, this release has shown the film franchise is starting to dwindle in quality. Taking place about four years after the events of the Paranormal Activity 2, the film follows the teenage Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her family as they are introduced to a new neighbor kid, Robbie (Brady Allen). When the boy’s mother is rushed to the hospital for mysterious reasons, the family takes him in for a few days, during which they discover his strange quirks. As prompted by her boyfriend (Matt Shively), Alex sets up several lap-
tops in the house to capture Robbie as he supposedly interacts with an unseen force. Just like with the other films, Alex may have delved in too deep. While this was an acceptable way to continue the series, Paranormal Activity 4 mostly felt like a bridge for the inevitable sequel — which is poorly hinted at after the end credits. Everything just felt tame and slow compared to the demon Toby’s antics in the previous movies, with most of the scares either coming from fakeouts or something going past the screen really fast. There were still some quality scenes — pretty much everything involving the Kinect sensors — and Toby still proves to be an intimidating figure. None of that, though, makes up for the terrible, anti-climactic ending. It’s a little difficult to talk about the acting as a whole because most of the characters aren’t given much time to develop, but it’s all admittedly decent. Katie Featherston as the character Katie, from the other films, performs just as well as she
has in the past. Kathryn Newton does a decent job as the new lead role and Aiden Lovekamp and Brady Allen are good for child actors. As the boyfriend, Matt Shively was a little annoying at first, but he managed to become a pretty likeable character by the end. The parents have little to do with anything, however, so they’re forgettable. One goal the series has always tried to achieve is find some new way to make the audience uneasy, like the rotating fan-camera in the third film. All of the effects carry on with the tradition of the previous installments. Still, there is an overuse of jarring edits meant to cheaply scare the audience, and some of the pacing became distracting at points; one moment, a character is being grabbed by an unseen force, and the next she’s outside with a camera. When did she have time, or the senses, to grab the camera? Paranormal Activity 4 may retain some of the old magic that made the series so enjoyable, but its biggest sin is simply not giving much more.
QuickFlick Seven Psychopaths BY LAURA THOMPSON
ne shih-tzu, seven psychopaths. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths is the perfect example of why you go to the movies: to be entertained. Marty (Colin Ferrell) is a screenwriter in Los Angeles who wants to write the next big psychopath movie, but he’s having trouble. Fortunately, his friends, Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Hans (Christopher Walken) are a bit psychopathic themselves: they are professional dog kidnappers who happen to kidnap the wrong dog.
Bonny the shih-tzu belongs to a notorious gangster, Charlie (Woody Harrelson). He will do whatever it takes to get the dog back, which launches Marty, Billy and Hans on a wild run for their lives in this dark comedy. Seven Psychopaths is a dark and hilarious ride with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing but not too many to be confusing. Sam Rockwell kills it as the comical sidekick and steals the show. Woody Harrelson is the perfect villain with a little dog. He’s evil; he’s ruthless — he loves a tiny dog. While Collin Ferrell is normally bland and one-di-
mensional, it actually works for him in this film, which is very refreshing. Don’t let his starring role in this movie deter from seeing it; he really redeems himself. Only two words need to be said for any skeptics out there: Christopher Walken. Walken is at his most Walken-est. He brings the heart and a lot of the humor to this psycho story and really ties it all together. Bonus: Tom Waits is one of the most memorable psychopaths. Seven Psychopaths is entertainment all the way through. It has the right amount of action, explosions, comedy and drama. It won’t disappoint and it will keep you on edge.
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The tenth Fall 2012 issue of The Lumberjack, the student newspaper of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.