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he NAU track and field team hosted the Big Sky Conference (BSC) Indoor Championships Feb. 4 and 5 at the Walkup Skydome, securing a total of 12 individual and team medals over the two-day event. The Lumberjacks finished the final day of the championship with six individual titles and a team title. When the final scores were tallied, the men’s team made a statement. The Lumberjacks shattered the the all-time Big Sky team scoring record by 31 points. The men claimed first with a score of 215 points and the women ended their indoor season in fourth place with 85 points.

he progress of House Bill 2675 left nearly 100 students who attended the House Appropriations Committee meeting last week in dismay after learning the committee approved the bill after a fiery debate. The bill would require students to pay $2,000 essentially out of pocket for tuition, in order to limit funds granted by state universities. Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), the primary sponsor of the bill, said his goal is to encourage students to have “more skin in the game” when it comes to paying for college. “There are certain negative consequences to this current policy,” Kavanagh said. “First, not everyone, but some people, take things they get for free less seriously. They become less serious students and some believe this contributes to the higher dropout rate we have at our universities.” The representative said he believes the college dropout see BILL page 4

Legislation would bring Bible courses into public schools


Redshirt seniors John Yatsko (Left), Jordan Chipangama (Right) and redshirt junior Diego Estrada (Center) pose at the podium after Saturday’s mile run during the Big Sky Conference Championships. (photo by Garry Hart)

All four Lumberjacks competing in the men’s mile race claimed first through fourth place. Redshirt junior Diego Estrada crossed the finish line to seal the victory at 4:12.54. Redshirt seniors John Yatsko and Jordan Chipangama along with freshman Chris Ganem congratulated one another as they finished second (4:14.98), third (4:16.66) and fourth (4:16.71), respectively. “It was a team effort. We wanted to go one through four,” Estrada said. “When I got going, I figured I could close. First lap, I wanted to put it in the bank.” see TRACK page 21



ible study courses are one step closer to being an option for students attending Arizona's high schools. On Feb. 21, House Bill 2563, introduced by Republican Rep. Terri Proud, was passed through the Arizona House by a 42-15 vote and will now go to the state Senate. The bill would allow public high schools to offer an elective class called “The Bible and its Influence on Western Culture.” The course offered would teach students the history and literature of the Old and New Testaments, as well as the Bible's influence on society, law, art and values. Zachary Smith, a political science professor, said the bill is another attempt by the state to micromanage classrooms. “Never underestimate the veracity of the Arizona legislature to do something unexpected,” Smith said. “I know teachers in that state are already fed up with the number of mandates and restrictions that they have on what they teach and how they teach.” Jason BeDuhn, a professor of religious studies at NAU, said in an email that to have a well-balanced system, there see BIBLE page 4

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CommunitySpot PoliceBeat Feb. 26 At 4:38 p.m., a McConnell Hall resident reported her laptop stolen from her room. The burglary occurred between Feb. 26 at 4 a.m. and 11 a.m. An officer was dispatched, but the investigation is closed with all leads exhausted. At 6:06 p.m., a Tinsley Hall resident reported her laptop stolen from her dorm room. The burglary occurred between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. An officer was dispatched, but the investigation is closed with all leads exhausted. At 8:14 p.m., McConnell Hall staff reported that the glass of a fire extinguisher case between the third and fourth floor stairwells had been busted out. The damage occurred between 1 a.m. and 8:10 p.m. An officer was dispatched, but the investigation is closed with all leads exhausted.

Feb. 25 At 10:55 a.m., McConnell Hall staff reported that the glass in two fire hose cabinets had been broken. The damage occurred on Feb. 24 at an unknown time, before 11 p.m. An officer was dispatched, but the investigation is closed with all leads exhausted. At 10:06 p.m., an officer reported being out with a subject who was asleep in front of Cline Library. The subject was field interviewed and was warned to not trespass anymore. The subject was given a public assistance ride to Detox. At 10:24 p.m., University Safety Aids reported two motorcycles for doing tricks in


Parking Lot 62. An officer was dispatched. The subjects were not on their bikes upon arrival. Both subjects were field interviewed, advised of the laws and asked to leave campus.

Feb. 24 At 8:16 a.m., Field House staff reported four subjects who were seen opening several lockers in the Field House. The subjects became belligerent when they were asked to leave. Officers were dispatched. The subjects were warned about trespassing and asked to leave campus. At 9:42 a.m., an anonymous party reported that a resident of Campus Heights may have, on occasion, left her child unattended for unknown periods of time during the evening hours. The caller could not provide specific dates or times. An officer was dispatched but contact could not be made with the resident. Further action is pending contact with the subject and staff at Campus Heights. At 11:37 a.m., several people reported an intoxicated subject with an open container of alcohol in the area of Knolls dr. and University dr. Officers were dispatched. The subject’s open container was emptied and disposed of. The subject was warned about trespassing and asked to leave campus. At 12:06 p.m., Cline Library staff reported a subject who had reportedly been seen looking at pornography on his personal laptop computer in the library. An officer was dispatched. The subject was

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At 1:33 a.m., Gateway Center staff reported a subject for stealing merchandise from the store. An officer was dispatched. The subject ran away and was not located. The investigation is closed with all leads exhausted.



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TUESDAY, MAR. 6 NAU Film Series [7 p.m./ NAU Cline Library] Kenny James [8 p.m./Spirit Room]


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he Arizona Constitution says that tuition should be as free as possible for those attending Arizona’s universities. For decades, this has been a covenant between the state and its students — that even if tuition is increased, it will not be without absolute necessity. It is our belief that HB2675, having survived a committee vote last week, violates this covenant and ideal. Placing a minimum tuition contribution amount for those on financial aid is divisive enough, but then to argue that the reason for doing so is that students aren’t working hard enough is adding insult to injury. We hope you enjoy this issue and take the time to read our news article and staff editorial about HB2675. Feel free to let us know how you feel by either writing a letter to us or by leaving a comment on our website. We have lots of great content this week, from the NAU track and field team dominating the competition to an interview in our A&E section with former Grateful Dead band member Mickey Hart. Let us know what you think, and enjoy this week’s issue.

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rates are unacceptable, because they lower the national rankings for the state universities and waste taxpayer money. “Our university non-completion rates, after six years, are in the mid-60s,” Kavanagh said. “This is disturbing not only from a taxpayer standpoint, because you invested in someone who didn’t get a degree, but the completion rate becomes part of the national rankings for universities and colleges. It drags down the national rankings of the universities and, therefore, the value of the degree to past, present and future degree holders.” Kavanagh also said the high amount of financial assistance offered at state universities often pulls students away from community colleges. “It also creates this bizarre, unintended incentive of drawing students away from community colleges to universities because if there’s no tuition at all at a university, it’s cheaper than a community college,” Kavanagh said. “You wind up having have some students who might not be academically up to full speed who would better be served at a local community college with a greater teaching focus and smaller class sizes going to a university because it’s cheaper. I taught at both community colleges and universities. A university has a large class size, lots of distractions [and is] very impersonal. [It is] not the best place for someone who needs a year

or two to get up to speed to go to a university.” Over 100 students and student representatives attended the committee meeting to state their views. Robyn Nebrich, the executive director of the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA), said her organization has reservations about HB 2675. “As an organization, the Arizona Student’s Association definitely wants to work on increasing retention, increasing graduation rates and so we would definitely look forward to working with members of this committee, with members of the Board of Regents and with the universities,” Nebrich said. “Our biggest concern is that we just don’t think for this bill, that that’s actually going to address any of those.” Rep. Chad Campbell (R-Phoenix), minority leader of the state House of Representatives, said HB 2675 does not take into account the low amount of financial aid available in Arizona. “Compounding the problem with this bill is that Arizona doesn’t offer much financial aid,” Campbell said at Wednesday’s meeting. “If you look at a state-by-state comparison and you add D.C. and Puerto Rico in there as well, we are 51 out of 52 entities in terms of our financial aid offered to students, so yes, Mr. Chair [Kavanagh], there is a severe need for more financial aid in this state.” In response to concerns raised arguing from BIBLE page 1

should be courses in other religions offered. “They need to propose another course — besides the ones suggested on the Bible — on the religions of the world,” BeDuhn said. “We will not provide high school graduates with a basic set of knowledge for citizenship until we do that.” Smith said he does not see this bill introducing future legislation or opportunities for other religious course offerings. “Realistically [and] politically, it would be naive to think that a school is going to use this as an opportunity to offer classes in Islam at the high school level in Arizona,” Smith said. ‘The context here in Arizona suggests that there's an underlying motive here.” (Photo by Camile Diab)

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tuition is not the only large expense for university students, Kavanagh said the legislature is planning to address this issue. “We’re going to work on an amendment to this bill so that students who have to pay room and board because they don’t live near a university won’t have that expense,” Kavanagh said. “So all we’re talking about is $2,000 tuition, $1,500 books and fees.” Brendan Pantilione, an ASA director from ASU, said she was disturbed by the approach taken by supporters of the bill. “It terrifies me to hear the arguments that are being made and I don’t believe that the arguments are being fully thought out,” Pantilione said. “The two things that I really noticed is that we have, first, not learned from our mistakes. I hear the argument that students can just take out more loans. The other thing that terrifies me is that we are not addressing the entire cost of going to a university.” ASNAU President Blaise Caudill disagrees with HB 2675 because he believes it would make it more difficult for students to obtain a degree. “One of the core values of Northern Arizona University is education access; providing all qualified students with access to higher education,” Caudill said. “This means we strive to make higher education a reality for all students for the benefit of each individual student, as well as the Arizona’s economy. HB 2675 does not further any of these goals, Rep. Proud said in an email there is an importance for such courses to be offered at the public education level. “If we have professors from esteemed universities telling us the importance of this knowledge, then shouldn't we be listening?” Proud said. “Many countries . . . either require or allow the Bible to be taught in the public government schools, so this isn't a one culture issue or a one religion. This is a world issue.” While Smith said he believes teaching religion in high school is a good idea, he also believes the state legislature has other motives in introducing the bill. “This is kind of a back door attempt to get religious teachings of a particular persuasion in schools,” Smith said. An important issue in this debate is the First Amendment rights of students and the problems teachers may face in teaching the course curriculum. Opponents have criticized the bill and accused the state of ignoring other religions through the teaching of the course.

while making it dramatically more difficult for students to earn a university degree.” Within his discussions with state representatives, Caudill said he was under the impression they did not see the negative implications of the bill. “In my conversations with Representatives, many of our elected officials do not know the negative consequences this bill will have on the higher education system and accessibility and affordability to a higher education,” Caudill said. Kavanagh said he believes the bill will ultimately positively serve the university, but is aware that any change will be met with opposition. “In my experience, anytime you tell someone they can’t do something, even if it would help them, because they are losing their ability to choose, they oppose it,” Kavanagh said. Representative Campbell said he disagreed with Kavanagh’s claim of universities benefiting financially from the passing of HB 2675. “It’s a red herring,” Campbell said. “If this were so beneficial to universities, I would assume universities would be supporting it — which none of them are. Over the past couple of years, the Republican majority in the legislature and Governor Brewer have gutted education funding in both higher education and K-12. So that argument is irrelevant to this debate.” “I'm not arguing that we should not have separation of church and state,” Proud said. “However, we do recognize a God, which is not a church, hence the reason . . . our President ends his address to the U.S. with ‘God save the United States,’ we end our Pledge of Allegiance with ‘One nation under God,’ and our currency has ‘In God we Trust’ printed on it.” BeDuhn said the Arizona legislature is setting itself up for problems down the road unless it relies on the aid of experts to train instructors and set course curriculum. “I don't mean getting advice from socalled ‘experts’ or paid consultants brought in . . . usually to ‘advise’ the state to adopt a pre-packaged curriculum,” BeDuhn said. “I mean drawing on the expertise already present and paid for in the state: the faculty of the religious studies programs at the state universities. There is nothing wrong with these proposals up front. The devil is in the details of carrying them out.”

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InTheNews fills Grobsmith’s role. “’I’m in that process [of filling the position] right now,” Haeger said. “I’m consulting with the faculty senate — so I get a sense of how other people see this, and then eventually I’ll decide on who should fill her position.” The Lumberjack (LJ): You have been the provost at NAU for 10 years. Can you describe for me what it has been like to be in such a high position for that length of time? NAU Provost Liz Grobsmith (LG): It has been a real privilege for me. I have, I think, grown immensely; I have learned a huge amount. I have learned all kinds of different aspects of how the university works and I have had great colleagues and great challenges. And I have really, really thrived and profited, and enjoyed my 10 years as provost. LJ: How did you get to where you are today?



his past week, NAU Provost Liz Grobsmith publicly announced she will be resigning from her position as provost when her term is over in June. Grobsmith has served as NAU’s provost for the past 10 years, in which she has been the Chief Officer of Academic Affairs. The provost manages the different colleges and academic departments on campus, which directly affects students’ academic experiences. President John Haeger said the position of provost is very prestigious and includes many responsibilities. “The provost is the chief academic officer of the university,” Haeger said. “All the deans, all the chairs, all the academic programs fall under the provost. [The position] is very, very high up.” Haeger said the term limit is up to the individual in office. In regards to Grobsmith’s resignation, Haeger said she felt this was an opportune moment for her to explore other interests. “Actually, it’s not a position which has a specified amount of time,” Haeger said. “It largely is the function of how long a person wants to stay in that position. The provost, Liz, really wants to do some other things at the university, and so she kind of felt that this was an appropriate time to make a transition.” The position of provost has yet to be filled. Haeger said he is in the process of confiding and discussing potential candidates with the university’s faculty senate; then he will be the ultimate decision maker of who

LG: I was a faculty member. I went to grad school at UA for [my] master’s and Ph.D and fell in love with Arizona. After I got my Ph.D, I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and I took a faculty appointment there and I taught anthropology for 25 years. And, so, having a faculty background really has helped me in this job, and after 25 years of teaching, I was ready for a new challenge. So, I applied to become a dean in my college which was the College of Arts and Sciences, and I really was interested in seeing a slightly broader perspective than just through the lens of my department. I did that for 2 years, and then a position as a vice provost opened up; [except] in Nebraska they call it an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and so that really excited me. I applied for that, and I got it, and I did that for five years. When I got done with that I thought, ‘Well I’m ready to be a dean.’ So I wanted to move back West where my heart was and always has been, and so I applied for a job for dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. And so I was there for five years, and then I was ready to move to a bigger institution.

So I took a job as dean at Utah State and I went there for just one year, and it wasn’t really a great fit for me. That first year that I was there I was thinking, ‘This may not have been the right move for me’; I saw a position open up at NAU for provost and I thought, ‘Wow that kind of has my name all over it’. And so I applied, and I was selected, and I moved here in the summer of 2002. LJ: What do you feel like some of your accomplishments at NAU have been? LG: Well, when I came to NAU, I think there was a lot of kind of irregularity in the area of personnel. In other words: the hiring, the promotion of faculty, the awarding of promotion tenure, [and] the proving of sabbatical. So all those things around personnel were not very orderly, and so I think that was one of the first things that I worked on, and that has become way, way, way better and more clear after 10 years. Then as soon as I got here, there had just been a first budget cut, right before I got here in 2002. And then pretty soon there was another budget cut in 2004, and the president wanted to stream line the university and find a way of really tightening up our structure. So the president and I appointed a Blue Ribbon Task Force, and that group came up with another recommendation, and we reorganized the university to have only six colleges instead of ten schools and colleges. So we did a lot of streamlining. Along the way, I set a policy that I think has had a very beneficial effect on NAU. One of them was to set a class size minimum because we were seeing inefficient use of resources. Now you have to have 15 [students] for an undergraduate [class] to go or eight for graduate. So we tightened up a lot of that, and I think that just has done a lot of efficiency and economizing over the years. Another very important thing we’ve been working on is forming a university college, and that’s going to start in the fall. After July 1 we’ll establish it and it’s going to be a way for freshman to really come together, and in one administrative structure, where they can have intensive advising and more contact with professors who are very attune to the needs of freshman, in terms of

“I feel like I have a lot of energy and there’s still a lot to be done,” Grobsmith says. “I think we’re living in a global world and whatever I can do to help move the university forward in that way I think is very important.”

learning. And so that’s a really exciting big thing that’s really moving towards being a more global campus. The whole issue of internationalization has really, really proliferated in the last five years and I think I’ve been a big part of that. LJ: How do you go about overseeing all the different academic departments on campus and making sure things are running smoothly? LG: Well, obviously you know with 800 faculty [members] I can’t be everywhere, but that’s why we have a great administrative team. So I have a wonderful staff in my office and I have three vice provosts, and each of them kind of has a different portfolio so they deal heavily with matters relevant to their portfolio. And I have a staff that does a lot with the budget and with the figuring out [of] program fees, course fees and don’t forget the deans all have their department chairs. I can’t manage their colleges for them — they do that. LJ: People might wonder why you would step down from such a high position. What can you tell them to clear up any confusion? LG: Well I think that everyone really has to take stock of their career, and most people are in administrative positions for three to five years. So for me, I came here when I was 55; I’m now 65 [and] I’m not getting any younger. I feel like I have a lot of energy and there’s still a lot to be done. And because I’ve been thinking about it all year, because the president’s been coming to the end of his term, I’ve been considering my options. I want to do something different and I’m very heavily invested in the university’s international initiatives, and I’d actually like to learn more about that. So that’s kind of where my heart is. I think we’re living in a global world and whatever I can do to help move the university forward in that way I think is very important. LJ: What is coming up on the horizon for you? LG: I think what’s coming up in my life is number one. I’d like a little bit more free time and maybe won’t work 12 months a year, because I really do want to spend more time with my family and be a part of my grandchild’s growing up. And I’m really, really interested in pursuing international opportunities for the university. And so I don’t know exactly where that’s going to end up but I hope it’ll be a direction I’ll be able to go in.

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Editorial&Opinion Arizona legislators greet students with hostility STAFF EDITORIAL

Student leaders from all of the in-state universities took time out of their schedules last Wednesday to travel to the Arizona Capitol. They went to fight against HB 2675, the bill that, if passed, would require students to pay $2,000 of their tuition without the help of financial aid. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) created the legislation after learning that a majority of ASU students do not pay tuition. However, it is important to note that ABOR confirmed that the numbers he is referring to are two years old. Not only were they dealing with a confusing and uneducated bill with many loopholes and caveats, but the students were treated with disgusting disrespect. Elected State Representatives treated the speakers, who are guests speaking on behalf of the entire Ariz. Student body, as if they were a useless and unimportant group of kids rather than the voting citizens they are. In fact, toward the end of student testimony, Rep. Matt Heinz (D-Tucson), one of the few openly opposed to the bill, pointed out his colleagues were being very hostile toward the speakers. Kavanagh then made a formal movement to “be less hostile”, comparing the position of power to a playground, where they are perfectly comfortable to speak their minds even if it may be hurtful toward the guests. Yes, everyone can get a little too comfortable when they are put into positions of

power. But it is obvious the Arizona legislature is seemingly drunk on authority and completely desensitized to the feelings of others both speaking and those affected by the absurd bills they pass. And when it comes to legislation regarding university students, it is both their age and financial disconnect that lead to them being unsympathetic and misunderstanding of their situations. Every university representative tried to express valid concerns. But between Kavanagh and his republican side-kick in crime, Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R-Scottsdale), every point they tried to make was shut down with either a ‘back in my day’ story or chasing

questions until they tired the speakers. The floor is their playground, and they are the immature, petty children who run rampant throughout it. In regards to complaints that the $2,000 is excessive, Ugenti tells students, “Welcome to life.” However, Ugenti most likely wouldn’t have minded entering life with an extra $2,000 to pay out of pocket. After all, her tuition at ASU during her graduating year, 2004, was only $4,062, according to ASU’s website. This year, students paid over $9,000 to attend classes on the Tempe campus. One by one, viewers had to sit through the seemingly endless stories of the old poli-

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ticians who held a job through college and walked up hill to school and back in the snow every day, so to speak. Ok, House. We get it. You successfully completed college. But think of all your former classmates that didn’t make it through as easily, and are still struggling today. Also, when you graduated, a degree basically meant you were leaving college with a job. Now, there is no denying, the college degree is practically the equivalent of a high school diploma in your day. So why should current students have to pay more toward their education, only to receive less? Rep. Chad Campbell, (D-Phoenix) pointed out that according to the Arizona Constitution, college is supposed to be as free as possible. Obviously, the bill requirements throw that basic staple of the constitution out the window – as if yearly tuition increases haven’t. However, Kavanagh basically said he just doesn’t care. Many of the six representatives who voted in opposition said the bill is simply pointless. It targets lower class students, the universities aren’t asking for it, there is no current proof students are abusing their financial aid, and it will only push in-State students to look at other options. Students should continue to fight this bill. It is an insult to hardworking students across the state and distracts the lazy politicians from other more pressing issues they should actually be trying to solve. This staff editorial was written by Maria DiCosola on behalf of the staff.

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Editorial&Opinion Police brutality goes unnoticed


Tough love: a father who shot his daughter's laptop


n Feb. 7, an angry father posted a video on YouTube of him shooting his daughter’s laptop after finding a disrespectful post by her on Facebook. The video, titled “Facebook Parenting: For the Troubled Teen,” has become a viral video and has caused a lot of debate about this North Carolina man’s parenting. Not only does the father in this video rant about his anger toward his daughter’s post, but he reads the post for the entire world to hear. Before reading NATASHA his daughter’s post, he makes it clear REEVES he wants to share her message with all of her Facebook friends. He gave a lengthy response to all of his daughter’s points and comments and afterward, he shot his daughter’s laptop with eight rounds from his .45-caliber handgun. There are many people who are praising this tough love the father has shown in his video. Other peoples’ immediate response may be, “Well, he donated another stripper to the pole.” What is most disturbing about this video is how many positive responses it got from parents. This man is making himself an example and almost a leader to other parents, and that’s scary. Some may criticize the use of a firearm to punish your kid, but those who have criticized the video may be comforted to hear Child Protective Services, along with the police, came out to this family’s home to investigate. What is wrong about this video isn’t so much the use of firearms, but how the father gave a “two wrongs will make a right” example. His daughter went and ranted about him on Facebook, so he went ahead and ranted about her on YouTube; they both

ranted about each other on the Internet. Kids will be kids, but an adult has no excuse to act like a child. Go ahead and take a child’s laptop away or sell it, or even shoot it (while that is extreme), but to share it with the world is wrong. Family matters should be private and kept within the family. Having this video become so famous can be damaging to both the daughter and to the family as a unit. Most parents wouldn’t want to show off to the world how bratty their daughter is. This man has given a quote to the ABC Network saying, “It was meant to the parents of those kids who let their kids come play at my kids’ house. I was mortified and embarrassed that one of my daughter’s friend’s father, a local police chief, might look at that video and think “I can’t believe that sorry excuse for a man lets his kids talk that way. My kids will certainly NOT be going over there again.” This sounds like a statement coming from pride. Why should one care about their kid’s friend’s father? As a parent, your concern is with your child. It almost seems like this video had a lot to do with the father defending his reputation in the community. One can argue about his parenting methods, because a firearm is dangerous and sets a bad example, he was excessive in his punishment and having stricter, authoritative parents has shown to create more rebellious kids. However, the main point is again keeping family matters within the family. The whole world doesn’t need to see this, even if it does make a strong statement or make for a funny video. This man shows an example of being a strict, non-communicative and brash father.

aw enforcement is a crucial element to the security of the state. History shows no evidence we are responsible enough to facilitate anarchist ideologies, however ideal they may seem. The police are the reason people in the U.S. can feel comfortable walking around with minimal concerns about their personal safety. However, when police overstep boundaries and are hasty to pull the trigger and AMANDA display misconduct in HORNER various other ways, it is extremely disconcerting. When the lives of citizens are on the line, the police must demonstrate the highest of all ethics to maintain the security they provide for us. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Police brutality and misconduct has seeped its way into our society. Counties try their best to investigate what may appear to be deviant behavior from officers. However, because their line of work is difficult, often dangerous and places them in uncomfortable scenarios, the line between “to serve and protect” and misconduct can be easily obscured. One officer who is currently being investigated is James Peters, who was dispatched to a Scottsdale home after an altercation. A man was reported by neighbors for threatening them with a handgun after an argument while carrying his infant grandson. The suspect refused to answer the door, and when he eventually did, Peters shot him in the head from about 15 yards away. The infant was unharmed, but the suspect died instantly. Citizens of Scottsdale held a march on Feb. 17 to raise awareness of actions they want the police department to take against Peters. They want him fired and charged with murder, but investigations by Maricopa County are still in progress. Decisions such as the one Peters made must be made quickly, yet with extreme accuracy. What raises eyebrows is Peters’ record with shootings: six since 2002, and five of them fatal. Jason Leonard, a lawyer from Ft. Meyers, Fla. who represented the family of a 2006 victim of Peters and another officer, said, “My concern is that he seems

to shoot first and ask questions later and has been supported in this policy.” This is a dangerous mentality as a police officer whose primary purpose is to protect life. In situations such as these the officer must be held accountable. Citizens do have rights, which can be violated by those who are supposed to protect them. Most officers go their entire careers without having to fire a gun. Lethal force in law enforcement should only be used as a last resort. Safer, but still very effective, alternatives exist. No officer should use excessive force or violent language at any time. Yet little remains to be done to constrain it. This abuse of power remains primarily hidden, and police brutality is not categorized under human rights violations, to the dismay of many genuinely innocent people who are unarmed and non-violent, yet are still victims of this injustice. One victim who was badly beaten after no signs of resisting arrest said, “My whole family was crying and was hurt about it. I was really emotional about the situation.” A study from Northwestern University states from from 2002-2004, “100,000 complaints of police abuse were filed with Chicago police . . . but only 19 resulted in meaningful disciplinary action.” Most officers do use good judgment when choosing to fire weapons. However, regardless of the overwhelming majority who do use rational discretion, there are always a few who slip through the cracks. Some officers, such as Peters, need some extra attention drawn to his record. Vigilance from those who seek justice in the U.S. is the only solution to this growing problem. If there is an officer who is being accused of misconduct or brutality, they must be brought to justice by the same standards as any citizen would in the same circumstances. Of course, their job is a slippery slope, and their best judgment is required at all times. However, excessive force and hasty use of weapons is not okay when potentially innocent lives are at stake. Any human life taken too early is deeply disturbing, including the officer’s lives. Caution must be exercised and rising reports of abuse of power should not be swept under the rug.

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California convict bribed for info

Short Takes BY TREVOR GOULD A&E Editor



onsider the case in which a child at a public place is wreaking havoc: He runs around the store loudly and uncontrollably, his use of language is distasteful and profane and his lack of manners cannot be properly attributed to his ignorance or innocence. Because of his relatively older age society does not expect him to behave in this manner. The disruption has been going on for a long time, the mother looks worried, embarrassed and desperate; she kneels next to her child while he pauses in the midst of his fit to catch some air and she proposes, “Honey, please calm down and be good. If you do, I’ll buy you chocolate.” The child is silenced. To some, this very proposition may be far more outraging than the disruptive behavior, and “That’s why he behaves that way,” ROLANDO may well be the justified rationale of many. GARCIA Despite the disruption ceasing and the peace being restored — despite the overwhelmingly enjoyable benefits of restored quiet; a little concept called ethics, which exists in the deepest darkest corners of our being, is reduced at the sight of such injustice. When we begin rewarding negative behavior, surely there must be a flaw in logic. Were it legal and reasonable, the child would deserve a good rearing. Pedagogical and psychological developments, that is, civilization, has indicated physical violence is not necessarily corrective or good, but then what other means do we have of restoring peace and order? At this point it becomes crucial to examine the common sense notion of ethics, and to weigh the costs and benefits of negotiating with rascals as a last resort, when the positive outcome is highly desired and needed immediately. Although a disruptive child has very few connections to serial killers, the concept of rewarding negative behavior has been made a reality in a far more important, much more controversial realm in California’s Central Valley. According to NPR, Wesley Shermantine, who was convicted in 1999, along with an accomplice, for the murder of four peo-

ple is suspected to have murdered over 20 people during his days as a free citizen. Naturally, the families were devastated and the anxiety of uncertainty concerning the whereabouts of their loved ones must be arresting and inhibit them from their daily life routines. In an effort to bring closure to these families, a bounty hunter in California offered Shermantine $33,000 in exchange for information about the burying sites of victims. Now, not all of the money will be wired directly to the convict’s checking account. The majority of it will go to families of victims as monetary restitution, which is also a little odd, but it’s better to grieve with money than to grieve without. Reporter Richard Gonzales says, “Whatever money remains is available for the inmate’s personal items, including junk food and a TV.” As illustrated by the past analogy, our society worries about the ethical implications and rational motivations that underlie rewarding negative behavior. Maybe otherwise-compliant citizens will see new reasons to disobey the law, in the name of TV and fried pork-skins. Although it may sound radical, rewarding negative behavior with bribery to a child is much more severe than rewarding a death-row convict. First, the child has a lifetime ahead to be corrected, so the spoiling now will worsen and result in unnecessary consequences later. Second, there is no punishment whatsoever to this kid, which may motivate other children to disobey their parents — the inmate has already been sentenced to the death penalty; a more severe and legal consequence is inconceivable in our society. Then, without recourse to torture, and with a legitimate desire to gather information, California is well-justified in bribing the facts out of its convict. How will society see this? Well, if citizens murder people and then coerce the state for monetary exchange, they can watch PBS while they patiently await the injection. The fear of death far outweighs the desire for junk food and television, unless American society has collapsed to an unsalvageable degree, and it hasn’t. There is no slippery slope to fear in these cases.

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ithin the vast digital realm of the Internet, trending topics and popular subjects are in constant abundance. The premier web craze at the moment happens to be the meme, an often-humorous photo, illustration or idea that spreads rapidly through social media sites to all corners of the World Wide Web. To put it simply, memes are great. They can be applied to virtually any situation or circumstance, and contain nearly limitless possibilities. Some of the more popular memes include Forever Alone, Scumbag Steve, High Expectations Asian Dad, the Y U No? guy and Insanity Wolf. Each of these images has been utilized countless times within the constantly evolving world of Internet memes. One of the best parts about memes, aside from the instant recognition factor, is how they are incredibly easy to make. All you need is a meme photo template, rudimentary photo editing skills, and something to make fun of and you’re well on your way to becoming a formidable meme artist. Entire websites devoted to meme building have sprouted up all over over the place, allowing even the most uncomputer savvy individual to share his/her wit with the world through the joy of online media. We here at The Lumberjack have decided to try our hand at meme building, and have constructed three memes for your entertainment pleasure. Enjoy. To check out more memes and share your own with the student population, check out the NAU Meme Facebook page, which has now accrued a fanbase of over 2,000 users.


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Poetry Slam Society

The art and fear of unabashed expression



very Thursday night, among the dim and Christmas-tree lit stage at Sundara Cafe, a community of poets gather around and slam their experiences. The coffee-stained microphone echoes the expressive tones of these poetic souls whose only wish is to engage the audience. The poetry slam has become a place for artists to unite, and some “slammers” feel it has become one big family. However, the family has been the same for the past few years now. The same poets, aka, the slammers, are the same ones who have been showing up every week to perform for the usual crowd. While this may seem like a unique art form, many feel that poetry slam has grown into a culture. One individual in particular feels the same way. His name is

Joshua Patrick Wiss, a senior English major at NAU. “Slam absolutely is a culture – it’s dependent on the community, and whoever comes out each week is part of the slam,” Wiss says. “They’re the ones making it happen because it’s an audience sport. I think it’s just a wonderful experience also, because people really are there to listen to what you have to say. So, if you can present it in a way that’s acceptable to yourself and if you’re comfortable with yourself, it really comes through. People notice it.” Within the poetry slams, family environment, the “scene’s” values come into question and students may wonder if all are welcome to join in on the family fun. “I think everyone in the world should experience a poetry slam,” Wiss says. “It’s the

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Shaun Srivastava is unafraid to slam to an energetic crowd. What the poem means to him is likely different than what it speaks to the audience. (Photos by Mary Willson)

only place where you can have an anarchist, for the viewers enjoyment. His name is Ryan a 40-year-old right wing conservative, young Brown. people and old people, and it doesn’t matter “I feel like poetry is a giant collection of because anyone can get on stage. It’s a good everything people go through, and [what] excuse for people to get out there and voice people feel and think,” Brown says. “The their opinions.” more people that are With such an exthe things “In a way, poets are telling expressing pressive atmosphere, that are going on in their own story, and in many poets feel Suntheir head, the more dara has provided people that verbalize another way, are telling them with an outlet experience of their everyone’s story,” says an to release themselves. life, are relating an Ryan Brown Poetry is something experience everyone we all have the abilcan pick up on. In a ity to create by putting our experiences into way poets are telling their own story, and in verse, and when we express these experienc- another way are telling everyone’s story.” es, some feel as though we’re relating to them But if the poetry community is built on personally. One particular slammer, a senior the values of sharing, if the stage is open to English major, believes poetry slam is solely see POETRY page 13


Let’s Randomize

from POETRY page 12

The stress of working in groups



chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Unfortunately, this familiar saying seems to be true more often than not, especially when those links represent people. Working well with other people is a useful skill for anyone, and it is usually learned in the classroom. Many professors choose to incorporate group work into their classes in order to spice up the curriculum. However, students tend to frame this teaching method in a negative light. As obvious as life and death, many college students dread the concept of group work. Sophomore construction management major Matthew Czuzak recently suffered from a stress-

ful experience with group work. In one of his construction management classes, he was assigned to perform a lab analysis with a group of four people. The individuals were required to carry out multiple surveys and were given about three weeks to do so. “I had finished my part, and like three days before the lab was due the other people in my group said they all had problems doing their parts,” Czuzak says. “They were just going to turn it in and get a low grade.” Receiving a bad grade for all of the hard work he had done seemed unfair, so he decided to tackle his group members’ parts as well. “I basically did all the rest of the work, and I spent probably 20 hours over the course [of] two days to get it all

Group work is unfavorable to most. Jasmine Barber-Winter, a ceramics major, works individually to avoid the headache while a group studys nearby. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)

done.” Even though Czuzak had a terrible experience, he does not believe all group projects end up like this one did. “I like working together with my roommate, but it’s really hard to work with a bunch of random people.” Freshman nursing major Christy Garrison is another student who does not look forward to group projects. She believes that group work in college is unfair and can incorrectly reflect a student’s work ethic. “I don’t like it because it usually ends up being one or maybe two people in the group who do all the work,” Garrison says. Kira Russo, an instructor at the School of Communication, likes to incorporate group work in her classes that are two or more hours long. “I like it because it breaks up the time, and takes the focus off me to a different type of learning experience,” Russo says. “Lecture is helpful in a lot of ways to kind of set the bar, but then after that I like to use group work to provide a different experience.” Russo agrees that some students are more worried about their grades than others; therefore, she believes that working in groups is more successful when everyone is graded individually rather than as one unit. “When group work boils down to one grade, that is where the idea fails, because people’s standards aren’t necessarily the same, and to try and make it so I think is pushing the experiment too far,” she says. Doctor of Educational Psychology, Joan Garfield, wrote The Journal of Statistics Education. In it, she recognizes the ups and downs of the group work teaching method. It states, “Students may want the teacher to do more explaining, and telling them the right answers, rather than struggle with a problem themselves. Some students may prefer to work alone and resist being forced to work in a group. Sometimes this concern is related to the issue of grading fairness; students may feel it is unfair to give one grade to the entire group rather than separate grades to individual students, especially if students do not contribute equally.” When students are forced to work with one another, conflict is nearly impossible to avoid. Group work can be valuable, but only if everyone in the group is willing to work as hard as the other. NFL coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

the public, why do so many neglect Sundara’s open doors? The slammers have been wondering this every week when they show up to share. Some feel people are afraid or nervous to get on stage and express themselves, but slammers want to spread the word so more show up every week to share themselves with everyone in this non-judgmental environment. Victoria Eakin, a graduate student, believes it is a way to explore and push boundaries, so why be afraid? “You don’t ever really see a lot of new faces and that’s the one thing that’s a little disappointing,” Eakin says. “People need to go out on the edge and push themselves or else you don’t have anything else new or exciting to experience. Nothing is just one layer; nothing is just single dimensional, and to look at something as one-dimensional kind of takes away its essence. You have to be open minded to expand your mind for things to enter it. That’s why people need to come out here and read whatever they’re writing, because just to put yourself out there takes guts. It’s been a nice outlet for me.” By pushing through the boundaries of everyday life and overcoming insecurities, we can all take the stage confidently and express ourselves. So, the next time you feel inspired, outraged, loved or even bored, stop by Sundara and check out the slammin’ poets. New faces mean new experiences for all to share and relate a story. One slammer feels poetry night is becoming the same every week. “We need more women poets; we need to mix it up,” says Tera Pollock, a graduate student. “There’s a lot of political poems, negative poems and I would love to hear what other people have to say. Everybody has something to say and people have interesting ideas, and we need to hear that. Poetry slam is also a beautiful opportunity to come together in community and share your soul with each other, and just express yourself, be who you are, let go and stand up to be heard.”

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HRM upgraded for a new generation

The HRM program on campus offers students real world experience in a thriving industry. (Photo by Holly Mandarich)



he school of Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM), just like the building and the major taught within, has a style all of its own. Inside, among test kitchens, the simulated café and fireplace lobby, one of the most prestigious HRM programs in the country teaches the next generation of hotel managers and restaurant owners. “You’re basically going over all of the aspects of being a manager,” says junior HRM major Amber Rose. “You’re going to learn emotional intelligence [and] you’re going to learn what type of manager you are, [so] that way you can better help lead people. It teaches you about yourself and how to deal with all different types of situations.” Rose first got involved in the world of HRM when she interned at the Walt Disney World College program in Orlando, Fla. She hopes to use her degree to go back and work for human resources at a Disney resort.

HRM majors are required to this coming fall. Courses like these to be a small hotel called the Inn take various business classes, says and other hands-on classes help at NAU. After approximately 20 Rose, like accounting, hospitality make the students satisfied with years of service, the inn closed and accounting, financing and micro their degree choice. while the outside of the building and macroeconomics. “I like the work because I feel remained the same, the inside was Field hours are also required to like I’m actually learning something transformed for education. Rooms graduate, and the school has great about what I want to do,” says soph- were replaced by classrooms, officconnections for internships such as omore HRM major Lindsay McEl- es, kitchens and beverage labs. one in Europe over the sumSome of the old inn is still mer. On the management incorporated into the final de“Everything I’m learning side, classes cover a wide sign, like the lobby. This prorange of everything there is to now feels like something that duces a hotel-like feel to the will help me later in life,” building that is admired by the know about HRM; from food safety and prep to housekeepsays Lindsay McEldowney students. ing and even a relatively pop“I think it’s more relaxed ular course on beer tasting. and personal than other buildDispelling rumors about the downey. “Everything I’m learning ings,” McEldowney says. “We have a Beers of the World class, Professor now feels like something that will fireplace; it’s a really cozy building.” Richard Howey, executive director actually help me later in life. I’m Besides setting a chill vibe for for the school of HRM, says, “It is happy to come to class every day the school, the atmosphere also a lab. There’s a lot of course work; because it doesn’t seem useless.” helps to add to the educational exmost of the time is spent in the McEldownney wants to some- perience. classroom setting. It’s really serious day open a bakery where she will “This [building] is all added on business. This is huge money, and design cakes similar to how it is because they wanted to be able to you can’t sell something you don’t done on TV shows like Ace of Cakes have us experience all the different know anything about.” and Cake Boss. types of aspects there could be in a The school also offers a “Wines Another interesting aspect hotel,” Rose says. “This building is of the World” course and will be in- of HRM is the very building the definitely more like a hands-on aptroducing “Cheeses of the World” classes are taught in. According to proach than what it used to be, just and “Coffees of the World” course Howey, most of the building used hearing everything.”

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There are no lecture halls in the HRM School. This leads to a close relationship between the students and faculty. “Since we are small, [the professors] actually do take the time to get to know us and they really do work with you,” says freshman HRM major Jacob Hood. Hood is planning on opening a pub after he serves in the Navy. Despite the growth of the program, the HRM faculty is determined to keep a close link to the students they teach. “We pride ourselves in being accessible,” Howey says. “Even as we grow, everybody knows everybody.” The NAU School of Hotel and Restaurant Management uses a state-of-the-art blend of atmosphere, hands-on courses and teacher-student relations to place itself head and shoulders above the rest of the HRM programs out there. In the words of Howey, “There are hundreds of these schools around the country, but very few better than we are.”

Bridging the




with Jiayi Fan

rom table manners to common cooking methods, eating habits vary from America to China. The most intriguing embodiment is shown in greetings. Chinese people meet each other and ask, “Have you had your lunch?” or “Have you had your dinner?” while Americans say “How are you doing?” Three meals a day is important and is the reason why Chinese people ask about whether you had meal. Americans feel this greeting is strange because they wonder if they’ll be invited to a dinner or worry about not being able to afford a meal. Like British talking about the weather as greetings, Chinese people are mostly concerned about meals. Americans have dinner as one important meal during a day while Chinese people treat lunch as dinner all the time. I read articles about eating habits before coming to the U.S. and figured out that the time Americans have dinner is late in the afternoon or early in the evening. In this way, I defined “dinner” as supper. However, when I first moved to Flagstaff two years ago, I was confused about my definition of “dinner.” I waited for my friends to pick me up at 6 p.m. However, they called me at 11:30 a.m. and told me they would arrive at my house in 10 minutes. In the car, my friends tried to explain to me that dinner is the name of the main meal of the day. From then on, I will always ask people who invite me to dinner, “Which meal is it, lunch or supper?” Although I have already become accustomed to using forks, knives, and spoons for dinner, I still remember how to use chopsticks. There are many rules in using chopsticks, such as never tapping chopsticks on the edge of a bowl because only beggars do that to cause attention. In addition, you should never point chopsticks toward people seated at the table. In China, everything has a deeper meaning. So it is not difficult to understand why people should not dig or search

using chopsticks through their food, because it symbolizes digging one’s grave. Also, you can rest chopsticks at the top of a bowl implying “I’ve finished my dinner.” My father took me to many formal Western-style dinner occasions in China so I could widen my knowledge of different cultures from at a young age. I learned the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right to cut a bitesized piece of food, while using my left hand to conduct the food straight to mouth. Therefore, I didn’t feel strange while using fork and knife in America. The funny thing is that I brought this habit back to China over the past summer vacation. While traveling with my mom’s friends, we were having buffet breakfast. I was the only one at the table who chose to use a fork and a knife to eat vegetables, round flat cakes and beef. My mom’s friends joked, “Your daughter indeed prefers her overseas life!” If Chinese students live with American students in the same house, it is intriguing once dinner begins. One side’s meal is made of rice, flour or cereal and the other consists of bread, beefsteak or pasta. Most Americans know Chinese food from local Chinese restaurants which all have a strong American style. Food there is so sweet or so salty. This is the reason why one of my American friends asked me to cook a “real” Chinese dish for her before my graduation. To my surprise, the most popular Chinese dish cannot be found in hardly any Chinese restaurants in the U.S. It is stir-fried tomatoes with eggs. Among evaluations of my cooking given by my American friends, the stir-fried tomatoes with eggs possesses the highest status. Eating habits reflect manners, conventions and culture. Under the big background of multiculturalism, the principle is to attain harmony with difference, absorbing multiple cultures and maintaining uniqueness.

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CouchTalk with Emily Appleton

arcissism seems to be a more prevalent personality trait in our generation than in the past. The evidence of this epidemic lies in the overall changes in individuals and in the culture at large. As Jean Twenge has acknowledged in her book Generation Me, America has become a much more accepting and relaxed society than we previously were. Twenge has appropriately named this youthful group of people “Generation Me,” or “GenMe.” Anyone born from roughly 1970 to 1999 is a member of this phenomenon. The GenMe-ers are more likely than their parents’ generation (the baby boomers) and even more likely than their grandparents’ generation to believe that there is not just one right way to be, live or act. The past generations have placed great value on standards and traditions, but the GenMeers seem to deposit a larger value into an individual’s choice, rather than a collective compromise. The supposed key to success for these GenMe-ers is to believe in themselves and disregard what people think of them. Twenge goes further to use the film Pleasantville as an illustration of the zeitgeist and the thought process behind the GenMe-ers’ point of view. In the fictitious city of Pleasantville, the characters discover they are capable of disregarding social norms and acting the way they want to act. This discovery expedites the collapse of social order and the tenuous rules of society, while giving rise to the power of the individual. There are several distinct characteristics of this cohort that sets them apart from other generations. One attribute is the direct and guileless approach GenMe-

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ers take, rather than the respectful modus operandi that the baby boomer generation prefers. Another quality they have is high self-esteem (maybe too high). Parents and teachers have focused on making these children feel good about themselves instead of correcting errors in a homework assignment or teaching a possibly significant lesson. A third feature of GenMe-ers is the assertion of entitlement; while a fourth is the idea that they can do the impossible with little or no training. When these beliefs merge, the GenMeers are destined for disappointment. This group of individuals does not react particularly well to critical evaluations, and rarely takes responsibility for their faults. The Generation Mes live in an entirely different economic climate than any generation before them, which explains the compelling and perhaps justified feeling of panic when mulling over the right career to be financially stable. GenMe-ers are the first generation to be raised with the mindset that their individual opinion and experience is practically fundamental to the development of society as a whole. They have been raised with the reassurance that plastic surgery can restore their sophomoric looks when age sets in and material items like new shoes, clothes and make-up can alleviate feelings of inadequacy and self-consciousness. Behind the narcissistic and overinflated egos of Generation Me lies a delicate self-esteem. It seems not only the people in our society have become narcissistic, but our entire society’s values have become self-centered.


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he NAU swimming and diving teams took on the rest of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this past weekend in San Antonio for the conference championship meet. When the water settled, NAU finished in second place in the team standings with 622 team points, with San Jose State finishing ahead of them with 728 team points. During the meet, NAU broke nine school records, posted 11 NCAA B standard qualifying times and captured five individual WAC titles. “Their efforts were unquestionable,” said head coach Andy Johns. “One of the best [seasons] ever . . . overall just a tremendous accomplishment. We won a lot of heats tonight, and it was just a really good meet for us overall. I’m very proud of all the girls and their efforts this year, and my hat’s off to San Jose State, which did a great job.” The two headline performers of the weekend for NAU were a pair of swimmers, sophomore Rachel Palmer and junior Fi Connell, who both won two championships. Palmer broke the school record in the 200-butterfly during the preliminary round with a time of 1:59.99, and one-upped herself by winning the event with a time of 1:58.82. Palmer also won the 400 individual medley earlier in the weekend with a school record of 4:18.46 in the final. “It was really great. I aimed for it all year. I really wanted to take [the school record]

down,” Palmer said. “I met my goal, so I was happy.” Connell won the 200 individual medley earlier in the weekend tilt with a time of 2:01.29, which was another school record. She also won the 200 backstroke in record fashion with a time of 1:56.56. “I went into this weekend very confident. The training that we’ve done this year has been intense,” Connell said. “I knew that my body was healthy this year so I knew that all I had to do was get up on the blocks and just race. It was great; we feed off each other’s energy, it makes us all perform even better.” In the mile, NAU placed swimmers sophomore Emma Lowther, freshman Caitlin Wright, seniors Krista Maier and Kristin Jones and junior Danielle Palbykin in the top 13. Lowther turned in the second-fastest mile in school history with her 16:36.50 in a silver medal performance. On the diving end, NAU captured sixth overall with a final team score of 217.10. Freshman Kali Lents totaled a score of 221 during the preliminaries, the second-best platform score in NAU history. Lents finished eighth overall and senior Holly Frost finished 15th. “We did the Lumberjack name proud and we were extraordinary,” Palmer said. The next step for diving is the NCAA Zone meet in Colorado Springs at the Air Force Academy March 8-10. Sophomore Rachel Palmer surfaces for air during the WAC swim championships. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Huehn)



or the first time since moving up and competing at the Division II level, the NAU Ice Jacks have qualified to compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament. The Ice Jacks claimed their national berth by winning both games at the ACHA regional tournament, held in San Jose, Calif. NAU defeated the San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs 6–5 in overtime and followed with a 3–1 win over the University of Utah Utes. “We battled as a team for 120 minutes this weekend,” said senior captain and forward Tucker Braund. “And everything just came together.” Sunday, the Ice Jacks played the Utes in a game determining a national tournament berth, while the loser watched their season come to a close. The first period ended scoreless because sophomore goalie James Korte was on top of his game, ending the night with 26 saves. In the second period, Braund buried a goal on a scramble in front of Utah’s net, but NAU’s lead lasted a few shifts before Utah put the puck past Korte, ending the second period tied at one. The third period was played fast and hard by both clubs, and both club’s goaltenders came up see HOCKEY page 24

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Redshirt senior Nicole Elliot began the final day of the championship by throwing 19.73 meters in the women’s weight throw, passing Sacramento State’s Ify Agwuenu on her final throw. Elliot ended her career with her second BSC champion title. “’Last throw, best throw,’ that’s our motto on this team,” Elliot said. “I heard the crowd going nuts, my parents are here, all the adrenaline was going and I couldn’t let people down.” Redshirt sophomore Lauren Stuart placed fourth in the weight throw event with 18.14 meters and junior Kasandra Vegas followed in sixth with a throw of 16.79 meters. “Sometimes [when] you’re watching a field event, it doesn’t have that exciting feel of field like a track meet, where you watch somebody come from behind and win it, but that’s exactly what [Elliot] did,” said Director of Track and Field Eric Heins. “To win on her last throw, that was so exciting.” Next to the pit, the men’s triple jumpers channeled their inner Superman. Red-shirt sophomore Edgar Panford and senior Thremaine Johnson took first and second in the event, respectively. Panford claimed the title with a personal best leap of 15.14 meters and Johnson finished with 14.29 meters. “I know I had the crowd hyped up a little bit, so they gave me the confidence I needed to get out there and get a big jump. It felt great,” Panford said. “I love a lot of attention on me because it always gets me hyped up.” Freshman Deante Kemper and Panford had the idea for the jump squad to wear Superman socks. “We saw the Superman socks had capes and we’re jumpers, and so we just like to get off the ground.” Kemper said. Both the men and women jumpers adorned Superman socks this weekend, and in the words of Panford, “Fly here, fly far, fly high.” Kemper held his own in the men’s high jump, using his final attempt at 6 feet 10.25 inches to stay in contention with Sacramento State freshman Anthony Williams. That jump allowed Kemper to reach 7-25, ending his day with a title of his own. “It feels good to win conference for the first time,” Kemper said. “I love having the crowd because it brings me up, makes me feel good and helps me jump higher.” Heins noted Kemper’s busy day and mental toughness. “That was great for Deante because he had to run and score for the hurdles, and then come right back over here and start high jumping,” Heins said. “It was pretty tough for him to compose himself after the hurdles and then go out and win the high jump, [it] is fantastic for him.” Sophomore Adel al Nasser held onto his preliminary finish in the men’s 400-meter race landing the BSC

title and a new personal best time of 46.80. “I feel really good; it’s a big honor for me,” al Nasser said. “I just started running. I didn’t feel the first 200 meters. I started running around the curve and I finished pretty hard.” Estrada clinched his third individual title of the meet in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:27.04. “I’m in disbelief. I knew it was going to be hard, but I was fighting for the team. Ideally, I could just overpower the conference. This week, I played into their game and kicked the first two races. But this last one, it’s mine,” Estrada said. “I won it my freshman year and I wasn’t going to lose it at my home. I was going for it. I kept trying to Redshirt junior Diego Estrada paces his fellow Lumberjacks in this past weekend’s relax [and] listen to the crowd. I Big Sky Championships. (Photo by Hailey Golich) felt more need to do some damage After crossing the finish line, Estrada immediately and the crowd carried me home.” Coach Heins was happy with not only Estrada’s per- turned around and began cheering on his fellow teammates. formance, but the entire teams performance. Redshirt senior Pascal Tang added another weight “That was phenomenal. There was not an event or throwing title, tossing the weight 19.99 meters. person that didn’t capitalize on being “It feels really nice to take the title, especially this here and that in itself is pretty impressive,” Heins said. “For everybody to being my last year and being able to do it at home,” come in and finish where they’re Tang said. “I’m kind of disappointed because I wanted ranked or higher, you know there to throw farther to make it to nationals, but I guess next [are] no words for that. That is just week will be the time do that.” March 3 and 4 in South Bend, Ind. will be the Alex almost a perfect meet.” Friday, the track and field squad cap- Wilson Last Chance Indoor Meet. Tang, Elliot and Kemtured four individual crowns and one team per are the only Lumberjacks who will be representing NAU with hopes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Natitle. Sophomore Lauren Laszczak was the first tional Championships, which will be held the following Lumberjack to bring home a BSC gold in the wom- weekend in Boise, Idaho on the 9 and 10. en’s high jump. After clearing each height on her first attempt she reached a new personal best and win at a height of 5 feet 7.75 inches. “I had the mind set that I knew I was sitting fifth, but I could easily grab that title,” Laszczak said. “Being at home, it felt a lot better and winning it was amazing.” Senior long jumper Jenne Childs received the bronze medal for the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.65 meters. All five Lumberjacks in the 5K race placed in the top seven, contributing to the overall team score. As anticipated, Estrada finished with a time of 14:52.80.

Freshman Deante Kemper clears the bar during the high jump. Kemper grabbed top honors at the meet after jumping a height of 7 feet 25 inches. (Photo by Hailey Golich)

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ith its season nearing the end and effort becoming harder to produce, the NAU women’s basketball team fell to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Bears 75–63 Monday night. After the Lumberjacks (8–20, 3–12 Big Sky Conference) took an early 4–0 lead 1 minute and 26 seconds into the game, the Bears (18–10, 10–5 BSC) responded with a 16–2 run and never looked back. “It’s clear the stats reflect effort,” said head coach Laurie Kelly. “Rebounds for sure. Rebounding and defense.” UNC dominated the game for the most part, out-rebounding NAU 36–20 and out-shooting the Lumberjacks 53 percent to 43 percent. Additionally, NAU again lost the battle from the free-throw line, hitting 15 to UNC’s 24. The Bears turned the ball over 23 times. As a result of the turnovers, the Lumberjacks took eight more shots than the Bears in the game. “There’s not a lot of stats that reflect defense, but to me, the kids want to roll up, not gamble, not reach, move their feet and really just go back to fundamental defense,” Kelly said. “There’s not a lot of glory in that and you need people that want that. I just don’t know who that is on our team.” Leading scorer Amy Patton, who did not start as a result of arriving late for the game, extended her 20-point scoring streak to four games with a 21-point effort on 8-of-14 shooting. “It’s good that I had a good game, but yeah, obvi-



n the NAU men’s basketball final game of the season, it was business as usual for a team struggling to get a win. The Lumberjacks were downed by the Montana State (MSU) Bobcats 79-60, their 16th straight defeat and 15th straight in conference, a new school record. “To Montana State’s credit, they just shot the lights out,” said interim head coach Dave Brown, who ends his tenure with a 3-16 record. “We just could not shut it down.” A poor first half hurt the Jacks on the scoreboard, as they fell behind 45-31 at the break. No Lumberjack player reached ten points for the half as senior forward Durrell Norman led the Jacks at the break with nine.

ously we lost, so it kind of takes it away,” Patton said. “We had a couple runs, but it just wasn’t enough.” With her strong scoring night, Patton moves within 21 points of tying Jess LeBlanc for second place on NAU’s all-time scoring list at 1,450 points set in 1999, a positive for her in this poor season. “It’s not really where we wanted to be but it happened,” Patton said. “I mean, we still have to come out, play and perform.” However, the Lumberjacks second-leading scorer struggled with her shot all night. “I don’t want to blame it on anything because I’m not that type of player. I don’t want to make excuses,” said sophomore guard Amanda Frost. “There’s been something wrong with my shoulder since the last time we played at Bakersfield.” Frost, who averages 8.5 points a game, turned in her first scoreless game as a Lumberjack with an 0-for-4 shooting night, all attempts from behind the 3-point line. “I’ve been having bad practices, like I can’t even make anything in practice,” Frost said. “So coming into the game, it was probably part on my confidence too. It’s probably low because I just haven’t been playing [well] at all.” The Lumberjacks wrap up the season on March 3 when they host the Montana Grizzlies (16–11, 9–5 BSC) on senior night. “We only have one more week. For one girl, it’s her last week of practice, so it’s kind of like you should just take it in,” Patton said. “So you try to finish the year strong at least, and go into something next year.”

He was followed by sophomore guard Gabe Rogers who had eight and freshman guard James Douglas who recorded seven for the half. NAU had a negative assist-to-turnover ratio for the half, recording six dimes to eight giveaways. The Lumberjacks made half of their shots in the frame and were 5-of-11 from deep, but the eight turnovers hurt them, as it gave the Bobcats multiple chances on the other end. MSU capitalized on the turnovers and their home-court advantage, leading by as much as 16 with under a minute to play in the opening frame, before settling for the 14-point lead at the half. The Bobcats were led by Shawn Reid’s 14 points as he buried four of five 3-pointers in the frame. MSU also re-

Junior forward Tyler Stephens-Jenkins defends a shot by a Northern Colorado player during NAU’s 75–63 loss. (Photo by Sarah Hamilton)

ceived eight points apiece from Tre Johnson and Christian Moon. The Bobcats shot 49 percent from the floor for the half, including a 54 percent clip from distance. “We hung in there at the beginning,” Douglas said. “But, basketball is a game of runs and they got a lot more runs than us.” The second 20 minutes started off oddly, with both teams trading missed buckets and not resembling the fast-paced first half. Norman and Bobcat forward Jordan Allou got into a small confrontation early in the half as the two battled for position under the basket, which resulted in each being hit with a technical foul, while Allou also got called for a personal. “Not really sure what happened there,” Norman said. “He kind of got in my face and

I’m not one to back down, so I got in his face too.” From there, the Jacks went on to cut the Bobcat lead to 12 with about 14 minutes to play. MSU countered with a couple of buckets of their own and then connected on a couple of threes. Eventually, they stretched their lead to 19 at 61-42 and continued to pour it on. It was the final game in Norman’s college career and the senior made sure to make a mark, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Douglas finished with 11 and Rogers scored 10. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately,” Norman said. “I’m trying to soak it in as much as possible.” The Jacks now must focus their attention to next year.

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big on numerous plays. With just under seven minutes left in regulation, senior forward Michael Farnham ripped a wrist-shot from the top of the face-off circle. The puck changed directions when it was tipped by junior forward Taylor Dustin, putting the Ice Jacks up 2–1. In the final minute of the game, Utah pulled its goalie in one last attempt to score, but Dustin intercepted the puck at the red line and slapped it into the empty net to seal the 3–1 win for NAU and reserve a spot at nationals. “This is the best feeling in the world,” Korte said, minutes after the clinching victory. “It was an awesome team effort; everyone knew we were going to win.” The Ice Jacks entered the one-loss elimination tournament ranked No. 5 and battled against No. 8 SDSU in the first round. The numbers did not favor NAU heading into this match-up, because NAU had not beaten the Aztecs in over three seasons. During that stretch NAU was 0–6, including two losses earlier in November, and allowed an

average of six goals in those six games against the Aztecs. NAU sophomore forward James Terry scored a goal within the first five minutes of the game, giving NAU a 1–0 lead. After the Aztecs tied the game at one, sophomore forward Ryan Greenspan deflected a shot past SDSU net minder Alex Corbin, giving NAU the advantage into the first intermission. In the second period the Aztecs scored three goals to go up 4–2. As the physicality of the game picked up, the Ice Jacks knew their season was in jeopardy. Sophomore forward Carter Achilles, who scored one goal in the regular season, capitalized on two power-plays to tie the game at four. The Aztecs added another tally to the scoreboard and held a one goal lead going into the third. In the final stanza, the Ice Jacks missed on early opportunities to put the puck past Corbin. With over five minutes remaining in the Ice Jacks season, Greenspan hustled on a breakaway; the New Jersey native maneuvered with a slick toe-drag to avoid Corbin’s pokecheck then scored with a backhand shot.

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The Ice Jacks bench exploded when Greenspan tied the game at five, and when neither club scored in the final minutes the game went into overtime. After the Zamboni cut a fresh sheet of ice, the two teams returned for overtime, knowing somebody’s season would end after one goal. Sophomore forward Zach Fader gained control of the puck on an Aztecs turnover, then dropped a pass for junior forward Jon Isbell, who beat Corbin with a wristshot placed in the top right corner of the net. The Ice Jacks benched cleared to celebrate the 6–5 overtime win. “That’s what national contending teams do,” Isbell commented on the two comebacks made by his team. “They get contributions from everyone and never quit.” The national tournament will be held in Fort Myers, Fla. on March 16-18. The tournament is pool-play style, and NAU will play in three games. The team plans to practice for the next two weeks in order to be ready to compete. “It feels amazing to come this far,” Braund said. “We have to stay fresh and 100 percent to be ready.”

Sophomore defenseman Dillon Butenhoff skates during the Ice Jacks’ win over the University of Denver on Jan. 20. Butenhoff added two assists during the Ice Jacks’ overtime win against the SDSU Aztecs. (Photo by Daniel Daw)

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hen it comes to percussion instruments, Mickey Hart is a virtuoso. Hart is a multi-Grammy winning musician, ethnomusicologist, drum aficionado, and original member of The Grateful Dead, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group. Through his career, he has additionally recorded scores for movies, television shows and the backbeat for the famous Volcano at the Mirage Hotel & Casino. Hart is currently finishing up recording sessions for his latest album, Mysterium Tremendum, due to hit shelves on April 10. The Mickey Hart Band will be performing live at the Orpheum Theater March 4. The Lumberjack was able to secure an interview with Hart and ask him about his endless fascination with drums, interest in world music and relationship with George Lucas. The Lumberjack( LJ): Mysterium Tremendum is your first album since 2007’s Global Drum Project. Explain to me why you believe you are creating a whole new genre of music with this album. Mickey Hart (MH): A whole new genre of music? Well, that remains to be seen. If anyone says that, and it could be so, perhaps. But, what I’m combining is music from the whole Earth, music you know and I know and everyone knows. Universal music, music that builds the universe, the songs, sounds of the events, of the epic events from the beginning of time and space, the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago. So, if that is creating a new genre, cool. I don’t know, it could be, I would think so, you know, people I hope would be starting to think about the vibratory world around them and know that everything that vibrates has a sound and it has a light. It has two components. It has a vibration and light. We can’t hear it or see it, so in that sense, you know, it’s different for sure, I’m playing music I love, kind of rock-n-roll improvisational music, very much in the Grateful Dead mold, as far as experimentation and improvisation and having a song form to go from but that’s where that ends. We use these light waves, which have been collected from radio telescopes around the world. LJ: You’re converting them to music waves, correct? MH: Correct, it’s called sonifying. I’m sonifiying these light waves, making them into sound. [There are] sophisticated algorithms and I have scientists [who] work with me carefully on this because I’m not a mathematician and I’m not a scientist. Then I take them and sound design them [to] make them into what we hear on the whole Earth — music. The sound of space isn’t necessarily music. I didn’t want it to be a science project. I wanted to dazzle these sounds; I turned them into musicological sound marks, whether they be rhythm, harmony, or melody. [I wanted] something to do with music. see HART page 29 The Mickey Hart Band will be performing live at the Orpheum Theater on March 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Yonas Media)

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hile costumes and climbing may not be two words one would typically place together, indoor rock climbing facility Vertical Relief (VR) decided to take the sport of rock climbing to a fun and crazy level. On Feb. 25, VR hosted its third Alpine Follies event. It consisted of climbing, costumes, and best of all, trophy prizes. Local climbing enthusiasts Jason Henrie and Jeff Snyder collaborated in the creation of this zany event. Snyder, a co-founder of Alpine Follies, aimed to do something different and more extravagant. “In the original Alpine and Winter Follies in the late nineties, you came and you did the events related to adventure climbing,” Snyder said. “About four years ago, I wanted to do a new version, to do ridiculous things. I lay in bed thinking about crazy stuff to do.” “They are all off the ground, all totally extreme and all easy, just ridiculous,” said Chris Tatum, a fellow employee, climber and one of the past year’s Alpine Follies participants. “None of them are based on how strong of a climber you are. It’s just fun.” Some of the teams participating in this year’s event were Boo’s Big Hairy Secret, Awkward Moments, Beards with Beards and Pest Control. Bobby Enzenberger, a sophomore exercise science major, and Artec Durham, a senior nursing major, dressed up white and nerdy for their team, Awkward Moments.


According to Enzenberger, they came up with their name and costume an hour prior to the event. “I originally wanted to call us ‘Fine and Nerdy’, but ‘Awkward Moments’ seemed . . . intellectually ripe,” Durham said. “Plus I’m halfway there already,” Enzenberger quipped. Durham is the president of the NAU Climbing Club and Enzenberger is a member. Other NAU students participated in this crazy event as well. Emily Denison, a junior parks and recreation major, and Eddie Kemper, a second year masters electrical engineering major, were part of the group Beards with Beards. “We’re just naturally beardy,” Dension said while stroking her full-length, fuzzy brown beard costume. There were a wide variety of costumes present at this year’s Alpine Follies: samurais, angels, ‘70s disco dancers, nerds, beards, Hansel and Gretel, among many other equally hilarious outfits. This Alpine Follies consisted of three main events: El Cap in a Day, Cam Stab and High Camp. All of the events were timed and the winner was chosen based on the fastest total times from all three events. El Cap in a Day consisted of several parts. Contestants had to climb up a ladder to a rope, traverse across the rope and from there they climbed another ladder with a set of three climbing bags hanging above them that other

TOP LEFT: A member of Boo’s Big Hairy Secret perilously traverses across the climbing wall during Vertical Relief’s third annual Alpine Follies competition. RIGHT: Team Gnomadics sports appropriate gnome attire while scaling the climbing wall. BOTTOM LEFT: Bobby Enzenburger of Awkward Moments receives the Apline Follies trophy after his team posted the best total time of the three events. (Photos by Gina Mathews)

contestants could crash onto their heads at any moment. From that ladder they had to jump like a monkey to a final ladder and touch the very top hold on the wall. Cam Stab consisted of a rope contestants held onto and used to swing through the air towards the climbing wall where they would have to stab a cam (a traditional climbing device used to fit in cracks to aid in ascents) in between two holds. High Camp consisted of a rope ladder on a low-sloped wall that had all of the holds removed. Both contestants had to climb this ladder together

and make it to the top before the time stopped. In between competing in events, groups of climbers interacted with each other. They were merrily chatting, drinking and dancing. “It’s kind of a party,” Snyder said. “It’s a reason for our community to get together and make total fools of themselves.” As the event came to an end, Enzenberger and Durham of Awkward Moments came out victorious for first place in the 2012 Alpine Follies. Their names will be engraved on the Alpine Follies trophy for future Follies contestants to see and attempt to live up to.

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Local film Unconscious knocks out audiences



n Feb. 24, the premiere of the local comedy film Unconscious was shown at the Orpheum Theater. Unconscious tells the story of Raymond “Hop” Hopajoki, a Flagstaff man who is down on his luck. He has to deal with writer’s block and seeing his ex-girlfriend out with a new man. Hop’s internal angst is suddenly interrupted when a typewriter falls on his head and he wakes up out of his amnesia six months later to find out that he wrote a bestselling novel called Sucker Punched. Stephen Root, who served as the writer, producer and director of Unconscious, originally came up with the idea while studying film in Minneapolis. “Originally, years and years ago, I had a story about a rock star who is addicted to drugs and the drugs make the music better. That was just an idea I had while I was in high school,” Root said. The idea he had in high school changed drasatically by the time he went to college. “I went to college for film and I was in a screenwriting class and I needed an idea to write a screenplay for that class and that story came to me but, I decided to change it to make it more comedic,” Root said. “So I changed it to being knocked out and you write these great things when you get knocked out. I changed it to a writer, rather than a musician, because if it was music, you’d have to hear the music and so the music would have to be really good. It’s better to leave it to the audience imagination how good it is.” The change was for the better. The audience’s reception was very positive; they cheered and laughed through the film screening. During the shooting process, the cast of Unconscious faced various acting and staging challenges. Sydney Tolchinsky, who plays Maria, Hop’s friend and eventual girlfriend, faced a recurring problem while filming on set. “I can’t cry on command,” Tolchinsky said. “On film, it’s more like ‘do it again.’ I was like ‘I can’t cry anymore.’ It was really hard for me.” Eric Schultz, who plays Hop, also faced some challenges as well but they did not have anything to do with being hit on the head with a typewriter or baseball bat. “I was raised on the stage since I was about four, so going to film after so many years of being on the stage to work on a film project is completely different,” Schultz said. Root’s connections with individuals associated with local community playhouse Theatrikos helped make casting an easy process. “I never had auditions,” Root said. “I just knew all the actors because I had been involved in theater and knew all these great actors in the community, so I just literally was like, ‘Who would be great in this role.’” Root’s prior close personal connections made shooting a fun time, regardless of the circumstances or erratic weather. “Every shoot was fun. It was always just hanging out with my friends,” Tolchinsky said. “Even if it was freezing cold and we were waiting for a train to go by, it still was just a bunch of us messing around on the streets of Flagstaff.” For those who missed the Unconscious premiere, four other showings will be screened at the Doris Harper-White Playhouse on March 1-4 at 7 p.m.

Arts&Entertainment LJ: How was it collaborating once again with Robert Hunter [the main lyricist for the Grateful Dead] on lyrics? MH: Glorious. Glorious. Hunter is a genius, visionary, poet, and he got this project, he really nailed it. Normally Hunter and I work in a different way, where I give him the music and he writes the words. His suggestions usually are much better than the ones I’ve given him over the years. His thinking is so much more far reaching, as far as lyrically, than I can ever imagine, so he does it all. For this particular project he concentrated on man and the universe. Once he gave me the words, then it all came together and the songs were born. What we have is improvisational music combining the celestial sounds and what you’d call world music, you know, is my music I normally play. LJ: You have been drumming for over four decades now. What is it about this particular instrument that continues to captivate and inspire you after all these years? MH: Only four? No man I’ve been drumming a lot longer than that. I think you should put that at maybe . . . 65 years. It’s the rhythm, stupid. It’s the rhythm, stupid. It’s all about the vibrational world. That’s my job, that’s what I love to do, I like to identify and play with time because of the vibratory world. Drums are the best way of laying down rhythm, nothing against flutes and guitars and all that, but drums are made, their short and sharp sound bites really leave a trail, as opposed to the other elements of music which are harmony and melody. Drums make rhythm, real good rhythm. So, that’s always been my connection through drums, I like the way they sound, but it’s not really about drums and drumming. That’s just tools; it’s about entraining with the vibratory world, that’s the whole thing behind drums and drumming and music. LJ: In 2008, you helped compose the backbeat for the Volcano at the Mirage Hotel & Casino. What was it like attempting to evoke the power, nature, and ultimately spirituality of an erupting volcano through percussion instruments? MH: I put myself at the foot of that volcano, and I said, ‘How terri-

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fying would this be? And also, what would the spirituality of the people who live near the volcano?’ I did a lot of volcanic research and put myself in the audience there around this huge volcano, to be like people living there. The awe, the wonder, the fear, the respect, all of those things went into the beginning of me thinking of this as music. Then of course I had to get the greatest sound system on the planet, this sonic wonder, and that was Meyer’s Sound. I had free range to do exactly what I wanted to do, the people were wonderful. I had 600 speakers and 111 decibels. It really makes you feel like you’re right next to a volcano without getting any magma or ashes on you. I wanted to make it a real personal experience. That was so much fun. That was so great to play on that scale.

LJ: Can visitors still hear your recorded volcano backbeat to this day? MH: I keep checking on it, and they can’t raise it or lower it because I got the key. They can’t touch it. It goes off every hour at the hour, just the way I left it. It took a lot of calculations to be able to make that all sound incredible because there’s problems when you cover a lot of ground with sound, because each foot is one-millisecond of delay, so you’re dealing with time delays and all this stuff. Enjoy it man, it’s good all over, especially listen to the subwoofers, they’re really barking.


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Act of Valor Directed by Mike McCoy & Scott Waugh. Starring Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R.



ince Dr. Dog’s new album, Be the Void, has been out long enough for me to properly digest — like everything else from Philadelphia, it takes awhile — I have had them on the brain. The fact is, I love Dr. Dog and I love the Beatles. I don’t file them in the same rolodex in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll history’s filing cabinet, but I like to think that just as everyone loves the Beatles, everyone loves — or should love — Dr. Dog. The more I learn and think about the quintets’ similarities, I can’t deny that Dr. Dog are the Beatles of this generation. Sure on a smaller scale (Dr. Dog-mania hasn’t exactly swept the states) but don’t roll your eyes just yet. Similarity #1: Inception. Dr. Dog started as an off-shoot of founding members Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman’s first band, Raccoon, while the Beatles were predated by Lennon and McCartney’s band the Quarrymen. Rumors continue to circulate which man is actually the “leader of the pack,” if you will, although as a bassist and a songwriter, Leaman definitely has way more balls than McCartney did. His snide attitude toward lost love on songs like “Hang on” and “Vampire” gives McCartney’s equivalent, “The Long and Winding Road” a forceful shove into self-loathing obscurity. Let it be Paul, let it be. Similarity #2: Trajectory. Both bands had a strong start with ardent support from their local fan base and their early music reflected a departure from the old mainstream. While the Beatles were dishing out reheated Elvis leftovers, Dr. Dog’s early recordings found them recording lo-fi glimpses of greatness-to-come in their bedrooms. Needless to say — whether you care for Please, Please Me or not — a graphical representation of both groups’ musical quality is a straight shot through the roof. I swallowed Be the Void through clenched teeth at first, not straying far from the album’s single “That Old Black Hole.” As an album, it is heavy artillery for total indie domination. Similarity #3: Sonic fingerprint. Both bands have it. There are definitely groups that draw similarities with the Beatles and Dr. Dog, but few bands have that unmistakable mold only they can fill. McMicken plays E, A and D just like every other chump who picks up a guitar, except he does it with a solid 62 inches of smirking magnetism. Like McCartney and Lennon, Dr. Dog’s two song-smith’s have their own, equally appealing lyrical styles that bounce off each other seamlessly on their albums. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to post-group solo careers. Sorry guys. Similarity #4: The George Harrison factor. At this relative point in their careers, neither Dr. Dog nor the Beatles tapped their second guitarist (the seven-foot-tall Frank McElroy in this case) for his full potential. Depending on how you tally their releases, the Philly quintet is right around the Rubber Soul or Revolver phase in their career. Which by my thorough calculations means the next release we hear will be equivalent to Sgt. Peppers in both scope and artistic direction. Once McElroy throws his weight into the ring, Dr. Dog will hit their stride and reinvent their sound. I can’t wait.

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common complaint I hear about big budget action/military movies is that they are not realistic enough. Stepping up to change this is Act of Valor, a film starring active duty Navy SEALs that is purported to portray combat in the most realistic manner possible. However, while it more than accomplishes this task, the rest of the movie’s components are lackluster. Act of Valor follows a team of elite U.S. Navy SEALs (the actors’ names remain anonymous, presumably for security reasons) as they are tasked with rescuing a captured CIA agent from a group of terrorists. They soon learn, however, that the agent and her late partner were on the trail of a much more dangerous threat involving a scheme to destabilize the American economy and promote fear among citizens. From Somalia to Mexico, the team determinedly hunts down the masterminds of this plot. This story isn’t really anything new, but with such boasts of “realism” I didn’t really expect anything James Bond worthy. This terrorist plot feels like something that could




originally had high expectations for Wanderlust; thinking it looked like a movie that would fly under the radar for a while and suddenly burst into popularity because of its hilarity, like many comedies seem to do recently. Yet for me, the humor I was expecting was just not there. Wanderlust stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd as New York couple Linda and George who have just been kicked out of their dream

actually threaten American citizens and, despite my admittedly limited knowledge of covert military operations, I thought events occurred in a believable manner. What struck me as a little odd is how much more characterization the antagonists had over the SEALs. Sure there were some scenes where the team’s commanders talked about their families, but aside from that I learned nothing about them, and I think this would have been the key in keeping the audience emotionally involved. Even if the stars of this film weren’t advertised as active duty Navy SEALs, it is pretty obvious from the beginning that they’re not professional actors. While collectively they don’t give a cringe-worthy performance, their line deliveries are often either stiff or cheesy. The opening and closing narration made by one of the team leaders is no different. On the other hand, since they are legitimate SEALs, their performances during the action sequences are top-notch and believable, whispering/barking commands while executing their tactical maneuvers as if they were really fighting America’s enemies. The other, real actors in

Act of Valor do an okay job, but only Alex Veadov manages to stand out as one of the terrorist leaders. I think most of what this movie was banking on was its effects and action choreography, and in this it very much succeeds. In a film industry that has practically been taken over by computer-generated special effects, it’s refreshing to see an action movie that uses real explosions, real stunts and even real bullets (aside from when they’re hitting the actors, of course). This all makes for some very intense scenes, like when a pair of SEAL attack boats takes down a pursuing terrorist force while evacuating their teammates. Act of Valor does suffer a bit from “jerky-camera syndrome” during the more closequarter shots as well as some choppy transitions, but as if to make up for these, the film successfully utilizes first-person camera angles that really put the viewer in the moment. Though Act of Valor stumbles pretty hard in the writing and acting department, its high-quality action scenes and focus on realism are enough to keep its audience’s attention, especially if that audience includes military personnel and their supporters.

Wanderlust apartment in Manhattan. Jobless and on their way to George’s brother’s house in Georgia, they stop at a hippie commune for the night. Extenuating circumstances cause them to stay and figure out why they loved each other in the first place. I wanted to like this movie, I really did. It just wasn’t as funny as I had anticipated. The film, which is slated as a comedy, had laughable parts but as a whole it did not deliver. I kept wanting the comical scenes to last longer. Where the movie lacked in humor, however, it made up for

in nudity, both male and female. In a particularly eventful scene, a nudist member of the community hosts a nudist wine makers conference. Wanderlust did not hold anything, or anyone, back with this. The cast, both starring and supporting, along with the story made for a great idea but the execution proved otherwise. Wanderlust wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good, just average, which was extremely disappointing given the cast of actors that were in the film.


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The Lumberjack - Issue 7, Volume 99 - SP2012  
The Lumberjack - Issue 7, Volume 99 - SP2012  

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