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SINCE 1914 Issue 15, VOL 99 May 3, 2012 - June 6, 2012 SPECIAL GRADUATION ISSUE . . . CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SPRING 2012 GRADUATES!

Closing out the year Spring Fling gets students outdoors see page 33

Spring football ends with blue team victory see page 31

What does it take to win a Gold Axe? see page 5

President Haeger’s letter to graduates see page 5

TOP: NAU Football prepares for the upcoming season in spring practice (Photo by Hailey Golich). BOTTOM LEFT: A student climbs on the rock wall during Spring Fling(Photo by Garry Hart). BOTTOM CENTER: Graduates from Fall 2011 during comencement. (Photo courtesy NAU) BOTTOM RIGHT: Jesselyn Carpino, a Gold Axe award winner, displays her President’s Award. (Photo by Vanessa Marchena)

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CommunitySpot PoliceBeat April 29 At 3:26 a.m., a parent of an NAU student called from Tucson advising that her daughter had called from an unknown location and had stated there was a man in her room. The NAU Police Department (NAUPD) was dispatched to Gillenwater Hall, but while en route, Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) officers advised that they had received a dispatch call from the student, who was at a location off campus. FPD handled the situation. At 6:18 a.m., a Mountain View Hall resident reported a party disturbance that had already been reported to a resident assistant (RA), but not adequately handled. The reporting party stated that the noise had continued after the party was reported to the RA. Officers were dispatched but the party was unfounded. At 8:30 p.m., a subject reported that she had been involved in an altercation with her boyfriend in front of Cline Library. Officers were dispatched and a subject was arrested and booked into Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) jail for assault and criminal damage. April 28 At 3:48 a.m., a Tinsley Hall resident reported that a male subject had been entering females’ rooms. The incident occurred at approximately 3:40 a.m. Officers were dispatched. The male subject was arrested and booked into CCSO jail for sexual assault,

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assault and two counts of trespassing. At 11:36 a.m., an Allen Hall resident called to report loud music being played in the area between Allen Hall and Aspen Crossing. Officers were dispatched. The music was coming from an NAU sanctioned event. The disc jockey agreed to turn the music down. At 2:02 p.m., a subject reported their vehicle was hit while parked in Lot 63. The damage occurred between 2 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. Officers were dispatched, but the investigation was closed with all leads exhausted. At 3:43 p.m., Campus Heights staff reported a student with a denial of access for visiting friends. Officers were dispatched and the subject was arrested and booked into CCSO jail for first-degree trespassing. At 11:24 p.m., University Union staff requested assistance with getting an intoxicated student to wake up and leave the Field House. Officers were dispatched. The student was contacted and advised against sleeping in the Field House and drinking in the area. He complied and left the area. April 27 At 4:43 a.m., a subject reported a Gabaldon Hall resident for making threats against another resident. The reporting party wished to have a welfare check for the victim resident. Officers were dis-

patched and the investigation is open, pending further information. April 26 At 4:29 p.m., reports were received of a subject who appeared to be intoxicated on the south side of Babbitt Academic Annex. An officer, Flagstaff Fire Department (FFD) and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) were dispatched and the subject was field interviewed and then transported to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) by GMT. At 10:36 p.m., Tinsley Hall staff reported an odor of marijuana. Officers were dispatched. One student was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. April 25 At 6:57 a.m., Cowden Hall staff reported finding an open bill, a straight line of white powder and a rolledup dollar bill on a table. An officer was dispatched and the investigation is open and pending further information and contact with a student. At 2:42 p.m., Parking Services staff reported taking a subject into contact for possessing a permit that had previously been reported as never having been received. An officer was dispatched and the subject was cited and released for theft of services and for providing false information to law enforcement.

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Events Calendar Calendar Events THURSDAY, MAY 3 Anime Club [2:45 p.m. /E. Flagstaff Community Library] “Bullied to Silence” Film [4 p.m./Mary D. Fisher Theatre] Wine Tasting [6 p.m. /Vino Loco]

FRIDAY, MAY 4 First Friday [6 p.m./Down Town] Texas Hold ‘Em Poker [7 p.m. /Cinnabar] Dance and Film Festival [7:30 p.m./Clifford E. White Theater] The Switchbacks [9 p.m./Olde Sedona Bar and Grill]

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Flagstaff Woman’s Soccer [Anytime/Thorpe Park Multipurpose Field]

Getting Published: Where & How [9 a.m./Coconino Community College]

Arizona Underground Film Festival [8 a.m./The Screening Room]

Free Comic Book Day [11 a.m./Cab Comics]

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Tequila + Tacos Cinco de Mayo [12 p.m./Pepsi Amphitheater] Cinco de Mayo Dance [8 p.m./Old Town Cottonwood Civic Center]

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Free Food & Music [1 p.m. /Berg’s BBQ]

FMC Lifesaving Blood Drive [10:30 a.m./FMC Education Complex] Free Cheese Tasting [5:30 p.m./New Frontiers] Drums and Dance Night [8 p.m./Oak Creek Brewing Co.]

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

Rio de Flag Walk Series [3 p.m./Leroux Springs]

Buddhist Meditation [5:45 p.m./Katog Jampel Sungling]

Live Music Every Sunday [7 p.m. /San Felipes Cantina]

Karaoke [7 p.m./Timerline Tavern]

MONDAY, MAY 7

Ladies ‘80s [8 p.m./ Green Room]

Monday Night Blues [7 p.m. /Charly’s Pub and Grill]

Open Mic Night [9 p.m./ Mia’s Lounge]

Weekend Picks Weekend Picks First Friday Art Walk Friday@ 6 p.m. – Downtown Support local artist and walk around downtown. Enjoy art, galleries, clothes, wine, bars and more.

Free Comic Book Day Saturday@ 11 a.m. – Cab Comics Free Comics, 20 percent off art from Dave Beauty and games for anyone who donates to the food drive.


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Gold Axe winners reflect on their time at NAU

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iploma in hand, graduation carries unforgettable memories and accomplishments during college. However, NAU gives 45 students special recognition for their involvement with the university: the Gold Axe Award. Jessalyn Carpino, a senior art education major, said she was honored to receive the 79-yearold award in addition to the President’s Prize, the highest student recognition from the university. “It was such a wonderful moment in my life that I’ll never forget,” Carpino said. Carpino has been involved on campus since she came to NAU her freshman year. Being so involved has taught her many lessons that she will take with her to the next chapter of her life. “I’ll always have a passion to just try different things and to do things that are even outside of my comfort zone,” Carpino said. “It’s hard to squeeze all that time in, but it’s worth it. I’ve learned so much about not only time management at NAU, but about myself. If there’s time to do something exciting and to get involved, I’ll make it happen.” Yemile Ojeda, a senior marketing and Spanish double major, is another Gold Axe Award recipient who said getting involved has changed who she is in a positive way. “Being involved, I think, made me more professional — it let me break out of my shell,” Ojeda said. “That’s going to help me be a businessper-

son in the professional world — being able to talk in front of people.” Ojeda said she is glad to be able to put this award on her resume. She said she felt honored the university wanted to recognize her for her involvement during her time at NAU. “Working up to this award, it’s something you’d want to put on your resume,” Ojeda said. “It’s a privilege for them to think that I contributed so much throughout my years that they’d want to give me this award.” Rick Brandel, Dean of Students, facilitates the process of selecting recipients and awarding the winners. He said the award is for seniors who have contributed and impacted the university in a number of ways. However, only a small percentage of graduating seniors who apply are chosen. “It’s intended to recognize a combination of scholarship and civic engagement in the campus, and leadership opportunities that students have become involved [in],” Brandel said. “We honor probably somewhere between one to one-and-ahalf percent of our graduating seniors in any semester.” In the mix of award winners, three recipients were also athletes at the university, bringing the number of student-athletes to recieve the Gold Axe award to 29 since 2004, according to the NAU Athletics Department. “They’re a great representative of NAU Athsee AXE page 6

President Haeger’s letter to this year’s graduates

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ear graduating students, After years of hard work, your time has arrived, and I hope that each of you can take a few moments to appreciate what you have accomplished. Whatever your plans — to enter the workforce, to seek more education or professional training — this is an exciting time to be a new graduate of Northern Arizona University. I know JOHN the faculty and staff of NAU have HAEGER prepared you well for a fast-changing world. Many of the changes that have taken place on our campus over the past several years were geared to ensure your preparation. Refinements to curriculum, enhancements to technology, new facilities and new living spaces, expanded opportunities to engage in civic service — all of these contribute to a university experience that has made you a well-rounded, highly capable person. Undoubtedly, you will continue to face new challenges. Each of you is taking a separate path, and those paths will lead in many directions. But all of you will

know that you have taken a solid first step by graduating from NAU. I personally congratulate you for your achievement, and I know I’m not alone. The entire NAU community shines with pride for all that you have accomplished as students, and in anticipation of what you will contribute to the world. And please be sure to thank those who have supported you in this venture: A little gratitude will go a long way for the people who helped you get here. You have added to the rich legacy of NAU, and I sincerely hope that the NAU experience will remain a part of your life. My best wishes for each and every one of you. Sincerely, John D. Haeger President, Northern Arizona University

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Carrying the flag

What does it take to be a flag bearer at graduation?

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s is tradition at NAU graduation ceremonies, students will file in ranks into the commencement ceremony and at their head will be the standard bearers, students selected to represent all the schools within their college. Emily Linck, graduating with a master’s degree in education and special education, was chosen as the standard bearer for the graduate College of Education. Her hard work is what she believes led to her special position in the graduation ceremony. “I consider it an honor to be selected as a standard bearer by the dean of the College of Education,” Linck said. “I feel it is a recognition of the perseverance and steadfastness that I demonstrated during my pursuit of my master’s of education. In the two years that I pursued this degree, I did not let the quality of my work slip, and it’s nice to have that effort recognized.” Nadezhda Ivanova-Pfenning, graduating with a master’s degree in business administration and standard bearer for the graduate college in the Franke College of Business, said staying grounded in the real world while at NAU has served her well. “I believe that personal development and attitude towards peers, faculty and staff play a very important role in developing strong relationships and networks,” Ivanova-Pfenning said. “Yet, without putting in extra effort in activities outside of the university while still properly managing academic performance, it would be impossible to truly set a high standard. In my opinion, one has to work hard and be continuously challenged to do better, in order for one to be able to improve and grow further as an individual and as a professional.” Nicole Morrow, chair of the commencement team, said each college has a different method of selecting their standard bearer, but it is an honor to be

Olympian and NAU graduate Lopez Lomong was the standard flag bearer for the College of Business at the fall commencement. (Photo courtesy NAU)

chosen regardless. “Each college has their own distinct way of choosing them, but it is an honor to be chosen to be a standard bearer,” Morrow said. “So, it is a specific honor for any student to be chosen to be a standard bearer but the exact process by which it is done is college-specific. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) polls the faculty see BEARERS page 9

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n May 11, 2,796 undergraduate students and 901 graduate students will be graduating. Each student will walk away with their prized diploma and the responsibility of entering the career field of their choice. The top five most common degrees earned by undergraduate students this semester are elementary education, biology, hotel and restaurant management, nursing and criminology and criminal justice. 1. Elementary Education

QUICK LOOK 17 percent increase in job availability in the next eight years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) 220 total graduating; 46 special education

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Karen Pugliesi attributes elementary education’s popularity to NAU’s history as a teaching university. “Elementary education has a long, historical legacy on campus,” Pugliesi said. “This campus was a normal university, after all. Also, teacher preparation is something that NAU does in a big way, meaning that we have a lot of programs, not just elementary education . . . That doesn’t surprise me that that would be a big major year after year.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), hopeful teachers can expect to see a 17 percent increase in job availability in the next eight years. This type of increase is considered average by the BLS and is attributed to “both declines in student–teacher ratios and increases in enrollment.” For the 220 students graduating with their degree in elementary education, this is good news. There is a slightly higher demand for special education teachers, which is an-

other popular degree at NAU with 46 graduating students. While many students worry about finding a job after college, senior elementary education and Spanish major Colleen McGillicuddy, who is a Gold Axe winner, has other concerns. “I’m not nervous about the job market, because no matter where you go, you need teachers,” McGillicuddy said. “Even if I can’t get a teaching job right away, there are always restaurant jobs. My other major is Spanish and the capstone for that is translation, and I am learning that there’s kind of freelance I could do work with. I’m not nervous about getting a job. I am a little nervous to be done with school because I feel like my rubric for life is now gone. [In school] you can do whatever the [expletive] you want, but after, I don’t know. It’s kind of scary to not know your boundaries.”

a health-related career path, [like] biomedical science, or something where a student pursues a postgraduate degree in something like med school or physical therapy at the graduate level. It’s a pathway to post-baccalaureate professional degrees of various sorts.” “NAU has given me the opportunity to expand my research skills, which is the area where I plan to apply for jobs,” said senior biology major Mary Zuniga. “Because I have had the opportunity to work in research laboratories related to my job interests at NAU, I have become a relatively competent applicant in that area.” Biology careers are predicted to increase 14 percent, which is also considered an average rate. Because positions in this field are competitive, the BLS recommends applicants have experience in lab work before applying. 3. Hotel and Restaurant Management

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QUICK LOOK 14 percent increase in job availability (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Number of NAU grads: 290

According to Pugliesi, the biology program is popular because it is a diverse field with many different majors within the program and has a talented faculty. 290 students will be graduating from the biology department this semester. “It’s a great department that has degrees ranging to the Ph.D with a lot of very interesting research programs,” Pugliesi said. “Some get a lot of national attention, as do the faculty. It’s a great undergraduate program that affords students lots of opportunities for research and I think that’s one of the reasons . . . it attracts students. Also, being that biology encompasses so many sub-areas, there is a rich array of career opportunities. They can move toward

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QUICK LOOK Decrease in career opportunities in next eight years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Number of NAU grads: 182

The BLS states careers in both hotel management and restaurant management will decrease in the next eight years. Although the number of positions will decrease, having a college degree in restaurant management will give students an advantage when applying for higher-end establishments. The same applies for hotels. “We are situated in a state where hospitality and tourism is a big industry and our program is recognized nationally as a very good program,” Pugliesi said. “So, I’m not surprised a lot of students come here and there are a lot of neat opportunities for students see MAJORS page 9

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letics and specifically their sport. Anytime we can get this high of a number of student-athletes represented in the Gold Axe is a great achievement for us as a department,” Pam Lowie, the assistant athletic director for academics, said. Graduation is often a time for students to reflect on their time in college and all they’ve achieved and

been involved in. Carpino is no exception, as she is sad to see her time at NAU come to a close, but ready to experience what the next chapter of life holds. “All the opportunities that I took have kind of made me excited to see where life’s going to take me,” Carpino said. “I’m bittersweet. NAU will always be home — I’ll always be a Lumberjack.”

Sexual assault in Tinsley

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n April 28, a male student followed a resident into Tinsley Hall and assaulted two female students. “Once he was inside the dorm, there was an issue where he actually entered one of the women’s restrooms in the building,” said NAUPD public affairs officer Joe Tritschler. “There was a small exchange, the nature of which is unknown, and he was basically told to leave the restroom, which he did.” The subject proceeded to check for unlocked doors through the residence hall. He entered the room of a sleeping female student, initiated what was described as inappropriate contact and left the room. Moments later, he entered a second unlocked room and sexually assulted the sleeping student. “Without going into too many details, the statutory requirements for sexual assault were met in this encounter. The sexual assault occurred and then he left the room.” The subject encountered another student in the hall who stated she had called police. He then left the building, but was located by Flagstaff Police outside, arrested and booked into the Coconino County Sheriff ’s Office. NAU released a police alert to students following the assaults. According to Tritschler, alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the assaults, but the toxicology results have yet to be released. The subject is scheduled to ap-

pear before a grand jury on May 4 for one count of assault, one count of of sexual assault and two counts of trespassing. This was the first incident of sexual assault on NAU campus since 2010. Despite the low statistic, many students, including freshman advertising major Rebecca Jones, are concerned for their own safety. “I think it’s crazy how easy it is to forget what kind of people are around when you’re in a dorm room,” Jones said. “We have the illusion of safety, but we’re still just as vulnerable on a college campus. Plus, tailgating is so easy and so difficult to avoid. When someone catches the door behind you, what are you supposed to do? Tell them no and push them back outside? It would be near impossible to do that — especially as a girl. You never know who is going to enter your building, the place where you live and sleep. You’re never really safe.” Tritschler said future incidents can be avoided if proper precautions are taken. “Never let anybody tailgate in. It’s your home, so protect it,” Tritschler said. “You’re not just protecting your home; you’re protecting everyone else’s home that is in the building. That’s why it’s really important to notify someone when something isn’t right. Unfortunately we had to end the year like this; we almost made it through.” Students with further information are urged to contact NAUPD.


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hey are everywhere. On tack boards, televisions, napkin holders and fliers. And they have students talking. NAU Health Promotions revamped the social norms campaign this year, which aims to spread awareness regarding healthier habits in unhealthy behaviors. Many advertisements address drug and alcohol use, sex and exercise through the use of a cartoon squirrel. Stacie Leach, a graduate assistant in the department, said the previous social norms campaign needed a face lift to get students interested in thinking healthy, even if their behavior was not. “We did have a social norms campaign prior to this,” Leach said. “We did notice looking at some of our old posters that people have seen them and know them. But how can we take it up to that second notch where more people know and more people see? We know they’re succeeding when students say something about it.” Leach said the campaign numbers are put together through the use of the National Collegiate Health Association survey as well as the Health and Wellness survey NAU conducts, obtained through the registrar’s office. According to Leach, the NCHA survey typically records 1200 out of a pool of 600 students and organizes information between graduate and undergraduate students as well as by sex. “So, it’s a statistically significant representation of the student body,” Leach said. However, this could be called into question, due to non-response bias. Caitlin Jenkins, a senior public relations major, said she has noticed the ads, but always questioned the validity. “I thought they were funny. [My friends and I] didn’t think they were truthful,” Jenkins said. Jenkins added she thinks the way the ads are presented to the student population is better than setting up a booth or finding students around to survey. Derek Hansen, marketing coordinator at NAU,

helped create the artwork for the campaign. He said the squirrel idea came from observing what other schools used in their promotions and the benefits squirrel humor brought to the campaign’s language. “We just had a really fun time. The squirrel seems to fit more with the lumberjack . . . and that whole outdoor culture,” Hansen said. “But a lot of [the sayings] are a little edgy and double entendre. [They are] things that are kind of fun and help people think and do a double take.” Donovan Mak, a junior psychology major, said the campaign looks pretty successful, but he always doubts the message in comparison to what he sees on campus. “The squirrels are really cute,” Mak said. “But the statistics seem extremely misleading. I think they should get a larger sample size.” Hansen said the whole campaign has been a useful way to communicate with students about social life on campus. “It’s to help students understand maybe they’re really not alone. They don’t have to get sucked in to what they think is the group scene,” Hansen said. “So far, it’s been pretty successful. I think students are able to relate to it a little better than an . . . administrative statement.” Leach said improvements are always being considered for the campaign and end-of-the-semester surveys will let the Health Promotions office gauge the campaign’s overall reception. “We know the best feedback mechanism is [when] people are stealing [fliers],” Leach said. “But this is our first year having the health nut social norms campaign, so really a lot of it is getting it out there, getting it seen. We’re implementing ‘Ask the Health Nuts,’ which is a program . . . so students can submit questions to ask the ‘health nuts’ and we’ll answer it for them.” Hansen said the campaign is a great way for students to remember important tips a find out the truth about campus life. “It’s an opportunity for the university to debunk the myths of social activities that happen on campus,” Hansen said. “So far it’s been pretty successful. That’s been a fun way to approach the sensitive topics.”

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to pursue different areas within that international hospitality and tourism. We have fantastic new facilities, like the new test kitchen. We have a partnership going with Drury Inn where our students get fabulous professional experiences while they get their degree.” Graduating senior Haley Zurek will be using her hard-earned degree directly after college. “I have accepted an offer with Pappas Restaurants in Austin, Texas,” Zurek said. “I am so blessed to have gotten a job offer because I know graduating seniors are fighting for spots out there. The economy scares me because it is worse than when we grew up when stuff was so much cheaper. But there is nothing I can personally do about it, so I just have to do the best I can and be smart.”

QUICK LOOK 22 percent increase in career opportunities in next eight years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Number of NAU grads: 113 4. Nursing

An increase in retiring nurses presents a 22 percent rise in jobs over the next eight years, according to the BLS. The increase in job availability may also be attributed to the need for nurses in outpatient care centers and nursing homes as well as hospitals. Famous for its competitive nature, NAU’s nursing program attracts students nationwide. Nursing students must work hard for their certifications, whether on campus or at any of NAU’s statewide, or online, locations. Pugliesi remains confident the high demand for nurses will allow nursing majors ample job opportunities, but not all students are as certain. “To be honest, yes I am nervous,” said nursing major Dennis Kan, who recently won the Golden Axe award as well as the President’s Prize. “I’m excited to graduate . . . but after college I have to worry about taking my board exam, find-

ing a job and finding a place to live. I feel like NAU has good plans, and especially in my program in nursing. It’s a really good plan because we do a lot of management. At other schools, they focus on all bookwork. NAU does both management and clinical. I know how to be a clinical person and a scientific person.” 5. Criminology and Criminal

QUICK LOOK 10 to 20 percent increase in career opportunities in next eight years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Number of NAU grads: 120 Justice

“Criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) is a very strong undergraduate program,” Pugliesi said. “Law enforcement in all its forms . . . there are a lot of opportunities. It could lead to a pathway to law or many other auxiliary programs within the criminal justice system. [CCJ] has a very strong reputation nationally as well as on the part of our students who elect to major in it.” Students have the options of entering law school, law enforcement, immigration work, detective work and many more career fields. The BLS states most legal careers are growing at an average rate, between 10 and 20 percent. “I’m not nervous; I know I’m going to grad school and I want to pursue my Ph.D so I know I have a lot more schooling to do,” said criminology and criminal justice major Justin Strong. “I have direction. I’m not worried about [the job market] because I’m not in school to get a job. I’m in school because I want to learn. The job market is not a concern for me.” Along with graduating comes the excitement of entering adulthood, a career and independence, but fear of an erratic job market and unsteady economy also accompany the occasion. This semester, NAU will be sending its graduates into their respective fields with a degree, and hopefully the knowl-

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ne of Norway’s biggest Olympic gold medal prospects died while in his Flagstaff hotel room Monday night. Alexander Dale Oen, 26, was found in the bathroom by swimming teammates after suffering from cardiac arrest. T h e Norwegian Oen with his gold n a t i o n a l medal in 2011. swim team’s (Photo courtesy of doctor perEugene Hoshiko, formed CPR Associated Press) for six minutes until an ambulance arrived and transported Oen to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC). Hospital staff attempted to start his heart for an hour before declaring him dead. FMC confirmed the death, and as of Tuesday, the Flagstaff Police Department concluded there were no signs of from BEARERS page 5

and staff for nominees for the position of standard bearer, according to Annette Lawrence, coordinator for SBS. “At SBS, we do send out notices and ask for nominations and it goes to our staff and chairs and all faculty,” Lawrence said. “Then, we receive the nominations and the dean chooses the standard bearers based on what they [the faculty] write.” Lawrence said while SBS does not hold any requirements to be nominated for a standard bearer position beyond graduating in the spring and intending to be present at the ceremony, students deemed standouts are often recommended. “They could be supportive of the academic department or major, they could have gone through some really hard times and then show success or that this completion is extra-special

foul play or trauma. According to the team’s coach, Peter Lovberg, Oen showed no signs of health problems that day and only participated in a light workout and a round of golf that afternoon. In Flagstaff for Norway’s preOlympic training camp, the team traveled to Arizona regularly for NAU’s high altitude training facilities. Oen was the gold medalist for the 100-meter breast stroke at this past year’s world championships in Shanghai, which he won only three days after a massacre killing 77 people traumatized his home country. Oen’s death came as a shock to the swimming community. “We are truly saddened to learn about the death of Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen,” the USA Swimming Federation said in a statement. “USA Swimming extends its deepest condolences to his family and the Norwegian Swimming Federation. Dale Oen was a great competitor and he will be greatly missed by the entire swimming community.” Lovberg was quoted on the Norwegian Swimming Federation’s website explaining the dismay the team is in. “We are all in shock, and this is an

out-of-body experience for the whole team over here,” Lovberg said. “Our thoughts now go primarily to families who have lost Alexander too early. Words cannot describe the grief they and we know now.” Ola Ronsen, the Olympic doctor on site, explained his disappointment in his inability to save Oen. However, he assures he and FMC tried everything they could to revive him. “As a physician, it is painful to learn that we have not succeeded in resuscitation,” Ronsen said in a statement released by the Federation. “Everything was conducted according to procedures, and everything was tried, so it is infinitely sad that we were unable to revive him. It is painful to accept, but eventually reality creep into us.” The death also shocked Flagstaff swimmers, who — according to NAU swim coach Andy Johns — are grateful to have the ability to host international athletes. “All of the Northern Arizona University swimming and diving family is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Alexander Dale Oen,” Johns said. “We are blessed to have world class swimmers train in our facility and get to know great people like Alexander.”

to them,” Lawrence said. “Sometimes students have just taken a very long time to graduate for whatever circumstance and so they deserve recognition, but there’s not really any criteria.” Laura Theimer, coordinator for the College of Education, said the approach of her college is similar, but the criteria are different. The committee asks professors to nominate students for the position. They must have atleast a 3.5 GPA and be active in the NAU community. Randi Ringnes, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Art History, said being a standard bearer is a final payoff for her hard work. “This achievement feels like a fitting conclusion to my studies at NAU,” Ringnes said. “I have worked for my department and the college and have worked to be continuously involved with their activities. After four years of working to accomplish

my academic goals and grow intellectually, I look forward to this opportunity to finish my undergraduate career with a position as the standardbearer for the college I have been so involved with.” Karla Scott, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and standard bearer for the College of Education, said she looks forward most to her family seeing her walk with the banner. “There are many outstanding students who complete their degrees at NAU branches,” Scott said. “But I think the best part of being selected as standard bearer will be when I walk in front of my two beautiful children, Kaitlyn and Brandon. Kaitlyn, in particular, is of an age where she will understand the significance and perhaps feel inspired to seek and achieve her own honors. That’s the best part of being a standard bearer.”

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Editorial&Opinion

Seniors say goodbye to The Lumberjack and NAU For all students at NAU — the writers and the editors of The Lumberjack included — the time comes to say goodbye to friends and colleagues, professors and mentors. Some of our staffers decided to share what NAU meant to them.

can be done about that. Now, as I prepare to graduate, I leave the following advice to those who must still wait for that fateful day: Kick some axe, Lumberjacks.

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stepped on campus four years ago uncertain. Fast forward four years and about 120 issues of The Lumberjack later, and I’m nowhere near the boy I was. The nature of Flagstaff has forever “CHUCKchanged me. MAGUK” College is about finding yourself. Don’t worry too much. Things happen, and out of your normal support system, tasks can seem much more daunting than they actually are. Part of college is making decisions, some good, more bad. Taking things one day at a time is the best advice I could give to you Lumberjacks. Stay away from the Hot Spot, unless you want to hate yourself for the rest of the day. You will outgrow some of your friends. Some of them will outgrow you. But, have no fear, it is all a part of this great discovery process we call college. I have poured my heart and soul into The Lumberjack, with 90 issues as the Sports Editor under my belt. I was here when the

frats were angry, and I was here when the football team was upset. A few months from now I’ll be in Orlando, Fla. hanging with Mickey and Dwight Howard working on a state senate campaign. I never thought this opportunity would appear, but now that it has, I’m ready to help win an election. I love this job, this university and I would not trade my college experience with anyone else. Maybe Matt Barkley, but that’s it. The only things that would have made my time here complete are an above .500 season for football.

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always knew I would end up at NAU. Even when I was looking at other colleges, in my heart I knew Flagstaff would wind up plucking me away from Glendale. I would not have had it any “THE MUR- other way. In my DOCKTOR” time in the pines, I have gained a greater appreciation for thoughts and ideas that I had never considered before. Being able to study, work and live in a small-town

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atmosphere provided me the chance to branch out and try new things, start new relationships and strengthen old ones. Much of my time was spent at either a football or basketball game as a member of The Lumberjack, and that experience provided me with some of my most memorable moments at NAU. The memories I’ll most cherish, however, are the simple ones, where nobody worried and everybody just took it easy. Of course, not everything is going to be that merry and jolly, because rough spots always come up, but that’s life. There is nothing that

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fter sleepless nights spent mesmerized by a computer screen, hair-pulling technical problems and the infamous “color-wheel of death” that ultimately resulted in forcing your computer to shut down “THE LEHR” — a cruel lesson to remind you to save your work before it’s too late — I am now graduating with an overwhelming sense of pride. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am relieved to be making it out alive. It was all worth it, but dang it, I am glad it’s over! Graphic design is very timeconsuming, especially if you are a perfectionist and critical of every little detail of your work. My love for graphic arts and my drive to stop at nothing is what helped me get through my years at NAU. I am graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication with an emphasis in graphic design before turning 21. I worked my rear off and there is no better feeling than finalizing see SENIORS page 11

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Sex education crucial for NAU students

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n the midst of legislative battles regarding the financing of contraceptives to increase women’s reproductive health, universities and students across the nation have been pushing for the promotion of healthy sexuality. Primarily student-run programs with tables and giveaways, this trend, known as “Sex Week” has become an integral part of higher education in many schools. With the lack of comprehensive sex education in middle and high schools around the nation, these events help in creating accurate and highly necessary education that wasn’t available to students before. The open environment of events such as these assists in helping students AMANDA obtain true information they cannot HORNER get from conversations from their often grossly misinformed peers. Events aimed toward the promotion of healthy sexuality at NAU includes tables set up in the University Union for condom giveaways, information on HIV and STD testing and even lessons on the proper way to put on a condom. The Associated Students for Women’s Issues developed and sponsors the Student Education Team, or SET, which is designed to promote awareness on issues on campus such as sexual assault and rape. They also put on programs for students, such as “Sex in the Dark,” where students can comfortably gather and talk discuss private concerns regarding sex or sexual activity. These are beneficial to all students, sexually active or not, because sexual assault and rape are important subjects to be informed about, however disturbing and taboo they may be. Despite all our university provides for the students, according to Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, NAU has a long way to go. As of last year, Columbia Univer-

sity ranks highest in promoting sexual health on campus, having 18 student health groups available to students, as well as “active support from students and faculty.” Northwestern University ranks 28, for their “extensive peer education programs that provide students with a wealth of information, events and workshops on sexual health year round.” The Trojan condom company has criteria listed that universities must achieve in order to rank high on the list. Some of these include the student opinion on the health center, contraceptive availability, outreach programs for sexual health issues, availability of sexual assault programs and availability of HIV/STI testing. These are some of the things that contribute to sexual health on campus, and it is also crucial for students to utilize these resources. According to Just Yell Fire, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for women’s issues, 1 in 4 women become a victim of sexual assault. With a community that is open about this terrible crime, women who are victims are able to be more open about their experiences and seek help, as well as help other women who have had similar traumatic experiences. Furthermore, real education about sex is critical to preventing pregnancy and preventing STIs and STDs. There are many important pieces of information that even college students lack, and getting them informed properly is crucial to safe health and sexuality. Despite the lack of education many students received in high school, ‘better late than never’ is a relevant mantra, especially in a culture in which so many aspects are based off of sex: movies, TV, commercials and even books. Whether one agrees with this lifestyle, education is important and these programs shed light on many aspects of sex that students need to know about.

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your portfolio and smiling — and maybe dancing — with achievement. I have learned so much in the past few years from my experiences with designing for UTV62, becoming Creative Director for The Lumberjack, creating ads and posters that were posted around campus and attending numerous art conferences as an AIGA, the professional association for design, member. I had a lot on my plate, including the pressure to maintain a high GPA in order to keep my scholarships and membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key International Honour Society. As Booker T. Washington once said, “Nothing in life worth having comes easy.” My work here is done; now it’s time for me to get my social life back.

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fter my first year in Flagstaff, I thought it might have been a mistake to choose NAU over UA. Now that my stay here is ending, I’m so glad I didn’t make the alternative deci“THE TOKEN sion. I’ve met a ton of people HIPSTER” over the last three years. I made friends with a couple of clowns I now consider my best friends and will know for the rest of my life. I smiled at a lot of girls and maintained strong relationships with the few impressionable instructors I had. And, before I forget, I might as well mention how much I learned about political science, documentary filmmaking, photography and journalism. But academics aren’t what I’ll remember about school in Flagstaff. It was the people and the experiences that made all the difference. Even though I was tasked with writing papers constantly, school here felt like a breeze. I like to think it was because I was having fun.

Flagstaff as its own autonomous mountain town is a region where people are more progressive, care about the environment and tend to shun Arizona politics; it had a profound impact on my own beliefs, values and traditions. I know what compost is now and I plan to use it in my own garden. I recycle, value community above all and when people choose to drive over bicycle during the summer, I often scorn them. The lifestyle I have created for myself in this town and at the university is one I’ll never forget, and I’m afraid I’ll spend the rest of my life seeking something similar. There is really no better place to be, certainly not in Arizona.

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hrough my undergraduate career, I have consistently maintained one thought: College is a jungle and I’m just a monkey. While this expression obviously draws into question my intelligence and “CALVIN JOHNSON” ability to walk on two legs, I believe it is a thoroughly accurate, albeit creative, representation of college life. Through my time here at NAU, I’ve experienced some of the worst and greatest times of my life. I’ll never forget the tears, the great friends, the stress, the personal triumphs and walking in zero-degree weather wearing athletic shorts. I’ll never forget the sub-par Sodexo food, bipolar Flagstaff weather and alarming number of hipsters frequenting our campus. This is my final issue with The Lumberjack, the culmination of six semester’s worth of hard work and determination. I consider myself so lucky to have been granted the opportunity to work with such outstanding and talented people. Joining this newspaper was one of the best decisions I made here at NAU, and I will miss The Lumberjack dearly.

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Mr. Chen does it again

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Liberal arts degrees not quite obsolete

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iberal arts degrees have long had a rap of being a kind of luxury. Add to this stereotype financial difficulties for the schools and employment obstacles for students, and the arts enter into severe scrutiny, if not blatant criticism. Offering liberal arts programs is costly, additionally, because it is uncommon, though not impossible, for liberal arts graduates to make a fortune, these departments and ROLANDO liberal arts scholarship foundations do not GARCIA receive as many donations from their alumni as business or engineering programs do. Colleges often wonder if the monetary investment would not be better spent in other departments; parents undergo anxiety attacks when they hear their son or daughter will be majoring in philosophy, history of art, anthropology and other similar studies. Students majoring in these fields often have to double-major in order to secure a job. Certainly these are the fears of liberal arts majors — whether they are grounded on a legitimate basis is a different case. Dr. Joseph Stevenson, a researcher for Jackson State University, recognizes we live in an evidence-based society, but argues there are more ways to reach evidence-based conclusions than through

the sciences and similar professions: The liberal arts stimulate research literacy. Students who end up pursuing the arts graduate with a knowledge-seeking orientation, and “the intellectual prowess to employ data-driven analysis and research-centered assessment of everyday living sparked by human intrigue and ignited through the windows of cognitive wonderment.” We must also recognize the contributions creativity brings to the development of persons. A recent IBM survey of 1500 CEOs identified creativity as the number one leadership competence, at a time when some research has suggested American creativity has declined. Other benefits include cognitive and affective developments. The liberal arts help an individual improve his or her moral reasoning, effective reasoning and problem solving skills, and gives them the inclination to inquire and to lifelong learning. It also teaches them about intercultural effectiveness, well-being,and leadership. Nonetheless, many people reject or dismiss these arguments. Take columnist Frank Bruni, for example, who cites data showing 53.6 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 were unemployed, or, if they were lucky, merely underemployed, which means they were in jobs for which their degrees weren’t necessary. “Philosophy majors mull questions no more existential than the proper billowi-

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ness of the foamed milk atop a customer’s cappuccino. Anthropology majors contemplate the tribal behavior of the youngsters who shop at Zara where they peddle skinny jeans,” wrote Burni for The New York Times. Higher-education contributes social innovation and scientific invention to society, and one cannot have the former without making use of the arts. Though the advantages and contributions of STEM branches cannot be sufficiently stressed, to rely exclusively on these studies “unveils an anti-intellectual utilitarianism,” to borrow the words of Paul Stoller, a professor of Anthropology at West Chester University. Public higher education is a place for skill acquisition and provides a space for teaching young people how to think. Skills are the instruments for making a comfortable or luxurious living in the workforce, but without a strong, curious, and creative way of thinking, skills will lie on weak and cracked foundations. Stoller believes without the liberal arts, we will produce a highly skilled population of workers who, like automatons, will follow a complex set of instructions, but won’t know how to connect those instructions to a broader technological or social context. Creativity is essential in helping students develop into people who will know how to think, innovate and invent.

r. Chen, well done sir. Escaping the authorities in the “Land of Many Exports” is quite a TV-moviedeserving feat in itself, but doing it without the aid of sight is more deserving of an action packed, Jet-Li blockbuster. Chinese authorities have already begun to round up relatives and associates of the blind activist, who fled TOM BLANTON from house arrest this past week. Talk about an embarrassing situation for the country that boasts almost 20 percent of the world’s population. For such newsworthy individual put on house arrest, it’s hard not to imagine that the King Kong of a government could easily spare a couple hundred officers to secure a perimeter around Chen’s house. Then again, who would’ve thought the blind man would be the one to attempt, and successfully complete, such a daring escape? Like a slightly handicapped Jason Bourne, Mr. Chen made it stealthily to the country’s capital, and hopefully, to the U.S. Embassy in the mad city. The U.S. and other international rights groups have fervently expressed their disapproval at the treatment of the Ray Charles of Chinese activism and his family. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has demanded his release in the past, was due in China this week for a previously arranged meeting, which will now be tainted by Mr. Chen’s daring case. If Mr. Chen has, in fact, made it to the embassy, his case will resonate with the remnant aura of 1989, when the prominent activist Fang Lizhi fled to the U.S. mission in Beijing, where he remained for over a year while the two governments tried to agree on a deal. Talk about a weird predicament: one country providing sanctuary to a vigilante on the soil of the country that wants him captive. Good ol’ democracy. Mr. Chen was placed under

house arrest in 2010 after spending more than four years in jail for disrupting traffic and damaging property. So, six years for disrupting traffic and causing damage? He’s an activist, yeah, but he also has the slight impairment of not being able to see, which could easily be a factor in both said charges. He had also exposed how local authorities in Linyi, Shandong province, forced thousands of women to have abortions or be sterilized as part of China’s “one-child” policy. Not that this information is any news, but it’s hard not to see why Hu Jintau might get a hard on at the thought of once again apprehending the runaway “outlaw.” Some of his colleagues said this past Sunday’s escape had taken months to plan, and was carried out with the help of a network of friends and activists. It would’ve been even more impressive if he had managed the escape on his own, but regardless, these boys deserve a medal and complimentary dinner and drinks at the Brigantine for their extraordinary tactics that outsmarted the smart. If Mr. Chen has made it to the U.S. Embassy, then they should be obligated to protect his live and that of his families. America has apathetically been looking on at this blind William Wallace’s case for too long, and if he finally comes a’knockin on the Land of the Free’s doorstep for help, then President Obama and friends better answer with an outreached hand and a hot shower, less America no longer carries the principles it was founded upon. China is massive, and the information the outside world, and even their inside world, recieves is limited to what the government will let out, which isn’t always true. For the world to find out more about the happenings of the mysterious empire, more people like Mr. Chen must ball up and get ready to rumble, and the U.S. and other democracies must offer more protection to these individuals than Don Corleone.


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LETTER

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TO THE EDITOR

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I am writing today in order to provide clarification to the article “NAU increasing accessibility and disability resources for students on campus,” which ran in the April 26 issue of The Lumberjack. In the article, a student indicated their need to “be careful when reapplying for on campus housing because they will not always consider whether a residence hall or room is accessible before placing me in the assigned area.” When a student makes Disability Resources aware of the need for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible room, that information is provided to Residence Life. Residence Life will then offer an ADA accessible room assignment each time the student applies for housing on campus. ADA accessible room assignments are available in the following residence halls:

Enrollment cap would increase retention rates

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t is no secret to NAU students the school’s retention rates are dismal, to say the least. With numbers hovering around 70 percent of freshman students returning for their sophomore year, there is a simple question that needs to be answered — Why? Perhaps it is because of the smalltown culture shock felt by the So-Cal crowd or the laughable reputation NAU has acKIERSTIN quired with Arizona TURNOCK natives. However, the most likely reason for NAU’s mediocre retention rates is the administration’s value of quantity over quality of students. It has become increasingly evident that NAU’s administration is desperate to attract large numbers of freshmen regardless of the quality of the students they are accepting. For automatic acceptance into the university, a high school senior must have a 3.0 GPA or be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class. To be “considered” for admission, the student must have a 2.5 GPA or be in the top 50 percent of their graduating class. For native Arizonans like me, the task of achieving a 3.0 GPA from a public school requires only the slightest amount of effort consistently dur-

ing those four years and even less to accomplish the coveted 2.5. With these easily attainable requirements and NAU’s hunger for a larger student population to increase state funding, the status of students admitted has fallen by the wayside. By accepting a large majority of students who apply (NAU has a 65 percent acceptance rate), the university is hurting their retention rates as well as their loyal student population. Some say past performance is no indication of future performance, but the more intelligent would call that a fool’s philosophy. While there is the occasional exception to the rule, more often than not, students who underperformed in high school will underperform in college, especially considering the “recreational” activities of the NAU student population. True to form, I have stated the problem and, were I the stereotypical complainer, my story would end here. But I’m not, so it won’t. To kill two birds with one stone and increase the retention rate as well as the intelligence level of the student population, NAU should implement an enrollment cap. In 2009, as a result of massive state budget cuts, ASU was forced to implement an enrollment cap, among other measures, to make up for the lack of funding. Since the enrollment

cap was established, ASU retention rates have increased over five percent to a whopping 84 percent in 2011, putting NAU to shame. As it stands, NAU has no limit on the number of students it admits each year. By imposing a maximum number of incoming freshmen who can be accepted, the admissions office will have the ability to select the best applicants. Not only would capping enrollment help retention rates, it would allow the funds previously allocated to accommodating larger freshman class sizes to be used toward increasing professor’s salaries. An increase in professor’s salaries allows the university to offer a greater incentive for more qualified faculty to come here and for those professors who are currently employed to stay. Having a more qualified and loyal staff in addition to a more intelligent student body would bring NAU to a level of prestige it has yet to see. Although some may advocate for a larger student population (but I am still unsure of the reasoning behind that argument), the truth of the matter is: Students deserve the best bang for their buck. By enacting an enrollment cap, NAU will have the ability to accept the best and brightest of the applicants, and will in turn host a student population that is driven to succeed instead of smoke weed.

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NERD JOKES AND RIDDLES

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s Copy Chief, I expend most of my efforts on the behindthe-scenes portion of this publication. However, as a special treat for our final issue this semester, I am gracing you with my highly developed humor. Want to share a joke with me? MADDIE Look for the girl in FRIEND the “Team Oxford Comma” shirt. The personified comma A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves. A mole of chemistry humor Two electrons walk into a bar. One says, “I think I’ve lost an electron.” The other questions, “Are you sure?” The first replies, “I’m positive!”

Never order a drink after a chemist Two chemists walk into a bar. One says, “I’ll have some H2O.” The second says, “I’ll have some H2O, too.” Unfortunately, he died. The sad side of Christmas Q: What do you call Santa’s helpers? A: Subordinate clauses. Riddle me this Q: Behead this beast and you will find, a larger beast is left behind. Behead this larger beast and then, instead of one, you will find ten. A: Fox (Behead (meaning remove the first letter) ‘fox’ and you are left with ‘ox.’ Behead ‘ox’ and you are left with ‘X,’ the Roman Numeral for ten.) Perhaps the funniest joke I have ever come up with Logical woman.

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Life

HUMANS VS. ZOMBIES A goreless Nerf battle between undead students and human survivors

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alking down San Francisco Street in the dead of night inherently incites a level of fear, caution and paranoia. Add Nerf guns, flashlights and your fellow peers embodying the essence of the lurking undead, and you’re in a new echelon of excitement. Humans vs. Zombies has long prowled across college campuses and the terrifying stories reside in the rapidly beating hearts of the human players and slowly rotting brains of their zombie counterparts. Bryce Ribucan, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, and Rachel Pang, a sophomore computer science major, were both humans. From within ‘human central,’ a room in the Engineering building, they discussed tactics with other players before a mission to be launched April 25 to escort a student ‘scientist’ across campus to the biological sciences building. Ribucan said he was not afraid of the impending danger. “I haven’t seen a lot [of zom-

bies],” Ribucan said. “I walked Two! One! Go!” from the Union to [the engineerMore attempts by zombies ing building] midday and I only to attack took place the rest of got chased down once. [Zombies] the way to the humans’ destinaare blatant about it. From the tion, and more human players [zombies] that I have seen, I’m not fell. On the night of the mission, scared.” Ribucan and Pang both fell to the Pang, however, said she was horde and the mission victory was terrified. awarded to the zombies. “I have been taking the extra Ribucan said the game has routes around buildings,” Pang become about more than tag and said. “[The hide-and-seek. “There were a few game] is actu“When it ally kind of comes to a game times I hid in trees interesting bethis, it’s all and did things I prob- like cause it makes about the people you realize all ably shouldn’t have,” who play it,” Rithe different bucan said. “The Palmisciano says. entrance points people who are in of the buildings you usually don’t this game . . . are really into it, but go through.” still have that respect.” Along San Francisco Street on Pang said the coordination the night of the mission, passing between human and zombie playcars honked and shouts filled the ers has been constant, with rule cold night air as the large group of change collaboration and bonds humans trekked to the Biological being formed through game play. Sciences building. Humans could “It’s really nice to see that be heard warning one another to [while] on different sides, we’re stay vigilant as packs of zombie trying to keep the game even and players crept along the road and fair and fun to play,” Pang said. within the trees. It didn’t take long “Actually, this game has been a for a zombie to scream, “Three! see ZOMBIES page 26

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The coordination between human and zombie players has been constant, with rule change collaboration and bonds being formed through game play. (Photos by Mary Willson)


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Life

Gaining Experience Students swap fun in the sun for summer internships BY MADISON SANTOS

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TOP: Freshman Eddie Smith has an internship at Maximum Impact Physical Therapy in Tucson. BOTTOM: Junior Patrick Emmons will be working at a Young Life camp. (Photos by Mary Willson)

hether it’s playing at the beach, riding roller coasters, attending concerts or relaxing on vacation, summer break presents students with countless opportunities to have fun. As the stressful school year comes to a close, excitement for summer begins. However, many students will be trying to further their education over the summer months. Numerous NAU students will be participating in summer internships in order to gain experience and prepare themselves for the future. Freshman Eddie Smith, a double major in exercise science and psychology, will be interning at Maximum Impact Physical Therapy in Tucson. “I want to do it to get more experience and understand more of what [physical therapy] actually en-

tails,” Smith said. “[I want] to know how physical therapists actually interact with people and stuff like that.” The internship will be a foot in the door for Smith, because he eventually wants to attend graduate school. “Basically, I am going to be shadowing an actual physical therapist,” he said. “It’s what I want to do, so I am very fortunate for sure.” Statistics on job-hunt.org support how internships can be valuable to one’s future. Their Web page states, “an internship is a relatively low-risk way to really test your goals, especially if the internship offers some meaningful access to the organization and its challenges.” The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is another organization that agrees internships are worthwhile. According to NACE, new college graduates who had participated in internships did far better in the job market than their classmates who had not had the experience. This information justifies Smith’s decision to intern in a field related to his major. However, while Smith is interning with his career in mind, junior chemistry major Patrick Emmons will be using his internship as an alternative form of entertainment and for a chance to express his faith. “I am going to be a ropes intern at a Young Life camp in Williams, Arizona this summer,” Emmons said, “Essentially, I am going to be in charge of a high ropes course all summer, with thousands of kids going through.” Young Life is a Christian organization open to anyone who is interested in growing in their faith while having a good time. Emmons and about 16 other interns will be working at the camp with free room and board, as well as getting paid

for being in charge of the middle school and high school kids who attend. “I’d do it for free, honestly,” he said. “It’s just going to be that awesome and fun, and I’m going to love doing it. I actually did the ropes course last summer and the interns I had were really great.” Emmons explained that being an intern will allow him to have about 10 to 15 summer staffers working under him. “I want to be able to pour into them and talk about their lives, and just influence them and kind of push them more into their faith,” he said. NAU administration encourages students to apply for internships without hesitation. Suzanne Siler is the program director for internship and career services at the school of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Students who are seeking a degree in hotel and restaurant management are required to work a certain number of hours in thier field outside of taking classes. She explained not only are the students receiving benefits from interning, but the employers are as well. “The employers get the opportunity to ‘try on’ the students to see if they could be a future hire,” Siler said. “They are working with a student who has chosen this as a career path and has been studying it for at least two years.” The benefits of student internships are evident and have caught the attention of several driven students at NAU. Siler shared numerous reasons why students should be interested in interning. “Students can gain work experience they can apply to their degree,” she said. “It also allows for a network opportunity with companies that they could possibly work for in the future.”

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Where the weeds grow

Students explore alternatives to herbicide use on campus STORY & PHOTO BY KYLE MCDERMOTT

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t’s an unsightly research project. A wandering student entering the greenhouse complex on south campus won’t find bundles of flowering saffron or an orchid garden, at least not on the small bench where NAU students Miles Hegg and Killian Peck have rooted it with trays of Blue Fescue and Perennial Rye. Instead, the pots of grass are spotted with dandelions and plantago, both of which are undesirable weeds to the keen eye of any lawn connoisseur. The study looks to link reduced soil potassium levels with a suppression of dandelions in an effort to eradicate weeds from grasses without the use of herbicides. Project Coordinator Paul Gazda launched the student research project into action this semester to supplement the Sustainable Landscaping Maintenance plots on campus. “Two weeks ago we started data collection; we went around and counted each weed,” Hegg says, a sophomore geography major. “We are counting the number of dandelions, plantago and overall aesthetics. We have six variables and two controls with no added nutrients — just water and weeds planted in them.” Nutrients plentiful in any commercial fertilizer — potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus — are of the most interest, as they correspond to plant productivity. An effective blend doesn’t seem far off. “There’s a bunch of different combinations you can do to get that perfect one, but with this we can say nitrogen makes the grass grow, potassium is increasing the amount of dandelions, and we haven’t gotten much with the phosphorus yet, but once we figure out a good combination, it could potentially be implemented into the fertilization,” Hegg says. Although the research focuses on understanding the association between potassium levels and dandelion growth, other plant nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus are being tested independently with the intention of finding combinations that grow strong, thick grass and suppress weeds without the need for toxic herbicides. Speedzone Southern Broadleaf, one of

Miles Hegg, a sophomore geography major, waters various test plots to determine the best combination of natural fertilizers. the five herbicides used on campus, contains the active ingredient 2,4-D or 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. The chemical compound was used in Agent Orange, which nearly 5 million Vietnamese were affected by and 400,000 were killed or maimed by. Countries such as Kuwait, Denmark, Norway and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec have banned the substance. “Agent Orange was a compound known as 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. The problem wasn’t when it actually got into the soil; it was the manufacturing process,” says chemistry professor Stephanie Hurst. “They were producing Dioxin, which is a incredibly persistent pollutant linked with all types of birth de-

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fects and cancer. It wasn’t much of a byproduct, but Dioxin is a case where you have a unanticipated byproduct from a manufacturing process that really is incredibly problematic.” Hans Drexler, a sophomore nursing major, takes the matter to heart. He pulls weeds from a small plot of grass in his backyard rather than spraying dangerous herbicides on the turf his two-year-old son plays on. Recently, Hans called the White House to make a formal complaint about the use of herbicides, pesticides and GMOs. “I think the use of herbicides and pesticides nationwide is a bad idea. They are known carcinogens,” Drexler says.

Hurst believes when it comes to the use of these chemicals that there is room for moderation. “We need to have these things in our arsenal but shouldn’t be tempted to overuse them,” she says. Fast forward to 2020, when NAU aims to be carbon neutral, and you may find an imbalance in today’s initiative of sustainability outweighed by aesthetics and capital growth. Drexler feels the focus should shift toward a more conscientious approach. “If you are going to have all sorts of people hanging out and lying in the grass, I think a few weeds wouldn’t make a big difference at all,” he says. “Getting rid of harmful chemicals would outweigh the shiny green lawns everywhere.” The Sustainable Landscaping Maintenance project, which is centered on using more intuitive cultivation practices on campus, might be one step closer to meeting the school’s goal. While researchers in the greenhouse look for a magical elixir of nutrient composition, Mayleen Farrington, the landscaping project’s Head Coordinator, is optimistic that application of corn gluten meal and compost will stimulate the soil’s microorganism’s activity and halt the germination of new weeds once the turf is established. “The idea behind corn gluten meal is that it has a certain chemical in it that inhibits root production in seedlings,” Farrington says. “So when a seed is first trying to establish itself and send out a roots system, it stops that process. The other aspect it offers is that it is also a source of nitrogen, which lawns are very heavy feeders of, so we are sort of playing with both aspects with the corn gluten meal.” Farrington expresses enthusiasm for research on integrative approaches to weed control, but is hesitant at the idea of saturating campus turf with fertilizers. “According to our soil sampling from last year, our lawns either have a sufficient amount of [nitrogen and phosphorus] or perhaps slightly low or extremely high,” she says. Reports on what “good” levels are varied drastically, and nitrogen’s transient nature between atmospheric nitrogen, nitrate and ammonia makes it difficult to measure. see WEEDS page 26


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Activists rally for human rights Protesters march for many Arizona hot-button issues

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Both Flagstaff locals and activists from surrounding cities gathered in Wheeler Park to speak out on issues across the spectrum such as SB 1070, protecting the Peaks and human rights in general. (Photos by Mary Willson)

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his past Saturday, Flagstaff ’s Human Rights March occurred in downtown Wheeler Park. The afternoon event began with a series of speeches from a diverse group of activists, including a representative of Arizona’s transgender population and a grandmother native to the area who desperately wants to preserve the San Francisco Peaks. As one would expect, human rights is a broad topic, explaining the differences in the material discussed and in the participants of the march. Families, punk or barefoot high school students and even a former mental health patient lectured about health care, birth control, homelessness and protection of natural resources. The rally became an open forum for anyone and everyone to voice their opinion about how human rights are being ignored in a number of ways in Arizona. The crowd participating con-

tinued to grow through the talks, and by around 4 p.m., when the actual march was about to commence, over 100 people had gathered with fellow community members and human rights supporters. Lynn Sladzb, originally from Los Angeles, was what she calls “the food supporter” of the rally. She set up her own table serving healthy foods to anyone participating in the march to show her love of providing food to her friends and family. She says it’s the main way she can individually support the movement. “I’m here to protect the scared peaks. I organize with a lot of different groups, and last year we set up an encampment on the San Francisco Peaks to try to stop any construction. So when I heard about this, I was more than happy to come. I hope more people become aware of what they’re doing see RALLY page 22

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Gabapalooza An end-of-the-year party for the children of Flagstaff

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s summer rolls around, it comes the time for another Gabapalooza. Held on the central quad between Aspen Crossing and Wilson Hall, Gabapalooza ran from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this past Saturday. Playfully named after the well-known music festival Lollapalooza, Gabaldon Hall throws an end-of-the-year bash to inspire fun for all NAU students. “It’s an event that Gabaldon puts on every year, just to kind of celebrate the end, get everyone out before finals, enjoy the springtime weather, get Gabaldon’s name out there [and] let everybody enjoy the spring and have some free events for students,” said Gabaldon Hall resident assistant and sophomore anthropology major Jennifer Dawrs. Run by Gabaldon Hall staff and association, other campus organizations help out with the event.

“It’s funded by various student groups around campus like ASNAU and Student Activity Council (STAC) and various other programs like that,” Dawrs said. This year’s event was the 28th annual Gabapalooza to date, and Gabaldon staff and hall association put on a well-run party for students to enjoy themselves and let loose before finals. However, this year’s Gabapalooza wasn’t just about having fun but making a difference. “This year’s a little bit different because we do have a cause, the children of Flagstaff, so that’s something new this year,” Dawrs said. Gabapalooza provided a booth for students and attendees to write letters to grade school, middle school and high school kids in Flagstaff, encouraging them to stay motivated, stay in school and pursue college. The motto of the day was “Learners of today are leaders of tomorrow,” and it

was printed on this year’s event T-shirts. Events for the day included sand and spin art, face painting, tie-dying, bocce ball, basketball and volleyball tournaments, potato sack and threelegged races, performances by the karate club Shotokan and a cappella group Elevation, as well as a DJ to provide music all day long. Students who chose to participate in volleyball and basketball tournaments came together on teams to win prizes while other students had the option to tie-dye or get their faces painted. “Tie-dying was really fun. They gave you the annual Gabapalooza event T-shirt so all you had to do was have fun and tie-dye,” said freshman psychology major Brianna Neill. As the day came to an end, students and attendees welcomed summer with a bang and closed the year with a fun and sun-filled event that everyone could enjoy.

Gabapalooza provided a booth for students and attendees to write letters to grade school, middle school and high school kids in Flagstaff, encouraging them to stay motivated, stay in school and pursue college. (photo by Napua Kalani)

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up at Snowbowl, and get involved in protecting human rights.” Sladzb was one of many echoing one of the favorite chants of the day, “Protect scared sites; defend human rights.” Ty Kipling and Zoey Caras, students from Prescott College, traveled to Flagstaff in order to participate in the march after word had been spreading around their campus. “It sounded like a great opportunity to put to action some of the issues we’re passionate about,” Kipling says. “Human rights, and especially SB 1070 — I’m very interested and unhappy with the way [Arizona] discriminates against people.” Both students were carrying signs that could be seen through the marching crowd. “It says ‘Bienvenidos’ on top of the Arizona state flag; it’s a statement of Arizona being open to all, not just for people of certain backgrounds or certain races,” Kipling explains. “There’s so much I want people to know about, and it’s relevant to everybody,” Caras says. “These issues don’t just belong to those people who are immediately affected or those of a certain color or background or class. It’s important to us all because they are defining how humans are treated in the state, which is crucial to all of us. I hope this march brings attention to the issues. It’s something that needs to be brought to everyone’s attention.” The rally lasted over an hour, with the march on Aspen Street continuing for about 40 minutes. While the Flagstaff police had been surrounding the area for hours prior to the event, participants still gathered to do their part in making a difference and drawing publicity to the issues they were supporting. The peaceful, but still rather loud march attracted dozens of photographers and spectators. The number of petitions traveling around the march, and most likely the march itself, will gain attention from officials in the city of Flagstaff and across the state of Arizona.


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923 W. University Avenue Flagstaff 86001 Affordable Rates & Student Housing! We offer Student Specials, have a pool, spa,  24 hour fitness center, and serve Saturday Brunch.  Also, we are in walking distance of  campus.

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t is exhausting to anticipate finals week, because it means you have to begin your projects, prepare presentations, finish group work and study for exams. One way to energize yourself during finals is to eat the right food. American teachers know this much better than Chinese teachers. Food is an encouragement, and reward has an irreplaceable status in students’ minds. In order to encourage students to finish online course evaluations, most teachers will give extra credit if the whole class does it. However, at the end of the semester, my English capstone professor used a new method, which was much more encouraging. During our peer review meetings, she told us, “If everyone in the class prints out the confirmation page of online course evaluation, I will bake homemade brownies!” I read the five options of brownie type and begin to feel hungry: Peanut butter with chocolate icing; deep chocolate with jalapeno and walnuts; chocolate with chocolate chunks, cherries and walnuts; chocolate with coconut; butterscotch classic (brown sugar, walnuts, and chocolate chip.) I said to my professor, “I guess you are a good cook!” She smiled and answered confidently, “Yes, I am.” Food is more tempting than extra credit sometimes, especially when the class begins in the afternoon and we need to supplement energy in our bodies. I had another English instructor who gave us a pizza party during finals week. She taught us creative poetry writing, and no matter what methods she tried, all she

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wanted to do was to inspire our creativity in writing poetry. During finals week, she ordered cheese and pepperoni pizza and soda, and asked two guys in the class to be her free labor, helping carry the food and drinks to the third-floor classroom. Food has a magical power during any stressful period. It plays the important role of awakening our minds and arousing our appetite. It was great fun to eat pizza, drink Coke and workshop our poems all at the same time. The good smell and our laughter flowed through the room. ‘Pizza party’ is one hilarious way to celebrate one semester is nearly over. Another celebration form is ‘potluck.’ One professor of my gender study class prepared chocolate, oranges, chips, cookies and drinks for us during a finals week review session. We took food we liked and then sat down, eating, taking notes, asking questions and trying to remember key points as well. Similar to the pizza party, potlucks also help us focus on the review content because food brings it magic and increases our interests. Even though this potluck was two years ago, I still remember what I wrote down and what food our professor bought for us. I don’t have any memories of finals week that can be related to food from when I was in China. I would like to suggest my Chinese teachers use food as an encouragement and reward, though. As the French writer and philosopher Voltaire said, “Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.”

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good friend-making game.” Michael Palmisciano, a freshman with an undeclared major, said he enjoyed being part of the mission on behalf of the zombie players. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw from the game entirely, not because he had not tagged a human player for 48 hours and thus ‘starved to death,’ as game rules dictate, but because of a possibly fractured foot. “There were a few times I hid in trees and did things I probably shouldn’t have,” Palmisciano said. “The zombie side is a bit trickier. Some people go, ‘Oh, I’m a zombie,’ and quit. The thing that keeps a zombie going is you. It’s the person.” Palmisciano said he looks forward to increased awareness of the game bringing more participants to the next game. While a Facebook event showed over 150 people attending the game and

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a group comprised of more than 500 members, visible participation varied. Facebook was an important communication system for both human and zombie players. Players had the ability to call for help for fellow team members and — in some cases — set traps for the opposing team. Ribucan, Pang and Palmisciano said they experienced both the rewards and missteps in using the social media site to strategize. Suggestions for newcomers and future participants were similar from all three players: improve your cardio, do not let hunger be your downfall and invest in a large amount of Nerf darts. The next round of NAU Humans vs. Zombies is scheduled to begin Oct. 29. “Arm yourselves,” Palmisciano said.

from WEEDS page 20 the appreciation of it.” And the word is spreading like polPhosphorus in commercial fertilizer is len during springtime. “The seeds are laid limited because of toxic run-off into water to generate further conversations,” Farsupplies. rington says. “I think it really needs to hapThe intent for now is to improve the pen at the higher level. The quickest, fastsoil’s overall health until further research est impact would be if the university, right supports the use of certain fertilizers. at the top, made that greater commitment “This year, our focus, when it comes to sustainability. I think that something to anything that would be even remotely like herbicide use on landscaping is such a along the lines of fertilizer, is the corn glu- low-hanging fruit to be grabbed at to proten application and getting some kind of mote that whole image of what a sustaingood quality compost. able campus is.” The overall soil quality needs to be Student body involvement is essential improved, regardless of the technical in harvesting support from administration. chemical compositions. The soil is fairly The possibilities may seem elusive, but it compacted; it doesn’t have a lot of organic begins with a change in the paradigm. matter or microorganismal activity go- Students are encouraged to take part in a ing on and seems to be over and over that spectrum of opportunities on campus and compost is the best thing to mitigate a lot become active in making the shift. of the issues our lawns are looking at,” FarIt may be as simple as being aware rington says. the next time you toss around a frisbee on Presently, an impending ecological a shiny green lawn. “When you look at a crisis looms in the conscious of humanity big thing of grass and there’s a couple of like the aura of gases and particles we have dandelions and couple of weeds, you have blended into the atmosphere. Sustainabil- to realize we’re in Arizona. The more stuff ity has become vogue. you pump in to make it look aesthetically But students and faculty are eying good, the less sustainable you’re being,” a truly intrinsic approach. Not building, Hegg says. adding or innovating, but remembering The greater implications may not be simplicity. “Using natural landscape and as unsightly as one may think. “It’s not like the natural flora of an area is one of the NAU would be standing out there all lonemost beautiful ways to represent a com- ly in a weedy field,” Farrington says. “We munity on campus,” says Allison Baker, a would have no problem stepping up to be senior biology major. “Continuing to use one of the leaders, and there is ample supthese on campus not only creates a famil- port out there for that kind of strategy.” iarity with the natural flora but perpetuates


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BY TRAVIS GUY

hey might not have been running for the NAU track team, but four standout current and former athletes represented the blue and gold at the Payton Jordan Invitational and two earned bids to the London Olympics. Redshirt junior Diego Estrada, and alum Lopez Lomong grabbed tickets to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics after hitting Olympic “A” Standard times at the event. Senior Jordan Chipangama, and former NAU Male Athlete of the Year David McNeill participated as well, but did not qualify. Lomong, who graduated in December, 2011, had a bit of an awkward end to his race. The South Sudan native came around what he thought was the final turn of the 5,000-meter race and began his kick toward the finish line, putting more distance between himself and the rest of the pack. The only problem was he still had one more lap to

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BY ALLI JENNEY

he NAU distance running program has established itself as an honor to be a part of over the past decade. With ardent camaraderie between strong, knowledgeable coaches and ambitious athletes, the Lumberjacks have designated themselves as a squad for competitors to be wary of. For the first time ever, NAU has signed two of the top three male distance runners in the country, both of whom were Foot Locker Cross Country finalists. These past cross country and track and field seasons have made further strides in the strength of the program. Since 1984, the men’s cross country team has had a top–15 finish 18 times at nationals, including its 14th place honors this past season at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Phenom Diego Estrada placed seventh overall in the meet, earning All–American honors for his second consecutive year — a feat that places him as the 11th Lumberjack to achieve the award within the five year tenure of director of track and field and cross country Eric Heins. More recently, on April 29, Estrada was not only named NAU Male Athlete of the Year, but qualified for the London Olympics this summer after hitting the Olympic ‘‘A’’ Standard in the 10K at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational at Cobb Track

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place in the top-5 with a time of 27:32.90 and will be running as part of the Mexican team in the Olympics. “I honestly didn’t think I could run the ‘‘A’’ standard, but I told Coach that I didn’t come here to run 28 minutes,” said Estrada. “I took it and was conscious of what was going on, and with 400 meters to go I just started hammering and told myself I wasn’t going to miss it.” Director of track and field Eric Heins noticed that Estrada ran how a distance runner should run the 10K, patiently moving past his fellow competitors as he made his way towards the front of the pack. “He ran perfectly,” Heins said via NAU Athletics. “After he made it through 5K, he just worked his way up to where he could be in the front five or six guys and stayed there the rest of the race.” Estrada will participate in the Olympics for the first time on Aug. 4. Lomong will return to the Games on Aug. 8 for the first round of the 5K.

and Angell Field, with a time of 27:32.90. The 2010 NAU Male Athlete of the Year, David McNeill, graduated in December 2010 as the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Mountain Region and Big Sky Cross Country champion and U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mountain Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year those seasons. Meanwhile, holder of four school records, Lopez Lomong represented the 2008 United States Olympic team as the flag bearer and in the 1,500–meter run. Lomong graduated this past December a two–time national champion and 12–time Big Sky Conference individual champion. All three individuals also hold multiple All–American honors. With accomplishments and marks such as these, the future of the distance program looks bright, especially with the addition of incoming recruits who are sure to increase their status as renowned runners this upcoming year. The third-place finalist in the 2011 Foot Locker National Championships and Spokane, Wash. native Nathan Weitz will bring talent to the men’s team and looks to add to his impressive resume. He has a second place finish at the 2011 Washington State 3A Cross Country Championships, where he took gold the year before. He won the 2010

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down, everyone in the ing him to keep going. had did not hurt him in managed to hold onto the 5K in 13:11.63. ed this past crossnot only taking top Sky Championships an American citizen. His for the U.S. team, but citizenship in time. Dewho now holds dualU.S. and Mexico, went vitational with the friends and family. Calif. resident was the top spot in run, Estrada did

Futsum Zienasellassie finished his cross country season as the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner see RECRUITS page 36 of the Year. (Photo courtesy of NAU Athletics)

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he NAU football team wrapped up its 2012 spring session following the annual Blue-White spring game this past weekend, with the offense besting the defense 62–53 in the structured contest that used a scoring system for the first time in spring game history. “It was a great exchange,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “At times, the defense looked great and then the offense would make a great play. The scoring coming out the way that it did was indicative of the scrimmage. There was good play on both sides of the football.” The scoring system was designed by the athletic department and was broken down as follows for the offense: six points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal, two points for a run of 15 or more yards and/or a pass completion of more than 20 yards, one point for a first down and one or two points for a conversion, depending on the type of conversion attempted. For the defense, seven points were tallied when they recorded a turnover, three points for a three-and-out or a missed field goal and two points apiece for either a stopped drive, sack or tackle for loss. Sophomore running back Zach Bauman was the offense’s focal point, rushing for 146 yards and finding the end zone twice, once on the ground and once through the air. Junior quarterback Cary Grossart was efficient throwing the ball, completing 11 of his 15 attempts for 115 yards and no interceptions, registering two touchdowns in the process. The top receiver on the day was sophomore Nick Cole, who hauled in three balls for 54 yards and a score,

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or the first time in program history, the NAU football team provided a scoring system for its spring game. While this should have been seen as a fun way to add to the game’s competitive nature, it simply provided us with what we already know. Running back Zach Bauman, who scored a team-high 20 points in the spring game, is the Lumberjacks only pracCOMMENTARY ticed weapon. The Lumberjack offense has been built on Bauman’s abilities in the past few seasons and the results of the spring game suggest this is will continue going forward. Bauman shined in the spring game, finishing with 146 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 60-yard touchdown run late in the game. When he isn’t running the ball, BauBY CODY BASHORE man is going to be a vital piece in the passing attack, as the Jacks will rely heavily on the screen game. Bauman finished with two catches for 35 yards receiving and Austin Shanks, who has moved

one of two touchdowns for the receiving corps on the afternoon. “I think the offense was hitting on all cylinders,” Bauman said. “We’ve been coming out here three times a week for the past five weeks preparing. I think we showcased what we’re capable of doing next season.” Defensively, most of the points came via turnovers, as the blue-laden defense came away with three takeaways, two by way of interceptions and one by way of a fumble recovery, accounting for 21 points. Fourteen more points came from tackles for loss, as the Lumberjacks recorded seven hits behind the line. The rest of the defense’s points came from four sacks, two missed field goals and two three-and-outs. Each turnover came from a separate player, as did each sack, further displaying that the defense will have to rely on each individual after losing significant talent from this past season. “We came out hitting hard,” said sophomore defensive back Mike Dosen. “We know our assignments. I think we left with an alright day.” The Lumberjacks now turn their attention to the summer and then next season, where they open their 2012 schedule with a trip to Tempe to take on ASU on Sept. 2. Despite the match-up being a little under four months away, Dosen is hungry for the chance to show what the team has. “The ASU game is a few months away, and that’s what we’re looking forward to,” Dosen said. “We hope to take them down, UNLV next and right down the list.”

to the backfield from wide receiver following the departure of Giovannie Dixon, also caught a pair of passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Bauman is going to need to shoulder the load, with some carries handed to Shanks, due to NAU’s lack of a second receiver complementing returner Ify Umodu. Umodu, who was held catchless in the spring game, tallied 50 catches for 667 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2011. The graduation of Khalil Paden and Shanks’s move to running back leaves Umodu as the Lumberjacks leading returner in every receiving category. If this past week was any indication of the upcoming season, the Lumberjacks have five different receivers vying for the spot opposite Umodu. Those five receivers have combined to total 12 catches for 119 yards in their careers. One of them, whether it is Ca’leve Deboskie, Nick Cole, Jeremy Dang, Jesse Bueno or Brandon Babineaux, needs to step up in the fall for the Lumberjacks to have any sense of a balanced offense. Deboskie led the group in the spring game with 4 catches for 62 yards and Cole finished close behind with 3

TOP: Junior fullback Jake Hess rumbles toward the goal line with the football while freshman cornerback Marcus Alford attempts to make the tackle. BOTTOM: Redshirt senior Austin Shanks is bursting down field after breaking a tackle during NAU’s annual spring game. (Photos by Hailey Golich)

catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. In a passing offense already lacking depth, the problem has magnified with the loss of Paden’s 61 catches, 991 yards and eight touchdowns. This past season saw five games in which five or less players tallied a reception and the problem will have to be fixed by this inexperienced group while also making up for the loss of Paden’s production. If the Lumberjacks’ assortment of wide receivers fails to develop, prepare for another year depending on Bauman. While the spring game provided a platform to display the group’s development thus far, it’s too early to speculate on the impact these five will have in the fall. If they all wind up floundering in their development, Bauman will be poised for a career year. In fact, Bauman is only 212 carries, 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns shy of NAU’s career rushing marks. These numbers are attainable, regardless of how the receiver logjam sorts out, but if it is a result of a one-dimensional offense, the Lumberjacks will toil away in mediocrity for another season.

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his past Friday, the NAU club sports council, in collaboration with intramural sports, capped off the season with a Spring Fling. The event was held both outdoors and indoors this year, with most of the activities taking place on the Wall Aquatic Center (WAC) grass. “This is the third year we’ve done it in its current format,” said Erik Jaeke, Coordinator for Intramural Sports, Clubs and Summer Activities. “It’s put on by the club council, so it’s their event.” There were a wide range of clubs to suit any and all interests. “It’s a good recruitment event for the clubs,” Jaeke said. There was a pro-wrestling demo put on by the Pro Wrestling club complete with costumes, characters and a pro-style match. The water polo teams took their talents inside the Wall Aquatic Center to put on an exhibition game, and also gave lessons on treading water. The Quidditch team, which during their season defeated then-No. 3 ASU in a monumental upset, also put on a demo. For the 33 clubs at NAU, each put on their own demo or tutorial. “I thought that it was a good event for all the club sports to show people what they do and to spread

the word about unusual sports,” said Hannah Price, a freshman on the rugby team. “It was cool to see the different performances by the clubs.” The Zumba dance party was the opening event inside of the Health and Learning Center (HLC), directly across from the WAC green. Through the year, Zumba has been one of the more popular classes offered at the HLC and became the craze of campus during the school year. “Hopefully, it’s a cool spectator event,” Jaeke said. The event was held at the south fields for the last two years. With the newly renovated HLC, the WAC green was a perfect location to showcase the clubs offered here. In the middle of the afternoon, 3-on-3 soccer, as well as flag football, was held on the WAC grass. These were two of the most popular intramural sports offered all year. Ultimate Frisbee was also held on the green in the midafternoon, after the Zumba class had concluded. Even roller derby was put on by the students Friday. Additionally, our lacrosse teams, along with our rugby teams, were out in full effect with demos and pick-up games. The club season will start up again this upcoming August, so be on the watch for some of them during Welcome Week for those interested in joining a club sport.

LEFT: Mervine Nelson puts Marisa Bates in a back hold during the pro wrestling club’s exhibition. MIDDLE: NAU’s wushu club was present for the NAU sports club’s Spring Fling. TOP RIGHT: Lane Fujikado looks to tackle Josh Kowalski during a Quidditch match at the Spring Fling. BOTTOM LEFT: Lane Fujikado puts the ball through the hoop. BOTTOM RIGHT: Abigail Barenholtz shows people how to toss the lacrosse ball during an exhibition. (Photos by Garry Hart)

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Women's basketball team reacts to Kelly resignation BY CODY BASHORE

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he search for a new women’s basketball coach is underway and some of the team’s top returners are excited to see the program head in a new direction. Head coach Laurie Kelly announced on April 20 that she accepted the head coaching position at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., to the surprise of her team. “It was definitely a shock; she called a team meeting and we all renewed our scholarships,” said center Aubrey Davis, who is entering her final season at NAU. “I had no idea that it was coming.” Kelly met with the team on April 19 to inform them of her decision before NAU Athletics announced it the following morning. Forward Tyler Stephens-Jenkins echoed Davis’s remarks on the team’s reaction. “We were just all kind of shocked,” Stephens-Jenkins said. “We’ve been working hard for changes, and then now she is leaving and now we have to start new with someone else.” Since the season ended in early March, the team had begun to work on rebounding from the disappointing 9-20 season. When those plans were abruptly cancelled with the departure of the current regime, some felt they had been let down. “It kind of hurt a little bit,” said sophomore guard Amanda Frost. “We were on this whole, ‘We’re going to do better; we’re going change’ and now she just quit on us. I feel like she

just left us hanging.” With their initial reactions past, the players are looking to the future with a new voice leading the way and a new message to buy into. The current changes within NAU’s program have given players a rejuvenated feeling. “I’m shocked, but I am really excited for the change. I’ve been waiting for this for a little bit,” said junior guard Amy Patton. “As of now, I think it’s going in the right direction with the new [athletic director], then getting [new men’s head coach] Jack Murphy. So if they can get someone like that in, I’m pretty sure they can find someone that will be able to work with us.” Davis said the team expected to meet with Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos early this past week in an effort to provide feedback on what they might like to see in a new coach. Some players expressed ideas on what a new coach could contribute based on what the team had been lacking and what they could build on from the talent currently on the roster. “I kind of want like a strict coach that is going to be on us, keeps us focused, keeps us energized, motivated, everything like that,” Frost said. Patton reiterated her statements during the season, that the team has the most talent in the Big Sky Conference, and added that the incoming coach could push that talent further than it had gone in recent seasons. “I want a coach that knows how to work with us because

we all have our own strengths,” Patton said. “I feel like we have the best team in the Big Sky [Conference]; it’s just she didn’t know how to work with us. I just want a coach that is going to be able to work with us, know how to work with us.” All four felt the team lacked consistency this past season, evidenced by the Lumberjacks using 14 different starting lineups through the season, and saw 11 of the team’s 15 players make at least one start during the year. The 14 starting lineups is believed to be the highest in the NCAA this season, and the 11 different starters tied the most in the nation with a trio of other schools. “Most teams have a consistent five and then that’s it,” Stephens-Jenkins said. “[They] get the game started and then those two or three that come off the bench.” Additionally, nine women who played in 22 or more games averaged more than 10 minutes a game. Total, 11 women averaged more than 10 minutes a game for the season. No player averaged more than 30 minutes a game. “You watch the Final Four and they have like one or two people coming off the bench,” Davis said. While the team appears unified in its opinions on the changes they want, they also have rallied together after being caught off-guard and are more motivated than ever. “I feel like this has brought us closer together. In the weight room, I feel like we have improved a lot,” Davis said. “We talked previously about changing, and I feel like most of the girls have taken that positively and we have changed in the weight room; our numbers show it.”

Ice Jacks get ‘new’ head coach with the younger Johanson Travis will take over for his father, Keith, at the start of next season

team failed to adapt to a 1-3-1 system the coaches tried to use this past season, fans can expect the coaching staff to have the players back in the old box-plus-one system. he Division II NAU Ice Jacks began planning for a For the most part, the players are not letting the winning season after this past season ended when change affect their offseason plans and should be ready to they were eliminated from the American Collegiate go for next season. Hockey Association’s (ACHA) “I don’t think it will National Playoff tournament. “Oh, I’m just not 100 percent sure I “Travis is a younger guy who relates make much of a difference,” General Manager AJ Fairchild well to a college player,” Fairchild junior forward Adam Surbhad already brought many will be able to make everything next said. “As a younger coach, he will er said. “Keith will still be promising recruits to tour Flag- season,”Johanson said. “I don’t want staff and see NAU’s campus. to do that . . . they need someone keep our players moving out on the around, but Travis will be making more decisions. I Two weeks ago, the Ice Jacks who can be there all the time.” ice at practices.” won’t let whoever is coachmade a major change to their ing affect my game.” team for next season. Fairchild is also confident that the coaching staff Head coach Keith Johanson will be stepping aside to an end after he played junior hockey in Canada. He befrom his coaching duties after four seasons and handing gan his coaching career five years ago when he coached change will not rattle his team. “Travis is a younger guy who relates well to a college the reins over to his son, Travis Johanson. Keith Johanson the Flagstaff Avalanche high school team. In his second will remain on the coaching staff as an assistant coach, but season as head coach, he led the team to the state cham- player,” Fairchild said. “As a younger coach he will keep pionship in which they were defeated. After that title run, our players moving out on the ice at practices.” feels he is doing the right thing for the team. With the Ice Jacks getting their coaching staff solidi“Oh, I’m just not 100 percent sure I will be able to Travis became an assistant coach to his father for NAU’s fied this early in the offseason, they can now turn their make everything next season,” Keith Johanson said. “I Division II team. The Ice Jacks will more than likely play the same sys- attention to setting a competitive roster for next season. don’t want to do that to the guys. They need someone who tems in both the offensive and defensive zones, because The NAU coaching staff will want to bring a fair number can be there all the time.” A big smile came to Keith Johanson’s face when he the Johansons have very similar coaching styles. After the of recruits to NAU for tryouts next season.

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added, “Besides, my wife is about ready to kill me. She wants me to be home a little bit more.” Travis Johanson was born and raised in Flagstaff. As a child he began skating at Jay Lively Ice Arena and continued his hockey career through his life. His career came

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Division II Nike Pre­– Nationals in the 5,000– meters race and was a member of Team USA’s junior squad in the Bupa Great Ediburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Edinburg, Scotland. All too familiar with competing against Weitz in national meets, Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year, Indianapolis, native Futsum Zienasellassie, will also join not only the Lumberjack squad, but his older brother, junior Bahlbi Gebreyohanns, as well. Zienasellassie was the 2011 Nike Cross Country Nationals Final champion with a course–record time of 15:02.41. He also outran his competitors at the NXN Midwest Regional Championships (15:42.80) and at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championships (14:58). This past season he won his third–consecutive Indiana State Cross Country Championship and placed second for his second straight year at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Nervous only about college life in general, Zienasellassie, a strawberry-flavor Gatorade fan, who prefers to not adorn socks while racing, hopes to make it to the NCAA team this year. “Running means a lot to me; it is a way to pay for my college education. It brings joy to my life and I enjoy it so much,” Zienasellassie said. “Being a part of a team means a lot to me. It is all about helping each other and not letting anyone fall behind, help each other to get better.” Another incoming recruit who will help Zienasellassie’s wish is Gatorade Arkansas Runner of the Year, Bentonville, Ark. native Will Aenchbacher. Aenchbacher was the first Bentonville High athlete to receive the Gatorade honors and led his team to the title in the 2011 Class 7A Cross Country State Championships, where he garnered the individual state title as well. He also represented his state as its fastest competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional Championships. A strong advocate of Glacier Freeze Gatorade for its perfect combination of flavor and its rehydration capabilites after a run, Aenchbacher felt right at home during his visit with the team. “All the guys seem really neat and motivated, and I can’t wait to run with them next year,” Aenchbacher said. “I love being pushed in practice, and it gives me something to race for, instead of just myself.” The women’s cross country team will also be gaining high prospects. Melbourne, Australia native Melanie Townsend is excited to practice with more than the one or two other runners she trains normally with, as well as meeting new people and competing against

more prestigious athletes. “I chose NAU [for] its location, coaches and program. I’ve heard a lot about training at Flagstaff and the amount of athletes that train there in the lead-up to events,” Townsend said. “As I prefer to run cross country, the program set by the coaches and facilities at NAU looked like they suited what I was after.” This grape and lime Gatorade lover placed sixth in the 2010 International School Sport Federation World School Cross Country Championships in Slovakia, fifth in the 2010 Zatopek Classic’s Under–20 Women’s 3K race and first in the 2010 U–18 1,500–meter All–Victoria Schools Championships in Australia. Back in the states, the women’s team will add Arizona natives Emma Schraner from Cornville and Rolonda Jumbo from Chinle to their roster. Schraner will be the third athlete from Mingus Union High School to become a Lumberjack, joining fellow alumni Tim Freriks and Sarah Raber. “I can not wait to run alongside such unique and talented people,” Schraner said. “Everyone on the team seems friendly and exuberant, which makes me feel as though I have known them forever.” She finished seventh in the mile and eighth in the two­– mile race in the 2011 AIA Division III State Championships. Schraner turned to running after discovering she could keep up with the boys in her physical education class in middle school, despite her self­– proclaimed lack of coordination, and has had her eyes set on becoming a Lumberjack ever since. Schraner prefers to run with her hair down when she competes and like future teammate Aenchbacher, enjoys Glacier Freeze Gatorade as well as Tropical Mango. Jumbo will be as strong of a contributor to the squad with her experience encompassing a 2011 AIA Division III Cross Country State Championships victory as well as a state title in the 3,200–meter race at the 2011 AIA Division III State Track and Field Championships. With the conclusion of the cross country season, these runners will continue into the track and field season alongside one of the top junior sprinters in the world from Canada, Isatu Fofanah, Arizona native thrower Travis Colby, Idaho hurdler and multi-event standout Jade Childs (younger sibling of sprinter Jenne Childs) and Swedish throwers Julia Wiberg and Micael Ljungber, among others. The Lumberjacks have high expectations for these accomplished recruits and these incoming athletes will be sure to continue fostering NAU’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

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TOP: Nate Weitz (82) finished third at the Foot Locker National Championships. BOTTOM: Mingus Union High School senior Emma Schraner (546) joins Mingus Union alumni Tim Freriks and Sarah Raber on the NAU track team. (Photos courtesy of NAU Athletics)


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Another school record broken as women’s sprinters excel Holder, Childs, Banks and Pless impress in Tucson against UA, ASU

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he track and field women did not want their fellow Lumberjack men to be the only ones with a school record under their name. The women’s 4x100–meter relay team broke an 18–year-old school record April 28 at Drachman Stadium in Tucson during a double-dual meet against UA and ASU. As a squad, redshirt senior Simone Holder, senior Jenne Childs and freshmen Darriel Banks and Shamelle Pless ran the event for an impressive time of 45.99 seconds, while all individually gained personal best marks in their respective events as well. “For the 4-by-1, I felt way more confident because me and [Childs] were having issues with the handoffs the past few weeks,” Pless said. Childs also felt good before the handoff, as the result of the race. “I had seen [UA] mess up, so that pushed me to run faster,” Childs said. “I was like, ‘We can beat these guys.’” In the women’s 200–meter dash, Banks finished second with a time of 24.05, while Holder (24.77) and Pless (25.08) placed eighth and ninth, respectively. In the 100–meter race, Banks finished fifth (11.84) and was followed by Pless (12.33) in sixth. “For my 200, I was so excited for my time. I was trying to get down to low 24s forever, so, hopefully I can hit high 23 for conference,” Banks said. “My 100, actually, I was surprised because the past couple meets have been bad, but I got my time down also.” Holder, Childs and Pless would compete together again in the women’s 4x400–meter race, with senior Rashida McKinnon running as anchor. “Honestly, before the 4-by-4, I was completely nervous. We were standing ninth in conference, which made me feel horrible because I wasn’t sure if we’re even going to make it to conference, [because] they only take [the] top eight,” McKinnon said. “I ran my heart out because my team ran their [hearts] out, so I owed it to them and myself. I was happy and very surprised that we moved up to third, but [I’m] grateful because now I’m on fire to run in conference. After this weekend, there’s no telling what this team is capable of.” The Lumberjacks closed off the night with a time of 3:47.38, a season best by four seconds. “That is what I’m talking about: when we’ve got some people here that can go to the national meet, that have a chance to score at the national meet,” said director of cross country and track and field Eric Heins. “We don’t have 30 of them, so we don’t have to be who we’re not. But that team in the 4-by-4 really epitomized this weekend [and] this meet. You can’t be intimidated by those teams [and] by those schools; you got to go and be who you are.” Intimidation is not a word in freshman high jumper Deante Kemper’s vocabulary. For his third consecutive meet,

Kemper cleared seven feet. This past weekend he leaped 7 feet, 0.5 inches. “We’ve got two of the best high jumpers in the country at Arizona and Arizona State, and we’ve got the best freshman right now. [Kemper’s] always battling with the high jumpers,” Heins said. Redshirt senior Karl Gehrke placed second in the discus with a throw of 165 feet, 8 inches. Placing second was lone javelin representative, freshman Brittany Price, with a throw of 137 feet, 4.75 inches. On the track, sophomore Bahlbi Gebreyohanns (8:31.72) and freshman Alejandro Montano (8:32.81) finished second and third, respectively, in the men’s 3,000–meter run. “You know, obviously we’re not going to beat the second-place guy in the country,” Heins said. “But [Gebreyohanns and Montano] competed against ASU and UA, taking second and third, a great bounce back from their 10K a

couple weeks ago.” For the women runners, freshman Kerri Lenihan placed fourth and set a new personal record in her second 3,000– meter steeplechase appearance at 11:34.92. Senior Kortnee Burton finished sixth in the 3,000–meter run with a time of 9:57.14. “This was a pretty solid meet for us. Realistically, we’re not going to come down here and beat either one of these teams,” Heins said. “I mean, you look at the group we’ve got here and you look over there, [UA and ASU are] twice the size of us for one part, so they put in three or four people in each event to our one. But again, it’s about coming out down here and competing.” The Lumberjacks are off this upcoming weekend and will appear again for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships at Montana State Track and Field Complex, Bozeman, Mont. from May 9–12.

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PaperGirl movement gifts art to unsuspecting pedestrians

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ixated on the computer screens in room 107 of the School of Communication, members of the visual communication design collaboration class are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their most

This movement originated in Germany in 2006, when young women rode around the streets of Berlin on bicycles, messenger bags in tow. Instead of delivering newspapers, however, the “paper girls” sped past unsuspecting individuals on the streets, handed them an original piece of artwork and fled the scene quickly, leaving the receiver in total shock. “It was actually our instructor who introduced us to the movement,” said Natalie Jessup, a senior computer imaging and graphic design student. “He kind of pushed us into it and we ended up falling in love with the whole idea.” Since the m o v e m e n t ’s launch in Berlin, PaperGirl has

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graphic design and visual communication student. “I’m from Flagstaff, so I went to my old high school and middle school to promote the PaperGirl project and collect art. Our overall goal is to show that art is still alive and it’s fun to receive art from an unknown artist. We want to share the fact that everybody has a unique style to their art.” Local and student artists have been donating pieces of their w o r k

spread to numerous other cities including San Francisco and Seattle. Jessup said Flagstaff has just the right atmosphere for such a movement to latch on. For the assignment, members of the class used their graphic design skills to spread awareness about the event. “[We] knew it was going to be the last project of the semester, so we all decided to design posters and fliers to get the word out,” said Rochelle Hart, a junior

(Illustration by Jessie Mansur)

since April 23 and can continue to turn in artwork until May 4 to a submissions box in the NAU School of Communication. On May 4, the contributions will be distributed arbitrarily to people on the streets of Flagstaff. “The goal is to spread the art and give people random gifts — on the websites of other PaperGirl projects they call them gifts,” Jessup said. “We want to spread our joy and our love for art and pass that out to the community.” Both Hart and Jessup are optimistic about the future of PaperGirl and hope to make it an annual event in Flagstaff. “I just really hope that our instructor, Chris Johnson, continues it with his other classes,” Jessup said. “And if not him, then maybe other people in our college or even in the [School] of Art can start something.” “With this being our first attempt, I’d love to have someone else continue it and maybe make it bigger and better next year,” Hart said.

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his Saturday, up-and-coming alternative rock band 1967 will be taking the stage at Club 111 in downtown Flagstaff. They are rock enthusiasts pioneering their own chorus-driven sound, infusing their music with a catchy and very distinctive element of groove. In addition to creating original material, they perform a wide variety of famous rock covers and have played along notable musical acts Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, Tantric, Alien Ant Farm and Agent Orange. Originally, 1967 began as a long-distance collaboration effort between singer/songwriter Jaime Reynolds and drummer Gordon Burks. “Back in 2006, we’d taken a little break from music for a while and finally got the bug to start writing

again around 2009,” Reynolds said. “So, we did so over the phone for a few months just for fun. The song ideas were pretty solid. They definitely had a millenium rock feel to them. I started recording the ideas in local studios playing all the instruments and circulating demos to generate interest to find musicians.” Upon officially deciding to initiate a new musical project, Reynold naturally wanted Burks to serve as the group’s drummer. However, because Burks lived in Washington and Reynolds resided in Phoenix, it was impossible for him to participate in the band. In 2010, Reynolds went on a recruiting spree, and met bassist Jordan Courtney through a reference from a friend. Reynolds then received an invaluable contact recommendation from the musician of a world famous heavy metal band. see 1967 page 40


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ights, camera, action. Many have dreamed about starring in their own movie or perhaps being the man behind the camera and seeing their imagination come to life. Many grow up with that passion growing inside of them and then go on to create their own little movies. A filmmaker’s dream is to see their work shown on the big screen for the recognition they deserve. The Northern Arizona Student Film Festival debuted in the spring 2011 as a way to showcase the achievements of students from the School of Communication. Because it was so well received at its first showing, the festival has become a semiannual event occurring at the end of each semester. Danielle Cullum, senior electronic media and film (EMF) major and director of the film festival, explains the benefits of being a part of such an event. "A lot of the times, you know, these students do these video projects and they never get viewed further than the class that they did it for and maybe get posted up on YouTube so their friends or family can see it,” Cullum said. “This is a way for us to take these projects even a step further and show them to the community.” This chance for exposure is an invaluable opportunity given to student film makers. Two winners will be decided, one by a panel of judges made up of faculty members and the other voted by the audience as their favorite. "The faculty winner and the audience winner will both be shown at the Sedona Film Festival next February, so that’s a nice prize," said Paul Helford, faculty adviser of the student-run television station UTV62. The world-class Sedona International Film Festival boasts over 16 years of showing independent films and has been voted one of the best regional festivals in the United States. This annual event features documentaries, short films, animations and student films. The festival has hosted celebrity guests such as actors Nicholas Cage and Ed Asner. Students get the chance to see their work on the same screen as big feature films. According to Cullum, "Any LEFT: NAU student Danger Charles filming God of the Flies. RIGHT: Danger Charles and Jon Goodrick used pup- student is eligible to submit a film, not just School of Communication pets instead of human actors for their latest project. (Photo courtesy of XXXXX) students or EMF students."

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Many of the films do come from EMF students, though, and some of the productions from UTV’s 73-Hour Film Festival will be included as well. "We go from Cline Library, which is a wonderful facility, where we show the 73-Hour Film Festival entries, to the Orpheum, to the Sedona Film Festival," Helford said. "That’s something that we really feel very good about in giving our students more and more professional venues for their work." Film submissions are chosen and reviewed by a student committee before getting approval to enter the festival. Senior electronic media and film major Danger Charles has been working on a film to submit along with his friend Jon Goodrick, a sophomore painting major. Their project, titled Gods of the Flies, was done using puppets rather than people as a way to avoid the stress involved with trying to work around actors’ schedules. "I thought, 'No, this is perfect, now we’re in complete control of the subjects of our film.' But that’s not how it works," Charles said with a laugh. "They’ve got feelings. We are a slave to the puppets. It’s a serious project and the puppets are the task masters." "We’re stoked on the final product," added Goodrick. One major obstacle to making a movie is the cost of the necessary equipment; it certainly doesn’t come cheap to have nice cameras and build the sets and props. Charles and Goodrick were able to get enough money to make Gods of the Flies primarily through a website called Kickstarter.

Kickstarter calls itself "the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects." The idea behind it is to allow backers to make donations of any value toward projects that they’ve taken an interest in and the creators must raise their set goal within a certain time limit or they don’t get any of the funds. "I raised some money from family and friends and a few random dudes online," said Charles. Friendly strangers aside, the process involved with completing a film is arduous and taxing. It’s not exactly a walk in the park to film scenes from just the right angle while simultaneously making sure everything goes smoothly and then editing all of the footage together at the end. "We’ve just been working nonstop since the end of February, pretty much," Charles said. "All of my free time is consumed by this and pretty much all of Jon’s too." The festival is still in its beginning stages and going through changes to fix the kinks and make it better. "I would hope that it becomes a student-run project much like the student media is, like The Lumberjack and UTV," Helford said in regard to the future of the film festival. Once more students are aware of the opportunities available to them through it, this event will be able to expand and become even more successful. It can provide valuable real-life experience for those interested in the movie business. The festival starts at 6 p.m. May 6 at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students.

(Photos courtesy of Danger Charles)

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“I asked David Ellefson [bassist of Megadeth] who I attend Mega-Life church with in Scottsdale, if he knew of anyone,” Reynolds said. “So he referred me to Nathan [Marchi]. Jordan and I hit it off with Nathan on the first audition. We knew he was the guy.” Following the addition of Marchi, 1967 spent several months performing as a three-piece band, until threemonths ago when they recruited guitarist Scotty Saenz from local Phoenix rock band Cartoon Lion. Reynolds said the band’s name honors the memory of his late brother. “1967 is my brother Geoff Reynolds’ birth year,” Reynolds said. “He passed away in 1998. Geoff was a true inspiration and instrumental in me wanting to start a band when I was a kid. He was always in local bands growing up and he was an amazing guitarist and vocalist. I even had the privilege of playing bass in his band for a few months, called Pull And Be Damned, before he tragically passed away.” 1967’s latest four-track EP, If Love Ruled the World, is due to be released on iTunes and all major online music vendors on May 25. Reynolds said the title was inspired by “When Loved Ruled The World,” one of their new songs. “Falling in love is a process that happens the same way for everyone,” Reynolds exclaimed. “We all fall into a euphoria, become infatuated with this person and will travel the world for their love if that’s what it took. It can end up ruling our world. Plus, there’s always room for more love.” Reynolds said his musical creativity has been particularly inspired by several of his favorite musical releases. “Rush’s Moving Pictures, Metallica’s Ride The Lightning, Three Dog Night’s Greatest Hits, Alice In Chains’ Dirt [and] Nirvana’s Nevermind,” Reynolds said, listing some of his favorite musical releases. “I spent countless hours with these records shaping my styles. Rush gave me progressive ideas, Metallica gave me melody mixed with aggression, Three Dog Night gave me songwriting structure and groove, Alice In Chains gave me vocal harmony and passion and Nirvana gave me the opportunity to sing and play guitar at the same time.”

Reynolds said the members of 1967 relish playing in front of an audience. “My favorite part about performing live is being on stage and sharing my music with the crowd,” Reynolds said. “I also enjoy spending time with my bandmates and the brotherhood that goes along with sharing those onstage moments. I look over at Jordan, Nathan or Scotty at any given moment and give them a smile and they light up just as much as I do. We’re definitely a team with one goal in mind: to have fun. It’s a total adrenaline high.” 1967 is currently sponsored by Jägermusic, the musical branch of German-based Jägermeister Herbal Liqueur. Reynolds said past relationships with the company lead to 1967’s current sponsorship. “My other band, Prozack Staple, had landed a sponsorship with them back in the day,” Reynolds said. “It was as easy as picking up the phone and calling and old friend to rekindle the relationship. Because I had previous success promoting Jägermeister with Prozack Staple, they didn’t even hesitate. They have been very helpful in providing valuable free promotional giveaways like sunglasses, T-shirts, hats, flyers, CDs, shot glasses, posters and even booking the Jäger Girls at our events.” 1967 is currently embarking on a southwest tour spanning Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Reynolds is focused on establishing lasting relationships with musical fan bases. “We are also one of the most approachable bands that I know of,” Reynolds said. “We want to get to know everyone who enjoys what we do. We’re building communities of fans in each city. We want to stay in touch with all of you.” Reynolds wants to share his musical talent and passion with audiences everywhere. “I’m blessed with the gift of music,” Reynolds said. “Life is about sharing our gifts with others. Why not share it with everyone?” Reynolds will be playing solo acoustic shows on May 3 at Sundara Boutique at 8 p.m. and May 4 at Campus Coffee Bean at 7 p.m. 1967 will be performing live on May 5 at Club 111 at 9 p.m.

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Dance festival coming to NAU

Brita Ahlers & Randi of Isolated Incident Performance Group will be performing in the Flagstaff Performance Art and Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of Jayne Lee) BY MONAE GUNN

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ringing together local and international dance and film is the Flagstaff Performance Art and Film Festival (FPAFF), an event involving 11 different dance troupes from all over northern Arizona. Several international groups will also be showcased. The event will be occurring May 4-5 at the Clifford E. White Theatre. Additionally, on May 6, there will be a showing of international films at the Human Nature Dance Studio. Jayne Lee, the executive director of the Human Nature Dance Studio, along with a few others, have been putting on this event for a total of three years and finally decided to incorporate NAU. "We were first doing it at Coconino College during the summer," Lee said. "It was named Flood of Dance or Monsoon of Dance, then we started to include dance companies from outside as well as local companies so it focuses on Flagstaff." Dance troupes performing in this event include modern dance ensemble Canyon Movement Company, Turkish-Egyptian dance team Al Rakasaat, dance company Condor Dance and the Coconino Community College dancers. There will be numerous different dance styles performed at the festival. “There will be hip hop, ballet [and] Egyptian dance, but mostly a lot of modern and contemporary dance,” Lee said.

These dance styles will provide audience members with a broad experience to obtain diverse perspectives. “Each audience member will get something different out of the performance," Lee said. "I don’t think it will be one thing. We just really hope they enjoy the show that we put on because we have been working really hard." Lee has been working with fellow dancer Leonard Wood on two new performances. One of the new routines showcases the collaboration between Lee and guest choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller. “I’ve had a friend of mine from London; Darshan Singh Bhuller came out here this week to help us put together this last performance," Lee said. "It is going to tell the story of Queen Elizabeth and her reign." They are planning on using fashion to help with their dance interpretation. "We haven't put together costumes yet, but we will probably be using interesting make up to interpret it," Lee said. "We will also have pictures in the background as well." The first two days will consist of dance performances and culminate with a third day, which will be solely dedicated to film screenings. "The last day, there will be no performances," Lee said. "We will just be showing the international dance films from the San Francisco Dance Festival." Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students and children. To accrue more information concerning FPAFF, visit http://fpaff.com/.


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Zach Caruthers of Portugal. The Man

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BY DEREK SCHROEDER

t's only a matter of time before Portugal. the Man takes over the world. The psychrock outfit from Alaska is one of the hardest working bands today — releasing seven albums in just as many years. The group seamlessly mixes elements of pop, rock, electronica and spray cheese into a distinctive sound that separates and lifts them head and shoulders above every other psychadelic rock group from Alaska. Portugal. The Man will be playing at the Orpheum May 3 with special guests The Lonely Forest. The Lumberjack (LJ): You guys are about halfway through your Jägermeister Music tour? How has it been so far? Zach Caruthers (ZC): It’s been great. We’re working with a new keyboardist (Kyle O’Quin) and drummer, which has been interesting. We know all the guys and we’ve been friends for a long time, so it is a pretty easy transition. [They’re] doing a great job picking up. Every different player at this level has their own style, so it makes things fresh especially when we play older stuff. LJ: The tour is sponsored by Jägermeister though. Is it weird to be on tour with a corporate sponsor? ZC: Well yeah, it is a promotion for Jägermeister because they’re the heavy metal liquor and they want to break out into different styles music. It’s pretty cool though — we did a big tour with them in Germany and they treated

us really well so we told them we would do an American tour with them as well. People can think what they will about it but having the help is really nice. Touring can be hard. And nothing changes from our music, you know, we’re still the same band. We have noticed that the crowds are noticeably more rowdy at the Jäger shows. LJ: It’s been out for a while now, but In the Mountains, In the Clouds, your past record, is one of my favorites. Still, I don’t think it reflects the live Portugal. The Man experience. Do you guys try to capture that on your albums or are they two separate entities? ZC: In a weird way, recording [In the Mountain, In the Clouds] was a pretty intense situation. None of us were in a good mental state. We weren’t playing or treating each other well. It was a tumultuous period. There was a lot of [expletive] in making that record but it became a far better record because of that. Andy Wallace [mixer for In the Mountains, In the Clouds/producer for Nevermind] made our record what it is. When he was mixing it, I learned a lot about listening to an album. LJ: What do you mean? ZC: Well, we wanted to try to do a visual mix for the album. When we make music we want people to come see us live and when you are at a live show you don’t have a bird’s eye view of the stage; it’s not static. When a drum fill comes in, you look at the drummer, you know, there are a lot of level changes — they flow in and out of the whole mix.

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LJ: What’s your favorite song from the album? ZC: “All Your Light (Times like These).” For me, it encompasses everything we’ve done as a band. It starts out with that cool kind of electronic feel, then it’s got this rootsy oldSouthern feel that we had on Church Mouth but it has the songwriting structures of our later work with a crazy freak-out jam in the middle. LJ: What’s with the parenthetical song titles? They’re annoying as [expletive] when you’re writing a review out. Care to defend yourself? ZC: [Laughs] It happens to us every time we write a record. We usually have some [expletive] song titles like the “90s Song” or the “Pixies Song” Then we finish the album and we’re like, “Oh [expletive], we have to name the songs. We can’t call it that.” We usually just use the first one that comes to mind but we kind of like the idea of seeing them as excerpts of songs. Set lists can be confusing some times. I’ll see a song and think, “What song is that?” I think it’s because of how we write songs. We’ll just sit around listening to music pointing out our favorite part of a song, like the bridge Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So,” and we’ll break down the chords and the melody and the strumming or whatever. LJ: That’s basically what I imagine being a band would be like. Hanging out and digesting music all day. I’ve talked to some musicians that basically just get together and write music, though.

ZC: Yeah, definitely. Some people can just do it — they’re just naturally amazing. We are not that band at all. We have to practice to get to that part, and that’s why we get a lot of inspiration from other musicians. Those are things I like to know. I want to know what inspired the people that inspired me. LJ: What inspired In the Mountains, In the Clouds? ZC: Well, the mountains and cloud meanings is definitely something that we came up with being from Alaska. But a lot of it has shifted to mean more social and political statements. We’ve never really been a political band, but obviously we have our thoughts but we keep them to ourselves for the most part. The real inspiration comes from a tour we did in Germany. I think it we were in Dresden. It was like 3 o’ clock in the morning and there was this poor street vendor selling this Turkish food — almost like a hot dog stand. So this guy — who was basically a taco shop guy — stated talking about American politics and he knew so much more than we did. He knew all the candidates and their platforms. We started thinking about how ignorant we are as Americans. We shield the rest of the world from our minds until we, and no one, even cares to think about it. We just keep thinking we’re [expletive] standing on the mountain but all we see are clouds. It took a turn from where we were originally going. It’s crazy, some ways it’s meaningful and in some ways it’s completely meaningless.


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The Raven:

Artist: Father John Misty Album: Fear Fun Genre: Folk

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BY MYKEL VERNON-SEMBACH

ot many people know the name J. Tillman and even fewer know Father John Misty. But just about anyone who has ever listened to the radio knows Fleet Foxes, and after their latest album, Helplessness Blues, many are eager to hear more from them. Although no longer associated with Fleet Foxes, former drummer and vocalist J. Tillman is still producing brilliant work under the pseudonym, Father John Misty. Now, don’t let the cover art of his first album, Fear Fun, fool you. The eclectic and brightly colored illustration is wonderfully cartoonish and simplistic is used as a light caricature of old Hollywood glamour, ethereal and spiritualized. He is hollowed and his vocals echo out to the audience for the first few songs that are slightly reminiscent (and a much improved version) of Lana del Ray’s failed self-titled attempt. The album opens gently with “Funtimes in Babylon,” a track led by Misty’s clarified vocals and cushioned with a choir of sopranos most likely pulled from a Disney film in the form of bluebirds and delightful deer. It would not be shocking to see in the future an animated music video of Misty meandering about a golden-era Hollywood trailed by the flora and fauna of Disney’s enchanted forests. In some ways, Misty creates more of an impact by severely contrasting between his instrumentals and his lyrics as heard in, “Nancy From Now On.” Ghostly and rhythmic, Misty’s falsetto is meant to shock when he serenades the audience with the lines: “Pour me another drink / And punch me in the face / You can call me Nancy.” While for some it is jarring and makes the song a martyr unto the album: for Misty, “Nancy From Now On” is not a simply a firecracker set to burst without reason, but a non-fiction show tune narrative (with a dance number and all). Misty heads East and crosses the Mississippi Delta by the time the album reaches “Well, You Can Do Without Me.” He stops the old French Quartier in ‘Nawlins and southern swamped Tennessee with the unannounced slide guitars, southern-baptist organ and alcoholbruised vocals in “Tee Pees 1-12.” He closes out his theatrical, solo cross-country trip with the bittersweet, “Everyman Needs A Companion.” Misty illustrates his mortality (as well as Jesus Christ’s and John the Baptist’s) to the audience and to himself, not through death, but through sin. The upright bar piano and slide guitar sing, “so long.” The curtains close. The crowd rises from their seats, besides themselves with applause and bravos. Misty takes his bow and disappears behind the red velvet. Long story short: Fear Fun is a tour de force capable of flexing the same talents without making them sound like a weak extension of his previous works. He romances the American Dream for the nation’s disillusioned youth with Fear Fun. Misty’s inspiration is something for the books and your next road trip playlist.

Sounds like: Lana Del Ray, Old Crow Medicine Show, Fleet Foxes

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Nevermore indeed

Directed by James McTeigue. Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R.

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BY JAYSON BURNS

n 1849, poet Edgar Allen Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in a state of delirium, muttering the name Reynolds and wearing clothes that weren’t his. Four days later, he died from a yet-to-be determined cause. What happened to this esteemed poet? Well if, The Raven is anything to go by, it was a series of red herrings and uncomfortable acting. A fictional account of the late writer’s last few days, The Raven takes place in 19th century Baltimore. Poe (John Cusack) is having difficulties coming up with his next piece of fiction, often resorting to alcohol to deal with his employer’s rejections. He does, however, have his lover Emily (Alice Eve) to provide him with just enough joy to get by. At the same time, however, a mysterious serial killer has begun reenacting the murders described in many of Poe’s stories. Desperate, Detective Fields (Luke Evans) drafts Poe into his band of police officers in an attempt to track the killer down. The stakes get higher when Emily is kidnapped by the murderer as more and more innocent people die in horrible ways. I’ll admit the concept of an author of horror and macabre facing the construct of

his own imaginations is interesting. Unfortunately, there are a few problems that kept me from getting involved. At the beginning of the film, a title card reads the last few days of Poe’s life were a mystery, but what I don’t understand is how this is possible when he’s been in constant interaction with not only Detective Fields, but his employer (Kevin McNally), Emily’s father (Brendan Gleeson) and many others. There were also many obvious instances where the film tries to trick you into thinking one person’s the murderer, only for it to not really go anywhere. What pained me the most, however, was the final revelation where Poe finally figures everything out. This reveal is, to put it simply, weak: the kind that comes right out of nowhere in the worst way. Because of this, the killer’s motives are cheapened. Something seemed very off about most of the acting, and not in the strange, Poe kind of way. John Cusack’s performance wasn’t necessarily bad — he had his moments — but he could get so over the top at times (especially when he was yelling). Some of the other, granted less prominent, actors did the opposite, being a little too dull. Eve wasn’t very appealing to me; I don’t know if it was the writing or her acting, but I was a little freaked out when she was all but delighted

to have a marriage proposal in a ballroom with a killer on the loose. Luke Evans, however, did a great job as the detective. I had expected him to play the character like the stereotypical, arrogant investigator, but he made Fields a likeably and competent hero. There was something about the editing that put me off as well. While it wasn’t prevalent through, there were times where a conversation will be going on between the protagonists, only to switch suddenly to the killer activating a pendulum. There was something about the lack of transitioning that just seemed a little jarring to me. Speaking of the pendulum, that scene would’ve been far, far more effective had they used practical effects and blood instead of the obvious computer graphics. The shot of one character holding his slit throat later on was more gruesome because it looked realistic, but to the film’s credit the pendulum was the only instance where this was most obvious. Thanks to the “startling” revelation and the overall strange presentation, I just could not bring myself to completely enjoy The Raven. While I wouldn’t flat out advise people not to see it, I think the curious would be best left to rent it. But I must admit, the last seven seconds has probably become one of my favorite endings ever.

QuickFlick The Five-Year Engagement

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BY MARY WILLSON

series of unfortunate events has never been so uplifting as Jason Segel and Emily Blunt clumsily racing through an obstacle course-like string of pre-marital breakdowns. In The Five-Year Engagement, the dynamic duo, a successful chef Tom (Segel) and hopeful phycology academic Violet (Blunt) seem to hit every possible road block — hard — on the way to their marriage. As Violet’s academic path falls short of her expectations in California, Tom steps down the career ladder from head chef at a high-class

seafood restaurant to let his fiancée climb up to attend a Ph.D program at the University of Michigan. The move brings more than blizzards, dead elk and bad sweaters for the couple, as they split up. From a niece conceived a bit too close in the family for comfort, relatives dropping like flies to frostbitten toes, the couple learns the hard way that being apart is causing more harm than good. After the realization that they are happier together, even if everything doesn’t fold out perfectly, the pair hastily ties the knot in a montage-like afternoon. Segel’s clumsy and slightly nerdy

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