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New mural brings NAU to downtown BY AURELIA ACQUATI
fter nine months of putting their hearts, sweat and souls into the True Blue Mural in downtown Flagstaff, a dedicated team finally saw it come to fruition. NAU faculty members, students and community members gathered to witness the mural signing event on Sept. 13. “I’m proud. I love this town,” said Brian White, NAU alumnus and board member of the Lumberjack Athletic Association. White is considered to be the brains and imagination behind the mural, even though he repeatedly expressed how much of a team effort it was. Although the project seemed daunting and unattainable at times, the finished product was nothing less than enjoyable. “It’s a process because so many people are involved in it,” White said. “In many ways it’s enjoyable, but it was frustrating at times. It couldn’t have happened without the participation of so many people. It doesn’t happen if we don’t have the wall; it doesn’t happen if we don’t have an amazing artist to turn all those ideas into a mural.” The wall is owned by Mary and Dave Velasco, supporters of NAU, who played a prominent role in allowing the project to take place. Located in the heart of downtown, the mural is displayed on a wall that emphasizes the connection between the university and Flagstaff. see MURAL page 14
Brian White, an active booster and an alumnus of NAU, spearheaded the mural project with the help of the university. (Photo by Amanda Ray)
ASSAULTS RATTLE ICE JACKS ONE PLAYER ARRESTED, ANOTHER HOSPITALIZED
BY LJ REPORTING STAFF
wo assaults occurred on the night of Sept. 8 and early morning of Sept. 9 involving members of the NAU Ice Jacks hockey club at 408 W. Tombstone Ave. Former Ice Jacks member Zachary Vachris, a senior, was arrested for misdemeanor assault with reckless intent to injure freshman Mark Rodriguez. Junior Dillon Butenhoff was bludgeoned with a brick in what police are describing as a possible retaliation following a party at the “Hockey House.” Sources report members of the hockey team were holding a party exclusively for
hockey players and female guests. “We were gonna have a little get-together with the hockey team, just hockey players, [to] celebrate everybody who made the team,” Butenhoff said. “I don’t know what happened, but more than just hockey players ended up in the house.” ALLEGED ASSAULTS AND RACIAL SLURS Sources say around midnight, a group of uninvited guests, possibly including Rodriguez, four African-American females and three males claiming to play for the football
Financial aid outsourcing calls
BY SARA WEBER
team, arrived at the party. According to the student doorman for the party, whose identity The Lumberjack has chosen to withhold, the group was initially denied entry but eventually allowed in. “Zach made ‘friends’ with them and he let them in and said, ‘Hey, just don’t do anything to [expletive] up the house,’” the doorman said. Currently, there is no evidence confirming any ties to the football team. Around 12:30 a.m., according to sources, a fight broke out between Vachris and Rodri-
AU’s Office of Financial Aid will be facing some changes in the upcoming weeks as they work with new phone numbers and off-campus call centers. Calling the number listed on their webpage will direct the caller to the former number. During the first week of the semester, the office’s phone lines crashed due to high traffic, causing Financial Aid to direct students to a different number. The new, toll-free number leads to a Blackboard Student Services (BbSS) call center in Kentucky, which ASU also uses. The call center, according to the Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Charles Andrew Griffin, will increase efficiency for the Financial Aid office
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PoliceBeat Sept. 16 At 12:21 a.m., an officer reported they were checking on a subject vomiting at the entrance of McConnell Hall. The student refused medical transport, was cited and released for minor consumption of alcohol. At 12:49 a.m., staff at McConnell Hall requested medical assistance for a resident who was intoxicated and vomiting. The student refused medical transport, was cited and released for minor consumption of alcohol. At 9:23 p.m., Flagstaff Police Department advised NAUPD in the course of an investigation they had learned of criminal damage in NAU’s jurisdiction. A non-student had thrown his girlfriend’s laptop onto the ground at the Wilson Hall bus stop around 6:30 p.m. Officers responded to cite and release the man for criminal damage- domestic violence. Sept. 15 At 1:46 a.m., parents of a student called to request a welfare check for their son, who sounded intoxicated and was at the west entrance of McConnell Hall, but was unable to enter. The student was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center, then cited and released for minor in consumption. At 5:07 p.m., staff at the Walkup Skydome re-
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quested assistance with an intoxicated student at the football game. An officer responded; the student was ejected from the game and referred for underage alcohol consumption. At 6:22 p.m., two officers reported being with two intoxicated students inside the Walkup Skydome during the football game. The two were cited and released for minor in consumption of alcohol. Sept. 14 At 12:07 p.m., a contractor at building 98B called to report signs missing from the building. An officer was dispatched and the case was closed with leads exhausted. At 3:56 p.m., a subject reported her friend had been molested at SAC Family Apartments, possibly the night before. An officer was dispatched and the reporting party said they had been mistaken about the facts. The purported victim stated it was not a sexual assault and did not wish to discuss the incident any further with NAUPD. A report was taken down for informational purposes. At 10:33 p.m., staff at the Gateway Center called to report a subject offering people a “5-finger discount.” Officers responded and cited and released the subject for possession of marijuana.
Sept. 13 At 8:17 a.m., an employee at du Bois Center reported a golf cart had been stolen. An officer was dispatched and an attempt to locate was given to the Flagstaff Police Department. At 4:59 p.m., staff at Reilly Hall reported a drinking fountain had been vandalized on Sept. 5 at an unknown time. An officer responded and the case was closed after all leads were exhausted. At 11:59 p.m., a university safety aide reported two male subjects on the east side of the science lab carrying several street signs. Officers responded and contacted the two men in Lot 19. One was cited and released for minor in consumption, use of false identification to obtain alcohol and theft. The other was arrested and booked for minor in consumption, use of false identification to obtain alcohol and theft. Sept. 12 At 10:16 a.m., staff at Cline Library reported two subjects in the building who had been warned about prior trespassing. Officers responded and warned one who then left campus. The other was arrested and booked into county jail for trespassing.
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Events Calendar Calendar Events THURSDAY, SEP 20 Dance and Karaoke [12 a.m./Museum Club] Meet the Author [12:30 p.m. /Kathy Bryant] Science on Tap [6:30 p.m. /Green Room] NAU Woman’s Volleyball vs. Sacramento State [7 p.m. /Rolle Activity Center]
FRIDAY, SEP 21 Figure Drawing Session [9 a.m. /Coconino Center for The Arts] The Flagstaff Mall &Marketplace Community Blood Drive [2 p.m./Best Buy] Live Music Fridays [6 p.m./Arizona Stronghold Tasting Room]
NAU Women’s Soccer vs. Southern Utah [7 p.m./Lumberjack Stadium]
SATURDAY, SEP 22 Brian De Marco Duo [12:30 p.m./Snowbowl] Okto ‘Beer’ Fest [11:30am - 5 p.m./ Lumberyard] Drumming into the Season [4 p.m./Buffalo Park] Movies on the Square [7 p.m./Heritage Square]
SUNDAY, SEP 23 Free Food & Music Berg’s BBQ [1 p.m./Killip Elementary School] Live Music Every Sunday [5 p.m. /San Felipes Cantina] NAU Latin Dance Club [6 p.m. /Tranzend Studio]
MONDAY, SEP 24 Move to Move [4 p.m./Mary D. Fisher Theatre] Monday Night Blues [7 p.m. /Charly’s Pub and Grill]
TUESDAY, SEP 25 Downtown Swing Dance [ 7 p.m./Mad Italian] Drums and Dance Night [8 p.m./Oak Creek Brewing Co.]
WEDNESDAY, SEP 26 Yoga [8:30 a.m./Thorpe Joe Montoya Senior Center] Healthy Cooking Class [6 p.m./The Seasoned Kitchen] Poetry Slam [7:30 p.m./Sundara Fine Art Café and Boutique]
WeekendPicks Picks Weekend NAU Woman’s Soccer vs. Southern Utah Friday@ 7 p.m. - Lumberjack Stadium Come out and support our women’s soccer team as they take on Southern Utah.
Aspen Bash September Concert Series Saturday@ 4 p.m. - Aspen Place at the Sawmill Aspen Place is closing down Regent Street from 4-6pm for a FREE concert series.
his week on The Lumberjack has been interesting, to say the least. It is not often we have the opportunity to do some serious investigative reporting, so we took it upon ourselves to ensure the whole story was told to the best of our abilities. With the help of the Flagstaff Police Department, anonymous sources and the NAU Ice Jacks club hockey team, we were able to compile the most complete story possible while maintaining our high standard of journalistic ethics. The editors assigned to the frontpage story worked day and night for the past week, contacting all possible leads and investigating to bring the most accurate version of the story to you in this edition. In the coming weeks, more is sure to be uncovered about this case, and — whether by our reporters or the detectives at the FPD — there’s always a chance our information will be made obsolete by new information. You’ll be sure that we’ll be on top of it, making sure we get you the updates. If you have information about the case, we encourage you to contact us and share what you know so we can continue to bring readers the most accurate information. Thank you for reading,
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and students alike. “This change has significantly improved the ability of Flagstaff staff to serve e-mail and walk-in customers much more quickly and effectively,” Griffin said. “Already, call waiting times have decreased significantly; in some cases, to less than a minute. For many students, visiting Financial Aid has become a routine. For some, it is a chore and requires multiple visits; and for others, it goes smoothly and can be handled with one call or visit. “They were really helpful and have responded quickly,” Brittany Adams, a senior English secondary education major, said. “I’ve just been waiting on my financial aid reimbursement check; I feel like the money is off in limbo-land.” With students now communicating with off-campus staff, it seems natural to question the degree to which the call center employees will be able to assist them. When asked how the new representatives are selected, Griffin said they were put through an extensive series of training exercises. “The call center staff is trained specifically to be NAU customer service agents,” Griffin said. “They are provided [with] a very high level of screening, training and evaluation. Hundreds of hours went into training. BbSS staff spent weeks training at the university and selected NAU staff trained at the call center. Call center’s staff, who answer the phones for NAU, are truly an extension of our office.” Students who call the toll-free number will be instructed to listen to a series of options to determine where they will be best assisted. After entering their student ID number, the recording will give a brief summary of their financial aid package, including FAFSA updates and whether the student was awarded financial aid. According to Griffin, students’ privacy will remain a priority. “FERPA and all other policies and regulations regarding student financial aid are followed and applied,” Griffin said. Having answered approximately 21,000 calls this semester and processing about 48,000 FAFSA applications a year, Griffin said the increasing class sizes have challenged “the staff’s ability to provide timely service in person, on the phone and via email.” Adams agreed the new call center would be helpful to more than just NAU students. “I think it would help with the rising number of freshman,” Adams said. “Parents aren’t going to have the luxury of waiting during office hours to ask about their children’s education.” Adams has her doubts about the call center based on prior experience with waiting for a Financial Aid representative to get back to her with valuable information. “I prefer to go into the office,” Adams said. “. . . I called the financial aid office over the summer and had to wait an hour. Then I called again the next day and they said they were going to get back to me, but never followed up. So I just prefer to stand in line and get it done.” These changes to Financial Aid’s process have led to discussion of outsourcing and creating more obstacles for students. Griffin argued that is not the case. “Let me be clear, the university has not outsourced financial aid,” Griffin said. “The university continues to manage the review, packaging and disbursement of financial aid.”
NAU safety team prepared for emergencies
BY JOSHUA COOMBS
n response to recent bomb threats in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio, NAU’s Campus Safety Advisor Team (CSAT) is responding by diligently monitoring behavior on campus. As associate vice president of student affairs, Sarah Bickel encounters myriads of issues with students, such as students displaying peculiar or distressed behavior that may result in a possible safety threat. According to Bickel, select members from the CSAT meet to review information “in the event that a student or other campus community member would behave in a manner considered threatening, violent or disruptive.” Representatives may include personnel from the Office of Student Life, NAU Police, Residence Life, Campus Health, Legal Counsel and other departments on campus. When a campus community member is behaving suspiciously, members of CSAT convene to discuss the individual. This meeting determines a mode of operation that efficiently and effectively resolves the situation and prevents further disruption. Generally, university staff will contact the individual to determine what support to provide them. Assistance may include medical attention, emotional support, working with families, police action and/or removal from the campus and university. However, the Counseling Services department on campus provides support, including short-term psychological counseling, substance abuse programs and consultation to achieve emotional stability. Indications that an individual may be in distress are primarily academic, behavioral or physical. Signs of academic distress include erratic performance, frequent absences and the exhibition of violence, social isolation or despair in writing or artistic materials. Privacy laws protect specific cases, thusly, preventing public disclosure. However, school officials say occurrences of such serious cases are sparse.
“These signs do not necessarily indicate an individual will become violent,” Bickel states. “It is important to realize that these signs can result from many types of problems and it is critical to access professional consultation if an individual exhibits behaviors that create concern.” Individuals expressing violent behavior may be accompanied with the behavioral tendency to use a deadly weapon. University officials maintain possession of a weapon on the NAU campus is prohibited, as well as on all land and buildings owned, leased or under the control of NAU. Exceptions to the policy are for weapons carried by law enforcement officers. Joe Tritschler, community relations officer at NAUPD, upholds information on suspects retain only a certain amount of validity because the suspect is able to change their appearance from what was originally communicated to police dispatchers after the incident was reported. “With the recent officer-involved shooting at Virginia Tech, the shooter changed out of the shirt he was wearing when he committed the crime,” Tritschler said. “This deviation from his documented description might have allowed him to enter the parking structure in which he committed suicide, unnoticed. Instances like this exemplify how the exchange of information from the caller and police dispatcher will be difficult to discern and act upon as a police officer entering the situation.” The repercussions of carrying a concealed weapon remain intact, regardless of violent or non-violent intention. “If you perceive a threat, use your weapon and hit an innocent bystander, it needs to be understood there are consequences,” Tritschler states. “You can justify almost anything by calling it an accident, but it doesn’t mean you won’t be civilly sued.” If you have an emergency concerning your safety, or that of another, contact Campus Safety at (928) 523 3000. For non-emergencies, contact (928) 523 3611.
Campuses across U.S. receive threats
BY JOSHUA COOMBS
housands of people hastily evacuated from three college campuses after they received made on Sept. 14 in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio. The first threat came around 8:35 a.m. to the University of Texas-Austin from a man claiming affiliation with al-Qaida, officials said. The caller asserted bombs positioned through campus would detonate in 90 minutes. Incidentally, administrators waited in excess of an hour before sounding sirens on the campus of 50,000 students. Emergency text messages were sent to campus community members urging immediate departure and to “get as far away as possible.” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said North Dakota State University received a call around 9:45 a.m. that included a “threat of an explosive device.” Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University, said nearly 20,000 people orderly left the Fargo school’s campuses after the evactuation order was given. The University of Texas-Austin and North Dakota State University in Fargo were regarded as safe by the early afternoon of that day. Authorities were attempting to determine a possible correlation between these threats. A third evacuation order for northeast Ohio’s Hiram College was issued mere hours following that morning’s evacuations in Texas and North Dakota. The evacuation was lifted Friday night after a search rendered nothing of suspicion. The threats in Texas and North Dakota were concluded to be false alarms after multitudes of people followed evacuation orders. Currently, officials are looking into the relationship between the threats and current protests and riots in the Middle East, being held over a controversial U.S. film that portrays Islam’s Mohammed as a pedophile, and more. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed New York has yet to encounter such crises, but safety provisions have been enacted to counteract the possibility of such situations arising at any of New York’s campuses. University officials through the country are on high alert and prepared for further threats.
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guez in the house. The police report states Vachris initiated the fight. Rodriguez and the group he had arrived with then left the residence. Allegedly, racial slurs were exchanged between the two parties during the altercation. “[Zach] said racial slurs as far as, ‘Oh, you guys always come to these parties, always mess things up, always do this,’” the doorman said. “[He was] blatantly stating this racial group always gets crazy when they are in that kind of vicinity. [Rodriguez and the females] were just cursing at us.” The report given to the police by the accusers stated the hockey team yelled racial slurs including “n-----,” “colored” and “go home, peasants.” Vachris did not comment on the racial slurs in the police report and declined to comment on the story following advising from his legal counsel. While he said he was not present to hear what Vachris allegedly said, Butenhoff said the slur allegations surprised him. “You know, we have three black players on the team,” Butenhoff said. “I don’t understand how we can have that racism tag when we have probably more black players on our team than the entire West [American Collegiate Hockey Association].” That afternoon, Rodriguez and the four African-American females reported Vachris for assault to FPD. The alleged victims were advised
not to comment by their legal counsel. Vachris arrived at FPD two hours later, where he was informed the other party wanted to press charges. Vachris was compliant, arrested and booked into Cocconino County Sheriff’s Office for assault. He was later released on bail for an undisclosed amount. Vachris is now on indefinite suspension from the hockey team and is currently not listed on the roster. PLAYER ATTACKED WITH A BRICK According to a friend of members of the hockey team, whose name The Lumberjack has chosen to withhold, residents of the so-called Hockey House had received a phone call warning of a possible retaliation by those who had been previously kicked out after the first altercation. Following the end of the party, Butenhoff and the friend began picking up trash from the yard and surrounding area, including the car wash across the street. According to the friend, the two split and Butenhoff collected trash near the car wash. “I saw three guys standing by the dumpster right outside the carwash and I thought I recognized two of them,” Butenhoff said. “I said something to them and went in for a handshake . . . and [one of the assailants] said something along the lines of, ‘Stop pretending like you know me.’ Right as soon as he said that, I got popped with the first shot and I don’t remember anything un-
til I was standing over a sink trying to clean up blood.” The accompanying friend did not witness the attack but was quick to aid Butenhoff. “I just see these two kids over top of Dillon. One holding a brick, another kid running behind them . . . I got there pretty quick,” the friend said. The attackers fled and Butenhoff retreated to the house. Following searching for the attackers and collecting the brick, sources drove Butenhoff to Flagstaff Medical Center around 3 a.m. where he remained until 6:30 a.m. While at FMC, Butenhoff was questioned by Flagstaff Police Department (FPD). According to Butenhoff, the police have linked the two cases. Witnesses from that night also believe the incidents are linked. “My best assumption was that it was [connected],” the doorman said. “They had come back and they had tried to pick one person to send a message. It could have just as easily been me . . .Unfortunately Boots [Butenhoff] was at the wrong area at the wrong time . . . They just wanted to get back.” No arrests have been made concerning Butenhoff’s assault and the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the FPD at (928)-774-1414. Editor’s note: Reporters Bree Purdy, Kevin Bertram, Kierstin Turnock, Cody Bashore and Travis Guy contributed to this report.
Butenhoff sits awaiting treatment for his injuries at the Flagstaff Medical Center. A similar photo was posted by Butenhoff on his Facebook page. Butenhoff was allegedly assaulted with a brick by three male assailants while taking the trash out after a party. (Photo courtesy of an anonymous source)
Timeline of events in the Hockey House Case: night of Saturday, Sept. 8 — Monday, Sept. 10 This account of events was constructed using FPD police reports and testimony from anonymous sources interviewed by this paper. Details in this case are still emerging, and this is by no means a definitive, complete timeline of events. Check with NorthernArizonaNews.com for updates as they emerge.
Arrival of Rodriguez and four females, as well as uninvited male guests
Party begins at 408 W. Tombstone Ave.
Rodriguez and female dance on table. Vachris allegedly assaults Rodriguez. Altercation moves to backyard. Alleged racial slurs against four females. The five are kicked out.
Alleged univited male guests kicked out
2:30 A.M. Party ends
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Butenhoff takes trash to dumpster at car wash across the street. Allegedly assaulted by three males with a brick
Butenhoff returns to house. Brick found and collected. Two anonymous sources drive Butenhoff to medical center.
Anonymous source leaves hospital
Vachris arrives at FPD. Informed other party wants to press charges, arrested and booked into CCSO for assualt.
FPD makes Rodriguez and Vachris recontact with four females leased on bail, Butenhoff at arrive at FPD amount undismedical center closed
Rules of the road not just for motorists W ith as little as twenty minutes Political Cartoon by Brian Regan between some classes and overcrowded shuttle busses, many students make the commute from north to south campus on bicycles or longboards — seemingly perfect modes of transportation. You can breathe fresh air, reduce your carbon footprint and move those creaky limbs in the time you would normally spend fidgeting at the bus stop, cramming onto a smelly, packed vehicle and sprinting to your class after finally reaching your stop. However, bicycle and longboard safety on the campus has denigrated to something less than even general courtesy. It is not unusual to see a bicyclist or boarder fly through a stop sign, forcing drivers to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision. In fact, it is more common to see a bicyclist or boarder flagrantly disregard the stop sign and associated law than to see one come to a full and complete stop, look in all directions and wait for their turn before proceeding. According to Arizona Revised Statues ahead of them at a stop light, using proper (ARS) 28-812, “ . . . a person riding a bicycle turn signals and properly equipping a bicycle on a roadway or on a shoulder adjoining a used at night with legal and adequate lighting. roadway is granted all of the rights and is subTo see a bicyclist obey all of the same laws ject to all of the duties applicable to the driver as a motor vehicle is rare. Maybe most cyclists of a vehicle . . .” do not know they are required to equip a bike The laws applying to skate and long- they ride at night with “ . . . a lamp on the front boarders is crystal clear: neither are allowed end that emits a white light visible from a dison the street, and those riding must remain on tance of at least 500 feet to the front and a red the sidewalk or in a designated skating zone. reflector on the rear of a type that is approved The situation for cyclists is simple: Fol- by the department and that is visible from all low the same rules of the road as cars. This distances from 50 feet to 300 feet to the rear includes — but is not limited to — yielding to when the reflector is directly in front of lawful oncoming traffic, coming to a full and com- upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle plete stop at stop signs and stop lights, not . . .” according to ARS 28-817. weaving between cars to jockey a position But I bet they know they need to stop at
stop signs. Because cyclists are required to follow the same law as motor vehicle operators, they are also liable for the same penalties, including citations, moving traffic violations and other tickets and fines. However, NAU Police Department only has 12 officers. Often, they are occupied with other matters and unable to adequately police cyclists and longboarders. This is understandable. Additionally, these officers may face difficulty when trying to pull over a cyclist who jumps curbs, swerves in and out of traffic lanes and slips through stop signals. The university has tried to mitigate these infractions by appealing to student’s ethos,
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using electronic billboards with advertisement-like slogans to convince students to follow the rules of the road and promote safety. Despite their best intentions, the university’s target audience just as easily ignores these billboards as the stop signs they blaze through. One of the most nefarious intersections on campus is outside Cline Library. A threeway stop usually crowded with cyclists, pedestrians, longboarders and drivers, many accidents are nearly avoided to a chorus of squealing tires and blaring horns, often accented with a poignant certain finger. The problem here is campus travelers jeopardizing their safety and the safety of others. It’s time the students of this campus — new, or returning — took personal responsiblity for their own safety while commutting. on campus. Riding a bicycle by itself can be dangerous, especially when there are conditions outside of the bicyclist’s control — as appears to be the case in the recent, tragic death of a NAU student while riding off-campus. Compounding that with ignorance about traffic laws only makes increases the likeliness of disaster. Bicyclists should not view themselves as above the law merely because their carbon output is less than the law-abiding Hummer idling at the stop sign. The high number of lawbreaking travelers on NAU campus is unacceptable. Editor’s note: Copy Chief and avid bike commuter and recreational cyclist Maddie Friend wrote this editorial on behalf of the staff.
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his summer, an off-duty DPS officer, Robb Gary Evans, entered The Green Room in downtown Flagstaff, came up behind a woman and proceeded to reach his hand up her skirt, touching her genitals. Bouncers threw Evans out of the bar while he yelled about how he would have them arrested. That same night, witnesses reported other abuses of power, such as Evans flashing his badge to get into AMANDA the bar without a cover HORNER charge and pinching the backside of another woman. When this case was taken to court by the courageous victim, Coconino County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Hatch behaved as a terrible administrator of justice. Evans received a punishment that cannot even be considered as a slap on the wrist: He was put on probation for two years. A conviction for a crime of this sort usually entails approximately 2.5 years in prison, and even this punishment is scandalously insufficient to give just compensation to the victim and citizens of Flagstaff. To make matters worse, Hatch told the victim, “If you wouldn’t have been
there that night, none of this would have happened to you. When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” This is called victim blaming, and is a misogynistic practice justifying the sex offender’s crimes. Saying this incident was anyone’s fault but Evan’s is alleviating him from his accountability and blameworthiness. The night of the verdict, Hatch perpetrated misogyny and supported rape culture. The fallacy of “had the victim not been there that night” is entirely incoherent. It is analogous to, “Too bad you got robbed. Sorry you had to get money at the ATM.” If Hatch’s implication was women should stay home and not be allowed to go out for a night of fun, she’s absurd. Her competence as a judge is severely compromised, and the city of Flagstaff was devastated to hear she would not be stepping down from her post. Hatch’s comment makes one question the quality of the verdict. A cop who abused his power and sexually assaulted a woman was given many leniencies, while the victim had to suffer through the judge’s vile comments. Hatch issued an apology, saying her ideas were “poorly communicated”— how inadequate. The apology expresses
she will continue holding the same misogynistic, victim-blaming ideology; however, next time a brave woman brings her attacker to court, Hatch will be more careful about implying the victim is at fault. Though the judge told the offender he was held to a higher standard because he was a law enforcement officer, this fact made no material difference on the verdict. With victim blaming, rape culture and other incidents like this, it’s easy to see why so few women are willing to come forward about harassment, sexual assault and rape. The victim said, “I sincerely hope this trial will prevent other women from being victimized in the future . . . I stood up for what happened to me for reasons bigger than me.” I hope she learns about the number of people who support her in her case, and severely condemn the actions of both the judge and the officer in the situation. She is very admirable for not tolerating this atrocious behavior and it is truly upsetting that the judge failed to perform her obligations to the state. This woman should be aware of the respect so many have for her, and take pride in what she has accomplished, despite the failures on the part of the legal system.
ndividuals are easily forgotten by the multi-million dollar health insurance industries. Leslie Elder died at age 63 from Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer which attacks the immune system, because she had no health care coverage. The disease has a high survival rate. If she had access to proper care, Elder would have had a 92.8 percent chance of survival. According to a recent CNN story, Elder had a pre-existing condition and no health care. She and her family felt they did not have options until The Affordable Health Care Act will take effect in 2014. The sad truth is there were alternatives: Elder could have applied for Florida’s Pre-Existing Condition NATASHA Insurance Plan (PCIP), provided for highREEVES risk individuals. Elder and her family fought for Medicaid during her final months without knowing she could have applied to PCIP. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, of the estimated 200,000375,000 people who were expected to enroll in PCIP during the surveyed fiscal year, less than one third have done so. In an interview with CNN, Elder’s husband, Jim Elder, said, “I was under the impression that [PCIP] didn’t start until 2014.” Elder went on to explain the family’s confusion. “I’m puzzled . . . We were hoping and searching for some sort of way to get health care. The way it has divided the country, with some states suing to try and stop it, it’s just confused everybody. It certainly confused us.” Elder’s story shows how people still slip through the system and don’t get the coverage they need due to a lack of publicity. There are many sources encouraging persons to try to get Medicaid, but few places to find solid information about the different programs. It should not be hard to find information about alternative insurance options like the PCIP. Besides common advertising and exposure, doctor offices, hospitals and other care centers should have information available about the different options of health care. A lack of information isn’t the only fault of these lowkey medical options. The long process and unclear policies set in a lot of these programs also cause many other problems. Even when people do have some sort of insurance, they won’t always be “covered.” Some companies even seemingly backstab their clients who are in time of dire need, such as when Elder’s previous insurance, Aetna, raised her rates. Nearly every developed country has some sort of universal health care. The only first-world countries without universal health care are Balkan states, Soviet-style autocracy of Belarus and the United States. There should be no reason for anyone to fight for medical care, let alone their right to be treated and to live. Health care should not be a privilege, but as a basic necessity for the people.
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Life Three of a kind
Junior student tackles a triple major
Headphone disco allows students to dance to own beat
BY AMBER GEORGE
magine a room full of students dancing their hearts out to the perfect melody. The ambiance is thrilling: flashing colors and fog machines fill the atmosphere as the final chorus bellows through the room. The mood crumbles in a matter of seconds as the first simplistic, overused notes of the worst song ever begin to circulate through the air, flushing out energy that once filled the room. While a handful of students may shriek in joy, because they actually like the song, the dance floor begins to clear and the rest of the students take a seat and wait for it all to end. Many students would agree this is a common problem at school dances, and it can sometimes ruin the mood for the rest of the night. What if, however, being stuck listening to that one bad song was no longer an issue? What if everyone had the choice to turn that song off and switch over to something better? This past Friday, in the Fieldhouse, this was exactly the kind of dance SUN Entertainment had in mind. The events group put on a “Headphone Disco,” which Rachel Sizemore, the SUN program coordinator, described as a “silent dance party.” The idea first came to their
attention at the National Association for Campus Activities conference, where they learned the basics of the headphone disco and saw what an appeal it had to other students. “Students are given a pair of headphones to wear for the event,” Sizemore explains. “There are two DJs set up, each mixing up different music.” The students are then able to switch from one DJ’s station to the other as many times as they want. The actual room is silent, and instead, the music blasts through the headphone speakers. Sizemore jokes it could “even take place in the library!” The event not only hosted silent dancing with various music options, but they also offered free food and a disco-themed costume contest. There was endless fun for the students as they danced silently together in sync to songs such as “Cupid Shuffle” or the “Cha Cha Slide.” Freshman photography major Victoria Nabours attended the dance and said it was lots of fun. “I loved the idea of a headphone disco,” she says. “I had never been to one before, and I really loved the idea. I think it see DANCE page 14
Kiyani Cox, a freshman, enjoys the music at the silent disco in the Fieldhouse held Friday Sept 14. (Photos by Andrea Sanchez)
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school and maybe some winter school to catch up,” Hensle says. “But I am on the five hoosing a major is a critical and of- year plan.” Ultimately, Hensle likes the idea of havten difficult decision college students must make. Many students fear they ing three majors that relate to each other will choose the wrong one, have to switch because it will allow her to be more diverse. “[I want to be] able to go into a job intheir major and then be stuck in college for longer than intended. One student, however, terview and have them see I have advertising who has no problem staying in college for as experience but I can also do public relations long as necessary is junior Michelle Hensle. and marketing,” Hansle says. “I don’t really She will be studying at NAU for more than see the point of minors; I just don’t really unfour years before getting her degree — better derstand them, so I would rather just triple major.” yet, her three degrees. In an article on the website for Bowdoin “I knew I wanted a double major, so I College in Maine, decided to do marketing John Turner, a proand advertising,” Hensle fessor of romance says. “And if you have languages, shares his an advertising degree opinion about havit’s only a couple classes ing multiple majors. away from having a PR “Good minds [public relations] deare often drawn in gree, so I was like, ‘Well, many different direcI might as well major in tions,” Turner says. PR too.’” He believes a pair of As if triple mamajors provides the joring is not enough, opportunity to study Hensle also works 20 different areas and hours a week as a server explore the connecat San Felipe’s Cantina tions between them. and she is in the sorority “If one is good,” Pi Beta Phi. Turner says, “two is Having so much Michelle Hensle enjoys majoring better.” on her plate, Hensle is Having three grateful that her man- in public relations, advertising and marketing. (Photo by Kelli Tresgallo) majors requires dedager at San Felipe’s is ication, and Hensle often flexible with her says she has always been a driven person. schedule. “I have always really liked to read and “When I am at work, I am at work,” learn about stuff, and I always took honHensle says. “I am not thinking about what I have to do when I get home. I am not ors and AP classes in high school,” Hensle thinking about what my friends are doing. says.“My parents knew that I would push I’m not doing homework or thinking how I myself, so they never really had to push me have school tomorrow.” She explains having to do anything because I would do things on this mindset helps her stay sane. “It sounds my own.” Growing up with a brother 10 years oldcheesy, but I just try to live in the moment.” Believe it or not, Hensle does not even er than her was almost like growing up as an own a planner, but she says it is on her list to only child, and though she got bored easily, she learned to be very independent. get one eventually. “It’s funny because my brother dropped “It’s really fun to see the shock on people’s faces when I tell them I am triple major- out of college after three years because he got ing,” Hensle says. “But I really like what I am a really good job offer,” Hensle explains. Despite dropping out, her brother is very sucdoing so far.” Hensle was a sophomore when she de- cessful and now owns two businesses. “My cided she was going to be at NAU for a long parents know that I am not that person; like time. see TRIPLE page 14 “I’m going to be taking some summer
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Pickin’ inbringsth BY MADDIE FRIEND
he sounds of dobros and mandolins echoed through Flagstaff this past weekend, as bluegrass fans and bands from around the country convened in Flagstaff for the seventh annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM) organized and hosted Pickin’, as it is affectionately called. This year, the festival brought more than bluegrass stereotypes of Deliverance-like hillbillies and banjos to Flagstaff’s mountain air. Held at the Pepsi Mountain Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill, Pickin’ has become a favorite on the bluegrass festival circuit. “One of the best parts of the festival is interacting with other musicians,” said Jen Sandoval, mandolin player for participating band Run Boy Run.
Dave Giroux, a former resident of Vermont, tears up the dance floor because, “I’m on Medicare, and I gotta dance.” (Photo by Keenan Turner)
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commented on the importance of the community of musical influences and backstage camaraderie. “I love being able to go backstage and be with people I admire and actually listen to,” Allen said. The common thread of music appreciation permeated from the stage to the crowd, festival workers and over 180 FFOTM volunteers, including Jody Montgomery, former stage manager for the festival. “It’s nice to be able to sit out here and enjoy and not have to worry about anything,” Montgomery said. “I worked for the festival for its first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth years.” Montgomery could not resist returning to the festival as a spectator for its seventh year in existence. “Everybody gets along. It’s such a mellow place,” Montgomery said. “It’s a beautiful venue and everyone has a good time.”
kin’ In The Pines this weekend. (Photo by Keenan Turner)
Bluegrass band Cocks of the North open their set at Pickin’ in the Pines Sept. 16 at the Pepsi Amphitheater. (Photo by Matt Valley)
Many musicians commented on the warmth and idyllic scenery perfectly suited for bluegrass music. “There’s not [a] more beautiful place you’re ever going to find and listen to in,” Taylor said. Despite this year’s lack of an awning over much of the established seating, even the hot mid-day sun could not dampen the familial atmosphere. When Tammy Rogers, fiddle player and vocalist for The SteelDrivers, commented on the sun shining in her eyes, a FFOTM worker quickly brought her a classic cowgirl hat to shade her face with, much to the delight of the audience and band. “That’s full-service festival management, right there,” Rogers said. Convivial relations extended through the crowd, with the audience rising for rousing standing ovations at the end of nearly every set. Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, performing at the festival for the second time, roused audience participation and played a two-song encore. A focus on community fueled much of this year’s festival operations. Bonnie Dumdei, FFOTM board member and co-owner of Flagstaff School of Music, volunteered for her first time at the event.
“This is a good way for me to know more about the events that FFOTM puts on and more community awareness. I love just talking to people,” Dumdei said. Although she does not play an instrument, Dumdei views her role as being a conduit to the community and purveyor of knowledge. “My fun is talking to people and making people more aware about what’s out there. That’s why I’m here. I take everything as knowledge and can help talk about it,” Dumdei said. FFOTM worked diligently to involve many facets of the Flagstaff community in the festival. Events kicked off with a free Run Boy Run concert at Diablo Burger on Sept. 14. “We love Flagstaffians,” said Run Boy Run fiddler Bekah Sandoval. Although perhaps best known for its three days of concerts at the amphitheater, the entirety of Pickin’ in the Pines is so much more than music solely shows. Other events that showed the festival’s dedication to the community included a children’s area — replete with crafts, hula hoops and balloon animals — at the amphitheater, contra dance festivities on the NAU campus, numerous musical workshops and radio broadcasting of the event live on 91.9 FM.
While the festival encouraged new bluegrass fans, traditional roots and song topics of the genre — those that helped shape it and embody its very essence — were prevalent through the many bands' sets, acting as a conduit for the crowd. “We really like murder ballads,” Bekah Sandoval said about one of the band’s songs. “Deceptively enough, this murder ballad is in major key, so it seems kind of happy and upbeat.” Run Boy Run was not the only band to tap into songs from the heartland, with Blue Highway performing their songs “Through the Windows of a Train” and “Sounds of Home.” Continuing in classic bluegrass convention, headliner Hot Rize played their instrumental “Empty Pocket Blues,” which guitarist and vocalist Nick Forster sardonically described as being about “a fiddle player working all his life to do this and dying broke and alone.” Despite a few somewhat-macabre undertones, Pickin’ in the Pines provided an excellent experience for bluegrass aficionados, newbies to the genre, families and their dancing children and all other revelers to rejoice in a true community event. Mark your calendar for the eighth annual festival on Sept. 13-15, 2013.
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should be held again, and hopefully more people will come.” Though there wasn’t a full house, many students still stopped in to see what all the excitement was about. DJ Rex Buchanan, the lead DJ for Headphone Disco, was thrilled to be hosting the event. “I enjoy watching kids dance to two different beats at the same time. It’s fun to guess which song they’re listening to by watching them dance,” Buchanan says. Not only were there group dances, but there were also dance circles, where students would take turns busting a move in the center of the circle and show off their unique dancing skills. Everything from the robot to the sprinkler was seen as the students tuned in to the different stations. And the best part? If that worst song ever started playing, a simple touch of a button on the headphones would immediately switch to the other DJ, and the students could continue to dance the night away. “The primary benefit of having a silent disco is that you can have it anywhere ay any time of day or night with no restrictions on sound levels,” Buchanan says. If someone needed to take a break, they could simply remove their headphones and have a normal conversation with their friends, without the hassle of having to blow out their lungs from shouting over loud music. Whether it was busting out some slick rhymes along side Flo Rida, or bopping around to “Call Me Maybe,” there was a song and a station for every student. The reaction to the headphone disco was definitely a positive one, and many of the students hope to see a return of the event.
Joe Cornelius, the muralist commissioned for the project, signs his name on the mural. (Photos by Amanda Ray)
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I need something concrete like a degree.” Hensle admits while her parents are very supportive, she is also very stubborn. “I think they have come to the realization that if I am going to do something, no matter what they say, I am going to do it,” Hensle says. “It’s a bit of a give and take.” Although she is in no hurry to graduate on time, her goal after college is to work at some kind of advertising firm, and eventually be a manager. “My ultimate dream is to be able to work for a company that lets me work from home,” Hensle says. At the end of the day, Hensle is happy with her decision to triple major and she is currently looking for scholarships to help her with the next few years of college. “I feel like you have to have kind of an easy-going personality, because it is a lot of work,” Hensle says. “If you get stressed out easily, you are not going to have a good time.”
Mason Gerety, president of the NAU Foundation, explained the traditions found within the mural. He said the purpose of the mural is to engage the community in NAU’s lifestyle. “There [are] a lot of traditions [in the mural],” Gerety said. “You’ve got, of course, the downtown support of the homecoming parade. You have many, many of the NAU traditions up there, [like] of the ax being planted. You’ve got things from Old Main, which is the oldest building on campus, to the new face of NAU — the brand new Skydome renovation. We’re trying to really engage the downtown community in what NAU is all about.” White’s wife, Alison White, suggested Joe Cornelius, a long-time resident of Flagstaff, to paint the mural. Cornelius said it was a learning experience he had the privilege to be a part of. “It’s a huge privilege and I am so thankful,” Cornelius said. “It’s been so neat to learn the culture that backs this idea here. I’m not alumni and this was such a learning experience for me to take in all the ideas that were submitted, and having to put them into a picture.” Cornelius understood the emotion and memories the mural holds for many people, which connects the university to the community. He thanked those who encouraged and supported him through the process.
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“I realized the nostalgia, the history and the connection that NAU actually has,” Cornelius said. “It’s more than just a university; it’s a culture and it’s this unified effort of people coming together and doing something that really matters. So, I want to give my heartfelt thank you to all of those who have come and encouraged me all along the way.” Cornelius signed his artwork for the crowd after he spoke at the event. Lisa Campos, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, said the mural means a lot to her and the university as a whole. She stated this is an exciting time for athletics and she is proud to be part of the unification and support the mural represents. “This means so much; not to just me but to the entire athletic department and the institution,” Campos said. “It just shows the support that this community does have for NAU. There’s a lot of excitement right now for athletics, and this just kind of kicks it off. I’m just here at the right time.” White wrapped up his speech by stating NAU and the community formed a bond that cannot be broken. He riled up the crowd with his emotion-filled statements of the inseparable bond and forever being a Lumberjack. “NAU changed this town in the late 1800s when we got started,” White said. “Now, it’s inseparable and we cannot extract NAU from it, or vice versa. It is one in the same and I am absolutely passionate about it. So go Jacks!”
Dome domination NAU storms Fort Lewis 69-0 BY DEVONTAE BROWNE
TOP: Flanked by the team, NAU freshmen rush the field at the opening of the game. (Photo by Jing Wang) BOTTOM LEFT: NAU’s Covaughn Deboskie-Johnson runs the ball against Fort Lewis College’s Cougar Beaubin during the first home football game Saturday Sept. 15 at the Sky Dome. (Photo by Sean Ryan) BOTTOM RIGHT: Ify Umodu points to the ceiling of the Dome after scoring — a similar gesture he made after the victory over UNLV. (Photo by Jing Wang)
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AU football opened its home schedule against the undermatched Fort Lewis College at the Walkup Skydome, and finished its non-conference schedule with a 69–0 shutout. From the first play of the game to the final whistle, the Jacks played fast and finished strong. “We wanted to come out fast; being able to score on the first play,” said junior running back Zach Bauman. “The O-line created the hole for me to run through; they make my job easier.” Bauman set the tone of the contest early when he scored on the opening play, going 75 yards to the end zone. The scoring drive consisted of one play that put NAU on the board after 11 seconds of the first quarter. The Lumberjacks scored five times in the initial stanza. Bauman added another touchdown run while accumulating 136 yards on five attempts before leaving the game. Following the game-winning kick against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas the week prior, junior kicker Andy Wilder hit both of his field goals. Senior wide receiver and punt returner Austin Shanks returned a 74-yard punt for a touchdown, scoring on returns in back-to-back games, as a final exclamation point to the first quarter. At the end of the quarter, the Jacks led the Skyhawks 27–0. “Our special teams coach [David Reeves] sets up great schemes for us. I only need a few yards and just have to hit the seam,” Shanks said. “I just
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listen to what my coaches tell me. He sets up a great plan for us, where I need to be on the field, and watching film on teams.” The Lumberjacks added 21 more points in the second quarter. Senior running back Covaughn DeBoskieJohnson ran for a touchdown and caught another, while sophomore quarterback Chase Cartwright connected with junior wide receiver Ify Umodu in the back of the end zone for a score. The Jacks were up at the end of the half 48–0. “Without the O-line, the ball doesn’t get snapped and we can’t make plays,” DeBoskie-Johnson said. “It’s all the O-line. I’m just making the extra play. I’m doing what my coaches tell me. Earlier in fall camp, I messed up doing a play, but the coaches trusted me again for a certain play and it worked. My play on the field is just me reacting.” With less than a minute remaining in the half, Cartwright went down with an injury as he was scrambling for a first down. Freshman quarterback Jordan Perry came into the game and threw his first collegiate touchdown to Umodu. Perry completed 7 of 9 attempts for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while Umodu led the receivers with four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns. “Well, no matter what my role is, I always plan to stay ready. My opportunity might come any game,” Perry said. “It’s not that I don’t have any emotion, as the quarterback you have to be the leader. Being cool and collected is key.” Cartwright finished the game see FOOTBALL page 20
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Priest with a free header, but was comfortably saved by the Spartans’ goalkeeper. SJSU began the second half well, with he NAU women’s soccer team ended sophomore Kacey Gricius shooting straight its final weekend of non-conference from the kick-off, but it was the Lumberplay with a home tournament. The jacks who opened the scoring. Freshman Jacks invited multiple teams to participate, forward Demi Schmieder provided the but only faced the Florida Gulf Coast Uni- cross for Tano, who kept her composure to versity Eagles and the Spartans from San slot the ball past the goalkeeper. Jose State University (SJSU), coming to a tie “[The goal] gives me a lot of confiwith the Eagles 1–1 and beating the Spar- dence,” Tano said. “I’m really excited. I retans 1–0. ally want to get Redshirt fresha lot more goals man forward Malia as a forward and Tano’s first goal of just help my team the season rounded out and get more up a positive High points.” Altitude TournaThe score ment for the team, remained at 1–0 as they beat the to the Jacks, but Spartans (2–6–1) they had plenty 1–0 on Sept. 16 to of opportunirecord their secties to make the ond shutout of the score differential season and to fingreater, and were ish the tournament nearly made to unbeaten after two rue those missed games. The result chances as the left the team full of Spartans had the confidence going ball in the back into their Big Sky of the net in the Conference (BSC) 89th minute, begames. fore it was cor“We played a rectly ruled out very good Florida for offside. Gulf Coast team on The soccer Friday night and we team opened the should have won Elinor Priest kicks the ball during NAU’s 1–0 Hilton Garden that game,” head win over San Jose. (Photos by Kaloni Vazquez) Inn High Alticoach Andre Lutude Tournament ciano said. “For us to come out on a Sunday against FGCU. Despite the Eagles (5–2–2) and put a positive result, it was really im- holding a better record than the Jacks, NAU portant and critical for us going into con- forced its second double-overtime match of ference.” the season, ending the same way as the first Early in the seventh minute, a solo one, a 1–1 tie. run by Spartan’s forward Mikaella Meibock “We’re still learning how to win,” Luciended after she fired over the bar from just ano said. “This is a good positive step for us inside the penalty area. . . . everyone had to step up and play. When The Jacks got back into the game and you look at our nine games pre-conference, controlled large parts of the first half, but they were all tough games. There weren’t were forced to shoot from outside of the any soft games. We knew with 21 freshmen penalty area. The Jacks had their best chance and sophomores on the roster it would take of scoring during the first half, four minutes time for us to click.” before the interval. A clumsy Eagles’ foul on senior midfielder Laura Johnson led to senior defender Georgia Foltz floating the free kick in to the box, which found Elinor
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11-of-18 for 137 yards and two touchdowns. True freshman running back Casey Jahn accumulated 111 yards and two scores, and DeboskieJohnson added another 81 yards. The ground game ran for 346 yards, and the Jacks tallied 557 total yards. The NAU defense held Fort Lewis to only 122 yards for the game and allowed no points on the board, causing Fort Lewis to not find any rhythm on offense. The Skyhawks managed 44 yards through the air and 78-yards rushing. The Lumberjacks finished the game 69–0. “We have depth on both sides of the ball. We have maturity and leadership at an equal level,” said head coach Jerome Souers. “Your best games are when you can put all three phases of the game together. There are some nights you don’t match-up well offensively, some nights you don’t match-up as well defensively, you know the other two carry you.”
Quarterback carousel continues to turn for Jacks
he Lumberjacks made their home debut against the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks and produced an impressive 69–0 victory a little more than two weeks after their disappointing results in Tempe against ASU. The outcome against the Skyhawks, a Division-II program, became even more interesting when sophomore backup quarterback Chase Cartwright left the game with a leg injury seconds before halftime. Cartwright, starting in place of injured senior Cary Grossart, hurt his leg after he took a hit scrambling for a first down. Next in line at quarterback
While Grossart continued to recover from a right knee injury he suffered against ASU, Cartwright earned his second career start for the Lumberjacks. However, his second start would not wind up as perfect as his first career start in the upset at the University of NevadaLas Vegas. After Cartwright was carried off the field by a pair of trainers, redshirt freshman Jordan Perry entered the game. Perry’s first snap at quarterback would double as his first career touchdown pass when senior run-
ning back Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson took a screen pass 31 yards for the touchdown. Perry finished the game 7 of 9 for 74 yards and two touchdowns. “You can always tell the quality of a program top to bottom by how your depth plays and how it develops,” Souers said. “We ended up going to our third quarterback, Jordan Perry. He stepped in and showed the kind of confidence that he should have; he’s a great quarterback.” Depending on the severity of Cartwright’s injury, Perry could be looking at taking over the backup quarterback job going forward. Souers said the team expects Grossart to be back for the upcoming game at the University of Montana. Kyren Poe makes a move Redshirt freshman Kyren Poe found himself in a new role against the Skyhawks, having moved from quarterback to wide receiver in the week leading up to the game. “He is such a gifted athlete; it’s hard to have him not near the ball,” said head coach
Jerome Souers. “He’s a winner; he comes from a state championship team; he was MVP of the state championship his senior year after playing one year at quarterback.” Poe, who was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year after his redshirt year this past season, won three state championships from 2008-2010 while at Hamilton High School in Chandler. He had 2,133 yards and 17 touchdowns through the air while adding 891 yards and 15 TDs on the ground. His dualthreat ability prompted the Lumberjacks to find a way to get him on the field, even though the quarterback position is currently filled. “I’ll tell you what he did tonight, he blocked. He blocked: He broke a couple touchdowns runs out there,” Souers said of Poe, who also added a catch for five yards. “He is a very athletic young man, and as a redshirt freshman, we need to get him on the field somehow, some way.” Souers added Poe could return to quarterback if needed for depth.
Ice Jacks prep for next season: position battles and schedule outlook
The Division-II Ice Jacks had their most successful season from 2011-12 after finishing 16th in the nation. Opening night for the hockey club is right around the corner, and this year, the Ice Jacks players and coaches are expecting an even better campaign. Here are some predictions and keys for the upcoming season for NAU. Leading scorer: Sophomore forward Vinny Eck. It’d be SPORTS hard to find someone on the team, or even COMMENTARY in the league, who works harder than Eck does when he is on the ice. He put up 25 points in his rookie campaign and had to spend time on the injured list due to a broken wrist, but the forward is feeling great and with his work ethic, good positioning and along with his quick hands and fast MATT feet, Eck should be able to lead the team in ESAENA points. Top defenseman: Junior Dillon Butenhoff. Butenhoff will have to be the Jacks best defenseman this season if they want to see results similar to the past. Butenhoff will more than likely log more minutes than any other blue liner this season by playing against the other teams top line and also manning the blue line for power-plays and penalty-kills. Butenhoff is coming off a rookie season in which he was second in scoring amoung NAU’s defense with 19 points. And to add to that, Butenhoff was third on the team in hits with 91.
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Rookie of the year: Freshman forward Dedrick Wiese. He has the size and speed to make an immediate impact, not to mention he’ll start the season on a line with junior forwards Greg Park and Ryan Greenspan, who were first and third on the team last season in scoring. Wiese should be able to get off to a quick start and gain some confidence to help keep him stay consistent through the season. Goaltending: The Ice Jacks have no problems in this department. Junior James Korte and senior Quinn Mason will spilt time in net for NAU. The past year, both these of tenders had middleof-the-pack numbers. Korte had a 3.71 goals against average and nine wins, but he was coming off an hernia injury from the prior season, so after a year of being healthy, look for Korte’s numbers to improve. In 2011-12, Mason did not play terribly. He had seven wins and a save percentage of .890, but it was not like the season he had two years ago when he was a league-leader in almost every category. That year, the net minder had only let in 82 goals in 27 starts and had 586 saves. If Mason can return to that form the Jacks will have a chance to win every time he starts in-between the pipes. MVP: Any hockey fan knows that for a team to go on a deep playoff run, the team’s MVP has to be its goaltender. Mason and Korte are both more than capable of carrying their team for an extended amount of time. One of these goalies, if not both, have to be the backbone of the team.
Schedule highlights: NAU will play its in-state rival, ASU, eight times. Nobody likes losing to their rival, but ASU took first this past season in the conference, so winning three or four of these games would be a positive note for the Ice Jacks. On Nov. 16 and 17, San Diego State University (SDSU) comes to Flagstaff. NAU is 0–6 in its past six regular season games against SDSU, but NAU was able to get over its kryptonite in the regional playoff tournament where they eliminated the Aztecs. SDSU will come in with confidence knowing the numbers are in its favor while they look to avenge that playoff upset. Three keys to success: 1. Staying out of the penalty box. NAU, as a team, had 616 penalty minutes this past season. The Ice Jacks make it too easy for their opponent to get scoring chances when they are constantly sending players to the sin bin. 2. NAU has to win to be able to win on the road. This past season, nine of the team’s 12 losses came when the hockey club played away from Jay Lively Ice Arena. If the Ice Jacks want to improve their record and gain a higher seed in the standings come playoff time, they will have to come through when away from of their own barn. 3. Stay healthy. Like every hockey team experiences, the Ice Jacks were bit by the injury bug last year. In order to maintain success, NAU will need everyone healthy through the season. The Ice Jacks will start the season with a key injury. Senior forward Nick Short will miss the first 3-4 weeks of the season due to a hand injury.
Ardrey re-opens with gala
BY LAURA THOMPSON
eautiful and unique art lines the lobby that leads into the newly painted black Ardrey Auditorium. This intimate space was the setting for a gala with performances by the best the School of Music has to offer. Ardrey Auditorium originally opened in June 1975. Talk of renovation began in 2008, but was put on hold until October 2011. Not even a year later, the new auditorium is now an intimate and professional canvas for the students of the College of Arts and Letters to display their talents. The gala was a free event to the public and showcased performances by the Elden Brass Quintet, NAU Wind Symphony, Shrine of the Ages Choir, NAU Symphony Orchestra and others including faculty members, students and alumni. Director of the School of Music and master of ceremonies Todd Sullivan said this performance showcased what the School of Music aims for. “This program is a great musical event in addition to the celebration . . . an incredible snapshot of what makes the School of Music so special,” Sullivan said. As the audience filled the house and sat in their new, comfortable red seats, pride and excitement radiated from the stage. A ribboncutting ceremony marked the beginning of the night full of music and rich history. Following a dazzling performance from the NAU Wind Symphony accompanied by the Elden Brass Quintet, the audience was taken back to the 1970s and then up to the present to see the beginnings of Ardrey Auditorium and how it evolved into the artistic and inspiring venue it is today, which was narrated by Sullivan. “It’s a participation in history . . . it’s more than music,” Sullivan said. Pianists Juhee Park and Francisco Naranjo put a gap in the story of the Ardrey with a breathtaking duet. The Shrine of the Ages Choir then took the stage, singing event-appropriate songs like “Consecrate this Day,” “Behold! I Build a House” and a memorable rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” featuring soloists Melanie Rau and Chris Denton. Senior choral education major Simon Nissen, who is in the Shrine of the Ages chorus, is pleased with the new stage. “It’s pretty incredible . . . it feels a lot more intimate. It’s nice to know that the university decided to put money into something so close to us.”
Another Shrine of the Ages choir member, sophomore choral education major Stephanie Whitaker, is excited to be part of such a celebration. “It is something to be proud of. It’s a new piece of art to make more art in,” Whitaker said. After intermission, the audience was treated to the NAU Opera, with a powerful performance of Act III from “La Boheme.” The audience was then transitioned into a performance by Velocity2, a duet of John Masserini on the clarinet and Jonathan Bergeron on the saxophone performing “Chamaeleon II.” As the night came to a close, Sullivan took the stage again to explain and introduce the richness of the renovations, from the art-filled lobby to the environmentally friendly LED lighting in the auditorium. Sullivan took the audience on the same journey, showing all who contributed to this project pictures of the construction and clips of interviews with the masterminds who made this all come together. One final performance was left to tie the night together. The NAU Symphony Orchestra exploded onto the stage with Beethoven’s overture to “Consecration of the House.” The audience could not help but be moved by this shining performance. Just when the performance seemed to be winding down, the audience was reunited with the Shrine of Ages choir and soloists Sheronda Mckee, Judith Cloud, Ricardo Pereira, Quentin Lee and Robert Allen Saunders to sing the final song, “Make Our Garden Grow.” The orchestra transitioned into this song along with the soloists perfectly. As Sullivan said, it was a performance that perfectly showcased what the School of Music has to offer. At the beginning, Sullivan said it was “an incredible snapshot” of the school of music. Nissen was overjoyed to be part of this history making performance and looks ahead. “It’s overwhelming, knowing that I will see my future students performing on the same stage one day,” Nissen said. Whitaker said the revamped auditorium will play a part in the auditorium’s rich history. “I think it will continue the tradition of being proud of what we do,” Whitaker said. The Ardrey Auditorium Grand Re-Opening Gala showed NAU and Flagstaff the arts are valued and promoted here and these Lumberjacks are proud of what they do. The next upcoming event for Ardrey is “All the World’s a Stage” performed by NAU’s Opera on October 13 from 5 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
Matisyahu at Pepsi Ampitheater
TOP: Matisyahu is silhouetted by the stage lights. LEFT: Matisyahu performs at the Pepsi Amphitheather. BOTTOM: Matisyahu crowd surfs during his performance at the Pepsi Amphitheater on Sept. 13. (Photos by Amanda Ray)
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Artist: The xx Album: Coexist
Artist: Bob Dylan Album: Tempest
Genre: Post-club rock
BY MYKEL VERNON-SEMBACH
BY DANIEL DAW
hen The xx opened up with “Intro” on their self-titled release, the simple rhythmic guitar became an overwhelming beginning to an album that completely dominated both its own genre along with additional genres (Exhibit A: Rihanna’s “Drunk On Love” samples “Intro” as its harmony.) When The xx opened up with “Angels” on their second release, Coexist, it was a disappointment, to say the least. Unless releasing the worst track as a single is some new publicity technique, front duo Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim made a mistake even placing it on the album. This starts looking up by “Chained” and “Fiction,” but immediately goes back to sleep when “Try” comes up. The xx’s producer, Jamie Smith, explained in an interview late this past year The xx was aiming for a sound inspired by “club music.” Not sure what club music they were listening to, but with the exception of a few tracks, Coexist would put most clubs comatose. While Coexist has drum machine beats, its lyrics are awkwadly soulful relationship lullabies. Fortunately, they managed to make some tracks like “Reunion” and “Sunset,” both which provide a good prequel to an evening of Top 40s and copious amounts of overpriced liquor. Yet, these tracks try extremely hard when it comes to establishing rhythm (something Baria Qureshi did very well before she left the band permanently). Coexist is a lame excuse for The xx as an album and because of its mediocrity, falls from alt-indie grace for the time being.
ew artists are as ubiquitously well-known as Bob Dylan. His impressive career has spawned 35 studio albums, his most recent being Tempest, along with several live and compilation albums. With over 40 years of performing, there is little to say about Bob Dylan that hasn’t already been said. Tempest showcases Dylan’s lyrcal mastery and a unique mix of styles, including folk, rock and roll, swing and Celtic. The album starts off strong with “Duquesne Whistle,” beginning with a nice swing guitar line that sets the tone for the rest of the song. You can hear Dylan’s age in his voice, sounding raspier and deeper than in his earlier work. Even if some consider his voice weaker in this album, he more than makes up with his lyrics and musical variety. Title track “Tempest” has a more Celtic sound, featuring the fiddle and accordion, and clocks in at six seconds shy of 14 minutes — this is the longest track on the album. The track is about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Through his lyrics, Dylan paints a beautiful yet terrifying account of the disaster, which includes references to and details about the wreckage, how it sank and how different passengers and crew members were thought to have acted — as well as references to James Cameron’s Titanic. “When the Reaper’s task had ended/ Sixteen hundred had gone to rest/ The good, the bad, the rich, the poor/ The loveliest and the best” exemplifies Dylan’s dark and tragic lyrical style and subject matter. Very few artists could get away with a 14 minute song without a main chorus. Tempest is a strong album. The musical qualities and world-class lyrics show Dylan in his natural element and it is safe to say Dylan is still kicking.
Best Tracks: “Reunion,” “Sunset”
Best Tracks: “Tempest,” “Roll On John”
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Q&A with electro DJ Pumpkin
BY THOMAS STEINHAGEN
he Lumberjack reporter Thomas Steinhagen recently sat down with electro-remix artist Pumpkin before his performance at The Orpheum this past Friday. The Lumberjack: Why did you choose the name, “Pumpkin,” and where did you get all of your influence? Pumpkin: “Pumpkin” was one of the nicknames my mom had for me when I was growing up, and also my friends. So, it’s been a nickname that’s just stuck with me. It kind of happened when I first started DJing; it was under a different name. And then, when I got more into the stuff I’m doing now, it’s more melodic, and cute, for lack of a better word. And the name “Pumpkin” just fit in there — it just sort of fell in place. LJ: One thing I noticed is you like to blend together a lot of different beats and styles together, and you create your own unique sound. Tell us a little about going from one side of the spectrum with a remix of “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine to your recent collaboration with EVeryman. Tell us a little about what influences your style and why you want to make music under a broader genre of electronic music. P: Yeah, man. With that, I feel so fortunate, because a lot of DJs and producers have to play with a particular sound. If there’s a big dubstep producer, you can’t just go and make a house music record, because it will throw a lot of his fans off. So, it just works out that I have such a broad background of music
and I love so many different kinds of music. Early on in my career, I would play some shows really late at night and close to sunrise, and by that time you don’t have to try so hard to help make people dance. And that timeslot catered to more melodic type stuff that I love and I recorded a couple of promotional mixes that were sort of all over the place genre-wise. And, really, the only thing tying them together is that most of the songs have lyrics, and most remixes out there take only one lyric or one hook, when I try to keep the original song intact. LJ: Tell us about your coming release, an EP coming out in a few weeks? Tell us a little about that. P: Yeah, we’re tying up a lot of the loose ends, but we’re aiming to drop something at about the threeweek mark. There are a few tracks up on Soundcloud where I collaborate with EVeryman, like “Good Day,” and my Zee Avi remix of “Concrete Wall.” I’ll also have a few cover songs, new releases, remixes. I’m very excited about that and I have a new side-project doing the collaboration with EVeryman. He’s such a good guy and we vibe so well that out of that one song, we decided to make a little side project making ‘90s, good vibe style hip-hop. We sat down to make one other song, and wound up making a whole record. So, we have a new little side project called Little Giants, and sometime in November, we hope to drop that. LJ: That’s the whole reason why you’re performing and we can’t wait to see you then. Again, thanks so much for your time.
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The fifth Fall 2012 issue of The Lumberjack, the student newspaper of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.