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Work hard, play harder An examination of engineering students
Community members attended the Flagstaff City Council and Mayoral Forum last Thursday. (Photo by Nathan Clements)
BY AURELIA ACQUATI
ity government candidates put forth their standpoints on pressing issues at the Flagstaff City Council and Mayoral Forum this past Thursday. The four mayoral and six city council candidates were allowed a two-minute opening statement, in which they introduced and set themselves apart from their competitors. The mayoral candidates are Paul Kulpinski, Jerry Nabours, Paul Reilly and Al White. Reilly said he is running in hopes of returning Flagstaff to a democracy where everyone’s voice is heard. “The reason I really want to run is because people really feel like they are disenfranchised in politics right now,” Reilly said. “I truly believe in a democracy.” Similarly, White explained that his candidacy will rely on assurance from voters. “To become mayor, I must win your confidence; confidence that I can learn by experience and capitalize on the relationships I’ve made to best move us forward,” White said. The candidates were asked a number of questions on important issues regarding Flagstaff and northern Arizona. Almost all of the candidates agreed the main issue needing to be addressed immediately is the city budget. Nabours said he believes it is pertinent to examine all public services to determine if any can be cut. “Budget [is absolutely the] number one issue,” Nabours said. “We have to look at every item in the budgets, and ‘can we afford this, and is there a way to see FORUM page 5
BY DANI TAMCSIN
magine for one second a typical engineering student. What do they look like? Are they running around with calculators and pocket protectors, or possibly wearing a t-shirt saying E=MC2? While that stereotype is not always such a stretch, many engineering students at NAU are about as cool as liquid hydrogen, but that does not mean they do not have to put in the same amount of calculatorbreaking work.
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A set of dials in a soils lab helps students experiment with its structural integrity. (Photo by Mary Willson)
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PoliceBeat Jan. 30 At 3:01 a.m., a resident of the South Family Apartments reported a disturbance in an adjoining apartment. Officers were dispatched. One subject — who was not affiliated with NAU — was arrested and booked into Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for first-degree trespass and domestic violence/assault. A second subject — also not affiliated with NAU — was issued summons for domestic violence-assault. At 10:12 a.m., a subject matching a description for an ongoing case was located at Dupont Avenue and Leroux Street. Officers were dispatched. The subject was contacted and interviewed at the NAU Police Department (NAUPD). The subject was arrested and booked into CCSO for theft of a credit card, forgery and three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. At 12:31 p.m., a fire alarm was activated at Mountain View Hall. Officers and Flagstaff Fire Department (FFD) were dispatched. The alarm was caused by a malfunctioning smoke detector. NAU Fire/ Life Safety were notified. At 5:05 p.m., a student reported the theft of a water bottle that had personal information attached to it. Since the theft, the reporting party had received explicit voicemails from an unknown subject. An officer was dispatched, and the investigation is closed with all leads exhausted. At 5:44 p.m., the staff at McConnell Hall reported that an ex-boyfriend of a resident had entered the hall in an attempt to locate the resident after a verbal argument. Staff requested the subject be trespassed if he was able to be located. Officers were dispatched, but the subject could not be located. The resident did not wish to pursue charges at this time.
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At 6:59 p.m., a subject reported two intoxicated subjects following students and bothering other pedestrians. Officers were dispatched and the subjects were field-interviewed and then left campus without incident. At 8:54 p.m., the staff at the Science Lab reported an unknown alarm that was sounding on the first floor. An officer and FFD were dispatched and indicated that the panel advised of smoke in the third floor mechanical room. The alarm was found to be faulty, and everything was determined to be fine. At 11:30 p.m., a passerby reported that the U.S. and Arizona state flags were improperly displayed without illumination in front of the Blome building. An officer and an University Safety Aid were dispatched. The flags were impounded for safe keeping and the building manager was notified.
Jan. 31 At 12:29 a.m., a subject reported someone had chained her bike to theirs in front of Cline Library so she could not access her bike. Officers were dispatched. The lock was cut and the reporting party’s bicycle was released to her. Two other bikes were impounded for safe keeping. The other two bike owners later retrieved bikes from NAUPD. At 8:32 a.m., a Residence Life employee reported a male subject acting strangely and possibly being on drugs. An officer, FFD and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) were dispatched. The student was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) by GMT for unknown drug usage.
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Wine Tasting [6 p.m./ Vino Loco] NAU Men’s Basketball vs. Weber State [6:30 p.m. / Rolle Activity Center] Open Mic Night [8 p.m./Sundara]
Festival of Chocolate [1 p.m./New Frontiers Marketplace] Jazz Madrigal Festival [8 a.m./Various locations]
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Food Not Bombs [12 p.m./ Green Room]
Family Open SkateNight [6:30 p.m. /SportStop at FAC]
Dew Downtown Flagstaff [8 a.m./ San Francisco Street]
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Images in Wool [9 a.m. /Museum of Northern Arizona]
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Texas Hold’Em Competition [7 p.m./Courtyard Marriot] Museum Club [8 p.m. /Museum Club]
TUESDAY, FEB. 14 Valentine’s Day Concert [6:30 p.m./Coconino Center for the Arts] NAU Classic Film Series [ 7 p.m./ NAU Cline Library] Two Step Tuesdays [8 p.m./Green Room] Karaoke Night [12 a.m./Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge]
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The Flagstaff mayoral candidates speak at the forum. From left to right, Paul Kulpinski, Jerry Nabours, Paul Reilly and Al White present their ideas to the audience. (Photo by Aurelia Acquati) from FORUM page 1
do it cheaper and better?’” Kulpinski agreed with Nabours, and said he thinks the city budget needs to be lengthened to a three-year budgeting cycle, instead of just one year. “I think from the standpoint of budgeting, what needs to be addressed is the city budget actually needs to get into a longer-term budgeting cycle,” Kulpinski said. “Right now, the city is only budgeting for 12 months at a time, and the city needs to move into a three-year budgeting process.” Another issue concerned increased fees and taxes and how they affect city businesses. When asked how to make Flagstaff more business friendly, Reilly said while fees and taxes do impact whether businesses come here, regulations play a larger role. “I do think fees and taxes have an [impact] on which businesses come here, although I think to a much lesser extent than to complications of the regulations themselves,” Reilly said. “I think we need to make it easier on small businesses in particular, to come here and to thrive in Flagstaff.” However, White said he believes fees and taxes are not synonymous, and that taxes are pertinent in making businesses thrive in Flagstaff. “I think that taxes are the purpose of spreading cost among the entire community, and fees are more specific to users,” White said. “Flagstaff ’s tax system is fairly low compared to the rest of Arizona. I think we do a better job welcoming tax towards bringing businesses in.” When asked his thoughts about cutting the city budget by 20 percent, Nabours said the size of the city staff needs to be reduced. “You have to start with the staff, and not to say we’re necessarily going to cut the staff 20 percent, but if you have to start there that’s a huge part of the city budget,” Nabours said. “To me, nothing is sacred in that city budget except police, fire, street and recreation.” White was hesitant to state where the cut would occur, but said he did not agree with Na-
bours that recreation should be exempt from cuts. “A 20 percent cut at this point in time, I think, would be devastating and very hard to come up with,” White said. “So, at this point in time, a serious cut would have to evolve in basic services and we would have to make a determination through public input as to what things you want the most: police, fire or forest. But I’m sorry Jerry; guess what, public recreation may be on the block.” The candidates did not hold back in pointing out others’ flaws in order to help their campaign. Reilly surprised the audience when he made remarks about decisions his opponents had made in the past emphasize himself as the right choice. “The difference between me, politicians and my opponents, is that I don’t say, ‘No’,” Reilly said. “My opponents: We have one who has been on the council for ten years and he’s been no friend of small business. One of my other opponents, he sued the city [because] he didn’t want to maintain the sidewalks; he switched parties just to run. Another one of my opponents ran the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) into a $5 million deficit.” Rick Mihalik, president of the Flagstaff Tea Party, said his organization is looking for someone who will stay firm on their promises and agrees with their views. “Based on the Tea Party, we look for candidates who are fiscally conservative [and] who watch where the tax dollars are going [to] make sure that we’re spending them wisely,” Mihalik said. “We look to hold people to their promises, what they tell us they’re going to do.” The Flagstaff Tea Party does not endorse any of the candidates or try to sway people to vote for one person over another. Mihalik said they are concerned about informing people to make the best decisions for themselves. “We’re about educating citizens and our members to learn for themselves; to learn about the candidates [and] make a judgment for themselves,” Mihalik said. “So we don’t tell them who to vote for. Our whole program at the Flagstaff Tea Party is education.”
for six weeks following the retreat. “The first retreat was [this past] weekend n the bottom floor of the du Bois Cen- and it went really well,” Campbell said. “One ter are a series of offices and classrooms [thing] that the whole staff is doing right now reserved for students in need of aca- is [filling] out a planner and then they reflect demic assistance. These rooms are filled with on what went really well, what were my perforinspirational posters, multiple rows of books mance barriers, resources could help me this and an unbelievable amount of snacks, all of week stay on track.” Campbelll said both options do require which are for the students enrolled in EPS 199. NAU’s “Back on Track” program teaches the same amount of work and can yield the students on academic probation valuable study same results. “It’s really about the probation mindhabits, as well as methods of preventing academic suspension. The one-credit class is eight set. Some people would rather address it on a weeks long and requires students to meet with weekly basis and do a little something at a time, their designated instructor, who is generally a or it may just fit their schedule better,” Campstudent as well, along with an Academic Suc- bell said. “Other students are a little bit resiscess Coach (ASC) who, if they would like, may tant to the reasons they may be on probation help them even after completing the course. It and so doing it in a weekend really helps them is intended for first year students who have a feel more empowered that they can do it; get the class over GPA below 1.8. AlI really believe that most with and have though students are those skills at not required to pareveryone who comes to and then ticipate, the univercollege has the potential to be once move forward sity highly encouras successful as they want to be from there.” ages it. For eight with their Daniel hours a day, Phillips, a doctoral undergraduate work. two days in a candidate study— Daniel Phillips row, students ing educational learn skills like time management, communipsychology with an emphasis in counseling, cation skills and the importance of their indiis one of the graduate assistants helping teach vidual strengths with the help of their peers and the class. He said he joined the program instructors. because he knows what it is like to be a strugPhillips described the retreat as a quick gling college student. “I started college much later than most way to learn the material and put it into students because going to college was a difficult practice. “The retreats are an opportunity to get decision for me to make,” Phillips said. “Once I decided to go to college I figured everything the coursework portion of the class out of the out on my own. I learned to adjust to the rig- way in one weekend,” Campbell said. “We ors of college reading and writing and I learned cover the same material that’s meant to facilihow to make use of both online and on-cam- tate academic success for students who may pus resources at the school I was at. This learn- have been placed on academic probation after ing process took a lot longer than it needed to having a difficult time with their classes. There and was frustrating at times. These transition are follow-up sessions for those who attend the classes at NAU speed up that learning process.” retreat, but they have the luxury of knocking Rebecca Campbell, the director of NAU out all of the assignments related to the class at Academic Transition Programs, said the pro- one time.” Phillips said the class is beneficial to those gram is growing exponentially. “Right now, we have almost tripled the whose GPAs have fallen below 1.8. “Based on my experiences, I think adnumber of students in the program since last year,” Campbell said. “So, we have over 200 stu- justing to college can be difficult for a variety of reasons and I like trying to help dents involved.” For the first time, the class is offering a se- students make that adjustment and be sucries of weekend-long retreats for students who cessful doing it,” Phillips said. “I really believe prefer to learn the eight weeks worth of strate- that most everyone who comes to college gies in a more concentrated approach. Howev- has the potential to be as successful as they er, they must continue to work with their ASC want to be with their undergraduate work,”
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Flagstaff: A Runner’s Paradise
Shenaya McManus, Air Force ROTC cadet, takes time to run on her usual route, the Urban Trail System. (Photo by Vanessa Marchena)
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n Flagstaff, the air can be cold or warm and the sun can be hidden or shining. However, one aspect remains constant: the elevation that has running enthusiasts and potential Olympians clamoring to call it their training grounds. In the January 2012 issue of Running Times magazine, Flagstaff was listed as one of the world’s best places for runners to train. According to local experts, utilizing Flagstaff as training grounds for Olympians and marathon runners has proved worthwhile. Mike Smith, coach and co-founder of Team Run Flagstaff, said Flagstaff provides a variety of local elevations making running a year-round possibility. “[Flagstaff] has certain aspects that blow away other cities,” Smith said. “There is amazing running at 9,000 feet and Sedona is just a quick drive down. Getting down fast is crucial in winter as snow can really hinder certain types of training.” Smith added the availability of indoor tracks appeals to many runners. Running Times lists April to September
as the best months for training in Flagstaff, California I have noticed a big improvement with temperatures averaging from 35-degree on my [performance] due to the fact that I lows in the spring to 81-degree highs through am stress-free when it comes to training. It’s the summer. hard to complain while training out here.” Diego Estrada, an NAU junior distance Vince Sherry, a Run Flagstaff employee, runner, said Flagstaff is nothing short of a said Flagstaff hosts runners of a broad range runner’s paradise. of skill levels. “Flagstaff “There’s people that I can’t think of a is hands-down have been running in town the best place to place I’d rather live as . . . for 50 years and there’s a runner than train as a distance people that just started runrunner,” Estrada said ning last week,” Sherry said. Flagstaff. in an email. “No oth“I think part of [there being — Mike Smith er place compares. a broad range of runners] is The conditions are because there’s a community ideal for the most part and the scenery makes that’s excited about doing it.” it easy to put in the miles.” Smith agreed and said Flagstaff is a town Estrada recently broke the one-mile re- that rallies around running and looks to concord of Lopez Lomong, an NAU alumnus. tinue to house running fans in the future. The mark is currently ranked by the NCAA “There are great organizations here in as second-best in the country. Estrada added town that allow people to build community Flagstaff has benefits over other locations through running,” Smith said. “Northern Arthat push athletes looking to reach the top of izona Trail Running Association, Team Run their game. Flagstaff and great organizations that help “I am convinced the environment takes a children like Girls on the Run and FitKids big toll on the runner’s performance,” Estrada [promote running]. I can’t think of a place I’d said. “Since I made the move from northern rather live as a runner than Flagstaff.”
Grand Canyon to stop selling bottles Gender Inclusive Housing to be introduced
BY BREE PURDY
ollowing three months of delay, the Grand Canyon National Park eliminated the sale of plastic bottles within the park on Feb. 6 in order to reduce waste within the park. The plan was originally postponed in November due to a lack of proper planning and conflicts with previously existing concession contracts, according to National Park Services (NPS) spokesman David Barna, who The Lumberjack spoke with in November. However, with proper preparation, the plan was resubmitted and approved in accordance with a recent policy. A press release from the NPS said the new policy directs parks to implement a recycling program for all plastic bottles and are given the option to eliminate all in-park sales of disposable plastic bottles with the approval of the parks director and an analysis of future costs.
Over 20 percent of the Grand Canyon’s waste can be contributed to plastic bottles. In an attempt to reduce this, the ban will eliminate the sale of water packaged in individual containers of less than one gallon. In order to meet the needs resulting from the ban, free water stations are available through the park for visitors to refill reusable water bottles. NPS Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels said in a press release he is optimistic of other parks following the Grand Canyon’s example. “Our parks should set the standard for resource protection and sustainability,” Wessels said. “Grand Canyon National Park has provided an excellent analysis of the impacts the elimination of bottled water would have and has developed a well-thought out plan for ensuring that the safety, needs and comfort of visitors continue to be met in the park.”
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n addition to new residence halls on campus, next fall NAU will be implimenting Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) in a Gabaldon wing. On the website for the new housing option, GIH’s purpose is defined as follows: “Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) at NAU focuses on creating an inclusive environment where students can live in the same room with any student - regardless of sex, gender, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.” Students who specifically sign up for GIH housing for next semester will have the opportunity to live with the gender they feel most comfortable with. Alicia Voytek, an associate director for Residence Life, said that over the years, various students have come to Residence Life seeking special help with housing issues related to gender. “We’ve really kind of hand-held those students, year to year, just based on what their individual needs were and tried to come up with the best accommodations,” Voytek said. “This housing allows a little bit more of an established program to meet needs without having to just individually try to make that work.”
Cynthia Anderson, senior associate director for Residence Life, said she does not expect problems with discrimination in the new program. “I think there’s a pretty welcoming and accepting ethos on our campus to begin with and so why would residential communities be any different?” Anderson said. “I also find our student body to be particularly capable of entering into dialogue with one another about ideas of difference.” Chris Perez, a senior public relations major, said he thinks establishing GIH will draw more people to NAU. “The opportunity to have that, I think, is going to make a lot of people want to live on campus,” Perez said. “I know as soon as I was done with my freshman year, I said, ‘I need to get off campus. That’s not the place for me. I need to be able to pick my own roommates [and] live with people that I can trust and that accept me’.” Perez said he learned at a People Respecting Individuals and Sexual Minorities (PRISM) meeting that GIH will be implimented in Gabaldon starting in the fall and thinks it is a good idea. “I feel like it’s a good place to kind of start it,” Perez said. “Gabaldon’s a very big dorm, so if they just do it in one wing, it’ll be kind of a test run to make sure it works out.”
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Komen backs into corner with Parenthood funding
he Susan G. Komen Foundation has come down with a case of toddler-itis frequently found in political arenas, employing the juvenile sentiment of “takesies-backsies” in its recent debacle with Planned Parenthood. The breast cancer charity announced earlier this past week its plans to pull breast cancer screening grants in the amount of $700,000 from Planned Parenthood, citing Planned Parenthood’s “under investigation” status in Congress as criteria for stopping funding, because the Komen Foundation had it written in their agency bylaws to not fund organizations under investigation. However, after a particularly vicious public outcry (which brought in over $3 million for the Planned Parenthood Breast Health Fund) the Komen Foundation has decided to reverse their decision and will continue to fund Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screening services. Political philandering, anyone? The Komen Foundation has an annual outreach budget of over $93 million. The budget is partially spent on those attractive and omnipresent pink breast cancer ribbons. This publicity is meant to bring in funding to support breast cancer knowledge, prevention, research and resources — such as the breast cancer screenings Planned Parenthood provides. So, when the public outcry began, the Komen Foundation soon backpedaled through their trail of threats. Despite stating Planned Parent-
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hood’s “under investigation” status as reason for cutting funding, the Komen Foundation, squirming under the harsh limelight, also stated Planned Parenthood’s lack of mammogram services as a reason for funding getting cut. Changing stories after public commotion? Sounds an awful lot like what we hear from the campaign trail. Of course, savvy citizens (or maybe even those with one eye open) understand the political context of the argument between the two women’s health giants: Planned Parenthood provides abortions. The Komen Foundation has
pressure from anti-abortion activists. How to appease those activists? Remove funding from Planned Parenthood — whose abortion services, by the way, only amount for 3 percent of their total services provided. However, 16 percent of their patient care is dedicated to cancer screenings and prevention, and they provided over 750,000 breast cancer screenings in the past year. Public clamor was not the only type of hullabaloo heard by the Komen Foundation. Michael Bloomberg, New York mayor, pledged $250,000 of his own money to Planned Parenthood.
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Numerous Komen Foundation affiliates voiced criticism against the foundation. A partner group in Aspen, Colo. declared it would ignore the Komen Foundation’s decree and continue funding its local Planned Parenthood chapter. Komen affiliates in California openly opposed the cut in funding. Reality check: public ridicule, partner shock and negative national media attention? Time to pull back. In a move to make Washington’s best (or is it worst?) proud, the Komen Foundation announced it would reverse their decision and continue funding
Planned Parenthood. In a statement from the Komen Foundation’s Board of Directors and Nancy G. Brinker, the company’s CEO and founder, they apologized to the American public “for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” also stating, “We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood.” Such political reasons seem to be the underlying motivation for initially cutting the funding, because after the nation’s true political bent appeared to be in favor of Planned Parenthood, the Komen Foundation reeled in their decision. Also in their statement, the organization said, “We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or [affected] by politics — anyone’s politics.” However, Planned Parenthood “looks forward to continuing [their] partnership with Komen partners, leaders, and volunteers and supporters.” Obviously, the Komen Foundation did not expect such a vicious outlash — perhaps they even desired increased support. Nevertheless, their pink ribbon has been tarnished by inserting political persuasions into a women’s health context. Abortion and breast cancer are not inherently related, and as such, should not be treated as such. This staff editorial was written by Copy Chief Maddie Friend on behalf of the staff
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Arpaio’s prison system corrupt Foreign language laws unacceptable
heriff Joseph M. Arpaio, known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff ” or better known as “Sheriff Joe,” is running for Maricopa County Sheriff once again. Arpaio is the type of candidate who is bad for some but good for others. He is famous for having his inmates wear pink underwear and pink handcuffs and continuing the old tradition of the NATASHA chain gang. He established a chain REEVES gang in which inmates are chained together and forced to do manual labor. This practice has contributed thousands of dollars to the community. Sheriff Joe also enforces taxsaving policies that reduce prices on food and amenities for the inmates. While Arpaio’s methods have done a lot of good for the community, they lack concern for the inmates. People may state inmates are criminals who don’t deserve luxuries such as coffee or movies, which Arpaio has banned from the jails. However, the inmates are still people and should
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be treated humanely. Not having coffee or movies is not necessarily considered inhumane; however, the jails under Arpaio’s jurisdiction serve extremely inexpensive meals and only serve their inmates two meals a day. Arpaio doesn’t even serve his inmates salt and pepper. The inmates also stay in tents, which is brutal during the hot summers. Prisons and jails are meant to correct people: That involves restrictions and some isolation. It is still up to the jails to help criminals to be better equipped to handle society and wearing pink handcuffs doesn’t exactly scream normality. In the past six years Arizona’s incarceration rate has gone up from 509 per 100,000 residents to an imprisonment rate of 580 per 100,000 residents. Arizona’s incarceration rate has been going up at a steady pace and Arpaio’s methods have not had any effect on these imprisonment numbers. Fifty-two percent of inmates return to prison after they have served their time; clearly Arpaio’s scare tactics have not influenced those specific prisoners. With half
our inmates returning to prison, our jails are training prisoners how to survive in the criminal world instead of rehabilitating them. The lifestyle in prisons reinforces the behaviors that got criminals into jail in the first place. Arpaio’s policies seem to be more focused on the community at large than on his inmates. For example, Arpaio has created a site where mug shots of inmates are posted. This is helpful when it comes to informing the public of who is in jail. The mug shots can also help the police get better leads on current investigations. The downside to this is some features of the mug shots allow users to vote for their “favorite” mug shot and there is always a mug shot of the day. Not only are those features degrading to the inmates, but if criminals are the least of your concern, think about how it is also degrading for the inmates’ families. It is great Arpaio has a concern for the community in general and he is determined to catch dangerous criminals, but it is also a sheriff ’s job to have concern for his inmates.
he New York Times, Washington Post, “CBS News” and others conducted polls early this year to measure Americans’ concerns and priorities for the upcoming presidential election. The most important issues — not surprisingly — are the economy and jobs. What is otherwise a satisfactory set of marketable skills loses its value in relative perspective; today’s dynamic, competitive and global economy is breedROLANDO ing grounds for aggressive social Darwinism. GARCIA College students feel the pressure to compete and react by double-majoring, taking on 19 credits per semester, juggling various extra-curricu lar activities and interning or traveling abroad, with the purpose of building a strong resumé and securing a future. The citizens of “the real world” already have a resumé, but also have far less tools to improve it with. To secure a future for themselves and their families, they must resort to means other than personal development. Americans enact policies which protect their privileges and secure their socioeconomic status. However, these protections can inhibit non-Americans’ abilities to acquire the scarce resource employment has become. For these reasons restrictive immigration policies make logical sense, and Americans are in their natural right by defending them. What makes no sense at all is Americans’ stubborn ethnocentrism and unwillingness to change in the name of patriotism and ungrounded nostalgia. These cognitive parasites have been nourished in states like Arizona by passing and enforcing laws that restrict students to “English only” communication in the classrooms. Who does this help, the foreigners (so they assimilate and become more competitive in this economy), or the Americans (so they have less to compete in the future)? Either reason is absurd, and helps neither, but hurts both. Mississippi presents a recent case in which this overall mentality is a problem: Vardaman Elementary is about to become Mississippi’s first predominantly Latino primary school and Principal Pamela Lee says a big concern for her is finding bilingual instructors. Why would a state have
to go through extra trouble to accommodate these “un-American” kids? It wouldn’t have to if the U.S. encouraged immigrants to preserve their diverse foreign languages instead of eliminating them completely in the name of what is rightfully American. Because brown does not mean illegal, many of these children have a constitutional right to an education, but cannot get a decent one, not because their parents failed to teach them English, but because the state failed to recognize and celebrate foreign languages decades ago. “Bilingual instruction isn’t valued, so teachers are not pursuing that credential,” said education researcher Megan Hopkins. “My work shows that likely, [as] we have fewer and fewer [bilingual instructors], that may not be a good thing for kids.” Hopkins, who studies at Northwestern University, says schools need Spanishspeaking educators to help create the next generation of bilingual doctors, executives and teachers. Children of minorities are not the only ones who benefit from a bilingual education. Spanish, French and Mandarin are no less important than English. The more languages a person is able to speak, the higher his or her competitive edge and likelihood to succeed in this economy. Florida’s Coral Way Elementary School took advantage of its Cuban immigrant population to benefit all. In one fourthgrade class, the reading assignments, science, math and social studies lessons are done entirely in Spanish. After lunch, classes switch to English. On the playground, you hear a mix. Through this method, immigrants learn English and assimilation, while the other children learn Spanish, become more tolerant to other cultures and accumulate tools for their future success. In an interconnected world, speaking more than one language is becoming increasingly common. Approximately one-fifth of Americans speak a non-English language at home, and globally, as many as two-thirds of children are brought up bilingual. Ethnocentrism is a shackle from which this country needs to break free. Americans may ignore alternative languages all they want, but foreigners, who are competing in this global economy over the same job, are not ignoring English.
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Mama Brewer scolds the president
veryone needs a good periodic scolding to bring down their inflating egos, especially when that person is one of the most powerful men on earth. The overly publicized image of Jan Brewer raising that not-somotherly scolding finger to President Obama this past Wednesday at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport could be taken as such an interaction. Then again, the idea of Brewer scolding the president is about as precious as a 5-year-old scolding his TOM mother over an empty box of BLANTON Cocoa Puffs. The picture was taken when Obama came to Arizona Jan. 25 to talk about his State of the Union speech, and decided he ought to confront the daft governor about her book, “Scorpions for Breakfast,” which subjectively describes her meeting with the president two years prior. Obama recalls the incident as “a cordial discussion in the Oval Office.” Brewer, however, depicts things a little differently in the book. “It was as though President Obama thought he would lecture me and I would learn at his knee,” Brewer recalled. “He was patroniz-
ing.” He was patronizing, Jan? Ho, Ho! She’s the one giving out “naughty, naughties” to the Commander in Chief of America, and she thinks the smooth-talking, debonair President is patronizing. It’s almost hard to blame him for walking away from her mid-sentence. No one will ever know exactly what happened during that meeting two years ago, and it’s irrelevant in the course of things. Brewer emphasized with her bony finger that she’s either a disrespectful hothead, or that, as is more likely, her unquenchable craving for media attention got the best of her yet again. “I’ve always been kind of animated,” Brewer said. Then talk to the South Park boys, where you can be properly depicted through animation. Is it a coincidence that the day after the finger shaking her book soared up the Amazon charts more gracefully than the Lord of the Eagles on his way to the Lonely Mountain? It most certainly is not. Nothing against the governor personally, but that a book she wrote describing her take on border security, federalism and the “liberal media” should climb from the hundreds to the top 10 on the Amazon best sellers list without the help of an extreme amount of publicity is almost as daft as Jack. As an example of Brewer’s throwing more gasoline on the publicity fire the
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picture generated, she thought it a good idea to release a copy of the note she handed to Obama before the picture was taken. “We both love this great country,” she quipped on the paper, “but we fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again.” Sounds like the Governor has been doing her homework. Brewer even went as far as to post the picture that created all this hoopla on her political action committee website, Jan PAC, in an attempt to help her future re-election campaign. There have been multiple suggestions as to what was being discussed during the shot, but perhaps the nuttiest one comes courtesy of Brewer. According to her, she was humbly reminding the President that he has “ONE more year,” going on to state her belief, “the president needs to be reminded that he is the president of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC and not a KING lording over state governors.” Well said, Jan. Yet with the upcoming election this fall, I’m sure this knowledge is very real to Obama & friends. Regardless of Brewer’s undermining of her superior with a well-manicured finger, it’s no new knowledge the two disagree. Brewer’s passion is what this country needs, but not if she’s going to be the Helga Pataki of the U.S. politics.
Cornel West inspires NAU
his past Thursday night, Cornel West, renowned contemporary philosopher and author, gave his presentation, “Education as a Human Right,” in Ardrey Auditorium. West addressed his audience in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, connecting education to acting upon the injustices we see in our everyday lives. West wowed the audience with his incredible insight as to what a true education is. Education is far more involved than merely showing up to class and writing papers. He began by quoting Plato’s Apology, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He also discussed the impact education should have on the soul. Education is a blessing and a priviAMANDA lege far too many people take for granted. HORNER With government treating education as an asset and not an invaluable part of one’s being, education has slipped down on our priorities, and it is no surprise at all. True education hardly plays a role in our culture. Education is not synonymous with money, status or respect; it is discovering one’s passions and following them through. According to West, it is not conforming to indifference. It is distressing in a university setting, where people are paying thousands and thousands of dollars to study, many still interchange schooling with education. How many times has one overheard something along the lines of, “Man, I’m so sick of school. I just want to get my degree and be done.” It is this kind of thinking which prevents one from reaching their fullest potential. Consider what it means to be human. As West prescribes, the answer can’t be found in four years of taking various history or business courses. Education involves being retrospective and self-critical while also using your power to take a stand against injustice. It is not a one-size-fits all pair of pants: It is a beautiful opportunity that must be used to benefit human kind, with each person using their own aptitudes to do so. Among the most underprivileged and abused groups of individuals are those who have limited access to an education. The responsibility to end injustice and prejudice rests on the shoulders of those privileged with opportunity. This is what it means to be human; this is what should direct our strife and mold our education. As West so eloquently said, “We should not be adjusted to injustice.” In addition to seeking equality and improving the state of our human condition, education is an instrument that empowers us to fulfill our goals. Without education, we are slaves to the educated. Now is the time to change attitudes toward education and take it off the back burner. It begins with the ones in school. It is our very future. If nobody cares to change the course on which we are on, who will? Think about it.
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iPad against the machine
BY JUSTIN REGAN
f you were to run into someone with an iPad a couple years back, you would probably instantly judge them as some Rockefeller-type who had nothing better to do with their life but to buy pointless things and show it off to the commoners. However, iPad users continue to grow in number each day, especially in the student demographic. Despite this steady increase of followers, it all boils down to the simple question of, “Is this overgrown iPhone really practical?” While this question might be in most people’s minds, the answer is an easy “yes” to all those who have an iPad. “I use [my iPad] for a couple of different things,” says sophomore exercise science major Hezekiah O’Neal. “When I’m in class, I can download my lecture notes and actually kind of be ahead of the professor. It’s also really convenient taking notes from the iPad instead of a computer. I can record the professor in whatever he/she’s doing, so it’s really helpful.” O’Neal went on to mention how you can write anywhere on the note document, allowing for use of side notes. The iPad appears to have simplified the note taking process for the better, which can help a student get more out of a lecture. The iPad can be more of an academic tool than just a way to play Fruit Ninja
in class; it can also play a vital role in helping a student with a usually overlooked necessity: organization. “I have [my iPad] with me all the time – it’s like my planner,” says junior merchandising major Victoria Sanchez. “I constantly put all my stuff on it, [and] it’s the first time I ever used a calendar, so it helps compared to writing or a laptop because you’re not looking at it constantly.” Sanchez tried to use conventional paper planners in the past to keep track of her busy life, but it never worked too well. Things have changed now that she has an iPad to assemble everything for her in one convenient location. “It has a place where I can put where all my classes are and what time they are,” Sanchez says. “No other appointment can go in there because it will tell me that I already have class or another appointment.” Along with making life more manageable, the iPad has also found a niche for avid readers. “I use it to read The New York Times, which I try to keep up on,” says senior journalism major Alexa Dumity. “I have a plan through a library in Scottsdale where I can download library books, so I read a lot, which is so great.” Even though the iPad has found a calling at the university level, it still has not com-
AJ Schmidt, a freshmen forestry major, checks BBLearn on his iPad. (Photos by Mary Willson)
pletely trumped the laptop as the one and only device a student needs for school. “It’s definitely more portable and I don’t take my computer with me as much,” Dumity says. “But when I’m typing out papers or when I need to do stuff like PowerPoint, I definitely need an actual computer. As far as image uploading goes, I need a computer for that. So there is a necessity for a computer as well.” Although the iPad has more evolving to do before it can kill the computer once and for all (at least on a practical level), it has already surpassed the laptop in terms of convenience. “It’s not like a laptop,” O’Neal says. “When I’m in my dorm, instead of having to turn on my computer, wait for it to load, type in the password [and] look for the document, I can just have the iPad right next to me, press one button, swipe it and my notes are right there – so I guess it’s really convenient when I need my notes right away or if I want to study someplace without plugging something in.” Students aren’t the only people finding a use for the iPad; it has also made a big impact in the professional scene, especially in the field of photojournalism. “Often times many photojournalists and photographers are publishing iPad apps of their work,” says photojournalism instructor Laura Camden. “Opposed to book publishing
because it’s cheaper and you can reach a far greater audience, and the resolution is amazing.” This new style of publishing has gotten so popular that it has actually led to several communication professors collaborating in a class that revolves around this. Camden’s photojournalism class has teamed up with Peter Friederici’s journalism capstone class to cover stories on the Verde Valley. These stories and photos are going to be formatted into a magazine style iPad app. The crossover continues with the app being formatted by Ben Kirkby’s visual communication class. The app is being modeled after Once Magazine, which Camden claims is “almost like National Geographic for the iPad.” Needless to say, Camden is enthusiastic for how the iPad can and probably will change the face of education. “I think we are going to continue to see implementing more and more of this technology in our classes as it comes,” Camden says. “It’s really exciting from my perspective because my students have a whole other platform to jump off of to showcase their stuff.” With growing support from professors, the universe of the iPad looks to be marching closer and closer towards us. What was once deemed as a rich person’s plaything is becoming a vital tool in the education system.
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Life Deconstructing the engineering student myth
Nicole Hicks and Sean Zimmerman, environmental science majors, work in the soils lab measuring soil suitable for building. (Photo by Mary Willson)
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Freshmen engineering student Rick Michels balances his schoolwork along with his social life, obligations to his fraternity, playing music and shredding the gnar. All of that has to come after engineering though, Michels says. “I have to pay serious attention to my planner,” Michels says. “Engineering takes up a lot of my time, so I try to get all of that done in my free time during the week so I can hang out with friends and go out during the weekend.” Luckily for Michels, there’s a good amount of overlap in his engineering and social life. He, like many other engineering students, chose to live in Reilly his freshman year. This crossover of friends and classmates can be beneficial to the future engineers. Junior engineering student Jay Pearson has spent the past three years with his fellow engineers and has experienced the stigma that
goes along with his major. Pearson admits he apply what they are learning and turn equadoes have to put a lot of work into his school, tions into something more. Students get a but he says engineering students have a “work chance to use their engineering skills as early hard and play harder” mentality. as their first semester. “I can’t tell you how many people chalk up Obviously, as the students get older, the being an engineer to just having no life, being work gets harder. Even so, engineering does pretty nerdy and socialnot lose its appeal. ly awkward,” Pearson The majority of us are Real-life scenarios says. “There are people just normal college kids seem to be among the I know that fit that bill getting popular because through school most pretty well, but the mathe engineering stuhoping to be successful. dents understand they jority of us are just nor— Jay Pearso mal college kids getting are being prepared for through school hoping what is ahead of them. to be successful.” Pearson says one of his favorite experiences in That being said, NAU’s engineering stu- engineering was also one of the most challengdents aren’t always rushing out of class or ing. dreading every SolidWorks assignment. Many “I would have to say the second-year deof them truly enjoy what they are doing and sign course was one of the best things I have are excited about the future. The engineering done in engineering,” Pearson says. “It was a department is showing these students how to taste of how engineers deal with the massive
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workload in [the] industry. The end product was a lot of late nights at the engineering building, a lot of inside jokes and many moments where you would just beat your head on the table to figure out what was going wrong with the project.” These engineers are planning to use these experiences to enter several varying and exciting career fields. Pearson intends to become a flight test pilot for the Air Force. He says he wants to fly experimental aircraft and “work out all the kinks” before the planes are finalized. To be qualified for the position he must be fighter jet rated and have a technical degree in engineering. Michels is interested in working in the Department of Defense. No matter the career path, engineering students at NAU are certainly preparing for the challenges ahead – but not forgetting to have some fun along the way.
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Appleton Editor’s Note: On a regular basis, Emily will be dissecting the eccentricities of human behavior from a psychological perspective and query various resources to solicit appropriate answers. Emily will attempt to shed light on the mental processes of our minds and how our thoughts affect our actions and ultimately, our society. For her first entry, Emily discusses the spectrum that spans between introversion and extroversion.
he answer to whether you are an introvert or an extrovert lies in where you expend your energy. If you generally feel drained by social situations and stimulated by being alone, you are most likely an introvert. Introverts require time alone daily and enjoy talking intimately about ideas and feelings. An introvert’s nature is usually mistaken for being shy, or unsocial; some introverts are able to socialize with ease but would rather not. Another tendency of introverts is an avoidance of small talk, which can be mistaken for apathy. People who know an introvert may feel like getting this person to attend a social gathering is as difficult as pulling teeth. Our culture tends to consider this person standoffish, or even rude. Introverts usually find being around other people for long bouts of time to be exhausting. Introverts make up about 25 percent of the population. They are easily able to understand extroverts, but extroverts have a very difficult time making sense of why some people enjoy being by themselves. Most extroverts believe that their presence will always be greeted with open arms; but sometimes introverts just want to be alone to recuperate from social outings. From a physiological perspective, introverted people understand information differently than non-introverts as shown by recent results of brain scan imaging. In American society, there is a stigma placed on introverts, made worse by their underrepresentation. Perhaps the stigma exists because America was founded on the
premise of “the American Dream” in which “making it” depended on a person’s go-get‘em attitude. This attitude typically belongs to people who exhibit an extroverted personality. Because most of the people in the country are extroverted, the people in the esteemed positions in our society who influence the way the rest of us live, are almost exclusively extroverts. If introverts ran the show, however, then our world would be much more harmonious. Being extroverted is the default way of being in our society, where words like vibrant, confident and happy are used to describe this portion of the population, but words like loner and reserved are used to describe the other 25 percent of the population. We are taught to think lulls in conversation are awkward and uncomfortable and we should fill the silence with anything we can think of. Ironically, it seems that learning to accept the silence and privacy of an introvert can help both parties communicate better. So, instead of dominating this minority population, we should embrace their calculated thoughts and vigilant ways of acting on a crisis. According to Psychology Today magazine, there are a few myths about introverted people. The first is being introverted is a negative quality when in actuality, introverted people are better at staying motivated longer and at choosing their words carefully. Another myth is introverts do not make productive leaders. However, there are many introverts who are famous for their leadership abilities, such as Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Bill Gates. Introverts may even make better leaders because of their careful consideration over an issue, not to mention their lack of impulsiveness. Our culture asks children constantly participate in the classroom, be skilled in public speaking and be incessantly networking. This partiality toward extroversion may be leaving the introverts’ talents untapped, and may be harming us all in the long run by misdirecting introverts’ energy.
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The Study Factor On the go, in odd places, or not at all
it was spent distracted. “My sister actually changed t’s a day before the big test my password for finals week,” Neland you have just decided to son says. “She’s like, ‘You’re not crack open your books and getting on Facebook ever.’ Even get started on studying. We have having my computer and texting, all been there, trying to focus on [are] big [distractions]. I think studying but you just can’t. Some back about high school and like students may study better in the studying during lunch a couple library or at home in their room, minutes before a test.” Some students have had their but some of us focus better in the fair share of unusual study sesmost unusual places of all. “I don’t do a lot of studying, sions, like Ceara Gross, a freshso the weirdest place I’ve probably man anthropology major. She says studied was on the shuttle back sometimes the people around you from Phoenix, like a couple days drive you to study in the most before finals, too,” says sopho- awkward places. She took matters more electronic media and film into her own hands and studied in major Elizabeth Nelson. “I don’t her closet. “I realized that a whole bunch really like to study in one place of people were in my house and I because I just get distracted.” A study from Follett Higher couldn’t concentrate,” Gross says. Education Group says, “62 per- “At the time, I was sharing my cent of students begin studying room with my little sister, so she had her friends just a few days before the big I don’t really like to in there and there nowhere else test.” So, we study in one place was to study. So I felt can assume we because I just get like, hey, awkward are all guilty moment, but mayat one point distracted. be I’ll get some or another. — Elizabeth Nelson studying done in Another study [the closet].” learned from You can kill two birds with the Follett Higher Education Group also pointed out “students one stone while studying, says in the West are more likely than graduate student Rachelle Imlay, other students nationwide to say who studies on a Stairmaster most they have studied at a late night days. A growing trend around camrestaurant or bar.” Nelson feels studying in one pus is the connection between place for an extended period, like technology and studying. You can the library, is where she is most buy books to read online and read easily distracted. She used to them on your iPad, cell phones spend sometimes eight hours in and computers. The sales world is really the library at a time, and much of
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pushing for people to buy smart phones and tablets, and corresponding apps that help with everyday life. Students are seen everywhere utilizing this form of technology, whether they are on the bus, walking to class, in the bathroom or in the gym. The real question remains: Is this technology really helping students focus or are we just inventing more ways to sidetrack us from our studying? Gross says she feels the way people use technology for school can be both good and bad. “Technology can be a pro and a con of how people study because mainly, people call it studying, but pretty much all they are doing might be copying and pasting, and they are not learning anything,” Gross says. “But if you use technology the way you are supposed to and actually look up things to see if you are actually right or just to get more information then I would call it studying.” Amy Armstrong, a junior biology major, says technology plays a huge role in her class curriculum. “A lot of my classes [require you] to access the computer for them, so you have to be somewhere that there is Internet, mostly for a lot of the studying,” Armstrong said. Whether you like to study the old-fashioned way with books and a notepad or with some sort of technology, students will always find strange places to study. Who knows the sort of places we’ll be studying 20 years from now with technology evolving even further.
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SportsReport Men’s basketball losing skid hits 11
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nd the beat keeps on rolling for the NAU men’s basketball team. The Lumberjacks lost their tenth and eleventh consecutive games, falling to the Portland State (PSU) Vikings and the Eastern Washington (EWU) Eagles by scores of 76-65 and 7468, respectively. In Saturday’s contest against PSU, the Jacks hung around with the Vikings early and the two squads were tied at 20-20 with around eight minutes to play in the first. But from there, PSU surged ahead with a 17-2 run and went into halftime with a 15-point advantage. “We battled; we did some good things,” said interim head coach Dave Brown. “First half, we had some mental lapses. [PSU] had a surge for five or six minutes that we didn’t stop and we went to sleep.” After the intermission, the Jacks and Vikings traded buckets, maintaining a steady pace while the Vikings kept their double-digit advantage. However, the Lumberjacks broke out their fullcourt press to try and get the ball rolling in their favor. With the adjustment, the Jacks closed the gap to eight, but that was as close they would get. PSU got 15 points down the stretch from Charles Odum, sealing the deal. “We fought hard the whole game and I was really pleased with my team’s effort,” said junior guard Michael Dunn, who finished with 11 points and seven boards. “It just seemed that we couldn’t get over that hump. Overall, [I am] pleased with the effort but you’re never satisfied with the loss.” NAU was playing without leading rebounder, senior forward Durrell Norman, out with back spasms, and junior forward Max Jacobsen, who was held out of his fourth straight game with a back ailment of his own. This allowed the Vikings see MEN’S page 25
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NAU LEAPS ASU, UA
Froidmont lands No. 1 time in Big Sky, Lumberjacks continue to impress
Freshman hurdler Deante Kemper (left) clears a hurdle during his race at the NAU Open. Kemper finshed third with a time of 8.3 seconds. (Photo by Garry Hart)
BY ALLI JENNEY
he NAU track and field team hosted the NAU Open this past Saturday, its third home meet of the season. The tournament was a smaller meet, but featured some bigger-name schools, such as UA and ASU, and proved anything but intimidating for the Lumberjacks, as freshmen inspired and veterans led. Although there were no team scores recorded during the meet, NAU faired well against ASU and UA in numerous marks. Belgium native and red-shirt junior Armaud Froidmont sprinted the men’s 400-meter dash in 46.82 seconds, earning him the No.1 time in the Big Sky Conference (BSC), the ninth-ranked mark in the nation and a new personal best. “I was scared. It’s been a while since I’ve run a 400,” Froidmont said. “And then, during the race I didn’t think about anything at all. I was just in the zone. I don’t think I’ve ever been that much in the zone. I knew every time what I should do.” Not too long after this feat, Froidmont ran anchor for the men’s 4x400 meter relay along with red-shirt senior Dennis Givens, freshman Dai’Tyevon McFadden and sophomore Adel al Nasser, notching yet another win for the Lumber-
jacks with a time of 3:10.74. “Finishing off with the 4x4, running 3:10 up here and beating [ASU] that just ran 3:09 last week has got to be a biggest highlight,” said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Eric Heins. Veteran runners on the men’s squad contributed to NAU’s success at the Open. Junior sprinter Mile Di Sabella ran a time of 21.87 in the 200-meter dash to secure a conference qualifier slot. Givens followed Di Sabella with a time of 21.91. Givens, who sat the past two seasons due to two knee surgeries, is back competing this season. “Dennis Givens, again, the guy underwent two knee surgeries, he’s back here and it’s just awesome to see him running the way he is,” Heins said. “That’s got to really be one of the highlights for me to see him. He’s one of those guys who’s been here as long as I have, and to see him go through those two years and not being able to run and now he’s contributing the way he is, is pretty awesome.” Red-shirt senior throwers Pascal Tang and Karl Gehrke displayed dominance in the weight throw. Tang won the competition with a distance see TRACK page 26
Junior jumper Frederick Scarber finished third in the men’s high jump, jumping 1.98 meters and claiming third place at the NAU Open. (Photo by Garry Hart)
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Jack Chat Kristy Ardavanis with
Interview by Raymond Reid
he Lumberjack sat down with junior diver Kristy Ardavanis, a two-time first and second team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) performer, as well as an All-WAC Academic Selection. The Gilbert native is currently ranked No.1 on the diving team in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving posting scores of 308.70 and 326.75. The Lumberjack: Qdoba or Chipotle? Kristy Ardavanis: Qdoba. All the way. LJ: If you could have one superpower what would it be and why? KA: I would like to fly. I’m an adrenaline junkie, so to be able to fly around everywhere would be super cool. LJ: Speaking of superheroes, who is your favorite superhero or villain? KA: That’s a hard one. Probably Spiderman. He has some pretty cool skills; he gets to climb on roofs and stuff. LJ: What song best describes you? KA: That’s hard. Let me think. I really like “Claire de Lune” by Claude Debussy. It’s a classical song. LJ: Is there a meet or moment that stands out most in your career, one that you remember more than any other? KA: There’s a couple meets where winning and breaking my own personal records meant a lot. It just feels really good to know
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that you did a good job, and to have that satisfaction and accomplishment that you met your goals. LJ: Who are some your favorite athletes? KA: For diving, Laura Wilkinson. She went through a lot of injuries and went to the Olympics, and stepped it up and got the gold medal. She’s an inspirational diver for a lot of divers out there. LJ: Do you have any pre-meet rituals? Are there any routines that you go through? KA: I always listen to my same two or three songs; dance, act really goofy and get in the right mood to have fun and let all my nervousness go. LJ: What are some of your plans after college? KA: After college, I would like to get into acrobatics and trapeze. Join the circus; do something with that for a little while. After a couple years, my body will probably be done and I’d like to do some personal training, and open my own gym and train athletes. LJ: If you could describe your experience at NAU as both a student and athlete in 10 words or less what would you say? KA: “Totally worth it, and I would never take it back!”
Stay tuned for next week’s Jack Chat with NAU junior guard Michael Dunn as he sits down with The Lumberjack’s Brett Murdock to talk about Twitter and more.
Freshman guard James Douglas takes a breather at the free throw line during NAU’s 76–65 loss to Portland State. (Photo by Andrew Conte) from MEN’S page 22
to go to work in the paint, overwhelming a thin Jacks’ front line and getting easy looks close to the tin. “We let ourselves down and got in a little hole and couldn’t get out of it,” said freshman forward Gaellan Bewernick. “I took it upon myself I needed to step up; crashing the glass and being the old me I used to be now that Durrell is gone.” Two nights earlier, the Jacks fell into the cellar of the Big Sky Conference standings by losing to EWU. NAU jumped out to the early 15-6 lead, looking for their spots and playing aggressively. The Eagles fought back to tie it and the two sides went back and forth offensively. Junior forward Ephraim Ekanem gave the Jacks the 32-29 halftime lead with a buzzer-beating dunk. Coming out of the break, NAU pushed its lead to 39-30 and the streak looked in danger of being snapped. EWU slowly crawled back, despite being consistently
whistled for fouls. However, NAU was not able to capitalize at the line when it mattered, making only 18 of 28 attempts from the stripe. That allowed the Eagles to hang around and eventually take an eight-point lead with just a minute to play, essentially ending the contest. “Losing is what it is,” Brown said. “We’re real proud of the effort they put forth. We broke down a little bit with some things in the second half and let things bother us. You can’t do that and you’ve got to stay focused.” The Lumberjacks now look to break their losing streak tonight when they take on conference powerhouse Weber State at 6:35 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center. Weber State is led by the nation’s top-scorer Damian Lillard, who averages 25.5 points per game with a 48.4 percent shooting average “I think we can get them,” Bewernick said. “We played them tough at their home and we had them. At home, we’re a tough team and everybody knows that now.”
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Ice Jacks end regular season with blow-out and tie
The NAU Ice Jacks demolished the BYU Cougars 11-1 and tied the No. 2 Utah State Aggies 8-8 to end the regular season No. 6 ranking in the West Region. (Photo by Daniel Daw)
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of 19.08 meters, and Gehrke guaranteed himself a conference qualifier with a throw of 17.26 m. Tang also competed in the men’s 60-meter dash for the first time in his career and finished with a time of 7.66. “That was a lot of fun,” Tang said. “I actually thought I could run faster than that, but [for] never training or anything, either way I can say I ran 60 meters in college.” Sophomore mid-distance runner Caleb Potts improved his time by two seconds in the 800-meter dash from the past weekend’s Mountain T’s Invitational coming in at 1:54.39. Freshman Deante Kemper jumped over seven feet this weekend, but fell shy of first place, coming in second to ASU sophomore standout Bryan McBride, who increased his career-best height in the high jump to 7-3. In the shot put pit, red-shirt freshman Gus Margiotta also increased his mark of last week, throwing 16.39 meters. Red-shirt senior Nicole Elliot landed herself not only the win, but also a new personal best in the weight throw with a distance of 19.19 meters. “Coming in I was a little anxious, I guess, just because I’m really trying to get to nationals,” Elliot said. “But I had good two practices Monday and Tuesday and warm ups felt good, and then it just sort of clicked.”
Sophomore high jumper Lauren Laszczak placed first with a height of 1.62 meters. The Lumberjacks swept the 800-meter run with sophomore Carissa Gwerder, freshman Shayla Freeman and red-shirt senior Jackie Shea coming in with times of 2:19.11, 2:21.15 and 2:21.84, respectively. Freshman Darriel Banks impressed with veteran-like performances in the sprints. Banks’ times resulted in 7.56 in the 60-meter dash and 24.77 in the 200-meter dash. Senior Rashida McKinnon notched a notable mark in the 60-meter with a time of 8.01. “Rashida McKinnon, competing the way she [did] today was awesome,” Heins said. “It really is a testament to her because it’s her fourth year and looking like she’s going to have her best year ever, and hopefully finish off her season the way she’s going right now is going to be great for her to finish off her career on a high note.” The Lumberjacks distance runners will head to Seattle for the Husky Classic on Feb. 10 and 11, while the rest of the team hosts its fourth consecutive home meet in the Walkup Skydome on Feb. 11 for the NAU Invitational. “We’ll take some of the distance runners to Seattle so that they can mix it up at sea level. By going to Seattle, one, it gives them a chance to get into a bigger meet where there’s more people around, to kind of get out of that comfort zone where they’re some of the top runners,” Heins said.
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BY MATT ESAENA
he newly ranked No. 6 NAU Ice Jacks ventured to Utah this past weekend for a two-game road trip and scored a total of 19 goals as they dropped Brigham Young University (BYU) 11–1 Friday, and Saturday tied the No. 2 Utah State University Aggies 8–8. Utah State has not lost or tied at home since the 09-’10 season. The Aggies play in the Eccles Ice Arena in Logan, Utah, which holds 3,000 spectators. The Ice Jacks tied with the odds against them. Junior forward Michael Farnham, a topliner for NAU with 18 points on the season, was held out of the lineup due to being hit by the flu hours before the game. Sophomore goalie James Korte, who is 3–1 in his last four starts, started the game in net for NAU but had to be subbed out of the game after suffering a cut above his right eye. Junior goaltender Quinn Mason took over in between the pipes for the Jacks, and stopped 28 Aggie shots. The stats heading into this game favored Utah, but NAU kept up in the fast-paced game, matching the Aggies in every period as both clubs
scored three goals in the first period, four in the second frame and one goal apiece in the final period. In non-divisional games in the American Colligate Hockey Association (ACHA), the home team decides if the game will be extended in case of a overtime game. In a shootout after a five-minute sudden death overtime period, the Aggies coaching staff opted not to go into the tiebreaker with NAU after ending regulation knotted at eight. “Utah was a big game for us,” said assistant coach Travis Johanson. “We played in front of 2,200 plus and did something not no one has done in two seasons.” Junior forward Taylor Dustin and sophomore forwards Greg Park and Zach Fader each tallied three points to lead the Ice Jacks’ offensive attack. Sophomore defenseman Liam Ayoub led the team in the plus/minus column, ending the night at plus two, and sophomore forward Ryan Greenspan capitalized on a power-play to improve NAU’s special-teams numbers. See the rest of the article at NORTHERNARIZONANEWS.COM
Senior hurdler Jenne Childs races at the NAU Open on Feb. 4. Childs finished fifth with a time of 8.79 seconds. (Photo by Garry Hart)
freshman band on the rise Flight of Ryan hopes to increase their Flagstaff audience through live performances and album releases. (Photo by Rose Clement)
BY ALLISON WEINTRAUB
t is no surprise many rock bands begin their journey in college. With the right mix of ambition, talent and a little luck, groups formed in college such as R.E.M., Radiohead and Queen went on to make it big and sell millions of records. However, for the local band Flight of Ryan, at least for the time being, it is all about doing what they love: writing and playing music. The alternative rock group formed in the beginning of 2010 in Phoenix and consisted of NAU freshman advertising major Danny Pabst (lead guitar), freshman biomedical science major Mike Amorosi (bass/vocals) and freshman business major Anthony Wallace (drums). Pabst,
Amorosi and Wallace have been together since the beginning and recent addition Sam Voas, a freshman with an undeclared major, (guitar/vocals) joined several weeks ago. “We went to the same high school, but we didn’t really hang out,” Wallace said. “One day we did and we discovered that we all play instruments. We decided to play together and it just continued on from there.” Initially the group was unable to agree on a name, but as they progressed they saw a need to come up with a title. The inspiration behind the band’s eventual moniker came from an unusual source. “It came time for our first show and we needed to think of a band name,” Pabst said. “We
used to go on these train tracks that cut through a street called Ryan in the middle of nowhere. It made this ramp and if you go fast enough, you go off the train tracks and catch air. It was super dangerous and it pretty much broke Anthony’s car. So I said, what about something like ‘Flight of Ryan?’ It was cool and it just stuck.” Flight of Ryan started off slow, playing several sporadic shows in the Phoenix area. In January 2011, they played at a charity event alongside The Maine, an alternative rock group from Tempe. “That was probably our most notable show,” Amorosi said. Flight of Ryan’s major influences are Jimmy see RYAN page 29
BY EMMA CHANGOSE
lagstaff chocolate lovers will gather Feb. 11 for the 10th annual Festival of Chocolate, an event hosted by New Frontiers Natural Marketplace. The festival will take place from 1-4 p.m. “It’s basically free chocolate,” said Priya Drews, the marketing manager of New Frontiers. “We serve chocolate bars, chocolate brownies, chocolate shakes, pretty much anything chocolate. We will have a chocolate fountain that you can dip bananas and strawberries in, and it’s all free.” Donated by New Frontier’s vendors, the chocolate is prepared in various ways by the staff for customers to enjoy. Drews advises her staff to eat a good, hearty breakfast the day of the event because working with the chocolate can be quite powerful. “The aroma of chocolate is so heavy that you really do get a sugar high even if you don’t eat it,” Drews said. Although the store is maintaining normal operating hours, Drews is amazed that people actually shop during the festival because the aisles are so crowded with chocolate tasting. “Each year is always a big turnout,” Drews said. “I think last year we had over 600 people come to the event.” Drews encourages festival-goers to be courteous and park in the designated areas in front of New Frontiers, so that Wildflower Bread Company is not inconvenienced. There will be traffic directors in the parking lot to guide drivers. The Festival of Chocolate is put on every year by New Frontiers as an appreciation to shoppers who keep the store in business. “We do this as a thank you for our customers who have been so loyal throughout the year,” Drew said. “It’s really nice seeing everyone’s happy faces. They can have this huge selection of chocolate and just get full. They can get really full.”
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ince forming in 2009, the punk-rock duo Just Animals has been playing shows all over Arizona. Consisting of guitarist Tyler Maheu and drummer Wade Radzinski, Just Animals has performed in numerous local Flagstaff venues including Cinnabar, White Dove, Sundara and Taala Hooghan Infoshop. They’ve formed a tight-knit relationship with popular Flagstaff mainstays Them Savages, and have performed alongside them many times. The Lumberjack was able to secure an interview with Just Animals and chat with them about their creative process, humble origins and why they feel they don’t need a bassist. (Photo by Chris Chappell)
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The Lumberjack (LJ): How did Just Animals originally form? Take me through the story. Wade Radzinski (WR): Shortly after moving to Prescott we both got involved with a recreational inline hockey league. Tyler Maheu (TM): Wade has a Thursday Dove tattoo on his leg that I saw in the locker room and I automatically liked him. WR: So there was no question we were gonna be friends, so right away from day one we just started moving forward together. TM: We did an open-mic where we played some songs individually and I played an original. Wade liked it, so we started talking about playing it together. I had some other songs and so we just started jamming on those ideas. We accidentally got our first show and then we just kept it going after that.” LJ: How did you guys come up with your name? Any certain inspiration or story behind it? WR: The name kinda came up like our song ideas do. We were just conversing about our observations that we see walking through life. TM: A lot of our content comes from social issues and our takes on humanity and the name happened the same way. LJ: Why don’t you guys buy into the antiquated notion a bass player is required? WR: The band started because of the fact that Tyler and I were able to produce something that we enjoyed. By adding a third person there’s a possibility of affecting that creative vibe in a negative way. We’re open to a bass player, however, that person needs to have the qualities that not only progress the sound but also the relationship we share. TM: We have played with a bass player before and we discuss it every now and then, but so far we’ve been the best as just the two of us and don’t really feel any need to change anything. LJ: When was your first gig as a band? Where did you play and how did it go? TM: We fell into our first show. We were at a bar and talking about the music we were making and someone who booked shows at that bar happened to overhear. He took my information and called a few days later asking us to fill an hour slot. I laughed. We still try not to play hour-long sets. We agreed on 45 minutes. We didn’t have 45 minutes of material. WR: I think it went pretty well. There wasn’t a great turn-out so the pressure wasn’t too much. We played a couple of cover songs by Against Me! and Thrice.
TM: [laughing] Thrice. WR: The big finale was a brand new song we were excited to play after we got through the cover songs . . . I broke a drum head (TM: The kick drum!) and so that sucked. But other than that it was good. LJ: What is your favorite part about performing live? TM: We have played to lots of empty rooms and lots of not-so-empty rooms and it’s just always nice when people who have never seen or heard of us can get into it. We play really hard and so if anyone else can enjoy it as much as we are I feel like it’s a good night. WR: It’s kind of along the same lines as what Tyler said, but every now and then I come across a kid who reminds me of myself. I can specifically remember going to shows and being so genuinely passionate about the music and was excited to have been a part of that specific show, and when I meet a kid that shows that same enthusiasm it keeps me excited and proud to be a part of the music scene. LJ: You released your self-titled debut album in 2009. How did the recording sessions go? What do you guys draw on creatively to write your music? TM: We played exactly one show together before recording that. So, basically, I had no idea how to sing at all. Not that I do now, but I hope to be getting closer. We did it in a studio in Prescott, which was so awesome. But I just think looking back on it we may not have been as ready as we could have been ... WR: It was an interesting experience. I found drumming to be a challenge. Every little mistake that I could make showed up, so I had to tighten things up. I became overly critical and the process became rather lengthy, but all in all, it was a great experience. TM: Wade’s drums on “Swamps” are solid though. Don’t let him talk you out of it. LJ: You guys released a digital album in September. What are currently working on now? TM: That was fun and rough. We recorded it ourselves all in our living rooms and my bathroom. Then we mixed it on our own. It was a really long process [because] neither of us has taken on a project like that before. I’m really proud of it though. Completely DIY. Chyeah. Oh, and my kid brother Ben did the artwork and I love it. Thanks Ben. WR: It was fantastic to be able to take our time, and that we did. Also, it was awesome of Tyler to figure out the technical aspect of recording. He really put a lot of work into making it happen. WR: What are we doing now? Trying to play as many shows as possible and we’re hoping to start the writing see ANIMALS page 29
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and recording process within the next several months. Should have new material out by the end of the year. We’re really keeping our fingers crossed to get a short tour together with Them Savages as they are not only incredible musicians, but are the very best of friends to Just Animals. TM: More shows. And I should be writing more. Less beer and more writing. Shame on me. LJ: Are you hoping or trying to potentially get signed to a record deal? WR: I don’t see why not. TM: No. We’re not actively trying I would say. WR: I think we’re gonna move forward as a band and take things in stride and continue to try to reach as many people as possible whether that includes a label or not. We’ll consider our options when we cross that bridge. TM: Labels would probably get mad that we release all of our tunes for free. WR: Things would definitely have to change.
I -40 TM: We don’t like deadlines. I -17 LJ: Why should residents of Flagstaff and NAU students attend your shows? TM: I always like to go to shows because it’s a weird kind of community. I really like to see a band play really hard and get sweaty and always love to see a band enjoying themselves as much as the people in attendance do. I don’t think we’ve done a show that I didn’t enjoy. Even when we play a sloppy set and hang our heads in sloppy shame, it’s still a pretty great time. If anyone at our shows is having as much fun as we are then that would be why I would hope people would attend. WR: Anyone is welcome at our shows. There are many different ways that one can spend their time, and as a youth I found comfort in knowing that I was not the only one who didn’t like to spend their time chugging beer and trying to find [expletives]. I think I speak for the punk community when I say that anyone and everyone is welcome to come out and find openminded people. [Expletive] the norm.
I -17 from RYAN page I -40 27 Eat World, Brand New and Blink-182. “We started off playing more straightforward Ipop -17 punk music, a lot like Blink-182, and we’ve started changing recently,” Wallace said. The group tends to write songs that channel their emotions and relieve built-up stress; the inspiration for a tune often stems from the feelings surrounding a lost love. “Usually there’s some traumatic experience involving females,” Amorosi said. “At the beginning we kind of just wrote joke songs, but as we got closer as a band the songs became more serious.” For the band, writing songs is a collaborative effort. Each member brings a specific aspect to the table before meshing everything together. “Usually Mike writes the lyrics, Danny writes the guitar part and I write the chorus,” Wallace said. “Someone has an idea for a song and we all get together and write it.” The group’s most recent addition, Voas, has enjoyed the collaboration among the group.
“The thing I like most is that you can really see your songs take shape,” Voas said. “I’ve always written songs on my own but I’ve just had a guitar and my voice. And I’ve always tried to do a lot on the guitar and ended up never being happy with my songs. With a band it’s much easier, because you start to understand that you don’t have to do everything. It’s actually better if other people are working with you. It’s a good feeling just to watch it all come together.” Wallace, Pabst and Amorosi agree that there is no feeling like the one you get playing your music in front of a live audience. “Playing your music that you’ve written for all these people and them enjoying it . . . it’s a really good feeling,” Pabst said. According to Wallace, the group has high aspirations for the future. “The ultimate goal for Flight of Ryan this year would be to record an EP at a really good studio, get it on iTunes, start playing shows around Flagstaff and work on promoting a group of songs that we’re really proud of.”
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Arts&Entertainment The Woman in Black Directed by James Watkins. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds. Running time: 95 minutes. Rated PG-13.
BY JAYSON BURNS
ased on the novel of the same name, The Woman in Black follows a widowed lawyer named Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) who has been tasked with finalizing the legal affairs of a deceased woman in a small English town. Accomplishing this task will cement Arthur’s position at his firm and provide a suitable future for him and his young son. When he arrives at the town, he is greeted with cautious hostility and learns that a child is known to die horribly whenever one sees the fabled Woman in Black. Much to Arthur’s misfortune, this tale began at the marshland-based home of the deceased woman, and he soon finds himself caught up with the local legend. Though the beginning started off a little slow, it picks up as Arthur starts his living nightmare. The audience also learns at a suitable pace the full story of this woman through uncovered messages, sudden flash-
BY MONAE GUNN
ntense flying sequences. Radioactive elements. Funny moments. These are all the important components of the new sci-fi thriller, Chronicle. Chronicle tells the story of a troubled teenager named Andrew (Dane DeHaan) who at first is a bit of a loner until he gains two new friends: his cousin, Matt (Alex Russell) and the popular soon-to-be class president, Steve (Michael B. Jordan). They form a friendship because they all obtain superpowers from a radioactive hole in the ground. Along the way, they face several difficulties as they
backs and hushed explanations from the local villagers. Kipps is a good protagonist not only due to his devotion to his son and his tragic past, but also because we the viewers feel trapped along with him. There were some occasions where the classic horror movie complaint of “just leave well enough alone and run” comes up, but until the ghost becomes more aggressive much of what Arthur sees is marked up as paranoia or tricks of the mind by the more skeptical characters. As most people realized from the start, Radcliffe played Harry Potter, but I for one did not see him as the Boy Who Lived. Because the script involves many scenes that do not use any dialogue (a move I happily applaud), Radcliffe has to focus on facial and bodily expressions and he does this well. When he is required to talk, he does just as good a job. Ciarán Hinds as Sam Daily, a local landowner and Arthur’s only real ally, also does a terrific job as a strong supporting character. Unfortunately,
most of the more prominent, secondary cast members are a bit forgettable. A creepy, foreboding atmosphere is always important for a successful horror movie and The Woman in Black accomplishes this with its lighting, camera angles and overall presence of the titular Woman in Black. This movie is very gothic and dark, but not to the point where the viewer can’t see the “good stuff ” and wide shots are used to promote either a sense of isolation or imminence. Though I found the dark visage of the woman to be creepy (especially when her mourning veil covers her face), her presence is made even more so whenever the locals simply talk about her. Even the muttered words “You saw her, too?” made my heart skip a beat. While some of the more veteran, hardcore horror movie fans might not describe this movie as “terrifying,” I don’t think this film can be cast aside as dull or un-entertaining. The Woman in Black was a fun, worthwhile experience.
Chronicle learn that their powers can be used for both good and evil. At first I didn’t know what to expect from this movie; I thought it would all be about three teenage boys gaining powers and just playing around with them. I didn’t expect it to have an actual plot and be as piercing as it was. The flying sequences were very fanatical, as well as the acting from all of the three main characters. At first none of them took their gifts seriously, but over the duration of the movie, they learned the influence of the superhuman abilities they possessed. Andrew used his talents to finally get friends. Matt wanted to use his ability to help others. Steve used his knack to have
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more fun. The only thing I can say would be hard for moviegoers to adjust to is the aspect in which the whole movie is filmed. The camera perspective is from the point of view of the protagonist, Andrew. Andrew is filming this movie himself so it is hard for viewers to adjust to the camera being thrifty. This also allows for the audience to feel as if they are in the movie themselves, which is a plus. Overall, Chronicle is a vivid movie from beginning to end that is sure to keep any watcher at the edge of their seat. For anyone interested in a sci-fi movie with a compelling story line, I think Chronicle is definitely a must see.
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