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Opinion: ASNAU, p 10 Sports: Tennis, p 20 A&E: Badjacks Dance Club, p 23

Issue 11, VOL 98 April 7 - April 13, 2011

State of ASNAU

PART II

SINCE 1914

Life: Take Back the Night, p 15

Government looking toward future, reform BY KEVIN BERTRAM & GARY SUNDT

Elections bring in new student representatives

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TOP LEFT: Map of NAU with confirmed tunnels, and the buildings they connect to, highlighted in red. (Photo courtesy Capital Assets and Services) BOTTOM LEFT: A view from inside the tunnels. (Photo by Andrew Conte) RIGHT: Students walk by the tunnel entrances on a daily basis. (Photo by Laura Phillips)

BY ROBERT BOUMIS

Every day, thousands of students walk down the pedway east of the University Union, not thinking twice when they step on the dark, metal rectangular panel built into the sidewalk near the windows of the Hot Spot. There are more like it, all across north campus, and all of these panels are hatches that serve as entry points to the same place: the tunnels of NAU. According to NAU’s Capital Assets department website, there are more than seven miles of underground maintenance tunnels running below NAU. These tunnels form an unseen network under campus, connecting buildings to vital supplies like electricity, water and heat. In many parts of campus, heat from these tunnels melts snow, creating the heated sidewalks around campus. The tunnels run

Hidden tunnels beneath NAU give birth to campus legends, present dangers below walkways, feed into basements, and connect many apparently unrelated structures. But these conduits are also dangerous places, with serious physical and legal hazards for students who would explore them. The tunnels are known to a large number of students, though details are often lacking in the popular descriptions. Kayla West, a freshman exercise science and psychology major, described the tunnels as enigmatic. “I have not heard much about the tunnels, except that students aren’t allowed to go into them,” West said. “Other than that, they are a complete mystery to me.” In the absence of hard facts, urban legends circulate regarding the tunnels. Filip Dziadek, a sophomore electrical engineering major said he had heard — and discounted — several rumors regarding the tunnels.

“I know it’s not true, but I’ve heard that the tunnels were used to transport mental patients between buildings when NAU was a mental institution — which it never was,” Dziadek said. “I’ve heard this from orientation leaders and gullible freshmen before they found out it’s just a myth.” A few students have explored the tunnels. One anonymous student, who was verified to have entered the tunnels,was willing to describe the inside of the tunnels. “It’s just a maintenance tunnel, so it’s just the pipes — the normal stuff you’d find running under streets and stuff like water pipes, heating pipes, stuff like that,” the anonymous student said. “There’s lights in some places, like directly under buildings and such, but not really anywhere else.” see TUNNELS page 6

his past Friday, ASNAU held its annual elections allowing students to select their new representatives — three executives and 12 senators. With 54.4 percent of the vote, Blaise Caudill defeated challengers Andrew Sarracino and Kathleen Short to become the new president of ASNAU. Formerly an Arizona Students Association (ASA) representative for NAU, Caudill said one of his primary goals was to bring student government and their constituency closer than ever. “I want to see students feeling like ASNAU is really representing them — to really increase the strength between students and ASNAU,” Caudill said. “I really make sure students feel their voice heard through ASNAU.” President Chase Hunt said Caudill will be a great leader for the organization. “Blaise has been an integral part of ASNAU this year, and I know he will continue NAU traditions while doing his best to cater to the needs of the student body,” Hunt said. “Blaise has represented the student body extremely well this year on the [ASA] Board of Directors, fought against the budget cuts and will be a great fit in the position of student body president.” One of the new senators is Kevin Fosburgh, who garnered the fifth most votes out of all the senatorial candidates. Fosburgh — who ran on a ticket with a fellow newcomer to the senate, Ryan Lee — said their platform consisted of student involvement, transparency and fiscal responsibility. “These are the three things that students are most fired up about — that’s why we decided to run on them,” Fosburgh said. “Plus, they fit our personal governmental philosophies of conservatism.”

ASNAU looks to put past semester behind them As some of the “23” initiatives got off to a slow start, and others — such as the Ke$ha and Dirt Nasty concert — became see ASNAU page 6

Complete ASNAU election results from last Friday

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PoliceBeat March 29 At 12:37 p.m., a construction worker from the Walkup Skydome reported a handheld laser had been stolen between March 24 at 4 p.m. and March 28 at 10 a.m. Officers were dispatched and took the report, but all leads have been exhausted and the case is closed. At 9:11 p.m., a staff member from Campus Heights called to report a resident was having a loud party and disturbing others. It was the same apartment that was called on the week before for the same problem. Officers were dispatched, and one subject was deferred for disturbing the peace and providing alcohol to a minor.

March 30 At 1:03 p.m., a student from Sechrist Hall reported receiving a death threat over the phone. An officer was dispatched and found the call came from an unknown number. The student reported having no idea who would threaten her, and the investigation is still open. At 1:41 p.m., an officer noticed graffiti at Rolle Activity Center. It is unknown when it occurred. A report was taken, but all leads have been exhausted and the case is closed.

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March 31 At 6:39 a.m., an officer found drug paraphernalia in a vehicle that had been impounded by NAUPD. A report was taken. At 9:45 a.m., a staff member at the Cline Library called to report finding a bong on the statue in front of the library. An officer was dispatched, but all leads have been exhausted and the case is closed. At 1:24 p.m., a staff member from du Bois Conference Center called to report having found a marijuana pipe outside the building. An officer was dispatched, and the item was brought in for destruction and a report was taken. At 9:58 p.m., a subject called to check on a friend who had eaten hash brownies at Reilly Hall. Officers and Flagstaff Fire Department (FFD) were dispatched. The subject gave consent for a blood draw and was given a ride back to Reilly Hall. At 10:50 p.m., an officer was out with four subjects on the Ropes Course. One subject was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol.

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Flagstaff Home and Garden Show [10 a.m./Old K-Mart building] Friday Flicks [5 p.m./Flagstaff Public Library] Battle of the Bands [7 p.m./Club Four Twelve] William Shakespeare Abridged [8 p.m./Doris Harper-White Playhouse]

The Badjacks Present: “One Night Stand” [7:30 p.m./ Ardrey Auditorium] A dance performance featuring various styles of student choreography

Monday, April 11

Bicycle Polo [5:30 p.m./NAU sports field] Monday Night Blues [7 p.m./Charly’s Pub and Reference] Karaoke [7 p.m./Museum Club] Horizon Concert Series [7:30 p.m./Ashurst Hall]

Weekend Picks EARTH DAY AT THE MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA

(SATURDAY @ 2 P.M. – MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA) IES PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS ACTIVIT ,A FTS CRA AND S INCLUDE RECYCLED ART G. NTIN PLA ING SPR AND NATURAL SAFARI

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Saturday, April 9 Arts for Our Park [8 a.m./Kolb Studio] Pinewood Farmers Market [9 a.m./Munds Park Community Church] Family Day Climbing [12 p.m./Vertical Relief Climbing Center] Earth Day at the Museum of Northern Arizona [2 p.m./ Museum of Northern Arizona]

Sunday, April 10 The Gallery Collection [All day/Beaver Street Gallery] Downtown Farmers Market [8 a.m./Flagstaff City Hall parking lot] Food Not Bombs [12 p.m./Wheeler Park] Performance by Talib Kweli [8 p.m./Orpheum Theater] Performance by Vincent Z [9 p.m./Monte Vista Lounge]

Performance by Authority Zero [8 p.m./Orpheum Theater] Karaoke with Ricky Bill [8 p.m./Monte Vista Lounge]

Tuesday, April 12 NAU Film Series [7 p.m./Cline Library] Two-Step Tuesdays [8 p.m./Green Room] Jazz Jam [10 p.m./Mia’s Lounge] Ages 21 and up

Performance by Rootbeer and Revolution [5 p.m./Taala Hooghan Infoshop]

Wednesday, April 13 Flagstaff Singles [5:30 p.m./Little America] Ages 18 and up Ladies ‘80s [8 p.m./Green Room] Ages 21 and up Open Mic Night [8 p.m./Mia’s Lounge] Walk into Spring [9 a.m./Thorpe Park]


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April 1 At 1:26 a.m., an officer pulled over a subject near the Adel Mathematis building. Another officer was dispatched, a passenger was cited and released for possession of marijuana, and another passenger was booked into Coconino County Sheriff ’s Office (CCSO) Jail for possession of dangerous drugs. The driver was cited for DUI with drugs. At 6:11 a.m., a custodial staff at North Hall called to report a male subject was sleeping in the lobby. Officers were dispatched, and the subject was cited and released for criminal damage and trespassing in the second degree. At 7:36 a.m., a call came in from construction at the Skydome that a construction worker had fallen. An officer, FFD and Guard-

ian Medical Transport were dispatched. The subject was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center.

staff Police Department were dispatched, but the subjects could not be located.

At 4:19 p.m. a subject from Wilson Hall called to report he had found drug paraphernalia in his room. Officers were dispatched, and a report was taken.

At 10:35 p.m., a staff member from Mountain View Hall called to report a fraternity portrait had been damaged between 10 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. An officer was dispatched, and a report was taken.

April 2 At 1:22 a.m., a concerned subject called to report three subjects attempting to break into a vehicle near the Extended Campuses building. An officer was dispatched ,and the subjects admitted they were playing a prank on a friend. No criminal damage was done, and the subjects were identified and left the area. At 5 p.m., a patron called to report a physical altercation between two subjects on third floor that had happened 10 minutes before the call. NAUPD officers and Flag-

April 3 At 12:27 a.m., a staff member from Mountain View Hall called to report two male subjects knocking on people’s doors. An officer was dispatched, but the subjects had left upon their arrival, and no action was taken.

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he student-run Green Fund recently awarded a $26,952 grant to sustainable landscaping research project on the NAU campus. Elizabeth Erdelyi, a sophomore environmental studies major and co-writer of the Green Fund’s proposal, said the project, which has already started and will continue through the summer and into the fall semester, is a part of NAU’s promise to be more sustainable. “The on-campus project is [meant to] fit into NAU’s environmental and sustainability plan,” Erdelyi said. “[NAU is] supposed to be carbon-neutral by 2020, and this [project] helps with sustainability and landscaping by not using toxic herbicides and pesticides that are [currently] put onto the lawns and areas around campus.” Paul Gazda, coordinator for the project and head of the Environmental Caucus’ Sustainable Environmental Practices Action Team, said, “[The] students [involved in the project] are responsible for designing the project.” Gazda said there are currently three plots identified on campus. “One is at the Social and Behavioral Sciences building, one is near Ardrey Auditorium and the other is in front of the Eastburn Education building,” Gazda said. Gazda said the plots are part of an experiment. “Each of the three areas will have one or two test areas and one control area,”

Gazda said. “[The test plots will receive different organic treatments] to try different combinations of [environmental] factors and assess how well they will contribute to good-looking lawns that don’t require toxic herbicides, don’t use synthetic fertilizers and [will] reduce water consumption or the need for mowing, which requires non-renewable resources.” Signs will identify the test and control plots and will stay up-to-date on the project. Erdelyi said sustainability is important to consider, even when the university faces heavy budget cuts. “The budget cuts in general are pretty severe, but from [an environmental perspective,] NAU has made a promise to be sustainable and to be one of the leading campuses to take that role,” Erdelyi said. Last year, NAU was dubbed a “green building superstar” by the Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Gazda said he believes sustainability is a long-term investment for the future generations’ quality of life. “In a shorter-term view, one of the things we’re looking at in this project is cost,” Gazda said. “We are tracking labor and materials to use the sustainable methods compared to the standard methods [because] we’re not clear whether [sustainable landscaping] will end up costing more or less ... [It’s] hard to find see LANDSCAPING page 7


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Legislature becomes party in immigration case

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge granted a request by the Arizona Legislature to let lawmakers help defend the state’s immigration enforcement law from a challenge by the federal government. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton said in a ruling Tuesday that the Legislature’s participation will not delay the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the law. Attorneys representing the Legislature argued lawmakers should be made a party to the case because they have unique insight into the law’s creation. Justice Department lawyers contended that the Legislature’s participation would prolong the case and that lawyers for Gov. Jan Brewer and the state Attorney General’s Office were already adequately representing the state’s interest. The most controversial parts of the law were put on hold by Bolton in July. Brewer is appealing that ruling.

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FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Flagstaff schools are facing a $7 million budget gap in the district’s $64 million operations budget despite a new 15 percent budget override approved by voters. A loss of about 500 students this year will cost the Flagstaff Unified School District $2.4 million in state per-student funding and is the single biggest item in the predicted budget deficit.

District officials have tentatively proposed cutting positions and shifting funds The Arizona Daily Sun reported the other big revenue hits include a loss of up to $2 million in state funds and $800,000 less from the override as a percentage of the reduced total budget. Other money losses include a $650,000 state sweep of the district’s rainy day fund and a $400,000 cut in Proposition 301 funds used to boost teacher pay.

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The anonymous student did not recommend visiting the tunnels. “There are a lot of pipes down there, so you have an obvious fall injury risk,” the student said. “The ceiling’s low, so if you’re walking and you don’t duck, you can hit your head on something. And then you also got the steampipes running through all the tunnels. If you lean up against them, they’ll burn you.” Members of the NAU administration said they prefer students have as little information on the tunnels as possible. In response to an email requesting an interview, Lindsay Wagner, a manager with Capital Assets and Services at NAU, said she wished to discourage further inquiry. As of press time, Capital Assets and Services had not agreed to a full interview. Despite NAU’s reluctance to speak about the tunnels, NAUPD Officer Lance Wigley said he was willing to elaborate on the dangers to inquisitive students. “They are actually extremely dangerous places with unshielded electrical wire down there,” Wigley said. “About 70 percent of the infrastructure down there is still asbestoslined, and if there’s a steam leak it can it can burn you pretty bad.” Additionally, Officer Wigley said there could be serious legal consequences for curious students. “It’s usually an arrest for trespassing — a misdemeanor arrest,” Wigley said. “Depending on how it goes, [it] could be either an administrative deferral through the university or up through a custodial arrest — when we book people into jail.” from ASNAU page 1

mired in controversy, some within ASNAU and outside of it began to express concern with where the responsibility laid. Rick Brandel, dean of Student Life and an adviser for ASNAU, said, in retrospect, the student government could have planned for the implementation of “23” programs such as SnowJack Express earlier. “I think, looking back from this perspective, it would have been helpful for some different planning actions to have taken place, to put some things into at least agreements,” Brandel said. “You know, [SnowJack Express] didn’t take a lot of time — it just didn’t occur. So, certainly, with the exception of the student legal assistant role, which took a little bit more formal stuff to get implemented, I think just about any of the other programs and services that were part of the ‘23’ fee could have benefitted by earlier planning.” Brandel said the issues encountered by ASNAU this year are typical for student governments of its size, and additional organization and oversight will be in place for future administrations. “I think that, like most student government organizations across the country, it is a

NAU to update website with simplified design BY HANNA RUBIN

After years of students and parents navigating through a maze of a website, NAU is in the process of creating a simpler and modern way of surfing the Web. For months, the marketing department conducted research prior to creating the new website. Their research included holding focus groups and surveying high school students, current students, alumni, and faculty and staff. Director of Marketing and Printing Services Sandra Kowalski said the research helped them find what prospective students wanted. “We went from Texas to California, Arizona and with a group of students in focus groups,” Kowalski said. “It is really interesting to hear their perspective on what they wanted, and they really want to easily find what the programs are [and] what majors are available to them.” Kowalski said those in the focus groups did not believe the university was credible and thought changes were needed. “When a lot of these people looked at our website, they didn’t think that it looked like a real strong university,” Kowalski said. “Some of them thought it had a feeling almost like a community college, so we knew from hearing that something could be wrong and we needed

chance for students and student leadership to play important roles and have a voice in student government to the administration and others,” Brandel said. “Lots of times, these kinds of fees [like the ‘23’ fee] fund their operational costs and salaries and operational expenditures, as well as program activities. That’s what is happening here. What we will see is some higher level accountability, that additional planning will need to take place to be more effective in the future [based on] how things got off the ground this year.” Hunt said he would like to leave a positive legacy as president. “I would like the students of NAU to remember me as a positive leader who always put the students first,” Hunt said. “I am extremely honored that the students allowed me to serve as their president, and I hope they can look back on this year and remember all of the amazing things ASNAU was able to accomplish and bring to campus. I feel blessed and humbled that I had this opportunity and will never forget this year.” President-elect Caudill said he believes the current administration, the first to have access to “23” fee funds, had a good start. “I think that this year [2010–11] was definitely a starting year, to say the least,” Caudill

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to make some drastic changes.” Trey McCallie, university Webmaster, said the center of the new site is the content and presenting the university in a good light. “We found out: One, the perception of the university through the website didn’t really match how wonderful the university really was,” McCallie said. “Two, some of the content information that they were after wasn’t always really available, and we wanted to remedy those two things. The marketing department has received many grievances in regard to the search engine on the website, so they are fixing the problem and creating an additional search, McCallie said. “We have had a lot of complaints about the capability to search effectively, so one of our focuses is a better search,” McCallie said. “Specifically one feature that is going to be available is a degree search that’s created entirely to let people find out about the degrees that we have to offer.” Kowalski said marketing is assisting departments in shaping the way they present themselves to future students. “We’re helping a lot of departments with the language that they use,” Kowalski said. “We have a lot of professors that are experts in their areas, and when they put everything they

said. “We were given the ‘23’ fee, so we had a lot more to work with and a lot more to give back to students. I believe this past year we really tried to make sure the students received all the things the ‘23’ fee was supposed to deliver to them. So it was a good starting year, and a great way for us to see how things were running and to build up the students’ respect.” Caudill said many of the issues experienced by the organization can be countered by involving students in more decision-making. “When I talked to a lot of students, it wasn’t necessarily that we brought Ke$ha to campus; it was more the fact that they didn’t have a voice in who was brought to campus,” Caudill said. “That was the big issue with that. So what we’re wanting to do is really rely on students’ votes, really sending out a lot of surveys to students, so that way they can really participate in the democratic process.” In agreement with Caudill, Fosburgh said ASNAU needs to involve students in decisions regarding the spending of their “23” fee money. “What students are fed up with is not getting the services we’ve been promised with the ‘23’ fee,” Fosburgh said. “A lot of students see ASNAU page 7

know on the Web, it’s hard for a 16- or 17-yearold to really understand some of that language, so we are helping all of our academic departments to be briefer in how we communicate with our prospective students.” For sophomore management major Hollie Broadbent, the main concern with the current website is the clutter. “I think the website is helpful if you can find the links,” Broadbent said. “It’s really hard to navigate through because you never know what anything is alphabetized under.” Broadbent went on to say the website should contain fewer links and a cleaner looking front page. “Because they have so many quicklinks, maybe having more general links and then you can go off of more links from those websites,” Broadbent said. “Maybe not making everything on the same page.” Other features will include photographs of the school so those that live far away can see the campus, as well as multimedia that is professionally and student-made. The new site would also allow departments to easily work on their web pages. Marketing put out a bid to two design companies and their own to create different designs for the website. The total cost for the outside firms was $45,000.

Friday’s ASNAU election results President

Blaise Caudill Kathleen Short Andrew Sarracino

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Sidney West Heather Reeves Cynthia Moore

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hard scientific data comparing sustainable landscaping maintenance with traditional [maintenance].” “Everyone pays a $5 Green Fund fee in their tuition, so if that money is not being used, then it’s pointless to have it,” Erdelyi said. “I feel like [greener landscaping is] a good option,” said Kristi Schneider, a freshman environmental studies major. “[If it’s] more environmental, then we should do it ... There are definitely more alternatives to using pesticides and herbicides.” Schneider said she thinks sustainability is important even in the face of budget cuts, but “if there is something that needs to be fixed, that needs to be more important than landscaping.” Erdelyi said using less chemicals on NAU grounds is better for the environment because the organic techniques are gentler on the soil and on living organisms. She also said the new, more environmentally friendly landscaping would be a part of NAU’s “green” image. from ASNAU page 6

have been upset with not having a voice with the concert. Students want the concert, but they want an artist that appeals to them. We would have had a greater turnout from students, I feel, if students had been able to pick the artist.” A critic of the current administration, Fosburgh said the lack of transparency in ASNAU was one of his main reasons for running for a senate seat. “With transparency, ASNAU is probably one of the most least transparent organization at this university,” Fosburgh said. “That is something I have been trying to get them to change since the end of last semester. The website hasn’t been updated since the end of last year. Half the students don’t know what bills are being voted on or what the members are meeting about.”

A new executive team Caudill is not the only new member of the administration. Sammy Smart, who ran unopposed to become vice president for student affairs, and Sidney West, who became vice president of academic affairs with 47.2 percent of the vote, will be working with Caudill throughout the semester. Brandel said he feels this new team will mesh well together to achieve their major goals for next semester. “I’m always an optimist,” Brandel said. “The early read I have on Blaise, Sammy, and Sydney is that they are positive people who actually worked together in their campaign. I think, organizationally, the three of them have had quite a bit of discussion about what some of their big picture objectives

InTheNews “I think a lot of students come to NAU because it is a green campus, [and if the school] preaches it practices sustainability, I think projects like this show it,” Erdeyli said. Erdelyi said she would appreciate sitting on grass that was free of herbicides and pesticides, and believes other students would, too. Schneider echoed her comment but said she is often too busy. “North campus is a really nice place to relax, but I don’t have time [to hang out on the lawns],” Schneider said. Gazda said being “green” is part of daily life at NAU because of the university’s environmental stewardship goals, and she also mentioned environmentalism as a course of study. “More and more students will want to come to universities that focus on sustainability, because sustainability — or lack thereof — is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, and the students are the ones that are going to inherit the mess,” Gazda said. “Whatever we do or don’t do is going to become [the concern] of the students.” are as a leadership team. Part of their goal, like every year, is to be able to articulate those clearly and work with the newly elected senate and the staff they’re about to hire to see what they can get implemented.” Echoing Brandel’s sentiments, Caudill said he is prepared to work with both Smart and West, as he has in the past. “I am very excited to work with Sammy Smart and Sidney West,” Caudill said. “We work really well together. We actually worked together in [New Student Organization (NSO)] our freshman year, and we worked great together, so I’m really excited to work with them.” Fosburgh said he has confidence in Caudill, Smart and West. “And I have high hopes for this executive team,” Fosburgh said. “The executive team is open to giving more student voice to the ‘23’ fee.” When asked to give a piece of advice for Caudill, Hunt said he would remind him of NAU’s diversity. “I would ask Blaise [Caudill] to remember that NAU is a diverse student body with varying needs, and [I] would encourage Blaise to keep this in mind when working with the Board of Regents,” Hunt said.

Next Week: State of ASNAU, Part III The Lumberjack will detail president-

elect Caudill’s plans for new ASNAU initiatives, as well as Senator Fosburgh’s voting pledge and plans for greater transparency.

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Editorial&Opinion ASNAU has some room for growing (up) STAFF EDITORIAL

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ess than a year after its approval, the “23” fee has already been through a lifetime of controversy, protest and lost potential. Of the eight original initiatives that were publicized to the student body, one started late and one still has yet to occur. This, among stories of office infighting and misconduct within ASNAU administration — including decisions made for funding organizations based on personal issues against students, and expenses made without senate approval — create a picture of ASNAU being a ship steered by unsupervised kids. Though it’s possible to look at some of the fumbles with the “23” fee as separate from the outgoing administration’s issues with professionalism, we have to remember this fee now is the sole funding of the student government. One of the goals of the “23” fee was to make ASNAU independently sustainable financially, distancing the organization from President Haeger’s office, the group’s previous primary source of funding. This basically meant they no longer had to directly work under him, which had made it difficult (or uncomfortable) to be in opposition to administration — a detrimental situation, considering student government and university administration should be keeping each other in check, not comfortably backing each other up. But with the changeover of funding should also come a transition in the eyes watching over ASNAU, as the organization may not be capable of han-

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dling itself without this oversight. If the president used to keep ASNAU in check, it is now in the hands of the students (who literally pay out of their pockets) to watch over the organization and its spending of several hundreds of thousands of our dollars. Maybe we can continue to roll it off as some kids mismanaging money — what’s new? Instead, though, we should accept that these are adults working within university bureaucracy who were voted into power (even if by default, as most positions were filled by every can-

didate who ran last year), and should therefore be expected to act accordingly. Behind voting and the public voicing concerns, there are two ways to look at the issue of accountability: Either ASNAU needs to be able to police itself (including the Supreme Court watching the executive and legislative branches more carefully), or adviser Rick Brandel should be more involved, keeping a tighter grip. After all, Brandel is where the buck stops; when the students involved in ASNAU mismanage funds or fail to work in a timely manner, it can be

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chalked up to relative inexperience. But Brandel is “the adult in the room.” His position includes being the voice of reason and government responsibility. At this point, Brandel posits as a respectable spokesperson since the certain transgressions have come to light: While Chase Hunt suggestively blames other departments for late or nonexistent programs, Brandel commends the outside NAU divisions for turning around what they could once ASNAU got their stuff together. Since the publishing of “State of ASNAU: ‘23’ fee promises unfulfilled,

executive misuse of power,” Brandel has been openly available for comment, whereas members of ASNAU have been reportedly too busy searching for the anonymous insider source to openly address the issues at hand. But even in Brandel’s case, it takes more than retroactive talk. Action needs to be taken to keep mismanagement, poor PR, misuse of power and disruptive infighting from consuming the representative student government of a public university. If we want to think of our university as a high school, then it doesn’t matter how our student government behaves themselves. But if NAU wants to be portrayed as anything other than an amateur institution, those who represent it need to be held accountable. They need to fulfill their promises and accept defeat gracefully when they cannot. Hiding behind others, playing the blame-game and trying to attack when caught are all traits that lower respectability and create distrust among the general public. No one is out to get ASNAU, because our energies and our money can be better spent helping it succeed than fail. But we, the students, are the investors and are all responsible — the same as Brandel and other faculty in this situation — to keep ASNAU in check. This is a call to action for ASNAU. Refrain from petty disputes. Stop procrastinating and sitting on our money. Make NAU look like the legitimate, mature university it’s supposed to be. If you, ASNAU, can do that, then maybe the students of this university can come to trust you again.

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Potential government shutdown looms

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s a potential government shutdown looms in the near future, Democrats and Republicans continue to bicker over how much money will be cut from the 2011 fiscal year government budget. The current government budget expires April 8, meaning if the two parties do not come to terms on a new budget within the week, the federal government will be shut down. The current proposed budget cuts show Democrats cutting $33 billion, while Republicans want $61 billion. But with the national debt over $1.4 trillion and a budget already totaling $3.8 trillion, is the $28 billion gap between the two proposed budgets really a big deal? Apparently, Tea Party members and other ardent conservatives view the $28 billion (which is less than 1 percent of the entire national budget) as so important they are willing to shut down the government. As Representative Michelle Bachmann, Tea Party member and 2012 presidential hopeful, said, “Cutting $61 billion is the starting point. It AARON KENISTON isn’t the goal.” The Tea Party appears to be the source behind the budget holdup, as they want to make their presence felt by not settling for anything less than drastic cuts. The rest of the Republican Party is not doing anything to help resolve the situation, choosing instead to take a passive approach. Former Speaker of the House, Republican Newt Gingrich, told GOP freshman House members the “goal should be to avoid a shutdown while not giving in on their core principles.” But this is an oxymoron, because the “core principle” Gingrich is supporting is the reduction of government spending, and “not giving in” on this will cause the government shutdown. Gingrich was Speaker during a similar political environment in the early and mid-‘90s, when a strong Republican surge was taking place within Congress, and that surge is held somewhat responsible for the most recent government shutdown in 1995. The ‘95 shutdown occurred because the Republican House would not approve (then-President) Bill Clinton’s budget; the Republicans wanted cuts in Medicare, education and other programs. Compare that to today’s situation in which the GOP wants to cut national healthcare, education and other programs, and the situations are nearly identical. The ironic thing about the ‘95 shutdown is not only did it cost taxpayers an extra $400,000, but Republicans got blamed for it. And to top it off, Clinton was re-elected in 1996. So it seems odd Gingrich is telling current GOP House members to stand strong and keep fighting for the $61 billion in budget cuts when the same strategy backfired on him 16 years ago. Luckily for the GOP, current Speaker of the House John Boehner seems to have the right idea: “[I]f you shut the government down, it will end up costing more than you save, because you interrupt contracts. There are a lot of problems with the idea of shutting the government down. It is not the goal. The goal is to cut spending,” Boehner said. As for the solution to the overshadowing shutdown (which Democrats are probably secretly hoping for, since it would only make the GOP look dumb), the answer is simple : Approve the $33 million. Not only would the Democrats be relieved to be finished with the argument, but Republicans would not get blamed for a governmental shutdown. This would also allow the Republicans to keep the momentum they have built over the past few years going into the 2012 elections. And with President Obama’s recent actions in Libya and his approval ratings at an all-time low, a Republican candidate with some momentum on his/her side could have a legitimate shot at taking the 2012 presidential election.

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n March 15, 60 business CEOs wrote to the state Senate, addressing Senator Russell Pearce on illegal immigration bills recently passed by Arizona. The very elegantly written and tactful letter expresses the CEOs’ shared concerns about border security, identity theft and other disadvantages of illegal immigration. It also directly requests state lawmakers to stop their illegal immigration efforts on the state level and to redirect their energy in pressing the federal government for meaningful immigration reform. These reasonable requests are founded on the negative economic impact Arizona businesses and corporations have experienced by the passing of recent immigration laws like ROLANDO SB1070 and the currently debated topic of reGARCIA defining “birthright citizenship.” These adverse effects have been felt in multiple sectors of Arizona’s economy, including jobs, the cancelling of contracts by other states or countries, a decline in sales, a decline in tourism, and, as the letter says, “Even a business which merely had ‘Arizona’ in its name felt the effects of the boycotts, compelling them to launch an educational campaign about their company’s roots in Brooklyn.” All this demonstrates is Arizona lawmakers’ poor foresight and their lack of knowledge of economic principles. In their desperate and excessive pursuit of interests against illegal immigration, they failed to consider the possible consequences of their actions and harmed the state more than they benefitted it. The letter constantly reiterates that these businesses and corporations are not “pro-illegal immigration,” but “when Arizona goes it alone on this issue, unintended consequences inevitably occur.” However, as unintended as the consequences may have been, legislators were careless and imprudent to pass too

many radical and controversial laws against illegal immigration in such a short period of time. Sure, desperate times call for desperate measures, but when the measures are so desperate and poorly thought-out, they create more problems for the state. Arizona should never have abandoned its efforts to press the federal government for immigration reform — our legislators surrendered too hastily. By pushing the federal government to pass similar legislation on this issue, Arizona does not solely take the blame and punishment from those who oppose such reforms on immigration policy. “Together we can get results,” the letter reads. For whatever motives or convictions, different groups and organizations throughout the country and the world have felt compelled to boycott Arizona for its immigration initiatives. These boycotts, whether founded on justifiable causes or not, have impacted Arizona’s businesses and economy in a way that pushes state lawmakers to reconsider how they should approach federal issues. The CEOs provide reasonable resolution to these boycotts. It is within Arizona lawmakers’ and residents’ best interest to stimulate this state’s economy. Lawmakers have demonstrated this interest by the passing of corporate tax cuts by Gov. Jan Brewer and the $250,000 she has invested into the state from taxpayer money to clean Arizona’s image and re-stimulate tourism since the passing of SB1070. If the letter is taken into serious consideration, Arizona legislators will not have to abandon their political agendas and efforts against illegal immigration, but rather simply redirect these efforts in a way that stops adversely affecting Arizona’s businesses by pushing the federal government to deal with federal issues. Boycotting the entire nation will prove a harder task than singling out and targeting Arizona.


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ichele Bachmann is a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. She is the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state, and she is also a firm disbeliever in global warming. Finally, she is another addition to the delusional grand scheme-seekers who plan to drive Obama out of office. But in the election process, however perplexing the process may be, she’ll accomplish nothing and help cement Obama in for another four years. The media has been speculating if Bachmann is a serious candidate. Slate.com told readers not to underestimate her. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s  Hardball, said she bordered on being a demagogue, a provocateur, a political agitator and a JON rabble-rouser in stilettos rather than a gubernatorial NOVAK dropout in a bearskin jacket. Bachmann is a discernible winner for presidential nominee who was chosen by a group of 11 Republican voters in a focus group held in Iowa. She has garnered heavy media coverage because she is often caught saying foolish things or making mistakes about American history during public speeches. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord,” she said when speaking to a GOP crowd

in Manchester, New Hampshire, referring to the launch of the Revolutionary War. Later she found the war began in a small town more than 50 miles away from Manchester. These are mistakes future presidents do not make. She also adds to a long list of Republican politicians and pundits who criticize people (namely fellow congressional delegates) for being “anti-American.” In a major political misstep, she accused Obama of such sentiments on  an episode of Hardball and caused former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Republican Governor of Minnesota Arne Carlson to endorse Obama for president, contributing to the loss of McCain and the Republican Party. In response to Obama’s cap and trade tax policy to limit greenhouse gas emissions, Bachmann told Minnesotans over a radio interview she wanted them “armed and dangerous” when fighting against the new bill. Her staff had to release a statement afterward, assuring listeners she was being metaphorical. But even when fighting against worse bills than Obama’s energy tax, militant rhetoric isn’t very presidential. The problem with Michele Bachmann is she is known for being outspoken, controversial and a partisan thespian. A lot of people like

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he proposed anti-immigration bills have failed to be approved by Arizona’s Senate. Senate Bills 308, 1309, 1405 and 1611, all anti-immigration laws, were struck down in early March. These bills would have barred illegal immigrants from state universities, required schools and hospitals to check and record citizenship status, and banned illegal immigrants from driving vehicles and from living in public housing. All five Democratic representatives voted “no” on these rather radical bills that would make the life of an illegal immigrant pure hell. It was KELLY quite surprising the representatives ROSS were able to come to a unanimous vote on the bills, because most of the representatives were in favor of SB1070, which has the same general purpose as the proposed bills. However, the Republican votes on the anti-immigration bills were mixed. It was a very intelligent decision for the representatives to strike down these bills because they would have been slightly unconstitutional and may have given Arizona a bad reputation. Many state citizens have been unhappy with Arizona’s political stance on illegal immigration because they believe it to be quite radical and controversial. Pima County even threatened to secede from Arizona as a result of these controversial bills; the county believes these bills are giving Arizona a bad reputation in the sense that they are borderline racist and not what Arizona should

be known for, (which is true). It is understandable Pima County would not want to be a part of these bills, as they do not share the same political views as Arizona as a whole. While these bills were created to mitigate the massive problem of illegal immigration, they have only infuriated many and caused a rift between the different cities in Arizona. Had these bills been passed by the Senate, there would have been a major uproar not only in Arizona, but across the nation. SB1070 did not sit well with many individuals, and four even more controversial anti-immigration laws would have caused even more outrage. Arizona has already taken a large hit to its economy because of SB1070. Many businesses refuse to open, and tourism continues to decline. It is simply not intelligent of Arizona to continue to propose such irrational legislation. Illegal immigration is a very sensitive topic, and Arizona politicians should go about this issue differently — maybe with a little more class, dignity and respect for basic human rights. Arizona is becoming well-known for its controversial political views and legislation, and the state is doing a great job of isolating itself from the rest of the country. Had these four bills been passed by Arizona’s state legislature, it would have solidified the fact that Arizona has completely gone off the deep end. It would show Arizona is radical, slightly prejudiced and entirely irrational. Luckily, Arizona’s Senate had enough sense to kill these bills.

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that, though (mind you they’re the people who lean far-to-the-right). This is what makes her an actual contender in the primaries. But if Bachmann wins in the primaries, she has to be a challenger in the general elections, which is where she will fail. Republican leadership will not approve her taking votes from candidates who may have a chance of winning in November 2012, like Romney or Huckabee. Palin cost McCain the election in ‘08. Think of Bachmann the same way: She’ll cost Republicans the election, because she could never out-campaign Obama.

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-Student voice I feel like this is a good article that brings up some good issues. There was research put into this article and I do not feel like this is an E&O article. While it is obvious of the writers intention, it also shows evidence of the disorganization within ASNAU. I use to think highly of ASNAU but with leaders like Chase Hunt who blames everyone else and never takes blame, ASNAU has gone down hill. If someone cannot even be responsible with his own grades how can he be able to take on the responsibility of spending every students money. There are many issues within ASNAU and many organizations on campus do. However, when the organization charges $23 from every student for its programs, they need to be on top of it.

-Concerned student After reading this article, I once again see that the lumberjack has just

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ue to a lack of streetlights in downtown Flagstaff, certain areas are almost completely shrouded in blackness, which can make walking through them a nerve-wracking ordeal. Women especially have to be on constant alert for the dangers and risks that come with walking around at night. On April 12, NAU students and community members will be taking a stand against the anxiety many women experience every night. They are participating in Take Back the Night, a mass march dedicated to ending sexual violence against women and making them feel comfortable walking in the dark. Take Back the Night is put on primarily by the Omega Phi Alpha sorority and the Northland Family Help Center. Attendees can meet up at 5:15 p.m. for the march at the University Union amphitheatre on NAU’s campus, or at the Flagstaff Medical Center north of downtown. The marches will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m., and both groups will meet at Heritage Square where a rally will begin at 6 p.m. Three awards will be dis-

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tributed at the rally: one to somebody who works in the field of sexual violence prevention, one to someone who works in the field of sexual violence intervention and one to a youth who has shown considerable advocacy for his or her age in this area. Mayor Sara Presler and a member of the County Board of Supervisors will be delivering a joint proclamation, and NAU President John Haeger will be presenting a speech of his own. Haydee Ruano, a junior sociology major, said despite Flagstaff being a relatively safe area, she doesn’t feel comfortable navigating its streets past sundown. “It is probably not as dangerous as other cities, but I definitely don’t feel safe to walk around at night,” Ruano said. “I have been harassed on multiple occasions while walking around in Flagstaff at night. Many people don’t think this cute little town is capable of horrible things such as sexual assault, but the truth of the matter is it’s happening daily, and no one stands up for these women who feel they do not have a voice.” Ruano said NAU students should attend Take Back the Night to support women they know personally. “I’m 100 percent positive that every student on campus has a mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, girlfriend, female teacher or even is a woman herself and would not want anything bad to happen to them,” Ruano said. “But what if it did? Wouldn’t they want others to stand up and help them make a change or help prevent sexual assault from happening to any of them? NAU male students should come to this event to help give a voice to those

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women in their lives who are victims, to help prevent them from being victims. NAU female students should come to show their support because their own safety is being taken from them without them even knowing.” Ever since its beginnings in 1975, Take Back the Night’s goals have remained the same: to end sexual violence toward everyone. Myra Ferell-Womochil, director of community-based services at Northland Family Help Center, said today’s rate of sexual assault is very alarming. “Sexual violence appears in pandemic proportions — one in four college women will find themselves a victim of sexual violence ... that is 25 percent of the female population,” Ferell-Womochil said. “Women and men from California to Maine and from college campus[es] to communities are letting their voices ring out in unity against this violence. Yet there still remains so much left that needs to be done in the battle to end sexual violence.” Caryn Massey, a freshman public relations and environmental studies major, said it is important students attend the event to lend their voices in support of women everywhere. “People should come out and support Take Back the Night because sexual assault is prevalent in college towns everywhere,” Massey said. “It is a problem many women do not report on or want to talk about. Having Take Back the Night will empower women to stand strong and to do what it takes to stop this endless cycle of sexual assault.”

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here is a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine about four guys, all of them bored with their adult lives, who are transported back in time, thanks to a timebending hot tub. Three of the men inhabit their ‘80s bodies, while the fourth, a man in his 20s in 2010, appears as himself. The men are transported specifically to a particularly memorable weekend, one when the three older gents made decisions that would ultimately alter the course of their lives (one of which is frequently referred to as the ominous “Great White Buffalo”). As these were decisions they believe ultimately led to their unhappiness, the men immediately set out to change the past. One guy attempts to repair his old relationships, another tries to bet on events he already knows have happened, while the third calls his future wife (then 9 years old) and begins to yell at her about her adulterous ways. In the end, the guys are sent back to 2010, where the future has been altered in all of their favors. Everyone lives happily ever after. Alas, hot tubs can’t travel through time in real life. We mere mortals are doomed to deal with the ramifications of our decisions and the inevitable regret that will accompany the most complicated of the bunch. In short, we all have our own Great White Buffalo. From here I’d like to discuss some friends of mine. They are a couple who have had more than their share of arguments lately. Both parties have come to me on numerous occasions, one always lamenting their frustrations with the other, and it is through these many long pseudo-therapy sessions that I think I’ve identified the problem. I love my friends, and I believe them to be an amazing couple. It’s in this belief that I am writing the following: They had an abortion last year. I say “they” because I am an ignorant man, and as an ignorant man, I think his feelings matter as much as hers. As far as I know, I’m the only friend they’ve ever confessed this to, and I know for a fact that they don’t dare bring this up to each other.

But I think it’s time to let the buffalo out of the bag. The story goes that she became pregnant at the end of the spring 2010 semester, and they confirmed it the week before they had to go back to their separate homesteads for the summer. After careful consideration, they ultimately agreed to abort the child. The procedure was not performed in an awkward operating room by a doctor (like so many afterschool specials suggest), but rather at home by a tiny pill. Unfortunately, his flight home was scheduled to leave mere hours after she took the pill. She was cramping hard and sobbing in the shower as he left her for the airport. They spent the summer in separate cities, unable to see each other more than a few times due to the extended distance. Since returning to school in the fall, they’ve had ups and downs, but they’ve never achieved the same level of compatibility — personally, emotionally, spiritually or sexually — that made them the strong couple they were before. If they had a time machine, would they go back and make a different choice? I doubt it, because they both have futures and are simply not ready to be parents. However, I think they need to admit that the choices they made, no matter how right, had emotional consequences that are tearing them apart. If they want to keep ignoring what happened, I left out their names, so I guess they can just laugh and pretend I’m talking about somebody else. But good relationships are about good communication, and in this they are currently failing pretty hard. Let’s end this chapter with a parable, told to me by someone who is smarter than I am. Once upon a time, there was a boy, and the boy broke his leg. He really liked his leg and didn’t want to hurt its feelings, so he just decided to walk on it and pretend as though nothing had happened. To his complete surprise, it hurt like a b—tch, and he had to stop frequently because it was broken and in need of fixing. After about a mile of painful walking and stopping, he looked down at his leg and smiled. “You’re broken,” he said aloud for the first time. “So how are we going to fix you?”

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TRUTH BY BRYANNA KARAKEY & HANNAH KWIATKOWSKI

Editor’s Note: This column is written in conjunction with NAU’s Student Education Team (SET). SET is a highly trained student organzation that promotes healthy sexuality and healthy relationships. Hey guys, welcome back again to the new craze of awesomeness known as The Naked Truth. For those who don’t already know, I’m Bry, and with me this week is my right hand-gal Hannah Kwiatkowski. I see you have become obsessed with this sexy article. We know you read it everywhere you go — Pita Pit, the University Union, in your dorm, walking down the sidewalk, in the bathroom, while in the shower— whoa. We got carried away. Anyways, go grab some Oreos and a glass of milk, and get cozy for this week’s question. “Sometimes I enjoy pleasuring myself in what you might call [an] ‘out of the box’ [way]. At least once a day, I take pleasure in rubbing honey on my genitals and then letting insects eat it off. If I don’t fulfill my sexual need of doing this, I feel incomplete and unable to fully [become] aroused by anything else. I was wondering if this activity would qualify as a fetish and [if it] is normal to enjoy this.” — Baffled Bachelor (BB). To get to the root of your question: Yes, this is a fetish due to the fact that it needs to happen on a daily basis for you to get even remotely aroused. The definition of a fetishl, according to the Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary, is “an object or bodily part whose real or fantasized presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression.” Everybody experiences different sensations in different ways, and in some

cases, people need an extra jolt of ecstasy to get them going. While some enjoy sucking on toes and/or being tortured by whips and chokers, you like honey and bugs. That’s no big deal. No matter how “out of the box” you think your fetish is, you must realize that at one point or another, you’re not the only one who wants to experience new sensations. What feels good to one person, such as biting the neck, might feel painful to another. That being said, it is totally normal to explore one’s body and to divulge yourself in the little pleasures you find exciting. With each activity you deem enjoyable, we caution that you educate yourself on what you’re getting yourself into. We’re not saying your junk is going to fall off due to small insects nibbling at you, but we would advise that you know what you’re setting yourself up for in that brief moment of body-twitching, eye-rolling pleasure. Before you decide to get all sticky in your pants, you might want to ask yourself this question: “Is this going to harm me in any way, shape or form?” If the answer is “no,” then lather up and call together your six-legged friends like you’re Ace Ventura. But if the answer is “yes,” you might want to rethink the activity altogether or find a way to make it as safe as possible. Just remember no matter what triggers your “Oh baby, don’t stop!” button, it’s totally fine to explore it. Just because something is “not the norm” doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad. Just make sure you’re being safe about it. So set forth, my sticky, bee-loving friend, and jump into that pool of desires. We thank you, BB, for your question. As for the rest of you sexual fiends, you too have the opportunity to inquire about anything you need assistance with. Leave your request on the SET Facebook page, or hit up our inbox at set.nau@gmail.com.

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SportsReport Heins, McNeill elevate running programs to new levels

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ver the past decade, the success of NAU’s distance running program has continued to flourish. Under the guidance of renowned coaches, and at the hands and feet of elite athletes, the futures of the cross country and distance track and field programs look to remain forces to be reckoned with on a national level. Nine-time All-American distance runner for both the cross country and track and field programs David McNeill graduated this past December as the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Mountain Region and Big Sky Cross Country Champion. The Australian also was the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Mountain Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year for those years, the 2008 Big Sky Outdoor Track Athlete of the Meet, and the 2010 NAU Male Athlete of the Year. McNeill said the distance program at NAU has established itself to where it is today because of its strong history. “There’s a lot of history behind distance running at NAU,” McNeill said. “And that sense of history continues to see TRACK & FIELD page 22

TOP: Men’s 60-meter hurdler Mark Hughes took eighth place with a time of 8.82 seconds at a recent event at NAU. BOTTOM: NAU triple jumper Amber Anderson competes at the NAU open. (Photos by Sean Ryan)

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he Lumberjack tennis teams returned home over the weekend and swept the Bears of Northern Colorado (UNC) under blue skies, winning their first home matches at the outdoor court. “For us to come out after having a long weekend on the road and to take this win is huge for our confidence,” said coach Kim Bruno. “It’s good to be home.” NAU men’s tennis improved their record to 3–1 in the Big Sky Conference by sweeping UNC 7–0 and not giving up a single set. The Lumberjacks started the morning up 3–0 in doubles play. The Jacks easily won two of the three matches: Junior Robin Pezutto and senior David Flodberg won their match with a score of 8–3; sophomore Patrick Schimmelbauer and junior Ben Lentz were behind by one point but fought to turn the game around to eventually win 8–4. NAU freshman Dominic Bermudez and sophomore Hugo Ramadier teamed up against Jeff Carlson and Ryan Lane from UNC, and after a backand-forth match, Bermudez and Ramadier won in a tiebreaker set 7–2, clinching the 9–8 victory. “We were very consistent from the base line,” Schimmelbauer said. “We made them play, and they started missing.” The Bears did not fair better during singles play; the Jacks swept all six matches. NAU kept UNC from scoring more than two points per match throughout the first five. The final match of the day was played by junior Josh Brown facing Travis Day. After Brown won the first set 6–3, Day came back and forced the match down to the wire. Brown scored the game point and won the match 7–6, giving NAU a 6–0 sweep in singles matches. “It’s just really good to have that higher level of consistency to prove to the guys that we can grind out here,” Bruno said. The women played strong as well, beating UNC 7–0 while only losing one set to improve to 3–1 in the Big Sky Conference. “We mentally toughed some things out [and] see TENNIS page 22

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Soccer • April 9: vs. Paradise

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fter tearing his ACL last season, redshirt senior Daivon Dumas is optimistic about this offseason and looking forward to getting back on the field. The cornerback was fourth on the team last year in total tackles with 56. A business major and Kappa Sigma fraternity member, Dumas enjoys barbeques, the creek on a sunny day and staying involved in the community. The Lumberjack sat down for a chat to get to know him a little better. The Lumberjack: Spring practice started last week. How’s that going? Daivon Dumas: It’s going really good. Everyone’s pretty plugged in. All the new guys are doing good. LJ: You were injured this past season with a torn ACL. Are you playing? DD: I’m right back into it, full speed and everything. I got another year back. LJ: How did you get injured? DD: It was on a punt return. I was going to turn around to block somebody, and my foot got stuck in the ground and my body kept turning. LJ: How long have you been playing football, and how did you get into it? DD: I have been playing football since I was 5, so about 16 years. My uncle played football when I was little, and I would always go to his games. When I was finally old enough to start playing, I started. LJ: What’s an interesting fact that people don’t typically know about you? DD: Let’s see, I am in a frat ... I’m in Kappa Sig. LJ: How did you get into that? DD: Most of my friends were in it, and while I was injured I didn’t have much to do anyways.

LJ: How do you find time to do both? DD: It’s actually not that hard. The schedules pretty much work out perfectly. Most of the stuff we do for the fraternity is at night, and football is all during the day. LJ: What is required of you to do in a fraternity? DD: There’s community service, brotherhood stuff, get close to people and help people however you can. LJ: You transferred from Saddleback College; was it a good switch for you? DD: It wasn’t that hard to transition. People who I played with are in the Big Sky, so I play pretty much against the same competition. LJ: Is NAU a good fit for you? DD: For me, yeah, it’s not too crazy here, but [it’s] fun at the same time, so it’s easy to stay focused. LJ: You ran track in high school and at Saddleback. What do you like better: track or football? DD: Football all the way. LJ: What’s your best moment here at NAU so far? DD: My first spring ball here — it was a lot of fun, [and] I made most of my friends then at that time. LJ: Who do you look up to most as a player, on the field and off the field? DD: Charles Woodson from the Packers; he was the first defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. And off the field, as a role model, probably both my parents. They are really hard working, [and] they don’t complain about anything. They are really supportive, they usually come up to all the games and they try to make it out here whenever they can, even when we aren’t in season.

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shape the program today, you know, the legendary coaches of the past at NAU. Traditions that were created long ago still live on today, and I guess that’s an important part of the program and what makes it so successful and so enjoyable — you’re definitely a part of something that has a long, rich history.” Dating back to 1980, an NAU graduate of the class of ‘72, Ron Mann, took over as director of the NAU cross country and track and field programs. Before taking over as head coach of track and field at the University of Louisville in 2004, Mann led the Lumberjacks to a combined 58 Big Sky Conference championships in cross country and track and field with 16 top-10 NCAA finishes. He produced 107 All-Americans, four individual national champions and five Olympians. While at NAU he won 12 NCAA regional championships in cross country and 57 League Coach of the Year awards. During the 2001–03 seasons, Mann took the current director of NAU cross country and track and field, Eric Heins, under his wing. “He was a graduate assistant,” Mann said. “He came to me from a very experienced coach, Dr. Robert Chapman [head coach at Indiana University], a very well-renowned coach. Coach Chapman knew what he was doing, so when Coach Heins came to me as a potential to come in and work with us, certainly he was a quick learner and very motivated.” After working with Mann, Heins coached the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks for three years before returning to NAU in September of 2007. During his time with the Redhawks, the Lumberjacks were directed by J.W. Hardy, who led the team to 16 Big Sky Conference championships, five of which were within his first season of coaching. Under Hardy’s reign, 107 individual Big Sky Conference championship titles were gained along with 18 NCAA All-American awards. Hardy now oversees the cross country and track and field programs at Boise State University. In his fourth season as cross country head coach and his first as director of track and field, Heins has coached the Lumberjacks to seven Big Sky Conference Championships and six national finishes. Under Heins’s tutelage, the team has received the All-Academic Team Award five times, and 20 student

athletes have earned a combined 26 Big Sky All-Academic Honors. In 2007, Heins was selected as Big Sky Cross Country Coach of the Year for the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Within his rookie season alone, Heins produced three All-Americans: From the men’s team, Lopez Lomong, who was the flag bearer for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team; David McNeill; and from the women’s team, Ilsa Paulson. Nine of his runners were named to the all-conference team and seven to all-region teams. In 2008, for the second time in Lumberjack history, the men’s cross country team posted its second back-to-back topsix finish by taking sixth at the NCAA Championships, and the women’s team finished 23rd — their second consecutive top-25 finish. Heins was named Big Sky Men’s Coach of the Year after this season. Heins’s leadership and conviction are not demonstrated solely at meets; he has influenced his athletes to take what they have learned beyond their performances at the track or on a course. “More than a coach, Coach Heins has been a good mentor and a good friend,” McNeill said. “[He] has been supportive not only in terms of running but in just life in general. He’s always gone the extra few steps to take care of me and make sure everything else around me is going smoothly. I think surrounding yourself with positive people like that ... shapes the way you live your own life.” As if a legendary coaching staff were not enough, notable athletes continue to thrive under Heins’s direction. “He was just a very confident coach who knew what he was doing, and there [are] no doubts in whatever [is] planned ahead for you,” said sophomore standout Diego Estrada. “So coming in you had a game plan, and it wasn’t a maybe — it was a definite with him.” Heins coached the Lumberjacks to their first duo top-five placing at the NCAA Championships in 2009 with cross country runners McNeill and Jordan Chipangama, who finished second and fifth, respectively. Heins served as interim director of track and field in 2010 and led the program to its first national championship, again due to the efforts of McNeill, who won both the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter run titles. Senior Michelle Baltimore shoots for the stars while she warms up her throwing arm at track practice. (Photo by Laura Phillips )

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Sophomore Patrick Schimmelbauer commits to winning on Saturday, April 2. (Photo by Nickolai Orlov) from TENNIS page 20

worked through a lot of issues,” Bruno said. “There were some times when it looked like the girls could have lost it mentally and things could have changed, but they definitely stepped up.” Seniors Orsi Golovics and Edit Suhajda started the doubles matches by running through UNC’s Stephanie Catlin and Elizabeth Tapia, beating them 8–1. Over on court three, senior Aimee Oki and sophomore Nicole Perez posted an 8–2 victory. Sophomore Malia Wahinepio and senior Yumi Hasegawa overcame a close match in which

they were trailing by one point to win 8–6. “[Last week] I guess none of us were there, as a team, and I think the intensity wasn’t as high as we wanted it to be,” Hasegawa said. “But today we stuck together as a team and did what we had to do.” Suhajda began singles play by sweeping her match with scores of 6–3 and 6–1. The rest of team followed suit, and UNC did not have an answer for NAU. Next up for the Jacks are the Eagles of Eastern Washington at home this Saturday. The women’s team will start things off at 9 a.m., followed by the men at 2 p.m.


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Badjacks ready to tear up stage this Saturday

Q&A with Isrobel BY TREVOR GOULD

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srobel is a local progressive funk band that consists of guitarist Chad Breen, percussionist Joe Sweet and bassist Chase Reed. The Lumberjack was able to ask the group a few questions about their history, philosophy and unique sound. The Lumberjack: How long have you guys been around? Do you have any upcoming concerts? Chase Reed (CR): We have been playing together since high school in other bands and lineups, so we’ve all been playing music together off and on for around five years. Isrobel is a newer project and has been going strong for about a year and a half. Our next show is at the Monte Vista Lounge on Saturday, April 16, and the Mad Italian/ Studio 111 on April 22.

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ver the past two months, choreographic creativity has been brewing in the Rolle Activity Center. It takes the form of uprocks, six-steps, hurricanes, ninja walks and a wide variety of moves being blended together into a synchronized routine of athleticism and music. These original dance performances will be unleashed this Saturday night, when the NAU Badjacks Dance Club tears up the stage in a fury of organized chaos and passion. The NAU Badjacks’ dance show “One Night Stand” will be held at Ardrey Auditorium this coming Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Admission is free to all, and tickets are available at NAU’s Central Ticket Office. There will be a total of 27 dance numbers performed, including the intro and the finale. Dayne Pratt, a senior advertising and journalism dual major and club president of the Badjacks, said to expect a wide variety of dance styles to be displayed. “Some of our hip hop pieces are really intense

LJ: I know you named your band after a man you guys met in the landscaping business. Do you guys see him anymore? Has he heard you play? Chad Breen (CB): Haha, that’s true. No, we haven’t seen him in a long time — he was diagnosed with leukemia a few years back, but he’s now in remission and back in the states. Hopefully we’ll be able to play for him soon ... and even more hopefully he’ll dig the tunes. LJ: Describe your typical songwriting process. CB: Most times it’s a very “stream of consciousness” beginning. A song will come out of a jam or a lyrical idea that we’ll toss around. Then based on the feel, I’ll write some lyrics (most times drawing from an experience), and then it’s just fine-tuning it. We’ve got songs we’ve see Q&A page 26

and hard-hitting, but then some are smoother and slower and more of an R&B feel,” Pratt said. “We have the BSU Step Team performing too, so you get to see that style. We have 27 pieces … within those 27 pieces are dances that could make you laugh or cry, creep you out, or even just make you want to do a fist pump. There’s just a lot of variety because we have so many different dancers with so many different styles, so that’s really going to come through in this show.” Pratt said they have been rehearsing for the show all semester. “We usually do a lot of smaller performances in the spring, but this year we put all of our focus and energy into this one huge performance,” Pratt said. “In a typical practice, we usually split up our 8–11 p.m. time block between the hip hop and jazz teams and keep ten minutes in the middle for a combined meeting to get everyone on the same page for announcements, schedules, reminders, etc.” Pratt said practices differ depending on the see BADJACKS page 26

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Artist: Panic! at the Disco Album: Vices and Virtues Genre: Pop Punk

is like Inception with Donnie Darko

Directed by Duncan Jones. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. Running time: 93 minutes. Rated PG-13.

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ver since Inception blew people’s minds with its mentally stimulating plot, many films have tried to capitalize by creating their own thoughtprovoking thrillers. Films like The Adjustment Bureau have proved Hollywood has turned to the thinking man for guidance, and who can argue with their box office (and critical) success? But just like an episode of South Park clearly stated, “Just because an idea is overly convoluted and complex, that doesn’t make it cool.” Fortunately for Jake Gyllenhaal and his latest movie, Source Code, a nice blend of heart, humor and action combine to create a thrilling sci-fi adventure through time. Source Code stars Gyllenhaal as Colter Stevens, a captain and helicopter pilot fresh out of Afghanistan. Following a terrorist attack on a train in which hundreds of citizens are killed, Colter is sent to the scene through the “source code,” a device that allows him to relive the incident through the eyes of one of the victims. Through the “source code” created by Dr. Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), Colter is forced to relive the explosion over and over again in an effort to find the terrorist. With

the help of Carol Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), a soldier working with Rutledge, Colter must find out the true culprit before he strikes again. To make matters more complicated, Colter doesn’t know why he’s in the “source code.” But after reliving the train attack a few times, Colter finds himself falling for Christina (Michelle Monaghan), one of the doomed passengers. Can Colter get it together to save the day? Or is it already too late? Though its plot isn’t always Inception-like, Source Code definitely tries to impress viewers with its smarts, especially during the middle part of the film in which the “source code” is explained. As the film states, after people die, their mindsslowly flicker, much like turning off a light bulb. By harnessing power (explained through the use of mathematical formulas and scientific principles), Rutledge is able to send Colter back in time to relive the man’s final eight minutes. Considering Source Code isn’t an eight-minute movie, one might worry having Gyllenhaal play the same role over and over again could get repetitive. Thankfully the script, written by Ben Ripley, has enough variation to make each trip distinct. Ripley also deserves credit

for crafting a surprisingly deep film that focuses on issues outside of the attack, including the government taking advantage of handicapped veterans. Director Duncan Jones created a film that never eases up on suspense. The chemistry between Colter and Christina had me wondering if they’d end up together during a terrorist attack. Source Code isn’t a love story, but by combining a serious plot with light-hearted moments, the film does enough right to keep viewers engaged in its central conflict. Gyllenhaal’s performance as Colter is both tragic and real despite Source Code’s surreal premise. Gyllenhaal honestly delivers the spectrum of human emotion. Instead of coming off as cheesy or hoaxed, the shifts in tone stay grounded in Colter’s character. The rest of the supporting cast is solid, especially Monaghan. Colter and Christina share very real chemistry, making the fight for their love that much more tragic. In the end, Source Code tries to be a thinker, but instead flourishes with its blend of funny and heartfelt moments. Yes, there are sci-fi elements, explosions and gunshots, but by simply relying on its lead, Source Code stays well-rounded, much like Gyllenhaal himself.

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leep is a wonderful (yet time-consuming ) event that can take people places they never thought possible. This is made clear in director James Wan’s new horror film, Insidious. The movie tells the story of a family looking to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called “The Further.” In a mix of Paranormal Activity-style scares and Sawlike build up, Insidious takes a clairvoyant’s gift and turns it into a movie. A clairvoyant is someone who can guide or talk to spirits from another realm, a powerful hu-

man being who at times can lose all sense of reality. Through a series of events that scare the mother (Rose Byrne) out of the house, Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) moves his wife and their three kids Dalton (Ty Simpkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) to a new house, only to find that it was Dalton who was truly haunted. Lin Shaye plays the psychic exorcist who is called in for her ability to see into the spirit realm, and her eerie intensity lifts the film into a realm of menacing excitement. Once Shaye starts giving her expert opinion, “The Further” is finally

introduced and described as a misty place with creepy giggling children, a cackling hag and an eerily restrained re-enactment of a deadly domestic disturbance having nothing to do with the plot. I was pleasantly surprised at how creepy the movie was, and that there was balance throughout the film in maintaining a strong storyline with great scenes of terror. The only flaw to the film was a cheesy intro in which the audience gets a tour of the house where the family first lived. I’d recommend Insidious to anyone who wants to experience the way clairvoyants work or simply see a creepy, well-written scary movie.

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s it still me that makes you sweat?” Well Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! at the Disco, the answer to your question is both yes and no. The latest attempt at songwriting for Urie and his Las Vegas-based band of merry musicians, Vices and Virtues (V&V), contains the best aspects in songwriting, but suffers from unfortunate mediocrity in others. The lyrics are thoroughly trite and provoke little more than an urge to tap your foot, and what I want is a mental challenge and philosophical provocation. The album’s first track and first single release, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” kicks off with a beat that brought me back to the days when pop-punk and power-pop ruled the charts instead of female, blond-haired presidential candidates and rappers that seem to be thriving on monotony. The rest of the song is what I expected from the band: fun dance music with an array of instruments, taking full advantage of modern technology along with ear-pleasing, computerenhanced harmonies. The rest of V&V follows in much the same fashion. The music hasn’t taken a drastic turn in V&V, and that, perhaps, is just the problem. When the group’s first album came out, it was unlike anything mainstream music had heard before, and it was relatively groundbreaking. Two albums later, the impact of their set style has simply lessened. Best Tracks: “All Black Everything,” “Coming Up”

Artist: The Kills Album: Blood Pressures Genre: Indie Rock

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Kills album is a lot like an erector set: You start with a bunch of bits and pieces that all look the same and don’t really make sense. Some of the pieces are bent, and some are chewed-up. But as you eventually dig deeper into the bucket of hand-me-down metal scraps and start fitting them together, you end up with something more complex and interesting than you ever could have made on purpose. This is just how I imagine Alison Mossheart and Jamie Hince’s (the only members of The Kills) creative process. With the infectious simplicity of a gothic cheerleading squad, Mossheart and Hince know how to get your toes tapping while staying comfortably in line with their rigorously demanding postmodern image. Simplicity is the name of the game for Blood Pressures. Lyrically, the word count of the entire album could probably fit comfortably inside a Twitter post, and The Kills certainly aren’t breaking any verse-chorus-verse boundaries. But the beautiful thing is, it doesn’t matter. The Kills didn’t create grungey garage pop, nor did they reinvent it — they just do it better than anyone else around. Blood Pressures is further proof of just that. Best Tracks: “DNA,” “Future Starts Slow”

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played for a year that are still changing [when we play] live. CR: Our songs are based very firmly on improvisation, and it gives them an amorphous quality live. LJ: Any particularly memorable moments that stand out in the history of the band Isrobel?

The Badjacks rehearse dances, including music from Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Eminem, Tuesday night as they prepare for their upcoming show. They have been rehearsing for months and are performing a grand total of 27 dance numbers, including an intro and finale. Left: (Photos by Kate Dorrell) Top: (Photo by Sepp Mondelaers) from BADJACKS page 23

dance forms their members are rehearsing. “In hip hop, we take about ten minutes to warm up and stretch on our own before getting into the choreography,” Pratt said. “For jazz, we try to do a more structured group warm-up and squeeze in a little bit of technique before choreography. But a lot of our practices this semester have been far from typical. Lately we’ve been staying past 11 p.m., sometimes even till one in the morning, to clean the dances and just get everything done.” The Badjacks build all the choreography for their many dance numbers themselves. Pratt said there is a set process that goes into the creation of each routine. “How we’ve been doing it this semester is starting with a chunk of choreography, then building variations from that and putting the dancers into formations, making transitions between those

formations, adding different group parts, and then just making it all look clean and together and polished,” Pratt said. “There is a lot of tinkering involved in making a dance routine work.” Sharin Gruchala, a jazz dancer and club treasurer for the Badjacks, said despite being labeled as a hip hop and jazz group, they draw from a wide variety of styles when designing their performances. “We also choreograph lyrical, contemporary, modern, lyrical hip hop, musical theater and pop styles,” Gruchala said. “I would say what inspires us the most is the music and the particular songs that speak to an individual choreographer. I know I hear certain songs and I can’t help but create movement and see the choreography in my head.” Members of the Badjacks relish their opportunities to express themselves in the form of dance. Claire Novak, a sophomore exercise science major, said it allows her to practice one of her life passions.

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“Being on Badjacks gives me the opportunity to do what I love with other dancers,” Novak said. “Also, because I am a science major, it’s an outlet for my artistic side. Dancers on Badjacks have opportunities to choreograph dances, which is something members on most dance teams wouldn’t get to experience.” Novak said people should come to “One Night Stand” to witness an entirely student-run and choreographed dance show. “There will be a variety of dance styles, ranging from modern dance to hip hop, and all of the dances were choreographed by students,” Novak said. “NAU students need to be exposed to dance.” Gruchala said students will enjoy the routines the team has been tirelessly rehearsing for several months. “NAU students should come see ‘One Night Stand’ because our show is a great display of athleticism and art — it’s something for everyone,” Gruchala said. “Plus the music is awesome; we have

CB: The early stages of composing when we really started to view music as art and take it seriously were very beautiful times. The synergy was something none of us had really experienced prior. We’re lucky to be doing what we are [because at] every show, we get to meet some characters and people that challenge stereotypes and the “sheep” mentality; it’s a huge “X” variable every time there’s a show to play. LJ: What is your overall goal as a band? What do you hope to accomplish? CR: To bring people together in the name of love.

CB: To give people the feeling that everything’s as it should be and [that] we have the power to change anything that doesn’t sit well. Money would be nice too, but it’s far from the motive. LJ: What makes you different than the run-of-the-mill band? CB: That’s a toughy. Every part that equals the whole Isrobel is different from anyone/anything else. We’re all fantastically weird from how we think day to day to what we want to hear from a rock band. Plus we’ve got very high standards for Isrobel and ourselves. Filler just ain’t an option. LJ: What bands have you drawn inspiration from? How would you describe your sound? CB: I’d describe our sound as being able to fit in with most Woodstock era bands. Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin, Bert Sommer — dealing more in archetypes than logic. We’re West Coast Southern rock draped in funky polar bear furs whilst holding a psychedelic paisley umbrella. This is Isrobel.

PAGE 23: Band members Chad Breen, Chase Reed, and Joe Sweet perform locally in Flagstaff. ABOVE: Singer and guitarist Chad Breen performs downtown at The Green Room. (Photos by Laura Phillips)


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