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Five RAs leave after alleged violation
Exchange helps Flag gardening “grow” F
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BY KEVIN BERTRAM
ast Friday, downtown Flagstaff showed a “seedier” side — pumpkin, squash and corn seed, to be exact. At several tables inside the local restaurant The Seasoned Kitchen, students, faculty and members of the community held their annual “seed exchange,” an opportunity for residents with a green thumb to exchange various germs and kernels and to talk about a subject often forgotten during a snowy Flagstaff winter: gardening. The event was put on by Students for Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening (SSLUG). Joanna Hale, a community member and SSLUG gardener, said she would like to see more people involved in urban agriculture. “Basically, what SSLUG does is try to educate people that you can actually grow food on the Colorado Plateau,” Hale said. “So we do a lot of education on what kind of seeds are good up here, ways to extend the season — because we have a very short growing season — ways to deal with pests, all that kind of thing.” Hale said calling the event a seed exchange is a bit of a misnomer because it is more of a free-for-all, so long as participants do not abuse the privilege. “We call it a seed exchange, but for the most part, it’s very much buffet-style,” Hale said. “So it’s not necessarily that Josh has to negotiate with Amy and say, ‘I’ll trade you three squash seeds for a pepper [seed].’ Really, everyone has just laid their seeds out on the table, and everyone has a little packet. There’s an ethic that goes into a seed exchange: You don’t take more than you can plant, and you don’t take all of everything.” Patrick Pynes, a professor of applied indigenous studies, sustainable communities and environmental studies, described himself as a professional gardener and beekeeper. He said the exchange of seeds can allow novice and experienced see SEEDS page 5 LEFT: Patrick Pynes and Nina Porter examine the seeds for trade. RIGHT: Jars full of various seeds are displayed for gardeners to choose from. (Photos by Kevin Bertram)
ive resident assistants (RAs) are no longer on the job after allegedly violating university policy in a single incident last month. Multiple sources close to the incident confirmed RAs who worked in Wilson and Sechrist halls no longer reside in their former buildings and have relocated to different residence halls. Only four RAs are currently listed on the university’s webpage for Wilson Hall, a building that typically has nine RAs when fully staffed. Richard Payne, director of see RAs page 5
Library movie channels to end BY LINDSEY RODRIAN
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fter 20 years of playing classic and contemporary films for students, Cline Library’s movie channels will stop broadcasting on July 1. Since 1991, the library’s movie channels have provided students with the opportunity to select movies within the library’s collection to be viewed on 10 campus cable channels. The movie channels — cable channels 37 to 46 — are available by request: Student requests made via email and phone are managed by NAU Media Services, and see CHANNELS page 4
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At 11:42 a.m., a staff member at the Physical Sciences building reported a window had shattered on a student. An officer was dispatched, and the staff member took the student to Fronske Health Center for treatment. At 5:10 p.m., a Parking Services staff member called to report a vehicle near the NAU Bookstore was displaying an altered permit. The driver of the vehicle was arrested but then cited and released after she promised to appear in court for the theft of services.
At 3:48 p.m., a staff member from Parking Services called to ask for help booting a vehicle near McConnell Hall. The registered owner of the vehicle was not cooperating and was threatening the staff members. An officer was dispatched, and the threats were found to be untrue.
At 2:10 p.m., a staff member from McConnell Hall called to report a subject in a shower was calling for help. An officer, FFD GMT were dispatched. The subject refused medical transport. At 5:57 p.m., a subject at the du Bois Center called to report a student was harassing him. An officer was dispatched. The complainant refused to cooperate and left. Both parties were separated, and no
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action was taken. At 6:20 p.m., a staff member at Reilly Hall called for medical attention for a female student who had vomited while exiting a bus. An officer, FFD and GMT were dispatched. The subject refused transport.
At 12:42 p.m., a staff member from Sechrist Hall reported finding a small camera bag with marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside it. An officer was dispatched. All leads have been exhausted, and the case has been closed. At 2:57 p.m., a manager from Sodexo called to report receiving information that employees were storing drugs in their lockers. An officer was dispatched and further information was given. No official report was taken. At 4:12 p.m., a subject called to report an NAU bus driver was driving unsafely on his route. An officer was dispatched and contact was made with the driver’s supervisor, who followed up with the employee.
At 3:56 p.m., a staff member from Sodexo called to report the locker room at the University Union smelled of marijuana. Officers were dispatched and found the odor was present, but no one was there. The staff members of Sodexo see POLICE page 3
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Thursday, March 10 Suzuki Formal Recitals [4 p.m./Ashurst]
Family Day Climbing [12 p.m./Vertical Relief Climbing Center]
Caregivers Support Group [12:30 p.m./Northland Hospice]
Flagstaff Poetry Slam [6 p.m./Tacos Locos]
Jazz Night [6 p.m./The Speakeasy]
Bicycle Polo [5:30 p.m./ NAU sports field]
Performance by Chase Coleman [7 p.m./Piano Room] Ages 21 and up
Journey to the Roof of the World [7 p.m./Coconino Center for the Arts]
Karaoke [7 p.m./Museum Club]
NAU Faculty Recital [7:30 p.m./Ardrey Auditorium]
The Gallery Collection [All day/Beaver Street Gallery]
Amateur Comedy Night [9:30 p.m./ Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant]
Sunday, March 13
Open Mic Night [6 p.m./Campus Coffee Bean] Night of Rockabilly [7 p.m./Cinnabar] Ages 21 and up
Spring Film Fun [10:30 a.m./Flagstaff Public Library]
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Shades of Bohemia [7:30 p.m./Ardrey Memorial Auditorium]
Downtown Farmers Market [8 a.m./Flagstaff City Hall parking lot]
Performance by Mike Gordon [8 p.m./Orpheum Theater]
Food Not Bombs [12 p.m./Wheeler Park]
Saturday, March 12
March Fourth Marching Band [8 p.m./Orpheum Theater] Ages 21 and up
Arts for Our Park [8 a.m./Kolb Studio]
Pinewood Farmers Market [9 a.m./Munds Park Community Church] Downtown Dog Show [10 a.m./Mountain Sports]
Latino Night [9 p.m./Museum Club] Ages 21 and up
Monday, March 14
Monday Boneless 40-Cent Wings [11 a.m./Granny’s Closet]
Karaoke with Ricky Bill [8 p.m./Hotel Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge]
Tuesday, March 15
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Friday, March 11 Friday Flicks [5 p.m./Flagstaff Public Library]
Performance by Orchestra Northern Arizona [7 p.m./Sinagua Middle School]
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
Wednesday, March 16 Spring Fling Flicks [1 p.m./Flagstaff Public Library]
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]
InTheNews from POLICE page 2 would handle the matter internally. At 5:24 p.m., a staff member from Sechrist Hall called to report receiving information that a nonstudent was going door-to-door asking to buy marijuana on the fourth floor. Officers were dispatched and upon their arrival, it was found that the subject had left in a taxi. The taxi company was contacted and said the subject was dropped off at Red Rose Inn on East Route 66. Officers went to contact the subject with the assistance of Flagstaff Police Department and told the subject to not trespass on campus.
At 4:11 a.m., a subject called to report a male and female were fighting in front of Reilly Hall. It appeared the male had slapped the female.
An officer was dispatched. Both parties had separated 20 minutes prior to the call, and no suspect information was known. The officer patrolled the area for 20 minutes but did not find anything unusual, and no report was taken.
At 12:23 a.m., an officer pulled over a vehicle on Humphreys Street and Route 66. One subject was cited and release for DUI over .08 to the slightest degree and a civil citation for canceled insurance. At 12:42 a.m., an officer pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of San Francisco and Franklin streets. One subject was arrested and booked into Coconino County Sheriff ’s Office Jail on a warrant out of Yavapai County Sheriff ’s Office. The subject was
pulled over for inoperative headlights and was told the headlines needed to be repaired. At 6:32 a.m., a parent called to report her daughter awoke to find someone she didn’t know in her dorm room sleeping next to her in bed. Officers were dispatched, and the male subject was gone upon arrival. The subject had stated she chased the male suspect out of the room and did not know where he went. All leads have been exhausted, and the case is closed.
uring a recent Arizona Board of Regents meeting, Liz Grobsmith — NAU academic affairs vice president and provost — announced the university will be cutting almost 50 pathway programs. Students in the jewelry and metals program are concerned with the affect this will have on their education. NAU and its sister institutions have been striving to cut costs, tighten up and become more efficient. Now, with the announcement of the state budget cut, working with fewer resources has become a reality for NAU. Students in the jewelry and metals department are experiencing the repercussions of fewer resources. Jamie Vigil, a junior jewelry major, said the program would be ending in spring 2012. “It’s like they’re saying, ‘Our budget is more important than your education,’” Vigil said. Tom Patin, director of the School of Art, said he wanted to stress he felt differently. “Our first concern was ‘could these students finish the program in time?’” Patin said. Patin said he has met with each student individually to create a plan allowing them to finish the required jewelry courses before they are discontinued. However, the art students feel this will negatively affect their progression as artists. Hannah Walsh, a junior jewelry major, said speeding up the progress of students’ degrees is unacceptable. “Imagine putting four years into two,” Walsh
At 6:56 a.m., a resident of Reilly Hall called to report she and a friend woke up to find a male subject looking over them while they were sleeping in bed. An officer was dispatched, but the subject was gone when the officer arrived. All leads have been exhausted, and the case is closed.
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said. “It’s ridiculous. Our portfolios are being completely screwed over.” Fellow art student Joseph Anglim said he agrees with Walsh. “It takes time to make our art, to make it unique,” Anglim said. “It all adds [up] over the course of four years, to make a strong résumé, show off your talent and ability, and now that’s being taken away from us.” “How do you say to a possible employer, ‘Oh, my program was cut, but I’m a good artist, although I don’t have much to show you,”’ Anglim said. Other art students agree and stress the fact that a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, with a jewelry concentration, is in fact a four-year degree. The first two years serve as an introduction to technique that provides students with ample time and experience to experiment with personal style, while the last two years are to prepare students for their senior show. According to Grobsmith, the decision to eliminate certain pathways will provide a more concentrated focus and effort toward the pathways and majors that students want. It will also provide the university with an opportunity to deploy faculty to focus on areas in higher demand. But Josh Schretenthaler, a sophomore jewelry major, considers the courses in his program to be in high demand. He said he remembers when there was a student at every desk in the studio. “Every introductory class was full before they cut [the classes],” Schretenthaler said. see JEWELRY page 4
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through a media distribution system, the requested DVD or VHS tape can be played through the assigned channel. Kathleen Schmand, coordinator for Community Affairs, Grants and Development at NAU, said this media distribution system has become obsolete. “It’s not really a sustainable system anymore,” Schmand said. “If something breaks, finding parts is nearly impossible. The DVD and VCR players are so heavily used. To fix and use that equipment, the cost becomes higher every year.” However, Schmand added that course-required movies will now likely be available online. “We are working with the faculty so that films needed for courses can be streamed online once the channels are discontinued,” Schmand said. Elizabeth Martinez, a freshman with an undeclared major, said she uses the movie channels mostly for entertainment. “If there is nothing on, I usually turn to the library channels and find a good movie to watch,” Martinez said. Schmand said although the movie channels are popular, the available selections are mostly educational films. She recommended students looking for recent releases or popular content should stick to Netflix or Hulu. Cody Duncin, a freshman psychology major, said he was upset to hear the news about the ceasing of the movie channels. from JEWELRY page 3
Grobsmith said the pathways considered for elimination were not chosen quickly or frivolously. For the last six years, all departments in the university — as well as deans, department chairs and faculty — have been examining pathways with a low graduation rate. “We did a report of all programs on our books,” Grobsmith said. The Office of Academic Affairs documented the number of students graduating from pathways in the last six years. If the office found a track that had not graduated enough students in the time period, they met specifically with those colleges and faculty to examine and eliminate under-subscribed programs. The report and research of possible programs to be eliminated, conducted by Academic Affairs, is in its final stages. Every spring, the university must create an Academic Strategic Plan. This plan is designed to document changes under way and for the future. ABOR affirmed the current methodology regarding the study and potential elimination of low-production programs. The official list of eliminated pathways, based on research and votes made by the Faculty Curriculum Committee, must first be submitted to the Arizona Board of Regents before being made public.
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“It’s too bad the service will be discontinued,” Duncin said. “I had no idea.” Schmand said an official announcement from Cline Library has not yet been made. Although the 10 channels are currently functioning properly, there has been equipment failure within the year. The phase-out process has begun with cancellations of advertisement services to incoming freshmen, and it will end with the termination of the channels on July 1. An estimated 3,300 students will be returning to on-campus housing in the fall. These students will be able to fully access the library’s movie and documentary database free of charge. All films available through the movie channels will be available for rent until the streaming transformation is complete. The 10 channels used by Cline Library will be replaced with other networks that appeal to students: Channel 38 will become the Speed Channel, channel 39 will feature the Spanish language channel Telemundo, CSPAN and CSPAN 2 will find new homes on channels 40 and 41, channel 42 will become the new TV Guide, True TV will move to channel 43, channel 44 will feature AMC, and Turner Classic Movies will be on channel 45. The 10th remaining channel, 46, is currently slotted to remain an open channel. Over the phaseout process, Television Services will work with the school’s cable service to determine the best channel to offer students. “We will post it,” Grobsmith said. “I’d say that will be towards middle or late April, whenever we go to the Academic Affairs Committee and Board. That’s when our list will be released. Until the release of this list, the jewelry and metals students are working diligently to save their program. They have created a blog, Facebook page, testimonials and petitions all in support of their program. The students said they are still hoping — and fighting — for a change in the phase-out process, or the possible merger of the jewelry pathway with another department in fine arts. Patin said he is not dismissing the possibility of a merger, but he acknowledges funding plays a huge part in this decision and said no particular decision has been made. Karen Pugliesi, vice provost for undergraduate studies, said such a merger is one of the larger curricular questions the School of Art is examining. She said factors in the decision include what is fitting to capacity, resources and budget. “On the one hand, students want maximum opportunity to experience things while attending the university,” Pugliesi said. “On the other hand, the state is substantially reducing our budget, and we’re trying to hold the line on tuition so students don’t need to pay more. In that equation, something has to give.”
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gardeners alike to acquire seeds adapted to dry and cold environments such as Flagstaff. “This is such a hard place to grow things; it’s so cold here,” Pynes said. “So we’ve got these locally adapted seeds that are really encoded to grow really well here, so we can really exchange all these locally adapted seeds through a seed exchange like this and sort of spread out into the community what we do well here.” Seeds may be traded and knowledge might be dispersed, but in the end, Pynes said, such events are really about the gardening community coming together. “Seed exchanging is all about building community through seeds and through meeting one another and learning what works here and what doesn’t,” Pynes said. Nina Porter, a sophomore chemistry education major, said she thought moving the event to coincide with the monthly festival helped the group get exposure. “I think it’s a great idea, first of all,”
Porter said. “It adds a whole ‘nother dimension to the idea of the evolution of community within a city. They have a great turnout tonight. Sure, the Art Walk is helping out, but things look good — people are participating.” According to Hale and Pynes, participation, especially by university students, is a key goal of SSLUG. Hale said the group has already established a presence on south campus but has plans to expand. “We have a garden on south campus, near the business building and the social and behavioral science buildings, and we’re also expanding into north campus this upcoming season,” Hale said. Hale said she encourages students to get involved with SSLUG, and that the group is doing all it can to make gardening fun and accessible for students. “People can come and garden with us, and we take care of it,” Hale said. “People are done: They do their final exams in the spring, and then they go home. We take care of the garden in the summer, and when they come back they can help with harvesting and all that. It’s a great opportunity.”
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Residence Life, and university spokesman Tom Bauer refused to confirm or deny reports the RAs were forced to resign because of misconduct. “The university and Residence Life cannot comment on any personnel matters, as personnel performance is considered a confidential matter,” Payne said. Several of the residence hall directors (RHDs) for the dormitories involved were also asked to comment, but they cited similar reasons. Victor Salazar, RHD for Sechrist Hall, Toni Minter, RHD for Wilson Hall and Jessica Crabaugh, graduate assistant RHD for Sechrist Hall all declined to comment on the matter. Sara Olson, RHD of McConnell Hall, said she was “completely unaware” of the situation when asked to comment. John Kozel, assistant RHD in McConnell, did not respond to an interview request. Several of the former RAs al-
threatened to sue The Lumberjack if a story about the incident was published. There is no record of the incident within NAU Police Department documents from the past month. However, according to the Office of Student Life’s Student Handbook — “Standards of Residence, Conduct Procedures” — both the Office of Student Life and Residence Life have the authority to handle various student infractions on campus without involving the campus police. Many students on the affected floors were left in the dark about the sudden disappearance of their RAs. Samuel Pesch, a freshman biomedical sciences major and Wilson Hall resident, said the changes were certainly noticeable. “I definitely have noticed a change,” Pesch said. “I heard that all the first-floor RAs — and one on the second floor — got fired. For what, I am not sure, but it must have been something seri-
ous because it happened quite suddenly.” Another Wilson Hall resident, Shane Depinto, a freshman with an undeclared major, also said he was in the dark about the sudden RA resignations. “They were like, ‘Your RAs have resigned,’ and I think that’s just kind of a way of avoiding the issue,” Depinto said. Depinto also noted the replacement RA for his wing moved in this past week and went around to each resident to introduce himself. There was a hall meeting scheduled for Wednesday to meet the new RA. Pesch said he and other residents have yet to be informed of the cause. “Residents were told nothing — they just replaced the RAs,” Pesch said. “There wasn’t a talk or anything; it was all very confusing. Also, no one will tell the residents of Wilson why the RAs have been fired, but this isn’t the first time in Wilson that we have lost an RA.”
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Editorial&Opinion Pima County revolts against state government STAFF EDITORIAL
n reaction to the Arizona legislature’s focus on immigration, defunding the public education system and the economic short-changing of rural and Southern communities, Pima County liberals have developed a campaign called “Start Our State.” Tucson attorney and co-founder of the group Paul Eckerstrom started the group to help push for statehood in what would become “Baja Arizona” if Southern Arizona should divide. The organization is currently gathering signatures to put an initiative on the 2012 ballot asking voters about Southern Arizona becoming the 51st state. If Baja Arizona became reality, Flagstaff would be on the other side of the new border with Maricopa County in what would be called “Alta Arizona.” But if this happened, who would get to keep the state flag? Would visiting Baja be the same as vacationing in Mexico? Would Gov. Jan Brewer erect a massive fence between the two states? How long before Democrats in Tucson become Republicans? Arizona splitting is semi-unrealistic, the flag changing is unthinkable, and Southern Arizona wanting to divorce from the rest of us is becoming less of a weak idea and more of an organized discussion. Tucson, predominately liberal or center-right in the realm of politics, has had enough of the Republicans who drive politics at the state level. Residents of Southern Arizona feel if Maricopa has the nerve to criticize and sue the federal government
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at the expense of the whole state, then surely they have the same right to condemn Phoenix for the policies coming out of it. “Arizona lawmakers have made it clear they are not too interested in the ‘united’ part of the United States,” said the Daily Wildcat. “So, in a way, all the supporters of Start Our State are really saying is that they view themselves as residents of the United States first, and of Arizona second. The last time we checked, that’s the exact definition of patriotism.” Baja Arizona’s mission statement is: “To establish a new state in Southern Arizona free of the un-American, unconstitutional machinations of the
Arizona legislature and to restore our region’s credibility as a place welcoming to others, open to commerce, and friendly to its neighbors.” Considering the idea was born in the wake of the militant agendas of Maricopa politicians, a simple proposal of seceding from the state is not that revolutionary. Except when examined from an economic standpoint. Baja Arizona would lose exclusive tax revenues from Phoenix-based industry and all of its major employers like Intel, Motorola and the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, which is the largest nuclear generating facility in the U.S. Tucson has Raytheon as a major employer. To be as realistic
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as possible, because of how mellow immigration laws would be in Baja Arizona, the area would probably become an oasis for illegal immigration and drug trafficking. However, none of this is new for the region. To succeed, advocates of Baja Arizona would have to identify, clearly — especially to get out the vote — what exactly would happen if S. Arizona became its own state. Would there be a new state constitution? Sales tax, property tax, tough gun control laws? A governor, attorney general, schoolsuperintendent? Would cigarettes be taxed $4 to make healthcare free? Would “Mas Cerveza” be the state motto? The Baja legislature would
definitely not go down the same path Maricopa seems to be following in perpetuating an illiterate underclass by denying undocumented children a primary education. Maricopa is the most crowded region in the state and wields all of the political power Arizona has. Because Maricopa is where most candidates come from, and they don’t need to campaign outside of the area, the districting in Arizona makes for disproportionate and unequal representation. State decisions come from entirely out of the area. If Baja has a greater population than Wyoming, its economy could probably be sustained — as long as business flourishes — and representation would certainly be more equal. The situation seems far-fetched only because we’re in an economic crisis and it’s the 21st century. States have split in the past, and it’s possible for them to do it again. What became Maine in 1820 used to be part of Massachusetts, and during the Civil War, Virginia was split politically (comparably to Arizona now?) and West Virginia was born. Pima County would not leave the rest of the United States — just the rest of Arizona. Should northern Arizona be happy it’s on the opposite end of things, or should it pick a side? The mountains and clean air are a part of this state, too, and things just wouldn’t be the same if it were called Flagstaff, Alta Arizona. But as Tucson considers us the “tree-loving hippies” of the state, it must mean we’re not part of the political silliness coming out of Maricopa.
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Texas group reacts to minority scholarship opportunities
espite their good intentions of giving equal opportunities and a fresh start to minorities, organizations such as scholarship foundations and other groups that favor affirmative action have made white males feel under-incentivized, unsupported and even discriminated against. In attempts to stop this shift from one type of discrimination to another, student Colby Bohannan, founder of the Former Majority Association for Equality (FMAE) hopes to provide equal financial opportunity for all college students, starting with white males. Bohannan attends Texas State University, where, according to the Austin AmericanStatesman, non-Hispanic whites compose 28.1 percent of the populace, making them a minority. Bohannan and countless other Caucasians have come across various financial hardships due to ROLANDO the unfair advantage given to national minorities GARCIA as opposed to regional minorities when applying for scholarships. Compelled to make scholarships readily available to his demographic, Bohannan founded FMAE with the mission to “provide monetary aid to those that have found the scholarship application process difficult because they do not fit into certain categories or any ethnic group.” FMAE hopes to raise $2,000 by July to provide four $500 scholarships to white males. Recently, the group has managed to raise $518, thanks to donations from many different independent sources. Although Bohannan may be seen by some as a sociopolitical pioneer for white males with a mission to provide equality for all and an end to discrimination, he made it clear that “[FMAE is] not trying to jump on any political agenda or bandwagon.” If Bohannan’s initiative is successful and has a national impact, college students can expect to see a remarkable change in the scholarship application process and criteria. There are two possible outcomes: It might spark development of a new set of scholarship foundations dedicated to Caucasians, or it could bring an end to ethnic and racial background as criteria for scholarship applications. In competitive academic atmospheres, an individual’s skin color, national heritage, spoken languages, and any historical hardships faced should not be counted as criteria for scholarships because they create an unfair, non-merit-based advantage to some and a handicap for others in the name of “equality.” That form of social intervention does not aid the development of true equality, so it is not something that should be sought by a nation or its citizens. Instead, the country should strive to sponsor its citizens, blind to their color and heritage. A more adequate solution to the current setup of scholarship application would be to remove race or ethnicity as a consideration or requirement and only focus on academic or athletic potential, GPA, community involvement, and financial hardships. This way the country could maximize and fully harness the potential of its citizens and produce the most successful individuals, independent from their ethnicity. Although the level of competition would increase for minorities, the satisfaction of success would be for merit and not skin color. Hopefully Bohannan’s initiative will steer foundations and the public in this general direction.
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Phelps court decision amoral, but correct
ust as states seem to have gained control over Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), who are known for picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers, the Supreme Court in a morally controversial yet by-thebooks decision ruled in favor of Phelps and his band of homophobic bigots. For over 19 years, Phelps and the WBC (which is primarily composed AARON KENISTON of the Phelps family) have protested thousands of public events — mainly funerals — holding signs and shouting obscenities such as “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” The WBC’s controversial protests have sparked public outrage and forced states to pass e m e rge n c y bills protecting grieving families (Arizona mandates protesters stand at least 300 feet from funeral services), but the Supreme Court sees the WBC’s actions as within the realm of free speech. On the March 2 case Snyder vs. Phelps, Supreme Court justices voted 8–1 in favor of Phelps and his anti-gay followers, saying the First Amendment protects their right to picket at funerals. Only Justice Samuel Alito opposed. Along with granting Phelps permission to now freely stomp on the graves of fallen soldiers and their families, the Supreme Court’s decision upheld an earlier Richmond, Va. appeals court ruling that also stated Phelps’s actions were protected by the First Amendment. Although the Synder fam-
ily (fighting against Phelps in this case) understandably wants to take down Phelps, they have now only wasted taxpayers’ money by repeatedly taking Phelps to court and losing in nearly every case. The Supreme Court’s decision, as amoral as it may be, is the correct ruling in the sense that Phelps is doing nothing but expressing his opinion. As Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and — as it did here — inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to
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that pain by punishing the speaker. As a nation we have chosen a different course — to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.” Those opposed to the decision agree that protesting is a form of free speech but believe there are unwritten moral guidelines for it. In his ardent opposition as the lone “nay” vote in this case, Justice Alito stated, “Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for
the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.” In 2002, an Alaskan high school student was suspended for holding a banner that read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” as the Olympic torch passed though his town. The student, Joseph Fredrick, later took the case to court, saying it violated his right of free speech, but he lost the case. Fredrick’s expression of free speech did not hurt anyone and was obviously a joke, but he was still prosecuted for it. Phelps, on the other hand, is able to verbally abuse families and get away with it. Besides having the support of the public, the Synder family was also backed by 48 states and 42 senators. States and elected officials urged the Supreme Court to side with the family, calling Phelps’s protests “psychological terrorism.” Court justices did not disagree with the states, senators and public, but rather they felt powerless in this case for not being able to defend grieving families and friends from these unjust protests. The protests enacted by Phelps and the WBC are indescribably horrible and need to be outlawed, but for now the public must not take out their hatred for Phelps on the Supreme Court. The justices agree with the public but seem to have their hands tied behind their backs, and they should be respected for deciding this case correctly and with unbiased opinions. Hopefully the outcome of this case inspires federal legislation to jump into action and pass a bill prohibiting any funeral picketing.
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Russell Pearce vs. federal gov.
rizona’s latest charade, Senate Bill 1433 — a proposal that would have given a 12-person committee within the state legislature the right to nullify any federal law they found “unconstitutional” — fortunately never made it through the Senate. After three readings, the final reception was 12 “ayes” and 18 “nays.” The fact this bill was not passed is quite an achievement for Arizona, for it would have solved nothing and contributed to greater disarray of our current political climate. The intention of the bill stemmed from the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (not the state’s), concluding JON that powers not granted to the federal NOVAK government or prohibited from the state are reserved for the states and the people. The bill then would have given Arizona the right to invalidate any federal legislation the state disagreed with by a simple passing of a majority vote within the committee. With people like Russell Pearce (the non-genius behind it all) in control of the Senate, it is surprising the bill wasn’t passed — but what would have happened if it was? Bills continue making their way into the legislature in an effort to challenge federal authority, spanning a range of issues that are all shortsighted. Arizona wants to require federal agencies to register with local sheriffs before entering a county; the state has deregulated gun control in a few effortless moves, wants to produce carbon dioxide, and (saving the best for last) hopes to create its own nuclear fuel program free of federal regulation. Why does Arizona have a problem
with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission? It’s as if eager teenagers have been elected to office. Citizens of Tucson are so upset they have invited Flagstaff to join them in seceding from the rest of Arizona in building their own state, a placed called “Baja Arizona.” Conservative politics and the radical agendas of those in the state legislature are rippling out from Phoenix and spilling into neighboring counties to the north and south. These ideas currently do very little for the lower and middle classes, providing concessions like free gun laws, but at the same time cutting funding from vital programs like Medicaid and the state’s educational system (Arizona ranks last in spending per student). And yet they’ll demand for and accept federal funding. They’ll write bills so they can legally ignore the Obama administration. They don’t want their residents to have proper healthcare, and immigration babies ought to be kicked back from whence they came. They’ll even ask the government for a block grant — which would actually be helpful — and still expect them to listen. It appears Arizona is in no position to be asking for favors, especially favors that might have in the past, before all the lawsuits began, actually been considered . It would not be possible for Arizona to operate without the federal government. It is embarrassing to be the only state in the nation that actually proposes legislation to void federal law, including laws written and enforced before Senate Bill 1433 was even conceived. Stop putting on a show and do something, Angsty Arizona, or cut corporate taxes again so you can sit back and relax — your job is finished.
reedom to Americans is like fine beer to the Irish: We’re simply born into it and take it for granted. Freedom in the countries where protests have recently erupted is something innocent citizens are willing to die for. This concept is unfamiliar to the battle-hardened and appreciative youth of America (ha!), whose minds wander anywhere from food to videogames in beTOM BLANTON tween bong rips and beer sips. For the past few weeks, the eyes of the world have been avidly following the bloody protests in Libya. In a country ruled by a dictator-esque “president,” it is no doubt difficult for those seeking freedom to stick together and take to the streets, as is evidenced by these past weeks of utter chaos and grotesque actions against protesters by their own “president,” Muammar Gadhafi. Hired mercenaries from North African countries, such as the Tuareg community in Mali, are being shipped into the capital of Tripoli, where roughly 1,000 deaths have been reported according to the BBC. A few weeks ago, Gadhafi stated in his first speech since the protests began that the protesters were solely young “cowards and traitors” who were given “drink and drugs.” He then went on to say that anyone who supported him should “get out of [their] homes and fill the streets ... [and] attack [the protesters] in their lairs.” The United Nations has been talking for days about implementing a no-fly zone over the North African country, but to little avail. Both Barack Obama and England’s Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed any intervention should have worldwide support. The protesters have been almost begging for a no-fly zone to be put into effect. With Gadhafi’s air power, it’s difficult for the citizens of the country to take the offensive westward from the rebel-controlled east. The rebels aren’t asking for supplies or manpower; they’re just asking for a little help in the skies so they can
do their part. Do the people of Libya have good reason to rebel from their leader’s regime? It seems fair of them to condemn the current Libyan government, which gave their “president’s” son $1.5 billion to form a “militia” while many citizens live in poverty. But perhaps the government didn’t know he’d be using that money for shopping sprees and Caribbean New Year parties with performances from Beyoncé, Usher and Mariah Carey at $1 million each. Gadhafi has been crippling his own people by spending the country’s money poorly (according to a website called Celebrity Net Worth, he’s worth about $1 billion himself), by allowing foreign workers to steal Libyan jobs and, of course, through the recent crimes against humanity he’s been acting out upon those who oppose him. In no democracy is it acceptable for a president to wage a war against those who elect him, especially while hiring mercenaries from other countries because he has his people’s money, but not their support. The world sits around watching this mess unfold without doing a thing. It’s Libya’s problem, yes, but would the average person stand around humming “Zipadeedoodah” if they saw a man getting mugged by three people just 30 feet away? Gadhafi is a tyrant who’d be better fit to rule a tribe on a remote island in the South Pacific than a nation of 6.5 million resilient people. The protesters deserve a tip of the hat for the gallant perseverance they’ve been demonstrating to the world. More so than in Egypt or Tunisia, the common Libyan citizens are showing most people are just looking for the same thing in life — a little distance from uninhibited government control, an honest leader who actually represents their wishes as a whole, and a speck of land on this good earth that they can call their own. When that’s too much to ask, there is no democracy and no representation. So fight on, Libyans! Fight while there’s still hope for freedom after 42 years of oppression.
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Like a Movie The CHAPTER A Column for NAKED EIGHT Joseph Meakem
BY GARY SUNDT
ast week, my editors warned me I might have been too harsh when I called NAU’s students “a bunch of jackasses.” Well, it seems they may have been correct, as we have received a letter of complaint from a student who has apparently been following my rantings for quite some time. His name is Joseph Meakem, and he is a junior electronic media and film student. Joe writes: Gary Sundt’s attitude problem has surfaced in previous articles, but he really hit a new low this week with “Gone With The Freakin’ Courtesy.” The first line of the article says: “The students at NAU are basically a bunch of jackasses.” Gary goes on to tell some dull sob story about how he saw a girl being rude while on a bus, and then blasts the NAU student body in general. However, after complaining that NAU students are all inconsiderate, he finishes by saying he doesn’t care if he offended people with his article. Anyone else see the irony? From the movie reviews to the new Life section (a.k.a. Gary’s venue to brag about himself), The Lumberjack has been plagued with his egotistical, self-righteous articles for too long. His column is called “Kind of Life a Movie,” for crying out loud! Trust me, Gary, people don’t think of you as NAU’s celebrity. There is, however, a redeeming side to your most recent article: “This is my fifth and final year at this institution…” Thanks Gary. This fall, The Lumberjack and all of its readers will finally be liberated from you. First of all, I’d like to thank Mr. Meakem for writing. As I wrote back to the director of NAU’s Counseling Center when he responded to a column — although his was a bit more complimentary than yours — those of us who write week after week for the pittance they pay us often feel as though our columns go unread and unnoticed. That you have been frustrated with me since my film critic days means a lot to a guy like me, and it really lets me know you care. But more importantly, I think a lesson can be taken from Mr. Meakem’s example. So rampant in our generation is a remarkable sense of apathy, to the point where most of the problems we have in our lives can seem too big to do anything about. Yet the public opinion can still be a potent tool,
and a properly articulated use of a simple message can still be remarkably powerful. It’s kind of like a movie called Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The similarities are not so much in story or characterization, but rather the act of making the film itself. Stanley Kubrick, the film’s co-writer and director, wanted to comment on the widespread fear and paranoia that resulted from the propaganda surrounding the Cold War. He was unhappy with what he was seeing, so he made a film that mocked officials, critiqued government policy and in the end called for action. While this didn’t necessarily change what the United States was doing during the Cold War, it did plant a seed in the public consciousness, and the movie is widely considered to be the best political satire of all time. It’s even rumored that several government officials who saw the film noted distinct similarities between the film’s wacky antics and actual political policy, which spurred subtle changes in the mindset and practices at high levels of government. Joe’s letter is a lot like this. Sure, he may not be able to directly affect my ability to spout off in a weekly column, but he can speak his mind — and that matters. We live in a place that allows us to say something when we’re pissed off, and we should never feel powerless to do so. As for you, Joe — you still with me, buddy? — here’s what I can’t do. I can’t change who I fundamentally am as a person, and I can’t say I’m going anywhere in the last seven weeks of the semester. I too have thoughts, a platform, and some experience in using said platform to articulate said thoughts, and people have seen fit to pay for most of my college experience because of it. I can say, however, that your message has been heard, and I won’t be forgetting your letter anytime soon. And on the subject of calling everyone jackasses, I offer an anecdote: A day after that column printed, I was on the bus yet again. The bus was mostly full, but for the first time this semester, I heard a bus driver say, “Everybody push in! We can get everybody on!” Did that have anything to do with me? Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. But at least we all got to our classes on time.
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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. ou sex fiends just keep on having questions, so we’re back for yet another fun-filled week of penises, vaginas and what happens with penises and vaginas. I’m your usual host, Bry, and with me this week is SET Director Hannah Kwiatkowski. This week’s question comes straight from the Consequences Quadrant of the Reality Galaxy: “I have taken two different pregnancy tests and they are both positive. I have told my boyfriend and we are panicking. We can’t afford a child, but I don’t know if I can handle an abortion. What should I do?” - Preggers and Panicking (PAP) First of all, your panic is entirely expected — according to Planned Parenthood, nearly half of the pregnancies in the United States each year are unplanned. But while two positive home tests is pretty solid evidence, we recommend that you visit a doctor as soon as possible to be 100 percent sure. In the likely chance that you do indeed have a bun in the oven, it’s very important to consider all the options. Contrary to popular belief, there is no easy route when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, and although your mind seems made up, you should seriously consider all the options to make the best decision for you. Abortion is an ugly word with an ugly rap, but many people who feel they aren’t ready to handle the many responsibilities of child birth have made the right decision (for them) to terminate the pregnancy. On the flip side, many people who weren’t expecting to be parents have risen to the challenge and surpassed all reasonable expectations. Making the right decision falls on the shoulders of you and your partner. However, in lieu of raising the child yourself or having an abortion, putting the baby up for adoption may seem like the obvious choice. Being pregnant is not the sunshine and rainbows they show in that movie with sunshine and rainbows; in reality, while there is plenty of happiness to be had, that joy comes with a heaping side of emotional and physi-
cal complications. Yes — your stomach will begin to look like Pluto and you may start eating random foods such as ice cream and pickles, but there is more to consider than the strain it puts on your own body. Your health and well-being is now the No. 1 priority, and regular prenatal care and vitamins, as well as a balanced diet and exercise routine, will need to become regular parts of your life. Even in the case of adoption, the mere act of carrying a pregnancy to term is a very expensive and exhausting endeavor, all building to the moment when you hand your child to someone else to raise. While this means you can get back to your life at the end of the next nine months, this will be an emotionally taxingexperience regardless of the end result. Even still, the most important tool in ensuring a successful pregnancy is building a solid support structure around you. Assuming your boyfriend is a decent human being who is sticking by your side (if not you should kick him hard), make him an integral part of not only the decision but also the follow-through. Similarly, your family and friends will eventually find out, and they will likely take an unplanned pregnancy better if you tell them rather than waiting for the more-than-apparent tummy bump. Having this child will not be easy or cheap, and succumbing to the inherent fear of telling the people who love you can make the experience of a pregnancy, particularly in the case of an adoption, more difficult than it needs to be. Our hearts are with you, PAP. Many women of all ages face this difficult decision, but take comfort in knowing that whatever you ultimately determine — abortion, adoption or motherhood — will be the right choice, so long as it’s right for both you and your partner. So pop in a copy of Juno, get yourself a tub of ice cream and start the decision-making process. If you have further questions or need to talk to someone aside from family members, contact the NAU Counseling Center or Planned Parenthood. If you decide to carry the baby to term, PAP, feel free to write back for some tips on awesome pregnant sex. For the rest of you, have a safe spring break, and be sure to send your inevitable questionable decision-related inquiries to the SET Facebook page or email@example.com.
SportsReport Men’s water polo to cross the pond BY TRAVIS GUY
Lumberjacks rally for first-round home win BY BRETT MURDOCK
hane Johannsen grabbed the final rebound as time expired, Stallon Saldivar and Cameron Jones celebrated at half-court, and the sell-out crowd inside the Rolle Activity Center Saturday night went crazy. But it may never had happened if the NAU men’s basketball team had not realized their season was coming to a crashing halt. The Lumberjacks shook off plenty of early jitters, eventually overcoming a hungry and motivated Montana State (MSU) team, intent on avenging a 20-point loss in Flagstaff earlier this year for a 65–62 win that defined post-season basketball. Trailing for most of the game, the Jacks used an 18–5 run that chewed up 7:35 in the middle of the second half to launch themselves back into the game. Senior swingman Eric Platt connected on three 3-pointers late in the game to put NAU up 62– 60. After a pair of Jones free throws and another one
from Platt, the Jacks still had to survive a last-second attempt from MSU’s Erik Rush, but it clanked off the rim and into Johannsen’s hands, sending a delirious crowd home happy. The fans inside the building were a common thread among the team, who credited the 1,002 in attendance for willing them back into the game. “I thought I was playing at Duke for a second with the Cameron Crazies,” Jones said. “The crowd helped me lift my spirits up. I’m dubbing them the ‘Rolle Rowdies.’” Head coach Mike Adras said he also noticed the spirited crowd helped his players get back into gear after a rugged and anti-climactic first half. “The crowd snapped us out of that terrible funk we were in,” Adras said. “The ball was going off of guys’ hands, we weren’t taking good shots —it looked like zombies playing basketball.” Senior guard DeAngelo Jones’s defense, rebounding and energy put NAU right back into the
thick of things. “We needed to change the momentum, and thank goodness DeAngelo Jones did what I was thinking [he would do],” Adras said. Even though the comeback was the highlight of the night, it was nearly all for naught due to a MSU-dominated first 20 minutes of play. The Bobcats got 12 points from Rush on 4-of-6 shooting and received strong play from point guard Rod Singleton. For NAU, Cameron Jones had 13 of his eventual total of 27 points in the first half with a 6-of-11 effort from the floor. However, the Jacks shot just 39 percent from the field for the frame and were only 3-of-12 from downtown, which many consider the strength and backbone of their offense. The second half was nearly a complete collapse for the Jacks, as MSU stretched the lead to as many as 16 points on three different instances, with see BASKETBALL page 17
hen most sports teams go to a tournament, they rarely travel farther than to another city or state. The men’s water polo team, however, is getting ready to cross the Atlantic for a tournament in England. “What’s the point in training if there’s nothing [to aim for]?” said senior team head Carl Dickinson. “That’s why the England trip is quite important.” Dickinson is an exchange student from England and was in charge of the water polo team at his home university. When he came to NAU, he discovered there was no team and decided to put the club together to arrange a few matches. First-year players and sophomores Justin Stanley and Dan Greene said they are excited for the opportunity to travel abroad for the first time. “[I am looking forward to] just being able to see different countries,” Stanley said, “and being able to play against different people, like not just [people] from the U.S.” Stanley was on his high school swim team, which he said helped him transition to water polo. He got involved with the team while he was a resident assistant in Allen Hall, where his residents suggested he join the team because he wanted to “stick with [swimming] and continue on in the sport.” Greene joined the team last semester. He was not able to play much during the few matches because of a shoulder injury, but he has been able to practice recently. While many of Dickinson’s teammates may be visiting England for the first time, it will be his first visit to Dublin, along with the rest of the team, where they plan to spend St. Patrick’s Day. “I’d like to beat my home university,” Dickinson said. “I think we may. The team’s [become] a lot better than where we were.” The men’s water polo team will be in England March 10–20.
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Lady Jacks top Sac State in season finale BY STAYSON ISOBE
low starts in games have been troubling for the NAU women’s basketball team all season, but this was not a problem in the squad’s season finale March 3 against Sacramento State. The Lumberjacks tallied the first 14 points of the game and never trailed before sending their four seniors off with an 82–77 win in their last collegiate game, something they were unable to do on Senior Night a week ago. “I was happy with the way things turned out,” said senior forward Jenna Galloway. “Not too many college athletes get to end their last game with a win. It’s a bummer that the game didn’t have any outcome on whether we made the [conference] tournament, but it was nice to go out with a win.” Traveling to Sacramento, Calif., for their final game of the season, sophomore guards Amy Patton and Tyler Stephens-Jenkins spurred NAU to a 44–41 halftime lead. Together, the Lumberjacks’ two leading scorers combined for 29 first-half points on 11–20 shooting (55 percent) and 7–12 (58.3 percent) from 3-point range. Patton’s strong first-half performance also included her eclipsing the 1,000th career-point mark. Her 3-pointer with 2:48 remaining in the first half made her the 13th member of the NAU women’s basketball 1,000-point club, and the first to do it as a sophomore. She finished the game with a season-high 29 points to put her two-year total at 1,016 career points. “It’s a great accomplishment, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Patton said. “They were having fun because I was 13 points away, and they were counting down. It’s great to be able to accomplish it in my sophomore season.” Despite being down as much as 16 points in the first half, the Sacramento Hornets battled back in the second half to tie the game twice, but they were never able to forge ahead. “We played really loose, and we came out of the gates great,” said head
coach Laurie Kelly. “We made a lot of shots early, and we played defense really well the first eight minutes of the game. They never led, which was great, and even when they made runs, we made plays when we needed to.” Although it was the NAU seniors’ last game, it was the Lumberjacks’ underclassmen who were the key in the season-ending victory. Four Lumberjacks — all sophomores and freshmen — finished in double-figure scoring with Patton’s 29 leading the way. Stephens-Jenkins had 14 — all in the first half — and forward Trinidee Trice and guard Khyra Conerly, both freshmen, had 12 apiece. A third freshman, forward Shay May, led the team with a career-high nine rebounds. “I hope that [the team] is able to turn it around,” Galloway said. “Amy and Tyler are going to be huge forces in the Big Sky, and we have a lot of bright freshmen. I hope that they are able to overcome some of the challenges that [our senior class] weren’t able to. I wish them the best, and I really hope that they experience more winning than I did in my four years here.” Kelly said she is also excited for what next season might bring to the program with the young players she has. “I’m really excited for next year,” Kelly said. “We’ve had a couple of tough years, and we feel that we’ve done what we needed to do from a recruiting standpoint to get back to the top of the league. Our strength is in our young kids, and they’ve taken the approach to come together, and they know what they want next season.” The win was the team’s 11th of the season, more than doubling their win total from last season. NAU finished at 11–18, 6–10 in the Big Sky, as there was improvement across the board from last year’s five-win disappointment. “This year’s team was a little better than last year’s,” Patton said. “There were some ups and downs this season, but we have a lot of different talents on the team. If we can bring all of that together, it’ll be perfect.”
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HARD WORK, FAITH, AND A LITTLE BIT OF
FOR GABE ROGERS, PLAYING FOR NAU IS ONLY HALF THE STORY BY COLLIN LAND
hen Gabe Rogers’s high school basketball season ended and he was left with no Division I offers, the chances of achieving his athletic dreams were slim to none. But he decided to give the AAU circuit one last go, and it turned out to be a winning move for the witty combo guard from Klein Forest High School in Houston, Texas. Rogers walked into the Houston Summer Showcase looking to make something of his final summer of AAU basketball. While leading his team, Rogers was able to string together a pair of 40-point games, including one in the championship in which he outscored the opposition 42–39. Fortunately for him, college coaches from all over the nation were in attendance and witnessed the unsigned senior light up the gym. Rogers came into the showcase with his gym bag and sneakers, and he left with a trophy, tournament MVP honors and, most importantly, 21 offers from schools including Oklahoma State, Texas Christian and NAU. Rogers still looks back on that special weekend and said he cannot believe it all happened so fast. “I went into the weekend with the mindset of just playing hard,” Rogers said. “I was lucky enough that my AAU coach had enough confidence in me to give me the green light, and I was able to play well and showcase my skills. I could tell by bracket play that I had something going very special. Everything felt fluid, and I thought about absolutely nothing; I felt like I was playing against myself.” With the word quickly spreading about Rogers, Mike Driscoll (former
assistant coach at Baylor University), who was in attendance at the Houston Showcase, told a friend of Mike Adras, NAU head coach, that Rogers had played extremely well. NAU’s program had a scholarship available, but time was ticking. With it being so late in the summer and Rogers now being a hot topic with offers flooding his mailbox, Adras made a decision: He made an offer to Rogers without seeing him play in person. Shortly after they established daily contact, Rogers verbally accepted the offer without an official visit to NAU or an in-person meeting with Adras. “This was in the July recruiting period, so I told Gabe there was not really a point in bringing him on an official visit; the guys weren’t around to entertain him and show him around,” Adras said. “[Rogers said,] ‘I don’t need a visit, Coach, I’m coming.’ I knew Gabe was going to be good when he took a 28hour bus ride with his mom and aunt to come out here to come to school for the first time, and I knew right then and there that he was going to make this thing work — and he has.” After making a verbal commitment to NAU, Rogers was competing in another tournament, this time with former NAU assistant coach Billy Hix in attendance. Rogers saw even more offers floating in at the last minute, including the likes of Houston, where he planned to walk on, but the Texas native stayed true to his commitment and became a Lumberjack that upcoming fall. “After Coach Hix came to see me play, and talking with Coach Adras two and three times a day, I knew it was the right choice,” Rogers said. “Coach was
very honest with me throughout all our conversations. When I heard his voice on the phone for the first time, I knew he was passionate about the program, and nothing has changed since I have been on campus. He’s like a second father to me.” Though Rogers had been playing in front of scouts his whole high school career, he was the last of four Division I signees from his high school basketball team. During his time in high school, he broke Klein High School’s scoring record, was named to the all-region and all-district teams, helped his squad to district and regional championships and state semifinals, played on the Texas and Habea All-Star teams, and was named Most Valuable Player of his team and district. “I was happy for them, but I was wondering when my time was going to come,” Rogers said. “My mother and grandmother told me to keep my faith and continue to work hard, and great things will happen — and they did.” Rogers has found himself getting significant playing time, averaging 14.3 points, shooting 45 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range, and he has been a key player for the Lumberjacks thus far. “When I talked to Coach before I got to campus, he told me that I did not have a starting spot and that I was going to have to work very hard,” Rogers said. “And that’s all I have been doing since I set foot on campus. It was also really nice to have guys like [Jermaine] Bishop and Josh [Wilson], along with the others, to push me every day at practice — to make me an all-around better ball player, so I was extremely fortunate as a young ball player.”
Singleton and Danny Piepoli hitting numerous shots to extend MSU’s advantage. During a timeout, the Jacks realized their season was ending before their eyes and they needed to do something about it. “This is our chance, right now,” Johannsen told his teammates during the huddle. “It’s time.” The play of the Jones duo sparked NAU back into the game, with Cameron taking over point guard duty and DeAngelo heightening the intensity. At one point, Cameron had six straight points that were followed by Platt’s long-range hits. Platt finished with 20 points in the game and connected on five of his nine tries from distance. “Somehow, in my heart, I knew we weren’t going to lose,” Jones said. “I felt like our team has enough fight and we were going to get the job done.” Unfortunately for the Lumberjacks, the season ended three nights later at the hands of the No. 1 seed Northern Colorado (UNC) Bears by a score of 73–70. Cameron Jones had 19 points in the game, 15 in the first half alone, while fellow guard Gabe Rogers pumped in 22 with 17 of his NAU point guard Stallon Saldivar pulls up for also coming in the initial frame. NAU led 45–43 at the break behind the a shot Saturday. (Photo by Jennifer Hilderbrand) play of Jones and Rogers and pushed the lead to NAU even had a chance to pull out the victory, seven in the early part of the second half. But a but Jones missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the 17–2 run by UNC put the Bears ahead for good. right corner as the buzzer sounded, ending NAU’s A late rally by the Jacks made the game close, and season at 19–12.
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he men and women’s tennis squads swept their opponents 7–0 in their first Big Sky Conference games of the spring season on March 5 at the Flagstaff Athletic Club. The Jacks snapped a nine-match losing streak when they swept the Vikings of Portland State University (PSU). “We have the tools,” said head coach Kim Bruno. “We just need the confidence now, and this is a great start.” The only match PSU won was during doubles play. Mitch Somach and Alex Vanderschelden from PSU defeated senior David Flodberg and junior Robin Pezzutto 8–5. NAU won the other two matches 9–7 and 8–2. “I think we came out very strong today,” said sophomore Hugo Ramadier. “That’s very good for our confidence for the next few matches.” Ramadier clinched the win for the Jacks with two 6–4 victories over Viking player Chris Rice in his singles match, who he also beat in the doubles. Sophomore Patrick Schimmelbauer split his first two sets with Vanderschelden and pulled out the 6–3 win in his final set. The women’s team began their conference play at home with a sweep of Weber State Univer-
sity (WSU), 3–0 in doubles play and 6–0 in singles, moving to 1–0 in the Big Sky Conference. “We came out ready to play,” Bruno said. “We’re tough to beat here.” In doubles play, seniors Edit Suhajda and Orsi Golovics ran through the WSU team of Naseem Eslami and Brittiny Moore, winning their match 8–1. WSU was not able to put up much of a fight in the other two doubles matches either, losing both matches 8–2. “I thought it went really well, our first conference match,” said sophomore Nicole Perez. “We all really whipped it out and came prepared for sure.” Perez won her sets 6–2 and 6–1. WSU players achieved very little in terms of offense. The only time they came close to winning a set in singles play was during the final match of the day, a 6–4 loss against senior Aimee Oki. “We had some ups and downs prior to conference,” Bruno said. “But this is where it really counts, and we’re ready to go. It’s nice; it feels good.” The Lumberjacks improved to 6–6 overall for the women’s team and 3–9 overall for the men’s. The Lady Jacks will be in action next against the University of Rhode Island on March 21 in Phoenix, and the men’s team will meet Idaho State University on March 22 at home.
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Members of the the Canyon Movement Company accept their hardware at the 3rd Annual Viola Awards. (Photos by Betsey Bruner, courtesy of the CCA)
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he city of Flagstaff is known for its love of the arts. This past Saturday night, northern Arizona’s premier artistic supporters and visionaries were recognized at the 3rd Annual Viola Awards. The awards ceremony is named after the prestigious and influential art advocate Viola Babbitt and is held annually to honor local artists and organizations for their accomplishments. Artists representing all creative mediums are nominated for their contributions to Flagstaff ’s art scene. As guests arrived in formal attire, they were greeted and informed of the three-course meal and open bar available to them. A large screen was mounted on each of the hall’s four walls with slideshows and live video being projected onto them. The spacious room was filled with perfectly set dining tables covered in elegant white cloths. In his opening speech, John Tannous, executive director of Coconino Center for the Arts (CCA), said the event was dedicated to the city’s local artistic community. “Tonight is about celebrating and honoring all of the nominees and all of the artists,” Tannous said. “These people make the arts what they are in Flagstaff.” Notable guests included members of the Flagstaff city
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t. Patrick’s Day is approaching, which means it’s finally that time of year to break out the four-leaf clovers, little dancing leprechauns and, of course, the green beer. But who says the festivities must end after March 17? Continue the celebration with the performance of Slide Ireland, an Irish-based musical group that performs a unique fusion of traditional Celtic music with high-powered beats. Slide Ireland embodies everything Irish. Even their name, Slide, refers to a type of energetic dance tune common in Southern Ireland. Eamonn de Barra, a member of Slide Ireland, said the band formed when they met in a local bar in 1999. “There was no hope for us really, our path being well and truly etched out well before we met,” de Barra said. “It was at a festival in Cork called the Humours of Bandon that we met — great weekend. [We] had a session in a pub — a jam in a bar — and really hit it off musically. [We] formed the band, and here we are.” Known for combining the rich traditional music of Ireland with a splash of electrifying energy, The Irish Times referred to Slide Ireland as “traditional musicians with attitude.” The band will take listeners on a musical journey that includes valleys of slower tunes reminiscent of Ireland’s traditions to peaks of intense, high-spirited, energetic beats accompanied by traditional Irish dancing. De Barra said those who attend the concert will hear new and exciting music that is different see SLIDE IRELAND page 22
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he way I see it, I’m responsible for the majority of what happens in my life — I still leave room for divine intervention, though. Sure, I may have made mistakes, but just how much of it is my fault? Do I blame myself to the point of depression? Nope. At the end of the day, I’m a good guy and sometimes, bad things just happen. But that’s just my mindset. Matt Damon’s latest film, The Adjustment Bureau, plays with this thought process and manages to entertain while still providing much deeper context for those looking for a thinking man’s movie. Damon stars as David Norris, a budding politician running for U.S. Senator for the state of New York. After a run-in with the media in which David is caught acting inappropriately (spoiler alert: He mooned a guy at a college reunion), he immediately begins plummeting in the polls. Norris eventually meets Elise (Emily Blunt), a dancer, during a random meeting in a men’s restroom. This chance encounter inspires Norris, who gives a brutally honest speech that elevates him back to political prominence. A few days later, Norris runs into
Elise and the two swap information; this irks the Adjustment Bureau, a group of seemingly invincible men who control the fate of special individuals deemed worthy of such action. The group tells Norris he is expected to become a famous politician, while Elise is set to wow crowds worldwide with her dancing. Let’s just say the Adjustment Bureau doesn’t want the two to lose sight of their full potential by falling in love. Despite looking like a serious flick, The Adjustment Bureau is a surprisingly comedic film. Even members of the Bureau, who can manipulate people’s minds and change the way they live their lives, have moments in which their one-liners are priceless, especially when it comes to Norris’s stubbornness in abiding by the rules. Make no mistake, though: The Adjustment Bureau is a serious film with serious themes, including fate and how far people will go to be with their love. Damon and Blunt’s relationship throughout The Adjustment Bureau makes for some of the film’s deeper moments, which provides a nice balance that eases up on humor in exchange for heartbreak. Still, despite everything The Adjustment Bureau has going for it, the film would not be what it is without Damon’s
performance as David Norris. Damon is charming, sympathetic and a badass all at the same time, providing a hero many may not have found themselves supporting: a politician. The rest of the cast, including Blunt, Anthony Mackie and Terence Stamp, all do a great job either supporting or antagonizing David’s attempt at love. Blunt and Damon share strong on-screen chemistry together, which makes their fight that much more powerful, while Stamp and Mackie are both solid as members of the Bureau. George Nolfi, making his directorial debut with The Adjustment Bureau, does a great job bringing his own screenplay (based on the short story Adjustment Team by Phillip Dick) to life. The film is often fantastical, with magic doors and mind-erasings, but Nolfi does a good job keeping it all grounded through David and Elise’s love. While it’s not the psychologically profound film Inception was, The Adjustment Bureau does a good job relying on its leads and concept to carry what could have been a complicated wreck. Two weeks from now: Turn to NowShowing for a review of either Battle: Los Angeles, Limitless or Paul. Enjoy your spring break, kids.
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eastly, starring High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens (Lindy) and Alex Pettyfer (Kyle), is a modernday version of Beauty and the Beast, based on Alex Flinn’s 2007 novel. Kyle Kingson is an attractive, promising student who thrives on putting down other, less beautiful individuals; when he messes with the school witch, Kendra (played by Mary-Kate Olsen), he pays a terrible price. Kendra transforms
him into a hideous monster to teach him that beauty is not everything, and she assigns him the task of finding true love before the end of one year, or he will be cursed to be ugly forever. When Lindy falls in danger of being murdered by her father’s drug dealer, Kyle brings her to his secluded haven to protect her and to attempt to win her love. If you are a hardcore moviegoer searching for fantastical plots, amazing graphics and outstanding acting, then this movie is not for you. Hudgens’s acting is
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umford and Sons, a band known exclusively for EPs, released their first full album titled Sigh No More on Oct. 5, 2009. Despite Sigh No More being released over a year ago, this West London quartet’s music is just now becoming strikingly popular in the U.S., currently holding two spots on Billboard’s Top 100 list. Sigh No More combines a love for folk and bluegrass with a sort of indie-pop feel. Lyrics such as “death will steal your innocence,” graciously mumbled by frontman Marcus Mumford, make this album flourish with a sort of abase theme, while the banjo-plucking melody makes you want to dance. Even the radio hits “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man” have a unique sound — something incredibly refreshing for those used to top-40 pop jams and gangster rap. These are tracks you will find yourself knocked down by, only to get back up and listen to them again. Overall, this album has a good, old-fashioned folk feel with lyrics that speak to everyone. The album bleeds together fantastically, while not being repetitive in sound or instrumentation. If you enjoyed the radio hit “The Cave,” you will enjoy Sigh No More, which in my opinion, is fantastic in a quaint sort of way. Best Tracks: “Winter Winds,” “Timshel”
Artist: Toro Y Moi Album: Underneath the Pine Genre: Indie
BY JESUS YANEZ-REYES
ince releasing his first few demos back in 2007, Chazwick Bundick — better known by his stage name Toro y Moi — has been making waves in the low-fi electronic, or “chillwave,” movement. His first major release in 2010, Causers of This, was full of hipster-sounding electronic beats, attitude and overall sound. In Underneath the Pine, Toro y Moi keeps the understated style he’s made himself known for while expanding his creative talents in the production of his music. A great deal of the album’s songs are made up of incrediblesounding instrumentation coupled with interesting ambient noises on the side. Tracks like “Before I’m Done” and “Light and Black” are undoubtedly easy-to-listen-to tracks you’ll find yourself lost in. That said, however, Underneath the Pine’s sound-mixing and composition strengths are clouded by a simple lack of a hook in the album’s music. Many of the songs tend to blend together because they lack any form of catchiness. Though the lack of character within the album results in a bit of disappointment, Toro y Moi’s Underneath the Pine is far from a bad album because of its pretty sounds and chill tracks. It’s undoubtedly worth a long, relaxed listen. Best Track: “Solar Flare,” “Homicide”
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government such as Art Babbott, who acted as the gala’s emcee for the evening, and Mayor Sara Presler. The public chose the five nominees for each of the 10 categories which were: Mayor’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Organization of the Year, Performing Arts, Leadership, Literature, Arts Educator, Outstanding Arts Event and Emerging Artist. The group of 21 panelists was made up of past Viola winners, community members, artists and members of the general arts community who voted on individual ballots for who they believed should take home the night’s awards. Nominations were turned in to a panelist from the Flagstaff Cultural Partners, who then narrowed down the field. The Viola Awards heavily relied on support from a large number of residents. One volunteer, Pat Johnson, said she regularly contributes her time to helping the CCA and assists with other artistic events.
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“Besides helping with the silent auction, I regularly help with concerts for the Flagstaff Cultural Center,” Johnson said. “It’s great to see how many people support the [arts] in Flagstaff.” Program coordinator and stage manager Elizabeth Vogler has been with the Viola Awards all three years and said she has noticed how the event has evolved. “[The turnout of the event] is fantastic,” Vogler said. “It’s the third year, and we actually had to move to a new venue this year because we were completely at capacity last year.” Vogler estimated that more than 400 people were in attendance, and there was a wide variety of activities for them to participate in. The $50 entry fee benefited the CCA, as did multiple other forms of fundraising. “We have the silent auction and other fundraising activities [such as the raffle tickets] throughout the night,” Vogler said. “The fact that it’s both a fundraiser and an art ceremony is really
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great because the folks that have been nominated ... want to be here. They want to see if they’re going to win. The vibe is so good.” Seth Muller, a nominee for the Literature Award, said he feels the Viola Awards ceremony a great event for Flagstaff to have. “This event, to me, is the premier gala of the year,” Muller said. “Even with the recession we’re currently in, people are supportive of the arts community and generously donating to a great cause.” Muller’s book, Canyon Crossing, was nominated for an award and was available for guests to bid on in the silent auction. Tannous summarized the event in his opening speech by describing the basic purpose of the Viola Awards. He said both the nominees and award winners are examples of the importance of creative expression in Flagstaff. “[The gala’s winners] are truly [representative] of what the arts community believes in terms of excellence in the arts.”
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